13 winners from six markets crowned at 4th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards

| 19 Jul 2019

Thirteen winners from six markets were honoured at the 4th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards presentation ceremony dinner held in Bangkok on 18 July 2019. The deserving winners edged out some 400 nominations from 15 markets.

Winners emerged from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, and came from leading insurance companies including AIA, AXA, Cathay Life, Sun Life, and Muang Thai Life. 

The awards offer a neutral regional platform to recognise the best in life insurance agency and advisory across Asia. The esteemed judging panel was made up of 29 CEOs, senior executives, heads of associations and industry experts, and the rigorous and transparent two-stage judging process was audited by EY.

In the first stage, remote judging was conducted to select the finalists. In the second stage, judges gathered in Singapore to deliberate face-to-face and to arrive at the winners through a secret ballot. 

Guest of Honour Mr Chuchatr Pramoolpol, Deputy Secretary-General, Examination, Office of Insurance Commission said, "I would like to thank Asia Insurance Review, Asia Advisers Network and LIMRA for hosting this special event to recognise the achievements and important role of agents and advisers in the insurance value chain who have touched the lives of people in many different ways, and the corporate executives, companies, associations and service providers who help agents and advisers on their path to excellence in the digital era."

AIA Singapore had a night to remember as it became the first repeat Insurance Company of the Year winner, adding to its crown in 2017. And Dr Mary Chen Ming Li, added the Lifetime Achievement Award to her Inspirational Agent/Leader of the Year win in 2016.

This year saw the introduction of two new categories: Young Executive of the Year and InsurTech of the Year. The inaugural winners of these two categories were Ms Sabrina Ong, AIA Financial Indonesia, and GoalsMapper, respectively.

Mr Mark Tucker, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings, Patron of the Awards said, “I am pleased to see that the Awards have again matched the changing reality of the industry, with new categories for InsurTech of the Year and Young Executive of the Year. It will be our young colleagues who use technology to carry our industry into the future, and this will continue to be on the basis of great people forming trusted relationships.”

Mr Sivam Subramaniam, Editor-in-Chief, Asia Insurance Review said, “It is truly heartening to see how, despite disruptions and threat of disintermediation, trusted life agents and advisers are even more entrenched in the insurance value chain. The baton is now passed to the next batch of winners to carry the torch even higher.”

The winners are:



Rookie Insurance Agent of the Year

Mr Shiu Ling Po, AIA International, Hong Kong

Insurance Agent of the Year

Ms Chia-Chun Liu, Cathay Life, Taiwan

Financial Adviser of the Year

Ms Isabelle Oh Chin Ian, AIA Financial Advisers, Singapore

Rookie Insurance Agency Leader of the Year

Mr Jason Chu, Sun Life Hong Kong

Insurance Agency Leader of the Year

Mr Chow Wing Kai, AIA International, Hong Kong

Digital Agent/Agency Leader of the Year

Mr Calvin Lee, AXA Insurance, Singapore

Inspirational Agent/Leader of the Year

Ms Susanna Chan, Sun Life Hong Kong

Lifetime Achievement

Dr Mary Chen Ming Li, AIA Singapore

InsurTech of the Year

GoalsMapper, Singapore

Bank Partner of the Year

Techcombank, Vietnam

Young Executive of the Year

Ms Sabrina Ong, AIA Financial Indonesia

Executive Champion of the Year

Mr Sara Lamsam, Muang Thai Life, Thailand

Insurance Company of the Year

AIA Singapore


The esteemed panel of judges comprises:

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

Mr Alpha Ho, Corporate Development Manager, Chartered Insurance Institute

Mr Andy Khoo, Managing Director, Talent Solutions International, LIMRA

Ms Anusha Thavarajah, Immediate Past President, Life Insurance Association of Malaysia & CEO, Life & Health, Allianz Asia Pacific

Mr Ben Tan, Managing Director, Great Eastern Singapore

Mr Benjamin Ang, Editor, Asia Advisers Network

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

Ms Charity Au, Chairman, Life Insurance Council, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers

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

Mr David Piesse, Chairman, IIS Ambassadors & Chief Risk Officer, Guardtime

Mr James Liu, President, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Taiwan & Chairman, PHEW Inc

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

Mr Jensen Siaw, Chief Motivational Speaker, Jensen Siaw International

Mr Joe Cheng, Chief Executive Officer, Group Agency Distribution, AIA Group

Ms Kathryn N. Reid, Vice President, Talent Solutions, LL Global

Mr Koh Hong Kwan, Head of Sales & Distribution Centre of Excellence, Asia Pacific, Allianz Taiwan Life

Mr Leong Sow Hoe, President, IFPAS & Senior Financial Services Director, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore

Mr Leopold Joseph O. Janer, President and Member of the Board of Trustees, The Professional Insurance and Financial Advisors Association of the Philippines

Mr Mark Tang, Immediate Past President, Financial Services Managers Association

Mr Michael S. Shin, Senior Vice President, RGA Hong Kong, Chief Executive Officer, RGA Korea & Chief Marketing Officer, RGA Asia

Ms Nusara (Assakul) Banyatpiyaphod, President, Thai Life Assurance Association & President, Ocean Life Insurance

Dr Olaf Kliesow, Immediate Past President, PLIA & Global Head of Rewards & Performance, Allianz SE

Mr Paul McNamara, Editor, Asia Insurance Review

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

Mr Richard Vargo, Managing Director, Bancassurance, DBS Bank

Ms Rizalina Mantaring, Chairman, Sun Life Financial Philippine Holding

Mr Rotha Chan, Chief Agency Officer, Manulife Cambodia

Mr Sara Lamsam, President and Chief Executive Officer, Muang Thai Life Assurance

Mr Stephen Appleyard, Chief of Distribution Hub, AXA Asia


The Awards are organised by Asia Insurance Review and Asia Advisers Network, with co-organiser LIMRA and strategic partner AIA.

Supporting organisations include: Chartered Insurance Institute, Financial Services Managers Association Singapore, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Taiwan, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore, International Insurance Society, Jensen Siaw International, Life Insurance Association of Malaysia, Life Insurance Association Singapore, LOMA, The Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong, PHEW, Philippine Life Insurance Association, The Professional Insurance and Financial Advisors Association of the Philippines, Singapore Insurance Institute, and Thai Life Assurance Association.


For more information on the awards, visit: https://www.asiaadvisersnetwork.com/Awards   



Mr Mohamad Hyqel
Awards Administrator