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Brussels: Night of Actuaries 2010

Last Friday morning, Eurostar brought me from London St Pancras to Brussels, the heart of Europe, renowned for its delicious chocolates, beer, and waffles. Getting off the train, I found every sign post was in French,  Dutch or German. How can I do?! No worries! The people here are friendly and welcoming, who are easy to converse with in English as well.

After a short nap in hotel, I was fresh as a daisy.Yeah! It was time to attend the Night of Actuaries! Taking a shower, shining my shoes. Ready? Here we go!

In the event, I met many European actuaries. We talked about the implementation of Solvency II, the emerging of Asia market, the culture of China… In the meanwhile, they were quite happy to be the “business card” of Brussels- What is the best beer? Where is the best tourist destination, etc. Actuary became a city marketer:)Also, I felt myself being the most welcomed guest in the night.

The next two days, I took it as a great opportunity to discover the city. Grand palace, Coudenburg, Mini Europe, Atomium, etc, I was not only impressed by all these popular attractions, fabulous architectures, but also appreciated Brussels’ great spirit and unique humour!

From Paris to London

A Few days before my business trip to London I read in the newspaper that the Eurostar train had a problem which forced passengers to stay on the train for over 5 hours! I suddenly think what again will happen to me with the journey, as I have a lot of funny stories with transports since I frequently fly or use trains..,

But I arrived in Saint Pancras on time, visiting my clients in London with no delays, and meeting with candidates where some are still amazed I still haven’t managed to lose my French accent since I borrow Shakespeare’s language to express myself. Which I nicely replied back…”have you only listened to Arsene Wenger!? “

I was impressed by walking into the city and looking in the air to check if it will actually going to rain or if I could see some sun rays, which would help me deciding whether I should wear a thick jacket or a rather summery shirt for the next day, but all I could see was big tower raising their 33 floors through the sky.

Who talks about crisis? I was surprised to see the city, although already pretty compact and full of buildings, still has a few squares meters to implant a new financial head office.

Being in London for business is always a challenge against the chronometer, but I was very happy to see the clients trust us by renewing their terms, and I was pleased to realise that the development I made in Europe is of a deep interest to our clients and candidates. Since Solvency 2 is a top concern for actuaries, Gaaps Europe can contribute to provide them with the best experts and the most valuable opportunities in Europe.

I have now head back to France, ready to put my words into European actions.
It was a pleasure to meet with the London Gaaps team as always.

To talk to me about European opportunities please contact me at sophie@gaaps.com

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