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2023 International Asia-Pacific Conference & 50th Anniversary Celebration Agenda

All times presented in SGT.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

09:30 to 10:30

Offsite Program: AI Singapore

AI Singapore invites ITechLaw attendees to this exciting offsite program! Please note that spots are limited and attendees will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be contacted via email for an opportunity to sign up to attend this offsite program from

Topics Covered: 

  • ​​​Overview of AI Singapore's programs
  • How AI Singapore helps companies accelerate their adoption of AI
  • Generational AI Talent Development


15:00 to 17:30


Ballroom Foyer

15:30 to 17:00

Roundtable Discussions

Ballroom 1

The highly interactive roundtable session will kick off the conference. The below topics will each have an assigned table and moderator to conduct a brief speed networking and overview of the topic. Attendees will have two chances to participate in 45-minute engaging discussions with the table moderators on these topics. This is a session you won't want to miss!

Roundtable Topics

  1. Artificial Intelligence – Generative AI - Whither IP and Content Liability
  2. Technology Contracting, Structuring, and Litigation Strategies
  3. Cybersecurity – Managing Data Breaches
  4. Data Protection – Challenges in International Data Transfers
  5. Digital Assets, NFTs, and Digital Media
  6. Powering the Metaverse – Legal and Regulatory Challenges in Tech Infrastructure, Telecoms and Data Centers

17:00 to 17:30

New Attendee Reception

Lantern, Rooftop of Fullerton Bay Hotel

17:30 to 19:00

Welcome Reception

Lantern, Rooftop of Fullerton Bay Hotel

Thursday, March 9, 2023

09:00 to 17:30

Registration & Exhibits Open

Ballroom Foyer

09:30 to 09:45

Presidential Welcome

Ballroom 2

09:45 to 10:00

50th Anniversary Celebration and Award Recipient

Ballroom 2

10:00 to 10:30

Keynote: Space - The Last Frontier with Lynette Tan, CEO of Singapore Space & Technology Ltd and Space Faculty

Ballroom 2

About the opportunities and challenges space provides for the development and use of technology. Hear from a pioneer technology leader in this exciting industry.

Lynette Tan, Singapore Space & Technology Ltd and Space Faculty, Singapore

Lynette is the Chief Executive of the Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL). With 20 years of management and business development experience, Lynette identifies new opportunities and develops effective ways for government, companies, and individuals to partake in the growing space industry. She is managing Partner of the Space-Based Accelerator based out of Singapore, an exclusive programme with the Singapore government that assists early stage, deep tech, space start-ups.

She is the founder of Space Faculty, a space education training provider for all ages, especially from emerging countries and lower income family. She is also a founding member of Women In Aerospace.

Her work experience includes a management position in the M&A division in a global pharmaceutical company. She was awarded the Asia Pacific President Award and the GSK Spirit award.  She worked in the Singapore government service as centre director in the Asia Pacific team and was actively involved a variety of industry sectors including the automotive, mining, digital media and pharmaceutical.

Lynette received her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stanford.

10:30 to 11:00

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer

11:00 to 12:00

Session 1: Fireside Chat – Cybersecurity from a global industry perspective

Ballroom 2

Cybersecurity is considered a significant threat to businesses around the world and is one of the most challenging threats to manage. The panel will address the latest developments in the field and discuss approaches to managing these risks from different perspectives. 


Eugene Weitz, DXC Technology Company, United States - Moderator

Eugene Weitz is a longstanding member of ITechLaw, serving on the Board of Directors from 2011 through 2017. He also is Past Chair of ITechLaw’s Global In-House Lawyer Committee and Co-Leads the recently launched ITechLaw Ambassador Program. Eugene is currently in-house and a member of DXC Technology’s Legal Department, Eugene’s representation of DXC Technology includes supporting the General Counsel and providing strategic guidance regarding global cybersecurity policy inclusive of participation in the United Nations’ OEWG, Cybersecurity Tech Accord and Paris Call Working Groups as well as the ongoing digital transformation of DXC’s Legal & Compliance Department.

Kate Growley, Crowell & Moring International, Hong Kong

Kate M. Growley is a director in Crowell & Moring International, based in Hong Kong. Drawing from over a decade of experience as an internationally recognized attorney previously practicing in the United States, Kate now helps her clients understand, navigate, and shape the policy and regulatory environment for some of the most complex data issues facing multinational companies, including cybersecurity, privacy, and digital transformation. Kate has worked with clients across every major sector, including technology, health care, aerospace and defense, and professional services. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US/G), as well as a Registered Practitioner with the U.S. Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Cyber Accreditation Body (AB).

Roland Mathys, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Switzerland

Roland Mathys is an attorney-at-law and partner at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd in Zurich/Switzerland where he heads the firm's technology and data law team. He studied law and computer science in Basel and Zurich and holds an LL.M. in technology law from the London School of Economics (LSE). In his practice, he regularly advises and represents clients on, among other things, large IT and outsourcing projects, cloud and XaaS projects, Swiss and EU data protection law, legal issues relating to digital platforms and new technologies, and cybersecurity. Roland Mathys publishes in his areas of expertise and regularly speaks at international and national conferences. He is Vice-Chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), Past Chair of the Oversight Committee of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), Co-Chair of the Law Commission of swissICT, member of the Steering Board of digitalswitzerland and Co-Editor of sic!, Switzerland's leading journal for intellectual property, information and competition law. He is currently authoring a publication on legal aspect of cybersecurity which will be the first of its kind in Switzerland. Roland Mathys is listed in leading international lawyer directories as a recognised expert in technology and data law, namely Chambers (Ti-er 1), Legal500 (Leading Individual) and Who's Who Legal (Thought Leader).

12:00 to 13:30

In-House Counsel Lunch

Ballroom 3

Networking Lunch

Ballroom 1

13:30 to 14:30

Session 2: Blockchain/Crypto Winter

Ballroom 2

The landscape has shifted significantly in this space with seismic shifts in the market. What is the future of digital assets and should they become a mainstream financial asset for the industry?


Azmul Haque, Collyer Law LLC, Singapore - Moderator

Azmul is a tri-qualified lawyer, admitted to practice law in England, India, and Singapore. Over the last 21 years, Azmul has developed particular expertise in complex, cross-border corporate transactions (mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances, private equity, venture and angel financing), commercial contracts involving technology-related matters (SAAS, PAAS, outsourcing, franchising and licensing) and regulatory matters in a range of areas that impact business (corporate governance, securities & futures regulations, data protection, crypto-currency regulation) and evaluating innovative business models disrupting traditional industries. Azmul has worked extensively with MNC and Asian corporations, family-owned businesses, and high-net worth individuals. His geographical experience spans South Asia, particularly the India-Singapore corridor, ASEAN and the Middle East. He has lived and worked in Mumbai, Singapore and London. He has been rated as a leading practitioner for the TMT sector, and focusses currently on clients in emerging technology such as FinTech, HealthTech, AdTech, Big Data, IOT, BlockChain, Internet & e-Commerce. Azmul is ranked and recommended by several legal industry directories including Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Global Law Experts (for TMT). Azmul was rated a “Top 40-under-40” lawyer (Asian Legal Business, October 2016), in “Singapore A-List of Top 100 Lawyers” (Asia Business Law Journal, 2018 and 2019) and the International A-List 2020 (Indian Business Law Journal).

Katarzyna Szczudlik, SSW Pragmatic Solutions, Poland

Katarzyna specializes in advising on personal data protection, privacy and new technologies law, especially for entities from the financial and FinTech sectors. Katarzyna has experience in the area of ​​legal advice for entities from the telecommunications, IT and payment services sectors. She developed and implemented comprehensive procedures, mechanisms and documentation ensuring compliance of organization’s operations with applicable regulations. She is interested in the blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, both in terms of the legal aspects of those technologies and their potential use in the area of ​​legal services.

Katharina Lasota Heller, LEXcellence AG, Switzerland

Dr. Katharina Lasota Heller has over 20 years of experience in IT, IP, and FinTech law. Founding Partner of LEXcellence –Swiss Law Firm in Baar (Zug). President of Swiss-Polish Blockchain Association. Dr. Lasota deals with issues related to Blockchain, FinTech, NFTs, and Metaverse on daily basis. As visiting professor at Kozminski University in Warsaw and HSLU in Lucerne she lectures on Blockchain, IP and Technology Law; an attorney at law admitted to practice in Switzerland and in Poland. Kasia received a doctoral degree in 2003 from Ludwig Maximilian University; as a scholar of the Max-Planck Institute in Munich. She is an alumnus of McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento California, where she finished her LL.M. Studies in 2004. Over the years, she has worked for several large law firms in Munich, Warsaw, and Vienna. Between 2010 and 2015 led a global compliance program of a South African Company and was President of EDiMA. Katharina is passionate about economic disruption and data-driven economy. Wife, and mother of a teenage daughter, loves skiing and hiking in the Swiss Alpes, and occasionally plays golf.


14:30 to 15:00

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer

15:00 to 16:00

Session 3: ESG and Technology

Ballroom 2

ESG has become a key performance metric for global companies around the world. However, what are the challenges to business on this journey and what are the risks posed by ESG claims? Should this be more highly regulated? The panel will explore this hot subject from both the industry and regulatory perspectives. 


Joanne Flinn, The ESG Institute, Singapore - Moderator

Joanne Flinn is an award-winning business author. Her most recent book, Greensight ~ The Sustainability Handbook for Company Directors helps Boards and the C-suite address the twin challenges of growth and ESG. Her clients include start-ups ecosystems to the Fortune 500 and $1.5 Billion funds. Twice a TEDx speaker, she’s keynoted on 4 continents at corporate and industry events including the Asian Banker, Aon, Autodesk to Workday. Joanne is the Chairwoman of the ESG Institute, to accelerate sustainability driven business transformation with leader seeking swift, calm, and effective results that work for people, the planet, and profit.

Ole Horsfeldt, Gorrissen Federspiel, Denmark

Ole Horsfeldt started out as a general commercial lawyer, but over the past 25 years he has become an outsourcing lawyer specialised in outsourcing of IT requirements, business processes, and facility services. Today, Ole heads up Gorrissen Federspiel's Digital Business practice. The team are among the most highly specialised outsourcing advisers on a global scale. Oles' advice typically involves agreements with a regional or global reach and covers more than just "the agreement" or the legal terms. His mission statement is to make outsourcing successful for buyers of services. Ole is well-known for managing complex outsourcing transactions through combining legal, compliance, operational, and strategic perspectives. To Ole, client enablement is paramount. Therefore, his advice is designed to support clients in managing and reaping the benefits from outsourcing. Ole has been the architect behind concepts such as proactive remedies, co-operation agreements, the "deliver first, settle later" principle, and fast track dispute resolution, which have contributed to setting the standard for modern outsourcing in the Nordic countries. In all of Ole's work, the element of continuous improvement plays an important role. A result of this is the development of a Contract Management method, “Omnicent” designed for managing long-term and complex sourcing agreements. This method includes six contract management processes, 16 contract management roles, detailed role descriptions and workflows, templates and much more. Ole Horsfeldt is ranked Star Individuals in Chambers Europe and ranked in Who's Who Legal and top-rated in Legal 500 (Hall of Fame and Leading Individuals).

Julia Murray, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Singapore

Julia Murray is a legal and business executive with over 17 years’ experience advising on commercial and regulatory issues and leading technology megadeals. Julia has held regional general counsel roles with technology and media organisations, and managed legal teams throughout the APJC region. She has served on executive leadership teams to develop strategic operational plans, and engaged with regulators to shape emerging policies. In her current role at Amazon Web Services (AWS), she leads some of the largest and most complex transformational cloud engagements. Julia is an Australian-qualified lawyer and has been based in Singapore since 2016.

Anup Kulkarni, J. Sagar Associates, India

Anup is a Fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and is also enrolled with the Bar Counsel of India. He is a certified Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professional, and a certified POSH professional as recognized by the ICSI. He is a Partner with JSA and is one of the heads of Corporate Compliance & Secretarial practice at JSA. His practice focuses primarily on corporate compliance, corporate governance & secretarial matters with particular emphasis on corporate laws and Foreign Exchange Regulations. He actively assists in setting up subsidiaries of foreign companies/Special Purpose Vehicles, as well as Branch and Liaison offices in India. He regularly appears before the National Company Law Tribunal, Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs on various compounding and adjudication matters involving private & public companies. He also appears before the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Foreign Investment Facilitation Portal, Department of Telecom, Bureau of Indian Standards, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization, SEZ & STPI in relation to various compliance, registrations, and licensing matters. He has undertaken Compliance, audits, and legal due diligence exercises with particular emphasis on RBI Guidelines, CDSL & NSDL Audits, Concurrent Audits of Depository Participants and Company Secretarial Audit. He also assists in closing of operations of LLP’s and companies indulge voluntary winding-up of a private and public limited company. He regularly conducts workshops on CSR. Anup is also a Certified Corporate Director as certified by the Institute of Directors and Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. By virtue of this, he conducts regular workshops on Directors' Liability and Indemnification. Being a faculty member of ICSI he is called on to speak at various training programs, masterclass, and conferences. He has co-authored the India section of the book on Directors' Liability and Indemnification: A Global Guide, published by Global Law and Business-a UK publishing house. For the period from 2018 to 2021 Anup has contributed to the India section of the 'Doing Business Report' published by the World Bank Group. Anup has been awarded by the Former President of India Shri. K.R. Narayanan, which is considered to be the highest award in The Bharat Scouts and Guides.


16:10 to 17:10

Session 4: eSports and Gaming – the future of sports

Ballroom 2

eSports has become a billion-dollar industry in the space of a short time. Esports leagues and events have become hugely popular and even featured as a pilot at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.  This panel will discuss the evolution of eSports and what the future of eSports might be.  


Linda Nguyen Schindler, German Entrepreneurship Asia, Singapore - Moderator

Linda is a recovering Silicon Valley lawyer turned Singapore ecosystem builder, who leverages her diverse background to advocate for and empower start-ups, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and local communities. At German Entrepreneurship Asia, she is Director of the AI Competence Center and Head of Ecosystem & Partnerships. She was most recently Program Head of Ecosystem Development at the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS Enterprise). She led the cybersecurity innovation initiatives for the region’s first cybersecurity entrepreneur hub. And prior to that, she was COO of legal tech start-up, FirstCOUNSEL, to transform legal support for early-stage start-ups and SMEs.

Pietro Fringuelli, CMS, Germany

Pietro Graf Fringuelli is partner at CMS and co-head of the CMS Technology, Media and Communications sector group. In this role, he leads a team of over 650 lawyers. Described as "the most innovative and strategically thinking expert on the market" in the media sector (Client quote, The Legal 500, 2022), Pietro is particularly experienced in the structuring of digital business models, broadcasting law and online advertising issues for e-commerce and digital businesses. He has been especially active in advising on copyright issues arising from the acquisition and exploitation of IP rights via new technologies, such as streaming services. Sought after for his deep experience in the field of gaming and esports, Pietro has been the Chairman of the Executive Board of the World ESports Association (WESA) since 2018. His clients include numerous game publishers and gaming platform operators, as well as more traditional sporting organisations such as the Bundesliga and German Basketball League. Pietro and his team have won several awards for their capabilities in the field of media, including a 2017 FT Innovative Lawyer award for their work advising on the establishment of WESA. He was previously a member of the Media Commission of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia (LfM) and Associate Professor for media law at the IFS in Cologne. Pietro joined CMS in 2001 and has been a partner since 2006.

Keemin Ngiam, NetEase Games, Singapore

Keemin is a lawyer with NetEase Games and an active member of the XA Network. Past experiences include Netflix and Latham & Watkins, in both Singapore and the United States.


Gala Reception and Dinner

Raffles Hotel, Palm Ballroom (Level 3)

Join ITechLaw for the Gala Reception and Dinner at the historic Raffles Hotel. For more than a century, Raffles Singapore has been the place for great minds to congregate; a sanctuary where literary luminaries and travelers alike come to be inspired by their rich heritage. Guests will begin their evening enjoying the Raffles’ signature "Singapore Sling" cocktail which was created in 1915 by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. After networking together, guests will enjoy a traditional 4-course Chinese Dinner. The evening activities will be as follows:

19:00 - Reception

20:00- 4-course Dinner

Cocktail and/or Business Attire recommended. Ticketed event. Transportation not provided.

Friday, March 10, 2023

09:00 to 16:35


Ballroom Foyer

09:30 to 10:30

Session 5: The Law of the Metaverse

Ballroom 2

Metaverse is a buzzword used to describe the new breed of interactive and immersive virtual world where users can socialise, meet, play games, shop and perform many other everyday activities using their online avatars. More and more brand owners such as Nike, Louis Vuitton and Coca Cola have invested in this technology offering users a brand-new experience. Can existing laws however adapt to this new reality? Should we create new legal provisions for the Metaverse in order to grant users and right owners better protection? We shall dwell upon the legal and regulatory challenges in relation to the metaverse in this highly information panel session. 


Urszula McCormack, King & Wood Mallesons, Australia / Hong Kong - Moderator

Urszula McCormack is one of the world's leading digital economy lawyers, with a focus on emerging technologies. Urszula advises global banks, governments, multilaterals, social media companies, crypto and payment institutions on new products, cross-border transactions, compliance and licensing. In her data practice, Urszula advises on privacy regulation, algorithmic design, encryption technologies and data-sharing arrangements. Urszula is especially well known for building global digital ecosystems. A key aspect of this is successfully integrating payments, virtual assets, social media, exchange and (where relevant) gamification and sustainability/ESG elements and navigating rapidly developing, overlapping, conflicting and changing legal and regulatory requirements in a cohesive, pragmatic and forward-looking manner. Urszula is a member of multiple advisory bodies and has been appointed to the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts (P.R.I.M.E.). She is regularly invited to brief governments, regulators and transnational policymakers. Urszula is admitted to practice law in Hong Kong, Australia and England & Wales. She is highly rated across a number of practice areas by major legal directories.

Luisa Fernanda Rodriguez,, Colombia

Regional legal manager for Latin America of the group, an e-commerce multinational with a presence in more than 20 countries around the world. Consulting lawyer with more than 10 years of experience in the digital sector. I have worked as advisor and legal director of investment funds, multinational companies, law firms and technology companies. Specialist in Private Economic LTaw from the National University of Colombia. Specialist in Competition Law and Free Market from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. LLM candidate from the University of London. Certified by Harvard Business School in processes of innovation and transformation of electronic commerce. University professor; professor at the Digital Transformation Center of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce. Member of ALAI (Latin American Internet Association), Vice president of the regulation board of the Colombian Chamber of Electronic Commerce and active member of other associations that promote electronic commerce in the region. I have been Keynote speaker in massive scenarios such as the e-commerce day in Latin America, Digiecon (Digital Economy Annual Forum LATAM), the annual congress on data protection in Colombia, and various university forums for the Colombian Association of Competition Law. I have actively participated in the construction of public policies for digital transformation and in the discussion of laws for the promotion of electronic commerce and the protection of electronic consumers in the Latin American region.

Dipti Bedi, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Singapore

Dipti has over 13 years experience with particular focus in banking and finance, international arbitration, disputes and employment law. She is a foreign registered lawyer in Singapore. She has worked with CAM for a span of 7 years and re-joined Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Singapore after working for 5 years with Vedanta Limited, a leading Oil and Gas conglomerate.

10:40 to 11:40

Session 6: AI – Risks and Rewards and Regulation

Ballroom 2

The technological advancements of text-generating programs such as ChatGPT, developed by AI have provoked questions as to the potential risks and rewards of AI. On one hand, AI has the potential to transform our society through better decision-making and improvements to the human condition, yet on the other hand, such advances also come with limitations and risks. Should therefore AI be subject to some form of regulation? How do we strike the right balance when it comes to regulating AI? This panel will discuss the rewards and risks in implementing AI technology and the efforts that are currently underway to maximize the rewards and minimize the risks for science and society. 


Pádraig​ Walsh, Tanner De Witt, Hong Kong - Moderator

Pádraig Walsh leads the TMT Practice at the Hong Kong law firm, Tanner De Witt. He has represented suppliers and providers within all verticals of the technology sector and also all businesses in respect of their technology needs. He advises on the full range of common issues including licensing, technology procurement and integration, subscription service arrangements, digital asset commercialization, data protection, cyber, and venture capital and corporate transactions.

Laurence Liew, AI Singapore, Singapore

Laurence is the Director for AI Innovation at AI Singapore and is driving the adoption of AI by the Singapore ecosystem through the 100 Experiments and the AI Apprenticeship programmes. A visionary and serial technopreneur, he identified and introduced Singapore's enterprises to Linux and open source (1999), High Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster (2001), Grid Computing (2003), Cloud Computing (2007) and Data Science with R (2011) amongst others. Laurence graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) with First Class Honours in Engineering and holds a Masters in Knowledge Engineering from NUS. 

Laura Littlewood, Bell Gully, New Zealand

Laura is a partner at a leading New Zealand law firm, Bell Gully. She is an experienced technology and commercial lawyer with a particular focus on privacy, data, cyber security, e-commerce and consumer law.   Laura has a passion for assisting clients with their digital strategies and engagement with the latest technologies. She has a broad range of New Zealand and international experience (in England and Bermuda), including secondments to Luxottica, Virgin and Vodafone. In 2023 leading directories, Laura is recognised as a Leading Individual in Data Protection with a ‘Tier 1’ practice.  She is an active participant in industry groups, as a Trustee of the New Zealand Data Trust and Co-convenor of the Auckland Privacy Officers Roundtable.

Julian Potter, WP Thompson Intellectual Property, United Kingdom

A Patent and Trade Mark Attorney and Intellectual Property litigator, my practice encompasses all physics-based disciplines, in particular, telecommunications; antenna design; semiconductors; optics; control systems; software; cryptography; mechanical engineering; nanotechnology; medical devices; nuclear physics, imaging; electronics and microprocessors; voice recognition, text-to-speech conversion, and oil services technology. I have wide experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications for both the UK Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office, and also before patent offices throughout the world. I also represent clients in contentious matters such as oppositions and appeals before the Patent Offices and the UK Courts; and in advisory work including infringement and validity opinions, freedom to operate opinions, due diligence investigations, IP strategy, and product clearances. My contentious practice is enhanced by my holding a Higher Courts Litigation Certificate entitling me to conduct IP litigation in the courts. Consequently, I have been involved in both Patents Court and Patents County Court litigation covering a wide range of technologies ranging from cryptographic key exchange architecture (Irdeto v Telewest), design methods for oil exploration drill bits (Halliburton v Smith), GPS applications (GPS Industries v Prolink), automotive manufacturing (Kuka & Thompson Friction Welding v Michael Dorsett & Magna International Inc), biodegradable films (Innovia Films Ltd v Fritolay North America, Inc.) and molded pulp products (Vernacare Limited v Moulded Fibre Products Limited). I have also represented clients in many pre-litigation matters successfully avoiding the need to bring proceedings by achieving satisfactory settlement terms by negotiation. While an in-house patent manager I gained wide experience of the commercial and strategic value of intellectual property on a global scale and regularly advise clients on the development, exploitation and enforcement of a global intellectual property portfolio.


11:40 to 12:10

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer

12:10 to 13:10

Session 7: In-House Counsel Fireside Chat: Digitalization and Risk

Ballroom 2

The role of a general counsel evolves and as digitalization impacts businesses and individuals within the organization in constantly changing forms, how can GCs always remain ready for what’s ahead? This Fireside Chat will explore how General Counsels can work proactively with the organization’s leadership in coping with the reality of digitalization.


Gabriela Kennedy, Mayer Brown, Hong Kong - Moderator

Gabriela Kennedy is a member of the Executive Committee of iTechLaw and Immediate Past President. Gabriela is a partner of Mayer Brown and co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Intellectual Property practice as well as head of the Asia IP and TMT group and co-leader of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. Based in Hong Kong, she advises multinational companies on a variety of technology, data privacy and data security issues in the context of complex technology projects, business processing outsourcing and the cross-border transfer of data, and advocates and before regulators in data breaches and cybersecurity incident response cases. A former theoretical linguist who specialised in computational linguistics, she speaks a number of European languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Portuguese and has a keen interest in machine learning and all things relating to AI.

Raphael Lee, Agency for Science, Technology And Research, Singapore

Raphael is the Deputy General Counsel of the Agency for Science Technology And Research, and has been in the legal Intellectual Property field for over twenty years. He has extensive experience advising on and negotiating complex IP technology transfer, licensing, and other commercial biotech, medtech, telecoms, IT, science and engineering transactions. He is also involved in policy work within and beyond A*STAR, and has contributed extensively to Singapore’s National IP Protocol and Human Biomedical Research legislation. On weekends, he can be found chasing down fuzzy yellow balls and his favourite hawker food.

Sue-Ann Li, Gojek, Singapore

Sue-Ann is the Head of Legal, International Markets at Gojek. 

Gerard Amann, Accenture, Singapore

Gerard F. Amann is a Senior Managing Director and General Counsel, Growth Markets for Accenture, based in Singapore. He is responsible for delivery of all legal services across Asia, Middle East, Latin America, ANZ and Africa. He provides strategic advice to senior business leadership on client engagements, risk management, compliance, and governance, and is a member of the Growth Markets Leadership Team and global Legal Executive Committee. Since joining Accenture in 2005, Gerry has served in a range of roles, including General Counsel, North America and General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Accenture Federal Services.

13:10 to 14:40

Networking Lunch

Ballroom 1

14:40 to 15:25

I-WIN Session: Social Impact Investments in Tech4Good: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Ballroom 2

From empowering marginalized communities to universal healthcare, green economy to eradicating poverty, technology, innovation and “internet for good” stand out as quintessential leverages to accelerate progression towards sustainable development goals. Social impact organizations have a key role to play in bridging the gap and delivering the promise. Alongside, there is a need to adopt a holistic and socially driven optics for financing these organizations and measuring the return on investment. APAC region in the last few decades has seen a surge in social impact investments, more specifically into organizations that deploy and innovate tech tools for their impact journeys. Social impact investment funds come with an explicit expectation of a measurable social and financial return, but a lot needs to be augmented to sustain the momentum. In this I-WIN session, our speakers would share their stories, and talk about the trends, challenges and opportunities for impact investment in Tech4Good.

Susan Barty, United Kingdom - Moderator

Susan Barty is a past president of ITechLaw, a member of ITechLaw's Advisory Board and for over 25 years was a partner in the Technology and IP team at CMS in London, specialising in dispute resolution, particularly in the Technology, Advertising and Marketing, and Media sectors. Susan has acted for both suppliers and customers in Technology disputes and has advised on numerous-high profile IT matters, with particular experience in the interaction between IP and IT issues. Susan is also a past Chair of the ITechLaw AI Substantive Law Committee, a contributing author of Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework and co-editor of ITechLaw's Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework 2021 Update and Responsible AI: The EU AIA: Green Paper Policy Analysis. Susan is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL) and on SCL's Advisory Board. Susan is an accredited mediator and has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution procedures.

Amita Haylock, Mayer Brown, Singapore

Amita Haylock is a Partner in Mayer Brown's Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Telecommunications group, having practiced in Asia for over 15 years. She advises on IP, TMT, competition and commercial law issues. She co-leads Mayer Brown Asia Women's Network – Retain and Advance Women. She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and believes in creating a work environment where people are comfortable bringing their authentic selves to the workplace.

Marija Ralic, APAC, Singapore

Marija Ralic leads APAC, the data-driven, human-focused philanthropic arm of Google. Marija joined Google in 2019 where she manages Google’s philanthropic work across the Asia-Pacific region to support innovative nonprofits using technology to tackle complex global challenges. She works with teams across the regions to bring the best of Google to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges -- combining funding, innovation, and technical expertise to support underserved communities and provide the opportunity for everyone. She brings years of experience in driving regional planning and community investments, Sustainability, Economic Contribution (helping underserved job seekers, SMEs, women, etc.), AI for Social Impact, Capacity Building, and making digital and media literacy and computer science education accessible to all young people. Before Google, Marija served as a Regional Program Manager overseeing the Philanthropic programs at Microsoft Philanthropies across 17 countries and 20 countries in the Asia Pacific and Central and Eastern Europe, respectively. Before her corporate philanthropy journey, Marija spent five years in AIESEC Serbia, the world’s largest youth-run nonprofit, which focuses on developing the leadership potential of young people through experiential learning, volunteer experiences, and professional internships. She served AIESEC in various functions, including as president of the AIESEC chapter in Serbia and vice president of external relations.

15:35 to 16:20

Session 8: Privacy Latest Developments – Around the Globe

Ballroom 2

In this session, speakers will present on the latest developments in data privacy laws within India, China, EU and Southeast Asia.


Sheena Jacob, CMS, Singapore - Moderator

Sheena is the Head of the regional Southeast Asian Intellectual Property practice at CMS Holborn Asia. Qualified in Singapore, New York, England & Wales, she is a leading international lawyer in the field of Intellectual Property with more than 25 years of specialist experience in Asia. Sheena manages a team that handles trademark and patent prosecution in Southeast Asia, IP litigation and commercial IP transactions such as licensing and commercialization deals in the tech, media and life science sectors in Asia Pacific. Sheena is known for her sound, commercial advice and is widely acknowledged as a global thought leader on cutting-edge issues in the Intellectual Property field. Sheena is also a Singapore registered patent agent, a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public. She holds leadership positions in Licensing Executives Society Singapore and the AIPPI Singapore committee. She is ranked as a leading Intellectual Property lawyer in numerous publications including Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2021, Asia IP Leading Stars 2021, Women in Business Law, Who’s Who Legal IP, Life Sciences 2021, Patents 2019, Who’s Who Legal Life Sciences 2022, World Trademark Review 2020 and IAM Patents 1000.

Lorraine Lee, International SOS, Singapore

Lorraine is passionate about helping business stakeholders with practical, innovative solutions on legal and data privacy matters. As General Counsel, Assistance Services Worldwide, she leads a global team of lawyers, supporting a dynamic business that helps employers support their employees’ health and security needs. As Chief Privacy Officer, her role (together with a global team of data privacy professionals) is to ensure that data privacy is embedded in every aspect of the business by design. A dual Singapore and UK-qualified lawyer with 28 years’ track record, she started her career in private practice at Wong Partnership and Rajah & Tann, before moving in-house at Keppel Corporation, Hilton Hotels Corporation and now, at International SOS, for the past 13 years.

Claire Edwards, Addleshaw Goddard, United States

Claire is a Partner in the Commercial Team and specialises in data, security and information law. Claire has over 20 years' experience in providing advice in relation to all aspects of sharing, processing and wider use of data, including personal data, advising many global market leaders in relation to the collection, use, included analytics and derived data together with opportunities to monetise that data.  In the digital world the requirements of digital data collection are key areas of concern, combined with the often difficult issue of partners located outside the UK/EEA and the inevitable concerns of international transfers and in particular use of third party CRM platforms, social media use, tracking and profiling data subjects and related ICO investigations and enforcements. Claire is included in the ICO "critical reader" groups and sits on the ICO data transfer.   Claire has also been recognised in The Lawyers Hot 100 2020 list for her innovative work in data protection and her advice in a number of high value and significant transactions.

Zacky Zainal Husein, Assegaf Hamzah Partners, Indonesia

Zacky Husein heads the Technology, Media, and Telecommunication practice at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners since joining from one of Indonesia’s telecommunications operators and has been advising clients on legal and regulatory matters relating to technology, data protection, telecommunication, allocation of spectrum frequency for the telecommunication and broadcasting sector digital content, electronic commerce, cloud service and digital asset.  His clients include multinational corporations in the telecommunications and software sectors, social media, e-commerce companies, private equities, datacentres, payment service providers, and Government agencies. Zacky was one of the founders of the Indonesian Association of Information Technology Professionals, which aims to develop the capacity of legal professionals, and acting as the Government’s main counterpart on information technology’s legislations and policies.  He also writes on recent developments and contributes to public discussions on technology and the law. Zacky is a graduate of Faculty of Law University of Indonesia and Georgetown Law School and has practiced law since 1994.  He also holds a public management degree from National University of Singapore/Harvard University.

Aadya Misra, Spice Route Legal, India

Aadya Misra is a counsel with Spice Route Legal’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice, with a specialised focus on Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity. She has assisted businesses across India, South Asia, USA, UK, and Europe with structuring their operations to comply with data protection, privacy, and cybersecurity laws. Aadya’s work involves regulatory advice, product structuring, framing operational and compliance strategies, and management of security incidents. Aadya is an IAPP certified Privacy Professional and has been recognised as a 'rising star' by the Legal500.

16:20 to 16:35

Networking Break

Ballroom Foyer

16:35 to 17:20

Session 9: Media and Content Regulation - Asia’s Pro-Active Response

Ballroom 2

This session will provide insight into the laws which shape media and content regulation in Asia.


Lionel Tan, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, Singapore

Lionel started out his career in law as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and concurrently held the appointment of Assistant Director of the Computer Information & Systems Department of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Since joining private practice he has been involved in various high profile commercial and criminal litigation cases and has advised clients on a wide spectrum of matters encompassing Information Technology, Data Protection and Intellectual Property issues. He is accredited as a Senior Specialist for Data & Digital Economy by the Singapore Academy of Law. He is the Immediate Past President of the Licensing Executives Society (Singapore) and Vice-Chair of the Trademarks. Design & Merchandising Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International.

Joon-Nie Lau, Singapore International Mediation Centre, Singapore

Joon-Nie Lau is a digital news pioneer with nearly 30 years’ experience in newsroom management and production, industry association leadership, industry and policy development, live/virtual conferences and media skills training, with half of that time spent in online news, broadcast TV and radio. She served five years on the Legal Sub-Committee of Singapore's National Internet Advisory Committee and four years as Vice-Chair of the Political Matters & Media Group of the then Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sport's Feedback Unit. In 2022, she moved from media to mediation, where she's now Deputy CEO of the Singapore International Mediation Centre.

Anissa Maria Anis, Christopher & Lee Ong, Malaysia

Anissa is a highly experienced lawyer with a wealth of expertise spanning over 18 years in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (“TMT”) Practice, with a focus on matters involving the media and broadcasting industry. She has been recognised for her work in the TMT industry and has been named as a Next Generation Partner for TMT by Asia Pacific Legal 500. Her distinguished career includes a decade-long tenure at Astro Malaysia, where she served as the Senior Assistant Vice President of the legal division, with a focus on content. Presently, Anissa is a Partner at Christopher & Lee Ong in Malaysia, which is part of the Rajah & Tann Asia network, and serves as an end-to-end legal counsel to a diverse array of media and entertainment platforms. These encompass broadcast television, feature films, animation, music, publications, social media, digital media, and sports. Her deep understanding of the nuances and intricacies of the media and entertainment industry, coupled with her impressive legal acumen allows her to serve a diverse range of clients.

17:20 to 17:30

Closing Remarks

Ballroom 2

17:30 to 18:00

Closing Drink, Sponsored by Rajah & Tann Asia

Ballroom Foyer

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