Professor Catherine Donnelly Principal investigator.

Prof.Catherine Donnelly is a Professor in the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at Heriot-Watt University and is Director of the Risk Insight Lab. Prof. Donnelly is a qualified actuary who has previously worked in the pensions industry. She has a PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada, an MSc from the University of Oxford and a MA from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in pensions and life insurance, and she has published widely in these areas.  She was a member of the USS Joint Expert Panel in 2018.  Prof. Donnelly has a keen interest in developing workable solutions to improve people’s financial situation in retirement.

Andres Barajas Paz

Andres Barajas Paz is a Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at Heriot-Watt University.  He has BSc and MSc in Finance (Hons) degrees from UNAM, Mexico, obtaining the Alfonso Caso Award for excellence in his MSc in Finance studies and best dissertation. Before coming to the UK, he worked for the Mexican Federal Government at SHF.

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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.

  • Spaces available

    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

    Online
    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    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

    Online
    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    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.