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Early Career Industry Showcase

  • 22 Sep 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (AEST)
  • Online, via Zoom.

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In previous years, the Victorian Branch held the annual September Young Statisticians’ Showcase. In marking the recent name-change of the former Young Statisticians’ Network to the Early Career and Student Statisticians’ Network (ECSSN), we’re hosting the first September Early Career Industry Showcase.

For this event, we have the pleasure of hosting a handful of inspiring early career speakers, working in industry, who will speak on their experiences. The speakers have been invited to share what they’ve learned, what they’ve achieved, what they’ve enjoyed and what surprised them, as well as, perhaps, what they don’t like, what they haven’t learned, and so on. We also have a number of senior industry speakers who have been invited to provide their sage advice, their insights and general guidance to those interested in developing a fruitful career in industry.

Each speaker will give a 10 minute talk, followed by 5 minutes of question time. After the event, we will retire to a social gathering platform, that isn’t Zoom! There we will do some socialising, as well as have an opportunity for audience members to freely approach each other and the speakers.


The event will be hosted via Zoom. You will be emailed the Zoom link upon registration.


Michelle Lugton

Michelle is a data science lead at Coles who works in enabling data science driven ranging and category management. She has 8 years experience working in retail, entertainment and gaming industry. She recently welcomed a baby girl and spent some of her parental leave analysing her bub’s feeding and sleeping pattern.

Nick De Silva

Nick is a Data Scientist at REA Group using machine learning to personalise the experiences of consumers at He has a background in psychology and almost 3 years’ experience working as a Data Scientist after graduating in 2018 with a Master of Data Science.

Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips is a Data Scientist at Bunnings. He has a special interest in Natural Language Processing, Evolutionary Algorithms and Constraint Programming. During lockdown he has explored new hobbies such as chess, painting and baking.

Sarah Romanes

Sarah Romanes is a senior data scientist at BCG GAMMA, where as part of a team she consults for some of Australia’s largest companies and helps them leverage value and insight through advanced analytics. Before joining BCG, Sarah completed her PhD in statistics at the University of Sydney, and has had the unique experience of transitioning from academia to industry during the era of COVID-19.

Peter Taylor 

Peter Taylor received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide in 1987. In 2003 he took up position as the inaugural Professor of Operations Research at Melbourne University, then as Head of Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 2005 to 2010. From 2006 to 2008, Peter was Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Division of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM), and from 2010 to 2012 he was president of the Australian Mathematical Society. In 2013 he was awarded a Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council, and in 2016 became director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). Peter has extensive experience working with industry partners.

Rose Skandari

Dr Rose Skandari is a Senior Data Scientist at Citipower/Powercor/United Energy. She was named as Top 25 Analytics Leaders in Australia in 2020. Rose received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from The University of Melbourne in 2017. Along with teaching at the University, she served at IBM Research Australia, working on modelling of complex biological systems. Before moving to Australia, she has worked for five years at an Iranian Oil Company as a Senior Technical Services Engineer.


If you have any questions or require further details, please contact Danny Fryer, Early Career and Student Statisticians’ Rep, SSA Vic (

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