Technology & Society: Innovation for Social Impact | SGInnovate
June 27


BASH, Level 3
Block 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent
Singapore 139955

Technology & Society: Innovation for Social Impact

Presented by SGInnovate, Partnered With WholeTree Foundation

This event brings together technologists, change makers, impact investors, social innovators and impact accelerators on a single panel for an engaging discussion around the topics of innovation for social impact. 

  • In what ways are frontier technologies such as AI and blockchain helping to create social impact?
  • What are some major areas where technology could play a significant role in delivering social impact or bridging gaps in the social eco-system?
  • How can technology be better leveraged to enhance or multiply social impact?
  • What are some possible challenges in using technology for greater social impact? And how can these be addressed?
  • How can tech companies better innovate for positive social impact? 
  • What makes for meaningful social innovation?
  • What are relevant criteria for impact investment?

Date: 27 June 2018
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: BASH, Level 3, Block 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139955


  • Bidyut Dumra, Executive Director / Head of Innovation & Ecosystems, DBS Bank
  • Larry Tchiou, Founder, UNFRAMED
  • Leon Toh, Executive Director, Damson Capital
  • Dr. Shariha Khalid Erichsen, Co-Founder, Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur

Moderator: Chow Yen-Lu, Executive Chairman, WholeTree Foundation

Speakers’ and moderator’s profiles:

Bidyut Dumra, Executive Director / Head of Innovation and Ecosystems, DBS Bank
As Executive Director and Head of Innovation and Ecosystems at DBS Bank, Bidyut is responsible for building winning partnerships between the bank and various external communities. He is also responsible for conceptualizing and delivering various outcome-driven programs that engage with the education, government, startup, fintech and social enterprise communities amongst others.

Chow Yen-Lu, Executive Chairman, WholeTree Foundation
Yen-Lu is the co-founder & executive chairman, WholeTree Foundation / Over-The-Rainbow, co-founder & chairman, Singapore Creations Etc, managing partner, WholeTree Ventures, and a founding partner, Fatfish MediaLab. He has worked in the technology, media, and venture capital industries for 35 years. A former Apple Distinguished Technologist, Yen-Lu is a successful entrepreneur with multiple tech start-ups and an active angel investor, having spent many years mentoring and advising entrepreneurs and young businesses. He served as executive mentor and adjunct professor to NUS Enterprise, serves as mentor to INSEAD, NUS, SIM, SMU, and on numerous panels on entrepreneurship and innovation internationally, while advising the government on such matters. As a social entrepreneur, student of spirituality and seeker of truth, Yen-Lu understands the importance of mental wellness as a life priority.

Larry Tchiou, Founder, UNFRAMED
Larry Tchiou is the founder of UNFRAMED (, the leading social impact community with over 510 social entrepreneurs trained, 221 social ventures supported and 150 cross-sector industry organisations and mentors partnered since 2014. A serial social entrepreneur, Larry started his career in the tech industry in New York City and Silicon Valley before moving to Asia where he co-founded MakeSense, an Ashoka-awarded global community. A social innovation and entrepreneurship practitioner, Larry has been involved in building ecosystems, advising and mentoring hundreds of entrepreneurs over the past 8 years in China, Europe & Singapore. He was most recently recognised by Tatler as part of Gen.T 2018, the list of 50 of the brightest connectors, creative visionaries, influential innovators and disruptive talents in Singapore.

Leon Toh, Executive Director, Damson Capital
Leon Toh is the executive director of Damson Capital in Singapore, supporting social entrepreneurs creating sustained positive change through enterprise. Damson focuses on social impact investments, enterprise development, and impact innovation within Asia. Leon serves on the Board for a Renewable Energy company in Sri Lanka, supporting small and marginalised farmers. Previously, Leon was a management consultant with Accenture, a petrochemical price reporter with the Independent Chemical Information Service (ICIS) and conducted research in East Timor with Monash University on Coffee Farming households.
Dr. Shariha Khalid Erichsen, Co-Founder, Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur
Shariha is a social investor and designer who believes that by building, supporting and putting together like-minded individuals and organisations around a common cause, new ways can be found to address society’s most pressing challenges. In her role as a +SocialGood Connector, she connects people and causes around social good, both online and offline. As a Global Good Fund Ambassador, she finds the next generation of change leaders for a 15-month tailored fellowship, and as an advisor to governments in the region, she connects them to policy decisions that can build the ecosystem supporting changemakers and create social impact where it is most needed. A co-founder of Impact Hub KL, she led the establishment of the team, space, mentorship programmes, and partnerships. Shariha will continue in this role as the Hub finds its feet and grows its community and partners network.

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