GSBF Connect: Pathways and Partnerships for the Green Transition
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Germany Singapore Business Forum had been held since 1994 to promote partnerships between Singapore SMEs and German Mittelstand. Taking on a new and refreshed format in 2020, Germany Singapore Business Forum (GSBF) Connect comprises a series of events throughout the year to facilitate partnerships across market access, innovation plus industrial and digital transformation. Our focus continues to be on promoting partnerships between German and Singapore companies, while enabling faster, more digital and multi-dimensional connections.

With the increasing attention on the global effects of climate change, governments and businesses around the world are working together to tackle this with innovation to transform the way our economies operate.
Come join us at our upcoming edition of Germany Singapore Business Forum Connect as we share Germany and Singapore’s plans to support sustainable development, and facilitate important conversations on the opportunities arising from the green transitions.
You can choose between one of two concurrent industry-focused breakout sessions for the event, centred on Plastic Waste or Smart and Sustainable Cities upon registration.
Programme highlights
  • Gain insights on how businesses can form meaningful and action-driven partnerships in sustainability
  • Explore how German and Singapore businesses can work together to address the plastic waste problem or create more sustainable and livable cities
  • Network with like-minded partners through dedicated business matching



Timing Programme Elements
1000 CEST
1600 SGT
GSBF Connect Welcome Messages by Co-Chairs
  • Mr. Peter Ong, Chairman of Enterprise Singapore
  • Prof. Dr -Ing Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV)
1005 CEST
1605 SGT
Keynote Speeches
  • Her Excellency Ms. Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and Environment, Singapore
  • Her Excellency Ms. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 
1015 CEST
1615 SGT
Panel Discussion: Pathways and Partnerships for the Green Transition
  • Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub, Partner at SYSTEMIQ Ltd
  • Ms. Lynette Leong, Chief Sustainability Office, CapitaLand Group
  • Mr. Mark Dorn, President APAC and Global Head of Craftsmen, Construction and Professional Division (Adhesive Technologies), Henkel
  • Mr. Thomas Chhoa, Senior Advisor in Office of the CEO, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Mr. Jens Rübbert, President of the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Managing Director, Regional Head Asia/Pacific Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

1100 CEST
1700 SGT
Closing of Panel
  • His Excellency Mr. Laurence Bay, Singapore's Ambassador to Germany
  • His Excellency Dr. Norbert Riedel, Germany's Ambassador to Singapore
1105 CEST
1705 SGT
Breakout Discussion 1: Plastic Waste
  • Learn about the best practices in tackling plastic waste, and explore how German and Singapore businesses can work together to address the issue 

  • Mr. Dalson Chung, Director (Industry Promotion and Development Division), National Environment Agency
  • Mr. Edwin Khew, President, Plastic Recycling Association Singapore
  • Mr. Joachim Ihrcke, Vice President, Plastic Recycling Association Singapore
  • Mr. Jakob Lambsdorff, Chief Executive Officer, ALBA Singapore
  • Mr. CK Chai, Director of Business Development, TOMRA Collection Solutions Singapore
  • Mr. Holger Lindner, Chief Executive Officer, TÜV SÜD Product Service Division
  • Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, Director, Center for Nanotechnology & Sustainability, National University of Singapore

Dr. Tim Philippi, Executive Director, Singapore-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Breakout Discussion 2: Smart and Sustainable Cities

  • Learn about live and upcoming smart & sustainable city projects in Germany and Singapore
  • Deep dive into Germany's and Singapore's perspectives on smart & sustainable cities, and explore project and partnership opportunities
  • Mr. Alvin Tan, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Industry Cluster Group), JTC 
  • Dr. Lukas Gilliard, Assistant to the Executive Directors, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
  • Mr. Aylwin Tan, Chief Customer Solutions Officer, CapitaLand Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab
  • Mr. Alexander Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer/Founder, BABLE Smart Cities

Dr. Andreas Kleinschmidt

1200 CEST
1800 SGT
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Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. We work with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. We also support the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups. As the national standards and accreditation body, we continue to build trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.