CIO Connect Evening with David Reid from Leading Edge Forum – 16th July 2019 at the China Club

In recent years, use of the term digital transformation has skyrocketed in the business press. Why? For more than a decade, companies have been migrating to various cloud computing and software-as-a-service environments, but the digital world now anticipates a much more powerful wave of change based upon some combination of smart products, machine intelligence, business platforms, automated processes, employee learning, chatbots, and more self-service, data-driven operations. Taken together, such capabilities provide a vision for transformed, 21st century, digital organizations.
But how real is this vision today, and where are companies on this journey? To better separate today’s transformation facts from the hype, Dave Reid, will discuss the findings of one of LEF’s most recent pieces of research, examining the Myths and Realities of Digital Transformation and discussing issues including:
• Has the term ‘Digital Transformation’ been over-used and abused, and is there confusion with the terms Modernization, Transformation and Disruption?
• Is Digital Transformation a high business priority?
• What is the RoI case?
• Real transformation tends to cut across existing organizational silos; how can leadership overcome the inevitable inertia, politics, and short-term payoff concerns
• While businesses and governments find it easy to launch new digital initiatives, making change at scale often proves difficult, so how can enterprise IT make change stick?
• Digital firms need digital people. How are organizations handling the people issues and nurturing the required learning culture?

About David Reid

Dave is responsible for the day to day operations of the LEF and plays a lead role in the shaping and delivery of the research agenda to clients. Dave has significant experience in helping business and technology executives re-shape their plans to exploit the opportunities offered in the digital world. Alongside his general leadership role, Dave has driven research into business and digital transformations with C-Level leaders and is heavily involved in the delivery of advisory work and facilitation of LEF Study Tours.
Before joining LEF, Dave spent a decade with GlaxoSmithKline in a wide variety of UK and International roles. He latterly led global cross-functional teams to define and implement product and technology roadmaps. Dave also spent time as Director for IT Strategy in the GSK Commercial Business, where he led the development and approval of strategies to support CRM and sales force mobility in over 70 countries.
Aside from his professional responsibilities, Dave likes to spend his spare time with his two young daughters and has a keen interest in cycling, golf and cars and motorcycles.


CIO Connect Evening with Euan Semple on the 2nd May 2019 at the Cipriani’s

Our guest is Euan Semple, a leader and an influencer in the ever changing field of digital technology for two decades. Euan is in HK to deliver a Digital Transformation Foundations Workshop to provide guidance on delivering high level strategic leadership on digital issues.

About Euan Semple

An early adopter of social media he implemented one of the world’s first enterprise social network systems inside the BBC. He also ran BBC DigiLab, a department whose purpose was to help the BBC understand new technologies across the range of its activities and make better decisions about their use and implementation. He left the BBC in 2006 to establish his own consultancy and has subsequently worked around the world with an amazing range of organisations including BP, The World Bank, The European commission, and Volvo. His work with them has been to help stretch their thinking about digital transformation in all its forms and to ensure that they end up doing the right things for the right reasons.


CIO Connect Evening with Dave Snowden on Monday 8th April 2019 at the Crown Wine Cellars

Dave , who many of you know, is a thought leader in the field of management science and a polymath. He has mapped out the shift from the era of scientific management to the world of systems thinking and now what comes next, something he calls the era of cognition and complexity.
Over drinks and dinner, he will facilitate a discussion on a number of themes including:
– The tyranny of social media;
– The strategic management, culture and software development attempts at enabling agility;
– The status of knowledge management;
– The dangers of data analytics; and
– Sentiment analysis and human sensor networks.

About Professor Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, and decision making.

He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year.

Dave previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity. Prior to that, he worked in a range of strategic and management roles in the service sector.


CIO Connect Evening briefing – AI & Innovation discussion with Professor Amy Shuen – 20th Mar 2019

We continue the theme of AI in the next CIO Connect evening briefing on Wednesday 20th March at the China Club.

Our guest will be Prof. Amy Shuen. Amy will discuss best practices from her Applied AI and Innovation courses being run for INSEAD and HKU. One case study that she has recently been working on is relevant to this region that was written up in California Management Review as ‘AI-enabled Business Model re-invention at Ping An’ .

About Professor Amy Shuen

Amy is both a celebrated Academic, having trained at Yale, Harvard and Berkeley but also has an impressive track record as an advisor and consulting partner to large enterprises such as IBM, Telefonica, Samsung etc, as well as numerous companies in the Valley. She is currently working at Harvard Business School and also is teaching currently with Hong Kong University Department of Engineering & Computer Science.

Author, California Management Review, “AI Dynamic Capabilities:  Re-inventing business models in the FinTech Insurance Industry”

Strategy and Innovation Consulting: Consultant’s consultant at BCG, Strategy&, IBM Ventures.  As founder of The Silicon Valley Strategy Group created a $100M corporate strategic innovation venture fund and funded $20M in new ventures in the wireless, financial services, media, software and nano-sensor areas; Partner, The McKenna Group  Global 100 clients include Credit Agricole, GE Europe, Virgin, Societe Generale, PPR, Bouygues, Nokia, SCF, France Telecom, EDF; advised the CEOs/founders of over 50 VC-funded portfolio companies and directed strategy field projects of over 200 MBAs.

Industry Experience: Founding team, Sloan Foundation Competitive Semiconductor Manufacturing Program at Berkeley, a global industry consortium; Marketing Manager at Intel.


CIO Connect Evening briefing – AI discussion with SenseTime – 19th Feb 2019

Our guest at the China Club will be Stella Tian,  Investment Director of Strategic Investment of SenseTime.

SenseTime is the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence (AI) unicorn focused on computer vision and deep learning. The company has raised a total financing of more than US$1.6 billion and is valued over US$4.5 billion. Entrusted by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China to establish the National Open Innovation Platform for Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence on Intelligent Vision, SenseTime is the fifth national AI platform in China (along with Baidu, Alibaba Cloud, Tencent and iFLYTEK).

With the mission of leading AI innovation to power the future, SenseTime has independently developed a deep learning platform, supercomputing centers, and a range of AI technologies such as face recognition, image recognition, object recognition, text recognition, medical image analysis, video analysis, autonomous driving, and remote sensing. In doing so, SenseTime has become China’s largest AI algorithm provider.

SenseTime leads the market in almost all vertical industries, including smart city, smartphone, mobile Internet, online entertainment, automobile, finance, retail, education, real estate, and so forth. The company boasts more than 700 customers and partners in China and overseas, including world-renowned institutions and companies such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Honda, Alibaba, Suning, China Mobile, UnionPay, Wanda, Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, vivo, Weibo.

About Stella Tian

Stella is the Investment Director of Strategic Investment of SenseTime, focused on investing companies in the AI ecosystem and finding long term strategic partners. She is also the Director and Founding Member of SenseTime’s AI Fund.

Stella specialises in investments across a wide range of AI ecosystem technologies and companies. Before joining SenseTime, she covered emerging technologies at Alliance Bernstein, where she focused on hardware, semi-conductor, AI/AR/VR technologies and supply chain. Previously, Stella worked within M&A and TMT teams at Citi Investment Banking across New York, Paris and Hong Kong where she executed a number of significant cross border M&A transactions, including multiple global investments of LaFargeHolcim, one of the largest European mergers, and privatization of Trina Solar etc. Stella was also formerly a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer and led the legal department at JA Solar.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Peking University Law School. She also holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Law in University of Virginia School of Law.


CIO Connect Evening briefing – Digital Platforms – 17th Jan 2019

Our guest and moderator on the topic of digital platforms is Kurt Kammerer.  Kurt will share his experience from growing platform businesses over the past 20 years of his career.

About Kurt Kammerer

Kurt Kammerer CEO, Co-founder Kurt co-founded Regify (register & certify) in 2007, a software company that offers a unique multi-provider model for networked trusted communication and collaboration. The Regify ecosystems help increase productivity and quality of processes while ensuring compliance in the financial, healthcare, manufacturing or public sector.

As a software entrepreneur, Kurt established and grew several international software and communication businesses. From 2003 to 2007, he led the growth of US-based VI Agents, a pioneer in SaaS applications for networked businesses. From 1996 to 2002, Kurt served as CEO of living systems, an international supplier of adaptive e-commerce software based on software agents which he had co-founded in 1996. His earlier career spanned 10 years as an IT and management consultant. Kurt holds a Business and IT degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Kurt was honoured as a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. He also received awards from the Asia-Europe Young Entrepreneurs Forum in Singapore and the Wharton Infosys Business Forum.


CIO Connect – LEF briefing breakfast forum – 22nd Nov 2018

Presentations from Mohammed Khalid and David Moschella , Leading Edge Forum

CIO Connect and Leading Edge Forum (LEF) held a breakfast briefing at the HK Yacht Club on Thursday 22nd November. London-based Leading Edge Forum is a cross-industry think tank that helps C-level leaders and their organizations win in the 21st Century by re-imagining their digital agenda through a combination of thought leadership, context-specific advice and facilitated interventions. Working in partnership to deliver research and advisory services in the Greater Bay Area, CIO Connect & LEF hosted their first breakfast briefing earlier this year in June.
This briefing will highlight the key findings in a new book, Seeing Digital, which describes the digital ecosystem in the post-cloud era. Authored by LEF Research Fellow, David Moschella, Seeing Digital uses simple illustrations and jargon-free language to show how today’s ever-more powerful digital capabilities will reshape the way businesses innovate, operate, and compete — and what this ongoing transformation will mean to both organizational leadership and individual careers.

8.00 am Registration

8.30 am Welcome – Les Hales, Managing Partner, CIO Connect

Breakfast served

9.00 am Leadership in an increasingly uncertain world – Mohammed Khalid, Commercial Director, Leading Edge Forum
Khal will provide a brief introduction to Leading Edge Forum, and the LEF research agenda for 2019.

He will also share observations on the leadership challenge that organisations face in a world where uncertainty is becoming the new norm, and where “over 50% of companies fail in the 1st phase of digital transformation”. People won’t embrace change if they don’t understand it, so it important to tackle the management of change as well as the technology. Making the shift requires leaders to develop their humility, curiosity, vulnerability, and other key human traits.

9.30 am Seeing Digital – David Moschella, Research Fellow , Leading Edge Forum
In June 2018, Leading Edge Forum published Dave’s latest book, Seeing Digital, which envisions the coming Post-Cloud era, characterized by an increasingly intelligent, aware, autonomous and self-healing digital infrastructure. What we call the post-cloud era has already begun, as a powerful new wave of technology — including machine learning, smart products, software agents, wearables, blockchains, speech/facial recognition, robotics, augmented realities, algorithms, and 5G wireless bandwidth — gains momentum. Like the great technology waves of the past, this important phase of innovation will generate exciting new marketplaces, but also significant industry restructuring.

Seeing Digital explores how this powerful matrix of capabilities will reshape the way business innovates, operates and competes in the 2020s, and result in what we call the Triple Transformation of Industries, Organizations, and Careers. It forecasts the wide-ranging impact of these technologies and assesses the myths and realities of industry disruption; the necessity of machine intelligence; the importance of platform business models; the nature of the outside-in organization; the challenges of digital transformation, leadership and risk; the future of the IT organization; the coming focus on the Human Platform; and the outlook for today’s increasingly high-stakes global technology competition.

These dynamics will result in an ongoing “triple transformation” — of industries, organizations, and careers —that will challenge today’s entire business and technology ecosystem.

10.30am – Meeting ends

About David Moschella

David Moschella, based in the United States, is a Research Fellow for Leading Edge Forum. David’s focus is on industry disruptions, machine intelligence and related business model strategies. David was previously Global Research Director of the programme.

David’s key areas of expertise include globalization, industry restructuring, disruptive technologies, and the co-evolution of business and IT. He is the author of multiple research reports, including Disrupting the Professions through Machine Learning and Digital Trust, 2016 Study Tour Report: Applying Machine Intelligence, There is Now a Formula for Machine Intelligence Innovation, Embracing ‘the Matrix’ and the Machine Intelligence Era and The Myths and Realities of Digital Disruption
An author and columnist, David’s second book, Customer-Driven IT, How Users Are Shaping Technology Industry Growth, was published in 2003 by Harvard Business School Press. The book predicted the shift from a supplier-driven to today’s customer-led IT environment. His 1997 book, Waves of Power, assessed global competition within the IT supplier community. He has written some 200 columns for Computerworld, the IT Industry’s leading publication on Enterprise IT, and has presented at countless industry events all around the world.

David previously spent 15 years with International Data Corporation, where he was IDC’s main spokesperson on global IT industry trends and was responsible for its worldwide technology, industry and market forecasts.

About Mohammed Khalid (Khal)

Mohammed Khalid (Khal) is Commercial Director for Leading Edge Forum based in London. Khal works with clients to bring research to life and resolve their most pressing business issues.

Khal is an experienced leader having spent the last 8 years with Gartner, a leading IT Research & Advisory company, in a variety of roles across Europe. Latterly, Khal was Regional Vice President for Gartner Executive Programs in the Benelux region where he was responsible for service delivery excellence and strategic business development across the region, as well as leading a team of highly experienced former CIOs and IT executives.

Throughout his time at Gartner, Khal has also been a trusted advisor to CIOs across several industries including Financial Services, Telecoms, Logistics, Healthcare, and Public Sector.
Khal holds a BSc in Mathematics and an M.Ed in Educational Psychology from the University of Manchester.


NextGen Leadership Programme Graduation Ceremony- 25th Oct 2018

An evening of drinks and presentation of certificates was held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for the Class of 2018, with both sponsors and mentors of the nine particpants of this year’s Leadership Programme.

Congratulations to the graduates for 2018:

Jojo Dionaldo – Telstra

Joye Chow – CLP

Kinman Tsang – Maxims

Peggy Fung – CLP

Ramakrishna Muddam – Dairy Farm

Sajal Dutta – Dairy Farm

Tim Fong – CLP

Will Ngai – Maxims

William Dong – Telstra


CIO Connect Evening Dinner with Anthony Scriffignano – 7th Sept 2018

Anthony is the Chief Data Scientist of Dun & Bradstreet based in New York. Anthony will share his experiences of leading the data science practice of one of the leading global research firms for many years, and how these lessons can be applied in other enterprise settings.

About Anthony Scriffignano

Anthony Scriffignano is an internationally recognized data scientist with experience spanning over 35 years, in multiple industries and enterprise domains. Dr. Scriffignano has extensive background in linguistics and advanced algorithms, leveraging that background as primary inventor on multiple patents worldwide. He provides thought leadership globally.

Recently, he briefed the US National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and contributed to reports to the President on Big Data Analytics, Emerging Technologies Strategic Vision, and Internet and Communications Resilience. Additionally, Scriffignano provided expert advice on private sector data officers to a group of state Chief Data Officers and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also served as a forum panelist and keynote speaker at the World Internet Conference in China hosted by President Xi Jinping, as well as at the China Development Forum and Big Data Expo in Guiyang. His white paper A Strategy For Inclusive Development In A Big Data Context was delivered to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Scriffignano was recently recognized as the U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2018 by the CDO Club, the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders.

He was recently published or quoted in various publications including China Daily, The People’s Daily, Xinhua, China Times,, Taiwan News, Bangkok Post, Mint (India),, PCWeek, Forbes Insights, Huffington Post, Business Insider, InformationWeek, and others.

Scriffignano regularly presents at business, government and academic venues globally.


CIO Connect Evening Briefing at Ciprianis – 23rd August 2018

Our guest for the evening briefing is Gina Smith. Gina is in Hong Kong working on a project with Hanson Robotics.
She is an entrepreneur, author, and journalist who co-wrote Steve Wozniak’s 2006 autobiography iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It.
Gina will share her experiences as an industry insider in Silicon Valley during the heady days of the Dot Com era, together with her time as CEO of the world’s first true Internet appliance company, The New Internet Computer Company, in collaboration with Larry Ellison.

About Gina Smith

Gina Smith, PhD is the NYT bestselling author of Apple founder Steve Wozniak’s biography, iWoz: From Geek to Cult Icon (WW Norton, 2006/2014). She is also the author of The Genomics Age (Amacom, 2006), a Barron’s Book of the Year. She is the co-author of The Mountain Within: Leadership Lessons for Your Climb to the Top (McGraw, 2011), 101 Computer Answers You Need To Know (Simon & Schuster, 1995) and Toolbook: Programming for Non Programmers (1992). Smith, an award-winning journalist and former ABC News correspondent, resides in San Francisco.

She is also a co-founder and editorial director of aNewDomain, a technology news site. In 2001, Smith was named one of the 100 most influential people in technology by Upside Magazine.


CIO Connect – LEF Partnership Launch Event breakfast at the Hong Kong Club – 27th June 2018

Presentations from Simon Wardley & Glen Robinson, Leading Edge Forum

CIO Connect and Leading Edge Forum (LEF) invite you to the Hong Kong launch event of LEF’s research services. London-based Leading Edge Forum is a cross-industry think tank that helps C-level leaders and their organizations win in the 21st Century by re-imagining their digital agenda through a combination of thought leadership, context-specific advice and facilitated interventions, to provoke and challenge your thinking with next-practice insight.

Working in partnership to deliver research and insight in the Greater Bay Area, CIO Connect & LEF hosted a breakfast briefing in the Harcourt Room of the Hong Kong Club in Central, on Wednesday 27th June, from 08.00-10.30am.

LEF Researchers Simon Wardley and Glen Robinson shared key findings and insights from recent LEF research, focused on organisational strategy, gameplay, and the fundamental evolution of the IT organisation – which will cease to exist as we know it today.

The Next Best Organisational Structure, Until the Next One – Simon Wardley

Facebook talks in 3s – the product development triathlon with explore, expand, extract. AirBnB talks in 3s – pioneer, settlers and town planners within elastic product teams. Even the UK Intelligence Service has talked in 3s – research, specialist and commodity in a hybrid dynamic model. But is 3 the right answer? The strategy cycle is one of those simple mental devices which hides a world of complexity. On the surface, it’s all about observing the environment (the landscape and climatic patterns which impact it), orientating around it (the doctrine or principles we might use), deciding where to attack (leadership) and then acting. Simon will discuss one aspect of doctrine – the way in which we organize. We will look at the issue of constraints, use of small teams and the importance of aptitude (the skills we have) and attitude (how we use those skills) in organization.

The Renaissance of the IT Organisation – Glen Robinson

IT Organizations of the future will look nothing like those of today. For the next phase of digital technology evolution LEF chose the term Matrix to convey an intelligent societal infrastructure that mirrors and supports the full range of human activity.. It captures the pervasive, aware, embedded, intelligent and autonomous technology landscape that is now emerging. The Matrix is changing not just the way that businesses and society innovate, operate and compete, but even the way we will think about ourselves in the 21st century. Glen will examine how the IT Organization needs to evolve in the face of platform business models and the increasingly sophisticated matrix of capabilities that organizations can tap into, including cloud, internet of things, talent networks and the need to turn data into insight. The LEF predicts the end of the IT Organization as we know it, but anticipates its renaissance in the Matrix era.

About Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley, based in the UK, is a Researcher for Leading Edge Forum and the lead practitioner for Wardley Maps advisory service helping clients anticipate market and ecosystem developments.

Simon is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries. From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the #1 Cloud operating system.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and has been voted as one of the UK’s top 50 most influential people in IT in recent Computer Weekly polls.

About Glen Robinson

Glen Robinson is an Emerging Technology Director and Distinguished Engineer for Leading Edge Forum.

Glen’s main focus of research is leading edge Enterprise technology solutions that will power the 21st century business. He is the co-author of our research publication The Renaissance of the IT Organization. The cloud has unlocked innovation that is now allowing the next wave of disruptive technology solutions to come to market, and whilst businesses are still working out how best to maximize the value from cloud services, they are now aware of ‘the Matrix’, this advanced sensing, deciding, all-seeing, global force that will be a significant threat to some. But others will learn to understand it, to harness its power, giving them and those around them super-powers. Put simply, we are moving into a time where our own capabilities will be augmented by that of powerful, intelligent robots. A lot of the tasks we do today won’t exist tomorrow as they will be fully automated but also watched over and governed by advance cognitive intelligence.

As consumer expectations leapt forward with the adoption of the internet, so too is it about to leap forward once more now the Matrix is upon us. This will change the way we service our customers, deal with our employees and live and do business in the 21st century.


CIO Connect evening dinner at the Crown Wine Cellars, Shouson Hill – Tuesday 15th May 2018

The CIO Agenda for 2018: Rewiring the culture for digital transformation

Discussion moderated by Jesko von den Steinen

Innovation and digital transformation within organisations will require different processes and skills than we are currently promoting. Innovation is often associated with technology, but the practice of innovation is human, analogue and non-linear by its nature.
The future success of companies will not just be in the advancing of technologies, but in how well people can creatively collaborate.
We have seen that current business environments are becoming increasingly complex. Paradoxically as businesses scale to meet this complexity, they crave a structured and systematic environment, inversely limiting the ability to adapt.
A rigid plan as strategy that may work today, will likely not work tomorrow given the rapid pace of disruption and our reduced ability to understand or depict future and ideal states. So, what to do?

For organisations, adaptation and innovation continue to be necessary for survival with the increasingly rapid pace of change. In response we need innovation not just in technology, but also with our “idea” technology. Or, in other words: we need to rethink how we work together.
Here is where an agile HR and IT department have the opportunity to be the catalysts of change. They can tactically assign change agents to foster the spread of “communities of practice” eventually changing the entire ecosystem.

During the evening we will discuss four principles from the performing arts and share how they relate to business, innovation. We will also discuss some of the successes and learning failures we have made by adopting Agile practices within our non-IT functions.

About Jesko von den Steinen

Jesko is a speaker, actor, performer, choreographer, filmmaker, designer, and formerly a principal solo artist with Cirque du Soleil, and at “The House Of Dancing Water,” the world’s largest water-based show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group held at the City of Dreams in Macau.

Jesko is currently working with a large integrated resort as an associate director at the organisational innovation and leadership centre. He works specifically with senior executive teams across departments, facilitating the development and execution of company-wide internal strategic initiatives.

In Montréal, he has worked as a creative strategist, experiential designer with advertising luminaries SIDLEE & C2 MTL. He obtained his MBA in Business Strategy from the University of Saint Joseph in Macau. He is a visiting professor at the University, teaching creativity and innovation to graduate students.

He currently volunteers with TEDx Wanchai in Hong Kong, where he’s the director of speaker coaching and presentation literacy. He works privately with executives in Hong Kong and Macau on organisational coaching and presentation literacy.