Public Forum 2022

  • 23rd August 2022
  • 10am to 5.30pm (Registration from 9.30am)
  • Raffles Hotel, Jubilee Ballroom, Level 3
  • English/Chinese
  • 200+ Delegates
  • 35+ Speakers
Hybrid Event

Programme Details

0930 - 1000

1000 - 1010
Welcome Remark by Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Chairman of Business China

1010 - 1020
Keynote Speech by Guest Of Honour

Minister Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information

Technological Bridge between Traditional & Online Banking

With the emergence of Blockchain innovations, the finance industry is embracing a major evolution. While Web 3.0 innovations may appear to be strong competitors against traditional finance services, its products can potentially be the technological bridge between traditional and digital finance. This building block will explore the possible co-existence of traditional finance functions and Blockchain innovations. By covering a few examples of innovations per subtopics, it aims to picture the novel concept of Blockchain, enabling a clearer understanding of the Web 3.0 era.

The three subtopics under this building block will cover the current Web 3.0 financial technology such as Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and stablecoins, as well as envision the future of the banking landscape shaped by decentralised finance (DeFi) innovations, such as dApps and assets custodian.

  • Fireside Chat with
Bill Hughes
Senior Counsel and Director of Global Regulatory Matters, ConsenSys

Technological Bridge between Traditional & Online Banking

With the emergence of Web 3.0 innovations, this panel will explore the role of these innovations as a possible technological bridge between traditional businesses and the virtual economy. Speakers will discuss:

  • How could traditional businesses effectively harness the perks of tokenising their products and services?
  • To what extent will transparency of transactions be a concern/an opportunity for businesses adapting Web 3.0 products such as CBDC and stablecoins which are decentralised in nature?
  • How will these digital assets be influenced by economic factors such as inflation and rising of interest rates by the U.S. Federal Reserve System, and how could businesses be better prepared?
  • Speakers :
Will Lee
Founder, InterOpera
Eowyn Chen
CEO, Trust Wallet
Liu Yusho
Co-Founder & CEO, Coinhako
  • Moderator :
Professor Emir
Head of Fintech Training, NUS AIDF

Technological Bridge between Traditional & Online Banking

This panel will explore the applications of Web 3.0 innovations in empowering businesses to connect with the digital economy and online banking systems.

Speakers will address the following questions:

  • How can businesses incorporate secure crypto payment methods and benefit from decentralised finance?
  • What are the key considerations and underlying challenges that traditional banks may encounter when embracing digitalisation, and how can such challenges be effectively mitigated?
  • As blockchain exists as a public network in nature, how can banks adopt blockchain innovations and strike a balance between decentralisation and autonomy of transactions?
  • Speakers :
Wu Jihan
Co-founder, Matrixport
Louis Liu Xi
Founder & CEO, FOMO Pay
Rajeev Tummala
Director, Digital & Data, Markets & Securities Services, HSBC
  • Moderator :
Lennon Tan
President, ADERA Global

Technological Bridge between Traditional & Online Banking

This panel will dive into the role of DeFi innovations in the evolution of banking landscape, which includes the elimination of a central or third-party institute's control on transactions.

Speakers will address the following questions:

  • How could Blockchain promote the co-existence of DeFi and traditional finance in the long run?
  • How could traditional businesses leverage the potential opportunities that arise from dApps, to achieve their strategic goals?
  • To what extent are custodian security protocols the solution to ensure safe transactions in shaping future banking landscape?
  • Speakers :
Li Wanli
Martin Pickrodt
CEO, Marketnode
Dr Jiang Changhao
Co-Founder & CTO,Cobo
  • Moderator :
Shen Yue
Audience Strategy Editor, Lianhe Zaobao

Lunch Break

Regulatory Bridge between Physical Economy & Metaverse

With the rising trend of data breaches and the recent cases of crimes such as harassment, theft, and more in the Metaverse, it is essential for stakeholders to review the safety of the virtual space.

This building block will explore the current trend in the Metaverse as well as the importance of establishing a regulatory framework to make the Web 3.0 space trustworthy and safe for businesses to navigate.

Panelists in this building block will discuss the law and regulations for crimes act in the Metaverse, how to protect digital assets within the non-fungible token (NFT) and GameFi ecosystems, as well as how to strike a balance between Know Your Client (KYC) and privacy protection.

  • Speaker
SMS Tan Kiat How
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information

Regulatory Bridge between Physical Economy & Metaverse

This panel will revolve around the question of “How can users be encouraged to interact in the Metaverse safely?”.

Panellists will discuss the opportunities and risks in this new economic space, especially for businesses in the era of the digital age. They will explore the existing risks different groups of users are currently facing in the space, and measures to mitigate them. Panellists will also share about what regulations are considering to be imposed, so as to ensure a safe and trustable space for transactions.

  • Speakers :
Sopnendu Mohanty
Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Yuta Takanashi
Chief Fintech Officer, Financial Services Agency Japan
  • Moderator :
David Lee Kuo Chuen
Associate Professor, SUSS School of Business

Regulatory Bridge between Physical Economy & Metaverse

This panel will explore creating a safer Metaverse space from two perspectives, namely the business owners and the creators in the NFTs and GameFi space.

Speakers will address the following questions:

  • How can businesses transform their assets into digital assets and participate in the Metaverse?
  • How can businesses be better prepared when they enter the Metaverse, especially in safeguarding their digital assets?
  • What are some measures that industry players are looking to implement to prevent unlawful activities, such as fraud, of promotion of false information, in the Metaverse?
  • Speakers :
Katherine Ng
Managing Director, TZ APAC
Mary Ma
Founder, MixMarvel
David Shin
Head of Global Adoption, Klaytn
  • Moderator :
Sholi Goodman


Speech by Dr Xiao Feng, Chairman of Hashkey Group
  • Speaker
Dr Xiao Feng
Chairman, Hashkey Digital Asset Group

Infrastructural Bridge between Web 2.0 & Web 3.0

Being the next generation of the Internet, Web 3.0 poses promising advancements over Web 2.0. As it starts taking the lead in the digital era, businesses owners are beginning to acknowledge recent developments.

Speakers will address the following questions:

  • How can business owners collaborate with Web 3.0 developers to better integrate new features?
  • To Web 2.0 established companies, does the Web 3.0 revolution mean a complete shift in their current business models?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges faced when expanding their services into the Metaverse?
  • Speakers :
Zhang Weiwu
Co-Founder & CTO, Smart Token Labs
Andrew Vranjes
GM APAC, Blockdaemon
Deng Chao
CEO, Hashkey
  • Moderator :
Chia Hock Lai
Co-Chairman (US & Europe), Singapore Blockchain Association

Infrastructural Bridge between Web 2.0 & Web 3.0

“If it’s free, you’re a product” has been an inconvenient truth that many social media users had to accept. Yet, the emergence of Web 3.0, alongside the blockchain technology, can empower the users and return them the right to determine how their data should be shared.

Speakers will be exploring the possible opportunities and challenges that arises from the revolution of data sharing with Web 3.0. Will such disruption hinder the growth of tech companies which essentially need a lot of data to develop? How can Web 2.0 companies make use/deal with the complication coupled with this disruption and grow?

  • Speakers :
Usagi Liu
Co-Founder, RSS3
Rudy Lu
Asian Partner, InfStones
  • Moderator :
Tan Bin Ru
Co-Chairwoman (China & SEA), Singapore Blockchain Association

Infrastructural Bridge between Web 2.0 & Web 3.0

Web 3.0 is not only transformational to the digital economy, but it also offers a fundamentally new approach to governance, value creation and social interactions. It has the potential to enhance business operations and enable better, data-informed decision-making across the government.

Speakers will address the following questions:

  • How should governments/business owners leverage on this technology to put their countries on the fast lane towards a digital nation?
  • What is De-centralised Identifiers (DID) and Soulbound Tokens (SBT)? How will the introduction of DID and SBT transform the current operation systems?
  • Speakers :
Suji Yan
Founder & CEO, Mask Network
Sun Li Lin
Founder, LatticeX Foundation
Raymond Yuan
Founder & Chairman, CTH Group
  • Moderator :
Prof Wen Yonggang
Professor, NTU School of Computer Science and Engineering

Closing Remark by Ms Tin Pei Ling, CEO of Business China

End of Programme

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