January 31, 2024

Further Group Launches Sustainable Initiative to Offset Carbon Footprint

Further Group is thrilled to announce a new partnership with CO2 Revolution as part of our commitment to environmental sustainability. As a responsible corporate citizen, we have undertaken a comprehensive initiative to offset our carbon footprint, aligning with our values and meeting the expectations of our clients and employees.

Calculating Our Carbon Footprint:

The first crucial step in our sustainability journey involved a calculation of our 2022 carbon footprint. Our activities, centred around providing patients with top-tier medical treatment abroad, generated 1,009 tons of CO2 emissions.

Environmental Restoration in Carballedo, Galicia:

In keeping with our aim to be carbon neutral, we are pleased to announce that we have offset our entire carbon footprint by planting 806 trees in Carballedo, Galicia, Spain. This region suffered devastating forest fires that left large areas damaged. Through this initiative we are not only contributing to the regeneration of the local ecosystem but also the absorption of CO2, playing an important role in combatting climate change.

Key Benefits:

Our commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability is at the heart of this initiative. The key impact focus areas are:

1. Environmental Impact:

  • Combatting Climate Change: Planting trees is a powerful tool against climate change, as they absorb and store carbon dioxide, mitigating the overall impact of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Regenerating Damaged Forest Area: Our efforts in Carballedo directly contribute to the regeneration of lands damaged by forest fires, promoting biodiversity and ecological resilience.

2. Social Impact:

  • Strengthening Rural Communities: Our reforestation initiative supports local communities by creating employment opportunities and fostering a sense of pride and ownership.
  • Promoting Social Inclusion: By engaging in projects that favour equal opportunities and contribute to community well-being, we aim to promote social inclusion and support those in need.

3. Economic Impact:

  • Aligning with Future Regulations: As global regulations on carbon emissions tighten, Further is proactively aligning with future standards to stay ahead of regulatory changes.
  • Meeting Client and Employee Expectations: In an era where environmental responsibility is a top priority for clients and employees, our sustainability initiatives demonstrate our commitment to ethical business practices.

At Further, we recognise the urgency of addressing climate change and acknowledge our responsibility in contributing to a sustainable future. Through our partnership with CO2 Revolution and the impactful tree-planting project in Carballedo, we are taking a significant step towards a greener, more sustainable tomorrow. We invite our clients, employees, and stakeholders to join us on this journey as we strive to make a positive impact on the world around us.

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Udaiveer Anand

Chief Financial Officer

Udai joined Further as CFO in February 2024 and is responsible for driving profitable growth of the business, working closely with our CEO and investors. He brings 20 years´ experience working in finance and the insurance industry, for large, global listed insurers (Aviva, RSA), as well as working for private equity backed insurance businesses, both as an M&A and financial advisor, as well as CFO and member of the Executive Committee. Udai is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant, having worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young in the UK. He holds an MSc. in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick, UK.

Mei Yan

Chairwoman, Greater China

Mei Yan built up Further’s business in Greater China and is currently Chairwoman of Further’s business there, with more than 20 years’ experience in insurance, finance and consulting. This includes MSH, Mercer Consulting and McKinsey.

Frank Ahedo

Chief Executive Officer

Frank’s expertise in developing turnkey insurance products with a focus on serious illness is guided by his vision for solutions that allow access to top quality international healthcare, regardless of geography. Under his leadership, Further has strengthened and built strong partnerships with leading insurance companies, international banks, multinational brokers and major corporations worldwide.

Antonio Lubrano

Group General Manager and Chief Financial Officer

Joining the Further team after 27 years in leadership roles at IBM around the world, Antonio brings extensive knowledge in developing and managing strategic, secure and high-performing processes, as well as far-ranging experience in financial operations and processes on an international scale.

Tatiana Macías

Head of Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Tatiana, as the Head of Governance, Risk, and Compliance, holds a pivotal role in our organization, overseeing the corporate governance framework, driving strategic initiatives, ensuring regulatory and legal compliance, managing risk, and fortifying internal controls. Her responsibilities extend across multiple countries, aligning policies with industry best practices. Additionally, in her capacity as the Company Secretary, Tatiana ensures comprehensive corporate compliance, safeguarding the organization’s integrity and ethical standards.

 

Previously Chief of Staff / Chief Operating Officer, ensuring Further’s operational excellence, Tatiana has also held senior leadership roles in Operations at Cigna, as well as key management roles with Swiss Re.

Ignacio San Miguel

Global Business Support Director

An experienced insurance director with a strong background in health and wellness, Ignacio has expertise in insurance operations, new market and product development, customer service and strategic planning. Ignacio drives Further’s business development objectives and handles new client opportunities alongside the sales and operations teams.

Damien Payne

Director of Corporate Solutions

As one of the company’s co-founders Damien has been a central part of Further’s growth from the beginning. He currently heads up the Corporate Solutions division providing innovative health products and services to large multinationals enabling those employers to deploy these healthcare benefits equally to employees across the globe.

Ekaterina Ogareva

Director of Business Development (Russia and CIS)

With 20 years’ experience in insurance Business Development, Ekaterina has held a number of directorships and senior roles in the insurance industry, including at Best Doctors, Marsh, Renaissance Life and AIG.

Ana Antunes

Global Head of Customer Operations

Ana is responsible for global Customer Operations and Medical Management, providing strategic, operational, and clinical leadership from product ideation to operational implementation. Ana works every day with a purpose: to make a positive impact on people’s lives and with a commitment to always deliver customer value. Ana previously held key management roles in the Health Insurance sector as well as in the clinical setting as Operating Room Head Nurse.

Nuno Mergulhão

Chief Information Officer

An experienced information technology leader with a strong background in pharmaceutical, industrial, and retail industries, Nuno has expertise in delivering on transformative technologies in areas like CRMs, ERPs, WCMS, Omnichannel and Cloud Computing on a local and global scale.

Yaan Cao

General Manager China

Yaan is responsible for managing Further’s business in China. He was part of the core team involved in the company’s entry into China and South East Asia and supported the business development in both regions.

Fernando Muñoz

Head of Business Transformation

Fernando contributes with strategic insights, business acumen and operational experience acquired through a long track of complex transformational programs in Accenture and Cigna, where he developed IT and Service Operations leadership roles in dynamic, global and business-challenging contexts.

Amanda Frayne

Chief Legal Officer

Amanda is our Chief Legal Officer and provides her strategic and commercially driven leadership and expertise to our business globally in all areas related to law, regulation, and compliance. Amanda has over 20 years’ international and cross border industry experience in legal, compliance, strategy, and transformation within a broad range of global industry sectors from insurance and technology to travel and customer engagement/loyalty. Prior to joining Further, Amanda established, led, and developed the global legal function at Collinson Group – a global privately owned group of companies spanning a range of sectors with over 1,700 employees, 1,500 clients and servicing over 400 million consumers globally.

Greg Jarzabek

Chief Digital Officer

Greg joined Further following their acquisition of Trustedoctor digital platform. He is responsible for digital transformation and digital stakeholders’ journey in Further products. Greg is an experienced co-founder with a demonstrated history of working in the health and wellness industry. Greg has previously held senior leadership positions in the financial industry at Mitsubishi UFJ and Merrill Lynch after graduating from Harvard Business School.

Nicola Carter

Chief Product Officer

Nicola has over 20 years’ experience in underwriting, product development and marketing in leading international insurance companies. At Further, she is responsible for developing innovative health-related insurance products & services and building sustainable relationships with our key reinsurance partners.

Joe Romanos

Global Head of Sales and Account Management

A lawyer by background, Joe started his career in insurance and health services after completing a Master’s in Global Management at the Antwerp Management School. Over the last 7 years, he has built a successful track record in several commercial functions, first as an individual contributor and, thereafter, as a leader. Joe joined Further in June 2022 to strengthen Further’s commercial capabilities and enable the team to deliver against the business’ growth ambitions.

John smith

CEO

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