ADB Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2020
“The New Normal: Driving Economic Recovery through Digital Innovation”

Online, 21 October 2020

Deadline to register 19 October!

Digital technology is helping offset COVID-19 impacts, and will be an integral part of longer-term economic recovery. SEADS will provide Southeast Asian nations and other stakeholders with a unique opportunity to explore innovative responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Discover the latest cutting-edge        breakthroughs that can help countries tackle pressing challenges.

Hear from leading minds and trailblazers from industry, technology, the public sector, and academia.

Interact with problem-solvers and next-generation thinkers from Southeast Asia and beyond.


ADB Opening Keynote: Masatsugu Asakawa, President, ADB

Morning Plenary Keynote Speakers

  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister for Indonesia 
  • Sherie Ng, General Manager for APAC, Public Sector, Microsoft
  • Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups

2 Plenary Panel Discussions
• Panel Discussion: “The New Normal: Driving Economic Recovery through Digital Innovation”

  • Moderator: Lisa Oake, CNBC Catalyst
  • Ahmed M. Saeed, Vice President, ADB
  • H.E. Nadiem Anwar Makarim, Minister of Education and Culture, Indonesia
  • Sherie Ng, General Manager for APAC, Public Sector, Microsoft
  • Ambassador (rt) Ted Osius, Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy, APAC, Google
  • Mimi Alemayehou, Senior Vice President for the Public-Private Partnership, Mastercard
  • Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups

• Call to Action Dialogue: “Creating an Inclusive Digital Agenda for the Future”

  • Moderator: Lisa Oake, CNBC Catalyst
  • Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General for the Southeast Asia Regional Department, ADB
  • Dr. Phan Phalla, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Royal Government of Cambodia
  • Russell Cohen, Group Managing Director - Operations, Grab
  • Farouk Meralli, Founder and CEO, mClinica
  • Kay Vasey, Chief Connecting Officer, MeshMinds

Knowledge Product Launch
ADB will officially launch the Southeast Asia Development Solutions Platform.

Afternoon Special Sessions

  • Emerging from an Economic Crisis — What Role for Technology Adoption?
  • The Digital Economy Revolution
  • Access for All: Remote Learning and “Edtech”
  • Leveraging Digital Tech for Healthcare
  • “From Technology to Leadership. Putting the Transformation back into Digital”

Afternoon Special Partner Sessions

  • Building a More Agile Government through Cloud Computing (Amazon Web Services Institute)
  • Start-Up and the Post COVID-19 Recovery (ADB Ventures & 500 Startups)
  • SEADS Hackathon Launch: Re-establishing Tourism Confidence through Innovative Digital Solutions (ADB)
  • Invitation Only: A Cross-generational Consultation on Youth Jobs in the Digital Economy (ADB Youth for Asia)
  • Modern Government: Empowering People. Enhancing Governments. Enabling Societies (Microsoft)