This research consortium is 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 webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

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    Retail banking is going through a period of substantial change as it moves into the digital age. Banks have large amounts of data about their customers and about their risks. Open data application programming interface (APIs) and data science are enabling banks to use their data to offer innovative and sometimes personalised services. Data science is also adding value in risk areas such as fraud detection and cyber security. At the same time, the move to online banking is making it easier for firms including fintechs to enter banking without having to establish branch networks.

  • UK Town Hall 08:30-09:30

    Webinar
    4 December 2020

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    IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual UK Town Hall 2020, hosted by Tan Suee Chieh with IFoA’s Immediate Past President, John Taylor, President Elect, Louise Pryor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.  

  • UK Town Hall 10:00-11:00

    Webinar
    4 December 2020

    Spaces available

    IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual UK Town Hall 2020, hosted by Tan Suee Chieh with IFoA’s Immediate Past President, John Taylor, President Elect, Louise Pryor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.  

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    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

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    Patrick Kennedy, Partner at Gateley Legal and Founding Director of Entrust (a leading professional pensions trustee company), will be delivering an update on the latest legal developments during the course of 2020. With both a pensions legal perspective and over 25 years of trustee service, Patrick will seek to highlight how the letter of the law has continued to evolve against the backdrop of a difficult and challenging year

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    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report. 

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    Running off the £2 trillion of UK corporate sector defined benefit liabilities in an efficient and effective fashion is the biggest challenge facing the UK pensions industry. Trustees and sponsors overseeing those schemes need to be clear on their target end-state and the associated journey plan – but too few have well articulated and robust plans.

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    The actuarial skill set has much to offer the banking industry. So many of the skills that actuaries acquire during their working life translate across to the world of banking and yet banking is perceived as an alien environment to many actuaries. But is it?

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    Covid-19 has required an urgent and cross-practice initiative to facilitate the extensive impact this pandemic has across all industries. IFoA members have been keen to contribute in a different way, so we developed the IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce [ICAT] to coordinate our effort, with a more efficient governance.

    We have over 500 volunteers and countless topics which we have amalgamated into 93 workstreams.