29 August, 2024 | Fullerton, Sydney

Achieving Operational Excellence

Join 180 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.

August will be our 26th national CIO gathering in 13 years.

 Known as Australia’s most intimate and effective event for CIOs and IT leaders from the region's largest enterprise and government organisations.​​ Register Your Interest

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.

Chairman & Senior Research Scientist at MIT CISR & ADAPT Senior Advisor

Peter Weill

Chairman & Senior Research Scientist at MIT CISR & ADAPT Senior Advisor


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.

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:

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: What’s Next? ...Real-Time Business

RTBs operate more in real-time with transparent and automated decision-making, with seamless digital customer and employee journeys, while managing and reducing operating and costs – all risk based on a foundation of real-time data. Peter Weill explains how.

03 Cochlear: Transformation in Action

One of Australia’s success stories has led to operational excellence, record growth, profits, engagement and purpose. They also excel at digital ecosystem. We interview Karen O’Driscoll – CIO at Cochlear.

04 How to Articulate the Business case?

Most CIOs know what they need, they just don’t articulate value well enough to get the resources, risk appetite, or executive support. With 70% of CIOs feeling under resourced and needing 34% more budgets to execute on tech strategy, this must change for CIOs and Australia to thrive.

05 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.

06 How Organisations are Getting AI 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.

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