Zainal Kassim, a senior partner with Actuarial Partners Consulting received the lifetime achievement award during the 11th International Takaful Summit held in London from 11-12th July, 2017. This award recognises the achievements of individuals that have made significant contributions and shown leadership in the fields of Takaful and Re-Takaful. The International Takaful Awards are currently the only industry recognition of excellence dedicated to the Takaful Industry.
Zainal has had a long and diverse career in actuarial consulting spanning nearly 35 years. His consulting experience spans the full spectrum of actuarial services including life and general insurance consulting, family and general Takaful consulting, retirement and employee benefit consulting as well as investment consulting. He currently specializes in the strategic aspects of Takaful, insurance and retirement consulting. He has written many articles and spoken at numerous conferences globally on his experiences and with the development of Takaful. He was the first actuary in Takaful in Malaysia and has also been involved in the strategic analysis of Takaful and Retakaful operators in Asia, Africa and Europe. He has also consulted to insurance regulators, most recently to insurance regulators in the Middle East.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of the UK, a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of Malaysia and past President, Fellow of the Singapore Actuarial Society and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries in the USA. He graduated in 1978 from City University in London with a First Class Honours degree in Actuarial Science.