Corporations have the resources to fund research-based innovations while startups have the speed to invent these innovations. Whether it is using quantum technology for secure communications or exploring hydrogen as an alternative source of energy, by capitalising on innovation and corporate-startup collaborations we can help improve the lives of all and work towards a resilient and sustainable economy.
This event is held in conjunction with Science Agora 2020. Science Agora is a generic term for a place connecting science and society, which is open to everyone. It is a forum in which various people promote activities in each region independently by connecting parties involved in different fields, sectors, generations, and nationalities. People gathering in this forum will aim to realise science harmonised with society and a society harmonised with science through dialogue and collaboration while respecting a diversity of values.
Date: 18 November 2020, Wednesday
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Singapore Time) / 2:00pm - 3:30pm (Japan Time)
1:00pm - 1:05pm: Introduction and Welcome
1:05pm - 2:00pm: Panel Discussion on Deep Tech For a Resilient and Sustainable Economy with
- Dr Mohammad Farahani, Founder & CEO, SEPPURE
- Setsuo Iuchi, Senior Vice President, Executive Assistant to President and Executive Director for Hydrogen Business, Chiyoda Corporation
- Dr Si-Hui Tan, Chief Science Officer, Horizon Quantum Computing
- Moderator: Hsien-Hui Tong, Executive Director - Venture Investing, SGInnovate
2:00pm - 2:30pm: Question & Answer
Dr Mohammad Farahani, Founder & CEO, SEPPURE
Dr Mohammad Farahani is an entrepreneurial scientist who received his PhD in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He is the Founder and CEO of SEPPURE, a Singapore-based startup that provides sustainable solutions to industrial chemical separations. Recently, Dr Farahani's innovation at SEPPURE has been recognized by the MIT Technology Review, and he received the prestigious title of 'Innovator Under 35'. His research over the past nine years has resulted in two patents, more than 20 peer-reviewed articles which have been cited for over 850 times, two book chapters, a book, and many international presentations and talks as invited and keynote speaker.
Setsuo Iuchi, Senior Vice President, Executive Assistant to President and Executive Director for Hydrogen Business, Chiyoda Corporation
Setsuo Iuchi started his career with the Government of Japan in 1983 at the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, or METI) in various roles in planning and policymaking. He joined Chiyoda Corporation in January 2018, first as Senior Advisor, then Senior Vice President and Executive Assistant to President. In April 2020, Mr Iuchi was appointed Executive Director for Chiyoda Corporation's Hydrogen Business and successfully executed the world's first international hydrogen supply chain project, which commenced operation on 26 June 2020.
Dr Si-Hui Tan, Chief Science Officer, Horizon Quantum Computing
Dr Si-Hui Tan has broad experience in quantum information science and has been an active researcher in the field for 15 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Si-Hui joined Horizon Quantum Computing, shortly after its inception, to pursue the ambition of making quantum computers a reality for everyone. At Horizon, she heads the research development and helps to oversee daily operations.
Prior to joining Horizon, she has worked as a research scientist, initially at A*STAR's Data Storage Institute, and subsequently at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Centre for Quantum Technologies.
Si-Hui has published extensively in top physics journals, including Physical Review Letters and Physical Review X, and in well-known conference proceedings such as the IEEE Information Symposium on Information Theory and the SPIE International Symposium on Optics and Photonics.
Hsien-Hui Tong, Executive Director - Venture Investing, SGInnovate
Hsien-Hui Tong brings with him, in-depth knowledge and experience in the Business Development and Venture Capital spaces in Australia, Europe, Singapore and the US.
As the Executive Director, Venture Investing, Hsien-Hui oversees SGInnovate's investments efforts, which target high-potential, deep technology startups working on areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, MedTech and Blockchain.
Prior to joining SGInnovate, he was the Managing Partner, Asia Pacific for Wassax Ventures. He has also served as the CEO of the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) and Vice President at Staples. In the early 2000s, he co-founded a data mining company, which was sold to a global bank two years later.
Hsien-Hui graduated in 1998 from NUS with a Bachelor of Engineering.