2020 Partner Volunteer Award Recipients
The SOA appreciates all volunteer contributions of time, talent and expertise. The SOA Partner Volunteer Award is presented to Non-SOA member volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to help the SOA accomplish its mission.
John West Hadley
John Hadley Associates
John Hadley helps job seekers who are frustrated with their search. He also works with professionals struggling to be seen as influential leaders in their organizations.
After graduating from Stanford University, John went to work at Equitable Life (now AXA Financial), where he earned his FSA and progressed to Disability Income Product Manager. Commercial Life (since merged into UNUMProvident) hired him to build an individual actuarial department. John left Commercial Life as Chief Actuary in 1996 and opened a successful systems consulting practice. He started his Career Search Counseling business in 2003 and has helped hundreds of actuaries and other clients find the job and pay they deserve. He also publishes a monthly Career Tips Email newsletter to over 9,500 subscribers, each month bringing advice on marketing yourself for a career search or for accelerating your career.
Since 2007, John has served as editor of the Society of Actuaries’ Leadership and Development Section publication, The Stepping Stone, for which he has written over 100 articles. He also authors the popular “What Would You Do?” feature which uses real life examples to engage the reader through discussion and feedback and provide practical advice to readers. John is also a regular contributor to SOA conferences and webcasts on Leadership and Development content.
Over the last 25 years, in both the public and private sectors, John Cutler has developed and applied unique expertise in the areas of health care, Medicare, long term care insurance, disability, aging, and insurance benefit design. Since his retirement from the federal government he has maintained a consulting business and is a Senior Fellow for the National Academy of Social Insurance as well as a special advisor to the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER).
Previous positions include the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) where he was a Senior Policy Analyst as well as architect and Project Leader for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. From 2005 to 2006, Cutler was detailed to the Center for Planning and Policy Development with the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA). Cutler joined the federal government in 1997 as a Health Policy Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS. Prior to that he worked at AARP. He holds a BA degree from the University of Virginia in Government and Foreign Affairs and a JD from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia.
John is also active in several Society of Actuaries multi-disciplinary groups focused on long-term care and long-term services and supports. He has brought SOA work to these groups and served as an advocate for SOA research. He was one of the award winners for his paper for the SOA’s monograph series on Managing the Impact of Long Term Care Needs and Expense on Retirement Security in 2014 as well as for An Enhanced Social Security Annuity in 2017.
Professor Shang Hanji was born in Tianjin, China in 1937. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Fudan University in 1960 and successfully completed the postgraduate program in differential equations (the master’s degree system has not yet been established in China) in 1963. After graduation, he began teaching in the Department of Mathematics and School of Mathematics at Fudan University, serving as lecturer, associate professor and professor successively, until his retirement in 2005.
In 1993, Prof. Shang and his colleagues founded the discipline of Actuarial Science at Fudan University. Since 1994, Prof. Shang has been serving as Director of AIA-Fudan Actuarial Center, which is the first actuarial academic-industry joint program in China and has conducted 50 training sessions.
Long engaged in applied research in engineering, finance and insurance, Prof. Shang has won the first prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award and the first prize of National Teaching Achievement Award, both of which were issued by the Chinese government. In addition, he was granted the China Financial Enlightenment Lifetime Contribution Award by China Financial Museum Group. In 2019, he was awarded the commemorative medal for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
For almost 30 years, Prof. Shang has run the SOA written exam center at Fudan University, which is one of the biggest SOA written exam centers in China and one of the top 10 worldwide. His dedication to promoting SOA education related work in China has helped the SOA to better understand, connect with and serve the academic field and the actuarial profession.
Kai Kaufhold, Aktuar DAV, FSAS is Partner with NMG Consulting, a globally operating specialist consulting firm in the areas of wealth management, asset management, insurance and reinsurance. He leads NMG’s Longevity & Prediction Consulting practice, which advises insurers, reinsurers and pension administrators on quantitative risk analysis and reinsurance optimization.
Prior to joining NMG Consulting in 2017, Kai managed his own actuarial consulting firm, Ad Res Advanced Reinsurance Services GmbH. Having originally begun his career at Zurich Re (Cologne) in 1996, Kai moved to Toronto to join Manulife Reinsurance in 2000. After working in Manulife Re’s pricing and structured reinsurance areas on North American life retrocession and reinsurance business, Kai moved back to Cologne to support the European life retrocession business, which he headed up from 2006 to 2011.
With a foot on both sides of the Atlantic, Kai enjoys volunteering for both his home association, the DAV in Germany, as well as the Society of Actuaries. Most recently, he has expanded his actuarial scope to Asia, where Kai is now a fellow of the Singapore Actuarial Society and volunteers for its Life Committee’s working group of mortality investigations.
While not a member of the Society of Actuaries, Kai is an active volunteer in supporting SOA longevity and mortality research having served as a member of the Committee on Living to 100 Research Symposia, participated on multiple research project oversight groups and written articles for newsletters on SOA research. He has increased awareness of SOA research in the U.S., Canada and Europe through his presentations and writings.
Executive Vice President for Health Policy
Kaiser Family Foundation
Larry Levitt is Executive Vice President for Health Policy, overseeing KFF’s policy work on Medicare, Medicaid, the health care marketplace, the Affordable Care Act, women’s health and global health. He previously was Editor-in-Chief of kaisernetwork.org, the Foundation’s online health policy news and information service. He directed the Foundation’s communications and online activities and its Changing Health Care Marketplace Project.
Prior to joining KFF, he served as a Senior Health Policy Advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services, working on the development of President Clinton’s Health Security Act and other health policy initiatives. Earlier, he was the Special Assistant for Health Policy with California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a medical economist with Kaiser Permanente, and served in a number of positions in Massachusetts state government.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Larry serves as the leader from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) for Initiative 18 I 11, a project in which the SOA has partnered with KFF to address the issue of rising health care costs in the U.S. His contributions to Initiative 18 I 11 help to promote the value of actuaries to the nation’s overall discussion about the cost of health care.