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Source: Middle East Insurance Review | May 2019

13th Asian Insurance CFO Summit 2019
27-29 May, Singapore
The risk landscape is changing in the insurance world and it’s either evolve or dissolve. As CFOs scramble to keep pace with the new revolution of digital, innovation and the millennial era, it is a survival game to keep on top of this new normal. New insurance accounting standards are also on the horizon, with IFRS 17 set to change the way the sector is administered. This summit will look at how the CFO risk agenda is changing and what CFOs can do to equip themselves in the future.   

Insurance Investment Summit
Theme: “Maximising Investment Returns During Quantitative Tightening”
30-31 May, Singapore
After a decade of low interest rates and loose money supply, asset managers within Asia’s insurance businesses now have become used to asset bubbles and bumpy equity markets that are being rattled by unpredictable oil prices and the continuing prospect of a US-China trade war. The summit will look at winning strategies and asset classes to make sure that the asset managers of the region’s insurers have the tools to be prepared for whatever the unpredictable markets may throw at them.

17th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (APLIC)
30 May-1 June, Hong Kong
Through various educational and professional training courses, seminars and conventions, the APLIC hopes to raise the professional standards and business practices of financial advisors and managers in the region. The event will provide opportunities to life insurance and financial services practitioners from the Asia Pacific region to learn and be inspired by top professionals from related industries, and to network and share ideas.

46th African Insurance Organisation (AIO) Conference and Annual General Assembly 
Theme: “Insurance Penetration in Africa: Insuring the Uninsured”
8-13 June, Johannesburg, South Africa
Under this year’s theme – Insurance Penetration in Africa: Insuring the Uninsured – the conference will focus on insurance distribution and inclusivity across the continent. Other topical issues under discussion will include microinsurance and the effects of climatic events (such as floods, droughts and wildfires) on the industry and the economy in general.
Each year, the event attracts senior delegates from across Africa and the rest of the world to discuss the most pressing issues facing the insurance industry on the continent at the time.
This year’s conference is organised by the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA), under the chairmanship of IISA CEO Thokozile Mahlangu.

Asia Women Leadership Summit
Theme: “Breaking the Glass Ceiling to Take the Industry Higher”
17-18 June, Singapore
The first-ever Asia Women Leadership Summit organised by Asia Insurance Review will discuss critical issues of women in insurance including prejudices against certain job types, gender bias, glass ceiling, salary gaps, mentoring and nurturing the female workforce. This summit will bring together influential and bright minds from the insurance sector to discuss the challenges, issues, and opportunities surrounding women in leadership. 

Global Insurance Forum
18-21 June, Singapore
Join the diverse delegation of 500+ global insurance executives, regulators, academics and policymakers from all sectors of the industry at the International Insurance Society’s annual Global Insurance Forum. This premier global conference features prominent thought leaders sharing their views on key issues that will shape the future of the industry.

7th Asia Motor Insurance and Claims Management Conference
Theme: “The Bread and Butter of Motor Insurance – From the Old World to the New Era”
26-27 June, Bangkok, Thailand
The conference will provide a road map to navigate the current roadblocks in motor insurance claims management as technology matures. The event will analyse the market threats and examine key indicators of how motor insurance is going to change while combating the rising number of road traffic accidents and claims costs.

13th International Takaful Summit (ITS)
Theme: “Takaful for All”
9-10 July, London, UK
The growth of the global takaful industry and demand of shariah-compliant financial products has seen the ITS grow from strength to strength, attracting on average over 350 – 400 international delegates. 
The lineup for this year’s summit will include: takaful and financial inclusion; utilising global reinsurance capacity for takaful; technology developments – challenges and opportunities; takaful in emerging markets; regulation and rating of takaful companies; investment of takaful contribution pools; making the mutual insurance model available to takaful operators; expanding the takaful product edge; and persuading Islamic financial institutions to make takaful their default choice.

Gulf Insurance Forum 
16-17 October, Dubai, UAE
The Gulf Insurance Forum, now in its 16th year, will feature plenary sessions and panel discussions with industry leaders and experts and will provide an opportunity to address important issues and their impact on the insurance and reinsurance industry. The topics include: providing social protection for different categories of workers; towards the sustainability of pension funds; insurance companies and social security; retirement planning between insurance companies and asset management; privatisation of pension funds and the role of life insurers. 

Singapore International Reinsurance Conference (SIRC)
Theme: Winds of change
29 October-1 November, Singapore
SIRC has established itself as one of the most important events on the Asian reinsurance calendar where leading insurers, brokers and reinsurers gather to take stock of the reinsurance market and set the tone for the renewal season while exploring new opportunities for business cooperation. The conference will address pressing industry issues such as the increasing frequency of extreme weather events caused by climate change, industry disruption and digital transformation, and the sustainability of the insurance/reinsurance business model as operating margins narrow. 

26th ICLAM (International Committee for Insurance Medicine) Congress
10-13 November, Mumbai, India
The ICLAM congress was last held in Asia in Tokyo in 1986 and returns to the continent after a gap of 32 years. The event has, since 1935, been the international benchmark for scientific training, interactive discussion and networking on topics related to risk underwriting and more recently in claims assessment. It is well respected for the high quality of its faculty and presentations.

2nd Sharm Rendezvous 2019 – Spreading Precious Ideas (SPIs)
11-13 November, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm El Sheikh Rendezvous is a leading annual platform where insurance & reinsurance leaders – locally, regionally and globally – meet to discuss and spread ideas and knowledge.
The Rendezvous will present every year ‘4 SPIs’, and this year’s SPIs are: SPI 1: Egypt’s insurance sector overcomes challenges – The impact of regulation today and in the future; SPI 2: Profitability in non-life insurance – Mind the gap; SPI 3: Climate risk and natural catastrophes – Closing the protection gap; and SPI 4: Brokers as partners – The key attributes to succeed in sustainable, innovative and competitive environment.
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