Future Cities – Work and Life after Covid-19

Covid-19 has brought major changes in the way we live and work, accelerating the adoption of emerging trends such as flexible remote working, the utilisation of remote smarthealth solutions and others. Many see this acceleration as a positive shift that will benefit us all in the long term. These changes will also impact many other aspects of our lives: from urban planning (will a CBD still exist in the future? What will cities look like) to workspaces (will a physical office still be relevant?) and mental health (can the lack of separation between work and living spaces be detrimental for our mental health?) and so on.

We are bringing together a panel of visionary innovators and thought leaders that are at the forefront of driving change in several industries. They will share with us their views on the consequences of the global pandemic and their predictions on what our every-day lives will look like in the post-Covid future.

About the Panellists

Pooja Gurbani, Partner, Golden Equator Ventures [Moderator]

Pooja joined Golden Equator Ventures with more than two decades of experience managing different types of investments across London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore. At Golden Equator Ventures, she mentors portfolio companies and maintains strategic partnerships across the innovation and investment communities. She has mentored and invested in successful startups including online wealth management platform, Canopy, and Amazin’ Graze, a healthy snacks company. She also helped establish two Asian multi-family offices: Crossbridge Capital as an advisory board member, and Fusang where she was Managing Director.

Atsushi Taira, Managing Director, Mistletoe Singapore Pte Ltd

Atsushi has 30 years’ experience in the tech/consumer industry in a variety of roles such as Accenture, CoCa-Cola, Richemont Group, and American Online. During his 12 years in SoftBank, Atsushi worked closely with Masayoshi Son, founder of Softbank, holding various executive positions in the Softbank Group. These include Bharti SoftBank India CEO, MySpace Japan CEO, InMobi Board member, SingTel JV Board member, and Yahoo! Japan CMO.

With a passion for making impact investments and building the startup ecosystem in Singapore, India and SEA, Atsushi joined Mistletoe Inc. as Chief Growth Officer in 2016. In 2017, he relocated to Singapore to set up Mistletoe Singapore as the global headquarters there and serving as Managing Director.

Dr Raymond Ong, Medical Director, MHC Asia Group and Co-Founder, BetterHealth

Dr Raymond Ong is the medical director at MHC Asia Group and co-founder of BetterHealth – a telemedicine platform in Singapore. He graduated from National University of Singapore, School of medicine. He has completed postings in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Cardiology, General Medicine and General Surgery and has attended to patients of varying age groups and needs. An experienced A&E clinician, he currently fronts the Mount Alvernia Hospital 24-hour Outpatient Department. His areas of interest include Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine.

Gerard Teo, CTO, IDA Technology

Inclined towards application of parametric and optimization methods towards architectural design, as well as use of BIM methodologies in workflow efficiency and design. Runs the innovation and Virtual Reality department in ID Architects responsible for the integration of Computational Design and the setup as well as application of a Mixed Reality Studio.