Australia’s peak body for analytics professionals has revealed the 25 people at the top of the analytics leadership table in Australia as part of the IAPA 2020 Top 25 Analytics Leaders program.

The awards first began in 2018 and Annette Slunjski, Managing Director, IAPA said she has already seen positive change over that time.

“The ability of the data leader to be able to converse in business terms with business leaders and provide insights in  a language that the decision-makers can understand and base decisions on is one big area of improvement.”

According to Slunjski, “The quality of the entries continues to improve dramatically as you would expect as the industry matures.”

She added that the ability of analytics to play a role from a strategic level and a tactical is increasing as the c-suite now understands how important data is to their business.

IAPA, the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia, is the professional organisation for the analytics industry in Australia, incorporating data analytics, data science and analytics-driven insights for better business decisions.

“The diversity of the Top 25 shows the importance of analytics to all industries and the benefit of diverse voices to analytics, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence endeavours,” said Slunjski.

“The gender balance in analytics skews dramatically to men, so it’s great to see half of the top six were women, 40 per cent in the Top 10 and just under 30 per cent across the 25 people recognised.”

“Leadership in analytics is so much more than technical expertise. Soft skills continue to be the difference between good and great while the ability to crisply distil and translate analytics insights to business impact creates standout leaders.”

The number one ranked analytics leader for 2020 is Silvio Georgio, General Manager Data Science, Australia Post.

Silvio Giorgio, General Manager Data Science, Australia Post

All businesses stand to benefit from analytics-led insights. The 2020 cohort of top 25 leaders in analytics spans all industries from traditional analytics industries of financial services, utilities and telco to eCommerce, education, services software and government. This year also saw charity, agency and travel sectors represented.

Top analytics leaders not only ensure the analytics team deliver value to the business, they champion analytics and insight-driven decision making with the C-suite and mentor junior talent to assist their team’s career progression.

Judged by a panel of leading analytics and business leaders, the 2020 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders recognises excellence in four key areas strategy and impact; influence and advocacy; innovation and improvement; and team growth and leadership. In addition to identifying the cohort of 25 as the 2020 Top 25, the judging panel ranked the top ten analytics leaders.

  1. Silvio Giorgio, General Manager Data Science, Australia Post
  2. Scott Wynne, Head of Claims Analytics, QBE
  3. Craig Napier, Chief Data Officer, University of Technology Sydney
  4. Angela Kim, Head of Analytics and AI, Teachers Health Fund
  5. Duhita Khadepau, Director – Analytics and Data Science, Assignar
  6. Hema Prasad, Director of Data & Anaytics, KPMG
  7. Kshira Saagar, Group Director of Data Science and Analytics, Global Fashion Group and THE ICONIC
  8. Sally Grove, GM Insights, Australian Motoring Services (AMS)
  9. Alex Antic, Head of Data Science, Australian National University
  10. Keegan O’Shea, Principal Consultant, Customer Data Science and Analytics, Suncorp Group.

“The entries for this years’ IAPA awards truly demonstrated the diverse and influential applications of data and analytics in Australian businesses. The ability to be data-driven at all levels of a business is paramount to success in the future and this has only been made more evident by the current climate. What is clear from this years’ data and analytics leaders is the importance of bringing the wider business along on the analytics journey and clearly communicating the benefits so a data-driven culture can permeate the entire organisation.

“At Domo, we’re proud to be aligned to a group of analysts that are challenging the status quo and forging a new standard for data and analytics in line with our vision of creating data-empowered organisations. From predicting bushfires to keeping the postal service running on time, these leaders’ use of data and analytics is a game changer in Australia,” said Amy Christopher, Director of Marketing and Account Development, Domo.

“Analytics leaders are the linchpin to the successful delivery of business value from analytics. We are proud to publicly recognise them for their leading role in building better business,” stated Slunjski.

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