2018 New Zealand Business Analyst Forum

Keeping up with the trends and growing as a Business Analyst

Event Details
Chairing the conference is

Stephen Macaskill



Stephen Macaskill is CEO of Dasset, New Zealand's trading platform for digital currencies such as bitcoin. He has over a decade of experience in monetary theory, commodities, and traditional financial markets. Since 2012 Stephen has been a thought leader and pioneer in the cryptocurrency space. He sits on the Alumni Board of the Foundation for Economic Education, and is the co-founder, first President, and current committee member of the Blockchain Association of New Zealand, an organisation dedicated to educating and advancing blockchain technology. Stephen has made presentations around the world on the topics of bitcoin, blockchain technology, monetary theory, and economics at places such as: Money 20/20, Freedom Fest, World Fair of Money, Liberty Forum, and the Foundation for Economic Education.
Keynotes at the conference

Dan Thurston

Managing Director

Thurston Crow

If “the brand” represents the promises a company makes to its stakeholders, user experience represents that company’s delivery on its promises. Dan’s 30-year career, in New Zealand, China and, briefly, the US, has centred around building systems and improving capability within a diverse range of companies to ensure that their brand promises are relevant, realistic and compelling, and assure that that their product and service delivery matches the expectations created. This has seen Dan occupy C-level/VP roles in marketing, user experience, product design and organizational learning, as well as or participating in entrepreneurial ventures in the digital technology, education, media, professional services and social enterprise sectors. A design thinker, facilitator and executive coach who combines sharp-edged strategy with a healthy degree of pragmatism, Dan’s focus is on transferring his knowledge, skills and methods to the leaders and influencers of ambitious and adventurous Kiwi businesses.

Sharyn Catt

Head of Consulting Services


Currently the Head of Consulting Services for Quanton, Sharyn combines nearly ten years of experience in change management, project management and process improvement to guide organisations on their automation journey. Sharyn’s background includes eight years at Telecom and seven years at BNZ with accreditations including Kaizen Practitioner, Lean and Continuous Improvement, Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioners and Project Management and is currently completing a BSc in Psychology.

Melanie Visser

RPA Consultant


Melanie has a strong back ground in business analysis, project management, change management and business improvement initiatives. After starting a career in adult education, she transitioned into business analysis and project management whereby she led several large transformational projects in a wide range of areas including transport, education, sales/marketing, IT and human resources. She is passionate about service delivery and implementing solutions that revolutionise the way her clients work.
Speakers at the conference
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