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The IFoA's Risk Strategy

The IFoA's Risk Strategy is ‘to facilitate the movement of actuaries into the wider risk management space where their analytical and overarching risk management skills would enable them to significantly contribute to the organisation's success’

Philip Scott, former President, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, launched the profession's ERM strategy at the Risk and Investment Conference in 2012. Today the strategy is being driven by the Risk Management Board's objectives.

Opportunites in risk management

Businesses and the public sector face multiple increased challenges and greater uncertainty in a world that is rapidly changing - organisations need to manage their risks better to succeed and to serve all stakeholders well.

The profession believes that members can develop influential roles in wider risk management, building on core skills in our traditional areas such as insurance and pensions and expanding into newer areas within investments and retail banking to help manage other business risks.

In this way, we believe that the profession needs to expand its horizon of activity to meet the needs of its growing global membership for stimulating and well rewarded jobs that leverage core actuarial skills and serve the public interest.

Our expertise

Actuaries have a particular expertise in risk management, combining technical capabilities with a breadth of business and financial understanding. This powerful combination places actuaries in a strong position to develop influential roles in risk management, not only in traditional sectors, but in other areas of financial services and beyond.

The need

Increasing complexity and regulation are two of the greatest challenges facing businesses today.  Against this background, organisations are restructuring their approaches to risk management and developing frameworks to provide an enterprise-wide risk perspective to effectively balance the limitation of downside risk with the exploitation of the upside potential. It is a challenging undertaking that is providing opportunities for both technical and business professionals.

Why actuaries are in a strong position

 Their distinguishing characteristics:

  • Professional objectivity
  • Financial modelling expertise
  • Experienced in dealing with uncertainty
  • Ability to look at the overall risk in a business context
  • Ability to communicate and influence at senior levels
  • Forward looking perspective.

Contact Details

For more information about Risk Management working parties contact the CommunitiesTeam.

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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    There is a lack of publicly available information covering the practices insurers employ to manage their exposure to reinsurance recapture risk. A working party was set-up to shed light on the different approaches insurers use to mitigate this complicated to manage risk. This report is intended to form part of a publicly available information repository that market practitioners can refer to and reflect on as best practice evolves and develops.

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    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.

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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.

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    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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    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:

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    • 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.