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.

  • Poppy Crum

    Chief Scientist

    Dolby Laboratories

    Poppy Crum is the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. At Dolby, she is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of immersive environments, such as augmented and virtual reality, on neuroplasticity and learning. She is on a mission to build technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

  • Chris Urmson

    Cofounder and CEO, Aurora Innovation

    Former CTO of Self-Driving Cars, Google

    Chris Urmson is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Aurora, where he leads a world-class team in bringing self-driving technology to the transportation industry safely, quickly and broadly. Over the last 15 years Chris has worked to advance self-driving technology and bring it to market. Chris helped found the self-driving car team at Alphabet and led the team for seven years. Prior, Chris was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, and was the technical director for the winning team of the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Chris has a Ph.D in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Raquel Urtasun

    Chief Scientist

    Uber Advanced Technologies Group

    Raquel Urtasun is Uber Advanced Technologies Group Chief Scientist and Head of the Toronto R&D hub for Uber's self-driving efforts. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision and a co-founder of the Vector Institute for AI. She received her Ph.D. degree from Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2006 and did her postdoc at MIT and UC Berkeley. Her research interests include machine learning, computer vision, robotics and remote sensing.

  • Jonah Myerberg

    Cofounder and CTO

    Desktop Metal

    Jonah Myerberg is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Desktop Metal where he is responsible for leading the technical direction of Desktop Metal’s 3D printing solutions. Prior to joining Desktop Metal in 2015, Myerberg held senior positions with a variety of organizations focused on high performance battery development, including Renovo Auto and Boston Impact, which he founded, and A123Systems. At A123Systems, Myerberg established and led the motorsports business unit which focused on the development of high performance batteries. His products were adopted by the majority of Formula One teams including McLaren, Force India, Mercedes Benz, RedBull and other high profile motorsports teams like the Porsche 919 team which won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2015 and 2016. He was also a race engineer for Porsche on the 919 team and for Mahindra Racing on their Formula E team. Additionally, he helped launch Gradiant Corp., where he managed the deployment and operation of large scale water desalination plants that converted fracking water into fresh water. Myerberg earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Kimberly Powell

    Vice President of Healthcare

    NVIDIA

    Kimberly Powell is vice president of healthcare at NVIDIA, where she leads the company’s efforts to build healthcare computing platforms that address grand challenges like early detection, diagnoses and personalized treatment.

     

    Partnering with healthcare researchers, startups and industry leaders, her mission is to accelerate the adoption of advanced computing technologies like GPU computing and artificial intelligence.

     

    Powell joined NVIDIA in 2008 as the global business development manager for healthcare. She also served as senior director of AI business development. Prior to joining NVIDIA, she was a product manager for diagnostic imaging at Planar Systems and a hardware engineer at DOME Imaging Systems doing FPGA design.

     

    Powell has a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering.

  • Henk Rogers

    Founder and Chairman, Blue Planet Foundation

    Managing Director, The Tetris Company

    Serial entrepreneur Henk Rogers is on a mission to end the use of carbon-based fuel. He is founder and chairman of Blue Planet Foundation, whose mission is to lead Hawaii’s transition to clean energy. 

    Henk is also founder and CEO of Blue Planet Energy, an energy storage company. The company’s innovative technology is advancing the safety, reliability and energy output of residential clean energy battery systems. 

    Henk is also known for his 30 year career in the computer gaming industry, pioneering role-playing games in Japan and founding Blue Planet Software, owner of the worldwide rights to the Tetris franchise. 

    His latest venture involves establishing a permanent settlement on the moon. As Chairman of Pacific International Space Center for Explorations Systems (PISCES), Henk is Hawaii’s chief advocate for space exploration and colonization.

  • Hyunjun Park

    Cofounder and CEO

    Catalog

    Hyunjun is passionate about using biology to address complex challenges. As co-founder and CEO of CATALOG, he is leading the effort to handle the explosion of digital information, using cutting edge tools of synthetic biology. Hyunjun obtained his BS at Seoul National University, PhD in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and conducted postdoctoral research in synthetic biology at MIT.

  • 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.

  • Norberto Andrade

    Privacy and Public Policy Manager

    Facebook

    Norberto Andrade is a Privacy and Public Policy Manager at Facebook, covering AI and Data Ethics. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at Stanford Law School - Center for Internet & Society (CIS). Previously, Norberto was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he worked at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT); a Legal Foresight Fellow at the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law; and a Visiting Scholar at the Singapore Internet Research Centre of Nanyang Technological University. Norberto has also held corporate positions in policy and privacy at Mozilla and Workday, and scientific research roles at the European Commission. Norberto holds a PhD in Law, Policy and Technology from the European University Institute (Italy), and he has successfully published numerous academic articles, reports and book chapters in the field of Law & Technology.

  • Chris Mowry

    CEO

    General Fusion

    General Fusion CEO Christofer Mowry has over 30 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including leadership positions at GE, Babcock & Wilcox Company (BWC), and General Synfuels International (GSI). He has revitalized businesses in GE and BWC, founded disruptive energy technology company Generation mPower, and has overseen the transformation of complex international organizations. Christofer holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineer & Astronomy) from Swarthmore College, and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

  • Patrick Murck

    Fellow, Berkman Center, Harvard University & Cofounder, Bitcoin Foundation

    Patrick Murck’s practice focuses on the legal and regulatory issues facing fintech and emerging payment systems. He has a deep understanding of the fintech industry, having been involved in a number of startups as an employee, entrepreneur and advisor.

     

    Prior to joining Cooley, Patrick was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation where he served at times as General Counsel and Executive Director. Patrick has engaged regulators and policymakers in the US and Europe on bitcoin and the emerging digital economy. He was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel for 2014 by the National Law Journal.

     

    In addition to his role with Cooley, Patrick currently serves as a fellow with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society where he conducts research on the law and policy implications of bitcoin, distributed ledgers and smart contracts. Patrick also serves as President Board member for the BitGive Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on charitable giving and social impact using bitcoin.

  • Roland Chin

    President and Vice-Chancellor

    Hong Kong Baptist University

    Professor Roland Chin is President and Chair Professor of Computer Science of Hong Kong Baptist University. He was Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong (2010-2015); Deputy President and Provost (2006-2010), Vice-President for Research and Development (2003-2006), and Chair Professor of Computer Science (1992-2010) at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He also worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for two years before joining the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1981-1995) as a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

     

    In Hong Kong’s higher education scene, Professor Chin was a member of the University Grants Committee (2004-2012), the Chairman of the Research Grants Committee (2005-2012). He currently serves on the Board of Director of Applied Science and Technology Research Institute and Trustee of The Croucher Foundation.

  • Andrew Hessel

    CEO

    Humane Genomics

    Andrew Hessel is the founder of Humane Genomics Inc., a virtual biotechnology company specializing in open source designer synthetic viruses. The first application under development is a platform for rapid design, synthesis, testing, and deployment of single-patient cancer therapies for dogs. Hessel is also the co-founder of the Genome Project-write (GP-write), the international scientific effort advancing the design, construction, and testing of large genomes, including the human genome. He is based in San Francisco, California.

  • Junya Yamamoto

    Cofounder and CEO

    Infinity Blockchain Labs

    Since studying at Aoyama Gakuin University under the Department of International Politics and Economics, Yamamoto already led startup think tanks for major publicly listed corporations in Japan.

     

    In 2012, he moved to Vietnam to work without pay for a Japanese startup initiative because he believed in the vision. Within three years, he helped grow the business from seven members to 100+ members with multiple entities across five countries with strategic businesses in Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam, while being nominated as the Global COO.

     

    In 2015, he co-founded Infinity Blockchain Labs (IBL) with the ultimate mission: to transform businesses with practical blockchain R&D and empower Vietnam to be the global blockchain hub. With the greatest commitment, strong passion, and the expertise of 200+ world-changers, IBL has grown to become the blockchain ecosystem leader in Vietnam with a global reach.

  • Virginia Cha

    Adjunct Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship

    INSEAD

    Virginia CHA is a Professor of innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore with multiple appointments at Singapore’s leading tertiary education institutions: Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, Adjunct Professor at NUS Business School, Professor-in-Residence at Platform E (a member of SIM), and other adjunct appointments at SMART (Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Techology) and Lean LaunchPad @Singapore.

     

    In her multi-faceted 37 year-long industry and academic career which spanned multiple countries, Virginia co-founded or was the sole-founder and CEO of multiple venture-funded, hi-tech companies in Singapore and China, with listings on NASDAQ and HKSE.  She has co-authored a book “Asia’s Entrepreneurs: Dilemmas, Risks and Opportunities” which captured Singapore’s recent entrepreneurial history. Additionally, Virginia is a member of the Global uture Council of World Economic Forum (2012-2014, 2016-2019). In addition to teaching entrepreneurship, Virginia is also an active researcher, mentor, and angel investor in Singapore’s entrepreneur ecosystem. 

     

    Virginia’s latest research into innovation is on the subject of restorative innovation (www.restorativeinnovation.com). This emergent framework uses an economic model on how sustainable goods can reach mass consumption through innovation along three dimensions: increased supply, supply chain efficiency, and increased adoption. This framework is now a subject taught in all the leading Singapore tertiary institutions in innovation, including NUS, INSEAD, and SMU.

     

    Virginia is also an active Angel Investor in early stage start-ups, and has been named as “Top 10 Most Frequently Mentioned Mentor” and “…the most influential entrepreneur within the network of Singaporean tech companies.”

  • Derya Baran

    Founder

    Iyris

    Derya Baran is the Chief Executive Officer at iyris and an Assistant Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Her expertise is on designing energy harvesting and optoelectronic devices for future such as: wearable-stretchable electronics, sensors and next generation solar cells. Using her decade of experience in PV research she co-founded iyris, an innovative start-up producing electricity from transparent windows. Her work has been internationally recognised and has recently been named as one of the Innovators Under 35 in MENA region.

  • Charles L. Cooney*

    Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    *Investor Circle registration required.

    Charles L. Cooney is the Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT and founding Faculty Director, Emeritus of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. He has been involved as founder, advisor or board member of over 25 companies and currently sits on the Boards of Directors of Codiak Bioscience, Innovent Biologics (1801.HK), Levitronix Technologies, and is chairman of GreenLight Bioscience and Mitra RxDx. In addition, he is Trustee Emeritus of Boston Ballet, Advisor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Trustee of the Leventhal Map Center. Other interests include: high altitude mountaineering (assents of Denali, Ama Dablam, Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro, Huascaran). and antique map collecting. Professor Cooney will speak during the VIP Investor Event on 22 January at 19:00. Investor Circle registration required. Limited tickets available.

  • Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau

    CEO and Publisher

    MIT Technology Review

    Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media company. MIT Technology Review’s analysis, features, interviews, and events explain the impact of new technologies on business and society. 

     

    Elizabeth is leading the growth, expansion, and modernization of MIT Technology Review’s media platforms and products, including U.S. and international websites, newsletters, events, and an award-winning print magazine. Elizabeth also serves as chair of the global entrepreneurial network MIT Enterprise Forum.

     

    Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

     

    Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. She also spent a decade working as a consultant.

     

    Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

  • Will Knight

    Senior Editor for AI

    MIT Technology Review

    Will Knight is a senior editor at MIT Technology Review, covering artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, self-driving cars, and human-machine collaboration. Will grew up in London, and was previously an editor at New Scientist magazine in the UK.

  • Claire Beatty

    Editorial Director, Asia

    MIT Technology Review Insights

    Claire Beatty is editorial director for Asia at MIT Technology Review Insights. She partners with clients across Asia and the Middle East to develop thought leadership that drives conversations around the way that technology is shaping our lives.

     

    Claire has lived and worked in Singapore since 2007 and has more than 15 years of experience in consulting, editorial, and communications roles. She began her career in London as a researcher in the Technology Practice at CEB (now Gartner), developing best practice case studies from world-class IT organizations. On moving to Singapore she joined the Economist Intelligence Unit as senior editor for Southeast Asia, creating client-commissioned content on issues such as trade, innovation, and the outlook for different sectors in the region.

     

    From 2012 to 2015 she took a consulting role with boutique leadership firm BTS, where she led worked with business leaders around the region on strategy alignment, innovation and workforce mobilization. A highly experienced chair, facilitator, and program designer, Claire has led dozens of workshops and events across the region for companies including Prudential, DBS, Unilever, Deloitte, and HP.

     

    Before joining MIT, Claire was group communications director for logistics firm JF Hillebrand. She holds a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Leeds and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law.

  • Brian Kennedy

    Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Physiology

    National University of Singapore

    Dr. Brian Kennedy is internationally recognised for his research in basic biology of aging and as a visionary committed to translating research discoveries into new ways of delaying, detecting, and preventing human aging and associated diseases. He is the Director of National University Health System Centre for Healthy Ageing. He also serves as a Distinguished Professor in Departments of Biochemistry and Physiology at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore. From 2010 to 2016 he was the President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California. He remains a professor at the Buck Institute.

  • Benjamin Tee

    President’s Assistant Professor

    National University of Singapore

    Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee is the President’s Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the National University of Singapore and Scientist in A*STAR. He graduated from Stanford University and was selected as a 2014 Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Fellow. He invented multiple award-winning sensing technologies and his works are cited over 8,000 times. He was one of the MIT TR35 Innovator (Global List) in 2015. As a 2017 Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow, he leads a multi-disciplinary team focusing on creating breakthrough sensor technologies to advance healthcare technologies in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics era.

  • 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.

  • Samantha Payne

    COO

    Open Bionics

    Samantha co-founded Open Bionics with Joel in 2014 when she learnt about the work that he was doing on open source robotic hands. Samantha has an exceptional business acumen and brings valuable experience in project management, marketing and business development. Samantha has elevated Open Bionics to a globally recognised brand and has recently won several awards celebrating her entrepreneurship.

  • Marius Swoboda

    Head of Physical, Computational and Design Sciences

    Rolls Royce

    With a diploma in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Transitional Shock-Boundary Layer Interactions, Marius is a lecturer in Compressible Aerodynamics and an appointed Honorary Professor at Technical University Berlin. He has been with Rolls Royce since 1994, having held several positions, including leading the Aero Thermal Methods Group and managing Methods Developments. Marius took over Design Systems Engineering in 2010 and since 2016 he is the Head of Physical, Computational and Design Sciences, leading the Visualisation Methods and Techniques. His past and current research projects and interests (with more than 80 publications) include: Compressor Aerodynamics, Turbine Coolling and Heat Transfer, Active Flow Control, Compressible Transitional Flows, Methods Development (CFD/FEM), Process Automation and Integration, Design Optimisation, Visualisation of Analysis Results, Virtual Reality.

  • Aubrey de Grey

    Chief Science Officer

    SENS Foundation

    Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging.

     

    He received his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000 respectively.

     

    His original field was computer science, and he did research in the private sector for six years in the area of software verification before switching to biogerontology in the mid-1990s. His research interests encompass the characterization of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for such repair, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one. A key aspect of SENS is that it can potentially extend healthy lifespan without limit, even though these repair processes will probably never be perfect, as the repair only needs to approach perfection rapidly enough to keep the overall level of damage below pathogenic levels. Dr. de Grey has termed this required rate of improvement of repair therapies longevity escape velocity.

     

    Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.

  • 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.

  • Juan L. Aparicio Ojea

    Head of Research Group - Advanced Manufacturing Automation

    Siemens

    Juan Aparicio is the Head of Advanced Manufacturing Automation at Siemens Corporate Technology in Berkeley, CA. Juan has extensive experience managing complex projects, involving hardware and software; and bridging the technology gap between universities and businesses. His areas of interest include Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Robotics, Connected Cars, Industry 4.0, and Cyber-Physical Systems. He is member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing (ARM) Institute in the US and the Project Manager of the Open Process Automation Forum. His work has been featured at NYTimes, MIT Tech Review and Medium.

  • CJ Meadows

    Director, i2i - The Innovation & Insights Center

    SP Jain School of Global Management

    Dr CJ Meadows is a thought leader on tomorrow's innovation. Consultant, entrepreneur, author, and speaker, she has led and advised companies and leaders across the globe. Director of i2i - The Innovation & Insights Center @SP Jain School of Global Management, a Forbes Top-20 International Business School, she holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She has over 20 years’ experience in Asia, Europe, and North America as an entrepreneur, dot-com builder & innovation lab co-founder, and Accenture IT & business strategy consultant. She has designed and delivered executive education programmes individually and in conjunction with top business schools like INSEAD, AIM, NUS, and SMU.

  • Tariq Khokar

    Managing Director and Senior Data Scientist

    The Rockefeller Foundation

    Tariq Khokar is Managing Director and Senior Data Scientist for The Rockefeller Foundation, where he will steer the work to realize The Rockefeller Foundation’s vision for how data and technology can be transformational in improving people’s well-being. A mathematician and computer scientist by training, Mr. Khokhar most recently served as Senior Data Scientist and Global Data Editor at the World Bank, where he established the World Bank’s Data Innovation Fund, which attracted more than 1,000 applicants and led to over $7 million of investment in early-stage and scale-up projects to improve the way data are produced, managed, and financed for low-and-middle-income countries. In his work at the World Bank, Mr. Khokhar also worked as the Open Data Evangelist and grew the organization’s Open Data Initiative, transforming the way data and evidence are shared within the World Bank. Previously, Mr. Khokhar developed technical architecture and data standards for the International Aid Transparency Initiative, and co-founded Aptivate, a digital agency which works across the mobile banking, telecommunications, education, and healthcare sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

  • John McGeehan

    Director, Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

    University of Portsmouth

    John McGeehan is a Professor of Structural Biology focused on the global challenge of plastic pollution and leads a team of scientists researching natural enzyme discovery and engineering. Published in PNAS in April 2018 as part of an international collaboration, their latest work reveals the detailed workings of an enzyme that can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Found in single-use drinks bottles, packaging, clothing and carpets, PET can take centuries to decompose, and together with other plastics, is accumulating in our environment at a staggering rate. A biological catalyst that can break PET down into it’s original building blocks opens new and exciting opportunities for recycling towards a circular plastics economy.

  • Hao Li

    Director of the Vision and Graphics Lab, USC Institute for Creative Technologies & CEO and Cofounder, Pinscreen

    Hao Li works at the intersection between Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning, with focus on photorealistic human digitization, real-time performance capture using deep learning and data-driven techniques. He’s known for his work in dynamic geometry processing, non-rigid registration, real-time facial performance capture, hair digitization, and 3D avatar modeling. His research has led to the facial animation technology in Apple’s iPhone X, he worked on the digital reenactment of Paul Walker in the movie Furious 7, and his algorithms on deformable shape alignment have improved the radiation treatment for cancer patients all over the world. He has been named one of the world’s top 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2013 and NextGen10: Innovators under 40 by C-Suite Quaterly in 2014. He received the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award in 2018, the Google Faculty Research Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant, and the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair in 2015, the Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship for prospective researchers in 2011, and the best paper award at SCA 2009. He was ranked #1 on Microsoft Academic in 2016 on the top 10 leaderboard in Computer Graphics for the past five years. He is also co-curator for virtual and augmented reality at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

  • Salah Sukkarieh

    Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems

    University of Sydney

    Professor Salah Sukkarieh is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems. He has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining, and has consulted to industry including Rio Tinto, BHP, Patrick Stevedores, Qantas, QLD Biosecurity, Meat and Livestock Australia, and the NSW DPI amongst others. He was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies in 2014, and the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science.

    Salah is Associate Dean (Industry and Innovation) and Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney. He has supervised over 20 research fellows, and graduated over 30 PhDs, 5 Masters and 60 honours students. He has received over $60m in government and industry funding, national and international.

    Salah is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Field Robotics, Journal of Autonomous Robots, and Transactions of Aerospace Systems, and has over 500 academic and industry publications in robotics and intelligent systems.

  • Paul Santos*

    Managing Partner (SEA)

    Wavemaker Partners

    *Investor Circle registration required.

    Paul has been Managing Partner at Wavemaker Partners since 2012. Based in Singapore, he has made over 80 investments across Southeast Asia, including Luxola (acquired by LVMH), Gushcloud (acquired by YelloMobile), and Pie (acquired by Google). Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Paul was an entrepreneur who co-founded 6 companies across multiple industries, including Indio Communications (acquired by Dentsu), Vertex Solutions (acquired by Alorica) and PAPI (acquired by New Leaf Ventures).

     

    Paul sits on the Advisory Board of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Innovation Center. He is also an Advisor to the Singapore Management University Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SMU IIE), and a member of the Singapore chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization.

  • Cody Friesen

    Founder and CEO

    Zero Mass Water

    Dr. Cody Friesen is a technology innovator passionate about solving the world's grandest challenges. As an entrepreneur and materials scientist, Friesen builds businesses that apply advanced technology to problems facing humanity by creating teams and cultures that lead with love. Founder and CEO of Zero Mass Water, Friesen and his team developed SOURCE, a solar panel that makes safe, great-tasting drinking water from the air independent of infrastructure. Friesen is also the founder of Fluidic Energy, an advanced battery company powering remote grids worldwide. He is the Fulton Engineering Professor of Innovation at Arizona State University and is a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability.

     

    Friesen was named by The Aspen Institute as a 2015 Henry Crown Fellow. He was named among the "TR35", top 35 innovators in the world under 35 years of age, by MIT’s Technology Review in 2009. He serves on the US Manufacturing Council for the US Department of Commerce, as the co-chair of the Energy subcommittee. He has 145 active patent matters worldwide, and 37 granted patents. He earned a BSE in Materials Science and Engineering from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Innovators Under 35

  • Robert Bedington

    SINGAPORE

    Centre for Quantum Technologies

    Delivering uncrackable encryption keys from space using quantum key distribution

    Powerful quantum computers will spur many technological breakthroughs, but will also enable our everyday encryption systems to be cracked. At NUS Centre for Quantum Technologies and our S15 Space Systems spin-out company, we are working to establish a constellation of satellites that can deliver encryption keys from orbit. These keys are derived from the randomised quantum states of photons transmitted from the satellite and measured in such a way that they cannot be covertly intercepted by an eavesdropper. This process, quantum key distribution, is thus computationally uncrackable and can secure our sensitive data in the coming age of quantum computers.

     

    About Robert Bedington

    Dr Robert Bedington leads a team of quantum satellite-builders at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. In 2019, they will launch the nanosatellite SpooQy-1 to demonstrate quantum entanglement in space. In collaboration with the UK’s RAL Space, the team will advance to delivering quantum encryption keys from space. Robert is also CTO-designate at S15 Space Systems, a startup that aims to build a constellation of quantum key distributing satellites. Robert received his PhD from University College London and worked at the Japan aerospace exploration agency on space-weather instrumentation and elsewhere on instruments for astronomical telescopes.

  • Wenyue Zou

    AUSTRALIA

    Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Facility, RMIT University

    Low-cost personalised wearable UV sensor offering real-time sun exposure monitoring

    Over-exposure to ultra-violet radiation (UVR) in the sunlight is the major cause of skin cancer, while under-exposure may cause vitamin D deficiency. Therefore, precise monitoring the invisible UVR is an important challenge. We developed a photo-active ink that can generate a unique colour response to specific UV wavelengths. We use this ink to fabricate low-cost wearable sensors on a piece of paper that can provide naked-eye monitoring of UVR, even at very low doses typically encountered during solar exposure. As people with different skin colours have different UV tolerance, our UV sensors can be customised to meet the specific needs of different skin phototypes. These low-cost personalised wearable UV sensors offer remarkable potential in managing the impact of UVR in our day-to-day life.

     

    About Wenyue Zou

    Wenyue Zou is a postdoctoral researcher at RMIT University, Australia and a co-founder of NexGen NanoSensors Pty Ltd. Her research focuses on the innovative use of light-active materials to make colour-based sensors. She has developed and patented a personalised wearable UV sensor technology that allows real-time monitoring of sun exposure for people with different skin colours. This technology featured in more than 130 global media outlets, with a total audience of over 150 million worldwide. She is confident that her low-cost UV sensor will create a major social impact by addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Good Health and Well Being for All.

  • Nana Liu

    AUSTRALIA

    John Hopcroft Center for Computer Science in Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Making quantum computing more trustworthy in a future quantum internet

    Quantum computers are geared to change the world in remarkable ways, from breaking the world’s toughest encryption systems, simulating complex chemical reactions to speeding up machine learning algorithms. A network of communicating quantum computers, in a future quantum internet, is expected to be even more powerful and versatile. However, just like the internet today, security and reliability will be of paramount importance. At EmTech 2019, I will share with you some ideas about how we can ensure better trustworthiness for a network of quantum computers as well as leveraging quantum computing to help with security problems.

     

    About Nana Liu

    Nana Liu is currently an Assistant Professor at the John Hopcroft Center for Computer Science in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She received her doctorate in 2016 from the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in the National University of Singapore and the Singapore University for Technology and Design. Her focus is on employing quantum resources for both quantum computation and quantum sensing. Her research also lies at the interface between quantum computing, security and machine learning, which will be useful in building a future quantum internet.

  • Loi Luu

    SINGAPORE

    Kyber Network

    Building a more secure, scalable and usable public blockchain infrastructure

     

    About Loi Luu

    Loi Luu is CEO and Cofounder of Kyber Network, a major decentralized on-chain liquidity protocol that powers different applications including decentralized exchanges, funds and other financial applications. He earned his PhD from National University of Singapore, where he worked to improve the base technical layers, namely decentralization, scalability and security  for the public blockchain infrastructure. To date, there are 572 follow up papers cited his published academic work. Most importantly, more than 20 blockchain companies/ projects that benefit from his work and collectively these companies are worth more than tens of billions of US dollars.

  • Jonathan Hall

    AUSTRALIA

    Life Whisperer

    Life Whisperer: using AI and computer vision to identify healthy embryos in IVF, and improve pregnancy outcomes for couples

    Life Whisperer uses artificial intelligence to identify healthy embryos in IVF to improve pregnancy outcomes for couples wanting to have children. Clinicians can access Life Whisperer on-demand, where they can ‘drag-and-drop’ images of embryos onto a web browser and receive an instant viability report. Clinical trials showed Life Whisperer outperformed highly-skilled clinicians by over 30% in identifying viable embryos, and was also able to identify the Down Syndrome genetic disorder. Life Whisperer has won multiple awards including Top 5 in TechCrunch Battlefield Australia and TalentUnleashed ‘Global Winner One to Watch’ which was judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.

     

    About Jonathan Hall

    Dr Jonathan Hall is Co-founder and Director of Life Whisperer, using deep-learning and computer-vision technology to identify viable human embryos in IVF to help couples have children. Trials showed selection performance improvement of 50%, and can identify genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome. Life Whisperer made the finals at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Australia, and was awarded ‘Global Winner - One to Watch’ at TalentUnleashed, with judges Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. Jonathan has PhDs in both theoretical physics and embryo nanotechnology, with awards in respective fields, and won First Prizes for both Medical Innovation and Research Commercialisation in Australian eChallenge.

  • Cathy N.P. Lui

    HONG KONG SAR

    OPER Technology Limited

    Autologous neural stem cell harvest for an ultimate and novel cure of neurological diseases

    Neurodegenerative diseases are considered to be incurable at this moment. Unfortunately, no one can satisfy this unmet medical need now. To provide an ultimate solution to the diseases, “Autologous Neural Stem Cell (ANSc) Harvest Technology” can harvest adult neural stem cells from living brain without causing any damage to the patients and replace the degenerating and damaged neural cells for recovery. Our tailor-made magnetic nanoparticles are used for extracting active adult neural stem cells by recognizing the markers expressed on the cells. The risks of immune rejection, tumor formation and genetic instability can be minimized as the cells are originated from the patients themselves.

     

    About Cathy N.P. Lui

    Dr. Cathy N.P. LUI is the co-founder of OPER Technology Limited, a biotechnology start-up company spinned off from Hong Kong Baptist University. She is also the inventor of the patented technology, “Autologous neural stem cell harvest”. Dr. Lui graduated with her PhD in Neuroscience in Hong Kong Baptist University and she was granted a postdoctoral fellowship from American Parkinson’s Disease Association. Under the leadership of Dr. Lui, OPER Technology Limited has gained public-wide recognition and won more than 30 industrial and technological awards.

  • Ruibang Luo

    HONG KONG SAR

    The University of Hong Kong, L3 Bioinformatics Limited

    Speed up precision medicine with algorithms and AI

     

    About Ruibang Luo

    Dr. Luo is an assistant professor in computer science at HKU. He received his B.E. degree in bio-engineering from the South China University of Technology in 2010 and his Ph.D. degree in computational biology from the University of Hong Kong in 2015. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center of Computational Biology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He works on bioinformatics and precision medicine. His interdisciplinary research results have been published in Nature, Nature Biotechnology, and Bioinformatics. His research covers a diversity of topics in computational biology, from technique-driven developments to hypothesis-driven investigations.

  • Katharina Richter

    AUSTRALIA

    University of Adelaide, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

    Katharina developed innovative treatments against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, showing life-changing impact by improving healthcare for infections

     

    About Katharina Richter

    Katharina is an enthusiastic biomedical scientist, dedicated to improve therapies against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Joining the war on superbugs she developed and patented 2 novel treatments and translated them from bench to bedside. With a background in pharmaceutical sciences and a PhD in medicine/applied microbiology, Katharina collaborates with scientists, clinicians and industry partners to ensure a real life impact of her work. She initiated 2 clinical trials in Adelaide, Australia, actively improving public healthcare. Katharina’s excellence has been recognised by peers, the public and the media as evidenced by 29 awards/prizes, numerous public outreach activities and media engagements around the world.

  • Thanh Duc Nguyen

    VIETNAM

    University of Connecticut

    Smart Biodegradable Polymer for Medical Applicationss

    The ability to transform medical polymers, commonly used for resorbable surgical sutures, into desired 3D forms/shapes/structures at small-scales with “smart” functions, while sustaining the materials’ excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability, provides significant applications in different biomedical fields, ranging from tissue engineering and controlled drug-delivery to medical devices. Here, I will present my recent inventions to create 3D microstructures of biodegradable polymers for developing single-administered vaccines, and convert the biopolymers into “smart” piezoelectric materials, which can generate electricity under deformation and vice versa, offering a variety of exciting applications in biodegradable force sensors, tissue-engineering scaffolds and medical transducers.

     

    About Thanh Duc Nguyen

    Dr. Nguyen is an assistant professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut (UConn, USA). His research is highly interdisciplinary and at the interface of biomedicine, materials and nano/micro technology. He has invented a platform technology which can create 3D microstructures of biodegradable polymers for applications in vaccine/drug delivery and medical implants. Recently, he has worked on a novel biodegradable piezoelectric polymer which can be used for monitoring biophysiological pressures and stimulating tissue growth. Dr. Nguyen’s works have been published in prestigious journals (e.g. Science, PNAS etc.) and highlighted in major media (e.g. The NewYork Times, the Gaurdian, BBC News etc.). He received several prestigious awards including the NIH Trailblazer Award for Young and Early Investigators, and the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.

  • Jason Gui

    NEW ZEALAND

    Vigo Technologies Inc.

    Drowsiness detection technology to prevent fatigue-induced accidents

    Jason Gui is the creator of Vigo, a smart headset to track drowsiness. Originally started as a project at the University of Pennsylvania, Vigo has raised venture funding to commercialize the technology. Vigo’s patented technology tracks over a dozen parameters in the wearer's eyes and head motion for signs of drowsiness, and provides a stimulation when they are dozing off. Vigo helps drivers stay alert at the wheel to reduce accidents caused by fatigue, and is currently in use in over 40 countries. The company also launched Vue, a pair of bone conduction smart glasses, which raised $2.2 million on Kickstarter, becoming a top selling smart glasses brand.

     

    About Jason Gui

    Jason Gui is the cofounder of Vigo Technologies, known for its two products: Vigo, a Bluetooth headset that helps drivers stay alert while driving, and Vue, a pair of stylish smart glasses built for everyday use. Vigo allows fleets to track the status of their drivers to reduce drowsiness related accidents, and is used in over 40 countries around the world, while Vue is known for raising a $2.2 million Kickstarter and becoming the top selling smart glasses of all time. Jason holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Marketing and Operations Management from the Wharton School. In 2017 Jason was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.