The Zurich Actuarial Society ('the Society' or 'ZAS') is a regional community working with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)
Zurich Actuarial Society (ZAS) has the following objectives:
- to engage with all actuaries (not just members of the IFoA) in the wider Zurich area
- to provide opportunities for networking and CPD
- to liaise with academia
- to create a bridge with local actuarial groups.
Any member in good standing of the IFoA or any equivalent actuarial professional body is eligible to become a member of the Society
The Committee at its sole discretion may admit as a member anyone else provided that person's membership is consistent with achieving the objectives of the Society.
Membership of the Society is free of charge.
|Dimitra Charisi, Secretary
Dimitra has more than 15 years of experience mostly in Life and Health Reinsurance.
She started working in London, moving on to Athens where she gained experience in direct companies as well. Dimitra has been in Switzerland for the last 4 years. Currently she focuses on Medical Insurance in Europe.
She is an Associate Member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, volunteer member of the Health and Care ECPD Committee as well as a member of the Swiss Actuarial Association.
Adina Ciobotea, Student Consultative Representative
Adina has ten years of actuarial experience in Life Insurance, Reinsurance and Consultancy.
Before moving to Switzerland she lived and worked in several European markets including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Romania and the Czech Republic. Currently she is responsible for developing group life insurance risk methodology in Zurich Life Insurance Company.
Adina is the Continental Europe representative for IFRoA students on the International Students Consultative Forum.
|Mark Cockroft, Deputy Chair and Chair designate
Mark has more than 20 years of experience in general insurance actuarial work, with expertise in pricing, reserving and capital modeling for a variety of lines of business and firms.
Mark started his career in the London market and international reinsurance operations such as GE Frankona and Endurance. Prior to joining Qatar Re as Chief Actuary, he chaired the Institute of Actuaries working party researching the effects of Periodic Payment Orders (PPOs) in the UK.
He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and of the Singapore Actuarial Society, a member of ASTIN and he is a founding member and member of the committee for the Gulf Actuarial Society.
|Ronel Meyer, Committee Member
Ronel has over 15 years of experience in the general insurance market, including reinsurance pricing, reserving and economic capital modelling. She started her career in South Africa, followed by two years in London and has worked in Switzerland since 2005. In her current role at PwC, she provides audit support and actuarial consulting services to Swiss (re)insurers and captives.
She is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, as well as a member of the Swiss Actuarial Association.
Chris Reynolds, Chair
Chris has worked within the Life Insurance Industry for over 10 years. He is a qualified actuary with experience from both direct and reinsurance. As Head of Long Term Propositions, Chris leads an international multidisciplinary team of actuaries and medical underwriters who are responsible for developing and maintaining PartnerRe’s long term life propositions. He is an active volunteer for the UK actuarial profession, a member of the CMI Assurances Committee, Chair of the Health and Care Research Committee and regular presenter at industry events.
Alexander Summers, Committee Member
After starting his career at Tillinghast in London, Alex has been working for Zurich Insurance Company in Zurich since 2009 in a variety of life actuarial roles, most recently as Chief Life Actuary for Zurich’s international group life and disability protection businesses. Alex is a Fellow of the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and has master's degrees in mathematics and statistics from Cambridge University.
Roberto Vegro, Committee Member
Roberto started his career in Italy in 2009 working as an Actuarial Consultant, before taking several corporate actuarial roles across Europe (Republic of Ireland, UK, and more recently Switzerland). Most of his background is in Non-life Reserving, Economic Capital, Risk Management and Pricing. Currently he is working as a Senior Non-Life Actuary for PartnerRe in Zurich. He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Italian Actuarial Association (Ordine Nazionale degli Attuari).
Jeffery Yong, Committee Member
Jeff is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries with over 14 years of experience in insurance regulations. He currently works at the Financial Stability Institute (FSI), Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The FSI’s objectives include promoting the implementation of international financial supervisory standards globally. Jeff is the Project Manager of FSI Connect, the BIS’ online learning and information tool for financial sector supervisors and central banks. His role includes authoring FSI Connect insurance tutorials and delivering the FSI's seminar programme. Jeff has also worked at the Central Bank of Malaysia and the Secretariat of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
Steven Wilson, Committee Member
Steve has over 30 years of industry experience, with an emphasis on general insurance. His early career was in consulting in London, moving to the company side shortly after qualifying. He held roles in actuarial, finance, strategy and general management before relocating to Switzerland in 2004 when he was appointed Group Chief Actuary for Zurich. He has held several further international roles based in Zurich.
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For information regarding regional societies, please contact the Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Kirstie Smith.