Roel Verbelen


Finity Consulting


Roel is a Statistician at Finity Consulting with a PhD in Business Statistics and Actuarial Science from KU Leuven in Belgium. His main interest lies in the use of statistics and data analytics to solve business problems and innovate current practices. He is specialised in predictive modelling for the general insurance sector.


  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • General Insurance
  • Rstats


  • PhD in Business Economics, 2017

    KU Leuven

  • MSc in Financial and Actuarial Engineering, 2018

    KU Leuven

  • MSc in Insurance Studies, 2018

    KU Leuven

  • MSc in Statistics, 2013

    KU Leuven

  • BSc in Mathematics, 2011

    Ghent University




Finity Consulting

Jun 2018 – Present Sydney, Australia

Postdoctoral Researcher in Business Statistics and Actuarial Science

KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business

Jan 2018 – Mar 2018 Leuven, Belgium

PhD Researcher in Business Statistics and Actuarial Science

KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business

Sep 2013 – Dec 2017 Leuven, Belgium


R Programming

tidyverse / data.table

Data Visualisation

ggplot2 / plotly / leaflet

Predictive Modelling

glm / gbm / h2o / xgboost / deep learning

Actuarial Science

pricing / loss modelling / reserving

Interactive Reporting

rmarkdown / flexdashboard / shiny / tableau

Product Development

git / bitbucket / github / jira / aws / azure


2023 Patrick Brockett & Arnold Shapiro Actuarial Award

Annual Prize awarded for writing the best risk management and insurance article printed in an actuarial journal

2021 NAAJ Annual Prize

Annual Prize awarded for writing the best eligible paper published in the North American Actuarial Journal

Datathon 2018 Best Pitch Prize

Awarded at the KU Leuven Datathon 2018, a data mining competition in Leuven, Belgium.

FWO Grant for a Research Stay Abroad

Awarded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) for a research stay at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Samos 2016 Presentation Prize

Awarded for the 2nd best contribution during the 9th Samos Conference in Actuarial Science & Finance in Samos, Greece.

ARC 2015 Presentation Prize

Awarded by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) at the Actuarial Research Conference 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

IBS Channel 2015 PhD Student Award

Awarded for the best PhD student oral presentation at the 2015 Channel Network Conference of the International Biometric Society (IBS) in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

IA|BE Thesis Prize

Awarded by the Institute of Actuaries in Belgium (IA|BE) for the best MSc thesis in actuarial science.

IWT Doctoral Grant

Awarded by IWT for Strategic Basic Research for the project Innovative pricing and reserving for non–life insurance (no. 131173), from Jan. 2014 until Dec. 2017. IWT is the government agency for Innovation by Science and Technology. The grant provides salary plus working budget.

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