Elected Officials


President
Michal Ron
SACE Italy | Chief International Officer

With extensive experience in structured finance and export credit, Michal is the Chief International Officer of SACE, holding responsibility for the Group’s International Relations, Overseas Network and Political Credit Recovery.

She manages SACE’s active participation within the OECD and the EU, as well as the relationship with the peer group. Over the past 10 years, she has steered the expansion of SACE’s overseas network, supervising international underwriting generated by the 12 offices abroad. Her responsibilities also include all activities related to the Paris Club and other political recoveries.

From 2017 to September 2020 Michal served as the first Secretary General of the International Working Group (IWG). She is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI).

Prior to working at SACE, she spent 10 years at Mediocredito Centrale (Head of Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals, Structured Finance) and 7 years with HSBC. With a Business Studies, Risk Management and Finance BSc Honors degree from City University Business School (London, renamed CAAS), Michal has worked in investment banking in several European countries and has been invited to speak in numerous conferences worldwide.


Vice President
Christina Westholm-Schröder
Sovereign Bermuda | Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriter

Christina Westholm-Schroder, is Sovereign’s Chief Underwriter and Senior Vice President, with more than 30 years of experience in the political risk insurance industry. She is responsible for all aspects of Sovereign's transactional underwriting. Christina also leads Sovereign’s successful cooperation with multilaterals and ECAs. 

Prior to joining Sovereign, she was a senior officer at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) in Washington, D.C. She joined MIGA as one of the first employees and worked in several managerial capacities before assuming the role as Head of Reinsurance. In her earlier career, she worked as a financial analyst and as a broker in Sweden and at Bank of America in New York. Christina has been active in the Berne Union representing Sovereign for a number of years. 

She has served on the BU’s Management Committee since 2014, and previously held the positions as Chair of the Investment Committee and, before that, Chair of the Technical Panel. She has further served on various working groups, including the Data and Outreach Task Forces. In addition to her BU activities, Christina is also an Alternate Director on the Board of ATI (the African Trade Insurance Agency. 

Christina has a degree in international business from Stockholm School of Economics and Business Administration and an MBA in finance from New York University.


ST Committee Chair
Julian Hudson
CHUBB United Kingdom | Global Head of Trade Credit

Julian has 24 years experience in political risk and credit insurance. He commenced his career as an underwriter with Trade Indemnity (now Euler Group) in London before moving to Asia in 1999 to assume a regional broking role with Jardine Lloyd Thompson in both Singapore and Hong Kong.

Julian relocated to Singapore in January 2007 where he joined ACE (now Chubb) as the Regional Manager for Political Risk & Credit business and established the Asia practice. In July 2014, he moved back to London in the capacity of Chief Development Officer, Political Risk & Credit within Chubb Global Markets where, in addition to day-to-day underwriting responsibilities, he was involved with the promotion of new political risk and credit insurance products, the establishment of new overseas offices and capabilities, and the provision of solutions for multi-national companies. In November 2015, he was made Global Head of Trade Credit.

Julian’s experience ranges from short-term trade transactions to medium-term specialty credit through to sovereign and sub-sovereign non-payment risk, and protecting debt and equity flows into a variety of projects.

 
ECA Committee Chair
Robert Suter
SERV Switzerland | Head of International Relations & Business Policy

After completing a Master’s degree in International Affairs & Governance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Robert Suter joined the International Relations team at SERV and has lead this growing team since 2014. It now includes International & Government Relations, Business Policy, Sustainability Analysis and Bank & Country Risk Analysis. He has participated in international negotiations on Official Export Credit Support at the OECD and the IWG as a member of the Swiss delegation and represented SERV at various international conferences and forums, including the Berne Union, for many years.


MLT Committee Chair
Dominique Meessen
CREDENDO Belgium | Head of Reinsurance

Dominique spent 25 years in Credendo ECA’s Underwriting and Account Management department where he occupied different positions, including management positions.

In September 2018, Dominique joined Credendo’s Reinsurance department He is currently Head of Reinsurance and responsible for both Outward and Inward reinsurance activities in Credendo. Dominique has extensive experience in Credit and Political Risk insurance from an ECA perspective but also from a private player perspective thanks to Credendo market activities.

He has attended Berne Union meetings for almost 15 years. He was Chair of the Technical Panel Meeting of the Investment Insurance Committee in 2007 and 2008. Before joining Credendo, Dominique briefly worked in a business law firm in Brussels. Dominique holds a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M.) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).


PC Committee Chair
Imaad Al-Harthy
Credit Oman | General Manager Sales

Imaad AL-HARTHY is the General Manager Sales at Oman’s national ECA: Credit Oman SAOC with 24 years of experience in underwriting, claims, recoveries, and various management positions. After completing a BA (Hons.) in Business Studies from Nottingham Trent University, UK in July 1995, Imaad joined Credit Oman and has been part of its development and evolution. He has been involved with the Prague Club since 2001 and was part of the taskforce that concluded the integration of PCC with Berne Union in 2016.


 
ST Committee Vice Chair
Sunil Joshi
ECGC India | Executive Director

Sunil joined ECGC in 1988 and over the past 32 years has had comprehensive experience in both the short-term and medium- and long- term business of ECGC.
He has led client interaction teams on the ground and has also spearheaded design and development of product, policy, and procedures of both its short-term and medium- and long-term business. He has worked extensively in claims arising from export credit insurance cover extended to banks, which also constitutes the largest segment of ECGC’s short-term business.

As head of International Relations Department he has handled ECGC’s interactions at bilateral and multilateral forums. He has been a panelist at several international conferences and has published articles on international trade and credit insurance. Sunil holds a Masters Degree in Physics.

 
ECA Committee Vice Chair
Irene Gambelli
SACE Italy| Senior Advisor for International Relations

Irene Gambelli is an International Relations specialist at SACE, the Italian Export Credit Agency, looking after company’s relationship with foreign ECAs, MDBs and other international institutions, and representing Italy’s position within the OECD and EU, including negotiations and working groups on policy-related issues and topics that steer export credit business. She has been with SACE since 2006, spending 3 years in the underwriting area and additional 4 years coordinating the business strategy and origination activities of SACE’s overseas network in major emerging and developed economies.

Within the Berne Union, from 2014 to 2016 she assisted former President and Vice President in developing key reforms and initiatives aimed at fostering organisational improvement and visibility worldwide. She has been an active member of Berne Union’s focus group on SMEs from 2014 to 2019 and is currently involved in ongoing initiatives on data and digitalisation.

Before joining SACE, Irene worked 6 years for a business law firm in Rome. She holds a Masters’ degree in Political Sciences from the University of Rome, Italy, and a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Marketing and Business Communication from ISM Rome.

 
MLT Committee Vice Chair
Andrew Underwood
AXA XL | Chief Underwriting Officer - Specialty, UK and Lloyd's

Andrew Underwood is Chief Underwriting Offices, Speciality Insurance, UK and Lloyds at AXA XL. Before joining AXA XL, Andrew was a partner at Hiscox, holding progressively senior roles in London and New York. He has 30 years’ experience in specialty insurance and reinsurance, namely political risk, trade credit and bond, crisis management, cyber, media and entertainment, and mergers & acquisitions.

He is ACII qualified, a past Chair of the Lloyd’s Market Association Political Risks, Credit and Financial Contingencies Panel and the current chair of the International Underwriting Association Political Risk Insurance Committee. He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences and is a passionate contributor on regulatory matters, particularly those affecting Insurers and Financial Institutions. He first began working with the Berne Union in 2008.

 
PC Committee Vice Chair
Martina Jus
HBOR Croatia | Executive Director - International Affairs, Export Credit Insurance, EU Funds and Financial Instruments

Martina Jus joined the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) in 2005 as a legal counsel, following her admission to the State Bar. She has worked in several capacities at HBOR since then, including a management board position.Currently she is the Head of Division for International Affairs, Export Credit Insurance, EU Funds and Financial Instruments. She has been particularly invested in the development of new products and positioning of HBOR on the international market. Martina also served as a member of the Management Board of the Croatian Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (HAMAG) from 2012 to 2014. Martina holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Zagreb (Croatia).