Aaron Maniam is Senior Principal Researcher at the Civil Service College (CSC)’s Institute of Governance and Policy, where he focuses on building a body of research, case studies and other training material on digital governance. A PhD candidate and Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, he researches the role of state-business dynamics in determining the quality of national digitalisation outcomes. He previously served as Senior Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he coordinated policy on manufacturing, services, tourism and economic transformation; Institute Director of CSC’s Institute of Public Sector Leadership; and the first Head of the Centre for Strategic Futures. He is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance; a WEF Young Global Leader; an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader; and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragements of the Arts, Commerce and Manufactures (RSA).
Catherine Fieschi is the Director of London-based research group Counterpoint. From September 2019, Catherine will be the Director of the new Global Policy Institute at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to founding Counterpoint, Catherine was head of research at the British Council and led the London-based think tank Demos. Her research focuses on populist movements and forms of contemporary mobilisation in Europe and across developed economies. Catherine is the author of Populocracy: The Tyranny of Authenticity and the Rise of European Populism (Agenda, 2019) and In the Shadow of Democracy (MUP, 2004). She holds a PhD in Comparative Political Science from McGill University. Catherine has a column in the Chatham House magazine The World Today, is a former editorial board member of Prospect magazine, and is a regular participant in press, radio and television debates. She grew up in Italy, Senegal, the United States, France and Canada, and lives in London.
Arup Fellow and Director of Global Foresight + Research + Innovation, Dr. Chris Luebkeman works with some of the world’s leading companies to develop a better understanding of the opportunities created by change in our built environment. Since joining Arup in 1999 Luebkeman has facilitated the creation of an e-commerce strategy, initiated research projects on the designer’s desktop of the future and encouraged thinking about the evolution of the firm’s skills networks into a knowledge network. Luebkeman promotes the highest standards of design and technical skill to ensure that Arup is one of the world’s leading practitioners in its chosen fields. He is an active participant in conferences ranging in scope from those of the Design Futures Council to TED and WEF.
Mr Gabriel Lim was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in April 2019. He is responsible for formulating policies to grow Singapore’s economy, strengthen its enterprises and create better jobs for Singaporeans.
Mr Lim was formerly Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information. He also served as Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and held appointments at the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Health, the Public Service Division and Infocommunications Media Development Authority.
Mr Lim graduated from Stanford University’s Sloan Management Programme with an M.Sc in Management under the Lee Kuan Yew scholarship. He also holds an M.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Huw Price is Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Academic Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and was co-founder with Martin Rees and Jaan Tallinn of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. In January 2019 he joined the inaugural Board of the new Ada Lovelace Institute. Before moving to Cambridge in 2011 he was ARC Federation Fellow and Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, where he was founding Director of the Centre for Time.
Ann Mettler is a Director-General at the European Commission where she is Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank reporting directly to President Juncker. In this capacity, Ann also serves as Chair of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS), an inter-institutional project aimed at strengthening the EU's foresight capacity and anticipatory governance. Ann was Politico’s “Top five women shaping Brussels” in 2018. That same year, she was named one of the top 100 women in German business by Manager Magazine.
Prior to her current role, Ann was for eleven years Executive Director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank she co-founded in 2003. From 2000-03, she worked at the World Economic Forum, where she last served as Director for Europe. Ann holds Masters Degrees in political science and European law and economics, and graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico, USA, and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany.
Dr. Cécile Wendling is Group Head of Foresight at AXA. With more than 15-year-experience in long-term thinking, her role is to anticipate trends and disruptions that will impact the way people live and work in the future. She has worked on the Future of Artificial Intelligence, the ethics of algorithms, potential development of the blockchain, the future of trust, the future of work and driverless cars, among other topics. She has a PhD from the European University Institute and is an Associate Researcher at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CNRS-Sciences Po Paris). She teaches foresight methods and on the digital transformation of the firm at Sciences Po Paris. She is a member of: the board of Impact AI, the High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence—European Commission, the scientific board of future of cities think tank Palladio and the scientific board of foresight think tank Futuribles.
Cindy Khoo is Director, Strategic Planning, at the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office – Strategy Group. She started her career in the Singapore Public Service in the Ministry of Trade and Industry as a trade officer. Since then she has handled multiple portfolios in the Ministry of Health, Prime Minister’s Office – Public Service Division, and Ministry of Education. Prior to joining the Singapore Public Service, she worked in SembCorp Logistics in Shanghai. She holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Geoff Mulgan CBE is Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation which currently works in over 40 countries. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University and senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy and president of the Innovation Design department of the Italian University of Design. He advises many governments around the world and recently chaired a World Economic Forum council on innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of many organisations, including Demos, Action for Happiness, the Social Innovation Exchange and Uprising. His most recent book is Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World (Princeton). His books have been translated into many languages. Geoff’s Twitter handle is @geoffmulgan.
Professor Ian Goldin is Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, founding Director of the Oxford Martin School and Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change. Ian was World Bank Vice President and Director of Development Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Ian previously was Principal Economist at the EBRD and Programme Director at the OECD.
Ian has a BA and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Ian has published 21 books, the most recent of which are Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance and Development: A Very Short Introduction.
Dr Andrew Critch is currently a full-time Research Scientist at the Center for Human Compatible AI. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at UC Berkeley studying applications of algebraic geometry to machine learning models. During that time, he cofounded the Center for Applied Rationality and Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition. Dr Critch has been offered university faculty and research positions in mathematics, mathematical biosciences and philosophy, worked as an algorithmic stock trader at Jane Street Capital’s New York City office, and as a Research Fellow at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. His current research interests include logical uncertainty, open source game theory, and mitigating race dynamics between companies and nations in AI development.
CHNG KAI FONG
Mr Chng Kai Fong is the Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Before this role, he was the Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister (PM) from 1 September 2014 to 30 September 2017. That explains why every time he rereads Remains of the Day he discovers many complex layers in the novel and in himself.
Mr Chng graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master in Engineering in 2001, specialising in signal processing using neural networks. He also has a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
In his younger days, he freelanced as a Euphonium player and amateur conductor. These days, he waves his hands to classical music on Spotify, to the bewilderment of his children.
Eugene Wei is a graduate of Stanford University and a long-time product executive in the technology industry. He began his career at A.T. Kearney before joining Amazon.com in 1997 as its first strategic planning analyst. After Amazon, he studied editing at The Edit Center and directing at UCLA's Graduate School of Film and Theatre. He returned to the technology industry as part of Hulu’s founding team , heading its product organisation for 3.5 years. He started Erly with several Hulu colleagues in San Francisco and sold it to Airtime. After that he ran the product team at Flipboard for two years and then moved to Oculus to lead its efforts in VR video for two years. Currently he advises on product strategy and product development at a variety of start-ups and angel invests on the side. He speaks at technology companies around the world on the intersection of media, culture and technology.
HOE WEE MENG
Hoe Wee Meng oversees the Centre for Strategic Futures as Director (Futures), and concurrently holds the appointments of Director (Organisational Development) and Director (Security & Resilience Strategy). A teacher by training, Wee Meng spent much of his public service career with the Ministry of Education. Prior to joining the Strategy Group, he was Principal of the School of Science and Technology; Vice-Principal of Yishun Junior College; and Deputy Director (Higher Education). Wee Meng also served as Deputy Director (Income Security Policy) and Senior Assistant Director (Manpower Planning and Policy) at the Ministry of Manpower.
Wee Meng graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2001 with Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemistry. In 2011, he completed the Master in Public Administration programme at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was named a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow for outstanding performance and leadership potential.
Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Future of Life Institute, and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organisations. Jaan is on the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, member of the High-Level Expert Group on AI at the European Commission, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board. He is also an active angel investor, a partner at Ambient Sound Investments, and a former investor in and director of the AI company DeepMind.
Jacqueline Poh is Deputy Secretary in Prime Minister’s Office Strategy Group, which leads and organises the Public Service to develop and implement the strategic priorities of the Government. These include economic strategies, social strategies, marriage and parenthood policy, urban development and liveability strategies as well as technology and security. She also oversees the National Population and Talent Division and the Centre for Strategic Futures.
She was the founding Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore until 2018. Jacqueline was previously Managing Director of the Infocommunications Development Authority, GovTech’s predecessor organisation, and has held key positions in the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Defence.
Jane Lim is the Assistant Chief Executive of the Sectoral Transformation Group in the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore.
Jane works with partners in the public and private sector to drive digital transformation of industry sectors to accelerate the growth of Singapore’s digital economy. The Sector Transformation Group includes industry clusters such as Trade and Connectivity, Built Environment, Lifestyle, Modern Services and the national SMEs Go Digital programme.
Prior to IMDA, she was the Director of Social Programmes in the Ministry of Finance and the Divisional Director in the Energy Market Authority. In addition, she has experience in manpower planning and policy, and intellectual property policy development.
Jane has an MBA from the Sloan Fellows Program in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a Masters in Political Science with MIT and graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Biological Sciences and Government from Cornell University. She is married with two young daughters.
Ken Liu is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy awards, he is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (The Grace of Kings (2015), The Wall of Storms (2016), and a forthcoming third volume) and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016), a collection. He also wrote the Star Wars novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017).
Ken frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, the mathematics of origami, science fiction and other subjects of his expertise.
In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous works from Chinese to English, including The Three-Body Problem (2014) by Liu Cixin and “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, both Hugo winners.
KRISTEL VAN DER ELST
Kristel Van der Elst is Executive Head at Policy Horizons Canada. She has 17 years of experience in forward-looking strategy and policy advisory roles.
She is a member of the OECD Governmental Foresight Community, the Strategic Foresight for Research & Innovation Policy in Horizon 2020 (SFRI) European Commission Expert Group, the Independent Advisory Committee to the Global Burden of Disease initiative, a fellow at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), and a visiting Professor at the College of Europe.
Kristel is an established speaker, moderator and facilitator at high-level events and the author of numerous reports and articles.
Kristel holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Masters in Development Cooperation from the University of Ghent and a Masters in Commercial Engineering from the Free University of Brussels. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, a Global Leadership Fellow and a Certified Professional Facilitator.
LAU PEET MENG
Prior to joining the Ministry of Defence as Director in 2019, Mr Lau Peet Meng has held key staff and command appointments in the Ministry of Home Affairs, and his last appointment was Deputy Commissioner (Operations) with the Singapore Police Force. He also served in the Ministry of Education from 2003 to 2006. Currently, Mr. Lau is also serving as a Board Member with the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore.
Besides his policing and regulatory experience, Mr Lau was also Singapore’s First Secretary to the United Nations in New York from 2001 to 2002, where he contributed to the global response to the September 11th attack at a time when Singapore was a member of the UN Security Council.
NEO GIM HUAY
As Managing Director, Sustainability of Temasek International Pte Ltd, Ms Neo Gim Huay spearheads Temasek’s sustainability strategy and initiatives across the pillars of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policy, impact investing and capability building.
Prior to joining Temasek, Gim Huay was a Management Consultant with McKinsey in the US and Africa, advising clients on strategy and operations. Before McKinsey, Gim Huay was in the Administrative Service of the Singapore Government, responsible for Governance and Investment as well as Trade Negotiations in the Finance and Trade ministries respectively. She is on the Boards of Surbana Jurong, Mandai Park Holdings; Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the National Library Board. She was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2015.
She holds an MBA from Stanford University, graduating as an Arjay Miller Scholar. She also has a Masters in Engineering (Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class) from Cambridge University. She is co-author of Sushi and Tapas: Life Stories from Women from Around the World. She is a diving enthusiast and an aspiring musician.
Nick Yee is the co-founder and analytics lead of Quantic Foundry. For over two decades, he has conducted research on the psychology of gaming and virtual worlds using a wide variety of methods. At Stanford University, he used immersive virtual reality to explore how avatars can change the way people think and behave. At the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), he applied social network analysis and predictive analytics to examine large-scale World of Warcraft data.
He was a senior research scientist in Ubisoft's Gamer Behavior Research group where he combined data science and social science methods to generate actionable player insights for different game development teams. At Quantic Foundry, he leads the research and development of new tools and models for quantifying and understanding the motivations of game audiences. He is the author of The Proteus Paradox: How Online Games and Virtual Worlds Change Us—And How They Don't.
PAO JIA YU
Pao Jia Yu oversees social strategy at Strategy Group. Prior to this appointment, she served at the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Philip Ong graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History. In 2006 he received a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. Mr Ong has served in the Public Service Division in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, and the National Research Foundation. He is currently the Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
Associate Professor Suzaina Kadir is the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. Her research interests and areas of specialisation include ethnicity, religion and public policy, with special focus on Muslim politics in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and the management of political Islam and multi-ethnicity in Singapore.
Since her appointment as Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), she has been heavily involved in higher education administration at the LKY School. She served on the 2003 Censorship Review Committee, the Remaking Singapore Committee and the Feedback Unit Supervisory Panel. She also serves as the Chairperson for the Malay Programmes Advisory Committee of the IMDA.
She is a recipient of two National Day Awards: the 2016 Public Service and Commendation Medals. She is also a honoured educator for her innovative pedagogies, and received the NUS Teaching Excellence and LKYSPP Teaching Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2017 respectively. She has been appointed as Fellow of the NUS Teaching Academy.
Noah Raford is the Futurist-in-Chief and international representative of the Dubai Future Foundation, an organisation which has been described as part DARPA, part Disney and part Mayor’s Office. Some projects he has led or helped to create include the Museum of the Future, the Dubai Global Blockchain Council and the Dubai Future Accelerators.
Previously, Noah was an advisor on futures, foresight and innovation in the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, a senior strategy consultant at Monitor / GBN, CEO and co-founder of technology foresight company Futurescaper, North American Director of Space Syntax Limited and the Senior Research Advisor to Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.
Noah completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his masters at the Bartlett School of Architecture and his undergraduate degree at Brown University. He lives between Dubai and London, is married with two children and is a semi-retired techno DJ.
Peter Ho is Senior Advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures, a Senior Fellow in the Civil Service College and a Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
He is Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, the Social Science Research Council, the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, the National Supercomputing Centre Steering Committee, and the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise Governing Council. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore, and a board member of the National Research Foundation, a member of the Board of Governors of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
When he retired from the Singapore Administrative Service in 2010, he was Head, Civil Service, concurrent with his other appointments of Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs), Permanent Secretary (National Security & Intelligence Coordination) and Permanent Secretary (Special Duties) in the Prime Minister’s Office.
So-Young is a pioneer and serial entrepreneur constantly looking at new ways of solving big challenges. Her latest challenge is focused on how to maximize human potential and reach billions through founding Gnowbe, which is disrupting the future of talent and work through a mobile-first, microlearning and employee experience solution.
This was spun-out from her first company, Awaken Group, a multi-disciplinary Transformation Design (TD) firm that integrates strategy, leadership and innovation to catalyze change. Her experiences also include McKinsey & Company, Harvard Business School and Citigroup. With the impact of her work, she was nominated to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. She sits on the Global Council for the Korean Peninsula with the World Economic Forum, HR Transformation Committee by the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore and on the boards of LNKM and GeniusU. So-Young is the co-founder of The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG), a nonprofit dedicated to helping students achieve their professional dreams globally.
So-Young is the author of “Inside Out,” a book on purpose-driven leadership and innovation. She has written for the World Economic Forum, Huffington Post and contributed to several books and thought pieces. She is a frequent speaker at global forums including Davos with the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, AMNC (known as ‘Summer Davos’ in China), Asia Development Bank and TEDx.
She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania. So-Young is a Korean-American based out of both the US and Singapore.
Terence Chia is Senior Director of the National Security Coordination Centre (NSCC) at the National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS), Prime Minister's Office. At NSCS Terence heads a team that works with agencies to anticipate and identify emergent security risks, and to build up capabilities and resources to deal with these.
Prior to this, Terence served in various roles at the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Service Commission Secretariat at the Public Service Division. He was also seconded to the National Trades Union Congress, Singapore's national federation of trade unions.
Terence has Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Stanford University and a Master in Business Administration from IESE Business School. Outside of work, Terence has served as a volunteer in various organisations including the National Youth Achievement Award Council and Scape Co. Ltd.
With more than 18 years of start-up and business experience, Pamela is the co-founder of Bettr Barista, an award-winning for-profit social business and specialty coffee company in Singapore that aims to change lives through coffee. Bettr Barista empowers lives through its holistic vocational programmes for marginalised women and youth, nurtures direct and sustainable trade across its supply chain, and encourages socially conscious consumption. A sociologist by training, Pamela is passionate about solving problems and is constantly excited about the possibilities that social businesses present for the betterment of business and society. Pamela is the first Singaporean on the board of directors of the global Specialty Coffee Association, a World Barista Championship Certified Sensory Judge, World Coffee in Good Spirits Sensory Judge and a Licensed Q Arabica Grader.
Peter Schwartz is an internationally renowned futurist and business strategist, specialising in scenario planning and working with corporations, governments and institutions to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop robust strategies for a changing and uncertain world. As Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning for Salesforce, he manages the organisation’s ongoing strategic conversation. Peter leads the Salesforce Futures LAB—a collaboration between strategic thinkers at Salesforce and its customers around provocative ideas on the future of business.
Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter was co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network. He is the author of several works. His first book, The Art of the Long View, is considered a seminal publication on scenario planning. Peter has also served as a script consultant on the films The Minority Report, Deep Impact, Sneakers and War Games. He received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and astronautics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
Sorapop Kiatpongsan is a physician and a decision scientist. He is currently a Managing Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Development, Thailand’s new Open Policy Lab focussing on futures thinking, using data and evidence to inform policy decisions, and promoting public policy dialogue and engagement. He is a faculty member at Chulalongkorn University and a Visiting Professor at Sasin School of Management in Bangkok, Thailand. Sorapop was selected by the Asia Society to be the Asia21 Young Leader. Sorapop was the George Bennett Fellow of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. He won the Young Scientist Asia-Pacific Award from the Society for Medical Decision Making and the S.S. Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award from the Asia & Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Sorapop received his M.D. (first class honours) from Chulalongkorn University, his Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility training from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
YEO WEI WEI
Yeo Wei Wei (b. 1973) is a writer, translator and educator. Her collection of short stories These Foolish Things & Other Stories was published by Ethos Books in 2015. She completed her PhD in English at the University of Cambridge in 2000. She also holds a MA with Distinction in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) from the University of East Anglia. She was awarded the National Arts Council Postgraduate Scholarship to pursue the MA in 2016-2017.
YEOH CHEE YAN
Ms Yeoh Chee Yan, 58, began her public service career in 1985, and served in various appointments, among them Head of the Scenario Planning Office in the Public Service Division, where her team developed the first set of National Scenarios.
She served as Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and Permanent Secretary (Development) in the Ministry of Education, before being appointed Permanent Secretary of the new Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in 2012. Under her leadership, MCCY championed capability building in citizen engagement across the Public Service. She also led the Ministry in several successful national initiatives, including coordinating the SG50 celebrations, establishing the National Gallery, inscribing the Singapore Botanic Gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosting the 28th SEA Games.
Ms Yeoh was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1999 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2005 for her outstanding contributions to the Public Service.