Leesa Soulodre

Deep Tech Pioneer, VC, Adjunct at Singapore Management University

Talk Title: The Impact of AI on Climate and Society

Talk Abstract: 

This keynote is to explore through the eyes of a nation, its corporations leaders, and its citizens, the risks and opportunities of climate change and its mitigation to ensure national long-term national resilience and success in sustaining  reputation and mitigating reputational risks. This keynote considers the impact of COVID19 and explores through a case study on Singapore, how a Nation, its corporate entities and its citizens are demonstrating their climate resilience in a digital economy. We focus on a reputation risk lens  of nations, corporate leaders and society demonstrating their ability to be reflective, robust, forward thinking, flexible, resourceful, inclusive and integrated. In this talk I will explore a number of the drivers behind the deference to Western societies, which was the norm in the 19th and 20th centuries, and considers if this could now be replaced by a growing respect and admiration for East Asian ones. Finally I will conclude with a reputational risk lifecycle management approach for leaders to reference, to ensure that you too can secure a leadership role in the start of the Asian century.


As a serial in/entrepreneur, Leesa Soulodre has worked for 20+ years on the cutting edge of innovation, technology, and strategy consulting. She has led companies from seed to $14B USD into new markets and supported in the raising of over USD35M in Seed to Series C investments. She has had one IPO, a number of successful exits, and knows the hard knocks of lessons learned. She has 15+ years of Digital Director and Board Advisory experience in the not for profit, academic and private sectors. Leesa currently holds Board roles with the Victorian Government backed rural Accelerator, RunwayHQ, and is General Partner of R3iventures. As a venture builder, she supports the growth of a portfolio of Seed to Series B tech start-ups internationally.

Leesa also serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member on the Singapore Management University and IE Business School MBA Programs and lectures on the Singapore Institute of Directors Program, SMU Executive Education and the Singapore Civil Service College Innovation Program. As an Expert, she is called upon each year by the European Commission Research Agency to assess projects for the Horizon 2020 SME ICT Disruptive Innovation Fund.

Leesa holds a Global Executive MBA from TRIUM ( NYU, HEC, & LSE) and a Masters in Management (Marketing) from USQ. She has studied Sports Marketing, Sustainability Strategies, Risk Management, and Technology Entrepreneurship at Wharton, Harvard, the Australian Graduate School of Management and Stanford University respectively. She is a Certified Reputation Manager of the Reputation Institute, a Member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Public Relations Consultants Association.