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Be Inspired, Collaborate, Disrupt

Since their inception, the CDAO events have brought together leaders who share a common passion - and with that common challenges. Through our think tanks, roundtables and VIP lunch panels, senior executives are able to explore how to tackle the latest challenges of the digital era. The pace of change is phenomenal. Keeping up with the changes and developments across technology, legislation, and ethical considerations for the collection and use of data requires collaboration. 

Bringing together the most inspired national and international data and analytics leaders, CDAO New Zealand will host an exceptional speaker line-up. Make sure you are amongst these leading minds so that you can discover what it takes to lead and foster insight and data-led decision making in your organisation. 



An Inspiring Speaker Line-up


Terri Carajannis

Chief Digital Officer, Harrison Grierson


Kapil Malhotra

Head of Analytics - Asia, Middle East, North Africa, PepsiCo

Evelyn Wareham

Evelyn Wareham

Chief Data and Insights Officer, Insights and Data Transformation (IDx), Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)

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Jonas Christensen

Head of Analytics and Customer Banking, ME Bank

Christopher Laing

Dr Christopher Laing

Head of Xero AI, Xero

Jon Duffy

Jon Duffy

Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Operations, Office of the Privacy Commissioner New Zealand

Mark Modricker

Mark Modricker

Head of Data Analytics, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare


Dr Kameron Christopher

Chief Scientist - High Performance Computing and Data Science, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

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Steve Wiggins

Chief Executive Officer, Payments NZ

Eddo van Loenen

Eddo van Loenen

Chief Information Officer, South Taranaki District Council

Kate Skinner

Kate Skinner

General Manager Analytics , Bank of New Zealand

Jeremy Anderson

Jeremy Anderson

Executive Manager Data & Insights, NZX

Ratneesh Suri

Dr Ratneesh Suri

Analytics & AI Leader,


Anna Tarasoff

Head of Data and Analytics Capability, Southern Cross Health Society


Martin Browne

Asset Information Planning & Reporting Manager, Transpower New Zealand

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Brian Ferris

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Loyalty New Zealand


Gary Blumgart

Head of Analytics, Theta

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Tom Lintern

Chief Data Scientist, homes.co.nz


Mark Pearl

Development Manager, MYOB

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Stu Garrow

Senior Vice President of Sales and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Talend

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Lois van Waardenberg

Head of Data and Insights, Auckland Council

Paul Stone

Paul Stone

New Zealand Open Government Data Programme Leader, Secretariat for Open Government Data and Information


Kari Jones

General Manager Data & Analytics, New Zealand Post


Michelle Kempster

Head of Data Governance, Tabcorp


Gaurav Ahuja

Head of Digital Analytics, Big W

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Andrew Bates

Chief Technical Officer, Harmoney Ltd

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John Hawkins

Customer Facing Data Scientist, , DataRobot


Ganesh Selvaraj

Principal Data Scientist, WorkSafe New Zealand


Mac Brlya

APAC Technology Evangelist, Tableau

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Scott Brooker

Head of Business Intelligence, Yellow New Zealand

Mike Congdon

Mike Congdon

Head of Business Insights, OfficeMax New Zealand

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David Duan

Data Science Stream Lead & Principal Data Scientist, Fraedom


Danny Mollan

SRO Data protection and use policy, Social Investment Agency (SIA)


Angela Zhao

Data Risk Consultant, ASB Bank

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Susan Needham

Chapter Lead - Data Governance, Westpac New Zealand

Stephen Ponsford

Stephen Ponsford

Technology Director, Qrious


Peter Radich

Chief Information Officer, The Abano Healthcare Group

Ali Khan

Ali Khan

Head of Data, Auckland District Health Board

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Ankit Gupta

Chapter Lead, DevOps Tooling, Spark NZ

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Sharon Abbott

Head of Data Governance, ANZ


Ravi Shankar

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Denodo


Carolyn Fyfe

Digital Analytics Manager, BNZ

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Macushla Howell

Analytics Lead - Data Engineering, BNZ

Dez Ellams

Dez Ellams

Data Governance and Compliance Manager, New Zealand Post

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Jeff Turin

Manager Data Management and Governance, KiwiBank

Giovanni Russello

Professor Giovanni Russello

Head of School for Computer Science, The University of Auckland


Joel Roland

SE Manager, ANZ, Cloudera

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Imran Zafar

DataOps Lead/NPE (Non-Production Environment) Engineer, Spark NZ

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Matt Sheumack

Technical Lead, Delphix


Steven Parrish

Chief Information Officer, Taranaki District Health Board


Kevin Sweeney

Principal Advisor – Data Leadership and Capability, Stats NZ

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Evan Wilson

Head of Data Innovation, Qrious

Peter Gavin

Peter Gavin

General Manager, Enterprise Data, Fonterra Co-operative Group

Devin Deen

Devin Deen

Director, Data & Analytics, Enterprise IT

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Mozhgan Memari

Lead Data Scientist, The University of Auckland


Troy Kusabs

Senior Customer Advisor, SAS New Zealand

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C-suite  & Leadership Panels

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Data Governance Focus Day

Why Invest Your Time?


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

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 (6 November). With over 250 delegates, this is the event of the year!

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2019 Key Themes

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

LightbulbInsight Based Decision Making: Leading with data at the helm. Showcasing how organisations such as BigW and ME Bank 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, update and adapt.

Arrow-3Scaling Business Opportunities for Tomorrow: 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 focus sessions.

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What People Are Saying

  • "This is the best Data leaders' conference in Australasia. It's organisation and networking are at global level."

    Mark Modricker, Head of Data & Analytics, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

  • "A valuable opportunity to keep updated with the latest advancements in the industry, and a great opportunity to benchmark our own progress against that."

    Christian Wengler, Manager Financial and Assurance Analytics, EQC

  • "Tremendously enjoyable. I got so much out of the arranged sessions and networking with people in such a wide range of organisations and roles."

    Scott Brooker, Head of Business Intelligence, Yellow

  • "A recommended annual event that opens you up to a wide variety of organisations and specialists within the Data and Analytics space."

    Rachel Cleary, Data Governance Specialist, Westpac

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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!