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The UK and Singapore: Creating a sustainable future

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The University of London was pleased to welcome alumni and friends to a special thought leadership panel discussion in Singapore on 6 April 2022.

We were delighted to have UoL alumni Alex Chan and Steven Seow join Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson on the expert panel, discussing how the UK and Singapore can collaborate to support a sustainable future. There was also a robust series of questions from the audience, with topics ranging from education knowledge preservation to mental health and technology.

It was a pleasure to be joined by Sam Myers, HM Deputy Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, who provided the keynote address, where he gave us a thoughtful, yet cautiously optimistic, outlook for the future. 

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Alex Chan

Alex Chan is CEO of technology company Babbobox, which was named one of the top Singaporean companies for "The Future of Enterprise AI". He has over 20 years of innovation and technology experience, winning international awards for his work. He is a pioneer in video big data and is regarded as a knowledge leader in this rapidly growing field. He recently launched one of the world's most advanced Video Search engines, achieving four ‘world's first’ in the process. Alex is a UoL alumnus and currently assists other Singaporean companies to enter the UK market.

Sam Myers

Sam Myers is HM Deputy Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific (Southeast Asia). He joined the UK’s Department of International Trade (DIT) in 2019, where he is responsible for the trade and investment relationship between Southeast Asia and the UK. Before joining DIT, Sam was on secondment to the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, where he was Head of UK Science Policy and Relations. Sam’s Civil Service career began in 2001 as a graduate in the Business Department, where he ran a Minister’s Private Office, before becoming Head of External Relations, leading the Department’s relationships and engagement with business operations. He has also spent six years in Asia with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, boosting science and technology partnerships with Southeast Asia and China. Sam has a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Bath.

Steven Seow

Steven Seow is Executive Director and Founder of Singapore Consultancy Pte Ltd. He has 20 years’ experience in banking and consulting. Across his career, he works with banks, insurance companies, independent financial advisors and family offices. From 2013-2017 he was Head of Wealth Management, Asia, for Mercer. Before joining Mercer, he worked at EY advisory - he has also worked at Citi Private Bank, IBM, PwC Consulting and Odyssey. He volunteers for non-profit organisations and is passionate about solving problems related to manpower, healthcare, inter-generational poverty and children. He is a UoL alumnus, and a board or committee member of four charities.