Tuesday 11 June
09:00 - 09:30
Registration and networking

09:30 - 09:45
Welcome remarks

ABP and Asia House representatives will open the conference with thoughts on the exciting opportunities surrounding collaboration between the UK and Asia.

Remarks by:

09:45 - 10:00
UK’s deepening partnership in Asia: the role of tech and innovation

Technology holds the key to unlocking many of the problems the world faces. The UK and Asian partners’ strengths in technology and innovation means there is significant opportunity for collaboration. Mark Field MP, the Minister for Asia and the Pacific region (APAC) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will outline the role of tech and innovation in building partnerships in Asia.

Keynote address by:

  • Mark Field, UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

10:00 - 10:20
Digital Asia: a tech overview

With so many exciting developments, Asia is fast becoming the go-to hub to chart the latest technological trends. From fintech to AI, cybersecurity to smart mobility, Asia is at the centre of many exciting innovations driving the tech world today.

In this session, a panel of experts from across will lead a lively discussion on the landscape of technology. Each will be bringing a particular focus on individual subregions, with the panellists discussing developments in India, China and ASEAN respectively.


  • Prem Barthasarathy, Managing Partner, Pontaq
  • Bo Ji, Assistant Dean, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
  • Kasititorn Pooparadai, Senior Executive Vice President and CSO, Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Thailand Ministry of Digital Economy and Society

10:20 - 10:35
A Closer Look at AI in Asia

The growth of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things rely on ready access to information, machine learning and neural networking, which is being driven by advances in AI. In her keynote speech, Annabelle Kwok, one of the most talked-about AI entrepreneurs coming out of Singapore, will talk about the current growth of the technology behind AI and how it is shaping the new world in which we live, integrating aspects from the region.

Presentation followed by Q&A with:

10:35 - 11:05
AI’s role in the global economic order

Companies from all sectors need to pay attention to how AI can help them, or risk falling behind as others embrace the productivity gains. More fundamentally, there is also potential for the entire business models and even the global economic order to be revolutionised by AI. The playing field for AI technology is flat, with massive opportunities for countries such as China and India to leverage these forces and grow, particularly with good-quality workforces and the right level of investment. Also, the relative gains for Asian economies are predicted to be greater than will be seen in Europe, with a PwC report indicating a potential growth of 26.1% if China implements AI in business by 2030, in comparison to 9.9% in Europe. This session will look at the disruptive power of AI and the implications for businesses and the broader global economy, taking in perspectives from government, finance and tech startups.


  • James Kynge, Global China Editor at the Financial Times
  • Mark Purdy, Accenture’s Group Chief Economist and Managing Director at Accenture Research
  • Kiren Kumar, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board

11:05 - 11:20
Coffee Break

11:20 - 11:40
The Evolution of Urban Mobility in Asia

Self-driving vehicles, ride-hailing services, and other technologies are transforming urban mobility. To capture the benefits of the shift, Asian cities are already implementing sound infrastructure plans and investments. Is Asia ahead in its city development?

Swarna Ramanathan from McKinsey & Company, will be unpacking key developments, particularly in automation and green technology where cities across Asia may be able to provide innovation to which the West should take note of.

Presentation followed by Q&A with:

11:40 - 12:30
Future-proofing Asian Cities: Automation and Sustainable Development

Automation, electrification and greater connectivity are transforming mobility and the transport system as we know it: positive benefits in terms of reduced emissions, improved road safety and increased accessibility, but negatives as well in the form of higher revenues from fuel duty. These technologies could create massive opportunities for cities such as Jakarta and Delhi, which struggle with problems of air toxicity and incessant traffic gridlock. These cities could adopt leapfrog mobility technology in tackling their acute operational, social and environmental challenges. At the same time, other cities such as Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo are ahead of the global curve in adopting smart urban mobility approaches, which should be taken as examples organisations in the Western world should be aware of. For example, Japan is seeking to export their expertise in AI and networked devices to build smart cities across Southeast Asia, tackling road congestion and energy conservation.

This panel will look at the future of mobility and its transformative impact in Asia, and how the public and private sector need to work together in order to balance innovation with protecting individuals and society.


12:30 - 13:00
City Brain: A smarter City Management

Technology that optimizes urban public resources by instantly correcting defects in urban operations is already transforming the efficiency of cities across China. Indeed, with the growing hype surrounding smart cities, developments in this field should be followed with great interest.

Alibaba will be discussing how City Brain, their AI city information gathering platform, is able to lead to smarter city management. For example, In Hangzhou, the system has been able to analyse enormous amounts of data, and co-ordinates traffic signals to better manage traffic flow.

Presentation followed by Q&A with:

  • Xuan Jin, Lead Solutions Architect, Alibaba Cloud Europe

13:00 - 13:15
Breaking into the Chinese Tech Market

UK tech companies can hear how they can access £ multi-million funding and support to access the Chinese market. Despite China’s astonishing growth in recent years, entry into one of the largest economies in the world can be daunting. However, many initiatives and special zones exist across China which aim to make the process of business entry as easy as possible.

The Nanjing Jiangbei New Area, which has been an engine for growth in the technology industries since its establishment in 2015, especially for healthcare, intelligent manufacturing and other cutting-edge sectors will present to young and exciting UK tech companies how best to tap the Chinese market including the opportunities for funding.

Speech by:

  • Dr Fang, Director of Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, Nanjing Municipal Jiangbei New Area

13:15 - 14:00
Networking lunch

14:00 - 16:00
UK Tech Pitch with Nanjing Bureau of Commerce

Nanjing is fast becoming a major centre of investment for high-tech industries. Representatives from Nanjing’s Bureau of Commerce and business delegations from across the city will be hearing presentations from exciting UK high-tech companies and to help them land their projects in the city including companies covering fields such as property tech, digital healthcare, fintech, creative tech and software engineering.

For this session the Nanjing Bureau of Commerce representative team is keen to meet UK tech companies from start-ups to scale-ups looking to access the Chinese market. There will also be an open networking session for companies to pitch their services and products with a view to forming partnerships with Chinese companies and gaining a valuable insight into the assistance available to UK companies looking to expand.

Pitching session hosted by:

  • Mr. Weng Zaining, Director of Service Trade and Commercial Services Department, Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Commerce
  • China Britain Business Council representative

Tentative agenda, may be subject to change.
Wednesday 12 June
09:00 - 09:30
Registration and networking

09:30 - 09:45
Opening remarks

ABP and Asia House representatives will open the second day of the conference with thoughts on the exciting opportunities surrounding tech and collaboration between the UK and Asia.


09:45 - 10:15
The rise of the Internet of Value

The Internet of Value is an online space, underpinned by several technologies (including blockchain), in which individuals can instantly transfer value between each other, negating the need for the middleman. In theory, anything that holds monetary or social value can be transferred between parties, including currency, property shares and diamonds. This talk will explain how technology is transforming the diamond industry, and has the ability to do the same for other high value industries.

Presentation followed by Q&A with:

Jim Duffy, CEO of Tracr

10:15 - 11:00
Fintech: The Future of Finance in Asia & the UK

Asia is a centre of growth and innovation for financial services and looks to play a significant role in the future of the industry. In contrast to the mature market of the UK, Asia has a population increasing in age and wealth, low penetration of financial services, and is seeing a rise of technology. 

This panel explores the financial technology coming out of Asia, and the opportunities traditional financial institutions from the UK have across the continent and including a mixture of established and new companies involved in this market. The new voices include Central Capital Ventura, the venture capital arm of one of Indonesia’s largest banks, Bank Central Asia, and InstaREM, an international digital money transfer platform based in Singapore.


11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00
Cybersecurity and UK-Asia collaboration

With the threat of a cyber-attack and the level of disruption it could cause increasing as businesses and society become increasingly tech-embedded, international cooperation is needed to combat a threat that does not discriminate by border or by sector. Asia is particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks, having a high take-up rate of technology and low cyber security capability. Issues at the forefront of regulation, such as privacy and data flows, complicate the matter further. 

The UK and Asia are well-placed to collaborate on this critical issue, given their growing tech links and the increasing export of cyber security services from the UK, a global leader in the sector. They lead the race to eradicate some of the most damaging cyber security threats facing businesses and to better protect consumers.

This panel will discuss the benefit of cyber-security collaboration across the two sides at the forefront of technological innovation and explore how UK and Asian businesses can be involved.


  • Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Asia Pacific, UK Department for International Trade
  • Darren Smith, International Government Client Director, BAE Systems
  • Ioan Peters, Associate Managing Director, Cyber Risk, Kroll
  • Ria Thomas, Partner & Global Co-Lead for Cybersecurity
  • Nick Blackwell, Transformational Pursuits Director for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

12:00 - 12:30
Is China a leading Tech Powerhouse?

China is a rising force in the tech marketplace. Beyond the spectacular rise of Shenzhen, many other cities from across China are pitching themselves as prime destinations for development in different sectors within the tech market. This panel will explore the reality of Chinese technology market, while also bringing in on-the-ground knowledge and connections from fast-growing tech hubs from across the country.


12:30 - 12:45
A future of UK-Asia Tech innovation

What the future holds for tech is nothing short of amazing. Over the course of this conference, we have explored some bleeding edge developments across different sectors, such as AI, Smart Cities, Fintech and Cybersecurity. We have also explored exciting developments geographically, especially from China, India, ASEAN and the UK. The question therefore, is where we can go from here?

Birgitte Andersen, CEO of the Big Innovation Centre, will present a vision promoting open innovation and cooperation with partners from around the world in order to ensure technology can make a more purposeful and inclusive world. This ties in with the work of The Big Innovation Centre, putting the UK forward and seeking to build a global innovation hub by 2025.


12:45 - 13:30

13:30 - 16:45
IPIEC Global 2019 by WTOIP, China’s leading technovation platform

IPIEC Global is one of the premium global platforms for business prospects wanting to get a fantastic launch within the Chinese market. It is organised by WTOIP, China’s leading technovation platform for IP and corporate services, with Guangzhou’s provincial government as a supporting organisation. It promises to be an exciting afternoon, bringing together a panel on China market entry, speeches, networking with business parks and tech firms from across China and a competition.

The competition will include 12 UK-based tech firms pitching about why they are looking to enter the Chinese market. The top 2 companies will qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to participate in the semi-finals in December in China, as well as the Multi-City Tech-Matching Roundtrip, and have a chance at the $100,000 grand prize in the finals.

Speeches by:

  • Edmont Rao, Vice President, WTOIP
  • DIT Representative

Tentative agenda, may be subject to change.
Networking Party

18:00 – 20:30

Wednesday 12 June

Join us for an evening of awards, speeches, drinks and canapes. This is a chance to network with some of the rising names of the Asian and UK technology scene.

This will be accompanied with a speech by Lord Willetts, an awards ceremony for winners of the IPIEC Global 2019 competition and the results of the Microsoft and University of East London @Digital Skills Diversity’ Hackathon.

Speeches and award ceremonies with:

  • • Lord Willetts, Chairman of the Eight Great Technologies Investment Fund and former Minister for Universities and Science
  • • Edmont Rao, Vice President, WTOIP