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Global CIO Institute: Stanford University (June 2023)

June 29

Global CIO Institute: Stanford University

Stanford University, California

Thursday June 29th 2023

8:00 - 6:30 PDT

Event Summary

The inaugural CIO Institute San Francisco brings together leading minds in technology to explore the latest trends and challenges facing today's CIOs.

The agenda focuses on five key themes that are critical for any modern technology leader:

  • Security,
  • AI,
  • Digital Transformation,
  • Risk Management,
  • Data Strategy.

Our expert speakers will share their insights and experiences on how to navigate these complex and rapidly evolving fields, and offer practical solutions to the most pressing issues facing technology leaders today. Join us for a thought-provoking and informative event that will help you stay ahead of the curve in this ever-changing landscape.

Featured Attendees

Meet the Chair

Jennifer M. Krolikowski, 

Former CIO, Space Systems Command


Dr Beverly McCann

Senior Cyber Security Analyst





Fabian Libeau

VP of Sales, EMEA



As technology continues to evolve at an exponential rate, the role of CIOs and IT leadership is rapidly changing. In this panel discussion, we will explore the key trends and challenges that are likely to shape the future of IT leadership and discuss the skills and strategies that CIOs will need to adopt to stay ahead.

  • Augmenting your workforce with artificial intelligence and automation
  • Delivering the best hybrid of old and new worlds
  • Incorporating technology into your broader business strategy to accelerate organizational objectives
  • Becoming an ‘agent for change’ - transforming business operations and driving revenue growth


  • Lutz Beck, CIO, Daimler
  • Ahsan Baig, CIO, AC Transit

It is becoming increasingly important to develop an effective cloud migration strategy that meets their business needs while maximizing the benefits of the cloud. In this session, we will explore the key considerations and best practices for designing and deploying the optimum cloud migration strategy.

  • Cloud security and compliance - data protection, access control, and regulatory compliance
  • Factors for deploying a successful cloud migration strategy -  governance, change management, and cost optimization

Businesses are striving to remain competitive and relevant in a rapidly changing market, and agile transformation has become an increasingly popular solution. Agile transformation is more than just a set of methodologies, it's a mindset and culture shift that requires the active involvement of every member of the organization. In this round table session, we will discuss how you can drive organizational culture through agile transformation.

  • Understanding about agile methodologies
  • Agile team building 
  • Selecting the optimum agile workflows for your team

Join this interactive boardroom discussion moderated by Saumya Vardhan, Director of Digital Transformation, Yahoo!

With shorter development cycles and increasing customer demands, you need to find ways to accelerate innovation while ensuring that your software meets the highest quality standards.

This session focuses on the importance of feature management in modern software development. It will explore how feature management platforms can help you and your teams move faster with confidence, improve developer productivity, and deliver a better user experience.

  • Best practices for implementing feature management, including how to effectively manage feature flags, rollouts, and permissions
  • Empower business stakeholders with more control over the digital experience
  • Increase developer productivity, creativity, and satisfaction

A Modern Data Strategy, based on a logical data architecture and powered by data virtualization is essential to enable organizations to leverage their enterprise data to its fullest and make better business decisions. This session will explore how companies can focus on their business goals without having to stop and figure out how to access, integrate, govern, and provision data.

  • Enable business users to immediately and easily access the data they need without worrying about where it is housed, how it is formatted, or how quickly it changes.
  • Logically connect to the data as needed, leaving the source data in its original locations instead of spending laborious time and effort in physically moving and duplicating large volumes of data from different sources into a centralized location.
  • Abstract consumers from complexities of data access and enable seamless migration from on-prem to cloud data sources without business disruption by providing an intelligent access layer between data consumers and data sources.

Moderated by Daniel Lender, Chief Financial Officer, Denodo.

As technology continues to advance, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming an integral part of many businesses, including their security systems. However, as AI becomes more prevalent, so do the risks of offensive AI attacks. These attacks can have devastating consequences, ranging from reputational damage to financial losses and even legal implications. It's critical to understand the importance of building organisational resilience against these attacks.
  • The ways in which offensive AI attacks can harm an organisation and the steps you can be take to avoid them
  • Investing in the right security technologies, training employees to identify and respond to potential threats, and creating a comprehensive incident response plan
  • Ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI in security systems and you can balance the benefits of AI with the risks

Join this keynote with Sujeet Bambawale, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at 7-Eleven

As you strive to streamline processes and increase efficiencies, one of the most effective ways to achieve optimum productivity is through automation. This session will explore how automation can help eliminate manual processes, reduce errors, and free up valuable time for IT teams to focus on more strategic initiatives.

  • Deliver automated workflows faster, seamlessly connecting systems and teams, across any technology you currently use
  • Automation at scale across platforms

As you are harnessing the power of AI to improve operations and gain a competitive edge, one of the biggest challenges in implementing AI is preparing the data pipelines that will be used to train these systems.

  • Governance and the need to establish clear policies and procedures for managing data
  • The importance of continuous monitoring and feedback to ensure that data pipelines are operating at peak performance
  • Data preparation and pipeline management, including data wrangling, ETL (extract, transform, load), and data augmentation techniques.

In today's fast-paced business environment, agility and speed are essential to keep up with customer demands and market changes. To enable rapid transformation and innovation, low-code development has emerged as a powerful tool for CIOs to accelerate software delivery and reduce development costs.

In this session, we will explore how low-code development can empower CIOs to transform their organizations by building applications faster, with fewer resources and at lower costs.

  • Key benefits of low-code development, including its ability to enable citizen developers to build custom applications, improve collaboration between IT and business teams, and reduce time-to-market
  • Real-world examples of how leading organizations have successfully leveraged low-code development to streamline business processes, enhance customer experiences, and drive revenue growth
  • Best practices for governance, security, and scalability

Join this interactive boardroom in partnership with Appian

Buffet lunch and networking

Ransomware attacks are one of the most significant threats facing organizations today. A successful ransomware attack can have devastating consequences, including data loss, downtime, and reputational damage. Therefore, it's crucial to be well-prepared to prevent and respond to these attacks.

This session will explore:

  • Examining the latest ransomware attack trends, including how ransomware gangs are evolving their tactics and techniques to evade detection
  • Implementing multi-layered security controls, providing regular security awareness training to employees, and conducting regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing
  • How to respond in the event of a ransomware attack, including how to contain the attack, assess the impact, and decide whether to pay the ransom
  • Guidance on creating and testing incident response plans and engaging with law enforcement and third-party cybersecurity experts

Join this keynote with Upendra Mardikar, EVP and CISO at TIAA

IT infrastructure has become increasingly complex, with many organizations struggling to manage multiple systems, applications, and devices. This complexity can negatively impact user experience, leading to frustration and decreased productivity. This session explores the challenges of managing complex IT environments, including issues with scalability, security, and maintenance.

  • Strategies and technologies for simplifying IT infrastructure, including cloud computing, virtualization, and software-defined networking
  • Adopting a user-centric approach to IT infrastructure design
  • Incorporating user experience principles into IT architecture

AI and machine learning have the potential to transform customer experience, by enabling businesses to analyze vast amounts of customer data, and personalize interactions at scale. This session will explore the various types of customer data that can be analyzed using AI and machine learning, including customer behavior, preferences, and feedback.

  • Types of customer data, including customer behavior, preferences, and feedback
  • Applications, including personalized recommendations, chatbots, and voice assistants
  • The importance of data privacy and transparency in implementing these technologies

Join this neynote session with Sanjay Agrawal, Global CIO and VP, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials

In today's data-driven world, Business Intelligence (BI) has become a critical tool for organizations to make informed decisions, improve operational efficiency, and gain a competitive advantage. However, implementing a successful BI strategy can be challenging, and requires careful planning and execution.

In this conference session, we will explore the critical factors that you should consider when implementing a BI strategy

  • The role of data governance in ensuring data accuracy, consistency, and security
  • Selecting the right BI tools and technologies that can meet the organization's specific needs, budget, and resources
  • Training and upskilling employees to ensure they can effectively use the BI tools and technologies

The benefits of creating an inclusive work environment are numerous, from increased employee engagement and productivity to improved retention rates and a better reputation in the marketplace. However, developing an inclusive culture requires intentional effort, particularly in building a diverse team.

  • Best practices for creating an inclusive culture
  • Attract and retain diverse talent
  • The importance of unconscious bias training
  • Establish a culture of inclusivity from the top down

Join this Keynote with Komal Lahiri, VP Global Privacy and DEI Champion, Meta

As more and more employees work remotely, ensuring secure access to company resources is crucial for the success of any organization. In this session, we will explore how a cloud-first security architecture can help you upgrade your remote access capabilities and keep your business secure.

  • Benefits of a cloud-first approach to security, including the ability to scale quickly, reduce costs, and improve flexibility
  • How cloud-based security solutions can help you protect your network and data from cyber threats and attacks
  • Overcoming common challenges when implementing cloud-based security solutions, including legacy systems and cultural resistance to change

Attracting and retaining top talent is crucial to the success of your organization. To do this, you need to create an employee-first culture that prioritizes the needs and well-being of your team. This session will explore  the benefits of creating a positive workplace culture, including increased employee engagement, productivity, and job satisfaction.

  • Create a culture of open communication that empowers employees to share their ideas and feedback
  • how providing opportunities for growth, recognizing and rewarding employees, fostering a positive work environment, prioritizing work-life balance, and offering competitive compensation and benefits

Join this keynote session with Datta Junnarkar, CIO, Boeing - Autonomous Maritime Division

Networking and prize draw

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