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2017 Operational Strategies Conference

Game Player or Game Changer? Agility in Disruptive Times

May 22, 2017 – May 23, 2017
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Troy Barnes

    Chief Customer Experience Officer
    AIA Bhd.

    Troy Barnes is Chief Customer Experience Officer at AIA Berhad since November 2014. His role encompasses all aspects of customer interactions across multiple lines of business and channels. He is responsible for developing the Customer Experience blueprint with the Operations, IT, Sales and Marketing teams. Ensuring strong links with its strategy and brand, delivering transformational and cultural change together with innovative solutions to provide unique and differentiated offerings to it s customers across all journeys. 

    Prior to his current role, Troy has held senior management roles at AIA and ING driving transformation and change in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia as well as senior regional roles covering Asia Pacific with a continued passion for delivering value to customers.

  • Andrew G. Bishop

    Chief of Staff – Asian Markets
    Regional Head of Human Resources - Asia Pacific Markets
    RGA Reinsurance Company
    Andrew Bishop is Chief of Staff - Asian Markets and Regional Head of Human Resources of Reinsurance Group of America. As Chief of Staff, he leads a portfolio of strategic programs and project initiatives in support of the organization’s regional goals. As regional leader of Human Resources, he drives the HR strategy and operations across the Asia Pacific markets. Andrew joined RGA as Director, Head of Human Resources – Japan, and has lead the Asia Pacific Human Resources since 2011. He has worked on numerous assignments throughout Asia Pacific, the UK and North American markets, and his expertise includes largescale program/project management, change management, employee relations, compensation, performance management, M&A due diligence and post-merger integration. Andrew holds a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Western Ontario, Ivey Business School, where he also received an award for scholarly distinction. Originally from Canada, he presently resides in Hong Kong, has lived in both Australia and Japan, and is fluent in Japanese.
  • Jeremy Blain

    Regional Managing Director
    Cegos Asia Pacific
    Jeremy Blain is a Managing Partner of Cegos Group and also leads their Asia Pacific operations and activities from the company’s Singapore hub. Prior to this, he was responsible for Cegos’ strategy for international expansion through a value-adding global network of partners and, before that, as Managing Director of Cegos UK. Jeremy has over 16 years’ experience in the learning and development industry as a managing director, partner, trainer, coach, and program author. In previous roles at The Procter & Gamble Company, PepsiCo, and his own point-of-sale software business, he had roles in marketing, sales, operations and general management. Jeremy is a frequent international conference speaker and media commentator on learning and development; his white papers are available at He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (London, UK) and holds a Masters of Management (International Business) from the Australian Institute of Business, and a BA Honors from Sheffield University.
  • Zohrab A. S. Chong

    Head, Learning & Development and Talent Management
    AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad, Malaysia
    Zohrab Chong has more than 20 years of experience across industries in Malaysia since he graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He was formerly a practicing lawyer, an economic trade officer with the South African High Commission, and an internal business developer before joining the insurance industry. He began his insurance career as a loss adjuster before moving onto claims, business excellence, learning and development, and talent management. Zohrab’s operational experience enables him to understand and lead Learning & Development and Talent Management at AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad. He is focused on transforming his areas of responsibility, including agent development in Malaysia and across the region. Zohrab has also served the industry as leader of the Young Managers Think Tank of Malaysia from 2010 to 2014, and he recently completed a lengthy assignment to AXA University’s Asia Campus in Singapore as the Regional Learning Business Partner.
  • Cindy Henry, FLMI, FSSI, ASRI, ALHC, PAHM, ACS

    Director - Learning Product Management
    An education and training expert, Cindy helps insurers understand how they can help their employees increase their topical knowledge and job performance. Prior to her current role, Cindy was a senior associate in Learning Product Management. She has also worked on textbook projects, examination development projects, and spent seven years working in LOMA’s Member Solutions area. Before joining LOMA in 1988, Cindy spent several years working in various accounting functions in the life insurance industry. Cindy earned a B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University.
  • Kumjoo Huh

    Managing Director
    Kyobo Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
    For the past two and a half decades, Kumjoo Huh has worked for Kyobo Life, a company with an asset of over US$70 billion. In her current position, she leads the B2B Division, overseeing marketing, consulting and client services for corporate pension and group insurance plans of fortune 500 companies and approximately 1,000 Korean corporations. She is also in charge of global projects and international relations with overseas insurance organizations. She previously worked for Kyobo Life in China, where she successfully established a strategic alliance with China Life and corporate social responsibility projects with The Insurance Association of China. She also initiated and leads the Diversity and Inclusion program at Kyobo Life. Kumjoo received recognition for her industry contribution from the Korean Minister of Finance and Economy. She has served as Director for the CCISSR (Center for Insurance and Social Security Research) at Peking University. She is currently Co-Chair for the Professional Women’s Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.
  • Rohit Kumar, MBA

    PwC Consulting Services (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
    Rohit Kumar has over 25 years of diversified consulting experience, including 14 years with PwC US. He currently leads the Forensic Technology Services team, and has a deep knowledge of using technology for systems controls and detecting financial fraud, operational risks, and enterprise risks. Rohit has been featured in prestigious magazines, such as CIO Review Magazine (2014, 2015) and The Silicon Valley Review (2014), and has been a regular speaker at industry conferences such as the Information Systems Audit and Control Associations (ISACA), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Malaysia Institute of Accountants (MIA), and Big Data Conferences. Rohit holds an engineering degree and has an MBA in Finance from Boston University.
  • Peter Law

    Head of Talent Management and Learning & Development
    Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad
    Peter has 21 years of commercial experience in the areas of HR, Employee Engagement, Talent Management, Learning & Development, and Strategic Talent Acquisition, during which time he has trained more than 12,000 executives and managers.  His current focus is on ways in which companies can use these areas to achieve sustainable growth, as demonstrated through his instrumental role in transforming the HR Function for Great Eastern Malaysia.  In recent years his programs have earned him various awards and recognition, including LOMA’s Educational Achievements Award (for 8 consecutive years since 2009); GTI Media’s Winner of Malaysia Leading Graduate Employer for Insurance Category (for 7 consecutive years since 2009 and finalist in 2016); Recruitment Asia Award for BEST candidate experience 2016; BEST Onboarding Experience 2016; HR Asia’s Best company to work for in Asia 2016; and Aon Hewitt’s prestigious BEST Employer Malaysia 2016 for Commitment to Effective Leadership 2016.
  • David Piesse

    Chief Risk Officer
    International Insurance Society (IIS) Ambassadors


    David Piesse is an advisory board member of Guardtime, a firm establishing blockchain data governance and compliance standards for industries and governments. He is helping to establish the global insurance and financial services blueprint for Guardtime, and focuses on cyber liability as an emerging risk. David is a frequent speaker on cyber liability and the use of blockchain technology for data-centric security and data provenance. He also publishes blockchain white papers with EY. David chairs the IIS Ambassadors; IIS is the only global insurance society promoting new risk strategies and advice for insurers. He started his career at Lloyds of London and was a global risk management consultant with the United Nations for seven years operating on all continents. He then served as the Global Head of Insurance and Asia Pacific Head of Financial Services for Sun Microsystems. David is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the British Computer Society.
  • Karl Ricanek Jr., Ph.D.

    Co-founder, CIO & Chief Data Scientist
    Lapetus Solutions, Inc.
    Karl Ricanek Jr. is a Full Professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Computer Science Department, and the founder and director of the Face Aging Group Research Lab ( where he has been the primary project lead on more than $1.8 Million USD in Department of Defense and intelligence funded research since 2003. His current area of research is focused in developing algorithms for modeling age-progression for the mitigation of acute degradation of face recognition systems due to aging. He is also involved in research for robust facial analytics where he holds two US patents. He has extensive research background in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and machine and computer vision. Prof. Ricanek is a serial entrepreneur developing businesses around the new uses of biometrics and identity. His latest company, Lapetus Solutions, is poised to revolutionize financial services, life cycle event, and health.
  • Joydeep K. Roy, MBA

    Partner & Leader, Insurance & Allied Business Practices
    PwC India
    Joydeep has over 25 years of industry experience, primarily in senior business roles in insurance and banking. Before joining PwC India, he was Founder and CEO of L&T General Insurance Company Limited, which won the Model Insurer Award in Technology from Celent two years in a row. Earlier, Joydeep was part of the founding team of AIG’s Life Insurance JV in India, where he was Chief Distribution Officer for Life Insurance. He was selected by AIG as a part of their prestigious GMEDP program, which conducted projects around the globe. He has also worked for Standard Chartered Bank, Wipro, and Compaq Computer Asia Pte Ltd. Joydeep is a member of the CII National Committee for Insurance and Pensions, and served on the Board of Insurance Information Bureau (IIB). He was a founder and Director of the Financial Planning Standards Board and was one of the first CFPs in India. Joydeep was awarded the “Technology Leader of the Year” in 2011 by Asia Insurance Review and Celent. He is also a prominent speaker at national and international forums. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
  • Shane Sibraa

    Managing Director, APAC
    Argyll Scott Asia
    As a founding Partner of Argyll Scott Asia, Shane is responsible for developing the Groups presence throughout Asia Pacific. With the initial opening of Hong Kong in April 2010, Singapore in July 2011, Bangkok in October 2015 and now Kuala Lumpur through the Reed acquisition, the Group has aggressive plans to expand through Asia over the next 5 years. Shane handles senior search assignments within financial services, commerce & industry, and insurance and have successfully placed a large number of senior professionals over the last 15 years.
  • Ravinder Singh

    General Manager and Head of Life & Health, ASEAN and Indian Sub-Continent
    Hannover Re
    Ravinder has nearly three decades of experience in the industry and has worked with some of the leading reinsurers in London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Singapore, and now Kuala Lumpur. A strong advocate for consumer education and protection, he is working steadily towards a fully insured population. He is the passionate founder of U for Life, the first Malaysian online life insurance platform which instantly issues e-policies. Ravinder is the General Manager of Life & Health Division of Hannover Re Malaysian Branch, a regional office responsible for 15 countries in ASEAN and the Indian Sub-Continent. Hannover Re is the third largest reinsurer in the world.
  • Robin Speculand

    Global Pioneer & Expert in Strategy Implementation


    Robin Speculand inspires leaders to change their approach to transform strategy implementation. Since assisting his first client, Singapore Airlines, over two decades ago, he has gone on to help governments, multinational corporations and local organizations across five continents to execute their strategies. Robin is also creator of the Implementation Hub — the first portal in the world dedicated to strategy implementation — designed to complement the implementation journey that companies must take to innovate their strategies and audit their execution capabilities.

    An international bestselling author, Robin’s books include Bricks to Bridges–Make Your Strategy Come Alive, which set the benchmark for new thinking in his field, Beyond Strategy–The Leader’s Role in Successful Implementation, Building Your Execution Plan–182 Strategy Implementation Questions and his latest, Excellence in Execution–HOW to Implement Strategy, which provides a new approach to adopting the right mindset, toolset and skillset.

  • Ian J. Watts

    Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International Operations
    LIMRA and LOMA
    Ian Watts leads the LIMRA and LOMA operations that help member companies in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East achieve their business objectives. Prior to joining LIMRA and LOMA in 2013, he was Global COO at ACE Life International, where he was responsible for their day-to-day operations and new business development. He has held CEO positions in India and China for AIG and AIA, and has extensive global experience in the UK, EMEA and Latin America.
  • Sidney Yuen

    Building on over 25 years of experience in formulating strategies and improving processes for organizations in Asia, Sidney partners with clients to transform and capitalize on their customers’ experience. He specializes in market entry, technology, outsourcing, and customer management, and has helped companies of all sizes to develop market entry strategy and execution plans. His previous roles include managing director, Greater China at NorthgateArinso (the world’s largest HR outsourcing company), Head of Consulting, Asia Pacific at Convergys Corporation (the world’s largest Contact Centre Outsourcing Company), and founding director to Andersen’s Change management practice for Greater China. Prior to his consulting career, Sidney was Executive Vice President at Systek Technology, Head of Quality & Customer service at American Express, and Training Manager at BAT and the Swire Group- Parent of Cathay Pacific Airways. Sidney is Director, Asia of ClaimVantage, Inc & Editor in Chief of the Best Practice Management Magazine and he also served as Chairman for Asia Pacific Contact Centre Association Leaders & Hong Kong Management Association’s Quality Award Board of Examiners.