Sydney CIO Inner Circle

6 September 2023 | Beta Events

6 September 2023
Beta Events

Collaborate with your peers

Join Sydney's top CIOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Assessing the current state of digital business as a joint IT and business challenge

Engaging business partners for joint decision making

Using credibility instead of fear to effect change and motivate accountability

Sydney CIO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Nishanth Chandran

Suncorp Group
Transformation Director & Interim CIO/Head of Wealth Technology

Lea Cornelius

Compass Group Australia

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

Daniela Fernandez

PayPal Australia
Head of Information Security Australia

Paul Murphy

Chief Information Officer


6 September 2023

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 18:45  Discussion Topics

Secure Digital Business – Sharing Accountability Across the Organisation

Colin Mapp headshot

Colin Mapp

Chief Information Officer

Toyota Finance Australia

Victor Akkari headshot

Victor Akkari

Chief Information Security Officer

Cochlear Limited

Venkat Balakrishnan headshot

Venkat Balakrishnan


TAL Life

David Gee headshot

David Gee

Global Head Technology, Cyber & Data Risk

Macquarie Group

Michelle Martin headshot

Michelle Martin

General Manager, Customer Platforms


Katie Payten headshot

Katie Payten

Head of Digital - Cyber Security and Technology Risk

Woolworths Group

Kathleen Stubbs headshot

Kathleen Stubbs

Regional Director, Information Technology Asia Pacific

Colliers International Australia

Danny Walsh headshot

Danny Walsh

Business & Technology Services (BTS) Director

George Weston Foods

Jihad Zein headshot

Jihad Zein

Head of IT Governance, Risk and Assurance

Toll Group

Shared responsibility for accelerating digital business and its impacts will come about when CIOs and CISOs equip the business to actively participate in decision-making. Recent cybersecurity events and hybrid models have demonstrated that digital transformation is as much a business challenge as it is an IT one. How should CIOs and CISOs work together in order to make digital decisions alongside business partners, using credibility instead of fear to effect change and motivate accountability across the organisation? Join your peers to discuss how CIOs and CISOs can work together to influence business leaders and foster collaboration with business-side partners.

Assessing the Current State of Digital Business as a joint IT and Business Challenge

  • What metrics are you currently using to demonstrate your organisation's tech, IT and security environments?

  • How are you demonstrating the business value of new digital initiatives?

  • Are you working with the board to establish governance models that share responsibility for digital initiatives? How successful has this been?

Engaging Business Partners for Joint Decision Making

  • How are you involving business leaders around cyber decision-making to ensure joint responsibility?

  • What methods have you found effective when communicating the balance of risk, value and cost?

  • How are you leveraging influence and credibility to foster communication and collaboration across the organisation?

18:45 - 19:15  Networking Break

19:15 - 20:30  Summary Discussion & Dinner

20:30 - 21:30  Social Hour

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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