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Actuary of the future: Obi Chowdhury

AOTF November

Employer and area of work Marsh UK, Hymans Robertson LLP, Pensions.

How would your best friend describe you? Cool, calm and ELECTRIC.

What motivates you? Philosophy of Kaizen and competition.

What would be your personal motto? You only get smarter by playing a smarter opponent.

“The first rule of marketing is...”

“Buy low, sell high.”

Name five dream guests you would invite to your dinner party? Bill Clinton, Alex Ferguson, the Duchess of Cambridge, Beyoncé, Adriana Lima.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? Modelling.

If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn? I’d learn to fly a plane.

Favourite Excel function? Cell – a quick reference tool has helped me many times.

How do you relax away from the office? A good workout in the gym.

Alternative career choice? I’d like to be an actor.

Tell us something unusual about yourself I am one of eight brothers and one sister. We couldn’t be more different – lecturer (Sociology), economist, dentist, doctor, auditor, actuary, finance analyst, and two students.

Greatest risk you have ever taken? Developing my first property.

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? Ramesses II, longest ruling Pharaoh (aka Ramesses The Great).

What’s your most treasured possession? My biceps.

What are the top 3 things you would like to achieve in your lifetime? (1) Qualify as an actuary, (2) Become a property tycoon, and (3) Build my dream home.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first?I would introduce global tax.

Do you know an actuary destined for greatness? You can nominate an Actuary of the Future by emailing [email protected]