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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.
Nicholas A. Nash is the Managing Partner and a co-founder of Asia Partners, a leading growth equity technology investment firm in Southeast Asia.
Prior to Asia Partners, Mr. Nash was the Group President of Sea, Greater Southeast Asia’s leading internet company, from 2014 to 2018. Sea is today a $9.5bn U.S. public company and the region’s market leader in e-commerce and e-sports.
Mr. Nash led Sea’s landmark initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SE), which raised approximately $1 billion of primary capital and which was the largest ever U.S. IPO of a company from Southeast Asia. It was one of the largest IPOs worldwide in 2017 and was also the largest ex-China emerging markets technology IPO in the U.S. since 2011.
Mr. Nash joined Sea after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the co-founder and head of GA’s Southeast Asia business. Three of Mr. Nash’s successful investments while with General Atlantic are now multi-billion dollar NYSE publicly traded companies. Prior to GA, Mr. Nash was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York.
Mr. Nash was a member of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group from 2017-2018. Mr. Nash was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2013-2018 and is a member of the global Kauffman Society for leadership in venture capital, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a board member for Room to Read in Singapore, and a board member of Endeavor Indonesia.
He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students.
Asia Partners is a private equity firm focused on the next generation of high-growth technology companies in Southeast Asia.
Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is the Minister of Youth and Sports and a Member of Parliament of Muar, Johore. He is the co-founder and currently the Youth Chief of BERSATU.
Syed Saddiq is a law graduate from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), received an Academic Fellow at Temple University, Dialogue Institute on the Art of Dialoguing & Religious Pluralism. He was also appointed as the Special Officer in the Prime Minister’s office under YB Nancy Shukri. From 2015 – 2016, Syed Saddiq was an active researcher for Bait Al-Amanah, one of the renown Think Tank Institution under the Johor State Government.
His experiences prior to joining politics was as the International Debate Coach for over 25 countries worldwide, columnist for MalaysiaKini, FMT & Yahoo, member on the National Consultative Council on Political Financing, Editor-in-Chief of the Monash Debate Review and a Consultant on Public Policy.
His passion in public speaking and dialogue is evident from his active participation worldwide. He was selected to be part the speaker for the Geneva on Corruption, youth events such as Malaysia Social Media Week 2018, National Aspiration Leadership Summit and TedxYouthKL.
As a recognition over his contribution to the youth, he is a proud recipient of Perdana Belia Negara Award, Malaysian Muslim Youth Leaders, Youth Merdeka Award and Tokoh Siswa Award.
Born and raised in Mauritius and educated in the United States, Eric Gnock Fah is an avid explorer with a multicultural upbringing that taught him to speak seven languages. Before co-founding Klook, Eric worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley Hong Kong, where he specialised in consumer retail and travel, and later joined an investment firm.
In 2013, on a trip to Nepal with fellow co-founder Ethan Lin and friends, Eric discovered the immense potential of travel experiences booking in Asia. This inspired him to build Klook to better serve the needs of free independent travelers.
At Klook, Eric spearheads the company’s expansion across key regions in APAC including Greater China, South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia. He is instrumental in establishing partnerships with key players of the travel space such as Asia Miles, Hong Kong Tourism Board, AirAsia BIG, Universal Studios and many more. Eric’s leadership contributed significantly to Klook’s rising popularity, tallying more than five million trips booked in 2016.
Eric recently appeared on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 List , Yicai (CBN) Brilliant 20 List, and Hong Kong Tatler Generation T List 2017 , and is often featured in the world’s leading media including Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch and Forbes, among others. Under his management, Klook is consistently recognised by the media and local governments as one of the region’s startup role models.
Founded in 2014, Klook is a world leading travel activities and services booking platform. Klook gives travellers a seamless way to discover and book popular attractions, tours, local transportation, best foods, and unique experiences around the world on its website and award-winning app ('Best of 2015', ‘Best of 2017’ & ‘Best of 2018’ by Google Play and Apple App Store). With Klook’s innovative technologies, travellers can book on-the-go and redeem the services by using QR codes or e-voucher. Each day, Klook empowers countless travellers to indulge in their wanderlust and spontaneity through over 80,000 offerings in more than 250 destinations.
With a team of many than 1,000 across over 20 offices worldwide, Klook's services are available in eight languages, supporting 41 currencies. It has raised a total of US$300 million investment from world-renowned investors including Sequoia China, TCV, Matrix Partners, and Goldman Sachs. Get inspired by Klook at www.klook.com, the company blog or @Klook.
Roger is a world renowned futurist and entrepreneur who mentors Entrepreneurs to grow their enterprises and find their flow.
Roger is the founder of Entrepreneurs Institute, which is the largest Entrepreneur Network in the world, with over 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 200 cities. He is also founder of Entrepreneur Resorts, the world’s leading Entrepreneur Resorts and Beach Clubs Group, which had its IPO and became a listed company in 2017. His tech company, GeniusU, connects entrepreneurs to the smartest knowledge, connections and opportunities, and is growing from a $20 million to $40 million A.I. business in the coming year.
He is the creator of Wealth Dynamics & Talent Dynamics, used by over 700,000 entrepreneurs to follow their flow. All of Roger’s companies empower the Entrepreneur Movement - collectively growing our ability to create and contribute wealth.
The world's number one Entrepreneur Education Network.
GeniusU is a web and mobile platform which already connects over 850,000+ entrepreneurs to the right network, knowledge and opportunities based on their personal values, vision, passions, talents, and purpose.
GeniusU’s A.I. Genies, give you personalised recommendations on who to meet, how to upskill, where to go and what to do based on your stage of business growth, global location and other personalised information.
Mr McLennan is an experienced media and marketing industry executive. He was Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ten Network Holdings until July 2015 and prior to this he was Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corp (formerly News Corporation). Mr McLennan has also held the role of global Chairman of Young & Rubicam, part of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. Mr McLennan joined Young & Rubicam in 2002 as Chairman and CEO of Y&R Brands Australia/New Zealand, one of the largest marketing services groups in Australasia, and led the firm’s global business operations from 2006.
Our Australian residential property site, realestate.com.au, is a market leader and receives on average over 79 million visits each month. We also operate Australia’s leading commercial and share property sites, realcommercial.com.au and flatmates.com.au. Globally, our network extends to property sites in the Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong, as well as investments in the United States and India.
As part of our strategy, we are extending beyond property advertising to help people throughout their entire property journey. In 2017, we launched realestate.com.au Home Loans, our first move into financial services and mortgage broking in partnership with National Australia Bank. We also acquired Smartline, one of Australia's premiere mortgage broking organisations. In 2018, we acquired Hometrack Australia, a property data company that provides us with deeper insights into the Australian property market.
Secretary Raul L. Lambino was appointed member of the Cabinet by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on July 5, 2017, and is the present Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and concurrently the Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon.
Before his appointment, Lambino was reviewer and lecturer in Remedial Law and Political Law for more than twenty (20) years and managing director of Lambino Law Firm, which handles corporate and litigation cases. He was the lone voice in the press and on television and radio of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her long, difficult detention on trumped-up charges filed by the previous administration of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III against her.
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is a government owned and controlled corporation that was created by virtue of Republic Act 7922, otherwise known as the “Cagayan Special Economic Zone Act of 1995″. It was authored by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, a native of Cagayan Province, and approved by then President Fidel V. Ramos. It has been tasked to manage and supervise the development of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP).
Carmen Yuen joined Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India in 2014. She has served many years in Singapore’s government-backed venture capital initiatives including EDB Investments and Spring SEEDS Capital where she worked closely with many startup companies in Singapore. She currently serves on the Board of TickledMedia (dba TheAsianParent.com) and Turnkey Lender. Carmen received her BBA from Simon Fraser University.
Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India invests in high-growth start-ups seeking their first round of institutional venture capital funding in South East Asia and India, with a primary focus on Singapore, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and other emerging hubs of innovation in this region.
For more information, please visit https://www.vertexventures.com/southeast-asia-india/
An avid entrepreneur known for his business acumen and an eye to spot promising innovations in the social technology space, Joseph Phua is the founder of Paktor Group, currently the largest and most successful dating brand in Asia to provide a comprehensive suite of products across the dating vertical. Focused on the mission of connecting singles in Asia through technology-enabled platforms, the dating app has expanded beyond Singapore to the rest of Southeast Asia and North Asia. To date, Paktor has around 22 million users worldwide.
Following the launch of the highly popular Paktor dating app in July 2013, Joseph moved quickly to reinforce his mission by introducing GaiGai in 2015, an offline dating service to bring singles together via advanced matching technology, one-to-one matchmaking and dating events. This service has since set up offices in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia to serve around 500,000 singles in the region.
In 2017, after acquiring a controlling stake in Taiwan live streaming company 17 Media to form M17 Entertainment Group, Joseph stepped into the role of Group CEO. Leading the company with a vision to usher in a new age of live streaming, M17 Group currently has offices in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., and Malaysia, and employs close to 600 people worldwide. Joseph plans to deepen its roots globally with an existing user base of 40 million and 15,000 content creators, paving the way for the next generation of social entertainment.
Joseph graduated from both the New York University's Stern School of Business where he received his B.Sc. in Finance and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business where he did his MBA. Before entrepreneurship, Joseph worked in the consulting and banking industries, at McKinsey and Citigroup, and spent a few years in luxury retail while based in Shanghai.
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.
Khailee Ng is a managing partner of 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm. Beyond investing in Silicon Valley, 500 has set up more than a dozen funds in emerging markets, providing seed capital and growth programs to countries in the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Since 2010, the firm has invested in over 2,200 startups in 70+ countries, in line with its goal of developing an inclusive and globally connected innovation economy.
With the firm, Khailee has led 180+ investments in Southeast Asian tech startups, including Grab, Carousell, and other regional champions. Prior to this, he was the founder of Groupsmore (acquired by Groupon) and Malaysia’s largest online media company, Says.com (acquired by Media Prima).
As every industry continues to be disrupted by new technology and evolving consumer landscapes, Khailee and 500 Startups specialize in discovering patterns of economic opportunity and investing in the 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 a premier global venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale and build thriving global ecosystems.
To date, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,200 companies across 70+ countries, many of which have been labeled industry-defining leaders.
In Southeast Asia, 500 Startups invests through the pioneering 500 Durians family of funds. The 500 Durians team has backed 180+ companies across multiple sectors from internet to consumer to deep technology. It continues to connect founders with capital, expertise, and powerful regional and global networks to help them succeed.
Dan recently joined HSBC as Regional Head of Strategic Growth, CMB in ASP, responsible for growth initiatives including the bank's multi-year SBO investment programme in the region, BRI and ASEAN.
He joined from Barclays, where he spent 23 years most recently as Head of Transaction Banking. He previously held senior roles in coverage, credit and product businesses.
Dan has an MBA from the University of Chicago and read maths at the University of Oxford.
HSBC's presence in Malaysia dates back to 1884 when the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (a company under the HSBC Group) established its first office in the country, on the island of Penang, with permission to issue currency notes. HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad was locally incorporated in 1984 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. In 2007, HSBC Bank Malaysia was the first locally incorporated foreign bank to be awarded an Islamic banking subsidiary licence in Malaysia, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad. Today, HSBC in Malaysia has a network of 68 branches nationwide, of which 26 are HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad branches. HSBC Bank Malaysia offers a comprehensive range of banking and financial services including Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Islamic financial solutions. HSBC Bank Malaysia has also led innovation in Malaysia by introducing Malaysia’s first ATM and Electronic Touch Banking in the early 1980s. Today, HSBC Bank Malaysia has launched innovative solutions such as HSBCnet for secure banking for businesses, Trade Transaction Tracker and Facial Recognition.
At the heart of Beverly’s 18-year engineering career is the belief that building great software means creating products and tools that help people live with more ease, efficiency, and enjoyment.
Continuing her passion by leading WeWork Singapore’s Engineering team, Beverly oversees the development of applications towards a better digital experience by enabling spaces to be more self-sufficient and interactive.
Prior to this, she previously led Spacemob’s Engineering team by building the company’s systems from the ground up and also previously worked on a variety of online technologies at Chikka, Yahoo!, and Travelmob.
WeWork is a platform for creators, providing more than 466,000 members around the world with space, community and services through both physical and virtual offerings. Its mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork currently has 485 physical locations in 105 cities and 28 countries around the world.
WeWork is leading the change in the future of work, creating an environment that encourages collaborative thinking and community-building, and ultimately creates a more engaged workplace for members.
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.
Mike is responsible for building long-term growth in some of Airbnb’s fast-growing markets. He brings a wealth of experience in his previous role as the Director of Public Policy for Asia Pacific at Airbnb. He successfully built and led a team of policy professionals across the region. Before that, Mike led Google's public policy efforts for emerging markets in Asia. He was previously at the US-ASEAN Business Council in Washington D.C, and he represented leading US investors in Southeast Asia on complex trade and investment issues across a variety of industries. Mike grew up in Kuala Lumpur and is a graduate of Stanford University.
Founded in 2008, Airbnb exists to create a world where people can belong through healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. 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 provides access to 6+ million unique places to stay in more than 81,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 25,000 unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ cities around the world. Airbnb's people-to-people platform benefits all its stakeholders, including hosts, guests, employees and the communities in which it operates.
Aadi Vaidya is the Chief Operating Officer and a founding member of Zilingo.
Aadi began his career at Citi extensively working with corporate clients before starting Zilingo. He founded the Indonesia business with a barebones team and grew it from scratch to one of the largest fashion marketplaces in ASEAN today. He also set up the B2B platform and designed the entire logistics flow from 7 countries into ASEAN, primarily Indonesia, to support the procurement needs of sellers. Soon after, he took over the entire supply chain optimization at Zilingo and set up hubs in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Korea, China, Thailand, Myanmar etc. Aadi took over as Zillingo’s Chief Operating Officer in 2017 and now drives the company’s P&L and operational efficiency across business units including B2B and B2C.
Aadi envisions the future of Zilingo as a revolutionary new retail platform that acts as a single stop solution for merchants and manufacturers - from sourcing and design to production, logistics, insurance and financing. He wants to make a mark in the world by building a company that strives to help merchants both by helping improve their margins by cutting supply chain inefficiencies and providing them new and global avenues of selling.
Aadi cares deeply about social causes such as gender equality in the workforce, as well as eldercare and is an avid history buff. In his free time, he also writes Urdu poetry.
Zilingo is a commerce platform that is making the fashion and beauty supply chain more efficient through technology. With over 27,000 merchants on the platform, Zilingo connects businesses across the entire supply chain and empowers them with everything they need to run a business - from design, product development, fabric procurement, manufacturing, cataloguing, marketing, inventory management, distribution, billing, customer service, working capital & trend forecasting. With over two million product listings on Zilingo.com, users can effortlessly shop from a selection of indie labels, local designers, international and celebrity brands – all in one place. Founded by Ankiti Bose and Dhruv Kapoor in 2015, the company has offices in 8 cities globally with over 400 staff covering 20 different nationalities.
Mr. Yao Jing is currently the Director of Strategy and Business Development for OneConnect Financial Technology, the fintech arm of China’s Ping An Group, a Fortune 50 company. Building upon Ping An’s extensive knowledge and expertise, OneConnect is looking to bring the best of China’s financial technologies to empower financial institutions and banks in Asia. In his current role, Yao Jing is responsible for leading strategic initiatives and business developments for OneConnect’s business outside of China.
Before OneConnect, Yao Jing was a Senior Principal focusing on digital transformation for FIs at the Boston Consulting Group, serving his clients across SEA for over 10 years. He was a software engineer by training and worked in the Silicon Valley prior to that.
Yao Jing graduated with a Master of Engineering, specializing in Manufacturing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a Master of Science in Manufacturing System and Technology from Nanyang Technological University; and a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
Agung Bezharie started to jump into the startup scene since he was a second-year undergraduate student at ITB. He began his career by doing freelance projects for local startups as a programmer and designer. He has fallen in love with how technology has changed people lives in many many ways.
Joined East Ventures for almost 3 years, Agung leads the team to develop investment strategies and oversees the opportunity for promising startups. Among his many interests, he also has a big passion for social impact. He wants to leverage technology as a critical driver to scale and create a more significant impact on society and the environment. Then Warung Pintar starts the journey with a vision to be the golden standard for micro businesses in Indonesia.
Our story begins with a commitment to revolutionize the grassroots economy through digitalization. We believe that economic growth in Indonesia lies in the grassroots population.
Warung Pintar is a micro retail startup company that leverage technology to increase efficiency and optimize business process traditional kiosk in Indonesia.
Joel Neoh is one of Southeast Asia’s most recognised and successful young entrepreneurs. Joel is currently the Founder of Fave, a leading mobile payments & rewards platform with strong presence in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Fave is supported by some of the most reputable investors in the region including Sequoia Capital.
Joel has received the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Malaysian Tatler also awarded Joel Entrepreneur Par Excellence in 2018.
As a Kuala Lumpur native, Joel was one of the initial founders of the Groupon businesses in Asia Pacific and headed up the region for 4 years. He played an instrumental role in establishing the high-growth business model that propelled Groupon into a multi-billion dollar business, with thousands of employees spanning across 12 countries.
Joel has also co-founded several successful companies including social news platform SAYS.com and invested in a string of technology funds and startups across Asia. In 2013, SAYS.com merged with Catcha Media and the public-listed company was rebranded as REV Asia. REV Asia was recently acquired by Media Prima for over RM100mil.
He completed his studies in Monash University and Harvard Business School and has lived in a number of Asia Pacific cities, including Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Sydney and Singapore. In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash University, and today he remains on the advisory board of the Monash School of Business and AIESEC, the world’s largest student organization.
Fave, the leading loyalty and rewards platform in Southeast Asia, offers rewards across multiple categories including food & beverage, beauty & wellness, services, activities, leisure and travel.
Fave has connected millions of customers to thousands of offline businesses in key Southeast Asian market centres. Their mission is to help offline and retail businesses across South East Asia success through customer acquisition and increase revenue through mobile commerce. For consumers, Fave is driven to provide everyday rewards at their favourite places.
To experience Fave, visit www.myfave.com or download the Fave app from the App Store or Google PlayStore.
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Melisa Irene is Partner of East Ventures, an early stage investment fund with B2C and B2B focus industry. Over 5 years, she has worked closely with startup founders across SEA to provide coordination and support for venture growth and fund raising.
East Ventures is an early stage venture fund focused on Southeast Asia and Japan. Over several years, East Ventures has invested in hundreds of companies in Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand. The majority of East Ventures’ portfolio firms have been able to raise follow-on financing rounds.
East Ventures has a strong track record in developing pan-Asia tech-ecosystems and backing startups in their early days. The company has invested in over 400 startups and 4 among them are the unicorns. Success cases include companies such as Tokopedia, Traveloka, Mercari, Warung Pintar, Fore Coffee, Disdus (acquired by Groupon), Kudo (acquired by Grab), Loket (acquired by Gojek), Tech in Asia, Omise, IDN Media, Ruangguru, MokaPOS, ShopBack, and CoHive.
Raymond is serial entrepreneur with 3 successful IPOs on KLSE, LSE and ASX. Currently, he is a GP at Kejora, a Southeast Asia focus VC, focusing on cross border ventures.
Over the last 15 years, he has invested in 30 startups as angel, accelerator and VC. These startups span from Fintech, on-demand services, e-commerce, co-working space, RFID, mobile TV, social media channel, green energy, animation, music studio, Ad Tech and education. He became a GP to Questmark Malaysia in 2012. Since 2011, he also serves as an advisor to a China-base Education Group, Global Edutech Management Ltd.
Raymond graduated with Dean List - BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin. He had completed a MBA program with Manchester Business School, MIT Fintech Online Course, and Private Equity & Venture Capital Program of Harvard Business School.
His current mission is to enhance the Malaysia VC ecosystem, with his USD 100 mil Intervest Kejora Star Fund.
Kejora is a highly active Venture Capital company setup in 2014, with the commitment to build one of the largest Internet platform and tech ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Kejora Ventures focuses on investing, building and growing highly scalable businesses to create the leading companies from the region. With a sound management team, Kejora Ventures works actively in connecting startups with important decision makers in the region enabling faster growth and expansion. The firm has offices in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Philippines.
Joel Leong is the Co-Founder of ShopBack. ShopBack is the one-stop rewards and discovery platform that powers smarter purchase decisions. It provides users a one-stop rewards platform to earn cashback, while delivering performance-based marketing to merchants. In 2018, ShopBack drove US$1 billion in sales to merchant partners like Taobao, Shopee and Expedia. He heads up Merchant Development at ShopBack and is focused on solving problems for both merchants and users of ShopBack. He is happiest when people show him how much cashback they have saved via ShopBack!
ShopBack connects consumers and merchants with direct benefits to both parties. It provides users a one-stop rewards platform to earn cashback, while delivering performance-based marketing to merchants. ShopBack works with renowned e-commerce merchants and is leading the wave of smarter shopping in Asia Pacific with its dominant presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan and Australia.
Kicked-off my career in the media industry and responsible for servicing & executing multiple brand’s advertising strategy such as Volkswagen, Coca cola, Sony, U-Mobile, etc. Later on, progressed to an Ad Network company as a sales consultant to develop and execute an integrated long-term digital strategy for multiple automotive clients across Malaysia. By utilizing the knowledge gained on digital marketing, the ambition and dream to set up a business has led me to Carsome. Here, I oversee the organization overall sales and operation to ensure effective operational and financial procedures are in place. Recently moved on to a different role focusing on developing & improving the organization’s culture due to the growing size of Carsome in order to drive performance as well as attract or nurture raw talents.
Individual Award – featured in Prestige’s Malaysia Top under 40 Entrepreneur as well as Winner of Emerging Entrepreneur by FEMCGA. Also a speaker for TM SME Bizfest 2017.
Carsome – No.1 Car Selling & Buying Platform
Carsome is Malaysia’s first automotive site that allows consumers to sell their cars in the easiest, fastest and hassle-free way. Our car-selling service is fully transparent, providing users a fair trade-in price based on the actual car condition.
Since its foundations in 2015, Carsome has grown to develop a car-trading platform that benefits both car-sellers and dealers in South East Asia. We have removed the need for consumers to negotiate over pricing and dealers to source for inventory. Here consumers benefit from the free inspection, ownership transfer and payments handled by us, while the dealers have an option to view and bid for cars that best suits their price and needs via Carsome’s online platform.
Headquartered in Malaysia, Carsome has since expanded to Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore and has one of the largest dealer networks with more than 5,000 registered dealers on the platform. Since its inception in 2015, Carsome has registered more than 700,000 bids for cars, with over 60% of the transactions being done inter-city and ultimately aim to drive Southeast Asia’s automotive industry forward in the used car ecosystem.
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 approximately 12 million 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.
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 consumers connect with people and business to fulfil 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. With this position of strength we have the opportunity to expand into adjacent categories and services, as well as into new countries.
Chris Yeo is Head of Grab Ventures, where he oversees the development of the next generation of tech leaders in SEA by building, scaling and launching new ventures within Grab, as well as investing and partnering with promising startups.
Prior to Grab, Chris was Director and Head of APAC Strategy at AIMIA, where he was responsible for strategic initiatives, partnerships, M&A, new business model innovation and loyalty thought leadership for a global loyalty SaaS player.
He also has experience running APAC Strategy at PayPal, where he oversaw market entry, growth, strategic investments/ partnerships and developing new use cases to improve merchant value proposition & consumer velocity. While at consultancy BCG, he led multiple projects across SEA, Middle East and Australia for clients in telco and travel industries.
Prior to Grab, Aimia, PayPal and BCG, Chris started his career with Singapore Airlines, leading the development of SIA’s eCommerce business.
Chris holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and he graduated with a BA (Economics) and BSc (Engineering) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Outside of work, Chris is passionate about social entrepreneurship, especially the transformative role of tech, having done pro-bono work with organizations such as Grameen and the Singapore Children’s Society.
Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading online-to-offline mobile platform, offering transport, food & package delivery, payments and financial services.
Fui is the CEO and co-founder of the Kaodim Group of companies. Before Kaodim, he spent 6 years as a corporate and commercial litigation lawyer.
He began his entrepreneurial journey by launching Kaodim in 2014 with the desire to revolutionise the local services industry in South East Asia region.
Today, Kaodim is the leading local services platform in the region and continues to grow rapidly, connecting thousands of consumers with the best cleaners, plumbers, beauticians and many others every day. At all times, Kaodim continues to champion its dual purpose of creating opportunities for service providers to grow their business and improve their lives; as well as making services faster, better and cheaper for consumers.
Fui is a builder at heart and works day and night building Kaodim into an impactful business, with the hope of bringing positive change to the services industry and everyone in it. He’s passionate about big ideas and value creation through business and entrepreneurship.
Kaodim is built on the idea that everyone should be able to hire any service they want quickly, safely & reliably.
To that end, our goal is simple, yet audacious, to empower thousands of service providers across South East Asia so that they provide the best possible service - and at the same time, grow their businesses and livelihoods like never before.
Guided by our core values, we’ll meet each new challenge creatively to create the best possible experience for our customers, to one day become their first and ultimate destination for any service need.
A technophile with a goal of revolutionising the electronic payment landscape, Syahrunizam is passionate about translating innovative financial technology into new-age business models that brings meaningful value for the people, industry, and nation as a whole. As the CEO of the TNG Digital startup, Syahrunizam imparts his forward-looking thinking to lay course for its impending success.
Syahrunizam began his career in Petronas, where he effectively implemented the Value-Based Management module and led the e-Business Strategy Study; a project jointly conducted with Boston Consulting Group.
Fueled by entrepreneurial desire, Syahrunizam founded iPerintis in 2000, the first IT outsourcing company for Petronas; which he had steered up to 2005. Thereafter Syahrunizam took a sabbatical to attend the Harvard Business School.
In 2007, Syahrunizam joined Scomi Group Berhad as Vice President, Strategy & Business Development and was promoted to Group Chief Financial Officer in 2008. He was subsequently appointed as Chief Operating Officer|Chief Financial Officer to Scomi Engineering Berhad in 2009. Syahrunizam became the President of Scomi Engineering Berhad in January 2010 where he had stewardship for its overall performance; primarily on urban transportation solutions.
To satiate his entrepreneurial thirst, Syahrunizam founded SBS Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd in 2013, an enterprise which provided project advisory services to the rail transportation as well as the Oil & Gas industry.
Syahrunizam is a member of the Harvard Club of Malaysia and the Institute of Marketing Malaysia. He is passionate and very supportive of young budding entrepreneurs. Syahrunizam is a zealous sportsman, with ardent interest in cycling, swimming and the athletics. He believes strongly that a strong balance in physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing develops an equally balanced being; much needed to support the rapidly evolving genre of current day.
Syahrunizam graduated from the Australian National University with a double degree; Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with Honours.
About The Touch ‘n Go eWallet
The Touch ‘n Go eWallet is an electronic wallet (‘eWallet’) that holds electronic money (e- money). This service via mobile application is offered by TNG Digital Sdn. Bhd. (TNGD). The Touch ‘n Go eWallet provides services such as mobile reloads, QR code payments at participating merchants, bill payments, purchasing movie and flight tickets, funds transfer, and toll payments through the “PayDirect” and RFID, via your smartphone – anywhere and anytime within Malaysia.
About TNG Digital
TNG Digital is revolutionising the eWallet landscape by providing a trusted, swift, and convenient platform for all lifestyle needs. Through this, TNG Digital is creating an efficient cashless ecosystem that enables improved business opportunities for all. TNG Digital caters to the ever-evolving needs of a digital society through a seamless payment ecosystem. This start-up comes as a result of a successful joint-venture between Touch ‘n Go Sdn. Bhd. and Ant Financial.
Hari is a seasoned general manager and board director, with nearly two decades of industry leadership in technology organisations across Asia Pacific and the United States. He has spent the last fifteen years helping industries in Asia digitize, and is passionate about driving the positive impact of technology on society.
As the Chief Executive Officer and Board Director at PropertyGuru Group, Hari leads a team of over 1,000 employees of the Group across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. As South East Asia’s largest proptech company, PropertyGuru has 55% consumer market share, 5X the nearest competitor. He has been a Singapore Government advisor on Real estate industry transformation (2017-Present) and Skills development (2012-15).
Prior to PropertyGuru, Hari was the Vice President, APAC & Japan at LinkedIn, having joined the company as the first hire in the Asia Pacific region. He has also worked in leadership positions at Fox Interactive, Yahoo! and Cisco, and market-defining start-ups like Travelguru.
He sits on the board for the Singapore chapter of TIE, an organisation focused on fostering entrepreneurship, and is an advisor to multiple innovative startups. Hari has an MBA from INSEAD and an M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado.
PropertyGuru (Group) is Southeast Asia’s largest property technology company and the preferred destination for over 25 million property seekers to find their dream home, every month. PropertyGuru and its group companies empower property seekers with the widest option of more than 2 million homes, in-depth insights and solutions that enable them to make confident property decision across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
PropertyGuru.com.sg was launched in 2007 and revolutionised the Singapore property market by taking it online and made property search transparent for the property seeker. Over the decade, the group has grown from a regional property media powerhouse to a high-growth technology company with a robust portfolio of No.1 property portals, award-winning mobile apps; best-in-class developer sales enablement platform and a host of industry-leading property offerings including awards, events and publications across Asia.
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Kate Galpin is Business Development Manager, Listings, at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney. Kate joined ASX in 2017 and is responsible for the development of ASX’s domestic and international listings business across all industry segments.
Prior to joining ASX, Kate spent 15 years in various roles within the Asset Management industry at both Legal & General Investment Management and Alliance Bernstein. At Alliance Bernstein, Kate was VP, Head of Portfolio Management for Asia Pacific.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Durham University.
ASX - a powerful platform for growth and global exposure.
For tech innovators needing capital to grow their business, ASX is the leading public market in the Asia Pacific, with a successful track record of supporting companies with attractive potential, offering a powerful platform from which to grow and achieve global exposure.
ASX provides a full suite of services, including listings, trading, clearing and settlement across a comprehensive range of asset classes.
ASX is a world leader in raising capital, consistently ranked in the top 10 globally. And it’s at forefront of technology itself, being among the first to embrace distributed ledger technology to enhance its post-trade services.
With access to the world’s fourth largest pool of pension assets and a sophisticated investor base, more than 2,200 companies across various sectors and geographies, already enjoy the benefits of listing with ASX.
Kelvin’s professional journey spans over 18 years, across multiple industries from being a part of the biggest radio boom in Malaysia, to establishing overall marketing strategies for one of the biggest local banks and numerous telecommunications provider, and being involved in growing, establishing and facilitating digital mobile strategies and solutions for clients and agencies alike in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.
Over the years, he has strengthened his passion in digital marketing by developing strategic insights that helps craft relevant content, bringing a brand’s story to life in the digital ecosystem.
Waze, A Google Company
Waze is where people and technology meet to solve transportation challenges. It's a platform that empowers communities to contribute road data, edit Waze maps, and carpool to improve the way we move about the world. Thanks to Wazers everywhere, Waze is able to partner with municipalities and transit authorities to reduce traffic and congestion—leveraging current infrastructure while impacting city planning.
A world with better transportation doesn't have to be in the distant future. By harnessing the power of community to reverse negative trends in transportation, Waze can create a world where traffic is history.
Terence Lee joined KKR in 2010 and leads KKR’s investments in TMT in Southeast Asia. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Voyager Innovations, PropertyGuru, Go-Jek, and Weststar Aviation Services and has been involved in KKR's investments in Voyager Innovations, PropertyGuru, Go-Jek, Emerald Media, Weststar Aviation Services, and Masan Consumer. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Lee was with CVC Asia Pacific in Singapore, where he was involved in a number of private equity investments, including Matahari Department Store, Magnum Corporation, and Interplex Holdings. Prior to CVC, he was in investment banking and equity research with Morgan Stanley in Singapore and Lehman Brothers in New York. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A., high honors, from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR's investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR's website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.
Ron is Founder and CEO, Coins.ph. Prior to coins.ph, Ron was a founding partner at Innovation Endeavors, an early stage venture capital fund backed by Eric Schmidt. Ron was also the co-founder of TokBox (acquired by Telefonica), a consumer video conferencing company. TokBox was backed by Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, Stanford University and some of Silicon Valleys best-known angel investors. Ron holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Cornell University, where he graduated at the top of his class. Ron is also an active investor and adviser to several Silicon Valley startups.
Coins is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing fintech companies that enables anyone, including those without a bank account, to easily access financial services directly from their phone.
Founded in 2014 in the Philippines, Coins customers have access to a mobile wallet and services such as remittances, mobile air-time, bill payments, and online shopping. The company has one of the country’s largest cash distribution networks, operating through over 33,000 partner locations.
Licensed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to offer electronic money, remittances, and virtual currency and exchange services, Coins is a trusted provider of financial services for over 5 million Filipinos.
An artificial intelligence and machine learning engineer who is passionate and experienced in developing and pursuing innovative technologies that can bring positive impacts to the mobility and transportation sectors.
Experienced in leading the technical development of autonomous systems, robotics, deep learning, computer vision, decision planning, and multi-sensor fusion technologies.
Excellent leadership and team-working skills to drive innovation throughout an organization.
AutoX is defining the future of Location Based Services with our industry- leading camera-first autonomous driving technology. We are making self-driving vehicles that are reliable, affordable, and above all, accessible to as many people as possible.
Our world-class experts in perception, planning, and controls have already completed our first level 4 autonomous deliveries. We will continue to lead this driverless revolution with the same passion and dedication that brought us so quickly to where we are today.
Emma is an investment professional with experience investing and supporting businesses across the Southeast Asia region, with a focus and interest for sectors such as online travel, media & entertainment, digital health and financial technology.
As part of the investment team, she is involved with sourcing, due diligence on new potential investments and works closely with portfolio companies to help them with their expansion strategy, corporate partnerships, customer acquisition and fundraising.
Prior to joining Golden Equator Capital, Emma worked with Nest, an early venture capital firm focusing on B2B technology plays in sector such as healthcare, financial services, automotive and insurance. She previously gained operational experience acting as general manager for Investable.vc, a first-to-market equity crowdfunding platform in Hong Kong set up to help early-stage companies get access to financing through a community of over 800+ accredited investors. Prior, she worked at a Chinese law firm in the field of inbound and outbound direct investments. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a MSc in Finance and is admitted to the Bar of Quebec, Canada.
Golden Equator Capital (GEC) is a Singapore-based fund management firm holding Capital Markets Services (CMS) licence with funds across real estate, high-growth technology, and prime currencies. Our Technology and Innovation Funds invest in high-growth technology companies across Asia, with a focus on consumer internet, digital health, and enterprise solutions. We focus on Series A and B companies, with innovative solutions that create societal impact and drive behavioural changes in their space. Golden Equator Capital is part of Golden Equator’s group of companies.
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