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Date(s) - 03/12/2018
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

University of Auckland Engineering Room 401-439


Analytics in Open Banking


Date: 3rd Dec from 2:30pm – 6pm

Location: University of Auckland, Engineering Building, 20 Symonds St, Room  1.439 (Google Map, StreetView

Room 1.439
Faculty of Engineering
20 Symonds St

). Parking is available in Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road (Google Map)

The event is free to attend and is sponsored by Xero and The University of Auckland


The NZ Analytics Forum are excited to bring you an event going under the hood of Open Banking – looking at the data, data science, and analytics driving these new open banking technologies.

Come along to hear from some of NZ’s leaders in the analytics in open banking space.

‘Open banking’ refers to a standardised and secure framework for sharing bank customer data with trusted financial service providers. It will enable providers to offer a wide range of new financial services. For example, retail payment mechanisms could be developed to allow restaurant bills to be split and paid automatically using mobile phone applications. Or applications could offer timely and personalised budget advice, for example when a customer enters a shop.


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






Matt Haigh, Director Open Banking, Westpac

Matt Haigh currently leads Open Banking for Westpac New Zealand. As Director, Open Banking he is accountable for the overall success of the initiative including Westpac’s participation in the current industry pilot, development of the API services, and customer engagement.

Matt will discuss open banking, provide us with an introduction to the topic, highlight the current status in NZ and other countries, discuss a few case studies of open banking currently in action, and then talk through some observations on data flow and analytic services enabled by Open Banking.


Ross Delaney, Michael McFadden, and Andy Dharmani

OPEN – Open Payments Enabled Network

OPEN (Open Payments Enabled Network) is a centralised cloud-based network that everyone can connect to via simple APIs.  OPEN’s single minded focus is about a collaborative ecosystem. We have a story to share about how Paymark are enabling fintech and business innovation in New Zealand with our bank partners.  Paymark have been on the open banking/API journey for the last 5 years, and want to show how open banking APIs are starting to change behaviour and innovation in NZ.

Speaker bios:

  • Ross Delaney is Paymark’s Head of Strategy & Innovation driving the OPEN platform. Ross leads the data and payments innovation teams at Paymark, which are paving the way for Open banking and data innovation in NZ.
  • Michael McFadden is Paymark’s leading payments expert in API technology.  He heads up Paymark’s payments innovation team which created the OPEN platform.
  • Andy Dharmani is the founder of Ako.ai which is a world leading voice and chat bot engine.  Andy has a vast background in ecommerce (previously at Flo2Cash) and telecommunications


Brendan Roberts, Aider

Aider is an AI-powered Digital Assistant for small businesses.  Just like a rockstar employee should, Aider analyses the data from within a business as well as external data that may impact a business, allowing users to ask questions, get answers, schedule updates, and take actions.  Using natural language, customers can have a conversation with their business data. In this session we’ll look at how AI can help small businesses and the range of data sources that could play a crucial role.

Brendan Roberts is the CEO and Founder of Aider.  Brendan has many years of experience in the global tech market with keen interests in AI, SaaS, and Blockchain.  Working on Startups as well as in Corporate environments across several countries, Brendan has been involved in several innovative projects taking them from conception to execution and into high growth.


Ossie Amir, Co-Founder Choice

Choice is a new contactless payments platform, connecting banking APIs with New Zealand’s physical terminal fleet, letting users pay with their phone by scanning a ChoiceQR code on a terminal. Choice is a net positive payments ecosystem, reducing transaction fees for merchants, and taking 50% of that reduced fee to donate to a New Zealand charity of the consumer’s choice. The impact generated through the ecosystem is measured transparently, and the infrastructure is open allowing anyone to participate in creating an equitable domestic payments infrastructure for Aotearoa.



We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event,

The NZ Analytics Forum Steering Committee


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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.


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