SIF Connects! 2017 Washington DC

SIF Connects! Washington DC 2017


SIF Connects! is our way of keeping in touch, and where we bring together Singaporeans and Friends of Singapore (FOS) in the United States to meet, rekindle ties and deepen friendships.


Dear Friends,

We have the pleasure of inviting you, your friends and colleagues to SIF Connects! Washington DC on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, from 4.30pm on Capitol Hill. SIF Connects! is our way of keeping in touch, and where we bring together Singaporeans and Friends of Singapore (FOS) in the United States to meet, rekindle ties and deepen friendships.

For the second year in a row, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and the US-Asia Institute (USAI) are jointly organising a panel discussion to build cultural understanding and nurture stronger friendships between Singapore and global communities. This year’s dialogue is dedicated to the special occasions of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary as well as 40 years of US-ASEAN relations. This dialogue moves away from the hard policy and economic perspectives that frequently dominate discourse on ASEAN, and hopes to take a look at the softer but no less important aspects of people relations between the United States and ASEAN. Themed “Strengthening meaningful connections between the US and ASEAN”, the dialogue will delve into what our communities can initiate at the people-to-people level to uplift communities and bring peoples closer.

Key questions that will be asked of the panel include:

  • How should ASEAN’s strategy evolve to build capacity at the people/community level?
  • What kind of initiatives can deepen integration and cultivate shared values among US and ASEAN communities?

Participating panellists include:

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, SIF Chairman and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies 
Executive Deputy Chairman

Ambassador David Adelman, the 15th United States Ambassador to Singapore and Partner at ReedSmith LLP 

Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs 

Chris Fenton, US-Asia Institute Trustee and President of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group/ General Manager 
of DMG North America

Mimi Kirk, Contributing writer at CityLab, The Atlantic

Matthew Herrmann, Senior Advisor at the Roosevelt Group and SIF representative in Washington DC

We warmly invite you to join us in conversation at SIF Connects! Washington DC on 27 September, as Singaporean and American panellists exchange insights and share ideas on how we may build more inclusive and resilient societies, for a better world.


Rayburn House Office Building
Rooms 2043 to 2045

Washington, DC 20515


Please note that the registration begins at 4pm. A dinner reception featuring Singapore cuisine will be served after the dialogue.

Time:4.30pm - 7.30pm
Date:27 Sep 2017
Venue:Rayburn House Office Building, Rooms 2043 to 2045
Map:click here


If you would like to RSVP for this event, please email


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