WHO WE ARE | THE AXIS EXPERTS
Valani Global was established in 2019 by Nazir Valani and Sarah Valani to support life insurance companies in achieving their financial risk management goals through a focus on actuarial modeling, financial reporting and implementations of Moody's Analytics solutions. Collectively our team has over 100 years of experience with AXIS with an emphasis in end to end AXIS implementation services. We are building a powerhouse of AXIS experts who focus exclusively on Moody's risk management software,
- AXIS™ US GAAP Link
- AXIS™ IFRS 17 Link
- Risklntegrity™ IFRS 17
FSA, FCIA, MAAA
President & Co-Founder
Nazir Valani FSA, FCIA, MAAA is President and co-founder of Valani Global. He specializes in Moody’s products (AXIS, IFRS17 Link, RiskIntegrity), software conversions, actuarial transformations, appointed actuary work, life products, annuities, CALM, US statutory, and US GAAP. Prior to Valani Global, Nazir has worked in the insurance industry, and at GGY AXIS. Nazir started a life actuarial consulting firm and developed it from a one-person shop to the second-largest life actuarial practice in Canada. Nazir received the Society of Actuaries President’s award in 2018 and was featured in their “Society of Achievers” video.
Co-founder & Actuarial Consultant
Sarah Valani is Co-Founder and Actuarial Consultant at Valani Global. She specializes in Moody’s/GGY’s AXIS, IFRS 17, software conversions, actuarial transformations, life products, and annuities. Prior to Valani Global, Sarah worked as a consultant and as well as at an insurance company. Sarah has been heavily involved with the Actuarial Society of Greater New York (ASNY) for several years and served as a board member and Vice President of Meetings for ASNY from 2017-2020. Sarah holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics with a Business Specialization and Computer Science minor from the University of Waterloo.
Scott D. Houghton
Vice President & Consulting Actuary
Scott Houghton, FSA, MAAA is a Vice President & Consulting Actuary at Valani Global. He specializes in Moody’s/GGY’s AXIS's software conversions, appointed actuary work, life products, annuities, US statutory, US GAAP, and IFRS 17. Prior to Valani Global, Scott worked for two insurance companies and other consulting firms. Scott is currently a Council Member and Past President of the Society of Actuaries Modeling Section.
B.E. SC (Mech), MBA
Vice President, Operations
Yashmin Valani, an MBA holder and Professional Engineer, is head of business development and Vice President of Operations at Valani Global. She has 12 years’ experience as a Principal at Valani Consulting Inc. as well as 20 years’ experience at Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Shari is a dedicated actuarial consultant at Valani Global. She specializes in Moody’s products (AXIS, IFRS 17 Link, RI)
for software conversions, actuarial transformations, process improvements, technical documentation, and project management. She has spent her career as an actuarial consultant for well known actuarial practices, as well as on her own, where she exercised her talents as Lead Architect and modeler for AXIS conversions, and as Project Manager. Shari holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Actuarial Science from Western University. She is involved with the Actuarial Foundation of Canada as a member of the Youth Education Committee. Shari is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
FSA, FCIA, CFA
Serge Boutet has worked directly with AXIS for the last 25 years, including 15 at Moody’s Analytics (GGY), where he helped clients in Canada, Europe, and Asia learn and understand how best to use AXIS. He was also responsible for sales of RiskIntegrity IFRS 17 in Canada. During this time, Serge had extensive exposure to the modeling challenges of AXIS users around the world. He also worked as a consulting actuary, doing Appointed Actuary work for Canadian life insurance carriers. Serge holds a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from Laval University, is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
FSA, FCIA, CERA
Spencer is a Consulting Actuary at Valani Global who specializes in Moody’s AXIS and SQL Server. He has extensive technical knowledge, having built models in AXIS, SQL and VBA. Before joining Valani Global, he was the Director of Model Development at Munich Re. He was the lead modeller on a large international AXIS transformation project and multiple large inforce transactions. He has worked on the pricing and valuation of individual life, individual disability and group insurance products. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Math from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst.
Nikhil Asnani is a Consulting Actuary at Valani Global whose expertise includes implementation of actuarial and business modeling solutions using Moody’s/GGY’s AXIS actuarial software. Prior to joining Valani Global, Nikhil was an Assistant Vice President at Guardian Life Limited (Jamaica) where he led the actuarial team, carrying out a variety of roles including pricing and product development, valuation and financial reporting, in-force management, and administration of life insurance and annuity products. Nikhil holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Actuarial Science from the University of the West Indies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and also a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is an active member of the Caribbean Actuarial Association and was the Chairman of its Conference Planning Committee in 2018.