Singapore has no natural resources to speak of whatsoever, and we have made our mark in the world thus far with our people. How can we continue to use our strength in our people to pave our path forward in the future?
In this session we will look at how Singapore can continue to be at the forefront of innovative R&D given its small size, population and zero natural resources. Singapore is home to some of the top world class universities and research laboratories that serve as the basis on which deep tech ecosystems are built upon and flourish. Despite the progress, challenges such as R&D being developed in silo and predicting the future global trends in research remain. Overcoming them through hyper interdisciplinary mindset & collaborations, may be key for the city state to remain at the forefront of research & innovation.
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Professor Hang Chang Chieh:
Prof Hang Chang Chieh graduated with a first degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Singapore and received his Ph.D degree in Control Engineering from the University of Warwick. He spent most of his career at NUS as a Teacher-Scholar in Electrical & Computer Engineering and as a senior administrator, including as the Deputy President (Research) and the Executive Director of the Institute for Engineering Leadership. He is currently President Advisor (Guangzhou Research Translation & Innovation Institute) of NUS.
Dr. Chen Zhi Xiong:
Zhi Xiong is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology and the Assistant Dean (Education) of NUS Medicine. He completed his fellowship with Ludwig Cancer Research at Karolinska Institutet and conducts research on pediatric solid tumors at the NUS Centre for Cancer Research (N2CR) and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). Deeply interested in professional development, he obtained his Master of Health Professions Education from Maastricht University and founded the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Science Educators Association (APBSEA). He is also an Associate of the Centre for Medical Education (CenMED) and a Board Member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). Involved in the education of various health professions, Zhi Xiong is passionate about transdisciplinary learning through faculty development, medical education technology, and inter-faculty collaborations. As Master of NUS LightHouse, he believes that student development through human communities and connections is essential to a complete university experience that cannot be replaced digitally.
Dr. Luke Tay:
Luke leads a Singapore-based, globally oriented foresight and strategy practice with a focus on food security, sustainability, technology, geopolitics, urban and national development, and cross-stakeholder international collaboration.
An international futurist and agrifood investor, he advises corporations, startups, institutions, governments, and international organisations, supporting foresight capability development, future-ready strategic transformation, and new agrifood and sustainability initiatives. Focal topics include food system resilience and supply chains, ESG, carbon markets, environmental citizenship, and countering misinformation.
Before founding Cornucopia, Luke served for two decades in leadership and management roles in the agrifood and transport spheres of the Singapore public service.
A historian and political scientist, Luke graduated summa cum laude (BA, MA) from the University of Pennsylvania.