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Sir Edward Johnston Prize

The Sir Edward Johnston Prize was established in 2013 when the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) received a bequest from Sir Edward Johnston’s widow, Christine Ottewill

Edward Johnston was the sixth person to hold the post of Government Actuary and, through this, played a significant role in the actuarial profession and in public life. 

The family has had a long association with South East Asia so it felt fitting that the bequest be used in connection with the IFoA’s growing presence in that region. The Sir Edward Johnston Prize is awarded to the best performing graduating students on the actuarial programmes at several universities which are linked to the IFoA.

Sir Edward Johnston Prize winners 

Chris Thang Wei Han

Chris Thang Wei Han, Actuarial AnalystCurrent job position: Actuarial Analyst

Current employer: Reinsurance Group of America, Inc

Has the SEJ award made a positive impact in your life and if yes, how?

The SEJ award did give me the motivation to keep moving forward pursuing my actuarial exam, especially during working life it could be more challenging. It also makes me feels the effort I made in university does pay off. Additionally, the cash award reduces the burden of IFoA membership and exemption fees, particularly in my earlier career stage. I’ll keep up all those good work!

Do you have any advice or inspirational quote that you would like to share with the students?

The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.

Joshua Ong

Joshua Ong, Investment Services Analyst Most recent employer: GIC

Most recent position: Investment Services Analyst

Currently pursuing Master's in Business Analytics at UCL

Has the SEJ award made a positive impact in your life and if yes, how?

The SEJ is a differentiator on my educational profile and has opened doors for me.

The rigors of an actuarial education equip you with many of the skills you need for today's workplace, whatever your role.

Do you have any advice or inspirational quote that you would like to share with the students?

Keep at it, it pays off in many unexpected ways.

Tan Jin Yuan (Jayen)

Tan Jin Yuan (Jayen), Student at NTU, pursuing Master's in Financial Engineering (MFE)Current job position & Current employer: Student at NTU, pursuing Master's in Financial Engineering (MFE)

Has the SEJ award made a positive impact in your life and if yes, how?

The SEJ award served as a validation of my continual effort in striving for the best and to persevere when the going gets tough. It recognises all the hard work put in and sacrifices made to prepare myself for a fruitful and successful career as an Actuary. In the future, this would be a source of motivation that I will fall back on when I feel like giving up.

Do you have any advice or inspirational quote that you would like to share with the students?

Apprehension is much more important than memorisation! Always strive to seek an intuitive understanding of the course material, especially for difficult concepts, and do not just regurgitate in exams! This will not only improve your proficiency in the materials, especially when working in the industry in the future, but also make learning much more enjoyable and purposeful.

Wendy Wong

Wendy Wong, IFRS17 Associate Technical ConsultantCurrent Job Position: IFRS17 Associate Technical Consultant

Current Employer: SAS Institute Malaysia

Has the SEJ Award made a positive impact in your life, and if yes, how?

Yes, it does. The SEJ Award is a form of recognition that motivates me to continue the pursuance of excellence in both my actuarial exams and career.

Do you have any advice or inspirational quote that you would like to share with the students?

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

Yang Yuan

Yang Yuan, Actuarial Advisory AssociateCurrent job position: Actuarial Advisory Associate

Current employer: Ernst & Young Advisory Pte Ltd

Has the SEJ award made a positive impact in your life and if yes, how?

Yes, I greatly appreciate the Sir Edward Johnston Prize which motivated and inspired me to work harder and further pursue my interest in actuarial science.

Do you have any advice or inspirational quote that you would like to share with the students?

Have confidence in our own potential and continuously strive for the better.

YAP Jen Ming

YAP Jen Ming, Financial & Insurance Risk, ManagerCurrent job position: Financial & Insurance Risk, Manager

Current employer: Aviva-Singlife (Singapore)

Has the SEJ award made a positive impact in your life and if yes, how?

The single most impactful benefit of receiving the SEJ award is that it significantly improved my chances of securing a great job offer.

Being recognised by IFoA as among the top actuarial prospects definitely helped to promote my dedication and effort as a goal-oriented candidate.

It was also the first time in my life that I have ever taken a flight, when the SEJ award was presented in Hong Kong!  Networking dinner with the IFoA President at the exclusive Hong Kong Club was also a great experience!

Do you have any advice or inspirational quote that you would like to share with the students?

  • Stay hungry for knowledge and you will eventually find your passion.
  • Strive to create positive impact in life.
  •  Examinations are part of learning, we learn during examinations too!

Yvon Teo

Yvon Teo, Senior Actuarial ExecutiveCurrent job position: Senior Actuarial Executive

Current employer: MSIG Holdings (Asia) Pte Ltd

Has the SEJ award made a positive impact in your life and if yes, how?

It gave me the confidence to continue pursuing an actuarial career even after graduation.

Winners by year

Sir Edward Johnston Prize winner Year
Wendy Wong Wei Wei (Asia Pacific University) 2020
Chang Che and Yuxi Zhou (Central University of Finance and Economics) 2020
Yuan Fang (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) 2020
Yiting Liu (University of International Business and Economics) 2020
Sijia Gu (Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University) 2020
Hongli Yin (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law) 2020
Tong Shu (University of Hong Kong) 2020
Chris Thang Wei Han (Heriot Watt University, Malaysia) 2020
Tan Jin Yuan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) 2020
Ying Jie and Shenglong Li (Central University of Finance and Economics) 2019
Shichao Shao and Yucheng Xue (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) 2019
Ka Wun Hui (University of Hong Kong) 2019
Mengke Lyu (University of International Business and Economics) 2019
Yang Yuan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) 2019
Bo Wang and Tianjun Li (Central University of Finance and Economics) 2018
Xinyi Hu (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) 2018
Shanshan Wu (University of International Business and Economics) 2018
Shan He (University of Hong Kong) 2018
Xianghui Chen (Nanyang Technological University) 2018
Liyuan Liu (Central University of Finance and Economics)  2017
Xiaoying Zhu and Wenjing Mi (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) 2017
Weijie Tang (University of International Business and Economics) 2017
Shuangning Li (University of Hong Kong) 2017
Yvon Teo Yu Wen (Nanyang Technological University) 2017
Yuhan Liu and Buyu Zhao (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) 2016
Wang Yunpeng (Central University of Finance and Economics) 2016
Pang Wing Shan (University of Hong Kong) 2016
Tze Heng Chang (Nanyang Technological University) 2016
Zhou Guanghua and Chen Sijia (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) 2015
Geng Xinyang (Central University of Finance and Economics) 2015
Patrick Au (Chinese University of Hong Kong) 2015
Shun Ping Chan (University of Hong Kong) 2015
Ong Shun You Joshua (Nanyang Technological University) 2015
Xiaojie Li and Dandan Zhao (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) 2014
Fuqu Du (Central University of Finance and Economics) 2014
Lee Hin Lung (Chinese University of Hong Kong) 2014
Wang Ouya (University of Hong Kong) 2014
Foong Yi Qian (Nanyang Technological University) 2014
Lei Fang and Wang Yudi (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) 2013
Yijing Xie (Central University of finance and Economics) 2013
Ng Chak Hung (Chinese University of Hong Kong) 2013
Yu Lik Hang (University of Hong Kong) 2013
Jen Ming Yap (Nanyang Technological University) 2013

 

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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.

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    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.
     

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    The IFoA Policy Briefing 'Can we help consumers avoid running out of money in retirement' examined the benefits of blending a lifetime annuity with income drawdown. Panellists, including providers and advisers, will look at the market practicalities of taking the actuarial theory through into the core advice propositions used by IFAs and Fund Managers. They will share a number of practical issues such as investment consequences before and after retirement and the level of annuity that is appropriate and answer questions from the audience.

  • Speech from the Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    1 December 2021

    The IFoA is pleased to be hosting the Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, to deliver a speech on delivering policyholder protection in insurance regulation. The speech will be presented to an in-person audience, and simultaneously live-streamed. If you would like to watch the event online please visit the event page to book your place.

  • The Many Faces of Bias

    2 December 2021

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    This webinar looks at the many types of biases, both conscious and unconscious and the impacts they can have in the workplace.  Raising our own awareness and understanding of the issues can help us avoid the pitfalls of unconscious bias in particular.  We’ve all heard the phrase ‘office banter’ but are we sure that’s how those on the receiving end perceive it and is it ok to go along with it?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.