AXA Strategic Ventures general partner Imran Akram joins FinTech Investor Forum

AXA Strategic Ventures general partner Imran Akram is the latest guest speaker to be announced for the FinTech Investor Forum in London on November 8.

Akram will speak alongside a number of other distinguished banking CEOs and heads of innovation on the Bank Innovation panel. The event brings together 100 FinTech investment firms and financial institutions with CEOs of successful FinTech startups and scale-ups.

Currently at AXA, Akram helps with the investment of its €230m fund, which has a primary focus on Europe and US companies relevant to the insurance and asset management sector, including FinTech and enterprise software businesses.

Prior to AXA Strategic investments, Akram was a partner at DN Capital where he led investments from their third vehicle, into companies including used car marketplace Auto1 and restaurant reservation platform Quandoo. Other investments Akram has worked on include SaaS BI GoodData, foreign exchange, wellness marketplace Wahanda and online payments platform GlobalCollect.

Akram started his career in Citigroup’s European Securitisation team, where he structed the financing for KKR’s buyout of German telecommunications company Tenovis. After this he worked on strategy consulting, which included due diligence with Bain & Company.

He has also worked at General Atlantic and was one of a group to launch mid-market growth equity firm Fidelity Growth Partners Europe.

In a recent research interview with FinTech Global Akram said preventing people from being caught in a hurricane or tourists from being kidnapped are some of the radical new ways InsurTech companies could be helping their customers in the near future.

He said how the companies will have a breadth of data to help price risks, which will include continuous monitoring. An example he used was in health and the insurance provider gaining access to a step tracker on a mobile phone or the regularity of gym trips.

“So, insurers who are there have an incentive that is in line with the policy holder to try and reduce it. Getting you to exercise more, drive more safely, or avoid spots where tourists get kidnapped and so on, and I think that is still evolving, but that’s definitely something that is going to change a lot over the next five years, where you’ll be somewhere and your insurer will alert you a hurricane is coming, before something happens.” Read the full article at FinTech Global.

Akram received a First-class degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Christ Church, Oxford.

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