CIO Summit 2021


Chris Morris

Vice President, IDC's Asia/Pacific

Chris Morris is the Vice President for IDC’s Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) Cloud Services and Technology group and of the APeJ Partner and Alliances program. He is also a member of the IDC Worldwide Cloud Services research team and the worldwide Partner and Alliances research team.

As the leader of research into the Cloud Services markets in APeJ he manages the regional research into all facets of public and private cloud. This includes the IT-focused technology and services as well as the implications for digital business.

Working closely with IDC analysts in emerging markets, Chris brings thought leadership content and advisory expertise to other IDC research teams, the IDC Consulting team, as well as IDC’s clients in the region. He drives business development efforts, delivers custom research projects for clients, and works closely with IDC’s Consulting Group to manage and provide advice in strategic engagements.

Chris also implemented the Partner and Alliance Program in APeJ. This program supports regional ICT vendors as they adapt their business activities and relationships with their channel partners and their strategic alliances. The major focus of this research area is the transformation of traditional partners to being digital-ready.

Meredith Whalen

Chief Research Officer, IDC

Meredith Whalen is IDC’s Chief Research Officer and member of the senior management team. She leads IDC’s worldwide research organization, product management, marketing and client services functions. Ms. Whalen sets the direction and agenda for IDC’s worldwide research products, fosters innovation, and ensures IDC clients have a valuable, personalized, and engaging experience.

Ms. Whalen’s international team of 1,100 analysts leverage research and advisory services to empower business transformation for the Global 2000, and counsel technology suppliers on creating effective offerings for the digital economy.

Ms. Whalen regularly presents at CIO and CXO summits in North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America. She oversees the CIO Executive Council, which provides strategic leadership development for transforming the C-suite at the world’s most influential and evolving organizations.

Linus Lai

Vice-president, software and services, IDC

Linus Lai is a member of the Asia/Pacific software and services research group. He has more than 20 years of IT experience in the region. Based in Sydney, Australia, he has experience in several cloud, software, and services programs in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), which covers a wide range of technology and services markets across 13 countries.

In this role, he is responsible for providing insights and analyses in enterprise adoption, integration, and management of these solutions. This includes sourcing strategies, vendor selection, and identifying emerging trends in business and technology solutions across technology buyers in the region.

Lai is a founding member of IDC Asia/Pacific’s Emerging Technology Advisory Council and is a recipient of numerous awards for country, regional, and quality research contributions. In his previous role as head of research in Southeast Asia, he developed and grew IDC’s presence in the region.

Hugh Ujhazy

Vice President, IoT and Telecommunications

Hugh Ujhazy leads both the Internet of Things (IoT) and Telecommunications practices for IDC Asia/Pacific.

The Telecommunications research involves leading the analysis of fixed and mobile network services across APeJ. It also includes evaluation of service provider and equipment vendor strategies in meeting these user requirements in the increasingly competitive Asia/Pacific market, assessing the impact of market liberalization, and the evaluation of new services offerings.

Hugh drives IDC’s IoT research and thought leadership related to the family of IoT use cases. Hugh’s insights help vendors, enterprises, and governments understand and navigate the evolving IoT ecosystem, identify potential solution vendors and partnership opportunities, develop go-to-market strategies and messaging, define and evaluate emerging IoT-enabled business models, and assess the financial and operational impact IoT will have on their organizations.

For the past 15 years, Hugh has specialized in driving the adoption of infrastructure and communications solutions in North America and Asia while working for leading telecoms and technology firms, including Ericsson, Hitachi Data Systems, and Oracle.

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Economics in Accounting and Computer Science from Sydney University.

Simona Dimovski

Chief Information Officer

Simona is a strategic leader with extensive knowledge of how technology enables business value and growth. Simona brings a wealth of expertise across the Information Management and Technology sector, and has a diverse background in both corporate and government settings.

Simona has 20 years of expertise of enabling portfolios and delivery across technology and business functions. She has a proven track record of streamlining processes, reducing costs for the organisation, and enabling the successful delivery of large scale transformation programs.

With specialities across Portfolio Management Offices, Service Management, Portfolio Delivery, Digital Operating Models and bringing Agility to practice, Simona has lead the evolution of IT across top tier brands within the Finance, Aviation, Energy and Government industries.

A strategic thinker with a passion for what she does, leading from the front, engaging and energising strategic partners and stakeholders as well as the wider business in supporting high impact, dynamic solutions to deliver business value. Integral in aligning portfolios to the strategic objectives of the organisation, she has a passion for continuous improvement and empowering businesses to reach their full potential, encouraging innovative thinking enabling best practice through the use of technology.

A people leader with a growth mindset, priding herself in providing a coaching approach to ensure the team and the individual achieve their full potential.

Jonathan Kempe

Founder and CEO of Verifai

Jonathan is a technical Founder with over 20 years of experience as a systems administrator across a broad array of IT disciplines. He has held a number of diverse roles over his working life: senior positions in various large corporations; founding several businesses; holding trusted roles in nationally accredited NFPs, NGOs and education providers, and in the Australian Defence Force satellite communications sector. As a Cybersecurity Ambassador with the New South Wales Cybersecurity Innovation Node, Jonathan engages on a range of matters, including industry integration and technological trends. Well-connected to an array of Australian business advocacy groups, Government bodies and Start-up’s, Jonathan regularly contributes to innovation and industry forums, webinars and podcasts in the areas of IoT, biometrics, protecting critical infrastructure and supply-chains.

Jonathan is the Founder and CEO of Sydney-based scale-up Verifai. Verifai has a focus on increasing supply-chain security, transparency and visibility through the deployment of unique technologies that generate trustworthy data, provide provenance assurance, and protect assets at rest and in transit. Passionate about solving global problems and working alongside creative entrepreneurs, Jonathan is dedicated to building real solutions that positively transform the world.

Bridget Gray

Vice President of IT (Asia Pacific), Korn Ferry

Bridget Gray is Vice President IT of Korn Ferry, responsible for leading digital and technical transformation talent acquisition capabilities and solutions across Asia Pacific.

Bridget is passionate about supporting clients navigate the ever-evolving global technology and digital ecosystem and has spent the past two decades partnering with them to address their current and future talent requirements. Although her career has been varied in nature, technology has always been a central focus.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Bridget was in an executive role for 11 years at a global recruitment and outsourcing organisation where she launched the Asia Pacific business and held accountability for recruitment, executive search and offshore solutions. Prior to this, she led various talent businesses across APJ and Europe.

Bridget is also a Management Committee member of Females in IT and Telecoms, a well-established not-for-profit organisation in Australia. She is also an advisory board member for digital intelligence business Which-50.

Kathleen Stubbs

Chief information officer, JLL Australasia

Kathleen is a senior technology leader with over 20 years of experience and a passion for customer driven technology. Currently she is the Chief Information Officer for JLL Australasia and leads the Asia Pacific Foundational Technology function. Kathleen is internationally experienced within the fields of Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Application Development and Customer Analytics spanning EMEA and Asia Pacific. Her capabilities are wide ranging from delivering new revenue streams to leading verticals to drive strategic business transformation. Kathleen has had the opportunity to lead local and global teams across multiple geographies.

Byron Connolly

Editor-in-Chief, CIO Australia

Byron Connolly is a highly experienced technology and business journalist and editor with 20 years’ experience. As the editor-in-chief of CIO Australia he is responsible for commissioning, writing and editing content that appears on, published by IDG Communications – Australia. Byron also facilitates roundtables and conferences for senior IT and business executives and creates content from these events.

Prior to this role, Byron was a senior writer and editor at Editor Group, a Sydney-based corporate writing agency, where he produced editorial material for some of the world’s top technology and consulting companies.

Byron was editor of technology channel publication, CRN Australia, published by Haymarket Media Group, and held senior editorial roles at technology publications ITNews and Information Week at Penton Media and APN News and Media.

He was also client services director at public relations firm Upstream Australia (now Bite Global).

Mark Smink

Chief information security officer - Asia Pacific, JLL

Mark has over 20 years of IT experience in operations, security and infrastructure working in multinational environments. Building and leading teams of local security professionals and outsourced security services companies across Asia Pacific to build security environments and platforms. A trusted advisor to business lines to build a security aware culture and to support client security and compliance audits and bid responses. Accountable for Governance, IT Security Compliance, ISO27001, IT Risk, Security Awareness, Security Operation Centres, Penetration testing and Security Incident management.

Angela Donohoe

Chief Information Officer | BPAY Group

Angela Donohoe is an experienced executive and director with a track record for developing and growing highly engaged teams who harness the potential of technology that delivers value. Angela leads BPAY Group’s technology function including business focussed strategy, architecture, solutions, and operations that enable high quality, trusted, and innovative payments services.

Angela has been BPAY Group’s Chief Information Officer for more than four years and is a member of the executive team. In this role, she has ownership and oversight of technology governance, IT risk management and cyber security for BPAY Group.

Recent achievements include the launch of BPAY API’s and developer portal, Osko on the New Payments Platform, transformation of infrastructure to private and public cloud services, strengthened cyber security defences and significant improvement in time to market of customer solutions through mature Agile practices. Angela has led development of technology strategy and roadmaps with a focus on product and service innovation, customer experience, strengthening of data and analytics capabilities, and uplifted capabilities for collaboration and hybrid working.

Angela has more than 25 years experience delivering strategic outcomes in large and complex environments across a range of industries including financial services and government. Previous executive roles held include Revenue NSW, Cuscal, Societe Generale, and Bank of New York.

Angela is a Fellow of CPA Australia and FINSIA, holds technology advisory roles and is a former Chair and current director of a not-for-profit childcare organisation. With a passion for encouraging greater representation of women in technology, Angela is an active mentor and supporter through a range of STEM groups and inititatives.

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Tuesday, 24th Aug 2021 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. AEST


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