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Programme Highlights

Keynote Panel 1


Topic: The Need for Societal Leadership

Today, in a complex world where governments have become more transient and businesses have been accused of being self-serving, who will step up, own the change and make the difference? Who and how will the leadership of societies evolve? Do we still hang on to the notion of the single 'saviour' or will everyone have to step up and collaborate for a better future? If societal leadership is so important, why do we understand so little about it?



Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Chairman, Singapore Management University

Professor Arnoud De Meyer, President, Singapore Management University

Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Social Scientist and Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General

Panel Session 2

Topic: Forces Affecting Societal Leaders in Southeast Asia

The critical-ness of context has become widely accepted. When attempting to positively effect change, leaders need to better understand the context to bring about change. But what drives context? How well do we appreciate context? And when that context is Southeast Asia, what are the forces affecting the different layers of the region - from country to city to village to individuals? What are the forces that will bring about profound economic and sociological transformation?



Mr Don Lam, CEO, VinaCapital Group

Mr Tony Meloto, Founder, Gawad Kalinga - Video

Mr Tham Sai Choy, Managing Partner, KPMG Singapore 

Breakout Session 1

a) Skills & Competencies: What are the capabilities required? 


Challenges in the areas of skills and competencies are not unique to the social sector.  To attract, train and retain talent, urgent gaps need to be bridged. How can talent move beyond defined boundaries and sectors to bring capabilities to the social sector? How critical is enterprise capability development to the social sector? How can capabilities be built structurally when everyone is still hoping for voluntary efforts?



U Maung Maung Soe Tint, Chairman, Border Areas Development Association 

Mr Sebastien Lamy, Partner, Bain & Co.

Ms Kelly Macdonald, Co-founder, Yangon Bakehouse

b) Academia: What can universities do to add value?


If universities are meant to prepare students for the real world, how can universities, with their vast resources, research capabilities and extensive networks, prepare students for the complex issues confronting the social sector?  As more students choose to invest in the social space, how can universities play a more active role in providing knowledge, platforms and skills to further the public good? How can opportunities in the social sector impact universities’ programming and content creation?


Father Jose Ramon T. Villarin, President, Ateneo de Manila University - Slides

Professor Imran Ho Abdullah, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Breakout Session 2

a) Solutions: Where are the answers coming from?


In our rapidly changing landscape and increasingly complex world, governments can no longer be the only ones responsible for solving societies' biggest problems. A new solutions economy has emerged and with it, an entire economy of problem solvers all ready to reimagine possibilities and embrace new ways of tackling social issues. How can they collaborate to generate better solutions? How does sustainability impact the quality of the solutions? Where will better answers come from?



Datin Goh Suet Lan, President Elect, TECH Outreach

Ms Phng Li Kheng, Green Project Manager, Kechara Forest Retreat

Mr Eugene Wee, Founder, RADION International

b) Funding: Where does the money come from?


The social sector faces a myriad of challenges but nothing beats the perennial issue of funding. Increasingly, funders are demanding return on investment and are also more specific in dictating the areas that funding goes to. Over-reliance on external funding sources results in the sector demonstrating value and accountability to funders instead of focusing on serving societal needs. What are funders looking for when they evaluate programmes and proposals? How do we get them to fund administrative costs? How can the social sector be more sustainable and move away from the dependence on external funding? And what happens when funders want to fund their own self created initiatives? Are they still really ‘funders'?




Ms Veronica Colondam, Founder, YCAB Foundation - Slides

Mr V Shankar, Advisory Board Member, Institute for Societal Leadership

Mr Kevin Teo, Managing Director, Knowledge Centre, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network - Slides

Keynote Speaker

Topic: Challenges & Innovation in the Social Space

Innovation has been the answer to many challenges in the business world for decades. With tougher economies, radical shifts in opportunities and exceedingly demanding expectations, innovation has taken on another dimension in the social sector. Individuals and organisations are rising to the challenge and are examining issues with new lenses and approaching them creatively. How will innovation disrupt the social space? How can societal leaders drive innovation and establish innovative cultures?

Keynote Speaker:

Lawerence Lien

Panel Session 3

Topic: Future Trends in the Social Space

The social sector landscape is evolving as the world population grows, economies prosper and societies become more interconnected. Looking ahead, what are the opportunities and challenges in the social sector and how will the sector cope with the changes, especially in a technologically advanced and wired world? What can governments, businesses and civil societies do to shape the future of the social space? 



Mr En Lee, Head, Asia Pacific, LGT Venture Philanthropy

Dr Lim Kim Hwa, CEO, Penang Institute

Mr Tong Yee, Co-founder, The Thought Collective


Last updated on 26 Sep 2016 .