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Agents and advisers finalists announced

Source: Asia Insurance Review | Jun 2020

A total of 62 finalists have been named for the 5th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards. The finalists emerged from 11 markets across the region - Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
By Benjamin Ang
The awards recognise the best in life insurance and advisory across Asia and have become highly sought-after marks of excellence because of the esteemed judging panel and independent judging process. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, there were some 250 nominations from 12 markets.
This year’s panel of 30 judges consists of CEOs, senior executives, industry leaders and experts. Finalists were shortlisted after the first round of remote judging where judges went through a 1,200-word write-up and supporting documents that accompanied each entry. In the second round of judging held virtually on 15 May 2020, judges deliberated and voted for their choice of winners by secret ballot for the 14 categories, including Executive Champion of the Year. The entire judging process was conducted under the watchful eyes of international audit firm EY.
Results confidential until awards night
The 5th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards is organised by Asia Insurance Review and Asia Advisers Network, with LIMRA as co-organiser, and AIA as strategic partner. HSBC Holdings group chairman Mark Tucker is Patron of the Awards.
Asia Insurance Review editor-in-chief Sivam Subramaniam said, “Congratulations to all finalists. I would also like to acknowledge the judges for their time and effort in giving so much attention to scrutinise each entry and being so committed to selecting the deserving winners who will have a real impact in promoting the future of insurance in society.”
The virtual Awards Night will be held on 27 July 2020. A virtual summit, ‘Insurance Inspired: Winning in the New Normal’, will be held on 28-30 July 2020. 
The finalists are:
Insurance Agent of the Year 
Dato Irene Gan – Great Eastern Life Assurance (M) Berhad, Malaysia
Divya Tusnial – TATA AIA Life, India
Nattanan Songpeansub – AIA Thailand
Ody Chu – AIA Hong Kong
Tsai Wei-Man – Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan 
Financial Adviser of the Year 
James Yeow – Finexis Advisory, Singapore   
Nguyen Thi Kim Uyen – Manulife Vietnam
Prashanthi Velayudan – Union Assurance, Sri Lanka
Tran Thi Hoa – Manulife Vietnam
Wilfred Wong – AIA Financial Advisers, Singapore
Rookie Insurance Agent of the Year
Elaine Chow – AIA Hong Kong
Joyce Chan – Prudential Assurance Co Singapore
Keo Sochenda – AIA Cambodia
Yeung King Hung – AIA Hong Kong
Yu Zheng – AIA Hong Kong
Insurance Agency Leader of the Year
Benny Chow – AIA Hong Kong
Dang Van Luc – Manulife Vietnam
Dato Eric Toh – Great Eastern Life Assurance (M) Berhad, Malaysia
Zhao Na – Allianz Life China
Zhao Yujie – Prudential Hong Kong
Rookie Insurance Agency Leader of the Year
Kanpitcha Chatcharroenporn – Muang Thai Life
Lahiru Maduranga – Softlogic Insurance Sri Lanka
Le Trang Nhung – Manulife Vietnam
Liu Shiu-Min – Cathay Life Insurance Taiwan
Soung Sovannara – AIA Cambodia
Digital Agent / Agency Leader of the Year
Kwanchanok Sikiwat – Allianz Ayudhya Thailand
Mongkol Lusamlit – AIA Thailand
Shaun Acasio – AIA Singapore
Tay Kah Lok – Finexis Advisory Singapore
Wave Chow Wing Kai – AIA Hong Kong
Inspirational Agent / Agency Leader of the Year
Divya Tusnial – TATA AIA Life, India
Lien Ting-Wei – Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
Wong Ching Lih – AIA Bhd, Malaysia 
Woo Pih Wah – AIA Bhd, Malaysia 
Zhao Yi Jing - Allianz Life China
Lifetime Achievement
Lachman B Balani – Sun Life Hong Kong
Liem Lie Sia – Allianz Life Indonesia
Teresa So – AIA Hong Kong
Bank Partner of the Year
Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
Nations Trust Bank, Sri Lanka
Saigon Commercial Bank, Vietnam
InsurTech of the Year
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Digital Transformation of the Year
AIA Bhd, Malaysia
Allianz Life Indonesia
Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
Manulife Vietnam
Taiwan Life Insurance
Young Executive of the Year
Hsieh Chia-Hsuan – Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
Jason Chou – Sun Life Hong Kong
Raymond Sim – Tokio Marine Life Singapore
Insurance Company of the Year
AIA Singapore
AIA Thailand
Fubon Life Insurance, Taiwan
Muang Thai Life Assurance, Thailand
Sun Life Hong Kong
The distinguished panel of judges comprises:
Ms Anusha Thavarajah, CEO, Life and Health, Allianz Asia Pacific
Mr Ben Tan, Managing Director, Regional Agency, FA and Bancassurance, Great Eastern Life Assurance
Mr Benedicto Sison, President, Philippine Life Insurance Association & CEO, Sun Life Philippines
Mr Benjamin Ang, Editor, Asia Advisers Network
Mr Bosco Lau, Regional Managing Director, LIMRA and LOMA
Mr Bruce de Broize, Regional Head of Distribution, Asia, Generali
Mr Calvin Lee, President (2019/20), Financial Services Managers Association, Singapore & Financial Services Director, AXA Insurance
Mr Davey Lee, Vice President (Membership), The Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong & Senior Regional Director, Prudential Hong Kong
Mr Edward Moncreiffe, Deputy Chairman, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers
Ms Gina Birchall, Chief Operating Officer, LIMRA and LOMA
Mr James HC Liu, President, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Taiwan (IFPA) & Chairman, PHEW Inc
Ms Jeanette Lim, President, Singapore Insurance Institute & Regional Head, Agency Development & Incentives, Chubb Asia Pacific
Mr Jensen Siaw, Chief Motivational Speaker, Jensen Siaw International (SPEAK For Life Group)
Mr Jerome Matrundola, CEO, Life and Health, Asia Pacific, PartnerRe
Mr Joe Cheng, CEO, Group Agency Distribution, AIA Group
Mr Keith Richards, Managing Director of Engagement, The Chartered Insurance Institute & CEO, Personal Finance Society
Ms Laura Hoi, Zone Chair, South East Asia, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), Membership Communications Committee (MCC) & Private Wealth Consultant, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
Mr Leong Sow Hoe, Immediate Past President, IFPAS & Senior Financial Services Director, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
Mr Leopold Joseph O. Janer, President (2017-2019), and Member of the Board of Trustees, The Professional Insurance and Financial Advisors Association of the Philippines (PIFAAP)
Mr Mark O’Dell, CEO, Life Insurance Association of Malaysia
Mr Mark Saunders, Group Chief Strategy & Corporate Development Officer, AIA Group
Mr Paul McNamara, Editor, Asia Insurance Review
Mr Richard Vargo, Managing Director, Bancassurance, DBS Bank
Mr Rohit Nambiar, CEO, AXA AFFIN Life Insurance
Mr Rotha Chan, Chief Agency Officer, Manulife Cambodia
Mr Sara Lamsam, CEO, Muang Thai Life Assurance
Ms Shalini Pavithran, CEO, The Malaysian Insurance Institute & The ASEAN Insurance Research & Training Institute
Mr Shiv Maheshwari, Director and Head - Agency, Max Life Insurance
Mr Stephen Appleyard, Chief of Distribution Hub, AXA Asia
Ms Yvonne Tay, Head of Southeast Asia, Business Development, SCOR Global Life
Supporting organisations include Chartered Insurance Institute, Financial Services Managers Association Singapore, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Taiwan, Jensen Siaw International, Life Insurance Association Singapore, LOMA, Million Dollar Round Table, The Malaysian Insurance Institute, Life Insurance Association of Malaysia, Professional Insurance and Financial Advisors Association of the Philippines, Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong, Phew, Philippine Life Insurance Association, and Singapore Insurance Institute. A 
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