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Mr. Rudiantara is currently the Minister of Communications and Information Technology under the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Republic of Indonesia.
He was inaugurated in October 2014 as part of President Joko Widodo’s new cabinet in the Republic of Indonesia.
Patrick Grove is the co-founder, major shareholder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet group. Patrick is recognised as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region. Over the last twelve years, he founded and took five companies from start-up to IPO, recently selling one of those companies, iProperty Group excess of US$534m. He is co-founder and chairman of the Group’s ASX-listed company iCar Asia as well as Catcha Group’s newest business, iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service. He is also co-founder and a Director of Rev Asia Berhad, one of Southeast Asia’s leading digital media groups. He is additionally co-founder of ASX-listed Frontier Digital Ventures, a leading operator of online classified businesses in frontier markets.
Catcha Group is Southeast Asia's leading Internet group. The Group has made growth equity and venture capital investments in new media, online classifieds, and OTT businesses across the emerging world. Our portfolio companies have successfully completed four IPOs on the ASX and one IPO on Bursa Malaysia.
The Group was established in 2004 and is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world and has been featured in many global news organizations. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1 billion potential viewers across 128 countries around the world. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University, as well as a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Renzo Gracie. A former professional Muay Thai competitor, Sityodtong was most recently named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by Financial Times, and the “Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA” by Forbes, Yahoo! Sports, and International Business Times. Forbes also selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons.
Backed by Sequoia Capital and Temasek Holdings, ONE Championship is the only truly pan-Asian sports media property on the continent with a global broadcast reach to 1 billion potential viewers across 128+ countries. Home to authentic martial arts action, ONE Championship has a coveted roster of blue-chip Fortune 500 sponsors, including the likes of Disney, Marvel, LG, Sony, Facebook, Haier, Kawasaki, L’Oreal, Casio, Bayer, and more. ONE is watched on the largest media broadcast in Asia with the biggest partners on free-to-air and paid TV in every major country on the continent. Our combination of distinct Asian values combined with world-class production and world-class athletes has resulted in some of the highest TV ratings and social media engagement metrics on the continent. ONE offers champion martial artists and local heroes from each country an opportunity to shine on the largest global stage for martial arts in Asia. Established global names are also invited to showcase their skills. Embodying traditional martial arts values such as humility, respect, and discipline, these Asian heroes serve to inspire hope, strength, and dreams in their respective communities.
Gary focuses on bringing Lalamove to anyone who needs fast and simple delivery services. He and his team has launched Lalamove across Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and Vietnam. They have also helped businesses like IKEA & Google to create value to their customers through on-demand delivery.
Prior to Lalamove, Gary worked with businesses in service and retails industries on marketing and customer experience in his roles with Groupon & Hong Kong Quality Assurance Association.
Lalamove is Asia’s leading intra-city delivery platform, providing its service to more than 100 cities across Southeast Asia and China. By leveraging the power of the sharing economy, internet and mobile technologies, Lalamove has completed more than 20 million deliveries for businesses big and small, helping grow and scale their delivery capabilities at an exponential rate. Millions of users and hundreds of thousands of professional van, motorcycle and truck drivers across the region choose Lalamove to provide incredibly fast and simple on-demand delivery in Asia’s most dynamic cities. Lalamove recently completed its Series C funding round of $100 million USD.
Bubu.com was established in 1996 as a pioneer digital company in Indonesia. Before the era of Google & Facebook, Bubu.com had a humble start as a web development & internet company. Bubu is now one of Indonesia's leading full-service digital agencies that combines stellar marketing communication strategies, data-driven and cutting-edge innovation to answer the marketing needs of brands. Bubu.com has also been awarded as one of Asia's Top 100 most innovative companies from Red Herring and also won the Red Herring Asia Awards and Global Red Herring Awards.
Ferry Tenka graduated from Purdue Univ, USA, majoring in Science Eng with cum laude on 2007. During his university life, Ferry was engaged in lots of campus activities, which attracted the interest of many large companies towards him. His career thus begun in SanDisk,Inc (USA), where he worked as system design engineer, a job that is coveted by many people. However for him, this was not his passion. Inspired by his father who is an entrepreneur, Ferry dreamed to build his own company. Two years later, he gathered his resolution and return home to Indonesia to start his career as an entrepreneur.
In 2010, Ferry Tenka and his partner, Jason Lamuda built Disdus.com daily deals no 1 which is known as groupon.co.id. Together with Eka Himawan founded Indonesian mom and baby site Bilna in 2012 which is now known as Orami.
Orami.co.id formerly known as Bilna.com is the no. 1 ecommerce for mom and baby. Grand launching on February 8, 2013, Orami commitment is to assist mother in fulfilling all their needs during pregnancy and also the baby’s needs. Orami.co.id offers a shopping experience with a complete selection of product, a variety of secure payment methods, attractive promos every day and free shipping.
Mr. Britt is an experienced leader of technology, content and marketing led businesses. Prior to founding iflix, Mr. Britt served as CEO of Nine Entertainment Co’s digital arm Mi9, where he was responsible for the company’s SVOD investments and portfolio of start up ventures. Mr. Britt was formerly also, General Manager of Microsoft’s Consumer and Online business for Asia Pacific. During his tenure with the company, Mr. Britt was instrumental in expanding Microsoft’s consumer and Internet business into Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan and Korea.
Mr. Britt holds a diploma in Law from LPAB.
iflix is the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. With a vast selection everyone’s favourite comedies, drama, K-drama, Turkish drama, Bollywood, Nollywood, cartoons, movies, live sports and more from Hollywood, the UK, Asia, The Middle East and Africa, iflix places the entertainment people want at their fingertips to either stream or download. For one low monthly fee, iflix subscribers can watch on their mobile phone, laptop, tablet, TV… wherever, whenever.
iflix is currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.
Sunita Kaur, Spotify’s Managing Director for Asia, drives the strategic direction for Spotify in the region as the company continues its growth across the continent. Sunita’s responsibilities include overseeing Spotify’s expansion across Asia, as well as managing all the various divisions within the business.
With over 19 years’ experience in the industry, including print stints at Time Warner and Singapore Press Holdings, Sunita was Associate Director, Singapore and International Accounts at Microsoft Advertising, forming part of the MSN and Hotmail team for South East Asia.
In 2010, Sunita was appointed as Director, Asia at Facebook – a role she held for three years. Leading a team of six and operating out of a serviced office, Sunita helped build a strong advertiser base and partner offices in the region.
Spotify is an innovative digital music platform created with the vision of offering music fans a legal and superior quality user alternative to music piracy. Spotify provides instant access to whatever music you want, whenever and wherever you want it, through a simple, clean and quick to use platform whilst supporting the music industry via an ad-supported, free-to-the-user model and a paid subscription model. With access to millions of songs in high quality audio through your computer, on your mobile and beyond, Spotify makes it easier than ever to play and share music legally.
Robin Voogd was appointed OLX CEO Asia in April 2016. He joined the group as Head of Classifieds Verticals in July 2015 and was promoted to CEO Asia in 2016. He has over 5 years of general management experience in online growth business mainly with online marketplaces, online classifieds. He started his career in McKinsey as a Consultant. Robin has an MBA from INSEAD and MSc in Econometrics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
OLX is the world's leading classifieds platform, with a presence in more than 40 countries around the globe.
The OLX Group connects local people to buy, sell or exchange used goods and services by making it fast and easy for anyone to post a listing through their mobile phone or on the web.
Hundreds of millions of people in local markets around the world generate more than 1.7 billion page visits and 54 million listings every month on our online marketplaces.
The company employs over 1,200 people in offices including Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Delhi, Dubai, Jakarta, and Kiev.
Co-founded in 2006 by Fabrice Grinda and Alec Oxenford, OLX became part of the Naspers family in 2010.
Agung Nugroho is an Indonesian entrepreneur with expertise in business strategy and management. With 5 years experience working at the prestigious Boston Consulting Group based in South East Asia, he has collaborated with clients from around the world in numerous industries including product, banking, telecommunication and infrastructure. Agung earned his cumlaude bachelor degree in chemical engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and his MBA degree from Haas School of Business, Berkeley, USA. With his expertise and knowledge of Indonesian market, company operations, and wide business networks, currently Agung is the Co -Founder & COO of Kudo, Indonesia’s leading Online-to-Offline (O2O) platform, which enables digital entrepreneurs (“agents”) across Indonesia to become the gateway for unbanked & less tech-savvy customers to the digital ecosystem.
Kudo is Indonesia’s leading Online-to-Offline (O2O) platform. Kudo enables digital entrepreneurs (“agents”) across Indonesia to become the gateway for unbanked & less tech-savvy customers to the digital ecosystem. Kudo’s extensive agent network across 500+ cities in remote towns and rural areas of Indonesia enables customers to transact & pay online for the first time in their lives. The company offers a wealth of services through partnership with various merchants & suppliers, ranging from cell-phone top-up, bill payments, online shopping, all the way to fin-tech & digital payment services. Kudo was co-founded by Albert Lucius & Agung Nugroho in 2014. Since May 2017, Kudo has officially been acquired by Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform. Together with Grab, Kudo is committed to enable underserved customers to transact online through technology in Southeast Asia.
Alexander Rusli, assumed the role of President Director and CEO of Indosat in November 2012 and decided to end his tenure on 26 September 2017. he was serving as an Independent Commissioner since January 2010. Before November 2012, Mr. Rusli was a Managing Director in Northstar Pacific, a private equity fund which focuses on Indonesian and Southeast Asian opportunities. Prior to his role in Northstar Pacific, Mr. Rusli served the Government of Indonesia for nine years. In his first six years in government, he was an Expert Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, where he was involved in the formulation of policy and regulation in the Telecommunication, Media and Postal industries. In his last three years in government services, he was an Expert Staff to the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, overseeing approximately 140 state-owned enterprises with more than 500 subsidiaries. During that period, he also held various positions at certain state-owned companies including serving as commissioner of PT Krakatau Steel (Persero), a steel producer, PT Geodipa Energi, a geothermal company and PT Kertas Kraft Aceh, a paper manufacturer. Prior to his posts in the Government, Mr. Rusli was Principal Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting in Indonesia.
Mr. Rusli completed all his formal tertiary education in Curtin University, Western Australia. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Information Systems.
PT Indosat Tbk. (commonly referred to as Indosat Ooredoo due to the ownership) is one of the telecommunications services and network providers in Indonesia. The company offers communication services for mobile-phone users, both for prepaid and postpaid, under the brands Matrix Ooredoo, Mentari Ooredoo and IM3 Ooredoo. The company also provides fixed-voice services (including international direct dialing) and multimedia, Internet, and data communication services.
In 2011, Indosat Ooredoo owned 21% of the market share. In 2013, the company had 58.5 million mobile phone subscribers. In 2015, the number of subscribers increased to 68.5 million, or up by 24.7% compared with 54.9 million in 2014.
In February 2013, the Qatari telecommunications company at the time known as Qtel, which owned 65% of Indosat's shares, was rebranded as Ooredoo and planned to rebrand all its subsidiaries in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia in 2013 or 2014. On November 19, 2015, Indosat was finally renamed to Indosat Ooredoo.
Amit Anand is the Founding Partner of Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based Venture Capital Firm that invests in and helps build tech category leaders from Asia. Jungle has a dedicated team of operating partners and functional experts to support startups as they scale across the region or globally. The firm recently closed its second fund at US$100M, backed by leading institutions and family offices.
Amit brings 15 years of experience in Asia having played go-to-market and corporate development roles for startups and corporations alike. He later presided as Deputy Chairman for Business Angels Network South East Asia (BANSEA). A Kauffman Fellow, Amit is passionate about creating global companies from Asia and currently works with Founders at companies such as TradeGecko (Singapore) , Livspace (India). Kredivo (Indonesia) and Pomelo Fashion (Thailand) amongst others.
Jungle is a Singapore based venture firm that invests and helps build category leaders from Asia.
Jungle is reinventing how venture capital is done in Asia with its operations as a service model. Full-time partners at Jungle Ventures work with portfolio companies on marketing and design, product management, engineering and recruiting. These Operating Partners include executives with decades of deep operating experience at global startups such as Google, Facebook and leading tech category leaders in Asia such as Lazada and Komli Media.
Jungle invests across all early stages of startups and has investments in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other hotbeds of entrepreneurial activity in Asia.
Former private equity executive tuned fintech founder, J. P. runs one of Southeast Asia’s largest digital finance companies and is also a co-founder of the Indonesian FinTech Association.
Vanessa is a passionate entrepreneur revolutionizing the real estate through modern collaborative workspaces. She is the CEO and Founder of Rework, the leading and most integrated coworking platform based in Jakarta. A place “Where Your Best Happens”, in less than 1 year, Rework grows 10x into a multi location spaces with 100% occupancy, with partners such as Plug and Play, Ciputra, Ismaya Group, 500 startups and Ideafest, combining thousands of community leaders and influencers into the platform.
Prior to Rework, she was a Director at Mikatasa - a business that her parents started - actively managed the company of 600 employees, and grew the business to be a dominant market player in consumer goods in Indonesia. Vanessa received BS with Honors in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin and MBA with scholarship from University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her previous work experience covered multitude of industries and responsibilities, which had trained her to quickly adapt and hones her managerial capabilities in managing people and multiple projects.
For her, success is when you are able to live up to your purpose and be a source of inspiration to others. She is a certified yoga instructor, an avid cook and community builder. She is married to Adrian Li, a serial entrepreneur and Managing Partner of Convergence Ventures. Both are health freaks and foodies – they have done full marathons, climbed Kilimanjaro, and co-founded International Wine and Food Society (IWFS) in Jakarta. They are blessed with two beautiful sons – Aaron and Austin, age 4 and 3.
Our value proposition is simple, we want people to be at their best. We do that by reinventing workspace, community, and technology as an integrated platform. Our coworking and private offices are beautifully designed, flexible and affordable for individuals and business of all sizes.
We connect people online and offline so that they can collaborate and grow. We work with our community partners to bring regular learning and social events, so that our members continuously learn and inspire each other while building a strong network around them.
PT. YesBoss Group Indonesia (YesBoss Group) is a technology company based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) development in Bahasa Indonesia, the company aims to simplify business process and to improve customer engagement of Indonesian companies within various industries from Telecommunications, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) to Banking.
Launched in November 2016, Kata.ai is a brand under YesBoss Group, that provides AI chatbot solution using NLP in Bahasa Indonesia for brands and enterprises in Indonesia. Launched in November 2016. Kata.ai is a proud partner of Accenture, Microsoft, LINE, aCommerce and Infomedia Nusantara, the largest contact centre BPO service in Indonesia.
Araya is the Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer at Snapcart Group, a startup based in Indonesia and Philippines providing real-time offline big data analytics on shopper insights to FMCG brands. Snapcart's mission is to revolutionize the way brands connect with shoppers through real-time insights, disrupting a 100 year old market research industry. In her role, she is responsible for finance, strategy, and corporate development ensuring the group produces profitable revenue, increasing margins and driving growth of the business.
Prior to this, she was a Vice President at Ardent Capital, a VC based in Bangkok with 16 portfolio companies across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong where she was focused on advising portfolio companies on their business strategies, helping drive subsequent funding rounds, sourcing potential deals, and making investment recommendations. Araya holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Thammasat University.
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 in South East Asia. For more information, visit www.snapcart.global
A serial internet entrepreneur and investor based in Thailand, Paul Srivorakul is one of the founders and the Group CEO of aCommerce, a full service end-to-end ecommerce solutions provider that raised the largest Series A in Southeast Asia of USD$17M since its founding in May 2013. He is also the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Ardent Capital, an early stage private capital fund focused on Southeast
Asia. In the past seven years, he has raised over $30 million from investors such as Softbank, IDG, Recruit, NTT Docomo, Sumitomo, Axiata, Sinarmas, and Siemer and exited three of his past internet ventures at an accumulative value of over $100 million.
Prior to Ardent Capital, Paul was the Group CEO and Co-Founder of Ensogo Group (ecommerce site acquired by LivingSocial), Admax Network (ad network acquired by Komli Media), and NewMedia (digital ad agency acquired by STW Group).
As an industry leader and extremely accomplished digital entrepreneur, Paul is actively invited to share valuable insights at top events and conferences in the digital media, ecommerce, online retail, supply chain and venture capital industry circuit. In addition to his innovative entrepreneurial efforts, Paul has worked as Inside Sales at Ask Jeeves (ask.com), a search engine based in California acquired by IAC. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley.
aCommerce is a regional full-service ecommerce solutions provider, delivering customized ecommerce solutions for global brands and retailers such as L’Oreal, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Nestle, Lazada, MatahariMall, and LINE among others, and is on a mission to break the logistics bottleneck of Southeast Asia with technology. Founded in June 2013, aCommerce has offices and distribution centers in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The company provides end-to-end ecommerce solutions to bring brands and retailers into online retail, including performance marketing, channel management, platform design and development, content production, order fulfillment and warehousing, delivery and logistics, customer service, and call centers.
aCommerce make ecommerce execution easier for brands, retailers, and manufacturers in Southeast Asia. Our core services are performance marketing, tech automation, Logistics, Warehouse Management, Fulfillment, Distribution, cross border, content production, payments, customer service, and channel management.
Khailee Ng loves creating tech startups. As an entrepreneur he has founded an ecommerce 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 behavior, 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
Take charge leader who quickly overcomes profit and growth challenges, leveraging entrepreneurial drive and market acumen for success in Digital Economy with Kioson. Frequently boosts team motivation, customer satisfaction, and product quality to reach aggressive profit goals, while managing network of Kioson’s stakeholders. Kioson is an online to offline (O2O) application that Bridges Online Merchants and Offline Customers through partnership network in Indonesia. Currently Kioson has more than 19,000 micro Entreprises partners across more than 300 cities.
PT Kioson Komersial Indonesia Tbk is an online to offline (O2O) technology platform that connects online merchant with offline customers through traditional retail network and provides digital applications that are intended for all small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) throughout Indonesia and bridged all the digital deals that were formerly only for big companies.
Kioson was established in August 8, 2015 with Vision to build the largest Electroic Retailer (E-tailer) network in Indonesia by working with SME partners spread in Indonesia and has Mission to leverage SMEs using technology in improving competitiveness that will increasing partners (KCP) welfare.
Products and Services : Voucher (Mobile Credits, TV, Electricity & Game), Bill Payment (Water, TV, Electricity, Phones, etc), E-Commerce (Gadget, Fashion, Accessories), Financial Access (BNI Laku Pandai), Insurance Access (Sell & Pay) & Partnership (Multifinance, OLX, Tokopedia).
Now, more than 19.000 partners (KCP) in Indonesia has joined with Kioson.
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.
Ryosuke is a Managing Director and CEO of SBI Ven Capital, a private equity that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia. The company also serves as a regional headquarter of SBI Group, a leading Japanese internet-based financial service conglomerate. The Group is an active investor in the space of FinTech in Asia.
Ryosuke has strong combined expertise in the sector of financial services and ICT through his investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience. Ryosuke has been engaged in venture capital investments in South East Asia region with SBI Group since 2012 and also serves as the director of various regulated financial institutions in the region. Before that, in 2009, Ryosuke launched and managed the Wall Street Journal’s Japanese language online edition as the Managing Director at Wall Street Journal Japan K.K. Ryosuke started his career in ad agency and moved on to a hedge fund in Japan.
He holds a MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo.
SBI Ven Capital Pte. Ltd. is a leading private equity firm that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia.
Based in Singapore, SBI Ven Capital is the overseas private equity arm of SBI Holdings, Inc. (Japan) which, in addition to being one of the largest Japanese PE firms (with AUM in excess of US$3 billion), is a leading global internet-based financial conglomerate. The SBI Group has invested in more than 800 companies globally and leverages its broad platform to further drive the value of its investments.
SBI Group's core businesses include asset management, financial services, and biotechnology-related businesses. The SBI Group consists of over 200 companies (including consolidated partnerships, equity method affiliates and publicly listed companies). SBI currently has investments in more than 13 countries across Asia.
Ben is an Investment Director in the Blue Sky Venture Capital team, and is responsible for originating and executing venture capital transactions. He holds directorships on a number of Blue Sky portfolio companies and currently serves as a member of the Blue Sky Venture Capital Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Blue Sky, Ben worked for Seabury Group, a leading operational and strategy advisory firm in New York. During his time at Seabury, Ben consulted on a number of engagements across three continents focused on transaction advisory, major operational turnarounds, and growth strategy development. Ben previously worked in South-East Asia as an early employee for Lazada, a now billion-dollar Rocket Internet e-commerce company.
Ben holds a B.Bus (Hons1) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Blue Sky Venture Capital is part of Blue Sky Alternative Investments, Australia’s leading listed alternative assets fund manager. Blue Sky is listed on the Australia Securities Exchange (ASX:BLA) and manages more than AU$3.25 billion in fee-earning assets under management.
Blue Sky Venture Capital was established in 2011 and now manages more than AU$250 million across three funds. We consider ourselves to be a ‘stage specialist’, focusing on later-stage venture capital opportunities in Australia, South-East Asia, and North America. We are industry and sector agnostic and typically look to invest AU$5 - $15 million into rapidly growing companies.
We have an experienced team with a diverse range of backgrounds, including management consulting, investment banking, corporate finance and biochemistry.
Niki Santo Luhur was a magna cum laude graduate from Tufts University. He worked as a financial analyst in the US but returned to Indonesia in 2006 to help run Kartuku. Kartuku was a supplier of electronic data capture machines in which he successfully turned into the first integrated end-to-end third party processor for electronic payments in Indonesia. Niki saw his chance to develop Kartuku further in financial technology and decided to change its business model from a mere hardware supplier to a financial technology company more focused on payment solutions.
As of 2015, Kartuku owns 125,000 EDC connection across the nation, supported by 530 employees at 58 branch offices around Indonesia. The company also partnered up with tens of banking institution in Indonesia, both state-owned and private-owned. Through Kartuku, consumers are able to do various cashless transaction, including credit card, debit card, e-money, gift card, employee card, mobile account, bill payment, mini ATM, pension disbursement, internet/online payment and many more.
In mid 2015, Niki took on the role as the Chairman of the Indonesian FinTech Association. With other prominent fintech players in the country, Niki builds the association which aspires to gather all players - companies/institutions – in the financial sector that uses technology in its business operations. The Indonesian FinTech Association was officially launched on September 2015 during the Indonesia Fintech Festival. Currently the association has a total of 116 members comprising of 96 start-up fintech companies and 20 financial institutions (bank, insurance, multi-finance). Together with regulators, the Indonesian FinTech Association aims to create a more conducive ecosystem to ensure the optimum growth of fintech in the country.
The Indonesian FinTech Association is a platform of companies and institutions from the financial services sector actors who use technological advances in running their business. Our aim is to be a trusted partner to embody Indonesia's fintech ecosystem from Indonesian companies to Indonesian’s society. We partner with regulators and the entire industrial ecosystem to drive technologically-oriented financial future,
Adrian is Founder and Managing Partner of Convergence Ventures (“CV”), Indonesia’s largest local focused early stage Venture Fund. He has made investments in over 30 companies with combined valuations of over US$350M since 2015. He is a board director/ Investor at several Internet companies including East Asia’s largest live streaming company, M17; Indonesia’s largest female Fashion e-Commerce, Salestock and Indonesia’s largest F&B media site Qraved. Previously, Adrian had co-founded and run successful digital startups in both China and Indonesia.
Adrian graduated from Cambridge University with a BA and MA in Economics and was elected a Hawk in recognition of his contributions to University and National level Judo. He obtained his MBA from Stanford while studying in the dual degree MBA & Education MA program and is a Kauffman Fellow Class 21. He speaks Mandarin and English fluently and is proficient in Cantonese and basic Bahasa.
He is a sponsored endurance athlete and is the Polar Brand Ambassador for Indonesia. He is also an Ironman All World Athlete ranked in the top 10% of Ironman 70.3 distance races for his age group. He has completed several marathons in New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing & triathlons including a full Ironman.
Convergence Ventures is an early stage technology venture fund focused on investing in Indonesia. Our partners are seasoned entrepreneurs with extensive operating experience in Internet businesses in emerging markets. We seek to back exceptional founders by leveraging our experience, network and resources to empower them to build long lasting and impactful businesses for Indonesia and the South East Asia region.
Our Advisory Board and Limited Partners from the US, China and Indonesia have backed hundreds of technology businesses in the past decade with notable successes and bring deep local networks and resources in media and related industries to our founders.
Dinesh is currently Chief of Staff to the CEO at Catcha Group, where he provides critical support in evaluating key strategic decisions and driving execution across the Group’s main priorities.
Prior to Catcha Group, Dinesh spent over 6 years as an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in its London and San Francisco offices focused on the Technology, Media and Telecommunications space. While at J.P. Morgan, Dinesh helped advise on over $25bn+ worth of capital raising and transformative M&A transactions including Nokia’s handset division sale to Microsoft and the buyout of Nokia Siemens Networks, as well as Yahoo’s sale to Verizon.
During his stint in San Francisco, Dinesh worked with innovative and disruptive leaders including Dropbox, Linkedin, Airbnb, Netflix, SurveyMonkey and Tesla amongst others on their strategic and financial roadmap. In London, Dinesh was also selected by the European Investment Banking CEO and his senior management team to spend a year assisting with strategising optimal management of the investment banking business.
Dinesh graduated from Imperial College in 2010 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering.
Catcha Group is Southeast Asia's leading Internet group. The Group has made growth equity and venture capital investments in new media, online classifieds, and OTT businesses across the emerging world. Our portfolio companies have successfully completed four IPOs on the ASX and one IPO on Bursa Malaysia.
The Group was established in 2004 and is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Adam is a seasoned Digital professional having worked at, or represented the following brands: Realestate.com.au, Fairfax, Doubleclick, Seek.com.au, Levi Strauss and L'Oreal while holding management and high growth sales roles, as well as founding and securing investment in his last 2 digital start ups. His sales experience covers online display, classifieds, video and mobile advertising across APAC. He has built relationships with the top regional publishers, advertisers & media agency groups.
In his current CEO Founder role he successfully launched the VeNA.tv Programmatic Mobile Video SSP in Australia, NZ and South East Asia, recently attaining 3rd prize at Tech In Asia Indonesia and being an Echelon Regional Finalist.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Psychology and Marketing at Monash University in Australia.
VeNA.tv are a fully automated Sell side platform (SSP) for global app publishers connecting to global advertisers programmatically.
A Single solution to address the challenges of Non-paying subscribers, or for FREE apps, especially for markets where: Paid subscription and Credit card usage is low, There’s infrastructure challenges such as latency in delivering video brand ads quickly, It’s a fragmented, early stage market
Independently owned and operated with offices in Australia, New Zealand & Singapore.
Georg is Chairman of iCar Asia (ASX:ICQ) and Juwai.com and non-executive Director of Centrepoint Alliance (ASX: CAF) and Mitula (ASX: MUA). Previously he was Managing Director and CEO of the iProperty Group (ASX:IPP), Asia’s No. 1 Online Property Group. Under his leadership, iProperty Group saw exponential growth in revenue and reached profitability and cash flow positiveness and 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 Chief Financial Officer and General Manager International at REA Group for almost six years.
Georg is the recipient of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award in 2016 and the Top Outstanding Leaders Asia Award in 2015.
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.
Mr. Goldstein is one of Asia's most recognised and experienced telco and media industry, holding over 20 years of experience. Prior to iflix, David was Special Advisor to the Group CEO at Axiata. Before that, he served as Director of Emtek Group, where he was instrumental in driving the Group's broadcast, IT/telecom services and connectivity strategies. David has also served at SCTV, Nexmedia, Telstra, Swisscom, DiGi, New World Mobility, TIW, Schlumberger and Khazanah Nasional.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and Masters in International Relations/Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Pundi-Pundi is a payment solution with a QR code that allows the users to be able to make transactions anytime and anywhere, with a mobile phone that can be used in shops, canteens, offline and online merchants that have our Pundi-Pundi logo.
Pundi-Pundi desires to have a unified international QR payment system and it has been implemented to be a service called Scan Bersama. Scanbersama currently works in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. We intend to leverage on Scanbersama's user friendly feature to build a seamless payment experiences within ASEAN.
Looking at the potential of cryptocurrency market in Indonesia that's quite extensive, refers to the amount of cryptocurrency transactions in some exchanges that can read 10 million USD per day. As we know that there are many people found it difficult and only limited options to purchase cryptocurrency. Pundi X was born to solve an important problem, that is to create an ecosystem to make cryptocurrency accessible to everyone.