Technology is the foundation for moving humanity forward. However, we sometimes get too focused on the technology itself—making it faster, better, smaller. How can we flip it around and focus on people? Steve Leonard details how Singapore is bringing together ambitious and capable individuals and teams to imagine, start, build, and scale technology that can solve the world’s toughest challenges.
Steve Leonard is the founding CEO of SGInnovate, a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore government. Capitalizing on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Steve’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations, to help technical founders imagine, start, and scale globally relevant early-stage technology companies from Singapore. A technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, Steve has played a key role in building several global companies in areas such as software, hardware, and services. Previously, he was the executive deputy chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), a government statutory board under the purview of Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information, where he was responsible for various aspects of the information technology and telecommunications industries in Singapore on a national level. Steve serves on the advisory boards of a number of universities and organizations in Singapore and is an independent non-executive director of AsiaSat, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed commercial operator of communication spacecraft. Although born in the US, Steve considers himself a member of the larger global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.
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