DBS Asian Insights Conference 2018 reimagining Asia 2030


Featuring: Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker, Minister for Finance of Singapore,

Mr Heng Swee Keat

DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue with famous author, Professor Yuval Noah Harari


SINGAPORE,13 July 2018 -

DBS is proud to host the DBS Asian Insights Conference 2018, bringing together global thought leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges of change in Asia. This also marks the jubilee edition of the conference as DBS celebrates its 50th anniversary on 16 July 2018.

With four out of the top five economies in the world expected to be in Asia by 2030, this year’s conference is themed Reimagining Asia 2030. In a world that is on the cusp of change, panel speakers will share their insights on topics including demographics and consumption, digital innovation, and markets. About 1,000 leaders from both the public and private sectors, top business executives, investors, overseas delegates, and distinguished speakers have registered for the conference.
A key highlight of the event is the DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue, featuring Professor Yuval Harari, famous author of international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, hosted by DBS CEO Piyush Gupta.

HengSweeKeat at AIC

Other notable speakers at the conference include: Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance of Singapore, Mr Amin Toufani, CEO of T Labs and former Director of Strategy at Singularity University, Mr Anthony Tan, Group CEO and Co-Founder of Grab, Mr Ari Sarker, Co-President, Asia Pacific, Mastercard, Mr Arjun Shetty, Portfolio Manager of Astignes Capital, Mr David Skilling, Founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, Mr Geert Peeters, Executive Director and CFO of CLP Holdings, Mr Kenneth Akintewe, Head of Asian Sovereign Debt, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Mr Laurence Kwan, Vice President, Energy, Sunseap Group of Companies, Mr Leslie Teo, Chief Economist and Director of Economics and Investment Strategy at GIC Private Limited, Ms Noeleen Heyzer, Social Scientist (former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations), Mr Peter Ho, Senior Advisor at Centre for Strategic Futures, Republic of Singapore, Mr Poon King Wang, Director at Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, and Mr Xie Taojun, Fellow Research at Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, Singapore Management University.

This year’s DBS Asian Insights Conference also marks the seventh year of the event, which first began in 2011. To reinforce the bank’s deep Asian insights and thought leadership in the region, DBS continues to expand the scope of the conference which first started as a market-focused event, to one which today features a global panel of speakers who share their insights on the future of Asia across a multitude of sectors, demographics and markets.

For further information, please visit the bank’s online platforms, including the conference’s microsite and Twitter -@DBSInsights.


About DBS
DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 280 branches across 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank's "AA-" and "Aa1" credit ratings are among the highest in the world.

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 named “Asia’s Best Bank” by several publications including The Banker, Global Finance, IFR Asia and Euromoney since 2012. In addition, the bank has been named “Safest Bank in Asia” by Global Finance for nine consecutive years from 2009 to 2017.

DBS provides a full range of services in consumer, SME and corporate banking. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of doing business in the region’s most dynamic markets. DBS is committed to building lasting relationships with customers, and positively impacting communities through supporting social enterprises, as it banks the Asian way. It has also established a SGD 50 million foundation to strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts in Singapore and across Asia.

With its extensive network of operations in Asia and emphasis on engaging and empowering its staff, DBS presents exciting career opportunities. The bank acknowledges the passion, commitment and can-do spirit in all of its 26,000 staff, representing over 40 nationalities. For more information, please visit

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