Panel discussion- A World of Data

5 December Tauranga 2
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When: Wednesday 5 December

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Price: Members: $40.00

Non-members: $50.00

Location: Tauranga Club, Level 5, 72 Devonport Road, Tauranga

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One of the challenges presented by a world of data is in negotiating the privacy challenges that arise from this access to data. Directors will need to be aware of changing national and regional legislation, as well as the consequences of potential cyber breaches.

We have access to more data than ever before. But are we making the most of it and is it secure? Are we taking advantage of the opportunities data presents and managing the risks?

For organisations, this new access to data provides opportunities for analytics that increase their knowledge of customers and improve their ability to market and offer tailored services. Many organisations are now working with “big data’, taking advantage of technologies such as automation and artificial intelligence to process large amounts of data beyond the limits of human processing into workable formats. With further technological expansions on the horizon, such as the Internet of Things, the trend towards companies handling more customer data than ever before is set to continue.

Our three data experienced speakers will each discuss an important issue for directors;

Brian Bell, CEO for Cucumber -
‘Incorporating a data driven approach to decision making’

Bryan Graham, Digital Manager at Timberlands -
'Preparing your board for business in a digital world’

Philip Whitmore, Cybersecurity Partner with KPMG -
‘Closing the Loop: Three questions Directors should be asking about cyber security’


Brian Bell
Brian BellBrian has a strategic vision and passion for the world of data. Hailing from the US, Brian has been in several senior positions in the science and technology fields. He has most recently been with MetService in Wellington as GM of Products and Partnerships, and joins us with a wealth of knowledge in complex science and technology problems for many sectors.

Brian’s background in a range of emerging technologies will help organisations to navigate their way through the fast changing digital technology landscape. He has helped many organisations solve problems whilst leveraging technologies like IoT, AI, ML, and smart sensing. Most recently he has been involved in the creation of solutions related to transforming environmental data into actionable information for people, communities, and enterprises.

Bryan Graham BInfSc
Bryan Graham Bryan is the Digital Manager at Timberlands. In this role he is working to set the digital strategy for the company and how they leverage and invest in digital technology.

He was previously the Science leader for Informatics at Scion where he led a research and development team implementing digital technology in forestry. In this role, he negotiated the sale of Scion’s commercial software division, established a world leading UAV programme, and built an informatics team focused on Remote sensing, Bio-Informatics, Computer Science, and Data Science. He recently commissioned NZ’s largest capacity Bio-Informatics server and a new platform for large scale geospatial data processing.

Until recently, Bryan was an advisor to Plant & Food Research’s information steering committee, which focuses on digital challenges for horticulture, he is a current member of the executive committee of the Bay of Plenty Institute of Directors, and a director of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic netball board.

Philip Whitmore
Philip WhitmorePhilip leads KPMG New Zealand's Cyber Security and Technology Risk practices. He has over 20 years' practical experience in the provision of IT security advisory and assurance, IT risk management and IT internal audit throughout New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Philip’s detailed security knowledge is wide ranging, and he is a specialist in areas such as penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, PCI DSS compliance, data leakage, security frameworks, physical security, and computer forensics. Philip’s detailed IT security and controls knowledge is complemented by his auditing, internal audit and fraud background, which assists him in understanding the business issues related to IT, and the development of practical solutions to issues.

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