Plenary speakers

dave David Finnis
Dave has been advising on a range of actuarial and financial matters to public and private sector entities for nearly forty years. His experience is predominantly in Australia, but he has also worked in Asia, Switzerland and the UK. Dave managed Tillinghast-Towers Perrin’s Asia-Pacific general insurance practice before taking on a role at Insurance Australia Group (IAG). At IAG, he worked on the construction and management of the Group’s internal model as a Senior Actuary. Dave also spent over three years with Ernst & Young in Australia. Most recently, Dave was part of the Secretariat of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors in Basel, focusing on capital and broader solvency issues. He lectured at Macquarie University on actuarial studies and is an active participant in issues facing the International Actuarial Association. Dave is a prior member of the ASTIN Committee, where he also served as Treasurer.
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Frank Ashe Dr Frank Ashe
Dr Frank Ashe has a consulting practice specialising in risk management and investments and is an Honorary Fellow at the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre. He has worked around the world with consultancies, insurance companies, investment management firms, bond dealers, and financial software houses, exercising his passion for clear expression of risk concepts to the non-specialist. Dr Ashe’s 30+ years of practical experience have been predominantly in the measurement and management of financial risk and return, with an emphasis on asset-liability management and developing risk measurement and management tools for novel situations.

He is a regular presenter at industry seminars and colloquia, and was President of the Australian Q-Group 2002-2011. Dr Ashe is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He obtained his PhD in Operations Research from the University of New South Wales and majored in Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science at Macquarie University.
pauline Pauline Blight-Johntson
Pauline Blight-Johntson is the Group Executive of Insurance and Superannuation, responsible for AMP’s risk insurance, retail superannuation, investment, pensions and platforms business portfolio.
During a career which includes more than 20 years of financial services industry experience, Pauline has held a number of senior executive posts in life insurance, both in Australia and overseas. Prior to joining AMP in 2013, Pauline was Managing Director of RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia and before that, Chief Financial Officer and Appointed Actuary for Asteron Life. Pauline has also held executive roles with Tillinghast (consulting actuary) and Morgan Stanley (investment banker).
An active industry participant, Pauline is a Fellow of numerous industry bodies and has previously served as a Director of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. She is currently a Director of the Financial Services Council.
Pauline is also a director of AMP Life Limited and the National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited.
michel Michel Dacorogna
Michel Dacorogna, is scientific advisor to the chairman of SCOR. He conducts research in the field of insurance mathematics, capital management and risks and presents to management and customers. Michel is a Member of the board of the SCOR Science Foundation and of the joint Research Centre on Insurance Risk with the Nanyang Technical University of Singapore. Until July 2013, Michel was deputy group CRO in charge of Solvency II and the internal model. Author and co-author of more than 70 publications in refereed scientific journals, Michel has his Habilitation, Ph. D. and M. Sc. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He also did a post-doc at the University of California in Berkeley and now lectures at the ETH and University of Zurich, at the University Ca’Foscari in Venice (Italy) and at the University of Turin (Italy).
richard Richard Madden
Richard Madden is Director of the National Centre for Classification in Health, an international centre of excellence in health classifications. He also works on a variety of Indigenous statistics issues, and is the inaugural Director of the Sydney Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics. Richard is co-stream leader for the NDIS in the University’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy and Chair of the House with No Steps, a major non-government provider of disability services in Australia. Prior to 2006, Richard was Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 10 years. From 1992 to 1995, he was Deputy Australian Statistician. He has had wide experience across the Australian health and community services sectors, including as Deputy Secretary of the NSW Health Department. He was Head of the Treasuries of the NT (1983-86) and the ACT (1989-92) before being awarded Australian Actuary of the Year in 2002. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2003 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Sydney in 2005.
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