GSMA Asia Pacific Policy Leaders Forum

Due to various paradigm shifts all over the world, the importance of strong, agile and collaborative leadership has become more apparent than ever. Technology and connectivity played a crucial role in bridging the gap between those leading and their stakeholders, whether at an enterprise or national level. With some lessons learnt in the past couple of years, what role will digital society play in the post-lockdown world? Join us at the 2021 Asia Pacific Policy Leaders Forum convening stakeholders from across the ecosystem to discuss opportunities to drive positive and socially effective policies alongside technology for all. 


The Policy Leaders Forum will consist of three virtual sessions which will explore digital approaches to societal issues, look at the future policies shaping digital societies, and examine why trust matters in a Digital Society. The Forum will take place on Tuesday 19 October 2021 from 11:40 (Singapore Time UTC+8) as part of the Mobile 360 Asia Pacific week.

Digital Approaches to Societal Issues

11:40 – 12:10

As nations transform digitally, businesses and governments are becoming more digitized. But are all citizens adopting digital? From developing economies to advanced digital societies, some sections are either being left behind or are falling behind because they are unable to keep pace with rapid changes in digital tools and platforms.

In this session, we will explore the state and causes of the digital divide across APAC and the actions by various stakeholders to stem and reverse it.

Shaping the future for a Digital Society

12:20 – 13:20

Driving from the run-up week, this session will pose some prominent questions to regulators from APAC. GSMA will provide an overview of the region, setting up a discussion with regulators and policymakers on the need for a modern regulatory framework for a digital society to thrive.

Why Trust matters in a Digital Society

13:30 – 14:30

The world has witnessed an unprecedented development and acceleration of innovations in the areas of remote working, e-commerce, health tech, social media and other internet related industries. However, as digitalization continues to permeate more aspects of people’s lives, negative repercussions from cyberattacks, data breaches and mis- and dis-information threaten adoption and use of new technologies.

In this session we will discuss how enabling policies related to cybersecurity, data privacy, and mis- and dis-information can support increased digitalization and innovation. Speakers will share their thoughts on how countries in the region are addressing these issues to help societies emerge from the pandemic and continue the digital growth.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek, Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission
Dr Ir Ismail, Director General of Spectrum Frequency Management and Equipment Standard, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Indonesia
Dr Dedy Permadi, Special Advisor to the Minister for Digital Policy & Spokesperson of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Indonesia
Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director, ITU
Abid Adam, Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Axiata
Vishakha Saigal, Vice President & Head Strategic Initiatives, Regulatory Policy & Research, Jio
Tom Varghese, Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for Asia Pacific, Facebook
Ben Bland, Director of the Southeast Asia Programme, Lowy Institute
Dr Lara Stoimenova, Associate Partner, DT Economics

If you are a government delegate or represent an inter-governmental organisation and are interested in attending the forum, please contact the team for further support.