Speakers and Moderators

Mishaal AL GERGAWI
Mishaal AL GERGAWI

Managing Director, The Delma Institure, Abu Dhabi, UAE, stars alumnus

The founder of Delma, Mishaal holds a BA from the American University in Dubai and an MSc in finance from Skema. Starting his career as an investment banker at HSBC and Deutsche Bank, Mishaal later helped his family establish a building materials business, of which he later became CFO.

After maintaining a popular weekly opinion column in local newspapers, he joined Dubai government to create its contemporary cultural projects strategy. Mishaal continues to think, write, and speak on macro developments within West Asia, North Africa, and beyond.

Outside the office, Mishaal works with his wife, Butheina, on Cinema Akil, an alternative films platform. When he’s not doing that, he is reading history. Mishaal speaks Arabic and English.

General John R. ALLEN
General John R. ALLEN

Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution, retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star General, former Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, United States Forces-Afghanistan, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition against ISIL, Washington, USA

John R. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Brookings Institution as Senior Fellow and Co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Allen served as Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, a position he held for 14 months. Immediately following retirement from the Marine Corps, Allen was the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East Security, and in that role he led the security dialogue with Israel and the Palestinian Authority for 15 months within the Middle East peace process.

Allen commanded the NATO International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013.  He is the first Marine to command a theater of war.  Allen’s command of the 150,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan occurred at a particularly critical period in the war. During his command, he recovered the 33,000 U.S. surge forces, moved the Afghan National Security Forces into the lead for combat operations, and pivoted NATO forces from being a conventional combat force into an advisory command. Further, he established the division size Special Operations Joint Task Force.  In the process, his forces closed or realigned over 500 bases and facilities.  All of these activities were conducted in contact with the enemy and during active and particularly intense combat operations.

During his nearly 38-year military career, Allen served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force.  Prior to assuming command of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Allen commanded at every level in the Marine Corps through the Marine Expeditionary Brigade.  He served as the G-3 operations officer of the 2nd Marine Division.  He was the aide de camp and military secretary to the 31st commandant of the Marine Corps.

As a general officer, Allen served as the principal director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly three years. In this assignment, he was involved extensively on policy initiatives involving Mongolia, China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.  He was also involved in the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He played a major role in organizing the relief effort during the South Asian tsunami from 2004 to 2005.

Allen’s contingency and combat operations assignments included Operation Sea Signal in the Caribbean in 1994, Operation Joint Endeavor in the Balkans from 1995 to 1996, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq from 2007 to 2008, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013.

Beyond his operational credentials, Allen has also led a number of professional military educational programs including service as the director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program; commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School; and commandant of midshipmen in the United States Naval Academy.  He has served as the Marine Corps Fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow, and was the first Marine officer to serve as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Following retirement, and among other activities, General Allen has become affiliated with The Middle East Institute, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (TWI), the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS), and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).  He is a Senior Fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.  He is an “Ancien” of the NATO Defence College in Rome, and a frequent lecturer there.  General Allen is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

General Allen is the recipient of numerous U.S. personal decorations and campaign awards.  He is also the recipient of numerous international awards among them the NATO Meritorious Service Medal; the Order of Australia; the Afghan Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal; the French Legion d’Honneur; the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic, and the Taiwan Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Cravat.

In recognition of his work as Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, he was presented the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary John Kerry,  and was presented the Director of National Intelligence National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award by Director James Clapper.

In 2015, he was the recipient of the Eisenhower Award of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS).  In 2016 he received the Statesman Scholar Award of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (TWI).

Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University), and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

Mark DITTLI
Mark DITTLI

Editor in Chief, Finanz und Wirtschaft, Zürich

Mark Dittli is the editor in chief of Finanz und Wirtschaft, Switzerland’s leading financial newspaper (www.fuw.ch). Before assuming his current position in 2012, he headed the international desk of Finanz und Wirtschaft, responsible for the coverage of all markets outside Switzerland. From 2003 to 2008, he was the U.S. correspondent of the paper, based in New York. He specializes in international economics and financial markets and has a passion for new media journalism, authoring, among others, the popular economics blog Never Mind the Markets. Mark studied business economics at Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Journalism at New York University. He is a CFA charterholder (Chartered Financial Analyst). He lives in Zurich.
Luciano FLORIDI
Luciano FLORIDI

Professor, Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Education: MA Laurea Rome La Sapienza, MPhil and PhD Warwick, MA Oxon, Dr. h. c. Suceava, http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/Floridi/

Current positions: Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford; Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute; Governing Body Fellow, St Cross College; Distinguished Research Fellow, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Research Associate and Fellow in Information Policy, Department of Computer Science; Member, Faculty of Philosophy. Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C.

Current research areas: Information and Computer Ethics, Philosophy of Information, Philosophy of Technology. 

Publications: Link to profile in Google Scholar (H-index = 45). More than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Recent books: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP, 2014); The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013); The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011); Information - A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010); The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (edited for CUP, 2010). Translations into Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, French, Greek, Japanese, Italian, Hungarian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Recent recognitions: (2016) Copernicus Scientist Award by the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Ferrara; J. Ong Award by the Media Ecology Association for the book The Fourth Revolution; (2015) Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship of the European University Institute; (2014) Cátedras de Excelencia Prize by the University Carlos III of Madrid; (2013) Member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (MAIPS); Weizenbaum Award, by the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology, for “his significant contribution to the field of information and computer ethics, through his research, service, and vision”; Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS). (2012) Covey Award, by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy, for outstanding research in philosophy and computing; first Distinguished Scholar (adjunct professor of economics) ever nominated by American University in Washington since its foundation in 1892. (2011) laurea honoris causa by the University of Suceava, Romania, for “his groundbreaking work on the philosophy of information”. (2010) Fellow of the Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor Award “for research supporting engagement with business, the profession and partner organisations”. (2009) Gauss Professor by the Göttingen Academy of Sciences (first philosopher elected); Barwise Prize, by the American Philosophical Association “in recognition of his research on the philosophy of information”; Fellow of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour. 

Some grants in the last five years: “The Logics of Information Visualization” (European Union H2020, MSCA-IF-2014, 2015-17); “Viral Messaging: its Nature and Dynamics” (Tencent Internet and Society Institute 2015-17); “An Ethical Framework for the New Civic Responsibilities of Online Service Providers” (Google Academic Grant 2015); “The Ethics of Biomedical Big Data” (John Fell Fund Main Award, 2014); “Protection of Information and the Right to Privacy: A New Equilibrium?” (Google Academic Grant, 2013); “The Onlife Initiative” (European Commission, 2012-13); “Online Security and Civil Rights: A Fine Ethical Balance” (University of Hertfordshire Grant, 2012); “Online Security” (Google Academic Grant, 2012); “Understanding Information Quality Standards and their Challenges” (UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2011-13); “The Ethics of Information Warfare: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities” (Marie Curie Fellowship, FP7- PEOPLE-2009-IEF, 2011-12); “The New Ethical Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers” (Google Academic Grant, 2011); “The Construction of Personal Identities Online” (UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2009-11).

Public impact: delivered more than 350 talks (keynotes, invited lectures etc. since 1993); currently Member of the EU's Ethics Advisory Group on Ethical Dimensions of Data Protection, of Google Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten”, of the Advisory Board of Tencent’s Internet and Society Institute, and of NEXA’ Board of Trustees. Chairman of the Ethics Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework and Co-chair of the Ethics in Data Science Working Group, British Cabinet Office. In the past, Chairman of the European Commission’s expert group “Concepts Engineering”, on the impact of information and communication technologies on the digital transformations occurring in the European society (2012-2013); scientific advisor to the European Centre for International Political Economy (2011-13); member of the Ethics Strategic Panel of the British Computer Society (2010-2013), responsible for reviewing the national Code of Conduct for IT professionals; consultant to the Director General of the Information Society and Media Directorate-General of the European Commission about European policies concerning the “Future Information Technology & Society” (2009-12); co-author of the UNESCO Code of Ethics for the Information Society, as a consultant to the UNESCO Information for All Programme (2009), in view of developing a UNESCO Declaration to be submitted to the General Conference for endorsement by its members; consultant to SOGETI on information ethics (2009-2014).

HUANG Jing
HUANG Jing

Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations, Director, Centre on Asia and Globalization, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Jing HUANG is a Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations and Director of Centre on Asia and Globalization (CAG) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). As an internationally recognized expert on Chinese politics, China’s foreign relations and security issues in Asia-Pacific, Huang has written three books, edited 5, and numerous journal articles, book chapters, policy papers, and op-eds on Chinese politics, China’s development strategy, China’s foreign policy, US-China relations, China-India relations, the military, and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His book, Factionalism in Chinese Communist Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), won the prestigious Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 2002. Huang is also a columnist for several English and Chinese newspapers and magazines.

Huang is on the Board of Directors of the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation Japan, the Board of Directors Keppel Land, the Advisory Board of the European-House Ambrosetti, the Steering Committee of the NUS Research Institute in Suzhou, and the WEF Global Agenda Council. He also serves as a Senior Overseas Economic Analyst for China’s Xinhua News Agency. Before joining the LKYSPP, Huang was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2004-2008). He also taught at Harvard University (1993-1994), Utah State University (1994-2004) and Stanford University (2002-2003). Huang received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, MA from Fudan University, and BA from Sichuan University.

Huang was a Residential Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in 2012 and is a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy.
Edmund KOH
Edmund KOH

Head of UBS Wealth Management Asia Pacific

Edmund Koh joined UBS in February 2012 as Group Managing Director, Head of UBS Wealth Management South East Asia and APAC Hub, and Country Head of UBS Singapore.

Edmund's distinguished career in Asia's financial services industry spans more than 20 years, during which time he garnered a deep understanding of Asian markets and developed a strong track record in leading and building successful businesses in Asia. 

Prior to joining UBS, Edmund was President and Director of Ta Chong Bank in Taiwan from 2008 to 2011. During this time, he led the reorganization of Ta Chong Bank for the Carlyle Group where he turned the loss-making bank around within a year. 

From 2001 to 2008, Edmund served as Managing Director and Regional Head of the Consumer Banking Group of DBS Bank. Over the 7 years, he substantially grew and consolidated DBS Bank's consumer banking business across Asia, earning the title of "Best Retail Banker in Asia" by the Asian Banker Journal in 2007.

Prior to this, Edmund held various senior positions at Citibank and HSBC. He also holds Directorship positions across various social and public organizations.

LEE Chen Chen
LEE Chen Chen

Director of Policy Programmes, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Singapore

Chen Chen Lee is Director of Policy Programmes at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the country’s oldest think tank and founding member of the ASEAN-ISIS network of think tanks. Prior to this, she was the Head of Strategic Planning and Coordination Division at the ASEAN Secretariat based in Jakarta. Reporting directly to the ASEAN Secretary-General, she helped strengthen ASEAN's engagement with her Dialogue Partners and their implementing agencies through effective donor coordination and dialogue on ASEAN's priorities and funding needs. Chen Chen started her career as a broadcast journalist with Channel News Asia after graduating from the Singapore Nanyang Technological University. She obtained her Masters Degree of Arts from the International University of Japan. As a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholar, she majored in International Relations in her post-graduate degree and examined the politics and policies surrounding refugees and asylum seekers in Southeast Asia. Chen Chen has worked for various international organizations, including ActionAid, Jesuit Refugee Service, International Development Research Centre, International Labour Organization, the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, and United Nations Development Fund for Women (UN Women).

LI Xin
LI Xin

Managing Editor of Caixin English, Caixin Media, Beijing, China, stars alumna

LIM Chow Kiat
LIM Chow Kiat

CEO, GIC, Singapore 

Lim Chow Kiat was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 1 January. He has been Group Chief Investment Officer of GIC since February 2013 and was appointed Deputy Group President concurrently in June 2016. He joined GIC as a portfolio manager upon graduation in 1993, developed GIC’s investment capability in corporate bonds and rose to head the fixed income, currency and commodities department. He was President, Europe in 2009, overseeing investments and relationships in Europe, Africa and the Middle East before his appointment as President of GIC Asset Management in 2011. Mr Lim is a trustee of Nanyang Technological University, board member of Wealth Management Institute, member of the Singapore government’s Committee on Future Economy and member of Agence France Trésor’s Strategic Committee.

Mr Lim holds a First Class Honours degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

LIM Siong Guan
LIM Siong Guan

Advisor to the GIC Group Executive Committee, GIC, Singapore

Lim Siong Guan is a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and also a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College. He was Group President of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, from 2007 to 2016. His illustrious career in the Singapore Civil Service included being Head of the Civil Service (1999 - 2005) and Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (2006 - 2009). He has co-authored two books with Joanne H Lim – "The Leader, The Teacher & You” on leadership and governance, and “Winning with Honour” on success in life, family and work.

Markus NEUHAUS
Markus NEUHAUS

Chairman PwC Switzerland, Member of the Board of PwC Europe

PANG Zhongying
PANG Zhongying
Professor of International Relations, Founding Director, Centre for the Study of Global Governance at School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
Dr Pang, Zhongying is a professor of International Relations at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China and a distinguished professor of Intercultural Global Studies at the School of Foreign Languages at Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua, China. He has been running a center for global studies in China since 2000. He holds a PhD in International Politics from Peking University and a MA in International Studies from the University of Warwick in England. He is a graduate of Economics at Nankai University in Tianjin. He is the founding Dean of the School of International Relations at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. He worked at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) under China's MFA and was posted to be a political diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has held a number of research and teaching posts in the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore and Germany including Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Guest Professor at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and the Goethe University, Germany. His current research projects include: Global Political Economy, International Relations Theory, Diplomacy and China's Role in the World. Professor Pang has published dozens of peer reviewed (international) journal papers and refereed articles on global affairs in English. Professor Pang is a senior associate with China's leading non-governmental think tanks including the Pangoal Institution and the International Finance Forum (IFF).
Daria PARAMONOVA
Daria PARAMONOVA

CEO Strelka Architects, Moscow, Russia, stars alumna

DARIA PARAMONOVA Architect, Lecturer at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, a partner of the architectural bureau Alexander Brodsky, CEO of architectural bureau Strelka CA. Curator of the Russian Pavilion at the 2014 International Venice Architectural Biennale. Author of the book Mushrooms, Mutants and Others: Architecture in the Luzhkov Era (Strelka Press, 2014). Daria graduated Moscow Architectural Institute in 2005 and shortly thereafter began a collaboration with architect/artist Alexander Brodsky. From 2010-2011 she studied at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, conducting research on preservation of Moscow post-soviet architecture under the direction of Rem Koolhaas. Since 2011 Daria has remained at the Strelka Institute as an instructor. Nowadays Daria is leading architectural office Strelka CA, recently launched by Strelka KB – a leading company in Russia on urban strategy consultancy.

Jayne PLUNKETT
Jayne PLUNKETT

CEO, Reinsurance Asia, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Singapore

Jayne Plunkett became Regional President and CEO Reinsurance, Asia and was appointed to the Group Executive Committee on 1 July 2016. 

Jayne Plunkett has held positions of increasing responsibility in Swiss Re since 2006, when she joined in the context of the acquisition of GE Insurance Solutions. Since that time she has consistently proven to be effective and adaptive, delivering results from three continents – North America, Asia and Europe. From 2008 to 2012 she worked in Asia as Swiss Re's Head of Casualty Underwriting for the region, during which time she grew premiums and net income significantly. Before assuming her current role, Jayne held the global role, Head Casualty Reinsurance, where she focused on growing and developing business in response to technological changes, as well as managing the unit handling all large and complex transactions for P&C Reinsurance.

She joined GE Insurance Solutions in 1999 as Insurance Pricing Team Leader. She rose to the positions of Deputy Chief Reserving Actuary, Head of Casualty Risk Management and finally Head of Planning and Analysis before joining Swiss Re.

She started her career at John Deere Insurance Company in 1992, where she held various positions focused on the Commercial Lines segment of the Property and Casualty Insurance business.
Jayne Plunkett is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Additionally, she was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010.

Jayne Plunkett was born in 1970 and is an American citizen. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University (1992).

PNG Chin Yee
PNG Chin Yee

Head, Financial Services and Senior Managing Director, China, Temasek, Singapore

Ms Png Chin Yee joined Temasek in July 2011. She is Head, Financial Institutions and Senior Managing Director, China.  Prior to joining Temasek, Ms. Png was Managing Director with UBS AG where she was Joint Head of the Financial Institutions Group for Asia Investment Banking.  Ms. Png holds a Bachelor of Accountancy with 1st class honours from the Nanyang Technological University.

SAM Kok Weng
SAM Kok Weng

Markets Leader, PwC, Singapore

Kok Weng Sam is the Markets Leader for PwC Singapore overseeing clients, market segments, business develop, and brand and communication matters. He is also currently a member of the firm’s leadership team that is responsible for the strategy of the firm.

Concurrently, Kok Weng leads the Financial Services (FS) Deals practice in Singapore, specialising in M&A, deal and post deal delivery. He has over 20 years of experience in the FS sector providing audit, deal support, consulting and debt restructuring services. His transactional support experience includes M&A financial advisory, business and financial due diligence for both buy and sell sides and market entry studies.

Kok Weng has led large cross-border transaction support engagements, including managing transaction teams that are staffed with more than 100 PwC professionals. He has led or participated in financial or market due diligence exercises of financial institutions / funds in most Asian countries. He works extensively with both strategic and financial investors.

Among other leadership roles, Kok Weng has previously been PwC Singapore’s Human Capital Leader and Forensics Leader for the Southeast Asia region.

Kok Weng is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant (practicing) in Singapore.

Michael SCHINDHELM
Michael SCHINDHELM

Author, Film Director, Lugano, Switzerland; London, UK

Michael Schindhelm (1960) lives in Ticino (Switzerland) and in London. He is a writer (German), filmmaker, performing arts expert and cultural advisor for international organizations. He served as director general of Theater Basel and founding director general of Berlin’s Opera Foundation and worked also as playwright (librettist), TV presenter (Der Salon, Swiss TV) and translator.

In 1979 he studied at the International University of Voronezh (USSR) and graduated 1984 with a Master of Science in Quantum Chemistry. From 1984 – 1986 he was Research Assistant at the Academy of Science in East Berlin.

Toni SCHÖNENBERGER
Toni SCHÖNENBERGER

Executive Chairman of the stars Foundation Board

1998 - 2016 Member of the Board of UBS Wolfsberg and Congress Hotel Seepark AG
1998 - 2014 CEO, UBS Wolfsberg. Emphasis on Business Development, i.e. initiating, supervising, and conducting UBS Briefings, UBS Health Forum, UBS Arts Forum, UBS Study Trips, UBS Think Tanks, Wolfsberg Podium (www.wolfsberg.com)
1981 - 1998 Various responsibilities for UBS Management and Executive Development, Member and Chairman of the Board of UBS Art Collection
Concurrently Member of the Board of various companies and foundations in Switzerland
Urs SCHOETTLI
Urs SCHOETTLI

Consultant on Asian affairs, former Far-East Correspondent of “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”, Tokyo/Zurich

In 1978, Urs Schoettli was appointed Secretary General of the Liberal International, a world-wide federation of liberal and democratic parties, of which Urs Schoettli acted as Executive Vice President from 1983 until 1993. Also in 1983, he joined the Neue Zurcher Zeitung and became its South Asia Correspondent in New Delhi.

Between 1986 and 1990, Urs Schoettli served as Representative of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in India.

In 1990, he left the Neue Zurcher Zeitung and became Head of project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Spain.

Between 1993 and 1994, he served as Director of the political academy of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Portugal and as Honorary Director of the Commission for the Greater Europe in Vienna and Moscow.

Urs Schoettli returned to the Neue Zurcher Zeitung as its Correspondent in Hong Kong in 1996. Three years later, he moved from Hong Kong to Tokyo and worked as the East Asia Correspondent of the Neue Zurcher Zeitung until 2002. During the following five years, Urs Schoettli was the China Correspondent of the Neue Zurcher Zeitung, based in Beijing. He then became the Far East Correspondent for the Neue Zurcher Zeitung based in Tokyo. Urs Schoettli was Co-Editor of the reviews Indo Asia, LibroAperto and Debate Abierto. He has published widely on topics of liberalism, development policies and international security issues in Latin American, American and European journals. Urs Schottli is also the author of numerous books on South Asia, citizenship and environmental issues.

Urs Schoettli studied philosophy at the University of Basel.

Jordan SCHWARTZ
Jordan SCHWARTZ

Director, The World Bank, Singapore

Jordan Schwartz is the Director of the World Bank’s Infrastructure & Urban Development Hub in Singapore, a center of operations and technical advice covering the sectors of water, transport, ICT, energy and extractives, urban development, trade, and infrastructure finance. Since 1991, he has worked in the areas of infrastructure economics, finance and regulation, and, more broadly, in promoting connectivity and sustainability through investment planning and operations. In his immediate prior positions at the World Bank Group, Jordan served as Head of the Global Infrastructure Facility, Manager for Infrastructure Policy, and Lead Economist for Sustainable Development in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. 

Jordan entered the World Bank Group from the private sector in 1998, working on the privatization and regulation of infrastructure as well as concession and PPP design. He has since led investment and technical advisory work in energy, transport, water and private sector development projects primarily across Latin America & the Caribbean, East Asia & the Pacific, and Central Europe, and has served as a delegate of the World Bank to the G20 Infrastructure & Investment Working Group, the B20 and APEC. 

Prior to joining the World Bank, Jordan worked in management consulting from 1991 to 1998, first in Booz Allen’s Transport Strategy Group, and later, as the Senior Manager for Utility & Infrastructure Consulting at Deloitte Emerging Markets, focusing on investment feasibility, strategic planning, utility privatizations and regulation. Prior to 1991, Jordan worked for a development economics think-tank for two years, in a chemical company in Italy, and in a rural board of education in Japan. 

Jordan is a frequent author of papers, articles and blogs on the on the relationships of infrastructure investment to risk, growth and job creation as well as other topics in sustainable development. He is the co-author of the book, “Uncovering the Drivers of Utility Performance: The Role of the Private Sector, Regulation and Governance”. He has an M.S. from Georgetown where he concentrated in development economics and a B.A. from Tufts University. Jordan speaks Spanish fluently having lived in Mexico and Spain.

Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM
Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore

DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies in the Singapore Cabinet.

He is also Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator.

Among his key responsibilities in Singapore, he leads the national Council for Skills, Innovation and Productivity (CSIP). One of its key programmes aims to develop the skills of the future and a culture of lifelong learning among Singaporeans (SkillsFuture).

Tharman was appointed Chairman of the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of leading economic and financial policy-makers, from 1 Jan 2017. He was previously appointed by his international peers as Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the key policy forum of the IMF, for an extended period of four years from 2011; he was its first Asian chair.

He has spent his career in public service, in roles related to economic policy and education. He served as Minister for Finance for eight years, over 2007- 2015, and as Minister for Education for five years, over 2003-2008. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 2011.

Tharman is a Board member of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and chairs its Investment Strategies Committee. He also chairs the International Advisory Council of the Singapore Economic Development Board, and the International Academic Advisory Panel that advises the Government on strategies for the university sector.

Besides his responsibilities in Government, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), which seeks to uplift educational performance and aspirations in the Indian Singaporean community. He also chairs the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute. 

He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in Nov 2001 in Jurong GRC, and has been reelected three times since. He was elected to the Central Executive Committee of the People’s Action Party in Dec 2002, and was appointed 2nd Assistant Secretary-General in May 2011.

After his schooling in Singapore, he studied at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He later obtained a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University, where he was named a Lucius N Littauer Fellow.

Tharman is married to Jane Yumiko Ittogi, a lawyer by background and now actively engaged in social enterprise and the non-profit arts sector. They have a daughter and three sons.

Yoichi SHINODA
Yoichi SHINODA

Professor, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Member of Cyber-Security Center in the Cabinet, Tokyo, Japan

TAN Chong Meng
TAN Chong Meng

Group CEO of PSA, Singapore

Tan Chong Meng is the Group Chief Executive Officer of PSA International, a leading global port group with port operations in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. He heads PSA’s Senior Management Council, the executive team responsible for making key decisions Group-wide.
Chong Meng joined PSA on 1 October 2011, bringing with him a wealth of experience in managing the complexity, diversity and breadth of a global business. Together with his management team, he is responsible for the overall performance of the PSA Group and provides strategic direction on growing the company’s value through maximising assets, developing PSA port positions and engaging global business partnerships.
Outside the PSA Group, Chong Meng serves as a non-Executive Director on the board of the National University Health System (NUHS) and also a Board Member of IE Singapore.
Before joining PSA, Chong Meng served as the Executive Vice President, Global Commercial, Shell Downstream, of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. He led six global businesses – many of which are world leaders engaged in the marketing and sale of fuels, lubricants and specialty products to commercial customers vis-à-vis Aviation, Marine, Industrial, Land Transport, Construction and Liquefied Petroleum Gas. A global leader with more than 20 years of experience in Shell, Chong Meng worked in USA, Europe, China and Singapore, holding various senior leadership positions. His responsibilities spanned from management, sales, marketing, trading, refinery operations, customer service to merger & acquisitions. Besides keeping a sharp focus on business growth and profitability, Chong Meng is equally balanced in people development, having spent many years leading the Asian Talent Council within Shell to effectively grow and promote Asian talents within the company.
Prior to Shell, Chong Meng had also worked in various positions with Singapore’s Ministry of National Development for five years.

TANG Siew Mun
TANG Siew Mun

Head of ASEAN Studies Centre, Insitute of Southeast Asian Sudies (ISEAS), Singapore

TANG Siew Mun is the Head of the ASEAN Studies Centre and concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Regional Strategic and Political Studies programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. His primary research interests are Asian security, ASEAN’s relations with the major powers and Japanese foreign policy. Prior to joining ISEAS, he was Director for Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia and Senior Lecturer at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He has contributed to numerous book chapters and op-ed pieces in addition to national and international journals. Tang holds a B.A (Hons.) from the National University of Malaysia, a MA in War Studies from King’s College London, a MA in International Studies from the Claremont Graduate University and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Political Science.

Takehiko TSUTSUI
Takehiko TSUTSUI

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Japan Tobacco Inc., Tokyo, Japan, stars alumnus

Takehiko Tsutsui is Senior Vice President of Business Development and a member of Executive Committee at JT, a leading international tobacco company that is also actively present in pharmaceuticals and processed foods. 

Building on an educational background in mechanical engineering, he has more than 19 years of extensive experience in strategy building and M&A at both JT and JT International (JTI), JT’s international arm headquartered in Geneva. 

After spending 6 years in the manufacturing division, he progressed his professional career in business development. He moved to JTI where he took a Director position to be one of the core members of 20 billion dollar deal to acquire Gallaher, a FTSE100 company in the UK. During his 7 years in Geneva, he became Vice President of Corporate Strategy to support senior management on their strategic decision setting. In 2012, he returned to Tokyo to lead Group’s strategy function and 2 years later he was promoted to Senior Vice President to oversee global business development and high level strategies to develop the future paths for the company’s long-term success. He spends almost half of a year travelling all over the world to manage on-going projects and seek for new opportunities of innovation.

Robbert VAN DER FELTZ
Robbert VAN DER FELTZ

President, Hilti Asia Pacific Ltd.

Born in the Netherlands, graduated from the Free University in Amsterdam in Economics with a major in Finance in 1987.

Worked 14 years in Fast Moving Consumer Goods starting in 1987 with Procter and Gamble in the marketing department becoming a Product Manager in 1990 in Belgium, moved in 1991 to Turkey as a Senior Product Manager, joined LVMH in 1993 as the Marketing Director for Champagne and Cognac in Germany, joined RJ Reynolds in 1996 as the Marketing Director for the Former Soviet Union and was promoted to General Manager that same year for Central Asia, based in Almaty Kazakstan, joined Tchibo AG as the Region Head for the former soviet union in 2000 based in Hamburg, Germany

Joined Hilti in 2002 as the GM for Finland and the Baltics and assumed the Region Head position in 2004 for Northern, Central and Eastern Europe based at Headquarters, assumed the Region Head position in 2010 for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Became President for Asia Pacific January 2013 based in Hong Kong.