EmTechSingapore is where technology, business, and culture converge. It’s the showcase for emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives. It’s an access point to the most innovative people and companies in the world. Most of all, it is a place of inspiration—an opportunity to glimpse the future and begin to understand the technologies that matter and how they’ll change the face of business and drive the new global economy.
Jeff Hammerbacher is a founder and the Chief Scientist of Cloudera, and an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Jeff was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Accel Partners immediately prior to founding Cloudera. Before Accel, he conceived, built, and led the Data team at Facebook. Before joining Facebook, Jeff was a quantitative analyst on Wall Street. Jeff earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Harvard University.
Karen, Twitter’s first MD in Australia, joins the company from Google, where she was previously the managing director for mobile and social solutions for the APAC region. In that role, Karen oversaw commercialisation and sales strategy for all countries in Asia Pacific ranging from emerging markets of India to globally leading countries of Australia and Japan. Karen previously led Google's display business in Australia and New Zealand, responsible for sales, development, media strategy and operations across YouTube and the Google Display Network. She joined Google in 2007 as the Head of Online Sales and Operations for Australia and New Zealand. Before joining Google in 2007, Karen spent 12 years at Vodafone, most recently as General Manager for Service Strategy. Karen holds bachelor’s in Financial Administration, an MBA and is a member of CPA Australia with a passion of bringing new technologies to enhance the customer experience. Karen loves competitive netball and Formula 1. When she's not online, you'll find her playing taxi for her family or down at the beach. She is @kazstocks on Twitter.
Skylar Tibbits is a trained Architect, Designer, Computer Scientist and Artist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly and programmable material technologies for large-scale applications in our physical environment. He is currently a faculty member in MIT's Department of Architecture, teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT's Media Lab. Skylar was recently awarded a 2013 Architectural League Prize, a TED Senior Fellowship and has been named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine's 2008 Design Issue. Previously, he has worked at a number of renowned design offices including: Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture and Point b Design.
Kathleen Kennedy is the Chief Strategy Officer at MIT Technology Review and the President of the MIT Enterprise Forum. In her 13 years at MIT, Kathleen has helped MIT Technology Review to redefine the magazine brand and to achieve success in a rapidly changing market. She has established several new lines of business in the United States as well as in Asia, Europe and Latin America. She leads events, marketing, sales and international licensing for MIT’s media company as well as the global team of the entrepreneurial support organization, the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Kathleen started her career in accounting at Deloitte and Touche, but she quickly found her true calling--media. She left the financial world to join a startup that specialized in media research for the film industry. Kathleen worked on a wide range of movies for major studios, including Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. She led the southeast region, and achieved double-digit growth for five consecutive years. She has received a number of industry awards, including the 2009 Folio: 40 which recognized the most innovative and influential people in magazines. She studied political theory at the University of Virginia and was a member of the prestigious Rising Scholar program. She studied business at James Madison University.
Halle is responsible for building partnerships and overseeing Rock Health’s strategic direction. She previously worked for Intel and Apple, and founded YogaBear.org. She earned a BS at Case Western Reserve University and an MBA at Harvard Business School. Halle was named one of CNN’s “12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare” and Forbes “30 under 30″.
Geoff McGrath trained as a mechanical engineer, initially working in aeronautical, civil, chemical, petroleum and mechanical engineering. Gaining experience in all aspects of the field, from conceptual engineering through to business development for start-up and blue-chip firms alike, he later switched focus to the world of telecoms, media and entertainment.
In 2009, he became the managing director of McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) and has brought more than 20 years’ experience to bear on the company’s innovative and dynamic approach to pursuing groundbreaking conceptual design, development and engineering.
He is currently focused on developing and applying MAT’s specialist capabilities to a diverse range of subjects in the world of sports, health and wellbeing and strategic operations.
After building marketing tracking infrastructure, Corentin started a small development team at Zalora tasked with providing automation and machine learning capabilities to various business units, using purely functional software deployment (NixOS), parallel columnar data warehouses (Redshift), and concurrent programming (Haskell).
Prior to starting the team, Corentin built early BI at the Australian online retailer The Iconic (now part of Zalora). Prior to that, he worked at Louis Dreyfus Commodities on a desk providing vanilla and exotic FX and fixed income products internally for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region, as well as in Global Market Risk. Corentin holds a BA and MEng in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
Mr Steve Leonard is an industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience working in leading global technology companies. In his position as Executive Deputy Chairman, he holds executive leadership responsibility for IDA, with a special focus in industry promotion and development. This includes spearheading the building of innovative start-ups and local enterprises, overseeing various national cross-sectoral programmes, technology and communications infrastructure development and the strategic planning and development of qualified professionals for the ICT sector.
Prior to joining IDA, Mr Leonard was the President of EMC Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) where he was responsible for driving EMC’s growth and market share leadership in APJ, enhancing partner and channel relationships and contributing to product-development efforts throughout the region.
Before joining EMC, he served as President of the Asia Pacific and Japan business for Symantec and Veritas. Prior to those executive management positions, Mr Leonard spent 18 years with EDS, where he focused on European and Asian operations for 12 years, ultimately rising to the position within EDS of President of Solutions Consulting for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Mr Leonard currently sits on the Boards of IDA Singapore, IDA International and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd.
Dr. Homi is the leader at the DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC), Hyderabad, one of the global centers of excellence for DuPont. He is responsible for overseeing DKC’s 450 plus scientists whose technology capabilities include agricultural and industrial biotechnology, development of new materials as well as leading Science & Technology for India and ASEAN. He was also instrumental in starting the Center from scratch.
Dr. Homi joined DuPont in 1977, as a Research Engineer at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. In a career spanning over 34 years in DuPont, he has held a number of technical and leadership roles in Engineering, Electronics, Corporate Plans, Fluoroproducts and Central Research & Development.
Prior to this assignment he was responsible for long-term growth programs in Central Research & Development. His responsibilities included establishing and implementing growth programs in semiconductor fabrication materials, electronic packaging, display materials, nanomaterials and photovoltaics.
In October 2006 he transferred to India with the responsibility to construct, operate and grow the DuPont Knowledge Center.
Dr, Homi was born in Mumbai, India. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay with honors, obtained his Master of Engineering degree in Materials Engineering from Cornell University and a doctorate in Materials Science & Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
A member of the CEO executive staff, Amar Hanspal is responsible for Autodesk’s largest product organization, which is charged with developing an integrated product portfolio focused on information modeling, ensuring an outstanding user experience and accelerating innovation across Autodesk’s products. Hanspal leads Autodesk’s groundbreaking AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD WS products and expanded his focus to include Autodesk Revit and the company’s complete portfolio of Building Design and Collaboration and Infrastructure Design products in 2012. He also oversees Autodesk’s Global Engineering Operations.
Hanspal has held several executive positions within Autodesk since joining the company in 1987, most recently as Senior Vice President, Platform Solutions and Emerging Businesses. Prior to this, he served Vice President of Autodesk Collaboration Solutions, which included Autodesk’s collaboration offerings Autodesk Buzzsaw, Autodesk Constructware and Autodesk Design Review. Under his leadership, sales of collaboration solutions grew by a factor of 11 over four years.
Tien Wong is Professor and Vice-Dean, Clinical Sciences, Duke-National University of Singapore and concurrently Group Director of Research at SingHealth, where he leads research in eight healthcare institutions, including the Singapore General Hospital. He was previously Director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute. Tien graduated from medical school from the National University of Singapore and has a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.
A “physician-scientist”, he balances clinical practice in ophthalmology focused on retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, with an inter-disciplinary research program that uses digital eye imaging to predict cardiovascular risk. He has published more than 700 peer-reviewed papers, given more than 200 invited lectures and has received >US$50 million in grant funding. His research has won multiple international prizes, including the Sandra Doherty Award from the American Heart Association, the Alcon Research Institute Award, the Novartis Prize in Diabetes, and the Australian Society of Medical Research AMGEN Medical Researcher of the Year for “outstanding contribution to translational research”. In 2010, Prof Wong was presented with the President’s Science Award, the highest award for science and technology in Singapore.
Robotics is a field that has captured the public imagination, with numerous books, films and television programs featuring improbably intelligent machines with seemingly unlikely capabilities. Professor Salah Sukkarieh's research into robotics and intelligent systems is the real thing, and it's not too far from those products of our collective imagination.
Dr. Chan has over 25 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon, inventor, researcher and entrepreneur. He has brought a number of innovations from concept to standard surgical care, including a vacuum mixing system for total joint replacements and a suture passer for arthroscopic surgery. He is currently on the governing board of the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore. His research interests are in the area of minimally invasive surgery, tissue engineering and the effects of nanotexture on stem cell differentiations. He has published in over 50 peer-reviewed publications and he currently holds over 40 issued U.S. patents, with more patents pending.
See-Kiong Ng (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University), a recipient of the prestigious Singapore National Computer Board's (now IDA) overseas scholarship, is currently the Programme Director of the Urban Systems Initiative by A*STAR. The Initiative seeks to address the new challenges of the rapidly urbanizing world through technology and innovations. See-Kiong is also the founding Center Director of the Business Analytics Translational Center (BATC), a cross-agency collaboration by A*STAR and IDA to catalyze innovation, perform technology translation, and drive adoption of business analytics in Singapore.
Prof. Cooney's research and teaching interests span a range of topics in biochemical engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He has published over 250 research papers, over 25 patents and co-authored or edited 5 books including Development of Sustainable Bioprocesses: Modeling and Assessment, Wiley Press 2006. He research interest include manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, biotech and biofuels industries, as well as bioprocess design, operation and control, and processing of pharmaceutical powders and technological innovation strategy. As founding faculty director of the Deshpande Center he is interested in the process of stimulating technological innovation and translating innovation into new company creation. He serves as a consultant to a number of biotech and pharmaceutical companies, from startups to global corporations.
Timothy Lu, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Member at the Broad Institute and a Co-founder of Sample6 Technologies. Tim’s research focuses on engineering fundamental technologies to enable the design of scalable biological systems and on applying synthetic biology to solve important medical and industrial problems.
Tom Lokenvitz is the founder of Clean Mobility Singapore, better known as the company behind ‘smove – all electric’. smove is a developer of urban mobility solutions, bringing innovation to transportation by aiming for high flexibility & availability levels. The platform provides sharing schemes for different modes of transportation (cars, scooters, bikes, shuttle etc.) smove has created its own hardware and software solution, testing it in a commercial pilot in Singapore.
Fabio Gramazio is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation. In 2000, he founded the architecture practice Gramazio & Kohler in conjunction with his partner Matthias Kohler, where numerous award-wining designs have been realized, integrating novel architectural designs into a contemporary building culture. Trained at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, his integral approach to practice and research focuses on the interplay of digital design and material processes through advanced construction methodologies.
Since 2005, Gramazio & Kohler hold the Chair for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich. Founding the world’s first architectural robotic laboratory, the pioneering investigations of Fabio Gramazio concentrate on non-standardized architectural design and additive fabrication processes through the customized use of industrial robots. A significant amount of research has been accomplished addressing scales ranging from 1:1 prototypical installations to the design of robotically fabricated high-rise buildings. Currently Fabio Gramazio’s research is focusing on adaptive design strategies for constructive material systems and in-situ robotic fabrication.
Martin directed the Mechanics of Materials and Design of Engineering Materials Systems programmes at the US National Science Foundation. He served the NSF while on leave from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he was the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering (and former Department Chair), and held the Victor Schelke Endowed Chair. He earned a PhD from the University of Washington and held positions at Sandia National Laboratories and the Boeing Company. Along with his students, his research on the mechanics and physics of materials and structures has been widely published, cited, and recognised. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
After completing his doctoral work, Dr Wood joined the faculty at the University of Texas in September 1989 and established a computational and experimental laboratory for research in engineering design and manufacturing, in addition to a teaching laboratory for prototyping, reverse engineering measurements, and testing. During the 1997-98 academic year, Dr Wood was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy where he worked with USAFA faculty to create design curricula and research within the Engineering Mechanics / Mechanical Engineering Department.
Daniel works part-time at SMART (MIT - Singapore) where he focuses on the economics of future mobility solutions notably self-driving cars. He is also the CFO for technology startups based in South East Asia with a presence in San Francisco. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking focused on TMT in Paris and London.
Emilio Frazzoli is currently a Singapore Research Professor and is the Lead Principal Investigator of the Future Urban Mobility project with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, for the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, and for the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications. Dr. Frazzoli's main research interests lie in the area of planning and control for autonomous vehicles, mobile robots, and transportation networks.
Laksh is the Director of the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL) and an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He has been with NUS since 2001 and has used technology consistently over the years to create impactful learning experiences for his students. An active education experimentalist, his latest foray with technology enhanced learning is in offering a General Education course at NUS as an internal Blended Open Course beginning January 2014. At NUS, he is part of several teaching and learning initiatives including those at University Town.
Dr Ting is a medical doctor, serial inventor of medical devices and an author. He is in private practice in Singapore for more than 20 years. BPro device is the first wrist-worn device capable of capturing 24hr BP readings and Pulse waveform analysis both at the same time. This patented invention which is FDA approved has won Awards from World Economic Forum and Frost & Sullivan as Monitoring Technology of the year 2007. BPro is now commercialized in more than 25 countries in the world. Dr Ting’s other inventions includes a non-invasive blood glucose monitor, a smart needle for intra-articular injection and a mobile ER vehicle for mass casualty that is now the standard deployment in the Singapore Homeland Defence Force. He has also pioneered the technique of Visco-supplementation for the treatment of OA knees since 1991. He has done more than 25,000 knees to date and has written a handbook for doctors. It was launched in Beijing in August 2007. Dr Ting is still actively involved in clinical practice, spending half of his time in the clinic and the other half in research.
Dr. Chin earned his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in 2012 by creating Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) Systems – a network of one-way shared-use lightweight electric vehicles (LEVs) enabled by electric charging infrastructure and smart fleet management systems. Under his leadership, the Smart Cities research group developed a series of LEVs for MoD systems in collaboration with the industry including the CityCar (with GM), RoboScooter (with SYM), and the GreenWheel Electric Bicycle (start-up in Taiwan). Dr. Chin also has led MIT’s collaboration with Hiriko, a new electric car manufacturer based in Spain, to develop a commercial version of the CityCar – a foldable, sharable, modular, electric two-passenger vehicle that utilizes four modular in-wheel electric motors with integrated steering and suspension (called Robot Wheels) – due for market release in the summer of 2013.
Jean is a biochemist and plant eco-physiologist by training. Between 2003 and 2004, he was the US Fulbright Scholar with Brown University where he focused on climate change sciences and policy issues, and science education. He currently runs the GREEN SOLUTIONS LAB@SUTD and has embarked on both fundamental and multi-disciplinary research works at SUTD. He has a fairly wide research interest in plant and environmental sciences, and also chemical biology related research topics: Growth regulators and especially cytokinins; instrumentation and plant industry: biofertilizers, mangroves, biofuel plants, orchids, and growth acceleration techniques and clean water technology.
Shaun is the co-founder of Applied Cognitive Science, a company that uses cognitive science, behavioral economics and data science to build predictive models for strategic planning, innovation, and public policy. Prior to founding Applied Cognitive Science he worked in academia: holding lecturing and research positions at MIT and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He holds a PhD from Oxford University.
Ayesha is Founder and Co-Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on emerging technologies and their policy and economic consequences. Currently she serves as the Senior Editor of Look Ahead, a series on global innovation trends in The Economist. She also directs the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics. She has been widely published and quoted on technology, innovation and intelligent cities in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Foreign Policy, Straits Times and BigThink. She is author of Straight Through Processing (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).
TK is the CTO at Wipro Infotech and CTO for Global Infrastructure Services. In this role, he is responsible for new technology business incubation across different vertical markets. The focus is to build a strong team to drive business in Public and Private Cloud, Enterprise Mobility, Smart Utility and Homeland Security. Also he is responsible for developing technology breakthroughs in Nanotech, Machine to Machine Tech, Natural User Experience, Web Science and Big Data technologies from an emerging market perspective. The business being incubated would be more than $100million in size.
TKP has been with Wipro for over 20 years and has held diverse roles like heading the Networking Practice in Systems Integration when he grew the business by more than 40% CAGR with a team size of 300 people. He is a frequent speaker at leading events on Innovation and business model innovation.
With a Masters Degree in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, Jan has been with 3D Printing pioneer Materialise since 2005, making his start at the company’s headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. During his time with Materialise, he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of 3D Printing technologies and its markets and applications, as well as developing a passion for the endless range of new opportunities the technology has to offer.
In April 2012, Jan relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in order to head the R&D division of Materialise Malaysia. The Malaysian office specializes in engineering services for Materialise’s patient-specific surgical guides in addition to software R&D for the broad range of software solutions that Materialise offers worldwide. Materialise Malaysia also covers sales for the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, New-Zeeland, India, and South-Korea.
As Chief Technology Officer, Erick supports policy decision and delivers technology relevance and scalable solutions into public sector markets in APAC:
Before joining APAC, Erick was the National Technology Officer for Microsoft Mexico and was a relevant actor in the ICT industry:
Before joining Microsoft, Erick has over 20 years of IT experience, both as entrepreneur and speaker. He holds an engineer degree in Computer Science and MBA both from ITAM University. Post-graduate courses in e-Government (ITESM) and Public Policies (CIDE) reinforcing public sector expertise.
As CEO of Biochemtex Agro, part of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group, Riccardo is responsible for the design, construction and operations of biomass supply chains dedicated to the production of second generation ethanol. Prior to that, Riccardo started and headed the bioenergy Business Unit of mid size renewable energy company, leading biomass production and biomass-to-energy projects worldwide. Until 2006, he spent more than 13 years in consulting, mostly with McKinsey & Co, servicing multinational and large Italian industrial companies.
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