SGInnovate and IMDA are bringing together thought leaders from key sectors such as digital, finance, healthcare and sustainability to discuss important upcoming technologies and their applications in the digital economy, the challenges to their adoptions and how to further advance Singapore as a robust Smart Nation and Digital Economy.
Reinforcing Singapore's attractiveness as a springboard of new technologies and a Deep Tech hub is easier said than done. To propel Singapore's Smart Nation and Digital Economy to a greater height, leaders and doers from every industry, business and government agency have to continue to grow, innovate, develop and scale together through the deployment of emerging technology solutions and fostering the growth of tech talent and capabilities.
In this panel discussion, SGInnovate and IMDA are bringing together thought leaders from key sectors such as digital, finance, healthcare and sustainability to discuss important upcoming technologies and their applications in the digital economy, the challenges to their adoptions and how to further advance Singapore as a robust economy for the future.
Date: 8 March 2022, Tuesday
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Singapore Time / UTC +8)
4:00pm - 4:05pm: Introduction and Welcome
4:05pm - 5:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A on Innovations That Will Define The Future Economy with:
- Tinku Gupta, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Management Committee Member, Singapore Exchange
- Sadaf Hosseini, Head of Growth and Partnerships - UpLink, World Economic Forum
- Sunita Kannan, Data & AI Solutions Lead, Asia (APJ & ANZ), Microsoft HQ
- Prof Tina Wong, Executive Director, National Health Innovation Centre Singapore
- Moderator: Dr Ong Chen Hui, Cluster Director - Technology Development, Infocomm and Media Development Authority
Tinku Gupta, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Management Committee Member, Singapore Exchange
Tinku Gupta is the Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Executive Management Committee in Singapore Exchange (SGX). She is responsible for the overall planning, development, and implementation of the company’s technology-related strategies and initiatives and information security and technology operations functions in SGX.
In a career spanning over 25 years in Singapore Exchange, Tinku has led both business and technology units. She has led the implementation of many key business and technology initiatives that have helped shape SGX into a leading international multi-asset exchange.
A passionate and articulate leader, Tinku focuses on delivering customer value while maintaining a strong culture of accountability and discipline. She was awarded a place on The World Federation of Exchanges, Women Leaders List for 2021 as one of the talented and gifted women leaders in the Exchange industry through a competitive selection process by distinguished judges. She continues to be a role model for women in technology and is active in diversity and community programmes.
Tinku holds a master’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering with First Class Honours.
Sadaf Hosseini, Head of Growth and Partnerships - UpLink, World Economic Forum
Sadaf Hosseini is the Head of Growth and Partnerships at UpLink, the open innovation platform of the World Economic Forum. UpLink’s vision is to build a global digital ecosystem for innovation to enable an entrepreneurial revolution for impact. In this role, she brings like-minded leaders from all walks of life to support the entrepreneurs and bring this vision to life.
Prior to this, Sadaf led the Forum’s business engagement efforts in the Middle East and Africa, acting as an advisor to the C-Suite executives from the region in driving their corporate strategies through their partnership with the Forum.
Sadaf believes in constant learning and has been a fellow of the Global Leadership Fellowship of the Forum. In addition, she holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Nottingham University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics.
Sadaf is inspired by Yin and Yang philosophy, amazed by humanity, saddened by injustice, angered by inequality, and spoken to by respect of individuality. Plus, a great cook!
Sunita Kannan, Data & AI Solutions Lead, Asia (APJ & ANZ), Microsoft HQ
Sunita Kannan is currently the Data & AI Solutions Lead in Asia (APJ & ANZ) at Microsoft. She has a wealth of experience managing and delivering Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence (AI) work for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies across various industries.
Prior to Microsoft, Sunita led the space of Data, Analytics & AI across several leading consulting firms. The most recent was Accenture, in which she was the AI Advisory and Responsible AI Lead for the Asia Pacific.
Before consulting, Sunita was a PhD Quantum Physics student at the University of Colorado (Boulder). She holds a Master of Science in Quantum Physics and a Bachelors in Mathematics and Physics (distinction and honours) from Wellesley College (MA, USA).
Sunita’s research and interpersonal skills have helped her achieve a solid balance between EQ and IQ. With this, Sunita constantly aims to transcend the norm and deliver real and immersive experiences for her clients.
Prof Tina Wong, Executive Director, National Health Innovation Centre Singapore
Prof Tina Wong is Head and Senior Consultant in the Glaucoma Service at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), Director of Clinical Translational Research and Head of the Ocular Therapeutics and Drug Delivery Research Group at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI). She is a Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and an adjunct professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.
Her research interests are in glaucoma surgery, ocular inflammation and fibrosis and the application of sustained drug delivery platforms for ophthalmology. Prof Wong is a leading expert and thought leader in glaucoma surgery wound healing. She has authored extensively in peer-reviewed publications in her research fields, authored books and book chapters.
Prof Wong has an entrepreneurial streak in her research. She holds several patents to her name and licensed one of the patents on sustained drug delivery for glaucoma, to a spin-off company, Peregrine Ophthalmic, of which she is the co-founder. In 2014, Prof Wong together with her collaborators at NTU was awarded the prestigious President’s Science and Technology Award for this work. She is currently preparing two further startup companies spawned from her research.
Prof Wong is involved in both local and international education programmes, courses and regularly presents at international meetings. She is the founding President of the Glaucoma Association Singapore. Prof Wong is a recipient of the National Clinician Scientist Award for her work on novel drug delivery platforms for glaucoma, and the Distinguished Service Award at the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology for her extensive contributions to ophthalmology and research in glaucoma.
Dr Ong Chen Hui, Cluster Director - Technology Development, Infocomm and Media Development Authority
Dr Ong Chen Hui is the Cluster Director of Technology Development at the Infocomm and Media Development Authority (IMDA), where she oversees the agency’s RIE2025 efforts and industry development efforts in the areas of AI/Data, Communications/Connectivity and Trust Technologies.
Dr Ong has over two decades of experience in cybersecurity and technology innovation. Prior to IMDA, she was the APJ CTO in Trustwave – a Singtel company and Principal Member of Technical Staff in DSO National Laboratories.
In her role as APJ CTO in Trustwave, she drove the vision and oversee the execution of emerging technologies in the cybersecurity business. Her portfolio covers building MVPs, consulting and vulnerability research in OT Cybersecurity, Big Data for Telco Cybersecurity, Automotive Cybersecurity and 5G cybersecurity. Within the Singtel Group, she was also a member of the task forces in group-wide strategic projects such as 5G CFP. She represented the company in the Telco Security Alliance and at the World Economic Forum. She was also a member of the committee for TR68: Technical Reference for Autonomous Vehicles and the Cybersecurity Working Group in the 2018 Services and Digital Economy Technology Roadmap. In her earlier role as Principal Member of Technical Staff in DSO National Laboratories, she performed applied research, malware analysis, risk and vulnerability assessments. Her research work on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning has been published in leading conferences.
Dr Ong has earned accreditations as a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) and GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM) technologist. She holds a PhD in Computer Science under the Singapore-MIT Alliance. She also holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BSc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in the United States