Former Westpac CIO Dave Curran among experts to speak at NEXTGEN’s inaugural Leadership Forum

The NEXTGEN team will be welcoming two outstanding keynote speakers to the first NEXTGEN Leadership Forum, who will be sharing their insights on how strong leadership can impact growth, innovation and security in international and local marketplaces. 

CEO John Walters is enthused by the response received by those set to attend the forum and is looking forward to both keynote addresses by digital transformation specialist Nancy Rademaker and Principal Deputy Director, Australian Signals Directorate- Lieutenant General John Frewen, DSC AM.

Leadership key to channel success

Building on the success of the NEXTGEN’s annual Summer Party, the development and launch of the NEXTGEN Leadership Forum this year is based on a long term commitment by NEXTGEN to continue to add value in a unique and meaningful way to the channel community. 

John Walters is passionate about sharing high value thought leadership, with an innate ability to engage interesting and thought-provoking speakers in events past, including Stan Slap (Oracle - UNDER THE HOOD - Performance Goals Achieved 2015, ARN - Edge 2016) and Mohan Sawhney (ARN - Edge 2017). Walters believes strong and effective leadership is at the core of effective relationships, success, growth and culture of all businesses, therefore guiding his inspiration for the new industry forum.

Making a mark with Nancy Rademaker 

An expert on extreme customer centricity, Nancy Rademaker is passionate about inspiring people to use new business models and technology to help their business lead the way in an age of disruption. By focusing on people and how technology influences their behaviour, she aims to push the thinking of how companies are organising themselves to prepare for their “Day After Tomorrow” scenario. 

With over 20 years experience leading roundtables, boardroom sessions and keynote speeches including TED talks, she travels the world to business innovation hubs including Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Berlin and now the NEXTGEN Leadership Forum. 

Assessing the threats with Lieutenant General Frewen

Lieutenant General Frewen DSC AM was appointed the Principal Deputy Director of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) on 1 March 2018. A highly decorated career infantry officer of the Australian Army and Member of the Order of Australia (AM), he graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1986, he was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his outstanding leadership of Australian Defence personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq during 2017.

The ASD defends Australia from global threats and advances the national interest through the provision of foreign signals intelligence, cybersecurity and offensive cyber operations as directed by the Australian Government. This includes preventing and disrupting offshore cyber-enabled crime and providing cyber security advice and assistance to Australian businesses and individuals.

A timely topic following the increase in cybercrime affecting businesses and their customers and the introduction of national and international regulation on data protection, Lieutenant General Frewen will provide a unique insight rarely accessible in corporate settings. 

Meeting of experts minds in panel session

Following both keynote addresses will be the Expert Panel session, chaired by NEXTGEN board non-executive director Tim Ebbeck. With a second appearance by both keynote speakers, the panel will also feature recently retired Westpac CIO Dave Curran, as well as executive representatives from event sponsors Oracle, Microfocus, Skybox, Map-R and Paessler.

The inaugural NEXTGEN Leadership Forum will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday 21 February 2019, by invitation only, followed by the legendary NEXTGEN Summer Party that evening. 

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