Anshul Sonak

Anshul Sonak

Regional Director- Education & Innovation Programs (Asia), and Corporate Affairs Director (SE Asia), Intel Technology Asia Pte Ltd

Anshul is a business leader with over 23 years of worldwide experience in the education and skills tech sector. He is passionate about innovation for sustainable and inclusive development. At Intel Asia, Anshul manages public policy, CSR and Intel Foundation’s Education and STEM programs for democratizing innovations and tech skills for the next generation, in partnership with governments, academia and Civil Society Organisations.  He is an expert in social impact program co-creation by fostering scale partnerships and designing business models for shared value. He is also an adviser to various social impact organizations, multilaterals & startups.

Anshul has spoken in global forums like UNDP Youth Summit, ADB International Skills Forum, Korea Science & Creativity Festival, and Maker Faire. Besides sitting in multiple government committees in the region that look into education and skills reform, he has been a judge at the MIT Initiative of Digital Economy’s ‘Inclusive Innovation Challenge’ that aims to reinvent the future of work. He is UNDP Asia’s first Regional Youth CoLab Champion from the private sector, promoting youth entrepreneurship.

An alumni of University of Oxford – Oxford Advance Management & Leadership Program, Anshul holds several MIT certificates. He is also a member of Singapore Institute of Directors and ‘The Future If’ group, a global community of business leaders and futurists.

Topic: The Future of Inequality
The world we live is becoming increasingly VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) and we face challenges that didn’t exist before. The Fourth Industrial revolution that brings the fusion of cyber physical biological systems has opened up immense possibilities like precision agriculture and telemedicine to solve the world’s pressing issues. At the same time, human-machine partnership has amplified major inequalities like climate imbalance, wealth divide and gender technology gaps. It has also resulted in a big innovation divide. Anshul explores the future of inequality in the context of deeper, meaningful human-machine partnership, and how we as a learning society can take the lead in addressing it.