Wild Digital Southeast Asia 2020 conference will now take place on the 2nd & 3rd September at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (rescheduled from 14th & 15th July). While we hope to proceed with the new date, we will work with health officials diligently to create a safe environment. Thank you for your understanding and continuous support!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
ONE Championship (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history, and the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the Home of Martial Arts, and is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE eSports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship, runs Asia's largest global eSports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 2.6 billion potential viewers across 140+ countries with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, Great Sports, Tencent, Star TV, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, Turner Sports, and more.
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.
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.
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.
BigPay is available in Malaysia and is a licensed e-money issuer, regulated by Bank Negara Malaysia. BigPay’s app allows its users to manage money on the go from their smartphone. Users can see their transactions in real-time, add photo receipts to purchases, track their monthly spending, freeze their card and send money to friends and family for free.
BigPay is only just starting on its journey to revolutionise money in Asia, and intends to rollout many new and exciting features in 2018. BigPay is a community driven product being built for, and evolving to, its customers’ needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Shashank Dixit is the Founder & CEO of Deskera and is committed to enabling small and medium businesses unlock their true value and achieve success using technology. With a mission of creating a future of new opportunities for SMEs with Cloud, Deskera has been offering a powerful cloud-based platform to millions of SMEs globally.
Shashank started his journey from a University dorm of IIT Kanpur in India. Since Deskera’s inception, Shashank has had a singular mission to help SMEs by providing them access to leading-edge technology. He has been encouraging greater connectivity and inclusivity through Deskera’s easily accessible and affordable products.
Under his leadership, Deskera has grown exponentially, from a modest accounting firm to one of the most successful and fastest growing organisations in Asia. Headquartered in Singapore, the company has presence globally with offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, US and India.
Shashank has won several awards and accolades including the Influential Brands 2018 Asia CEO Summit & Award Ceremony for 2018 Outstanding CEO of the year and featured among Southeast Asia’s top 30 tech startup founders.
Deskera, Asia’s leading cloud company is on a mission to help businesses unlock their true value and achieve success using technology by understanding the pain points SMEs have. Our integrated cloud based suite of enterprise products is designed to help them evolve and run their business efficiently and effectively.
Deskera is one of the fastest growing companies in SEA. Headquartered in Singapore, we are present globally with offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, US, and India. Today, it empowers thousands of organisations, educational institutes, government agencies to build their businesses better with a safe, secure and reliable product offering built in the cloud.
Deskera provides businesses with an integrated business software where all the applications are interwoven and can communicate with each other seamlessly. By providing real-time information, the software helps streamline the entire operations and make better business decisions. We partner them to do their business better.
Deskera has been awarded accolades such as the Asian Private Equity & Venture Capital (AVCJ) Awards 2018 for ‘Deal of the Year – Early-Stage Technology’. Deskera is also an onboarded Value Added Services (VAS) provider on Singapore’s Networked Trade Platform (NTP) in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Customs, IMDA and GovTech.
Oliver Tan is the CEO of ViSenze, an artificial intelligence company he co-founded in 2012. Under Oliver’s leadership, the company has emerged as a global leader in retail-tech innovations, bridging visual content and commerce through machine learning and computer vision. Prior to founding ViSenze, Oliver was the global business head for five years at a pioneer cyber security start-up until its successful exit. He sits on the Forbes Technology Council, advocating innovation and responsible technology developments. Oliver is recognized as the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Singapore Computer Society, was named among the top ten Singapore innovators and disruptors in 2017 by The Peak Singapore and was listed in the Top 40 Individuals Shaping E-commerce in Southeast Asia in 2016 by ecommerceIQ.
ViSenze powers visual commerce at scale for retailers and brands. The company delivers intelligent image recognition solutions that shorten the path to action as consumers search and discover on the visual web. Retailers like Rakuten, Urban Outfitters and ASOS use ViSenze to convert images into immediate product search opportunities, improving conversion rates. Brands and media companies use ViSenze to turn any image or video into an engagement opportunity, driving incremental revenue.
Acknowledged as a global leader in retail-tech and AI by Interbrand, CognitionX, Datamation and Venturebeat, Visenze is built by ecommerce specialists and computer scientists with deep learning and computer vision experience. A spin-off company from the National University of Singapore, ViSenze is venture backed by Rakuten Ventures, SonaeIM and Gobi Partners.
Why Southeast Asia? Why is this amazing region so interesting? Why now? Where are the next 20 billion-dollar unicorns coming from?
Nick Nash | Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Asia Partners