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Sophia Ch’ng, FIA
President-Elect
Actuarial Society of Malaysia


Ing Chian Ching, FSA
SOA Greater Asia Committee Member, Organizing Committee
Chief Actuary, AIA Bhd. 


Ashim Avinash Sahu
Associate Director, Data Science
AIA Bhd

Ashim Sahu setup and leads the data science team within the Business Analytics Centre of Excellence for AIA Bhd. He has been in analytics his entire career, starting in retail analytics and moving into the insurance space two years back. Sahu is a strong proponent of customer centricity through evidence driven decision making.


David Wang, FSA, FIA, MAAA
Principal
Milliman

David Wang, FSA, FIA, MAAA, is a principal in the Seattle life practice of Milliman. Wang co-leads a Milliman team specializing in applying predictive analytics to assist the life and annuity industry in the United States. The team provides cutting edge advice to clients in modeling policyholder behavior and using data analytics for marketing and distribution purposes. He also worked extensively on various annuity projects including pricing, capital assessment and financial reporting. Wang published numerous papers and articles on annuity and policyholder behavior topics and is an active speaker at SOA events.

 

Eileen Burns, FSA, MAAA
Principal
Milliman

Eileen Burns, FSA, MAAA, is a principal in the Seattle Life insurance consulting practice of Milliman, and is associated with a cross-practice center of excellence in predictive analytics. She managed several studies at both industry and company scope using predictive analytics to analyze policyholder behavior, and is now the product manager for Recon, an interactive web application for data analytics. Burns is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and is the vice-chair of the SOA’s Predictive Analytics and Futurism section.

   

Lichen Bao, Ph.D
Data Scientist
RGA Reinsurance Company

Lichen Bao, Ph.D, applies predictive modeling techniques to life insurance applications, ranging from sales, underwriting, pricing, claims and fraud. Bao has nine years of hands-on experience with data analytics and modeling. Prior to joining RGA, he was the senior manager of data analytics of Aegon-THTF, where he applied predictive modeling for target marketing to boost the sales of life insurance products. Bao was also worked for Opera Solutions, where he delivered solutions to various applications of the credit card industry, including underwriting, cross selling, fraud detection and collection.


Marc Sofer, FFA, FIAA, MBA
Head of Data and Strategic Analytics - Asian markets
RGA Reinsurance Company

Marc Sofer, FFA, FIAA, MBA, is head of data and strategic analytics - Asian markets for RGA Reinsurance Company, based in Hong Kong. In his role, he is responsible for leading and executing RGA’s regional data and analytics strategy aimed at creating, commercializing and extracting maximum value from data driven initiatives.

Sofer has a wealth of actuarial, risk management and business development experience. He has held both local and regional level pricing and business development roles since joining RGA in Australia in 2010. Sofer most recently served as head of Malaysia and Indonesia markets, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Before joining RGA, he was with Swiss Re Australia, where he was a marketing actuary in life and health client markets. Prior to that, he was with MBF Australia (now part of Bupa Australia Health Pty Ltd.), where he participated in both actuarial and business development work. Sofer also worked for Discovery Health South Africa.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in actuarial science and statistics from Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, and he also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, Ivey Business School. Sofer is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (FFA) and of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA).

 

Stanley Hsieh
Actuarial Analyst
Milliman

Stanley Hsieh’s experience includes using machine learning models for predicting lapse rates of insurance policies and reviewing huge datasets for data cleaning before model building. He has experience in quantitative research of diabetes studies by using statistical methods such as principal component analysis, k-nearest neighbors, decision trees and logistic regression. Additionally, Hsieh has experience in time series analysis of stock index and option pricing modelling for research purposes.

 

Travis Short, FSA
Data Innovation Lead
Pacific Life Re

Travis Short, FSA, is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and leads data innovation for Pacific Life Re globally, recently shifting roles from managing R&D for Asia markets. His responsibilities include experience analysis, best estimate assumptions and capital assumptions development. Short joined Pacific Life Re in early 2016 and has over a decade of life reinsurance experience spanning valuation and ALM, experience analysis, pricing R&D and underwriting research across North America and Asia markets.


Wing Wong, FSA, MAAA
Principal
Milliman

Wing is a principal in Milliman’s Life Practice based in Taipei, Wing leads Milliman’s local offices in Taipei and Beijing. He has been a Milliman consultant for 20 years in the US and in Asia. Wing has lead projects involving a wide range of scope including actuarial due diligence, appraisal value and embedded value, financial reporting and analysis involving local statutory/GAAP, US GAAP, IFRS 17.

He managed M&A due diligence work and embedded value work in a number of markets such as US, Europe, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, and China, product development experience includes pricing one of the first universal life with secondary guarantee products in Hong Kong. Wing also leads teams developing several of the first variable annuities with GMXB products in Taiwan market. In addition, Wing also leads teams in developing ALM models and analysis for clients looking to better understand and manage the business, and to study proper asset allocation to balance between return, risks and capital.

Wing has also acted as appointed actuaries for five companies, signing off reserves, capital, and cash flow testing reports. In recent years, Wing has focused on developing client applications of Milliman’s unique complexity science-based approach to ERM. His work involved running risk workshops utilizing cognitive mapping techniques, developing risk register, and applying innovative approach to sales risks and operational risks, as well as data-driven approach to emerging risks.

Before joining Milliman, Wing was a staff economist responsible for electricity demand forecasting models in a civil engineering consulting firm. Wing holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of Washington. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.