ConnectGov Leaders Summit 2018



E=Mbracing Cognitive Capabilities

ConnectGov Leaders Summit is the marquee event where discerning thought-leaders, government and private sector CIOs, CISOs, business leaders and corporate tech experts gather to learn, establish new personal connections, and exchange fresh perspectives. Our objective is to deliver quality and highly-interactive engagements on key current topics and leading-edge tech issues, so that participants may expect not only actionable insights and but also opportunities to establish new contacts with peers from around the world.

The Summit will gather tech practitioners and the best minds within our community to actively engage and collaborate towards driving some of the key ideas and initiatives on government and industry transformation. By enabling these conversations, we hope to provide delegates with a basis for establishing greater understanding along with tangible action plans to help navigate challenges in this Digital Age.

ESTONIA : Where old world charm melds perfectly with brave new advances of the digital frontier

ConnectGov Leaders Summit 2018 will take us to Estonia, a country named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired in 2016 and where delegates will re-energise their thinking and make new meaningful connections.

The capital Tallinn with its extraordinary Old Town is the birthplace of many digital innovations – a place that aptly captures the spirit of our Summit which is all about empowering digital leaders in bringing their organisations to greater heights in the age of disruption.

With strong support from Estonia’s Government CIO Office and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, ConnectGov Leaders Summit 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever!

What’s new in 2018?

  • Stronger delegate participation from around Asia
  • More peer-to-peer exchanges on challenges and best-practices
  • More networking opportunities with specially-planned social activities
  • Experiential learning and visits to tech reference sites



Siim Sikkut
Siim SikkutGovernment CIO of Estonia
Lim Bee Kwan
Lim Bee KwanAssistant Chief Executive, Governance & Cyber Security, Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech)
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Dr. Sak Segkhoonthod
Dr. Sak SegkhoonthodPresident and CEO, Digital Government Development Agency (Public Organization) (DGA)
Dr Suhazimah Dzazali
Dr Suhazimah DzazaliGovernment CIO, Malaysia / Deputy Director General, Malaysia Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), Prime Minister's Department
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Ted Suen
Ted SuenPresident, Hong Kong Computer Society / Head of IT, MTR Corporation Limited
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Dr David Hardoon
Dr David HardoonChief Data Officer, Data Analytics Group, Monetary Authority of Singapore
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Marten Kaevats
Marten KaevatsNational Digital Advisor, Government Office of Estonia
Wu Choy Peng
Wu Choy PengChief Technology Officer, GIC
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Boonson Jenchaimahakoon
Boonson JenchaimahakoonFirst Senior Executive Vice President (IT Group), The Government Savings Bank
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Tinku Gupta
Tinku GuptaExecutive Vice President, Head of Technology, Singapore Exchange
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Margus Mägi
Margus MägiHead of Strategic Partnerships, Omniva (Former Digital Policy Adviser for EU Secretariat Government Office of Estonia)
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Pauline Tan
Pauline TanSenior Vice President, Technology, SATS
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Dr Sami Ben Jamaa
Dr Sami Ben JamaaGlobal Chief Information Officer, JERA Co. Inc. (Japan)
Martin Ruubel
Martin RuubelPresident, Guardtime
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Arvind Mathur
Arvind MathurChief Information & Digital Officer, Prudential Assurance Singapore
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Ramesh Narayanaswamy
Ramesh NarayanaswamyGroup Chief Information & Operations Officer, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd (Malaysia)
Gregor Hohpe
Gregor HohpeTechnical Director, Office of the CTO, Google
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Ramesh Munamarty
Ramesh MunamartyGroup CIO, International SOS
Surachai Chatchalermpun
Surachai ChatchalermpunChief Information Security Officer, Krung Thai Bank
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Baskara Rao
Baskara RaoChief Information Officer, APL (part of CMA CGM Group)
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Gregory Sim
Gregory SimExecutive Director, Regional Head of Information and Cyber Security, Standard Chartered Bank
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Voranuch Dejakaisaya
Voranuch DejakaisayaCIO and COO, Bank of Ayudhya (Krungsri)
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Ramon Karingal
Ramon KaringalChief InfoSec & Risk Advocate, Asia Pacific and Japan
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Jeffrey Kok
Jeffrey KokVP, Solution Engineers, Asia Pacific and 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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Deny Rahardjo
Deny RahardjoChief Information Officer, Asia Pulp and Paper Group
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Annie koH
Annie koHVice President, Office of Business Development, Singapore Management University / Board Member, Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech)
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William Liu
William LiuChairman and Managing Partner, Stream Global
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P. Ramakrishna
P. RamakrishnaChief Executive Officer, CIO Academy Asia
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Day 0
Sunday, 29 July | Arrive in Tallinn

  • Arrive at Tallinn Airport
  • Transfer to Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel (Official Venue/Accommodation)
  • Welcome Cocktail at the Hotel

Day 1
Monday, 30 July | Tallinn/ Countryside

  • Summit Programme – Day 1 (Full day)
  • Evening Tour of Old Town, Tallinn

Day 2
Tuesday, 31 July | Tallinn

  • Summit Programme – Day 2 (1/2 day)
  • Experiential Learning Visits to Estonian technology innovation centres, leading start-ups and showrooms
  • Dinner Reception

Day 3
Wednesday, 1 August | Depart from Tallinn

  • Farewell breakfast
  • Transfer to Airport

Overall Programme and activities are subject to further update as the event draws nearer. Conference programme will be shared in due course.


Day 1
Monday, 30 July | Hilton Tallinn Park Ballroom

08:30am Welcome and Opening Address
08:50am Summit Introduction
09:00am KEYNOTE: Plugging into the Cognitive World!
09:30am SESSION 1: Making the Leap for Exponential Gains – Is Cognitive the Answer?
10:20am Break
10:35am SESSION 2: Embracing the Next-Gen Whole Government Approach
11:35am KEYNOTE: Upping the Ante on Connectivity
12:05pm SESSION 3: Narrowing the cognitive capability gap through collaborations
12:45pm Lunch
01:45pm SESSION 4: Shaping Up for the Data-Driven Economy
02:35pm KEYNOTE: Contextualising the “Business” of Security
03:05pm SESSION 5: Navigating New Uncertainties in Risk and Security
03:55pm Break
05:40pm Day 1 Summit Closing Remarks
05:45pm End of Day 1 Summit Programme
Evening Tour of Old Town, Tallinn

Day 2
Tuesday, 31 July
 | Hilton Tallinn Park Ballroom

08:30am Opening Remarks
08:35am KEYNOTE: Fostering Innovation in the Cognitive Age
09:00am SESSION 6: Recalibrating Strategy & Decision Making for a Cognitive Age
09:50am Break
10:05am SESSION 7: Shaping Strategic Priorities in this fast-changing Tech Landscape
10:55am SESSION 8: Perspectives from Estonian Industry Leaders
11:35am Closing Remarks
11:45am Lunch
01:00pm – 07:00pm Experiential Learning Visits to Estonian technology innovation centres, leading start-ups and showrooms
08:00pm – 10:30pm Dinner Reception at the Seaplane Harbour (Estonian Maritime Museum)

Overall Programme and activities are subject to further update as the event draws nearer. Conference programme will be shared in due course.


e-Estonia showroom –

The e-Estonia showroom is a Tallinn-based executive briefing center and an innovation hub designed to experience the e-State of mind. It showcases e-Estonia success story, its developments, benefits & challenges, cyber security & safety as well as current projects & vision of e-Estonia.

Seaplane Harbour (Estonian Maritime Museum)

The Gala Dinner reception will be held at the most exciting maritime museum in Europe. About 200 authentic items are on display at the historical seaplane hangar: a submarine called Lembit, a century-old icebreaker Suur Tõll, a seaplane called Short 184, remains of the oldest ship found in Estonia, and much more.

Old Town of Tallinn

The best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe boasting Gothic spires, winding cobblestone streets and enchanting architecture. Unlike many other capital cities in Europe, Tallinn has managed to wholly preserve its structure of medieval and Hanseatic origin. Due to its exceptionally intact 13th century city plan, the Old Town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, joining the ranks of the world’s most recognised landmarks.


Set in the heart of Estonia’s capital city, Hilton Tallinn Park is located on the eastern side of quiet and recently renovated Politseiaed Park. This Tallinn hotel also provides convenient access to Tallinn Airport within ten minutes’ drive. Take in wonderful views of Tallinn Harbour and the enchanting Old Town from the hotel, and enjoy walking proximity to Medieval Old Town with its shops, restaurants and popular Tallinn attractions, as well as many businesses and corporate offices in the area.




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For more information on participating in this programme as a delegate, speaker or sponsor partner, please contact:

Tissie Adhistia, Director, Operations – E-mail:
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