Welcome to the Singapore Actuarial Society
Health & Retirement Conference 2017
The diversity of retirement and healthcare needs, coupled with more information and
increasing sophistication of technology, is pushing the industry to look for multi-disciplinary
ideas and solutions. The conference intends to bring many interested parties into the same
space to network, while sharing and creating solutions. The most recent World Bank 7th Global
Pension and Saving Conference highlighted the need to focus more on issues at the
intersection of pensions and health. Our two-day conference aims to take this debate forward.
On Day 1, Keynote Speaker Dr. Pieter Cullis will deliver his keynote address “The Personalized
Medicine Revolution: How Diagnosing and Treating Disease Are About to Change Forever”. Dr.
Cullis will explain how personalized medicine is the biggest revolution of our time. By replacing
the current one-size-fits-all approach to medicine with medical treatment based on each
individual’s unique molecular makeup, personalized medicine will dramatically improve
diagnosis and treatment of disease and radically empower us to take control of our own health.
On Day 2, we have a keynote address on Retirement on “Rules of Thumb: Helping Retirees to
Decumulate”, published by the Retirement Income Interest Group (RIIG) of the New Zealand
Society of Actuaries. Mr Daniel Musset will represent the NZSoA RIIG and provide useful
insights into how retirees can consider the combined impact of their financial situations, risk
preferences, family and lifestyle situations to determine the plausible ways of decumulation.
The biography of the two Keynote Speakers and 15 other distinguished speakers follows.
Day 1 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Pieter R. Cullis
Dr. Peter Cullis, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Dr. Cullis is a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology at the University of British Columbia. He is an internationally recognized
pioneer and leader in the field of lipids, biological membranes and liposomal
drug delivery systems. He has been very active in the development of several
biotechnology companies and is recognized as a remarkable researcher and
innovator, with over 300 publications and 40 patents. He is a winner of the
2011 Prix Galien, and is member of the Royal Society of Canada.
The Personalized Medicine Revolution: How Diagnosing and Treating Disease are about to Change Forever
Dr. Cullis will explain how personalized medicine is the biggest revolution of our time. By replacing the current
one-size-fits-all approach to medicine with medical treatment based on each individual’s unique molecular
makeup, personalized medicine will dramatically improve diagnosis and treatment of disease and radically
empower us to take control of our own health.
Day 2 Keynote Speaker, Daniel Musset
Mr. Daniel Musset, New Zealand Society of Actuaries (NZSoA)
A specialist investment actuary, Daniel specialises in the theory and practice of
asset-liability management for institutional investors. Daniel brings a strategic
focus on investing not simply to meet arbitrary return targets, but rather to
manage risk and to meet obligations. Daniel has extensive consulting
experience, last holding key roles in a New Zealand investment consultancy
and served several consulting functions for European companies when he was
based in Switzerland and Germany. His investment and consulting experience
spans across Asset Managers, KiwiSaver Providers, non-profit organisations, to
Swiss pension schemes. Daniel is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a
Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries.
Decumulation Options in the New Zealand Market: How Rules of Thumb can Help
An increasing number of retirees will have ever larger pools of retirement savings to draw on in the later years
of their lives. At the same time, they have unique financial situations, risk preferences, family commitments
and lifestyle choices. In a market where defined benefit pensions and retail annuities are increasingly scarce,
and longevity and investment risks are not well-understood, how can we provide user-friendly guidance to
retirees who need to 'DIY decumulate'? The Retirement Income Interest Group (RIIG) of the New Zealand
Society of Actuaries has tackled exactly this question and published their research and solutions. Daniel shall
represent the NZSoA RIIG to present the Group’s recent work in this area and discuss how decumulation Rules
of Thumb could form part of the solution.
Further Speakers on Day 1
Ms. Irene Ng, Gen Re (Singapore)
Irene is Life/Health Branch Manager of Gen Re's Singapore office. She is also the
Regional Chief Underwriter and Head of Claims for Gen Re Life/Health for ASEAN,
China, Hong Kong and India. She is responsible for the business in the ASEAN region as
well as providing support in underwriting and claims throughout Asia. She is a Fellow
with the Academy of Life Underwriters, a conferred Fellow of the Institute of Banking
and Finance and an Associate with the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Mr. Thomas Dijohn, dacadoo ag (Australia)
Thomas is Vice-President Asia-Pacific in dacadoo, which has developed a digital health
and lifestyle platform. Thomas has a long history of successfully developing new
businesses in Technology and Digital Media having lived and worked the last 20 years in
Asia-Pacific. He built The Fantastic Corporation in Asia-Pacific, restructured Nomad
technologies which was then sold via MBO, and grew an APAC business division in Fuji
Xerox 250% over 5 years. In 2015 he was Intrapreneur-in-Residence at Sanofi
developing healthcare technology of the future. He holds a MBA from Macquarie
University in Australia.
Irene and Thomas will jointly speak on Disease Prevention and Detection - The Role of Wearables and Digital
Health Engagement in Insurance
Many retirees today are living longer, but finding it difficult to sustain longer life span with unhealthy lifestyle.
This presentation looks into how health insurance products have evolved with technology and health &
wellness initiatives to incentive healthy lifestyle and to meet the changing demands of customers. The
presentation also highlights the growing importance of continuous underwriting via wearable technology and
its role from the insurers' and customers' perspectives. The presentation is followed by a case study on digital
engagement and how it can help with early detection and prevention of disease and how the data collected
can be used for product design and pricing to meet the customer needs.
Dr. Amitabh Deka, Willis Towers Watson (Singapore)
Dr. Amitabh is a physician with experience in business management and public
health practices. Across fifteen years of his career, he has successfully delivered
assignments pertaining to healthcare delivery, financing and promotion. In the
various roles he held in payer and provider healthcare organizations, his
responsibilities included strategic management, business development and public
health research. Amitabh holds a Master degree in Public Health from the
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Framing a Wellness Journey
Beyond the recognized discussion on ROI in wellness, an often stated challenge is the identification of a
framework that enables the pursuit of effective wellness programs, both at organizational and individual
levels. The opportunity to personalize a wellness program, in fact, exists right from the inception of the
wellness journey i.e. the purpose. Other critical factors that influence the choice set, and therefore the
progress and outcome of the program(s), include the health risk status and a range of intrinsic behaviours at
play. Customizing a wellness journey by managing the aforementioned dynamics can dramatically improve the
effectiveness of wellness programs.
Mr. Donald Low, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore)
Besides leading the School’s executive education efforts, Donald also heads
its case study unit. His research interests at the School include economics in
public policy, inequality and social spending, behavioural economics, public
finance, organizational change, and governance and politics in Singapore. Prior
to his current appointment, Donald served fifteen years in the Singapore
government. He held various senior positions, including the director of fiscal
policy at the Ministry of Finance and the director of the Strategic Policy Office
at the Public Service Division. He also established the Centre for Public
Economics at the Civil Service College of Singapore to advance economics
literacy in the Singapore government.
Financing a High-Performing Chronic Case System
The Singapore healthcare system is under strain from a rapidly aging population as well as rising expectations
with respect to the coverage and quality of care. The current system was des