12 November, 2024 | Fullerton, Sydney

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Join 130 of Australia’s CFOs and finance leaders from the region’s largest enterprise and government organisations driving enterprise-wide modernisation.

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

Bold moves are required to take advantage of opportunities in today's uncertain times. What can you learn from Australia’s top performing CFOs?

ADAPT’s 15th CFO Edge, gathering CFOs responsible for over ¼ of AU GDP.

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Our Speakers

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

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Peter
Weill
Chairman at MIT CISR

Peter Weill

Chairman at MIT CISR

About

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.

Michelle
Dennedy
CEO at Privacy Code, formerly Global Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco

Michelle Dennedy

CEO at Privacy Code, formerly Global Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco

About

As the CEO of PrivacyCode and a Partner at Privatus Consulting, Michelle Dennedy has over 20 years of experience in advancing the respect for human information. She is renowned for her expertise in privacy engineering, a field that bridges the policy and technology divide with metrics and outcomes. Additionally, Michelle is an author, a podcaster, and a strategic advisor for several technology companies.

Michelle’s mission is to build better technology that matters, promoting quality, integrity, and asset-level possibilities for information assets. She works closely with families, executives, innovators, and dreamers at all stages and in all sectors to support the combination of policy, practice, and tools. She is passionate about creating solutions that enable data privacy and security, as well as social and environmental responsibility.

Dr
Gayan Benedict
CTO at Salesforce, former CIO at RBA

Dr Gayan Benedict

CTO at Salesforce, former CIO at RBA

About

As Chief Technology Officer for Salesforce Australian and New Zealand, Gayan leads regional efforts in security, engineering and architecture engagement with Salesforce product engineering, industry and key customer accounts. Gayan is co-founder of Salesforce’s global Architecture Guild and is an Industry Research Fellow at MIT’s Center of Information Systems Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Gayan was the CIO of the Reserve Bank of Australia where he oversaw the digital transformation of the Bank’s federal government core banking services, delivery of Australia’s real-time national payment infrastructure (NPP), and uplifting the Bank’s cyber operations. Prior to the RBA, Gayan was the head of technology strategy and enterprise architecture for Westpac and director of customer data architecture for Oracle Asia Pacific. Gayan chairs Standards Australia’s governance working group for blockchain standards (IT-041) and is a member of the ISO Committee TC/307 on blockchain standards.

David
Gee
Global Head Technology, Cyber & Data Risk at Macquarie Group

David Gee

Global Head Technology, Cyber & Data Risk at Macquarie Group

About

David J. Gee has 20+ years experience as CIO and CISO. He joined Macquarie Group in early 2021 as Global Head Technology, Cyber and Data Risk. David is responsible for protecting Macquarie Group using his significant expertise in technology and cybersecurity. He has served as CISO for HSBC Asia Pacific, based in HK and responsible for the most critical and profitable countries for this large investment bank. David drove the cybersecurity maturity uplift and led all aspects of cyber for HSBC in these 19 countries. Prior to HSBC, David had an extensive Transformational CIO experience across numerous significant roles.

At MetLife Japan, David was Statutory Executive Officer, Senior Vice President and CIO. This is the second largest market for MetLife – a US$70B enterprise. David led the digital transformation for this large insurer with a significant focus on digitizing end to end customer engagement processes. At MetLife Japan managed a team of 230 IT Staff supported by 1200-1300 external resources, with an Annual IT spend in excess of U$300m.

David is Board Advisor to Sekuro, a successful cybersecurity company.

He is also past CIO at Credit Union of Australia where he successfully led a major transformation of all systems and technology. In this role he won CIO of the Year for Financial Services in Australia.

David has also been Executive Advisor for large scale transformation with KPMG, Ernst & Young and ICG. He has deep experience with Fintech and innovation ecosystems. Mentor at Stone & Chalk and Tyro Fintech Hub. Venture Partner with Sapien Ventures and Advisory Board of Venturetec.Accelerator. David also has been Fintech Advisor for a number of startups.

He is a digital industry thought leader and regular columnist with ITnews, CSO (Cyber), CIO Magazine and Computerworld, with more than 100+ articles published.

David was Information Officer and CIO for Lilly USA ($12B sales) & member of Lilly USA management. He has also enjoyed international expatriate assignments in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Kobe and in the USA.

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:

Stay Ahead of ANZ Market Trends

Keep up with the latest market research and benchmarking data in fields like cyber security, data analytics, digital transformation and more.

Insights from Global Experts & Technologists

Hear the strategies and methodologies being applied by industry innovators who are actively leading teams, delivering enterprise-wide transformation and driving value.

Harness the Wisdom of Your Peers

Learn from the experience of your peers in cross-industry roundtable discussions and networking events to inspire new ways of thinking and share ideas.

Connect with Key Technology Providers

Forge important relationships and explore the capabilities and expertise of our vendors to support your strategic initiatives.

Debating Critical Themes

01 Risk Culture: Quantification, Appetite and Management

We need an integrated enterprise wide, risk-based approach. Is the organisation thinking deeply and building the right culture of risk? How do we navigate unique operating contexts and risk profiles if risk is siloed in multiple roles?

02 What CEOs want from AI and what they actually get?

MIT’s Peter Weill reveals latest MIT research from an exclusive new CEO survey, and their AI maturity model.

03 9 Steps for CFOs to succeed with Data Governance

Assessing AI & Data Risk: what should go into CFO metrics in 2025? The former Chief Privacy Officer of Cisco on how to save costs in your data management, achieve higher quality data and protection.

04 AI Sustainability

Former CIO of RBA and now CTO of Salesforce, Gayan Benedict estimates the economic and emissions impact of AI adoption and high resource utilisation. Looking at the impact of this key sustainability CFO accountability now in disclosure laws.

05 How Organisations are Getting AI ROI and Value Wrong

Often human misunderstanding means we feel there’s too much hype about AI’s capability. Adoption is tough, mainly because companies face big gaps and undiscussed fears. How to focus on the economic value not the hype?

06 Boost Productivity and Modernise for Sustainable Growth

Most Australian organisations are mired with legacy challenges and facing productivity challenges with limited resources and risk appetite. To ensure growth and profits, many are embracing technology. But tech for tech’s sakes brings risk and expense. What is the role of the Australian CFO? How can you measure ROI on current and future investments?

The structure of CFO Edge is on point with the ability to listen to keynote speakers and also participate in round table discussion. It provides a platform to engage in current issues and opportunities, and also to network with peers. GM Finance Business Partners at Mission Australia
It as a great event that allowed you to be able to connect not only with lots of other like minded people but also the ability to meet with vendors in a more intimate environment that can help bring your organisation forward. Commercial Business Partner at IRT
The one-on-one meetings are always valuable and deliver learning opportunities. The quality of the speakers is always of the highest standard.     CFO at Auswide Bank
CFO Edge had relevant content addressing the challenges and opportunities that CFO's and businesses face. CFO, Bank at Challenger
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 at Western Sydney Airport
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 at Maritime Super

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