Actuarial Alumni & Friends Leuven (in short A&F) is the Alumni Organisation of the Actuarial Education at KU LeuvenDISCOVER
A&F brings together the alumni of the actuarial education at KU Leuven. We have the ambition to offer a platform for formal and informal contacts between actuaries from both the professional and academical field, with the common roots our alma mater KU Leuven. Our ambition is realized by focussing on three points: connect, inform and promote.
We offer a network that facilitates our alumni and friends in their informal and formal contacts where necessary. This is realized in-person and virtual via our annual meeting and our LinkedIn group.
We build a bridge between the academical world and the professional field. Therefore, we inform our alumni and friends about the actuarial research developments via our newsletters and publications.
We promote the actuarial profession among the general public. In particular, we help to organize the event around the honoration of Distinguished KU Leuven Actuaries, a title offered by the Insurance research group to outstanding KU Leuven actuaries.
The A&F newsletter typically informs about developments in actuarial research, in particular it highlights recent news of the KU Leuven Insurance research group.
Our alumni and friends can opt to receive the digital newsletter by simply registering their email address.
As an A&F member, you have exclusive access to the discussion forum on LinkedIn.
The online group facilitates
the interaction between our alumni and friends by providing
the possibility to share interesting content and start discussions.
Our aim is not to be just another forum with additional commitments in your busy schedule. Therefore, we limit the plenary activities of A&F to one annual meeting.
In general the meeting is organised around an educational or practical topic and ends with a networking event.
To celebrate the 10-year jubilee of the A&F community, we gathered together on 10 October 2022 in aula Emma Vorlat located in KU Leuven leercentrum Agora.
With Katrien De Cauwer (EY) and Nele Vandaele (KBC Verzekeringen), we could enjoy 2 interesting talks about Resilience and relevance: frontline insights from the insurance industry - Sustainability & the insurance sector: a happily ever after?
As icing on the cake, we celebrated Dominique Beckers and Jan Dhaene as the Founding Fathers of our organization, and thanked them for their amazing efforts the past 10 years.
The highlights of the event are discussed in Verzekeringswereld / Monde de l'Assurance.BACK
Given the recent transformation of the KU Leuven Actuarial education into an English two-year master, it is our ambition to become as recognizable for our international alumni as for our Belgian members. This implies a change from the well-established name ‘Alumni & Friends – Actuariaat Leuven’ into the new ‘Actuarial Alumni & Friends Leuven’. The name change of our organisation is facilitated with a new website corresponding to the new identity.
Together with the rebranding, we also shifted in the board members where Dominique Beckers and Jan Dhaene, the two founders of A&F, give the lead to Katrien Antonio, Siska De Pril, Cedric Goovaerts and Katrien Goovaerts.BACK
2021 setted the scene for the first virtual zoom session of A&F. Together with the Insurance research group of KU Leuven, we organized two online discussions for the actuarial students to connect with our members.
The storyline was guided by the international experience of a marvelous set of speakers. Thanks to their interesting stories, we were able to make a world trip from Canada to Australia, with a pitstop in Paris.BACK
On 2 December 2019, the 8th annual meeting took place in the ‘Aula van de Tweede Hoofdwet’ and ‘Machinezaal’ on the Arenberg campus. More than 85 participants were listening fascinated to the debate on Solvency for Insurers between Karel Van Hulle (‘father’ of Solvency II) and Bart De Smet (CEO of AGEAS and Distinguished KU Leuven Actuary, 2018). The dialogue was organized at the occasion of the publication of Karel’s book "Solvency II, Solvency Requirements for EU Insurers” with subtitle "Solvency II is good for you". The discussion was followed by the traditional network drink.BACK
Early 2019 A&F started investigating alternative ways to reach out to its alumni and friends and enhance the interaction across its members. It was the start of a journey on LinkedIn in the form of a discussion group, which is exclusively accessible for actuaries promoting at KU Leuven.
Join our community by registering on LinkedIn to become part of exciting discussions or get notifications on interesting content. Are you still missing some fellow students in the group member list? Send them a request via the LinkedIn page.BACK
The 7th annual meeting, on 10 September 2018, took place in the STUK Auditorium and was followed by a dinner in the Faculty Club. During the CEO-event, two new Distinguished KU Leuven actuaries were appointed, Bart De Smet (CEO Ageas) and Johan Thijs (CEO KBC Group). After their nomination, they went in debate, conducted by the Flemish national television VRT news anchor Wim De Vilder.
A digital version of the photo memories can be found here.BACK
On 20 November 2017, the 6th annual meeting was organised in the Arenberg Castle. More than 70 participants were listening fascinated to Peter Brewee, CRO and member of the Executive committee NN Non-Life and Delta Lloyd Schade, and to Heidi Delobelle, CRO and managing director of AG Insurance. Both are Mentors of our A&F organisation.
Read here the article from Verzekeringswereld 2017/12.BACK
On 30 September 2016 we organized our annual A&F meeting. At this occasion, we celebrated the start of the actuarial education at KU Leuven 75 years ago. Thanks to the participants this event was a fascinating, educational and sociable afternoon.
During the anniversary ceremony, the book "75 jaar actuariaat aan KU Leuven" was revealed. The digital version of the book can be found here.BACK
As from January 2016 the A&F website was given a new look. The new environment was developed to be web-friendly and more responsive.BACK
Our annual meeting of 2015 took place at the Arenberg Castle. About 65 alumni and friends were present for two presentations; given by Tom Meeus, CEO Federale Verzekering: Lage rentevoeten sluipend gif voor de economie? ( presentation ) and by Dr. Frank Vandenbroucke, Professor KU Leuven: Pensioenhervorming in het teken van defined ambition? ( presentation ).BACK
Our annual meeting took place on 6 October 2014 in the Castle of Arenberg. 80 alumnae and friends attended. Two presentations were given. The first one by Birgit Hannes, CSO DKV Belgium: De uitdagingen van de private ziekteverzekering in een verouderende samenleving ( presentation ), the second one by Jan De Spiegeleer, Jabre Capital Partners: Een hedge fund van scratch tot scratch ( presentation ).
Alumnus colleague-actuary Jean-Marie Bollen, CEO ERGO INSURANCE Belgium, became Peter of our organisation.BACK
During the second annual meeting, 100 alumni & friends celebrated the honoration of two alumni receiving the title of Distinguished KU Leuven actuary from the Insurance research group of KU Leuven; Ch. Defrancq en J. De Mey. During this event also doctor honoris causa prof. Hans Gerber was honoured for the achievement of his third honorary doctorate.
At this occasion, also the publication 'Actuarissen ad rem, over Leuven en later' was presented. This book contains interviews with the Mentors (Peters and Meters) of A&F. A digital version can be found here.BACK
Alumni & Friends was official founded on 27 September 2012, as an initiative of Dominique Beckers and Jan Dhaene. A&F is organised under the mentorship of our Peters and Meters, who are prominent actuaries from the professional world. The Mentors (in alphabetical order) are: P. Brewee, J. Deboutte, H. Delobelle, B. De Smet, M. Goovaerts, B. Hannes, T. Meeus, G. Roelandt, J. Thijs and K. Van Hulle.BACK
We have the pleasure to invite our members for the next Annual A&F Meeting
The academic year 1941/42 marks the start of the actuarial education at KU Leuven. 75 year later, this book looks back at the actuarial history and further reflects on the future evolution of the education and profession.
Digital version: NL
In ‘Actuarissen ad rem’ we give the word to the Mentors (Peters and Meters) of Alumni & Friends. In an interview, they give their vision on our profession and look back at their experiences.
Digital version: NL
‘Distinguished KU Leuven Actuary’ is a title given by the Insurance research group of KU Leuven to KU Leuven actuaries within the professional and academic field who have shown an important contribution to our profession:
The administration and overall organisation of A&F is done by volunteers. If you want to get involved, don't hesitate to reach out, we are always looking for new ideas.
Board member since 2021
Siska De Pril
Board member since 2021
Board member since 2019
Board member since 2021
As from 27 September 2012, A&F was founded by the two inspirers of our organisisation.
Board member 2012 - 2020
Board member 2012 - 2020
The organisation of A&F is only possible with the collaboration and support provided by our Mentors (formerly known as Peters and Meters).
You can contact us via email or use the contact form for any questions and inquiries. Suggestions for improvements of our A&F community are also more than welcome.
Interested alumni and friends of the actuarial education at KU Leuven can register themselves at A&F and subscribe for our newsletter via this channel.
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