Join us at the 18th 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 Executives on the
9th May 2024, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Join us at the 18th 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 Executives on the
9th May 2024, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
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.

 

Data Strategy &
Governance

 

AI & Machine
Learning

 

Cloud
Computing

 

Data Analytics
& Visualisation

 

Data Science
& Big Data

 

Digital
Transformation

 

Internet of
Things

 

Cyber Security

Join us at the 18th 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
9th May 2024, Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Join the gathering

ABOUT THE EVENT

The 18th CIO Leaders Australia Summit, scheduled for May 9, 2024, at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, will once again serve as the premier gathering for more than 150 of the state’s foremost CIOs, Heads of IT and IT senior IT executives.

The theme for this year’s summit revolves around “Driving Next Generation Digital Business with AI” this message will be conveyed by a distinguished assembly of thought leaders through keynote addresses, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and focused roundtable conversations.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tailor their own agendas, allowing them to optimise their time away from the office by participating in sessions most pertinent to their specific business needs.

Additionally, the networking opportunities available throughout the event will enable senior IT executives to engage directly with a carefully curated group of technology vendors through pre arranged business meetings. These vendors will be showcased throughout the day, providing valuable assistance to leading security executives modernisation initiatives. These engagements ensure that businesses remain at the forefront of adopting new technologies, aligning their investment strategies with their overarching business goals.

SPEAKERS

Sandie Matthews
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Sandie Matthews

Chief Information Officer, The University of Sydney

Stephen Haddad
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Stephen Haddad

Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA)

Suneetha Bodduluri
plus

Suneetha Bodduluri

Director ICT, Service NSW

Arvee Manaog
plus

Arvee Manaog

Head of Application Solutions and Data & Analytics - ANZ, Medline Industries - ANZ

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PROGRAM

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

Roundtable Discussion: Low-code technology – A CIO’s tool for digital transformation

Bharath Kumar, Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Zoho Creator

Low-code platforms offer a remarkable advantage over traditional application development, owing to their abstracted and accelerated development process.

In this session, we'll cover:

  • Why CIOs are choosing low-code technology to synergise their IT and business teams
  • How the need for custom solutions in enterprises is driving extensive low-code adoption
  • The power of generative AI in low-code technology
  • Modernising the enterprise tech stack in a financially sustainable manner

  • 30min

    Bharath Kumar

    Bharath heads the Customer Experience & Marketing initiatives of Zoho's low code platform, Zoho Creator, and has over 15 years of experience across [...]

    Roundtable Discussion: Inspiring & Leading Transformation In Organisational Cybersecurity Culture

    Greg Newbegin, Cyber Security Lead ANZ, Lenovo
    The way we work has forever changed, it’s time that the way we lead follow suit. To meet the challenges of a post-pandemic work and workforce, we must explore the ways in which we can build, inspire and lead a team. In this eclectic presentation, you can expect the right side of your brain to light up. To think differently about challenges you and your teams face around relentless Cybersecurity demands. Whether you’re a gearhead, history buff, or just a sponge for new ideas, you’re bound to walk away with relevant and unexpected stories that expand your understanding of the meaning of leadership and help you to create a vision and embark upon a path of transformation for your team.

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion: Are You Adopting Cloud Technologies Faster Than You Can Secure Them?

    Matt Preswick, Enterprise Solutions Engineering, Wiz
    Scott Dunion, Regional Head, APJ, Wiz

    For proactive threat mitigation, organisations need a comprehensive, frictionless strategy that offers complete visibility and automated remediation. The shift to a CNAPP framework empowers DevOps, production, and engineering teams to improve security posture across the board.

    Join the Wiz roundtable for insights on how security teams can reduce fragmentation and friction to implement a consistent and reliable multi-cloud security posture.

    Discuss how CNAPP is moving to the forefront to address the security gaps:

    • How to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for data privacy and storage
    • Implementing a unified security platform for better visibility and control over vulnerabilities
    • Eliminating friction between security teams and developers to promote efficient DevSecOps
    • Using robust automation for improved security posture and improved response time
    • Shift left in terms of focusing pre-breach instead of post-breach to ensure faster and more effective remediation

    30min

    Speaking Session: CIO Engagement with the Board.

    David English, Chief Information Officer, Peninsula Health

    Engagement between the CIO and the board is critical for the success of an organisation. It is the CIO's responsibility to provide technology leadership, and the Board's responsibility to oversee and guide the organization's strategic direction. 

    This presentation will discuss the importance of a CIO’s engagement with the board for effective technology leadership and decision-making.

    30min

    David English

    David English is Executive Director, Digital Health and Informatics (Chief Information Officer) at Peninsula Health, a metropolitan public [...]

    Keynote Panel Discussion: Addressing Diversity and Digital Skills Deficiency in a Rapidly Changing Future.

    Panellists:
    Jennifer Rebeiro, Chief Transformation Officer, Greater Western Water
    Jo Shoppee, Director of APAC Risk, Governance and Performance, Technology, BUPA
    Salvatore Trimboli, Chief Information Officer, TLC Healthcare
    Asad Zafar, Chief Information Officer, Suburban Rail Loop Authority
    Moderator:
    Tyron McGurgan, CEO, Focus Network
     

    Businesses need to have access to the right technology and skills in order to succeed now more than ever. After all, digital tools and technology are now necessary for any global business to be successful. However, there is a "digital skills gap" that many businesses have to deal with because they can't find skilled professionals who have the right knowledge and experience with new technologies. As a result, businesses are at a competitive disadvantage as they struggle to bridge the skills gaps between their current workforce and the digital economy's requirements.

    Key discussion points in this panel will touch on how to maximise the power of technology by leveraging on trained and capable digital talents, understanding how diversity help business transform and innovate, discovering new business opportunities by having a diverse voice and how citizen-led automation can optimise and support digital transformation strategy.

    30min

    Jennifer Rebeiro

    Jennifer Rebeiro is the Chief Information Officer at Greater Western Water. Jennifer has led teams across a wide range of industries and [...]

    Jo Shoppee

    Jo is Director of Technology Risk, Governance and Performance at Bupa Asia-Pacific.  Jo’s expertise spans a broad range of disciplines [...]

    Salvatore Trimboli

    Senior executive with extensive experience across multiple sectors including Professional Services, Technology, Financial Services, Healthcare [...]

    Asad Zafar

    A business driven, IT leader with broad global industry experience (including manufacturing, retail, transport, logistics, banking, oil and gas) [...]

    Tyron McGurgan

    Tyron McGurgan is a seasoned entrepreneur, media expert, and events professional boasting over 17 years of industry experience. As the CEO and [...]

    Closing Remarks from the Chair and End of the Forum

    Craig Baty, Executive  Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Roundtable Discussion: Low-code technology – A CIO’s tool for digital transformation

    Bharath Kumar, Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Zoho Creator

    Low-code platforms offer a remarkable advantage over traditional application development, owing to their abstracted and accelerated development process.

    In this session, we'll cover:

  • Why CIOs are choosing low-code technology to synergise their IT and business teams
  • How the need for custom solutions in enterprises is driving extensive low-code adoption
  • The power of generative AI in low-code technology
  • Modernising the enterprise tech stack in a financially sustainable manner

  • 30min

    Bharath Kumar

    Bharath heads the Customer Experience & Marketing initiatives of Zoho's low code platform, Zoho Creator, and has over 15 years of experience across [...]

    Speaking Presentation: The Vital Role of Architecture in Large-Scale Digital Transformation.

    Pervez Kazmi, Chief Enterprise Architect, Suncorp

    Suncorp Group offer insurance and banking products and services through some of Australia and New Zealand’s most recognised financial brands. We are continuously undertaking initiatives aimed at improving the way we deliver insurance and banking products for our customers. Technology is a key enabler of the Suncorp Group’s strategy. We are investing in our future by transforming the landscape with initiatives to be able to rapidly deliver seamless customer experiences and innovative products and services.

    The Technology and Transformation organisation of the Group has ‘Architect for the Future’ as a strategic pillar, reflecting the importance of the architecture discipline to the Group. This talk will discuss how architecture is practiced at Suncorp in alignment with industry best practice to enable the optimum transformative technology transformation for a large enterprise so as to meet the Group’s business objectives.

    The speaker leads the Group’s Enterprise Architecture Centre of Expertise.

    30min

    Pervez Kazmi

    Pervez Kazmi is Chief Enterprise Architect at Suncorp Group, leading the Enterprise Architecture Centre of Expertise. Pervez is an experienced [...]

    Speaking Presentation: Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation: Doing the Simple Things Right.

    Andrew Milroy, VP & Head of Research, Focus Network

    As cybersecurity vulnerabilities are exposed, companies typically respond reactively. This has led to unmanageable complexity and an increase in the number of cybersecurity tools used. 

    Recent attacks in Australia have shown that companies need to place greater emphasis on basic cybersecurity hygiene factors such as regular health checks, access controls, and aligning policies with risk appetite. 

    This presentation will focus on the cybersecurity risks we face, approaches to those risks and how emphasis on basic hygiene factors can reduce risk dramatically.

    30min

    Andrew Milroy

      Andrew Milroy leads the research and advisory business at Focus Network. His work involves empowering organisations to make decisions [...]

    Networking Break

    15min

    Speaking Session: The Tech Enabler’s Journey: Optimising Ecommerce through Data and AI Transformation.

    Alex Ji, Chief Information Officer, New Aim

    Unleashing the potential of data and AI in ecommerce, this talk uncovers the transformative journey of a true tech enabler. Explore how New Aim leverages advanced technology to optimize operations, elevate customer experiences, and fuel growth. Dive into practical examples, including New Aim's expertise in data-driven strategies such as channel integration, dynamic pricing, and postage optimization. Discover how becoming a tech enabler empowers businesses to thrive in the dynamic landscape of ecommerce, leveraging AI and data to unlock new possibilities.

    30min

    Alex Ji

    Alex Ji brings more than a decade's experience in data and information technology to Australian ecommerce enabler New Aim. A proven leader in [...]

    Closing Keynote Presentation: Conflict in perspective: embracing diverse perspectives in CIO leadership.

    Jorge Silveira, Chief Digital Health Officer, Virtus Health

    Discover how embracing diverse perspectives can foster innovation, drive collaboration, and effectively address conflict within your leadership team. Unleash the true potential of your organization by harnessing the strength of varied insights and experiences. Don't miss this opportunity to redefine leadership and create a more inclusive, dynamic, and impactful CIO community.

    20min

    Jorge Silveira

    As a technology & information security Executive, I am values-oriented, appreciate the relationship and importance of people on technology [...]

    Roundtable Discussion: Death to the VPN! How to properly secure third-party & remote access for IT and OT

    Scott Hesford, Director of Solutions Engineering, APJ, BeyondTrust
    Recent data breaches have shown that organisations continue to struggle with providing secure remote access for employees and third parties alike. Over the past few years VPNs have been stretched to breaking point, with many organisations essentially providing an “access all areas” pass for users. This roundtable will discuss the challenges faced by organisations depending on VPN for secure remote access and look at alternatives for securing the remote connectivity to both Information Technology and Operational Technology.

    30min

    Networking Drinks

    60min

    Roundtable Discussion: Inspiring & Leading Transformation In Organisational Cybersecurity Culture

    Greg Newbegin, Cyber Security Lead ANZ, Lenovo
    The way we work has forever changed, it’s time that the way we lead follow suit. To meet the challenges of a post-pandemic work and workforce, we must explore the ways in which we can build, inspire and lead a team. In this eclectic presentation, you can expect the right side of your brain to light up. To think differently about challenges you and your teams face around relentless Cybersecurity demands. Whether you’re a gearhead, history buff, or just a sponge for new ideas, you’re bound to walk away with relevant and unexpected stories that expand your understanding of the meaning of leadership and help you to create a vision and embark upon a path of transformation for your team.

    30min

    Keynote Presentation: Using AI to Cope With the Skills Shortage and Increase Productivity.

    Brett Wilson, Chief Information Officer, Australian Red Cross
    Learn how the Australian Red Cross has combined the use of RPA’s and legacy systems to save time and FTE.  Find out how the Australian Red Cross leveraged automation technology to automate manual processing from legacy systems to save almost 2,000 days of effort.

    20min

    Brett Wilson

    Recognised in the CIO50 in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 for innovation and leadership. An executive leader with experience in digital [...]

    Keynote Panel Discussion: Reinventing Hybrid Work, Based on Human-Centricity.

    Panellists:
    Ian Padgham, Chief Information Officer, Parks Victoria
    Robert Lupone Chief Information Officer, Lovisa
    Nicole Birbas, Head of Customer Success, Miro
    Moderator:
    Craig Baty, Executive Advisor, Focus Network

    Work models at all levels around the world have been affected by the pandemic. Now is the time for CIOs to adopt a digital workspace model that is more human-centred. This requires leadership to rethink the culture, implement all working methods, select the right tools to use, and re-imagine the culture to drive innovation, better work-life balance, increased productivity, and, most importantly, improved business outcomes.

    Key discussion points in this panel will discuss how to evolve organisations to be more responsive to customer demand, more resilient to disruptions and more productive.

    30min

    Ian Padgham

    A Senior Information Technology Executive with over 30 years of experience across numerous industry sectors. Experienced CIO managing a full [...]

    Robert Lupone

    Robert is the Global CIO at Lovisa (fast fashion retailer with 750 stores in 30 countries) and has significant experience working across the [...]

    Nicole Birbas

    With over 20 years tech experience, I've held leadership roles across CX, SaaS, Customer Success, Workplace transformation and Business [...]

    Roundtable Discussion: Are You Adopting Cloud Technologies Faster Than You Can Secure Them?

    Matt Preswick, Enterprise Solutions Engineering, Wiz
    Scott Dunion, Regional Head, APJ, Wiz

    For proactive threat mitigation, organisations need a comprehensive, frictionless strategy that offers complete visibility and automated remediation. The shift to a CNAPP framework empowers DevOps, production, and engineering teams to improve security posture across the board.

    Join the Wiz roundtable for insights on how security teams can reduce fragmentation and friction to implement a consistent and reliable multi-cloud security posture.

    Discuss how CNAPP is moving to the forefront to address the security gaps:

    • How to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for data privacy and storage
    • Implementing a unified security platform for better visibility and control over vulnerabilities
    • Eliminating friction between security teams and developers to promote efficient DevSecOps
    • Using robust automation for improved security posture and improved response time
    • Shift left in terms of focusing pre-breach instead of post-breach to ensure faster and more effective remediation

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion: Death to the VPN! How to properly secure third-party & remote access for IT and OT

    Scott Hesford, Director of Solutions Engineering, APJ, BeyondTrust

    Recent data breaches have shown that organisations continue to struggle with providing secure remote access for employees and third parties alike. Over the past few years VPNs have been stretched to breaking point, with many organisations essentially providing an “access all areas” pass for users.

    This roundtable will discuss the challenges faced by organisations depending on VPN for secure remote access and look at alternatives for securing the remote connectivity to both Information Technology and Operational Technology.


    30min

    Registration and Morning Refreshments

    45min

    Welcome and Introduction

    Tyron McGurgan, Chief Executive Officer, Focus Network

    5min

    Tyron McGurgan

    Tyron McGurgan is a seasoned entrepreneur, media expert, and events professional boasting over 17 years of industry experience. As the CEO and [...]

    Networking Lunch

    40min

    Master of Ceremonies

    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Speaking Presentation: Becoming an AI-Enabled Organisation.

    Ross O’Brien, Principal Advisor, Focus Network

    Becoming an AI-enabled organisation involves integrating AI technology into various aspects of a business to improve operations, decision-making, and customer experiences. This requires a strategic approach, including developing an AI roadmap, identifying use cases, investing in the right talent and technology, and creating a culture that supports experimentation and innovation. Successful AI adoption also requires an understanding of the ethical implications of AI use and a commitment to using the technology responsibly. Ultimately, becoming an AI-enabled organization can lead to increased efficiency, improved customer satisfaction, and a competitive advantage in the market.

    30min

    Ross O’Brien

    Ross is a writer, commentator, research manager and consultant. His analysis centres on the impact information technologies have on Asia’s [...]

    Opening Keynote Presentation: Voice of the CIO in Australia.

    Ross O’Brien, Principal Advisor, Focus Network
    This presentation will provide an overview of the current state and latest trends for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in Australia to look out for in 2023. Drawing on the latest industry research and analysis by Focus Network analysts, the presentation will explore the key trends and challenges facing CIOs, as well as the emerging technologies and opportunities that are shaping the role. During this session we will delve deeper into areas that cover: 
    • The evolving role of the CIO in today's business landscape
    • The impact of digital transformation on CIOs and their organisations.
    • The challenges of managing cybersecurity and data privacy in an increasingly complex threat landscape
    • The emergence of new technologies, such as cloud computing, AI, and IoT, and their potential impact on CIOs and their teams
    • Strategies for staying ahead of the curve and driving innovation in the CIO role

    30min

    Ross O’Brien

    Ross is a writer, commentator, research manager and consultant. His analysis centres on the impact information technologies have on Asia’s [...]

    Registration And Morning Refreshments

    45min

    Welcome and Introduction

     

    5min

    Master of Ceremonies

    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Opening Keynote Presentation – Voice of the CIO in Australia

    Ross O’Brien, Principal Advisor, Focus Network

    This presentation will provide an overview of the current state and latest trends for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in Australia to evaluate in 2024. Drawing on the latest industry research and analysis by Focus Network analysts, the presentation will explore the key trends and challenges facing CIOs, as well as the emerging technologies and opportunities that are shaping the role.

    During this session we will delve deeper into areas that cover: 

    • The evolving role of the CIO in today's business landscape
    • The impact of digital transformation on CIOs and their organisations
    • The challenges of managing cybersecurity and data privacy in an increasingly complex threat landscape
    • The emergence of new technologies, such as cloud computing, AI, and IoT, and their potential impact on CIOs and their teams
    • Strategies for staying ahead of the curve and driving innovation in the CIO role

    20min

    Ross O’Brien

    Ross is a writer, commentator, research manager and consultant. His analysis centres on the impact information technologies have on Asia’s [...]

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Aligning Business and Technology Teams for Greater Agility

    Panellists:
    Melanie Evans, Group Executive Digital Services (CIO), Ventia
    Sandie Matthews,  Chief Information Officer,  The University of Sydney  
    Anni Minassian, Head of Banking - IT, The Reserve Bank of Australia
    Anuj Gupta, IT Director, Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa, Novartis
    Moderator:
    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    The IT function is often not sufficiently aligned with the rest of the business. This panel discussion will discuss best practices for ensuring that business and IT teams collaborate more closely to achieve shared outcomes.

     

    30min

    Sandie Matthews

    Sandie Matthews is a highly accomplished leader in the field of information technology and digital enablement with an impressive track record [...]

    Melanie Evans

    Melanie joined Ventia in July 2023 as Group Executive – Digital Services. Prior to joining Ventia, Melanie was Partner In Charge, Connected [...]

    Anni Minassian

      Anni Minassian is Head of Banking Systems – IT at the Reserve Bank of Australia. A successful business technology leader with 20+ [...]

    Anuj Gupta

    Executive with extensive experience driving technology enabled business transformation to maximise business value, with deep expertise in [...]

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    One-to-One Meetings 1

    30min

    Keynote Speaking Presentation

    30min

    Networking Break

    15min

    One-to-One Meetings 2

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – The Future of The Hybrid Workplace

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – Keeping Customers Loyal by Optimising Digital Experience

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – Managing the Technology Skills Shortage

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – How Much Can Robotics and Automation Replace People?

    30min

    Keynote Speaking Presentation – Driving Next Generation Digital Business with AI

    Suneetha Bodduluri, Director ICT, Service NSW

    Businesses are finding increasingly innovative ways to use AI, particularly generative AI, to grow. This presentation will discuss how AI is shaping digital business and driving business growth.

     

    30min

    Suneetha Bodduluri

    Visionary and award-winning Senior Executive with a stellar record in driving digital modernization and transformation on a national and [...]

    Keynote Speaking Presentation – The Evolving Role of the CIO in the Era of AI

    Stephen Haddad , Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA)

    In the rapidly advancing landscape of technology, CIOs are undergoing massive transformation to adapt to the age of artificial intelligence.

    This presentation will discuss the multifaceted responsibilities and strategic considerations that define the contemporary CIO's role who not only embrace technological advancements but also shape ethical frameworks and foster innovation, propelling their organisations into a future where AI is seamlessly integrated into the fabric of business strategy.

     

    20min

    Stephen Haddad

    Stephen Haddad is an experienced technology, information security, and business transformation executive who has demonstrated his ability to [...]

    One-to-One Meetings 3

    30min

    Speaking Presentation

    30min

    One-to-One Meetings 4

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – The Future of The Hybrid Workplace

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – Keeping Customers Loyal by Optimising Digital Experience

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – Managing the Technology Skills Shortage

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – How Much Can Robotics and Automation Replace People?

    30min

    Networking Lunch

    40min

    One-to-One Meetings 5

    30min

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Accelerating Innovation with Generative AI

    Discover how this ground-breaking technology is revolutionizing various industries, changing how companies deliver value to customers and supercharging productivity.

    In this session, industry experts will assess how generative AI can drive innovation in their organisations and add value. It will discuss Generative AI use cases, its capabilities, and its impact on various sectors. Our panellists will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and ethical considerations surrounding the use of generative AI, offering valuable insights for professionals and organisations interested in harnessing its power.

    30min

    One-to-One Meetings 6

    30min

    Speaking Session – Deploying Generative AI in the Enterprise

    Arvee Manaog, Head of Application Solutions and Data & Analytics - ANZ, Medline Industries - ANZ

    Generative AI is a major new trend that harnesses AI applications such as ChatGPT to create new and innovative content.

    In this presentation, we discuss the current state of generative AI and key new use cases.

    30min

    Arvee Manaog

    Senior IT Executive with over 15 years of experience in various industries, including Global Retail/FMCG, Healthcare, International [...]

    Speaking Session – The Importance of Going Cloud-Native

    In an era defined by rapid technological advancement, transitioning to a cloud-native approach is no longer optional—it's essential for businesses seeking to thrive in the digital landscape. 

    Join us as our speaker illuminates the strategic imperatives and tangible benefits of embracing cloud-native architecture. From fostering agility and scalability to fueling innovation and enhancing competitiveness, this session will equip attendees with the insights and strategies needed to harness the full potential of cloud-native technologies. 

    Whether you're a seasoned IT professional or a business leader embarking on the digital journey, this session promises invaluable guidance for navigating the path to cloud-native success.

    30min

    Networking Break

    15min

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Maximising the Value of IT Investments: Doing More with Less

    Panellists:
    Vanessa Tam, Director Strategy, Architecture and Assurance, Macquarie University
    Sarah Vale, Head of Technology Architecture, Domain Group Ltd
    Nazih Battal, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Rashays
    Moderator:
    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    In today’s uncertain economic environment, IT budgets are under pressure. CIOs are seeking innovative ways to drive value from their IT investments. This panel discussion will discuss on maximising the value of IT investments in challenging times.

     

    30min

    Vanessa Tam

    [...]

    Sarah Vale

    Sarah is an enterprise architect who joined Domain as Head of Architecture two years ago.  Her background is varied, with experience in [...]

    Nazih Battal

      Nazih is currently the Chief Information and Technology Officer at Rashays, focusing on leading our IT strategy through a business lens, as [...]

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Closing Keynote Presentation – Digital Leadership and the Data-Driven Enterprise

    Today’s successful businesses require vast quantities of data, if they are to function successfully. CIOs need to optimize data-driven businesses and implement initiatives that harness data. This presentation discusses the key areas of focus for digital leaders and the importance of building data-driven enterprises.

     

    20min

    Closing Remarks From The Chair And End Of The Forum

    Craig Batt, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Networking Drinks

    60mins

    Registration And Morning Refreshments

    45min

    Welcome and Introduction

     

    5min

    Master of Ceremonies

    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Opening Keynote Presentation – Voice of the CIO in Australia

    Ross O’Brien, Principal Advisor, Focus Network

    This presentation will provide an overview of the current state and latest trends for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in Australia to evaluate in 2024. Drawing on the latest industry research and analysis by Focus Network analysts, the presentation will explore the key trends and challenges facing CIOs, as well as the emerging technologies and opportunities that are shaping the role.

    During this session we will delve deeper into areas that cover: 

    • The evolving role of the CIO in today's business landscape
    • The impact of digital transformation on CIOs and their organisations
    • The challenges of managing cybersecurity and data privacy in an increasingly complex threat landscape
    • The emergence of new technologies, such as cloud computing, AI, and IoT, and their potential impact on CIOs and their teams
    • Strategies for staying ahead of the curve and driving innovation in the CIO role

    20min

    Ross O’Brien

    Ross is a writer, commentator, research manager and consultant. His analysis centres on the impact information technologies have on Asia’s [...]

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Aligning Business and Technology Teams for Greater Agility

    Panellists:
    Melanie Evans, Group Executive Digital Services (CIO), Ventia
    Sandie Matthews,  Chief Information Officer,  The University of Sydney  
    Anni Minassian, Head of Banking - IT, The Reserve Bank of Australia
    Anuj Gupta, IT Director, Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa, Novartis
    Moderator:
    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    The IT function is often not sufficiently aligned with the rest of the business. This panel discussion will discuss best practices for ensuring that business and IT teams collaborate more closely to achieve shared outcomes.

     

    30min

    Sandie Matthews

    Sandie Matthews is a highly accomplished leader in the field of information technology and digital enablement with an impressive track record [...]

    Melanie Evans

    Melanie joined Ventia in July 2023 as Group Executive – Digital Services. Prior to joining Ventia, Melanie was Partner In Charge, Connected [...]

    Anni Minassian

      Anni Minassian is Head of Banking Systems – IT at the Reserve Bank of Australia. A successful business technology leader with 20+ [...]

    Anuj Gupta

    Executive with extensive experience driving technology enabled business transformation to maximise business value, with deep expertise in [...]

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Keynote Speaking Presentation

    30min

    Networking Break

    15min

    Roundtable Discussion – The Future of The Hybrid Workplace

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – Keeping Customers Loyal by Optimising Digital Experience

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – Managing the Technology Skills Shortage

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – How Much Can Robotics and Automation Replace People?

    30min

    Keynote Speaking Presentation – Driving Next Generation Digital Business with AI

    Suneetha Bodduluri, Director ICT, Service NSW

    Businesses are finding increasingly innovative ways to use AI, particularly generative AI, to grow. This presentation will discuss how AI is shaping digital business and driving business growth.

     

    30min

    Suneetha Bodduluri

    Visionary and award-winning Senior Executive with a stellar record in driving digital modernization and transformation on a national and [...]

    Keynote Speaking Presentation – The Evolving Role of the CIO in the Era of AI

    Stephen Haddad , Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA)

    In the rapidly advancing landscape of technology, CIOs are undergoing massive transformation to adapt to the age of artificial intelligence.

    This presentation will discuss the multifaceted responsibilities and strategic considerations that define the contemporary CIO's role who not only embrace technological advancements but also shape ethical frameworks and foster innovation, propelling their organisations into a future where AI is seamlessly integrated into the fabric of business strategy.

     

    20min

    Stephen Haddad

    Stephen Haddad is an experienced technology, information security, and business transformation executive who has demonstrated his ability to [...]

    Speaking Presentation

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – The Future of The Hybrid Workplace

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – Keeping Customers Loyal by Optimising Digital Experience

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – Managing the Technology Skills Shortage

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – How Much Can Robotics and Automation Replace People?

    30min

    Networking Lunch

    40min

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Accelerating Innovation with Generative AI

    Discover how this ground-breaking technology is revolutionizing various industries, changing how companies deliver value to customers and supercharging productivity.

    In this session, industry experts will assess how generative AI can drive innovation in their organisations and add value. It will discuss Generative AI use cases, its capabilities, and its impact on various sectors. Our panellists will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and ethical considerations surrounding the use of generative AI, offering valuable insights for professionals and organisations interested in harnessing its power.

    30min

    Speaking Session – Deploying Generative AI in the Enterprise

    Arvee Manaog, Head of Application Solutions and Data & Analytics - ANZ, Medline Industries - ANZ

    Generative AI is a major new trend that harnesses AI applications such as ChatGPT to create new and innovative content.

    In this presentation, we discuss the current state of generative AI and key new use cases.

    30min

    Arvee Manaog

    Senior IT Executive with over 15 years of experience in various industries, including Global Retail/FMCG, Healthcare, International [...]

    Speaking Session – The Importance of Going Cloud-Native

    In an era defined by rapid technological advancement, transitioning to a cloud-native approach is no longer optional—it's essential for businesses seeking to thrive in the digital landscape. 

    Join us as our speaker illuminates the strategic imperatives and tangible benefits of embracing cloud-native architecture. From fostering agility and scalability to fueling innovation and enhancing competitiveness, this session will equip attendees with the insights and strategies needed to harness the full potential of cloud-native technologies. 

    Whether you're a seasoned IT professional or a business leader embarking on the digital journey, this session promises invaluable guidance for navigating the path to cloud-native success.

    30min

    Networking Break

    15min

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Maximising the Value of IT Investments: Doing More with Less

    Panellists:
    Vanessa Tam, Director Strategy, Architecture and Assurance, Macquarie University
    Sarah Vale, Head of Technology Architecture, Domain Group Ltd
    Nazih Battal, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Rashays
    Moderator:
    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    In today’s uncertain economic environment, IT budgets are under pressure. CIOs are seeking innovative ways to drive value from their IT investments. This panel discussion will discuss on maximising the value of IT investments in challenging times.

     

    30min

    Vanessa Tam

    [...]

    Sarah Vale

    Sarah is an enterprise architect who joined Domain as Head of Architecture two years ago.  Her background is varied, with experience in [...]

    Nazih Battal

      Nazih is currently the Chief Information and Technology Officer at Rashays, focusing on leading our IT strategy through a business lens, as [...]

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Closing Keynote Presentation – Digital Leadership and the Data-Driven Enterprise

    Today’s successful businesses require vast quantities of data, if they are to function successfully. CIOs need to optimize data-driven businesses and implement initiatives that harness data. This presentation discusses the key areas of focus for digital leaders and the importance of building data-driven enterprises.

     

    20min

    Closing Remarks From The Chair And End Of The Forum

    Craig Batt, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Networking Drinks

    60mins

    WHY ATTEND

    STAR KEYNOTES
    AND PRESENTERS

    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.

    NETWORKING
    OPPORTUNITIES

    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.

    1-1 PRIVATE
    MEETINGS

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

    TARGETED
    SESSIONS

    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.

    NETWORKING
    LUNCH

    Interacting face-to-face is still one of the most effective ways to do business. During lunch hour you will have the opportunity to do just that in a very relaxed atmosphere.

    PERSONALISED
    PROGRAM

    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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