My HPAIR 2021 experience & takeaways.

January 15th, 2021 (ET) Day 1:

It was an exciting Day 1 at the HPAIR! 💫

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Kevin Sneader, CEO and Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company
Right: André Hoffmann, the Vice Chairman of Roche Holding Ltd, moderated by Martin Roll
Upper right: Professor Milind Tambe, director for “AI for Social Good” at Google. Middle: Amit Pradhan, the President of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS)

January 16th, 2021 (ET) Day 2: Inspiration overload!

Opening Ceremony by Brian A. Wong, Advisor at Alibaba Group Global Initiatives, Founder & chairman at Radii China, moderated by Mark Wu, Vice Dean Harvard Law. My personal takeaway from the session was to identify what motivates me and do the same to create things that could benefit the greatest number of people.

Left: Brian A. Wong, Advisor at Alibaba Group Global Initiatives, Founder & chairman at Radii China. Right: Mark Wu, Vice Dean of Harvard Law
  • FIND COMMON GROUND: when you think it’s impossible to seek one, always remember that there will always be common ground. You just need to sit back, relax, reflect, and carry on.
  • FOCUS ON THE JOB TO BE DONE TO SPOT OPPORTUNITIES: get things done! Be responsible for what has been handed to you and be aware of bright opportunities coming along your way.
  • DELIVER WINS: no matter how small progress is, progress is still a win.
  • ALWAYS FOCUS ON MINDSET: it’s all about mindset and how you see the world. Global innovators are always questioning the ‘what if’s and sharpening the growth mindset.
Left: Mr. Hari Nair, VP of Procter & Gamble
Right: Lesly Goh, Senior Technology Officer at The World Bank
Right: Bandana Tewari, lifestyle editor, sustainable activist, former Editor at Large for Vogue India
Julian Tse, a Vogue-published photographer, Ex-Finance, Oxford University Mathematics

January 17th, 2021 (ET) Day 3:

This day began with a Fireside Chat with Lord Wei, The first British-born person of Hong Kong origin to have become a member of the House of Lords.

Left: Lord Wei, The first British-born person of Hong Kong origin to have become a member of the House of Lords
Upper left: Lan Yang, Forbes, “100 most powerful women” & Talk show host “Oprah of China”. Lower left: Anla Cheng, CEO & Founder of SupChina. Upper right: Lesly Goh.
Right: Raba Khan, Youngest Member of Forbes 30 under 30
middle: Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Chief Economist of the Asia-Pacific Region, Natixis Bank. Upper left: Reza Baqir, Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Former Head, International Monetary Fund (Egypt). Upper right: Martin Roll, moderator

January 18th, 2021 (ET) Day 4:

It was an inspiring and insightful session with the 27th Prime Minister of Thailand, Right Honourable Abhisit Vejjajiva & Dr. John Park, Director of Korea Working Group, on the last day of the HPAIR 2021 conference. Truly an honor to listen to the Prime Minister on a range of contemporary issues & public policy matters.

Right: 27th Prime Minister of Thailand, Right Honourable Abhisit Vejjajiva. Left: Dr. John Park, Director of Korea Working Group
Left: Joseph Lubin, Founder, ConsenSys, Co-Founder, Ethereum. Right: moderator Soyoun Choi
Left: Mr. Adam Cheyer, Inventor & Co-Founder of Siri
  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help tackle a multitude of social issues.🤖
  2. Nature is not limitless & it’s time we play our roles diligently to tackle climate change. 🌿
  3. Love Quotient is as important as Emotional Quotient. 💜
  4. Celebrate little achievements. 🌸
  5. Human values are important because they help us change, grow, & develop. 🌱
  6. Be an environmentally-conscious consumer. 🧠
  7. We should always aim to become a servant leader. 🙏🏽
  8. Some people are meant to stay, while others are meant to go & that’s ok. 🌷
  9. We’re the architects of the future, not its victims. 🚀
  10. Be part of the right networks. ✔️
  11. There is no pride in selectivity. (Take pride in what you take away from the conference and not mere selection) .🙌🏽
  12. People will recognize you. People will notice you. All because of your values. 🇮🇳
  13. Dreams are powerful because we attract what we think or desire, but to fulfill it, we must go through the ups & downs of our lives while carrying our own human values. 🦋

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