Singapore | 6 September 2018

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

9:05 am

Spotlight: Lim Chow Kiat

The CEO of one of the largest institutional investors in the world talks about his approach to investing in technology and AI led business.


  • Haslinda Amin

    Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia, Bloomberg Television


9:30 am

Smart City Overview

We present a roadmap to make the city a model of efficiency, sustainability and innovation.


  • Todd Asher

    Senior Member of the Media and Technology Team, Bloomberg Associates

9:40 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


10:10 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.



10:30 am


The role technology will play on politics, individuals and societies in the future.



  • Jessica Tan

    Group Deputy CEO, Group COO & CIO, Ping An Insurance Group

10:55 am

Networking Break

11:20 am

Spotlight: The Next Billion

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



11:40 am

Betting on Unicorns

We speak to some of Asia’s most exciting unicorns and money managers to identify where the opportunities are – and where the money is.



12:05 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


12:25 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.



12:50 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

1:05 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 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.


2:10 pm

Spotlight: Going Places

The millennial behind Indonesia's first billion dollar startup on how he zoomed to the front of Asia's crowded ride hailing business.



2:30 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.



  • 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? We look at the impact of AI on shopping, healthcare, culture, entertainment, sport and love in a smart city.



3:35 pm

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.



4:05 pm

Closing Remarks



Jose Rene Gregory D. Almendras

AC Infrastructure, an Ayala Company President & CEO

Jonathan Ballon

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

Jenny Bofinger-Schuster

Siemens Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Cities

Ankiti Bose

Zilingo Pte Ltd Co-Founder & CEO

Konstantinos Champidis

City of Athens Chief Digital Officer

Jeff Chen

WeDoctor Group Chief Strategy Officer

Glenn D. Fogel

Booking Holdings CEO & President

Miguel Gamiño Jr.

Mastercard Executive Vice President of Global Cities

Piyush Gupta


Brittany Kaiser

Cambridge Analytica former Director of Program Development

Jenny Lee

GGV Capital Managing Partner

Yan Li

Niu Technologies Co-founder & CEO

Justin Lie

CashShield CEO & Founder

Chow Kiat Lim


Nadiem Makarim

GO-JEK CEO & Founder

Joel Neoh

KFit Founder

Colin Rhys

Virgin Hyperloop One Vice President, Middle East & Asia

Suresh Shankar

Crayon Data Founder

Molly Shea

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

Hooi Ling Tan

Grab Co-Founder

Jessica Tan

Ping An Insurance Group Group Deputy CEO, Group COO & CIO

Satveer Singh Thakral

SGAN Founder & CEO

Dorte Bech Vizard

Kingdom of Denmark Ambassador to Singapore and Brunei

Brendan Wallace

Fifth Wall Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Stuart Wood

Heatherwick Studio Group Leader

Azmat Yusuf

Citymapper Founder & CEO

Haslinda Amin

Bloomberg Television Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia

Todd Asher

Bloomberg Associates Senior Member of the Media and Technology Team

Lulu Chen

Bloomberg Reporter, Asia Technology

Melissa Cheok

Bloomberg Reporter, Social Velocity

Linus Chua

Bloomberg Managing Editor, Southeast Asia

Enda Curran

Bloomberg Chief Asia Economics Correspondent

Peter Elstrom

Bloomberg Managing Editor, Asia Technology

Tom Giles

Bloomberg Executive Editor, Global Technology

Reto Gregori

Bloomberg Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Mallika Kapur

Bloomberg Live Senior Editor, Asia Pacific

Yoolim Lee

Bloomberg Reporter, Asia Technology

Vey-Sern Ling

Bloomberg Intelligence Senior Analyst, Asia Internet

Mark Miller

Bloomberg Live Global Editor

Andy Mukherjee

Bloomberg Opinion Columnist

Katrina Nicholas

Bloomberg Team Leader, Investing Asia


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

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

Participation is by invitation only.

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