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Reinventing the profession

The world is changing.

The fourth industrial revolution, globalisation, and now the COVID-19 pandemic mean that the social and business models are being up-ended world-wide, and changes that were once predictable and steady are now far faster and more profound.

In response to this tumultuous transformation, President Tan Suee Chieh leads a call to re-invent the profession for a transformed present and dynamic future. In this ongoing series, we explore the vision, mind-set, skills and domains that the profession will adopt to succeed, flourish, and play a positive societal role in our global community.

“We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. Those who are curious, and with a learning and growth mindset will thrive. 2020 is an extraordinary year. The COVID-19 crisis will define this generation of actuaries. This is a great opportunity for you. Apply the skills embedded in our DNA to solve practical problems which benefit society.

Mankind is beset with growing and varied challenges. Insecurity. Complexity. Uncertainty. Use your skills with courage and imagination, in our workplace, in our industry, and in our society.

Stay inspired. Believe. Make a difference.”

IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh to graduating students, 2020

Exploring the change

In our ongoing series of podcasts, President Tan Suee Chieh explores the detail of what it means to have the vision, mindset, skills and approach to thrive as an actuary in the 21st century.

Episode 1 - A vision of the future

Episode 2 - New fields, new skills

Episode 3 - Grey swans

Episode 4 - A global profession


Leading the way

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  • 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

    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.

    The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.

  • Life 2021 Webinar Series

    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.