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Dear Member

Welcome to the fifth China and South East Asia newsletter

In this month's newsletter: save the date to meet our President and Executive team face-to-face; see past events that we have run for our members; read a profile from the first actuary in China; and help the IFoA by volunteering.

Contents: Welcome from Derek Cribb, Chief Executive  |  Career profile - Xiaoqiang Zhao  |  China and South East Asia visit – November and December  |  Past events  |  Volunteer experience - Geoff Rashbrooke  |  International feedback survey  |  Do you have any feedback?  | 
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Welcome from Derek Cribb, Chief Executive

We welcome you again to another China and South East Asia newsletter.


This has been an incredibly busy year for the IFoA. Our international engagement has expanded with the appointment of Wen Li; her role is to tie together the different strands of education, member support and public affairs. Many of you will know Wen through the IFoA Weibo account, please do link up with us to continue our engagement with you.


David Hare, President of the IFoA and Trevor Watkins, Director of Education will be visiting Hong Kong (28 November) and Beijing (4-5 December) to present awards to the winners of the Sir Edward Johnston Prize, and to meet with universities and employers in the region. You can read more about that visit below.


There is also a lot coming up in the New Year which will ensure that we are kept busy. In the first half of 2014 members will see the results of the work we’ve been doing improving our website.  We will also be launching the new Certified Actuarial Analyst qualification, to give those working at a technical actuarial level a valuable qualification.


Projects such as the ones above are ongoing and it is an exciting prospect for us to be able to report on these events. We look forward to a very engaging trip in November and December and to meeting as many members of the IFoA as we can.



Derek Cribb, Chief Executive

Career profile - Xiaoqiang Zhao

Mr. Xiaoqiang Zhao is the first qualified Fellow of the IFoA in mainland China.  Mr. Zhao has more than 17 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. He talks to us about why he chose to become an actuary, his experience working in the industry and he imparts some advice for those considering the career path. You can read more in his profile here.

China and South East Asia visit – November and December

David Hare, President of the IFoA, will be visiting Hong Kong, Australia and China from 28 November- 6 December accompanied by our Director of Education, Trevor Watkins.

During the trip, David and Trevor will be presenting the Sir Edward Johnston prizes to the winners in Hong Kong and Beijing. A member event will also be held in Hong Kong on Thursday 28 November and a joint event with Sunshine Life Insurance in Beijing will be held on Wednesday 4 December.

To view details of these events and to register, please click on the links below.


Hong Kong event

Beijing event


Our Shanghai members are invited to join the Beijing event through video conference, please register here.

While in Australia, David and Trevor will be holding meetings with the Executive members of the Actuaries Institute of Australia. While in China, Trevor will be meeting with professors from five leading Chinese Universities.


Memoria Lewis, Membership Director will also be visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong 10-14 February 2014 to meet with members, to understand their needs and ensure that we are delivering a global standard of service. If you would like Memoria to visit your offices to meet with your actuarial teams to update you on the work that we are doing, please contact Wen Li.

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Past events

There have been a series of events during September and October that we would like to make you aware of. You can click on the following pages, to read more about the events.


EAAC conference in Singapore


Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference


Joint IFoA and China Re Group members event


If you have any other events that you would like us to report on, then please contact Wen Li.


Volunteer experience - Geoff Rashbrooke

“Participation represented an opportunity for me to pass on my skills and experience and for others to make use of them to promote the IFoA’s say in international consultations”


Read Geoff's testimonial on how, as an international member, he volunteered to work on a working party to assist with a consultation.


You can find out about all of our volunteering options by going to the volunteer vacancy page on the website.


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International feedback survey

As part of our drive for excellence, we would like to seek the views of our members in China and South East Asia. We hope that by completing this questionnaire, you will help us track our progress and provide the opportunity for more comprehensive support to our international members.


We invite you to take part in the following questionnaire and ask you to submit it to us by Sunday 15 December.

Do you have any feedback?

Do you have anything you would like to see put into the newsletter for the next issue? We would love to hear from you.


• What did you think of this issue?
• What would you like to see included in the future?
• Did you go to any of the past events?
• Are you able to attend any of our forthcoming events?
• What events do you have coming up? Would you like us to report on any of them?

Please email us if you have any further comments

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