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In the wake of the largest health crisis in modern times, the University of South Australia is leading conversations about COVID-19 related issues and evidence-based solutions. The current restrictions impacting businesses and the consequential uptake of online technologies is the focus of three tailored webinars.

Join us, by clicking the links below – in registering you will be able to submit up to two questions in advance, or take part in a live Q&A.

Pivoting to Digital for Business Transformation

Monday 14 September 2020,
12.00pm–1.00 pm (ACST)

Understand how research is tracking technological innovation and business transformation. Digital transformation is more of a mindset shift than any one technological investment. This online event will draw on insights from research and industry experience and explore; the readiness of organisations to transition, roadmaps for transformation and the change leadership skills required to lead such a transformation.

Discussion Panel – Chaired by Associate Professor Allan O'Connor

Associate Professor Nina Evans

Associate Professor Nina Evans
Professorial Lead for UniSA, Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Nina Evans is an Associate Professor and recently appointed professional lead for UniSA STEM. Nina started her career as a Chemical Engineer before completing an Honours Degree in Computer Science, and a Diploma in Education. She also holds a Masters' Degree in Information Technology, an MBA, and a PhD. In her teaching and research, her focus is digital business transformation of enterprises, and information/knowledge asset management and governance. She also is interested in the unique challenges facing SMEs and how they use technology and social networks to overcome these challenges.

Linda Zeelie

Linda Zeelie
Head of Enterprise Digital Transformation at MetLife

Linda Zeelie has over 30 years of local and international experience as Chief Operations Officer, Chief Information Officer, Program Director and various specialist levels across a range of industries. She currently heads up digital business transformation programs at MetLife and ESS Super and holds a number of board positions. She combines her extensive experience in technology transformation, program management and executive positions to architect change and lead organisations in enterprise digital transformation by creating progressive end-to-end ecosystems for delivery in the digital economy.

Taking the Leap to Digital 4.0

Wednesday 16 September 2020,
12.00pm–1.00pm (ACST)

Hear from leading experts about the implications of AI, Blockchain, sensor & communication platforms and the internet of things. The application of technology is not a one-size-fits-all scenario – each presents potential opportunities and challenges for organisational growth. The panel will share case studies from manufacturing and the wine industry, to provide insights and takeaways into these technologies.

Discussion Panel – Chaired by Associate Professor Allan O'Connor

Professor Christine Helliar

Professor Christine Helliar
Professor at UniSA Business and Chartered Accountant

Christine Helliar is a Professor of accounting and finance in UniSA Business, building on a career in London at EY and then in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Hong Kong and Shanghai banks. She is a chartered accountant and a member of ICAEW, ICAS, CAANZ and an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia. Her research interests cover innovation, blockchain, AI, risk, financial reporting, XBRL, Islamic finance, socially responsible investment, corporate governance, and accounting education.

Nathalie Taquet

Nathalie Taquet
CEO & Founder at eBottli & Bottli, South Australia

Nathalie Taquet is the founder and CEO of eBottli. Her family owned a winery in the Burgundy wine region in France. She has an Executive MBA and a PhD in Life Sciences. With a background in biochemistry, she has worked in public and private institutes such as Nestle Skin Health for 15 years. She is on the Board of Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA), on the board of the French and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI), and in the French Tech community.

Nicolas Foata

Nicolas Foata
Director & Co-Founder eBottli , South Australia

Nicolas Foata is the co-founder and CTO of eBottli. He has a Master Engineer’s degree in IT. For 14 years he worked in private companies including Vodafone, Orange Telecommunication and Amadeus. His expertise is in the areas of cloud computing, AWS, IoT and micro services. He has previously worked for luxury brands including Rolls Royce, Ferrari and Porsche. He is involved in different IT projects with cybersecurity, blockchain, AI and SaaS platform.

Digital Disruption - The Transformation for Customers

Friday 18 September 2020,
2.00pm–3.00pm (ACST)

In this session we explore the effects of technology on the customer journey. We ask the panel - what has been the benefits to the customer experience? How has digital disruption changed their way of working, the knowledge of their customer? What are the opportunities that we should turn our minds to in the future, whilst aligning with growing customer expectations?

Discussion Panel – Chaired by Associate Professor Allan O'Connor

Professor Marianna Sigala

Professor Marianna Sigala
Professor in Tourism at UniSA Business and CAUTHE Fellow, South Australia

Marianna Sigala is a Professor in UniSA Business and the Director of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management and was appointed as CAUTHE Fellow in 2020. She is an international authority in the field of technological advances and applications in tourism. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious EuroCHRIE Presidents’ Award for her lifetime contributions and achievements to tourism and hospitality education. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Service Theory & Practice, and the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Dr Maria Alebaki

Dr Maria Alebaki
Scientific Researcher in Rural Tourism at HAO DEMETER, Agricultural University of Athens

Maria Alebaki is a Researcher at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute, (AGRERI) of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization DIMITRA. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her academic interests include rural and wine tourism; consumer behaviour in tourism; tourism networks; tourism education; and the sustainability/resilience perspective of tourism development. Currently, she serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Hellenic Open University; the International Hellenic University and the Agricultural University of Athens.


Leading Business Transformation in a Digital Economy 2-day course

Continue developing your digital knowledge and skills with UniSA’s 2-day Leading Business Transformation in a Digital Economy course on 9–10 November.

Digital Business Transformation is not about technology but rather focusses on how you can use technology to do business in radically different and improved ways. This 2-day course is designed to assist leaders to develop a strategy and guide their organisations as they are challenged by environmental pressures and to meet future imperatives.

Learn more

If you are interested in a more tailored approach for your organisation, please contact us at ExecEd@unisa.edu.au or 08 8302 9147.