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 uncertainty and technological advances, 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. 

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.

Nominations for the 2023 Top 25 Analytics Leaders program are now closed.
Join us to celebrate the 2023 Top 25 at the Announcement Event in 14 June.

Check out the Hints and Tips for your Nomination as discussed at the 2023 Top 25 Analytics Leaders launch event on 20 March


2023 Timeline

20 March    2023 Top 25 Launch event, Sydney    
21 March    Nominations open       
17 April
  Nominations close    
24 April   Nominations deadline extension    
late May   Shortlist round    
14 June    2023 Top 25 Announcement Event - Black-tie Cocktails  




Entries should draw examples and approaches for activities and initiatives undertaken since 1 January 2022. 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.


Platinum Sponsors of the 2023 Top 25 Analytics Leaders Program

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Past IAPA Top 25 Analytics leaders

The 2023 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders

#1 Analytics Leader in 2022 - Ana Roy - Head of Analytics (Merchandise), Kmart Australia

The 2022 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders

#1 Analytics Leader in 2022 - Brad Petry, Executive Director – Technology and Insights, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victorian Government

The 2021 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders

#1 Analytics Leader in 2021 - Lionel Kho
Vice President, Data and Analytics
Dentsu International

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

The 2018 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders

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