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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.”

Rebecca Chenery
CDO (CIO Advisory Group Member)

“Now more than ever before, technology is an enabler & differentiator for all businesses. The Strategic CIO programme paves the path from IT leader to Enterprise leader – through the programme you will build and develop the critical skills needed to shape, drive and deliver on the digital ambitions of your business.”

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.

Apply now for June 2021 start!

Application Close Date: June 20
Programme Start Date: June 29

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 11-day programme set across five modules, held over 6 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
29,30 June, 1 July
Enterprise Strategy and Leadership
Module 2
11-12 Aug
Leading Change in Complex Times
Module 3
15-16 Sep
Driving Value Through Collaboration & Innovation
Module 4
20-21 October
Communicating & Influencing at Executive Level
Module 5
1-2 Dec
Roadmap for the future



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.

  • Priti Ambani (Director, Tata Consulting Services)
  • Faris Azimullah (Partner, Deloitte)
  • Brendan Bain (Enterprise Director, Microsoft)
  • Rebecca Chenery (CDO, Watercare Services)
  • Mike Clarke (Partner, IT Strategy & Performance, KPMG)
  • Andrew Haddad (CIO, Vodafone)
  • 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)
  • Julia Raue (Independent Director, The Warehouse Group)
  • Nikhil Ravishankar (CDO, Air NZ)
  • Jennifer Sepull (former CDO, Air New Zealand)
  • Sarah Thirlwall (Chief of Transformation, LottoNZ)
  • 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



View brochure

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:

Dave EversDave Evers
Ph: 022 188 1150
E: dave.evers@auckland.ac.nz




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