Past conferences

The School of Actuarial Studies, UNSW Australia Business School holds various conferences and events to bring together academics, researchers and students.

UNSW Actuarial Symposiums

The School of Actuarial Studies holds Symposiums each year. For details of each Symposium click on the links below and for details of Symposiums held before 2005 please contact us.

2008 Symposium

2007 Symposium

2006 Symposium

2005 Symposium

2013 Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers

The 21th Annual event was held in the Chemical Sciences Theatre at UNSW on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 July 2013.

As many countries increase their reliance on privately managed, funded, defined contributions retirement income arrangements, the necessary policy frameworks are being designed and implemented.

The focus of the 21st Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers was on a wide range of topics relating to pensions and superannuation, retirement and the economic and financial implications of population ageing.

2009 Australasian Actuarial Education & Research Symposium

Following the success of the 40th anniversary of Actuarial Education in Australia Conference at Macquarie University in 2008, an Australasian Actuarial Education and Research Symposium was held at the University of New South Wales on 14-15 December 2009.

The Symposium was co-hosted by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and UNSW, and held at UNSW's Kensington campus.

The Symposium included keynote presentations, panel discussions and submitted proposals from practitioners, academics and research students.

The panel discussions covered professional education and syllabus topics, as well as industry research topics. Symposium sessions focused on current issues in actuarial education and research topics from both an industry and academic perspective.

The Symposium also provided an opportunity for researchers and industry practitioners to interact and develop potential new research projects.

Organising committee

  • Michael Sherris (UNSW)
  • John Evans (UNSW)
  • Bernard Wong (UNSW)
  • Sachi Purcal (UNSW)
  • Genevieve Hayes (ANU)
  • Stephen Wright (IAAust)
  • Bindya Subba (UNSW)
  • Cathy Puglisi (UNSW)

Scientific committee

  • Michael Sherris (UNSW)
  • Changki Kim (UNSW)
  • Jinxia Zhu (UNSW)
  • Piet de Jong (Macquarie U)
  • Genevieve Hayes (ANU)
  • Shuanming Li (U Melbourne)
  • Ron Murnain (IAAust)

2008 Asia Pacific Risk & Insurance Association Conference

The School of Actuarial Studies was very proud to be able to host the 12th Annual Asia Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) Conference.

Academics and practitioners in risk management, insurance and actuarial science from around the world met in Sydney for the regional conference.

APRIA was created in 1997 to provide a means for all persons and entities with an interest in risk management, insurance, actuarial science and related areas to share ideas and to engage in collaborative research for the ultimate benefit of the insurance industry. APRIA members are based in the Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America.

APRIA is an international association, drawing members from around the world, particularly from countries in the Asia Pacific. The Association invites participation in its annual conference from all countries, academics, executives, researchers and government leaders, who are willing to share ideas and to engage in collaborative research for the ultimate benefit of the insurance industry.

APRIA publishes its own journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance, biannually. The inaugural issue was published in June 2005.

Conference speakers

The keynote speaker for the opening session was John Trowbridge, member of the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority.

Plenary sessions were presented by internationally recognised leading experts, including:

  • Yan Guo, Enterprise Risk Management, AIG, Shanghai, China and Dirk McLiesh, General Manager of Group Risk, Westpac Banking Corporation Risk Based Capital and Solvency II
  • Tony Coleman, IAG, Chief Risk Officer, Enterprise Risk And Group Actuary and Anthony Asher, Trowbridge Deloitte Current Issues in Insurance Markets including Climate Change
  • Ines Hellmayr, Business Unit Chief Underwriter, Non-Life Treaty business, Australia and New Zealand, Gen Re and Alison Drill, Structured Re/insurance Solutions, Swiss R Reinsurance and Alternative Risk Markets
  • Professor John Piggott, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean, Research, Australian School of Business, UNSW and Catherine Nance, PwC Global Longevity Risk

2002 Alternative Risk Transfer (ART) & Risk Management Course

The ART & Risk Management Course was held in 2002 and led by Dr Morton Lane, a leading international industry expert and editor of Alternative Risk Strategies, published by RISK Books in 2002.

The course provided comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in risk management using insurance and capital market techniques.

The focus of the course was on innovative approaches to risk management developed in recent years, Alternative Risk Transfer (ART) and risk strategies through reinsurance and financial markets.

1999 Dynamic Financial Analysis in Insurance & Reinsurance Conference

The Dynamic Financial Analysis Conference in Insurance and Reinsurance was held in Sydney on 28-29 September 1999.

The conference was designed to address issues in risk and capital management in insurance and reinsurance including:

  • Risk based capital
  • Rating and return on capital (including Workers Compensation)
  • Reserving and capital, Value at Risk (VaR)
  • Reinsurance & alternative financing
  • Investment strategy
  • Business strategy
  • Case studies and issues using DFA

Keynote presentations were made by locally and internationally recognised speakers, including:

  • Mark Allen, PricewaterhouseCoopers:Financial model for investment, reinsurance, commutation and risk profile strategies - from conception to delivery - Equitas
  • Prof Philippe Artzner, Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France: Risk based capital
  • Deborah Chesney, Swiss Re: Integrated risk management - Investment and insurance
  • Scott Collings, Trowbridge Consulting: Practical implementation of DFA models for capital management
  • Kent Griffin, Tillinghast: VaR and risk management
  • Dr Rodney Kreps, Guy Carpenter/Sedgewick Re, New York: A sceptical buyer's guide to DFA
  • Gerald MacDonald, Aon Re: DFA meets reinsurance
  • Conor O'Dowd, PricewaterhouseCoopers: Australian case studies in general insurance and other non-financial service areas
  • Prof Rich Phillips, Georgia State University: Basis risk and hedging with index-linked insurance Derivatives
  • Colin Priest, Classic Solutions: Issues in Building a DFA Model for Insurance and reinsurance
  • Kurt Reichle, Tillinghast, Atlanta: Practical applications of DFA