Young Actuaries Advisory Board

The Actuaries Institute continues to promote greater diversity and inclusion. One of the ways this can be achieved is through the Young Actuaries Advisory Board (YAAB) - a forum for Council to hear from young members directly. 

This structured young members' body will also allow collaboration between members located in different states and overseas, thus increasing engagement amongst younger members both local and abroad.

Thank you to the members who submitted an expression of interest in joining the YAAB. The level of interest in being involved, and the calibre of younger members who expressed interest was outstanding.

The Presidential Committee also decided that, for this year only, the leader of the YAAB would be appointed rather than elected, so that the board can be functional as soon as possible.


Young members are defined as members who are less than 35 years or have less than 15 years’ experience in the profession.


YAAB MEMBERS


Jeffrey Chan
President, Young Actuaries Advisory Board

Jeffrey Chan (FIAA) is the Co-President of the Young Actuaries advisory Board and the President of the Asia YAP. He is a Senior Data Scientist in BCG GAMMA with more than 10 years of consulting experience in data commercialization, customer analytics, applied machine learning and personalization. Outside of work, he is a professional wedding host and have hosted more than 50 weddings.


Mark Samuels
President, Young Actuaries Advisory Board

Mark is the Co-President for the Young Actuaries Advisory Board and is a consulting actuary at Mercer who joined in 2018 following his move from Scotland to Australia in 2016. He advises trustees and sponsoring employers on their defined benefit and accumulation superannuation plans and provide strategic advice relating to member outcomes requirements. He graduated from Heriot Watt University in Scotland and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in Australia and the UK. Outside of work I am keen runner and hope to run a marathon on every continent of the world. 

  Queenie Chow
Former President, Young Actuaries Advisory Board

Queenie likes to call herself an “actuary without borders” – a passionate actuary working in global development and inclusive insurance. Inspired to make insurance accessible to all, Queenie works with the MicroInsurance Centre at Milliman as a Microinsurance Specialist and has worked across countries like Kenya, Togo, China and Philippines etc. Queenie was recently given the “40 under 40: most influential Asian-Australian Awards”.


Harrison Gee
President, Young Actuaries Program Victoria

Harrison is an actuarial analyst at The Heron Partnership, a boutique actuarial and superannuation consulting firm based in Melbourne.  Prior to this, Harrison worked as an Institutional Wealth Analyst at Mercer. 

Harrison is the current President of the Young Actuaries Program Victoria and was previously involved with the Monash Actuarial Students Society while completing a Science and Commerce double degree at Monash University.


Timothy Lam
President, Young Actuaries Program NSW

Timothy Lam is currently a Data Analytics Actuary, Life Insurance at Gen Re. Prior to this he spent 4.5 years at KPMG as an Actuarial Manager and worked on a variety of tasks ranging from traditional life insurance to non-traditional systemic risk management engagements. At the Actuaries Institute, he currently leads the Young Actuaries Program in NSW, is a member of the inaugural Young Actuaries Advisory Board and the Horizon Scan 2035 Task Force.


Jasmine Nguyen
President, Young Actuaries Program Queensland

Jasmine is currently the Convenor of the Young Actuaries Program, a member of the Queensland Actuarial Community Organising Committee and the Student Committee. Heavily involved with societies, Jasmine has a passion to help others and is constantly finding opportunities to satiate her curiosity. Jasmine has recently started her actuarial career joining Suncorp as an Actuarial Analyst in Compulsory Third Party Insurance.

Michelle Ng

Michelle has 8 years of experience in the general insurance industry and is currently the Analytics Team Leader at Marsh Advisory. She started volunteering with the Institute as part of the Actuaries Digital Editorial Committee back when there was a not-so-glossy future for the magazine during the switch from print to digital. She has also led the Sydney Young Actuaries Program organising many events geared towards soft skill development. She has a passion for growth and leadership and with YAAB would like to drive programs that ensures younger Actuaries are supported during stages of their career.

Garvin Tso

Garvin expresses a contemporary take on the traditional commercial and technical skills obtained through his training as an actuary. Passionate about all things data and super, Garvin places Members’ Outcome on the forefront of his calling through his work at the startup Laneway Analytics.


Joyce Wang

Joyce Wang is a Pricing Actuary at AIA Australia and has spent the past 7 years working in the Life Insurance industry with roles in reporting, risk management, group and retail insurance pricing. Joyce has lead the Young Actuaries Program in Victoria in 2019 and 2020. More recently, Joyce was part of the Young Actuaries Advisory Board (YAAB) taskforce and assisted in successfully establishing the YAAB in 2021. Joyce is passionate about volunteering at the Actuaries Institute and would like to continue to listen and advocate for young members’ engagement in the Institute, in her capacity as a YAAB member.


Tim Yip

Tim is a Director at Taylor Fry, and has worked in the general insurance industry since 2012. He has extensive experience providing reserving, M&A, pricing and capital management services to general insurers. He also specialises in providing actuarial advice to corporate workers’ compensation self-insurers across all Australian jurisdictions. Tim is also part of the Workers’ Compensation COVID-19 Working Group and the Interest Rate Working Group.”


 
 

A message from President Hoa Bui on the Young Actuaries Advisory Board (YAAB)  



Virtual Information Session

Presentation

 

Background

The Actuaries Institute and Council continue to encourage greater diversity and inclusion for professional and institute matters, this should include more representation by young members in the work that is performed by the profession. Young members should take the lead in promoting this greater involvement of young members.

The Young Actuaries Advisory Board is a forum for young members to advocate within council. The YAAB’s aim is to:

  • Assist young members access the Institute through more targeted communication with young members
  • Acts as the voice of the young members in the profession and advise Council on matters relating to young members
  • Assist the Institute with its education and CPD strategy
  • Assist the Institute in promoting the actuarial career to potential new entrants to the profession

A structured young member’s body will also allow collaboration between members located in different states and overseas, thus increasing engagement amongst younger members both local and abroad.

In the next year the YAAB will:

  • Fill its volunteer positions
  • Develop and recommend a communications strategy aimed at young members
  • Act as a sounding board to assist the Institute, Council and relevant committees in understanding the opinions, concerns and issues regarding young members, including education matters
  • Coordinate the state based Young Actuaries Program and annual Young Actuaries Conference
  • Develop a detailed strategy for future years.