Department of the Premier and Cabinet, SA
Department of Customer Service
Simon has worked for the NSW DAC for over two years. He has been instrumental in transformation of the DAC to an agile culture.
Simon and his team have built an advanced analytics platform in the commercial cloud which delivers the necessary functionality and scalability to support Customer Service department and NSW Government as a whole.
Simon has over 20 years experience in data, technology and transformation in 7 different countries and has worked for companies such as Macquarie, Westpac, HSBC, IBM and Motorola.
Australian Financial Security Authority & Co-Chair, Business Analytics Section, Statistical Society of Australia
River Paul leads the statistics and economic analysis team at the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA), promoting the use of data and analysis for informed decision making. This team provides analytical services to all divisions within AFSA to shape and improve outcomes. These services include statistical and economic modelling, and data analytics for operational and regulatory areas. River’s team also provide a statistics service to the broader community. This service includes the regular publication of statistics, facilitating research and providing data and specialist statistical services.
River has worked in statistics and economic analysis in the government sector for 15 years. She is the co-chair of the Business Analytics and Econometrics Section of the Statistical Society of Australia. River is the 2019 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year and Australian Capital Territory Public Sector and Academia Award winner.
Dr. Chen Cai is the leader of the Transport Analytics group at Data61 (CSIRO), and the leader of Data61’s business development in transport. Dr. Cai co-founded the Advanced Data Analytics in Transport (ADAIT) team in 2013 and led it to grow into one of Australia’s leading research units of data science in transport. The ADAIT team was a multi-time winner of ITS Australia’s National Award on Research (2014, 2015, 2018). The team won the prestigious NSW Premier’s Innovation Initiative in 2015 to deliver predictive modelling capabilities for congestion management in Sydney. The team became a core partner in the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) initiative for On-Demand Public Transport in 2017, with responsibility for predictive data modelling. The team collaborated with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) on a number of innovation projects. The ADAIT team stepped up to form the Transport Analytics Group by the end of 2018. Dr. Cai is a board director of ITS Australia, the peak-body of the nation’s ITS industry. Dr. Cai is a member of ITS Australia’s Membership Committee, and sits on the organisation committee of a number of high profile industrial events, including ITS Australia’s annual Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) conferences and the ITS Asia Pacific 2020 conference.
Community Services Directorate ACT
Monica has a background in computer and information science, management and scaled agile practices, and has spent time in both state and federal government.
She has spent the early part of her career developing and supporting ICT systems, which improve the quality of information, are easy to use and work to automate the process to improve the value proposition to system users, but also the wider community through more timely delivery and quality. She is passionate about using data and information to make informed decisions and creating continuous improvement in practice and policy.
Liberty Financial & Founder & Podcast Host, Data Futurology
Felipe Flores oversees the Data Science department, enabling Liberty to leverage data and drive better customer and business outcomes. Before joining Liberty, Felipe was Head of Data Science within ANZ Bank, prior to this he ran his own analytics consulting company. Felipe is an active member of the data science community, lecturing at RMIT for the Masters of Data Science program, is a co-organiser of the Data Science Melbourne Meetup group and produces a podcast called Data Futurology. Felipe holds a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Management at the University of Queensland.
Dr Amin Beheshti is the Director of AI-enabled Processes (AIP) research centre and the head of the Data Analytics Research Lab, Department of Computing, Macquarie University. Amin completed his PhD and Postdoc in Computer Science and Engineering in UNSW Sydney and holds a Master and Bachelor in Computer Science both with First Class Honours. In addition to his contribution to teaching activities, Amin extensively contributed to research projects; where he was the R&D Team Lead and Key Researcher in the ‘Case Walls & Data Curation Foundry’ and ‘Big Data for Intelligence’ projects. Amin has been recognized as a high-quality researcher in Big-Data/Data/Process Analytics and has been invited to serve and served as Keynote Speaker, General-Chair, PC-Chair, Organisation-Chair and program committee member of top international conferences. He is the leading author of the book entitled “Process Analytics”, co-authored with other high-profile researchers in UNSW and IBM research, recently published by Springer. Amin was able to secure over $1.6 million research grants for AI-Enabled and Intelligence-Led projects in Banking, Education and industry 4.0 .
Australian National University
Alex is a trusted and experienced Data Science Leader, with a proven record of delivering innovative, successful and sustainable projects in government, industry and start-ups, that leverage data and Machine Learning/Deep Learning capabilities to deliver actionable insights.
He has expertise in collaborating with organisations to turn business problems into technical solutions, that meet and surpass strategic goals, by developing and managing high-performance teams.
Alex has over 16+ years’ experience developed across a number of industries and domains, including Federal and State government, Insurance, Asset Management (Hedge Funds), Banking (Investment and Retail), Academia and Consulting.
Alex aims to educate, guide, inspire and spur discussion and collaboration in the field of Data Science, and sharse his insights and knowledge via his blog https://impartiallyderivative.com.
Andrew is currently the President of DAMA Australia, an association providing a forum for the exchange of information relating to information resource management and to discuss challenges, ideas, experiences, resources and questions.
Previously President of the DAMA Canberra Chapter, Andrew has over 30 years’ experience working in many facets of Government ICT design, delivery and support. His principal area of expertise is data management, data warehousing and business intelligence within the Federal public sector.
NSW Department of Customer Service
Greg Zelic worked for more than 10 years as an Academic, holding a PhD in Behavioural Neurosciences. He joined the NSW Government 3 years ago and is now a team leader at the Centre for Work Health and Safety, responsible for the data and analytics function. Familiar with a range of advanced analytics and statistics techniques across many research disciplines, he more recently extended his skillset towards predictive analytics and machine learning. His demonstrated expertise and leadership make him an acknowledged and trusted advisor for data and analytics matters at Safework NSW and the Department of Customer Service.
Department of Human Services
Nathan currently leads a team of data scientists working in fraud detection at the Department of Human Services. He holds a PhD in information engineering from the Australian National University and has a keen interest in a wide range of areas across applied machine learning. His experience working in Government has highlighted the importance of communicating the possibilities machine learning can provide while also ensuring that expectations are kept realistic. He is also passionate about ensuring that machine learning is applied in an ethical, fair and unbiased fashion, and that complexity and accuracy are appropriately balanced.
Department of Defence
Joyanto Mukerjee is an Operations Research Scientist for the Defence Science and Technology Group within the Joint and Operations Analysis Division. He is the product owner of the Synthetic Human-in-the-loop Operations Research Environment. He has previously worked on submarine electro-optic systems, human system integration, Defence capability decision support and Space operations analysis. At present his research interests are in the area of applying data science to discover decision models.
Australian Electoral Commission
Augusto (Gus/Toti) Verzosa is a highly-experienced operations, ICT & intelligence professional who has successfully provided consulting services to Australian Commonwealth organisations since 2004. Gus currently works as Business Intelligence Manager at the Australian Electoral Commission. Gus was previously Senior Software Engineering Manager & Development Practice Lead for the Financial Crimes Portfolio at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Director for Information Management and Data Services at Airservices Australia.
Gus also was previously CIO of 6 large Philippine, Canadian, Indonesian, and American organisations, Philippine government ICT program advisor, and one of the top 100 CIO’s in Asia-Pacific in 2001.
Australian Federal Government
Department of Industry, Innovation & Science
Tim currently leads the Data Strategy team within the Department’s Data Management and Analytics Branch. This includes responsibility for the implementation of the Department- wide Data Strategy, which outlines a vision and plan for making data a core element of the Department’s work and embedding data use as a cultural norm.
Prior to this role, Tim was Director of the Workforce Planning and Metrics team at the Australian Public Service Commission, overseeing a number of data collections relating to the APS workforce, and delivering the Commission’s central workforce planning function.
Tim commenced his Australian Public Service career at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, where he managed a wide range of data collections across the health and welfare spectrum—including child protection, youth justice, mental health, housing, homelessness and population health. Tim is a statistician by training, with degrees in Science and Commerce from the ANU.
Areas of Expertise: Data Governance, Data Management, Data Strategy, ICT-Business alignment, Enterprise architecture
Lloyd Robinson is a senior Executive with practical experience across many roles including IT Management, Change Management, Program Direction, Vendor and Commercial Management and Enterprise Architecture. Lloyd understands the full IT life cycle from strategy to operations; but is most comfortable as a “Strategic Outcome Architect” of large change programs.
With 35 years of experience, from both line management and consulting perspectives, Lloyd has designed and implemented pragmatic solutions in utilities, financial services, education and government. He has managed teams of up to 500 people, architected and designed solutions for over $100M budgets multiple times.
Lloyd selects from a suite of consulting methods and practices applying them to complex situations to solve client problems. With a strong self-learning and coaching philosophy, he is able to communicate directions, in a step-by-step fashion to progress the team through solution defining and building. He is a team player working seamlessly with client and other stakeholders to achieve the desired business outcomes.