Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1

 ‘Anticipating Successive Waves of Changes as the 4th Industrial Revolution Accelerates’

DW October

Dr David Wood

Chair, London Futurists/ Principal, Delta Wisdom


Dr David Wood has a triple first-class mathematics degree from Cambridge University and undertook doctoral research in the Philosophy of Science regarding the implications of quantum physics. He has an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Westminster University, awarded in recognition of his services to the smartphone industry.

Dr David is a pioneer of the smartphone industry. In 1998, he co-founded Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system. Software written by his teams was included in half a billion smartphones over the following years, from companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony Ericsson.

He spent ten years as a software architect and software director at UK-based mobile computing innovator Psion PLC, and three years as Chief Technology Officer of Accenture Mobility, where he co-led the company’s Mobility Health business initiative.

As Chair of London Futurists, he has hosted 200 public events on futuristic and technoprogressive topics since 2008. As Principal of Delta Wisdom, he works with organisations around the world to inject urgency into discussions of future scenarios and to anticipate forthcoming exponential disruptions.

He is also a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Secretary of the Board of Directors of Humanity+, and a fellow of the RSA.

Keynote 2

‘A Road Map for Malaysian Science’

Prof Dato Dr Asma Ismail

YBhg Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, FASc

President, Academy of Sciences Malaysia / Vice Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). She then later pursued Master of Arts in Microbiology from Indiana University, Bloomington and PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from UNR.

She was the first woman Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and first woman Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in 2012, making her the first woman appointed twice as Vice-Chancellor of public universities. She served as the country’s first woman Director-General of Higher Education and is currently the first woman President of Academy of Sciences Malaysia (2016-2019).

Professor Asma has made scientific discoveries that led to her attainment of 13 patents and commercialisation of a rapid diagnostic test for typhoid called TYPHIDOT which was advocated by the World Health Organisation. As a researcher, she published 131 papers, received more than 213 awards and recognitions, presented more than 387 papers including 351 invited talks/plenaries and 36 keynotes both at national and international levels. She was elected to The Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2003, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in 2010 and The Islamic World Academy of Sciences in 2016. She was elected as Honorary Member of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017. Her landmark contributions to Malaysia’s higher education system include establishment of the prestigious National Academic Award, 5 Research Universities in Malaysia and co- helmed development and implementation of The Malaysian Education Blueprint (higher education) 2013-2025. For these and other achievements, she received an Honorary Doctor of Science from University of Glasgow in 2013, Indiana University’s Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion in 2015, Honorary Degree Doctor of the University, Keele University and Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (KUFS) in 2017 respectively.

Keynote 3

Malaysian 4th Industrial Revolution Standard

Professor Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani, FASc, FIEM

President and Group Chief Executive of SIRIM Berhad

Professor Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani earned his Bachelor of Science with First-Class Honours in Electronic Engineering, Master of Science in Telematics and PhD in Image Processing from University of Essex, United Kingdom. He was appointed President & Group Chief Executive of SIRIM in April 2017.

Prior to that, he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. He had also served as General Manager of Frontier Technology at PETRONAS Research.

Professor Ahmad Fadzil is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia and the Institute of Engineers Malaysia. He is also a member of Board of Directors for ViTrox Corporation Bhd, a public-listed R&D company that develops and manufactures machine vision systems and member of Board of Directors, Prince Court Medical Centre Kuala Lumpur.

He had authored several books (Digital Signal Processing, USM Press, Surface Imaging for Biomedical Applications, CRC Press) and a monograph (Medical Imaging – Bringing Pixels to the Life Sciences, ASM Inaugural Lecture). Professor Ahmad Fadzil has also published over 70 articles in peer reviewed journals (49 indexed SCOPUS and ISI) and over 130 articles in conference proceedings mainly in image analysis for biomedical applications. He has an H-Index of 17 and i10- index of 34 by Google Scholar, and RG score of 28.77.

Professor Ahmad Fadzil holds several intellectual property rights (2 US patents, 1 India patent, 6 Malaysia patents, 9 copyrights, 1 software license).

Keynote 4

‘A World of Three Zeros’

Professor Muhammad Yunus

Noble Laureate, Social Business and Founder of Grameen Bank

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”

In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize. He is the recipient of 60 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 131 awards from 30 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1998), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1998), Sydney Peace Prize (1998) and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006).

In 2006, Time Magazine listed Professor Yunus under “60 years of Asian Heroes” as one the top 12 business leaders. In 2008, in an open online poll, Yunus was voted the second topmost intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (United States). In 2010, The New Statesman (UK) listed him as one of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures”.

He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine.