Smart Cities – Speakers

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  1. Mr. Nguyen Son Vien – “Greatest Opportunities in Smart Logistics for Megalopolis – Integrated AgriFood Distribution Platforms”
    Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, VietCham Singapore

    is a Partner and Senior Strategic Advisor heading Global Systemic Development at London-headquartered United First Partners Group (UFP) the leading Special Situations strategic and investment advisory, research and brokerage group in Europe and the USA with a more recent presence in Asia. His primary focus is the geolife sector advising governments and largest institutional investors and corporations worldwide. Before joining UFP in 2015, Vien was a founder and director of Eames Capital, a sustainable development company promoting rural development in Asia Pacific Region.Born and educated in Paris, Vien began his international career in Italy in 1992 heading Project Finance and Acquisition Finance at Banque Indosuez Italia. In 1997, he relocated to Singapore where he has been residing until now and co-headed the Asia-Pacific region for Mediocredito Centrale S.p.A., the development bank owned by Italy’s Ministry of Treasury. Until his entry in the agriculture arena in 2010, Vien’s post-Mediocredito career was dedicated to private equity investments in logistics sector.Vien holds a master degree in Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences at Paris Dauphine University, a degree in philosophy of mind at the London-based Foundation of Buddhist Thought, and a degree in fine arts at Academie de Lutece’s Atelier Marie-Jose Hallaert. He is proficient in English, French, Italian and conversant in Vietnamese.

    Being an agriculture powerhouse with soon 100 million inhabitants, Vietnam hosts among the most densely populated urban agglomerates in South East Asia. Due to its strategic location, economic positioning, and a demanding young growing population, the country’s current stage of development requires a strong rationalization of its logistics infrastructures and technologies. The most difficult of all, agrifood logistics is certainly a critical area of the country’s development with the highest growth potential. This presentation means to provide the audience with a panorama of the demand as well as clear development trajectories to make of Vietnam’s economic centers, the most liveable, competitive and sustainable ones.

  2. Ms. Monika NGUYEN NAM – Innovative Business Solutions for Smart Cities: Binh Duong – Smart Region – Approach

    Director of G8FDI

    Ms. Monika NGUYEN NAM is the Representative For Europe and a Consultant to Binh Duong Becamex IDC in its transformation from an industrial city to a smart city and then to a smart region.  She is also the Director and owner of G8FDI Pte Ltd composed of a talented and highly motivated team of 25 engineers is trained in European business processes and combined this with Asian Kaizen techniques in order to guarantee continuous improvement and to maximize objectives.Monika has a life long experience in the manufacturing world working with European automotive groups such as Peguform GmbH and Danaher Industrial Control Group in the capacity of CIO before spending 8 years in Vietnam. She has been focusing over the past 15 years on FDI and technology transfer to Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Monika is a German National and a Resident of Singapore. She holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

    Binh Duong is one of the key industrial cities in Vietnam that enjoy the fast growth and has well-built infrastructure. In the last few years, the city Binh Duong kicked off their Triple Helix Initiative as base to navigate their region from the status of an industrial city into a smart region. Triple Helix is focused on the cooperation of Government, Education Sector and Industry. Various concepts and models were proposed to build the Smart City idea. Among them are the new concepts like FabLab/Living Lab. In this talk, the speaker will introduce about Binh Duong city and its Smart City from concept to implementation as well as discuss special opportunities for the integration of Green Technologies and potential business opportunities in other sectors that Singapore companies may be interested in. The existing industrial parks still missing technologies which would allow foreign companies to finalize their products in Vietnam. In here, environmental friendly technologies are highly required. Building Smart City requires a huge development and investment in several sectors such as logistics, urban planning, building and construction, facilities management, technology, project financing, etc. Therefore, there will be great business opportunities for those companies that has the right technology and resources.

  3. Mr. Jason Tai – Smart Cities and The Future of Supply Chain and Logistics

    Head of Analytics Services. Y3 Technologies Pte Ltd

    Mr. Jason Tai 
    is the Head of Analytics & Business Advisory at Y3 Technologies Pte Ltd. He is responsible for helping clients translate Business Strategy into Big Data Analytics Strategy and ensuring that organizations adopt a data-driven approach in their decision-making. Through his 10 years of experience in Analytics domain, Jason has helped several organizations across the globe to determine which analytics capabilities to develop and how to apply them effectively, so as to improve performance in the Sales, Marketing, and Supply Chain or Operations domains. Through a consultative approach, he provides pragmatic and right-sized solutions to address the current needs and strategic capability road map to create sustainable value. He also leads Y3’s Analytics Research partnerships with multiple research institutes and top universities in Asia – turning industry-relevant challenges into R&D focus areas and creating analytics innovations that have a far-reaching impact.

    Mr. Jason will be sharing how how practical and sustainable initiatives like advanced analytics and skills enhancement contribute to the building of an inclusive Smart City.

  4. Mr. Ong See Hai – Urban Planning 4.0: Smart Cities of Tomorrow

    Urban Planning Consultant, Cephas Development

    Mr. Ong See Hai 
    has had thirty years of experience in urban planning and development, municipal consulting and planner training in Singapore, Southeast Asia, China, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He has worked on the ground-breaking Singapore Integrated Land Use System in the 1980s, e-Government urban planning and land management systems consulting, master planning of new urban communities and professional training for urban planners in more than twenty countries across the world.


    Smart cities are cities where emerging technology has been harnessed to create building, infrastructure and public spaces
    that improve the quality of life. Urban planners have been creating smart cities since the Industrial Revolution in the 18th
    century. It is important for technologists involved in touting smart cities solutions to have a basic understanding of the
    evolution of urban planning in adapting technology in the modern era.
    Urban Planning Smart Cities 1.0 – Water supply networks, sewers, roads, subways, modernist Tower in the Park, Garden
    Cities, Comprehensive Planning, Zoning, and Development Control.
    Urban Planning Smart Cities 2.0 – Urban planners created expressways, roads, car parks, sprawling suburban housing,
    office parks to enable people to drive to work, to shop, to schools.
    Urban Planning Smart Cities 3.0 – Switching to alternative technologies that enhance sustainability: renewable electric
    energy, water recycling, mass transit, cycling, energy and resource conservation, densification.
    Urban Planning Smart Cities 4.0 – (i) Applications and information that improves travel and reduces need to travel: Waze,
    bus information apps, e-government apps (ii) Automation, sharing and Internet of Things altering demand for different types
    of urban land uses and transportation: Amazon/Taobao, Uber, Airbnb, Manufacturing 4.0, business zones, car parks, retail
    and office spaces (iii) Greater data availability enabling better long term planning and spurring designs of new urban
    development concepts.