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Be Inspired, Collaborate, Disrupt


CDAO Melbourne brought together the most advanced data and analytics leaders from Australia and overseas, hosting an exceptional speaker line-up and over 350 attendees. Thank you to all our speakers, attendees and partners for coming with a willingness to share and learn from one another!


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Our 2019 Speaker Line Up

Rachel Dixon

Rachel Dixon

Privacy and Data Security Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner


Nonna Milmeister

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, RMIT


Max Métral

Senior Analytics Manager, Formula 1® (UK)


Cary Correia

Chief Commercial Data Scientist, GE (USA)


Glenda Crisp

Chief Data Officer, NAB

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Bora Arslan

Chief Analytics Officer, IAG


Ash Nair

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, QBE Insurance


Dr Anthony Rea

Chief Data Officer, Bureau of Meteorology


Marek Rucinski

Deputy Commissioner - Smarter Data, Australian Taxation Office (ATO)


David Short

Head of Group Analytics & Business Improvement, Westpac Group


Stuart Nickols

Head of Data Science, Australia Post


Michelle Pinheiro

Head of Enterprise Data Governance, ANZ

Thanh Nguyen DHS

Thanh Nguyen

Chief Information Architect, Department of Human Services


Gaj Premnath

Chief Data Officer, Veolia


Pieter Vorster

Executive General Manager, Customer Solutions and Insights, Bankwest


Owen McMahon

Program Director GDPR and Cloud Data Governance, ANZ

Sam genworth

Sam Stramandinoli

Head of Data Management Office, Genworth Australia


Darren Klein

General Manager Data & Analytics, MLC Life Insurance


Andy Lavender

Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance (acting), University of Western Australia


Craig Rowlands

General Manager Information Management, Medibank


Toby Johnston

Director - Data, Optus


Jack Steele

Head of Data Analytics, Energy Australia


David Vaz

IQCP, IQ International


Darshil Mehta

Head of Data Strategy, Bupa


Felipe Flores

General Manager of Data & Digital and Group Chief Data Scientist, Liberty Financial


Sally Grove

GM Insights, Australian Motoring Services


Michael Kollo

General Manager Quantitative Solutions and Risk, HESTA


Moha Ganji

AI and Advanced Analytics Manager and Practice Lead, Mondo - AusNet Services Group


Jack Rejtman

Director, Research, Innovation & Commercial Engagement, University of Melbourne

Nick Smith Informatica

Nick Smith

Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Informatica

George Bassili IMS

George Bassili

Principal, IM Systems


James Harnischmacher

Sales Engineer, Snowflake


Gaurav Ahuja

Head of Digital Analytics, Big W


Cameron Towt

Senior Manager - Customer Data and Digital Analytics, Australia Post

Benjamin Szymkow

Benjamin Szymkow

Chief Technology Officer, Cognitivo

Paul Tyler Data61

Paul Tyler

Data Privacy Team Leader, Data61/ CSIRO

Paul Weingarth

Paul Weingarth

Co-Founder, Slyp


Carlos Rodriguez Iturria

Cloud Innovation Engineer, Oracle

Jade Clarke

Jade Clarke

Director of Data Partnerships, Westpac

Belinda RACV

Belinda Toniolo

Data Governance and Quality Manager, RACV

Michael Heller IBM

Michael Heller

Chief Data Scientist, Westpac Integrated Account, IBM Global Markets

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Gavin Fernandes

Unified Governance & Integration Leader, IBM Analytics, A/NZ, IBM

Steve Nicholls ERM Power

Steve Nichols

General Manager Solution Delivery, ERM Power

Julien Redmond

Julien Redmond

GM Information and Insights, Certus Solutions


Agustinus Nalwan

Head of AI and Machine Learning, carsales.com.au

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Dr Behrooz Hassani-Mahmooei

Principal Specialist and Director, Monash University


Chris Dolman

Director, Data and Algorithmic Ethics, IAG

Tania Castro MYOB

Tania Castro

Development Lead, MYOB

Scott Barber3

Scott Barber

Chief Data Officer, Bupa

Sam Benedict

Sam Benedict

VP – Solution Strategy, erwin, Inc.

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Ross Davis

Analytics Lab Services Lead for Asia Pacific, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software

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Lindy Woodburn

Senior Consultant, Servian


Subhash Guddad

Vice President, Systems Solution Engineering, EMEA & JAPAC, Oracle

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Dr Giovanni Butera

CEO & Managing Director – Data Management & Analytics, Nixora Group

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Shane Riddle

Chief Information Officer, National Heart Foundation of Australia

Shane Dwyer

Shane Dwyer

Chief Data Architect, Telstra

John Hawkins

John Hawkins

Customer Facing Data Scientist, DataRobot

Derek Chan

Derek Chan

Senior Data Scientist, IBM

Dominic Frost SAS

Dominic Frost

Director, SAS Australia and New Zealand

Nikoleta Tsockallos

Nikoleta Tsockallos

Chief Data Office - Communications & Culture Lead, ANZ

Bruce Roff

Bruce Roff

Principal, IM Systems

Phil Gomm

Phil Gomm

Practice Leader, Capgemini

Simon Williams-2

Simon Williams

Data Literacy Evangelist, Qlik

Rani Gerszonovicz

Rani Gerszonovicz

Head of Data & Analytics, Transurban

Alan Hsiao-1

Alan Hsiao

Managing Director, Cognitivo Consulting

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Stephen Chadwick

Senior Account Executive, Cloudera

Jan Sheppard Tertiary Education Committee

Jan Sheppard

Chief Data Officer, Tertiary Education Commission

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Experience CDAO Melbourne's Onsite Events

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Are you confident your data quality is good enough to support the latest AI technologies? This pre-conference event is dedicated to your biggest priority – establishing a robust governance framework that can support the technologies of tomorrow. Putting risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, privacy and ethics all under the spotlight to cement your future data governance frameworks.
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Deep dive into the data strategy and leadership issues of the future. Share your pressing challenges in a room of peers committed to decoding the problems and workshopping ideas. This collective of data analytics leaders, who like you, are looking to modernise and progress current thinking that will enable you to reboot and modernise your data analytics programme. 

Talent Gap croppedGet tips and techniques to beat the competition in recruitment and retention. Bridging academics, industry, and graduates in a discussion to address how to plug the data talent gap. Leading universities and industry leaders will share how to ensure graduates are future-ready and have the skills needed in the workforce.

Data4Good cropped            Be inspired by those delivering change and serving the community through exciting new applications of data & analytics. Uncover some of the most innovative uses of data analytics - putting data at the heart of programs that benefit humanity!

EXPO croppedFind out what’s new and have all those chats about the latest tech in one big hit at our exhibition hall. CDAO Melbourne 2019 will host our largest expo space yet. Make time to relax, network and discover in your breaks at the event. 

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The importance of diversity in the workplace is gaining much attention in the boardroom. Initially diversity gained attention to satisfy equality rights but now research is showing that diversity is a key enabler of growth. Find out from our panel how to leverage diversity for growth. 

Choose From Two Expert-Led Workshops

CDAO Sydney Workshop

Book onto a small group, in-depth workshop to troubleshoot your biggest obstacles and get an action-plan to implement in the office, designed with the help of our expert facilitators. Choose from two topics:

A) Data – The New Business Imperative: How to Leverage your Data for Competitive Advantage

Expert facilitator:
Max Metral, Insights Manager, Formula 1® (UK)

B) Creating Impactful Data Teams

Expert Facilitator:
Cary Correia, Chief Commercial Data Scientist, GE (USA)


Ethics of AI – are you ready? Addressing the toughest ethical dilemmas companies have ever faced.


We’re just at the starting line of AI and already CDAOs are grappling with ethical dilemmas that create risk at all organisational levels. Poor AI governance can lead to significant reputational, market and financial risk. CDAOs will need to educate and work with boards and senior executives to develop new governance methods in a rapidly expanding risk universe. 

We took a deep dive into the issue and reached our network of senior data science leaders to share their views on:

  • Who do we trust?
  • Why are we blaming AIs?
  • Will explainable AI reveal some ugly truths?
  • How can we govern in an automated environment?
  • Who should sit on an Ethical AI Committee?
  • What assurances do consumers need to trust machines to be fair?
  • 5 steps to building an AI Privacy and Ethics framework
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Why Invest Your Time?

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More of the "how to"

Less waffle, more substance. Through our lightening talks and use-case led presentations, you will be able to take real, practical tips, tools and strategies to apply to your own projects. Discover exactly how others are implementing their projects. 

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Interactive formats

Our events are geared towards a discursive, inclusive environment. We believe that collaboration is key. Onsite you'll be contributing to discussion groups, panels, roundtables - tailoring your future strategy with a room of visionary data leaders. 
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Mix + mingle for success

Relax, continue the conversation during an informal and fun cheers with peers. Build a lasting network of industry connections over a drink at the cocktail reception end of day one (10 September). With over 300 delegates, this is the event of the year!

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What People Are Saying

  • "The CDAO is THE event of the year for data professionals to attend. The combined experience and expertise at this event is amazing"

    Chris Anttila, Industry Data Group Team Leader, Dairy Australia

  • "Absolutely amazing event, great to see the world of data and analytics through leader’s eyes. Home for fantastic networking and talent discovery."

    Venkata Valluri, Data Value and Insights - Manager, Hydro Tasmania

  • "A good gathering of like-minded professionals. I found the willingness to share information and experiences refreshing"

    Paul Thompson, Head of D&A, Pepper Financial

  • "CDAO provided an amazing opportunity to network and learn from other global senior data and technology leaders "

    Richard Lam, Data Governance Manager, Public Transport Victoria

  • "Great event to meet analytics leaders and learn how the market is meeting today’s challenges."

    Phil Watt, Technical Pillar Lead, Data Reform Strategy, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian State Government

  • "Very informative presentations, professional speakers with vast grasp on the subject matter"

    Adrian Theuma, Head of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, BankVic

2019 Key Themes

ScalesEthical and Responsible AI: D&A influencers will share how to invest and innovate to harness disruptive technologies in our Data Talks Leaders Panel.

LightbulbInsight Based Decision Making: Leading with data at the helm. Showcasing how organisations such as Formula 1® (UK) and GE (USA) have put data in the driving seat.

DiagramRobust and Transparent Governance: The essential pillars for data governance. Our Data Governance Focus Day will cater to those ready to deep-dive into leading solutions.

Arrow-3Scaling Business Opportunities for Tomorrow: Deep dive Interactive Sessions enable the sharing of pitfalls, wins, secrets of success and effective partnerships.

ContactFuture Data Talent and Skills: Upskill, adapt and evolve. Learn how organisations are enabling change through our Delivering through Diversity; Data Literacy; Talent Gap; Leadership: Human Science focus sessions.

Our 2019 Supporting Partners

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Come and Join Us

CDAO Melbourne is the best event on the calendar to get inspired and make new contacts with the people that can help you drive your data analytics projects forward. It's also a lot of fun so don't miss out - Register your Interest now!