Evolution - Leaders Forum 2021 - save tha date 24 March 2022

Program 2022

The already increasing pace of global change has been expedited even further as a result of the worldwide pandemic. Technological innovation, the proliferation of data and turbulent economic and social conditions continue to disrupt and reshape every aspect of our society.

Around the world, people are questioning some fundamental facts about the role of business in society and what the future of work looks like. Whilst globalisation has arguably been a force for good, the benefits of economic growth have not been shared equally across society. The result of which includes a declining trust in our institutions and some business sectors.

The impact of COVID-19 has further exacerbated a societal divide. The varying degrees of competency in the handling of the crisis by the institutions that serve us has meant significant swings in trust globally, including a further erosion of trust in some business sectors.

Amongst the chaos, uncertainty and distrust, the world is also churning out unprecedented amounts of data. 90% of the data that currently exists was generated in the last two years alone. This proliferation of data and the consumption by consumers, governments and investors is putting companies at risk of losing control of their equity narrative *

We find ourselves in a new decade of runaway technology booms, historic watershed moments and extraordinary data and content abundance or dare we say, content overload. As business leaders, we are questioning and constantly reimagining our outlook on what the workforce will look like as we look towards a post-war world. It presents new and unforeseen opportunities for both traditional and modern industries to re-invent themselves, as the future of work simultaneously evolves.

So, what can we expect post-pandemic? As business leaders, we have to challenge ourselves to understand how to best to navigate the scenarios that determine our ongoing and future success whilst also creating value for shareholders, clients and employees. What lessons can we learn now to help us evolve and ultimately thrive?

If you have knowledge and expertise, or even ideas to share, here’s your chance to participate and support ADIA in its effort to prepare for the evolution of the data and insights industry.

The future has already started. Take your seat and help lead the evolution.

 Registrations are now open.

*Credit – EY Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism report


Program Highlights

Hotel InterContinental Double Bay – 33 Cross Street, Double Bay, Sydney



Thursday 24 March

Dr Catriona Wallace

Entrepreneur, Founder & Executive Director, Flamingo AI

Caroline WallaceDr Catriona Wallace is an entrepreneur in the Artificial Intelligence field, and Founder & Executive Director of the Stock Exchange-listed company Flamingo AI – a Machine-Learning company with headquarters in New York and Sydney.

She is one of the world’s most-cited experts on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Human Rights in technology and Women in Leadership. In recognition of her commitment to science, Catriona was inducted into the Royal Institution of Australia in 2019.

Dr Catriona Wallace has established herself as the innovative go-to expert for optimising the customer experience. As a result, she’s the most natural authority to consult with when looking at ways to introduce emerging technologies into business.

In 2014, Catriona founded artificial intelligence FinTech Flamingo AI, a company working at the cutting edge of AI technology to provide Cognitive Virtual Assistants for employees and customers. Flamingo AI is the second only female-led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Dr Catriona Wallace has a long list of accolades that have seen her recognised as one of the most influential women in business & entrepreneurship. She has achieved significant awards in technology & innovation and recently won the FinTech Leader and Overall Excellence in Finance award by Women in Finance (2018). In large part, this success comes directly as a result of her ability to analyse data and identify specific problems, giving her the knowledge, she needs to develop novel solutions.

With a dedicated passion for encouraging more women to pursue careers in technology, Catriona is leading by example. She has a PhD in Organisational Behaviour and is a published author and analyst. Catriona’s links with business schools around the world allow her to share international practice and case studies, and as such, brings a robust evidence-based approach to her speaking topics.

Catriona is also a philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.

As one of the world’s leading experts, Dr Catriona Wallace will share the very latest news and developments regarding AI, Ethics & Human Rights in technology and Women in Leadership.

Dr Simon Longstaff AO

Director, The Ethics Centre

Simon Longstaff started his working life on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory of Australia. He is proud of his kinship ties to the Anindilyakwa people. After a period studying law in Sydney and teaching in Tasmania, he pursued postgraduate studies as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1991, Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. In 2013, he was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.” Simon is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Risk Policy Institute. He serves on a number of Boards and Committees and as Independent Integrity Adviser to the Australian Taxation Office.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

People. I am inspired by their openness and generosity in sharing their thoughts and feelings with me. I am inspired by our common frailty in the midst of uncertainty – and the fact that this need not be overwhelming. I am inspired by the opportunity to continue learning about our brilliant, troubling, contradictory, maddeningly beautiful form of being – simultaneously the most creative and destructive creature on earth, a source of wonder and dread. If I can help people to fall ‘just the right side’ of each question, then I play a small role in making a better future.

Dr Simon Longstaff will explore the role of the ethical leader in today’s accelerating world, acknowledging that today’s leaders are confronted with a pace of change that is increasingly rapid, complex and deep in its implications.

Chris Savage

The Savage Co.

Chris Savage is one of Asia Pacific’s pre-eminent reputation management and communications industry leaders. His driving passion today is to help leaders and businesses accelerate growth …. growth in profits, courage, momentum, capability, reputation, efficiency, effectiveness, and in stature.

Chris brings a 35-year career leading the most specialised corporate affairs businesses in the region, including close to a decade as COO of the largest listed communications business in the region. His specialisation is in helping businesses, leaders and brands build stakeholder trust, relationships, perceptions, goodwill equity and credibility. He is also deeply expert in protecting reputation when ‘things go wrong’- in issues preparedness and management, and in full blown crisis management scenarios.

Following a highly successful 25 year career in public relations… where his roles included Chairman of the biggest PR group in the region, as founder of Ogilvy PR which he built into the largest PR firm in Australia’s PR industry history,  and as an entrepreneur who started (and then sold to WPP) what became one of Australia’s leading financial PR firms…. Chris was appointed Chief Operating Officer of STW Group, Australasia’s leading marketing content and communications group (now WPP AUNZ). As part of his wide-ranging responsibilities over seven years, between 2008 and 2015, Chris lead the group’s digital growth strategy, its charge into Asia (now a major profit contributor to the Group) and also was directly responsible for all STW’s non-advertising and media companies.

Chris founded The Savage Company in late 2015 and focuses on helping leaders accelerate growth. He is a shareholder and chairman of five communications agencies and is also a partner in the leading M&A advisory firm for communications industry businesses in the Asia Pacific. Chris is an accomplished keynote speaker and speaks at major conferences across the world.  His blog, Wrestling Possums, is read by more than 10,000 followers and subscribers per post.

Chris presents – How to keep yourself and your business at the edge – Relevant, effective, wanted, thriving

This session is all about YOU and YOUR business. It’s an opportunity to pause and reflect, and to spend time thinking about where you are in your career and as a leader — your objectives, goals, aspirations and intent, and about your ‘value proposition’ for the future. Also, where is your business at in terms of keeping current, sharply relevant and thriving during times of constant change.

The pace of change is accelerating, for you, your colleagues, customers and in business generally. Business models are being revolutionised, with old being replaced by new. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be in business. It’s also a very challenging time. We have to keep evolving — as businesses and individuals — to be able to deliver a meaningful and valuable contribution to growth.

And that’s the essence of this session — how to ensure that YOU are working on yourself to ensure you deliver the best of you, today and tomorrow.