Professor Tom Kirkwood CBE

Tom Kirkwood was until recently Dean for Ageing at Newcastle University, having been Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health since 2004. During his directorship the institute developed to become the largest on ageing in the UK and one of the foremost of its kind in the world. He also recently began a part-time position as professor at the University of Copenhagen. His research has been on the scientific basis of ageing and its relationship with age-related disability and disease, including the impact of social and behavioral factors. He leads a major population-based investigation (the Newcastle 85+ Study) which has examined in unprecedented detail the spectrum of health and associated biological, functional and psychosocial measures in a cohort of very old people. He has advised the UK government on aspects of population ageing.  He has also worked with organizations in the business and voluntary sector, including the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (of which he is an honorary fellow).

                        

Matthew Edwards

Matthew Edwards is Head of Mortality and Longevity in the UK life insurance practice of Willis Towers Watson, with 25 years’ experience in the insurance sector – UK and overseas, life and P&C. He has a particular interest in developing medically informed disease-based and driver-based models of mortality. 

 

Chris Martin

Chris Martin is a practising General Practitioner and Health Informatition with an MSc and PhD from the Centre from Health Informatics and Multi-professional Education at UCL. He has specialised in cause of death and risk factors based mortality and longevity modelling to support health care decision-making at the clinical and policy level for over twenty years, and in the pensions and insurance industry since 2008.

He is a Fellow and former Council member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and is a former chairman of the Essex Faculty of the RCGP and the Essex Primary Care Research Network.

He is the co-founder of Crystallise Limited which provides medical modelling software to the finance and pharmaceuticals industries, and the Clinical Modelling Consultant at Legal and General.

 

Joseph Lu

Joseph Lu leads a multidisciplinary team of experts to research and develop innovative ways to improve the understanding of the risk of people living longer than expected, commonly called longevity risk.  He works for Legal & General, one of the UKs leading annuity providers. 

Joseph gained a bio-medical research background from University of Leicester’s College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology before becoming an actuary.  He is active in research & development with the Actuarial Profession which includes being the co-author of 2 prize-winning papers ‘Longevity in the 21st Century’ and ‘Two Dimensional Mortality Data: Patterns and Projections’ presented to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.  

He has been voted Life Actuary of the Year by the actuarial community through the Actuarial Post.

 

Paul Johnson

Paul has been director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies since January 2011. He is a visiting professor at UCL.

Previously Paul has worked at the FSA, the Department for Education and Frontier Economics. He was director of public spending in HM Treasury, and has served as deputy head of the UK Government Economic Service.

He is currently a member of the council and executive committee of the Royal Economic Society, is a member of the Climate Change Committee, and is a member of the Banking Standards Board. Paul was a founder board member of the Pensions Policy Institute. He carried out a review of auto-enrolment for government in 2010.

 

Carol Jagger

Carol Jagger is the AXA Professor of Epidemiology of Ageing at Newcastle University and she is Deputy Director and theme lead for ‘Ageing: Economic and Societal Impact’ in the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.

She studied mathematics at the University of Leeds and in 1984 received a PhD in Statistics from the University of Leicester where she worked until 2010, being awarded a personal Chair in 2000. Her research programme spans demography and epidemiology with a focus on mental and physical functioning in ageing and has three themes: Understanding variations in Healthy Active Life Expectancy; Disability and Functioning in Later Life; and Ageing Population Projections for Policy. She is the leading UK researcher on healthy life expectancy, and has been involved in the design or analysis of most major UK cohort studies of ageing including the MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies and the Newcastle 85+ Study. Nationally she has advised the Office for National Statistics and the Scottish Public Health Observatory on Healthy Life Expectancy and has provided evidence to various government committees and has recently completed a review of trends in life and healthy life expectancy for the Foresight Ageing project.

 

Dame Karen Dunnell

Dame Karen Dunnell is a social scientist and statistician. She spent the first seven years of her career working as a healthcare researcher in a research institute and a medical school. She then joined the Government Statistical Service. For 20 years she carried out large scale survey and epidemiological research mainly in health and demography. She became the Chief Medical Statistician in ONS , then Director of Social Statistics, and finally National Statistician in 2005. After retirement in 2009 she developed a portfolio of non executive positions which include membership of PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Interest Bodyv(2010-2015), Chair of L&Gs Longevity Science Panel and membership of the Governing bodies of a University and a secondary school.

 

Professor Elena Kulinskaya

Professor Elena Kulinskaya holds Aviva Chair in Statistics at  the School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia where she is  also  the Director of Machine Learning and Statistics Laboratory (from 2010).  Before moving to UEA, she was the Director of Statistical Advisory Service at Imperial College London.  The main areas of Elena’s research are statistical evidence and meta-analysis, and, from recently, statistical methods for Big Data analysis, and their applications in insurance, health and environmental sciences. She is an author or a co-author of ca 100 published research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and she is involved in a number of joint research projects.

Elena is the Principal Investigator on the IFoA funded ARC grant on Use of Big Health and Actuarial Data For Understanding Longevity And Morbidity Risks (2016-2020), heading a multidisciplinary UEA and Aviva team.

 

Jay Olshansky, Ph.D.

Jay Olshansky is currently a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The focus of his research to date has been on estimates of the upper limits to human longevity, exploring the health and public policy implications associated with individual and population aging, forecasts of the size, survival, and age structure of the population, pursuit of the scientific means to slow aging in people (The Longevity Dividend), and global implications of the re-emergence of infectious and parasitic diseases, and insurance linked securities.

Dr. Olshansky is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Federation for Aging Research, he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences and Biogerontology, he is on the editorial board of several other scientific journals, and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, and he is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

 

Dr. Amlan Roy

Dr Amlan Roy is an experienced researcher with nearly 30 years of experience across markets, policy advisory and academia. Amlan is a Global Macro Researcher/Thought Leader specialising in innovative research connecting Global Demographics to growth, debt, asset prices, pensions & insurance, asset allocation and risk management sectors, allocation, health, migration and unemployment. He presents to a global client base (across 30+ countries) that includes fund managers, hedge funds, insurance companies, pension funds, SWFs, governments and central banks. Amlan also speaks at 70+ global conference events annually. He is a Senior Research Associate of London School of Economics' Financial Markets Group and guest professor for London Business School's Finance department. He is also on the S&P Index Advisory Committee

 

 

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  • ARC Event on Periodical Payment Orders

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ
    20 February 2019

    Few spaces available

    The IFoA’s Actuarial Research Centre (ARC) is convening a research event on the subject of Periodical Payment Orders (PPOs) in late February 2019.

  • IFRS17 Workshop, 21 February

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    21 February 2019

    Spaces available

    IFoA Logo for EventsThe Life Board and Life Lifelong Learning Sub-committee are running this half-day workshop on IFRS 17.

    They will provide a detailed understanding of the key concepts of the standard, as well as discuss how implementation will impact people, process and systems.  They will also share views on how the new standard will change the way insurers are viewed in the market, and share perspectives from within and outside of the profession.

     

  • Data Science: Opportunities for Actuaries

    The IFoA's first virtual event   
    26 February 2019 - 28 February 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA are launching their first virtual conference on the topic of Data Science, that is free to attend. This is an exciting and forward thinking move to reach members all over the world and to share knowledge and discuss developments and techniques within data science.

  • Leicester Actuarial Science Society presents the 5th Annual Worshipful Company of Actuaries Lecture

    The University of Leicester, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3 (see map and directions)
    27 February 2019

    Spaces available

    IFoA President-Elect, John Taylor will discuss his work on 'robo advice' and the implications of technology for the future of the profession, but also his thoughts about the immediate priorities for the actuarial profession based on his first year with the Presidential Team. 

    The Worshipful Company of Actuaries will also be explaining their work and presenting two prizes: one each to the best performing 2nd year and 3rd year BSc Mathematics and Actuarial Science student at the University during the session.

  • ARC: ERM Results Launch Event

    Staple inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    28 February 2019

    Fully booked.

     

    This event is now full. We do operate a waiting system for this event should there become availability, which you can register for here and be added to the waitlist. We will email everyone on the waiting list nearer the time to confirm whether there is availability for them to attend.

     

  • SIAS Event: Challenges and Opportunities for Actuaries Working in Data Science

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    4 March 2019

    Spaces available

    This talk will present examples of the use of data science in the General Insurance and Health and Care practice areas. It will highlight some of the opportunities and challenges for actuaries in using the latest data science techniques in these fields.

    1. Lisa Balboa will present on using predictive analytics to improve health care forecasting.
    2. Alexander Hanks will present a practical example of training a neural network to fit curves to general insurance claims data.
  • Highlights of the Life Conference 2018 - London

    Ect Venues, 200 Aldersgate, St. Pauls, London EC1A 4HD
    5 March 2019

    Spaces available

    IFoA event AllThis event will cover the highlights from the Life Conference 2018 held in Liverpool. The Conference Committee has reviewed session feedback and has put together a high-quality technical programme featuring the best sessions from the Life Conference 2018.  Book now to ensure your place.

  • Life and F&I One Day Workshop

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    11 March 2019

    Spaces available

    IFoA Event Logo AllThis cross-practice event for Life actuaries and those in finance and investments roles offers high-quality CPD with a series of thought-provoking presentations covering economics and financial markets, responsible investment, CMA review outcome, FCA requirements, asset analytics, and much more.

  • Spring Lecture 2019, Edinburgh - Sir John Curtice

    Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    13 March 2019

    Fully booked.

    In conjunction with the Scottish BoardThe Edinburgh and London venues are now full. However, you can still register here to view the event live online, allowing those who cannot attend in person to stream the lecture to their computer, laptop, tablet, and phones wherever they are in the world. 
    We do operate a waiting system for each of the Edinburgh and London venues should there be availability, which you can register for here and be added to the waitlist. We will email everyone on the waiting list nearer the time to confirm whether there is availability for them to attend.
  • Spring Lecture 2019, Live stream at Staple Inn - Professor Sir John Curtice

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    13 March 2019

    Fully booked.

     
    In conjunction with the Scottish BoardFollowing the popularity of this year’s Spring Lecture, delivered by Professor Sir John Curtice, an additional venue has been sourced for Members to attend a London Livestream event at the Lloyd's building. Please register here. Alternatively, you can still register here  to view the event live online, allowing those who cannot attend in person to stream the lecture to their computer, laptop, tablet, and phones wherever they are in the world. 
     
  • Sessional Meeting: Investment risk for long term investors - risk measurement approaches

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    18 March 2019

    Spaces available

    The term ‘investment risk’ is often used loosely, and frequently confused with the notion of short term price volatility, particularly for equity instruments. For the long term investor, however, what is most apposite is the ability to meet future real cash flows as they become due.

  • Highlights of the Life Conference 2018 - Edinburgh

    Apex Grassmarket Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS
    19 March 2019

    Spaces available

    This event will cover the highlights from the Life Conference 2018 held in Liverpool. The Conference Committee has reviewed session feedback and has put together a high-quality technical programme featuring the best sessions from the Life Conference 2018.  Book now to ensure your place.

  • KSS event - FinTech and The Actuarial Profession

    Barnett Waddingham 163 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2JJ
    20 March 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk from FinTech Scotland's CEO will explore the mission to create an integrated Fintech ecosystem through provision of funding, support, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders - and the overarching aim for Scotland to be one of the top 5 Fintech global leaders by 2020.

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (26 March 19)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    26 March 2019

    Spaces available

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2018/2019.  This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (16 April 19)

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    16 April 2019

    Fully booked.

    Please register here to join the wait list

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2018/2019.  This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • TIGI 2019 (Technical Issues in General Insurance)

    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE
    25-26 April 2019
    Spaces available

    This General Insurance CPD offering has been changed from former years of individual one day seminars to include individual sessions for IFRS 17, Pricing, Capital Modelling and Reserving over a two-day event  packaged as Technical Issues in General Insurance, providing attendees with a varied program . The event is suitable for anyone who works, or are interested, in these areas.

  • Professional Skills Training - Edinburgh (30 April 19)

    IFoA (Edinburgh), Level 2, Exchange Crescent 7 Conference Square Edinburgh EH3 8RA
    30 April 2019

    Spaces available

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2018/2019.  This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2019, Chengdu

    Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden, Poly Park 198, No. 1980 ShuLong Avenue,Xindu District, Chengdu
    09-10 May 2019
    Spaces available

    IfoA Logo for eventsOffering a diverse selection of plenary sessions and cross-practice workshops, the annual Asia Conference is the perfect opportunity to discover and discuss current and developing actuarial topics in Asia, whilst providing excellent opportunity to grow your network of contacts.

  • CILA 2019

    30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
    14 May 2019

    Spaces available

    CILA is one of the pre-eminent events in the annual Life calendar. It is aimed at practicing life actuaries from life offices, consulting firms and other employers of actuaries. It will also be of interest to all those who work in or advise on, the life assurance market in the UK and Europe.

  • Risk and Investment one day Conference 2019

    Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, Strand, London WC2N 5HX
    20-21 May 2019
    Spaces available

    This year's Risk and Investment Conference will be taking place at Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, London.

    To book your place click here.

     

  • Sessional Research Event - Saving for Retirement: Rules of Thumb

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    20 May 2019

    Spaces available

    How much does the average person need to save over a full working life to provide a decent retirement income? We call this the Lifetime Pension Contribution (LPC) and have attempted to quantify it.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (12 June 19)

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    12 June 2019

    Spaces available

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2018/2019.  This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • NED Event: Behavioural Finance and Boards

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    18 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Substantial work has been undertaken in the field of behavioural finance to explore the psychological factors affecting investment decisions made by individuals.  In contrast, “behavioural” factors (such as politics or human psychology) affecting decisions and actions made by institutional investors, such as insurers or pension schemes, are less understood.

  • Pensions Conference 2019

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
    18-19 June 2019
    Spaces available

    This year's Pensions Conference will be taking place at the Bristol Marriott City Centre.

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    CIGI will provide an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers, each providing their insight and knowledge on a range of topics.  The programme will be broad in nature, so will be of most value to those with some experience in the industry. 

  • Professional Skills Training - London (25 June 19)

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    25 June 2019

    Spaces available

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2018/2019. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.