Peak body seeking Top 25 Analytics Leaders for 2019

IAPA recognises the role analytics leaders play in organisations in Australia and across the globe

23 Apr 2019

Sydney, NSW – 23 April 2019 – IAPA, the peak body for analytics professionals in Australia, today announced the 2019 IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders program is now open for nominations.

IAPA, the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia, is the professional organisation for the analytics industry in Australia, incorporating business analytics, data mining and AI across multiple disciplines and sectors.

“After the huge success of the inaugural Top 25 last year, we are again on the hunt for the profession’s best and brightest leaders,” said Annette Slunjski, Managing Director of IAPA. “And this year, understanding great analytics talent is sought across the globe, we’re also recognising five Australian analytics leaders currently working overseas as part of the Top 5 International Analytics 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. The best leaders also mentor junior talent to assist their team’s career progression.”

The IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders will be judged by a panel of leading analytics and business leaders and recognise excellence in strategy and impact; influence and advocacy; innovation and improvement; and team growth and leadership.

“The Data Science and Analytics talent landscape is both exciting and challenging due to its rapid growth and evolution. These awards are not just a recognition of the outstanding work the leaders in this community are doing, but it’s a testament to those that are truly at the forefront of organisational decision making,” said Dean Davidson, Executive General Manager, Recruitment Australia and New Zealand at Hudson.

“Altair is a strong believer in the role of ROI to demonstrate excellence in analytics. For over 25 years we’ve helped analytics leaders show ROI through our end-to-end analytics solutions,” said Masatomo Ayame, Sr. Vice President – Asia Pacific, Altair. “With the analytics market rapidly expanding, analytics leaders need to master not only hard measures like ROI but also advocacy, influence, strategy, innovation and team leadership. As such, Altair is honoured to be associated with IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders to recognise the best amongst the analytics leaders”.

“Analytics leaders are the linchpin to the successful delivery of business value from analytics. It’s great to be recognising them for their leading-edge role,” stated Slunjski.

The top 2 analytics leaders from 2018 were Matt Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist, PwC and Sandra Hogan, Group Head, Customer Analytics, Origin Energy.

Nomination forms and further information is available from the IAPA website at with nominations ending on 30 April 2019.

The IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders is supported by Hudson and Altair.