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Gulf Actuarial Society - Past events

2020/2021

Date Event Topics and Speakers
15 June 2020 GAS Event

Welcome and Regional Updates by Raghav Ohri, Secretary, Gulf Actuarial Society

Introduction by Mana Alkhamsan, Director General, The Financial Academy

 

Speakers included:

Session 1An Actuarial perspective of an Insurance CRO

Speaker: Cobus Fourie, Chief Risk Officer, AIG Middle East & Africa, Dubai

Session 2DEWS - a catalyst for change to existing EOS regimes in the GCC

Speaker: Claudia Maldonado, Principal, Mercer, Dubai

Session 3A customer-level value framework for banks

Speaker: Ernest Louw, Head of Banking Practice, Lux Actuaries & Consultants, Abu Dhabi

Session 4Do actuaries need to reinvent themselves in a post-COVID19- world?

Speaker: Colin Dutkiewicz, Global Head of Life, Aon Reinsurance Solutions, London

Event supported and hosted by Financial Academy, Saudi Arabia

2019/2020

Date Event Topics and Speakers
20 Novemer 2019 GAS Event

Welcome and Regional Updates by Raghav Ohri, Secretary, GAS

Speakers included:

Session 1 - Behavioral Drivers of Experience Results
Speaker: Karunanidhi Muthuswamy, Appointed Actuary, RGA Middle East, Dubai

Session 2How Innovative Ideas are challenging Traditional Regulations
Speaker: Hussain Feroz, Head of Actuarial Service, FWU Takaful, Dubai

Session 3 - IFRS-17: A Technical Deep Dive
Speakers: Noman Zafar, Consulting Actuary and Navarun Jain, Actuarial Analyst, Lux Actuaries and Consultants, Dubai

Session 4Addressing Ethical Issues while creating a High-Performance Team Culture
Speaker: Kate Bleakley, Principal, SKL Actuarial, UK and Dubai

Event sponsored by Lux Actuaries & Consultants

2018/2019

Date Event Topics and Speakers
26 June 2019 GAS Event

Welcome from Priyank Gupta, Chairperson, GAS

Speakers included:

Session 1 - Models for classifying policyholder lapse
Speaker: Karthik Tumuluru, Actuarial Associate, Metlife Gulf, Dubai

Session 2 - An introduction to reinsurance optimisation for non-life insurance
Speaker: Salman Shah, Consulting Actuary, Lux Actuaries & Consultants, Dubai

Session 3 - IFRS 17 - Proving PAA eligibility for non-life insurers
Speaker: Laura Barella, Director, Head of Actuarial Services, PwC Middle East, Dubai

Presentation of Quality Assurance Scheme Award by Paul Sweeting, IFoA Council Member, to Mamata Pandey, Lux Actuaries & Consultants

Session 4 - Professionalism session
Speaker: Paul Sweeting, Chief Risk Officer, Hassana Investments Company, Riyadh

Event sponsored by Lux Actuaries & Consultants

2017/2018

Date Topic Speaker
4 December 2018

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Markets Development, Irene Serewicz Redman and Business Development Manager, Adriaan van Heerden were present and discussed recent developments at the IFoA, including Curriculum 2019 and IFRS 2017.  Members from some of the relevant regulatory bodies also attended the event.

Various
28 June 2018

Five miscellaneous sessions:

GLM Pricing and Data Science Algorithms; IFRS 17 – The New Financial Reporting Standards for Insurance Companies; Claims Fraud Assessment; Data Driven Decision Making – Using Analytics to Optimise Profits; Professionalism

Various
29 November 2017

Miscellaneous topics of relevance and interest

Life Insurance Mortality Study, Regulatory Developments across the GCC, Actuaries and Underwriters, Professionalism, and VAT Presentation and Industry Update

Various

2016/2017

Date Topic Speaker
30 May 2017 Member event

Session 1 Predictive Analytics.  
Speaker: Brian Brown, President, Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS)

Session 2 - Draft Regulations Regarding Life Insurance in the UAE – Challenges and opportunities for Insurers.  
Speaker: Karunanidhi Muthuswamy, Chief Actuary, RGA Middle East

Session 3 UAE Actuarial Regulations.  
Speakers: Omer Morshed, CEO, Sidat Hyder Morshed Associates (Pvt) Ltd

14 November 2016 Fifth member event

Welcome by Shivah Bhagaloo, Chairperson, GAS
Speakers included:

Session 1 -
Speaker: Fiona Morrison, Immediate Past President, IFoA, UK

Session 2 - Challenges and Opportunities in the Life Insurance Industry; A reinsurer’s perspective
Speaker: Mohsin Ali Khan, Head of Pricing, Gulf Region - Life Reinsurance, Munich Re Underwriting Agents (DIFC) Ltd

Session 3 - Parametric Insurance and Perspectives in the Region
Speakers: Violaine Raybaud, Regional P&C Underwriting and Development Manager, AXA Insurance (Gulf) B.S.C. (c) and Thameur Zghal, [Insert Designation], AXA Insurance (Gulf) B.S.C. (c)

Session 4 - Solvency Regulation in the UAE: A Benchmark and Impact Study
Speaker: Raghav Ohri, Consulting Actuary, Lux Actuaries and Consultants, Dubai

Event sponsored by Munich Re:
  Munich Re

2014/2015 and 2015/2016

Date Topic Speaker
12 May 2016 Fourth member event - see write up by Mark Cockroft

Our technical talks covered a wide range of issues including:

  • a panel discussion on the role of actuaries in the GCC led by Shoab Soofi from Metlife
  • a presentation on Capital Modelling from Mark Cockroft, Qatar Re and Chairman of the GAS Committee, and
  • an interactive session titled 'Using the ODP Bootstrap Model: A Practitioner's Guide' with Mark Shapland from event sponsors Milliman
  • presentation on Telematics by Reena Gandesha.
23 November 2015

Third member event

 

Presentations by:

The event was sponsored by Milliman and AMBest:

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A M Best logo

 

Photographs of the event.

11 May 2015 IFoA Presidential visit to Dubai

Presentations by:

View photographs of the visit

23 November 2014 Launch of the Gulf Actuarial Society

Presentations by:

  • Wim Daems, Sungard Insurance - Possible future life insurance developments in the Middle East and
  • Derek Cribb, Chief Executive of the IFoA.

View photographs of the launch event

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Events calendar

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area

  • Life Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Online
    16 November 2020 - 27 November 2020

    Spaces available

    This year's Life Conference has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the life insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's website.

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    Patrick Kennedy, Partner at Gateley Legal and Founding Director of Entrust (a leading professional pensions trustee company), will be delivering an update on the latest legal developments during the course of 2020. With both a pensions legal perspective and over 25 years of trustee service, Patrick will seek to highlight how the letter of the law has continued to evolve against the backdrop of a difficult and challenging year

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.