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Global Student Consultative Forums

What are the Global Student Consultative Forums?

Our student forums are discussion groups, designed to give our students a direct channel of communication and the opportunity to feedback to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

What do the Global Student Consultative Forums (GSCF) do?

There are six student forums around the globe:

  • Americas
  • Europe
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand

The forums meet twice a year, around six weeks after the April and September exam sessions to discuss issues of concern from our students, and to receive updates and information on developments in the education strategy and the services we provide.

The forums are chaired by a Lead Student Rep - a student from that particular region-and the membership comprises of a number of other Student Reps who represent particular groups of students.

We want to encourage you to interact with us on topics such as our education strategy, tuition, exams, and other related topics. Discussions at the meetings often include questions about the exam content, pass marks and logistical arrangements.

Who should I contact?

International students should contact their local representative or Education Services.

The Global forum membership, representing students from the different regions, includes:

Region Email Contact Members Meeting Notes
  • Brian Blake - Lead Representative
  • Katherine Wang
  • Dipti Kalyandurg
  • Andrea Noronha







(not including UK and Republic of Ireland)
  • Lead Representative
  • Hanna Hohner
  • Joao Santos Almeida




Africa and the Middle East
  • Neema Tarimo - Lead Representative
  • Darshan Purmessur - Lead Representative
  • Sailajah Ganesan
  • Olanrewaju Ibidapo
  • Mohammed Khasawneh
  • Oluwafemi Falola
  • Blessing Tauzeni 
  • Timothy Aine
  • Pauline Muinde 
  • Dwizina  Shawa
  • Sibongile Muromba







East Asia
  • Yushuo Liu
  • Mei So
  • Zhongtian Tang
  • Zhirui Cao
  • Jiacheng Ge






South Asia

  •  Maha Ansari - Lead Representative
  • Ekta Mehta - Lead Representative
  • Adeetya Tantia
  • Vrinda Aggarwal
  • Kanishka Singhal 
  • Gunjan Goyal 
  • Neel Doshi
  • Diwaker Goyal
  • Shrreita Shetty
  • Sylvia D Benhur 
  • Payal Saria







South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • Heting Yang - Lead Representative   
  • Sithira Paranchothi 
  • Yong Shern Leong
  • Melissa Koay
  • Napoom Suwannapoom 
  • Bing Yan 








IFoA Executive Staff who support the Global Forums
Quality Manager Matt Tennant (Secretary)

How can I get involved?

Vacancies for Lead Student Rep and Student Reps serving on the Global Forums will be advertised on the Volunteer Vacancies webpage. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Forum, please keep an eye on the volunteer vacancies webpage or sign up to receive the RSS feed.

Previous International forum meeting notes

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Contact Details

Member Services Team

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1st Floor, Park Central, 40/41 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD

+44 1865 268207

We aim to respond to all enquiries within two working days.

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