Professor Joanna Batstone PhD is a leading global expert on AI, data analytics and technology. She has more than 20 years in top executive roles in the USA, Europe and Australia, helping universities, companies and government use leading technology to meet their goals.
Joanna is the inaugural Director of Monash Data Futures Institute at Monash University, supporting government, companies and organisations in using AI, data analytics and insights to help with COVID recovery and develop governance and policy for social good. She is building a global reputation for the institute’s ground breaking work, along with a digital ecosystem to foster collaborative research and build industry engagement. Responsible for data science and AI across the university, she is passionate about the benefits of AI driving major change for social good.
Prior, Joanna was Vice President Innovation IBM Corporate strategy based in New York. She held a range of technical and business leadership roles in IBM’s Research and development laboratories including work with IBM Watson Data &AI.
Joanna received a Ph.D., in Physics from The University of Bristol, UK, followed by postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories, NJ, and a Lectureship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Liverpool, UK, before joining IBM. She received medals and awards for her research. She has published over 80 papers and organized and spoken at many industry conferences.
In 2016, Joanna was appointed Honorary Enterprise Professor, University of Melbourne School of Engineering. She was a member of the Innovation Expert Panel for the Government of Victoria, served on the NSW Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board and has recently joined the RMIT University Sector Expert Research Advisory Group.
Joanna is often on the tennis court with a mean backhand. She greatly enjoyed mixing her love of the game with work, helping lead IBM’s ground breaking work with Australian Open, connecting fans with AI insights.