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EMDL Forum: What makes a digital leader?

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Date: 6 April 2017 (Thu)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Moderators: Ms. Waltraut Ritter and Ms. Sabine Reppert

PolyU’s first-ever interdisciplinary Executive Master in Digital Leadership is specially designed to provide forward looking executives with genuinely innovative professional development experience to become well-equipped leaders in today’s digital economy. "The HKSAR Government is investing HK$18 billion to promote innovation and technology development. There will be more jobs and opportunities in the sector," said Prof. Ir. Daniel Lai, the Former Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) of HKSAR.

Are digital leaders different from traditional leaders? Can you learn to become one?

Using examples of leaders of digital transformation across different industries, we will discuss what kind of mindsets and skills they have and what it means to personal and organisational development.

We would like to invite you to an interactive seminar, where we learn about digital leadership challenges, as well as reflect about our own workstyles and future professional development.


Ms. Waltraut Ritter

  • Information Scientist
  • Founder, Knowledge Dailogues

Ms. Waltraut Ritter is an independent researcher engage in applied research and action learning projects around knowledge, innovation and intellectual capital that are difficult or new and require ideas, ingenuity and initiative to explore. Such research often emerges in the space between universities, society, and business, and requires boundary spanning between these different worlds.

Knowledge Dialogues was established in 1997 in Hong Kong to create public discourses around all aspects of "knowledge" in business and society. She is working with universities, think tanks, business and non-profit organisations, as well as government and inter-governmental agencies across the Asia-Pacific region, India and Europe. Most projects are conducted in alliances with third parties in order to prototype and co-create new ideas and actions.

Ms. Sabine Reppert

  • Founder and Director, Intent-X-Limited
  • Digital Transformation Coach, Author and Trainer

Ms. Sabine Reppert is the founder and director of Intent-X-Limited, and executive coaching institute based in Hong Kong. She is an independent coach and cosultant since 2011, she is helping corporate organisations to ingeniously apply disruptive technologies and business models in order to achieve breakthrough innovations and growth. She is supporting entrepreneurs and their teams to navigate successfully and healthfully through the complexity, uncertainty, and profound changes which come along with pioneering new innovations.

The ways Sabine works and thinks are as innovative and substantial as the results she creates with her clients. In search for the answer of how to activate deep transformational shifts in groups and individuals very effectively, Sabine has mastered comprehensive, state-of-the-art trainings in Germany and in the USA.

Sabine’s clients also benefit from her broad experience around systems engineering, project management, product management, functional safety and cyber-security management, and sales management which she accumulated by working on international large scale projects in the transportation industry (Siemens, Bombardier, 1995 to 2011) where she was innovating rail automation systems and stream-lining work flows.