About Kate

Short bio

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is a Certified Information Security Manager and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in cybersecurity.

Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT across the finance sector, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate was appointed to the Microsoft Regional Director program for her work in cybersecurity in 2020 (this is an external advisory role that provides Microsoft leaders with the customer insights, real-world voices and insights).

She is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.

Long Bio

Kate Carruthers is a technologist, marketer, entrepreneur, and educator who blogs at katecarruthers.com.

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Currently Kate is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering at UNSW Sydney. She is a member of the NSW Government Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board, and is a member of the Microsoft Regional Director program for cybersecurity  (this is an advisory role that provides Microsoft leaders with customer insights, real-world voices and insights).

Kate is a Certified Information Security Manager and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in cybersecurity, and completed a Master of Tertiary Education (Management) in 2020.

She is co-founder of several startups, and has extensive experience in senior executive roles, working for diverse organisations such as Citibank, General Electric, AMP, Westfield (now Scentre Group), and NSW Treasury. Kate has significant experience in the successful delivery of digital, data, ICT, and change projects across organisations of various sizes.

Previously Kate lectured in postgraduate information systems and accounting at Macquarie University. She also delivered TAFE level courses in business and management in the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

Kate was co-founder of two Internet of Things (IoT) startups (Moorescloud with Mark Pesce, and IoTM) and is currently an adviser to several IoT related startups. She was also co-founder of Social Innovation Sydney (with Selena Griffith from 2005-2017), a group that helped change makers connect with one another and built up networks to drive social innovation in Australia.

She has recently started a podcast with Annie ParkerConversations with Annie & Kate – to profile interesting women around the world.

Kate is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, a member of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), and was a member of the Advisory Board for the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Wollongong for a number of years before joining UNSW Sydney. She was also a member of the Telstra Industry Advisory Board.

Kate was named among the 2021 Constellation Research Business Transformation 150 (BT150), which is an elite list that recognizes the top global executives leading business transformation efforts in their organisations. She was also named as one of the Global Top 100 Data Visionaries – 2020, was named as one of CDO Magazine’s 2020 List of Global Data Power Women, and she was also named as one of the Corinium 2020 Business of Data Top 100 Innovators in Data and Analytics.

Over the past few years Kate has been working on the frontlines of the intersection between data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.


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