Sauvik BANERJJEE

CTO, Tata Digital, Mumbai, India

One of top 6 technologists globally with over 150 implementations running across the globe, Sauvik Banerjjee is a Technologist and Vice President Digital Initiatives, Advisory to Group Co’s and CTO of TATACLIQ at Tata Industries Limited by profession. He is a tech evangelist and entrepreneur by heart, has built two successful start-ups and sold them in the UK and has been ranked right at the top of global CTOs online by OnlineEducation.com. Having mentored over 600 senior management over the years, Sauvik in India is also mentoring selected start-ups on building successful business models. He is on the board of advisors for several companies and start-ups alike. He has been responsible for disruptive innovation ideas in technology and Omnichannel Commerce that have earned him the distinction and title of being one of the only 6 people (the only person of Indian origin) in the world to have worked on all global Omnichannel Platforms. Sauvik also holds a robust track record in P&L roles where he has delivered over 143% growth, 122% growth across India and Europe for organisations like Infosys, Accenture and SAP. At SAP he was the Chief of Technology for SAP Global’s Omnichannel and Digital vertical.

Sauvik Banerjjee has been a recipient of multiple awards, some of his more recent awards include:

  • Infosys Global Star Award for the best disruption in Omni Channel Commerce 2012
  • Accenture European Award for innovation on disruption in Omni Channel Commerce 2013 and 2014
  • SAP Extra Mile Most Valued Player Award 2016
  • SAP Leadership Award for creating and delivering the world’s first figital omnichannel market place for the Tatas
  • SAP Ace Awards for Tata Cliq and AJIO 2016

These were in addition to completing his doctorate from University of Sunderland. His published papers on “Cross Language Information Retrieval System and models with Prof. Michael Oakes” have been widely referenced.

He was also part of the Information Retrieval Group, CLEC, Linguistic group of Google. He continues to be focused on innovation in the areas: Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Applications across Industries, Hover Board, Lunar Missions and Smart Cities.

Regina CHAN

Operations Manager, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Singapore

Vanessa DING

Associate Staff Scientist, Bioprocessing Technology Institute, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); stars Alumna, Singapore

Experienced Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the biomedical research industry. Skilled in Antibody Discovery and Development, Analytical Skills, Mammalian Cell Culture, and Public Speaking. Strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused on Stem Cell Biology from National University of Singapore.

https://sg.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-ding-90ab0496

Mark DITTLI

CEO and Editor, The Market, Zurich, Switzerland

Mark Dittli is a journalist and author in Zurich, specializing in financial markets and global economics. He is CEO and editor of The Market, a new financial media platform that was launched in April 2019. The Market publishes in-depth analytical and background articles as well as interviews on companies, global industry trends and macroeconomic issues. From 2012 to 2017, Mark was the editor-in-chief of Finanz und Wirtschaft, Switzerland’s leading financial newspaper. Prior to that, he was the editor of the international section of Finanz und Wirtschaft and has spent five years as the U.S. correspondent of the paper in New York, covering economic and monetary policy as well as company issues. Mark has studied business economics in Zurich, journalism in New York and is a CFA charterholder. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in history at the University of Zurich. Mark is married, has two children and lives in Zurich.

Piyush GUPTA

Group CEO, DBS Bank, Singapore

Piyush Gupta is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group. Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup’s Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Piyush began his career with Citibank in India in 1982 and over the years, held various senior management roles across Citi's corporate and consumer banking businesses, including Head of Strategic Planning for Emerging Markets and Regional Director for Global Transaction Services for Asia Pacific. He has also served as Citi's Country Officer for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore respectively.

Piyush’s external appointments include serving as the Deputy Chairman of SPRING Singapore, as a council member of the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, and on the boards of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, the Institute of International Finance, Washington, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund, and the MasterCard Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa Regional Advisory Board. He is also Chairman of Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, a council member of The Association of Banks in Singapore, and a Managing Council member of Indian Business-leaders’ Roundtable (under SINDA).

Piyush has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.

DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with assets of approximately USD 350 billion, and with over 280 branches across 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is a market leader in Singapore with over four million customers and has a growing presence in Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. DBS was named “Bank of the Year, Asia” in 2012 by The Banker, “Best Bank, Asia-Pacific” in 2014 by Global Finance, and "Safest Bank in Asia" from 2009 to 2015 also by Global Finance.

Hans HENGARTNER

Professor Emeritus of Experimental Immunology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and University Zurich; Member, stars Foundation Board, Zurich, Switzerland

  • since 2008: Professor Emeritus of Experimental Immunology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and University Zurich
  • 1994 – 2008: Joint Full Professor for Immunology, Medical Faculty University of Zurich, and Department of Biology, ETH Zurich
  • 2000 – 2005: Chairman of the Department of Biology, ETH Zurich
  • 1989: Associate Professor for Exp. Pathology, Medical Faculty, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
  • 1980: Oberassistent, University Hospital of Zurich, Institute of Pathology, Dept. of Exp. Immunology
  • 1975 – 1980: Member, Basel Institute for Immunology
  • 1973 – 1975: Postdoctoral Fellow, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England
  • 1964 – 1972: Diploma in Biochemistry and Ph.D. Thesis in Molecular Biology, ETH Zurich
  • Concurrently: Board Member of biotechnology companies and foundations

Manohar KHIATANI

Senior Executive Director, CapitaLand Group, Singapore

Mr Manohar Khiatani is the Senior Executive Director of CapitaLand Group. Mr Khiatani assists the Group CEO in matters relating to organisation integration, and the India and business parks businesses. He also oversees the Group Centre of Excellence for Customer Services & Solutions. Mr Khiatani is a member of the CapitaLand Executive Committee.

Prior to joining CapitaLand in July 2019, he was the Deputy Group CEO of Ascendas-Singbridge. Before joining Ascendas in 2013, he served as the CEO of JTC Corporation (JTC), the Singapore government’s lead agency to plan, promote and develop industrial infrastructure and facilities. At JTC, he spearheaded the development of specialised infrastructure solutions for various sectors and positioned the organisation as an industrial infrastructure innovator.

Prior to joining JTC in 2009, Mr Khiatani was the Deputy Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). He joined the EDB in 1986 where he played an instrumental role in the development and transformation of important sectors in Singapore’s economy such as aerospace, marine and offshore, electronics, precision engineering, logistics, infocomms and media, and clean technology. He was also in charge of the EDB’s operations in the Americas and Europe.

Between 1994 and 1999, Mr Khiatani was the Managing Director of Preussag SEA, a diversified German conglomerate, where he was responsible for developing the group’s business in South East Asia. He returned to the EDB in 1999.

Mr Khiatani is a Board Member of several companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. This includes Ascendas Funds Management (S) Limited (the manager of the Singapore-listed Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust), Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte Ltd (the trustee-manager of the Singapore-listed Ascendas India Trust), Ascendas Hospitality Fund Management Pte Ltd and Ascendas Hospitality Trust Management Pte Ltd (the managers of Singapore-listed Ascendas Hospitality Trust) and SIA Engineering Company Ltd. He also sits on various business and government committees.

Mr Khiatani’s previous Board Directorships include JTC Corporation, Jurong International, Jurong Port, SPRING Singapore and Media Development Authority.

He holds a Master in Naval Architecture from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2006.

Jeffrey KHOO

Chief Marketing Officer APAC, ED Broking Asia, Singapore

Jeffrey Khoo is a well-respected and prominent influencer in the agriculture sector. A Botanist by training, he speaks 5 languages and has worked for over 20 years in various Asia countries. His most recent role was Head, Food and Agriculture Sales, Asia at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. He has previously held senior appointments at various firms including General Manager of a SGX mainboard listed Guangzhao IFB, Agribusiness Director of private equity firm Caudex Asia and Deputy CEO of Green Agritech International.

Educated in Singapore, Jeffrey went from Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) to National Junior College (NJC) and finally National University of Singapore (NUS). He was placed on the Dean’s List for meritorious academic performance in 1993 and graduated with Honours in Botany in 1994.

A well sought after speaker on the subject of Agriculture insurance, Jeffrey has given keynote speeches at the World Agriculture Forum, Aginvest Asia, Responsible Business Forum, International Rice Conference, Future of Food Conference, International Fertiliser Association Conference, Asia Agriculture Insurance Conference and many more. He has been featured on Asia Insurance Review, Insurance Asia News and various other publications.

Jeffrey was formerly Chairman, Industry Guru Series for the People’s Association (PA). Other past appointments include Honorary Auditor, Alumni International Singapore (AIS), Adviser, for Agriculture to Accounting Standards Council (ASC), Honorary Adviser for the Myanmar Rice and Paddy Traders Association and Adviser, Thailand Farmer Federation.

At the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS), Jeffrey serves as the current Honorary Treasurer. Notably, he is the founder of the NUSS Mentorship program and has served as Chairman for various NUSS subcommittees such as Alumni Development and University Relations, Cultural, Intellectual Pursuits and Finance.

LEE Pooi See

Program Leader, Nanomaterials for Energy and Water Management (NEW), Singapore-HUJ Alliance for Research and Enterprise (SHARE); stars Alumna, Singapore

Lee Pooi See received her Ph.D. degree from National University of Singapore in 2001. She joined Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd (now Globalfoundries) in research and technology development department from 2001-2003.

Pooi See is a recipient of the 2001 Norman Hackerman Young Author award presented by the Electrochemical Society, USA. In January 2004, she joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in 2009. In Sept 2015, she was promoted to Full Professor.

She has authored and co-authored many publications in the field of nanomaterials for energy and electronics applications. Pooi See holds more than 30 patents filed/provisional applications at present. She served as the Sub-Dean/Asst. Chair (undergraduate) in MSE from July 2004-2008, Associate Chair (Research) in June 2012-2014, and Associate Chair (Faculty) in March 2014. She was awarded the National Day Awards, Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014. Pooi See is a recipient of the prestigious NRF Investigatorship, Class 2015.

Pooi See is a member of Materials Research Society and she serves as the editorial board member of Advanced Energy Materials, Scientific Reports and Frontier. She is interested in synthesizing innovative nanomaterials, and harnessing its multi-functionality through understanding the structural-property characteristics. She has developed high energy capacitors, energy saving electrochromic coatings, novel transparent conductors, flexible and stretchable devices. She is keen in advancing the frontier of green nanotechnology and to translate research outcomes into real solutions.

Walter LEE

Government Relations Director, Global Safety Division, NEC, Tokyo, Japan

Walter Lee is the Government Relations Director of Global Safety Division (GSD) of NEC Corporation. He leads strategic innovation partnerships with government agencies and corporates globally in smart and safer cities solutions. Walter was the CEO of e-Cop Group, a cybersecurity services company, Senior Vice President at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore and Vice President and Head of IDC Consulting, Asia-Pacific and member of the worldwide Consulting Management Board. He represents NEC at various UNDP, ASEAN and Interpol workshops on smart and safer cities across the region. He has abundant and wide experiences of biometrics technologies and digital ID which can be utilized for multiple segment such as Banking/Finance, Telco, Digital Government, Aviation and Transportation.

Gareth LEWIS

President, Hilti Asia Pacific, Singapore

LIM Chow Kiat

CEO, GIC, Singapore

Lim Chow Kiat was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2017. He was previously Group Chief Investment Officer of GIC and Deputy Group President. He joined GIC as a portfolio manager upon graduation in 1993 and subsequently 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 the Chairman of Wealth Management Institute and serves on the boards of Nanyang Technological University, National Research Foundation, Enterprise Singapore and FCLT Global. He is also a member of Agence France Trésor’s Strategic Committee and International Advisory Council of Mizuho Financial Group.

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

LIM Siong Guan

Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Former Group President, GIC; Former Head of Civil Service of Singapore; Member, stars International Board, Singapore

Siong Guan Lim was Group President of GIC from 2007 until the end of 2016, after which he was Advisor to GIC's Group Executive Committee until March 2019. The GIC manages the financial reserves of the Singapore Government. He was Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. The Board is the Singapore government’s lead agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre. Much of its work is attracting international corporations to set up manufacturing and services activities in Singapore as critical links in the global supply chain.

Siong Guan has been a Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore since 2005, instructing on leadership and change management, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College since 2006.

He was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from September 1999 to March 2005. Siong Guan was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense (1981-1994), the Prime Minister’s Office (1994-1998), the Ministry of Education (1997-1999) and the Ministry of Finance (1999-2006). In every appointment he introduced innovative policies and practices which enhanced the drive, capacity, capability and performance of the organization. Siong Guan has chaired the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (2004-2006), the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (2004-2006) and the Central Provident Fund Board (1986-1994), and was a board member of many companies including Temasek, the other sovereign wealth fund manager of Singapore.

Markus NEUHAUS

Member of Various Boards; Vice Chairman, stars Foundation Board; Former Chairman, PwC Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland

  • July 2019 – present: Member of the Boards of Barry Callebaut AG, Galenica AG, Baloise Holding AG, Orior AG, Jacobs Holding AG
  • 2013 – 2019: Member of the Board of PwC Europe
  • 2013 – 2016: Member of the Office of the Global Chairman of PwC
  • 2012 – 2019: Chairman of PwC Switzerland
  • 2010 – 2013: Member of the PwC Network Executive Team
  • 2007 – 2008: Senior Partner PwC Continental Europe and Member of the PwC Global Leadership Team
  • 2005 – 2007: Member of the Global Board of PwC
  • 2003 – 2012: CEO PwC Switzerland
  • 1992: Admission to Partnership
  • 1985: Start at PwC
  • Concurrently
    – Chairman of the Zürcher Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft
    – Member of the ETH Foundation Board
    – Vice Chairman of the Board of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce
    – Vice Chairman of the Foundation Board of Avenir Suisse
    – Chairman of the Finance and Tax Committee of économiesuisse

Deanna ONG

Chief People Officer, GIC; stars alumna, Singapore

Deanna Ong was appointed Chief People Officer in April 2017 to oversee human capital strategy, talent management, leadership and organization development in GIC. She has been responsible for Human Resource & Organization and Corporate Governance since 2012. Deanna was Director, Finance from 2009 to 2014, during which she headed the Finance Group responsible for financial management across GIC’s portfolio, covering financing arrangements for assets, tax planning, investment holding structures, accounting and management of group revenue and expenditure. Prior to joining GIC in 1994, she was a tax accountant with Arthur Andersen. She is currently a board member of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Deanna holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program.

ONG Yew Soon

Professor of Computer Science, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Co-Director, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Center, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Yew Soon Ong received a Ph.D. degree on artificial intelligence (AI) in complex design from the University of Southampton, U.K., in 2003. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science and serves as Director of the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Research Center as well as the Singtel-NTU Cognitive & Artificial Intelligence Corporate Laboratory at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He was Chair of the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University from 2016 to 2018.

Yew Soon’s research interests in artificial and computational intelligence spans across memetic computing, optimization intelligence, and machine learning. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, Technical Editor-in-Chief of Memetic Computing and serves in the editorial boards of many journals including the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks & Learning Systems and the IEEE Transactions on Big Data. He has received several IEEE outstanding paper awards, was recognized as a Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher and named among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. In 2018, Yew Soon was conferred the IEEE Grade of Fellow for his outstanding contributions to memetic computation and its applications.

He enjoys adapting and harnessing cutting edge research technologies to address challenging problems of the industry and has since worked with leading global companies including Boeing Research & Development, Rolls-Royce, Honda Research Institute Europe, Paypal, SAP, A*Star, Singapore Technologies Engineering, SingTel and others. Several of his research works in AI have been commercialized and licensed to companies and institutions.

Stefan RAEBSAMEN

Chairman, PwC Switzerland; Member, Board of PwC Europe; Member, stars Foundation Board, Zurich, Switzerland

  • July 2019 – present: Chairman, PwC Switzerland; Member of the Board, PwC Europe, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2015 – 2018: Markets Leader Assurance/Member Executive Team, PwC Switzerland
  • 2013 – 2015: Leader Assurance Cluster Zurich/Eastern Switzerland, PwC Switzerland
  • 2009 – 2013: Leader Industries Industrial Products/Chemicals/Transport&Logistics/Services, PwC Switzerland
  • 2002: Admission to Partnership
  • 1994: Start at PwC
  • Concurrently
    – Assignments in London, Madagascar, Montreal
    – Client Service Partner for listed and non-listed multinationals
    – Member of the Swiss Oversight Board, PwC Switzerland, since 2011
    – IMD Alumni
    – Zürcher Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft
    – Festspiele Zürich

Christoph SCHMID

Attorney-at-law and Partner, Wenger & Vieli AG, Zurich; Member, stars Foundation Board, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1986 – present: Wenger & Vieli AG, Attorney-at-law; Partner since 1989
  • 1985: Arnold & Porter, Foreign Associate, Washington DC
  • 1982 – 1984: District Court of Meilen (Zurich)
  • 1979 – 1982: Ringier AG, Legal Department
  • Concurrently: Member of the Board of various companies and foundations in Switzerland

Gerhard SCHMITT

Director, Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), Singapore

Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore, and ETH Zurich Senior Vice President for ETH Global.

His work focuses on the definition and design of Information Architecture (iA) as the next level of Computer Aided Architecture Design (CAAD). The creation of a simulation, visualisation and interaction platform for the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is at the centre of his research, which focuses on the development of intelligent design support systems using artificial intelligence methods.

From 1998 - 2008, he served as Vice President for Planning and Logistics and Member of the Board of ETH Zurich. He directed the development of ETH's strategy and planning in cooperation with the 16 scientific departments and the central administration. In 2000, he initiated the development of a third and virtual campus, named ETH World, with an international master plan competition.

In 2003, Gerhard initiated the concept for Science City, ETH's new campus in Zurich, a revolutionary interchange between ETH Zurich and the public. In 2007, he initiated the transition of ETH Science City towards a zero carbon emission campus. His efforts in developing and transforming ETH Science City earned him the European Culture of Science Award in 2010.

Toni SCHOENENBERGER

Executive Chairman, stars Foundation, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland

  • 2014 – present: Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of the stars Foundation Board, Weinfelden, Switzerland
  • 2008 – 2014: Chairman and Co-Founder of the stars Foundation Board, Weinfelden, Switzerland
  • 1994 – 2016: Member of the Board of UBS Wolfsberg and Congress Hotel Seepark AG
  • 1994 – 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 – 1994: 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

Consultant on Asian Affairs; Former East Asia Correspondent of Neue Zuercher Zeitung; Member, stars International Board, 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.

Aaron TAN

Co-Founder and CEO, Carro, Singapore

TAN Chong Meng

Group CEO, PSA International, 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.

Marvin TAN

Senior Vice President, Customer Services & Operations, Singapore Airlines; Former CEO, SilkAir; stars Alumnus, Singapore

Marvin Tan began his career with Singapore Airlines in 1996 as a Cadet Administrative Officer. He was appointed Passenger Marketing Executive that same year.

Marvin was posted overseas as Marketing Services Manager (Taipei) in 1998, Manager Chubu in 1999, General Manager Vietnam in 2004 and General Manager UK and Ireland in 2006.

In 2008, he returned to Head Office as Vice President Ground Services and was promoted to Divisional Vice President Customer Services in 2009.

Marvin was seconded to wholly-owned subsidiary SilkAir as Chief Executive from October 2010 to September 2012. He was subsequently posted to Singapore Airlines Cabin Crew Division and appointed Senior Vice President Cabin Crew in 2013. In March 2016, Marvin took up the portfolio of Senior Vice President Product & Services.

He became Senior Vice President Customer Services & Operations following the re-organisation of Product & Services division in November 2017.

He currently serves on the Board of Virgin Australia Holdings.

Marvin holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (with Distinction) from Stanford University, USA.

Yinglan TAN

Founding Managing Partner and CEO, Insignia Venture Partners; stars Alumnus and Member, stars International Board, Singapore

Yinglan Tan is Founding Managing Partner at Insignia Ventures Partners. Prior to this, he was Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital where he was the first hire in Southeast Asia. On the investment front, Yinglan sourced multiple investment opportunities for Sequoia India including Tokopedia, Go-jek, Carousell, Appier (where he represented Sequoia on the board), Dailyhotel (where he represented Sequoia on the board), Pinkoi and 99.co. He was also involved with evaluation of these opportunities, diligence, writing of investment notes and supporting the investments with strategy, recruiting, business development and fund raising.

He serves on the Singapore Government’s Pro Enterprise Panel (headed by Head of Civil Service), the Committee on the Future Economy's Sub-Committee on Future Corporate Capabilities and Innovation, and Investment Committee on Strategic Research Innovation Fund at Nanyang Technology University, as well as the Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme Evaluation Committee for SPRING Singapore.

Yinglan was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. He also serves on the WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee Panel (2015-2017), Young Leader by the Milken Insitute (2016), Top "40 leaders under 40" by Prestige Magazine (2015), one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium (2010), 100 Global Thinkers (2011) by think-tank Lo Spazio della Politica, a World Cities Summit Young Leader (2014), a WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and a Kauffman Fellow.
Yinglan was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.

Drew THOMPSON

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Drew Thompson is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

From 2011 to 2018, he was the Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was responsible for supporting the Secretary and managing military-to-military relations. He was previously the Director of China Studies and Starr Senior Fellow at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Center, he was the National Director of the China-MSD HIV/AIDS Partnership in Beijing, a 5 year, $30 million HIV/AIDS program established by Merck & Co. and the Chinese Ministry of Health. Drew served previously as Assistant Director to the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He also was the president of a Washington, D.C. company that manufactured snack food in Qingdao, China. He lived in Shanghai from 1993 to 1998 where he was the General Manager of a U.S. freight forwarding and logistics firm, overseeing offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing.

Drew studied Chinese language at Beijing University in 1990, and was a graduate student in 1992 at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Asian Studies from Hobart College in 1992, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2004, he received an M.A. in Government, with a concentration in Homeland Security, from Johns Hopkins University.

Drew has authored monographs and articles on Sino-U.S. relations, international security and public health in Singapore Straits Times,Foreign Policy, The National Interest,China Security, The China Business Review, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, China: An International Journal, and The South China Morning Post. He has conducted live television interviews for CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, Bloomberg, the BBC, Voice of America and CNBC Asia. In addition, he has conducted interviews on National Public Radio, including appearances on the Diane Rehm show.

WANG Dong

Deputy Director, Office of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Executive Deputy Director, Institute for China-US People to People Exchange, Peking University; Secretary General, Pangoal Institution, Beijing, China

Wang Dong is Associate Professor at School of International Studies and Executive Deputy Director of the Institute for China-U.S. People to People Exchange at Peking University. He also serves as Member of the Steering Committee of the “East Asia Security Forum”, Chinese Overseas Educated Scholars Association, Advisor for the Carter Center-Global Times “US-China Young Scholars Forum”, and Secretary General of the Pangoal Institution, a leading China-based public policy think tank.

Dong received his bachelor from Peking University and Ph.D. from UCLA. He had previously taught at York College of Pennsylvania, with a tenure-track appointment.
He has written extensively on international relations and China’s foreign policy. His articles appear in Diplomatic History, The New York Times as well as other top academic and news outlets. He sits on the editorial committees of several top academic journals.

Dong has provided consultation to the Chinese government on matters important to Chinese foreign policy, and has served as Chinese delegate/speaker for preeminent international fora such as World Economic Forum, Munich Security Conference, Shangri-La Dialogue.

He has received many awards and was named a “Munich Young Leader” in 2016. He was selected by the inaugural program of “Preeminent Young Scientists” of Beijing in 2018 (ranked No. 1 in humanities and social sciences).

Jasmmine WONG

CEO, Inchcape Greater China and Singapore; stars Alumna, Singapore

Joerg WUTTKE

President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC); Chief Representative, BASF China; Member, stars International Board, Beijing, China

Joerg Wuttke is three-term President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) as well as Vice President and Chief Representative of BASF China, based in Beijing. Since joining BASF in 1997, he has been responsible for helping guide the company’s investment strategies for China, negotiation of large projects and government relations.

Previous to joining BASF, Joerg worked with ABB for 11 years. From 2007 to 2010, and 2014 to 2017 Joerg was the President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

In January 2011 the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), a Paris based body of major business associations that lobbies the OECD, named him to become Chairman of the BIAC China Task Force.

Since its establishment in 2013, Joerg is member of the Advisory Board of Germany’s foremost Think Tank on China, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), in Berlin.

From 2013 to 2016, he was Vice Chairman of the CPCIF International Cooperation Committee, a group representing Multinational Companies in China’s Chemical Association.

Joerg holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Mannheim and he studied Chinese in Shanghai 1982 and Taipei 1984-85. A frequent speaker on business and industry issues in China, he co-authored:

  • “The Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry in China” Springer Publishing Trust (2005);
  • “Energy Resources Security” Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2006);
  • “My 30 years in China” ACA Publishing (2008)
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