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Conference preview: Momentum - Getting engaged

Chairman’s preview
Each year the Momentum conference programme committee challenges itself to bring together under one roof good-quality speakers from a variety of backgrounds to impart their wisdom to delegates from different practice areas of the actuarial profession.

Our intention is simply to inspire and energise delegates. The conference programme has been developed for all, from actuarial students close to qualification and recently qualified actuaries, to those with up to five years’ post-qualified experience.

This year, the conference theme is engagement — being fully engaged in everything you do. We have a variety of speakers discussing a broad range of topics across different practice areas; they are there to challenge, engage and educate the audience in an array of technical and softer skills. We have also chosen plenary sessions that will hopefully give delegates some food for thought. Our first plenary session, ‘The power to engage and deliver’, has been designed to arm delegates with some practical tools of engagement, while our second plenary on climate change should encourage delegates to address the world around them. Our final plenary session, ‘Ask the Experts’, allows delegates to challenge our panel of distinguished experts in a debate on the things that matter to them and their profession.

Rather than me extolling the virtues of the Momentum conference, I have decided to let the reviews from past delegates do the talking. Finally, if you’ve ever wondered how actuaries can be compared to samurai warriors, or if you simply want to find out more about the conference, please take a look at this year’s conference brochure.

To find out further information about the conference, go to www.actuaries.org.uk/events/residential/momentum-conference-2010-actuaries-today-and-tomorrow.

To book your place online, go to www.eventsforce.net/tap/59/register.

We hope to see you at the Celtic Manor resort, Newport, for the Momentum conference 2010.

Jean Eu is chairman of the Momentum conference 2010 programme committee, and former deputy features editor and student editor of The Actuary. She works for SCOR Global Life


“The Momentum conference is the ideal place to meet young actuaries from different fields, all of whom are in similar stages of their careers. The plenary and workshop sessions offer a good mix of professional and technical skills.”
Komal Desai,
Deloitte LLP,
Momentum 2008 delegate

“The workshop and plenary speakers dealt with technical and soft-skill issues presenting them with humour, pitching at the right level of detail and encouraging the interaction and involvement of the attendees.”
Elena Papadopoulou,
Brit Insurance,
Momentum 2009 delegate

“The Momentum conference is a lively fun event for students and just-qualifieds. It’s a great chance to network with your peers while broadening your knowledge. The topics tend to be up to date, ranging from technical to softer skills with interactive and dynamic formats popular.”
Clara Hughes,
Fitch Ratings,
Momentum 2009 delegate

There were plenty of presentations and debates catering for students and qualifieds alike, with the variety allowing everybody to learn a little more about their own area of expertise.”
Karl Sawetz,
Momentum 2009 delegate


For more details and the full programme for the Momentum conference 2010, visit http://bit.ly/9alpwF