CERA, Module B: Taxonomy, Modelling & Mitigation of Risks

Event Type
Web Session
European Actuarial Academy

Monday, 27th September 2021 - Friday, 1st October 2021

Start time: 8.00 am every day GMT

End time: between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm GMT


Announcements from the European Actuarial Academy organiser: 

CERA Education

The CERA qualification is open to all fully qualified actuaries who want to deepen their knowledge and expertise in the field of enterprise risk management (ERM). CERA was established in 2009, today over 4,000 qualified experts are entitled to use the credential. 27 actuarial associations around the world are CERA member associations.

The CERA credential’s mission is to advance the field of enterprise risk management worldwide by providing the preeminent qualification combining technical rigour, practical understanding and professional regulation.

The defining characteristics of the CERA credential as offered by the European Actuarial Academy are:

  • Provides the most comprehensive and rigorous training in ERM
  • Is a fast-growing globally-recognised credential
  • Combines a range of business and professional skills with the mathematics of finance and risk
  • Equips risk management professionals to empower better business decisions and more profitable business development
  • Has a wide range of applications in insurance and finance, and well beyond
  • Is supported by actuarial associations worldwide
  • Is recognised and transferable internationally
  • Has a rigorous and advanced curriculum underpinned by actuarial science, with an emphasis on ERM and professionalism
  • Offers career choices outside the traditional actuarial markets

The course ‘Taxonomy, Modelling and Mitigation of Risks’

The seminar - this year organized as a web session - focuses on quantitative analyses of financial and non-financial risks of an insurance company and the effect and possible applications of risk mitigation techniques. After an introduction to the economic valuation of an insurance company, including stochastic valuation models and approximation techniques for life companies, and the building blocks of its economic balance sheet, the risk measure as well as the relevant regulatory requirements of Solvency II will be discussed. Different concepts of risk modelling covering from standard formula to fully internal models will be presented.

After a deep-dive into the risk classification, strategic, reputation and operational risks are dealt with. Afterwards methods for modelling market, credit and underwriting risks will be presented in detail. The discussion of each risk starts with its definition, how it can be identified and distinguished from other risks, and its classification according to SII. The taxonomy is followed by qualitative and quantitative valuation approaches - including scenario analyses, stress tests, deterministic and stochastic assessments, and quantifications according to the standard formula and an internal model. Furthermore, crucial aspects of any model such as assumptions, distributions, calibration and validation are discussed, as well as limitations and criteria for the adequacy of a model for solving a given problem.

Having introduced and discussed the risk modelling, tools and techniques will be discussed that are available in the insurance business to mitigate these risks. That includes the discussion around the implications of reinsurance and securitisation as well as portfolio management. We will also present what life insurance companies subject to traditional with profit business can do to hedge their main risks.

Both elements, risk modelling and measurement as well as risk mitigation, are closely related and interact with each other, what will be reflected in the topics presented and the structure of the seminar.

The consolidated view on risks in a company and an outlook on Group models close the course.

The course has been designed for experienced practitioners who use model results in practice and seek guidance for management decisions. Therefore, the focus is not on technical details but on the understanding of risk models and their results, and on the derivation of management actions. Consequently, examples and case studies are a core component of the training.

The web session is open to all persons who are interested in obtaining comprehensive skills on Enterprise Risk Management. The understanding of the business model of an insurance company (life and non-life) is a prerequisite that participants should be aware of. Basic knowledge of deterministic and stochastic valuation models as well as value based management is recommended.

Technical requirements and test session: Please check with your IT department if your firewall and computer settings support web session participation (the programme GotoTraining/GotoWebinar is used for the web session).On 17th September 2021, 9:00 - 9:30 am GMT, there will be a test session offered to all registered participants to test the software. This test session is mandatory.

This course - this year  organized as a web session - is one part in a course that consists of four modules. They can be booked as a whole series to fulfil the requirements for receiving the CERA designation, or individually as CPD training. Written exams on the course are offered subsequently.

Please contact your actuarial association regarding the recognition of the seminars and the exams. The national association has to be at least Acceding Party of the CERA Global Association so that an actuary who passes this course may receive the CERA credential. Please visit www.ceraglobal.org to get information if your association is entitled to issue the CERA designation.

Click here to make a reservation. Your early-bird registration fee for this CERA web session is € 1,625.00 plus 19 % VAT for bookings by 16th August 2021.

After this date, the registration fee is € 1,800.00 plus 19 % VAT.

Wolfgang Baumann, Prof Dr Hubert Bornhorn, Dr Steve Brüske, Dr Nora Gürtler, Dr Peter Henseler, Michael Klüttgens, Dr Michael Leitschkis, Dr Frank Schiller and Viktor Turov
Biographical details

Wolfgang Baumann
Wolfgang Baumann studied Mathematics at Karlsruhe University. Since 2008 he works for Willis Towers Watson in the Risk Consulting and Software Business. Career steps prior to this contain Morgan Stanley, Towers Perrin and Credit Suisse. He holds lectures for the DAA since the inception of the German CERA program.

Prof Dr Hubert Bornhorn
Hubert Borthorn is a Professor for mathematics and statistics at the Faculty of Business at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He is a member of the German Actuarial Association (DAV). Hubert studied mathematics in Münster and Oxford and holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in mathematics from WWU Münster. Hubert’s areas of expertise include Financial Risk Management, Asset Management for insurance companies and Actuarial Mathematics. Before attaining his current position he worked almost 10 years for a life insurance company.

Dr Steve Brüske
Steve Brüske studied Mathematics and made his PhD in Münster. He has been working as an actuary at HDI Global SE in Hanover since 2007, where he is responsible for creating the internal models and head of actuarial function. Since 2012 Dr Brüske has been a member of the DAV, the DAV Working Group "Internal Models" and since 2018 he leads the DAV Working Group “Reporting Obligations”. As a lecturer for DAA, he is involved in CERA Module B.

Dr Nora Gürtler
Nora Gürtler is heading the internal audit at Assicurazioni Generali Group. Before Nora was a member of the Management Board of Generali Deutschland Group as CRO of Generali Deutschland. From 2011 until 2017 she was heading the Enterprise Risk Management of Generali Deutschland. Between 2003 and 2011 she was responsible for non-life DFA models, Embedded Value calculations, Economic Balance Sheet valuations and the related value based management. Nora Gürtler studied Mathematics at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and at École Normale Supérieure at Lyon (France) and graduated in Mathematical Statistics before joining Tillinghast’s non-life team. She is a qualified actuary (Aktuar DAV) and CERA.

Dr Peter Henseler
Peter Henseler studied Physics at Bonn University. Since 2012 he works for Generali Deutschland Group. He heads the group Financial Risk Methodology within the Enterprise Risk Management, after having started his career in 2010 in the actuarial department of Zurich Deutscher Herold Lebensversicherung AG. He is a qualified actuary and a member of the German Actuarial Association (DAV) since 2014.

Michael Klüttgens
Michael is a Director at Willis Towers Watson and leading the insurance consulting activities in Germany. Michael holds a master’s degree in mathematics from RWTH Aachen. He attained the CERA credential in 2013. Michael’s areas of expertise include Risk & Capital Management, Financial Reporting, M&A and Value-Based Management.

Dr Michael Leitschkis
Michael Leitschkis studied Mathematics in Cologne and Philadelphia. Since 2012, he works for Milliman, where he is Principal in the Life Technology Solutions practice. Before this he worked at Generali Deutschland Group as Head of Actuarial Modelling for almost five years. He started his career at B&W Deloitte in Cologne. Michael Leitschkis is member of the German Actuarial Association (DAV) and CERA. He has delivered a number of talks and lectures on various topics of risk modeling and risk management.

Dr Frank Schiller
Frank Schiller has a PhD in Mathematics and is a qualified actuary. He has been working in insurance since 2001, starting his career as an Actuarial Consultant for the former KarstadtQuelle Versicherung Fürth (now ERGO Direkt) and in 2005 he became Risk Manager at Munich Re. From 2008 Frank Schiller was in charge of the Centre of Competence Direct Insurance Life at Munich Re and, together with his team, supported primary insurers with topics such as biometric portfolio analysis, risk management and product development. From 2011to 2015 Frank Schiller was Chief Risk Officer for Swiss Life, first in Switzerland and later in Germany. Since 2015 he took over the role as Chief Pricing Officer for Life and Health reinsurance at MunichRe for Europe, Latin America and Middle East.

Viktor Turov
Viktor Turov studied Mathematics in Hannover. Since 2018 he works for EY as Senior Manager in the Non-Life actuarial area. Before this he was Head of the group Risk Aggregation within Group Risk Management. He started his career in 2008 in the actuarial department at HDI Global SE in Hannover. From 2015 to 2017 Viktor Turov worked for KPMG as risk management consultant. Furthermore he is a member of DAV and a member of several DAV working groups.