8 November, 2022 | Hilton, Sydney

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

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

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Chairman emeritus & Senior Research Scientist at MIT CISR

Peter Weill

Chairman emeritus & 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.

Former VP, Technology Finance at Capital One [USA], now AWS Enterprise Strategist

Chris Hennesey

Former VP, Technology Finance at Capital One [USA], now AWS Enterprise Strategist


While a Technology Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chris influenced business and technology executives to transform the business, leading the planning and execution of a cloud-enabled business transformation at Capital One. Capital One is 99th on the Fortune 500, and the 13th largest bank in the US.

As an Enterprise Finance Strategist, he works with enterprise executives around the globe to share financial management experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their resources to their customers.

Looking beyond the numbers is essential for any successful CFO and Chris does just that. Chris spent over 20 years as a leader in Capital One. He not only led a major cloud transformation as a Technology CFO but was a driving force in transforming the Finance function. Chris believes that to be trusted and to impact the business, CFOs must embed themselves into the business rather than boxing themselves into a single role.

A frequent topic of conversation with AWS customers is how to develop the business case for cloud and how the cloud’s payback is delivered. Chris highly encourages organizations not to get trapped into assuming nothing will change along the journey and to continuously revisit their assumptions. He also advises them that cultural transformation within their organization is just as critical as technology transformation. Success comes from painting a clear picture of the enterprise’s cloud strategy to build consensus and ensuring that employees impacted by the cloud have the time and resources to reskill.

In addition to a BS in Finance from Virginia Tech, Chris has an International MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He chose a career in technology and finance for its constant innovation and his desire to see the big picture and to make an impact. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, three children, and two dogs, and enjoys outdoor activities and taking chances.

Catriona Wallace
Director of the Gradient Institute & Metaverse expert

Dr. Catriona Wallace

Director of the Gradient Institute & Metaverse expert


Dr Catriona Wallace has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review as the Most Influential Woman in Business & Entrepreneurship.

Catriona is an expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence and the Metaverse and is an Adjunct Professor, keynote speaker, Founder of the Responsible Metaverse Alliance, Director of the Gradient Institute and Chair of an AI Venture Capital fund. Catriona also Co-Chairs Sir Richard Branson’s B Team’s AI Coalition.

As the founder of one of the first Artificial Intelligence companies to list on the Australian Securities Exchange, Catriona has truly lived the life of an entrepreneur and CEO in the emerging technologies field. Indeed, Flamingo AI was the second only woman-led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Based on her extensive experience in AI and emerging technology, and working between the US and Australia, Catriona delivers keynote speeches globally on topics including Artificial Intelligence, Web3 and the Metaverse, Digital Transformation, Responsible Technology, the Future of Work and Diversity and Inclusion.

Catriona’s rare experience as one of the first women leaders in advanced technology means that she is ideally suited to present on these important and highly topical subjects and does so in a way that is highly accessible and informative, non-technical, engaging and inclusive.

This unique skill set has also seen Catriona invited to Co-Chair Sir Richard Branson’s B Team’s AI Coalition, to sit on the Federal Government’s AI Action Initiative team as well as achieve significant industry awards. She has been achieved Advance Australia’s highest award in Technology & Innovation for Australians working abroad, she has been named among the Top 9 Female Entrepreneurs by the Sydney Morning Herald and Top 30 Women redefining business by Womens’ Agenda and as one of the top AI speakers, globally, by Onalytica. Catriona was also inducted into the Royal Institution of Australia acknowledging her as one of Australia’s most pre-eminent scientists.

With a burning passion for and deep knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and emerging tech such as the Metaverse, Catriona believes that sharing knowledge about the responsible use of technology and is her true path and purpose.

Associate Partner at McKinsey

Rob Patenge

Associate Partner at McKinsey


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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