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 SureshPresident, Nanyang Technology University (NTU)  Technology, Humanity & Society Shaping the 21st Century Advances in technology in the 21st century are profoundly reshaping humanity and society. Although technology has been a part of human civilization from the beginning, its influence today is pervasive, affecting every aspect of human existence. Furthermore, the speed of technological change today is unprecedented. As the global community finds itself in the midst of what many have come to call the 4th Industrial Revolution, the impact of technology on society, and on the human condition needs to be critically appraised and examined. 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 rapid technological progress to deal with formidable challenges to society and the environment


Azran Osman-RaniDisruptive Innovator; Former CEO of AirAsia X  and iflix Disruption Through Simplification: Challenging Conventional Thinking Azran shares his personal experiences of building disruptive attacker businesses in a regulated, capital-intensive industry like airlines, and in a fast-based technology start-up in internet television services – and scaling them rapidly across multiple regions. In both cases, his team unlocked new value by focusing on unmet needs of under served customers and creating simple, streamlined services that were ignored by industry leaders. Challenging conventional thinking required a different philosophy to business plan evaluation, and building an organisational and governance culture that embeds speed, curiosity, experimentation, and learning, that is adapted to our Asian culture..


David Chen (and Sophia the robot)Co-founder, AngelVest and Chairman, HBS Alumni Angels of China and CFO, Hanson RoboticsCompanies will apply artificial intelligence technologies to transform business, fundamentally reinventing how they run, compete and thrive. Implemented responsibly, people will use artificial intelligence to amplify human existence and improve how we live and work. Hanson Robotics’ David Chen, together with the company’s celebrity humanoid robot Sophia, will give the audience a taste of the future of artificial intelligence.


Site Visit to NTU Eco CampusThe 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
Siew Yim Cheng, President of ITMA
Professor Subra Suresh
Networking Break
Azran Osman-Rani
David Chen 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, NTUProfessor Subra Suresh is President and Distinguished University Professor at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. He was previously president of Carnegie Mellon University, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering, where he is the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering Emeritus. His research into engineered and biological materials has been published in more than 300 scientific articles and 25 patent applications, and it has led to scientific discoveries and technological applications at the intersections of engineering, sciences, and medicine.Among his many honors are the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute, the European Materials Medal of the Federation of European Materials Societies, the Timoshenko and Nadai Medals from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the National Materials Advancement Award. Suresh has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, one of only a small number of Americans elected to all three branches. He has also been elected to the French, German and Chinese Academies of Sciences and a number of other engineering and/or science academies around the world.He has received several presidential honors: Presidential Young Investigator Award from the Reagan White House; nomination by President Barack Obama and unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate to serve as the director of NSF; and the Padma Shri award from the President of India, one the highest civilian honors from the Indian government. Suresh has been selected to receive 15 honorary doctorate degrees from institutions in China, India, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA.

Azran Osman-RaniDisruptive Innovator, Former CEO of AirAsiaX & iflixAs 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.

David Chen and SophiaCo-founder, AngelVest and Chairman, HBS Alumni Angels of China and CFO, HansonMr. David Chen is a seasoned business leader and entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience focusing on investments, operations, and business development in China and the United States. Mr. Chen co-founded AngelVest (, an investment interest group helping individual angel investors identify and invest in early-stage companies in Greater China. AngelVest has grown to be one of the largest organized angel groups in Greater China comprised of mostly expats with close to 100 members in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore – and has funded over 35 companies. In addition to capital, AngelVest provides its investee companies with hands-on execution support to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. Increasingly, AngelVest has been pursuing cross-border investment opportunities into other regions while capturing the growth opportunities in China. Mr. Chen is also the founding Chairman of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of China – with the mission to provide an educational and networking forum for Harvard alumni interested in angel investing in Greater China.Mr. Chen has extensive transaction and investment experience in China and the US. As the founding partner of the AngelVest Fund (the side-car fund associated with AngelVest), Mr. Chen has led the investments in over 25 early- stage companies on behalf of the fund and AngelVest members. Previously, he worked at large institutions including Salomon Brothers, Advanced Micro Devices, Honda Motor and at specialty boutique investment banks, where he helped a number of clients pursue and complete cross-border M&A and financing transactions valued in an aggregate of over the US $6 billion. Mr. Chen also comes from strong entrepreneurial pursuits where he founded and managed technology start-ups and led strategy, operations, and finance activities.By taking active roles in select portfolio companies, Mr. Chen has been very effective in helping young companies with issues around their strategy, operations, and growth. Notably, Mr. Chen has been the CFO and Board member of Hanson Robotics ( since its Series A financing – the world’s leading company in producing human-like robots with artificial intelligence technology. Hanson Robotics is the creator of the world-famous “Sophia” robot. Mr. Chen has been instrumental in helping Hanson Robotics secure additional financing and in developing its strategic growth plans.

Mr. Chen earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and MBA from Harvard Business School and studied Chinese at Peking University. Mr. Chen is a native speaker of English, fluent in Mandarin Chinese and conversant in Japanese. Originally from New York, Mr. Chen has been living in Shanghai for the last 12 years.


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 Enterprises Business Group (EBG) 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 Sponsors

For 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers more than 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly — including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies– to power their infrastructure, make them more agile and lower costs.

CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business—from apparel to energy—is being rewritten by software. From planning to development to management to security, at CA we create software that fuels transformation for companies in the application economy. With CA software at the center of their IT strategy, organizations can leverage the technology that changes the way we live—from the data center to the mobile device. Our software and solutions help our customers thrive in the new application economy by delivering the means to deploy monitor and secure their applications and infrastructure. Visit for more information.

The world’s most established companies run on Pivotal. The results are transformational. Through adoption of our platform, tools, and methodology, these companies have unleashed innovation and reduced time-to-market, spending less to maintain their existing application portfolio. Results span industries, including automotive, financial services, industrial, media, retail, government, technology, and telecommunications. Visit for more information.

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 Sponsors

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

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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.