Welcome note from Russell Higginbotham

2021 has been a difficult year to date, with signs of progress often being followed by reversals and frustration. At the time of writing however I see people and nations start to come to terms with the fact that we will all need to learn to live with COVID-19 and that strong vaccination programmes facilitate this. While this will take some time to work through the system and into our (new) normal way of thinking and living, I have a very positive feeling for 2022 and beyond.
The conversations we started in 2020 continue. The need to close protection gaps across Asia remains and become even more important. The emergence of a broad realisation around the impact of climate change and the need to have a very fundamental shift in our thinking has gathered real momentum and pace. The speed at which the discussion develops presents unique opportunities for the re/insurance industry to reflect on what lies ahead and to consider ways to bring about sustainable change. This means building the framework now to protect future generations – and it starts at home.

At Swiss Re, sustainability is part of our foundation. It's an area we continue to invest in and live by through our net zero commitments – we call this 'do our best, remove the rest'.  But it also extends to how we develop new insurance solutions that give consumers the confidence they need in these uncertain times – closing protection gaps across the region.

Our partnership with the Singapore Reinsurers' Association (SRA) for the 17th SIRC reinforces our commitment to building dialogue across the industry on these important topics. This dialogue is fundamental on the journey to creating change – using knowledge-sharing as way to collaboratively advance the re/insurance industry.

During SIRC this November, we have invited thought leaders, experts, and executives from across the globe to share their perspectives on the future of insurance, propelled by the pandemic, digitalisation and climate change.

As this year's SIRC theme 'Quo Vadis' poses the question 'Where are we going?', it also raises the challenge for us to take a forward-looking view into the future. Let's rise to the challenge together, seize the opportunities presented, and actively explore how we can join forces to transform and progress the Asia region.

To find out more, or register to join us at the 17th SIRC, click here.

I hope to (virtually) see you there!

Russell Higginbotham
CEO Reinsurance Asia & Regional President           
Swiss Re Asia