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GIRO Conference 2019

24-26 September 2019

About this event

GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 

The format of the event has changed this year and will be a 2.5 day Conference starting on Tuesday 24 September and finishing at the end of the day on Thursday 26 September. 

The Brian Hey Prize

Please consider submitting your research for the Brian Hey Prize.

The prize was established 20 years ago, and has served as a reminder, that research excellence is an indispensable ingredient to the success of the GI actuarial community.  Past winning papers were penned on an excitingly wide range of topics by a diverse set of authors, reflecting the multitude of challenges faced by the GI industry.

Yours could join them this year!

Please submit your paper to Niki Park ( by 11 July 2019.  They would be considered by the GIRTL Committee under the following five headings, and the winning entry would be announced at the GIRO Conference in September.

  1. Practical application for IFoA general insurance actuaries
  2. Technical content
  3. Innovative content
  4. Readability
  5. Wider appeal for other professionals

As for last year, the committee is not limiting “paper” to traditional prose documents, but would also consider presentation slides.


Keynote speakers confirmed

We are pleased to announce that we have the following keynote speakers at this years GIRO conference - 

David Saddington will be opening the conference on Tuesday 24 September

Influencing UK & international policy, fronting a pioneering climate media campaign that reached over 3 million people and giving a TEDx talk at London's O2 arena are just a few of David Saddington's achievements as a climate change activist since experiencing a stark introduction to the impacts of climate change as a thirteen year old.

As a climate change communicator David works to raise the profile of the issue through blogging for media outlets like the Huffington Post, writing book contributions and organising innovative large scale public awareness events in the centre of UK cities involving outdoor cinema, interactive science experiments and panel debates. He is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to engage the public and is currently exploring using Virtual Reality technology to tell the story of climate change.

After leading education reforms to get climate change on school curricula David has pursued his own academic work studying climate science and a broad range of climate impacts from the environmental to economic, security & health implications.

Now at 26 David continues to be a contemporary voice and advocate for climate change action, speaking to a range of audiences around the world - from United Nations Conferences to MTV. David speaks about the opportunities and challenges from tackling climate change from his experience consulting on the implementation of carbon and energy policies and on sustainability initiatives with multinational corporations. He always seeks out innovative ways to re-energise the conversation around this global challenge.

Naomi Sesay will be presenting on Wednesday 25 September


Graduating with a BA (Hons) in European Business Management, Naomi went onto work for MTV News as a Producer/Director and Presenter at the height of MTV Europe’s popularity. During her 15 years in television, Naomi also worked as one of the first Producers of Channel 4’s ‘Big Brother’.

Having spent 15 years in television, Naomi decided to make the switch from a career in broadcast media to becoming a successful property investor, mentor and trainer within the wealth creation arena.

Her journey has culminated in taking to the stage as an inspirational speaker, a thought leader and an entrepreneur who oozes a unique energy from the first moment you meet her.

Owner of the Billionaire Ladies Club, a growing global network of highly aspirational women looking to transform the world through entrepreneurship, Naomi has fascinated audiences with the essence of what really makes digital communications so powerful, why digital innovation is such an important tool of reconnection & identity and what every digital marketer needs to know before structuring a communication program.

It is therefore hardly surprising that so many people, especially women, have approached her for mentoring.

Currently, Naomi is the On Screen Diversity Executive with Channel 4. She has delivered training for an array of organisations including, BAFTA, ITN, ITV, BBC, Turner, Viacom, Primesight, Sky TV, Campaign Magazine and many more. She has also worked with Educational programs, schools, charities, Her Majesty’s Prison Services and corporate entities.

Dr Hannah Fry will be closing the conference on Thursday 26 September

Dr Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL where she studies patterns in human behaviour. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.

Her critically acclaimed BBC documentaries include Horizon: Diagnosis on Demand? The Computer Will See You Now, Britain’s Greatest Invention, City in the Sky (BBC Two), Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths, The Joy of Winning, The Joy of Data, Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic and Calculating Ada (BBC Four). She also co-presents The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry (BBC Radio 4) and The Maths of Life with Lauren Laverne (BBC Radio 6).

Hannah is the author of Hello World , The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas and The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation.


Registration Tue, 24/09/2019 - 13:30 - 14:30 Registration
Plenary session Tue, 24/09/2019 - 14:30 - 14:40 Chair's opening address
Plenary session Tue, 24/09/2019 - 14:40 - 14:55 Presidential Address
Plenary session Tue, 24/09/2019 - 14:55 - 15:55 Plenary 1: David Saddington
Transfer time Tue, 24/09/2019 - 15:55 - 16:05 Transfer time
Plenary session Tue, 24/09/2019 - 16:05 - 16:50 Plenary 2: Core Topics
Transfer time Tue, 24/09/2019 - 16:50 - 17:00 Transfer time
Plenary session Tue, 24/09/2019 - 17:00 - 17:45 Plenary 3: Core Topics
Refreshments Tue, 24/09/2019 - 17:45 - 23:00 Buffer dinner
Plenary session Wed, 25/09/2019 - 09:00 - 09:45 Plenary 4
Transfer time Wed, 25/09/2019 - 09:45 - 09:55 Transfer time
Workshop Wed, 25/09/2019 - 09:55 - 10:45 Workshop Session A
Refreshments Wed, 25/09/2019 - 10:45 - 11:15 Morning refreshments
Workshop Wed, 25/09/2019 - 11:15 - 12:05 Workshop Session B
Transfer time Wed, 25/09/2019 - 12:05 - 12:15 Transfer time
Workshop Wed, 25/09/2019 - 12:15 - 13:05 Workshop Session C
Refreshments Wed, 25/09/2019 - 13:05 - 14:15 Lunch
Plenary session Wed, 25/09/2019 - 14:15 - 15:15 Plenary 5: Naomi Sesay
Transfer time Wed, 25/09/2019 - 15:15 - 15:25 Transfer time
Workshop Wed, 25/09/2019 - 15:25 - 16:15 Workshop Session D
Refreshments Wed, 25/09/2019 - 16:15 - 16:50 Afternoon refreshments
Workshop Wed, 25/09/2019 - 16:50 - 17:40 Workshop Session E
Other Wed, 25/09/2019 - 17:40 - 19:30 Leisure time
Networking Wed, 25/09/2019 - 19:30 - 23:55 Drinks reception and Conference dinner
Workshop Thu, 26/09/2019 - 09:00 - 09:50 Workshop Session F
Transfer time Thu, 26/09/2019 - 09:50 - 10:00 Transfer time
Plenary session Thu, 26/09/2019 - 10:00 - 10:15 Hot Topic pitches
Refreshments Thu, 26/09/2019 - 10:15 - 10:45 Morning refreshments
Networking Thu, 26/09/2019 - 10:45 - 11:30 Hot Topics 1
Transfer time Thu, 26/09/2019 - 11:30 - 11:40 Transfer time
Workshop Thu, 26/09/2019 - 11:40 - 12:25 Hot Topics 2
Transfer time Thu, 26/09/2019 - 12:25 - 12:35 Transfer time
Plenary session Thu, 26/09/2019 - 12:35 - 13:35 Plenary 6: Dr Hannah Fry
Plenary session Thu, 26/09/2019 - 13:35 - 13:40 Closing remarks
Refreshments Thu, 26/09/2019 - 13:40 - 14:00 Lunch on the run
Plenary session Thu, 26/09/2019 - 14:00 - 15:00 Optional Professional Skills

Papers will be available to download nearer to the time.