Artificial intelligence thought leadership series: AI and the work of actuaries

Mon 10 Jun 2024 -
11:00 - 12:00

Within modern society, artificial intelligence has long been a part of human innovation. Its increased prevalence in recent years has rocked society and captivated global interest.

Many are now suggesting that the growth of AI is heading towards an inflection point. It could be capable of producing a technological renaissance akin to the rise of the internet or the splitting of the atom.

But what does the rise of AI mean for the actuarial and wider financial services sector? Our thought leadership webinar series addresses this question. We draw on expertise from the worlds of policy, science, academia, and financial services to demystify AI and its growing role in society. We tackle the big debates around AI ethics and regulation and set out the work the IFoA is doing in this space.

In the fourth and final webinar, we take a deep dive into what the increased prevalence of AI means for actuaries and their work. Both now and in the future.

Featured Speakers


Matthew Edwards is an experienced life actuary working as the innovation lead in WTW’s UKI life division. He has been at the forefront of introducing predictive analytics into life and pensions work, with particular regard to mortality modelling. More recently, he co-wrote WTW’s response to the Bank of England’s consultation on the use of AI in financial services. He has also been working on a range of insurance applications of Ggenerative AI.

He is leading a small working group on the actuarial profession’s approach to Ggenerative AI. He is a former Chair of the CMI, co-chair/co-founder of the COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group, and was elected to Council in 2023.

Atreyee Bhattacharyya works as the Executive Vice President of Actuarial Business Applications at Star Health and Allied Insurance, India. She is responsible for developing and overseeing all activities pertaining to actuarial analytics within the company and implementing these to drive business decisions across various departments such as actuarial, underwriting, claims, and sales.

Atreyee is a member of the Ethics in AI Working Party of the IFoA and of the AI and Data Science Working Group of the Actuarial Association of Europe. Previously she was the chair of the IFoA AI and Automation Working Party for Life and Health. Atreyee is also a member of the AI task force set up by the International Actuarial Association. In these capacities, Atreyee has written several articles for The Actuary magazine and spoken at various conferences on the topics of application of AI in actuarial work and ethical considerations of AI.

Catherine is the Chair of the IFoA’s General Insurance Board, Chair of the General Insurance Lifelong Learning Committee, and a member of the IFoA’s 400 Club. She has also previously been a member of the Solvency II Practical Review Working Party.

Catherine was named ‘Actuary of the Year’ and ‘Insurance Woman of the Year (large firms)’ at the 2022 Women in Insurance Awards, ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2021 Women in Insurance Awards, and ‘Young Actuarial and Risk Professional of the Year’ at the 2021 Insurance ERM awards. She is a partner at LCP.

Alexey is a Data Science Project Manager at Allianz Partners. Here he is orchestrating various data-driven initiatives ranging from onboarding actuarial hubs to the modern modelling approaches to portfolio analytics and operations optimisation. Prior to shifting his professional focus to machine learning he spent 9 years on various general insurance actuarial roles in several locations and companies of Allianz Group. Alexey’s academia background includes actuarial sciences and a PhD in Game Theory from Moscow State University.

He is leading the lifelong pillar at the IFoA Data Science Practice Board, incorporating the membership and sustainability and climate change working parties under its hood.

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Other events in the series

11 March: Watch the recording - Artificial intelligence thought leadership series: keynote session

11 April: Watch the recording - Artificial intelligence thought leadership series: ethics and regulation

09 May: Artificial intelligence thought leadership series: global impact and challenges