Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, VIC
Denise has worked in market research for 17 years with the last 10 years leading tourism events and
the visitor economy research for the Victorian Government.
Her research experience spans across key statistics to consumer insights and brand research to
Denise spent seven years on the supply side working across various industry sectors including Retail
and Fast Moving Consumer Goods. She says she has never looked back since switching to tourism.
“People think it is ‘just tourism’, but it is a complex industry and has been identified as one of the
major growth industries for the Australian economy”. Denise has primary responsibility for tracking the
size and performance of the industry, driving strategy and providing insights to inform decision making
to support sector growth.
Anna Stewart is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Forensic Psychology. Her research history includes innovative work in linking and analysing administrative data and considerable success at translating findings into policy and practice. Anna has been a Chief Investigator on projects that have attracted over $4.5 million in funding and published over 80 peer-reviewed publications, government reports and non peer-reviewed publications.
Data61 - CSIRO
Dr. Chen Cai is a senior researcher of the Analytics Research Group at Data61. He obtained his PhD on computational transportation science from University College London in 2010. His expertise lies in transport modelling and machine learning techniques. He was project leader on Sydney CBD Mobility Modelling, RMS Roads Report system, and Sydney M4 Smart Motorway evaluation. He is currently the team leader of the Advanced Data Analytics in Transport at Data61, and program manager of the NSW Premier’s Innovation Initiative. He is also a conjoint senior lecturer at UNSW.
Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development
Cameron is the General Manager and Founder of Australia Post’s Digital iD™ business – a new business that seeks to provide a convenient and trusted way for individuals to prove who they are, whether that be online, in person or over the phone. Prior to Digital iD™, Cameron drove the creation of Australia Post’s Digital Delivery Centre which, since 2012, has been at the heart of the organisation’s change to more agile, adaptive ways of working. Prior to Post, Cameron worked in strategy, delivery and consulting roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture before moving to Head of Technology roles at ANZ’s Retail Bank and Commercial Banks.
Department of Transport & Main Roads, QLD
Kath’s career has led her to specialise in complex congestion problems, a high priority challenge for many cities. For almost 20 years in Brisbane and London, her work has centred on improving existing road systems, increasing public transport use and helping to inform transport decisions. She has a Civil Engineering degree, a research Master’s degree and a graduate diploma in public sector management. She is passionate about information-driven decision-making and in her current role she leads a team of data and analysis experts who provide information to inform transport decision-making.
ABC News Digital
Simon Elvery is an award-winning journalist with more than decade of experience telling stories on the web and is currently part of the Digital Interactive Storytelling team at ABC News Digital. Simon is deeply involved in the digital storytelling and web development communities. He has twice been a presenter at Sydney’s Web Directions conference, delivered guest lectures as part of University of Queensland’s journalism course and is an organiser of Hacks/Hackers Brisbane a monthly community event that invites speakers to explore the intersection of new technologies and storytelling.
NSW Department of Primary Industries
As Group Director, Economics & Analysis, for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tim leads
his team to provide performance, data & insights for NSW Primary Industries. Tim has guided and
overseen the delivery of reviews into key NSW agricultural industries, and developed key
performance indicators and foundations for evidence based policy development.
Prior to NSW DPI, Tim was the Chief Economist for Meat & Livestock Australia, overseeing forecasts
and reporting services for the Australian red meat industry, along with periods in consultancy and
academia. Tim holds a Masters in Philosophy (Rural Management), along with Agricultural
Economics from Sydney University.
Transport for NSW
Principal Manager Transport Analytics within the Transport Performance and Analytics Centre of Excellence, Karen’s role is to manage and drive the intelligent use of data and information to provide an evidence base and insights for decision making within Transport for NSW with a focus on data integrity, governance and privacy. The introduction of Opal cards into Sydney’s transport network has generated a wealth of data and corresponding analytics not previously possible –resulting in huge opportunities and a great deal of interest.
Karen’s time in the public sector has been relatively short and she brings vast experience in project and change management in both the financial and not-for-profit sectors
Queensland Fire & Emergency Services
Mr Doug Smith is the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Strategy Officer for the Strategy and Corporate Services Division, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
Doug’s policing career commenced over 40 years ago. In 1990 he was promoted to Inspector with the Queensland Police Service. He went on to manage the Fitzgerald Implementation Unit in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, as well as Regional Operations for the south eastern region. He has served in Stafford, Fortitude Valley, Roma Stock Squad, the Queensland Water Police, Legal Section, Oxley, Wynnum and south eastern region. In 1998 he was appointed as an Assistant Commissioner of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services.
Since then he has worked in the Solomon Islands as a consultant with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, as well as consulting for the Northern Territory Ombudsman on Police Force and Public Sector compliance and performance. Prior to commencing with QFES, Doug’s most recent appointment was as the Chief Executive Officer of CrimTrac, which is a national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and national security agencies.
Doug’s extensive experience in developing strategic and reform strategies for organisations allows him to focus on governance, performance, transformation and risk as well as high level engagement with our key stakeholders. In the role of Deputy Commissioner, Doug will help to build on the exceptional work that is already being performed by QFES.
Doug has academic and professional qualifications in Public Administration, Government and HR Management.
Kevin Jeffery has been the Chief Data Officer (CDO) of IP Australia since October last year, IP Australia administers intellectual property rights in relation to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeders’ rights. Our vision is creating a world leading intellectual property (IP) system building prosperity for Australia. This vision is underpinned by our IP Australia Data Strategy “Data Matters, which Kevin as CDO is responsible for delivering. IP Australia has a rich stream of data dating back over a century, and through the Data Strategy Kevin has a remit to create improve how we that we manage, protect, nurture and exploit our data to value.
Kevin brings a focus on relationship building and collaboration as well as strong experience in enabling data scientists to do their work. Prior to joining IP Australia Kevin was the National Manager of Innovation at the Australian Crime Commission where he was the primary driver in embedding the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability into the standard business of the agency. In 2015 the Fusion Program won several awards including an iAward and an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disrupter Award. Kevin has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years and focused particularly on data and analytics over the past 12 years including defining fraud detection systems in derivatives markets, managing the development of leakage analysis capabilities in health insurance and improving data management across intelligence uses.
City of New York
Cancer Institute, NSW
Sarajane joined the Cancer Institute NSW as its first Chief Information Officer in October 2011 and has responsibility for Information and Communication Technologies as well as providing support for Information Management including Records and Information Governance, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. Starting her career as a behavioural scientist, she has spent 20 years working in Information Technology, holding a range of senior leadership positions within the public sector, providing expert and strategic technical advice.
Sarajane holds technology industry qualifications, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, A Bachelor of Music and a Master of Public Administration
Data Analytics Centre, NSW
Jeremy Moon is an analytics professional, with more than 15 years’ experience in data analytics, strategic procurement and business process improvement. He is responsible for the development of big data services and technical solutions at the NSW Data Analytics
Centre. Prior to his current role, Mr Moon held senior positions at QBE Insurance, Leighton Holdings and the NSW Government.
The NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC) is the first of its kind in Australia, established to unlock the power of big data and provide NSW Government agencies with the insights they need to make better decisions. We’ve got some of the most brilliant minds in the country tackling challenges that require a whole of government approach, from childhood obesity and domestic violence, to public transport and
emergency response times. They collect and analyse data from hundreds of sources, to help NSW Government agencies re imagine the way they deliver services to the community. The result? Better outcomes and a brighter future for everyone in NSW.
Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Martin Henrion is a Senior Analyst within the Transport Analysis Unit of the Department of Transport and Main Roads. His academic background is in psychology with a focus on social behaviour, research methodology, and statistics. Since joining the department in 2010 Martin has been involved in a broad range of projects including public transport network plans, development of qualitative organisational performance measures, travel behaviour and attitudinal surveys, and demand modelling.