Delta Insurance’s Dordevich named finalist for New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards
It’s been a meteoric rise for the technology-focused Miro Dordevich, who is a finalist in the New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards Young Insurance Professional of the Year category. Combining a passion for the country’s high-tech industry with a growing appreciation of targeted insurance solutions as a fundamental enabler of trade, Dordevich’s three years with Delta Insurance have been highly eventful. “I’ve gone from senior underwriter to team leader and now Technology Liability Product lead with my own team of direct reports,” he smiles.
The ambitious and enthusiastic insurance professional is thrilled at making the finalists in the 11th annual New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards and puts both his career progression and advancement in the Young Insurance Professional of the Year category down to a different approach in delivering insurance solutions. “When you’re providing insurance for the technical industries, partnership and understanding the risks clearly and precisely makes a big difference. There’s always a lot happening, innovation moves fast in the technology space, and as insurers with a risk mitigation approach, our challenge is creating and delivering solutions which are far more than an ambulance at the bottom of a cliff. Instead, we seek to work with the innovators, identifying and wherever possible preventing risks and hazards from becoming claimable incidents – but also providing the comfort that if things go wrong, the financial impact and liability is lessened or eliminated altogether.”
An active member of the ANZIIF liability committee, Miro takes pride in engaging as broadly as possible with the local technology industry. He maintains a close relationship with accelerators and incubators and, regularly has appeared as a guest in Tech Entrepreneur Conferences, and actively makes himself available to brokers and clients. “Before talking insurance or premiums or anything else, understanding the industry is crucial” Miro notes that the local technology industry accounts for around 6 percent of GDP and generated $11.5 billion in FY2022. “There’s massive potential for long term growth, and appropriate insurance solutions are absolutely a part of that.”
Describing his approach as ‘an ethical underwriter’, Miro says its important to understand clearly where and how insurance can help – and just as importantly, where it cannot. “Insurance is a link in the value chain which allows people to do business with one another. By being available, freely giving time, and creating a better way to do insurance, our role is identifying risks, quantifying them as insurable where possible, and also pointing out where insurance isn’t possible.”
Delta’s solutions in the Technology Liability space include cybersecurity cover, product recall policies, and solutions for ‘emerging modern risks’
Making the finals is a bit of a thrill, he laughs. “I arrived in New Zealand as the child of immigrants and was the kid with a weird name who could barely speak any English. There’s been a couple of great milestones along the way, and this is definitely among them.”
The ANZIIF New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards dinner takes place on Wednesday, 22 November 2023. For more information please visit https://anziif.com/professional-development/events/new-zealand-insurance-industry-awards