ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 WebTV [UPDATE]

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An array of interviews with the world’s best statisticians giving their takes on pressing issues requiring modern statistics.

Video & Content Produced by Anne Edwards & Company (AECO) for the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).

YouTube Channel: 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress

It was people power at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 when 2,500 delegates from 130 countries converged on Day One of the Congress to deliberate on statistical disciplines and applications for the betterment of policy-making. Here to tell us more is YBhg Dato’ Sri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician of the Department of Statistics Malaysia & National Organising Committee Chairman.
When the challenge is getting forensic scientists to appreciate statistics, the President of American Statistical Association, Karen Kafadar addresses this issue head-on and talks about the pivotal position that statistics has in the discipline of Forensic Science.
When it is imperative for OIC member countries to modernize the way in which they collect their statistics. The feat is not easy but it is also not impossible. H.E. Nebil Dabur explains the challenges of that and the solutions for them.
Former Director of Statistics at the High Commission for Planning, Morocco Abdous Belkacem talks about how Morocco is very intent at modernizing the way that official statistics are gathered which has supported the production of SDG indicators.
For the first time in over a hundred years, an official theme song for the ISI World Statistics Congress, putting Malaysia on the world map for its debut of “Statistics in Bloom”, a rendition of how significant statistics are in binding a nation.
When you know how poor you are and in which areas, you will be able to have a better understanding on what more you can do to address poverty. Statistics help you do this via the measurement of multidimensional poverty.
Sabina Alkire is the Director of Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and she talks of how zero poverty is measured and why it is feasibly good that we will not reach Zero Poverty by 2030.
Only with good statistics can great policies be drafted by government officials. Mario Palma, the President of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) delves into the importance of good statistics and its effect on democracy, demography and development.
President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics Dr Ola Awad takes the stage to share the plight of those living in critical areas and the limitations deterring their social and economic development which should be the focal view of every state.
There are 6,000 of them and they regard themselves as nerds but together they want to solve the world’s problems. In this episode of the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 WebTV, President of the International Biometric Society Louise Ryan talks about the interrelationship between statistics and biological science.
An almost unimaginable feat for a society with 19th-century roots to remain relevant in the 21st century. How do they do it? President of the Royal Statistical Society Deborah Ashby is on the WebTV podium to tell us more.
Coupled with statistics, data science is capturing the attention of the younger generation even more. Thanks to technological advancements which has spurred this since the turn of the century.
Yves-Laurent Grize, a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich, spoke to us about the complementing attributes which statistics, data science and business all share.
From attracting young talents into the world of statistics to promoting the culture of statistics itself, the Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi has come out in full force to learn from the best at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019.
Susan Murphy is the President of the Bernoulli Society and she describes to us the special algorithms that she has created to aid the decision-making process in the health sector.
Learning from countries like the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden which are tops in creating special centres to link the theoretical with the practical side of statistical literacy. Chief Statistician of India Pravin Srivastava explains what his country is doing and what more he can do with regards to statistical development.
Usually, statistics are never one to cause controversy or much less, create polemic misconceptions with the general public. However, Jessica Utts, Professor Emerita at the University of California, explained that such folly is sparked by the media who are more-often-than-not biased when making a topic newsworthy.
Statistics can be intimidating to the laymen. However, John Pullinger, the President of the International Association for Official Statistics (2019-2021) has vouched that his team will break down the graphs, numbers and charts, so that everyone will understand the work that Statistics does in all aspects of our lives.
If it was not for the comprehensive compilation of data, Air New Zealand would not be in existence. Vince Galvin, the Chief Methodologist at Statistics New Zealand explains how life-saving and life-changing statistics can be plus the fruitful networking he is forging throughout the week-long congress.
On the WebTV podium is President of the International Statistical Institute Helen MacGillivray to inspire people to implement best practices for data literacy education.
On the WebTV podium is Gogita Todradze, Executive Director, National Statistics Office of Georgia (GEOSTAT) to talk about the lack of resources to produce good statistics and how statistics are used for the purpose of political manipulation.
Whilst corruption is gnawing at the credibility of official statistics, Dr Jamil Osman, the Director of the International Institute of Islamic Thought may have the solution for this centuries-old problem. He believes that ethics should be the founding value of being a statistician and a subject taught at every level of one’s life.
Anne Edwards speaks to Pedro Silva, Principal Researcher, National School of Statistical Sciences (ENCE) on how big data can help monitor price movements and family finances.
Organizers of the ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 had to meet certain expectations besides a high bar to level up to. This was especially true in regards to the show and exhibition part. Zima Mazfahani, the Chair of Congress Site and Exhibition setup explains…
Africa is at the forefront of cradling new and innovative ideas and mechanisms when maximizing data collection. Dr Albina Chuwa is the Director-General of Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics and she had interesting facts to share about the breakthrough technologies used when compiling statistics from the general public.
Former International Statistical Institute (ISI) Director Jean-Louis Bodin who’s had 50 years of experience in the ISI, shares the importance of speaking the same language in order to compare the varying situations between countries.
Eric Rancourt, Director General of the Methodology Branch at Statistics Canada describes statistics as a mirror to the country’s growth and development which will in turn help in the creation of good and sound policies.
Numbers, graphs and charts are not the only things which are discussed at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019. Dr Samaychanh Boupha, the Head of Lao Statistics Bureau and the Vice Minister at the Ministry of Planning and Investment was amazed by the amount of networking he and his delegation were able to do. He said that the knowledge gained will be transmitted in his work with the Lao Statistics Bureau.
The ever-evolving International Statistical Institute may be over a century old but it is synonymous to breaking boundaries and forging aggressive networking with academics, professionals and statistical centres in all six continents. Ada van Krimpen, the Director of the International Statistical Institute talks further about the upcoming 63rd ISI World Statistics Congress 2021 which will be held in the Hague, the Netherlands.
The challenge continues for Consultant on Agricultural Statistics, World Bank, Michael Steiner to produce statistics in order to help the agriculture sector strike a balance between agricultural productivity and sustainability.
Gemma van Halderen, the Director of the Statistics Division in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has solidified the fact that big data is here to stay. The Asia and Pacific regions have accelerated in producing innovative ideas when it comes to ways in which data can be measured, recorded and stored.
Big data is being used in all countries to measure trends and for parliamentarians to better policies and laws. Ronald Jansen, Assistant Director at the United Nations Statistics Division in New York, states the penetration of Asia Pacific countries in all frontiers when it comes to using big data regardless of the challenges and issues faced.
In wrapping up the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019, we had the pleasure of having John Bailer, President-Elect, International Statistical Institute (2019-2021) on the WebTV podium. Bailer expresses his hopes, aspirations and vision for ISI with him at the helm.

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