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Empowering digital leaders in a rapidly changing world

Accelerate is here to develop your digital leadership skills to shift the digital dial in your enterprise. Access the methods, experiences and learning to step up, and step out of the status quo.

What is the Accelerate Program?

Accelerate is a program of interactive events, workshops and a community collaboration, focused on equipping digital business leaders with the know-how to drive Digital Transformation (DX) within enterprises.

Experience, learn, and adapt with the DX Program

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.

The program has been designed to empower your Digital Business Transformation  journey.


Designed to accelerate your adaptive leadership abilities

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 and stages of digital business transformation. The Program has been designed to provide experiential learning opportunities for:

  • CXOs, VPs, GMs, Directors
    If you are responsible for the strategy that enables the long-term viability of your enterprise. Most likely you think and plan over a 3-5 year time horizon and want access to useful future thinking and practices.
    Accelerate can offer you a range of thought provoking talks, resources, workshops and experiences to help shift the the digital business dial.
  • Operations Professionals
    From IT, to Finance, to Operations, to Risk Management - if your focus is on making systems and processes as effective as possible over a 1-2 year time horizon.
    Then the program has plenty to shape your planning for digital efficiency improvement initiatives, the development of more resilient systems, and the maturing operational excellence.
  • Digital Professionals
    Your focus is likely to be on the performance side of your enterprise, where customer acquisition, retention and revenue generation is a key performance indicator.
    This year's program offers you a range of socially-distanced thought provoking talks, workshops and innovation-based experiences for you and your team, to empower your digital business ambitions.
  • Analytics & Data Professionals
    As a data expert concerned with process optimisation, understanding behaviours and managing information, you are interested in how to better understand and mine data in a digital enterprise.
    The program is designed to help you integrate DX principles with data and analytics practices, to enable an interdisciplinary approach to achieving digital business outcomes.
  • Public Sector Professionals
    You are looking to leverage digital infrastructure and intelligent interfaces to provide better public services. From citizen engagement, to service delivery, digital transformation means you can create better life-long experiences for citizens as well as deliver faster and more efficiently.
    The program has a range of talks, tools and experiences to empower your DX ambitions.

Learn from the Digital leaders in their field

First-hand insights from some of the brightest leaders embracing digital transformation and demonstrating adaptive leadership.

Max Theseira


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.

Stephen Burmester


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.

David Goad


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.

Rosamund Christie


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 Gram


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.

Jane Kennelly


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


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


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


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.

John Martin


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.

A virtual resource for APAC enterprises

Access the best of global knowledge tailored to the Asia-Pacific region

Participating in the #DXProgram is easy, with on demand components, interactive distance learning and LIVE IDEAathon scheduled to be Asia-Pacific friendly. 

The experts and leaders you’ll have access to have specifically helped to drive Digital Transformation for enterprises across the region and worldwide.

Your host
Samuel Williams

Hello there and welcome.

Please share what's on your mind

As the Learning Director and host, I'm interested to know what's challenging you on your  digital transformation journey, so we can tailor better personal experiences for you.

I know professionally 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in my career, the effects of COVID-19 is set to echo dramatically for many years to come. I'd very much appreciate your thoughts on the state of Digital Transformation by taking the poll below or get in touch by email.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can join us on the #DXProgram.

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
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
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

We are on a 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.

We work as part of an digital ecosystem of partners who are passionate about creating shared value through collaboration, so together we can shift the digital dial within established enterprises.

An ecosystem of proud sponsors


Get with the #DXProgram

Interested in joining our growing community of digital leaders? Or ready to take part in the complimentary program of on-demand talks, interactive workshops and a live IDEAthon. And get access to useful Digital Transformation frameworks and resources.