Global Speakers


Dr Jason McPherson

Chief People Scientist

Culture Amp

Dr Jason McPherson is the Chief Scientist (and was the first employee) at Culture Amp – an all-in-one employee feedback and analytics platform and one of Australia’s fastest growing technology startups with offices in Melbourne, San Francisco, New York and London. Since 2011, Jason has collaborated with some of Culture Amp’s most innovative customers combining psychology, technology, and data science to create products that help educate and empower people geeks. He continues to use research to inform product innovation in collaboration with Culture Amp’s growing people science, data science, and UX research teams. His recent people analytics research at Culture Amp has investigated the structure and antecedents of Employee Engagement and Retention as well as links to share price growth and Glassdoor reviews. Jason has a PhD in Psychology and he has also published research on personality and individual differences, educational testing and outcomes, cognitive plasticity, aging and attention.

Topic: Build a Culture First Organisation – Backed by People Analytics



Dr Kevin Meyer

Director of Strategy & Business Development


Dr. Kevin Meyer serves as Director of Strategy & Business Development at Glint. Throughout his career, Dr. Meyer has served in multiple, diverse internal and external consulting roles, focusing on different aspects of the talent management lifecycle, including recruitment, selection, training, team development, leadership development, engagement, culture, and high potential identification and development. Dr. Meyer received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa. Additionally, he is a veteran of the United States military, having served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Topic: PM Agile Employee Engagement



Nel Botha

Practice Manager

PlanPro Insight

Nel is experienced in partnering with organisations to overcome challenges of legacy approaches to planning and information to embrace better ways to discover untapped potential from their people, processes and data.

Leading from the front, Nel leverages his experience to practical excellence by focusing on people and technology to deliver success for clients. His strategic mindset, combined with his technical, financial and project management expertise, guides clients on a route to elevate HR’s role at the strategic table.

He has a background as a Chartered Accountant and has extensive hands on experience with developing corporate performance management solutions, financial planning and forecasting and metrics reporting. He has an ever-increasing focus on Human Resources. Nel specialises and is passionate about using analytics to help organisations unlock information to develop smarter workforces. These professional objectives are based on understanding and valuing people to unlock their potential.

Topic: HR Analytics and Data Story Telling with Benchmarking, Measurement & Dashboards


Louise Hope

Director of People & Performance

Australian Film, Television & Radio School

Louise Hope is an HR leader with an extensive OD background. She has a broad range of experience in commercial, not for profit and government sectors both state and federal.

Louise is the Director of People & Performance at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School where she is responsible for setting and delivering the workforce plan and the work culture plan to drive engagement, performance and professional development.

Prior to AFTRS, Louise was the Head of Organisation Development and Learning at Sydney Opera House where she was responsible for setting the people, learning and OD strategy for the organisation. In that time, Louise re-built the L&OD function to be cost effective, whilst ensuring coverage and support across a number of diverse business areas.

Louise is passionate about the role of creativity and storytelling amidst technological disruption and developing leaders at all levels who can nurture a positive performance culture that supports personal and career growth.

Topic: Culture Analytics: How Australian Film, Television & Radio School Uses HR Analytics to Embed Diversity and Inclusion into its Culture While Reducing Unconscious Bias in Hiring


Dinesh Acharya

Director, Workplace Strategy, JLL

Co-founder at WEWAVES

Dinesh is a Director of Consulting for JLL in Australia. Dinesh leads ‘Future of Work’ consulting engagements with clients to establish new workplace programs or enhance existing programs in order to: enhance user experience; increase engagement; facilitate business and cultural transformation; improve productivity; reduce occupancy costs and enable business results.

Dinesh has over 15 years of global consulting experience with corporate, education and government clients. Dinesh has led Workplace Strategy for JLL in the northeast region based in New York and subsequently in Australia. Previously, Dinesh served as Head of Research for Global Real Estate at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). Dinesh is also co-founder of WEWAVES – a simple and powerful tool to help curate user experience at a more personal level across workplaces, office buildings and campuses.

Dinesh has a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and a Bachelor of Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dinesh has also received LaMarsh Global Managed Change Certification and Gamification certification (Wharton School).

Topic: Bringing the Power of Personalisation to Workplace Experience  


Susan Carter

Former Head of Learning, Leadership & Development


Susan is an experienced Human Resources Executive with more than 20 years experience working with people in multinational organisations focusing on human and cultural transformation. Sue has built her capability in Organisation Development & Learning within Australia and Asia Pacific, with focus and professional interests in the field of Organisational Development and Learning working to develop employee selection & development programs, career and talent planning, organisational culture change programs, leadership development and performance management to enable all employees in the organization to achieve their professional potential.

She has a passion for transforming the HR function to enable closer relationships to business outcomes. Leveraging knowledge and best practice sharing has enabled the impact of Human Resources as a function which in turn can be scaled to suit the business operations. Facilitating & enabling the HR function to become proactive in the change process is critical to this success. Sue thrives on creating and developing new concepts and processes with business partners across organisations as a collaborative partner with practical ideas & solutions.

Sue understands the rapid pace of technological change impacting all industries and the potential to leave behind the workforce in its wake. To address this, she has developed a number of programs and services which are aligned the enabling Industry 4.0 – better known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the workforce of the Future and digital Enterprise workforce. Enabling the Human Resource function to take a lead in the transition to the digital workplace is a critical element in the journey. Programs which enable new entry level pathways to employment and assisting current employees to transition to a digital workplace business program, which require a new approach to leadership and talent development in order to prepare employees for a workplace where an increasing level of the tasks will be automated giving rise to new work and ways of working which is one which enables inclusion in the change not alienation. Sue advocates the focus for employees to build their own understanding and determine how to respond by taking part in the change in an engaged and empowered way.

Topic: Transforming the HR Function in the Digital Age


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.

Topic: Case Study: How People Analytics Helps Deliver Better Employee Experience and Drive Culture Change



Audrey Ciccone

Principal Advisor, HR Business Intelligence and Strategy

Queensland Health

Audrey is a people analytics leader specialising in the implementation of analytics strategies to optimize HR and business outcomes. She is currently Principal Advisor, HR Business Intelligence and Strategy at Queensland Health. Prior to this role, Audrey was the Principal Advisor, 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 delivered analytics workshops for HR professionals and business leaders throughout the APAC region.

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Xavier Joiner

People Analytics & Organizational Effectiveness

BAE Systems Australia

Xavier Joiner commenced with BAE Systems in 2014 and currently leads the People Analytics, Workforce Planning and Organisational Effectiveness team. This role focuses on people planning and the analysis of HR related business problems to ultimately enable more confident decision making.

Xavier has an extensive business background working for a number of global organisations in a variety of HR and business improvement related roles. He is particularly passionate about evidenced based HR and getting the balance right between experience/intuition and good quality objective thinking.

Interactive Roundtable Discussions: Harness the metrics specifically behind absence, turnover and engagement and discover practical, issues daily with peers in this interactive debates and discussions


Mira Keresztesi

Principal Consultant - Employee Engagement & Development

Who Group Pty Ltd

Mira Keresztesi has been part of the Who Group HR Consulting team for over 5 years assisting organisations in taking an innovative look at People and Culture with trust at its core. Her expertise lies in Who Group’s patented psychological stakeholder engagement tools, employee research and diagnostics, organisational culture development initiatives, workshops and communications.

Mira brings fresh ideas from her international experiences stretching from Africa to Europe and now Australia. Prior to her role at Who Group, she worked in market research in Melbourne; Training & Development in Germany; helped a Development Agency in Africa evaluate the success of their social education program; and worked as an Organisational Psychology Tutor and Research Assistant at the University of Cape Town.

Mira has an Bachelor Degree in Psychology & Communication, and Postgraduate Degree in Organisational Psychology. Her group thesis on ‘Motivation and Performance mediated by Effort’ has been published in the South African Journal of Psychology (2011). In 2015, Mira presented two of her Who Group research pieces, ‘Organisational and Managerial Trust Drivers’ and how ‘Trust drives Engagement’, at the APS 11th Industrial & Organisational Psychology Conference in Melbourne, Australia. She is also an accredited member of the AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) VIC OD&D (Organisation Design & Development) committee.

Post Conference Workshop B: Utilizing Quantitative and Qualitative Data Methods to Define the Optimum Organizational Culture and Measure Progress Towards it


Fiona Reed

Executive Director HR

La Trobe University

Fiona Reed is the Executive Director of Human Resources at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Victoria.  Fiona commenced her employment at La Trobe in August 2013 and is responsible for Human Resources strategy and operations across all La Trobe’s campuses.  La Trobe has four regional campuses and is the largest Victorian provider of regional Higher Education.  Previously, Fiona worked in the private and public sectors as an HR Consultant.  Her experiences include assignments in a range of sectors such as education, health, financial services, energy, oil & gas and tele-communications.  Her work has included change management, HR Strategy, Organisational design, Shared Services implementation and cultural transformation.

Topic: Case Study: Building a High-Powered Strategic Workforce Function with Strategic Workforce Planning, Data and Analytics

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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.

Interactive Roundtable Discussions: Benchmarking Breakouts – Roundtable 3: Improving Employee Engagement with Analytics

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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.

Topic: How Downer Transformed Employee Engagement, Experience, Culture, Collaboration and Innovation with HR Analytics




James Piasentin

Training Advisor & Facilitator

Fuji Xerox Australia

I’m James and I feel fortunate to be on a professional journey that pays me to do what I love.

My career is probably best summarised by a deep and unyielding fascination with technology, building relationships, networking and all things digital. Lucky for me, my first taste of this was while working for Apple at their very first Australian store, here in Sydney.

Since then, I have worked in a variety of industries, consulted to numerous clients and am currently at Fuji Xerox as a National Sales Training Manager. My mission is to develop the industry’s best learning platform by driving the evolution of Fuji Xerox employees from onboarding through to specialised learning with the assistance of learning analytics.

I have two passions that have driven and shaped my career. The first is a deep love for learning and emerging tech. I love digital innovation and strongly believe that we live in exciting times. My second passion is people. I am obsessed with developing talent and seeing people succeed. I aspire to join them, encourage them, develop them and invest in them.

Topic: How Learning Analytics Can Drive Continuous Learning and Employee Improvement by Overcoming Skill Gaps Challenges

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Louise Angell

Group General Manager Remuneration and Benefits

Toll Group

Topic: Interactive Roundtable Discussions: Benchmarking Breakouts – Roundtable 4: HR Operations (such as HR efficiency, effectiveness)

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Zoe Sharan

Employee Experience Manager (HR & Learning)


Zoe is the Employee Experience Manager (HR and Learning) at Amicus. Zoe has over 13 years’ experience and holds both formal qualifications, and variety of accreditations, in Learning & Human Resources. This includes a Masters in Adult Education. In the last 12 months Zoe has been designing, implementing and measuring Amicus’s new Leadership Academy. Prior to Amicus, Zoe worked on Leadership programs at News Corp, Samsung and numerous retail & FMCG organisations. Zoe has always had a keen interest in measuring Leadership Learning, using a wide variety of approaches to demonstrate program effectiveness.

Fireside Chat: Metrics for Leadership Development Programs



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.

Topic: Using Workforce Analytics to Prepare for the Future of Work



Gerhard Diedericks

Principal of Talent, Rewards & Performance


Gerhard is a Principal with the Aon Hewitt Talent team in Melbourne. He specialisesin strategy execution through people and believes that, at a minimum, successful execution of strategy requires leaders that are fully engaged and have the right skills and mindset to lead execution.

Gerhard started his career with Vodafone in South Africa before moving to a boutique consultancy specialisingin strategy execution and leadership development called BTS. While at BTS he supported the development of a strategy execution toolkit which, amongst other things, included culture and engagement as focus areas.

He has extensive experience in managing large, complex strategic initiatives for large, multi-national firms and has worked across a diverse range of industries such as financial services, telecommunications, retail and mining.

Gerhard has supported organisationssuch as Australia Post, National Australia Bank, BHP Billiton, ANZ, Telstra, Barclays plc, Standard Bank of South Africa, EdconLtd, Vodafone South Africa and Standard & Chartered Asia Pacific to execute strategy through people.

Topic: How Aon Uses Analytics to Ensure Employees Are the Happiest and Engagement the Highest Globally

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Andre Degreef (FAHRI)

HR Strategy, Workforce Planning and Change Leader

AHRI and LinkedIn Career Advice

Topic: Learning Lessons from HR Analytics Journey: Key Drivers for Success and Mistakes to Watch Out For


Marcus Champ

Lead Workforce Insights


Marcus’s professional background is in behavioural science, with undergraduate and graduate qualifications in Organisational Psychology. Marcus is passionate about using evidence to make decisions about workforce strategy, and has worked in the field of HR analytics for around 18 years in a wide range of industries. Some of the projects Marcus has worked on include: strategic workforce planning, predictive modelling of retention, analysing safety behaviour, productivity assessment, assessing and quantifying human capital, measuring HR effectiveness, exploring the behavioural drivers of individual and organisational conduct, and workload capacity modelling.

Case Study: How Unitywater Mapping Workforce Capacity to Identify Work Risks



Peter Howes

Chair and Director

Newstead Brewing Co

Peter has over forty five years of experience in Human Resource Management and 35 years experience in Workforce Planning and Workforce Analytics. In 1982 Peter founded HRM Consulting, which subsequently became Infohrm. In 2010 Infohrm was acquired by SuccessFactors which was subsequently acquired by SAP. In 2018 Peter retired from SAP. Over the past thirty years Peter has run more than 500 workshops on Workforce Analytics and has spoken on Workforce Analytics at more than 200 conferences across the world.

Peter was awarded the outstanding alumni award for the Faculty of Business at QUT in 2003. Peter was awarded a Life Fellow of AHRI in 2007 He is also a member of Council for QUT.
Peter currently has a portfolio career including consulting in Workforce Analytics and Workforce Planning, QUT Council as well as Chairing the Howes family craft brewery in Brisbane called Newstead Brewing. Peter regularly works with clients in Europe and Australia.

Topic: How Newstead Brewing Co. Transformed Employee Engagement, Experience, Culture, Collaboration and Innovation with HR Analytics

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David Burrows

Associate Director of Workforce Insights

Transport for NSW

Dave Burrows is a Workforce Analytics professional based in Sydney with over 20 years’ experience in reporting and analytics including 12 years’ dedicated to delivering People Reporting and Analytics in both hemispheres. He relocated to Australia in 2012 for a role with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where he won two CEO awards for delivering innovative and value adding solutions using people data. He started his HR Analytics journey with Deloitte in London before spending 6 years in Banking with Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland. He is currently Associate Director – Workforce Insights with Transport for NSW. Dave is always looking to put data to work and at the at the heart of all decision making, and is a passionate advocate of using evidence based management within HR.

Topic: Using Data to Make Better Decisions in HR

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