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IFoA in East Asia


The IFoA in East Asia

With rapid membership growth and actuarial industry development in the region, we are committed to developing education partnership with universities, encouraging vibrant member communities as well as seeking opportunities to engage with employers and local regulators. We ensure the proactive engagement is delivered through member support, education, regulation, technical influence as well as knowledge transfer.

The IFoA Beijing Representative Office was established in March 2013 which makes the IFoA the first actuarial association to open a representative office overseas. We are now looking after near 1,200 active members in China, Japan and South Korea, with the majority in China.



IFoA Chinese website

The IFoA China website provides the latest events, news and information throughout your qualification path in English, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinse.


There you'll find everything you need to know to help you register, study, plan your qualification route and decide the best career path for you. 

It's the best place to find out what's going on throughout the region from the IFoA.

Visit the IFoA China website

IFoA Council Members in East Asia

Council is the governing body of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). There are currently two Council Members based in China. 

I have been working in the insurance industry for 19 years. Among them 10 year in UK and 9 years in China. I enjoy tremendously the changes and development of past 19 years of financial industry felt lucky as a participant. For our profession to stay prosperous and active, actively engagement our member can expand the influence of IFoA and promote the actuarial standards and the Actuaries’ Code. I have been working as an IFoA volunteer for many years by taking up different roles. I am passionate about our profession and want to do more for the profession. This is why I stood for Council elections in 2014 and 2019. I am fortunate enough to be elected. I was, am and will always be committed to the IFoA as an international organization with strong roots in the UK.

In the fast-developing digital world, actuaries will need to innovate to stay relevant. We are no longer in the secure box that we used to be. I would like to support the Council to explore how we can better innovate and therefore better equip our current young members and stay relevant. I look forward to working with you all to enhance the diversity, development and harmony of the IFoA.

Cynthia Yuan, FIA

Senior Risk Manager, China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation


I hold both Bachelor and Master degrees in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Master degree in Actuarial Science from Cass Business School. I won the award ‘Top 30 under 30’ by Actuarial Post in 2012 and the ‘FN 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Asset Management’ by Financial News. In 2018 after incorporating the subsidiary of Redington in China, I was elected as one of the ‘Top 10 elite returnees’ by Shanghai Lujiazui Financial City.

I am always passionate to serve our members and to promote actuarial science. When taking the roles as the President of Chinese Actuarial Network in UK (CANUK), I worked actively to promote the communication and cooperation between actuaries in China and UK. It is a great pleasure and honour to join the Council of the IFoA. I hope our profession will drive continuous innovation and keep bringing values to our members and our industry. I believe the profession will grow its influence in the wider fields by integrating with technology and other skills on a global scale which will ultimately help more people make better sense of the financial future.

Yang Yu, FIA

Managing Director of Redington Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Yu Yuan Technology (Shanghai) Ltd.


Being an actuary

Actuaries are experts in risk management. They are very well-respected professionals. Every area of business is subject to risks so an actuarial career offers many options. What really sets actuaries apart, is their natural mathematical, economic and statistical awareness, and their ability to apply this to real business issues.


I really appreciate the opportunities of participating in the strategy setting, providing important information to support business decisions, as well as designing products that meet the clients’ demands. Actuaries can and should take a whole picture of the company’s financial operation. Dynamic actuarial management is necessary rather than static calculation. It has extensive relationship with products, financial policies, marketing and final sales. Developments in social environment and technology have raised new challenges to actuaries. Furthermore, actuaries should find new ways to integrate their professionalism with these emerging changes in order to play new roles in the leading trends. During my career as an actuary, I got chances to cover actuarial work from valuation to products, as well as financial planning and marketing. With more than 15 years’ experience and practice in diversified actuarial work, I like the width and depth of this profession. This is the key reason for actuaries to be respected within and outside the companies.

Linjie Li, FIA

General Manager of Product Department, Heng An Standard Life Insurance Company Limited


 I enjoy my role in general because the role enables me to solve problems for insurers by team working with other professionals. Though being an actuary no longer has the prestige of automatically making people believe in you, the technical skills certainly add credibility to our arguments provided we can communicate clearly how our arguments are relevant to the questions we are trying to address. Knowing the mechanism of the technical aspects of the issue makes one feel like having insights that the others struggle to grasp, which may make our contribution valuable (sometimes). Our analytical training also enables us to question the question itself, such as whether the question has a bias in the way it is phrased - in this case I wonder why the question should not also ask what I do not enjoy in my role. 

Angelo Wang, FIA
Partner, EY Transaction Advisory Service Inc.

Regional Communities

Our members in East Asia are mainly employed by insurers, consulting firms, reinsurers, investment companies, banks, etc. Most of the head offices are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, which is aligned with our membership distribution.

Now we have three regional communities in the region: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Visit our regional community pages to know how to get involved.

Supporting actuarial employers in East Asia

We are committed to promoting quality assurance at an organisational level to ensure confidence in the work of actuaries in East Asia. Now the Quality Assurance Scheme (QAS) opens application to organisations outside of the UK. For more information, please visit the QAS webpage.

Please contact if you or your employer have any feedbacks, queries, or plan to explore potential cooperation opportunities. 

Education Partnership

The IFoA works with top universities in East Asia to ensure the highest quality in actuarial education and talent training.  We have accredited 6 universities in China:

  • University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong
  • Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), Beijing
  • Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), Chengdu
  • Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL), Wuhan
  • Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE), Dalian
  • Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai

View our full list of accredited universities

In China, we also work closely with universities whose actuarial programmes are teaching the IFoA’s curriculum and whose students join the IFoA and sit our professional exams:

  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), Shanghai
  • Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou

If you are interested in becoming an IFoA’s accredited university or looking into possibility of other education partnership, please contact us to find out more.

Become a volunteer

We have more than 60 enthusiastic volunteers based in East Asia. We hold regional technical, networking and professional events and engage with local stakeholders with our volunteers’ support. They are active as Career Ambassadors, CPD Coordinators, members and chairs in China Technical Member Interest Group (MIG), and various other working parties and committees across difference areas such as Life, GI, Solvency II, Aging Population and many more.


“As a CPD co-ordinator, I help the IFoA Beijing office organise CPD member events. As the committee member of the IFoA China Technical Member Interest Group, I am now working with other volunteer FIAs to provide a platform for actuaries from all practice areas to be able to discuss issues.” Read the case study

Grace Pei Guan, FIA

Chief Actuary, Generali China

News and events

The IFoA has a wide range of news, events and community activites happening across the region. 

For the latest information visit our china website.

About us

 Please get in touch with us if you have an interest in joining the actuarial profession, or employing actuaries in East Asia.

  Contact details

Beijing Office

Level 14, China World Office

No.1, Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District

Beijing, 100004

People’s Republic of China

+ 86(10) 6535 0248

Hong Kong Office

1803 Tower One, Lippo Centre

89 Queensway, Hong Kong SAR

+852 2147 9418 

Wen Li, FIA

Lead Representative of China and East Asia


Jing Zhang

Regional Coordinator of East Asia



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  • Spaces available

    This webinar is intended to raise awareness of the shifting landscape of climate liability risk and what it means for actuaries, including how it impacts on their professional and legal duties. Presentations will cover the legal risks around climate change for investment consultants and actuaries advising DB pension schemes as well as consideration of climate risk for insurers.

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    Climate change risks are likely to become material for many risk management and investment decisions. This will require to incorporate explicitly climate change in the tools used for risk management and investment decisions. At present existing climate change tools are often too crude for decision making.

  • Current Issues in Life Assurance (CILA) Webinar series

    Webinar Series
    15 July 2020 - 3 August 2020

    Spaces available

    CILA is one of the pre-eminent events in the annual 'Life' calendar. Due to COVID-19 we are running the programme as a series of webinars covering topics aimed at practicing life actuaries from life offices, consulting firms and other employers of actuaries and those who work in or advise on, the life assurance market in the UK and Europe.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    For annuity writers, a key challenge is the need to fund capital-consumptive new business strain (NBS) as a consequence of writing the business intended to fund future distributions.

    Reinsurance, investment strategy and capital provision all have roles to play. Here, we:

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    Mortality in 2020 is now dominated by one thing, although – in our future-focused world – the pandemic is just one of many mortality considerations.  In this session, three well-regarded mortality/longevity specialists provide an overview of:

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    Because of Covid-19, forecasters predict a severe recession in 2020, followed by a V or U-shaped recovery. This impacts both individuals and companies. However, compared to previous recessions, the impact on banks of higher credit losses should be mitigated to some extent by government actions. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    This session will provide an overview of the Population Health Management Working Party's research including defining impactability and impactability modelling, discussing some examples of specific modelling approaches, considering the practical challenges across the NHS as well as wider public perception and ethical issues.

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    Many actuaries consider career opportunities in the Finance and Investment practice area after having started off in more traditional actuarial roles such as valuations, capital management or pricing. This session is aimed at helping actuaries to better understand roles in Finance and Investment and how they can fine tune their skills to pursue such careers.

  • Mortality and Longevity Webinar Series 2020

    Webinar Series
    22 July 2020 - 10 August 2020

    Spaces available

    Due to COVID-19, we are running this programme via a series of webinars commencing 22nd July.

    This webinar series will provide topical and practical updates and discussion on the latest thinking and innovations in mortality and longevity, and is designed to be very accessible to a broad range of experience.


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    Predictive risk assessment and risk stratification models based on postcode-level consumer classification are widely used for life insurance underwriting. However, these are socio-economic models not directly related to health information. Similar to precision medicine, precision life insurance should aim to tailor policy pricing/reserving to the individual health characteristics of each client.

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    As insurers look towards their internal model calibration process for 2020 final year financials and statutory returns, actuaries need to deal with the complexity of adequately modelling their business in 2020 and beyond. This discussion will look at what poor model selection and calibration could look like – using inappropriate historical data; using incorrect 2020 mortality data; inappropriate stochastic model recalibration (or lack thereof). What about being prudent vs setting a best estimate? How do you allow for tail risks during a tail risk event?  This is the fourth webinar in the Extreme Mortality Events series presented by Chair of the Life Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Colin Dutkiewicz. 

  • Spaces available

    This webinar has been re-scheduled from its original date of the 1st July. Although ESG has many buyers across the asset allocation community, from pension funds to sovereign wealth funds, it still hasn’t found its place within the core asset management strategy desks where the money is actually invested. The problem as well as the opportunity is Fixed Income. Plenty of strategies exist for incorporating ESG within Equities, from screening, integration to a combination. ESG has picked up relatively quickly within Equities with rating,indices created using ESG factors. This talk will discuss how we price a quantifiable ESG credit risk premium and make it alpha worthy in a strategy. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    With the rising prevalence of dementia, how can we manage this risk effectively and can insurance do more? Matt Singleton, Ageing Lead at Swiss Re, will cover these topics and demonstrate how insurance could help people address their concerns.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    This talk will look at a range of such techniques (e.g. mass lapse risk transfer, contract boundaries, risk margin relief, non-standard longevity risk transfer) that have been applied or considered by UK and EU insurers, and the pros and cons of each.


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    Current Issues in Life Assurance.

    The International Association of Insurance Supervisors announced on 14 November 2019 the adoption of v2.0 of the global Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) which will undergo confidential reporting for 5 years starting from 2020. This session will include specific experiences from Legal and General (L&G) as well as global industry perspectives from EY.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    This session will cover the PRA supervisory statement on financial impacts related to climate change, industry insights into PRA climate risk business plans, examples climate risk strategy setting out key workstreams and activity steps for successful execution, an overview of a climate risk strategy execution timeline and the future.     

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. Using new and unique research and data from the UK, US, Sweden and China, this presentation investigates how consumers use the internet through their insurance journey and analyzes the role culture and generation plays in their online behaviour. We use this research to show the online landscape for insurance sales in the UK and suggest ways to shape new products and effectively engage with the consumer who is buying them.

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    Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Gen Re Life/Health Research and Development, Dr John O'Brien, will discuss the impacts of Gene Modification for life/health insurance. 

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    As an industry, it has been important to be able to look to the future to identify the next quantifiable risk. In this session, I will explore some of the less tangible, but none-the-less concerning risks to future health, such as the health risks associated with exposure to pesticides, ingestion of plastic in the food chain, and the hazards of indoor air pollution through exposure to volatile organic compounds.

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    The working party will help the industry to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes and excess mortality is considered, including the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. Modelling the structure and trends of cancer morbidity risk is important for pricing and reserving in related health insurance fields such as critical illness insurance and care provision. We model the dynamics of cancer incidence over time in different regions in England, using 1981-2016 ONS data. The modelling allows estimation of cancer rates at various age, year, gender and region levels, following a Bayesian setting to account for statistical uncertainty. Our analysis indicates significant regional variation in cancer incidence rates. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. In this talk we will outline the steps Aviva took in pulling together our first large-scale disclosures on the exposure of our business to climate change published in March 2019; in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. After touching on why insurers have such an important role in climate change, we'll cover a brief “how-to” guide for those who have not yet embarked on thinking about these topics before giving a case study of how the learnings from a TCFD disclosure exercise can be applied to investment portfolios.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. 

    The insurance industry currently underwrites customers with diabetes based on a range of factors, medical expertise and various medical studies. The work undertaken by the Diabetes Working Party would help the industry to approach this using current research findings to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes is considered. This includes the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes. This webinar will present our latest findings in the management of this important chronic condition which will include research in collaboration with the ARC.