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


    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.

  • Serguei Beloussov

    Chairman and CEO


    Serguei Beloussov is the co-founder of Acronis, its Chairman of the Board since 2003, and its CEO since 2013. Until 2011, he held the position of CEO at Parallels, a global leader in virtualization and automation software, where he still provides leadership as Executive Chairman. He is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Acumatica and a Senior Partner at Runa Capital, the global technology-focused venture capital firm he co-founded with university colleagues in 2010. Serguei sits on the Board of Directors of the Russian Quantum Center and the Governing Board of the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. He holds a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. (Hons) in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

  • Zee Kin Yeong

    Assistant Chief Executive

    Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

    Yeong Zee Kin is a Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) lawyer. Prior to taking up his present appointment as Assistant Chief Executive and Deputy Commissioner at the Personal Data Protection Commission, he was Senior State Counsel and Director of Technology Law in the Civil Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and held a concurrent appointment as Senior Director (Special Projects) in the Legal Services department of the Ministry of Communications and Information. During that time, he was also legal advisor to the Smart Nation Programme Office and the Cyber Security Agency.

  • Paul Smith

    Global Field Operations Manager

    Hyperloop One

    As part of the Field Operations team, Paul's role is to help manage the resources and processes needed to define and deliver projects that will build the world's first Hyperloop systems.


    Paul has worked with technology startups for the past decade. As CEO and co-founder of Ignite, one of the first startup accelerator programmes outside the US, he supported over 100 early-stage businesses.


    Most recently, he was the Managing Director of the Dubai government's innovation program, where he facilitated partnerships between government entities and transformative technology companies, including Hyperloop One.


    Prior to working in the technology sector, Paul tackled a number of careers with varying degrees of success; as an editor and executive producer in the BBC and commercial radio, an author and an award-winning copywriter.

  • Shuang Wu


    YITU Tech

    Dr. Shuang Wu is a scientist at YITU Tech. He is a former senior researcher at Silicon Valley AI Lab of Baidu Research and senior architect of Baidu US development center. Dr. Wu holds a PhD degree in Physics from the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California – Los Angeles. He specializes in machine learning, computer vision and other related topics in artificial intelligence.

  • 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


    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.

  • 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


    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 focuses on how complex man-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, and critical infrastructures are designed, manufactured and operated and how they evolve over time.  He has authored three books and over 300 peer-reviewed papers to date, and has received 10 best paper or best poster awards since 2004. His book “Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World” was the bestseller at the MIT Press in 2012. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently serves as Senior Vice President for Technology Planning and Roadmapping at Airbus.

  • Donald Sadoway

    John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

  • 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.

  • Peter C Dedon

    Underwood-Prescott Professor of Biological Engineering


    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


    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


    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 Officer, CXA Group

    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


    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


    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



    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


    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.

  • Zainul Charbiwala

    Cofounder and CTO

    Tricog Health

    Zainul Charbiwala is co-founder and CTO at Tricog Health. He’s been building embedded systems and developing software for over 15 years. He is interested in the overlap of connected devices and machine intelligence to revolutionise and reinvent healthcare. He holds a Master’s degree from IIT Bombay and a PhD from University of California, Los Angeles. Before Tricog, Zainul was a Research Staff Member and Research Manager at IBM Research, India. Zainul has 7 patents and over 30 refereed publications.

  • Joseph Fitzsimons

    Assistant Professor

    Singapore University of Technology and Design

    Joseph Fitzsimons is a theoretical physicist working on the development of quantum computation. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design, and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies. Dr. Fitzsimons is a National Research Foundation Fellow, and in 2016 was named an Innovator Under 35 Asia Pacific honouree.


    Dr. Fitzsimons holds a BSc in theoretical physics from University College Dublin, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Prior to moving to Singapore, Dr. Fitzsimons was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a senior research fellow in Oxford’s Department of Materials.


Innovators Under 35

  • Wesley Zheng Guangyuan

    Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering


    High Performance Batteries for Electrification of Transportation

    Electrification is a burgeoning trend that could revolutionize the transportation industries. One major challenge to this development is the requirement for high energy-density battery technology. Since my PhD at Stanford, I have been working on a new battery technology called lithium sulphur battery, which has about 5 times the specific energy as compared to today’s lithium ion batteries. Applications of lithium sulphur batteries include electric vehicles and unmanned aircraft. I am currently working with a battery company to commercialize the lithium sulphur technology and have also started a company to look into its applications in unmanned aerial vehicles.


    About Wesley Zheng Guangyuan

    Dr Zheng is currently a Scientist in A*STAR and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in NUS. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Chemical Engineering from University of Cambridge, and did his PhD and Postdoc at Stanford University under the tutelage of Prof Yi Cui and Prof Steven Chu, respectively. His research work focused on developing high capacity electrodes for the next-generation lithium batteries. Dr Zheng is a recipient of the Material Research Society Graduate Student Award, and the National Science Scholarship from A*STAR. Dr Zheng also co-founded a venture-backed startup (volans-i) to develop high-payload, long-range delivery drone.

  • Min Hao Wong

    Candidate for PhD in Chemical Engineering

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Plant Nanobionics

    Plant nanobionics aims to embed non-native functions to plants by interfacing them with specifically designed nanoparticles. I demonstrate that living spinach plants can be engineered to serve as self-powered pre-concentrators and autosamplers of analytes in ambient groundwater and as infrared communication platforms that can send information to a smartphone. This effort is expected to lead to novel tools that will enable the rapid study of plant biology for high-density farming applications, and a suite of novel intellectual property related to drug or food production that can be exported throughout the world.


    About Min Hao Wong

    Min Hao Wong is currently a Chemical Engineering graduate student at MIT. His PhD research involved the development of unique nanosensor applications for agriculture (Nat. Mater. 17) His work has been featured in global media outlets such as FOX, Forbes, TIME, BBC, and CBS. BostInno named his work as one of the top 7 inventions to come out of MIT in 2016. Min Hao is also currently actively running Plantea, a start-up company focused on agricultural nanosensors. He is also the co-president of the South-East Asia Club, vice president of the MIT energy club, and a guest lecturer for 10.585 Engineering Nanotechnology.

  • Qilin Wang

    ARC DECRA Fellow & Lecturer

    Griffith University

    Transforming Wastewater Treatment Plants into Energy Generating Facilities Using an On-Site Renewable Chemical

    Wastewater treatment is energy-intensive. Although wastewater is rich in energy, the energy recovery from wastewater is currently low. I have developed a technology to increase energy recovery from wastewater by 4-6 times in the form of biogas using a chemical that already exists in the wastewater treatment plant. The implementation of this technology only requires adding a simple mixing tank to the wastewater treatment plant. This technology would transform wastewater treatment plants from large energy consumers into energy generators. The generated energy can be converted to electricity to power the wastewater treatment plants or put into the grid.


    About Qilin Wang

    Dr Qilin Wang is an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Research Fellow & Lecturer at Griffith University in Australia. He received his PhD from The University of Queensland (Dean’s Award) in Australia in 2014. Dr Wang’s research focuses on innovative biotechnologies for maximizing energy recovery/production from wastewater. As a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI, he has been awarded 7 competitive grants with a total research funding of ~$AUD 3.6 Million from Australian government, State government, industry and university. He has to date published ~ 80 fully refereed journal papers, most of which were published in Q1 Journals.

  • Ajay Giri Prakash Kottapalli

    Research Scientist

    Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

    Nanosensors Emulating Blind Cave Fishes for New Standards of Care in Biomedical Devices

    Evolving in complex flows that occur in oceans, some of the marine animals have developed unique and fascinating sensing and survival mechanisms. Blind cavefishes, in spite of having no eyes, are able to detect their prey through ‘touch at a distance’ sensing using neuromasts flow sensors on their body. What is fascinating is that these biological neuromast sensors can detect extremely minute flows down to microns per second. An artificial sensory analogue of the same could prove highly beneficial in monitoring drug infusions through intravenous (IV) infusion in hospitals. I have studied the morphology, functionality and sensing principles of the neuromast sensors and developed ultrasensitive artificial nanosensors for flow sensing in Biomedical devices. These sensors are targeted to monitor and improve the standards of care during drug infusions through IV in hospitals.


    About Ajay Prakash Kottapalli

    In 2013, Ajay received his Ph.D from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, along with a Singapore-MIT Alliance Graduate fellowship. Between 2014-2016, he was a Postdoctoral Associate and as Research Scientist at SMART. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, Ajay was a visiting scholar at MIT. He is currently a Project Investigator (PI) for research projects funded by the SMART Innovation Center and the CENSAM Research Initiative. His research focuses on nature-inspired sensor technologies, biomimetic materials, MEMS/NEMS, nanotechnology, biomedical devices etc. In 2016, Ajay founded a startup company called Sensornomics Pte Ltd which envisions to create new standards of care in biomedical devices. He is a young entrepreneur who leads a team of 4 researchers. He has published about 45 peer-reviewed papers, authored 1 book and held patents in sensor technology.

  • Bee Luan Khoo

    Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associate

    Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

    Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) Cluster Assay for Treatment Evaluation and Patient Prognosis

    Doctors use bioimaging scans and tumour biopsies to monitor disease status. But these methods may not always be sensitive enough for detection. We developed a new technology that could potentially tell doctors in real-time, how well patients are responding to treatment. The technology promotes a culture of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) from blood, under favourable conditions. Positive samples lead to cell clustering behaviour, reflecting poor patient response. This new assay can provide information in two weeks, enabling doctors to quickly intervene and improve therapeutic strategies. The test may also be used to guide the choice of anti-cancer therapy in patients.


    About Bee Luan Khoo

    Dr Bee Luan Khoo is a biomedical scientist focused on innovating microfluidic devices for clinical utility. She leads a research team under the Young Investigator grant award by NMRC to utilise a microfluidic device for cancer management and evaluation, termed as the circulating tumour cell (CTC) Cluster Assay. The CTC Cluster Assay aims to mimic parts of the tumour microenvironment in vitro by integrating a confined fluidic niche using microwells with hypoxia and tumour-associated immune cells. She has also developed microfluidic biochips for isolation of primary cancer cells, diseased blood cells or malaria-infected cells with relevance to early disease detection.

  • Anjali Jaiprakash

    Advance Queensland Research Fellow

    Queensland University of Technology

    Light field retinal diagnostic system to decrease preventable blindness globally.

    80% of eye disease leading to blindness is preventable if monitored regularly and treated in time. The number of people suffering from preventable eye disease worldwide is estimated to be 285 million. These figures suggest, although modern retinal imaging equipment can provide good quality diagnostic images, something is wrong. Many people who suffer sight threatening diseases live outside of major centres and high quality portable, reliable, imaging equipment must be made available to provide treatment. Anjali’s transdisciplinary team has built a new class of retinal imaging device advanced computation light field/plenoptic imaging techniques. This captures both the intensity and the direction of the light rays in a scene. The new device has been named the retinal plenoptoscope. This device will significantly improve the affordability, reliability and portability of retinal imaging while also delivering new diagnostic features; the ability to create 3D views, metric measurement of retinal features and post-acquisition refocussing that no other retinal imaging device offers.


    About Anjali Jaiprakash

    Dr Anjali Jaiprakash is an Advance QLD research fellow at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and Queensland University of Technology. She is a Robobiologist with a PhD in Science and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology. RoboHub announced Anjali as one of the world's 25 Women in Robotics you should know about in 2017. Anjali won a 2017 Tall Poppy Science Award aimed to recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding scientific researchers and communicators. Anjali was also a finalist at the top 5 under 40 in 2015 (A UNSW and ABC RN initiative) that recognized Australia’s next generation of scientific thinkers. Anjali works at the intersection of medicine, engineering and design, with a transdisciplinary approach to develop medical devices that translate robotic vision into affordable systems that can be used to improve healthcare outcomes. This includes a light field retinal diagnostic system to replace the expensive and complex cameras currently used to detect abnormalities such as glaucoma or macular degeneration and decrease preventable blindness.

  • Chun-Hao Huang

    Cofounder and CEO


    Merging Functional Genomics and Artificial Intelligence for Disease Detection and Treatment

    Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2000, scientists have been trying to understand the 20,000 coding genes. However, our knowledge of gene functions and their association with disease is still very limited. To overcome this challenge, I developed a fast and flexible genetically engineered mouse model platform using gene-silencing technology derived from machine learning to systemically dissect gene functions. This allows me to discover the therapeutic strategies for treating liver cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, and develop a unique non-invasive method to detect colorectal cancer.


    About Chun-Hao Huang

    Dr Huang is a Cancer Biologist, Genetic Engineer and AI Entrepreneur. He pioneered the establishment of fast and flexible genetically engineered mouse models using gene silencing and editing technologies, and led the discovery of therapeutic strategies for treating liver cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He also invented methods to identify disease biomarkers that predict drug responses, and applied machine learning to the study of genes. Dr Huang is UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals Talent and Winner, Fellow of the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, and received Google Scholarship to attend Singularity University in NASA and co-founded CLINICAI to early detect cancer.

  • Weibo Gao

    Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Mathematical Science

    Nanyang Technological University

    Spin-Photon Interface Towards Quantum Network

    We are working on quantum photonics research based on solid state systems such as silicon vacancy in diamond, silicon carbide and 2D materials. Quantum computation provides potential tool to speed up computation speed in a revolutionary way, which can be used in quantum simulation, password deciphering and fast searching algorithm. It is a challenging task to build a quantum computer because we need to operate hundreds of quantum bit in a coherent way. In our work, we try to explore the spin-photon interface towards building a quantum network. The concept is that we first build smaller and simpler chips and connect these chips with photons. This potentially provides a way towards quantum computer building and quantum information processing.


    About Weibo Gao

    Weibo Gao, graduated from University of science and technology of China as bachelor and PhD student. Then he worked in ETH Zurich as postdoc from 2010-2014. Currently he is a Nanyang assistant professor in NTU. His research in quantum information and quantum photonics is published in several world class journals such as Nature, Nature physics, Nature photonics and Nature communications. Previously he has won Marie-Curie Fellowship in European Union, the recipient of National 100 Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award in China, and Singapore National Research Foundation fellowship awards.

  • Jiashi Feng

    Assistant Professor

    National University of Singapore

    Dynamic Neural Networks

    We develop the dynamic artificial neural network with brain-alike plasticity. It models process of human brain development. The network architecture can evolve along with receiving new knowledge about the environment - the neural network will grow its size and complexity smoothly to a more sophisticated one to learn, master and integrate new knowledge. The dynamic neural network can identify and prune redundant neurons and connections within them to enhance model compactness, and meanwhile it introduces new neurons and establishes new connections to store new knowledge. It helps AI practitioners get rid of handcrafting network architectures for various applications.


    About Jiashi Feng

    Dr. Jiashi Feng is currently an Assistant Professor with Department of ECE, National University of Singapore. He received his B.E. degree from USTC, China in 2007 and Ph.D. degree from NUS in 2014. He was a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Berkeley from 2014 to 2015. His current research interest focusses on AI, machine learning and computer vision. He has published over 100 research papers in machine learning, deep learning, object recognition and big data analysis. He receives the winner prizes for ILSVRC2017 object localization, MS-Celeb-1M face recognition, and best paper award from TASK-CV with ICCV 2015.

  • Yok Hian Chionh

    Assistant Director

    Tychan Pte Ltd

    Curing Deadly Infections During Outbreaks

    Predictions are not cures. While new technologies allow us to quickly predict and diagnose outbreaks, they do not treat diseases. With epidemics costing the world ~US$60 billion and 17 million deaths annually, timely therapeutic solutions are needed. At Tychan, we established a toolkit of platform technologies to rapidly bring promising therapeutics from bench-to-bedside using integrated analytics, accelerated bio-manufacturing, progressive clinical trial design and evidence-based regulatory frameworks. Through focused R&D and manufacturing preparedness, we demonstrated that fact-driven overhauls of regulatory systems are possible by bringing an anti-Zika therapeutic into phase 1 trials within 12 months of conceptualization - a record for any biologic. Moving forward, we will adapt and evolve our platform to cure other infectious diseases.


    About Yok Hian Chionh

    Yok Hian Chionh believes that the war against infections can be won if we proactively create systems that rapidly design cures, respond to, and treat patients during outbreaks. As a scientist, he discovered fundamental properties of genetic coding that enabled pathogens to survive hostile environments. As a drug developer, he helped bring an anti-Zika therapeutic from bench-to-bedside. And as a maverick, he is exploring radically different science-based regulatory frameworks to expedite regulatory approvals of therapeutics while meeting safety and efficacy requirements. When he is not reading or writing scientific literature, he is probably drinking coffee, putting together balance sheets, or coming up with more crazy ideas.

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