TII and Bio Asia Innovation Conferences 2015

Singapore | 18-22 May 2015

Venue: A*STAR @ Matrix


  • Prof Donald Tan Tiang Hwee
    Chairman of SERI Singapore Eye Research Institute

  • Peter Droell
    Director of European Commission "Research & Innovation Directorate"

  • Laurence Lien
    Co-Founder & CEO Asia Philanthropy Circle

  • Beverly Hurley
    CBE, is the Chief Executive of YTKO Group

  • Andy Zynga
    Global CEO of NineSigma Group

  • Benoît Genuini
    President of Passerelles Numériques

  • Dr. Georges Haour
    Emeritus Professor of Technology & Innovation Management, IMD Switzerland

  • Jayanth Bhuvaraghan
    Chief Corporate Mission Officer of Essilor International

  • Dr. Benjamin Seet
    Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council A*STAR

Speakers

Prof Donald Tan Tiang Hwee
Chairman of SERI Singapore Eye Research Institute
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Prof Donald Tan Tiang Hwee

Singapore National Eye Centre
General Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service
Senior Consultant
FRCS(G), FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth, FAMS
Professor Donald Tan is the Senior Advisor of the Singapore National Eye Centre, Chairman of the Singapore Eye Research Institute, tenured full professor of the Ophthalmology at the National University of Singapore, and chair of the Eye Academic Clinical Program at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. Professor Tan is one of the global leaders in the field of cornea and refractive surgery, having contributed to over 2 decades of clinical, surgical and translational research and education in these fields. His work has led to major innovations in corneal and stem cell transplantation, refractive surgery, and in myopia treatments which he has imparted internationally as a global educator and researcher for over 15 years, having published over 300 scientific papers and contributed 18 book chapters.
As Director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) from 2000-2009, Prof Tan put Singapore on the world map for research in ophthalmology when he lead SERI to the most number of scientific research publications per capita globally in 2008. He was also the organizing chairman of the Asia-ARVO conferences, the first major international research meetings in vision and ophthalmology in Asia (Singapore), in 2002 and again in 2004, both organized by SERI in partnership with the prestigious Association in Vision and Ophthalmology Research (ARVO) of the USA.

Peter Droell
Director of European Commission "Research & Innovation Directorate"
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Peter Droell

Peter Droell is the acting Director of the European Commission General Directorate “Research and Innovation Department”. He has been in charge of Innovation Policy Development in the European Commission, and in this capacity, he has overseen the implementation of the "Innovation Union", the European Innovation strategy he has co-authored.

Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law. He worked as a lawyer in a German law firm before joining the European Commission in 1991. He has held various positions in the European Commission (financial control, environment, negotiations for the 2004 enlargement, Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik, enterprise and industry) and works on innovation policy since 2008.

Laurence Lien
Co-Founder & CEO Asia Philanthropy Circle
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Laurence Lien

Laurence Lien is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle, a new non-profit initiative that convenes Asian philanthropists to learn, collaborate and catalyse new social interventions. He is also the Chairman of Lien Foundation and the Community Foundation of Singapore, Vice-President of the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership, and Board Member of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University.

Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008-2014. Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence served in the Singapore Government. Laurence holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Laurence was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship. He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014.

Beverly Hurley
CBE, is the Chief Executive of YTKO Group
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Beverly Hurley

Beverly Hurley, CBE, is the Chief Executive of YTKO Group, Cambridge. In 2010, she was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. Bev Hurley is a dynamic and inspiring speaker, serial entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor and one of the UK’s leading authorities on female entrepreneurship, Bev Hurley has spent more than 30 years building successful businesses – and sharing her expertise to create and grow others.

Under her leadership, product and service innovation coupled with relentless customer focus has fuelled the growth of YTKO’s 2020 mission to create or grow over 6000 businesses generating £1b for the UK economy. Clients range from the most disadvantaged individuals, to new knowledge economy entrepreneurs in science and technology, SME and corporate clients in the UK and Europe. The Group has raised over £40m for some of its high growth clients seeking global expansion.

Hurley was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to enterprise.

Andy Zynga
Global CEO of NineSigma Group
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Andy Zynga

Andy Zynga joined NineSigma in February 2008, establishing and growing the European company presence rapidly. In September 2009 Zynga was appointed the Global CEO of NineSigma Group, expanding business across all regions.

During his career, Zynga has built four high tech and service businesses successfully in both Europe and the USA. He also spent six years at KPMG Consulting (now Bearingpoint) in Germany and London where he successfully grew a division of the Information, Communication, and Entertainment (ICE) Consulting Practice into a major international player.

Benoît Genuini
President of Passerelles Numériques
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Benoît Genuini

Benoît Genuini, was President of Accenture France from 1995 until 2005, when he co-founded in January 2006 with Martin Hirsch the “New Agency for Active Solidarity”, a non-profit organization for social & civic involvement. He is also Chairman and founder of the Foundation for Education Amanjaya (created in 2008 under the aegis of the Fondation de France) and CEO of Passerelles Numériques, a non profit organization that educates disadvantaged youth in countries of South East Asia, helping them to break the cycle of poverty and acquire high value added employment skills in the IT industry.

A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique, he was awarded the Legion of Honor by President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009, and served as ombudsman of the French Employment Public Services in 2009 - 2010.

Dr. Georges Haour
Emeritus Professor of Technology & Innovation Management, IMD Switzerland.
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Dr. Georges Haour

Dr. Georges Haour is Emeritus Professor of Technology & Innovation Management. He also acts as an adviser to firms and organizations in his area of value-creation through effective management of the innovation process, as well as commercialization of technology.

He has 8 patents, 90 publications and three books on innovation and technology commercialization. His latest case study is on Infosys, in Bangalore. His latest book is "Resolving the Innovation Paradox - Enhancing Growth in Technology Companies", (Palgrave, London,www.innovationparadox.com). He is working on a new book "From Science to Cash" on new ways for firms to effectively mine resources University research for competitiveness.

Prior to joining IMD, Dr. Haour was a manager at Battelle, in Geneva, where, for nine years, he led a business unit carrying out innovation projects on behalf of companies in Europe, Japan and the USA. In this capacity, he significantly grew his unit’s sales and hired professionals from six countries. Several of his innovations, licensed to firms, resulted in large new business for the client- companies.

Earlier, he was a researcher at ATT's Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. He also worked with Marshall McLuhan at his Centre for Culture, Society and Technology, in Toronto. He holds a Master of Sciences from ENSCP- Higher School of Chemistry, in Paris and a PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Jayanth Bhuvaraghan
Chief Corporate Mission Officer of Essilor International
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Jayanth Bhuvaraghan

Jayanth Bhuvaraghan was appointed Chief Corporate Mission Officer of Essilor International in March 2013. He is the first to have held the position and is responsible for raising global awareness of the importance of good vision and leading initiatives to address the needs of the 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have access to good vision today.

Mr. Bhuvaraghan joined Essilor in India in 1998, where he was responsible for successfully launching and developing operations. He was appointed President South Asia, ASEAN, Emerging Brands, Lab Operations & IT for the AMERA region, based out of Essilor’s regional HQ in Singapore, in 2007 and has served as a member of the Essilor International executive committee since January 2010. He has over 30 years of diversified experience, including 20 years in the ophthalmic optics industry, and previously served in leadership and business development positions in chemical engineering and automobile industries in India.

Mr. Bhuvaraghan is also a member of the Indian Business-Leaders' Roundtable (IBR) for the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA). The IBR comprises of a select group of captains of industry, professionals, academics and entrepreneurs of Indian origin that work with SINDA to realize its objectives. Mr. Bhuvaraghan holds a post graduate degree in materials science and is an alumnus of the Insead Fontainbleau Advanced Management Program.

Dr. Benjamin Seet
Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council A*STAR
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Dr. Benjamin Seet

Dr Benjamin Seet is the Executive Director of the Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore. He joined A*STAR in August 2011 after a 22 year career as a medical officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. He also serves as Chairman of the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, Chairman of InVivos, and is a board member of the National Medical Research Council. Previous appointments held include Adjunct Research Fellow with the Defence Medical Research Institute; Visiting Consultant to the Ministry of Health; Director of the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority; and Chairman of the Medical and Dental Board, Health Promotion Board.

Dr Seet graduated with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery, and Master of Medicine from the National University of Singapore; is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh; and holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He has been awarded the Master of Medicine Gold Medal, Garland W Clay Award, United Nations Medal, and was elected to the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health. For his services, Dr Seet was awarded the Public Administration Medal Silver (Military) by the President of Singapore.

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