Skip to main content

QBE Re looks to regional expansion with Head of Africa hire

QBE Re is expanding its treaty hub for Africa with the appointment of Attilio Tornetta as Head of Africa.

Attilio will be based in Dubai and responsible for all the new treaty business incepting from 1 April onwards. He will report to Houcine Zouaoui, Head of Treaty Middle East and Africa.

He joins from MGA Fourteenzerofive where he was Lead Underwriter. Attilio brings over a decade of experience in the African market to his new role, having also held roles at Aspen Re leading Sub-Sahara African business as well as at Swiss Re.

The newly created role marks a regional expansion for the QBE Re branch in Dubai to put increased focus on the whole of continental Africa, beyond the North African region.

Abdallah Balbeisi, Senior Executive Officer for Middle East and Africa, QBE Re, said: “Attilio is a great addition to the business. He will work alongside the QBE Re team in Dubai to further develop our presence in the region. Our appetite includes the selective writing of proportional multi line and bouquets as well as XOL business, offering wide range of products across property, casualty and specialty lines of business.”




For further information contact:

Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 7105 5284,

Alexis Burris, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 3465 3921,





About QBE

QBE helps businesses build resilience through risk management and insurance.

QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2020 was US$14.7 billion.

As a business insurance specialist, QBE European Operations offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and motor to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large client base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organisations and work hard to understand our clients’ businesses so that we offer insurance solutions that meet their needs – from complex programmes to simpler e-trading solutions – and support them in minimising their risk exposures. Our expert risk management and rehabilitation practitioners focus on helping clients improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.