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Keynote Lecture 1

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 | 16:15 - 16:45 | Storey Hall Auditorium (016.05.001)


Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Calling all data experts, methodologists, statisticians, technologists... have you heard of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? It’s the new development agenda agreed to by the UN General Assembly in 2015. It encompasses an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, nine more than the eight Millennium Development Goals of the previous development era. It needs you. Your governments need you. To be transformative – to use big data, private sector data, open data, real time data, AI, machine learning, data integration and data linking, to name just a few things, to monitor progress and prioritise efforts. Many countries in Asia and the Pacific are embracing these new data sources, new methodologies, new technologies and new partnerships to measure what matters and contribute to improving equality, inclusiveness and productivity. Come along and hear how.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Gemma Van Halderen



Gemma Van Halderen is Director of the Statistics Division in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Prior to joining ESCAP, Gemma was a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Executive Team, leading the transformation of ABS’ statistical programs and implementation of modernised statistical capabilities including data sharing, data integration and microdata access. Gemma led ABS’ contribution to the Australian Government’s Data Integration Partnership for Australia. In 2017, Gemma was seconded to the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to lead preparation of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use.

Gemma has extensive global experience. She was inaugural co-chair of a UN Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, is an elected member of the International Statistics Institute, a member of the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS) Executive Committee, the regional editor of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS and an advocate for young statisticians. Gemma holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the Australian National University.


Track 1 Chair
Theresa Pardo
Center for Technology in Government