12 November, 2024 | Fullerton, Sydney

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To underpin growth and minimise risk, CFOs must enable modernisation and agility across the organisation.

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formerly CEO of ServiceNSW, Managing Principal at BAU

Damon Rees

formerly CEO of ServiceNSW, Managing Principal at BAU


A business leader and director with more than twenty years of experience driving transformational change, organisational performance, and better customer outcomes.

Damon’s experience spans the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors including as the CEO of Service NSW, inaugural Government Chief Information and Digital Officer for NSW Government, the Chief Digital Officer for Macquarie Group, the Chief Technology and Interim Chief Information Officer for Woolworths, and the Head of Integrated Delivery for Westpac.

Lesley Seebeck
Chair of National Institute of Strategic Resilience. CEO Cyber 21, Award winning CIO of BoM, and former CEO of the Cyber Institute

Prof. Lesley Seebeck

Chair of National Institute of Strategic Resilience. CEO Cyber 21, Award winning CIO of BoM, and former CEO of the Cyber Institute


Dr Lesley Seebeck is an independent consultant; her current roles include a fractional appointment as Professor of Cyber Security Strategy and Leadership at UNSW, Chair of the National Institute of Strategic Resilience, and Senior Fellow, Strategic Analysis Australia. She has held senior executive roles in the federal government and was the former head of the ANU Cyber Institute. Her writing and further details can be found at lesleyseebeck.com.

Director of Policy and Governance at University of Technology Sydney

Edward Santow

Director of Policy and Governance at University of Technology Sydney


Edward Santow is the Director – Policy & Governance at the Human Technology Institute, and Industry Professor – Responsible Technology at the University of Technology Sydney.

Ed co-founded the Human Technology Institute, which he leads with Prof Nicholas Davis and Prof Sally Cripps. Ed is leading a number of major initiatives to promote human-centred artificial intelligence. Focus areas include digital government, the future of AI regulation, and facial recognition and digital identity.

The Human Technology Institute’s approach promotes human rights in the development, use, regulation and oversight of new technology. HTI has three interconnected laboratories: the Human Technology Skills Lab, Tools Lab and Policy Lab. Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, technology and regulation, public law and discrimination law.

From 2016-2021, Ed was Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, where he led the Commission’s work on AI & new technology; refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTIQ+ people; national security; and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

Ed is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and of the NSW Government AI Review Committee. He is a patron of the Refugee Advice + Casework Service, and serves on a number of boards and committees. At UTS, he is a Fellow of the Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion.

In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017 he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Ed previously served as chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and was a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School, a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and a solicitor in private practice.

Partner at McKinsey + QuantumBlack – contributor to McKinsey’s “CEO guide to GenAI”

Solly Brown

Partner at McKinsey + QuantumBlack – contributor to McKinsey’s “CEO guide to GenAI”


I am a Partner at McKinsey & Company based in Sydney, where much of my work is oriented around helping organisations on strategy, AI and transformation. I am leader in our analytics practice and QuantumBlack Australia (QuantumBlack is an analytics consulting firm acquired by McKinsey). My QB teams work with organisations on issues related to advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

I also have a passion for public sector, where I serve organisations on strategy, organisation and transformation topics.

Before joining McKinsey I studied for a PhD in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Prior to this my background was in theoretical physics.

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Top Chief Financial Officers

CFO Edge is an invitation-only conference that brings together finance leaders from the region’s most influential Enterprise and Government organisations, including:

CFO Edge gathers leading data and technology stakeholders for an interactive day.

Hear from the experts, draw upon the collective intelligence of our region’s top CIOs, and learn the next steps from others on similar journeys.

Participate in cross-industry roundtables discussions and networking to inspire new ways of thinking and share ideas.

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Why you should be here

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Increase your own ability via a network of trusted connections by meeting with expert stakeholders and calibre peers. Every delegate must qualify to join the community.

Personalised Agenda

Self select your path through your choice of keynotes, panels, roundtables and workshops, perfectly aligning our content with your tactical and strategic needs.

Practical Insights

Global speakers ahead of you on the journey equip you with their learned experience, giving you the competence and tools you need.

The ADAPT events are always of the highest quality and standard in terms of locations, speakers, topics and of course management. Always well organised, connected and managed. CFO
Maritime Super
An extremely valuable day, in particular the keynote events with absolutely relevant insights, as well as the opportunity to network and connect with best in class vendors. Director, Finance
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Great networking and a good chance to get out of day to day running of your business to think strategically about digital transformation and innovation CFO
Western Sydney Airport
A highly valuable and informative event full of rich Australian-based content, sprinkled with global insights! Head of Technology at ERM Power Ltd Fantastic and interesting keynote speakers. Well organised and polished event with space for proper networking opportunities. Head of Finance Systems
Goodman Group
The quality of speakers, content and tailored research is second to none. Global Data Centre Engineer at BHP

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