Mayors Forum
Lee Kuan Yew World City Price
Young Leaders
City Solution Singapore

Symposium 2018


Date: 8th July 2018
Time: 8.30am – 11.30am


This year's symposium will focus on innovation and disruption in the public, private and people sectors. Selected Young Leaders will do a short sharing of what innovation means to them, the associated challenges, and the solutions they have in mind. This will be followed by three rounds of group discussions to deep dive into the ideas presented from multi-disciplinary angles and shape these ideas into concrete plans and projects. The discussions and concluding thoughts from the Symposium will be shared at the WCS Mayors Forum.

The WCS Young Leaders is proud to welcome the Temasek Foundation Connects as our partner. the Foundation seeks to build bridges and foster deeper understanding across communities, as well as strengthen professional and thought leadership networks for established and future leaders worldwide. it will also support more Young Leader-led initiatives to tackle urban issues in a multi-disciplinary manner. 

Desmond Lee
Second Minister, Ministry of National Development, Singapore

Opening Remarks
Lim Hock Chuan
Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Connects

Pang Yee Ean
Director General, Investment Operations, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

His Worship Justin Lester
Mayor, Wellington

Thomas Kufen
Mayor, Essen

Prof. Carlo Ratti
Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab

Shaishav Dharia
Regional Chief Executive Officer, Lodha Group

Devin de Vries
Co-Founder, WhereIsMyTransport

Ted Chen
Co-Founder, EverComm

Lucinda Hartley
Co-Founder, CoDesign Studio

Chintan Raveshia
Cities Leader, Arup

We have 90 young Leaders from 39 cities coming for the Symposium! Our confirmed speakers to date are:

His Worship Justin Lester
Mayor, Wellington

Thomas Kufen
Mayor, Essen

Prof. Carlo Ratti
Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab

Devin de Vries
Co-Founder, Where is My Transport

Lucinda Hartley
Co-Founder, CoDesign Studio

Shaishav Dharia
Regional Chief Executive Officer, Lodha Group

Ted Chen
Co-Founder, Evercomm

An extended programme for WCS Young Leaders - YL Extension Events

With the support of our WCSYL Partner Temasek Foundation Connects, we are happy to share that beyond the WCS YL Symposium, there will be a series of YL Extension Events which are spearheaded and led by YLs during the WCS.

1. Future of Placemaking.

  • Pre-Symposium event - Urban Ventures X Tour and drinks
    7 July 2018, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Temple Street, Chinatown

Hosted by
Lorenzo Petrillo
Founder and Director of LOPELAB

Lorenzo will show us how programs and exhibits such as those at Urban Ventures X transform public spaces in Singapore into a platform for Arts, Music, and People. The tour will end with networking drinks.

  • Post-Symposium Dinner
    8 July 2018, 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Hosted by
Prive, Asian Civilisation Museum

Co-Hosted by
WCS Young Leaderse in partnership with TF Connects and Inclusive Citymaking Solutions

Anupam Yog, Founder and Managing Director of Inclusive Citymaking Solutions, will conduct a fireside chat on the future of placemaking. Lorenzo will lead a dialogue on how programs and placemaking like Urban Ventures can enhance citizen cohesion, social awareness, and vibrancy in a city.

2. The Future of Cities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

10 July 2018, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom Lotus 4D, Level 4
Organised by Bernise Ang, Co-Founder and Methodology Lead, Zeroth Labs

By 2050, 68% of the world's population will live in cities. This demographic trend, coupled with the increasing ubiquity of artificial intelligence applications in urban zones, surfaces the question: what is the future of cities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, particularly for humans? The panel will explore the multiple cross-cutting issues of the nature of cities, work, social protection, and urban life in an age of technological disruption.

Chintain Raveshia
Cities and Transit Development Leader, Arup Singapore

Roshaan Wolasmal
Acting Minister of Urban Development and Housing of Afghanistan

Taimur Khilji
Urban Lead and Development Economist, 2030 Agenda, UNDP Asia Pacific

Bernise Ang
Co-Founder and Methodology Lead, Zeroth Labs and Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

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  Please refer to the following table for an overview of events:                                                                                                                                     





7 July 2018

6.30 – 8.00pm

YL Extension Event

Pre-Symposium Tour and Drinks

Future of Placemaking Part I:

Hosted tour at Urban Ventures X with Lorenzo Petrillo, followed by drinks

Temple Street, Chinatown

8 July 2018

8.00 – 11.00am

WCS Young Leaders Symposium 2018

Sands Convention and Expo, 5201 – 5202

1.00 – 3.30pm

WCS Co-located Event

Healthy Cities: Practical Advice on Inclusion and Health in Public Space

Gehl and Cities Changing Diabetes

Sands Convention and Expo, 5201 – 5202

7.30 – 10.00pm

YL Extension Event

Post-Symposium Dinner

Future of Placemaking Part II:

Fireside chat with Anupam Yog and Lorenzo Petrillo

Dinner co-hosted by WCS YL in partnership with TF Connects, and Inclusive Citymaking Solutions


Asian Civilisation Museum

10 July 2018

4.30 – 6.00pm

YL Extension Event

The Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Bernise Ang

Sands Convention and Expo, Lotus 4D

11 July 2018

9.00am – 1.00pm

WCS Co-located Event

The Liveability Challenge Finale


Sands Convention and Expo, Ballroom L + K