The IRisk Team

Dedicated and motivated to foster industry-academic collaboration and nurture students' curiosity


Klara Buysse

De Nederlandsche Bank

Co-Founder of IRisk Lab

Klara Buysee was the coordinator of the Illinois Risk Lab from Fall 2018 to Spring 2020.  She holds a master degree in Mathematics and an advanced master degree in Actuarial Science, both from the KU Leuven (Belgium). Actuarial Science helped to put a practical layer on the mathematical modelling she had encountered during her mathematical studies. Klara has worked for several years in the field of risk management at Generali Belgium and at NN Insurance Belgium. She became an expert in various quantitative studies (Solvency II, Market consist Valuation, New Business Valuation, etc). In 2017 Klara became an instructor of actuarial science at the University of Illinois. She taught topics of life insurance, casualty insurance, risk management, extreme value theory, programming, etc. Now Klara is working for De Nederlandsche Bank in the Netherlands, where she is a supervisor of insurance companies.


Haoen Cui

IRisk Lab alumnus

Haoen Cui is an Associate Data Scientist on the Energy vertical team at Uptake, a Chicago-based startup focusing on AI/ML preventive maintenance solutions for the industrial IoT space. His responsibilities include data science modeling, data engineering, DevOps support, application product building, etc. Before joining Uptake, Haoen obtained several degrees from the University of Illinois and worked on a few projects at the iRisk Lab before the lab was formally established. Outside of work, Haoen is actively broadening his knowledge in machine learning and mathematical finance. He is currently pursuing master's degrees at Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin.


Daniël Linders

Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance - University of Amsterdam

Co-Founder of IRisk Lab

Daniël Linders is an Assistant Professor in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance at UvA. He is also a guest lecturer at the KU Leuven (Belgium) where he teaches the course Foundations of Quantitative Risk Measurement and he is the co-founder of the Illinois Risk Lab. at the University of Illinois. Daniël's research interests are at the crossover between Actuarial Science and Quantitative Finance, where he considers problems involving all kinds of dependencies between risks. He has a master degree in Actuarial Science from the KU Leuven and also holds the professional credential of the Certificate in Quantitative Finance (Fitch Learning). 


Biwen Ling 

Master student in Actuarial Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Biwen Ling used to be a graduate student in our Actuarial Science program, she also holds a bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics from Nankai University (China).  She has a strong interest in derivative pricing, herd behavior index and statistic models. She participated actively in IRisk Lab: She took part in the project focusing on herd behavior index in Fall 2018 and supervised the project European-type basket option pricing: independence and comonotonicity approximations in Fall 2019. In addition, she was also a team member of a student consulting project, which cooperated with a third-party insurance company Paratus LLC in Spring 2019. Now she is planning to apply for a PhD program in related areas.