Speaking Events

Below is a list of John’s international speaking engagements during 2014.

ITEE University of Queensland, Australia, August 12 2014


Following his talk at the Asia Pacific Data Quality Congress in Melbourne in April 2014, John was extend an invitation to speak at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) in Brisbane by Professor Shazia Sadiq.

Subject of Talk: The DNA of Data Quality
As the date of this talk fell just 5 days after the PPDM Symposium in Perth, John took the opportunity to reveal The DNA of Data to an audience outside of the Oil & Gas E&P world for the first time. The ITEE audience was made up of research students, alumni, members of the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ) and data quality specialists from industries as diverse as telcos and mining.

The talk was very well received and was followed by an enthusiastic question and answer session.


PPDM Symposium, Perth, Australia August 6 & 7 August 2014

PPDM Symposia are a major event in the calendar for those professionals responsible for data quality in the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production sector. John has an association with this industry that stretches back over 25 years to a time when, with a colleague Nicholas Hann, he created the NAM Information Atlas, which is, perhaps, the most complete model of the Oil and Gas E&P sector that has ever been produced.

Subject of Talk: The DNA of Data Quality

In this talk John offered a completely innovative insight to the origin the data quality problems that plague Oil & Gas E&P and every other industry around the globe. Using the simple, yet powerful, structures of the DNA double helix as an example, he revealed how the introduction of commercial computerisation had removed critical information structures from the heart of enterprise and how this has a continuing negative impact on both data and information quality worldwide. More importantly, he demonstrated how this these critical structures could once again be put back at the core of the enterprise and the associated problems removed.


APAC MDM and Data Governance Summit, Sydney, 28-30 July 2014

This Summit brings together a truly international panel of speakers, vendors and master practitioners in the world of Master Data Management (MDM).

Subject of Talk: Multi-Dimensional Master MDM

John took this opportunity to introduce this specialist audience to his highly innovative and effective method for identifying and modelling the Master Data Entities of any enterprise of any size in any sector, which he calls Multi-Dimensional Master Data Management (MDM).

His talk was extremely well received by this international audience;  the majority of delegate feedback rated his talk as “excellent” and he was ranked in the top three speakers.


Asia Pacific Data Quality Congress in Melbourne, Australia April 2014

This congress was run by the Asia Pacific International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ) and aimed at professionals from all industry sectors who want to bring the best of data quality to all that they do in their industries.  It is also the Congress where awards for outstanding performance in the field of  Data Quality are presented to enterprises who are judged by the IAIDQ to have contributed something very special to Data Quality in the preceding year.

Subject of Talk: Data Has No Intrinsic Value.

In this talk John explains, contrary to what many data professionals believe, that data has no intrinsic value; that it is only of value to any enterprise when it supports the effective execution of the Business Functions of that enterprise.  He then goes on to demonstrate how by knowing this that enterprise can be very clear about what data is useful and what data is not.

This innovative talk was very well received by this audience of data professionals from all across Asia Pacific region.


Otago Chamber of Commerce Tuesday 24 June 2014

As well as doing international keynote talks, John loves to do talks for small local enterprises and share with them a range of key ‘big business’ thinking and techniques that will enable them grow.

Subject of Talk: Step Into the Future Today
In this talk to an audience of comprising local business people and people from tertiary educational institutions in the city, John explained how enterprises of any size can accelerate their journey to a success future by adopting an innovative approach that enables them to structure themselves and their information systems in ways that will enable accelerated, unlimited and sustainable growth.

Sarah Outerbridge of Stallion Lawyers

Working with John has been one of the best business decisions I have made.

I have been working with John for almost 12 months now and my business has grown much quicker than it ever would have without his help.

John has kept me accountable, helped me stay on track with my goals and discover and clarify my vision; as well as providing valuable guidance.

In addition, John really cares and it is great working with someone who shares my values.

I would highly recommend John to any business owner looking to take their business to the next level or just wanting to reach their goals faster.

Sarah Outerbridge, CEO, Stallion Lawyers, Gold Coast.

Working with John Owens International (JOI) has been immensely beneficial to our business.

Using the JOI Board Advisory service has helped our Board and senior executive team to gain significant new insights into innovative strategies and structures that have presented new and profitable business opportunities both domestically and internationally.

Using JOI as mentors to our divisional managers has enabled these managers to significantly grow in their roles, resulting in higher performance for their division both organisationally and commercially.

I have no reservations in recommending JOI to any organisation that wants to have the thinking, systems and structures to take itself to the next level.

Dean ReidCEOMSi GroupGold Coast, Australia

Working with John as a coach and mentor has been transformational.

John has a gift for enabling people to view challenging situations, both business and personal, from completely new perspectives that remove blockages and provide a way forward to simple, elegant solutions.

John is committed to achieving the very best for his clients, but they have to be prepared to work for it. Do not work with John unless you are prepared to be stretched and challenged. However, if you are prepared, the results will be amazing.

I have no reservations in recommending John to anyone who wants to achieve real transformation both in their personal and professional lives.

Casey ReidGeneral ManagerThe Leather DoctorQLD, Australia

John’s reputation for bringing rapid change through the power of simplicity to businesses is well deserved.

I first met John when he did consultancy for a business of which I was a director and major shareholder. His techniques enabled John to do the work quickly and get right to the core of our challenges. His keen analysis enabled him to provide the board and executive with some great insights and outstanding recommendations.

His work, both as an enterprise consultant work and a personal mentor, is first class.

John SandfordDirector, Trustee and Advisor

Here exists a brilliant and powerful mind in business. John Owens skills as a business consultant scream one word for every business: transformation.

Since having John on my of directors for my brand – Emily Gowor, Word Artist – I have resolved challenges in the flow of daily and monthly business, devised a company structure that will be put into place in the new year, and brought a significant and clear distinction to the role that I ought and ought not to be playing in my own company.

Without the clarity that John bring to a business, you will not know where you stand within your own enterprise – and your enterprise may very become the owner of you instead of the other around.

The opportunity to have John consult for your business – whether your are an individual with a growing personal brand, a small enterprise or a large corporation (and no matter where you are globally) – is priceless. It will double your revenue at the very least, and bring forward with crystal the most optimal and long-term profitable structure for your business to follow.

Build your success the right way. Take advice form John Owens – he is a genius in business, and will care about your enterprise;s success as much, and in moments, even more fiercely than you do. It’s his commitment every single day to stand for people’s financial and vocational prosperity. Thank you John.

Emily Gower5th Time Published Author, Speaker, Book Mentor & Founder of Gowor International Publishing