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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We’ve all heard about the gender pay gap. Sadly, the gap doesn’t just exist with base pay.
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In the spirit of fostering the IFoA’s vibrant, global community and enabling our members to participate, we have decided to hold our AGM virtually again this year. This allows for greater accessibility to this important annual event, and for greater accountability of our organisation.
The Business of the AGM
Join newly inaugurated IFoA President, Matt Saker, for his Presidential Address.
We’re delighted to welcome you back to our first in-person conference since early 2020, also being delivered virtually in our first-ever hybrid event. The theme of our inaugural two-day conference is ‘Focusing on tomorrow’s actuary’ and will explore the contribution actuarial science is making to some of tomorrow’s biggest issues.