Antiguan Liam Benjamin may be the top actuarial science student in the U.S. this year


Liam Benjamin ‘21TCB may be the top actuarial science student in the U.S. this year.

The native of St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, and current resident of Hollis, Queens has passed more actuarial professional examinations than any student in the history of the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science (GSRM) as he proceeds toward achieving professional designation as an associate of the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

Along the way, he earned a place on the Dean’s List with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“It usually takes about five years for an aspiring actuary to achieve designation as an SOA associate,” said Mark J. Browne, Ph.D., GSRM Faculty Chair and the Robert Clements Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance.

Benjamin, who has passed seven of the required examinations and has earned the validation by education in experience (VEE) credits in four other areas, is on track to accomplish this feat in only three years.

The only requirements he needs to complete are an online course in Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice and a one-day workshop in Associate Professionalism.

“Knowing that GSRM is designated as a Center of Actuarial Excellence by SOA, I knew that I would get a quality education if I came here,” said Benjamin. “I was also excited to go to school in the Big Apple, a place with so many professional and recreational opportunities.”

Approximately two thirds of GSRM actuarial science students graduate having passed two of the SOA’s required exams. Before Benjamin, three GSRM students were able to pass five SOA exams by graduation.

“Liam is not just a bookworm,” said his advisor, Ping Wang, Ph.D., Aon Endowed Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at GSRM. “He served as president of the St. John’s chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the industry’s professional fraternity, and as a member of the actuarial club. He also served as a student ambassador, visiting local high schools with the GSRM faculty and staff to promote the actuarial science program and the University.”

During his studies at GSRM, Benjamin became a member of the President’s Society, the University’s highest honor society, and completed actuarial internships at New York Life and Swiss Re.

“I have gotten a lot more than an actuarial science education here at St. John’s,” said Benjamin. “Although I am very happy that I was able to differentiate myself through exam progress, I am also lucky that I had an incredible number of other opportunities to differentiate myself and grow professionally by experiencing insurance and reinsurance markets in Dublin, London, and Zurich during GSRM’s Global Destination Course.”

Benjamin will join global accounting and consulting firm EY as an actuarial consultant in September.

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  1. WOw. This is great. This guy has a very bright future before him.
    Kudos to his father and mother Mr & Mrs. Colin Benjamin. And also congrats to his big sister. Liam have made Antiguans proud. And I personally feel very proud.

    • Congrats to the young man as well. FROM THE SIDELINE I did not know that you could be proud of any one or anything not related to Gaston Browne.

      • Dear Mr Tabor could you not just congratulate the young man and not mention Gaston Browne name? It is like you obsess with the man. Gaston Browne turn you on or something?

        • MISS MARY my comment is for FROM THE SIDELINE since I was surprised he could congratulate anyone other than Gaston. No one has to tell me to congratulate our youths who are doing well, especially our boys, since their is a feeling that they are being marginalized.

          • Sir you could have just congratulated the young man and ignore FTS but it is clear you are quiet smitten with both Gaston Brown and FTS. Smh

  2. Finally, actuarial science found an Antiguan
    …congrats to everyone…we need the talent….too many great minds lost to medicine and too many advocates/analysts get mixed up in law and politics.
    Today’s a great day for SCIENCE…Now to ger someone to understand the health ministry’s dashboard…..sum ting nuh add up…#ministermonster

  3. Incredible Achievements! Congratulations! Every continued success as you step into your professional career.

  4. Congrats my Brother. You really make us proud. Continue to strive for excellence in all your endeavors by God’s Grace.

  5. Congratulations young Benjamin. I am very proud of you and your achievements. You have made the nation and people of Antigua and Barbuda 🇦🇬 very proud. Stay focus and keep aiming high. God bless you son of the soil.

  6. MISS MARY you have given me a good laugh with your comment that Gaston Browne and FROM THE SIDELINE have me smitten. Thank you. Anyway, I abhor ignorance and that is what comes from both of them all the time hence my response to them.


  7. MISS MARY sorry to disappoint you but I did not miss the point. I stated exactly what I wanted to say. You might be the one to miss the point I was trying to make about FROM THE SIDELINE and the other minions of the ALP who congratulates Gaston even for crap. As I said I am all for youth achievement, especially male so I am all on board with Liam’s achievement. Please don’t tell me how to express my views and that I should have left FROM THE SIDELINE from my comments.

    • The point is Tabor you could have left the politics out of this post. Not everything there need to be to mention the politicians epically the PM. FTS did not say anything about him. He congrulated the young man and kept it moving but you on the other hand could not. Time and place for everything but you don’t seem to know that and when you called out you want to be on the defensive.

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