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10/11 Dec 2018 in Barcelona

CERA, Module 0: Quantitative Methods for ERM – A Bridging and Refresher Course

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 Quantitative Methods for ERM - a Bridging and Refresher Course
The seminar begins with an introduction to risk measures. We will treat Value at Risk and expected shortfall and we give an introduction to the modern theory of coherent risk measures.  In order to prepare the analysis of dependent risks we next discuss basics of multivariate modelling. The seminar continues with an introduction to financial mathematics. We begin by studying  risk neutral valuation and the hedging of derivatives in discrete-time models, followed by an introduction to financial mathematics in continuous time. Topics covered include Brownian motion and the Ito formula, the Black Scholes model and the pricing of simple stock and bond options.

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.

Organised by the EAA - European Actuarial Academy GmbH in cooperation with the Collegi d’Actuaris de Catalunya.


The seminar is open to all persons who are interested in deepening their quantitative skills in the fields of enterprise risk management and financial mathematics.

During this seminar, you will not need your laptop.

Purpose and Nature

The 1.5 day seminar serves a double purpose. On the one hand, it is a bridging course designed to prepare actuaries with a more qualitative background for the quantitative parts of the CERA education. On the other hand, it is an independent refresher course for actuaries wanting to brush up their quantitative skills in the fields of enterprise risk management and financial mathematics.

This seminar is not a formal part of the CERA education. Please visit for more information on the CERA designation.


The language of the seminar will be English.


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.

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).

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Venue & Accommodation

The seminar will take place at the hotel

Sallés Hotel Pere IV
Calle Pallars 128-130
08018 Barcelona, Spain
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We have arranged special prices for accommodation. The special rate is 85,00 € per night, including breakfast and VAT. It is valid for bookings by 11 November 2018 out of our allotment “EAA Seminar”. Our allotment includes a limited number of rooms. Kindly book your accommodation directly with the hotel by sending an email to (reference code EAA seminar), and note the hotel’s reservation terms and conditions and the hotel’s cancellation policy.