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Actuarial Science Association - Egypt

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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.

Who's who in the Actuarial Science Association - Egypt

  Name, role and biography

Rania El-Shenety, President

Rania is a graduating Senior in Actuarial Science major with a minor in Economics at the American University in Cairo. She has done a couple of internships in economic research, investment banking and data science. She is currently doing her research thesis in Named Entity Recognition through applying statistical methods.

"I believe that the only thing you take when you're gone, is what you leave behind. That's my biggest motive to work in the ASA, to leave something meaningful for the people coming afterwards."

Yaseen Moussa, Vice President

Yaseen is currently finishing his degree in Actuarial Science with double minor in Computer Science and Economics from The American University in Cairo (AUC) and expected to graduate in Fall 2020.

He has completed several internships in diverse fields, including banking, data science consultancy and actuarial regulation, and currently holds a big data research assistant position at AUC. Also, he is a member of the AUC's Mayhem Ultimate Frisbee Team since Spring 2018 and plan to keep playing for other teams after he graduates.

One of the biggest reasons he is currently on ASA’s team is to raise awareness about the actuarial science field, which he discovered by sheer coincidence and have loved it ever since.

 

Sarah Mazhar, ASA Graduate Advisor 

Sarah Mazhar is AXA Egypt Chief Risk Officer and has more than ten years of experience in the same company (previously Commercial International Life Insurance Company (CIL)). Mazhar held various roles within the Actuarial team for seven years before she moved to build the first Insurance Risk Management team in the Egyptian Market. Her experience includes part-time teaching at the American University in Cairo as well as short term assignments in Legal and General in London and AXA International and New Markets Office in Madrid.

Academically, Mazhar holds a master’s degree in actuarial management from CASS Business School as well as being a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary and a qualified Fellow of the IFoA, becoming the first Egyptian female to acquire this qualification. 

Mazhar has been working with actuarial students through the Actuarial Science Association (ASA), CIL and AXA to provide guidance as well as technical and career development opportunities. In her spare time, Mazhar spends time out exploring new places, looking for the tastiest hot chocolate, practicing yoga, cycling or painting.

Khouzeima Mountanabbir, Actuarial Science Association Faculty Advisor

Khouzeima Moutanabbir is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science in the School of Sciences and Engineering at The American University in Cairo. He received his PhD in actuarial science from Laval University in Québec, Canada.

Before coming to AUC, he held a postdoctoral fellowship position at Waterloo University in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. He was also a lecturer at Laval University while completing his PhD studies and a research consultant in the asset allocation department at AON Consulting in Montreal.  

A native of Marrakesh in Morocco, Moutanabbir studied at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Rabat, Morocco where he received his MSengineering diploma in actuarial science and finance. He went on to work as a statistician at the Central Bank of Morocco (Bank Al Maghrib), before pursuing his doctorate studies in Canada.

At AUC, he teaches courses in actuarial science, finance and statistics.

Meet the Board

Name Role Mini Biography
Aida Abdelkader Alumni Committee Co-Head Senior Actuarial Science Student with a double minor in Economics and Business at AUC
Aly Hesham Competition's Committee Head Senior Computer Science Student at AUC
Esraa Gaweesh Alumni Committee Co-Head Senior Actuarial Science Student with a double minor in Economics and Business at AUC
Farid Fahmy Workshops and Talks Head Junior Student with a double major in Actuarial Science and Mathematics at AUC
Farid Montasser Financials and Schools Project Head Junior Student with a double major in Actuarial Science and Economics at AUC
Hassan Youssef Academic Head Senior Student with a double major in Actuarial Science and Mathematics and a double minor in Business and Economics at AUC
Muhammed Youssef Public Relations Head Senior Student with a double major in Actuarial Science and Mathematics and a double minor in Computer Science and Economics at AUC
Yasmine El Gawhary Marketing Head Senior Actuarial Science Student with a double minor in Economics and Business at AUC
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Contact Details

For information regarding regional societies, please contact the Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Kirstie Smith.

kirstie.smith@actuaries.org.uk