Statistics New Zealand
Evelyn Wareham is the General Manager responsible for customer facing data services at Stats NZ, the New Zealand government’s lead agency for data and analytics. Evelyn is a self-confessed data zealot and a strong believer in the strategic power of data to change lives. Over the past five years, she has led the rapid expansion of Stats NZ’s Integrated Data Infrastructure, as a world-leading hub of anonymised, person-centred data for trusted access for statistical and analytical research. Evelyn also leads the delivery of Statistics NZ’s online data for customers, including its drive for open data. In 2014, she was a member of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum. Evelyn has strong knowledge of privacy and a particular interest in the social license for data sharing and use.
Amy is an executive leader with a proven track record of creating value and competitive advantage through data-driven culture and innovation. As the Head of Data Science at Commonwealth Bank, she is responsible for driving strategic data science capability, enable business transformation and differentiated customer experience. Prior to CBA, she was the founding member and Chief Data Science Officer of DataSpark, Singtel’s data analytics spin-off. Amy is a Science Board Member of i-Com and since 2013 is Industry Track Program Committee Member of ACM KDD. She is a frequent public speaker, a co-inventor and co-author of multiple Patents and Publications. Amy holds a Ph.D in data mining, a Master in AI and an MBA.
Social Investment Agency
Emily Mason is passionate about helping those in the social sector better answer the question “what works for whom, at what cost” by bridging the gap between data science and government (policy) decision-making. This focus is the result of almost 20 years’ experience in policy and analytics teams working to turn data into information useful for decision-making. Emily has worked in strategic and operational roles across New Zealand’s central government and enjoys providing advice and presenting on using data science to build a fairer and more evidence based state sector. Emily is currently Lead – Analytical Products, at the Social Investment Unit, New Zealand. Previous roles include work with the Ministry of Education, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), and Statistics New Zealand. Emily has a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from Victoria University of Wellington and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Public Policy Prize (VUW) in 2004. Emily can be contacted at email@example.com, or https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilymasondatainpolicy.
Department of the Premier & Cabinet, SA
Peter leads the South Australian Government’s Office for Data Analytics and is also the state’s Chief Data Officer. He has spent most of his career in data and analytics, most recently leading innovative change in the reporting, analytics and actuarial teams at ReturnToWorkSA. Peter has held a number of leadership roles in operations and analytics in both public and private sector and is passionate about improving businesses understanding, efficiency and customer service.
Australian and New Zealand Governments
Pia Waugh is an open government and open data ninja , working within the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. She believes that tech culture has a huge role to play in achieving better policy planning, outcomes, public engagement and a better public service all round. She is also trying to do her part in establishing greater public benefit from publicly funded data, software and research. Pia was awarded as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Australia for 2014.
Pia started work in September 2016 at AUSTRAC, the Australian financial intelligence and regulation agency. Her role there will be looking at international engagement, open data and APIs, and introducing hackathons for the financial sector. Pia was on maternity leave with her first child from January till September 2016, whilst finishing off some University study and writing a book about her vision for the future. Stay tuned to this blog or @piawaugh on Twitter to follow along at home. She is hoping to finish her book by lca2017.
Prior to maternity leave, Pia was the Director for Data Infrastructure and Government Engagement in the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, responsible for data.gov.au, NationalMap and helping drive a more data and evidence driven public service. Pia, her wonderful team and the open data agenda was moved in October 2015 from the Department of Finance to PM&C. At the Department of Finance, Pia was the Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0 for the Australian Government CTO (John Sheridan) looking at whole of government technology, services and procurement, and where she originally was running data.gov.au with a small dedicated team under the leadership of John Sheridan.
Data Analytics Centre
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.
Dr. Leif Hanlen works within the Business Development and Commercialisation team Data61, where he focusses on unlocking absorptive capacity for enterprise-scale analytics. Leif has over 15 years’ experience in ICT research including text analytics, sports technology, wearable radio systems and radio propagation. He is an adjunct Professor at ANU and an adjunct Professor at University of Canberra. He was previously Technology Director for Machine Learning at NICTA.
Anthony (Tony) Nolan, OAM is an intelligence analyst who practices data science within the Commonwealth government. Tony is also a volunteer data scientist with the NSW Police Force and NSW Fire and Rescue. Tony is a Fellow and foundation member of the Institute of Analytics Professionals Australia, and a member and previous board member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers. He is also Chair of Communications Committee SSIT Australia Chapter. Tony is often called a ‘Data Evangelist’, and spends much of his time speaking about data, publishing mini posts, and is currently writing a book called Data Science My Way.
Tony is also one of the few people to have scored a perfect IQ test result, and he has Asperger’s, ADHD, and mild dyslexia. Tony is very passionate about helping people understand their abilities, turning their disabilities into abilities, and helping them to achieve their educational goals, something he never got the opportunity to do. Tony received an Order of Australia Medial for his community work with law enforcement, and the gifted community.
Dr. Stuart Minchin is currently the Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia. The Environmental Geoscience Division (~200 staff) includes the National Earth and Marine Observations, National Geospatial Information, and Groundwater Branches. The Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia is the centre of expertise in the Australian Government for environmental earth science issues and the custodian of national environmental geoscience data, information and knowledge.
Stuart has previously been responsible for the Environmental Observation and Landscape Science (EOLS) research program in CSIRO and prior to that was a Principal Scientist with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment.
He has an extensive background in the management and modelling of environmental data and the online delivery of data, modelling and reporting tools for improved natural resource management. Stuart represents Australia in key international forums and is Australia’s Principal Delegate to both the UN Global Geospatial Information Management Group of Experts (UNGGIM) and the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He also currently serves on the Editorial Board of the international Journal “Ecological Indicators”.
Parliamentary Budgetary Office
Colin Brown is the First Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer in charge of the Budget Analysis Division in the PBO, the division of the PBO responsible for estimating the budgetary impacts of policy proposals put to the PBO by parliamentarians. He has been with the PBO since 2012 and has overseen the costing operations of the PBO through the last two Federal elections. This work cuts across the entire scope of the Commonwealth budget revenues and expenditures and requires access to a wide range of data and modelling resources and the application of a wide variety of techniques, ranging from data intensive detailed techniques such as microsimulation modelling to aggregate ‘tops down’ approaches.
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
Dr von Sanden currently heads up the Statistical and Analytical Support Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This unit advises on robust application of statistical and analytical methods and provides expert advice on conduct of analytical projects and appropriate presentation of results.
As well as leading the analytical support unit at AIHW, Nick has headed up analysis sections at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and worked as a director of a biostatistical consulting firm. Nick has extensive experience in deriving value from appropriate use of administrative and survey data sources and is an expert in longitudinal and multilevel analysis and linkage of data.
Warwick has worked in defence, health and taxation and has been involved in analytics for over 20 years. He is a practicing analytics professional and is currently convenor of the Whole of Government Data Analytics Centre of Excellence. He has a BSc from the University of New South Wales and a PhD from the University of New England Australia. His professional interests include digital transformation and innovation, organizational learning, organizational decision making and analytics. He is a board member of the Institute of Analytics Professionals Australia and a member of the College of Organizational Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society
As part of a Centre of Excellence in data science and analytics, Jason leads a team of data scientists to drive ASIC’s data science agenda, develop ASIC’s analytics capabilities, and identify and assess risks and misconduct in financial services and markets.
Jason was previously co-lead of PwC Australia’s behavioural economics practice, and has worked as an economic policy adviser with the Australian Treasury and as a lawyer. He has a PhD combining economics and evolutionary biology, and blogs (in a purely private capacity) at Evolving Economics.
Department of Education NSW
Dr Jenny Donovan is an Executive Director in the NSW Department of Education. She established and leads the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation. CESE is an innovative hub for evidence-based policy and decision-making in education. The Centre provides data, analysis and evaluation to inform and improve effectiveness, efficiency and accountability across the entire spectrum of the NSW education system.
Previously, Jenny was the Deputy Director of a not-for-profit research and assessment organisation attached to the University of New South Wales. Jenny began her career as a high school teacher in Sydney’s western suburbs, and has held many roles in both operational and policy arms of state public service.
Adrian works with executives, directors and managers in the Information Management space for nearly 15 years. In the recent 6 years he has been an integral part of organisations digital transformation programs to deliver large web-scale storage solutions for data science platforms to enterprises to enable businesses to harness the power of distributed machine and deep learning as well as artificial intelligence. Adrian spent the majority if his career in Senior Analyst and Lead Data Science roles across the pharmaceutical, banking and insurance industry. His background is an applied Mathematics degree from Germany. In his spare time Adrian spends time with his wife and 2 year old son as well as learning more about the automotive industry by being hands on his American car.
Dan is Head of Big Data Practice & Professional Services APJ and is responsible for setting the GTM strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for Dell EMC across Asia Pacific & Japan. With revenues of $65billion+ in 2016 and 140,000 people worldwide, Dell EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is big data, analytics and cloud computing. Through innovative solutions, products and services, Dell EMC accelerates the journey to big data analytics and cloud computing, helping IT departments store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset—information—in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.
As part of Dan’s role he is responsible for working with customers to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. Dan’s APJ Team team provides full end-to-end services around Big Data Analytics from consulting through to implementation services. Dan has over 23 years of international experience in the IT industry working for many of the leading global investment banks in Europe and Asia as well as running his own global enterprise big data analytics business in Asia and Europe.
Dan holds a diploma in business and finance from La Swap in London graduating in 1995.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Andrew has been working in the Consulting & Professional Services for 20 years in Asia Pacific & Japan region. He worked with numerous regional customers to address the immediate business challenges and also with the mid to long term business demands/requirements and has been working with the business solutions like Business Process Management, Integration, Information Management, CRM, Mobility, Master Data Management and Big Data Analytics.
Andrew’s background in business and IT has allowed him to play an instrumental role in delivering successful software solutions for clients that align with their business objectives and needs. With a deep and wide understanding of the IT landscape, and having project managed numerous large scale IT projects, he brings a strong technical knowledge along with a business management mindset to each client’s challenges.
Having worked in this field since its early days he has had the opportunity to present at numerous global industry events about the issues and future direction of capturing Big Data and managing it.
He hold an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Science and Mathematics with a Major in Business Information Systems from University of New South Wales.