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ADB SEADS 2023: Imagining a Net-Zero ASEAN

Countries in Southeast Asia are committed to a net-zero future, with 8 out of 10 ASEAN member states at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow committing to net-zero targets by 2050. 

The Asian Development Bank's Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2023, "Imagining a Net-Zero ASEAN," will bring together thought leaders, decision makers, and climate action advocates from government, industry, academia, and the development sector to discuss innovative solutions that can help countries focus on becoming net-zero economies and rebound from the COVID-19 crisis. 

SEADS 2023 will examine how the region can harness new green, innovative, and cost-effective approaches; adopt new technological solutions; accelerate the availability of finance; and deploy other effective measures to support decarbonization in a wide range of sectors while revitalizing economies.


Date: Thursday, 30 March 2023
Time: 9 AM - 7:30 PM (Bali Time / GMT+8)
Place: The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali / Hybrid



SEADS 2023 - ADB Introduction

  • Winfried F. Wicklein, Deputy Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB


Welcoming Remarks

  • Masatsugu Asakawa, President, ADB


Opening Keynote

  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance, Indonesia


Featured Talk - Global Perspective

  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations


Featured Talk - Regional Perspective

  • Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, India


Recorded Featured Talk - Innovation Perspective

  • David Turk, Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy, United States


Featured Talk - Climate Finance Perspective

  • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative 


Break and Networking | Innovations and Solutions Marketplace

Opening Plenary Panel: Financing Net Zero


  • Ahmed M. Saeed, Vice-President (Operations 2) East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, ADB
  • Senior government official, central bank governor or finance minister (TBD)
  • Mafalda Duarte, CEO, Climate Investment Funds
  • Herry Cho, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability and Sustainable Finance, Singapore Exchange
  • Moderator: David Ingles, TV Anchor and Chief Markets Editor, Bloomberg TV APAC


Fireside Chat

  • Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, ADB on the new ADB report: Global Value Chains in Southeast Asia: Building Resilience and Sustainability


Renewable Energy in Manufacturing: Opportunities for Southeast Asia

  • A presentation by ADB and McKinsey. Commentary by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sustainable Energy for All

12:05-12:15 Sustainability Seed Funding Award Announcements

  • Michaela Browning, Vice-President, Government and Public Policy for Asia– Pacific, Google


Lunch Break and Networking | Innovations and Solutions Marketplace


Media Briefing

  • ADB Report Launch—Global Value Chains in Southeast Asia: Building Resilience and Sustainability

Afternoon Keynote Addresses


Featured Keynote

  • Bambang Susantono, Chairman, Nusantara National Capital Authority, Indonesia


Featured Talk - Southeast Asia Perspective

  • Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative, Asia and the Pacific Office, United Nations Environment Programme


Featured Talk - Global Perspective

  • Douglas Sabo, Chief Sustainability Officer, Visa

Thematic Sessions


Digital Innovation to Advance a Net-Zero Future | ADB and Tech for Good Institute


Designing Resilient and Net-Zero Cities of Tomorrow | ADB and Arup


Enabling Energy Transition in Southeast Asia: Mechanisms and Initiative | ADB and Infrastructure Asia


Jobs of the Future: Building Diversity into the Net-Zero Transition | ADB, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, and


Virtual Only: Health Sector Net-Zero Solutions—An Opportunity Hiding in Plain Sight | ADB


Break and Networking | Innovations and Solutions Marketplace


An Ocean of Opportunity: How a Sustainable Blue Economy Creates Pathways toward Net Zero | ADB and Climateworks Centre


Opportunities for Transitions and Decarbonization Pathways in Southeast Asia | ADB and Climate Bonds Initiative


Ecotourism 2.0: Navigating the Transition to Net Zero | ADB, Visa, and Pacific Asia Travel Association


Meeting Sustainability and Climate Goals with the Cloud | ADB, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, and Amazon Web Services


Closing Remarks and Networking Reception | Innovations and Solutions Marketplace

Register Here

Starting Date

30 March 2023


Bali, Indonesia | Hybrid Event

Contact Info

Ms Amelia Litania

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