Event report

Past Event | Smarthealth Summit 2023

The 4th edition of the Smarthealth Summit brought to the forefront critical issues that are shaping the healthcare landscape in Southeast Asia (SEA). The summit served as a platform for thought leaders and experts to delve deep into the topics of healthcare sovereignty, protectionism, and healthy aging, offering valuable insights and fostering meaningful discussions.

Key Themes:

Healthcare Sovereignty: The concept of healthcare sovereignty has gained prominence as nations strive to achieve self-sufficiency in delivering high-quality healthcare to their citizens. This imperative was explored in depth at the summit.

Protectionism: Globally, protectionist policies have emerged as a means to safeguard local healthcare industries from external competition. The summit examined the implications and consequences of such policies in the SEA region.

Healthy Aging: With an aging population comes an increased demand for healthcare services. The summit addressed the challenges and opportunities presented by the aging demographic, highlighting the potential for new technologies and innovations to meet the evolving needs of seniors.


The event commenced with opening remarks from esteemed guests: Her Excellency Ms. Minh-di TANG, French Ambassador in Singapore, and Ms Yan Yan HORegional Director Europe at Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

1st Roundtable Discussion - "Navigating Sovereignty and Protectionism: Unveiling the Potential for Pharmas and Medtech in SEA"


  • Jessica Song, VP for Supply Chain Asia-Pacific at bioMerieux
  • Dirk Dumortier, Head of Business Development Smart-City and Healthcare (APAC region) at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
  • Arnaud Bauer, Partner at L.E.K. Consulting
  • Giles Newmarch, Senior Investment Officer at IFC - International Finance Corporation

Moderated by Erwan Barre, Partner (Foreign Law) at RHTLaw LLP

2nd roundtable discussion “Empowering Healthy Aging: The Transformative Role of Technology for Aging Populations”


  • Praveen Sam Thomas, Segment Leader – Healthcare, East Asia Japan at Schneider Electric
  • Kwang Cheak Tan, CEO at Agency for Integrated Care
  • Clive Tan, Assistant Chief, Group Integrated Care at National Healthcare Group
  • KC Teo, CEO at Active Global

Moderated by Olivier Lo, Group Medical Director at International SOS


Networking and Engagement:

After the panel discussions, the attendees engaged in lively discussions and networked with experts from the healthcare industry. They also had the opportunity to participate in B2B meetings with MNCs and start-ups.

The Smarthealth Summit 2023 was organised by the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore in partnership with Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and kindly sponsored by bioMérieux, International SOS, RHTLaw Asia LLP and Schneider Electric.

 Thank you to all the speakers, moderators, sponsors, and participants who contributed to the summit's success.


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