The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) hosted its second Asia Conference at Hilton Kuala Lumpur on 3 and 4 March 2016. This event, themed “Celebrating Diversity, Creating Value” attracted over 370 professionals from across 20 countries and 100 students from local universities in Malaysia.
The conference programme, which was put together by a team of IFoA volunteers across Asia, covered six plenary sessions and 23 cross-practice workshops. A line-up of high calibre international speakers, including thought-leading academics and senior representatives from global companies, shared their views and experiences on a number of hot topics. Among them were:
• Mr Colin Wilson, President-elect of the IFoA
• Prof Karel van Hulle
• Dr Khoo Kah Siang, Great Eastern Singapore
• Ms Lee Wai Yi, Monetary Authority of Singapore
• Mr Mark Saunders, AIA
• Mr Peter Banthorpe, RGA
• Prof Steven Haberman, Cass Business School
• Mr Yoon Yew Khuen, Central Bank of Malaysia
• Mr Zainal Mohd-Kassim, Actuarial Partners
Virtual network of actuarial researchers and partner organisations
The IFoA also announced during the opening plenary of the Asia Conference that it is expanding its Actuarial Research Centre (ARC) to become a ground breaking virtual network of actuarial researchers and partner organisations from around the world, which will sponsor and deliver innovative research on behalf of the IFoA.
A unique, dedicated half-day session, themed “Actuaries of the Future”, was organised for university students to support their actuarial development and career progression. Apart from strong technical skills, emphasis was placed on the importance of good communication and interpersonal skills.
Hong Kong 2017
With a particularly strong and fast-growing presence in Asia, the IFoA will continue to host a conference in this region each year. Exciting times lie ahead for the development of the actuarial profession to encourage international knowledge sharing.
The IFoA Asia Conference 2017 will take place in Hong Kong. Details of the date and venue will follow.