WILD DIGITAL is a platform created for internet leaders to come together and share their bold and wild visions for building great disruptive companies. It brings together top internet players, entrepreneurs, founders, chief executives and investors to gain insights into the future of technology and digital creativity with its first-class main stage program.
Wild Digital provides excellent exposure in the industry and unprecedented networking opportunities to connect with some of the best minds in the digital ecosystem. Come and learn about the newest tech and startups—all whilst having a great time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aliza Knox is the Managing Director for Cloudflare in Asia-Pacific. She is responsible for growing the company's presence and brand recognition in the region, as well as optimizing its reach to customers through sales and channel partners.
Prior to joining Cloudflare, Aliza had more than three decades of broad international marketing and management experience. She worked in executive positions at a wide variety of tech companies, including Google and Twitter, as well as an Australian mobile startup. She holds an MBA in Marketing (Honors) from New York University, a BA (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University, and was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group. She also sits on the boards of two publicly listed companies.
Outside of work, Aliza is extremely passionate about encouraging women to pursue opportunities in business and tech. She realizes this by mentoring young women and actively participating in a number of relevant forums.
Cloudflare started as a simple application to find the source of email spam. From there it grew into a service that protects websites from all manner of attacks, while simultaneously optimizing performance.
Vinnie is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over US$100M AUM and 30+ investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as highest startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors.
Prior to setting up Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved with many lessons learned in 2007; and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. He founded the Silicon Valley NewTech meetup, featuring hundreds of startups to a monthly audience w/ more than 10,000 members.
Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM, helping to shape how IBM was approaching social software for the enterprise. Vinnie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Engineering. Vinnie is passionate about building startup ecosystems and joined his first startup while still in high school.
Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in Singapore and Jakarta with investments across Southeast Asia. Golden Gate Ventures was established in 2011 and has over 35 investments across 7 countries. The firm invests in internet & mobile startups across many sectors, including e-commerce, payments, marketplaces, mobile applications, and SaaS platforms.
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.
Chatri Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship (ONE), Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a broadcast to 2.6 billion potential viewers across 140+ countries around the world. ONE is a celebration of Asia's greatest cultural treasure, martial arts. Through the magic of storytelling and the power of media, ONE is on a mission to unleash real-life superheroes, celebrate values, ignite dreams, inspire nations, and change the world.
Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and other major media. Forbes recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times, and Asia's 3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports by FOX Sports.
Chatri Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
Rebecca is head of origination, capital markets relationships, business development and client relationships in Asia. Rebecca has had 20 years of capital markets experience. Rebecca was Managing Director, APAC for Nasdaq (2000-2012), Co-Head of Client & Issuer Marketing for Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (2012-2013) and Executive Director, APAC Origination for Deutsche Bank AG (2013-2016). Rebecca is a permanent resident of Hong Kong and is currently based in Hong Kong covering the region.
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $13 trillion. To learn more, visit: http://business.nasdaq.com
Achmad is the founder and ex-CEO of Bukalapak, Indonesia’s largest online marketplace. One of just four unicorns in the country, Bukalapak processes millions of orders every day. The company gained US$50m in funding from the Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Fund in early 2019.
Zaky gained his bachelor’s degree in information Technology with honors (cum laude) from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), one of the most distinguished university in Indonesia.
In 2016, Achmad Zaky has recently received the Satyalancana Wira Karya badge of honor which were awarded and pinned by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the badge signifies the country’s attestation to a person’s key contribution and services towards the country, allowing him to become an exemplary figure.
We are the Largest Marketplace in Southeast Asia and the Newest Unicorn in Indonesia!
We were founded with the singular mission of empowering Indonesia through digital technology. We believe that within each of our millions of transaction, there are hope and happiness that transcends millions of dreams and brought them closer to reality.
As we become the largest e-marketplace in Indonesia, with tens of millions of visitors and several Trillion IDRs in monthly transactions, and as we start to grow our technological impact beyond e-commerce, we remain staunchly focused on our spirit of empowerment.
We are looking for like-minded talents to join our growing family. Talents who feel the yearn to make a positive impact for Indonesia. Talents who want to inspire millions of Indonesians with amazing technology products. Talents who share the same dream of helping Indonesia unlock its potentials.
Sebastian Togelang is a Serial Entrepreneur since his age of early 20’s, Investor, Business Angel, Growth Hacker, Fund Manager and Founder of several International Tech Companies with over 15-years experience in Tech, Marketing, Digital & Start-ups.
He is the Founder and Managing Director of Kejora Group (Kejora Ventures); a company builder and Venture Capital with over 30 Investments in Asia.
Sebastian is also co-founder of Ideabox: an incubator set up between Mountain Kejora Ventures and Indosat/Ooredoo Group, focusing on incubating technology companies in the emerging markets.
In Southeast Asia, he co-founded and invested in companies such as C88 Group (www.c88fintech.com, leading financial ecommerce), Qareer Group (www.qareergroup.asia, leading Career platform), Jualo (C2C Marketplace), Etobee (Logistic), Investree (Investree.id, leading P2P lending) and more than 20 other companies that created more than 700 jobs within 2 Years. He also co-founded the FinTech Association and act as secretary general of the Venture Capital Association in Indonesia (Amvesindo).
Sebastian started his career at Deutsche Bank & Deutsche Boerse (German stock exchange). He studied at Johann Wolfgang University in Frankfurt.
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.
Leon is the co-founder of Tokopedia. Prior to Tokopedia, he has various experiences in software development in different kind of industries, including ISP, Insurance, Airlines, and several government projects. Today, he is the Vice Chairman in Tokopedia, focusing on mentoring and nurturing the next generation of leaders in Tokopedia. He is also responsible for technical, operation, people management, security, risk management, compliance, and governance.
Tokopedia (www.tokopedia.com), which is owned by PT Tokopedia, is an internet company that allows individuals and business owners in Indonesia to open and manage their own online stores easily and for free. Tokopedia provides a better online selling experience to the sellers, so that the sellers can provide a better online shopping experience to their customers.
At Tokopedia, we believe that a marketplace is the most beautiful business model in the world, because the success of a marketplace can only be achieved by helping others to become more successful. Our services have allowed hundreds of thousands of Indonesian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to send millions of products every month to their customers throughout Indonesia.
Tokopedia is also indirectly responsible for the creation of thousands of new jobs through the growing success of our merchants, who often become a positive impact by providing job vacancies in their immediate communities.
Tokopedia is the first internet company in Southeast Asia that succeeded to close US $100 million in funding from SoftBank and Sequoia Capital. SoftBank is the investor behind the success of Alibaba, while Sequoia Capital is the investor behind the success of Apple, Google, Instagram, WhatsApp, and many other successful technology companies.
We believe that we are in the process of building a world class technology company which fortunately happens to be in Indonesia.
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.
Srijay Ghosh is a Director at Temasek, focuses on investments in Technology, Media & Telecom sector and is responsible for sourcing & execution of new deals and management of various tech portfolio companies. Srijay started his career in the Silicon Valley working in the semiconductor sector before taking up investment banking roles in Deutsche Bank & Credit Suisse. He is a graduate from IIT and UC Berkeley in Engineering and received an MBA from INSEAD.
Incorporated in 1974, Temasek is an investment company headquartered in Singapore. Supported by 11 offices internationally, Temasek owns a net portfolio value of S$308 billion (US$235 billion) as at 31 March 2018.
Our portfolio covers a broad spectrum of sectors including: financial services; telecommunications, media & technology; transportation & industrials; consumer & real estate; life sciences & agribusiness; as well as energy & resources. Our investment activities are guided by four investment themes and the long term trends they represent:
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Amit Anand is the Founding Partner of Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based Venture Capital Firm that invests in and helps build tech category leaders from Asia. Jungle has a dedicated team of operating partners and functional experts to support startups as they scale across the region or globally. The firm recently closed its second fund at US$100M, backed by leading institutions and family offices.
Amit brings 15 years of experience in Asia having played go-to-market and corporate development roles for startups and corporations alike. He later presided as Deputy Chairman for Business Angels Network South East Asia (BANSEA). A Kauffman Fellow, Amit is passionate about creating global companies from Asia and currently works with Founders at companies such as TradeGecko (Singapore) , Livspace (India). Kredivo (Indonesia) and Pomelo Fashion (Thailand) amongst others.
Jungle is a Singapore based venture firm that invests and helps build category leaders from Asia.
Jungle is reinventing how venture capital is done in Asia with its operations as a service model. Full-time partners at Jungle Ventures work with portfolio companies on marketing and design, product management, engineering and recruiting. These Operating Partners include executives with decades of deep operating experience at global startups such as Google, Facebook and leading tech category leaders in Asia such as Lazada and Komli Media.
Jungle invests across all early stages of startups and has investments in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other hotbeds of entrepreneurial activity in Asia.
SaeMin Ahn is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures, the venture capital arm of Rakuten, Inc., a leader in internet services and global innovation headquartered in Japan. He is responsible for leading and evaluating investments, conducting due diligence, and analyzing deal structure.
Since Rakuten Venture’s launch in 2013, SaeMin has been managing its $200 million Global Investment Fund and the billion Japan Fund focusing on empowering the start-up ecosystem to positively affect Internet services globally. Leading investments to date include Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic!.
Prior to joining Rakuten Ventures in 2016, SaeMin was with Google for 5 years managing Sales and Business Development for Asia. SaeMin holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Broadcasting and Journalism from Sogang University and currently lives in Singapore.
Rakuten is one of the world's leading internet companies and Rakuten Ventures is its venture capital arm. Focused on empowering the startup ecosystem to positively affect internet services globally, Rakuten Ventures manages a US$ 200 million Global Investment Fund and a ¥ 10 billion Japan Fund. Originally launched in 2013, its Global Investment Fund counts Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic! among its investment portfolio. Rakuten Ventures is run out of Singapore by Managing Partner SaeMin Ahn, Investment Manager Hogil Doh, and Principal Adit Swarup.
With Google since 2007, Sajith has done multiple roles including the Managing Director of Google in Malaysia and before that as the Head of Travel Vertical Sales for Google Southeast Asia.
Before Google, he has worked across various industries like mobile media, market research andconsulting and television. Sajith holds a Master's degree in Business Management with Distinction (majoring in Finance) from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, an MBA (majoring in Marketing) from the Fore School of Management in New Delhi, and a Bachelor's degree with Honours (majoring in History) from Delhi University. He is currently a board member of MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center) and on the panel of mentors of Endeavor Malaysia.
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.
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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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.
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.
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 as Principal while working closely with many of its portfolio companies including Kudo, Berrybenka, and Bukalapak. 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. He currently sits on the board of Priceza, Zilingo, and Carsome.
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.
Jason Thompson is currently leading Indonesia’s leading payments platform. He is responsible to oversee the business expansion, strategic partnerships and product development at OVO, and lead OVO to drive financial inclusion deeper and serve 260M Indonesians.
Since its inception in 2017, OVO has become the #1 digital payments platform, growing its user base over 400% in 2018 and onboarding over 500,000 merchants from modern retail merchants to SMEs. Jason is set to lead OVO and provide equal economy access to South East Asia’s most populated nation.
OVO is the leading digital payment, rewards and financial services platform in Indonesia. Now, OVO is present in 115 million devices and accepted in more than 354 cities in Indonesia. Our platform can be used to access payments, transfers, top-up, and withdrawals, as well as asset and investment management. We have enabled digital payments across more than 500,000 modern merchants and SMEs.
OVO has grown exponentially and has firmly established itself as the #1 fin-tech platform and the unicorn of Indonesia. Asan Indonesian company, at our core, OVO is here to crack the problems faced by the community, specifically equal access to financial services to support the growth of the middle economy. Our open ecosystem tailored to build partnerships, where the most important spending habits of Indonesia’s growing middle economy.
Prior to his appointment as CFO of Zilingo, Perry served as Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia Pacific at Citi Group.
James was with Citi’s investment bank for over 20 years. He has advised clients on more than US$80 billion in mergers and acquisitions, and has helped them raise more than $90 billion from the capital markets. In Hong Kong, James has spent a significant amount of time helping companies with IPOs. Several notable and recent IPOs include Alibaba, Qudian, Yixin, Best Logistics, YY.com, Qihoo, 58.com, Freescale, Gridsum and Huami.
On the M&A front, Jim has advised Ant Financial on its acquisition of Mynt, on its attempted acquisition of MoneyGram, and across the table advising Telenor and PayTM on raising money from Ant. Other notable M&A transactions include sale of StatsChipPac, the acquisitions of MStar and ADI's wireless business for MediaTek, the acquisition of Novaled by Samsung, the sale of Chartered Semiconductor, the acquisition of Infineon's baseband business and the sale of msystems to Sandisk.
Zilingo is a leading commerce platform that enables businesses across the fashion value chain, from retailers, manufacturers, to raw material suppliers, to be more efficient and scale faster. We connect businesses with everything they need to operate in fashion under a single technology platform - sourcing, selling wholesale or retail, marketing services, software services and financial services.
By eliminating inefficiencies and empowering businesses to grow, our vision is to create a fashion industry that is more fair, more accessible and more responsible for all.
Zilingo was founded in 2015 by Ankiti Bose and Dhruv Kapoor. We serve over 50,000 merchants and 4,000 factories across 17 countries today.
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).
Gary focuses on bringing Lalamove to anyone who needs fast and simple delivery services. He and his team has launched Lalamove across Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and Vietnam. They have also helped businesses like IKEA & Google to create value to their customers through on-demand delivery.
Prior to Lalamove, Gary worked with businesses in service and retails industries on marketing and customer experience in his roles with Groupon & Hong Kong Quality Assurance Association.
Lalamove is Asia’s leading intra-city delivery platform, providing its service to more than 100 cities across Southeast Asia and China. By leveraging the power of the sharing economy, internet and mobile technologies, Lalamove has completed more than 20 million deliveries for businesses big and small, helping grow and scale their delivery capabilities at an exponential rate. Millions of users and hundreds of thousands of professional van, motorcycle and truck drivers across the region choose Lalamove to provide incredibly fast and simple on-demand delivery in Asia’s most dynamic cities. Lalamove recently completed its Series C funding round of $100 million USD.
Ryosuke is a Managing Director and CEO of SBI Ven Capital, a private equity that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia. The company also serves as a regional headquarter of SBI Group, a leading Japanese internet-based financial service conglomerate. The Group is an active investor in the space of FinTech in Asia.
Ryosuke has strong combined expertise in the sector of financial services and ICT through his investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience. Ryosuke has been engaged in venture capital investments in South East Asia region with SBI Group since 2012 and also serves as the director of various regulated financial institutions in the region. Before that, in 2009, Ryosuke launched and managed the Wall Street Journal’s Japanese language online edition as the Managing Director at Wall Street Journal Japan K.K. Ryosuke started his career in ad agency and moved on to a hedge fund in Japan.
He holds a MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo.
SBI Ven Capital Pte. Ltd. is a leading private equity firm that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia.
Based in Singapore, SBI Ven Capital is the overseas private equity arm of SBI Holdings, Inc. (Japan) which, in addition to being one of the largest Japanese PE firms (with AUM in excess of US$3 billion), is a leading global internet-based financial conglomerate. The SBI Group has invested in more than 800 companies globally and leverages its broad platform to further drive the value of its investments.
SBI Group's core businesses include asset management, financial services, and biotechnology-related businesses. The SBI Group consists of over 200 companies (including consolidated partnerships, equity method affiliates and publicly listed companies). SBI currently has investments in more than 13 countries across Asia.
Eric Cheng co-founded Carsome in 2015 and is the CEO of the Kuala-Lumpur based startup. He started his entrepreneurial journey in 2008 when he and a few college friends started a print magazine business. During his second year earning as an accounting student, he dropped out of university and joined interactive online marketing company, Innity. There, he focused on digital advertising and online campaigns for major agencies including GroupM and IPG Mediabrand. To refocus his energy on starting his own business, Eric left Innity in 2011 after 18 months and started Clicks Communications, an ad network and creative agency, with two industry veterans. Within its first year, Eric sold his ownership back to the other co-founders, believing he had mistakenly left his previous role at Innity prematurely. After returning to the firm, Eric continued to lead its digital advertising team and focused on improving global branding campaigns for his clients. In 2015, he became redetermined once again to try his entrepreneurial hand and convinced his Innity colleague Jiun Ee to start their own business. The duo began conducting market research by industry vertical in Malaysia, using inspiration from their mutual interests in travel, finance, and automotive. Eventually, he decided to build Carsome, in a mission to reinvent the automotive industry across Southeast Asia.
Carsome is Southeast Asia’s leading and fastest growing online used car platforms. Through its online bidding portal, customers are able to sell their vehicles directly to dealers nationwide. Carsome facilitates the entire car selling process from inspection, to valuation, bidding and payment as well as logistics needs, allowing the customers to sell their cars as fast as one day with zero charges and minimal effort.
Headquartered in Malaysia, the company has since expanded to Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore and has one of the largest dealer networks with more than 3,000 registered dealers on its platform. Since its inception in 2015, Carsome has registered more than 300,000 bids for cars, with over 70% of the transactions being done inter-city.
Wild Digital is perhaps the best conference I've ever attended in Kuala Lumpur. The organization was perfect – amazing speakers, a gorgeous hotel, a beautiful ambiance for networking, and parties that were immensely fun. I received so much value from the event, I would go back every year. Just a few connections made there will likely be worth millions to me in the coming years.
- Vishen Lakhiani, Founder & CEO of Mindvalley