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Driven by Data: Insights from an actuarial entrepreneur

It takes bravery, poise and commitment to make the jump from the relative comforts of full-time employment to establishing a startup – especially in the rapidly evolving data analytics space. For tech entrepreneur, data scientist and actuary Sam Zheng, he has taken these challenges in his stride. Sam joins Meg Yang on the 'Driven by Data' Podcast to delve into his experience from setting up not one, but two artificial intelligence startups, how his actuarial skillset has helped him adapt to the innovative entrepreneurial world, and his essential tips for getting into the space.

Highlights

UNSW Data Analytics Sandbox empowers young actuaries to help solve industry problems

How can we predict building claims costs in Small Medium Enterprises (SME) across Australia using advanced statistical machine learning techniques? Or group and price hundreds of different industries based on data and business knowledge? How should we deal with sparse data spread across hundreds of categories? Commercial insurers are searching for solutions to these ongoing industry challenges, as well as young talents to contribute to their solutions. Dr Fei Huang describes the UNSW Business School’s Sandbox Project, which aims to do just that.

That’s Super: Big industry, big career opportunities

There is certainly no set pathway when it comes to forging a career as an actuary, just ask Meray El-Khoury. Meray (Chief Insurance Officer, MetLife Australia) joins Christine Li (Secretary, Actuaries Institute’s Superannuation and Investments Practice Committee) on the ‘That’s Super’ Podcast to discuss her unique career journey across traditional and non-traditional fields, the importance of building your personal brand, and being brave enough to take a plunge.

Key policy considerations for the 2022/23 Federal Budget

With the Federal Budget to be handed down on the evening of Tuesday 29 March, we highlight key policy considerations around insurance, climate change and disaster resilience, aged care and health which we provided to Treasury in January’s Pre-Budget consultation. The Institute’s Pre-Budget submission each year highlights key policy initiatives for the Federal Government to consider in its annual budget process.