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Chicago Booth Alumni Forum in Singapore

July 28, 2018: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The theme for the forum: Business Leadership for a Smart ASEAN.

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Google Singapore HQ
70 Pasir Panjang Road, 03-71,
Mapletree Business City
Singapore 117371, Singapore


SGD $50, early bird price for the first 100 registrations
SGD $68


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Deadline: 7/28/2018


Calvin Chu, ’09 (AXP-8)

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Sponsor: Vina Pomal

Event Details

Globally – and especially in Singapore – countries and corporations are investing heavily in Smart Cities. What Smart Cities look like as a region has not yet been fully explored. Rethinking innovation, skills development, and trade across national boundaries is paramount in the face of impending workforce displacement, frictions with China, and American withdrawal from the TPP?

Singapore takes over chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018, one of the most dynamic and diverse groupings of countries in the world. Singapore's themes for ASEAN are innovation and resilience, and in line with this the Singapore Booth Forum this year will be themed 'Business Leadership for a Smart ASEAN'.

08:30 Breakfast and Registration
09:00 Keynote Address by Professor Steven J Davis
09:30 PANEL 1: Fireside Chat with Distinguished Panel & Q&A, moderated by Professor Steven J Davis
10:45 Coffee and Networking
11:15 PANEL 2: How innovation can address ASEAN's emergent challenges?
12:30 Champagne Lunch
13:45 University of Chicago Update by Bala Srinivasan and Q&A
14:15 PANEL 3: ASEAN economic resilience & development: Financial integration, Talent mobility & Trade
15:15 Teambuilding led by Social Enterprise Circus in Motion
16:30 Closing / Drinks and Networking

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Speaker Profiles

Steven J. Davis (Speaker)
William H. Abbott Distinguished Service Professor of International Business and Economics, Chicago Booth

Steven J. Davis studies business dynamics, employment, labor market institutions, economic fluctuations, public policy and other topics. He is a former editor of the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics and an elected fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, senior academic fellow with the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economics Research, advisor to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, and visiting scholar and consultant, respectively, with the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Chicago.

Davis is known for his influential work using longitudinal data on firms and establishments to explore job creation and destruction dynamics and their relationship to economic performance. He is also a co-creator of the Economic Policy Uncertainty Indices and the DHI Hiring Indicators, and he co-organizes the Asian Monetary Policy Forum, held annually in Singapore. Davis has received research grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other organizations, including several grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation. In 2013, he received the Addington Prize in Measurement, awarded by the Fraser Institute for Public Policy, for his research on "Measuring Economic Policy Uncertainty."

His teaching experience includes Ph.D. courses in macroeconomics and labor economics at the University of Chicago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Maryland; MBA courses in macroeconomics, money and banking, business strategy, and financial institutions for Chicago Booth; and executive MBA courses in macroeconomics for Chicago Booth in Barcelona, London, and Singapore. Davis has also taught undergraduate courses in microeconomics, econometrics, and money and banking at Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition to his scholarly publications, Davis has written for the Atlantic, Bloomberg View, Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and other popular media and appeared on Channel News Asia, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, NBC Network News, and the U.S. Public Broadcasting System, among others.

Bala Srinivasan (Speaker)
Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategy and Senior Associate Provost, University of Chicago

Bala Srinivasan is Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategy and Senior Associate Provost, and is currently serving as the interim head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago. The Polsky Center brings together the University's nationally recognized programs in venture creation and education, technology commercialization, and business incubation and streamlines access to venture support resources for University and community entrepreneurs and corporate partners.

Bala grew up in Kolkata, India and moved to the U.S. for his undergraduate work at CalTech. He received a B.S. in Mathematics in 1989 and then came to the University of Chicago to complete a Ph.D. in Mathematics, which he received in 1995. Bala then went to Wall Street, where he worked in international private equity investing for more than 20 years, including as Associate Director of Jardine Fleming in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mumbai; Executive Director of Goldman Sachs Hong Kong; and Managing Director of Och Ziff Capital Management, based in India and Hong Kong.

Bala joined the University of Chicago in September 2016 as Senior Advisor to the President and Associate Provost. In July 2017 he took on the Vice President and Senior Associate Provost role. Bala oversees the University's global engagement activities and manages the University Centers in Hong Kong, Delhi, and Beijing. He and the UChicago Global team work to build academic partnerships, create global education opportunities, and strengthen our connections to foreign institutions, policymakers, and civic leaders. Bala also collaborates closely with deans and faculty on nontraditional academic opportunities, as well as with administrative leadership regarding issues of compliance and risk.

Swee Chen Goh, ’03 (AXP-2) (Speaker)
Chairman , Shell Companies

Goh Swee Chen has been the Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore since October 2014.

Concurrent to her country chair role, Swee Chen is also Vice President, Lubricants – Asia Pacific, a role she undertook since 2011.

Swee Chen joined Shell in 2003 and was previously with Procter & Gamble and IBM. A global leader, she had lived and worked in many countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, Australia, USA, Japan and China. She spent a large part of her career in global roles, leading significant businesses with multinational teams. Swee Chen has a diverse professional background having spent her career in IT, Real Estate, Sales & Marketing with P&L responsibilities in Consumer Goods and Oil & Gas industries.

Other than chairing the Shell Companies in Singapore, Swee Chen also chaired/sat in the Board of several Shell Joint Ventures in China and Saudi Arabia. She holds Board positions in Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Council Member of SNEF. She is also a member of the Committee on the Future Economy of Singapore.

Swee Chen graduated with a B.Sc. from Victoria University and an MBA from Chicago Booth. She is married with three children.

Jeanette Wong (Speaker)
Executive, DBS Group

Ms. Jeanette Wong is DBS Group Executive responsible for the Institutional Banking Group which encompasses Corporate Banking, Global Transaction Services, Strategic Advisory and Mergers & Acquisitions. Previously, she was the Chief Financial Officer of DBS Group between 2003 to 2008.

Prior to joining DBS Bank, Jeanette was at JP Morgan for 16 years. During her tenure at JP Morgan, she had regional responsibilities for the Global Markets and Emerging Markets Sales and Trading business in Asia and was also JP Morgan's head for Singapore between 1997 to 2002.

Jeanette's career began in 1982 at Banque Paribas and then Citibank from 1984 to 1986 before joining JP Morgan in 1986.

Jeanette is a Director of DBS Bank (China) Limited and Chairperson of DBS Bank (Taiwan) Ltd. She also sits on the Boards of Essilor International, France and Jurong Town Corporation. Jeanette is a member of the NUS Business School Management Advisory Board and a member of the Global Advisory Board, Asia, for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a member of the Securities Industry Council and Singapore's alternate APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) member.

A Singaporean, Jeanette graduated from National University of Singapore with a BBA degree and holds a MBA degree from the University of Chicago.

General TNI Dr. Moeldoko (Speaker)
Chief of Presidential Staff for President Joko Widodo.

General TNI Dr. Moeldoko currently serves as the Chief of Presidential Staff for President Joko Widodo.

Since his graduation from the Indonesian Military Academy in 1981, where he obtained the prestigious Adhi Makayasa medal, to his appointment in 2013 as the Commander of the National Armed Forces, General Moeldoko served the military with distinction in a career spanning more than 30 years.

General Moeldoko's distinguished military career included notable overseas assignments and operations in countries such as Iraq-Kuwait, Singapore, Japan, USA and Canada. He also served as the key representative in international meetings with military leaders from around the world, the more recent one in 2014 with the Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission, General Fan Changlong in Beijing, China.

General Moeldoko received many awards and distinctions during his time with the military, such as the notable Indonesian Military Distinguished Service Star (Bintang Dharma). He was also awarded Singapore's prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) or Military Meritorious Service Medal by the President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam in recognition for his contributions in strengthening ties between the Indonesian and Singaporean armies.

Hwee Yong CHEW (Speaker)
Deputy Director of Southeast Asia Division, Enterprise Singapore.

CHEW Hwee Yong is the Deputy Director of Southeast Asia Division, Enterprise Singapore. Before the merger of SPRING and International Enterprise Singapore (IE), Hwee Yong was the Divisional Director for the Natural Resources Division in IE, and in the core team championing the revitalisation of Singapore's marine & offshore industry in 2017.

Hwee Yong served more than 10 years in Singapore's economic agencies, including more than 8 years in Economic Development Board (EDB) developing industries such as precision engineering, electronics and Infocomms & Media. He was in the core team that initiated the Partnerships for Capability Transformation (PACT) scheme in 2010. From 2006 to 2009, Hwee Yong was EDB's Centre Director for western Japan and concurrently Consul in Osaka for Singapore.

From 2010 to 2017, Hwee Yong was in the private sector, working for Menicon Co Ltd (Menicon), Japan's oldest and largest contact lens company. He held various positions including the Chief of Organisational Development at the head office, Administration Director (HR, IT, Finance) in the Singapore manufacturing subsidiary and Managing Director (MD) of the Southeast Asia (SEA) sales subsidiary. Hwee Yong pioneered the succession planning scheme for the head office executive officers and built the corporate academy for executive officer candidates. In his four years as MD of the SEA sales subsidiary, Hwee Yong opened new sales channels in various SEA countries and doubled the revenues. In 2017, Hwee Yong left the private sector to return to public service.

Hwee Yong has a B Eng from the University of Tokyo and M Eng from Princeton University, specialising in non-linear optics and lasers. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Development & Human Resources from Singapore Human Resources Institute Academy.

Hwee Yong enjoys history, good movies and good music.

Jay Jenkins (Speaker)
Head of Customer Engineering, Google Cloud

Jay is the Head of Customer Engineering for the Google Cloud business in Southeast Asia and helps organizations transform their technologies and processes in order to support more agile, scalable, and secure digital operations. This is done by making better use of data through real-time scaled processing and machine learning.

Jay has 20 years of experience using transformative technologies for a wide range of industries
around the globe. Prior to Google, Jay was a partner at a specialist technology firm focused on agile technology transformation and business process reengineering. Jay has also worked at global consulting firms where he specialised in business process transformation through technology.

Jay was born in the United States, and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For the last 15 years, Jay has lived and worked in Australia, Vietnam, and now Singapore.


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