CGI Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, June 9th 2010 - 09:00–10:30


Welcome remarks by


Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and University of Geneva, Switzerland

Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann is currently  Director of the research lab MIRALab at the University of Geneva ( and Director of the Institute for Media Innovation (IMI) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Opening address by


Professor Bertil Andersson

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Bertil Andersson is a plant biochemist of international reputation and is the author of over 300 papers in photosynthesis research, biological membranes, protein and membrane purification and light stress in plants.

He was educated at Umeå and Lund Universities in Sweden. He started his research career at Umeå after which he became a Professor of Biochemistry. From 1996-2003, he became Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Sciences at the University of Stockholm. In 1999 he was the Rector (President) of Linköping University, Sweden until the end of 2003. From 2004-2007, he joined the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg as its Chief Executive. Since April 2007, he has been appointed Provost of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Speech by Guest-of-Honour


His excellency Jörg Alois Reding

Ambassador of Switzerland in Singapore

Ambassador Jörg Alois Reding, a Swiss citizen, was born in 1951 and grew up in the central part of Switzerland (Zug and Schwyz). His formal education took place in Switzerland, Canada and Brazil. He graduated with degrees in economics from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland and from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.




Keynote address


Title: "The Next Billion"

Mr Michael Yap

Deputy CEO, MDA and Executive Director, Interactive Digital Media Program Office, Singapore

Michael Yap is Deputy CEO at the Media Development Authority of Singapore. As Executive Director of the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Programme Office, he is also at the helm of the national IDM R&D agenda which seeks to inspire innovation, deepen capacities and position Singapore as a vibrant IDM node of influence.



The Interactive Digital Media sector is not just a burgeoning industry, but also the backdrop for imminent shifts in communication, real-time dynamic data understanding and rich interactive environments.  With faster evolution due to fragmented and evolving consumption modes, new business models are needed that will tap on technology's capabilities to create simplicity - - as an  “information shadow”; the capture of physical interactions with the world could create corresponding data online, fueling the kind of information that can create new insights and industries.

Singapore is uniquely placed to leverage on this revolution, where a deliberate orchestration of technology, busines model and social disciplines lead to cross-discipline and cross-border collaborations to impact the outlook for the world.