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9 July 2020
This webinar focussed on the challenges and issues facing defined contribution savers who wish to access illiquid investments. Our speakers provide perspectives from their diverse experience, including DC fund implementation, platforms, master trusts, the role of trustees, regulation, and parallels with other fund types. They then come together in a panel discussion with audience interaction. The webinar is likely to be of interest to actuaries working across the spectrum of financial services, including investment advisers, asset managers, insurers, fund platforms and DC master trusts.
Speakers: Shalin Bhagwan, John Forbes, Imran Razvi, Rene Poisson, Jenny Doyle, Michelle Darracott, Emma Douglas
25 June 2020
Climate change represents a material risk to future financial stability and creates implications for the work, actions and decision making of actuaries. Join us to learn about the science behind global warming and what that means for policy makers and society over the coming decades. We will then look at how the UK Government’s first ever Green Finance Strategy responds to what the science of climate change means for financial services, how we can green the financial system, finance our green priorities and capture the opportunity that a global market for green financial services presents.
Speakers: Dr Rhian Rees-Owen, Senior Climate Science Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ed Hogg, Head of Green Finance, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
24 June 2020
In this webinar, Aunnie Patton Power discussed the emerging trend of using artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technology, remote sensing and cell phone based survey in the collection of social impact data and how this is transforming social impact deals and funds.
The webinar looked at how will the technological advances Aunnie is talking about scale the reach of social impact initiatives and investments, what is distinctive about the role of data in social impact, and whether this could be a growth area for actuarial employment/skills. This webinar should be of interest to those with an interest in understanding the technology and/or social impact investing, and Actuaries in the investment space. Speaker: Aunnie Patton Power.
19 March 2020
The IFoA and its Social Impact Investment Working Party delivered this webinar to introduce social impact investing and explore the role of actuaries in this growing field. The presenters used their international experience of this significant and growing market to clarify often confusing terminology, describe key trends, and explore the ways in which actuaries can contribute in this field.
Chair: Kudzai Chigiji. Speakers: Kurt Morriesen is the Head of Sustainability in Europe for the UN Development Programme and Shilpi Nanda is an actuary who led an innovation project with the public sector social health insurance scheme in Ghana.
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