Biography: Gábor Hanák
Gábor Hanák was elected as President of the
International Actuarial Association in 2018 and began his tenure on January 1,
2019. As President, Mr. Hanák also serves as chair of the Executive Committee
and of the Council, as well as being an Officer of the organization. He
previously served as a member of the Actuarial Standards Committee (ASC) from
2011-2017, including several ASC task forces, and other IAA committees.
Gábor was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1954. He
graduated with a degree in mathematics from Eötvös Loránd University, then
obtained a second degree in actuarial science.
He began his career as a researcher in optimal
stopping times at the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences. He switched to insurance in 1991 serving in various actuarial roles
and then went on to serve as CEO of Swiss Life in Hungary. Later, he formed his
own actuarial consultancy before joining KPMG in 2008. Since then, he has been
working as actuarial director involved in KPMG’s advisory and audit projects
locally and regionally in Central and Eastern Europe.
In 1991, he participated in the foundation of the
Hungarian Actuarial Society (HAS) and has been serving on the board until 2017.
He served as Secretary of the HAS from 1991 to 1995, and in 1995 he was elected
as President for two 2-year mandates. In 2007, he was re-elected as President
and served another four years.
He has participated in building international
connections of the HAS. In 2000 and in 2004 (upon joining the European Union),
the HAS was admitted as a Full Member association of the IAA and the Groupe
Consultatif Actuariel Européen (the predecessor of today’s Actuarial
Association of Europe (AAE), the professional body in Europe), respectively. In
2009, he was elected Second Vice Chairman of the AAE, and went on to serve as
Chairman from 2011-2012. In 2014, he was elected Chairperson of the Standards
Project Team of the AAE, which is equivalent to the ASC in the IAA. He also
represented the AAE at the Standard Setters Round Table between 2014 and 2017.
In 2016, he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of
Gábor used to play basketball when he was a student
and enjoys reading books and listening to classical music these days. He and
his wife, Ágnes, reside in one of the suburbs of Budapest.