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FT China Insurance Summit

Striving for enhanced growth

Beijing 北京 |
Speakers include:
Li Jin

Li Jin


Hong Mei

Hong Mei

China Life Insurance Company

Cao Deyun

Cao Deyun

Insurance Asset Management Association of China


China’s insurance industry is expected to continue to grow at the fastest pace in the world over the next decade, in terms of total premium income. The latter climbed to Rmb3.8 trillion (US$563 billion) in 2018, up 3.9% from 2017, according to data from the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission. Moreover, the industry’s total assets stood at Rmb18.3 trillion as of 31 December 2018, up 9.5%.

The good news is that China’s insurance market has room to expand, and the government is introducing policies and oversight to foster a healthy insurance environment. The bad news is that the country’s economy is slowing, along with that of the world. The rising global debt burden and trade friction with the US are other worries. How is this mix of good and bad factors affecting China’s insurance market? What is on the cards for the next decade?

Clearly, digitalisation will feature strongly in the future. Innovative technology has wrought rapid change on insurance processes, products and services. Use of big data has enabled insurers to not only get closer to customers but also to evaluate risks better. This dynamic development comes with regulatory changes, greater risks to cyber security, and a need for deeper investment in technology. Is China’s insurance industry ready for the challenge?

FT China Insurance Summit: Striving for enhanced growth is the third in the series.It will bring together leading insurers, asset managers and technology experts from China and overseas to discuss the state of China’s insurance industry today and in the future, explore the best investment strategies in the next phase of growth, and examine the dramatic changes due to digitalisation.

Note: Proceedings will be mainly in Mandarin. Some sessions will be in English.

fallback Add to my Calendar 06/13/2019 08:00:0006/13/2019 17:05:00trueFT China Insurance SummitChina’s insurance industry is expected to continue to grow at the fastest pace in the world over the next decade, in terms of total premium income. The latter climbed to Rmb3.8 trillion (US$563 billion) in 2018, up 3.9% from 2017, according to data from the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission. Moreover, the industry’s total assets stood at Rmb18.3 trillion as of 31 December 2018, up 9.5%.The good news is that China’s insurance market has room to expand, and the government is introducing policies and oversight to foster a healthy insurance environment. The bad news is that the country’s economy is slowing, along with that of the world. The rising global debt burden and trade friction with the US are other worries. How is this mix of good and bad factors affecting China’s insurance market? What is on the cards for the next decade?Clearly, digitalisation will feature strongly in the future. Innovative technology has wrought rapid change on insurance processes, products and services. Use of big data has enabled insurers to not only get closer to customers but also to evaluate risks better. This dynamic development comes with regulatory changes, greater risks to cyber security, and a need for deeper investment in technology. Is China’s insurance industry ready for the challenge?FT China Insurance Summit: Striving for enhanced growth is the third in the series.It will bring together leading insurers, asset managers and technology experts from China and overseas to discuss the state of China’s insurance industry today and in the future, explore the best investment strategies in the next phase of growth, and examine the dramatic changes due to digitalisation.Note: Proceedings will be mainly in Mandarin. Some sessions will be in English.FT-China-Insurance-Summitaf117e7613d858b6fb3c75d3f371f954MM/DD/YYYY






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Speakers (20)

Li Jin

Li Jin

General Manager, Enterprise Risk Management

Jin Li is General Manager, Enterprise Risk Management, with ICBC-AXA Life. He has extensive experience in the domestic and overseas insurance industry. His practice fields include enterprise risk management (ERM), asset liability management (ALM) and investment analysis, corporate actuarial, capital management, financial engineering, derivative strategies and dynamic asset allocation. Over the past years, he has succeeded in localising global best practices in ERM and ALM, establishing hedging practices for local insurance products and setting up localised SAA methodologies, among others.

Hong Mei

Hong Mei

General Manager, Strategy and Marketing Department
China Life Insurance Company

Ms Hong Mei is currently the General Manager of Strategy and Marketing Department of China Life, a core member for strategic research of the Insurance Association of China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a member of the Insurance Industry’s Strategic Research Experts Group and director of the Insurance Society of China. Ms Hong Mei graduated from Central University of Finance and Economics and holds a doctorate degree in economics. She is also a senior economist with more than 20 years of experience in life insurance company’s operation and management, market analysis and marketing strategies development.

Cao Deyun

Cao Deyun

Executive Vice President and Secretary General
Insurance Asset Management Association of China

Cao Deyun is Executive Vice-President and Secretary General of the Insurance Asset Management Association of China (IAMAC). Prior to joining IAMAC, Dr Cao served at the headquarters of the People’s Bank of China and the former China Insurance Regulatory Commission. An economist, he has worked in the fields of macroeconomic management and financial regulation for nearly 30 years, and holds expertise in China and the world economy, monetary policy, financial markets and insurance asset management regulations, among other topics. Dr Cao has solid knowledge of economics and finance, as well as vast experience in financial regulation practices.

Richard Sega

Richard Sega

Global Chief Investment Strategist

Richard Sega is Global Chief Investment Strategist for Conning. He has an integral role in the formulation of the company’s economic and market views. He previously served as Conning’s Chief Investment Officer, responsible for credit research, investment management and trading. Prior to joining Conning in 2000, Mr Sega was President and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Oak Capital Management. He earned a degree in Mathematics from Fordham University, and a Master’s degree in Statistics from Columbia University. Mr Sega is a member of the CFA Institute.

Ronan  Diot

Ronan Diot

Vice-Chair, Insurance Working Group European Chamber of Commerce in China, and Secretary of the Board of Directors and Head of Legal, Risks and Compliance
Groupama-AVIC Property Insurance

Ronan Diot is Vice-Chair of the Insurance Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China, and Secretary of the Board of Directors and Head of Legal, Risks and Compliance with Groupama-AVIC Property Insurance. A resident of Beijing since 2007, Ronan joined the insurance world in 2018, having previously worked as a qualified lawyer in France and Spain. His practice as a lawyer focused on assisting foreign companies to do business in China and Chinese companies to do business overseas, with emphasis on cross-border M&A, establishment of joint ventures, and  greenfield investments. Ronan has been significantly involved in the chamber’s lobbying actions, in his current role as Vice-Chair and earlier as Chair of the Legal and Competition Working Group. He is also a regular participant in meetings organised by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in China with EU officials. Ronan is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (2005), University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2003) and Complutense University of Madrid (2003). He is professionally conversant in English, Chinese, Spanish and French.

Zhao Ying

Zhao Ying

Director, Asset Management Center
China Pacific Life Insurance

Zhao Ying is Director of the Asset Management Center at China Pacific Life Insurance, responsible for asset management at the company. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance and insurance fields. Before joining CPIC Life, he worked as Chief Investment Officer or Branch General Manager at ING-Pacific Life, Haier-New York Life and Pramerica Fosun Life. The team he led was named “2005 Shanghai Top Ten Investment Team” by Finance Weekly. Mr Zhao has published more than 20 essays in core economic journals, and financial magazines and newspapers. He is an Executive Expert on the Insurance Institutional Investor Professional Committee of the Insurance Asset Management Association of China (or IAMAC), member of the Shanghai Financial Talents Lecturer Group established by the Shanghai Financial Work Committee, and member of the Young and Middle-Aged Insurance Academic Research Committee of Shanghai Insurance Institute. Mr Zhao has earned his doctorate degree and is a CFA.

Li Si

Li Si

Deputy General Manager and Executive Director, Investment Management Department
Taikang Life Insurance

Li Si, Tiffany, is Deputy General Manager and Executive Director of the Investment Management Department at Taikang Life Insurance. She previously worked in the Asset Management Department at Taikang Asset Management. Since joining Taikang in 2006, Ms Lee has been engaged in Insurance Asset and Liability Management, Asset Allocation and Investment Portfolio Management, and has participated in the research and writing of major investment policies and special projects in the field of portfolio management. She has been a member of the Insurance Funds Investment Risk Assessment Committee and the Asset and Liability Management Committee of the Insurance Asset Management Association of China (or IAMAC). Ms Lee is the author of a book entitled, Asset and Liability Management for the Insurance Company: Comparison, Practice and Innovation.

Steven Shao

Steven Shao

Chief Medical Officer, Healthcare Division
China Pacific Life Insurance

Steven Shao is Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Healthcare Division, with China Pacific Life Insurance. He is also a Guest Research Fellow at the China National Health Development Research Center of China’s Ministry of Health. He is an Innovative Expert, Long-Term, in the Recruitment Program of Global Experts, an initiative of the Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee. Dr Shao joined China Pacific Life Insurance as CMO in November 2017, with responsibility for developing, financing and providing supplementary health insurance and disease management services for statutory health insurance. His roles include establishing the China Pacific Health Management Service Company and Digital Lab. Earlier Dr Shao served as CMO at Munich Re’s Shanghai Representative Office, where he relocated in 2007 from Munich Re’s Health Division in Hong Kong, which he joined in 2001. As CMO at Munich Re in Shanghai, his responsibilities included medical evaluation for health insurance and government health projects. Dr Shao in 1997 joined Swiss Reinsurance in Zurich, Switzerland, as a medical doctor. He was responsible for research of insurance medicine, medical support for life insurance, and disability insurance for the group’s operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia.

Bi Hai

Bi Hai

Chief Executive Officer
Beijing Haola Technology Company Limited

Bi Hai is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Beijing Haola Technology. A member of the Association of Actuaries of North America, he is experienced in the actuarial, product development and Internet promotion of health insurance. Mr Bi has 18 years of work experience in the health insurance-products department of Ping An, AIA and Taikang, and he has participated in formulating the first edition of the health insurance management method. In the field of traditional insurance, he has led the development of products such as “Evergreen”, “Carnation”, “Kangai” and “Taikang Jixiang”; in the field of Internet, Mr  Bi has been prominent in developing “Seeking Love”, “Leye Insurance” and other innovative health products. Beijing Haola Technology assists insurance companies in obtaining and insuring customers based on online health assessments. Currently it serves more than 30 large and medium-sized insurance companies, as well as two reinsurance companies.

Tang Peng

Tang Peng

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Liangzibao (Quantum Insurance Technology)

Tang Peng is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liangzibao (Quantum Insurance Technology). Founded in early 2017, the company aims to make insurance easier by innovative granular insurance services. It helps traditional insurance companies go digital and offers tailored insurance services to individuals and companies. A serial entrepreneur, Mr Tang was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Yidao. During 2010-2016, he and his team were in full charge of Yidao’s core technological and product research and development work. Mr Tang introduced the Big Data Platform to the car-hailing industry, which created a perfect structure for Yidao’s technical framework, team management and strategic model, as well as established a basic technical foundation for the domestic car-hailing industry. Mr Tang has initiated the Mobile Internet-based YME Intelligent Scheduling System, which has won a number of patents. Before co-founding Yidao, he held technical management positions in Yahoo and Taobao. 

Sabrina Zhang

Sabrina Zhang

China Country Director

Sabrina Zhang is the China Country Director of CDP, the Global Environmental Reporting System. Her responsibilities in CDP include managing the team in the Greater China region and fund-raising for core business; developing high-level partnerships as well as managing and engaging with key stakeholders in the loop of green finance, ESG investment, climate change and energy, sustainable development as well as sustainable agriculture and green procurement. Sabrina joined CDP from MSCI, where she was the senior analyst responsible for ESG customised products, including ESG Index, ESG rating and screening products. Prior to this, Sabrina was the senior manager at China Beijing Environmental Exchange and manager at the National Development and Reform Commission, where she was mainly responsible for international cooperation and carbon market development. In addition, she has rich experience in policy research and analysis on climate change and green finance. Sabrina is a lecturer at Cambridge University’s sustainable leadership programme, and holds law degrees from both China and the US. 

Sun Gufei

Sun Gufei

Senior Director, Data Intelligence Center
ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance

Sun Gufei is Senior Director of the Data Intelligence Center, ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance, leading a team of more than 100 people. He has nearly 10 years’ experience in big data and artificial intelligence (AI), and is responsible for developing and governing ZhongAn’s data and information strategy in order to drive business decisions and growth, and for promoting the integration and innovation of big data and AI in ZhongAn business scenarios, so as to enhance ZhongAn’s automation and intelligent level. Before joining ZhongAn, Mr Sun worked as a researcher at SAP Labs China, and mainly engaged in the research and development of high-performance column memory database and IOT compressed database. At SAP, he promoted the exploration and innovation of big data and AI in the fields of new finance, new energy and new manufacturing, and won several SAP innovation awards. Mr Sun has directed a number of joint research programmes with universities and research institutes, including Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and East China Normal University. He also has published several research papers and holds more than 30 patents.

Jack Yuan

Jack Yuan

Chief Executive Officer
Generali China Insurance

Jack Yuan (Yuan Yinghui) has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Generali China Insurance since August 2018. From June 2007 to March 2018, Mr Yuan served as Director and Deputy General Manager of AXA Insurance, Deputy General Manager of distribution of AXA Tianping Property Insurance, General Manager of its Zhejiang Branch, as well as CEO, Chief Strategic Officer and Assistant President of the health insurance business. Prior to this, Mr Yuan served as Vice General Manager of the Guangzhou Branch of American International Group, Deputy Marketing Manager of the Shanghai Branch of America Federal Insurance Cooperation, and Chief Representative of the  Shanghai Representative Office of Swire Insurance Consulting. His insurance career began in 1993 in the Suzhou Branch of The People's Insurance Company of China. Mr Yuan graduated from Fudan University in 1989 and majored in polymer chemistry.

Edwin Northover

Edwin Northover

Partner and Head of Financial Institutions, Asia
Debevoise & Plimpton

Edwin Northover is an Asia-based corporate partner and Head of Financial Institutions in Asia with Debevoise & Plimpton. Mr Northover has a broad cross-border public and private mergers & acquisitions (M&A) practice, with a particular focus on M&As, joint ventures and distribution agreements in the insurance industry. 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. A guide, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, recommends Mr Northover for Mergers & Acquisitions and Insurance, and describes him as a “very good negotiator”. He is qualified in both England & Wales and Hong Kong.

Xie  Yuantao

Xie Yuantao

Vice-Dean, School of Insurance ond Economics and Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science,
University of International Business and Economics

Xie Yuantao is Vice-Dean, School of Insurance ond Economics and Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of International Business and Economics. His current research is focused on: Actuarial science and Risk Management: casualty, loss models, qualitative risk management and asset liability management; Statistical analysis: generalised linear (mixed) models; and Advanced Statistical Analysis System coding. Dr Xie is a member of the: American Risk and Insurance Association; Mathematical Finance and Financial Engineering Specialised Committee in the China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; and Health Insurance Specialised
Committee in the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association. He is also an expert and consultant on the Statistical Analysis System of the Beijing Health Insurance Information Platform. Dr Xie earned his PhD from China’s Renmin University. He has been a post-doctor at the School of Public Health, Boston University, and a research scholar for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; he also has conducted research at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston. Dr Xie has been published in professional journals in the area of insurance, actuarial science and statistical analysis. 

Neil Liang

Neil Liang

Chief Product Officer and Co-founder

Neil Liang is Chief Product Officer and Co-founder at CareVoice, a Shanghai-based health Insurtech company. At CareVoice, he leads the product and service ecosystem strategy, and has worked with leading health insurers in China to transform the membership experience using the CareVoice digital solution. With deep roots in the Silicon Valley tech culture, Neil has 20 years of experience in technology product management and innovation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in the US.

Yeo  Siew Mee

Yeo Siew Mee

Chief Investment Officer
Conning Asia Pacific

Yeo Siew Mee is Chief Investment Officer at Conning Asia Pacific. She heads the investment department, and oversees investment strategy, process, performance and risk management. Siew Mee joined Conning Asia Pacific from HSBC Private Bank Singapore, where she was the lead investment manager for the fixed-income component of discretionary multi-asset programmes. Prior to HSBC, she headed the Global Credits team in the Global Fixed Income Division of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), including leading the team's investment activities out of the MAS Singapore and New York offices. She started her career in the MAS as a financial regulator supervising securities and futures intermediaries, and has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Siew Mee holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics (Honours) from the National University of Singapore, and is a CFA charterholder.

Xu Chubin

Xu Chubin

Chief Actuary, Vice-Chief Financial Officer and Member of Executive Committee
Minsheng Life

Xu Chubin is Chief Actuary, Vice Chief Financial Officer and a Member of the Executive Committee at Minsheng Life. He has previously worked for Shanghai Securities, Sino-life, Zhongrong Life, and Founder Meiji Yasuda Life (originally known as Haier New York life Insurance). Mr Xu was mainly engaged in strategic planning, product development management, actuarial and risk management, as the leader of projects on unit-linked product development, ABS of policy loan, and medical insurance innovation. He is a graduate in Applied Mathematics from Tongji University in Shanghai.

Tian Fengzhan

Tian Fengzhan

Chief Data Scientist, Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation and Chief Data Officer
Sunshine Surety

Tian Fengzhan is Chief Data Scientist at Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation, and Chief Data Officer at Sunshine Surety. Due to his achievements in initiating and driving applications and practices of AI at Sunshine Insurance, he was nominated in 2017 as Sunshine Insurance's Person of the Year. Before he joined Sunshine, Mr Tian was leading global R&D projects in Machine Learning, Big Data and AI at Intel China. He obtained his PhD degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, was selected as a Beijing Nova, and was a visiting researcher at UIUC.

Luan  Chengxiao

Luan Chengxiao

General Manager, Strategy and Business Development
Huatai Insurance Group

Luan Chengxiao is General Manager, Strategy and Business Development, with the Huatai Insurance Group. He has a comprehensive understanding of an insurance company's value chain, and has worked in the insurance industry for 20 years. During this period, Mr Luan worked in operations (with New China Life Insurance), sales management (Skandia Life Insurance), general management of an insurance broker (Soderberg & Partners) and management consulting for the insurance industry (IBM). Mr Luan holds the qualifications of FLMI, PMP, Chinese Lawyer and an Insurance Broker certificate. He graduated from the Central University of Finance and Economics with a Master’s degree in Risk Management & Insurance Actuarial.


Co-chairs (2)

Lucy Hornby

Lucy Hornby

Beijing Deputy Bureau Chief
Financial Times

Lucy Hornby is Deputy Bureau Chief for the Financial Times in Beijing, where she covers politics and the economy. Previously, she reported for Reuters for eight years, based in Shanghai and Beijing. Her political and economics reporting ranges widely from domestic issues to China’s growing international ambitions. Lucy first came to China in 1995 to teach with the Princeton in Asia programme in Wuhan. She has reported from all of China’s provinces and regions. In 2018 she won the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) award for excellence in business reporting, for coverage she led of airline-to-finance conglomerate HNA. In 2015 she was named Investment Journalist of the Year at the State Street Institutional Press Awards for her reports on Hanergy, a high-flying solar power company.

Don Weinland

Don Weinland

Beijing Correspondent
Financial Times

Don Weinland is the Financial Times’ Beijing Correspondent, covering mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity in China. His
beat includes banking and insurance, 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. 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 Hong Kong, Shanghai and Phnom Penh, where he was the business editor of the Phnom Penh Post. Mr Weinland speaks and reads Mandarin fluently.

Moderator (1)

Wang Feng

Wang Feng


Wang Feng is Editor-in-Chief of He has 20 years of experience in the media industry, joining the Financial Times in his current position in April 2015. Previously, he had worked for three years as Online Editor at the South China Morning Post (SCMP) in Hong Kong, in charge of the English-language website He built an online editorial team after the site’s relaunch in 2012, and led the team to win multiple SOPA and Asian Media Awards. Before SCMP, Mr Wang was with Thomson Reuters in Beijing for five years, first as founding editor of Reuters China Website (, and then as Editor-in-Charge of Reuters Chinese News Service. Before Reuters, he had worked at various Chinese news organizations, including three years as senior writer and International Editor at Caijing Magazine. Mr Wang holds a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Agenda - 13th Jun

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Lucy Hornby, Beijing Deputy Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Special address: Insurance asset management is evolving

    Insurance asset management in China has developed in tandem with the country’s insurance industry, adapting to economic and regulatory changes over the past decade. In recent years, insurance asset management has taken in its stride China’s slowing economy, changes in monetary policy, and enhanced oversight over assets and liabilities, among other developments. An expert looks at insurance asset management now and in the future.

    Cao Deyun, Executive Vice-President and Secretary General, Insurance Asset Management Association of China 

    Lucy Hornby, Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Keynote: Outlook for China’s insurance industry

    China’s insurance industry has undergone intensive change in the past decade. Driven by positive government policies, robust economic growth and rising incomes, the country’s insurance market has become among the world’s fastest-growing. But China’s economy has now begun to slow, along with that of the world. Swelling global debt and trade friction with the US are additional concerns. How are these factors affecting China’s insurance market? What is the prognosis for the next 3-5 years?

    Hong Mei, General Manager, Strategy and Marketing Department, China Life Insurance Company

    Lucy Hornby, Beijing Deputy Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    Viewpoint: What’s down the road for foreign insurers?

    In a series of announcements in 2018, the Chinese government unveiled an agenda to liberalise the insurance sector that included provisions for foreign insurers to get greater control of their local ventures. Late last year, the first foreign insurer gained approval to set up a wholly owned company in 2019. What are the implications of these developments on foreign insurers in China, and on the industry itself?

    Ronan Diot, Vice-Chair, Insurance Working Group, European Chamber of Commerce in China, and Secretary of Board of Directors and Head of Legal, Risks and Compliance, Groupama-AVIC Property Insurance
    Edwin Northover, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
    Jack Yuan, Chief Executive Officer, Generali China Insurance

    Lucy Hornby, Beijing Deputy Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Networking break
  • 11:10am
    Global investment trends: What can we expect?

    Decelerating global growth is likely to continue into 2020. Protectionism, the US-China trade dispute and financial-markets volatility are among the various factors influencing investment. What are the investment trends for this year and the next?

    Richard Sega, Global Chief Investment Strategist, Conning

    Don Weinland, Beijing Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Panel discussion: Effectively managing assets and liabilities

    China’s regulators are enhancing oversight on the management of insurance assets and liabilities. The aim is to control disorderly elements in the industry, in order to streamline assets and liabilities management (ALM) processes and stabilise the country’s financial markets. But new rules requiring commercial banks to set up new wealth management subsidiaries could challenge the asset management sector. How should asset managers prepare for the implementation of these rules? What are the best strategies to adopt in an unsettled economic and financial environment?

    Li Si, Deputy General Manager and Executive Director, Investment Management Department, Taikang Life Insurance
    Li Jin, General Manager, Enterprise Risk Management, ICBC-AXA Life
    Zhao Ying, Director, Asset Management Centre, China Pacific Life Insurance

    Wang Feng, Editor-in-Chief,

  • 12:20pm
  • 1:40pm
    Strategy: Five top lessons from a Chinese insurer

    What are some of the best strategies for Chinese insurers to grow their business and invest their assets?

    Luan Chengxiao, General Manager, Strategy and Business Development, Huatai Insurance Group
    Yeo Siew Mee, Chief Investment Officer, Conning Asia Pacific

    Wang Feng, Editor-in-Chief,

  • 2:10pm
    Focus: Life insurance

    China’s life insurance market grew slowly in 2018. Total insurance premiums last year slipped about 5% from 2017, affected by global macroeconomic pressures. Falling assets income and volatile capital markets threatened the stability of China’s life insurers, even as their returns on investment continued to shrink. Yet the rate of growth is expected to improve in 2019, as life insurers increase penetration rates and include more long-term premium offerings in their portfolios. How have tighter regulatory policies influenced life insurers? How are they meeting the challenge of tech-savvy competition?

    Xie Yuantao, Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science, and Vice-Dean, School of Insurance and Economics, University of International Business and Economics
    Xu Chubin, Chief Actuary, Vice-Chief Financial Officer and Member of Executive Committee, Minsheng Life

    Wang Feng, Editor-in-Chief,

  • 2:40pm
    Networking break
  • 3:10pm
    Insurance and innovation: Using big data

    As insurance purchasing patterns evolve and insurance value-chains fragment, insurers are forging new digital partnerships and offering more data-driven, flexible services and products. Big-data usage is giving insurers valuable insight into their customer base, and helping them to manage products, processes and pricing. Data analytics is also assisting in risk evaluation of the insured, or in identifying fraudulent claims. How can insurers in China use data to add value to the business? Are operating models changing as a result? How much priority in investment funds will data analytics be given over the next 12 months?

    Steven Shao, Chief Medical Officer, Healthcare Division, China Pacific Life Insurance
    Sun Gufei, Senior Director, Data Intelligence Center, ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance
    Tian Fengzhan, Chief Data Scientist, Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation and Chief Data Officer, Sunshine Surety
    Sabrina Zhang, China Country Director, CDP

    Lucy Hornby, Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Insurtech: China’s insurers take the lead

    In recent years digital technology has brought about rapid innovation to processes and products in China’s insurance value chain. Although the country’s insurtech ecosystem is still at a formative stage, the emergence of start-ups is ramping up the insurtech evolution in China, alongside larger insurtech companies. At the forefront of this dynamic change are the technology giants, which are investing in both established insurers and insurtech start-ups. How are China’s insurtech companies disrupting the market? Should traditional insurers be worried? What are the best investment strategies in the next phase of digitalisation of insurance? How is digitalisation helping insurers to engage with China’s next generation of customers? What are some of the regulatory challenges? How are insurtech companies addressing the risks to cyber security?

    Bi Hai, Chief Executive Officer, Beijing Haola Technology Company Limited
    Neil Liang, Chief Product Officer and Co-founder, CareVoice
    Tang Peng, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Liangzibao (Quantum Insurance Technology)

    Don Weinland, Beijing Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Key takeaways

    The FT and insurance experts sum up the findings of poll questions (set of up to 10 questions) through the day on key issues discussed.

    Lucy Hornby, Beijing Deputy Bureau Chief, Financial Times
    Don Weinland, Beijing Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    Don Weinland, Beijing Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:05pm
    Drinks reception

CPD Hours

This Summit is qualified to 6 CPD hours by The CPD Certification Service.



Who attend?

FT China Insurance Summit will gather more than 200 local and foreign insurance industry players including:

Insurance Companies
Reinsurance Companies
Insurance Agencies
Asset Management Companies
Investment Management Companies
Technology Companies
Legal Firms
Consultancy Firms

**Limited complimentary passes are available for insurers, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and regulatory officials. For more information, please email to


Why attend?

  • Listen to the experts on what the future holds for China’s insurance industry
  • Evaluate the risks and opportunities in current business trends
  • Explore the best strategies to invest in the industry’s growth
  • Understand the dynamic impact of digitalisation on insurance
  • Network with your peers to exchange ideas and concerns

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Founding Partner (1)

Conning ( is a leading global investment management firm with a long history of serving the insurance industry. Conning supports institutional investors with asset management offerings, risk analytics and consulting services. Founded in 1912, Conning manages more than $137 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 and risk analytics tools helps insurance clients achieve their financial goals through customized business and investment strategies.

*As of February 28, 2019, represents the combined global assets under management for the affiliated firms under Conning Holdings Limited, Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd. (“SITE”) and Global Evolution Fondsmæglerselskab A/S and its group of companies (the “Global Evolution Companies”). The Global Evolution Companies are affiliates of Conning. 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 controlled entities.

Silver Sponsor (1)

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.

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The Insurance Asset Management Association of China (IAMAC), was established in September 2014, is a national self-regulatory organization of Chinese insurance asset management industry, under the supervision by China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission. At present, the Association has 546 members from all sectors of the financial market, including 600 institutions and 11 renowned Chinese and foreign economists. IAMAC is committed to the cooperation across the borders, sectors, and markets. It has built connections not only with central and local governments but also with banks, securities, trusts, funds, private funds, financial leasing companies, as well as many leading international investment companies and multilateral financial organizations. The Association expands its influence across the world and drives the global asset allocation of the industry to develop in a stable and sound way.

The British Chamber of Commerce in China is a membership organisation for British business focused on boosting UK-China trade and investment. We operate as an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a strong and diverse membership. With over two decades’ worth of business experience in China, we provide intelligence, advice, and networking opportunities for our members, helping their business grow in one of the world’s fastest growing markets. We aim to create and promote a louder voice for the business community in China on a governmental level by communicating issues that businesses face to governmental organisations.

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FTChinese is the Financial Times' Chinese language website, providing unrivalled news and information to China's top business executives and decision makers. The FT’s international team of journalists has access to senior corporate executives and politicians both in China and around the world, making it a must read for China's business leaders. FTChinese has over 2.5 million registered users and is also available via iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle platforms. The FTChinese MBA iPad App, a creative education tool with tailored training courses using FT content, was chosen by Apple for the App Store China’s “Best of 2012”. The FTIntelligence, a new research service, monitors and analyses trends and changes in China's consumer markets.

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. 


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