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5th Edition of SIGEF in Singapore, fostering technology for good and further UN SDGs

Horyou, the social network for social good, and Horyou Foundation is organising its fifth edition of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum, SIGEF, at Suntec, Singapore on September 12-13.

SIGEF 2018 is set to bring together a multi-stakeholder audience of investors, a high-level network of business and company executives, government and ministerial representatives, non-profit and international organizations, as well as a wide spectrum of important changemakers across the globe. Being its premiere edition in the ASEAN region, the forum will be expecting a high-level delegation of crypto and impact investors coming from Japan.

Opening remarks of the event will be made by Switzerland Ambassador to Singapore, H.E Fabrice Filliez, Asian influencer, investor and founder of SRS Fintech Commerce (SFC), Kazuhiro Hisata, and founder and CEO of Horyou, Yonathan Parienti.

Entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders will cover topics on disruptive trends focusing on future developments as a result of interconnected societies worldwide.

The first panel, “Smart Cities and the Future of Technology” will look at the disruptive trends in technology that could support a more sustainable ecosystem of life, such as Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Damian Tan, Visionary Investors and Managing Director of Vickers Venture Partners and OhmniLabs’ CEO and co-founder Thuc Vu, an expert in Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms will share their insights in that session. Participants in the panel will include Teymoor Nabili, journalist and TV anchor at Channel News Asia, Andy Sim, Director of Digital Innovation at National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, Jan Ondrus, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics at ESSEC Pacific, Kavita Sinha, General Manager-India Region/Director of Technology – Silver Spring Networks, Singapore, and Natalie Doran, Digital Marketing Director at Timetech, a blockchain platform.

The second panel will pertain to “Fintech and Blockchain For Good” to boost sustainable development and maximize positive societal impact. Participants will be influential Asian entrepreneurs such as Kazuhiro Hisata, founder of SRS Fintech Commerce (SFC), who will be joined by Yonathan Parienti founder of the HoryouToken, a utility token supporting economic inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals implementation of United Nations, and Kenneth Bok, founder of Blocks, a blockchain think-tank. A plenary will feature Chan Sik Ahn, Partner at HMP Law, and Karen New, speaker, author and initial coin offering advisor.

The third panel, “SDGs: a Framework for a Better Future,” will assess the advancement of the SDGs and cover the improvements resulting from the implementation of the SDG agenda in the business and financial sectors. A plenary will include speakers Arndt Husar, former UNDP Deputy Director from Singapore, Mikkel Larsen, Chief Sustainability Officer of DBS,, Simon JD Schillebeeckx, Assistant Professor  of Strategy and Innovation at Singapore Management University, Prasanna Da Silva, Director APAC at World Vision, and Noriko Mitsui, Philanthropist, entrepreneur and Horyou Ambassador in Japan.

The SDG session will also hold a panel advocating Gender Equality and Diversity, which will be moderated by Teymoor Nabili, with the participation of  Josie Ho, singer and actress from Hong Kong, Arielle Kitio, founder and CEO of Caysti, a collaboration platform for small business owners globally, Stephanie Dickson, founder of Green is the New Black, and Hayden Majajas, Head of Diversity and Inclusion APAC at Bloomberg. The session will benefit from the participation of Miriam Feiler who shall introduce the audience to bizzi.com.

The fourth session, “MedTech: Disruptive Health Innovations for Inclusive Care,” will feature a discussion relating to the medical technology space. It will examine opportunities for collaboration for the public and private sector to build more inclusive medical and healthcare systems. Panelists will include, among others venture capitalists, Ro Charlz, VP of Vickers Venture Partners, social entrepreneur Ondrej Vrabel, CEO and Founder of Pinf Hry, Dr. Prem Pillay, Neurosurgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Emerson Gale, international music education entrepreneur specializing in sound ecotherapy, psychologist Maria Guzman, Executive Board member of Fundacion Somos Vida, and Dr Lindsay Wu, Chief Scientific Advisor & co-founder Life Biosciences.

The panel on impact investment, “Impact Investment: Merging Social Impact with Financial Returns for Good,” will address impact investment strategies that allow for implementation of disruptive solutions in the areas of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, affordable housing, healthcare, and education. Top executives like Peter Triggs, Managing Director of DBS, Marc Lansonneur, Head of Manager Solutions and Investment Governance, DBS, Robert Kraybill, Managing Director of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), Steve Leonard, Founding CEO of SGInnovate, Brian Wilson, impact investor, Decentro Janutka, Founder of Decentro Media New Zealand, and Jenni Risku, Founder of Women in Tech Conference will share their insights with SIGEF global audience.

Last but not least will be the plenary on Future Energy, titled “Future Energy: Clean and Synchronized,” which will analyze renewable energy production standards and synchronized distribution. Participants will be entrepreneur Rowan Logie, Advisor at Swytch.io, Ryan Merrill, Professor at Singapore Management University and Research Fellow for Sustainability, Strategy and Innovation, Elie Ayoub, Horyou Advisor in Strategic Communication, Assaad Razzouk,  CEO of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, Leopold Feiler, Co-Founder of Global Energy Storage, Vincent Bakker, Co-Founder of Positive Energy Ltd., and Katarina Hasbani, Founder of Enrupt, an open innovation platform for the energy sector.

“As our community believes in solid partnerships for a better future, we are hopeful this event will help shape better times to come in Southeast Asia and beyond,” says Yonathan Parienti, Founder and CEO of Horyou.

SIGEF 2018 is organized by Horyou and is the result of the collaboration with dedicated partners such as Founding Partners SRS Fintech Commerce (SFC), HoryouToken and Horyou Foundation. Community Partners include Suntec Singapore, GES, Blockchain Industry Group, SGInnovate, NVPC, AVPN, IFIA, IIX, 1880 and ESSEC. Media Partners include Inc Southeast Asia Magazine, The Science Monitor,  Ethical Markets, ICO Buffer, MillionaireAsia, AMB Crypto, Pravasi Express, The Online Citizen, Decentro Media, and BTCManager, to name a few.

The event will be live-streamed to more than 250,000 Horyou adherents from 180 countries and a large number of SIGEF partners and followers locally and worldwide.

For the list of speakers, registration, and other details, click here.