The IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders Program

Analytics is now a key part of modern business and the IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders is the only industry recognition of the profession’s best and brightest leaders!

Analytics leaders not only ensure the analytics team deliver value to the business, they champion analytics and insight-driven decision making with the c-suite while also mentoring junior talent to assist the junior’s career progression.

They are the linchpin to the successful delivery of business value from analytics. It’s once again time they were recognised to their leading-edge role. In it's fourth year, the IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders has already shone the spotlight on some amazing analytics leaders. 

“Analytics is a valuable addition to organisations in both good times and challenging times," said Annette Slunjski, Managing Director, IAPA. "In the midst of the current pandemic, there has never been such a thirst for data-driven insight that can guide your business, your industry and even your country."

Judged by a panel of leading analytics and business leaders, the IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders recognises excellence in four key areas strategy and impact; influence and advocacy; innovation and improvement; and team growth and leadership. View the criteria here.

Nominations are now open to all analytics leaders in Australia. Analytics Leaders are asked to provide responses based on activities and initiatives undertaken from 1 Jan 2019.

All analytics leaders in the top 25 will be announced at a virtual cocktail event in June and included in a Top 25 Analytics Leaders report and on the IAPA website. Those ranked in the top 10 will be featured online and in the report.

The analytics leader ranked number one will be recognised nationally via an extensive profile in the Top 25 Analytics Report and IAPA website, a promoted profile, a free ticket to the IAPA National Conference “Advancing Analytics”, a speaking position on the Advancing Analytics program and a trophy.

View the entry questions and nominate for the 2021 IAPA Top25 Analytics Leaders.


Now    Nominations open     
19 April   Nominations close  
Till mid-May   Round one judging  
Late May   Video interviews  
27 May   Round two judging  
16 June   Virtual Announcement Event  



Entries should draw examples and approaches for activities and initiatives undertaken since 1 January 2019. Note that the judges can only consider what is in your entry / nomination so ensure your entry covers everything you'd like to be considered.

Nominations will be judged by a panel of leading analytics and business leaders on the following criteria:

Strategy and impact
How well does the nominee align strategy and analytics and how does that drive the organisation forward. Does the c-suite or management team see analytics as a strategic lever for the business.  30% weighting

Influence and advocacy
How well does the nominee influence insights-led thinking in management team and c-suite. How well does the nominee help to advance analytics and the analytics community in Australia. 30% weighting

Innovation and improvement
How well does the nominee demonstrate out of the box thinking to improve analytics and governance for the organisation. 20% weighting

Team growth and leadership
How well does the nominee mentor, encourage and equip team members to propel their analytics careers. 20% weighting

All nominations will follow a two round judging process. Round one is judged on the nomination entry submitted online. Round two involves a video interview with round one short-listed nominees. References are required from c-suite and team members and may be used to validate your nomination.

The Top 25 Analytics Leaders will be announced at a cocktail event in mid June.



Nominate yourself or nominate your analytics leader

All nominations are to be submitted online. A confirmation of entry will be emailed to each nominee following successful submission.

The Top 25 Analytics Leader nomination questions

  1. Since 1 Jan 2019, how have you ensured the analytics function aligns to organisation’s strategy?
  2. Detail how, since 1 Jan 2019,  you’ve ensured that analytics helps to drive the organisation forward in terms of cost efficiencies or revenue maximisation.
  3. Outline how you have influenced management and the organisation to use analytics-driven insights for decision-making - from 1 Jan 2019.
  4. Tell us how you have helped lead and /or support the analytics community internally and externally since 1 Jan 2019.
  5. Detail how you have assisted and mentored early-career analytics professionals, from the period 1 Jan 2019 to now, to fulfil their potential. How are you helping them build the skills they need?
  6. Provide an example, from the period 1 Jan 2019 to now, of how you’ve driven improvement in the analytics function.
  7. Provide an example, from the period 1 Jan 2019 to now, where you’ve improved organisational governance and standards.
  8. Please provide a reference from both a:
    1. C-suite / management person that relates to your leadership of analytics’ impact on the organisation
    2. member of your analytics team that relates you mentoring & encouragement of team


Nominations are now close 19 April 2021 (midnight).

Past IAPA Top 25 Analytics leaders

The 2020 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders

#1 Analytics Leader in 2020 - Silvio Giorgio, General Manager Data Science, Australia Post

The 2019 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders

#1 Analytics Leader in 2019 - Sean Pereira, Director – Business Analytics, JLL

The 2018 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders

#1 Analytics Leader in 2018 - Matt Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist, PwC