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Connecting You to What's Next in Data

Chief Data & Analytics Officer New Zealand 2018 was an absolutely jam-packed agenda with over 250 attendees in attendance, 18 partners, 2 VIP lunches and our first casino night - which was by all accounts a huge success! Networks and friendships were forged over the two days and we are very grateful to everyone for coming with a willingness to listen, share and learn.   

The event opened with a fascinating keynote by Mohammad Shokoohi-Yekta from Apple USA. We also heard from BNZ’s Chief Data & Analytics Officer, David Thomas on their transformation and the growth of their analytics department and COE. The keynote panellists shared their top tips on persuading the business to take action, talent retention, staying use-case focused and debated the relevance of agile to analytics projects. Kari Jones from Air New Zealand delivered an invigorating talk on AI and how it is shaping the future for businesses. The day ended with our 3 finalists for ‘The Project’ competing for our 2018 award. It was close but with an exceptional customer proposition, HealthPost took out the prize. 

Day Two started with an eye-opening session from the Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards followed by the keynote panel, ‘In Data We Trust? Rising to the Challenge of Privacy, Protection, and Security’ which prompted a plethora of questions. Across both days the track discussion groups and presentations were extremely well attended and received much praise for the interactive nature of the event. CDAO New Zealand left delegates invigorated and enthused, loaded with information, take-aways and contacts to ease their next steps back in the office.


40+ Speakers

250 Attendees

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Meet Our 2018 Speakers

Mohammad Shokoohi-Yekta-1

Mohammad Shokoohi-Yekta

Senior Data Scientist, Apple

Matthew Spencer MSD New Zealand

Dr Matthew Spencer

Chief Analytics Officer, Ministry of Social Development (MSD) New Zealand

Jacqueline Peach Air New Zealand

Jacqueline Peace

Chief Privacy Officer, Air New Zealand

John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner

John Edwards

Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner

David Thomas BNZ

David Thomas

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, BNZ

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Graham Robertson

Chief Information Officer, Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand

Rhiannon White Westpac New Zealand

Rhiannon White

Chief Digital Officer, Westpac New Zealand

Paul Gottgtroy Inland Revenue NZ

Dr Paulo Gottgtroy

Chief Data Scientist, Inland Revenue New Zealand

David Bloch Fonterra

David Bloch

GM Advanced Analytics, Fonterra

Louise Barber

Louise Barber

Head of Data and Decisioning Platforms, AGL Energy

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Nina Herriman

Chief Storyteller (Data and Visualisation), National Council of Women of New Zealand

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Dr Amy Shi-Nash

General Manager of Group Data Science, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Kari Jones Air New Zealand

Kari Jones

Customer Analytics and Data Science Manager, Air New Zealand

Neville Richardson

Neville Richardson

Chief Information Officer, Information Services, Gallagher

Ratneesh Suri IAG

Dr Ratneesh Suri

Head of Analytics, IAG

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Sonya Crosby

Head of Information Initiatives, Bank of New Zealand

Peter Gavin

Peter Gavin

General Manager, Enterprise Data, Fonterra


Andrew Crabb

Chief Information Officer, TR Group

Bradley Vines

Bradley Vines

Chief Technology Officer, WINTEC


Dr Andrew Peterson

Head of Data Science, The Warehouse Group

Mike Congdon NZ Post

Mike Congdon

Head of Enterprise Information Management, New Zealand Post

Shona McMahon Westpac New Zealand

Shona McMahon

Head of Analytics, Westpac New Zealand

James Hartwright

James Hartwright

Portfolio Managing Partner, Cognition

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Bryan Ng

Head of Data and Insights, Stuff New Zealand

Emma Oettli

Emma Oettli

Head of Lean Analytics, Bank of New Zealand

Michael, NOW

Michael Whitehead

Founder & Director, WhereScape Software & NOW Consulting

Tina Maclean Inland Revenue NZ

Tina Maclean

Data Science & Analytics Leader, Inland Revenue New Zealand

Caroline Schischka

Caroline Schischka

Senior Analytics Specialist, Hudson

Devin Deen

Devin Deen

Director, Data & Analytics, Enterprise IT

Julien Redmond, certus

Julien Redmond

Portfolio Director, Information & Insight, Certus Solutions

Dnyanesh Prabhu

Dnyanesh Prabhu

Head of Data, Tower Insurance

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Stephen Chadwick

Account Executive, Cloudera

Sarah Auva'a2

Sarah Auva'a

Head of Digital Trust, Spark New Zealand

Anita Easton

Anita Easton

Manager, Information and Insights, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)


Steven Bruce

Head of Strategy & Insights, Real Estate Authority

Martin McMullan New Zealand Transport

Martin McMullan

Director, Connected Journeys, New Zealand Transport Agency

Brendan Downey-Parish

Brendan Downey-Parish

GM CX, Technology & Data, Tourism New Zealand | Manaakitanga Aotearoa

Zarina Bazoeva MediaWorks NZ

Zarina Bazoeva

TV Analytics Manager, MediaWorks New Zealand

Vikash Kumar Wine Searcher

Vikash Kumar

Artificial Intelligence & Analytics Team Leader, winesearcher.com


Desire Wallace

Data Governance and Compliance Manager, New Zealand Post

Laura McElhone Accident Compensation Commission New Zealand

Laura McElhone

Manager of Lodgement and Triage, Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand

Ernestynne Walsh1

Ernestynne Walsh

Senior Data Scientist, Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand


Dr Seyedjamal Zolhavarieh

Professional Teaching Fellow, Chatbot Developer and Research Fellow (AI, Machine Learning, NLP), National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), The University of Auckland

Mozhgan Memari University of Auckland

Mozhgan Memari

Lead Data Scientist, The University of Auckland

Jan Sheppard Tertiary Education Committee

Jan Sheppard

Manager Business Information Services, Tertiary Education Commission

Cath Paki Kiwi Bank

Cath Paki

Information & Data Governance Manager, Kiwibank


Martin Norgrove

Chief Technical Officer, NOW Consulting


Helene Kaltak

Information Manager Analyst, National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research

Sarah White

Sarah White

Associate Director – Analytics , Hudson

shannon Roberts, Hudson

Shannon Roberts

Director Queensland and NZ , Hudson


Felix Liao

Head of Analytics Platform, SAS Australia and New Zealand

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Why Invest Your Time?

Keynote Speaker Chief Data Analytics Officer New Zealand

Be inspired

Hear how data and analytics professionals 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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CDAO New Zealand Main Conference Room New Zealand

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 your industry both locally and internationally.
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CDAO New Zealand Networking 9

New for 2018

We're introducing brand new, interactive formats in 2018 including the VIP think-tank, ‘Let’s talk’ meet ups, round tables, live poll analysis, speed networking, meet the speakers lounge, and expanded speaker tracks for maximum learning opportunities.

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2018 Key Themes

DATA PRIVACY -  The Brave New World.
Navigating the risk emerging in the digital age around ethics, bias and illegal use of data.
Understanding innovative approaches to data staff training, increasing expertise and building effective teams.
Embedding a culture of data analytics and insight based decision-making to foster insight and co-operation throughout the organisation.
Supporting data driven decision making across the enterprise with evolved data governance and quality strategies.
Adopting and evaluating data driven approaches and tools to support the move from data insight to execution. 
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What People Are Saying

  • "CDAO delivered great breadth of content across the D&A domain, it was illuminating, thought provoking and at times myth-busting for an eager and engaged audience"

    Craig Cullen, Head of Business Insights, Sovereign

  • "A valuable two days with plenty of content delivered at a good pace and level.

    Sharon Abbott, Head of Data, ANZ Bank

  • "An excellent way to bring the NZ analytics community together and hear about their data and analytics journeys."

    Deepan Nithi, Head of Analytics, Lotto NZ

  • "Valuable whirlwind. Mine of information. Excellent networking forum. High value investment."

    Kevin White, Business Information Manager, Auckland Transport

  • "A well run conference who has attracted a high calibre of senior data driven professionals."

    Isaac Wilson, Director, Litmus Marketing Ltd

  • "A fantastic collection of many of NZ's thought leaders in the world of data"

    Kieran Turner, Head of Customer, Z Energy

Our Supporting Partners

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The Innovation Game

How Data is Driving Digital Transformation

As part of our ongoing commitment to data and analytics professionals, we interviewed 100 senior data and analytics professionals. The study was commissioned by Paxata, Accenture and Microsoft and the results are presented with commentary from our advisory board members and sponsors.

The following report is designed to give an overview of the challenges, opportunities and technology requirements facing those responsible for accelerating data and analytics within their organization.

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Come and Join Us

CDAO New Zealand 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 - book your place now!