Centre Director

Professor Tan Ken Seng

Director, Insurance Risk and Finance Research Centre (IRFRC)

President’s Chair in Actuarial Risk Management

Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Banking & Finance


Ken Seng Tan, ASA, CERA, is a Professor of Actuarial Science in the Division of Banking and Finance, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Formerly he held the Canada Research Chair Professor in Quantitative Risk Management in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo, Canada, and the Associate Director of the Waterloo Research institute in Insurance, Securities and Quantitative finance (WatRISQ). He was affiliated with the Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China, as the Hon. Director of China Institute for Actuarial Science, a key research institute as designated by the Ministry of Education, China.

Professor Tan is very active in conducting research, reforming education and strengthening the profession, including serving as the member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant’s Mathematics and Statistics Evaluation Group, elected council member for the Society of Actuaries (SOA)’s International Section, Joint Risk Management Section, and Investment Section, member of the Research Council Committee, member of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries' task force on Liaison with Banks and Trusts, and the Chief Actuarial Advisor for “Risk Management, Economic Sustainability, and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia (READI),” a government-to-government development project between Canada and Indonesia.

Professor Tan is the co-editor of North American Actuarial Journal (NAAJ) and the Associate Editor of the Annals of Actuarial Science and Agricultural Finance Review. He publishes in top-tier actuarial, insurance and finance journals including Journal of Risk and Insurance, Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, NAAJ, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Management Science.

Professor Tan has received several awards, including the 1996-97 Redington Prize, the NAAJ Annual Prizes 2001 and 2003, and the 2012 Charles A. Hachemeister. In 2007 he was among the few actuaries to be granted the first Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA) credential by the SOA, based on his years of leadership in the field of enterprise risk management.