World Digital Economy & Technology Summit 2022

  • Date: June 28, 2022
  • Location: The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Organized by: The KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific

About this event

Theme: Creating Opportunities, Endless Possibilities

Date: 28 & 29 June 2022

Format: Hybrid (Online and Offline in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Venue: The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organized by: The KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific

Co-Organized by: The Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur (ECKL), The Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC)

Supporting Organization: The ASEAN Economic Club

The World Digital Economy & Technology Summit is a high-level forum bringing together key stakeholders in the Digital Economy to discuss key trends, strategic challenges, major issues and risks impacting on our digital future.

Li Haitao, Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of CKGSB, will speak virtually at Session “New Business Opportunities in the Digital Economy: What Next? What to Expect?” on 28 June, 2022 and share his insight on trends and opportunities he has witnessed in the intersection of digitalization and finance.

The Summit aims to promote greater collaboration in the digital economy and digital innovation to create a better, smarter more inclusive and sustainable digital world. Developing forward future thinking and strategies will help shape our digital success. The world must embrace this digital future and go big on digital. At the same time, we need to address digital divide and inequalities and promote digital inclusion.

Over the past two years during the global pandemic there has been a huge surge in online business, e-Commerce, digital banking, digital health, online education, and hybrid learning and digital transformation that is shaping the future forward world. This has unfolded new business opportunities for large corporations, small and medium entrepreneurs as well as digital start-ups. The impact on society is also profound from digital transformation. The global pandemic has accelerated digital adoption and transformation. The rapid pace of digitalization, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, robotics and Internet of Things (IOT) will transform our digital future.

ASEAN has also adopted the digital ASEAN initiative to enhance connectivity and digital adoption. This will shape the future digital transformation of ASEAN – the world’s 5th largest economy. Digital ASEAN will also position ASEAN as the real growth engine in Asia alongside with China and India. Digital transformation will also ensure that ASEAN Integration can perhaps finally be realised as cross border employment where it does not necessarily mean physical migration (gig economy), education via online tools, fintech ie. the IR4.0 revolution that will binds and strengthen the ties amongst the member countries in ASEAN even stronger. IR4.0 could be the ‘Industrial Revolution’ of the New Age.



  • • A high-level International Forum of key policy and decision makers shaping the future of the Digital Economy. Get updated on their strategic thinking and plans.
  • • Find out the latest information and trends in digital technology. What’s the next big things?
  • Evaluate the growth potential of the Digital Economy in ASEAN and the East Asia region as future growth shifts to this part of Asia.
  • • Understand how the Digital Economy and digital innovation can assist us in building a more sustainable world with the stronger focus on sustainability and sustainable development.
  • • Leverage opportunities to network with participants at the Forum and develop new business linkages.





by: –
Dato’ Wei Chuan Beng
Chairman, Organising Committee / Senior Executive Director, KSI Strategic
Institute for Asia Pacific (KSI) / Member, National Digital Economy & 4IR Council & Former Chairman, PIKOM

Mr. Andrew Weir, MBE
Chairman, Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), Hong Kong
Chairman, KPMG China and Hong Kong


The Hon. Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed (to be confirmed)
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy), Malaysia


Face-to-Face with

Mr. Mark Zuckerberg (to be confirmed)
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Meta Platforms, Inc.

| 11.00 am Business Networking / Morning Refreshments

| 11.30 am ASEAN MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE: The Digital ASEAN Initiative

How can ASEAN connectivity be enhanced through the Digital ASEAN initiative? How can ASEAN enhance digital adoption and access? How can digital transformation assist in ASEAN economic recovery? What are the roles of
governments and the challenges it faces in the digital economy? Digital Borneo
will be the catalyst for a prosperous Digital ASEAN. What are the ideas on
ASEAN Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and its framework?

Panellists: –

  • •  The Hon. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Annuar bin Musa(tbc)
    Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
  • •  The Hon. Mrs Josephine Teo(tbc)
    Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of
    Smart Nation and Cybersecurity, Singapore
  • •  H.E. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn(tbc)
    Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand
  • •  H.E. Sandiaga Uno(tbc)
    Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia
  • •  H.E. Vandeth Chea(tbc)
    Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Cambodia
  • •  H.E. Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic(tbc)
    Acting Secretary of Information and Communications Technology, Philippines
  • •  H.E. Nguyen Manh Hung(tbc)
    Minister of Information and Communication, Vietnam

Moderator: –

  • •  Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar
    Chairman, ECKL Advisory Council & Chairman, Bursa Malaysia Bhd / Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia

| 1.00 pm Networking Lunch and SPECIAL LUNCHEON ADDRESS

  • Mr. Magnus Ekbom (to be confirmed)
    Group Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder of Lazada and Chief Executive
    Officer, Lazada Malaysia

| 2.00 pm SESSION 1: DIGITAL LEADERSHIP - GO BIG WITH DIGITAL: Shaping Digital Transformation - Issues, Challenges and Opportunities

AI, Robotics, Virtual & Augmented Realities, 5G and 6G are new game changers in digital technology? How will these new technologies impact on countries, business, and society? How can countries, companies, and business scale up digitalization and go big on digital. What sort of agile regulations is needed to foster growth in the digital economy? People, Leadership, execution – the key success factors. How can private equity assist in growing the Digital Economy?

Panellists: –

  • •  Mr. Mahadhir Aziz
    Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • •  Mr. Goh Peng Ooi
    Founder and Group Executive Chairman, Silverlake Axis Ltd, Malaysia
  • •  Datuk Mohamad Idham Nawawi
    Chief Executive Officer, Celcom Axiata Berhad, Malaysia
  • •  Prof. Teck Yong Eng, PhD
    Head of Henley Business School Malaysia, Professor of Business
    Enterprise & Analytics, University of Reading Malaysia
  • •  Prof. Charles Chang
    Deputy Dean of Academics /Director of Fintech Research Center, Fanhai
    International School of Finance, Fudan University, China


  • •  Dato’ Wei Chuan Beng
    Chairman, Organising Committee / Senior Executive Director, KSI Strategic
    Institute for Asia Pacific, Malaysia / Member, National Digital Economy &
    4IR Council & Former Chairman, PIKOM


Mr. Abraham Liu (to be confirmed)
Huawei Chief Representative to the EU Institutions

| 3.45 pm SESSION 2: New Business Opportunities in the Digital Economy: What Next? What to Expect?

What are the new business opportunities in the digital economy? How will blockchain, crypto, digital assets will reshape the business world? What are the risks and opportunities in investing in these digital assets? How will big data and data analytics shape business competition? How big is NFT?

Panellists: –

  • Mr. Georg Chmiel
    Chairman,, Malaysia & Australia
  • Professor Barbara Meynert
    Senior Advisor, Fung Group, Hong Kong
  • Mr. Stanley Loh
    CEO, World Capacity Builders Inc., Canada
  • Dr. Li Haitao
    Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance, Associate Dean for
    Business Scholars Program, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and the Development Foundation, Director of the Family Business Research Center, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), China


“The Importance of Digital Diplomacy in a Post Pandemic World”

Dr Jovan Kurbalija (to be confirmed)
Executive Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet
Platform (GIP), Switzerland

| 5.30 pm Afternoon Refreshments / Business Interactions

(Venue: Majestic Ballroom, Level 2, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)


Presentation of World Digital Excellence Awards and Distinguished Lifetime
Achievement Awards


H.E. Tun Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam
Governor of Malacca, Malaysia (to be confirmed)

“The Future of the Digital Economy – Impacting Countries,
Government and Business”

The Rt. Hon. Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob (to be confirmed)
Prime Minister of Malaysia


  • Mr. Tim Cook (to be confirmed)
    Chief Executive Officer, Apple Inc

| 10.30 pm End of Dinner


| 9.30 am SESSION 3: The Future of Work in the Digital Economy - Technology, Education, Talent and Training

How will digital technology reshape the nature of work? How do we develop a future ready workforce? What can we do to change our education system?
How can we reskill and retrain our workforce? It will also explore solutions and adaptations to rapid technological change, shifting global product and labour
markets, evolving regulatory regimes, outsourcing, and the fast emergence of
the gig economy. Ultimately, it aims to promote a positive and proactive approach to navigating the future employment and skills landscape.

Panellists: –

  • Dr. Sumitra Nair
    Senior Vice President- Strategy & Policy, Malaysia Digital Economy
    Corporation (MDEC)
  • Mr. Anthony Raja Devadoss
    Managing Director & Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry, Malaysia
  • Ms. Wei Su Hwa
    Co-Founder & Director, Digital Way Academy, Malaysia
  • Mrs. Rita Irina Abd. Wahab
    Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Huawei Malaysia

| 10.45 am Morning Refreshments / Business Interactions


H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama (to be confirmed)
Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work
Applications, United Arab Emirates

| 11.30 am SESSION 4: Corporate Survival in a Digital Era

Across all sectors, organizations are grappling with rapid transformation. On top of that, there are enormous global shifts and challenges to contend with,
such as climate change, and shifting political and economic power. To put it
bluntly, our world is changing fast. And organizations must learn to adapt accordingly. What are the business trends that are redefining organisations in a post pandemic world? What are the new rules of IT-business alignment? Is there a blueprint to embrace change effectively?

Panellists: –

  • Mr. Aadrin Azly
    Chief Digital Officer, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Malaysia
  • Mr. Muhammad Afhzal Abdul Rahman
    Chief Digital Technology Officer, The Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Malaysia
  • DR (HC) Noni Sri Ayati Purnomo, B,Eng, MBA
    President Commissioner, PT Blue Bird Tbk. Indonesia
  • Mr. Chan Kok Long
    Co-Founder and Executive Director, iPay88 Holding Sdn Bhd, Malaysia


  • Dr. Kavitha Muthy
    Chief Strategy Officer, Intellize Tech Services, Malaysia


Face-to-Face with

Mr N. R. Narayana Murthy
Founder and Chairman emeritus, Infosys, India

| 1.00 pm Lunch

| 2.00 pm SESSION 5: Smart Nation, Smart Cities and Smart Industries: The Future of Sustainability

The pandemic led to an inevitable surge in the use of digital technologies. People and organizations all over the world have had to adjust to new ways of work and life. Lockdowns across countries accelerated the rise in the use of information systems and networks with massive changes in usage patterns and behaviour.

These changes effected most organizations—business, societies, and government. Now, more than ever, citizens expect easy access to government information and services digitally. The urgent questions are: How do governments modernize IT in a secure, scalable, and functional way, while improving quality of life? How do they become smarter? How do smart cities ultimately lead to smart nations? What are the industries of the future? How do you develop smart industries? What are the trends and challenges in smart nations and smart industries?

Panellists: –

  • Ms. Goh Seok Mei
    Executive Director, United Cities, Malaysia
  • Mr. Tirupathi Karthik
    Chief Executive Officer, Napier Healthcare Solutions Pte Ltd., Singapore
  • Mr. Juan Kanggrawan
    Head of Data Analytics & Digital Products, Jakarta Smart City, Indonesia
  • Mr. Mark Thomas
    Future of Place Taskforce Member, Smart Cities Council Australia New
    Zealand and Founder & Managing Director, Serviceworks Group, New
  • Prof. M. Nazri Muhd
    Founder & Chairman for the AI World Summit / Founder & Group CEO, MyFinB Group, Singapore
  • Dr. Guo Wanda
    Executive Vice President, China Development Institute (CDI), People’s
    Republic of China


  • Dr Mazlan Abbas
    Co-founder and CEO, FAVORIOT Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

| 3.15 pm SESSION 6: Closing the Digital Divide: Youth and Social Enterprise

The youth and how vital are their participation? How the digital economy can ensure upward social and economic mobility in a borderless world where political and economic circumstances can be equalized. Education approaches has changed. Digital education, lifelong learning. Grow by doing it, no longer just academic oriented. The importance of social enterprise in the digital economy as an inclusive tool to drive economies (thru education, community building etc)? How to support the local digital entrepreneurship ecosystems for internet-enabled businesses to grow, create jobs, and contribute to sustainable development. Opportunities and challenges to increase internet coverage across the region and close the urban-rural divide.

Panellists: –

  • Mr. Fabian Bigar
    Chief Executive Officer, MyDIGITAL Corporation, Malaysia
  • Ms. Doan Kieu My
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer, YellowBlocks, Vietnam
  • Ms Sirivimol Kitaphanich
    Managing Director, Rai Ruen Rom Organic Farm, Thailand
  • Mr. Chhem Siriwat
    Director, Centre for Inclusive Digital Economy (CIDE), Asian Vision
    Institute (AVI), Cambodia
  • Dr. Mei Lin Fung
    Chair, Co-Founder, People Centered Internet, USA


  • Ms. Agatha Lydia Natania
    Executive Director, ASEAN Youth Organization, Indonesia


Mr. Daniel Zhang (to be confirmed) Chairman, Alibaba Group


“Digitalization of Banks and Financial Services – A Game Changer”

The. Hon. Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul bin Tengku Abdul Aziz
Minister of Finance, Malaysia (to be confirmed)

| 5.15 pm End of Summit / Closing Tea Reception

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