Dani Freidus, Finance Expert in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Dani Freidus

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Toptal Member Since
August 4, 2017

Dani is a qualified actuary (FASSA) and worked as a consultant for PwC and Alexander Forbes. He recently started his own actuarial firm which gives him the flexibility to freelance and to apply his actuarial skills to a wider range of problems. Dani has built models and reports for a number of the biggest banks and listed companies in South Africa.

Career Highlights

Actuary, Founder
Five2two Actuaries

Education Highlights

Bachelor's Degree
Wits University

Certification Highlights

Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa
Actuarial Society of South Africa

Case Studies

Work Experience

Actuary, Founder

2017 - PRESENT
Five2two Actuaries
  • Built discounted cash flow models incorporating employee turnover, mortality, and other statistical features to value employee benefits.
  • Developed standard valuation reports which are used to detail the results of valuations and analyses performed.
  • Built a property valuation model to calculate the NPV and IRR for any property.
  • Designed and stood up the company website.
Focus areas: Pensions, Actuarial, Business Development, Data Analysis, Compensation Plans, Financial Reporting, Financial Data, Dashboards, Management Reports, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Actuary, Senior Actuarial Analyst

2015 - 2017
Alexander Forbes
  • Valued and determined accounting disclosures for dozens of defined-benefit employee benefit schemes for companies' financial statements. Clients included many of the largest listed companies in South Africa.
  • Valued over a hundred loss of support and loss of earnings claims of people involved in accidents.
  • Built an automated membership data checking model.
  • Initiated a department-wide efficiency drive to improve processes and standardize models.
  • Created a model for a large financial services firm to assist them in changing the remuneration structure for their employees.
  • Built a model for a large media company to launch an emergency savings fund for their employees.
Focus areas: Pensions, Actuarial, Data Analysis, Financial Modeling, Compensation Plans


2014 - 2015
  • Developed a custom model to calculate the future employee benefits costs for an African Defence Force.
  • Rebuilt models for three of South Africa's largest banks to determine the provisions to be held for defaults against their loan books under IAS 39.
  • Built a model to quantify the increase in pension costs resulting from a change to a remuneration structure for a large state-owned entity.
  • Designed a number of custom technical reports detailing the findings of work performed.
  • Audited discounted cash flow models, including capital project financial models in the renewable energy sector.
  • Assisted in auditing a number of long and short-term insurers and pension funds.
  • Analyzed data from a survey of insurance company executives throughout Africa.
  • Helped compile a number of tenders to perform work for large state-owned enterprises.
Focus areas: Actuarial, Auditing, Insurance, Financial Modeling, Compensation Plans, Credit Modeling, Financial Model Auditing
2012 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree (Hons.) in Actuarial Science

Wits University - Johannesburg

2009 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics

Wits University - Johannesburg


Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa

Actuarial Society of South Africa


Financial Asset Impairment Models, Defined Benefit Valuations, Banking Provision Models, Financial Model Auditing, Asset Valuation, Liability Valuations, Data Analysis, Financial Modeling, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Financial Reporting, DCF Valuation, Three-statement Modeling, Forecasting, Cost Efficiency, Cost Management, Valuation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Liability-backed Investments

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint

Industry Expertise

Damage Claims, Pensions, Financial Services, Insurance, Consumer Products, Banking & Finance, Asset Management

Geographic Expertise

South Africa, Africa, Nigeria, Namibia

Data & Analysis Software

Financial Data, SAS, R


Payroll & Benefits, Analysis of Surplus, Modeling, IAS 19, Actuarial, Dashboards, Presentation Design, Tender, Liabilities, FAS 158, IFRS 9, Credit Modeling, Presentations, Template Development, Management Reports, Compensation Plans, Auditing, Business Development, Excel Modeling, Financials, Company Analysis, Manufacturing, Strategy, Budget Modeling, Financial Forecasting, Reporting, IFRS Financial Reporting, White Papers, Board Presentations, Financial Presentations, Executive Presentations, Financial Statements, Financial Advisement, Data Analytics, Statistics, Investments, Investment Strategy, Loan Valuation, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

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