I am very pleased to announce the fourth Australian chapter of Analyst First (A1), the Adelaide chapter, under the leadership of Inna Kolyshkina.
Inna was the principal founder and original Chair of the Institute of Analytics Prfessionals of Australia, with a 15 year in Analytics in consulting, financial services, fast moving consumer goods, transport and health.
She is currently the director of IK consulting.
As well as being the head of A1 Adelaide, she is also the head of the South Australia chapter of the IAPA.
Following last week’s presentation on Analyst First (“A1″) to NZIIP in New Zealand, I congratulate John Holt, Compliance Modelling Manager at Inland Revenue New Zealand on his becoming head of the newly established Auckland and Wellington chapters of A1.
A number of people from both cities also expressed an interest in participating, promising a lively and active A1 presence in NZ.
This brings the current number of chapters to nine, spanning six countries.
Those in NZ interested in participating in A1 can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct contact details for chapter heads will be posted shortly.
The expansion of Analyst First (“A1″ for short) continues with the creation of the new Bangalore Chapter under the leadership of Harsh Singhal, a gifted data scientist currently working on Big Data analysis at LinkedIn. We congratulate and welcome Harsh to the leadership team.
Harsh brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to A1, and the Bangalore chatper marks a turning point : there are now more chapters outside Australia than within it.
All chapters new and old welcome new participants who share the A1 vision.
Those interested in joining the A1 Leadership Group in their city and participating in A1 events and initiatives in please contact me via this blog or my supplied email address, or contact your city chapter head directly.
Also, please contact me if you would like to start a new A1 chapter elsewhere.
Finally a note that regular Leadership Group meetings are held this week and the next in Sydney and Canberra, and that that the first regular public A1 meeting will be held in Canberra August 28.
Following the creation of the recently announced Tokyo chapter, Analyst First is now truly Asia-Wide, with the addition of Singapore and Hong Kong Chapters, both headed by Brett Shadbolt, who has built an international empire with his company The Censere Group, formed over 10 years ago.
Censere now has offices across the Asia Paicific, in Auckland, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, the Maldives and Seoul.
Censere provides valuation services for mergers and acquisitions, as well as specialised assessment of human capital, strategic reviews and other advisory services for the most senior officers and boards of organisations.
We welcome Brett as a valuable addition to the growing international team.
Analyst First has been an Australian organisation, with chapters in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
This has now changed with the creation of Analyst First Tokyo, Japan.
Heading up the Tokyo chapter is Kevin Gray, Managing Director of Cannon Gray LLC, a Tokyo based company specializing in Marketing Science and Analytics, with clients worldwide.
We welcome Kevin aboard, and invite readers to look at the Cannon Gray website, particularly the section on philosophy, which resonates so well with the A1 view.
Readers in Japan and environs are encouraged to contact Kevin re A1 activities. Those interested in forming chapters in their own cities please contact me through this blog’s comments.
We look forward to further new chapters, with another to be announced very soon.
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