About ProActuary

ProActuary was founded by Suzanne and Mark Farrell, a Psychologist and an Actuary with a desire to help actuaries and actuarial students to optimize their potential through networking, education and personal/professional development.

Suzanne Farrell

Director/Psychologist

Suzanne is a Practitioner Psychologist with 20 years experience working in the education sector. She has specialist skills in individual and group consultancy using solution-focused, systematic approaches to solve complex problems.


Suzanne also engages in research and training in a range of psychological areas.

Mark Farrell PhD FIA

Director/Actuary

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries with more than 20 years of global experience working in the actuarial profession. He has worked in London, Dublin, Toronto and Belfast in the fields of pension consulting, life insurance, actuarial recruitment and, most recently, as a senior lecturer in actuarial education.


Mark has a PhD in finance and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has consulted on various actuarial projects and published in numerous actuarial journals/publications. He has also received various actuarial prizes.

Advisory Board

Richard Galbraith

Advisory Board Member

Richard is a a Fellow (FIA) of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), and a CERA credential holder. He has over 20 years experience in the profession, and has worked in a wide variety of functions.  

Richard is passionate about the sustainable global development of the actuarial profession, and spends a large amount of time working with the IFoA and IAA on these areas, and presenting around the world on Professionalism and other topics. He has been drawn to the softer side of the actuarial profession, being a translator between technical and soft skills where he can enhance the actuarial skillset.

Richard has a very international background, and has enjoyed working in the USA, Netherlands and France as well as the UK. 

Jawwad Farid

Advisory Board Member

Jawwad is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a serial founder with one cross border exit and five books to his name.


Jawwad has lived and worked in London, New York, Orange County, Leesburg, Singapore, Riyadh, Dubai, Nairobi, and Karachi.


Jawwad taught the startup boot camp at Nest I/O to 12 cohorts of founders, the Entrepreneurship elective at SP Jain Executive MBA program in Dubai as an adjunct professor for 11 years. Jawwad also served as a selector, mentor, and pitch coach for Team Pakistan at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) from 2005 to 2018. APICTA is an annual regional innovation competition featuring 200 plus participants from 22 APAC territories. During his tenure Pakistan won 53 awards, include 17 golds and 36 runners up titles at 18 APICTA categories.

Stephen Camilli

Advisory Board Member

Stephen helps actuarial science students succeed in his role as Lecturer at the University of Connecticut where he teaches life contingencies and writing for actuaries.


Previously, as President, he oversaw content creation and the overall business at ACTEX Learning, an actuarial education and publishing company.


Stephen is passionate about actuarial student success, excellent content, meaningful relationships, and work that contributes to the common good.

Ioannis Kyriakou

Advisory Board Member

Ioannis is a Reader in Actuarial Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London. He is also the Director of the Actuarial MSc programmes at Bayes.


Prior to joining City, he worked for Lloyd’s Treasury and Investment Management. He holds a PhD in Finance from City, a master’s degree in Risk and Stochastics from LSE and a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from City. He holds the Diploma in Actuarial Techniques and acts as an appointed independent examiner by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries at several universities.


Ioannis is actively involved in actuarial research and currently serves as Editor for the International Journal of Finance & Economics and as Associate Editor for the Annals of Actuarial Science.

ProActuary is based on three foundational aspects that we believe can help actuaries to optimize their potential

They Say

James d'Apice

Commercial Lawyer

"As an outsider looking in, Mark's approach to sharing his knowledge for the benefit of his actuarial colleagues, and anyone who follows him, is - in my experience - unique. I commend Mark on his generosity, his expertise, and his trailblazing approach."

Madina Bolat

Actuarial Analyst - Canary Consulting

"I love ProActuary! The blog posts are written in a language understandable for people starting out in actuarial science. They also bring up topics that are important to know, to stay up to date in the actuarial field such as InsurTech, blockchain and implications for actuaries etc."