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After completing his honours degree in Mathematical Statistics in 1988, Tjaart qualified as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1998, and is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa.
He spent most of his early career at Metropolitan Life, where he was involved in the development of the Doyle AIDS model, worked as Health Actuary at Metropolitan Health, and ended up as the head of the Risk Solutions area at Metropolitan Employee Benefits, managing its group risk products.
In May 2009 Tjaart became the managing director of RGA South Africa, a position he held until September 2021. During that time RGA South Africa became one of the largest reinsurers in South Africa and was rated number one on the NMG Business Capability Index for 12 years in a row.
He now heads up the innovation unit of RGA EMEA, eXplore, working to bring innovative solutions to underserved and underdeveloped markets in EMEA.
He enjoys traveling, skiing and have taken up surfing during lock down last year.