The sheer speed and scale of Asia’s demographic transition will deprive the region of one of the main drivers of its past economic success.
Arup Kumar Chatterjee
Arup Chatterjee is Principal Financial Sector Specialist at the Asian Development Bank responsible for leading financial sector development initiatives and providing operational support in financial sector reform and development, regulatory and supervisory oversight architecture, insurance, pensions, financial inclusion, and Fintech. In addition, he has advised on disaster risk financing, agriculture insurance, health insurance, pensions and social security reforms, SME financing, and Takaful in Asian, African, and Latin American countries.
In his over three and half decades of work, he has traversed across insurance and reinsurance operations, financial sector policymaking, and regulations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
He has earlier served with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India, and the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
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