Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist and author of The Fuzzy And The Techie, a Financial Times business book of the month, and finalist for the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company's Bracken Bower Prize for an author under 35.
He served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), and a Venture Partner at Metamorphic Ventures.
Prior to venture capital, Scott worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He has been a contributing author at MIT Press, and has written for publications such as the Financial Times, Forbes, and Foreign Policy, and been featured in Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal.
Sophia defies conventional thinking of what a robot should look like. Designed to look like Audrey Hepburn, Sophia embodies Hepburn’s classic beauty: porcelain skin, a slender nose, high cheekbones, an intriguing smile, and deeply expressive eyes that seem to change color with the light. If ever there were a robot with a simple elegance people can’t help but appreciate, it would be Sophia.
Her creator is Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics and a modern-day renaissance man who has built a worldwide reputation for creating robots that look and act amazingly human. After working at Disney as one of its “Imagineers,” Dr. Hanson aspired to create genius machines that are smarter than humans and can learn creativity, empathy and compassion—three distinctively human traits Hanson believes must be developed alongside and integrated with artificial intelligence for robots to solve world problems too complex for humans to solve themselves.
The new version of Sophia’s mind, currently under development by SingularityNET in conjunction with Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics, will be a core node of the blockchain. Her intelligence will be plugged in the network for everyone’s benefit and will also receive input and wisdom from everyone's algorithms. Sophia’s mind will be constantly fed with new content from SingularityNET, while at the same time helping to power the network with its human-like intelligence.
SingularityNET’s core goal is to provide an intelligent fabric for AI algorithms to talk to each other — and in doing to, to provide the basis for the emergence of the world’s first true Artificial General Intelligence. The SingularityNET founders believe in open source and decentralized control, so that no single individual or corporation or government will be able to dominate AI as it becomes increasingly more generally intelligent and capable. We believe in the power of the blockchain to keep advanced AI decentralized. We believe that if AGI is developed in a free, open and democratic way, its intelligence can evolve to help humankind rather than enter into any sort of adversarial or destructive relationships. And we believe SingularityNET is the only practical software system on the planet suited to fulfill these ambitions
Piyush Gupta is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group.
Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup’s Chief Executive Officer for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Piyush is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of International Finance, Washington and a member of the Board of Trustees of Asia Society. In addition, he serves as the Deputy Chairman of SPRING Singapore and sits on the boards of The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund and National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office. He is also the Chairman of The Association of Banks in Singapore and Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, and a term trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).
Anika Grant is the HR Director at Uber for APAC (including India) and LATAM, responsible for building a team and ensuring HR operations that meet the fast growing requirements of our business, with a distinct focus on culture.
Anika is a Human Resource professional with 20 years of business experience and a passion for people and developing their talent. Prior to joining Uber, she was with Accenture APAC, and led a team of 500 HR professions supporting a business of over 65,000 employees across the region.
She has worked in Sydney, London, Paris, and Singapore in a diverse range of roles - from client facing to internal talent strategy, leading a global Centre of Expertise and running large HR operations.
Steve Leonard is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate, and has been tasked with building and scaling deep-tech companies in Singapore by working with partners including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start, and scale early-stage technology companies.
As an industry leader in technology, he played key roles in several global companies. Prior to his current role, Steve was the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), a government statutory board. He also serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore. Mr Leonard also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of AsiaSat, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed commercial operator of communication spacecraft.
Grace Sai is the CEO and Co-founder of Impact Hub Singapore, the country’s largest coworking community. More recently, she leads the Hub Ventures Fund, a seed fund to invest in early stage tech companies.
She is regarded as the node of entrepreneurship ecosystem in Asia and speaks widely on ecosystem building and policy development for startups. She has been invited by the Prime Minister’s Offices in Singapore and Malaysia, Angela Merkel, amongst others; to share her inputs.
She came to Singapore as an ASEAN Scholar in 2000, has an MBA from University of Oxford where she graduated with Distinction and was a Skoll Scholar (funded by Jeff Skoll, the co-founder of eBay) and now, currently a Kauffman Fellow (Class 21), a fellowship for venture capitalists.
Grace was nominated as one of the 40 Under 40 by Prestige Singapore (2014), is a UN Women Entrepreneurship Day Ambassador, and is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD.
Øyvind Roti leads Google's team of Cloud Architects in APAC & Japan who publish reference architectures and advise on best practices for moving to a cloud computing model. His technical focus areas include cloud infrastructure, data analytics, and machine learning.
Prior to Google, Øyvind worked at Amazon Web Services, Standard Chartered Bank and Accenture.Øyvind holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, an MSc in International Management (China) from SOAS and is currently pursuing a part-time MSc in Computer Science with Machine Learning specialisation at Georgia Tech.
NMP Kuik Shiao-Yin runs a group of social businesses known as The Thought Collective whose mission is to build up the social and emotional capital of Singapore.
She also serves as a Nominated Member of Parliament in the 12th and current 13th Parliament of Singapore. She helps the boards and committees she sits on shape their strategy on developing youth talent (SCAPE*), nurturing cross-cultural harmony (OnePeople.sg) and strengthening national identity (Founder's Memorial Committee).
She speaks on social innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership and the power of narrative.
Peng T. Ong is a Managing Partner at Monk's Hill Ventures, a technology venture fund investing in post-seed stage startups in Southeast Asia.
Peng was the co-founder and CTO of Match.com (acquired by IAC). After Match.com, he was the founder and CEO of Interwoven, which went public on NASDAQ and grew to a $10B market cap, before being acquired and is now part of HP. After Interwoven, Peng founded Encentuate (acquired by IBM). The three businesses he started now generate annual revenues that total more than US$1 billion.
Most recently, Peng was a Partner at GSR Ventures, a leading VC in China. Peng has also served on many boards, including SingTel and YY.com. He is currently the Chairman of SolveEducation! Peng earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
Robin Kwok is the Managing Director of APAC, Airbnb and is responsible for driving business operations and strategic initiatives in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan region, which are some of the region's fast-growing markets at Airbnb. Previously from Intuit, a financial-tech company, she led sales operations and strategy initiatives in the Asia-Pacific and Europe markets.
Prior to Intuit, Robin worked at a management consulting firm (The Alexander Group) in San Francisco where she helped technology & media companies find ways to grow and scale. Her passion for building high-performing teams and helping companies grow led her to mentoring entrepreneurs of early-to-mid stage start-ups in the areas of product development, go-to-market strategies, and organisation design.
Robin studied Electrical Engineering at Purdue University and International Business at Columbia University & UC Berkeley (MBA). Robin is from the U.S., with a family background from Taiwan & Hong Kong, and currently lives in Singapore.
Vasanth Raju is the Head of Platforms and Client Solutions at artificial intelligence company, ViSenze.
In this role, Vasanth is in-charge of building a platform which enables a new kind of visual commerce. He also manages the Client Solutions team responsible for delivering strategic projects for ViSenze’s partners, including some of the leading players in online retail, e-commerce and Mobile OEMs.
Prior to ViSenze, Vasanth spent four years at Google building strategic partnerships for Google Maps, Chrome and a suite of advertising solutions and was a lead consultant for some of the largest publishers in APAC for Programmatic advertising.
Paul Hadjy spent 6 years with Palantir where he managed new business lines in anti-money laundering, insider threat, cyber, and government applications, and was instrumental in expanding Palantir's warfare vertical across Asia.
He then joined Grab in 2016 as Head of IT to lead the shaping of internal technology, infosec, and business process decisions during their rapid scaling.
Currently as the CEO at the helm of Horangi, Paul Hadjy manages the efforts behind creating cutting edge, cyber security solutions while ensuring that users in the C-suite down to technical operators are all armed with the right, actionable data to make critical cyber decisions.
Anh-Minh Do is the Director of Communications at Vertex Ventures where he focuses on developing the thought leadership and visibility of Vertex in the tech startup ecosystem.
Minh also co-founded multiple startup initiatives in Vietnam, like VIC Partners, an angel investment club, and Startup.vn, a social enterprise to help startups.
Minh’s core interest is writing, where he explores a range of topics from society, economics, science fiction, and especially technology and startup. He is a regular contributor on Forbes and Medium.
Jason has spent his entire career contributing to some of Silicon Valley’s most impactful technology companies. He was the first CFO at Palantir Technologies and was an angel investor in Facebook, Palantir, Yammer and Stemcentrx. His first VC fund’s portfolio includes eShares and Zipline.
Part of the ‘PayPal Mafia’, he joined PayPal as employee #34 while still a graduate student at Stanford University. As a VP on PayPal’s Finance team, he helped the company through its hyper-growth, IPO and subsequent $1.5bn acquisition by eBay in 2002.
Jason was part of the founding team of Clarium Capital, Peter Thiel’s hedge fund, which grew to over $3bn under management during his tenure. He later helped launch the Founders Fund whose early investments included Facebook and Palantir Technologies.
Today, Jason applies his many years of experience through the framework of Oakhouse Partners, a firm whose mission underscores his commitment to discovering and supporting talented entrepreneurs pursuing important challenges. He is a Kauffman Fellow and is currently on a learning mission in Singapore with his wife and two children.
Rosaline Koo is the Founder and CEO of CXA, a platform that enables employees to choose from a wide range of health and wellness perks.
In 2013, Frustrated by the lack of technology to meet unaddressed pain points, Rosaline invested $5M of her savings and borrowed another $5M to build CXA, which currently has 500 corporate clients and is valued at more than $100M with $33M in Series B VC funding.
In her earlier days, Rosaline supervised P&G's production lines rural Iowa then worked on the Bankers Trust on Wall Street. She launched 2 funded startups during the dot-com boom before moving to ACE Insurance. She also grew Mercer and Marsh’s employee benefits business by 800% and across 14 Asian countries."
Pieter joined Sequoia in 2014 and advises on investments across Consumer Internet, Mobile, Fintech and Software companies in Southeast Asia. He currently serves on the Board of Nugit, Funding Societies, 90 Seconds, Fave and HealthEngine and also works closely with Zilingo and Sirion Labs.
Pieter holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he specialized in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.
Gwen's latest role was spearheading Mashable's expansion across Asia Pacific. Previously, she built and sold SGEntrepreneurs to Tech in Asia, where she continues to track innovation in some of the world's largest markets.
Prior to that, she ran a seed fund with three exits to date. and still angel invests, with a portfolio that includes Oddle.me and ShopBack.
Gwen has lived in Singapore, Vietnam, and the US, given talks across Asia, Europe and the US. She speaks 3.25 languages, loves physics, dance, and extreme sports, and sometimes dabbles in embarrassing herself on stage by doing improv comedy.
Yaw leads new markets, new products and strategic partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region and globally for Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), the leading cloud communications platform. He was the architect behind Twilio’s Asia-Pacific market expansion strategy and orchestrated Twilio’s deployment into the region. Yaw also works on new products with the Twilio engineering teams to help launch them globally.
Prior to joining Twilio, Yaw was an Investment Director at Infocomm Investments, a growth stage fund headquartered in Singapore. Yaw was responsible for launching and overseeing Infocomm Investments’ operations in the United States from 2010 to 2014. He invested into Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), DataXu, Quid, BubbleMotion (acquired by SingTel) and other US companies on behalf of the fund.
In his spare time, Yaw moonlights as an active angel investor and serves as an advisor to numerous US and Asia startups.
So-Young Kang is the Founder and CEO of Gnowbe, an innovative mobile-first training and engagement platform focused on driving behavior change for real impact.
So-Young is also a highly sought out speaker globally across US, Asia, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Africa on multiple topics across Transformation Design, Innovation, Leadership, Culture, Strategy, Education/EdTech and Entrepreneurship. She is an author, Huffington Post blogger, and frequent guest on Channel News Asia. From the TEDx stage to innovation conferences to women’s leadership forums, So-Young is a powerful speaker who is described as “engaging”, “thought-provoking,” and “inspiring.”
Her first company, Awaken Group, was a multi-disciplinary Transformation Design (TD) firm that integrates strategy, leadership and innovation to catalyze change. Her experiences also include McKinsey & Company, Harvard Business School and Citigroup. With the impact of her work, she was nominated to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.
She believes in giving back and The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG) in 2000, a nonprofit in 5 countries dedicated to helping students achieve their professional dreams. She sits on the boards of Open University West Africa and Love North Korea Ministries. So-Young is a Korean-American based out of both the US and Singapore.
Dr Ben Goertzel is a mathematician, a polymath, and the lead architect of the OpenCOG AI platform. Currently, he is the CEO of SingularityNET and Chief Scientist at Hanson Robotics Ltd. He has developed trading and sentiment analysis for Webmind, Clarium Capital, StockMood, Cerrid Capital, and Chaikin Trading.
Recognised as a thought-leader in Artificial General Intelligence, Dr Goertzel has a Mathematics PhD from Temple University and is an adjunct professor at Xiamen University.
Joachim Vandaele is the Managing Director of Impact Hub Singapore, where he oversees the overall strategy, funding, resource allocation, people management and operations.
He has been building businesses for 2 decades in the technology, financial services, family office, and media space. He acts as an operating partner to founders and funders of growth businesses, and has navigated companies out of dangerous waters into new geographies and unexplored fields of knowledge.
Joachim is a Board Member and the former CEO of Trusted Family. In addition, he also acts as a Venture Partner with B-Hive, a global FinTech ecosystem.
He also serves at INSEAD as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, a mentor, and jury member for the Venture Competition.
Part of the 5th year celebrations
And in conjunction with SWITCH