Insurance ERM Article on Ten Top
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In November 2012 the magazine Insurance ERM ran an article
on ten actuaries who had recently been awarded the Chartered Enterprise Risk
Actuary (CERA) qualification
on the grounds of their contribution to thought leadership on Enterprise Risk
Management. One of the actuaries honoured in this way was Nematrian’s founder, Malcolm Kemp.
Malcolm’s responses to the questions for ten top actuaries
posed by Insurance ERM were:
1. What made you
choose your line of work?
I became an actuary after leaving university because I
wanted to use my mathematical skills to help a wide range of people.
Organisations that actuaries advise or work for, such as insurance companies,
pension funds and asset managers, impact many people across many different
parts of society.
2. What do you
enjoy about it most?
I enjoy the variety of work, some more academic, some more
3. What advice
would you give those just entering the actuarial or risk management business?
Try to seize opportunities to develop broader business and
market awareness. This will help develop your career further and make your job
4. Do you think the
CERA is gaining recognition as “the gold standard in enterprise risk management
The risk management professional scene is still relatively
fragmented with many different professions seeking to expand their coverage in
this area. ERM is and probably always will be more multi-disciplinary than many
other areas of actuarial work. Against this backdrop CERA is making significant
5. Whom do you most
admire in the insurance sector?
Those far sighted enough to be looking beyond Solvency II to
see how the insurance industry and related professions will evolve in the
6. What’s the
greatest challenge for the industry over the next 12 months?
For the insurance industry globally it will no doubt include
successfully navigating through ongoing market challenges such as sovereign
debt crises. More parochially, much of the UK life insurance industry seems not
to have fully faced up to the longer-term challenges posed by RDR and related
7. What are your
interests outside work?
I play the piano. I like doing mathematical puzzles and kayaking
with my wife and two boys. I am an active member of a local Anglican church and
on the finance committee of an international Christian charity.