Date: 5 – 7 December 2016

Venue: Mandarin Ballroom 1, Level 6, Mandarin Orchard Hotel

Address: 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867

Supporting partners:

 

Synopsis

The central issues for the conference are the serious risks that our society runs if the balance in the systems that uphold it is disrupted. On a global and historical scale disruptions in such systems happen quite frequently. In fact, as one of the speakers will show, disasters with a small probability happen all the time. Therefore the conference is not about the probability that such disruptive events occur, but about the effects such disruptions may have on society. The conference is meant to capture the attention of leaders who see risk not as an academic issue, but as something they have to deal with as part of their responsibilities in society. They need to think the unthinkable and anticipate disruptions in crucial systems in society and its effects on it.

In the conference, twelve eminent speakers will discuss in depth and with great authority the effects of disruptions in our food and water supplies, financial systems, trust in our science and governance systems, invasions in our cyber space and the inescapable future of uncontrollable pandemics and it disruptive powers.

In a more general sense, questions will be discussed like: How the risk of a disrupted balance will manifest itself in society and what resilience means in view of those risks? Finally, the relevance of historic cases of disrupted balances to managing our present day society and its environment will be illustrated by answering the question “Why did Angkor Wat collapse”?

The audience will be invited to include senior people from across the globe and especially from Singapore and East and South Asia who deal with risk as part of their responsibilities in society.

The format of the conference will stimulate intense discussions in an informal setting between the speakers and the participants.

 

[Programme] [Concert Programme] [Photo Gallery]

 

Videos & Presentation Slides

Welcome and introduction on Day 1
Tony Mayer
Europe Representative and Research Integrity Officer, Nanyang Technological University
Jan W. Vasbinder (Chair of the day)
Director, Para Limes, Nanyang Technological University

 

Opening address by Mr Inderjit Singh
Entrepreneur and former member of Parliament, Singapore

 

Speaker: Peter Ho
Senior Advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures, Singapore
BiographyPresentation

 

Speaker: Kerry Sieh
Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore and AXA-Nanyang Chair in Natural Hazards, Nanyang Technological University
Biography & Abstract | Presentation

 

Speaker: Tim Benton
UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor of Population Ecology at University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Seán Cleary
Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd and Executive Vice Chair of the FutureWorld Foundation, South Africa
Biography & Abstract │ Presentation

 

Welcome and introduction on Day 2
Tony Mayer (Chair of the day)
Europe Representative and Research Integrity Officer, Nanyang Technological University

 

Speaker: Shashi Jayakumar
Senior Fellow and Head, Centre of Excellence for National Security, Nanyang Technological University
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Sheila Ronis
Director, Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions, Walsh College, United States
Biography & Abstract │ Presentation

 

Speaker: David Lallemant
Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University and Co-founder, Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative, United States
Biography & Abstract | Presentation

 

Speaker: Daniel Brooks
Visiting Senior Fellow, Hungarian Institute for Advanced Study, Község, Hungary
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Alexander Zehnder
Chair, Sustainable Earth Office, Nanyang Technological University
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Roland Fletcher
Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology, Department of Archaeology at University of Sydney, Australia
Biography & Abstract │ Presentation

 

Speaker: Nik Gowing
Co-author, ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’ and Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological University
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Andrew Sheng
Distinguished Fellow, Fung Global Institute, Hong Kong
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Concluding discussion on developing a new agenda
Tony Mayer
Europe Representative and Research Integrity Officer, Nanyang Technological University