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32 December 2015 Bermuda Re/insurance industry has allowed me to develop skills in two related but different functions. As an actuary, I was constantly toning my analytical muscles at a micro level. As an underwriter, I continue my analytical approach but at a more macro level. Reinsurance underwriting involves understanding the people and rational behind an insurance strategy which is not taught on the actuarial exams. What are your aspirations for the future? To stay as flexible as possible as the reinsurance business model evolves over time. This will involve growing my underwriting network both inside and outside of Bermuda as well as considering additional designations that may become more relevant as the industry becomes more focused on managing third party capital. If you’d chosen a different profession/career path, what would it have been? I would have gone into banking and/or private equity. BERMUDA’S RISING STARS Justin Levine Job title: Vice president underwriter, casualty Company: Hamilton Re Career path Justin Levine has nine years of experience in the reinsurance industry. From November 2009 until May 2012, he worked alongside underwriters in Bermuda and other non-US locations as an international pricing actuary in Allied World’s Bermuda office. From April 2007 to November 2009, he worked as an actuarial analyst in Swiss Re’s New York and Connecticut offices focusing on facultative casualty business. Levine began his actuarial career at The Hartford in July 2006. He is a Fellow of the CAS. He received a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, New York State. Why did you choose to go into the reinsurance industry? Through networking with alumni as a college student, I learned that the reinsurance industry shared many of the qualities I found appealing about banking. Specifically, I found an opportunity to apply my mathematical background in an actuarial role. Do you think the industry is attractive to young professionals? It’s just as good as banking, accounting or consulting. If you are able to effectively switch gears between spreadsheet work and interaction with people, the sky is the limit. Do you think the reinsurance industry offers good opportunities and career development to young professionals? Yes, regardless of your function you will be challenged to grow in and out of the office. Using myself as an example, the reinsurance


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