AsianInvestor hosted its ninth annual Korea Institutional Investor Forum at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul on September 8. The event was attended by asset owners, asset managers and service providers.

The opening address was delivered by Hong Wang Sun, chief investment officer of NPS, who delivered an impassioned speech about wanting external asset management support as he forecast the public pension fund would double in size in the next seven years, as reported.

There followed presentations from Niall Quinn of Eaton Vance Management (international); Pilar Gomez-Bravo of MFS Investment Management; and Meredith Birdsall of Pioneer Investments.

In a panel discussion, Gomez-Bravo and Birdsall joined Keith Patton of BMO Global Asset Management and Michel Ho of NN Investment Partners to debate global fixed income solutions in a low-yield world.

Andrew Shin of Towers Watson subsequently hosted an asset owner discussion on external manager selection, review and oversight featuring Choi Young Gwon of GEPS, Park Min Ho of Teachers' Pension, Cho Sung Sik of Mirae Asset Life Insurance and Kang Sung-Seog of KTCU, as reported.

Jack Chang of Ping An of China Asset Management (Hong Kong) and Yeo Ik Hwan then debated investment opportunities in China, while Akhilesh Tilotia of Kotak Group gave a presentation on Modinomics and Peter Douglas of CAIA Singapore spoke about alternative investment trends.

The final panel session featured Korean asset owners talking about their strategies for developing sustainable alternative investment capabilities. On stage were Kevin Hur of Hanwha Life, Suh Jungdoo of Kimco, Jerry Yeo of Dongbu Fire Insurance and Kim Jimwoo of MMAA.

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