The Member Engagement Board is responsible for engagement with all members of the Society. One of the key mandates for the Member Engagement Board is to ensure that the gap between the Society and its biggest member population (Student  Technical and newly qualified Associate and Fellow members) is closed and to enhance the value provided to, and highlight the important role of the “young members” of ASSA. This responsibility is given to the Student Sub-Committee (SSC).

Should you wish to direct any questions or queries to the SSC, please email: with the subject line ATT: SSC.

Meet our committee members:


Muteto is currently a member of the Member Engagement Board (MEB) and the Chairman of the Student-subcommittee of the MEB which puts him in a unique position to understand the issues that student members are currently facing as well as the gaps that the Actuarial Society needs to fill to address them. He is passionate about enabling the young members of ASSA to realise their potential, who in the long term will use their knowledge to impact the society. Being a Zambian national working in South Africa, he also serves as a voice for ASSA Actuarial students who are not of South African origin. He is currently working in the Group Capital Management team at Liberty. Outside of work and Actuarial related issues, he is an avid sports lover, enjoys music, and plays the acoustic guitar.


I am a member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa with 5 years of experience specialising in short-term insurance commercial pricing and portfolio management at Hollard. Before the student sub-committee, I was Hollard’s student representative, where I was able to develop my understanding of actuarial student’s experiences and struggles from various backgrounds and circumstances. I have a passion for enabling others to drive positive, sustainable change and reach their potential, which has motivated me to take on the role of Deputy Chairman of the Student sub-committee. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano, playing golf, and jogging to keep fit.


I currently work in the Risk Projects Actuarial team within Liberty with a focus of assisting Liberty with its IFRS17 solution. My Actuarial Journey is one that has been scary but exciting, challenging but fulfilling, exhausting but inspiring. It has allowed me to learn things about myself, change things about myself, share war stories with others as well as be inspired by the extra-ordinary individuals I have met in the profession. As a member of the SSC, I hope to serve in the best way I possibly can. I hope to play my part in ensuring that the journey to qualifying is worth it. I am a DJ in training who currently can’t match a beat but I am getting there.


Kwanda’s interests span statistics and machine learning which has enabled him to pursue double honours in actuarial science and mathematical statistics as well as an
MSc in Data Science. Kwanda is currently enrolled for a PhD in Actuarial Science with UCT. He has over 10 years experience, mostly in reinsurance and predictive analytics, having worked for Munich Re of Africa, Vodacom, ABSA Life and currently at Land Bank Insurance SOC Ltd managing the actuarial function for both the short-term and long-term insurance entities. He is a past Treasurer for ASABA and immediate past Student Representative in the ASSA Council, advocating for the voice of students and transformation in the profession. He is an avid football fanatic with a passionate support for Bafana BaStyle. He is passionate about research and development and is a published researcher. In his spare time, he provides tutorship to postgraduate students on statistics and machine learning. He is also passionate about giving to others and seeing the actuarial profession transforming, especially on adequate representation and contribution of women, black Africans and the younger population. Kwanda advocates for the voice of students to be heard and represented in the actuarial profession and hopes to see the interests of students being at the forefront of the Society’s initiatives.


Nida is a qualified actuary currently working in the Short-term Insurance practice of Deloitte Actuarial and Insurance Solutions. Through her previous roles, she has gained extensive experience in the insurance and finance industry. Nida is passionate about mentorship and progression in the Actuarial community. She is part of the Future Fellows support group and Leadership Development Program, both of which are Actuarial Women’s Committee Initiatives. She is also a Lecturer for the F103 ASSA course and a marker for the F203 ASSA course. Nida has been appointed as the SSC Student representative at the Education board. With this appointment, she aims to support the transformation goals of the SSC. When Nida is not working or volunteering, she is travelling and spending time with her family.


Paballo Makupu is an experienced manager within the Non-Life Actuarial team at Munich Re with more than 6 years’ experience in the short-term and life insurance industry. She holds a Hons B. Sc focused in Actuarial Science from the University of the Free State. She currently manages the financial solutions and innovation team at the biggest reinsurer globally, Munich Re. She and her team explore, drive and pro-actively generate new business opportunities beyond traditional reinsurance with a strong focus on structured reinsurance and corporate finance (e.g capital management, valuation, M&A). In addition, she is an award-winning philanthropist; Ted speaker; published author; Wits Business School Woman in Leadership delegate and was named M&G Top 200 Young South African. She is an IIG Roots & Wings Mentor, Head of Communications for the Short-Term Insurance Committee, Head of Outreach for the Actuarial Women’s Committee and published author. As a member of the Student subcommittee, my objective is to help create a community for students within the profession where we are able to support one another on our journey to qualification but also build a network where we can share insights and critically debate industry topics.


Have you ever wondered about the intricacies of actuarial science? Have you thought to yourself, “What exactly does an actuarial scientist do?” Are actuaries even called actuarial scientists?

Well, as the Student Sub-Committee for ASSA, it’s our privilege to answer these questions and give you a glimpse into A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ACTUARY. The actuarial profession is diverse, and therefore, we have provided insights from both a life actuary (Yashna Vermaak) and a short-term actuary (Paballo Makupu).

We hope you will take a few minutes to watch these videos and envision what your future as an actuary might entail.

Watch the videos below for a “Day in the Live of an Actuary”