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Masters of Data

The Masters of Data - New Zealand’s foremost conference on Data and Analytics including three International Keynote speakers and featuring some of New Zealand’s top BI leaders. We’re delighted to announce three great international speakers for this year’s event; Donald Farmer, Andrew Cardno and Simon Meacher.

To register please click here.

Dates and Locations

Auckland - 8 November
Wellington - 10 November


List Price - $1495+gst
Earlybird* Price - $995+gst

*The Earlybird offer expires on the 21st of October.


Donald Farmer 
// Analyst & Visionary

Donald is an internationally respected speaker and writer, with 30 years global experience in data management and analytics. He has worked in award-winning startups in the UK and Iceland, and spent 10 years at Microsoft leading program management teams in data integration, data mining and desktop analytics.

Most recently, Donald has led the radical re-alignment of products at Qlik Technologies, a leading vendor in user-driven analysis and business intelligence. With Donald as the Vice President of Innovation and Design, Qlik was ranked by Forbes in 2015 as one of the top ten innovative growth companies in the world.

Donald is an advisor to diverse academic boards and government agencies in Europe and Asia, and also advises several startups and established vendors on data and innovation strategy.


Andrew Cardno
// Visualisation Pioneer

Winner of two Smithsonian Laureates and 16 innovation awards, Andrew is an established thought leader in visual analytics. He has led private Phd/Masters research teams in visualization for 15+ years, winning 16 innovation awards including the ‘Pioneering Product Award for Visualization’ from the Data Warehousing Institute.

Andrew has published over 100 industry and academic articles and is co-author of two books including ‘the Math that Gaming Made’, published in 2011, about the data, maths and statistics that drive the gaming industry.  

Andrew currently serves as CTO of VizExplorer, where he focuses on delivering software that takes Big Data to the masses. Providing software that allows anyone, in any industry, to create and act on advanced data visualisations based on massive amounts of data.


Simon Meacher
// UK Financial Markets Specialist

Simon has 15 years of experience working with blue chip companies within the financial industry.  From Claims & Market Analysis to Multi-Lingual Dashboards, his expertise extends beyond the normal BI environment in both complexity and scale.  Formerly of AON, Simon’s experience includes integrating BI environments at a continental scale (EMEA).  

Recipient of multiple awards and recognized as an emerging leader in his field, Simon has also been shortlisted for the CIR award for Best Use of Technology.

Peter Gavin
// Head of Data, ASB

Peter Gavin is Head of Data at ASB and directs the ASB Data Management Office.  He’s responsible for data strategy & culture, data infrastructure/capability build, data innovation and data quality. Peter has 20 years of practical experience in IT, working primarily in the Banking and Telco sectors, as well as post graduate qualifications in Financial and Management Information Systems.

Diane Edwards
// GM People, Systems and Technology, Ports of Auckland (Auckland only)

Diane has been working with the port since 2011. Diane has had an eclectic career spanning roles in a diverse range of positions including teaching, operational management, accounting, business reengineering, IT, training, human resources and change management. She has worked within the private, public, central government and not-for-profit sectors, including overseas experience in the UK, USA, Australia, India and Tanzania. Relevant industry experience includes periods consulting within P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk New Zealand and the Ministry of Transport.

Belinda Johnson
// CEO, Mindfull

In her pre-Mindfull life, Belinda was the CFO of a large property development company which explains her razor sharp knowledge of all things financial and impressive business acumen. Belinda looks after Mindfull's clients and is the poster girl for it’s values of empathy, tenacity and business nous. And when it comes to the technical stuff, there's no one better than Belinda at corralling the right experts together to solve clients' problems.

Sam Daish
// Head of Data Analytics, XERO

Not your typical analytics and information guy, Sam has a background in Human Resources, Strategy and Competitive Intelligence. He is excited by the opportunities that analytics and information creates to radically shift customer, commercial and national outcomes.  Sam has recently joined Xero to establish a data science function.

Julian Lee
// Advanced Analytics Specialist, Microsoft 

Julian started his career in Cancer Research as a Bioinformatician. He co-founded the R User Group in Singapore back in 2010 and is just amazed at the development of the R / Statistics community. In 2012, he joined Revolution Analytics as their Technical Pre-Sales Consultant when they first ventured out of the US and started their first Asia office. Last year Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics and Julian is delighted to see Microsoft go with R in a big way, adopting it into its stack!

Kari Jones
// Head of Data and Analytics, NZME 

Kari is the Head of Data and Analytics at New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) where she owns NZME's Audience Data Lake and Data Portal projects.  Formerly of PWC, Kari has worked across a plethora of New Zealand’s top companies, delivering on technology’s potential to meet business need.  Whilst at PWC Kari established the Digital and Data Analytics service line and was Chair of the PWC Analytics Forum.


08.00 am  Registrations 
09.00 am

Opening Address
Michael Whitehead, CEO and Founder, WhereScape

09.15 am BYO Data? Moving IT gatekeepers to shopkeepers
Donald Farmer, Analyst & Data Visionary 
10.15 am

Data makes the world go round
Belinda Johnson, CEO, Mindfull and Diane Edwards (Auckland only), GM People Systems and Technology, Ports of Auckland

11.05 am  The challenges of data & visualisation in a large corporation: an EMEA perspective
Simon Meacher, Data & Visualisation Consultant, Smith & Williamson (UK)
12.05 pm  Machine Learning - a different perspective on data
Sam Daish, Head of Data Analytics, XERO
12.35 pm Lunch
01.20 pm Lessons from the deep - the challenges of building a data lake
Kari Jones, Head of Data and Analytics
01.50 pm  Fast, intelligent actions with real-time data
Andrew Cardno, CTO, VizExplorer 
03.20 pm  Data Strategy DNA
Peter Gavin, Head of Data, ASB 
03.50 pm A match made for data: revolution analytics, R, Open Source and Microsoft
Julian Lee, Advanced Analytics Global Black Belt, Microsoft 
04.10 pm Panel Discussion
05.00 pm Networking Drinks


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