2016-2017 Board


Marlín Ramlal - AXIS Re


Marlín Ramlal is an Assistant Vice President for AXIS Reinsurance, underwriting property and casualty treaty reinsurance programs for clients across the US. Marlín is an enthusiastic and dedicated underwriter with over 10 years of experience in primary insurance, brokerage and reinsurance. Prior to her career in reinsurance, she was an Excess & Surplus Lines Underwriter for Arthur J Gallagher’s MGA division RPS.

Marlín holds a B.S. in Actuarial Science from St. John’s University. She holds her CPCU, ARe and is pursuing her RPLU designation. Marlín has served on the board of the US Reinsurance Under 40s Group as Educational Tour Chair, Social and Networking Chair, and Education Chair. She is a member of the John Street Insurance Association and the Association of Professional Insurance Women. Marlin participates and volunteers for St. Baldrick’s, the Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, and the Riverkeeper’s Foundations.

Blake Berman - Guy Carpenter

Vice President

Blake is a VP in Guy Carpenter’s New York office. He lead’s Guy Carpenter’s Capital Analytics Advisory team, which assists clients with dynamic financial planning, reinsurance decision making, and formulating growth strategies. Blake has six years of experience as a property and casualty actuary in insurance and reinsurance. Prior to working at Guy Carpenter, Blake spent two years in a corporate actuarial function at Endurance Specialty Holdings.

Blake is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Graduate of Middlebury College.

Kelly Nickerson - FTI Consulting


Kelly is a Senior Director in FTI Consulting's Global Insurance Services group. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has been providing litigation consulting and other advisory services for insurers and reinsurers for over eight years while at FTI, with prior experience as an auditor for Ernst & Young for global property and casualty insurers and reinsurers. Kelly has more than ten years of experience in accounting, auditing, financial reporting and insurance-related matters, and has provided advice for matters involving complex insurance and reinsurance litigation, damage quantification and insolvency causation. Kelly currently serves as the Treasurer of the Reinsurance Under 40s group and has been involved with the group since 2012.

Nick Secara - Baker & McKenzie LLP


Nick is an associate in Baker & McKenzie LLP’s North America Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice Group, and practices in the areas of insurance and reinsurance. He advises on complex, high-value coverage and commercial disputes on behalf of the insurance industry. Nick provides insurance regulatory and structuring advice related to M&A, ILS, credit enhancement and new product development. He also advises on compliance, policy wording and regulatory matters involving various business lines and products.

Nick serves on the executive board for the U.S. Reinsurance Under 40s Group, Inc., and sits on the steering committee for the Insurance Federation of New York, Inc. Emerging Leaders.

Stephanie Wizner - Arch Re

Charity Co-Chair

Stephanie Wizner works as an assistant underwriter on the professional liability team at Arch Reinsurance Company in Morristown, NJ. She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in actuarial science. She started her career on the actuarial reserving team at Arch, but has transitioned to pursue underwriting over the past year.

Stephanie holds a New Jersey P&C producer license and is currently pursuing the ARe designation. She has been attending Re Under 40s events since first joining the industry and served as Charity Co-Chair for the 2015-2016 term. She looks forward to serving on the board once again to continue collaborating with the board and our members.

Vanessa Contreras - Munich Re America

Membership & Communications Chair

Vanessa Contreras is a Professional Liability Underwriter at Munich Re America. She is currently working out of Chicago and is responsible for underwriting and pricing Medical Professional Liability for physicians, surgeons and allied healthcare facilities as well as non-medical lines of Professional Liability including Directors and Officers and Miscellaneous E&O.

Vanessa began her career in reinsurance as part of the Munich Re Risk Analyst Development Program. The program allowed her the opportunity to rotate through several key operational units including underwriting, actuarial pricing, accounting and claims. Prior to Munich Re, Vanessa worked for State Farm in Bloomington, IL as a Quote and Bind Auto Sales Representative. She was responsible for quoting and binding auto insurance in 13 states across the U.S. She has also spent time shadowing various underwriters and brokers at Lloyd's of London as part of an internship opportunity through the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State.

Vanessa has been an active member of the Re Under 40s for four years. She participated in the 2013 Munich/Zurich Re Under 40s Tour and the 2015 London Tour. This is her third term as Membership & Communications Chair. Vanessa is an active member of PLUS - Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the APIW - Association of Professional Insurance Women, The CPCU Society and in 2015 she was named to the Intelligent Insurer's list of 40 Rising Stars Under 35.

Robert W. DiUbaldo - Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Charity Co-Chair

Rob DiUbaldo is a Shareholder in the New York office of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. His practice focuses on insurance and reinsurance arbitration, litigation, regulatory matters and complex claims analysis on behalf of insurers, cedents, reinsurers and other entities engaged in the (re)insurance space. Mr. DiUbaldo has litigated, arbitrated and counseled clients on matters involving a broad range of issues in the property & casualty and life & health sectors, as well as many specialty lines, such as financial and surety products. He also counsels (re)insurers on regulatory issues, contract wording, insolvency matters, and commutation-related issues, and represents insurance companies, banks, lenders and other financial services companies in various types of litigation. Mr. DiUbaldo is a member of the ARIAS Law Committee, as well as a founder, former President and current board member of the U.S. Reinsurance Under 40s Group.

Gavin Brennan - BMS Intermediaries, Inc.

Social Co-Chair

Gavin is currently an Assistant Vice President at BMS Intermediaries, Inc. in NYC. He joined the firm in March 2014 and serves as a reinsurance broker servicing a wide range of clientele on both new and renewal business. He began his career in 2010 as a junior broker in Willis Re's Philadelphia office working primarily on treaty business. In September 2012, he joined Marsh USA in NYC and transitioned to the primary side of the business. There, he served a diverse portfolio of middle market clients in Marsh's National Brokerage unit primarily focused on client's P&C insurance and risk management needs.

Gavin graduated from Wesleyan University in May 2010 with a B.A. in Economics. He holds the CPCU and ARe designations, as well as the New York State P&C broker's license. Outside of reinsurance his hobbies include: the Philadelphia Eagles, golf and Game of Thrones.

Neil Valsangkar - Mendes & Mount, LLP

Social Co-Chair

Neil is a Partner at the law firm of Mendes & Mount, LLP. His practice involves various facets of insurance law, including multi-party complex coverage litigation, arbitration and mediation, claims servicing and monitoring, and risk/reserve management and analysis. Neil has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting comprehensive Coverage-in-Place Agreements, Structured Settlements, and Insurance Coverage Buybacks and Commutations. In connection with these endeavors, Neil has managed and computed various risk and net present value analysis, analyzed complex claims data, and examined historical policy subscriptions, placements and language.

He has been a member of the Re Under 40s since March 2014. As young professionals in the insurance industry, Neil believes that it is important to cultivate new relationships. The Re Under 40s group and its events are invaluable as they provide a venue for networking and furthering one's understanding of the reinsurance industry.

Sean O'Connor - Arch Re

Education Chair

Sean is currently an underwriting trainee at Arch Reinsurance Company where he began his career in 2013, originally working with their general liability and umbrella underwriters, today he works alongside their property and surety teams. Sean is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and is a member of The International Honor Society of Economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon. He holds his ARe designation, P&C producers license, and is working towards his CPCU and has spent the last year as the Education Chair for the Reinsurance Under 40’s group. Outside of the reinsurance world, Sean is an active volunteer for a number of organizations including the Boy Scouts of America where he received his Eagle Scout designation and was the host for their Centennial Anniversary at the Time Square National Jamboree.

Sean Ramlal - QBE Re

Fundraising Chair & Technology Chair

Sean is currently an Assistant Vice President at QBE Re working as a lead treaty underwriter on their casualty reinsurance team. Before graduating from St. John's University's Actuarial Science program, Sean began his career as a claims intern at Platinum Re. From there, he joined CNA's actuarial rotation program in Chicago as an analyst for their Specialty Lines reserving team and their Worker's Compensation pricing team. In 2009, he returned to the reinsurance industry in New York to work for Allied World Re to price casualty treaties. He joined the underwriting team at QBE Re in 2014.

Sean holds the Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designations and has been named to the Intelligent Insurer's list of 40 Rising Stars Under 35. He has been involved with the Reinsurance Under 40s group since 2010 and previously served as the group's President.

Anna Card - TransRe

Tour Chair

Anna recently joined Transatlantic Reinsurance in New York as a property underwriter. She began her career as a catastrophe modeller in 2009 for the U.S. Property team at AXIS Re in Bermuda. During her time there, she achieved her Associate in General Insurance (AINS), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations. More recently in December 2015, Anna was named one of Bermuda’s Risking Stars in the Re/Insurance + ILS publication. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with the RU40’s group and supporting other members in the Reinsurance industry.

Ilir Dinovic - QBE Re

Newsletter Co-Chair

Ilir Dinovic is a treaty casualty underwriter at QBE Re. He earned his BSc in Economics at Fairfield University and currently holds the CPCU, RPLU, and ARe designations. He previously worked on the Global Distribution team at QBE, acting as an internal consultant to the primary P&C business units where he developed a strong foundation for the insurance business.

Ilir's inaugural board term as Newsletter co-chair was in 2014, where he witnessed first-hand the potential for the RU40 newsletter to truly engage membership and reach every corner of the industry, spanning underwriting, claims, actuarial, legal, and advisory functions. Ilir is excited to leverage his industry relationships and draw on the collective resources of the group to continue compiling newsletters which are stimulating, relevant, and informative.

Dennis Smith - Guy Carpenter

Newsletter Co-Chair

Dennis is an Associate Broker in the New York office of Guy Carpenter’s Marine and Energy practice, having joined the team in 2013 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame. Shortly after joining Guy Carpenter, Dennis entered the Guy Carpenter analyst training program, a year-long program that provides in-depth training, and now serves as part of Guy Carpenter’s Emerging Leaders board.

Over the last several years, Dennis has achieved Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Marine Insurance Management (AMIM), and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations. As an associate broker, Dennis is assigned to a variety of client teams, and works on a wide array of treaty placements—ranging from traditional marine excess of loss, to pro-rata offshore energy, to structured aggregate protections—as well as facultative placements. His appointment as Newsletter Co-chair is his first position on the Reinsurance Under 40s board.

Hanbing He - Guy Carpenter

Photography Chair

Hanbing He is an Assistant Vice President in Guy Carpenter’s Strategic Advisory®practice. With actuarial and computer science backgrounds, Hanbing’s role includes building databases, validating methodologies and optimizing models to help Guy Carpenter stay on the forefront of data and analytics. Hanbing holds a M.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from CUFE in China. He continues to study towards the FCAS designation.

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