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Team

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DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS AND ASSOCIATE DEAN, BUSINESS ANALYTICS

Responsible for academic oversight of our Master of Business Analytics degree. Professor Akçay’s focus is to lead and execute the Centre’s research strategy and build on its existing reputation.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS

Ms Arbogast is responsible for the Centre’s strategy to transform decision-making through advanced analytics and has 15 years' experience in leadership roles in the US, including at GE Capital and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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DIRECTOR, MASTER OF BUSINESS ANALYTICS

Dr Holcombe has over 10 years' experience in industry, utilising analytics in the design and administration of infrastructure within the financial services sector. He spent over 20 years teaching and has expertise in mathematical physics.

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COORDINATOR, CENTRE FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS

With nearly 20-years’ experience managing events at ANZ and marketing and communications at RACV subsidiary, Intelematics, Ms Economou is currently responsible for implementing the strategic plan for the Centre for Business Analytics.

Industry Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is comprised of some of Australia’s finest analytics professionals and business leaders that drive the use and influence of business analytics in industry and government.

The Board brings diversity and depth of experience to developing and guiding the Centre’s strategy.

Wendy Stops

CHAIR

After 32-plus years as an Accenture information technology and management consultant, Ms Stops now serves as a Non-executive Director for Blackmores, Coles Group and Fitted for Work and on the University of Melbourne Council.

Antony Ugoni

BOARD MEMBER

Mr Ugoni is Bupa Chief Data Officer and has served as SEEK Director of Global Matching and Analytics and led NAB projects and teams, including the Credit Card Fraud Analytics Group and Customer Analytics team.

Brooke Miller

BOARD MEMBER

Before her current role as BP Australia Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Ms Miller was Elite Customer Solutions General Manager, BP Solar Australasia Regional Director, BP Bitumen Australia General Manager and BP Asia Pacific CFO.

Greg Hill

BOARD MEMBER

Previously Brightstar's Global Head of Analytics, Mr Hill is now advancing the transformation program and championing data and analytics use as the Data & Analytics Lead across the Business and Commercial banking portfolio at ANZ.

Jane Eastgate

BOARD MEMBER

With 25-years’ experience in customer analytics, including 17 years at Foxtel, Coles and Flybuys, Ms Eastgate is currently working with Bunnings where she is charged with introducing leading analytics capability.

Ken Roberts

BOARD MEMBER

Over 20 years, managing partner Ken Roberts has built Forethought into Australia's most commercially effective and innovative marketing growth consultancy. A recognised innovator of advanced analytics methods, he holds patents in the US and Australia.

Michael Gassmann

BOARD MEMBER

Michael manages the Pricing and Analytics Team insurance products for all Suncorp brands, including AAMI, Suncorp, GIO, and APIA and has been responsible for introducing several innovative firsts in personal-lines pricing in Australia.

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BOARD MEMBER

With a focus on providing high-quality digital capabilities, Ms Livesey previously led the Technology Consulting practice for PwC in Australia and currently serves as the CEO for Cognizant in Australia and New Zealand.

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BOARD MEMBER

The Chief Strategy & Analytics Officer at L’Oréal, Ms Young has also worked in management consulting within the data analytics team at Kearney and as Toll Group's General Manager for Transformation & Analytics.

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BOARD MEMBER

Mr King is Group Chief Executive Officer of PEXA, with over 25 years' experience in Financial Services and Public Service, including as a senior National Australia Bank Group executive and NSW Government public servant.

Amy Shi-Nash

BOARD MEMBER

Recognised as an industry leader in AI and data-driven innovation, Dr. Amy Shi-Nash is Chief Data Scientist at National Australia Bank leading the strategy and implementation of advanced analytics and machine learning at scale. Prior to NAB, Amy also held various leadership positions at HSBC, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Singtel.

Academic Fellows

Gerardo Berbeglia

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF OPERATIONS

Gerardo Berbeglia is currently an associate professor at Melbourne Business School. After completing his PhD at the Université de Montréal, Gerardo was a Senior Scientist at ExPretio Technologies Inc and, later, a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University.

Chris Lloyd

PROFESSOR OF STATISTICS

Chris Lloyd joined Melbourne Business School in 2003 as a Professor of Statistics. Upon completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne, Chris held Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer positions at the Australian Graduate School of Management and the University of Hong Kong.

Worapree Maneesoonthorn

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF STATISTICS AND ECONOMETRICS, ASSOCIATE DEAN (RESEARCH)

Ole Maneesoonthorn is an Associate Professor of Statistics and Econometrics. Ole's teaching specialty includes Data Analysis for the Master of Business Administration; and Statistics Accelerator, Statistics Learning, Predictive Analytics and Finance Analytics for the Master of Business Analytics.

Nadia Massoud

PROFESSOR OF FINANCE

Nadia is an internationally acclaimed Professor of Finance known for her research, teaching and expertise especially on financial intermediaries, Blockchain and Digital Currency.

Nico Neumann

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MARKETING

Nico Neumann joined Melbourne Business School in 2017 as an Assistant Professor and Fellow for the Centre for Business Analytics. Nico's research and work expertise revolves around marketing automation, business analytics and marketing measurement.

Burac Oc

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR

Burak Oc is currently an associate professor at the Melbourne Business School. Prior to joining Melbourne Business School, Burak was at the University of Western Australia Business School (UWABS) as a Senior Lecturer for 2 years.

Ben Rubinstein

PROFESSOR OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Benjamin Rubinstein is a professor of computing and information systems at the University of Melbourne with research topics including machine learning, security & privacy, databases. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2013, he worked in the research divisions of Microsoft, Google, Intel and Yahoo.

Lusheng Shao

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF OPERATIONS

Dr. Lusheng Shao is an Associate Professor of Operations Management. He has held visiting positions at John M. Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis and Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.

Michael Smith

PROFESSOR OF STATISTICS AND ECONOMETRICS

Michael Smith has held the Chair of Management in Econometrics at MBS since 2007. He is a leading researcher in Bayesian statistics and business analytics. Prior to joining MBS, he held positions at Monash University and the University of Sydney.

Ping Xiao

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MARKETING

Dr. Ping Xiao holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in Saint Louis and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China. Her main research interests are strategic interactions in business (E-commerce) expansion, big data analytics and policy evaluation, social network/media and consumer analytics, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, and the social impact of corporate social responsibility.

Wenying Yao

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMETRICS AND BUSINESS STATISTICS

Wenying Yao joined Melbourne Business School in 2022. After completing her PhD at Monash University in 2013, Wenying has worked at Deakin University, Monash University, and the University of Tasmania. Wenying’s research covers time series econometrics in general, with a particular focus on the applications of innovative econometric tools to financial and macroeconomic data.

Distinguished Fellows

Distinguished Fellows of the Centre are scholars or practitioners who have achieved global recognition for their contributions to knowledge and practice of business analytics.

Academic Steering Group

The academic steering group provides overall direction to the Centre for Business Analytics.

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PROFESSOR OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

James Bailey is a Professor in the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne and Program Lead for Artificial Intelligence. He was previously an Australian Research Council Future Fellow.

William Ho

PROFESSOR IN MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING

A Professor of Operations Management in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne, Dr Ho was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Aston University Business School, United Kingdom.