Crawford’s Asia-Pacific expertise in construction markets was on show at a recent event in Singapore, with the Asia-Pacific firm’s head of Construction, Power & Energy, lr Pooba Mahalingam, leading a topical workshop.
At the invitation of the Singapore College of Insurance and the Australasian Institute of Chartered Loss Adjusters, Pooba provided comprehensive guidance to delegates from insurance companies, reinsurers, brokers and fellow adjusters. Focusing on the technical aspects of contractors all risks cases and complications with advanced loss of profits claims, the workshop provided an excellent platform for Pooba to share his knowledge and experience.
“The workshop was very well received and judging by the number of questions I took, it certainly got people thinking,” said Pooba. “The dynamics of claims handling are always evolving and the Asia Pacific region is a real hotbed for innovation. Having dealt with CAT losses from major incidents like the 2010/11 earthquakes in New Zealand, I know that the experiences we had in that region are likely to inform many future cases.”
Pooba is a professional engineer with more than 20 years of experience in construction, insurance and loss adjusting. He deals with construction, engineering, liability and property claims mainly for various insurance companies.
He has previous experience working with an international loss adjusting firm in Kuala Lumpur where he was responsible for risk management and claims handling for mega public and private projects. This included the following large construction risks — Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Light Rail Transit 1 & 11, Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat Sdn Bhd (SPRINT) Highway and the Kuala Lumpur Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) Tunnel. He also gained further regional engineering exposure when he handled assignments in Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Pooba has handled some high profile cases in the past and is a well-known presenter on construction risks and claims handling.