Associate Professor of Actuarial Studies, UNSW

Benjamin is currently Associate Professor of Actuarial Studies and Associate Head of the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies at UNSW Australia, Sydney. He has held academic positions at the University of Montreal (2013-2015), the University of New South Wales (2008-2013), and the University of Lausanne (2005-2008). He was Chairman of the board of a pension fund in Switzerland (with more than 2000 members) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he also worked for companies such as Nestlé (headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland) and La Suisse Insurance Group (Lausanne, Switzerland). Benjamin has a PhD from the Faculty of Business and Administration of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in the area of risk theory. He is a member of the Swiss Association of Actuaries since 2006, and is an Affiliate member of the Australian Actuaries Institute since 2008. He is also an academic member of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), and a member of the American Risk and Insurance Association.

Benjamin’s research interests concentrate on insurance risk and capital. In particular, he develops models of the dependence structures between general insurance lines of business with a view of quantifying their effect on key actuarial calculations such as claims reserving, economic capital, pricing and capital allocation. Benjamin’s research projects involve major Australian insurers such Allianz, Suncorp and IAG. Furthermore, he is interested in the optimal stochastic control of surplus models in risk theory. Finally, Benjamin has also made contributions in the areas of pensions and operations management.​

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Adjunct professor, University of Montreal
  • 2015–present
    Associate professor of actuarial studies, UNSW Australia

Education

  • 2008 
    University of Lausanne, PhD, Actuarial Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Actuarial methods for assessing diversification effects in insurance
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada
  • 2013
    Modelling claim dependencies for the general insurance industry with economic capital in view: an innovative approach with stochastic processes
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Swiss Association of Actuaries
  • Member, Casualty Actuarial Society
  • Affiliate member, Australian Actuaries Institute
  • Member, American Risk and Insurance Association

Research Areas

  • Applied Statistics (010401)
  • Stochastic Analysis And Modelling (010406)
  • Financial Economics (140207)
  • Econometric And Statistical Methods (140302)
  • Banking, Finance And Investment (1502)