Swiss Re Institute Symposium (Asia) - Insurance at the crossroad of technology developments and growth opportunities

31 Oct 2017

Location: Singapore, Republic of Singapore


Asian growth over recent decades has been the result of the unlocking of the market. Future growth will now come from moving up the value chain and developing more sophisticated strategies to economic expansion. This trend will be driven by an increased use of R&D and a better implementation of best practices in manufacturing and services. What is true for the wider economy is also true of insurance. The role of the Swiss Re Institute is to help insurers in the transition to the deeper integration of research and data into their operating models.

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Jayne Plunkett, President and CEO, Swiss Re Asia


Keynote: Convergence and the future of Asian growth
Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore


Keynote: Swiss Re Institute in Asia
Jeffrey Bohn, Director Swiss Re Institute


Coffee break & networking


Breakout sessions

Insuring for an evolving corporate risk landscape
Traditional, innovative and self-retention mechanisms to expand the scope of insurability

The 100 Year Life
Opportunities and challenges for insurers in supporting longer lives

  • Robert Burr, Head Life & Health Client Markets Asia, Swiss Re
  • Sohila Kwan, Head Health & Medical Solutions Asia, Swiss Re

Blockchain and the B3i initiative
Latest developments of the B3i Initiative and use cases

  • Shyam Nagarajan, Director Blockchain Client success, IBM
  • Paul Meeusen, Head Distributed Ledger Technology, Swiss Re


Lunch with keynote speech

Future growth?

Siong Guan Lim, Former Group President, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation

Host: Clarence Wong, Head Swiss Re Institute Asia


Breakout sessions

Innovation and technologies for the future of food
Innovations in mitigating natural catastrophe risks in Asia

  • Harini Kannan, Head of Agriculture Asia Pacific (excluding China), Swiss Re
  • Vincent Eck, Head of Global Partnerships Asia, Swiss Re

Challenges of diabetes
Key findings of the Swiss Re Institute and Harvard studies

  • Subu Subramanian, Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Christoph Nabholz, Head L&H R&D, Swiss Re

Artificial intelligence and insurance
How insurers can benefit from the fast development of AI

  • Steve Monaghan, Chairman & CEO, GenLife Limited
  • Yannick Even, Head InsurTech Solutions Asia, Swiss Re


Keynote: Information cities: Creating liveable, sustainable and resilient urban conglomerates
Gerhard Schmitt, Founding Director of Singapore-ETH Centre and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore


Dialogue on the smart nation of Singapore: Liveable, sustainable and resilient

  • Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Education, Singapore
  • Gerhard Schmitt, Founding Director of Singapore-ETH Centre and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Bohn, Director Swiss Re Institute


John Dacey, Group Chief Strategy Officer, Swiss Re; Chairman Swiss Re Institute



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Photos by: Jackie Ho

About the event

Watch the kick-off video to find out more about the Swiss Re Institute:


We live in an age of exponential change. It impacts how we view the world, how we navigate our space, how we interact with our environment, how we understand ourselves. That change could be the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence; it could be gene editing technology; it could be blockchain. The risk entailed in these technologies is no longer abstract, it is quantifiable, it can be modelled, and it is available in real time.

The Swiss Re Institute is the bold and challenging response of Swiss Re to our changing world of risk. The Institute will provide new structure and thinking to our management of risk and the risk of our clients.

We discussed the most significant technologies and innovations in the field of risk management with global experts from within Swiss Re and leading minds including

  • Siong Guan Lim, Former Group President, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation,
  • Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Communications and Information
  • Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore, and
  • Gerhard Schmitt, founding Director of ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore

Through a mix of keynote speeches, breakout sessions, market stands and networking opportunities, the Swiss Re Institute Symposium will spur creative responses to the new world of risks we all face.

About the Swiss Re Institute

Launched in 2017, the Swiss Re Institute combines Swiss Re's expertise with world class external research partners to deliver insights on current and future issues affecting the re/insurance industry – and the world at large. See the Institute's mandate and organisation.

Read the related publications of the Swiss Re Institute:

Diabetes in China

The health insurance frontier in India

Genomic medicine


Market place

Meet Swiss Re representatives in the market place and discuss solutions on the following topics.

  • Swiss Re Institute
  • 100 Year Life
  • Innovating P&C (Re)insurance
  • Public Private Partnership
  • Digital & Smart Analytics Service
  • Business Interruption Protection