2018 Conference on the Future of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Progress

10 – 11 August 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore

Imagine Conference is an annual event brought to you by the Adam Smith Center in Singapore. We are an independent organisation dedicated to promoting humanities education in the tradition of Adam Smith. Featuring both local and global thought leaders, our yearly conference explores the big ideas that will shape our future.

In our inaugural conference this year, we are exploring the theme of “Future of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Progress”. We will explore the way entrepreneurs matter in society, how they innovate to solve global problems, and more importantly, how societies can create a supportive environment for such entrepreneurs to flourish.

Our speakers will investigate this through 5 different themes, ranging from the “Future of Work”, to the “Future of Finance”, and the “Future of the Developing World”. This is not just another business networking event, but one focused on the big ideas! Join us for a robust discussion over issues such as ethics of organ trading, the impact of automation on work, the disruption posed by Blockchain technology & even how to combat poverty in developing countries. You will get the chance to network and learn from academics, local entrepreneurs and business professionals from all around the world.

Our conference is open to all, but are most suitable for current students of all levels, recent graduates, public policy practitioners, young and aspiring entrepreneurs and business professionals from new & emerging industries. Attendees get to receive free books, and thanks to our generous sponsor from Bitcoin.com, free Bitcoin cash as well!

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Distinguished Conference Speakers

Ms Zera Ong

Founder, Zelta Technologies

Mr Lee Haoming

Head of Strategy, Invade

Mr Abhishek Agrawal

Co-Founder, KINEXCS

Mr Lim Seng

Founder, IN.Genius

Mr Andrew Bryant

Motivational Speaker, Executive Coach and Best Selling Author on Self-Leadership

Prof Razeen Sally

Associate Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Mr Jeremy Chua

Youth Entrepreneurship & Investments Advocate. Provost Fellow, University of Southern California.

Mr Bart Remes

Economist, Business Consultant & Founder of Economica Action

Ms Anne Caron

HR Specialist and Partner at Trellis Asia

Mr Jason Teo

General Manager, ZomWork

Mr Ma Jun Jie

Unirule Think Tank, Beijing

Mr Wesley Goh

President, Students for Liberty - Singapore

Mr Tomas Forgac

Cryptocurrency Entrepreneur

Dr. Tom Palmer

Executive Vice President for International Programs, Atlas Network

Mr Fred Roeder

Health Economist, Consumer Choice Specialist and Managing Director of Consumer Choice Center

Ms Li Schoolland

China Specialist and External Relations Manager, Acton Institute

Prof. Ken Schoolland

Associate Professor of Economics, Hawaii Pacific University

Prof. Victor Claar

Associate Professor of Economics, Florida Gulf Coast University

Mr. Barun Mitra

Director, Liberty Institute in New Delhi, India

Prof. Patrick Mardini

Assistant Professor Of Finance, University of Balamand, Lebanon.

Dr. Kyle Varner

Physician and Healthcare Policy Expert

Prof Randall Holcombe

DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University

Mr Bryan Cheang

Conference Director and Director of Adam Smith Center

Mr Sebastian Mueller

Chief Operating Officer, MING Labs

Mr Willie Khoo

Product and Strategy Manager, Electrify Asia

Mr Rainer Heufers

Director, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies

Prof Sinclair Davidson

Professor of Institutional Economics, RMIT University

Mr Kristian Schmid

Blockchain Specialist & Marketing Lead, Libertaria

Mr Ryan Chong

Co-Founder & COO of Pitchspot

Ms Nikita More

Partnerships & Communications Manager, Tabula Rasa

Mr Ray Poh

Director, Artisan Green

Mr Ho Khin Wai

Content Associate, Adam Smith Center


We want to thank the following organisations for participating in this conference

Organised by Adam Smith Center and Supported by Students for Liberty – Singapore and Tabula Rasa


Day 1, August 10th

8:30 AM Registration Commences
9.00 – 9.30 AM Opening Address by Mr Bryan Cheang, Director of Adam Smith Center


“Why Adam Smith is important for Singapore and the world”

9.30 – 10.15 AM Keynote Address by Mr Andrew Bryant, bestselling author, leadership coach and motivational speaker


“Why Self-Leadership is Essential for Progress”

Theme: Future of Work and Workplaces


The world of work will look very different in the economy of the future, characterised by automation, disruption and uncertainty. How will these trends impact business leaders, organisational practices and how should young talents respond to these challenges? Our presenters and panelists come from diverse backgrounds and will bring different perspectives on this exciting issue.

10.15 – 11.00 AM Short Presentations by:


Ms Anne Caron, HR Specialist and Partner at Trellis Asia
Mr Sebastian Mueller, COO at Ming Labs
Mr Jason Teo, General Manager, ZomWork
Prof. Victor Claar, Assistant Professor of Economics, Florida Gulf Coast University

11.00 – 11.45 AM Panel Discussion on “Future of Work” involving the presenters, moderated by Mr Jeremy Chua, Research Associate at Adam Smith Center and PhD Candidate at University of Southern California
11.45 – 12.45 PM Lunch Buffet at Foyer
12.45 – 1.30 PM Special presentation by Mr Lim Seng, Founder of IN.Genius. Mr Lim aims to be the first Singaporean to send a man into space.
Theme: Future of Blockchain and Finance


Blockchain technology is taking the world by storm, as entrepreneurs apply it in a myriad of ways. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin & Ethereum are also increasing in popularity. How will such new developments affect the wider economic and financial system of the future? This segment will feature short presentations by specialists on this topic followed by a panel discussion.

1.30 – 2.15 PM Short Presentations by:


Mr Willie Khoo, Product & Strategy Manager, Electrify
Mr Tomas Forgac, Cryptocurrency Entrepreneur
Mr Kristian Schmid, Blockchain Specialist and Marketing Lead, Libertaria
Prof. Patrick Mardini, Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Balamand

2.15 – 3.00 PM Panel Discussion on “Future of Blockchain and Finance” involving the presenters moderated by Mr Ho Khin Wai, Research Associate at Adam Smith Center.
3.00 – 3.30 PM Break
3.30 – 4.15 PM “So, You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?”


Panel Discussion involving local Singaporean entrepreneurs, moderated by Mr Henry Chew, Partnerships & Operations, Adam Smith Center.


Featured entrepreneurs:
Mr Ray Poh, Artisan Green
Ms Zera Ong, Zelta Technologies
Mr Lee Haoming, Invade & Artbox Asia
Mr Ryan Chong, Co-Founder & COO of Pitchspot

4.15 – 4.45 PM Presentation on “How Entrepreneurs Solve Market Problems” by Prof. Randall Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics, Florida State University
4.45 – 5.15 PM Closing Address by Dr. Tom Palmer, Atlas Network


“Social Justice and the Moral Challenges of Capitalism”

5.30 PM End of Programme

Day 2, August 11th

8:30 AM Registration Commences
9.00 – 9.30 AM Keynote Address by Professor Razeen Sally, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, former Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy.


“Future of Economic Development in Asia”

Theme: Public Policies for the Future Economy


Not only do businesses need to adapt to the future economy, public policies must also be updated if ordinary people are to experience greater welfare and happiness. New technologies like AI, 3D printing bring positive potential for improving human health but come with risks too. Explore with us how economic principles help to illuminate how these difficulties may be resolved and what makes for successful public policies!

9.30 – 10.15 AM Short Presentations by:


Mr Fred Roeder, Director of Consumer Choice Center on “Consumer Choice Around the World”
Mr Sinclair Davidson, Professor of Institutional Economics, RMIT on “Intellectual Property Rights and Economic Growth”
Prof. Randall Holcombe, Professor of Economics, FSU on “Role of Government in Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation”

10.15 – 10.45 AM Panel Discussion on “Public Policies for the Future Economy” involving the presenters
10.45 – 11.00 AM Break
Theme: Future of Healthcare


Healthcare is one of the most basic human needs and a burgeoning industry serving the global population. New technologies are disrupting the world of healthcare, which poses dilemmas on how best to balance the need for innovation while at the same time, ensuring safety and quality for consumers. Our speakers will provide an industry perspective on this topic, and also analyse it from an economic lens.

11.00 – 11.45 AM  

Short Presentations by:


Mr Abhishek Agrawal, Co-Founder, KINEXCS
Dr Kyle Varner, American Physician and Healthcare Policy Expert
Prof. Ken Schoolland, Associate Professor of Economics, Hawaii Pacific University.

11.45 – 12.15 PM Panel Discussion on “Future of Healthcare” involving the presenters
12.15 – 1.15 PM Lunch Buffet at the Foyer
1.15 – 2.15 PM Breakout Sessions


Film Screening on Entrepreneurship and Global Poverty Alleviation
“Economic Freedom Changing Lives” – Lecture Theatre


Talk on “What’s Wrong with Mainstream Economics” by Prof. Randall Holcombe, Florida State University – Training Room 9-2
(Recommended for students of economics and social sciences)


Workshop for Business Leaders and Practitioners by Mr Bart Remes, Economist, Business Consultant and Founder of Economica Action – Training Room 9-3

2.15 – 2.45 PM Break
2.45 – 3.15 PM Special Presentation by Mr Ma Jun Jie, Unirule Think Tank, Beijing on “Can Confucianism Provide a New Model for Progress?”
Theme: Future of the Developing World


The past half a century has witnessed unprecedented poverty reduction and increases in human welfare in developing countries. Yet, we constantly see on the news media reports of disasters, conflicts & social dislocations. Millions around the world continue to lack access to goods and services most of us enjoy today. Do we have any room for optimism about the future of human progress?

3.15 – 4.15 PM Short Presentations by:


Ms Li Schoolland, Acton Institute
Mr Barun Mitra, India Expert and Director of Liberty Institute
Mr Rainer Heufers, Director of Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies
Dr. Tom Palmer, Atlas Network

4.15 – 4.45 PM Panel Discussion on “Future of Developing World” involving the presenters moderated by Ms Nikita More, Tabula Rasa
4.45 – 5.15 PM Closing Address by Mr Wesley Goh, President of Students for Liberty (Singapore)


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August 10 – 11, 2018
Lifelong Learning Institute
Lecture Theatre, Level 1
11 Eunos Road 8
Singapore 408601

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you sell one-day entry tickets?

No, the tickets sold allow entry for both days.

Is food provided?

Yes, ticket sales proceeds go towards providing for a lunch buffet which will be served on both days.

Who are the speakers at this conference?

Our speakers mainly include business leaders, academics and policy experts in Singapore and overseas. We aim to provide a wide range of speakers who can contribute to the theme of entrepreneurship, innovation and progress in different ways. Speakers will be added along the way and will be displayed in our website.

There are numerous other conferences on entrepreneurship. How is this different?

There are many great conferences out there, but ours explores the big questions surrounding the future of entrepreneurship and innovation around the world. We want to provide critical perspectives on topics like economic development, blockchain and the future of money, the sharing economy, the role of government in promoting innovation, and welfare policy, amongst others. As such, anyone interested in the social sciences will find this insightful.

Is this a business-centric conference?

Our conference will feature speakers from the business world who will share their experiences and best practices, and there will be networking opportunities. However, non-business practitioners are especially welcome, especially if you are interested in how global trends are changing our world today.

I'm a student, why should I attend?

We had you in mind when planning this! If you’re a pre-university student in JC or Poly, you will get a better sense about studying economics, business, politics or global affairs at a higher level, and you get to speak directly to the leading professors at the event. If you’re a current undergraduate or graduate student, we are confident you will enhance your learning beyond your classrooms, forge meaningful connections with like-minded, critical thinkers from other schools and hopefully secure opportunities through the networking sessions. All student attendees may also request for a Certificate or Letter of Participation, after the event, from us to add to their CVs.

This is a great conference, I would like to be a speaker or contribute sponsorship.

We are on the lookout for potential sponsors & partners, to make Imagine Conference an annual conference of choice for future-oriented individuals and organisations. All sponsors may receive a booth space to share about their work, and be listed on our marketing collaterals. Please email us at enquiries@adamsmith.com.sg

What's the refund policy?

Refunds are only allowed up to 7 days before the event.

Can I make payment using cryptocurrency?

We’re serious about embracing the future, so yes! To register and pay using Bitcoin Cash or Bitcoin (and get $20 off the public ticket!), please fill in this form instead.

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