Join us at the 13th CIO Leaders Australia Summit Be part of this year's upcoming gathering where you will be able
to engage with the country's leading IT professionals on the
24th August 2021, Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne
Join us at the 13th CIO Leaders Australia Summit Be part of this year's upcoming gathering where you will be able
to engage with the country's leading IT professionals on the
24th August 2021, Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne
Summit Themes Key themes and topics are developed by our
standing committee and advisory board from
the country's most respected IT Leaders.
These will be addressed over the course
of the CIO Leaders Summit Australia.








Cyber Security


Big Data


IT as a Service





Join us at the 13th CIO Leaders
Australia Summit

24th August 2021, Crown Conference Centre,

Join the gathering


The 13th CIO Leaders Australia Summit will take place on the 24th of August 2021 at the Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne.  The Summit will once again become THE MEETING PLACE for more than 150 of the country's leading CIOs, Heads of IT, IT Directors and Technology Leaders and provide unrivalled networking opportunities.

This year's Summit theme will look at 'Shifting from Information to Innovation' and this message will be delivered via a number of keynotes, workshops and targeted roundtables discussions taking place throughout day.

Attendees will have the opportunity to personalise their own agenda and maximise their time out of the office by engaging in only the most relevant sessions for their business.

Our networking drinks function will provide the chance to interact face to face with peers in a very relaxed setting.

Whilst we are all adjusting to the 'new norm’ and adapting to the challenges and opportunities that COVID-19 brought for us all, we are committed to deliver a great event in a well-managed and safe environment.

We have introduced new event protocols to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all our sponsors, attendees and staff whilst continuing to deliver strong opportunities and engagements.

You can download our Safe Event Guidelines here


Chris Bezuidenhout

Chris Bezuidenhout

Managing Director, CIB CIO APAC & Emerging Markets, Deutsche Bank AG

Tracey Evans

Tracey Evans


Trish Farrugia

Trish Farrugia

CIO, Australia Pacific Airports Corporation

Venkata Valluri

Venkata Valluri

Global IT Director, Treasury Wine Estates



The summit program is a draft and is subject to change.

Arrival & Registration


Welcome & Introduction

Tyron McGurgan, CEO, Focus Network


Master of Ceremonies, CIO Track main plenary

Luke Hannan, Master of Ceremonies,


Luke Hannan

Luke founded his Professional Master of Ceremonies business on 3 key principles; Service, Preparation & Delivery. Based [...]

Opening Keynote Presentation – Enabling New Approaches to Organisational Digital Innovation in the Post-Pandemic Era

Chris Bezuidenhout, Managing Director, CIB CIO APAC & Emerging Markets, Deutsche Bank AG
As innovation becomes synonymous with disruption, IT leaders are distinctively set to evolve into innovation leaders. The need to building required competencies, skills to envision technology-driven business change and deliver on their commitments are essential.


Chris Bezuidenhout

I am an experienced CIO with a wealth of expertise in technology management, risk, finance and large-scale transformation for employers, [...]

Keynote Presentation – Are you Encrypting your data and using a Hardware Security Module to store your keys?

Marc Airo-Farulla, Regional Sales Director Oceania (AU, NZ & Pacific Islands), Entrust
The Annual Global Encryption Trends study and the country report of Australia will help you understand why this question is so important! As Information Security leaders, protecting customer and organisational data from internal and external threats is the core pillar to Security. General security solutions and digital applications are standard practice, but what about Encryption and Key Management strategies, are you, as the leading authority in your organisation implementing these solutions and if so, are they in the most secure way with an HSM? Let's talk about the Annual GETS (Global Encryption Trends Study) and the Australia country report, where thousands of like-minded professionals have their say!


Marc Airo-Farulla

Over 20 years experience and knowledge in the field of Security & Digital Technological implementations, mastered the art of enterprise [...]

Roundtable Discussion – CISO Track – Creating a Cyber-Risk Culture in the Boardroom and Beyond

Israel Huaccho, Head of Security – Global, Pepperstone
  • Breaking the cyber security knowledge gap
  • Structuring a cyber security risk profile aligned to enterprise risk
  • Develop an effective security metrics and dashboard


Israel Huaccho

Isarel is currently the Head of Security, Globally at Pepperstone. With different hats in the technology field – Analyst, Developer, [...]

Roundtable Discussion – CIO Track – CX Collaboration – CIO as Enabler of Business Success

Tracey Evans, Chief Information Officer, SEEK
  • Importance of being insight-driven and operationally efficient while continuously invoking innovation
  • Identifying new opportunities to design and deliver a better CX thru in sync with other departments
  • Creating the right culture of service and accountability measures in a Post-COVID-19 world


Tracey Evans

Tracey is a passionate technologist with extensive experience leading change and enterprise transformation across the Asia Pacific region. She [...]

Roundtable Discussion – CIO Track – Building a More Resilient and Adaptable Enterprise Through Technology

Ian Padgham, General Manager, Enterprise Technology & CIO, Vicinity Centres Trust
  • Driving the principles of agile delivery to create a more flexible organisation that’s adaptable to constant change & volatility
  • Rethinking tech funding and governance
  • Empowering both human and technology-centred solutions


Ian Padgham

Ian Padgham joined Vicinity Centres in June 2015 as part of the Merger of Federation Centres and Novion Property Group (Novion) and has more than [...]

Roundtable Discussion – CISO Track – Understanding your Threat Landscape to build a Cyber Resilient Enterprise

Jonathan Milton, Head of Cybersecurity, Bupa
  • Driving a threat-led security posture
  • Train like you fight, being ready for game day
  • Being ransomware ready, throughout your enterprise


Jonathan Milton

Jonathan is currently the head of cyber security at Bupa. With over 15 years leading complex programs of investment across cyber security, [...]

Networking Break


Workshop 1 – CIO Track – Securing Endpoints and Ensuring Compliance

Matthew Burns, Director, BigFix, Asia Pacific & Japan, HCL Software
Enterprises are under increasing pressure to protect data from breaches in an aggressive attack environment. Security professionals must re-evaluate their security software to adjust for new threats and risk with an eye on reducing complexity. In this session, you will hear;
  • How are enterprises dealing with compliance challenges around distributed workforces?
  • What are the key trends around data breaches, and how can organizations defend against those risks?
  • How can organizations consolidate security toolkits and software?


Matthew Burns

Matthew Burns is responsible for customer satisfaction and solution responsibility for the BigFix business in the Asia Pacific and Japan. He has [...]

One-to-One Meetings 1


Workshop 1 – CISO Track – Keeping pace with evolving regulatory and cyber landscapes

Jay Hira, Security and Compliance Advisor, Salesforce
Amr Ibrahim, Lead Platform Specialist, Salesforce
As we grapple with the rapidly changing threat and regulatory environments, it is important for organisations to take a step back to reflect on their business strategy and adapt their security and compliance stance accordingly. This is doubly so for cloud providers like Salesforce. In this session, we will cover these evolving landscapes as we see them, how we measure our success, how we embed TRUST into everything we do, and what we have learnt - not only from within, but also from our customers.


Jay Hira

Jay is an innovative and adept information security practitioner with 14+ years of experience, having successfully delivered information security [...]

Amr Ibrahim

Amr is an experienced technical architect with 12+ years of experience in the IT industry. He holds a degree in software engineering. He has [...]

One-to-One Meetings 2


Workshop 2 – CIO Track – Adopting AI to Enhance Your Data and Analytics Capability

Venkata Valluri, Global IT Director, Treasury Wine Estates
  • Importance in leveraging AI and advanced analytics in driving value creation
  • Dealing with the data deluge across multiple systems
  • Implementing data governance to break data silos for effective data centralisation


Venkata Valluri

Venkata is currently the Global IT Director Analytics and Insights for Treasury Wine Estates. He is a skilled data management and analytics [...]

Workshop 2 – CISO Track – CISOs & Board – Are you speaking the same language?! How to translate your technical cyber language and have an effective risk-based discussion with the Board

Mitra Minai, Chief Information Security Officer, Healthscope Operations
Take-aways from this session:
  • Translate the technical language of Cyber Risk and align with business strategy and objectives
  • Techniques in presenting the Cybersecurity Strategy and Roadmap to the Board
  • Demonstrating the business value of cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Metrics and Dashboard reporting
  • Moving the organization from Cyber Defense to Cyber Resilience


Mitra Minai

Mitra is a senior Technology and Security Transformation executive with over 20 years’ experience working in the Health, Financial and [...]

Roundtable Discussion – CIO Track – Innovate from Anywhere: succeeding in the next normal

Clyde Fernandez, RVP, Platform, Salesforce
Byron Collins, Executive Director Business Services & Chief Technology Officer, University of Melbourne
If the past year has taught us anything, it's that digital transformation is an urgent priority for Australian businesses. But as we accelerate the shift from information to innovation, we need to be acutely aware of changes in our customer and employee expectations. Join us for an interactive discussion with some Trailblazers who will provide insights on some of the key contributors to your success, including:
  • Enabling work from anywhere
  • Why culture matters now more than ever, and
  • Growing your innovation talent pool


Clyde Fernandez

Clyde is a career technologist who has spent time working in many sectors in Australia, Asia & the UK. He now works for Salesforce, leading a [...]

Byron Collins

Provides a full range of class leading information technology and facilities management services to all operating entities of the University, and [...]

Roundtable Discussion – CISO Track – App, Data and Edge Security – Working in Unison

Reinhart Hansen, Director of Technology, Office of the CTO, Imperva
Almost every organisation is juggling a skilfully stacked mix of security vendors and solutions. Add a threat you didn’t know existed; mix in some new cloud apps; cover all of that with the new Privacy Act and data regulations. In this roundtable, we’ll discuss:
  • How you can avoid complexity in your security stack
  • Strategies for taking the high-ground from hackers and cybercriminals
  • Integrating app, data and edge security for the best defence
  • Responding to evolving legislative and industry regulations


Reinhart Hansen

Experienced Cyber Security & IT professional with a demonstrated history of working in technology advisory, architecture, solution design and [...]

Roundtable Discussion – CISO Track – Emerging AppSec Trends in 2021 and Beyond

Randeep Chhabra, General Manager, AppScan, Asia Pacific & Japan, HCL Software
Today Enterprise Applications are one of the most valuable IT asset for organizations, as these applications run critical business processes, conduct transactions and deliver offerings.  These applications are being built at the speed of DevOps to address aggressive Time to Market and Agility requirements.  Prioritizing speed without security in app development can lead to an uptick in critical vulnerabilities with disastrous results. To avoid this, organizations must address security earlier in the software development life cycle. While the security technologies across networking and operations are more commonly implemented to high standards, we see unique challenges and trends faced by clients in implementing effective application security programs. Join the HCL Software roundtable session for a robust discussion on the following:
  • How are CISOs improving processes to integrate security into DevOps, and what challenges do they face?
  • What are the practices, techniques and strategies that can be used to achieve better application security?
  • What are the key trends for 2021 and beyond?


Randeep Chhabra

Randeep Chhabra leads the HCL AppScan business across Asia Pacific and Japan at HCL Software. Randeep has been actively working for more than a [...]

Roundtable Discussion – CIO Track – Driving Your Competitive Advantage with Cloud-First Identity and Access Management

Dragan Vladicic, Senior Manager, Solutions Engineer, Asia Pacific, Okta
These days, many organizations are operating their IT environment in a hybrid state. While the cloud has allowed organizations to realize new levels of efficiency and ROI by leveraging modern approaches such as SaaS, a certain number of apps will likely remain on-premises for the foreseeable future. And while the efficiencies of a cloud-first approach are well established, organizations and their employees find it difficult to move back-and-forth between their SaaS apps on one side of the hybrid state, and those legacy applications that need to remain within the on-premises data center. Identity technologies help ease the pain of moving between these two worlds, and organizations relying on legacy solutions can create friction within their business, with disjointed architectures that create duplicate capabilities. This inconsistent and slow integration experience can create issues for employees who rely on SaaS for their daily work but might need to access on-premises apps for critical projects. How can security and IT teams provide employees with a seamless, yet secure, experience as they need to access both SaaS and on-premises applications? How can organizations leverage a cloud-first approach to better manage their applications as well as identity and access management (IAM)? What are the best ways for organizations to leverage newer technologies to help scale their infrastructure to meet customer needs?


Dragan Vladicic

Bio coming [...]

Networking Lunch


One-to-One Meetings 3


Workshop 3 – CIO Track – Digital Challenges and Opportunities of a Global Health Crisis

Dr. Malcolm Thatcher, Chief Technology Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted typical work streams and services across all sectors around the world. It is imperative to redefine priorities, reallocating resources, and identifying new opportunities to have impact to create space for rapid innovation and scale-up of existing digital tools.


Dr. Malcolm Thatcher

Dr Malcolm Thatcher is the Chief Technology Officer at the Australian Digital Health Agency, a role he commenced in February 2021. Dr Thatcher [...]

Workshop 3 – CISO Track – Securing the “new normal”

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya, Former Regional CISO, Standard Chartered Bank
There are 2 types of organizations, the ones they know they been hacked and the ones they don't. Do you know where you stand? While COVID-19 enforced us to adopt the new normal, did you adopt the new cybersecurity best practices?


Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

Dr Erdal Ozkaya is known as a passionate, solutions-focused professional with a comprehensive global background within the information technology, [...]

One-to-One Meetings 4


Workshop 4 – CISO Track – Reinforcing a Robust Enterprise Security Architecture Framework

Magesh Dhanasekaran, Head, Security Architecture & Design, UniSuper
  • Identify your biggest challenges/needs, threat modelling and attack surface analysis
  • Gaining buy-in from senior-level personnel and having them model the cybersecurity behaviours
  • Creating a sustainable, scalable security architecture framework


Magesh Dhanasekaran

Magesh is responsible for Cybersecurity Architecture, Strategy and Application Security at UniSuper. He is an experienced cybersecurity architect [...]

Workshop 4 – CIO Track – Fortifying Your Digital Transformation Strategy for Post-Covid Economy

Trish Farrugia, Chief Information Officer Australia Pacific Airports Corporation
  • How has the pandemic changed priorities?
  • Accelerating Melbourne Airport’s digital transformation and implementing agility focusing of core process
  • Policies to prepare for the future of work


Trish Farrugia

Ms Farrugia joined APAC in February 2018. She has over 25 years’ experience in Technology and is a passionate leader focused on developing IT [...]

Workshop 5 – CISO Track – Prioritising Integration of Governance, Risk and Compliance in Cybersecurity in the New Normal

Vijay Narayan, Chief Information Security Officer, Environment Protection Authority
  • Re-emphasized the importance of data protection through a multitude of mandates
  • Implementation of security controls on cloud components
  • Providing leadership with timely, comprehensive risk and compliance-related reporting


Vijay Narayan

Vijay is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Environment Protection Authority. He is a subject matter expert in Information [...]

Workshop 5 – CIO Track

Speaker and synopsis coming soon
Topic and synopsis coming soon


Roundtable Discussion – CIO Track – Speaker and Synopsis coming soon


Roundtable Discussion – CISO Track – Delivering an Agile Security Operations Centre

Luke Steller, Head, Global Cyber Security Operations & Threat Intelligence, ANZ
In this workshop, Luke will cover:
  • Automating security operations to keep up with growing threats across continuous controls testing;
  • SIEM alerting and risk scoring, incident case management, incident response, actionable threat intelligence, security devops, autonomous workforce and cloud;
  • Aligning security to organisational strategy and mapping to key threat frameworks.


Luke Steller

Luke heads the Security Operations Centre and Threat Intelligence in one of the largest financial institutions in Australia which operates in [...]

Keynote Presentation – Addressing Diversity and Digital Skills Deficiency in a Rapidly Changing Future

Speaker coming soon
The importance of reskilling and upskilling as new roles emerge and skills requirements change. Leverage the experts you already have on staff and creating an extensive career path. Adopting more inclusive hiring practices outside of traditional talent pools.


Closing Keynote Presentation – Time for a National Ransomware Strategy

Speaker TBC
Ransomware is the highest threat facing Australian businesses and government in the cyber domain. The federal government must play a leading role in making enterprises a less attractive target for these ransomware groups by creating potential policies, including increased law enforcement, targeted international sanctions, offensive cyber actions and regulating the payment of ransoms.  


Networking Drinks




We invite only the leading international and local experts to provide sessions on site, this allows for attendees to be taught by front-line executives that compress years of meaningful experience into a systematic, well organised learning program.


Keeping in line with the main goal of the event in achieving new relationships, we provide a huge amount of networking opportunities for attendees through breakfast, luncheons, cocktails and informal introductions.


Allowing both buyers and sellers the opportunity to engage with one another onsite in a series of prearranged business meetings. These provide both parties a great opportunity to build new relationships by interacting face to face.


Being able to experience different sessions is what makes this event unique; whether you are looking to attend an interactive workshop, roundtable, 1-1 meeting or panel discussion.


Interact and relax amongst your peers at the Networking lunch where you will have the opportunity to be part of the entertainment.


The summit is personalised for YOU, this means that what is important to your business is important to us. We create personalised itineraries around sessions you want to attend, allowing for your time to be spent wisely while out of the office.




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  • Meals and refreshments
  • Access to all presentation sessions
    and roundtable discussions
  • Access to all presentation
    slides and photos


  • Access to onsite mobile APP
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Access to all presentation sessions
    and roundtable discussions
  • Access to all presentation
    slides and photos


Making Digital Transformation Stick: The Journey of Collaboration Excellence

Tanya Freeman, Group Director Information & Digital, Urbis Digital Transformation is often directed solely at customer interaction […]

Technology Leadership for The Future

Ross Dawson, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Strategy Advisor & Founding Chairman, Advanced Human Technologies Group Technological change is […]

Shifting Gears to Data Curation and Digital Workforce Management for Integrated, End-to-End Process Automation

Matt Hanmer, VP Sales, Australia & New Zealand, AntWorks™ Whilst the use cases for stand-alone Robotic Process Automation are numerous, […]

Innovation through Technology; Evolving your Network in a Hybrid World

Lyncoln de Mello, Head of Cloud and Infrastructure, Brennan IT As an industry leader, working closely with Australian businesses for over 20 […]

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