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Tri-Sector Forum 2018


The Tri-Sector Forum is an annual event organised as part of the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) School of Social Sciences’ Tri-Sector Initiative.

This initiative provides thought leadership on the burgeoning phenomenon of cross-sector partnerships, creating the hub for cutting-edge thinking on collaborative governance. To this end, the Tri-Sector Initiative conducts rigorous research and convenes events such as the Tri-Sector Forum, and though its unique Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) Programme, seeks to professionalise the practice of partnership and provide emerging leaders from businesses, governments and civil society organisations with the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge to become collaborative leaders who create high impact partnerships to tackle the world’s big problems.


Organisations and societies are increasingly challenged to develop abilities to secure more of the resources they need to enhance their sustainability and resilience. Innovation is central to enhancing the sustainability of operating and financial models, as well as the sustainability of our shared human, social and environmental capital that our financial systems depend upon. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lists 16 substantive goals for ending extreme poverty and hunger, improving human well-being, and reversing the worst of environmental degradation. 

The Tri-Sector Forum 2018 will showcase how cross-sector partnerships are innovatively addressing Glo-cal challenges – ones that each nation faces, but that are also shared in many other parts of the world. The forum’s panel discussion and the students' presentations will also address issues of inclusiveness and equity, as these are essential to the sustainability of our societies and systems.

Join us to help strengthen the innovative spirit that ambidextrously pursues both more sustainable approaches for the 'appropriation' or 'exploitation' of limited resources on one hand, and collaborative 'exploration' of novel sources of value on the other.

We warmly invite you to register your attendance to Tri-Sector Forum 2018.


25th April 2018


Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
Singapore Management University School of Accountancy Building
60 Stamford Road. Singapore 178900 


6:00pm to 8.30pm (Refreshments served afterwards)


The event will kick off at 6pm with Welcome Addresses by representatives of SMU and the Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration programme.

This will be followed by a Panel Discussion with:

- Bruno Occhipinti, Director of Strategy and New Business Development for Phillips (APAC).

- Julie Rezler, Head, Corporate Engagement Centre, Save the Children, Singapore, and

- Alexander Lau, Principal Design Lead of the Innovation Lab, Transformation Office of the Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore

(See detailed Bios below)

Thereafter, the Forum will feature 2 short presentations by the 4th Cohort of Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) students on the following topics:

From Aspiration to Impact: How corporations can use Cross-Sector Partnerships to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Region

As corporations come under increasing pressure to be more sustainable, many are struggling to reconcile the differing expectations of activists, regulators, customers, employees and shareholders. Although the UN SDGs provide a useful framework for facing the challenges and opportunities ahead, many companies still have problems identifying how to incorporate these goals into their strategies and practices.

This presentation proposes that carefully constructed cross-sector partnerships offer an opportunity for corporations to achieve the SDGs, generate social capital and promote the interests of multiple stakeholders.

"Old but Gold" - Advancing Cross-Sector Partnerships to create "Inclusive Encore Careers" for our Seniors in the year 2030

In 2017, more than 14% of Singapore’s population was above the age of 65.  By the year 2030, this will go up to 25% - or 1 in 4 persons - aged 65 years and older.  Many of Singapore’s seniors will still be working, or seeking employment in a new era where automation, robots and artificial intelligence have reshaped or disrupted jobs.

While demographics is not, and cannot be its destiny, this complex issue of a silver workforce presents enormous challenges for Singapore to maintain a vibrant economy and provide good jobs for its ageing citizens.  In the rush towards technology, there is also increasing concern that current jobs and services might become inaccessible to seniors.

Using the lens of private car hire and taxi drivers as a specific case study, this presentation focuses on the segment of vulnerable workers who are in their 50s today, and who might face job disruption by 2030.  Forecasting ahead, it is proposed that cross-sector partnerships will become increasingly crucial to open up space and offer new opportunities to help this segment of seniors stay digitally engaged, active and employable in 2030.  As business-as-usual will no longer be a viable option, we also explore how new forms of cross-sector partnerships can enable shifts to new directions and re-shape attitudes towards aging and the future of work.

Source of Picture: IPS Commons


Once again, we warmly invite you to register your attendance to Tri-Sector Forum 2018.




1. Bruno Occhipinti is Director of Strategy and New Business Development for Philips APAC. His role is to launch and accelerate new digital health initiatives, in affordable care for emerging markets, chronic-care management, and telehealth. He also drives partnerships with government, civil societies, startups, care providers, and MNCs to support Philips’ diversification and growth strategy. Previously in the Group Strategy in Amsterdam, Bruno conducted management consulting projects for Philips Executive Committee across all businesses. Prior to that in Seoul, he drove corporate development activities in the renewable energy venture of Samsung, after his Global Strategist position advising group’s senior executives in Samsung headquarters. Beforehand, he led several roles in pre-sales, product management, and consulting in data analytics software for Hyperion (now Oracle) across Asia and Europe. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School.

2. Julie Rezler Heads Corporate Engagement (Asia) for Save the Children. She leads a team dedicated to creating strategic, transformational partnerships with the private sector - to achieve social impact for children and communities across Asia while also delivering business benefit. Critical to these partnerships are government and civil society as each has a distinct role to play in ensuring Save the Children can realise its 3 big ambitions which are - to ensure no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday, all children receive a quality basic education; and all children are protected from violence. Prior to joining Save the Children, Julie was a specialist in corporate and business development in the life sciences sector in North America. She worked with senior management teams to raise over US$250m in public and private equity, and doubled the market cap of a biotechnology company to reach US$1B on the Nasdaq exchange. Beforehand, she was a management consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and led consulting engagements across Asia, Africa and Europe. Her major clients in International Development included the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, IFC and British Overseas Development. Julie has a Master of Arts in Environmental Planning from the University of Nottingham, UK. She conducted Ph.D. studies in Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and holds a certificate in Finance from the Hass School of Business, Berkeley California.

3. Alexander Lau is Principal Design Lead of the Innovation Lab, at the Transformation Office of the Public Service Division, in the Prime Minister’s Office. He is a veteran design professional with more than 25 years’ experience who has owned and led award-winning multi-disciplinary design consultancies, working with international clients in the transportation, military, healthcare, security, hospitality, wellness, food and beverage and retail industries. The projects range from strategy and conceptualization for value creation, all the way through to production optimisation and project management. Alex headed the Design Excellence Centre at the Institute of Technical Education College Central, where he refined the Design Thinking curriculum and developed Continuing Education Training Workshops for adult learners. Alex has trained more than 2,500 adult and student learners. In his current role at the Innovation Lab, Alexander advocates for human-centric, collaborative and experimental mindsets in the design of government policies and services - to build capabilities and capacity in design-led public sector innovation. From 2015, Alexander experimented with blending principles from Design Thinking, Behavioural Insights, Data Science, Business Process Re-engineering and Organisational Development into Public Service Innovation. His method has evolved into a framework to guide the innovation process in the Singapore Public Service.

Last updated on 15 Oct 2018 .