CERA

20 - 23 Feb 2018 in Madrid

CERA, Module A: Foundations and Quantitative Methods of ERM

CERA Education

Over the last decade, the concept of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) has gained significant momentum in the insurance industry and beyond. This came with the recognition of risk as being something not per se to be avoided, but to be optimally exploited in the frame of a company’s risk appetite. ERM is going beyond traditional risk management in that it is holistic, and encompasses strategic risk management as well as risk culture.

Many of these developments are reflected in regulatory changes, such as Solvency II (although these focus on policyholder protection and less on opportunities). Solvency II requires an actuarial and a risk management function in all (re-)insurance undertakings. Actuaries should see this as an opportunity to broaden their role, and to show that they are ideally equipped to carry out these tasks.

Against this backdrop, in November 2009, several actuarial associations launched the CERA credential as a global risk management designation for actuaries. CERA pursues the following goals:

  • Strengthen international recognition of the actuarial profession’s enterprise risk management (ERM) expertise
  • Promote the development of more actuaries internationally with training in ERM 
  • Present new opportunities for actuaries worldwide to use their expertise in an expanding range of areas 
  • Send a strong message to employers and candidates that the skill set of actuaries offers significant risk management expertise

Based on the 2011-implemented education und examination system of the German Actuarial Association, the EAA offers a series of training courses and exams (through DAV) to study for the CERA designation to all actuaries who want to deepen their knowledge in Enterprise Risk Management.

The Seminar ‘Foundations and Quantitative Methods of ERM’

The 4-day seminar starts with a brief introduction to CERA. The core of the seminar consists of two parts. The first part of the seminar assists actuaries in broadening their knowledge about modern quantitative financial and actuarial modelling, which form an essential part of the CERA syllabus. This begins with an introduction to the modern theory of risk measures. Next, a number of statistical techniques are discussed, that are highly relevant for the analysis of actuarial and financial data and for the model-building process in risk management. Among others, we will consider extreme value theory, dependence modelling, copulas, and various aspects of integrated risk management. The seminar continues with an introduction to the modelling and the management of interest rate and credit risk. In particular, participants will learn how to price simple interest options or Credit Default Swaps, how to compute risk measures for a bond portfolio, and how to account for counterparty risk.

In the second part of the seminar, the topic Enterprise Risk Management is covered from a more qualitative viewpoint. This will allow participants to understand and handle the entire risk universe including non-quantifiable risks and those risks for which companies traditionally do not hold capital, but manage them in other ways. Topics discussed include the concepts of risk and ERM, an overview over the 42 central elements of ERM, and a session outlining how ERM creates value for any company. Furthermore, the risk management culture including risk consciousness, accountabilities, discipline, collaboration, incentive compensation and communication is presented together with governance issues including market conduct, audit and legal risk. This part of the seminar also explains stakeholders, standards, first steps in the choice of a suitable ERM framework.

The seminar consists of lectures and exercise sessions. In fact, exercise sessions, where various exercises and supplementary examples are discussed, form an integral part of the seminar: they help the participants to understand the qualitative and quantitative techniques introduced in the lectures, and they are a key element in the preparation for the CERA exam.

Organised by the EAA - European Actuarial Academy GmbH in cooperation with the Instituto de Actuarios Españoles.

Participants

The seminar is open to all persons who are interested to obtain comprehensive skills on Enterprise Risk Management. Given the fairly quantitative nature of the material discussed, participants should be familiar with basic results of modern statistics, actuarial and financial mathematics. We recommend that participants with weaker quantitative skills do some preparatory reading, using for instance the slides and lecture notes of the course.

During this seminar, you will not need your laptop.

Purpose and Nature

This seminar 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.

Language

The language of the seminar will be English. The exam will be in German or English (to be chosen onsite).

Lecturers

Dr Peter Brühne

Rüdiger Frey
Rüdiger Frey is Professor of Mathematics and Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Prior to that, he held positions as Professor of Optimization and Financial Mathematics at the University of Leipzig and various academic positions at the University of Zurich and at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He holds a diploma in mathematics from the University of Bonn where he received his PhD in financial economics in 1996. His main research fields are quantitative risk management, dynamic credit risk models and the pricing and hedging of derivatives under incompleteness and market frictions. Rüdiger has published research papers in leading international academic journals and has given seminars at a number of important international conferences and institutions. He is coauthor of the popular book "Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts Techniques & Tools" (Princeton University Press, second edition  2015), which was rated as one of the Top 10 Technical Books of 2006 on Financial Engineering, by Financial Engineering News. Rüdiger has also been involved in consulting projects for Swiss and German insurance companies and banks and is frequently giving practitioner training courses.

Eberhard Müller
Dipl. Math. Eberhard Müller, born 1950, studied mathematics in Hamburg. In 1982, he joined Hannover Re. Until 2015, he served as Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director of the Group Risk Management division (GRM), reporting to the chairman and working with more than 85 employees. After his retirement in January 2016, he now runs his own consultancy riskmueller consulting GmbH. Eberhard Müller is member of the DAV since 1994. He represents the DAV in the ASTIN committee of the IAA and is member of several national and international working parties.

Axel Wolfstein
Axel Wolfstein, born 1960, read mathematics and became a member of the German Actuarial Association DAV in 1995. From 1989 to 1995, he worked in the statistical department of the German insurance association (GDV), and went on from 1995 to 2005 as Head of statistical department of the Verband öffentlicher Versicherer (association of public insurers). Since 2005, he is director of pricing&actuarial at Verti (formerly Direct Line Versicherung AG) and member of the extended board. He is member of several working groups and lectures also for the non-life actuarial exam.

Jochen Wolf
Since 2005, Jochen Wolf has been Professor for Mathematics and Economics at the Hochschule Koblenz. Before, he worked for several years at the German financial supervisor BaFin where he was responsible for various aspects of insurance supervision. At BaFin he was also involved in the Solvency II project. Prior to joining BaFin, Prof. Wolf held various research positions in stochastic analysis at Universität Jena and at the Université Paris-Nord. He holds a diploma in mathematics from the Universität Mainz and a doctorate in mathematics (focus probability) from the Universität Jena. Professor Wolf is actively involved in the actuarial education at the German actuarial association (DAV).

Venue & Accommodation

The seminar will take place in Madrid, Spain.

Venue and accommodation details will be published on the seminar website soon.

​​CERA Exams

The CERA exams are organised by the Deutsche Aktu​arvereinigung e. V. (German Association of Actuaries) in German and English. View details.
For further information and exam registrations, please contact Tim Kampmann at tim.kampmann@aktuar.de. If this would be your first CERA exam, please kindly send a certificate confirming that you are a full member of your actuarial association via e-mail in addition.