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FT Asia Insurance Summit

Seeking Strategies for Growth

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Clement Cheung

Clement Cheung

Insurance Authority, Hong Kong

Nic  Nicandrou

Nic Nicandrou

Prudential Corporation Asia

Rajesh Sud

Rajesh Sud

Max Life Insurance


The prognosis for the Asian insurance sector is stable, with measured growth stemming from a steadying of the region’s economies, rising incomes, demographic factors and a resurgence in China. Other emerging markets - including India, where penetration levels are low - also hold strong potential for insurers and investors. Innovation is disrupting and transforming business models and delivery processes, with access to data analytics helping to streamline operational practices and enhancing customer experiences. Though Insurtech is at a nascent stage in Asia, the opportunities for growth are attracting investors.

This potential is not without difficulties. For insurers and their asset managers, generating sufficient returns on investment is a worry. Hurdles such as hedging costs and lack of skilled personnel can deter investment in overseas markets that might bring better returns, exacerbating the asset-liability tension. Moreover, tighter regulatory policies on asset liability management (ALM), corporate governance, solvency and accounting standards, among other aspects, should further test insurers, asset managers and other financial institutions.

Given the challenges, how can insurers maximise the returns and minimise the risks in a steady but evolving environment? Since different countries have different regulations, to what extent is an understanding of local rules critical for successful investment strategies in Asia? How essential is cooperation between actuarial and investment teams, and greater transparency on risk? How are new technologies helping to create new products that reflect local needs? In what way are companies meeting the associated cyber-risks?

FT Asia Insurance Summit: Seeking strategies for growth will address these important issues for an industry with deep potential. Now in its fifth year, the summit will bring together leading insurers, regulators, asset managers and technology experts from Asia to discuss the best strategies to invest in a huge market where innovation and technology can bring both opportunity and risk.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/11/2018 08:00:0010/11/2018 17:30:00trueFT Asia Insurance SummitThe prognosis for the Asian insurance sector is stable, with measured growth stemming from a steadying of the region’s economies, rising incomes, demographic factors and a resurgence in China. Other emerging markets - including India, where penetration levels are low - also hold strong potential for insurers and investors. Innovation is disrupting and transforming business models and delivery processes, with access to data analytics helping to streamline operational practices and enhancing customer experiences. Though Insurtech is at a nascent stage in Asia, the opportunities for growth are attracting investors.This potential is not without difficulties. For insurers and their asset managers, generating sufficient returns on investment is a worry. Hurdles such as hedging costs and lack of skilled personnel can deter investment in overseas markets that might bring better returns, exacerbating the asset-liability tension. Moreover, tighter regulatory policies on asset liability management (ALM), corporate governance, solvency and accounting standards, among other aspects, should further test insurers, asset managers and other financial institutions.Given the challenges, how can insurers maximise the returns and minimise the risks in a steady but evolving environment? Since different countries have different regulations, to what extent is an understanding of local rules critical for successful investment strategies in Asia? How essential is cooperation between actuarial and investment teams, and greater transparency on risk? How are new technologies helping to create new products that reflect local needs? In what way are companies meeting the associated cyber-risks?FT Asia Insurance Summit: Seeking strategies for growth will address these important issues for an industry with deep potential. Now in its fifth year, the summit will bring together leading insurers, regulators, asset managers and technology experts from Asia to discuss the best strategies to invest in a huge market where innovation and technology can bring both opportunity and risk.FT-Asia-Insurance-Summitc281f7364fbfbff67b0c9bae1cce93fbMM/DD/YYYY

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“The event is well attended and a great agenda covering the key important topics in the insurance industry.” Michelle Lin, HSBC Global Asset Management

“Excellent overview about the status, challenges and outlook on insurance industry in Asia.” Stefan Kraeuchi, HSZ (Hong Kong) Limited

“The summit covered diverse themes from investment to technology.” Richard Moon, Hanwha Life (Hong Kong)



Clement Cheung

Clement Cheung

Chief Executive Officer
Insurance Authority, Hong Kong

Clement Cheung has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance Authority of Hong Kong since 15 August 2018.  Joining the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in 1983, he has been involved over the years with the formulation and implementation of policies governing areas such as healthcare services, public housing, multilateral trade, investment promotion, public works and financial regulation.  Recent positions that he has occupied include Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore from 1998 to 2001, taking charge of ASEAN affairs and coping with the impact of the Asian financial crisis; Deputy Secretary (Works) of the former Environment, Transport and Works Bureau from 2001 to 2006, overseeing the establishment of the Construction Industry Council and control of public works expenditure; and Commissioner of Insurance from 2006 to 2009 responsible for the prudential regulation of authorised insurers amid the global financial crisis. Mr Cheung was Postmaster General from 2009 to 2011, and was appointed Commissioner of Customs and Excise in September 2011. He became Secretary for the Civil Service in July 2015 before leaving the civil service in mid-2017.

Nic  Nicandrou

Nic Nicandrou

Chief Executive
Prudential Corporation Asia

Nic Nicandrou is Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia, a position he has held since July 2017. Nic is responsible for Prudential Corporation Asia’s life insurance and asset management businesses across 14 markets in the region. Prudential is a market-leading life insurer in Asia with a diversified multi-channel distribution platform providing a range of solutions to meet the long-term protection needs of its currently 15 million customers across the region. Its asset management business, Eastspring Investments, provides investment solutions across a broad range of classes and currently manages US$182 billion in assets. Nic is a member of the Group Executive Committee and serves as an executive director of the Prudential plc Board. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Financial Officer at Prudential plc from 2009, when he joined the company. Nic was also responsible for the Group’s strategy and has served as executive director responsible for Prudential’s African insurance operations since 2015. Before joining Prudential, he worked at Aviva, where he held a number of senior roles including Norwich Union Life Finance Director and Board Member, Aviva Group Financial Control Director, Aviva Group Financial Management and Reporting Director and CGNU Group Financial Reporting Director. Nic started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Rajesh Sud

Rajesh Sud

Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director
Max Life Insurance

Rajesh Sud is Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Max Life Insurance, as well as Chairman, Max Bupa Health Insurance. Aseasoned professional in the Indian banking and insurance industry, Rajesh became a founder-member of Max Life Insurance in 2000, taking over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of the company in 2008. Under his leadership, Max Life has grown to be the fourth-largest private life insurer and the largest non-bank promoted private life insurance company in India. As Chairman of Max Bupa Health Insurance, Rajesh has played a pivotal role in creating a health insurance company with a customer base of 2.8m urban retail customers. Prior to Max Life Insurance, Rajesh was Managing Director and CEO of Esanda Finance India, a subsidiary finance company of ANZ Grindlays Bank, and was the Head of Asset Finance business at ANZ Grindlays Bank. Rajesh is a post-graduate in Marketing and Finance from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. He completed the Advanced Management Program from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. Rajesh is currently Chair of the Insurance Awareness Committee of Life Insurance Council and Co-Chair of CII National Committee on Insurance & Pensions, two industry organisations in India.

Alvin Kwock

Alvin Kwock

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Alvin Kwock is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OneDegree. A technology company that aims to be the next-generation leader in the insurance industry, OneDegree is the first digital insurer candidate in Hong Kong to embrace the digital process end-to-end. It crosses over with leading global partners in insurance and health in piloting new technology and experience. Prior to OneDegree, Alvin was JPMorgan’s Asia-Pacific Head of Emerging Technology and Taiwan Head of Research. Under his leadership, JPM’s Asia Tech Hardware team was consistently rated in the Institutional Investors Poll, Financial Times/ Starmine and Asiamoney. Alvin has advised a number of global technology powerhouses and venture capitalists, and has been a guest lecturer at universities. He was the co-founder and Chief Business Officer at an Augmented Reality start-up.
Alvin holds a master’s degree in Social Science and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, both from the University of Chicago.

Alex Kimura

Alex Kimura

Chief Strategy Officer
Aviva Asia

Alex Kimura is Chief Strategy Officer at Aviva Asia. Appointed in 2014, his responsibilities include Strategy, Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Digital and Analytics, Corporate Responsibility and Transformation for Asia. Alex has a wealth of operating expertise and experience in the financial-services industry and Asian markets. A main focus has been digital innovation, where he spearheaded efforts to launch the Digital Garage and form a joint venture with Hillhouse and Tencent. Alex is also the current Chairman of the MAS Digital Innovation Roundtable. Prior to Aviva, he joined the AXA Group in 2000, and later in 2006 oversaw the Asia-Pacific region, reporting to the Group Chief Executive Officer. During this time, he was instrumental in major transactions and structuring activities across the region. Before joining AXA, Alex was at Bain, where he worked mainly in the US and Asia on insurance and financial-services strategy, private-equity transactions and cross-border M&As. Alex also worked for many years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in Asia and the US. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University in Finance and International Business with Distinction, and has completed Stanford University's Executive Leadership Program. 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.

Jonathan Larsen

Jonathan Larsen

Chief Innovation Officer
Ping An Group

Jonathan Larsen is Chief Innovation Officer, Ping An Group, and Chairman and CEO, Ping An Global Voyager Fund. He has been at the leading edge of the financial-services industry for the past 29 years across the Asia- Pacific and globally. Mr Larsen previously spent 18 years at Citigroup, where he was most recently Global Head of the firm’s Retail Banking and Mortgage businesses. Prior to Citi, he was a Principal in the Financial Services Practice of Booz Allen & Hamilton, a global management consulting firm, where he spent eight years advising large banks and other financial institutions in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in the US and Europe. Mr Larsen is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance, Singapore, and was named Retail Banker of the Year in 2011 by Asian Banker magazine. He has been widely quoted in major media outlets, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, as well as in local media throughout the Asia-Pacific. Mr Larsen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of Melbourne.

Dipak Sahoo

Dipak Sahoo

Regional Head of Information Technology for Asia

Dipak Sahoo is the Regional Head of Information Technology for Asia at Generali. He is responsible for designing and driving the implementation of Generali’s information technology (IT) strategy in the region and for identifying synergies between countries to improve the customer experience. Dipak has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance sector. He spent most of his career with global insurance companies in senior leadership roles in the areas of technology, operations and transformation across APAC and Europe. Prior to joining Generali, Dipak worked for Capgemini, a leading global consulting firm, where he played a significant role in setting up their insurance practice across the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Dipak has also worked in technology leadership roles with global insurers like AXA and AIA in their country and regional operations. He started his career in India and over the past 10 years has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Australia and Italy.

Adrian Chng

Adrian Chng

Chief Executive Officer

Adrian Chng is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GoBear. He invests time and money in people and companies that excite and challenge him. As CEO of GoBear, he is excited by the challenge of improving the lives of people across Asia by giving them better access to personal finances. GoBear isn’t Adrian’s first FinTech rodeo. In 2015 he founded a regional Merchant Bank (Fintonia Group), which supports entrepreneurial companies to achieve rapid growth and has made significant investments in FinTech across Asia. In 2016 he co-founded a digital, big data, AI-powered, consumer credit scoring business (CredoLab), and in 2017 he co-founded an Asian digital lending business (AsiaKredit). Adrian also invested in and sits on the Boards of a number of FinTech companies (Trunomi, Silent Eight, Asia Collect, Store Hub) and has been in C-level roles across several different industries over the past 15 years, including CEO of, a leading Asian job portal operating in seven countries  with 1,000 employees. Adrian has a double degree in Law and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and completed the General Management Program at UNSW Business School. He speaks English and Mandarin. BBC and CNBC regularly seek his opinions on business and technology.

Anton Eser

Anton Eser

Chief Investment Officer
Legal & General Investment Management
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 at HSBC Global Asset Management. He has been working in the industry since 1997. Prior to joining HSBC Global Asset Management in 2016, Mr Hoekema worked in 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 the Nordics. Before he joined the HSBC Group, Mr Hoekema worked predominantly in the structuring and marketing of structured credit products at Rabobank International. He holds a PhD in Business Engineering from the University of Twente.

Charles Hung

Charles Hung

Chief Executive Officer
Aviva Hong Kong

Charles Hung has been the Chief Executive Officer of Aviva Hong Kong since February 2017. He spearheads the development of the joint venture of Aviva, Hillhouse Capital and Tencent Holdings as the market's first digital-only insurer in Hong Kong. Prior to this role, Charles was the Chief Risk Officer of Aviva Asia, where he oversaw risk management and compliance across Aviva’s business in Asia. Before he joined Aviva, he was with HSBC Holdings, where he was most recently the Chief Risk and Administration Officer at Global Software Delivery. Before joining HSBC, Charles spent over a decade in the insurance industry at AIA (China) as Senior Vice-President and Chief Administration Officer, Prudential (Japan) as Board Director, and Chief Information and Operations Officer, and Prudential (Asia) as Regional IT Director. He also held senior executive roles globally at BNP Prime Peregrine, Peregrine Holdings, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. Charles holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Fellowship from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona, both in the US. Charles had also completed the Executive Management Program at INSEAD in France.

George  Kesselman

George Kesselman

Founder and President
InsurTech Asia Association

George Kesselman is Founder and President of the InsurTech Asia Association. He is also an Insurtech entrepreneur, who founded and leads Anapi, a fast-growing API-first Insurtech start-up that has built a technology toolset to enable frictionless risk transfer across the digital ecosystem. Anapi works with leading insurance partners across Southeast Asia and allows digital businesses to add relevant insurance to their online services quickly. The Association focuses on cultivating an Insurtech ecosystem across Asia through boosting corporate-start-up collaboration, building broader awareness, and stakeholder engagement.

Ashok Krishnan

Ashok Krishnan

Chief Data Officer and Head of Customer Experience
AXA Hong Kong

Ashok Krishnan is Chief Data Officer and Head of Customer Experience at AXA Hong Kong. He leads the various Data Science, Governance and Management functions for AXA Hong Kong, as well as AXA’s efforts to deliver an excellent experience to our customers. Ashok is an insurance expert with experience in Life, P&C and Health insurance across various functions, including Distribution, Marketing and Finance. He has previously lived and worked in the UK, Vietnam and India. Ashok is passionate about creating business impact by improving Customer Experience leveraging the power of Digital and Data. Ashok is a UK qualified Accountant and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Cranfield University, UK. He started his career as an Electronics Engineer before shifting to consulting and subsequently moved to the insurance industry. 

Peter Ohnemus

Peter Ohnemus

President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Peter Ohnemus is the founder, President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of dacadoo. The patented dacadoo Health Score & Lifestyle Navigation Platform is licensed to key life and health insurance companies and global healthcare operators. Peter has been involved in high-tech and bio-tech investments over the past 25 years, leading to four Initial Public Offerings and multiple trade sells. Peter and his private investment firm, Network Capital Holding, are currently investing in high-tech and bio-tech start-ups. He co-founded ASSET4 in 2004 with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch as investors; it was sold to Thomson Reuters in 2009. Peter previously held senior executive positions at Sybase, Logic Works, The Fantastic Corporation and COS, all of which went public during his tenure. Peter has spoken on high-tech and healthcare issues at the World Economic Forum, Fortune Brainstorm Health, Google Tech Talks, McKinsey’s Life Leaders CEO Forum, The Royal Society of Medicine, Stanford LIGHT Conference, CommunicAsia, Mobile World, European Health Forum by the EU, Economist Global Healthcare Forum, Mobile Health Summit DC, and Red Herring, among others. Over the past 10 years, Peter has been a board member of Rothschild Bank, Tele Denmark (Switzerland), Esbatech and CommerceOne.

Balaji Prabhakaran

Balaji Prabhakaran

Head of Propositions and Digital Products, Asia-Pacific

Balaji Prabhakaran is Head of Propositions and Digital Products, Asia-Pacific, for Allianz. In this role, he is responsible for driving innovation across Allianz’s digital products, channels and propositions in the region, to deliver financial products and services in a customer-centric manner. Balaji’s responsibilities include overseeing the region’s product management value chain, driving business development initiatives and managing platform-based partnerships, business models and solutions. With his strong passion and deep knowledge in FinTech and human-centric design, Balaji has wide industry experience across insurance, digital banking, payment products and wealth management. Before joining Allianz, Balaji worked with Discover Financial Services in Illinois, US, where he led their initiatives in digital banking and mobile payment technologies and products. Prior to that, he worked for HSBC and Dentsu. Balaji holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, US, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics Engineering) from Mumbai University, India.


Co-Chairs (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 the 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.

Moderator (1)

Henny Sender

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance
Financial Times

Henny Sender joined the Financial Times in 2007. She was previously the Wall Street Journal's Senior Special Writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Before joining the Journal, Ms Sender worked in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years and covered regional finance for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, she was in Tokyo for five years for Institutional Investor. Ms Sender was part of a team at the Journal that won a Loeb award for coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth, a hedge fund. Her work on the overseas Chinese received a citation from the Overseas Press Club and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, was published by Oxford University Press. Ms Sender holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Agenda - 11th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 8:50am
    FT chair’s opening remarks

    Oliver Ralph, FT Insurance Correspondent

  • 9:00am
    Regulatory keynote address

    Clement Cheung, Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Authority, Hong Kong

    Oliver Ralph, FT Insurance Correspondent

  • 9:20am
    Keynote presentation: Outlook for Asia’s insurance industry

    Oliver Ralph, FT Insurance Correspondent

  • 9:35am
    Presentation: How technology is reshaping the sector

    Oliver Ralph, FT Insurance Correspondent

  • 9:50am
    Innovative trends: Big data = big value

    Data on customers’ behaviour patterns, social media preferences, claims history, demographics, and similar information can give insurers valuable insight not only into their customer base, but also into management of their products, processes and pricing. Data analytics can assist in risk evaluation of the insured, or in spotting fraudulent claims. What are the most effective ways for insurers to use data? How can data best add value to the business? Are insurers and their clients ramping up to embrace data analytics? Are operating models changing as a result? How much priority in investment funds will data analytics be given over the next 12 months? Will it be worth the investment?

    Alex Kimura, Chief Strategy Officer, Aviva Asia
    Jonathan Larsen, Chief Innovation Officer, Ping An Group, Chairman and CEO, Ping An Global Voyager Fund
    Dipak Sahoo, Regional Head of Information Technology for Asia, Generali

    Oliver Ralph, FT Insurance Correspondent

  • 10:20am
    Innovative trends: Insurtech – the new kid on the block

    A traditionally cautious business in a highly regulated industry, insurance is seeing its share of disruptive innovation. Insurtech companies are exploring potential technological innovations to get greater efficiencies and savings than the traditional business models. The Insurtech ecosystem is at a formative stage in Asia, and clustered mainly in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. But in recent years, local start-ups have received an official nudge in other Asian markets, including Malaysia and Indonesia. What are some potential game-changers that Asia’s Insurtech companies are exploring? Are investors interested in these start-ups? How are regulators sizing them up? Can the start-ups really disrupt the region’s insurance sector? Should large, traditional insurers be worried? To what extent does the rise of Insurtech heighten cyber risk? What are the challenges facing Asia’s Insurtech start-ups?

    Two Insurtech start-ups each talk about their business, then join the panel discussion with other Insurtech experts and insurers.

    Adrian Chng, Chief Executive Officer, GoBear
    George Kesselman, Founder and President, InsurTech Asia Association

    Alvin Kwock, Founder and Chief Executive OfficerOneDegree

    Balaji Prabhakaran, Head of Propositions and Digital Products, Asia-Pacific, Allianz

    Oliver Ralph, FT Insurance Correspondent

  • 11:00am
    Networking break
  • 11:30am
    View from the top: Seize the moment

    A senior executive from an investment management firm looks at trends in insurance investment in Asia, and how to find the best solutions for insurers.

    Don Weinland, FT Asia Financial Correspondent

  • 11:55am
    Gauging the appetite for portfolio risk

    Given the shifts in the region’s economic climate, how are insurance firms positioning their portfolio management and ALM strategies? Has the appetite for portfolio risk increased? If so, what are the underlying reasons and the implications for investment strategies? How are regulatory changes and capital requirements influencing decisions on asset allocation?

    10-minute framer, followed by a panel discussion

    Andries Hoekema, Global Head of Insurance Segment, HSBC Global Asset Management

    Don Weinland, FT Asia Financial Correspondent

  • 12:35pm
    A closer look: Where to put your money

    Experts look at the best products, services and strategies, such as infrastructure or ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing. What will be the impact of enhanced digitalisation and regulation on these investment initiatives?

    Henny Sender, FT Chief Correspondent, International Finance

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Afternoon keynote address: Health and wealth in Asia

    Asia’s rising wealth is dramatically altering the region’s health profile. Middle class and affluent consumers are spending more on healthcare, both preventative and curative, and are accessing quality private healthcare services. This has become possible as governments in the region adapt national healthcare policies to allow the private sector greater investment in healthcare, even as they retain the responsibility for providing basic healthcare to all. How is the health-wealth balance playing out in Asia and what are the implications for the insurance sector?

    Nic Nicandrou, Chief Executive, Prudential Corporation Asia

    Don Weinland, FT Asia Financial Correspondent

  • 2:20pm
    Hot spots of opportunity: Cyber insurance

    Further digitalisation of business processes means the threats to cyber security will only increase for companies. Greater awareness and legislation could mitigate some of that cyber risk. But savvy companies worldwide are taking out cyber insurance. This is creating a new opportunity for insurers. How can they model cyber risk? In Asia, the cyber insurance market is relatively small and unformed, but demand is expected to rise as use of technologies increases. Implementation of data breach legislation will add a fillip. Which countries in Asia are at the forefront? What are the latest regulations that define the region’s cyber insurance sector? Who are its corporate movers and shakers? Who are likely to be the biggest buyers: retail, aviation, information technology, financial services, healthcare companies?

    Don Weinland, FT Asia Financial Correspondent

  • 2:50pm
    Hot spots of opportunity: Asia’s emerging markets

    The positive outlook for Asia’s emerging markets means wider opportunities for insurers and asset managers. Generating sufficient returns on investment is a constant worry, however, and insurers are continuously re-shaping portfolios for maximum profitability. Why are some insurers increasing their exposure to high yield in emerging markets? Are current standards of risk governance sufficient to underpin this strategy? Are emerging markets’ insurers slow to let go their traditional reliance on local sovereign bonds and short-term deposits? What are the appeal and risk in global equities, currencies and other investments?

    In a wide-ranging conversation with the FT, a senior executive from a leading insurance company analyses the brightest investment opportunities in Asia’s emerging markets, the impact on them of China’s insurance and financial industries, and whether Asia’s regulatory regimes are keeping up with the times.

    Henny Sender, FT Chief Correspondent, International Finance

  • 3:10pm
    Focus on India

    A senior executive from a leading Indian insurance company talks to the FT about the market for insurance in India, regulatory policies, standards of risk governance, investment portfolios and being a part of Asian insurance trends.

    Rajesh Sud, Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Max Life Insurance


    Henny Sender, FT Chief Correspondent, International Finance

  • 3:30pm
    Networking break
  • 3:50pm
    Hot spots of opportunity: The China story

    China’s market offers robust prospects for insurers and investors. Encouraging to both are a host of official measures that include easier-to-get foreign stakeholding in domestic insurers and tighter regulations to control wayward elements. The country’s insurance industry is becoming sharper, more resilient and more compliant – and hence more attractive. Is this state of play to stay? Will the sector remain buoyant over the next three years? What impact will this have on China’s overall economy? How will it drive up Asia’s insurance sector? Where are the best investment opportunities in a healthy China insurance market? Should investors continue to be cautious or is the environment conducive for heftier exposure to the market?

    Don Weinland, FT Asia Financial Correspondent

  • 4:20pm
    Courting the customer: Can’t do without them

    The best technology, policies, personnel or strategies can’t compensate for a dissatisfied customer. The insurance sector has generally been slower than others in harnessing the competitive advantage of a happy customer, but that is now changing. What are the main tools for insurance marketers to create a positive customer experience, and transform a negative one? Are insurers investing enough in the business to make this happen? Is it worth the extra cost? To what extent can technology help? What will be the role in the future of Asia’s millions of agents? Is their position under threat as customers start to buy insurance directly, or will they always be needed to sell insurance?

    Charles Hung, Chief Executive Officer, Aviva Hong Kong
    Ashok Krishnan, Chief Data Officer and Head of Customer Experience, AXA Hong Kong
    Peter Ohnemus, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, dacadoo

    Oliver Ralph, FT Insurance Correspondent

  • 5:00pm
    Interactive “Town Hall” business meeting

    Representatives from a mix of functions in insurance and asset management companies examine the results of polls conducted through the day. They then take questions from the audience on policy, process, profits and other topics.

    Oliver Ralph, FT Insurance Correspondent
    Don Weinland, FT Asia Financial Correspondent

  • 5:20pm
    FT chair’s closing remarks

    Don Weinland, FT Asia Financial Correspondent

  • 5:30pm
    Close of Summit followed by Cocktail Reception

Who attends?

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

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
Law Firms
Credit Rating Companies
Technology Companies

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Conning is a leading global investment management firm with a long history of serving the insurance industry. Conning supports institutional investors with investment solutions, asset management offerings and risk analytics and consulting services. Conning manages more than $122 billion* in global assets through its offices in Asia, Europe and North America.

Conning’s mission is to enhance the financial strength of its clients by delivering strong investment results, customized solutions, and exceptional service.  The company's unique combination of asset management, risk analytics tools and investment solutions helps insurance clients achieve their financial goals through customized business and investment strategies. Conning provides clients with innovative solutions, leveraging its global capabilities, investment experience, proprietary research and risk management technology.

*As of March 31, 2018, 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.

To reflect 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 paid-in capital of US$3.88 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 close to 13 million customers through nearly 730 business offices 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 customized services. Based on our core principle of "sustainable management," we aspire to be the most trustworthy and reliable financial holding company and to be a leading financial institution in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) is one of Europe’s largest asset managers and a major global investor, with total assets under management of $1,235.5 billion*. We work with a wide range of global clients, including pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, fund distributors and retail investors. Throughout the past 45 years we have built our business through understanding what matters most to our clients and transforming this insight into valuable, accessible investment products and solutions. We provide investment expertise across the full spectrum of asset classes including fixed income, equities, multi-asset, commercial property and cash. Our capabilities range from index-tracking and active strategies to liquidity management and liability-based risk management solutions.

*as at 30 June 2017, including derivative positions. These figures include assets managed by LGIMA, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

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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 

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The Hong Kong actuarial professional body was first formed in 1968 as the Actuarial Association of Hong Kong.  26 years later, its successor, the Actuarial Society of Hong Kong (ASHK) was duly incorporated in January 1994.  The ASHK is a membership organization for actuaries in the industries of insurance, consultancy, finance, education institutes and government.  Since 1999, the ASHK has become a full member of the International Actuarial Association. The ASHK is governed by an elected Council and regulates its members by setting certain Professional Standards and Actuarial Guidance Notes.

The Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts Limited (HKSFA) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 by a group of CFA charterholders in Hong Kong. The Society currently has over 6,486 members and is one of the largest member societies of CFA Institute which has more than 146,000 members in 160 countries/territories. The Society is mostly run by member volunteers with the support of a team of professional staff.

HKSFA shares the mission of CFA Institute in raising professional and ethical standard of financial analysts and investment practitioners through our continuing education events and advocacy effort. In addition to promoting the CFA designation in Hong Kong, the Society aims to provide a forum for our members, CFA Institute, other investment practitioners and regulators.

The Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association Inc. (PIRA) is a non-stock, non-profit corporation, and serve as the umbrella organization of non-life insurance, professional reinsurance, and surety companies in the Philippines.

PIRA is the voice of the Philippine non-life insurance industry.  It is composed of 60 member-companies. PIRA represents the collective interests of the Philippine non-life insurance industry. It speaks out on issues of common interest; helps to inform and participate in debates on public policy issues; and acts as an advocate for the insurance industry.

PIRA is a member or in partnership/coordination with ASEAN Insurance Council (AIC), East Asian Insurance Congress (EAIC), Insurance School (Non-Life) of Japan (ISJ), The General Insurance Association of Japan (GIAJ), Association of Insurers and Reinsurers of Developing Countries (AIRDC) and other organizations.

Professional Insurance Brokers Association (PIBA) has been one of the approved bodies of insurance brokers authorized by the Insurance Authority pursuant to Insurance Ordinance (Cap. 41), to approve licence to an insurance broker and to regulate the conduct of Members, their Chief Executives and Technical Representatives since 1995.

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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. 

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