Anthony Asher has divided his working life between practice and academia. His early work in life insurance culminated in four years as chief actuary of a medium sized insurer in South Africa. He was subsequently director of actuarial studies at the University of Witwatersrand, and is now associate professor at the University of New South Wales. He has also served a variety of other financial service organizations as consultant and director, and been an active contributor to professional activities – in Australia since 2003. His service to the actuarial profession was recognized by the Murray Medal, the highest award for service given by the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA), in 2002.