Manila, Philippines – As the world continues to witness rapid urbanization and technological advancements, the concept of smart cities has emerged as a powerful solution to address the complex challenges faced by modern societies. These intelligent ecosystems leverage cutting-edge technologies to create sustainable, efficient and livable environments. The upcoming Innovation Summit 2023, a hybrid event at Fairmont, Makati and live and for FREE via Zoom this July 20, recognizes this immense potential of smart cities and aims to explore the latest trends, innovations and best practices in this domain.

For the first time, KPMG in the Philippines will also be granting a tech start-up the opportunity to represent the country at the KPMG Global Technology Innovator finals to be held in Lisbon, Portugal in November. Apart from potentially winning the competition on the global stage, the summit sets the stage for start-up companies to showcase their products and services and build meaningful connections with investors, industry experts, and fellow disruptors.

Tagged MAKING IT HAPPEN: From Innovative Ideas to Execution, KPMG in the Philippines, one of the country’s leading professional services firms, looks forward to invigorating the business sector’s spirit of enterprise with game- changing discussions that zero in on innovation and technology.

Four hyper-specialized plenary sessions are underway at the KPMG Innovation Summit 2023: Smart Cities, ESG Technology, The Next Wave of Automation and Industry Disruptors.


Technology enterprises and tech start-ups will greatly benefit from the panel discussions led by Department of Information and Communications Technology Undersecretary David Almirol, Department of Budget and Management Undersecretary Maria Francesca Del Rosario, City Savings Bank Head of Legal and Data Protection Officer for Private Sector Infrastructure, Ernesto Herrera, League of Cities Execute Biencor Ma. Veronica Hitosis, Microsoft Philippines National Technology and Security Officer Dale Jose, and Aboitiz Chief Operating Officer for Smart Cities Alvin Ng who are set to tackle DIGITAL GOVERNMENT AND SMART CITIES: BUILDING VIBRANT COMMUNITIES.

The summit provides an avenue to listen and interact with these prime movers of Smart Cities as it places people at the core of sustainable development and ecological design, to improve quality of life and create a value network. Many industries are presently evolving into such cities opening themselves to both its challenges and opportunities.

Being one of the most fascinating subjects that have drawn interest within the business industry, panelists are expected to expound on how cities of the future apply information and communication technology to improve its infrastructure, public services and mobility.

KPMG in the Philippines Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Head of Advisory and Smart Cities panel discussion moderator Noel Bonoan says, “Though it may seem unattainable, the evolution to smart cities, many believe, has already begun. Smart cities are not just a distant vision. They are real and accessible, ready to solve urban challenges; from traffic decongestion to digital payment solutions, and collaborating with the Local Government Units, National Government Agencies and GOCCs. Partnership with the private sector, multilaterals, and other funding institutions are also key to realizing Smart City projects in the Philippines aimed at improving lives, attracting investments and enhancing economic competitiveness.”


Aside from prime movers of Smart Cities, another league of game- changers in technology worth listening to is the panel on Industry Disruptors: Game Changers in Tech.

KPMG in the Philippines Head of Deal Advisory and Industry Disruptors Panel Moderator Michael Guarin says: “Disruptors play a crucial role in driving innovation and growth across a variety of sectors such as financial, industrial, retail and healthcare. By embracing disruption, we can unlock new avenues for success, transform business models and stay ahead of rapidly changing market dynamics.”

Changing the rules that have been long established and institutionalized are always met with resistance so it takes a disruptive stance to move things forward and make businesses more efficient. Whether it's adopting ESG models of technology to make businesses more efficient or introducing disruptive technology into the fold of tradition, disruptors are worth learning from to help solve problems may it be common or complicated.

Panelists for Industry Disruptors include Foodpanda VP and Director of Finance Leopoldo De Castro, Alliance of Tech Innovators for the Nation Lead Convenor and DICT Former Undersecretary Mon Ibrahim, Fuse Lending President and CEO Tony Isidro, Digital Pilipinas Convenor and GeiserMaclang Co-founder Amor Maclang, Angkas Co-founder and CEO George Royeca, and Mayani CEO JT Solis are all set to discuss how traditional industries are most affected by the pro-active gumption of disruptors who are changing the game through revolutionary technologies and innovation.


KPMG in the Philippines Advisory Partner and ESG Lead Kristine Aguirre leads the panel discussion on the industry’s important role in enabling ESG adoption to make it easier for businesses to embed ESG models into their operations. Joined by ESG Tech panelists KPMG India Director for Digital Strategy and ESG Technology Unaise Urfi, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Carlos Primo David, Asian Institute Management Graduate School Business Head Communications and Center for Sustainable Finance Executive Director Felipe Calderon, Globe Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer Yoly Crisanto, International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) Head of Sustainability and Development Roy Luntayao, and MSCI Inc. Vice President for ESG Data Management Adrian Pacia will delve into how technologies offer solutions to address current ESG issues.

KPMG in the Philippines Head of Technology Consulting Jallain Marcel Manrique will facilitate the dialogue of KPMG India Partner and Lead for Digital Advisory Sushant Rabra, Analytics Association of the Philippines President Michelle Alarcon, Asian Development Bank DIrector of Digital Innovation and Architecture Ozzeir Khan, Globe Telecom CIO Raul Macatangay, Concepcion Business Services President and COO Eric Sarmiento, Robotic Process Automation Philippines Founder and President Allan Tan to shed light on the opportunities and risks that accompany this emerging wave of automation.

Witness the convergence of industry experts and technology leaders as they delve into groundbreaking innovations that are revolutionizing numerous business sectors. Be part of the conversation, where you can contribute your invaluable insights on how advanced technology is undeniably shaping the future.

Register and join the virtual KPMG Innovation Summit 2023 for FREE at this link:


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