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Actuary of the future: Felix Mantz

AOTF September

Employer and area of work Towers Watson, pensions.

How would your best friend describe you? As having great taste in socks and being rather protective of my food.

What motivates you? The pursuit of happiness – pretty much sums it all up.

What is your personal motto? Nomen est omen – your name is your omen. As Felix means lucky, I’m pretty much sorted.

Name five dream companions to be stuck on a desert island with? Bear Grylls, Ray Mears, Steve Irwin, etc. I’d quite like to make it off the island alive!

What’s your most ‘actuarial’ habit? My far too detailed and analytical budget spreadsheet.

If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn? How to fly a helicopter. 

Favourite Excel function? Solver – it’s goal seek on steroids.

How do you relax away from the office? By practising Krav Maga (an Israeli martial art) and by going to the gym. I also love travelling the world, riding motorbikes, and photography – ideally all three combined.

Alternative career choice? Management consultant or doctor.

Tell us something unusual about yourself I’ve been to all seven continents, I was in the army for a year, and I managed to chop off the tip of my ear with a machete once. That was silly.

Greatest risk you have ever taken? Riding motorbikes, I guess.

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? My parents and grandparents when they were my age.

What’s your most treasured possession? My camera - until I decided to leave it in a cab in Lima recently.

What are the top three things you would like to achieve in your lifetime? Be happy, have a happy family, and be remembered for those two things.

If you ruled the world, what would you change first? Make airline pricing less volatile.

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