The second Lecturer to the Faculty of Actuaries is Professor Paul Embrechts, Professor of Mathematics at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), specialising in actuarial mathematics and mathematical finance. His previous academic positions include ones at the Universities of Leuven, Limburg and London (Imperial College), and he has held visiting appointments at various other universities. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, a Corresponding Member of the Italian Institute of Actuaries, Editor of the ASTIN Bulletin, on the Advisory Board of Finance and Stochastics and Associate Editor of numerous scientific journals. He is a member of the Board of the Swiss Association of Actuaries and belongs to various national and international research and academic advisory committees. His areas of specialisation include insurance risk theory, integrated risk management, the interplay between insurance and finance and the modelling of rare events.