BDA strengthens team with new hires

Hamilton, Bermuda, January 27, 2020— The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) has bolstered its team with the appointment of two experienced and talented Bermudians to further enhance its work to attract inward direct investment to the island.

Jasmine DeSilva joined last week as Business Development Manager and is responsible for driving initiatives in the insurance industry, working closely with key stakeholders and associations. Anastasia Slater will start on Monday, 3 February in her position as Business Development Coordinator and will play a significant role in supporting the BDA’s efforts across the insurance market in addition to focusing on the technology sector.

Roland Andy Burrows, CEO of the Bermuda Business Development Agency, said: “We are delighted to welcome these qualified professionals to the BDA and I know they will add great value to the work we are doing. Jasmine has already hit the ground running and is currently attending the World Captive Forum, connecting with industry and driving home the message that Bermuda remains the premier domicile. With these recent additions to the team, the BDA is in a great position.”

With more than a decade of insurance industry experience, Mrs. DeSilva previously worked as an Assistant Vice President at Sompo International and was a key underwriter with a large portfolio of Fortune 500 accounts focusing on transportation and energy risk. Most recently, she took a short break from the industry while working to develop health and wellness initiatives at the Bermuda Wellness and Outreach Centre (BWOC) as their Wellness Strategist and Fitness Director.

Mrs. DeSilva achieved her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2010, and graduated from the University of Toronto, Canada with distinction. She is a member of The Bermuda Chapter CPCU Society and was elected to serve as President during 2012 to 2013.

Before leaving for the World Captive Forum, Jasmine DeSilva said: “Having taken a short break from the industry, I am delighted to be back and excited to be building on the excellent work that has been done to date. Bermuda’s standing as one of the world’s most important insurance and reinsurance markets is something the whole island can be proud of and I feel privileged to be working with all those involved to make sure we continue to take advantage of new opportunities and are able to overcome any challenges.”  

Anastasia Slater is an AIR Institute Certified Catastrophe Modeller with experience working in the industry at Axis Capital (Bermuda) Ltd, Sirius International (Bermuda) Ltd and Torus Reinsurance Ltd. Most recently, she worked as a professional consultant for a number of leading Bermuda firms. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from St. John’s University (formerly the College of Insurance) in New York and is a Bermuda Foundation of Insurance Companies alumni.

Ahead of joining the BDA next month, Ms Slater said: “I’m very much looking forward to joining the BDA and have already been involved in discussions with the team about plans for this year. I hope to use my skills and experience to drive forward new business developments for the benefit of Bermuda.”

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