This research consortium was made up of academics and industry experts from across the globe

Research Team Biographies

Prof. Elena Kulinskaya
Aviva Chair in Statistics, UEA
Research interests: meta-analysis and evidence synthesis, statistical methods for Big Data analysis, actuarial  and medical statistics.

Dr. Beatriz de la Iglesia
Senior Lecturer, UEA
Research interests: data mining algorithm development and application of data mining techniques ranging from financial data to biological and medical data.

Prof. Nicholas Steel
Clinical Professor in Public Health, UEA
Research interests: measuring health care quality in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, assessing the applicability of NICE guidelines to primary care, managing referrals in general practice, and evaluating local and national effects of UK quality improvement initiatives, including the UK Quality and Outcomes Framework for general practices.

Prof. Ruth Hancock
Professor-Economics of Health & Welfare, Norwich Medical School, UEA
Research interests:  economic, health and social policy implications of individual and population ageing with a particular focus on financial provision for later life and provision for long-term care needs.
 
Dr. Dmitry Pshezhetskiy
Senior Research Fellow/Honorary Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School, UEA
Research interests:  epigenetic diagnostic markers of cancer progression in prostate, colorectal and ovarian cancer; developing new nanoparticle-based cancer therapies that allow effective and safe treatment of prostate and breast cancers; investigating oncogene/cytokine signalling in tumour microenvironment

Mr. Nigel Wright
Actuary, the Life Risk Analytics team, Aviva

Ms. Sarah Allen
Senior Data Analyst, the Life Risk Analytics team, Aviva

Mr. Ilyas Bakbergenuly
Senior Research Associate, UEA
Research interests: Meta-analysis, statistical methods, survival analysis, actuarial statistics.

Dr. Lisanne Gitsels
Senior Research Associate, UEA
Research interests: biostatistics, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, medical data, and care provision data.
 
Mr. Hussein M Wahedally
Postgraduate research student, UEA
Research interests: actuarial and medical statistics, survival analysis, mortality/longevity risk modelling, big health data analysis, joint replacements.

Ms. Padma Chutoo
Postgraduate research student, UEA
Research interests: Applied Statistics, Health Statistics, Risk Management and Insurance.

Mrs. Nurunnahar Akter
Postgraduate research student, UEA
Research interests: survival analysis, medical statistics, mathematical modelling in medicine and actuarial statistics.
 
Mr. Njabulo Ncube
Postgraduate research student, UEA
Research interests: longevity risk, health statistics, risk theory, survival analysis and social security statistical and actuarial dynamics.

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  • Spaces available

    The Actuaries’ Carbon Collaboration (ACC) is a group of actuaries and other professionals working towards a coherent understanding of the issues around greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by considering them in an actuarial context.

    Emissions into and absorption from the atmosphere can be modelled in the same way that we model variable cash flows, including the impacts of uncertain quantities and timing. The ACC’s work investigates both the insights that this analogy provides and its limitations.

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    This talk presents the work of the Data and Modelling workstream of the IFoA Mental Health Working Party. We explore data and modelling considerations in the risk assessment and underwriting of mental health conditions. We will also consider how newer risk factors and improved data availability might open up opportunities for additional underwriting and product designs.

  • Pensions Dashboards

    12 July 2022

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    As the industry prepares for Pensions Dashboards, we have lined up a specialist panel who is at the heart of the ongoing work in this area. Hear the latest developments, future proposals and have the opportunity to put forward your questions to our speakers.

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    Crisis management, the process by which an organization deals with a disruptive, sudden and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization or its stakeholders, has become a key concern in the light of the Pandemic and Geopolitical risks.

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    Artificial Intelligence is heralded as a game-changer to the ways industries use data, with the insurance industry especially looking to embrace these new technologies. This brings many questions – not least around data privacy, ethics, potential biases and so on – with regulators increasingly interested in developments.

    Moreover, whilst the stunning progress of specific technologies such as Watson and Alphazero made headlines some years ago, current commercial applications of AI remain far from mature.

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    This webinar will cover:

    • Some background on the risks of misselling in an ESG context, including the DWS case

    • Achieving positive impact is a strong antidote to the risks of greenwashing or ESG misselling, however this risks having a tension with fiduciary responsibilities

    • This tension can be resolved with a concept called Universal Ownership

    • Under Universal ownership, investors have an appetite to make a loss in order to achieve positive impact, and yet still have no compromise on their fiduciary responsibilities

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    This session will focus on the transformation roadmap of the healthcare sector in KSA and the role of actuarial capabilities in enhancing its evolution to the desired end stage as per the objectives of the Vision 2030. The discussion will focus how the system has evolved so far and shed light on  the expected future changes. Through examining  the transformation, we will highlight how the sector is and can use actuarial  expertise to not only assist with this transformation but also use basic actuarial principles to identify the key risks and their respective mitigation strategies.

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    The purpose of this research paper is to explore enterprise risk management lessons which can be learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic in preparation for potential future pandemics as well as other “gray rhino” or “black swan” events. This paper is not intended to be an all-encompassing solution to the issues presented by Covid-19; rather, the content has been provided to help drive discussions regarding how risk management processes may need to evolve in line with the dynamic nature of the underlying risks that they sometimes need to capture.

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    The IFoA's Infrastructure Working Party, led by Chris Lewin, will present its new introductory guide to infrastructure investment, which will be published on the IFoA web-site prior to the webinar.   Those readers whose institutions have already taken the plunge into infrastructure will know that it is a highly complex and diverse field of activity.   This guide does not explore all the matters which investors take into account, but it does discuss many of the more important points, including the risks and past returns, benchmarking, and ESG and SDG considerations.    Attendees will be invi

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    Health contributes to happiness at the personal, family, community and societal level.  Health, importantly underpins all our economic security. This talk will explore the drivers of our health, the measurement of health and the steps we can take to improve health – most of which lie outside the NHS.