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7:30am to 8:45am

9:00am to 11:00am
Roundtable Session #4

Technology Hubs

  • What are the fast emerging technology hubs and how do they compare against each other?
  • What are the key infrastructure requirements (global parity) and who should build them?
  • What is the regulatory environment required to facilitate the development of technology hubs?
  • How does one ensure the availability of trained, qualified manpower for the hubs?
  • What are the world class processes and systems required and how do we ensure their adoption?
  • How does one build a venture creation and incubation support engine for the hub?
  • How does one market destinations as a technology hub?

Nicholas Platt, President, Asia Society

Confirmed Speakers:
Othman Yeop Abdullah, Executive Chairman Multimedia Development Corporation
James B. Hunt, Jr. , Former Governor, State of North Carolina, Attorney at Law, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Liz Kniss, Mayor, Palo Alto, California
S. M. Krishna
, Chief Minister, Karnakata, India
N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, India

11:15am to 1:00pm
Concurrent Sessions
Technology Infrastructure and Regulatory Change

Concurrent Session 4:


  • Does Asia have the infrastructure (labs, power, availability of biochemicals) and the human resources to compete at a global level in the cutting edge biotech industries?
  • What is intellectual property and what are Asian government strategies for addressing this issue?
  • In which new and emerging technologies can Asia make a unique, worldwide contribution? e.g. Bio Informatics, Pharma Cogenomics, etc.?
  • What are the Key Success Factors for companies to compete in this space - Quality of talent (at the interface of biology and information sciences), cost (important but not a sustainable play), etc.?

Marshall M. Bouton, Executive Vice President, Asia Society

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, Senior Specialist, National Center for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
Chen Zhang-Liang, Founder, Peking University's Weiming Biotech Group
Rajen K. Dalal
, President, Blood Testing Division, Chiron Corporation
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon India Ltd.
Mitsuru Miyata, Director, Bio Center, Nikkei BP (formerly Nikkei McGraw-Hill)
Nelson Teng, Associate Professor, Stanford University, Medical Center, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Invited Speakers:
Chris Tan, Director, Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology, The National University of Singapore

Concurrent Session 5:

Regulatory Environment: Creating Stable and Expanding Markets

  • What regulatory frameworks are likely to be successful in the growth environment of Asia?
  • Does the infrastructure in the region need to be privatised to enable the hi-growth that will be witnessed?
  • What can we do to ensure 100% access to the benefits of the IT revolution in Asia? Who will be responsible for providing access to rural Asia? Can we guarantee that this access will be provided in a cost-effective manner?
  • How should the government allow global competitiveness in their local economies while nurturing domestic technology firms?
Confirmed Speakers:
Howard Chao, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers
Loong Caesar
, Partner, Raslan Loong
Mark J. Riedy, Partner, Thelen Reid & Priest LLP
Yong Ying-I, CEO, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)

Concurrent Session #6

Digital Divide and Globalization: Social Impact

  • What are the issues leading to this digital divide?
  • What strategies have emerged to extend the benefits of the internet to those at the bottom of the market?
  • How are public and private sectors joining forces to share the risks of market development on behalf of the poor?
  • How are economic development strategies being redefined as a result of the internet?

John Bussey, Foreign Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Confirmed Speakers:
Linda Lim, Director of Southeast Asia Business Program & Professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business, University of Michigan Business School, and Associate Director - International Institute, University of Michigan
Gopal Rajagopalan, Managing Director, Schoolnet India Ltd., India
Srinivasan Ramani
, Director, R&D, Silverline Technologies Ltd.
Craig Smith
, President, Digital Partners
Invited Speakers:
Lin Rong, Secretary General, China Reform Forum
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

2:15pm to 4:00pm
Roundtable Session #5
Financing the Revolution

  • Does the Asian market promise adequate returns to investors interested in the region? What can be done to increase the attractiveness of the technology sector in Asia from the perspective of both strategic and financial investors?
  • Private funds have financed most of the developments in technology in the western economies. Do public sources of funds really have a role to play in Asia?
  • Investors criticize the lack of transparency in Asian economies. Is there a need for a credit rating agency which has consistent standards across the region?
  • Are the region's capital markets developed adequately to provide the large level of funds required for the high growth companies in the technology sector?
  • Will local Venture Capitalists be successful or do we need to encourage North American and European VCs to invest in the region?
  • Does the recent crash in the NASDAQ have adverse consequences for Asian technology companies?

Sunil Mehta, Country Head and CEO, American International Group Ltd., Representative Office India

Confirmed Speakers:
William Janeway, Vice Chairman, Warburg Pincus
K.V. Kamath
, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI
Bill Melton
, Chariman, Global Internet Ventures, U.S.
Ajay Relan, Citibank's Venture Capital Firm, India
Erik Helge Weiner-Trapness, Managing Director and co-head of High Tech Investment Banking - Asia, Goldman Sachs

4:15pm to 4:45pm
Reginald Chua, Editor, Asian Wall Street Journal - Investment Survey

4:45pm to 5:15pm
Coffee Break

5:15pm to 7:00pm
Roundtable Session #6

The House vs. the Mouse: Can the New Economy Save the Old Economy?

  • What old economy reforms are necessary to enable the new economy to succeed?
  • Can the new economy be the engine that grows the old economy?
  • How interdependent are the old and new economies?
  • How are old economy companies making the transition to the new economy?

Ashok Sootha, Chairman and CEO, MindTree Consulting Pvt, Ltd.

Confirmed Speakers:
John Larson, Director, Ford Asia Pacific IT
Jun Makihara, Chairman, Neoteny Co., Ltd.
Arjun Malhotra, Chairman and CEO, Techspan Incorporated
Neville J. Roach AO, Chairman, Fujitsu Australia Limited
Ramesh Vangal, Chairman, AtIndia LLC
John S. Wadsworth Jr., Honorary Chairman, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Asia Limited, Hong Kong
Invited Speakers:
N. K. Singh, Secretary to the Prime Minister, India

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