I grew up in Malaysia, went to university in Australia, and went on to work in Singapore, Malaysia, San Francisco, New York, and Hong Kong. I joined Milliman in the United States with the intention of learning as much as I could about the healthcare industry and bringing that knowledge back to Milliman's practices in Asia.
It's an exciting time to be working in China. The pace of change is breathtaking. The actuarial world in China is changing a lot, too, because many Chinese actuaries who left to work elsewhere are now returning to work in their home country and our profession is attracting a lot of local talent. The hunger for growth here is simply amazing.
The staff in Milliman's Hong Kong office is like a family. We get along really well and we look out for one another. It's a great working atmosphere.
When I came to Milliman, the breadth and depth of experience here amazed me. Everyone is specialized in something different, from health insurance for children to healthcare delivery best practices, auto insurance predictive modeling, and medical malpractice insurance. It feels great to know that, if I don't know the answer to something, I can pick up the phone and call someone who does.
Milliman's professionalism is highly commendable. I've seen Milliman consultants turn down huge projects because of perceived conflicts of interest that could be easily rationalized away.
One of my goals is to increase the amount of work we do for governments on healthcare issues. Milliman is already doing a lot in this area, consulting to the Hong Kong and Singapore governments. In addition to providing sustainable financing solutions, it's also gratifying to see our work making a difference at a national level.
I got the opportunity to travel to Outer Mongolia to hunt for fossils. One of the Milliman partners, David Mirkin, is an amateur paleontologist who has a long history with the Raymond A. Alf Museum of Paleontology in California. I've known David since my time in the New York office. David invited me to join a field trip to Mongolia. Once we got there and began exploring, I saw something sticking out of the side of a hill and investigated. It turned out to be the claws of a Tarbosaurus—the Mongolian version of a T. Rex. We took a GPS reading and then re-covered the fossils so that Mongolian paleontologists could find it and properly excavate it. I hope to go back some day and see the whole fossil uncovered.
My wife and I try to take a couple of adventurous trips every year. We've been to Machu Picchu in Peru, to the Arctic Circle, and last year we spent several days at a beautiful desert oasis while traveling through Egypt and Jordan.
What do I do when I'm not in the office? Tennis, tennis, tennis. I also play the classical guitar and pretend to play the jazz trumpet. My father was a violinist in the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, so music runs in the family. My mother was a ballerina with the Royal Academy of Dance in London-- no comments on whether that runs in the family!