Marcel Omar Papp is the head of Swiss Re’s Retakaful operation in Kuala Lumpur, after setting it up in 2009. The Retakaful branch is the global centre for Swiss Re’s Family and General Retakaful business, responsible for developing the firm’s Islamic Reinsurance business, products and processes. Under his leadership Swiss Re Retakaful has become a market leader in South East Asia and has won several awards as ‘Best Retakaful operator in Asia’ in the past three years. Until he moved to his current position, he was based in Hong Kong and Singapore for ten years in various underwriting roles, including head of the Casualty Treaty Desk and Product Manager Casualty for Asia. He started his career in insurance more than 20 years ago as a claims broker in the London market working for Willis. He then moved to Union Re (Zurich) working in Client Market and Underwriting functions before joining Swiss Re in 1998. Marcel Omar holds a Masters of Arts (Business Administration) from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (A.C.I.I.) of London.