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Date(s) - 02/09/2014
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

BECA House



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Event Theme: Managing Analytics Teams


The spring Auckland Analytics Forum event is sponsored by BECA and held at their Auckland office in Pitt Street.

Managing people is hugely rewarding, but often quite challenging.  Managing analytics teams will have some unique challenges – analysts by nature are highly data literate and analytical – but, beyond that, they’re as diverse as any other team in a business.

This Analytics NZ event is focused around discovering how to get the best out of our analytics teams.  We’ll hear from three speakers who not only have years of experience in managing analysts, but also have a genuine passion for doing this well.  We’ll also get a first look at the results of our survey, to see if we can uncover the world of the analytics professional….


Phil Shepherd, Harmonic Analytics

Paul O’Connor, Datamine

Richard Allen, Fonterra


Followed by networking drinks from 5pm

There is no charge but a limited number of spaces available, so sign up today to join us in either Wellington or Auckland.

Speakers bios:

Phil Shepherd is the CEO of Harmonic Analytics

Phil is a Wellington-based businessman.  He owns and manages local data science company Harmonic Analytics.  He gained commercialexperience from the telecommunications and IT sector during the 1990s while on his OE through Europe, US and Asia.  His data science epiphany came after returning to NZ in 2003 when asked by Telecom to gather a team of statisticians to address a complex, yet common problem Phil had seen, mostly unsolved, in many countries.  Much to everyone’s delight, this team solved the problem in just 3 months through a combination of great statistical analysis and teamwork.  Ever since, Phil and Harmonic CAO Shirley Wu have enjoyed building and managing an analytics team and through the process, appreciate it takes time, understanding and inspiration.


Paul O’Connor is the Head of Analytics at Datamine

Paul O’Connor founded Datamine in 1995 and has been the catalyst in analytics becoming the key part of business and government decision making.  Datamine produces data-driven solutions and invaluable resources for many of New Zealand’s leading organisations, in telecommunications, health, financial services and FMCG, to name a few.  Each Datamine project includes a cross-functional team of client-focused and technical experienced Dataminers.  As the Technical Services Director, Paul oversees all of the analytics projects, working closely with the technical leads and his dedicated team of experienced analysts, mentoring and passing on his wealth of knowledge.

With over 20 years of analytical experience, he is equipped to implement pragmatic analytic solutions ranging across customer insight, operational excellence, strategic direction, and performance improvement.  Datamine removes the guesswork from business decision making and is passionate about the value of data and empowering others to put it to good use.


Richard Allen is the GM of Global Value Chain Optimisation at Fonterra

After completing a Commerce degree and subsequent Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Richard has held multiple roles with Fonterra, New Zealand’s largest company. He has extensive experience in asset valuation and optimisation modelling, strategy development and deployment, and most recently business transformation.

In his current role Richard is responsible for working across the global Fonterra business to design long term supply chain network designs and strategic plans as well as lead the development and implementation of the global Executive S&OP process across the Fonterra senior management team.

Richard is also a co-founder and active Director in Snowball Effect – New Zealand’s premier online equity crowdfunding platform.


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