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Our Speakers

Masatsugu Asakawa

President, ADB

Karan Bhatia

Global Vice-President, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google LLC

Bambang Susantono

Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development (VPKM), ADB

Ahmed Saeed

Vice President for Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and Chairperson, Digital Innovation Sandbox, ADB

Bruce Gosper

Vice President for Administration and Corporate Management and Chairperson, Information Technology and Data Committee Asian Development Bank

Atsuko Okuda

Regional Director of the International Telecommunications Union, Asia Pacific Office

Foong Chee Kheong

Head of Group Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group

Cleo Kawawaki

Senior Advisor, Central and West Asia Department and Chairperson, Digital Technology for Development Steering Committee, ADB

Tom C. Varghese

Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Bolor-Erdene Battsengel

Chair, Communications and Information Technology Agency, Mongolia

Katsumi Emura

Corporation Fellow, NEC

Bayarma Enkhtur

NSDI Expert, Former Head of Geospatial Information and Technology Department Agency for land Administration and Management, Geodesy, and Cartography (ALAMGC), Mongolia

Thomas E. Abell

Advisor, SDCC and Chief of Digital Technology for Development

Gregory Scott

Inter-Regional Advisor, United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management

Xiaohong Yang

Chief Thematic Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

Sol Cummings

Computer Vision Developer, PASCO Corporation

Christoph Aubrecht

Program Coordinator, Global Development Assistance, European Space Agency (ESA)

Tipsuda Thavaramara

Supervisory Board Member of Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), Thailand

Jonathan Marskell

Senior Program Officer, Identification for Development (ID4D), World Bank

Nicolas Betbeder-Matibet

Regional President of the Asia Pacific and Japan Region, Software AG

Saurabh Garg

Chief Executive Officer, Unique Identification Authority of India

Yoonee Jeong

Senior Digital Technology Specialist, SDCC-DT

David Rutter

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, R3

Dave Wright

Chief Innovation Officer, ServiceNow

Eli David

Chief Executive Officer, StartupBlink and Senior Advisor, CAREC program

Yan-You Chen

Project Specialist, International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF)

Kate Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Impact Alliance, UN Foundation

Venkatesh Saha

Chief Executive Officer, Wise Asia-Pacific

Gustav Arentoft

Co-founder of Stable Node and Contributor, MakerDAO Growth Core Unit

Shirin Hamid

CIO and Director General, ADB

Ozzeir Khan

Director, Digital Innovation and Enterprise Architecture, ADB

Jun Ming Yong

Founder, HaloDAO

Ramayya Krishnan

Dean and Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, Carnegie Mellon University

Ram Lakshminarayanan

Partner, KPMG Singapore

Soomi Ro

Director, Division of Administration, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Bruno Carrasco

Director General for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, ADB

Peter Fizelle

Chief Information Security Officer, IT Department, ADB

Clarisse Girot

Director for Asia Pacific, Future of Privacy Forum

Arndt Husar

Senior Public Management Specialist (Digital Transformation), Digital Technology for Development, ADB

Jane Treadwell

Lead, Government Transformation (Asia Pacific and Japan), Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Pierre Passin

Deputy Director General, IT Department, ADB

Lim May-Ann

Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and Director – Singapore, Access Partnership

Chi-Farn Chen

Professor, Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, National Central University

Tanya Hotchkiss

Executive Vice President, Cantilan Bank

Carl Wegner

Chief Executive Officer, Contour

Tan Bin Ru

Chief Executive Office (Southeast Asia), OneConnect Financial Technology

Karl Mehta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EdCast

Carolyn Dedolph Cabrera

Principal IT Specialist (Digital Adoption and Outreach) and Lead, Digital Fitness Program

Mahammadali Khudaverdiyev

Head of Protocol Division, International Relations Department, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Florian Marcus

Digital Transformation Adviser, e-Estonia, Estonia

Theresa Mathawaphan

Chief Strategy Officer, National Innovation Agency, Kingdom of Thailand

Dominic Mellor

Principal Investment Specialist, Business Development Unit, Private Sector Operations Department (ADB Ventures), ADB

Prof. Myung-Jae Moon

Dean, College of Social Sciences, Underwood Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Administration, Director, Institute of Future Government

Annella Heytens

APJC HR Director, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Sherwin Pu

Head, Business Development Unit, PSOD (ADB Ventures), ADB

Saad Paracha

Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist CWRD, CAREC Secretariat, ADB

Bart Hogeveen

Head of Cyber Capacity Building - International Cyber Policy Centre, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Marc Lepage

Principal IT Specialist (Technology Innovation), ITD, ADB

Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi

Head of the Digital Government and Data Unit - Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Christophe Pingard

Chief Executive Officer, Agorize

Mary Jo Schrade

Assistant General Counsel, Regional Lead, Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), Microsoft Asia

Aimee Hampel Milagrosa

Economist, Economic Analysis & Operational Support Division, ERCD, ADB

Paul Vandenberg

Senior Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Teymoor Nabili

Executive Producer, TechforImpact.asia

Alex Ramirez

Senior Manager, Skycatch

Yothin Jinjarak

Senior Economist, Macroeconomics Research Division, ERCD, ADB

Stephan Kuester

Global Ecosystem Consulting Lead, Startup Genome

Ekapak Nirapathpongporn

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fraction

Lim Paik Wan

APAC Expansion Lead and Malaysia Country Manager, Wise Asia-Pacific

Ashok Lavasa

Vice-President for Private Sector Operations and Public-Private Partnership Asian Development Bank

David Lee

Professor Singapore University of Social Sciences

Steven Beck

Head, Trade and Finance Programme Asian Development Bank

Oswald Kuyler

Managing Director Digital Standards Initiative International Chamber of Commerce

Emmanuelle Pecenicic

Head of Digital Strategy and Head of Digital Asia Pacific BNP Paribas Asset Management

Yen Vu

Principal and Country Manager Rouse Vietnam

Jason Lusk

Partnerships and Communications Manager Asian Development Bank Ventures

Seok Yong Yoon (SY)

Principal Public Management Specialist (e-Governance), Digital Technology for Development Unit, the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) Asian Development Bank

Elizabeth (Chenhao) Li

Director Binance Charity

Taija Khader

Hackathon Lead,
Digital Innovation Sandbox Team IT Innovation & Architecture Division, Information Technology Department Asian Development Bank

Taija Khader

Hackathon Lead, Digital Innovation Sandbox Team IT Innovation & Architecture Division, Information Technology Department Asian Development Bank

Taija Khader is the hackathon lead at ADB Digital Innovation Sandbox Program where she oversees hackathons and online challenges that crowdsource innovative digital solutions to respond to the most urgent development challenges in Asia and the Pacific.

Before joining ADB, she worked as a Programme Management Officer at United Nations Technology Innovation Labs in New York City implementing SDG focused innovation labs in selected United Nations member states. She also worked on partnerships and oversaw open innovation program at UN Office of ICT and run various technology challenges together with United Nations and its partners to provide solutions for SDGs. She has also worked at KPMG Management Consulting in the Netherlands as a technology and innovation advisor working on internal and client innovation projects.

Host
29 October 2021 | Friday | 9:30 AM–12:30 NN Non-fungible Tokens (NFTS) For Development Asia

Elizabeth (Chenhao) Li

Director Binance Charity

Elizabeth is the Deputy Director of Blockchain Charity Foundation (BCF). Prior to BCF, Elizabeth has worked in impact investment and international development area in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America with a focus on poverty alleviation, financial inclusion, and sustainability. Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University and BA in Japanese from Shanghai International Studies University.

Speaker Session
29 October 2021 | Friday | 9:30 AM–12:30 NN Non-fungible Tokens (NFTS) For Development Asia

Emmanuelle Pecenicic

Head of Digital Strategy and Head of Digital Asia Pacific BNP Paribas Asset Management

Emmanuelle joined BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) in 2011 as Investment Specialist in the European Equities Team in Paris. She moved to Hong-Kong in 2012 to work as Investment Specialist specializing on China RMB capabilities and Indonesian equities for international investors.

Passionate about new technologies, Emmanuelle joined the global transformation group in 2017, where from Hong-Kong, she led the digital transformation of BNPP AM globally and in APAC. She designed the global digital strategy and is since leading the implementation of the Augmented Investments Programme. As part of her role, Emmanuelle is looking at increasing the usage of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and other technologies in our operating model and investment processes. Since 2018, Emmanuelle is leading BNPP AM’s efforts on digital assets and blockchain.

She is working directly with BNPP AM’s global chief digital officer, revamping BNPP AM’s digital strategy and looking at new business models in Europe and in Asia. Emmanuelle continues to lead multiple projects internally on tokenization and on the impact of blockchain. She is also a co-chair of the Blockchain committee of the FinTech Association of Hong-Kong.

Prior to BNPP AM, she was Internal Auditor at Amundi Asset Management.

Emmanuelle holds an MSc in Financial Management and a Diplome des Grandes Ecoles with a major in Financial Analysis from EDHEC Business School in France

Speaker Session
20 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Decentralized Digital Finance

Oswald Kuyler

Managing Director Digital Standards Initiative International Chamber of Commerce

Oswald is the former Head of Data Strategy of BHP, the world's largest diversified mining company. He has worked on initiatives covering blockchain, electronic documentation in trade, data and analytics, and automation.

Before BHP, he was on the leadership team of EOH MS in South Africa, delivering solutions for a diverse customer base globally. He focused on providing solutions that enabled electronic documentation and records management, enhanced collaboration, business process management, and reporting. A technologist at heart with a strong focus on its impact on a corporates balance sheet, he is now focused on further the enabling of trade digitizations through the creation of standards at the international chamber of commerce.

Speaker Session
20 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Decentralized Digital Finance

Steven Beck

Head, Trade and Finance Programme Asian Development Bank

​​Steven Beck is the head of trade and supply chain finance at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has managed exponential growth of the bank’s trade finance business and implemented its first supply- chain finance business.

While at the ADB, Steven initiated a tool that maps the entire supply chain for COVID-related goods to address shortages. He initiated the Trade Finance Register of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which compiles the only industry-wide statistics on trade-finance default and loss rates. These statistics underpinned changes to the Basel III regulations, freeing billions of dollars to support trade in emerging markets. He created the ADB led study that, for the first time, quantified trade finance market gaps and their impact on economic growth and jobs. Under Steven’s leadership, a gender audit was conducted of ADB partner commercial banks to develop specific recommendations to attract, retain, and promote more women in banking. Steven undertook several initiatives to make global trade and supply chains more robust through digitization, including establishing the Digital Standards Initiative in partnership with the Government of Singapore and the ICC. He began his career with roles as a special assistant to the Canadian minister for international trade and as a senior manager at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). He left CIBC to help start up a new multilateral development bank, the Black Sea Trade & Development Bank (BSTDB), which focused on economic development in Turkey, Russia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. Following BSTDB, he took up roles as a senior consultant, including work with the United States Agency for International Development in southern Africa.

Steven is on the governing board of the Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Working Group for Trade Finance. He has an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, USA and a B.A. from Queen’s University, Canada.

Speaker Session
20 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Decentralized Digital Finance

David Lee

Professor Singapore University of Social Sciences

David Lee Kuo Chuen is a professor in the Singapore University of Social Sciences and Vice President of the Economic Society of Singapore. He is the founder of several entities including Libai Academy, the external advisor to Stanford University’s Distributed Trust Initiative, a Fulbright Scholar, and an Independent Director of listed and technology companies. He graduated with BSc, MSc, and PhD from the LSE in Econometrics. He was the Director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, Group MD of OUE and Auric Pacific. He founded Ferrell hedge fund in 1998 and was a property developer. He has more than 60 cited articles and nine books on Asian economics, digital currency, blockchain, and inclusive fintech. His latest books are entitled “AI & Quantum Computing for Finance & Insurance: Fortunes and Challenges for China and America” and with Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority “Artificial Intelligence & Data, and Blockchain in a Digital Economy

Speaker Session
20 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Decentralized Digital Finance

Masatsugu Asakawa

President, ADB

Masatsugu Asakawa, a Japanese civil servant, is the president of the Asian Development Bank. Asakawa, who took office on 17 January 2020, is the 10th president of ADB. He was formerly special adviser to Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, and to Taro Aso, the deputy prime minister of Japan and minister of finance

Speaker Session
11 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Accelerating Digital for Development

Karan Bhatia

Global Vice-President, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google LLC

Karan Bhatia is the head of global policy and government relations at Google, where he advises Google’s leadership on policy issues and leads Google’s work with policy makers, government officials, and key political stakeholders in the United States and around the world.

Before joining Google in 2018, Bhatia served as President of GE’s Government Affairs & Policy function, where he oversaw a team of more than 100 government affairs professionals in 35 countries. Bhatia also served in senior positions in the US Government, including at the Departments of Commerce and Transportation, shaping US international economic policy. His last role was as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, overseeing U.S. international trade policy with respect to Asia and Africa. Prior to his government service, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he was a member of the firm’s international and corporate groups.

Bhatia has written and spoken widely on international economic policy, taught at Georgetown University Law Center, and testified on many occasions before Congress. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Trade & Investment, and sits on the boards of a number of nonprofit and trade associations focused on international economic policy.

Bhatia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Columbia. He and his wife Sara have two sons.

Speaker Session
26 October 2021 | Tuesday | 11:00–12:30 PM GMT+8
The Soft Underbelly of Digital Government and the Digital Economy
Panel Discussion 1: Cloud Computing

Bambang Susantono

Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development (VPKM), ADB

Susantono manages ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, and the Department of Communications. Before joining ADB, he was Indonesian Vice-Minister of Transportation and Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. Susantono has extensive experience providing policy advice to government, private sector organizations and international institutions. He has chaired several research institutes, taught in universities, and was commissioner for airline, port, telecommunications and media companies. Susantono has served as the President of Indonesia Intelligent Transport Society; Vice President of East Asia Society of Transportation Studies based in Tokyo, Japan; and Trustee of the SouthSouthNorth Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Speaker Session
12 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30 AM–12:00 NN GMT+8
Digital Infrastructure as the Key Driver for Asia’s
Recovery and Resilience

Ahmed Saeed

Vice President for Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and Chairperson, Digital Innovation Sandbox, ADB

Ahmed M. Saeed joined ADB in 2019 and has significant prior leadership experience in both government and the private sector. He is currently responsible for overseeing ADB’s operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Between 2004 and 2008, Saeed served in senior roles at the US Treasury. He was an advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury (2004-05) and the later Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the Middle East and Africa, with responsibility for U.S. economic diplomacy and financial engagement across 68 countries (2005-08). He has worked closely with two Secretaries of the Treasury (John Snow and Hank Paulson). He was deeply involved in a number of significant debt relief exercises (for Liberia, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq) and laid the basis for what became the Santiago Principles for sovereign wealth funds.

Saeed holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Chicago Law School and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, as well as a BA (Economics and Political Science) from McGill University. He is a former White House Fellow and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Speaker Session
11 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Technology Trends for Development

18 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Alternative Voices on Technology Trends for Development

Bruce Gosper

Vice President for Administration and Corporate Management and Chairperson, Information Technology and Data Committee Asian Development Bank

Mr. Bruce Gosper is the Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He assumed the position on 1 February 2021.

Mr. Gosper is responsible for the overall management of the operations of the Budget, People, and Management Systems Department; Corporate Services Department; Office of the General Counsel; Information Technology Department; Office of the Secretary; and Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department.

Mr. Gosper has 40 years of experience working with multilateral and regional institutions dealing with trade and economic policy and running large public sector organizations. Before taking up a role at ADB, he was Australia’s High Commissioner to Singapore. Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Australia’s trade promotion and investment facilitation agency. Previous roles include Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsible for Australia’s trade policy and trade negotiations, and Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, where he led Australia’s multilateral trade initiatives and chaired the WTO General Council and WTO Dispute Settlement Body. He held senior roles in the Australian Embassies in Washington and Tokyo, as well as served on the Board of the former Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. He is a member of Asia Society’s Advisory Council.

Mr. Gosper is a graduate of Macquarie University and The University of New England.

Speaker Session
19 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30–11:30 AM GMT+8
Navigating the Reset for Organizations

Cleo Kawawaki

Senior Advisor, Central and West Asia Department and Chairperson, Digital Technology for Development Steering Committee, ADB

Senior Advisor Central West Asia Department (CWRD) Asian Development Bank Kawawaki is the Senior Advisor Central West Department since Feb 2021. She looks after the 10 countries in the region. Previously she was Deputy Director General of the Southeast Asia Department (SERD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from July 2017. As one of the five regional departments, SERD covers the ASEAN countries and Timore-Leste with a portfolio of over $20 billion in loans/grant assistance. From large road and infrastructure projects to education and rural development projects, ADB has been a partner to developing member countries for over 50 years. In SERD, $5.35 billion in COVID-19 support has been approved and is now under implementation. ADB is working with our countries for immediate support for medical, social and economic needs as well as formulating for green recovery. Prior to this position, Kawawaki was the Director, Energy Division of the Central and West Asia Department. Responsible for business development and implementation of $7 billion portfolio for the Central and West Asian countries as well as leading the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program’s Energy Sector Committee. Kawawaki has been with ADB since 2000. Prior to ADB, she was with the Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. for over a decade. As underwriter (equity and financial structuring of bonds and syndication manager). Notable projects include the first UK privatization publicly offered in Japan and JBIC guaranteed bond for Philippines.

Speaker Session
12 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30 AM–12:00 NN GMT+8
Digital Connectivity—Towards Universal Digital Access

28 October 2021 | Thursday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Building Innovation Ecosystems in Developing Asia and the Pacific

Atsuko Okuda

Regional Director of the International Telecommunications Union, Asia Pacific Office

Atsuko Okuda was appointed as the Regional Director in April 2020. Prior to the new assignment, she was the Chief of the ICT and Development Section of the ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Bangkok, Thailand from 2015 to 2020. At ESCAP, she promoted the development of regional broadband connectivity and inclusive broadband through the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) initiative. Before joining ESCAP, Okuda served the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut as the Chief of the Governance and State building Section and as the Team Leader responsible for ESCWA Knowledge Management. Prior to it, she contributed to the Umoja project, the UN Secretariat ERP initiative, as Testing Manager at the Department of Management, UNHQ for 2 years. From 2002 to 2010, she was responsible for promoting a wide range of ICT for development initiatives at ESCAP and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as Senior IT Officer. She started her UN career in the area of ICT for Development at the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, the Bureau for Development Policy and UNDP Country Office in Bhutan from 1997 to 2002. Okuda obtained a BA from Kyoto University (Japan), MA from Helsinki University (Finland), and has currently been enrolled as a research fellow on e-governance at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands. Her academic articles on broadband and AI were published by the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy. Among other publications and research papers, she was the author of a chapter on e-resilience in the 2018 UNDESA E-government Survey and a recent ESCAP blog on digital resilience against COVID-19.

Speaker Session
12 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30 AM–12:00 NN GMT+8
Digital Connectivity—Towards Universal Digital Access

Foong Chee Kheong

Head of Group Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group

Foong Chee Kheong is Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Group Corporate Office, Axiata Group Berhad. CK has about 17 years of experience in telecommunication, with roles in regulatory strategy and policy development with prior experience in network engineering and project management. Prior to this, he was in regulatory management roles in DigiTelecommunications, Celcom Axiata, U Mobile and the Multimedia Development Corporation. CK holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom and an MBA from University of Strathclyde.

Speaker Session
12 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30 AM–12:00 NN GMT+8
Digital Connectivity—Towards Universal Digital Access

Tom C. Varghese

Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Tom C. Varghese is the Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for Asia Pacific at Facebook. He works on Facebook’s connectivity initiatives to bring more people online to a faster internet covering policy issues involving infrastructure, spectrum, accessibility, online communication and video service regulations. Prior to joining Facebook he was a Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs for the telecommunications company Telenor Group. Tom has also been a consultant to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He holds a Master degree in Law and a Bachelor degree in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen, Norway.

Speaker Session
12 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30 AM–12:00 NN GMT+8
Digital Connectivity—Towards Universal Digital Access

Bolor-Erdene Battsengel

Chair, Communications and Information Technology Agency, Mongolia

Bolor-Erdene Battsengel is the chairwoman of the Government of Mongolia's Communication and Information Technology Authority, the youngest and first female to hold this position. As the youngest leader in the current Cabinet, she crafted the five-year plan to transform Mongolia into a "digital nation." In her first few months, Battsengel launched the "E-Mongolia" platform that digitized 181 popular government services for easy public use. Raised in the countryside herself, Battsengel started the Girls for Coding program to train young girls from rural areas in Mongolia to learn coding. She studied public policy at Oxford and previously worked at the World Bank, United Nations, and Asian Development Bank.

Speaker Session
12 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30 AM–12:00 NN GMT+8
Digital Connectivity—Towards Universal Digital Access

Katsumi Emura

Corporation Fellow, NEC

​Katsumi Emura is Executive Vice President and CTO (chief technology officer) of NEC Corporation. He is head of the Intellectual Property Management Division, responsible for all of NEC’s research and intellectual property rights (IPR) management. Since joining NEC as a researcher at the Opto-Electronics Research Laboratories in 1982, Emurahas held numerous leadership positions, including head of product planning and business development for transport products and general manager of NEC’s Research Planning Division. In 2010, Emura was promoted to associate senior vice president of NEC Corporation and executive general manager of the Central Research Laboratories. Emura was named CTO of the company in 2016. Emura was a visiting researcher at Bellcore(USA) from 1987 to 1988. In 1992, he earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo.​

Speaker Session
12 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30 AM–12:00 NN GMT+8
Digital Connectivity—Towards Universal Digital Access

Thomas E. Abell

Advisor, SDCC and Chief of Digital Technology for Development

Thomas is leading ADB’s Digital Technology for Development Unit, which is tasked with facilitating the effective use of digital technology in ADB programs to improve development impact.

He has over 20 years of professional experience in digital technology, including software development, systems architecture and technology strategy. During his 10+ years of experience in international development, he has worked extensively across Asia, Africa and Latin America, working with governments, development organizations, NGOs and corporations. He has authored several publications on the use of technology in development with leading organizations, including Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Cash Learning Partnership, and Mastercard.

Prior to ADB, he worked for Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), leading ADP’s programs in Digital Technology for Development and Financial Inclusion. He has specific development expertise in financial inclusion, education, and agriculture. Prior to joining Accenture in 2005, he served various management and technical roles in information technology and strategy for large multinationals, including Hewlett Packard, Motorola, and Ford Motor Company.

He is an American national and holds a Master of Science degree from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a Master of Science from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT; a Master of Science from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT; and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering degree from MIT.

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–11:30 AM GMT+8
Building National Spatial Data Infrastructure

Gregory Scott

Inter-Regional Advisor, United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management

Greg has more than 30 years of experience in developing and implementing holistic geospatial information outcomes for contemporary societal challenges. This includes a significant record of leadership and achievement in the application of integrated geospatial information analyses with scientific research related to: the environment; natural hazard risk; disaster and national security modelling and response; topographic mapping; delivering decision support tools; mapping systems; and methodologies that are recognised by peers globally.

Greg has comprehensive and proven experience in the development and integration of operational, technological, methodological, strategic, and policy related geospatial information outcomes - from local to global.

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–11:30 AM GMT+8
Building National Spatial Data Infrastructure

Jonghyun Yoon

Senior Manager, Korea Land and Geospatial Informatix Corporation (LX)

Jonghyun Yoon is a Senior Manager at LX, Korea Land and Geospatial Informatix Corporation, a public entity with expertise in land, cadaster, and GIS-related works, land administration and management systems as well as capacity building under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Korea. He started his career in 2001 as a cadastral surveyor and was also a member of LX’s Research Institute in the area of data acquisition and land administration. He was dispatched to the World Bank and the UN-Habitat in 2014 and 2019, respectively, as the first secondee from LX to share Korea’s experience in Land administration sector.

He has been involved in many countries in the capacity of project manager. One noteworthy project is the Uruguay Project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where LX provided consultation services and executed a pilot to improve the accuracy of the country’s century old cadaster using drones for urban and satellite imagery for rural areas.

He has a Master’s degree in Geo-Information Management from Twente University (previously ITC) in the Netherlands in 2008.

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–11:30 AM GMT+8
Building National Spatial Data Infrastructure

Bayarma Enkhtur

NSDI Expert, Former Head of Geospatial Information and Technology Department Agency for land Administration and Management, Geodesy, and Cartography (ALAMGC), Mongolia

Bayarmaa Enkhtur pursued her bachelor degree in Geodesy, Mongolia in 2008 and master degree in Geoinformatics in ITC, Netherlands in 2013. Since 2013, She’s been worked in the national mapping agency, Agency for land administration and management, geodesy and cartography (ALAMGC), Mongolia, in charge of NSDI related projects for strengthening national geospatial information management and developing Mongolian NSDI until mid of 2021.

She’s been engaged in geospatial projects namely, United Nations’ “Strengthening Geospatial Information Management in Developing Countries towards Implementing SDG 2030”, and WB Technical Assistance for “National Spatial Data Infrastructure for Mongolia: Socio Economic Impact Analysis”.

Under the guidance of Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, her experience focused on development of national geoportal to disseminate fundamental geospatial data, adopting international geospatial standards, such as data quality and data specifications, and creating legal framework by formulating NSDI law and geospatial information license policy. Now she’s currently working as an NSDI consultant.

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–11:30 AM GMT+8
Building National Spatial Data Infrastructure

Sol Cummings

Computer Vision Developer, PASCO Corporation

Sol Cummings is a Computer Vision Developer at PASCO Corporation’s AI Solutions Department, where he develops solutions that utilize satellite and aerial imageries. He specializes in developing AI that detects and classifies areas that have changed between several images, which has been utilized for many projects for municipal governments and private companies. He is the recipient of the Beyond Fellowship in the AI for Earth Observation Lab at Technical University of Munich. Cummings holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in Physical Geography.

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 3:00–4:30 PM GMT+8
Geospatial Information Technology Solutions
(Geographic Information System and Earth
Observation) In ADB and Beyond

Christoph Aubrecht

Program Coordinator, Global Development Assistance, European Space Agency (ESA)

Christoph Aubrecht manages the Global Development Assistance (GDA) program at the European Space Agency (ESA). GDA forms the technical backbone of the ‘Space for International Development Assistance’ (Space for IDA) initiative, jointly implemented with World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and has mobilized more than $100 million in both space and development finance resources dedicated to mainstreaming satellite Earth Observation in development operations.

Chris joined ESA in 2016 and initially served as ESA representative and senior advisor to the WB until 2020, still advising the Bank programmatically to date. Furthermore, he currently serves on the GEF and GPSDD Technical Advisory Groups and on the advisory boards of the Development Data Partnership and the UK FCDO-funded Humanitarian Innovation Hub.

Prior to joining ESA, Chris led the spatial analytics efforts under the World Bank’s CDRP Disaster Resilience initiative. He has lived and worked on 3 continents and gained cross-disciplinary experience (aside ESA and WB) through positions across academia, public and private as well as intergovernmental institutions including GFDRR, NOAA, EADS-Astrium, Columbia University, and the Austrian Institute of Technology.

He holds master’s and PhD degrees in integrated GI science and remote sensing (U Vienna, TU Vienna) as well as certificates in executive leadership and management development (Harvard U).

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 3:00–4:30 PM GMT+8
Geospatial Information Technology Solutions
(Geographic Information System and Earth
Observation) In ADB and Beyond

Yan-You Chen

Project Specialist, International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF)

Yan-You Chen serves as a specialist of Honduras Forest Pest Management Project since 2018, with skills of forest management, RS/GIS and computer programming. The project aims to help Honduras Forest Authority (ICF in Spanish) establish a platform collecting pest information and supporting ICF’s decision-making. Prior to this, he worked at the Laboratory of Earthquake under Professor Yih-Min Wu in NTU, to build earthquake early warning system in cooperation with Central Weather Bureau. Yan-You holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Forestry from NTU.

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 3:00–4:30 PM GMT+8
Geospatial Information Technology Solutions
(Geographic Information System and Earth
Observation) In ADB and Beyond

Eli David

Chief Executive Officer, StartupBlink and Senior Advisor, CAREC program

Eli David is CEO of StartupBlink, a global startup ecosystem map and research center. Eli is a certified public accountant, Economist, and Ex-KPMG & BDO consultant. He has worked with dozens of governments and organizations to help grow startup ecosystems globally.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 11:00 AM-12:00 NN GMT+8
Startups and Their Ecosystem: What Role for Development Finance?

Xiaohong Yang

Chief Thematic Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

Xiaohong Yang joined ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department as Chief Thematic Officer on 31 March 2021. Prior to this appointment, she was the ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan since early 2017, where she led the ADB’s operational, knowledge and partnership efforts to building up key infrastructure, institutions and reforms in the area of energy, transport, water, urban, agriculture, finance, social sector, and public-private partnerships.

She joined ADB in 1998. Her extensive experience in sustainable development includes two decades leading the ADB’s work in two regional operational departments. Between 2013 and 2016, she was the Director for Transport and Communications Division working for ten Central and West Asia Countries, and from 2002 to 2012 she held increasingly responsible positions including principal transport economist and lead transport specialist in the East Asia Department. Prior to joining ADB, she worked with the World Bank as a financial specialist for five years. Yang holds a postgraduate master’s degree in Economics from Peking University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, PRC. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Speaker Session
14 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Building National ID - Principles on Identification for Development

Saurabh Garg

Chief Executive Officer, Unique Identification Authority of India

Saurabh Garg is the Chief Executive Officer of Unique Identification Authority of India. Prior to this he was Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment, Odisha where he worked on digitalizing agriculture and developing a direct income transfer scheme for farmers. He has worked in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, where he spearheaded the formation of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF); worked on improving the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policies; preparing the initial framework for digital payments; revamping of the gold sector policies and led the negotiations for the Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). He has been a member of Expert Committees / Working Groups set up by the Ministry of Finance, Niti Aayog, RBI and SEBI on 'Social Stock Exchanges'; 'Integration of Commodities Spot and Derivatives Markets'; 'Promotion of Digital Payments'; and 'Framework regarding Virtual / Crypto Currencies'. He has also worked in the areas of developing urban and industrial infrastructure.

Garg is an IAS officer of Odisha Cadre and has over 30 years of experience at different levels of Government - District, State and the Central Government as well as in the Private Sector. He has also worked as Adviser with the World Bank in the office of the Executive Director for India in Washington DC. He has been the Chairman / Managing Director of Public Sector Companies.

Garg holds a Ph.D. in International Economics and Development from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. He has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he was awarded a Gold Medal, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He was a Gurukul Chevening Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science, London.

He has published articles and contributed to books in different areas including innovations in administration, infrastructure financing and financial inclusion.

Speaker Session
14 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Building National ID - Principles on Identification for Development

Jonathan Marskell

Senior Program Officer, Identification for Development (ID4D), World Bank

Jonathan is a Senior Program Officer for the World Bank Group’s global Identification for Development (ID4D) initiative. As a specialist in digital ID and civil registration, he has been involved in financing and technical assistance projects in countries across Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, as well as leading or contributing to the development of ID4D’s knowledge products. Before joining the World Bank Group in 2016, he worked as a consultant on ID and civil registration and vital statistics for organizations such as ESCAP, UNHCR and UNICEF.

Speaker Session
14 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Building National ID - Principles on Identification for Development

Tipsuda Thavaramara

Supervisory Board Member of Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), Thailand

Tipsuda Thavaramara is a former financial market regulator with a special interest in market development, competition policy, cryptocurrency and decentralized finance.

She is a member of the Supervisory Board of Thailand Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA). She was Chairman of Thai FinTech Association from June 2019 to June 2021.

Tipsuda has 26 years of experience at the SEC Thailand and was SEC Deputy Secretary-General from 2014 to 2019. Her accomplishments at the SEC include liberalizing securities businesses and creating competition in the exchange business, initiating a regulatory framework for crypto assets, drafting the derivatives law and launching Thailand Futures Exchange (TFEX), establishing the Thai Bond Market Association, and formulating the plan for ASEAN capital market integration. She also served on the Board of the Government Pension Fund from 2007-2011.

Tipsuda received her MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and her AB in Mathematics from Harvard University.

Speaker Session
14 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Building National ID - Principles on Identification for Development

Nicolas Betbeder-Matibet

Regional President of the Asia Pacific and Japan Region, Software AG

An experienced senior executive with over 20 years in the information technology industry, Nicolas Betbeder-Matibet is currently the Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan of Software AG, a position he took on this year.

At Software AG, he is responsible for driving all regional GTM efforts in APJ. Based in Singapore, he will also cultivate a strong culture and purpose for the regional team.

Prior to Software AG, Betbeder-Matibet was working at Tibco, where he has been since 2017 and has led the company’s Asia business — driving an aggressive regional growth strategy. He has also held senior roles at MEGA International and CGI Consulting and is a well-known regional speaker. He received his executive MBA from ESCP Europe, regarded as the world’s 12th best Executive MBA and holds a Master’s Degree from ENSIMAG INPG, in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Speaker Session
11 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Technology Trends for Development

Dave Wright

Chief Innovation Officer, ServiceNow

Dave Wright is ServiceNow's Chief Innovation Officer and chief evangelist for how to make the world of work, work better. He has helped thousands of organizations implement technologies that can create efficiencies, streamline business processes, and reduce costs while creating excellent employee and customer experiences. Before joining ServiceNow in 2011, Wright spent more than six years with VMware, Inc. as vice president of technical services for EMEA. From 2003 to 2005, Wright headed up the technical division for Northern and Southern Europe at Mercury Interactive. Prior to that he spent six years at Peregrine Systems, Inc., where he held a variety of senior technical and marketing positions.

Speaker Session
11 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Accelerating Digital for Development

David Rutter

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, R3

With over 30 years of experience leading some of Wall Street’s top institutions, David is a longtime creative thought leader in financial markets and innovation and has played a significant role in the adoption of electronic trading in the global OTC derivatives industry. David served for ten years as the CEO of Electronic Broking at ICAP Plc, the world's largest interdealer broker, where he led the BrokerTec fixed income and EBS foreign exchange platforPrior to ICAP, David was co-owner and CEO (Americas) of Prebon Yamane.

Speaker Session
11 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Accelerating Digital for Development

Kate Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Impact Alliance, UN Foundation

Kate Wilson is the CEO of Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), an NGO that advances digital inclusion to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so that all women, men and children can benefit from life-enhancing, mobile-based digital services.

Prior to DIAL, Wilson co-founded and led the Digital Health Solutions Group at PATH, the Seattle-based international health organization driving transformative innovation to save lives. Wilson also held diverse senior roles in the commercial software sector and international trade. At Microsoft, Intel and General Electric, Wilson held roles in information communications technology product development, strategic planning and business development, including launching Xbox Live in Europe and leading deal negotiations with telecom providers in 25 markets worldwide. In the nonprofit sector, Wilson led policy efforts as the president of the Washington Council on International Trade and the director for Indonesia Affairs at the U.S. ASEAN Council. At both organizations, she partnered closely with U.S. corporations and government partners to strike mutually beneficial international trade agreements and expand market access for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Wilson has worked in more than 18 countries across three continents, including more than nine years in Southeast Asian economies. She has spoken widely at conferences and on television and is the author of several papers on the use of information communication technology in emerging economies.

Speaker Session
11 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Technology Trends for Development

Gustav Arentoft

Co-founder of Stable Node and Contributor, MakerDAO Growth Core Unit

Gustav is responsible for MakerDAO Business Development in Europe. Maker is a front-runner in financial blockchain services globally. Prior to joining the organization, Gustav was a fintech consultant in Argentina. He holds degrees in Business Economics and IT.

Speaker Session
18 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Alternative Voices on Technology Trends for Development

Venkatesh Saha

Chief Executive Officer, Wise Asia-Pacific

Venkatesh is Head of APAC Expansion at TransferWise. He is responsible for international expansion and strategic projects. Prior to joining TransferWise, Venkatesh was with the Office of Tony Blair, where he advised governments on topics such as economic reform and electronic payments; and earlier, at Bain & Co., where he was a strategy consultant. He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute.

Speaker Session


Tanya Hotchkiss

Executive Vice President, Cantilan Bank

Tanya Hotchkiss is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cantilan Bank, a rural bank that serves over 100 underbanked communities across 12 provinces in Mindanao. She is in charge of driving the bank’s digital transformation towards sustainable growth and inclusive finance for the unbanked and underserved markets in Mindanao.

Hotchkiss earned her Masters degree in Development, Innovation and Change from the University of Bologna in Italy in 2011. For her outstanding work in the international development community, she received the Devex 40 Under 40 award in 2013 in Manila. In 2016, she completed the HBS-Accion executive program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance at the Harvard Business School.

Speaker Session
11 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Technology Trends for Development

Ram Lakshminarayanan

Partner, KPMG Singapore

Ram is a partner at KPMG Singapore and is the head of People & Change Advisory with focus on driving the future of workforce agenda in the digital powered economy. KPMG People & Change Advisory focuses on solving strategic people matters organized in three core areas viz., Organization Design & Change Management, Workforce & HR Transformation.

Ram has over 30 years of experience providing strategy and advisory services in Financial Services. Ram has advised CEOs and Boards in a number of areas including future business models, Market strategy, Operating models. Ram has led a number of large Enterprise transformation initiatives across Banking and Insurance.

Speaker Session
19 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30–11:30 AM GMT+8
Navigating Normal Now

Tan Bin Ru

Chief Executive Office (Southeast Asia), OneConnect Financial Technology

Tan Bin Ru is the CEO of OneConnect Financial Technology. Bin Ru is responsible for expanding OneConnect’s financial technology solutions internationally outside of China. OneConnect Financial Technology is named as one of“FinTech Employers of the Year” by Singapore FinTech Association at the Singapore FinTech Awards 2019.

Bin Ru has a well-balanced, all rounded 22 years of experience in Sales and Operations, driving successful sales strategies, digital transformations and operational improvements with multiple MNCs and startups.

She came from Microsoft and was the Regional Sales Director for One Commercial Partner (OCP) and Small, Mid-market Corporate Customers(SMC) for South East Asia , New Markets. Prior to Microsoft, Bin Ru worked with Hewlett Packard for 10 years where she served a variety of roles in Singapore and Houston in the area of Sales Strategy, Alliance management, Business Planning, Worldwide Operations and Strategic Management. Bin Ru graduated from the National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor of Science (Statistics and Operations Research) in 1996. She also holds a post graduate diploma in Supply Chain Management and is a certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Speaker Session
19 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30–11:30 AM GMT+8
Navigating Normal Now

Soomi Ro

Director, Division of Administration, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Soomi Ro is the Director of Administration, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). She has over 20 years of experience in logistics services, procurement, project management and corporate infrastructure support services with the United Nations as well as the private sector. Before joining ESCAP, she most recently served as Chief, Technology and Infrastructure Support Services, Procurement Division, Office of Supply Chain Management, Department of Operational Support in New York. Also, she was instrumental and was part of several UNHQ innovation and technology initiatives. At ESCAP, Ro is part of the ESCAP Innovation Team. She has also played an instrumental role in several crisis management projects at an inter-agency level, ranging from emergency procurement support activities in peacekeeping missions as well as COVID-19 global supply chain support.

Ro holds a Master of Architecture degree in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies from the National University of Singapore, as well as a Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Advance diploma.

Speaker Session
14 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Alternative Voices on Technology Trends for Development

Ramayya Krishnan

Dean and Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, Carnegie Mellon University

Ramayya Krishnan has extensive experience and expertise in public policy. He serves on the IT and Services Advisory Board chaired by Gov. Tom Wolf of the State of Pennsylvania and is a member of the policy advisory board of the GAO chaired by Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, and was invited to speak at the GAO’s centennial conference. He serves on a select advisory board on technology and economic development to the President of Asian Development Bank. He has served as an Information Technology and Data Science expert member of multiple US State Department Delegations and briefed ICT ministers of ASEAN in October 2014 on big data technology and policy. In May 2019, he served as an invited member of a Royal Society and National Academies convening on Artificial Intelligence and its consequences. In 2020, he is leading a CMU team of faculty experts helping Gov. Wolf and State of Pennsylvania with recovery and reopening policy.

Krishnan is the W. W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at Heinz College and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

A faculty member at CMU since 1988, Krishnan was appointed Dean when the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management became the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy in 2008. He was reappointed upon the completion of his first term as Dean in 2014, and reappointed in 2020.

Krishnan was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research, and a PhD in management science and information systems.

Speaker Session
11 October 2021 | Monday | 9:30–11:00 AM GMT+8
Technology Trends for Development

Jun Ming Yong

Founder, HaloDAO

HaloDAO Protocol is launched by the HaloDAO Foundation, whose founder and Protocol Lead is Jun Ming Yong. Jun has had a lifelong fascination with increasing financial inclusion and has previously worked at Ethereum Venture Studio ConsenSys. Jun developed HaloDao along with Christopher Verceles, who formerly served at ConsenSys blockchain technology solutions. Its purpose was to create Web 3.0 infrastructure to traverse the divide between conventional and decentralized finance.

Speaker Session
20 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Decentralized Digital Finance: Could It Disrupt Development Finance?

Ozzeir Khan

Director, Digital Innovation and Enterprise Architecture, ADB

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

He has worked for United Nations and global financial banking services sector in Asia, Europe, and the USA.

Prior to joining the ADB, he was Chief of Innovation and Business Relationships at United Nations HQ in New York, where he was responsible for developing relationships with departments, 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.

Speaker Session
21 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00–2:30 PM GMT+8
The Future of Work and the Evolving Role of Digital Technology: CIO Perspectives

Jean-Michel Baudoin

CIO, Inter-American Development Bank

Jean-Michel Baudoin, a citizen of France, is the Chief Information Officer and General Manager of the Department of Information Technology (ITE) at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Throughout his career, Baudoin has worked in the fields of technology, digital transformation and information-management operations, defining and implementing strategic business plans in diverse industries, especially in the field of aerospace and defense and for large industrial consortiu

Prior to joining the Bank, Baudoin was the head of Information Management for Corporate Functions and Digital Enablement at Airbus Americas, where he led the digital transformation of Airbus for the North American region and developed and operated the Information Management Department for corporate functions, from strategy to operations. Baudoin joined Airbus in 2010 in Europe as the head of the Information Management Common Solutions Department for Airbus Group and Airbus Commercial, covering IoT, RFID (radio frequency identification), integration, mobile, business intelligence, big data, document management, archiving, portal, collaboration and social network technologies.

Prior to Airbus, he spent 13 years at Accenture as a senior IT director, working for large companies and consortiums around Europe, such as EADS, ArcelorMittal, British Gas, Tesco, Bahlsen, and BNP-Paribas in France, Luxembourg, Germany and the UK.

Baudoin holds a master’s degree with honors in engineering and information management from the Superior School of Electrotechnics and Electronic-ESIEE in France.

Speaker Session
21 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00–2:30 PM GMT+8
The Future of Work and the Evolving Role of Digital Technology: CIO Perspectives

Shirin Hamid

CIO and Director General, ADB

Shirin Hamid has more than 20 years of executive leadership in digital transformation and innovative use of information management and technologies for complex, large multinational and multi-dimensional organizations at an international scale.

As CIO of the ADB, Shirin is responsible for the Bank's digital strategies and transformation, and its IT infrastructure, operation and talent spanning across more than 30 countries. Under her leadership, ADB was awarded the 2021 CIO 100 Award for its Digital Innovation Sandbox which has produced several “firsts” for ADB such as artificial intelligence (AI) conversational bots, robotic process automation, and blockchain transactions. In 2019, ADB was also awarded the CIO 100 Award for its successful adoption of cloud solutions and innovative technologies to support a mobile workforce, improve user experience, and enhance organizational resiliency and IT security.

Prior to ADB, Shirin was the Chief Technology Officer of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York from 2005 to 2016. Before that, she was the General Manager of IS/IT in Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd and concurrently, of its parent company, Keppel Corporation.

Shirin started her professional career as a consultant at Andersen Consulting/Accenture in Singapore and subsequently at Deloitte Consulting in Boston, USA. She holds a Master's degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University, UK and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Coventry University, UK. She currently lives in Manila in the Philippines with her husband and two kids.

Shirin was honored in 2014 as a Top 100 Premier Global IT Leader by ComputerWorld. In 2019, she made it to The World's 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government for her digital transformation initiatives. For two consecutive years (2019 & 2020), GovInsider's Women in GovTech acknowledged Shirin’s leadership in public sector innovation.

Recognizing Shirin's exemplary brand of IT leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Gartner, the world's leading research and advisory company, published an article citing ADB’s IT rapid response and prioritization initiatives for remote work arrangements and operational resilience.

In 2020, ADB was declared country winner and regional finalist in three categories of the IDC Digital Transformation (DX) Awards - Special Award for Resiliency, DX Gamechanger, and Operating Model Master. The annual program honors the achievements of organizations in Asia Pacific that have successfully planned and executed their digital transformation initiatives.

In 2021, Singaporean daily broadsheet Berita Harian prominently featured Shirin in an article about women who have excelled in their corporate career and made an impact in their communities.

Speaker Session
21 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00–2:30 PM GMT+8
The Future of Work and the Evolving Role of Digital Technology: CIO Perspectives

Karl Mehta

Karl Mehta

Karl Mehta is a serial entrepreneur, author, investor, engineer, and civil servant with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets. He is currently Founder & CEO of EdCast Inc., a next-generation knowledge platform company and former venture partner at Menlo Ventures, a leading VC firm of Silicon Valley with over $4B under management.

Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of PlaySpan Inc., acquired by Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), the world’s largest payment network. Karl also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, selected by the Obama Administration during the inaugural 2012-13 term. He was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the Workforce Investment Board of the State of California. In 2010, Karl won the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst & Young for Northern California. Karl is on the boards of Simpa Networks and on the advisory board of Intel Capital and Chapman University’s Center of Entrepreneurship.

Karl is founder of several non-profit’s including Code For India and Grassroots Innovation. He is author of ‘Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid‘.

Speaker Session
25 October 2021 | Monday | 10:00 AM–11:30 AM GMT+8
Why Employees in International Organizations and
Governments Need to Be Digitally Fit

Carolyn Dedolph Cabrera

Principal IT Specialist (Digital Adoption and Outreach) and Lead, Digital Fitness Program

Carolyn has diverse experience in change management, knowledge management, and communications work for development and research organizations. She is currently focusing on the people side of technology for the Digital Innovation Sandbox Program. Her current initiative is developing the Digital Fitness 101 Program, which aims to equip ADB’s employees with a basic understanding of digital technologies. Carolyn’s career has spanned agriculture, climate change, sustainability, communications, knowledge, change, and digital innovation. Prior to ADB, she worked at the International Rice Research Institute.

Speaker Session
25 October 2021 | Monday | 10:00 AM–11:30 AM GMT+8
Why Employees in International Organizations and
Governments Need to Be Digitally Fit

Carl Wegner

Chief Executive Officer, Contour

Carl Wegner is the Chief Executive Officer of Contour, a network to lead a global adoption of blockchain-based trade solutions.

Carl has over 30 years’ experience in Asia Cash Management, Institutional Banking, Financial Supply Chain and Distributed Ledger Technology. Carl served as R3 Managing Director for Asia, where he was instrumental in the business growth and market penetration of Corda solutions with Central Banks, Financial Institutions and Corporates. Carl’s prior experiences include Managing Director and Head of Global Transaction Banking, Greater China of Deutsche Bank, and Managing Director of Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan. He was also Head of Asia for TradeCard (now GTNexus) building their network in 14 countries.

Carl has held the post of Treasurer at Taipei American Chamber of Commerce and is an Appointed Board Member of Taipei American School. Fluent in Mandarin, he holds a B.S. in both Chinese Language and Chinese History from Georgetown University.

Speaker Session
14 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Alternative Voices on Technology Trends for Development

Chi-Farn Chen

Professor, Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, National Central University

Chi-Farn Chen is a professor at the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, National Central University. He received a PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A. His research interest has been in the areas of GIS, digital image processing, and integration of remote sensing and GIS for environmental applications. He has been the principal investigator for various projects including: land use change detection using satellite images, marine pollution investigation using remote sensing technologies, agricultural applications using time series satellite images, and integration of geographic information to improve environmental sustainability in Central America.

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 3:00–4:30 PM GMT+8
Geospatial Information Technology Solutions (Geographic Information System and Earth Observation) In ADB and Beyond

Lim May-Ann

Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and Director – Singapore, Access Partnership

Lim May-Ann is a Director at Access Partnership (Singapore) and the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

She has extensive experience in public policy, technology policy development, and government relations communications across the Asia Pacific, and has worked with many global, regional, and local organizations such as APEC, ASEAN, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, and the Asia Internet Coalition, on thought leadership development, government outreach and stakeholder engagement efforts, such as the development of the ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020.

May-Ann’s career has spanned global, regional and local institutions, including the World Bank, World Vision, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and the Singapore Internet Project. Based in Singapore, May-Ann also lectures on InfoComm Policy at her alma mater, the National University of Singapore.

Speaker Session
26 October 2021 | Tuesday | 11:00–12:30 PM GMT+8
The Soft Underbelly of Digital Government and the Digital Economy
Panel Discussion 1: Cloud Computing

Jane Treadwell

Lead, Government Transformation (Asia Pacific and Japan), Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Jane is the Lead in Government Transformation for the Asia Pacific and Japan region in Amazon Web Services. She has built a career in citizen driven and technology-enabled government transformation spanning state and federal governments in Australia, and international digital development in many countries throughout the world. Her early roles in public health and then public sector reform led to executive roles where she led large scale whole-of-government and individual agency modernisation progra

Jane’s first CIO role was to shape the digital service capability in Centrelink, Australia’s one-stop-shop serving 9m customers. Later roles as the Victorian State Government CIO, international consultant in transformation and digital leadership; and CEO of DesignGov, a national multi-sector collaboration platform for wicked problem-solving followed. In 2015 Jane joined the World Bank to run its digital development practice providing technical assistance, lending and accelerating digital leadership in governments in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Speaker Session
26 October 2021 | Tuesday | 11:00–12:30 PM GMT+8
The Soft Underbelly of Digital Government and the Digital Economy
Panel Discussion 1: Cloud Computing

Pierre Passin

Deputy Director General, IT Department, ADB

Pierre Passin is the Deputy Director General of Asian Development Bank’s Information Technology Department (ITD). Passin is responsible for IT infrastructure, platforms, technology innovation and cyber-defense. Passin, a national of France, has 20 years of multilateral development banks experience running IT systems covering software/systems development, infrastructure, integration, security and support.

Prior to joining ADB, he was Information Officer for the World Bank, based in Washington DC, where he led a team of IT specialists to deliver IT services to the executives of the World Bank. He holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering from ENSICA, France, as well as a Master’s in Signal Processing and Digital Communications from University of Toulouse, France.

Speaker Session
26 October 2021 | Tuesday | 11:00–12:30 PM GMT+8
The Soft Underbelly of Digital Government and the Digital Economy
Panel Discussion 1: Cloud Computing

Arndt Husar

Senior Public Management Specialist (Digital Transformation), Digital Technology for Development, ADB

Arndt facilitates the effective use of digital technology, advising ADB clients, regional departments, as well as sector and thematic groups on digital transformation. He is a senior public management specialist in ADB’s Digital Technology for Development Unit and serves as a member of the Innovation Task Force, supporting the bank’s futures thinking and foresight activities.

His work is focused on digital connectivity infrastructure, tech start-up ecosystems, digital agriculture, sustainable transport and urban development. He has co-authored ADB Working Papers on cloud computing as enablers for digital government and technology startups, as well as an ADB Working Paper on low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations and their potential to provide digital connectivity in Asia and the Pacific. Prior to ADB he worked with the UNDP at national, regional, and global levels.

Speaker Session
26 October 2021 | Tuesday | 11:00–12:30 PM GMT+8
The Soft Underbelly of Digital Government and the Digital Economy
Panel Discussion 2: Cybersecurity

Peter Fizelle

Chief Information Security Officer, IT Department, ADB

Peter Fizelle leads information security at ADB, focused on enabling the business to pursue leading digital transformation strategies, while reducing risk to the organization and increasing operational effectiveness. He has many years of experience in information security and technology within banking, government, managed services, and Defence. Prior to ADB, his roles in banking included technology and risk management roles at Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, USB, RBS, ABN-Amro and Deutsche Bank.

Speaker Session
26 October 2021 | Tuesday | 11:00–12:30 PM GMT+8
The Soft Underbelly of Digital Government and the Digital Economy
Panel Discussion 2: Cybersecurity

Mary Jo Schrade

Assistant General Counsel, Regional Lead, Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), Microsoft Asia

Mary Jo Schrade is an Assistant General Counsel and Regional Lead for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) Asia and is based at Microsoft’s Cyber Security Center in Singapore. She oversees the initiatives, programs and strategies related to Microsoft Asia’s efforts to prevent or disrupt organized cybercrime and online tech support scams through public-private partnerships, coordinated enforcement, and customer engagements relating to cyber security and Microsoft's digital trust commitment to its customers.

Speaker Session
26 October 2021 | Tuesday | 11:00–12:30 PM GMT+8
The Soft Underbelly of Digital Government and the Digital Economy
Panel Discussion 2: Cybersecurity

Clarisse Girot

Director for Asia Pacific, Future of Privacy Forum

Dr. Clarisse Girot serves as the Future of Privacy Forum’s Director for Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Clarisse is responsible for developing and implementing FPF’s strategy in the world’s biggest and most populated region. Prior to joining FPF, Clarisse was Senior Fellow at the Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI), a neutral legal think tank chaired by Chief Justice Menon of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Clarisse is an independent expert, often consulted by supranational organizations and bodies such as the Forum of Asia-Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), ASEAN, OECD, WEF, World Bank, UNCTAD, UNDP, or the European Commission. Prior to relocating to Singapore in 2016, Clarisse was based in Paris where she acted as Counsellor to Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and Chair of the Article 29 Working Party of European Data Protection Authorities (now EDPB). From 2004 to 2008, she was head of CNIL’s Department of International Affairs and represented CNIL at the Article 29 WP. Among other roles, she is a non-executive Board Member of the Data Protection Authority of Jersey (JDPA), a member of the Asia Privacy Scholars Network (APSN) and of the Global Reference Panel (GRP) of the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA), and an advisor to the Future Society think tank. Clarisse graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, with a specialisation in private law and intellectual property. She holds a Magister Juris (M.Jur) of the University of Oxford (University College) and a Ph.D. in comparative law from the Tilburg Institute for Law and Technology (TILT) of the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands (cum laude).

Speaker Session
27 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–11:30 AM GMT+8
Trade Offs or Synergies? Data Privacy and Protection as
Engine of Data-Driven Innovation

Bruno Carrasco

Director General for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, ADB

Bruno Carrasco leads ADB-wide knowledge, innovation, policies and strategies in all thematic and sector operation areas and ensures compliance with environment and social safeguards policies. He oversees the administration of trust funds and global funding initiatives and provides advice to Management on strategic and policy matters, work plans, and major operational matters. He joined ADB 23 years ago and has served in countries across all its regional departments. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Essex.

Speaker Session
27 October 2021 | Wednesday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Foundations and Enabling Environment for Digital Government

Prof. Myung-Jae Moon

Dean, College of Social Sciences, Underwood Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Administration, Director, Institute of Future Government

Professor M. Jae Moon is Underwood Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at Yonsei University. He is a fellow of National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). He is also chair of ASPA’s Section on Korean Public Administration. Earning Ph.D. from Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1998, he previously taught at the University of Colorado at Denver, Texas A & M University, and Korea University. His research interests include public management, information technology, and comparative public administration. He was Book Review Editor for Public Administration Review (2002-2005) as well as the Editor-in-Chief of International Review of Public Administration (2008-2010). He was the recipient of the Mosher Award as well as the Peter Boorsman Award for International Scholar in 2009. He served a number of government committees including the Presidential Council for Future and Strategy. He has been involved in various training and consultancy projects for many developing countries and international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank.

Speaker Session
27 October 2021 | Wednesday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Foundations and Enabling Environment for Digital Government

Mahammadali Khudaverdiyev

Head of Protocol Division, International Relations Department, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Mr. Khudaverdiyev is currently Head of Protocol Division, International Relations Department, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (also known as “ASAN” which stands for “Azerbaijan Service and Assessment Network”) which goal is to make services more easily accessible to citizens using modern technologies. While he has been working at the agency since 2021, he has worked as a project coordinator at UNDP in 2013-2016. Before he joined the ASAN he had worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Azerbaijan.

Speaker Session
27 October 2021 | Wednesday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Foundations and Enabling Environment for Digital Government

Florian Marcus

Digital Transformation Adviser, e-Estonia, Estonia

Florian Marcus shares insights into Estonia’s digital developments with global political decision-makers and business leaders to help them with their digitalisation journeys. He holds two Master’s Degrees in the field of political studies and also serves as a Member of the UNDP’s Roster of Experts on e-Government.

Speaker Session
27 October 2021 | Wednesday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Foundations and Enabling Environment for Digital Government

Stephan Kuester

Global Ecosystem Consulting Lead, Startup Genome

Stephan works with clients in government and private industry consortia all around the world, advising on the creation and the acceleration of tech and innovation clusters. Prior to his role at Startup Genome, Stephan headed up the International Consulting practice at UK ecosystem agency Tech Nation (fka Tech City UK) in London, served as Managing Director of digital Switzerland and executive director for professional services firms Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Building Innovation Ecosystems in Developing Asia and the Pacific

Sherwin Pu

Head, Business Development Unit, PSOD (ADB Ventures), ADB

Sherwin Pu is currently the Head of Business Development Team within ADB's PSOD,which includes ADB Ventures Facility. He has 20+ years in investment banking, privateequity, structured financing; and led dozens of landmark debt/equity finances covering awide range of sectors - renewable energy, sustainable transportation, environmental protection, healthcare, modern agriculture and logistics. Having served in ADB for more than 15 years, his professional experience is pan-Asia Pacific. Sherwin's previous professional experience includes Banque Paribas and ABN Amro, and he graduated with an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 11:00 AM-12:00 NN GMT+8
Startups and Their Ecosystem: What Role for Development Finance?

Christophe Pingard

Chief Executive Officer, Agorize

Christophe is the CEO of Agorize. Agorize is a leading global platform to manage your contests for innovation, ideas or recruitment of talents. Christophe has led during the last 20 years in several global players in the digital and SaaS space.

Speaker Session
29 October 2021 | Friday| 3:30 PM–05:00 PM GMT+8
Launch of the ADB Matchmaking Feature Tool

Dominic Mellor

Principal Investment Specialist, Business Development Unit, Private Sector Operations Department (ADB Ventures), ADB

Dominic was part of the founding team that set-up and currently co-manages ADB Ventures. Prior to ADB Ventures, Dominic launched the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), which promoted entrepreneurship in emerging ASEAN economies. MBI designed and operated corporate innovation and accelerator programs that connected agritech, cleantech, and fintech startups with corporates to pilot technology solutions. Dominic has varied financial sector experience in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific. He has a MSc in Economics from Oxford University and a BSc in Mathematics from Warwick University.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Building Innovation Ecosystems in Developing Asia and the Pacific

Theresa Mathawaphan

Chief Strategy Officer, National Innovation Agency, Kingdom of Thailand

Theresa has been in top management positions in both public and private sectors for more than 20 years. Her work experience covers Online Business & Service, E-commerce, IT & Software management, Start-ups & Innovation, and Business Strategy. She focuses her work in building up Innovative Leadership and Innovative Organization Development, having been part of both startups-type and large conglomerates in the past. Currently, at NIA (National Innovation Agency, Thailand), she is holding a professional position as Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing Strategic and Foresight unit, International Relations & Diplomacy, IT, Risk Management, and Administrative Operations of the organization. Her strategic focus is on building up collaborations between partners locally and internationally, and also supporting the formulation of Innovation policy and Innovative organizations.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Building Innovation Ecosystems in Developing Asia and the Pacific

Teymoor Nabili

Executive Producer, TechforImpact.asia

Teymoor Nabili is the founder and CEO of Tech For Impact, a knowledge-sharing, events and engagement platform designed to promote and scale sustainable technologies in the developing countries of Asia Pacific. Before embarking on the entrepreneurial path, Teymoor spent 25 years as a news anchor, correspondent and producer for some of the world's foremost broadcast news operations, such as Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNBC and CNN.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 11:00 AM-12:00 NN GMT+8
Startups and Their Ecosystem: What Role for Development Finance?

Paul Vandenberg

Senior Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Paul Vandenberg is a senior economist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila. His research interests include industrialization, the middle-income trap, employment, small and medium enterprises, tech startups, and skills training. He previously worked at the ADB Institute in Tokyo and was a consultant for a number of years with the International Labour Organization.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 11:00 AM-12:00 NN GMT+8
Startups and Their Ecosystem: What Role for Development Finance?

Annella Heytens

APJC HR Director, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Annella Heytens is the Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) of Amazon Web Services (AWS). She has over 20 years’ experience in human resources and business management experience with increasing levels of responsibility in human capital management, business management, financial analysis, and compensation and benefits. She provides overall vision, strategic and operational human resource leadership to the company.

Prior to AWS, Annella was the Global Chief People Officer of Coca-Cola’s Bottling Investments Group. She joined Coca-Cola from Cisco Systems where she was the Vice President of Human Resources for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC). In both roles, she provided HR leadership to the business, align the people strategy and drive the implementation of solutions to enable business performance. She spearheaded multiple business and HR transformations that supported the business growth objectives.

Prior to joining Cisco, Annella worked for Willis Towers Watson as the Global Head of Research & Innovation Development located within Global Research and Innovation Services. Before undertaking this role, Heytens roles in Watson Wyatt included: International Practice Leader based in San Francisco, California; Asia Pacific Director of Data Services based in Jakarta, Indonesia; Managing Consultant, Shared Services Center based in Manila, Philippines; and Managing Consultant in Beijing, PRC. Prior to working for Watson Wyatt, Annella worked in the areas of finance and IT in the Greater Washington DC Area in the United States. She also had a prior career in Nutrition and Dietetics. She holds Master’s Degrees from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Speaker Session
19 October 2021 | Tuesday | 10:30–11:30 AM GMT+8
Navigating Normal Now

Bart Hogeveen

Head of Cyber Capacity Building - International Cyber Policy Centre, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Bart Hogeveen is Head of Cyber Capacity Building at ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) and focuses on international peace and security, international aid and national security aspects of cyber affairs. ASPI's cyber capacity building program comprises a range of initiatives that look at supporting states with the development of national cybersecurity strategies, strengthening ICT capabilities in developing nations and enhancing regional mechanisms for stability in cyberspace. Bart’s also a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), the global platform for cyber capacity building.

Speaker Session
26 October 2021 | Tuesday | 11:00–12:30 PM GMT+8
The Soft Underbelly of Digital Government and
the Digital Economy
Panel Discussion 2: Cybersecurity

Alex Ramirez

Senior Manager, Skycatch

Alex is a Senior Manager at Skycatch and has been with the company for 7 years. Alex's first project at Skycatch was to establish a Quality Engineering infrastructure while managing hardware prototyping for the Skycatch Evo3x and Explore1 drones. Alex then took over the manufacturing efforts and led the new product introduction as Skycatch scaled manufacturing to overseas contract manufacturing.

Since then, Alex has managed the deployment of Skycatch technology to several high-profile clients.

Prior to Skycatch, Alex was a Senior CPU Validation Engineer at Intel.

Yoonee Jeong

Senior Digital Technology Specialist, SDCC-DT

Yoonee Jeong is a Senior Digital Technology Specialist with the Digital Technology for Development Unit at ADB. She is a public policy professional with nearly 20 years of international experience in digital technologies in Asia Pacific and Africa. Before joining ADB, Yoonee was the Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs with the Telenor Group, a global mobile operator. Previously, Yoonee served as a senior consultant on digital economy policy and capacity building to the World Bank and UN-ESCAP and lead policy advocacy for tech companies as Director of Research and Consulting with TRPC, an advisory firm. A Korean native, Yoonee obtained her Master's degree in International Development Policy from Duke University as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholar and her bachelor's from the Ateneo de Manila University of the Philippines.

Speaker Session
13 October 2021 | Wednesday | 3:00–4:30 PM GMT+8
Geospatial Information Technology Solutions (Geographic Information System and Earth Observation) In ADB and Beyond

27 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–11:30 AM GMT+8
Trade Offs or Synergies? Data Privacy and Protection as Engine of Data-Driven Innovation
Panel 1: Industry expectations and cooperation with privacy regulators in Asia.

Saad Paracha

Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist CWRD, CAREC Secretariat, ADB

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday| 1:30–3:00 PM GMT+8
Startup Ecosystems – Exploring Touchpoints With ADB Operation

Marc Lepage

Principal IT Specialist (Technology Innovation), ITD, ADB

Marc has worked in the knowledge and technology innovation for development context since 1998.
Marc currently works at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as Principal IT specialist (technology innovation), based at ADB headquarter in Manila, Philippines.
Marc advises and supports ADB with its 2030 digital agenda, by designing and implementing ADB’s digital sandboxes programme, an initiative aiming at using emerging digital technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotics to future-proof ADB and support its transformation into an agile organization.

Prior to this position, Marc worked for the United Nations as UNDP innovation advisor in Africa, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Marc advised the 46 countries under the UNDP Africa region to develop, sustain and implement innovative initiatives. Managing the UNDP Africa innovation fund, Marc provided policy guidance to countries interested to develop innovation initiatives.

Marc’s previous experiences includes Uganda Country Manager for the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), advisor to national ICT strategy formulation in Somalia, regional director for Africa and Middle East of a Canadian international NGO working in ICT for Development.

Previously, Marc has spent 7 years with UNDP in information and knowledge for development, including deputy regional coordinator for ICTDAR, the UNDP programme on ICT for Development in the Arab region, advisor for UNDP Afghanistan for all ICT related activities and information systems engineer for UNDP Asia Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP).

Since he started to work in the field of Knowledge and Technology for Development, Marc has worked in about fifty countries in Asia, Middle East and Africa, to design and implement projects linking sustainable development with knowledge and technology innovation.

Marc’s work has been featured on CNN, BBC, the Wall Street Journal and other global and local media.

Holding both French and Canadian nationalities, married with a son and two daughters, Marc holds a Masters degree in Network engineering from a French University.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday| 1:30–3:00 PM GMT+8
Startup Ecosystems – Exploring Touchpoints With ADB Operation

28 October 2021 | Thursday| 10:00 - 10:45 AM GMT+8
Decentralized Digital Finance

Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi

Head of the Digital Government and Data Unit - Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi is the Head of the Digital Government and Data Unit in the OECD Public Governance Directorate and leads the work on the digital transformation of the public sector, based on principles of openness, efficiency and innovation. Prior to the OECD Barbara served for eight years as Programme Officer within the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She has over 20 years of experience working on digital government, and knowledge management for economic development and growth. A Fulbright Scholar, Barbara holds a M.S. on Public Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. Apolitical listed Barbara among the 2018 and 2019 TOP 20 most influential figures on Digital Government worldwide

Speaker Session
27 October 2021 | Wednesday | 2:00–3:30 PM GMT+8
Foundations and Enabling Environment for Digital Government

Aimee Hampel Milagrosa

Economist, Economic Analysis & Operational Support Division, ERCD, ADB

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday| 1:30–3:00 PM GMT+8
Startup Ecosystems – Exploring Touchpoints With ADB Operation

Yothin Jinjarak

Senior Economist, Macroeconomics Research Division, ERCD, ADB

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday| 1:30–3:00 PM GMT+8
Startup Ecosystems – Exploring Touchpoints With ADB Operation

Ekapak Nirapathpongporn

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fraction

Co-Founder and CEO of Fraction, an internet-scale fractional ownership platform that revolutionizes and democratizes access to investments and capital for everyone. Promoting financial inclusion, Fraction is a consumer-first capital market offering a complete, one-stop and full service fractional ownership platform suited to everyone of us. Fraction delivers this on a world first plug and play ecosystem, powered by NFT and blockchain technology.

Prior to founding Fraction, Ekapak was a Managing Director and Partner of Lazard.

Speaker Session
14 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Alternative Voices on Technology Trends for Development

Lim Paik Wan

APAC Expansion Lead and Malaysia Country Manager, Wise Asia-Pacific

Speaker Session
14 October 2021 | Thursday | 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+8
Alternative Voices on Technology Trends for Development

Ashok Lavasa

Vice-President for Private Sector Operations and Public-Private Partnership Asian Development Bank

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Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 11:00 AM-12:00 NN GMT+8
Startups and Their Ecosystem: What Role for Development Finance?

Emmanuelle Pecenicic

Head of Digital Strategy and Head of Digital Asia Pacific BNP Paribas Asset Management

Emmanuelle joined BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) in 2011 as Investment Specialist in the European Equities Team in Paris. She moved to Hong-Kong in 2012 to work as Investment Specialist specializing on China RMB capabilities and Indonesian equities for international investors.

Passionate about new technologies, Emmanuelle joined the global transformation group in 2017, where from Hong-Kong, she led the digital transformation of BNPP AM globally and in APAC. She designed the global digital strategy and is since leading the implementation of the Augmented Investments Programme. As part of her role, Emmanuelle is looking at increasing the usage of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and other technologies in our operating model and investment processes. Since 2018, Emmanuelle is leading BNPP AM’s efforts on digital assets and blockchain.

She is working directly with BNPP AM’s global chief digital officer, revamping BNPP AM’s digital strategy and looking at new business models in Europe and in Asia. Emmanuelle continues to lead multiple projects internally on tokenization and on the impact of blockchain. She is also a co-chair of the Blockchain committee of the FinTech Association of Hong-Kong.

Prior to BNPP AM, she was Internal Auditor at Amundi Asset Management.

Emmanuelle holds an MSc in Financial Management and a Diplome des Grandes Ecoles with a major in Financial Analysis from EDHEC Business School in France

Speaker Session
20 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00–10:45 AM GMT+8
Decentralized Digital Finance

Yen Vu

Principal and Country Manager Rouse Vietnam

Yen has over 17 years of experience in IP enforcement & litigation. Her specialty in contentious and non-contentious IP matters has a focus on enforcement, protection, and commercialization of trade marks, patents, copyright, and domain names. Her expertise in IP stretches across multiple regions including Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

She also has extensive experience in advising clients in data protection and data privacy in Vietnam. She has recently worked with the Digital Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam to contribute comments to the Ministry of Public Security on the draft decree of personal data protection. She also speaks at workshops on data protection and digital transformation in Vietnam and SEA organized by the World Economic Forum and Lexology.

Under the lead of Yen Vu, Rouse Vietnam has been chosen by the UK Government to provide technical training to IP authorities in Vietnam within the framework of their cooperation with the country. She also has experience working closely with the drafting committee of the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam and the Copyright Office of Vietnam for IP law amendment exercises over the years.

Speaker Session
27 October 2021 | Wednesday | 10:00-11:30 AM GMT+8
Trade Offs or Synergies? Data Privacy and Protection as Engine of Data-Driven Innovation Panel 1: Industry expectations and cooperation with privacy regulators in Asiat

Jason Lusk

Partnerships and Communications Manager Asian Development Bank Ventures

Jason manages ADB Ventures’ communications programs as well as partnerships with like-minded development programs, innovation accelerators, and corporate ESG teams. Jason brings more than twenty years of experience in strategic communications and business development, having previously served as vice president, public relations for storied American marketing communications agency Cramer-Krasselt. In 2013, he founded Clickable Impact Consulting Group, which works with development agencies across the Asia-Pacific region to mobilize innovative communications strategies for impact.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 1:30-3:00 PM GMT+8
Startup Ecosystems - Exploring Touchpoints With ADB Operations

Seok Yong Yoon (SY)

Principal and Country Manager Rouse Vietnam

Mr. Seok-Yong Yoon currently works at Asian Development Bank (ADB) as Principal Public Management Specialist (e-Governance) at the Digital Technology for Development Unit, the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). He is a focal person for ICT and digital development operations.

Mr. Yoon has led number of digital development and e-Governance projects as a project officer and organized various internal and regional knowledge events for the better use of digital technologies in ADB’s various sector and thematic operations. As a focal person for digital development and e-Governance, he plays active role to mainstream digital technologies in ADB’s sector operations through technical assistances and sector/thematic groups activities and coordinates partnership programs with international development organizations, private sector and civil societies.

Speaker Session
28 October 2021 | Thursday | 1:30-3:00 PM GMT+8
Startup Ecosystems - Exploring Touchpoints With ADB Operations