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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  • 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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    Actuaries need to take action now - but how?  With a focus on climate change, this session will provide informed insight to enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the issues involved, demonstrate how it will impact advice to your clients, and highlight prospective opportunities for actuaries within pensions and wider fields.

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    A joint webinar from the CMI Mortality Projections and SAPS committees that will cover: recent mortality experience in the SAPS dataset and the general population; the CMI Model benchmarking survey; the MPC 2021 interim update paper; plans for CMI_2021; and initial thoughts on possible "S4" Series pensioner mortality tables.

    The webinar will be presented by Cobus Daneel (Chair of Mortality Projections Committee) and Matthew Fletcher (Chair of SAPS Committee).

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    Pension scams have become more prevalent as a result of the pandemic, and Trustees have increased responsibilities to protect members, which means that actuaries need to be in a position to provide advice in this area. Our specialist panel will include a professional trustee, an IFA and head administrator, two of whom are members of PASA.

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    The Covid-19 pandemic creates a challenge for actuaries analysing experience data that includes mortality shocks.  To address this we present a methodology for modelling portfolio mortality data that offers local flexibility in the time dimension.  The approach permits the identification of seasonal variation, mortality shocks, and late-reported deaths.  The methodology also allows actuaries to measure portfolio-specific mortality improvements.  Results are given for a mature annuity portfolio in the UK

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    In this webinar, the authors of the 2021 Brian Hey prize winning paper present a new deep learning model called the LocalGLMnet. While deep learning models lead to very competitive regression models, often outperforming classical statistical models such as generalized linear models, the disadvantage is that deep learning solutions are difficult to interpret and explain, and variable selection is not easily possible.

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    The dominant underwriting approach is a mix between rule-based engines and traditional underwriting. Applications are first assessed by automated rule-based engines which typically are capable of processing only simple applications. The remaining applications are reviewed by underwriters or referred to the reinsurers. This research aims to construct predictive machine learning models for complicated applications that cannot be processed by rule-based engines.

  • Spaces available

    With the Pension Schemes Act 2021 requiring a long term strategy from Trustees and sponsors, choosing a pensions endgame strategy has become even more critical. However, it is important that the endgame options available are adequately assessed before choosing one. With an ever-increasing array of creative and innovative options available, this decision may not be straightforward.