Organising Committee

Mark Griffin, Co-chair

Statistical Society of Australia & International Institute of Business Analysis

Mark Griffin is the Director of Insight Research Services Associated, a boutique agency working across the domains of business analysis, statistics, and IT. Mark also holds academic appointments at the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Mark is the Section Coordinator for the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), the Founder and Co-Chair of the SSA Section for Business Analytics, the Asia-Pacific Regional Director for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), and Founder and Co-Chair of the IIBA Special Interest Group for Business Analytics

Christopher Drovandi, Co-chair

Statistical Society of Australia

Christopher Drovandi is an Associate Professor in Statistics at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.  He currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.  His main research areas are in computational Bayesian statistics, optimal Bayesian experimental design and the translation of Bayesian methods to applied fields.  He is currently an Associate Editor of Statistics and Computing and the Chair of the Bayesian Section of the Statistical Society of Australia.  Dr Drovandi is an Associate Investigator of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers.

Marie-Louise Rankin

Statistical Society of Australia


Marie-Louise Rankin is the Executive Officer at SSA. She has been managing the office and providing support for the Society’s conferences since 2008. Though not a statistician herself, she loves attending the biennial conference because she gets to catch up in person with many of SSA’s members and meet potential new members.

Daniel Gerhard

New Zealand Statistical Association & University of Canterbury 

Daniel is the treasurer of the NZSA since 2016. He is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand with research interests in applied statistics, mainly in the area of dose-response modelling. Daniel is also a member of the Statistical Consulting Unit at the University of Canterbury.

Taku Endo

Statistical Society of Australia

Taku is the Senior Data Linkage Officer at Queensland Department of Health.  His main role is to maintain and expand the scope of the Queensland Master Linkage File within the Department. Prior to his current role, he was the data analyst within the department working mainly with health-related administrative data with special interest in hospital admission and perinatal statistics.

Taku completed his Bachelor of Mathematics degree at Queensland University of Technology and is currently completing the Master of Biostatistics program at University of Queensland via the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).