46 episodes

Welcome to the We Are Actuaries Podcast, where you’ll meet leaders who use their actuarial powers to solve a range of problems and make a real difference.

We Are Actuaries Julia Lessing

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Welcome to the We Are Actuaries Podcast, where you’ll meet leaders who use their actuarial powers to solve a range of problems and make a real difference.

    STEM Skills for Good with Naomi Edwards

    STEM Skills for Good with Naomi Edwards

    Naomi Edwards is a highly experienced chair and non-executive director who is also a proud actuary.  She is passionate about the contribution that people with a STEM background can make to boards, public policy and society.  She currently sits on the boards of TAL, Propel Funeral Partners and Yarra Funds Management.  She is the Chair-elect of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was the 2023 President of the Actuaries Institute.   She was also the Chair of industry super fund Spi...

    • 30 min
    Actuaries as Entrepreneurs with Ilan Leas

    Actuaries as Entrepreneurs with Ilan Leas

    Ilan Leas is a founder of an actuarial start-up, retender. He has worked in Australia, the UK and South Africa and is a former Chair of the Life Insurance and Wealth Management Practice Committee at the Actuaries Institute. He has a real passion for encouraging others to try the start-up path, at least once, and has written a book about all the things you shouldn’t do if going on this journey.In this interview, Ilan shares: How he found the courage to leave stable employment to build a b...

    • 30 min
    Actuaries Using Data for Good with Andrew Ngai

    Actuaries Using Data for Good with Andrew Ngai

    Andrew is currently a Director at Taylor Fry and has 14 years’ experience as an actuary in Australia and overseas, advising numerous injury schemes, insurers and government clients in the health and social sectors. He specialises in using advanced analytics to help his clients make better policy, pricing and operational decisions. Andrew has developed social investment simulation models to help governments understand how people interact with their services, and ultimately to help them evaluat...

    • 28 min
    Communicating Confidently with Dr Jananie William

    Communicating Confidently with Dr Jananie William

    Dr Jananie William (FIAA, PhD) wears many hats: she is an academic at the ANU, a Research Affiliate with the Global Institute of Women's Leadership (ANU) and Advisor to The Social Outcomes Lab. She worked as an actuary in general insurance before transitioning into her current roles. Jananie now spends her time educating new generations of actuaries while researching and consulting on matters relating to public health and public policy, with a focus on issues that adversely affect women’s hea...

    • 38 min
    Self Leadership with Shivani Juneja

    Self Leadership with Shivani Juneja

    Shivani Juneja is an experienced actuary who has worked in life insurance for over 10 years. She has worked across valuations, pricing, actuarial systems, pricing review, supporting appointed actuary CPS 320 advice and is currently working in a project-based role within the reinsurance and capital space. Shivani was born and raised in India, where she started her actuarial studies. She then moved to Australia where she completed her fellowship exams. Shivani is married and is a mum to tw...

    • 27 min
    Actuaries as Communicators with Emma Vitz

    Actuaries as Communicators with Emma Vitz

    Emma Vitz is a consultant working in general insurance pricing, natural perils and climate risk at Finity Consulting. Originally from New Zealand, Emma studied Psychology and Statistics before pivoting into an actuarial career. She has a strong interest in communicating complex topics in an interesting and accessible way for a broad range of audiences. Following on from the Auckland floods and Cyclone Gabrielle, Emma appeared on live TV and radio to discuss the impact that the largest non-ear...

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Shivani Juneja 123 ,

We are actuaries is a great platform

We are actuaries is such a great platform for experienced actuaries to showcase their skills and share their thoughts with the wider actuarial community.

cl_cloud ,

Great podcast with a variety of actuaries

Podcast is very educational and informative, with interviews on actuaries from various backgrounds and working areas. Julia is a brilliant host who engages with the topics and allows information to flow out of the casual chats. Highly recommend to actuaries or students wanting to explore the actuarial career.

AKA1975 ,

Great interviews with actuaries from around the world!

I love listening to your podcasts Julia. You have such a warm, confident, trustworthy interviewing style. You also interview such an interesting assortment of actuaries from different backgrounds and parts of the world.

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