Why the Accelerator

What is the Accelerator

How the Accelerator works
what is the accelerator

What is the Accelerator


The Allianz Digital Accelerator builds new business models for Allianz and accelerates their execution and implementation within Allianz to ultimately better serve and build value for our customers.

We are a brand new organization, currently headquartered in Munich. Our team of experienced business and engagement managers work with you to identify, explore and implement opportunities and projects impacting our core business to help improve the experience and lives of our customers. It’s our goal to assure speed in implementing our joint business models, leveraging Allianz’s global scale.

Please contact us if you believe we can collaborate on new business models that can impact our business at scale.


  • New business models
  • Accelerate execution
  • Impact our core business
why the accelerator

Why the Accelerator


The Allianz Group is a global financial services provider with approximately 78 million retail and corporate clients in more than 70 countries. The profound and accelerating change driven by digital technology is massively impacting the lives of our customers, stakeholders, and ourselves. We as the team of the Allianz Digital Accelerator believe that not the big companies will succeed against the small companies, but the fast against the slow ones. Therefore, in everything we do, we aim to be at the forefront of creating new and exciting solutions and services for today’s and tomorrow’s customers of Allianz.


  • Profound change driven by digital
  • Help sustain a culture of innovation
  • Improve our customer experiences
how the accelerator works

How the Accelerator works


The core beliefs of the Digital Accelerator are speed and execution.

We aim for speed in decision making, executing, iterating, and bringing new services to our customers. We function as corporate entrepreneurs, apply lean principles, and love creating new collaborations with startups and emerging technology partners.

We are always interested in growing our network. Please contact us if you believe we can collaborate on new business models.


  • Execution speed
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Lean processes

Meet the accelerator team

We are a small but diverse team, with a mix of specialties, languages, and backgrounds. Meet the team below. We are growing our team so if you have a passion for entrepreneurship and technology, then please contact us to find out more about available opportunities.

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Who we are

Bernd Scharrer
Managing Director

Bernd is our core relationship caretaker and builder within Allianz. His vast knowledge of such a large and complex global organization comes from having held diverse senior leadership roles within Allianz. His previous roles ranged from managing Health Business, Operations Management and the Customer Care Center, as well as being the COO of Allianz China Life in Shanghai.

Dr. Sebastian Sieglerschmidt
Managing Director

Sebastian is our Entrepreneur-in-Chief. Most recently, he has been a seed investor, business angel, and business building consultant after successfully exiting from an own online retailer  initially formed as part of the Rocket Internet incubator. Previously, he has spent 5 years at McKinsey with focus on Marketing & Sales.

Ute Vogl

In addition to assisting the managing directors, Ute strengthens the team by managing strategic projects and supporting key work streams aimed at innovating new products and business models for Allianz. She joined the Digital Accelerator team in September 2013 to coordinate communications and recruiting activities.

Ester Pérez

Ester has been with the Accelerator since its inception, masterfully tracking key initiatives from early scoping through development and roll-out. Having joined Allianz in 2009 in her native Spain, Ester moved to Munich and joined Allianz headquarters within the Broker Distribution Channel and later Group Market Management, where she worked on digital and mobile topics. She deploys her expertise in market research and project management to facilitate efficient, impactful product development in innovation.

Stefan Ramstaler
Stefan Ramsthaler

Stefan brings 10 years of Allianz technology and strategy experience to the Digital Accelerator. In his time at Allianz, he has had several senior diverse roles in Germany sales group and in operations internationally. As the Allianz expert based on his extensive knowledge of the company and extensive IT experience, he brings new ideas, innovation and business models.

Des Field Corbett
Des Field Corbett

Des has over 15 years experience in designing and delivering financial software applications with market leaders such as Fidelity Investments and Munich RE. In previous roles, he has acquired a broad knowledge of the software business, holding senior positions in development, product management and business development. He began his career with Fidelity Investments in Boston, Massachusetts and since then lived in Dublin, London and Munich while also spending extended periods in Asia. During his career he has worked with insurers in every continent (with the exception of Antarctica!) and he frequently speaks at technology events.