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Meet Manja

She works as a Senior Underwriter Space at Munich Re Germany at our Munich office.

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    Not if but how: Transferring complex space risks into insurable solutions

    Manja studied law in Germany and South Africa. As a trained lawyer, she joined Munich Re more than 13 years ago. She not only assists her clients with her sound legal knowledge, but also supports them with her argumentation skills

    As an experienced underwriter, Manja handles space risks with a higher level of complexity. Offering space insurance solutions, for example for the services of small multi-flexible satellites or satellite constellations, Manja is in daily contact with brokers to negotiate and exchange ideas. The required solutions she works out with the Space team balancing structured thinking and pragmatism. Face to face meetings with clients and leads frequently take her away from Munich.

    Learn more about Manja´s work

    Risk assessment and pricing
    Assessing and reviewing risks and applications based on in-depth knowledge of space technology as well as finalising contracts.
    Support of colleagues in risk assessment and pricing; and team discussion of risks
    Exchange of experiences and professional management of the Space Team.
    Work on projects, especially in New Space
    specific development of insurance solutions for complex space risks.
    Calls and correspondence with brokers and clients; traveling
    Representing Munich Re locally and maintaining contacts with clients and brokers.

    An insight into Manja's working environment at
    Munich Re

    Serving in a leadership role as a senior, I take a cooperative approach. My focus is on motivating more junior colleagues to stretch their abilities. I offer challenging tasks or encourage interaction with demanding clients and brokers. I help colleagues expand their expertise in risk assessment and pricing, either by directly supporting them or by inviting them to collaborate on high-level and more complex risks. The ensuing lessons-learned exchanges cultivate their ability to work independently in the future.
    I was invited to join, and it’s been a great experience. It’s an international business with globe-spanning relationships and negotiations. I find keeping up with the latest in space technology, with innovations and their future applications stimulating. Space is a frontier, and – in supporting the exploration of insurability of space technology – we are pioneers. 
    The most exciting parts are risk inspections at launch sites, like the Kennedy Space Center or the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Visits to satellite manufacturers fascinate me because I have this rare opportunity to see the actual building and testing of a satellite. The highest honour is an invitation to the launch itself – and to witness a tiny piece of human history as it’s written.  
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    Space insurance is a small community with long-standing relationships between individuals. It’s our ambition to be – and stay – best in class in the capacity we offer, the service we provide and in our cooperative approach to finding solutions for our clients.
    Senior Underwriter Space
    Germany, Munich