DATTATRAYA NAVARE -
INSURANCE INDUSTRY DOYEN
excellent networker and one of the
founder members of the 'Saturday Club'
- - Manohar
Dattatraya Navare arrived in Mombasa in March 1947 to manage the
Indo-Africa Insurance Co. which changed to the Pan Africa Insurance
Co. after Kenya's independence.
company grew to become one of largest insurance company in
British East Africa.
30 years at Pan Africa were successful in no small measure
due to some remarkable people that he worked with, most
notably his Chairman A.B. Patel who was also his mentor and
who my father held in very high regard.
the executive director of the company Mr. Navare was
appreciated for his firm ethical stance and his strong
developed close relationships with the insurance and the
general business community in East Africa and with
reinsurers in London and in Zurich. His
reputation was such that reinsurers were prepared to provide
reinsurance treaties just on the basis of his presence on
the Board of Directors.
- - Manohar
also invited to be on the electoral panel of the insurance 'Hall of
Fame' in Berlin.
never disappointed anybody in the trust in which he was held.
work he was an effective negotiator and showed great capability in
marshalling re-sources to support him.
work he was ahead of his time by employing local Kenyans in the office
- a very rare sight in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
number of his protégés now hold key positions in Kenyan insurance
played a prominent role in both the development of the profession and
education within the insurance industry, voluntarily giving time to
the insurance society (in Kenya and internationally (in conjunction
with the Chartered Insurance Institute) and to student affairs.
an excellent networker and one of the founder members of the Saturday
Club which attracted multiracial businessmen and professionals in
worked 30 years at Pan Africa, and after retirement he guided a start
up insurance company to maturity over the 11 years that he spent with
it as executive director.
start up was the Apollo Insurance founded by the entrepreneur Shashi
Shah and his family.
Chairman was the elder brother Budhibhai Shah and the Nairobi
operations were run by the younger brother Ashok Shah.
Apollo the combination of his skills and integrity together with
Shashi and his family's acute understanding of business management
transformed Apollo into a sizeable and profitable business.
Kenya spent the biggest chunk of his life - 41 years to 1988.
took up bridge, a game at which he excelled and which would play a
prominent part in his life both in Mombasa and later in London.
lived a long and a successful life.
many respects it was unique to his time.
did his work with high professional competence, and took his family,
social life, and his spiritual life as seriously as he did his
died in London on 22 August 2008.
leaves behind his wife and two children.