David Schraub, FSA, CERA, MAAA
Melanie Sager, FSA, MAAA
Tom Edwalds, FSA, ACAS, MAAA

Participants will explore the importance and role that professionalism plays in the everyday life of an actuary through interactive discussions of brief scenarios. Participants will also gain awareness of the resources available to actuaries as they navigate professionalism issues.

David Schraub is Staff Fellow, Risk Management and Investment, at the Society of Actuaries.  He works to develop and support better risk management and investment efforts of actuaries. He directs volunteer activities in these two areas and also supports SOA sections and Actuarial Clubs.

Prior to joining the SOA, Schraub worked for life insurance companies and consulting companies in various risk positions, focusing on Solvency II, NAIC ORSA and risk reporting in general.

Schraub is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst of the Society of Actuaries, an Actuaire Qualifie of the Institut des Actuaires (France) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Melanie Sager is a Senior Actuarial Associate at Allstate Life and Retirement, where she works on product development, and modeling PBR reserves for UL products.  She came to Allstate in 2017 after 5+ years at Munich American Reassurance Company in Atlanta, GA.  Melanie earned her FSA in 2019.  She has an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in math and chemistry and an M.A from Princeton University in chemistry.

Tom Edwalds is a Clinical Professor of Finance at DePaul University and the Executive Director of the Fred Arditti Center for Risk Management at DePaul.  He came to DePaul in 2014 with 36 years of diverse and substantive experience in the insurance industry.  He currently serves on several Society of Actuaries committees including the Committee on Life Insurance Research, the Committee on Living to 100 Research Symposia, the Reinsurance Section Research Team, the Research Communications Oversight Group, the VBT Calculations Subgroup, and several research project oversight groups.  He chairs the Taxation Section Council and the Committee on Knowledge Extension Research.  He is also the president of the Chicago Actuarial Association.  He was recognized for a decade of leadership in Society of Actuaries research initiatives with an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2011.  Tom’s research interests and expertise include mortality risk, longevity risk, and extreme event risk.   He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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