Allianz Asia Pacific partners with INSEAD to upskill agency force

| 04 May 2023

Allianz Asia Pacific (AZAP) is partnering INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools, to create a training and certification programme aimed at transforming and upskilling the organisation's life and health business agency salesforce.

In a press release, AZAP said the six-month programme is a performance-based qualification initiative that recognises and rewards the top-performing agents across seven markets in Asia and is designed to upskill and revolutionise the learning experience of agents licensed in the life and health business. Specially designed and co-created by Allianz and INSEAD, the programme follows a hybrid training model consisting of both online and face-to-face content.

With access to world-class professors, panel speakers, industry practitioners, the curriculum covers a wide range of topics from organisational leadership and customer management to marketing, sales and business strategy, agents will also be able to engage with their peers across the region through proven educational pedagogies and expand their network while learning from one another. This innovative approach aims to provide a holistic professional development experience for agents and accelerate the development of next-generation leaders in the industry.

Fully sponsored by AZAP, the programme offers agents the latest skills and knowledge to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving industry. Top qualifiers will also have the chance to complete their training programme at the INSEAD campus in France, exchanging learning experiences with their counterparts for a truly global educational experience.

The program, which is the first of its kind, will be carried out in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Ms Anusha Thavarajah, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Asia Pacific, said, "This partnership brings together the best of two world-class organisations to create truly best-in-class opportunities for our agency distribution force. It marks a significant step in Allianz Asia Pacific's commitment to developing and investing in our agents, and we are excited to work with INSEAD to equip our agents with future-proof skills and establish a new standard of excellence in the insurance industry. I believe this partnership is a game-changer that will enable us to attract the best talents in the market and empower our next generation of agency leaders as we develop a more robust and even more resilient distribution channel."

Professor Sameer Hasija, INSEAD Dean of Executive Education, said, “We are excited to enter our collaboration with Allianz, an organisation at the forefront of its industry and one that understands the importance of lifelong learning. Leveraging our experience in delivering impactful online learning and live virtual experiences for executives and organisations, our deep footprint in APAC, together with Allianz’s commitment to upskilling its employees, we are confident that our partnership will be a success in both the short- and long-term."