The US Professional Lines Team, here at HDI Global Specialty, is on an exciting journey and have secured the perfect hires to complete their expert offering. Below, each member of the team discusses their diverse backgrounds and why they work so well together.

“They say the best things come to those who wait, it’s certainly been a labour of love and we are delighted to introduce you to your new HDI Global Specialty US Professional Lines team. With a diverse experience base and deep bench-strength, we have a credible, sustainable offering and we can’t wait to see our clients again in person very soon.” – Zina Saeed, Senior Underwriter- US Professional Lines


Meet James Jorgensen, Underwriting Manager – US Professional Lines:

Before I joined HDI Global Specialty SE, I spent my underwriting career specialising in professional service firms at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. 

I have worked with the top law and accountancy firms in the UK and US.  The many meetings with these firms have developed my keen interest in the relationship of professional service firm key performance metrics and firm culture.

I am a father of 3 daughters and enjoy skiing, cycling, and cooking for the family.

What do you bring to the US Professional Lines team?

When I first started out as an underwriter, a managing partner of a law firm explained that “law firms all do the same things, but differently”. This statement has been the bedrock of my career as I have sought to find out what the many differences are between all types of professional service firms and what determines success. 

I have learnt that there is no one answer. There are, however, key themes that run through most successful professional service firms. 

My passion is sharing this knowledge with clients and brokers to assist them with reducing their risk exposures.

A key theme of risk within any organisation is having great people working with you. My goal is to utilise all I have learnt to create a best-in-class underwriting team to better serve our clients and brokers. 

Contact James: James.Jorgensen@hdi-specialty.com


Meet Mahfuzur Rahman (Mafi), Underwriter – US Professional Lines:

I have experience in a broad range of U.S. Professions business & joined the HDI Global Specialty US PI team, having spent 4 years at Chubb. I come from a numerical background, having completed a Postgrad in Actuarial Science after a BSc in Mathematics & Statistics.

Outside of Insurance, I enjoy Powerlifting and football. I also regularly volunteer in the local community and involve myself in events to raise money for charity, including for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

What do you bring to the US Professional Lines team?

I thoroughly enjoy working with data, analysing financial information and loss history to predict future outcomes and provide the best solutions for our clients. I’m also very approachable and look forward to developing stronger relationships with our partners and forming new ones.

Contact Mahfuzur: mahfuzur.rahman@hdi-specialty.com


Meet Tanya Devereux, Senior Underwriting Assistant - US Professional Lines:

I have worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years providing technical and operational support in both underwriting and broking settings.

I am an avid supporter of Bedford Blues Rugby club and a very keen gardener.

What do you bring to the US Professional Lines team?

I have spent the past 20 years working for the same leading Syndicate in this class. I have a lot of ideas around procedures and efficiencies to streamline our work processes and have us working as a well-oiled machine. I have also spent many years getting to know our clients and brokers and can add a new dimension to the information we review as we grow the portfolio. 

Contact Tanya: Tanya.Devereux@hdi-specialty.com


Meet Zina Saeed, Senior Underwriter – US Professional Lines:

My insurance career has spanned almost 20 years specialising in the U.S. & International Professional Liability area. I have a Claims Management background and have also worked in Chicago for a leading Lawyer’s Professional Liability insurer. I returned to London in 2014 and transitioned to the Underwriting side of the business.  Throughout my career, I have developed an interest in the interplay between the development of firm culture and loss activity.

I am the mother of 2 daughters and enjoy golf, singing with my choir, and, like many of us, I got a lockdown puppy last year!

What do you bring to the US Professional Lines team?

Many people told me that a claims background would be invaluable to underwriting and they were not wrong; my ability to understand the losses of the past helps us to navigate each renewal with a clearer understanding of the journeys our clients have been on and what they need to focus on for the future.

Contact Zina :  zina.saeed@hdi-specialty.com