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Tan Ken Seng
Nanyang Business School

Ken Seng Tan, ASA, CERA, is a Professor of Actuarial Science in the Division of Banking and Finance (NBS) and Director of Insurance Risk and Finance Research Centre. Formerly he held the Canada Research Chair Professor in Quantitative Risk Management at University of Waterloo (Canada). Professor Tan is very active in conducting research, reforming education and strengthening the profession, including serving as the member of the NSERC Discovery Grant’s Mathematics and Statistics Evaluation Group (Canada), elected council member for the Society of Actuaries’s International Section, Joint Risk Management Section, and Investment Section, member of the Research Council Committee, and the Chief Actuarial Advisor for “Risk Management, Economic Sustainability, and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia (READI),” a government-to-government development project between Canada and Indonesia. Professor Tan is the co-editor of North American Actuarial Journal (NAAJ) and the Associate Editor of the Annals of Actuarial Science and Agricultural Finance Review.

Research Statement

Professor Tan’s research interests lie at the intersection of actuarial science, insurance, finance, mathematics, and statistics. Much of his work relates to the development and implementation of innovative approaches to risk management, (re)insurance, and computational finance. Some examples are (i) modelling and analyzing risks involved in long-term insurance contracts with embedded financial guarantees; (ii) modelling and analyzing mortality and longevity risks; (iii) designing optimal (re)insurance policies; (iv) designing innovative approaches to agricultural insurance and agricultural risk management; (v) providing state-of-the-art quasi-Monte Carlo algorithms for solving high-dimensional computational problems.

Research One-liner

Development and implementation of innovative approaches to risk management

  • Tan, K.S., P. Wei, W. Wei and **S. Zhuang. (2020) “Optimal dynamic reinsurance policies under a generalized Denneberg’s absolute deviation principle,” European Journal of Operation Research, 282(1):345-362. This is the first paper that solves optimal reinsurance policies in a dynamic setting, under general class of policies and a newly proposed premium principle.
  • Porth, L., K.S. Tan and W. Zhu. (2019) “A new relational data-matching model for enhancing individual loss experience: An example from crop insurance,” North American Actuarial Journal, 23(4):551-572. The innovation of this paper is to provide a viable solution in resolving missing data for pricing crop insurance.
  • Zhang, J., K.S. Tan and C. Weng. (2019) “Index insurance design”, ASTIN Bulletin, 49(2):491-523. This paper provides an analytic solution to the optimal design of index insurance.
Latest Projects
  1. NTU-SUG “Portfolio construction: the trade-off between diversification and dimension reduction” (2019-2022)
  2. SOA Centre of Actuarial Excellence Research Grant (USA) “Maintaining Financial Stability in an Era of Changing Climate and Demographics” (2018-2021)
  3. NSERC Collaborative Research & Development Grants (Canada) “Sustainable Agricultural Risk Modelling and Developing Satellite Derived Index” (2016 – 2020)
  4. NSERC Individual Discovery Grant “Quantitative Risk Management and Computational Finance” (2013-2019).
Other affiliation(s)

Director, Insurance Risk and Finance Research Centre

Expert Areas
Actuarial science, Insurance

Research Interests
agricultural insurance, climat risk, computaitonal finance, longevity risk modellig, predictive analytics, Risk management

Research Category
Accounting, Business & Management
Research Sub-category
Business and Management, Financial Engineering & Risk Management
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Responsible AI/Tech
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 1: NO POVERTY – Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
GOAL 13: CLIMATE ACTION – Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
16 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020