Actuaries Around the World – Argentina

This month we have the pleasure of interviewing Javier Campelo, ASA, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Javier is the SOA´s ambassador for Argentina and the regional ambassador coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. Javier leads Re Consulting, an actuarial consulting firm specializing in reinsurance. Javier has a degree in Economics and Actuarial Science from the … Continue reading Actuaries Around the World – Argentina

Why Actuaries Should Start Paying Attention to Python by Andrew Webster

The 2016 movie “Hidden Figures” highlights the careers in the 1960s of three brilliant mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who manually performed the calculations necessary to launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. IBM’s FORTRAN (FORmula TRANslation) programming language was growing in popularity and dramatically changing the role that mathematicians played in the … Continue reading Why Actuaries Should Start Paying Attention to Python by Andrew Webster

Actuaries Around the World – Channel Islands

This month we have the pleasure of interviewing Carl Hansen, FSA, EA. Carl is International Director at the BWCI Group, living and working on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. He also serves as Executive Director for Abelica Global, an international organization of independent actuarial firms. Carl has been active in the local … Continue reading Actuaries Around the World – Channel Islands

Actuaries Around the World – Thailand

This month ACTEX is traveling to Thailand for our Actuaries Around the World series. Tommy Pichet, FSA, FIA, FSAT, FRM, MBA, MScFE (Dist.), B.Eng (Hons), is a qualified actuary with nearly 20 years of experience across Asian insurance, finance and employee benefit valuation and management. He has worked in the valuation of insurance and retirement benefits, … Continue reading Actuaries Around the World – Thailand

Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Disruption of Insurance

As we sit back and watch the news, read the papers, or attend technology conferences we are increasingly inundated with stories of cryptocurrency bubbles and the rush (or lack thereof) to regulation. For many, blockchain is synonymous to Bitcoin and Bitcoin to cryptocurrency, but that’s both wrong and a massive undersell of the potential for … Continue reading Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Disruption of Insurance

Actuaries Around the World – Hungary

Our February edition of Actuaries Around the World takes us to Hungary. Gábor Borza is an actuarial consultant working with Tools4F and is a board member of the Hungarian Actuarial Society, which he chaired from 2013 until 2017. Borza spent the first 22 years of his professional career at ING / Nationale-Nederlandem, a retail financial … Continue reading Actuaries Around the World – Hungary

Melting Data in Python to Discover $6 Million in Missed Risk Adjustment

It was the last week of the year. Validate Health was retained to validate the risk adjustment submission for a medium-sized Medicare Advantage plan. We had until the end of the week to recalculate risk adjustment for over 50,000 beneficiaries and millions of claims. The pressure was mounting. We needed a way to quickly process … Continue reading Melting Data in Python to Discover $6 Million in Missed Risk Adjustment