Barbara Bufkin

Barbara Bufkin
Senior Advisor

Throughout the past eight years, Barbara has focused her career at the intersection of distribution, underwriting, technology and capital. Originating and fostering strategic partnerships, representing 2 specialty carriers, predominately in the Amwins  Access Division .

Commencing in 2020 Barbara joined Amwins as a Senior Advisor. In 2023 Barbara’s work within Amwins is most aligned with Fostering Talent and bringing external associations, foundations and business related networks to support Amwins DE&I initiatives and Partnerships.

She is a founding and current member of the Amwins Group Diversity & Inclusion Council, leading the subcommittee Ensuring Diversity Within Recruiting. She’s a frequent contributor at Amwins University and to the Amwins Young Professionals, , along with a founding steering committee member of the Women In Leadership program.

Barbara mentors and actively sponsors talent in the firm.

Industry Activity :

Immediate past Chair of the International Board of Governors of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) and curent Co-Chair of the IICF Inclusion Diversity Equity & Accessibility (IDEA) Council.  Barbara has been directly engaged in the IICF  global and national Women in Insurance Conference series.

Having served as President for 4 years of the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW), Barbara is now Chairman of the Board, having led the association to over 200% growth during this time.

Concurrently, she advocates for the value of the insurance industry as a career of choice in her role on the Board of Trustees of Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) and is past President and Chair of the Governance Committee, formed during her tenure. In these initiatives, along with her role on the founding US Board and as a Global Ambassador of ISC, Barbara has been driving the Big Tent of culture, inclusion, innovation, sponsorship, mentoring talent and the power of networks.

Current Advisory roles in Climate and Weather related early and mid-stage ventures:

Opterrix -  American Family’s Tenney 110 Venture.

Kettle Re - a Bermuda based AI driven MGA formed to model, price and underwrite wildfire risk with advanced science and technology.

Independent Directorships :

Effective September 2020, she was elected as an Independent Director to Nuclear Electric Mutual Limited (NEIL) serving on the Audit, Finance & Risk and Governance Committees. With the 2021 formation of Bermuda subsidiary Cedar Hamilton, she was named Director and Chair of the Governance Committee and serves on the Audit Committee.  

Effective April 2021, she was elected as an Independent Director to Westfield Group Companies.