Our Leadership Team

Harj Chand

Managing Director & Founder

Harj is a respected leader in all aspects of Business Analytics and has proven results delivering strategic outcomes from a technology and a business value perspective.

His strong background in data and technology architecture provides a solid foundation to understand how data is best utilised in an organisation.  He values collaboration with honesty and forges key relationships with peers, industry leaders, technology partners and academia.

Harj has previously worked with notable companies such as Rio Tinto, Australia Post and AGL Energy. At Rio Tinto, he was accountable for leading the global data design, bringing together the organisation globally under the ‘One Rio Tinto’ brand. Harj also led the design and incubations at Australia Post as it embarked on its Future Ready transformation. At AGL Energy Harj designed and led the Business Analytics transformation lifting the performance culture as well as introducing new organisational skills and delivery models to take advantage of disruptive data sources and new technologies


Kris Hunter

Head of Operations

Kris is an experienced architect and leader specialising in business analytics and data architecture. He has led teams to success in delivering strategic solutions across a broad range of industries and leading global organisations, including mining, manufacturing and utilities.

Kris has over 15 years’ experience designing, implementing and maintaining SAP analytics solutions. More recently he has also rounded this knowledge by expanding into broader capabilities across Hadoop, AWS and Microsoft. With a drive for delivering business value through the use of data and analytics, as well as pursuing the development of new technology, he has a keen passion for the progression of big data solutions in today’s organisations.

In the past, Kris has led the innovation and ultimate design, business case and introduction of Hadoop at AGL Energy, where he was accountable for the management and strategic direction of AGL’s enterprise analytics tools and platforms. He was also responsible for leading the design and delivery of several capability streams at Rio Tinto, such as sales and delivery, mine processing and asset utilisation.  At Fonterra, Kris was accountable for developing design standards, architecture strategy and led the development and nationwide rollout of a manufacturing yields and losses analytics capability.


Shelley Chand

Director of Finance & Culture

Shelley brings a wealth of experience of having designed, implemented and improved core business processes at both large companies like Rio Tinto and Fuji Xerox, as well as smaller private equity-owned organisations. She brings in-depth knowledge in the Procure to Pay and Sales to Cash domains and of course ensures that Ignite Data runs seamlessly everyday. Underpinning this are strong foundational skills in business and program management.

Shelley has always put data and analytics at the centre of business process improvements with the development of metric excellence in purchasing through to cloud-based sales analytics for a global sales team. Further to this Shelley managed the innovation of an IoT based data app for Solaft.

She will not hesitate to ask the hard questions, and continually holds all parties to account to achieve an outstanding business result. Shelley is most importantly outcome driven, and places the needs of the customer at the highest level.


Tom Aitken

Business Development Manager

As Business Development Manager with Data Analytics Specialist, Ignite Data Solutions, Tom works every day with our clients to help them uncover the power of data and the benefits it can provide to their people and their business.

Tom discovered his passion for data while completing studies in Financial Technology through Saiid Business School, at Oxford University. For Tom, data started as an interest and has now turned into a passion, aftercoming to understand the potential it brings to business, through using previously dormant data to make calculated decisions to increase business profits.

Tom joined Ignite post working alongside Harj Chand and the Ignite team as a client – Ballance Agri Nutrients. Tom saw, first hand, how the team worked and the value that they can bring to any business.