Agenda

Thursday, 23 May 2024

“Mastering Data Maturity & Harnessing AI”

Please note that 1:1 meetings will be running throughout the day.

07:45 - 08:30

Registration & Check-in

Secure your seat in the keynote room for the day.

Jim Berry

CEO & Founder at ADAPT

About

Jim founded ADAPT with a vision to help Australia thrive commercially, now and for the future.  To enable that, Jim leads ADAPT’s mission to connect, inform and equip our local business and tech leaders.

Leading the development of ADAPTs agenda’s and content strategy whilst also advising executive leadership teams from global technology service providers, Jim is uniquely experienced to be the voice of the end-user, the customer and the vendor.

Bringing his deep knowledge of the local market, Jim regularly presents “Know your Customer” webinars and guides the world’s largest vendors with their G-T-M and content strategies.

Through entrepreneurial product development and a servant leader mentality with his team and clients, ADAPT grows annually with clearly differentiated value for all stakeholders.

08:30 - 08:50

Welcome to the 3rd Data & AI Edge: A Pivotal Year for Data & AI Leadership

Jim Berry - CEO & Founder at ADAPT Read More

Data is in the spotlight more than ever in 2024, bringing new opportunities as well as challenges.

The aspiration is to lead peers with superior digital products, unified customer data, customised experiences, accurate dashboards, an integrated data strategy, data culture, and mastery of emerging AI.
But with limited resources, how can we ensure Australian organisations don’t fall behind on critical goals?

This makes 2024 a pivotal year for Data leadership.
To optimise architecture, AI, access, and governance – we must ensure that data leadership and culture comes from the top down.
With less than 50% of Data leaders confident of executing on their data strategy, how can we increase their impact, value, and influence?

Join the community at ADAPT Data & AI Edge, bringing together our regional enterprise and government data and AI heroes to connect, learn and inspire in these challenging times.

Gabby Fredkin

Head of Analytics & Insights at ADAPT

About

Gabby’s primary role is managing ADAPT’s overall strategy for Data Analytics. He has extensive experience in using data to identify trends in technology that help shape Australian organisations. Utilising modern Data Science techniques, he provides ADAPT and their customers with confidence in the accuracy and validity of the information used for ADAPT’s Research, Advisory, and Events.​

With a passion for creating stories with data, Gabby is consistently rated as one of the top speakers at ADAPT Events. In round table discussions, he specialises in using statistics to initiate thought-provoking discussions. Gabby is effective in translating information into insights, enabling ADAPT’s customers to become more data-driven.​

Gabby’s primary areas of expertise are: ​

  • Advanced AI and ML practices, including AI ethics.​
  • Building models to benchmark and predict IT performance.​
  • End-user behaviour and human-centred design.​
  • Cross-functional team design and value, such as DevSecOps.​
08:50 - 09:15

ADAPT Research: Collective Insights from CIO, CFO, Data & Security Executive Surveys

Gabby Fredkin - Head of Analytics & Insights at ADAPT Read More

ADAPT’s research and advisory team reveal the latest local fact-based insights, based upon over 1,000 detailed surveys of our region’s executive leaders. Showing the core findings distilled from your aggregated pre-event surveys and those of your executive CFO, Digital and CIO peers on their drivers, aims and opinions on data strategy. Also comparing the investment priorities, resource allocation and unique challenges of the Australian Chief Data Officer for you to benchmark and validate your thinking.

Tenar Larsen

Head of Community & Ecosystem Partnerships at ADAPT

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09:15 - 09:20

Get an Edge: Making the Most of Your Day

Tenar Larsen - Head of Community & Ecosystem Partnerships at ADAPT Read More

Michael Kollo

CEO at Evolved AI

About

Michael is an experienced business leader with a strong technical foundation in statistical AI systems. He began his career with a PhD in Finance from the London School of Economics, eventually moving into institutional asset management and quantitative research (Blackrock, Fidelity, AXA). Later, transitioning to the development of AI systems for institutional investment programmes, while continuing to teach Masters courses in quantitative techniques and analysis at LSE and Imperial College.

09:20 - 09:50

How Organisations are Getting AI Wrong

Michael Kollo - CEO at Evolved AI Read More

GenAI is a breakthrough, but often human misunderstanding means we feel there’s too much hype about its capability. Adoption of AI is tough, mainly because companies face big gaps:

  • They don’t fully understand AI’s potential
  • They struggle to execute AI projects well
  • Their teams aren’t ready to use AI effectively
  • They overestimate it’s potential and are disappointed

The question also emerges as to who should own AI capabilities and adoption? Should it go to the Head of Data or CIO, or elsewhere?

Reality is businesses who harness the AI capability for operational efficiency and new business models will excel in the next 5 years. So, one thing is for sure: the CEO and Board want to know how to get past the hurdles and truly benefit from AI, no matter what stage of the adoption cycle.

  • What are the proven use cases to make operations more efficient?
  • How can you make AI projects succeed and align with strategic business goals?
  • How can you identify, understand, and adopt the right AI tools to propel growth?

With an impressive career and capabilities in quantitative finance, the impact of automation, and the future of work, Michael is focused on solving the problems of industry AI adoption.

Michael is an experienced business leader with a strong technical foundation in statistical AI systems. He began his career with a PhD in Finance from the London School of Economics, eventually moving into institutional asset management and quantitative research (Blackrock, Fidelity, AXA). Later, transitioning to the development of AI systems for institutional investment programmes, while continuing to teach Masters courses in quantitative techniques and analysis at LSE and Imperial College.

 

Chase Ginther

Principal Architect, AI/ ML, Field CTO Office at Snowflake

About

Chase Ginther has spent his career working on a wide variety of machine learning projects and is particularly passionate about MLOps and ML platforms fueled by his early days in ad-tech. Prior to joining Snowflake, he was the engineering manager leading Deloitte’s AI Center of Excellence platform engineering team. He was Snowflake’s first customer facing architect in AI/ML in North America and has helped build the organization to a global team of 15+. He now serves as a technical leader of that team as well as a key resource defining the product roadmap and vision of AI/ML overall for Snowflake.

Zachary Damcevski

Data Engineer at Scalapay

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Arlo Stewart

Data Engineer at Scalapay

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09:50 - 10:20

Driving Data Strategy as the Foundation to Succeeding in Today’s Rapidly Evolving AI Landscape: Snowflake & Data for Enterprise AI

Chase Ginther - Principal Architect, AI/ ML, Field CTO Office at Snowflake Zachary Damcevski - Data Engineer at Scalapay Arlo Stewart - Data Engineer at Scalapay Read More

In this session, join Snowflake’s Principal Architect and Global Field CTO for AI/ML Chase Ginther for a deep dive into AI/ML on the world’s most capable Data Platform. Chase will discuss how organisations are driving data strategy as the foundation to succeeding in today’s rapidly evolving AI landscape. Specifically, Chase will highlight how Snowflake uses an innovative maturity model to collaborate with customers’ on addressing their maturity in their data foundation and AI use cases.

One such customer who has reaped the reward from Snowflakes enablement is the BuyNow PayLater payment solution “Scalapay”. Scalapay is a Unicorn transforming the way more than 5 million customers buy online and in-store, empowering 8,000+ merchants (online and in-store) to give their customers magical shopping experiences. Join Zachary Damcevski & Arlo Stewart, in a fireside chat outlining how Scalapay is pioneering groundbreaking solutions at the intersection of machine learning and data engineering to drive innovation and create value for our customers.

10:20 - 10:40

Morning Break: Refreshments, Snacks and Connections

Richard Fleming

Head of Advanced Analytics and AI at Bain & Company

About

Richard Fleming is the leader of our Asia-Pacific Advanced Analytics practice. He is also a leader in our Transformation and Change practice.

He has more than 25 years of management consulting experience, advising business leaders on their biggest opportunities and challenges. He has supported clients with business transformation across strategy, customer experience, performance improvement, M&A, operating model design, digital, data and technology. His work is increasingly to support clients transform their businesses with digital, data and technology.

He has deep experience working with financial services clients in banking, insurance, wealth management and payments. Richard has also worked across industries including retail, consumer products, telecommunications, medtech and manufacturing.

He has applied his strategy consulting expertise globally, having served clients in the North America, Australia, the United Kingdom, and across Asia.

Prior to joining us in 2001, Richard worked for two other global consulting firms with a focus on technology.

He earned an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management and a BA with Honors in physics from Oxford University.

 

10:40 - 11:10

AI Integration: From Experimentation to Production in 2024

Richard Fleming - Head of Advanced Analytics and AI at Bain & Company Read More

2024 is a watershed year for AI, as businesses shift from exploring AI’s potential to implementing these technologies at scale. To leverage the significant benefits of AI, companies must make strategic choices around AI’s impact on talent, operating models, data infrastructure, use case delivery, change management, and regulatory compliance.

Richard explores this crucial transition, outlining how companies can move from experimentation phase to full-scale production.

Importantly, beyond optimising productivity and CX, organisations are beginning to use AI to reinvent their business models and spawn new ventures. This approach signals a deeper recognition of AI’s transformative power in creating competitive advantage and driving business growth.

In his presentation, Richard will cover:

– The transition of AI projects from experimentation to scalable solutions in 2024.

– Key considerations for businesses scaling AI, such as talent, technology, regulatory engagement, and use case execution.

– The role of AI in pioneering business model innovations and new enterprises.

Leveraging his deep expertise in analytics and AI, Richard offers a roadmap for businesses to navigate the AI adoption landscape, highlighting proven ways to align AI initiatives with overarching business objectives that deliver sustained success.

Adam Beavis

VP & Country Manager at Databricks ANZ

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11:10 - 11:30

A Vision on Data Intelligence

Adam Beavis - VP & Country Manager at Databricks ANZ Read More

Discussing the topical trends in data and AI as we navigate this inflection point.  Covering the generative AI opportunity, the Databricks vision and showing how your company can democratise data to take advantage of AI and benefit from large language models (LLMs), while maintaining data privacy and data quality

Covering:

  • Today’s GenAI opportunity
  • Real use cases
  • Current Inhibitors
  • Paths to success

Alois Reitbauer

Chief Technology Strategist, Head of Open Source, Lead Dynatrace Research

About

Alois is Chief Technology Strategist of Dynatrace. He is fanatic about monitoring, DevOps and application performance. He spent most of his professional career in building monitoring tools and speeding up applications. He is a regular conference speaker, blogger, book author and Sushi maniac.

11:30 - 11:50

What Makes an AI Project a Success or a Failure

Alois Reitbauer - Chief Technology Strategist, Head of Open Source, Lead Dynatrace Research Read More

According to a recent report, 83% of tech leaders see AI as becoming mandatory, and every company’s AI strategy will become a key differentiating factor. So, what are the criteria that make companies succeed and what makes them fail? Why will some projects be market differentiators while others will lead to high costs, low user satisfaction and missed business goals?

Alois was a key driver behind the development of Dynatrace’s Hypermodal AI which revolutionises the observability industry. He will walk through the strategic decisions that led to Dynatrace’s AI strategy. Then he will deep dive into why choosing the right AI techniques was not only crucial for technical but also business success. Alois will share how a business-first and innovation-centric approach helped to transform an entire industry.

The talk will cover:

  • How to start to define an AI strategy and business case
  • How to measure the success of an AI project and steer it in the right direction
  • Why the AI architecture matters and what business leaders need to know about AI (without getting too technical)
  • How to develop sustainable AI products in a fast moving market.

Alois also leads Dynatrace’s strategic open source initiatives for projects, co-chair and founding member of CNCF TAG App Delivery, as well as developing industry wide standards, most recently co-founding the W3C distributed tracing working group.

11:55 - 12:55

ADAPT Executive Insight Roundtables

Attend your pre-selected roundtable to participate in a peer discussion with confidence under Chatham House Rule moderated by an ADAPT analyst with subject matter experts.

Lenka Bednarikova

Data & AI Practice Lead at Telstra Purple

About

Focused on customer success through driving the right outcomes in the right way. Lenka has been participating in and co-leading digital transformations across various industries for over ten years, leveraging lean, agile and HCD (Human Centred Design) ways of working. She is focused on data-driven business value solutions and helping customers accelerate their business intelligence and effectiveness. Having played on both sides of the field – as a customer and as a consultant, Lenka deeply appreciates the needs and context during unique digital transformation journeys.

Dayle Stevens OAM

Executive, Data & AI at Telstra

About

Dayle joined Telstra in July 2021 with nearly 30 years’ experience in the technology industry. She has held notable executive leadership roles in technology at companies such as NAB and AGL. Today Dayle leads Telstra’s Data & AI function.

 

Outside of Telstra, Dayle is a non-executive director at Beyond Blue, Australia’s most well-known and trusted mental health organisation, and a member of the IT Advisory Committee at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

 

Dayle has long championed diversity in STEM across industry and age group boundaries, both through her own work and with global organisations aimed at encouraging women and girls to participate in STEM such as Robogals and Girl Geek Academy.

 

Dayle’s work has been recognised with multiple industry and professional awards, including being named in the CIO50 list of the best CIOs in Australia, the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and being awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to information technology and to women. 

Steven Casey

Head of Public Sector / Government at Quantium Telstra

About

The JV brings together Quantium’s global leading expertise in data analytics and AI with Telstra’s advanced network and technology services. Our goal at QT is to unleash the full potential of data and AI for our clients. Teaming up with Telstra Purple, Telstra Enterprise, and our exceptional partners, we aim to redefine the landscape of technology, AI, and digital transformation.

Prior to joining QT, Steven was a Partner at KPMG Australia, where he was lead Partner for the economic and policy advisory practice mainly focused on the Infrastructure, Government, and Healthcare sectors – working nationally and internationally.

Steven also held a number of leadership roles in the Consulting Division, along with client leadership roles across various Government and Infrastructure client groups.

With over 18 years of experience in consulting, he combines analytics, strategy, and stakeholder engagement to support the delivery of better outcomes for clients and the community.

Steven is based in Sydney but works across Australia and internationally.

Roundtable 1

Unlocking business potential: Elevating data maturity through AI Integration

Lenka Bednarikova - Data & AI Practice Lead at Telstra Purple Dayle Stevens OAM - Executive, Data & AI at Telstra Steven Casey - Head of Public Sector / Government at Quantium Telstra Read More

Are you ready to drive your business forward? Only 4% of local organisations feel ready to take advantage of AI. Data infrastructure, data culture and business alignment are common barriers holding organisations back. Collaborating closely with our customers, we’ve executed programs that help ensure data readiness for the AI revolution. We believe that cultivating a data-driven culture is crucial for organisational success.

Join Telstra Data & AI lead, Dayle Stevens with your peers and experts from Quantium and Purple to debate:

  • Implementing AI to improve service outcomes and productivity.
  • How Telstra is overcoming the barriers to execution
  • How we’re partnering to help you leverage the value in your data through AI.

Heidi Badgery

Managing Director ANZ at Alteryx

About

Heidi Badgery is the Managing Director of Alteryx in ANZ, and is responsible for company strategy, business activities and operations in the region.

Under Heidi’s leadership and extensive experience in enterprise software business development, as well as passion for customer centric technology, Heidi is zealous to accelerate Alteryx’s growth strategy and empower more organizations to use their data to make decisions at pace and scale, to achieve business outcomes.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, Heidi has worked in the United States and across Asia Pacific, building businesses and accelerating organizational performance in software, SaaS and consulting services. Prior to joining Alteryx, Heidi led Adobe’s Professional Services Go To Market team across Asia Pacific, with a focus on ensuring Adobe’s customers realize their digital ambition and achieve measurable business outcomes through their digital transformation. Heidi has also spent 13 years with Symantec, leading the Company’s global accounts, the Norton business in Greater China and developing new strategic services offerings for the global business. Leaving Symantec, Heidi worked with CEB then Gartner to create and deliver strategic service offerings focused on areas of leadership and driving organizational performance.

Heidi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Marketing and is undertaking her Doctorate in Business.

Roundtable 2

Beyond the Hype of Generative AI and LLMs

Heidi Badgery - Managing Director ANZ at Alteryx Read More

In a world saturated with buzzwords and hype around Generative AI and Large Language Models (LLMs), it’s essential to cut through the noise and understand how these technologies can truly impact your business, all while maintaining data and analytics governance.

Join us for an insightful discussion where we’ll explore real-world trends and case studies of leaders integrating Generative AI and LLMs for tangible business impact.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Getting Beyond the Hype: Understanding the real potential of Generative AI and LLMs in business contexts.
  • Trends in Integration: Gain insight into how industry leaders are successfully integrating these technologies into their operations while navigating data and analytics governance challenges.
  • Best Practices and Challenges: Engage in discussions with your peers to share best practices and overcome common challenges associated with advanced analytics.
  • Achieving Meaningful Business Outcomes: Discover strategies for leveraging Generative AI and LLMs to drive tangible business results and competitive advantage.

Brett Dunsmore

AI Growth Strategist at Dell Technologies

About

Brett Dunsmore is an AI Growth Strategist at Dell Technologies. Having prior experience at IBM and then supporting life sciences research at the University of Queensland, Brett has developed a unique perspective on leveraging technology to drive business success.

During his time at the University of Queensland, Brett played a vital role in enabling researchers to manage both large and complex datasets for computational outcomes and deliver data workflows for collaboration, integrity, and archival requirements. This experience, combined with his corporate IT expertise, allowed him to strike a delicate balance between meeting corporate responsibilities and fostering innovation through the adoption of emerging technologies.

Having joined Dell Technologies in 2017, Brett has been a proponent, across verticals, to helping clients enrich and enhance their business objectives through the adoption of best-of-breed technologies in a fit-for-purpose manner to achieve optimal returns on their investments.

Roundtable 3

How to Unleash your Data with AI While Remaining Agile and Compliant?

Brett Dunsmore - AI Growth Strategist at Dell Technologies Read More

When being asked to lead the organisation’s data & AI strategy while facing new regulations, questions will arise around:

• Protecting your data and privacy, meet strict compliance and data sovereignty requirements, and stay in control
• How to flexibly deploy GenAI workflows with architecture that delivers a modular and flexible design.
• Creating an agile, safe, and sustainable IT environment from edge to core to cloud.

Join subject experts from Dell Technologies with your peers, moderated by an ADAPT analyst to debate the best practice.

Anthone Withers

Chief Revenue Officer at Closed AI

About

Anthone Withers is the Chief Revenue Officer at Closed Ai. With more than two decades of experience driving digital transformation initiatives for industry giants, he has a proven track record of leveraging emerging technologies to transform businesses and boost productivity.

Ant’s unique blend of strategic vision and hands-on technical expertise positions him to recognise opportunities and maximise their potential. His leadership style aligns capabilities with a compelling vision, enabling him to disrupt industries and deliver step-change growth. Whether building global practices from the ground up or guiding startups through rapid scaling, Withers is a proven leader who not only leverages technology but also illuminates its strategic potential to transform businesses.

Roundtable 4

The AI Transformation Wave is Coming to Australia

Anthone Withers - Chief Revenue Officer at Closed AI Read More

A significant AI-driven shift is landing in Australian businesses, impact will be felt across industries, bringing both challenges and opportunities. Those still relying on outdated approaches risk falling behind, while organisations proactively embracing AI can gain a competitive edge.

Businesses navigating this change through strategic AI implementation will be better positioned for the AI-driven landscape ahead. Integrating AI is becoming crucial to enhance operations, drive efficiencies, and deliver superior customer experiences.

Join Closed AI and your peers to discuss and understand how to ride this wave and harness AI’s power.

Will you embrace the AI wave as an innovation enabler or risk being overwhelmed by change?

12:55 - 13:50

Peer Networking Seated Lunch

Kieran Hagan

Data and AI Segment Leader at IBM Australia and New Zealand

About

Kieran Hagan is the Data and AI Segment Leader for Australia and New Zealand. Kieran is an experienced technical professional in the information technology industry and has worked the past 18 years with IBM Information Management software. He represents IBM’s best in class offerings in Al and Data platforms, including our flagship capabilities in watsonx. These innovations meet generative AI demand while also being fundamental to every client’s cloud and digital transformation. Kieran believes passionately in the ability of information to make a difference to clients and is a keen evangelist for unlocking data potential. 

Richie Paul

Partner, Generative AI Leader, Consulting at IBM

About

Richie leads IBM’s Generative AI Practice where he advises IBM clients on the adoption of Generative AI, the business and technology architectures for transformation, new enterprise strategies, platform business models, digital products and services and modernisation initiatives. He has previously led IBM’s Enterprise Strategy Practice, IBM iX and IBM’s partnership with Apple in Asia Pacific.

As a strategy consultant, he has 19 years experience implementing transformational digital business solutions working in multiple industry sectors across Asia Pacific and Europe.

Richie advises clients on how to design businesses for the digital age and create digital platforms to deliver exceptional customer and employee experiences.

Today, Richie is an advisor to multiple Australian government departments and a contributor to government digital taskforces, including the NSW Government’s AI Taskforce.

13:00 - 13:55

Exclusive Lunch Roundtable: Generative AI for business: Advancing AI that is open, governed and trusted

Kieran Hagan - Data and AI Segment Leader at IBM Australia and New Zealand Richie Paul - Partner, Generative AI Leader, Consulting at IBM Read More

With meal served
AI for business needs to be built to last. That means having the right data to power your innovation, the right technology to deliver your AI outcomes, and the right governance structure to manages your AI lifecycle. To minimise risk and ensure your business reputation, organisations need to operationalise AI governance so that they are able to measure, manage, and monitor their AI activities. Join your peers in a closed door lunch for an insightful discussion on how you can fuel innovation in your business with responsible AI that delivers on trust.

13:55 - 14:55

ADAPT Executive Insight Roundtables

Attend your pre-selected roundtable to participate in a peer discussion with confidence under Chatham House Rules moderated by an ADAPT analyst with subject matter experts.

Benjamin Henshall

Regional Vice President & General Manager Australia & New Zealand at Denodo

About

Having a broadening and diverse experience in both classic strategic individual sales to sales management, to organisational transformation and leadership development, coupled with industry ownership.

By way of working across the diverse markets, cultures, and partnerships of APAC, along with influencing and aligning across global teams, my skillsets for strategy, measurements, and driving high growth have stretched me to be “constantly uncomfortable”.

Building teams, enhancing performance as one, and figuring out, how to drive customer satisfaction, is something that is difficult and rewarding in enterprise software.

In today’s market and global regulation, companies and governments are competing alike to improve. My aspiration is to enhance the productivity of organisations and enable extra-ordinary value creation to the citizen, consumers, producers, and really, people’s lives.

Roundtable 5

Delivering Transformational Initiatives at Speed: Lessons Derived from Fortune 500 Customers & Denodo's Data Fabric

Benjamin Henshall - Regional Vice President & General Manager Australia & New Zealand at Denodo Read More

Aussie organisations have mandates to make data a first-class asset to improve business processes, fix broken customer experiences, drive value from Cloud migrations, reduce the cost of compliance and minimise change management disruption from the constant changes to systems and teams.

Your organisation is no doubt at some stage of maturity and implementation, but with an average failure rate for these programs at greater than 50%, what lessons can be learned from similar complex companies where business value is being delivered from Data dependent programs? In this talk, Denodo will expand on how their Logical Data Fabric platform has rescued and de-risked projects, and significantly increased the time to value.

Michael Pride

Director - APAC at Protegrity

About

Michael Pride is a seasoned professional with two decades of experience in cyber security sales. He currently is the Senior Sales Director, APAC at Protegrity, he has demonstrated expertise in navigating the intricacies of the Asia-Pacific region. With a decade-long track record leading sales teams, Michael has successfully driven growth and fostered client relationships in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the broader Asia-Pacific market. His commitment to excellence and extensive industry knowledge position him as a trusted leader in the field.

Roundtable 6

Navigating Australia’s Data Privacy Landscape in 2024

Michael Pride - Director - APAC at Protegrity Read More

Australia’s data privacy landscape is evolving quickly. High-profile data breaches led to personal data being obtained by malicious actors, and the Federal Government is implementing more stringent data privacy and cybersecurity rules as a result. As of September 2023, the Australian Government had agreed to 38 of 116 recommendations, which will now be drafted into the Privacy Act in 2024. The key takeaway is clear: Responsibility for privacy is shifting from the individual, and organisations will be expected to comply. Join this session to hear 4 tips for your 2024 data privacy implementation.

Stephen Hardy

AI Expert at Bain & Company

About

Data platforms, Machine Learning and Privacy. A systems thinker with deep mathematical expertise and an inventive streak.

I’ve conceived, pitched, negotiated and delivered major data analytics projects to corporate and government clients, and driven the creation of new technology programs. I understand how to create value through data analytics, and have the technical skills to distinguish real technical capability from marketing hyperbole. I’ve enjoyed building and working with highly capable data science teams.

I have a strong and broad technical background, including including algorithm design and implementation, machine learning, data wrangling, big data tool chains, data security, cryptography and privacy. I have experience in various full software development lifecycle methodologies, with a strong preference for agile, both as an engineer and as a project manager. I code proficiently in C/C++ and Python, and have experience in numerous other languages (e.g. Java, Objective-C).

My leadership capability has been demonstrated through success as CEO a Ambiata, leading a variety of programs at Data61, and head of the major research group (70+ staff) in Canon Information Systems Research Australia, including line management of research managers and senior research leaders. I have delivered significant results in complex environments, including cultural diversity and high technological complexity. I have also contributed to many product enhancements in the fields of data analysis, printing, photography, and other industrial applications and have 12+ granted US patents, and around 10 pending.

Damian Stephenson

Partner at Bain Company

About

Damian Stephenson is an expert in Bain’s Financial Services and Enterprise Technology practices.

He joined Bain Australia in 2007 and spent six years in the Chicago office.

Damian specializes in technology-led performance improvement and transformation, particularly in financial services (insurers and retail banks).

In addition to client work, Damian is heavily involved in recruiting and people development and leads associate consultant recruiting for all Australian offices.

Prior to Bain, Damian worked in a variety of roles in financial services and IT. He spent three years working at a large Australian full service retail bank, ran his own technology consulting business and worked in sales for a technology start-up.

Damian studied Business Information Technology as a Co-Op Scholar at The University of New South Wales and completed his MBA at Kellogg.

James Larmer

Partner, Advanced Analytics at Bain & Company

About

A global leader in advanced data and analytics and AI, I help drive the expansion of Bain & Company’s advanced analytics capabilities in Australia and Asia Pacific, taking Bain’s strategic investments in digital transformation, intelligent automation, analytics and AI to the next level. Work in ensuring the integration of Bain’s global analytic platforms and solutions throughout our work with the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking clients.

I am a leading analytics and AI expert with over 25 years’ experience in building and leading advanced data and analytics teams and delivering tech-enabled digital transformation business initiatives for Fortune 100 enterprises in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. James has spent his career helping clients rapidly identify and capture value and actionable insights from disparate and fragmented data.

Roundtable 7

AI Integration: From Experimentation to Production in 2024

Stephen Hardy - AI Expert at Bain & Company Damian Stephenson - Partner at Bain Company James Larmer - Partner, Advanced Analytics at Bain & Company Read More

Following on from Bain & Co’s keynote presentation, this roundtable centres on the critical business transition from experimenting with AI to full-scale production. Leveraging Bain’s cross-industry expertise in helping companies globally to deploy AI, the moderators will share case studies, best practices and pragmatic learnings in relation to:

• Transitioning AI projects from experimentation to scalable solutions
• Key considerations surrounding talent, technology operating model and regulatory compliance.
• Why AI goes beyond productivity and customer service – how organisations can leverage AI to reinvent their business models and spawn new ventures.

Wendy Hamson

Director of Enterprise Sales APAC at Udemy

About

With a 25yr career spanning various leadership roles across the Asia-Pacific region, Wendy has delivered software development, cyber security and identity & access management solutions across the enterprise market. With four years experience in Edtech, Wendy is serving as the Director of Enterprise Sales APAC at Udemy, leading a team dedicated empowering organisations to foster continuous learning, upskill their workforce, and stay ahead in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape. 

Chris Davenport

Strategic Account Executive at Udemy

About

Chris Davenport is a Strategic Account Executive for Udemy based in Melbourne, Australia, specializing in supporting Udemy’s largest partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region. With a focus on building and nurturing key relationships, Chris collaborates with organizations to optimize learning as a strategic pillar of success, leveraging expertise in technology, financial services, and large-scale transformation projects. A lifelong learner himself, Chris is passionate about empowering individuals and organizations to thrive in an ever-evolving world through continuous education and innovation.

Roundtable 8

Navigating the Data & AI Talent Landscape: The Critical Intersection of Skills, Training and Development

Wendy Hamson - Director of Enterprise Sales APAC at Udemy Chris Davenport - Strategic Account Executive at Udemy Read More

In the dynamic realm of Data & AI, staying ahead requires not only cutting-edge technology, but also a workforce equipped with the right skills and expertise. Amidst rapid advancements and evolving industry landscapes, leaders in Data & AI are tasked with cultivating a workforce that can harness the power of data effectively. This roundtable workshop delves into the imperative of continuous learning and upskilling as a cornerstone of organizational success in the Data & AI space.

Embracing a proactive approach to skills, training, and development is a prerequisite for thriving in an increasingly data-driven world.

Join us to discuss:

• How to ramp up teams on GenAI
• How are leaders planning to implement GenAI
• How GenAI Training is being done by leading organisations
• How teams are getting trained on new data & security challenges

14:55 - 15:15

Afternoon Refreshments

Byron Connolly

Head of Programs & Value Engagement at ADAPT

About

Byron is a highly experienced technology and business journalist, editor, corporate writer, and event producer.

Prior to joining Adapt, he was the editor-in-chief at CIO Australia and associate editor at CSO Australia. He also created and led the well-known CIO50 awards program in Australia and The CIO Show podcast.

Byron creates valuable insights for our community of senior technology and business professionals that help them reach their organisational and professional goals. He has a passion for uncovering stories about the careers and personal philosophies of Australia’s top technology and digital executives.

When he is not working, Byron enjoys hot yoga, swimming, running, and spending time with his family.

Claudine Ogilvie

Former CIO Jetstar, CEO HivePix & ADAPT Advisor

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15:15 - 15:50

AI meets Quantum Computing: The Next Superpower

Byron Connolly - Head of Programs & Value Engagement at ADAPT Claudine Ogilvie - Former CIO Jetstar, CEO HivePix & ADAPT Advisor Read More

Quantum and AI have been developing in parallel for many years. Despite the breakthrough moment for generative AI over the last couple of years, the potential of AI is still held back by the limitations of classical computing. Advancements in quantum computing could mean the dawn of a new superpower: quantum AI… just when we thought Gen AI was truly disruptive, just wait for quantum AI!

Peter Hind

Principal Research Analyst at ADAPT

About

Peter Hind has spent the last 25 years as an analyst and commentator on the ICT industry. He says his primary areas of interest are the potential of technology to transform the way organisations operate, the change management obstacles executives encounter in realising this potential and the tactics and techniques leaders have deployed to overcome these difficulties.

Peter now takes on multiple roles within ADAPT including the moderation of private events and roundtables, interviewing business executives about the strategies they are pursuing and assisting with the structuring of our delegate surveys and the interrogation and analysis of ADAPT’s treasure trove of end-user and C-level data

Dayle Stevens OAM

Executive, Data & AI at Telstra

About

Dayle joined Telstra in July 2021 with nearly 30 years’ experience in the technology industry. She has held notable executive leadership roles in technology at companies such as NAB and AGL. Today Dayle leads Telstra’s Data & AI function.

 

Outside of Telstra, Dayle is a non-executive director at Beyond Blue, Australia’s most well-known and trusted mental health organisation, and a member of the IT Advisory Committee at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

 

Dayle has long championed diversity in STEM across industry and age group boundaries, both through her own work and with global organisations aimed at encouraging women and girls to participate in STEM such as Robogals and Girl Geek Academy.

 

Dayle’s work has been recognised with multiple industry and professional awards, including being named in the CIO50 list of the best CIOs in Australia, the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and being awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to information technology and to women. 

Claudine Ogilvie

Former CIO Jetstar, CEO HivePix & ADAPT Advisor

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Joanna Gurry

Executive, Data Platforms at NAB

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15:50 - 16:20

Executive Panel: Mastering Data Maturity & Harnessing AI

Peter Hind - Principal Research Analyst at ADAPT Dayle Stevens OAM - Executive, Data & AI at Telstra Claudine Ogilvie - Former CIO Jetstar, CEO HivePix & ADAPT Advisor Joanna Gurry - Executive, Data Platforms at NAB Read More

The aim is to create value through data and analytics, while supporting a correctly executed automation and AI strategy – but Australia is behind on data and AI maturity. With a tidal wave of change on the way, how do we ensure we surf rather than drown?

Debating:

  1. Data Architecture, Platforms and Governance: How to manage data infrastructure efficiently while establishing data policies and standards?
  2. A culture of Data-Readiness: How to promote data literacy? How to influence and manage resistance, negativity, and change?
  3. Data Products: How to enhance products with data-driven features and experiences?
  4. Data Monetisation: Is data really an asset? The understanding, influence, and capture of value to generate returns from insights and info solutions.
  5. GenAI & LLMs: How to get past the hype and disappointment to leverage the best AI? What are real and proven Australian Use Cases?
  6. The right metrics & business case? To measure and demonstrate value
  7. Aligning data efforts with business goals – and the need for data maturity before AI maturity.

Dr. Shivaji Dasgupta

CDO and Analytics experience from multiple large European Banks and other industries

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Multi-year strategic and operative experience in digital transformation and operations in cloud-based business models at large and mid-sized corporations, public-sector

Implementation of large end-to-end data-driven products, including architecture and processes with business and technology cross-functional, cross-geographic teams

Implementation of cloud solutions for financial, risk and ESG solutions

6 years as McKinsey Digital consultant with focus on digital transformation in finance and online business-models

16:20 - 16:50

Global Keynote: Lessons on a Modern Data Mesh & Putting the AI in Analytics

Dr. Shivaji Dasgupta - CDO and Analytics experience from multiple large European Banks and other industries Read More

Most modern banks now place Data strategy at the core of becoming integrated, fast and digital – and Shiv has owned group-wide data functions – architecture, governance, platform, and analytics for one of Europe’s largest banks. His remit included all the data platforms and engines to scale AI in analytics – also CIO Finance, Risk, Compliance, HR and ESG functions. He was previously the MD Customer Lifecycle Data at Deutsche Bank.

Shiv has strategic and operative experience in digital transformation and operations in data, ESG and cloud-based business models at large and mid-sized corporations. Also, public-sector implementation of large end-to-end data-driven products, including architecture and processes with business and technology cross-functional, cross-geographic teams.

Live from Italy, sharing insights on:

  • Cultural Transformation and mindset change
  • Lessons from Data mesh architectures – modern compliance demands newer ways.
  • Advice you don’t want to hear – and how to take on expensive transformations?
  • It’s easy to say “We don’t have the skills” – but do we know what the right skill is?
  • Scaling AI across the business with real use case.
16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

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17:00 - 18:00

Data & AI Edge Peer Networking Drinks

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An opportunity to stay, mingle and meet other attendees over drinks and food and discuss the day.

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