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Directors on Digital

A new podcast series brought to you by Company Director in partnership with Microsoft. Join host Alan Kohler in conversation with CSIRO Chair David Thodey AO FAICD, Commonwealth Bank Chairman Catherine Livingstone AO FAICD, ZipCo chair Diane Smith Gander FAICD, BCA president Tim Reed and Faethm.ai chair Yasmin Allen FAICD and more.


Bonus Episode - An Insider's guide to data governance, AI and turtle surveillance.


This bonus episode of Directors on Digital shares the extended insights of Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Lee Hickin, with introduction and narration by Narelle Hooper, Editor in Chief of Company Director magazine.

 


Guest 1: Lee Hickin, Chief Technology Officer Microsoft Australia.

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Episode 6 - Moving up the digital maturity curve

In this episode, we invite directors to reflect on the current and hoped-for future states of their organisation and what’s needed to adapt. They also discuss what directors can do to expand their own learning.

 

Guest 1: Diane Smith-Gander AO FAICD, chair ZipCo, non-executive director AGL Energy, HBF Health, and Safe Work Australia.  

Guest 2: Wendy Stops GAICD, non-executive director Coles Group, Blackmores and NFP Fitted for Work.

Guest 3 Omar Abbosh, Corporate Vice President, Industry Solutions at Microsoft and non-executive board member Zuora.

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Episode 5 - We need to talk about risk

 

In this episode, we look at how boards are reassessing the risks required to create value in the digital world and how they can better negotiate the issues.

  

Guest 1: Siobhan McKenna, director of Woolworths and Nova Entertainment, executive chair of Foxtel, Fox Sports and Sky News

Guest 2: Peeyush Gupta, director of NAB, SBS and Link Group, and chair of Charter Hall Long WALE REIT.

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Episode 4 - Leveraging data for value creation

In this episode, we look at security and privacy concerns, the biases that can underpin AI algorithms, and how boards need to ensure their organisations use data responsibly and understand how to unlock the potential value for their businesses.

Guest 1:  Yasmin Allen FAICD, chair of the federally funded Digital Skills Organisation, work futures platform Faethm.ai, and non-executive director at ASX, Cochlear and Santos

Guest 2: Tim Reed, president of the Business Council of Australia

Guest 3: Lee Hickin, chief technology officer, Microsoft Australia

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Episode 3 - Collaboration: The key to unlocking innovation

In this episode, we explore how boards can embark on new partnerships and reposition their business as part of the broader ecosystem.

Guest 1:  Deanne Stewart, CEO of Aware Super
Guest 2: Josephine Sukkar, founder and principal of Buildcorp

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Episode 2 - Why leadership matters more than ever: balancing wellbeing, empathy, purpose and performance

In this episode, we explore the new leadership mindsets driving innovation and balancing performance and wellbeing during digital transformation.

Guest 1:  Dr Peter Fuda, leadership adviser, author and professor of management
Guest 2: John Mullen, chair of Telstra and Brambles
Guest 3: Steven Worrall, managing director Microsoft Australia

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Episode 1 - From surviving to thriving: maintaining innovation momentum

Join Alan Kohler as he speaks with Catherine Livingstone, chairman of the Commonwealth Bank, and David Thodey, chair of CSIRO, Tyro and Xero.

Over just a few short months, Australian businesses saw years’ worth of digital transformation. If digitalisation was gathering pace in the decade leading up to 2020, the global pandemic accelerated it dramatically, unlocking remarkable examples of innovation.

The question is now, how do directors maintain the momentum, build on the digital confidence gained and seize the huge opportunity that digital technology presents? In this episode, we explore the challenges for board directors moving their businesses from survival mode to seize the huge opportunity that digital technology presents.

Guest 1: Catherine Livingstone, AO FAICD, chairman of the Commonwealth Bank
Guest 2: David Thodey, AO FAICD ,chair of CSIRO, Tyro and Xero

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Episode 1 - From surviving to thriving: Maintaining innovation momentum

26 July

Guests

David Thodey AO FAICD
Chair, CSIRO

Catherine Livingstone AO FAICD
Chairman, Commonwealth Bank

Episode 2 - Balancing high performance and wellbeing

5 July

Alan Kohler AM delves into the world of leadership in conversation with Steven Worrall, managing director Microsoft Australia, Peter Fuda, leadership adviser, author and professor of management, and John Mullen, chair of Telstra and Brambles in Episode 2 of Directors on Digital, brought to you by Microsoft and Company Director, the member magazine of the AICD

In a post-pandemic world, the quality and type of leadership matters more than ever.  So how can boards and directors adopt new mindsets and practices that deliver the right kind of leadership to maintain the positive momentum many businesses have grasped?

In this episode, we look at how trust is at the core of good leadership, explore the challenges of ensuring employee wellbeing and performance, and how directors can get up to speed in understanding and delivering innovation and transformation across their businesses.

Guest 1: Steven Worrall, managing director Microsoft Australia

Guest 2: Peter Fuda, leadership adviser, author and professor of management

Guest 3: John Mullen, chair Telstra and Brambles

Episode 3 - Collaboration: the key to unlocking innovation

12 July

Collaboration is core to value creation as Alan Kohler AM reveals. He speaks with Josephine Sukkar AM AAICD, founder and principal of Buildcorp, director of Washington H Soul Pattinson and chair of the Australian Sports Commission, and Deanne Stewart GAICD, CEO of Australia’s second-largest industry super fund, Aware Super, in Episode 3 of Directors on Digital, brought to you by Microsoft and Company Director, the member magazine of the AICD, we explore how boards can embark on new partnerships and reposition their business as part of the broader ecosystem — and how they transform engagements among internal and external stakeholders.

Guest 1: Deanne Stewart, GAICD CEO of Aware Super

Guest 2: Josephine Sukkar, AM AAICD founder and principal of Buildcorp, director of Washington H Soul Pattinson and chair of Australian Sports Commission

Episode 4 - Leveraging data for value creation

19 July

Alan Kohler AM explores the world of data with Yasmin Allen FAICD, chair of the Digital Skills Organisation and work futures platform Faethm.ai, and non-executive director at ASX, Cochlear and Santos, Tim Reed, president of the Business Council of Australia, and Lee Hickin, chief technology officer, Microsoft Australia, in Episode 4 of Directors on Digital, brought to you by Microsoft and Company Director, the member magazine of the AICD.

Smart digital transformation offers significant opportunities for gathering valuable data about the organisation and the customer.

In this episode, we look at security and privacy concerns, the biases that can underpin AI algorithms, and how boards need to ensure their organisations use data responsibly and understand how to unlock the potential value for their businesses.

Guest 1: Yasmin Allen FAICD, chair of the federally funded Digital Skills Organisation, work futures platform Faethm.ai, and non-executive director at ASX, Cochlear and Santos 

Guest 2: Tim Reed, president of the Business Council of Australia

Guest 3: Lee Hickin, chief technology officer, Microsoft Australia

Episode 5 - We need to talk about risk

26 July

How’s your appetite for risk, asks Alan Kohler AM. He speaks with Siobhan McKenna, director of Woolworths and Nova Entertainment, executive chair of Foxtel, Fox Sports and Sky News, and Peeyush Gupta AM FAICD, director of NAB, SBS and Link Group, and chair of Charter Hall Long WALE REIT, in Episode 5 of Directors on Digital, brought to you by Microsoft and Company Director, the member magazine of the AICD

In the wake of the pandemic, boards have a much more acute awareness of long-term risks. In this episode, we look at how boards are reassessing the risks required to create value in the digital world and how they can better negotiate the issues.

Guest 1: Siobhan McKenna, director of Woolworths and Nova Entertainment, executive chair of Foxtel, Fox Sports and Sky News

Guest 2: Peeyush Gupta, director of NAB, SBS and Link Group, and chair of Charter Hall Long WALE REIT.

Episode 6 - Moving up the maturity curve: Essential ingredients for sustainable innovation

2 August

Alan Kohler explores how boards can deepen innovative capability over time. He speaks with Diane Smith-Gander, AO FAICD, chair, ZipCo Limited; non-executive director, AGL Energy, HBF Health, and Safe Work Australia, Wendy Stops GAICD, non-executive director Coles Group, Blackmores and NFP Fitted for Work and Omar Abbosh, Corporate Vice President: Industry Solutions at Microsoft and non-executive board member Zuora, in Episode 6 of Directors on Digital, brought to you by Microsoft and Company Director, the member magazine of the AICD.

They invite directors to reflect on the current and hoped-for future states of their organisation and what’s needed to adapt. They also discuss what directors can do to expand their own learning.

Guest 1: Diane Smith-Gander AO FAICD, chair ZipCo, non-executive director AGL Energy, HBF Health, and Safe Work Australia. 

Guest 2: Wendy Stops GAICD, non-executive director Coles Group, Blackmores and NFP Fitted for Work.

Guest 3: Omar Abbosh, Corporate Vice President: Industry Solutions at Microsoft and non-executive board member Zuora

 

Bonus Episode - An Insider's guide to data governance, AI and turtle surveillance.

27 September

This bonus episode of Directors on Digital shares the extended insights of Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Lee Hickin, with introduction and narration by Narelle Hooper, Editor in Chief of Company Director magazine. This episode will deepen directors’ understanding of why correct digital hygiene and management is the engine of successful digital transformation. Lee Hickin outlines the importance of getting the basics of good data governance right - what's vital to protect and how to do that well. To wrap up, he also shares his favourite examples of where AI is being used successfully and what responsible use of AI really requires.

Host: Narelle Hooper MAICD, Editor-in-Chief Company Director magazine.

Guest 1: Lee Hickin, Chief Technology Officer Microsoft Australia.

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