The IFoA in East Asia
With rapid membership growth and actuarial industry development in the region, we are committed to developing education partnership with universities, encouraging vibrant member communities as well as seeking opportunities to engage with employers and local regulators. We ensure the proactive engagement is delivered through member support, education, regulation, technical influence as well as knowledge transfer.
The IFoA Beijing Representative Office was established in March 2013 which makes the IFoA the first actuarial association to open a representative office overseas. We are now looking after near 1,300 active members in China, Japan and South Korea, with the majority in China.
IFoA Chinese website
The IFoA China website provides the latest events, news and information throughout your qualification path in English, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinse.
There you'll find everything you need to know to help you register, study, plan your qualification route and decide the best career path for you.
It's the best place to find out what's going on throughout the region from the IFoA.
IFoA Council Members in East Asia
Council is the governing body of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). There are currently two Council Members based in China.
I have been working in the insurance industry for 19 years. Among them 10 year in UK and 9 years in China. I enjoy tremendously the changes and development of past 19 years of financial industry felt lucky as a participant. For our profession to stay prosperous and active, actively engagement our member can expand the influence of IFoA and promote the actuarial standards and the Actuaries’ Code. I have been working as an IFoA volunteer for many years by taking up different roles. I am passionate about our profession and want to do more for the profession. This is why I stood for Council elections in 2014 and 2019. I am fortunate enough to be elected. I was, am and will always be committed to the IFoA as an international organization with strong roots in the UK.
In the fast-developing digital world, actuaries will need to innovate to stay relevant. We are no longer in the secure box that we used to be. I would like to support the Council to explore how we can better innovate and therefore better equip our current young members and stay relevant. I look forward to working with you all to enhance the diversity, development and harmony of the IFoA.
Cynthia Yuan, FIA
Senior Risk Manager, China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation
I hold both Bachelor and Master degrees in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Master degree in Actuarial Science from Cass Business School. I won the award ‘Top 30 under 30’ by Actuarial Post in 2012 and the ‘FN 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Asset Management’ by Financial News. In 2018 after incorporating the subsidiary of Redington in China, I was elected as one of the ‘Top 10 elite returnees’ by Shanghai Lujiazui Financial City.
I am always passionate to serve our members and to promote actuarial science. When taking the roles as the President of Chinese Actuarial Network in UK (CANUK), I worked actively to promote the communication and cooperation between actuaries in China and UK. It is a great pleasure and honour to join the Council of the IFoA. I hope our profession will drive continuous innovation and keep bringing values to our members and our industry. I believe the profession will grow its influence in the wider fields by integrating with technology and other skills on a global scale which will ultimately help more people make better sense of the financial future.
Yang Yu, FIA
Managing Director of Redington Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Yu Yuan Technology (Shanghai) Ltd.
Being an actuary
Actuaries are experts in risk management. They are very well-respected professionals. Every area of business is subject to risks so an actuarial career offers many options. What really sets actuaries apart, is their natural mathematical, economic and statistical awareness, and their ability to apply this to real business issues.
I really appreciate the opportunities of participating in the strategy setting, providing important information to support business decisions, as well as designing products that meet the clients’ demands. Actuaries can and should take a whole picture of the company’s financial operation. Dynamic actuarial management is necessary rather than static calculation. It has extensive relationship with products, financial policies, marketing and final sales. Developments in social environment and technology have raised new challenges to actuaries. Furthermore, actuaries should find new ways to integrate their professionalism with these emerging changes in order to play new roles in the leading trends. During my career as an actuary, I got chances to cover actuarial work from valuation to products, as well as financial planning and marketing. With more than 15 years’ experience and practice in diversified actuarial work, I like the width and depth of this profession. This is the key reason for actuaries to be respected within and outside the companies.
Linjie Li, FIA
Senior actuary based in Beijing, China
I enjoy my role in general because the role enables me to solve problems for insurers by team working with other professionals. Though being an actuary no longer has the prestige of automatically making people believe in you, the technical skills certainly add credibility to our arguments provided we can communicate clearly how our arguments are relevant to the questions we are trying to address. Knowing the mechanism of the technical aspects of the issue makes one feel like having insights that the others struggle to grasp, which may make our contribution valuable (sometimes). Our analytical training also enables us to question the question itself, such as whether the question has a bias in the way it is phrased - in this case I wonder why the question should not also ask what I do not enjoy in my role.
Angelo Wang, FIA
Partner, EY Transaction Advisory Service Inc.
Please read our international career materials for detailed information of how to qualify with the IFoA.
Our members in East Asia are mainly employed by insurers, consulting firms, reinsurers, investment companies, banks, etc. Most of the head offices are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, which is aligned with our membership distribution.
Now we have three regional communities in the region: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Visit our regional community pages to know how to get involved.
Supporting actuarial employers in East Asia
We are committed to promoting quality assurance at an organisational level to ensure confidence in the work of actuaries in East Asia. Now the Quality Assurance Scheme (QAS) opens application to organisations outside of the UK. For more information, please visit the QAS webpage.
Please contact China@actuaries.org.uk if you or your employer have any feedbacks, queries, or plan to explore potential cooperation opportunities.
The IFoA works with top universities in East Asia to ensure the highest quality in actuarial education and talent training. The following accredited universities are offering programmes based on our new curriclum:
- University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong
- Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), Beijing
- Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL), Wuhan
- Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE), Dalian
- Fudan University, Shanghai
- Beijing Technology and Business University(BTBU), Beijing
- Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou
In China, we also work closely with universities whose actuarial programmes are teaching the IFoA’s curriculum and whose students join the IFoA and sit our professional exams:
- Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), Shanghai
If you are interested in becoming an IFoA’s accredited university or looking into possibility of other education partnership, please contact us to find out more.
Become a volunteer
We have more than 60 enthusiastic volunteers based in East Asia. We hold regional technical, networking and professional events and engage with local stakeholders with our volunteers’ support. They are active as Career Ambassadors, CPD Coordinators, members and chairs in China Technical Member Interest Group (MIG, and various other working parties and committees across difference areas such as Life, GI, Solvency II, Aging Population and many more.
“As a CPD co-ordinator, I help the IFoA Beijing office organise CPD member events. As the committee member of the IFoA China Technical Member Interest Group, I am now working with other volunteer FIAs to provide a platform for actuaries from all practice areas to be able to discuss issues.” Read the case study
Grace Pei Guan, FIA, Chief Actuary, Generali China
News and events
The IFoA has a wide range of news, events and community activites happening across the region.
For the latest information visit our china website.
Please get in touch with us if you have an interest in joining the actuarial profession, or employing actuaries in East Asia.
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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.
The role of actuaries within the health sector varies considerably from one country to another, due to differences in the local evolution of health systems and the funding models for health services.
This paper outlines key frameworks for reserving validation and techniques employed. Many companies lack an embedded reserve validation framework and validation is viewed as piecemeal and unstructured. The paper outlines a case study demonstrating how successful machine learning techniques will become and then goes on to discuss implications. The paper explores common validation approaches and their role in enhancing governance and confidence.
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.
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.
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, at 14.00 on Wednesday 1st December.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.