Silvana Pesenti

Silvana Pesenti

Assistant Professor, Actuarial Science

University of Toronto

Silvana Pesenti is an Assistant Professor in Insurance Risk Management at the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto. Silvana was named the 2022 Rising Star in Quant Finance by for the paper Portfolio Optimisation within a Wasserstein Ball. She received the 2020 Peter Clark Best Paper Prize for her research paper “Reverse Sensitivity Testing: what does it take to break the model?” from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). In 2019, Silvana was awarded the Dorothy Shoichet Women Faculty Science Award of Excellence.

Silvana Pesenti received her PhD in Actuarial Science and Insurance from Bayes Business School (formerly Cass Business Scohol), London, UK. Her PhD thesis was awarded the Dimitris N. Chorafas Prize 2018 from the Weizmann Institute of Science. Further, Silvana holds a MSc and a BSc in Mathematics from ETH Zurich.

Email: silvana [dot] pesenti [at] utoronto [dot] ca


  • Insurance Risk Management
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Model Uncertainty
  • Dependence Modelling
  • Risk Measures