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2019 Asia Learning and Development Conference

Building and Supporting an Innovative Learning Culture

7/15/2019 - 7/16/2019
Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Overview

Who Attends

This event will bring together insurance executives from throughout the APAC region that are responsible for training, learning, and development at both the home office and in the field. Attendees will include HR executives, the Heads/VPs/Directors/Managers of Training, Learning, and/or Development, Heads of Talent Management, Training Specialists, eLearning Managers, Performance Consultants, Program Development staff, service providers, and sales managers, along with more strategic leaders looking for a better understanding of what the learning and development landscape currently looks like. 

Highlights

This brand new event is being produced in partnership with the Malaysian Insurance Institute in response to the many requests for a forum to share global insights on training, learning, and development. The format will provide for a very practical knowledge exchange to showcase case studies, research, and interactive presentations on different training methodologies, talent development needs and innovations, retention strategies, and productivity enhancers. Planned session topics will include:

  • Global Best Practices in Training 
  • Supporting a Culture of Learning 
  • Redefining Learning ROI 
  • Building Effective L&D Programmes 
  • Engaging Millennials 
  • Attracting Gen Z Workers 
  • Innovative Learning Formats & Transforming Learning with Technology 
  • Making Training A “Want To” (Not A “Have To!”)  
  • Simple Tools for Developing Field Managers 
  • Retaining Top Talent 
  • Successful Onboarding 
  • And more! 

Registration

Register by 14 June, 2019 and save!
MII Members: US$525
LIMRA and/or LOMA Members: $825
Nonmembers: $925

Standard Rates (Register after 14 June, 2019):
MII Members: US$625
LIMRA and/or LOMA Members: $925
Nonmembers: $1,025
**The above pricing is per person, for companies sending 1- 2 pax. If a company sends 3 or more pax, each person will be entitled to a $100 discount off their registration fee.

To register, please download the Registration Form here and email it to sales@mii.org.my

Need Help Getting Approval?  Download our “Convince Your Boss” letter for ideas on how to get your request to attend approved!

Hotel/Venue

Hotel Istana

73, Julan Raja Chulan
50200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hotel Reservations

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The 5-star, 23-storey Hotel Istana City Centre Kuala Lumpur is centrally located at Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur’s prestigious Golden Triangle. Renowned shopping malls such as Pavilion, Lot 10, Starhill, Suria KLCC and Changkat Bukit Bintang entertainment hub are at its doorstep. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and the Petronas Towers are a 10-minute walk away via the Skybridge, while the KL International Airport is an hour’s drive away.

Agenda

Speakers

Joey Davenport
President, Hoopis Performance Network
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    2:50 pm - 3:30 pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    11:20 am - 12:30 pm: Panel: Predictions About the Future of Learning

Joey Davenport

President, Hoopis Performance Network

Joey is President of the Hoopis Performance Network in Chicago. He has over twenty years of experience in financial services as a top producer, manager, entrepreneur and international speaker. Joey’s organization is recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the United States.  HPN’s web-based training programs have received top recognition including multiple Digital Media Innovators Awards and the ROI Institute’s Top 10 Case Studies of the Year. Joey is co-author of the #1 bestselling book, The Power of Coaching: Engaging Excellence in Others. He is the executive producer of the HPN University and Trustworthy Selling. The University has over 50,000 members and is considered the #1 online content library in financial services. Trustworthy Selling was developed in collaboration with LIMRA International and has over 15,000 graduates. Joey is also Past President of NAIFA Chicago and a graduate of NAIFA’s Leadership in Life Institute. He received the NAIFA Illinois Young Advisors Team Leader of the Year award and the national Award for Association Excellence from the NAIFA Federation.

Rick Funke
Assistant Vice President, Assessment and Development Solutions, LIMRA and LOMA
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    2:50 pm - 3:30 pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Rick Funke

Assistant Vice President, Assessment and Development Solutions, LIMRA and LOMA

Rick Funke consults with financial services executives around the world to help them boost profitability by improving sales force effectiveness. With his help, companies maximize the return on their agent recruiting and selection investment — and grow their sales force — by applying competency-based best practices for recruiting, selecting, and retaining top performers. Rick also has extensive experience facilitating and delivering training to agency managers that helps them improve agent professionalism and productivity. Rick is a well-known industry speaker who has presented at many conferences, including GAMA’s LAMP Conference, NAIFA’s Career Conference and Annual Meeting, LIMRA’s Annual Conference, and numerous company meetings.
Ron Johnson
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Blueprint Creative
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Why You Should Encourage "The F-word" (Fun!) in the Workplace

Ron Johnson

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Blueprint Creative

Ron Johnson is Managing Director and co-founder of Blueprint Creative – one of the Caribbean’s leading strategic branding agencies and the world’s first ‘bhranding’ agency. Ron and his team help CEOs, marketing teams and HR departments build stronger brands and stronger businesses. While Ron is passionate about all aspects of branding, he is especially passionate about helping clients build company cultures where hard work, fun and profitability can co-exist. Ron has led his team at Blueprint Creative to win several “ADDY awards” for its branding work with clients as well as three Barbados’ Best Employers Awards in recognition of the company’s exemplary culture, working environment and HR practices. When Ron isn’t helping clients with their branding projects, you can find him thinking (about branding), reading (about branding), writing (about branding) and speaking (about branding).
Sashe Kanapathi
COO, Leaderonomics Digital
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    10:00 am - 10:45 am: A Culture of Learning is a Culture of Winning

Sashe Kanapathi

COO, Leaderonomics Digital

Sashe has over 19 years of work experience in the technology field across multiple domains, and currently serves as the COO of Leaderonomics Digital which was started up to disrupt the L&D space by leveraging the best of technology has to offer and applying it to the work place. He started his career at EMC Corp in Massachusetts, where he honed his skills in technology and obtained a US Patent. He has since gone on to work with and for startups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and multinational companies, enjoying successes in both an entrepreneurial and corporate environment. Prior to his current role, Sashe held the position of Global Systems Service Manager at First Solar, where he was part of a startup team that built up the largest solar manufacturing facility in the world. He was also the Director of Delivery at Quintiq, where he led multiple teams to deliver software projects around the world. He has a Masters in Engineering from Georgia Tech, and has continuously strived to focus his career on people as the enablers of business.
Danny King
Co-founder & CEO, Accredible
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    11:40 am - 12:55 pm: Panel: The Digital Journey: Transforming Learning With Technology
  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm:

Danny King

Co-founder & CEO, Accredible

Danny is the co-founder & CEO of Accredible, an industry-leading digital credentialing platform which allows users to securely issue, manage, track, and verify their certificates and badges. Its platform is used by over 600 organizations worldwide, including MIT, UC Berkeley, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Google, IEEE, Intel, McGraw Hill the CFP Board, Rosetta Stone and many others.
Andrew Lau
Founder & CEO
Think Codex
Vice Chair
Gamfed
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    10:45 am - 11:40 am: The Human Science Behind Learning & Development

Andrew Lau

Founder & CEO
Think Codex
Vice Chair
Gamfed

Andrew Lau is the CEO and founder of Think Codex, a multiple award-winning Gamification Organization. He was trained by An Coppens (one of the Top 10 Gamification Gurus Globally) and has received multiple gamification and design-thinking certifications from top ranking business schools including George Washington University, IDEO, and the Wharton Business School. He is the Vice Chair and the Malaysian ambassador of GamFed (International Gamification Confederation), an European based association of gamification experts. As a thought leader, he has spoken at numerous conferences and is frequently featured in both radio and TV interviews. He sat on the advisory board of KDU’s School of Computing & Communication, was the advisor to the AIESEC Malaysia Leadership Team, and writes for the Star Newspaper (MSJ) on Consultancy & Hard Talk sections. Prior to founding Think Codex, he was the Country Brand Manager for Shell FuelSave, the main grade fuel for Shell in Malaysia. In this role, he co-led Shell’s biggest product launch in 9 years and garnered multiple fold increases in sales. He worked extensively in Asia and Europe implementing global IT orders and commercial projects with values exceeding USD 110 Million, implemented change initiatives for thousands of Shell staff, and conducted workshops for senior global and regional leaders.
Veejay Madhavan
Chief Distribution Officer, Prudential Cambodia Life Assurance (PCLA)
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    2:50 pm - 3:30 pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Veejay Madhavan

Chief Distribution Officer, Prudential Cambodia Life Assurance (PCLA)

Veejay Madhavan has spent over 20 years in the life insurance industry, holding various roles in training, sales management, compliance, operational risk and strategy. During his early years, Veejay implemented Training & Competency and Suitability frameworks in AIA Singapore, which became the blueprint for the life insurance industry. As Prudential’s Regional Compliance Director, Veejay account managed 6 countries and worked on successful M&A activity in Singapore and Thailand. He implemented a 360-degree compliance risk assessment tool across the region; bringing compliance closer as a partner to the business. In 2015, Veejay oversaw Agency strategy and Training in Indonesia, covering a network of 260,000 agents across 150 cities. He successfully launched programs to build agility in recruitment, sales and agency life cycle training. In his current role since 2017, Veejay implemented a full time Career Agency model which now contributes about 50% of the channel’s business. He also implemented a bancassurance referral framework resulting in double digit growth in referrals and conversions for Prudential Cambodia. During this past year, he oversaw the training transformation of sales teams leveraging on simple technologies and innovative training delivery, departing from traditional classroom format.
Sarala J. Marimuthu
Chief Development Officer, Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA)
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    9:10 am - 10:00 am: Linking Competencies to Learning Strategies

Sarala J. Marimuthu

Chief Development Officer, Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA)

Sarala has expansive knowledge and experience in Talent Planning & Strategy, Quality & Business Excellence, Competency Development, Product Development and Learning & Development. She has held executive positions related to training, competency development, product development, assessment, and teaching/learning quality evaluation, and has experience in the design, development and facilitation of face-to-face and online learning programs. She currently spearheads client needs analysis, product strategy, design, development, and sales for the FAA, ensuring the organization remains relevant and current in the talent and learning development space. Sarala was instrumental in the development of significant quality initiatives including the FAA Quality Framework (FQF), Finance Qualifications Structure (FQS), FAA Recognition of Learning (FRL), FAA Learning Criteria (FLC), FAA Learning Standards (FLS), Certified Training Professional (CTP) program, the Islamic Finance Professional Qualifications Standards (IFPQS) and e-Learning Guidelines. She has an MSc in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from University of Newcastle, Australia and is recognized by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK as a certified trainer and Associate member. She is also certified in Design and Develop Recognition Strategies (TAEASS504A, Australia), Assessor Capability Development Professional by Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), UK, and Accredited Competency Professional (ACP) by Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), UK.
Nick Osborne
Chief Distribution Academy Officer, FWD Life Insurance Public Company Limited, Thailand
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Nick Osborne

Chief Distribution Academy Officer, FWD Life Insurance Public Company Limited, Thailand

Nick has over 30 years of insurance industry experience, starting his career as an agent in England before “taking a chance” on a career opportunity in Asia in 2001.  Since then, he has crafted a reputation for creating consistent & sustainable growth in Sales Distribution as well as training & development across Agency, Bancassurance, Broker, and Retail channels.  He currently leads FWD’s research and learning development through their Academy, an initiative that equips their advisors and representatives with guidance and training to sustainably manage and grow their business.
Simon Phipps
Head of Asia, Global Development & Blockchain, The Digital Insurer
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    11:40 am - 12:55 pm: Panel: The Digital Journey: Transforming Learning With Technology

Simon Phipps

Head of Asia, Global Development & Blockchain, The Digital Insurer

Simon is responsible for TDIs global development and business in Asia, as well as their blockchain lead. With over 25 years in insurance, Simon has deep industry and consulting experience, working in increasingly senior roles across Life, GI and Asset Management businesses in Europe and Asia, most recently as KPMGs lead partner for insurance advisory & digital innovation and, previously MD of Aviva, in Hong Kong. He is passionate about helping insurers engage more effectively with customers and, making insurance more relevant to more people, through technology.
Kartik Sakthivel, M.S.-IT-CIS, M.B.A.
Chief Information Officer, LIMRA and LOMA

Kartik Sakthivel, M.S.-IT-CIS, M.B.A.

Chief Information Officer, LIMRA and LOMA

As chief information officer for LIMRA and LOMA, Kartik Sakthivel is responsible for developing the information technology strategic direction for the enterprise. In this capacity, he directs and manages computing and information technology policies, programs and schedules for business and enterprise systems, and manages information services to meet LIMRA and LOMA’s corporate goals and objectives.  An industry thought leader, Kartik champions the use of technology to improve the revenue, profitability and efficiency of the organization.

Joining LIMRA and LOMA in 2017, Kartik has broad industry experience, most recently as director of technology at Liberty Mutual Insurance.  Kartik holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems / Information Technology, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Nick Wilson, MCIPD
Director, LIMRA Talent Solutions International, LIMRA
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    9:20 am - 10:15 am: Disruption in Learning & Development (L&D) and The Future of Salesforce Training

Nick Wilson, MCIPD

Director, LIMRA Talent Solutions International, LIMRA

Nick Wilson is a Learning and Development Director with a proven track record of success in the development of people in global organizations. During his career, he has focused on talent management as a key skill, developing and coaching top organizational leaders and sales people. He has directed projects with AIA, HSBC, British Telecom and Rotork Engineering on leadership and sales development initiatives designed to groom executives and to drive organizational change. Wilson is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Personnel Management (MCIPD) and has earned the Mortgage Advice Qualification (MAQ) from the Chartered Insurance Institute. His other qualifications include Business application of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Advanced Skills and Business tools DISC and Relationship Awareness Theory. He also received the Business Education Council National Award in Great Britain.

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Co-Organizer

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Contact LIMRA to learn more:

Ms. Trish Sasso, BS, MLS

International Conference Coordinator

LIMRA and LOMA

+ 1 (860) 298-3963

psasso@limra.com