Year 2018


Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Phelim Boyle
Lazaridis School of Business, Wilfrid Laurier  University, Canada 

Phelim Boyle uses mathematical models and quantitative methods to solve problems in the fields of finance and insurance. During his career he has made significant contributions to quantitative finance. His ideas have helped transform how actuaries measure and ​manage  financial risk. Together with his coauthors Brennan and Schwartz he introduced option pricing techniques to price and hedge equity linked insurance contracts. He also pioneered the use of Monte Carlo methods in finance and with David  Emanuel introduced  Asian  options. 

He has been a professor at   the University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo and   has spent time  at  the University  of California  Berkeley and the University   of Tokyo.    Boyle has won several awards and prizes for his research contributions. These include  the Centennial Gold Medal of the  International Actuarial Association (1995) and  the International   Financial  Engineer of the Year (2005).   In 2008   he was awarded  a  Gold Medal from the Institute of Actuaries in the UK for his research work. 

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John Chen
President of Swiss Re China

John Chen is appointed as Member of the Asia Management Team, President of Swiss Re China, effective 1June 2016. He also takes up the position of General Manager of Beijing Branch.

John has about 20 years of experience primarily working in the insurance industry in both China and overseas. Prior to joining Swiss Re, John was the Chief Actuarial Officer & Member of the Executive Committee of PICC P&C from 2007 to March 2016. He took the responsibility for product development, pricing strategy and significant involvement in the company's strategic decision-making processes. Before that, he was General Manager of Product Development for PICC P&C and has worked for PICC P&C for about 11 years in total. John also served on the Solvency Standard Board and other working committees of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission, including involvement in the development of C-ROSS standards in China.

Before PICC P&C, John worked with Deloitte/Finity Consulting as Senior Consultant based in Sydney for about two years, responsible for consulting assignments in innovative pricing methods, customer insights analysis, predictive modelling, risk margin evaluation and capital modelling. He also spent some years with CGU Insurance (part of IAG) based in Melbourne and with Airbus Industries based in Beijing/Toulouse.

John holds a PHD in Econometrics from Monash University, Australia and a BSc in Applied Maths from Tsinghua University, China.

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Ian Johnston
Chief Executive, DFSA (Dubai Financial Services Authority)

Mr Ian Johnston was appointed Chief Executive of the DFSA in June 2012. Mr Johnston joined the DFSA in November 2006, as a Managing Director heading the Policy and Legal Services Division. Mr Johnston was admitted to practice law in Australia in the early 1980’s and spent most of his career in the private sector. He held a number of senior positions within the financial sector and was the CEO of one of Australia’s major trustee companies.

In 1999, Mr Johnston moved into regulation joining the Australian Securities and Investments Commission where he became Executive Director, Financial Services regulation, and spent several terms as an Acting Commissioner. In 2005, he took up a position as a Special Advisor with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

Mr Johnston is a past Chairman of the Joint Forum, which comprises representatives of the major international regulatory standard-setters (IOSCO, IAIS and the Basel Committee). In November 2013, he was elected to the Steering Group of IOSCO’s Growth and Emerging Markets Committee. He is also a member of the Financial Stability and Technical Committee of the IAIS, the global standard-setting body for insurance regulation, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Standards Board from 2011 – 2016.

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Andreas Richter
Munich School of Management, LMU Munich, Germany

Andreas Richter is Director of the Institute for Risk Management and Insurance, Director of the Munich Risk and Insurance Center (MRIC), and holds the Chair in Risk and Insurance at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich, Germany. Currently, he is also a vice dean of the Munich School of Management at LMU Munich, where he served as dean from 2011 through 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at LMU in 2006, Andreas held positions at Illinois State University and the University of Hamburg, and in 1999 visited the University of Pennsylvania as a postdoctoral fellow. He earned his Ph.D. (1998) and his Habilitation (2002) from the University of Hamburg.

Andreas's main research interests are in insurance economics, behavioral insurance, the economic analysis of law, and the management of catastrophic risks. He is a Past President of the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA) and serves on the Board of Directors of the European Group of Risk and Insurance Economists (EGRIE). Andreas Richter is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, the Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance and the Journal of Insurance Issues. He has published in journals including the European Economic Review, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Risk and Insurance, International Review of Law and Economics, Insurance: Mathematics and Economics and Risk Analysis. His research has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Ernst Meyer Prize of the Geneva Association.

Andreas serves on various advisory boards, including those of the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and the Risk and Insurance Research Center at National Chengchi University (Taiwan). He has acted as an advisor and guest lecturer at the Chinese-German University College (CDHK) at Tongji University in Shanghai.

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Yimin Yang

Yimin Yang has over 20 years of experience in financial risk management, including heading quantitative analytics for PNC Financial Services Group and SunTrust Banks where he developed enterprise-wide methodologies, techniques and applications for risk analytics and business development. His risk management expertise covers credit, market and Anti-money laundering areas. Currently he is the Senior Director at Protiviti (the 6th largest risk management consulting firm in USA, inheriting former Arthur Andersen Consulting) and the first person to serve this leadership role for the company. He is responsible for risk analytics, quantitative modeling, AI/machine learning,​ and capital management.

Dr. Yang holds a Bachelor’s degree from Peking University and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago. He was a tenure-track assistant professor at University of Minnesota, Morris and served advisory roles to several financial engineering programs in US and China. He also holds a Master degree in computer information networking from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Ms. Wai Ling Yung
Asia Pacific Lead, Society of Actuaries, Hong Kong

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