The second Swiss Life Network Asia Pacific Conference took place on November 10 in Mumbai, India. With around 100 participants involved, the event was significantly larger than in 2005, reflecting the success of the first Conference.
Focused on the employee benefits markets of the Asia Pacific region, the two-day event offered an opportunity for clients, brokers, consultants and Swiss Life Network Partners to study markets in more detail, gain updates on benefit solutions, and build and strengthen their personal networks.

The Conference was co-hosted by Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Limited, whose Managing Director, Mr. Gaurang Shah, officially opened the event and welcomed the participants together with Margrit Schmid, Head of Swiss Life Network. The busy agenda included informative presentations by multinational clients and representatives of Swiss Life Network Partners from seven countries in the Asia Pacific region, as well as from South Africa.

The benefits of working with an international Employee Benefits Network
Among the highlights of the Conference was the presentation by Mr. Roelof Kistemaker, Head of Employee Benefits at F. Hoffmann–La Roche, who described the multinational headquarters’ point of view, explaining why Roche uses multinational pooling, and sharing his experiences of working with the Swiss Life Network.

The local subsidiary’s viewpoint was presented by Mr. Rajan Surve, Head of Employee Benefits at Hindustan Lever, a subsidiary of Unilever in India, who also provided an excellent update on employee benefits in India.

Support for multinational subsidiaries in the Asia Pacific region
A major attraction of the Conference was the participation of Swiss Life Network Partners from Australia (Hannover Life Re of Australasia), China (Ping An Life Insurance), Japan (Meiji Yasuda Life), India (Kotak Mahindra), the Philippines (First Guarantee Life), South Africa (Momentum Life), Taiwan (Kuo Hua Life), and Thailand (Bangkok Life). In insightful speeches focused on employee benefits in their respective countries, Network Partner representatives explained the challenges and trends in the region, and described what they offer to local subsidiaries of multinational companies.

Positive feedback: request for future events
Feedback on the Conference was extremely positive, with all participants asking for the event to be repeated on a regular basis.