Confencistas

Speaker Simposio Alejandro Ortega, FCAS, CFA, MAAA
Was Chief Actuary for AIG's Latin America operations from 2009 - 2015 with responsibility for loss reserves under both local statutory and US GAAP Regulation in 15 countries. He also provided support for capital management in these countries, and was actively involved in 3 M&A opportunities.
Prior to this role he priced large individual accounts in Los Angeles. He was also a product manager for homeowners insurance in Nevada and New Mexico at Farmers Insurance. In all of these roles Alejandro had provided in house training to his peers and to management, both in English and Spanish. He has presented at CAS conferences (CLRS and RPM) as well as actuarial conferences in Mexico City, Cancun, and Bogota.
He graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2000 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He also studied finance and programming while an undergraduate. In addition to an FCAS, he also received the CFA designation in 2007. Alejandro lives in Miami, Florida.
Alejandro recently left his role at AIG to embark on a 3 year project to focus on training actuaries in Latin America, with instruction in Spanish.
Speaker Simposio Andres Felipe Ochoa, MSc
29 años de experiencia en SURAMERICANA S.A.; desde 2006 Vicepresidente de Riesgos, con anterioridad, Gerente de Rentas Vitalicias, Gerente de negocios PyME, Actuario y Suscriptor de Ingeniería.
Es Ingeniero Electricista de la UPB con Maestría en Ingeniería Eléctrica de U. de Texas y Maestría en Actuaria de Georgia State U. Actualmente lidera los equipos de Gestión Integral de Riesgos en los 10 países donde SURAMERICANA tiene presencia en Latino américa y el caribe. Tiene experiencia como profesor y perito actuario.
Speaker Simposio Armando Zarruk, ASA, MSc,
Es Gerente de Producto responsable de Vida y Salud Individual y SOAT para Liberty Seguros. Cuenta con casi 20 años de experiencia en el sector asegurador y ha liderado áreas de actuaria y suscripción, con responsabilidades de tarifación, modelación financiera y reservas para diferentes líneas de negocio. Es profesor de la maestría en actuaria de la Universidad Nacional y ha sido consultor para el Banco Mundial.
Armando es actualmente el presidente de la Asociación Colombiana de Actuarios y es miembro Asociado de la Society of Actuaries de Estados Unidos. Es Matemático de la Universidad Nacional con Maestría en Ciencias Actuariales de Georgia State University.
Speaker Simposio Ben Williams
Is a senior consultant with Insurance Consulting and Software ICT, based in the New York office. He is a specialist in predictive modeling with applications such as P&C pricing, life mortality and underwriting, and long term care morbidity.
Ben’s recent projects include:
- Reviewing the pricing process of a top 20 personal lines auto insurer, from predictive modeling, through scenario testing, monitoring and rate modifications, identifying issues and recommending improvements
- Helping a top 10 Canadian insurer to improve its predictive modeling skills by leading its modeling team through an engagement focusing on personal and commercial auto
- Participating in the development of loss cost and demand models (both new business and renewals) for a top 5 Brazilian personal lines auto insurer
- Overseeing the implementation of price optimization for a top 5 Spanish personal lines auto insurer
Ben is an expert in Willis Towers Watson’s pricing suite of software and has responsibility to communicate North American requirements to the centralized software development team. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on predictive modeling and applications, and has authored several articles on these topics
Prior to joining the New York office, Ben consulted for Willis Towers Watson in Madrid, Spain. Before then, Ben worked for Liberty and Allianz in Europe, in internal consulting roles aimed at establishing best practices in pricing and underwriting across those groups. As well as English, Ben speaks Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
Ben has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in physics from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and a Master of Science in mathematics from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico.
Speaker Simposio Christian Mora, MSc
Ingeniero Industrial de la Universidad Industrial de Santander con Maestría en Finanzas de la Universidad Externado de Colombia y Maestría de Actuaría de Georgia State University.
Se ha desempeñado como Director de Rentas Vitalicias y Seguros Previsionales en Seguros de Vida ALFA S.A., Director de la Cámara Técnica de Seguridad Social de la Federación de Aseguradores Colombianos (FASECOLDA) y consultor generalista en la firma McKinsey & Company. Actualmente es Director de Seguros en la Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia.
Speaker Simposio Daniel Pinzón, MSc
Jefe de la Oficina de Metodologías de Supervisión y Análisis de Riesgos de la Superintendencia Nacional de Salud. Economista y profesional en Finanzas de la Universidad del Rosario, con maestría en Economía de la misma Universidad y maestría en Política, Leyes y Economía de la salud de la Universidad Erasmus de Rotterdam - Holanda. Se ha desempeñado como investigador académico, investigador de estudios económicos y subdirector de la Cámara de Vida y Personas en la Federación Colombiana de Aseguradores - Fasecolda. En la Superintendencia Nacional de Salud, está a cargo del diseño de metodologías e instrumentos de Inspección, Vigilancia y Control, entre los cuales se encuentra el modelo de supervisión basado en riesgos para el sector salud.
Speaker Simposio Edward L. Robbins, FSA, MAAA
Presidente pasado de la Sociedad de Actuarios. El es un Fellow of the Society of Actuaries y un miembro de la American Academy of Actuaries. Tiene más de 40 años de experiencia en reportaje financiero en companias de seguros, y en consultoria sobre reportaje financiero y topicos impositivos para muchas companias norteamericanas. El es co-autor de tres (3) libros de texto: Tax reserves for US Life Insurers (2005) US GAAP for US Life Insurers (2006) Tax basis assets and liabilities for US life Insurers (2014) El Sr. Robbins ha hecho muchas presentaciones a audencias profesionales y de la industria norteamericana de seguros.
Speaker Simposio Ervin Ayala, Domain Expert, SAS Colombia
Annuar Ervin Ayala Rivera, Pre-sales Consultant, ha trabajado para SAS Institute durante 5 años. Ervin Ayala ha estado encargado de la industria financiera con especialidad en el sector asegurador dentro de SAS por más de 2 años. Desarrolló la adaptación de la oferta de SAS para atender los requerimientos de Solvencia II México.
En febrero del 2014 impartió el seminario de “Métodos de Tarificación para el Sector Asegurador”, asimismo ha dado 7 Seminarios de Analítica con SAS entre México y Colombia. Ervin es Actuario de profesión y tiene Maestría en Ciencias Matemáticas, ambas por parte de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Anteriormente laboró en BBVA Bancomer en el área de Inteligencia de Clientes, en AXA como Especialista de Información y Estadística y en la Comisión Nacional de Seguros y Fianzas que es la entidad reguladora del Sector Asegurador en México.
Speaker Simposio Gabriela Dieguez
Gabriela has provided actuarial and consulting services to a wide range of clients, including commercial insurers, Medicare Advantage organizations, pharmaceutical companies, Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans, HMOs, and healthcare providers. She has extensive experience in pricing and valuation, analyzing benefit utilization, forecasting trends, and performing claims analytics for particular disease states.
Gabriela has provided actuarial and consulting services to a wide range of clients, including commercial insurers, Medicare Advantage organizations, pharmaceutical companies, Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans, HMOs, and healthcare providers. She has extensive experience in pricing and valuation, analyzing benefit utilization, forecasting trends, and performing claims analytics for particular disease states. Gabriela has advised pharmaceutical companies and other clients on actuarial topics related to health care reform, Medicare Advantage and Part D, risk sharing contracting, and payer economic issues.
Fellow, Society of Actuaries
Member, American Academy of Actuaries

BS, Actuarial Sciences, University of Buenos Aires
Speaker Simposio Glenn Meyers, PHD, FCAS, MAAA, CERA
Retired from ISO at the end of 2011 after a 37 year career as an actuary. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Alma College, an M.A. in Mathematics from Oakland University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from SUNY at Albany. A frequent speaker at Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) meetings, he has served, and continues to serve the CAS and the International Actuarial Association on various research and education committees. He has also served on the CAS Board of Directors. He has several published articles in the Proceedings of the Casualty Actuarial Society, Variance and the Actuarial Review. His research contributions have been recognized by the CAS through his being a three-time winner of the Woodward-Fondiller Prize, a two-time winner of the Dorweiler Prize, the DFA Prize, the Reserves Prize, the ARIA Prize, the Matthew Rodermund Service Award and the Michelbacher Significant Achievement Award. In retirement he still spends some of his time on his continuing passion for actuarial research.
Speaker Simposio Hal Pedersen, PHD, ASA
Director, Risk Solutions, with Conning & Company. Dr. Pedersen is one of the principal architects of GEMS, Conning’s economic and capital market scenario generator. He is the senior leader in the Quantitative Finance team where he directs the application of Conning’s ESG technology to risk management, business analytics, and innovative, client-focused solutions. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and has more than 20 years academic and industry experience in the application of financial economics to insurance. He was L.A.H. Warren professor of actuarial science at the University of Manitoba from 2003 through 2011 and served on the actuarial faculty at Georgia State University from 1996 through 2001.
Speaker Simposio Ian Duncan, FSA - FIA – FCIA – FCA - MAAA
Professor of Actuarial Statistics at the University of California Santa Barbara and president o Santa Barbara Actuaries Inc., a provider of healthcare predictive modeling services. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Vice President, Clinical Outcomes, Analytics and Reporting at the Walgreens Company. He founded Solucia Consulting (now SCIO Health Analytics), a provider of analytical and consulting services to the healthcare financing industry in 1998. Mr. Duncan holds a graduate degree in economics from Balliol College, Oxford and is a post-graduate research student at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, the Institute of Actuaries, the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He is active in public policy and healthcare reform, and served on the board of directors of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority from 2007-2014. He was also a member of the board of the Society of Actuaries (2012-5). Since 2011 he has been a Professor in the Department of Statistics & Applied Probability at UCSB, where he teaches courses in financial mathematics and life contingencies and a graduate seminar in actuarial research. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, and several books and book chapters. His next book, a second edition of “Healthcare Risk Adjustment and Predictive Modeling” (Actex Publications) will be published in late-2017.
Speaker Simposio Lidia Leonardi Act.
Es consultora en la práctica de Insurance Consulting and Software ICT de Willis Towers Watson en Argentina desde 2005. Actualmente se desempeña como líder de la práctica de seguros generales para Sudamérica de habla hispana. Si bien tiene base permanente en Buenos Aires, Lidia ha participado en varios proyectos en Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, E.E.U.U., México y Perú. Lidia Leonardi ha participado como consultora en seguros de varias aseguradoras en las siguientes áreas: • revisión / valuación y análisis de las reservas de riesgos en curso de compañías de seguros generales, reservas de ART, reserva por IBNR, insuficiencia de primas, reservas matemáticas para compañías de seguro de vida y retiro y pasivos de seguros de rentas vitalicias previsionales, según normas locales e internacionales (US GAAP, IFRS) • tarifación de seguros generales a través de modelos lineales generalizados y otras técnicas de ratemaking • Capacitaciones en IBNR y modelos lineales generalizados • análisis estadístico actuarial de la base de datos del bureau de siniestralidad de automóviles y del bureau de siniestralidad de rentas vitalicias previsionales • asesoría a entidades gubernamentales en el desarrollo de normativa regulatoria para reservas técnicas de seguros de IBNR; de invalidez y sobrevivencia y de riesgos del trabajo • estudios de suficiencia de reservas técnicas de seguros generales y seguros de retiro • diseño y desarrollo de planes de seguros generales, seguros de vida y de retiro • desarrollo de nuevos productos (coberturas de seguros patrimoniales y de personas, productos no tradicionales -desempleo, etc.) • soporte en el proceso de autorización para nuevas compañías o líneas de negocios • desarrollo de cotizadores para compañías de seguros • estimación de claims ratio • análisis previsionales • estudios especiales sobre la seguridad social • Educación y credenciales Lidia es actuaria graduada en el año 2007 en la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Senior Consultant at Willis Towers Watson.
Speaker Simposio Lisa Kuklinsky, FSA – MAAA
Senior vice president and chief actuary of MetLife’s U.S. region and also MetLife Holdings. In this role, she is responsible for all actuarial aspects of the business, including liability valuation, embedded value, and experience studies.
Prior to her current role, Kuklinski served as CFO for the Retail division of the Americas. Prior to this, Kuklinski served as the CFO for U.S. Business Retirement Products. Prior to that, she led variable annuity product development and inforce management. Earlier in her career, Kuklinski served on an expatriate assignment in Mexico City where she was chief actuary of the MetLife insurance subsidiary.
Kuklinski received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Williams College where she graduated with honors. She is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She is active in industry committee work. As part of the Society of Actuaries, she has served as Chair of the International Section and is currently a member of the Latin America Committee.
Speaker Simposio Max Feldman, ACAS
Has a breadth of international experience in the insurance industry having worked as an actuary in New York, London, and San Francisco. Max leads pricing for all global insurance placements in his current role as Actuary on the Safety and Insurance Team at Uber. While his remit is global, LatAm is a critical region for the team and by extension his day-to-day responsibilities. Prior to joining Uber, Max was a pricing actuary at Zurich Global Corporate in London with a focus on the Energy sector. His responsibilities at Zurich spanned the insurance transaction process for large multinational accounts from back-end model construction to client/broker-facing negotiations for all lines of business.
Speaker Simposio Oscar Gonzalo Martinez, M.A.
Economist with a Master degree in Economics from Duke University. He worked in the Financial Stability Department of the Central Bank of Colombia for seven years, was the Director of the Economic Studies Department of the Colombian Pension Administrators Union (ASOFONDOS), and worked for five years at the Ministry of Finance in Colombia as advisor to the Vice Ministry. Between 2013 and July 2016 he worked as the Deputy Director of Prudential Regulation of the Financial Regulation Unit, the entity in charge of regulatory projects including the prudential standards of the Colombian financial system. Currently, he works as the Deputy Superintendent for Insurance Companies and Reinsurance Brokers.
Speaker Simposio Paul Ferrara, PHD – FSA
For the past 5 years, Paul Ferrara’s work has focused on advanced analytics and ERM research and development for property and casualty lines of business. Some of the areas in which Ferrara has recently concentrated include: Insurance linked security (ILS)product development, portfolio optimization and aggregation, capital modeling, and predictive analytics. In addition, Ferrara is experienced with more traditional P&C actuarial functions, such as reserving. Prior to working in the P&C industry, Ferrara worked in both product development and financial reporting for life insurance lines of business.
Ferrara holds a doctoral degree in mathematical statistics from The University of Virginia. He is a fellow of the society of actuaries, and CERA, and was formerly an Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science at Drake University.
Speaker Simposio Ram Chellappa, PHD
Is Associate Dean and Academic Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program and an Associate Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University. He was a Caldwell Research Fellow at Goizueta and has also been a visiting professor and SRITNE Distinguished Academic Fellow at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Prior to joining Emory University, Prof. Chellappa served on the faculty of Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California from and was the founding director of the Electronic Economy Research Lab (eBizLab) at USC.
Prof. Chellappa's expertise is in the fields of electronic markets, pricing, digital goods piracy and economics of information security and privacy. His research in these areas has been widely published/presented in leading journals and conferences. His work on information privacy, research on music digitization and study of software pricing have received best paper awards in premier conferences. His research methods include analytical modeling, empirical modeling and social network analysis. He also serves/has served on the editorial boards of Information Systems Research and MIS Quarterly.
Prof. Chellappa also works closely with the industry on the managerial aspects of information technology driven issues. He frequently serves as a litigation expert (expert witness) on a number of technology related cases, and also consults for the entertainment industry, particularly on digitization of media. Prof. Chellappa is often quoted in the popular media on information privacy and security related issues. Prof. Chellappa has taught courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels in the areas of information systems, operations management, economics and analytics. He has also designed and taught courses for executive education including in the Medical Management Program at USC. At Emory, he teaches in the MBA and PhD programs. He received his PhD from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin in 1997 where his work provided the first scholarly definition of the term "Cloud Computing". You can find more at http://www.bus.emory.edu/ram.