International Roundtable Series Report

Data Analytics for Informed
Decision-Making in Complex Projects:
Exploring the Human-Data Relationship


Our exploration of emergence in the previous International Roundtable Series highlighted the importance of timely, trusted information in the management of risk and opportunity in complex projects. This thought leadership series builds on that work and explores the potential role of data analytics and AI in decision-making and identifying and responding to emergence. Drawing on the expertise of senior practitioners and academics, from a range of disciplines, industries and countries, we considered where new advances in technology could make a valuable contribution to decision-making in complex projects, but also their limitations and barriers to their use.

The report is the distillation of the contributions from 7 in-person and 4 online events that hosted participants from Australia, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Korea, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greece, South Africa, the United States, and the Philippines. It builds on the insights from the previous report on Harnessing Emergence in Complex Projects: Rethinking Risk, Opportunity and Resilience and examines Data Analytics and AI (or data-driven technologies) as a way of ‘knowing’ in complex projects.


Collin has over 23 years of commercial and management experience in a variety of senior roles across various industry sectors. Before moving to Australia, Collin spent 8 years as a Director and Principal Consultant for a boutique business transformation management consultancy in South Africa with a particular focus on strategy development and change management. Collin’s Australian experience includes working for Queensland University of Technology where his responsibilities included the program management of QUT’s Executive MBA in Complex Project Leadership in Canberra as well as a series of customised customer specific and public executive education courses. More recently, he was a Principal Consultant and business transformation practice lead for a local Canberra based consulting firm before joining ICCPM.

Dr Naomi Mathers is Director, Industry Liaison and Member Services at the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM). Naomi joined ICCPM in September 2018 after more than 20 years in the space industry.

Naomi works across government, defence, industry, academia and education to establish collaborative projects and build the capability needed to position Australian industry for future success. Previous projects included the establishment of Australia’s first space environmental test facility, the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC).

Naomi sits on the boards of the DFAT Australia-Korea Foundation and the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and Their Applications. Naomi was a Director (Deputy Chair) of the Space Industry Association of Australia, a member of the International Space Education Board, and the Australian Government Space Industry Innovation Council.

Naomi has a PhD, a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) and an Executive MBA. She in an Assoc. Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and was awarded two Women in Industry awards for Industry Advocacy and Excellence in Engineering.


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