11 July 2023

Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore

12-14 July 2023

Bangkok, Thailand




As the global urban population rises, there is an increasing need for cities to be resilient, sustainable and responsive to the evolving needs of communities. In the hyper-connected city of the future, businesses need to play a bigger role in using technology to foster inclusiveness, greater resilience and sustainability. However, many are not scaling their innovation and digital transformation as rapidly to realise the value of their investments.

This year’s CIO Workshop will explore how organisations can use the latest technologies such as digital twins and generative artificial intelligence to reinvent themselves – to not only push the performance frontiers of their industry, but also to shape smart, sustainable and connected cities of tomorrow.


The proposed agenda above is subject to change at the organisers’ discretion


Dr. Janil Puthucheary
Senior Minister of State,
Ministry of Communications and Information

Dr. Janil Puthucheary concurrently holds the appointment of Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Ministry of Health. He previously held appointments as Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Education (2017 – 2018) and the Ministry of Transport (2018 – 2020).

He is also the Chairman of OnePeople.sg, Chair of Young PAP, and Whip.

Dr. Janil Puthucheary became a Member of Parliament (MP) in 2011.

Prior to politics, he was a Senior Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Department Head for Paediatric Specialties in the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and was also an Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.


Gerd Leonhard
Keynote Speaker

Futurist & Humanist,
CEO, The Futures Agency

Prof. Simon See
Senior Director
Nvidia AI Technology Centre and AI Nation
Terence Chia
Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate), Cluster Director (Human Capital) Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

Spike Choo
General Manager, Sustainability & Industry Ecosystem
M1 Enterprise Services

Jackson Seng
Vice President, Sustainability, Schneider Electric

Eugene Phua
Head of Solution Architect, South East Asia & Korea, VMware

Eleana Liew
Managing Director, Accenture

Kay Vasey
The MeshMinds Foundation


After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the CIO Workshop Study Trip is back! Explore innovation in action with a two-and-a-half-day programme in vibrant Thailand. Join us as we delve deeper into the 36th CIO Workshop’s overall theme of Sustainable and Connected Cities of Tomorrow, by exploring some of Thailand’s biggest industries and learning about its nationwide push for smart and sustainable city development.

Just last year, Thailand ranked amongst the top 10 countries in the world who spend the most time on the Internet. To keep pace with an increasingly tech-savvy population, organisations have had to adapt at speed to meet the changing, digitally charged needs of consumers. This has resulted in a fresh wave of innovation amongst start-ups, local Thai companies and multinational corporations alike. It has also given rise to new public-private partnerships, to ensure the sustainability of business initiatives and to pivot Thailand into a future-ready city. In this trip, we will visit and dialogue with some of these organisations as they seek to embed innovative technology in key industries like agriculture, financial services, energy and more.


True Digital Park | Accelerating Thailand’s Innovation Ecosystem

Experience Southeast Asia’s largest digital innovation hub that fosters collaboration and creativity at the forefront of digital advancement. Explore several notable showcases, such as the CP Innovation for Sustainability Centre, where you can witness CP Group’s integration of innovation and technology into their business operations and TMX Metaverse, an immersive environment that brings supply chain concepts to life through virtual and augmented technologies.

HG Robotics | Pioneering Robotics Innovation for a Sustainable Future

Hear from HG Robotics, a Thai start-up specialising in the development of advanced drones for real-life applications like precision farming, security and more. Get a close-up look of their VETAL drone, which was debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 in LA.

MQDC Future Tales Lab | Understanding the Future of Urbanisation

Ever wondered what Bangkok might look like in 20 years’ time? Get a glimpse of the future of Bangkok through simulations in the Future Tales Lab, where data analytics is applied to identify predictive trends and trajectories of living conditions. Discover key elements of future cities that prioritise well-being and sustainability, where connectedness expands beyond physical boundaries into the realm of mixed-reality.

Networking Event with Thai Chief Information Officer Association (TCIOA) | Exchanging Ideas & Learnings as Digital Leaders

Experience an unforgettable evening on the Saffron Cruise by Banyan Tree, alongside like-minded CIOs who are passionate about technology. Hear from distinguished representatives from the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Thammasat AI Center, and City Development Limited (CDL) on the transformative power of AI and its impact on society.


Energy Absolute | Driving the Green Energy Revolution

Learn about Thailand’s push for clean energy and its plans to ramp up electric vehicle (EV) production and adoption. Touted as the ‘Tesla of Thailand’, Energy Absolute is also the country’s second largest electric utility and plans to expand its factory into a manufacturing hub for EVs and power storage. Go behind the scenes of EV production and understand Energy Absolute’s vision of establishing a national EV infrastructure for Thailand powered by renewable energy.

PTTEP Technology and Innovation Center | Advancing Innovation in Thailand’s Energy Transition

Immerse in technological innovation at the PTTEP’s flagship innovation center and explore an array of advanced technologies for harnessing renewable energy, ranging from robotic solutions for subsea inspection, repair, and maintenance to AI-powered inspection drones.


Dialogue with Leading Thai Financial Institutions | Advocating Sustainable Growth

Gain insights from our panelists who will share their experiences in utilising technology and data insights to enhance efficiency and productivity while integrating ESG practices for sustainable growth in financial services. Discover how they have capitalised on emerging trends to innovate and modernise their core operations, encompassing digital capabilities, service offerings, and a strong commitment to eco-friendly operations and financing.

(Note: The above-mentioned Thailand sites are subject to change at the organisers’ discretion)


Our Board of Advisors comprises of ITMA representatives and other prominent IT leaders from both private and public sector organisations.

These individuals establish the focus of the workshop, pinpoint issues to address and invite visionaries and industry leaders to speak on these subjects.

Daniel Tang
Chairman, Board of Advisors
CIO Workshop
Managing Director, Accenture

Jayson Goh
Executive Vice President
Airport Management
Changi Airport Group

Yap Chee Yuen
Group Chief Information Officer
Surbana Jurong
Ivan Ng
Chief Technology Officer
City Developments Limited

Eugene Chang
Former Director, Operations Technology
Singapore Food Agency

Seah Thiam Siong
Vice President (Admin)
Ministry of Education

Kwan Weng Mun
Chief Information Officer
Pacific International Dental Surgery


The CIO Workshop was created and piloted by Accenture USA in 1986. In 1988, Accenture Singapore brought the CIO Workshop to Singapore for the first time and jointly organised it in partnership with the Information Technology Management Association (ITMA). The ITMA was previously known as the Data Processing Management Association of Singapore. After more than two decades, Accenture has not only established deep expertise and experience working with CIOs, but has also developed a long-standing relationship with the ITMA in Singapore. The CIO Workshop has since become the longest-running annual forum where CIOs share best practices and discuss prevailing IT management issues. It is the only IT forum with a 30-year heritage.

In 2000, the bar was raised when the CIO Workshop took on a dual location format. Since then, delegates have had the opportunity to travel, learn from and network with their peers from another Asian city during the second leg of the workshop. Past destinations have included Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Today, the CIO Workshop has become the de-facto forum for CIOs of large private and public organisations in Singapore. Delegates return annually to the event to benefit from the rich content and valuable peer networking opportunities.



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If you have any questions, email us at cioworkshop@chupa.com.sg

As a professional artist, internet entrepreneur, film producer, bestselling author, and visionary thinker and speaker, Gerd Leonhard has spent his lifetime engaging with change. Gerd’s background is in the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s ‘Quincy Jones Award’ and spent 12 years working as a professional guitarist, composer, and producer. In 1995, he became a digital music & media entrepreneur.

From 1995 to 2002 he raised Millions as Founder/CEO of several San Francisco-based internet startups. In 2002, following the dotcom meltdown and the 9/11 crisis, Gerd returned to Europe, wrote his first book (The Future of Music) and became increasingly in demand as keynote speaker as he discovered his new calling as a futurist and as the CEO of The Futures Agency.

Between traveling around the globe and teleporting-in virtually to speak at leading conferences, events and seminars, Gerd helps individuals, enterprises and government organisations to deal with ‘future shock’ and embrace change. When he is not speaking or consulting clients, Gerd is also an influential, bestselling author. He co-authored the visionary book ‘The Future of Music’ and has written five others, including his last bestseller, ‘Technology vs. Humanity’.

Gerd’s films on the future of technology and humanity, digital transformation, artificial intelligence and work, jobs and education have reached millions of viewers and as a highly sought-after futurist, he is no stranger to media, frequently sharing his often controversial but always prescient views with pieces in The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Wired UK, and interviews with the likes of BBC, CNN, Arirang TV, Swiss SRF, ZDF, ARD, ARTE. He has also been included as a special guest in over a dozen documentaries, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA, London), and an advisory board member of the Indian and Canadian Research Institutes.

Ng Wee Wei is the country managing director for Accenture in Singapore.

Based in Singapore, Wee Wei joined Accenture in 1995 and became a managing director in 2007. For over 25 years, she has been responsible for delivering large-scale IT initiatives across many government functions and ministries—supporting their drive to innovate and improve public service delivery through digitalisation. Wee Wei’s current role involves advising government leaders on critical steps that need to be taken to govern in the New. Her areas of expertise include Government-as-a-Platform initiatives, digital citizen services and future of work, with a focus on the shifting role of government and human-machine interaction.

Outside of Accenture, Wee Wei has served as Honorary Secretary of the IT Management Association, a Singapore-based association of influential IT leaders from both the private and public sectors. She is currently sitting on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Systems Science at National University of Singapore (NUS-ISS).

Professor Simon See is currently the Solution Architecture and Engineering Senior Director, Chief Solution Architect & Global Head for Nvidia AI Technology Center, NVIDIA Corporation. He is also a Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Professor in Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), and Professor in Universitas Indonesia (UI). He is being conferred as a Distinguished Fudan Scholar in September 2018 by Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Previously Professor See is also the Chief Scientific Computing Advisor for BGI (China) and has a position in Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and King-Mong Kung University of Technology (Thailand). Professor See is currently involved in a number of International computational,  mathematical science  projects and  national AI initiatives. Recently Dr Simon has been appointed as the Executive Director of the ASEAN Applied Research Centre (AARC). His research interests are in the area of High-Performance Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computational Science,  Applied Mathematics and Simulation Methodology. Professor See is also leading some of the AI initiatives in the Asia Pacific. He is a Steering Committee member of NSCC’s flagship High Performance Computing Conference Supercomputing Asia (SCA) since March 2018. He has published over 200 papers in these areas and has won various awards.

Karen Teo is the VP of the APAC Small Medium Business at Meta. Prior to this role, she spent four years at the APAC Gaming team, which she grew to a billion-dollar regional org in Global Gaming with the highest global growth rate.

Once a small business owner, Karen has always been inspired by the many stories where small business owners manage to put food on the table, realize their dreams and create jobs for people in their communities. With this similar motivation, the Global Business Group APAC team works with a highly diverse slate of businesses including small local brands, drives business outcomes to enable businesses in APAC to meet their goals with a focus on the mission of building communities and connecting the world.

Also, as a passion project, Karen has spoken at various government and private institutions on the importance of diversity and culture for building a future-forward workforce. Having supported various diversity initiatives in Meta, Karen is currently serving as one of 2 Executive Sponsors for the Meta Pride@ community.

As the Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate) of IMDA, Terence provides leadership for IMDA’s corporate functions and is also the Cluster Director of Human Capital Cluster overseeing human capital and Tech Skills Accelerator (TeSA) to help Singapore’s tech talent upskill while enabling companies to build a skilled infocomm technology workforce.

Spike leads the Sustainability and Industry Ecosystem team in M1, which is focus on helping enterprises kickstart their ESG journey using smart, innovative digital solutions for ESG reporting, automating data collection, data analytics, decarbonization solutioning.

The team also focuses on IT/OT convergence technologies and solutions to enable smarter workplaces, buildings, cities and public spaces.

Spike has more than 25 years of global TMT experience serving in a number of operational and management roles spanning product development and management, program management, strategy development and business consulting. In recent years, he has been focusing his energy on using technology, connectivity and best practices to drive Sustainability solutions adoption, especially around Electrification and Energy Optimization.

Jackson is the Vice-President, Sustainability and Strategy for Schneider Electric, East Asia and Japan. In this role, Jackson works with customers to understand their sustainability and climate change commitments and collaborates with them to develop actions to achieve their decarbonization targets. He is experienced in energy efficiency programs, microgrid solution, power distribution and automation, which are instrumental in driving the reduction of CO2 emission for customers.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric in 2006, Jackson worked for various multi-national companies; Yokogawa, Woodward Governor and General Electric, with increasing business size and responsibilities from 1996 to 2006. Jackson has gained extensive business operation experience through various regional and global positions in industrial automation and energy management sales, marketing and services roles with these MNCs.

Jackson graduated as an electrical engineer major in instrumentation and control from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He also obtained a Master of Science degree, majoring in Power Engineering, from National University of Singapore (NUS), Master of Business Administration from University of Nottingham (NU), and Advanced Certificate in Sustainability and Sustainable Business from Singapore Management University (SMU).

Jackson is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt (General Electric) and Master Black Belt (Schneider Electric).

Eugene Phua is an industry veteran with over 20 years of IT industry experience. In his previous role as Staff Solution Architect, Eugene helped customers build secure hybrid cloud environments based on VMware’s Software Defined Data Centre and Multi-Cloud technology.  He has designed and architected some of the biggest and most complex cloud solutions in Singapore such Healthcare Cloud, Government Cloud (G-Cloud 1 & 2), IRAS Data Center Upgrade, CPF Active-Active Data Center, UOB adoption of VMC on AWS during the COVID19 Circuit Breaker. He currently heads the Solution Architect Team for South East Asia and Korea. He also heads the Digital Innovation Hub. Despite his management role, he still involves himself in projects that require solution architecture expertise.

Eleana is a managing director in Accenture. She leads a group of Public Sector accounts across Southeast Asia. Having more than 20 years of experience in consulting, sales and delivery, Eleana is highly capable in leading digital transformation for her clients. She understands her clients.’ business challenges and has led multi-disciplinary and high performing teams to address them. She plans technical roadmap that yields not only fast returns on investment but also build a strong foundation for future growth. Strategically minded in introducing market leading innovative solutions to her clients, from “data to insights to revenue”.

Recent years, she has been focused on delivery for government agencies. Her interests are in Big Data, Analytics, IOT, Data Monetization & Digital Customer Engagement. In her career. Eleana has worked with clients in Malaysia, Mexico City, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Her recent works include e-services transformation for a large government agency, she brings to live their vision to be citizen centric with a defined digital user experience & engagement strategy. Her work includes the creation of a future forward architecture blueprint incorporating an agile, cloud based, insights driven solution.

Eleana graduated from National University of Singapore with Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences. She also has MBA with Warwick Business School. She is currently based in Singapore.

Kay Poh Gek Vasey is the Founder of The MeshMinds Foundation, a not-for-profit arts organisation focused on educating, enabling and empowering artists in Asia to advance the sustainable development of people and our planet. The MeshMinds Foundation is supported by its sister organisation, MeshMinds, a creative technology studio which has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Meta and Apple to protect our culture and the environment in the digital age.

In 2021, Kay spearheaded the team that launched 100 Days to #BeatPlasticPollution, in partnership with UNEP. The campaign focused on using interactive AR experiences to encourage people to form new habits to avoid single-use plastic and received numerous high profile features, including the BBC, Asia Development Bank (ADB) and at the SEA of Solutions 2021 virtual conference.

In 2022, The MeshMinds Foundation partnered with Meta to enable artists to use augmented and virtual reality to bring new audiences to traditional art in Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. The programme was highlighted by UNESCO as an innovative example of protecting cultural heritage and building engagement with youth audiences and was seen by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

Looking forward, with the dawn of web 3.0, Kay is committed to enabling a metaverse for people and planet. She offers expertise and advocacy on XR creation & production; metaverse pedagogy; digital sustainability; digital transformation; and the future of art & creativity.

Kay holds a Law with European Legal Studies degree from Bristol University and a Legal Practice Certificate from the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice. She has a certificate in Virtual and Augmented Reality from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has co-authored two scientific research papers on the effect of virtual reality on human behaviour. She was previously Head of Arts at the British Council in Singapore and remains a UK-qualified solicitor with a current practising certificate under the Law Society of England and Wales.

VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, accelerating innovation with a cloud-smart approach. 

With VMware Cross-Cloud™ services and our global ecosystem of partners, we provide the trusted foundation for our customers’ short-term missions and long-term ambitions. Our customers can accelerate app development and increase agility through consistent enterprise infrastructure—while delivering a more secure, frictionless experience for their distributed workforce. 

VMware’s cloud-smart approach preserves customer choice and protects against lock-in. Instead of tradeoffs and compromise, our software offers organizations the freedom and control they need to move faster and spend less. 

Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of your data to empower bold, confident action. With unrivaled scale to collect all of your data without compromise, speed to give you immediate access and answers, and clarity to focus on the signals that matter most, Devo is your ally in protecting your organization today and tomorrow.

NetApp® is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services, and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere.

NetApp is at the forefront of innovation. We created the world’s first networked storage appliance and now provide a full range of hybrid cloud data services. We simplify the management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments. In the last two years, organizations have accelerated digital initiatives to strengthen and optimize operations and create new experiences for customers and employees. These efforts require organizations to manage and protect data while ensuring that the underlying cloud and data center infrastructure can cost-effectively support application performance and reliability.

Cloud Leadership
As the leader in hybrid cloud data services, NetApp helps you to accelerate your journey to the cloud and get the most out of your data with our cloud data services, storage systems, and software solutions. We help you to connect on-premises solutions to major hyperscaler public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) so that you can respond faster to market changes and customer demands. We specialize in helping companies get the most out of their data with our cloud data services, storage systems, and software solutions. Now you can bring your data to the doorstep of industry-leading public cloud services which means you can respond faster to market changes and to your customer demands. NetApp embraces rather than competes with the public cloud. We forged strategic partnerships with cloud and colocation providers, including Azure, AWS, Alibaba, IBM, Equinix, BT and many others. Our cloud strategy is well ahead of our competitors, and even Wall Street has acknowledged this fact as we continue to embrace the cloud.

Industry Leadership
The industry has awarded NetApp with hundreds of top honors for innovation, leadership, and culture. For the third year in a row, NetApp has been recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant™ for Primary Storage. NetApp believes the hybrid cloud is the future and the reality for businesses today. NetApp’s leading portfolio of on-premises and cloud solutions, powered by ONTAP, means that you don’t have to make “either/or” choices.

NetApp’s Customer BAse
Over 30,000 businesses around the world use NetApp data management solutions to help them unleash the full potential of their data. In a world transformed by digital technology, you cannot move ahead with data in silos. You need fast insights, seamless access, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing your data is protected and within your control.

OpenText enables enterprise professionals to secure their operations, gain insight into their information, and better manage an increasingly hybrid and complex digital fabric with a new generation of tools that include Cybersecurity, IT Operations Management, Applications Modernization and Delivery, AI and Analytics. This new generation of Information Management software will help organizations accelerate their digital transformation and drive growth while reducing costs.

About OpenText

OpenText, The Information Company™, enables organizations to gain insight through market leading information management solutions, powered by OpenText Cloud Editions. For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTEX) visit opentext.com.

Zscaler accelerates digital transformation so customers can be more agile, efficient, resilient, and secure. The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange™ platform protects thousands of customers from cyberattacks and data loss by securely connecting users, devices, and applications in any location. Distributed across more than 150 data centers globally, the SSE-based Zero Trust Exchange™ is the world’s largest in-line cloud security platform.

Zscaler services are 100 percent cloud-delivered and offer the simplicity, enhanced security, and improved user experience that traditional appliances are unable to match. Used in more than 185 countries, Zscaler operates a multi-tenant distributed cloud security platform, protecting thousands of customers from cyberattacks and data loss. Zscaler boasts approximately 40% of the Fortune 500 and 30% of the Global 2000 as customers.

Its flagship services, Zscaler Internet Access™ (ZIA) and Zscaler Private Access™ (ZPA), create fast, secure connections between users and applications, regardless of device, location, or network. Zscaler Digital Experience (ZDX) helps IT teams monitor digital experiences from the end user perspective to optimize performance and rapidly fix offending application, network, and device issues.

Zscaler sets the standard for the new Security Service Edge (SSE) category, being positioned as a Leader and highest in Ability to Execute in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SSE. Following our appearance as a 10-time Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways, we believe this placement underscores how our transformative Zero Trust Exchange™ platform has empowered thousands of the world’s most innovative companies to leave data center-centric network security behind.