CHAPTER 4

My Personal Experience

I am, originally, a white South African, who has worked in finance all my life. On either score, this would be enough—in the eyes of some—to be fatally compromised and incompetent to write about ethics! I cannot even claim to have really appreciated ethical issues until my early 20s, nor to have been particularly effective in addressing them since. Worse, I have retreated from both: living now in Australia and working in academia. All I can claim is that there is evidence that I have some reputation—at least within the actuarial profession—for my enthusiasm for ethics, and appear to have encouraged some of my students and colleagues in their ethical walks.

Apartheid

My experience of apartheid and its demise not ...

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