8 November, 2022 | Sydney, Australia

Capturing Value & Effectively Financing Modernisation

Collaborate and learn with 120 CFOs driving modernisation and managed risk.

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

Bold moves are required to recover, drive growth culture and take advantage of today, for tomorrow

Past Speakers

Harness the collective intelligence of the world’s foremost thought leaders to learn best practices and be inspired.

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Chairman and Senior Research Scientist at MIT CISR

Peter Weill

Chairman and Senior Research Scientist at MIT CISR


Peter Weill’s work centers on the role, value, and governance of digitization in enterprises. Weill joined the MIT Sloan faculty in 2000 to become director of MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR).

MIT CISR is funded by approximately 100 corporate sponsors and patrons, and undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from Information Technology (IT). As chair, Weill focuses on globalizing the center’s research and delivery. In 2008, Ziff Davis recognized Weill as #24 of The Top 100 Most Influential People in IT, the highest-ranked academic. In Dec 2019, his 2015 MIT SMR article Thriving in an Increasingly Digital Era was recognized as one of The Best 10 SMR Articles in the 2010s.

Peter has worked on digitization issues with the Executive Committees and Boards of more than 40 companies globally. He conducts workshops for key conferences, including the CEO Summits for Microsoft, IBM, and SAP, and the International Monetary Conference.

Mark Esposito
Professor of Business and Economics at Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education

Dr. Mark Esposito

Professor of Business and Economics at Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education


Mark Esposito, PhD, is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer at Nexus FrontierTech, an AI scale up firm, dedicated to help business become more efficient and competitive by introducing the latest data management science. He was inducted in 2016 in the radar of Thinkers50 as one of the 30 most prominent rising business thinkers in the world. He is a global expert of the World Economic Forum and advisor to national governments.

In his academic career, Mark has held academic appointments for some of the world’s leading institutions such as Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Hult International Business School and Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.

He holds Fellowships with the Social Progress Imperative and with the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils in Washington D.C. He is a nonresident Fellow at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai as well as Research Associate for the University College London, Blockchain Technologies. He has authored/co-authored over 150 peer reviewed publications and 11 books, among which 2 Amazon bestsellers: Understanding how the Future Unfolds (2017) and The AI Republic (2019). Follow him on Twitter: @Exp_Mark.

CEO at NOBL Collective (USA)

Lucy Chung

CEO at NOBL Collective (USA)


Lucy is the Co-Founder and CEO of NOBL, a culture change organizational design firm. She believes in building legendary cultures and helps her clients operationalize their wildest ambitions. She embodies a bias-to-action, using her experience in operations, human resources, and organizational strategy to drive meaningful and lasting change. Previously, she was a VP at the fashion house Rag & Bone, an advisor to the global digital studio ustwo, and partner at Undercurrent, a leading digital consultancy.

Group CFO at Standard Bank (South Africa)

Arno Daehnke

Group CFO at Standard Bank (South Africa)


Arno Daehnke joined the group in 2001 as part of the CIB, Global Markets division. In 2010, he was appointed as head of Group Treasury and Capital Management division, with responsibilities including balance sheet management, financial planning, regulatory reform and optimally deploying group financial resources. He was appointed as group financial director in May 2016.  He became Chief Finance and Value Management officer last January 1, 2021.

Connecting the Region’s
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 Chief Financial Officers, and learn the next steps from others on similar journeys.

With complete health and safety compliance, we are finally able to meet again face-to-face to share war stories, validate and compare lockdown and distributed workforce strategies.

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Why you should be here

Peer Introductions

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.

Debating Critical Themes

01 Measuring Value & Financing Transformation

After years of transformation and millions still to spend, the board and CFOs need IT to show proven value so far. What performance metrics work best for collaboration, customer experience, operational efficiency and value from platforms?

02 Dashboard Your Transformation Value with MIT

How much ‘digital value’ do companies create, and vitally how much do they capture? How do CFOs track real progress? How to hold people accountable for delivery? MIT’s Peter Weill gives the framework.

03 How to Fund Experiments and Evaluate Critical Emerging Technology?

We’re still only at the start of the impact technology will have. CFOs must now assess the business model risk of not doing something new. Rather than being gatekeeper, the savvy CFO helps identify which digital investments enable breakthrough performance.

04 Preparing the Future Through Better Forecasting and Scenario planning

To prioritise resource allocation, the data driven organisation practices compliant operational excellence with balanced risk appetite and rolling forecasts guided by machine learning.

05 Progressive Cloud Strategies and Avoiding Cost Blowouts

ADAPT research shows almost 50% of workloads in cloud by 2023, based on well proven efficiencies and speed. But poor cloud planning is still creating bill shocks. How can you get the shift to OpEx right? How to shake up the TCO ROI conversation?

06 Financial Transformation: Success Starts with the Workflow

Latest Australian examples of Agile, Machine learning, Intelligent Automation, AI, Blockchain and real Data driven operations from Australia. Where to start, how to avoid wasted time and lessons learned.

A highly valuable event with access to groundbreaking research and the ability to engage with my peers, relevant industry leaders and vendors in one place. Global Head of Infrastructure at Navitas A great event with insightful speakers that empowers you to think about solving today's problems in an innovative way, with an eye to the future. Group Executive, Innovation & Transformation at REST Superannuation The quality of speakers, content and tailored research is second to none. Global Data Centre Engineer at BHP A brilliantly coordinated event with insightful keynotes, roundtables and expertly matched 1:1 meetings. Head of IT at Knight Frank A highly valuable and informative event full of rich Australian-based content, sprinkled with global insights! Head of Technology at ERM Power Ltd A quality event with engaging, relevant presentations and excellent opportunities to connect with peers. Chief Data & Analytics Officer at University of New South Wales

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