• YB Dato' Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi

    Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Minister of Home Affairs

  • Guo Ping

    Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rotating CEO, Huawei


    Born in 1966, Mr. Guo holds a master’s degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Mr. Guo joined Huawei in 1988 and has served as R&D Project Manager, General Manager of Supply Chain, Director of Huawei Executive Office, Chief Legal Officer, President of the Business Process & IT Mgmt Dept, President of the Corporate Development Dept, and Chairman and President of Huawei Device. Currently, Mr. Guo serves as Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rotating CEO, and Chairman of the Finance Committee.

  • Dato' Ng Wan Peng

    Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)


    Dato’ Ng Wan Peng is the COO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). MDEC is a government-owned agency to pioneer the transformation of Malaysia’s digital economy, responsible for the development, coordination, and promotion of Malaysia’s digital economy, information and communications technology (ICT) industry, and the extensive use of ICT in Malaysia. 

    Dato’ Ng Wan Peng is no stranger to anyone involved in the ICT business in Malaysia. After graduating from Universiti Sains Malaysia in the nineties, she joined SAPURA as a systems engineer where she moved up the ranks as project manager, program manager before leaving to join MDEC (previously known as Multimedia Development Corporation) in 1999. Since then she has been a core and pioneer member of MDEC initiatives. Today, as the COO, she is responsible for strategic execution of MDEC’s initiatives to support digital economy, including: 1. Attracting investors, globalising local tech champions; 2. Catalysing industry-driven digital ecosystem; 3. Building critical enablers of the digital economy, and 4. Driving inclusive adoption of technology.

    She has more than 25 years’ Industry experience in managing large-scale projects, in the areas of Strategic IT Planning, Project Management, Systems Integration, and Methodologies Development.  Dato’ Ng has been consulted for both private and public sector organizations in IT policy and project implementation across government, defense and education sectors in Malaysia and abroad.

    In 2015, Dato’ Ng Wan Peng was conferred Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (D.S.P.N) by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang in recognition of her leadership, dedication and positive contributions to drive and expand digital economy’s footprint in Malaysia and globally.

  • Augustine CHIEW

    Global Public Safety Expert, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei


    A firm believer in the power of information, networking, collaboration and leveraging technology as an enabler, Mr. Chiew is a Global Public Safety Expert in Huawei. He advocates a holistic integrated approach for public safety through capitalizing on the opportunities brought about by digital disruptions. Prior to joining Huawei, Mr. Chiew spent 17 years in the Singapore Police Force (including two stints in the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs) and 3.5 years as a consulting executive in a leading global firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Mr. Chiew was also active in international cooperation and collaboration, working closely with many international police forces and law enforcement agencies. He was the Vice-Chairman of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation Working Group (2012-13) and the Chairman of the INTERPOL Working Group on Cybercrime (2012-13).

    During his time in Policing, Mr. Chiew was involved in criminal investigation, routine and crisis operations planning and management, frontline policing and community engagement, strategic planning and risk management, organizational development, homefront security and international cooperation. He held various appointments including senior investigation officer, commanding officer, assistant director of planning, senior assistant director of operations management; and senior deputy director of international cooperation and partnerships. Throughout this period, Mr. Chiew has led or was a core member of multi-disciplinary project teams looking at public safety transformation as well as deployment of operational and technical systems covering command and control, communications and information/intelligence (C3i), video surveillance and data analytics. Mr. Chiew was instrumental in seeding the growth of the regional safety & security ecosystem, working closely with the Singapore Economic Development Board to bring leading global public safety companies to Singapore through the setting up of the Safety & Security Testbed initiative to showcase the deployment of leading ICT technologies to detect and investigate public safety threats more effectively and efficiently. 

    In Consulting, Mr. Chiew operated at the intersection of technology and public safety. He contributed to public safety assets development and undertook lead roles in projects looking at transformation and modernization of police and border management services. Mr. Chiew was involved in workflow and process optimization; strategic workforce planning, including target operating model and service delivery design. A change management practitioner schooled in large scale transformation project delivery, Mr. Chiew has also helped organizations manage the risks and challenges associated with new system implementation across extended timelines, including the smooth transition of impacted stakeholders. 

    At Huawei, with his deep policing experience and understanding of public safety workflows and processes, Mr. Chiew will work closely with the product and solution team to develop leading ICT solutions for policing and border management. He will also help governments and public safety agencies better understand future challenges, emerging trends to identify solution requirements and best practices. Mr. Chiew is always on the lookout for good solution partners and system integrators to work with, to achieve the aim of building a business-driven ecosystem that meet the needs of Huawei’s customers so as to ensure efficient implementation and delivery of effective end-to-end public safety solutions.

  • Darrell West

    Vice President, Brookings Institution


    Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on educational technology, health information technology, and mobile technology. Prior to coming to Brookings, West was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University.

    West is the author or co-author of 22 books including Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century (Brookings Institution Press, 2016), Going Mobile: How Wireless Technology is Reshaping Our Lives (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings Institution Press, 2014), Digital Schools: How Technology Can Transform Education (Brookings, 2012), The Next Wave: Using Digital Technology to Further Social and Political Innovation (Brookings, 2011), Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy (Brookings, 2010), Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era (Brookings, 2009), Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance, (Princeton University Press, 2005), Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005), Cross Talk: Citizens, Candidates, and the Media in a Presidential Campaign (University of Chicago Press, 1996) The Sound of Money: How Political Interests Get What They Want (W. W. Norton, 1998), Biotechnology Policy Across National Boundaries (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and Patrick Kennedy: The Rise to Power (Prentice-Hall, 2000), among others.

    He is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk). He has published more than three dozen scholarly articles in a wide range of academic journals. In 2014, he was honored by Public Administration Review for having written one of the 75 most influential articles since 1940. This was for his article “E-Government and the Transformation of Service Delivery and Citizen Attitudes.”

    He has delivered nearly 150 lectures in a dozen different countries around the world, including China, Japan, Russia, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Bahrain, and the United States. He has been quoted in leading newspapers, radio stations, and national television networks around the world.

    The Center that he directs at Brookings examines a wide range of topics related to technology innovation including governance, democracy, and public sector innovation; health information technology; virtual education, and green technology. Its mission is to identify key developments in technology innovation, undertake cutting-edge research, disseminate best practices broadly, inform policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels about actions needed to improve innovation, and enhance the public’s and media’s understanding of technology innovation.

    Affiliations and External Activities

    European Journal of ePractice
    Journal of Information Technology and Politics
    I-Ways, International Journal of Public Policy
    Chinese Public Administration Review
    Genesis Institute
    West Report
    E-Government Research
    Member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee.

  • Dato’ Sri Idris Jala

    President & Chief Executive Officer, PEMANDU Associates, Malaysia


    Dato’ Sri Idris Jala is the President and CEO of PEMANDU Associates, a private firm specializes in delivering transformation to our clients. He is also Advisor to the Prime Minister, National Transformation Programme. Previously, he was  the MD of BFR Institute and CEO of PEMANDU, a unit in the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia – the organisation tasked with spearheading Malaysia’s transition towards high income status by 2020. For 6 years, he also served as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia.

    He is a renowned transformation guru in turning around companies’ performance through his big fast results methodology and transformational strategies that are innovative, rigorous and relevant to today’s demands. He has continuously delivered sustainable socio economic reforms which, in 2014, saw Bloomberg place Idris Jala among the top 10 most influential policy makers in the world

    Under his leadership, PEMANDU was also named by NESTA, UK and Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of the top 20 most innovative Government agencies in the world. For two consecutive years, PEMANDU was awarded the Best Public Sector Reforms Programme by Cambridge IF Analytica at the Global Good Governance (3G) Awards held in Istanbul. Today, Idris Jala travels around the world assisting governments deliver their very own transformation journeys.

    Dato Sri Idris Jala is also the Founder and Executive Chairman of The Global Transformation Forum (GTF), the world’s singular platform for influential, global leaders to engage and share experiences and best practices on how to drive transformation.

    In addition, Idris Jala is an Expert Resource Speaker at the Harvard Health Leaders’ Ministerial Forum and a Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Oxford Blavatnik School of Government. He also served on the Advisory panel for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on New Economic Growth and also on the Advisory Panel of World Bank.

    Prior to his Government stint, Idris Jala was Managing Director/CEO at Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for three years. He was brought on board to turn around the airline which was in crisis brought about by a prolonged bout of losses from operational inefficiencies.

    Before MAS, he spent 23 years at Shell, rising up the ranks to hold senior positions including Vice President, Shell Retail International and Vice President Business Development Consultancy, based in UK. This included successful business turnarounds in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

    In view of his contribution to society, Idris Jala has received honorific titles from the King of Malaysia and various State Governments of Malaysia. He was conferred the “First Order” medal by the Italian Government. Idris Jala holds a Bachelor degree in Development Studies and Management from University Sains Malaysia and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Warwick University.

  • Monchito B. Ibrahim

    Undersecretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology, The Philippines


    Mr. Ibrahim is currently with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as Undersecretary.  Prior to this, he became an Executive Consultant to the Secretary.  He also served as Deputy Executive Director of the then Information and Communications Technology Office under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) from July 2011 to June 2016 and Commissioner of the former Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) from 2007 until June 30, 2011. 

    He started his career in the IT industry in 1975 as a Systems Trainee at NCR Philippines. In the course of his extensive involvement in the industry, he has worked for multinational companies like Fujitsu, WeServ, Siemens-Nixdorf, Comparex Germany and Unisys Australia in various executive positions. 

    He joined the Philippine Computer Society in 1990 and served as President in 2004-2005 and was the President of the PCS Foundation in 2005-2006. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Southeast Asia Regional Computer Confederation in 2004-2005.

    Mr. Ibrahim served as Chair of the APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group(ECSG) from 2011-2012 after having Chaired the Paperless Trading Subgroup of ECSG for 2 years. He also served as the ASEAN TELSOM Leader of the Philippines from 2009-11.

    He was a member of the Board of Advisers of the De La Salle University College of Computer Studies and the University of the Philippines Information Technology Development Center (UPITDC). Currently, he is a Trustee and President  of the University of the Philippines System Information Technology Foundation (UPSITF). He is also serving his 9th term as member of the Technical Panel for Information Technology Education (TPITE) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

    He did his B. S. Major in Chemistry at the Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business for his post graduate studies. He completed a Public Sector Executive Program on Innovative Government at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore.

    During the 2012 International ICT Awards organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, he was given the ICT Individual Contributor Award for his contributions to the growth of the Philippine IT-BPO Industry. He was also recently named as one of the Ten ICT Industry Movers and Shakers for the period 2002-2012 and recipient of the Boards’ Choice as Government Champion, both given by the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP).

    He is also a recipient of Saphire Flare for Brilliance in the recently concluded 1st iBPAP Flare Awards on the 28th of October 2016, for his key contributions to the Roadmap 2012-2016 where he organized 32 ICT Councils that helped in establishing the Next Wave Cities as well as for being instrumental in sustaining developments of the Philippine cyberservices.

  • Jacob Funk Kirkegaard

    Peterson Institute for International Economics


    Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, senior fellow, has been associated with the Institute since 2002. Before joining the Institute, he worked with the Danish Ministry of Defense, the United Nations in Iraq, and in the private financial sector. He is a graduate of the Danish Army's Special School of Intelligence and Linguistics with the rank of first lieutenant; the University of Aarhus in Aarhus, Denmark; the Columbia University in New York; and received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. He is coeditor of Transatlantic Economic Challenges in an Era of Growing Multipolarity (2012), author of The Accelerating Decline in America's High-Skilled Workforce: Implications for Immigration Policy (2007), coauthor of US Pension Reform: Lessons from Other Countries (2009) and Transforming the European Economy (2004), and assisted with Accelerating the Globalization of America: The Role for Information Technology (2006). His current research focuses on European economies and reform, immigration, foreign direct investment trends and estimations, pension systems, demographics, offshoring, and the impact of information technology. Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, senior fellow, has been associated with the Institute since 2002. Before joining the Institute, he worked with the Danish Ministry of Defense, the United Nations in Iraq, and in the private financial sector. He is a graduate of the Danish Army's Special School of Intelligence and Linguistics with the rank of first lieutenant; the University of Aarhus in Aarhus, Denmark; the Columbia University in New York; and received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. He is coeditor of Transatlantic Economic Challenges in an Era of Growing Multipolarity (2012), author of The Accelerating Decline in America's High-Skilled Workforce: Implications for Immigration Policy (2007), coauthor of US Pension Reform: Lessons from Other Countries (2009) and Transforming the European Economy (2004), and assisted with Accelerating the Globalization of America: The Role for Information Technology (2006). His current research focuses on European economies and reform, immigration, foreign direct investment trends and estimations, pension systems, demographics, offshoring, and the impact of information technology.

  • YBhg Datuk Dr Hafsah bt Hashim

    CEO, SME Corporation Malaysia


    Datuk (Dr.) Hafsah Hashim is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the SME Corporation Malaysia. She holds a Bachelor in Applied Science from Science University of Malaysia and Masters in Business Administration from Aston University, United Kingdom.

    Datuk (Dr.) Hafsah has vast experience in public sector administration and has served in several ministries including Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Primary Industries. She also currently sits in various esteemed Boards, among which include also Johor Corporation (JCorp), Yayasan Pembangunan Usahawan Terengganu (YPU), Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YaPEIM) and Pusat Khidmat Pembangunan Usahawan YaPEIM (YEC). She also represents the country in various international fora with respect to SME development in ASEAN, APEC, OECD, WTO etc. At the international level, she was given the honour to speak at the United Nations, the New Zealand Parliament as well as the House of Lords, United Kingdom.

    For her contribution to the nation and region, the government, as well as the private sector have bestowed on her numerous awards including Universiti Tenaga National’s Honarary Doctorate in Management & Entrepreneurship (2015), Inaugural Women of Excellence Award (2014), APEC Business Ethics Lighthouse Award (2014), and Binary University’s Centre for Women Leadership (CWL) Excellence Award (2014). She was awarded the Pingat Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) from the DYMM SPB Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in 2016 with the title 'Datuk' and Pingat Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) from Yang Di-Pertuan Negeri Pulau Pinang in 2006 with the title 'Dato'.

  • Johan Mahmood Merican

    Deputy Director General, Economic Planning Unit


    Johan Mahmood Merican was appointed Deputy Director General (Human Capital) of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in June 2016. As Deputy Director General (Human Capital), Johan is responsible for planning and overseeing initiatives relating to human capital. He also heads the Civil Service Delivery Unit (CSDU) and the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) unit.

    Prior to this, Johan was the first CEO of Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp), a national agency formed in 2011 to drive Malaysia’s talent strategy towards becoming a dynamic talent hub. Between 2004 and 2010, Johan served as Principal Private Secretary to the Minister in the Ministry of Finance and EPU. He has more than 20 years of experience in policy development, corporate finance and accountancy in both the public and private sectors in Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Trained as a chartered accountant, he holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in  England and Wales (ICAEW).

    With Malaysia’s wealth of talent and economic opportunities, Johan is confident that through greater public-private partnerships, we can accelerate Malaysia’s journey towards a developed and inclusive nation.

  • Elaine Lee

    Principal Analyst, Huawei Marketing Insights (MI)


    With more than 10 years’ analytics experience, she possesses broad understanding of ICT market dynamics, strong business acumen; and she is dedicated in supporting the policymakers and business partners to understand and develop strategy for Digital Economy and industry transformation, to build a Better Connected World.

  • Lim Chee Siong

    Chief Marketing Officer, Southern Pacific Region, Huawei


    With more than 20 years’ experience in the Telecom industry, he possesses broad experience in the ICT industry development strategy and technology,  business solutions development, Sales and Marketing; and he is dedicated in supporting the regional customers and partners to identify and develop the right future telecom & ICT transformation solutions and ecosystem, to build a Better Connected World.

  • Tony Q.S. Quek

    Associate Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


    Tony Q.S. Quek received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, respectively. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, he earned the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Currently, he is a tenured Associate Professor with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He also serves as the Associate Head of ISTD Pillar and the Deputy Director of SUTD-ZJU IDEA. His current research topics include heterogeneous networks, wireless security, big data processing, and IoT.

    Dr. Quek has been actively involved in organizing and chairing sessions, and has served as a TPC member in a numerous international conferences. He is serving as the Track Co-Chair for IEEE PIMRC 2018, Track Co-Chair for IEEE VTC Spring 2018, and TPC Member for IEEE INFOCOM 2018. He is currently an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society SPCOM Technical Committee. He was an Executive Editorial Committee Member of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and an Editor of the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. He is a coauthor of the book “Small Cell Networks: Deployment, PHY Techniques, and Resource Allocation”published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and the book “Cloud Radio Access Networks: Principles, Technologies, and Applications” by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

    Dr. Quek received the 2008 Philip Yeo Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Research, the IEEE Globecom 2010 Best Paper Award, the 2012 IEEE William R. Bennett Prize, the 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, 2017 CTTC Early Achievement Award, 2017 IEEE ComSoc AP Outstanding Paper Award, and 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher.

  • Zhang, Felix Baofeng

    Vice President, Consumer BG Software Engineering Dept., Director of Intelligence Engineering Dept., Huawei


    Baofeng Zhang leads the Intelligent Engineering Dept of Huawei's consumer BG Software Engineering Dept , responsible for the terminal AI software development and delivery. From 2011 to 2016, he served as Deputy Director of Huawei Noah's Ark Laboratories, responsible for the long-term technical research work in the field of data science,which the research direction is data mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence. At the same time, Baofeng also served as a member of China Nuclear High-tech expert group and China CCF large data expert committee members.

    Baofeng join Huawei after graduating from Nanjing University in 1998 , has more than 18 years of work experience in the field of information technology.He has been held a number of positions in product development, system design, product management and standard area ,which involving the product areas includ traditional telephone switches, data Communications and mobile networks. Experienced in international and national standards organization activities, having been the speaker of fixed mobile convergence project in ITU Telecommunication Union 13 research group, and the deputy head of China Communications Standardization Association network and exchange technology work committee .

  • Xue Ding

    ofo Co-founder


    Xue Ding is the co-founder of ofo. Born in 1990, he graduated from Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management. ofo is the world’s first station-free bike-sharing platform. Anchored by the concept of connecting bicycles through groundbreaking and innovative technologies, ofo is committed to meet the short-distance travel needs of daily commuters across the globe, and to promote the development of shared economy and environmental protection.

  • Datuk Shahrol Halmi

    Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Petroleum Resource Corporation (MPRC)


    Shahrol leads Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC) as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to MPRC, he was an Executive Partner and Managing Director of Accenture Malaysia’s public service operating group. He was instrumental in growing Accenture Malaysia’s public service practice, helping government agencies to add value in their service to the people of Malaysia. Shahrol was appointed as a World Cities Summit Young Leader, an initiative by the World Cities Summit to catalyse productive change in cities and shape urban development agendas. He read electrical engineering at Stanford University.

  • Apiwat Banchajarurat

    Director of Communications Network Department, PEA, Thailand


    Apiwat Banchajarurat is the Director of Communications Network Department, Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA).

    He has worked for PEA since 1991.He graduated from King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and completed his master’s degree in business economics at National Institute of Development Administration.He got a senior professional electrical engineer license no.783 from Council of Engineers.

  • Olivier Crespin

    Chief Fintech Officer of CIMB Group


    Olivier joined CIMB as Chief FinTech Officer in June 2017 with the mandate to spearhead new innovative digital and Fintech initiatives across the Group. He brings with him over 25 years of banking experience across corporate, retail, consumer, wealth management, brokerage and private banking. 

    Prior to joining CIMB, Olivier was Group Head Digital Bank, DBS Bank. His track record at DBS includes building and launching a successful digital bank in India. Digibank India is the country’s first mobile, completely paperless, signatureless, branchless bank using ground breaking technology from biometrics to artificial intelligence.  

    Oliver’s career also spans a15 year tenure at Citibank, where he held different business and operational positions across Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America.

    Olivier, a French national, is a graduate in Law from the Universite de Metz in France. He was appointed as an Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF Singapore) fellow as well as listed in the List of Asian Banker Leading Practitioners