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  • 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