The Actuarial Science Association (ASA) is a student academic club at the American University in Cairo (AUC) established in Spring 2012
Its mandate is to provide an organized body through which actuarial students may actively participate in the development of the actuarial community on campus, as well as strengthen the link between them and prospective employers. This year, the ASA aims to expand its reach to all Egyptian actuaries, actuarial students as well as those interested in the actuarial profession.
The ASA plans to organise seminars, workshops and competitions with experienced actuaries to improve actuarial students' skills, expand their network and increase their awareness about the profession
The ASA also organizes visits to various companies in the financial industry, inside and outside of Egypt, to better introduce the students to the diverse roles of actuaries.
The ASA also publishes newsletters including articles and interviews of interest to actuaries.
Future events run by ASA Egypt will be listed here.
Who's who in the Actuarial Science Association - Egypt
|Role and contact details||Biography|
Esraa El Tayar, President
I am a senior undergraduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. I am a person who always seeks new adventures and academic challenges. When I started my major at the American University in Cairo, my competence for the subject became apparent to me through my ability to learn quickly and effectively which led me to conclude that Math would be the right degree path for me. My devotion to the subject has grown exponentially, especially in recent years. I learnt of the Actuarial profession at a career meeting a few years ago and, after researching into it, I was intrigued at how Math could be used to work out so much in real world situations.
I plan to attain the ASA designation after graduation. I passed the FM Exam in Fall 2016 and the P Exam in Summer 2017.
Nevertheless, the various extracurricular activities at AUC have been offering me great experiences. I decided to join the ASA because I believe that the it should have an imperative role in communicating with Actuarial science students. Our mission is to prepare students for the job market through academic lectures, skill workshops, sessions on job market demands and other things that are rarely discussed in the Actuarial courses.
Noha Magdy Khalil, Vice President
My love for mathematics and hope of finding applications for it outside the Academia world are what attracted me to join the Actuarial Science program.
Studying Actuarial Science is the reason that I am now keen about being aware of what is happening in the world around me because, from my point of view, you can't be a successful actuary if you don't understand that each and every event happening should have an influence on any decision you take.
My main passion and drive is contributing positively to the world around me by upholding and spreading ethical behavior and by helping others as much as I can. This passion is what led me to join ASA; to be in a position that would allow me to offer as much help and support as possible to our Actuarial Science community. A Tip from personal experience: Always try to look for and take advantage of the learning opportunities around you; don't wait for someone to do it for you.
Sarah Mazhar, Graduate Advisor
Sarah Mazhar is currently the Insurance Risk Manager at AXA Egypt with more than six years of experience in the same company (previously Commercial International Life Insurance Company (CIL)). Previously, at different points in time, Mazhar was responsible for various Actuarial teams covering reinsurance, risk, product pricing, experience analyses, business modelling and regulatory reporting. In 2015, she was seconded for six months to Legal and General, UK, where she worked with different Actuarial teams.
Academically, in 2009, Mazhar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science, Summa Cum Laude, and a double minor in economics and business administration from the American University in Cairo. In 2012, she earned a master’s degree in actuarial management, with merit, from CASS Business School, City University, London. In 2016, Mazhar qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK and therefore becoming the first Egyptian female to acquire this qualification.
Mazhar has been working with actuarial students whether through the Actuarial Science Association (ASA) or CIL to provide guidance as well as technical and career development opportunities. Her work was mainly through the AUC Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, where she cooperated with her colleagues to conduct sessions targeted mainly at actuarial science undergraduate students. When she’s not working on excel spreadsheets, Mazhar spends time out exploring new places, looking for the tastiest hot chocolate, practicing yoga, painting and taking photographs.
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