The Lens on bridging gaps, innovation and the future of healthcare

In this episode of The Lens, our host Oli Barrett MBE, is joined by CEO of AXA UK and Ireland, Claudio Gienal and Sandiso Sibisi, Founder of COOi Studios.

Join Oli Barrett MBE for episode ten, series three of The Lens podcast

In this episode our host Oli Barrett MBE gets an understanding of how cutting edge technology connects with tough business problems. How to make any business more innovative and how the future of healthcare will involve new forms of collaboration.

Our host asks both Claudio and Sandiso who they’d most like to meet for coff­ee and which books they’ll be adding to the Lens Reading List.

Our Guests


Claudio Gienal

Claudio Gienal is Chief Executive of AXA UK and Ireland. He joined the company in July 2017 and was previously Chief Strategy Development Officer, European Markets.

Prior to joining AXA, Claudio spent ten years at Zurich where he held a number of senior positions including Chief Strategy Officer for the Zurich Group, CEO of the Zurich Life Insurance Company and Chief Operating Officer of Zurich Insurance UK.

He is currently a board member for AXA Konzern in Germany and Switzerland-based insurance start-up JAROWA. Claudio previously served on the board of Farmers New World Life in the US and is a council member of the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce. 

Claudio began his career as a management consultant working for McKinsey & Company and Accenture. He has a Masters in Environmental Engineering from ETZH Swiss Federal Institute.

Sandiso Sibisi

Sandiso Sibisi the founder of COOi Studios, an Open Innovation studio for corporates. The studio solves tough business problems, using design thinking. 

Prior to COOi Studios, Sandiso served as the Head of Open Innovation for Africa region at Accenture, a global technology consulting company. In 2013, Sandiso established the Born to Succeed programme, which advocates and educates for young women’s economic participation, to date the programme has helped over 120 women obtain employment. 

Sandiso is a One Young World ambassador, an impactful young leader creating a better world, with more responsible and effective leadership. Her other accolades include being named as a Sustainable Development Goals ambassador; one of ; a Play Your Part Ambassador with Brand South Africa; an Inspiring fifty Women in Tech; and a Mandela Washington Fellow.
Sandiso holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Technology from Wits University, a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate from INSEAD and is currently a Master of Management (Innovation Studies) candidate at Wits University.

About The Lens Podcast

Powered by Fujitsu, supported by McCann and in partnership with One Young World, The Lens represents the breadth, diversity and priorities of the responsible business agenda. From gender equality to zero hours contracts, learning on the factory floor to activist businesses, The Lens covers a range of topics from a host of varying perspectives. 

Each episode brings together a business and future leader to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections. Innovators and CEOs join Oli Barrett in the studio for a unique conversation covering their journeys, lessons learned, advice, insight and of course, the inspirational person they’d most like to meet for coffee. 

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