Employee Perspectives: Gabriella Engstrand


At Accelerant, we’re motivated by our mission to rebuild insurance so that it’s fair, transparent, and efficient. We’re often asked what it’s like to work at a global company with an audacious vision, so we thought we’d give a peek behind the scenes through our Employee Perspectives… series. After all, people are at the heart of what we do, and we’re proud to bring together individuals and teams who share our passion about creating an amazing experience and working in an amazing environment. In today’s spotlight, meet Gabriella Engstrand, Accelerant’s Head of Distribution in Europe.

Name: Gabriella Engstrand      

Title: Head of Distribution Europe

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Can you describe your role in a couple of sentences?

I’m responsible for developing Accelerant’s business in Europe, building on the momentum Accelerant has in the region.

Describe Accelerant in 3 words: 

Empowering, Dynamic, and Innovative.

What did you do before Accelerant?

I worked at Lloyd’s as Head of Broker Distribution and Managing Agent Engagement. Essentially driving market development activities for Lloyd’s in Europe.

What was your first-ever job?

I was a travel guide in Spain.

Where did you grow up?

In the countryside, 2 hours from Stockholm, with my summers spent on the Swedish west coast.

How did you learn about Accelerant?

Accelerant reached out to me through my business network, and that’s how I first learned about the company.

Who inspires you?

I’m constantly inspired by different people – a while ago, I saw a fascinating documentary on Netflix called “14 Peaks – nothing is Impossible” following Nepali mountaineer Nimsdai Purja. I highly recommend it to anyone feeling a little uninspired! I would also recommend listening to Arancha González Laya, former Minister of Foreign affairs in Spain, as she sat down in the podcast “Leading” for a conversation with Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell. An incredibly inspiring woman in many ways.

What are you most proud of?

Without a doubt, my family.

What do you love to do when you’re not working?

I love outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, and sailing, but I’m also a very keen traveler! If forced to sit still inside, you might find me very much enjoying a good jigsaw puzzle.

What’s on your bucket list?

An expedition to Antarctica!