Biography

Sheila Azuntaba currently resides in Ghana, and plays an active role as CEO in the day-to-day management and operations of Innovative Microfinance Limited (Accra, Ghana).
Prior to setting up Innovative Finance Ltd (now Innovative Microfinance Ltd), Sheila Azuntaba was an Assistant Vice President of Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services Unit in Nigeria where she was responsible for the marketing and sales unit. In her role, she developed the various marketing and sales models, new products and services and tailored them to suit the Nigerian market. Right after business school, Sheila joined Ecobank Ghana Ltd as a Banking relationship manager in their commercial banking unit before moving on to join Citibank Kenya where she rose to senior manager in their corporate and investment banking, managing a USD25 million portfolio and part of a USD 54million revenue team.
As a former Miss Ghana (1996) and being passionate about empowering and supporting less fortunate and enterprising women, as well as having lived and worked in Kenya, and Nigeria and travelled extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sheila with her experience in originating and executing various deals and developing relationships with top tier corporate’s, has provided her with valuable industry insight and experience. Sheila has an MBA in Finance from The Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow and a BA (hons) in marketing from the University of Westminster, London.

Andrei Badescu is an associate professor of actuarial science in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto (Canada). His research interests are mainly in risk and ruin theory, claim reserving, dependence modelling in actuarial science, and predictive analytics. He has co-authored over 30 refereed research papers in these areas, as well as in other stochastic modelling areas. Andrei is an Associate Editor at Insurance: Mathematics and Economics.

Ana Debón is an Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics of the “Universitat Politècnica de Valencia”, Spain. She holds a PhD in Mathematics. She has been a Visiting Researcher at the Concordia University, Canada, at the Cass Business School, UK. Her research is focused on the field of statistics (Modeling and Forecasting mortality) with actuarial applications. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as North American Actuarial Journal, Insurance, Mathematics and Economics or European Actuarial Journals.

Olivier Menoukeu Pamen is Reader in Mathematical Science at the University of Liverpool and German Research Chair in Mathematics and its Applications at the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) Ghana. He completed an MSc in Mathematics at the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon and received a PhD in Financial Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand, South African. He joined the Centre of Mathematics for Applications in the University of Oslo, Norway as a Post-Doctorate research fellow.
His primary research interests include stochastic analysis and its applications, stochastic optimal control theory and their applications in finance, stochastic differential equations, Malliavin calculus. He has recently developed interest in micro finance.
He is a member of AMU/CIMPA Committee for African Mathematical schools (AMS) for the period 2018-2021.

Lisa Morgan currently works for the International Labour Organization’s Social Finance Programme, which sits within the ILO’s Enterprises Department, committed to sustainable enterprises for decent work. With an emphasis on social justice, the Social Finance Programme is focused on financial inclusion, and reducing vulnerability through access to appropriate risk management services.
As a UK qualified Health Actuary, Lisa provides expertise on health financing mechanisms in the private and public sectors, change management, actuarial analysis, m-Health solutions and strategy. She has worked in both developed and developing countries.
Lisa is passionate about finding innovative measures that could help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3 on Good Health and Well-being.
Originally from South Africa, Lisa worked for 16 years in the UK for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Milliman before joining the ILO in 2015. Lisa is a Fellow of the UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Inma Peña is a professional actuary with over 10 years of experience working in the Spanish insurance sector in most lines of business (health, property-casualty and life insurance). Within her responsabilities, she is an expert on reserving, risk analysis, data management and research.
Among her academic background, it is worth highlighting her recent PhD in Economics and Business focused on microinsurance, in particular in the development of a pricing methodology for microinsurance. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Research and another Master’s degree in Insurance Management. In addition, she has been involved in several working groups, including the CAS Microinsurance Working Party.
Inma has published some actuarial studies and she has contributed to different actuarial congresses such as ASTIN, European Actuarial Journal and CAS.
Inma is very keen to encourage research in the actuarial field in support of the development of the insurance sector. She now hopes to specialise in the microinsurance sector to promote the development of inclusive products within the insurance market

Julien Trufin got a Master degree in Physics, a Master degree in Actuarial Science and a PhD degree in Actuarial Science, all from UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). Julien is professor in Actuarial Science at the Department of Mathematics, ULB (Brussels, Belgium). He teaches life and non-life insurance mathematics and his research puts focus on reserving and pricing in non-life insurance, stochastic mortality and ruin theory. Julien acts as a referee for several insurance journals and is associate editor for the journal “Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability”. He is qualified actuary of the Institute of Actuaries in Belgium (IA|BE), vice-chairman of the board Association des Actuaires issus de l’ULB (AABr) and scientific director at Detralytics. Before taking this position at ULB, Julien spent three years as a senior consultant at Risk Dynamics (Brussels, Belgium), where he validates numerous insurance models in the framework of Solvency II and two years at Laval University (Quebec City, Canada), where he was professor in actuarial science. Additional information can be found via http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~jtrufin/