May 28, 2018

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Oei Tiong Ham Building
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

About The Conference

09:00 – 10:00Keynote Speech
10:00 – 10:30Break
10:30 – 12:00Panel One: Geopolitics and Diplomacy
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 14:00Panel Two: Cyber Security
14:00 – 14:15Break
14:15 – 15:45Panel Three: Regional Connectivity
15:45 – 16:00Break
16:00 – 17:30Panel Four: Regional Economic Cooperation
Keynote Speech
09:00 - 10:00

Mohamad Maliki Osman
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mayor, South East CDC
Panel One, 10:30 - 12:00

Geopolitics and Diplomacy


Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore


Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for New American Security

Nguyen Vu Tung, President, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

Dingli Shen, Professor for International Relations, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University

Panel Synopsis

As Singapore assumes the ASEAN Chairmanship, it must help the organization address the issue of ASEAN centrality and unity. A key challenge facing Singapore is how to reinforce ASEAN centrality and address tensions between China and the United States. The emergence of the Indo-Pacific strategy and the Quad grouping between the United States, Japan, Australia, and India have raised concerns over ASEAN centrality. How will this new grouping and concept affect regional order in Southeast Asia?

Panel Two, 13:00 - 14:00

Cyber Security


Kanti Bajpai, Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.


Teo Chin Hock, Deputy Chief Executive (Development), Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

Jim Fitzsimmons, Director of Cyber Consulting, Control Risks

Astrid Tuminez, Regional Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA), Microsoft Southeast Asia

Panel Synopsis

As ASEAN continues its regional integration process, Singapore and Southeast Asian states have to contend with emerging cyber security challenges. How serious is the threat of cyber terrorism and crime in Southeast Asia, and how does integration impact cyber security arrangements? As ASEAN Chairman, what steps can Singapore and ASEAN take to advance cyber security measures in the region?

Panel Three, 14:15 - 15:45

Regional Connectivity


Khong Yuen Foong, Li Ka Shing Professor in Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore


Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, Former Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry; Senior Policy Fellow, Economic Research Institute for East Asia an ASEAN

Jia Qingguo, Dean, School of International Studies, Peking University

Masahiro Kawai, Professor, University of Tokyo

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Associate Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Panel Synopsis

With the ASEAN Economic Community coming into force in 2015, strengthening regional connectivity is critical to the success of developing a single market and production base. How can Singapore as ASEAN Chairman help advance the region’s connectivity agenda? How can outside powers and international agencies contribute to regional connectivity and the realisation of seamless integration in the region? Furthermore, what can the private sector do to help support the region’s connectivity agenda?

Panel Four , 16:00 - 17:30

Regional Economic Cooperation


Danny Quah, Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore


Mari Pangestu, Former Minister of Trade and Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia; Professor of International Economics, University of Indonesia; and Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Jane Bocklage, Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN (US-ASEAN)

Chea Serey, Director General of Central Banking, National Bank of Cambodia

Munir Majid, Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI)

Barbara Plinkert, European Union Ambassador to Singapore

Panel Synopsis

As ASEAN remains the fulcrum of regional economic cooperation in Southeast Asia, enhancing economic cooperation in the region and between the region and external powers is essential to the success of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). What is the current status of the AEC, and what are the prospects of the ASEAN-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)? How do ASEAN’s key partners assess the current state of regional economic cooperation? Prime Minister Lee highlighted the need to provide ASEAN citizens with the skills and capabilities to operate in the new digital economy. What can Singapore and ASEAN do to support this initiative?


Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Oei Tiong Ham Building
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772