Welcome note

Russell Higginbotham, CEO Reinsurance Asia & Regional President, Swiss Re Asia

No one expected 2020 to turn out the way it did. While we have long anticipated a pandemic, the extent of the impact is not something we could have predicted – economies, businesses, and lives across the world have been significantly disrupted. As we move forward, we can expect to experience recession, unemployment, and see massive changes to working and living patterns.

We need to find ways to adapt to these changes and live in this “new normal” world. Life must go on and more can be achieved if we join forces. It is with this mindset that we are partnering Singapore Reinsurers' Association to co-host this year's SIRC 2020 Re-Mind virtual event. As the theme suggests, it is time to think about and discuss what the post-COVID world will look like. More importantly, we need to explore how we can transform together to continue the growth and development in Asia that we strongly believe in.

There is so much to look forward to – we have lined up two exclusive sessions for our valued clients and partners on 27 and 29 October before SIRC 2020 Re-Mind kicks off on 2 to 5 November 2020. We have also invited leaders and experts from around the world to come together during SIRC 2020 at the plenary sessions hosted by Swiss Re, to discuss a wide range of re/insurance topics. We'll be sharing thoughts and ideas on the digitalisation of insurance accelerated by COVID, discuss what can be done to de-risk global supply chains in a time of disruption, and debate on how we can better manage climate risks. We fully expect the sessions to be mind-opening, lively and engaging.

The time to work together to lead the industry's on-going and accelerating transformation is now, especially as we enter this phase where our landscape is rapidly changing. If you would like to join us at some, or all, of these events, please register now. More details can be found here.

I hope you are as excited as I am to (virtually) meet again. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our sessions during the SIRC 2020 Re-Mind event, so that we can discuss how we can join forces to Transform Tomorrow Together.

Russell Higginbotham
CEO Reinsurance Asia & Regional President
Swiss Re Asia