Pia Andrews is an open government and data ninja who has been working in making the world a better place for 20 years. She currently works within the (public sector) machine to transform public services through greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design, open data, emerging technologies and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. She believes that tech culture has a huge role to play in achieving better policy planning, outcomes, public engagement and a better public service all round. She is also trying to do her part in establishing greater public benefit from publicly funded data, software and research. Pia was recognised in 2018 as one of the global top 20 most Influential in Digital Government and was awarded as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Australia for 2014.
Pia is currently the Executive Director for Digital Government Policy and Innovation for the NSW Government (in the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation). There she leads a team of policy, design, data, development and engagement experts to drive digital transformation of the NSW Government for the benefits of the people and communities we serve. This necessarily includes service design and development, as well as systemic transformation of how governments operate including how we do policy, strategy and legislation.