Featured Speakers

Mr K Shanmugam

Mr K Shanmugam was educated at Raffles Institution from 1972 to 1977. He then read law at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he graduated at the top of his class with First Class Honours, in 1984. He was admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 1985.

Mr Shanmugam went into private practice and became one of the Senior Partners and Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution at Allen & Gledhill LLP, which was the largest law firm in Singapore. In 1998, he was appointed a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore at the age of 38, one of the youngest lawyers to be so appointed.

Mr Shanmugam had a successful practice and was consistently recognised in international publications, as one of the top litigation, arbitration and insolvency Counsel in Asia and Singapore. While in practice, he regularly handled trial work in major corporate, commercial and insolvency disputes, malpractice suits and inquiries; and has acted for lawyers in disciplinary inquiries as well as in criminal proceedings. Mr Shanmugam has also acted for senior government leaders in Singapore, including the current and previous Prime Ministers of Singapore, as well as for the Chief Justice of Singapore. More than 100 of the cases handled by Mr Shanmugam have been reported in the Law Reports.

Prior to accepting public office, Mr Shanmugam served in various committees and Boards, including the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law; the Raffles Institution Board of Governors; the Media Development Authority, and Sembawang Corporation Industries Ltd (a company listed on the Singapore Exchange). Mr Shanmugam was also President of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) from March 2002 to March 2009.

On 1 May 2008 Mr Shanmugam was appointed a Cabinet Minister. He is now the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Law. He has also served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. With many scientists participating in experiments at CERN and returning to their laboratories around the world, these scientists were eager to exchange data and results but had difficulties doing so. Sir Tim understood this need, and understood the unrealized potential of millions of computers connected together through the Internet.

Sir Tim documented what was to become the World Wide Web with the submission of a proposal specifying a set of technologies that would make the Internet truly accessible and useful to people. Despite initial setbacks and with perseverance, by October of 1990, he had specified the three fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web (and which you may have seen appear on parts of your Web browser): HTML, URL, and HTTP.

He also wrote the first Web page editor/browser (“WorldWideWeb?“) and the first Web server (“?httpd“). By the end of 1990, the first Web page was served. By 1991, people outside of CERN joined the new Web community, and in April 1993, CERN announced that the World Wide Web technology would be available for anyone to use on a royalty-free basis.

Since that time, the Web has changed the world, arguably becoming the most powerful communication medium the world has ever known. Whereas only roughly one-third of the people on the planet are currently using the Web (and the Web Foundation aims to accelerate this growth substantially), the Web has fundamentally altered the way we teach and learn, buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate, meet and love, and tackle problems ranging from putting food on our tables to curing cancer.

In 2007, Sir Tim recognized that the Web’s potential to empower people to bring about positive change remained unrealized by billions around the world. Announcing the formation of the World Wide Web Foundation, he once again confirmed his commitment to ensuring an open, free Web accessible and meaningful to all where people can share knowledge, access services, conduct commerce, participate in good governance and communicate in creative ways.

A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering and in a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CSAIL. He is a professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and author of Weaving the Web and many other publications.

Mr William Deckelman

As executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, Mr William Deckelman serves as principal counsel and advisor to DXC Technology’s (NYSE: DXC) senior leadership and the board of directors, with global responsibility for all legal, privacy, contracting, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and compliance activities, as well as government and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Deckelman previously served as executive vice president and general counsel for CSC, with global responsibility for all legal, contracting and compliance activities.

Prior to his tenure with CSC, Mr. Deckelman was executive vice president and general counsel with Affiliated Computer Services Inc. He also was an associate with the law firm Winstead Sechrest & Minick and a partner with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. Mr. Deckelman was an attorney with MTech Corp. before its merger with Electronic Data Systems Corp., responsible for mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Deckelman holds BA and MBA degrees from Arkansas State University; a Juris Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law; and an LLM degree in international business and economic law from Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr Yeong Zee Kin

Zee Kin is a Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) lawyer. Prior to taking up his present appointment as Assistant Chief Executive (Personal Data Protection Commission) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority, and Deputy Commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Commission, he was Senior State Counsel and Director of Technology Law in the Civil Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and held a concurrent appointment as Senior Director (Special Projects) in the Legal Services department of the Ministry of Communications and Information. He was also legal advisor to the Smart Nation Programme Office and the Cyber Security Agency. Before this, he was Senior Assistant Registrar and CIO cum CDO of the Supreme Court of Singapore. During his time in the Supreme Court, his administrative responsibilities included (at various times) the management of its registry, statistics unit and CISD. He managed the Supreme Court's Shipping, Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Employment lists. He developed specialised procedures for managing IP cases, eventually collating them and issuing the Supreme Court IP Court Guide. He continues to be engaged in procedural law reform as a member of the Ministry of Law’s IP Dispute Resolution Framework Review Committee and the Supreme Court’s Civil Justice Commission.

Mr Lam Chee Kin

Lam Chee Kin is accountable for the team which manages the legal and regulatory risk of DBS across legal entities, segments and geographies. Prior to joining, he held various legal and compliance portfolios in Standard Chartered Bank, JPMorgan, Rajah & Tann and Allen & Gledhill, including a stint as Chief Operating Officer, South East Asia for JPMorgan. Chee Kin currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Singapore Management University School of Law, the Advisory Panel to the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law, and the Data Protection Advisory Committee of Singapore. In 2015, Chee Kin was recognised as a Distinguished Fellow by the Institute of Banking and Finance in the field of compliance.

Mr Brandon Daniels

Brandon Daniels is the President of Global Technology Markets at Exiger. A regulatory expert and technology practitioner, Brandon brings more than 15 years in senior management across the financial services, life sciences and energy sectors. He has a reputation for technological innovation in regulatory investigations and compliance management. Brandon joined Exiger from Clutch Group, where he served as President and was responsible for litigation and investigations, compliance and risk management services. In this role, Brandon managed some of the largest investigatory and regulatory matters to date, including advising on the LIBOR, Panama Papers financial crime risk, Foreign Exchange manipulation and ISDAFix industry probes. Brandon was the architect for many complex data analytics workstreams and products including: analyzing thousands of derivatives transactions, bringing together two billion structured and unstructured data points, to identify gaps in controls and conduct; developing a predictive model and graph database to rank several hundred thousand offshore companies for potential tax and corruption risk; and the development of a cutting-edge contract analytics solution designed to convert agreements into key operational data points. Prior to joining Clutch Group, Brandon served as VP and Global Head of Litigation and Investigations at CPA Global where he led the growth of the legal services division defining, building and delivering innovative and award winning solutions to Fortune 1000 companies.

Dr Stanley Lai SC

Stanley Lai is a specialist in all forms of Intellectual Property litigation and enforcement. He also maintains a commercial litigation practice, and regularly advises and represents clients on information technology disputes. He advises a large number of local and foreign clients on branding strategy, and general IP portfolio management and domain name protection. His practice has also extended to advising bio-medical and pharmaceutical companies on issues of regulatory/ethical compliance, clinical trials, product recall and product liability. World Trademark Review 1000 (2017) recognises Stanley as “an unstoppable force in high-stakes courtroom battles and a master of IT matters”. Stanley is currently the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre IP Panel and Singapore Copyright Tribunal, and a director of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of the National University of Singapore and serves as a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. In January 2010, Stanley was appointed Senior Counsel.

Mr Vivek Chudgar

Vivek Chudgar is a Senior Director for Mandiant’s APAC consulting practice. He has over 18 years of hands-on experience across various cybersecurity and technology disciplines. Vivek’s primary responsibilities include leading and delivering incident response and proactive security engagements, practice leadership and business development.

Mr Lee Fook Sun

Fook Sun is Chairman of Ensign Infosecurity and was first appointed as a Board member of Quann World in August 2017. He is the Chairman of the Building and Construction Authority. He sits on the boards of DSO National Laboratories, SMRT Corporation Ltd and Great Eastern Holdings Limited. He is also the Corporate Advisor to Temasek International Advisors Pte. Ltd. Mr Lee was appointed Deputy CEO of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd in December 2014, a role he held concurrently with President of Defence Business for the ST Engineering Group. He joined Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited in December 2000, and was the President of ST Electronics from 15 August 2009 to 31 December 2016. He has been with ST Engineering Group for 17 years until he retired on 30 June 2017. Prior to joining ST Electronics, he served in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) as Director of Joint Intelligence Directorate from 1996 to 2000. He held the rank of Brigadier-General when he retired from active military service. He was conferred the Honorary Fellowship from the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO), in recognition of his contributions to the engineering profession and industry.

Mr Huey Tan

Huey Tan is currently the APAC Senior Privacy Counsel for Apple Asia based in Singapore. His legal experience includes privacy and data protection, intellectual property rights, information technology, government affairs, public relations and communication, and legal and regulatory affairs (including law enforcement). Prior to Apple, Mr. Tan held senior roles at Accenture (Global Data Privacy and Compliance Lead), Skype (Global Director, APAC government and regulatory affairs), Microsoft (APAC Director of Privacy Compliance) and VP, Business Software Alliance. Mr. Tan is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and has a Master’s degree in Digital Media from the University of Swansea. He is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and taught Cyber law at the LSE’s Department of Law. His experience in the APAC region began as an intellectual property lawyer at Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office, where he had gained expertise in software copyright issues representing a variety of IP owners, including games and software industry.

Mr Adam Burden

Adam Burden is Accenture’s Chief Software Engineer, responsible for guiding the strategy and operations of more than 35,000 software and system engineers. Adam is also the global lead of Accenture’s Intelligent Software Engineering Services and serves as the ASEAN Innovation lead and on the Growth Markets Core Leadership Team. With Accenture for 27 years, Adam has been part of numerous pioneering engagements, including serving as lead architect for the world’s largest wholesale electricity market. He became a managing director in 2004 and senior managing director in 2015. He is a certified Solution Architect, Delivery Lead and Master Technical Architect with specializations spanning legacy modernization, cloud native applications, DevOps, automation engineering and enterprise architecture. Adam has also held client account leadership and technical account leadership positions. Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.

Ms Tenzin Dolma Norbhu

Tenzin Dolma Norbhu is Head of Facebook’s Access and Connectivity Policy for Asia Pacific. Prior to Facebook, Ms Norbhu was ICT Policy Advisor, having worked as a lead ICT policy specialist in the World Bank Group in several countries across Africa, East and South Asia. Her work focused on ICT sector reforms; broadband policy regulatory and investment issues; transformative use of ICT for public sector reforms and ICT industry development. Before the World Bank, Ms Norbhu worked for the Royal Government of Bhutan in the communications sector in telecommunications operations, policy and planning and as head of the telecommunications regulatory agency.

Dr Hong Yanqing

Dr Hong Yanqing is the Senior Fellow at the Law and Development Institute, Peking University of China. He focuses on data protection, cross-border data flow and cybersecurity related legal issues. He now leads the standardization project on personal data protection under the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China, and acts as deputy head of the drafting task force for Guidelines for Data Cross-Border Transfer Security Assessment. He regularly participates in bilateral and multilateral dialogues on cyber-related issues, such as the China-EU Digital Economy and Cybersecurity Expert Working Group which is organized by the Cyberspace Administration of China and DG Connect of the EU Commission. Before joining Peking University, he worked in the Cyberspace Administration of China on issues relating to international cooperation and cybersecurity. He received his Ph.D. in Law from the School of Law, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Ms Joyce A. Tan

Joyce A. Tan is managing partner of the firm she established in 1998, a business-focused commercial law practice, with strengths in TMT and IP. Joyce has pioneered many cutting-edge deals of its time, particularly those involving electronic payment systems, and the use of innovative technology and telecommunications networks. She is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous legal publications including Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer, amongst others.

Mr Mark A. Cohen

Mark Cohen is the CEO of Legal Mosaic (www.legalmosaic.com), a legal business consultancy; Distinguished Fellow at Northwestern University Law School; regular contributor to Forbes where he has a column on the global legal marketplace. Mark was recently re-appointed by the Singapore Academy of Law to continue to serve as the inaugural LIFTED “Catalyst-in-Residence” and, concurrently, to serve as the “Editor-in-Chief” of its forthcoming White Paper on Legal Skills Required in the Digital Age. Mark’s LegalMosaic blog has a global following and was honored by the American Bar Association as one of the 50 outstanding worldwide legal blogs in their inaugural “Web 100.” He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed audiences across five continents. Mark has focused on “the business of law” since the turn of the millennium. Prior to that, he was a civil trial lawyer. During his years of practice he was a highly decorated Assistant United States Attorney, BigLaw Partner, founder of a multi-city national litigation boutique, outside General Counsel, and federally appointed Receiver of an international aviation parts company conducting business on four continents. Mark was an early adopter of legal tech as well as fixed-price billing, flex-time, and an agile workforce.

Mr Tan Ken Hwee

Tan Ken Hwee currently oversees the transformation, digitalisation, innovation and technology plans of the Supreme Court, the State Courts and the Family Justice Courts of the Republic of Singapore. Before taking on this role, Ken Hwee was the Chief Prosecutor at the Financial and Technology Crime Division of the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) and led the prosecution of white-collar offences ranging from corruption to financial and securities fraud, as well as technology-related crimes. Ken Hwee graduated from the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore in 1994. In 2000, he obtained his LL.M. from Columbia University, focussing on technology law and public international law.

Mr Paul Neo

Paul is the COO at the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) – the promotion and development agency for Singapore’s legal sector – and also the Executive Director of SAL Ventures – SAL’s subsidiary to support the growth of “Future Law” enterprises. Paul is the Founder of the Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP), Singapore’s national initiative to establish a legal tech ecosystem and to help the legal community innovate new models for the delivery of legal services in the future economy. Prior to joining SAL, Paul served as the CEO of Next U, the executive education subsidiary of Singapore’s National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Paul was also a Management Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he undertook strategic consulting in the financial services, public sector and corporate development practice areas. An engineer by training, Paul began his career as a military engineer in the Singapore Armed Forces. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Engineering and was awarded the MIT Graduate Fellowship Award. Paul also holds a Master of Engineering in Sensors and Smart Structures Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the National University of Singapore. Paul is an accredited mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Singapore International Mediation Institute.

Ms Celia Sia

Celia heads the Hub Services division at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). She recently relinquished her role as the inaugural Director of the Professional Services Programme Office (PSPO), an inter-agency office set up by Ministry of Law (MinLaw), Ministry of Finance, EDB and Monetary Authority of Singapore. She had led the PSPO team in formulating and executing industry development policies and strategies to grow the legal services sector in Singapore, and in the development and promotion of high growth areas which intersect legal, accounting and financial services. Celia was previously the Director of the Legal & IP Programme Office, which was an inter-agency office set up by MinLaw and EDB, and the predecessor to PSPO. Prior to taking on these roles, Celia headed teams at EDB that were responsible for industry development and investment promotion within the infocomms & media sector. Celia started her career as a commercial litigation lawyer at a top Singapore law firm after graduating from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree. She is called to the Bar in Singapore and is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.

2019 Event Highlights

TechLaw.Fest is a signature Law & Technology event hosted annually in Singapore. TechLaw.Fest brings together the international community to debate, deliberate, act and innovate in both the law of technology (policies, regulations, legislation, case law and governance) and the technology of law (infrastructure, business transformation and people development). Over two days, delegates can look forward to a range of activities including the following:

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