Oracle OpenWorld Asia speakers are the innovators, disruptors and thought leaders of tomorrow. From a pioneer in the mobile and data analytics industries, authors, futurists and many more, OpenWorld Asia brings you together with leading experts to discover your tomorrow, today.
Group CEO, AirAsia
Anthony Francis Fernandes is a Malaysian entrepreneur. He is the founder of Tune Air Sdn. Bhd., who introduced the first budget no-frills airline, AirAsia, to Malaysians with the tagline "Now everyone can fly". Fernandes managed to turn AirAsia, a failing government-linked commercial airline, into a highly successful budget airline public-listed company. He has since founded the Tune Group of companies. He is also the majority shareholder of Queens Park Rangers Football Club.
Chief Technology Officer, Head of Engineering, Grab Financial
Vikas Agrawal is the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering at Grab Financial. Based in Grab’s Bengaluru R&D Center, he leads the GrabPay engineering teams across three of Grab’s six R&D centers (Bengaluru, Jakarta and Singapore) to build a safe, seamless, secure, and universally accepted mobile payment solution for both online and offline spend.
Vikas has deep payments expertise, having spent over two decades of experience in senior engineering positions in India’s premier startups in the payments, financial services, e-commerce, and enterprise software space. He has a strong track record of leading multiple startups to grow into successful mid to large organisations through building strong product engineering teams.
Most recently, Vikas was Head of Engineering for Payments and Financial services at Paytm, India’s largest mobile payment and commerce platform.
Vikas is passionate about making financial inclusion a reality to more people in Southeast Asia. He joined Grab with the goal of uplifting 640 million lives through building up the GrabPay mobile wallet, which is a leading payments platform in the region.
Vice President, Talent Solutions and Learning Solutions, Asia Pacific and China
Feon is the Vice President of LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions and Learning Solutions, based in Singapore. In this role, she oversees the business and performance for both lines of businesses in Asia Pacific and China.
An accomplished, and award-winning business executive, Feon is responsible for the strategic architecting, acceleration and expansion of business across the region. Having been with Linkedin for over six years, Feon has delivered consistent results, with a keen focus on driving great performance and revenue goals through strategy, sales and cross functional collaboration.
Feon has a demonstrable track record of more than 25 years in formulating business strategy, driving organizational transformation, process improvement, team building and profit/loss enhancement. Well known for her strong leadership skills, Feon is equally passionate about nurturing talent and takes an active interest in building and empowering high-performance teams to deliver outstanding results.
Prior to LinkedIn, Feon spent more than 13 years at Gartner in various leadership roles. Her last role was Regional Vice-President, where she oversaw relationships with strategic client accounts across the Asia Pacific region. She was also instrumental in setting up offices in the region, including the Southeast Asia emerging markets and China.
Feon holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
To view Feon’s detailed profile, click on: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/feonang
Chris Riddell is one of Australia’s most sought after futurists, and award-winning industry recognised keynote speaker on digital. He is also a renowned strategist and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today’s disrupted world.
Chris Riddell is a senior advisor to businesses across industry verticals, with consulting expertise across the technology, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, finance and communications sectors. He is a current board member of the Museum for Australian Democracy at Eureka, and writes columns for online digital agencies and corporations, providing deep insights into the world of digital, disruption and future change.
Futurist, Tech Investor
With over 20 major tech investments under his belt, Nicklas Bergman is one of the most sought-out advisers and speakers on emerging technologies and their business implications. Bergman spends extensive time with early-stage start-ups and keeping global businesses on par with the latest innovations so they can make the best decisions for their companies. He has extensive knowledge of AI, nanotechnology, new materials, genetics, web services, and computing.
Bergman is the Scandinavian adviser to the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington DC, where he focuses on how technology transforms society. In 2016 Bergman published a book on how to deal with new technologies from a business perspective: Surviving the Tech Storm - Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty.
Cybersecurity Research Director, Wall Street Journal Pro, Dow Jones
Rob Sloan researches and publishes a wide range of papers & articles, and hosts seminars, conferences, and briefings aimed at educating executives on cyber risk. Rob also writes a weekly column in the Wall Street Journal's popular, member-only, WSJ Pro Cybersecurity newsletter and is the author of Dow Jones’s training support tool for SMEs, “Response Readiness Training”. Previously, Rob worked as Response Director for a specialist IT security consultancy in London and built a team focused on detecting, investigating, and protecting against cyber intrusions and responding to incidents, especially state-sponsored attacks. Rob started his cybersecurity career working for the UK government and spent almost a decade working in the areas of defense and foreign affairs.
Chief Operating Officer, Vodafone Fiji
Ronald is the Chief Operating Officer for Vodafone Fiji and is responsible for Operations, Customer Service, Marketing and Sales for Consumer and Enterprise segments. He is also in charge for strategy, growth and profitability of Vodafone’s Cloud & Security business, which includes services and capabilities designed to help customers benefit from effective, reliable and secure services.
Chief Information Officer, Kingold Group
Chief Information Officer of Kingold Group, believer and practitioner of digital transformation, winner of 2018 Oracle Cloud Architect of the Year Award, responsible for Kingold’s business excellence, digital innovation and transformation. Steven goes beyond the vision of traditional CIOs to define IT as Innovation and Transformation, instead of Information Technology.
Under the leadership of Steven, Kingold forged strategic partnership with Oracle with the vision of digitally, architecturally and disruptively transforming Kingold’s business capabilities and operation backbone. Kingold won the IDC China Digital Transformation Awards 2018 - Full Capability Leader Award.
An acclaimed speaker, Steven has been keynote speaker and panelist at technology forums and conferences in San Francisco, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other major cities, with over 10,000 audience in attendance and over 3 million combined online view counts.
Principal Director (Chief Information Officer), Asian Development Bank
Shirin Hamid has more than 20 years of executive leadership in digital transformation and innovative use of information management and technologies for complex, large multinational and multi-dimensional organizations at an international scale.
As CIO of the ADB, Shirin is responsible for the Bank's digital strategies and transformation, and its IT infrastructure, operations and talents spanning across more than 30 countries.
Prior to the ADB, Shirin was the Chief Technology Officer of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York from 2005 to 2016. Before that, she was the General Manager of IS/IT in Singapore's Keppel Offshore and Marine and concurrently, of its parent company, Keppel Corporation. Shirin started her professional career in as a consultant at Andersen Consulting/Accenture in Singapore and subsequently at Deloitte Consulting in Boston, USA. She holds a Master's degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University, UK and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Coventry University, UK. She currently lives in Manila in the Philippines with her husband and two kids.
In 2014, Shirin was honored as a Top 100 Premier Global IT Leader by ComputerWorld.
Head, Legal, Financial Markets, Standard Chartered Bank
John Ho is the Head of Legal, Financial Markets for Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”), overseeing and providing legal advisory, transactional and documentation support for Financial Markets (FM) business globally for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), its branches and affiliates. John Ho is the co-chair of the ISDA’s South East Asia Legal and Regulatory Committee.
Mr. Ho plays an active role in supporting digitisation and adoption of new or innovative technology initiatives such as blockchain, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts. He is an active participant in the industry’s Fintech and blockchain events and has shared insights on the legal and regulatory framework relating to development of Fintech in particular blockchain, distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, Regtech and Suptech.
Prior to joining SCB, Mr. Ho was the Managing Director Principal in the legal department of Bear Stearns (Japan), Ltd (“Bear Stearns”) where he supported the Asia franchise (including Tokyo, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, India and South-east Asia) from January 2003 to August 2008 covering various structured products and derivatives including equity derivatives, credit derivatives, fixed income and commodities. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, Mr. Ho worked as Asia equity counsel for Lehman Brothers in Tokyo with experience dealing in convertibles, options, warrants, delta one products and other types of equity derivatives transactions, equity finance and equity capital markets.
He is qualified as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore since 1995 and he received his law degree from the National University of Singapore.
Head of Group Digital HR Processes, Generali
Fabio joined Assicurazioni Generali Group as Head of Group Digital Processes in December 2017, to coordinate implementations of HR tools with relevance for Group and strategic initiatives.
His ambition is to enable Group HR processes simplification leveraging cutting-edge platforms and activate data driven HR analytics and group processes based on Group taxonomy and master data harmonization.
Previously he spent 2 years in Allianz Technology in Munich, focusing on process optimization, PMO for strategic projects and cross-functions initiatives, 7 years in Accenture Strategy with focus on HR, Talent and Change Management topics mainly for financial services institutions.
HRIS Lead, AXA
Susan serves as HRIS Lead focusing for AXA in Asia. In her current role, she is responsible for projects and change activities related to the implementation and ongoing evolution & adoption of global HRIS programme here in Asia. Before joining AXA, she has worked in both consulting and in-house projects in Singapore, North Asia, UK and Middle East. She is currently based in Hong Kong.
Chief Information Officer, APL Logistics
May Chew is the Chief Information Officer at APL Logistics. Currently based in Scottsdale, Arizona, she leads the company’s Technology organization, oversees the IT Strategy, Infrastructure and Applications Development as well as the Service Delivery team to ensure development of Logistics Solutions for all supply chain services globally. She is responsible for APL Logistics’ enterprise-wide service quality program aimed at delivering effective and reliable supply chain services to our customers through technology and has been with APL Logistics since 1999.
May has more than 20 years of experience in the freight and logistics industry.
Chief Innovation Officer and Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
John is the Chief Innovation Officer for Deloitte's Global Oracle Practice and Managing Director with Deloitte. In this role, John leads the Oracle innovation council which seeks to incubate next-generation enterprise solutions of tomorrow by using emerging technologies of today. He also leads large business transformation for the world's leading technology, media and telecommunication companies.
Executive Vice President, Oracle Applications Product Development
Steve Miranda is executive vice president of Oracle Applications product development. He is responsible for leading all aspects of product strategy, product development, and product delivery for the entire portfolio of Oracle Applications and related services. Miranda's primary focus is on delivering the industry's most complete, proven, and innovative set of cloud solutions encompassing enterprise resource planning; supply chain, human capital, and enterprise performance management; customer experience; and Oracle Data Cloud applications.
Miranda joined Oracle in 1992 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. In 2007 he was asked to lead the engineering of Oracle's next-generation suite of software applications, Oracle Fusion Applications. Under his leadership, Oracle has delivered on its promise to help applications customers innovate and remain competitive while leveraging their existing IT investments and increasing the value of those investments with new Oracle products and services.
Prior to Oracle, Miranda worked at GE Aerospace. He holds degrees in mathematics and computational sciences from Stanford University.
Senior Vice President,Technology and Systems, Oracle Europe, Middle East, and Africa
Andrew Sutherland is Senior Vice President of Systems & Technology for Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) & Asia Pacific (APAC). He is responsible for growing Oracle’s EMEA market share in these key business areas. In this role he develops business strategies and manages competence in Oracle’s technology and systems offerings across the region. He is also responsible for the interaction with Oracle’s product development teams.Sutherland joined Oracle in 1995, and has more than 30 years’ experience in emerging technologies and their application to business challenges. His specific expertise is in the design of solutions incorporating mobile and internet technology.
Immediately prior to joining Oracle, Sutherland established a high tech company that developed technological solutions to the problems of the sensory-impaired. The company received prestigious innovation awards from the Department of Trade and Industry.
Before this he was deputy director of the Centre for Speech Technology Research, a research and development consultancy attached to the University of Edinburgh. During his time there, Sutherland helped win and subsequently oversaw the development of projects in commerce, industry, and the public sector.
In 1988, Sutherland designed the UK’s first parallel-processing speech-recognition system. Based on parallel processors, it operated in real time. Under his management, this technology was successfully applied to problems encountered in aviation, medical reporting, and police reporting.
Sutherland has contributed more than 15 technical publications on multimedia and business issues, including entries in a major encyclopedia. He holds a first-class BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from Edinburgh University, a PhD in digital-signal processing, and an MBA in workflow analysis. Sutherland is also a chartered engineer.
Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud
Steve Daheb is senior vice president for Oracle Cloud; he joined the company in 2015. He brings to Oracle a strong record of building businesses, creating new categories, and driving integrated sales and marketing execution to achieve revenue growth.
Daheb is responsible for driving the global transformation and growth of key Oracle Cloud portfolio offerings including all PaaS and IaaS. His responsibilities include full go-to-market strategy and execution to achieve top-line growth of Oracle's cloud business.
Prior to joining Oracle, Daheb was chief marketing officer at Citrix. There he had global responsibilities for all corporate, solutions, product, and partner marketing. Prior to joining Citrix, Daheb served as the chief marketing officer at Blue Coat, a leading provider of web security and WAN optimization solutions. He helped lead the $1.3B sale of Blue Coat to a private equity firm. Previous to Blue Coat, he was chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development at Emulex Corporation. Before that, Daheb held marketing, sales, and business development leadership roles at BlueArc Corporation (acquired by Hitachi Data Systems), Tasman Networks (acquired by Nortel), Brocade, and Lucent.
In 2010, Daheb was named a top 10 CMO by the CMO Institute and the American Business Awards named him one of the top 10 Marketing Executives in the United States. In 2012, the American Business Awards named Daheb as one of the Top Technology Executives of the Year.
Daheb holds a JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a BA from the University of California at Davis.
VP, Head of JAPAC Marketing
Sotis Dramalis leads marketing for Oracle in Japan & Asia Pacific. He joined the company in July 2017 to drive the marketing organization’s transformation to the cloud by deploying a digital and country first audience marketing strategy. As part of his role he manages the regional marketing teams as well as the JAPAC marketing functions. These include Marketing Strategy & Operations, Digital and Brand Experience, Cloud GTM Campaigns, Industry & Account-Based Marketing and Mid-Market Marketing.
Under his leadership, marketing revenue doubled and Oracle received the distinguished award of ‘Best Brand Asia’ by CMO Asia. Sotis also led the successful hiring and onboarding of over 60 external marketing talents to his team, which now comprised of 80% women in leadership and 40% millennial talent.
Sotis joined Oracle from SAP where he was VP of Marketing, as Chief of Staff for the Global CMO. From strategy to execution, he was responsible for leading executive business management, communications and programs around awareness, demand generation and marketing transformation. He led the successful flagship campaign, Live Business, re-positioning SAP as a Cloud brand externally. His passion for diversity and inclusion, resulted in the creation of the Women in Leadership and Early Talent Academy programs for SAP Marketing globally.
Prior to this role, Sotis spent five years with SAP in Singapore where he held the roles of Line of Business Marketing Director for APJ and Head of Southeast Asia Marketing. His responsibilities included transforming the marketing organization and leading strategy, planning and execution in alignment with business objectives and market opportunities. During his tenure he tripled both pipeline and revenue contribution from marketing. He initially joined SAP in Germany where he worked as Solution Marketing Manager in the global marketing division, and subsequently spent three years in South Africa where he led both the Large Enterprise and SME marketing functions.
Sotis holds an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and a Bachelor's degree in International Business from the UK and Germany. He is passionate about translating business requirements into successful marketing strategies and is a strong ambassador of diversity, inclusion and intercultural teams. Outside of Oracle, Sotis is an advisory member of the Asia Pacific CMO Council. As part of his voluntary work, he also coaches millennials and women in IT on career planning, executive communications and presence.
Executive Director, Finance Thought Leadership, Cloud Business Group
Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor has a diverse background in finance and technology; she is currently a global strategy leader at Oracle. She has held positions at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Motorola, KPMG, and in Prince George's County (Maryland) government. From 2016 to 2018, Ellison-Taylor served as the 104th chairman of the American Institute of CPAs, where she received numerous awards and recognition. Notably, she was the youngest person, fifth woman, and first person of color to serve as chairman in the AICPA's 130-year history.
Ellison-Taylor was the second chairman for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, an organization founded in 2017 that has 667,000 members in 184 countries. She has been recognized by Accounting Today as one of the 'Top People in Public Accounting 2018' and by CPA Practice Advisor as one of the '2018 Most Powerful Women in Accounting.'
Ellison-Taylor's 14-year tenure at Oracle has given her an extensive perspective on artificial intelligence, big data, cloud, and emerging technologies. She has used this knowledge and experience to lead strategy and innovation in the accounting/finance profession. She is a frequent keynote speaker on topics such as digital disruption, transformation, technology, inclusive leadership, and the next generation of finance talent.
Ellison-Taylor is a volunteer leader in the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority community service organization, where she has served for 28 years in numerous volunteer roles with youth, the elderly, the military, and families. Having served on the local, regional, and national levels of the organization, Ellison-Taylor most recently served as president of a local chapter where she led initiatives for St. Jude, March for Babies, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and Operation Welcome Home Maryland.
Ellison-Taylor has a BA in information systems management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, an MBA from Loyola University Maryland, and an MS in information technology management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Group Vice President, IDC's Asia/Pacific Practice Group
Sandra NG is the Group Vice President heading IDC's Asia/Pacific Practice Group. Based in Singapore, she is responsible for thought leadership and deep-dive insights and advisory content on IDC's 3rd Platform disruptive pillars of Cloud, Mobility, Big DataAnalytics, and Social along with C-suite (CIO, CMO, CEO, COO, CFO and CxO) research and tech buyer engagements as well as the Service Provider industry. In her role, she advises both tech buyers (CIO and LoB) and IT suppliers/enablers across the ICT marketplace.Sandra leads a team of IDC's senior analysts that leverages the core research created by IDC and contextualizing the content and increasing its relevance for clients and their businesses. This unique delivery of research content brings with it IDC's thought leadership analysis and business executive insights for marketing, product management, sales and strategic leadership teams within the client's organization.
Founder & CEO of Bronze Phoenix
Su-Yen is a professional speaker, Board and C-Suite advisor, and Founder & CEO of Bronze Phoenix, a company focused on helping people and organisations reinvent themselves. Recognised for thought leadership on strategy, organisation development, and the future of work, her perspectives are shaped by a unique blend of experience at the board and C-level in technology, business, and human capital gleaned over 25 years across Asia Pacific and North America.
Su-Yen currently serves on the Boards of several public, private, and not-for-profit organisations. She is Chairperson, Nera Telecommunications, and Independent Director at MediaCorp, Yoma Strategic Holdings, NTUC First Campus, and the National Kidney Foundation.
Managing Director, FutureReady Consulting Sdn Bhd
Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, the Managing Director of FutureReady Consulting Sdn Bhd, is a much sought after global thought leader in Digital Economy Transformation, Consultancy and Implementation throughout the ASEAN region.
Throughout her illustrious career spanning three decades, Yasmin had served both the Public and Private Sectors, which places her in a credible position on overseeing Public-Private Partnerships to realise ‘Win-Win’ situations and sustainable growth.
She started her career as an analyst programmer with a local bank after graduating with a double-major in Computer Science and Mathematics. She subsequently worked her way up to become General Manager of Hewlett Packard Malaysia’s Commercial Channels Organisation. She then took on the dual-role of General Manager and Regional Corporate Director of Dell Malaysia.
Yasmin moved on to become Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director in 2006 and became known for her “Malaysianising Microsoft” mantra and for aligning the strengths of what was then the world’s most powerful software company with Malaysia’s national and development agenda.
Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur
Cesar Jung Harada is a French Japanese Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur living in Hong Kong. Cesar founded and runs the MakerBay group, a network of 8 makerspaces providing STEAM education and coworking spaces for designers, engineers, artists and scientists focused on Social & Environmental Impact.
Cesar is the inventor of Protei –a revolutionary shape-shifting sailing robot. Cesar is the Director of Scoutbots, working in ocean robotics. Cesar's collaborative research includes autonomous sailing, ocean drifter design, coral reef mapping robots, plastic, radioactivity and hydrocarbon sensing.
Cesar is passionate about Open Hardware, Citizen Science, participatory innovation with a strong focus on ocean communities & technologies.Cesar often works as a professional speaker, panelist, educator, mentor, judge and in R&D.
His TED Talk "How I Teach Kids to Love Science" has been viewed more than 1.7 million times and translated in over 36 languages.
Managing Director, Corporate Research and Consulting, Eurasia Group
Throughout her career, Fernanda has led multiple engagements in the financial services space, including banking, insurance, and pension funds, as well as in tech, basic materials, healthcare, retail, and consumer goods. Fernanda came to Eurasia Group from McKinsey & Company, where she managed projects on strategy, marketing and sales, organization, operations, and corporate finance. She also worked as a political analyst at the United Nations. A Brazilian national, Fernanda holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She is an avid pool player and cannot stop reciting obscure facts about World War II.
Senior Vice President, SaaS Product Marketing, Oracle
Juergen Lindner is the SVP for SaaS Product Marketing responsible for thought leadership, go-to-market strategy and sales enablement. Prior to joining Oracle in 2016 he held several leadership roles at SAP SE, including Global Vice President Go-to-market and Sales Enablement for all SAP product lines, leadership roles in financials, procurement, mobile, analytics, database & technology.
As a 20+ year veteran in the enterprise software industry, Lindner is driven by being able to help companies succeed in their transformation journeys and taking full advantage of new emerging technologies. Lindner holds a masters in International Business Administration and Management from the University of Applied Science in Constance, Germany.
Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle
Clive Swan is Senior Vice President, Applications Development for Oracle Corporation. He was responsible since inception for the development of the full suite of Fusion HCM cloud and now leads Oracle’s development initiatives in Adaptive Intelligence Cloud solutions.
Clive has been with Oracle since 1990, holding a variety of leadership positions within the development organization. Prior to Oracle, he worked at EDS.
Clive holds a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Senior Vice President, Human Capital Management Cloud Business Group, Oracle
Emily He is Oracle’s senior vice president of the human capital management cloud business group. Prior to joining Oracle, she was chief marketing officer of DoubleDutch, a leader in digital marketing solutions for events, conferences, and trade shows. Ms. He has 18 years of experience in various enterprise software roles, including marketing, corporate strategy, and business development at companies such as Siebel Systems, E2Open, and Saba Software. Ms. She is known for supporting business growth with highly differentiated corporate branding and product positioning, as well as innovative digital marketing, demand generation, and customer experience programs. She is a recognised thought leader on digital transformation, engagement marketing, talent management, and authentic leadership. Her perspectives have appeared in a broad spectrum of business publications including the Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post.
Vice President, EMEA & JAPAC Digital Demand Generation, Business Development & Marketing, Oracle
Amanda St L Jobbins is the Vice President, Demand Generation & Marketing EMEA/APAC of Oracle’s international markets in EMEA, Japan and Asia Pac. Amanda is a well-known international technology marketer having formerly been the Global CMO of the Sage Group, Plc and having worked for many years in global and field leadership positions in Silicon Valley and internationally. She has worked for, among others, Cisco, IBM, EMC and Symantec. In addition to marketing, Amanda is also the Vice President of Oracle’s Digital Demand Generation and Business Development teams leading hub based organizations all over the world focusing on reimagining Oracle’s customer experience approach through a combination of digital and physical engagements.
Amanda speaks on business issues, industry technology trends, marketing leadership, diversity and has keynoted at the London Business School, Web Summit on Brand, the Economist forums and Gartner events among many others. Amanda has a degree in Business Administration and German Language and Literature from the University of Hull, England. She has also studied at Stanford, Rice University and MIT on their executive programs. Amanda has a passion for technology start-ups and is a board advisor to a number of early stage companies including Fintech, IoT and Blockchain companies. Amanda lives in London and in her free time enjoys film, music, outdoor pursuits and the arts.
Vice President, Oracle Cloud Platform
Ashish is the Vice President for Oracle Cloud and responsible for product strategy and driving the global transformation and growth of Oracle Cloud Platform portfolio consisting of Autonomous Database, AI Platform, Blockchain, IoT, Integration, App Dev, Containers/Serverless, Mobile, and Chatbots. He also leads Oracle's global initiative to grow engagement and adoption of Oracle Cloud Platform with developers. Prior to Oracle, he was General Manager for the technology incubator at Bertram Capital, a private equity firm, where he incubated and launched four Cloud startups focused on DevOps. Ashish was also the Chief Marketing Officer at NuoDB, a cloud database company. He has also held various product and marketing leadership roles at Sales Force and Symantec.
Vice President, Product & Strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Kash Iftikhar is vice president of product and strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. He is responsible for Oracle’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) go-to-market strategy and execution.
Iftikhar brings extensive management expertise to Oracle. Prior to joining the company, he led product strategy, business development, and sales at PLUMgrid, a software-defined networking startup that was acquired in 2016 by VMware. Previously, Iftikhar led the Dell network business for North America and also held executive management positions at Force10 Networks and Cisco, where he led the aggressive growth of the business. He has also helped design large data centers and enterprise networking environments for Fortune 500 companies.
Iftikhar holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He also holds an MS degree in computer engineering from Purdue University in Indiana.
Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering
Wim Coekaerts is senior vice president of operating systems and virtualization engineering at Oracle. Coekaerts is responsible for managing Oracle’s operating systems and virtualization development for Oracle Cloud services, engineered systems, and software. He is a well-known developer in the open source community and serves as a board member of the Linux Foundation.
Lionel has over 25 years experience spanning across IBM, Tandem Computers and Oracle. He has held various senior positions in sales consulting, account management, business development and customer services in Asia Pacific and especially in the Greater China region. He is a practitioner in enterprise and solution architecture for customers in Asia Pacific. As a result, he became the trusted advisor for many leading companies in Telecommunications, Financial Services and Travel and Transportation industries in the region.In 2015, Lionel joined CargoSmart Limited to oversee sales, marketing and product strategy for the HK based next generation shipping & logistics solution provider. In the past 2 years, he is leading the transformation of CargoSmart to become a significant global platform for ocean shipping and logistics.Lionel held a Master of Business Administration degree from York University and Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto.
CIO, Godfrey Phillips India Limited
Priya Dar is the CIO of Godfrey Phillips India Limited. Heading IT in a Company that is constantly upgrading and adopting international methods, Priya uses in her vast experience of managing complex IT projects leveraging emerging technology to create impactful solutions. Her leadership has brought in strategic IT management, digital programs, business-IT alignment, IT security and management control implementations within the organisation at a fast pace. Her exposure to best practices in quality control techniques, methodologies and processes have aided the Company in stakeholder management. With her expertise at IT Strategy and Transformation, digital technology enablement – CAMSS, enterprise solution architecture and robust infrastructure and security to name a few, she has authored many articles for industry publications and been a speaker at various IT summits.
With more than 10 years in fast-growing private companies, Krista takes a commercial and practical approach to improving financial processes and systems, and gearing companies for financial growth and expansion. As the CFO/COO of Vinomofo, one of the Australia's fastest growing online wine retailers, Krista is helping manage the company's transition into a global online business and improving the business' data capabilities through the implementation of best in class reporting platforms and instilling a strong culture of accountability across the team.
CFO, DT One
Dan Gardner is the Chief Financial Officer at DT One where he is responsible for the global oversight of all finance, treasury, risk and compliance functions. Working in close collaboration with the company’s executives and business unit leaders, Dan plays a key role in helping to drive growth in-line with DT One’s strategic plan.
Dan joined the team with over 10 years’ experience in the financial services and payments space, having most recently held the Chief Financial Officer position at both at Payscout and Transfast. His expertise lies in leading high-performing finance teams and driving high-impact financial reporting by deploying robust and scalable fintech solutions. Furthermore, Dan’s experience extends to managing comprehensive banking relationships, risk and treasury programmes, and global compliance strategies.
Dan is a Certified Public Accountant, holds an MBA from London Business School, and is registered with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Bridge Data Centres
Preet is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Bridge Data Centres. He has over 17 years of experience in the technology, venture capital, investment banking and private equity. Prior to joining Bridge, he was a Managing Director at Blackstone and was responsible for the firm’s private equity operations in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Blackstone, he worked as an Associate at Lehman Brothers in the Global Industrials Group advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, debt, and equity financings. Before his work in finance, he advised companies on IT strategy and governance with the focus on cybersecurity. He also serves as an adviser to start-ups in the region across the technology, media and entertainment industries. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical Engineering with Distinction) from Osmania University in India, Master’s in Manufacturing Management from the Pennsylvania State University, and MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
CEO and Founder, Perx Technologies Pte Ltd
Anna Gong is the CEO and Founder of Perx Technologies Pte Ltd, a leading mobile loyalty and customer engagement SaaS company, backed by the co-founder of Facebook Eduardo Saverin and Golden Gate Ventures. Previous to joining Perx, her 5th startup experience, Anna was Vice President of Channels Sales for Asia Pacific & Japan at Infor where she’s responsible for the go-to-market strategy and execution of the channels sales business.
Anna brings 20 years of technology experience in management consulting and enterprise software, spanning the U.S., Asia Pacific & Japan.
Prior to Infor, she was leading the Cloud, Virtualization, and Service Automation business units at CA Technologies, Asia Pacific & Japan. Anna has held multiple leadership roles, based out of San Francisco. She established and managed the Asia Pacific business for Wily Technology, the pioneer of web application performance and diagnostics, before CA Technologies acquisition of Wily in 2006 for US$375M.
Anna started out in management consulting at PwC and with various technology startups prior to Wily, playing a key role in implementing large scale SAP ERP systems, fund raising, developing and executing successful operations in direct sales and partner driven models. A winner of the Singapore Women Entrepreneur Award 2017 and LinkedIn 2017 CEO Power Profiles, Anna has also been featured in CNBC, Bloomberg, and Forbes.
Anna, a TEDx speaker, has also spoken at many key tech conferences including Cloud Connect, CommunicAsia, ASEAN CIO Summit, CIO Academy, Echelon, InnovFest Unbound, CIO & CXO Leaders Summit, Endeavor, Tech In Asia, and numerous Fintech and InsurTech conferences. She has also spoken as a keynote on leadership, digital transformation and entrepreneurship for large corporates and conferences such as C2 Montreal, HSBC, VMware, and Aviva.
Anna serves on the Advisory Board of Duke CE Asia and GeniusU. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
CEO, Mediacast Inc.
Mr. Seung-taek Yi is the CEO of Mediacast, Inc., founded in 2016 with the business goal of building a next generation global social media platform service that allows anyone to learn and create music. He received the BS and MS degrees in computer engineering from Seoul National University in 1989 and 1991 respectively. He has researched and developed web based media technologies including video streaming and music composition. He is also interested in AI and music platform business.
Group CIO, Partex Star Group, Bangladesh
Mohammad Zahirul Islam, PMP, a pioneer in Project Management in Bangladesh, have been working with Oracle Technology solutions over 20 years. His charismatic leadership along with Utility, Telco, Bank and Manufacturing industries experiences has given him the edge of Business Process automations experts through technology.
With Degree from CUNY and as Oracle Certified Professional, Zahirul started his Career in New York. Implementing Project Management as a Strategic Tools for organization, he has successfully implemented Oracle E-Business Suites across the industries in Bangladesh. Passionate about Projects – He is also President for PMI Bangladesh Chapter.
Kapil is currently serving as the Group CIO for Safexpress. As a true Digital platform leader he has been an early adopter of CAMSS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security) across global clients and in Safexpress. In his prior role Kapil has worked with IBM Global Services for 14 years and has been instrumental in architecting some of the strategic digital initiatives for the top fortune 500 companies. His articles and opinions are widely published including Economic Times, DataQuest & Forbes.
MD and CEO, Essel Business Excellence Services Limited (EBEX)
Irendra Chhabra is a post graduate in Business Management with specialization in materials management and marketing management. He has over 26 years of experience & spearheaded key businesses in Retail, Telecom Infrastructure and Back-office Services. He has proficiency in successfully setting up and managing back office services for diverse businesses.
Currently, he is heading Global In-house Centre (GIC) as MD and CEO for $8B diversified conglomerate Essel Group having interest in Media, Entertainment, DTH, Packaging, Education and Infrastructure etc. He has designed, implemented and stabilized functions like HR, F&A, SAP and high-end processes like Legal, Talent acquisition, IT and Procurement functions for the group onto a Shared Services Platform that caters to 50 plus companies across India and international locations, namely Middle East, South Africa and USA.
Prior to his current assignment, he had setup Spend Management practice for another large diversified conglomerate Essar ($40B). He converted the practice into a revenue generating entity by externalizing it globally and acquiring multiple clients and helping them to optimize cost and setup Shared Services. He has led multiple business start-ups to steady state in last 12 years under tough market conditions
Apart from usual business, he has been a key speaker and thought leader in global management conferences like Shared Service Outsourcing Network in Singapore, South Africa, round table conferences in Middle East, Asia Retail Congress, NASSCOM and Shared Services Forum in India. He has avidly marked his presence on forums with NASSCOM & Accenture to support Start-Ups. He also heads the CIO forum for the group which strategizes and implements digitalization initiatives across all the Group companies. In the year 2017, he was also felicitated as the Business Transformation leader of the year, for his efforts towards the transformation brought at group level.
Chief Technology & Operations Officer of FWD IT,
Mr. Xuesong Zhu is the New Market Officer of FWD Group and Chief Technology & Operations Officer of FWD Information Technology (Shanghai) Ltd.， in the role he is in charge of technology, operations and health management as well as assistance of the group in expansion of cooperation partners in Chinese market.
Before joining FWD, he was the COO and Head of Group Insurance in AIA China.
Group Chief Technology & Operations Officer,
As Group Chief Technology and Operation Officer, Amy is responsible to all aspects of operation services and technology functions in the region.
She leads to implements many IT and operations solutions which are cost-effective, innovative, and customer centric; drives digital initiatives and Fintech’s investment which support FWD’s Digitization Strategy on Customer Experience, Operation Efficiency and Business Model Optimization; manages the executions of FWD digital developments that differentiate FWD in the eyes of customers and create business value for FWD.
Before joining FWD, Amy had solid experience in IT, customer service and insurance operation across various insurance business lines in Prudential, CIGNA, Aviva etc.
Founder & CEO, Everledger
Leanne Kemp is the Founder & CEO of Everledger, a leading emerging technology enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a global digital ledger in an authenticated immutable manner. Using her extensive background in emerging technology, business, jewelry and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries with Everledger in building a global verification system that asserts transparency along the entire supply chain process.
This enables the tracking and protection of high-value assets, consequently mitigating risk and fraud in global marketplaces. Her leadership role in technology has been recognized, winning awards including Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London) as well as being named in UK Business Insider’s 26 Coolest Women in UK Tech 2016 and Brummell Magazine’s Top 30 Female Innovators 2016 in Brummell Magazine. She has also been named an IBM Champion for 2018. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group.
CIO, Beyonics Pte Ltd
David Tay is responsible for the digitalization and transformation of manufacturing facilities in 4 countries to Industry 4.0 platform. He and his team had completed the integration of multiple M&A business entities into a single ERP system. He is then responsible for the subsequent migration of this on-premise ERP to a cloud-based ERP that support the company’s business growth. Prior to this appointment, David worked for 15 years as Vice President for Software BU and Regional Director for CIO/Managed Services in Diebold Nixdorf.
David played a VP - Infrastructure role in setting up a Data Centre that provided IDC, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services. He also work at IBM Singapore for 15 years in various technology services groups.
David holds a B.Sc (Hons) from the University of Bradford. He is also a Disaster Recovery Certified Expert.
Chief Technology & Digital Officer (CTDO), ICICI Bank
Madhivanan Balakrishnan is ICICI Bank’s Chief Technology & Digital Officer (CTDO) – India’s largest private sector Bank. He is tasked with building the ICICI Bank Digital proposition along with driving the technology agenda for the Group. He is also responsible for overseeing the Business Intelligence operations and initiatives pertaining to the development of the ICICI Group Digital Ecosystem. He brings a wealth of operational, technical and marketing experience across diverse industry segments such as banking, insurance, FMCG, durables and IT & ITES.
Before taking over the role of CTDO Madhivanan was the MD and Global CEO at 3i Infotech Ltd., an IT product and services company with strong expertise in the ERP and BFSI segment. He was also the Executive Director at ICICI Prudential Life from 2010 until 2012.
Since 2000 Madhivanan has also been a part of the team involved in the transformation of the ICICI Group. He is also credited with building the ‘Direct Banking’ division for the Bank and was also the founder director of Loyalty Services Management (branded I mint now Payback), a coalition loyalty program promoted by ICICI Bank through ICICI Ventures.
Madhivanan holds a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Mumbai University, and PGDM in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Ranu and two children Sumedha and Samarth.
Chief Marketing Officer, MoneySmart
Previously Group Business Director at Omnicom Media Group, and Digital Marketing Director at MoneySuperMarket.com. Over 13 years media, search, social and brand experience with strong capabilities in defining future direction for businesses across all aspects of the marketing world.
CEO, A1 Office
Jared has over 15 years of executive management experience leading cross functional activities with a focus on Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain management. Jared is currently CEO of A1 Office, a national interior design and construction consultancy firm specializing in workspace fitout solutions in Australia.
Jared’s core philosophy is encouraging achievements by empowering a team with the necessary skills and focus. He works closely with Business Directors to foster a professional, productive and creative culture within the organization. His customer centric approach and deep understanding of customer journey has led the company to be a market leader in their field and an employer of choice in their industry.
Chief Business Technology Officer, Singapore Pools
Teck Guan has joined Singapore Pools in 2012 and is responsible to provide the vision, mission and leadership to spearhead all information technology initiatives for Business Technology that supports the three entities – Tote Board, Singapore Turf Club and Singapore Pools. As a digital evangelist, Teck Guan drives the digital acumen within the organization through the formation of Technology Innovation Committee within Business Technology Division that manages all technology initiatives to support the business strategies. The aim is to define business and technical feasibility of any new technology innovation or ideas that is aligned to the organization’s strategy in digitalization, customer centricity and creation of shared value.
Since 2016, Teck Guan has led in several enterprise projects such as iShineCloud, eKYC (online registration platform), web and mobile applications, data analytics, Single Customer View System, etc. Teck Guan has also achieved operational excellence through process digitalization and optimization. i.e. Project management using agile methodologies, DevOps, Next generation Data Center, etc.
As a learning organization, Teck Guan also emphasizes the importance of continuous learning within his division. He inculcates self-learning mindset in all employees and ensures that they are equipped with the right skillsets to remain relevant and competitive in the present-day business environment. Teck Guan also serves as the SPD board member and SCS council member to contribute his expertise and knowledge to fulfil the mission and objectives of the non-profit organization / society. Prior to joining Singapore Pools, Teck Guan worked in Goodyear Orient Company as Asia Pacific IT Director and was recognized by CIO Asia Magazine as the Top CIO 100 Honouree from 2005-2007, 2010 and 2012.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Samvardhana Motherson Group - Logistics
Harvinder Singh Banga, also known as Harry Banga is an Intrapreneur and logistics technology specialist with around two decades of experience in Information Management for varied facets of Logistics and Value Supply Chain.
Currently being Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Motherson Logistics vertical, he leads the IT Organization and Digital Strategy, to ensure development of Logistics Solutions for all supply chain services globally for internal as well as external business.
Harvinder is honored with multiple national level Best CIO awards for maximized adoptions strategy and innovations in logistics industry including the award CIO of the year 2016 - Transport and Logistics by CIOKlub n BSE, the Best Implementation Award 2015 for Best Innovative Tracking System for Logistics Industry and many more.
CEO Greater China, Philips (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
Andy Ho joined Royal Philips in 2015 as CEO Greater China, and was appointed a member of Royal Philips’ Executive Committee in 2016.
With his extensive expertise brought from the IT industry, Andy strives to lead Philips’ digital transformation in China and build a local innovation ecosystem to adopt an “internet plus” strategy - to transform China’s health system towards value-based model.
As the market leader, Andy is leading the team to extend Philips’ leadership in health technology by advancing the strategic transformation through “China model”, as the company focuses on its commitment to creating value to “Healthy China 2030”.
CEO & CFO, House of Investments (the Philippines)
Gema Cheng wears several hats. She is the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer & EVP of House of Investments Inc., a diversified holding company with investments in Construction, Education among others. In her role as the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and EVP of iPeople Inc., she is also actively involved in the management of the Education business. Gema has a diversified background in Banking & Finance, Investments, Insurance and Real Estate. Prior to joining House of Investments, she was connected with SM Investments and was part of the core team that created the consolidation of the Real Property business of the SM Group.
Senior Vice President – Information Technology, Thomas Cook (India) Limited
Over 24+ years of IT application delivery experience in a variety of industry settings including experience of over 10 years with Big 4 consulting companies. Currently heading the “Strategic & Business” Applications across the Thomas Cook (India) Group Spanning– 23 countries. Heading global deployments of large scale IT initiatives with a culturally and geographically diverse staff.
He has over 16 years of management consulting experience in areas of CX business process re-engineering, CX business performance improvement, CRM implementation and program management. He has experience of leading, designing and deploying global applications across 4 continents – North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
He is adept in all departments in the CRM area ranging from solution design and architecture, technical analysis, project and program management to client management and practice management. He has lead and deployed CRM deployments that have yielded quantifiable results for all users across the board in client implementation across the Travel, Manufacturing, Insurance, Health Care, Service industries.
VP, Shenzhen Fadada Network Technology Co.Ltd. (Fadada)
Ms. Jin Taoyi is VP of SHENZHEN FADADA NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (FADADA) which is a leading third-party electronic contract platform in China, mainly for finance, real estate, automotive, human resources services, education, insurance, third-party payment, tourism, medical, logistics, Supply chain, B2B, B2C online trading platform, and provide electronic contracts, electronic document signing and depositing services.
Ms. Jin Taoyi is Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Bath. Working in FADADA, she is managing company strategy to align with company goals and strategic plan; managing relationship with local government and aligning strategically for branding and business development; analyzing key account market segment and making sales plan and product designing; creating and maintaining relationship with existing and potential clients on developing strategic solutions and plans, as well as managing the whole HR industry business department.
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at NetSuite
Reginald (Reg) Singh is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at NetSuite, leading our global SuiteSuccess initiative and is based in the United States. SuiteSuccess is the culmination of a multi-year transformation effort to combine the NetSuite unified suite, 20 years of industry leading practices, a new customer engagement model, and business optimization methods into a unified, industry cloud solution. Reg started with NetSuite in 2014 as the General Manager for the Asia business, based in Singapore.
Reg, a New Zealand qualified CPA, brings 20+ years of financial and commercial experience spanning Asia Pacific and the US. Previous roles include CFO of Knowledge Universe, a global education organization and NetSuite customer. Reg also spent 13 years in a variety of strategic financial management roles at The Gillette Company (subsequently part of Procter & Gamble), including Regional Finance Manager for Asia Pacific, Finance Director for South Korea and Finance Director for ASEAN, Australasia and India.
Vice President, Intelligent Devices Group Rest of World Services, Lenovo
In his current role as Vice President for the Intelligent Devices Group, Rest of World Services, Amar Babu is responsible for driving high quality customer experiences, as well as cost efficiency and operational improvements.
Prior to his current role, Amar served as Asia Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer from July 2015 until June 2018. He was responsible for driving Lenovo PCSD (PC + Tablet) business across 25 countries & becoming the fastest growing vendor. Lenovo achieved No 1 status in PCSD. Building a strong operations infrastructure leveraging technology across the business. Before taking his role as COO, Amar was also the Managing Director of Lenovo India from the time he joined the company in 2007 to June 2015.
Under his leadership, Lenovo witnessed phenomenal growth in India’s PC market, growing its market share from 8.3% to 19.8% in less than a decade, as well as becoming a strong contender in the smartphone and tablet categories. Amar is credited with establishing Lenovo’s brand, its strong partner network and large customer base in India.
Amar was a member of the Executive Council of India’s Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT). He served on its Executive Committee for three years, including two years as its President, working closely with the government to create policies and initiatives that accelerate technology adoption and enable inclusive growth and development. Prior to Lenovo, Amar was with leading brands such as Idea Cellular Ltd, HCL Information Systems and Intel Technology (I) Pvt. Ltd. Amar lives in Mumbai with his wife and son, and enjoys cooking in his spare time.
Vice President, Planning & Control, United Breweries
Sayamdeb Mukherjee, Vice President, Planning & Control, United Breweries, is a chartered and cost accountant with experience in FMCG, telecom and engineering, having also worked for Ericsson, Philips, ABB, ITC & ICI India Ltd. He has been nominated by his employer to attend leadership executive programmes conducted in academic institutions including Boston University, IIM Ahmedabad and ISB Hyderabad.
He has been awarded several accolades by leading Professional bodies. 5 times CFO Role of Honour Winner by CFO India and winner of Finthink Innovation contest conducted by Deloitte India. His areas of expertise include Management Accounting, Indirect Taxes, Management Control (Sox and ICFR) and Accounting Standards
He has participated as Key Note Speaker in Seminars conducted by IIT Mumbai Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Northern Branch Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, CFO India, and Silicon India, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD) and Institute of Management (IME).
Senior Vice President Strategic business development, dacadoo AG
Jesper Ohnemus joined dacadoo in 2012 and has the responsibility for global partnerships with Global tech companies (Oracle, IBM etc.) and device & wearable brands, consumer apps. Jesper has 25 years of business development and marketing management experience from different industries in Scandinavia and Switzerland. Jesper Ohnemus has a dual Swiss & Danish citizenship and holds a Bachelor degree in business from University of Southern Denmark and speaks 4 languages.
IT Director, Bitmain Technologies Inc (BITMAIN)
Mr. WU YI is IT Director of Bitmain Technologies Inc (BITMAIN) which is a technology company specializing in the design and development of high-speed, low-power custom chips. Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises and individual users in the world, the company currently has customers in many countries and regions around the world.
Mr. WU YI was graduated from FUDAN University, he joined BITMAIN in 2015, he successfully built the ERP, core business intelligence platform and the data warehouse for BITMAIN. Mr. WU YI focuses on ERP, industry-defining technology in data strategy, data governance, big data, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI).
Director of Marketing, Suprema Inc.
Andy Ahn is the Director of Marketing at Suprema Inc., a leading global provider of biometrics and security solutions which has no.1 market share in EMEA market. Headquartered in South Korea, Andy is responsible for Suprema’s corporate-wide marketing communication across 7 foreign subsidiaries and its authorized partners in over 80 countries. Joined Suprema in 2008, he has created the company’s brand and developed Suprema as a global premium brand in biometric industry.
Prior to joining Suprema, Andy worked as a B2B marketer in global companies including LG and Samsung companies in APAC region. Andy specializes in brand development, new market penetration and digital marketing in tech-based B2B industries.
Head of FWD Tech, FWD Group
As the Head of FWD Technology Company (FWD Tech), Marson leads to design the FWD Tech operation model, develop company strategy and establish company with full functions including technology innovation, projects, products and service etc. Marson leads team to deliver group strategic IT initiatives including Regional Claim Platform, Integrated Sales Management Platform, Ready Go! ecosystem etc., to support FWD group strategy and digital transformation.
Before joining FWD, Marson was senior director in AIA China Operation, and Assistant General Manager of AIA Information Technology company.
Head of Group Digital Transformation,
Cherdchai Virabhak is Head of Group Digital Transformation of FWD Group. In this role, he is responsible for leading digital strategy development and execution. He collaborates with functional and country leaders to define and ensure alignment of digital priorities to the company’s vision and goals.
Cherdchai has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FWD, Cherdchai was responsible for leading digital teams with AIG, ANZ Bank, HSBC and DBS Bank.
Head for Infrastructure and Service Management,
Union Bank of the Philippines
Ryan started his career in the early 2000s as the lead DBA for the mainframe replacement project of Unionbank of the Philippines wherein Sun Servers and Oracle Databases were used to run its core banking system…a first in Philippine Banking. After managing the bank’s databases, he then handled Technical Support Services, and is now Unionbank’s Head for Infrastructure and Service Management, playing a critical role in the bank’s digital transformation journey; where in the last 2 years, Unionbank has launched its API platform, built its private cloud infrastructure, started its own blockchain center of excellence, and implemented RPA, business analytics, and AI. Unionbank recently won Most Innovative Bank of the Year Award at The European – Global Banking and Finance Awards 2018, Best Digital Bank of the Year for Philippines by The Asset Triple A Digital Awards 2017, and Best Mobile Banking Project at the 2017 Asian Banker Awards.
HR Director, The Salvation Army
Peter Leow is the Human Resource Director at The Salvation Army, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory. He leads a team of HR professionals to support its headquarters and community and social service centers with more than 700 officers and employees throughout the 3 countries in human resource strategies, organization development and change management including the development and implementation of its Enterprise Resource Planning system. He is also appointed by The Salvation Army, International Headquarters to serve in the Territorial Human Resource and Information Technology Boards.
He is passionate about technology and hopes to leverage technology to enhance business performance and productivity. He is also strong advocate for community engagement and collaborations.
Editor in Chief, TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research
Co-host, Cracking Open on CNET
Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and co-host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.
ICT Head, West Java Province, Indonesia
Setiaji is the Head of ICT for the West Java Province in Indonesia. He was formerly the head of the Jakarta Smart City Management Unit, which was a part of the communications, information and statistic department of the Jakarta Capital City Government. Setiaji’s was responsible for establishing the Jakarta Smart City team, running and developing the Jakarta Smart City Lounge facility. During his tenure, the unit had rolled out citizen services, such as the development of the Jakarta Smart City online portal as an integrated platform for cross-government information; citizen relationship management; big data projects to gather and analyse data to aid policy formulatio; and the assessment for bike-sharing project implementation in Jakarta. Under his leadership, Jakarta Smart City has achieved several international and national awards: GovInsider Innovation Awards 2016 Best Team under 35; Top 99 Innovation for Public Service 2016; silver award for Open City Category on 3rd WeGO Smart Sustainable Award 2017. He was also awarded as Marketer of the year for Government Sectoral 2016, and iCIO Award 2018 as The Most Intelligent CIO
Chief Economist, ESI ThoughtLab
As the chief economist for ESI ThoughtLab, Econsult Solutions’ thought leadership arm, Dr. Daniel Miles is skilled at using economics and statistical analysis to produce evidence-based thought leadership. Dr. Miles specializes in analyzing the impact technological, economic, and demographic shifts on industries, cities, and individual companies.
As part of his work for ESI ThoughtLab, Daniel was the research director of the ground-breaking study on smart cities: “Smarter Cities 2025: Building a Sustainable Business and Financing Plan.” In addition, Daniel worked with KPMG to develop their Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index, which ranks countries in terms of their readiness for AVs. Daniel has also led studies on Cashless Cities for Visa, the Shadow Economy for Mastercard, cybersecurity readiness, jobs of the future for Cognizant, and digital transformation of small businesses for Visa.
Prior to joining Econsult Solutions, Dr. Miles was a Senior Economist at Oxford Economics where he worked with Lou Celi as the lead economist on a wide range of thought leadership projects.
General Manager Human Capital & CSR, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific
Jacely is the Head of HR for Fuji Xerox Singapore, she spearheads all aspect of human capital strategy including Organization Development, Talent Acquisition, Rewards, Business Partnering, HR Operations, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Previously she spent 1.5 years in Australia, focusing on business transformation, strengthening organization culture, capability, and development to delivery strategies that facilitate sustainable growth.
Prior to this role, she led Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific HR Transformation program across 13 operating countries across Asia Pacific to realize a contemporary HR operating model in FX. She is passionate about enabling people to deliver high performance outcome to effectively support business.
Director, Information Technology, Maxim’s Group
Louis Mah has joined Hong Kong Maxim’s Group as Director of Information Technology since June 2015, overseeing the Group’s information technology activities and management for over 70 brands and 1,300 outlets across Hong Kong, Mainland China and Southeast Asia. Managing a workforce of over 100 employees, Mr Mah is responsible for managing IT operations and formulating strategy to support business growth. In the past three years, Mr Mah participated in the mobile app implementation and enhanced eCommerce functions, with a focus on the systems and applications upgrade to cope with business transformation to digital.
Prior to joining Hong Kong Maxim’s Group, Mr Mah joined A.S. Watson Group as Business Solutions Manager in 1999 and became the IT Director of Taiwan in 2011. During the time with A.S. Watson Group, he oversaw the management of information technology, implemented eCommerce platform with millions of membership accounts and participated the digital transformation from web to app eCommerce. He also implemented enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and store solutions across Asian markets. Mr Mah is a member of Jardine CIO committee.
Chief Industry Development Officer, Industry Development Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority
Howie Lau is the Chief Industry Development Officer (Industry Development Group) at Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). The Industry Development Group comprises Accreditation, Human Capital Development, TeSA Programme Office, Digital Industry Office, Internationalization Platforms & Partnerships, Media Industry Development, Innovation & Capability Development, Public Service Media & Assessment, Singapore Film Commission and Punggol Digital District Programme Office.
Prior to his appointment, Howie was the CMO of StarHub where he was responsible for charting StarHub’s brand and marketing as well as leading the Mobility, Pay TV and Broadband businesses. Before that, he was the vice president corporate development of Lenovo where he oversaw Lenovo’s end-to-end post-merger management and related merger and acquisition matters.
He has more than 25 years of experience across various global companies including Lenovo and IBM, in corporate development, formulating brand and marketing strategies, and driving global strategic partnerships. He is the current president of the Singapore Computer Society’s Executive Council and sits on the board for NUS Institute of Systems Science and Singapore Science Center. Howie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.
Director & Co-Founder, GridMarkets
Hakim has over 25 years’ experience in Asia, U.S. and Europe translating user desires and market dynamics into innovative IT solutions and creative business strategies. He has worked in large MNCs such as Goldman Sachs in New York, Accenture in London and Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong. He has leveraged his strong technical background to develop and execute visionary business plans and used his decisive business acumen to drive for major result, such as tripling revenue (to US$30m) and growth (to 30%) in three years of Thomson Financial’s Asian sell side business, surpassing revenue and operating income targets every year in a highly challenging environment of change.
Hakim was identified by Digital News Asia in their inaugural "Digerati 50" list as someone "who will help shape Malaysia's digital economy" and was selected by Endeavor.org as Malaysia's first "High Impact Entrepreneur". He has a BSc (Eng) in Computing Science from Imperial College, London.
Business Development Analyst, Forth Smart Service
Created more than 50 fully automated dashboards using Oracle Business Intelligence Tool for the Business Departments to assess the impact of marketing campaigns on sales. Co-designed and built a control room to improve the Operation team’s performance in managing more than 120,000 kiosks and to identify the most problematic provinces to troubleshoot real-time.
Used Data Mining Models and data of more than 2 million customers to identify potential target groups and opportunities for cross-selling and doing customer loyalty program. Co-operated with the Research and Development Department to provide quality information to support the Managing Director in keeping track of the changing business landscape.
Director, Digital Innovation Sandbox Program, Asian Development Bank
Ozzeir Khan is the Director of the Office of Business Relationships and IT Strategy for Digital Innovation within Asian Development Bank. He is currently also heading the ADB Digital Innovation Sandbox Program.
He has worked for United Nations and global financial banking services sector in Asia, Europe, and the USA.
Prior to joining the ADB, he was Chief of Innovation and Business Relationships at United Nations HQ in New York, where he was responsible for developing relationships with departments, member countries, facilitating public-private sector partnerships and leading innovation labs’ development globally.
His broad areas of expertise include Digital Transformation, Innovation, and Emerging Technologies adoption by Public Sector and International Agencies.
Managing Director, Applied Precision Medicine Pty Ltd
Richard began his career as a computer hardware engineer, later moving to software engineering with a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence. He held systems developer roles with Plessey, CMAD and Data General before spending 18 years at Oracle Corporation working in product development and on several Oracle acquisitions. Since leaving Oracle in 2007, Richard has founded companies in precision medicine, aged care, health informatics and cloud computing. He founded Applied Precision Medicine in 2012, to help life-sciences businesses through the commercial journey from research-lab to clinical use. Through this vision, Applied Precision Medicine now provides services in genomics sciences, biomedical sciences, software development, bioinformatics, diagnostics, medical device development, regulatory compliance and healthcare reimbursement. Customers are in the areas of immuno-oncology, cardiology, pharmacogenomics and pharmaceuticals. Richard is also a venture investor, company advisor and independent company director. He is driven by a continuing interest in using advanced technology to help improve and save people’s lives.
Deputy Director, Cyber Security Agency (CSA)
Yum Shoen Yih is a Deputy Director at the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore. Shoen Yih leads the Cyber Security Programme Centre (CSPC) and is responsible for securing government networks and systems and implement programmes to enable a resilient nation. He has served in the Republic of Singapore Navy and other Singapore Armed Forces units in Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). He has over 30 years of experience in cybersecurity as well as command and control and communications (C3) systems at various roles in these units. Shoen Yih is a risk-based security practitioner and believes in practical and effective initiatives that can secure both commercial and public sectors against threats. He has authored CSA publications on securing businesses that use the Internet in the face of cyberattacks and has also worked with leading cybersecurity firms on adapting and integrating solutions.
President Director, PT Angkasa Pura II
Appointed as President Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (PT AP II) based on the Decree of the Minister of BUMN as PT AP II Shareholder Number: SK-227 / MBU / 09/2016 dated September 9, 2016.
Born in Jakarta, January 15, 1968, previously Muhammad Awaluddin became Director of Enterprise & Business Service at PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk (2012 - 2016) where previously he was the Managing Director of PT Infomedia Nusantara (2010 - 2012). Executive General Manager of the Access Division, Executive General Manager of Sumatra Regional Division 1 at PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk (2007 - 2010) and Vice President of Telkom Public & Marketing Communication at PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk (2005 - 2007). Since September 2016, Awaluddin was appointed as Managing Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero).
Graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Sriwijaya University (1990), Master of Business Administration from European University Antwerp Belgium (1998), and Doctoral Degree in Management Science from Padjadjaran University (2016). Training and education that has been attended include Executive Education Programs, Strategic Management:
Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage - Cambridge Judge Business School, UK (2015), Indonesian Certified Professional Marketers (ICPM) - Indonesia Marketing Association (IMA), Indonesia (2014), Executive Education Program - Wharton University of Pennsylvania, USA (2013), Asia Change Leader's Forum - McKinsey Company, Singapore (2012), Executive Education Program "Building New Businesses in Established Organization" - Harvard Business School -
Boston, USA (2011), Advanced Senior Executive Program (ASEP) - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University - Chicago, USA (2009), Managing Partnership & Strategic Alliances - INSEAD Business School, France (2007), Senior Executive Program (SEP ) - Sassin Business School, Chulalongkorn University - Bangkok, Thailand (2006), Advanced Leadership Program (ALP), Executive Center for Global Leadership (ECGL) - Erasmus University Netherlands, Jakarta - Indonesia (2004), Material Process Management - SAGEM, Paris - France (2004), Intelligent Network (IN) Advance Technology & Interconnect - AT & T Solution - New Jersey, USA (1998), Service Marketing - Knowledge Transfer Programs - AT & T Solution, USA (1996), Telecommunication Management Course - Telecom Finland, Helsinki (1996), Service
Chief Executive, SkillsFuture Singapore
Mr. Ng Cher Pong is the Chief Executive of the newly-created SkillsFuture Singapore since 3 October 2016 and also concurrently holds the appointment as Deputy Secretary (SkillsFuture) in the Ministry of Education. He is responsible for driving the implementation of the national skills strategy known as SkillsFuture, in order to enhance the employability and competitiveness of Singapore’s workforce.
Director, Networked Trade Platform (NTP) Office
Singapore Customs, Ministry of Finance
Serene is on a mission to drive change and help build digital trade and grow the international trade ecosystem. She is currently the Director of the Networked Trade Platform (NTP), Singapore’s national trade initiative that seeks to bring together players across the trade value chain, streamline the trade process and helps companies to digitalize their trade data and documents. Prior to this, Serene was with the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore, where she led efforts to drive various industry transformation in key sectors including trade and logistics, e-commerce and healthcare. Serene also travelled extensively to advise foreign governments on their digital government strategies, from Latin America and the Caribbean to the Middle East and African regions. She also spent more than 3 years living overseas and working for the ICT Ministry of the State of Qatar, where she oversaw the development of its Digital Government Strategy and Programmes.
Trained as an economist, she has a unique 20 years’ background in public sector policy and regulatory work, digital government strategies and transformation programmes, as well as business and market development.
Deputy Chairman / Chief Executive Officer, SunMoon Food Company
Gary Loh is the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SunMoon Food Company Limited. Mr Loh joined the company’s Board as Non-Independent Director and Deputy Chairman in 2007. He was Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2007 to 2013. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Executive Chairman of the Board. Since joining the Board, Mr Loh has provided SunMoon with the management expertise to transform the company, putting in place a strong business model after restructuring its debt and injecting capital.
Mr Loh is also the Executive Chairman of First Alverstone Capital Ltd, a private equity firm that he founded with his wife in 2005.
He first started his career as a venture capitalist for Pacific Capital Pte. Ltd. from 1992 to 1995, before joining Merrill Lynch as a Financial Consultant from 1995 to 1997. Subsequently, he was with UOB Kay Hian and BNP Paribas.
Outside the world of business, Mr Loh is involved in an array of philanthropic activities, and possesses a strong passion towards children’s causes in particular. Mr Loh is the Founder and former Director of Operation Smile Singapore, as well as a board member of the Stop Cleft International Alliance. Mr Loh graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & Economics) and also holds a Master in Applied Finance from NUS Business School. Mr Loh also attended the Owner/President Management Executive program at Harvard Business School.
Head of Business Planning Department, Dragon Logistics (Vietnam)
Experiences in freight forwarding, customs clearance, transportation, warehousing, industrial project, cross-border trucking, through Dragon, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens Network, Geodis Wilson, K&N., with over 20 years working in the logistics fields and still feel not enough and need to study & learn more. Support the board of director about business planning & company development strategy. Monthly summarize and analyze all data about operation result from all branches and function departments. Work as control tower to coordinate with other branches and departments. In charge to build, deploy and maintain OTM system in the company.
APAC General Manager, Revolut
Jakub Zakrzewski is a General Manager at Revolut, currently responsible for launching its operations across Asian markets.
Before Revolut, Jakub was Head of Growth at Easyship, a 500 Startups VC portfolio company that won Hong Kong’s Technology Company of the Year Award in 2017, joining as one of its early employees in 2015.
Prior to joining Easyship, Jakub worked at Lazada (Rocket Internet’s most successful venture up to date, acquired by Alibaba for $1bn+ in 2016) as a Global Venture Development Manager in Singapore, where he established business intelligence and online marketing departments at the company. He holds a Master of Science in Finance degree, awarded from ESADE Business School in Barcelona where he wrote his master thesis on "Cases of Angel Investing in Europe".
Solution Consultant, Revera
Ryan Lea is a solution consultant at Revera, New Zealand’s leading cloud services provider, based in Wellington, where he has worked for the past two-and-a-half years. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing services based around Oracle’s Engineered Systems portfolio, leveraging his extensive experience in public and private sector and expertise in development, project management, robotics, database administration, infrastructure, and networking. Revera utilizes a fleet of Oracle products including Private Cloud Appliance, ZFS Storage Appliance, Exadata, and Exalogic, to deliver cutting edge services to their clients.
Senior Marketing Manager Data, Insights & Technology, Norton Rose Fulbright
Kath O’Reilly is a senior marketer with more than 15 years’ experience in global professional services firms. With a unique skill set developed through working across the entire B2B marketing function, including business and client development, data analysis, communications and digital marketing, Kath has been at the forefront of law firm MarTech, overseeing the transition in the 2000s from spreadsheets to CRM systems and more recently, the evolution of integrated systems and marketing automation. Kath’s current role sees her driving global change towards a true data-driven marketing model in an industry that has a history of underutilising both data and marketing.
Dean, College of Information Technology and Communication, Rangsit University
Dr. Chetneti Srisa-An has been the Dean of College of Digital Innovation and Information Technology, Rangsit University, Thailand since 2014. He got his Ph.D. degree majored in Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA in 1995. After his Ph.D. graduation, he worked as Technical Development Manager at Asia-Infonet Thailand CO., LTD during 1995 – 1997. In 1997, he got his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. During 2000 – 2002, he was Senior Software manager of E-commerce Department, United Airline, Chicago IL, USA. During 2011 – 2014, he was Deputy Managing Director (DMD) at Advanced Research Group Co., Ltd.
General Manager, National Pharmacies Group
Ryan Klose is the General Manager of Finance, Membership/Loyalty, Supply Chain & IT at National Pharmacies – uniquely a membership retail organisation providing a personal retail experience for approximately 300,000 members. He has over 15 years of experience in senior executive, program leadership commercially across: FMCG, Retail, Membership, Law Enforcement, Agriculture and Wine; Ryan has lead significant technology programs through operational change, industry change and consumer change. Due to this pace of change, technology has become more an art of assembly and less about the traditional built 10 year asset, often making data the ‘hero’ as a key outcome.
Leader of AI Tech, Lotte Data Communication Company
Jong-Ho Lea is leader of AI Tech. Center of LDCC which is the main part of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, Digital transformation and discovery new IT technologies. He is also responsible for strategy and growth of Lotte Group's Cloud & New technology business, which includes services and abilities used to artificial intelligence technology.
Senior General Manger, Persistent Systems Ltd
Sandeep Deshmukh is a Senior General Manger in Persistent Systems Ltd, Pune, India. He heads the Global Infrastructure & Technology delivery unit. He holds bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has over 27+ years of experience in IT Infrastructure, Cloud, Security & Identity Management.
He is working with Persistent Systems (which is an outsourced product development company and has Global offices across the world) since last 18+ years. He has carried out multiple responsibilities in IT Infrastructure management, Cloud Practices, Security Practices, Identity Management and Managed Services Business. Before joining Persistent Systems, he has worked in multiple Software companies in India and USA.
Head of Information Technology, Telecom Fiji Limited
Shalvin Narayan is Head of Information Technology at Telecom Fiji Limited. He is responsible for leading all aspects of IT strategy, application development & operations, OSS, BSS, datacenter services, security, infrastructure and managed ICT services.
As Head of IT, Shalvin focuses on delivering and managing solutions that helps automate and digitize the processes for Telecom Fiji Limited. With the use of innovative and proven set of applications, infrastructure and cloud products, Telecom Fiji Limited has started to streamline its IT services, processes and operations.
Shalvin also manages the Managed ICT Services team that manages the day to day IT services for corporate and SMEs in Fiji. The team also designs, deploys and manages solutions for the corporates and SMEs as per their business needs.
Project Director, Tabcorp
Brett Marsh holds degrees in Information Systems and Accountancy from Otago University, NZ
Brett has been implementing oracle ERP Systems across Asia Pacific since 1995. Brett held the position of oracle ERP government director with PWC Australia from 1998 - 2000 where he developed a thriving oracle ERP consultancy implementing oracle E-business 10.7 and 11i into government, healthcare and local government customers.
Since 2006 Brett has been an independent ERP Advisor, Program Director and Project Director delivering large ERP transformations for customers such as NSW health, Experian Asia Pacific, Sinclair Knight Hertz, Flexigroup and Victoria Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Agriculture.
Brett made a strategic decision in 2014 to specialize in cloud ERP and cloud integration technologies and working with customers on cloud ERP transition strategies and analysis producing roadmaps of migration to cloud integrated business solutions.
Brett spends his spare time playing golf, snow skiing, drinking fine NZ Pinot Noir and travelling to discover the world as time and money allows.
Head of Group ICT, UEM Group Berhad
Sher Khan leads the UEM Group ICT team and manage Group-wide ICT Strategic Plans, Projects and Operations, with over 120+ ICT personnel across the Group.
Sher started his career as System Engineer with TIME Quantum Technology and then moved to Oracle Corporation Malaysia for about 7 years specializing in Oracle Applications stack in Pre-Sales and later in Consulting Services roles. After Oracle, he joined Telekom Malaysia Berhad as a Solutions Manager, and later moved to SKALI Group in late 2008 as the COO of the Data Centre business, and later promoted to CEO in 2010.
He also spent some time with JARING Communication as the Head of Value Innovation spearheading the Product Management and Strategic Initiatives Division. Prior to UEM Group, he was the Senior Vice President under the Global Delivery Division in STRATEQ Group. He led a team of IT infrastructure engineers, Business Continuity consultants, Business Application (ERP/CRM) consultants, and the Data Centre Operations group, which comprises 80+ technical engineers in total.
Sher has over 20+ years of ICT experiences, and currently holds a position as an Exco Member of PIKOM CIO Chapter for 2017-2019 term, and as an Advisor to PIKOM Cybersecurity Chapter. He graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information System from University of Miami, USA in 1995.
General Manager, Dev Sec Ops Shared Services, NRMA
Vivek Jaiswal has been working as General Manager, Technology Infrastructure & Architecture from April 2016 after helping deliver NRMA's Group operating environment systems in 2015. Vivek recently assumed responsibility of General Manager Shared Services.
Vivek is responsible for NRMA's technology infrastructure and architecture, day to day operations and project delivery across shared services. Vivek is also responsible for developing the technology roadmap to support NRMA's strategy.
Before joining the NRMA, Vivek was part of Oracle as a Consulting Solution Lead and helped customers achieve their key strategic goals. Vivek has worked globally in different countries and various industry segments including Financial Services, Telecommunications, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing, Travel and Transport. He is widely recognized for his astute problem solving skills and considered a Tech evangelist.
Vivek holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Jiwaji University.
Head of Total Rewards, AXA
Jamie is the Head of Total Rewards for AXA Singapore managing compensation, benefits, HRIS, and workforce planning for the organization. She has 10+ years of human resources experience, focusing primarily in compensation and benefits. Before joining AXA, she worked in the technology sector as a Regional Compensation and Benefits Consultant supporting multiple countries throughout the Asia Pacific & Japan region. Before coming to Asia, she was based in the USA, where her key focus was executive compensation and benefits. She also has extensive knowledge in this space as well as incentive plan design and HRIS system implementation.
Founder of Data Labs, China Eastern Airlines.
Mr. Xuewu (Shawn) Wang is the founder of Data Labs at China Eastern Airlines. From 2009 to 2015, he successfully built the core business intelligence platform， master data management system and data warehouse for China Eastern Airlines, China Cargo Airlines and China Eastern Logistic.
Mr. Wang focuses on digital strategy, data governance, big data, machine learning, Natural Language Processing and AI. He is building a big data analytics and application ecosystem through innovation data technologies, data platform and innovative collaboration to empower all business fields in the China Eastern Group.
In the year of 2018, The Data Labs he founded won The Leader of Information and Data Transformation in China awarded by International Data Corporation and The Digital Innovation of Enterprises awarded by the Shanghai Government of China.
Group Talent Acquisition Manager, Synlait Milk
Andrew Dennan is Group Talent Acquisition Manager for Synlait Milk Limited in his native homeland of New Zealand. His responsibilities include the establishment of Talent Acquisition, its strategy and execution, HR shared services, HRIS and people analytics.
Previous to this, he spent over a decade working in the Middle East and Asia for some of the regionals largest business specialising in talent strategy & planning, talent acquisition transformation through innovation for mid to large companies. He has built in-house talent acquisition functions for high growth global businesses like National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation; run regional recruitment operations via RPO for Bank of America; built an executive search practice and contractor supply services to major Middle Eastern Oil & Gas companies and managed and mentored high performing recruitment teams in 22 countries.
Prior to this, he spent 20 years trading and brokering in the global financial markets and was an early subject matter expert in the field of futures and options trading, holding several advisory positions as markets transitioned from floor to electronic trading.
Andrew is a Chartered Member of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (UK) and the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
Senior DBA Expert, Bitmain Technologies Inc (BITMAIN)
Mr. Chang Zhiheng is Senior DBA Expert of Bitmain Technologies Inc (BITMAIN) which is a technology company specializing in the design and development of high-speed, low-power custom chips. Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises and individual users in the world, the company currently has customers in many countries and regions around the world.
Mr. Chang Zhiheng is the most valuable senior DBA expert for 9 years. Working in BITMAIN, Mr.Chang Zhiheng is responsible for the construction of operation and maintenance team of information technology department, Oracle database architecture design and performance optimization planning, data availability research, project status and long-term statistics, analysis, prediction and transformation into decision information, etc.
People and Culture Project Lead, Followmont Transport
Renee Dumble is the People and Culture Project Lead for Followmont Transport. Responsible for leading the design, planning and implementation of employee experience projects including the recent HR digital transformation with the deployment of the Human Capital Management system – OracleHCM.
Working within the People and Culture function Renee commenced with Followmont in 2015 as a HR generalist, partnering with the business to deliver high-performance outcomes. Holding a Bachelor and Post-Graduate Degrees, Renee has gained over 10 years of HR experience across various industries including Transportation and Logistics, Australian Immigration, Finance, Legal and Mining Services.
HR innovation, digitalisation and change management is a passion for Renee as she approaches all projects with the mindset that the human element must remain at the core.
Founding Member, FOMO Pay
Mr. Yang Zhan, Zack is Forbes Asia 30 under 30 2018, and founding member of Singapore FinTech startup FOMO Pay. Sitting in Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) SGQR Taskforce, Zack and his team are committed to the development of mobile payment and to improve the operational efficiency of society to promote cashless society and financial inclusion.
Founded in 2015, FOMO Pay’s leading alternative payment platform enables merchants to accept a full suite of digital payments including mVISA, WeChat Pay, NETS Pay, etc. FOMO Pay has been awarded as the winner of MAS FinTech Awards 2017, the Best FinTech Startup at Seamless Asia 2017 (Cards & Payment), the judge’s award of NTT DATA Open Innovation Contest 2018 Global. FOMO Pay is recognized by industry leaders and selected to be Accelerator Cohort of DBS (2016 Batch), Oracle (2017 Batch) and Unilever (2017 Batch).
Zack is also the founder of Singapore Startup Space, a Southeast Asia Chinese entrepreneur club, with more than 200 startup members, being the bridge between China & Southeast Asia in entrepreneur space. He is also a thought leader actively sharing his expertise on the trend and challenges of mobile payment, interviewed by South China Morning Post, Channel News Asia, TechInAsia, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, and Business Times to promote cashless payment.
Chief of Staff to Larry Ellison, Chairman and CTO
Mamei Sun joined Oracle in 2012 and is Chief of Staff to Larry Ellison, Chairman and CTO. Mamei is a champion of building community at Oracle—both local and global. She launched the Global Employee Summit, supports the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator, and is changing the way Oracle tells its story through its customers and employees.
Mamei is a board member of Pacific Animal Initiatives and a board advisor to Ronin, a cancer intelligence startup. Prior to Oracle, Mamei was a corporate lawyer for Allen & Overy LLP in Hong Kong, where she worked on global IPOs and corporate acquisitions. She previously worked in online advertising at Google. In her spare time, Mamei enjoys flying airplanes, baking cupcakes, and eating her way around the world.
Partner– Third Party Trust, PwC Singapore
Kyra is a Partner with PwC’s Risk Services based in Singapore, leading it’s Third Party Trust service. She has almost 20 years experience working with PwC's Financial Services clients globally (i.e. Asia Pacific, US and UK/Europe), specialising in governance, risk and regulations of technology, operations and third parties.
As Third Party Trust Leader, she leads a team of professionals dedicated to advising organisation on third party risk management and service control standards.
She provides thought leadership and advises senior executives on the challenges and strategies to manage risks associated with their digital transformation agenda. Focusing on current topics such as cyber risks, cloud governance and ecosystem risk management.
Kyra leads Diversity and Inclusion for PwC’s Risk Services and is passionate in promoting a culture of awareness and inclusion, developing and supporting women talent, as well as the power of diversity in problem solving.
Kyra has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) from Monash University.
She is an Australia Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), Singapore Chartered Accountant (CA) and also previously qualified for Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).
Vice President, Key and Lead Accounts in ASEAN
Samina has been with Oracle for 17 and has worked in multiple geographies and domains. She started Oracle’s operations in South Asia Growth Economies (SAGE) countries, established the Industry Strategy and Insight team for Middle East & Africa (MEA), and successfully led MEA's Analytics and Big Data Business Development team.
Samina now leads a highly skilled, specialist team of Key and Lead Account Directors to serve Oracle’s most influential and strategic customers who are innovators and leaders in their respective geographies and industries across ASEAN and SAGE. Our Key Account Program is an exclusive offering to our most valued customers. Our mandate is to promote a long term, executive level partnership focused on helping our customers realize their strategic objectives through alignment between business and IT.
Samina is an alumnus of The American University in Washington DC (Computer Sciences), The George Washington University in Washington DC (Information Systems Management), and the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan (EMBA in Corporate Strategy and Finance). She is a Certified Project Management Professional with PMI, and a Certified Director with International Finance Organization.
Samina is a mother of four, contributes time with not-for-profit organizations focused on education, and operates from Singapore.
Bestselling Author & Global Leadership Authority
A Forbes contributor and host of RawCourage.tv, Margie has been described as an 'international authority on brave leadership' by the Wall Street Journal. Her insights have also been shaped by her work and interviews with leaders such as Richard Branson, Bill Marriott, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Oliver Stone and fellow author Marianne Williamson. Margie has also co-authored two other books with Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield and Ken Blanchard.Currently undertaking her PhD, Margie's work draws on the latest research in leadership, positive psychology and organizational change. Her programs have shown measurable improvement in leadership effectiveness, team collaboration, engagement and wellbeing.
A passionate advocate for gender equality and inclusive leadership, in 2010 Margie founded Global Courage to embolden braver leadership and advance more women to decision-making tables. She is a Women's Economic Forum honoree and an Ambassador for Women in Global Business and Google's Womenwill program. An adventurous spirit at heart, Margie's travelled off the beaten track in 70+ countries. She has spent many years living outside Australia including in Papua New Guinea, the USA and is currently based in Singapore.
Regional Head, Ecosystem Alliances & Channels (ASEAN/APAC), GE Digital
Rachel Ooi is a Senior Director for GE Digital ASEAN region. She heads-up the Ecosystem Alliances and Channels group for ASEAN and APAC South region. As one of the leading B2C Digital transformation pioneers in the ICT sector early 2000’s, coupled with her Enterprise Digi-IoT Convergence driver experience in the Semiconductor Manufacturing sector, and currently a Digital Industrial veteran for GE, she fundamentally believes in reshaping value-creation in the ecosystem. Where, advanced insights through analytics, is core on reshaping cross-industries convergence & digital transformations for greater business outcome. Business sustainability no longer defined simply by speed and scale to execute alone, but first with the ability to redefine and reshape value propositions for self and partnering others for greater outcome and greater good, in the ecosystem.
Lived and worked across continents (i.e. ANZA, Greater China, Nordic and ASEAN) on strategic global functions and regional P&L leadership roles for the past 20 years, Rachel Ooi brings along her wealth of Strategic Consulting competencies, Strategy & Business Development, Sales & Marketing management experience and as hands-on business owners on managing P&Ls, particularly on Digital businesses, Digital Transformation and Predictive Analytics areas. She started championed the Big data and Digital Transformation journey in the B2C ICT-Media convergence era in the early 2000’s, and lately focused on Enterprises and Industrial OT-IT Convergence.
Prior to her GE appointment, Rachel was the Global Director for NXP based in Singapore (Qualcomm/Broadcom in midst of acquisition), and headed-up the Global Strategic Reporting & Advanced Analytics for Smarts and IoT & Secured Connection Portfolio GTM (i.e. Connected Car, Connected Home, Connected & Secured Payment). She certainly is a visionary and is very passionate on pioneering Smart City, Smart Factory, Smart Farm-to-Folk, Smart Health, Smart Energy Network as a change leader. She believes in fronting transformation in a meaningful way to always be relevant to the next generation and contributing back to society.
Rachel has start-up and headed numbers of new digital business units within large MNCs such as Deloitte on CRM Analytics & Digital, SingTel & Telstra on Mobile Media, Ericsson AB on Convergent Media, WPP Group on Strategic Consulting propositions, Syngenta AG on Smart Agriculture. She enjoys coaching and leading for mindset shifts in a collaborative fashion within organisations and in the ecosystem by provoking new ways of creating value and doing things differently for greater outcome together. Leading across boundaries and in ambiguity is her strengths.
Rachel holds an MBA with University of South Australia and was awarded Academic of Excellence Year 1999. She graduated from Monash University (Australia) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business, major in Accounting and Marketing. She is also the Alumni of INSEAD’s Executive Excellerator Program and Common Purpose ASEAN Leadership Cohorts. She is currently an active contributor to World Economic Forum for ASEAN Digital as well.
Sales Director, APAC, Bridge Data Centres
Karen Yong has more than 12 years of sales experience in the IT industry covering the APAC region. She is currently holding the role of Sales Director, APAC in Bridge Data Centres. Karen started her sales career more than 10 years ago at Macquarie Telecom as a Strategic Account Manager. Through the years, her experience grew from account management to sales, client services and channel management, covering local and global clients as well as partners of the organizations she worked in.
Prior to joining Bridge, Karen successfully achieved President Club member status within the first year of joining Equinix and acquired more than 12 strategic accounts within her two year tenure with the company. Her last role in Equinix was managing Global accounts and key strategic alliance accounts where she expanded her portfolio to opening new markets in Indonesia, India and South Korea.
Karen has a penchant for not just working towards achieving her own career mile stones, but always ensuring that her clients and partners are being served in the most professional, mutually beneficial and trusted manners. From her first role as an Account Manager more than 10 years ago, she has evolved to becoming the Sales professional that clients, partners and industry peers continuously seek to work with on major projects.
Group Vice President - Strategy & Operations,
Oracle Asia Pacific and EMEA
Sujith Abraham oversees Sales Transformation for Asia-Pacific, Japan and EMEA. Prior to this role he designed and led the execution of Oracle's go-to-market model for Asia Pacific. In his 20+ years with Oracle, he has led several large and small organisations across Field and Inside Sales, Marketing and Business Development in Asia and the United States.
In addition, Sujith is also a venture advisor at CoCoon Ignite Ventures, an early stage fund that invests in entrepreneurs who build new economy businesses that transition asset based models to non-asset based, decentralized networks and business models.
Sujith holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Director & Lead, Sales Communications for EMEA and JAPAC Applications, Oracle
Barsha Panda is the Director & Lead, Sales Communications for Applications across EMEA and JAPAC, in Oracle. She brings together - strategy, storytelling, executive brand, employee engagement and social media - to drive programs that help sales teams stay connected to the organization's strategy and win with confidence.
Prior to Oracle, she led Global Technology Communications and PR for Yahoo. In a career spanning 15+ years, she has worked in consumer internet, enterprise technology and BFSI, leading marketing and PR programs across India, the US, UK, Israel and Asia, enabling brands change perceptions, build culture and transform business.
She believes in creating a high-energy work culture, building strong relationships, experimenting with new ideas and collaborating with diverse teams.
Barsha has been based in Singapore for the past several years. She loves photographing architecture and street portraits around the world and writing about them.