Finalists for the 3rd Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards announced

| 05 Apr 2018

A total of 46 candidates from 11 markets have edged out 400 contenders from 50 companies and made it to the finals of the 3rd Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards 2018. The Awards offers a neutral platform to recognise the best in life insurance agency and advisory across the region.

The panel of judges which selected the finalists through remote judging will next meet on 11 April 2018 in Singapore to deliberate and select winners for the 12 categories, including Executive Champion of the Year, by secret ballot with EY as auditor.

The transparent and independently-audited judging process counts some 25 judges comprising industry leaders and experts on the judging panel with Mr Mark Tucker, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings, as Patron of the Awards. The Awards is organised by Asia Insurance Review and Asia Advisers Network with LIMRA as co-organiser.

The winners will only be announced at a gala dinner in Manila on 7 May 2018 to be held in conjunction with the 29th East Asian Insurance Congress with Mr Dennis B Funa, Insurance Commissioner of the Philippines, as the guest of honour.

Mr Sivam Subramaniam, Editor-in-Chief, Asia Insurance Review, said, “There is a growing industry support for the awards. The quality of the 400 entries from 50 companies and 14 markets means that the finalists are already outstanding winners in their own right.”

Mr Benjamin Ang, Editor, Asia Advisers Network, said, “The finalists should be proud for flying the flag of agents high. We will continue to do our part to recognise these unsung heroes and heroines of the insurance industry and highlight the underappreciated role agents and advisers play in narrowing society’s protection gap.”

The finalists are: 

Insurance Agent of the Year
  • Amy Wat Chi Mei, AIA Hong Kong
  • Kelly Ho, AIA Bhd, Malaysia
  • Li-Chen Su, Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
  • Natthamon Chotthamrongsin, AIA Thailand
  • Nunnatus Cortez, Insular Life, Philippines
  • Thian Lung Jong, AIA Bhd, Malaysia
Financial Adviser of the Year
  • Darrick Law Lik Hang, DBS Bank Hong Kong
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Lich, Manulife Vietnam
  • Trinh Hoang Truc Quynh, Manulife Vietnam
Rookie Insurance Agent of the Year
  • Alfred Chow, AIA Hong Kong
  • Patthanant Manasthitikul, Muang Thai Life Assurance, Thailand
  • Pradeep Kumar Murarka, TATA AIA Life Insurance, India
  • Selena Wang, AIA Hong Kong
  • Will Grape Chua, Philam Life, Philippines
  • Yi-Hang Liu, Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
Insurance Agency Leader of the Year
  • David Ong, AIA Singapore
  • Duncan Lee Hing Kwai, Sun Life Hong Kong
  • Ellen Chan, AIA Hong Kong
  • Liem Lie Sia, Allianz Life Indonesia
  • Tan Lay Seong, Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Bhd
Rookie Insurance Agency Leader of the Year
  • Agnes Ng, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
  • Neang Khory, Prudential (Cambodia) Life Assurance
  • Sheria Li Ximeng, AIA Hong Kong
Technology Provider of the Year for Agents
  • EAB Systems
  • Munich Re Automation Solutions
Inspirational Agent/Leader of the Year
  • Damian Pang, AIA Singapore
  • Divya Tusnial, TATA AIA Life Insurance, India
  • Tan Lay Seong, Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Bhd
  • Wu-Chun Tsai, Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
  • Yu-Yun Cheng, Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
Digital Agent/Agency Leader of the Year
  • Chanatis Aukkarapisansopon, AIA Thailand
  • Siddharth Chhabria, TATA AIA Life Insurance, India
  • Tay Kah Lok, AXA Insurance, Singapore
Lifetime Achievement
  • Antonia Lucrecia Nicdao, Philam Life, Philippines
  • Narumol Saengarun, Allianz Ayudhya, Thailand
  • Papanin Srinakorn, Muang Thai Life, Thailand
Affinity/Bank Partner of the Year
  • Bank of the Philippines Islands
  • Citibank, Hong Kong
  • DBS Bank Singapore
  • Techcombank, Vietnam
  • Vietinbank, Vietnam
Insurance Company of the Year for Agents
  • AIA Bhd, Malaysia
  • AIA Singapore
  • Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
  • Ping An Life Insurance, China
  • TATA AIA Life Insurance, India

The distinguished panel of judges comprises:

Honorary Adviser, Mr Reynaldo de Dios, Publisher-Editor, Insurance Philippines Magazine

Chairman, Mr Mark Saunders, Group Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, AIA Group

Mr Andy Khoo, Managing Director, The Centre for International Assessment and Development, LIMRA

Mr Ariel G Cantos, President (2017), Philippine Life Insurance Association, and CEO, Philam Life

Mr Bernard Lim, President (2017), Financial Services Managers Association, Singapore, and Financial Services Director, Prudential Singapore

Mr Bharat Kannan, Chief Distribution Officer, MetLife Asia

Mr Bosco Lau, Regional Managing Director, LIMRA and LOMA

Mr Bruce de Broize, Regional Head of Distribution, Asia, Generali

Mr Davey Lee, Vice President, Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong

Mr David Grant, Regional Chief Agency Officer, Manulife Asia

Mr David Piesse, Asia Pacific Ambassador, International Insurance Society, and Advisory Board Member, Guardtime

Mr Deepthi Lokuarachchi, President, Insurance Association of Sri Lanka, and CEO, HNB Assurance

Ms Esther C Tan, Senior Adviser to the Board, Mercantile Insurance Corp

Mr Handojo Kusuma, Regional Chief Agency Officer, Asia Pacific, Allianz, and Deputy CEO, Allianz Life Indonesia

Ms Helen Roberts, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Chartered Insurance Institute

Ms Jeanette Lim, President, Singapore Insurance Institute, and Regional Head, Agency Development & Incentives, Chubb Asia Pacific

Mr Jensen Siaw, Performance Breakthrough Coach, Jensen Siaw International

Dr Khoo Kah Siang, Executive Champion of the Year - 2017, and CEO, Manulife Singapore

Mr Randy Lianggara, Regional CEO for China, Indonesia & Vietnam, Aviva Asia

Ms Rizalina G Mantaring, CEO, Sun Life Financial Philippines

Mr Robert Pain, Chairman, Association of International Life Offices

Mr Robert Pang, Chairman, Insurance Agents Registration Board, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers

Mr Sara Lamsam, CEO, Muang Thai Life Assurance

Mr Richard Vargo, Managing Director, Bancassurance, DBS Bank

Mr Paul McNamara, Editor, Asia Insurance Review

AIA is strategic partner of the Awards and supporting organisations include Association of International Life Offices, Chartered Insurance Institute, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers, Philippine Life Insurance Association, Financial Services Managers Association Singapore, Insurance Association of Sri Lanka, Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong, International Insurance Society, LOMA and Singapore Insurance Institute.

For more information on the awards, please visit or
contact Mr Mohamad Hyqel, awards administrator, Asia Insurance Review at

Read what our past winners had to say:

Winning Insurance Agent of the Year was an inflection point of my career - Divya Tusnial

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