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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Actuary of the future: Rachel Gow

Employer and area of work
Aviva Ireland — GI Pricing.

How would your best friend describe you?
That I have a good memory for pointless information.

What motivates you?
I love working things out and solving problems.

What would be your personal motto?
I quite like ‘ad astra' (‘to the stars'). It was my university's motto.

Who do you admire most and why?
My father. He is a mathematician and the cleverest person I know.

What is your most ‘actuarial' habit?
Probably correcting people's grammar and spelling.

How do you relax away from the office?
I love travelling, especially to anywhere with ancient ruins.

Alternative career choice?
Previously, I worked on Basel II and credit risk in banking, but if I had to pick something totally different it would be teaching.

Tell us something unusual about yourself
I studied Ancient Greek in school up to Leaving Cert (Irish version of A levels). I managed to win an international prize and got to meet the Greek president.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first?
Outlaw anti-red-hair prejudice!