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Welcome Kayla

Kayla joined Dynamo as a Consultant in June 2021 in the Stellenbosch office. She is a qualified actuary with a wealth of experience in the actuarial industry since 2014. She graduated (with distinction) from the University of Pretoria with a BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science in December 2013. Prior to joining Dynamo, Kayla worked for Platinum life for 4 years as well as Guardrisk for 3.5 years. During this time Kayla specialised in life insurance: SAM calculations (within a cell captive, Market Risk, Life Underwriting, Dividend calculations), ORSA, IFRS 4 as well as IFRS 17 (early implementation discussions). Kayla also has a keen interest for database design and automation using software such as SQL, VBA, Excel, Access, Prophet, Java, Python etc.

Outside of work Kayla enjoys hiking, running, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Fun fact: Kayla is planning to hike the Visrivier canyon in May 2022 (if covid permits).

Welcome James

James joined Dynamo in May 2021 as a Junior Software Developer in South Africa. Before joining Dynamo, James submitted his MEng thesis in Reinforcement Learning at Stellenbosch University. Prior to this, he studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University. James enjoys problem solving and programming, and is also interested in machine learning. When he is not working, he enjoys hiking, jogging and spending time with friends and family.

Fun fact: James once hiked a part of the Drakensberg with a university group.

Welcome Marc

Marc studied Financial Mathematics at the University of Stellenbosch, then began his career with Dynamo as its first South African hire in 2013. Through the 7 years as an analyst and consultant, in both the South African and UK offices, Marc worked on various industrialization and automation projects in the London market using our Psicle platform. He has specialized in the delivery of Solvency II TP and SF projects and, more recently, IFRS 17 projects. After gaining further IFRS 17 experience within a Bermudan/UK insurer, Marc returned to Dynamo in 2021 as a senior consultant in the UK office.

Outside of work Marc enjoys travelling through Europe, having visited 36 different destinations in the last 5 years.

Fun fact: Marc completed his sailing day-skipper license in 2019 and is looking forward to re-exploring Europe, this time from the Mediterranean.