Hunter is a finance professional at one of the Big Four banks in Australia, currently leading a team of data scientists in the electronic fraud and compliance portfolios, including anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing and sanctions.These are current data and model heavy portfolios with which he can demonstrate many of the core competencies of Data Science in a real-world context.
For over 20 years, Hunter's worked with data through generations of warehouses, modelling, messaging, reporting and analytics - providing consulting architecture and governance/management services to expose value in commercial environments. He's found that it's not the tools and technologies that matter so much as articulating the right questions, then communicating answers/insights clearly and with influence. The current role is operational, combatting financial crime in a real-time manner.
He has a keen interest in disruptive challengers to traditional banking business and also actively embraces contemporary art, running a PR and production business.
Hunter has a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, taught with "the academic rigour required for an applied understanding of the theories that underpin solutions for 'real world' finance issues and complex transactions." The lecturers were industry leaders and it was stats/math/data heavy, giving a strong finance lead into data science.
Hunter will provide a taste of real-world operational data science with a financial crime lens, complete with rigorous questioning of the discipline as a profession.
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