This inaugural conference will give an overview of Singapore’s data science and analytics landscape, and the importance of academia-industry collaborations in achieving Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. It is a platform for industry experts and educators to present and discuss recent data science-related innovations, as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in diverse industries. The conference is paired with a workshop emphasising practical skills through hands-on case studies.

Come and gain insights into creating a data-driven business, new skills to advance your career in analytics, as well as to engage fellow data practitioners!

Who Should Attend?

The event is open to data analytics professionals and business stakeholders from different organisations and industries, as well as career professionals looking to upgrade or acquire new skills in analytics.


9.00 am to 9.15 am

Prof Hargreaves is an analytics and business intelligence professional with over 28 years’ analytics experience. She has held leading roles in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, fast-moving consumer goods and education industries.

Prof Hargreaves has worked with various leading companies to make businesses more intelligent. These include Pfizer, Novartis, MSD, Nestlè, MasterFoods, Goodman Fielder, Foxtel, Aztec (acquired by IRI), Cegedim Strategic Data (acquired by Quintiles IMS), the National Health and Medical Research Council and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Prof Hargreaves’ role includes analytics training, designing analytics courses, and providing analytics advisory and consulting services. She is also a noted keynote conference speaker.

Prof Hargreaves has a passion for solving business problems using analytics and machine learning techniques to build data-driven solutions. Through faster and smarter business processes, her clients are empowered for organic revenue growth and to make effective decisions.

The Faculty of Science’s newly launched Data Analytics Consulting Centre (DACC) offers executive education and consulting services to help organisations unlock the value of Big Data. Prof Hargreaves will share how DACC can help businesses make smarter and faster decisions, which contribute to business growth and transformation.

9.15 am to 10.00 am

Dr Lim works at the intersection of technology and public policy and is passionate about advancing evidence-based decision making in government. He currently leads a team of quantitative analysts at GovTech’s Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Division to collaborate with public sector agencies on data science projects. He also leads a team of policy officers at SNDGO’s Policy and Governance Directorate to develop and implement Singapore’s National Data Strategy. He previously served as the Special Assistant to GovTech’s Chief Executive and was involved in the organisational restructuring and formation of GovTech. Dr Lim received a Ph.D. from the Department of Government and a Masters in Statistics from Harvard University, where he was also a member of Harvard’s Behavioural Insights Group. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in International Relations and International Political Economy from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

From healthcare to housing and transport, data holds immense potential to benefit the citizens.  Dr Lim will share how the meaningful insights derived from the analysis of various data sources can be used to deliver more anticipatory public services.  He will also highlight the importance for the public sector to collaborate with industry and academia to co-create useful data products and solutions for the public good.

10.00 am to 10.25 am

Mr Fanthome is responsible for spearheading DBS Bank’s vision to become a truly data-driven enterprise and #BBIW ("Best Bank in the World"). He focuses on providing a Big Data-driven, easily accessible, deeply contextual banking experience to customers. Previously, he headed the Strategic Initiatives and Modelling teams in Regional Business Analytics at the Consumer Banking Group. Prior to DBS, he was part of McKinsey & Company’s Financial Services practice, helping leading banks in ASEAN drive growth and enhance productivity in their retail banking, wealth management and SME businesses.

DBS is one of the leading financial services groups in Asia, aspiring to become the Asian Bank of Choice for the new Asia. Digital strategy is core to achieving this aspiration. This includes embracing technology and reimaging the customer journey. Today, the digital revolution is impacting the entire financial marketplace, including the way consumers research their choices, access their products, and how products and services are delivered and purchased. The talk provides a practitioner’s perspective of how DBS Bank leverages data analytics to become a "smarter bank" and to deliver an industry-leading customer experience. This helps consumers make more informed financial decisions.

10.25 am to 10.55 am
Tea break and networking

11.00 am to 11.25 am

Prof Ngiam’s special interests are in the development of clinical artificial intelligence, thyroid and endocrine surgery, robotic thyroid surgery, bariatric and metabolic surgery, advanced endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery. Following the completion of his Advanced Specialist Training in General Surgery, he was awarded a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and accredited as a surgical specialist by the Specialist Accreditation Board, Singapore in 2012. He received the Higher Manpower Development Programme Award in 2012 to complete a Fellowship in Metabolic and Endocrine Surgery in Taiwan. He received further training in robotic thyroid surgery at Seoul National University Hospital.

Artificial Intelligence is set to transform the way health and healthcare are delivered. The National University Health System Singapore has in place a series of carefully curated tools and initiatives to leverage on Big Data and the potential of AI in enhancing clinical work. In the larger context of healthcare transformation, AI is a core technology that provides solutions to address issues such as the inefficiencies of healthcare systems and the shortage of healthcare manpower in the next decade.

11.25 am to 11.50 am

Mr Lim was seconded from the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) where he was previously Cluster Director of the Finance, National Development and Transport clusters. He has 23 years of technology experience. He started his career as a programmer with PSA Singapore, and thereafter, assumed the roles of Vice President (Technology Development, Trade & Logistics) in CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd, and Senior Vice President in Energy Market Company Pte Ltd before joining the public sector in 2011. His professional experience covers the sea port, logistics technology and energy industries. He has contributed his professional expertise at various forums. He was Head of the Singapore delegation to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Trade Facilitation); council member of SGTech (previously the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation); Rules Change Panel member for the wholesale electricity market; member of SingPost’s e-Commerce and e-Fulfilment Advisory Council; and Steering Committee member of the Pan Asia e-Commerce Alliance.

Mr Lim will share on the Singapore Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map (Innovation) to give the audience an appreciation of the digitalisation journey that Singapore’s maritime industry is undergoing. The talk will cover how the use of intelligent systems and digital technologies will raise productivity, improve process automation and drive digitalisation of port operations. This contributes to Singapore’s efforts in building a vibrant maritime innovation system.

12.00 pm to 1.00 pm
Lunch and networking

1.10 pm to 1.35 pm

Mr Jenkins helps organisations transform their technologies and processes, to support more agile, scalable and secure digital operations. This is done by making better use of data through real-time scaled processing and machine learning. He has 20 years of experience using transformative technologies for a wide range of industries around the globe. Prior to Google, he was a partner at a specialist technology firm focusing on agile technology transformation and business process reengineering. He has also worked at global consulting firms where he specialised in business process transformation through technology. Mr Jenkins has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Google started with a simple premise - download and index the entire Internet. While good feature engineering was important, Google also had to invent new methods of capturing, processing, storing and analysing data. In this session, Mr Jenkins will share on Google’s journey with data and discuss upcoming developments in this field.

1.35 pm to 2.00 pm

Dr Zhao has worked in data science across different industries for over 10 years. Her experience spans research institutes, market research, telecommunications and e-commerce. She has extensive knowledge of segmentation and clustering analysis, forecast modelling and machine learning applications. She drives market research projects involving consumer segments, emerging channels identification, advertising effectiveness forecasting and sampling design. With a passion for data-driven transformations, she offers a unique mix of experience in data analytics, data monetisation and business strategy formulation.

Dr Zhao will share how social enterprise NTUC Link Pte Ltd is transforming its business by leveraging on data and digital technologies to enhance innovation amidst accelerated change and digital competition. The talk will cover how the Link Analytics Centre is leading and building next-generation analytics capabilities across the NTUC Group of Social Enterprises. By building models to interpret and predict consumer behaviour, NTUC Link is able to uncover growth opportunities for partners through more effective marketing, better product development and stronger customer engagement. NTUC Link spearheads Plus!, Singapore’s largest and most successful consumer rewards programme.

2.00 pm to 2.30 pm
Tea break and networking

2.35 pm to 3.00 pm

Mr Shankar is a Big Data and analytics evangelist, entrepreneur and innovator. He established his second startup, Crayon Data, in 2012, which is recognised today as one of the world’s top Big Data companies. Crayon aims to simplify the process of making informed choices with its SimplerChoicesTM platform and flagship product - MAYATM. Mr Shankar spent the first 15 years of his 30-year career in sales, marketing, advertising, media and banking. His expertise in customer analytics was the foundation for RedPill Solutions Pte Ltd, an analytics and business intelligence firm set up in 2000 and subsequently acquired by IBM. Mr Shankar excels in spotting consumer and technology trends ahead of time. He loves working with people who see things as they think it should be, and not as they are; bold clients who are willing to shape the future; and courageous investors who support new ideas in creating a new choice engine. Crayon has received numerous global accolades.

Enterprises in every industry have fought a battle for customers and their wallets for decades. But it is a new kind of war now, fought on new terrain with new types of weapons. In this new war, it is not who is winning, but why they are (hint: it starts with a D and ends with an A). To learn what winners in the new economy do differently, Mr Shankar will share his experiences as a leading innovator and evangelist in the areas of Big Data, AI and analytics. He will also share on Crayon Data’s success in working with companies across different industries in the United States, Europe, Middle East and the Asia-Pacific.

3.00 pm to 3.45 pm
Panel session
Data Science in Singapore: Academia-Industry Collaborations in Achieving Singapore’s Smart Nation Vision
Moderator: Dr Vik Gopal

Panel Members
  • Mr Fredric Fanthome
  • Mr Suresh V Shankar
  • Mr Kenneth Lim
  • Prof Carol Hargreaves
3.45 pm - 4.00 pm
Closing remarks
Prof Carol Hargreaves
Director, Data Analytics Consulting Centre

Registration Fees

This includes course materials, lunch and tea breaks.

(excluding GST)


Getting Here


From Clementi MRT Station

From Buona Vista MRT Station


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University Hall Car Park 6B – Closer to venue but limited car park slots available
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