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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.
Helen Wong is a Partner at Qiming Ventures, focusing on its internet and consumer practice. She is responsible for the investments in Mobike (bike sharing), Ruhann (influencer ecommerce), Luojisiwei (audio platform), Afu (skincare brand) and serves on the boards of Bingobox (unmanned convenience store), Akulaku (consumer financing in SE Asia), Lagou (online recruitment), Xuebajun (online K12 education), and Helijia (on demand beauty services) and Linqu (crowdsourced delivery).
Helen is a long-time venture capitalist and had spent 15 years at GGV Capital and Venture TDF. She was an early investor in Tudou, which listed successfully on the NASDAQ and subsequently merged with Youku (NYSE: YOKU) at over $1 billion valuation. She was also involved in the investment of Alibaba, Hurray (acquired by Shanda), RYB early learning and Buchang (603858). She is a Kauffman Fellow and is a member of the VC class at CEIBS. She received degrees from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, INSEAD, and Oxford University.
Founded in 2006, Qiming is a leading China venture capital firm with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. In 2016, Qiming raised its first US fund, and set up Qiming’s US office in Seattle. Currently Qiming manages six US Dollar funds and five RMB funds in China with US$4 billion assets under management.
Qiming strives to be the investor of choice for top entrepreneurs in China. Since our debut, we have backed over 240 young, fast-growing and innovative companies across China in the internet and consumer ("Intersumer"), healthcare, information technology and clean technology sectors. Over 40 of them are already listed on NYSE, NASDAQ, HKEx, Gretai Securities Market, Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Shenzhen Stock Exchange or achieved exit through M&A. There are also more than 20 portfolio companies that have been recognized as unicorns in the industry. And many of our portfolio companies are today’s most influential brands in their respective sectors, including Xiaomi, Dianping, iTutorGroup, Mogujie, Meitu (HK 01357), Bilibili (BILI), Tigermed (SZ 300347), Gan & Lee, Zai Lab (ZLAB), Hexing (SH 603556), CSD (SH 603903), Tellgen (SZ 300642), AmoyDx (SZ 300685), Berry Genomics (SZ 000710), HyperStrong, We Doctor Group, Face++, UBTech, Mobike and JingChi.Qiming consistently ranks among the top venture firms in terms of returns to its investors.
Khailee Ng loves creating tech startups. As an entrepreneur, he has founded an e-commerce site, Groupsmore (acquired by Groupon) and media company Says.com (acquired by Catcha Group). Khailee is Managing Partner of Silicon Valley's most active seed venture capital firm. The firm has done over 1,800 investments in 60 countries, of which he has led 120+ investments in Southeast Asian tech startups, including Grabtaxi, Carousell, Bukalapak and other regional champions.
As every industry continues to be disrupted by new technology and evolving consumer behaviour, Khailee and 500 Startups specialize in looking for patterns of business opportunity and investing in entrepreneurs who will realize them. His investment activity and industry opinions are featured by Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune, and the 500 Startups portfolio of companies have collectively raised over $10Billion USD.
500 Startups is an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator founded by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai in 2010. The fund admitted a first "class" of twelve startups to its incubator office in Mountain View, California in February 2011. They expanded to a second class of 21 in June 2011 and a third class of 34 in October 2011.
Mark Britt has dedicated his career to building agile, disruptive digital companies in emerging markets.
Leading global technology and media companies in Asia Pacific, he recognised an opportunity to transform the entertainment landscape in emerging markets which were in many ways fragmented and inconsistent in infrastructure development and largely neglected by global influences and players. In 2014, he co-founded iflix to redefine entertainment for the next billion people.
Prior to founding iflix, Mark 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.
Mark is also the Founding Director of NGO Conscious Capitalism, an organisation directed at improving structural motivations for corporate performance in Australia and was named one of ‘Asia’s Five Biggest Influencers in Media and Telecommunications’, by S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Mark 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, Ghana, Nepal, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Tanzania.
SaeMin Ahn is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures, the venture capital arm of Rakuten, Inc., a leader in internet services and global innovation headquartered in Japan. He is responsible for leading and evaluating investments, conducting due diligence, and analyzing deal structure.
Since Rakuten Venture’s launch in 2013, SaeMin has been managing its $200 million Global Investment Fund and the billion Japan Fund focusing on empowering the start-up ecosystem to positively affect Internet services globally. Leading investments to date include Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic!.
Prior to joining Rakuten Ventures in 2016, SaeMin was with Google for 5 years managing Sales and Business Development for Asia. SaeMin holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Broadcasting and Journalism from Sogang University and currently lives in Singapore.
Rakuten is one of the world's leading internet companies and Rakuten Ventures is its venture capital arm. Focused on empowering the startup ecosystem to positively affect internet services globally, Rakuten Ventures manages a US$ 200 million Global Investment Fund and a ¥ 10 billion Japan Fund. Originally launched in 2013, its Global Investment Fund counts Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic! among its investment portfolio. Rakuten Ventures is run out of Singapore by Managing Partner SaeMin Ahn, Investment Manager Hogil Doh, and Principal Adit Swarup.
Rebecca is head of origination, capital markets relationships, business development and client relationships in Asia. Rebecca has had 20 years of capital markets experience. Rebecca was Managing Director, APAC for Nasdaq (2000-2012), Co-Head of Client & Issuer Marketing for Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (2012-2013) and Executive Director, APAC Origination for Deutsche Bank AG (2013-2016). Rebecca is a permanent resident of Hong Kong and is currently based in Hong Kong covering the region.
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $13 trillion. To learn more, visit: http://business.nasdaq.com
Peng is an entrepreneur who invests in entrepreneurs. He does so primarily through his role as Managing Partner at Monk's Hill Ventures - a technology venture fund based in Southeast Asia that he co-founded. Peng was the co-founder and CTO of Match.com (acquired by IAC). After Match.com, he was the founder and CEO of Interwoven, which went public on NASDAQ and grew to a $10B market cap, before being acquired and is now part of HP. After Interwoven, Peng founded Encentuate (acquired by IBM). The three businesses he started now generates annual revenues that total more than $1billion. Most recently, Peng was a Partner at GSR Ventures, a leading VC in China. Peng has also served on many boards, including SingTel and YY.com. He is currently the Chairman of SolveEducation!. Peng earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
Monk’s Hill Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests into high-growth, post-seed stage technology startups in Southeast Asia. With a mantra of “entrepreneurs backing entrepreneurs”, its founding partners Peng T. Ong and Kuo-Yi Lim are seasoned entrepreneurs who have built and backed global companies in Silicon Valley and Asia. With offices in Singapore and Jakarta, Monk’s Hill Ventures invests in top entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to take advantage of the fast-growing Southeast Asian markets.
Michael Lints graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science and worked briefly as a project manager for ING Group. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in right after and he went co-founding an IT business specialising in Microsoft environments and IT project management.
He was the former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam. In 2007, Michael founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch’s small and medium-size enterprise to help them with capital financing and strategy.
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.
Khairil is the Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Digital Services (ADS) where he leads the company’s investments and operations in digital businesses. He oversees Axiata Digital’s companies and investments focusing on digital financial services, advertising technology, platforms and digital ventures.
Previously, Khairil was the Group Chief Marketing and Operations Officer for Axiata Group Berhad, a role he assumed since joining Axiata in 2012. Khairil also sits on multiple boards of Axiata Digital’s portfolio, such as 11Street, BIMA, and the Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF). He is also a Member of the Industry Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia's Paynet.
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 telecoms 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 telecoms practice in the region based out of Singapore.
Before Bain, Khairil was an operations consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, Management Consulting Services and also had stints running tech start-ups. Khairil holds a BA, MA (Engineering) and MEng from the University of Cambridge, U.K. as well as an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Dr Jasmine Begum, Director of Legal, Corporate & Government Affairs for Malaysia and New Markets. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Jasmine has held this role since 2010, where she oversees corporate affairs and government and policy engagement as well as philanthropies for Microsoft businesses in Malaysia and the emerging markets.
Jasmine joined Microsoft with over 20 years of award-winning experience that uniquely straddles both legal/policy engagement and communications, that included leadership and regional stints at companies such as Dell Malaysia, the United Nations Development Program, the Malay Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as having been a corporate litigator.
Jasmine has broad educational qualifications having completed a double law degree at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur. Jasmine then pursued post-graduate studies in both Law and Communications in the UK, before completing her PhD in Law, Business, and Human Rights.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
James Posnett is Senior Manager, Listings Business Development at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney. He has had extensive experience in financial markets in Australia and overseas for over 15 years.
Since joining ASX in 2012 he has been responsible for the development of the listings and capital raising business, both domestically and internationally. He works with companies from a broad range of industry sectors, including technology. James formerly worked for NYSE Euronext in London in the capital markets and trading businesses, most recently as Managing Director, International Listings. He has also worked for BNP Paribas Equities in Sydney.
James holds a Bachelor of Science with honours from Loughborough University and an MBA from the University of Adelaide.
ASX. A powerful platform for global exposure and growth.
For tech innovators who need capital to grow their business, ASX is the number 1 public market in Asia Pacific with a long, proven history of supporting high growth companies, which gives you a powerful platform for growth and global exposure.
ASX is one of the world's leading financial market exchanges, offering a full suite of services, including listings, trading, clearing and settlement across a comprehensive range of asset classes.
As the first major financial market open every day, ASX is a world leader in raising capital – consistently ranking among the top five exchanges globally.
With a total market capitalisation of around $1.6 trillion, ASX is home to some of the world's leading resource, finance and technology companies. Our $47 trillion interest-rate-derivatives market is the largest in Asia and among the biggest in the world.
ASX's network and data centre is connected to leading financial hubs. Speed, reliability, state-of-the-art technology and the diversity of the user community, are fundamental to the success of the Sydney-based ASX Australian Liquidity Centre.
His latest venture into real estate as the Founder and CEO of Revolution Precrafted, brings together over 70 of the world’s leading architects and designers including Tom Dixon, Sou Fujimoto, David Salle and celebrities such as Daphne Guinness and Lenny Kravitz.
Revolution supplies transportable, collectible, and customizable homes, hotels, condos, museums, pop up shops and pavilions to landowners, developers, retailers and end users all over the world.
Revolution is a collection of limited edition, pre-crafted properties, including homes and pavilions, introduced by Robbie Antonio, who is known for bringing in celebrity-branded developments. The project unites sixty one (68) of the world’s top designers to create an exclusive series of prefabricated, livable spaces.
With a network of cutting-edge technologies and cost-efficient productions systems, Revolution is democratizing high-design and architecture by introducing designed spaces in exclusive collaboration with industry leading creatives.
Ankiti Bose, 27, is the Co-Founder & CEO of Zilingo, one of Asia’s fastest growing e-commerce companies. The company has over 5 million active users, over 11,000 brands and merchants across Asia. She also runs Zilingo AsiaMall, one of the largest B2B platforms in South-East Asia that connects businesses across the world directly to manufacturing hubs. As of April, 2018, she has raised over USD 82 Million over the span of just 2.5 years to scale the company. She was named ‘Forbes Asia 30 under 30’ in 2018, and ‘TechCrunch Women Who Crushed’ It in 2017. Passionate about the role of consumer internet in rapidly evolving societies, Ankiti has played an active role in ensuring that diverse voices get heard in the world of technology. A loud advocate for women and LGBTQ rights, she has proudly built a team with 50% women in the leadership and runs a 40% female Board. Prior to Zilingo, Ankiti worked at Venture Capital firm, Sequoia Capital and Management Consulting firm McKinsey & company.
Mr. Alain Lam is a Managing Director and the Head of Technology and Media in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets department, Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2016, Mr. Lam was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley responsible for the origination and execution of equity and equity-linked financings for issuers in the telecom, media, technology, and renewable sectors in Asia Pacific.
Mr. Lam joined Morgan Stanley in 1997 and worked in Morgan Stanley's offices in New York, Menlo Park, and London before relocating to Hong Kong in 2006. Over the course of his 18 years with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Lam covered many of the most prominent technology companies globally, executing over 140 transactions with aggregate deal value of over US$60Bn.
Mr. Lam graduated with a MEng degree from the University of Oxford in 1997. Mr. Lam is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Credit Suisse is a global-leading financial group which provides premier financial services to the clients in 50+ countries through 48,200 employees and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1856. Credit Suisse’s divisions include the Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management, Asia Pacific, Global Markets and Investment Banking & Capital Markets. Credit Suisse has won a number of awards for its advisory work across Asia-Pacific and within the Technology, Media & Telecom (“TMT”) sector, including Best Asian TMT House for six consecutive years from 2012 to 2017 from The Asset.
Previously before starting Venturra, Stefan was a Partner at venture capital firm Monk’s Hill Ventures and Founder & Managing Director of Rocket Internet Southeast Asia, where he co-founded amongst others Zalora and Lazada. His career started as strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company. Studied at Copenhagen Business School, Tsinghua University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and London Business School.
Venturra is a Southeast Asia focused venture capital firm investing in early stage consumer technology-enabled internet businesses. Our firms primarily investment focus is in consumer internet companies that are ready to expand internationally, in sectors such as e-commerce, financial technology, marketplaces, healthcare and education amongst others.
Srijay Ghosh is a Director at Temasek, focuses on investments in Technology, Media & Telecom sector and is responsible for sourcing & execution of new deals and management of various tech portfolio companies. Srijay started his career in the Silicon Valley working in the semiconductor sector before taking up investment banking roles in Deutsche Bank & Credit Suisse. He is a graduate from IIT and UC Berkeley in Engineering and received an MBA from INSEAD.
Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee is currently True Digital Park’s President, responsible for project planning, management, partnership development scheme and marketing. His vision is to lead True Digital Park to become the largest digital hub for Thailand and the region that provides a resourceful ecosystem for start-ups as well as a venue for those rising-star enterprises to compete with competency and sustainability. To support the national economic development, True Digital Park has sought cooperation from the public and private sectors together with multinational companies in the form of open innovation to innovate, inspire and succeed in the global trade arena.
· Global Tech Giants who aim set up their headquarters or subsidiaries, open labs or experience center in Thailand and work closely with startups on innovation topics
· Startups and Entrepreneurs focusing on IoT and Big Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, e-Commerce, Creative Content and Gaming, FinTech, EduTech, TravelTech, AgriTech, HealthTech and more
· Incubators and Accelerators who initiate dedicated programs and workshops to harness startup business and empower startup community at the regional level
· Investors and VCs who invest in high-potential startups and scale up the business
· Government’s One Stop Service to support corporates and startups and attract foreign investors to Thailand
Soonhee Kim is the partner of OPT SEA, is responsible for all investment and incubation activities in Southeast Asia since 2014. Soonhee had engaged in multiple layers of global business development and cross-border M&A in digital marketing and service sectors specialized in the U.S, Korea and Japan since her joining to OPT group in 2005. Prior to that, Soonhee has spent a several years at international off shore trading and banking sectors.
OPT SEA is a corporate venture arm of OPT group, Japan listed e-marketing company, providing financial and incubation support to tech and internet startups especially for their early stage growth in Asia. Founded in 2014, OPTSEA has engaged with more than 15 of portfolios, Joint Ventures and Incubation projects since.
Chin Chao brings with him more than 18 years of experience in the venture capital and venture debt industries, including entrepreneurship, company building, business operations and strategy.
Prior to Innoven, Chin was most recently the Co-Managing Director at Sirius SME, a venture capital firm he co-founded in 2008. And prior to Sirius SME, Chin was a Managing Director of Venture TDF Singapore and Venture TDF China. Notable investments from Sirius SME include Heptagon, Ong Joo Joo Food Industries and Reebonz. Notable investments from Venture TDF include AAC Acoustics, Alibaba, Baidu, Focus Media, Mediaring, Redback Networks and Savi Technologies.
During his time at Venture TDF in Singapore, Chin also co-founded the TechFinancing Centre, a joint-venture between KeppelTatLee Bank, Venture TDF and the Economic Development Board of Singapore. The TechFinancing Center provided innovative debt solutions to growth-oriented companies in Asia.
Chin received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He also received his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and is the author of three publications on technology and business law.
Innoven Capital is Asia’s leading venture lending platform providing debt capital to high growth innovative ventures primarily backed by venture capital firms. Innoven Capital is a joint venture between Temasek Holdings and United Overseas Bank Group. Currently, the platform is active across India and South East Asia while continuing to expand to other high growth economies in the region.
Georg Chmiel is Chairman of Juwai, the largest international property market place in China. He is also Chairman of iCarAsia (ASX:ICQ), the number 1 online automotive portal for ASEAN, and non-executive Director of Mitula Group (ASX:MUA) and Centrepoint Alliance (ASX:CAF).
Georg was previously Managing Director and CEO of the iProperty Group (ASX:IPP), Asia’s No. 1 Online Property Group before it was sold to REA Group for over $750m. Georg was also Managing Director and CEO of LJ Hooker Group with 700 offices across nine countries providing residential and commercial real estate as well as finance services. Prior to his role with LJ Hooker, Georg held the position of CFO and General Manager International at REA Group and was instrumental in building a solid platform for expansion which allowed the group to grow exponentially.
With companies such as Deutsche Bank and McKinsey & Company, Georg has also built his expertise in the area of strategy, innovative technologies, distribution and corporate finance with a clear focus on growth companies and disruptive technologies.Georg is the recipient of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award in 2016 and the Top Outstanding Leaders Asia Award in 2015. Georg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds an MBA (INSEAD, France) and a Computer Science degree.
Juwai.com is the No. 1 Chinese international online market place and is the exclusive international property partner of Tencent and JD.com, China’s internet giant and operator of WeChat. Juwai.com has more than 2.2 million Chinese-speaking monthly users and showcases 2.8 million listings from 90 countries. Juwai.com was named the top international real estate website in China by the country’s peak e-commerce body for two years running and is a winner of the prestigious Red Herring Global Top 100 Award for excellence in startups. The company’s biggest teams are in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Regional teams are located in the US, the Philippines, Canada, Malaysia and Australia.
Ashley Koh is SVP and GM of Send at MatchMove Pay, one of the world’s fastest growing and most disruptive fintech companies in digital payments and next-generation banking. She oversees and manages the operations of MatchMove’s B2C and B2B money transfer business.
Prior to joining MatchMove, Ashley was Chief Operating Officer of M-DAQ Pte Ltd, a foreign exchange start-up that was majority acquired by Ant Financial. Ashley started her career in New York with JP Morgan in their e-FX sales and trading team, before joining the world’s largest fund manager BlackRock to build up the company’s e-FX trading platform.
Ashley holds a Master of Business Administration from the Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences in Economics and Statistics from the National University of Singapore.
MatchMove is one of the world’s fastest growing and most disruptive fintech companies in digital payments and next-generation banking.
MatchMove’s proprietary Banking Wallet OSTM enables 'Banking As A Service' with Spend, Send, LendTM capabilities within any app. Our platform empowers B2B businesses and their customers to Spend both online and offline easily and safely, via instantly issued prepaid cards on major card networks. Our Send capabilities include P2P domestic transfers, cross-border remittances, P2M and mass disbursements to global recipients. MatchMove platform further extends to Lend, where credit scores are assigned based on customers’ spending and sending patterns to offer customized lending solutions.
We enable global companies to digitally transform their businesses by offering a comprehensive suite of Spend, Send, LendTM services on a single platform.
Our platform is certified PCI-DSS compliant and is completely designed in Amazon Web Services secure cloud servers and protected by Trend Micro’s Deep Security.
MatchMove is licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and authorized by leading card networks to issue virtual and physical cards directly to users in approved jurisdictions, or anywhere else in the world with partner banks.
Jonathan Weins is the co-founder & CEO of dahmakan, a fully vertically integrated food delivery startup based in Malaysia and Thailand. dahmakan was the 1st Malaysian startup to be backed by Silicon Valley based Y Combinator, the famous startup accelerator in which Airbnb, Dropbox, Coinbase, Stripe and many other tech unicorns were founded. Jonathan was selected as Forbes 30under 30 for 2018 and has been featured in Handelsblatt - Europe's leading business newspaper-, Tatler, Augustman, Techcrunch and many more.
He is a Venture Partner in Pioneer Fund, the Silicon Valley based Y Combinator Alumni fund and a fast learning angel investor.
Prior to dahmakan, Jonathan was working with Rocket Internet in Hong Kong and various investment banks and strategy consultancies.
Jonathan believes that over the next 10-20 years, our society will undergo some of the biggest changes that have ever been witness in the entire history of mankind through advances in technology and in particular artificial intelligence. He is completely optimistic and excited for the future.
dahmakan was started with the vision to replace the billion dollar takeout market in Asia by making food delivery affordable and convenient for everyday. dahmakan combines the leading chefs in the industry and empowers them with automation and AI to achieve this vision. Currently serving 10s of thousand of customers each week in Malaysia and Thailand, it is expanding fast across Southeast Asia and will soon be available in all capitals. It was the 1st Malaysian startup ever backed by Y Combinator and investors include the former CEO of Nestle, Atami Capital, East Ventures, TA Capital and Asia Venture Group.
Learn more at www.dahmakan.com
Hamish Stone joined iCar Asia as Group CEO in June 2016. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, Hamish provides the business vision, strategy and leadership to over 400 employees across Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
Hamish is an expert in digital marketplaces having worked at eBay for 10 years across 3 key markets and brands. He led the automotive verticals for the eBay classified businesses of Gumtree.com in the U.K., and Marktplaats.nl in The Netherlands. Prior to that, Hamish was Head of Marketing for eBay Australia and New Zealand.
Hamish holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) majoring in Economics and Marketing from The University of Sydney.
Listed on Australian Security Exchange, iCar Asia (ASX: ICQ) owns and operates ASEAN No. 1 network of automotive portals with clear leadership positions established in each of ASEAN’s three largest automotive markets – Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
iCar Asia has significant market opportunity with the potential to connect over 600 million car buyers and sellers throughout ASEAN. Our online properties currently reach over 4.8million car buyers and enthusiasts in the region every month.
We have consolidated position in ASEAN markets with established brands, consistent consumer audiences, and listings leadership due to deep car dealership penetration and engagement via our market-leading Response Management System (RMS) which is integrated into dealers’ businesses.
iCar Asia is now working to accelerate vibrancy and revenue growth with the potential to expand its proposition into new markets and geographies.
At iCar Asia, we are passionately committed to building a business that has a definitive impact on the automotive industry in the ASEAN region. We will change the way consumer connect with people and business to fulfill their automotive needs as they buy, own and sell vehicles.
Our strategic priorities for the business are to develop a world class customer experience, enabling us to win in all of our core markets. Then we will build on this position of strength to expand into other countries within the region and into adjacent categories and services.
HelloGold Sdn Bhd (HelloGold) is a financial services blockchain platform for mass market consumers in emerging markets to save, borrow and send real assets, starting with gold. The firm is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Its first product, the HelloGold’s mobile app, lets customers buy physical investment-grade gold for a minimum of one Malaysian ringgit, as well as to store, sell, and transfer gold to other individuals. It’s the world’s first Shariah-compliant mobile application to buy gold online.
In January 2018, the Global Entrepreneurship Movement (GEM) announced HelloGold as a winner of the TENxCLUB—an initiative under the Malaysian Ministry of Finance to recognise startups with the greatest potential.
Between 2017 and 2018, HelloGold received several awards, including the Most Innovative Islamic Product Award, TechMatch ASEAN, and Prominent in Wealth, Asset & Investment Management of the Year.
Reynazran Royono (Rey) is the Founder and CEO of Snapcart, a startup specializing in developing Mobile-based Real Time Shopper Engagement Tool, partnering with multinational and local consumer goods companies. Prior to Snapcart, he worked for 9 years at Procter & Gamble handling various regional leadership assignment; he was the Modern Retail Director before moving to Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Having worked in BCG for 3 years, as a Project Leader, Rey supported and lead strategic projects in Retail & Consumers Goods, Technology – Media - Telecommunication, and Public Sector practice areas.
In 2014, as the CEO of Berniaga.com (a 701Search joint-venture company of Singapore Press Holding, Schibsted, and Telenor) he led the site to be the no. 1 commerce site in Indonesia within just 6 months. He enjoys traveling, eating out, and a skilled online gamer whenever he is not working on building Snapcart. Globally he ranked 8th in the massive mobile online game “Battle Camp” PvP ranking.
Snapcart provides real-time offline shopper and consumer insights for brands. Through its receipt-scanning cashback mobile application, Snapcart collects billions of data points at an individual shopper level, an unprecedented level of data granularity in the market research industry. This brings brands much closer to a holistic understanding of shoppers than ever before.
Snapcart can identify optimal promotion level to maximize revenue, help evaluate media spend effectiveness, deep dive into purchasing habits, and many more. It is recognized globally and hailed as the top 22 most disruptive companies in the world by Disrupt 100. Snapcart has partnered up with over 75 brands of fast-moving consumer goods companies. For more information, visit www.snapcart.global
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 4 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 8 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.
Leow Wee Jonn is the CEO of Photobook Worldwide, the largest online photo product company in South East Asia.
Prior to Photobook Worldwide, he was the Co-Founder / Managing Director of Zalora Malaysia and headed the Marketing, IT and customer care departments. Under his supervision, ZALORA Malaysia became a leading ecommerce company in Malaysia with brand presence, site traffic and revenue growing the fastest amongst all of Zalora’s regional operations. Between 2008 and 2012, he served as a Consultant at Bain & Co, one of the world’s leading business consultancy firms. His past experience at Bain includes company due diligences, merger and acquisitions, business turnarounds, profit improvement and growth strategies. Wee Jonn holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
In Photobook Worldwide, Wee Jonn heads the commercial side of the business which includes heading the Marketing, Product and Customer Experience teams. Over the past few years, he successfully grew Photobook Worldwide more than 5x to achieve more than a million orders per annum. He is currently spearheading several growth initiatives, ranging from geographic expansion to channel expansion, with the aim of making Photobook Worldwide a global photo product company.
Photobook Worldwide (“Photobook”) is a leading B2C ecommerce business in South East Asia (“SEA”), primarily involved in the online personalisation of photo products. Photobook also has a fast growing B2B segment which offers corporate clients a wide range of unique personalised products/product kits.
Established in 2005 and headquartered in Malaysia, Photobook has since expanded its offices to Australia, Canada and Philippines. Photobook has served more than 1 million customers across 100 countries, with its main markets being Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Canada, US, Hong Kong and Australia.
Through its website and mobile app, Photobook offers a wide range of photo products and enables B2C customers to upload, edit, enhance, organize, print and preserve their memories. The company offers more than 50 products, ranging from photo albums to home décor items and photo gifts. Photobook also provides more than 2,000 design templates on its website.
Photobook continues to grow 30-50% year on year and is expected to deliver more than 2 million orders this year to customers globally with the aim of becoming Asia’s no.1 photo product company.
Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a Managing Director of Vickers Venture Partners, Vice Chairman of Vickers Capital Group and a member of its Investment Committee. He is also former Chairman and currently Ambassador of the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. Dr. Chi also sits on the advisory panels of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the commercialization arm of A*Star and the National University of Singapore Division of Engineering and Technology Management. Based out of Shanghai, Dr. Chi heads Vickers Venture’s investments in Asia and has investments in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, education, e-commerce, healthcare/wellness and financial services (including fintech).
Formerly a corporate finance specialist with and Executive Director at Pegasus Capital, he has managed engagements for large and small clients in both the public and private sectors. Prior to Pegasus Capital, Dr. Chi was a senior consultant with the Monitor Group. Dr. Chi's operational background includes seven years on the management team of an engineering group with operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Indonesia. As its Managing Director, he led the group into the Enterprise 50 in 1997 in Singapore.
Dr. Chi is a C.F.A. Charter holder and graduated from Cambridge University with 1st Class Honours in Engineering. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organizational knowledge and information technology.
Vickers Venture Partners is a venture capital firm specializing in early stage and growth capital. The firm prefers to invest digital media, new-media, financial services innovations, healthcare, life science, communications, internet, mobile internet, clean energy and pharmaceutical businesses. It focuses on investments in China, South East Asia and USA.
The firm was founded by Finian Tan, Khalil Binebine, Jeffrey Chi, Damian Tan, and Linda Li in 2005 and has offices in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, San Diego, New York and San Francisco.
It seeks to invest between USD1 million (SGD1.42 million) and USD10 million (SGD14.27 million). The firm’s portfolio covers life sciences, technology, media, and telecommunications as well as consumer and financial services. Some of its clients include Baidu.com, Focus Media, Kongzhong Corp, Cambridge Real Estate Investment Trust, Sunfun Info Co., Asian Food Channel, UUCUN, TWG Tea, RTG Asia, and JJE as well as Samumed.
Yuen Tuck founded Jirnexu in 2012 and grew it from a two man lean startup to Southeast Asia’s first full stack Fintech & FinServe company building anytime/anywhere customer acquisition and lifecycle management solutions for banks and insurers. Starting off with an online financial comparison website and a goal to help Malaysians get more for their money, he adapted the business to the local challenges of the region’s emerging market economies.
Yuen Tuck graduated from Oxford in 2004 with a degree in Modern History. Prior to starting Jirnexu he worked at Citigroup Investment Bank, Kynikos (the world’s largest short-only equity hedge fund), and Redberry Media Group in Malaysia.
Founded in 2012, Jirnexu is Southeast Asia’s only full stack FinTech solution provider for financial service institutions (FSIs).
We operate online financial aggregators (OFAs) – RinggitPlus in Malaysia and KreditGoGo in Indonesia – providing consumers with greater choice and convenience to purchase financial products anytime, anywhere, from any device.
Jirnexu’s proprietary XpressApply technology automates marketing, sales and delivery of complex financial products for financial service institutions (FSIs)—banks and insurance companies. Together, XpressApply and the OFAs form a full stack platform to attract, retain and monetise customers through digital channels
With over 17 financial institution and 9 insurance clients, RinggitPlus has grown to provide Malaysians with the largest range of personal finance products online. In November, RinggitPlus launched Malaysia’s first ecommerce marketplace for insurance products.
Henry Ruiz is REA Group’s Chief Executive Officer for its Asian business, leading the Group’s digital strategy and expansion across South-East Asia, China and India to help change the way the world experiences property.
He joined REA Group in 2009 as Chief Product Officer before moving into the role of Chief Digital Officer in 2014. He previously held digital leadership roles with Local Matters in the USA, World Directories in Europe and Sensis in Australia.
Henry is passionate about technology and its impact on consumer behaviour thanks to his background in psychology and over 20 years’ experience in digital media. He holds a Master of Applied Psychology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Henry has played a critical role in driving the product strategy for the company over the last 9 years, including being accountable for the consumer experience, developing business models, and leading technology teams that help bring our products and experiences to life.
REA Group is a multinational global leader specialising in property, with businesses spanning three continents and headquartered in Australia. We are not your average digital company. We are a team of people who strive to innovate daily and where everything we do is driven by our purpose to ‘change the way the world experiences property’. Across Asia, we have a team of over 400 passionate and talented individuals dedicated to solving complex property problems that make a lasting impact.
We have market leading businesses including portals in Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong with growth rapidly occurring in Thailand, Singapore and China. These markets are key in REA Group’s long term strategy and we continue to invest through new products, innovations, marketing and people.
REA Group Asia businesses include www.iproperty.com.my (Malaysia), www.iproperty.com.sg (Singapore), www.GoHome.com.hk (Hong Kong), www.squarefoot.com.hk (Hong Kong, www.rumah123.com (Indonesia), www.thinkofliving.com (Thailand), and www.myfun.com (China).
In addition, REA Group Asia also owns a strategic stake in Elara Technologies, which operates online real estate services across India, including PropTiger.com, Makaan.com and Housing.com.
Sriram Vaidhya runs the Airbnb Trips business for Southeast Asia and India, based in Singapore. He is tasked with building thriving communities of Experience hosts and entrepreneurs, and growing Airbnb's presence as a hospitality leader across the region.
Before joining Airbnb, Sriram looked after Developer Relations at Apple Inc., covering various Asian markets. He co-founded a social network startup in Spain, and began his career on Wall Street in quantitative and technology roles. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in the United States. In his free time, he loves design, tennis, and all things food and wine.
Founded in 2008, Airbnb is a global travel community that offers magical end-to-end trips, including where you stay, what you do and the people you meet. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace offers access to millions of places to stay in more than 191 countries, from apartments and villas to castles, treehouses and B&Bs. With Experiences, people can see a different side to a destination through unique, handcrafted activities run by locals, while a partnership with Resy provides access to the best local restaurants in selected countries. All of this is brought together in one easy-to-use and beautifully designed website and app.
Fadzarudin Shah Anuar, 29, was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur. He moved to London in 2004 where he graduated with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London. In 2010, Fadza co-founded FashionValet with his partner, Vivy Yusof, with the mission of elevating the local fashion industry. FashionValet is an online fashion and beauty store offering the best Southeast Asian designers. The online shopping site hosts more than 500 curated Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean brands, and ships parcels daily to customers all over the world. Now a multi-million dollar company with 150 employees has offices and warehouses in Malaysia, Jakarta and Singapore.
Since their start six years ago, FashionValet has grown its online presence and attracted customers from all over Southeast Asia as well as Australia, UK and the Middle East. As of 2015 last year, FashionValet expanded its physical reach by launching three retail stores - in Bangsar, KL and Singapore. The third and most recent location opened recently in October 2016 in Pavilion, the heart of KL. As the CEO, Fadza has taken FashionValet through three rounds of funding from Bursa Malaysia-listed MyEG, San Francisco-based VC Elixir Capital and Japan's largest online fashion portal, Zozotown. He also leads the company's strategic planning and business development.
He has been awarded one of Augustman Men of The Year in 2015. FashionValet has received awards from MATRADE which include the youth ‘Anugerah Peneraju Eksport’ and from #MYCYBERSALE as the top exporter for its annual 2016 campaign.
Fadza actively speaks about his experiences in universities and entrepreneurship events. He has also given talks on entrepreneurship and e-commerce at industry events such as the Kuala Lumpur International Trade Fair organized by MATRADE.
He married his co-founder Vivy Yusof in 2012 and have two beautiful children, Daniel and Mariam.
FashionValet founded in 2010, is an online fashion and beauty store offering the best Southeast Asian designers. The online shopping site hosts more than 500 curated Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean brands, and ships parcels daily to customers all over the world. It offers a wide range of ready-to-wear garments for women, men, kids, accessories and handbags, from chic classics to edgy statement pieces. Now a multi-million-dollar company with 150 employees, FashionValet has offices and warehouses in Malaysia, Jakarta and Singapore. FashionValet has grown its online presence and attracted customers from all over Southeast Asia as well as Australia, UK and the Middle East. FashionValet expanded its physical reach by launching its first retail store in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur in Dec 2015, followed by in Singapore in May 2016. The third and most recent location opened in October 2016 in Pavilion, the heart of KL. Proud to carry the best of Malaysia’s home-grown brands and designers, FashionValet continues to strive to bring the hottest names in Asia!
From 2011 to 2015, under the leadership of Chan, Exabytes has expanded by leaps and bounds by innovating new products and services, establishing new subsidiaries, and completing several company acquisitions as indicated below. The Exabytes Group was subsequently formed.
Backed by 18 years of solid experience, Exabytes powers its 100,000 worldwide customers (from individuals, small and medium sized businesses, to government and public listed companies) with the 3 most important values in mind: Simplify, Innovate and GROW, using the power of technology.
At the heart of our products and technology is an enthusiasm to energize customers’ online web presence, digital marketing, website creation solutions, business startup solutions, and more.
Casey is a co-founder at Pomelo, the largest vertical online fashion brand in Southeast Asia. With a team of over 160 people, the company is headquartered in Bangkok with additional offices in Singapore, Jakarta, and China.
Prior to Pomelo, Casey was a managing director at Lazada Thailand. He began his career at Barclays Capital in New York and Vector Capital in San Francisco, a $2 billion private equity fund focused on technology investments. Casey graduated from Northwestern University.
Launched in 2014, Pomelo is a leading international online fashion company based in Bangkok. Products are proudly designed and produced around Asia for today’s global consumer. From our design studios in Bangkok and teams across Asia to the doorsteps of millions around the globe, Pomelo now delivers to over 50 countries globally.
Unlocking growth opportunities in Asia Pacific is what I do. With 3 generations in Asia, my Western roots and Eastern upbringing are catalysts for my passion- facilitating market entry and adoption for companies entering this complex landscape.
In 2005, I recognized mobile devices would change the digital landscape and shifted my focus to what was then a fledgling market. For the past 12 years my emphasis has continued to be on mobile internet, AdTech, and MarTech.
I am currently President & Managing Director at AppsFlyer; as the first global hire, I grew the business from new-comer to market leader in APAC, achieving 70% market share, triple digit revenue growth year on year, and building an amazing team of 80+ across 5 offices in the region.
I founded two start-ups, one that was acquired and the other that shut down (I know how to fail!). I’m also an active mentor, investor, industry thought leader, and public speaker.
TM Lee is the Co-Founder of CoinGecko, a market analytics platform for cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets. Since founding CoinGecko in 2014, TM Lee has closely followed the development of crypto-economics and the real-world utilization of blockchain technology. Apart from that, TM Lee is a contributing author of two books on the topic of digital currencies published by Elsevier - Handbook of Digital Currency, 1st Edition and Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion Volume 1. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Minor in Psychology from Purdue University.
CoinGecko is a market analytics platform for cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets. Our goal is to serve the blockchain industry as a data provider. We are based out of Malaysia & Singapore and was founded by TM Lee and Bobby Ong in 2014.
While most platforms and tools in the industry are focused solely on trading data. Our goal is to provide a 360-degree overview of cryptocurrencies beyond financial data.
CoinGecko lists all publicly traded cryptocurrencies and evaluate the tokens based on key aspects such as market capitalization, liquidity, community strength, developer activity, and public interest.
Over the years, CoinGecko has grown to become one of the World's largest cryptocurrency websites. Data from CoinGecko has been used and cited by various research papers from renowned universities such as Singapore Management University, Humboldt Berlin University, and Western Canada University; and our data has been featured on a multitude of industry media outlets such as Bloomberg, Forbes, The Guardian, and more.
Our goal for CoinGecko is to be the most reliable and comprehensive data provider in the upcoming open financial market.
Danny Yeung, serves as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder for Prenetics Group, a leading genetics-enabled digital health company headquarted in Hong Kong with offices in the U.K., SG, MY, TH, VN, and in PH. In just a little more than 3 years, Prenetics has grown to a team of 120+ and has raised more than US$50M in funding from the likes of Ping An & Alibaba, making it one of the most well-funded health technology startups globally.
Prior to Prenetics, Danny was Founding Partner at SXE Ventures having led multiple investments in genetic testing companies. Danny had also founded uBuyiBuy in 2010 which was acquired by Groupon. Prior to Danny leaving Groupon in early 2014, Danny served as CEO of Groupon East Asia leading a team of over 300 with annual revenues in excess of USD $130M. Danny’s entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 25 when he ventured into franchising Hong Kong dessert chain Hui Lau Shan into USA. After exiting Hui Lau Shan, Danny successfully ventured into hospitality furniture and executed multi-million dollar projects with MGM City Center. Danny received his BS in MIS from the University of San Francisco. Danny’s life motto is “Play Hard, Work Harder”.
Prenetics is the leading genetics testing and digital health company in Southeast Asia that has rapidly expanded its footprint globally, with the most recently acquisition of Europe-based consumer genetics testing startup, DNAFit. At Prenetics, our mission is to help people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with personalised, predictive, and preventive measures using the latest proven innovations in DNA and mobile technology.
With the strong support from trusted investors such as Alibaba and Ping An, Prenetics has been able to establish a dominant position through its work with forward-thinking insurers via exclusive B2B partnerships. Our growing list of client base includes well-known brands such as Prudential, AIA, HSBC Insurance, FWD, Muang Thai Life, and more.
We are on a mission to give everyone the power to be in control of their health. Learn more about what we do at www.prenetics.com
As GoBear’s Country Director in Malaysia, Pooi Chan Gan (she goes by ‘PC’) straddles the fence between GoBear’s users and clients, making sure both get the most out of GoBear.
An accountant by profession, she starts her career in finance at Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific in 2003 and moved to an operations role, running Hewlett Packard’s contact center. In 2008, PC joined migme – a startup delivering VOIP – where she expanded the business to cover across 15 countries within a year. PC took on operations roles at JobStreet and Living Social in Malaysia, before moving into Group Operations for iCar Asia.
PC progressed up the corporate ladder iCar Asia, moving to Indonesia as General Manager to help them break into that market, and then turning her talents to growing iCar’s Malaysia business as General Manager, where she launched the first ever test drive event, resulting in the sale of more than RM23million worth of cars.
PC Gan is an associate member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a certified accountant and a project management professional (PMP).
As one of the fastest growing fintech startups in Asia, GoBear is leading the way in democratising the financial shopping experience with its unbiased and personalised comparison process. GoBear offers consumers a free and transparent comparison process based on their financial needs, instead of being influenced by any service provider’s advertising. The result is a user-friendly and informed experience that saves consumers both time and money when comparing for credit cards, personal loans and various insurance products. Headquartered in Singapore since early 2015, GoBear has since established presence in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Indonesia and has wider expansion plans in the near future.
Nathanael has been the founder and CEO of Alodokter since 2014. Nathanael is a seasoned tech and healthcare entrepreneur in emerging markets. He was part of the core teams that started Lazada in Vietnam and Indonesia. He also lead the launch of innovative pharma market research in several African and Asian countries on behalf of the top pharma companies.
Alodokter is the leading digital health company in Indonesia with over 14 Million monthly active users. We are changing Indonesia healthcare by making critical information transparent, accurate and easy-to-access. We provide a wide array of connected services: medical content, medical chat, online doctor booking, doctor platform. Alodokter is giving Indonesian all the tools they need to navigate a complex system and make the best choice for them and their family.
Francesca Chia is the Co-Founder and CEO of GoGet, a technology platform that connects businesses to trust and reliable part timers, called ‘GoGetters’. Francesca, age 29, is pushing boundaries in the technology industry and the traditional labour market of Malaysia. She brings with her insights on the future of work, how businesses will adjust models to suit new labour requirements and how empowerment is possible through technology innovation. Francesca graduated with a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and was inspired by social enterprises because they redefined traditional ways of doing business and running a non-profit.
Mr. Eldridge is the CEO of LenddoEFL, world leader in identity verification and scoring technology using non-traditional data.
Mr. Eldridge started with Lenddo, an online lending platform, which he was the co-founder and CEO. After 4 years of lending, Lenddo opened its technologies to banks, lending institutions, utilities companies and credit card companies worldwide to reduce risk, increase portfolio size, improve
customer service and verify applicants. Then in October 2017, Lenddo and EFL merged with a shared goal of financial inclusion for 1 billion individuals & SMEs around the world.
Mr. Eldridge has more than 6 years of management consultancy experience with Renoir Consulting, operating across various industries and business functions in more than 8 countries. Since its inception in 2001, Mr Eldridge has been known as one of the pioneers in the outsourcing industry in the Philippines, having successfully ran two outsourcing companies in the form of Summersault and Infinit-O.
In addition, Mr. Eldridge is a director at the British Chamber and the European Chamber of Commerce Philippines. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences from Warwick University in the United Kingdom.
LenddoEFL’s mission is to provide 1 billion people access to powerful financial products at a lower cost, faster and more conveniently. We use AI and advanced analytics to bring together the best sources of digital and behavioural data to help lenders in emerging markets confidently serve underbanked people and small businesses. To date, LenddoEFL has provided credit scoring, verification and insights products to 50+ financial institutions, serving 7 million people and lending $2 billion USD. Find more information at https://include1billion.com/.
Patrick Steinbrenner is Insider’s Managing Director in APAC, responsible for Insider’s growth and expansion in the region with his vast experience in Consumer Marketing, Digital Marketing and Predictive Technologies. Before joining Insider, Patrick worked at ZALORA for over 4 years since the earliest days of the start-up that is now the largest fashion e-tailer in Southeast Asia. As Regional Director he was responsible for Product Innovation, Branding, Content Strategy, and Overall User Experience across ZALORA’s eight countries of operation. His work has been awarded the “Best Use of Consumer Insights” at the Loyalty and Engagement Awards and he is a regular speaker and judge on consumer insights like at eTail Asia (2014-2016) or Harvard Business School's Asia Business Conference. Before joining ZALORA, Patrick worked in Private Equity and Consulting in Germany and Portugal.
Meet Insider, the first integrated Growth Management Platform (GMP).
Growth Management Platform (GMP) helps digital marketers drive growth across the funnel, from Acquisition to Activation, Retention and Revenue. Leveraging real-time predictive segmentation powered by deep Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities, Growth Management Platform empowers marketers to deliver personalized journeys across web, mobile web, mobile apps and ad channels. Built on a unified data layer, GMP is easy to implement and simple to use, avoiding the need for complex integrations and dependency on IT teams. Insider simplifies the life of digital marketers and helps them drive growth for their brands, with zero marketing waste.
Warren Leow is a Vice President within Inmagine Group looking at strategic partnerships and initiatives. Previously, Warren was a founding Executive Director at MaGIC, a government agency looking at startup initiatives. He is also the founder of Unicroach, an informal network of startup founders, key opinion leaders and VCs on WhatsApp. Warren's career has spanned energy trading, management consulting with Bain & Company, education technology and custom book publishing.
Inmagine Group is a leading global creative ecosystem competing with the likes of Shutterstock and Adobe. It has nine brands within the portfolio including www.123rf.com, www.pixlr.com, www.thehungryjpeg.com, www.stockunlimited.com, www.vectr.com. We are looking at leveraging our 100 million curated stock content, our global reach and 300,000 members of our contributor community to tokenise, decentralise and democratise the creative ecosystem.
Michele is the Co-Founder and CEO of StashAway.
Until recently, he was the Group CEO of ZALORA where he was responsible for it growing 15x and becoming the undisputed leader in the market. Before ZALORA, Michele founded the Italian and Pakistani operations of Rocket Internet, launching 5 companies in these 2 countries.
From 2004 to 2012, Michele worked in the financial industry, first as a consultant at McKinsey (Milan and New York offices) where he served primarily Financial Institutions, then in Milan-based Private Equity Fund Manager Synergo. At McKinsey, he advised several world-class financial institutions on a variety of topics.
Michele earned his MBA at Columbia Business School and his Bachelor of Science in Finance at Bocconi University in Italy. Michele has been invited by Singapore’s Minister of Finance to be a member of the Committee for the Future of the Economy.
StashAway is the faster way to reach your financial goals. We design personalised portfolios and monthly investment plans based on your unique characteristics and manage your portfolio with highly advanced investment strategies.
We empower our customers to reach their financial goals sooner by making investing more accessible and enjoyable. Lower fees and an innovative investment methodology mean better returns; our goal-based investing strategy gives all investors focus and motivation to build, for example, their retirement fund or wedding fund; a fully digital experience provides the convenience and reliability that today’s consumers expect.
StashAway delivers sophisticated, personalized advice at a fraction of the cost of existing, basic solutions. Our advanced technology enables us to deliver to each investor a sophisticated investment strategy that was once only available to institutions and high net-worth individuals. Traditional investment products charge between 1.25% and 5% in annual fees. At 0.2% to 0.8% in annual management fees, StashAway offers a convenient, digital user experience with personalised portfolios with no minimum balance, no restrictions for withdrawals, and real-person customer service. We encourage individuals of all net worths with portfolios of any size to build their wealth.
How she got started: Henry started modelling at the age of 15 and moved to London to further her career in the industry after high school. She took a break from modelling not long after that to further her studies, after which she returned to Malaysia and participated in, and won, Miss Malaysia World 2007. In 2011, she was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia. Beyond beauty pageants and TV hosting, Henry is also known for her humanitarian work. She co-founded Fugee School, a non-profit charity organisation that provides basic education to refugee children. She recently founded Fugeelah, a social enterprise selling fashion accessories that provides jobs, skills training and income to refugee youth and sustainability for Fugee School.
Notable achievements: In 2013, Henry was included in Forbes' list of top Asian philanthropists. She is also a World Vision's Child's Rights Advocate and was appointed as Louis Vuitton and UNICEF's local spokespersons alongside Dato' Nicol David.
Payong was initiated in early 2018 by the same team behind Fugee School Malaysia. Our desire is to transform the way Malaysia responds to the refugee crisis by establishing the understanding that all people belong to a single, shared humanity where each individual has the right and opportunity to build a life of dignity.
Mellissa is currently the Head of GetResponse Malaysia, an email marketing and marketing automation SaaS platform for small and large businesses. Mellissa is very well versed in utilizing different platforms and tools to strategize, plan and execute high impact, scalable, ROI-driven digital campaigns and communications for audiences throughout Asia Pacific, through her previous experiences as the GM of Marketing for KFIT, Country Manager of KakaoTalk Malaysia, and VP of Operations at Rocket Internet Malaysia.
Customers in 182 countries trust GetResponse, the world’s easiest email marketing platform. We offer a complete suite of simple-yet-powerful solutions, suitable for both small and large companies. The GetResponse email marketing and online campaign management platform helps marketers build targeted subscriber lists and send high-impact newsletters and follow-up campaigns. It offers marketing automation, responsive email design, hundreds of ready-to-use email templates, landing page creator, and detailed statistics.
We are also proud to be a spam-free solution, achieving a consistent deliverability rate of over 99%, the highest deliverability rate in the industry.
Shashank Dixit is the Founder and CEO of Deskera. Shashank attended IIT Kanpur (India) where he majored in Mathematics and Computer Science and started Deskera in his senior year, in 2005, along with four other institute mates — one of whom was his childhood best friend.
Deskera is a leader in Enterprise Cloud. Deskera has transformed itself from a modest accounting software on cloud to be Asia’s top enterprise cloud company. The company, which started from a University dorm, today has offices across the globe and calls Singapore as its headquarters.
Pranoti Nagarkar Israni is the Founder and co-Chief Executive Officer at Zimplistic Inventions. In 2008, Pranoti quit her job and started working on the first Rotimatic prototype, investing all her personal savings and time to make her dream a reality. Eight years, eleven iterations, and thirty-seven patents later, Pranoti invented the first ever fully automated kitchen robot --Rotimatic. After successfully launching in six markets, Pranoti now spearheads the scaling of Zimplistic Inventions. She is also involved in the technology, design and innovation which is continuously evolving.
Zimplistic Inventions believes that technology needs to be used to the best of its ability to make healthy food accessible to everyone. Indians have been making rotis, a healthy staple, by hand for ages. Now, we have invented the world’s first IoT and AI enabled roti making kitchen robot that measures, kneads, rolls, cooks and puffs flatbreads in just 90 seconds--Rotimatic. Our mission is to make kitchens autonomous through innovative solutions that cater to the 21st century lifestyle, where families can collectively cook. We are pioneers in the kitchen robotics space and want to positively transform the daily life of individuals through a careful balance of technology, tradition and a human touch.
Jeffri is the Managing Director and Co-founder of the Kaodim Group. He was formerly a litigation lawyer at Baker & McKenzie and Skrine where he practised intellectual property, commercial litigation and arbitration. He left his career as a lawyer behind to pursue a life of risk, authenticity and creativity. He began his entrepreneurial journey by launching Kaodim in 2014 with the desire to digitise the home services industry. As almost every business sector experiences digital disruption, he wanted to champion that pursuit when it came to hiring professional services. He is a firm believer in pushing the limits of technology to provide compelling and novel user experiences in Southeast Asia. He has successfully overcome many challenges growing the Kaodim Group over the last 3 years to become the leading services hiring platform in the region, and at the forefront of revolutionising the services hiring experience in Southeast Asia.
The Kaodim Group operates a web and mobile app which helps millions of people in Southeast Asia easily hire service providers from plumbers, cleaners to photographers. Kaodim is present in four countries, operating as beres.id in Indonesia, kaodim.sg in Singapore and gawin.ph in the Philippines. Scores of people in Southeast Asia have been able to find and hire local service providers for any task, with access to real customer reviews, competitive pricing, and comparison of customised quotes or booking directly at fixed prices within minutes. Kaodim has introduced convenience, transparency and accountability into the ecosystem that did not really exist before. Kaodim has evolved to become a platform beyond comparing quotations and their product development has now exceeded even their initial inspirational companies. Kaodim supports the industry’s growth by providing service providers a chance to rapidly grow their revenues and acquire new customers.
Forward-thinking and on the hunt for emerging trends, Suppagood is a Malaysian-based talent management agency that offers boutique-style representation. Our tagline “Beyond Talent” sums it up. As a talent agency, we are fussy with regards to the talent that we select to represent. We represent performers in various segments of the entertainment industry.
We are focused on nurturing the potential of our talents and developing their professional careers. We believe that our business is unique, our clients are unique and their needs are unique. For us, representation is an intense, hands-on ordeal, often leaving us emotionally invested in each individuals’ career. It involves more than just management, but also planning, strategy and all-round fostering of each skill set.
Promoted by two visionaries with a passion for talent and industry. Supported by a team of equally passionate members, we are an organisation with high process maturity and very high passion for enabling success to our clients.
Amit Saberwal is the CEO and Founder of RedDoorz. He was the former Chief Business Offer of MakeMyTrip Ltd, the largest Online Travel Agent in India valuing at over USD 3b currently. He successfully brought the company from a 30 person team to one of the most notable IPOs in India in 2010 during his 8 years stint there. One of his last assignments was expansion into South East Asia where he stumbled upon the immense opportunity of solving the budget accommodation space. He couldn't help it but to start RedDoorz, starting with a small apartment right at the heart of Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to MakeMyTrip, he was the Sales & Marketing Director with the Park Hotels. He currently lives in Singapore with his wife and two beautiful children.
RedDoorz is the fastest growing asset light budget accommodation provider in South-East Asia, with over 100 properties in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. As part of the RedDoorz brand network, property owners are able to increase their business as RedDoorz handles distribution, pricing, sales & marketing, customer service and technology without owning any asset (property) - like an Uber for Hotels. Customers love RedDoorz for its simple brand promise of a predictable and quality stay at every relevant street corner. RedDoorz was founded in 2015 by executives from online travel agency, MakeMyTrip. The company has grown to over 190 employees in five countries, funded by leading investors, such as Jungle Ventures, Susquehanna International Group, International Finance Corporation (the World Bank), 500 Startups, and Innoven Capital.
Jason Lee is the Expansion Director in Australia and New Zealand for the NEM.io Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the benefits and use of the NEM blockchain technology platform. His core function is to drive partnerships with startups, academia, industry bodies and governments, and educate them on the potential of blockchain technology to disrupt business models. He was recently recognised in the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ Asia 2018 list, which recognises young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs reshaping industries today across the Asia-Pacific region.
Before entering the world of blockchain, Mr Lee co-founded two fintech startups, InsurTech startup PolicyStreet (which raised USD500,000 in seed funding) and Finnext Capital, a smart city accelerator programme. He has been a speaker, judge, mentor, consultant and is familiar with working in the private and public sectors, including regulators, incubators and accelerator programmes.
Mr Lee is also a Board Member and Strategic Advisor to the Blockchain Centre in Australia, the world’s first and largest blockchain knowledge hub and co-working space, and a founding member of the FinTech Association of Malaysia and part of the ASEAN FinTech network. He is also affiliated with the Next Money Network as the former Global Chapters Director.
NEM.io Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with the focus to introduce, educate and promote the use of the NEM blockchain technology platform across all industries on a global scale with a presence in over 100 cities up to 50 countries. NEM is connected to the XEM cryptocurrency which is one of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation.
It is known as one of the simplest blockchain platforms to integrate for enterprise use, though it's public and private blockchain solution. NEM is built around a powerful system called the “Smart Asset Blockchain” which gives users the power to use NEM as if it were a custom blockchain built as a plug-and-play solution. NEM’s blockchain exposes its functionality through a powerful API interface that can be used with any programming language. In short, one can deploy the NEM blockchain technology incrementally and without forced retooling of existing business infrastructure.
The NEM Blockchain Centre was recently established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (located at Glo Damansara), to serve as an incubator, accelerator, and co-working space for companies building on the NEM blockchain. It also serves as a centre of excellence and regularly hosts meetup, conferences and events related to cryptocurrency and blockchain.
Fred Chong is the founder and Group CEO of WebTVAsia, one of Asia’s fastest growing media entertainment companies with 15 offices across 11 countries since 2013. With diversified businesses in digital media, film, TV, artiste, events, marketing, training and technology, WebTVAsia's video network of 3,000 channels surpasses 20 billion minutes watch time monthly and reaches 180 million subscribers worldwide.
Fred is also an award-winning filmmaker and musician with recognition at film festivals in New York, Osaka, Busan and Beijing. He advocates innovation and commercialisation of intellectual properties as the key to success as a media entrepreneur and content creator. His biggest motivation is to build an ecosystem that launches a new generation of Asian creators to produce world-class content.
WebTVAsia is a multi award-winning media entertainment company headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with diversified businesses across Film & TV, Music, Digital Media, Artiste Management, Events & Marketing. Founded by Group CEO Fred Chong, its rapid regional expansion of offices has reached Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. As a leading global partner of Google’s YouTube, Alibaba’s Youku-Tudou, Tencent and Toutiao, its premium video network of 3,000 channels breaks 20 billion minutes watch time monthly with over 170 million millennial subscribers. Most notable awards received include Tencent Content Partner of the Year 2017, Toutiao Golden Second Awards Best Short Form Comedy 2017, Dragons of Asia Awards Best Marketing Discipline 2015, Asia’s Best New Director at Osaka Asia Film Festival 2012, Highest Malaysian Chinese Film Box Office 2012 and Malaysian Music Awards Best Music Producer 2011. WebTVAsia also champions the Asian media entertainment ecosystem through its ground breaking WebTVAsia Awards, Viral Fest Asia and Rise of Asia Forum platforms that celebrate the best of Asian creators and content. It was granted the coveted YouTube-Certified Multi Channel Network status and recognised by the Malaysian Government as a leading MSC Status company making regional impact across Asia.
Jan Alvin Pabellon is the Director of Product Management at Oracle NetSuite, the leading provider of on-demand, integrated business management software in the cloud. At NetSuite, Jan manages the company’s product offerings for the Asia Pacific region, driving product localization and compliance initiatives to ensure they meet the needs of global organizations and local businesses alike.
Prior to joining Oracle NetSuite, Jan has held senior management positions at several systems integration and technology consulting companies. He holds certifications in Agile software development, an ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management, a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of the Philippines, and a Master Degree from the Asian Institute of Management. Jan is also a Certified Public Accountant.
For more than 20 years, Oracle NetSuite has helped organizations grow, scale and adapt to change. Today, NetSuite provides an integrated suite of cloud-based applications, which includes financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR and omnichannel commerce, that is used by more than 40,000 organizations and subsidiaries in 199 countries.
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Kian Moini (31) is the co-founder of Lamudi, an online property portal for emerging markets. Kian spends most his time in the Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico focusing on operations and processes 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.
Lamudi was launched end of 2013 as a property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. Originally, the fast-growing platform has been launched in 34 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Today, Lamudi focuses on its core and very successful markets Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico, while it selectively, by market, ventures beyond the online classifieds model with the intention to deliver more value along the real estate transaction.
ada is an integrated digital marketing business combining data science, technology, creative & content, to disrupt marketing for brands and businesses across Asia. An Axiata Digital company, our team of data experts, growth hackers and advertising visionaries leverages extensive experience working with international brands to deliver measurable business results.
We break the silos between media and creative by using data to guide objective-setting and drive marketing decisions. We integrate data from the start of the planning process, using insights to plot the customer journey and map out creative strategy optimised for digital-first, programmatic delivery.
We deliver creative at 10x value. Utilising artificial intelligence, we identify and segment consumers, then automate creative generation at a fraction of the cost of traditional creatives. This enables mass customisation by audience profile, channel and timing for one-to-one engagement.
We are outcome-driven. With data and predictive modelling, we identify and mitigate risk to deliver business outcomes with clear attribution.
We use AI and machine learning to automate and optimise routines. By automating routine campaign-to-campaign management, and using machine learning to optimise media spends and creative design, we enable our ad operations to focus on insights and strategy, ensuring each campaign is smarter than the last.
Hailey leads B Capital’s digital health efforts in Asia, and consumer investments in India. She works closely with Singapore-based CXA Group, Asia’s leading employee benefits and wellness platform, and mSwipe, India’s fastest growing POS merchant payments platform.
Prior to B Capital, Hailey was a management consultant in the USA focused on strategy, innovation, and transformation projects. She also led global strategy development for the Grameen Foundation’s mHealth and mAgri programs in Uganda and India. Hailey holds degrees from INSEAD and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
B Capital Group backs brash entrepreneurs building the next generation of groundbreaking technology companies. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Singapore, B Capital Group focuses on pioneering start-ups that are ready to scale across the global stage. Partnering with Boston Consulting Group, and its incubation arm BCG Digital Ventures, B Capital delivers unparalleled access to top corporations to match cutting-edge start-ups with the world's most powerful CEOs, platforms, and brands.
Jesrina is the Co-founder and CEO of PurelyB.com– SE-Asia’s leading health and wellness online community portal that serves as the go-to-guide to leading a sustainable healthy lifestyle. They provide holistic wellness content on nutrition, fitness and mindfulness with a mission to transform people’s quality of health and life through online guided solutions created by the best health experts worldwide. In 2016, PurelyB acquired a Singapore Yoga Community Portal expanding it’s reach regionally and launched Malaysia’s first holistic wellness TV show with Astro, SE-Asia’s largest media entertainment group. Today they have members spanning across 8 countries globally including US, Australia and UK.
PurelyB was created from Jesrina’s own health experiences, to help and empower more people in Asia to adopt healthy lifestyle changes with greater ease and affordability, with customised solutions for Asian cultures and lifestyles.
Prior to PurelyB, Jesrina was Head of Digital Marketing & Strategy at Astro Malaysia Holdings, Digital media manager at Mindshare Malaysia (Head of Digital for clients Maxis, Astro & Sime Darby Group), and Web Designer & Developer at VLT (now Mckinsey Labs). Jesrina’s awards and accolades include ASEAN-BAC “Rising Entrepreneur of the Year” Award 2017 and Malaysia Tatler’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award 2016.
PurelyB (www.PurelyB.com) is Asia's leading health and wellness online community and content guide, with a mission to make healthy living easy and sustainable for all. They cater for localised Asian lifestyles and cultures with digital content, guidance and tools created by the best wellness experts, to help communities in Asia overcome their health issues and live a better quality of life.
The first of its kind in the region with presence in 8 markets including Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia, PurelyB provides a digital health ecosystem to benefit and connect both consumers and brands in wellness from a holistic lifestyle approach.
Ali works across Cento’s portfolio companies, providing performance execution advice, strategy development assistance, and talent acquisition support. Prior to Cento, Ali was CEO / COO for 4 years at ZALORA Thailand, a subsidiary of the largest fashion e-commerce group in Asia. He led a team of 220 people managing customer service, marketing, procurement, warehouse operations, logistics and human resources. He developed strategies to set the company on a clear path to profitability and resulted in a merger of ZALORA Thailand with Central Group, one of Thailand’s largest conglomerates. Before ZALORA, Ali was a consultant for 2 years at BCG South-East Asia working on strategic turnarounds, M&A and growth strategies. Ali started his career in FMCG where he was Co-Founder and General Manager for 9 years at In-Season Foods Ltd, a frozen foods manufacturer. Following the sale of In-Season Foods, Ali was General Manager for Jelly Belly Candy Company, an American confectionery manufacturer. Ali has a joint honours degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is fluent in English and Thai.
Cento Ventures (previously known as Digital Media Partners) is a venture capital firm specialised in under-invested emerging digital markets, primarily Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Since 2011, we have been backing digital companies that blend local insights with proven digital business models. We support entrepreneurs in their ambition to build companies that are regional leaders in Southeast Asia. Cento Ventures is a Series A investor, committing on average US$1M initially, and up to US$4M over the lifetime of each investment.
Eric Cheng co-founded Carsome in 2015 and is the CEO of the Kuala-Lumpur based startup. He started his entrepreneurial journey in 2008 when he and a few college friends started a print magazine business. During his second year earning as an accounting student, he dropped out of university and joined interactive online marketing company, Innity. There, he focused on digital advertising and online campaigns for major agencies including GroupM and IPG Mediabrand. To refocus his energy on starting his own business, Eric left Innity in 2011 after 18 months and started Clicks Communications, an ad network and creative agency, with two industry veterans. Within its first year, Eric sold his ownership back to the other co-founders, believing he had mistakenly left his previous role at Innity prematurely. After returning to the firm, Eric continued to lead its digital advertising team and focused on improving global branding campaigns for his clients. In 2015, he became redetermined once again to try his entrepreneurial hand and convinced his Innity colleague Jiun Ee to start their own business. The duo began conducting market research by industry vertical in Malaysia, using inspiration from their mutual interests in travel, finance, and automotive. Eventually, he decided to build Carsome, in a mission to reinvent the automotive industry across Southeast Asia.
Carsome is Southeast Asia’s leading and fastest growing online used car platforms. Through its online bidding portal, customers are able to sell their vehicles directly to dealers nationwide. Carsome facilitates the entire car selling process from inspection, to valuation, bidding and payment as well as logistics needs, allowing the customers to sell their cars as fast as one day with zero charges and minimal effort.
Headquartered in Malaysia, the company has since expanded to Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore and has one of the largest dealer networks with more than 3,000 registered dealers on its platform. Since its inception in 2015, Carsome has registered more than 300,000 bids for cars, with over 70% of the transactions being done inter-city.
Carlson Lau is the CEO and Co-founder of EV Hive. Prior to EV Hive, Carlson was at PT Saratoga Investama Sedaya Tbk., where he was General Manager of Business Development in charge of private equity investments. Previously, he was a private equity investor in Goldman Sachs Global Commodities Principal Investments (Singapore), Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia (Hong Kong) and an investment banker in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs (New York). Carlson Lau graduated summa cum laude as a Tau Beta Pi Fellow from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with joints degrees in Systems Science Engineering and Economics, majoring in Finance.
Leon Foong is the CEO of SOCAR Malaysia, a car-sharing platform that seeks to make driving more accessible to people living in Malaysians by using technology to make cars more shareable and in the process driving up utilisation of cars across the country.
Prior to venturing into the car-sharing space, Leon Foong was the General Manager of Uber Malaysia and was responsible for introducing ride-sharing to Malaysia, bringing reliable on- demand peer to peer transportation to over more than 15 cities in Malaysia. He has also been a pioneer in the transportation regulatory space, working closely with various stakeholders to push out new e-hailing regulations and launching partnerships with the government to benefit the Bottom 40 income segment.
Educated in Oxford with a first-class B.A in Economics and Management, Leon is obsessed with solving problems and using technology to change the way people experience their cities and interact within their communities. Prior to joining Uber Malaysia, Leon spent over two years at YTL to successfully bring WIMAX solutions to the masses and 4G connectivity to schools across the nation. He was also a co-founder of GoGet.my, an on-demand errands marketplace that creates flexible opportunities for the people of Malaysia. During his free time, Leon is incredibly passionate about food and has aspirations of one day launching his own venture in the F&B space.
Lon Wong is the founder and CEO of ProximaX, an advanced extension of the Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) with utility-rich services and protocols. For over 30 years, Lon has been building businesses from engineering consultancy to software applications. Lon served as the First President of the NEM.io Foundation, Ltd., a global open-source Blockchain technology project where he was instrumental in the design and promotion of the NEM Blockchain project. Prior to ProximaX, Lon had also founded Dragonfly Fintech Pte. Ltd., a fintech company that specializes in mobile payments using Blockchain technology.
Previously, Lon served as Vice-President of the Association of Consulting Engineers in Malaysia and on the Board of Engineers Malaysia, the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia, Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia, Energy Commission of Malaysia and was a member of the Green Building Index Accreditation Panel.
As part of his impact investing activities, Lon funded a project in providing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and established an autism centre in Malaysia.
Lon holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors), in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
ProximaX is an advanced extension of the Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) with utility-rich, industry standard services and protocols. With a NEM.io inspired Blockchain layer at its core, a decentralized storage layer through IPFS, and a P2P multimedia streaming and messaging layer powered by PeerStream Protocol (PSP), ProximaX is set to dramatically change the way industries adopt Blockchain technology by combining Blockchain, storage, streaming and an advanced consensus algorithm to enable an all-in-one platform for cross-industry application and decentralized app development.
The core components of the Blockchain and Distributed File Management System (DFMS) are abstracted to form a service layer, thereby giving rise to an easy-to-program ProximaX solution that will allow businesses and innovators to avoid costly and failure-prone architecture, thus eliminating long-standing problems present within traditional Blockchain solutions.
Use cases for ProximaX include KYC processes, business continuity, video streaming, health, identity and IoT records management, big data applications, records and reporting systems, traceability, legal and notary services, video streaming, workforce collaboration, messaging and supply chain management.
Erna Mahyuni writes and sub-edits for the Malay Mail, alternating between current affairs commentary and tech reviews. Previously a correspondent for Stuff Malaysia & Singapore, she was also an editor at IGN Asia, Zafigo and PC.com.
Wan Sing, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JustCo is a property and real estate veteran with over 15 years of experience. His experience and knowledge in the industry led to him launching JustCo in 2015, an innovative, flexible and collaborative concept of co-working spaces.
Fresh out from New York University, Wan Sing traded an attractive opportunity to work in Goldman Sachs New York to start his own finance firm in Boston.
After his stint in New York, Wan Sing joined the real estate division of his family business Sing Group in Malaysia for seven years, before taking on the role of Senior Associate Director with Mapletree Investments, the real estate arm of Temasek Holdings in Singapore for five years. With the entrepreneurial streak still running deep, Wan Sing leveraged on his expertise in real estate and finance and took the leap of faith to set up JustCo.
A driven and passionate individual, it is under Wan Sing’s leadership that JustCo has become a leading player in the market in just a short period of time. A visionary, he has plans to transform JustCo into a major player in Asia Pacific and beyond, and he believes in building a strong team to achieve this goal together.
JustCo is Southeast Asia’s largest and most successful premium co-working space provider, with the belief that working together, is working better. Founded in 2015, JustCo is continually challenging and redefining collaborative working, connecting vibrant and dynamic communities in open, conducive and creative work spaces.
What sets JustCo apart from other co-working spaces is its large community where members can tap into to seek new connections and explore new business opportunities. Through interactions, participation and partnerships, there would be many opportunities amongst members to bring innovations and developments to greater heights. JustCo creates a powerful ecosystem where businesses of all sizes can harness the benefits of the network effect at JustCo, and to ultimately foster a community for the like-minded.
Members’ events are organized regularly to encourage and foster collaborations that will boost innovation and productivity. JustCo events are all-encompassing ranging from topics on finance, technology to lifestyle and fitness events where members wind down after a long day’s work.
Firmly positioned as the largest provider in Southeast Asia, JustCo is set to dominate Asia by way of entry into key strategic cities, with an aim to operate 100 centres in the region by end of 2020.
Nicole leads the local business team that partners closely with businesses and agencies, helping them get more value out of Facebook's solutions. Tan was most recently Managing Director of J.Walter Thompson (JWT) Malaysia and carries 20 years of industry experience in the FMCG, tech, automotive sectors. Throughout her career, her teams and projects gained industry accolades from the locally acclaimed Kancils and international awards such as Spikes, Clio, D&AD & Effies. In addition to her experience leading the Malaysia team, she previously served in account leadership roles for JWT in China.
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Low Ngai Yuen, a multiple award winning workaholic. To date, she has mentored more than 100 start-ups and has been a passionate social entrepreneur herself, running multiple businesses to support two causes: the 15 year old Kakiseni that champions the arts and its advocacy; as well as founding WOMENgirls, an NGO dedicated to remind women as role models to younger girls to achieve their potentials. She is also the CEO for Global Entrepreneurship Movement, a registered NGO that enables global market access for entrepreneurs and built an online magazine featuring entrepreneurs as role models as well as efm.live, a resource platform for all things entrepreneurship with live streaming and podcasts. Known also as an acclaimed film producer, director and TV veteran, Yuen sits on the National Women Advisory and Council Board, consulting with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development with regards to women in leadership and decision-making positions.
Back in 2010 during her tenure as Carrefour Malaysia and Singapore’s Marketing Director, Yuen’s championed the TUKAR program (Program Transformasi Kedai Runcit) both at the blueprint and execution phases as contribution to the ETP. In 2011, she was selected as a subject matter expert for the Prime Minister's Roundtable on engaging the youth and subsequently, she has the honour to lead in the execution upon mapping out the industry’s growth for the performing arts pillar under the Dasar Industri Kreatif Negara. Just last 2016, Yuen’s successfully lobbied for an increase in corporate tax benefit when the art is sponsored and this year she’s working on spreading the knowledge of traditional arts form, Mak Yong to the young generation through storybooks following a successful run of its first series on Wayang Kulit.
Michael Graham (Mike) is a Partner in PwC Malaysia’s Customer & Digital team. Mike has over 20 years of global consulting experience across South East Asia and Europe, specialising in digital, disruptive technologies, operations and innovation, and telco transformation. He also leads PwC’s Technology, Information, Communications & Entertainment (TICE) Consulting Practice across South East Asia.
Mike has focused on monetising opportunities across the revenue spectrum in technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) industries, from creating measurable multi-screen advertising opportunities, to defending against threats from over-the-top providers and capturing opportunities from the TMT industries' pivot to digital and mobile 'only'.
Mike values the importance of customers and helps organisations understand the need to put their customers at the very heart of their businesses. He believes companies need strategies for the digital age, not digital strategies.
In his free time, he coaches a junior rugby league, and enjoys a game of cricket.
PwC Malaysia: Building relationships, creating value
PwC works with various types of clients – global companies, public sector entities, growing businesses and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. We believe we have a responsibility to play an integral role in the growth and progress of our nation. With our Assurance, Tax, Deals and Consulting services, we help our clients succeed through both buoyant and challenging economic environments.
We’ll find out what’s critical to your business strategy, whether it’s innovating, building trust, or giving your shareholders more value. Then we’ll work with you to deliver the value that matters to your business.
Co-founded by Erman Akinci and Juhn Teo, Common Ground is Malaysia’s largest leading coworking space that prides itself on not just being a communal workspace but building a sustainable and integrated coworking community. Common Ground is redefining workspaces by creating a lifestyle that resonates with today’s workforce and creating a vibrant ecosystem of like-minded people. With the tagline “Ambition Lives Here”, Common Ground attracts today’s go-getters.
The coworking space connects the community through a members’ portal and app called the Ambition Engine, which allows members to keep up to date on what's happening within the community across all the venues. Aside from weekly social events, the members benefit from services provided by Common Ground’s lifestyle partners, such as memberships at Fitness First and F45, grocery shopping perks with Happy Fresh, fulfilling laundry needs with Pressto and and much more.
Since launching in March 2017, the game-changing business has since acquired over 1,000 members across five venues in the Klang Valley (Damansara Heights, Mont Kiara, TTDI, Bukit Bintang & Ara Damansara). It plans to open 12 venues by the end of 2018 across Malaysia, as well as regionally in the Philippines and Thailand.
Each Common Ground venue houses a café, event space, board room, several smaller meeting rooms, quiet lounges, and three formats of workspace — hot desking, fixed desking and private offices for two or more people. They also cater to larger clients with their Enterprise Solutions.
Lloyd Lee is currently the Vice President of Sales of AIMS and APAC Regional Sales Head for OTT Division under TIME Group level.
As VP of Sales, Lloyd is responsible for developing business strategies and opportunities, create sales leads, cultivate cross sectors, building channel partners for the company to position all our services.
Lloyd has been instrumental in leading the sales team to grow new revenue and maintain double digits growth since 2009.
Lloyd graduated from University of Melbourne, with a 1st class honor in Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, followed by Master in Business Administration. Lloyd joined AIMS in 2006 as Client Manager.
TIME is a telecommunications provider that delivers domestic and global connectivity, data centre and managed services to customers across ASEAN. The Group has been listed on Bursa Malaysia since 2001. Powering TIME’s business are its fibre optic network assets that span Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – countries in which it has an established operational presence. TIME’s network extends beyond the region via its stakes in the Unity, Faster, Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) and Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable systems that cover two thirds of the globe. Further to its flagship facility in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, TIME counts data centre presence in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Remy is the Head of Digital Innovation & Strategy at Maybank driving strategic innovation initiatives for the bank’s digital sales & service channels in-line with our aspiration to be the Digital Bank of Choice in Malaysia, with a focus on leveraging financial technology (Fintech) to deliver all-new, groundbreaking customer experiences. Passionate about enriching lives via technology, he has spent the last 16 years with leading market innovators such as Maxis and LG besides Maybank.
Maybank is Malaysia's largest bank by market capitalisation and total assets and one of the largest banks in Southeast Asia, with total assets exceeding US$165 billion and having a net profit of US$1.75 billion for 2015. Ranked 95th in The Banker's 2015 Top 1000 World Banks (as at July 2015) and 362th in the Forbes Global 2000 Leading Companies (as at June 2016), Maybank is the largest public listed company on Bursa Malaysia, the Malaysian stock exchange, with a market capitalisation of US$19.1 billion as of 31 December 2015.
Maybank's network spans across all 10 ASEAN nations as well as key Asian countries and global financial centres with a network of 2,400 offices worldwide with more than 45,000 employees.
Roshni Mahtani is the CEO and Founder of Tickled Media, the digital media company behind theAsianparent.com and AsianMoneyGuide.com. Her company reaches over 12 million women monthly across Southeast Asia.
Actively involved in the start-up community, she founded the Female Founders Network - a group of over 3,000 female founders - in 2015. She also sits on the board of TIE Singapore and is an angel investor in a dozen early stage start-ups.
Besides her interest in the start-up world, Roshni is also an Executive Producer of Untouchable: Children of God - A 2014 documovie about young girls in the brothels of India and how they are sold and trafficked from Nepal. The film won the Humanitarian Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Tickled Media (est. 2009) is the digital media company behind theAsianparent.com and AsianMoneyGuide.com. The company reaches over 12 million women monthly across Southeast Asia via its portals and community platforms, which provide fun, meaningful, and life-stage relevant content.
For its brand clients, Tickled Media offers end-to-end services focused on the Asian women category – from market research to content creation, KOL collaboration, video production, display advertising, social media + email marketing, e-commerce activations, and sponsored/bespoke on-ground events.
Cameron Priest is a Kiwi based in Singapore and the CEO and co-founder of TradeGecko.
Cameron grew up on a kiwifruit orchard in New Zealand. When he wasn’t feeding calves, he was building cars. Claiming from the age of 9 that he’d one day be the CEO of his own enterprise, Cameron set up several small scale businesses before establishing TradeGecko; born out of a friend’s battle to efficiently manage their supply chain.
Even though TradeGecko has scaled super quickly, Cameron remains highly involved in nurturing and growing every part of the Gecko family. When he’s not trying his hand at new adventure/water sports, he can be seen wandering from team to team in the TradeGecko office sporting a pair of loafers and an impressive beard.
We believe in making commerce easy for everyone. The world will be a better place when anyone, anywhere can create an innovative product and build a successful business, effortlessly. We want to make the operations side of scaling a business easy so that business owners can focus on what they're good at: creating and selling products. That is why we are on a mission: to create a commerce platform that enables millions of entrepreneurs to build the business of their dreams.
TradeGecko provides a powerful cloud-based commerce platform for growing companies. We are at the heart of our customers’ workflows. Our software runs the back office and provides vital operational information to other business-critical software systems while connecting with supply chain partners in real-time. We seamlessly manage complex workflows and scalability requirements. TradeGecko supports businesses that operate with multiple users, sales channels, warehouses, currencies and tax requirements, as well as CRM tools and integrations that are essential to business including accounting software, marketplaces, and many other tools.
We started the business to see millions of entrepreneurs bloom. We enable this growth by providing operational excellence, peace of mind, a best-in-class product and a team that evolves, adapts and grows with our customers, at every stage of their journey.
June Low is Founder of EasyLaw - No. 1 Legal App in Malaysia, with over 27% Malaysian lawyers using it.
Prior to EasyLaw, June founded one of the leading women accessories E-commerce website which attracted as many as 100k follower in Instagram within 2 years organically without any paid advertising.
Drawing upon her extensive digital marketing experience, she is steadfast in closing the gap in the current legal services trend and create a new future for the entire legal community, thus bringing forth to the founding of EasyLaw.
June has been featured in News Straits Times, BFM, Malaysia SME (cover), Oriental Daily, SinChew Daily, Channel W, 988 FM, CityPlus FM.
EasyLaw - No. 1 Legal mobile app in Malaysia, with over 27% Malaysian lawyers using it.
Our vision is to make Law becoming more (E)fficient, (A)ffordable, (S)imple to (Y)ou - including lawyers, law firms, legal related parties, government & public via the use of innovative technology.
Hence the name "EASY"Law.
Our mobile app has attracted 28,500 downloads by lawyers, legal related parties, property investors since launched in 2017.
EasyLaw team has won the following awards:
• Echelon E27 Top 100 Fight Club, Penang, 2017 ( http://bit.ly/e27-easylaw )
• Legal Tech Venture Day at TechLaw Fest Singapore ( http://bit.ly/legaltechventureday)
– As winner, EasyLaw is representing SEA at Global Legal Venture Day in Madrid this July to compete against regional winners from North America, Latin America & Europe.
Our mobile app consolidates all legal related calculators into 1 app platform - enabling users to calculate, save & share calculation results easily anytime & anywhere.
The main calculators include:
(a) Legal Fees / Stamp Duty for Sale & Purchase Agreement, Loan Agreement, Tenancy agreement
(b) Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT)
(c) Mortgage Loan Payments
(d) Late Payment/ Delivery Interest
We help lawyers, law firms, property investors to do online land search and envision to help government to digitalize land office transactions in the future.
Originally from Estonia, Markus has vast experience in technology and digital economy. Having first interactions with LendTech in early this decade in Europe, Markus has seen how the industries have been evolving in time and the positive social impact to the society.
Gopi joined MDEC on the 1st of February 2015 as the Vice President of Enterprise Development, a new division that focuses on developing Malaysian tech companies into regional & global players.
An accomplished business strategist, and with a degree in Finance, Gopi comes with more than 28 years of experience in various diverse industries across the Asia Pacific region.
Gopi has held a number of key industry positions including Country Manager for Deutsche Telecoms Consulting, Commercial Head (Asia Pacific) for Telstra Australia Ltd, Senior Manager at Lucent Technologies Asia Pacific, and Financial Planning at American Express International, before Founding one of Malaysia’s first Cloud Computing consulting & SI companies, Lava Protocols, which went on partnered companies like Salesforce.com and Google in the ASEAN region.
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