Archive for February, 2022

Welcome Lisa and Geran!

Lisa Pines

Lisa joined Dynamo in January 2022 as a Senior Actuary at the South African office (working remotely from Johannesburg). Lisa has a depth and range of experience across executive and consulting roles. Her past positions include Chief Actuary and Exco member at Old Mutual Insure, Actuarial Executive at CGIC, MD of Willis Towers Watson short-term insurance consulting practice in South Africa, and director at QED Actuaries and Consultants.

Areas of expertise are capital management (including SAM and internal model); reserving; actuarial pricing; reinsurance strategy; risk appetite; ORSA development; product development; and Head of Actuarial Function roles. She is a member and past chair of the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s short-term insurance committee and holds short-term insurance Practising Certificate.

She is passionate about supporting the insurance industry to protect and grow the economy. She values quality, perseverance, collaboration and keeping promises.

Apart from work, Lisa loves walking, you-tube exercise videos, reading, poetry, cappuccino and gelato!

Fun fact: Lisa spent time working in Italy and speaks some Italian.

Geran Swarts

Geran joined Dynamo in February 2022 as a Software Developer in the South African office. He graduated in 2019 from the University of Stellenbosch with a degree in Mechatronics Engineering. Prior to joining Dynamo, Geran worked at a Software Engineering Consultancy in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

He has developed a great affinity for C# development and software design principles in general from this prior experience.

Outside of work you can find him in one of his local botanical gardens looking for his next plant adoptee, lost in an epic fantasy novel or practicing and sharpening his drawing skills.

Fun fact: Geran has a habit of saving the seeds from any fruit he eats and trying his utmost to germinate and grow them – to varying degrees of success unfortunately.