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Keynote Speakers

Bruce Gosper - Australian High Commissioner 

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Bruce Gosper was previously CEO of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.  Prior to Austrade, Mr Gosper was Deputy Secretary with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia’s senior trade policy official, responsible for all trade negotiations.  His career includes serving as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. During that time Mr Gosper chaired the WTO General Council and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.  Mr Gosper was previously Minister (Commercial) in the Australian Embassy in Washington, and Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture) at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.  Mr Gosper is a current member of the Asia Society Advisory Council. He has previously served on the Australia Japan Business Co-Operation Committee (AJBCC), the European Australian Business Council (EABC), the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), the Australia Korea Foundation (AKF), the Australian Pork Corporation and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) Board.


Bernard Harrison - Principal Partner, Creativity and Design, Bernard Harrison and Friends Ltd

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Bernard Harrison was the executive director of the Singapore Zoo from 1981 to 2002, and the CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore from 2000 to 2002. Today he runs a zoo consultancy business, Bernard Harrison & Friends, with his wife in Bali, where he advises on creative zoo design and ecotourism.  A bigwig in the international zoo scene, he is credited with putting the Singapore Zoo on the global map, having conceptualized the Night Safari, as well as the “open zoo” concept—which showcases animals as free-roaming within their enclosures.






Marieke Bink - Chief Executive Officer, Cycling Without Age, Singapore

Marieke Bink_profile photo2.jpgMarieke Bink is the Chief Executive Officer of Cycling without Age Singapore, a movement started in Denmark in 2012 by Ole Kassow.  In October 2015, Singapore became the first country outside of Europe to have the Cycling without Age movement.  Marieke has been driving the rapid growth of Cycling without Age Singapore, the most notable programme to date being a partnership with Temasek Foundation Cares for an intergenerational bonding project. Moving Generations connects youth with seniors by taking them out on e-trishaw rides and while sharing stories.  Marieke has over 20 years’ experience in health care, and strongly believes in the value of integrating different aspects of health care into a seamless customer experience to improve the quality and cost for care recipients. She has brought this philosophy to life through her company, Chakana Management, where she engages with different organisations globally (Europe, US, Central America and Asia) in designing changes needed in people and processes of various healthcare organisations to improve how their services are delivered.  Her key clients include Stint Urban Mobility (Denmark and Sweden), and Stichting Kinderopvang Zwijndrecht and CuraMare in the Netherlands.



Choong Weng Wai - Associate Professor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Choong Weng Wai2.JPG Dr. Choong Weng Wai is an Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is the recipient of Excellence Award for Contribution towards Sustainability from Royal Institution of Surveyor Malaysia (RISM) and a visiting scholar in the MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program. He specialises in pro-environmental behaviour, consumer behaviour and marketing research. His research activities are focused on measuring environmental awareness and environmental behaviour. Since year 2009, he has been involved and appointed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) as the technical committee to establish Environmental Performance Index (EPI) for Malaysia and has been appointed as team leader by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the development of Environmental Performance Index for Vietnam. Also, he serves as head of consultant, working closely with the Department of Environment, in developing the guidance document for conducting effective environmental program for Malaysia.