27 - 28 September, 2016
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview, Singapore , Singapore

Zia Zaman

Chief Innovation Officer
MetLife Asia
Zia Zaman joined MetLife in July 2014 as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Asia region. In his role, Zia is responsible for leading LumenLab, the industry-first innovation center, and steering the innovation agenda for the Asia region. He is a member of MetLife’s Asia Leadership Group and is based in Singapore.

Zia joined MetLife from SingTel, where he spent 3 years, more recently as the Chief Strategy Officer and VP of Emerging Businesses for SingTel’s Group Enterprise. He also co-led the acquisition of US-based Amobee, jumpstarting SingTel’s entry into the mobile advertising market. 

Prior to SingTel, Zia was the Chief Strategy Officer for LG Electronics North America during 2008-2011 and also served as the Chief Marketing Officer at FAST where he successfully positioned FAST as a leader in the enterprise search space which culminated in a US$1.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft in 2008. At Gartner, a research and advisory firm known for its “crystal ball”, Zia ran the North American strategy consulting practice during 2003-2006. In the earlier part of his career, Zia was a member of the M&A team at Sun Microsystems. Zia has occupied various board positions at tech startups and was a board member on Viking. He currently sits on the Board of the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. 

Zia holds an MBA from Stanford’s GSB. He also has an undergraduate bachelor’s of science degree from MIT in electrical engineering and a master’s of science degree in operations research, also from MIT.

Zia is married with two children and lives in Singapore.


14:40 Tackling the challenges of driving innovation and how to maximize return on investments

  • Assessing key industry stimulants that drive innovation and how to stay relevant
  • How to cultivate the right organizational mindset to drive the innovation agenda
  • Evaluating current R&D incentives, policy, frameworks and other mechanisms to facilitate impactful changes on innovation
  • What’s the right ROI metric for innovation? Does the “cost & benefits” analysis reveal the true effectiveness of your program?

16:30 Panel 1: Discussing the role innovation plays in the uncertain global economy

Capital expenditure is under tight control and staying alive is the goal for many businesses. How do you justify innovation spending instead of investing in other profitable new ideas with faster ROIs.
  • The top 3 challenges in establishing mutually beneficial partnership for knowledge transfer
  • How do you align different stakeholder expectations to produce the most desirable outcomes for the company
  • What are the lessons learnt to apply in the journey moving forward


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Zia.

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