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Actuary of the future: Xavier Lo

AOTF Xavier LO

Employer and area of work Marsh UK, Marsh Business Analytics.

How would your best friend describe you? The best friend in the world.

What motivates you? Numbers, spreadsheets and models.

What would be your personal motto? It’s fine to make mistakes, just don’t make them while people are watching.

Name five dream guests you would invite to your dinner party? Tim Harford, Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Ariely.

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? Trying to model every problem that I encounter in life.

If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn? Breakdancing.

Favourite Excel function? SumProduct – it’s more versatile than it looks.

How do you relax away from the office? Making ice cream with my ice cream maker while playing on my Xbox.

Alternative career choice? Pop star, but realistically – maybe a forensic scientist.

Tell us something unusual about yourself I hate drinking tea with sugar.

Greatest risk you have ever taken? Taking a motorcycle-taxi on a one-day business trip in Paris because a normal taxi would have taken too long.

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? Carl Friedrich Gauss (a.k.a. Prince of Mathematicians), to tell him to publish all his hidden mathematical findings.

What’s your most treasured possession? My laptop – I have too many things in there. Concentration risk.

What are the top 3 things you would like to achieve in your lifetime? Take a (1) premium economy class, (2) business class, and (3) first-class flight without having to personally pay for it.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first?My clothes – I would put on a king’s outfit.

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