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Actuary of the future: Dalisu Dube of Etana Insurance

Employer and area of work
Etana Insurance, short-term insurance.

How would your best friend describe you?
Charismatic, ambitious, driven and 

What motivates you?
The thought of making a difference to a person or group of people within the actuarial community — through my work or social involvement.

What would be your personal motto?
No God, no love. Know God, know love.

Who do you admire most and why?
I’m inspired by any person who has every reason to fail and, despite this, sees opportunity in adversity and makes a success of their lives. I admire vision, self-confidence and ambition that raises a person beyond their assumed limits.

What's your most ‘actuarial' habit?
The number of times I check my work - it's ?π(√42 - log100). I tend to ‘mathematicise' everything and by the looks of things I check my work at least once.

How do you relax away from the office?
I love to travel and see different 
places and experience diverse cultures. Reading is another way in which I feed these two passions.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
Being in the actuarial profession, people always find it contrary to their prejudice and assumptions and say that I have tangible charisma, an energetic sense of humour and a sparkling personality - also that I don't wear glasses.

Greatest risk you have ever taken?
Booking a flight and travelling to New York with no pre-arranged accommodation - this was driven by an impulsive need to experience the buzz of the Big Apple.

What’s your most treasured possession?
My Etana-branded Mini and a selection of music on my iPod (which includes a mixture of soul and classic jazz).

Alternative career choice?
Teacher. This is borne out of the love of learning and imparting knowledge. My third choice would be brain surgeon.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first?
I would make education more affordable (possibly even free… somehow).