The awards offer a neutral platform to recognise the best in life insurance agency and advisory across Asia. A truly regional platform, winners emerged from seven markets: Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Leading life insurance companies were also represented with winners coming from AIA, AXA Insurance, Cathay Life Insurance, Great Eastern Life Assurance, Manulife, Philam Life, Prudential Assurance, TATA AIA Life Insurance and Sun Life Financial.
These deserving winners edged out some 400 contenders from 50 companies in a rigorous and transparent two-stage judging process audited by EY. In the first round, remote judging was conducted to select the finalists. In the second round, judges came together to discuss the finalists face-to-face and to arrive at the winners through a secret ballot.
Asia Insurance Review editor-in-chief Sivam Subramaniam said, “The crop of entries we received this year was impressive. We salute all entrants for their courage in taking part to tell their story. We urge the winners to celebrate their victories not just for themselves but for the whole industry.”
The awards enjoy the patronage of HSBC Holdings group chairman Mark Tucker. It is organised by Asia Insurance Review and Asia Advisers Network, with co-organiser LIMRA and strategic partner AIA.
Supporting organisations include: Association of International Life Offices (AILO), The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers (HKFI), Philippine Life Insurance Association (PLIA), Financial Services Managers’ Association (FSMA) Singapore, Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL), Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong (LUAHK), International Insurance Society (IIS), Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and Singapore Insurance Institute (SII).
The winners are:
Insurance Agent of the Year: Ms Amy Wat Chi Mei, AIA Hong Kong
Financial Adviser of the Year: Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Lich, Manulife Vietnam
Rookie Insurance Agent of the Year: Ms Selena Wang, AIA Hong Kong
Insurance Agency Leader of the Year: Mr Tan Lay Seong, Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad
Rookie Insurance Agency Leader of the Year: Ms Agnes Ng, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
Inspirational Agent/Leader of the Year: Ms Divya Tusnial, TATA AIA Life Insurance, India
Digital Agent/Agency Leader of the Year: Mr Tay Kah Lok, AXA Insurance, Singapore
Lifetime Achievement: Ms Antonia Lucrecia Nicdao, Philam Life, Philippines
Affinity/Bank Partner of the Year: Citibank, Hong Kong
Insurance Company of the Year for Agents: Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
Executive Champion of the Year: Ms Rizalina G Mantaring, Sun Life Financial Philippines
The judging panel of 26 distinguished industry leaders and experts was chaired by AIA Group group executive, chief strategy and corporate development officer Mark Saunders.
The distinguished panel of judges for the Awards comprises:
Chairman, Mr Mark Saunders, Group Executive, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, AIA Group
Honorary Adviser, Mr Reynaldo de Dios, Publisher-Editor, Insurance Philippines Magazine
Mr Andy Khoo, Managing Director, The Centre for International Assessment and Development, LIMRA
Mr Ariel G Cantos, President (2017), Philippine Life Insurance Association, and CEO, Philam Life
Mr Bernard Lim, President (2017), Financial Services Managers Association, Singapore, and Financial Services Director, Prudential Singapore
Mr Bharat Kannan, Chief Distribution Officer, MetLife Asia
Mr Bosco Lau, Regional Managing Director, LIMRA and LOMA
Mr Bruce de Broize, Regional Head of Distribution, Asia, Generali
Mr Davey Lee, Vice President, Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong
Mr David Grant, Regional Chief Agency Officer, Manulife Asia
Mr David Piesse, Asia Pacific Ambassador, International Insurance Society, and Advisory Board Member, Guardtime
Mr Deepthi Lokuarachchi, President, Insurance Association of Sri Lanka, and CEO, HNB Assurance
Ms Esther C Tan, Senior Adviser to the Board, Mercantile Insurance Corp
Mr Handojo Kusuma, Regional Chief Agency Officer, Asia Pacific, Allianz, and Deputy CEO, Allianz Life Indonesia
Ms Helen Roberts, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Chartered Insurance Institute
Ms Jeanette Lim, President, Singapore Insurance Institute, and Regional Head, Agency Development & Incentives, Chubb Asia Pacific
Mr Jensen Siaw, Performance Breakthrough Coach, Jensen Siaw International
Dr Khoo Kah Siang, Executive Champion of the Year - 2017, and CEO, Manulife Singapore
Mr Randy Lianggara, Regional CEO for China, Indonesia & Vietnam, Aviva Asia
Ms Rizalina G Mantaring, CEO, Sun Life Financial Philippines
Mr Robert Pain, Chairman, Association of International Life Offices
Mr Robert Pang, Chairman, Insurance Agents Registration Board, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers
Mr Sara Lamsam, CEO, Muang Thai Life Assurance
Mr Richard Vargo, Managing Director, Bancassurance, DBS Bank
Mr Paul McNamara, Editor, Asia Insurance Review
Mr Benjamin Ang, Editor, Asia Advisers Network
For more information on the awards, visit: http://www.asiaadvisersnetwork.com/Awards
Mr Mohamad Hyqel