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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.
Established in 2004 and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Catcha Group is Southeast Asia’s leading internet group which builds and invests in disruptive internet companies across emerging markets globally. The Group’s historical focus has been in online classifieds, new media and OTT, where it has successfully taken 5 companies from startup to IPO and created over US$2.0bn+ worth of value. Today, the Group holds over 60 investments, either directly or indirectly, as sole, majority or minority shareholders.
Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz is the Group Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, a leading ASEAN universal bank and a world leader in Islamic finance with presence in 17 countries worldwide.
With over 19 years of experience in the financial services sector, specialising in Investment Banking, Zafrul’s last position was with Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and Maybank Kim Eng Holdings as Chief Executive Officer. He also held senior positions in Citigroup Malaysia, Kenanga Holdings Berhad and Avenue Securities (now known as ECM Libra). He also experienced being an entrepreneur by setting up Tune Money Sdn Bhd, Asia’s first “no-frills” online financial service provider.
Outside of CIMB, Zafrul is an advocate of Malaysia’s socioeconomic development and currently heads the Kuala Lumpur Business Club. He is on the boards of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia. In addition, he is a member of the Secondary Market Advisory Group of Securities Commission. Zafrul is also actively involved in developing the youth of the nation – He is on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business and Accounting of University Malaya, as well as Young Corporate Malaysians. Zafrul was also appointed by the Ministry of Education Malaysia as an Adjunct Professor at University Sains Islam Malaysia under the CEO Faculty Programme. He is also the Chairman of Enactus Malaysia Foundation, an international non-profit organisation aimed at grooming university students into future leaders.
Zafrul graduated from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics and Accounting and obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Finance and Management from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He also holds a fellowship with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in nine out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Korea, the US and UK.
CIMB Group has the most extensive retail branch network in ASEAN of approximately 1,000 branches as at 31 December 2015. CIMB Group’s investment banking arm is also one of the largest Asia Pacific-based investment banks, offering amongst the most comprehensive research coverage of more than 1,000 stocks in the region.
CIMB Group operates its business through three main brand entities, CIMB Bank, CIMB Investment Bank and CIMB Islamic. CIMB Group is also the 97.9% shareholder of Bank CIMB Niaga in Indonesia, and 93.7% shareholder of CIMB Thai in Thailand.
CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It had a market capitalisation of approximately RM38.7 billion as at 31 December 2015. The Group has about 40,000 employees located in 17 countries.
Nick Nash has served as SEA Group's group president since December 2014. From September 2007 to December 2014, and from September 2002 to June 2005, Nick served in various positions at General Atlantic LLC, most recently as the co-founder and head of its Southeast Asia operations. Nick previously served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company from September 2000 to June 2002. Nick holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a B.A. degree in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.
Sea is an internet company based in Singapore. We focus on the Greater Southeast Asia Region. Our mission is to better the lives of the consumers and small businesses of Greater Southeast Asia with technology.
With an illustrious career spanning three decades thus far, Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood is one of the premier names in the Malaysia IT industry, who is known for her outstanding leadership qualities and vision.
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.
In September 2014, she took on the much-coveted post of CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd; to make a difference and to utilise her expertise and experience for the betterment of the nation.
MDEC, an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, has been entrusted to develop, coordinate, and promote the nation’s digital economy, information and communications technology (ICT) industry, and to spearhead Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 under the “Digital Malaysia” national agenda
As an active advocate of women empowerment in the workplace, Yasmin is a Founding Patron of Gorgeous Geeks, an NGO advocating Women Empowerment with ICT. Yasmin was also recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and CEO @ Faculty Programme Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Yasmin was a key participant and speaker at the World Economic Forum held in June 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was also a panellist at the Forbes “Finding the Next Billion” session held in Silicon Valley, United States in 2015.
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), previously known as Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), was incorporated in 1996 to strategically advise the Malaysian government on legislation, policies and standards for ICT and multimedia operations as well as to oversee the development of the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (now MSC Malaysia), the platform to nurture the growth of Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the IT industry whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia.
In 2011, MDEC’s mandate was broadened by the Prime Minister to include driving Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 through Digital Malaysia. In 2012, Digital Malaysia was officially unveiled as the nation’s transformational programme to achieve this aim. Digital Malaysia is the national agenda towards a sustainable digital economy built upon a vibrant domestic ICT industry, transformative use of digital solutions by government, businesses and citizens, as well as a robust enabling ecosystem.
Today, both MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia run concurrently to spur Malaysia’s ICT industry development and digital transformation, under the purview of MDEC.
For more information, please visit www.mdec.my
Mr. Britt is an experienced leader of technology, content and marketing led businesses. Prior to founding iflix, Mr. Britt served as CEO of Nine Entertainment Co’s digital arm Mi9, where he was responsible for the company’s SVOD investments and portfolio of start up ventures. Mr. Britt was formerly also, General Manager of Microsoft’s Consumer and Online business for Asia Pacific. During his tenure with the company, Mr. Britt was instrumental in expanding Microsoft’s consumer and Internet business into Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan and Korea.
Mr. Britt holds a diploma in Law from LPAB.
iflix is the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. With a vast selection everyone’s favourite comedies, drama, K-drama, Turkish drama, Bollywood, Nollywood, cartoons, movies, live sports and more from Hollywood, the UK, Asia, The Middle East and Africa, iflix places the entertainment people want at their fingertips to either stream or download. For one low monthly fee, iflix subscribers can watch on their mobile phone, laptop, tablet, TV… wherever, whenever.
iflix is currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.
Joel Neoh, Founder of KFit, is listed as one of Asia's Top 10 young entrepreneurs. Born to a family of educators, Joel started his first company at age 20 while studying engineering in university, won Malaysia's version of 'The Apprentice' at 23, and has built and exited 2 tech companies; Groupsmore to Groupon in 2011 (E-commerce) and merged Says.com with Catcha Media in 2013 (Digital Media). He won the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year and was Head of Asia Pacific for Groupon. Passionate about technology, he has also invested into a string of technology venture capital funds and startups across Asia.
Being one of the founding members of the Groupon business in Asia, he has been instrumental in the establishment of the fastest growing business model ever (by Forbes) throughout Asia Pacific, a multibillion dollar region for Groupon in just under 5 years. With over thousands of employees across 12 countries including Japan, Australia, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia; Joel is a big believer in building a world-class work culture, where the organizations he led has won the WorldBlu Most Democratic Workplaces in 2013 and Best Place to Work by Glassdoor in 2012.
Joel sits on the board of public listed Rev Asia, Monash School of Business and AIESEC the world’s largest student organization. He was also recognized by the Prime Minister of Malaysia with the Malaysian Service Medal, listed as Top 40 under 40, and was named to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Alumni. Having completed his studies in Harvard Business School, and lived across a number of Asian countries including Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Sydney, Singapore - Joel is passionate about democratizing technology to enhance and impact the life of millions of consumers across Asia.
Joel has been on cover interviews for numerous magazines including Men's Health, August Man, A+M, Marketing - and recently a popular resource directory for expatriates listed Joel as one of the top 28 Malaysians you should know: http://www.expatgomalaysia.com/article/1965/27-famous-malaysians-you-should-know
Bringing the fast-growing sharing economy model to the Asia Pacific fitness scene, KFit is revolutionizing the way people approach fitness and improving the relationship between fitness providers and consumers in Asia Pacific.
With the concept of “fitness-sharing”, the KFit platform seamlessly connects consumers to health and fitness providers to make fitness more accessible, flexible and fun. For a very market-competitive monthly fee, KFit users enjoy an all-access membership which allows them to build their own fitness schedule by choosing from hundreds of fitness classes and activities in their cities. It generates business opportunities for fitness companies, helping them to attract new customers and improve facility utilization. By providing a platform for people to exercise more, we create a healthier Asia Pacific.
KFit is now in 8 countries in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand & Korea. See https://kfit.com/ for more info
Steven is well experienced in developing and delivering successful Internet services for consumers, having first founded Australia's first online stock brokerage company Sanford Securities Limited, prior to co-founding mig33.
Steven was previously the principal founder and CEO of Sanford Securities Limited. From a start-up business in 1996, Steven grew Sanford to 160,000 customers with $66 million in sales over six years and $2.4 billion in customer assets, prior to its acquisition by financial services company IWL Limited in 2003. Steven is recognized as an authority on contemporary IT issues.
Steven was awarded an inaugural Western Australia Business News "40 under 40" Award in 2002, and he was a finalist in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Australia's Western Region. Steven has extensive private and public board experience, has served as a keynote speaker and panelist at Internet, financial services industry, and mobile technology conferences in Australia and Asia, and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.
Steven received both a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Western Australia.
migme is a global digital media company focused on emerging markets. The company delivers social entertainment services through our portfolio brands migme, LoveByte, alivenotdead and Sold.
migme is the core social entertainment platform supporting the other brands. The company has a freemium business model where we generate revenues from in-app purchases, which is a proven and successful model commonly seen in many global social networking and social gaming companies.
The service provides chat, microblogging and entertainment content to acquire new users, combined with a vibrant, successful and growing virtual goods economy for monetization. Revenue is generated via virtual goods including gifts, games, avatar items, emoticons and stickers. The service is accessible via mobile (including iOS and Google Play apps.) and desktop web.
migme Limited (ASX: MIG) is registered in Australia and listed on the ASX on 11 August 2014. There is a secondary listing on the Deutsche Borse (WKN: A117AB). The company headquarters are in Singapore with offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia.
Adam Kidron is the CEO of Yonder Music, an addictively social, feature rich, content-centric digital music service that provides users with commercial free access to millions of songs to download, play and share. Yonder launched with Celcom in Malaysia on November 19, 2015, where it has already garnered nearly 300,000 registered users, and will launch in 12 more countries in 2016.
Prior to this, Adam was CEO and Founder of Beyond Oblivion, Inc., and its successor Boinc. Both ventures sought to transform the music industry, by shifting the responsibility for paying for music from reluctant consumers, to Telcos and device makers - a model that emerged from Adam’s experience at UBO, a successful, disruptive music distributor. Adam was also previously the CEO of Urban Box Office Network Inc., an online network that was a forerunner of today’s social content enterprises. Adam was formerly a highly regarded record producer, having started out as a Tea Boy.
Yonder Music, a digital music service of the 99%, is a bold feature-rich, addictively social, digital music service that provides users with commercial free access to millions of songs to download, play and share.
Yonder Music is democratizing the business of Music by shifting the responsibility of paying for music from reluctant consumers to device makers and Telco’s, while fairly compensating artists from a vast pool of license revenues.
Provided as a privilege by progressive mobile network operators who embed Yonder Music license fees into service plans and devices providing it free to their subscribers, Yonder Music replaces paid download, streaming and Internet radio services with an integrated music experience.
Yonder Music fills a major consumer void left by Napster, for pay-wall free music, while providing a legal and transformative solution to finally achieve scale, turn a profit and increase revenues for rights holders. This model has the potential to exceed the entire revenues of today’s music industry.
Built on an advanced platform, Yonder Music combines the best features of internet radio services such as Pandora, with those of streaming services like Spotify, using patent pending social discovery tools that provide unique recommendations to automatically build a Magic Library™, that is bigger than an average iTunes Library, in less than 3-hours.
Yonder Music launched on Thursday, November 19, 2015 exclusively partnering with Celcom in Malaysia and is set to launch with additional Axiata Operating Companies and affiliates in Asia (7 countries) over the next 12 months.
Yonder is a product of Yonder Music Partners, LLC, a Delaware corporation, formed in early 2012, by Adam Kidron, its Founder and CEO. The principal shareholders in Yonder are Adam Plus Company, LLC - an investment firm, Cliff Burnstein - the legendary music manager whose artists include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Black Keys and Axiata Group Berhad – one of the leading telecommunication corporation in the world with 300,000,000 subscribers in 8 countries.
Recognised as a global leader in the online classifieds arena, Founder and CEO of Frontier Digital Ventures, Shaun Di Gregorio, is the former CEO of ASX listed company, iProperty Group (ASX: IPP), operator of Asia’s #1 network of property portals. During his four and a half year tenure (2014-2009), Shaun spearheaded the transformation of iProperty Group from small online business into the largest listed Internet company in ASEAN, with a market capitalisation of US$600 million.
Prior to this, Shaun spent eight years at Australia-based REA Group, a global leader and publisher of as many as 20 real estate websites in 12 countries. As General Manager of the core Australian business, he grew the business into a company with more than 300 staff and revenues exceeding AU$150 million. Shaun was also appointed General Manager, International Operations, overseeing REA Group’s international expansion and strategic investments. Shaun is a non-Executive Director of iCar Asia (ASX:ICQ), Asia’s leading operator of online automotive portals, and an advisor to online classifieds businesses around the world. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Frontier Digital Ventures is focused on becoming a leading investor in online classifieds businesses in frontier and emerging markets. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the investment firm offers entrepreneurs both capital and expertise in developing, growing and operating online classifieds businesses. Frontier Digital Ventures invests in highly driven entrepreneurs who want to be market leaders in the online classifieds industry in frontier and emerging markets. The firm provides funding, advice and assistance on setting strategy and the execution of that strategy. Its vast pool of knowledge of the online classifieds space and well established global business network, positions it perfectly to enable and advance highly-driven entrepreneurs in frontier and emerging markets across the globe.
Ming Shen is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Netccentric Ltd, a Social Media Solutions Innovation firm, listed on the ASX.
Ming created and grew the first core suite of businesses for the company: Nuffnang, ChurpChurp, ReelityTV, and Ripplewerkz.
He conceived and implemented the Nuffnang and Churpchurp talent program, which has secured exclusive access to over 350 Top Bloggers and Influencers in the region, cementing Netccentric’s position as a market leader in Social Media Influencer engagement. He also led the ideation, creation and implementation of mobile blogging app, Dayre.
He currently leads strategic expansion of Netccentric across all its business units and countries.
Together with Tiah Ewe Tiam, Ming was named as one of Asia’s 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2007. In 2015, he was awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award in Singapore.
Ming has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics.
NETCCENTRIC WAS FOUNDED IN 2006 BY CHEO MING SHEN (CEO), AND TIMOTHY TIAH EWE TIAM (COO). The first business Netccentric developed was a Blog Advertising Community known as Nuffnang.com in 2007. It was a runaway success, defying all early estimates, eventually growing to a network of more than 1,000,000 blogs and by 2015 has community offices in 7 countries; Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, China, Australia, and the UK.
To provide a holistic and comprehensive social media solution for brands across all platforms, they next embarked upon a Community for Social Media Influencers called ChurpChurp.com followed by web design and development company, Ripplewerkz, social video strategist and production company, Reelity.tv, and mobile blogging application, Dayre.
In the summer of 2015, Netccentric successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and raised SGD12.9M (AUD12.5M) with shares significantly oversubscribed with strong support from institutional and retail investors. With funds in hand, the Netccentric Group look to expand geographically as well as its services in all existing markets.
Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin Aziz is an Executive Director with Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah). He joined Khazanah in the Investments Division in October 2011. His main role is overseeing investments within his portfolio.
Prior to joining Khazanah, he was the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines. He joined Malaysia Airlines as Executive Director/ Chief Financial Officer in August 2005 after having served as a Non-Executive Board Director since August 2004. He was part of the senior management team who led the turnaround of Malaysia Airlines from 2005.
Before that, Azmil was the Chief Financial Officer and then Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad. He was also with PricewaterhouseCoopers/ PwC in their London and Hong Kong offices where he was in the Audit and Business Advisory Services division, specialising in financial services.
Azmil holds a first class degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He is a Chartered Accountant and an associate member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also an Associate of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, United Kingdom.
Khazanah was incorporated under the Companies Act 1965 on 3 September 1993 as a public limited company and began operations a year later. Except for one share owned by the Federal Lands Commissioner, all the share capital of Khazanah is owned by the Minister of Finance Incorporated, a body pursuant to the Ministry of Finance (Incorporation) Act 1957.
We play a catalytic role in driving various strategic industries and national initiatives, nurturing their development in pursuit of Malaysia's long-term economic interests. We also drive shareholder value creation, heighten efficiency gains, and enhance corporate governance in companies controlled by the Government, commonly known as Government-linked Companies (GLC), in our capacity as the Secretariat to the Putrajaya Committee on Government-Linked Companies High Performance (PCG). The GLC Transformation (GLCT) Programme, which was launched in July 2005, was completed on 28 July 2015 after a decade of transformative progress focused on enhancing GLC's financial performance, institutionalising good governance, and delivering broader, impactful contributions to national socioeconomic development.
The key listed companies in our portfolio consist of some of Malaysia's largest and most important companies, including Axiata Group Berhad, CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, IHH Healthcare Berhad and UEM Sunrise Berhad.
Tan Yinglan is a Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital, CEO of Sequoia Capital (India) Singapore Pte Ltd and is the first hire by Sequoia Capital in Singapore, where he helped set up the Singapore office for Sequoia Capital. Sequoia Capital’s recent portfolio in Southeast Asia include Tokopedia, Gojek, Carousell, Appier, Pinkoi, Dailyhotel and 99.co. He serves as Board of Commissioner of PT Tokopedia, as well as Board Member of Appier Inc, Practo Ptd Ltd, Citrus Payment Solutions Ptd Ltd and Knowlarity Communications Holdings Pte Ltd. He has also helped Airbnb, Stripe, Skyscanner, Whatsapp, Dropbox, Evernote, Zomato, Servicenow, Palo Alto Networks expand into the region.
Yinglan is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor (Honorary) at National University of Singapore He also serves on the Singapore Government’s Pro Enterprise Panel (headed by Head of Civil Service), the Committee on the Future Economy's Sub-Committee on Future Corporate Capabilities and Innovation (headed by Minister Heng Swee Keat), and Investment Committee on Strategic Research Innovation Fund at Nanyang Technology University. In his spare time, he is also a Board Member of Hwa Chong International School and Rotary Club.
Yinglan has been named as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012 – 2017), a WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee Panel (2015-2017), Young Leader by the Milken Insitute (2016), Top “40 leaders under 40” by Prestige Magazine (2015), one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium (2010), 100 Global Thinkers (2011) by think-tank Lo Spazio della Politica, a World Cities Summit Young Leader (2014), a WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and a Kauffman Fellow. Yinglan is the author of 3 books, namely, The Way Of the VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board.(Wiley, 2009), Chinnovation - How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World (Wiley 2010) and textbook New Venture Creation – Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century - An Asian Perspective (Mcgraw Hill 2011). Yinglan was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.
Sequoia Capital helps founders turn imaginative ideas into enduring companies.
As the "Entrepreneurs Behind the Entrepreneurs," the Sequoia team has worked closely with legendary founders such as Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner of Cisco, David Filo and Jerry Yang of Yahoo!, Max Levchin, Elon Musk and Peter Thiel of PayPal, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley of YouTube, and Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn.
Sequoia is now helping the next generation of innovators build the lasting companies of tomorrow.
Terence Lee (Singapore) joined KKR in 2010 and is a member of the Southeast Asia team. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Weststar Aviation Services and has been involved in KKR's investments in Weststar Aviation Services, Masan Consumer, and Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Food. Prior to joining KKR, he was with CVC Asia Pacific in Singapore, where he was involved in a number of private equity transactions. Prior to CVC, he was in investment banking and equity research with Morgan Stanley in Singapore and Lehman Brothers in New York. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A., high honors, from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
KKR is a global investment firm that manages investments across multiple asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit strategies and hedge funds.
As investors with an industrialist vision, we aim to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined approach, employing high-quality people, pursuing the highest standards of excellence, and aligning our interests with those of all our investment partners.
In addition, KKR Capital Markets supports our firm, portfolio companies, and clients by providing tailored capital markets advice and developing and implementing both traditional and nontraditional capital markets solutions for investments and companies seeking financing.
Our balance sheet is an extraordinary asset and provides us with the ability to commit significant capital side by side with our fund investors, develop new investment strategies, underwrite investment opportunities and make investments on our own behalf.
When you partner with KKR, you benefit from the breadth and expertise of the entire firm. When appropriate, all of KKR’s businesses work together on behalf of all of the investors in our funds. KKR’s investment partners have access to decades of financial and operational experience, broad regional and industry expertise, insight into global macro and geopolitical trends, and a powerful network of global relationships – both inside and outside of the firm.
Through an integrated approach across our firm, we work closely with the investors in our funds to provide innovative financial solutions and investment vehicles that best fit their respective needs. With offices around the world, we fulfill our mission one investor at a time, one company at a time—and we do this as one global firm.
Mukul Chawla is a Managing Director at Temasek, and focuses on investments in the technology sector. He is a director of Internet Brands and Pluribus Networks; and also led investments in Dell/EMC, Ancestry.com, Jasper, Virtu Financial, Airbnb, Fanatics, Marin Software, AsiaInfo, Xiaomi and Snapdeal. Prior to joining Temasek, Mr. Chawla worked at Warburg Pincus, where he was involved in investments in Aicent, OnTargetJobs, Telmar, RMI, USN and Integra. He also worked at Cisco Systems and served a term appointment at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Chawla received a B.S. from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds two U.S. patents.
Incorporated in 1974, Temasek is an investment company based in Singapore. Supported by 10 offices globally, Temasek owns a S$266 billion portfolio as at 31 March 2015, mainly in Singapore and Asia.
Temasek's investment themes centre on: Transforming Economies; Growing Middle Income Populations; Deepening Comparative Advantages; and Emerging Champions. Its portfolio covers a broad spectrum of industries: financial services; telecommunications, media and technology; transportation and industrials; life sciences, consumer and real estate; as well as energy and resources.
Total shareholder return for Temasek since its inception in 1974 was 16% compounded annually. Temasek has had an overall corporate credit rating of “Aaa” by Moody’s and “AAA” by Standard & Poor’s since our inaugural rating in 2004.
Kian Moini (29) is the co-founder of Lamudi, an online real estate platform in the emerging markets. Within the past two years, the company has expanded to 34 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Kian splits his time between Lamudi’s head office in Berlin and the local markets in Asia and Latin America, where he focuses on developing the business, working with the teams on the ground and continuously adapting product market fit per country. Kian holds a Masters in global entrepreneurship from the joint program of EM Lyon, Babson College and Zhejiang University. Prior to building Lamudi, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany.
Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 900,000 real estate listings across its global network.
Lamudi is the leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.
Christopher Koch worked on over $35 billion worth of public market transactions, including over $8 billion of IPOs on the Australian Securities Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
Christopher Koch is Chief Operating Officer at Freelancer.com (ASX:FLN), the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. At Freelancer he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, funding, and investor engagement.
Prior to Freelancer.com he spent nearly a decade in investment and merchant banking, finishing as a Director at UBS Investment Bank. His experience is extensive in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and equity syndication, helping some of the largest startups and publicly traded companies accelerate their funding opportunities and growth.
He worked on $35 billion of transactions including listings on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), on matters across Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Tokyo, London, Europe and the United States.
Christopher completed his masters in finance at INSEAD (France and Singapore campuses), and read economics and law with first class honours at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Christopher's career started in government where he worked for His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer AC during the Howard government in Australia.
He is a frequent speaker at technology, institutional investor, investment banking, finance and start-up events - including keynoting at Australia’s largest technology conference SydStart / StartCon. He has been invited to talk at major international conferences and events about the future of work, financing for freelancers and others. He has been featured in leading publications in Australia and abroad.
Christopher has also delivered guest lectures at the London Business School, University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide.
Freelancer.com is the world's largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace by number of users and projects. We connect over 18,592,568 employers and freelancers globally from over 247 countries, regions and territories. Through our marketplace, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software development, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing, accounting and legal services.
Freelancer Limited is trading on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN
David is based in Singapore and is the Managing Partner at Jungle Ventures. Prior to Jungle, David spent 3.5 years at TPG Capital where he led internet investments outside of the US within the TPG Growth fund. He continues to be a Senior Advisor at TPG Capital in Asia and represents them as a non-executive director on the board of Propertyguru, the largest online real estate platform in SE Asia. Prior to TPG, David spent 12 years at Yahoo! Inc where he was the Head of International M&A. In this role, he was responsible for driving all transaction activity and the investment strategy for Yahoo! outside of North America, including the Yahoo!7 and Yahoo!Xtra joint ventures.
Jungle Ventures is a Singapore based venture capital firm, which is focused on Series A / B investments. Jungle invests in consumer internet or technology businesses that are based in or are focused on the India, SE Asia, Australia and NZ markets.
Jungle has also launched an early or seed-stage fund, called SeedPlus, which is a platform focused on providing capital to teams building globally disruptive internet businesses in areas such as IoT, artificial intelligence, blockchain, security, software, and others.
Tracey Fellows is Chief Executive Officer of REA Group, responsible for the Group's operations and investments in Australia, Europe, Asia and North America.
Prior to joining REA Group in August 2014, Tracey was Executive General Manager of Communication Management Services at Australia Post, responsible for the physical and digital mail business which encompassed 13,000 employees.
Previously, Tracey was based in Singapore as Microsoft Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific region, responsible for sales, services, and marketing across 12 countries. Prior to this, Tracey was Managing Director of Microsoft Australia for four years and also served on the ninemsn board. Tracey has also held senior roles with Dell and IBM.
Born in Canada, Tracey holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and a Postgraduate Diploma of Banking Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Ian and son Jake.
REA Group is a multinational digital media business specialising in property. Our team of more than 1,400 people is passionate about working together to build great experiences that deliver value to consumers and customers.
With our headquarters based in Australia, we operate the country’s leading residential and commercial property websites, realestate.com.au and realcommercial.com.au, and have world leading digital sites and investments spanning the globe.
Each of our property portals is centered on providing value for two equally important groups: consumers and customers. We provide our consumers with digital tools, information and data for buying, selling, renting, letting or pricing property.
We assist real estate agents, property developers and other property-related businesses to promote their services through our websites, mobile apps and some print. As our international operations and network of leading property portals continue to grow, we’re exploring ways to get the most out of our expertise and diversify revenue.
Hanno serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG) - the Asia-Pacific JV of Rocket Internet & Ooredoo. APACIG is home to some of Asia’s most successful internet companies.
Prior to his role at APACIG, Hanno spent several years as CFO and Managing Director of SevenVentures GmbH - a leading German venture fund and as Vice President M&A responsible for the digital acquisition projects of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. Before joining P7S1, Hanno was employed as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on various strategy and M&A assignments around the globe.
Hanno graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a degree in Business Administration, and he holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD in Fontainebleau
The Asia Pacific Internet Group (www.apacig.com) is a joint venture of Rocket Internet and Ooredoo. The group’s network consists of 15 e-commerce and online marketplace companies, operating across 15 countries. Since it was founded in 2014, APACIG has become the leading online platform in Asia, building top internet companies in the region.
Roderick Purwana is Managing Partner of SMDV, an Indonesia based investment firm focusing on growth stage companies in South East Asia. SMDV provides venture investments, strategic network and mentorship to entrepreneurs building exceptional technology companies in Indonesia and the region.
Mr. Purwana has a diverse background with experiences in management, operations, investment and portfolio management through his work in multiple industries in Silicon Valley and in Southeast Asia. His exposure in Silicon Valley was primarily around technology and life science industry. Originally from Indonesia, He returned home in 2009 where he joined Quvat/Principia Management Group. Quvat is an investment firm with US$ 500 million in capital commitments under two private equity funds, specializing in early-stage and growth-stage investments into mid-market companies in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. During his time there, Roderick managed and led several strategic initiatives of one of the portfolio company, including strategy, M&A and IPO. Since returning to Indonesia, he has also served in various management capacities for companies in aviation infrastructure, food & beverage, and chemicals distribution sectors. Roderick is also a co-founder of Bobobobo.com, a lifestyle e-commerce company.
Mr. Purwana received his M.S from Stanford University and his B.S from Cornell University.
SMDV partners with entrepreneurs building exceptional technology companies that aim to change the landscape in Indonesia and the region by providing venture investments, strategic network, and mentorship. Entrepreneur ourselves, we work to understand each company’s needs and contribute to their market leadership and culture building. We invest in different stages of the companies’ life cycle, primarily in their growth stage.
In 2016, our focus is to provide our portfolio companies better access to our corporate and startup networks, as well as key knowledge and learnings that can be helpful as your companies enter the next stage. We are working hard and look forward to hearing your feedback.
As CEO of ZALORA Group, Michele Ferrario is responsible for overall coordination and leadership of the Group, and holds a direct responsibility on logistics, supply chain, customer service, technology, finance and HR.
Michele started his career at McKinsey & Company, where he spent four years in the Milan and New York offices. Michele next worked for Synergo, a Milan-based private equity firm with AuM of Eur 1+ billion.
Prior to ZALORA, Michele had founded and led, as one of two Managing Directors, the Italian and the Pakistan office of Rocket Internet launching Dalani.it (part of the WestWing Group, focused on home and living) and Payleven Italy (mobile payments), with a total employee count in Italy of over 100. In Pakistan, the team led by Michele set up the 3 largest internet companies in the country, Daraz.pk (fashion e-commerce), Foodpanda.pk (food delivery) and Azmalo.pk (marketplace).
Michele holds a BA from Bocconi University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
ZALORA Group is Asia Pacific’s leading group of online fashion destinations. Founded in 2012, the company has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong where it operates as ZALORA and in Australia and New Zealand where it operates as THE ICONIC. ZALORA Group’s localised sites offer an extensive collection of top international and local brands and products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering up to 100-day free returns, speedy deliveries as fast as 3 hours in some markets, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA Group is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities.
Adam Schwab, 36, studied Law/Commerce at Monash University before becoming a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers & acquisitions at Freehills (now HerbertSmithFreehills). At 25, Adam co-founded corporate accommodation and services group, Living Corporate Apartments. In 2010, Adam co-founded what would soon become the Lux Group. In 2011, Adam co-founded of MyTable, which eventually formed part of Menulog (which was sold to JustEat in 2015). Adam is currently an investor and non-executive director of online art marketplace, BlueThumb.com.au.
In 2015, Adam was named the Australian Young Executive of the Year by CEO Magazine, and Adam has been a director of the Myeloma Foundation of Australia since 2010.
Lux Group is one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest ecommerce businesses and the owner of LuxuryEscapes.com as well as a suite of other much loved sites including TheHome.com.au, Brands Exclusive, Living Social, Cudo and TreatMe.
Lux turned over AUD$299 million in FY2016 and has more than 400 team members across four continents.
Lux Group is passionate about creating an exceptional experience for its members and clients, with market leading net promoter scores and significant client loyalty.
Maya Karin Roelcke (born 29 October 1979) better known by her stage name Maya Karin, is a German-born Malaysian film actress, television host, and singer. Now one of the leading and established actresses in Malaysia's local film industry, she garnered wide recognition from the critics and public for her award winning and memorable performances in movies such as Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam and Ombak Rindu. In the history of Malaysia Film Festival (Malaysia's foremost film award ceremony), Maya hold the record for an actress with most nominations in the category of Best Actress Award (8) and she's among few actresses to have won the award twice. Maya is also the first of only two Malaysian actresses to have won the prestigious Best Actress Award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival. Being nominated in best acting category and popularity award for almost every year, Maya is titled for an impressive number of award and nomination in Festival Filem Malaysia, Anugerah Skrin, Anugerah Majlis Pengkritik Filem Kuala Lumpur, Anugerah Lawak Warna, Asia Pacific Film Festival, Estepona Fantasy and Terror Film Festival, Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian and Anugerah MELETOP ERA.
Iza Calzado is a Filipino actress. Cited in the media as 'one of the best actresses of her generation,' she has won numerous awards and is particularly known for her versatility in her roles and easiness to work with. She has appeared in Filipino movies, TV shows and also dabbled in theatre. She is appearing in more international movies and is currently contracted to the largest Filipino television network, ABS-CBN.
She completed her elementary and secondary education, notably in O.B. Montessori Center – Greenhills during grade school (where she was class valedictorian), and Poveda where she finished high school with a Service Medal for extra-curricular and volunteer works. She began taking formal ballet lessons at the age of three and continued until she was fifteen. While she was preparing for her debut album, Karylle had started rehearsals for her first stage musical Little Mermaidwhere she played Princess Sapphire. In college, Karylle took up B.S. Management major in Communications Technology Management at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she made to the Dean’s list and graduated in year 2002. Karylle is also an entrepreneur. She is part owner of the family KTV and resto-bar CenterStage at Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Jupiter in Makati City and Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City and Mey Lin Restaurant.
Aung is the founder and Group CEO of 2C2P, a Singapore headquartered payment solutions company serving financial institutions, e-commerce merchants and consumers across Southeast Asia. 2C2P has offices in nine Southeast Asia countries. He hails from Myanmar, but has been based in Singapore and Thailand for the past fifteen years.
Aung is passionate about contributing to the uptake and growth of the payments industry in Asia, particularly around alternative payments in emerging Southeast Asia market where credit and debit card penetration is low.
Aung co-founded Paysbuy, a Thai payments company, successfully exiting in 2007. He also founded SinaptIQ, a 3DSecure payment solutions provider.
Aung holds an Executive MBA from Chulalongkorn University’s Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration and ACE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Aung was recognized as one of Asia's Top 25 Entrepreneurs by Business Week Magazine in 2009.
2C2P is a Singapore-headquartered pan-ASEAN payment services company. It was founded in 2003 by Aung Kyaw Moe, an entrepreneur from Myanmar who is based in Singapore and Thailand. In addition to establishing 2C2P, Aung has also co-founded Paysbuy a Thai payments company, in 2004.
2C2P works with financial institutions, e-commerce and m-commerce merchants. It is headquartered in Singapore and has offices across Southeast Asia, including in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand, as well as in Hong Kong.
The company processed over $2.2 billion in transactions in FY2014. 2C2P has received financial backing from venture capitalists Amun Capital, GMO Venture Partners and Digital Media Partners. 2C2P was listed by Deloitte as one of only three Singaporean businesses, and among the fastest growing regional technology companies in the 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Awards. In 2015, it was named among the Top 25 payment startups by CB Insights, alongside Square Inc., Stripe (company), Adyen.
Raj Lorenz joined GHL Systems Berhad as the Group Chief Executive Officer in September 2011.
Since then, GHL has transformed itself from hardware and software reseller into a payment services company. GHL’s market capitalization increased by more than fivefold during this time through organic growth as well as the acquisition of ePay Asia Ltd, a payment services company that primarily serves the Telco and biller segments.
GHL is now implementing its long term growth strategy of providing credit card payment services to the hitherto untapped small merchant segment. This business, called Third Party Acquisition (“TPA”), entails GHL contracting directly with merchants for credit card payment services in partnership with an underlying Bank member of VISA and Mastercard.
Prior to GHL, Raj worked for Citibank for 14 years in Malaysia and Australia in various positions in the Investment and Corporate Bank, covering risk management, CFO, and Corporate Bank Marketing Head. He left Citibank in 2000 to create an internet payment startup which eventually was purchased by NETS Pte Ltd, a large payments company in Singapore and branded “eNETS”.
Raj was employed by NETS for 10 years during which time he built “eNETS” into the leading online payments company in Singapore. He also brought NETS into China through a joint venture in Shanghai and ChinaUnionpay into Singapore through interoperability arrangements between the two parties. Raj is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales having qualified in London in 1983.
GHL Systems Berhad (Main Market, Bursa Malaysia; Stock Code GHLSYS 0021; Bloomberg: GHLS:MK) is a leading payment solutions provider in the region, deploying world-class payment infrastructure, technology and services.
The Group provides integrated end-to-end payment solutions encompassing physical and virtual payments on sale and rental basis, including Electronic Data Capture (EDC) terminals compliant to the Europay-Mastercard-Visa (EMV) platform, contactless readers, network access routers, and online payment gateways.
With a full suite of payment solutions, GHL Systems has successfully established a customer base beyond Malaysia, into Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Australia, Romania, Holland, as well as the Middle East.
Not only that, our commitment to constant Research & Development has enabled us to pioneer groundbreaking innovations that reinforce our leading position in the payment solutions space time and again.
Indeed, our expertise thus far has enabled us to serve clients not only in the traditional banking and financial sector, but also in telecommunications, oil & gas retailing, loyalty, retail, and airlines, amongst others.
Federico has worked in the telecoms, media and digital (TMD) industry for over 20 years and he now heads up the firm’s Corporate Finance business. He has served clients globally across different aspects including investment banking and mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and strategic management consulting.
Federico began his career working for Andersen Corporate Finance managing M&A and private equity transactions across Europe. He later moved to Oliver Wyman (then DiamondCluster) in Barcelona where he advised telecom operators, global equipment vendors and IT service providers. Since joining Delta Partners in 2006, Federico has helped position the firm as a leading corporate finance player. He has been a lead advisor in restructuring and financing debt projects as well as large buy-side deals for leading telecom companies with operations in emerging markets. His expertise also includes financial and strategic advisory for several new licenses in GCC, North and West Africa, and providing deal advisory to both entrepreneurial growth companies and Fortune 500 TMD clients.
Federico is a founding member of a telecommunications, media and technology (TMT)-focused private equity fund called Nauta Tech I which has a presence in Europe and North America.
Federico received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona. He is fluent in English and Spanish and is conversational in French.
Delta Partners is the leading Advisory and Investment firm specialised in Telecoms, Media and Digital with offices in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States of America. The firm partners with global and regional telecom providers, digital players, other TMD clients and investors to help them address their most challenging strategic issues.
With more than 200 professionals, the group operates globally and covers the emerging and high-growth economies with a unique approach that combines strategic perspectives with a hands-on pragmatic tactics. Delta Partners delivers tangible results to clients and investors through its exclusive sector focus on Telecoms, Media and Digital.
The group offers a unique combination of Management Consulting, Corporate Finance and Investment services.
For more information, please visit http://www.deltapartnersgroup.com.
Sajith is presently the Managing Director of Google across the markets of Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and New Emerging Markets where he oversees sales, partnerships and business development operations. 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 and consulting 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. He has also represented Singapore in cricket.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in September 1998. Since then, the company has grown to more than 50,000 employees worldwide, with a wide range of popular products and platforms like Search, Maps, Ads, Gmail, Android, Chrome, and YouTube.
At Uber, Chan launched several operations in the US, was the General Manager of Seoul before becoming Head of Expansion APAC ex. China where he was instrumental in the explosive growth and expansion of Uber in the region. In his current role as General Manager, Southeast Asia, Chan oversees business, operations and expansion across key markets. Prior to Uber, Chan worked in derivatives trading at Barclays Capital and Strategy & Operations Consulting at Deloitte. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Mathematics and Economics.
Uber is evolving the way the world moves. Uber’s goal is to provide safe, reliable, affordable and convenient transportation for everyone, everywhere within minutes--at the push of a button. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our mobile application, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. Uber’s technology also enables us to focus on and improve safety for riders and drivers before, during and after the ride in ways that have never been possible before and other means of transportation simply cannot. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in hundreds of cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer. Today Uber is available in over 390 cities in over 68 countries. www.uber.com
As CEO of Ninja Logistics Pte Ltd, Chang Wen has co-founded and built South East Asia’s fastest growing logistics solutions company, Ninja Van.
Prior to Ninja Van, Chang Wen founded a men’s apparel E-Commerce business, and the experience offered him insight into South East Asia’s logistics industry. He noticed major inefficiencies in the existing traditional logistics service offering, which was inhibiting E-Commerce businesses from fulfilling their delivery promises. It was based on this premise that Chang Wen decided to start Ninja Van.
Chang Wen founded Ninja Logistics in 2014, with a vision to provide E-Commerce businesses with technology-based solutions to solve their delivery needs. Across Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, Ninja Van now delivers over 15,000 parcels a day for 3,000 clients, and have amassed a fleet of more than 300 vehicles.
Chang Wen graduated with a Bachelor of Finance from Singapore Management University.
Launched in April 2014, Ninja Van is a leading technology<enabled e<commerce focused last<mile logistics provider in Southeast Asia with operations in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, powering businesses with innovative transport solutions.
With a focus on E<Commerce, Ninja Van provides businesses with technology<based solutions to optimise their logistics and achieve their business needs.
Ninja Van currently serves more than 3,000 merchants, including many of the region’s largest E< commerce players. On average, the company delivers over 15,000 parcels per day. The company has attracted a fast growing and loyal customer base and has successfully managed to grow revenues over 4x in the past 12 months. Ninja Van offers three delivery types, (i) Same<day courier (ii) Express courier (next day) (iii) Standard courier (1<3 days); Cash On Delivery option available
1. Ninja Van is an innovative business utilizing a proprietary technology and algorithm that connects and integrates multiple logistics networks (sortation centers, delivery fleets and physical distribution points) to optimize routes, delivery and fleet management.
2. In addition to home/business delivery, Ninja Van has set up physical distribution points such as Ninja Points (retail outlets) and Ninja Box (lockers) at strategic locations, which effectively enables them to scale rapidly.
3. The Company also forges partnerships with complementary transport fleets to optimise utilisation through its proprietary systems and capacity sharing model.
Sangeetha Ranganath is the VP for Small Business E-commerce Solutions at SingPost. Prior to joining SingPost, she worked atAmazon.com in leadership roles for more than 11 years in various functions including supply chain and operations, with experience working in US, China and India
SP Commerce is a global omnichannel commerce & fulfillment provider, offering a full range of commerce solutions and enterprise-ready technology designed to empower brands on their commerce journey globally.
Clients can leverage a one-stop global provider with localized capabilities that unify website development, digital marketing strategies, omnichannel technology and fulfillment, cross-border commerce and customer care across all leading eCommerce markets: US, Europe, China and rest of Asia Pacific.
Backed by scalable commerce technology, global logistics infrastructure and localized expertise, SP Commerce provides the technologies and operations that enable established brands and retailers to evolve and expand globally.
Khairil is the Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Digital Services where he leads companies investments and operations in digital businesses. He overseas Axiata's companies and joint ventures in Digital Commerce, Digital Advertising, Mobile Money and Entertainment. He also has responsibilities over Axiata's participation in Machine-to-machines. Prior to that, Khairil was the Group Chief Marketing and Operations Officer of Axiata Group Berhad, a role he assumed since joining Axiata in 2012.
Khairil joined Axiata from Bain & Company, Inc., a leading global management consultancy where he was a Partner. He was with Bain for more than 15 years and worked out of various offices in the firm, including San Francisco, Munich, Sydney, Tokyo and Shanghai. He has built a strong track record of helping his clients in the Telco and other industries achieve major improvements to their strategic positions and operational performance. In 2008, Khairil returned to Southeast Asia to help Bain grow its Telco practice in the region based out of Singapore.
Khairil holds a BA, MA (Engineering) and MEng from the University of Cambridge, U.K. as well as an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Axiata Digital offers digital advertising services such as SMS, banner, In-application and video advertising. The company also develops Celcom Planet, a digital commerce platform. The company is based in Malaysia. Axiata Digital operates as a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad.
Dr. Farid, aged 41, holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, a Masters in Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts with first class honors specializing in Chemical Engineering, all from the University of Cambridge. He was appointed as TM’s Chief Strategy Officer effective 1st January 2012. Prior to joining TM, he was with Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) holding the position of Director, Investments, specializing in the telecommunications sector. He has served in Khazanah’s Transformation Management Office and as Senior Vice President, Managing Director’s Office. Dr. Farid was a consultant at Mckinsey & Company for two years before joining Khazanah in 2004.
Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Malaysia’s Convergence Champion and No. 1 Converged Communications Services Provider, offers a comprehensive range of communication services and solutions in broadband, data and fixed-line. As a market leader, TM is driven by stakeholder value creation in a highly competitive environment. The Group places emphasis on delivering an enhanced customer experience via continuous customer service quality improvements and innovations, whilst focusing on increased operational efficiency and productivity.
Leveraging on our extensive global connectivity, network infrastructure and collective expertise, TM is well positioned to propel Malaysia as a regional Internet hub and digital gateway for South-East Asia. TM remains steadfast in its transformation into a new generation communications provider to deliver an enhanced and integrated digital lifestyle to all Malaysians, and opening up possibilities through connection, communication and collaboration, towards our shared vision of elevating the nation into a high-income economy.
As a model corporate citizen committed to good governance and transparency, TM continues its pledge to ensure the integrity of our processes, people and reputation as well as the sustainability of our operations. Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) ethos reinforces responsible behavior in the four main domains of the marketplace, workplace, the community and the environment. With a focus on ICT, the Group further promotes 3 major platforms i.e. education, community/nation-building and environment, through our Reaching Out programmes.
TM looks forward to continue serving customers with its comprehensive suite of offerings, delivering a seamless digital experience and integrated business solutions to meet their lifestyle and business communication needs - towards making “Life and Business Made Easier for a Better Malaysia”.
For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.my.
Praveen heads up Digi-X, a brand new innovation unit within Digi that aims to imagine, create and grow compelling digital services and businesses beyond the traditional telco. Digi-X also leads the company’s efforts to incubate, accelerate, invest and acquire startups in Malaysia.
Praveen is enthusiastic about democratising technology for all which explains his ongoing fascination for all things digital, having spent more than 15 years in the internet and mobile industries. He joined Digi in 2007 and was appointed Chief Digital Officer on 1 June 2016. Prior to Digi, he co-founded a social networking startup called LifeLogger in 2003, where he served as the Chief Technology Officer.
Digi provides mobile voice, internet, and digital services to 12.3 million customers in Malaysia. It is known as a game-changer for the Malaysian telecommunications industry with a solid history of product and service innovation. Over the years Digi has built a solid mobile internet business that enables true connectivity for all Malaysians, creates socio-economic development, helps businesses to grow through use of technology. Digi continues to inspire by giving customers’ access to fun and uplifting internet content, and empowering them to share what means most to them. Listed on Bursa Malaysia, it is part of global telecommunications provider Telenor Group and is a leader in driving progressive and responsible business practices. Digi was recognised as one of Forbes’ 100 World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2014. For more information about Digi, visit www.digi.com.my.
As Executive Director, Luke Elliott specialises in developing fast-moving Internet businesses, monetising media assets and executing corporate transactions. Over the last eight years, Luke has completed over 50 capital raisings, corporate exercises, acquisitions, mergers and public listings for the Group.
Luke graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from University of Sydney, Australia. He is responsible for the corporate finance activities of our Group and takes a strong interest in rapid turnaround and acceleration of our investee companies in the immediate stages of post-investment, typically managing the transition and step-change from early stage startup to well-funded, budding successful business. Luke is a co-founder and director of Catcha Group's ASX-listed companies, including iCar Asia (ASX: ICQ), and Ensogo (ASX:E88), Bursa Malaysia-listed REV Asia Berhad (REV:MK) as well as iProperty Group.
Luke is passionate about moving faster and smarter than anyone else in order to win.
Catcha.com was formed in 1999 with the aim of building the largest online search engine/portal network in Southeast Asia. The business focused specifically on creating localised search engine/portals, often in collaboration with other local internet-based and content companies, and presenting the content in a simple, uniform way to internet users in key South-East Asian markets. The business further offered local and global search engine services to its users, as well as communication and community products such as free email, forums, chat and games. The profile of the business encouraged its investors, board of directors and advisors to pursue a listing on the Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), approval for which was granted in 2000. Then the world changed.
In March of 2000, the market for internet-based businesses suffered greatly, with NASDAQ crashing as a result of the dotcom bubble bursting in spectacular fashion. Such weak sentiment severely affected our ability to attract continued investments, and we were forced to abort our listing plans. We were unable to raise money, we were unable to continue our operations in their existing form and we were deep in debt.
In order to survive, we diversified into magazine publishing by way of acquiring (in what seemed at the time to be a great idea) a bankrupt magazine title. Through sheer grit and determination, we made it work. Several years of licence acquisition and business acquisition exercises followed in order to build the scale of our publishing business. And after three years, everyone we owed money to got paid. We were back on our way.
In 2004, with debts paid and profitability no longer a strange concept, we completed a management buyout of all other shareholders. We took that gamble, then decided to work even harder than before to make it the right choice. We doubled the size of our publishing business again and began to plot our move back into online media.
In 2006, we began to make significant investments in online companies and ideas, both our own and those of other entrepreneurs. We aggressively pursued online classifieds businesses in our region, culminating in the acquisition of several businesses we then publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2007 as iProperty Group Limited. In 2011 we publicly listed our Asian online media content and advertising business, Catcha Media Berhad (now REV Asia Berhad), on the Malaysian stock market. In 2012, iCar Asia Limited, our ASEAN network of automotive portals, which encompasses car classified and content, was publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. In 2013, our Asian network of flash sales websites, Ensogo Ltd, made its ASX debut. In between we have invested in, acquired or merged over 25 other internet and digital media companies.
In May 2015, we launched iflix, Southeast Asia's leading Internet TV service. Now available in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand with plans to roll out across additional key Southeast Asian markets and other emerging markets globally. iflix offers subscribers unlimited access to tens of thousands of hours of top U.S., Asian regional, and local TV shows and movies, accessible for viewing anywhere, anytime.
Today, Catcha Group holds over 60 investments, either directly or indirectly, as sole, majority or minority shareholders. We are planning to make each and every one a success.
Stephen Macaw has more than two decades of experience in investment banking and stockbroking. He joined Baillieu Holst in 2009 after working for ten years in equity capital markets as Director of Corporate Finance for ABN AMRO Morgans/ABN AMBRO Rothschild.
Here and elsewhere, like ANZ McCaughan Corporate Finance and Bankers Trust London and KPMG Corporate Finance, Stephen has provided a variety of services and specialties including stockbroking, investment banking, equity capital and raisings, corporate finance, debt raisings, underwriting new public listings, mergers and acquisitions, and institutional placements.
Today, he works with the Baillieu Holst Melbourne Office as Director and Head of Corporate Finance. According to the 2013 East Coles Analyst Survey, his corporate finance division was voted “Best ECM House (Non-Bank-Owned).” Baillieu Holst was established in 1889 as one of the first Australian firms, with a specific focus on stocks outside of the ASX 100 across five defined sectors.
The company is a modern leader in stockbroking and credits their strengths in research and distribution capabilities to the excellent expectations and outcomes with corporate clients.
Stephen Macaw earned his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne the only Australian university to rank in the top 30 in all five core subjects in 2009. Macaw describes the success of corporate finance division as being tied to the close corporate relationships, the quality of research, and the strength of global distribution which allows the company to grow and succeed.
E.L. & C. Baillieu commenced business in 1889, some five years after the formation of the Stock Exchange of Melbourne Limited, and traded as the partnership “E. L. & C. Baillieu” until March 1986. F W Holst & Co Pty Ltd was established in 1893.
On 1 April, 1986, the partnership of E. L. & C. Baillieu ceased trading and was succeeded by E. L. & C. Baillieu Limited. This company was 60% owned by the former partners of the firm and 40% owned by N M Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited of London.
On 16 July, 1997, Rothschild sold its shares back to the directors of E. L. & C. Baillieu Limited. In January 1998 the firm changed its name to E. L. & C. Baillieu Stockbroking Ltd (“Baillieu”) as part of a restructure which saw the corporate finance and institutional broking divisions of the business sold to Deutsche Bank.
In October 2006 Baillieu formed a strategic alliance with Credit Suisse AG. As a result, Baillieu has been able to enhance its service offering to clients through broader research coverage and greater access to corporate fundraisings.
Baillieu Holst Ltd is a Participant of the Australian Securities Exchange Group, and resulted from a merger of E.L. & C. Baillieu Stockbroking Ltd and F W Holst & Co Pty Ltd in November 2012.
Baillieu Holst is now one of the leading independently owned stockbroking firms in Australia. The majority of the company is owned by its directors and executives, most of whom have worked for the organisation for many years.
Baillieu Holst is headquartered in Melbourne, where it has 170 employees. A further 19 employees reside in our Sydney Office, while the firm operates small retail broking operations in the Victorian regional cities of Bendigo, which has 3 employees and Geelong, which has 3 employees. We also have offices in Newcastle, New South Wales, which has 4 employees and Perth, Western Australia which has 7 employees. Most recently we have opened offices in Adelaide, which has 9 employees, and Brisbane, which has 3 employees.
The Baillieu Holst private client network consists of 85 Advisers and Assistants servicing approximately 50,000 active clients providing advice on funds in excess of $12 billion.
Michael Ziegelaar is the Head of Corporate Melbourne and the Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets Australia. He is one of the most sought-after practitioners for clients undertaking Australian equity capital market deals. In 2014 and 2015, he was nominated as Australian Dealmaker of the Year in the Lawyer’s Weekly Awards.
Michael’s practice covers:
· mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructures; and
· general corporate law and ASX listing rule advice.
Michael is very highly regarded by his clients and his peers. He is ranked as a leading lawyer in various international and local directories, including Best Lawyers, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000 and International Who’s Who Legal.
Clients praise Michael Ziegelaar for his diligent approach, with one commenting: "He is fantastic at making sure client needs are put first and that matters are followed up; he is very thorough." (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015).
Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the largest law firms in the world with 470 partners and 2,800 lawyers across 25 offices. Our market leading equity capital markets practice advises issuers and underwriters on the most complex and innovative offerings of securities globally.
In Australia, we are recognised as the leading law firm in equity capital markets. In 2014 and 2015 we were ranked as Australia’s number one equity capital markets team by deal count and deal value. During this time we acted as issuer’s counsel on a wide variety of IPOs that raised over A$12 billion.
Described as ‘unmatched in quality as they have a team of giants’ (IFLR 1000), we have also been awarded the highest possible ranking in the area of Australian Equity Capital Markets by Chambers Global, Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and PLC Which Lawyer? every year since 2004.
We are committed to providing clients with innovative commercial legal advice in line with commercial objectives. Our clients describe us as ‘very client-focused, commercial and proactive in terms of identifying issues and working through solutions’ (Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2015).
As a truly integrated international law firm with offices in China, Hong Kong, South Korea Singapore and Tokyo and capabilities across all of South East Asia, we have the presence, know-how and mindset to deliver the results you’re seeking.
Rob Silverwood is the Melbourne leader of PwC's Deals business and specialises in transactions work in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector. While currently based in Melbourne, Rob has spent considerable time working in Asia on Asian deals, including several years based in Beijing with PwC.
Rob's expertise includes IPO's and the provision of Investigating Accountant's Reports, buy side and sell side due diligence engagements.
Rob has developed strong relationships with a wide variety of clients across the TMT sector including SEEK, carsales, Catcha Group, Campaign Monitor, Telstra, AussieCommerce and Fairfax and worked on notable cross border transactions including Telstra's acquisitions of SouFun and Autohome and SEEK's acquisitions of JobsDB and JobStreet.
At PwC Australia our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com.au
Kevin is the co-founder and CEO of Pixels, one of the largest independent mullti-screen advertising technology companies in Asia and headquarted in Hong Kong. Pixels was acquired by San Francisco-based marketing cloud company Gravity4 Inc in November 2015 as part of its Asia expansion strategy. In addition to his role as CEO of Pixels, Kevin also leads Gravity4 as its Managing Director, APAC, responsible for the company’s expansion and growth initiatives in the region.
Kevin is a well-respected leader in the digital marketing field and is considered a pioneer with over 18 years of experience in digital marketing in Asia. Prior to co-founding Pixels, Kevin held the position of Director of Sales and Business Development at DoubleClick Media Hong Kong as well as at positions at DoubleClick Malaysia, 247 Media Malaysia and the News Straits Times Press Interactive.
Kevin was awarded Digital Marketing Hero 2014 by the Hong Kong Association of Interactive Marketing (HKAIM), the highest accolade to an individual for their contribution to the digital marketing industry in Hong Kong, Finalist, Young Entrepreneur Award 2015 by the South China Morning Post and 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Greater China – Hong Kong region.
Kevin is a graduate of Pace University from New York with a degree in Computer Information Systems.
Pixels is a multi-screen advertising technology company, providing solutions to advertisers to reach audiences across desktop, mobile, tablet, and connected TV. Our solutions are built for brands with leading ad products to meet brand-marketing objectives. Gravity4 Inc., the world's first high frequency could marketing company acquired Pixels in November 2015 to establish its presence in Asia. For more information, visit www.pixels.asia
A former British Army captain with the Royal Engineers, Ben Legg led the military engineering organization that relieved the Siege of Sarajevo in 1995 and was also stationed in Germany, Canada, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Poland and Bosnia. After leaving military service, he joined McKinsey & Co., then Coca-Cola, where he rose to lead more than 12,000 people in the company’s India operation. He then went on to become COO of Google Europe—defining revenue strategy for all advertising products, leading global initiatives to test and scale new revenue opportunities, and doubling revenue in three years. Since 2012, he’s been CEO of Adknowledge, a digital marketing company that’s redefining video, social media, mobile advertising and Big Data. An obsessive and seemingly effortless distance runner, Ben lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Adknowledge is a digital advertising technology company specializing in using diverse sources of data to place ads via digital video, social media, apps and mobile, content recommendation and email. With 400 employees located on four continents, Adknowledge works with the most ambitious and innovative advertisers to unlock their digital audiences around the world. The company delivers return on investment for clients through advanced data analysis, targeting algorithms, campaign optimization and preferred relationships with major social media networks. Adknowledge’s joint venture with Axiata is considered a model for how telecom companies can monetize their data in a consumer-friendly way. Its Adknowledge Asia venture serves brands and agencies throughout the APAC region. For more about Adknowledge Asia, visit adknowledgeasia.com.
After gaining experience in working with print real estate listings, Michael recognized a gap in the market for online listings- and that’s when propertyfinder was born, soon becoming one of the most popular property portals in the region.
Since the company’s launch in 2007, Michael’s effective business model for brokerage firms has since attracted high-profile local and international investors, enabling it to operate successfully across the MENA region, with offices in seven countries. In 2013, the company won the SMEinfo “Online Business of the Year "Award and the ‘Dubai SME 100’, an index of the Dubai Economic Department, twice in a row.
Serving as a director on the board of various tech companies, Michael has become a regular speaker at the Harvard Business Conference.
Prior to founding the company, Michael began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in his hometown of Geneva. He holds an MBA with a specialty in finance from HEC Lausanne, having completed an exchange program at UCLA in California.
Established in 2007, The Propertyfinder Group owns and operates market-leading real estate portals across the region. Available in both English and Arabic, our websites provide visitors with comprehensive search facilities covering residential and commercial properties, real estate news, home advice and buying and selling guides, whilst agents enjoy access to the region’s largest potential audience of property seekers.
Consumer experience is paramount in everything we do and this is reflected in the design, content and navigation of all our portals. Our current traffic statistics show us as a leader in the industry with 1 million visitors and 150,000 enquiries per month. Visits have grown by over 105% in the last 12 months and an impressive 298% in the last two years.
A winner of the ‘Enterprise Agility Awards’, ‘Dubai SME 100’ for the second consecutive cycle, the SMEinfo ‘Online Business of the Year’ and the Arabian Business Start-Up ‘SME of the Year’ titles and the ‘Arabia Fast Growth 500’ award in 2012 and the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Middle East Customer Value Leadership Award for Online Property Portal, with a presence in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia, The Propertyfinder Group is one of the fastest growing companies in the region. The Group aims to be in a total of nine countries, with a focus on the GCC and other parts of the Middle East in the coming months.
Appointed as President Director of PT. XL Planet (www.elevenia.co.id) on July 2013, he has previously held various director positions in SK Planet/Commerce Planet (11st) in 2011-2013, with his last position as CEO. He was also the COO of AirCROSS, Inc. (affiliates of SK Telecom) in 2002 – 2007. He graduated from Seoul National University in 1986 with degree in Business & Administration before earning his Master of Business Administration degree from Korea University in 1992.
After officially open for public on 1st of March 2014, PT XL Planet officially launched elevenia on 19 March 2014. The launch took place in Grand Ballroom Hotel JS Luwansa, Kuningan, Jakarta, and attended by Board of Commissioners of PT. XL Planet, Mr. Hasnul Suhaimi, Mr. Jin Woo So, Mrs. Dian Siswarini, Dr. Hans Wijaya Suria, Mr. Jong Hyun Kah, Mr. Ho Seok Kim, and also H.E. Kim Young Sun, Korean Ambassador.
On its launch, elevenia already had 600.000 live listings and more than 7.000 sellers categorized in 8 main categories Fashion, Beauty & Health, Babies & Kids, Home & Garden, Gadgets & Computer, Electronics, Hobbies, and Service & Food.
After 9 months of operations, on 13 November 2014, elevenia had been recognized as a Great Performing e-Commerce Website by Digital Marketing Awards. This award served as evidence on elevenia presence on Indonesia e-commerce market.
In 2015, elevenia strengthen its position in the market. During this year, elevenia have obtained several acknowledgements from Contact Center World, APAC with Silver Award for Customer Loyalty Program, Silver Award for Outbound Campaign, and Runner Up for Social Media Category. Majalah Marketing awarded elevenia with Best Innovation e-Commerce 2015. The year closed with an acknowledgement by SWA Magazine as NPS Leader, with a score of 2.99% and NEV score of 4,771.
As of 31 December 2015, elevenia had hosted more than 2.6 million live listings from 30 thousand sellers, contributing Gross Merchandising Value (GMV) of Rp 1.3tn.
Until March 2016, elevenia has 200 employees.
A serial bootstrap entrepreneur, Andy is highly focused, farsighted and very hands-on in pursuing his passion and realizing his dreams on a global level. He challenges himself each and every day to create new business opportunities for his company and the community.
Andy possesses 19 years of in-depth knowledge in building ecommerce businesses that are centered around the creative landscape. The MBA graduate from the University of Hull had spent his earlier years in the UK working as the financial controller of Digital Vision where he learned about the stock photography industry and saw the opportunity to replicate the business in Malaysia, his homeland.
He founded Inmagine, a premium stock photo library in year 2000 and quickly grew the business internationally. When the industry shifted focus towards using more images at a lower price point in 2005, he seized the opportunity to start 123RF, a microstock library. 123RF has shown significant growth ever since, and is now Asia’s largest crowdsourced stock content library with more than 200,000 contributors supplying 123RF with 58 million stock content items spanning photography, vector illustrations, video footage, sound clips and music tracks. 123RF operates from 44 office locations worldwide serving 5 million members. In 2015, Andy ventured further, disrupting the creative industry by launching StockUnlimited, Designs.net and EasyDesign.
Andy currently invests in innovative startups to nurture the next generation of digital entrepreneurs. To date, he employs 600 talents across 20 countries and aspires to create a thriving creative ecosystem where content creators and business communities can grow together creatively.
123RF is a royalty-free digital media library that offers a wide variety of budget-friendly commercial and editorial images, video footage, audio clips, and illustrations. From a humble beginning in 2005, 123RF now ranks as a leading global provider of creative content with over 30 million visits monthly.
123RF has been doing things progressively different from the others by introducing innovative solutions to improve and elevate customer experience on the website and with the brand. Besides simple and competitive pricing packages, 123RF addresses the need for easier and quicker content search with the Reverse Image Search and 123RF Editor. 123RF will continue to explore ways to add value to their products and services, and to provide the best possible solutions to their clients.
123RF is part of the Inmagine Group, a global creative ecosystem powered by design, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Victor Lavrenko is a Russian Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist. Together with 3 talented programmers, Lê Văn Thanh, Nguyễn Đức Ngọc and Nguyễn Thanh Bình, Victor co-founded Cốc Cốc, a locally targeted Vietnamese web browser and search engine.
As the former Chief Strategy and Finance officer at Mail.ru, Victor was also an integral part of a large Russian Internet company with a $4.34B market capitalization.
In May, 2013, Cốc Cốc launched its main products, a local Vietnamese web browser and search engine. Within a year, Cốc Cốc attracted its first 10 million users. Since then, Cốc Cốc’s monthly audience has grown to more than 20 million unique users according to March, 2016 Google Analytics stats. Global Stat Counter ranks Cốc Cốc as the second most popular browser in Vietnam.
In addition to the browser and search engine, Cốc Cốc is also developing a detailed mapping and POI service as well as a real-time bidding advertising system. Cốc Cốc has also brought $30M in investments to the Vietnamese Internet industry.
Currently, Cốc Cốc has more than 400 staff and is aiming to enter new ASEAN markets in 2017.
Tee joined Venturra as a partner after spending over two years at Ardent Capital, where she led the firm's investment effort as Head of Ardent Ventures. Prior to Ardent, Tee worked for Central Retail Corporation, Lehman Brothers New York, as well as launched Little Beast, an award-winning Bangkok-based restaurant. She received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and her BA from Brown University.
Venturra is a $150M early stage fund focusing on SE Asia.
Veronika Linardi’s fascination with technology propelled her breakthrough beyond traditional recruitment into the online realm. In addition to founding Linardi Associates executive headhunting agency, she co-founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer to both Qerja.com and Jobs.id, the fastest rising leading job portal in Indonesia.
Veronika received her Master of Science degree in Strategic Digital Marketing and Management Information System from Carnegie Mellon University and Bachelor of Science from University of Texas at Austin. Before deciding to tread the land of startups, she contributed to the success of CNN, PwC Management Consulting, and Charoen Pokphand.
Qerja is Indonesia's first online community for empowering professionals to make the best decision regarding their careers. Qerja attained its virality by introducing transparency to an otherwise opaque working environment in the form of a user generated platform for professionals to share knowledge, salary, reviews and experiences. Qerja also received series A funding from SoftBank Indosat fund in February 2015.
Vishen is an author and entrepreneur in education technology, as well as a speaker and investor. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a company that specializes in learning experience design through digital platforms and apps that power online academies in mindfulness, personal growth, wellbeing, leadership, productivity and more. Mindvalley employs 200 people from over 45 countries and has almost 3 million students, subscribers and followers on its platforms globally.
Vishen is also a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and sits on the Innovation Board for XPRIZE Foundation, and is a leading expert on Company Culture Design; through Mindvalley he has won numerous awards for company culture and workspace design.
His highly-anticipated book, The Code of The Extraordinary Mind with Rodale comes out in May 2016. The book blends evolutionary biology and computational thinking, and provides a new framework for identifying, questioning and breaking free from outdated rules and limiting beliefs, in order to redefine life, success and happiness on your own terms. It also draws knowledge from from the world's brightest minds such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Ken Wilber, Arianna Huffington and more.
Mindvalley is a learning experience company that publishes ideas and teachings by the best authors in personal growth, well-being, spirituality, productivity, mindfulness and more – and combines them with cutting-edge sophisticated learning technology within engaged and supportive communities.
The company currently employs almost 200 talents from 45 different countries, and is helping millions worldwide to kickstart their personal growth and lead extraordinary lives at their fullest potential. Its award-winning company culture has made WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces for eight consecutive years, and is certified by the global Great Place to Work® Institute.
Through its education platforms, online academies, mobile apps and both digital and live events, Mindvalley gives you access to an alternative curriculum that empowers you kickstart your personal growth and lead extraordinary lives. Their ultimate goal is to launch a unified school for a billion people for all stages of life.
Prior to Orami, Jérémy was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Cdiscount Thailand, participating in the IPO of the Group Cnova in NASDAQ as key member of the Operations Committee. Previously he was also the Regional CEO of Ensogo Malaysia and Philippines and Regional Sales Director at Ticketmonster and Groupon.
ORAMI, formerly the entity of Moxy and Bilna combined, is the#1 online shopping destination for Women in Southeast Asia. It offers full-range assortment of products to cater to the modern female lifestyle: Beauty, Gadgets & Electronics, Fashion, Mother & Child, Toys, Home Appliances & Decor, Health & Sports, Pets (Thailand), Groceries (Indonesia).
Orami's Headquarter: Jakarta, Indonesia
ORAMI is the fusion between the female-centrice-commerce companies MOXY(WHATSNEW GROUP, Thailand-based, Female-centric e-tailer since 2012) and BILNA (Leader of Mother & Baby’s Online Shopping in Indonesia since 2012).
A serial internet entrepreneur and investor based in Thailand, Paul Srivorakul is one of the founders and the Group CEO of aCommerce, a full service end-to-end ecommerce solutions provider that raised the largest Series A in Southeast Asia of USD$17M since its founding in May 2013. He is also the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Ardent Capital, an early stage private capital fund focused on Southeast
Asia. In the past seven years, he has raised over $30 million from investors such as Softbank, IDG, Recruit, NTT Docomo, Sumitomo, Axiata, Sinarmas, and Siemer and exited three of his past internet ventures at an accumulative value of over $100 million.
Prior to Ardent Capital, Paul was the Group CEO and Co-Founder of Ensogo Group (ecommerce site acquired by LivingSocial), Admax Network (ad network acquired by Komli Media), and NewMedia (digital ad agency acquired by STW Group).
As an industry leader and extremely accomplished digital entrepreneur, Paul is actively invited to share valuable insights at top events and conferences in the digital media, ecommerce, online retail, supply chain and venture capital industry circuit. In addition to his innovative entrepreneurial efforts, Paul has worked as Inside Sales at Ask Jeeves (ask.com), a search engine based in California acquired by IAC. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley.
aCommerce is a regional full-service ecommerce solutions provider, delivering customized ecommerce solutions for global brands and retailers such as L’Oreal, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Nestle, Lazada, MatahariMall, and LINE among others, and is on a mission to break the logistics bottleneck of Southeast Asia with technology. Founded in June 2013, aCommerce has offices and distribution centers in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The company provides end-to-end ecommerce solutions to bring brands and retailers into online retail, including performance marketing, channel management, platform design and development, content production, order fulfillment and warehousing, delivery and logistics, customer service, and call centers.
aCommerce make ecommerce execution easier for brands, retailers, and manufacturers in Southeast Asia. Our core services are performance marketing, tech automation, Logistics, Warehouse Management, Fulfillment, Distribution, cross border, content production, payments, customer service, and channel management.
The Straits Times is an English-language daily broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore currently owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). It is the country's highest-selling paper, with a current Sunday Times circulation of nearly 365,800.
SPH also publishes two other English-language dailies; the broadsheet The Business Times and The New Paper tabloid. The Straits Times is a member of the Asia News Network.
A graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance & CIS), Ashran started his career in the Oil & Gas sector with Petronas MITCO. He is a well-known figure in the local and regional entrepreneurship ecosystem and has led many organizations namely; Chairman, New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF); Chairman, myHarapan; President, Malaysian Association of Bumiputera ICT Industry & Entrepreneurs (NEF); and Deputy Chairman, Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundation. In addition, he also served as an Advisory Board Member to Malaysian SME Development Academy (MASMED) as well as a Board Member for SME Corp.
In 2011, Ashran co-founded Joota, a social content networking site. Joota secured private investments of USD2.1mil, with patent and distribution partners in the USA. His recent initiatives include creating an accelerator for the creative sector via comics – ComicXcel and a new ASEAN regional award for start-ups – Rice Bowl Start-up Awards.
Ashran was appointed as the CEO of MaGIC in May 2016.
Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) was launched in April 2014 by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak. The center, located in Cyberjaya, was established to create a vibrant entrepreneurial hub in Southeast Asia, catalyze the ecosystem in Malaysia, and provide the necessary support to Malaysian entrepreneurs to increase the number of successful, high-growth startups regionally and globally. Since its launch, MaGIC has helped a large number of both Malaysian and regional entrepreneurs through its initiatives and various programme.
MaGIC enables and supports the sustainable growth of entrepreneurship in Malaysia as a new value creator and economic growth driver for the nation. It collaborates with other government agencies, industry and community stakeholders, working as a catalyst to drive development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
MaGIC’s initiatives foster the spirit of entrepreneurship, helping to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, capabilities and network to create value and succeed. Through its initiatives, MaGIC facilitates the growth of creativity and innovation across the nation, helping position Malaysia as a global creativity and innovation (C&I) hub.
MaGIC Social Entrepreneurship (MaGIC SE) is also committed to driving the growth of this sector through community engagement and outreach programs, capability development and social impact measurement programs and providing a platform for social entrepreneurs to engage with impact investors. MaGIC SE also engages with policy makers and the private sector to initiate systemic changes within the sector.
For more information, kindly visit www.mymagic.my
Azran Osman-Rani is iflix’s Group COO and CEO of iflix Malaysia. Prior to iflix, he led the start-up of AirAsia X as CEO and launched its first flight in November 2007. AirAsia X has since expanded from one aircraft to 26, with more than 2,500 staff, completed its IPO in 2013, and generated US$1 billion in annual revenue in 2014. Additionally, Azran was Astro All Asia Network’s former Senior Director of Business Development where he led the business building of Astro’s media, creative content, and technology investments and joint ventures across Southeast Asia, India and Greater China. He was formerly an Associate Partner of McKinsey & Company. He holds a Masters degree in Management Science & Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Stanford University.
iflix is a partnership between highly successful, disruptive local entrepreneurs and Hollywood heavyweights. Catcha Group and Evolution Media Capital have joined together to create an Internet TV service for Southeast Asia that provides access to thousands of hours of top TV shows and movies from all over the world. From Hollywood and Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai, Thailand and Tokyo, iflix gives you the entertainment content you want, whenever and wherever you want it. For one low monthly fee, subscribers to iflix can watch an unlimited amount of television shows and movies on their phone, laptop, tablet, tv… anywhere, anytime.
Jake has been a journalist since 2012 when he started at The Australian Financial Review. He covered media and marketing, and was most recently joint Street Talk editor at the paper. Jake joined The Australian in 2015 to cover the media and marketing round.
As the country’s leading national news brand, The Australian boasts unparalleled national and global news and business journalism. The Australian’s purpose remains the same as it has been since its launch in 1964. The Australian's aim is to lead the independent thinking, essential for the further advancement of our country and the Australian business environment.
The Australian is a news and business brand that puts the success of Australia at the heart of its editorial positioning. Offering a large and desirable audience across all platforms of print, digital, mobile, tablet and NIMs.
A brand globally recognised as a leader in media innovation. The Australian caters to the needs of an influential and educated audience. It breaks stories, challenges governments and links the complex web of events and impacts across the country every day.
The Australian is the news brand with exclusive access to Australia’s wealthy and powerful.
Warren is responsible for driving and supporting new areas of revenue growth within the Group.
Before joining the Inmagine Group, he was at the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), where he ran the accelerator program, training programs and had oversight of partnerships and investor relations.
Warren was the founder of Guru-App, a learning management platform with 50+ apps, a management consultant with Bain & Company, as well as an energy trading professional.
Karamjit founded Digital News Asia (DNA) with a vision to becoming the most credible tech media in Southeast Asia.
The tech news site went live on 14 May 2012. In Sept 2014 it expanded to Singapore with an Editor based there. In November 2014 it raised RM1 million to fuel its Singapore and Jakarta expansion over the next 12 months. It will start covering Indonesia in Sept.
DNA also has a tech talk segment on BFM radio since May 2012. Since April 2015, DNA has begun appearing in a tech segment on Bloomberg TV Malaysia, which is a relief to him as he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
He is married with two boys, aged 12 and 9. His favourite word is “chakadey!”
Prior to launching DNA Karamjit was with The Edge, Malaysia’s premier business publication, which he joined in 1995.
In 2000, with the increasing convergence of computer and telecommunications, he was transferred to the weekly’s nascent email@example.com pullout. Within seven months, he was appointed editor, a position he held until he left in April, 2012. For five years, he was also editor of a bi-monthly pullout, SMEs Going Global, in The Edge.
Follow him on Twitter @karamjitDNA or @DNewsAsia
Digital News Asia (DNA) is an independent news portal that covers the entire ICT ecosystem, including industry and public policy issues, new technologies, business trends and developments, entrepreneurs and startups, as well as the movers and shakers in the industry. It went live in May, 2012.