Our Mission

A think tank on a mission to nurture the positive impact of technology.

Technology can play a defining role in improving the development trajectory of countries and provide new tools to help societies navigate future challenges. However, like other big shifts in our history, the transition to the digital age will require adjustment and adaptation, some of which may be uncomfortable.

We believe that critical conversations and meaningful exchanges of ideas on how to harness technology’s full potential will be key in helping Southeast Asia steer towards a positive transformation.

At the Tech for Good Institute, we seek to bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors to help define the new equilibrium for Southeast Asia.

We believe Southeast Asia’s development is at a critical juncture.

Southeast Asia has made tremendous strides to improve access to and affordability of technology, and the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly accelerated digital participation. However, we are still only at the beginning.

The digital economy is bringing about changes that Southeast Asia must wrestle with. As the impact of these changes ripples across the region, especially since the onset of the pandemic, we believe the time has come to start a dialogue that encourages innovative solutions tailored to Southeast Asia’s context.

The Tech for Good Institute will encourage and enrich action-oriented research and dialogue on social, economic and policy trends accelerated by the digital economy in the region.

Our Approach
Dialogue

We aim to foster a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances of the impact of technology in Southeast Asia, in order to establish a common ground for further policy discussions. In our first year, we will focus on facilitating conversations on the platform economy, its role in infrastructure and ecosystem-building, and how we might navigate our policymaking approaches to maximise its benefits while mitigating risks.

Research

We work to support evidence-based, insights-oriented research that leads to constructive dialogue and actionable recommendations. Our inaugural study on the Platform Economy in Southeast Asia presents data-based insights and public-private perspectives on how to support the Platform Economy’s growth and manage its challenges, setting the stage for further discussions and topical deep-dives.

Learning

We are committed to building communities that can benefit from the collective sharing of learnings, insights and expertise. The Institute will serve as a hub to support capacity and capability building for the public and private sectors by creating learning programmes with partner institutions.

Our Focus
  1. Create inclusive growth by shaping the platform economy to be a vehicle for sustained economic growth, providing support for the underbanked, and driving tech innovation to support job creation and productivity enhancements.
  2. Promote digitalisation, digital inclusion and digital literacy, with a particular focus on those with lower household incomes, rural communities, traditional businesses and micro, small, and medium enterprises.
  3. Address regional challenges collaboratively, such as investing in digital and physical infrastructure, reducing barriers to digital trade, and combating climate change.

Leadership & Governance

A non-profit think tank founded by Grab, the institute is led by the Executive team and an elected Board of Directors. An Advisory Board provides guidance on our mission and values. Together, they work to build a regional platform that champions growth and discussion.

Insights

Dr Ming Tan

Executive Director Designate

Dr Ming Tan is Executive Director Designate for the Tech for Good Institute, a non-profit founded by Grab, to encourage and enrich dialogue on social, economic, and policy trends accelerated by the digital economy.

 

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 (I.P.) creation, commercialization 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. 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.