Sydney CIO Virtual Executive Summit

17 November, 2021 | 9:00-13:30 AEDT 18 November, 2021 | 9:00-11:45 AEDT

17 November, 2021 | 9:00-13:30 AEDT 18 November, 2021 | 9:00-11:45 AEDT


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Sydney CIO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Remaining tuned into emergent technologies to capitalize on innovations

Enterprise resilience and agility through proactive and reactive risk management

Refocus IT leadership to improve business outcomes and maximize value


Dovid Clarke

Sydney Airport Corporation
Head of Cyber Security

Susie Costa

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
SVP, Head of Security Management

Christian Daugbjerg

Vice President IT, Asia Pacific

Ben Doyle

Thales Australia
CISO Asia Pacific

David Reeve

Metcash Trading

What to Expect

Connect with your CIO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


17 November 2021

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

The CIO and CISO Mission — Directly Aligning IT to Business Objectives

Christopher Neal headshot

Christopher Neal


Ramsay Health Care Limited

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Kavitha Mariappan

EVP Customer Experience and Transformation


Keeping pace with business demands requires IT & security to embrace transformation. Poor user experience expanded security concerns, and IT misalignment with business goals prevent top enterprises from obtaining agility and resiliency. Legacy systems don’t react quickly or scale to accommodate rapid change. It’s imperative that CIOs & CISOs focus on removing the legacy infrastructure that slows IT transformation and impedes business growth and fosters the culture necessary to achieve this. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • Implementing a technology strategy that accelerates enterprise scaling and agility strategies with security at the core

  • Promoting alignment between IT, security, and the business to provide better value to customers 

  • Creating the organisational culture needed to accomplish a successful legacy infrastructure transformation

09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Put Purpose at the Core of Your Innovation Strategy

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Sally Kingston

Solution Engineer

SAP Australia

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Lea Cornelius


Compass Group Australia

Christian Daugbjerg headshot

Christian Daugbjerg

Vice President IT, Asia Pacific


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Darren Hadfield

Head of Digital Technology East Coast


During the last 18 months, most organisations have strived to catch up with digital initiatives by merely staying in the game rather than creating a real long-term competitive edge. As we look to the future, the need for innovating core capabilities is the key for organisations to enable agility, and forays into new business models. A solid digital core is crucial to highlight true market differentiation.

Join this session to discuss:

  • How to improve operational efficiency while driving innovation
  • Streamline deployment and optimise your digital core to maximise user adoption, simplify workflows and accelerate innovation
  • Strategies to accelerate transformation through insight-based customer, partner, and employee engagement

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Security Throughout the DevSecOps Lifecycle

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Venkat Balakrishnan


TAL Life

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Angela Donohoe



The demand for digital  has forced organisations to extend their legacy systems with modern digital platforms. The DevOps approach has allowed organisations to keep up with the continuous need for digital but it is critical to ensure that security is ingrained throughout the DevOps lifecycle. IT & Security leaders must scale their capacity and their spending while protecting the organisation against a rising volume and variety of complex cyber threats.

Join this session to discuss how to:

  • Secure infrastructure to share data swiftly with internal and external networks

  • Create a collaborative cloud-based culture of security and modern enterprises

  • Create and manage a robust digital ecosystem without breaking the bank

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Mitigating Alert Fatigue With Passive Security

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Jack Cross

Associate Director of Information Security

Queensland University Of Technology

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Raghu Gandhy

Chief Information Security Officer

Veolia Australia and New Zealand

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Chris Lehman

SVP, Worldwide Sales


Automation is the obvious solution to avoid overtaxing our security teams, but is it enough? How can CISOs inspire out-of-the-box thinking while designing security strategies that will enhance visibility into their systems?

Come together to discuss:

  • Techniques to track asset inventory, including both managed and unmanaged devices
  • How passive security can increase bandwidth
  • Where to identify gaps and vulnerabilities within the enterprise

11:15 - 12:00  AEDT Keynote

Optimising Operations for Improving Business Outcomes

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Andrew Atkin

General Manager of Information Technology ANZ

PVH Brands Australia

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Matthew Addley

Senior Director, Product and Industry Market Strategy


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Colin Mapp

Chief Information Officer

Toyota Finance Australia

Darren Hungerford headshot

Darren Hungerford


Bluescope Steel

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Paul Gampe


PCCW Global Inc

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Christopher Johnson

Head of Technology Operations

Charter Hall Group

As IT leaders modernize their technology ecosystems, those reliant on on-prem and legacy technology face several key challenges. These operating systems may lead to gaps in capabilities, require significant time and expertise and/or limit required business resilience. Successful transformation requires the confidence of both management and employees across the board along with a strong strategy for maximising your ecosystem today with an eye towards greater value tomorrow.

Join this session to discuss:

  • The unique challenges of on-prem ERP and other legacy systems and what you're doing to solve them
  • Navigating cultural and organizational changes on your journey
  • Aligning your business and IT goals to build a cost-effective portfolio that delivers optimum business value

12:00 - 13:30  AEDT Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

18 November 2021

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

Application modernization Through Cloud

Digital transformation has made it imperative for application leaders to find effective ways to modernise legacy systems. The biggest challenge? Knowing the risk-to-reward ratio before acting. For many organisations, legacy systems are seen as holding back the business initiatives and business processes that rely on them. When a tipping point is reached, application leaders must look to application modernisation to help remove the obstacles.

Join this session to discuss:

  • How to identify, assess and remediate before adopting cloud-native architecture
  • How to choose the modernisation approach with the highest effect and value
  • Cloud acceleration to improve operational efficiencies

09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Data Literacy and Visibility - An Explicit and Necessary Driver of Business Value

As data and analytics strategies become integral to all aspects of digital business, being data-literate can enable organizations to seamlessly adopt existing and emerging technologies. Access to data and having transparency within your organisation is also critical to accelerate innovation and help make accurate and informed decisions. While IT leaders recognize that there is an inherent need for data-driven decision-making, linking this demand to measurable business objectives and outcomes is an existing challenge.

Join this session to learn:

  • How to assess data literacy at your organisation and highlight business value to be gained
  • How to become build a data driven culture and improve business outcomes
  • Data visibility to make informed decisions

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Building Trust with Customers Through Data Driven Strategies

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Ian Oppermann

Chief Data Scientist - Customer, Delivery and Transformation

NSW Department of Customer Service

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Ashwin Sinha

Chief Data Officer

Macquarie Group

Consumers are craving more personalised experiences every day yet are equally concerned about the privacy of their data. Organisations must redefine how they approach data privacy, security, and ethics by creating a data-driven culture at the core to gain the trust necessary to stay ahead of competition.

Listen to data industry leaders as they share how they are:

  • Establishing a data-driven culture and understanding the strong leadership necessary to build it
  • Actualising the enormous potential of data to achieve customer and citizen trust
  • Continuing to drive innovation through data sharing and AI whilst maintaining trust 

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

People at the Heart of Building a Robust Security Culture

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Victor Akkari

Chief Information Security Officer


Jason Anderson headshot

Jason Anderson

Chief Information Security Officer


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Stephen Bennett

Group Chief Information Security Officer

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd

CIOs and CISOs recognize how significant investment in cybersecurity strategies and technologies can enhance an organisation’s protection against cyberattacks. However, many overlook the importance of culture when it comes to cybersecurity. People must be at the heart of security as the human element can be an organisation’s weakest link and its strongest asset.

Join this session to learn:

  • Creating diversity and partnership among all teams in the organisation
  • Communicating cyber risk to the board in a way they understand
  • Enhancing security awareness through a top-down approach

11:00 - 11:45  AEDT Keynote

Embracing Digital leadership to Thrive in a Post Pandemic World

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Kumar Parakala

President, Digital

GHD Services

As the world reopens post-pandemic, CIOs and senior IT leaders need to build an adaptive, agile, and future-ready workplace that enables their organisation to thrive. Continuously evolving organisations with a digital mindset will demand new ways of working and leading. Building from the experience of the pandemic times and digital acceleration, it is critical for organisations and their leaders to maximise their potential. CIOs and technology leaders have an important role to play here.

Join this interactive keynote session to discuss how to:

  • Continuously adapt leadership mindsets to deliver digital capabilities successfully.
  • Foster a culture of digital dexterity to drive the future of work
  • Leverage your organisation’s post-pandemic priorities to adapt, evolve and execute a digital workplace strategy


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Sydney CIO Programme Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Olga Demura

Programme Manager

(02) 9094 4986