Webinar Series Post-Covid World

Post-Covid World

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 10:00am to 11:00am (Singapore/Hong Kong time)

The second edition of our Supertrends Webinar Series 2020 showcased compelling investment themes for today and the future.  Amidst the current uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis, our long-term investment themes continue to provide clear solutions for investors.  Which trends will drive change and generate opportunities in the years to come?  The spotlight was on how the pandemic has upended our normal way of life and how it will catalyze the disruption in the way we live our daily lives and run our businesses.  

For this webinar, we were honored to have Dr. Larry Brilliant, who is viewed by many as the world’s foremost authority on viruses and pandemics. Dr. Brilliant was a key member of the World Health Organization’s Smallpox Eradication Program for Southeast Asia that saved 2 million lives.  In times like these, Dr. Brilliant will provide his best assessment on when the pandemic will subside, when a vaccine may get to market, chances of a resurgence, and most importantly, what impact the pandemic will wield on the social, economic and environmental aspects of our society. 

As Founding Executive Director of Google.org, former CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, and current CEO of Pandefense Advisory plus Chair of the Advisory Committee of Ending Pandemics, Dr. Brilliant advises leaders throughout the world on ways to drive positive change on urgent social, economic and environmental issues, and would be able to shed more light on The Post-Covid World with his public health, pandemic experience and corporate expertise.  

The discussion was moderated by Ms. Amanda Drury, a seasoned CNBC news anchor and contributor. 

About the speakers

Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH

Founder and CEO of Pandefense Advisory, epidemiologist, philanthropist

Dr. Larry Brilliant is a physician and epidemiologist, proud member of the TED community,

CEO of Pandefense Advisory, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the NGO Ending Pandemics. He is also a senior advisor to Jeff Skoll and serves on the board of the Skoll Foundation. Dr. Brilliant was previously the president and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, vice president of Google, and the founding executive director of Google.org. He also co-founded the Seva Foundation, an NGO whose programs have given back sight to more than 5 million blind people in two dozen countries. He also co-founded The Well, a progenitor of today's social media platforms. Earlier in his career, Dr. Brilliant was a professor of epidemiology and international health planning at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Brilliant lived in India for nearly a decade where he was a key member of the successful WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme for SE Asia as well as the WHO Polio Eradication Programme. More recently, he was chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Committee, which was created by presidential directive of President George W. Bush, he was a member of the World Economic Forum's Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk, and a "First Responder" for CDC's bio-terrorism response effort. Recent awards include the TED Prize, Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People, "International Public Health Hero," and four honorary doctorates. He has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Berkeley and many other colleges, spoken at the Royal Society, the Pentagon, NIH, the United Nations, and some of the largest companies and non-profits all over the world. He has written for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and other magazines and peer reviewed journals. He was part of the Global Business Network where he learned Scenario Planning and is the author of a memoir about working to eradicate smallpox “Sometimes Brilliant” and a guide to managing vaccination programs in a book “The Management of Smallpox Eradication.”

Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH

Amanda Drury

Anchor, CNBC

Amanda “Mandy” Drury has had a 22-year career working at the pinnacle of global business. She has worked extensively with leading television networks CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NBC, MSNBC and Australia’s Channel 7. 

Ms. Drury has interviewed political and business heavyweights such as Rupert Murdoch, President Donald Trump, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Jamie Dimon as well as Australian politicians such as Paul Keating, John Hewson, Wayne Swan and Joe Hockey. She also co-anchored CNBC’s “The Call” with current Director of the US National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, in New York. 

Working extensively in the Asia-Pacific arena, she has also interviewed and worked with Prime Ministers, CEOs, central bankers and finance ministers in that region. Ms. Drury has also had the pleasure of interviewing personalities from the celebrity world, such as Kylie Minogue, Curtis Stone, Mike Tyson, and the Sharks from Shark Tank in the US.  

In addition, Ms. Drury is a sought-after moderator on the world stage. She has moderated conferences for organisations such as Credit Suisse, Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Standard Chartered Bank and LinkedIn, as well as for non-profits such as the United Nations on topics ranging from women’s issues, microfinance and climate change. She has also moderated events in emerging industries like New Frontier Data’s Global Cannabis Town Hall.  

Ms. Drury is a seasoned MC for events such as Rotary International conventions, Advance Global Australian Awards, Platts Global Energy Awards, and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.  

She also enjoys being able to contribute her time for charity, volunteering for Rotary, the Wayside Chapel, and emceeing fundraising events for pet rescue shelters, cancer prevention, autism, St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir and local schools. 

She is an alum of Melbourne University and has worked in New York, Tokyo, London, Singapore and currently lives in Sydney with her husband and two boys.

Amanda Drury