Innovation in Insurance


The Insurance and Takaful Industry is one big red ocean. It is in its early days of evolution and mutation as it adapts and breaks into new areas of digitalization and technological advancement to shape the future of the industry.

In Malaysia, the pandemic has made digital transformation and innovation top priorities for business leaders, and we see other countries spearhead their innovations to dominate their markets and new territories as borders melt away. Consumers are demanding more from their insurers across the board, regulators are tightening parameters under which insurance companies operate, and the digital landscape is forcing the industry to evolve.

Join us to discover, challenge, get inspired and take bold steps NOW to rechart the future!


Technical Hackathon for Insurance Industry
31 March - 10 April 2022


Webinar to launch whitepaper Restart: Insurance. Industry Outlook and Innovation 2022
20 January 2022

Click here to view Whitepaper

Press Conference and Press release  Announce whitepaper, Problem statements (1st part) release and Hackathon registrations open -in conjunction with MYFintech Week 2022
26 January 2022


Industry Workshop on General and Life Insurance 101 and Problem Statement release Part 2
17 February 2022


Technical Workshop on Cybersecurity and Problem Statement release Part 2
23 February 2022


Industry Workshop on Deep Dive: Pain Points in Insurance from Stakeholders / Investment and Problem Statement release Part 3
10 March 2022


Technical Workshop on Cloud, Building MVP in Insurance and Insurtech and Problem Statement release Part 3
23 March 2022


Closed Door Roundtable with Industry C-Suite Leading Innovation Agenda
15 November 2021
2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.


Closed Door Roundtable with Middle Management in the Industry
16 November 2021
2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Attend the Innovation in Insurance Roundtable and stand a chance to win Grab vouchers!


Webinar: Powering A Reimagined Future of Insurance
18 November 2021
2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Attend this webinar and stand a chance to win Grab vouchers!


E-Fintech School APAC
(seats allocated for Insurance Industry Staff)

15 Nov 2021 – 15 Dec 2021
Click here for registration/more info


Webinar: Rethinking Investments in Insurance Innovation
14 December 2021
3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Click here for registration

Speakers & Panelists


Aaron Tay

Auspac Investment Management
Speaker Profile

Aaron is the CIO of Auspac Investment Management and a Director of Auspac Ventures Fund VCC. He has 20 years of experience in business development, fundraising, private equity and portfolio management. 

Before joining Auspac Investment Management, Aaron held investment positions in hedge fund, private equity, and venture capital. Over the years, Aaron has built up a track record in deal origination, investments, and divestments in diverse sectors in SEA, Australia and China. He was also involved in fundraisings for private equity, real estate, and hedge funds with Asian based institutional investors. 

Aaron holds a MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce (Second Upper-class Honours) in Economics and Finance from the University of Melbourne. He is also a CAIA Charterholder, a Chartered Market Technician (CMT), a Qualified Listed Entity Director, and a member of Singapore Institute of Directors. 


Alex Leung

Speaker Profile
Alex is the co-founder of OneDegree, a fast growing insurtech company with presence across Asia and a virtual insurer in Hong Kong. Previously, he served in leadership roles at a number of insurtech startups in the US and Asia. Additionally, he had been a consultant with the World Bank and Deloitte Consulting in the US. Alex is the vice-chair of the International Actuarial Association Health Section and a fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from UCLA.

Christoffer Erichsen

Founding Partner,
Human Inc
Speaker Profile
Founding Partner and CEO of Human Inc, an innovation house on a mission to "help companies win through innovation, culture & future skills”. Chris has over 20 years of
experience in the intersection of strategy, innovation and design.

Through his work in Human Inc he has powered 100+ global brands to drive sustainable business model innovation launching 200+ new products and services, delivering delightful customer experiences and certified more than 15,000 design
thinkers and agile leaders.

In Asia he has worked with companies like Citibank, Singapore Airlines, FedEx, Coke, Petronas, AirAsia and Dell helping their leaders adopt new ways of working that drives customer-centric growth and organisational agility.

Chris studied youth culture at SDU in Denmark and is a certified Systemic and Narrative Coach from DISPUK in Denmark and a certified GrowthWheel Business Advisor & Master Trainer.

Chris loves to share his work experience with peers and is a sought-for speaker for international conferences, seminars and webinars. He is a member of several boards, coaches select startup founders and invests in high potential ventures that aligns with his purpose and values.

Danny Leong

Group Chief Executive Officer,
GHL Systems Berhad
Speaker Profile

Danny Leong is an experienced veteran in growing company businesses, where his work portfolio includes Accenture Malaysia.  Adeptis Solutions Sdn Bhd, Cuscopi Berhad, e-pay and GHL.  In his previous role, Danny as a Group CEO of GHL, he was responsible for overseeing the operations for the entire group, reporting directly to the Vice Executive Chairman and Board of Directors. 

With his leadership, GHL, was awarded the prestigious Asia’s Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Award as Asia’s Best Performing Company as well as The Edge’s Billion Ringgit Club Award in 2019.  Danny is currently focusing on strategic advisory work in the Fintech industry.  He was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of Privasia Group in May 2021 and he currently serves as a advisor for FortNynja’s E-Fintech School APAC as well as True Vine Capital. 

Danny has been awarded the Emerging Entrepreneurs Award for Outstanding & Exemplary Achievements in Entrepreneurship in 2007 and The BrandLeadership Award by The BrandLaureate in 2020. 


David Rajoo

Country SE Head, Cybersecurity Engineering,
Palo Alto Networks
Speaker Profile

David Rajoo is the Country Head of Cybersecurity Engineering for Palo Alto Networks in Malaysia. Constantly pushing technology boundaries and enhancing his cybersecurity leadership, he is passionate in securing organization’s digital transformations leveraging integrated cybersecurity platforms as a key competitive advantage.

With more than 17 years’ of cybersecurity experience as a trusted advisor, David has experience leading SE teams, partnering with academia to nurture the talent ecosystems and engaging with a wide range of clients on security strategies and transformations. 


Jenna Beh Huey Ching

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder,
Speaker Profile

Jenna is the Co-founder and CEO of FortNynja, a cybersecurity company with an interest in tackling the talent drought in cybersecurity and fintech in the APAC region via E-Fintech School APAC.

Some of Jenna’s achievements include:

  1. Top 14 Fintech Influencer in Malaysia
  2. 40 under 40 - Prestige Malaysia 2020
  3. Top 100 Women in Fintech (Global) 2021
  4. Top 15 Women in Fintech (APAC) 2021
  5. Strategist for Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
  6. Co-author of the Regtech Book

Kent Lin

Corporate Partnership, Fintech, Insurtech & Healthtech
Plug & Play
Speaker Profile

Kent is from Plug and Play, the world’s top 5 most active VC and the largest corporate-startup innovation platform.

He looks after APAC Insurtech & Healthtech verticals, partnering with insurers such as Tokio Marine, MSIG, Swiss Re, Aflac for the past 4 years. He'd be sharing today how insurers can partner with startups to increase sales, cut costs and make customers happier.


Lim Jo Weng

Head of Enterprise Product,
The Centre of Applied Data
Speaker Profile

Over the past decade, Jo Weng has built his professional career in the area human capital transformation and strategic talent management covering a wide range of the HR spectrum as a management consultant.

In his previous role with Willis Towers Watson, he was the practice lead for Organizational Alignment. He specializes in operating model and organizational design, people strategy, workforce planning and job evaluation. His breadth of knowledge also expands to include competency modelling, rewards management, talent management and performance management.

Apart from these area of expertise, he often assumes the role of a project manager and subject matter expert, leading team members in ensuring multiple complex modules are being integrated seamlessly.

Over the years, he has led multiple end-to-end people transformation projects across various industries both locally and regionally that aim to develop and deliver impactful and practical business solutions.

Through his early working years in the Investment Banking sector, Jo Weng has experience in various fields within the industry mainly, derivatives and structured products, portfolio management, equity and debt capital market.

Jo Weng holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Finance from the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Mic Tham

Director - Investments,
Speaker Profile

Mic is the Director of Investments at kipleX, an early-stage Venture Capital fund and startup studio based in Kuala Lumpur.  Mic is also the Founder of Homeground, a management consulting and deal advisory firm with SEA tech business focus. Mic was an ex-M&A lawyer.


Dr. Mona Marathe

Senior Business Consultant,
Tata Consultancy Services
Speaker Profile

Mona has been working with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for the last 30 years, the last 15 of which have been in the Insurance Sector in India and APAC. In her present role of Senior Business Consultant, she helps articulate solutions for the Insurance industry uniting domain, technology and flavoring it with her understanding of operational needs.

She is experienced in the implementation and management of Policy Administration Systems and integration with peripheral applications in the ecosystem.

She received her PhD from the Department of Computer Science, University of Pune. The topic was “A query and result visualization mechanism for data in complementary web-sites” – from Database Theory. In continuation to this, she has worked in the field of Big Data and Machine Learning recently.


Muhammad Syafiq Shamsuddin

Investment Manager,
Speaker Profile

Principal Investment for MAVCAP overseeing and managing MAVCAP investment portfolio across various technology vertical from early up to growth stage of startups, with latest partnership with Orbit Malaysia Fund I. He’s responsible to work closely with fund managers under MAVCAP portfolio in championing local startups to scale up to become a regional champions. Currently, he is a director of Efinix, Inc.


Muzzaffar Othman

Chief Technology Officer,
Perbadanan Nasional Berhad
Speaker Profile

Muzzaffar is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Permodalan National Berhad. PNB is the leading asset management company in Malaysia with approximately RM 300 Billion AUM (asset under management) with over 11+ million unique unit holders and 14+ million accounts.

Previously, he was an EVP of Digital Strategy and Transformation for Maybank with a mandate to explore and develop new Maybank Digital strategy, new digital business model and potential collaboration with Fintechs


Nayan Malde

Principal Innovation Evangelist,
Tata Consultancy Services – Asia Pacific
Speaker Profile

Nayan heads the Innovation Evangelize function for TCS Asia Pacific. He has 16+ years of experience in evangelizing innovation, commercializing disruptive innovations leading products from conception to market success.

He has fulfilled several roles in research, product development, project and program management, business development and sales, innovation management in a customer organization and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of R&D organizations. 

He promotes open innovation, providing technology foresight and building co-innovation strategies for TCS customers in APAC Geography. People look upon him for combining strategic thinking with a passion for hands-on execution across different geographies.   

Nayan is an MBA in Marketing and Service Operations. He also holds a graduate degree in Electronics. 

He holds passion for designing clothes and owns a private label. A foodie with sweet tooth loves music, travelling and photography.


Rangam Bir

Transformational Financial Services CEO
Visionary Business Leader
Board Director, Advisor & Mentor
Speaker Profile
Rangam Bir is a visionary business leader, who has led several international financial services firms in a career spanning over 25 years across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. As a CEO, he has successfully led the transformation of four different businesses, and is committed to deliver the promise of inclusive financial services to impact customers’ lives with better outcomes. Rangam is highly passionate about Culture, Community and Collaboration to drive innovation and change. He has established a successful track record of building winning businesses in fast growing emerging markets by leading large teams in multicultural and international business environments.

Presently, Rangam serves as a Director on the Board of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII), which supports the professional, technical and digital capability development for the Malaysian Insurance industry. He is active as an Advisor and Mentor for several businesses. Recently he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gibraltar BSN Life Berhad, the Malaysian entity of Prudential Financial’s international insurance business. In 2019, under Rangam’s leadership, Gibraltar BSN was awarded Malaysia’s Digital Insurer of the Year by regional insurance publication InsuranceAsia News, during its annual InsuranceAsia News Awards for Excellence 2019.

Rangam joined Gibraltar BSN in December 2016 from the Allianz Group where he spent 19 years in various roles. Previosuly, he was Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad where he led the company through a digital transformation, establishing it as a leader in innovative digital business models and a top-five player in the Life and Health segment in Malaysia.

In Singapore, he led the regional Life & Health Division as well as the regional Property & Casualty business of the Asia Pacific region as regional general manager of Allianz Asia Pacific. During that time, he held several board positions including the position of interim Chief Executive Officer of the general insurance business in China; member of the executive committee of the CPIC Allianz Health Insurance Company in China; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Allianz Taiwan Life Insurance Company.

Additionally, he was Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Tiriac Asigurari S.A., heading the marketleading insurance company in Romania, and Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Business Officer of Allianz SE in Germany, leading the expansion of Allianz’s insurance and distribution presence in the Central and Eastern European markets.

Beyond his professional roles, Rangam has been active in the development of the Life Insurance industry in Malaysia as Vice President of the Life Insurance Association of Malaysia. In 2018, he was conferred with the Fellowship of the Malaysian Insurance Institute, which is the most prestigious and highest level of professional insurance qualification in the country.

Rangam holds a Master of Management Studies in finance and is an electronics engineer by training.

Dr. Raveendra VVS

Chief Technology Officer,
of Banking Financial Services
and Insurance Unit,
Tata Consultancy Services
Speaker Profile
Raveendra has been with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for more than 24 years and is currently Chief Technology Officer for Banking, Financial Services and Insurance for a large Business Unit.

He has worked with several global customers on the entire continuum of technology – starting from Thought Leadership to Design to Execution of several mission critical projects. He is passionate about bringing domain focus among his teams in addition to the technology focus to serve the customers better.

Raveendra received his MS and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has published several papers in peer reviewed International Journals and Conferences on Triangulation Algorithms and Software Engineering. He served as a Member of the Academic Council, Hindustan University, Chennai, India

Shalini Pavithran

Chief Executive Officer, The Malaysian Insurance Institute
Speaker Profile

Shalini is the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII), the leading professional body and education institution for the Malaysian insurance industry.  MII is highly respected as a regional centre offering an extensive range of professional qualifications, certifications, and training programmes for insurance professionals. MII also administers the licensing examinations for intermediaries namely insurance agents, brokers, loss adjusters and financial planners. 

Shalini also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN Insurance Training & Research Institute (AITRI) in view of MII being given the mandate as the Secretariat of AITRI.  AITRI was established by the ASEAN Insurance Regulators and serves as a regional centre for insurance education and research focusing on capacity building of regulators and supervisors in the region.

Prior to joining MII, Shalini has over 20 years’ experience in various sectors within the financial services industry.

Shalini holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Malaya, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London and has completed the Certificate of Legal Practice.


Sharala Axyrd

Chief Executive Officer, The Centre of Applied Data Science
Speaker Profile
Sharala Axryd​
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,​
The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS)​

With a passion for data science and over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications field under her belt, Sharala Axryd is leading the data-driven business transformation and driving the benchmark for data science education in the ASEAN region. A thought leader in the data science space, she is a highly-sought after speaker for conferences with topics ranging from analytics to women in STEM.​

Award-winner of the EY Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Malaysia, SEBA 2018 Woman Technopreneur of the Year and among the Digerati 50 by Digital News Asia (DNA), she is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Center of Applied Data Science (CADS), ASEAN’s first and only one stop platform and center of excellence for Data Science. She was part of the team that brought in The Data Incubator (an American-based data science center) to Malaysia, launched ASEAN’s first data science accelerator program in 2016 and spearheaded an initiative with the Harvard Business School in Boston to support Malaysia’s national agenda to be the hub for Big Data Analytics (BDA).​

Prior to CADS, she worked with a diverse set of clients to deliver hands on training through several workshops and trainings on GPRS Performance Analysis and Optimisation. As the Founder and Managing Director of ULearn, Sharala and her team was successful with the Hands On Technology Training (HOTT), eventually evolving to be the first in the industry to develop an Automated Competency Gap Analysis (UrSkillsReporter).​

Siddharth Despande

Palo Alto Networks
Speaker Profile
Siddharth (Sid) Deshpande is Field CTO at Palo Alto Networks. In this role, he is responsible for engaging CISOs and the broader security community on emerging cybersecurity topics such as cloud security and SASE. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Sid has had successful stints at Gartner and Akamai - these roles have all helped build in him a deep appreciation towards and gratitude for the cybersecurity community and our ability to help each other stay protected.

Srikanth Gonuguntla

Industry Lead,
Banking, Financial Services
Insurance, Fintech,
Speaker Profile

Srikanth Gonuguntla is Banking and Financial Services Industry Leader for Architecting Solutions on Oracle Cloud. He has more than 25 years of working experience in the Information Systems Industry, 18 of those years have been with Oracle across different roles spanning Product Development, Products Implementation, Solution Architecture and Business Development in APAC and EMEA. In his current role he engages with Customers at CXO level to deliver on their Innovation and Transformation Initiatives.

As a Industry Lead he delivers three key outcomes

1. Digital Transformation Advisory for Industry specific Strategic accounts.
2. Advise Clients on their Cloud Journey with Industry use cases.
3. Develop and Execute Industry Specific Go to Market Sales Plays, Campaigns and Assets.


Dr. Stamatis Kourtis

Internal Analytics Principal Lead,
The Center of Applied Data
Speaker Profile

Dr. Stamatis is a technology expert with 20 years experience in delivering projects primarily for telecom companies around the world. Throughout his career, he has been utilizing data analytics in order to gain insights that would assist his customers in their decisions in diverse areas, such as enhancing network performance, and managing customer experience.

In 2015, he successfully delivered a POC project for a GLC to showcase how data analytics can be used to gain insights that will drive the GLC’s decision process. The result  of this POC project greatly set the GLC’s course as an organization to embrace data-driven decision making, thus becoming a data-driven organization.

Dr. Stamatis has been working in the field of HR analytics by developing products that would assist private and public companies is using data to decide on various aspects of HR operations ranging from recruitment, talent development, performance management etc.


Steve Tunstall

General Secretary,
Pan-Asia Risk & Insurance Management Association
Speaker Profile

Board Director; Governance, Risk, Insurance and Compliance; Speaker and Author;
Open to additional board positions with an Asia focus after 20 years’ experience in the region

Current Roles include:

Director, Head of Compliance and Risk
Director & Owner, Tunstall Associates Pte Ltd
Director, CEO & Co-Founder,
Director, General Secretary and Co-Founder, Pan Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association
Pan-Asia Ambassador, International Insurance Society


As Director and Head of Compliance and Risk at Wadzpay, Steve is helping this crypto wallet startup, backed by Mastercard, navigate the challenges of regulatory management in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, India and elsewhere for this fast evolving and exciting space.  Recently Steve has been heavily involved in thought leadership globally in the emerging areas of Insurtech, Fintech and the application of distributed ledger technology generally.

Steve runs and/or advises multiple captive / insurance companies in Asia, Europe and USA. He currently sits on the boards of several captive insurers (Singapore, Isle of Man, Montana). He is non-executive Chairperson of several Insurance Linked Security vehicles regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore managing natural catastrophe risk in Texas, Florida and California amongst other matters. 

As Director, General Secretary and Co-Founder of the Pan Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association and the Pan-Asia Ambassador of the International Insurance Society, Steve is at the heart of building risk management expertise across Asia. Steve is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Singapore Fintech Association. 

Steve has over thirty years of experience in owning, running and future proofing companies, mostly in Asia. He has been CEO, Managing Director, Chairman or equivalent in twelve companies in four countries managing teams of up to 500 employees.

Earlier career roles include:

  • Head of Compliance, Insurance, Legal and Risk at Cathay Pacific Airways and risk advisor to the rest of the Swire Group globally. Hong Kong based.
  • Vice President of Risk for Genting Singapore & Resorts World Sentosa, responsible for enterprise risk management, insurance and business continuity management. Singapore based.
  • Managing Director for Jardine Pacific, Schindler Lifts Singapore

MSc in Project Management & Risk, BSc in Surveying and a Diploma in M&E Engineering. Member of the Institute of Risk Management, the Business Continuity Institute, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Association for Project Management and the Association of Cost Engineers.

“The InsurtechBook” contributing author, Amazon best seller in 2018.

“RISK and the Asian CEO” published on Amazon Kindle in 2016. 

Recognised as a No.1 worldwide influencer in Insurtech. Features in the Top 20 Global Influencer lists for Insurtech, Fintech and Blockchain. Has a significant presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr with a network of over 100,000 followers across multiple platforms.


Vaidhyanathan Radhakrishnan

 Head – Insurance Solutions,
APAC, Tata Consultancy Services

Speaker Profile
Vaidhya has been with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for more than 15 years and is currently heading insurance solutions for APAC. In his role he engages in designing the modernization journeys of insurers and reviewing the overall solution for viability and suitability to meet the business intents. He helps CXOs to convert their business intents to business objectives to program objectives to bring the right solutions.
  • He is experienced in insurance and healthcare domains and has involved in program management, innovation, and business solutions.
  • He is certified in agile, project management, six sigma, and system administration. He is also a certified Yoga Protocol Instructor from Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.

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