In 2016 and 2017 98% of respondents that attended the seminar agreed or strongly agreed that the Data Analytics Seminar met their expectations. Feedback from the previous seminars included:

  • Really enjoyed the day, learn a lot and thoroughly worth the time and money spent attending (and as a contractor, not only did I pay for it myself but more significantly it also cost me a day's lost pay!)
  • An excellent seminar with a great, high level coverage of key issues.
  • Very informative and interesting.

Plenary 1: Real Business Problems – Delivering the Value

Chair: Angat Sandhu

Steve Millward - Chief Analytics Officer, Data Republic
Peter Tilocca - Chief Underwriter, ANZ Wealth

This plenary is intending to focus on actual applications of data analytics in financial services. Areas where data analytics is adding value and the areas where data analytics is expected to add value in the near future. We are also looking for some commentary on separating the hype from the reality. (Examples of this could include: What was the original aim vs what was actually possible vs what was achieved?)


Plenary 2: Regulatory Perspectives – Challenges and Opportunities in Data Analytics

Chair: Angat Sandhu

Jason Collins - Senior Manager, Data Science, Strategic Intelligence, ASIC
Katrina Ellis – General Manager, Data Analytics, APRA

In this session, we will be hearing from major regulators, APRA and ASIC, on their experience with data analytics thus far. The speakers will share perspectives on their aspirations with use of data analytics, their journey to date including the greatest challenges experienced.

PLenary 3: Expanding Horizons – Learning from other Fields

Chair: Johan Wiid

Tatia Rashid
– Quantium
Dr Paul Nicolarakis – CEO, Lorica Health

Data analytics is changing the landscapes of most industries, as data starts to provide insights that were never previously imagined. It is sometimes surprising that the new ideas in insurance may have been already used in the health or sports sectors. This session looks at what Actuaries can learn from the innovation in the non-financial services industries and adapt into our own fields.

Plenary 4: The Education Revolution

Chair: Johan Wiid

Michael Storozhev
– Senior Underwriter, Cover-More
Dr Doron Samuell - Chief Medical Officer, Zurich

What is the changing landscape of education in data analytics? In such a fast-paced field, how can education keep up with the needs of the industry. This session explores the education revolution as universities are adapting by working closer with the private and public sector, and a myriad of open education sources are giving Actuaries the skills to succeed in the data analytics world.

Plenary 5: Insurtech – The Next Frontier

Chair: Angat Sandhu

Brenton Charnley - Lead and Co-Founder, Insurtech Australia
Vanessa Dobson – Head of Research and Development, Munich Re
Paul Reynolds – CEO and Co-Founder, Factor Financial Analytics

In this plenary, the panelists will be sharing their views on the latest developments in InsurTech Australia, with a particular focus on start-ups that are using data analytics to better serve the insurance industry. We will hear views both from the start-ups themselves as well as industry participants that are working closely with the start-ups.


Post Event Drinks will be held immediately after the Seminar closes. This will be a great opportunity to network with colleagues and friends.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers