29 August, 2024 | Fullerton, Sydney

Achieving Operational Excellence

Join 170 CIOs and IT leaders for one powerful day of codifying lessons learned and the latest insights for memorable and actionable ways to achieve operating excellence.

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Which IT operating models will outperform in the next 5 years?

Modern CIOs must lead with confidence and visibility, while articulating the value of technology to secure resources and enable growth.

Our Speakers

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

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CIO at Cochlear

Karen O’Driscoll

CIO at Cochlear


Karen is an experienced Technology Executive and Enterprise leader with extensive digital transformation skills and a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions that drive successful outcomes in complex environments.

As a passionate people leader, she is committed to building diverse teams and nurturing a collaborative and inclusive culture. She is an advocate of ‘digitising with diversity,’ opening up career opportunities for a broader range of people, particularly those who are neuro-diverse. This diversity significantly increases their ability to innovate, as well as their overall performance and engagement.

With over 20 years working in her field, she is attuned to seeking out opportunities to innovate both within Ventia and with their clients, often establishing digital ecosystems that deliver efficiencies and cost reductions across the board through data and analytical insights.

CIO & Director of Group Enablement at Woolworths

John Hunt

CIO & Director of Group Enablement at Woolworths


John Hunt was appointed Chief Information and Replenishment Officer on 1 September 2021. John initially joined Woolworths Group in 2017 as Chief Information Officer. John spent over 25 years at Woolworths Holdings, South Africa where he held a range of senior IT and core retail leadership roles, including CIO and Senior Executive for Food Planning and Value chain.

A graduate from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, John is a retailer through and through and is passionate about how information technology and technology innovation is being optimally used in enabling the business to support both the front line team members as well as ensuring our customers have the best shopping experience.

Chief Information Technology Officer at Nine

Memo Hayek

Chief Information Technology Officer at Nine


A visionary and value-oriented Chief Information Officer with extensive global experience in planning, developing, and implementing cutting edge technology strategies that digitise, transform and enable business differentiation, optimisation and sustainable growth. As an executive leader collaborates with executive teams to align technology strategy with businesses and the wider corporate vision.

With a career spanning leading financial institutions globally, including Credit Suisse, CBA, Westpac, Macquarie, and NAB, has extensive experience in design and delivery of cost-effective technology solutions to address complex business problems, embed robust operational risk management, digitise and drive customer experience. This is combined with business intelligence, commercial acumen, and cyber security to enable market-attuned growth, future-proof businesses, and innovation with deep expertise in all aspects of project lifecycle, from feasibility analysis and conceptual design, through to implementation.

A track record of building and leading large teams high performance teams that are industry-leading, multidisciplinary, and geographical dispersed with deep skills across IT and businesses that are engaged and focused with vast experience in insourcing and outsourcing models. A strong advocate for and fosters inclusive, diverse and continuous learning cultures.

Global Head Technology, Cyber & Data Risk at Macquarie Group

David Gee

Global Head Technology, Cyber & Data Risk at Macquarie Group


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 CIOs and IT leaders

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

CIO Edge gathers leading Technology and IT 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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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 What makes a top performer in Australia?

Unique local performance insights from ADAPT’s Exponential Value Roadmap show how and why top performers are beating their peers on growth, profit, innovation, experience, and efficiencies.

02 MIT Workshop: Which IT operating models will outperform in the next 5 years?

A unique workshop with MIT’s Peter Weill designed to enhance your business and leadership skills. Self-assess your position and collaborate with peers to uncover the optimal mix of technologies, operating models and management mechanisms for innovation, agility, and growth.

03 How to articulate IT?

Most CIOs know what they need, they just don’t articulate well enough to get the resources, risk appetite, or executive support. This must change for Australia to thrive in ‘24 and beyond.

04 ADAPT's "Exponential Value Roadmap" for A/NZ CIOs

Latest performance insights from ADAPT’s modernisation and maturity benchmarking tool to help assess your tech strategy and chart the best pathway to modernisation and business value.

05 Building a CIO led Culture of Innovation and Revenue

Discover how CIOs can identify new sources of innovation and revenue, drive technology-led growth, and foster a culture of innovation that works.

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