23 March, 2022 | Sydney, Australia

Leading Modernisation while Balancing Complexity and Compliance

Collaborate and learn with 150 major IT, compute and cloud users, alongside their leading service providers, clouds, co-los and data centre operators.

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Efficiency gains have given way to complex multi-cloud environments.

ADAPT’s research forecasts that cloud adoption will reach 77% by 2023, driven by the acceleration of productivity tools and mission-critical applications to the cloud.

Our Speakers

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

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Founder and Chairman at Infrastructure Masons & CEO at Virtual Power Systems

Dean Nelson

Founder and Chairman at Infrastructure Masons & CEO at Virtual Power Systems


Dean Nelson is a seasoned technology executive with 32 years of experience deploying $10B of digital infrastructure projects across 3 continents.
Dean is currently the CEO of Virtual Power Systems, a software platform that unlocks stranded power in datacenters, the Founder and Chairman of Infrastructure Masons, a professional association of industry executives and technology professionals uniting the builders of the digital age, and the Founder and CEO of Dean Nelson Inc, a strategic advisory and consulting company serving startups, fortune 500 companies and investment firms.

Previously, Dean led Uber’s Metal as a Service function supporting Uber’s ridesharing business delivering over 100 million trips a week in more than 600 cities spanning 6 continents, as well as UberEats, UberFreight, UberHealth, UberForBusiness, and Autonomous vehicle and UberAir development.

Prior to Uber, Dean worked at eBay Inc for 7 years as the Vice President of Global Foundation Services, which served over 300 million active users enabling over $250B of enabled commerce volume annually. At the end of his tenure, his team successfully integrated, then split eBay and PayPal infrastructures into two independent internet companies. Prior to eBay, Dean worked at Sun Microsystems for 17 years in various technical, management and executive leadership roles. His final project was the consolidation of Sun’s multi-billion dollar global technical infrastructure portfolio of over 1,000 facilities. Dean holds four US patents.

Global VP Infrastructure & Cloud Services at Starbucks

Chris Halstead

Global VP Infrastructure & Cloud Services at Starbucks


Chris Halstead is Vice President of Infrastructure and Cloud Services at Starbucks Coffee Company. Chris and his team are responsible for foundational technology service delivery across the worldwide Starbucks enterprise, which includes private data centers, corporate offices, manufacturing and distribution locations, Starbucks Reserve Roasteries, and integration with public cloud partners.

In addition to engineering and operating core technology infrastructure services, the team plays an instrumental role in financial management and strategic technology alignment to deliver on critical business initiatives, leveraging on-premises capacity and integrating an expanding footprint of cloud environments.

Chris joined Starbucks in 2007 and has been leading infrastructure teams there since 2011. Prior to Starbucks, Chris held both individual and leadership roles at John H. Harland Co., Delta Air Lines, SourceLabs, and Amazon. He contributes to industry advancement and improvement through membership in Infrastructure Masons and participation in Customer Advisory Boards for Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Business Application Platform.


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.

Futurologist | Author | Professor | Board Director | Chief Scientist

Rocky Scopelliti

Futurologist | Author | Professor | Board Director | Chief Scientist


Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioural economics research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future.

His new Australian-first book just released Australia 2030! Where the bloody hell are we?, is a fascinating window into Australian professionals sentiment about the decade ahead, based on a major study conducted before and during the eye of the COVID-19 storm. His other book ‘Youthquake 4.0 – A Whole Generation and The New Industrial Revolution’ has now being translated into Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese languages.

As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured on SKY Business News, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio National, The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg. As an international keynote speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress. As a thought-leader, over 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, each year seek his advice on strategy.

In an executive capacity, he is a member of the Optus Business Leadership team as the Director, Centre for Industry 4.0 where he leads the specialist team creating world-class thought-leadership and innovation on the 4th Industrial Revolution.

In a non-executive capacity, he is an Adjunct Professor Industry at the University of Technology Business School, a director on the board of Community First Credit Union, on the advisory board for REST Super and Wake by Reach and former member of the Australian Payments Council.

Educated in Australia and trained in the USA at Sydney and Stanford Universities respectively, he has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and an MBA. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Connecting the Region’s
Top Cloud & Infrastructure Leaders

Connected Cloud & DC Edge is an invitation-only conference that has brought together cloud and infrastructure leaders from the region’s most influential Enterprise and Government organisations, including:

Application sprawl, data deluge and increased workloads are major challenges.

Today, organisations face ever-evolving customer behaviours, workforce expectations and compliance scrutiny.

The drive to digital services has exponentially increased the need for innovation and interconnectivity to deliver applications and data at the speed modern business demands.

Hybrid multi-cloud is bringing operational issues of application sprawl, data deluge, increased workload management, and automation challenges. How can we manage this multiple cloud environment and securely integrate applications across platforms?

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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 Avoiding Cloud Chaos

Which operating models and design strategies help regain control of sprawling cloud and hyperscaler environments?

02 Continuous Compliance at Scale

How to manage and reduce regulatory overheads for every hybrid multi-cloud to be compliant?

03 Cost blowouts and expectations

Do we need to shake up the TCO cost conversation? How to get Cloud Economics, prioritisation and operational planning right first time?

04 The Business Case for Emerging Tech

Latest Use Cases example of Edge Compute, IoT and 5G projects in the region. Benefits gained and lessons learned.

05 Building and Retaining a High-Performance Team

Facing our worst ever talent shortage, upskilling and retention must be front of mind. How can you lead, nurture, and keep top performers?

06 DevSecOps: Resilient Organisations are Scalable Organisations

Empower DevOps, automate development processes and infrastructure as a code with security built-in by design.

Connected Cloud & DC Edge is the premier event in the ANZ region with relevant content, quality speakers and an open environment to share, learn & network. Global Data Centre Engineer at BHP This annual event successfully brings together the movers and shakers of the ANZ datacentre industry with global thought-leaders giving us futures and real examples of technology from all over the world. MD ANZ at Vertiv 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 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 ADAPT uniquely differentiate themselves by bringing the best of the industry together with effective presentations on key topics, roundtables to discuss & progress resolution to known challenges and encourages networking and ongoing relationships to influence IT outcomes and realising digital transformation. Account General Manager at DXC Technology

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