Data Analytics Working Group (DAWG)

Convenor
Bartosz Piwcewicz
Bartosz is a passionate leader with broad experience across different industries gained in both corporate and consulting roles. He has a proven track record in successfully building and leading actuarial and analytical functions, engaging with executives and boards, developing and implementing impactful data-driven strategies and improving business practices for companies in Australia and New Zealand. 
 
Members
Amanda Aitken Amanda Aitken
amanda@actedge.com.au
Amanda is a Director at Actuarial Edge; specialising in general and health insurance, self-insurance and data analytics. Her background is in workers' compensation, where she used her analytical skills to uncover scheme trends and develop initiatives and strategies to improve scheme outcomes.

Amanda considers herself to be a Data Detective; hunting through data to unearth the best opportunities for her clients. She particularly enjoys putting her actuarial skills to use in new ways. Amanda has been involved in a variety of analytical projects, ranging from forecasting membership profiles of sporting clubs, investigating staff retention rates and building remuneration optimisation models. 
 Mitch Prevett Mitch Prevett
Mitch leads the Product Analytics team at Quantium building advanced analytics into their products across all industries and solutions. In addition, he leads the analytics community at Quantium driving thought leadership and best practice across the company. 
Prior to his current role Mitch led the retail business unit working with Woolworths and large FMCG suppliers consulting at a strategic level on pricing and promotions, forecasting, ranging and customer targeting. He also has deep experience in the Insurance industry and was central in the development of new approaches in price optimisation, risk modelling and competitor analysis. 
Mitch has a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with First Class Honours from The Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. 
Chris Dolman Chris Dolman
Chris Dolman has wide ranging insurance industry experience, having worked across multiple countries as both an advisor and in industry, in both traditional and non-traditional roles. He is currently GM, Analytics at IAG, helping to drive data driven decision making across all aspects of the organisation.
Hugh Miller Hugh Miller
Hugh is an actuary at Taylor Fry, where he has worked since 2006 undertaking work for both Analytics and General Insurance. Over the past few years he has had a particular focus on government social services, including the annual valuation of the New Zealand Welfare system. Hugh is also a keen researcher, completing his PhD in statistics at the University of Melbourne in 2010. Topics of interest include combining approaches from statistics and actuarial science, as well as developing methods for individual level modelling of actuarial problems.
Alex Rowley Alex Rowley
alex.rowley@au.ey.com

Alex is a senior manager within EY’s Actuarial Services team, a team where he has had various roles since taking on a graduate position approximately 10 years ago. His focus is on the application of quantitative and numerical skill sets to solve a variety of complex business problems. To achieve this he has used and deployed a wide variety of statistical, analytical and machine learning algorithms to manage risk or improve performance. Alex’s experience has predominantly been in the government and financial services sectors. Within government, this has included areas as diverse as defence, education, health, justice and child protection. Over the last couple of years, he has spent the majority of his time focusing on the justice and health sectors. Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Ada Tong Ada Tong
ada.tong@gmail.com
Ada is an analytics and data science consultant with 10 years of experience across multiple industries in both Australia and Hong Kong. She is passionate about using data to help businesses make better decisions. She is currently working for Quantium, helping businesses make data-driven decisions with exciting new datasets. She has just returned from a three year stint in Hong Kong where she led the Modelling & Insights team at Asia Miles. Her team analysed customer behavior to drive better customer experiences and business outcomes. She also spent a year working for various Asian fintech startups. In her spare time, she started the Hong Kong Analytics Community,  a networking group for analytics professionals in the city. Ada is excited about the contribution actuaries can make to data analytics and the data science world.

Bernard Wong PhD
bernard.wong@unsw.edu.au

Bernard is the Head of the School of Risk of Actuarial Studies at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on actuarial modelling and insurance risk and capital, and teaches courses in data analytics and in enterprise risk management for actuaries.Bernard is a Fulbright Scholar, and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Aaron Cutter

Aaron was a physicist and is now an actuary and Principal at Finity experienced in general insurance and accident compensation. Recently he has set up and leads Finity’s Big Data practice, also known as Defin’d and is committed to actuaries in analytics playing a further significant role in this space.  He is a strong believer that actuaries help organisations better understand their businesses, their customers and hence are well placed to help with issues of strategic importance.  Actuaries, data and analytics in business problem solutions will only deepen as the world’s generation, retention and ability to interrogate data explodes.

Basem Morris

Basem is a data analytics actuary at Deloitte.  He is a qualified actuary with extensive experience in analytics, banking and insurance. Prior to joining Deloitte, he spent 10 years working in London where he advised some of the largest European, Asian and Australian financial institutions.

Bringing together a unique blend of technical expertise and commercial acumen, he focuses on bridging the gap between analytics and business needs.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA).

Jas Singh
  Mike Fowlds

Council Members 
Bill Konstantinidis
Bill Konstantinidis 
Bill has extensive experience within the general insurance area. He is currently General Manager Product at Covermore where he looks after the product, underwriting and actuarial teams of the company for travel insurance. He was previously Executive Manager Pricing Commercial Customer at Suncorp within the Chief Data Office (where he managed a large team of actuaries and analysts covering valuation, pricing and analysis of a wide range of general insurance products across the Suncorp Group), having held other Executive Manager positions with Suncorp prior to that. He has also held Chief Underwriting Officer/Executive Manager roles with Allianz Global Assistance, RACQ Insurance and CUNA Mutual. In 2011 he was President of the Queensland Branch of ANZIIF (Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance).

Institute HQ
Elayne Grace - CEO 

Elayne Grace is CEO of the Actuaries Institute. She was previously Deputy CEO and Head of Public Policy from 2013 – 2017, responsible for the development and implementation of the Institute’s public policy strategy. Elayne has 25 years’ international experience with leading consulting firms and major insurers. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK) and has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance.
Tony Burke -  Head of Member Services Operations 

Tony is Head of Member Services Operations at the Institute, and leads the Education, Events, Member Services Administration and Product and Professional Development teams.

His trademark is the ability to translate sophisticated business strategy, market knowledge, and industry insight into growth and expansion roadmaps. 

With over 20 years of leadership experience, Tony has excelled both as an effective senior executive and as the transformation datalyst for the development and advocacy of policy with Commonwealth and State Governments, statutory bodies, and media representatives.

An expert in strategic planning and the co-ordination of geographically dispersed teams, Tony has readily shown the ability to leverage his experience to facilitate complex communication, legislative, policy, and public relations outcomes.

Tony has operated in a range of senior roles with multinational companies operating in the logistics, banking, and B2B markets, and as head of policy and strategy for the banking industry. In all these appointments, Tony’s greatest achievement was his unwavering ability to seamlessly lead through change, evolution, innovation, and action.

Sarah Tedesco - Head of Strategic Projects
Sarah has spent the last six and a half years in senior management positions at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants leading the teams responsible for the creation of education and professional development programs and strategies.  Prior to this, Sarah worked in Australia, Europe and Asia in a variety of national Learning & Development and Executive Management roles, the two most recent having been the National Learning & Development Manager for KPMG and Head of Learning & Capability for Hutchison Telecommunications (3 Mobile). 

Keynote and Plenary Speakers