Valter Adão

Valter Adão

Faculty

MedTech, Exponential Organizations

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Areas of Expertise

Future of Work  •  Exponential Organizations

About Valter

As a faculty member of SingularityU South Africa, I am recognised as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination and emerging technologies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I also hold an MSc and an MBA, and have trained with Roger Martin, as a master strategist.

As Deloitte Africa’s Chief Digital and Innovation Officer and a member of the firm’s Global Innovation Executive, I work at the intersect of strategic and innovation thinking with emerging technologies and design.

I am a corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in venturing and commercialising businesses across a number of industries.

I am the recipient of the Constellation Research Transformation 150 Award, which recognises the top global executives that are leading digital business transformation efforts. I was also recently selected as a finalist for South Africa’s Digital Industry Professional of the Year by The South African Professional Services Academy.

SingularityU South Africa Faculty Member
As a faculty member of SingularityU South Africa, I am recognised as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination and emerging technologies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where I undertake most of my work.

Chief Digital and Innovation Officer
As Deloitte Africa’s Chief Digital and Innovation Officer and a member of the firm’s Global Innovation Executive, I work at the intersect of strategic and innovation thinking with emerging technologies and design. I am also the former founder of Monitor Deloitte and leader of Deloitte Digital in the region. In my role, I guide organisations beyond potential disruption, towards creating new opportunities for relevance, growth and expansion by contextualising and leveraging emerging technologies and disruptive trends.

Corporate entrepreneur
As a corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in venturing and commercialising businesses across a number of industries. I work with CEOs of leading organisations to scale innovative and impactful technology and concepts into high growth, sustainable entities.

I am deeply passionate about the use of emerging technologies at scale, to “do-good” in society by creating sustainable economic opportunity, prosperity, and dignity for all; especially the populations of emerging markets and specifically those in Africa.

How to develop a socially just and inclusive economy in Africa

Future of Work

Intro to Valter Adao

Speaking Topics

  • Disrupt or be disrupted

    Today, change is accelerating, and competitors are no longer the traditional large corporates, but flexible organisations. Entrepreneurs are embracing innovative technologies to compete and disrupt effectively. Every organisation of the future is going to be a digital organisation first. We can see this through some of the most successful digital companies, such as Uber and AirBnB. Uber is a digital company first and a taxi hailing company second. Its success has completely revolutionised the taxi market. Digital technologies are the enablers to many of the disruptions that we’ll see in the corporate landscape sooner than most think. AirBnB, too, is a digital company first and an accommodation booking service second. Its disruption of the hotel industry can only be counteracted by digital acceleration.

    To remain relevant, companies have to embrace digital as a core component of their corporate strategy, as opposed to seeing it as an appendage to their strategy.

    Embracing digital is not about apps or social media, but rather about understanding the technologies that are increasing exponentially in capability, and reducing at an equal rate from a cost perspective

    How organisations should leverage these technologies to re-imagine, or virtualise, their business offering, and potentially dematerialise their business model

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