The 2020 Actuarial Conference.

Bridging the Actuarial Gap.

Thursday 6th February 2020

WE’RE BACK! Heriot-Watt’s Students Actuarial Society would like to invite you to Bridge the Actuarial Gap at The 2020 Actuarial Conference. Hosted at the James Watt Auditorium at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, we bring together bright minds to introduce you to a variety of ideas that are poised to disrupt your day-to-day life.

On Thursday 6th February 2020, doors will be open to the audience from 5.00 pm, with the event starting at 5.20 pm and ending at approximately 8.30 pm.

Aimed at everyone interested in the actuarial profession, we focus on a wide range of subjects to foster learning and provoke conversations that matter; our sole intention being to demonstrate the prism of possibilities as you expand your outlook of the actuarial horizon.

Whether you are a student who is curious about the opportunities available to you, a professional interested in your future prospects, or someone who wants to know what actuaries do, this conference is for you!

At our conference, you will:

  • Discover the latest opportunities and challenges faced by the actuarial profession
  • Learn from a distinguished lineup of speakers who are decision makers and experts in their field
  • Network with like-minded students and professionals alongside complimentary refreshments
  • Have the opportunity to win £50 cash for asking the best question to a speaker as chosen by the IFoA.
  • Be able to record your attendance at the conference as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference, which has become an increasingly prominent event for both students and professionals over the years!

Expecting the Unexpected, by Martin Clarke

Martin Clarke has been the Government Actuary since September 2014 and is responsible for the overall running and leadership of the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD). Prior to taking on the task of being the Government Actuary, he was the Executive Director of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), and was in retail financial services before that.

As Government Actuary, Martin is responsible for advising various government departments and public sector bodies on pensions, social security, and insurance, and is leading the GAD through modernisation and diversification. Martin is also a scheme actuary to the major public sector pension schemes, a statutory advisor to the Government on the State Pension age, National Insurance Fund, and the Personal Injury Discount Rate.

At the conference, Martin will be providing personal thoughts on developing an actuarial career grounded on his own experiences. He will also be addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for today’s new actuarial talent.

The Challenge for Actuaries, by Professor Clifford Friend

Professor Clifford Friend has been the Director of Engagement and Learning at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) since January 2016, following a distinguished career in Higher Education which culminated as Professor and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University. Clifford has consulted globally for commercial clients, professional institutions and government bodies, appeared as an expert on radio and television, and has written for newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times of London and New Scientist. He is an alumnus of INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors.

As the actuarial profession continues to grow and expand, Clifford will be discussing the importance of continually developing our skill set to best position ourselves to rise to these changes. He will also be talking about the career opportunities for actuaries and the role of the IFoA in supporting their members’ career aspirations.

Branding Behaviour in a Life & Health Insurance Company, by Dr. Liz McFall

Dr Liz McFall is Director of Data Civics and Chancellor’s Fellow based in the Edinburgh Futures Institute and Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She is a sociologist of markets with a particular interest in how markets succeed and fail for difficult financial products. Her current work focuses on the impact of data-driven innovations in insurance, insur-tech, and health care payment. Her books include Markets and the Arts of Attachment (Routledge 2017), Devising Consumption: Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending (Routledge 2014), and Advertising: A Cultural Economy (Sage 2004). Liz is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cultural Economy.

We are delighted to have Liz at our conference alongside Hugo Jeanningros, a PhD candidate in sociology at Sorbonne University whose research mainly focuses on digital health insurance, insur-tech, and health prevention. Together, they will delve deep into the case of the most controversial insurance product innovation — interactive health and life insurance.