Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta

An international innovation network, Qi Global, recently hosted an event at the Goodman Arts Centre in Singapore. Designing Asia 2.0 attracted more than 300 participants who heard notable figures including Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President of Timor-Leste. He gave the keynote address. He was followed by speakers such as Kirsty Sword Gusmao, Chairwoman of Alola Foundation, Sanjeev Sanyal, Founder of Sustainable Planet Institute and Singapore’s top chef Andre Chiang.

The presenters shared information on ten topics on the first day ranging from Impact Investment, Leadership and Innovation, Energy to Youth Ambition and Education and Women Empowerment. On Day 2 the participants were divided into ten pods based on the topics that interested them. This gave them the opportunity to share projects, explore collaborations and discuss trends.

Member companies of this innovation network include BMW, Diageo, Aviva and Nestle. To find out more about Qi go to www.qi-global.com/conference.

(L-R) Dr. Ramos-Horta; Mette Kristine Oustrup, CEO and founder of Qi Global; Dr. Cathy Henkel, film director and producer.
President Ramos-Horta receives a sculpture by local artist Seok Tin as a token of appreciation.
President Ramos-Horta shares his thoughts on how new business models can have a positive impact on developing nations.