We are seeing an even more vibrant tech ecosystem in Southeast Asia emerging from this pandemic. Nothing is stopping us from gathering top internet players, entrepreneurs, founders, chief executives and investors within the thriving digital ecosystem.
WILD DIGITAL SOUTHEAST ASIA 2020 is now taking place virtually from 3rd to 6th of November, bringing 4 days of first-class content to you!
Expect the same (or better) Wild Digital experience in this online edition. Get ready to network with 3000+ attendees around the world, hear from 180+ eminent speakers and watch live broadcast of 60+ sessions, within the comfort of your own home or from your office desk.
Be a part of what might be the biggest virtual tech conference in the region!
WILD DIGITAL is a premier digital conference by Catcha Group, one of Southeast Asia's leading internet company. It started in 2015, with a bold vision of creating a platform for leaders within the digital ecosystem to come together and share wild stories for building great disruptive businesses.
Top tech players, entrepreneurs, founders, chief executives and investors gather at Wild Digital to share insights into the future of technology and digital creativity with its first-class Main Stage program. Also known for its excellent exposure in the industry and unprecedented networking opportunities to connect with some of the best minds whilst having a great time, Wild Digital is a must-attend event in the region!
As Co-Founder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, Patrick Grove is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the APAC region. He founded and took 5 companies from startup to IPO, recently selling iProperty Group for US$534m, making it one of the largest internet exits in ASEAN history.
He is Co-Founder and Chairman of iflix, the leading SVoD service for emerging markets; Co-Founder and Director of iCar Asia, ASEAN’s No. 1 network of digital automotive portals; and Co-Founder of Frontier Digital Ventures, a leading operator of online classifieds in frontier markets.
Patrick has received numerous international awards, including: Global Leader of Tomorrow and New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum; Asia’s Best Young Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Business.
Anthony Tan is the co-founder and Group CEO of Grab, SE Asia’s leading mobile technology company. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab's core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay.
Grab is Southeast Asia's leading mobile technology platform. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab's core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay. Grab currently offers services in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. For more information, please visit: http://www.grab.com.
One of Asia's most recognisable entrepreneurs, Tony Fernandes is best known for co-founding AirAsia, a pioneering low-cost airline in the region. Fernandes bought the ailing, debt-ridden airline for a token RM1 (25 US cents), turning it around within two years and growing it from a domestic Malaysian carrier into Asia's largest, most successful airline group, with operations in five countries serving over 260 routes to more than 120 destinations across Asia Pacific. Fernandes has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career. These include the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur, awarded by the French government for his outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. Fernandes studied at Epsom College and the London School of Economics in the UK, and qualified as a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1996.
At AirAsia, we see ourselves as not so much an airline operator but more of a people company that happens to be in the airline business. Understanding people enables us to realize the true needs of discerning travellers and provide paramount services and products to deliver utmost satisfaction to our guests, each and every one with unique requisites and expectations.
AirAsia has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people around the region choosing us as their preferred choice of air transport. As we continuously to strive to promote air travel, we also seek to create excitement amongst our guests with our range of innovative and personalized services.
Our mission is to attain the lowest cost so that everyone can fly with AirAsia and maintain the highest quality product, embracing technology to reduce cost and enhance service levels.
Nicholas A. Nash is the Managing Partner and a co-founder of Asia Partners, a leading growth equity technology investment firm in Southeast Asia.
Prior to Asia Partners, Mr. Nash was the Group President of Sea, Greater Southeast Asia’s leading internet company, from 2014 to 2018. Sea is today a $9.5bn U.S. public company and the region’s market leader in e-commerce and e-sports.
Mr. Nash led Sea’s landmark initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SE), which raised approximately $1 billion of primary capital and which was the largest ever U.S. IPO of a company from Southeast Asia. It was one of the largest IPOs worldwide in 2017 and was also the largest ex-China emerging markets technology IPO in the U.S. since 2011.
Mr. Nash joined Sea after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the co-founder and head of GA’s Southeast Asia business. Three of Mr. Nash’s successful investments while with General Atlantic are now multi-billion dollar NYSE publicly traded companies. Prior to GA, Mr. Nash was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York.
Mr. Nash was a member of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group from 2017-2018. Mr. Nash was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2013-2018 and is a member of the global Kauffman Society for leadership in venture capital, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a board member for Room to Read in Singapore, and a board member of Endeavor Indonesia.
He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students.
Asia Partners is a private equity firm focused on the next generation of high-growth technology companies in Southeast Asia.
Aliza Knox is the Managing Director for Cloudflare in Asia-Pacific. She is responsible for growing the company's presence and brand recognition in the region, as well as optimizing its reach to customers through sales and channel partners.
Prior to joining Cloudflare, Aliza had more than three decades of broad international marketing and management experience. She worked in executive positions at a wide variety of tech companies, including Google and Twitter, as well as an Australian mobile startup. She holds an MBA in Marketing (Honors) from New York University, a BA (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University, and was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group. She also sits on the boards of two publicly listed companies.
Outside of work, Aliza is extremely passionate about encouraging women to pursue opportunities in business and tech. She realizes this by mentoring young women and actively participating in a number of relevant forums.
Cloudflare started as a simple application to find the source of email spam. From there it grew into a service that protects websites from all manner of attacks, while simultaneously optimizing performance.
Roger is a world renowned futurist and entrepreneur who mentors Entrepreneurs to grow their enterprises and find their flow.
Roger is the founder of Entrepreneurs Institute, which is the largest Entrepreneur Network in the world, with over 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 200 cities. He is also founder of Entrepreneur Resorts, the world’s leading Entrepreneur Resorts and Beach Clubs Group, which had its IPO and became a listed company in 2017. His tech company, GeniusU, connects entrepreneurs to the smartest knowledge, connections and opportunities, and is growing from a $20 million to $40 million A.I. business in the coming year.
He is the creator of Wealth Dynamics & Talent Dynamics, used by over 700,000 entrepreneurs to follow their flow. All of Roger’s companies empower the Entrepreneur Movement - collectively growing our ability to create and contribute wealth.
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GeniusU is a web and mobile platform which already connects over 850,000+ entrepreneurs to the right network, knowledge and opportunities based on their personal values, vision, passions, talents, and purpose.
GeniusU’s A.I. Genies, give you personalised recommendations on who to meet, how to upskill, where to go and what to do based on your stage of business growth, global location and other personalised information.
Vinnie is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over US$100M AUM and 30+ investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as highest startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors.
Prior to setting up Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved with many lessons learned in 2007; and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. He founded the Silicon Valley NewTech meetup, featuring hundreds of startups to a monthly audience w/ more than 10,000 members.
Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM, helping to shape how IBM was approaching social software for the enterprise. Vinnie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Engineering. Vinnie is passionate about building startup ecosystems and joined his first startup while still in high school.
Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in Singapore and Jakarta with investments across Southeast Asia. Golden Gate Ventures was established in 2011 and has over 35 investments across 7 countries. The firm invests in internet & mobile startups across many sectors, including e-commerce, payments, marketplaces, mobile applications, and SaaS platforms.
Leon is the co-founder of Tokopedia. Prior to Tokopedia, he has various experiences in software development in different kind of industries, including ISP, Insurance, Airlines, and several government projects. Today, he is the Vice Chairman in Tokopedia, focusing on mentoring and nurturing the next generation of leaders in Tokopedia. He is also responsible for technical, operation, people management, security, risk management, compliance, and governance.
Tokopedia (www.tokopedia.com), which is owned by PT Tokopedia, is an internet company that allows individuals and business owners in Indonesia to open and manage their own online stores easily and for free. Tokopedia provides a better online selling experience to the sellers, so that the sellers can provide a better online shopping experience to their customers.
At Tokopedia, we believe that a marketplace is the most beautiful business model in the world, because the success of a marketplace can only be achieved by helping others to become more successful. Our services have allowed hundreds of thousands of Indonesian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to send millions of products every month to their customers throughout Indonesia.
Tokopedia is also indirectly responsible for the creation of thousands of new jobs through the growing success of our merchants, who often become a positive impact by providing job vacancies in their immediate communities.
Tokopedia is the first internet company in Southeast Asia that succeeded to close US $100 million in funding from SoftBank and Sequoia Capital. SoftBank is the investor behind the success of Alibaba, while Sequoia Capital is the investor behind the success of Apple, Google, Instagram, WhatsApp, and many other successful technology companies.
We believe that we are in the process of building a world class technology company which fortunately happens to be in Indonesia.
Chatri Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship (ONE), Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a broadcast to 2.6 billion potential viewers across 140+ countries around the world. ONE is a celebration of Asia's greatest cultural treasure, martial arts. Through the magic of storytelling and the power of media, ONE is on a mission to unleash real-life superheroes, celebrate values, ignite dreams, inspire nations, and change the world.
Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and other major media. Forbes recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times, and Asia's 3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports by FOX Sports.
Chatri Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
Rebecca is head of origination, capital markets relationships, business development and client relationships in Asia. Rebecca has had 20 years of capital markets experience. Rebecca was Managing Director, APAC for Nasdaq (2000-2012), Co-Head of Client & Issuer Marketing for Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (2012-2013) and Executive Director, APAC Origination for Deutsche Bank AG (2013-2016). Rebecca is a permanent resident of Hong Kong and is currently based in Hong Kong covering the region.
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $13 trillion. To learn more, visit: http://business.nasdaq.com
Achmad is the founder and ex-CEO of Bukalapak, Indonesia’s largest online marketplace. One of just four unicorns in the country, Bukalapak processes millions of orders every day. The company gained US$50m in funding from the Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Fund in early 2019.
Zaky gained his bachelor’s degree in information Technology with honors (cum laude) from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), one of the most distinguished university in Indonesia.
In 2016, Achmad Zaky has recently received the Satyalancana Wira Karya badge of honor which were awarded and pinned by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the badge signifies the country’s attestation to a person’s key contribution and services towards the country, allowing him to become an exemplary figure.
We are the Largest Marketplace in Southeast Asia and the Newest Unicorn in Indonesia!
We were founded with the singular mission of empowering Indonesia through digital technology. We believe that within each of our millions of transaction, there are hope and happiness that transcends millions of dreams and brought them closer to reality.
As we become the largest e-marketplace in Indonesia, with tens of millions of visitors and several Trillion IDRs in monthly transactions, and as we start to grow our technological impact beyond e-commerce, we remain staunchly focused on our spirit of empowerment.
We are looking for like-minded talents to join our growing family. Talents who feel the yearn to make a positive impact for Indonesia. Talents who want to inspire millions of Indonesians with amazing technology products. Talents who share the same dream of helping Indonesia unlock its potentials.
SaeMin Ahn is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures, the venture capital arm of Rakuten, Inc., a leader in internet services and global innovation headquartered in Japan. He is responsible for leading and evaluating investments, conducting due diligence, and analyzing deal structure.
Since Rakuten Venture’s launch in 2013, SaeMin has been managing its $200 million Global Investment Fund and the billion Japan Fund focusing on empowering the start-up ecosystem to positively affect Internet services globally. Leading investments to date include Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic!.
Prior to joining Rakuten Ventures in 2016, SaeMin was with Google for 5 years managing Sales and Business Development for Asia. SaeMin holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Broadcasting and Journalism from Sogang University and currently lives in Singapore.
Rakuten is one of the world's leading internet companies and Rakuten Ventures is its venture capital arm. Focused on empowering the startup ecosystem to positively affect internet services globally, Rakuten Ventures manages a US$ 200 million Global Investment Fund and a ¥ 10 billion Japan Fund. Originally launched in 2013, its Global Investment Fund counts Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic! among its investment portfolio. Rakuten Ventures is run out of Singapore by Managing Partner SaeMin Ahn, Investment Manager Hogil Doh, and Principal Adit Swarup.
Jason Thompson is currently leading Indonesia’s leading payments platform. He is responsible to oversee the business expansion, strategic partnerships and product development at OVO, and lead OVO to drive financial inclusion deeper and serve 260M Indonesians.
Since its inception in 2017, OVO has become the #1 digital payments platform, growing its user base over 400% in 2018 and onboarding over 500,000 merchants from modern retail merchants to SMEs. Jason is set to lead OVO and provide equal economy access to South East Asia’s most populated nation.
OVO is the leading digital payment, rewards and financial services platform in Indonesia. Now, OVO is present in 115 million devices and accepted in more than 354 cities in Indonesia. Our platform can be used to access payments, transfers, top-up, and withdrawals, as well as asset and investment management. We have enabled digital payments across more than 500,000 modern merchants and SMEs.
OVO has grown exponentially and has firmly established itself as the #1 fin-tech platform and the unicorn of Indonesia. Asan Indonesian company, at our core, OVO is here to crack the problems faced by the community, specifically equal access to financial services to support the growth of the middle economy. Our open ecosystem tailored to build partnerships, where the most important spending habits of Indonesia’s growing middle economy.
Sebastian Togelang is a Serial Entrepreneur since his age of early 20’s, Investor, Business Angel, Growth Hacker, Fund Manager and Founder of several International Tech Companies with over 15-years experience in Tech, Marketing, Digital & Start-ups.
He is the Founder and Managing Director of Kejora Group (Kejora Ventures); a company builder and Venture Capital with over 30 Investments in Asia.
Sebastian is also co-founder of Ideabox: an incubator set up between Mountain Kejora Ventures and Indosat/Ooredoo Group, focusing on incubating technology companies in the emerging markets.
In Southeast Asia, he co-founded and invested in companies such as C88 Group (www.c88fintech.com, leading financial ecommerce), Qareer Group (www.qareergroup.asia, leading Career platform), Jualo (C2C Marketplace), Etobee (Logistic), Investree (Investree.id, leading P2P lending) and more than 20 other companies that created more than 700 jobs within 2 Years. He also co-founded the FinTech Association and act as secretary general of the Venture Capital Association in Indonesia (Amvesindo).
Sebastian started his career at Deutsche Bank & Deutsche Boerse (German stock exchange). He studied at Johann Wolfgang University in Frankfurt.
Srijay Ghosh is a Director at Temasek, focuses on investments in Technology, Media & Telecom sector and is responsible for sourcing & execution of new deals and management of various tech portfolio companies. Srijay started his career in the Silicon Valley working in the semiconductor sector before taking up investment banking roles in Deutsche Bank & Credit Suisse. He is a graduate from IIT and UC Berkeley in Engineering and received an MBA from INSEAD.
Incorporated in 1974, Temasek is an investment company headquartered in Singapore. Supported by 11 offices internationally, Temasek owns a net portfolio value of S$308 billion (US$235 billion) as at 31 March 2018.
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Born and raised in Mauritius and educated in the United States, Eric Gnock Fah is an avid explorer with a multicultural upbringing that taught him to speak seven languages. Before co-founding Klook, Eric worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley Hong Kong, where he specialised in consumer retail and travel, and later joined an investment firm.
In 2013, on a trip to Nepal with fellow co-founder Ethan Lin and friends, Eric discovered the immense potential of travel experiences booking in Asia. This inspired him to build Klook to better serve the needs of free independent travelers.
At Klook, Eric spearheads the company’s expansion across key regions in APAC including Greater China, South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia. He is instrumental in establishing partnerships with key players of the travel space such as Asia Miles, Hong Kong Tourism Board, AirAsia BIG, Universal Studios and many more. Eric’s leadership contributed significantly to Klook’s rising popularity, tallying more than five million trips booked in 2016.
Eric recently appeared on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 List , Yicai (CBN) Brilliant 20 List, and Hong Kong Tatler Generation T List 2017 , and is often featured in the world’s leading media including Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch and Forbes, among others. Under his management, Klook is consistently recognised by the media and local governments as one of the region’s startup role models.
Founded in 2014, Klook is a world leading travel activities and services booking platform. Klook gives travellers a seamless way to discover and book popular attractions, tours, local transportation, best foods, and unique experiences around the world on its website and award-winning app ('Best of 2015', ‘Best of 2017’ & ‘Best of 2018’ by Google Play and Apple App Store). With Klook’s innovative technologies, travellers can book on-the-go and redeem the services by using QR codes or e-voucher. Each day, Klook empowers countless travellers to indulge in their wanderlust and spontaneity through over 80,000 offerings in more than 250 destinations.
With a team of many than 1,000 across over 20 offices worldwide, Klook's services are available in eight languages, supporting 41 currencies. It has raised a total of US$300 million investment from world-renowned investors including Sequoia China, TCV, Matrix Partners, and Goldman Sachs. Get inspired by Klook at www.klook.com, the company blog or @Klook.
Lucas is a co-founder of Carousell and oversees Engineering. Since the launch of Carousell in August 2012 together with co-founders Marcus Tan and Quek Siu Rui, Lucas has been working closely with the engineering team on technical, architecture and data direction and strategies. He is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Carousell at the forefront of the industry. He is also passionate about product development, iOS development, and applying data science to solve problems at a large scale.
Prior to Carousell, Lucas spent some time as a software engineer at RedBeacon (acquired by Home Depot). Lucas read Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University (under the NUS Overseas College Program in Silicon Valley, California).
Gary focuses on bringing Lalamove to anyone who needs fast and simple delivery services. He and his team has launched Lalamove across Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and Vietnam. They have also helped businesses like IKEA & Google to create value to their customers through on-demand delivery.
Prior to Lalamove, Gary worked with businesses in service and retails industries on marketing and customer experience in his roles with Groupon & Hong Kong Quality Assurance Association.
Lalamove is Asia’s leading intra-city delivery platform, providing its service to more than 100 cities across Southeast Asia and China. By leveraging the power of the sharing economy, internet and mobile technologies, Lalamove has completed more than 20 million deliveries for businesses big and small, helping grow and scale their delivery capabilities at an exponential rate. Millions of users and hundreds of thousands of professional van, motorcycle and truck drivers across the region choose Lalamove to provide incredibly fast and simple on-demand delivery in Asia’s most dynamic cities. Lalamove recently completed its Series C funding round of $100 million USD.
Ryosuke is a Managing Director and CEO of SBI Ven Capital, a private equity that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia. The company also serves as a regional headquarter of SBI Group, a leading Japanese internet-based financial service conglomerate. The Group is an active investor in the space of FinTech in Asia.
Ryosuke has strong combined expertise in the sector of financial services and ICT through his investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience. Ryosuke has been engaged in venture capital investments in South East Asia region with SBI Group since 2012 and also serves as the director of various regulated financial institutions in the region. Before that, in 2009, Ryosuke launched and managed the Wall Street Journal’s Japanese language online edition as the Managing Director at Wall Street Journal Japan K.K. Ryosuke started his career in ad agency and moved on to a hedge fund in Japan.
He holds a MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo.
SBI Ven Capital Pte. Ltd. is a leading private equity firm that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia.
Based in Singapore, SBI Ven Capital is the overseas private equity arm of SBI Holdings, Inc. (Japan) which, in addition to being one of the largest Japanese PE firms (with AUM in excess of US$3 billion), is a leading global internet-based financial conglomerate. The SBI Group has invested in more than 800 companies globally and leverages its broad platform to further drive the value of its investments.
SBI Group's core businesses include asset management, financial services, and biotechnology-related businesses. The SBI Group consists of over 200 companies (including consolidated partnerships, equity method affiliates and publicly listed companies). SBI currently has investments in more than 13 countries across Asia.
Amit Anand is the Founding Partner of Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based Venture Capital Firm that invests in and helps build tech category leaders from Asia. Jungle has a dedicated team of operating partners and functional experts to support startups as they scale across the region or globally. The firm recently closed its second fund at US$100M, backed by leading institutions and family offices.
Amit brings 15 years of experience in Asia having played go-to-market and corporate development roles for startups and corporations alike. He later presided as Deputy Chairman for Business Angels Network South East Asia (BANSEA). A Kauffman Fellow, Amit is passionate about creating global companies from Asia and currently works with Founders at companies such as TradeGecko (Singapore) , Livspace (India). Kredivo (Indonesia) and Pomelo Fashion (Thailand) amongst others.
Jungle is a Singapore based venture firm that invests and helps build category leaders from Asia.
Jungle is reinventing how venture capital is done in Asia with its operations as a service model. Full-time partners at Jungle Ventures work with portfolio companies on marketing and design, product management, engineering and recruiting. These Operating Partners include executives with decades of deep operating experience at global startups such as Google, Facebook and leading tech category leaders in Asia such as Lazada and Komli Media.
Jungle invests across all early stages of startups and has investments in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other hotbeds of entrepreneurial activity in Asia.
With Google since 2007, Sajith has done multiple roles including the Managing Director of Google in Malaysia and before that as the Head of Travel Vertical Sales for Google Southeast Asia.
Before Google, he has worked across various industries like mobile media, market research andconsulting and television. Sajith holds a Master's degree in Business Management with Distinction (majoring in Finance) from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, an MBA (majoring in Marketing) from the Fore School of Management in New Delhi, and a Bachelor's degree with Honours (majoring in History) from Delhi University. He is currently a board member of MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center) and on the panel of mentors of Endeavor Malaysia.
Dan recently joined HSBC as Regional Head of Strategic Growth, CMB in ASP, responsible for growth initiatives including the bank's multi-year SBO investment programme in the region, BRI and ASEAN.
He joined from Barclays, where he spent 23 years most recently as Head of Transaction Banking. He previously held senior roles in coverage, credit and product businesses.
Dan has an MBA from the University of Chicago and read maths at the University of Oxford.
HSBC's presence in Malaysia dates back to 1884 when the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (a company under the HSBC Group) established its first office in the country, on the island of Penang, with permission to issue currency notes. HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad was locally incorporated in 1984 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. In 2007, HSBC Bank Malaysia was the first locally incorporated foreign bank to be awarded an Islamic banking subsidiary licence in Malaysia, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad. Today, HSBC in Malaysia has a network of 68 branches nationwide, of which 26 are HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad branches. HSBC Bank Malaysia offers a comprehensive range of banking and financial services including Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Islamic financial solutions. HSBC Bank Malaysia has also led innovation in Malaysia by introducing Malaysia’s first ATM and Electronic Touch Banking in the early 1980s. Today, HSBC Bank Malaysia has launched innovative solutions such as HSBCnet for secure banking for businesses, Trade Transaction Tracker and Facial Recognition.
Eric Cheng co-founded Carsome in 2015 and is the CEO of the Kuala-Lumpur based startup. He started his entrepreneurial journey in 2008 when he and a few college friends started a print magazine business. During his second year earning as an accounting student, he dropped out of university and joined interactive online marketing company, Innity. There, he focused on digital advertising and online campaigns for major agencies including GroupM and IPG Mediabrand. To refocus his energy on starting his own business, Eric left Innity in 2011 after 18 months and started Clicks Communications, an ad network and creative agency, with two industry veterans. Within its first year, Eric sold his ownership back to the other co-founders, believing he had mistakenly left his previous role at Innity prematurely. After returning to the firm, Eric continued to lead its digital advertising team and focused on improving global branding campaigns for his clients. In 2015, he became redetermined once again to try his entrepreneurial hand and convinced his Innity colleague Jiun Ee to start their own business. The duo began conducting market research by industry vertical in Malaysia, using inspiration from their mutual interests in travel, finance, and automotive. Eventually, he decided to build Carsome, in a mission to reinvent the automotive industry across Southeast Asia.
Carsome is Southeast Asia’s leading and fastest growing online used car platforms. Through its online bidding portal, customers are able to sell their vehicles directly to dealers nationwide. Carsome facilitates the entire car selling process from inspection, to valuation, bidding and payment as well as logistics needs, allowing the customers to sell their cars as fast as one day with zero charges and minimal effort.
Headquartered in Malaysia, the company has since expanded to Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore and has one of the largest dealer networks with more than 3,000 registered dealers on its platform. Since its inception in 2015, Carsome has registered more than 300,000 bids for cars, with over 70% of the transactions being done inter-city.
What are the implications and what’s in store for the Southeast Asia (SEA) tech scene?
Patrick Grove | Co-Founder & Group CEO, Catcha Group