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CASC Presenter Board
Janet Duncan, FCAS, FSA, MAAA
Mr. Duncan is Adjunct Professor of Actuarial Statistics at the University of California Santa Barbara. 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 fellow of the Society of Actuaries, the Institute of Actuaries (London) 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 is also a member of the board of the Society of Actuaries. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, and several books and book chapters. His last book, a second edition of “Managing and Evaluating Healthcare Intervention Programs” (Actex Publications) was published in January 2014.
James Guszcza is the Chief Data Scientist of Deloitte Consulting in the United States, as well as a member of Deloitte’s Advanced Analytics and Modeling practice.
Jim has applied statistical and machine learning methods to such diverse business problems as healthcare utilization, customer and employee retention, talent management, insurance agent recruiting, customer segmentation, insurance pricing and underwriting, credit scoring, child support enforcement, medical malpractice and patient safety, claims management, and fraud detection.
A frequent author and conference speaker, Jim designed and teaches hands-on business analytics training seminars for both the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries.
Jim is a former professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison business school, and he holds a PhD in the Philosophy of Science from The University of Chicago. Jim is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Roger is a Consulting Actuary in the Pasadena, CA office of Milliman, Inc. and a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at UCSB. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Riverside. Roger is an active volunteer in the CAS and was honored to serve as its President. He has published numerous papers in the CAS Forum, the Proceedings of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and Variance. One of his PCAS papers was awarded the 1995 Dorweiller Prize as best paper in a CAS refereed publication that year.
Ben is a SVP and the Head Actuary at Beechwood Re. He has had a significant role in completing and managing each of the Company’s transactions, as well as in the development of their two investment products which are being distributed primarily in the Middle East and Asian and Latin American markets.
Alex Kim is a senior at UCSB and is the current President of the UCSB Actuarial Association. He will be graduating this spring with a B.S. in Financial Mathematics and Statistics. Alex has passed exams P, FM, and MFE, held an internship at Mercer within their Health & Benefits practice, and will be returning this summer to Mercer as a full-time actuarial analyst. Alex has also worked as an economist intern for the California Economic Forecast, bike system analyst for the UCSB Associated Students Bike Committee, and served as Treasurer of Sigma Pi Fraternity UCSB.
with the Society of Actuaries working on the General Insurance education track. Scott earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. Scott has more than 25 years of work experience that includes property and casualty insurance pricing, group health benefits pricing, pension consulting, and actuarial evidence. Scott is also a part-time professor at the University of Waterloo, teaching an introduction to property and casualty insurance pricing course since 2009. Scott volunteered as a member of the Facility Association actuarial committee from 2004 to 2011 and is a past president of the Ontario Conference of Casualty Actuaries, a regional affiliate of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
David is an Assistant Vice President and Pricing Actuary with XL Group. He is based in their San Francisco office and supervises actuarial services for the Western Region of Global Risk Management, XL's business unit which offers customized primary casualty coverage to Fortune 2000 companies. David has 14 years of actuarial experience, and a total of 22 years in the property and casualty industry insurance. He possesses expertise in both casualty underwriting and claims. Prior to joining XL, he held actuarial positions at Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies. He is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and holds a BA in Mathematics and BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mr. Zhang joined Pacific Life in 2011 as Vice President, Risk Management in the Retirement Solutions Division. In this role, Mr. Zhang manages and directs risk management for the Division. He manages the variable annuity capital market hedging program, fixed product asset liability management program, risk management strategies, and working with the Product Design in development sustainable products. He supervises a team of about 30 professionals of quantitative strategists, actuaries, and developers.
Prior to joining Pacific Life, Mr. Zhang was the practice leader and Executive Director for Ernst & Young LLP’s Annuity Financial Risk Management and Hedging consulting services in New York. He advised global insurers on risk management and capital market hedging program. Prior to E&Y, Mr. Zhang was Director at Equity Structured Derivatives Desk with Societe Generale, an investment bank in New York, and Vice President and Senior Quantitative Derivatives Strategist with ING, a global insurer.
Mr. Zhang has many years of experience developing hedging/risk management and pricing strategies, conducting quantitative researches and model/risk reviews, developing and implementing advanced analytic risk management systems, and managing capital market hedging programs from both the buy side and the sell side of the insurance industry. Mr. Zhang also worked with several other major US life insurance companies in different actuarial areas of ALM, product development/pricing, and valuation/financial management.
Mr. Zhang has been a frequent speaker at many industry conferences on ALM, risk management and VA hedging and was the Chairman for the 2011 VA seminar for Risk Magazine in London. Mr. Zhang was elected a council member of the SOA “Investment” and “Joint Risk Management” professional sections 2009-2012.
Mr. Zhang is currently an advisory board member at Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science University of California, Santa Barbara.