5th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards names 62 finalists from 11 markets

| 18 May 2020

A total of 62 finalists have been named for the 5th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards. The finalists emerged from 11 markets across the region - Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The awards recognise the best in life insurance and advisory across Asia. They have become highly sought-after marks of excellence because of the esteemed judging panel and independent judging process. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, there were some 250 nominations from 12 markets.

This year’s panel of 30 judges consists of CEOs, senior executives, industry leaders and experts. Finalists were shortlisted after the first round of remote judging where judges went through a 1,200-word write-up and supporting documents that accompanied each entry. In the second round of judging held virtually on 15 May 2020, judges deliberated and voted for their choice of winners by secret ballot for the 14 categories, including Executive Champion of the Year. The entire judging process was conducted under the watchful eyes of international audit firm EY.

Results are kept secret and will only be announced on Awards Night.

The 5th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards is organised by Asia Insurance Review and Asia Advisers Network, with LIMRA as co-organiser, and AIA as strategic partner. Mr Mark Tucker, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings, is Patron of the Awards.

Mr Sivam Subramaniam, Editor-in-Chief, Asia Insurance Review, said: “Congratulations to all finalists! I would also like to acknowledge the judges for their time and effort in giving so much attention to scrutinise each entry and being so committed to selecting the deserving winners who will have a real impact in promoting the future of insurance in society.”

Mr Benjamin Ang, Editor, Asia Advisers Network, said: “It is especially in a challenging time like this that we should shine the spotlight brightly on professionals and companies in the industry that go above and beyond for their clients in good times and bad. All the best and good luck to all finalists.”

The virtual Awards Night will be held on 27 July 2020. A virtual summit, “Insurance Inspired: Winning in the New Normal”, will be held on 28-30 July 2020. Visit www.AsiaAdvisersNetwork.com/awards or email lifeawards@asiainsurancereview.com for more information.    


The finalists are:

Insurance Agent of the Year 
  • Dato Irene Gan - Great Eastern Life Assurance (M) Berhad, Malaysia
  • Divya Tusnial - TATA AIA Life, India
  • Nattanan Songpeansub - AIA Thailand
  • Ody Chu - AIA Hong Kong
  • Tsai Wei-Man - Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan 
Financial Adviser of the Year 
  • James Yeow - Finexis Advisory, Singapore   
  • Nguyen Thi Kim Uyen - Manulife Vietnam
  • Prashanthi Velayudan - Union Assurance, Sri Lanka
  • Tran Thi Hoa - Manulife Vietnam
  • Wilfred Wong - AIA Financial Advisers, Singapore
Rookie Insurance Agent
of the Year
  • Elaine Chow - AIA Hong Kong
  • Joyce Chan - Prudential Assurance Co. Singapore
  • Keo Sochenda - AIA Cambodia
  • Yeung King Hung - AIA Hong Kong
  • Yu Zheng - AIA Hong Kong
Insurance Agency Leader
of the Year
  • Benny Chow - AIA Hong Kong
  • Dang Van Luc - Manulife Vietnam
  • Dato Eric Toh - Great Eastern Life Assurance (M) Berhad, Malaysia
  • Zhao Na - Allianz Life China
  • Zhao Yujie - Prudential Hong Kong
Rookie Insurance Agency Leader
of the Year
  • Kanpitcha Chatcharroenporn - Muang Thai Life
  • Lahiru Maduranga - Softlogic Insurance Sri Lanka
  • Le Trang Nhung - Manulife Vietnam
  • Liu Shiu-Min - Cathay Life Insurance Taiwan
  • Soung Sovannara - AIA Cambodia
Digital Agent / Agency Leader
of the Year
  • Kwanchanok Sikiwat - Allianz Ayudhya Thailand
  • Mongkol Lusamlit - AIA Thailand
  • Shaun Acasio - AIA Singapore
  • Tay Kah Lok - Finexis Advisory Singapore
  • Wave Chow Wing Kai - AIA Hong Kong
Inspirational Agent / Agency Leader
of the Year
  • Divya Tusnial - TATA AIA Life, India
  • Lien Ting-Wei - Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
  • Wong Ching Lih – AIA Bhd, Malaysia
  • Woo Pih Wah – AIA Bhd, Malaysia
  • Zhao Yi Jing - Allianz Life China
Lifetime Achievement
  • Lachman B. Balani - Sun Life Hong Kong
  • Liem Lie Sia - Allianz Life Indonesia
  • Teresa So - AIA Hong Kong
Bank Partner of the Year
  • Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
  • Nations Trust Bank, Sri Lanka
  • Saigon Commercial Bank, Vietnam
InsurTech of the Year
  • 360F
  • getArrange .com
  • Symbo
Digital Transformation
of the Year
  • AIA Bhd, Malaysia
  • Allianz Life Indonesia
  • Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
  • Manulife Vietnam
  • Taiwan Life Insurance 
Young Executive of the Year
  • Hsieh Chia-Hsuan - Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan
  • Jason Chou - Sun Life Hong Kong
  • Raymond Sim - Tokio Marine Life Singapore
Insurance Company of the Year
  • AIA Singapore
  • AIA Thailand
  • Fubon Life Insurance, Taiwan
  • Muang Thai Life Assurance, Thailand
  • Sun Life Hong Kong



The distinguished panel of judges comprises:

  • Ms Anusha Thavarajah, CEO, Life and Health, Allianz Asia Pacific
  • Mr Ben Tan, Managing Director, Regional Agency, FA and Bancassurance, Great Eastern Life Assurance
  • Mr Benedicto “Benedict” C Sison, President, Philippine Life Insurance Association & CEO, Sun Life Philippines
  • Mr Benjamin Ang, Editor, Asia Advisers Network
  • Mr Bosco Lau, Regional Managing Director, LIMRA and LOMA
  • Mr Bruce de Broize, Regional Head of Distribution, Asia, Generali
  • Mr Calvin Lee, President (2019/20), Financial Services Managers Association, Singapore & Financial Services Director, AXA Insurance
  • Mr Davey Lee, Vice President (Membership), The Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong & Senior Regional Director, Prudential Hong Kong
  • Mr Edward Moncreiffe, Deputy Chairman, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers
  • Ms Gina Birchall, Chief Operating Officer, LIMRA and LOMA
  • Mr James HC Liu, President, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Taiwan (IFPA) & 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 (SPEAK For Life Group)
  • Mr Jerome Matrundola, CEO, Life and Health, Asia Pacific, PartnerRe
  • Mr Joe Cheng, CEO, Group Agency Distribution, AIA Group
  • Mr Keith Richards, Managing Director of Engagement, The Chartered Insurance Institute & CEO, Personal Finance Society
  • Ms Laura Hoi, Zone Chair, South East Asia, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), Membership Communications Committee (MCC) & Private Wealth Consultant, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
  • Mr Leong Sow Hoe, Immediate Past President, IFPAS & Senior Financial Services Director, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
  • Mr Leopold Joseph O. Janer, President (2017-2019), and Member of the Board of Trustees, The Professional Insurance and Financial Advisors Association of the Philippines (PIFAAP)
  • Mr Mark O’Dell, CEO, Life Insurance Association of Malaysia
  • Mr Mark Saunders, Group Chief Strategy & Corporate Development Officer, AIA Group
  • Mr Paul McNamara, Editor, Asia Insurance Review
  • Mr Richard Vargo, Managing Director, Bancassurance, DBS Bank
  • Mr Rohit Nambiar, CEO, AXA AFFIN Life Insurance
  • Mr Rotha Chan, Chief Agency Officer, Manulife Cambodia
  • Mr Sara Lamsam, CEO, Muang Thai Life Assurance
  • Ms Shalini Pavithran, CEO, The Malaysian Insurance Institute & The ASEAN Insurance Research & Training Institute
  • Mr Shiv Maheshwari, Director and Head - Agency, Max Life Insurance
  • Mr Stephen Appleyard, Chief of Distribution Hub, AXA Asia
  • Ms Yvonne Tay, Head of Southeast Asia, Business Development, SCOR Global Life


Supporting organisations include Chartered Insurance Institute, Financial Services Managers Association Singapore, The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore, Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Taiwan, Jensen Siaw International, Life Insurance Association Singapore, LOMA, Million Dollar Round Table, The Malaysian Insurance Institute, Life Insurance Association of Malaysia, Professional Insurance and Financial Advisors Association of the Philippines, Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong, Phew, Philippine Life Insurance Association, and Singapore Insurance Institute.

For more information on the Awards, email lifeawards@asiainsurancereview.com


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