Cardiovascular health risk factors in China and the implications for insurance

15 April 2015, 9:00-15:30, Shanghai time

Organised by Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
Location: Shanghai, China

About the event

China is becoming more prosperous. Urbanisation and changing lifestyles have created rapid shifts in human behaviour and health profiles, most notably a shift from infectious to non-communicable diseases, and one of them is cardiovascular disease. It has been the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in China in recent years, challenging current public health provisions and insurance funding models.

You are cordially invited to join the first event in a new seminar series organised by Swiss Re titled "Cardiovascular health risk factors in China and the implications for insurance".

This event will introduce the Systematic Explanatory Analyses of Risk factors affecting Cardiovascular Health (SEARCH) collaboration, a joint research initiative by Swiss Re and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The World Health Organization is our advisor and facilitated access to data sources. Come to our event to get first-hand views of the research which will provide significant contribution to the understanding of future health and mortality trends.

The event will feature a presentation by one of the authors who analysed the most important risk factors leading to cardiovascular disease, along with risk transfer tools that aim to protect health insurance policy holders against such occurrences.

Health matters - the risks China faces are considerable, the opportunities potentially huge.


Marianne Gilchrist
Head of Solutions Groups, Asia
Swiss Re



Registration and welcome coffee


Welcome and introduction
Marianne Gilchrist, Head of Solutions Groups, Asia, Swiss Re


SEARCH - The search for health risk factors in China
Christoph Nabholz, Head Business Development, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue


Overview of health risk factors in China
Yanping Li, Research Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Coffee break


The financial implications of the SEARCH results on China
David Lu, Deputy Regional Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re


Cardiovascular disease solutions
Sohila Kwan, Product Innovation Actuary, Swiss Re




Panel discussion
Moderated by Cindy Feng, Client Manager, Health Solutions, Swiss Re


Closing remarks
David Zhang, Senior Client Manager, Health Solutions, Swiss Re


Networking and refreshments

This event may be photographed, filmed and/ or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.


Download the publication

Download the Risk
Dialogue Series in English (PDF)

Download the Risk
Dialogue Series in Mandarin (PDF)


Download the iBook app with
additional interviews, links
and information on the SEARCH project


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