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Wednesday, 29 November, 2023 at 5:30pm (AEDT)

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Microsoft Reactor Sydney
10/11 York St, Sydney NSW 2000


AI in Enterprise: Beyond the Hype

The hype around artificial intelligence promises incredible capabilities, but how can enterprises actually implement AI to drive real business impact? WhatsNext brings together AI leaders and implementers to share concrete strategies for AI adoption. Learn how industry pioneers are moving past speculation to extract tangible value from AI, like increased efficiency, better decision-making, and enhanced customer experiences. We’ll cut through the ethical debate to explore best practices for developing reliable, safe, and trustworthy systems. Walk away with a clear understanding of AI’s abilities and limitations, along with an actionable roadmap for leveraging AI to revolutionise your business. The AI revolution is here – join us to lead it.


Suzie Cardwell

Suzie Cardwell

Chief Data Officer, Nine

Suzie has a proven track record in leading digital transformation strategies and new data-led digital products that achieve commercial growth, with deep experience of digital and data platform development. She leads cross-functional teams in commercially-driven technology change and will bring a really unique perspective to the discussion.

John Mackenney

Practice Director, Digital Strategy Group APAC,

With over 15 years of experience in senior finance and digital roles, John is a passionate leader and advisor in customer experience transformation and digital innovation. Leveraging his credentials as a Chartered Global Management Accountant, a CPA, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors he guides the C-level executives of Adobe’s enterprise customers across various industries, especially in the financial sector using data-driven insights, digital benchmarking, customer journey mapping, and organizational assessments. John has extraordinary practical implementation experience and knowledge of industry trends and best practices, having led the digital transformation effort at Tourism Australia as the former GM of Digital Transformation and CFO.

Brett Matson

Head of AI/ML (ex-CEO of Funnelback)

Brett previously led search-technology company Funnelback through launch, acquisition, exporter award, expansion across Asia Pacific, the UK and North America, and recognition by Gartner as a visionary. His experience lies in search technology, analytics, SaaS, question answering, and knowledge graphs. He now serves as Principal Consultant at Clear Relevance and Head of AI and Machine Learning for Campfire, leveraging cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to digitise processes and create opportunities to reimagine how we improve both experiences and productivity.

Geoff Wenborn

Mulesoft (Salesforce)

With a track record of delivering strategic technology results, Geoff has served as a strategic/transform CIO/CTO in 8 different companies in numerous industry sectors and locations, including retail, banking and finance, health, oil and gas, utilities and not for profit. He is committed to delivering value from technology for business outcomes. Given his experience and longevity at the forefront of technology change in corporate environments, Geoff is a leader in transformational change, mergers and acquisitions, cultural leadership, cybersecurity, program execution and IT operational management.

Ben Cooper (moderator)

Innovation Partner and Strategist

Ben is an experienced digital leader across marketing, product and services. Working with M&C Saatchi and The Monkeys, he has developed innovative solutions that have made a real difference. Notably, Ben built an internal innovation firm, Tricky Jigsaw, that was integral to M&C Saatchi Group being ranked in the AFR’s Most Innovative Companies list for the last 9 consecutive years. He is a purposeful leader with an authentic and inclusive style, known for his ability to ‘shift the room’ and enable fearless work. His most recent achievement was developing Uber Snowstorm, resulting in significant improvement in employee participation and an essential shift in creative confidence inside Uber across the APAC region.

Visions of the future, from those who are making it.

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Jason Markou
Conor Smith
Ben Pintos-Oliver
Dianne van Dulken

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Felipe Duncan
Chelsea Duncan
Sameera Durrani
Paul Towers
Shayne Tanner


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