Temasek Shophouse Conversations

Temasek Shophouse Conversations, launched in 2021, is a series of hybrid events that brings leaders from the public, private and community sectors together to forge multi-sector collaboration. The conversations seek to galvanise and propel communities to take action for the common good in the region and the world. The theme for the inaugural series is "Do Good Together".

Temasek Shophouse Conversations
COVID-19 Lessons for Disease X
20 January 2021
This first conversation aims to rally, socialise, and codify lessons learnt from COVID-19 in preparation for Disease X (the next global pandemic).

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Programme

All times shown are in Singapore time (GMT +8. Convert time zone here)
Information is accurate as of 18 January 2021

Wednesday, 20 January 2021
15:00 – 15:05
Opening Remarks by Richard Magnus

Deputy Chairman, Temasek Foundation

15:05 – 15:20
Keynote Speech by Heng Swee Keat

Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, and Minister for Finance, Republic of Singapore

15:20 – 16:10
Session 1: International Collaboration and Partnerships

One lesson of this pandemic is that national boundaries matter very little and we are unavoidably and inextricably connected. No country can protect itself without cooperating with others and no one is safe until everyone is safe. The idea of exceptionalism and nationalism may be tempting but will only bring about the fall of humankind as daily life everywhere has grounded to a halt. Global isolation would certainly be the wrong prescription since transboundary supply chains, food, medicine, and basic commodities keeps the world moving.

  • What role do governments, multilateral organisations, corporations, and foundations play in responding to the pandemic locally as well as across borders? What are some obstacles facing such international collaborations?
  • What can we do to overcome these obstacles and build a global research and translational community that can better handle Disease X?
  • How do countries balance the benefits of international partnerships with the need to protect one’s own citizens, especially in times of resource shortage?
  • What do you think about humanitarian diplomacy as we are seeing it now? What could this entail for preparedness for Disease X?
  • Do you see new voices gaining prominence because of how they handled the virus? Will there be a new world order?
  • Are there mechanisms we must put in place, whether at the regional or global level, to better prepare for Disease X?

Panellists
Dr Sebastian Maurer-StrohExecutive Director, Bioinformatics Institute, A*STAR Singapore
YBhg Tan Sri Dr Jemilah binti MahmoodSpecial Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health / Former Under Secretary General for Partnerships, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Prof Tan Chorh ChuanExecutive Director, Office for Healthcare Transformation / Chief Health Scientist, Ministry of Health, Singapore
H.E. Suryo Pratomo - Ambassador of Indonesia to Singapore

Moderator
Shaun SeowManaging Director, Community Stewardship, Temasek International

16:10 – 16:20
Break
16:20 – 17:10
Session 2: Community Responses to COVID-19

COVID-19 has exposed communities in Singapore and the region to various vulnerabilities that has impacted socio-economic resilience. There were inadequate guideposts to inform the management of COVID-19. While communities rendered support to adjust to the ‘new normal’, future-proofing for Disease X will require a re-think by drawing lessons from COVID-19. New support systems to protect lives and livelihoods must be piloted and validated to recover, respond, and ready our communities to meet future pandemics squarely.

  • What lessons did we learn from our community’s response to COVID-19 and how can we be better prepared next time?
  • What were some unique challenges faced during the COVID-19 outbreak? What would we as a community do differently to overcome them?
  • How can we distinguish the different roles played by Government and community groups? Where did you see areas of cooperation?
  • What gaps for access to healthcare, employment, and social services for your vulnerable communities did you identify as a result of the outbreak? How can we learn from this to fill them?
  • What could we have been doing that would have made us better prepared?

Panellists
Assoc Prof Ong Biauw ChiChairman, Medical Board, Sengkang General Hospital
Bernard MenonDirector, Migrant Workers Segment, National Trades Union Congress / Executive Director, Migrant Workers' Centre
Mae TanCo-founder, KampungKakis
Wong Heang FineGroup Chief Executive Officer, Surbana Jurong

Moderator
Stephen ForshawHead, Public Affairs / Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Temasek International

17:10 – 17:55
Session 3: Science, Technology and Innovation

Advancements in science, technology and innovation greatly accelerated in the global public health response. New solutions in diagnostics, therapeutics, consumables, community tracking devices and the use of artificial intelligence developed a whole breadth of innovations to return to a ‘new normal’. The science, technology, and innovation sector showcased new opportunities for partnerships between governments, businesses and academia that are bound to strengthen pandemic management and preparedness for Disease X.

  • How has science and digitalisation played a part in the COVID-19 response and recovery?
  • What are the key areas of invention and innovation that are necessary to return to a ‘new normal’?
  • Where and how can we review and address the alignment of international strategies for the regulation, evaluation, and use of science and technologies to strengthen pandemic management?
  • Did we learn enough from past pandemics?
  • How can we get scientists to collaborate more for the common good?

Panellists
Baroness Joanna Shields OBEChief Executive Officer, BenevolentAI
Prof Wang LinfaProfessor, Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Medical School
Prof Damian O'ConnellChief Executive Officer, Experimental Drug Development Centre, A*STAR Singapore
Dr Ho Chaw SingManaging Director, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster

Moderator
Dr Fidah AlsagoffJoint Head, Enterprise Development Group / Head, Life Sciences, Temasek International

17:55 – 18:00
Closing Remarks by Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Temasek International

Speakers

Heng Swee Keat
Heng Swee Keat
Deputy Prime Minister,
Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, and Minister for Finance, Republic of Singapore
Heng Swee Keat
Heng Swee Keat
Deputy Prime Minister,
Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, and Minister for Finance, Republic of Singapore

Mr Heng Swee Keat is Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for East Coast Group Representation Constituency.

As Minister for Finance, Mr Heng oversees the revenue and expenditure policy of Singapore, and the allocation of resources to achieve national security, economic and social objectives.

Mr Heng also chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council which oversees the on-going restructuring of Singapore’s economy, through upgrading the skills of workers and the transformation of industry, to create even better career prospects for people. He leads a team to oversee the design and implementation of national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity and the internationalisation of Singapore’s companies.

Mr Heng chairs the National Research Foundation, which sets the direction for Singapore's research, innovation and enterprise strategies. In this role, he brings together the universities and research communities with businesses to create a more vibrant innovation ecosystem. Mr Heng also serves as Adviser to the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on COVID-19 and the National Jobs Council.

Mr Heng has a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Dr Fidah Alsagoff
Dr Fidah Alsagoff
Joint Head, Enterprise Development Group
Head, Life Sciences, Temasek International
Dr Fidah Alsagoff
Dr Fidah Alsagoff
Joint Head, Enterprise Development Group
Head, Life Sciences, Temasek International

Dr Fidah Alsagoff is currently Joint Head of Enterprise Development Group and Head of Life Sciences at Temasek International, where he has been since 2008.

He was previously a Partner at Innosight Ventures Pte Ltd, and before that, Chief Executive Officer of MOH Holdings. His career also includes nearly a decade in social entrepreneurship where he started up several programmes and enterprises catering to hitherto unmet healthcare needs of patients, with the latest enterprise being the establishment of the Singapore Cord Blood Bank.

Dr Alsagoff graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and later with a Master of Medicine in Public Health. He attended INSEAD on a Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship for post-graduate studies and subsequently graduated with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) with distinction. As valedictorian of his EMBA class, he was awarded the Claude Janssen Prize.

Dr Alsagoff currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Duke-NUS Medical School.

Stephen Forshaw
Stephen Forshaw
Head, Public Affairs
Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand,
Temasek International
Stephen Forshaw
Stephen Forshaw
Head, Public Affairs
Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand,
Temasek International

Mr Stephen Forshaw joined Temasek in April 2011 to lead Temasek’s public affairs function. In 2013, he was concurrently appointed as Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand.

Before joining Temasek, Mr Forshaw was Senior Director, Corporate Communications for Microsoft, based in Singapore. From 2000 to 2009, Mr Forshaw was with Singapore Airlines Public Affairs, relocating to Singapore in 2004 to head the airline’s global public affairs function and serve as its Chief Spokesperson.

Mr Forshaw served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Gary Humphries MLA (Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General and Treasurer of the Australian Capital Territory – Canberra, Australia). He was a political and campaign adviser during several local and federal elections in Australia.

Mr Forshaw holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from the University of New England, Australia. He is a member of the Singapore Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and the Industry Advisory Council of Singapore University of Technology and Design’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was President of the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (2013-2015).

Mr Forshaw is a member of the Board, and the Board Partnership Committee, of Mandai Park Holdings Pte Ltd, the parent company of the globally-recognised Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park. He is also a member of the Board, co-chair of the People & Nomination Committee and deputy chair of the Risk & Sustainability Committee, of the holding company that owns and operates Australia’s largest independent pet food manufacturer, The Real Pet Food Company.

In 2018, Mr Forshaw was recognised by The Holmes Report, an industry journal covering the communications profession, with an Individual Achievement Award for his contribution to the profession. He was also recognised by The Holmes Report over several years as one of the 100 most influential in-house communications professionals in the world.

Mr Forshaw is a Permanent Resident of Singapore, having lived here since 2004.

Dr Ho Chaw Sing
Dr Ho Chaw Sing
Managing Director
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster
Dr Ho Chaw Sing
Dr Ho Chaw Sing
Managing Director
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster

Dr Ho Chaw Sing is the Co-founder and Managing Director of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), a Singapore government platform initiative to catalyse innovation and scale industrial adoption of digital additive manufacturing technologies. Since its inception in late 2015, NAMIC has raised several million dollars in public-private funding to support various additive manufacturing initiatives across several industry sectors. Before joining the public sector, he spent several years with Hewlett Packard Singapore and Chartered Semiconductor, where he undertook various executive roles in technology product development as well as business and supply chain operations. An advocate of 3D printing and the role of technology for the betterment of humanity, Dr Ho has a passion for nurturing deep tech start-ups and has spoken at numerous forums, including the World Bank Group, Development Research Centre China, and the World Economic Forum – Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Dr Ho is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering, and lectures on Industry 4.0 topics in the areas of cyber-physical integration and digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D Printing. He earned his doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a major in microelectronics, both from the NUS.

Richard Magnus
Richard Magnus
Deputy Chairman
Temasek Foundation
Richard Magnus
Richard Magnus
Deputy Chairman
Temasek Foundation

Mr Richard Magnus is the Deputy Chairman of Temasek Foundation and concurrently Chairman of Temasek Foundation Cares, which are part of the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings.

Mr Magnus is a former Chief Judge of the State Courts and has served as head of various branches in the Singapore Legal Service. The World Bank reported that he was the architect of judicial reforms in the Singapore Judiciary. He is the General Editor of five legal books in the Practitioners Series.

Mr Magnus was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the State for his excellent public service. He is also a recipient of other voluntary service and commendation awards. His experience includes being an adjunct professor; chair of various regulatory bodies; a member and board director in various private and public corporate bodies; and represents Singapore in certain international organisations.

Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
YBhg Tan Sri Dr Jemilah binti Mahmood
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health
Former Under Secretary General for Partnerships,
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
YBhg Tan Sri Dr Jemilah binti Mahmood
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health
Former Under Secretary General for Partnerships,
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Dr Jemilah binti Mahmood is currently the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health, and began her mandate in April 2020. She is also a member of the Government of Malaysia’s Economic Action Council, and is actively engaged in the COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives both on the health, economic and social fronts. In September 2020, she was appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre to help them reach the goal of making one billion people more resilient to climate change, migration, and human security challenges by 2030.

Prior to this, she was the Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) from 2016-2020. Before joining the IFRC, Dr. Mahmood was the Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations and prior to that, the Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at the United Nations Population Fund; both positions in New York. From 2006-2009, she was one of 16 members appointed by the United Nations Secretary -General to the Inaugural Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund. She is a renowned humanitarian and founder of MERCY Malaysia.

Dr Mahmood has held many board positions in non-governmental organisations and international non-governmental organisations and is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her contribution to civil society and work in support of marginalised communities, including the first Isa Award for Services to Humanity from the Kingdom of Bahrain. She was also the recipient of the ASEAN Prize in 2019 .and the Merdeka Award from Malaysia in 2015. In October 2020, she was also appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation in Malaysia.

Dr Mahmood graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the National University of Malaysia, has a Master’s degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the same university and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Kingdom. She also completed executive education at the International Management and Development Centre, International Institute for Management Development Lausanne.

Dr Sebastian Maurer-Stroh
Dr Sebastian Maurer-Stroh
Executive Director
Bioinformatics Institute
A*STAR Singapore
Dr Sebastian Maurer-Stroh
Dr Sebastian Maurer-Stroh
Executive Director
Bioinformatics Institute
A*STAR Singapore

Dr Sebastian Maurer-Stroh studied theoretical biochemistry at the University of Vienna and wrote his master’s and Doctor of Philosophy thesis at the Institute of Molecular Pathology. After Federation of European Biochemical Societies and Marie Curie fellowships at the Vlaams Institut voor Biotechnologie -Switch laboratory in Brussels, he has been leading a group of experts in protein sequence analysis as a senior principal investigator in the A*STAR Bioinformatics Institute (BII) since 2007. He was appointed Executive Director of BII in January 2021.

Dr Maurer-Stroh’s protein function analysis skills are supporting A*STAR's efforts at the public-private interface through the Biotransformation Innovation Platform and the Innovations in Food and Chemical Safety programme at Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation, the Pharma Innovation Programme Singapore, the National Precision Medicine programme, and a research programme on predicting the allergenicity potential of proteins also supporting the evaluation of novel foods.

Being able to quickly move from genomes to protein structures through computational analysis and modelling, his team is critically contributing to national and global viral pathogen surveillance - notably with FluSurver used by National Influenza Centres as part of the global World Health Organization surveillance network through the Global Initiative for Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) and at the national front line, supporting the National Public Health Laboratory at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. Similar methods can be applied to other viruses and his team critically contributed analyses to recent major virus outbreaks covering H1N1, MERS, H7N9, Ebola, H5N1, Dengue, H5N8/H5N6, Zika, SARS-CoV-2 (hCoV-19) and many more. He has been working closely with GISAID on enabling sharing and real-time analysis of the pandemic coronavirus causing COVID-19.

Bernard Menon
Bernard Menon
Director, Migrant Workers Segment, National Trades Union Congress
Executive Director, Migrant Workers’ Centre
Bernard Menon
Bernard Menon
Director, Migrant Workers Segment, National Trades Union Congress
Executive Director, Migrant Workers’ Centre

Bernard Menon is the Executive Director of the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC), a joint initiative of the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation. He concurrently serves as NTUC’s Director for its Migrant Worker Segment, which also includes the Centre for Domestic Employees. As the MWC’s founding Executive Director, Mr Menon played a leading role in the set up of the organisation in 2009 and has led the day to day operations and strategy for the outfit ever since. He has grown the MWC from a 5-man help-centre for needy and distressed migrant workers to where it is today – widely regarded as the leading migrant worker advocacy and direct assistance organisation in Singapore.

Prior to joining the NTUC to begin work on the MWC, Mr Menon served in the Singapore Public Service in a career spanning 13 years, holding several policy, operations and management roles within the Ministry of Manpower, which he joined upon completing his university education. During his tenure with the ministry, Mr Menon’s exposure to policies and regulations affecting migrant workers, as well his extensive personal contact with this often-overlooked community naturally sparked his passion and fervour for the migrant worker cause. In order to continue contributing to this community, he moved to the NTUC (first on secondment, and later permanently) to start what is now a more than decade long journey with Singapore Labour Movement. When NTUC began its Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) in 2016, Mr Menon was tasked to consult on the set-up and subsequent operations of the new outfit. In 2019, as part of NTUC’s organisational renewal, the MWC and CDE were subsumed under a single operational department, and Mr Menon was appointed as the department’s director.

Having worked with migrant workers throughout his career, Mr Menon possesses a deep understanding of the motivations and behaviours of his clients, and a strong passion for helping those among them who are exploited or treated unfairly. His insistence on rational, evidence-based advocacy and collaborative tri-sector approaches to dealing with key migrant worker issues has meant that he has become a vocal advocate for migrant worker care and protection over the years, and is frequently consulted by local and foreign media to give his views on salient, often sensitive migrant worker issues of the day. Mr Menon was one of the key witnesses to give testimony at the Committee of Inquiry into the Little India Riot in December 2013.

Mr Menon holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Buckingham University and a Graduate Diploma in Singapore Law from the National University of Singapore. In 2003, having received a public service development award, Mr Menon read for and obtained a Master in Public Administration with Distinction from the Australian National University.

Prof Damian O'Connell
Prof Damian O'Connell
Chief Executive Officer
Experimental Drug Development Centre
A*STAR Singapore
Prof Damian O'Connell
Prof Damian O'Connell
Chief Executive Officer
Experimental Drug Development Centre
A*STAR Singapore

Most recently, Prof Damian O’Connell was Senior Vice President, Drug Discovery – Global Head of Clinical Sciences, Bayer Pharma AG, Berlin – Germany. Clinical Sciences is a global function within Bayer (based in Germany, United States, Japan, China), with responsibility for the first use of drug products in humans up to Proof of Concept, as well as all clinical pharmacological components of Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Prof O’Connell previously held senior positions within Pfizer Research & Development, Parke Davis, Elan Pharmaceuticals and Neurex. Prof O’Connell has both Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the National University of Ireland, has been a Medical Faculty member of the University of Virginia Health Sciences Centre as well as a member of the Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Department at the University College Cork, Ireland where he was a Professor of Clinical Research. He started his career in the industry in 1998.

Prof O’Connell is a Member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine; Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine; Fellow of The Royal Academy of Medicine (Ireland); Member of the British Pharmacological Society; Member of the Drug Safety Executive Council; Member of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics; Member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology; Member of the American Society of Pharmacometrics; Member of the Irish Association of Pharmacologists; Member of the Irish Cardiac Society; and Member of the British Hypertension Society.

Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi
Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi
Chairman
Medical Board
Sengkang General Hospital
Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi
Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi
Chairman
Medical Board
Sengkang General Hospital

Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi is currently Chairman of the Medical Board in Sengkang General Hospital. She was part of the management team contributing to the design and build of the hospital which opened in 2019. In the Covid-19 pandemic, she was involved in the planning of the hospital operations to accommodate Covid-19 patients and was also actively working with frontline teams from various ministries to assist in the control and containment of the Covid-19 situation in Singapore.

She is an anaesthesiologist under the SingHealth Group, specialising in cardiac anaesthesia. Prof Ong was the lead anaesthetist in the two cases of the separation of conjoined twins (Nepali and Iranian craniopagus twins) in Singapore. While she was at Singapore General Hospital, in addition to her clinical work as an anaesthesiologist, Prof Ong was actively engaged in clinical quality, patient safety and quality improvement and was awarded the National Medical Excellence award for Outstanding Clinical Quality Activist in 2014. She is a teaching faculty in both the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School as well as the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Her expertise has often been called upon for consultation in the areas of clinical quality frameworks and clinical cardiac surgical work in other countries around the region.

She enjoys teaching and mentoring the next generation of healthcare workers and strongly believes in research as well as contributing back to the area of medical administration so that systemic improvements can be made to benefit both patients and healthcare staff. She was recently awarded the Woman of the Year Award by Her World for her frontline leadership during Covid-19.

Excellency Suryo Pratomo
H.E. Suryo Pratomo
Ambassador of Indonesia to Singapore
Excellency Suryo Pratomo
H.E. Suryo Pratomo
Ambassador of Indonesia to Singapore

H.E. Suryo Pratomo presented his credential as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the President of the Republic of Singapore in November 2020.

Before assuming his current post, he started his profession as a journalist in 1987 at Kompas Gramedia Group, the largest print media in Indonesia. He has held several positions, as Editor-in-Chief of Kompas Gramedia and most recently Vice Chief Executive Officer of Kompas Gramedia Group.

Ambassador Pratomo joined Media Group in 2008 as News Director of Metro TV and a member of the group’s editorial board. He has held several positions, most recently as President Director of Metro TV. In addition, he also guides several programmes, namely as a host of the Economic Challenges programme, as an interviewee for the Bedah Editorial programme and other special programmes.

He is active in several organisations, including as a member of the Editorial Leader Forum (Forum Pemimpin Redaksi), Chairman of the Editorial Leader Forum from 2015 to 2018, and as as SecretaryGeneral of the Indonesian Private Television Association.

Ambassador Pratomo holds a Bachelor of Agriculture degree and a Master’s degree from Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Bogor. He is married with 2 children.

He is active as a speaker and moderator, providing training or teaching for government institutions and corporations.

Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara
Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Temasek International
Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara
Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Temasek International

Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara joined Temasek in September 2010 and has been Chief Executive Officer of Temasek International since April 2019.

Since joining Temasek, Mr Sandrasegara has held various leadership roles, including at various times, Head of the Investment, the Portfolio Management and the Enterprise Development Groups. He has also led various Temasek market teams including Singapore, the United States. and the Americas.

Mr Sandrasegara serves on the boards of the National Research Foundation in Singapore and Enterprise Singapore. He is also a member of the Future Economy Council, the Financial Centre Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the National Jobs Council.

He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws and obtained a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge.

Shaun Seow
Shaun Seow
Managing Director
Community Stewardship
Temasek International
Shaun Seow
Shaun Seow
Managing Director
Community Stewardship
Temasek International

Mr Shaun Seow is the Managing Director (MD) of Community Stewardship, which oversees Temasek International’s investment in the well-being of communities through the Temasek family of foundations. He took on the role in January 2020 after a two-year assignment within Temasek as MD, Investment, focusing on the Telecom, Media and Tech sector.

Before Temasek, Mr Seow was the Chief Executive Officer of Mediacorp Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek. Mr Seow started his career there as a financial broadcast journalist and held various leadership positions across television, radio, print and digital. Before Mediacorp, he was the business editor of The Straits Times and had served in Singapore’s Administrative Service.

Mr Seow read economics at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, on a Singapore President's Scholarship. He was appointed an Eisenhower Fellow in 2003 by the Philadelphia-based organisation, which engages emerging leaders from around the world.

Baroness Joanna Shields
Baroness Joanna Shields OBE
Chief Executive Officer
BenevolentAI
Baroness Joanna Shields
Baroness Joanna Shields OBE
Chief Executive Officer
BenevolentAI

Baroness Joanna Shields is a tech industry veteran with a successful track record building some of the world’s best-known companies. Her career spans over 30 years and has focused on harnessing the power of technology to drive change that improves connectivity, humanity and society. Baroness Shields is currently Chief Executive Officer of BenevolentAI, a world leader in the development and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to understand the underlying causes of disease, accelerate drug discovery and develop new and more effective medicines. Prior to joining BenevolentAI, Baroness Shields she served as the United Kingdom’s (UK) first Minister for Internet Safety and Security, Under Secretary of State, Special Advisor on the Digital Economy, and Chair and Chief Executive Officer of TechCityUK. Prior to her government service, Baroness Shields held executive roles at Google, Facebook, Bebo/Aol, Decru, Realnetworks, VEON and Electronics for Imaging and served as a non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange Group.

In 2014, Baroness Shields founded WePROTECT.org, a multi-stakeholder global alliance working to protect children from online abuse and exploitation. She also sits on the Panel of Advisors of Disrupting Harm, a large scale research project aimed at better understanding how digital technology facilitates the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adolescents, both online and offline. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity and the Child Dignity Alliance. She is also a Commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance and sits on the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) as the UK-nominated expert on an AI-enabled COVID-19 response. In November 2020, she was elected Co-Chair of the GPAI Steering Committee and Chair of the GPAI Multi-Stakeholder Expert Group Plenary. In 2014, Baroness Shields was appointed Order of the British Empire for services to digital industries and voluntary service to young people and made a Life Peer of the House of Lords.

Prof Tan Chorh Chuan
Prof Tan Chorh Chuan
Executive Director, Office for Healthcare Transformation
Chief Health Scientist, Ministry of Health, Singapore
Prof Tan Chorh Chuan
Prof Tan Chorh Chuan
Executive Director, Office for Healthcare Transformation
Chief Health Scientist, Ministry of Health,
Singapore

Prof Tan Chorh Chuan holds concurrent appointments as the Executive Director of the MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT) and the first Chief Health Scientist at the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Before joining MOHT, Prof Tan served as President of the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2008 to 2017. Prior to that he also held the positions of NUS Provost, then Senior Deputy President between the years of 2004 and 2008. He was former Dean of the NUS Faculty of Medicine and served as the Director of Medical Services, MOH, from 2000 to 2004, where he was responsible for leading the public health response to the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic.

His awards include the Public Service Star in 2003 for outstanding contributions to overcoming SARS in Singapore; the Public Administration Gold Medal in 2004 for his work as Director of Medical Services in the MOH; and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2015. He was awarded the National Science and Technology Medal in 2008 and is the first Singaporean to be elected as an International member of the National Academy of Medicine in the United States.

A renal physician, Prof Tan obtained his medical training at NUS, and research training at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford.

Mae Tan
Mae Tan
Co-founder
KampungKakis
Mae Tan
Mae Tan
Co-founder
KampungKakis

Ms Mae Tan is the co-founder of KampungKakis, a ground-up movement that matches needy families and seniors with volunteers in the same neighbourhood. The neighbourhood-based buddy system aims to ignite the “kampung” spirit and foster enduring bonds between neighbours for a more resilient community support network.

Ms Tan started KampungKakis after recovering from COVID-19 in March 2020 and noticing the need for dedicated, location-based volunteers, given the push for reduced social contact during the pandemic. The organisation now has a base of more than 1,000 volunteers and supports over 400 beneficiary households island wide.

KampungKakis has won grants from the Temasek Trust oscar@sg Fund, The Majurity Trust Singapore Strong Fund, and Awesome Foundation Singapore. It is trusted and leveraged by social and welfare agencies like Agency for Integrated Care, TOUCH Community Services, Beyond Social Services, and Associations for Persons with Special Needs. The organisation has also been featured in documentaries and articles by CNA, The Straits Times, and Mediacorp Channel 5, Channel 8, and Suria.

Harper’s BAZAAR named Ms Tan and her KampungKakis co-founders to its League of Extraordinary Women 2020 for their work. Ms Tan also received the Mastercard CEO Force for Good Award in 2020.

In 2018, Ms Tan received the Mastercard Innovation Scholarship to pursue a full-time Master’s degree in Business Administration and Technology at Cornell Tech, Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management in New York City. She continued to work in New York City as a global product manager at Mastercard until she relocated to Singapore recently to continue growing KampungKakis.

Prof Wang Linfa
Prof Wang Linfa
Professor
Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Duke-NUS Medical School
Prof Wang Linfa
Prof Wang Linfa
Professor
Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Duke-NUS Medical School

Prof Wang Linfa is a Professor in the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.

In 1990, he joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, where he played a leading role in identifying bats as the natural host of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus. His research then extended from bat-borne viruses to bettering understanding virus-bat interaction. He led an international team carrying out comparative genomic analysis of two bat species and discovered an important link between adaptation to flight and bats’ ability to counter deoxyribonucleic acid damage repair as a result of a fast metabolism and to co-exist with a large number of viruses without developing clinical diseases.

Prof Wang's work has been recognised internationally through various international awards, numerous speeches at major international conferences and many top scientific publications including Science, Nature, Nature Reviews in Microbiology, Lancet Infectious Diseases and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, along with five patents and many invited book chapters. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Virology Journal. In 2018, Prof Wang was nominated to serve on the Global Viral Network (GVN) Leadership Committee leading the GVN’s Southeast Asia node. Prof Wang currently serves on the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to discuss and provide his expertise for the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. He is also involved in several international workgroups on the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics against COVID-19.

Wong Heang Fine
Wong Heang Fine
Group Chief Executive Officer
Surbana Jurong
Wong Heang Fine
Wong Heang Fine
Group Chief Executive Officer
Surbana Jurong

Mr Wong Heang Fine joined Surbana Jurong in 2015 as its Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and board director. Since then, the firm has grown into one of the largest urban, infrastructure and management services consulting firms in Asia with a global talent pool of over 16,500 employees based in more than 120 offices in over 40 countries worldwide.

Mr Wong is a board member of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), an agency under Singapore’s Ministry of National Development that regulates Singapore’s building and construction industry. He is Chairman of the advisory board for Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s College of Engineering and an Adjunct Professor in NTU’s School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He is also a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council.

Mr Wong has held many key leadership positions across several industries over the last 40 years. Before Surbana Jurong, he was with CapitaLand for eight years. He was the CEO of CapitaLand Residential Singapore Limited and CapitaLand GCC Holdings, and also the Country CEO in charge of developing CapitaLand’s business in the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

Mr Wong was the President of the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore from 2011 to 2012. He served as a Senior Industry Officer with the Economic Development Board where his responsibilities included the promotion and development of investments in Singapore.

Mr Wong graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds, England and a Master of Science in Engineering Production and Management from the University of Birmingham, England. He was conferred a Medal of Commendation during the National Trades Union Congress May Day Awards 2020 for advancing Human Resource best practices and employees’ interests. Mr Wong is also an iBuildSG Distinguished Fellow, appointed by BCA, and an RICS Fellow, conferred on him by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.