Improving Australia's digital competitiveness

Improving Australia's digital competitiveness

Oct 5
In recent times, leveraging digital technologies has changed the way we work, re-imagined service delivery, and raised the expectations of consumers - hear where Australia sits on the latest IMD Digital Competitiveness Ranking and what it means for improving business agility, training and education.
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Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance and Director of IMD World Competitiveness Center, International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
James Malizis, Director, Customer Advisory, ANZ, SAS
Kate Pounder, Chief Executive Officer, Tech Council of Australia
Jon Whittle, Director, Data61, CSIRO

Event Overview

Last years’ report shows that Australia retains strengths in technology adoption, IT integration, and its regulatory environment.
We’re experiencing perhaps our greatest age of digitisation as organisations respond to the challenges imposed by COVID-19 and embrace digital technologies. In recent times, leveraging digital technologies has changed the way we work, re-imagined service delivery, and raised the expectations of consumers.
The Prime Minister has articulated the goal that Australia emerges as a digital leader by 2030, yet much is to be achieved if we are to fulfill this ambition.
This event will examine –
  • Insights from the 2021 IMD Digital Competitiveness Ranking demonstrating Australia’s identified strengths and weaknesses compared to global best practice;
  • How to leverage significant government investments, including the Digital Economy Strategy, AI Action Plan, and Modern Manufacturing initiatives to best develop Australian digital capability; and
  • The opportunities brought on by a more competitive, capable, and globally integrated Australian tech sector.

Livestream start times:
SA: 3.00pm
NT: 2.00pm
QLD: 2.30pm 
WA: 12.30pm

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speakers

Arturo Bris
Professor of Finance and Director of IMD World Competitiveness Center, International Institute for Management Development (IMD)

Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD and Director of the world-renowned IMD World Competitiveness Center. Under Arturo’s leadership, the WCC added to its annual output the IMD World Talent ranking and the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking. Arturo directs IMD’s Strategic Finance program and several custom programs for organisations operating in various industries, with a particular interest in the financial sector. His areas of expertise include international aspects of financial regulation, in particular the effects of bankruptcy, short sales, insider trading and merger laws.

James Malizis
Director, Customer Advisory, ANZ, SAS

James Malizis is Director of Customer Advisory for SAS Australia and New Zealand. A proven customer success leader with 25 years of experience working across the Asia Pacific region, he is responsible for managing stakeholder relationships while supporting customers as they navigate their digital transformation journey. A thought leader with strong aptitude for innovation and creativity, James is passionate about cloud technology, customer-centric solutions and the power of analytics.

Kate Pounder
Chief Executive Officer, Tech Council of Australia

Kate is an experienced tech policy expert and senior executive who has worked across the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is the CEO of the Tech Council of Australia, the peak body representing the Australian tech sector. Before her time in consulting, she spent 15 years working in technology policy roles with the Australian Industry Group, National ICT Australia (NICTA), Network Ten, and the Federal Government. Kate is passionate about growing Australia's tech sector, creating new jobs and businesses, and helping all Australian businesses make the most of tech adoption.

Jon Whittle
Director, Data61, CSIRO

Jon Whittle is Director of CSIRO's Data61, the digital and data science arm of Australia's national science agency. Jon is also a former Technical Area Lead at NASA, where he worked on software for NASA space missions. Jon is passionate about the role digital technologies can play in society. He has a world-leading reputation on how to adapt software development methods to fully take into account human values and ethics, so that we build software for a society we want rather than one we get by accident.

Meet the moderator

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors. Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

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