What Is WISF 2018

Join us at Australia’s World Innovation and Strategy Forum 2018 (WISF) and be part of a special program, packed with energy and designed to provide you with new skills, perspectives and ideas. This event, the first-of-its-kind, will strengthen your leadership skills and strategic thinking, alongside other C-level executives, over 2 days of networking and learning.

Characterised as, a triathlon for business leaders, Board Directors and professionals, WISF 2018 contains three Masterclasses focused on the most pressing organisational needs of today:

  • Innovation and Value Creation (Blue Ocean Strategy) 
  • Digital Readiness (Digital Transformation Strategy)
  • Asset Protection in the Age of Connectivity (Cybersecurity Strategy)

The Masterclasses will cover the building blocks and application of three Strategies, while allowing participants to share ideas and challenges in a series of round-table discussions. The round-table discussions are an excellent opportunity to hear what you peers think and, thus, draw on wisdom of the crowd.

Blue Ocean Strategy Masterclass
Digital Transformation Strategy Masterclass
Cybersecurity Strategy Masterclass

WISF 2018 Topics Include...

Blue Ocean Strategy

A systematic approach to making competition irrelevant

Blue Ocean Tools

Visualising Strategy, Strategy Canvas, Buyer Utility Map

Digital Transformation Strategy

Business Drivers

Digital Transformation Strategy

Key Elements and Critical Success Factors

Cybersecurity Landscape

Emerging Threats, Actors, Innovation

Cybersecurity Strategy

Key Elements and Success Factors

Why Attend WISF 2018

The goal of WISF 2018 is to help you expand your expertise and influence.   

WISF 2018 will allow you to:

  • Move yourself, your team and organisation to new levels of confidence and market creation
  • Learn how to seize new growth in a way where you own and drive the process
  • Understand how to move beyond competing and make competing irrelevant
  • Gain insight into the legal and regulatory environment related to cybersecurity
  • Grow your professional network, with opportunities to collaborate with fellow senior executives
  • Strengthen your professional development and gain a certificate of professional excellence.

Who Should Attend

The Strategic "Triathlon" will attract CEOs, Senior Executives, Finance Practitioners, Human Resources Professionals from both the public and private sectors.  The event is also suited to:

  • Board Directors
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Chief Customer Officer
  • Chief Data Officer
  • Managers and executives
  • Business professionals

WISF 2018 Program


08:00-08:50  Registration

08:50-09:00  Official Opening and Overview of Day 1

09:00-10:30  Digital Transformation Strategy Masterclass (Introductions, Overview and Roundtable Discussions)

10:30-11:00  Morning Tea

11:00-13:00  Digital Transformation Strategy Masterclass (Practical Sessions)

13:00-14:00  Lunch

14:00-15:30  Blue Ocean Strategy Masterclass (Introductions, Overview and Roundtable discussions)

15:30-15:45  Afternoon Tea

15:45-17:30  Blue Ocean Strategy Masterclass (Practical Sessions)

17:30-19:30  Networking Drink Reception

08:00-08:50  Registration

08:50-09:00  Overview of Day 2

09:00-10:30  Cyber Security Strategy Masterclass (Introductions, Overview and Roundtable Discussions)

10:30-10:45  Morning Tea

10:45-12:45  Cyber Security Strategy Masterclass (Practical Sessions)

12:45-13:00  Certificate Presentation and Official Closing

13:00-14:00  Farewell Lunch

WISF 2018 Speakers

Mr Lani Refiti

CEO - IoTSec Australia Inc

Director - PwC

Lani is a 20-year veteran of the information/cybersecurity profession, specialising in emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and how they can support our digital transformation initiatives. 

In 2016, he co-founded IoTSec Australia Inc, a not-for-profit research and advocacy initiative to promote secure practices in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and regularly speaks at conferences on the subject. 

Lani is also a Director in PwC's Digital Trust practice in Brisbane.

Lani is the leader of the Cybersecurity Strategy Masterclass.

Mr Lani Refiti

Director - PwC

Ms Melissa Kaplan 

Chief Digital Advisor - Microsoft

Melissa assists senior business leaders in imagining, envisioning and designing their future digital state, as a digital transformation evangelist within Microsoft and the wider business community.

This is done through relationships with the CxOs of Microsoft clients, existing and new, guiding them through establishment and delivery of transformation programs, in partnership with Microsoft, to ensure exceptional outcomes.

Melissa has over 20 years experience designing and implementing leading-edge digital and technology solutions and strategies across a wide range of clients in multiple industries and government, in Australia, the United States and Europe.

Melissa has worked as a global product manager for Australian and multi-national technology companies, managing clients on the Forbes 100 list. This experience has provided her with the in-depth knowledge required to deliver large complex solutions to meet client requirements.

Her expertise in digital, knowledge, information and data systems means she is able to create innovative outcomes for her clients founded on proven technologies and platforms. Since 2009 Melissa has focused on the development and delivery of digital customer communication solutions. These solutions focus on anywhere personalised messaging ensuring an engaging customer experience.

Melissa is passionate about digital and new media innovation. She has published papers on the application of digital technologies on the customer experience and the impact of digital on the future of information management. She has presented at multiple industry and technical forums on the application of new and future technologies to improve the customer experience.

Areas of expertise:

•Digital strategies and solutions •Communication technologies •Knowledge and information systems •Data management •Innovation management •Market analysis •Program management •Research

Industry experience:

•Communication & Media •Federal, state & local government •Transport •Financial services •Defence Telecommunications •Energy

Melissa is the leader of the Blue Ocean Strategy Masterclass.

Ms Melissa Kaplan

Chief Digital Advisor - Microsoft

Dr Nick Tate

National Vice-President - Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Dr Nick Tate has over 40 years’ experience in the field of Information Technology including 16 years as a CIO/IT Director at two London banks and at the University of Queensland (UQ).  He has worked in the UK, Europe, Middle East, North America and Australia, including 20 years with investment/commercial banks.  In his 2 years at Macquarie Bank in Sydney he had responsibility for Global IT infrastructure.

In 2010, he chaired the World Computer Congress.  As National President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) during 2012 and 2013, Nick was the effective leader of the Australian ICT profession and he continues to chair the Queensland branch of the ACS.

From 1999 to 2010, he led the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), which responded to ICT Security incidents and was the national CERT for Australia.  He is the co-founder of both the annual AusCERT IT Security conference and the annual eResearch Australasia conference and he continues to co-chair the latter.  He is the founding Director of the ACS Future Leaders Institute (FLI) and a founding faculty member of the African Leadership Institute (ALI).

Nick has 16 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 Australian and 2 US companies and has published over 30 columns on IT in the Australian Newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald and elsewhere.

Nick is the leader of the Digital Transformation Strategy Masterclass.

Mr Nick Tate

National Vice-President - Australian Computer Society

WISF 2018 Fees and Registration

Group Discounts: 2 delegates - 10% off the total, 3 delegates - 20% off the total, register 4 delegates and receive 5 th registration free. Please send an email with details to enquiries@mbs-conventions.com.au and we will send you an invoice.

Pay by InvoicePlease send an email with details to enquiries@mbs-conventions.com.au.

WISF 2018 Accommodation

We have secured special rates for WISF 2018 attendees with Hilton Brisbane.  To book your accommodation, click on the picture below, specify your arrival and departure dates and enter WISF in the Group Code field:

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