Digital Innovation forum
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The government has established a Digital Transformation Office to leverage IT to enable innovation and improve productivity, and to transform service delivery.
The forum was an opportunity for the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and a panel of experts to explore key themes around government innovation, technology as an enabler of innovation, mobility and digital service delivery, and technological imagination.
More information about the Digital Transformation Office can be found on the Minister for Communications’ website.
Vivek Kundra is Executive Vice President, Industries at Salesforce.com. Previously, Kundra was appointed as the first United States Chief Information Officer by President Obama and is credited with saving billions in taxpayer dollars, adopting game-changing technologies, strengthening the cybersecurity posture of the nation and launching an open government movement which has been replicated around the world.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Kundra served as the Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia and as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kundra also served as a fellow at Harvard University at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He has also served in leadership roles in the private sector.
David was appointed Chief Information Officer at Westpac in September 2014. David joined Westpac in February 2014 as a consultant on the Group’s banking technology modernisation program. David has almost 30 years of experience with proven expertise in IT and financial services and the implementation of large, complex projects.
Before joining Westpac, David spent ten years in senior roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Before joining CBA, he spent sixteen years at Accenture, where he was a partner, primarily consulting on financial services.
Kate McKenzie was appointed Chief Operations Officer at Telstra in October 2013. This role is responsible for Telstra Operations, Chief Technology Office and innovation portfolios to better integrate technology development and implementation.
Prior to her current role, Kate was Group Managing Director, Telstra Innovation, Products and Marketing from March 2010. In this role, Kate oversaw product, promotion and pricing across Telstra, including the major product units – Mobile Products, Fixed Voice and Broadband, Network Applications and Services, Data and IP as well as the NBN team and the Chief Technology Office.
Kate has previously been Group Managing Director of Strategic Marketing, a position she was appointed to in March 2009, and before that, she was Group Managing Director of the Telstra Wholesale business unit, a position she held for just over three years.
Kate joined Telstra in August 2004 as head of Telstra's regulatory group. Before joining Telstra, Kate was Director-General of the Department of Commerce in New South Wales and she previously held a range of senior executive roles in government departments and offices.
Sahil Merchant is Senior Vice President and Head of Digital – Australia, at McKinsey & Company, based in Melbourne. Sahil has deep expertise in online commerce and distribution, multi-channel marketing, social media, digital consumer engagement, customer communications, and the data infrastructure and business processes required to achieve deep levels of personalisation. He serves clients on both the strategic and executional levels of digital transformation to deliver commercial outcomes.
Prior to re-joining McKinsey, Sahil was the Founder and CEO of REDStrategy (an affiliate of Ogilvy Red consulting) which advised large companies on ‘consumer-centricity’ across multi-channel business strategy. Prior to REDStrategy, Sahil founded Mag Nation, a small chain of digitally active retail stores, and was awarded Most Innovative Victorian Retailer of the Year (2007), and Best Young Business – Vic (2008). He began his career at McKinsey & Company and has also worked for the World Economic Forum.