Benelux CIO Virtual Executive Summit

14 October 2020 | 09:00 - 14:30 CEST

14 October 2020 | 09:00 - 14:30 CEST


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Generating business value by leveraging IT and security capabilities

Creating a risk-aligned, resilient organisation

Developing and investing in the workforce of tomorrow


Kay Behnke


Allan Cockriel

Royal Dutch Shell
CIO - Global Functions / IRM, and CISO

VC Gopalratnam

EVP & Global CIO

Florence Mottay

Ahold Delhaize
Global CISO

Eelko van Leeuwen

ABN AMRO Clearing Bank NV
Global CIO


14 October 2020

09:00 - 10:00 CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Future Focus – 2021 Strategies for CIOs & CISOs

To kick off the day, this panel of CIOs and CISOs will share their top of mind priorities for 2021. With learnings from the unprecedented environment of 2020, what leadership, organisational and technology priorities are technology and security leaders looking to address?

10:00 - 11:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

IT Strategy Shift – Pivoting with the Digital Customer

 The spring pandemic only accelerated the growing trend of building out engaging digital experiences that meet your customers where they live. In this boardroom discussion, CIOs collaborate over new and innovative ways to connect digital-first consumers with the brands they follow.

In this virtual boardroom discussion, CIOs will discuss:

  • Strategies to partner across the organisation to drive digital offerings
  • How to identify and execute digital priorities
  • Best practices for implementing on an accelerated timeline

10:00 - 11:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Maintaining Momentum for the Digital Workplace

Workplace culture is shifting, and the office is becoming a place for employees to socialise, collaborate, and share ideas rather than a place to simply work. As offices re-open, how can the CIO ensure they are continuing to evolve the digital workplace to cater for hybrid working environments?

Attend this virtual boardroom with your peers to discuss:

  • Supporting the workforce with the right technology that matches organisational culture and all working environments
  • Effective people engagement strategies in a hybrid setting
  • Securing the digital workplace

10:00 - 11:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Security Operations in a Remote Era

CISOs face new challenges in maintaining robust security operations centres in a time of remote work and evolving digital business, but bad actors, as always, never stop.

Join this Executive Boardroom to discuss:

  • Strategies for a cohesive SOC in an era of remote work and split teams
  • Unique threat landscape considerations in the coronavirus era
  • Best practices for lean, effective, and standardised security operations

10:00 - 11:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Securing an Explosion of Digital Transformation

The acceleration in the digital agenda for businesses has meant embedded security is more important than ever. Security and IT need to be in lock-step to handle the increased digitalisation, changing work flow and rapid transformation.

You’ll discuss:

  • Adaptations to your digital transformation strategy in 2021
  • The future of DevSecOps
  • How CISOs can best partner with the business to secure and enable transformation

11:00 - 11:45 CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Leading Through Disruption

 The timeline for adopting strategic technology and security trends rapidly increased in recent months, and now CIOs and CISOs are on the forefront of leading innovative business opportunities. Join a C-level executive from our community as they share how their organisation pivoted through the disruptions of 2020 to drive business strategy and engagement.

11:45 - 12:15 CEST Break

Midday Break

Midday Break

12:15 - 13:00 CEST Virtual Summit Keynote

Economic Outlook for CIOs & CISOs

To close out the day, attend this keynote with Carsten Brzeski, Global Head of Macro Research and Chief Economist Eurozone at ING. More details to come!

13:00 - 14:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The New Language of Risk

From front-line employees to top-level directors, CIOs & CISOs must be able to communicate cyber risk in a way that compels others to act. What metrics, measures, methods and messages resonate in today’s risk environment?

Join your peers in this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • How organisations are assessing cybersecurity and risk
  • Metrics that matter
  • Tips for improving cybersecurity programs using these metrics

13:00 - 14:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Shaping the IT Organisation of the Future

Recently, IT have shown their worth to the business, their agility and adaptability during the global pandemic have been paramount to many organisations' survival. CIOs are now managing heightened expectations from the business and as teams return to the workplace, how can IT leaders better organise their function and improve productivity and efficiency to meet those demands?

Discuss with fellow IT leaders as they share:

  • Lessons the crisis has taught them about organisational design
  • Efficiencies and productivities
  • Steps taken to become more productive whilst optimising costs

13:00 - 14:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Navigating the Organisation Through Tomorrow’s Cyberthreats

 At a time when customer trust is paramount and private data is precious, a major breach can be catastrophic for any organisation. Effective security is an essential part of effective business strategy, yet security leaders face an ever-growing challenge to guide their enterprise through the evolving threat landscape.

Join your peers in this virtual boardroom to discuss:

  • Strategies for addressing the emerging threat landscape
  • The role today’s CISO plays in guiding business strategy to mitigate risk
  • Communication strategies for educating users about security – and holding them accountable

13:00 - 14:00 CEST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Spend Optimisation and Funding the Future

One key factor to driving innovation and digital business is a strategic approach to cost optimisation. This continuous business-focused discipline can help maximise business value while reducing overall costs.

Join this discussion to:

  • Discuss best practices that fund innovation and growth
  • Understand how to manage cross-functional teams to ensure support
  • Identify the key resources to save time and ensure successful execution

14:00 - 14:30 CEST Networking

Community Discussion

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

16:00 - 17:00 CEST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow Benelux CIO & CISO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to participate

Please contact your Program Manager to participate.


Your Community Partners

CISO Thought Leader
Program Partner

Benelux CIO Programme Manager

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

Sanil Asokakumar

+44 (0) 7566763538