Global Speakers


Audrey Ciccone

Chief Strategist

Analytics Perspectives

Audrey is the Chief Strategist with Analytic Perspectives and a people analytics leader specializing in the implementation of analytics strategies to optimize HR and business outcomes. Most recently, Audrey was the Principal Adviser, Workforce Analytics for Rio Tinto supporting the Talent CoE with targeted workforce insights, analysis deep dives and ensuring they have access to the data needed to make strategic decisions.

Audrey has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, holds professional designations in Australia and Canada along with formal qualifications in Psychology and HR and continues to pursue knowledge at the cutting edge of digital HR. She has chaired analytics conferences in Australia and Singapore and has designed analytics workshops for HR professionals and business leaders throughout the APAC region.


Cai Kjaer


SWOOP Analytics

Cai Kjaer is the Co-Founder and CEO of SWOOP Analytics. SWOOP is a leading enterprise social network analytics platform that uses data from major enterprise collaboration platforms to help organisations and their people to become better and faster at collaborating. Starting his career as a lawyer in Denmark he subsequently found a passion for collaboration, people and analytics to measure and improve how work gets done. Cai also has close ties to several universities where he is guest lecturer on the business application of social network analysis and is a member of Sydney University’s Digital Disruption Research Group.


Michael Patron

General Manger



ZiChuan Lim

Talent Acquisition Manager



Kent Cabrera

Head of HR Optimization



Peter Howes

Chair and Director

Newstead Brewing Co


Marcus Champ

Lead Workforce Insights



Raelene Barry

Deputy General Manager

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre


Andre Degreef (FAHRI)


AHRI and LinkedIn Career Advice


Ryan Atkins

HR Director, Australia & New Zealand



Robert Stone

National People & Talent Director

McCann Australia


Diana Sonthavong

Group Manager, Workforce Analytics

BAI Communications


Gerhard Diedericks

Principal of Talent, Rewards & Performance



James MCkay

Executive Manager, Workforce Strategy & Analytics


James McKay is currently the Executive Manager for Workforce Strategy & Analytics at IAG, Australia and New Zealand’s largest general insurer. He has held a variety of roles at IAG including Executive Manager for Capability, as well as for Talent Acquisition and Business Partnering. Before IAG he was the Human Resources Director for the Adecco Group (Australia & New Zealand), and prior to that spent time in a variety of industrial and employee relations positions.


Louise Angell

Program Director

Origin Energy


James Piasentin

Training Advisor & Facilitator

Fuji Xerox Australia


Rolf Siggaard

General Manager, HR, Utilities

Downer New Zealand

Rolf is General Manager, HR, for the Downer New Zealand Technology Solutions businesses. Originally from Denmark, Rolf has experience from senior HR leadership roles in a range of large multinational organisations in New Zealand and overseas. With technology disruption and continuous change the ‘new normal’ for many industries, Rolf has been involved in shaping, designing and leading change processes from the front. He has a lifelong passion for analytics and using insights for effective story telling. He has learned the ‘hard way’ and is still learning what works and what doesn’t for a business to be agile, have highly engaged and smart people delivering great work every day.

Sambit Das

People Analytics

Theory of Mind Pty Ltd


Sally Smith

People Analytics & Insights

National Australia Bank

As Manager People Insights, Sally is focused on enabling effective workforce decisions through data and meaningful insight. With a background in HR, and a deep interest in analytics, leading people research projects provides the perfect opportunity to identify workforce strategies that make a difference.  Sally is passionate about combining employee data with business outcomes to identify drivers of performance. She is particularly interested in the use of statistics to identify causal links and anticipate return on people investments.