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Asia Update Conference 2020:
The Race is On
May 7-8, Tallinn, Estonia

Asia Update is an international conference series organised by Enterprise Estonia in cooperation with Tartu University, Tallinn University, Taltech and  relevant ministries and enterprises. The conference was launched in 2019 and takes place annually.

Asia Update 2020 brings together local, regional and international experts, business people and decision-makers who engage with Asia to share ideas and build networks for future growth and development. The conference focuses on discussing both the challenges and opportunities in today’s society caused by the conflicts between different stakeholders, environmental and societal problems, challenges between countries, differences in perceptions between Asia and the West, and the shifting of the world order.

Time: May 7-8, 2020
Venue: Tallinn, Estonia

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Agenda

May 7

13.30

Registration and welcome coffee

14.00

Opening words by the conference moderator

14.10

Opening words by the Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid
Opening words by the Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas

14.25

Opening words by the Minister of Foreign Affairs from Republic of Korea (TBC)

14:40

Keynote speech: “What are the next BIG THINGS to define the modern power struggle?”
More and more we hear the claim that the competition between countries as well as corporations is defining the New World Order and that there is a “war” going on. What exactly leads to this perception/conclusion and what role do Asian, European and US political as well as corporate powers have to play in this?

15:10

Keynote speech: “AI as the new “nuclear” weapon – international competition or global collaboration”
The development of AI has found its top place on the agenda of many countries – including Estonia! However, will it be a power struggle between the “big two”, i.e. China and the US, or is there any chance for smaller players such as international startups and smaller countries like Estonia to diversify the landscape and contribute to the global future in this field? And how should this future look like?

15:40

Coffee break

16:00

Panel discussion: “Building sustainable and smart cities – is Asia leading the race?”
Quality of life is one of the top issues the cities are dealing with – whether it is provided through safer and more sustainable living environment, better organisation of daily life or recreational and cultural opportunities. Smart City concept aims to contribute to all of these aspects. Are the Asian countries ahead of Europe in their developments? What are the lessons learned and best practices to be shared?

17.30

Short break

18.30

Networking dinner

21.00

Night owl session: “Big Data – a threat to privacy or a tool for the future?”
China’s social credit system has stirred up emotions globally. However, we are entering the Big Data Era and are always looking for solutions which make our everyday lives and interactions/transactions between people, companies, and government(s) more digital, automated and data-driven. What should be the universal values to take into account when developing new solutions and what are we willing to give up in exchange for better governmental, corporate and peer-to-peer services?

May 8

09.30

Opening words by the Minister of Education Mailis Reps

09.40

Rectors’ panel: “Designing successful knowledge-based societies: lessons learned from Japan, Singapore and others”
It has been universally acknowledged that the success of a society/economy/country comes from smart planning, acquisition of talent as well as know-how/skills from its community. How can such designs be achieved? What role has the educational system in that? What else is needed? The panel brings together rectors from the leading universities from Asia and Estonia to discuss how to design successful knowledge-based societies.

10.40

Break

11.00

The two keynote speeches below are parallel and take place in different rooms.

Keynote speech: “The disruption of retail: e-commerce extending across the borders”

Keynote speech: “Asia leading the way in combating social issues through innovation”

11.20

The two panel discussions below are parallel and take place in different rooms.

Panel discussion: “The evolving landscape of cross-border e-commerce – what to gain from it?”
As the cyberspace is becoming part of the global playground, all parties need to agree and adjust to the common rules of the game. Are the goals the same or are there any differences?

Panel discussion “Social issues – creating sustainability through innovation”
European as well as some Asian countries are facing inevitable developments such as aging societies. What might be the solutions and how these work on bigger scale in comparison to smaller societies?

12.30

Conference lunch

13.30

The two keynote speeches below are parallel and take place in different rooms.

Keynote speech: “Asia in the midst of conflicts – how does it impact EU’s foreign policy”

Keynote speech: “Expanding to Asia – managing the risks and fulfilling the potential”

13.50

The two panel discussions below are parallel and take place in different rooms.

Panel discussion: “Dilemmas in foreign policy – small states in the turbulence of big states?”
In the context of global market competition, fight for economic growth and new opportunities, the question arises: do smaller countries even have a chance to independently define their foreign policy? How could they successfully survive the political turbulence of leading states?

Panel discussion: “Scale fast or fail fast – can your business afford not going to Asia?”
Due to its large markets and capital readily available for consumption and investment, Asia increasingly gains attraction among European companies and startups. Is it nowadays even thinkable not to consider Asian markets when you want to grow your business?

15.00

Break

15.30

Keynote speech by President of Tencent 

16.00

Closing panel discussion: The race is on – where should it take us?
In times of fast change and competitive spirits, it is easy to overlook the aspects that define the future well-being of our societies, and to ignore the need for international cooperation. We face many common challenges with Asia such as an aging population, limited resources (both material as well as human talent), production and consumption caused problems… So, how could we cooperate with Asia to race to the top together instead of getting caught in the race to the bottom? How to turn common challenges with Asia into new opportunities, e.g. demographic change into a push for new solutions, garbage problem into a chance to provide new kinds of resources, climate challenge into motivation for better use of energy, etc.? What can we learn from Asia in all of it?

17.00

Closing words by the conference moderator

17.10

Networking event

Speakers

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Kersti Kaljulaid

President of the Republic of Estonia

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Yoko Ishikura

Hitotsubashi University, World Economic Forum
Professor Emeritus, Independent Consultant

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Sean Wang

NetEase Kaola (China)
Vice President

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Royston Braganza

Grameen Capital India
CEO

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Pulkit Jaiswal

Stealth Mode Venture (SwarmX, Garuda Robotics)
Founder/CEO

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Jayadeva Ranade

Centre for China Analysis and Strategy
President (Former additional secretary, Government of India)

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Taavi Rõivas

Estonian Parliament
Prime Minister of Estonia (2014-2016)

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Colum Rice

PwC New-Zealand
Partner

Brian Whitmore
Brian Whitmore

Center for European Policy Analysis
Senior Fellow, Director of Russia Program

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Mittu Chandilya

CS Group (Former Air Asia, Adani Logistics)
CEO

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Carl-Johan Westring

EF Education First
President

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Richard Dunham

Tsinghua University
Co-director, Global Business Journalism Program

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Sonny Aswani

Tolaram Group
Director

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Bernard Piette

Logistics in Wallonia
General Manager

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Lars Freden

Former Swedish Ambassador to China and Mongolia

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Neelakshi Premawardhena

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Professor of Modern Languages

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Viljar Lubi

Ministry of Economic Affairs (Estonia)
Vice-Minister/Deputy Secretary General

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Jürgen Steiger

GIZ
Senior Advisor

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S Mahendran

CIO Academy Asia
Advisor

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Zhang Xiaotian

Shanghai University
Deputy Vice President

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Ivana Karásková

Association for International Affairs
Research fellow

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Felim Meade

Emerald Green Consulting
Co-founder

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Joseph Lau

Various organisations in Singapore
Training consultant

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Allan Martinson

LeapIN
CEO

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Cao Yin

Digital Renaissance Foundation
Founding Partner

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Xenia Joost

Fashion designer
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Marko Mihkelson

Estonian Parliament
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee

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Jens Põld

WorkVenture Technologies

CEO

Kentaro Morita
Kentaro Morita

Former Economic Attache of the Japanese Embassy in Estonia

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Ott Jalakas

Lingvist
Co-founder

Takehito Nagumo
Takehiko Nagumo

Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co. Ltd.
Managing Executive Officer

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Johannes Thimm

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Senior fellow

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Ott Vatter

E-Residency
Managing Director

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Raul Allikivi

Planetway Corporation
Member of the Board, Chief Relations Officer (CRO)

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Jimmy Adams

Moot China
Partner/ Creative consultant

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Ansi Arumeel

Omniva
CEO

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Rafael Jimenez

EAS
China Expert

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Tobias Johannes Koch

 e-Estonia Briefing Centre
Business Engagement Manager

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Priit Martinson

PwC Eesti
Government Technology
Digital Transformation Leader

Liisi
Liisi Karindi

Honorary Consul of Mongolia in Estonia
China Expert

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Anita Smirnova

Actress, model

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Rauno Sainio

Translator
Journalist

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Urmas Hõbepappel

Researcher, teacher, and entrepreneur

Varun sharma
Varun Sharma

Entrepreneur

Former Head of Partnerships at E-Residency

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Margo Loor

SpeakSmart
Moderator

 

Please be advised: speakers, panels and agendas may be subject to change.

Additional Information

Asia Update 2020: The Race in On a is a high profile conference that brings together politicians and decision-makers, experts, entrepreneurs, and academics and encourages discussions on Asia. The conference is mostly invitation-only, but 100 seats are available to first interested stakeholders.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, joining the conference as a journalist or as a visitor, please contact conference organizers at asiaupdate@eas.ee.

If you have already received an invitation and given your RSVP to the invitation, we suggest you to also look into our recommendations for accommodation in Tallinn. More information will be following soon.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the conference organizers via email asiaupdate@eas.ee.

Location

Conference venue:
Proto Invention Factory

Contact

For further information, please contact asiaupdate@eas.ee