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Actuary of the future: Despo Papantoniou

Employer and area of work
AIG Management (UK) — international business development.

Date entered Profession
September 2006.

Describe yourself in three words:
Vivacious, dependable, affable.

What’s the best thing about your job?
I have been blessed to work with remarkable people. It is not every day that you get to call your colleagues your friends.

And the worst?
If my manager is reading this — then nothing. Although you can’t get good coffee here.

Tell us your formula for success
Self-belief — it is a positive tonic that helps people grow beyond their dreams.

What’s your best attribute?
I try to treat others as I would like to be treated.

And your worst habit?
I tend to apologise even if I am not at fault.

What is most likely to irritate you about others?
If they like gossiping about people.

Alternative career?
Doctor. Dr Des, I like the sound of that.

Favourite book/film/CD/gadget?
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren/Armageddon/Stavendo — Mesa sou/my mobile phone.

How do you relax away from the office?
If it is to do something that I love, netball. If it is to relieve stress, dancing. And if it is to make a bad day great, shopping.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I was born in South Africa, my nationality is Cypriot and I live in London. Multicultural.

Who would you be stuck in a lift with?
Let’s just hope that this never happens because I am claustrophobic, but in the event that it does, with my best friend Priscilla Da Silva.