Data Analytics Working Group (DAWG)

Mitch Prevett Mitch Prevett
Mitch leads the Product Analytics team at Quantium building advanced analytics into their products across all industries and solutions. In addition, he leads the analytics community at Quantium driving thought leadership and best practice across the company.
Prior to his current role Mitch led the retail business unit working with Woolworths and large FMCG suppliers consulting at a strategic level on pricing and promotions, forecasting, ranging and customer targeting. He also has deep experience in the Insurance industry and was central in the development of new approaches in price optimisation, risk modelling and competitor analysis.
Mitch has a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with First Class Honours from The Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Amanda Aitken Amanda Aitken
Amanda is a Director at Actuarial Edge; specialising in general and health insurance, self-insurance and data analytics. Her background is in workers' compensation, where she used her analytical skills to uncover scheme trends and develop initiatives and strategies to improve scheme outcomes.

Amanda considers herself to be a Data Detective; hunting through data to unearth the best opportunities for her clients. She particularly enjoys putting her actuarial skills to use in new ways. Amanda has been involved in a variety of analytical projects, ranging from forecasting membership profiles of sporting clubs, investigating staff retention rates and building remuneration optimisation models. 
Chris Dolman Chris Dolman
Chris Dolman has wide ranging insurance industry experience, having worked across multiple countries as both an advisor and in industry, in both traditional and non-traditional roles. He is currently GM, Analytics at IAG, helping to drive data driven decision making across all aspects of the organisation.
Hugh Miller Hugh Miller
Hugh is an actuary at Taylor Fry, where he has worked since 2006 undertaking work for both Analytics and General Insurance. Over the past few years he has had a particular focus on government social services, including the annual valuation of the New Zealand Welfare system. Hugh is also a keen researcher, completing his PhD in statistics at the University of Melbourne in 2010. Topics of interest include combining approaches from statistics and actuarial science, as well as developing methods for individual level modelling of actuarial problems.
Alex Rowley Alex Rowley

Alex is a senior manager within EY’s Actuarial Services team, a team where he has had various roles since taking on a graduate position approximately 10 years ago. His focus is on the application of quantitative and numerical skill sets to solve a variety of complex business problems. To achieve this he has used and deployed a wide variety of statistical, analytical and machine learning algorithms to manage risk or improve performance. Alex’s experience has predominantly been in the government and financial services sectors. Within government, this has included areas as diverse as defence, education, health, justice and child protection. Over the last couple of years, he has spent the majority of his time focusing on the justice and health sectors. Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

ANGAT SANDHU  Angat Sandhu

Angat is a Principal based in Oliver Wyman’s Sydney office.  In this role, he works in depth with major banks and insurers in Australia and Asia on complex engagements, helping organisations fine-tune their strategy in response to changing economic, regulatory and competitive dynamics.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman in 2007, he worked in the Funds Management Group at Macquarie Bank and as a research analyst at Towers Watson.

Angat holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies and Finance) from the University of New South Wales. He is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation.
Ada Tong Ada Tong
Ada is an analytics and data science consultant with 10 years of experience across multiple industries in both Australia and Hong Kong. She is passionate about using data to help businesses make better decisions. She is currently working for Quantium, helping businesses make data-driven decisions with exciting new datasets. She has just returned from a three year stint in Hong Kong where she led the Modelling & Insights team at Asia Miles. Her team analysed customer behavior to drive better customer experiences and business outcomes. She also spent a year working for various Asian fintech startups. In her spare time, she started the Hong Kong Analytics Community,  a networking group for analytics professionals in the city. Ada is excited about the contribution actuaries can make to data analytics and the data science world.
Alan Whitelock-Jones Alan Whitelock-Jones
Further to his Actuarial studies, Alan studied computer science at University as an extra subject. He was interested in computing and programming and it gave him the ammunition to persuade the Dean of the Faculty to let him drop finance from his degree (which he thought boring but he didn’t tell him that).
While working after university he tried to program himself out of having to do anything repetitive, mostly with spreadsheet macros, but also using other programming languages at work. His favourite language being APL for the ability to get the most done with the shortest code. He once programmed a 50 page premium rate book as a single line of code.
He moved into actuarial modelling working for Classic Solutions (later Tillinghast and Towers Watson) developing the MoSes modelling platform and helping clients implement models.
Alan did a machine learning course on Coursera because he was interested in the algorithms. This is only loosely related to data analytics as it was mostly about algorithms to drive cars and read characters, but he was persuaded that data analytics was fun and he already knew more than the average would-be data analyst so would find the transition easy.
He has recently completed all the John Hopkins University’s Data Science Specialisation courses on Coursera while putting his skills to use at work.

Bernard Wong PhD

Bernard is an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (Australia). He is currently the Accreditation Actuary and Director of Actuarial Programs at UNSW, where he also develops and teaches courses in enterprise risk management and data analytics for actuaries. Bernard is a Fulbright Scholar, and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Aaron Cutter

Aaron was a physicist and is now an actuary and Principal at Finity experienced in general insurance and accident compensation. Recently he has set up and leads Finity’s Big Data practice, also known as Defin’d and is committed to actuaries in analytics playing a further significant role in this space.  He is a strong believer that actuaries help organisations better understand their businesses, their customers and hence are well placed to help with issues of strategic importance.  Actuaries, data and analytics in business problem solutions will only deepen as the world’s generation, retention and ability to interrogate data explodes.

Basem Morris

Basem is a data analytics actuary at Deloitte.  He is a qualified actuary with extensive experience in analytics, banking and insurance. Prior to joining Deloitte, he spent 10 years working in London where he advised some of the largest European, Asian and Australian financial institutions.

Bringing together a unique blend of technical expertise and commercial acumen, he focuses on bridging the gap between analytics and business needs.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA).

Council Members 
Jenny Lyon - President
Jenny is a Director of SKL, a specialist actuarial recruitment firm. Jenny has over 20 years’ experience advising and recruiting actuaries in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia. She holds two Non-Executive Director roles and convenes the Education Development Group for the Institute.
Bill Konstantinidis
Bill Konstantinidis 
Bill has extensive experience within the general insurance area. He is currently General Manager Product at Covermore where he looks after the product, underwriting and actuarial teams of the company for travel insurance. He was previously Executive Manager Pricing Commercial Customer at Suncorp within the Chief Data Office (where he managed a large team of actuaries and analysts covering valuation, pricing and analysis of a wide range of general insurance products across the Suncorp Group), having held other Executive Manager positions with Suncorp prior to that. He has also held Chief Underwriting Officer/Executive Manager roles with Allianz Global Assistance, RACQ Insurance and CUNA Mutual. In 2011 he was President of the Queensland Branch of ANZIIF (Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance).

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David Bell

David Bell - CEO
David joined the Actuaries Institute as Chief Executive Officer in 2014. He was previously CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association.  David has also been General Manager for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Westpac, General Manager Communications and Investor Relations at NRMA/IAG and Group Manager for Corporate Affairs at Telstra. He started his career as an officer in the Australian Army, and on leaving the army became Chief of Staff to the NSW Agriculture Minister. David is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Economics, and an MBA. He is a Member of the Advisory Council of the St James Ethics Centre, and is on the Board of the Medical Council of NSW.

Elayne Grace Elayne Grace - Deputy CEO and Head of Public Policy

Elayne is Deputy CEO of the Actuaries Institute and Head of Public Policy. She is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Institute’s public policy strategy, spanning all key practice areas; general and life insurance, retirement income policy, risk management, climate change, data analytics and health insurance. A key part of Elayne’s role is developing thought-leadership positions on emerging policy themes and managing the Institute’s research programs that have produced influential papers on health, longevity risk, housing wealth and retirement incomes. Elayne also leads the Institute’s engagement strategy to influence policymakers, media and industry stakeholders about the value, expertise and skills the profession brings to public policy debates.

Elayne has had 20 years’ international experience as an actuary with major insurers and consulting firms with a focus on risk identification, assessment and management.

Sarah Tedesco - Head of Education and Learning
Sarah has spent the last six and a half years in senior management positions at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants leading the teams responsible for the creation of education and professional development programs and strategies.  Prior to this, Sarah worked in Australia, Europe and Asia in a variety of national Learning & Development and Executive Management roles, the two most recent having been the National Learning & Development Manager for KPMG and Head of Learning & Capability for Hutchison Telecommunications (3 Mobile). 

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