AIP LIVE Special – Investing in times of COVID-19


Theresa is the founder of the Asia InsurTech Podcast and a Thought Leader on innovation in insurance in Asia. She has worked for ten years for leading multinational insurers in Europe and Asia before turning to management consulting and venture building with the goal of transforming the insurance industry and helping shape its future in the region.

Michael Waitze worked in Global Finance for more than 20 years, employed by firms like Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, primarily in Tokyo.  Michael lived and worked in Tokyo from February 1990 until December 2011.  Michael always maintained a particular focus on how technology could be used to make businesses more efficient and to drive P/L growth. Michael is a leader in the digital media space, building one of the biggest and fastest-growing podcast listener bases in the region.  His show has listeners in more than 170 countries and his company, Michael Waitze Media produces some of Asia’s most popular podcasts.

Chang Li

Chang joined Plug and Play in 2018 after a career in one of major Japanese life insurers through work experience in investment investigation, cross-border M&A and profit management. Chang is supporting both Insurtech startups growth and insurers innovation currently.

Pat is an Investment Manager at 500 TukTuks - a micro-fund focused on promising seed-stage startups in Thailand and Southeast Asia. We empower startups with the best of Silicon Valley’s education, thinking, talent to provide unfair advantage in the local market.

Early-stage venture investor in India and South East Asia with Leo Capital. Focused on Digital Health, Insurtech and Fintech. Adviser on open innovation to Fortune 500 companies. Speaker on AI, innovation, digital health and insurtech. Previously, Shwetank headed open innovation at MetLife Asia, where he created and led (Collab) - a platform for matching best of class technology (AI, VR/AR, Blockchain etc.) startups to the right problem statement in the enterprise and bringing culture change to the main enterprise. Prior to joining MetLife, Shwetank was a serial entrepreneur in healthcare and education in India. He was nominated to the primary care task force of the Government of India and worked with the Gates Foundation to re-imagine primary care in Uttar Pradesh, India. Shwetank started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the United Kingdom. Shwetank is a qualified chartered accountant (UK). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Nottingham, where he was a Foreign and Commonwealth Office scholar.

Alvin joined AC Ventures with a background in finance and research. Prior to ACV, he was a management associate in Citibank with experience in risk management and product management. Previously he was a research assistant in UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he led survey team for various researches on Indonesia banking industries. Alvin graduated from University of California Los Angeles, obtaining a Bachelors degree in Business Economics. During his studies, he was a board member in Indonesian Bruins Student Association

The world is experiencing a global pandemic. What is the impact of COVID-19 on InsurTech investment? After a record-breaking 2019, this year might experience a slow-down in investment or is the pandemic a catalyst for InsurTech development? What types of InsurTechs are investable in times of a global pandemic?

In our AIP LIVE special on Monday, 4th May we discussed Investing in InsurTech with Chang Li, Director Plug and Play Japan, Pat Naranpat Thitipattakul, Investment Manager at 500 Startus, Shwetank Verma, Co-founder Leo.Capital and Alvin Cahyadi, Senior Investment Associate at AC Ventures.

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