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IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce (ICAT) workstreams

Covid-19 a once-in-a-century event that will shape the profession for years to come.  Some actuaries, particularly those involved in pandemic risk, are now at the forefront of understanding Covid-19. Many more are involved in supporting clients and employers deal with the varied implications.

The IFoA has a significant role to play in the current crisis and in order to ensure that it can do this speedily and effectively, a Covid-19 Action Taskforce (ICAT) was established and is responsible for leading and coordinating the IFoA’s response to the coronavirus crisis.  This volunteer activity across the organisation is led by Louise Pryor (incoming President-Elect) along with Colin Dutkiewicz (Chair, Life Board) and Jo Davis (Head of Communities).

There is also a small team of volunteers working with this ICAT Management Team; Julie Pallister, (lead), Kirstin Cam, Holly Steward and Randy Wright who undertake miscellaneous tasks to aid with the coordination, oversight and running of the ICAT workstreams. To date this has included reviewing and presenting the results of the survey, supporting with workstream volunteer allocations, coordinating responses to reviews of papers and assisting with communications.

We have received interest from 557 volunteers and countless topics which have been amalgamated into 93 workstreams.

Below is what we know thus far and will be updated regularly as more information comes through.

To help the Practice Boards and workstreams in their work, we have produced a helpful Guidance Note. Please contact Dawn McIntosh for further information.

Download the guidance note


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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Spaces available

    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.

  • Spaces available

    In this webinar, we will discuss how cause-of-death data from the Office for National Statistics can help us to understand how inequalities arise at the all-cause level. The key to understanding mortality inequality is to think about the chain that connects risk factors, relative risks, and cause-of-death mortality through to all-cause mortality.

  • Spaces available

    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.