Madhavi Bajekal is a Principal Research Scientist at Legal & General and a Senior Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care. She is a recognised expert on socioeconomic inequalities in health and how the social gradient in health plays out in terms of life expectation with and without disease, disability and ill-health; both between social groups and over time. Madhavi has published widely and is a member of several international research networks. Madhavi is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuary, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a member of L&G’s Longevity Science Panel. Madhavi’s career has included roles at senior levels in the UK civil service, in academia and in industry. She was the Chair of Eurostat’s ‘Partnership in Health’ project which led the EU-wide effort on harmonisation of concepts and methods for the measurement of health, morbidity and mortality; a Consultant Advisor to the UK Department of Health and an Assistant Director at ONS. She began her career as a health analyst at the Department of Primary Care, Imperial College London after completing her PhD in the University of London as a Commonwealth Scholar.

Barbara D’Ambrogi-Ola is Head of Actuarial Department at Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, one of the biggest employment pension insurance companies in Finland. She is involved in many different tasks including pension reforms, financial stability of pension programs, as well as longevity risk and customer behavior in insurance. She holds a PhD in applied mathematics from University of Helsinki (Finland) and a MSc in mathematics from University of Rome (Italy). She is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of Finland and has been in the past years member of the board and president of the society. In addition Barbara works actively in many International Actuarial Association’s committee and working groups and is chair of the Social Security Committee.

Alfredo D. Egídio dos Reis holds a degree on management, a MSc in applied mathematics to economics and management both from ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon, and a PhD in actuarial mathematics and statistics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK). He is now Professor of Finance at ISEG, Universidade de Lisboa, research at CEMAPRE (Centre for Applied Mathematics to Forecasting and Economic Decision) and co-editor of the European Actuarial Journal. He is a fellow of the Portuguese Institute of Actuaries, Portuguese Mathematical Society and of the Order of Economists. Alfredo’s research interests include different areas of actuarial science and risk theory, such as ruin theory and credibility. His main research have been published in ASTIN Bulletin, Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Scandinavian Actuarial Journal and European Actuarial Journal.

Nicole El Karoui, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France.

Paul Embrechts is Professor of Mathematics at the ETH Zurich specialising in actuarial mathematics and quantitative risk management. Previous academic positions include the Universities of Leuven, Limburg and London (Imperial College). Dr. Embrechts has held visiting professorships at the University of Strasbourg, ESSEC Paris, the Scuola Normale in Pisa (Cattedra Galileiana), the London School of Economics (Centennial Professor of Finance), the University of Vienna, Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), the National University of Singapore, Kyoto University, was Visiting Man Chair 2014 at the Oxford-Man Institute of Oxford University, and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waterloo, the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and the Université Catholique de Louvain. He is an Elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association, Honorary Fellow of the Institute and the Faculty of Actuaries, UK, and Institut des actuaires, France, Member Honoris Causa of the Belgian Institute of Actuaries, Corresponding Member of the Italian Institute of Actuaries, Actuary Swiss Association of Actuaries, and is on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals. He belongs to various national and international research and academic advisory committees. He co-authored the influential books “Modelling of Extremal Events for Insurance and Finance”, Springer, 1997 and “Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts, Techniques and Tools”, Princeton University Press, 2005 and 2015. Dr. Embrechts consults on issues in quantitative risk management for financial institutions, insurance companies and international regulatory authorities.

Steven Haberman is Professor of Actuarial Science at the Cass Business School, City, University of London, United Kingdom. From 2002 to 2012, Steven was Deputy Dean and Director of Cass Business School, and then was the Dean for 3 years to the end of 2015. He graduated in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, qualifying as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1975, and obtained his PhD and DSc in actuarial science from City University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Italian Institute of Actuaries and held the 2012-13 Chair of the Belgian Actuarial Association. He has worked at Prudential Assurance and for the Government Actuary’s Department, and has been a member of the Council of the Institute of Actuaries (for 2 terms). He is currently a member of Legal and General’s Longevity Science Panel. He has also been a member of TheCityUK Advisory Council, Governor of the City of London Academy (Islington) and a member of the External Advisory Panel to the Morris Review of the UK Actuarial Profession, as well as a founder member of the Financial Reporting Council’s Board for Actuarial Standards. He has acted as a consultant to Deutsche Bank, Swiss Reinsurance, the FSA and the National Audit Office among others. Since March 2016, he is an Associate Director of the Actuarial Research Centre set up by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He has written over 190 papers and 5 books on a wide range of topics, including mortality and morbidity models, annuities, insurance pricing and pensions. His papers have won research prizes from the Institute of Actuaries (UK) and Society of Actuaries (US). He was one of the Founding Editors of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance.

Daria Ossipova is a Head of longevity and morbidity R&D at SCOR and is leading 5 centres of excellence situated around the globe: Longevity (Paris), Long Term Care and Disability (Paris), Health (Cologne), Special Risks (Paris) and Critical Illness (Singapore). The team specialists, actuaries and researchers, forge SCOR’s expertise of morbidity and longevity risks. They conduct research projects, assist local entities with product development, establish scientific partnerships with academics and contribute to the risk management policy through various research projects, by validating guidelines, conducting referrals and peer reviews. Daria has a PhD in mathematics and taught at the University of Hull in the UK, subsequently completing a post doctorate at the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS). Daria then chose to go into applied research taking the role at SCOR in 2002 to combine research and its practical applications.

Jacques Rioux is Distinguished Research Statistician Developer at SAS Institute, the largest private software company in the world. He holds a PhD in pure mathematics from Cornell University and is an associate of the Society of Actuaries. He was previously professor of actuarial science at Universite Laval in Quebec Canada and at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, USA. His research interests have been mostly about loss distribution and extreme events modelling. His work at SAS has been in applying his research interests to model operational risk for the banking industry and resulted in the creation of PROC SEVERITY, the most versatile SAS procedure to fit loss models. His most recent interests are on different approaches to high performance computing including many tasks computing as applied to a Solvency II captial requirement calculation engine.

Andrew D. Smith, Deloitte MCS Limited, UK.