Young Data Analytics Working Group (YDAWG)


Aaron Blackwell

Aaron Blackwell is an Analytics Lead at Quantium 

Arjun Sathasivam

Arjun Sathasivam is an Actuarial Analyst at CommInsure 

Ean Chan

Ean Chan is a manager in the Life Insurance Team at Ernst & Young. He has previously been involved with the Life Insurance and Data Analytics Working Group and has a keen interest in data analytics and new analytical techniques 

Elliot Dawson

Elliot Dawson is a senior consultant at Deloitte, based in the Melbourne office. 
Henry Ma

Henry Ma

Henry is the Secretary for the Young Data Analytics Working Group and a consultant at Deloitte’s actuarial practice with experience in market risk, analytics, and insurance. He is passionate about applying analytical skills in banking and financial services industry, and combing the power of data analytics with the actuarial discipline to add value in business strategy, risk intelligence, and capital management. 

Jacky Poon

Jacky is the current Convenor of the Young Data Analytics Working Group and the Head of Actuarial Pricing & Financial Modelling at nib Travel, the Travel Insurance division of nib Health Funds. He edits the monthly Data Analytics Newsletter for Actuaries Institute members. He is also member of the IFoA Machine Learning Reserving Working Party and has a keen interest in research on the use of data analytics and machine learning techniques to complement the traditional actuarial skillset in insurance. 

Jin Cui

Jin is the Actuarial Manager at ClearView Wealth Limited. Jin’s current role spans traditional actuarial work such as Pricing, Valuation, Actuarial Systems, Embedded Value and Profit Reporting, to the more recently non-traditional work such as application of data analytics and machine learning in life insurance.

Jin is passionate about ‘unlocking’ the potential of increased access to data for areas such as claims management, retention initiatives and sales.

Jon Shen

Jon is a Principal in Suncorp's Data Science & Analytics Division. His role focuses on using data science to optimise business processes and uplift analytical capability across the entire organisation: General Insurance, Life Insurance, Banking, and Enterprise Functions. Through his career he has designed, led and delivered successful initiatives across many areas including pricing, customer analytics, claims operations, automation, mobile app development, and innovation.

Jon graduated from UNSW with first class honours and the University Medal in Actuarial Studies, and is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute.
Josh Jaroudy 

Josh is a Director at analytics and actuarial consultancy Taylor Fry, as a member of its Advanced Analytics practice. He works closely with clients, designing and delivering analytics solutions to their problems in areas from demand forecasting and price optimisation to personalised marketing, customer engagement and lifetime value. Josh enjoys helping his clients realise the value in applying data analytics across business and government, and facilitating an increased awareness and understanding of what these techniques can offer.

Kriti Khullar

Kriti is an Operational Risk Manager in Systems and Reporting at AIA Australia with experience in provisioning, stress testing, credit risk portfolio reporting, risk data and infrastructure and applications. She is an Associate Actuary who has danced in Line 2 Risk Management for over 8 years and may or may not find a new line dancing partner in the future. She has a keen interest in data science and machine learning and has also published an article here 

Meg (Bijun) Yang 

Meg is the Pricing Lead in Motor Insurance at Allianz Australia. She uses machine learning techniques in her daily work to estimate claim cost for various commercial insurance products and help enhance pricing algorithms for the business. Meg also has experience in retirement benefit consulting and data analytics in Superannuation previously. She was the convenor of the Young Actuaries Program in Melbourne for 2018 and is one of the few YDAWG members based in Melbourne 
Michael Storozhev

Michael is an Actuary with a passion for innovation in the actuarial and general insurance fields. He is the Senior Underwriter for Travel Insurance at Cover-More Travel Insurance where he leverages data science to compliment the traditional Actuary skill set. In a wide range of roles he was involved in pricing, reserving and capital management in a number of short and long tailed lines of business, and enjoys seeing the value that Actuaries bring to the wider business context. Michael is the Convenor of the Young Data Analytics Working Group.

Sanjiv Rangi

A data enthusiast with a strong growth mindset embedded in the Analytics and Insights team.

Continuously developing my analytics skills, automation of manual processes, data visualisation and stakeholder management.

Zeming Yu

Zeming is the Principal Data Scientist of Munich Re, Greater China. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia with particular interests in predictive modelling, data analytics and blockchain. 

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