The CIO Workshop has given us a front-row seat to bear witness to how innovation and technology have improved the way Singapore works and lives over the past 31 years.

In 2018, we will be visiting Shenzhen, China, one of China’s largest cities as well as its wealthiest. In just 40 years, the city transformed from a small village to a fusion hub of advanced manufacturing, technology leaders, and startups. The visit to Shenzhen will provide insights into the city’s thriving innovation ecosystem.

As China continues its journey towards a more balanced growth, fuelled by higher domestic consumption and services, its digital capabilities and innovative foresight will determine much of its
success. The widespread use of the internet has placed the country in a uniquely positive position, with over 670 million internet users and counting. During our visit, we will meet with market leaders as they share how China is leveraging its digital connectivity in innovative ways and how they are poised for exponential growth.


Stamford Ballroom, Level 4, Raffles City Convention Centre 80 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189560


Professor Subra Suresh

President, Nanyang Technology University (NTU) 

We are at the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution that will disrupt the way we live, work, interact, and create economic value. From transportation to the way we communicate, automation is creating tremendous opportunities in the workplace. Professor Suresh, who is also the co-chair of the Global Future Council on Manufacturing and Production Systems for the World Economic Forum, will share insights as to how responsive and responsible leaders in their organizations can harness the power of the fourth industrial revolution for long-term advantage and shareholder value.


Azran Osman-Rani

Disruptive Innovator; Former CEO of AirAsia X  and iflix

With his immense experience in leading businesses from start-ups to IPO, Azran will share his insights on cultivating a global mindset for organizational success and the importance of harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit within organizations to maximize the human capital potential.


Dr. David Hanson (and Sophia the robot)

Founder and CEO, Hanson Robotics

Giving rise to genius machines with superhuman intelligence, empathy and expressiveness, Dr. David Hanson has received international acclaim for creating the world’s most humanlike robots, most notably celebrity humanoid, Sophia. Truly a renaissance man for our time, Dr. Hanson combines vast technical expertise in AI and robotics with the artistry of a sculptor, the insights of a cognitive scientist and an extraordinary vision of bringing humanoids to everything from autism treatment and caregiving to scientific research and customer service. Inspirational and engaging, Dr. Hanson will share his vision of a fast-arriving future in which emotionally-connected robots are not only a part of our everyday lives and businesses, but may actually reinvent what it means to be human. 


Site Visit to NTU Eco Campus

The Nanyang Technological University’s strengths in many key components driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as robotics, artificial intelligence and the internet of things, has drawn interest from start-ups, global firms, other universities and government agencies to set up partnerships and programmes that foster innovation. The site visit to NTU EcoCampus will give delegates a better understanding of the technologies will support Singapore’s transformation into Smart Nation and help enable the country’s digital economy.


Global Information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by a commitment to sound operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud technology and services.

Our ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. With 180,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a Better Connected World.

Tencent Internet Value-Added Service

Founded in November 1998, Tencent is a leading provider of Internet value-added services in China.Since its establishment, Tencent has maintained steady growth under its user-oriented operating strategies.On June 16, 2004, Tencent Holdings Limited (SEHK 700) went public on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

It is Tencent’s mission to enhance the quality of human life through Internet services. Presently, Tencent provides social platforms and digital content services under the “Connection” Strategy. Tencent’s leading Internet platforms in China – QQ (QQ Instant Messenger), Weixin/WeChat,, QQ Games, Qzone, and Tenpay – have brought together China’s largest Internet community, to meet the various needs of Internet users including communication, information, entertainment, financial services, and others. As of March 31, 2017, the monthly active user accounts of QQ was 861 million while its peak concurrent user accounts reached266 million. Combined MAU of Weixin and WeChat was 938 million.

The development of Tencent has profoundly influenced the ways hundreds of millions of Internet users communicate with one another as well as their lifestyles. It also brings possibilities of a wider range of applications to China’s Internet industry.

DJI Drone technology

DJI has grown from a single office in 2006 to a global the workforce of over 11,000 employees today, with offices in China, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, and Korea. As a privately owned and the operated company, DJI supports creative, commercial, and not-for-profit applications of aerial robotics and handheld gimbals.

DJI’s technology empowers people to capture images that were previously out of reach. Our flying platforms and camera stabilization systems redefine perspectives and movement. Beautiful photos and videos, treasured personal memories, as well as high-end professional imagery are captured every day, in every corner of the world, by DJI products. We do this through an unparalleled commitment to R&D, a culture of constant innovation and curiosity, and a focus on transforming complex technology into easy-to-use devices. Building on the ethos of “form follows function,” our products combine advanced technology with dynamic design.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018, Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189560
Registration and Networking
Guests to be seated
Welcome Address
Sam Liew, Managing Director, Technology Lead, ASEAN for Accenture
Chairman for 31st CIO Board of Advisors
Opening Remarks
Alvin Ong, President of ITMA
Professor Subra Suresh
Networking Break
Azran Osman-Rani
Dr. David Hanson and Sophia the Robot
Networking Lunch
Depart for Site Visit
NTU EcoCampus Visit
End of Workshop / Depart for Hotel
Wednesday, 16th May 2018, Shenzhen
Changi International Airport
Depart Singapore on MI 962
Shenzhen Bao'An International Airport
Clear immigration and customs
From Shenzhen Bao'An International Airport
Travel to Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen
Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen
Check-in and lunch
Travel to Tencent
Travel to Dinner
Welcome Dinner
Return to Hotel
End of Day
Thursday, 17 May 2018, Shenzhen
Travel to Huawei
Networking Lunch hosted by Huawei
Travel to Long Gang District
Site Visit
Long Gang District - Smart City
Return to Hotel
Networking Dinner at Futian, Shangri-La
End of Day
Friday, 18 May 2018, Shenzhen
Travel to DJI
Depart for Lunch
Closing Lunch
End of Workshop / Depart for hotel
Saturday, 19 May 2018, Shenzhen
From Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen
Depart for Shenzhen Bao'An International Airport
Shenzhen Bao'An International Airport
Depart Shenzhen on Silkair MI 965
Changi International Airport
Arrive in Singapore


To create a stimulating programme, we have invited gurus, experts, and industry leaders to present insights and personal experiences on the world economy, leadership, latest IT trends and case studies.

Be sure to catch prominent speakers such as:

Professor Subra SureshPresident, NTU

Professor Subra Suresh is the current President of Nanyang Technological University. He was the ninth President of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) from 2013 to 2017. Previously, he also served as director of the US National Science Foundation, a $7 billion independent federal agency charged with advancing all fields of fundamental science and engineering research and related education.

Professor Suresh has a deep understanding of higher education and research systems in North America, Europe, Singapore, India, and China, having actively engaged with various public and private agencies, boards and individual researchers across these regions, to advance research, education, and innovation. His research in materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and computational biology, has helped to shape disciplines and technologies at the intersections of engineering, science, and medicine. He is the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Manufacturing and Production Systems.

Azran Osman-Rani

Disruptive Innovator, Former CEO of AirAsiaX & iflix

As someone who has built, and continues to build, ‘attacker’ businesses and lead teams from start-up to IPO, Azran passionately believes that organizations and corporations can deploy similar structures, focus and creativity that single-minded entrepreneurs have used to create break-through business models and innovative products and services.

Dr. David Hanson and Sophia

Founder and CEO, Hanson Robotics

Dr. David Hanson is the founder of Hanson Robotics and a modern-day renaissance man who has built a worldwide reputation for creating robots that look and act amazingly human. After working at Disney as an “Imagineer”, Dr Hanson believes that three distinctively human traits must be integrated into the artificial intelligence of these genius machines Creatively, empathy, and compassion as an extension of human intelligence. Hanson Robotics’ genius machines can evolve to solve world problems too complex for humans to solve themselves.


We would like to acknowledge and thank the following organizations for their generous support. Click on the company’s logo to learn more.

Diamond Sponsor

Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) is one of Huawei’s three business groups, providing a range of products including mobile phones, mobile broadband (MBB) devices and home devices. Discover more at Huawei.

Gold Sponsor

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at

Silver Sponsor

The Oracle Cloud delivers hundreds of SaaS applications and enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries and territories while processing 55 billion transactions a day. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at

Board of Advisors

The CIO Workshop is supported by a group of Board of Advisors comprising the ITMA representatives and other prominent IT leaders from both private and public sector organizations.

These individuals establish the focus of the workshop, pinpoint issues to address and invite visionaries and industry leaders to speak on these subjects.


Chairman, Board of Advisors
for 31st CIO Workshop
MD and ASEAN Technology Lead Accenture


Managing Director


Managing Director, Airport Operations
Changi Airport Group



Senior Director (Cluster Group)


Assistant Commissioner,
Taxpayer Services Division
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore


Chief Information Officer
M1 Limited


Ministry of Defence


Vice President (Admin)
Ministry of Education


Vice President
Global Infrastructure and IS Service Centers Molex


Group Chief Information Officer
Musim Mas Holdings


Chief Information Officer


Head of Group Technology Services


IT Consultant

CIO Story

The CIO Workshop was created and piloted by Accenture USA in 1986. In 1988, Accenture Singapore brought the CIO Workshop to Singapore for the first time and jointly organized it in partnership with the Information Technology Management Association (ITMA). The ITMA was previously known as the Data Processing Management Association of Singapore. After more than two decades, Accenture has not only established deep expertise and experience working with CIOs, but has also developed a long-standing relationship with the ITMA in Singapore. The CIO Workshop has since become the longest-running annual forum where CIOs share best practices and discuss prevailing IT management issues. It is the only IT forum with a 30-year heritage.

In 2000, the bar was raised when the CIO Workshop took on a dual location format. Since then, delegates have had the opportunity to travel, learn from and network with their peers from another Asian city during the second leg of the workshop. Past destinations have included Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and, most recently, Shanghai. Today, the CIO Workshop has become the de-facto forum for CIOs of large private and public organizations in Singapore. Delegates return annually to the event to benefit from the rich content and valuable peer networking opportunities.


Information Technology Management Association (ITMA) Singapore
The Information Technology Management Association (ITMA) was established on March 28, 1998 when the Data Processing Management Association of Singapore (DPMA) renamed itself and invited the Singapore Information Management Chapter of the Singapore Computer Society (SIM) to join them in a merger of sorts between two like- minded associations. The ITMA thus becomes the sole authority to represent the IT managers in Singapore. It has inherited an impressive history created by the combination of two organizations. Click here to find out more about ITMA Singapore.

About CIO Workshop

SINGAPORE, 15 MAY 2018 – SHENZHEN, 16-18 MAY 2018

The CIO Workshop is an annual forum jointly organized by the Singapore IT Management Association (ITMA) and Accenture, a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. The CIO Workshop has long been regarded as the annual conference that brings together CIOs and top IT leaders from both the public and private sectors across the region to discuss emerging trends and the most pressing topics affecting business and technology today. This event is highly anticipated by CIOs and senior IT management executives who return year after year to participate in content-rich sessions, intimate discussions as well as listen to notable speakers and benefit from the valuable networking opportunities.

This year, the CIO Workshop celebrates 31 years of pushing innovation to new frontiers and providing a platform for IT leaders to exchange their views and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the technology industry in the region. The event kicks off with a full-day conference and site visit in Singapore. After the networking lunch, delegates will visit NTU EcoCampus too. The event continues on with the overseas segment in Shenzhen from 16th to 18th May 2018. CIOs from across Singapore and Shenzhen will network and share their experiences about the changing business landscape through site visits.