ConnectGov 2017 2018-05-22T12:45:03+00:00




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This is by far one of the most informative, insightful and inspiring event in the IT space and a highly effective networking platform as well.

CIO & COO, China CITIC Bank International

A great and well-organised event. Great panellists and great subjects shared by people from diverse walks of life, technology and experience.

Senior Executive Officer & CIO, Coca Cola East Japan

This is one of the best technology business conferences that we’ve had in APAC. It’s a great collaboration and we got to know each other on a human level, understand some of the challenges they are facing, and also identify opportunities for partnership. It’s also great to “getaway” and experience the countryside and get to know new contacts on a one on-one basis.

Managing Director of Asia Pacific & Japan, Google Cloud

(The event) has been extremely rewarding – not just in terms of the high-calibre people I’ve met but also the content that was delivered, the opportunity to share and participate in a collegial way – that, for me, has been the biggest take-away. There is real openness at the C-level to collaborate between institutions that was evident over the course of the event. I am really looking forward to the next Summit

CTO, APJ, Symantec


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.

Featured Speakers, Panellists & Special Guests

Shirin Hamid
Shirin HamidPrincipal Director (CIO), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Sonia Wedrychowicz
Sonia WedrychowiczManaging Director, Head of Consumer Banking Technology Singapore Group Technology & Operations, DBS Bank
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Davaajamts Choindon
Davaajamts ChoindonCIO, Cabinet Secretariat of Government of Mongolia
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Eduard Fabian
Eduard FabianManaging Director, Head Group Technology, Wholesale and Retail Bank, United Overseas Bank Limited
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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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Dr. Robert Yap
Dr. Robert YapExecutive Chairman, YCH Group
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Ramesh Munamarty
Ramesh MunamartyGroup CIO, International SOS
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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Sazali Bin Sukardi
Sazali Bin SukardiVice President, Strategic Research Division, CyberSecurity Malaysia
Pauline Tan
Pauline TanSenior Vice President, Technology, SATS
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John Lee
John LeeGlobal CIO, Commercial Excellence, GE Healthcare
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Abid Butt
Abid ButtCIO, Arab Open University, Kuwait
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Eric Sim
Eric SimCIO, KPJ Healthcare Berhad
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Dato Rais
Dato RaisDeputy Chief Technology & Innovation Officer (DCTIO) & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Telekom Malaysia Berhad
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Dr. Sami Ben Jamaa
Dr. Sami Ben JamaaSenior Executive Office and CIO of Coca Cola East Japan Bottler
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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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Kenneth Tan
Kenneth TanChief Executive Officer, Pte Ltd
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Gregory Sim
Gregory SimExecutive Director, Group Information Security, Standard Chartered Bank
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Charles Foo
Charles FooVice President, IT, Resorts World Sentosa
Tan Kah Chai
Tan Kah ChaiGroup Chief Information Officer, Sime Darby Berhad
Nick Savvides
Nick SavvidesChief Technology Officer, Pacific, Symantec
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Brendan O'Neill
Brendan O'NeillDirector of IT Services, Seaco Global
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William Liu
William LiuChairman & Managing Partner, Stream Global
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Bernard Leong
Bernard LeongHead of Post Office Network and Digital Services, Singapore Post
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


Wednesday, 5 July

  • Arrive in Chinggis Khaan International Airport, Ulaanbaatar
  • Transfer from Airport to Shangri-La Hotel
  • Free & Easy

Thursday, 6 July

  • Day I Summit at ASEM Village
  • Sight-seeing – Genghis Khan Statue Complex
  • Dinner Reception, Digital Nomad Exhibition, Cultural Show

Friday, 7 July

  • Day II Summit at Shangri-La Hotel
  • Sight-seeing – Sukhbaatar Square (if time permits)
  • Transfer from Shangri-La Hotel to Airport for departure

8 July onwards

  • Extended Tour
    (Extended stay and programme will be managed by guests)


Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar (pictured left)
Recognised as the only leading 5 star Hotel and located at the heart of the city centre, Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar is a dynamic hotel with extensive facilities.

The hotel is an integrated part of the Shangri-La Centre  which also the location of the Shangri-La Mall, a prime location for a wide range of shopping, dining and entertainment. The mall offers a variety of fine dining establishments as well as a food-court with international cuisines.

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
12.40pm  Lunch
01.50pm   Panel 3 – Crucial Lessons from High Stake Alliances and Collaborations
02.50pm Panel 4 :  Digital Economy Ecosystems at Work
03.30pm   Tea Break
04.00pm   Depart for Sight-Seeing Tour – Genghis Khan Complex
07.30pm   Welcome Dinner @ Featuring Digital Nomad Exhibition by the Mongolian IT industry
10.00pm   Return to Hotel


08.30am   Opening Keynote : Innovating for Your Customers – The Design Thinking Approach
08.50am   Keynote 3 : A Practioner’s Perspective – Customer-centric Innovation
09.10am   Panel 5 : Getting Your Innovation Posture Right
10.10am   Break
10.30am   Keynote 4 : Navigating the Dark Clouds of Cybersecurity
10.50am   Panel 6 : Responding to the Ever-Shifting Cybersecurity Landscape
11.50am  Roundtable  – Facilitated Reflections & Peer Exchanges
12.30pm   Panel 7 : Mongolian ICT Industry Perspectives
01.00pm   Closing
01.15pm   Lunch
02.00pm End of Programme (short visit to Grand Chinggis Khaan Square if time permits)
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).

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






For delegate registration enquiries and to request for full programme brochure, please contact Tissie Adhistia, Director of Operations,

For sponsorship enquries, please contact David Chin, Head of Relations,