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Gulf Actuarial Society

The new Gulf Actuarial Society (GAS) has been set up to bring together Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) members based in the six Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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GAS current has around 100 members.  Its aims are to

-   represent the specific interests of actuaries working in the Gulf
-  foster an sense of community among actuaries working in the area
-  provide a support network for its members, many of whom may not work with other qualified actuaries
-  organise networking and CPD opportunities
-  help to raise the profile of the actuarial profession in the area.

The society is open to both members and non-members of the IFoA, as well as individuals who work in actuarial support roles in the region

GAS will provide members with the opportunity to meet other talented and dynamic minds in the profession and to fulfil their CPD requirements in the process.

Download the Gulf Actuarial Society Article of Association to find out more.

If you would like to find out more about GAS or would like to join the society please contact the Committee at The Gulf Actuarial Society.

Alternatively, visit the LinkedIn Gulf Actuarial Group for further information on local events and job vacancies.

Forthcoming meetings

Forthcoming meetings of he GAS will be listed here.

Who's who in the Gulf Actuarial Society

  Committee members 
Shivash Bhagaloo

Shivash Bhagaloo: Chair of the GAS Committee

Shivash is a Fellow of the IFoA and the Actuarial Society of South Africa. Specialising in healthcare, he has worked in the South African and Middle Eastern markets for the past eight years. He is involved in both the statutory and consulting environments of the changing UAE insurance landscape. Shivash is based in Dubai..

Shivash is primarily responsible for actuarial contacts and events in the UAE.



Yousuf Al Lawati

Yousuf Al Lawati: Secretary of the GAS Committee

Yousuf is a nearly qualified actuary with experience in risk management, banking, insurance and consulting. He is currently pursuing the Financial Risk Manager qualification from the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Yousuf has a Masters degree from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.

Along with Catherine and Khalid, Yousuf is primarily responsible for actuarial contacts and events in Oman.



Ruan van Rensburg

Ruan van Rensburg

Ruan qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2002. his main field of expertise is General Insurance and he is Appointed Actuary to numerous insurance companies in the GCC, FCAS. 

Ruan is primarily responsible for actuarial contacts and events in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.




Priyank Gupta

Priyank Gupta: Secretary of the GAS Committee

Priyank is a Fellow of Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, UK. He works as a Consulting Actuary with Milliman, based out of Dubai and specialises in General Insurance. Priyank has significant experience on a wide range of property and casualty projects in Europe, Asia and United States. Prior to joining Milliman, Priyank was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte in London.




Catherine Love Soper

Recent Omani expatriate Catherine Love Soper is a Principal Consultant at Callund Consulting Ltd, where she advises governments and corporates across the Gulf on their defined benefit pension scheme issues. Prior to this, she was Senior Consultant in Punter Southall Transaction Services, London, advising on pensions issues in corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. 

She qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in January 2009 and is a member of the IFoA's CMI SAPS Committee. She is also one of the UK representatives on the International Association of Consulting Actuaries' Committee. Catherine has a first class degree in Mathematics & Theoretical Physics from University College London.

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Contact Details

For information regarding regional societies, please contact the Regions Manager, Tess Joyce.