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What is the Role of the Actuary in Microinsurance? What is the demand and supply of actuaries in the Microinsurance space? How do the Governance and Operational Standards for Microinsurers compare to those for Insurers? What are the PPR requirements, particularly for Funeral insurance? What are the issues around contract boundaries and pricing for Microinsurance products? These are just some of the questions that David Kirk, Chair of the Microinsurance Committee of the Actuarial Society, aims to cover in the sessional meeting.

Student Sessional Meetings: Board of Examiners

The Actuarial Society Academy has pleasure in inviting you to sessional meetings at which André Bellingan will share information on what examiners want, how the examination (and marking!) process works, and various other valuable hints and suggestions. André has extensive experience as principal examiner, so this is a meeting you should not miss if you want that additional “inside information”.

Big Data in the Cloud

Insurance companies are increasing their reliance on more rich and varied datasets to manage and operate their businesses. Insurance companies are no strangers to managing data and computer systems and some of the first computers were installed at banks and insurance companies to automate their processes. Over time massive investments have been made in physical data centres, software licence purchases, disaster recovery and data protection measures. Outages can cost companies millions in lost revenue and reputational damage. Investments in computer capacity have traditionally been of a capital nature. Big data has increased the demands on companies to invest in new hardware and software to cope with the every increasing volume and speed at which data is being received and the need to analyse it. In response, many companies are considering making use of cloud computing solutions, where both hardware and software can be “hired” on demand for as long as these resources are needed. This sessional will explore the privacy and security concerns with reference to sensitive health insurance data by expiring the following topics - Regulatory framework (POPI, GDPR and HIPAA) - Data governance - Attribute-based access control - Classification of data by identifiability and sensitive content (PII, QPI and non-PII) - De-identification tenchniques - Re-identification risk for some data - Tracking and auditing data use - Mitigating hacking and ransomware threats We will also consider the approach to assessing the cost implications for moving part or all of your data to the cloud instead of investing in an on-premises big data warehouse. Presented by: • Ashleigh Theophanides • Anton Gerber • Matt Zylstra

Market Conduct Sessional Meeting

You may have been accustomed to “Treating Customers Fairly” (TCF). Recently, Council has agreed to replace the TCF Committee with the “Market Conduct Committee”. The focus of the Committee is to actively support the development and thought leadership of actuarial practice in the context of market conduct through the development of Standards of Actuarial Practice and Actuarial Practice Notes, and the provision of CPD events. In other words, a broader remit than TCF in isolation. In light of the above, members from the Market Conduct Committee will highlight key features of the Committee, providing insights of how members could interact with the Committee. The presenters in Johannesburg are Neil Savage, Peter Johnstone and Tamar Lewis.

Preparing for the Exam Rock : Dave Strugnell

So how does one cope with this? How does one structure a sensible approach to the remaining exams? How does one make sure those hours spent studying really count in the end? At the request of the ASSA Academy, Dave Strugnell will address these questions, and some recent qualifiers will share the secrets of their success, too.

Converting a DC pension pot into a retirement income stream: Dr David Knox

Traditionally DB schemes provided pensions (sometimes indexed) and retirees had little to worry about, provided the scheme was well funded or the employer was able to maintain long term support. However, as pension scheme design is now changing around the world with the growth of DC arrangements, many retirees face the bewildering task of ensuring that their lump sum lasts as long as they do. There is no simple answer. The decumulation process is much more complex than the accumulation years. Dr David Knox will reflect on the Australian experience, where there has been a compulsory DC experience for 24 years, and the tensions and options that providers, retirees and regulators face.

The Life Assurance Committee - Francesco Nagari

The Life Assurance Committee: Sessional meeting where Francesco Nagari provides an update on the IASB Staff’s progress in drafting of the new standard (likely to be named IFRS17) and the likely next steps and timing from here. He also talks about some of the more recent conceptual developments since the 2013 Exposure Draft and speculate on some of the business and financial impacts these decisions will have.

The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2015 (“TLAB 2015”)

The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2015 (“TLAB 2015”) was passed by the National Assembly on the 27 November 2015 and then later passed by the National Council of Provinces on 1 December 2015. The TLAB 2015 has been proclaimed in the Government Gazette on 8 January 2016 and is now the Taxation Laws Amendment Act of 2015 (“TLAA”).

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