IEEE 4th World Forum on Internet of Things
05-08 February 2018 – Singapore

Plenary Panel

Panel on Policy and Regulation for IoT

Date:  Thursday, 8 February 8 2018
Time:  8:30-10:00
Room: Melati


The Internet-of-Things (IoT) offers immense opportunities for automation, connectivity, disintermediation and data collection, forming a cornerstone of many Smart City initiatives in both the developed and developing worlds. The increasing ubiquity of IoT applications has thrown up important issues around data rights and ownership, privacy, security, and interoperability. The impact of IoT technology on daily lives and commerce will depend on governments’ and regulators’ abilities to successfully navigate these issues through mechanisms like regulation, standardisation, public messaging and the use of mitigating technologies. This panel will explore common and envisaged Smart City applications of IoT, identify salient issues that might impede their uptake, and discuss next steps and regimes for resolving these issues.

Low Teck Seng – Plenary Panelist Chair at WF-IOT 2018

Low Teck Seng

PROFESSOR LOW TECK SENG is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore. He was previously the Managing Director of A*STAR (2010 – 2012). Professor Low was also the founding principal of Republic Polytechnic (2002 – 2008), as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in the National University of Singapore (1998 – 2000). He was the founding Executive Director of A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (1992 – 1998).

Professor Low was awarded the National Science and Technology Medal in 2004 – the highest honour bestowed on an individual who has played a strategic role in the development of Singapore through the promotion and management of R&D. He was also awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2007 for his merit and service to Singapore. Professor Low is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.

Adam Beck – Plenary Panelist at WF-IOT 2018

Adam BeckAdam is Founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, an organisation dedicated to accelerating sustainability outcomes in cities and towns through the adoption of technology, data and intelligent design. In this role, Adam works with its member companies to help build a comprehensive smart cities policy framework for the region, accelerate the pipeline of smart cities investments, and build capacity within the marketplace.

Adam is also an Ambassador with Portland-based thinktank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation. During his time in the United States, Adam worked with over 55 cities to advance sustainable district development projects using a collaborative governance model to build resilience, equity and sustainability throughout North America. Before moving to the United States Adam was Executive Director at the Green Building Council of Australia, where he was lead architect of the Green Star Communities certification system.

Before entering the mission-driven sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including almost a decade at Arup. He was also lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland for three years.

Dr. Jong-Sung Hwang – Plenary Panelist at WF-IOT 2018

Dr. Jong-Sung Hwang is a lead researcher at the National Information Society Agency, in charge of developing intelligent technology strategies such as smart city and Government 3.0. He also serves as a member of the Special Committee for Smart City, Presidential Committee for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He was a member of the Gov3.0 Committee of the Korean government from 2014 to 2017, which designs and coordinates government innovation initiatives at a vice-ministerial level. Dr. Hwang also had worked as a Chief Information Officer of the Seoul Metropolitan Government from 2011 to 2013 and a Secretary General of the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO). As a CIO of Seoul, he launched the Smart Seoul 2015 initiatives in 2011 and has made Seoul the best model case for smart city recommended by the ITU. He was awarded the Order of Civil Merit, Camellia Medal by the Korean government in 2016. Dr. Hwang holds a Master’s degree and a Doctoral degree in Political Science from Yonsei University in Korea.

Yasser Helmy – Plenary Panelist at WF-IOT 2018

Yasser HelmyYasser Helmy is Head of Smart Cities Sales and Business Development for Cisco in Asia Pacific & Japan. He joined Cisco in 2005 for the creation of the Connected Real Estate business in the Middle East and was a founding member of the global Smart+Connected initiative at Cisco. Yasser has been involved in Smart City projects across Dubai, Sao Paolo, Barcelona, Nice, Jaipur, and Kyoto. Prior to joining Cisco, Yasser held management and sales roles with Hewlett-Packard, Fastlane, and SITA.

Throughout his international career, Yasser has lived in seven countries, across 4 continents. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and speaks four languages fluently. In January 2018, Yasser relocated to Singapore from Germany with his family.

Tan Kok Yam – Plenary Panelist at WF-IOT 2018

Tan Kok Yam

Mr. Tan Kok Yam is the Deputy Secretary of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), in the Prime Minister’s Office. In this role, he is responsible for the plans to realise impactful projects for Smart Nation, raise quality and inter-operability of Government IT and Smart systems, grow ICT-related capabilities for Government, and engage citizens and businesses to be part of the Smart Nation journey.

Mr Tan is also a Deputy Secretary in Strategy Group and oversees issues related to data, technology and climate change.

Prior to his current post, Mr Tan served in a number of other Ministries within the Singapore Public Service. As the Director of Manpower in the Ministry of Defence, he was in charge of both the human resource and national service policies of the Singapore Armed Forces. He also served previously in the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Education, dealing with public housing and higher education policies respectively.

Mr Tan is an engineer by training, having graduated from the University College London in 1997 with a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Master of Science in Telecommunications. He also completed the 1-year Sloan Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Fulbright Scholar.

Mr Rana Sen – Plenary Panelist at WF-IOT 2018

Rana SenRana is a Managing Director in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Public Sector practice, leading Deloitte’s smart city initiative in the US and supporting Deloitte’s smart city work globally. He has more than 18 years of experience in implementing and leading major government transformation initiatives in public health, human services, transportation, and finance and administration. His work with government agencies includes the development of strategic smart city roadmaps, implementation of smart transportation solutions, operations and maintenance of one of the largest civilian financial administration solutions for the federal government, and automation of long-term care case management.