Welcome to the 2018-2019 issue of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association Newsletter
Letter from the President
by Tim Query, New Mexico State University
Many of you attended the APRIA Annual Conference in Singapore this past August. This meeting was a joint effort between the Insurance Risk and Finance Research Centre (IRFRC) & APRIA, with the theme of “A New Risk Management Industry in the Making.” As always, the plenary speakers and concurrent sessions offered numerous opportunities to learn and to share information. Old friends caught up at the meeting, and new friendships were forged.
The general focus for 2018-2019 is to build strength through community. Over the last few years, there has been a greater diversity of experience and expertise among presenters and meeting attendees than ever before. I feel this is a strength of APRIA, and by increasing our knowledge pool across disciplines, schools, and borders, we can benefit from and expand upon what others have already discovered.
One way to accomplish this is through an increase in Institutional Memberships. Institutional Members can be research institutes, insurance societies, and universities. However, we can and should broaden this group to include insurance companies and other corporations with interest in areas such as actuarial science, insurance, and risk management. If you have a contact or connection with someone involved with one of these entities, please reach out to them about becoming an Institutional Member. I am also willing to initiate this effort on your behalf if that would be preferable. I have prepared a letter for such a purpose that is available upon request.
— See you in Seoul!