Speaker

John Roberts, enterprise reporting manager, Anglo Operations

John Roberts

enterprise reporting manager, Anglo Operations

John Roberts has worked in the industrial and mining environment for the last 25 years and has worked in a number of different disciplines generally focusing on process and business improvement areas. He started his working career as a physical metallurgist in an industrial plant, including a stint of optimising production methods, moving on to responsibility for quality and environmental systems. He implemented corporate reporting databases and managed complex reporting processes to a board level on issues of sustainable development. During his career, he visited many of the countries in which Anglo American operates and gained experience especially in auditing safety throughout the mining environment. He left this field after an extended period of heading up the delivery team and transferred to an information management role to take responsibility for Anglo's fledgling BI efforts. After expanding his IT skills in an infrastructure-related role, he is now back working on enterprise reporting and leading efforts around the establishment of a data analytics competency centre.John Roberts has worked in the industrial and mining environment for the last 25 years and has worked in a number of different disciplines generally focusing on process and business improvement areas. He started his working career as a physical metallurgist in an industrial plant, including a stint of optimising production methods, moving on to responsibility for quality and environmental systems. He implemented corporate reporting databases and managed complex reporting processes to a board level on issues of sustainable development. During his career, he visited many of the countries in which Anglo American operates and gained experience especially in auditing safety throughout the mining environment. He left this field after an extended period of heading up the delivery team and transferred to an information management role to take responsibility for Anglo's fledgling BI efforts. After expanding his IT skills in an infrastructure-related role, he is now back working on enterprise reporting and leading efforts around the establishment of a data analytics competency centre.

John Roberts will be speaking on the following topic:

14:20
Panel Discussion Analytics – profit vs privacy, ethics vs economics

Our early hopes that the Web and social media would promote democracy and freedom seem to have been dashed. The Internet behemoths analyse our personal data for profit, online government surveillance is pervasive, and AI-enabled automation threatens the world economy. The basic question posed to the panel is: how can we, as businesses, embrace and implement a new ethical approach to data collection and use for the good of society as a whole?