NSW Department of Customer Service
Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.
Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3200 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Marcel van Kints joined the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1996. His career has focused on macroeconomic statistics, at both the national and international level, with expertise in price statistics.
Marcel has complemented his ABS experience with international experience at the United Nations in New York; and applied his statistical knowledge and experience to source and develop empirical evidence to support the Henry Tax Review at The Treasury.
Marcel currently leads the ABS Data Integration Division to shape ABS data strategy and provide data services, particularly in support of the Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) program.
Marcel has tertiary qualifications in economics and statistics, and has completed a Masters of Public Administration from the Australian National University. Marcel has authored several conference and academic articles.
Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
Rachel Dixon is the Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner at the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC), where she is responsible for the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, including the Victorian Protective Data Security Standards.
In former lives Rachel headed the Australian Government’s digital identity initiative (as Head of Identity at the Digital Transformation Office). She has also has worked for Suncorp as Executive Program Manager for Business Transformation, where she oversaw consolidation of 17 legacy data stores into a new big data platform. For more than five years she was COO at Viocorp, where she developed advanced media and advertising platforms. Prior to that she was a senior executive at Seattle-based thePlatform for Media, delivering and supporting major platforms for online and mobile for Telstra and News Corporation, and before that was General Manager at Massive Interactive, where she led a development and design team on many major online projects.
Rachel has also been a Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications, Deputy Chair at Choice (the Australian Consumers Association), and Director of several small software companies. In 1998 she co-founded FIBRE, a telecommunications company servicing the Motion Picture Post Production and VFX industry. She is a past Director and Chair of several other media, software and telecommunications companies and a former senior executive with Film Australia and Film Victoria.
Australian Financial Security Authority
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.
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
Geoff Neideck heads up the Data Strategies and Integration Group at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Geoff is responsible for leading the development of the Institute’s strategies for acquiring and managing major data assets, and managing key relationships across government in support of the public sector data agenda. Geoff has extensive experience in statistics and data ranging across development and management of survey and administrative data collection, data integration and major data infrastructure projects. He has managed large national economic and social data programs at the AIHW, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics Canada and during 2017 was seconded to the Data Availability and Use Taskforce at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
National Archives of Australia
Linda Macfarlane is the acting Assistant Director-General, Collection Management branch at the National Archives of Australia. In addition to identifying, storing and preserving the most significant records of the Australian Government, the Collection Management branch sets requirements to enable best practice information and data management in Australian Government agencies. Linda has worked at the National Archives for over 20 years, and for the last 6 years has been responsible for leading strategic initiatives relating to digital information and data management in the Australian Government sector.
Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources
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.
Department of Education NSW
UNSW Business School
Australian Federal Government
Australian Bureau of Statistics