2023 Summit Agenda

2022 Featured Keynotes - hidden

Urs Hölzle

Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure


Tony Olvet

Group Vice President, Worldwide C-Suite and Future Enterprise Research
IDC (Canada)

Alfee Lee

Head of Uvance, Tech & Solutions, APAC


Roxanne Salton

Chief Digital Officer

Southern Cross Health Society

2023 Summit Agenda

Day 1 - 15 Aug
Day 2 - 16 Aug
Day 1 - 15 Aug
 8:30Registration and coffee
 9:00Haka powhiri
 9:10Opening of CIO Summit 2023
Nadine Higgins
 9:20Navigating the Storm to Scale a Digital Business

As the storms of disruption continue through 2023 the imperative for generating greater business value through digital creation is placing enormous pressures on the CIO. IDC predicts that global spending on digital technology will grow up to eight times the economy this year, but this is counterbalanced by the need to triage and prioritise spending to accelerate a shift to a digital business model. After three years of hyper accelerated digital investment, many CIOs are considering the business impact of every investment decision. IDC predicts that by 2026 almost half of an organisation's revenues will be generated from digital products, services, and experiences. Making the right decisions now will have long-term financial and competitive consequences for the organisation.  In these dynamic times NZ CIOs, who will be critical leaders in orchestrating success in the digital business era, need direction and guidance. In this keynote presentation IDC will help CIOs accelerate into the era of the digital business, addressing the biggest obstacles to achieving scale:

  • Taming the recessionary environment by balancing cutbacks with digital business priorities to scale your digital business to thrive.
  • Identify the critical technology levers NZ CIOs must pull to scale the digital business.
  • Demonstrate how a digital business platform can be built into your organisation.
  • Articulating to key stakeholders the urgency of investment in digital business capabilities for resilience and success beyond the storms of disruption. 
Sandra Ng, Group Vice President & General Manager, IDC Asia/Pacific
Facilitated by Louise Francis, Country Manager NZ and AP Public Sector Research Lead, IDC New Zealand
Linus Lai, Chief Analyst, IDC A/NZ(Australia)

 10:30 Morning Break
Key technology areas and 2030 Megatrends
Fujitsu dedicates a considerable amount of resources, including time, effort, and financial investment, to analyse upcoming technology trends. Moreover, as a company driven by a sense of purpose, they prioritise their responsibility to promote sustainability and establish trust in society through innovation. This has led to the identification of their 5 Key Technology Areas of AI, Compute, Network, Data & Security, and Converging Technologies. In this talk, Mahesh will paint a picture of the 2030 Megatrends, and how we see core technologies fit into this.
Mahesh KrishnanChief Technology Officer – Oceania, Fujitsu (Australia)
Navigating the sustainability reporting landscape: How technology can both help and hinder
Mandatory climate disclosure reporting has arrived in New Zealand, and mandatory reporting of emissions and modern slavery is looming on the horizon. Given this escalating array of legislative and voluntary demands it has becomes crucial for CIO’s to grasp the intricacies of automating sustainability data capture and reporting solutions.
  • Why you need to care about sustainability reporting – what is on the horizon
  • How environmental and social impact data can be used to drive operational, strategic and disclosure-based decisions.
  • Overview of the reporting software landscape.
  • The ‘must haves’ and ‘red flags’ for any sustainability reporting solution. 

David Maucor, Regional Principal, New Zealand, Edge impact 

Max Van Biene, Global Head of Client Impact, Edge Impact (Australia)
 12:10Meeting audiences where they are: Lessons from NASA
Join NASA’s digital communications lead, Brittany Brown, for a behind-the-scenes perspective of NASA’s approach to sharing awe and wonder with audiences worldwide. During this session you will learn tried and true best practices for leverage digital platforms to reach audiences where they are. 
Brittany BrownDigital & Technology Division LeadNASA (United States)
 12:30 Lunch
Tech for changing demographics - How to build solutions for tomorrow's customers
Frances Valintine CNZM, CEO & Founder, AcademyEX
 2:20How technology is transforming NZ & UK's leading media organisations
Andrew McPherson, Chief Technology Officer, Stuff
Kristin Sherman, Previously Head of Tech Strategy & Governance, BBC
 2.40Why Machine Learning and AI projects fail?
Manvi Madan, Data Engineer, Ports of Auckland  
 2.55The transformational power of technology in complex communities: strategies for success
Rasha Abu Safieh, Next Generation Leader, IT projects Manager & STARlab Co-founder, University of Otago
Dr. Marissa Kaloga, Director, STARlab, Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Otago    
 3.10How can Wayfinding, a design framework based on celestial navigation and ocean voyaging, help solve wicked problems with technologies?
Faumuina F. Maria (Ifopo) Tafuna'i, CEO and Founder, Flying Geese Pro & Edmund Hillary Fellow  
 3:30 Afternoon Break
Making Remote Work Work
As remote work becomes the new normal for many organisations, IT teams face unique challenges in maintaining secure infrastructure and accurate record-keeping for remote assets. In this session, we'll explore how Service Management and ITIL-aligned processes can help organisations overcome these challenges and create a more streamlined and effective remote work experience for their employees.  
  • Critical processes of asset management and request fulfilment 
  • Best practice for improving process to support hybrid work environments 
  • Improving remote working solutions and ensuring security and accuracy of remote assets 
Jonty Hodge, Senior Solutions Consultant, HaloITSM (Australia) 
How Generative AI can we leverage in the Financial Industry and share the use cases

Fumbi ChimaGlobal Technology Executive; Transformation Officer and Board Member

 5:00 Closing remarks from the MC
 5:10 Networking function
 6:30 CIO Gala Dinner & Awards
Day 2 - 16 Aug
9:00Opening of Day 2 of the NZ CIO Summit 2023
Nadine Higgins
 9:10Celebrating innovation and success with the Outstanding Contribution to Technology award winners
  • Uncovering the lessons of innovation and inspiration 
  • How can NZ CIOs do tech better? 
  • What are we not doing as a country of tech professionals that we should be doing 
Facilitated by Louise FrancisCountry Manager NZ and AP Public Sector Research Lead, IDC New Zealand
Frances Valintine CNZM, CEO & Founder, AcademyEX
Victoria MacLennan, CEO, IT ProfessionalsChairDECA
Claudia Batten, Owner, Claudia Batten LLC

The new era of AI

Join Urs Hölzle as he explores the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in ushering us into a new era of technology. From the rise of Generative AI to Google's responsible approach, discover how AI is revolutionising industries, enhancing productivity and addressing global challenges. Gain insights into the customisable solutions offered by Google's GenAI platform for businesses of all sizes. Embrace the future with a bold and responsible mindset, leveraging AI to drive innovation and create positive change in our rapidly evolving world.

Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Google
 10:30 Morning Break
Keynote: Future leadership – Spoiler Alert: It’s still about people!
The Future ain’t what it used to be, but amongst all the uncertainty, there is one certainty – people will still be people and they are having to work in increasingly complex environments. This presentation will examine how you can continue leading effectively in uncertain environments.
Steve Griffin, Published Author, Lecturer and Business Change Executive
 11:30Leadership Panel
  • Operational Excellence what does that mean for a CIO and how do we achieve it? 
  • How does a CIO create a strong leadership team? 
  • Narrative is key to constantly demonstrating value yet sometimes the most difficult part for tech teams how do we upskill, evolve? 
  • Digital strategies are they just a waste of time? 
Facilitated by: Roxanne Salton, Chief Digital Officer, Southern Cross Health Society
Glen McLatchie, Chief Technology Officer, Craigs Investment Partners                                 
Angela Nash, GM Data, Digital & Technology, AA Insurance NZ 
Jo Hilson, Chief Technology Officer, Tourism Holdings Limited                                                                       
Nikhil Ravishankar, Chief Digital Officer, Air New Zealand
 12:00 Lunch
 1:00Keynote: Good strategy is about saying “No”
The path to profitability lies in doing the important things well.  Unimportant things get in the way.  Good strategy is about saying No to good ideas, because we are going to implement great ideas.  In this session Michael will give his insights to how to ensure that smart people are working on the important few things, not the many trivial things that get in our way. 
Michael Fagan, Chief Transformation Officer, Village Roadshow (Australia)
1:30Enabling action with Data Analysis & AI
  • Analysing the latest trends and insights in our changing world 
  • Driving innovation to ensure adaptability, comprehensibility for end-users, partners, and stakeholders 
  • Understanding the future of Data analyses 
  • Highlighting projects as ReefCloud and ReefScan
Dr. Kameron Christopher, Director, Data Science and Research Services, Australian Institute of Marine Science (Australia)
 2:00Keynote session
Information Technology and Cybersecurity are ever evolving and only constrained by an organization's will, investment, and commitment. The Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) oversees more than 13 major networks with global reach. Ms. Leslie Beavers, Principal Deputy DoD CIO, will discuss her experiences managing change and implementing transformative technology throughout her career in government and the private sector. She will highlight and explain the key DoD programs and initiatives such as Zero Trust implementation, Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity, enterprise cloud computing, software modernization, and workforce management.
Leslie Beavers, Principal Deputy CIO, US Department of Defense (United States)
Afternoon break
 3:00 International Keynote: Navigating Digital Transformation and governance in the Digital age ?
  • Digital transformation continues to occur, the journey from foundation transformation, to enablement, to digital echo system 
  • Practical tips of establishing a data management program in order to be a differentiator 
  • Establishing an innovation program empowers your workforce, drives optimization, and changes the employee experience
Rita Lazar-Tippe, Chief Digital Officer, Cashco Financial (Canada)

International Keynote: Technology by design – supporting customer centricity through architectural thinking 

  • Personalising the customer experience through smart technology provisioning 
  • The importance of omnichannel journeys and experiences 
  • Building customer centric services from the beginning – supporting centricity with thoughtful tech design
Janet Sherlock, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Ralph Lauren (United States) 
 4:30Summary remarks and end of summit