We’re excited to bring you a diverse range of speakers, from all industries and sectors, to share their insights and expertise around the applications of data science for business. 

Our speakers will address important subjects around diversity & inclusion in data science, and how we can foster an inclusive and capable data science community. 


SPEAKERS & workshop facilitators

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Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC is the Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering.    



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Dr Karl

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is a scientist, doctor and engineer whose fun-loving personality led him to become a well-known author and science communicator. 

Professor Lyn Beazley

Professor Lyn Beazley AO FAA FTSE

Neuroscientist, 2015 WA Australian of the Year

Professor Lyn Beazley serves on numerous boards and councils and is a proud patron for several organisations that work to bring education and employment opportunities to neurodiverse people.

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Professor Peter Klinken AC

Chief Scientist, Western Australia

As Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Peter Klinken’s passion is to see the State develop into a global hub of creativity and innovation in all sectors.


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Mr Grant Dusting

Director of Strategy, McCrindle

Grant Dusting is a social researcher experienced at advising organisations on how to respond strategically to current and future trends. Grant excels at providing data-led insights so decisions can be made with wisdom and stories told with clarity.


Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt

Director of the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) and Australian Space Data Analysis Facility (ASDAF)

Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt is an internationally prominent radio astronomer working in the space between astrophysics, computer science and big data.


Mr Simon Lewis-Jones

General Manager, Data & Analytics, Bankwest

Simon Lewis-Jones is a global data and analytics leader who enables organisations to develop market leading customer intelligence to support data driven business strategies.

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Manager, Decision Science Chapter, Group Technology, BHP

Versatile and driven, Gaurav offers skills in strategic planning, operations management, and advanced analytics gained over 20+ years of leadership experience. In that time, he has forged collaborative partnerships across organizations to deliver advanced technical solutions to complex challenges.

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Dr Rocio Bona

Principal Consultant, Idoba / Sandpit Innovation

Rocio is a senior planning and transformation practitioner passionate about strategy development, project initiation and the use of technology to drive sustainability outcomes. She has extensive experience working with large property portfolios, in leading public and private sector organisations in Australia, Canada, Mexico and Indonesia. She brings 20+ years in climate resilience, carbon management, strategic asset management and corporate sustainability reporting.

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Dr Anupiya Nugaliyadde

Senior Data Scientist, Idoba/Optika solutions

Anupiya is an award-winning Senior Data Scientist and an Honorary Research Fellow at Murdoch University. Having worked on many data science projects in multiple areas Anupiya has had the unique opportunity to research and experiment with some of the more complex machine learning techniques, resulting in many published research papers. Some of his papers introduced novel approaches for applying Deep Learning in the areas of Natural Language Understanding, Time Series, Image Processing, and Data Analysis. 

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Principal Consultant, Idoba/Sandpit Innovation

Tanya Perry is an Environmental Science degree qualified sustainability professional with 20+ years of experience gained within the resources sector. Tanya has worked in operational and corporate environment and social management roles in the bauxite mining, alumina refining and oil and gas industries.Tanya is values driven and passionate about data-driven impactful solutions for great sustainability performance.

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MR Matthew Anastassiou

Principal consultant, Impres

Matthew is a Chemical Engineer with a Masters in Data Science with 10+ years’ experience working in Mining, Oil, and Gas. He has worked in all facets of Engineering from Design, to Projects to Managing Operations and Operational Teams, working with teams of consultants and clients across the mining and oil and gas sector in innovation, digital transformation, dynamic supply chain modelling and change management. He excels in client focused solutions and has a resourceful approach to identifying solutions and drives these to completion.

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Mr Alexander Liffers

Development Team Lead, illuminance Solutions

An application and service solution architecture expert. Alex Liffers looks after the award-winning development team while working on the future of illuminance Solutions as technology progresses.

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Mr Vincent Lam

Principal Consultant, illuminance Solutions

With his wealth of industry knowledge and experience in the ever-changing tech sphere Vincent Lam designed AvantCare by illuminance Solutions that made the company a Global Microsoft Partner for Social Impact.

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Head of Data and Platform, Wesfarmers OneDigital 

Mario is an experienced data management & analytics professional who drives Wesfarmers’ data culture by creating solutions that transform customer experiences and business performance.

Leah Kaplan


Google Cloud ANZ Technical Practice Lead for Analytics, Google

Leah is a data and analytics specialist and self-professed SQL nerd. Prior to working at Google, Leah worked with customers across financial services, retail, government, and the resources sector to accelerate their businesses with data driven decision making.



CEO, Valrose | Co-Chair of Women in Technology WA

Tina is considered a successful moderniser in her field and is called upon regularly to share her insights on attracting top technology talent, successful career advancement, incorporating diverse hiring practices and building high performing, inclusive cultures. 

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Cettina is passionate about tackling complex problems and nurturing big ideas to create change. Cettina has a deep understanding of the value created through the connection of strategy, human centred design, data and collaborative innovation.


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Mr Zane Prickett

Co-Founder & Director, CORE Innovation Hub

Zane is the Director of CORE Innovation Hub – Australia’s first co-working, collaboration and innovation hub focused on facilitating growth for WA’s startup and innovator community and connecting with industry in the resources and energy sector. A key pillar has been upskilling today’s talent for tomorrow’s capability through the hub’s CORE Skills programs.



Co-Founder & Skills Lead, CORE Innovation Hub

Tamryn is committed to growing a community of world-leading innovators in WA to deliver the ideas, knowledge, culture and skills we need now and into the future. Through the CORE Skills program, Tamryn is supporting data science capability for executives and professionals and helping industry to better understand how all roles can deliver value through data.

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Co-Founder, VentureX HQ

Pia Turcinov sits on numerous boards and manages a portfolio career, connected through a common focus on the opportunities which innovation, technology and diversity offer. As immediate-past Chair of WiTWA and co-founder of VentureX HQ, Pia is a vocal champion of diversity, equity and women entrepreneurs.

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Dr Keyao (Eden) Li

Research Fellow, Future of Work Institute, Curtin University

Dr Li’s research examines digital innovation, performance, safety and well-being in the workplace. Eden is also a research fellow at the ARC Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance Through Data Science. Her research at the centre aims to translate advances in data science arising from the research projects into workplace improvement for the future mining industry.

Ben Caldwell


Principal, Nukon

Ben is a passionate machine learning practitioner with extensive experience delivering automation and process control solutions to his clients. Ben combines practical industry experience, strong ongoing professional development, and a focus on problem definition to deliver innovative solutions that provide real value.

Gary North

Mr Gary North

Senior Sales Engineer, Snowflake

Gary has worked in the data and analytics industry for the last 25 years, including a broad range of platforms and customers. Working at Snowflake, Gary’s ongoing objective is to see data become an increasingly important commodity, whilst its value is realised to its full potential by analysts and Data Scientists.


Ms sarada lee

Principal Data Scientist, Perth Machine Learning Group

Sarada is the Co-Founder and Principal Data Scientist at Perth Machine Learning Group where she is focused on building industry capability in AI throughout WA. Sarada transitioned from her career as a professional accountant into an AI practitioner, and now helps run one of the most active ML communities in Australia.

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MS Niamh toohey

Digital & Data Consultant, Lean & Agile Pty Ltd

Niamh is a Digital & Data Consultant, supporting teams to reimagine better inclusive, sustainable, data-driven & adaptable. As an advocate of tech innovation and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), she volunteers with WITWA, INCITE Awards (Chair, 2021), Openmined.org and as a Consultative Committee Member at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

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Director, WA AustCyber Innovation Hub

Cecily leads the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub and is dedicated to working with organisations that strive for positive, equitable and inclusive impact. Cecily is a proven innovator with the ability to bring people together to develop new and creative solutions to complex problems. 

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Lead Data Scientist, Curtin Institute for Computation

Prior to joining the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC), Dan has worked on numerous projects funded by the European Space Agency and World Bank, which included, shallow water habitat mapping from space and radiative transfer modelling.  Dan is the principal investigator at the CIC for the Autonomous Fish Identification (AFID) project which uses machine learning to automate labelling of fish from underwater videos for habitat conservation research. 



Lead Data scientist, Curtin Institute for Computation

Kathryn is the Lead Data Scientist for the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI) project. She joined the Curtin Institute for Computation in 2018 and has worked on a range of projects, from the analysis of pathology data to drive improvements in patient care in the diagnosis of bloodstream infections, to developing machine learning models to estimate the joint angles of ballet dancers performing leg lifts.


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MS Kylah morrison

General Manager for WA & SA, METS Ignited

Kylah has over 15 years’ experience working in private companies in the oil & gas industry, indigenous organisations, not-for-profits, and start-ups. From 2016 to 2019 Kylah championed regional economic development as the President, then CEO of the local Chamber of Commerce, and Founding Chairperson of the Pilbara Universities Centre. Kylah is passionate about innovation, diversity and inclusion, indigenous affairs, corporate governance and sustainability.

Luan Mai


Senior Consultant, Visagio

Luan is a Senior Consultant with solid expertise in advanced analytics, ML and AI. His career spans over 10 years in mining, logistics, agriculture, and marketing sectors. He holds a PhD in mining engineering and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), Australian Consultant Society (ConSoc), and APCOM2021 conference organising committee.

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Senior Consultant, Visagio

Felipe Allevato is a senior consultant with 13+ years of experience in many industries, which include mining, retail, oil and gas, logistics and telecom.He works applying advanced analytics skills such simulation and optimisation mainly to operations, logistics and supply chain. He has been a lecturer for 4+ years, including a Logistics post-graduate course in Brazil, and a Data Storytelling unit to UWA’s Master of Business Analytics. 

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Senior Legal Counsel & Digital Translator, Chevron Australia

As Women in Technology WA Tech [+] 20 Award Winner 2021, Legal Technology & Innovation Committee Chair for the Association of Corporate Counsel and Advisory Board Member for the Centre for Legal Innovation Aust & NZ, SJ has inspired use of data science in the law and beyond.

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Professor Eun-Jung Holden

Director of UWA Data Institute and Leader of Centre for Data-driven Geoscience (CDG), UWA

Eun-Jung (EJ) has leading expertise in data science applied to geoscience.  Her team works closely with mining industry and develops innovative visual analytics, machine learning and AI solutions.  She is the winner of the AI in Mining category in Women in AI Awards, Australia and New Zealand, 2022.

Jeremy Mitchell

Dr Jeremy Mitchell

CTO & Co-Founder, Data Mettle

Jeremy is a lead data scientist with extensive expertise in delivering data science insights and products for marketing and commercial teams. He is an expert in machine learning, statistical analysis and optimisations. Prior to his data science career, Jeremy was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London, where he took particular interest in teaching and supervising Masters and undergraduate student projects.


dR Michael garrett

Solutions Architect, Xsights Digital

Dr Garrett is a Solutions Architect at XSights Digital who are an Australian-owned company focused on being the leading provider of technology enhanced data collection and insights reporting solutions within the IoT and Sensing as a Service space. This role extends on Michael’s previous experience within the applied research and digital systems domain.


Professor christopher lawrence

Dean Indigenous Engagement, Faculty Science & Engineering, Curtin University

Accomplished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing researcher Professor Lawrence has been appointed the first Dean of Indigenous Engagement at Curtin University where he will help extend cultural understanding and open up exciting new career pathways for Indigenous students. Professor Lawrence was the 2008 Australian-American Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship recipient, studied at Harvard University and most recently was the head of the Centre for Indigenous Technology Research and Development at the University of Technology Sydney


Mr Alex Jenkins

Director, WA Data Science Innovation Hub

Alex is the Director of WADSIH and has over 15 years experience working in the technology space implementing and advocating for data science and analytics solutions. 



Master of Ceremonies

Hans Boehm is the 2022 Data Science for Business Conference & Exhibition MC.