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Steven Bell

Steven Bell is BMO Global Asset Management EMEA’s Chief Economist and Global Macro fund manager

Steven joined BMO after seven years running a successful Global Macro hedge fund at GLC Ltd.. Before that, he spent 20 years at Deutsche Bank and predecessor companies as Global Chief Economist.

Steven has economics degrees from the London School of Economics and Stanford University and started his career as an Economic Adviser at the UK Treasury. He appears regularly on TV and radio and has written numerous articles and books on finance and economics. 

Steven Bell

Nicholas Bonello

Nicholas Bonello is a capital actuary with Tokio Marine Kiln. Prior to starting an actuarial career, Nicholas was carrying out research on a number of diverse areas including wireless communications, microeconomics and statistical genetics.

Nicholas Bonello

Philip Brown

Philip Brown has worked in financial services for over 28 years, with most of his experience focused on pensions and retirement income products. During this time he has worked as a Senior Policy Associate on high level projects at the Financial Services Authority, as well as being the Head of Customer Services and Technical Administration, managing the vesting process for a large back book of varied pension and life products.  Most recently he has been with LV= for over 4 years and is currently Head of Policy.

Philip has been an active member of a number of industry trade bodies over the years including: the ABI Retirement and Savings Committee; the Chair of the ILAG Savings Strategy Group; a Founder member of and a Management Board Member of PICA; the Chair of the Options Steering Board; a member of the Money Advice Service Independent Review Panel; Chair of the Retirement Planning Financial Capability Strategy Steering Group, as well as a member of the ABI Retirement Market Working Group.

Philip Brown

Martin Burke

Martin Burke serves as a Director and Chief Risk Officer of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Underwriting at Lloyd’s, a Lloyd’s Managing Agency, and additionally serves as CRO for MSIG Holdings (Europe) Ltd. Martin is also a non-Executive member of the Actuarial Council of the Financial Reporting Council. Martin has always worked in the Lloyd’s and London Market, having previously worked in Catlin Group’s Enterprise Risk Management team, served as Head of UK Reporting and the Catlin Syndicate’s Finance Director. Prior to the merger of Catlin and Wellington Underwriting, Martin held a number of actuarial roles at Wellington, having initially undertaken his actuarial training with Commercial Union. Martin read Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at Heriot-Watt University and qualified as an actuary in 2001, he is also a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary.

Martin Burke

Michelle Cracknell

Michelle Cracknell was appointed as Chief Executive of the Pensions Advisory Service in 2013. She started her career as a pensions consultant, qualifying as a Pensions Actuary in 1997. Her work involved giving advice to companies on their pension arrangements. In 2007, she joined Skandia as the Strategy Director followed by a period as a consultant specialising in pensions. Her key desire has been to make pensions more accessible in order that people can be comfortable to make proper provision for their retirement.

Michelle Cracknell

Paul Craven

Paul Craven is a coach and consultant in the area of behavioural economics. His insights into how and why people make decisions allow Paul to talk on everything from markets to marketing. Paul is particularly interested by the common behavioural traits seen in financial market bubbles, and his talks are full of historical examples and stories going back to “Tulipmania” in the 17th century up to the present day. One of his main themes is that people are not always as rational as they would like to think they are – and psychology is the key that unlocks the secret to improved chances of success in business.

Paul has developed his expertise over 27 years’ experience in the pensions industry, in both portfolio investment, business development and coaching roles. He retired from Goldman Sachs at the end of 2013 after six years with the firm, latterly as the Head of Institutional Business for Europe. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Paul worked at PIMCO Europe Ltd for four years, where he was head of UK Business Development. Previously, he spent seventeen years at Schroders as a portfolio manager and later as head of UK Institutional Sales.

Paul Craven

Dr. Aubrey de Grey

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. 

Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations. He is a highly sought-after speaker who gives 40-50 invited talks per year at scientific conferences, universities, companies in areas ranging from pharma to life insurance, and to the public.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey

Ashok Gupta

Ashok Gupta divides his time between directorships and entrepreneurial activities. He chairs AA Insurance Services and eValue Investment Solutions. He is also an non-executive director of New Ireland Assurance, a JP Morgan Investment Trust, the Ethical Journalism Network and is a member of the FRC Codes and Standards Committee and Actuarial Council. He was recently joint deputy chair of a Bank of England Working Group on Procyclicality. He was formerly Chairman of Skandia UK, a Founder of the Phoenix Group, an NED of the Pensions Regulator and J Rothschild Assurance plc (now St James Place Capital). His executive career has included Group Strategy Director at CGU (now Aviva), FD & Actuary of Scottish Amicable and a Principal of Towers Perrin.

Ashok Gupta

Justin Hughes

Justin Hughes is Managing Director of Mission Excellence, an organisational performance consultancy focused on improving clients' execution – closing the gap between what gets talked about and planned, and what gets delivered. Methodology is based on consultants’ personal experience of delivering results in complex high-pressure environments. Interventions are delivered in 2 main areas: Operational Excellence and Risk and Safety Management. 

Justin built Mission Excellence from a zero base, managing both business growth and overseeing the development and delivery of consultancy and training services for clients throughout Europe, the Middle and Far East and Africa.

Justin Hughes

Trevor Llanwarne

Trevor Llanwarne has worked most recently as Government Actuary and before then at PwC, Sun Life and Pointon York.

Over the years, Trevor has concentrated on pensions but working as Government Actuary has given him senior level experience of life, health and general insurance as well. Trevor has been involved in risk management for over 30 years with a wealth of experience gained as a partner at PwC for over 15 years. In recent years, he has been working to help government deliver strategic effective and efficient risk management in government

Trevor Llanwarne

Jo Lo

Jo Lo heads the actuarial R&D work in Aspen Re, which takes him into a variety of actuarial, risk and cat risk activities.  Parallel to his internal role, he is an enthusiastic supporter of research in the profession and is currently serving as a member of the IFoA’s GIRO committee.

Jo Lo

Peter Naylor

Peter Naylor has over 30 years’ experience in delivering consultancy, service and research projects to the upstream oil and gas industry.  He is a Subject Matter Expert in Decision Risk Analysis and helps managers to make complex decisions, taking full account of both uncertainty and diverse stakeholder objectives.  He also has an extensive track record in Project Risk Management and helps managers to achieve their objectives on time and within budget.  He has worked within integrated teams on a wide range of projects including oil & gas field appraisal and development strategies, refurbishment of large scale processing facilities and asset integrity management.  Previously, Pete was the manager of a Special Core Analysis Laboratory, which featured reservoir condition in-situ saturation measurements.

Prior to working in the oil and gas industry, he was responsible for research into large-scale steam explosions in support of the civil nuclear power program

Peter Naylor

 

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  • TIGI 2019 (Technical Issues in General Insurance)

    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE
    25-26 April 2019
    Spaces available

    This General Insurance CPD offering has been changed from former years of individual one day seminars to include individual sessions for IFRS 17, Pricing, Capital Modelling and Reserving over a two-day event  packaged as Technical Issues in General Insurance, providing attendees with a varied program . The event is suitable for anyone who works, or are interested, in these areas.

  • Fully booked.

    Data Visualisation helps to communicate information clearly and effectively through graphical means.  This talk will showcase some visualisations that the working party has found useful for common actuarial situations.  The event is now full, however if you would like to join a waiting list, please email Barry_shannon@standardlife.com

  • Francophone Actuaries Meeting 2019

    Aviva, Saint Helen's, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ, UK
    2 May 2019

    Spaces available

    L'Institut des Actuaires and French actuaries in the UK, partnered with Aviva, are delighted to be hosting their annual "l'afterwork" event for French speaking actuaries in the UK. The event will mix French and English interventions.

    Register via this link to be added to the guest list:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rencontre-annuelle-des-actuaires-francophones-londres-tickets-59758941603

     

     

  • Spaces available

    CPD

    CPD
    1.00 hours

    The CMI SAPS Mortality Committee and Mortality Projections Committee will be holding a joint webinar, aimed primarily at pension scheme trustees, describing considerations relating to setting longevity assumptions in 2019.

  • SIAS EVENT - Hurricane Clustering: A New Reality?

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    7 May 2019

    Spaces available

    The 2017 North Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active on record. We saw multiple hurricanes coming close together causing significant damage and human loss. The talk discusses whether 2017 was an exceptional year or indicative of what we expect to see in the near future, and the implications for (re)insurers.

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2019, Chengdu

    Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden, Poly Park 198, No. 1980 ShuLong Avenue,Xindu District, Chengdu
    09-10 May 2019
    Spaces available

    IfoA Logo for eventsOffering a diverse selection of plenary sessions and cross-practice workshops, the annual Asia Conference is the perfect opportunity to discover and discuss current and developing actuarial topics in Asia, whilst providing excellent opportunity to grow your network of contacts.

  • DAG event - Can we overcome unconscious bias?

    KPMG LLP  Saltire Court,  20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    9 May 2019

    Spaces available

    This session will examine our biases, look at what it feels like to be an outsider and give attendees practical tools and actions we can all take to support and grow diversity and inclusion, within the profession. This session is also designed to meet the objectives of the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training for experienced members.

  • KSS event – IQ+EQ = Future Success

    Royal London, 1 Thistle Street, Edinburgh
    14 May 2019

    Spaces available

    In this interactive session, our facilitators, Russell Borland and Thomas Chalmers, Partners of UK-based coaching consulting firm, Leading Figures, will explore how we can enhance our EQ to make the most of our IQ. They will introduce an Emotional Intelligence framework developed by psychologist Daniel Goleman and provide participants with an opportunity to personally assess their own Emotional Intelligence.  To register please email Caitlin.stronach@royallondon.com

  • CILA 2019

    30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
    14 May 2019

    Spaces available

    CILA is one of the pre-eminent events in the annual Life calendar. It is aimed at practicing life actuaries from life offices, consulting firms and other employers of actuaries. It will also be of interest to all those who work in or advise on, the life assurance market in the UK and Europe.

  • KSS event – Bulk Annuity Market Update

    Willis Towers Watson 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA
    15 May 2019

    Fully booked.

    This KSS talk will give a bulk annuity market update over 2018 and for 2019 and beyond.  The presenters will also consider bulk annuity options as part of pension scheme de-risking strategies, and how pension schemes can best prepare when requesting a quote in order to achieve a favourable outcome. Please note this event is now full, however, if you wish to join a waiting list, please email Dawn.Neil@willistowerswatson.com.

  • KSS event – Bulk Annuity Market Update

    Willis Towers Watson 2 West Regent Street Glasgow G2 1RW
    16 May 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk will give a bulk annuity market update over 2018 and for 2019 and beyond. The presenters will also consider bulk annuity options as part of pension scheme de-risking strategies, and how pension schemes can best prepare when requesting a quote in order to achieve a favourable outcome. To book a place please email Dawn.Neil@willistowerswatson.com

  • How to protect SMEs from Cyber Attacks

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ.  
    16 May 2019

    Spaces available

    The aim of this interdisciplinary symposium is to gain understanding and awareness of UK private SMEs about their insurance need as a part of cyber risk management and mitigation strategies.

  • Risk and Investment Conference 2019

    Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, Strand, London WC2N 5HX
    20-21 May 2019
    Spaces available

    This year's event begins with a Professional Skills Training plenary to help build your CPD, followed by a formal drinks reception and dinner on the evening of 20 May.  The following day will then be a programme full of topical plenaries and workshops covering the latest trends and topical issues in the risk and investment sector with plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and build your CPD.

  • LMS Invited Lectures 2019

    ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT
    20 May 2019 - 24 May 2019

    Spaces available

    On May 20-24 2019, Prof Søren Asmussen (Aarhus University) will deliver a course on lectures on advanced topics in life insurance mathematics.  This will be held at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh, and will be accompanied by supporting lectures from Prof Corina Constantinescu (University of Liverpool) and Prof Andrew Cairns (Heriot-Watt University). To register, please visit https://www.icms.org.uk/LMSAsmussen.php.

  • Mortality and Longevity Symposium 2019

    ICC Birmingham, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
    04-05 June 2019
    Spaces available

    The Mortality and Longevity Symposium aims to expand delegates’ horizons by giving a better view of the scope of current mortality research in a wide variety of relevant disciplines, and by providing a forum to discuss the implications for actuarial practice and it will be of interest to all actuaries concerned with setting or reviewing mortality and longevity assumptions, underwriters, demographers, epidemiologists, policy-

  • Protection, Health and Care Conference 2019

    ICC Birmingham  Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
    04-06 June 2019
    Spaces available

    The Protection, Health and Care Conference is an annual conference aimed at all insurance professionals with a passion for harnessing insurance risk in their organisations. The conference uses a combination of workshops by individuals who work at the coalface and ‘big name’ experts to explore how innovation, technological/medical advances, the political landscape and other market development will impact the Protection, Health and Care markets.

  • NED Event: Behavioural Finance and Boards

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    18 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Substantial work has been undertaken in the field of behavioural finance to explore the psychological factors affecting investment decisions made by individuals.  In contrast, “behavioural” factors (such as politics or human psychology) affecting decisions and actions made by institutional investors, such as insurers or pension schemes, are less understood.

  • Pensions Conference 2019

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
    18-19 June 2019
    Spaces available

    Covering current topics and industry trends, the conference also includes a pre-conference evening dinner (18 June) giving you the opportunity to develop your network. 

  • KSS event – FinTech and The Actuarial Profession

    EY, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk from FinTech Scotland's CEO will explore the mission to create an integrated Fintech ecosystem through provision of funding, support, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders - and the overarching aim for Scotland to be one of the top 5 Fintech global leaders by 2020.

    To book your place, please email Barry_Shannon@standardlife.com 

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    CIGI will provide an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers, each providing their insight and knowledge on a range of topics.  The programme will be broad in nature, so will be of most value to those with some experience in the industry. 

  • AGM and Presidential Address 2019

    The Hub  Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the INSTITUTE AND FACULTY OF ACTUARIES will be held at The Hub, Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 16.30 (Preceded by tea from 16.00) and followed by a PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS given by John Taylor.

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    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.