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Fantastic Insights from CDAO 2019

CDAO Public Sector 2019 offered a great deal of connection and insightful content. A jam packed two days featured fantastic talks and perspectives from across the globe.

We heard from Stephane Contre a Chief Analytics Officer creating a real impact from data for the City of Edmonton. Hearing more about the smart use of data from the Smart Nation Sutowo Wong as Director of the Analytics & Information Management Division shared how the Ministry of Health, Singapore is leveraging digital transformation to better engage with citizens and deliver on the promise of better service delivery. Evelyn Wareham the Chief Data and Insights Officer at New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) took us through how they are adopting data-driven approaches and tools to support the move from data insight to execution. Closer to home Marek Rucinski, Deputy Commissioner, Head of the Smarter Data Program at the Australian Taxation Office discussed how to be value-centric and create stories, learn from them and close the learning loop. The ATO with over 17.53 trillion records is data rich and explored 300 use cases in just 6 weeks.

At the conclusion of the event there was a sense that transitioning was underway and organisations are making wins in the way they work. There is a real need for buy-in from executives and people in leadership to support teams and people to get involved in projects. The focus right now on increasing data governance, recognising stewards of data to ensure there is that capability, and increasing the awareness of data and its value by giving data a practical meaning. Supporting this with shared expectations of what can be delivered and in what kind of timeframe, measuring change with conversations with colleagues, and improvements in the quality of data to create trust.

The audience left energised with new ideas ready to turn efforts into scalable outputs, and focus on value benefits realisation by creating relevant products, accelerate data sharing and conceptualise data strategies into user statements. We look forward to more conversations in the future. 

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Expert speaker line-up

Stephane Contre

Stephane Contre

Chief Analytics Officer,

City of Edmonton

Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon

Chief Data Steward,

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)


Evelyn Wareham

Chief Data & Insights Officer,

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Leanne Fry

Leanne Fry

Chief Innovation Officer & Chief Information Security Officer,

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)

River Paul

River Paul

Chief Economist and Statistician,

Australian Financial Security Authority


Philip Muehleck

Director, Program Delivery,

Service NSW (Department for Finance, Service and Innovation)

Peter Worthington-Eyre

Peter Worthington-Eyre

Chief Data Officer & Executive Director, ODA,

Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

Narelle Lovett

Narelle Lovett


Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA)

John Wallace, ASIC

John Wallace

Chief Data Officer & Senior Executive, Specialist Services ,

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)


Belinda Campbell

Manager of Data Governance,

Bureau of Meteorology

Mehrnoush Ghorbani

Mehrnoush Ghorbani

Head of Data Acquisition & Community Engagement, Oceania,


amantha Papavasiliou

Samantha Papavasiliou

PhD Student,

University of Adelaide ECIC

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen

A/g National Manager Enterprise Architecture,

Department of Human Services

Laura Sham

Laura Sham

Director Data Analytics Section,

Department of Health

Omer Yezdani

Dr Omer Yezdani


Office of Planning and Strategic Management, Australian Catholic University

Geoff Neideck

Geoff Niedeck

Group Head, Data Strategies and IT,

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)


Khitish Mohanty

Data Scientist,

Department of Premier and Cabinet


Felipe Flores

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

Liberty Financial

tim beard

Tim Beard

Manager of Data Strategy,

Department of Industry, Innovation & Science


Dr. Arash Shahriari

Senior Data Scientist,

Department of Education and Training

Nathan Bines

Nathan Bines

Director, Insights and Analytics,

Queensland Government

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Why Invest Your Time?

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Be inspired

Hear how data and analytics professionals across the public sector are leading change, impacting the business and deriving value through a data centric culture. A unique opportunity to benchmark, ask questions and share your story.

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Get Informed

Corinium's approach of visionary keynotes, strategy based panels & discussion groups fosters a discursive, inclusive environment. This is the platform to discover the latest from the public sector both locally and internationally.

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New for 2019

Brand new, interactive formats including the international live-lounge, dedicated data governance and analytics tracks, ‘Let’s Talk’ meet ups, interactive round tables, live poll analysis, and expanded speaker tracks for maximum learning.

What People Are Saying

  • "Great event, convering a range of data and analytics topics that are very relevant to Government agencies"

    John Wallace, CDO, Australian Securities & Investments Commission

  • "An excellent cross-section of speakers from the data community providing meaningful insights into the data challenges faced by individuals and organisations alike. "

    Scott Myers, Project Officer, Local Government Association of QLD (LGAQ)

  • "A complete and compresive 360 degree view of data right from data at all levels in public sector along with ethical values around it's usage."

    Venkata Valluri, Data Value and Insights Manager, Hydro Tasmania

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