Ms Wu Choy Peng
Chief Technology Officer, GIC
Ms Wu Choy Peng was appointed GIC’s Chief Technology Officer on 14 August 2017 to provide integrated oversight for technology and data analytics. Before joining GIC, she was Group Chief Information Officer of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel).
From 2006 to 2012, she was Group Chief Information Officer of Neptune Orient Lines Group. Prior to that, she held various senior appointments including the Singapore Government’s Chief Information Officer, Deputy Chief Executive (Industry) of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and Chief Information Officer of the Ministry of Education (MOE). She spent 10 years at the National Computer Board (NCB) upon graduation.
Ms Wu holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Computer/Communication Science/Mathematics and a Master of Science in Computer Science/Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Director AI Industry Innovation and AI Singapore
Laurence is the Director for AI Industry Innovation at AI Singapore, and is driving the adoption of AI by the Singapore ecosystem through the 100 Experiments and AI Apprenticeship programmes.
A visionary and serial technopreneur, Laurence identified and introduced Singapore's enterprises to:
- Linux and open source in 1999, by being the first RED HAT partner and authorized training center in Asia Pacific
- High Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster in 2001, by building A-STAR IHPC first compute cluster (all of the initial HPC clusters in NUS, NTU, SMU were built by Laurence and his team)
- Grid Computing in 2003, by building and operating Singapore's first Grid platform - IDA's National Grid Pilot Platform
- Cloud Computing in 2007, by architecting both the Cloud business and technology for then Singapore Computer Systems' Alatum Cloud (now owned by Singtel)
- Advanced Open Source Analytics in 2011, by building Revolution Analytics Inc business in Asia and R&D team in Singapore. Revolution Analytics was acquired by Microsoft in 2015.
Laurence has been appointed as a Microsoft Regional Director in 2018 - an elite, worldwide group of around 150 technology thought-leaders who will provide the Microsoft senior leadership team with unbiased third-party industry feedback on technology trends and Microsoft technologies. Regional Directors are appointed on a pro-bono basis. They are recognized as leaders in their space as well as for their achievements in communicating the benefits of emerging technologies to their ecosystem.
Laurence graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) with First Class Honours in Engineering, and holds a Masters in Knowledge Engineering from NUS.
Assistant Professor, Information Systems and Analytics, NUS
Dr. Phan is an Assistant Professor at NUS in the Department of Information Systems and Analytics. His research brings together social sciences, computer science, and statistics to investigate social networks, social media, Big Data, product diffusion, word-of-mouth, and web and mobile commerce. He looks at a number of topics related to online and offline social networks, effects of natural disasters on human social networks, reactions to privacy changes, how some individuals become influential, the ROI of social media, innovative uses of FinTech, factors which impact success of crowdfunding projects, effective mobile advertising, and pricing models for news and streaming media.He has published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Marketing Research, Social Computing and Social Media, Database and Expert Systems Applications, and book chapters. He has also presented his works at leading conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Marketing Science, Statistical Challenges in Electronic Commerce (SCECR), Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS), European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Pacific-Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), Workshops on Information Networks (WIN), China-Europe International Business School Marketing Workshop, Fudan University Research Symposium, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Marketing Research Forum, Complexity in Business Conference, Society for Economic Dynamics, Public Economic Theory Annual Conference, and INFORMS Annual Meeting. Dr. Phan is an active reviewer for leading journals including Management Science, Information Systems Review (ISR), MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Journal of the Association of Information System (JAIS), ACM Transactions, Annals of Applied Statistics, Internet Research ,and Information Technology Management.Before going for his graduate studies, Dr. Phan has also started a company providing 3-D computer graphics for mobile devices. He continues to be consult for a number of firms dealing with Big Data in marketing and advertising, retail and e-commerce, telecom, social media, IT, publishing, logistics, healthcare and consumer finance. He has worked closely with companies such as Facebook, Viki, Singapore Press Holdings, Changi Airport Group, Lenddo, ReadyFor, Lenovo, CashSlide, HP Enterprise, and Wing Tai Group.
He has also been in the top 100 competitive ballroom dancer in the world, and top 10 dancer in North America. Dr. Phan likes to build robots and tinker with technology in his spare time.
He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Science from MIT in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering with concentrations in business and economics.
Clare Pearson, DLA Piper China Head of NGOs and
Former Chair British Chamber of Commerce Beijing
Clare Pearson is the International Development Director, Asia at DLA Piper. Clare Pearson set up the DLA Piper China Charity Practice in Beijing in 2005. Prior to that she worked with a number of foreign and mainland Chinese NGOs at DLA Piper London from 1997-2001 and subsequently at DLA Piper Hong Kong from 2001-2005. Clare travels regularly to the US, Russia and Europe. She works with donors, private wealth advisors and non-profits to set up, structure and execute their projects in China. In 2009, she became the English language editor of a Chinese philanthropy magazine. Today she works closely with the owner Wang Liwei in Beijing.
Clare was elected as the Chair of the British Chamber in China (2015-17) and Vice-President of the China Britain Business Council in London, following ten years on the executive committee. She founded the China CSR Awards in Beijing in 2016 which attracts over sixty entrants from American, European and British Companies.
Clare is currently the UK Representative on the European Chamber of Commerce Board in China. She is a frequent speaker on developments in civil society in China in the media and at conferences. Most recently she was the keynote at the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners in Singapore. She also works closely with China Global Television Network in the US, Europe and China.
Clare has always had a keen personal interest in NGO work in China, because her Grandfather ran a hospital in Hunan from 1919-51 and her Father was born there in 1926. Clare was a mentor for the Prince's Trust whilst at DLA Piper London and visited Beijing twice in 1997 and 1999 with UK NGOs. She was born in a village in Zambia providing her with keen personal insight into Belt and Road development.
Clare is the Chair of the China Development Foundation which she founded with Wang Liwei in 2009. The S88 Hong Kong charity provides cultural exchanges between rural and international schools in China for both students and teachers. Clare has hands on experience of working in eight Chinese provinces and is open to discussing failures and successes during her thirteen year career in China.
CEO China Development Foundation, PRC Advisor on Charity, CEO of Charitarian Media Group
Wang Liwei advises the Chinese Government on issues relating to non-profit work and in this capacity sits on the board of The Ministry of Commerce, the All China Industry and Commerce Federation and SASAC (State Owned Enterprise Chamber of Commerce). He is also a Consultant to DLA Piper on issues relating to philanthropy clients.
Founder of the Charitarian magazine, Wang actively influences, inspires, supports and challenges Government agendas in the fields of Education, Health and Universal Values. Wang is also an advisor at Tsinghua University CSR Centre Beijing. In recognition of his work in establishing charitable vocational schools in Shandong, Wang was made the honouree vice-mayor for education in the province. Always the pioneer, Wang Liwei's was China's first cotton importer in the early 1990's.
Amit Roy Choudhury
Content strategist and Freelance Journalist for The Business Times, Govinsider
Former Technology Editor of Business Times
Yu Chien Siang
Adjunct Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, NUS
Chief Innovation Officer, Certis CISCO
Prof Yu Chien Siang is the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of Certis Cisco and previously, of a department in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Prior to this, he was the most senior Computer Security Consultant at the Singapore government. He was awarded the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Scholarship to pursue his studies at a German university and graduated as a Data Systems Engineer. During his study, he received training at the Siemens Research Laboratory and IBM R&D Laboratory in Boblingen. He has been working in the Civil Service since 1981 and was awarded National Day Honours, the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1993 and (Silver) Bar in 2004.
He has been active in the fields of IT leadership, innovation development and its related cultural transformation and IT Security for more than 30 years. During this time, he led numerous national-level IT projects in information security such as the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), Standard Operating Environment (SOE) etc., IoT security via the ANSES project and homeland security, developing workflow and people identification operational systems. He was instrumental in evolving many advanced systems architecture used in the public service and the fundamental mechanisms required for their large systems rollout. He invented unique low cost smart card readers, strong cryptographic systems, more efficient protocols and fault tolerant designs.
In addition, he teaches the course on “Introduction to Cyber Crime”, but now renamed as “Introduction to Cyber Security” in his capacity as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the National University of Singapore. He was an ex-President of the Singapore Microcomputer Society, a pioneer in the exploitation of microcomputers and a regular speaker at government events, being the founder of the Governmentware show. He has also been one of the judges for the RSA Innovation Sandbox since 2014. He is currently a member of ITSC, worked on ISO security standards and was involved in the early days of the AISP.
Principal Treehive Strategy
Former VP Innovation and Design at Qlik, and Principal Program Manager for Microsoft BI.
Donald Farmer is globally recognized recognized as a visionary product leader in the analytics business. A sought-after speaker, patent holder and author, Donald has led product strategy and design teams for industry leaders Microsoft and Qlik, startups and mid-stage companies.
His track record of success includes leading transformative product management at Microsoft including Integration Services, Data Mining, and PowerPivot. At Qlik, a radical product strategy helped drive a 3.3 billion dollar acquisition. While Donald was VP of Innovation and Design, Qlik was ranked in the Top 10 Innovative Growth Companies in the world by Forbes.
Now, as an independent strategy advisor to investors, enterprises and software vendors, Donald builds on his experience, personally driving business transformation with senior leaders in global companies. The focus is on visualization, analytics and AI strategy as cornerstones to unlocking innovation.
Ms. Clara Lee is the IT Vice President of Johnson Controls International (JCI) Based in Shanghai, she is responsible for IT transformation in the Asia Pacific region. Since its establishment in 1885, JCI has transformed into a diversified technology powerhouse and a multi-industrial leader around the world. Asia Pacific being the growth engine for the company but inherited a complex IT landscape due to many acquisitions and divestment business activities, Clara addresses business challenges through data harmonization and enables growth through steering B2B, B2b and B2E digital initiatives in the Asia Pacific, particularly in China.
Prior to her position in JCI, Clara was the CIO of DSM Materials, Innovation and Food Specialties. She is armed with extensive global and regional management experience. Clara built and led teams from Asia, Americas and Europe that served as strategic interfaces with business groups to derive business technology strategy development, solution discovery and service management. She was instrumental in establishing global information governance and cultivating intelligence-based culture in the organization. Together with her teams, they facilitated many business improvement processes contributing to 12% of EBIT improvement year on year. As a Digital Transformation advocate, she actively connected enterprises with starts-up communities, introduced experimental programs and explored partnerships in digital solutions delivery.
Before joining DSM in 2012, Clara Lee was the Vice President/CIO of Lafarge Asia, led a centralized IT Shared Services in Malaysia servicing 13 countries. Besides leading regional and global projects, she was paramount in the integration of new businesses in China and India through establishing financial shared service center and rapid ERP harmonization. Clara Lee later moved to Lafarge Indonesia and became the Vice President/Director of Supply Chains operations. Her mission was to stabilize a newly restored production operation which was severely damaged by 2004 Tsunami. Through hard work and optimism, she resolved many start-up problems, enabled the business to deliver significant profit during its first year of operation.
Associate Professor (Practice)
Keith Carter’s mission is to “Help others succeed.” through his lecturing, writing, inventing, and mentoring. He also delivers results by leading several Big Data projects in retail, fintech, supply chain, and education. Personally, he leads a men’s bible study and with his wife a family bible study.
He asks, “Why do people with good facts, make bad decisions?”
He is an associate professor at the NUS School of Computing, where he has two mandates: teaching and consulting. He has a passion for engaging and inspiring students to achieve more. He teaches Supply Chain Visualization, and Purchasing and Materials Management and connects students with companies at all levels to bring the theory to life in the business world.
He consults senior business leaders on strategy, actionable intelligence, design thinking, and human capital. He is consultant to the president of Hong Leong Finance, the managing director of Bollore, Non-Exec Director of Datarama a Fintech startup, past Principal Advisor to KPMG and past Non-Exec Director of Mentorica (a mobile Big Data solution provider).
He is invited to speak around the world including prestigious venues TEDx, Gartner, IBM, KPMG, SingHealth, Media & Infocomm Development Authority, Financial Times, The Economist and more.
From 1999 to 2012 Keith worked for the Estee Lauder Companies, Global Supply Chain Center of Excellence, tasked to lead the strategic changes to supply chain to improve the overall performance of the company. Keith established and led Global Supply Chain initiatives: Supply Chain Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Transformation Governance, and Data Management. All to achieve end-to-end supply chain visibility.
From 1995 to 1998 Keith Carter worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting in New York, now Accenture. His clients included: Goldman Sachs, St Paul Reinsurance, NY State, and Smith Barney.
Keith holds an MBA from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic and is certified in procurement and counter-terrorism.
Tan Chuan Hoo
Chuan Hoo (CH) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Analytics at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also currently assuming the positions of Deputy Head (Programmes) and Curriculum Chair of Department of Information Systems and Analytics. Prior to joining NUS he held a tenured faculty position in Hong Kong. CH has published extensively in the field of information systems with over 35 journal papers and 50 conference papers.
Vito Chin is a creative and spirited technologist who is also a hands-on developer. He is currently focused on developing cloud solutions for blockchain projects with Microsoft and its partners. Vito holds a first class honors BEng in Software Engineering from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from Imperial College, London