Sydney CIO Inner Circle

14 March 2024 | Watersedge at Campbell's Stores, Sydney

14 March 2024
Watersedge at Campbell's Stores, Sydney


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:

Managing Ongoing AI Expectations with Business Stakeholders

Ensuring Effective and Secure Deployment of AI

Defining your Long-Term AI Ambition

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
Head Of Technology Strategy and Transformation

Lea Cornelius

Compass Group Australia

Christian Daugbjerg

Vice President IT, Asia Pacific

Paul Murphy

Chief Information Officer


14 March 2024

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 18:45  Discussion Topics

Managing Business Expectations Around AI — Controlling the Narrative

Grant Bourzikas headshot

Grant Bourzikas

Chief Security Officer, SVP


Matt Carmichael headshot

Matt Carmichael


University of Canberra

Memo Hayek headshot

Memo Hayek

Chief Information & Technology Officer

Nine Entertainment Co.

Sebastian Schultes headshot

Sebastian Schultes

Senior Vice President, Technology Services

Brookfield Asset Management Australia

Thomas Heathwood headshot

Thomas Heathwood

Chief Information Security Officer

Link Group

Santosh Adsul headshot

Santosh Adsul

Head of Information Technology, Australia & New Zealand

TK Elevator

Stephanie Lo headshot

Stephanie Lo

Head of Cyber Security

Insignia Financial

Business leaders have high expectations about AI and other emerging technologies that CIOs and CISOs must manage. As such, technology and cybersecurity leaders must have robust strategies in place to not only manage these technologies, but also communicate their benefits and risks. Executives across the organisation all have their own thoughts and priorities around what the technology should be used for, but how do you as a leader keep control of this narrative to ensure effective and secure deployment to drive digital business success?

As C-level and board expectations continue to rise around emerging technologies, coupled with minimal increased budgets and resources, what are the key levers CIOs and CISOs are using to grow partnerships, better align with the business on these powerful technologies, and mitigate risks?

Join your peers to discuss how CIOs and CISOs can create messaging that truly resonates with stakeholders on these emerging technologies.

Topic 1: Managing Ongoing AI Expectations with Business Stakeholders

  • What’s the current direction your organisation is taking on Generative AI? Are other departments aligning with IT’s direction or are they taking another route?
  • How are you communicating the benefits and risks to the board as the technology continues to iterate? What are the most effective use cases to share?
  • How are you ensuring responsible AI adoption and journey planning outside of IT? Do you have a governance plan in place or are you governing as you go?

Topic 2: Deciding your AI Ambition

  • How are you cutting through AI complexities to define your long-term AI ambition for the organisation? Who is involved in setting this north star?
  • What measures are you putting in place to secure data sets and mitigate the risk of sophisticated attacks that exploit these technologies?
  • What will the overall implication on the workforce be with your strategy? Do you see AI as an enhancement or a replacement for the workforce?

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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Closest parking available at Wilson Parking, Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Please enter the venue via Bay 3, 25 Hickson Road, The Rocks.

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