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31 January 2016
Dear Member

Welcome to your first South-East Asia newsletter for 2016
Hello everyone!

To kick off the year, the IFoA will be hosting its Asia conference for the first time in the city of Kuala Lumpur on 3 and 4 March. 


A massive thank you to our volunteers from across the region who have worked very hard in creating a fantastic programme.  If you haven’t signed up, don’t miss the chance to do so now as early bird prices are ending on 3 February!

Study mentoring is also back by popular demand and we are currently recruiting volunteer career ambassadors to help out at local careers fairs.  Further details can be found below.

On behalf of the IFoA, I would like to wish those celebrating Chinese New Year and Tết Nguyên Đán a healthy, prosperous and successful year ahead!


Caryn Chua
Actuary Representative of South-East Asia

Asia Conference 2016: Only 3 days left for early bird prices!
Date 3-4 March   location Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur   link  Website/Event

The Conference will deliver a series of high profile plenaries, cross practice workshops and networking opportunities, aimed at bringing together actuaries at all levels to engage with top influencers and decision makers in the financial industry.  Attending this conference offers you an excellent opportunity to meet industry experts and learn about the latest actuarial insights. Expert speakers such as Zainal Mohd Kassim, Professor Karel Van Hulle, Dr Khoo Kah Siang plus many more, will spark energetic debates among delegates as they analyse and discuss the latest trends and developments that are taking place in this fast paced world.

With up to 10.5 hours of CPD available, take advantage of the early bird fee by booking your place by 3 February! A discount of 10% is also offered to companies sending six or more delegates to the full conference in one booking.  View the full programme and speaker line up here.


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Inspire the next generation to consider an actuarial career

The IFoA has been invited to participate in careers fairs in Singapore (on 18 February) and in Kuala Lumpur (from 30 March to 3 April).  Further details can be found here.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help by becoming IFoA Career Ambassadors. Would you like to share your experience with enthusiastic young people?  Please contact Georgina Jenkins or visit our website to find out more.

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Introducing Clifford Friend, our new Director of Education

We are pleased to announce that our new Director of Education, Clifford Friend, joined us in January, following Dr Trevor Watkins' retirement.  Clifford has a distinguished academic record at Cranfield University, including a period as acting Vice-Chancellor.  He will be visiting:

• India and Sri Lanka from 28 January to 4 February, for the Global Congress of Actuaries

• Shanghai on 29 February and 1 March

• Kuala Lumpur from 2 to 4 March, for the IFoA Asia Conference.

If you are attending either of these events, do come and meet him.

Study mentors and mentees

Are you interested in becoming a study mentor?  We are particularly looking for Fellows based in Singapore or Malaysia who could help with CA2, CA3, ST1, ST2, SA1 or SA2.  If you would like to get involved you can apply via our Volunteer vacancies webpage or contact Debbie Atkins to find out more.

We are also in the process of arranging study mentoring dates and venues for the upcoming April exams.  Those interested in CAs, STs and SAs subjects, please contact Caryn Chua with your choice of subject(s) and preferred location.


Spotlight on...
Spotlight on a volunteer in Singapore: Vasan Errakiah

“I am a Fellow of the IFoA based in Singapore with Pacific Life Re. I was excited to find out about the IFoA’s plans to host a conference in the region and decided to volunteer to be part of the Programme Committee for the IFoA Asia Conference 2016.”


“My main driver for volunteering is my personal belief that it is important to develop the profession and give back to the IFoA. Volunteering for the conference was also a great platform for me to share and exchange my views on the hot topics affecting actuaries in this part of the world. The experience was an eye-opener and I was impressed to see the level of effort and dedication that went on behind the scenes.”


“I found it to be a very valuable experience as I had the opportunity to work alongside and meet with experienced actuaries from different backgrounds.”

Read Vasan's full profile >
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