Digital Thought Leaders Series: Planning a Digital Strategy for During and Post COVID

Start time: 11.30am AEDT. Hear research-driven insights into how you can build a more digital-ready culture that responds quickly to fast-changing conditions and how a transformative model of learning and development is ideally suited for the current reality.
Digital Thought Leaders Series: Planning a Digital Strategy for During and Post COVID

The COVID crisis accelerated many changes already underway with digital transformation. But in doing so it also introduced huge amounts of uncertainty for managers and workers.

Investing and successfully building and maintaining Digital Twins can daunting, but the value can be significant.  Getting this fundamental step right and shaping the future for successful adoption of advanced technologies is the key to advancement. 

Join us on the Thursday 5th of November as our international experts discuss the what, why and how of digital transformation.

George Westerman, world-recognized thought leader and senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, will discuss how companies can thrive in a digitally-powered post-Covid world. He'll share research-driven insights on how you can position your company, and every employee, for success in digital transformation.  With the right approach, you can unleash the energy of every employee to constantly innovate the way you do business. 

Franz Kufner, Executive VP of Asia Pacific (Hexagon’s PPM Division) will then use real-world examples of how intelligent implementation of digital technology and how this technology can help engineers, contractors, and asset owners both during and post-COVID.

Key Takeaways

  • What is the key to success with digitalisation efforts and how can effective leaders lead digital change in your organisation
  • How to overcome the challenges with building and maintaining a digital twin
  • How to start and/or maintain momentum on your digital transformation journey
  • Local and Global case studies


Preliminary Program


 11.30 am - 11.35 am Welcome Address

 11.35 am – 12:35 pm Presentations and Discussion

 12.35 pm - 1.00 pm Online audience Q&A




George Westerman
Senior Lecturer | MIT Sloan School of Management
Principal Research Scientist | MIT Jameel World Education Lab

George Westerman is a world-recognized thought leader on leading transformation and competitive advantage through technological innovation. As a Senior Lecturer with the MIT Sloan School of Management, he conducts research on digital transformation and innovation culture.

George regularly conducts keynote presentations, senior executive workshops, and Board presentations around the world and has received wide acclaim for his books. He has also written numerous contributions for publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

George is a member of the Digital Strategy Roundtable for the US Library of Congress, Co-Chairman of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards, and faculty director for three MIT executive courses.

Prior to joining the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2002, George earned a doctorate from Harvard Business School, and gained more than thirteen years of experience in product development and technology management roles.


Franz Kufner
Executive Vice President | Hexagon APAC

Kufner is responsible for Hexagon PPM’s business operations in Asia-Pacific. Prior to this role, he was country manager for the Greater China region, and has also held business development positions with Hexagon. He also has managed Hexagon’s information management and material management solutions both globally and within the Asia-Pacific region. Franz has more than 26 years of EPC experience in the oil and gas, petrochemical and mining industries, where he has been responsible for the delivery of major capital projects in the capacity of manager of the engineering and projects departments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.



Prof Greg Foliente
Deputy Director, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) | The University of Melbourne

Prof Greg Foliente is Enterprise Professor in the Melbourne School of Engineering and Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS). He leads interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, education, consulting and collaboration initiatives that advance innovation in the urban systems and built environment sectors, with a primary focus towards improved sustainability, liveability and resilience.

Greg previously worked for over 20 years at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, where he led urban systems, buildings and infrastructure, and energy research. He is a strategic leader and facilitator, with a number of internationally recognised awards and achievements (including the ASCE James Croes Medal) and successful projects, including those undertaken with industry, UN agencies, the World Bank, AusAID and various Australian federal departments and state agencies.

Greg has led the development of international and national research and innovation agenda in a number of sectors. He also had previous visiting appointments in overseas research institutions in Asia (e.g., Building Research Institute in Japan), Europe (e.g., Fraunhofer and Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany) and the US (e.g., University of California – Berkeley).

Greg is currently co-editing a book on Geospatial Information and Technology in Pandemics, esp. focused on lessons and case studies during COVID-19 to improve community resilience.


Who should attend:

Construction, engineering, procurement/supply chain, oil & gas, utilities, power, infrastructure, transport, renewables, mining & metals, food & beverage, chemical/petrochemical, manufacturing


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05 / 11 / 2020 - 11:30 am to 01:00 pm
Registration Closes
05 / 11 / 2020 01:00 pm
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