CSDA team members

Rhema Vaithianathan

Rhema is director and co-founder of the Centre for Social Data Analytics.  Rhema currently has a leading role on several predictive analytics projects in the United States.

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Nina Anchugina
Deputy-Director & Senior Research Fellow (Data Science)

At CSDA Nina leads translational predictive risk modelling research projects with human services agencies as well as taking a lead role on operations and strategy.

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Aimee Wilkins
Director of Communications

Aimee is responsible for communication of the Centre’s work via social and mainstream media - including internal communications, website content and media relations.


Sophie Joyce
Research Fellow (Economics)

Sophie's focus at CSDA is on New Zealand projects, frequently making use of the New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure.

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Diana Benavides Prado
Senior Research Fellow (Data Science)

Diana has research and applied expertise in machine learning and data mining. She has previously analysed accuracy and transparency of tools.

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Chamari I. Kithulgoda
Research Fellow (Data Science)

Chamari is the lead data scientist on the Allegheny Homeless and Mental Health Housing research projects at CSDA. She has been working in academia since 2007.

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Lijuan (Athena) Ning
Software Engineer

Athena is a senior IT engineer specialising in programming, data visualisation and bridging the gap between data scientists and agencies.


Megh Mayur
Data Scientist

Megh brings experience using Big Data and Machine Learning for reporting, analysis and prediction to his work at CSDA.


Emily Kulick
US Project Manager

Emily is based in Chicago, and ensures existing projects are on track and regularly shares CSDA’s work with interested groups and individuals around the US.


Trish Marsters

Trish looks after all of the Centre’s administration needs, from finance, contracts, travel, events and HR to supporting smooth day-to-day operation.


Larissa Lorimer
Business Development Advisor/Executive Coordinator (Research) ISSR

Larissa is currently working at the University of Queensland developing the Australian arm of CSDA, whilst still playing an integral role in the operations of the Centre in NZ.

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Ye (Zoe) Ye
PhD Student and Research Assistant

Ye (Zoe) is the recipient of a 2018 AUT Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship and is completing a PhD in Economics partially supervised by Rhema Vaithianathan.

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Haley Dinh
Research Assistant

Hayley supports the team with data quality assurance and data visualisation. She also helps with model building and evaluation.


Kiran Sharma Chandradevan
Research Assistant

Kiran supports CSDA’s Deputy Director with a range of tasks, focusing primarily on operations, data analysis and data visualisation.


Samantha (Sam) Oxley
Research Assistant

Sam assists CSDA's Director with miscellaneous administrative and research tasks.