Don Kanak is the Chairman of Prudential Insurance Growth Markets, and the Chairman of Prudence Foundation, the community engagement arm of Prudential in Asia and Africa.
Don is based in Hong Kong and has lived and worked in Asia for over 30 years. From 2008 through 2015, Don served as Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia. From 2012 to November 2020, Don was Chairman of Eastspring Investments, the Asia investment organisation of Prudential plc. From 1992 to January 2006, Don served in a number of senior positions at American International Group (AIG), ultimately as AIG’s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his career in insurance and investment, Don was a partner of an international strategy consulting firm.
Don serves as Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, the primary voice for European businesses within the ASEAN region. He is Co-Chair of the Steering Group of the ASEAN Hub of the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership, a joint venture between the World Economic Forum and the OECD. In 2011-12, Don chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Insurance and Asset Management and currently is a member of the Forum’s Global Futures Council on SDG Investments.
Don is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a Director and Senior Fellow of the Program on International Financial Systems, which is affiliated with the Harvard Law School; a Trustee of WWF-Hong Kong; and a member of the National Council of WWF-U.S. He was also a member of the United Nations Global Environment Facility’s Technical Advisory Group on its 2014-2018 climate change mitigation strategy.
Don holds a J.D. with honours from Harvard Law School, an M.Litt in Management Studies from University of Oxford (U.K.), a B.A. with highest honors in economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations from the American College.