Asian Insurance Forum

Societe Generale in association with AsiaRisk present Asian Insurance Forum, an exclusive event bringing together industry leaders. In-depth presentations, panel discussions with some of the leading lights in the industry, interactive workshops, receptions and networking opportunities.

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June 3–5, 2020 | 9:30–17:00 HKT/SGT
Virtual Event
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Societe Generale in association with AsiaRisk is delighted to present our 11th annual Asian Insurance Forum.

This exclusive invitation only event will bring together industry leaders to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities faced by the Asian insurance markets.

Due to the current situation, the 11th annual Asian Insurance Forum is running virtually in 2020. The virtual sessions will be spread over 3 days, allowing the content and interaction to be kept at the most engaging level and facilitating communication between speakers and participants.

Jason Daw

Head of Emerging Markets Strategy

Société Générale

Jason has 20 years of experience providing investment and economic research and advisory at investment banking and asset management firms. He also has broad, multi-asset class experience across foreign exchange, equities and fixed income. Before joining SG, Jason was research manager at Mercer after working at Exelion Capital Management as Chief Economist in Singapore. Prior to moving to Singapore, Jason was chief investment officer - asset management & FX advisory at Royal Oak Capital Management. He previously worked at Merrill Lynch as a senior FX strategist and at Goldman Sachs as an FX strategist and economist. Jason started his career as an economic research analyst at The Central Bank of Canada

Michelle Lam

Greater China Economist

Société Générale

Michelle covers China and Taiwan and is based in Hong Kong. She started her career at BNP Paribas London where she worked with a team of European economists and helped analyse topical macroeconomic issues. Before joining SG, she was a Senior Economist at TS Lombard, an independent research company, and focused on a number of Asian economies. Michelle holds an M. Phil. in Economics from Cambridge University and a first-class honors degree in Economics from UCL.

Frank Benzimra

Head of Asia Equity Strategy

Société Générale

Frank is Head of Asia Equity Strategy. Frank Benzimra joined Societe Generale in 1994 as a European Equity Strategist before moving to Tokyo to become Japan Chief Strategist. After ten years in equity research, he joined the Equity Derivatives department working on the development of the Societe Generale Index business (SGI). He left the Group in 2010 to join Standard Chartered Bank HK where he built the equity index business. In 2014, Frank returned to Societe Generale to work first as an index specialist in the Engineering group before rejoining research as Head of Asia Equity Strategy and Cross-Asset Strategist. He is part of the Global Asset Allocation team, which has been ranked No.1 in the Extel survey from 2008 to 2017. He is a graduate of Sciences-Po and the London School of Economics and spent a year at Tokyo University as an Economics postgraduate student.

Takatsugu Ochi

Partner, Audit & Assurance, IFRS Division, Former IASB member

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC

Prior to joining Deloitte, he was one of 14 members of International Accounting Standard Board, known as IASB, which creates IFRS. He served IASB for 8 years. While he was a member of IASB, I was fully involved in major IFRS standards, such as IFRS9 Financial Instruments, IFRS 15 Revenue Recognition, IFRS16 Lease and IFRS17 Insurance Contract.

Prior to IASB member, he was a committee member of IFRS interpretation committee, known as IFRIC, where varieties of interpretation issues are discussed. He had been a committee member for 5 years.

He also has 30 years working experience with Sumitomo Corporation, which is one of the largest trading house in Japan. He started his carrier at accounting controlling department of Sumitomo Corporation in 1981. In his working experience with Sumitomo, he was responsible for IFRS transition, internal control project management, US-GAAP, and Japan GAAP.

Haining Yin

Head of Greater China


Ms. Yin is an executive vice president at PIMCO and head of Greater China. Based in Hong Kong, she is responsible for driving the firm’s strategic plans for the region and leading a team of investment professionals to deliver asset allocation, alternatives and customized portfolio solutions to institutional investors and wealth management distribution partners. Ms. Yin also serves on the firm’s Asia Pacific New Product Business Review Committee and is a responsible officer for PIMCO Asia Ltd. Previously, she was a global product manager at PIMCO's Newport Beach office, specializing in global macro and multi-sector fixed income portfolios across developed and emerging markets. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2008, she was a manager at Capital One’s strategic finance group in the Washington DC area, working with senior executives on specialty finance mergers and acquisitions and bank capital strategies, including co-authoring a Basel II industry paper with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. She has 18 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She received her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Olivier Daguet

Deputy Head of Financial Engineering, Asia Pacific

Société Générale

Olivier currently serves as Managing Director and Deputy Head of Financial Engineering, Global Markets for Asia Pacific region and Head of the Cross Structuring Group.  He has joined Société Générale in 1998.

Prior to his current position, Olivier was the Head of Financial Engineering in the Cross Asset Solution division of Global Markets for the Americas. Similar to Asia, the range of products offered to Société Générale’s investor base in the Americas includes customized solutions linked to Equities, Commodities, Interest Rate, Credit, Currencies and Hedge Funds. In the insurance space, Olivier has helped create the two Societe Generale wholly owned reinsurance companies and transact full reinsurance and capital market reinsurance solutions with US and non-US direct writers.

Before working in the U.S., Olivier worked in Hong Kong in the Equity Corporate Finance/Corporate Derivatives team focused on designing derivative solutions for key Asian clients.  He holds an MSc in Finance and Business Administration from the Colorado School of Mines and is a Graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique Paris where he majored in Math and Finance.

Onno Vleeshouwer

Co-Head, Global Insurance business

Société Générale

Based in London, Onno Co-Heads the Global Insurance business at SG, with a focus on Europe.

He started working at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in 1993. Throughout his career in Amsterdam, Paris and London he specialized in derivatives and structured solutions for financial institutions, with more recently a focus on Insurers. At SG he has been involved in implementing innovative hedging solutions for insurance risks, capital optimization and capital release transactions for insurers, and is currently focused solutions to counter the low yield environment.

Prior to joining Societe Generale in 2008 he worked at JPM. He is a Dutch citizen, with a master’s degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Osamu Kosuga

Head of Global Markets Sales, Japan

Société Générale

Akiko Kuma

Head of Financial Engineering, Japan

Société Générale

Akiko is specialized in developing structured products and solutions to insurance companies including variable annuity, hedging and investment solutions. She started her career as financial engineering in Societe Generale Tokyo. In 2014, she spent 1 year in SG Paris where she worked on SPV issuance and strategy index for European clients. Akiko holds a Bachelor and Master of Engineering from The University of Tokyo, and mastere specialise from Ecole Centrale Paris. 

Session highlights

  • Research economic outlook
  • IFRS accounting rules: IFRS9 and IFRS17
  • Where lifers should invest in right now?
  • New trends and products in the Asia and European insurance sectors
  • Asset Liability Management for Japanese market