Boards and Technology:
The Competitive Risk and Promise of Exponential Technologies

13th November 2014 - 8.30 am to 3.00 pm, Singapore

Technology has become a game changer across all industries. Its rapid pace of change has resulted in significant ambiguity for Board Directors to grapple with. Competitive disruption, even for non-technological or traditional industrial companies, has come in the form of rapidly changing markets, customer behaviour, and pricing -- all driven by underlying changes in the technological capabilities of consumers, markets, regulators, competitors, upstarts, or all of the above.

The session provides the current thinking on how Board Directors should approach technological change, how to ensure that the board is sufficiently informed about relevant emerging technologies, and how it can best help management prepare for both the opportunities and risks posed. It will cover proven methods that directors can use to efficiently and effectively incorporate "technology thinking" into the overall strategy planning process.

    Facilitated by Dan Siciliano and based on two decades of his academic research and practical experiences as a senior executive in Silicon Valley, the session provides practical strategies for directors to hone their abilities to identify and address critical corporate issues that are materially impacted by technological change. He will work closely with eminent Asian practitioners drawn from TMS Academy's extensive networks, to address the following topics:
  • Exponential technologies
  • Technology's impact on consumer and competitor behaviour
  • "Big Data" and how it matters
  • The looming spectre of cyber risk
Chairpersons and Board Directors of private and listed companies, as well as government organisations.
Dan Siciliano is the Director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and Professor and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School. He is co-founder and a director of LawLogix Group, Inc. - a global software technology company named 8 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000 and several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private companies in the US. In 2009, 2010, and 2011, Dan was named to the "Directorship 100" - a list of the most influential people in corporate governance. He is the co-director of Stanford's Directors' College and board member of Silicon Valley Directors' Exchange, and governance consultant to the Boards of many Fortune 1000 companies including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney and Nissan.

"The session has affirmed my own tracking of technological developments & the positive impact on my own industry & the insights on how similar trends are re-shaping other sectors are useful."
Andrew Tan
Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

"I really enjoyed the forum! The concept is important in making future decision. The speakers are outstanding and the networking is very pleasant! Well done!"
Pramukti Surjaudaja
Director, OCBC Bank

"The session has reinforced in me the need to be alert to disruptive innovations, which can come from unexpected quarters. In countering such "disruptive innovations" we must not be afraid to embrace the new technologies and discard old paradigms."
Tan Guong Ching
Chairman, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd