Leveraging technology for recovery

Leveraging technology for recovery

May 26
Join this expert panel for a discussion of how technology is being leveraged to inform, monitor and evaluate our collective response to crisis management and the public’s acceptance of technology-led solutions.
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Lucinda Longcroft, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy ANZ, Google
Ben Morley-John, Managing Director, Smash Delta
Dr Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist, NSW Department of Customer Service
Colin Dominish, Australian Digital Leader, GHD Digital

Event Overview

Faced with unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, institutions are leveraging technology and data analytics to help them respond to the pandemic and adapt for the future. 

Technology allows policy makers and service providers to reduce risk, measure outcomes and plan for recovery. However, the success of technology solutions and data driven insights relies on the public’s willingness to trust institutions to collect data on them and use it in the public good. 

Through this livestream, a panel of experts will discuss: 
  • How technology can be used to predict, plan and manage crises, using COVID-19 as the evolving case study; 
  • How we balance public good with individual freedoms when using technology and personal data to achieve better public health and safety outcomes; and  
  • What role data insights and access to trusted information can play in the public’s understanding of a crisis and the evidence base that informs the appropriate response from Government. 
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.00pm
WA: 10.30am


Meet the speakers

Lucinda Longcroft
Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy ANZ, Google

Lucinda joined Google in November 2019 as Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Australia and New Zealand, and brings over 25 years of public and private sector experience at national and international levels. Formerly, Lucinda served as Head of the New York Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), where she was responsible for liaison with the United Nations in New York and the Washington-based World Bank and IMF. An Australian national, Lucinda joined WIPO in 1998, where she served as Deputy Director in the Development Sector, and as a Senior Attorney in the Copyright and Electronic Commerce Divisions of WIPO.  Lucinda’s work has focused on innovation and technology, and the management of intellectual property for economic, social and cultural development.

Ben Morley-John
Managing Director, Smash Delta

As Managing Director and co-founder of data strategy firm Smash Delta, Ben leads an elite team of computer scientists, mathematicians, designers and strategists to embed advanced capabilities and solve issues of critical importance across government and the private sector. Ben and the Smash Delta team have undertaken cutting-edge and strategic analytics/AI projects throughout government, media and professional sport - including serving as lead strategic and analytics adviser to Transport for NSW in the development of the 30 Minute City, advising a range of government departments on the application of predictive/mobility technologies and developing analytics strategies for thwarting human trafficking in South East Asia. Based in Sydney, Ben has previously worked throughout Asia Pacific and the Americas - heading up Data & Analytics at L.E.K. Consulting and has worked across a range of investment banks and financial services firms.

Dr Ian Oppermann
Chief Data Scientist, NSW Department of Customer Service

Dr Ian Oppermann is the NSW Chief Data Scientist and Industry Professor at The University of Technology Sydney. Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society.

Meet the moderator

Colin Dominish
Australian Digital Leader, GHD Digital

Colin is the Australian Digital Leader for GHD Digital. Colin and his team focus on bringing the best value digital solutions and expertise from across GHD globally and applying them to local projects. This involves closely monitoring investments by federal, state and local council levels, and private enterprise, in the development and operations of infrastructure assets. His team are engaged in delivering large projects that are reshaping Australia, using digital transformation to enhance the customer experience and increase the operational efficiency of infrastructure assets. He has more than 30 years' experience in general management, project leadership, business development, client relationship management and delivering strategic outcomes across multiple continents and industries. As a strategic thinker and planner, Colin enjoys working together with clients to deliver lasting community benefit. He is passionate about leading change initiatives that improve client service, especially where they rely on enhanced employee diversity, empowerment and satisfaction.

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