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FT Asia Insurance Summit 2017

Digitisation, Dynamism, Demand: Embedding Resilience across the Region

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Greg  Li

Greg Li

Bitfury

John Leung

John Leung

Insurance Authority

Ng  Keng Hooi

Ng Keng Hooi

AIA

Overview

Is Asia pioneering insurance innovation globally? It is a diverse and dynamic region which comprises some of the world’s most -as well as least- developed insurance markets coupled with a rapidly growing middle class. Home to several leading global tech centres, how is Asia channelling its own inventions into distributing protection throughout all its communities? What are the business dynamics between traditional incumbents and ‘challengers’? How is the industry collaboratively strategising for longevity? In what way are new technologies facilitating effective new products tailored to local cultures and evolving digital customs? And as business and society become increasingly interlinked in a less than secure cyber-sphere, what are the associated risks and opportunities for insurance companies? How should the industry navigate the business opportunities and ethical pitfalls presenting themselves in the epic ascent of Big Data?

Meanwhile, international regulatory frameworks continue to add complexity. How can the industry manage its capital requirements and investment portfolios to optimum effect? What is the local economic outlook and how are wider global trends and political risks going to impact the region? The FT Asia Insurance Summit 2017 conference convenes a diverse wealth of experience and expertise from across the whole region to discuss how the year ahead will prove pivotal for growth, penetration and innovation in Asia. 

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Speakers (7)

Greg  Li

Greg Li

Head of Asia
Bitfury

Greg Li is the Head of Asia for Bitfury. Greg has over 20 years of management, strategy and business development experience throughout Asia Pacific in hi-tech and financial services. Prior to Bitfury, he was Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ Head of Asia Pacific for Sales Force Effectiveness. Greg has an extensive background in pioneering the sales and development of new and cutting-edge services and solutions, including reinsurance, insurance, telecom infrastructure, mobile content platforms, network security, customer relationship management and others. Early in his career he was an underwriter at General Re and developed the first excess-of-loss reinsurance contracts in China. Greg has an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Buddhism from The University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. 

John Leung

John Leung

CEO
Insurance Authority

John Chi-yan Leung is CEO of the Insurance Authority in Hong Kong having assumed the position of Commissioner of Insurance in August 2015 before the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance was then replaced by the independent Insurance Authority. Having joined the Hong Kong Government in September 1987, Mr Leung has served in various policy bureaus and departments, working mainly in policy areas including constitutional affairs, district administration, international trade and financial services. In December 2011, he was appointed Director, Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (Taiwan), responsible for promoting economic and trade cooperation, as well as cultural exchanges, between Hong Kong and Taiwan. From 2006 to 2011, Mr Leung was Deputy Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (Financial Services), responsible for policies and legislation relating to company, trust, bankruptcy and accounting. Mr Leung received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree and a Master of Philosophy Degree from the University of Hong Kong. He has also attended courses at Oxford University, Tsinghua University (Beijing) and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD).

Ng  Keng Hooi

Ng Keng Hooi

Incoming CEO
AIA
Paul Carrett

Paul Carrett

Group Chief Investment Officer
FWD Group

Paul Carrett is the Group Chief Investment Officer of FWD Group. He leads FWD’s investment function across the group, assisting country operations with their investment strategies and asset allocations in line with business plans. Before joining FWD Group, Mr Carrett was Regional Director for the investment arm of Prudential Corporation Asia, as well as a member of its Regional Investment Strategy Committee. He was responsible for investment and asset liability management aspects of the portfolio across the region. Mr Carrett established his own consulting firm, Carrett & Co., in 2013. Prudential’s regional investment team was a client, before he joined the company. He has more than two decades of experience in financial services. He was Head of Insurance Solutions in Asia at UBS, Head of Insurance Solutions at JP Morgan, and Executive Director for Insurance Solutions at Goldman Sachs. Prior to that, he was with Goldman Sachs as Executive Director, Structured Solutions Sales, and moved to Hong Kong in 2007 to build an Insurance Solutions business covering clients across Asia. Earlier, he held roles in Australia with Allco Finance Group, National Australia Bank, and Tillinghast. Mr Carrett has a Bachelor of Economics degree in Actuarial Studies from the Australian National University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Alex Kimura

Alex Kimura

Chief Strategy Officer
Aviva Asia

Alex Kimura is the Chief Strategy Officer of Aviva Asia since September 2014. His current responsibilities include Strategy, Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions, Digital, Marketing and Transformation for Asia. Mr Kimura brings with him a wealth of strategc and operating expertise and experience in the financial services industry and the Asian markets.

Prior to Aviva, he held several senior management positions within the AXA Group. Since 2000, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Officer of AXA Japan and then, moved on to AXA's Group office in Paris in 2006 where he led AXA's transformation and development activities across the Asia Pacific region.

Before joining AXA, Mr Kimura was a Director at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he worked mainly in the US and Asia on insurance and financial services strategy, private equity transactions and cross border mergers and acquisitions. Mr Kimura also worked for many years in the investment banking industry at Morgan Stanley in Asia and the US.

He holds a MBA degree from Columbia University in Finance and International Business with Distinction and Stanford University’s Executive Leadership Program.

Edwin Northover

Edwin Northover

Partner
Debevoise & Plimpton

Edwin Northover is an Asia-based partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. Mr Northover has a broad cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions practice, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and distribution agreements in the insurance industry. Since moving to our Hong Kong office in 2012, he has worked on several of the most significant insurance M&A transactions in Asia. He also has extensive private equity experience, having worked on a number of strategic and co-investments. Mr Northover joined Debevoise in 2007 and was based in our London office prior to his move to Asia. He is qualified in both England and Wales, and Hong Kong. During 2013, Mr Northover spent six months on secondment to the Mergers and Acquisitions team of a multinational insurance company in Paris. In 2015, he spent a period in the Financial Institutions Group of our New York office. Mr Northover graduated in 2001 with a Double First Class Honours degree in
Modern History from Merton College, University of Oxford. He went on to study at BPP Law School, London (2002-3). Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr Northover was an associate in the Corporate/M&A group of a leading international law firm. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2006 and Hong Kong in 2013.
 

Andries  Hoekema

Andries Hoekema

Global Head of Insurance Segment
HSBC Global Asset Management

Andries Hoekema is the Global Head of Insurance Segment in the Client Strategy team and has been working in the industry since 1997. Prior to joining HSBC Global Asset Management in 2016, Mr Hoekema worked as Structured Credit Product Marketing at HSBC Group. During the past five years his roles have included cross-asset Strategic Solutions coverage of institutional clients in the Netherlands and latterly Institutional Equity Derivatives coverage of insurance companies and pension funds in the Netherlands and Nordic countries. Prior to joining HSBC Group, Andries Hoekema worked predominantly in the structuring and marketing of Structured Credit products at Rabobank International.  He holds a Ph.D in Business Engineering from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

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Chair and Moderator (2)

Oliver  Ralph

Oliver Ralph

Insurance Correspondent
Financial Times

Oliver Ralph is the Insurance Correspondent at the Financial Times. Prior to this Mr Ralph was Deputy Head of Lex since 2014, specialising in banking, finance and consumer. He has also been a Lex writer and, prior to this, the FT UK Companies Editor. He joined the Financial Times in 2009, having worked at Investors Chronicle from 2000 to 2009 and Euromoney from 1998 to 2000. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1996.

Don Weinland

Don Weinland

Asia Financial Correspondent
Financial Times

Don Weinland is the Financial Times’ Asia Financial Correspondent, covering mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity from Hong Kong, with an emphasis on China. His beat also includes banking and insurance in the region as well as China’s financial sector. Mr Weinland joined the FT in 2016 and has spent more than a decade living and working in Asia. He speaks and reads Mandarin fluently. Prior to joining FT, he was the China Banking Correspondent at the South China Morning Post. He has also lived and reported from places such as Shanghai and Phnom Penh, where he was the business editor of the Phnom Penh Post.

Agenda - 19th Oct

  • 8:30am
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Regulator's Opening Keynote Address

    Speaker:

    John Leung, CEO, Insurance Authority

  • 9:25am
    Macro Morning Briefing: What does the economy hold in store and what will this mean for the insurance sector in Asia?

    Keynote forecast on demographics, growth, trade, interest rates… on track for a sector boom? 

    • Are predictions of a growing middle class and aging population, hungry for insurance products, on course to come to fruition?
    • What are the impacts of China’s slowed growth on Asia's insurance sector?
    • What can be expected in terms of monetary policy in coming months? 
    • How will geopolitical risk factors impact macro-economic risks and trends in the coming 12 months and what should insurers be looking out for? 
  • 9:45am
    CEO Interview: How does a strong legacy business keep ahead in the age of digitised insurance in Asia?
    • How can a balance be struck in maintaining a trusted brand whilst embracing change and disruption?
    • How does a long established business enable necessary agility?  
    • How can the emergence of robotics and AI (machine learning) be strategically introduced with optimum benefits for business, customers and employees alike? 

    Speakers:

    Ng Keng Hooi, Incoming CEO, AIA

    In Conversation With:

    Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times  

  • 10:00am
    CFO & CIO Strategic Roundtable: Bon Appétit? What is the outlook for portfolio risk appetite and why?
    • In light of some surprising shifts in the economic climate how are Chief Investment Officers positioning their portfolio management and ALM strategies?
    • Recent global industry surveys have indicated that insurers in Asia are reporting the biggest leap in portfolio risk appetite. What underlies this and what does it mean for investment strategies? Are we seeing an increase in asset allocation to higher yielding assets? 
    • How are regulatory changes and capital requirements across the region impacting decisions on asset allocation? 

    Speakers: 

    Paul Carrett, Group CIO, FWD Group

  • 10:50am
    A Regional Growth Story: Year of the inclusive-insurance breakthrough?
    • Route to market: as new technologies flourish will this be the year that Asia’s underinsured populations make significant inroads?
    • Mobile, online, P2P and usage-based:  how is insurance becoming affordable, relatable and accessible?
    • Culture, society, psychology: how does new technology provide opportunities to tailor new (hybrid?) products to the local customer whether in mature or emerging local markets?
    • Microfinance: how is progress in protecting communities and SMEs supporting sustainable growth in local economies?
    • How are insurers working with the UN, Public Private Partnerships and other initiatives to maximize opportunity in a global effort to embed resilience?
  • 11:20am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:40am
    Competitive Capital: Asia InsureTech innovation and disruption in the spotlight
    • Leading lights: where are Asia’s InsureTech Innovation hubs, what are they producing and what makes them ‘buzz’?
    • What is an insurer? how are disruptors and challengers changing the playing field for established players?
    • Incumbent upon new visions: how is local innovation and disruption shaking up trends in R&D, collaboration, M&A and technology investment?
    • A market ripe for foreign disruptors? If Asia is fast becoming a global center for digital insurance uptake is this attracting challengers from the west too? How should incumbents respond? 
  • 12:40pm
    China in Conversation: Opening up?
    • What are the opportunities for insurers offered by  One Belt, One Road policy?
    • What is the trajectory for investment and regulation for insurers on the mainland?  How is the insurance market evolving on the mainland?
    • What are the implications for the wider region? 

    Speakers:

    Edwin Northover, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton 

  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Insurers Investing in Infrastructure: Win-Win for the Long Term?
    • How can insurers do more to match and utilise infrastructure investment opportunities to their best (mutual) advantages? 
    • What are the current trends and where is opportunity still being missed? 
    • Where are the global hot-spots for infrastructure investment?
    • An overview of local projects 
    • Infrastructure and ESG: how can investment in the right kinds of local infrastructure bring added economic and societal benefits for the business of insurance in Asia? 
    • What are the current trends and where is opportunity still being missed?
  • 2:15pm
    Insurance for a changing, online world: Rising to the multifaceted challenges of growing cyber insecurity - From new products to new risks
    • The threats from cyber-attacks are evolving in nature and in scale. How can the risks be known, monitored and quantified?
    • Demand and Supply? What level of protection are businesses demanding?  How far can insurers cover companies for the myriad risks attached to cyber?How can they price the risk?
    • Product design: How can the industry turn this into a growth opportunity by offering new tailored policies? What are the best sources of capital available?  
    • State funded protection projects: what are they? Where are they? And how can they work with the industry?
    • Do insurers have a rigorous understanding of their own direct and indirect exposures? How is industry risk culture being nurtured to mitigate the vulnerabilities? 

    Speakers: 

    Greg Li, Head of Asia, Bitfury

  • 2:55pm
    The promise of prevention: Bolstering resilience in local economies through technology and telematics

    Charting a course for increased efficiency, protection and prevention for small businesses and supply chains across the region

    • Context: From the mitigation of catastrophe fall-out to improved crop preservation, a range of new opportunities exist for smaller businesses across industries and supply chains. This is due to the emergence of ever-better real-time and historic data.
    • Opportunities: Whether it is telematics systems warning of imminent threats or data-analytics equipping businesses to better manage their routine risks, this session considers how  new capacities for prevention give new meaning to protection.
    • Strategy: How are insurers ensuring that they capitalise on the opportunity to generate a win-win dynamic for their businesses and their customers? 
  • 3:15pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 3:30pm
    Existential Questions, Pragmatic Answers: How will Big Data shape Asian insurance and its business models?
    • Internet of Things, social media, personal devices and messaging: Big Data and where to find them
    • Attitudes, culture and trust: as the data proliferate what are consumer attitudes to their personal data, privacy and insurers’ use of online and ‘on-device’ data?
    • How are firms ensuring ethical behaviour and maintaining trust? Who should take leadership on this?
    • Data Privacy laws – do we know them? 
    • World of opportunity or a model about to break: If one can price down to the individual what happens to risk pooling?
    • A roadmap for the future: ethical, efficient, enduring? 
  • 4:10pm
    Live Debate, Q&A and Voting: “Are robots and AI going to significantly change the insurance industry in the near future?” Yes or No?
  • 4:55pm
    Special Closing Feature
  • 5:15pm
    Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

Why Attend?

  • Hear expert analysis on global and local regulatory frameworks and the impacts on the insurance sector in Asia
  • Learn optimum growth strategies in the context of interest rates, economic and demographic trends and sudden shifts in trend
  • Explore insights for business best infrastructure investment strategies - what does One Belt, One Road policy mean for the sector?
  • Examine how cyber risks are evolving in nature and scale. How should insurers be responding to a new world of corporate risk?
  • Network with industry peers from insurance companies, investment management firms, banks, legal and consultancy firms, technology and fintech companies
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Who should attend?

This summit has been produced to meet the needs of senior insurance professionals including; CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CROs, Chief Actuary, Heads of Product Development, Heads of Distribution, Heads of Investment, Heads of Business Strategy and other senior positions operating in:

Life Insurance Companies
Non-Life Insurance Companies
Regulators

A limited number of paying places are available to senior representatives from the following companies, including:

Insurance Brokers
Reinsurance Companies
Asset and Investment Management Firms
Banks
Law Firms
Credit Rating Companies
Technology Companies

To register the complimentary places, please contact ashley.li@ft.com for verification.

To register the paying places, please click here.

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FEES

Ticket TypeFee

Standard Ticket 

US$995

Early Bird Ticket (Register before 1 September)

US$795

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Founding Partners (2)

Conning is a leading global investment management firm with more than USD114 billionin global assets under management as of May 31, 2017.* With a long history of serving the insurance industry, Conning supports institutional investors, including pension plans, with investment solutions and asset management offerings, award-winning risk modeling software, and industry research. Founded in 1912, Conning has offices in Boston, Cologne, Hartford, Hong Kong, London, New York, and Tokyo.
 
*As of May 31, 2017, represents the combined global assets under management for the affiliated firms under Conning Holdings Limited, and Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd. (“SITE”). SITE reports internally into Conning Asia Pacific Limited, but is a separate legal entity under Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd. which is the ultimate controlling parent of all Conning entities.

Reflecting the diversification and globalization of financial markets, and to provide more comprehensive services to our customers, Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd. was established on December 31, 2001 with a paid-in capital of US$3.83 billion. Primary subsidiaries of Cathay Financial Holdings include Cathay Life Insurance, Cathay United Bank, Cathay Century Insurance, Cathay Securities, Cathay Securities Investment Trust and Cathay Venture, serving collectively over 12.5 million customers through nearly 735 office locations around Taiwan. Looking to the future, we will continue to seek suitable partners to further strengthen our operations. With a corporate culture that stresses integrity, trustworthiness and compliance, we will continue to integrate our products and services and leverage our extensive network of business locations and professional sales forces to provide our customers with convenient "one-stop shopping" and differentiated services. Based on our core principle of "managing for the long-term," we aspire to be the most trustworthy and reliable financial holding company and to be  a leading financial institution in the Asia-Pacific region.

Gold sponsor (1)

Imagine the power of over 223,000 people with a common purpose — building relationships and delivering expertise that creates value for you and your business. This is PwC, the brand under which the member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited operate and provide professional services. Together, these firms form the PwC network, a network with a history of operating in Asia for over 100 years. 

We bring global perspectives, with in-depth capabilities and knowledge to solve local, regional and global issues. Every day, our people work collaboratively with you to build value and solve important problems - from world-class business strategy through to execution by implementing leading edge people-process- technology transformation initiatives that leverage your organisation's strengths to build competitive advantage in this digital age.

People are at the heart of our business strategy and our success. We value a learning culture where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, excellence is rewarded and diversity is valued and respected. As competition in Asia intensifies, it is important for insurance companies to get ahead of disruptive changes. 

Let us apply our world-class capabilities to help you exceed your business goals. Ask us how. 

Silver sponsors (3)

BNP Paribas Asset Management is the investment management arm of BNP Paribas, one of the world’s major financial institutions.
Managing & advising EUR 580 billion in assets as at 31 March 2017, BNP Paribas Asset Management offers a comprehensive range of active, passive & quantitative investment solutions covering a broad spectrum of asset classes & regions.
With close to 700 investment professionals & 600 client servicing specialists, BNP Paribas Asset Management serves individual, corporate & institutional investors in 75 countries around the world. Since 2002, BNP Paribas Asset Management has been a major player in sustainable & responsible investing.

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Insurance Group brings more than 35 years of industry experience to provide premier legal advice on complex transactions, high-stakes disputes and challenging regulatory engagements. The firm has a long history in Asia, regularly working with major insurers on matters that grow, reshape or refocus their business.

The HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest financial services organisations, with more than 150 years of operating history. It is one of the largest financial institutions, with presence in 71 countries and territories in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, serving more than 46 million customers.

At HSBC Global Asset Management the asset management division of HSBC, our purpose is to connect HSBC’s clients to global investment opportunities using HSBC’s international expertise, service and strength. With USD415.5 billion assets under management and circa 2,300 employees – including more than 500 investment professionals – across 26 countries and territories, we are a leading international asset manager.

Our objective is to meet our clients’ expectations, and to be a reliable agent for our clients’ money, looking after their assets with care and professionalism, and using our strength, infrastructure, global reach, scale and expertise to help clients deliver against their investment objectives over the long term. For more information 

Supporting Media Partners (3)

Asia Insurance Review (AIR), hailed by market leaders as the leading premier professional regional journal, is a strategic partner to the insurance industry.  It is continually committed to serving the insurance industry with information, technical and editorial content as well as daily on-the-spot updates, high quality technical conferences, reinsurance rendezvous and industry Awards to support the industry’s march towards higher standards and greater professionalism.

For 25 years, AIR has remained the official magazine of leading industry events in Asia including the East Asian Insurance Congress (EAIC), and the Singapore International Reinsurance Conference (SIRC), while being the Permanent Observer of the Asean Insurance Council. 

At Conventus Law, we believe in delivering knowledge differently, we believe in being well informed. 

Our products are highly informative, simple to access and easy to digest. Our services also happen to save clients time and costs.

As an online legal platform, we work with the very best law firms to produce timely legal analysis for businesses investing in Asia and beyond. 

Published from Hong Kong, Insurance Asia News offers leading-edge commentary, opinion forming features and in-depth interviews for Asia’s insurance market. 

Across the areas of emerging risks, life, health, asset management, regulation, convergence etc., Insurance Asia News will provide an essential take on the news of the moment and where possible, interpret the news in terms of its impact for markets in the future.

There is a clear demand for objective, independent and authoritative analysis. At a time of immense market change, and through the convergence of the insurance and banking sectors, the editorial coverage provided by Insurance Asia News will be valued and trusted by our readers.

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Four Seasons
8 Finance Street
Central
Hong Kong

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