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Matthew Spencer MSD New Zealand

Dr Matthew Spencer

Chief Analytics Officer, Ministry of Social Development (MSD) New Zealand

Matt is the Chief Analytics Officer at the Ministry of Social Development.  He is a passionate advocate for helping New Zealanders through the use of data and analysis.  Matt previously learned to appreciate the importance of communicating complex technical ideas in simple terms as a high school physics teacher.  Prior to this Matt very much enjoyed his time developing software in a number of organizations including the application development group at Ohio Legislative Information Systems. Today he still enjoys exploring software coding in his spare time.   Matt first developed a passion for data analysis and statistics through research in Physics that lead to a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.  After graduating he performed postdoctoral work at The Ohio State University.   When not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife, Maria, his two daughters Cindy and Katie, and their dachshund Roxie.