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Barbara Bufkin

Senior Advisor
Amwins Access

Barbara's four decades in the insurance and reinsurance industry have spanned leadership roles encompassing operational and strategic responsibilities, including business origination and product development, underwriting, claims, risk management/corporate governance and ceded and assumed reinsurance, while fostering a culture of innovation, mentorship, and diverse talent.

Throughout the past seven years, Barbara has focused her career at the intersection of distribution, underwriting, technology and capital in specialty businesses. Barbara currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Amwins Access, is a member of the D&I Council, and an Independent Director of the Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited  and The Westfield Companies. She previously held leadership roles at Hamilton USA, Guy Carpenter, Argo Group and Swiss Re.

During her 3 year tenure ( 2017-2020)  as Chair of the International Board of Governors of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) and current President of the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW), Barbara has been directly engaged in the global and national Women in Insurance Conference series. Furthering her commitment to the IICF she serves as Co Chair of the IICF Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility ( IDEA) Council which brings together 50 of the top D&I officer in the insurance industry to advance the mission of diversity and inclusion. Concurrently, she is a member of the North American board of  directors of ISC Group   and advocates for the value of the insurance industry as a career of choice in her role as immediate past president, current Chair of the governance committee and member of the Board of Trustees of Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) . As a keynote speaker on The Power of Purpose in various insurance industry forums, Barbara has been driving the Big Tent of culture, inclusion, innovation, sponsorship, mentoring talent and the power of networks.  

A tireless advocate on issues of philanthropy, product innovation and talent, Barbara was named Insurance Woman of the Year by APIW in 2012, Inclusion Champion by the IICF in 2015 and Woman of Distinction at the 2017 Insurance Business America Awards. In 2019, she was inducted into Insurance Business America’s Hall of Fame.

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