Working at the IAIS

Since our establishment in 1994, the IAIS Secretariat has welcomed staff from all over the world to Basel, Switzerland. The IAIS is also fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff. 

There are many ways to join the IAIS and get involved. You can apply for a position by viewing our current vacancies or be seconded from the supervisory authority in your country.

Find out below what it is like to work in our organisation from some of our current staff members.

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Melanie Clowes, Senior Policy Advisor - Communications

How long have you worked at the IAIS and how did you join the organisation?

I joined the IAIS in early 2020, just as the world went into lockdown due to Covid-19. This unique timing marked the beginning of my work in a new role, a new organisation and a new sector.

Prior to joining the IAIS, I spent two decades at Basel’s leading pharmaceutical companies, where my responsibilities spanned a diverse spectrum, from executive communications to media and stakeholder relations, issues and crisis management, change management, social media, employee engagement, and marketing communications.

What are the key projects you are currently working on?

My role is both dynamic and multifaceted. As the IAIS’ communications officer, I am responsible for overseeing the Association’s communications efforts across our various channels and audiences. I have the privilege of collaborating with the IAIS Chair and Secretary General on their engagements, as well as supporting IAIS Policy Advisors in effectively communicating their critical initiatives and projects. Notably, last year, we successfully launched the new IAIS brand—a project that holds a special place in my heart, as it allows us to convey the Association’s professionalism more effectively and emphasise its unique global role.

How do you find living in Basel?

I have lived in Basel for over 20 years and love it. It offers the charm of a small town, yet provides access to cultural activities on scale with big cities. Its proximity to the picturesque Alps makes it effortless to explore breathtaking natural landscapes and its central location makes it convenient to visit major European cities for short weekend getaways.

What do you like best about your job?

I am deeply passionate about our mission of protecting policyholders and helping to maintain financial stability through the development of fair, safe and stable insurance markets. It is truly rewarding to be part of a team of dedicated colleagues at the Secretariat and committed IAIS Members from across the world, that pursue this mission with the overarching goal of making a significant and lasting positive impact on society.

Carlos Lopez Moreira, Senior Policy Advisor - Implementation

How long have you worked at the IAIS and how did you join the organisation?

I joined the IAIS in December 2021. Prior to that, I worked as an Insurance Supervisor at the Superintendence of Insurance in the Central Bank of Paraguay. My previous role entailed off-site and on-site monitoring of insurers and financial stability.

In 2016, Paraguay hosted the IAIS Annual Conference, and I had the privilege to coordinate that work together with the IAS Secretariat. Since then, I have followed job openings at the IAIS until the opportunity finally came in 2021, when the position was advertised on LinkedIn.

For me, it is a great honour to be the first Paraguayan to work at the IAIS.

What are the key projects you are currently working on?

As a Senior Policy Advisor – Implementation, my key function is to support the activities of the Implementation and Assessment Committee (IAC). I also support the Financial Inclusion Forum (FIF), Risk-Based Solvency Implementation Forum (RBSIF), Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDE), as well as the IAIS’ work on capacity building in cooperation with the implementation partners.

This broad spectrum of activities makes the role very exciting. Two of the most interesting projects I am currently supporting are the development of guidance to support IAIS Members in implementing risk-based solvency regimes and the update of the Application Paper on Regulation and Supervision Supporting Inclusive Insurance Markets. Both projects have a strong focus on supporting supervisors from EMDE.

How do you find living in Basel?

Life in Basel is idyllic. Basel offers a great atmosphere – the picturesque architecture, vibrant International community and central location make it a great place to live and work.

My wife and I are having a wonderful time in Basel. Living here has allowed her to pursue her master’s degree at one of the best universities in the world. We have also made very good friends from different parts of the world and had a chance to explore the beautiful Swiss lakes and mountains.

What do you like best about your job?

The most exciting part of my job is to engage with the broad international community of the IAIS. It has not only allowed me to work with highly qualified people from all regions but has also allowed me to see the world through a different lens. It is undoubtedly a gratifying experience.