Day 1 Agenda (November 5th)

8:50 am - 9:00 am Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

9:00 am - 9:30 am Advanced Analytics In Insurance: Insights For End-to-End Enterprise Transformation

Omid Karr - Head of Digital & Smart Analytics, ANZ, SwissRe

Coles’ Advanced Analytics team has been on a remarkable journey in scaling a smart, data driven approach across 4000 staff underpinned by algorithms and machine learning capabilities. It’s unique vision, approach and set up have ensured the businesses’ ability to prove commercial value and ROI for the business as well. In this session Dearbhla will take you through just how the AA team is enabling this by sharing insights around:

  • The structure and set of the Advanced Analytics team around problem solving streams
  • Use cases - Development and delivery of globally recognised advanced analytical capability in forecasting product clearance, inventory management and more
  • Overcoming challenges with securing buy-in and support from the operational staff to adopt new models and decision-making approaches

Omid Karr

Head of Digital & Smart Analytics, ANZ

9:30 am - 10:00 am Leveraging Advanced Analytical Capabilities To Bring A Proactive, Predictive Approach To Business Decision Making

Catherine Lopes - Head of Data Strategy & Analytics, ME Bank

While many organisations have already build some sort of BI and analytical capability in their organization, advanced analytics efforts are fast gathering pace given their ability to improve forecasting and forward-looking business decisions. In this session, Catherine will reflect on her experiences at AGL and ME Bank to take you through how she has created the tooling, foundations and also touch upon use cases with embedding advanced capability across your organisation

  • Scope – what cases have shown a good fit for advanced analytics
  • Improving use of unstructured data in business decision making
  • Driving business understanding and maturity in use and reliance on complex analytical use cases

Catherine Lopes

Head of Data Strategy & Analytics
ME Bank

10:00 am - 10:30 am The Silver Chain Group Case Study: Leveraging Data Virtualisation To Improve Client Experience. How-To-Liberate-Data-Science-and-Analytics-Resources-From-Low-Value-Support

Simon Jennings - Group Manager, Platforms, Silver Chain Group

The Silver Chain Group is a not for profit organisation operating across the entirety of Australia. The group's mission is to provide the world's best health and aged care in the home so Australians can confidently live their lives as they choose. A large portion of Silver Chain's data is held within a core client management system that does not offer modern integration capabilities or contemporary client experiences. Attend this session to understand how Silver Chain went about virtualizing and sharing this data using the Denodo platform without impacting business continuity. 


Simon Jennings

Group Manager, Platforms
Silver Chain Group

10:30 am - 10:50 am Break

10:50 am - 11:20 am Enabling Data and AI to Transform Your Business

Bede Hackney - Country Manager, Australia & New Zealand, Databricks

Data is what fuels digital transformation. Artificial Intelligence unlocks the potential of data and hybrid multi-cloud is the platform to democratise the data. At Databricks, we believe that these three are symbiotic to breaking down silos within businesses, creating more agile and adaptive processes, and powering better decision making to capture entirely new opportunities. 

Combining AI with data, business analytics and automation under a strategic vision will transform every business function and process, thus underpinning a truly data-driven approach to innovation. Join Databricks in this session where we will define the 10 imperative steps to help organisations define and execute their data and AI strategy and allow them to unleash the value of their data in totally new ways, enabling them to:

  • Predict and shape future outcomes
  • Empower people to do higher value work
  • Create intelligent workflows that automate decisions and experiences
  • Re-imagine highly personalised business models

Bede Hackney

Country Manager, Australia & New Zealand

11:20 am - 11:50 am Case Studies Dive - How Sentiment Analytics Can Be Leveraged To Drive Cultural Transformation & Change

Hish Fernando - Data Governance Lead, Catholic Church Insurance


Hish Fernando

Data Governance Lead
Catholic Church Insurance

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Improving Analytical Services Consumption & ROI In Cloud Environments Through A Strong Data Preparation, Foundation & Operating Model

Richa Agarwal - Global Data & Analytics Manager, A.P. Moller - Maersk (India)

At Maersk, Richa has been on a transformation journey to re-envision the operating environment, resourcing and accountability regimes as it transitions to a cloud-first operating environment from a legacy/hybrid approach. In this session she talks to her experiences in terms of the key factors she finds are making her initiatives successful as well as the challenges she’s had to overcome. She will cover insights around:

  • How re-designing the data analytics teams into squads is improving shared accountability over analytical service adoption
  • Building the mix of skills right in your teams
  • Creating a strong data foundation through a cloud-first data warehouse across the globe
  • Bringing in efficiencies across data preparation and production to drive incremental business value

Richa Agarwal

Global Data & Analytics Manager
A.P. Moller - Maersk (India)

12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson