This year’s group of fierce go-getters may have youth on their side, but they have had to work diligently and earnestly for their career successes. They are Bermuda’s next generation of thinkers, doers and trailblazers, and though their stories may differ, together they are proving that Bermuda’s future is in good hands.

Courtney Simons
Age: 29
Position: HR business partner
Employer: KPMG

What is the best part about working for your company?
I was intrigued to join KPMG as the firm provides numerous opportunities for professional growth and development. Working in a fast-paced environment allows for continuous learning, allowing me to enhance my skills and expertise. Whilst I enjoy my traditional HR role, I am also the recruitment and scholarship lead for KPMG’s Lift Off Program. In this role, I most enjoy networking with young people and providing them the opportunity to kickstart their career.

What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my family, friends, and present and former colleagues. Each group has been instrumental in supporting me through my life and career journey. Their advice, guidance and encouragement are greatly appreciated.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I’d ideally like to be the head of HR, working in a position where I am a trusted advisor and advocate for employees and stakeholders alike. I also hope that in 10 years I can look back and be proud of helping many young Bermudians enter the corporate world, supporting them to achieve their goals.

What advice would you give your younger self?
“Believe in yourself, you’ve got this!” Believe and trust that you are capable of achieving your goals and exude confidence during the process. Self-belief is an important trait that can propel you forward, help you overcome challenges and unlock doors to endless possibilities. Life will always be filled with uncertainties and unexpected twists. Rather than fearing the unknown, see it as an opportunity for growth and new experiences.

What is the best part about working in your industry?
No two days are alike working in HR at KPMG. As someone who enjoys learning, I recognise the field of HR as ever-evolving, with new trends and best practices emerging. KPMG provides ongoing learning and development opportunities which are both stimulating and rewarding and lead to my personal and professional growth.


Arielle DeSilva
Age: 30
Position: Associate
Employer: Appleby (Bermuda) Limited

Why did you choose to be a part of this industry?
I wanted a career that would be intellectually stimulating, and law is just that.  I find myself constantly challenged to solve problems, multitask and ultimately deliver, sometimes under extreme time pressure.

What is the best part about working for your company?
Appleby allows you to learn through doing. I find this learning style to be highly effective. In law, the specific facts and the circumstances will change, and the answer yesterday may not be the answer tomorrow. Focusing on developing young lawyers to find the answers themselves, through their own research and application of the law, will set them on the road for success, and has personally served me well.

What do you do to unwind at the end of the day?
In law, there is no “end of the day.” Our profession is notorious for late nights and long hours, so I like to start my day with a walk on the railway trails whenever possible, to really disconnect from technology and ground myself for the day.

What are you most grateful for?
My son. He has brought me so much joy over the last seven years, and truly has given me a purpose. When you have a child, you have to constantly show up for them, which in turn forces you to show up for yourself.  You can’t pour from an empty cup, and in the early years of your career it is easy to forget to “refill.” Having someone depending on you to get it right both professionally and at home anchors you and helps you to be the best version of yourself in all arenas.

Who at your company has helped you the most?
Clive Langley and Matthew Ebbs-Brewer, both of whom were my mentors during my pupillage with Appleby, who have continued to offer me advice and help me to develop throughout my time as an associate.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself at the top of my field. Whether as a partner at a top-tier offshore law firm or in-house general counsel is yet to be determined, but I am excited to see where the next 10 years takes me and very much looking forward to the journey.

What is the best part about working in your industry?
Seeing the tangible impact of the work that we do in the real world.


Shakeem Albouy
Age: 29
Position: Professional lines underwriter
Employer: AXA AL

What drives your motivation to succeed?
I have a strong desire to do something unique and innovative, to push boundaries and accomplish what has never been done before. I also aim to be a role model for young men, particularly young Black men in my country, inspiring them to pursue their dreams and achieve success.

Are there certain words you live by?
“Have faith” and “trust the process” are the guiding principles I live by. These phrases remind me to remain steadfast, believing in myself and the journey I am undertaking.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Although I embrace the fluidity of life, I envision myself as a senior vice president (SVP) here at AXA XL in 10 years. In this role, I aim to mentor and guide the next generation of underwriters. However, given the constantly evolving technological landscape, I have started teaching myself artificial intelligence and machine-learning principles. I have set a goal to leverage AI for creating underwriting efficiencies, envisioning a future where the realms of underwriting and IT development merge seamlessly.

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would advise my younger self never to be afraid of failure. Failure is a natural part of life, and it serves as a valuable teacher, making us wiser and better equipped for future endeavours.

What is the best part about working in your industry?
The most rewarding aspect of working in this industry is delving into the intricate workings of the world’s top companies. I feel this is truly fascinating and provides me with a deeper understanding of our global economy.

What is the best part about working for your company?
AXA XL is an exceptional company for numerous reasons, but what truly stands out to me is the sense of belonging and family I experience here. I feel at home, surrounded by a supportive and cohesive community that encourages me to give my best every day.


Josh Malpas
Age: 28
Position: Financial lines underwriter
Employer: Liberty Mutual Insurance

What motivates you to succeed?
On a personal level, I want to be the best role model I can be for my son. From a work perspective, the drive to make my team successful and to continue to challenge myself is what motivates me daily. That means showing up for work every day ready to give 110 percent to myself and the team.

What is the best part about working for your company?
The people are the best part. At the end of the day, you spend more time with your work family than you do with your actual family. Also, Liberty is engaged with the community which is very important to me. We participate in feeding programmes, are the lead sponsor for Relay for Life, and make quarterly donations to local charities. Lastly, we can’t forget about those catchy Liberty Mutual commercials.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself heading up a team of talented people, hopefully some I have helped to grow along the way.

What advice would you give your younger self?
One thing I’ve learned is that networking is key and that everyone moves at their own pace.  Authenticity and being true to who you are will always win. Don’t be afraid to show people who you are. Make sure that you step outside of your comfort zone.

What is the best part about working in your industry?
What keeps me excited about the financial lines industry and insurance as a whole is that every day is different, which keeps me engaged and interested.

What are you most grateful for?
Obviously, I would not be here if it wasn’t for my parents and the sacrifices they made, so I am eternally grateful for everything they have done for me. I’m also extremely grateful for all the people who have taken a gamble on me so far in my career.


Omari Tucker
Age: 25
Position: Analyst, investment accounting and operations
Employer: Aspen Insurance

Why did you choose to be a part of this industry?
I often joke with my friends from overseas that “you could trip over sand on the beach, and you’ll still end up falling into an insurance company in Bermuda.” It has to be the large exposure to the industry within the country. Being able to network and grow your career is the advantage of living on the island.

What is the best part about working for your company?
Exposure, opportunity and support. I joined Aspen directly after university and was immediately exposed to several parts of the company. Everyone has confidence in you to grow within your career and truly supports you by providing you with the opportunities.

What is your loftiest ambition?
My main goal for myself is to be happy and enjoy what I do. When it comes to my personal life and my career, I will always dream big. For my career, I am aiming for top management positions in large multinational firms, ideally in a position where I can lead on a global scale. I’d also like to create a pathway of success for others like me who need further representation in the corporate world.

What are you most grateful for?
I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for my family. What was instilled in me from a young age, along with the way I was raised, is truly the reason I have become the person I am today. I owe my parents all the praise for the sacrifices that were made for me. 

Who at your company helped you the most?
Giselle Yeung, who was my line manager when I first joined Aspen—although she probably doesn’t know how much of an impact she actually had on me. From organisation to work ethic to personable qualities, she epitomises what an ideal employee and manager looks like to me. Being new to the corporate world, I based my approach to my working life on the way she did.

Are there certain words you live by?
“Be the resource that you wish you had.” Those who know me, know I love sharing what I’ve learned and experienced. I also love giving back. I believe knowledge is wealth and giving back is important.   


Kip Malpas
Age: 23
Position: Senior associate
Employer: PricewaterhouseCoopers Bermuda

Why did you choose to be a part of this industry?
With a shortage of accountants globally, including in Bermuda, there are great opportunities for career progression. This is especially true for young professionals who are dedicated and willing to make sacrifices to invest in their career early on. Additionally, audit and accounting provide a great foundational skillset that is transferrable to an extensive range of careers.

What is the best part about working for your company?
PwC Bermuda invests extensively in the career development of their junior staff members providing significant opportunities for growth as a young professional. The culture of the organisation heavily emphasises collaboration with peers and colleagues. This allows for considerable on-the-job training and fosters a supportive work environment. Our office is also extremely diverse with people from all over the world and of all different backgrounds which creates a unique atmosphere.

What do you do to unwind at the end of the day?
I spend the majority of my free time outside enjoying the island that we are fortunate enough to call home. I try and lead an active lifestyle by running as a means of clearing my head after a long day at work. I also enjoy getting to the golf course or out on the water with friends.

What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for the educational opportunities that I have been afforded both academically and professionally. Specifically, I am grateful for the scholarships earned from Butterfield and PwC Bermuda. These provided me with the opportunity to complete undergraduate and graduate programmes without placing any financial burden on my family.

What advice would you give your younger self?
While it might not always be the easiest or most attractive thing to do, making sacrifices and investing in yourself early on will pay substantial dividends in the future.

What is the best part about working in your industry?
The transferability of audit and accounting experience to an extensive range of careers is an extremely valuable perk of working within our industry. Additionally, working on engagements for a broad array of clients also provides the opportunity to get a detailed look inside the operations of businesses in a wide variety of industries which is something relatively unique to audit.