Association Conference Success Story – African Agenda

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Name of Conference: The 2016 Convention of the Actuarial Society of South Africa

Date: 23-24 November 2016

Number of Delegates: 1529

Number of Days: 2

Client: Actuarial Society of South Africa

About the event: The 43rd annual convention of the Actuarial Society of South Africa was held in Cape Town at the CTICC in November 2016. The Convention is held in the fourth quarter each year and alternates between Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is an educational and networking event for members of the Actuarial Society and is its flagship event, attracting more than 1000 delegates since 2011 and now presenting more than 30 sessions. African Agenda has been working with the Actuarial Society since 2005 and has been contributing to the success of the annual convention since 2007.

Event highlights:

  • Closing plenary address by Sizwe Nxasana (formerly of the First Rand Group) on funding for higher education.
  • Fintech Spotlight sessions on new apps and programs that mitigate risk, facilitate loans, leverage social capital or just make life easier.
  • African Congress, a pre-convention event, co-costed by the International Actuarial Association and the Actuarial Society of South Africa.

Special requests:

  • Create an attractive association hub in the exhibition area to highlight the member services and outreach activities of the Actuarial Society.
  • Develop a cocktail and dinner event to satisfy a multi-faceted membership, with varied food and drink offerings, inconspicuous but high-quality entertainment, and a balanced provision of formal and informal seating.
  • Elevate the standing of the Green Exhibitor Award, initiated by African Agenda for the Actuarial Society in 2014, with more specific judging criteria, a new panel of judges and a higher-profile award presentation.
  • Live stream a moderated session on transformation and facilitate the discussion among in-person and live-streaming participants using sli.do.

Feedback from delegates: 81% of delegates rated the Convention quality overall as “Good” or “Excellent”. 78% of delegates expressed that the quality of the papers and presentations met or exceeded their expectations.

Continue reading the outcomes of this case study in the February Issue:

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