AsianInvestor’s Institutional Investment Forum Thailand earlier this month brought together insurance firms, pension funds, family offices, banks and other investment experts to network and debate with their peers.

Around 100 industry executives gathered on October 10 at the JW Marriott hotel in Bangkok to hear presentations and panel discussions centred around global investment diversification.

Thai asset owners recognise the need to increase their overseas exposure even at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and volatility, in light of heightened economic and geopolitical turbulence.

Against this backdrop, Thananchai Sajjaporamest, head of research and corporate finance at Muang Thai Life, presented on how the insurer has invested more offshore and outsourced to external managers as its AUM has trebled in less than a decade.

Amid the rising global focus on ESG, Yingyong Nilasena, chief investment officer of Thailand’s Government Pension Fund spoke about his institution’s shift towards a more sustainable portfolio.

The theme of technology investment was also front and centre at the event. One expert panel flagged their concerns about the amount of capital pouring into startups from the likes of Japan’s SoftBank.

Other speakers included senior executives from Kasikorn Asset Management, Krung Thai Bank, MFS Asset Management and SCB Asset Management.

Click here to view the gallery of photos from the event.