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About the IAA

History of the IAA

The year 1998 will go down in history as a major turning point for the actuarial profession and an important step in preparing the profession for the challenges of the next millennium. On the occasion of the 26th International Congress of Actuaries held in Birmingham from June 7-12, 1998, the General Assembly of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) constituted itself as an association in accordance with Swiss Law with a Secretariat in Ottawa, Canada.

The IAA is the continuation of the "Comité Permanent des Congrès d’Actuaires" established in 1895 as an association of individuals, which was renamed the IAA in 1968. Within the scope of the reorganization of the IAA in June 1998, the International Forum of Actuarial Associations (IFAA), which was formed as a section of the IAA on September 10, 1995, was dissolved. The governance and structure of the IFAA were thus incorporated into the reorganized IAA to meet the growing needs of the actuarial profession as it expands in a global economy.

The restructure created a single, stronger unified framework to ensure unity of direction and efficient coordination with respect to issues of a world-wide nature. The major responsibilities of the IAA are now in the hands of the actuarial associations, which bring together the actuaries in their respective countries and is the link between the actuaries and the actuarial associations worldwide. The IAA is the unique international organization dedicated to the research, education and development of the profession and of actuarial associations.

The IAA has seven sections, ASTIN, AFIR/ERM, IACA, IAAHS, PBSS, AWB and LIFE. The ASTIN Section stands for Actuarial STudies In Non-life insurance and was founded in 1957. However, the scope of its investigations has been enlarged recently so as to include health insurance. ASTIN publishes the ASTIN Bulletin, an internationally renowned referenced scientific journal, twice a year and organises annual colloquia. The AFIR/ERM Section stands for Actuarial Approach for FInancial Risks and was founded in 1988. It has as its objective the promotion of actuarial research in financial risks and problems and its most important function is the organizing of annual colloquia. The IACA Section stands for International Association of Consulting Actuaries and was founded in 1968, independently of the IAA, to facilitate international exchange of views between consulting actuaries. It was admitted as a section of the IAA in 1999. The International Actuarial Association Health Section (IAAHS) was founded in 2003 to provide an international perspective on health actuarial practice, public and private health insurance, and health policy matters. The Pensions, Benefits, Social Security Section (PBSS) was founded in 2003 to serve actuaries around the world who have personal, professional, educational or research interests in social protection and the commercial, social and public policy issues concerning the provision of pensions and other benefits. The Actuaries Without Frontiers Borders® (AWB) was also founded in 2003 to link situations in need of actuarial skills with financial resources and with actuarial volunteers to meet those needs. The LIFE Section has as its objectives to promote and facilitate an international exchange of views, advice, research and practical information among actuaries involved with life insurance issues.

Read More in the 2008 Decennial Report (English) | En lire plus dans le Rapport décennal de 1998 (French)

Past Presidents

Thomas S. Terry – 2017
(United States)
Malcolm Campbell – 2016
Fred Rowley – 2015
Robert L. Brown – 2014
Kurt Wolfsdorf – 2013
Desmond K. Smith – 2012
(South Africa)
Cecil D. Bykerk – 2011
(United States)
Paul N. Thornton – 2010
(United Kingdom)
Katsumi Hikasa – 2009
David G. Hartman – 2008
(United States)
  Hillevi Mannonen – 2007
  Jean-Louis Massé – 2006
Alf Guldberg – 2005
Luis Huerta – 2004
W. James MacGinnitie – 2003
(United States)
Edward J. Levay – 2002
(United Kingdom)
Morris W. Chambers – 2001
Catherine M. Prime – 2000
Jean Berthon – 1998-99
Walter S. Rugland – 1997-98
(United States) - IFAA
Christopher D. Daykin – 1996-97
(United Kingdom) - IFAA
W. Paul McCrossan – 1995-96
(Canada) - IFAA
André Lamens – 1988-1998
Henri Rijkers – 1984-1988
Edouard Franckx – 1964-1984
Albert Théate – 1950-1964
Léon François – 1946-1950
Amédée Bégault – 1909-1946
Omer Lepreux – 1896-1909
Léon Mahillon – 1895-1896

Past Chairpersons of Committees, Sections and Working Groups

  • ALM Erik (Sweden), Accreditation Committee (2012-2014)
  • ANGELA Carla  (Italy), Education Committee (2005-2007), Actuaries Without Borders® Section (2009-2011)
  • BALLEER Martin  (Germany), Committee for Services to Individual Members (1998-2001)
  • BERTHON Jean  (France), AFIR/ERM Section (2000-2009), Actuaries Without Borders® Section (2003-2007)
  • BESNER, Réjean (Canada), Actuaries Without Borders® Section (2013-2015)
  • BETTIS Oliver (United Kingdom), Resource and Environment Working Group (2012-2014)
  • BOLLER Hans-Peter (Switzerland), ASTIN Section (2011-2014), Reinsurance Subcommittee (2003-2006)
  • BOLNICK Howard J.  (United States), IAAHS Section (2003-2008), Microinsurance Working Group (2010-2015)
  • BROOMHEAD Tony  (United States), Accounting Standards Subcommittee (2003-2006)
  • BROWN Robert L. (Canada), Social Security Committee (2006-2011)
  • BUFFIN, Kenneth G. (United States), IACA Section (2010-2012); Supranational Relations Committee (2009-2015)
  • BYKERK Cecil D.  (United States), Education Committee (1998-2004)
  • CHAMBERS Morris W.  (Canada), Accreditation Committee (1998-2000)
  • CHAN Kin Chung  (Taiwan), China Subcommittee (2004-2005)
  • CHIU Estella S.F. (Hong Kong), China Subcommittee (2006-2011)
  • CLARK Peter Nigel Stuckey  (United Kingdom), Member Services Committee (2003-2005)
  • COLEMAN Anthony Maxwell  (Australia), Enterprise and Financial Risk Committee (2008-2010)
  • COLLETT Robert L.  (United States), Advice and Assistance Committee (1999-2002)
  • CONGER Robert F.  (United States), Advice and Assistance Committee (2008-2010)
  • CONGRAM David James (Canada), Subcommittee on Actuarial Standards (2006-2011)
  • DAL MORO Eric (Switzerland), ASTIN Section (2014-2016)
  • DOYLE Peter (South Africa), Professionalism Committee (2012-2014)
  • DAYKIN Christopher D.  (United Kingdom), Professionalism Committee (1999-2002), PBSS Section (2003-2012)
  • DU TOIT Marius (South Africa), PBSS Section (2012-2016)
  • FERGUSON Duncan  (United Kingdom), Supranational Relations Committee (1999-2001)
  • GOHDES Alf (Germany), Actuarial Standards Committee (2015-2017)
  • GULDBERG Alf  (Sweden), International Education Program Committee (2007-2009)
  • GUTTERMAN Sam (United States), Insurance Accounting Committee (1997-2011)
  • HANDLER Stephen  (South Africa), Advice and Assistance Committee (2003-2007)
  • HARTMAN David G.  (United States), ASTIN Section (2004-2007)
  • HEINEN Norbert  (Germany), Accreditation Committee (2000-2004)
  • HIBBARD Gary Ryan  (United Kingdom), Pensions and Employee Benefits Committee (2011-2014), Accounting Standards Subcommittee (2007-2010)
  • HOHMAN Ken (United States), Accreditation Committee (2015-2017)
  • HUNTINGTON Curtis E. (United States), Audit and Finance Committee (2001-2010)
  • INGRAM, David N. (United States), Enterprise and Financial Risk Committee (2011-2015)
  • JETHA Shirazali (United States), Actuaries Without Borders® Section (2011-2013)
  • KAUFMAN Allan M.  (United States), Audit Committee (1999-2001)
  • KINGSTON Thomas David  (Ireland), Financial Risks Committee (2002-2007)
  • KIVISAARI Esko  (Finland), Pensions and Employee Benefits Committee (2006-2010)
  • KOLL Tarmo (Estonia), Advice & Assistance Committee (2011-2016)
  • KUYS Peter  (Netherlands), Insurance Regulation Committee (1998-1999)
  • LECKIE Stuart H.  (Hong Kong), China Subcommittee (1999-2002)
  • LEVAY Edward J.  (United Kingdom), ASTIN Section (1997-2003), Actuaries Without Borders® Section (2007-2009)
  • LEWIS Christopher G. (Australia), Accreditation Committee (2009-2011)
  • LEWIS Paul (South Africa), Mortality Working Group (2013-2016)
  • MAEDER Philippe  (Switzerland), Supranational Relations Committee (2005-2008)
  • MANNONEN Hillevi  (Finland), Social Security Committee (2002-2006)
  • MASSÉ Jean-Louis  (Canada), Professionalism Committee (2002-2004)
  • MASTERS Nigel B.  (United Kingdom), Insurance Regulation Committee (1999-2003)
  • MATTAR Klaus (Germany), Education Committee (2014-2016)
  • MCCROSSAN W. Paul  (Canada), Subcommittee on Actuarial Standards (2002-2006)
  • MCLAUGHLIN, Sedley Michael (United States), Audit and Finance Committee (2010-2015)
  • MILLER, Mary Frances (United States), Education Committee (2008-2013)
  • MUHANNA Ibrahim E.  (Lebanon), Member Services Committee (2006-2009)
  • MUNRO Reg  (South Africa), Social Security Committee (1998-1999)
  • PADILLA Juan Carlos  (Mexico), Accreditation Committee (2005-2008)
  • PANJER Harry H. (Canada), ASTIN Section (2007-2011)
  • PELLETIER A. David (Canada), Actuarial Standards Committee (2011-2014)
  • POMERY Michael A. (United Kingdom), Professionalism Committee (2008-2011)
  • PRIME Catherine M.  (Australia), China Subcommittee (2003)
  • RANTALA Jukka  (Finland), Insurance Regulation Committee (2003-2006)
  • ROSS Thomas Mackenzie  (United Kingdom), Member Services Committee (2010)
  • ROWELL Helen Rae  (Australia), Professionalism Committee (2005-2007)
  • RUYGT Francis (Netherlands), Insurance Accounting Committee (2012-2014), Subcommittee on Actuarial Standards (2006-2011)
  • SAKAMOTO Junichi (Japan), Social Security Committee (2011-2015)
  • SHERWOOD Margaret Tiller (United States), IACA Section (2014-2016)
  • STEVENSON Martin A. (Australia), Mortality Working Group (2008-2014)
  • STIPP Emile (South Africa), IAAHS Section (2008-2014), Health Committee (2013-2016)
  • STÖLTING Rolf  (Germany), Insurance Regulation Committee (2007-2009)
  • TANAKA Junzo  (Japan), Public Statements Committee (1997-2001)
  • TERRY, Thomas S. (United States), Pensions and Employee Benefits Committee (2015)
  • THORLACIUS, A. Eric (United States), AFIR Section (2099-2015)
  • THORNTON Paul N.  (United Kingdom), Pensions and Employee Benefits Committee (1996-2005)
  • TOOTHMAN Michael L.  (United States), IACA Section (2006-2008)
  • WADDINGHAM Adrian  (United Kingdom), IACA Section (2004-2006)
  • WALKER Brent  (Australia), IACA Section (2002-2004)
  • WASON Stuart F. (Canada), Solvency Subcommittee (2004-2009), Supranational Relations Committee (2002-2004)
  • WOLFSDORF Kurt (Germany), Life Section (2005-2011)
  • VAUGHAN Andrew (United Kingdom), IACA Section (2012-2014)
  • YOSHIDA Hideyuki  (Japan), IACA Section (2008-2010)
  • YOUNG Andrew  (United Kingdom), Social Security Committee (1999-2001)