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Information is accurate as of 09 April 2021

09 April 2021, Friday

Segment I

17:00 - 17:10

Welcome Remarks by Ng Boon Heong, Chief Executive Officer, Temasek Foundation

17:10 - 17:20

Keynote Speech by H.E. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia

17:20 - 17:40

Book Launch: “Steering a Middle Course: From Activist to Secretary General of Golkar” by Sarwono Kusumaatmadja

In his book, Mr Sarwono Kusumaatmadja gives us an insight to his life from his childhood, to his youth as an activist, to when he entered politics and eventually became the Secretary General of the Golkar party in Indonesia. Throughout his political career, Mr Sarwono’s conviction in staying true to the middle course drove him to accomplish change and governance reform in public administration and the environment. This book gives us context for better understanding of leadership dispositions through Mr Sarwono’s experiences, and provides inspiration for the youths of our time.

17:40 - 18:40

Panel Discussion: “Portrait of A Student Activist”


  • Sarwono Kusumaatmadja - Chairman of the Advisory Board for Climate Change Policies, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia
  • Dr Michael Vatikiotis - Asia Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
  • John McBeth - Correspondent, Asia Times
  • Melati Wijsen - Founder, YOUTHTOPIA


  • Amy Chew - Freelance Journalist

Segment II

20:00 - 20:10

Keynote Speech by Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development, and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration, Republic of Singapore

20:10 - 21:30

Leadership in a Sustainability Journey: Our Future – How, Why and When

Climate change is a phenomenon that is affecting every nation in the world. It is negatively impacting national economies and disrupting lives. Global temperatures, CO2 levels, and sea levels are rising, and weather conditions are more extreme. The effects of climate change can be felt more in some countries than others, but will eventually affect the whole human population. On our journey to sustainability, the climate emergency requires immediate attention and actions from governments, businesses, the workforce, investors and consumers. Only by addressing the climate crisis, are we able to achieve sustainable development.


  • Dr Amy Khor - Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, Republic of Singapore
  • Sarwono Kusumaatmadja - Chairman of the Advisory Board for Climate Change Policies, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia
  • Prof Jan Peter Balkenende - Former Prime Minister, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Dr Andrew Steer - President and Chief Executive Officer, World Resources Institute
  • Dr Ma Jun - Chairman, Green Finance Committee, China Society for Finance and Banking
  • Ireena Vittal - Corporate Advisor, Temasek International


  • Neo Gim Huay - Managing Director, Climate Change Strategy, Temasek International

21:30 - 21:50

“Conserving Mangrove Ecosystems in Indonesia for Climate and People” by Dr Herlina Hartanto, Executive Director, Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara


  • Jennifer Lewis - Head, Philanthropy Advocates, Temasek Foundation