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.
Anthony Tan is the co-founder and Group CEO of Grab, SE Asia’s leading mobile technology company. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab's core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay.
Grab is Southeast Asia's leading mobile technology platform. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab's core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay. Grab currently offers services in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. For more information, please visit: http://www.grab.com.
One of Asia's most recognisable entrepreneurs, Tony Fernandes is best known for co-founding AirAsia, a pioneering low-cost airline in the region. Fernandes bought the ailing, debt-ridden airline for a token RM1 (25 US cents), turning it around within two years and growing it from a domestic Malaysian carrier into Asia's largest, most successful airline group, with operations in five countries serving over 260 routes to more than 120 destinations across Asia Pacific. Fernandes has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career. These include the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur, awarded by the French government for his outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. Fernandes studied at Epsom College and the London School of Economics in the UK, and qualified as a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1996.
At AirAsia, we see ourselves as not so much an airline operator but more of a people company that happens to be in the airline business. Understanding people enables us to realize the true needs of discerning travellers and provide paramount services and products to deliver utmost satisfaction to our guests, each and every one with unique requisites and expectations.
AirAsia has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people around the region choosing us as their preferred choice of air transport. As we continuously to strive to promote air travel, we also seek to create excitement amongst our guests with our range of innovative and personalized services.
Our mission is to attain the lowest cost so that everyone can fly with AirAsia and maintain the highest quality product, embracing technology to reduce cost and enhance service levels.
Grace Xia is a Senior Director at Tencent. She is responsible for driving company’s Asia market investment, strategy and partnership. Her mission is to bring exceptional technology companies to Tencent's product eco-system in Asia through business collaboration and investment. Grace is also a technology enthusiastic. Her prior work experience spans corporate venture and internet startups in the functions of investment, product, BD for over 10 years in Silicon Valley, China and Asia.
Tencent is one of the largest Internet companies, as well as the largest gaming company in the world. Its many services include social network, digital media, mobile games, digital payment and cloud services. Offerings in China include the well-known instant messenger Tencent QQ and one of the largest web portals, QQ.com; China’s largest mobile chat service WeChat and largest digital music service QQ Music.
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.
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.
Lucas is a co-founder of Carousell and oversees Engineering. Since the launch of Carousell in August 2012 together with co-founders Marcus Tan and Quek Siu Rui, Lucas has been working closely with the engineering team on technical, architecture and data direction and strategies. He is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Carousell at the forefront of the industry. He is also passionate about product development, iOS development, and applying data science to solve problems at a large scale.
Prior to Carousell, Lucas spent some time as a software engineer at RedBeacon (acquired by Home Depot). Lucas read Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University (under the NUS Overseas College Program in Silicon Valley, California).
With an illustrious career spanning three decades thus far, Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood is one of the premier names in the Malaysia IT industry, who is known for her outstanding leadership qualities and vision.
She started her career as an analyst programmer with a local bank after graduating with a double-major in Computer Science and Mathematics. She subsequently worked her way up to become General Manager of Hewlett Packard Malaysia’s Commercial Channels Organisation. She then took on the dual-role of General Manager and Regional Corporate Director of Dell Malaysia.
Yasmin moved on to become Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director in 2006 and became known for her “Malaysianising Microsoft” mantra and for aligning the strengths of what was then the world’s most powerful software company with Malaysia’s national and development agenda.
In September 2014, she took on the much-coveted post of CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd; to make a difference and to utilise her expertise and experience for the betterment of the nation.
MDEC, an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, has been entrusted to develop, coordinate, and promote the nation’s digital economy, information and communications technology (ICT) industry, and to spearhead Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 under the “Digital Malaysia” national agenda
As an active advocate of women empowerment in the workplace, Yasmin is a Founding Patron of Gorgeous Geeks, an NGO advocating Women Empowerment with ICT. Yasmin was also recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and CEO @ Faculty Programme Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Yasmin was a key participant and speaker at the World Economic Forum held in June 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was also a panellist at the Forbes “Finding the Next Billion” session held in Silicon Valley, United States in 2015.
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), previously known as Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), was incorporated in 1996 to strategically advise the Malaysian government on legislation, policies and standards for ICT and multimedia operations as well as to oversee the development of the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (now MSC Malaysia), the platform to nurture the growth of Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the IT industry whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia.
In 2011, MDEC’s mandate was broadened by the Prime Minister to include driving Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 through Digital Malaysia. In 2012, Digital Malaysia was officially unveiled as the nation’s transformational programme to achieve this aim. Digital Malaysia is the national agenda towards a sustainable digital economy built upon a vibrant domestic ICT industry, transformative use of digital solutions by government, businesses and citizens, as well as a robust enabling ecosystem.
Today, both MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia run concurrently to spur Malaysia’s ICT industry development and digital transformation, under the purview of MDEC.
For more information, please visit www.mdec.my
Albert joined Burda in 2017 and heads Burda Principal Investments' Singapore office. Previously he was at GREE Ventures from 2014 to 2017, where he led the fund's investment team in Southeast Asia and India. Prior to this, he served as a Director at Lazada Group, Southeast Asia’s largest ecommerce retailer, helping build the company’s Marketplace business across the region. Other professional experience includes co-founding an online menswear company in the US called AlbertMing Inc. and spending 5 years as a consultant at Monitor Group across the US and Asia. He completed his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley and studied at the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in economics and systems engineering.
Burda Principal Investments (BPI), a division of Hubert Burda Media, provides long term growth equity for fast growing digital technology and media companies. Hubert Burda Media is one of Europe’s largest media and technology conglomerates with a strong investment track record in internet-centric businesses since 1998.
We have been partners for visionary entrepreneurs, leveraging Burda’s capital, brands and sector expertise, particularly in the areas of business expansion, internationalization and localization.
We are invested in a portfolio of highly successful consumer internet companies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. In the past, Hubert Burda Media has invested in internet platforms such as Etsy, zooplus, HolidayCheck, or Xing AG.
BPI is run by a dedicated team of investment professionals based in New York, Munich, London and Singapore.
Unlockd’s global Chief Operating Officer, Aliza Knox, is considered one of Asia Pacific’s foremost digital business leaders.
Charged with overseeing the international expansion and global operations of Unlockd, Knox uses her impressive experience and network to drive value and growth for the innovative ad and content-funded mobile platform.
In her previous role as Vice President, APAC for Twitter, Knox led the sales teams and self-serve advertising business in APAC, launched and ran the Asia Headquarters and provided oversight for part of the LATAM operations.
Knox also held senior executive sales and operational roles at Google, where she led Commerce & Mobile Wallet efforts and the Online Sales Group for the Asia Pac region. Highlights included garnering three key innovation awards and working closely with the Economic Development Board to create a major presence for Google in Singapore.
Furthermore, she has significant financial services and enterprise experience. Roles have included SVP Commercial Solutions at Visa International; SVP International at Charles Schwab and Partner & Head of Financial Services at Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and Singapore.
A strong advocate for diversity in the workplace and empowering women in technology, Knox is an active participant in Women Corporate Directors, Chief Executive Women (Australia), a champion for BoardAgender in Singapore and was named the AWA Singapore International Business Woman of the Year in 2015. She led SWAT (Super Women at Twitter) and did the same for Women@Google in Asia.
Knox serves on the boards of Scentre Group (owner of Westfield ANZ), and SingaporePost, Singapore’s postal service and e-commerce company. She is also an advisor to the ANZ Bank Board’s Technology Committee.
After graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Applied Math-Economics from Brown University, Knox then earned an MBA with distinction in Marketing from New York University.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alizaknox
Unlockd is changing the way people use and pay with their digital devices.
The proprietary mobile platform enables consumers to convert moments spent on their devices into rewards such as discounts off their mobile phone bill, free additional data or premium entertainment content in exchange for viewing ads, content of offers upon unlocking their smartphone. It is not only the consumer who benefits from this value exchange.
Unlockd’s partners, whether they be telcos or content streaming companies solve challenges like customer retention and acquisition whilst driving new revenue streams and increasing ARPU. Major content and advertising partners including News UK, Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook Audience Network and high profile brands such as McDonalds, British Airways, Doritos and Uber, receive coveted first access to consumers at their most engaged moment, with Unlockd providing the opportunity to deliver the right content at the right moment, resulting in market leading engagement and click through rates. Market leading global telcos debuted the
Unlockd Connect product in 2016 with three major market launches including the USA with Sprint Telecom subsidiary Boost Mobile, UK with Tesco Mobile and the Caribbean with its largest telco, Digicel Group.
Unlockd Stream launched in 2017 with MTV and is the ultimate ad & content funded platform for premium subscription content providers. The first and only model that offers an uninterrupted listening and viewing experience, Unlockd Stream is making music, movies, and entertainment the new digital currency.
SaeMin Ahn is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures, the venture capital arm of Rakuten, Inc., a leader in internet services and global innovation headquartered in Japan. He is responsible for leading and evaluating investments, conducting due diligence, and analyzing deal structure.
Since Rakuten Venture’s launch in 2013, SaeMin has been managing its $200 million Global Investment Fund and the billion Japan Fund focusing on empowering the start-up ecosystem to positively affect Internet services globally. Leading investments to date include Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic!.
Prior to joining Rakuten Ventures in 2016, SaeMin was with Google for 5 years managing Sales and Business Development for Asia. SaeMin holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Broadcasting and Journalism from Sogang University and currently lives in Singapore.
Rakuten is one of the world's leading Internet companies and Rakuten Ventures is its venture capital arm. Focused on empowering the start-up ecosystem to positively affect Internet services globally, Rakuten Ventures manages a US$ 200 million Global Investment Fund and a ¥ 10 billion Japan Fund. Originally launched in 2013, its Global Investment Fund counts Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic! among its investment portfolio. Rakuten Ventures is run out of Singapore by Managing Partner SaeMin Ahn, Investment Manager Hogil Doh, and Principal Adit Swarup.
Suresh A/L Thirugnanam is the Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the key strategic direction of SEEK Asia.
He started his career with Digital Equipment Corp, USA in 1989. In 1992, he worked briefly in Maxoptix Corporation, San Jose, USA before relocating to Malaysia to join Motorola Malaysia. He left Motorola in 1994 to join Maxis Communications where he held several positions, including Head of Network Services Operations before joining JobStreet.com as Vice President for Operations in 2000.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, he served as Chief Operating Officer with the main responsibility of integrating the two businesses (JobStreet.com and jobsDB) and creating a strong and successful SEEK Asia.
Suresh holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
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