Become a digital leader in a rapidly changing world

Build your digital leadership skills with the insights to step up and step out of the status quo.

What is Accelerate?

Accelerate is a program of events, workshops and community collaboration focused on equipping business leaders with the know-how to drive Digital Transformation.

Your Digital Transformation journey starts here

As we adjust to the changes now facing the world, a new form of adaptive leadership is needed. Recovering or reorganizing your business is the first step in building a resilient digital enterprise. Accelerate gives you access to the technologies, methods, frameworks and capabilities to deliver meaningful change, both personally and professionally.

 

Designed with you in mind

The Accelerate Program is for senior professionals seeking to shift the digital dial in, and for, their business with unique perspectives tailored to different roles.

  • CXOs, VPs, GMs
    You are responsible for the strategy that enables the long-term viability and sustainability of your business and have a 3-5 year time horizon for DX.
  • Operations experts
    You are responsible for making systems and processes as effective as possible with a 1-2 year time horizon for digital efficiency improvement initiatives.
  • Customer engagement
    You are responsible for getting and keeping customers in a sustainable way with a 1-2 year time horizon for digital customer acquisition and engagement innovations.
  • Data wranglers
    You are a data expert who is concerned with process optimisation, human performance and enterprise data management.
  • Public sector leaders
    You are looking to leverage digital infrastructure and intelligent interface solutions to provide better public services, faster and more efficiently.

Learn from the leaders

First-hand insights from some of the brightest leaders embracing DX and shifting the digital dial for businesses worldwide.

David Gram

LEGO VENTURES | INTRAPRENEUR
ADVISOR | DIPLOMATIC REBEL

With 20 years working with radical innovation and lean start-up methods in both SMB and Enterprises in roles as Head of Innovation at Scandinavian Airlines, as Senior Innovation Director in LEGO’s Future Lab, and as a Partner in LEGO Ventures. Using design thinking and agile development, David has developed and led innovation units and projects from early incubation to full maturity. He has recently been instrumental in building and launching LEGO Ventures, the new strategic venture arm at the LEGO Brand Group.

Max Theseira

DX TRANSFORMER | LECTURER
CO-FOUNDER INTAGILE

Max has over 20 years experience helping organisation’s effect large complex business transformation and organisational change. As the AN/Z IBM Organisation Change Practice Leader, Max managed a team of 40+ consultants delivering engagements covering workforce and talent optimisation, organisation design, enterprise innovation, digital reinvention, culture change and customer experience optimisation. Max is now Adjunct Faculty at the UNSW Business School on a range of programs for executives and separately runs a change consultancy specialising in change and digital transformation.

Rosamund Christie

EXECUTIVE COACH | LECTURER
ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP | MENTOR

Focused on adaptive leadership, Rosamund works with National Australia Bank, CSIRO, Boral, Sensis and APRA-AMCOS. A highly experienced executive coach who works with first-time CEOs as well as seasoned professionals from the Boston Consulting Group, Oroton, and Goldman Sachs JBWere. A passionate advocate for women in leadership, Rosamund conducts programs for academic women at UNSW. A graduate of The Art and Practice of Leadership Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

David Goad

AUTHOR | UNSW LECTURER
FELLOW | IOT & AI STRATEGIST

David has extensive practical experience in IT and business strategy having started up his own successful IT services business - which won 12 national & international awards for sales, innovation and service before it was sold. In his career David has also managed large high-performance corporate sales & services teams for Hitachi, KPMG, and Microsoft. He provides consulting services to many Fortune 500 enterprises, universities and government organisations in Australia, Asia Pacific and globally.

Jane Kennelly

FOUNDER, FROG RECRUITMENT
PEOPLE TRANSFORMER

A natural designer and creator in the people industry – today Jane is transforming how businesses and people achieve distinctiveness.
Jane is the founder of Frog Recruitment. As well as leading the company for 17 years, she is known as an industry expert across a multitude of areas including the latest methodologies, social/communications and employment branding. Having been in the industry for many years she talks about the thrill of interacting with thousands of employers and career seekers across New Zealand – and when you meet her, you can tell, this is genuine.

Sam Williams

CREATOR OF ACCELERATE
DIGITAL CHANGE AGENT

Fascinated by the exponential change we are in the midst of, Sam works at the forefront of digital transformation strategy and how it impacts communications, digital experiences and the evolution of value. A Silicon Valley Veteran - Start-Up’s, Digital Business, technology sales and marketing have been the staple of Sam’s career – one which spans North America, APAC and Northern Europe. As Founder and Managing Partner of Aamplify he continues to work closely with brands like IBM, Microsoft, Cisco and Kordia.

Dr. Arash Dadras

HEAD OF OPEN INNOVATION LABS & ARCHITECTURE PRACTICE, RED HAT

Dr Dadras is a transformation agent. For the past 15 years, he has helped major organisations in driving the digital transformations. He has spent more than a decade leading organisations and studying their responses to market opportunities and threats. He heads the Red Hat Open Innovation Lab and Architecture Practice in Australia and New Zealand. He is a lecturer at the University of Victoria, leading research on business agility, scaled Agile adoption and blockchain technology.

Josep Curto

CEO | CHIEF DATA SCIENCE OFFICER
VISITING PROFESSOR UNSW

Josep helps organisations to create competitive advantage based on data. He believes that the combination of data, models, technology and experience is the ultimate combination to yield better services and create new products. His expertise covers data technologies, methodologies & strategies and their application to solving business problems, improving decision-making, providing insight, & validating hypothesises to create data products. A founder of Delfos Research, Advisor at L’Escola L’Horitzó and Subject Matter Expert at the Institute of Passion.

Stephen Burmester

PAC LEAD - X-FORCE INCIDENT RESPONSE & INTELLIGENCE SERVICES

Stephen is an experienced information/cyber-security professional, having spent 25+ years working as an information security leader and change agent. At IBM, he is responsible for the growth and marketshare expansion of IBM X-Force IRIS business across Asia Pacific, working with clients to be better prepared for, and to manage constant cyber threat to their business operations. Stephen joined IBM Security in 2016 , after having been the Chief Information Security Officer for the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA). Stephen was (and remains) an advisor to many CIO's and Director’s General across both State and Commonwealth governments as well as the private sector.

John Martin

SENIOR SECURITY ARCHITECT & SECURITY PRACTICE LEADER

John is a Senior Security Architect for IBM NZ. He is an IBM Expert level certified architect and Open Group Master Architect. His qualifications include CISSP, ISSAP, Chartered Information Technology Professional and CISM. He holds a Master’s degree in Managing Information Systems from the University of Salford, UK and has over 30 years of experience in the various security and privacy fields including healthcare and privacy related environments. He migrated to New Zealand with his wife in 2000 and joined Logical Networks as a contractor. He is the president of the Auckland Chapter for ISC2 and is actively involved with members including those within many sectors.

Guiding APAC businesses

The Accelerate DX Program is designed for organisations and professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. The experts and leaders you’ll have access to have specifically helped to drive Digital Transformation for businesses in these markets.

Your host
Samuel Williams

Hi there and welcome. What's on your mind?

We want to know what’s going on in your world so we can tailor the program around what matters most to you. Share your thoughts in the polls below.

You'll learn something new, you'll find out something that you didn't know before. I’d love to come back to Accelerate next year.
Nicki Shirley
Head of Marketing
Qrious
Accelerate represents a way to really help business leaders across Australia and New Zealand navigate the challenges that come with digital transformation.
Shelley Lowe
VP Enterprise & Commercial
IBM A/NZ
We’re extremely proud to be involved with Accelerate and see a lot of alignment between Accelerate and AGSM’s own purpose of developing leaders for an accelerated world.
Wesley Toms
Head of Enterprise Development
AGSM

Accelerate's mission

Accelerate is a program of events, workshops and community collaboration focused on equipping business leaders with the know-how to drive Digital Transformation. Since 2016, Accelerate has gone from strength to strength by embracing an ecosystem approach to the delivery of business value in times of rapid change.

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