Biography: Jan Kars
Immediate Past President
Jan Kars served as President of the International Actuarial Association in 2021. In 2022, he serves as an Officer of the IAA as Immediate Past President, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, member of the Executive Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Nominations Committee. As of 2013 he has been a member of the Pensions and Employee Benefits Committee. Throughout 2017 and 2018 Jan previously served on the Executive, Professionalism and Accreditation Committees as well the Section Coordination Task Force. He served as Council delegate for the Het Koninklijk Actuarieel Genootschap (Netherlands).
Jan was born in Delft, The Netherlands in 1958. He graduated in actuarial science at the Dutch Actuarial Institute.
He started his career in 1981 at a local Dutch actuarial firm which in 2002 was acquired by Hewitt Associates LLC, serving as a pension consultant to corporates and pension funds. In that period he was also active as lecturer in actuarial science for the Dutch Actuarial Institute and served multiple roles within the local actuarial association (Het Koninklijk Actuarieel Genootschap).
Jan became partner within Hewitt in 1998. After Hewitt became public and after the formal merger with the local firm in 2002 he became practice leader of the Retirement and Financial management practice and was responsible for reorganization of the local practice and integration of it into the global firm.
At the same time he was part of the European practice leadership team and the European Consulting Leadership team of Hewitt and responsible for several large projects like implementation of a new consulting strategy and vision in the European Region and the implementation of a global competency model and the organization of annual development sessions for the European high potentials.
At the end of 2010 AON merged with Hewitt Associates and Jan decided, after 30 years of service, to leave the firm and to use his skills and experience more on projects and organizations of social importance.
He is currently active within 2 foundations focusing on talent development for the youth with a disadvantage in the labour market and active within AMREF flying doctors, an African Health NGO. All based on the the fact Jan realizes he has been lucky during his life and career and therefore feeling the urge supporting others in their development.
Jan also operates as Expert Member within the Committee of Appeal of the Financial Services Complaints Tribunal (Kifid).
During 2013-2017 Jan served as president of the local actuarial association (Het Koninklijk Actuarieel Genootschap) and president of the Dutch Actuarial Institute.
With his own consultancy firm, he is still active as strategic pension and HR consultant to corporates.
Jan and is wife Diana reside in Almere, a city near to Amsterdam and they have twins, a daughter and a son. He loves being creative around the house, designing and constructing all kind of things like home automation, a boathouse or other outbuildings. He likes traveling with Diana, sailing, running (including marathons), skiing, motorbiking and of course babysitting his granddaughter (2019).