Congratulations To All New Qualifiers

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Congratulations to all new qualifiers. This is your time, this is your moment.

I recall the day I qualified as an actuary, some 36 years ago. I was so happy as it was an achievement which I wanted and thought not possible, for a village boy from rural Malaysia.

This video was produced by our beloved professional body, the IFoA, as a congratulatory message to our new qualifiers, many of whom are based in Asia and are of Asian origins. Well done – you have come a long way!

I am proud of all our qualifiers wherever you are from, and I wish you great success and fulfillment in this great profession. For these newly minted actuaries and students, you may like to know I will be posting expanded Tips for Young Actuaries in Instagram weekly, under 

It is a long and arduous journey to qualify… It is sweet when you arrive. This is the end of examinations. But the beginning of an exciting journey of life-long learning.

We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. Those who are curious, and have a learning and growth mindset will thrive.

2020 is an extraordinary year. The COVID-19 crisis will define this generation of actuaries. This is a great opportunity for you. Apply the skills embedded in our DNA to solve practical problems which benefit society.

Mankind is beset with growing and varied challenges. Insecurity. Complexity. Uncertainty. Use your skills with courage and imagination, in our workplace, in our industry and in our society.

Stay inspired. Believe. Make a difference.




About IFoA. The IFoA is the UK’s only chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing & regulating actuaries based both in the UK & internationally. Visit