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Hans Harris, FSA, CFA, CPA, CERA

Consulting Actuary

Hans is a Consulting Actuary at Valani Global. He specializes in end-to-end model conversions, actuarial model transformations, model validation, and model design using Moody’s/GGY’s AXIS actuarial software.

Prior to joining Valani Global, Hans worked at a consulting firm helping clients with various transformation projects, product and assumption development, financial reporting under both IFRS and US GAAP standards, and actuarial software conversion.

Hans holds both a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Certified Public Accountant.

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The foundation of an actuarial model is exactly like the hours spent practicing piano. Just like the building blocks you put in place to ensure any music sheet becomes comprehendible, a strong, sustainable actuarial model can provide solutions to any complex business problem. That is where my passion lies! 

How did you begin your journey into actuarial science?
I started off my career wanting to be an accountant which led me to sit the CPA, Certified Public Accountant exams. Debits and credits were my thing. A few friends joked about the fact that CPA stands for “Can’t Pass Actuarial” exams. To prove them wrong, I decided that I was going to try and pass those actuarial exams. Not an easy undertaking, but thankfully I made it through. 

What led you to Actuarial modeling?
My dad would always say, “Rome was not built in a day, make sure your foundations are strong.” I still abide by this mantra, never get bored of the basics! I played the piano as a kid, and I still practice my scales. The foundation of an actuarial model is exactly like the hours spent practicing piano. Just like the building blocks you put in place to ensure any music sheet becomes comprehendible, a strong, sustainable actuarial model can provide solutions to any complex business problem. That is where my passion lies! 

What’s your background in AXIS?
I remember my first AXIS project and we had a complicated product feature. Having not used AXIS prior, I realized how powerful a tool AXIS is when we were able to quickly come up with a solution. Ever since, I am convinced that AXIS can provide a digestible solution to almost any modeling requirements in a very efficient manner. 

Why did you join Valani Global?
I knew by joining Valani Global I was going to be surrounded by some of the most brilliant minds. I view my career as more than just excelling at a task, it is about being kind, building lasting relationships, and most importantly family. These are my personal values that resonate with this firm. I am so happy to be a part of the Valani family. 

Why should clients hire Valani Global?
Our strongest skillset is being able to work as a unit, using our depth of knowledge and experience to bring a comprehensive solution to our client’s modeling needs. We love challenges and we love teaming up with our clients to share our knowledge. 

What skillsets do you bring to the Valani team?
The regulatory changes insurance companies face today have resulted in previously siloed groups having to work together. This is especially prevalent with the accounting and actuarial folks. Having both the skillsets, I am passionate about bridging the gap between the two functions. 

How are you involved in the actuarial community?
I have spoken at a couple of industry meetings and published articles. I am also very committed to mentoring students in the actuarial program, guiding them through the exam sitting process. I believe that the more credentialed actuaries we have, the better our profession will be able to serve society. 🟦