September 6, 2018 | Singapore

Sooner Than You Think

Backed by the unmatched data and analytical power of Bloomberg’s global resources, Sooner Than You Think Singapore delivers insight into the future of cities and the disruption and innovation already transforming the way we live, work, eat, spend, move, think and play.

Bloomberg brings together the smartest minds in tech for solution oriented conversations that center around making the cities of the future smart, safe and sustainable.

Because change is coming. Sooner Than You Think.

Change is coming. Sooner than you think.

The key to ensuring strong economic development goes hand-in-hand with urbanization is smart cities – urban environments employing the latest technologies within an overarching strategy to create a seamless flow of people, information and resources. More than the sum of individual technologies, the smartest cities are powerful centers of innovation helping solve the world’s greatest challenges, creating new industries, expanding economic prosperity and improving the lives of billions of people.

Join Bloomberg at Sooner Than You Think to hear top city leaders, the smartest thinkers and global technology executives provide new insight into how the latest innovations in mobility, big data, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, cyber-security and environmental and economic sustainability are bringing tomorrow’s smart cities closer to reality.

Featured Speaker

September 6 - Thursday

7:45 am

Registration Opens & Morning Refreshments

8:25 am

Welcoming Remarks


8:30 am

Opening Address & Interview



  • Dr Janil Puthucheary

    Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Transport, Republic of Singapore

9:05 am

Spotlight: The Future Disruptors

The CEO of one of the largest institutional investors in the world talks about his approach to investing in technology and AI-led businesses, key trends, and the sovereign wealth fund’s role in supporting enterprises.



9:40 am

Smart City Overview

The non-profit cities consulting group, Bloomberg Associates, is working with Mayors and cities across multiple continents to help them create the cities of tomorrow. From the world’s largest incubator in Paris, France to educational “spaceships” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Todd Asher gives us a first hand look at how cities are leveraging technology to serve residents and improve cities.


  • Todd Asher

    Senior Member of the Media and Technology Team, Bloomberg Associates

9:50 am

What Makes a Smart City a Success?

What makes a city smart? What defines its success?
We hear from leaders pushing innovation in some of the most vibrant and digitally connected cities in the world.


  • Todd Asher

    Senior Member of the Media and Technology Team, Bloomberg Associates


10:20 am

Spotlight: The Future of Banking

The CEO of DBS Group on the digital revolution in finance, staying on the cutting edge of fintech and the future of banking.



10:40 am

Spotlight: Big Brother is Watching

Living in a digitally connected world could become a privacy nightmare. Everything we do, everywhere we go, we leave a digital footprint. Could this urban data system become Big Brother? We speak to a former Cambridge Analytica employee and whistleblower who has been campaigning to give the power over personal data back to its users.



11:05 am

Networking Break

11:30 am

Spotlight: The Next Billion

A one on one conversation around how AI can help companies reach out to the next billion consumers.



11:50 am

Betting on Unicorns

We speak to some of Asia’s most sought-after investors and an exciting startup about what it takes to build a unicorn.



12:15 pm

Spotlight: Beyond Transport

From one app for one service – transport – to an app for multiple services, the co-founder of one of Asia’s most exciting startups talks about that transition. We ask her – what’s next?


  • Tom Giles

    Executive Editor, Global Technology, Bloomberg


12:35 pm

Welcome to the City: The Future of Mobility

Mobility is set to be a trillion-dollar industry by 2030, with many cities aiming to eliminate private car ownership altogether. Home to some of the most traffic-clogged cities in the world, we examine the role technology can play in Asia to revolutionize transportation – of people, of goods, of services.



  • Yan Li

    Co-founder & CEO, Niu Technologies

  • Colin Rhys

    Vice President, Middle East & Asia, Virgin Hyperloop One

1:00 pm

Smart City, Smart Living

With the industrial revolution, technology helped create the modern city, but with it came new issues like crime, isolation and pollution. Can technology fix the problems technology created in the first place?

Presentation by

  • Jonathan Ballon

    Vice President of Internet of Things Group (IOTG), Intel Corporation

1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

2:05 pm

Welcoming Remarks


2:10 pm

Bloomberg Intelligence Insight: Spotlight China

China has in recent years become one of the most digitized economies in the world. We examine how the country pulled ahead in becoming cashless, its innovations in digital finance, and the investments it is making in harnessing artificial intelligence in mobility and security.


2:20 pm

Money, Money, Money: The New Rules of the Game

We look at the role AI will play as we move towards a future where monetary transactions – between people, between businesses, and across countries – take place digitally.


  • Lulu Chen

    Senior Reporter, Asia Technology, Bloomberg


  • Justin Lie

    CEO & Founder, CashShield

  • Molly Shea

    Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Money Transfer, Asia Pacific, Western Union

2:45 pm

Building the People-Centric City of the Future

How will smart cities converge offline-and-online experiences?



3:10 pm

Eat, Shop, Love in a Smart City

As our cities get smarter and are lives, faster – what impact will technology have on our health, both physical and emotional?



3:40 pm

Spotlight: Bridging The Divide

A leading VC fund on investing in key technologies that can really transform industries including healthcare, financial services, consumer, transportation and logistics.


  • Tom Giles

    Executive Editor, Global Technology, Bloomberg


4:10 pm

Closing Remarks



Jose Rene Gregory D. Almendras

President & CEO AC Infrastructure, an Ayala Company

Jonathan Ballon

Vice President of Internet of Things Group (IOTG) Intel Corporation

Jenny Bofinger-Schuster

Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Cities Siemens

Konstantinos Champidis

Chief Digital Officer City of Athens

Jeff Chen

Chief Strategy Officer WeDoctor Group

Dror Feldheim

Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer Trax

Glenn D. Fogel

CEO & President Booking Holdings

Miguel Gamiño Jr.

Executive Vice President of Global Cities Mastercard

Piyush Gupta


Dr David Hardoon

Chief Data Officer Monetary Authority of Singapore

Brittany Kaiser

Co-Founder Digital Asset Trade Association

Jenny Lee

Managing Partner GGV Capital

Yan Li

Co-founder & CEO Niu Technologies

Justin Lie

CEO & Founder CashShield

Lim Chow Kiat


Kabir Narang

Partner B Capital Group

Joel Neoh

Founder & CEO Fave

Dr Janil Puthucheary

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Transport Republic of Singapore

Colin Rhys

Vice President, Middle East & Asia Virgin Hyperloop One

Eduardo Saverin

Co-Founder and Partner B Capital Group

Suresh Shankar

Founder Crayon Data

Molly Shea

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Money Transfer, Asia Pacific Western Union

Hooi Ling Tan

Co-Founder Grab

Jessica Tan

Group Co-CEO Ping An Insurance Group

Satveer Singh Thakral

Founder & CEO SGAN

Dorte Bech Vizard

Ambassador to Singapore and Brunei Kingdom of Denmark

Brendan Wallace

Co-Founder & Managing Partner Fifth Wall

Haslinda Amin

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Todd Asher

Senior Member of the Media and Technology Team Bloomberg Associates

Lulu Chen

Senior Reporter, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Melissa Cheok

Reporter, Social Velocity Bloomberg

Linus Chua

Managing Editor, Southeast Asia Bloomberg

Enda Curran

Chief Asia Economics Correspondent Bloomberg

Peter Elstrom

Executive Editor, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Tom Giles

Executive Editor, Global Technology Bloomberg

Reto Gregori

Deputy Editor-in-Chief Bloomberg

Mallika Kapur

Deputy Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Yoolim Lee

Reporter, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Vey-Sern Ling

Senior Analyst, Asia Internet Bloomberg Intelligence

Mark Miller

Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Andy Mukherjee

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Katrina Nicholas

Team Leader, Investing Asia Bloomberg


DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 280 branches across 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank’s “AA-” and “Aa1” credit ratings are among the highest in the world.

DBS is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking, and has been named “World’s Best Digital Bank” by Euromoney. The bank has also been recognised for its leadership in the region, having been named “Asia’s Best Bank” by several publications including The Banker, Global Finance, IFR Asia and Euromoney since 2012. In addition, the bank has been named “Safest Bank in Asia” by Global Finance for nine consecutive years from 2009 to 2017.

DBS provides a full range of services in consumer, SME and corporate banking. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of doing business in the region’s most dynamic markets. DBS is committed to building lasting relationships with customers, and positively impacting communities through supporting social enterprises, as it banks the Asian way. It has also established a SGD 50 million foundation to strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts in Singapore and across Asia.

With its extensive network of operations in Asia and emphasis on engaging and empowering its staff, DBS presents exciting career opportunities. The bank acknowledges the passion, commitment and can-do spirit in all of its 26,000 staff, representing over 40 nationalities. For more information, please visit

Esri is the global market leader in GIS and has helped customers improve results since 1969. We build ArcGIS, the world’s most powerful mapping and spatial analytics software. ArcGIS connects everyone, everywhere through a common visual language. It combines mapping and analytics to reveal deeper insight into data, helping organizations create positive change in industry and society. Our users create the maps that run the world. In fact, more than 300,000 organizations deploy our software, including >75% of the Fortune 500 along with the world’s largest cities and most national governments.

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (“Ping An”) is a world-leading technology-powered personal financial services group. With 170 million customers and 459 million Internet users, Ping An is one of the largest financial services companies in the world. Under its ‘pan financial assets’ strategy the company offers customers insurance, banking and asset management through its ‘finance + technology’ platform. Under its ‘pan healthcare’ strategy the company uses a ‘finance + ecosystem’ platform to offer Internet users five ecosystems, covering financial services, healthcare, auto services, real estate services and Smart City services. Ping An is committed to investing in innovative technologies in fintech, AI and cloud to provide customers and Internet users with innovative and simple products and services. As China’s first joint stock insurance company, Ping An Group is committed to upholding the highest standards of corporate reporting and corporate governance. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Ping An ranked 10th in Forbes’ 2018 Global 2000, and it ranked 29th in Fortune Magazine’s 2018 Global 500 Leading Companies. Ping An also ranked 43rd in 2018 WPP Millward Brown’s BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. For more information, please visit

The SIA Group’s history dates back to 1947 with the maiden flight of Malayan Airways Limited. The airline was later renamed Malaysian Airways Limited and then Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA). In 1972, MSA split into Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysian Airline System. Initially operating a modest fleet of 10 aircraft to 22 cities in 18 countries, SIA has since grown to be a world-class international airline group.

Singapore Airlines is committed to the constant enhancement of the three main pillars of its brand promise: Service Excellence, Product Leadership and Network Connectivity. The SIA Group fleet and network are also expanding in support of the development of its portfolio strategy, in which it has investments in both full-service and low-cost airline operations. This portfolio of airlines serving short-, medium-,and long-haul markets gives the SIA Group more flexibility and nimbleness, with the right vehicles to serve the right markets.

Stockholm became the second Scandinavian city to be added to Singapore Airlines’ route network in 2017. During the same year, Singapore Airlines unveiled its new Airbus A380 cabin products. The new Singapore Airlines A380 will be configured with 471 seats in four classes.

In 2018, Singapore Airlines became the world’s first airline to fly the new Boeing 787-10, which will be fitted with its new regional cabin products. The aircraft will be fitted with 337 seats in two classes, with 36 seats in Business Class and 301 seats in Economy Class.

Summit Partner

Citigate Dewe Rogerson is a leading international financial communications consultancy in Asia Pacific.

With offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei, we are trusted advisors to major and emerging companies and to government and trade bodies – wherever clear and persuasive communication will make a difference.

We offer intelligent, tailored solutions delivered by a team of high-calibre people. Our sophisticated advisors bring their experience from journalism, event management, investment banking, financial analysis and other professional disciplines.

Our practice areas are:

  • Transaction communications – helping our clients to tell their story clearly and effectively during initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions
  • Investor relations – advising listed companies on communication with analysts, shareholders and potential shareholders
  • Corporate communications – offering strategic counsel to financial and professional services companies and firms from other sectors to enhance their corporate reputation and handle crisis situations

100 Women in Finance is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members in 22 locations around the world are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field.

The Financial Women’s Association Singapore drives professionalism in the financial sector, with special emphasis on the role of women and the development of future leaders.

Our mission statements are:

1) To promote education, advancement and recognition of women in the financial sector; not foregoing work-life balance

2) To encourage young female leaders-of-tomorrow to seek career opportunities and advancement in finance through mentorship programs

3) To provide a networking platform for professional support and contacts

4) To contribute to social and community development by offering financial or resource support to charitable causes, with particular focus on women’s needs

SFA is a cross-industry NON PROFIT initiative, intended to be a platform designed to facilitate collaboration between all market participants and stakeholders in the FinTech ecosystem. It is designed to be an effective platform for members to engage with multiple stakeholders to find solutions to issues.



To facilitate collaboration between all market participants and stakeholders in the FinTech ecosystem. It is designed to be an effective platform for members to engage with multiple stakeholders to find solutions to issues and to promote best FinTech practices in a collaborative, open, and transparent manner


Represents the FinTech industry, uphold the integrity of its members, and support the building of relationships within the FinTech community, and collaborate with regional and as well as international FinTech organizations


Educate, inform and communicate by developing a connected FinTech ecosystem, channelling effective and relevant information among members and externally; foster innovation among Association members and the Singapore FinTech ecosystem; accelerate development of FinTech companies operating in or entering into Singapore, and their subsequent integration and acceleration into the Singapore FinTech ecosystem; and represent, align and support common interests by coordinating and catalysing otherwise individual actions so that the Association can represent the FinTech community.

Participation is by invitation only.

To request an invitation or inquire for more details, please email