Marie Johnson is the managing director and chief digital officer of the Centre for Digital Business, a digital services and AI company. She explores radical innovation and questions thinking that doesn’t amplify human potential or prepare us for the future. Marie conceived and led the global codesign and cocreation effort with people with disability to deliver Nadia, the first realistic AI digital human for service delivery, which has attracted worldwide interest. An internationally experienced entrepreneur, Marie has an unparalleled track record across the public and private sector delivering significant technology, innovation and digital services transformation programs encompassing revenue, business, social services, payments, identity, immigration visa operations, and disability services. The diversity of roles covers service delivery operations, global technology strategy, chief information officer, chief technology architect, technology authority, board director and advisor, and mentor to startups. Previously, Marie led Microsoft’s worldwide public services and e-government business. The e-government and digital initiatives Marie has led have been recognized globally. These include the United Nations Public Service Award in the category “Application of ICT in government: Egovernment” for the Business Entry Point, which she led for five years. In 2006–2007, Marie was named “innovative CIO of the year for Australia” and in 2013, was named one of Australia’s “100 women of influence.” Marie is a board director of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), an advisory member of the NSW Digital Government Advisory Panel, and a member of NZTech.
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