Charles Cowling, FIA – a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) – will serve as president of the International Actuarial Association (IAA) come 2024, after first taking on the role of president-elect starting next year.
“As the incoming IAA president, I am delighted to welcome Charles as the incoming president-elect,” stated Cowling’s predecessor, IAA’s 2023 president Micheline Dionne. “His wealth of knowledge on many actuarial topics including pensions, and his already established leadership in IAA matters, from chairing the IAA renewal task force to the first-ever IAA advance committee, has shown how important he is to the international profession.
“He will be a great addition to the presidential team, with Roseanne Harris serving as the immediate past-president following her great mandate.”
Cowling, who is chief actuary at Mercer in the UK, said he was honoured to have been elected.
“This is a very exciting time to be an actuary, with actuaries globally contributing hugely to work on finance, data analysis, and complex risk modelling,” commented the IAA president-elect. “Actuaries have recently shown the important value they can bring in the areas of climate change and pandemics, and I hope to support the further growth and influence of the actuarial profession around the world.”
Meanwhile, expressing pride in the pensions actuary is the IFoA, the last fellow of which to become IAA president was Paul Thornton, FIA, back in 2010.
“We would like to congratulate Charles on this appointment and wish him every success as he prepares to take on the IAA presidency,” declared IFoA president Matt Saker. “Charles has been an active volunteer for both the IFoA and the IAA for some years and has played a significant role in helping to champion actuarial science and the value that the profession brings to the global financial sector and beyond.”
Cowling has chaired the IFoA pensions board and international board. He is the pension representative of the UK at the Actuarial Association of Europe and the IAA.