Our Executive Team
Founded and advised by a team of insurance, finance, and tech industry veterans with a passion for transparent and unbiased advice. COVU’s mission is to help both everyday people and professional advisors manage risk and insurance smarter. We help our customers find and fill their coverage gaps and achieve true peace of mind.
Ali Safavi
Chief Executive Officer
Previous Partner at Plug and Play Ventures, Pioneer of insurtech practice there, which is now the leading worldwide insurtech innovation platform, Drove more than $20 million in revenue from over 90 paid insurance partnerships, and oversaw investments in over 70 firms through Plug and Play.
Tasos Chatzimichailidis
Chief Insurance Executive
Before joining COVU, Tasos served as the CEO of WeFox and the CIO at Revolut, leading these two top-performing insurance and fintech startups that he scaled to over $1 billion in sales over the course of six years while operating in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.
Amir Kargar
Chief Technical Officer
Amir worked as the first machine learning engineer and the sixth team member for Mya, a chatbot platform for recruiters, before joining COVU. Prior to that, he was employed by a few startup companies that were in the early stages of creating both B2C and B2B machine learning and AI solutions.
Amin Zarshenas
Chief Product Officer
Amin is an experienced data scientist focusing on the use of complex data for business intelligence. He holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering with a focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has worked in Uptake and CCC Information Services, respectively.
Wil Plasencia
Chief Marketing Officer
Wil has over two decades of expertise in technology and targeted Behavioral Marketing, focusing on B2B/B2C/D2C platforms in various industries. He has successfully launched products/services/new brands for companies like Coca-Cola, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals etc.
Brian Bell
Chief Carrier Relations Officer
With over 16 years of experience in nearly every aspect of the insurance world, Brian is an industry leader who is experienced in maximizing agency operations and has developed relationships with nearly all of the top carriers in the property casualty marketplace throughout his career.
Chaitanya Baddam
Chief Data Officer
Chaitanya Baddam has more than 18 years of technology leadership and software development expertise. She has led the Salesforce Life Insurance digital platforms for call-center, customers, agents, and international firms to manage their book of business at John Hancock.
Koray Dogan
Chief Compliance Officer
Koray is a veteran from FinTech juggernaut Revolut and Europe's largest InsurTech WeFox. His experience in Compliance & Risk framework, is easily adapted to the data-driven world of digital insurance distribution.
Chief Architect
Arokiadoss Anthonimuthu
Doss is a technology innovator with over 20 years of experience bridging the gap between Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the digital world. His specialties are in insurance software systems architecture, design, and development. He has worked for both insurtech startups and established insurance carriers, where he had a hand in reshaping their software systems architecture, design, and development.
Anton Kovnir
VP of Product
Anton brings a wealth of expertise in the insurtech industry. He brings 5 years of insurtech and 15+ years of product management experience. Anton has been at Wefox, Europe’s leading insurtech company, where he has been responsible for managing the agency product and expanding its commercial presence into Switzerland and Italy.
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