Candidates - IIBA NZ Board Elections 2023/24

IIBA NZ Chapter is pleased to introduce the candidates for the Treasurer and Vice President - Communication and Marketing (VP - Marketing) positions. We extend our thanks to the IIBA NZ Community for their enthusiastic interest and support since the Board Election announcement. Stay tuned as we will soon share voting information with eligible members.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all members who expressed interest in the Vice President - Membership (VP - Membership) role. Following the nomination process, as there is no contest, the announcement of the new VP - Membership for the IIBA NZ Chapter will be made in due course.

Treasurer Candidates 

Dan Lindsay, CPA (Aust)

large_lindsay_danieldanlindsay_square.jpg   "After attending the Festival of Business Analysts in Auckland, I was impressed with the strong sense of community. I would love to apply the skills I have built up over my career to further build the BA community, raise awareness and strengthen the IIBA brand in New Zealand."
Dan is a Senior Business Analyst at KPMG and a CPA (Certified Practising Accountant) with over a decade of experience delivering transformational projects in large organisations in New Zealand and the UK. Dan has held senior finance positions in the banking and telecommunications industries, as a people leader responsible for budgeting, forecasting, cash & payables management, payroll and tax payments. In his current role, Dan specialises in cross-functional projects involving automation, compliance, AI, document management and policy & process development.

Dan has a Bachelor's Degree in Business & Science from Victoria University of Wellington, is a certified PRINCE2 Agile practitioner, and is studying towards CCBA. 

Dan has a passion for enabling meaningful change, and as Treasurer of IIBA New Zealand Chapter, will tap into his rich and varied experience to responsibly manage organisational funds with the goal of raising the profile of the profession, and developing a stronger BA community.

Dan's LinkedIn page can be found here

Margarita (Maggie) Yildiz

large_maggie_yildiz_0.png Margarita Yildiz, commonly known as Maggie, is the incumbent IIBA NZ Chapter Treasurer running for a second term.
She is a seasoned professional with a diverse and rich background in business and marketing. 

With roots in Sofia, Bulgaria, Maggie's educational journey began at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Management. Furthering her expertise, she pursued a Graduate Diploma of Business Studies with an endorsement in Finance from Massey University in New Zealand.

Maggie's professional career is marked by versatility and growth. She currently excels as the Office Manager and Accounts Administrator at Victor Contractors in New Zealand, a Master Electrician award-winning team known for their technical prowess in electrical engineering. In this role, Maggie demonstrates her exceptional organizational skills, handling everything from administrative duties and human resources to accounts and payroll. Her role extends to being a personal assistant and business advisor, reflecting her adaptability and business acumen.

Before her current role, Maggie was the entrepreneurial force behind Yilhoun Ltd, managing Akdeniz and Bolero Restaurants in Auckland. Her earlier experiences include positions at Mail Processing Services Ltd, Auckland and Sofil Ltd in Bulgaria, where she honed her skills in market research and sales.

Maggie's personal attributes paint the picture of a goal-oriented individual who thrives under pressure, always seeking new challenges and innovative solutions. Her ability to multitask and prioritize is evident in her professional achievements.

Outside her professional realm, Maggie is a language enthusiast, fluent in English, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Russian. She enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and expanding her linguistic skills in Spanish and Italian. Her journey is a testament to her determination, flexibility, and commitment to excellence, making her a valuable asset to any organization.

Vice President - Communicatoin and Marketing (VP - Marketing) Candidates 

Farbod Afshar

large_1671500744136.jpg   Farbod is the incumbent IIBA NZ Chapter VP – Communication and Marketing running for a second term.

I was proud to play a part Festival of Business Analysis 2023 as Marketing VP. Seeing the countless faces and hearing the positive feedback was proof that all the collaborative efforts had paid off and FOBA was a resounding success.

At present, Farbod is the director of AV Consulting, a Search Engine marketing firm. He was previously a litigation lawyer who fought long and hard for his clients' rights.

Farbod always places his target market and audience at the centre of marketing actions. For him, it's crucial to shape content that chimes with them, that talks directly to them and achieves our aims. It's not just a job for him - it's about building authentic relationships and ensuring our messages resonate on a personal level.

Farbod looks forward to continuing to assist IIBA NZ and serving on its board again as of VP – Communication and Marketing.

Farbod's LinkedIn page can be found here

Jayshree Ramesh-Sukha

large_1.png   Tēnā koutou, 

With business analyst skills, expertise, tools, instinct and empathy you have many opportunities to listen to need and change the world to make big impact.  

As a member of the IIBA NZ chapter and key change agents in your mahi(work),  Jayshree is committed to making your journey as an IIBA member positive, encouraging, informative and engaging through a meaningful network that enhances your business analyst super powers!

Jayshree has been a member of the IIBA since 2014 and has participated in valuable chapter events and education. She now wants to give back to the IIBA community in this exciting volunteer role of Vice President Communications and Marketing by actively contributing to the IIBA NZ Chapter through developing effective marketing and communications that meet IIBA NZ Chapter members' education, networking and leadership needs and profile and promote the value of business analysis and IIBA membership.   

During her 20-year career, Jayshree has been involved in various marketing and communications activities, including social media management and development of social media campaigns, promotional materials,  newsletters, reports, policies and guidelines, event management and supporting the development of news stories. She is experienced in shaping communications to make them interesting for the audience and has strong evaluation and analytical skills to evaluate the effectiveness of communications.  She has also led a variety of business analyst activities including requirements elicitation for technology solutions, implementation of large change management and technology programmes and process and quality improvement.   She has a keen interest in supporting business analysts to apply methods, techniques and expertise to environmental challenges and corporate social responsibility such as sustainability.  This is an emerging area where business analysts have a lot to offer.

Jayshree is the Director of Energise Analytics Limited, a business analysis, data analysis, business coaching, and jewellery-making business based in Auckland. She also works for Andy O’Sullivan Geotechnical Engineering, where she supports and enables the team to deliver geotechnical engineering services.  

Jayshree together with the amazing board looks forward to serving members through listening to your needs, creating inspiring communications and meaningful events such as the annual Festival of Business Analysis.