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Tuesday, 10 October 2023

Digital Leaders Forum

The Terrace in the Royal Botanic Gardens

Digital Leaders Forum Melbourne


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 Melbourne Digital Leaders Forum on Tuesday, October 10, 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 Social Scientist, Nigel Dalton, along with senior business executives and change makers, for an evening focused on leading 'future ready' organizations.


Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Arrival: 5:30pm for a 6pm start

Concludes: 9pm

Venue: The Terrace in the Botanical Gardens

Address: Corner Alexandra Avenue and Anderson Stree, South Yarra (Google Maps)



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Keynote: Megatrends that will transform the business landscape this decade

Megatrends are cranking up the pressure on businesses and governments – including economic turmoil, geopolitical shifts, climate crisis, an aging population and the next wave of digital innovation. At the same time, executives face increasing pressure to deliver a more inclusive, citizen-driven, sustainable economy where companies positively impact the environment and society, while also benefiting shareholders.


In this keynote presentation, Nigel Dalton, Social Scientist at Thoughtworks, will shed light on the
inflection points developing that will reshape the business landscape in the decade ahead. These influences will drive a tidalwave of disruption in the way organizations operate – from risk management, to supply chain, and ultimately the bottom line. 


What does 'future you' wish you'd started thinking about, planning for, and investing in, way back in 2023? Come along to find out!

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

Panelists: Natalie Feehan, Commercial Director APAC at Seek, and Chris Murphy, Global Chief Revenue and Client Officer at Thoughtworks


Driving sustainable, inclusive and profitable growth, requires adaptability and agility to succeed in almost any environment. Following his keynote, Nigel Dalton, will facilitate a panel discussion with growth and strategy focused executives, exploring how future ready organizations:


  • 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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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, Nigel 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. His passion for building healthy, connected and productive teams has also seen him share productivity models as they relate to the 21st century lean organization, as well as aspects of leadership, growth, culture, innovation and transformation.

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Natalie Feehan

Commercial Operations Director of APAC at Seek

An experienced Executive and Director in Australian technology and SaaS companies, Natalie Feehan has a track record of leading transformation and scale to enable high growth. She is currently the Commercial Operations Director of APAC at Seek.

Prior to joining Seek, Natalie was Chief Customer & Commercial Officer at EstimateOne. She has served as a Board Member for The People Spot App and Platform, and has also filled various executive positions at both MYOB and REA Group, across marketing and customer success.

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Chris Murphy

Global Chief Revenue and Client Officer at Thoughtworks

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.

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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