CSS 2020 Speaker Verna Holder


Verna Holder is an actuary and insurance professional with over 25 years of experience in major insurance organizations and she is skilled in risk and credit analysis, structuring and managing insurance and reinsurance transactions, and internal management reporting. Verna worked at MBIA, New York, the largest bond insurer, in structured finance, strategy, and more recently in municipal bond finance. Prior to MBIA, she worked at Winklevoss Consultants underwriting, structuring, and managing corporate and bank-owned life insurance programs with assets in excess of US$1.5 billion.

Verna has worked in Barbados, USA, and Japan and recently taught a course Risk Management and Insurance at Temple University, Japan Campus. In addition, Verna is a substitute high school math teacher at the American School in Japan and volunteers for several organizations in Japan including the JMEC program where she has served as a mentor, consultant, and lecturer.

Verna graduated from the University of West Indies (Barbados) with First Class Honors and holds a Masters’ in Mathematics (Actuarial Science) from the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

An avid (reluctantly retired!) runner, she has found a new love for walking and discovering new places in Japan.