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Keynote Speakers

Denise Keller


Denise Keller is one of the most recognized celebrities in Asia. Known for her trademark style and sense of humor, the German-Chinese Singaporean was launched into stardom as the affable VJ on MTV Asia.

Now a travel and adventure host for Discovery Channel and TLC, she continues to globetrot around the world seeking new and exciting adventures. Her award-winning Passage series includes Passage to Malaysia, Passage to Abu Dhabi, Passage to China and a new upcoming show, Expedition X, which traces the historic Silk Road.

As a former gymnast, Ford model, and MTV VJ, yoga has always been at the heart of Denise’s fitness regime. But feeling a need to share her passion, Denise embarked on her 200-hour teacher training certification through Pure Yoga so she could learn to bring yoga to others.

Denise believes that yoga charity will always be central to her yoga practice. Given a chance to work with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre last December, Denise raised money for autism during Singapore’s widely-publicized Giving Week.

Jean-Claude Biver

LVMH Group, President of the Watches Division
Hublot, Chairman of the board

Jean-Claude Biver is one of those rare men who have genuinely left their mark on Swiss watchmaking. After reviving the Blancpain name, he developed Omega focusing in particular on the recruitment of famous names such as Cindy Crawford, Michael Schumacher, and James Bond (Pierce Brosnan). In 2004, he decided to focus on developing the Hublot brand through the concept of “Art of Fusion”: fusion between tradition and innovation, fusion between past and future. In his words "we are not breaking with the past, on the contrary we are paying homage to it by connecting it to the future".

Bilahari Kausikan

Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Bilahari Kausikan is currently Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, who, according to The New York Times, “is known around Asia and in Washington for his candor”.  From 2001 to May 2013, Mr. Kausikan was, first, the second Permanent Secretary, and subsequently the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut and First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

“Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

Chris Eaton

Independent Advisor on Sports Integrity

Chris Eaton is a law enforcement veteran with over 45 years professional police service, much of which he has served internationally. In 1999, following almost 30 years service with both the state and federal police in his native Australia, Chris went to work for INTERPOL at its headquarters in Lyon, France. 

Dr. Jeff Jonas

IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, Context Computing

Jeff Jonas is an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of Context Computing. His work in context-aware computing was originally developed at Systems Research & Development (SRD), an organization that he founded in 1985, which was acquired by IBM in January 2005.

Dr. Lea Meyer

Consultant, Project Manager and Evaluator, Parliamentary Control of the Administration

As a specialist in performance and public management, Dr. Meyer focuses on the influence of regulation on an organization’s strategic choices and performance orientation. Her key area of interest is facilitating the process through which organizations can orient performance in relation to the regulatory environment.

Joe Nguyen

Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, comScore, Inc.

Joe Nguyen is Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at comScore, Inc., a leading cross-platform measurement company that precisely measures audiences, brands, and consumer behaviour everywhere. Joe oversees sales and servicing of comScore’s products and services in Asia Pacific, and has rapidly expanded its footprint to 13 countries across the region.

Yu-Kai Chou

Pioneer, Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification

Yu-kai Chou is an author, consultant and international keynote speaker on gamification and behavioral design. He is the original creator of the design framework, Octalysis, and author of the book, “Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards”. He is the President of The Octalysis Group and has been a regular speaker and lecturer on gamification worldwide, including such organizations as Stanford University, Accenture, TEDx, SxSW, Gamified India, Huawei, the Innovation Center in Denmark, Kingdom of Bahrain, and many more.

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