retender was founded in 2017 after questioning whether there are ways of removing some of the structural inefficiencies on the wholesale side of insurance. What would you do if you could start with a blank piece of paper?

With years of experience in reinsurance and actuarial as well as a passion for wanting to make a real difference for consumers, we are keen to work with companies that also want to make positive and significant changes for their customers. And have some fun.


The Directors

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Ilan Leas

Managing Director

  • One of the founding members of Pacific Life Re Australia, a reinsurer started in 2015 and rated in 2016 by an independent survey of insurers as the number one reinsurer by business capability. As Head of Marketing, Ilan was responsible for strategy, marketing, sales and product.

  • Ilan has led some of the largest group reinsurance renewals in Australia (including working on close to 80% of the group insurance arrangements in the market) along with development of a number of innovative retail insurance propositions.

  • Former Director at Swiss Re Australia and prior to Australia, Ilan spent 6 years in the UK at Swiss Re in Pricing and Marketing and in general insurance at a subsidiary of BNP Paribas as Head of Underwriting and Actuarial. Before that, he worked in South Africa at Old Mutual in product development, corporate and distribution roles.

  • Ilan is the Chair of the Life Insurance and Wealth Management Practice Committee at the Actuaries Institute and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Ilan has written a variety of articles and presented at a number of conferences (including ASFA, FSC, AIST and the Actuaries Institute) on members reasonable expectations, the group risk market, longevity, reinsurance and the future of life insurance.

Ilan is passionate about his family and trying to make a difference. In his spare time he runs after his children and the dog and enjoys late night horror films.


Kent Hopper

Director and Chief Actuary

  • Founder and Principal of Zoeller Consulting, a practice specialising in actuarial and advisory services to life insurers, aged care, and non-traditional areas where amongst other projects, he has run the actuarial side of one of the largest retail reinsurance tenders on behalf of an insurer.

  • Former Chief Innovation Officer at CommInsure, where he developed and executed two world-first reinsurance transactions in longevity and disability income.

  • Former Head Actuary of the Insurance division at CommInsure/Colonial, providing actuarial services in pricing, product, financial reporting, and strategic advice across retail and group insurance products.

  • Kent is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Kent has presented at a number of conferences including ALUCA and the Actuaries Institute on opportunities for Life Insurance disruption.

Kent is passionate about disruption, innovation and his family. In his spare time he cycles and dodges Pink Panther style Cato attacks from his two sons.