Event Details

The "internet-of-things" is a slow revolution that has been gathering pace for years, but the transformation is about to go into overdrive. As computers and connectivity become cheaper, it makes sense to add them into more and more things that are not, in themselves, computers — from nappies and coffee machines to cows and factory robots. One forecast suggests that by 2035 the world will have a trillion connected computers.

As the past year has shown, systems that work well in good times need to be just as effective when things go bad. What implications will this have for business models, risk strategies and bottomline growth? In this breakfast meeting, our key takeaway for you will be an enhanced understanding of how greater digital connectivity can improve the resilience of your supply chain, your information flow, and your customer relationships.

Our panel of industry leaders will explore the emerging technologies and their implications for business. In particular, we want to examine how advancements in connectivity can help you:

- Increase your agility

- Strengthen the resilience of your organization, and

- Continue to grow despite the challenges of talent availability

We will focus on how we might transform our business models, our processes, and our organizational cultures to take full advantage of the capabilities that are coming.

This will be our first "hybrid" event. In line with government regulations, we can host up to 50 persons at the event with the event being live streamed for the rest of the network.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to ecn_sea@economist.com.


8:30 AM - 10 AM


  • Manoj Dugar (Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase Bank NA)

    Manoj Dugar

    Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase Bank NA

    Manoj Dugar is Managing Director and Head of Wholesale Payments for ASEAN based in Singapore. In this role, he is responsible for Treasury Services, Trade Finance and Merchant Services across Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. He leads the efforts to deliver market
    leading solutions, ensuring resiliency and robustness in product offering, service model and control environment. He plays an instrumental role in driving the strategy on ecommerce, Fintech and transformative technologies.

    Prior to this position,, Manoj was APAC Head of Core Cash Management for six years and lead the firm’s product development strategy for Receivables, Payables, FX and Channel offerings across the region, ensuring corporate and financial institution clients benefit from an integrated approach across the Corporate & Investment Bank.

    During 23+ year career, Manoj has held various roles in transaction and corporate banking across product management, sales, relationship management and operations. Prior to joining J.P Morgan in 2014, Manoj was Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions Product, India at Citi.

    Manoj holds a Chartered Accountancy and Company Secretary degree by background.

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  • Shih Hor Lau (CEO, Elixr Technology / Chair, Smart Nation Chapter, SGTech)

    Shih Hor Lau

    CEO, Elixr Technology / Chair, Smart Nation Chapter, SGTech

    Lau Shih Hor is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Elixir Technology, a progressive and leading tools and platform provider of next-generation Smart Nation Solutions. Shih Hor plays a critical role in overseeing the strategic direction, planning, operations and business development for the company.

    Under Shih Hor’s agile and dynamic leadership, Elixir has helped many enterprises across industry verticals transform their business digitally via smart nation solutions incorporating big data analytics and visualisation, video analytics, IoT integration among others.

    A frequent speaker at events across the world, Shih Hor has successfully led the company into the global scene with Elixir’s suite of Business Intelligence products to more than 600 customers in over 80 countries. Shih Hor is a recipient of the SCS Fellowship, an honour conferred upon individuals with significant contributions to the IT industry in Singapore.

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  • Dutch Ng (CEO, i-Sprint Innovations / Chair, Cyber Security Chapter, SGTech)

    Dutch Ng

    CEO, i-Sprint Innovations / Chair, Cyber Security Chapter, SGTech

    Dutch Ng, the co-founder and chief executive officer of i-Sprint, has been working for the company since 2000. Dutch is instrumental in providing strategic leadership in business development strategy and product directions. He plays a key role in managing the financial and business performance of the company.

    Over the past 20 years, Dutch held senior management and executive-level positions for high tech companies and took on various challenging and operational roles with regional responsibilities. His vast operational experience has helped him to develop a wealth of practical and hands-on experiences in managing the critical operations from professional services organization, administration, and finance to customer care operations. He has worked in many countries such as the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand and is fluent in speaking many languages.

    Before co-founding i-Sprint, Dutch spent four years in Citibank Regional Asia Pacific Technology Group, and he was responsible for implementing and deploying of technology solutions for the bank branches across 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

    Currently, Mr Ng is the Chairman of Cybersecurity Chapter at SGTech and a member of Technical Work Group for Cybersecurity at WorldSkills Singapore.

    Dutch received his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

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  • William Thomas (Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    William Thomas

    Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    William Thomas is the Director of the Economist Corporate Network in South-east Asia. An experienced advisor to senior business and government leaders, he helps organisations understand the strategic, operational, and talent implications of geopolitical changes.

    William holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University in the US, as well as a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA. His academic research has centered on managing change in large, multinational organisations, with an emphasis on organisational culture.

    William is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, having spent much of his 21-year career as a strategic planner for complex operations such as humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at the US Air Force Academy, and later taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC and as a Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

    Having worked in Asia since 2012, William has focused on leadership development and organisational change as a consultant, leadership coach, and training facilitator.

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