Category Archives: Networking

Joint Networking Evening: Trading Longevity Risk – hosted by PRMIA and The Actuarial Profession

When: 17th December 2012, 17:30 to 20:30

Where: Staple Inn Hall, London WC1V 7QJ

A helpful event where delegates gain a range of perspectives on the emerging markets for trading longevity risk.

Panellists will present their views on a number of issues such as: overview of the market and its economic function, key risks involved and challenges, emerging themes, the role of regulation and Solvency II and perspectives from risk sellers and buyers.

Speakers include:

  • Douglas Anderson, Hymans Robertson LLP
  • Pretty Sagoo, Deutsche Bank AG
  • David Epstein, Aviva
  • Emma McWilliam, Milliman

To book your place email

Call for speakers from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

If you would like to propose a session for one The Institutes residential conferences, we want to hear from you. Session proposals will be reviewed by the conference programme committee.  The more detail you can give about your proposed session, the more it will help the programme committee with the selection process.  Please see below for how to submit a proposal.

 The programme committee is looking for session proposals that offer:

 •new and relevant subject matter contributions from more than one company

 •practical experience presentations from working parties

 •contributions from practitioners in the products, distribution and customer area case studies

 •contributions from non-actuarial speakers

 •contributions from wider fields

 •dynamic and entertaining speakers

For more details, e-mail:

Invite to discussion on dimension reduction techniques and forecasting interest rates

A free talk for actuarials on the methods used when forecasting interest rates will take place at Staple Inn, London on Tuesday 17 July 2012 at 18:00. The talk will help to broaden understanding on the following topics by,

· providing an overview of the methods available and their possible uses.

· Highlight the importance of the many assumptions and choices to be made by the modeller

 · Discuss how a business’s assets and liabilities should be considered when constructing an interest rate model

 · Place such issues in the context of a Solvency II internal model, touching on issues relating to curve fitting and tail behaviour.

 Guests are invited to turn up on the night and are invited to enjoy a free drink at buffet at a nearby pub after the talk. Please contact 0207 632 1498 for more information.

A masterclass for actuarials on how to make an impact

Whether it’s for an atuarial job interview or a promotional oppertunity, you already know how important first impressions are.  But do you know how to maximise your chances of making that first impression a good one? Image and impact is critical as people subconsciously associate your visual impact with your abilities and values. This workshop session at Momentum conference 2011 was extremely popular and so we have decided to run it as a masterclass.

Course content

  • Enhance your professional image
  • Manage the perceptions others have of you
  • Personify your values through your non-verbal communication
  • Dress to impress

For more details and to book a place visit:

Actuarial recruitment – Argonauts Club Dinner.

It was another successful dinner at this months Argonauts Club and it was my pleasure to bring along guests Sandeep Varma, Samantha Hu and Richard Hartigan who reported to me that they all had an enjoyable evening.

We had two guest speakers; the first was Martin Shaw a partner of Midas Charity Appeal. He gave a thought-provoking talk on ‘Investing in charities a good idea or not?’ it is true that charities and their Guerrilla style tactics have earned them some bad press but we must take a step back and look at how we can support the sector. Martin made some interesting observations on this topic.

Our second speaker of the evening was Jane Curtis, the first lady President of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries with her talk, ‘Public affairs: the problem with keeping everyone happy.’ Both speakers were excellent, after the speeches everyone enjoyed after dinner drinks in the Court Dinning Room.

After such a great night we will all be looking forward to our next dinner on the 17th May at The Ivy.

To find out more information on joining the Argonauts Club contact Geraldine Kaye on 020 7397 620 or email and mark your e-mail ‘Argonauts’

Argonauts Dinner at Painters’ Hall

The first Argonauts Meeting of this year, with myself as chairman, was recently held at Painters’ Hall.

Painters' Hall

There were two speakers; the first, Andre Kerr, is an RAF pilot who is taking the actuarial exams as a hobby and he gave the most wonderful speech on ‘Supersonic Risk Management’. The highlight for me was when he told us about trying to get the Institute to approve his taking an exam whilst he was stationed in Afghanistan; knowing the enormous number of regulations regarding which calculator you can take into an exam, he was concerned about how they would react to the fact that he would need to keep his gun with him, in fact they provided no restrictions for him.

Our second speaker was Richard Cousins of PwC. He started his speech on ‘Working as a credit advisor’ by saying that Andrew was a hard act to follow, in this case this was a very true statement but he performed admirably.

After the dinner, more people stayed for longer for drinks than I have ever known at an Argonauts dinner before. All crowded around our guest speaker.

The next Argonauts meeting will be at Tallow Chandlers Hall and the final meeting of the year will be held at The Ivy. I’m only chair for a year but if it were up to me we would almost definitely use Painters Hall again next year.

For more information about joining The  Argonauts, contact Heath Mottram, the Honorary Secretary.

SAAX Group Event – “Ja, well, no, fine: Managing the transition to work and life in the UK”

GAAPS is sponsoring this evening’s SAAX Group Event for South African actuaries in the UK.

Dr Geraldine Kaye, MD of GAAPS will be introducing Professor Robert Bor who will provide a fascinating and entertaining perspective on managing the transition to work and life in the UK.

A prize will be presented for the best question asked and as always, the talk will be followed by good food, great South African wine and quality networking with fellow Southern Africans.

Full details can be found on the SAAX group website.

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