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Thursday, 12 October 2023

Digital Leaders Forum

Sydney Opera House

Digital Leaders Forum Sydney


Megatrends, from economic turmoil to climate change and the next wave of digital innovation, will continue to have large, disruptive effects on communities, businesses, and governments in the coming years – but from the maelstrom, new opportunities will arise. 


Thoughtworks' next Sydney Digital Leaders Forum on Thursday, October 12, will explore how organizations can balance the challenges of short term ‘survival’, with investment in long term ‘evolution’ and growth.


We are delighted to invite you to join Dr Peter Weill – an acclaimed digital strategist and one of the world's top experts on innovation and growth – along with senior business executives and change makers, for an evening focused on leading 'future ready' organizations.


Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023

Arrival: 5:30pm for a 6pm start

Concludes: 9pm

Venue: Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room (Download map)

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000 (Google maps)



This is an invitation only event and Thoughtworks reserves the right to decline any registration.



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Keynote: Future ready with Dr Peter Weill

Dr. Peter Weill is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Chairman of the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) – with a focus on the role, value, and governance of digitization in enterprises.  


Without question, the future of businesses is digital. In his keynote, Peter will share insightful case studies and compelling research, to demonstrate how 'future ready' organizations embed digital in their strategy, and are enabled by digital expertise, great data, digital partnerships, platforms and new business modes.


He will outline steps and adjustments decision makers must take to transform their organization into a resilient, adaptable and future ready business, including:


  • Creating a winning digital strategy
  • Tools companies can use to tackle threats and leverage opportunities
  • Developing a digital operating model to increase revenue and drive growth
  • Forging partnerships and building a shared ecosystem so everyone can thrive.

Fireside chat: Protecting, optimizing and growing organizations in the face of uncertainty

Nigel Dalton, Social Scientist at Thoughtworks and Chris Murphy, Global Chief Revenue and Client Officer at Thoughtworks


Driving sustainable, inclusive and profitable growth while managing disruption from megatrends like the next wave of digital innovation, climate crisis and an aging population, requires adaptability and agility to succeed in almost any environment. Following Peter's keynote, Nigel Dalton and Chris Murphy will discuss how future focused leaders:


  • Shape their thinking and actions toward growth over both short and long-term horizons
  • React decisively to shorter-term disruptions that can be turned into future opportunities
  • Anticipate changes in regulations, technology, and customer demands, and work hard to meet these challenges head-on
  • Consider and prepare for the macro factors reshaping business, such as economic turmoil, climate change, and an aging population
  • Understand what, when and how key technologies will impact their strategic ambitions in the coming years.
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Dr. Peter Weill

Keynote speaker

Peter Weill is an acclaimed digital strategist and Senior Research Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Information Systems Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management. For years, he has been helping boards and executives digitally transform their institutions, so they can exponentially scale business and sustain growth well into the future.


Peter works regularly on IT issues with corporations and governments, including Aetna, ANZ, BCG, BT, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, France Telecom, IBM, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Origin Energy, PwC, Raytheon, State Street Corporation, TCS, Unibanco, Woolworths, and the World Bank. He holds a BE from Melbourne University as well as an MBA, an MPhil, and a PhD in management information systems from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy

Global Chief Client and Revenue Officer

Chris Murphy began his career as a technology and intellectual property lawyer, before joining Thoughtworks in 2004. Since then, he has led the growth of Thoughtworks’ business across several continents, helping enterprise and government organizations to envisage and build their modern digital businesses. In 2023, Chris took on the role of Global Chief Client and Revenue Officer at Thoughtworks. Originally from Australia, he now calls New York City home.

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Nigel Dalton

Social Scientist at Thoughtworks

Nigel Dalton is a Social Scientist, technologist, evangelist, researcher and corporate executive with a keen interest in the intersection of society, business and technology. He has more than 35 years of IT-related experience across government, multi-nationals, and start-ups.


Nigel was the CIO at REA Group from 2012 to 2018, before becoming 'Chief Inventor', where he headed up the REALABS research and development team and ensured REA remained ahead of the curve with future technology and social trends. In 2020, he joined Thoughtworks as a Social Scientist with a focus on supporting customers with the innovation challenges inflicted on organisations by tsunamis of new technology and societal changes.

About the Digital Leaders Forum

At Thoughtworks, we believe becoming future ready comes down to a desire to improve and to learn from other's successes, something only possible through sharing as a business community. A quarterly thought leadership and networking dinner, the Digital Leaders Forum brings senior executives together to explore the many opportunities and challenges associated with running a modern digital businesses – along with the avoidable traps.

Thoughtworks is a leading global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and software engineering to enable enterprises and technology disruptors across the globe to thrive as modern digital businesses.

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