Annual Chair’s Lunch

We are pleased to invite members to Committee for Perth’s Annual Chair’s Lunch, being held in the brand-new offices of Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth.

Joining us for this annual event is one of Australia’s leading experts in developing and implementing AI and data science solutions, Alex Jenkins, Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub.

Rapid advances in technology, and in particular, AI, are changing the way we live and work in the future. Committee for Perth’s Future of Work report found that places and organistions at the forefront of change, as developers of breakthrough technology, have the most to gain in the future economy.

Perth and Western Australia has an opportunity to capitalise on its strategic advantages as a leader in AI via the mining and resources industry and become a global trailblazer in sectors such as transport, agriculture, fishing, forestry and natural resource management.

Alex will present the latest trends and applications of AI and data science in various industries, and how AI can drive business growth and innovation in Greater Perth now and in the future.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

Thank you to our host and event partner, Herbert Smith Freehills.

Our speaker

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Alex Jenkins

Director – WA Data Science Innovation Hub

Alex Jenkins, a seasoned technology expert and current Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH) at Curtin University, boasts over 15 years of experience in advancing data science and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Alex has collaborated with prominent organizations to develop cutting-edge big data implementations, supply chain modelling solutions and data science strategies. As part of his current role at Curtin University, Alex regularly speaks to the media about how AI works, the safety and ethical implications of AI, and how the workforce will change with AI technology. Alex is particularly focussed on how AI will impact education and the health care areas and spoke in 2023 at TEDxPerth on the topic “An (AI) Tutor for Every Child” .

A fervent proponent of fostering strong partnerships among the education sector, government, and industry, Alex is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of STEM professionals and propelling Australia’s tech workforce forward. In earlier roles, Alex has worked as a data science manager, a solution lead on BHP’s data science platform, and prior to this worked on many applications of data and analytics in the mining and engineering areas, as well as consulting in the health services domain.


12:00 – Registration Opens
12:00 – Event Start
14:00 – Event Concludes


Herbert Smith Freehills
Level 11
1 The Esplanade


Free for invited guests of Committee for Perth

Registration Cut Off