International pension and investment expert to speak at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Mar 13, 2015 12:15 PM |
Former Australian Government Actuary Donald Duval to speak on economic issues during Worshipful Company of Actuaries lecture on Wednesday 18 March

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 13 March 2015

International pension and investment expert Donald Duval, who served as the Australian Government’s Actuary between 1991-1996 will be a guest speaker at the Worshipful Company of Actuaries lecture taking place at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 18 March.

Donald, who now serves as Chief Actuary at Aon Hewitt, will be joining members of the Leicester Actuarial Science Society (LASS), students and members of the public to discuss economic and finance related issues and promote the actuarial profession at the free lecture.

Each year, the Worshipful Company of Actuaries sponsors lectures at actuarial universities in the UK, promoting the actuarial profession to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The University of Leicester has been picked as one of the universities to host one of their lectures in 2015.

In the past the lectures have been delivered by some of the most senior actuaries in the profession and have covered a variety of important current topics linked to actuarial science.

Typically students and locally based actuaries attend each lecture, with the programme reaching over 1,000 students annually and giving them the opportunity to network and gain further insights into a future actuarial career.

Nick Foster, a qualified actuary and lecturer at the University of Leicester, said: “We are very pleased to welcome the Worshipful Company of Actuaries to Leicester for the first time and hope this will become a regular event on their calendar.

“We expect that the talk will be of interest to anyone either studying or considering studying on an actuarial, economic or other finance-related course, professionals working in these areas or any members of the public interested in pensions following the big changes in this area over the last 12 months in particular.”

Donald Duval has advised on pension reform in Hungary, Zimbabwe, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and South Korea. He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries in the US.

He has written numerous papers and articles on pensions issues, is a regular speaker at pensions conferences, and has also appeared on radio and television. He is one of the leading figures in the UK pensions industry, being particularly involved in discussions with Government on pensions policy and legislation.

Until June 2008, he was a member of the Main Committee of the Association of Consulting Actuaries. He has been Chairman of the Occupational Pensions Joint Working Group and President of the Society of Pensions Consultants.

LASS has four main aims that will be demonstrated at the event:

  • To give students exposure and access to a range of potential employer organisations, increasing both students’ appreciation of what an actuarial career involves and potential employers’ awareness of what our students have to offer.
  • To allow actuarial students at different stages of their courses to compare experiences and have access to the actuarial science staff in an informal setting.
  • To create opportunities for actuaries and actuarial students in the region to develop professionally.
  • To provide a forum for thought leadership in actuarial science within the East Midlands and raise the national profile of the Leicester actuarial science courses and current research.
  • The free public Worshipful Company of Actuaries lecture will take place on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at 2.30pm in Attenborough Lecture Theatre 1.

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For more information please contact Nick Foster at nick.foster@leicester.ac.uk

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