Sydney CISO 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 CISO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs 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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

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 CISO 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 CISO 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

18 November 2021

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.

11:15 - 12:00  AEDT Keynote

Optimising Operations for Improving Business Outcomes

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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

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Darren Hungerford


Bluescope Steel

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Paul Gampe


PCCW Global Inc

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Christopher Johnson

Group Head of Technology

Charter Hall Group

As IT leaders modernise 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 organisational changes on your journey
  • Aligning your business and IT goals to build a cost-effective portfolio that delivers optimum business value

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

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

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Kavitha Mariappan

EVP Customer Experience and Transformation


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Paul Murphy

Chief Technology Officer

GHD Services

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Christopher Neal


Ramsay Health Care Limited

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

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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

Automation and Visibility: An Imperative for Top Security Teams

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Chris Lehman

Chief Revenue Officer


Jack Cross headshot

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

With security teams becoming increasingly stretched, automation can play a crucial role in strengthening security posture and enabling security leaders to take back control. Effective security measures begin with investigating through visibility and acting through automation at all tiers of the IT stack.

Join this discussion with security leaders to discuss:

  • How to empower security teams with intelligent automation that reduces response time and incident impact  

  • Adopting an automated approach to recovery
  • Where to identify gaps and vulnerabilities within the enterprise 

  • How to combine visibility and automation for best security outcomes 

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

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

Creating a Data-Driven Culture at Scale

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Jake Burns

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

For organisations everywhere, data is the gateway to new opportunities. Becoming a data-driven organisation means culturally treating data as a strategic asset used for both big decisions and everyday action on the frontline. With the right strategy, organisations can prepare for the unexpected, create new revenue streams, improve customer experience and increase operational efficiencies.

Join this session to share strategies and stories on:

  • Reframing data as the connective tissue of your organisation - permeating and fueling collaborative gains across teams
  • Using actioned insights, analytics, and AI/ML as you build capabilities to help drive a data-driven culture
  • Eliminating data blockers, educating the enterprise, and enabling frontline action

09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

A Unified Front — The Key to Becoming a Data-Driven Organisation

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Jake Burns

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

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Doug Jenkins


Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

When utilised correctly, data is an invaluable source of potential growth. It can unlock your organisation’s ability to make quicker decisions and uncover new opportunities. However, none of this is possible if your team doesn’t have data positioned at its core — so what’s the key to getting everyone to buy in?

Join a small group of your peers to discuss:

  • Communicating the inherent value of data and leveraging it intelligently
  • Creating a culture that embraces the power of being data-driven
  • Building data capabilities to drive that culture

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

17 November 2021

18 November 2021

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