International Activities


Programa Internacional en Ciencias Actuariales

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) sponsored the Programa Internacional en Ciencias Actuariales May 8–11 in Bogotá, Colombia.

INS-Fasecolda organized this four-day event for actuaries, which provided participants with basic and advanced knowledge in quantitative tools used by international professionals in actuarial science. Participants also were able to analyze the practices in the management of life insurance and general applications, including billing, calculation of technical reserves and management of assets and capital. Both the CAS and the SOA provided expert speakers at the event, and networking events included a gala dinner on May 8.


China Annual Symposium

The China Annual Symposium will take place May 28–29 in Beijing, China. This event will provide learning and networking opportunities to attendees.

Susan Blanck, FSA, MAAA, will welcome attendees to this SOA signature event. Blanck is a former executive vice president at Aflac, Japan, and she is an SOA Board member and International Committee chair.

This year’s China Annual Symposium will include sessions on macroeconomic and financial environments, insurance regulation, financial management, application of new technologies in actuarial practice, investment, critical illness product and strategies of insurance companies.


Making a Difference—Shaping a New Future

The SOA will hold the Asia-Pacific Annual Symposium May 24–25 in Seoul, South Korea, under the banner “Making a Difference—Shaping a New Future.” The event relies on help from the Institute of Actuaries of Korea (IAK) and the Korea Insurance Development Institute (KIDI).

This year’s symposium will kick off with welcome remarks by the chair of the SOA Greater Asia Committee, J. Peter Duran, FSA, CERA, MAAA, Ph.D.; SOA Board member and International Committee chair Susan Blanck, FSA, MAAA; the IAK; and Park Jongsoo from the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) of the Republic of Korea.

Keynote speaker Jun Seop Lee, FIAK, executive vice president at KIDI, will provide an overview of current trends in InsurTech in the Korean insurance industry and discuss how the role of insurance companies may change in the future. Blanck follows Lee with an additional keynote speech. Her session, titled “Translating Actuarial Insights Into Action,” will provide attendees with tools and techniques to communicate actuarial information clearly and confidently.

Attendees can network with industry leaders, SOA staff and expert speakers from the FSS, IAK and KIDI at the network reception that closes the first day of the symposium. SOA Senior Director of Asia ​and Latin America, Ann Henstrand, and R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, managing director of Research for the SOA, will attend the event.