Convention 2008 Programme

Speaker Profiles

Plenary Session Summaries

Concurrent Session Summaries

Programme Paper and Presentation Downloads

Convention Survey


The Actuarial Society of South Africa's 2008 Convention took place 23-24 October in Cape Town, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.



Our profession, our industry, our country, our planet. Today we face changes never before imagined. Climate change, genetic engineering, energy crises, the rise of China, transitions in local and international political leadership. How are we as the actuarial profession “making financial sense of the future”? And how can we shape the industries we serve for the benefit of all, in light of developments as diverse as Enterprise Risk Management, Solvency II, Treating Customers Fairly and Retirement Reform?


By understanding the drivers of change at all levels, members of the Actuarial Society are better equipped to make financial sense of the future and thus to contribute to the shaping of a better future for all. This was the thinking behind our 2008 Convention theme: The Business of Change: 2010 and beyond.


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Ronnie Bowie has been Hymans Robertson's Senior Partner since 2002. He joined the firm in 1980 and became FFA the same year. He is the Scheme Actuary and Investment Advisor to a number of large public and private schemes in both Scotland and England and is President of the Faculty of Actuaries and a member of the Actuarial Profession`s Management Board.


Leon Campher is one of the founders of Syfrets Managed Assets, Coronation and African Harvest. He is currently Executive Director of the Investment Management Association of South Africa (IMASA) and CEO of the Association for Savings and Investment SA (ASISA) and represents IMASA, the JSE and BESA as Director on the Financial Sector Charter Council.


Dennis Davis is Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court and Judge of the High Court. He is an Honorary Professor at UCT Law School where he teaches competition law, revenue law and constitutional law.
His latest book "Precedent and Possibility: the use and abuse of law in South Africa" (with Michelle le Roux) is set to be published in November this year.


Peter de Beyer joined Old Mutual in 1978 and has held many positions in the organisation. In 2000 Peter became Deputy MD, South Africa and in 2003 he was given responsibility for Old Mutual Service, Administration and Technology (OMSTA), created to improve efficiency in administration. In July 2006 Peter became MD, Customer Solutions responsible for Product, Marketing and CIO Office.


Stan du Plessis is a Professor of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. He studied at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cambridge and was a member of the "Harvard Group" of local and international economists who advised government on policy reform since 2006. He is currently Vice-President of the Economic Society of South Africa.


Hendrik du Toit is CEO of Investec Asset Management, responsible for Investec's worldwide asset management business. He joined the Investec Group in 1991 as a Portfolio Manager and founding member of Investec Asset Management.


Harry Panjer is the Chair of ASTIN, a former President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries (USA). He has recently retired as professor from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada where his research interests were risk theory and mortality modelling.


David Taylor is a Medical Educator, a chaplain in the British Army, and a priest in the Church of England. Over the past 20 years he has been increasingly involved in trying to understand the basis of professionalism. The short answer is "trustworthiness", and the longer answer will be discussed!


Click here to view the complete list of Convention 2008 speakers and their profiles.



Wednesday, 22 October

Swiss Re Golf Day
Atlantic Beach Golf Club
From 11h30


Actuaries Without Frontiers activity
Location and activity to be announced via email
From 13h30


Welcome gathering
Protea Hotel North Wharf
18h00 - 19h30

Thursday, 23 October

Registration and refreshments
CTICC Auditorium I Foyer
from 07h00

First session begins at 08h15
Last session ends at 17h30


Convention Dinner
CTICC Ballroom
19h30 - 23h00


Reception for New Qualifiers
Roof Terrace
From 18h00 - 19h00

Friday, 24 October

Registration and refreshments
CTICC Auditorium I Foyer
from 07h00

First session begins at 08h15
Last session ends at 15h30


Click here to view the full programme for Convention 2008