2018 Ecosperity Conference

Tomorrow Starts Today!

From Ideas to Impact

Moving towards a more resilient and inclusive world

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have built momentum towards a more resilient and inclusive world. As the countdown to 2030 begins, there is growing consensus on the importance of public-private sector collaboration to achieve the SDGs.

Businesses are starting to seize the US$12 trillion worth of opportunities in addressing our most pressing social and environmental challenges. Technology disruptions and demographic shifts will significantly change the way we learn, work and live. The time is ripe to translate our collective action into impact and tangible outcomes for our future generations.

Join us as we initiate a conversation

Held in conjunction with the United Nations World Environment Day, the 5th Ecosperity conference will explore new approaches to education, food and healthcare, so as to achieve impact at scale and build resilient societies in an increasingly digital and urban future.
Food to Nutrition
Affordable access for a growing Asia
Learning to Learn
Adapting to continuous workforce disruption
Healthcare to Self-care
Empowering healthy, productive lives

Our Speakers & Moderators

Conference schedule

07:30 - 08:30
Registration & coffee
1 hr
08:30 - 08:45
Tomorrow Starts Today! From Ideas to Impact
15 mins

Lim Boon Heng

Chairman, Temasek

08:45 - 09:15
Opening Keynote Speech
30 mins

Chan Chun Sing

Minister, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Republic of Singapore

09:15 - 09:20
Awards presentation for the Singapore Youth Video Competition "The Sustainable Development Goals: What YOUth Can Do"
5 mins

As part of Singapore’s undertaking of its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) organised a Singapore Youth Video Competition entitled “The Sustainable Development Goals: What YOUth Can Do”. Many creative submissions on solutions and ideas to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been received. Prizes will be presented to the three winning teams.

09:20 - 10:15
Panel 1 - "Food to Nutrition: Affordable Access for a Growing Asia"
55 mins

The world’s population will grow to 9.8 billion in 2050 due to population growth and urbanisation. Asia and Africa are projected to urbanise more rapidly than other regions. How can we sustainably and nutritiously feed a rapidly growing Asia?

Speakers and Moderator

Ehab Abou-Oaf

Regional President, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Asia-Australia, Middle East & Africa

Dr Koh Poh Koon

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Republic of Singapore

Dr. Juergen Voegele

Senior Director, Food and Agriculture Practice, World Bank

Patrick Yu

President, COFCO Corporation


Christine Gould

Founder & CEO, Thought For Food Foundation

10:15 - 10:45
Tea Break
30 mins
10:45 - 11:45
Panel 2 - "Learning to Learn: Adapting to Continuous Workforce Disruption"
60 mins

Technological advancements have disrupted businesses and job roles. How can we enable continuous learning for a workforce that is also living longer?

Speakers and Moderator

Ilya Bonic

President (Career), Mercer

Lee Sooinn

CEO & Co-Founder, Enuma

Professor Subra Suresh

President, Nanyang Technological University

Victor Wang

Co-Founder, ZhenFund & Chairman, 17zuoye

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala

Chairman & CEO, Ayala Corporation


Teng Pei Yun

Global Director of Social Impact, A.T. Kearney

11:45 - 12:45
Panel 3 - "Healthcare to Self-care: Empowering Healthy, Productive Lives"
60 mins

Urbanisation, demographic shifts and changing lifestyles have contributed to the growth of non–communicable diseases. With an increasingly aging population, what are the healthcare innovations and new approaches to keep people healthier for longer?

Speakers and Moderator

Rob Brainin


Olav Kjørven

Chief Strategy Officer, EAT Foundation

Lee Yuansiong

Deputy CEO & Executive Director, Ping An Insurance (Group)

Dr. Mary Ann Tsao

Chairman, Tsao Foundation

Danny Yeung

CEO & Co-Founder, PreneticsGroup


Professor Teo Yik Ying

Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

13:00 - 14:15
Lunch Fireside Chat - "From Ideas to Impact"
75 mins

Forest Whitaker

Founder & CEO, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative

14:15 - 14:30
Closing Remarks
15 mins

Robin Hu

Head, Sustainability & Stewardship Group, Temasek

14:30 - 16:30
Networking at UNLEASH Marketplace
120 mins

Past Conference

Tomorrow Starts Today! Securing our Sustainable Future in Asia

In 2017, we explored what it means for businesses to integrate the values of sustainability and translate these into practice – from investing responsibility to considering the nexus between security and sustainability in Asia and beyond.

Our Partner Programmes

UNLEASH Innovation Lab

May 30 - June 6, 2018

A global innovation lab bringing 1,000 young talents from all over the world to work on new, innovative and disruptive solutions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Youth Ecosperity Dialogue

3 – 7 June, 2018

The Youth Ecosperity Dialogue 2018, a parallel student track organised under Ecosperity, is supported by Temasek Foundation International in partnership with the National University of Singapore to bring together ASEAN youth leaders to connect with corporate leaders and peers to discuss challenges and solutions for a sustainable future.

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Stewardship Asia Roundtable

June 4, 2018

The Stewardship Asia Roundtable organized by the Stewardship Asia Centre brings together the region’s influential thinkers and leaders for a dynamic exchange of ideas on advocating sound stewardship and governance in their organisations and businesses. The theme for 2018 is "Stewardship in a Disruptive World".

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CEO Roundtable

June 4, 2018

A dialogue between regional business leaders to ideate on how we can collaborate towards a low carbon economy future.

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Sustainable Solutions Expo

June 5-6, 2018

Themed “Digitalisation and Innovation for a Low Carbon and Resilient Future”, the Expo will showcase solutions and investment opportunities in Asia with a focus on circular economy models, food and agriculture as well as digital connectivity. Organized by Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS).

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Presented by

Network Partners


Knowledge Partners