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Strategic CIO programme

Chris Lowe
Chief Technology Officer

“The course set itself apart from any other professional development I have undertaken by blending tuition on aspects that actually matter to a CX level role with learnings shared by seasoned CIOs. Less than two years later I found myself successful in securing the CTO role at Agrigate. There’s no question in my mind that this course played a significant part in preparing me for that step up.”

David Kennedy
Group CIO
Transaction Services Group

“There’s no other programme like it in New Zealand, perhaps not even globally. It is specifically designed by CIOs, for CIOs to develop future CIOs. The programme offers the participant a critical path to leadership in the IT space: what do we have today, and what do we need to be successful tomorrow?”

Rob Muller
Business Solutions Manager
DB Breweries

“I was fortunate to be paired with a business mentor who is the group CIO of a global organisation. I met with him once a month and he guided me through my strategic initiative. I also enjoyed the networking opportunities with people from lots of different companies.”

Strategic CIO programme:
Preparing Business Leaders for the C-Suite

This intensive, practically focused programme prepares mid-career IT professionals to step into a CIO role.

C-Suite Programmes Information Session CFO, CIO, Supply Chain & Strategic People

The University of Auckland Business School
Thursday 17 December
Online 1:00- 2:00pm

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Apply now for May 2021 start!

Opportunities and challenges for 2021 and beyond from a New Zealand perspective

In this webinar C-Suite Advisory Group senior leaders from Finance, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Human Resources speak on what they see as the critical challenges and opportunities for New Zealand organizations. The second part of the session will allow the leaders an opportunity for cross industry and functional discussion and questions from attendees.

About the programme

In today’s digital world, IT is fundamental to enabling and delivering business success. This generation of CIOs have a new challenge – to not only speak the language of technology fluently, but to work collaboratively across the business to achieve credibility, drive efficiency and growth, and communicate a story about how IT enables this success. CIOs must seek new ways to transform their business, all while leading the technology function.

This experiential programme equips ambitious mid-career IT professionals to develop the enterprise leadership mindset required to address organisational challenges and create customer value. It is designed to be practical and relevant and give IT leaders the tools to contribute at C-Suite level, both functionally and across the business.


Time commitment

This programme is designed for busy working professionals. It is a 10-day programme set across five modules, held over five months. The majority of the programme will be held on-site at the University of Auckland Business School Campus.

The expected time commitment outside of the module components involves work on a strategic project, mentoring sessions, peer coaching, reflection on learning and pre and post readings.


Am I eligible?

You should:

  • Currently be in an IT-based role that reports to the CIO, CEO or other member of the executive team
  • Have a minimum of five years’ senior IT experience
  • Have been identified as having the potential to progress to a CIO or equivalent role within the next five years

*please note applications outside of the above criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


2021 schedule and programme content

To encourage you to think beyond IT and develop the strategic, whole-of-business mindset, some parts of Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 will be delivered in a combined cohort of all C-Suite participants. The remaining time will be spent in your CIO cohort.

Module 1
26-27  May

Decision making in uncertain times

  • Beginning your learning journey.
  • Defining the disruptive influences in your industry.
  • Learning approaches for decision making in different environments.
Module 2
30 June & 1 July

Aligning strategy to deliver value

  • Exploring the challenges of the CIO role.
  • Building a network of supportive leaders to sustain development.
  • How organisations create value. Where and how do they compete?
Module 3
11- 13 August

Collaboration and change

  • Increasing business value through collaboration.
  • How ecosystems and platforms are reshaping business models and creating value for various stakeholders.
  • Managing change – interpreting the effects through power and influence.
Module 4
15-16 September

Communicating across all levels

  • Communicating and persuading across audiences.
  • Writing and presenting to the Board.
  • Developing the key components of a communications strategy.
Module 5
3-4 November

Roadmap for the future

  • Continuing to deliver value as a senior leader.
  • Bringing it all together.



Strategic Project

In addition to the modular content and with the support of your mentor and your organisational sponsor, you will identify a project of strategic value to your organisation. This project work aims to build leadership capability across the organisation – in particular thinking strategically, influencing and working successfully across the business.

The action learning project delivers immediate value and ensures your programme learning is embedded by applying it to real issues in your own organisation


Advisory group

This programme is co-designed and supported by senior University faculty in conjunction with an Advisory Group of experienced business leaders who also feature as mentors and guest speakers.

  • Faris Azimullah (Partner, Deloitte)
  • Brendan Bain (Enterprise Director, Microsoft)
  • Rebecca Chenery (CDO, Watercare Services)
  • Mike Clarke (Partner, IT Strategy & Performance, KPMG)
  • Richard Jarrett (Deputy CIO, Westpac)
  • Russell Jones (EGM, Technology and Operations, BNZ)
  • Simon Kennedy (CDO, Foodstuffs North Island)
  • Allan Lightbourne (CDO, Tauranga City Council)
  • Jason Mangan (CTO, University of Auckland)
  • Angela Nash (CTO, NZ Rugby)
  • Julia Raue (Independent Director, The Warehouse Group)
  • Jennifer Sepull (CDO, Air New Zealand)
  • Sarah Thirlwall (CDO, MinterElisonRuddWatts)
  • Chris Trigg (EGM, Technology Operations, IAG)

Our facilitators


Professor Ilan Oshri

Graduate School of Management


Our facilitators


Professor Ilan Oshri

Graduate School of Management

Daniel Vidal

Professor Elizabeth George



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Participant Fee

The fee for participation in the programme is $15,000 + GST.

This includes attendance at all of the modules, peer coaching, mentoring support for projects, materials and required reading. It also includes coffee, tea breaks and lunches on all class days,  programme dinners and receptions for each participant and their organisational sponsor.

Discounts are available for self-sponsored participants, organizations sponsoring multiple students and University of Auckland staff.


More information

To talk to us about the Strategic CIO Programme, please contact:

Stephanie Collier

Ph: (09) 923 4862
E: s.collier@auckland.ac.nz


Dave EversDave Evers
Ph: (09) 923 1859
E: dave.evers@auckland.ac.nz



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