Programme Highlights

Cyber crime

No longer is it something that only happens far away. With the recent ransomware attacks, cyber risk is becoming understood as a real and personal threat that we face everyday. Organisations are now expected to safeguard their customers and employees from cyber crime, or face financial ruin.

Speaker and cyber risk expert, Riekie Gordon, will discuss how companies can respond to cyber risk, using current examples in the industry. Managing second-order effects like reputational risk will also be covered. Finally, Riekie will talk about the expected future developments in this area, including the use of cyber insurance products to mitigate the increased risk in this area.


Last year’s introduction of the techstars session was so well received that we’re doing it again. The world is changing rapidly, things are happening fast, and small companies can become quite significant very fast. New technologies and products can’t be ignored. Leverage the change they bring: there are opportunities too big to miss out on, and risks too big not to mitigate. In this session the selected technology start-up companies will present their products. Join us at 01:15 PM on Tuesday, 17 October in Gallagher Room for this innovative session.

Building the profession of the future

Roseanne Murphy Harris, President of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, provides feedback on the Society’s approach and progress with regards transformation.  View the presentation here, watch the session here and listen to the audio recording here.

Regulatory update

Suzette Vogelsang from the FSB will provide a regulatory update. This is a particularly relevant topic given the backdrop of the key changes in legislation expected in 2017, as well as changes in the way financial services will be regulated going forward.

Economic update

Jeremy Gardiner from Investec will update us on the state of the economy.  Jeremy is a well-known speaker and commentator on global and domestic markets, renowned for his ability to make sense of what is happening in the world and highlighting its relevance in the South African context.

Data analytics workshops

Data analytics is a topical field that is often too technical for conferences. This year the programme is being expanded to include a number of workshops on this topic with the aim of providing some practical knowledge and experience. Look out for these two workshops on the programme:

Beyond GLMs – An introduction to advanced predictive analytics workshop by Jean-Francois Greeff
1:15PM – 2:15PM and 2:45PM – 3:45PM, Convention Day One, Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

Unlocking non-traditional data for risk analytics workshop by Rendani Mbuvha
11:30AM – 12:30PM, Convention Day Two, Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

Awards, Council Announcement and President’s Address

Roseanne Murphy Harris, out-going President of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, announces the winners of the awards and then announces the council before handing over to Peter Withey, in-coming President of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, for his President’s Address.





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