Islamophobia and Islamic Politics: A Discussion About Southeast Asia

Religion is both a covert and an overt force in politics, particularly in Southeast Asia where there are 240 million Muslims in the region. Unlike other driving forces, such as economics, it can be challenging for those outside the community to fully understand how sentiment within the local community is evolving and how those developments influence leaders and policymakers. Yet, appreciating the evolution of Islam in the region is key to gaining deeper insight on regional politics as a whole. A lack of understanding can also create blind spots: the terror attacks in Christchurch are a sober reminder that no country can afford to be complacent about violent extremism from all sides.

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Yishan Lam
AI, Data and Incumbents

Can large incumbents, including governments, build and implement effective technology solutions, or are they forever at the behest of smaller and more nimbler startups? 

 

Join us as we discuss these topics and more with Liu Feng-Yuan and Wong Hefen, who were both recently named as 2 of the world’s 100 most influential young people in government by public service think tank Apolitical in 2018. 

 

In this live session of Feed, we discuss how AI and data analytics are implemented in practice, the challenges of driving change within large organisations and learn more about their leadership journeys and building effective teams. We will also go behind the scenes on some high-profile data stories including MOM’s behavioural insights unit Co-Lab, catching the rogue MRT train, and the app that has changed the lives of drivers all around the island, Parking.SG.

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Yishan Lam
What is Truth? Dealing with a Polarized Media - Discussion with Bertha Henson, Gaurav Keerthi, and Ervin Tan

We have never before lived in a more polarised media environment and public trust for traditional news sources and institutions is under considerable stress. Can we move past a cacophony of extremes to an environment with more mature discourse, and how will we do that in Singapore? Join us for a panel with Bertha Henson, Gaurav Keerthi and Ervin Tan as we unpick this complex issue.

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Yishan Lam
Conversation with Rachel Heng, Author of Suicide Club

Asset management and literature don’t often go hand-in-hand, as they do in the journey of Rachel Heng,  the Singaporean author of Suicide Club. Written while Rachel was building a successful private equity career in London, the novel is set in a dystopian New York where the average life expectancy is 300 years and where society is obsessed with wellness and genetic perfection.

Come join us as we sit with Rachel to hear how she made the switch from investor to writer, the influences behind her work, and why Suicide Club – far from being a book about death – is really a reflection and celebration of life.

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Yishan Lam
Commentary: When Kim Met Trump

We do not usually write takeaways after our Feed events, as they tend to be small and follow Chatham House rules. However, the Trump-Kim Summit panel organised with 1880 was exceptional, with around 250 people attending and the conversation live-streamed on Facebook. It was a rare opportunity to gather a broad group of experts, several of whom had been long-term observers of Asia and of the Korean Peninsula in particular.

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Yishan Lam