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Friday, 19 August 2016
ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management

The inaugural ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management (SPDDM) was held last year on 2 November in Singapore. Following this Dialogue, ASEAN has come up with the “ASEAN Vision 2025 on Disaster Management”, which charts the strategic direction for ASEAN in disaster management for the next ten years. In view of its success, the ASEAN SPDDM will now be held annually in Singapore to sharpen ASEAN’s strategic engagements and thought leadership in disaster management.



The second ASEAN SPDDM was held today at Pan Pacific Hotel with Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law gracing the event and delivering the opening address. It was jointly organised by the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Corporate Citizen Foundation (CCF). This year’s theme is: Change and Innovation: Learning from the Private Sector to Enhance Disaster Management in ASEAN. The event was also aptly held in conjunction with the World Humanitarian Day on 19 August.



The Executive Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre), Mr Said Faisal said, "The role of private sector in disaster management is significant due to their extensive resources and capacities, enabling faster and bigger response in disasters which also reiterates our One ASEAN One Response inclusivity, where all actors including private sector jointly responding to disasters as one".



Key Highlight



A key highlight of SPDDM 2016 was the CEO’s Talk. Three CEOs/Senior Executives who are considered as champions in change and innovation gave their views on how the participants should embrace change and innovate as means of enhancing disaster management cooperation in ASEAN.  Please see below for profile of the three speakers and facilitator.







Mr. Markham Shaw

Executive  Vice  President of  the Shaw

Organisation Group of Companies



Mr. Karl Loo

Cofounder and CEO, ServisHero



Ms Ivy Kamadjaja

Deputy CEO of Kamadjaja Logistics



The private sector plays a critical role to  realise the vision of a disaster resilient ASEAN Community. Disasters could have a direct impact on businesses. In view to this, it is important that the private sector is involved in disaster management such as by having a sound business continuity plan, through innovations, by responding to disasters or by taking steps to reduce disaster losses.






The event was attended by about 120 participants, comprising Heads of the National  Disaster  Management  Offices  of  the  ten  ASEAN  Member  States 1 , Ambassadors of ASEAN Dialogue Partners and other countries, relevant UN agencies, owners, leaders and CEOs of private sector entities, the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Partnership Group (APG),   civil   society   partners,   youth   networks   in   ASEAN,   academia,   and

representatives of other ASEAN bodies.



Mr. Markham Shaw - Executive Vice President of the Shaw Organisation

Group of Companies (Singapore)


Mark joined the family business in 1992 as a junior film programming and acquisition executive having completed his degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College in London. With his engineering background, Mark also became actively involved in the Group’s real estate development and theatre operations.


Today, as Executive Vice President of Operations, Mark is responsible for managing the real estate and theatre operation teams at Shaw Organisation.


Mark is the Chairman of the Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) and the Vice Chairman of the National Fire Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC). He also serves on the Board of Governors of HomeTeamNS, (the National Service Association for Home Team NSmen) and the Singapore Cord Blood Bank, Singapore’s first public cord blood bank.

Mr. Karl Loo - Cofounder and CEO, ServisHero (Malaysia)


Karl is a serial entrepreneur, with work experience spanning four continents. Karl was a founding member, and regional Director for Groupon China. In early 2014, his South African ecommerce websites were fully acquired by Naspers (Africa’s largest media company). Prior to returning to Malaysia, Karl set up the Silicon Valley offices for Y-Combinator company (W14), Karl has an undergraduate law and business from the University of Auckland; and an MBA from the University of Oxford.


ServisHero started off as an idea after Karl returned to Malaysia and was told to find an aircon repair person by searching for signboards attached to trees. Seeing an opportunity to bring this traditional way of advertising into the modern world, ServisHero was launched as a mobile app in June 2015. Today, ServisHero has offices in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and is operational in 5 cities. Karl is proud of the fact that ServisHero is a purpose-driven organisation with aims to uplift the income levels of Small and Medium Enterprises and freelancers in South East Asia.


ServisHero has raised more than US$2.7M in funding from investors including Golden Gate Ventures, Cradle Seed Ventures, YTL Corporation and the former International COO of Groupon.

Ms Ivy Kamadjaja - Deputy CEO of Kamadjaja Logistics (Indonesia)


Ivy Kamadjaja is the Deputy CEO of Kamadjaja Logistics. She joined the company in 1998, and has done various positions since. In 2014 she became the Deputy CEO of Kamadjaja Logistics, also serving as President Director of Pusaka Lintas Samudra, an affiliate of Kamadjaja Logistics.


Ivy holds Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Australia. Ivy is actively involved in Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN) as Deputy, Permanent Committee of Land Transportation, and Head of East Java Chapter of Indonesia Logistics Association (ALI).


She was awarded the Woman's Stevie Awards in Business, New York, USA in

2014; Marketeer of the Year, Surabaya and Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Indonesia Award during the following year of 2015, and many more prestigious recognitions.


Kamadjaja logistics is the pioneer in the logistics industry focusing in Indonesia's supply chain excellence since 1968, founded by her father Hura Kamadjaja. Now, Kamadjaja Logistics is a fully integrated logistic solution, with the largest logistic network throughout the archipelago and has the modern warehouse and facilities. The company offers services from warehousing & distribution, domestic & international freight forwarding and customs clearance, land transport, container yard and project logistics.



Mr. Said Faisal - Executive Director, AHA Centre


Mr Said Faisal currently serves as the Executive Director of ASEAN Coordinating

Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre).


Prior to joining AHA Centre, Said Faisal worked with the President’s Delivery Unit

for Development, Monitoring & Oversight, Republic of Indonesia.


From September 2009 to August 2010, Mr. Faisal joined the ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force (AHTF), a Task Force established by ASEAN in responding to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy of the Secretary- General of ASEAN and Head of Operations. Following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in December 2004, Said Faisal was appointed as Deputy Head of BRR Aceh-Nias, a ministerial - level agency for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Aceh and Nias of Republic of Indonesia, from April 2005 to April 2009. Prior to working at BRR, Said Faisal worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Jakarta, Indonesia for business enabling environment.


In 1999-to 2003, Said Faisal joined the Jakarta Initiative Task Force (JITF), a Task Force established by the Government of Indonesia to accelerate corporate debt restructuring to resume growth of private sector after the Country was hit by economic crisis where he served as Senior Manager. Said Faisal received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Management from Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia and has a Master’s degree in Insurance/Finance from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA.



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