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9:00am to 9:45am

Peter Kann, Publisher, Chairman and CEO, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Keynote Address:
Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Singapore

10:00am to 11:45am
Roundtable Session #1

Asia: Innovator or Follower in the Global Tech Arena?

  • In which sectors are Asian companies leading and how?
  • Which industries are important to future domestic economic growth?
  • Can Asian companies be true technology innovators or should they limit themselves to being fast followers?
  • Which business models and practices have succeeded in the region?
  • Should Asian technology companies focus mainly on North America and Europe or is a pan-Asian market focus feasible?
  • Will the digital revolution create a new wave of Asian 'tigers'? What will its impact be on the original 'tigers'?
  • What policies should governments adopt to facilitate Asia's technology future?

Peter Kann, Publisher, Chairman and CEO, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Confirmed Speakers:
W. Bowman Cutter, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus
Ko Kheng Hwa, Managing Director, Economic Development Board
Vijay Mallya, Chairman, The UB Group
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and CEO, Infosys Technologies
Invited Speakers:
Gao Hongbing, Vice President, China Link Network Technology
Nobuyuki Idei, Chairman and CEO, Sony Corp.

12:00pm to 1:45pm
Roundtable Session #2

Information Technology : Software and Services

  • Is the growth in the Asian and Indian IT industry sustainable?
  • Do Asian companies have the skills to remain leading providers of IT solutions? Or are they currently enjoying the advantages of relatively cheap labor resources?
  • What should Asian companies in the IT sectors be doing to build a long-term presence in Western markets?
  • Are Asian companies focusing enough of their energies to capture the opportunities within Asia itself?
  • How can Asian companies better collaborate amongst themselves - why does it seem that they just compete amongst each other?
  • Does the government really have a role to play in this sector?

Anupam Puri, Affiliated Director, McKinsey & Company

Confirmed Speakers:
Francis Ho, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Innovation and Technology Commission
Shankar Iyer, President & CEO, Silverline Technologies
Loke Soon-Choo, Regional Managing Director, Oracle South Asia
Dewang Mehta, Executive Director, NASSCOM
V. Shankar, Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking, Asia, Bank of America
Micah Truman, CEO and Co-founder, Madeforchina
Invited Speakers:
Raymond Kwok, Chairman, SuneVision
2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

3:00pm to 4:45pm
Roundtable Session #3
Telecom, Media and the Internet: The "Tel Me Net": Convergence

  • Given the convergence of Telecom, Media and the Internet (Telmenet), how can Asian countries create the right regulatory environment? What regulatory frameworks and models are likely to work in the region?
  • Broadband Networks: Will there ever be reliable nationwide networks offering broadband services? Will broadband ever become a commodity or will it remain a dream?
  • Private/Public Partnerships: Infrastructure lies with government monopolies while technology and applications are in the private sector. How can the two come together for common good? Who will pay for wiring up rural Asia?
  • Can Asian 'Telmenet' companies compete on a global level? What specific domains offer the best comparative advantage?
  • Broadband Applications: Voice over IP, VPNs, Videoconferencing, bandwidth-on-demand..How will these applications affect the way business is done in Asia? What technologies will win the battle for the broadband 'last mile' in Asia - DSL, cable, LMDS, satellite?
  • Broadband networks in Asia: Will broadband remain a dream or become a commodity? What are the real challenges and opportunities in Asia?
  • Media and Broadband: How will media-rich Asia adapt to new broadband opportunities? Is entertainment-on-demand around the corner? Who will win the convergence race -- the carrier, the application provider or the content owner? Or is it a win-win situation? What will drive the race, what will hinder it and will competing companies learn to collaborate in Asia?

Ramesh Venkataraman, Principal, McKinsey & Company

Confirmed Speakers:
Andres Bande, Chairman and CEO, Fiberlink Around the Globe (FLAG) )
Rajeev Chandrasekhar
, Chairman, BPL Communications Ltd.
Laina Reveendran Greene, CEO, GetIT Pte Ltd
John Helleur, Executive Director, Mahindra-British Telecom Ltd.
Invited Speakers:
Bruce Churchill, President and COO, Star TV
John Legere, CEO, Asia Global Crossing
Richard Li, CEO, Pacific Century Cyberworks Ltd., Hong Kong
Koichi Suzuki, President, Asia Internet Holding Co., Ltd. (AIH)
Yang Xianzu, Chairman and CEO, China Unicom, (PRC)

5:00pm to 5:15pm
Coffee Break

5:15pm to 7:00pm
Concurrent Sessions :

Concurrent Session #1


  • Is there really a future for B2C given the low penetration across the region?
  • How can the B2B initiatives be more regional than local? How should regional companies be collaborating with each other?
  • Are western e-commerce models applicable in Asia?
  • Should the government have a role in this fast changing sector?
  • Where is the opportunity largest for an Asian entrepreneur: in Internet technology, in infrastructure development, or in an e-commerce business?
  • What can we learn from the hi-profile Internet failures?

Reginald Chua, Editor, Asian Wall Street Journal

Confirmed Speakers:
Ajit Balakrishnan, Chairman,
Matthew Burlage, CEO and co-founder, iReality Group
R. Ramaraj, Managing Director, Satyam Infoway
Kara Swisher, Staff reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Karan Trehan, President and CEO,
Invited Speakers:
Yung Chul Lee, Senior Director, Global Business Division, E-Net Corporation

Concurrent Session #2

Remote Business and Professional Services

  • Which are the leading centers for providing Remote Services? How do they compare amongst each other (India versus Philippines)?
  • Are Remote Services going to become a commodity in the longer term? How can one continuously innovate to move up the value chain?
  • What are the new and emerging services?
  • What are the critical elements that a customer is looking for before outlocating services? What are the services they are comfortable outlocating?
  • What are the Key Success Factors for building a Remote Services business?

Manish Kejriwal, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company

Confirmed Speakers:
Rizwan Koita, CEO, Transworks
Neil Salvi, Managing Director, Pace Software, Dublin, Ireland
Rahul Singh, CEO, E-Serve (Citicorp Securities & Investments, Ltd.)
Marc Vollenweider, CEO, eValue serve
Marife Zamora, Vice President, Philipine Software Association

Concurrent Session #3:

Meeting Demand for People Skills

  • Where are the skill shortages going to occur - both technical and domain?
  • What are companies currently doing to overcome these shortages and why will it not be sufficient?
  • What are some innovative ways to overcome this people problem?
  • How can you ensure that this does not lead to brain drain?

Nayan Chanda, Editor at Large, Far Eastern Economic Review

Confirmed Speakers:
Professor Gong Ke, Vice President for R&D, Tsinghua University
Ganesh Natarajan
, Deputy Chairman & Managing Director, Zensar Technologies Ltd.
Professor Sadagopan
, Indian Institute for Information Technology (iiit-B)
Krishna Tanuku, President and Managing Director, Lucent Technologies, India
Invited Speakers:
John Cone, Vice President, Dell Learning, Dell Computers

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