My career so far has been pretty varied in terms of the functions I’ve experienced, but it’s always been in either banking or insurance. I was always exposed to surety, but it wasn’t my focus. In 2018, after several years working for multinational companies and running my own consulting business, I saw an opening at Allianz Trade in Singapore.
I was really drawn to the wide scope of responsibilities and the opportunity to learn something new. However, I remember saying to the Regional Head of Surety during my interview, “do you know that I’ve never issued a bond in my life?!”
Luckily, my background put me in a strong position. I had the financial knowledge as well as experience managing complex international structures. So, I began the surety-specific learning curve – which was steep and fast! Even as Head of Surety and Guarantee at Allianz Trade in ASEAN, I’m still learning about different types of bond wordings as I gradually take responsibility for new regional markets and businesses. Meanwhile, it’s also essential for me to pass this knowledge and experience on to my growing team.