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We invite you to join us as we kick start our journey to catalyse research and collaboration to drive technology for good in Southeast Asia.

On 4 October 2021, Grab will launch a new initiative to encourage and enrich dialogue on social, economic, and policy trends accelerated by technology-enabled business models.

It will establish a non-profit think tank, the Tech For Good Institute. The Institute’s activities will include, but are not limited to: (a) convening and participating in forums to create a deeper understanding of the impact of technology; (b) driving and supporting action / insights-oriented research on how the impact of technology can be harnessed to address social challenges; and (c) developing programmes that help to strengthen capabilities in technology policy among stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

In the first year, the Institute will focus on driving research and conversations about the Platform Economy in Southeast Asia. The Platform Economy, which consists of economic and social activities between users facilitated by digital platforms, has become a frequent topic of discussion across many policy areas, including its role in the digitalization of the economy, labour and employment, competition, consumer protection and data privacy, among others. Given the fast evolving nature of digital platforms, they can be more complex than they appear and are not always well understood among stakeholder groups.

As part of its launch, the Institute will release its introductory report, ‘The Platform Economy: Southeast Asia’s Digital Growth Catalyst’. Led by Grab, research partner Bain & Co, and community partner the World Economic Forum (WEF), the report consolidates industry-wide perspectives to introduce the topic and set the stage for further engagements.

We are kick starting this journey today, but we cannot do this on our own. We invite you to join us.

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Mouna Aouri

Programme Fellow

Mouna Aouri is an Institute Fellow at the Tech For Good Institute. As a social entrepreneur, impact investor, and engineer, her experience spans over two decades in the MENA region, South East Asia, and Japan. She is founder of Woomentum, a Singapore-based platform dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs in APAC through skill development and access to growth capital through strategic collaborations with corporate entities, investors and government partners.

Dr Ming Tan

Founding Executive Director

Dr Ming Tan is founding Executive Director for the Tech for Good Institute, a non-profit founded to catalyse research and collaboration on social, economic and policy trends accelerated by the digital economy in Southeast Asia. She is concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Governance and Sustainability at the National University of Singapore and Advisor to the Founder of the COMO Group, a Singaporean portfolio of lifestyle companies operating in 15 countries worldwide.  Her research interests lie at the intersection of technology, business and society, including sustainability and innovation.


Ming was previously Managing Director of IPOS International, part of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, which supports Singapore’s future growth as a global innovation hub for intellectual property creation, commercialisation and management. Prior to joining the public sector, she was Head of Stewardship of the COMO Group and the founding Executive Director of COMO Foundation, a grantmaker focused on gender equity that has served over 47 million women and girls since 2003.


As a company director, she lends brand and strategic guidance to several companies within the COMO Group. Ming also serves as a Council Member of the Council for Board Diversity, on the boards of COMO Foundation and Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), and on the Digital and Technology Advisory Panel for Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre.


In the non-profit, educational and government spheres, Ming is a director of COMO Foundation and Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) and chairs the Asia Advisory board for Swiss hospitality business and management school EHL. She also serves on  the Council for Board Diversity and the Digital and Technology Advisory Panel for Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre.


Ming was educated in Singapore, the United States, and England. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and her doctorate from Oxford.