Join us on Day 1

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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Dr Ming Tan

Founding Executive Director

Dr Ming Tan is founding Executive Director for the Tech for Good Institute. She is concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Governance and Sustainability at the National University of Singapore. 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, a Singaporean portfolio of lifestyle companies operating in 14 countries worldwide. Her portfolio covered sustainability, brand and data privacy. She was concurrently the founding Executive Director of COMO Foundation, the private philanthropy of the owner of the COMO Group.

 

As a company director, she lends brand and strategic guidance to SuperNature Pte Ltd, COMO Hotels and Resorts (Asia) Pte Ltd, COMO Club Pte Ltd, and Mogems Pte Ltd. In the not-for-profit space, Ming is an Advisor to Singapore Totalisator Board and serves on the boards of Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre, St. Joseph’s Institution International and COMO Foundation.

 

As part of her commitment to holistic education and the arts, she also sits on the Advisory Panel of the Centre for the Arts of the National University of Singapore.

 

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.