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Are you ready to adapt to the next normal?

Join us and become part of a program focused on building digital leadership skills to step up and, step out of the status quo.

Samuel Williams
Creator & Program Director

Hi DX leader and welcome.

Your invitation to build a more resilient digital enterprise.

The magnitude and time scale of what has happened in 2020 is only just starting to become apparent. It’s set to impact us personally, professionally, organisationally and socially moving forward. Many of the traditional playbooks have become obsolete and it’s now up to business leaders to embrace adaptation and find new ways to navigate our collective next normal.

Accelerate is on a mission to empower Digital Transformers as they navigate exponential change. We aim to challenge convention and stimulate debate to help unlock your digital potential. Get involved, connect with like-minded leaders, and become part of our community. And thanks to our sponsors your participation in most parts of the program is being offered at no cost.

I'm so very pleased to be hosting this program and look forward to having you along.


Sam W Sig

#DXProgram: What you'll get access to

Accelerate's program features a combination of online talks, interactive workshops & a virtual hackathons or IDEAthon, drawing on some of today’s highly-regarded DX leaders.

Adaptive Leadership Talks


Access the exclusive Adaptive Leadership Sessions series. Featuring expert insights, panel discussions and interactive polls. These sessions will address the key ideas most relevant to Digital Leadership and building a more resilient Digital Enterprise.

10 episode series includes:

  • 3 Ways Businesses Can Thrive In A Post-Lockdown World
  • Building DataOps Capability to Progress Digital Transformation
  • Lessons Learned at Facebook: Stephen Scheeler

Developing DX Business Cases as an Intrapreneur

This workshop is a deep dive with experts on the barriers to DX Success, how to overcome them, and how to shift the digital dial as an “intrapreneur” within an enterprise.

IDEAthon: Redefining Workspaces & Facilities in 2021

Join us for the Industry Platform Group IDEAthon to find solutions to the workplace challenges asset intensive organisations are facing in 2021.

By following a proven process to ideate and develop concepts, paper-prototypes and business cases, we aim to come up with ideas to solve some of our industry's key workplace and facilities challenges. 

IDEAthon session details coming soon.

Access pivotal resources to make DX happen

The resource hub features a range of usefuls articles, resources, guides and frameworks to help keep you in the know on emerging digital trends.

With contributions and insights insights from leaders who have worked with:

  • NASA, LEGO, and The New York Times
  • Leading social influencers, AGSM@UNSW faculty, and Red Hat

The Asset Intensive Industry Platform Group

Applying DX in asset intensive, in collaboration with your peers

Join us for a series of virtual events discussing key topics related to DX in the asset intensive space. 

Available sessions:

  • DX in Asset Intensive: The State of the A/NZ Market

  • Approaches to DX:  A Heavy Industry Perspective

  • DX in Electricity Generation & Transmission

  • Innovation in the Water Industry

  • Financial Perspectives on DX

More episodes are coming soon.

Ready to participate in the program?

Access first-hand insights from industry innovators, interactive workshops and participate in the LIVE socially-distanced ideation and prototyping hackathon.

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


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


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


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


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


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.

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.

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.

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
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

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