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GAAPS @ Imperial College – Careers Fair November 2011

Dear Friends,

We feel very proud to once again sponsor Imperial Colleges Actuarial Careers Fair.

As always the event was excellent and the evening itself saw people queuing outside to get in, with the talks on international actuarial recruitment offering standing space only (and even that spilled out of the auditorium!)

Geraldine as usual was very insightful on the evening, giving useful tips to students about how to approach the actuarial profession and, of course, actuarial recruiters!

Special thanks of course go to Imperial College and all the people who organized this magical event.

When it comes to class, Imperial College cannot be faulted. Great atmosphere, nice people, floods of wine and more sushi down town Tokyo!

After all these years in the business we have to admit it’s still touching meeting students who wish to embark on an actuarial career. Their eyes are full of hope and their expression full of curiosity; for our consultants there is nothing more exciting than answering the many questions they ask regarding the profession.

So, don’t give up people, being an Actuary requires a lot of sacrifice but it is totally worth it. For students who enjoy maths, the profession is really promising!

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Heriot-Watt University Careers Fair 2011

It’s well documented that the GAAPS team Travel Well; just like the Actuarial profession itself!

And it’s fair to say that we often favour the warmer climates of the mediataranian, the hustle and bustle of the Far East, the Surf of Australasia; or cities steeped in history; which is why once a year we are only too happy to host the Heriot Watt Actuarial careers fair in Edinburgh.

Now scoff as you may, it may not have the surf of Sydney but we choose our travels destinations carefully; and Edinburgh is NO exception!

Two fabulous days were spent flitting around this wonderful city on foot; sampling the gastronomic delights of La Partenopes delicious home made desserts, stodgy dumplings and excellent wines by evening, and by day we couldn’t resist sampling the scrumptious cakes at Urban Angel.

I’d like to point out that all this eating was in the name of client entertainment; and as for the flitting around the wonderful city on foot; well, we cat be seen to recommend new employer locations to our candidates without actually having bothered to check out the areas for ourselves can we now; so feel free to email us if you need advise on cafe’s, bars, restaurants and oh the odd retail store 😉

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Congratulations Tim – GAAPS’ Marathon Runner

Tim completed the London Marathon on Sunday in 5 hours 22 minutes, beating GMTV’s Lorraine Kelly and Gordon Ramsey (who dropped out).

He said

“I really tried to get under 5 hours and at half way I was on target with a half way time of 2 hours 20 minutes but at 18 miles it all started to get a lot harder – maybe next year!

Thank you for your support, I reached my target of raising £1,000 for the Haemophilia Society – but please don’t let that stop anyone who didn’t sponsor who may like to reward my endeavor.”

You can see the proof and sponsorship at, or for times use and search on Tim’s running number 10667.

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From Paris to London

I am visiting the main GAAPS office in London at the moment and I am very pleased to see the rest of the team. Everyone is very busy and there is a friendly atmosphere.

Yesterday, after work, we all went to celebrate Geraldine’s birthday at a wine bar around the corner. It was very nice to catch up with the team.

I have also been extremely happy and surprised this time as I am staying in a studio hotel and they have upgraded me to a 1 bedroom flat – I have nearly 50 square meters on my own!

I will be returning to Paris on Friday morning.

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GAAPS Party – Raw Food for All

This year’s GAAPS party was held at the SAF restaurant with a special demonstration from their Executive Chef, Chad Sarno.

Whilst preparing our dinner in front of us he extolled the benefits of a raw-food, vegan diet. Apparently this is the ultimate healthy diet but anyone expecting an array of cold salads would have been blown away by the complexity and delicacy of the dishes that he prepared.

Between courses we had the opportunity to chat, mingle and rotate tables, ensuring an enjoyable and successful evening for all.

IOSCO and Tel Aviv 100


Chaim attended the 34th annual conference of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in Tel Aviv as a guest of the British Embassy. The conference included an exciting programme of events to take advantage of this year’s celebrations of Tel Aviv’s centennial.

A welcome cocktail on the first night provided the perfect networking opportunity by the sea and with a backdrop of music and A ‘Cultural Mosaic’ in Old Jaffa and tours of Tel Aviv were an excellent showcase of the vibrancy of this exciting city.

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The closing event, at the Arca Club in Tel Aviv Port, was a chance for everyone to dance the night away, let their hair down and celebrate the success of the conference.

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Paris Paris

As the only recruiter sponsoring ‘La Nuit des Actuaires,’ GAAPS were proud and privileged to attend the gala on Saturday 28th April.  At the lovely location of Le Pavillion Dauphine, it was the sixth year of the event, and it’s not hard to see why this is now a fixed date in everyone’s diary.

As a sponsor, we were invited to enjoy a pre-event buffet with Presidents of Actuarial Institutes, committee members and other sponsors.  There were introductions and speeches from Vincent Meister, President of the Kactu’z Association, President of the Institute of French Actuaries Thomas Behar and the guest speaker Julian Oliver, President of Institute of Spanish Actuaries.

The evening was later then opened to the rest of the French actuarial institute and guests.  There were different attractions in each different room including a candy room, (with all the sweets you can dream of), a massage parlour (which was a heaven sent to all us ladies in heels); a dancefloor once the heels had had their rest and a live jazz band to name but a few!

The pavilion was filled with actuaries from all the organisations and from all the levels.   Everyone seemed to have a blast – we definitely did and we’re already looking forward to next year!

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