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Date(s) - 29/06/2017
2:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Auckland University of Technology, 2 Governoy FitzRoy Place, WG Building


The NZ Analytics Forum invites you to our event on Data-Driven Social Investment, bringing together New Zealand’s greatest minds to talk about how we can leverage data and analytics to improve the lives of our citizens.

The event is free of charge and is kindly sponsored by Experian and Auckland University of Technology


When: 29th June 2:15pm – 5pm, with drinks and nibbles till 6pm,

Where: AUT, Room WG308, Level 3 in the Sir Paul Reeves Building

Registration: The event is free of charge, with capacity of 200

people. Please register below


Our Speakers:

Hon Amy Adams, Minister for Social Investment

Amy Adams was educated at Rangitoto College in Auckland, moved to Canterbury in 1988 and has been a proud Cantabrian ever since.
Amy studied law at Canterbury University and was a partner with Mortlock McCormack Law in Christchurch, specialising in commercial and property law.
Elected to Parliament in 2008 to the South Canterbury seat of Selwyn, she served on a number of select committees before being promoted to Cabinet in 2011, where she served the majority of the time as Environment Minister.
Amy retained the seat of Selwyn in September 2014, receiving the largest majority in the country and joined National’s front bench as Minister of Justice. In December 2016, she added Social Housing and Social Investment to her workload.
Amy lives in Aylesbury, with her husband Don and their two children, on their 250 hectare sheep and crop farm.


Dame Diane Robertson,  Chair of the Data Futures Partnership 
Dame Diane is Chair of the Data Futures Partnership and is the former City Missioner at the Auckland City Mission. She has instigated and managed databases for a variety of agencies. She was responsible for the collection and analysis of data gathered for the Auckland City Mission’s Family 100 research project, which has become one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on families living in poverty.
Diane is a successful social sector entrepreneur, giving her a unique combination of strong business and financial skills with strong social sector credentials. Her passion is to deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders through the development of sound policies informed by qualitative and quantitative data.


Lillian Grace,  Data for social investment – FigureNZ
Lillian (@gracefullillian) is CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ, the first organisation globally to assert everyone can use data in their thinking, and to build the systems, software, relationships and trust to enable this. Figure.NZ provides a data publishing service to organisations with data, standardising it and making it truly usable for everyone regardless of skill level. Lillian is on the recently established Data Futures Partnership Working Group, on the Expert Advisory Panel of the Open Government Partnership, as well as on the board of NZ’s Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini. Previously Lillian was at Academy Award-Winning Massive Software, and at think tank The New Zealand Institute.


Robert O’Brien,  Data Commons
The Data Commons is a community initiative to enable access to a wider class of gathered data. To build a high-trust, lower-cost alternative to data sharing that enables the transparent data reuse and integration across organisations. The objective is to help achieve better social and environmental outcomes through the use of data for NZ Inc. By co-designing and developing governance and technical architectures (Protocols) for the use of data with consent. Robert will explain the Data Commons, where it fits into data acquisition strategies and data pipelines, and how it can supports Data-Driven Social Investment.


Professor Rhema Vaithianathan,  Achieving Trusted Data Use

Rhema will talk about the key factors that drive our decisions about uses of our data, and explain how organisations can work towards becoming trusted users of data. She will also give an overview of work the Data Futures Partnership is doing to establish guidelines for trusted data use.
Rhema is a Professor in Economics at the Auckland University of Technology and a Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University. She is a health economist, and has had extensive experience on the implementation of predictive analytic tools and the use of big-data in health and social services. She is currently involved in over $11m of grants, with projects in New Zealand, the US and Singapore, and is a member of the Data Futures Partnership’s working group.


We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event,

The NZ Analytics Forum Steering Committee


Please register below, and include your company name.


Please note: The event is free but requires a booking. Due to the limited number of seats available, we recommend that you book early and request that you make this unique opportunity a priority. If after booking you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking so that others can participate.


This event is fully booked.