New director appointed for WA’s Data Science Innovation Hub at Curtin

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Data science specialist Alex Jenkins has been appointed as the Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH), based at Curtin University.

Mr Jenkins has more than 15 years’ experience working in the technology space implementing and advocating for data science and analytics solutions.

In his previous role, Mr Jenkins used his expertise to build data science capabilities for mining technology businesses. This experience will ensure that the Hub continues to drive innovation and deliver a high level of data science counsel to the WA Community.

Mr Jenkins has also worked with leading organisations including ABB, BHP, St John of God Healthcare and Imdex to define big data, supply chain modelling and data science solutions.

Curtin University Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Development, Professor Chris Moran welcomed Mr Jenkins to the new position and said he was excited to see him build on the foundational work of inaugural WADSIH Director Dr Liz Dallimore, who has recently been appointed the CEO of Argenica Therapeutics.

“Mr Jenkins’ broad experience in using data science to support industries will be an important skillset in helping drive data science uptake and the creation of new data science businesses in Western Australia,” Professor Moran said.

“He has extensive experience leading the development of strategy and roadmaps to drive digital transformation in the data science, analytics and Business Intelligence space, and is keen to apply this expertise to his new position.”

Mr Jenkins said he was looking forward to taking on the new role and encouraging the uptake of data science in order to lead business transformation in WA.

“I see incredible potential for collaborations between the education sector, government, and industry to develop the next generation of data scientists and boost jobs and growth in this exciting and dynamic space,” Mr Jenkins said.

Minister for ICT and Innovation, Hon Don Punch MLA, expressed great enthusiasm over Mr Jenkins’ appointment and the extensive experience he will bring to the McGowan Government funded WADSIH.

Mr Jenkins has the experience driving innovation and data science solutions to take the world-class WADSIH to the next level,” Minister Punch said.

“I look forward to seeing him at the helm as the Hub continues working to ensure WA remains at the forefront of the digital revolution.

 WADSIH is an initiative of the Western Australian Government New Industries Fund, which helps industry, government and academia to build their data science capability and advance the application of data science throughout Western Australia.