Juan Manuel Martinez, FSA, FCIA

Consulting Actuary

Manuel is a Consulting Actuary at Valani Global, where he uses his skills and dedication in projects involving Moody’s RiskIntegrity for IFRS 17 and AXIS. He has extensive experience with Life direct and reinsurance business and is the in-house expert on the Moody's RiskIntegrity for IFRS 17 software.

Before joining Valani Global, Manuel worked with Equitable Life of Canada on the valuation of Term and Critical Illness as well as the pricing of Universal Life and Participating products. He then worked for Munich Life Management Corporation in Toronto, where he was the product manager for the Insight Enterprise software used for experience analysis. During this time, he also worked on various projects involving valuation, ORSA, and IFRS 17. Finally, Manuel also worked for Moody's Analytics where he was a member of the Customer Engagement Support team for North America. His role consisted of advising clients on the RiskIntegrity for IFRS 17 software and has also been quite involved in the development of internal tools leveraging the Moody's API as well as with the testing of reports in RiskIntegrity for IFRS 17.

 Manuel is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries since 2014 and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries since 2015. He holds a Joint Honours Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Physics from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He also holds a Master degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. Manuel is fluent in French, English, and Spanish, and has intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.

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How did you begin your journey into actuarial science?
I was finishing my bachelor's degree in math and physics at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. I was looking for something with a math background, and then I learned about this profession where you actually get paid to pass actuarial exams. And I thought, Wow, this is so cool. So I decided to enroll into this graduate program in actuarial science at University of Waterloo.

What led you to Actuarial modeling?
I discovered a passion for process improvement and automating schemes. I'm the kind of guy that really enjoys understanding how things work under the hood. This passion really manifested itself while working for Moody's Analytics, learning the Riskintegrity for IFRS17 software. In this position, I advised clients on how to use software, provided training sessions to new clients, and helped clients solve their Day-To-Day problems.

What’s your background in AXIS?
I started using GGY AXIS straight out of graduate school. I'm quite amazed at this software because it allows the user to perform so many operations while at the same time the underlying principles under which the software is built are quite rigid, allowing the user to learn the software quickly while not affecting the source code.

Why did you join Valani Global?
I really enjoyed the variety of consulting projects at Valani Global, such as software testing, IFRS17 implementation, and routine quarter-end valuation work. I was really impressed by the level of transparency from both Sarah and Nazir during the interview process and they managed expectations quite well going into the job.

Why should clients hire Valani Global?
The quality of the work product at Valani Global is outstanding and the clients are quite happy in that they don't have to babysit our consultants to do the work.

What skillset do you bring to the Valani team?
I am an expert with RiskIntegrity for IFRS17 software thanks to my experience on the North American Customer Engagement support team for RIskIntegrity while working for Moody’s where I advised clients on how to use the software, provided several training sessions to new clients, and helped clients solve their day-to-day problems. As a native of Montreal I’m proficient in French and learned Spanish through my travels in Spain, and inspired by my wife who is Brazilian, I’m currently finishing my fifth course on Portuguese.