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The science of epidemic handling and response has long been an area of actuarial expertise. 

With an increasingly connected and complex world a pandemic can impact our health, wellbeing, and livelihood from many different perspectives and in ways that can be difficult to predict.  The multi-faceted influence of Covid-19 reflects the extent to which the work of actuaries and the industries that we work in are also impacted; this is an extreme event that actuaries from all Practice Areas may need to consider carefully in their work – from the obvious healthcare aspect to the wider economic fallout through falling asset values and challenging investment markets, to the non-life insurance industry facing claims for business interruption, travel disruption and legal liability challenges, to risk management practitioners trying to bring it all together.

As the global response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) gathers pace, our IFoA Pandemics Hub aims to provide the actuarial perspective on epidemic mitigation and control. Gathering together the most relevant research, articles, and insight on the subject from recognised experts; this resource is designed to ensure our members are fully appraised as to the actuarial approach. 

"At times like this, the IFoA has a significant role to play in both supporting our members and responding to the wider societal challenges. The IFoA COVID-19 Action Task Force aims to provide a range of outputs to support our members across all practice areas. We also seek to provide actuarial insight that could help and inform our members and others and contribute towards managing the impacts of this crisis."

Dr Louise Pryor

Incoming IFoA President-elect

Please see the IFoA’s Coronavirus Policy for our latest operational response to the current COVID-19 epidemic.


Resources and debate

Find out more about how the profession is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Spaces available

    Drawing from his most recent book “The New Long Life” and his longevity research Andrew J Scott will outline how longer lives and new technologies will fundamentally reshape how we structure our lives and transform the economy. As well as looking at the agenda this will set governments and corporates he will focus on the implications for you and how you prepare your future career.

  • India Town Hall

    Webinar
    28 January 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

  • Spaces available

    What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?

    In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.

  • Spaces available

    Trust and Leadership for Actuaries

    Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:

  • Health and Care Hot Topics webinar

    Online webinar
    10 February 2021

    Spaces available

    In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.

    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

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    As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.