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Building the 21st Century Organization - Hong Kong

The world is evolving apace. The matrix of capabilities available outside is increasing. The opportunity and the necessity to exploit digital opportunities is increasing, but our businesses and government organizations are having trouble evolving. This is because we have sleepwalked into the 21st century with 20th century business models, structures, talent and infrastructure. In order to evolve and thrive in the next couple of disruptive decades, we will need to become 21st Century Executives in 21st Century Organizations. In this briefing, we will explore what it means to become a 21st Century Organization, with presentations, interactive sessions and case examples.

Dave Aron

Global Research Director
Leading Edge Forum

Dave Aron, based in the UK, is Global Research Director for Leading Edge Forum.  In this position, he guides a series of global research initiatives aimed at helping CIOs and other Business/ IT leaders reimagine their organizations and leadership for a tech-driven future. Dave is the author of our 2017 reports, Unleashing Digital Talent for Fun and Profit and Winning in the 21st Century - A User's Guide.

Dave’s key areas of research include digital business, strategy and new business models.  Previously, Dave spent more than 12 years at Gartner, as a Gartner Fellow, focusing on strategy and CIO leadership issues.  Dave has more than 30 years’ experience in the IT business, and has been writing, speaking and teaching on digital business, IT strategy and other topics around the world for more than a decade.

Dave holds a BSc in Computer Science from Queen Mary College, and an MBA from London Business School.

Dave's alter ego is Mu, The 21st Century Anti-Strategist, which comprises Dave's distilled thoughts about what doesn't make sense as 20th century organizations sleepwalk into the 21st century.

Lewis Richards

Leading Edge Forum

Lewis Richards is the former researcher and self-styled Digital Chef for Leading Edge Forum.  He was responsible for research into Pro-active, Haptic Sensing and bringing additional value to clients as Head of our 21st Century Human Upgrade Programme Advisory practice, enabling clients to build hands-on digital skills. 

Lewis’ most recent publications are the Technology Trends and Me video series; AI & Me,  Automation & Me and VR & Me which provide insights on today's emerging trends as we try to make sense of the world around us. Prior to this, Lewis authored the report The Field Engineer of the Future – An LEF Xperience Lab Case Study.

Lewis is a seasoned IT leader having spent 16 years working for CSC where he performed a number of UK and International roles within Financial Service and the Corporate Office of Innovation.  Lewis managed the European Innovation Centre for CSC and worked with clients and partners to showcase Next Gen technologies whilst articulating how IT can address the needs of current business problems.

In his previous post, Lewis was responsible for Global Portfolio Management for CSC's Application Business.  This role involved the management of a diverse workforce and the reengineering of the applications business, including the adoption of a globalized portfolio management process and the implementation of product and technology roadmaps.

Lewis is passionate about collaboration and the cultural changes required to enhance business functions.

Lewis has a BSc from the University of Surrey and an MBA in Technology Management from the Open University.

Glen Robinson

Emerging Technology Director and Distinguished Engineer
Leading Edge Forum

Glen helps create 21st Century Humans.

Technology is constantly reinventing itself and keeping pace is a long-term investment.

In his role as Emerging Technology Director for the LEF, Glen is constantly exploring the emerging technology advances that will augment our lives, changing the way we think about everything.

Glen takes these learnings and delivers them to customers in the form of the Digital Experience Lab, or Xlab, which is part of the 21st Century Human programme. This haptic learning experience helps customers build confidence and competence in a vast array of digital tools that are available to them today. Using these responsibly to augment our lives in a positive way is the outcome of the workshops he runs, tasking attendees to consider their current level of digital maturity and injecting ideas for personal development and improvement through a more responsible, competent use of digital.

Glen also arranges Study Tours where he facilitates tours of global technology hubs, immersing customers in the technology they seek to understand the impact of better.

A frequent speaker at customer and industry events, Glen also leads the 21st Century Human community, is a STEM ambassador, a distinguished engineer for DXC Technology, passionate about the environment, and a very average surfer. Most of all, he enjoys helping others build the lifelong skills which make happy, healthy and more productive individuals, all essential capabilities needed for success in the 21st Century. 


07 Mar 2017

A chance to network.

Dave Aron, Global Research Director, Leading Edge Forum.

Dave Aron, Global Research Director, Leading Edge Forum.

Beyond implementing specific ‘digital’ technologies and responding to current digital trends, what will it take to be a successful business/government agency in the next two decades?  In this session, Dave will introduce LEF’s view of the key components of the 21st Century Organization.

Lewis Richards, Researcher, Leading Edge Forum.

Lewis Richards runs the LEF programme into Consumerization and the IoT as well as our hands-on advisory service that we call the Xperience Lab.  As part of his research, Lewis investigates the key trends that we see emerging in technology and asks the question ‘what does it mean to me as an individual?’.  As humans first and employees second, Lewis’s research is predicated on examining the skillsets and understanding needed to be a 21st century human and truly engage in the digital world that surrounds us.  As we look to examine the talent needed for the 21st century business, we test the premise of what is required when thinking about digital skills.  Whether it is learning to fly drones, immersing himself in virtual worlds or testing his own DNA, the purpose of our research is to bring to life and contextualize the challenges of operating in the world of the matrix. 

A chance to network.

Glen Robinson, Research Associate, Leading Edge Forum.

Cloud is a disruptive force that is changing the way IT is consumed, operated, designed and procured.  The value is uncontestable and the benefits some organizations are realizing is well evidenced.  But there are lots of flavours of cloud – the technology and provider ecosystem is still evolving rapidly – and it requires a fundamentally different set of skills to unlock the full potential.  Glen’s session will challenge you as to the readiness of your organization to consume cloud effectively.  We’ll also dip into the future, look at where cloud is going, and how this may impact your current decisions around cloud adoption.  The 21st Century Organization is outside-in and cloud enabled.  How ready are you?”

Dave Aron, Global Research Director, Leading Edge Forum.

We are entering an era of ever more intense global wars for talent.  Most CIOs are hurting for digital talent and productivity.  Some are employing breakthrough techniques, like reverse mentoring, accessing internal and external talent marketplaces, hiring pre-formed teams and using self-managed teams.  What are the most powerful breakthrough practices for attracting and unleashing talent?  What are the success factors and ‘gotchas’ in exploiting them?

A chance to network.

Start: 07 Mar 2017 09:00
Finish: 07 Mar 2017 13:30

The Langham, Hong Kong


Attendance at this event is open to CIOs and senior business leaders from large end-user organizations.

Should you have any questions about the event, please contact Jane Kingston by telephone on +44 (0)7768 643936, or by email at:  

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