Live Webinar

Facing Off Against COVID-19: Aligning National Socioeconomic Policies, Initiatives and Funding to Aid Domestic Industries for Thailand’s Socioeconomic Rebuilding

Friday, 16 October 2020 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ICT GMT +7

IDC’s survey found that 55.8% of Asia Pacific public sector organizations expect a slow and difficult recovery rate, post-COVID-19.

Thailand has put forth economic measures worth 1.9 trillion baht (over US$60 billion) or 9% GDP to revive its local economy. About 1/3 of the package will be given as aid to farmers and informal workers such as street vendors and tourism-related businesses. 900 billion baht (US$28 billion) will be focused on soft loans and support for corporate bonds, while 600 billion (US$19 billion) baht will be for public health works and relief measures, and the remainder 400 billion (US$13 billion) baht centre around socioeconomic rebuilding and job creation.

COVID-19 has dramatically altered and accelerated the digital landscape for many ASEAN governments. Heightened IT strategies and deployment best practices are at the forefront of government leaders' attention, with increased importance on LOB IT outcomes, multiple digital initiatives that span various stakeholders across and outside the agency, and programs and services that need to engage and effectively meeting more personalized constituent needs.

In this webinar, our speakers will discuss what the main transformational trends organizations should focus and address in Thailand.

3 main transformational trends are noted:

  • The Future Digital Economy- enabling a sustainable digital economy with sufficient digital skills development, accessibility, and equity
  • Lifelong Constituent Services Automation and Value Creation- digital twins for cradle-to-grave citizen lifecycle personalized 'push' services
  • An Outcomes-Based Approach- bridging silos, engaging lines of business, and constituents needs

Attendees will receive a complimentary IDC infobrief to help your business navigate the disruptions through this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Putchong Uthayopas

Vice President for Digital Technology, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Dr. Putchong Uthayopas is a Vice President for Digital Technology, Kasetsart University, Thailand where he is responsible for KU digital policy and digital strategy, digital transformation, and oversee the operation of the Office of Computing Services. Dr. Putchong has a more than 25 years experiences in academics and government IT and research. Currently, he serves in numerous government committees such as the Board of director of Digital Government Development Agency (DGA) , Strategic Committee of the National Innovation Agency (NIA), Strategic Committee of the Institute for Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), Board of the Technology Center of the Thailand Court of Justice, Data integration sub-Committee of Thai National Assembly, Research Advisory Committee of NECTEC, IT Committee of the Thailand Science Research and Innovation, Committee in National sub-committee for Government IT architecture and Standard under the National Committee for Digital Government.

K. Nutapone Apiluktoyanunt

Managing Director, SAS Thailand

Prior to joining SAS, Nutapone spent 25 years in multiple high-tech global industries where he was the Country Manager for CA Technologies (Malaysia/Brunei and Thailand), F5 Networks (Thailand), Acision (Thailand and Indo-China), and HP Software (Thailand). He is also one of the founding members of the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF) (Thailand Chapter), an internationally-recognized, independent forum for IT Service Management professionals.

Jason Tan

Director Pre-Sales, ASEAN, SAS

Jason Tan is currently the ASEAN Director for Presales for SAS. He is responsible to manage the presales activities across ASEAN and managing a team of regional subject matter experts. Besides, driving the presales activities for SAS in ASEAN, he is responsible to drive long term initiative in the area of growth which includes cloud, innovation and public sector.  Over the past years in SAS, Jason had built up the 1st SAS APAC Innovation Center to support the innovation agenda across APAC. The innovation center focuses in innovation with smart government initiative and smart manufacturing initiative. Jason had been involved in regular strategic discussion with public sector in their digital transformation journey and data driven initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Jason is Managing Director for HPE Innovation Center Asia Pacific and General Manager, Public Sector, Asia Pacific. He was responsible for the running of the Innovation Center for Asia Pacific, consisting of 40 senior technologies, which focuses on driving startup acceleration and customer co-innovation project. For that role, he had focuses in developing commercial engagement in several key areas – big data, IOT, High Performance Computing and artificial intelligence. Some of the notable success include commercial engagement in Singapore G-Cloud, Taoyuan Smart City, India Railway solution. For his role as Director for Public Sector, Asia Pacific, he had been tasked to drive the public sector business across HPE full portfolio.

Over the 20+ years in IT industry, Jason had worked in various executive functions inclusive of product management role, account management role and business development role in country and across region. He is recognized as thought leaders in new initiative from cloud, high performance computing to artificial intelligence. He had been working with country MD across Asia Pacific for developing cloud, high performance computing and AI strategies.

Christopher Tan

Regional Alliance Director, APJ, Global Markets & Partners, Intel Corp.

Christopher Tan has over 23 years of experience in the ICT industry. As the Regional Alliance Director, Chris is responsible for the business relationship and go-to-market programs with global ISV partners across APJ. Before this role, he was the APJ Datacenter Platform Marketing Manager, owning the product marketing for Xeon and Atom server product lines. Other roles in his 14 years Intel career included the Business Development Manager for Singapore and the Enterprise Sales Manager for South East Asia, where he managed the account relationships with large enterprise end-customers, OEM partners and service providers.

Gerald Wang

Head, Asia Pacific Public Sector, IDC

Gerald Wang is the Head of IDC Asia Pacific Public Sector for IDC Government Insights and IDC Health Insights. In this role, Gerald draws on more than 15 years of research and industry experiences in enterprise IT market research, agile change management and innovation-based consultancy, as well as public speaking experiences across several public sector events. His specialties include managing digital government research and strategy advisories, driving industry-partnerships and knowledge ecosystems, as well as advocating for digital transformation innovations. Gerald is also the originator and program lead of the annual IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards since its inception in 2015 (

Mr. Wang was previously a civil servant for the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA and now, Government Technology Agency of Singapore [GovTech]), in which he functioned as an IT innovation program lead and a strategy consultant. Gerald had a dual role with IDA International too, where he spent extended periods overseas as an on-site expert delivering national technology master-planning consultancies, as well as ICT infrastructure review and benchmarking advisories to foreign governments.

To date, he has delivered a myriad of public sector transformation advisories and managed programs, both locally and globally, in smart cities, transportation, public safety, critical infrastructures, social welfare, healthcare, education, and economic internationalization verticals. Other prior experiences include being a senior editor for FutureGov Magazine, a Pan-Asian government business news publication, as well as a start-up partner for a local small and medium-sized enterprise (SME).


Master of Business (IT) degree (with distinction) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University

Linguistics degree from the National University of Singapore