René van der Poel was born in the Netherlands. He made his degree in Business Economics (drs.) at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. René has 30 years working experience in financial services (insurance, banking and asset management). He has worked in the Netherlands, US, the Caribbean, India, Germany and Austria. René is Head of the International Competence Center Bancassurance ERGO, based in Vienna/Austria. This team is the main connection point for ERGO’s international bancassurance operations in Europe and Asia. ERGO is part of Munich Re Group. During the past years, the Competence Center has developed as global expert team on bancassurance matters for the Munich Re business entities. Prior to joining ERGO/Munich Re, René worked in various management roles within ING Group. Amongst them working and living in Bangalore (India) as Sales Director of ING Life Insurance during the years 2006-2009