Based: Johannesburg

Valter Adão is recognised as an expert in the fields of disruptive innovation, business re-imagination and emerging technologies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where he does most of his work .

Valter is the Chief Executive, and Digital Leader for Cadena Growth Partners, a digital and innovation advisory, and venturing organisation that operates at the intersect of strategic and innovation thinking with emerging digital technologies and rapid commercialisation.

He guides organisations beyond potential disruption, towards creating new opportunities for relevance, growth and expansion by contextualising and leveraging the potential and economics of emerging technologies and disruptive trends
He is a corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in venturing and commercialising businesses across a number of industries, and works with the CEOs of leading organisations to, conceive, develop and scale innovative opportunities and IP into high growth, sustainable businesses.

He is the former Chief Digital and Innovation officer for Deloitte, managing and founding partner for Monitor Deloitte and managing partner for Deloitte digital in Africa. He was also part of Deloitte’s Global Innovation Executive.

He is a faculty member of Singularity University, a Tedx Speaker, and the recipient of the Constellation Transformation 150 award, which recognises the top global executives leading digital business transformation efforts, and a professor of practice at the Johannesburg Business School. Valter co-authored, The Other End of the Telescope.

He was recently awarded as the Big 4 professional of the year, by The South African Professional Services Academy, who also recognized him as a top Professional in South Africa’s Digital Industry.

Valter holds an MSc and an MBA, he has trained with Roger Martin as a master strategist and is the recipient of numerous academic awards.

Select topics

Valter has a range of pre-defined keynotes and topics, but he is open to engage with clients in advance to customise engagements relevant to their ambitions, challenges or initiatives. Some of the most popular topics are listed below:

  • Exponential Organisations: Navigating the Digital Economy
  • Future of Work and Jobs
  • The Platform Economy
  • Economics and Business models of Exponential Technologies
  • The Right Stuff: Leadership in the Digital Economy
  • Innovation in the Digital Economy
  • Future of Consumption *
  • Mirco- Entrepreneurship
  • Future of Industries, e.g. – Health – Food

The format and duration of the key notes can be customised to client’s requirements. They can range from 25 mins to 45 mins excluding Q&A. The boot camps and labs can be arranged for interactive workk sessions