What we offer

Agora Insights Ltd specializes in training, mentoring, and consulting to support the business architecture and business analysis professions. We are a Guild Accredited Training Partner™ (GATP™) with the Business Architecture Guild® an Accredited Training Provider with The Open Group® and an Endorsed Education Provider™ with the IIBA®. We pride ourselves on delivering best practices and techniques to be used in the workplace for strategy, operations, and projects. Most importantly, we are committed to supporting our learners at every step of their journey while providing the warm, inclusive welcome unique to New Zealand.

  • Training and Certificates: We offer a range of certification based courses for both Business Analysts and Business Architects.

  • Corporate training services: Fill learning gaps with our short course solutions

  • Centre-of-Excellence: We offer mentoring services to assist you, and your staff grow competency and career opportunities.

  • Bespoke Training Solutions: Get the customised corporate training solution for your team

About Agora Insights

Exceptional training for exceptional value resulting in exceptional outcomes


Before launching Agora Insights in 2017, I spent 20 years working in a variety of industries, both public and private. Throughout this period, the need for business analyst and business architect training was a recurring theme. Peers would frequently approach me for training, mentoring, and support as a result of my experience. There was a clear and growing need for training courses that would enable business analysis and architecture professionals to achieve their objectives through engaging, relevant, and informative course structures. 

That's when the idea for Agora Insights was born. I wanted to provide a platform for business professionals to learn, grow their careers, and gain the insights and support they require to be successful. I saw an opportunity to put my real-world experience of responding to learners' needs and supporting them throughout their learning journey to good use. 

When developing the foundations of Agora Insights' offerings, I concentrated on a few key elements that would maximise the value of the training and assist learners in setting and achieving their goals.

Those elements included:


  • Making learning structured

Creating engaging content that is appropriately paced to keep motivation high and learners on track


  • Making learning relevant 

Delivering training solutions that are specific and geared to the goals of the learner


  • Making learning blended

Supporting different learning styles by utilising a diverse collection of training materials and methods


Agora Insights offers customised services to a niche market. The role of business analysts and architects is fundamentally to empower a business to deliver strategy, initiatives, and digital enhancement. Unfortunately, these critical roles are often left unsupported, and this is where we step in. Our current offerings include certification-based online training, coaching and mentoring, and bespoke training solutions. We pride ourselves on our excellent service and support to our learners and customers.

Since our inception, we are delighted to have served individuals and businesses in over 80 countries. We offer the kind of highly individualised, structured training that can make all the difference in learners reaching their goals. Most importantly, we are committed to supporting our learners at every step of their journey while providing the warm, inclusive welcome unique to New Zealand.

We are happy to look at your specific training needs, be they large or small, to maximise your individual, or team’s potential. Whether you’re looking to fill some knowledge gaps, create a Centre-of-Excellence, or obtain support on your digital transformation programme, our targeted training solutions can help. 

I invite you to browse our courses, take advantage of the free resources on our blog, or contact us.


Happy learning, everyone!


Deirdre Caren, 

Founder & Director 

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Why I started Agora Insights Ltd

Meet our lead instructors

Senior Instructor Karl Stanley

Visual Enterprise Architecture modelling, in my opinion, is the most efficient and effective way to involve key stakeholders who make important decisions. As a result, I've made it my mission to teach aspiring professionals about Enterprise and Business Architecture utilizing visual modelling tools and languages. Karl is a TOGAF 9.2 Instructor, ArchiMate 3.1 Instructor, Enterprise Architecture Practitioner, TOGAF Enterprise Architecture Modeler, and Archimate 3 Practitioner certified in TOGAF 9.2. He also has IT4IT Foundations and COBIT 5.0 certifications. Karl has actively participated in the architecture tooling market with a variety of Enterprise Architecture products and partners. Karl's experience as an instructor and ICT practitioner spans over 25 years, and he has worked with over 5600 students. Aspiring professionals can benefit from Karl's expertise and take away real-world practice and knowledge to help stakeholders make better decisions.

Lead Instructor Andrew Robins

Fostering and growing new talent has been a big part of my journey over the past 10-15 years. I get a buzz out of helping people realize their potential and find their path. I am a consulting IT professional with broad experience working in a range of different industries, including: Web portals, Telecommunications, Utilities and Supply Chain. I have worn a lot of different hats in my time, and can bring a variety of different perspectives to the problems that face us all in a world that changes fast, and grows more and more complex with each passing day. I hold Bachelor's Degrees in Computer Science and History and Classical Studies. I have been peer certified by the Association for Software Testing, and have completed foundational training in Agile, Lean project management, agile testing and agile test automation. I have delivered and facilitated training in Agile Concepts, Testing and Test Leadership.

Director Deirdre Caren

"I help Business Analysts and Business Architects achieve their learning goals. I am passionate about assisting others in furthering their careers by offering training, certification, and mentoring." Since our inception, Agora has supported thousands of individuals and businesses across over 90 countries. Over the past 20 years, Deirdre has trained more than 6000 people on various topics, processes and change initiates, all in support of digital transformation and enhancement. Deirdre is the founder and director of Agora Insights Ltd, a training, mentoring and consulting service provider for Business Analysts and Business Architects. Agora Insights is an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) with the IIBA® and a Guild Accredited Training Partner™ (GATP™). Deirdre is a Certified Business Architect (CBA®), Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and holds an Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA® - AAC). She has completed a BA honours degree and postgraduate in Information Studies.

What we believe...

We are based in Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Our Philosophy

    We believe that when you are passionate about something, great things come together. This is why we are here, helping you, our learners!

  • Our Vision

    Exceptional Business Training at an Exceptional Price resulting in Exceptional Professional Outcomes

  • Our Mission

    To provide every business analyst and business architect with a one-stop-shop to grow and expand their skills, certification and career opportunities.

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