Silvio Georgio, Australia Post’s General Manager of Data Science, has been ranked as the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA) top analytics leader for 2020.

Georgio topped this year's IAPA top 25 Analytics Leaders program, the third since the list was launched in 2018.

“I feel privileged to work with talent who inspire me, leaders who present opportunities for us to rise to the challenge, and people who are passionate about the customers and communities we serve,” Georgio said after the award was announced last night.

Judged by a panel of leading analytics and business leaders, the IAPA Top 25 Analytics Leaders recognises excellence in four key areas: strategy and impact; influence and advocacy; innovation and improvement; and team growth and leadership.

The previous winners of this award have been PwC’s Matt Kuperholz in 2018 and Sean Pereira from JLL in 2019, with the 2020 list spanning industries including charity, agency and travel sectors along with traditional analytics heavy fields such as financial services, utilities, telco and e-commerce.

“The diversity of the Top 25 shows the importance of analytics to all industries and the benefit of diverse voices to analytics, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence endeavours,” said Annette Slunjski, Managing Director, IAPA.

“The gender balance in analytics skews dramatically to men, so it’s great to see half of the top six were women, 40% in the Top 10 and just under 30% across the 25 people recognised.”

“Leadership in analytics is so much more than technical expertise. Soft skills continue to be the difference between good and great while the ability to crisply distil and translate analytics insights to business impact creates standout leaders.”

Amy Christopher, Director of Marketing and Account Development, at Domo, supporter of this year’s awards said, “the ability to be data-driven at all levels of a business is paramount to success in the future and this has only been made more evident by the current climate.

"What is clear from this years' data and analytics leaders is the importance of bringing the wider business along on the analytics journey and clearly communicating the benefits so a data-driven culture can permeate the entire organisation.”

Slunjski said IAPA was proud to publicly recognise analytics professionals for their leading role in building better business.

“Analytics leaders are the linchpin to the successful delivery of business value from analytics.”

The 2020 Top 25 Analytics Leaders (ordered by surname)




Alex Antic

Head of Data Science

Australian National University

Silvio Giorgio

General Manager Data Science

Australia Post

Jerry Goldfried

Analytics & Insights Director

NSW Land Registry Services

Sally Grove

GM Insights

Australian Motoring Services (AMS)

Behrooz Hassani-Mahmooei

Principal Specialist and Director, Strategic Intelligence and Insights Unit

Monash University

Russell Hunter

Head of Analytics CoE


Duhita Khadepau

Director - Analytics and Data Science


Nasir Khan Sefid

Senior Data Scientist (lead)

World Vision Australia

Kirti Khanna

Regional Lead, Marketing Effectiveness ANZ, Associate Director

The Nielsen Company

Lionel Kho

Director, Data & Analytics

Isobar, Dentsu Aegis Network

Angela Kim

Head of Analytics and AI

Teachers Health Fund

Vincent Koc

Digital Analytics Manager, and Analytics Chapter Lead


Ehsan Mazloumi

Senior Data Scientist


Gordon McDonald

Data Science Group Lead

Sydney Informatics Hub, The University of Sydney

Craig Napier

Chief Data Officer

University of Technology Sydney

Keegan O'Shea

Principal Consultant, Customer Data Science and Analytics

Suncorp Group

Hema Prasad

Director of Data & Anaytics


Kshira Saagar

Group Director of Data Science and Analytics

Global Fashion Group and THE ICONIC

Kimly Scott

Analytics Manager


Rose Skandari

Senior Data Scientist


Karthik Venkatasubramanian

Vice President, Data and Analytics


Des Viranna

Chief Data & Analytics Officer and Managing Partner, Data & AI

DXC Technology

Andrew Woods

Strategic Analytics Manager

Sydney Water

Scott Wynne

Head of Claims Analytics


William Yeoh

Associate Professor

Deakin University