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Certificate in Data Scinece - One year on

In June 2019 John Taylor as President, announced the IFoA would launch its Certificate in Data Science In April 2020. Since then, the IFoA has run three cohorts of examinations and just under 400 members have sat the Certificate in Data Science. In this webinar we catch up with John, and hear from Josephine Robertson, Sam Blanchard, and Charchit Agrawal all of whom participated in the new Certificate, to share how they have applied the knowledge they have gained in their respective workplaces. We will also hear from Philip Darke who will discuss how Data Science is impacting actuarial work, before finally looking at the IFoA’s next developments in data science education.


Data Science in Banking - Opportunities and Risks
December 2020

In this webinar, the speakers discussed developments in various geographic areas and considered ethical issues in data science.
Chair: John Taylor, Immediate Past President. Speakers: Mahidhara Davangere, Pramartha; Phillip Darke; Rendani Mbuvha, University of the Wirwatersrand; Crawford Taylor, Nude Finance

Data Science Webinar Series

Artificial Intelligence in Actuarial Work
Speaker: Nicholas Yeo, Nicholas Actuarial Solutions

This webinar provided insight into the emerging technologies that will interact with the actuarial profession in order to provide a frame of reference for actuaries to use in performing actuarial work, such as AI in motor insurance pricing, in loss reserving, in mortality modeling, in underwriting and in fraud & claims.

Communicating Data Science
Speakers: Chair: Asif John, ARGenesis, Alex Labram, Grant Thornton, Stelio Passaris, FIS

The aim of this webinar was to give actuaries an approach and checklist of considerations for communicating the results, methods, and technical specifics of a machine learning model to relevant parties.

Data Science & AI in Banking Risk Management
Speaker: Mahidhara Davangere, Pramartha

An introduction to Data Science & Artificial Intelligence, changes across the banking sector. 

Machine Learning in Portfolio Management
Speaker: Jiajia Cui Moody's Analytics

In this session, speaker Jiajia presented a case study applying “Q Learning” method in portfolio management optimization.

Next-Gen Insurance leveraging partnerships and advanced analytics
Speaker: Mohit Gupta, AXA

Gives an overview of evolving customer needs, use of advanced analytics across the insurance value chain, considerations to engage in data-driven partnerships, and a glimpse into AXA’s ongoing transformation journey to become a data-driven and tech-led company.

Modular Framework of Machine Learning Pipeline
Speaker: John Ng, Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

In this presentation John introduced a modular framework of streamlining analytics and machine learning workflow in enterprises.  

The role of data science in customer-centric insurance
Speaker: Michael Storozhev, Cover More Travel

Showcasing ML, AI and Natural Language Processing techniques, this presentation showcased a journey in travel insurance combining external online insights with free text data and help build products that meet expectations of regulators and customers.

Why data science and AI needs us more than ever
Speakers: Dame Wendy Hall,Melanie Zhang, Stuart Coleman, Colin Thores
This session covered some examples of Machine Learning (ML) being used in both traditional actuarial and wider industries, and highlight a few common fallacies that can occur when interpreting the results.

Using Data Analytics for P&C Growth and Profit Optimization
Speakers: Sylvia Pleskot and Calum Thornhill, Swiss Re

This webinar covered the overview of combining portfolio data with external data and looked at the Why? What? How? and discussed some of the latest trends around the world.

Introduction to Data Science MIG- Professionalism, Regulation and Ethics

This webinar provided an overview of research undertaken within the Data Science MIG with focus on one work stream “Professionalism, Regulation & Ethics”. It also gave an overview of the key topics, exploring what TAS 100 means for data science algorithms, why you might need to take more care with data science to avoid breaching regulatory requirements, and which ethical considerations are relevant to data science.

AI: A red eyed terminator or an actuary's best friend?
Speaker: John Taylor, immediate past-President of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Despite long-running concerns that innovation could lead to widespread redundancy, technology has enabled greater productivity, created higher-value jobs and spurred us on to new heights. With artificial intelligence increasingly automating work undertaken by professionals, I look at the prospects for the actuarial profession in the era of unprecedented technological innovation. Whilst this “double-edged sword” will see some traditional actuarial tasks being automated, I contend it will create more opportunity for actuaries to contribute to a broader range of important issues such as climate change and consumer finances. Moreover, the prevalence of data provides a platform for actuaries to make a difference outside the traditional sectors of insurance and pensions.

How actuaries can optimize usage of data science techniques within their sectors

The world of Data Science continues to exponentially grow with unknown limits and where it can reach. However, without data we will all still face these challenges in our day to day life.

The aim of the event was to demonstrate how we can optimize the usage of data science techniques within the actuarial domain across our sectors covering the following six areas: IFoA Data Science certification program • General Insurance • Life and Health • Insurtech • Ethics & Regulation • Data Strategy in the following sessions available to view on the IFoA's Virtual Learning Environment:

Establishing a Data Strategy:Data Culture, Data Management & Data Risks

Machine learning applications to non-life pricing

General Insurance: Making machine learning techniques interpretable

Data Visualisation in Insurance

Pricing and commercial applications in Life/Health insurance

Capital Proxy Modelling with the use of Machine Learning Algorithms

Enterprise Machine Learning Pipeline

Introduction to Insuretech

The practical applications of IoT in Life Reserving

Machine learning in GI Reserving

Overview of the IFoA Data Science Certificate

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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Fully booked.

    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.

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    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

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    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
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    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

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    This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.

    The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.

  • Life 2021 Webinar Series

    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
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    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

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    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. 

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    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 Many Faces of Bias

    2 December 2021

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    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?