WEF’s Klaus Schwab: Public-private cooperation can unlock potential of technology to improve lives

The World Economic Forum’s founder speaks at the launch of the Tech for Good Institute.

“Now more than ever, with technology holding so much potential to change our lives for the better, we need to come together to unlock it,” Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), said at the launch of the Tech for Good Institute on 4 October 2021.

Professor Schwab spoke of the key issues that technology poses for governments, companies and societies, sharing how collaboration can help tackle these concerns.

“Southeast Asian nations have a chance to avoid negative scenarios played elsewhere and build a healthy and prosperous digital economy, building also on the specific national strengths and needs. It is hard to overestimate the importance of starting the operation of the Tech for Good Institute today,” he added.

Watch Professor Schwab’s full speech at the launch of the Institute.

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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.