Expert Speakers Include:

Eben Van Wyk

Portfolio Manager, First State Super

Eben works at First State Super – a $90bn asset owner – where he helps to build and manage active and customised Systematic Equities portfolios. Eben applies Machine Learning models to predict uncertainties within the stock market, as well as models that predict their client behaviours. This is in addition to his usage of more established Data Science methods for active stock selection, risk modelling and portfolio optimisation. Previously Eben filled a variety of roles within funds management, trading and research while in Sydney and London.

Sam Millar

Senior Manager, Performance Analytics, NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp)

Charles Wu

Deputy CIO and GM DC Investments, State Super

Arnie Wachs

Principal, Head of our Data Management Practice, Cutter Associates

Jason Warlond

Head of Business Development, APAC, Curium Data Systems

Jason is Head of Business Development, APAC for Curium Data Systems Limited (CDSL). His role is to expand the adoption of CuriumEDM, a unique product that combines Data Quality Management (DQM), Master Data Management (MDM), Business Intelligence (BI), Integration and Data Governance into a powerful Enterprise Data Management (EDM) solution. Jason is passionate about working with clients not only in their usage of CuriumEDM, but more broadly to adopt best practice data management techniques and capabilities.

Prof. Guandong Xu

Professor in Data Science, Advanced Analytics Institute, University Technology Sydney

Dr Guandong Xu is an Associate Professor at School of Software and Advanced Analytics Institute at Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology, Sydney. Currently he leads the Data Science and Machine Intelligence lab consisting of 15 Postdocs, Research Associates, and Research Students, and takes the role of Computing Science (honours) Program Coordinator at FEIT. Guandong has had 190+ publications in the areas of Data Science, Machine Intelligence, Recommender Systems, NLP, and Social Computing. Since 2015, he has led a dozen of research and industry projects in data science, predictive analytics, behaviour analytics, risk modelling, and customer engagement, gaining income totalling over $3M from ARC, governments, and industries. As recognition of his research impact and industry contribution, his team has been awarded the 2016 BigInsight Data Innovation Award in “Best Customer Insights”, 2017 Australian Marketing Institute Marketing Excellence Award NSW winner in “Consumer Research Insights” and “Customer Retention”, 2018 Top 10 Analytics leaders by Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia, and Best Industry Application of Data Analytics and AI winner of 2018 BigInsights Data and AI Award.

Ritchard Longmire

Senior Portfolio Manager, Invesco Australia

Ritchard Longmire, based in Melbourne, is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Invesco Quantitative Strategies (IQS) team. He is responsible for managing Australian equity portfolios (Core, 130/30 long/short, and Smaller Companies).
Ritchard has over 19 years’ experience in Australian equity and capital markets, working in quantitative portfolio management, research and analysis, and economics. Prior to joining Invesco in February 2018, Ritchard was with BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, and Tactical Global Management. Ritchard holds a Bachelor of Economics (honours) from Monash University.

Lisa Zavaroni

Data Governance Lead Metlife

Lisa Zavaroni currently leads Data Governance for MetLife Australia. Lisa is responsible for maturing the Data Governance programme in alignment with MetLife Global Data Governance compliance standards and reducing operational risk. Lisa has an extensive 15 years’ experience working in financial markets specialising in data remediation and data quality strategies.


Prior to working at MetLife Lisa spent 7 years at National Australia Bank in various roles in managing business and sales performance analytics across multiple distribution groups. Lisa’s work has been strongly focuses on mitigating risks for businesses having created risk probability assessment models for regulatory reporting and tools to identify risks, Lisa has worked directly with senior leadership teams in decreasing the risk of privacy breaches and reputational damage.

Nick Morton

Director, Portfolio Manager, Resonant Asset Management

Darthea Clydsdale

Information Risk Manager, QIC

Alex Wise

Executive Consultant, Castle Hall Alternatives

Ben Watson

CEO, Maroon Analytics Australia

Ben has over 17 years experience as a Quantitative Analyst with RBS, ABN Amro, Citigroup, Salomon Smith Barney and Natwest Markets. Ben has also worked as an analyst with Gas and Grain trading companies. Ben has a MSc. In Decision Sciences from the University of Westminster London in the UK and a B Com in Accountancy and Finance from the University of Tasmania.

Christian Eriksen

Co-Founder & Director Investment Control Systems Pty Ltd

Carl Bacon

CIPM Founder, Freedom Index Company, (UK)

Carl’s expertise in risk, performance measurement and GIPS enables him to add value to product development and StatPro’s business strategy. As he continues to publish and teach in these fields, external market knowledge is brought to the StatPro Board.

Darshil Mehta

Head of Data Governance, Bupa Australia & New Zealand

Experienced, passionate, and self-starter professional having substantial experience in IT industry mainly Data Management area. Worked in the U.S., Singapore, India, and Australia. Experience spans across all phases of Information Management focused projects like Big Data, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, Data Quality, Data Governance, establishing data operations starting from conceptualization to completion.

Andrew Ward

Managing Director SelfWealth

Felipe Flores

Founder and Podcast Host Data Futurology

Arthur Roumeliotis

Partner, Longreach Harvest Quant Investors

Mr. Roumeliotis is a founding partner of LHQI, specialising in machine learning to produce alpha across global equity markets to provide clients a return stream using machine learning that is best of breed and differentiated to the established Quantitative managers. Prior to forming LHQI, Mr. Roumeliotis was Senior Portfolio Manager and founding member of BGI Australia (BGIA) responsible for managing its entire set of Australian Equity portfolios, including trading and research. Following his time at BGA, Mr. Roumeliotis was made Head of Quantitative Sales at Macquarie Bank jointly responsible for managing its #1 rated Quant Research team. As Head of Investments, he then helped establish Macquarie’s very successful MQ hedge fund business, which today still remainsone of Asia’s most successful equity hedge fund businesses.

Arthur moved to JANA Investment Advisers in 2006 as Head of Absolute Return Fund Research and member of the Investment Committee, responsible for advising and guiding some of Australia’s largest institutional clients in their hedge fund allocation during the GFC. In 2010 Arthur left Australia to expand his expertise to Asia as Head of Portfolio Strategy with Prudential Asia Asset Management (PAAM) – responsible for the strategy and research of PAAM’s $US 25bn of Asian and Emerging Market equity funds, including the design and management of their very successful and large Asian low volatility income fund.

Dr Jonathan Gray

CEO & Chief Data Scientist

Mark Neary

Managing Director, APAC at Milestone Group

Mark has over 20 years experience in financial markets technology. He has held previous roles at Perpetual Trustees and Rothschild Australia Asset Management and previously undertook project consulting roles within Australian investment banks.

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