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GI Research and Thought Leadership Committee (GIRTL)

The GI Research and Thought Leadership Committee (GIRTL) is responsible to the GI Board for all matters relating to research and thought leadership, specifically within the GI Practice Area.

The GI Research and Thought Leadership Committee's main objectives are to ensure relevance and research for the GI community and consider new and emerging research over a continuous time horizon. The work of the committee is split into four workstreams:

  • a) Identifying questions for research
  • b) Support ongoing research
  • c) Promoting outputs of research to GI actuaries and other professionals
  • d) Developing IFoA research environment

Membership of the General Insurance Research and Thought Leadership Committee 2020/21

  • Adhiraj Maitra (Chair)
  • Christian Bird
  • Cherry Chan
  • Thomas Day
  • Zvi Ebert
  • Laura Hobern
  • Yuming Mei
  • Dimitris Papachristou
  • V S Rajeshwarie
  • Chris Smerald
  • Martin White
  • Sonal Shah - Education Actuary

GIRTL operates within a Terms of Reference and supports the IFoA's Council in the delivery of its corporate strategy.

How to join GIRTL

All vacancies arising on Boards and their 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).

Research Groups

GIRTL is supported by research groups as follows:

Commissioning Research

The committee is seeking comments and assessing interest from members of the GI actuarial community on five areas of research.  Initial thinking has been put together on research questions relating to Claims Inflation, Super Trends, Insurance Risk Dependencies, Learning from Others and Public Data (Find Presentation here).  After considering the community’s responses, the committee will begin the process of putting together appropriate volunteering teams to carry out what is hoped to be rewarding research work.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on these questions through our email address girtl@actuaries.org.uk. You could of course contact any of us in person.  Who would the research be useful for?  Are these the right questions?  How do these questions link with existing research output?  How should we go about answering them and how would you help?

A short survey has been set up to assess your interest levels for volunteering to carry out the research.  You would be asked to provide your name, email address and which topic(s) you would be interested in helping.  A free text box is available for you to tell us how you may like to participate. Another question relates to any other future-looking topics that would be useful to look into.

In order for the work to go onto the next stages, it would be helpful to have your views and hear of your interest before 31 October 2019.  But of course, the committee is always happy to hear from you on all matters relating to GI research at all times, even on these topics after this specific date.

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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

  • Finance in the Public Interest Series

    16 March 2021 - 23 March 2021

    Spaces available

    There is widening debate that many of our social, financial and regulatory institutions need to be rethought so that we can create more sustainable futures, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the policy/macro-economic response to the pandemic and how it affects consumers, as well as the impending climate crisis. This multi-day series of three keynote webinars, individually presented by leading economist John Kay, Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Ashok Gupta, Chair at Mercer Ltd, and Nico Aspinall, Chief Investment Officer at B&CE, will open up discussion on these essential topics. The series will culminate in a panel session with Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane.

  • The price is righter

    16 March 2021

    Spaces available

    This webinar provides an overview of the state of the UK protection market, and how different insurers are using different levels of sophistication to price (such as using customer demand models). It considers how insurers have implemented these sophisticated pricing techniques, and the practical challenges they have faced.

  • Spaces available

    This discussion will revolve around the latest industry developments including and introduction to Part VII transfers and Schemes of Arrangement (process, parties involved and recent events), insights and lessons from recent with-profits transactions and restructurings (including Equitable Life and Pru-Rothesay), how firms can apply these learnings to future arrangements, and the outlook for future with-profits transactions and restructurings (including the impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit)

     

  • Spaces available

    What is stewardship and how has the landscape changed under the 2020 UK Stewardship Code? How does effective stewardship create long term value for beneficiaries and what roles do asset owners and asset managers play in active stewardship. This webinar will offer answers to these questions in a practical approach to stewardship reporting.

  • Spaces available

    Mis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis.  However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year.  This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work.