SEADS 2023 


All times are in GMT+8/ Bali local time

29 March (In-Person Only)
9:00–17:00 | Invitation-Only: Executive Education Program in Digital Transformation for Public Sector | Amazon Web Services (AWS), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

This executive program aims to provide senior government officials with a platform to learn and share ideas on driving governments’ digital transformation. The goal is to give senior government officials with the confidence and knowledge to lead the digital transformation of public services to better meet the needs of their citizens.

30 March | Imagining a Net Zero ASEAN (In-Person and Virtual)
Kickoff and Welcome Remarks
9:00–9:05 | SEADS 2023—ADB Introduction 

Winfried F. Wicklein, Deputy Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB

9:05–9:10 | Welcome Remarks

Masatsugu Asakawa, President, Asian Development Bank  

9:10–9:20 | Opening Keynote

9:10 – 9:20 | Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance, Indonesia 

9:20–9:25 | Featured Talk—Global Perspective 

Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations 

9:25–9:30 | Featured Talk—Regional Perspective

Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, India

9:30–9:35 | Recorded Featured Talk—Innovation Perspective 

David Turk, Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy, United States

9:35–9:40 | Featured Talk—Climate Finance Perspective

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

9:50–10:10 | Break and Networking | Innovations and Solutions Marketplace

The exhibit, Innovations and Solutions Marketplace, showcases solutions and innovations from SEADS partners and encourages networking among attendees.

10:10–11:25 | Opening Plenary Panel: Financing Net Zero

With $210 billion per year needed for climate adaptation and mitigation investments in Southeast Asia, the region needs innovative schemes to finance net zero initiatives. This plenary panel will examine the challenges the region is facing to finance its net zero goals and propose ways to bridge the gap.

  • Ahmed M. Saeed, Vice-President (Operations 2) for East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, ADB
  • Felipe Medalla, Governor, Philippine Central Bank 
  • Mafalda Duarte, CEO, Climate Investment Funds 
  • Yuki Yasui, Managing Director, Asia–Pacific Network, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero
  • Herry Cho, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability and Sustainable Finance, Singapore Exchange
  • Moderator: David Ingles, TV Anchor and Chief Markets Editor, Bloomberg TV APAC

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11:25–11:40 | Fireside Chat on new ADB report: ASEAN and Global Value Chains: Locking in Resilience and Sustainability

• Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB

• Dina Gurning, News Anchor and Journalist, CNBC Indonesia

11:40–12:05 | Renewable Energy in Manufacturing: Opportunities for Southeast Asia 

A presentation by ADB and McKinsey. Commentary by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sustainable Energy for All

12:05–12:15 | Technology Innovation for Sustainable Growth and Development in Asia–Pacific Talk and APAC Sustainability Seed Fund Announcement

Michaela Browning, Vice-President, Government and Public Policy for Asia-Pacific, Google

Launched last year, the $3-million fund promises to provide seed funding to non-profit organizations with innovative technology solutions that support the fight against climate change. The seed fund was launched by social investor network AVPN, with and ADB.

12:15–13:30 | Lunch Break and Networking | Innovations and Solutions Marketplace

The exhibit, Innovations and Solutions Marketplace, showcases solutions and innovations from SEADS partners and encourages networking among attendees.

12:30–13:00 | Invitation-Only Media Briefing: ADB Report Launch—ASEAN and Global Value Chains: Locking in Resilience and Sustainability

The report examines ASEAN’s participation in global and regional value chains and assesses the region’s ability to address post-pandemic challenges, including climate change. It also provides actionable insights to strengthen ASEAN’s value chain resilience.

Afternoon Keynote Addresses: A Net Zero Future
                         Afternoon Welcome  

Said Zaidansyah, Deputy Country Director, Indonesia Resident Mission, ADB

13:30–13:40 | Featured Keynote

Bambang Susantono, Chairman, Nusantara National Capital Authority, Indonesia

13:40–13:45 | Featured Talk—Southeast Asia Perspective

Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative, Asia and the Pacific Office, United Nations Environment Programme

13:45–13:50 | Featured Talk—Global Perspective

Douglas Sabo, Chief Sustainability Officer, Visa

Thematic Sessions
14:00–15:30 | Digital Innovation to Advance a Net Zero Future | ADB and Tech for Good Institute)
Available and emerging technologies are enabling efficiencies that drive decarbonization. Digital innovations are changing consumption patterns and lifestyle habits, while digitalization, across industry sectors, has transformed business models and ways of working. The World Economic Forum indicates that “if brought to scale, digital technologies could reduce emissions by 20% in 2050 in three highest-emitting sectors: energy, materials, and mobility.” 

This session will highlight technologies that power transformation and offer the potential to achieve net zero. Panelists will draw attention to game-changing innovations and will offer insights from their respective spheres of influence.

• Welcome Remarks: Thomas Abell, Chief, Digital Technology for Development, ADB  
• Benjamin Koetz, Head, Sustainable Initiatives Office, Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency
• Ming Tan, Founding Executive Director, Tech for Good Institute   
• Emily Ng, Head of Majors Accounts for Asia, Zoom  
• Closing Presentation: Marc Lepage, Principal IT Specialist (Technology Innovation),
IT Department, ADB
• Moderator: Akito Tanaka, Senior Staff Writer and Chief Business News Correspondent, Nikkei Asia
• Master of Ceremonies: Arndt Husar, Senior Public Management Specialist (Digital Transformation), ADB

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14:00–15:30 | Designing Resilient and Net Zero Cities of Tomorrow | ADB and Arup

Cities play a key role in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and in the net zero transition.

This session will bring together leading urban development planning and design specialists to discuss the role of businesses and governments in accelerating the transition of cities. Panelists will also discuss potential solutions to current challenges, and highlight successful case studies on how cities are shifting to net zero while integrating climate resilience into local action plans.

  • Bruce Chong, Director, City Advisory, Climate & Urban Sustainability Leader, Arup
  • Joris van Etten, Principal Portfolio Management Specialist, ADB
  • Susan Potgieter, Director, Business Incubation & Ecosystems, Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd.
  • Linh Le, Principal Program Manager, Worldwide Public Sector Partner Programs, AWS
  • Myrna Asnawati Safitri, Deputy for Environment and Natural Resources, Nusantara National Capital Authority, Indonesia
  • Lauren Sorkin, Executive Director, Resilient Cities Network
  • Safiah Moore, Cities, Planning and Design Leader, Arup
  • Moderator: Dina Gurning, News Anchor and Journalist, CNBC Indonesia 
    14:00–15:30 | Enabling Energy Transition in Southeast Asia: Mechanisms and Initiatives | ADB and Infrastructure Asia 

    Southeast Asia’s energy demand is expected to increase exponentially, yet more needs to be done to accelerate the energy transition and enable countries to meet their net-zero targets. 

    This session will discuss how available technologies can support the shift to clean and renewable energy, as well as how policy and legislation can attract private capital for the region’s energy investments.  

    • Scene Setter: Zulfikar Yurnaidi, Manager of Energy Modeling, Policy and Planning Department, ASEAN Centre for Energy 
    • David Elzinga, Principal Energy Specialist (Climate Change), Southeast Asia Department, ADB
    • Lavan Thiru, Executive Director, Infrastructure Asia
    • Narsingh Chaudhary, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director, Black & Veatch
    • Maria Corazon Dizon, Chief Finance Officer, ACEN Renewables 
    • Xinying Tok, Head, Southeast Asia, Carbon Trust
    • Moderator: Desi Anwar, Director and Senior Anchor, CNN Indonesia

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    14:00–15:30 | Jobs of the Future: Building Diversity into the Net Zero Transition | ADB, ERIA, Save the Children, and

    The net zero transition will require significant investments in infrastructure, energy efficiency, and clean technologies, which could create job opportunities in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, and engineering. By 2050, the renewable energy sector alone could create up to 42 million jobs globally, with 6 million just in Southeast Asia.

    However, transitioning workers from fossil fuel industries to renewable energy will require investments in education and training to build the workforce needed to fill these new jobs. This may include training programs for engineers, technicians, and other workers in the renewable energy sector, as well as reskilling programs.

    The session will discuss the challenges and opportunities to promote workforce diversity in ASEAN, with a focus on the policies, education programs, and private sector engagement needed for accelerating the region's net zero ambition.

    • Scene Setter: Lenny Nurharyanti Rosalin, Deputy Minister for Gender Equality, Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Indonesia
    • Shaheen Chughtai, Regional Advocacy & Campaigns Director-Asia, Save the Children
    • Giulia Ajmone Marsan, Director, Strategy and Partnership, ERIA
    • Prateek Hegde, Chief Operating Officer, Asia–Pacific,
    • Marija Ralic, Lead, Asia–Pacific, Google 
    • Dini Indrawati Septiani, Director, Indonesia, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
    • Moderator: Adisti Sukma Sawitri, Managing Editor, Jakarta Post 
    • Master of Ceremonies: Veronica Joffre, Senior Gender and Social Development Specialist, ADB

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    14:00–15:30 | Virtual Only: Health Sector Net Zero Solutions—An Opportunity Hiding in Plain Sight | ADB

    As the world emerges from COVID-19, another global crisis with health implications that could dwarf those of the pandemic tightens its grip. Indeed, climate change, according to the World Health Organization, is the biggest health threat facing humanity.

    This session will explore the health impacts of the climate crisis on Southeast Asia, as well as the role of the health sector, which is a major greenhouse gas emitter, in advancing the region's net zero ambition.

    • Scene Setter: Josh Karliner, Director of Global Partnerships, Health Care Without Harm
    • Response Presentation: John Thwaites, Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Climateworks Australia
    • Eugenie Kayak, Enterprise Professor in Sustainable Healthcare, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne
    • Srinath Reddy, Honorary Distinguished Professor, Public Health Foundation of India
    • Moderator: Patrick Osewe, Chief, Health Sector, ADB

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    15:30–16:00 | Break and Networking | Innovations and Solutions Marketplace

    The exhibit, Innovations and Solutions Marketplace, showcases solutions and innovations from SEADS partners and encourages networking among attendees.

    16:00–17:30 | An Ocean of Opportunity: How a Sustainable Blue Economy Creates Pathways toward Net Zero | ADB and Climateworks Centre

    Oceans are critical in slowing the rising tide of climate change, but institutional arrangements and targeted investment are needed to catalyze high-impact blue economies.

    This session delves into how the coordinated efforts of institutional arrangements and blue finance mechanisms will contribute to advancing a vibrant blue economy in Southeast Asia.

    • Scene Setter: Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, Indonesia
    • Francesco Ricciardi, Senior Environment Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
    • Yann Martres, Country Director, AFD Indonesia
    • Richard Jeo, Senior Vice-President, Asia–Pacific Field Division, Conservation International
    • Anna Stablum, Director, Sales & Origination, Climate Impact X
    • Moderator: Sali Bache, Lead, International Policy and Oceans, Climateworks Centre

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    16:00–17:30 | Opportunities for Transitions and Decarbonization Pathways in Southeast Asia |
    ADB and Climate Bonds Initiative

    Southeast Asia is estimated to need $210 billion per year for climate adaptation and mitigation investments.

    This session will examine how the region can mobilize transition finance to meet its net-zero goals.

    • Scene Setter: Tomohiro Ishikawa, Managing Director, Head of Government & Regulatory Affairs Office, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
    • Yuki Yasui, Managing Director, Asia–Pacific Network, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero 
    • Nazmeera Moola, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ninety One
    • Lazeena Rahman, Senior Climate Finance Specialist, ADB 
    • Hiroshi Takashima, Research Counselor and Head, Sustainability Research, Bank Norinchukin
    • Edo Mahendra, Special Advisor to the Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs, Indonesia
    • Moderator: Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

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    16:00–17:30 | Ecotourism 2.0: Navigating the Transition to Net Zero | ADB, Visa, and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

    Nature and culture-based ecotourism has seen increasing popularity in recent years as a sustainable and responsible way to travel. With rising risks from the changing climate, the shift to ecotourism 2.0 and advance toward net zero emissions for all forms of tourism has become urgent. 

    This session will explore the future of sustainable travel and feature practical steps to engage service providers, local businesses, tourism bodies, and travelers to catalyze joint efforts to reduce tourism’s carbon footprint. It will also look at new technologies, policies, and best practices for transitioning to net zero travel. 

    • Scene Setter: Angela Tanoesoedibjo, Vice Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia 
    • Patsian Low, Vice–President, Inclusive Impact & Sustainability for Asia–Pacific, Visa 
    • Stefano Baronci, Director General, Airports Council International Asia–Pacific 
    • Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative, Asia and the Pacific Office, United Nations Environment Programme
    • Jean-Baptiste Grassin, Managing Director, Nomad Plastic 
    • Moderator: Rebecca Tan, Bureau Chief, Southeast Asia, Washington Post 
    • Master of Ceremonies: Pavnesh Kumar, Programme Head, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, PATA 

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    16:00–17:30 | Meeting Sustainability and Climate Goals with the Cloud | ADB, ERIA, and AWS

    Over the past decade, cloud computing has revolutionized how people and organizations work by democratizing access to technology, affording organizations of all sizes with access to a plethora of digital tools, as well as the security benefits of the cloud.  

    This session will explore how cloud computing and cloud-enabled tools are helping to drive the twin transitions of digitalization and decarbonization. 

    • Scene Setter: Avneet Singh, EMEA Senior Specialist Solutions Architect for Energy & Utilities, AWS 
    • Genevieve Ding, Head, Sustainability Strategy for Asia–Pacific & Japan, AWS
    • Astrid Dita, Head, Indonesia’s Digital Advisory Team, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
    • Stephen Peters, Senior Energy Specialist (Waste-to-Energy), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
    • Aladdin D. Rillo, Senior Economic Advisor, ERIA
    • Tiny Haynes, Principle Edge Computing Infrastructure and Services Analyst Global, S&P Global
    • Moderator: Ping Manongdo, Country Director, Philippines and Assistant Director for Partnerships, Southeast Asia, Eco-Business

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    17:30–19:30 | Closing Remarks and Networking Reception | Innovations and Solutions Marketplace

    The exhibit, Innovations and Solutions Marketplace, showcases solutions and innovations from SEADS partners and encourages networking among attendees.

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