The LIF Asia Innovates summit is a showcase celebration marking five years of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) programme.

The event will bring together leaders in the Asian innovation ecosystem together with leading British innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. The unique two-day summit will showcase the atmosphere and energy of the LIF programme.

The invite-only LIF Summit will convene 150 LIF alumni from the region together with more than 100 specially invited guests and speakers.


15 October

5:00 pm

A welcome address to the attendees from the Royal Academy of Engineering and MIGHT

5:10 pm

Networking and ice-breaking evening

5:10 pm

Pitching competition for a select group of 14 LIF alumni from the region - 2 per LIF country 

(This is a parallel session to the main networking event)

7:00 pm

Speakers dinner hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering


16 October

8:00 am


9:30 am

Opening remarks 

Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President & CEO MIGHT (Malaysia)

Prof. Ric Parker, CBE, FREng, FRAeS, FIMechE, FInstP, Independent Special Advisor on technology and technology transfer (UK) 

HE Charles Hay MVO, British High Commissioner (UK in Malaysia)

Senior Deputy Secretary General of the Prime Minister’s Dept, Dato’ Hj Hasnol Zam Zam Bin Hj Ahmad (Malaysia)

9:45 am

Innovation landscape in Asia: a regional perspective

Keynote address

Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education Malaysia, Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir (Malaysia)

10:10 am

Innovation: How it impacts society

Keynote address

Mike Short, CBE FREng FIET FBCS FITP Chief Scientific Advisor, Department International Trade (UK) 

10:40 am

Tea and coffee break 

11:05 am

Panel discussion: Navigating innovation ecosystems in Asia 

Turning ideas into reality demands strong community support. In this panel, we will hear from doers and makers from the Asian ecosystem, sharing lessons and challenges which innovators are facing and how ecosystems can collaborate to support innovation across borders.

Confirmed speakers: 

Suraya Sulaiman, Executive Director, Alpha Catalyst Consulting (Malaysia), moderator

Prof. Ric Parker, CBE, FREng, FRAeS, FIMechE, FInstP Special Advisor on technology and technology transfer (UK) 

Dr. Feng Tian, Chairman & CEO, Phomera Metamaterials Inc. (China)

Anna French, Deputy Head, DFID India (UK/India)

Lilyana Abdul Latiff, CEO and Co-Founder, BETA Foundation (Malaysia)

11:35 am

Entrepreneur spotlight session

Dominika, founder and engineering director of a company developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art hi-fi audio equipment will share the lessons she has learned from her entrepreneurial journey.

Dominika Behounek, Co-Founder of Arya Audio Labs (UK)

11:45 am

Entrepreneur spotlight session: 

Saving lives through medical devices

This session will showcase a successful entrepreneur and LIF fellow from the Asian region who will share how he has managed to bring his innovation to the market as well as the challenges he has faced throughout the process. 

Nitesh Kumar Jangir, LIF fellow and Co-founder, Coeo Labs (India)

11:55 am

Panel discussion: Entrepreneurship in Asia

This is one of our most exciting tracks at the Asia Innovates where invited speakers from the region will participate in an engaging discussion around:

  • Тhe challenges they face within their ecosystems
  • Тhe lessons they learned from their entrepreneurial journeys 
  • What they wish they knew when they started 

This session will also explore the role of researcher-turned- entrepreneur in driving the economy forward as well as affecting positive change in the ecosystem.

Confirmed speakers: 

Ana Avaliani, Head of Enterprise Hub, Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), moderator

Boonrat Lohwongwatana, Director, Biomedical Engineering Research Center and Co-founder of Meticuly (Thailand)      

Siva Devireddy, Founder & CEO, GoCoop (India)

Nguyen Minh Tan, LIF fellow and Founder, JEVA Technology (Vietnam)     

12:30 pm


2:00 pm

Supporting underrepresented founders around the world

Anisah will discuss the UK technology investment landscape and what investors look for. As the director of the London accelerator Backstage Capital she will also share why they invest solely in women, people of color and LGBTQ+ founders. Let's look at the different ways that you can fund your company, and how/why to look within your local ecosystem first.

Anisah Osman Britton, Director, Backstage London (UK)

2:20 pm

Panel Discussion: What do investors want?

In this session speakers will present their visions for opportunities for innovators in Asia, touching upon the following topics:

  • Advice for researchers-turned-entrepreneurs
  • The investment landscape in Asia, especially in high-tech and deep-tech sectors
  • Inspiration for entrepreneurs who are from countries with emerging startup and investor ecosystems

Confirmed speakers: 

Paul Burmester, Head of Innovation & Partnerships, Singtel innov8 (UK/ Singapore), moderator

Doralyn Chan, Funding, Entrepreneur First (Singapore)

Anisah Osman Britton, Director, Backstage London (UK)

Manuel Biermann (Philippines)

Hussam Sultan, CIMB Islamic Bank (Malaysia)

3:10 pm

LIF innovation showcase

LIF fellows will demonstrate their projects and prototypes during a facilitated expo. Explore innovations from biodegradable Mg alloy bone implants to mosquito-repellent textiles that are available on the market or at the industrial prototype stage. Prepare your business cards and start collaborating with some of the distinguished LIF innovators.

4:10 pm

Pitching competition (final round)

A participant-driven pitching competition in which a panel of investors will recognise the most groundbreaking and fundable innovations among the Asian LIF community.

5:45 pm

Announcing the pitching competition winners
The end of the first day will be accompanied by a ceremony celebrating the success of the fellows participating in the pitching competition.

6:00 pm

Celebration reception

Five years of the LIF programme

8:30 pm

End of celebration reception



17 October

9:30 am

Opening and planning of the day

The sessions taking place on this day are part of a format which will be referred to as Practical Parallel Workshops (PPW’s). 3 to 7 parallel tracks will run in any given time slot and they will vary from small discussions to larger talks and practical exercises. 

Session topics will be presented and pitched in front of the audience during the opening of the second day. Everyone will be free to move through the floor and join whichever session they find relevant to their needs. 

All LIF fellows and external guests and speakers are free to initiate workshops. You can add a session to the agenda at any time during the summit, up to the planning session in the morning of the 17th of October.

11:00 am 

Parallel practical workshops: Session One

12:00 am

Parallel practical workshops: Session Two

To be announced on the day

12:45 pm


2:00 pm

Parallel practical workshops: Session Three

To be announced on the day

4:45 pm

Closing remarks

6:00 pm

Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) networking event

(Participants expected in the lobby for boarding the coaches that will take us to MaGIC)

8:30 pm

End of MaGIC networking event 

(Coaches provided for a return journey to the hotel)