Centers of Excellence were conceptualized at SDA Bocconi Asia Center formerly MISB Bocconi in order to create an environment which is rich in knowledge through research.
The Objective: to create a “Global Knowledge Platform”. Through the creation of this platform, it is envisioned that SDA Bocconi Asia Center will foster a partnership with the corporate community which will enable it to enrich its programs and drive value across the industry and student community. Through this initiative, SDA Bocconi Asia Center generates the setting up of best practices in India through research, education and thought leadership. It will significantly bring to the front, Bocconi’s strength since its foundation which has been its openness and willingness to share the knowledge and the results of its teaching and its research with different stakeholders. The centers of excellence will be a platform to generate debate and discussion around relevant topics/ issues which will have high industry interest in India across the target business community. Relevant research both Global and local will be undertaken which will value-add to the industry in terms of current thinking, practice and direction.

One of the first centers to be conceptualized in October 2012 was the Centers of Excellence for Insurance.

Center’s Mission: Create a Global Knowledge Platform for Insurance both Life and General Insurance through deep research.

An Advisory Board consisting of industry leaders in Life Insurance, General Insurance and Reinsurance has been set up to act as a sounding board for all Projects that get initiated through the Centers Member.

  • Mr. Deepak Sood, CEO Avantha-Ergo Life Insurance
  • Managing Director & CEO ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
  • Mr. Praveen Vashishtha, Executive Chairman Howden Asia
  • Mr. Ritesh Kumar, Managing Director & CEO HDFC Ergo General Insurance
  • Mr. Roopam Asthana, Chief Executive Officer & Director Liberty Videocon General Insurance
  • Mr. Hitesh Kotak, CEO MunichRe India Branch
  • Mr. Julien Hautiere-Rey, Deputy CEO SBI Life Insurance
  • Dr. Anjana Grewal (Ph.D) Senior Professor & Director COE SDA Bocconi Asia Center

1. International Trends in Bancassurance – 2013
2. Client Study on Activation & Productivity Analysis of Agency Channel (Life Insurance Company) – 2014
3. Work in Progress-Solvency norms across Various Countries in the World – 2015
4. Consumer Behavior for Online Life Insurance Business – 2015-16
5. WIP – Understanding “Risk Related Corporate Buyer Behavior, Service Drivers and Perceptions of Insurance Providers in India” – 2017

We are constantly working towards creating a knowledge platform that will support Insurance industry in developing capabilities for the future. Solvency II Lab at SDA Bocconi, Milan will support Center of Excellence – Insurance in its endeavor.



We organized the first edition of a conference focusing Insurance sector named ‘Transformation in Insurance’ in January 2016. It covered events like:

1. Roundtable on ‘TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN INSURANCE ’ – The event was blessed with the presence of eminent panelists represented by industry experts and thought leaders from the Insurance sector. It generated highly valuable debate and discussion on the topic of industry interest. Click to view the Album

2. Research Paper Reading: Winner of the 1st edition of ‘CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPER’ was given an opportunity to read his paper on ‘Product Innovation in Non-Life Insurance Sector’.

3. Speaker’s Session: a guest speaker session on the topic ‘CAREERS IN INSURANCE’ was conducted to motivate students in exploring the Insurance sector as a career option.


Dr. Anjana Grewal moderated the panel discussion on the topic ‘Into the future of Life Insurance Distribution, she also represented as a panel member for the discussion on ‘Addressing the Persistency Problem’



“The insurance industry is about covering risk. This is what individuals need to understand. Both Life and Non-Life (General) Insurance sectors cover personal and business risk. It is estimated that the overall industry size in India by 2020 will be USD-280 bn. We see this as a growth sector offering several opportunities”  Dr. Anjana Grewal, Senior Professor and Senior Director Centers of Excellence | SDA Bocconi Asia Center

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