Making It Real: Enabling Innovative Use of Data to Grow New Zealand for All

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Rutherford House

23 Lambton Quay · Wellington

How to find us

Rutherford House is the tall building between the Beehive and Railway Station. The Meetup is in VicBooks Cafe on the ground floor.

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Schedule: Talk from 6-7 with drinks, nibbles, and networking starting at 5:30 and ending at 7:30.

Description: MBIE’s stewardship of data and use of insights plays a pivotal role in our success to grow NZ for all. The organisation is on a journey to becoming an insights-driven organisation, and has a clear roadmap of initiatives to reach ‘data-readiness’ by 2020. A Chief Data and Insights Officer (CDIO) role was established in 2017 to help uplift MBIE’s data and insights maturity across the organisation and get our data engine in gear. In this session, Evelyn Wareham will talk about her experiences and plans as CDIO at MBIE. Evelyn’s goal is to make MBIE the best place in the public sector to work with data. She’ll share real stories about how MBIE is making innovative use of a range of data sources and analytics approaches to grow New Zealand across a wide range of areas such as streamlining services for businesses, supporting competitive sectors, and protecting migrants from exploitation.

Speaker bio: Evelyn Wareham is a self-confessed data zealot and a strong believer in the power of data to change lives. As Chief Data and Insights Officer at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), she is growing governance, strategy and capability to help MBIE to get its data engine in gear. Prior to this, at Stats NZ, Evelyn led delivery of online data for customers and the rapid expansion of New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure as a world-leading research hub of anonymised, person-centred data. Evelyn has explored the opportunities, risks, principles and roadmap for data sharing and use in New Zealand through her role on the NZ Data Futures Forum and a leadership fellowship to the UK and USA.