Technology & Innovation APAC

October 19 – 20, 2021  |  Live Virtual Experience

Executive Leadership Exchange

The Executive Leadership Exchange (ELE) is an executive program for up to 75 qualified senior technology executives. The program will expand on the Forrester thought leadership presented at the keynotes of the conference and create a private senior executive network. A facilitated networking session will be offered that targets best practices aligned to executive priorities.   

ELE is an invite-only program. To be approved to attend, applicants must be the senior-most technology leader from their organization, not reporting into any higher technology executive. Attendees who may meet these qualifications will be invited to join the ELE experience.

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Private Executive Sessions

Attend private sessions featuring exclusive-panels and presentations from Forrester analysts.

Analyst Access

Priority Analyst 1:1 Booking

Receive priority booking for 1:1 networking and guidance meetings with our best-in-class analysts & experts.

Exclusive Analyst Networking Sessions

Identify challenges and solve problems in small group collaborations with Forrester Experts.


Private Executive Roundtable

Facilitated by Forrester team members who specialize in leading C-level networking discussions pointed at meaningful outcomes.


Private ELE Networking Lounge

Connect with your peers during the conference at the exclusive sessions and in a private networking lounge in the virtual experience.


The Executive Leadership Exchange will be held on Wednesday, October 20.

11:00 am – 11:45 am AEDT
Executive Panel: Your Future-Fit Technology Strategy

This private invitation-only session features a panel of leading CIO’s from APAC who will share their own views and experiences on ensuring their organisations remain ‘Future Fit’.  A Future Fit Technology Strategy is adaptive, to meet emerging customer needs and expectations; creative, to power differentiated changes using the human factor; and resilient, to maintain brand value, no matter the crisis. Being Future Fit means constantly retiring existing technical debt, along with a relentless focus on transformational changes to technology strategy, design, delivery, and service.     

This panel discussion will focus on exploring the views and experiences of panelists and how their organisations are continuing to evolve to ensure they remain Future Fit. Our panelists will share an understanding of their own priorities and opportunities as they continue to refine their own Future Fit technology strategies. What has driven their success so far? Where will they focus their attention in the 3-5 year time horizon – and beyond? 

John Brand, VP, Executive Partner, Forrester
Gerard Florian, Group Executive – Technology, ANZ Bank
Nalini Prakash, CIO, Hospitals Contribution Fund (HCF)
Robert Oh, Executive VP, Head of Corporate Digital, Doosan Group and Executive VP, Chief Operating Officer, Doosan Digital Innovation BU


1:20 pm – 2:10 pm AEDT
Private Executive Virtual Round Table: Aligning Your Future-Fit Technology Priorities

This exclusive peer-sharing networking session encourages connections between senior technology executives in an open round table discussion format. Facilitated by Forrester’s Executive Partner in APAC, John Brand, the session will provide an opportunity for participants to connect and share with like-minded peers, on the topics that matter most to them. Forrester’s Priorities for Tech Execs are common challenges across a diverse range of organisation sizes, types, industries, culture, geographic locations, financial investment/budgets, and levels of maturity. These strategic priorities can therefore provide a common framework for discussion. However, as an open forum, the actual topics and themes will be driven entirely by participants’ interests. Bring along your own unique perspectives and experiences – and be prepared to help others develop, communicate, and execute on their own bold visions and future-fit technology strategies. 

  • Demonstrating the business value of technology 
  • Leading a high-performing culture and organisation 
  • Keeping the company safe – embedding resilience and security across the company 
  • Optimising the tech stack and services 
  • Enabling an insights-driven business 
  • Inspiring tech-driven business innovation Evaluating and deploying emerging technologies 

John Brand, VP, Executive Partner, Forrester

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion are part of the fabric of Forrester’s culture. We are excited to share that this year’s programme includes sessions dedicated to a number of important areas of focus as it relates to Diversity & Inclusion. The below highlights sessions which are available to attendees during the programme.


Inclusion And The Math Of Equity
What does inclusion mean and what are the implications if we truly want to be an equitable organization? Schindler’s Inclusion Scale explains how inclusion relates to tolerance, equality, empathy and equity. The session reveals the surprisingly radical implications of equity based on a mathematical model.

Eric Way, Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity and CSR, Schindler Group

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 | 3:20-3:50 pm

Fireside Chat: Building A Future-Fit And Creative Team
Speed of innovation defines the winners in the digital economy. With a footprint of 59 markets and serving individual and corporate clients, Standard Chartered is building a diverse and creative workforce that responds quickly to its evolving client needs. Michael Gorrizgroup CIO for Standard Chartered, will share practical insights on how the bank is developing the right environment for its team to achieve the bank’s future fit ambitions, from intrapreneurship to skillstraining to employee experiences that foster collaboration and innovation.

Frederic Giron, VP, Research Director, Forrester
Michael Gorriz, Group CIO, Standard Chartered Bank


The Value Propositions Of Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion In Tech
Technology can innovate and shape our lives in magnificent ways. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can contribute to that innovation in new and exciting ways. Join Jordan Mitchell and Forrester’s Katy Tynan to discuss how finding the value proposition of DEI within your functions can revolutionise results.

Jordan Mitchell, Global DEI Engagement Partner, Sprout Social
Katy Tynan, Principal Analyst, Forrester

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 | 2:15 pm – 2:35 pm 

Panel: Shining The Light On Diversity And Inclusion In Asia Pacific
The business case for diversity is no longer up for debate in most geographies, with data showing that a diverse workforce brings benefits in terms of innovation, the ability to connect with customers and overall engagement. Yet there are still some parts of the world where even the terms diversity and inclusion are new age concepts. Take Asia Pacific as an example where cultural norms in certain geographies can appear as discriminatory practices in others. Join prominent Forrester analysts across Asia Pacific as they discuss the D&I issues unique to APAC, and how organizations can respect those cultural norms without rewarding discriminatory behavior.

Rania Makriyiannis, Principal Consultant, Forrester
Jinan Budge, Principal Analyst, Forrester
Vasu Srinivasan, Senior Analyst, Forrester &
Sam Higgins, Principal Analyst, Forrester