Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr Karl  Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, AM

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (pronounced crucial-nitski) is the man with the answers when it comes to Science and Technology.

The Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, Dr Karl spreads the word about science and its benefits.

With weekly Radio shows in Australia and in the UK on the BBC, regular television appearances, magazine articles and 43 (so far) published books, Dr Karl is constantly in demand by the media and for corporate appearances.

In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into "Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue".

In September 2003, Dr Karl was named "Australian Father of the Year".

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki received the Member of the Order of Australia Award in the 2006 Australia Day Honours list.

His enthusiasm for science is totally infectious and no one is better able to convey the excitement and wonder of it all than Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is.
PeteGossbw Pete Goss MBE

Pete is a sailor and adventurer turned entrepreneur and author of the bestselling book Close to the Wind.  He now splits his time between his ongoing adventures and delivering inspirational and motivational talks to organisations around the world. A regular lecturer at business schools, he is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School Oxford University.

Pete is perhaps best known for his heroic rescue of Frenchman and fellow competitor Raphael Dinelli from mountainous Southern Ocean seas and hurricane force winds in the 1996 Vendee Globe single-handed round the world race, for which he was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen and the Legion d'Honneur by the French President.  He has also walked to the North Pole, kayaked around Tasmania, and recreated the voyage of the smallest migrant vessel ever to make it to Australia by building the wooden lugger Spirit of Mystery which he sailed with family members to Melbourne.

An acclaimed international speaker, Pete draws on his experiences to inspire individuals and groups to achieve beyond what they thought possible.


PLENARY SPEAKERS

Alan Kirkland  Alan Kirkland
CEO
Choice


Alan Kirkland has been CEO of CHOICE, Australia’s largest consumer organisation, since 2012.

He has a background in the justice system, having previously been CEO of Legal Aid New South Wales, Executive Director of the Australian Law Reform Commission and Chair of the National Legal Assistance Advisory Body. Alan has also been a part-time member of a number of state and federal tribunals.

He has a long-term interest in redressing socio-economic disadvantage, having served on the boards of the Australian Council of Social Service, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Welfare Rights Centre.

In 2016-17, Alan was a member of the panel for the Review of the Financial System External Dispute Resolution and Complaints Framework (the Ramsay Review). 

Joelle Gergis  Dr. Joëlle Gergis
Climate Scientist and Writer
Australian National University

Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the Australian National University.  She is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change based in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. Her research focuses on providing a long-term historical context for assessing recently observed climate variability and extremes.

In 2013 Dr Gergis was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellowship, and her team won the 2014 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research – informally known as the ‘Oscars of Australian Science’.

In 2015 Joëlle was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne. In February 2018, she was selected to serve as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report – a global, state-of-the art review of climate change science.

In August 2018 she was appointed to the Climate Council, Australia’s leading independent body providing expert advice to the Australian public on climate change and policy.

Her book, Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia, is now available through Melbourne University Publishing.
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Andrew Rear (UK)
Chief Executive
Munich Re Digital Partners

Andrew Rear is the Chief Executive of Munich Re Digital Partners. He joined Munich Re in 2010, leading the Asia, Africa and UK life businesses until May 2016 when he took up his current role. Digital Partners is a global business working with, and investing in, start-ups, digital verticals and the sharing economy, with the ambition of building a more engaged proposition for insurance customers. Prior to joining Munich Re, Andrew was a partner and head of the EMEA insurance practice at Oliver Wyman.

Peter Banthorpe

Peter Banthorpe (UK)
Senior Vice President and Head of Global Research and Development 
RGA


Peter leads RGA’s advanced analytics capabilities, International experience study unit, and oversees RGA’s biometric research and related strategic research programme.  Peter is also the Lead Risk Management Office for Mortality at RGA.  

Prior to joining RGA in 2010, Peter was Head of Pricing and Reinsurance for AIG Life UK (formerly Fortis). He was one of its first employees, a member of its senior management team, and led the development of its actuarial, management information and reinsurance capabilities from initial creation until several years after its launch.

Peter is a graduate of Cambridge University and qualified as an actuary in 2003. He has been a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) CMI Executive Committee since 2008 and was formally a founding Director of CMI Limited.  He has previously chaired IFoA working parties on Critical Illness pricing and Genetics and the IFoA’s Mortality Research Steering Committee. Peter is also a regular presenter at industry events on a diverse range of subjects.

PaulineVamos 

Pauline Vamos
Non-Executive Director
Mercer Superannuation
BALLB, FASFA, MAICD

Pauline is a non-executive director of, the Mercer Superannuation Australia Limited,   the Banking and Finance Oath (BFO), Interaction Disability Services  as well as the Chairman  of CIMA Society of Australia (formerly IMCA Australia)  and Freedom Insurance Group.

She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. 

During 2017 and 2108, she was the CEO of Regnan, a leading research and engagement provider focused on long term ESG  risks of the ASX 200 for institutional investors. Prior to Regnan, Pauline was the CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) for almost nine years.

In the three years prior to 2007 when she joined ASFA, Pauline consulted to the financial services industry and was on a number of boards. Pauline was also a senior executive with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for seven years and in that role, managed the implementation of the Managed Investment Act and the Financial Services Reform Act.

A qualified lawyer, Pauline has also been a corporate counsel, head of compliance, and strategic risk consultant. Previously, she has been a member of the peak advisory and consultative groups on pension and superannuation reform for government in Australia and the UK. Pauline was on the Advisory Council for the Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR), an academic centre of excellence for research and education in the financial sector.

Pauline was voted ‘most influential in the financial services industry’ by Money Management as well as ‘most influential in the superannuation industry’ by Super Review. In 2013, Pauline was recognised as one of the ‘Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence’. Pauline was also awarded in October the Superannuation Executive of the Year in the Women In Financial Services Awards 2016. In November 2016, Pauline was elected an ASFA Life Member in recognition of long standing service to ASFA and the superannuation industry.

 Nick KirwanBW Nick Kirwan
Senior Policy Manager, Life Insurance, Financial Services Council

In his role as Senior Policy Manager, Life Insurance, among other things Nick leads the policy work on the FSC Life Code of Practice and other matters relating to life insurance.

Nick has spent his career in financial services, both in industry and public policy.  He spent many years in senior industry roles in the UK before spending eight years as the policy lead for life insurance at the Association of British Insurers, and then two years at the ILC-UK, a Westminster based think-tank advising the UK Government on public policy matters relating to demographic change.

In 2014, Nick moved to Australia, spending over two years in senior industry roles before joining the Financial Services Council.

Outside work, Nick is married to Bronwyn and enjoys running, tennis, theatre and travel.

David Ritter Resize  David Ritter
Chief Executive Officer
Greenpeace Australia Pacific


David Ritter is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, an independent, environmental campaigning organisation. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Sydney Democracy Network at Sydney University, a research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute and an honorary fellow of the Law Faculty at UWA.  His most recent book is The Coal Truth: The Fight to Stop Adani, Defeat the Big Polluters and Reclaim our Democracy.  He has two daughters and lives in Sydney. 

Jonathat Dixon 

Jonathan Dixon (Switzerland)
Secretary General
International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS)

Prior to becoming Secretary General, Jonathan had a long association with the IAIS, having been a member of the IAIS Executive Committee since 2009 and Chair of its Implementation Committee since 2012. He also chaired the Governing Council of the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii), a joint initiative of the IAIS and development partners aimed at strengthening responsible and inclusive insurance.

Prior to joining the IAIS, Jonathan was Deputy Executive Officer at the Financial Services Board of South Africa, with responsibility for insurance regulation and supervision. He was appointed to this position by the Minister of Finance in 2008. Before that he worked for 10 years for the National Treasury of South Africa on economic and financial sector policy issues.

Jonathan has a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Lonsdale, John Photo  John Lonsdale
Deputy Chair
APRA


John Lonsdale was nominated by the Government as an additional Deputy Chairman of APRA on 30 May 2018 and commenced in his role on 8 October 2018.

As an Executive Board Member of APRA, John’s responsibilities include oversight of APRA’s work on culture and remuneration (including the implementation of the Banking Executive Accountability Regime), building APRA’s crisis resolution capability, strengthening APRA’s collaboration with peer regulators and supervision of ADIs.

Prior to joining APRA, John worked for the Australian Treasury.  He was a member of Treasury’s Executive Committee and held the position of Deputy Secretary, Markets Group at Treasury. In this role John had responsibility for financial system, consumer and foreign investment policy.  In 2014 he led the Secretariat to the Financial System Inquiry, based in Sydney.

John had been with the Treasury since 1986 and worked across key areas in the Department including Budget policy, tax policy, retirement incomes and the financial system. In 2008 and 2009 he worked as the Chief Advisor in the Secretariat supporting Australia’s Future Tax System Review, a major review of Australia’s tax and transfer systems.
John Trowbridge 

John Trowbridge

John Trowbridge has a background as a consultant, executive, company director and regulator in a career spent predominantly in financial services with an emphasis on insurance-related businesses. He founded Trowbridge Consulting in the 1980s which became a leading actuarial and management consulting firm in Australia and Asia, merging with Deloitte in 2000. 

From 2006 to 2010, as one of APRA’s three Members he had carriage of life and general insurance and also executive remuneration. He chaired the Australian Government’s review of natural disaster insurance following the 2011 floods. In 2015 he chaired the Life Insurance and Advice Working Group to recommend reforms in the life insurance industry which came into effect in January 2018.

John continues to undertake occasional consulting assignments, most of which are insurance related.

John has degrees in science, engineering and arts and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. He was President of that Institute in 1998 and a member of the Treasurer’s Financial Sector Advisory Council from 1998 to 2004.

Tim Andrews  Tim Andrews
Director and Actuary
Finity Consulting


Tim Andrews is an Actuary and Director of Finity Consulting, specialising in general insurance. He has worked in insurance for more than 30 years.

Tim specialises in natural peril pricing and has led the development of Finity's address level risk scores for flood, bushfire, storm, cyclone and coastal inundation. He has a particular interest in measuring the physical impact of climate change to the built environment.  
  Dr David Knox
Senior Actuary
Mercer

David is a Senior Partner at Mercer and Senior Actuary for Australia.  He is the National Leader for Research and Policy and the actuary to the Tasmanian and Western Australian public sector superannuation plans.  He is the author of the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index.

Before joining Mercer in 2005, David was at PricewaterhouseCoopers and prior to that was the Foundation Professor of Actuarial Studies at The University of Melbourne.

He has acted as a consultant to a range of financial organisations, in both the private and public sectors, specialising in the superannuation and retirement incomes area. He has spoken and written widely in this area and served on many Government and industry committees.

David was an independent Board member of Australian Prudential Regulation Authority from 1998 to 2003 and President of the Actuaries Institute in 2000. 
Trevor Matthews Trevor Matthews

Trevor is currently a Non-executive Director of AMP Limited, AMP Bank, Bupa Australia and New Zealand, CMC Markets Australia, and FNZ Asia Pacific. He is  also Chairman of AMP Life , SIRA and 1st Group, a small listed digital health company that facilitates the making of medical and related appointments online. 

Trevor was in one of the first cohorts of actuarial students at Macquarie and when he qualified became one of the actuarial pioneers in general insurance. He is a former CEO of life insurance organisations in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United kingdom
Jessica Chen
Director of Insurance, Finance, Westpac Group

Jessica leads the Insurance Finance team within the Westpac Group. This team oversees the financial reporting of all of Westpac’s Insurance lines including Life Insurance, General Insurance and Lenders Mortgage Insurance.

Prior to joining Westpac, Jessica led the implementation of the new Australian capital standards for TAL. She is an experienced actuary working who has worked in both the Insurance and the Investment Banking sectors. She is passionate about exploring social issues and assessing their impacts on businesses and the actuarial profession.

Jessica has degrees in commerce and engineering, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.


PLENARY Facilitators

   Nicolette Rubinsztein
President
Actuaries Institute


Nicolette is the current President of the Actuaries Institute.
Nicolette is currently a non-executive director at UniSuper, SuperEd and the Actuaries Institute. She has previously held senior positions in the corporate world at Colonial First State, BT Funds Management, and Towers Perrin.

A qualified actuary, Nicolette holds an executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nicolette is known in the wealth management industry for her work in superannuation. She was on the ASFA board for eight years, chaired the main committee on superannuation policy development and received two awards for her contribution to superannuation policy (an inaugural FSC Industry Excellence Award and an ASFA Distinguished Service Award).

She is also an Alumni Leader of UNSW, a Member of Macquarie University Faculty of Business & Economics Industry Advisory Board and an Honorary Associate, Macquarie University.

She has been widely quoted in the media on superannuation.
Ilan-pic-1600x750  Ilan Leas
Managing Director
Retender


Ilan is the Managing Director of Retender, a specialist firm focusing on innovating the way that risk pools are managed. He is the Chair of the Life Insurance and Wealth Management Practice Committee at the Actuaries Institute and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.  

annette king  Annette King
Chair and Co-founder
Galileo Platforms


Annette is Chair and Co-founder of Galileo Platforms, an insurtech company serving the insurance sector. She is also an independent non-executive director of Swiss Re and FNZ, a fintech company specializing in wealth management technology. She is a Council Member and Director of the Actuaries Institute.

She has a career spanning 28 years in the financial services sector. She has a successful track record as a CEO, founder, non-executive director, client experience leader and actuary, leading businesses through growth and change in life insurance, wealth management and pensions.

  • She has been CEO, CMO, CFO, and has worked in HK, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and held regional responsibility across Asia.She has worked for companies such as Manulife, AXA, Mercer and Colonial.
  • She was President of the Life Insurance Association for and has been a council member for the Singapore Actuarial Society.
  • She holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University in Australia, and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Her passion is making a difference to clients’ lives and growing businesses profitably

Sharanjit Paddam
Head of ESG Risk
QBE Insurance Group

Sharanjit is Head of ESG Risk at QBE Insurance Group, where his responsibilities include reporting under the FSB’s climate-related disclosure recommendations.  He was previously an actuarial consultant to general insurers and banks in the UK and Australia, specialising in climate risk measurement, management and disclosure.

Sharanjit convenes the Actuaries Institute's Climate Change Working Group and lectures on ESG as part of the actuarial education program. He is also a member of the IGCC’s adaptation working group, the Insurance Council of Australia’s Climate Change Action Committee, the Advisory Panel to the Whitsunday’s Climate Change Innovation Hub, and a contributing author to the IPCC AR6 Working Group II Australasia Chapter.

mini PLENARY SPEAKERS

David Rush  David Rush
Principal
PFS Consulting


David has over 30 years’ experience, and has extensive and deep involvement in the development, interpretation and implementation of the new Insurance Accounting regime (IFRS 17 and the associated AASB 17) and its implications for all types of business. 

David is a member of the AASB Transition Resource Group for AASB 17, the Professional Standards Committee of the Actuaries Institute, and (of course) the Insurance Accounting Implementation Taskforce.  Over the years, he has also been a member of a number of other committees with the Actuaries Institute.  

David is currently with PFS Consulting as a Principal.  Prior to that he worked at KPMG Actuarial as a Director, at APRA where he was a senior executive, responsible for matters across Life and General insurance, Superannuation and ADIs, and also at AMP. He has also advised regulatory authorities in a number of jurisdictions on a range of supervisory matters.   

dr eugene  Dr. Eugene Dubossarsky 
Principal Founder
Australia New Zealand Data Analytics Network


Dr. Dubossarsky is the principal founder of The Australia New Zealand Data Analytics Network, a community of meetup groups across the region with over 14,600 members, and includes the 5000+ member Data Science Sydney group among others. He is a data science leader of over 20 years commercial experience. In business, he is the CEO of Presciient, providing elite data science training to hundreds in Australia and overseas over the last 5 years, and now offering courses in quantum computing. He is the Chief Data Scientist of AlphaZetta, a global analytics consultancy spanning 41 countries with over 460 consultants globally. He is a founding partner of Advantage Data, a leading Australian analytics consultancy,  Aurum Data, a new data valuation and commercialisation firm, and reask.earth an environemental catastrophe risk modelling company. He is also the principal data science advisor to a growing number of technology start-ups covering the fields of banking, entertainment, medicine, sports and insurance. 
John Daley John Daley
Chief Executive
Grattan Institute

John Daley has been the Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute since it was founded ten years ago. He has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, retirement incomes, housing affordability, and generational inequality. This work is underpinned by themes of prioritising government initiatives, and the limits to government effectiveness.

John graduated from the University of Oxford in 1999 with a DPhil in public law after completing an LLB (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Melbourne in 1990. He has worked at the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, McKinsey and Co, and ANZ Bank, in fields including law, public policy, strategy, and finance.

Ian Laughlin
BSc, FIA, FIAA, CERA, FAICD
Chairman, ANZ Lenders Mortgage Insurance
Advisory Board Chair at Blackhall & Pearl


Ian Laughlin
 has a deep interest in risk management and risk culture - particularly in the financial services world. He has had a long career in financial services senior management and board roles, in various countries. He currently chairs the boards of a group of insurance companies owned by one of the major banks. He also is the Advisory Board Chairman of Blackhall & Pearl, a specialist risk management and board performance firm. Until mid 2015, he was Deputy Chairman of APRA, the prudential regulator of banks, insurance companies and superannuation funds. Ian was awarded Actuary of the Year by the Actuaries Institute for 2018.

Michael Rice 

Michael Rice specialises in providing strategic advice to financial institutions, fund managers, government agencies, industry associations and large superannuation funds. Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of Rice Warner, which he founded in December 1987.

Michael heads up Rice Warner’s public policy work.  He has undertaken pioneering research into Age Pension dependency and trends.  He has a keen interest in the integration of social security and superannuation, as well as measuring the adequacy of retirement incomes.

Other activities include:

  • Chairman of QSuper’s Investment Committee from January 2009 to June 2013 and remained an independent investment expert on the Committee until March 2016.
  • Former Councillor of the Actuaries Institute. Michael was awarded Actuary of the Year for 2017.
  • Michael has been on several Actuaries Institute Committee’s and is currently a member of the Public Policy Committee.
  • Michael is a member of the Advisory Board of the ANU College of Business and Economics.
  • Michael was appointed to the StatePlus Board in October 2016. 
anthony asher 

Anthony Asher
Actuary and Associate Professor
UNSW


Anthony is an actuary and Associate Professor at UNSW, currently teaching Part II  Control Cycle and ERM courses. His working life has been divided between universities, APRA and more conventional life insurance and consulting roles.

He has been active in professional committees, and is currently Convenor of the Actuaries Institute Retirement Income Working Group.

He is relatively well known in the profession for his interest in ethics in professional life, particularly the social impact of actuarial work. He has a research interest in business ethics, with a focus on educating and encouraging virtues. In August last year he jointly presented a paper on risk management and ethics at the Society of Business Ethics in Chicago – so combining the apparently irreconcilable: research and practice, business and ethics!  He has written a book Working Ethically in Finance: clarifying our vocation, which Chris White recommends that you read.

Hadyn Bernau  Hadyn Bernau
Principal
Finity Consulting

Hadyn Bernau is a Principal at Finity Consulting, who has worked as an actuary in private health insurance for the last eight years.  Hadyn has worked on product development, pricing and assessing the perceived value of products, coming at these tasks from a range of perspectives – working within insurers, as a consultant, as a regulator and as an adviser to the Minister for Health. 

CONCURRENT SPEAKERS

 

Chris Dolman has wide ranging insurance industry experience, having worked across multiple countries as both an advisor and in industry, in both traditional and non-traditional roles. He is currently Director, Data and Algorithmic Ethics at IAG, helping to ensure that modern decision making algorithms and other advanced uses of data are designed and implemented in an ethical, responsible and thoughtful way.

Rachel Keaney 

Rachel Keaney
Senior Pricing Actuary
Munich Re


Rachel Keaney currently works with Munich Re as a senior pricing actuary and is focused on the reinsurance of Australian Retail business. 

Before relocating to Australia in 2017, Rachel worked with Munich Re in the UK and was involved in pricing work across Protection, Longevity and Structured reinsurance deals. Prior to that she worked at a life insurance company in both Valuation and Pricing roles. 

  Aaron Cutter
Aaron was a physicist and is now an actuary and Principal at Finity experienced in general insurance and accident compensation. Recently he has set up and leads Finity’s Big Data practice, also known as Defin’d and is committed to actuaries in analytics playing a further significant role in this space.  He is a strong believer that actuaries help organisations better understand their businesses, their customers and hence are well placed to help with issues of strategic importance.  Actuaries, data and analytics in business problem solutions will only deepen as the world’s generation, retention and ability to interrogate data explodes. 
Raymond Yeow  Dr. Raymond Yeow
GP Registrar
Advance Medical Practice

Raymond Yeow qualified as an actuary in 2000 and worked primarily in the financial derivatives space whilst an actuary. He commenced medical training early this decade at Sydney University, and since graduating in 2014; he has worked as a Junior Medical Officer at RPA hospital, and is currently a GP Registrar in private practice.

Through his lived experience of medical training coupled with his actuarial background, he is cognisant of significant flaws & inconsistencies in the Australian health system and consequently opportunities for actuarial skill sets to optimise healthcare delivery and better patient outcomes.

He is passionate about improving health and healthcare system literacy among the public in general and the actuarial profession in particular.

He also serves as in the Army Reserves as a medical officer.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymondyeow/

colin-yellowlees  Colin Yellowlees 
Chief Pricing Actuary
RGA Australia

Colin is the Chief Pricing Actuary at RGA Australia
 

Nathan Bonarius joined Rice Warner in early 2010 and is currently a Senior Consultant in the Market Insights team. Nathan is responsible for the production of Rice Warner’s superannuation research reports as well as maintaining our industry projections model.

Nathan actively contributes to Rice Warner’s public policy submissions including those for the Financial Systems Inquiry, Productivity Commission, Treasury and Budget. Nathan also undertook a six month secondment to the Department of Treasury in 2018.

Nathan has also been actively involved in a range of consulting activities within superannuation including the provision of strategic advice, assistance with mergers, outsourcing and administration tenders, risk management and Actuarial valuations.

Nathan qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 2014 and completed his Masters of Business Administration at MGSM in 2018.

Prior to this Nathan studied at Macquarie University where he obtained a double degree, Bachelor of Commerce – Actuarial Studies and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Statistics.

Adam Stolz Adam Stolz is a senior actuary with broad experience in health insurance, life insurance and retirement savings, in Australia as well as internationally.  Adam is currently Deputy Chief Actuary and General Manager Pricing at Medibank, and has previously worked with AIA, as well as AXA for 11 years in France and the US.  Adam has a passion for customer-orientated innovation in the health and insurance sectors.
Adrian Mak

Adrian Mak is head of valuation at SCOR Global Life Australia 

Aloysius Lim 

Aloysius Lim heads the Decision Analytics team in Gen Re Life Australia. His role focuses on deriving business insights through experience analyses for Australasia. He has been heavily involved in actuarial pricing projects and regional data analytics initiatives.

Prior to joining Gen Re Life Australia, he focused on experience investigations for Medical businesses in South-East Asia for Gen Re Singapore. He has worked closely with clients to manage their Medical business in the region using the insights from these various investigations.  

Aloysius is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA) and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA).

Angat Sandhu 

Angat Sandhu is the Head Of Oliver Wyman’s Australian Insurance and Wealth Practice. He is motivated to improve consumer awareness and trust in these sectors and believes the industry needs to further increase transparency, simplify and make better use of advances in technology and analytics. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, he worked at Macquarie Group and Towers Watson. He is an Actuary, a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst & designation and the Financial Risk Manager designation.

Anthony Saliba

Anthony Saliba is a qualified actuary with ten years experience in the financial services industry, possessing a unique skill set and a passion for solving complex problems in the retirement income and wealth management spaces and communicating results in innovative ways. Anthony has applied his sound grasp of modern technologies (including mobile and web development) to address long-standing problems.

Anthony currently works at CommInsure as a Senior Actuary, spending most of his time on the annuities portfolio and dealing with pricing, investment and valuation considerations.

Prior to that, Anthony was a Senior Manager at EY, where he spent over seven years in the banking and derivatives team, assisting clients with stochastic modelling techniques and retirement income design and assessment.

Anthony is also a regular contributor to Treasury consultations on retirement income and currently is independently developing an economic scenario generation tool, including a CIPR-style retirement income module that is aimed at assisting advisers with communicating the trade offs between different retirement solutions.

Didier Yin Fat  Didier How Yin Fat
Pricing Actuary
TAL Life

Didier is a Pricing Actuary specializing in Group Insurance at TAL Life. He plays a central role within Group Life at TAL with responsibility for delivering innovative and contemporary client solutions to our customers. Didier is also responsible for pricing New Business tenders and overseeing the insurance reviews and profitability updates for large existing mandates.        
Prior to joining TAL Didier was a Senior Associate at Mercer, providing consulting services to superannuation funds, advocating on their behalf to obtain outcomes that are in the best interests of members.
Douglas Isles 

Douglas Isles, FFA, MA Math (Trinity College, Cambridge)

An actuary by training, Douglas first joined Platinum in 2003 as an investment analyst, having been at the Commonwealth Bank as a product actuary and, prior to that, as an investment manager at Aegon Asset Management in Edinburgh. 

Douglas left Platinum in 2008 to relocate to Singapore where he made a significant contribution to developing Standard Chartered Bank’s equity broking business.

Having re-joined Platinum in 2013 as an investment specialist, Douglas serves as a bridge between Platinum’s investment team and the financial advisory community.

 

Eric Ranson has been working on improving pathways for innovators to find funding and on a number of startup ventures.

Fund Manager: He worked in the US life settlement market for over 10 years. He managed a Luxembourg based retail life settlement fund for over 3 years before it was sold and helped establish a San Francisco based provider.

Treasurer: Previously, he was treasurer of Australian Mortgage Securities and responsible for risk management and the funding of approximately $6bn pa of prime mortgage backed securities.

Investment banker: Eric left the actuarial world to manage swaps and options books at Bankers Trust. He was involved at the beginning of the Australian securitization market and spent a year establishing an Australian commercial paper conduit with over $1bn of assets.

Actuary: He has his own consultancy firm and has also consulted for Tillinghast and MIRA.

Eric is an FIAA and has a Masters of Applied Finance.

Estelle Liu  Estelle Liu
Superannuation Consultant
Rice Warner


Estelle is a Superannuation Consultant at Rice Warner. She joined Rice Warner in February 2019 after four years at Mine Super. Estelle’s areas of focus were on retirement solutions and investments and has previously worked on:
  • Retirement solutions design including longevity solutions such as group-self annuitisation/mortality pooling solution and investment-linked life annuity.
  • Superannuation lifecycle investment strategies design with multiple factors.
  • Public policy submissions including those for Treasury, DSS and APRA.
  • Development of investment performance reporting system and investment risk management tools.
  • Development of Members’ Default Utility Function (MDUF) which is an open-architecture metric to assist the industry to design retirement outcome solutions. It subsequently won two industry awards.

Estelle is currently the convenor of the Actuaries Institute’s Superannuation Projection and Disclosure Sub-committee.

Hazel Bateman  Hazel Bateman
Professor of Economics
School of Risk and Actuarial Studies
UNSW Sydney


Hazel Bateman is Professor of Economics in the School of Risk & Actuarial Studies at UNSW Sydney and a Chief Investigator and joint Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Her current research investigates pension choices in accumulation and decumulation and policy responses in the form of choice architecture, financial product disclosure, financial advice and financial literacy. Hazel has published widely on retirement and pensions and has consulted on these issues to a range of Australian and international organisations. She is a member of UniSuper & Consultative Committee, the Scientific Committee of Netspar, and the Expert Reference Group of the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension index, and is Joint Editor of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. Prior to joining UNSW, Hazel worked as an economist in the Australian Treasury.
Johan Rampen 

Johan Rampen is currently a senior projects actuary for Swiss Re's ANZ Life & Health Pricing team covering both retail and group insurance clients. He joined Swiss Re’s Netherlands office in 2011 where he was the senior pricing actuary responsible for the Dutch market.  His other experiences include team leadership and a secondment to the Canadian office.

Johan is a qualified actuary with the Swiss Actuarial Association. He started his career in the Netherlands, where he's originally from, working in employee benefits consulting and asset liability management. He's enjoys the variety of work and he is passionate about helping Swiss Re's clients close the protection gap by bringing ideas from his varied background to Australia & New Zealand.

John De Ravin 

John De Ravin is a retired actuary who spent most of his actuarial career in the Government Actuary’s Office and as an Appointed Actuary to the Australian operations of two of the world’s leading reinsurers.  He holds Bachelor degrees in Science and Economics (from ANU), an MBA from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from Finsia.  He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute and a CPA.  He has won numerous prizes, awards and scholarships.

His interests are in financial planning and investment.  He convenes the Actuaries Institute’s Rule of Thumb Working Group and he is a member of the Institute’s Retirement incomes Working Group. He has held many roles within the Actuaries Institute and was on Council from 1999 to 2001. 

He has written about twenty papers on a variety of actuarial topics, and also, since his retirement, a book about personal financial strategies, Slow and Steady: 100 wealth-building strategies for all ages.

Kaise Stephan  Kaise Stephan
Partner
Deloitte

Kaise is a Partner in Deloitte Consulting with a focus on insurance.  He has a keen interest in exploring the future role of the actuary and what an insurer of the future can look like including enhancing the operations across the insurance value chain.  Kaise is interested in finding ways to increase industry’s ability to “dance with disruptions” and turning them into opportunities.

Kaise has led a number of senior roles and engagements in the Australian, New Zealand and European insurance and reinsurance markets. He has provided advice relating to strategic and operational insurance matters as well as reserving, pricing and capital modelling advice. He has led actuarial streams in a number of merger & acquisition deals. Kaise continues to serve in a number of Appointed Actuary roles.

Kaise has authored and presented papers at Actuaries Institute and industry forums on topics including: Offshoring, Telematics, Insurance Cycle Management, ALM, and more

Kirsty Hogan 

Kirsty Hogan is a life insurance actuary who has worked in a variety of Life Insurance roles both here and in the UK.

Kirsty currently works for Munich Re, where she is the Head of Pricing, Profitability and Experience.  Prior to that Kirsty has worked with Munich Re a in a number of different roles both here and in the UK, including Head of Pricing for UK & Ireland, and Head of Operations here in Australia.

Prior to working at Munich Re, Kirsty worked as a pricing and valuation actuary in a number of direct life offices both here and the UK.

Kudzai Gumbie

Kudzai Gumbie has over 12 years’ experience in reinsurance, working in various roles for RGA in the UK, Middle East and Australia.  His experience spans valuations, capital, pricing and product development and he is currently a Senior Research Actuary in RGA’s Sydney office. 

Mark Smith Microsite Mark Smith
Claims Training & Development Consultant
RGA Australia


Mark Smith is RGA Australia’s Claims Training and Development Consultant. Mark has 20 years of Life claims experience across both insurers and reinsurers. Mark joined RGA in 2013 after working for AC&L / AXA / AMP and Swiss Re and is the Treasurer of the ALUCA Claims Management Group. In this role works in partnership with major life insurers across Retail and Group product lines to development best practice claims management training designed to enhance the claims assessment skills of assessors across the industry.  Marks’ previous roles have included claims management, process and policy development, research and compliance reporting. 

Matthew Ayoub 

Mathew Ayoub is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary.

Mathew regularly contributes to the actuarial profession including driving policy recommendations during his time at APRA for the program of changes regarding the Appointed Actuary role and Actuarial Advice Framework, the release of actuarial transformation and capital related papers, and actuarial part three course leadership.

Mathew has looked at the industry through the full spectrum of lenses from working at a corporate insurer, a regulator and in consulting, covering core actuarial, finance, capital, risk management and strategy related roles.

Mathew works for Deloitte Consulting and is passionate about balancing customer and shareholder insurance outcomes for long term customer value.

 

Paul Scully is an actuary with 40 years’ experience in financial services both in Australia and overseas.  His last full-time position was CEO and Managing Director of ING Investment in the Asia Pacific region.  Since then he has pursued a portfolio career in non-executive roles on the Boards and Committees of listed entities, superannuation funds and various financial services businesses, and as a consultant in various capacities, including teaching at Macquarie University and assisting improvement programs for retirement and provident funds in the Pacific islands under the auspices of the Asia Development Bank.  

 

Rein Van Rooyen is an Investment Manager at QSuper where he is responsible for the development of ALM strategies for the DC fund. Rein serves on the IAA Education Committee, the Actuaries Institute’s Education Council Committee, the Superannuation, Projections and Disclosures Sub-Committee as well as the Young Actuaries Program Committee. He is also the Convenor for the Investment Management and Finance Faculty at the Institute as well as being the Superannuation and Investments Editor for Actuaries Digital.

Richard Land  Richard Land
Head of Insurance
AustralianSuper


Richard Land is Head of Insurance at AustralianSuper, responsible for the Fund’s insurance offering.

Prior to joining AustralianSuper Richard was Insurance Segment Leader at Mercer, providing consulting services as follows:

  • Appointed Actuary to four friendly societies;
  • Calculation of policy liabilities, capital management, pricing and risk management for life insurers;
  • Insurance benefit design, independent pricing of premiums, general advocacy and the design and review of insurance management frameworks for superannuation funds; and
  • Strategic asset allocation and investment consulting for insurers.

Richard was a member of the Actuaries Institute’s Life Insurance and Wealth Management Practice Committee (LIWMPC) for the four years to 2017 where he edited the LIWMPC newsletter. He is currently the tutor for the Actuaries Institute’s Life Insurance course and also held this position for three years until 2017. He is an active contributor to the actuarial and insurance communities and has co-presented at Actuaries Institute’s Insights sessions and conferences, at the Conexus Group Insurance Summit, the Public Sector conference and the Indigenous Super Summit.

Richard was a member of the Actuaries Institute’s International Accounting Standards Committee for approximately eight years and co-presented at Actuaries Institute summits and assisted in writing submissions to the IASB.

  Shang Wu
First State Super


Before joining in First State Super, Shang was a Senior Research Associate at in CEPAR, University of New South Wales. He has a PhD in Actuarial Studies from UNSW. His PhD thesis studies the demand for long-term care and longevity insurance. Shang’s main research interests are retirement income, retirement financial products, aged care financing and portfolio optimisation. He also has expertise in life-cycle modelling and survey design.
  Tim Jenkins
Convenor
Superannuation Practice Committee

With over 20 years of international experience as an Actuary and Risk Manager, Tim has led underwriting and pricing teams and operated as Appointed/Approved Actuary in multiple regulatory regimes throughout Asia
Xavier  Xavier Conort
Chief Data Scientist
DataRobot


Xavier Conort is the Chief Data Scientist for DataRobot, where he leads the R&D efforts in Data Science globally from Singapore. Xavier is a French actuary with 20 years experience in France, Brazil, China and Singapore. Since 2011 he has transitioned into a data scientist. He has won 10 prizes and was a former #1 ranked Data Scientist on Kaggle. He is passionate about extracting value and insight from data and has applied machine learning to a diverse set of business problems from claims modelling to flight arrival prediction, essay scoring, sales forecasting and biological response prediction.

Antony Claughton
Actuary
Finity Consulting


Antony has eighteen years of experience in the insurance industry, and has worked within and consulted to companies and governments in Australia and the UK.  Antony is currently straddling both the general insurance and health insurance worlds, providing services to a number of general insurance companies, health insurance funds and government insurers. 

Antony has been a member of the Actuaries Institute’s Health Practice Committee since and the AASB 17 Implementation Taskforce since 2016.  He was a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ GIRO working party on PPOs for five years.   Antony has presented publicly five times already on the impact of AASB 17 on the Australian general insurance and health insurance industries, and is providing assistance to a number of companies and funds on AASB 17. 

Francis Beens
Actuary
Finity Consulting


Francis has spent thirteen years consulting to general insurers and accident compensation schemes on actuarial valuations, financial projections, and capital. He is currently a member of the Actuaries Institute AASB 17 Implementation Taskforce, and the liaison between that taskforce and the Actuaries Institute General Insurance Practice Committee.  He has presented a number of times on the changes of AASB 17 in Australia for the general insurance industry, and on topics such as superimposed inflation and ICAAP best practice.  Francis is currently providing assistance to a number of general insurance companies on the implementation of AASB 17. 

DArren Wickham

Darren Wickham
General Manager Group Product and Pricing, Investments and Retirement Incomes
TAL


Darren has written a number of papers on superannuation, insurance and employee benefits. Darren was Actuary of the Year in 2008 which now makes him Actuary of yesteryear! 

Angie Mastrippolito Angie Mastrippolito
COO
NGS Super 

Angie Mastrippolito worked as a consulting actuary for over 22 years before changing course to become a Super fund executive with 5 years as CEO of NESS Super.

philpatterson  

Phil Patterson
Actuary and Senior Consultant
Willis Towers Watson


Phil has over 30 years’ experience in the superannuation and employee benefits industries, specialising in group insurance. He has over 10 years of previous experience dealing with group life and disability insurances, including 5 years as Group Risk Actuary with Legal & General.

Stuart Turner  Stuart Turner
Finance Integration Lead
Zurich Financial Services Australia


Stuart Turner is an actuary with over 20 years of experience working in life insurance and wealth management, currently at Zurich Financial Services Australia Limited as the Finance Integration Lead, and previously a Partner at EY. Over the last 5 years, Stuart has developed an interest in ethics through being a volunteer ethics teacher at his children’s primary school, and through presenting the Actuaries Institute Professionalism Course content on ethical reasoning.
Richard Lyon  Richard Lyon
Head of Actuarial (Individual Risk)
TAL


Richard is Head of Actuarial (Individual Risk) at TAL, a position that he has held since October 2016 and the author of 'Safe as Houses'
Previously, he was a Director of the actuarial consulting firm PFS (Professional Financial Solutions), based in Martin Place in Sydney.

In addition to his current role and his many years of consulting, Richard has been CFO of a medical indemnity underwriting agency, Chief Actuary of a life office and a Partner in the actuarial practice of an accounting firm. None of that experience particularly qualifies him to opine on the cost of housing.

Richard has served on several committees of the Actuaries Institute and was a member of Council in the dim and distant past. Very little of that is particularly relevant to this presentation.

Younger members would know Richard through the Control Cycle textbook, of which he is a co-author and co-editor. The Control Cycle is definitely relevant to this presentation.

Richard’s presentation addresses the cost of housing as part of wider research into inter-generational equity. Like many actuaries, Richard has been aware of the Treasurer’s Intergenerational Report (IGR) since the first was released in 2002 and thought that they were a GOOD THING. Serving on the taskforce for the Institute’s response to the 2015 IGR opened his eyes to some of the deficiencies in the report.

Co-writing the paper Lies, Damned Lies and the 2015 Intergenerational Report (presented to the Institute’s 2016 Financial Services Forum) helped him to see so much more about what is wrong with the IGR. This was followed in 2017 by Fair’s Fair: A Discussion of Intergenerational Equity, a presentation in which Richard explored a few aspects of measurement of intergenerational equity, including housing.

In the last couple of years, he has focused his attention on housing – seeking to uncover what the real issues are. 
Nicholas Stolk 

Nick Stolk is a consulting health insurance actuary and the editor of the Institute’s Private Health Insurance Letter. He has worked in the private health insurance industry for 15 years and loves to discuss the people, politics and intricacies of Australia’s health system with anyone who will listen.

Dilan SriDaran  Dilan SriDaran
Actuarial consultant
EY


Dilan is a former Research Assistant at the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). Dilan completed his undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales, receiving a First Class Honours and the University Medal in Actuarial Studies. He is presenting his research, which focuses on the application of statistical learning techniques to mortality modelling and forecasting. Dilan now works as an Actuarial Consultant at Ernst & Young.   

Gavin Pearce 2019 

Gavin Pearce
Chief Risk Officer
icare NSW


Insurance & Care NSW (icare) was created on 1 September 2015 to deliver the State’s insurance and care schemes. Gavin joined icare in November 2015 as their inaugural Chief Risk Officer (although his LinkedIn profile says “Chief Risky Dude”).

Gavin is part of icare’s Executive Team and he manages the Risk & Governance area. Prior to joining icare, Gavin was the Chief Risk Officer at Zurich Financial Services Australia Limited.

Gavin has also held senior actuarial positions in a number of large insurance companies. Before moving to Australia in 2008, Gavin worked at the Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand where his last role was Chief Actuary.

Gavin has a Masters degree in Statistics, an MBA from Henley Management College, a Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk from ACU and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA) 

David Carruthers  David Carruthers
Principal Consultant, Head of Members Solutions
Frontier Advisors


David joined Frontier Advisors in 2015 and leads the Members Solutions Group. He provides investment advice to a range of clients and conducts research in the area of retirement strategy and product development for superannuation funds. Prior to Frontier David spent nineteen years at Mercer in London and Melbourne.  Prior to joining Mercer, David was at Towers Perrin for around six years, working with a number of clients in an investment advisory and research capacity. David holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
 

Diane Somerville
Principal
Deloitte

Diane is a Principal in Deloitte, with over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, specialising in superannuation and other employee benefits. During her career she has provided actuarial, consulting and strategic advice to many of Australia’s largest employers and superannuation plan trustees across all aspects of the superannuation value chain.

Diane is a lead author of Deloitte’s regular Dynamics of the Australian Superannuation System publication. She has a keen interest in how our superannuation system can support, and ideally improve, the retirement outcomes and financial security of all Australians in an environment of investment volatility and uncertain longevity.

Diane is a member of the Institute’s Superannuation Practice Committee and the Accounting Sub-Committee of the SPC.

Greg Martin 2019  

Greg Martin
Chief Actuary & Risk Officer
ClearView Wealth Limited

Greg Martin BA FIAA FFin FAICD CERA has more than 30 years experience in life insurance and funds management, including in the areas of financial management, governance, product development, and capital and risk management. He currently oversees ClearView’s actuarial team, and group risk management and compliance team. Prior to joining ClearView in 2011, he was a Partner of KPMG, where he provided actuarial advice to the industry for 17 years. He has held 10 appointed actuary roles during his career and has been a member of various regulatory, industry and professional committees and Boards, advised regulators, and published a number of industry related papers and articles. He has been a member of the Actuaries’ Institute Council and was Institute President in 2008. He is a currently a member of the International Actuarial Association’s Actuarial Standards Committee.

Shane Burdack 1 

Shane Burdack
Senior Underwriting Consultant

Shane's career spans 25+ years across reinsurance / insurance including Chief Underwriter & Claims Manager positions and with these, seats on respective company senior management teams. He has served as a member of the IFSA (now FSC) Risk Management Board, National ALUCA Executive Board and is a member of the FSC Genomics Working Group. Shane represented the Industry as a member of the Australian Government appointed Human Genetics Advisory Committee (HGAC) for the triennium 2009 - 2012. He has been published in national and international industry journals, presented and chaired sessions at the 2015 and 2017 FSC Annual Life Insurance Conferences, and has delivered presentations at ALUCA bi-annual and mini-conferences, retail insurer national risk conferences and key broker / distribution seminars.

Shane is a Fellow - ALUCA, Senior Associate - ANZIIF, Associate of the Academy of Life Underwriting in the U.S. (with distinction) and holds a Diploma of Health Counselling.

Mike Thornton 

Mike Thornton
Chief Risk Officer

As Chief Risk Officer, Mike is responsible for risk and compliance capabilities, and has 30 years’ experience in life insurance and wealth management, largely in the UK, Asia and Australasia.

He has held a wide range of executive roles, including Group Chief Actuary and Chief Risk Officer roles. Prior to joining AIA in February 2016, Mike was the Group Chief Risk Officer at AMP, and prior to that, had a long career with the AXA Group.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in Australia and the UK, and is a Certified Experienced Risk Actuary.

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Wen Chen
Research Scientist
Data61 CSIRO

Wen Chen (Monica) has a PhD in computational mathematics and financial mathematics from the University of Western Australia. She developed mathematical and statistical models, as well as numerical and optimisation methods in quantitative finance and actuarial science. She is currently developing stochastic optimisation algorithms for superannuation management, optimal withdrawal strategy and retirement income problems under financial and longevity risks.

Grace Li 

Grace Li
Director
National Disability Insurance Agency

Grace is a Director in the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Office of Scheme Actuary with experience in applying actuarial skills in a social policy context and is proud for be part of a ground breaking scheme aimed at bettering the lives of people with a disability. Prior to joining the NDIA, she was a consultant at PwC where she worked with clients across the healthcare, government and general insurance sectors. Grace is currently a member of the Actuaries Institute Wider Health Subcommittee.

Corinne Glasby  Corinne Glasby
Chief Risk Officer Insurance
Suncorp Risk


Corinne joined the Suncorp Risk team in January 2017 as Chief Risk Officer Insurance. Prior to her current appointment, Corinne was a member of the Insurance team and was responsible for Insurance capital management as well as reinsurance, including both the General Insurance and Life entities.

Corinne is an insurance executive with 25' years general insurance experience. A qualified actuary, she has worked in a variety of roles across the risk, actuarial, reinsurance and capital fields. Prior to joining Suncorp, she has worked at both CommInsure and IAG.
John Walsh John Walsh AM
Magoo Actuarial Consulting

John Walsh retired in 2013 as a Partner in the Advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for more than twenty years. John's major client work was in the areas of social policy and funding of accident compensation insurance, health, and disability services. His ability to contribute to social policy is assisted by his own disability, traumatic quadriplegia.

John has contributed heavily in accident compensation, health and social policy and has been a Board member of the NSW Motor Accidents Authority, the NSW Homecare Service, the NSW Paraquad Association, and is currently on the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

In 2001 he was named Australia’s Actuary of the Year, and in 2011 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and received the Prime Minister's Award for outstanding service to the disability sector. In 2015 John was appointed Australia's Patron for the United Nations International Day of People with a Disability, and is currently the Principal Member of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council.

John has an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at University of Sydney, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Bridget Browne

Bridget Browne
Partner
Ernst & Young’

Bridget is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s actuarial services group providing actuarial consulting advice principally to the government sector in human services and risk quantification. Bridget has over 25 years’ experience in actuarial practice and education both in Australia and internationally and is both a Certified Enterprise Risk Actuary and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Bridget brings a wealth of experience in human services sector across child protection, disability and justice, combining extensive actuarial modelling experience with active involvement in the development of the investment approach and the social impact investment sector. Bridget’s engagements throughout Australia and New Zealand means she has familiarity with much of the literature and research in the field as well as extensive experience working directly with sensitive linked longitudinal datasets.

Bridget has lectured in actuarial studies and risk management at the Australian National University with a research focus on aged care, mortality, longevity and securitisation of these risks.  Prior to this Bridget practised in the life insurance and reinsurance sectors both in Australia and in Canada, the UK and France, ultimately leading the global pricing team for life reinsurance for a major reinsurer and responsible for the development of their stochastic economic capital model across all life course risks.

As a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary, Bridget has practiced in all areas of the enterprise risk management framework, which enables her to put quantitative outputs into context for organisations.

Jon Tindall

Jon Tindall
Actuary
Finity Consulting

Jon has over 16 years of experience across a wide variety of investment and general insurance roles.  Jon has previously held positions with Milliman Inc, JP Morgan and QBE Insurance.

Jon regularly assists clients in managing the risks generated from exposure to financial instruments and counterparties, including:  the design of weather derivative contracts, the dynamic hedging of investment portfolios and the management of systemic risk for Australia’s securities exchanges. 

Jon has a particular interest in the convergence of insurance and capital markets and with the intersection of debt and equity markets more generally.  He has published a number of articles and papers on various topics across capital markets and alternative risk management, including:

  • “Weather Derivatives Pricing and Risk Management Applications” (2006)
  • “Securitise This - The Structuring, Pricing and Risk Management of Insurance Securitisation” (2011)
  • “Weather and Carbon Derivatives - Pricing and Managing Risk in the ART Market” (2010)
  • “On the Theory of the Firm: What the Debt is Equity Anyway?” (2015)
  • “CAT Bonds and ILS - Getting Bang for your Buck in a Maturing Market” (2018)
 

Sarah Johnson
Scheme Actuary
National Disability Insurance Agency


Sarah Johnson is the Scheme Actuary of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  

Prior to her appointment, Sarah was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Sarah has worked within the disability sector, and broader health and human services sector for the last fifteen years. She assisted the Disability Investment Group in costing a NDIS in the Way Forward report, and worked with the Productivity Commission on the Disability Care and Support Inquiry. 

A Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, Sarah has also collaborated with a number of state/territory departments and undertaken actuarial work in accident compensation, housing, child protection, health and aged care. 

In 2016 Sarah was awarded Actuary of the Year by the Actuaries Institute in recognition for her significant contributions to the success of the NDIS and the introduction of actuarial techniques into new areas of social policy. 
andrew Gale 

Andrew Gale is an actuary with over 20 years’ experience in the Australian health insurance industry.  He currently provides actuarial advice as an independent consultant.  He has previously held Chief Actuary roles for Medibank Private and AXA Health Insurance (now BUPA), where he was responsible for the appointed actuary functions and providing actuarial advice to the board and management. 

He has published papers and presented extensively on numerous private health insurance topics, including historical trends and developments, community rating, demutualisations and claims selection effects.  He also presents health lectures to actuarial students at the University of Melbourne and the Actuaries Institute Commercial Actuarial Practice course. 

Dr Zili Zhu  Dr Zili Zhu
Director
Risklab, CSIRO's Data61


Dr Zili Zhu is the Director of RiskLab at CSIRO’s Data61. RiskLab is the Australia node of the global RiskLab network (RiskLab.com.au).

At RiskLab, he leads the R&D team in developing quantitative models and analytic solutions for achieving optimal decisions in superannuation life-cycle management. RiskLab has performed in-depth analysis of a large dataset on SMSF from ATO and comprehensive superannuation dataset of pensioners from DHS.

Another major research focus at RiskLab is on developing the latest math models for exotic options valuation in the foreign-exchange market.

Louise Campbell 

Louise Campbell
Senior Consultant
Willis Towers Watson

Louise Campbell is a senior member of Willis Towers Watson’s consulting business, working in superannuation at Willis Towers Watson in Sydney. Louise has 29 years’ experience in superannuation and benefits, and is the appointed actuary for a number of superannuation clients, including funds in the public and private sector. Her area of expertise is defined benefit pension funds with long tail pension liabilities. Louise has experience in a wide range of superannuation matters including mergers and acquisitions and expert witness work.

Prior to re-joining Willis Towers Watson as part of the acquisition of Russell Investments actuarial business in 2017, Louise spent eight years with Russell Investments, and was head of their actuarial business from 2013 to 2017.

Louise is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and holds an honours degree in Science from the University of New South Wales majoring in pure mathematics. Louise is a current member of the Actuaries Institute Superannuation Practice Committee, and was the convenor of the Leadership and Career Development Committee from 2015 to 2018.

Bevan Damm 
Bevan Damm (FIAA, MSc, BSc, BEng) 

Bevan is a Partner at EY and has fifteen years’ experience in the insurance industry, specialising in health insurance, general insurance and personal injury insurance, following sixteen years’ of service with the Australian Navy. 

He is the Appointed Actuary to two private health insurers and the Scheme Actuary to the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority. This unique mixture of experience allows Bevan, in addition to understanding health insurance issues, to bring forward efficiencies and approaches that other industries are applying. 
Matthew Crane  Matthew Crane (FIAA, FIA, PhD, MMath) 

Matt is a Senior Manager in EY’s Government Advisory team, focussing on the Health and Human Service sectors. In addition, he specialises in health insurance, providing actuarial advice to a wide range of health insurers. Matt has developed a deep understanding of actuarial issues in health insurance through his former role as the lead actuary for the health insurance regulator (PHIAC), and has served on the Institute’s Health Practice Committee.
Liz Baker  Elizabeth Baker
Director
EY


Elizabeth has worked for more than 25 years in the financial services industry in Australia, Europe and Asia. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA), an Associate of CPA Australia and holds a Masters of Applied Finance.

Elizabeth has been a Director in Actuarial Services at EY since 2016. Prior to joining EY, she worked at CommInsure and was the Appointed Actuary for CMLA. 

Before returning to Australia in 2013, Elizabeth worked internationally for 15 years in Europe, Japan and the Asia Regional office in Singapore for AXA, in a range of senior Actuarial, Risk and Finance roles across a number of insurance and reinsurance businesses. She has extensive operational experience in Finance, Capital Management, Actuarial, Risk Management and Strategy. 

Elizabeth is the Deputy Convenor of the Institute of Actuaries’ Risk Management Practice Committee. 
Simon Lim  Simon Lim 
Cytora Australia Lead


Simon has more than ten years of consulting experience in the financial services industry in Australia. He is currently leading the Australian operations of Cytora, a London based Insuretech with 70+ staff globally and customers such as QBE and MS Amlin. 

Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA). He is an ex-Senior Manager at Ernst & Young Actuarial Services where he was an Appointed Actuary and led actuarial and strategic engagements for financial services clients. 

His prior roles have included being an operational management consultant, an Institute Health Practice Committee member, a contracting actuary and an entrepreneur in a number of businesses.
daniel marlay 

Daniel Marlay is a Director and the senior technical lead in EY’s Actuarial Services – Government and Public Sector team. He has 19 years of experience in data science, 12 of which have been working at EY. His experience includes a wide variety of projects across a range of industry sectors, but with a particular focus on the public sector. This experience has included:

  • Operations modelling and simulation, including the development of airline maintenance optimisation models, efficiency modelling for the health sector and transport network simulation modelling
  • Statistical sampling, including developing methodology documents for audit and sample designs for specific projects
  • Forecasting, projection and benefit modelling for investment business cases
  • Population microsimulation, including the development of a dynamic microsimulation model of the NZ child population

In addition to his work experience, Daniel is an active contributor to the data science and statistical community, and he regularly presents at a variety of forums.

Dimitri Semenovich  Dimitri Semenovich
Director of Analytics
IAG


Dimitri is a Director of Analytics at IAG and a board member of IAA ASTIN section. He has a particular interest in the advancement of practical actuarial methodology incorporating recent progress in optimisation and machine learning. His other interests are in market design, attribution and risk theory. Dimitri has a PhD in Computer Science and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. 
Vanessa Dobson  Vanessa Dobson
Head of Research & Development
Munich Re Australasia


A member of the Life Leadership Team, Vanessa leads a multi-disciplinary team delivering strategic innovations aligned to holistic risk management. Comprising of specialists in the fields of medical science, claims, data insights and underwriting, the team identifies undeveloped areas of risk management and formulates methods by which to capitalise on these.

With a focus on digital solutions, and building upon trusted relationships plus the InsurTech Australia network, Vanessa and team explore and design outcomes to fit the needs of customers. The R&D team members are moderators of Design Thinking, a practical methodology employed to generate ideas, develop prototypes and refine solutions.

Vanessa joined Munich Re in 2003 and held several senior roles within the Life Division before taking lead of the Research & Development team in 2014. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, plus completion of a Knowledge Management paper from Swinburne University of Technology. 
  Susan Looi (BEc FIAA CERA GAICD)
GM Enterprise Risk
ANZ Banking Group Limited


Susan Looi has more than 25 years of extensive local and international financial services experience, spanning insurance, reinsurance and banking.  

Susan is the Group executive leading the ANZ Banking Group’s enterprise risk management and framework, heading teams responsible for managing the Group’s Risk Appetite, ICAAP and stress testing, capital and provisioning forecasting, wholesale portfolio analytics as well as the portfolio credit monitoring/experience analysis of ANZ Group’s wholesale and retail banking businesses.  

Prior to ANZ Banking Group Susan headed the Capital & Strategic Solutions business for reinsurer RGA and spent several years overseas in Switzerland as the Group Chief Pricing Actuary for global insurer Zurich Financial Services, focusing on life insurance and funds management.  Susan has led multi-disciplinary teams across different geographies and comes from a consulting background.

Susan is a director on Boards and is a member of the Risk Management Association of Australia, as well as convenor of the Actuaries Institute’s Risk Management Practice Committee.
William White  William White
Senior Actuary
Montoux


William is a qualified actuary with over twenty five years of experience in the life insurance industries in NZ and the UK and joined Montoux late in 2018.  Much of his career has been spent working in pricing roles within various NZ life companies although he has also several years experience  in valuation and reporting roles.  William has also spent over a decade in the UK working for five years with Mercer on actuarial systems development and support and also several contract roles on actuarial transformation projects. 
Catherine Edgar  Catherine Edgar
Senior Actuary
Montoux 


Catherine is a qualified actuary with over ten years of experience in the life insurance and superannuation industries. Much of that time has been spent working in actuarial consultancy, at Towers Watson in the UK and at Deloitte in New Zealand, before her move to Montoux in late 2017.  In her role as an Associate Director at Deloitte, Catherine worked with a wide range of clients across a number of industries, with a primary focus on life insurance.  This experience included mergers and acquisitions, strategic advice, appointed actuary services, actuarial valuations, financial reporting, embedded and appraisal valuations, capital and regulatory compliance support.
Briallen Cummings 

Briallen Cummings is a partner in the life actuarial practice at KPMG. She has over 20 years experience in life insurance having worked in Australia, the UK and in Asia.

Briallen has been assisting clients on IFRS 17 engagements since 2016 and is part of KPMG’s global technical IFRS 17 team.

Kieren Cummings  Kieren Cummings
Assurance Partner
EY


Kieren is an assurance partner with EY and an Australian Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience, in both professional and commercial roles, in the insurance industry.  He is a member of EY’s global IFRS 17 working group for interpretation and implementation and over the past 3 years has worked with leading general, health and life insurers in Australia and Asia, delivering impact assessments and currently supporting implementation programs.  Kieren has extensive experience in advising companies on GAAP conversions, having been based in South Korea for 2 ½ years when Korea adopted IFRS, and has assisted insurers in a number of Asian countries converting to IFRS for IPOs or other reporting obligations. 
Blair Nicholls 

Blair Nicholls
Co-Founder & CEO
Blue Zebra


Blair is the Co-Founder & CEO of Blue Zebra and brings over 30 years of global experience in the insurance industry. Previously he was the inaugural CEO for Berkshire Hathaway in Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia, responsible for setting the overarching strategy and starting up their insurance and local reinsurance business. Blair has also held several global and divisional executive level roles within QBE, and continues to be an active industry participant on various boards and working committees, including the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and the Actuaries Institute (Australia).

Blair is driven by a desire to build an insurance business that can meet the changing needs of intermediaries and their customers, and in particular leveraging technology within Blue Zebra and their strategic partners to make all aspects of the insurance offering as easy as possible.

Alan Merten Alan Merten
Partner
Deloitte 

Al joined Deloitte as a Partner in the Actuaries & Consultants group in Sydney early in 2016. He has over 30 years’ experience in corporate executive and consulting roles in Australia, Asia and Europe.  In consulting, he leads multi-disciplinary teams to advise Boards and senior executives in financial services organisations on improving the performance of their businesses.  Al previously designed, built and led an Australian specialist business providing financial planning and products to retirees and has successfully run small and large life insurance, superannuation and wealth management businesses through good and tough times. 

Al has a BEc and and MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, earned with numerous awards.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Photo_GrantRobinson  Grant Robinson has been involved with insurance accounting change since 2007 when he led the Actuaries Institute International Accounting Standard Committee. He is an active member of the Insurance Taskforce and the AASB’s Transition Resource Group for IFRS 17. He currently is the actuarial lead for AMP’s IFRS 17 implementation project and before that lead AMP Actuarial Systems and Process Team.  To relax, he gets out on his sailing kayak and tries to catch fish, when not actively involved with family and church.  
Alison Nanson  Alison Nanson
Executive Lead, Pricing
MLC Life Insurance

Alison works at MLC and co-led the implementation of AASB17 at MLC.  Alison is actively involved in the Actuaries Institute AASB17 Task Force and is chair of the Accountants and Actuaries Liaison Committee. 

CHAIRs

Ben Ooi Ben Ooi

Ben is a consulting actuary from DBN actuaries specialising in private health insurance. He is currently the appointed actuary for a number of health insurers and has nearly 20 years of experience in health insurance.
Jeff Humphreys 

Jeff Humphreys

Jeff has been practicing as an actuary in the superannuation industry for over 25 years.

He is a member of the Institute’s Superannuation Practice Committee and Working Groups on Climate Change, Code of Conduct Guidance and Retirement Incomes.

He was a member of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal for 6 years.

Tyson Johnston  Tyson Johnston 
Head of Client Solutions
Pacific Life Re


Tyson Johnston is Pacific Life Re Australia’s Head of Client Solutions. In this role, Tyson is responsible for Pacific Life Re Australia’s strategy, marketing and sales, as well as developing new solutions for clients. Prior to joining Pacific Life Re, Tyson worked at EY as an actuarial consultant working with life insurers across Australia. He is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.  
Jane Dorter 

Jane Dorter
Director
KPMG


Jane is a Director at KPMG and heads the Insurance Claims & Underwriting Solutions and Workplace Health division. She lead KPMG’s engagements on transformation projects, provides Insurers with reviews on better practice and improved operating models across the Life, Workers Compensation and Health insurance sectors. In Jane’s previous Life reinsurance role she was responsible for driving client insurance and re-insurance solutions across Claims, Underwriting and Consulting services. She has been significantly involved with Mental Health issues and the Insurance sector across Life and Workers compensation for over 20 years, and has contributed to the development of industry standards of practice for Mental Health issues management in Insurance. 

Ignatius Li 

Ignatius Li
Health Actuary
Deloitte


Ignatius is a health actuary at Deloitte and the current convenor of the Institute’s Health Practice Committee.  Over the years, he has advised both government and non-government clients on health insurance and is a big believer in the role that actuaries can play in health. 

Guy thorburn  Guy Thorburn
Australian Government Actuary
Commonwealth Treasury


Guy is a Senior Executive with extensive leadership experience in insurance, superannuation and retirement incomes who has a track record of improving outcomes for customers and companies. He has also advised clients in investment, banking & financial services, utilities & energy, health and aged care as well as government and regulators. 
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Andrew Boal 
Chief Executive Officer
Rice Warner

Andrew is an experienced financial services professional who specialises in providing actuarial and strategic consulting advice to leading companies and superannuation funds. Prior to joining Rice Warner in April 2019, Andrew spent more than 30 years advising clients on superannuation, life insurance, employee benefits, risk management, investments and talent management.

During his career, Andrew has also driven research and public policy in various areas of interest, including retirement income products and solutions, retirement adequacy, member disclosure and advice, member engagement and digital solutions, governance and managing conflicts.

saffron sweeney 
Saffron Sweeney
Principal, Actuary
Aon

Saffron is responsible for providing advice to employers about their employee benefits as well as Actuarial work required by legislation for long term defined benefit liabilities.

Saffron has over 25 years’ experience in employee benefits consulting which encompasses defined contribution, defined benefit and long service leave benefits. Providing advice on benefit designs, funding, accounting and liability management for organisations, mergers & acquisitions advice as well as strategies and assistance in communicating to employees/members.
Saffron joined Aon in November 1993. She was instrumental in building Aon’s actuarial team and is currently a consultant and actuary to a portfolio of clients. As Senior Actuary she is responsible for professional governance ensuring that the actuarial team are aware of their responsibilities under the Actuaries Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct and she heads up the Aon actuarial technical team.

Saffron has been involved in many Actuaries Institute committees including: Junior Editor of the Institute’s Journal, a member of the Continuing Professional Development Committee, a member of the Superannuation & Employee Benefits Practice Committee’s Education Sub-Committee (including the re-write of the Superannuation & Employee Benefits course in 2005) as well as the Tutor for the Superannuation & Employee Benefits course in 2006 and 2007. She is currently a member of the Legislation sub-committee of the Superannuation Practice Committee.
Anu Kukar  Anu Kukar
Director of Risk Strategy & Technology
KPMG Australia

Anu advises and co-collaborates with businesses to get better risk outcomes across emerging technology implementation, setting risk strategy, management of third parties and building workforce capability.

Anu is an international recognised speaker and panel member having spoken at over 30 conferences and events in North America, Middle East, Europe and Asia- Pacific.

She is a Director in Risk Strategy & Technology at KPMG Australia and a Chartered Accountant from ICAANZ, Graduate from AICD and holds a B Commerce degree (Accounting & Information Systems) from UNSW. Certifications from Berkeley in Data Science, HarvardX in Cyber risk management and MIT in Artificial Intelligence.
David Wright  David Wright
CFO & Appointed Actuary
Commonwealth Insurance Ltd


David is the CFO and Appointed Actuary for Commonwealth Insurance Limited and has extensive experience in consulting and corporate roles providing advice to insurance companies, Government schemes and self-insurers.

David has over 18 years general insurance experience and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. He has worked in a variety of roles across actuarial, reinsurance, capital and finance fields. Prior to joining CIL, he has worked at both PwC and Quantium. 
Elaine Collins 

Elaine Collins is:

  • Fellow of the Actuaries’ Institute; and 
  • Professional Non-Executive Director with two current Board roles: for Zurich Insurance, where she Chairs the Risk, Compliance & Audit Committee and the ARPC (providing terrorism reinsurance) where she is also on the Audit Committees
  • Professor of Practice with the UNSW Business School

Prior roles include being:

  • Partner of Deloitte for six years; and 
  • Director of KPMG for five years,
    where she carried out Appointed Actuary roles, as well as a wide range of other assignments. 

She is also a Member of the Professional Standards Committee at the Institute. 

Zeming Yu  Zeming Yu
Actuarial Manager
Cover-More Travel Insurance


Zeming is an Actuarial Manager at Cover-More Travel Insurance (now part of Zurich). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia with particular interests in predictive modelling, data analytics and blockchain. 
Melanie dunn  Melanie Dunn is Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries specialising in superannuation and retirement. As Technical Services Manager for Retirement Income and SMSF at Challenger Limited she works on designing and developing models to illustrate retirement and heads up SMSF retirement specialist Accurium’s technical services capabilities. Melanie’s passion for SMSFs and retirement, and over 10 years’ experience in the sector, has seen her develop into a thought leader and highly sought after speaker with extensive knowledge of Australia’s retirement system. 
mark berry 2 Mark Berry

Mark is an actuary who works as a financial planner helping clients navigate through the financial aspects of their life
  Paul Caputo
Head of Australia and New Zealand
Insurance Consulting and Technology
Willis Towers Watson


Based in Sydney, Paul heads up Willis Towers Watson’s Australian and New Zealand Insurance Consulting and Technology business.

Paul has worked in a range of senior roles in the insurance sector in both Australia and Asia. His career of almost 30 years spans a broad range of roles and experience and includes Executive Directorships, Chief Executive, Chief Risk Officer, Chief Actuary and Chief Financial Officer as well as establishing a life company in Asia.

Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University. 
  Alan Merten
Partner
Deloitte 

Al joined Deloitte as a Partner in the Actuaries & Consultants group in Sydney early in 2016. He has over 30 years’ experience in corporate executive and consulting roles in Australia, Asia and Europe.  In consulting, he leads multi-disciplinary teams to advise Boards and senior executives in financial services organisations on improving the performance of their businesses.  Al previously designed, built and led an Australian specialist business providing financial planning and products to retirees and has successfully run small and large life insurance, superannuation and wealth management businesses through good and tough times.

Al has a BEc and and MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, earned with numerous awards.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. 

Bartosz Piwcewicz is a Director and the Head of Actuarial Transformation, Systems and Data at KPMG.

Bartosz is a passionate leader with broad experience across different industries gained in both corporate and consulting roles. He has a proven track record in successfully building and leading actuarial and analytical functions, engaging with executives and boards, developing and implementing impactful data-driven strategies and improving business practices for companies in Australia and New Zealand.

Bartosz is also the Convenor of Actuaries Institute’s Data Analytics Practice Committee.

Simone Leas 

Simone Leas
Executive Lead, Risk Management
MLC Life Insurance


Simone is a fellow of the Actuaries Institute of Australia (FIAA) and has over 19 years of experience across risk management, capital management, compliance and consulting in Australia, the UK and South Africa. She is currently the Executive Lead, Risk Management at MLC Life Insurance and was previously Head of Group Risk and Compliance at ClearView Wealth.


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