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Professor of Practice in Risk and Actuarial Studies
Elaine Collins joined the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies as a Professor of Practice on 2nd October 2018. Elaine has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry, with a focus on strategic risk to company operations. She currently has three Board roles, including being a Non-Executive Director of Zurich Insurance and the Motor Accidents Insurance Board and a Board Member of Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation.
UNSW Business School has appointed five Professors of Practice as part of a Faculty-wide strategy to embed experience within industry as part of the curriculum. Elaine will have particular focus on building collaboration between the school and industry in both education and research, and to assist with the school’s gender initiatives. She will also be passing on her knowledge, and how it applies in the industry, to our students.
Prizes Awarded to Academics in Risk and Actuarial Studies
- Greg Taylor, Alan Xian, Benjamin Avanzi and Bernard Wong were awarded the Taylor Fry Silver Prize for their paper "How to Proxy The Unmodellable: Analysing Granular Insurance Claims in The Presence of Unobservable or Complex Claims" at the Actuaries Institute’s 2018 General Insurance Seminar Event on 12th November 2018. Their paper was judged by an independent panel to have significantly advanced the actuarial profession's knowledge.
- Hazel Bateman received the 2018 ICA Best Paper Award at the International Congress of Actuaries (ICA) 2018 for her research on “Saving Preferences in Retirement: The Impact of Mandatory Annuitization, Flexibility and Health Status”, co-authored by Jennifer Alonso-García, Johan Bonekamp, Arthur van Soest and Ralph Stevens.
- Benjamin Avanzi, Greg Taylor, and Bernard Wong were awarded the 2017 Hachemeister Prize for their ASTIN Bulletin paper “Correlations Between Insurance Lines of Business: An Illusion or a Real Phenomenon? Some Methodological Considerations”. The Hachemeister Prize is awarded annually to an ASTIN Bulletin or ASTIN or AFIR Colloquium paper based on its potential to impact property/casualty practice in North America.