RGA Leaders Of Tomorrow 2023 Award Winners Announced: Recipients Spotlight Leadership, Sustainable Investment and the Protection Gap

NEW YORK--()--The International Insurance Society (IIS) has named Felicia Er of MSIG Asia the RGA Leaders of Tomorrow 2023 award winner for her original research Empathetic Leadership. The paper is an in-depth exploration of the path to gender diversity in the corporate landscape. Honorable mentions include Joyce Liow of Milliman for her paper Embracing Sustainable Investment and Joseph Strathman of Transamerica for Closing the Need Gap: Connecting with the Underserved Population Segments.

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), a leading global life and health reinsurer, is a 2023 Global Insurance Forum Gold Partner and the sponsor of the RGA Leaders of Tomorrow. The program is designed to support and motivate insurance professionals who have demonstrated executive leadership potential. Participants work with senior executive mentors to examine strategic issues, explore opportunities for deeper engagement across core business functions, and expand global peer connections.

"Developing future leaders is a key focus across the global insurance industry, so it is our responsibility to invest in talent," said Josh Landau, president of IIS. He added, "Recognizing this as a priority for our entire industry, we’re proud to partner with RGA on the RGA Leaders of Tomorrow program, which nurtures and distinguishes those who have been identified as the industry’s most promising professionals."

Since its inception in 2015, the RGA Leaders of Tomorrow program has included a total of 76 candidates from 16 countries. As part of the program, mentees present original papers during a closed session of top tier global insurance executives who serve as mentors for the program. The papers, covering a range of critical industry issues, are published by the IIS and can be accessed here. This year, the 2023 RGA Leaders of Tomorrow honored candidates, Felicia Er, Joyce Liow and Joseph Strathman, will present at the Global Insurance Forum in Singapore, Nov. 5-7. For more information on the Global Insurance Forum or to register, visit https://www.theglobalinsuranceforum.org.

The participants of the RGA Leaders of Tomorrow program represent the industry’s finest talent. This includes a c-suite body of mentors from leading insurance organizations. The mentees are considered rising stars who are poised to lead the industry into the future. Biographical details on the 2023 class are available here.

RGA Leaders of Tomorrow Class of 2023:









Nagib Amara
Head of Inforce Management

AXA Group


Tim Rozar
SVP, Chief of Staff



Steve Cramer
SVP, Chief Product Officer - Retirement Division
Protective Life


Ken Mungan





Felicia Er
Chief Risk Officer


Andrew YK Wong
Chief Health Officer





Mi Young Kim

Kyobo Life Insurance


R.M. Vishakha
Managing Director & CEO

IndiaFirst Life Insurance Co.


Joyce Liow
Internal Audit Manager, Governance & Risk Management Group

Milliman Financial Risk Management LLC


Carolina Gonzalez Martín del Rio
Technical Deputy Director Civil Liability



David Lipovics
Vice President, U.S. Pension Risk Solutions
Global Financial Solutions, North America



Anthony Saia
Individual Solutions, Office of the COO, Chief of Staff



Rianne Patel
Divisonal Director, Asia Pacfiic

Gallagher Re


Alfred Beil
Group Chief Medical Officer, Head of Underwriting & Claims

AXA Group

Guadalupe Ramos Rodríguez
Financial Consultant



James Vickers

Gallagher Re


Joseph Strathman
Manager, Business Transformation



Steven G. Walker
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Protective Life


Poonam Tandon
Chief Investment Officer

IndiaFirst Life Insurance Co.


Wole Oshin
Group Managing Director

Custodian Investments Plc


Oluremi Owolabi Fadi
Team Lead, Oil & Gas and Financial Institutions

Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited


John Spence
Managing Director
Asian Capital Advisory




Kumjoo Huh
Strategic Consultant
Kyobo Life Insurance

About International Insurance Society: IIS is a diverse and inclusive platform for all stakeholders of the global insurance and risk management community, providing knowledge, research, thought leadership and connectivity to support the betterment of society. Founded in 1965, IIS is a global not-for-profit organization that serves as a neutral platform for active collaboration and examination of issues that shape the future of the insurance industry. IIS is an affiliate of The Institutes.

About the Pacific Insurance Conference: The Pacific Insurance Conference is one of the world’s premier insurance conferences for industry executives, providing an opportunity for Pacific Rim-based domestic and multinational insurers to exchange information and gain insight into issues concerning future business and economic development. PIC is an affiliate of The Institutes.

About The Institutes: The Institutes are a global not-for-profit comprised of diverse affiliates that educate, elevate, and connect people in the essential disciplines of risk management and insurance. Through products and services offered by The Institutes’ nearly 20 affiliated business units, people and organizations are empowered to help those in need with a focus on understanding, predicting, and preventing losses to create a more resilient world.

About RGA

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (NYSE: RGA) is a global industry leader specializing in life and health reinsurance and financial solutions that help clients effectively manage risk and optimize capital. Founded in 1973, RGA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023. Over the past five decades, RGA has become one of the world’s largest and most respected reinsurers and is listed among Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies. The global organization is guided by a fundamental purpose: to make financial protection accessible to all. RGA is widely recognized for superior risk management and underwriting expertise, innovative product design, and dedicated client focus. RGA serves clients and partners in key markets around the world and has approximately $3.5 trillion of life reinsurance in force and assets of $89.0 billion as of June 30, 2023. To learn more about RGA and its businesses, visit www.rgare.com. Follow RGA on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Colleen McKenna Tucker
Executive Director, International Insurance Society
+1 212 277 5164

Release Summary

The International Insurance Society (IIS) has named Felicia Er of MSIG Asia the RGA Leaders of Tomorrow 2023 award winner.


Colleen McKenna Tucker
Executive Director, International Insurance Society
+1 212 277 5164