10 September 2023

Matthias Fahrenwaldt and Kristian Buchardt appointed affiliated professors


The Dean has appointed Matthias Fahrenwaldt and Kristian Buchardt as affiliated professors at the Department of Mathematical Sciences. They will work with the department’s Section of Insurance and Economics.

Matthias Fahrenwaldt and Kristian Buchardt
Matthias Fahrenwaldt and Kristian Buchardt

- These appointments will significantly benefit the department’s continued development. They will play an active and vital role in maintaining and extending the department’s strong engagement in industrial and organizational collaboration, says Head of Department Mogens Steffensen.

Kristian Buchardt received his PhD from this department in 2015 and has rapidly become one of the Danish pension business’s most dominant figures in the actuarial scientific community. He recently moved from heading the “Innovation and Models” group in PFA Pension to head the actuarial department in AP Pension. He is strongly engaged in the scientific development of the community via a series of activities jointly with the Department of Mathematical Sciences and in the Danish Actuarial Association, where he is heading the Accounting, Risk and Product Committee.

Kristian Buchardt has already been engaged in developing teaching and research at the department. He has been an industrial supervisor for a successful industrial PhD and participated as a guest lecturer and co-teacher in courses at the department. Finally, he has engaged himself in the project frame InterAct, in which AP Pension is an industrial partner and at which he is a member of the theme committee advising on PhD topics.

- Kristian Buchardt will increasingly appear as a guest lecturer and more deeply in research and teaching duties connected to PhD activities within InterAct. We can expect continued co-authoring in international journals, both with PhD students and with colleagues from the section of Insurance and Economics, says Mogens Steffensen.

Matthias Fahrenwaldt has been a specialist at the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority of Germany since 2020. Before that, he had a career (2002-2010) in the pension consultancy business in Cologne, Germany, and an academic career (2010-2020) at various academic institutions. They include Heriot-Watt University, a remarkable actuarial academic group at the strongest international level.

He has a master’s in mathematics from Cambridge University (2001), a PhD in mathematics from the University of Münster (2002), a master’s in history from Oxford University (2020), and a PhD in history from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (2023).

Mathias Fahrenwaldt spent three months in Copenhagen in 2016. He quickly adapted to the environment in the department, co-lectured a course, and collaborated on research.

- Matthias Fahrenwaldt’s broad orientation allows him to co-lecture or co-teach in the actuarial and mathematics-economics programs. He is well-known to life insurance specialists in the Section of Insurance and Economics and specialists in the Danish actuarial community for both width and depth in his knowledge and contributions, says Mogens Steffensen.