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General Insurance Research Organising Committee (GIRO)

The General Insurance Research Organising (GIRO) Committee develops and builds on the strong research output carried out in the general insurance practice area

The GIRO Committee has key objectives for Session 2017/18 which focus on the following key themes:

  • Develop, deliver and communicate the results of key research to inform members of ongoing research into market developments including trends in third party UK motor claims and periodical payment orders
  • Plan and develop the annual residential general insurance (GIRO) conference including determining the theme and appropriate content of the conference.

Membership is drawn from a broad cross-section of the general insurance community to ensure full development of all general insurance research opportunities

Membership of GIRO Committee 2017/18:

  • Sameer Keshani (Chair)
  • Christian Bird
  • Sonal Shah (IFoA Education Actuary)
  • Doug Lacoss
  • Joseph Lo
  • Peter Moore
  • Paul Moorshead
  • Steven Fisher
  • Chloe Paillot
  • Edward Toman
  • Ashley Chalk

The General Insurance Research Organising (GIRO) Committee operates within a Terms of Reference and supports the IFoA's Council in the delivery of it's corporate strategy.

How to join the General Insurance Research Organising Committee (GIRO)

All volunteer opportunities arising for the Board and its sub-committees are advertised on our volunteer vacancies web page.  Further information for volunteers, including tips on how to chair a meeting, can be found in the Volunteer Information Pack (VIP).

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Contact Details

If you have any questions about a practice area, its working parties, Member Interest Groups or Board and sub-committees, please contact the Communities Team:

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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Events calendar

  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Fully booked.

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    Actuaries need to take action now - but how?  With a focus on climate change, this session will provide informed insight to enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the issues involved, demonstrate how it will impact advice to your clients, and highlight prospective opportunities for actuaries within pensions and wider fields.

  • Spaces available

    A joint webinar from the CMI Mortality Projections and SAPS committees that will cover: recent mortality experience in the SAPS dataset and the general population; the CMI Model benchmarking survey; the MPC 2021 interim update paper; plans for CMI_2021; and initial thoughts on possible "S4" Series pensioner mortality tables.

    The webinar will be presented by Cobus Daneel (Chair of Mortality Projections Committee) and Matthew Fletcher (Chair of SAPS Committee).

  • Spaces available

    Pension scams have become more prevalent as a result of the pandemic, and Trustees have increased responsibilities to protect members, which means that actuaries need to be in a position to provide advice in this area. Our specialist panel will include a professional trustee, an IFA and head administrator, two of whom are members of PASA.

  • Spaces available

    The Covid-19 pandemic creates a challenge for actuaries analysing experience data that includes mortality shocks.  To address this we present a methodology for modelling portfolio mortality data that offers local flexibility in the time dimension.  The approach permits the identification of seasonal variation, mortality shocks, and late-reported deaths.  The methodology also allows actuaries to measure portfolio-specific mortality improvements.  Results are given for a mature annuity portfolio in the UK

  • Spaces available

    In this webinar, the authors of the 2021 Brian Hey prize winning paper present a new deep learning model called the LocalGLMnet. While deep learning models lead to very competitive regression models, often outperforming classical statistical models such as generalized linear models, the disadvantage is that deep learning solutions are difficult to interpret and explain, and variable selection is not easily possible.

  • Spaces available

    The dominant underwriting approach is a mix between rule-based engines and traditional underwriting. Applications are first assessed by automated rule-based engines which typically are capable of processing only simple applications. The remaining applications are reviewed by underwriters or referred to the reinsurers. This research aims to construct predictive machine learning models for complicated applications that cannot be processed by rule-based engines.

  • Spaces available

    With the Pension Schemes Act 2021 requiring a long term strategy from Trustees and sponsors, choosing a pensions endgame strategy has become even more critical. However, it is important that the endgame options available are adequately assessed before choosing one. With an ever-increasing array of creative and innovative options available, this decision may not be straightforward.