Alberto M. Chierici, Product Manager in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Alberto M. Chierici

Verified Expert  in Product Management

Product Manager

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Toptal Member Since
December 3, 2019

Alberto is an experienced data scientist, product manager, entrepreneur, and actuary by training. Over the past decade, he's successfully bootstrapped machine learning projects in Fortune 500 insurance companies and founded and helped form five startups. His strengths are in management, strategy, product and customer validation, data products, machine learning, the design of experiments, data visualization, and communication.

Project Highlights

Launched Spixii and set up the product and data science functions—achieving profitability.
Managed the product, science, and launch of the first Italian chatbot dedicated to insurance agents and brokers.
Led the beta creation, early data science, and delivered the first pilot implementation at a major British insurance company.


Work Experience

Advisor | Business Strategy, Product, and Data Science

2020 - PRESENT
  • Worked with the funding team to develop and implement the startup strategy, including testing different business and revenue models, customer development, MVP, and validation of the distribution channel.
  • Defined and implemented the product's first machine learning algorithms in Python to provide users with a smart recommender system.
  • Coached and continuously mentored for the product management function.

Scientific Advisor | Product Manager

2018 - PRESENT
Miranda Italy
  • Researched the market and competition. interviewed customers to generate user stories, and implemented rapid prototyping to validate and prioritize features.
  • Supported sales pitches for industry partnerships.
  • Managed the delivery of the beta product acting as the interim CTO.

Co-founder | Chief Product Officer

2016 - 2018
  • Co-founded a boutique agency specialized in automation frameworks, chatbot solutions, and customers.
  • Optimized projects for enterprise insurance clients.
  • Ran customer development, interviewing hundreds of customers in one month and validating problem-solution fit with the creation of the company's first product—a chatbot for insurance services.
  • Built the product team and the delivery frameworks with in-house engineers and outsourced developers.
  • Helped to build the recruiting and sales frameworks and sold three contracts.
  • Served as the chief product officer when the company built the best chatbot implementation for Zurich UK Insurance which received multiple industry awards and outstanding user testimonials.

Senior Consultant

2014 - 2016
  • Played a key role for bootstrapping a data mining platform that delivered accurate and granular risk scores for many use cases to Fortune 500 finance and insurance firms.
  • Selected technology requirements, supported sales pitches, managed pilots with clients.
  • Led the development of the technical solution and the product design.

Senior Actuarial Analyst

2012 - 2014
  • Deployed actuarial pricing models for commercial property and casualty insurance lines of business.
  • Developed an analytics dashboard and reports for the company's capital model.

Pricing Actuary

2011 - 2012
  • Developed and deployed in production actuarial pricing models in R for specialty insurance lines (D&O, E&O, healthcare, and fidelity).
  • Developed statistical models for predicting claims status changes.

Actuarial Student

2010 - 2011
Munich Re
  • Built an automated reporting system in R.
  • Supported quarterly reserving for commercial property and casualty insurance lines of business.
  • Researched and developed innovative pricing models.


Launched Spixii and set up the product and data science functions—achieving profitability.

As the chief product officer, I contributed to the development of an enterprise platform for insurance chatbots.

Spixii (a multi-awarded European insurtech) worked with many top insurance enterprises in Europe, delivering conversational experiences for a travel insurance quote and buy and property, motor, and commercial insurance claims. I ideated the first product by interviewing hundreds of insurance consumers to draw compelling user stories and validate product-solution fit.

Tasks Accomplished:
• Led the product design and agile development enterprise client implementations.
• Set up the data science function.
• Sold some contracts. One of these implementations was Zara, a chatbot for the first notification of a claim.

Outstanding User's Testimonial:
• They advertised the application and the product won multiple industry awards.


Managed the product, science, and launch of the first Italian chatbot dedicated to insurance agents and brokers.

Miranda is a multi-sided product. As the Italian first chatbot for managing insurance policies, policyholders talk to Miranda to connect to their insurance agents and products. Insurance agents sign up to the Miranda SaaS platform, where they can personalize some of the bot's answers and connect Miranda with their agency management system. The Miranda chatbot is a consumer-facing application available on Telegram and web that helps policyholders connect to their agents and manage their insurance policies.

Tasks Accomplished:
• Ran the early customer discovery, budgeting, and product beta launch.
• Conducted primary research and contextual interviews.
• Iterated five MVPs (building prototypes by myself).
• Supported sales pitches, landing the first partnership with Italy's major management-system software company.
• Currently acting as the scientific advisor on the NLP strategy, machine learning, and as the interim CTO.


Led the beta creation, early data science, and delivered the first pilot implementation at a major British insurance company.

I worked as a senior data scientist and product lead in the early stages of HexScore, a telematics software, that offers geospatial contexting for telematics insurance. The software reports on-road risk for every road in the UK at a granular level of resolution (500 meters) through the innovative use of open data, third party proprietary data, and machine learning algorithms.

Tasks Accomplished:
• Created the MVP.
• Selected technology requirements.
• Led the implementation of a beta release.
• Supported sales pitches.
• Managed pilots with clients.
• Led product design.

AI Mentor

Advised on initial product design methodology, team setup and skills requirement of a proactive business planning software.

AI Mentor is a business planning portal that helps entrepreneurs fill up a business plan, documenting their assumptions, and pitch their business for applying to a government funding program in the Middle East. The platform is multilingual, covering English and Standard Arabic.

I advised on product management best practices, agile methodology, and product requirements. I also helped to source the talent required to execute the project and advised on building and maintaining a proactive chatbot that helps entrepreneurs tackling challenging areas of their business plan.

Web App for Converting Arabic PDF Documents in Word

Led the design, strategy and feature analysis of the MVP for a web app that converts Arabic PDF documents in words.

PDF Arabic is a web application that helps to convert Arabic PDF documents in Word in the Middle East market. As a Technical Product Manager, I helped to design the first MVP and the early three phases of the product strategy. The launch of the MVP was very successful, with the website generating hundreds of users from day one. Furthermore, I helped the founder to validate technical feasibility, market demand (desirability), and advised on the economic viability.
2018 - 2022

Doctorate Degree (in Progress) in Computer Science and Engineering

New York University Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2011 - 2014

Diploma in Actuarial Techniques (Actuarial Science)

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries - London, UK

2008 - 2010

Master's Degree in Statistics

Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca - Milan, Italy

2004 - 2008

Bachelor's Degree in Physics

Università degli Studi di Milano - Milan, Italy