Board of APFinSA
The Board of APFinSA consists of six voting members, and the Chair of the ICSB, a non-voting member, who are elected by the council of member countries for a two-year term. The Board’s role is to set the strategic direction for APFinSA, to nurture and promote the role of the financial advice profession in improving the financial well-being of consumers, and to enhance the reputation of Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioners.
Mr. S. Kolandasamy, FChFP
Mr. S. Kolandasamy
Hailing from across the causeway, Mr S. Kolandasamy has an extensive list of awards under his name within the insurance industry. Despite graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he has taken a different career path and has not looked back since. Known as Mr SK Samy in the industry, he has 36 years of experience as a financial practitioner which has yielded an agency with an immensely high retention rate of 95 percent.
The Immediate Past President of National Association of Malaysian Life Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAMLIFA), Mr SK Samy has also attained numerous accolades such as qualifying for the Million Dollar Producers Club on four occasions, qualifying for the MDRT (USA) twice and achieving the Million Dollar Agency award 16 times. Mr SK Samy’s track record includes :
- Senior Group Sales Manager of Great Eastern Assurance & Life Takaful
- Past President of National Association of Life Insurance Field Force and Advisers
- Past President of Education, Welfare and Research Foundation of Malaysia
- AMTC Moderator for Malaysia Insurance Institute
- Associates Trainer for Great Eastern Assurance Life
- Lecturer of Malaysia Financial Planning Council
- Founder Chairman of Progressive Planners
- Speaker for Asia Pacific Life Insurance Council (APLIC)
Mr SK Samy has served in the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) in the following positions:
- Hon Secretary of APFinSA (2009-2011)
- Hon Secretary of APFinSA (2011-2013)
- Vice Chairman of APFinSA (2013-2015)
Mr SK Samy holds various designations such as MII.LUTCF. USA, FCLP, ChLP, FChFP, RFP and is a Million Dollar Producers Club Qualifier, and Million Dollar Rounc Table U.S.A Qualifier, Million Dollar Agency Qualifier, and Supremacy Awards Qualifier.
Mr. Samuel Lau
Mr. Samuel Lau
Samuel Lau joined the insurance industry in 1980. From his beginnings as a sales agent, Samuel worked his way to the top with his extraordinary performance, and became the Senior Regional Director of Fortis Insurance Company (Asia) Limited. In 2008, he was appointed as the Company Consultant. Being passionate in his career, Samuel is dedicated himself in serving the insurance industry by holding many positions in the insurance associations of Hong Kong.
Mr Samuel Lau was the former President of the Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong (LUAHK).
He has also served a variety of positions in social welfare and education field voluntary, such as the Director of ABM Hong Kong Swatow Baptist Church Community Service Association and the member of
Hong Kong Baptist University Foundation.
- Hon Treasurer of APFinSA (2011-2013)
- Hon Treasurer of APFinSA (2013-2015)
Mr. Matthew Kang
Mr Matthew Kang
Mr Matthew Kang is a Senior Director of Financial Service with Manulife (Singapore) Pte Ltd and has been with the Company for more than 22 years. He served as the President of the Insurance & Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore (IFPAS) for two terms in 1999 to 2001.
Apart from the financial industry, Matthew Kang is also very active in the community in Singapore. He is actively involved in the game of football and was once the Chairman of one of Singapore’s most successful professional football club. Matthew Kang is the Chairman of the 30,000-strong New Creation Church in Singapore.
Matthew holds a MBA in Strategic Wealth Management, the Chartered Wealth Management from AAFM, USA and the Certificate in Law (Estate Planning).
His involvement with APFinSA started from day one of the birth of the association and the followings are the records of his involvement:
- Member of Task force at the 1st APLIC Congress, 1991.
- Hon. Secretary of APFinSA (2001-2003)
- Chairman, CEO Panel at 11th APLIC Congress in Macau.
- Chairman, APFinSA Board of Inquiry (BOI) – 2011-2013.
- Hon. Secretary of APFinSA (2013-2015)
Asst. Honorary Secretary
Ms. Cecil de Mesa
Ms Cecil de Mesa
Ms. Maria Cecilia L. de Mesa also known as Ms. Cecil de Mesa, is a Cumlaude graduate of Bachelor in Accountancy and was an auditor before joining Cocolife as agent. She has been in the insurance industry for 25 years. She started working in Cocolife as Licensed Life Account Consultant in 1990, then appointed as Unit Manager in 1993, and subsequently promoted as Agency Sales Director 1997. Cecil is a consistent awardee since she joined Cocolife.
She is very active serving the industry. She served the Life Underwriters Association of the Philippines executive committee board for eight years and she became its President in 2014. She was the APLIC Secretariat Chair in 2013 when the Philippines hosted it. She gained respect for her dedication and commitment not only in the National Capital Region, but nationwide when she started to revive the different chapters of LUAP. Due to her persistent push, Cecil managed to persuade the LUAP Board to offer the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner (FChFP) designation in the Philippines, accounting for more than 100 graduates in 2015.
Aside from LUAP, Cecil also worked as Million Dollar Round Table Membership Communication Committee Zone 14 Local Chair from 2006 – 2014.
She is also involved in community services like Medical/Dental/ and Optical Mission, Scholarship Program, Feeding Programs, Consultancy for the Single Moms, and Care for the Orphans and Aged individuals. She formed the Heart of Joy Foundation, Inc., because of her passion to reach out and touch the lives of the needy, and actively helping in calamity stricken areas
Mr. Banyong Witayaweerasak
Mr Banyong Witayaweerasak
Mr Banyong Witayaweerasak has a wealth of experience in the financial industry and has worked in the insurance field for more than 25 years. He is actively involved in many social activities and projects serving the community in Thailand. After graduating from the faculty of Pharmacy, Banyong Witayaweerasak worked as a volunteer in public health for a year before joining AIA in 1986.
Mr Banyong was in the Committee of a public company, Community Pharmacy Public Company Limited, for more than 10 years. He has been invited to serve in Education working groups from both the office of Insurance Commission and Thai Life Assurance Association. Mr Banyong is a business columnist for a leading business newspaper in Thailand. He has written many articles about financial and business issues for the past 20 years and he is the author of a pocket book named “Financial Fraud”.
He was the President of Thai Association of Insurance and Financial Advisor (THAIFA) during 2009-2011. In his term, he revitalized the FChFP course which is now very popular among Thai insurance agents. Currently, Mr Banyong is the advisor to THAIFA Board. He also serves as a committee member of the International Certification and Standard Board (also referred to as the “ICSB”) which is a key standing committee of APFinSA, governing the FChFP curriculum.
Mr Banyong holds 2 designations, FChFP and RFC. He was the founder of “ThaiFinancialAdvisor.com” which is the very first financial planning web site in Thailand. He has worked in Insurance field for more than 25 years. At present, Mr Banyong is a District Manager in AIA (Thailand).
Immediate Past Chairman
Mr. Edmund Wee
Mr Edmund Wee
Edmund Wee continues to display passion and zeal in helping his clients find the best possible solutions to their financial needs. Edmund’s impressive industry track record similarly reflects his positive attitude to his line of work. Not only was Edmund an MDRT member from 2000 to 2003, he also served as President of the Insurance Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore (IFPAS) during the same period in 2002 to 2003 and a second time from 2006 to 2007. Since Edmund was elected as President, he has managed to boost the membership of the organization by a significant 10 percent.
He has served in the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) in the following positions:
- Vice Chairman of 13th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (APLIC), Singapore 2011.
- Hon Treasurer of APFinSA (2009-2011)
- Vice Chairman of APFinSA (2011-2013)
- Chairman of APFinSA (2013-2015)
Mr. Paul Chan, FChFP
Mr Paul Chan
Paul Chan is the Chairman of ICSB and has been a member of ICSB since 2009. He has served IFPAS since 1999, first as a sub-committee member, then as a Vice President and in 2004/2005 was the President of IFPAS.
He holds the Chartered Life Underwriter CLU professional designation and is a Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner FChFP. He also holds an MBA qualification. Professionally he is a Director, Financial Services at Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd, Singapore, managing an agency of 30 associates.
He teaches in the FChFP and other agency management programs in Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. He has been in the financial services industry since the late 80s and has achieved MDRT qualifications a number of times.
International Certification & Standards Board
The International Certification and Standards Board (ICSB) is a key standing committee of APFinSA and governs the professional certifications and education pathways of the association.
Mr. Paul Chan
Mr. Banyong Witayaweerasak
Mr. Nick Hakes
Nick Hakes is the General Manager, Member Services, Partnerships & Campus AFA. He is responsible for the delivery of high-value services to AFA Members, licensees and corporate partners, and all activities of Campus AFA. Nick is also accountable for the curation of the AFA’s professional development curriculum.
Nick has been responsible for the growth of the AFA’s Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation and is a member of the International Certification & Standards Board of the Asia Pacific Financial Services Association.
Nick works with the AFA community of members, advisers, licensee and partners, to promote the investment in education as the foundation for a sustainable and profitable advice profession.
Nick is a Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner, holds a B. Com, B.A in Chinese, and an ADFP. He is contemplating taking the plunge on an MBA.
He makes his own wine which is more labour intensive than buying it, and sometimes not as good.
Mr. Jeff Wong
Mr. Jeff Wong graduated in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He majored in Accounting and received the degree of BBA. At the same year, he joined the Prudential Assurance Company Limited and now is the Agency Director. Jeff has also attained various recognitions including those international awards as well as his unrivalled business performance.
Jeff is dedicated to providing his services to the insurance industry. He is a member of Healthcare Reform Committee, HKSAR, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Appeal Board & Insurance Agents Registration Board. He had been the 2013 President of The Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong, 2003-2004 President of GAMAHK and the Chairman of International Insurance & Finance Congress 2008.