Global Vice President Innovation Strategy Kyndryl
Liveris Academy Executive in Residence:
19 to 23 April 2021

Warrick Cramer is an innovator, entrepreneur, collaborator, strategist and executive who has worked extensively in cross-functional and economically dynamic environments. He pairs his expertise with a philosophy of creative and empathetic leadership to deliver positive outcomes.
Warrick’s professional career has featured a number of roles, from a start-up founder in his Melbourne, to a large global corporate in Europe. His expertise in senior executive roles includes navigating cultural nuances, government relations, governance, complex stakeholder engagements and diverse markets. 

Executive Advisor - Warrick Cramer
Executive Advisor - Warrick Cramer

Warrick joined Kyndryl as the Vice President of Innovation Strategy, developing Kyndryl’s global innovation program. This program is designed to scout startups that have established solutions to customer problems and to assist in accelerating their modernisation initiatives. Warrick also heads the Kyndryl Innovation Guild and has setup a governance framework that ties functional areas in the selection of emerging technology companies.  

Warrick is an Adjunct Professor at University of Queensland Business School. He was formally the CEO of Tomorrow Street, Vodafone’s Global Innovation centre based in Europe. In this role, Warrick negotiated the formation of the first public private partnership between Vodafone and the Luxembourg Government. This partnership was centred around delivering technology products to the entire Vodafone ecosystem. This leveraged Vodafone’s supplier network, EU governments, Venture Capital organisations and start-ups. Through this role and his initiatives, he created significant economic benefit for Luxembourg attracting specialists and expertise into their employment talent pool. Within this role, Warrick worked with the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Ministers of Luxembourg and other EU member states. 

Warrick is seen as a pioneer and thought leader in corporate innovation and has been the keynote guest at several global events. He invented a mobile payment platform, which is now used globally and won numerous global awards for his work at Vodafone.

He formerly sat on the board of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund, was a Venture partner for Antler and an advisor to Australia’s Pancare Foundation. Warrick is a Non-Executive Director for Australia’s diaspora organisation, He is a graduate of Monash University and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Marketing.

What did you do during your time with the academy:

  • Provided keynote speeches to the Liveris Academy Scholars and Brisbane’s Business and Start-up networks to share knowledge and experiences.
  • Engaged with Liveris Academy staff around the strategic direction and goals of the academy
  • Met one-on-one with Liveris Academy scholars to discuss their goals and offer guidance in relation to career progression and leadership styles
  • Provided internship opportunities for students with Kyndryl.

Brief reflection on your experience working with the Academy: 

Working with Liveris scholars was a rewarding experience, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Academy. Along with the intensive week I spent in Brisbane, the internship opportunities provided by Kyndryl have meant I’ve witnessed scholars insatiable curiosity, willingness to learn, and motivation to take action, over a more extended period of time. I am continually impressed by their exceptional qualities and dedication to their education. 

A noteworthy aspect of working with the scholars is their unwavering determination to push forward and take action. They don't stop at understanding; they translate their knowledge into meaningful action. Whether through research projects, community involvement, or leadership roles, they consistently demonstrate their motivation to make a positive impact on the world.

Through conversation with scholars, they shared a clear sense of their career pathways, and a clarity of purpose they are actively working towards. This not only shows their ambition but also their ability to plan and strategize for the future, which bodes well for their long-term success. I look forward to witnessing their continued growth and success.

Contact details:
LinkedIn: Warrick Cramer