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Technology, Sustainability, and Social Good: SIGEF 2018 Fosters Social Innovation in Southeast Asia

A new chapter of social innovation initiatives is coming to Singapore this September

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BY Pauline Mendoza - 21 Aug 2018

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images

Can technology and sustainability co-exist? How can innovation further social good? These global challenges will be discussed at the 5th edition of Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF 2018) happening this 12 to 13 September in Singapore, echoing the ASEAN 2018 Summit. It is presented by Horyou, the Social Network for Social Good.

Having had editions in Geneva, Marrakesh, and Astana in Kazakhstan, SIGEF 2018 will be held for the first time in Southeast Asia. SIGEF has a regular potential audience of more than 100 million from social media, PR, and traditional media.

“The forum is a great opportunity to join voices and talents around some of the most disruptive challenges of our times, and we believe Singapore is now a central place to discuss them,” says Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, a social network for social good that is behind SIGEF 2018.

SIGEF 2018 offers opportunities for businesses, governments, nonprofits, and changemakers across the globe to share insights and to develop a strategic high-level network.

Entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders from around the world will cover topics on disruptive trends like blockchain and future energy, smart cities, medtech, and impact investing — focusing on future developments as a result of interconnected societies worldwide.

The plenary about the Sustainable Development Goals will welcome speakers, such as Arndt Husar, UNDP Deputy Director from Singapore, entrepreneurs like Arielle Kitio, founder and CEO of Caysti, Saud Bin Hassan Al-Subaye, CSR Director of Al-Hilal Saudi Footbal Club and Mikkel Larsen, Chief Sustainability Officer of DBS as well as personalities like Josie Ho, singer and actress from Hong Kong.

For the Fintech and Blockchain plenary, the participants will be influential Asian entrepreneurs as Kazuhiro Hisata, a marketing expert, investor and also founder of SRS Fintech Commerce (SFC) and experts like Kenneth Bok, founder of blocks, a blockchain think-tank.

On Impact Investing, top executives like Peter Triggs, Managing Director of DBS, Robert Kraybill, Managing Director of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) and Steve Leonard, Founding CEO of SGInnovate, will share their insights with a global audience.

“As our community believes in solid partnerships for a better future, we are hopeful this event will help shape better times to come in Southeast Asia and beyond,” says Parienti.

For the list of speakers, registration, and other details, click here.

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