Women in Insurance - October 6 2021
In this interview series, we profile women who are shaping the future of insurance. This week, we speak with Sabine VanderLinden, CEO and Managing Partner at Alchemy Crew, an award-winning venture validation and commercialization lab focused on accelerating strategic engagements among corporations and startups, particularly tech ventures interested in entering the insurance sector. Before co-founding Alchemy Crew, Sabine served the insurance sector for over 23 years, working with established market players. She launched and delivered her well-known InsurTech startup accelerator in Europe and InsurTech Hub on the East coast of the USA. Her interests include leadership, growth ventures, business model design, and speeding revenue-generating partnerships via ecosystem development. We sat down with Sabine to ask a few questions about her path to insurance, and how more women in insurance leadership, insurtech, and remote work are changing the insurance industry for the better.
Sabine, tell us about your path to insurance and insurtech. What attracted you to the insurance industry?
I came to London (United Kingdom) from Paris (France) through the now-defunct Erasmus program.
In 1996 I started my career within Lloyd's of London market after completing a double degree in business and finance, including insurance which enabled me to acquire five qualifications from the Chartered Insurance Institute. In 1998, I moved to the Lloyd Corporation as a regulatory officer. After three years in Lloyd's market, I decided to depart to gain an MBA from Bayes Business School (formerly CASS) to further my expertise in strategy, international trade, and finance.
After a series of strategy, transformation, and commercial roles, I worked with a private equity-owned firm and a few years later for private investors, which gave me a view on their decision-making process. In 2016, I scaled the Startupbootcamp InsurTech program across Europe and Hartford before turning my attention to new passions within the emerging tech and insurance spheres.