Founder and CEO
Gustaf is the Founder and CEO of BIMA, the leading provider of mobile-delivered insurance and healthcare in emerging markets. BIMA operates across 11 countries across Africa and Asia and has reached more than 30 million subscribers in just 9 years. Gustaf has driven the company’s growth from a small pilot scheme in Ghana to one of the world’s leading insurtech players. He has continuously developed BIMA’s product portfolio in order to leverage technology and provide value to the customers. As a result, BIMA is now offering services beyond traditional insurance including health services such as access to tele and video doctor’s consultation. Gustaf previously worked in management roles Tele2 and has a Masters from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Founder & CEO
Charles Bark is a successful serial entrepreneur. He is now founder & CEO of HiNounou, an AI Predictive Healthcare & InsurTech Data Platform company that empowers the silver generation to Live Longer, Healthier, Happier, at home, and brings greater Peace of Mind to their families. HiNounou is awarded the Best digital health start-up by Bayer, and Best InsurTech by DIA (Digital Insurance Agenda) Munich. Charles himself is named by French President Macron as one of the top 3 French entrepreneurs in AI in China.
Wilson Beh is a Co-Founder of PolicyStreet, a full-stack InsurTech company which enables an efficient distribution and product customization catering to different protection needs of businesses and individuals. The firm is a Financial Adviser approved by the Central Bank of Malaysia. He is also a Founding Member of the FinTech Association of Malaysia and currently serves as the Partnership Director of the association. Prior venturing into entrepreneurship, he worked in a leading regional investment bank and was recognised by Forbes Asia as 30 under 30 honouree in the Finance and Venture Capital category.
Yamini Bhat is recognized as a thought leader in driving sales transformation for enterprises. She Co-founded Vymo, an AI-enabled Personal Assistant for Sales in 2013, that has since been deployed at AXA, Allianz, Sumitomo, HDFC Bank, and Generali, among others. Vymo is funded by Emergence Capital and Sequoia Capital, and is recognized by Gartner and CB Insights for innovation in ‘Prescriptive Sales’.
Previously, Yamini worked at McKinsey as an Engagement Manager, where she specialized in Marketing Strategy and Sales & Distribution across Banking, Credit, and Insurance.
Founder and Director
Theresa is the Founder and Director of Accelerating Insurance, an innovation advisory and consulting firm operating across Southeast Asia. She is also behind the Asia InsurTech Podcast and InsurTech Mentors, a unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, thought leaders and industry experts.
Prior to her current roles, Theresa worked for the German management consultancy Detecon as Asian Insurance Lead and spent 10 years with multinational insurer Generali both in Europe and Asia.
Theresa is a specialist in insurance industry innovation and disruption of industries. She is a regular speaker at conferences including Asia Insurance Review, Techsauce, Uniglobal and InsurTech Insight as well as a speaker and visiting lecturer at universities and business schools including the Singapore College of Insurance, Thammasat University, Bangkok School of Management and the Science and Technology Park, Chiang Mai University (STeP).
Theresa is an industry innovator and at the leading edge of big data and analytics within insurance. She is responsible for some of the first academic research into the adoption of big data into the Southeast Asian insurance industry, and she continues to work to assist clients to connect with the marketplace and identify the potential of big data.
Global Chief Information Officer
Co-Founder & CEO
Gautam Chopra is Co-founder & CEO of BeatO. He has an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship from ISB and has over eight years of global experience in marketing, sales, aviation, telecom, and consulting sectors. A strategic thinker and perfectly skilled at navigating complex situations, he is a dynamic and charismatic leader who is always full of new ideas.
Ryan is a Managing Director at MassMutual Ventures (MMV), a global venture capital firm investing in early to growth stage technology companies. Prior to joining MMV, Ryan was Head of Asia at LOFT, a corporate incubator building digital business ventures and developing emerging technologies. Before LOFT, Ryan was Managing Director, Asia-Pacific at Essentia Analytics, a data analytics SaaS platform helping investors to mitigate behavioural bias. Formerly an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, Ryan has advised on and executed multiple capital markets transactions across Asia-Pacific. Ryan holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Psychology.
Founder and CEO
Acko General Insurance
Varun Dua is the Founder and CEO of Acko, an insurance carrier in India that operates in the P&C space. Prior to Acko, he co-founded Coverfox (a digital broking platform), and an insurance software services firm. He started his career with AIG as part of the early team that set-up AIG’s business in India.
Acko is India’s first digital only insurer to receive the regulator’s nod and is backed by investors such as Accel, Intact, Swiss Re and Amazon. Acko creates high frequency use case products around ride sharing, online travel booking etc. Acko operates on sharp pricing and digital distribution model for traditional products like auto insurance.
Head of Insurance
Tom is the Head of Insurance at Grab, where he oversees the strategic direction and development of the insurance offering in Grab Financial Group. He and the team are on a mission to help address the insurance gap in Southeast Asia, by using technology and data to design innovative digital solutions.
Prior to joining Grab, Tom was part of the early team at Chubb Digital, where he was Head of Digital Partnerships APAC. In this role, he built strategic partnerships with technology companies and financial institutions across Asia. Tom has over 15 years experience in financial services including at ANZ and Barclays in Australasia and Singapore. He has also been part of several startups including as Head of Partnerships for an insurtech-focused digital consultancy and as COO of an early stage HR tech startup.
Tom has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance from the University of Otago in New Zealand and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Matthias de Ferrieres
Wellnex & My-Insurer
In Asia-Pacific since 2000, Matthias de Ferrieres, spent 15 years within AXA. Regional CMO, he leaves the firm in 2014 to found & lead a series of successful Start-ups that aims at delivering disruptive, customer-centric yet easy to operate digital insurance based solutions. After Stark Group & My-insurer, he launches Wellnex (www.wellnex-singapore.com) to provide access to affordable Healthcare and Fitness Services to all Singaporean.
Economist with a legal background (Chicago University, Sydney University), he has over 19 years of insurance experience in Asia. He is also actuary by training and currently a PhD scholar.
Senior Vice President of Insurance and Partnership
Yady Guitana joined Traveloka in 2014, mainly focusing on all international expansion efforts across South East Asia. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Insurance and Global Partnership. He oversees and drives all operations, developments, and strategies for the insurance business and a few other financial products, as well as accountable for partnership development for Traveloka globally. Yady has a wealth of international experience having worked and studied around the world. Prior to
joining Traveloka, he was as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company; Financial Analyst at IBM; and Software Design Engineer at Microsoft Corp. He holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Carnegie Mellon University.
CEO & Founder
Kazy has over 15 years of insurance-related service experience. After working at American actuarial consulting firm Milliman, Kazy has worked at global investment banks, including JPMorgan and Nomura, where he provided risk management and product development services to insurers. Solutions he was engaged included derivative, reinsurance, product development and M&A advisory for insurers in Japan. Kazy has founded justInCase in 2016.
Role: Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Japan, Associate of Society of Actuaries. Wine Expert. Commissioner of Fintech Association of Japan.
Nikhil Kapur is a Partner at STRIVE and has led more than a dozen investments in the region. Two-time SaaS entrepreneur and developer by training, he leads the fund’s activities across South Asia. After building a profitable media-tech venture in India, he completed his MBA in Finance from NUS Business School. A Computer Engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, he previously developed the first version of Excel for mobile while at Microsoft, deploying to over 10M users. He was listed as Forbes 30-Under-30 in Asia and also runs a popular VC blog: grayscale.vc
Ai Lin Khoo
Head of Innovation Center
Natalia is leading FWD’s Regional Innovation Center to develop new products and features powered by emerging advances in tech such as AI, Blockchain and IoT.
Innovation and Product Management Leader with 15 years of experience in driving product development and strategic partnerships across US, Asia, and Europe at large tech firms like Microsoft and Amazon, and startups. Passionate about enhancing customers lives by defining product strategy, leading cross-functional teams, and building innovative products.
CEO & Co-Founder
Rohan Kumar is the CEO and Co-founder of Toffee Insurance. He launched Toffee Insurance in 2017 to democratize the insurance buying experience thereby, making insurance affordable, accessible and relevant for the uninsured masses. An entrepreneur & product marketer with 18 years of hands on ‘Market Entry & Commercial Strategy’ experience across Mobile, Tech & Consumer Products. He has helped multiple companies like Shell, Haines, PlayUp & Gamestop ideate and create products which have turned in 5X returns. His leadership experience spans a range of growth-stage and fortune 500 companies across the APAC region. He loves products and brands that are honest, inspirational and are re-defining the rules of the game. A global citizen, he holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and a BBA in International Business. Outside of work, he loves to motorcycle and spend time with his two daughters.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Maria Health operates as the first licensed health insurance aggregator in the Philippines, addressing the $7B under-insurance gap. Maria Health solves the gap by connecting consumers with HMOs and insurers online through the Maria platform. To date, Maria Health has served over 1M visitors, insured over +17,000 members and growing 3x year over year. Before setting up Maria Health, Vincent gained diverse experience from consulting for Fortune 500 companies @ Accenture to product roles at an adtech startup funded by Jim Clark (founder of Netscape) for the largest agencies and brands.
Seung Hyo (Ed) Lee
Chief Product Officer
Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder
Neil Liang is Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder at CareVoice, a Shanghai-based health InsurTech company. At CareVoice, he leads the product and service ecosystem strategy, and has worked with leading health insurers in China to transform the membership experience using the CareVoice digital solution. With deep roots in the Silicon Valley tech culture, Neil has 20 years of experience in technology product management and innovation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in the United States.
Amerson graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 with a BSc and MEng in Computer Science. As a Singapore government scholar, he returned to Singapore to serve as an airborne surveillance officer with the Air Force. He left in 2011 for Silicon Valley where he first worked as a consultant in Pivotal, which helped scale early-stage startups like Twitter. He then moved to Palantir Technologies to run business development for data analytics contracts across banking, government and media MNC customers in Singapore and New York. Upon returning to Singapore in 2016, Amerson co-founded Gigacover to bring flexible financial group benefits to the emerging workforces in Southeast Asia.
Qoala is an Insurtech company on a mission to revolutionize insurance through a combination of underwriting risk for high frequency events in daily lives and photo-based claims assisted by machine learning.
Founded by Oxford University and UCL graduates Harshet Lunani and Tommy Martin, the team comprises individuals from diverse industry backgrounds through their experiences at BCG, Traveloka, AXA, BIMA, Tokopedia, AXA, Line, Accenture and Mandiri among others.
Founder and CEO
Nick Macey is a Canadian entrepreneur, a sales leader and the founder and CEO of Uncharted, the emerging global leader of insurance distribution technology. Prior to founding Uncharted in 2017, Nick led sales for a Fintech startup in Singapore and has worked as an investment analyst for a Private Equity fund based in Vancouver. Nick, his wife and two young children split their time between their homes in Singapore and Vancouver.
Blockchain Founders Fund
Aly Madhavji 穆亚霖 is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier start-ups and consults companies and governmental organizations on emerging technologies. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC. Aly is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80. He currently consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty and advises InsurTech’s such as Jauntin. He is an internationally award-winning author and a mentor with Chinaccelerator, operated by SOSV with $500M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator.
Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Engagements and Ecosystems, CEO’s Office
Prudential Assurance Corporation
Joao Andre Neiva
Head of Innovation, APAC
Zurich Asia Pacific
Joao Neiva, is the Head of Innovation for Zurich Asia Pacific, driving initiatives across six ecosystems – Mobility, Travel, Health & Wellness, Future of Life, Smart Homes and Cyber. Joao has been with Zurich for over 13 years, having worked in 6 different countries. He has held a number of senior roles in Finance, Strategy, Operations and Innovation at Local, Regional and Group level.
Joao is a Doctoral Student at City University of Hong Kong College of Business, focusing his research in Fintech adoption by Financial Service incumbents and Corporate Venture Capital strategies. Joao holds a Master of Science in International Management from ISCTE Business School and a Master in Economics from the University of Oporto.
Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE)
Edmas Neo is the CEO of Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and the founder of a private early-stage investor and venture growth accelerator, Accrete Innovation.
At ACE, Edmas champions initiatives that contribute to the Singapore Startups and Innovation Ecosystem development, promotes and drives the integrated support for entrepreneurship in Singapore. Under his leadership, ACE has launched the ACE International Centre and has expanded its footprints to Bangkok and China. He has also led in the setup of ACE Connected Startup Ecosystem that has rallied the support of partners from over 16 cities, creating a network of more than 25,000 startups.
President and CEO
Peter Ohnemus founded the dacadoo Health Score/dacadoo ag, Zurich/Switzerland in 2010. The patented dacadoo Health Score & AI-based Lifestyle Navigation Platform is being licensed to keyLife & Health Insurance companies (Payers) and global healthcare operators (Providers). Peter has been involved in high-tech and bio-tech investments over the last 25 years and this had led to four IPO’s and multiple trade sells. Peter was CEO & co-founded ASSET4 in 2004 with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch as investors. ASSET4 was sold to Thomson Reuters, New York in November 2009.
Peter Ohnemus previously held senior executive positions with Sybase, Logic Works, The Fantastic Corporation and COS – all of which went public during his tenure. Peter Ohnemus was Entrepreneur of theYear (EoY) for Switzerland by EY. Peter is a frequent speaker and has spoken at World Economic Forum (WEF), Fortune Brainstorm Health, Google Tech Talks, McKinsey’s Life Leaders CEO Forum, The Royal Society of Medicine, Stanford LIGHT Conference, CommunicAsia, Mobile World Congress, European Health Forum by the EU, Economist Global Healthcare Forum, Mobile Health Summit DC, European Tech Tour, Red Herring, WWW/Digital Disease Detection, etc. Peter occasionally teaches digital innovation & entrepreneurship at Universities such as ETH, HSG
– Switzerland, Bocconi – India.
Walter de Oude
Like all entrepreneurs, Walter de Oude started with a strong belief – The potential of money can be unlocked for everyone, and that existing financial services were not doing a great job at it so far. As the founder and CEO of Singapore Life, he has achieved what many thought to be an almost impossible task – starting a life insurance company from scratch. This is a role for which he is very well suited – and actuary and former multinational insurer CEO. Singlife has grown from strength to strength with a fast growing capital base, continuing innovation and strong customer support. Walter has lived in Singapore predominantly since 2000, and considers Singapore to be his long term home.
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO of PasarPolis, where our mission is to democratize insurance for all by redefining insurance through technology. PasarPolis is Indonesia’s leading insurance technology company jointly invested by three Indonesian unicorns Go-jek, Tokopedia and Traveloka. In 2018, Cleosent was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year for Technology & Digital. Cleosent graduated with Honors Bachelor of Business in 2010 from the Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)
Chief Digital Officer
Sean Ringsted is Chief Digital Officer at Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company and the largest commercial insurer in the U.S.
Mr. Ringsted leads Chubb’s digital efforts aimed at transforming the company into a digitally integrated organization. The initiatives involve all areas that produce and support Chubb’s business into a digital environment, including underwriting, sales and service functions that touch policyholders, prospective customers, distribution and internal operations and technology.
Mr. Ringsted has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and is often quoted in news publications as an industry expert. In addition to his role as Chief Digital Officer, Mr. Ringsted has served as the company’s Chief Risk Officer since 2008, prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in 2016. Mr. Ringsted was named Executive Vice President, ACE Group, in March 2014.
Mr. Ringsted holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Bristol University and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (FIA).
CEO (Asia Pacific)
Head of AXA Next Lab Asia
Xing is the Head of AXA Next Lab Asia, an innovation hub dedicated to connect AXA to the Asia tech ecosystems and breed new business models through strategic partnerships with tech players and start-ups at global scale. Prior joining AXA Next Lab Asia, she has 10-year accumulative experience in insurance, investment and start-ups across Australia and UK. She helped insurers and banks with capital management, asset liability management and risk management in the early years of career, and gravitated towards advising on building internal data analytic capability and defining digital customer journey. Along the way she builds a passion and appreciation about technology and co-created a UK-based digital health platform to match fertility patients with the desirable clinics and treatments. A firm advocate for idea and cultural exchange, she co-chaired the 2016 China Business Forum and assumed a role of co-president of China Club at London Business School to bridge the dialogue on innovation and entrepreneurship between UK and China. Xing holds an M.B.A from London Business School and a BA in Actuarial Science from University of Melbourne.
Head of Fuchsia Innovation Center
Muang Thai Life
Chief Digital Officer
Founder and CEO
CEO & Co-Founder
Steve is currently CEO of Inzsure which aspires to provide affordable, appropriate insurance for every company. He has over thirty years of experience in owning, running and future-proofing companies.
He has been CEO, Managing Director or equivalent in eight companies in four countries and based in Asia for over 20 years. He has deep domain knowledge in Insurtech, Fintech, commercial insurance, compliance, risk and crisis management.
A contributing author to The InsurtechBook, author of “RISK and the Asian CEO”. Recognised as a worldwide influencer in insurtech, fintech and blockchain with a social media network of over 100,000 followers.
Shwetank is the co-founder of Leo Capital, an early stage VC firm investing in India and South East Asia. He leads their insurtech and digital health investments – portfolio companies include BeatO (Diabetes Management) , RIA (digital health insurance) amongst others. His other experiences include being an entrepreneur (founder – Mobile Health Solutions) and leading open innovation at MetLife Asia.
CEO and Co-Founder
Mark is the CEO and Co-Founder of Galileo Platforms, an InsurTech company focused on Asia. He has over 30 years’ experience in Information Technology in the financial services industry, substantially in Life Insurance, Wealth Management, Funds Management and Investment Banking. Mark has held senior executive positions in leading banks, insurance companies and consulting organisations. He has a strong track record in IT strategy and architecture and a reputation for working with businesses to create transformational IT projects that deliver real business value and results.
Catriona Wallace, PhD
Founder & Executive Director
Dr Catriona Wallace is an entrepreneur in the Artificial Intelligence field, and Founder & Executive Director of the Stock Exchange listed company Flamingo AI – a Machine-Learning company with headquarters in the US and Sydney. Catriona is also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.
Having recently been inducted into the Royal Institution in 2019, recognising her excellence in scientific achievement and commitment to science, Dr Wallace is one of the world’s most cited experts on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Human Rights in technology and Women in Leadership. Dr Wallace has established herself as the innovative go-to expert for optimizing customer experience and business performance using emerging technologies. As a result, she’s the most natural authority to consult with when looking at approaches to digital transformation.
In 2014, Catriona founded artificial intelligence company Flamingo AI, working at the cutting edge of AI technology to provide machine learning based technologies to enterprises. Flamingo AI is the second only female led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Head of Investment
Founder and CEO
Dan Woods is the founder and CEO of Socotra, the first modern, cloud-based platform for technology-driven insurers. Before Socotra, Dan did IT investing and portfolio management for Formation 8 Partners (now 8VC), where he specialized in data platforms and smart enterprise software. Prior to that, Dan’s depth of enterprise experience was honed over six years with Palantir. There, Dan was an early member of the core engineering team and later transitioned to run Palantir’s partnerships, plus several deployments. Dan holds a master’s of science in computer science from Stanford University, where he was published in artificial intelligence (ISMB ‘Best Paper’ 2006). Dan’s mission today is modernizing insurance technology by applying approaches and technologies proven in other data-intensive industries.
CEO and Founder
Val Ji-hsuan Yap is the Founder and CEO of PolicyPal Group. Prior to PolicyPal, Val Yap worked as the Assistant Vice President at OCBC Bank, where she headed a wide range of digital initiatives, working closely with wealth and marketing to drive innovations. Val also served as Risk Assurance Associate at PwC in London. Former sales broker at Allianz, Val feels passionately about making insurance protection simple and accessible to everyone. Val who was recently named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list for Finance and Venture Capital and is a post-graduate with MSc Business Management at Imperial College London and BA Digital Media at University of the Arts London.