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Data Science Week : WiTWA Boardroom Series: Addressing the STEM skills gap

7 May 2019
5:30pm - 5:30pm
Event cost: Free

WITWA is excited to celebrate Data Science week with host Bankwest and explore the topic of “Addressing the STEM Skills Gap to Drive the Application of Data Science in WA”.

Kicking off with a welcome address from Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, WiTWA Patron, neuroscientist and educator (& previously the Chief Scientist of WA and Australian of the Year).

Lyn will be followed by Luke Edwards, Data Scientist at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre sharing the history and background on data science week and it’s importance and his vision including current and future initiatives.

Rounded out by our panel of industry experts discussing the future of data science as well as ideas on how to address the shortage of STEM skills and the importance of data science to the future of Western Australia.

Moderator: Liz Dallimore, Director @ WA Data Science Innovation Hub


Bruce Wright, Manager Data Science @ Bankwest

Elsa Jordaan, Principal @ Deployed Analytics

Rimma Shafikova, Data Scientist @ Virtual Gaming Worlds

Don’t miss this fascinating evening. Tickets are limited and we will sell out!   Please register here 

Thanks to support provided by our sponsors, for this WiTWA Boardroom Series event, we are able to offer a limited number of complimentary tickets to those who are currently studying (part-time or full-time), unemployed or looking to upskill, reskill or transition into a role within the science or technology sectors. A limit of 2 tickets per person applies. If unsure whether this applies to you, please email alana@witwa.org.au

* Please note it is a security requirement that you bring photo ID to be admitted to the event. *


Mini Mentors / Mini Mentees

Are you a Uni Student, parent returning to work, new to the industry (or Perth Tech Scene), upskilling, reskilling or are you without many connections in the industry?

We are excited to offer our “Mini Mentor” program as part of our next event.

We have some amazing women and men who have volunteered to be your “Mini Mentor” on the night. These Mini Mentors work in various roles in Perth Tech – including Technical, Management, Project Management, Account Management etc and across many industry streams.

After organising your event ticket on this page, please visit this link to register your interest as a Mini Mentor or Mini Mentee.

** Please note we are always on the look out for more Mini Mentors. Please register at this link if you would like to be a Mini Mentor **

Meet our Speakers and Panelists:

Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE

We are incredibly proud to have Professor Lyn Beazley, AO FTSE, inductee of the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame and former Chief Scientist of WA, as the Patron of Women in Technology WA and Champion of Techtrails. For Professor Lyn Beazley, science is a lifelong passion. After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh, Lyn has dedicated over 30 years to neuroscience, researching recovery from brain injury and changing clinical practice in the treatment of premature infants.

As Western Australia’s Chief Scientist from 2006 to 2013, Lyn advised governments on science and innovation, worked closely with industry and was a science ambassador in Australia and internationally. Lyn has been determined to demonstrate that science is not just a theoretical exercise, but a practical one too. She helped establish a nationwide ‘hotline’ for school laboratory technicians, worked for healthier waterways by establishing Dolphin Watch, spearheaded a program supplying microscopes to over 450 primary schools and introduced the international science communication competition Famelab to Australia. Lyn was also part of the negotiating team that ensured Australia would co-host the Square Kilometre Array of radio-telescopes, the world’s largest science endeavour. Lyn’s goal is for every Australian child to learn and love science.

Luke Edwards, Data Specialist @ Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Luke currently works as a Data Specialist at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre assisting and advising researchers on the use of Pawsey’s resources. He undertakes various outreach, engagement, support and training activities to help researchers. He also works as the Data Manager for WAMSI (Western Australian Marine Science Institution).

This year Luke combined his role at WAMSI to assist in the development of data science resources for students. This will form part of Data Science Week (https://datascienceweek.org), which starts on 6th May and highlights Data Science occurring around Perth and now this year Canbrra.

Moderator: Liz Dallimore, Director @ WA Data Science Innovation Hub

Liz is the Director of the Western Australian Data Science Innovation Hub. Prior to joining the Hub, Liz was the National Director for Research Engagement & Commercialisation at KPMG. Liz spent 12 years in consulting working with both the start-up and SME community and large corporates to help them fund and commercialise novel ideas and technologies. Liz has also worked as a scientist at the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute (now the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translations Sciences) and at the UK’s Food Standards Agency. Liz holds a PhD in Neuroscience, an MBA and a BSc. (Hons).


Bruce Wright, Senior Manager Data Science @ Bankwest

Bruce is currently the Senior Manager of Data Science at Bankwest and has over 10 years experience in Finance, Analytics, Marketing and Strategy roles, specialising in leading teams to deliver actionable outcomes that drive business performance. Bruce is an experienced marketing and finance executive delivering profitable outcomes in competitive environments.

With both technical and business management degrees, he has a passion for accountability and a niche in translating information and analytics into measured success.

Elsa Jordaan, Principal @ Deployed Analytics

Elsa is the founder and director of Deployed Analytics which was established at the end of 2018. She helps her customers to “hear the music in the data” by deploying fit-for-purpose data science models and assisting in the adoption of these models in decision making processes.

She has spent over 20 years in data science searching for the music in the data as a data scientist, leading data science teams and projects, publishing papers and writing articles on data science best practice. She has an extensive background applying her expertise in a variety of industrial applications at Hatch Engineering, Woodside Energy, Dow Chemical Company, Commonwealth Bank, Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and EY. More recently, she was the principal data scientist at Woodside and instrumental in establishing a world class data science capability.

Elsa holds a B.Sc. Hons. degree in Applied Mathematics from North-West University in South Africa, a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) in Industrial Mathematics from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and a PhD in Machine Learning, also from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Rimma Shafikova, Data Scientist @ Virtual Gaming Worlds

Rimma joined the IT workforce after graduating with a Computer Science degree from Bauman Technical University in Russia. She has since held a variety of jobs, starting from an internship in data cleaning and preparation for a large scale machine learning project, to a research assistant and PhD fellow in 3D printing technology. More recently after working as a research analyst for a few years in Perth, Rimma retrained herself and landed her dream job of Data Scientist at one of the Perth’s fastest growing companies.



Date & Time

Tuesday 7th May 2019
5.30pm AWST


Bankwest Corporate Office
300 Murray Street
Perth  WA 6000

For more Data Science Week events, information and registration details, visit the Data Science Week website – www.datascienceweek.org