About Us

Time transforms… and what stands the test of time becomes valuable

For over 50 years, Essajee Carimjee Insurance Brokers (Pvt) Ltd., has employed time effectively and wisely to become one of the oldest Insurance Service Providers in Sri Lanka with a reputation for trust and integrity.

From the complex Insurance requirements of corporates to the personal Insurance needs of families and individuals, Essajee’s provides customized packages to suit the varying needs in all classes of Insurance and forges ahead with a commitment to withstand, adapt, grow and remain timeless.

Our Beginnings

We are the successors to Carimjee Jafferjee, established in 1831 as a general trading house. In 1945, the Company diversified it’s activities by entering the Insurance Industry.

Having entered the Insurance field over 50 years ago, we have represented both local & foreign Insurance Organisations in Sri Lanka. Prior to the nationalisation of the insurance industry, we were Agents for Union Life Assurance Company Limited (Union Life) of India. Thereafter, General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation p.l.c. (GAFLAC), a British based Insurance Company acquired a major portion of Union Life’s shares appointing us as their Special Agents for Asia. We continue to represent GAFLAC as their marine Settling Agents.

Consequent to the nationalisation of Insurance in 1961, we were appointed Agents of the then Insurance Corporation of Ceylon(presently known as the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd.). Subsequently in 1979, the National Insurance Corporation was formed, and we were appointed Agents for Whittal Boustead Ltd., - Principal Agents for the National Insurance Corporation.
In 1988, the government reversed its long-standing policy prohibiting private Companies to operate within the country. This change in policy launched a new era in the insurance industry. Although regulated to meet high standards of the insurance trade, private Companies were now allowed to directly compete for business from the two government Corporations, thus providing the insuring public with better coverage and specialized services at very competitive rates of premium. Subsequently, the government divested their holdings in the two government owned Insurance Corporations, making all Insurance Companies owned and operated by the private sector.

During the period of privatization, Insurance Brokers were also introduced to the market, to provide the insuring public with specialized services. We were amongst one of the very first Companies to be appointed as Insurance Brokers in Sri Lanka.
We take pride in our achievements, whether it be the complex insurance requirements of Corporations or the personal insurance needs of a small family, our qualified and experienced staff will provide you with a professional and personalised service,ensuring maximum protection at all times. Our many satisfied clients are our testimony to our success. Dealing with various underwriters, we have successfully maintained a very warm and cordial relationship with all Insurers operating within the country. Having worked as Agents and Brokers for many underwriting establishments, we have nonetheless become a part of history of the insurance trade in Sri Lanka.

Our Directors

Imran Essajee

Chairman / Managing Director / Principal Officer

Reza Ghiasudeen

Director / Additional Principal Officer

Jumana Essajee

Director

Our Resources

Imran Essajee – Chairman/Managing Director/Principal Officer – imran@essajee.com

Mr. Essajee has over 35 years of experience in Insurance. Instrumental in establishing Essajee’s Insurance Broking functions. He was instrumental in embarking the Company to becoming Insurance Brokers upon the liberalization of the Insurance Industry in Sri Lanka. He also has extensive experience in Risk Management & dealing with Overseas Insurer’s. Mr. Essajee holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana) in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.

A. Reza Ghiasudeen – Director/Additional Principal Officer – reza@essajee.com

Mr. Reza Ghiasudeen has over 30 years of Insurance experience. He is responsible for the Insurance Broking functions of the Company & is widely experienced in both Underwriting and Claims. He is also responsible for the network Partnerships with Overseas Insurers & Insurance Brokers & the placement of specialized policies. Mr. Ghiasudeen is also oversees the Company’s Insurance Consultancy Services.

Ms. Dilrukshi Perera – Manager – International/Local Health & Travel Insurance – dilrukshi@essajee.com

Dilrukshi Perera has more than 12 years of extensive knowledge in International Health Insurance Products. Her cast experience includes both underwriting & claims handling for the leading health insurance providers in the world. Ms. Perera also handles the company's entire local health insurance portfolio. All travel insurance products come under the purview of Ms. Perera.

Sumudu Herath – Finance & Administration Manager – sumudu@essajee.com

Mrs. hHerath is responsible for the overall smooth & efficient functioning of both the Finance & Administration departments of the company. She posses over 20 years of experience in Accountancy in the field of Management & Financial Accounting. She successfully completed the Certified Management Account (Sri Lanka) Course - Managerial Level.

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