ConnectGov Leader Summit is a distinctive platform where thought leaders, government CIOs and corporate tech experts gather to exchange ideas, share perspectives and cogent insights. With a programme planned around highly-interactive sessions, candid discussions and intensive networking among select peers, attendees can expect valuable interactions that will spur new thinking and action on strategies and initiatives.

The Summit’s key purpose is to promote engagement and collaboration among stakeholders with a view to influence and catalyse wider transformation. Through incisive conversations on key issues and shared concerns, the Summit aims to impart delegates with greater clarity and actionable paths to navigate uncertainties in these evolving times.

The inaugural 2016 ConnectGov Leader Summit in Bhutan was a tremendous success, with participation from over 100 senior business and tech leaders from 15 countries (See Annex I). This year, delegates will be transported to Mongolia – “the land of blue sky“ where they can look forward to not only refreshing and energising their thinking in a singular setting, but also establishing meaningful new connections.

The ConnectGov Leader Summit 2017 is organised with the auspices of our esteemed host, the Cabinet Secretariat of Government of Mongolia. The theme for the 2017 Summit concerns dimensions that are crucial for digital transformation, namely: partnership mechanisms and models, key foundations for collaboration, ongoing security concerns, the demonstration of value outcomes and organisational responses to the current operating environment. Accordingly, the 2017 programme will encompass the following topics:

  • Partnership foundations – new models built on trust and developing the right ecosystem frameworks
  • Digital economy – the wider downstream effects and benefits of digital transformation done right
  • Readiness for innovation – how organisations can better respond to a rapidly changing landscape
  • Smart city perspectives – highlighting different perspectives on and approaches to initiatives
  • Combating cybersecurity threats – how partnerships and collaborations are essential



















Key decision-makers in Asia-Pacific:

  • CIOs, CISOs & CXOs from the public & private sectors
  • Related eGov public agency & embassy representatives
  • Local/Global ICT industry players & Government CIOs


Mongolia is truly one of the world’s last undiscovered destinations & one of the safest countries to visit. It is a land where you can experience wide-open spaces, cobalt blue skies, pristine forests, majestic deserts, crystal clear rivers & lakes, & the traditional hospitality of nomads. Permanent dwellings are few & far between with even fewer fences, & the land is owned by the people, like one large National Park. A tremendous destination for experiencing the outdoors, Mongolia also boasts a unique history dating back to the Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan.

Ulaanbaatar, the capital, is the hub for trips to destinations within Mongolia. The city hosts the country’s only international airport while the single international rail line, the Trans- Siberian railway traverses the city from North to South. The main population centre where 1 million of Mongolia’s 2.8 million population lives, Ulaanbaatar is the country’s economic, cultural & political heart that also hosts a number of tourist attractions with varied types of entertainment.


S. Batbold
S. BatboldGovernor of Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city (in principle)
Shirin Hamid
Shirin HamidPrincipal Director (CIO), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Davaajamts Choindon
Davaajamts ChoindonCIO, Cabinet Secretariat of Government of Mongolia
Anthony Thomas
Anthony ThomasGroup CIO - GE Global, GE Digital
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Rick Pusag
Rick PusagCIO, Security Bank Corporation, Philippines
Chai Chin Loon
Chai Chin LoonSenior Director, Cyber Security Group Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech)
Eugene Yeo
Eugene YeoCIO, MyRepublic Group
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Ramesh Munamarty
Ramesh MunamartyGroup CIO, International SOS
Prof. Daniel Lai
Prof. Daniel Lai(Former) Government Chief Information Officer, Hong Kong SAR Government
Ganbold Ravjin
Ganbold RavjinCEO, Unitel Group, Mongolia
Ted Suen
Ted SuenHead of Information Technology/ CIO, MTR Corporation Hong Kong
Lim Shih Hsien
Lim Shih HsienHead, Information Security Hong Kong Jockey Club
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Michael Leung
Michael LeungChief Information and Operations Officer China CITIC Bank International
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Dato’ Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab
Dato’ Dr Amirudin Abdul WahabCEO, CyberSecurity Malaysia (an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia)
Iwan Djuniardi
Iwan DjuniardiDirector, ICT Transformation, Directorate of General Tax / Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
Sandeep Khera
Sandeep KheraCIO and Head of Digital Banking, XacBank
Pauline Tan
Pauline TanSenior Vice President, Technology, SATS
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Bernard Leong
Bernard LeongHead of Post Office Network and Digital Services, Singapore Post
Chinzorig Ganbold
Chinzorig GanboldChief Executive, Mongolian Intellectual Property Protection Association (in principle)
William Liu
William LiuChairman & Managing Partner, Stream Global
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Prof Annie Koh
Prof Annie KohVP, Office of Business Development, Singapore Management University and Board Member, Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech)
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Tan Kah Chai
Tan Kah ChaiGroup Chief Information Officer, Sime Darby Berhad
Vincent Goh
Vincent GohVice President of Sales, Asia Pacific & Japan, CyberArk
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Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen
Dirk-Peter van LeeuwenSenior Vice President and General Manager for Asia Pacific, Red Hat
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Wednesday, 5 July

  • Arrive in Chinggis Khaan International Airport, Ulaanbaatar
  • Transfer to Hotel

Thursday, 6 July

  • Day I Summit
  • Roundtable – Reflections & Insights
  • Sight-seeing Tour
  • Welcome Dinner

Friday, 7 July

  • Day II Summit
  • Panel Discussion
  • Departure to Airport

Saturday – Sunday, 8 – 9 July (Optional)

  • Rest and Relax (Optional) – Mongolia Discovery Tour*July is an exciting month where the colourful Naadam Festival is celebrated annually. Otherwise known as “eriin gurvan naadam“, literally translated as “The Three Games of Men”. Mongolians will pit their skills in wrestling, horseback-riding & archery.


Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar (pictured left) is located right in the heart of the city centre. It is within walking distance of the famous Government House, Great Chinggis Khaan Square & main offices & embassies. Chinggis Khan International Airport is just a 40-minute drive away.

ASEM Village – a unique conference experience in an authentic Mongolian Ger!



8.00am   Transfer to Conference Venue at ASEM Village
Welcome Address by CIO Academy Asia
09.15am   Hada Ceremony & Opening Address
09.30am   Keynote 1 : Innovation paving the way for international collaboration
10.00am   Panel 1 : Re-defining Partnership Models in a Disruptive Age
11.00am   Tea Break
11.20am   Panel 2 : Innovate to Survive
12.20pm   Roundtable 1 – Facilitated Reflections & Peer Exchanges
01.00pm   Lunch
02.15pm   Panel 3 – Crucial Lessons from High Stake Alliances and Collaborations
03.15pm   Tea Break
03.35pm   Depart for Sight-Seeing Tour – Genghis Khan Complex
07.30pm   Welcome Dinner @ Featuring Digital Nomad Exhibition by the Mongolian IT industry
09.00pm   Return to Hotel


08.30am   Opening Remarks
08.40am   Keynote 2 : Foundations for a New Paradigm
09.00am   Keynote 3 : Navigating the Dark Clouds of Cybersecurity
09.20am   Panel 4 : Responding to the Ever-Shifting Cybersecurity Landscape
10.20am   Keynote 4 : Drivers of the New Digital Economy
10.40am   Break
11.00am   Panel 5 : Digital Economy Ecosystems at Work
11.40am   Panel 6 : Getting your Innovation Posture Right
12.40pm   Panel 7 : Mongolian ICT Industry Perspectives
01.10pm   Closing
01.20pm   Lunch
02.20pm   Return to Hotel
From 3.00pm Depart for Airport


The ASEM Village is located in the most tranquil and the least polluted area of Ulaanbaatar, Khurkhreen Am. The entire complex consist of villas, outdoor sports courts as well as Mt. Bogd Golf and Country Club. Within the vicinity, is the magnificent Mongolian Great Ger which last year hosted leaders from 53 countries for the 11th ASEM SUMMIT.  The ASEM Ger, which can accommodate up to 350 people, is the perfect venue for our ConnectGov Leader Summit, providing delegates with a unique conference experience like no other.

Mongolia’s annual Naadam Festival is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to the era of the great Khans and their dynasties. Wrestling, archery and horse racing—the three skills that Chingis Khan considered essential for any Mongol warrior—are showcased at the country’s largest celebration of the “three manly sports”. Even though the Summit delegates will not be able to experience the full Naadam festival (unless those who opt for an extended stay), specially organised Mini Naadam will be featured as part of the overall programme.

The Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a 40-metre (131 ft 3 in) tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, where according to legend, he found a golden whip. Visitors walk to the head of the horse through its chest & neck, where they can have a panoramic view. The attached museum has exhibitions relating to the Bronze Age & Xiongnu archaeological cultures in Mongolia. Next to the museum is a tourist & recreation centre which covers 212 hectares (520 acres).

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of Mongolia’s national parks. A small southern portion is developed for tourists, with restaurants, souvenir shops, horses & camels for rent, & tourist ger camps. Attractions include Khagiin Khar Lake, a 20m deep glacial lake & Yestii Hot Water Springs. The park also has a monastery that is open to visitors. The park has many rock formations for rock climbers & includes two famous formations named for things they resemble: Turtle Rock & the Old Man Reading a Book.

Grand Chinggis Khaan Square (previously known as Sükhbaatar Square) is the central square of Ulaanbaatar. A large colonnade monument to Genghis Khan, as well as to Ögedei Khan & Kublai Khan dominates the square’s north side directly in front of the Saaral Ordon (Government Palace). The centre of the square features an equestrian statue of Damdin Sükhbaatar, one of the leaders of Mongolia’s 1921 revolution. Today, the square is still the scene of major state ceremonies, cultural events & exhibitions.

*ASEM VILLAGE image source :их-гэр





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