Speakers

The world’s most influential leaders and innovators are coming to EmTech Asia. Get inspired and hear from those who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs and changing the world.

  • Bill Dally

    Chief Scientist

    NVIDIA

    Bill Dally joined NVIDIA in January 2009 as chief scientist, after spending 12 years at Stanford University, where he was chairman of the computer science department. Dally and his Stanford team developed the system architecture, network architecture, signaling, routing and synchronization technology that is found in most large parallel computers today. Dally was previously at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1986 to 1997, where he and his team built the J-Machine and the M-Machine, experimental parallel computer systems that pioneered the separation of mechanism from programming models and demonstrated very low overhead synchronization and communication mechanisms. From 1983 to 1986, he was at California Institute of Technology (CalTech), where he designed the MOSSIM Simulation Engine and the Torus Routing chip, which pioneered “wormhole” routing and virtual-channel flow control. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, and has received the ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, the IEEE Seymour Cray Award, and the ACM Maurice Wilkes award. He has published over 250 papers, holds over 120 issued patents, and is an author of four textbooks. Dally received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from CalTech. He was a cofounder of Velio Communications and Stream Processors.

  • Hans Tung

    Managing Partner, Silicon Valley

    GGV Capital

    Hans Tung is a managing partner at GGV Capital, a venture capital firm focused on multi-stage investments in the US and China. Hans joined GGV in 2013 to invest in consumer mobile internet and cross-border ecommerce companies with the potential to scale globally. Hans led GGV's investment and serves on the boards of Wish, Xiaohongshu, Poshmark, GrubMarket, and OfferUp. He also invested in musical.ly, Slack, LimeBike, Bustle, Wheelwell, Peloton, and Curse. Hans is a personal investor in leading Indian e-commerce companies Flipkart and Snapdeal and is also actively involved with GGV portfolio companies Airbnb, Flipboard, DraftKings, and Yodo1. Hans has been recognized on the Forbes Midas list for five years running (2013-2017). His prior work experience spans venture capital, startups, and tech investment banking over 18 years. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Nick Earle

    SVP Global Field Operations

    Hyperloop One

    As a highly respected sales leader with over 30 years of Global IT industry experience, Nick led the Cisco Services global field organization, growing the business to over $10B US in revenue. He has held senior executive roles at Hewlett Packard, was the CEO of StreamServe, and ran EMEA Operations for Ariba, Inc., which was acquired by IBM. Nick is an authority on emerging business models, having co-authored two books. Nick holds a first class honors degree and an Honorary Doctorate in Computing from Liverpool University, and is an Associate fellow of the University of Bradford MBA program.

  • Tong Zhang

    Executive Director

    Tencent AI Lab

    Tong Zhang is a machine learning researcher, and the executive director of Tencent AI Lab. Previously, he was a professor at Rutgers university, and worked at IBM, Yahoo, and Baidu. Tong Zhang's research interests include machine learning algorithms and theory, statistical methods for big data and their applications. His research has been supported by many grants from funding agencies such as NSF and NIH. He is a fellow of ASA and IMS, and he has been in the editorial boards of leading machine learning journals and program committees of top machine learning conferences. His Google scholar page can be found here. Tong Zhang received a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

  • Jun Rekimoto

    Deputy Director, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.

    Jun Rekimoto is Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at The University of Tokyo. He received his B.A.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Information Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1984, 1986, and 1996, respectively. Since 1994 he has worked for Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL). In 1999 he formed and directed the Interaction Laboratory within Sony CSL. Since 2007 he has been a professor in the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at The University of Tokyo. Since 2011 he also has been Deputy Director of Sony CSL. Rekimoto’s research interests include human-computer interaction, computer augmented environments and computer augmented human (human-computer integration). He invented various innovative interactive systems and sensing technologies, including NaviCam (a hand-held AR system), Pick-and-Drop (a direct-manipulation technique for inter-appliance computing), CyberCode (the world’s first marker-based AR system), Augmented Surfaces, HoloWall, and SmartSkin (two earliest representations of multi-touch systems). He has published more than a hundreds articles in the area of human-computer interactions, including ACM SIGCHI, and UIST. He received the Multi-Media Grand Prix Technology Award from the Multi-Media Contents Association Japan in 1998, iF Interaction Design Award in 2000, the Japan Inter-Design Award in 2003, iF Communication Design Award in 2005, Good Design Best 100 Award in 2012, Japan Society for Software Science and Technology Fundamental Research Award in 2012, and ACM UIST Lasting Impact Award , Zoom Japon Les 50 qui font le Japon de demain in 2013. In 2007, He also elected to ACM SIGCHI Academy.

  • Alvin Wang Graylin

    China President of Vive

    HTC

    Alvin Graylin is the China President of HTC VR leading the Vive business in the region. Alvin is a serial entrepreneur, having founded four venture-backed startups in the mobile and internet spaces, covering mobile social, ad tech, search, big data and media. Additionally, he has held $100+ million P&L roles at public companies such as Intel and Trend Micro. Alvin received his MS in computer science from MIT and MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

  • Gang Wang

    Chief Scientist

    Alibaba AI Labs

    Gang Wang is currently a researcher/senior director of Alibaba, and a chief scientist of Alibaba AI Labs. Prior to that, he was a tenured Associate Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He received his B.Eng. degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a recipient of MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 award (Asia and Global). He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and an area chair of ICCV 2017 and CVR 2018. He has published around 100 high quality research papers in top journals and conferences. His H-index is 30, according to Google scholar. Artificial intelligence technologies invented by his team have been licensed to 6 international companies during his tenure as a professor.

     

  • Oriol Vinyals

    Research Scientist

    Google Deepmind

    Oriol Vinyals is a Staff Research Scientist at Google DeepMind, working in Deep Learning. Prior to joining DeepMind, Oriol was part of the Google Brain team. He holds a Ph.D. in EECS from University of California, Berkeley and is a recipient of the 2016 MIT TR35 innovator award. At DeepMind he continues working on his areas of interest, which include artificial intelligence, with particular emphasis on machine learning, language, and vision.

  • Shana Diez

    Director of Build Reliability

    SpaceX

    Shana Diez is the Director of Build Reliability at SpaceX. In this role she functions as the leader of SpaceX's quality engineering, process development, and nondestructive evaluation teams. She has been at SpaceX for 9 years holding a variety of roles starting as a thermal-fluids analyst in the propulsion department, to manager of the propulsion analysis team, to project manager and lead engineer for the Grasshopper and F9-R development vehicles. As part of these roles, she was a key team member for development of SpaceX's reusable rocket technology, the first Dragon capsules to fly, and the development of the Merlin 1D engine. Prior to her time at SpaceX, Shana worked for Blue Origin as a turbomachinery engineer as well as for NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center in the space shuttle solid rocket booster program. She holds a B.S. and M.S. from MIT, both in aerospace engineering.

  • Olivier L. de Weck

    Senior Vice President for Technology Planning and Roadmapping

    Airbus Group

    Prof. de Weck’s main field of research is the Engineering of Complex Industrial Systems. He focuses on how technology-enabled systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, consumer products and critical infrastructures are designed, manufactured and operated and how they evolve over time. His main emphasis is on the strategic properties of these systems that have the potential to maximize lifecycle value.

     

    His research group has developed quantitative methods and tools that explicitly consider manufacturability, flexibility, and sustainability among other characteristics. Significant results include the Adaptive Weighted Sum (AWS) method for resolving tradeoffs amongst competing objectives, the Delta-Design Structure Matrix (ΔDSM) for technology infusion analysis, Time-Expanded Decision Networks (TDN) and the SpaceNet and HabNet simulation environments. These methods have impacted decision-making for complex systems in space exploration (NASA, JPL), aviation (Airbus), terrestrial exploration (BP) as well as sophisticated electro-mechanical products (e.g. Xerox, Pratt & Whitney, DARPA).

     

    He has co-authored three books and over 300 peer-reviewed papers to date, and has received 10 best paper awards since 2004. His book “Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World” was the bestseller at the MIT Press in 2012 and has been translated to Japanese. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. Since January 2013 he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering and director of the MIT-Switzerland program. Prof. de Weck is currently on a professional leave of absence from MIT as Senior Vice President for Technology Planning and Roadmapping at Airbus. In this role he and his team are establishing a systematic way to plan research and technology (R&T) projects across 120 technology roadmaps with a time horizon of 2035 and beyond.

     

    More information at: http://strategic.mit.edu

  • Donald Sadoway

    John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry

    MIT

    Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy are all from the University of Toronto. The author of over 160 scientific papers and holder of 24 U.S. patents, his research is directed towards rechargeable batteries as well as environmentally sound metals extraction. He is the founder of two companies, Ambri and Boston Electrometallurgical. Viewed 1,750,000 times, his TED talk is about inventing technology and inventing inventors. In 2012 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

  • Steve Leonard

    Founding CEO

    SGInnovate

    Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experiences, having played key roles in building several global technology companies in Software, Hardware and Services. Although a US citizen by birth, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.

     

    In his current role as Founding Chief Executive of SGInnovate, a company held within the National Research Foundation of Singapore, Mr Leonard has been chartered to help translate some of the 'deep-tech' R&D, for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, into commercial success by working with local and international partners.

     

    Prior to his current role, Mr Leonard served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the statutory board within the Singapore Government Ministry of Communications and Information, with various responsibilities for the technology and telecommunications environment in Singapore. Mr Leonard continues to serve as the Deputy Chairman of IDA at the request of the Minister. Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore.

  • Tomaso Poggio

    Eugene McDermott Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences

    MIT

    Tomaso Poggio is Eugene McDermott Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is a founding member of the McGovern Institute, and is also the director of the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, a multi-institutional collaboration headquartered at the McGovern Institute. He joined the MIT faculty in 1981, after ten years at the Max Planck Institute for Biology and Cybernetics in Tubingen, Germany. He received a Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Genoa. Poggio is a Foreign Member of the Italian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the 2014 Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.

  • Michael Condry

    President

    IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS)

    Michael Condry is IEEE TEMS President 2017-2019 and senior AdCom for IEEE IES. He has been an IEEE member for more than 27 years. Michael is a Senior IEEE Member, Senior AdCom for IES, Chair IES Industry Forum Conference Series and Industry Editor of IES Magazine. He created the IEEE Industry Summit program. Michael was Section Vice Chair for 2015 IEEE Santa Clara Valley. On 2015, Michael retired from Intel Global Ecosystem Development Division, where he worked as CTO for 15 years. He was the head of technology innovation with Ecosystem partners, lead for staff technical development. Oversee security programs and user experience technology evolution. Broad skills addressing multiple technical areas including network technology, security technologies, industrial electronics, and innovation with ecosystem partners. Headed up technical staff development and customer oriented BOM reduction program; resulted in team receiving the distinguished Intel Quality Award. Michael was the IEEE Industry Forum Chair for 33 years, director of Standards for Sun Microsystems from 1992 to 2000 and Bell Labs architect for AT&T for 11 years.

  • Pierre Brunswick

    CEO

    NeuroMem Technologies

    NeuroMem develops neuromorphic chips inspired by the human brain, capable of learning and recognizing patterns at high speed and low-power, and opening new frontiers for smart sensors and cognitive computing applications. Pierre has over 40 years of international experience in tech, sales, marketing and business development in 94 countries and across industries and verticals on major key projects, knowledge learning and customer centric to grow, merge, acquire new business, go public, hire talented people, implement local offices and make joint ventures. He developed significant local government relationships, including technology transfers, working with government and institutions to develop educational programs, certifications of technology and helping adoption with change management.

  • Yuval Ofek

    Cofounder and Chairman

    DayTwo

    Mr. Ofek co-founded DayTwo in 2015 and serves as the Chairman. DayTwo has a breakthrough offering in the field of Personalized Nutrition and genetics, based on gut microbiome. Mr. Ofek has served as the Chairman of EMIS International School. EMIS is an international high school in Israel for students from the Middle East along with students from all over the world. Prior to DayTwo Mr. Ofek founded dbMotion Ltd. in 2004 and served as its Chairman and CEO. dbMotion is a leading Healthcare Technology company that provides a broad set of solutions for Population Health and Analytics, connecting hospitals, care providers and patients. dbMotion was sold to Allscripts, a leading US healthcare company, in 2013 for $235 Million. Prior to forming dbMotion Mr. Ofek was involved in small to mid-size startups in the Boston area. Mr. Ofek was active as a partner in Storage Enterprise Venture, a private equity investment group involved in a number of storage and networking startups. Mr. Ofek was President of the Customer Experience Management division of NICE Systems, a worldwide leader of multimedia digital recording solutions for business interaction management, where he was responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and global activities of the company. From 1998 to 2000 Mr. Ofek was Vice President of Enterprise Storage Development at EMC Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts, where he oversaw the development and strategic direction of EMC’s enterprise storage platform (Symmetrix), and was responsible for managing the development division. He joined EMC in 1993, working in various positions in research and development. He was also actively involved in defining and planning the company’s marketing and positioning. Previously Mr. Ofek held a position at Intel Corporation’s research and development center in Haifa, Israel. Mr. Ofek holds 82 U.S. & European patents. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

  • Diane Wu

    Cofounder

    Trace Genomics

    Diane cofounded Trace Genomics with the vision of connecting great science to the hardworking taxpayers who fund it, and making genomic testing accessible. She was formerly a senior data scientist at MetaMind and a machine learning engineer at Palantir Technologies, and holds a PhD in Genetics. She finds balance through recreational boxing and running.

  • Gerhard Schmitt

    Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zürich & Director of Singapore-ETH Centre

    Gerhard Schmitt is professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zürich and Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre. He graduated from UC Berkeley and TU Munich. His research focuses on responsive, smart and liveable future cities, specifically in the rapidly-urbanising regions worldwide. With his team in Zürich and Singapore, he put together the first Future Cities MOOC series, subscribed by more than 110,000 participants in 170 countries. As Vice President of ETH Zürich, he initiated the virtual ETH World Campus in 2000 and the ETH Science City Campus in 2004, for which he received the 2010 European Culture of Science Award.

  • Qiang Yang

    New Bright Professor of Engineering

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Qiang Yang is the New Bright University Named Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He was the founding head of the Huawei Noah’s Ark Lab (2012-2015). He is currently the Technical Advisor to WeChat. His research interests are data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence. He is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, IAPR and AAAS, and ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park in 1989, and had been a faculty member at University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University in Canada. He had been the founding Editor in Chief of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST) between 2009 and 2014, and is the founding Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Big Data (IEEE TBD). He has been conference and program chairs for international conferences such as ACM KDD 2010 and 2012, ACM IUI 2010, IEEE Big Data 2013, ACM RecSys 2013 and Program Chair for the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in 2015.

  • Brett Bibby

    VP of Engineering

    Unity Technologies

    Brett Bibby is a strategic and creative thinker with more than 30 years of experience developing games and game engine technology, as well as founding and developing businesses. He currently serves as VP of Engineering at Unity Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for managing the global engineering team, helping to define, communicate and implement development and product strategy and practices across the organization. Brett joined Unity in May 2012 as evangelist and field engineer. Before Unity, Brett was Designer, Programmer and Artist for an Indie Game Developer.

    Earlier in his career, Brett founded and directed technology development of company called GameBrains, a boutique game developer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He managed the company from inception to a peak of 55 employees developing console titles, then transitioned the staff and company's move into devices and desktops. He also helped launch Creative Talents, a company developing a range of software, focused mostly on video games and edutainment. During his time at Creative Talents, he designed and programmed several commercial titles for Virgin Interactive and other publishers.

     

    Brett has a BS in International Business from California State University-Sacramento.

  • Grégoire Ribordy

    CEO and Vice Chairman of Board

    ID Quantique

    Dr. Gregoire Ribordy, co-founder and CEO, has 20 years of experience in various R&D and management roles in the field of optical measurements and communication systems. He founded ID Quantique in 2001 and has managed the company since then. Prior to this, he was a research fellow at the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva between 1997 and 2001. In this position, he actively developed quantum cryptography technology and is the holder of a number of patents in the field.  Between 1995 and 1996, Dr. Ribordy worked for one year in the R&D division of Nikon Corp. in Tokyo.

     

    Dr. Ribordy is the recipient of several awards such as the 2001 New Entrepreneurs in Technology and Science prize, the 2002 de Vigier award and the Swiss Society for Optics  and Microscopy 1999 prize. At the end of 2005, he was selected as one of the most innovative individuals in information technology worldwide by the World Technology Network.

  • Helen Messier

    Chief Medical Officer

    Viome

    Helen is at the forefront in using personalized "omics" analyses in clinical care. She has both a strong scientific and medical background and brings a passion for helping people realize their fullest potential.

  • Peter C Dedon

    Underwood-Prescott Professor of Biological Engineering

    MIT

    Peter Dedon is the Underwood-Prescott Professor in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, Lead Principal Investigator in the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Antimicrobial Drug Resistance Program, an instructor in the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, and a member of the MIT Center for Environmental Health Science. Building on a research program to define chemical mechanisms linking inflammation, DNA damage and cancer, his group has developed bioanalytical and informatic platforms for discovery science in epigenetics and epitranscriptomics in infectious disease and human cancer biology. This is illustrated by their recent use of comparative genomics and mass spectrometry to discover phosphorothioate and 7-deazaguanine modifications as epigenetic marks in bacterial genomes, including the human microbiome. In collaboration with Tom Begley, his group has also used systems-level analytics to discover a mechanism of translational control of cell response involving reprogramming of tRNA modifications and an alternative genetic code of synonymous codons. This translational control mechanism operates in eukaryotes, prokaryotes and RNA viruses, which has led to the discovery of a variety of novel drug targets. The group is leveraging these discoveries to develop new tools for biotechnology and to pursue screening- and structure-based drug discovery programs.

  • Tim Jones

    Programme Director

    Future Agenda

    Tim is a recognised expert in innovation, growth and futures. He is the author / editor of ten books and a regular speaker on innovation leadership, growth platforms and future trends. For over twenty-five years he has worked with many leading multinationals, governments and universities identifying emerging opportunities: A leader in collaborative programmes, Tim has made his name in helping organsiations to see the world through a different lens and so reveal new areas for potential growth.

     

    Tim is Programme Director of the Future Agenda - the world's largest open foresight programme; leads the annual Innovation Leaders analysis that profiles the companies making the most of their innovation investments and is also co-founder of a global advisory network, The Growth Agenda. He also has a number of academic positions with leading institutions.

  • Adam Gilmour

    CEO

    Gilmour Space Technologies

    Adam Gilmour is the CEO & Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies, a new space company that is pioneering low-cost rocket development and launch in Australia and Singapore.

     

    The Queensland-based company began its rocket program in 2015 with a team of just three engineers, and within 18 months successfully test launched the countries' first privately developed hybrid rocket using proprietary 3D printed fuel (the latter reportedly a world first).

     

    With US$3.7 million in Series A funding and a grant from Singapore's National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), the company plans to launch its first commercial suborbital sounding rocket in late 2018, and its orbital vehicle in 2020.

     

    Before starting his career in space, Adam spent two decades at Citigroup, managing a US$1.2 billion regional sales business dealing in complex financial products for institutional and corporate clients. Today, he is leading a growing team of talented engineers on a mission to develop and deliver truly low-cost access to space.

  • Jonathan Hung

    President

    Singapore Space and Technology Association

    Mr. Hung is President of the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA), Singapore's lead, industry association focused on developing the space technology industry.

     

    His international work experience includes management roles with the Contraves Group, a Rheinmetall Defense & Boustead JV, Flex and CAE Inc. Prior to CAE, he managed Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Singapore Technologies Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) and ST (Satellite Systems).

     

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Hung was the Centre Director for Middle East & North Africa Operations at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). There, he handled portfolios in aerospace, marine/offshore and super yacht sectors. In particular, he led the development of the space incubator unit that is presently EDB’s space office.

     

    Mr. Hung currently serves on the Board of the Air Transport Training College, Spacetime Technology Pte. Ltd., Space Generation Advisory Council and sits on the Steering Sub-Committee for the new Science Centre Singapore. He is also a member of the Singapore Tourism Board’s Conference Ambassador Programme.

     

    He also serves as Vice-President of the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE), Co-Chair of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) - SIAE Singapore Aerospace Technology & Engineering Conference, Advisor to Transcelestial Technologies Pte. Ltd., Start-up Mentor for FocusTech Ventures, and Member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Commercial Spaceflight Safety and Ngee Ann Polytechnic Aerospace Technology Advisory Committees.

     

    Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, double majoring in Aerospace Science and Aviation Business Administration, and currently serves on the ERAU Asia Alumni Council.

  • Daniel Hastings

    CEO and Director

    Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

    Professor Daniel Hastings is currently director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Before joining SMART, Hastings completed a seven-and-a-half-year tenure as MIT's dean of undergraduate education. Hastings, the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, joined the MIT faculty in 1985 and became a full professor in 1993. From 1997 to 1999, Hastings served as the U.S. Air Force's chief scientist, leading influential studies of Air Force investments in space and of preparations for a 21st-century science and technology workforce. From 2002 to 2008, he was a member of the National Science Board. He became director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program in 2000, director of the Engineering Systems Division in 2004, and dean for undergraduate education in 2006.

  • Steven Tucker

    Chief Medical Advisor, LumenLab – MetLife Innovation Center

    Founder, Tucker Medical

    Dr. Steven Tucker is the founder of Tucker Medical, a Singapore-based private medical practice focused on personalized medicine and prevention through integration of IT technology, genomics, and behavioral interventions. Tucker Medical provides both General Medical and Specialty Care to local, regional, and global clients.

     

    Dr. Tucker is also the Chief Medical Advisor at the Lumen Lab (MetLife) Innovation Center and was the first Global Health Advisor at Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel). Dr. Tucker has provided consultancy and board-level services for numerous companies from start-ups to blue-chip multinationals including, Unilever, Cerner, Konica Minolta Innovation, Bank Julius Baer, AIA Group, Fresenius Medical Care, Aviva, Procter & Gamble, InVitae, Inside Tracker, and Healint.

     

    As a leader in precision medicine and patient engagement, Dr Tucker advocates integrating all data streams including genomics; social media; metabolic assessments; advanced imaging; and activity tracking, so clients can develop and engage in their own personalized health programs. This approach can be applied at both the personal and population health level to identify and reverse non- communicable diseases such obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

     

    Dr. Tucker trained in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences. While at UCLA he studied molecular biology in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Sawyers and joined the UCLA faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in 1999. In 2006 he moved to Singapore to develop a global oncology clinical trials program and has made Singapore his permanent home.

     

    Dr. Tucker was the founding Medical Director of the West Clinic International and Medical Director for the Pacific Cancer Center. He has jointly developed cancer treatment centers in Singapore, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Guam. Before relocating to Singapore, Dr. Tucker was the Director of the Prostate & Genitourinary Oncology Program at The Angeles Clinic & Research Institute in Santa Monica, California, Attending Physician at the UCLA Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a member of the Breast Cancer Faculty at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, and a Guest Investigator at Rockefeller University.

     

    Dr. Tucker remains active in basic and clinical research, is Editor-in-Chief of the journal mHealth, and is an author on numerous peer-reviewed papers in major international journals. Dr. Tucker is an alumnus of the Singularity University FutureMed program and the Global Health Advisor for the Singapore SU Chapter. He is a Fellow of both the Singapore Academy of Medicine and the American College of Physicians and an Officer of the Chapter of Medical Oncologists, Academy of Medicine Singapore. He has received numerous honors including the ASCO Merit Award, an NIH Commendation, the UCLA 'STAR' Program Award, and a Pew Foundation Fellowship.

  • Mike North

    Host

    Discovery Channel

    Dr. Mike North, host of Discovery shows "Prototype This!," "In The Making," & "The Potentialists," and Science Show "Outrageous Acts of Science," is an undaunted, anything-but-mild engineer. Fusing science with media he opens doors to awe-inspiring experiences and radical paradigm shifts, whether teaching innovation at UC Berkeley, creating a more equitable planet as founder of ReAllocate, or making the impossible at North Design Labs.

  • Will Knight

    Senior Editor for AI

    MIT Technology Review

    Will Knight is MIT Technology Review's Senior Editor for Artificial Intelligence. He covers the latest advances in AI and related fields, including machine learning, automated driving, and robotics.

     

    Mr. Knight most recent cover story, The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI, examined the opaque nature of today's most cutting machine learning algorithms. He is currently researching a story about China's recent surge of activity in artificial intelligence.

     

    Mr. Knight joined MIT Technology Review in 2008 from the UK science weekly New Scientist magazine. He is a frequent guest on TV and radio shows.

  • Vivienne Ming

    Cofounder and Managing Partner

    Socos

    Named one of Inc. Magazine's "Top 10 Women to Watch in Tech," Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist, and entrepreneur whose guiding mission is to maximize human potential, from neurons to toddlers to whole economies. Vivienne has co-founded several companies. The most recent, Socos, combines machine learning and cognitive neuroscience to improve children's life outcomes. She is the Chair of StartOut and an advisor and board member of several other companies and nonprofits including Cornerstone Capital, ShiftGig, enGender, Emozia, Smart Stones, and Orzo. Previously she was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience where she pursued research in neuroprosthetics. She researches, writes, and speaks extensively on issues of AI, the future of work, diversity, health technology, innovation, and education.

  • Gerald Wong

    President and CEO

    Cambridge Industries Group

    Gerald Wong is the President and CEO of CIG (Cambridge Industries Group). Mr. Wong received a BS and MS from M.I.T. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science IN 1985. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories for more than 15 years, with his last position as the Vice President of Lucent Technologies Optical Networking Group. In 2000, he founded Photonic Bridges, an optical Ethernet system company, which was acquired by Nokia Siemens Networks in 2005. Later that year, he co-founded CIG, which is now a significant player in the Telecom optical and wireless broadband customer-premises equipment industry.

  • Sebastien De Halleux

    COO

    Saildrone

    Sebastien de Halleux is the COO of Saildrone,Inc., listed as a ‘Top 25 groundbreaking companies to watch’ by Inc Magazine. He is also a founding partner of Graph Ventures, an early stage angel fund with a portfolio of 100+ startups. Formerly, Sebastien was Co-Founder and COO of Playfish, one of the largest and fastest growing social gaming companies, acquired by video game giant Electronic Arts (EA) in 2009. Prior to founding Playfish, Sebastien helped launch Glu Mobile, an early pioneer in mobile games which IPO'ed in 2007. Sebastien holds a Masters degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College and is the recipient of the 2012 EA Emerging Leaders Award, the 2011 Tech 100 award, and the 2010 TechFellow award.

  • Mark Shmulevich

    Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

    Acronis

    Dr. Mark Shmulevich is Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at Acronis, an IT company developing next generation data storage and protection solutions. Mark has been residing in Singapore, where Acronis is headquartered, since 2014.

     

    Born in Moscow, Mark earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics and machine learning from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

     

    From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Shmulevich served as Deputy Minister of ICT of Russia, overseeing the country's innovation industry support, policymaking in IT and technology park development.

     

    Before that, Mark was Head of Business Development at the country’s largest space technology holding Russian Space Systems Corporation.

     

    He was instrumental in establishing the first USA-Russia joint venture in satellite navigation and also the Russian Quantum Centre, where Mark was Chief Development Officer in 2011-2012.

     

    Dr. Shmulevich is a Councillor at Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) and sits on the advisory board of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Innovation Centre.

     

    Mark is World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper.

Key Themes

Digital Economy: Disruption, Transformation & Opportunity

  • Cloud, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • World of Immersive Media: Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Quantum Computing and Quantum Security

Industry 4.0

  • IoT, Robotics and Automation
  • New Advanced Nano Materials
  • Additive Manufacturing

Future of Humanity

  • Technology, Jobs and the Future of Work
  • Future Cities
  • The 10 Billion Population Challenge: Energy, Food and Water for All
  • New Frontiers in Space and Aerospace Innovation

Rewriting Life

  • MedTech
  • The Human Biome
  • Bioengineering and Genome Editing
  • Precision Medicine: AI + Genomics