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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


Leading the way

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  • Spaces available

    Drawing from his most recent book “The New Long Life” and his longevity research Andrew J Scott will outline how longer lives and new technologies will fundamentally reshape how we structure our lives and transform the economy. As well as looking at the agenda this will set governments and corporates he will focus on the implications for you and how you prepare your future career.

  • India Town Hall

    Webinar
    28 January 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

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    What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?

    In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.

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    Trust and Leadership for Actuaries

    Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:

  • Health and Care Hot Topics webinar

    Online webinar
    10 February 2021

    Spaces available

    In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.

    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

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    As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.