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Keynote speakers | Australasian Actuarial Education and Research Symposium

Professor Steven Stern, ABS Chair of Statistics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Professor Steven Stern is the ABS Chair of Statistics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He received a Masters of Applied Statistics in 1988 and a Doctorate of Mathematical Statistics in 1994 from Stanford University. He is an award-winning teacher and highly sought after statistical consultant and data analyst, having undertaken projects for a wide range of both government and industry bodies including Australian Customs, the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Associated (APVMA), the Clean Energy Regulator and the Australian Departments of Family, Health, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

He is on the organising committee of the MathSport Group of the Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) division of the Australian Mathematical Society and has been a prominent figure in the Australian and international sports statistics community since 2005, when he first began working with British statisticians Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis on their famous Duckworth-Lewis method. In September 2013, when Duckworth and Lewis retired, Professor Stern was contracted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the new custodian of the method, and in October 2014, the ICC adopted his Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method as the official rule for modifying targets in interrupted international limited-overs cricket matches.

Mr David Isaacs, Director at Quantium

David is a senior member of the Quantium team having joined the business at its inception. He runs the Brisbane office and contributes to the running of the business generally, with a particular focus on advanced statistical modelling and risk analysis processes.

He joined Quantium from Trowbridge Deloitte, originally graduating from The Australian National University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Pure Mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

David has experience in a wide range of industries including Insurance, Banking, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Utilities and Construction. His strong analytical, technical and commercial experience has led to the development of sophisticated modelling techniques used by many clients to enhance their business management and performance.

Dr Michael O'Neill, Portfolio Manager/Equities Analyst, Investors Mutual Limited

Michael has worked as an equities analyst and portfolio manager at Investors Mutual Ltd since 2008. The company has received several awards as Australian fund manager of the year, most recently by Morningstar and the Australian Financial Review in 2015. Michael was awarded a PhD in Finance at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2014, and now holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor with Bond University. Previously he completed a combined degree at the Australian National University in 2005, graduating with a Actuarial Studies with First Class Honours and a University Medal, and a Bachelor of Laws. Michael qualified as a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute in 2007, and has been a director on the Institute’s Board since 2008.

Michael’s research interests lie in volatility modelling and forecasting, state-price density analysis and analysis of supply and demand for volatility.

Professor Tom Smith, Frank Finn Professor in Finance, The University of Queensland (UQ) & Dr Martina Linnenlueke, Senior Lecturer in Sustainability, UQ Business School

Tom’s research interests are in the areas of Environmental Finance, Asset Pricing Theory and Tests; Design of Markets - Market Microstructure; and Derivatives. His articles have appeared in leading journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Business, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Fixed Income and Journal of Portfolio Management.
Tom is particularly proud of all of his PhD students and the fact that they have more than 50 tier 1 publications.

Martina is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at UQ Business School and the Program Director of the School's Bachelor of Business Management Program. Her research explores the strategic adaptation and resilience of businesses and industries to climate change and the expected increase in the number and severity of weather extremes. Martina’s expertise in the field has been demonstrated through a number of prestigious awards, such as the Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference, the leading conference in the field. Dr Linnenluecke has also been the recipient of a Smart State Grant from the Queensland State Government, Department of the Premier and Cabinet. She is the author of the book “The Climate Resilient Organization”.