Our People

Risk Engineering Team

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    Jeff Ashman

    BEng (Hon) Electrical & Power Engineering (University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology, 1990), Chartered Electrical Engineer, HND Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mining electrical Engineers Certification, Associate Member of the Institute Materials Minerals and Mining, Diploma in Management Studies. 

    Jeff is an experienced engineer with over 20 years working as an electrical engineer and manager in the mining, electrical generation, transmission and distribution and food industry. He has undertaken numerous risk surveys and handled a wide range of losses pertaining to all forms of power generation, underground and open cast mines, as well as heavy industry installations worldwide. He also undertakes failures investigations of equipment, has taken leading roles in the design, specification and commission of large engineering projects and specializes in HV, Generators and Transformers, Steam Boilers, Power and Sub-sea Cables, DC Power and Power Stations, Electrical Transmission and Distribution, Gas, Steam, Hydro-electric and Wind Turbines, Geothermal, Risk Surveys, Pre-Risk Surveys, Failure investigations, Risk Engineering Consultation and Instrumentation and Control. 

    Languages: English.

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    Jose Miguel Varela

    BSc Eng (Petroleum) (Universidad Central de Venezuela), Reservoir Engineer (CIED-PDVSA: International Centre for Education and Development - Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.), MBA with specialisation in Finance (Florida International University), Specialisation in Global Business (MIRBIS Russia), FUEDI - ELAE (European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts), ACA Accredited Claims Adjuster (Florida Department of Financial Services), Certified Fire Protection Inspector (NFPA - National Fire Protection Association), Petroleum Refining Economics Course (Colorado School of Mines), Certified Thermographer (ITC - Infrared Training Centre), Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Member of the External Industry Board of FIU – AMERI (Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute).

    Jose Miguel has 20 years of extensive experience in engineering, oil field production management and reservoir control, including over 10 years in the loss adjusting profession in the United States, South America and the Caribbean region.  He specialises in claims related to oil & gas, petrochemicals, property, as well as business interruption and liability.  Jose Miguel oversees the Miami Office and provides valuable support to our associates and offices within Latin America, predominantly in the Caribbean and Central America.

    Languages: English and Spanish.

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    Manuel Rebelo

    MSc Eng (Mech) with specialisation in Industrial Management, MA Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT Portugal), PgDip Energy Management, IILA Member (International Institute of Loss Adjusters), Chartered Loss Adjuster (CNPR - Portuguese Chamber of Loss Adjusters), FUEDI - ELAE (European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts).

    Manuel has over 20 years of extensive experience as a loss adjuster and engineer working across Europe, Africa, North and South America. At Advanta, he specialises in high-value property, construction, energy and ALOP losses. Manuel oversees the development of Advanta’s network throughout the African continent, including Portuguese-speaking countries, coordinating efforts and providing valuable support in the region. 

    Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English.

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    André Werneck

    BA Business Administration (Rio de Janeiro State University), Professional Courses: Risk Management (National Insurance School - FUNENSEG), FGV-Getulio Vargas Foundation: Balance Sheet Analysis, Corporate Finance, Cost Accounting and Financial Management. 

    Andre has more than 20 years’ experience working for leading companies in the insurance industry. Before entering the loss adjusting profession, he worked a number of years developing business relationships for international insurance brokers. Throughout his career, Andre has gained considerable experience in managing large claims related to heavy equipment, business interruption and fire. His specialities include property, CAR / EAR, construction and liability. 

    Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish. 

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    Tomas Fourcade

    BSc Eng (Industrial), MBA (IAE - Business School, Universidad Austral), Registered Loss Adjuster (SSN - Argentina National Insurance Commission), AIRM Certificate (ALARYS International Risk Management), Certified Fire Protection Specialist (NFPA - National Fire Protection Association), Member of AALPS (Argentinean Association of Loss Adjusters and Surveyors), Professional Course in Offshore Operations (Rig School, Texas). 

    Tomas has over 15 years of experience as a loss adjuster, engineer and risk analyst working in Latin America, Europe and the United States. He is often invited to speak at various international conferences and has also conducted seminars and workshops aimed at insurance professionals. His specialities include property, energy, construction and BI related claims. In addition to overseeing our Argentina office, Tomas coordinates efforts and provides our associates and offices in the Southern Cone with valuable support.

    Languages: Spanish and English.

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    Eugenio Alonso

    BSc Eng (Elec) (UPM - Technical University of Madrid), FUEDI - ELAE (European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts), Chartered Loss Adjuster and Surveyor (APCAS - Spanish Association of Loss Adjusters and Surveyors). 

    Eugenio has over 20 years’ experience in loss adjusting field working for leading claims managements firms. Before entering insurance industry, he gained experience in dealing with engineering firms. Throughout his long career, Eugenio has specialised in all types of energy claims, including power installation, generation and distribution. His experience and expertise in renewable energy claims place him as one of the most renowned loss adjusters, both in Spain and internationally. 

    Languages: Spanish and basic knowledge of English.

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    Gunter Schück

    Dip Eng (Mech) (Chemnitz University of Technology).

    Gunter has over 30 years’ experience in loss adjusting handling engineering and fire claims throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Before starting his career in the insurance industry, he worked for 12 years as a Power Plant and Petrochemical Maintenance Engineer within petroleum industry. Gunter’s main specialities include CAR / EAR, machinery breakdown, petrochemical risks and business interruption as well as risk surveys.

    Languages: German, fluent in English and basic knowledge of Russian.

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    Paulo Pereira

    BSc Eng (Elec)

    Paulo has over 20 years’ experience working in the insurance sector as a loss adjuster. Before joining Advanta in 2005, he held a number of directorial positions with leading claims management companies. Paulo’s specialities include industrial all risks, machinery breakdown and energy.

    Languages: Portuguese, Spanish and fluent in English.

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    Richard J. Dixon

    BA (Hons), ACII (Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute), Chartered Insurance Practitioner, Member Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, PgDip Legal Studies, MEI (Member of Energy Institute). 

    With 30 years’ experience working as a loss adjuster, gained mainly in the Middle East insurance market, Richard has held senior management positions in several leading loss adjusting companies in Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. Over the course of his career, he has gained considerable experience in dealing with claims in the petroleum industry, power plants, oilfield facilities and airport projects. His specialities include construction, engineering, energy, oil contamination and marine claims. 

    Languages: English and basic knowledge of Arabic.