Fast Execution Needs Sound Strategy: The Unspoken Dynamics in Deep Tech Development | SGInnovate
July 19 2022


Online Event


Fast Execution Needs Sound Strategy: The Unspoken Dynamics in Deep Tech Development

Presented by SGInnovate and Hello Tomorrow Asia Pacific

Growing and leveraging Deep Tech solutions requires support and buy-in from an entire ecosystem. Here, we view it as the problem-driven application of advanced technologies to address large-scale issues. Practically, a three-way approach involving Advanced Science, Engineering, and Business Modelling is required to identify the right problem set to be solved, the fundamental technology/technologies to build on, and how solutions can be ramped up for large-scale delivery.

The skills and experience required to navigate the large diversity of practices and challenges within the required approach are both valuable and rare.

In this session, we invite three highly experienced practitioners, who, through hard-earned experience, now shape progression in Deep Tech from multiple perspectives, to share thoughts and insights around what takes place at the intersection of these approaches that others can learn from.

The objective here is to help practitioners understand the broad range of considerations when developing applications around advanced technologies, helping them design, plan for, and speedily execute, bringing their Deep Tech innovations to market.
Date: 19 July 2022, Tuesday
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Singapore Time / UTC +8)
1:30pm – 1:35pm: Introduction and Welcome
1:35pm – 2:00pm: Fireside Chat and Q&A on Fast Execution Needs Sound Strategy: The Unspoken Dynamics in Deep Tech Development with

  • Dr Ipshita Mandal-Johnson, Founding Partner & CEO, Global Bio Fund 
  • David Toh, CEO, NTUitive
  • Sally-Ann Williams, CEO, Cicada Innovations
Speakers' Profile:
Dr Ipshita Mandal-Johnson, Founding Partner & CEO, Global Bio Fund 

Dr Ipshita Mandal-Johnson is passionate about building inclusive, innovative and sustainable systems and serves as the Founding Partner & CEO of Global Bio Fund. She envisioned the “Venture Builder” idea back in 2011 and over time re-focused it with values of impact, knowledge, service to others and wellbeing.

She currently serves on the boards of Global Engineering Futures and Chiasma NZ, is a Judge on Mass Challenge and iGEM, is a Visiting Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Cambridge, and is a member of the UNAIDS HIEx Investors Council.

She has received multiple awards including thrice being listed in the 50 Movers and Shakers in Bio Business, St Gallen Leader of Tomorrow and an inaugural 40 under 40 for the University of Auckland. She has written or been interviewed on Nasdaq, Nature Careers and The Economist Intelligence Unit and has been a speaker at Foreign Policy, Global BioEconomy Summit and Graduate Women in Science amongst others.

David Toh, CEO, NTUitive
David Toh is a keen advocate of technology startups and has been an active angel investor since the late 1990s. He is also currently on the SGX Listings Advisory Committee Board, providing opinions on technology companies seeking IPOs. Prior to his current role at NTUitive, David spent 20 years in the finance industry at ING Barings, Lehman Brothers and DBS Asset Management as a leading technology sector analyst and fund manager.

Before joining the Finance industry, David worked as a Process Engineer in the Semiconductor industry. David is also a member of the Singapore Stock Exchange Listings Advisory Committee and holds directorships on FinTech startup BankerBay and SGX-listed iFast Corp. 

Sally-Ann Williams, CEO, Cicada Innovations

As CEO of Cicada, Sally-Ann Williams leads Australia’s pioneering deep tech incubator supporting companies solving the world's most pressing problems through science and engineering. Cicada has nurtured hundreds of visionary deep tech innovators to validate, commercialise and scale high-impact technologies globally across MedTech, HealthTech, AgTech, FoodTech, Clean Energy, AI, and Manufacturing 4.0. 

Prior to joining Cicada Innovations, she spent over 12 years at Google as an Executive Program Manager on the engineering team leading work on R&D collaborations with universities, startup and entrepreneurship engagement and pioneering work on Computer Science and STEM education, including world-first collaborations delivering national transformation. Sally-Ann also contributed to the foundation of StartupAUS, a non-profit with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship.

Topics: AI / Machine Learning / Deep Learning

Industry: Advanced Manufacturing