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Sophia Dunér actively chose a career in insurance.
“After watching my father’s career in insurance, I was very confident that I would enjoy it just as much,” she said
“When I finished university, I wanted to go to London, which was the insurance hub, so it all felt like a natural fit,” she said.
She joined Aon PLC as an intern in 2013 and has been with the brokerage ever since.
Ms. Dunér returned to her native Stockholm in 2014 to establish a treaty reinsurance operation and said she is driven by the engagement with clients.
“I feel passionately about delivering solutions and trying to outperform in terms of their expectations,” Ms. Dunér said.
“If you look at insurance, people perceive it to be a very traditional sector, but in fact it is all about innovation and developing new solutions to new problems. I would encourage younger people into the industry and think its perception will change rapidly as insurtech develops and people will want to join the industry,” she said.
Although her team is more heavily weighted with men, Ms. Dunér said she has been given every opportunity to develop and considers her senior team members to have been her mentors.
Andrew Secker, CEO of Benelux and Nordic countries for Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions business, said, “Sophia has achieved a huge amount in a relatively short space of time, and I am incredibly pleased that her dedication and drive have been recognized.”
Outside of work, her family is what keeps her strong, she said. “Working in London made me realize the importance of being surrounded by family and friends,” she said.
Back in Stockholm and recently married, she and her husband have taken on a dachshund, again following a family tradition. She also maintains strong friendship groups, playing tennis with the same group every Monday and going to the gym – both are opportunities, she said, to switch off the phone and give her time to think and focus.