The University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to launch a series of public lectures as part of pre-conference events for the "Digital Transformation in Central Asia" conference, to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from October 4th to 6th 2019. UCA and the High Technology Park of the Kyrgyz Republic will host the joint conference aimed at providing IT leaders the opportunity to connect with 100+ Chief Information Officers and IT leaders within Central Asia and abroad to collaborate and solve the technology problems together. To register, or for further information on the conference speakers and programme, please visit:

Brian Lesser
Chief Information Officer
Ryerson University, Canada

From year to year, the evolution and increasing ubiquity of technology have been accompanied by staggering promises, surprising cultural changes, and transformations in how we work and play.

Digital transformation continues to reshape our world in ways that encourage people to form new habits and find new ways to work together. In many cases, these changes translate into a range of opportunities and disruptions across every industry. Digital experience, the cloud, analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, core modernization, and cybersecurity may be old news, but that doesn’t mean that they are no longer a vital part of business transformation.

This presentation will highlight some of the promises and challenges facing higher education including ongoing changes in learning and collaborative work environments, the increasing use of artificial intelligence, the disruptive changes required to better secure universities, and the economic opportunities and challenges of digital transformation.

Brian Lesser is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Ryerson University in Canada. Since 1995, he has held several positions in Computing and Communications Services including manager, academic computing and assistant director, application development and support. Lesser helped lead Ryerson's move to Google Apps for Education and the renewal of the university's online learning tools. He also helped develop Ryerson's first identity management system, establish Ryerson's e-learning support team and is a founding member of Ryerson's Digital Media Zone (DMZ) steering committee. The DMZ is Ryerson's startup incubator and accelerator. It has been ranked as the number one university-based incubator in the world.

Before working at Ryerson, Lesser worked in the thin film science lab at the Xerox Research Centre in Canada and in the photograph conservation lab of the National Archives of Canada.

The lecture will be available through online video conferencing via Zoom:, and at the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) Training Center (32 Razzakova Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic)

The lecture will be delivered in English.

Please confirm your participation by sending an e-mail to [email protected]