Speakers

Ms Jacqueline Poh

Ms Jacqueline Poh has served in the Administrative Service for 14 years and is the Managing Director at Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

In her position as Managing Director for IDA, Ms Poh will be leading IDA’s policy and regulatory functions. These include developing infocomm policy and telecommunications regulations, guiding the strategic Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) function and developing information security.

Prior to her appointment in IDA, Ms Poh was Divisional Director for Workplace Policy and Strategy in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), where she oversaw policies related to foreign worker management, occupational safety and health, labour relations and employment standards, human trafficking and the re-employment of older workers. She also established a joint operations capability in MOM and handled international relations. Ms Poh was involved in drafting a blueprint for inclusive growth for the Economic Strategies Committee that led to a shift in economic focus from foreign manpower-led
growth to productivity-driven growth.

Ms Poh is also a board member of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and Singapore Pools.

Tang Hwee Suan

Hwee Suan oversees whole-of-government data management programmes which include data.gov.sg, as well as data management policies. In her current position, she conceptualises and drives co-creation efforts to encourage the public to create innovative solutions with Open Data. She also leads a team to manage the data.gov.sg portal and works with agencies to share high-value data with the public. Hwee Suan is also involved in the development and implementation of infocomm policy, standards, guidelines and best practices on data management for the Singapore Government.

Prior to data management, Hwee Suan had previously led teams to carry out end-to-end processes for the conceptualisation and deployment of several shared systems for the Singapore Government and manage portfolio of Applications and Infrastructure systems for Government Agencies. Prior to IDA, Hwee Suan served as Project Executive with IBM Global Technology Services which she managed all business activities, client relationships, deliverables, and projects for strategic outsourcing contract in the Public Sector.

Kai Xin Thia

Kai Xin is a Data Scientist, ranking top 1,000 out of 190,000+ participants on Kaggle and Certified EMC Data Scientist Associate. Kai Xin currently work at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (Singapore)’s Healthcare Analytics Unit, specializing in population health analytics, ensemble modeling, forecasting and optimization. Kai Xin is familiar with opensource tools like R, Python, D3, leaflet.

Kai Xin cofounded Data Science SG , a community of over 700 data professionals and is also one of the chapter leaders for DataKind Singapore. Besides data science, Kai Xin is a curious traveler who like to explore the world and have been to Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Turkey, India, Greater China, Thailand, Japan.

Nic Dawes

Nic Dawes is Chief Content and Editorial Officer at Hindustan Times, a role that combines editorial oversight of the newsroom operations for the flagship Delhi and Bombay editions and the development of its digital properties. With a print audience of 3.8 million, and 10 million unique users online, Hindustan Times is one of the world’s largest English language newspapers. With its sister titles Hindustan (a Hindi-language daily) and Mint (a business paper) contributes to a total print audience for the HT Media group of some 19 million.

Nic was previously editor-in-chief at South Africa’s leading political and investigative news outlet, the Johannesburg-based Mail & Guardian, where he oversaw an aggressive shift to digital publishing and early steps in data journalism. He began his hard news career in digital, with the early web news portal World Online, and later was Managing Director of a small digital communications agency, before returning to journalism as an investigative reporter and economic policy writer.

 

Chia-liang Kao

Chia-liang Kao has been an active open source software developer since 2000.  He co-founded the g0v.tw initiative in 2012.  g0v.tw is an online community that advocates information transparency, focusing on developing tools for improving citizen participation.  Following the model established by the Free Software community over the past two decades, g0v.tw transformed social media into a platform for social production, with a fully open and decentralized cultural & technological framework.  He is also a board member of the Open Culture Foundation Taiwan.

Ping Shung Koo

Ping Shung is the Analytics Practicum Manager of the Master of IT in Business (Analytics), Singapore Management University, School of Information Systems. In his current role, he manages the industrial relationship through projects and attachments. He often advises companies on the type of Analytics projects they can do with their data and is a co-supervisor for numerous MITB students on their Analytics Capstone Projects. He has trained numerous professionals on Analytics and usage of SAS software from various companies.
Prior to SMU, Ping Shung was formerly from the banking industry, specialized in Credit Risk Analytics and also maintained data mart and its processes for the department. His banking experience has equipped him with knowledge on how data and IT infrastructure affects Analytics and vice versa. Ping Shung has experience in implementing mathematical models onto IT systems as well.
Ping Shung through his career has gathered much experience on statistical modeling, from working in the banks, supervising MITB (Analyics) students and doing education research. Ping Shungs strong passion in Analytics can be seen through his involvement in Analytics interest groups such as DataScience.Sg and SAS User Group Singapore. His research interest lies in how Analytics can help organizations and businesses to be more efficient and effective.
Ping Shung holds an MBA from University of Adelaide. He obtained his bachelor degree in Economics from National University of Singapore, with a minor in Computational Finance.

Mark De Blois

Mark de Blois is Managing Director of Upande Ltd, a consulting firm which provides advisory and technical development services with an emphasis the geoweb, including Geographical Information Systems development, training, and projects implementation, as well as software development and project management. Mark worked as a GIS specialist for more than 13 years. Having started in the Netherlands providing consulting services and GIS training to largely government organizations, Mark joined Google Kenya where he was the Geo Lead in charge of geo-related work across Africa. Mark left Google in June 2011 to inaugurate Upande (a name refers to ‘location’, ‘direction’, ‘destination’, ‘alongside’ and ‘up’, all of which are terms commonly used in GIS).

Lau Joon-Nie

A lawyer by training, Joon-Nie has spent over 15 years in broadcast television as a reporter, interactive producer, current affairs producer and news editor at Channel NewsAsia and its predecessors SBC News and TCS News, travelling extensively to countries like Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United States. At Nanyang Technological University, Joon-Nie heads Newsplex Asia, a convergent training newsroom and media lab in partnership with the European-headquartered World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). She oversees the campus paper, The Nanyang Chronicle, and also teaches courses in media writing, broadcast journalism and overseas reporting which have led her to places like Timor-Leste, Thailand, China and North Korea.

 

Sandra Moscoso

By day, Sandra is the deputy program lead of the World Bank’s Global Media Development Programme, a partnership-driven initiative which focuses on information and media as drivers of social accountability and good governance. Sandra also launched and managed the World Bank’s Open Finances program, where she worked to open financial data, make it digestible, and supported the use of open data in development. She has worked on open data efforts in Kenya, Moldova, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and across Latin America.  By night, Sandra works on local community efforts related to schools and education, active transportation, and open government. For this work, the Sunlight Foundation recognized Sandra as an Open Gov Champion. Prior to the World Bank, Sandra worked as a change management consultant for enterprise systems implementations. A graduate of James Madison University, Sandra lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and the ‘village’ that makes every-day life possible.

Benji Thian

Benji Thian works as an software engineer, dealing with projects related to Data Warehouse and Analytic. His current interest lies improving his knowledge of Data Science and Big Data.

Kwang Yong Koh

Having just completed a Masters Program in Analytics with Singapore Management University of Singapore, Kwang Yong is currently involved in the MOOC activities (as part of DataScience SG) to keep in touch with the latest thoughts and trends related to analytics, while having a day job as an Infrastructure Technical Services Manager. He looks forward to learn from the experts and Analytics enthusiasts in the vast area of Analytics as he believes there is always a better way to solve an Analytics problem.

Paul Healy

Paul Healy is a Director at Cargoweb Pte Ltd with extensive experience in IT applications relating to storage and distribution of consumer electronics. He has a successful track record in creating systems to support supply chain execution.
Paul holds a BSc Honours in Electronic, Computer and Systems Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology, UK as well as an MBA from the University of South Australia.
His knowledge base is extensive and includes Machine Learning, Data Analysis, Statistical Inference and Gamification (i.e. Application of game elements and digital game design techniques to non-game problems such as business and social impact challenges).
He also has development skills in Web (Ruby on Rails), Mobile (IOS and Android) and R.

Yi Chiao “Yitch” Cheng

Yitch is currently a consultant with IBM and is engaged in application management services for a healthcare client. He is trained as an electronic engineer specializing in integrated circuit design. On top of that he has been engaged in motivational psychology research, focusing on the picture story exercise to identify motivation for potential leaders. He has recently been invited to be part of the organizing committee for the DataScience SG group. Interesting facts: polyglot, stayed in multiple asian cities, board game fanatic, excel power user.

Muyueh Lee (李慕約)

Muyueh Lee develops programming-based visualization. His most recent work for WHO and COTRS (China Organ Transplant Response System) uses JavaScript to analyze 30 million pieces of medical data from 750 top-tier hospitals in China. Muyueh was presented with the Best Open Data Application Award by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, R.O.C. He has visualized a wide range of topics, including nuclear energy, traffic accidents, CO2, hamburgers, and color. Most of his work can be found on http://muyueh.com/42/

Muyueh Lee has developed some great visualizations and they can be found here.

With Support From:

Craig Hammer

He leads the World Bank Institute’s Global Media Development program, a partnership-drin initiative which focuses on information and media as drivers of good governance. A licensed attorney, his work at the World Bank has included strengthening laws, policies, and regulations to enhance the enabling environment for media, as well as collaborative approaches with media practitioners (journalists, editors, media owners/managers, students, developers, and more) to strengthen the role of media as a key driver of the global knowledge economy, and as a tech-enabled, institution of transparency and accountability.

Justin Arenstein

He is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently helping Google and the African Media Initiative strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research and evidence-based reportage. This includes helping media adopt digital tools and data journalism strategies. Justin manages the $1m African News Innovation Challenge, is rolling out HacksHackers chapters across Africa, and supports newsroom-based experiments with citizen reporting, mobile news, and augmented reality platforms. Justin is a former Press Councillor in South Africa, and continues to serve on several media industry bodies and think tanks. His investigative reportage has helped put a senator, two legislature speakers and a provincial cabinet minister behind bars, and contributed to the ouster of two provincial premiers and several other cabinet ministers and state officials on charges ranging from child rape to corruption.

Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion by giving citizens, journalists and civil society access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.