Dr Louise Pryor is the new president of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). She will seek to build on the valuable work of her predecessors to ensure that the IFoA can survive and be sustainable.
This, says Pryor, will be for actuaries and the IFoA to keep learning. “It’s a great honour to be chosen as the next President of the IFoA. Over the next year, my presidency will be focused on supporting members to develop their skills so they can adapt to change in existing areas of work as well as move into new areas.”
Her actuarial career commenced 40 years ago. She became a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1987, and has a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from Northwestern University in the US. Presently, Pryor chairs the London Climate Change Partnership, and is a non-executive director at the Ecology Building Society. She became a fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) in 2019.
“I began my actuarial career at a time when climate-related risk was simply not on the horizon. I have believed for some years that this risk is the biggest problem facing the world and have watched climate-related risk become mainstream and even mandated by regulators in many countries,” said Pryor in her maiden Presidential Address ‘A Learning Society’ on Friday 25 June 2021.
Pryor takes over the tenure from Tan Suee Chieh, who through his leadership, both the IFoA and the profession went through a significant number of changes at a time of real uncertainty and challenge due to the Coronavirus pandemic.