Conference & Forum

3rd Annual Technology for Change Asia

20 Mar 2023 - 21 Mar 2023 Singapore and Online
The Economist Impact’s third annual Technology for Change Asia will gather leaders across the public, private and civil sectors to examine how technology-based and data-driven solutions can be applied to long-standing social challenges to connect with the consumer and stakeholders of today. Gain practical learnings from an expert speaker faculty and add your voice to the discussion at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, and online.

There has never been a more urgent need to foster financial inclusion and promote prosperity through closing the digital divide for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Stakeholders and consumers today expect businesses to deliver positive social outcomes as well as financial returns. As we harness technology to solve society’s greatest challenges and threats affecting the global community, the necessity for sustainable, accessible, and ethical solutions has never been greater.

How can innovators, technology platforms, impact and government leaders move from hype to help? How do we foster diversity, equity, and inclusion through technology? What are the human capital challenges and opportunities that pioneers need to be aware of to plug the gaps and stay ahead of the curve? How can we maximize the opportunities and mitigate risk around the move towards decentralization and an increasingly hyper-connected world?

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9:00 – 9:05Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:05 – 9:25Ministerial Keynote Interview

Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India
9:30 – 9:50Keynote Interview

Yat Siu, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Animoca Brands and Founder and Chief Executive, Outblaze
9:55 – 10:40Fairness by Design: Tech for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Moderator: Elizabeth Mackie, Senior Manager, Trade, Policy, and Insights, Economist Impact


Bolor-Erdene Battsengel, Former Vice-Minister, Ministry of Digital Development and Communications, Mongolia and Founder, Girls Code

Deepali Khanna, Vice-President, Asia Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation

Fiona Nott, Chief Executive, The Women’s Foundation

Harsha Rodrigues, Executive Vice-President, Regional Client Services, Women’s World Banking

10:40 – 11:25Unlocking the Power of the Tech Ecosystem: Collaborating for Impact

Moderator: Elizabeth Mackie, Senior Manager, Trade, Policy and Insights, Economist Impact


Abhas Jha, Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, South Asia Region, World Bank

Rahil Rangwala, Managing Partner, Accion Venture Lab

Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
11:25 – 11:55Action Hour – Case Studies


Gaurav Keerthi, Deputy Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and Co-Founder,

Osama Manzar, Founder-Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
12:00 – 12:50 LIVE Debate. Ghost in the Machine: Are We on the Brink of Achieving Artificial Consciousness … in the Next Ten Years?

Moderator: Simon Cox, Senior Economics Writer, The Economist


Abhijit Mahabal, Knowledge Architect, Pinterest

Schahram Dustdar, Professor of Computer Science, Vienna University of Technology, and President, Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association

9:00 – 9:20Ministerial Keynote Interview

Moderator: Andrew Staples, Regional Head (APAC), Policy and Insights, Economist Impact

Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore
9:20 – 9:40Spotlight Interview
9:40 – 10:20Digital Infrastructures and the Digital Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

Dileep Kannan, Regional Director, Grab For Business (GFB)

Lim May-Ann, Emeritus Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, and Director, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership

10:20 – 11:00Tech for the Climate: The Green Economy and Disaster Mitigation

Moderator: Gillian Parker, Senior Manager, Policy and Insights, Economist Impact


Avina Sugiarto, Partner, East Ventures

Christophe Bahuet, Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace
11:00 – 11:20Coffee Break
11:20 – 12:00Globalisation Reinvented: E-Commerce, Supply Chains, and Market Access

Moderator: Gillian Parker, Senior Manager, Policy, and Insights, Economist Impact


Carol Chong, Director, Supply Chain Resilience Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore

Marko Kovacevic, Managing Director, Digital Supply Chain Institute

T. Koshy, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Open Network for Digital Commerce, India
12:05 – 12:45Talent for Change: Digital Literacy and Upskilling for the Digital Economy

Moderator: Ritu Bhandari, Manager, Policy and Insights, Economist Impact


Charles H. Ferguson, General Manager, Asia-Pacific, G-P

Mahmudi Yusbi, Head of Programme, ASEAN Foundation

Scott Beaumont, President, Asia-Pacific, Google
12:45 – 1:45Networking Lunch


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