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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Actuary of the future: Anuj Sharma

Employer and area of work
Mercer’s investment consulting business, London.

Date entered Profession
September 2006.

Describe yourself in three words
Enthusiastic, determined and honest.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
Not meeting deadlines.

Alternative career?
Scientist, as I was a bit of a wizard in the laboratory.

Tell us your formula for success
Work hard and play harder.

What’s your best attribute?
Willing to learn and contribute.

And your worst habit?
I can be impatient; I often find myself chasing people for things.

How do you relax away from the office?
Watching football and going to the theatre.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Measure twice and cut once. Applicable in various scenarios throughout life.

Is the glass half full or half empty?
Half empty — always looking for improvement.

What three items would you take to a desert island?
iPhone, its charger and a solar power generator.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My modest watch collection.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I fancy myself as a bit of a Houdini and have an interest in magic... I have a few tricks up my sleeve!

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
Investing my pension contributions completely in equities — I’m glad I am not retiring anytime soon!