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Neil Dissanayake, FIA , FRM

Director of European Trading
London, UK

Tel: +44 20 78471557

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Professional Designations

  • Fellow, Institute of Actuaries
  • Financial Risk Manager, Global Association of Risk Professionals


  • BA, Mathematics, Hertford College, University of Oxford

Current Responsibility

Neil is director of European trading for Milliman’s Financial Risk Management practice, and has been with Milliman since 2006.


Neil leads the trading team in London, which provides support for clients with European exposures that utilise Milliman’s global hedging platform. His team is responsible for the day-to-day monitoring of client hedge positions and execution of hedge re-balancing trades on a variety of variable annuity and risk-managed investment fund portfolios. These portfolios cover a wide range of exposures to equity, bond, currency and interest rate markets. He also holds a senior regulatory role for Milliman Financial Strategies Ltd, an FCA authorised investment manager.

He has worked on number of research projects, including co-authoring the following papers:

  • Modern multi-asset strategies and the Insurance balance sheet (2016) (co-authored with Invesco Perpetual);
  • Defined Ambition pensions: A review of some opportunities for insurers (2015);
  • The Milliman Global Derivatives Survey (2015, 2014 and 2013);
  • OIS discounting for life insurance hedging (2014);
  • Overnight trading strategies (2014).

He speaks regularly at industry events, and is an active member of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries Dynamic Hedging Research Working Party.

While at Milliman, Neil has gained extensive experience on:

  • Market consistent pricing of guarantee liabilities and their sensitivities.
  • Solvency II valuation of market risk, derivatives and dynamic risk management strategies
  • Establishing reserving, capital and profit recognition methodologies for guarantee products
  • Assessment of the profitability and capital requirements of guarantee products; using a variety of models (including nested stochastic investigations) and on a variety of reporting bases (including UK / Irish / US GAAPs; Solvency II)
  • Asset modelling and projection of future investment returns, including modelling of dynamic asset allocation strategies
  • Hedge performance measurement, attribution and reporting for variable annuity business
  • Implementation of dynamic hedge programs (valuation, capital markets and reporting)
  • Hedge design analysis for variable annuity products
  • Guarantee product business case and feasibility studies
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