Pre-Conference Workshops and Site Tours: Wednesday 21 October 2020


9:00 am - 11:30 am SITE TOUR – Visit Mastercard’s Innovation Lab in Sydney

Boasting the latest technology to fast-track operational processes, it’s here you can take advantage of the opportunity to visit Mastercard’s innovation labs in Sydney. It is here Mastercard are positioning their back office for collective strategy discussions to ensure stronger communication and agile processes.


A workshop is offered in an intimate setting that enables you to enhance your learning experience. It is comprised of interactive formats that enable you to bounce ideas off other delegates to create thought-provoking experience and note takeaways that you can implement in your workplace

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm WORKSHOP A: Building a Proficient Team to Help You on Your Data Decision Making Journey

Prakhar Mehrota - Senior Director of Machine Learning, Walmart
A key challenge in corporate culture has been the need to hire and train professionals in the field of data science to ensure future processes and reporting are recorded accurately.

Bringing machine learning to Walmart where, previously, it had never been applied, Prakhar Mehrota, Senior Director of Machine Learning at Walmart Labs, will facilitate an in-depth workshop that will help you find ways to overcome the skills gap most industries face in this field. 

Drawing from his experience at NASA, Uber and now Walmart, this in depth 2.5 hour workshop will delve into the fundamentals of data analytics, data science and how you can build an effective mix of data professionals for your operational excellence programs.

How you will benefit from this workshop?

By attending this 2.5 hour workshop, you will understand and learn the following:

  • Using data as the backbone of all business transformation initiatives to assist the decision making process for senior executives
  • Becoming more efficient in the analysis of data and feeding this information back to teams
  • Understanding how the proliferation of data and RPA are transforming the way people are managed


Prakhar Mehrota

Senior Director of Machine Learning

3:15 pm - 5:15 pm WORKSHOP B: Aligning Data to Ensure Key Strategies Are In Place for Your OPEX Transformation

Pendar Shahbazi - Head of Business Enhancement, Kia Motors
With process mining remaining a key analysis method that aims to monitor and improve real business processes, understanding and utilising this is an important strategy for your business operations. 

In this interactive workshop, Pendar Shahbazi from Kia Motors will deliver an in-depth session to improve your company strategy and control operational outcomes, as well as helping you understand your market before innovation takes place. 

How you will benefit from this workshop?

It is here you will be able to discuss and brainstorm ways you can help your teams improve business processes. From there you will gain context on how disruptive innovation can create sustainable competitive advantage, which in turn will assist in growing your market share.

  • Discuss the ease of incremental innovation, which involves adding one idea to another in order to make it better
  • Understand the role of disruptive markets and how they help shape operational culture
  • Determine the four pillars of your balanced scorecard and how innovation can improve specific business metrics.


Pendar Shahbazi

Head of Business Enhancement
Kia Motors