Angelo BastianpillaiFCAS, MAAA
Angelo graduated from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) with a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Science). Angelo is an instructor for TIA's Exams 6 and 9 seminars. He has been with TIA since 2008, having taught portions of the Reserving Seminar in Los Angeles prior to that. Angelo became a Fellow of the Casualty Actuary Society in 2006. He is currently working at AIG where his main responsibility is to price commercial insurance. Prior to that, he had worked in consulting, where his responsibilities included calculating and explaining reserve need to clients, creating Statements of Actuarial Opinion, and ERM work. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, son, and two dogs.
Jeff BlackerFSA, MAAA
Jeff is the editor of Actuaries in Microinsurance, published by Actex in 2015. He is also an independent consulting actuary and actuarial exam instructor for the Group & Health exams. Most of his career has been in the U.S. supplemental health insurance market. He worked 10 years in financial reporting and product development roles for a U.S. insurer prior to becoming a consultant in 2007.
Jeff graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis and became a Fellow of the SOA in 2004. He has 18 years of supplemental health insurance experience, including product development, financial reporting, and asset/liability management. Jeff was a managing actuary at Conseco prior to starting Global Insurance Consulting, Inc. He lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Indianapolis.
Derek works as a consulting actuary in Atlanta, GA. With over ten years of experience as a consultant with Aon Hewitt, Derek's career has spanned pension, healthcare and global employee benefit consulting. He currently works in the Global Benefits group, advising large multinational clients on employee benefit plans including healthcare, life, accident, disability, pension and other plans in locations spanning the globe.
Derek graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk management/Insurance, a minor in Spanish and a specialization in Mathematics. In his quest to help actuaries through the difficult exam process, he has served as a mentor and exam coach for a number of students in both upper and lower level exams. He has also written sample exams for the Group Health courses prior to becoming an instructor.
An obsession with foreign travel led Derek to take a few years away from the working world in the middle of his career, in which he was able to visit every continent and a vast number of countries along the way. When not traveling, he enjoys playing soccer, running and getting outdoors whenever possible.
Peter ChongFSA, FCIA
Peter is the current co-instructor of the ILA LFV-C seminar. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Actuarial Science and currently works at Great West Life in Toronto in risk management modeling. Prior to that, he spent 3.5 years at Manulife Financial, where he worked in variable annuity hedging and US life valuation. He also spent 3.5 years at Royal Bank of Canada Reinsurance, where he worked in retrocession pricing and valuation.
Peter was once a student on the SOA's Canadian Individual Life and Annuity Track, and used TIA's online seminars to pass both of his FSA exams. He currently lives in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife and their new baby daughter, Chloe.
Professor David M DrorPhD, DBA
Prof. David M. Dror is the founding Chairman and Managing Director of the Micro Insurance Academy. Prof. Dror is an acclaimed international expert in microinsurance with over 35 years of experience in social protection and health financing. He served as the Social Security Specialist for the International Labour Organization from 1982 - 2003, advising on social and health insurance systems worldwide. Prof. Dror has been working in India since 2005 and has professional experience in numerous countries across Asia and Africa, including Vietnam, Bangladesh and Nepal. He was named Personality of the Year in 2009 by the Asia Insurance Industry for groundbreaking research and study which has helped boost understanding of how the world's poorest communities can benefit from microinsurance. In 2011, he received the Global Citizen Lifetime Achievement Karmaveer Puraskaar Award for Social Justice and Citizen Action, from the Indian Confederation of NGOs. Prof. Dror holds a PhD (Summa cum Laude), a DBA (Magna cum Laude) and was an honorary professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands).
Ken graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a BS in Mathematics and became a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 2000. Ken has served as President and Education Officer for the Midwestern Actuarial Forum, worked on the CAS Exam Committee for six years, and served on the Task Force on Basic Education Internet Modules. He has taught over 40 seminars covering ratemaking, reserving, accounting, regulation, and reinsurance over the past 12 years. Ken has 18 years of actuarial experience. He currently is the Executive Director for The Infinite Actuary and oversees all of TIA's CAS Exam Seminars. Ken and his wife live in Indianapolis with their three children.
Zachary FischerFSA, CERA, MAAA
Zak works as a consulting actuary in Chicago, IL, where his work primarily involves hedging variable annuity risk for insurance companies. He graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics, and he became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 2014.
Zak has a strong background as a QFI track exam instructor. He passed his actuarial exams very quickly and works with investment-oriented insurance products as a consulting actuary. Before becoming an actuarial exam instructor, Zak was a teaching assistant for many different college classes, including Computational Probability and Statistics, Investments, Corporate Finance, and Discrete Structures in Mathematics. He has also written practice exams for TIA.
Beyond Zak's passion for helping actuaries pass difficult fellowship track exams, he enjoys swimming and piano. He just finished his first triathlon this summer at the Chicago Triathlon.
Lee's early interest in math lead to a Ph.D. from Cornell University, after he completed a Bachelor's at the University of Kentucky and a Master's from the University of Louisville. He is a fourth generation Kentucky educator with a deep enjoyment for helping people to learn. Lee has taught many undergraduate math courses at Cornell, the University of Louisville, and at Indiana University Southeast. Lee was frequently named as a faculty mentor or a faculty favorite while teaching college courses, and was the first ever recipient of the Cornell Math department Graduate Student Teaching award.
Lee lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Tina, and their two daughters, Laura and Greta, and struggles annually with the difficulty presented when two of his Alma Maters meet on the athletic field. Lee is the Director of Preliminary Exams at The Infinite Actuary and has also been an instructor since 2012.
Rick GroszkiewiczFSA, EA, MSPA
Rick received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Actuarial Science from Georgia State University in 1974. He received his FSA in 1978 and followed it up with his EA designation in 1979. He is a member of ASPA and COPA.
Rick is a leader in the field of actuarial education. He teaches public seminars (and on-site for actuarial firms) to prepare students for exams given by the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. Rick has taught the Professor's Corner session at the national Enrolled Actuaries meeting, and has been a speaker at meetings of the American Society of Pension Actuaries.
From 1983 to 1996, Rick worked in software development for a global actuarial consulting firm. His involvement included all phases of software development, including programming, writing documentation, and training. He is currently an independent consultant and lives in Marietta, GA with his wife.
Dr. Swapna Jambhekar
Dr Swapna Jambhekar has graduated with a Bachelors of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) from Mumbai University. She then completed her Post-graduate diploma in Hospital Administration from All India Institute of Local self-Government followed with Masters of Hospital Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Fellowship in Insurance (FIII). She has worked in the area of health micro insurance as an Administrator with overall responsibility for implementation of Uplift health mutual funds with partner organizations at the grass root level. Later on she worked as External Consultant for micro insurance and in public health with various multi-lateral agencies. She has joined MIA as a Training Specialist with the RES-RISK project.
Dr. Nihar JanglePhD
Nihar, Director of Climate Change Program, holds a diploma and a PhD in mathematics from Free University Berlin, Germany. He joined MIA as an actuarial analyst, responsible for developing pricing models and performing risk analysis. As member of MIA's Advisory Services team he led a small project on insurance awareness and client satisfaction. Nihar is now the Director Climate Change Program for the Climate Resilience through Risk Transfer project which is a multi-year intervention on microinsurance solutions for climate-related risks covering health, crop, livestock and natural catastrophe risks. During his studies he spent two years at Brown University in Providence, USA. After a year of post-doctorate studies he joined a consulting company working in the financial industry. His projects were related to risk management and monitoring credit risk (counterparty risk, issuer risk, collateral management, Basel II) for large German banks.
Atanu MajumdarSenior Researcher
Atanu is a post-graduate in Statistics from Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata) with over 20 years of experience in commercial and development sectors (particularly in the area of health). His experience in the health sector ranges from HIV/AIDS to reproductive and child health, to improving healthcare delivery system and micro planning. At MIA he works as a Senior Researcher with the primary responsibility of providing technical support to various research initiatives and developing Management Information Systems for microinsurance projects. Previously he has worked for GOPA-EPOS (in the Basic Health Project, Govt. of West Bengal), UNICEF (as a Consultant) and renowned NGOs like Child In Need Institute and Bhoruka Public Welfare Trust.
Alejandro OrtegaFCAS, CFA, MAAA
Alejandro 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.
Arlie ProctorFCAS, MAAA
Arlie graduated from Indiana University in December of 1989 and became a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 1995. Arlie has 25 years as a practicing actuary with a specialty in database and system design and implementation. He has worked in primary insurance, consulting, and most recently for a large international reinsurer.
Arlie is an active volunteer for the Casualty Actuarial Society and has held many leadership positions including Senior Part Specialist on the Syllabus Committee, Chair of the Education Policy Committee, Chair of the Examinations Committee, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Branding Task Force, Member of the Board of Directors, and Vice President of Marketing and Communications. He has been responsible for the database work behind the annual travel time report since 2000.
Arlie brings a very practical approach to teaching actuarial science and techniques. His focus is on preparing students to both pass exams and at the same time be effective practicing actuaries who can combine theory with practical applications.
In his spare time, Arlie enjoys fishing and playing guitar in the blues, folk, and heavy metal genres.
Arlie lives in New Jersey with his wife and two boys (one already in college studying Computer Science).
Ken graduated from Arizona State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Mathematics, Finance, and Economics. At Arizona State, Ken worked as a math tutor and teaching assistant for a variety of different finance courses. Ken is currently a consulting actuary in Chicago, IL. Before that, he was part of the Actuarial Development Program at Genworth Financial. Ken became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 2015, and went through the QFI track when taking the F.S.A. exams.
In his free time, Ken enjoys tennis and following the Portland Trail Blazers.
David became interested in probability in high school while attending the 1988 (and 1989) Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics. He graduated from Harvard in 1996, majoring in mathematics, received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 2002, also in mathematics, and spent three years as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, in the department of statistics. He was a TA for a number of classes, including probability, at both Harvard and Cornell, and was the instructor for both Probability and Stochastic Processes while at Berkeley. His student evaluations for Stochastic Processes were tied for the highest of any instructor in undergraduate classes in the Berkeley Department of Statistics in the Spring 2004 semester.
David has been teaching the TIA seminar for Exam P since 2007, and the Exam C seminar since 2009. He and his wife live outside of Boston with their two children.
Roger RosalesFSA, CERA
Roger works as an actuary in Portland, Oregon. His current responsibilities include earnings analysis, enterprise-wide financial planning, enterprise risk management, and new product development. In 2012, Roger became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and received the Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst designation. He also served on an SOA exam committee after obtaining his FSA.
Roger is a proven innovator and has already taught hundreds of entry-level actuaries with his Technical Skills Course. Roger was born in Portland and continues to live there with his wife and young daughter. He enjoys playing basketball, playing golf, and visiting his extended family in the Philippines.
Jacquiline Roberts SinghActuarial Consultant
Jacquiline is an actuarial consultant based in New Delhi, India. Her work focuses on research related to microinsurance. While at the Micro Insurance Academy (India), she was involved in activities related to developing reinsurance as a risk management tool for microinsurance units. Prior to this, she worked with the XL Group as an Actuarial Analyst. Jacquiline also writes articles on development issues related to health and education. She holds an M.Phil degree in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
J. Eddie Smith IVFSA
Eddie is the Director of SOA Exams at The Infinite Actuary and has been an instructor on the ILA track since 2007. Eddie has an extensive background in life and annuity products and a decade of experience instructing material on the SOA's ILA fellowship track.
Before joining The Infinite Actuary full-time in 2012, Eddie worked in a variety of actuarial areas including asset-liability modeling, valuation, and experience studies involving both life and annuity products. Eddie chaired the SOA Technology Section in 2012. Eddie graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in economics and holds a master's degree in economics from NC State University. After grad school, Eddie rapidly passed his exams and became a fellow in 2007.
Beyond Eddie's passion for helping actuaries pass difficult fellowship track exams, he enjoys reading, writing about technology, golf, running, travel, and watching college football. He lives with his wife and their two children in Greenville, SC.
Josh is currently an instructor for the TIA seminars for CAS Exams 5 and 8, brought here by his passion for sharing learning with others. He brings significant experience in ratemaking to this role, having worked as a pricing actuary and product manager in both commercial and personal lines of insurance. As a product manager, he was sought out for his strength in explaining actuarial rate indications to non-technical stakeholders.
Josh's teaching philosophy focuses on helping students of all backgrounds to understand and feel comfortable with all exam material, prepare for difficult exam questions, and memorize material through summarized study guides and flashcards. He has been a student himself of online courses through various organizations, and has studied best practices for online education.
Josh graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Math/Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics with an emphasis in Actuarial Science. He spent 8 years working for Farmers Insurance, where he managed over $840M in commercial (P&C and Work Comp) lines business as a Senior Product Manager and over $240M in homeowners business as a Product Manager. In between those 2 roles, Josh created a new actuarial team in the claims organization, and was responsible for predictive modeling projects as well as estimating and booking reserves for all catastrophic events for all lines of business. Josh became a Fellow of the CAS in 2008, and currently serves on the CAS Committee for Professionalism Education and sits on the UCSB Actuarial Program Advisory Board. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife Lolita.
James, CEO of The Infinite Actuary, graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Applied Mathematics. He received his FSA in 2006 after passing all of his exams on the first attempts. He is the instructor for TIA's Exam FM, LC and MLC online seminars. He has instructed at TIA since 2006 and helped thousands of students in that time.
James lives in Birmingham with his wife, Laura, and their two sons, Thomas and Carson.
Michael earned his BS in Quantitative Finance at the University of Alabama in 2001. He graduated summa cum laude in the University Honors Program and received the College of Commerce and Business Administration's Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award. In 2002, he earned a Masters in Banking and Finance from Alabama and was named the Beta Gamma Sigma Most Outstanding Masters Student in the C&BA. In 2007, Michael earned a PhD in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded a University Pre-emptive Fellowship, the Bonham Fund Fellowship and a Continuing Bruton Fellowship. He currently holds the position of clinical professor of finance at Georgia State University, where he teaches upper-level investments and portfolio management.
In a short time, Michael has amassed an impressive collection of accolades for his teaching effectiveness. In each of his first three years as a professor at Auburn University, he received the Colonial Company Teaching Excellence Award, given annually to the top teacher in the business school as voted by the instruction committee. He is also the four-time recipient of the FMA Teacher of the Year Award, awarded annually by the Auburn Student FMA organization to the top teacher in the finance department. As a PhD student, he taught one semester of Principles of Finance and was awarded the Fred Moore Assistant Instructor Award for Teaching Excellence. In his evaluations at Texas, he received the highest composite rating for teaching effectiveness achieved by any professor or instructor in the department in a span of five years.
John has loved mathematics his whole life. He enjoys applying it to the world around us, and he loves teaching others about it. As an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, John majored in both mathematics and physics. Even as an undergrad, he was teaching both subjects in the classroom.
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John earned his master's and Ph.D. degrees in pure mathematics. As a graduate student, he taught a broad range of math classes and was given a Graduate Teaching Award by the Math department. He appeared on the university's "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students" seven times.
After graduating, John taught full-time in the Math department at the University of Kentucky for four years. It was during this time that he found his passion for actuarial science. After an internship with The Infinite Actuary in the summer of 2013, John became a full-time support instructor in August of 2013.
John currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife Natasha and his young son Torben.
Jennifer WeltzinCustomer Service
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Montevallo with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. With a career change in 2008 she began working for TIA as the customer service representative.
Jennifer lives in Alabaster, Alabama with her husband Shawn, and their three children, Jordan, Lynleigh and Olivia. She enjoys supporting her husband's high school wrestling team, teaching children's Sunday School and spending time with her family.
Andy ReeceMarketing Specialist
Andy graduated from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business with a degree in Marketing in 2008. Andy did a short internship with The Infinite Actuary in the summer of 2007 and became full time member of the team in January of 2010. Andy's official position with TIA is Marketing Specialist and handles most of their marketing efforts. He also assists with the general administration and maintenance of TIA's website.
Andy lives in Indianapolis, IN with his wife Kelly. He enjoys biking, IU basketball, and spending time with his family and friends.