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Insurance Innovators and Digital Disruptors Take the Stage

We are currently in the process of recruiting top level speakers for the event. If you'd like to submit a proposal for a speaking opportunity please contact the conference director, Mariana Dumont at mariana.dumont@insurancenexus.com

Early Confirmed Speakers in 2017


Alex Kimura

Alex Kimura

Chief Strategy Officer, Aviva Asia

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Alex Kimura was appointed as Chief Strategy Officer of Aviva Asia in September 2014. His current responsibilities include Strategy, Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions, Digital Analytics and Transformation for Asia. Alex brings with him a wealth of strategic and operating expertise and experience in the financial services industry and the Asian markets. Prior to Aviva, he was with the AXA Group since 2000 and was first appointed as Chief Operating Officer of AXA Japan and a member of their Management Committee. Since 2006, he oversaw the Asia Pacific region reporting to the Group CEO. During this time, he was instrumental in the major transactions and structuring activities across the region, including the major Bancassurance JVs, divestment from Taikang Life and AXA Australia/New Zealand, the acquisition of the HSBC P&C assets and Winterthur Life Asia.

Before joining AXA, Alex 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. Alex also worked for many years in the investment banking industry at Morgan Stanley in Asia and US. He holds a MBA degree from Columbia University in Finance and International Business with Distinction and completed Stanford University's Executive Leadership Program.

Russel Antonio

Russel Antonio

Head of Travel Insurance APAC and Head of Group Personal Insurance Malaysia, AIG

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Shwetank Verma

Shwetank Verma

AVP and Head of Collab, MetLife

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Shwetank Verma is an innovator at MetLife Asia, where he leads Collab, MetLife Asia’s open innovation platform. Collab matches startups to problem statements identified by MetLife Asia’s leadership. Prior to joining MetLife he was a serial entrepreneur in healthcare and education.

Prashant Argawal

Prashant Agarwal

Director, AIA Edge

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A marketer, innovator and connector, Prashant has held senior leadership roles across disciplines. His customer-first orientation enables him to span industries as diverse as packaged goods, technology and insurance, and build brands across direct, retail and online (B2B and B2C).

Prashant built Unilever’s rural distribution in north-India, managed Direct Marketing at CapitalOne (USA), was CMO at Genworth (formerly GE Financial), lead APJ Marketing at Dell, and was SVP Marketing at DBS. At AIA he created and runs labs with A*Star and NTU to accelerate AIA’s innovation agenda. He is also an angel investor. Prashant has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an ExecEd Alum from Darden (USA), IMD (Switzerland) and IIM-A (India)

Yannick Even

Yannick Even

Head of InsurTech Solutions, Swiss Re Life & Health Asia

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Yannick is currently the Head of InsurTech Solutions for Swiss Re, driving the ideation, design and delivery of technology, digital and data driven solutions for Life & Health insurance across Asia.

Prior to that role, Yannick was leading the Digital Innovation solutions for KPMG China Advisory helping insurers solve business pain points, through the agile and quick testing of new technology, partnering with selected start-ups.

Yannick has led the delivery of multiple corporate innovation programmes, building prototypes and business cases on InsurTech, FinTech, HealthTech, SmartCity and Internet of Things (IoT). He is regularly invited to share his experience at tech events and is also a mentor and board advisor of IoT and Blockchain tech start-ups across Asia.

Yannick has over 15 years of experience delivering Data Analytics and Innovative Tech solutions worldwide and has been based in Hong Kong since 2010. He holds a PGP degree on Marketing, Strategy & Leadership from the Indian School of Business (ISB Hyderabad, India) and is an IT Engineer (Polytech Montpellier, France).

Ash Shah

Ash Shah

Regional Property and Casualty CIO and Chief of Staff, AXA Asia

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Ash Shah is the Regional CIO for P&C and Chief of Staff for AXA Asia, overseeing IT operations in the 8 countries and a regional office in Hong Kong. AXA Asia is a market leading insurance player offering a differentiated composite proposition in Life and General Insurance with operational presence in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Prior to joining AXA Asia, Ash held a number of senior roles for Whitbread Group, Financial Conduct Authority (UK financial service regulator), Zurich Financial Services and Adecco on an European and global basis.

He holds a degree from the London School of Economics as well as attended leadership courses at IMD in Switzerland.

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Marco Buccigrossi

Business Development Director, Mapfre

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Passionate professional with a wide international experience in Insurance, fluent in three languages and with a genuine wish to move Business towards a new digital and smart approach. Very keen, open-minded and “lateral thinking” attitude to Business, in order to find a strategic match between experience and innovation. Non-orthodox profile with humanistic academic training and quantitative background developed in multicultural teams (in Italy, UK, Spain and China). High analytical skills and deep knowledge of insurance commercial and technical areas: Digital Marketing, Pricing, Predictive Analysis.

Grace Fong

Grace Fong

VP Distribution, CXA Group

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As VP of Distribution for CXA Group, Grace is responsible for driving distribution and partnership deals with banks, insurers, reinsurers, and health-related providers within the increasingly vibrant fintech, healthtech, insurtech ecosystem.

Prior to joining CXA, Grace was the Practice Leader for Health & Group Benefits at Towers Watson where she buildout their benefits brokerage service offering in Singapore. She advises clients in the areas of employee benefits strategies integrated with preventive health management programs to help companies drive employee engagement and productivity at the workplace. Prior to joining Towers Watson, Grace was the Director of Sales and Client Relationships at Mercer and worked with global MNCs and local SMEs from an array of industry sectors including consumer goods, energy, finance, logistics, pharmaceutical, hi-tech and more.

Grace has over 17 years of experience in the insurance industry and held varies corporate and commercial roles with P&L responsibilities. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from the University of Melbourne. CXA is Grace’s second stint with a technology start-up; her first was with an Australian company that provided ASP and educational software services for schools.

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Steve Tunstall

CEO and Co-founder, Inzsure

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Steve has over thirty years of experience in owning, running and future proofing companies.

He has been CEO, Managing Director or equivalent in seven companies in four countries managing teams of up to 500 employees and based in Asia for over 20 years.

Steve’s first book “RISK and the Asian CEO” was published on Amazon Kindle in 2016. With a social media presence of over 50k followers on various channels, Steve has been recognised as the No.1 worldwide influencer in Insurtech according to the London based Global Instech 100 early in 2017. He features in the Top 20 Global Influencer lists of Rise, Richtopia and Onalytica in the areas of Insurtech, Fintech and Blockchain and has a significant presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr.

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Vaasu Gavarasana

Head of Digital, Asia, IAG

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A former adman, Vaasu Gavarasana is a passionate marketing and digital transformation professional. He stumbled upon the internet in 1994, and since then, has been at the forefront of driving digital innovation and transformation.

Vaasu has two entrepreneurial ventures and several intrepreneurial accomplishments under his belt. During his tour of duty in advertising and Yahoo, he positively impacted the many global brands he managed. He melded digital into the overall business strategy.

Vaasu cofounded the Asia Content Marketing Association (ACMA) and is on the board of the Wharton Future of Advertising Program. Vaasu has authored a book on digital transformation – Digital Lipstick on a Legacy Pig!

He currently leads digital transformation initiatives at IAG Asia (Insurance Australia Group).

Vaasu studied at Yale University,USA. And lives in Singapore

Naren Baliga

Naren Baliga

AVP Portfolio Director – Delivery Services, Manulife

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Naren moved to Hong Kong 6 years ago when he decided he wanted to be a part of the fast and furious pace that Asia was all about. Over the last few years his desire to be involved in complex transformation has seen him working with a large Airline companies, telecommunication and insurance companies. Currently Naren is accountable for technology and operations delivery for South East Asia's 11 countries. He brings a pragmatic approach to the table full of hilarious anecdote's that has kept him motivated.

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João Neiva

Head of Innovation, IT and Business Change, Zurich Topas Life

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Joao leads the Zurich Innovation Center, IT and Business Change teams, driving the Digital Transformation program in Indonesia.

Joao has been serving Zurich for more than 10 years, having worked in 5 different countries (Portugal, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Indonesia), mostly in Strategy, Finance and Operations.

Joao holds a Master degree in Economics from Oporto University and a Master in International Management from ISCTE Business School

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Hans van Wuyckhuyse

Regional Director Business Development Asia, Ageas

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Hans van Wuijckhuijse is in Ageas’ Regional Office leading the activities for building, developing and transforming insurance businesses, as the regional CIO he is member of Ageas’ Group IT Board. His main areas of expertise are Operations and IT; creating optimal target operating models for partnerships and markets, and change, programme and project management. Recently he was responsible for creating a life insurance company in Singapore. For Ageas’ new life insurance ventures in the Philippines and Vietnam he developed an end-to-end, cloud based solution set, globally the first of its kind.

Previously he was Chief Operating Officer of IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Ageas’ joint venture in India and responsible for Operations, IT and Business Solutions.

Since 1997 he has held a range of different positions within Ageas like Director IT & Operations for Asia, Chief of Staff of the CEO Fortis and programme manager of several transformational programmes.

Prior to joining Ageas he worked for a software development company and the IT company of the Dutch Association of Real Estate Agents.

He holds a MBA of the Maastricht School of Management.

Hans is based in Hong Kong at Ageas’ Regional Office for Asia.

David Piesse

David Piesse

Chairman, International Insurance Society Ambassador Program

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David Piesse is the Chairman of the International Insurance Society Ambassador program and ambassador for Asia Pacific reporting to New York Headquarters.

Mr. Piesse started his career at Lloyds of London and was a global risk management consultant with the United Nations for 7 years operating on all continents. He was the Global Head of Insurance and Head of Financial Services for Asia Pacific for SUN Microsystems 2004-2009 prior to his recent appointments in 2010. David Piesse is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the British Computer Society.

Val Jihsuan Yap

Val Jihsuan Yap

CEO, PolicyPal

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Val is the Founder and CEO of PolicyPal, that uses artificial intelligence to simplify and digitise insurance for thousands people.

Prior to founding PolicyPal, Val was an Assistant Vice President at OCBC Bank. Primarily focused on launching the digital initiatives and campaigns, working closely with the wealth, digital and marketing to drive innovations.

Previously served as Risk Assurance Associate at PwC London office, worked with UK Financial Institutions to develop implementation plans for the changes required for USA Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) compliance and regulatory assessment.

When not at work, Val is an avid globe-trotter and a sports enthusiast.

Marnix Zwart

Marnix Zwart

Co-Founder, GoBear

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Marnix Zwart is the Co-Founder of GoBear.com and Kroodle.nl

He loves creating and building new experiences which give users the tools to make better choices. Extensive experience in concepting, creating, launching and growing of online businesses. Mr Zwart is currently responsible for product and business development within GoBear. With a focus on helping partners solve complex business challenges and creating solutions, he engages with industry leaders to help grow and make GoBear better.

Mr Zwart is an avid public speaker on FinTech and innovation; he loves new tech things and travelling with his family and having fun with them. He lives in Singapore with his wife and two kids

Valer Mereny

Valer Merenyi

Regional Director, Digital Strategy and Solutions Asia, Ageas

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Valer Merenyi is seasoned digital business builder and financial services executive with 20 years of experience in strategic projects and programmes in retail banking, insurance and corporate banking. He has held a number of senior positions in financial services and consulting companies across Asia and Europe, all business roles and most often than not with a significant IT and change content. Over the past few years Valer has led the front office transformation programme of a UK bank's international wealth business, built a robo-adviser proposition for a German direct bank and initiated and ran the Intelligent Assistant programme of a Dutch retail bank. Back in Asia since May 2016, Valer is leading Ageas' digital efforts across various channels and 7 countries.

Samuel Hall

Samuel Hall

Program Director, Startupbootcamp

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Samuel Hall is Program Director for Startupbootcamp in Southeast Asia. Working with early and growth stage startups, he focuses in particular on business model validation, product development and go-to-market strategy. Prior to Startupbootcamp, he founded startups and worked with FinTech companies in the UK and North America. Sam previously worked as a corporate lawyer, and as well as working with startups and on corporate innovation projects, he claims to be a basketball aficionado.

Thomas Dijohn

Thomas Dijohn

Vice President Asia Pacific, Dacadoo

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Thomas Dijohn has been with dacadoo – a leading Swiss technology company - the last 3 years currently serving as the Vice-President Asia-Pacific.

The company has developed a unique and innovative digital health and lifestyle platform.

The core of the Platform is the dacadoo Health Score which is based on more than 100M man- years of clinical studies and has taken more than 5 years to develop and refine by a team of technologists, clinicians, and mathematicians.

Clients include Health and Life Insurers, Corporate Wellness, Pharma, and Fitness/Gyms.

In 2015 Thomas was on a 12 months’ secondment to Sanofi – the world’s 5th largest pharmaceutical company – as Intrapreneur-in-Residence - to develop and implement a clinical behavioural diagnostic tool for the management of people with chronic conditions and for prevention in general. There he worked with universities and healthcare professionals.

Prior to dacadoo and Sanofi he worked with Innovation and New Business in industries such as Media, Broadcasting, Telecom, Managed Services, and Retail.

He has worked and lived in Asia-Pacific the last 20 years and holds a MBA from Macquarie University (Sydney Australia).

He has featured in the media and conferences on a wide range of matters relating to his areas of knowledge and experience and is known for his visionary and thought provoking leadership.

Zach Piester

Zach Piester

Chief Development Officer, Intrepid Ventures

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Zach is Chief Development Officer of Intrepid Ventures. Intrepid Ventures is a venture development company that invests in, designs and builds Blockchain and emerging technology powered companies.

Zach is an innovation, digital transformation and venture investor / growth executive based in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Innovation:

I help Fortune 500 companies leverage the innovation of startup disruptors in blockchain, insurtech, fintech, distributed ledger, & emerging technologies.

Investor:

Early stage investor in Blockchain, IoT, Data & Analytics (sensors and health)

Startup Growth:

I'm deeply involved in the organizational design and growth of a variety of FinTech, InsurTech, & non-financial blockchain, distributed ledger, and emerging technology companies across Asia.

Gavin Teo

Gavin Teo

Partner, B Capital Group

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Gavin Teo is a Partner at B Capital Group, a $250M US and Singapore-based venture capital fund, where he invests in digital healthcare and consumer technology businesses. He leads B Capital Group's San Francisco Office and serves on the board of SilverCloud Health.

Prior to joining B Capital Group, Mr. Teo spent five years at Comcast Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Comcast and NBC Universal, where he sourced, led, and managed investments in healthcare, IoT and Virtual Reality. Earlier in his career, Mr. Teo was a product manager for FarmVille at Zynga, a management consultant at Bain & Company, and served in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Mr. Teo earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar, and earned a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.

Weisheng Lee

Weisheng Lee

Industry Manager Financial Services, Google

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Weisheng leads Google's efforts to partner the insurance industry in Singapore & SEA in their ongoing efforts to successfully operate in a digital world. Prior to joining Google, Weisheng led DuPont's Asia-Pacific packaging materials business after working for the Singapore Economic Development Board in various roles based in Singapore and the US.

Jan-Philipp Kruip

Jan-Philipp Kruip

Cofounder & CEO, FitSense

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Hisham Muhammad

Hisham Muhammad

Director Global Solutions Architect, ACCA

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Hisham Muhammad has over 20 years of experience in networking, enterprise architecture and working on digital transformation strategies for data center & hybrid cloud solutions. Hisham has held multiple roles over the years, from developing strategic solutions, project management, product management and pre-sales.

Hisham represents Association for Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), of which Equinix is a board member. He is presently the Director for Global Solutions Architects for Equinix Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

He leads a team of senior technical advisors for the Asia Pacific region, with primary responsibilities of building thought leadership in the areas of distributed hybrid cloud architecture and implementing software-defined networking & data center solutions for Enterprise and Service Providers.

Hisham holds a BSc Hon. in Business Management and a Post Grad. Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering.

Julie Jung-Eun Kim

Julie Jung-Eun Kim

Founder & CEO, Smallticket

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Julie Jung-Eun is the founder and CEO for Smallticket, the insurtech in Korea.Through the services of Smallticket.com, she focuses on creating mutual benefits to both customers and insurers by providing reward and life-engaging services to customers in a micro-segmented group leading to reduce and manage risks on their everyday life.

After observing a wave of digital transformation of insurers, she is developing Smallticket to be a leading disruption and innovation player in the insurance market. Her previous experiences in the field of legal, marketing, and consultancy help her rethink the way Smallticket creates.

She loves travelling and exploring new places to nurture creativity in herself and her business.

Satadru Sengupta

Satadru Sengupta

General Manager & Data Scientist, DataRobot

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Satadru Sengupta, General Manager and Insurance Subject Matter Expert at DataRobot, is a practicing data scientist for the last ten years. He previously worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance, AIG, and Deloitte Consulting. In his current role with DataRobot, Satadru is working with a large number of financial institutions seeking to harness the power of machine learning, AI and data science automation.

Ashley Kee

Ashley Kee

CEO & Co Founder, Bandboo Group

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Ashley is the Co Founder of Bandboo, an insurance platform which enables users to obtain insurance coverage. He heads the products team and is in charge of sourcing for new opportunities. Before Bandboo, Ashley was an Investment Manager with a local Private Equity firm, where he focused on investments in China and South East Asia, specialising in Investment Analysis, due diligence processes and portfolio management.

David A. Chan

David A. Chan

Head of Affinity and SME, Asia, Willis Tower Watson

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David A. Chan is the Regional Head of Affinity and SME, Asia for Willis Towers Watson. He is responsible for the pan-Asia strategy and execution of market-leading Affinity solutions that help partners and clients to improve their profitability, differentiate their offer and increase customer loyalty. David and his team have developed a range of innovative product and affinity solutions for various partners across the Asia. These programs are supported by innovative distribution and proprietary technology solutions.

David has over twenty one years of professional insurance and leadership experience with both international and national insurers and brokers in Asia and Australia with roles across product development, operations, marketing, underwriting and distribution.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from Monash University, Australia. David is an Associate of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII) and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).

Todd Atkins

Todd Atkins

Enterprise Sales, Braintree, A PayPal Service

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