Dataconomy 2018

December 12
King & Wood Mallesons
1 Farrer Place, Sydney


Dataconomy 2018

December 12
King & Wood Mallesons
1 Farrer Place, Sydney


Dataconomy 2018

December 12
King & Wood Mallesons
1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Fuelling growth and opportunity


The Dataconomy program has been developed in collaboration and with the support of Reinventure and Data Republic.


Dataconomy Sydney is the first in a series of forums and roundtables about the emerging data economy. These will be hosted in other Australian states in early 2019 to ensure that the states, and sections of the business community have an opportunity to contribute to this most important conversation.

The Dataconomy program is designed to bring federal policy-makers, state delivery agencies and regulators into the same room as commercial developers, data analytics academics and political leaders.

The half day Dataconomy Forum intends to identify new opportunities – for building new companies, new industries and creating improved, more targeted government service delivery. A better understood and centrally managed regulatory environment will enable data to be more easily shared, producing economy-productivity gains and unlocking new value streams. The improved use of data also offers government an unprecedented opportunity for delivering improved citizen services at lower cost.

While Australia already has some sophisticated regulatory infrastructure in place in relation to data, these pockets of excellence are spread far and wide across the Commonwealth and between jurisdictions.



7.30am - 8.10am

Breakfast and Networking

8.10am - 8.15am

Opening remarks from

Corrie McLeod, Publisher & CEO Hello Espresso

8.15am – 8.30am

Ministerial Welcome: Tapping the Data Pools – Open Data and Service Delivery

Building better citizen services through smarter use of government data and improved interaction between government, the private sector and NGOs

The Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Finance, Services and Property, NSW Government

8.30am – 8.45am

Regulatory Wish-List: Key Themes for Maximum Data Happiness

Developing a national strategy to build a thriving data economy and maximise opportunities for Australian business’ in global markets

Danny Gilligan, Co-Founder, Reinventure Group

8.45am – 9.00am

Building community confidence, articulating and delivering consumer/citizen (human) benefit.

Caity McLoughlin, Associate Director, Optus Business

9.00am – 9.15am

Data Identification and Privacy – exploring current discussions of data use and the risks of re-identification

Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commission (OVIC)

9.15am - 10.05am

Panel Balancing Act – Finding Fairness in an Unfair World

How do we balance privacy and data ownership rights of consumers on the one hand with innovation and the ability to apply algorithmic considerations to data on the other?

Scott Farrell, Partner, KWM

Bruce Cooper, General Manager - Consumer Data Right branch,  ACCC

Daniel McAuliffe, Department of Treasury, Prime Minister and Cabinet

Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner, OVIC

Danny Gilligan, Co-Founder, Reinventure Group

10.05am – 10.35am

Morning Tea

10.35am – 10.50am

Global Data Supply Chains – The Opportunity

Data frameworks that give Australian industry a competitive advantage – This is the view from the Rest of the World

Dr. Stephanie Fahey , CEO, Austrade

10.50am – 11.05am

The role of data in intangible asset management: case study snapshots

Michael Masterson, Deputy Global CEO, EverEdge Global

11.05am – 11.50am

Panel: Managing The Mainstream – Critical Mass in Australian Business

The value data economy is only now surfacing in Australia. Here are shortcut strategies for driving the message hard into mainstream business – including our SMEs

Dr. Stephanie Fahey, CEO, Austrade

Dr. Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Standards Australia

Michael Masterson, Deputy Global CEO, EverEdge Global

Dr. Ian Opperman, NSW Chief Data Scientist & CEO, NSW Data Analytics Centre

11.50am – 12.00pm

Concluding Remarks

James Riley, Editorial Director,


Official Host Partner

King & Wood Mallesons

Speaker Bios

The Hon. Victor Dominello MP

The Hon. Victor Dominello MP

Minister for Finance, Services and Property, NSW Government

Victor was pre-selected by the Liberal Party in September 2008 as its candidate for the State by-election in the seat of Ryde. Victor was elected to the NSW Parliament at the Ryde By-Election held on 18 October 2008 with a swing of 23.1 per cent, one of the largest in the State’s history.

At the 2011 election, Victor was re-elected as Member for Ryde with an extra 12.6 per cent of the vote. This completed a 35.7 per cent swing from the 2007 election.

Victor was sworn in as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for Citizenship and Communities. His responsibilities included veterans’ affairs, volunteering, youth and multicultural affairs.

Following Mike Baird appointment as NSW Premier in April 2014, Victor became Assistant Minister for Education and while retaining his previous portfolio responsibilities, Veterans’ Affairs was added to his official title.

Following the Baird Government’s re-election in March 2015, Victor was sworn in as the state’s first Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation.

In January 2017 Victor was appointed Minister for Finance, Services and Property.

Scott Farrell

Scott Farrell

Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Scott Farrell is a senior partner of King & Wood Mallesons with more than 20 years’ experience in financial markets and financial systems law. Scott has given many years of service to the public and private sector in advising on, and guiding, regulatory and legal change in the financial market and system landscape.

In 2016, Scott was appointed to the Australian Government’s FinTech Advisory Group at its formation and co-ordinates its Blockchain and open banking workstreams. He is now its co-chair. In 2017, Scott led the Australian Government’s review into Open Banking, the recommendations of which are now being implemented as Australia’s Consumer Data Right. Scott is involved in the work of many industry bodies, standards bodies and public sector entities internationally in relation to data, blockchain, smart contracts, digital identity and fintech.

Dr Stephanie Fahey

Dr Stephanie Fahey

CEO, Austrade

Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.

Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas.

Previously she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia.

Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Korean Foundation.

Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.

Bruce Cooper

Bruce Cooper

General Manager, Consumer Data Right Branch, ACCC

As General Manager of the Consumer Data Right Branch Mr Cooper has management responsibility for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s role in the development and implementation of Australia’s consumer data right. This policy will allow consumers to direct that trusted third parties be given access to their data and will facilitate competition and innovation; first in the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Mr Cooper joined the ACCC in 1998 and has had numerous roles including managing the ACCC’s Corporate and Regulatory Law Unit and the ACCC’s advocacy and international engagement activities.

Prior to joining the ACCC, Mr Cooper worked in a number of private and government legal roles.

Danny Gilligan

Danny Gilligan

Co-Founder, Reinventure

Danny has been working at the intersection between startups and corporates for most of the last twenty years, both as founder and a Corporate VC or Strategy/M&A professional.  As a result, Danny has seen the best and worst of what happens when corporates invest in and partner with startups.  Through these experiences Danny has developed a deep belief that, when done the right way, it is possible to create high-functioning partnerships between large corporates and innovative startups that are mutually beneficial to both. Reinventure Group, through its strategic relationship with Westpac, is the way Simon and Danny are seeking to prove this belief

Danny is a restless entrepreneur at heart and loves working shoulder-to-shoulder with entrepreneurs to help them on their journey. Danny is hugely satisfying when he can help entrepreneurs learn from the scar tissue he has collected over the years. Along with Reinventure, Danny has been fortunate enough to help build Australia’s leading FinTech hub as a Founding Director of Stone & Chalk. Danny also feels privileged to be a co-founder of Data Republic along with Paul McCarney, helping the drive towards a truly data-driven economy.  Danny is a total data junkie, and believes that data will fundamentally transform most industries and society over the next two decades.

Dr. Bronwyn Evans

Dr. Bronwyn Evans

CEO, Standards Australia

Dr Bronwyn Evans is the CEO of Standards Australia. She is also the Vice President (Finance) of the International Standards Organisation (ISO), a Director of the AustraliaJapan Foundation, a Director of the Digital Health CRC, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Industry 4.0. Dr Evans was previously the Chair of MTPConnect (the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals).

Dr Evans has over 35 years’ experience in various engineering roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014 and 2015 she was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers, and in 2016 was recognised as an AFR/ Westpac 100 Women of Influence.

Daniel McAuliffe

Daniel McAuliffe

Senior Advisor, Structural Reform Group, The Treasury

Daniel McAuliffe is a Senior Advisor in Commonwealth Treasury’s Structural Reform Group and its project lead on the Consumer Data Right and Open Banking. He is a former manager of both Treasury’s Banking and Capital Markets Unit and its Corporations and Schemes Unit. He was previously a Deputy Official Receiver with the then Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (now, the Australian Financial Security Authority), the Commonwealth personal insolvency regulator.

Sven Bluemmel

Sven Bluemmel

Victorian Information Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commission (OVIC)

Mr Sven Bluemmel was appointed as the inaugural Victorian Information Commissioner in September 2017. 

Prior to his current role, Mr Bluemmel served as Western Australian Information Commissioner for eight years.  During that time, he was also a member of the State Records Commission alongside the Auditor General, the Ombudsman and a records management expert appointed by the Governor. 

Before 2009, Mr Bluemmel held senior positions in the Western Australian Public Sector Commission, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (WA) and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department in Canberra.  Mr Bluemmel previously practised law in the private sector in Melbourne and Perth in the areas of information and privacy law.

Mr Bluemmel is a regular contributor to Australian and international publications, particularly in the areas of information law, technology law and administrative law.  He recently participated in Radio National Big Ideas Podcast on the EU General Data Protection Regulation. He has also delivered guest lectures at various institutions including Monash University, the Australian National University, the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Canberra.  Mr Bluemmel is a fellow of Leadership Western Australia and served as President of the Institute of Public Administration in Western Australia for three years from November 2014 until October 2017.

Mr Bluemmel holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Science, both from the Australian National University. 

Michael Masterson

Michael Masterson

Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, EverEdge Global

Michael is the Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand at EverEdge, a global intangible asset advisory, valuation and transaction specialist. EverEdge helps companies and investors unlock their competitive edge by identifying, valuing and monetizing their intangible assets.

Michael specializes in helping Boards and management teams to unlock and realise the full potential and value of their intangible assets. He has several decades of experience in working for, or with, high-growth businesses, helping them evaluate innovations and opportunities and develop robust commercialization and risk management strategies, which result in increased revenues and profitability margins. He has a vast international network, which he leverages on behalf of his clients to create meaningful business connections. 

Prior to joining EverEdge, Michael was part of the senior management team at a well-known start-up, helping the company to grow to 7,500 people in just over eight years. As the CEO of Asia & New Zealand, Michael successfully guided the business to become one of Omnicom Group’s (NYSE:OMC) most successful and profitable acquisitions.

Michael is also the successful founder of a number of successful start-ups; and was been integral to turning around two mid-sized companies in the logistics and FMCG sectors, taking both from significant losses to profit within nine months. He is also chairman of several private companies and a specialist law firm.

Dr. Ian Opperman

Dr. Ian Opperman

NSW Chief Data Scientist & CEO, NSW Data Analytics Centre

Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has 25 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. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times.

Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.

Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.

Caity McLoughlin

Caity McLoughlin

Associate Director - Innovation Lead, Optus Business

Caity McLoughlin holds the national position of Associate Director, Innovation Lead for Optus Business.

In this role, Caity is responsible for the development of the Optus Business Innovation Strategy, management of partnerships and collaborative projects with academia, industry, government and startup, and advocacy of Optus innovation practice and initiatives. Caity is Optus lead for Macquarie Park Innovation District, Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney Smart Cities task force and is a member of the Business Council of Australia Innovation Taskforce. 

Prior to joining Optus in 2017, Caity was Senior Policy Adviser to the NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property (formerly Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, and prior to that, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Multiculturalism).

Caity has helped play a key role in crafting both state-wide and project specific policies and legislative frameworks that have shaped the innovation and digital government landscape in NSW. Caity was the Minister’s principle adviser on matters regarding Service NSW, the establishment of the NSW Data Analytics Centre, the Human Services Data Hub, Social Innovation Council, Sydney Startup Hub, and development of the whole of NSW Government’s Innovation and Digital Government Strategies. During her time in Government, Caity also assisted the Minister to deliver the most comprehensive reform to the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act in its history.

Prior to 2013, Caity was a solicitor, practicing both in-house and in private practice in the areas of Industrial Relations and Corporate Governance.

Caity regularly presents at conferences, industry round tables and ecosystem forums on a range of topics around government and private sector imperative to innovate through collaboration.

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