Jason engelbrecht

Chief Technology Officer | New Product Development | Head of R&D

About Me

Senior Leader with significant global experience in new technology and innovation, creating solutions to meet client needs and solving business problems. Digital Product and Service Development, Big Data, Machine Learning & Data Science Specialist.

A commercially astute Head of Technology and Chief Technology Officer; leads innovation and growth in international organisations (Europe, America, Asia). Demonstrable track record of providing innovation in diverse vertical market segments for major corporations. Effectively leads strategic development and projects for clients and customers in the financial, insurance, scientific, energy, risk and legal sectors.


Trustee | Institute of Business Ethics

2019 - Present

The IBE is a charity that provides support and guidance to businesses in order to promote ethical decision making. I chose to join the IBE trustee board because of my desire to help the organisation and its members meet the modern ethical challenges of the increased use of AI and automation and to see the promotion of ethical business practices to digital start-ups.

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Non-Executive Director | Advisor | Makerversity

2018 - Present

Makerversity is a creative tech incubator based at Somerset House supporting over 100 startups and early stage companies. As Non-Executive Director I provide strategic guidance, constructive challenge, as well as offer specialist advice and hold management to account and thus provide an independent view of the company that is removed from the day-to-day running.

Chief Technology Officer | Munich Re

2019 - Present

Munich Re is the world’s largest Re-insurer with over €290 billion under management and €55 billion annual income. As Chief Technology Officer I focus on executing and directing digital innovation and transformation. 

Leading a multi-disciplinary global team, I support regional business units by operating and building platforms that support investment, reinsurance, underwriting, pricing, policy admin, risk assessment & accumulation, compliance management and customer-facing digital services. By working closely with business teams and customers I also author and publish Munich Re’s technology strategy and Technology Trend Radar which, by leveraging technology, ensures that Munich Re can remain innovative and adapt to the changing insurance needs.

Head of Technology and Research
Thomson Reuters / Refinitiv

2014 - 2019

Leading all aspects of the global Text Meta Data Services division providing internal and external customers with cutting-edge machine learning, big data and natural language processing technology. Clearly defining, communicating and delivering strategy aligned with wider corporation objectives with ultimate responsibility for product and programme delivery.

New Product and Research & Development Manager

2010 - 2014

Engaged following purchase of New Energy Finance (2010); driving change from ‘small start-up style team’ to enterprise scale (without compromising vibrant, fast-paced culture) creating a professional team capable of meeting planned business growth.


MSc Data Science - Distinction
Continuing further study towards PhD


Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Cass Business School - Distinction


Key Competencies

Innovation | Large Scale Development | Strategic Management | Proven Leadership  | Group Management | Stakeholder Management | Advanced Technical Ability  | Data Science | Big Data| Technical Architecture | Client-Focused | Organisational Planning | Financial Control