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This conference program aims to give senior industry professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the  industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

The CIO Forum | Now in Its 18th Year

Our conference program is refreshingly different to what you're used to seeing at regular tradeshows and conferences. Why?

  • Built Around Your Needs: We create The Forums conference program based on research and feedback from our clients, senior level IT executives, who like you are dealing with critical issues on a daily basis
  • First class speakers: Conference sessions are led by peers or industry experts, who have a clear understanding of the business obstacles inherent in controlling large technology departments and how they can be managed and resolved.
  • Intimate sessions: Sessions are for small groups of under 25 delegates. This environment encourages attendees to be able to share best practices, successful case studies, and receive opinions and suggestions from their colleagues.  

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If you would like to participate in the program or recommend any speakers or topics please get in touch.
2016 / Keynote
2016 / Keynote
  • The Power of the Leaders' Quest: Building Competitive Advantage in a Changing World

    Dean Van Leeuwen, Chief Exploration Officer, TomorrowToday

    Over the past decade, a shift in what delivers competitive advantage has occurred. This shift is being driven by a new type of leader and organization who are achieving remarkable results, disrupting industries with unprecedented speed and being rewarded with market leadership. This keynote presentation places these leaders and organizations under the microscope and tells their amazing and inspiring stories through a unique management model framed by three powerful leadership qualities. This framework provides leaders at any level, across any organization with powerful and practical techniques to inspire people, improve results and have a positive impact in the world they influence and beyond. We will also explore what competitive advantage and leadership in the 21st Century means for you and offers unique insights into an emerging leadership mindset and reveals what is required to be a strategic and successful leader in this century.

    Dean van Leeuwen is an expert on the future world of work and a leading strategy consultant in the doing well by doing good movement. He is a faculty professor for the Centre for European Leadership Development and Studies (CEDEP) run at the INSEAD business school near Paris where he lectures on future trends and business strategy; and, is also a guest lecturer at London Business School and Henley Management College. Dean is a TEDx speaker, author and co-founder of TomorrowToday Global, a futurist consultancy that helps leaders understand disruptive forces and future trends. Each year Dean speaks internationally to thousands of leaders and over the past ten years has facilitated workshops in over 30 countries across all major industries to senior leaders from some of the world's most admired organizations; helping them improve, individual and team productivity, increase personal fulfilment and enhanced competitiveness. Dean’s style blends cutting-edge research, thought leading insights with humor, an approachable conversational style and multimedia-driven presentations to create unforgettable experiences that add real value. Dean believes that every business and every leader from all types of organizations across all levels can achieve remarkable things in the 21st century. But most are falling well short of their full potential in terms of productivity, fulfilment and competitiveness, so he has embarked on a journey to work with and inspire leaders and organizations to DO remarkable things.


2016 / Industry
2016 / Industry
  • Cyber Security – A Federal Law Enforcement Perspective

    Richard Jacobs, Assisant Special Agent in-Charge, Cyber Branch, FBI

    The role of the government in protecting the internet has opened the door to a fair amount of discussion regarding who is responsible for ensuring the safe transmission of traffic in the web environment. The presentation provides an examination of the role of U.S. Federal Law Enforcement in responding to cyber attacks and cyber crimes. It further examines the information security dilemma through the lens of the FBI, from both its strategic and tactical response, and an examination of pre-breach efforts recommended for private sector entities of all sizes. Special emphasis is placed on preparation, developing key strategic relationships with vendors providing mitigation services and developing relationships with local FBI and USSS components.


    Building a Risk and Security Program in Any Organization

    Michael Molinaro, Chief Information Security Officer, BioReference Laboratories Inc

    Through a case study of a high-profile national event, explore how the risk and security programs implemented for the 2012 RNC can be scaled to your environment. Using a risk-based approach and following security frameworks and best practices, your organization can be compliant but, more importantly, secure. This session will demonstrate the benefits of:

    • Effective team dynamics and communication with multi-agency groups

    • Forecasting security events, incidents and problems before they happen

    • Protecting customer and corporate data through cyber-security diligence and tools

    • Following established risk and security models to achieve regulatory compliance


  • The 2020 CIO

    Anthony Iorio, Former SVP - Global IT Operations, Capital Group Companies Inc

    The session will key in on three main themes that are evolving within the CIO Role as we know it today:

    1. Major industry shifts: (Cloud, Data Analytics, Buy vs build, Operational Inefficiencies, Speed to Market) that are driving profound changes to the role ad expectations of a CIO-Lead...


    The Digital Revolution: Will your company compete, survive or thrive in the new market place?

    Wheeler Coleman, Two-time CIO and former CTO

    The new digital revolution is a game changer for all industries; and well established companies are not certain on how they will compete or even if they will survive, yet alone thrive in today's new digital marketplace. There’s a growing trend in most industries - where startup companies are ...


  • Cyber Security Red Cross – Do We Need It and What should It Look Like

    Joyce M. Hunter, Deputy CIO, Policy and Planning, United States Department of Agriculture

    A Cyber Security Red Cross would be a federation that sits atop global computer emergency readiness teams (CERTs) to act as a conduit for information sharing that bypasses the political mechanisms of any one nation. The organization would mirror how the International Committee of the Red Cross...


    More Productivity, More Innovation, More Competitiveness: A practical approach to achieving remarkable business results and taking personal fulfilment to higher levels

    Dean Van Leeuwen, Chief Exploration Officer, TomorrowToday

    The leading organizational asset in the 21st-century is not money, it is the productivity of individuals; and, one of the great challenges of this century is, does a person feel they have a meaningful life. Research reveals that leaders who drive engagement and execute strategies backed by a s...


  • Consolidating an IT Empire

    Mahesh Nattanmai, Executive Deputy CIO, New York State Information Technology Services

    How challenging can it be? Hire a good project manager, develop a project plan, consolidate IT assets, communicate to customers, and Go Live! If it’s this simple, why are many of these efforts going over budget and not meeting objectives. The session takes you through the journey of one of the...


2016 / Discussion Groups
2016 / Discussion Groups
  • Realistic Disruption

    To be moderated by your peers

    The hype suggests change and transformation, glory through shaking things up and redefining what IT can mean within an organisation. The modern IT Director is brave enough to throw everything out for a singular vision…

    But it leaves out the uneasiness and resistance from the Board, and...


    Engagement Follow-Through

    To be moderated by your peers

    You’ve championed the cause – get people on board and all levels of the organisation to contribute in driving the culture and interests. The board has bought in, and research has been done telling you what people want. What now?

    This discussion group is aimed at how to keep engagement ...


    Understanding Blockchain Tech

    To be moderated by your peers

    Widespread shared databases, or distributed ledgers, can hold immense value to an organization. They can update and execute in real time while remaining exponentially more secure, as there it is stored on numerous databases simultaneously. It has been the underlying system of Bitcoin, and ...


  • The State of the IT Department 2016

    Moderated by your peers

    Getting beyond the fads and “nice-to-haves”, this discussion group is a dive into the tangible day-to-day issues we are currently facing as CIOs. Topics to be covered will be:

    • Harnessing globalization

    • Staffing and the talent management

    • Security

    • Leveraging other p...


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