Dr John Schoonbee is a medical doctor who has been working in the insurance field for about 15 years and directly for reinsurers since 2005. John began working at Swiss Re in July 2011 and is Chief Medical Officer for Europe, the UK and Ireland, Middle East, and Africa. He is involved in many aspects of life insurance, including product development, risk and claims assessment, as well as helping with pricing some of the more complex medical life and health products.
Dr John Schoonbee graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1995, and performed his internship at Groote Schuur Hospital. After some years in private medical practice he joined the corporate world which included working at a company that specialized in corporate sick leave management, in its own right, as well as the link to future short and long term disability.
While running his own sick leave and disability consulting company he joined RGA in South Africa and became Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research, involved in many functions across the organization, including claims, underwriting, marketing, training and presentations to both clients and across the industry, and R&D. He was very involved in product development and marketing work in Europe as well as South East Asia and Australia.
John was secretary of the Medical Underwriting Standing Committee of the South African industry body ASISA (Association of Saving and Investment of South Africa), and a key part of the team the organized the 2010 ICLAM meeting in Cape Town, where he also presented. In addition he has presented at ELHUA in Vienna, GAV in the Netherlands and AAIM in the US, as well as a number of seminars and workshops around the world, including Asia.