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IFoA Asia Conference 2019, Chengdu

09-10 May 2019

About this event

IFoA events LogoThe Institute and Faculty of Actuaries will hold its fifth annual Asia Conference in Chengdu, China on 9-10 May 2019.

There will be a prestigious line-up of home and international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia.  The conference will consist of plenary speaking sessions and a series of breakout sessions including Life, GI, Risk Management, Investment and Pensions.

This will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover, discuss and be at the forefront of current and developing actuarial/financial topics and trends in Asia, whilst discussing the future of your sectors with like-minded professionals from around the globe.



The conference will be of huge benefit to actuaries and those who work in the insurance and financial sectors, leaders at all levels in the financial services who want to gain a thorough understanding of the fast-changing dynamics in the insurance, health, investment and financial industry in Asia. 


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Social Wed, 08/05/2019 - 18:00 - 20:00 Pre conference drinks reception
Registration Thu, 09/05/2019 - 08:00 - 08:50 Registration
Plenary session Thu, 09/05/2019 - 08:50 - 09:00 Chair’s Welcome
Plenary session Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:00 - 09:10 Welcome from Conference sponsor
Plenary session Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:10 - 09:15 Welcome from Local Actuarial Society

Mr Deyun Cao, The Executive Deputy President and Secretary General, the Insurance Asset Management Association of China (IAMAC)

Plenary session Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:15 - 10:15 Plenary 1: Asset risks of insurers in China from a look-through perspective under C-ROSS Phase II

Dr. Yulong Zhao – China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission

Refreshments Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:15 - 10:45 Morning refreshments
Workshop Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:45 - 11:35 Workshop A

A1: G&I – Evolving risks in a ‘New Normal’ Era: Catastrophe, Cyber Risk and New Unknown in Asia (presented in Chinese)

Speakers: Xiao Xuan Li - China Re, YiFan Fu - Aon Benfield China and Chiew Yee Ng - KPMG

A2: Pensions & Investment – Emerging opportunities for insurers – pushing the boundaries

Speaker: Simon Richards - Insight Investment 

A3: Life & Health - A comparison of a few Aging Policies - searching for opportunities for insurers

Speaker: Joey Zhou - RGA

A4: Life & Health - Impact of emerging tech and digital ecosystems on the insurance value chain

Speaker: Jianshu Weng, Swiss Re

A5: Risk – Capital Management under Evolving Solvency Regime in Asia Pacific 

Speakers: Christine Wang and Anne Pan - Deloitte

Transfer time Thu, 09/05/2019 - 11:35 - 11:40 Transfer to next session
Workshop Thu, 09/05/2019 - 11:40 - 12:30 Workshop B

B1: G&I – Enhance pricing capability in a motor deregulation market

Speaker: Yao Ji - EY

B2: Pensions & Investment – Philosophy and Practice: Pension Investment in China (to be presented in Chinese)

Speaker: Ke Zheng, Harvest Fund Management

B3: Life & Health - The Innovation and Exploration of Mutual Insurance in China (presented in Chinese)

Speaker: Zhuo Zeng - Trust Life Mutual

B4: Risk – When customers know more about own genetic profile: a threat or opportunity?

Speaker: David Lu - Swiss Re

B5: Other - Robotic Process Automation: modernising actuarial processes using technology

Speaker: Florent Mirville and Justin Hui - KPMG

Refreshments Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Transfer time Thu, 09/05/2019 - 13:30 - 13:40 Transfer to next session
Plenary session Thu, 09/05/2019 - 13:40 - 14:40 Plenary 2: Can incentive really change physical activity

Can incentive really change physical activity

RAND recently published the largest study of its kind on the design of incentives to increase physical activity using verifiable data. The results indicated that incentives can lead to increased and sustained activity, with a more pronounced behaviour change in more unhealthy individuals.

In this presentation we will review the aims and results of the study, and discuss the impact of the design of programs aimed at reducing healthcare and mortality costs over time. This has significant implications for health and life insurers and this will be further elaborated in the context of Discovery’s Joint-Venture with Ping An Health Insurance 

Speaker: Alain Peddle, PingAn Health

Transfer time Thu, 09/05/2019 - 14:40 - 14:45 Transfer to next session
Workshop Thu, 09/05/2019 - 14:45 - 15:35 Workshop C

C1: G&I – GI in the age of IFRS

Speaker: Rebecca Lin – Aon Benfield

C2: Pensions & Investment – Penetrating the next decade of wealth management industry

Speaker: Yang Yu - Redington Ltd and Muqiu Liu - YuYuan Technology 

C3: Life & Health - IFRS17 Yield Curve and the Impact (presented in Chinese)

Speaker: Jiajia Cui - Moody's Analytics

C4: Risk – The days after Typhoon Hato and Mangkhut (to be presented in Chinese) 

Speaker: Xiaodong Yu - Taiping Reinsurance Company Limited

C5: Other - Machine Learning Actuaries

Speaker: Louis Rossouw – Gen Re

Refreshments Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:35 - 16:05 Afternoon refreshments
Transfer time Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:05 - 16:15 Transfer to next session
Plenary session Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:15 - 17:15 Plenary 3: Professional Skills Training

Speakers: Tan Suee Chieh and Dr. David Hare – IFoA

Other Thu, 09/05/2019 - 17:15 - 18:30 Delegate free time
Networking Thu, 09/05/2019 - 18:30 - 21:30 Dinner
Registration Fri, 10/05/2019 - 08:15 - 09:00 Registration (for those who didn’t register on Thursday)
Transfer time Fri, 10/05/2019 - 09:00 - 09:05 Transfer to next session
Plenary session Fri, 10/05/2019 - 09:05 - 10:05 Plenary 4: After a storm comes a calm

In the face of downward pressure in China's economy, we estimate GDP growth rate is expected to fall to around 6.3% in year 2019. At the backdrop of global economic slowdown, China could outperform and benefit from capital inflows. We reiterate our positive view on RMB assets.

Speaker: Dr. Chao Li - Chief economist of Huatai Securities

Refreshments Fri, 10/05/2019 - 10:05 - 10:30 Morning refreshments
Workshop Fri, 10/05/2019 - 10:30 - 11:20 Workshop D

D1: G&I – Reinsurance – Beyond Treaty and Facultative Solutions 

Speaker: Shuzhan Wang – Swiss Re

D2: Pensions & Investment – How the market valuate insurance company & how we catch the investment opportunity?

Speaker: Xinran Zuo -  Founder Securities Co. LTD

D3: Life & Health - IFRS 17 - five ways to make it easier/ IFRS 17 Learning from China

Speaker: Jin Peng and Chris Hancorn – PwC

D4: Other - Cancelled 

D5: Other - Driving Corporate Value from Strategic Shareholdings

Speaker: Alastair Clarkson - Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Transfer time Fri, 10/05/2019 - 11:20 - 11:25 Transfer to next session
Workshop Fri, 10/05/2019 - 11:25 - 12:15 Workshop E

E1: G&I – The Complete Pricing Actuary

Speaker: Aditya Khanna - RSA Insurance India

E2: Pensions & Investment – How to use Investment to Hedge Solvency Risk

Speaker: Ellen Yang - Deutsch Bank

E3: Life & Health - 理想重疾(Ideal critical illness)

Speaker: Wang Jun and Dr. Yu, Hongjiang - Taiping Reinsurance Company

E4: Other - Actuarial Research Centre: Recent Developments from Its Commissioned Research Programmes

Speaker: Johnny Li, ARC Associate Director (IFoA)

Refreshments Fri, 10/05/2019 - 12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
Transfer time Fri, 10/05/2019 - 13:15 - 13:25 Transfer to next session
Plenary session Fri, 10/05/2019 - 13:25 - 14:25 Plenary 5: 数据中台驱动保险业务数字化升级:Common Data Model Platform: Driving Insurance Digital Transformation to the Next Stage

Presented in Chinese 

Speakers: Heng Wang - Zhong An insurance

Transfer time Fri, 10/05/2019 - 14:25 - 14:30 Changeover of speakers
Plenary session Fri, 10/05/2019 - 14:30 - 15:30 Plenary 6: Navigating across Paradigms

The speaker will explore the competing views of change impacting the insurance and insurance industry today – and its significance to actuaries. How can actuaries thrive in the years and decades ahead, as we are beset by technological and business model disruption, climate change, 100-year lives, globalization and its consequences? A curious and adaptable mindset, a multi-disciplinary approach and the embracing of technology as partners, are proposed for actuaries to enable them to navigate the new paradigms. The speaker will introduce the concept of the dated actuarial “safe and secure box”, and how it would be undermined by data science, machine learning and new business models.  Finally, the speaker argued that we can transform our “safe and secure box” to a “springboard for the future” and circumvent and survive the rising sea levels in the world of the Moravec Paradox.

Speaker: Tan Suee Chieh – incoming IFoA President-elect

Plenary session Fri, 10/05/2019 - 15:30 - 15:45 Chair’s closing remarks
Social Fri, 10/05/2019 - 15:45 - 16:45 Farewell refreshments
Other Fri, 10/05/2019 - 16:45 Conference close

The IFoA asks all speakers to submit their presentations in advance of the conference. Where available and if permitted by the speaker we have added these below: