Economist Impact: Technology for Change Week Asia – Applying technology for the social good

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A dynamic virtual week exploring how technology-based solutions can be applied to long-standing social challenges

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 2 March 2022 – Policymakers, businesses and thought leaders from major corporations and government will congregate online and at exclusive in-person sessions at Economist Impact’s Technology for Change Week Asia from March 8th to 11th 2022.

There is an urgent need to close the digital divide to foster financial inclusion and prosperity to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Stakeholders today expect businesses to deliver positive social outcomes as well as financial returns, so how do we shift from hype to help? And in a pandemic-led labour shortage, the future of work is the future of talent. How can forward-leaning firms attract and retain the best tech talent to stay ahead of the curve?

Economist Impact’s virtual event provides a high-level meeting place for more than 70 speakers and 2,000 participants across the public, private and civil sectors to discuss and examine how technology-based and data-driven solutions can be applied to long-standing social challenges, and also connect with the consumer and talent of today.

Chaired by The Economist Group’s editors, Technology for Change Week Asia features senior expert speakers including:

Dr. Lim Hyesook, Minister of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea

Dr. Pakorn Peetathawatchai, President, Stock exchange of Thailand

Tan Kiat How, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore

Ridwan Kamil, West Java Governor, Government of The Republic of Indonesia

Thuok Nao, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia

Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director Asia, International Telecommunication Union (UN)

Poshu Yeung, Senior vice president, Tencent Cloud International

Kathleen Reen, Senior director public policy and philanthropy APAC, Twitter

Simon Milner, Vice president, public policy, APAC, Meta

Leong Sing Chiong, Deputy managing director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Howard Lee, Deputy chief executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Ronadol Numnonda, Deputy governor Financial Institutions Stability, Bank of Thailand

Ayesha Khanna, Founder and chief executive, Addo AI

Sunil Setlur, Global chief people officer, Gojek

Aurélie Gupta, investment officer – manufacturing agribusiness and services, International Finance Corporation

and many more.

View the latest agenda.

Technology for Change Week Asia is supported by Amber Group, Cake DeFi, East Ventures, Catapult, HCL Technologies, Mastercard, Tencent, Laiye, Microsoft, Pluralsight, Seagate Technology and Syngenta.

Free places to attend Technology for Change Week Asia are available now. For online registration and event details, please visit the website:

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About Economist Impact

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About Amber Group

Amber Group is a leading global digital asset platform, and a fintech unicorn backed by world-class investors such as Temasek, Sequoia, Tiger Global, Paradigm, Dragonfly, Pantera, Coinbase Ventures, and Founded in 2017, the company has cumulatively traded over $1T since inception, with $5B in assets under management.

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Cake DeFi

Cake DeFi is a fully transparent, highly innovative and regulated fintech platform dedicated to providing access to decentralised financial services and applications by enabling users to generate returns from their crypto and digital assets. It is operated and registered in Singapore and is fully compliant with all regulatory requirements of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

By enabling and empowering its users to harness the potential of decentralized finance, Cake DeFi aims to educate and inform people around the world on crypto and DeFi in a simple, easy to understand and hassle-free manner.

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East Ventures

East Ventures is a pioneering and leading sector-agnostic venture capital firm headquartered in Singapore. Founded in 2009, East Ventures has transformed into a holistic platform that provides multi-stage investment, including Seed and Growth for over 200 companies in Southeast Asia.

An early believer in the startup ecosystem in Indonesia, East Ventures is the first investor of Indonesia’s unicorn companies, namely Tokopedia and Traveloka. Other notable companies in the portfolio include Ruangguru, Warung Pintar, Kudo (acquired by Grab), Loket (acquired by Gojek), Tech in Asia, Xendit, IDN Media, MokaPOS (acquired by Gojek), ShopBack, KoinWorks, Waresix, and Sociolla.

East Ventures was named the most consistent top performing VC fund globally by Preqin, and the most active investor in SEA and Indonesia by various media.

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Catapult is the first leadership learning hub in Southeast Asia backed by leading real estate developer CapitaLand, designed to groom Asia’s next generation of leaders by curating learning experiences focused on Leadership, Innovation, and Energy for Peak Performance delivered through experiential, immersive and impactful learning journeys.

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HCL Technologies

HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. Our technology products and services are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risk-taking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships.

HCL also takes pride in its many diversity, social responsibility, sustainability, and education initiatives. Through its worldwide network of R&D facilities and co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities, and over 197,000+ ‘Ideapreneurs’ across 52 countries, HCL delivers holistic services across industry verticals to leading enterprises, including 250 of the Fortune 500 and 650 of the Global 2000.

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Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

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Tencent is a world-leading internet and technology company that develops innovative products and services to improve the quality of life of people around the world. Founded in 1998 with our headquarters in Shenzhen, China, Tencent’s guiding principle is to use technology for good. Our communication and social services connect more than one billion people globally, helping them to keep in touch with friends and family, access transportation and pay for daily necessities. Tencent publishes some of the world’s most popular video games and other high-quality digital content, and offers a range of enterprise services like cloud computing and fintech.

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Laiye was founded in 2015 by two Ph.D. Ivy League graduates from Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania, and in 2021 announced its Series C+ funding round, with a $50M injection. Laiye operates via a global team across Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Its Intelligent Automation solutions are in use at enterprise customers in the insurance, communications, electric power, finance, retail, and healthcare industries to build end-to-end automation solutions.

Laiye has rich experience in RPA and AI and helps businesses and people realize their full potential by optimizing the human-machine collaborative alliance with sophisticated, dynamic, productivity enhancing digital, low-code “workforce solutions.” Laiye delivers the deepest, most advanced AI/RPA/NLP solutions to help businesses become more efficient, effective, agile, and successful. And it frees people to focus on meaningful, innovative, mission-critical initiatives. Core technologies include robotic process automation (RPA), process mining, natural language processing (NLP), conversational intelligence, text recognition, and image recognition.

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Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Pluralsight – The technology workforce development company

At Pluralsight, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to create progress through technology and develop the skills of tomorrow. With assessments, learning paths and courses authored by industry experts, our platform helps businesses and individuals benchmark expertise across roles, speed up release cycles and build reliable, secure products.

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Seagate Technology

Seagate Technology crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data storage and management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. A global technology leader for more than 40 years, the company has shipped over three billion terabytes of data capacity.

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Syngenta is one of the world leaders in agricultural innovation and has a legacy spanning more than 250 years globally, and more than 90 years in Asia. At Syngenta Asia Pacific, over 5000 people across 14 countries strive every day to transform agriculture through tailor-made solutions for the benefit of farmers, society and our planet.

We contribute to our global mission to feed the region safely, sustainably and with respect for the planet. We work with farmers across the region to improve their productivity through the use of our breakthrough products and technologies in Crop Protection and Seeds.

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