Asia & The Pacific Network Readiness and Digital Transformation Spotlight

On October 21, 5 am to 7 am EST (DC) (11 am to 1 pm Brussels or 5 pm to 7 pm Singapore) 


Event summary and video available here.


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For years, many Asian economies have been world-renowned champions of digital transformation, ranking highly in the Network Readiness Index (NRI). In which ways has Covid-19 impacted their ongoing digital transformation? Which economies in the region are positioned to fast track their digital transformation process and ensure competitiveness in a post-COVID-19 world?  On October 21, 2020, 5 am to 7 am EST, Portulans Institute, in cooperation with UNESCO, is proud to host a regional spotlight online event. In this panel, Portulans Institute co-founders will join regional experts to discuss these critical questions and NRI 2020 insights for Asia.

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Program and Confirmed Speakers:

5am: Welcome remarks by Carolina Rossini, CEO, Portulans Institute.

5:15 to 6:30am EST: Panel Discussion with

  • John Garrity, Economist and Policy Advisor, NRI Technical Advisor
  • Misako Ito, Regional Adviser and Chief, Communication and Information, at UNESCO
  • Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices at INSEAD, and Director, Portulans Institute
  • Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretary-General at The World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA).
  • Dr. Frances West, CEO FrancesWestCo and Former IBM Chief Accessibility Officer

6:30am EST: Q&A

Moderator: Carolina Rossini, CEO & Co-Founder, Portulans Institute

Speakers bios!

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Who is this event for? 

Academics, policymakers, business representatives, and other stakeholders interested in:

  • Digital transformation and Covid-19;
  • Asia’s competitiveness and NRI 2020 rankings;
  • The digital divide in Asian economies;
  • Policy interventions;
  • Regional insights on innovation and global talent.

In advance of this event, hear from global thought leaders about digital transformation and Covid-19 in Portulans’ Dialogue on Digital Transformation series. 

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