Speaker Spotlight: Dr Maria Milosavljevic

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Dr Maria Milosavljevic

InTEACT is thrilled to have Dr Maria Milosavljevic presenting the opening presentation for the Education Stream at the joint InTEACT/ACS 2016 Conference on Tuesday 23rd August.

Topic: The art of the possible “the importance of lifelong technology learning for everyone”

Dr Maria Milosavljevic will describe her personal career journey including her first impressions of ‘computer science’ as a high school student, to having her imagination ‘sparked’ by being exposed to the potential of AI, then a range of innovative – often world-first – projects, through to demonstrating ‘the art of the possible’ by making things simple. Throughout this journey is the important thread of education: both Maria’s personal journey and the importance of educating everyone who is on a transformation journey. In particular, Maria will talk about her views regarding the increasing importance of lifelong technology education for non-IT people in government. Maria will also reflect on being a female in a male-dominated career path and how important it is to show girls that IT is both fun and fulfilling.

About Maria

Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of AUSTRAC and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. AUSTRAC is Australia’s Financial Intelligence Unit as well as the regulator of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing.

Dr Milosavljevic’s remit includes being the champion for an innovation-centred approach across the agency, leading capability improvement programs, and ensuring that we manage, protect, nurture and exploit our data to derive useful information and insight. As a data scientist herself, she also oversees related organisational capability strategy including enterprise analytics.

Prior to joining AUSTRAC, Dr Milosavljevic was the Chief Information Officer at the Australian Crime Commission where she was the key driver in the establishment of the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability. In 2015 the Fusion Program won several awards including an iAward and an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disrupter Award. Dr Milosavljevic was one of three finalists for the iTnews Government CIO of the year in 2014.

She completed a PhD in Computer Science on a prestigious scholarship from the Microsoft Research Institute, and recently graduated from ANU with an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). Dr Milosavljevic has developed several world-first and award-winning solutions to difficult problems throughout her 25 year career. She has also published widely and has been a keynote speaker for a range of conferences.

Dr Milosavljevic is currently leading the delivery of a program to establish a financial intelligence centre of excellence which will bring innovative financial intelligence capabilities to AUSTRAC and its public and private sector partners.

Register for the 2016 InTEACT Conference now! Registrations close Tuesday 16th August 2016.

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