2024 Awards Program

These highly prestigious Awards recognise excellence in the Business Analysis world, promoting the BA profession and the value business analysts add to their organizations. 

Business analysis guides and facilitates changes in organisations. Sometimes this includes large and complex changes, sometimes the changes are smaller, but not less important. Examples are digital transformations, the implementation and roll-out of a new IT-system or business process, achieving BA community success, and/or product updates.   We invite nominations for the five (5) awards below.

Timeline
  • Wednesday 8 May 2024 | Award nominations and call for judges open
  • Wednesday 26 June 2024 | Call for judges closes
  • Wednesday 14 August 2024 | Award Submission Deadline 
  • Thursday 5th September - Tuesday 17th September 2024 | Shortlisted candidates notified and interviewed
  • Monday 14 October – Friday 18 October 2024 | Announce Finalists during Festival of Business Analysis
  • Early November 2024 | Online Award Ceremony, in conjunction with Global BA Day celebrations

Judges

If you are passionate about the awards, and would like to be a part of the excellence team please nominate as a judge for the awards.  When you nominate you will be asked to explain to us why you would be an excellent judge. 

Sponsors

We also encourage our business partners to become involved.  If you are passionate about celebrating business excellence this is an opportunity to connect your company with this program as a sponsor and supporter.  Contact the team at marketing@australia.iiba.org for more information. 

Nominate for an award here

Nominate to be a judge here

Award Categories

Business Analysis Practice of Year  

The Business Analysis Practice of the Year Award 2024 will be given to the Practice that has demonstrated the most significant contribution to business analysis in three key areas: 
 
  • Dealing with challenges: 
    • What major challenges have you faced in your business analysis Practice work and how have you overcome them? 
  • Assuring service quality: 
    • What capability uplift initiatives have you done within the practice? 
  • Engaging with stakeholders:  
    • How have you engaged with the business and other stakeholders to increase the awareness/profile of your practice within the organisation? 
The award recipient will receive:
1. An Award Certificate.
2. Three (3) complimentary tickets to Australia or New Zealand 2025 Festival of Business Analysis in their state/country.
3. Shortlisted and winning submissions will receive exposure in the organiser's communications.
 

Business Analysis Innovation of the Year 

The Business Analysis Innovation of the Year Award 2024 will be given to the project demonstrating the most significant contribution to their organisation.  It will recognise innovation that has:
  • a significant impact on the Organisation’s overall strategy 
    • What major challenges did the innovation address, and what was the value created? 
  • significant Business Analyst / Business analysis deliverables 
    • Which techniques have you used to identify, analyse and define usability and accessibility non-functional requirements? 
  • significant use of Business Analysis techniques and Stakeholder management  
    • How have you implemented Business Analysis techniques and engaged with your stakeholders to enable collaborative working? 
 
Award recipient will receive:

1. An Award Certificate.
2. Three (3) complimentary tickets to the Australia and New Zealand 2024 Festival of Business Analysis in their state.
3. Shortlisted and winning submissions will receive exposure in the organiser's communications.

Download Nomination Form


Dr Cecily Macdougall Business Analyst of the Year 

 
Dr Cecily Macdougall
A champion of change, in all forums, whether it be meetings, workshops, mentoring, leadership discussions, public keynote speaking or informal conversations over a cup of tea – all were punctuated with her sharp intellect, insightful wisdom, authenticity and generosity of spirit. A kind and insightful professional. A remarkable person. Above all, she demonstrated determination throughout her career and, as her career grew, this courage to lead large-scale transformations. Cecily will be best known throughout the business analysis community for her work in authoring IIBA’s Strategy to Execution Framework. The framework enables those engaged in strategic business analysis to create strategies for change and design initiatives that are sustainable throughout the organization to enable successful business-led transformation.
 
After a 5-year battle with illness, during which she managed to complete a Doctorate of Business Administration, author two books and anchor a Strategy to Execution keynote at BBC San Antonio in 2018, Cecily passed on July 13, 2022. Courage personified. Cecily leaves a lasting legacy embracing family values, professional integrity and her Strategy to Execution Framework for the industry to build upon.
 
The Dr Cecily Macdougall Business Analyst of the Year Award 2024 will be given to the person who has demonstrated the most significant contribution to business analysis in three key areas: 
  • Dealing with challenge:  
    • What major challenges have you faced in your business analysis work and how have you overcome them?          
  • Assuring service quality:  
    • Which techniques have you used to identify, analyse and define usability and accessibility non-functional requirements? 
  • Engaging with stakeholders:  
    • How have you engaged with your stakeholders to enable collaborative working? 
Award recipient will receive:
1. Award Certificates.
2. One (1) complimentary ticket to Australia or New Zealand 2025 Festival of Business Analysis in their state.
3. One (1) IIBA Membership
4. Shortlisted and winning submissions will receive exposure in the organizer's communications.
 

Emerging Business Analyst of the Year Award  

 
The Emerging Business Analyst of the Year Award 2024 will be given to the person who has demonstrated the most significant growth and commitment to business analysis in three key areas: 
  • Understanding of IIBA® standards, practices and ethics 
    • How have you applied the IIBA® standards, practices and ethics to foster improvement in your career and the industry as a whole.  
  • Improved Learning:  
    • What training and mentoring opportunities have been undertaken between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024 and how have they improved your growth?   
  • Engaging with the BA Community:  
    • How have you engaged with the BA community to improve your growth within the industry and the reputation of the industry as a whole? 
Award recipients will receive:
1. Award Certificate
2. One (1) complimentary ticket to Australia or New Zealand 2025 Festival of Business Analysis in their state.
3. One (1) IIBA Membership
4. Shortlisted and winning submissions will receive exposure in the organiser's communications.
 

Business Analysis Leader of the Year Award  

 
The Business Analysis Leader of the Year Award 2024 will be given to the person who has demonstrated the most significant contribution to business analysis and their team in the following key areas
 
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership:
    • What are the most important values demonstrated as a leader?
    • What challenges have been overcome?
  • Accomplishments:
    • What is the accomplishment(s)?
    • What contribution has been made to the team and the community?
    • Measurement of Success.
  • Engaging with stakeholders:
    • How have you engaged with your stakeholders to enable collaborative working?
Award recipients will receive:
1. Award Certificates.
2. One (1) complimentary ticket to Australia or New Zealand 2025 Festival of Business Analysis in their state.
3. One (1) IIBA Membership
4. Shortlisted and winning submissions will receive exposure in the organizer's communications.
 

On behalf of the committee, we are pleased to invite your organisation to participate as either a sponsor or exhibitor at the IIBA Australia and New Zealand Chapter Awards
 
IIBA Australia Chapter and IIBA New Zealand Chapter are collaborating to deliver an excellence award to recognise employers, clients, and practitioners of business analysis capability.

We are seeking expressions of interest to sponsor the overall event, as well as individual award categories.
 
The following opportunities are designed to maximise your brand position and are your best opportunity to engage with industry leaders and key decision-makers in the business profession. We have presented a range of sponsorship opportunities but also invite any new proposals you may wish to put forward. The committee is pleased to discuss specially curated packages that will meet your objectives for participating and be of maximum benefit to your organisation and the symposium.
 
Your participation and support of the event is greatly valued, and we thank you for your consideration.
Please contact marketing@australia.iiba.org to discuss sponsorship opportunities
 

Terms and Conditions can be viewed here.

 

2023 Winners

Business Analysis Practice of Year  

WINNERS - UniSuper and Victorian Building Authority (VBA) BA Practice 

FINALISTS - UniSuper | Victorian Building Authority (VBA) BA Practice | WorkSafe Victoria 
 

Business Analysis Innovation of the Year 2023

WINNER - Torrens University – Foundations in Business Analysis 

FINALIST - Torrens University – Foundations in Business Analysis 

 

Dr Cecily Macdougall Business Analyst of the Year 

WINNER - Lesley Powell - Bankwest  

FINALISTS - Sophal In - Unisuper | Naomi Pollock - Enterprise Agility | Lesley Powell - Bankwest 
 

Emerging Business Analyst of the Year Award 2023  

Sponsored by PM Partners

WINNER - Epsy Shiny Edward – WorkSafe Victoria

FINALISTS - Laura Denby – Xam Consulting Pty Ltd |  Epsy Shiny Edward – WorkSafe Victoria | Kristina Gwizdek – WorkSafe Victoria 
 

Business Analysis Leader of the Year Award 2023  

Not awarded in 2023

 

Thank you to our 2023 Judging panel
 
  • Paul Benn | Senior Business Analysis Consultant
  • Nadene Crickmar | Strategic Business Analyst | New Zealand Customs Service
  • Erivan De Sena Ramos | Business Analyst | Aurion Payroll Systems
  • Vivian Fu | Senior Business Analyst | Auckland Transport
  • Hadi Hormozi | Senior BA | Prime Professional Services
  • Abhishek Puri | Lead Business Analyst | Yarra Trams
  • Ashish Singh | Director, Business Analysis & Technology | Accenture
  • Mohamed Zahran | Business Excellence and Controls Head | e-finance