DATE:04 APRIL 2024
TIME:10:00 ET | 15:00 CET
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Actuaries are using their brain and mind very much and from the day that someone start of thinking to become an actuary. From the start of the actuarial exams till you become a qualified actuary and thereafter, working in this profession whatever industry, throughout their lifetime.  Whether they are working for a company, freelancing, or consulting … they keep on using their brain/mind heavily to analyse the data around them to provide financial solutions to their customers.
The use of brain/ mind for actuaries are very much excessive compared to other jobs … and sometimes we might not be able to find a time that to think beyond this mind activity and be mindful. Actuaries are expected be conscious about the work that they do as the numbers they are dealing with are very much sensitive as well as the use of these numbers should be precise and accurate. But sometimes, we tend to keep on thinking rather than taking a break not to think for a moment… and most of us do not understand or realize, taking a break and being mindful can increase the capacity of the mind and make you to do more creative thinking rather than stuck in to one place or one activity. Mindfulness is a hot topic that many around the world are discussing and practising right now. Many religions explain about the beauty of being mindful and how our mind/brain can increase it’s capacity. It is very important to understand the mind first. You might have realised that your thoughts are much faster than any vehicle or energy that we can think of in this world. For example, in blink of an eye you are here at your desk and next moment your thoughts could be somewhere in US. It could be a place where you have never been to even… Or it could be an evet that happened when you were very small. To travel that longer .. in that faster pace.. how much energy these thoughts could have? So our thinking machine is always in the work without our knowledge even. At the end of a very busy day (analysing, calculating, projecting, presenting.. etc.. etc..) you feel so tired. When you take good night of sleep.. next day you are so energised. in the night by sleeping you give a rest to your mind where your thinking diminishes and your mind, the thinking machine shuts down... This will re-energise your mind to start the next day fresh.  Being mindful gives your mind a break or rest… while you are awake. Mindfulness means being in this moment, your mind will not waste its energy unnecessarily wondering around.

The mind will focus to this moment to feel the awareness of where you are now and what you are doing right now. That will allow the mind to relax and energise you to complete your task much more efficiently and creatively. There are many techniques that someone can practise mindfulness in day-to-day life and use it to enhance the quality of the professional and personal life. 

                ABOUT THE SPEAKERS                  

Thanuja Krishnaratna AIA, Executive Director ·Actsure Lab (Pvt) Ltd

Thanuja Krishnaratna, AIA, is Executive Director/ Actuary at Actsure Lab (Pvt) Ltd. She is an actuary, associate member of IFOA who runs her own boutique actuarial consulting firm based in Sri Lanka. She is also a practitioner of mindfulness under the guidance of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka.

Michael Clark, Managing Director ·Agilis

Michael Clark is a Managing Director in Agilis’s Denver office. In his role he consults on all aspects of financial risk management for defined benefit plans as well as retiree medical plans and defined contribution plans. He also has led numerous clients through pension risk transfers as well as other complex, strategic pension projects. Prior to joining Agilis in 2013, Michael worked for Mercer as well as October Three. He is a Past President of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and continues to provide leadership to several committees and is the host of the CCA’s Leadership Development podcast. He also participates in the leadership of the Western Pension & Benefits Council – Denver Chapter. Michael is a frequent speaker at industry and professional association conferences on the topics of pension risk management, pension risk transfers, and pooled employer plans. He has had several articles published in major trade magazines, is regularly quoted in retirement-related articles, and has appeared on Bloomberg Radio. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary, a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder, a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He also holds a Series 3 license. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a BS in Statistics.
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