How will the world look like in 2030?

Reimagining Asia 2030 – the jubilee edition of the DBS Asian Insights Conference seeks to answer these questions and more.



Very interesting and relevant hot topics to corporate and businesses.

— Victoria Ko Min Ha, Venture Corp Ltd

Very informative, useful and well organized conference.

— Ong Chin Seng, CJP International Pte Ltd

This conference gets better every year. The panel discussions were really interesting. Great work. Keep it up!

— Jana, Makino Asia Pte Ltd

Excellent programme! Appreciate the invitation.

— Arnon Goldstein, BNY Mellon

Well chosen topics with a good selection of panel speakers. Looking forward to the DBS Asian Insights Conference 2015!

— Lim Sock Hoon, Oiltanking S’pore Pte Ltd

Impressive and very well organized conference. Great content and exchange of ideas

— Lim Suat Wah, Hyflux Ltd

DBS Asian Insights Conference 2018 Highlights

Change is the only constant, and disruption is the name of the game. DBS CEO Piyush Gupta rounds up the expert perspectives shared at this year's Asian Insights Conference.

We convene world-class futurists and thought leaders to map scenarios, share insights and provoke engagement on what the future mean for us


Peter Seah

Chairman, DBS Group Holdings

Mr Peter Seah joined the Board of Directors of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd on 16 November 2009 and assumed the role of Chairman on 1 May 2010. He is Chairman of the Compensation and Management Development Committee, Executive Committee and Nominating Committee, as well as a member of the Audit Committee and Board Risk Management Committee. In addition, he is Chairman of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and also chairs its Board Risk Management Committee.

Peter is the present Chairman of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and LaSalle College of the Arts Limited. Peter was a banker for 33 years before retiring as Vice Chairman and CEO of the former Overseas Union Bank in 2001.

Peter is a member of the Temasek Holdings Advisory Panel. He also serves on the boards of CapitaLand Limited, Starhub Ltd, STATS ChipPAC Ltd and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Private Limited. Amongst other appointments, he is also a board member of the Defence Science and Technology Agency.

Programme Involved:

  • Closing Remarks

Piyush Gupta

Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group Holdings

Mr. Piyush Gupta is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group.

DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with more than 280 branches across 18 markets. Headquartered in Singapore, DBS is the market leader in the country with over four million customers and with a growing presence in Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. DBS is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking, and has been named “World’s Best Digital Bank” by Euromoney. The bank has also been recognised for its leadership in the region, having been conferred “Asia’s Best Bank” by The Banker and Euromoney, and “Asian Bank of the Year” by IFR Asia. The bank has also been named “Safest Bank in Asia” by Global Finance for seven consecutive years from 2009 to 2015.

Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup’s Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Piyush’s external appointments include serving as the Deputy Chairman of SPRING Singapore and on the boards of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, the Institute of International Finance, Washington, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund, and the MasterCard Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa Regional Advisory Board. He is also Chairman of Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, a council member of The Association of Banks in Singapore, the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, Managing Council member of Indian Business-leaders’ Roundtable (under SINDA), and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society.

Programme Involved:

  • Welcome Address

  • Inside look at the Digital Transformation of Large Orgs

Heng Swee Keat

Minister for Finance, Republic of Singapore

Mr Heng Swee Keat is the Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC. The Ministry of Finance manages the national budget, oversees corporate governance regulations, and supervises the prudent investment and utilisation of public funds and government reserves. Mr Heng co-chaired the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), which charted the strategies for Singapore’s next phase of growth. He chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council, which oversees the implementation of national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity, and industry transformation. He is also the Chairman of the National Research Foundation, which sets the direction for Singapore’s research, innovation and enterprise strategies. Before this, Mr Heng served as Minister for Education from 2011 to 2015. He drove programmes for a student-centric, values-driven education system, emphasising the holistic development of students and multiple educational pathways. While at MOE, Mr Heng also led Our Singapore Conversation, a national consultation exercise that reached out to close to 50,000 Singaporeans on their aspirations for Singapore’s future. In 2015, he chaired the Singapore 50 (SG50) Steering Committee leading the celebrations for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. Prior to entering politics in May 2011, Mr Heng was the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he received the “Central Bank Governor of the Year in Asia-Pacific” Award by the British magazine The Banker. He has served in various other public service positions, including appointments in the Singapore Police Force, as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Development Board, and as the Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, Mr Heng was awarded the Gold Medal in Public Administration, and the Meritorious Medal in 2010 for his contribution to the public service in Singapore.

Mr Heng has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Programme Involved:

  • Keynote Address

Yuval Noah Harari

Author of International Bestsellers 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' and 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow'

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is the author of international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, as well as the forthcoming 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (out September 2018).

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Harari originally specialized in world history, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded?

Prof. Harari is a two-time winner of the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality, which he was awarded in 2009 and 2012. In 2011 he won the Society for Military History’s Moncado Award for outstanding articles on military history. In 2017 Homo Deus won Handelsblatt’s German Economic Book Award for the most thoughtful and influential economic book of the year. In 2018 Prof. Harari gave a keynote speech on the future of humanity on the Congress Hall stage of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Published in 2014, Prof. Harari’s book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international hit and is published in nearly 50 languages worldwide. It was listed on the Sunday Times bestseller list for over six months in paperback, and was a New York Times top 10 bestseller. The book was recommended by Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

In 2016 Prof. Harari returned with Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, a critically acclaimed book that examines the big future projects facing humanity in the 21st century.

September 2018 will see the publication of Yuval Noah Harari’s next book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. After exploring deep into the past and then the future in his previous two books, here Harari stops to take the pulse of our current global climate, focusing on the biggest questions of the present moment: What is really happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? Prof. Harari regularly lectures around the world on the topics explored in his books and articles, and has written for newspapers such as the Guardian, Financial Times, The Times, Nature magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

He also offers his knowledge and time to various organizations and audiences on a voluntary basis.

Programme Involved:

  • Asia Leadership Dialogue