September 5, 2019 | Singapore

Sooner Than You Think

This September in Singapore, we’ll take a deep dive into the technologies and debates that are changing artificial intelligence — indeed that are changing many of the basic assumptions of our daily lives including the very future of life itself.

Change is coming.
Sooner than you think.

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is both the stuff of Terminator-esque, end-of-humanity scenarios and an invisible but steadily increasing part of our daily lives.

Companies and governments are investing heavily in this space. AI related technologies could unlock up to $15.4 trillion in annual business value worldwide. Some experts think AI will create more jobs; others say it will put millions out of work. Even without killing jobs, AI may reinforce inequality and erode civil liberties. It could lead to humans living longer. It may tame climate change. The potential is limitless. So are the consequences.

The biggest concrete concern is that today’s AI is, ironically, too often frustratingly stupid or opaque in reaching a conclusion. And there remains doubts on whether artificial general intelligence is even feasible.

Join us in Singapore as we side step the hype to uncover the real potential of artificial intelligence.

September 4 - Wednesday

6:00 pm

Special Dinner and Evening Program: The Future of Data

Proudly sponsored by NetApp. Seating is Limited. Separate registration is required. From 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

By as early as next year, as much as 85% of customer interactions could be managed without a human. Many of these exchanges will be handled by cloud-based artificial intelligence. Join Bloomberg at this exclusive dinner and evening program to uncover some of the latest innovations in smart cities, health care and financial services, and understand how business, society, and the cloud needs to prepare. Due to limited seating, separate registration will be required for this session.

6:30 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

6:35 p.m. The Future of Data

6:40 p.m. Smart Singapore

7:30 p.m. Helping Doctors Diagnose Sooner

8:00 p.m. Following the Money

8:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

September 5 - Thursday

8:00 am

Registration Opens & Welcome Refreshments

8:55 am

Welcoming Remarks


9:00 am

Spotlight on Singapore


  • S Iswaran

    Minister for Communications and Information, Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, Republic of Singapore

In conversation with

9:25 am

The AI Debate: Existential Threat or Great Leap Forward

Should business and society embrace AI in all its glory, or be afraid? Can the technology industry self-regulate on ethics? Where will the big investor returns come from?


In conversation with

9:50 am

Spotlight: IBM

IBM has been on the forefront of AI for decades. We find out how the latest advancements are transforming business.


In conversation with

10:10 am

Spotlight: SenseTime

The latest from the world’s most valuable AI start-up.


  • Xu Li

    Co-Founder and CEO, SenseTime

In conversation with

  • Lulu Chen

    Senior Reporter, Asia Technology, Bloomberg

10:30 am

Networking Break

11:00 am

Spotlight: Nielsen

We explore how the Nielsen CEO’s past experience as head of IBM Watson is helping him predict the future of consumer behavior.


In conversation with

11:20 am

A Personal Shopper for Everyone

We take a look at how AI will revolutionize the consumer experience with personalized product offerings and whether AI could drive consumers back to brick and mortar stores.


In conversation with

11:45 am

The Defenders

An always online society powered by ubiquitous AI and the internet of things. Sounds like a dream for hackers, predators and propagandists. We talk safety, security and privacy.


  • Karthik Ramanathan

    Senior Vice President of Cyber and Intelligence (C&I) Solutions, Asia Pacific, Mastercard

  • Bin Ru Tan

    CEO, OneConnect Financial Technology

In conversation with

12:10 pm

From Unicorn to Decacorn

Ten heads are better than one? We profile Gojek’s next stage of growth and find out how one of their investors – Warburg Pincus – is helping the evolution.


In conversation with

12:35 pm

Finding the Next Global Football Star

How is AI helping football clubs find the next Leo Messi?


In conversation with

12:55 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 pm

Jobs: Creator or Destroyer

Some experts think AI will create more jobs; others say it will put millions out of work. We debate the true effect of AI on jobs and how labor market disruption will impact companies and investors.


In conversation with

2:10 pm

The Last Human in the Bank

Some parts of banking will always need the personal touch. How far will AI go?


In conversation with

2:30 pm

Spotlight: Microsoft

Dr. Hon shares his insight into the next stage of AI.


  • Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon

    Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group

In conversation with

2:50 pm

Spotlight: Grab

Ling shares her insight into how AI will contribute to Grab’s expansion into new countries and markets.


In conversation with

3:10 pm

No More Traffic

Will AI render traffic gridlock an unpleasant memory?


In conversation with

3:30 pm

The Robot Doctor Will See You Now

From preventing illness, to helping Doctors in their diagnoses, we hear the latest from the cutting edge of healthcare technology.


In conversation with

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks



S Iswaran

Minister for Communications and Information, Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations Republic of Singapore

Haslinda Amin

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Sutapa Amornvivat

CEO SCB Abacus

Shelly Banjo

Reporter, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Beh Kian Teik

Chief Digital Officer Singapore Economic Development Board

Ankiti Bose

Co-Founder and CEO Zilingo Pte Ltd

Giels Brouwer 

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer SciSports

Lulu Chen

Senior Reporter, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Julie Shin Choi

Vice President, AI Products Group General Manager, Products and Research Marketing, Intel Corporation

Caecilia Chu

Co-Founder and CEO YouTrip

Tim Culpan

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Enda Curran

Chief Asia Economics Correspondent Bloomberg

Mark Dawson

Editor, Asia Pacific Bloomberg Live

Peter Elstrom

Executive Editor, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Diksha Gera

Senior Analyst, Asia Financials Bloomberg Intelligence

Harriet Green

CEO and Chairman IBM Asia Pacific

Piyush Gupta


Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon

Corporate Vice President Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group

Michelle Jamrisko

Southeast Asia Economy Reporter Bloomberg

Manav Kamboj

Chief Technology Officer PropertyGuru Group

Mallika Kapur

Deputy Global Editor Bloomberg Live

David Kenny

CEO and Chief Diversity Officer Nielsen

Soo Boon Koh

Founder and Managing Partner iGlobe Partners

Rosaline Chow Koo

Founder and CEO CXA Group

Ravi Lambah

Global Head, Telecom, Media & Technology, Head, India Temasek

Yoolim Lee

Reporter, Asia Technology Bloomberg

Steve Leonard

Founding CEO SGInnovate

Kevin Lyman

CEO Enlitic

Mark Miller

Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Akash Passey

Senior Vice President Volvo Bus Corporation

Stephanie Phang

Managing Editor, Southeast Asia Bloomberg

Jeffrey Perlman

Managing Director, Head of Southeast Asia Warburg Pincus

Karthik Ramanathan

Senior Vice President of Cyber and Intelligence (C&I) Solutions, Asia Pacific Mastercard

Juliette Saly

Anchor and Reporter Bloomberg Television

Andre Soelistyo

President Gojek

Bin Ru Tan

CEO OneConnect Financial Technology

Hooi Ling Tan

Co-Founder Grab

Oliver Tonby

Chairman, Asia McKinsey & Company

Deepak Visweswaraiah

Senior Vice President & Managing Director NetApp India

Derek Wallbank

Senior Editor, Breaking News Asia Bloomberg

Xu Li

Co-Founder and CEO SenseTime


DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia with a presence in 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is 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.

Recognised for its global leadership, DBS has been named “World’s Best Bank” by Euromoney, “Global Bank of the Year” by The Banker and “Best Bank in the World” by Global Finance. The bank is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking, having been named “World’s Best Digital Bank” by Euromoney. In addition, DBS has been accorded the “Safest Bank in Asia” award by Global Finance for ten consecutive years from 2009 to 2018.

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 our 27,000 staff, representing over 40 nationalities. For more information, please visit

IBM Services is partnering with the world’s leading companies to reimagine and reinvent their business through technology.

We co-create new business models, processes and infrastructure that embraces digital disruption and drives revenue growth. We design personalized customer experiences that drive loyalty enabled by deep industry expertise, data driven analytics and technology. By integrating leading market place technology and IBM’s advanced R&D labs, we can modernize and optimize any business. We are trusted to deliver secure, resilient and reliable services. We are dedicated to running smart operations, continuously learning and improving efficiency and quality, with AI and automation.

No one has helped more businesses grow globally. We deliver sustained value for clients that make a difference in the real world. IBM Services is partnering with:
4 out of the top 5 airlines by revenue
8 out of 10 leading mobile operators
8 out of 10 largest automobile manufacturers
10 out of 10 world’s largest banks
4 out of 10 largest global retailers
7 out of 10 biggest insurance companies

NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with our partners, we empower global organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to expand customer touchpoints, foster greater innovation, and optimize their operations. For more information, visit #DataDriven

Summit Partners

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 23 locations around the world are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field.

Established in 1973, the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham) is the largest and the most active international business association in Singapore and Southeast Asia, with over 5,200 members representing more than 700 companies. Our Chamber is comprised of 13 industry specific committees, and conducts nearly 250 events per year.

AmCham is a forward-thinking, business-progressive association.  Our mission is to create value for our members by providing advocacy, business insights, and connections. Our membership includes American companies and Singaporean and third-country companies with significant U.S. business interests.  AmCham is an independent, non-partisan business organization.  We are a member of the 28-chamber-strong AmChams of Asia Pacific (AAP).

Our goal is to provide the information and facilitate the access and connections that give members insight into the local, regional, and global operating environment, enhance their professional capabilities, and enable them to make well informed business decisions.

AustCham is the Australian business community in Singapore committed to assisting our members achieve business success through fostering connections between business and government, each other and our culture through hosting, facilitating and providing events and services for our members.  Keeping members informed of the latest opportunities and issues in Singapore and the region, as well as facilitating access to regional Australian chambers, the Australian High Commission, Australian and Singapore government agencies and business is a key focus of the chamber’s activities.

AustCham members share a connection to Australia whether it be through working for Australian companies in Singapore, Australians working for non-Australian companies in Singapore and Singaporeans and other nationalities who have a connection to Australian business (whether in Australia or the region).

The British Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping strengthen the ties between the UK and Singapore, and we are proud to serve as a strong and credible voice for British businesses in Singapore. We have done so since 1954.

Whether you are just starting your research intro ASEAN by scoping the market opportunities in Singapore, have established your business and seeking growth, building connections to the UK Government, or looking for brand exposure and employee development opportunities, the Chamber is here to support your needs at every stage of your journey.

With a full calendar of activities throughout the year including events, publications and opportunities to collaborate with our members, the Chamber team is available to help as a point of resource, introductions, networking, learning and profile-raising.

The services we provide all work towards supporting our members in achieving your business objectives and align with our mission of Building Networks, Connecting Businesses and Creating Opportunities.

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

The Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) is the National Coordinating body of women’s organisations in Singapore. We have more than 50 Member Organisations representing over 500,000 women in Singapore.

Incorporated in March 1980, the SCWO, having been founded by women, seeks to unite the various women’s organisations, clubs, committees, groups and women leaders together, working in accordance with its various aims and objectives.

The SCWO seeks to co-ordinate these associations into a national movement and to act on their behalf in matters for which is authorised by its members.

It seeks to promote the ideals of `Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’ for women in

The SCWO offer a range of services mostly for women in need. They are the Star Shelter, the Maintenance Support Central and Civil and Muslim Law Legal Clinics.

The SCWO has various initiatives for women – to provide a platform for networking, education and inspiration through the Women’s Register (WR) and bring awareness to the benefits of gender-balanced business through BoardAgender. It also celebrates the achievements of women through the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame.

The SCWO has various facilities that caters to the public such as the IT Hub, New2U Thrift Shop, Function Rooms, and a Library.

SFA is a cross-industry and non-profit organization.

It’s purpose is to support the development of the FinTech industry in Singapore, and to facilitate collaboration among the participants and stakeholders of the FinTech ecosystem in Singapore.

The SFA is a member-based organization with over 350 corporate members. It represents the full range of stakeholders in the FinTech industry, from early stage innovative companies to large financial players and service providers.

To further it’s purpose, the SFA also partners with institutions and associations from Singapore and globally to cooperate on initiatives relating to the FinTech industry. The SFA have signed over 48 international memorandum of understanding (MoU) in more than 30+ countries and are the first U Associate organisation to be affiliated with National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

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Participation is by invitation only.

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