Prof Ric Parker


Singapore Aerospace Programme (former CTO of Rolls-Royce)

Professor Richard (Ric) Parker is an independent Special Advisor, working with various companies and institutions in the fields of technology strategy and technology transfer. They include BP, Rolls-Royce, LG Fuel Cells and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Prof Parker was appointed Director of Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce Group in January 2001 and retired in April 2016. He was responsible for direction and co-ordination of research and technology programmes across all the Rolls-Royce businesses, worldwide.

He joined Rolls-Royce in 1978, and has held various posts including Chief of Composites and Ceramics, Managing Director - Compressor Systems and Director of Engineering & Technology, Civil Aerospace.

Dr Philip Bolton

Outside Innovation Director

RB (Reckitt Benckiser)

Dr Philip Bolton currently leads the Outside Innovation team and has responsibility for delivering new and innovative solutions to the Health category pipelines.  This can be anything from an ingredient in the product, through to products, forging sustainable partnerships externally as well as being a strategic innovation partner for the senior category leadership within RB.

Dr Bolton obtained his PhD in organometallic chemistry from the University of Durham, UK in 2000 and subsequently joined P&G where he worked on new technology development for the hair colourant category.  He then moved to RB in 2006 and has worked across a number of Innovation and Category R&D roles in the UK, Italy, Singapore and the US, becoming a director in 2010 and returning back to the UK based in RB headquarters in April 2015. 

Albert Pozo

Chief Digital Officer


Albert Pozo joined SATS, Asia’s leading ground handling and food services company, as Chief Digital Officer in May 2018. Since then, Albert has spearheaded the digital transformation of SATS Group’s products, processes and technology, achieving productivity gains and implementing innovate new services. 

Prior to this, Albert was President of Amadeus Asia Pacific, responsible for its regional growth. He first joined Amadeus in 1993, and has held a number of leadership roles. Prior to Amadeus, Albert worked for Swissair for five years. 

Albert holds an honours degree in linguistics from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and has completed executive programmes at INSEAD and University of St. Gallen.

Dro Tan

Executive Director


Dro Tan is Matex's Executive Director since 2010. He is responsible for the group’s business, branding projects, and product innovation and development. He is also actively involved in the group’s diversification projects, to complement core businesses.

Prior to joining Matex, Dro was with architectural firms in Seoul, Korea and Singapore. As Vice President of International Affairs at the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TAFF) and an Academic and Examination Board Member of the Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc), he works closely with respective stakeholders to help develop and grow the Singapore textile and fashion Industry and its members globally.  

Dro graduated with a Masters in Architecture and Minor in Technopreneurship from the National University of Singapore, focusing on the global study and development of sustainable suburban communities.

Dr Philipp Gneiting

Head of Open Innovation

Daimler AG

Dr Philipp Gneiting has been with Daimler for 13 years and is currently head of the open innovation team at Daimler PIONEERING. In addition to managing the STARTUP AUTOBAHN innovation platform, he is also responsible for research communications, the Daimler Pioneers & Innovation Award and other open innovation formats such as the Mercedes-Benz In-Car Gaming Challenge.

Russell Tham

President, New Enterprises & Ventures

ST Engineering

Russell Tham is the President of New Enterprises and Ventures at ST Engineering. He drives the expansion of the group's business by building new growth areas through technology and innovation in verticals outside of the group's core businesses in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.

Russell was previously with Applied Materials for 23 years, where he held various management positions before being appointed President of Applied Materials South East Asia in 2009. As President, he oversaw the regional business and led the company's business, infrastructure and strategy to grow the company's footprint in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Mark Lim Choon Lye

Managing Director, Digital Technology


Mark Lim is the Managing Director for Digital Technology in Temasek. His scope includes driving digital collaboration and innovation across Temasek. He supports Temasek’s capabilities development by building new digital and data capabilities in the people and improving business outcomes by leveraging data science and artificial intelligence. His work cuts across business, technology and sustainability.

Mark spent the previous seven years at GovTech (and its precursor IDA), the agency tasked with delivering the Singapore government’s digital services. He was most recently the Director of GovTech Hive, a government-centric digital innovation lab.

Gim Huay Neo

Managing Director, Sustainability


Neo Gim Huay is the Managing Director, Sustainability of Temasek International. She spearheads Temasek’s sustainability strategy and initiatives across the pillars of ESG policy, impact investing and capability building.

Prior to joining Temasek, Gim Huay was a Management Consultant with McKinsey in the US and Africa, advising clients on strategy and operations in the banking, oil and gas as well as entertainment and technology sectors. Before McKinsey, Gim Huay was in the administrative service of the Singapore government, overseeing governance and investment as well as trade negotiations in the Finance and Trade ministries respectively.

Gim Huay holds a MBA from Stanford University, graduating as an Arjay Miller Scholar. She also has a Masters in Engineering (Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class) from Cambridge University.

Robert Opp

Chief Digital Officer

United Nations Development Programme

Robert Opp is currently the Chief Digital Officer of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations' global sustainable development organisation working across 170 countries globally.  He leads the agency’s digital transformation, an organisation-wide effort, to harness the power of new technology to improve the lives of those furthest behind.

Prior to this role, Robert served as Director, Innovation and Change Management Division of the United Nations World Food Programme where he established an in-house ‘Zero Hunger’ innovation accelerator and created an award-winning crowdfunding smartphone app, ShareTheMeal. 

Previously, Robert was a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group based in Singapore where he served a wide range of private sector companies throughout Asia and the Middle East.  Robert began his career at Canada’s International Development Research Centre managing projects focused on peacebuilding in post-conflict countries. 

Matteo Chiampo

Technical Director


Matteo Chiampo currently supports the development and implementation of the Incubation Network by SecondMuse and The Circulate Initiative. The Incubation Network identifies and accelerates solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia.

Prior to SecondMuse, Matteo consulted in Bangladesh with the Consultative Group for Assisting the Poor, an office of the World Bank with the mission to advance financial inclusion to improve the lives of the poor. He also led the start-up phase of Wave Money, Telenor Myanmar and Yoma Bank’s Mobile Financial Services joint venture in Myanmar and served as Chief Operating Officer of Eko India Financial Services, a leading Indian branchless banking initiative.

Matteo holds a Master in Sustainability from Harvard Extension School, an MBA from Boston University, and an MS in aeronautical engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Edwin Chow

Assistant Chief Executive Officer Innovation & Enterprise

Enterprise Singapore

Edwin Chow is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore. In this role, Edwin and his colleagues work to ensure that Singapore becomes a centre of market-led innovation projects, targeting the international markets. This will result in a strong base of startups, SMEs and larger local companies developing and commercializing new products and solutions, creating value and jobs in Singapore.

His previous roles at Enterprise Singapore include driving the agency’s efforts to strengthen SMEs in the Manufacturing & Engineering sectors, supporting the growth of Singapore’s start-up ecosystem, and overseeing the investment arm of SPRING Singapore (pre-cursor to Enterprise Singapore).

Before joining SPRING, Edwin spent eight years with the Economic Development Board in a range of portfolios, including four  years as EDB’s Centre Director in Milan covering Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

Edwin is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore.

Dr Mike Short CBE

Chief Scientific Advisor

Department for International Trade

Dr Mike Short CBE is the first Chief Scientific Adviser in the Department for International Trade (DIT). He joined in December 2017 after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica.

Dr Short leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises on the technical aspects of future trade deals as DIT looks to create new arrangements following Brexit, and works with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports.

He has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of the O2 mobile phone network, for 17 years. In this post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK, and led research and development for Telefonica Europe.

Prof Rahim Tafazolli

Head of the Institute for Communication Systems and 5G Innovation Centre

University of Surrey

Rahim Tafazolli is the Regius Professor and Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications. He is the Director of ICS and the founder and Director of world’s first 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, UK.

Prof Tafazolli is regularly invited by many governments for advice on mobile communications and in particular 5G technologies. He has given many interviews to International media in the form of television, radio interviews and articles in the international press.

Colin Bannon

Chief Technology Officer

BT Global

Colin Bannon is the Chief Technology Officer for BT’s Global division, heading up the team responsible for helping to shape BT’s customer solution architecture and strategy. Part of his responsibility is to predict technology trends and future customer technology roadmaps.

Colin is a veteran in the industry whose expertise is in designing, deploying and running some of the world’s largest next generation networks. He has a holistic philosophy to network design, working back from business outcomes, user experience and applications development strategy to inform the intuitive network, architecture, systems and service wrap design.

Michael Ang


Association of the Telecommunications Industry of Singapore (ATiS)

Michael Ang is the President of The Association of the Telecommunications Industry of Singapore (ATiS), and also CEO, Asia Pacific of InfoSec Ventures.

Before ATiS, he was Vice President of ANTlabs, a high-performance carrier grade authentication and DHCP/DNS solution provider.  He has 40 years of experience in the IT, semiconductor and telecom markets, with his last 25 years in the Asia Pacific region as CEO and VP Asia Pacific for a number of companies. He worked with large companies like Fujitsu Microelectronics Asia, EDS, Alcatel, and start-ups like Xylan, Top Layer and Aventail.

Dr Rannia Leontaridi OBE

Director, Office for Artificial Intelligence

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Dr Rannia Leontaridi OBE is the Director of Business Growth at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), leading enterprise, the future economy, and high growth, tech-enabled businesses. She is also the Co-Director for the HMG Office for Artificial Intelligence.

Before that, she spun out 100 employee-owned private sector businesses and was the Co-Founder and Director HMG Shareholder of Crown Hosting Data Centres. She started life as an entrepreneur, has an MA, MSc and PhD in Economics and is a Carnegie Scholar in Economics and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Paul Clarke

Chief Technology Officer


Paul Clarke is Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer. After joining Ocado in 2006, Paul initially worked on warehouse control systems and then joined the team designing Ocado’s next highly automated fulfilment centre. After establishing new teams for simulation and mobile development, Paul then co-wrote the first of Ocado’s award-winning mobile apps.

Paul's current role includes exploring opportunities to use Ocado's technologies to disrupt other sectors and the technology vision and future proofing of the business. He is also responsible for Ocado's technology relationships with the government, universities and schools which includes their Code for Life online digital literacy programme.

Paul read Physics at Oxford University before then entering the computer industry. He has worked in software engineering, consultancy, interim management and a number of software start-ups.

Gaurav Bajaj

Director of Logistics Business Development


Gaurav Bajaj is an engineering and innovation specialist with over 10 years of experience in operational excellence. He comes from India’s first planned city, Chandigarh. Passionate about helping senior leaders in unlocking operational efficiencies, he leads PROWLER.io's business engagement and product strategy in logistics.

Prior to PROWLER.io, Gaurav was with PwC UK where he was Management Consultant – Innovation and Development Excellence. His responsibilities included looking into innovation and product strategy, business planning, and productivity improvement.

Tanya Suárez


IoT Tribe

Tanya Suárez is CEO and Co-Founder of IoT Tribe, an equity-free accelerator that brings start-ups and corporates together to do business. 

She also founded BluSpecs team, a boutique innovation agency with a passion for embracing disruption through market-driven innovation and co-creation across multiple sectors. Recent engagements have included exploring the potential impact of blockchain technologies, user acceptance of IoT, corporate venturing and defining Internet of Things business models.

Lup Wai Wong



Wong Lup Wai is the Chief Executive Officer of IPI, an affiliate of Enterprise Singapore. He is responsible for leading the strategy and growth of IPI in consultation with the Board of Directors and Steering Committee.

Lup Wai brings with him strong international management experience and deep knowledge of strategic planning, operations, and innovation and development. Prior to joining IPI, he held various senior leadership roles which include Chief Operating Officer at the Singapore Sports Hub, as well as Group Executive Vice President and Group Chief Operating Officer at Hyflux.

He spent 25 years with Philips Electronics Singapore, including a three-year stint at Philip's joint venture factory in Suzhou, China. Lup Wai holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Nanyang Technological University and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Jordi Ràfols

Chief Executive Officer


Jordi Ràfols is the Founder and CEO of Innoget. With more than 20 years’ experience in open innovation and technology transfer, Jordi has been directly involved in hundreds of open innovation projects for different industries and worked with several international companies for the evaluation, development and deployment of their open innovation programmes.

He is also the Managing Partner at Science2Society.eu, one of the largest EU-funded projects aimed at enhancing industry-academia collaboration. In addition, Jordi coaches technology-based start-ups develop and implement strategies, and accelerate business growth as part of the Catalan National programme "Startup Catalonia".

Jordi holds a MBA at ESADE Business School and a Corporate Finance degree at IE (Instituto de Empresa in Madrid) and has experience in corporate venture and valuation projects.

Stefanie Beitien

Director, Partnerships


Stefanie Beitien is Director of Partnerships for Eco-Business, one of the leading news resources for cleantech, responsible business and sustainable development. She is working with businesses, governments, NGOs, research institutions and think tanks to get their stories published and read by a wider audience to share ideas and best practices, advance public awareness and stimulate debate about sustainable development.

Stefanie is a senior executive with 18 years of experience in marketing and management.

She was formerly Managing Director for Live Card Management, leading Ferrari’s global licensing business in the credit card industry. Stefanie also held various marketing positions in Pirelli Tyre Group, both in the international headquarters in Milan and in Munich.

Stefanie studied international business administration.

Nilesh Wadhwa

Director, New Ventures & Transactions, Singapore, India and Southeast Asia

Johnson & Johnson

Nilesh Wadhwa is Director for New Ventures and Transactions (Singapore, India & South-East Asia) at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Asia Pacific.  In this role, he is responsible for establishing networks within local biotech ecosystems and forging collaborations with scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs for delivery of innovative solutions covering Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Healthcare and Medical Device sectors.

Nilesh has over 20 years of experience in the life-sciences sector in roles spanning sales and marketing, international business expansion, and strategy and business development. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, he has worked with companies such as Solvay, Banner Pharmacaps Sanofi and Takeda.

Enzo Acerbi

Senior Data Scientist

Danone Nutricia Research

Enzo Acerbi is a Senior Data Scientist at Danone Nutricia Research and part of the Precision Nutrition Digital Lab of Singapore. He works on algorithms for data mining and machine learning applied to omics data generated within the context of clinical studies, as well as on data coming from digital/wearable devices for babies. In addition, Enzo drives the open innovation strategy of the company by sourcing, screening and partnering with local and international tech/biotech start-ups. 

Before switching to the healthcare domain, he has applied his technical experience in the field of natural language processing in a start-up developing intelligent conversational agents. In life sciences, Enzo has worked with a number of research institutes in Singapore focusing on the development of specialised data analytics algorithms and prediction models.

Enzo holds a Master degree in Computer Science from the University of Milan-Bicocca and a PhD in Translational and Molecular Medicine from the same institution.

Bernard Siew

Vice President, Innovation

Changi Airport Group

Bernard Siew is the Vice President, Innovation, Changi Airport Group. His key responsibilities include building an innovation partnership network and develop processes within the organisation to co-innovate, develop and implement practical innovations at Changi Airport.

Prior to this role, Bernard was the Deputy Director, Innovation & Enterprise at National Research Foundation (NRF) and was responsible for the formulation of innovation policies to support the commercialisation of R&D in Singapore. Before his stint at NRF, Bernard was the Head at the Singapore Economic Development Board  where he focused on the growth and development of the Media & Digital Entertainment sector.

He graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan, USA and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, USA.

Gennie Neo

Venturing and Incubation Lead, R2 Datalabs


Gennie Neo is the Venturing and Incubation Lead in Rolls-Royce, R2 Data Labs Ecosystem. She is the lead in driving ecosystem activities for Rolls-Royce in Singapore and also covers countries in Asia Pacific. Her focus is on building partnerships with Corporates, Governments, Industry bodies, Incubators, Accelerators, VCs and Ecosystem partners to create innovative solutions to address business pain-points and industry challenges and accelerate future digital technology capabilities. Together with her team, Gennie has organised the Rolls-Royce Data Innovation Challenge inviting startups to create solutions to optimise flight schedules, and recently concluded the Blockchain Innovation Challenge for aviation maintenance. Her past experiences with the company are in communications, strategy, business development and digital innovation.

Tiffany Robyn Soetikno


Global Urban Esensial

Tiffany Robyn Soetikno founded Global Urban Esensial (GUE), a leading digital health start-up in Indonesia with a vision to reduce the relationship gaps between doctors and patients. Robyn is responsible for identifying business opportunities, creating GUE’s product pipeline, in addition to managing a team of more than 100 people, most of whom are millennials.

In 2019, Robyn was the only Indonesian entrepreneur honoured by Forbes 30 Under 30 - Asia -  2019 under Healthcare and Science category. Robyn earned her Masters of Science degree in International Health Management from Imperial College, London and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Public Health and Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, New York.

Stephen Febianto Kusumo

Director, Supply Chain and System

Anugrah Argon Medica (AAM)

Stephen Febianto Kusumo is the Director of Supply Chain and System in Anugrah Argon Medica (AAM), a leading pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer product distribution company in Indonesia. He oversees supply chain, quality management system, and operations development to continuously build strong foundation and bring AAM’s supply chain and business experience to greater heights.

Prior to this role, Stephen held various positions of increasing responsibility in AAM, most recently in Operations, Quality Management System and Supply Chain from 2010 to 2018. He graduated with a Master of Management from Prasetiya Mulya Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering from Trisakti University in Indonesia.

Tim Kobe

Founder & CEO

Eight Inc

Tim Kobe founded the globally recognised strategic design firm Eight Inc. in 1989. Today, Eight has offices in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Singapore and Beijing and is a leader in innovation and branded experience working with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll and Citibank.

Tim was previously a founding partner in West Office Design Associates, a firm focusing on museum and exhibition design that was responsible for the master planning of museums and for several science museum exhibitions in the US and the Hong Kong Science Museum.

He graduated from the Art Center College of Design with an Environmental Design Honours in 1982.

Emma Greer


Carlo Ratti Associati

Emma Greer is a Canadian architect with international experience as a project manager, strategic design consultant, public speaker and lecturer. With a background in architecture, urban studies and housing, and an expertise acquired in the field across Europe and North America, Emma is a multi-disciplinary professional whose work bridges technology, design, and urban challenges.

Emma directs CRA Think - a think tank responsible for advancing the vision of Carlo Ratti and his companies through interviews, speaking engagements, op eds, editorial projects, exhibitions, workshops, and advisory boards.

Dr Dan Widmaier

Co-Founder & CEO

Bolt Threads

Dr Dan Widmaier is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bolt Threads. He earned his PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control microbial organelles.

In 2009, he and his two co-founders founded Bolt Threads, which is creating the next generation of materials using biomimicry and biotechnology. Harnessing his experience in both science, and business development, Dr Widmaier has grown Bolt Threads from an incubator start-up to a biomaterials platform company with 100+ employees. He has led Bolt Threads through multiple fundraising rounds, created a lasting partnership with Stella McCartney, and launched an increasing number of commercially available products using Bolt Threads materials.

Szue Hann Tan

Managing Director


Tan Szue Hann is the Managing Director of Miniwiz Singapore, an award-winning global Circular Economy RD&D design firm. He also conducts Design Studio as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Architecture & Sustainable Design Pillar, Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD). 

Szue Hann's current work is in circular economy R&D and design, creating architecture, spaces and products through upcycling materials. His portfolio includes the award-winning ParkRoyal on Pickering, the SPACE Asia Hub and the O&M HQ with WOHA; the BCA SkyLab, a state-of-the-art rotatable test bed for building technologies, which won a Minister’s Award on National Day 2017, while he was heading Sustainability at Surbana Jurong.

Barbara Guerpillon


Unilever Foundry Asia

Barbara Guerpillon works at the intersection of corporate innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. She is leading Unilever Foundry in Asia, which enables the company’s global brands to accelerate experimentation and pilot new technologies more efficiently, effectively and speedily.

For the last 10 years, Barbara has worked with a variety of start-ups in Singapore from e-commerce platforms, to digital mapping. She is an advocate of Singapore’s start-up ecosystem and entrepreneur community and believes they have the power to transform the region and create real business opportunities.

Barbara completed her EMBA from INSEAD.

Ozzeir Khan

Director, Office of Business Relationships & IT Strategy for Digital Innovation

Asian Development Bank

Ozzeir Khan is the Director of the Office of Business Relationships and IT Strategy for Digital Innovation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is currently also heading the ADB Digital Innovation Sandbox Program.

He has previously worked for the United Nations and in the global financial banking services sector in Asia, Europe and the USA. Prior to joining ADB, he was Chief of Digital of the Sustainable Development Goals Labs at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he was responsible for developing relationships with departments and member countries, facilitating public-private sector partnerships and leading innovation labs’ development globally. 

His broad areas of expertise include digital transformation, innovation, and emerging technologies adoption by public sector and international agencies.

Cheaw Hwei Low

Head of Design

Philips ASEAN Pacific

Low Cheaw Hwei is Head of Design for Philips ASEAN Pacific and Head of Philips Design consultancy for Asia. He is responsible for the overall direction of Philips Design in the region, leading the company through a design transformation, as Philips moves towards experience and solutions-based innovation.

Based in Singapore, Cheaw Hwei first joined Philips Design in 1991 and has since held various creative and management roles within the Netherlands and Hong Kong, before returning home in 1997 as Design Director for Singapore and Senior Design Director for Philips Consumer Electronics in Asia.

Tze Lee

Co-Founder & Director


Tze Lee is a Co-Founder and Director at STUCK – a multidisciplinary design studio that fluidly bridges physical products, digital interaction and user experiences.

Prior to STUCK, he has honed his craft at Ziba Design (Portland, USA) and Philips Design (Singapore).

Since founding in 2010, STUCK has helped to define market shifting innovations across strategy, industrial design and UI/UX for bold start-ups and forward-thinking brands around the world. The studio’s progressive work has garnered over 30 international awards, including the Red Dot, iF, IDSA and the prestigious President’s Design Award.

Rodney Loh

Design Director

NextOfKin Creatives Pte Ltd

Rodney Loh is an award-winning industrial designer and the Founder of NextOfKin Creatives, a multi-disciplinary studio with a strong focus on optimising the human experience through Service Design, Branding and Industrial Design.

Rodney was with Philips Hong Kong as a Consultant on product design from 2000 to 2007 before he started NextofKin Creatives. He was also an industrial designer with Creative Labs/Creative Technology.

Dr Ser Yong Lim

Senior Fellow


Dr Lim Ser Yong is Senior Fellow at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Dr Lim has worked in the industry both in Singapore and the US.  From 1984 to 1986, he was with Fairchild Semiconductor and from 1988 to 1989 he worked for National Semiconductor. He joined SimTech in 1994 after obtaining his PhD.  Dr Lim’s research interests are in nonlinear control of robotic manipulators, ultra-precision systems, force-controlled robots, and real-time systems.  In addition to managing SIMTech, he is also leading two research projects, one on robot dynamic control and the other on ultra-precision positioning systems.

He received his B.Eng. (1st Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1984, and his MSc, and Ph.D. from Clemson University, USA, in 1988 and 1994, respectively. 

Prof Luciënne T.M. Blessing

Co-Director, SUTD-MIT International Design Center & Professor

Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

Lucienne T.M. Blessing is Co-Director of the SUTD-MIT International Design Center (IDC), Professor in the Engineering and Product Development Pillar, as well as Chair of SUTD’s Institutional Review Board. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in systematic product development and design research, including workshops for public and private organisations.

Prior to her current position, Prof Blessing was Vice President for Research and Professor in Engineering Design and Methodology at University of Luxembourg; interim Director of University of the Greater Region; Vice President for Research and International Relations and Professor in Engineering Design and Methodology at Technical University of Berlin.

She received her MSc from Delft University of Technology, a PhD from the University of Twente, an Honorary Doctorate from Mälardalen University in Sweden, and the Peabody Visiting Professorship at MIT (Mechanical Engineering).

Mark Wee

Executive Director

DesignSingapore Council

Mark Wee is currently the Executive Director of DesignSingapore, the national agency overseeing design for the country.

He founded ANNEX A/ Architects, a design innovation and architecture studio in 2016 and was the Principal till 2018. Before ANNEX A/ Architects, Mark started and led the award-winning ONG&ONG’s Experience Design Studio from 2011 to 2016 to redefine user experiences for clients including the Housing Development Board, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Stock Exchange, OCBC’s FRANK, Sentosa, and the State Courts. He has also represented Singapore at the 11th Venice Architectural Biennale.

Semun Ho

Chief Executive Officer

Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore

Ho Semun joined Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) as the CEO in April 2018. 

Prior to TaFF, she was with SGTech (formerly known as Singapore infocomm Technology Federation) and had helmed the organisation for 11 years as its Executive Director.

Before joining SGTech, she was the General Manager for Caliper (Singapore office), a HR consulting organisation with headquarters based in Princeton, USA. She had also worked in Motorola Electronics for 10 years during which she headed functional roles such as business operations, strategic planning, product marketing for the mobile device business in Southeast Asia (SEA). Semun was subsequently appointed Regional Director to head the SEA accessory business which she grew the business exponentially.

She graduated with a Bachelor in Business Management and MBA with NUS and started her career in Fuji Xerox Singapore.

Ben Hamley

Future of Work Lead, Asia-Pacific

Jones Lang LaSalle

Ben Hamley leads JLL's Point of View on the Future of Work in Asia Pacific and is responsible for creating an integrated strategic design framework that helps JLL’s clients, partners and people to change why, how and where they work around the world.  He works across JLL’s entire business operations in Asia Pacific to connect the dots between research, thought leadership, business model innovation and service design drawing on JLL's expertise in workplace design, consulting, asset management, integrated facilities management, project development and more to help create, shape and manage the future of work in partnership with JLL’s clients.

Ben has an eclectic background that spans the Entertainment, Education, Not for Profit, Culture, Technology and Professional Services industries. He has built a career out of interdisciplinary multi-party collaborations, working on high profile international projects, including Cisco’s CHILL program, the development of the Asia Pacific Design Library, the re-design of MySpace, the World Science Festival in Brisbane and led the Queensland Museum to be one of the first Australian institutions to partner with Google for their ‘Arts & Culture’ platform.

Hugh Connelly

Executive Creative Director

Huge Inc

Hugh Connelly is the Executive Creative Director at Huge. In his role, Hugh works at the intersection of digital, branding and marketing in the rapidly growing APAC-focused office. 

Hugh has over 15 years of experience creating interactive cross-channel experiences and award-winning and impactful campaigns for some of the world's biggest brands such as Capital One, Coca-Cola, LG, Google, Randstad, Airheads, and McDonald's. 

He has spent his career partnering brands around the world including GE, IBM, P&G, and Under Armour. His work has been recognised and awarded globally by The Effies, Communication Arts, Ad Week, American Graphic Design.

Garrick Soon



Garrick Soon is the founder of ProtoKing. He began his career as an apprentice in a tool and die making company, and later mastered plastic injection moulding from a veteran moulder. He grew to become a prototyping and Design for Manufacturing specialist.

Garrick is familiar with different industry standards, as well as various materials and advanced manufacturing techniques. Today, Garrick leads an international team of designers and engineers which seeks to "Empower Ideas". Through ProtoKing, he offers a range of services from product conceptualisation, industrial design, R&D, to prototyping and manufacturing. His work is based on a practical approach to applying design thinking.

TechExpert Sharing: Understanding Design for Manufacturing

Designing a better product that appeals to the customer, manufacturing it at the right cost and bringing the product-to-market at the right time are goals of all product owners. Many are familiar with the importance of Design for Manufacturing (DFM) – a skill as well as an art that is integral during the product development process. When it is well understood and executed, it can simplify manufacturing processes, optimise materials use, reduce manufacturing cost, and increase production yield. 

This presentation will highlight how to prevent common mistakes and pitfalls made by product owners with regard to DFM. In addition, learn more about two critical aspects of DFM – materials selection and cost optimisation. Discover the mysterious relationships between materials, moulds, and manufacturing techniques, and find out how DFM can help you to avoid high running costs.   

Dr Jackson Lam

Manager (Projects)

Centre of Innovation – Electronics & IoT, Nanyang Polytechnic

Dr Jackson Lam has over 35 years of experience in the Electronics and Infocomm industries. He is responsible for providing project consultancy and development services for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at Nanyang Polytechnic’s Centre of Innovation for Electronics & IoT.

He was the Director of Engineering at InfoWave, where he led the engineering team to develop the 3rd generation Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) for taxi fleet call and management systems. He spent the early part of his career with a local pioneer technological company, Powermatic Data Systems, focusing on the development of networking products and the associated Application Specific Integrated Circuits.

Dr Lam carried out his PhD research in Imperial College on advanced Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) communication networks.

TechExpert Sharing: New Trends in Electronic Systems Design

Short product life cycles and rapid technology innovation are setting new trends in electronic systems design. Enterprises must adapt their design thinking and development processes to stay competitive. 

This talk will provide updates on the crucial elements in today’s electronics and infocomm solutions.  It will also summarise the different approaches that product developers adopt to address the challenges of short development cycles, acquisition of new technology and scarce skilled personnel.

The session will also include an introduction of the support that the Centre of Innovation – Electronics & IoT can provide to the innovation ecosystem, including sectorial-based technology roadmapping service targeted at finding practical solutions for curated problem statements from the private and public sectors.

Dr Wai Mun Loke

Scientific Director


Dr Loke Wai Mun has accumulated substantive academic and industrial expertise in functional food/nutraceutical product R&D and validation.

In 2013, Dr Loke set up the Centre for Functional Food & Human Nutrition at Nanyang Polytechnic, and has since worked with many local food companies to validate and develop novel functional food products. As a convenor with the Singapore Standard Development Office, he created guidelines for the Singapore food industry to design and develop functional food products. In 2017, Dr Loke started Innovprof to bring forth his R&D capability to the functional food industry.

He obtained his PhD with distinction in Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia, and continued his postdoctoral training at the National University of Singapore.

TechExpert Sharing: Overcoming the Challenges of Functional Food/Nutraceutical Product Development & Manufacturing 

Functional food or nutraceuticals offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition when consumed. But how does one qualify and quantify the health benefits beyond basic nutrition?

To support health claims for functional food to consumers and regulators, developers and manufacturers of functional food and nutraceuticals need to provide credible justification about the unique beneficial effects associated with their products. Through basic science, engineering (technology), and adequate regulation, food scientists can begin to measure and validate the unique functional components in functional food and nutraceutical products. 

This talk focuses on the expertise and tools available for entrepreneurs to develop and manufacture credible functional food/ nutraceutical products. By using examples, Dr Loke will explain how Singapore Food Agency, Singapore Standards Committee, IPI and the food industry partners can help to smoothen the innovation journey for functional food and nutraceutical product developers and manufacturers. 


Dr Narasimalu Srikanth

Senior Scientist & Program Director

Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N)

Dr Narasimalu Srikanth is the Program Director and Senior Scientist leading the offshore renewables in ERI@N (NTU). Presently he is leading industrial research projects on offshore turbine development as well as floating solar and hybrid renewable energy systems. He also leads a joint industry programme on offshore renewables comprising MNCs such as Rolls-Royce, Keppel and Lloyds Register; and SMEs like Centek, Envirotek and Oceanpixel. The programme focuses on relevant applied research needs to promote ocean renewables towards remote coastal and islandic regions and in structural health monitoring of assets in marine environment.

Before joining NTU, Dr Srikanth was Technical Director and Senior Specialist at Vestas Wind Energy Systems. He has more than 25 years of industrial experience leading research and development efforts in product and technology development.

­­­TechExpert Sharing: Product Development of Renewables Systems in the Tropics

Renewables are clean energy sources that can address growing energy demand while curbing carbon footprint. Due to factors such as wind or tidal flow conditions and environmental degradation issues, the performance of renewable energy systems may vary in terms of geographic location.

This presentation will explain the key aspects of designing efficient renewables systems, including resource estimation of renewables, sizing a renewable system according to a site condition through tailoring the components, materials selection, utilisation of IoT sensors and machine learning to reap additional benefits. Dr Srikanth will also share how advancements in computer simulation and additive manufacturing methods can optimise the product design cycles and shorten design lead times. Case studies of renewable designs such as urban wind turbine, floating tidal turbine and floating solar will be discussed to elucidate the design methodology.