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David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people.
David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investor and advisor to Techstars since inception. In 2013, he joined Techstars in a more active role, overseeing global operations.
David has a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a ski instructor in the past, David still enjoys hitting the slopes on a good powder day.
Founder & Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst
Kamran also serves as Global Innovation Advisor, 500 Startups; Founding Mentor, Unreasonable Group, and Unchartered; Advisory Member, UNICEF Innovation Fund; Advisory Member, Seedstars World; Founding Board Advisor, Harbour. Space University; Chairman, Advisory Board, Global Venture Alliance.
As an Innovation Catalyst, Kamran advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil-based economies to sustainable innovation economies. As a global high-tech entrepreneur, he co-founded ten companies, three of them failed (e.g. Momenta), six of them produced a total market cap of over $8B (e.g. Cirrus Logic). As a VC, Kamran co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel, and Singapore. Underlying his vision for global philanthropy is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people. This vision was reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through the effective application of ICT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co-Chairman (2009-2011).
Joseph Lubin is a co-founder of blockchain computing platform Ethereum and the founder of Consensus Systems, a blockchain venture studio.
ConsenSys is one of the largest and fastest-growing companies in the blockchain technology space, building developer tools, decentralized applications, and solutions for enterprises and governments that harness the power of Ethereum. Headquartered in New York, ConsenSys also has a global presence, employing top entrepreneurs, computer scientists, software developers, and experts in enterprise delivery worldwide.
Lubin graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He worked in the Princeton Robotics Lab, at Tomandandy music developing an autonomous music composition tool, and at private research firm Vision Applications Inc. building autonomous mobile robots.
As a software engineer and consultant, Lubin worked with eMagine on the Identrus project and was involved in the founding and operation of a hedge fund with a partner. He held positions as Director of the New York office of Blacksmith Software Consulting, and VP of Technology in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Through these posts, Lubin focused on the intersection of cryptography, engineering, and finance.
Switching gears, Lubin moved to Kingston, Jamaica to work on projects in the music industry. Two years into his musical endeavors, Lubin co-founded the Ethereum Project and has been working on Ethereum and ConsenSys since January, 2014.
Grace Yun Xia
Principal, Jungle Ventures
Grace’s has over a decade of experience in investment, corporate strategy and business development across early-stage startups and Fortune 500 companies in both Silicon Valley and emerging markets in Asia. At Jungle Ventures she focuses on identifying innovative startups in Asia and cross-border investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Jungle Ventures, she was Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Investment at Tencent. In this role, she focused on identifying strategic opportunities in emerging markets, building Tencent’s overseas product ecosystem through investments and collaborations with local partners; and overseeing the implementation of deals and capital deployment.
A Kauffman Fellow, Grace started her career as a management consultant where she advised clients in financial sectors. Grace has an MBA in strategy and decision science from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
CIO, DBS Bank
Neal Cross is Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer of DBS Bank and a strong advocate for innovative thinking and culture.
Cross is driving the bank’s innovation agenda regionally, as DBS moves to shape the future of banking, to enhance customer experience and better engage customers in the digital landscape. Cross has more than 20 years’ experience in technology, innovation, and financial services.
Working with internal stakeholders and external collaborators, he charts the innovation roadmap for DBS to enhance customer experience and better engages the bank’s customers in the digital landscape. On the back of our recent “World’s Best Digital Bank” accolade, Neal won the “Most Disruptive” CIO global award by impressing judges Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson at the finals of the Talent Unleashed Awards 2016.
Previous to DBS, Cross was at MasterCard, where he was responsible for driving innovation as Vice President of MasterCard Labs in the company’s Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. Cross started working in the Asia time zone at Microsoft in Australia and later in Singapore as the financial services industry director.
On his weekends Neal lives in the Sumatran jungle where he has founded Hotel Orangutan, a social enterprise to help save the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan and to give local villagers employment and education.
CEO of Thailand, Sea (Garena)
Nok Maneerut Anulomsombut joined our company in March 2014 and has served as our chief executive officer of Thailand since March 2016. Nok previously served as our chief operating officer of Thailand. Prior to joining our company, Nok was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Bangkok from March 2009 to February 2014.
Prior to joining The Boston Consulting Group, Nok worked at financial and fashion companies in Thailand. Nok holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Principal, Sequoia Capital
Pieter Kemps serves as an Investment Advisor at Sequoia Capital India. He is the Principal at Sequoia Capital. He was a Vice President at the firm in 2014 and focuses on investments in internet, mobile, software, and infrastructure across South East Asia. He works closely with Kfit, Sirion Labs, Gojek, Tokopedia, Zilingo and other portfolio companies. Prior to joining Sequoia, Pieter was at Amazon Web Services, where he was responsible for Amazon’s business with the leading VC’s, Accelerators, and the startup ecosystem across Asia.
Managing Partner, Expara
Anix Lynch is Partner of Expara –Government Saving Bank’s fund of funds running an early stage VC investment in SEA. She is a director of Peakengine (Fintech), a senior advisor of Crypto startup, a guest lecturer at Sasin MBA, an active speaker at Slush/Rise SCG/PTT/Disrupt University/Spark and a judge at TV reality shows Star 4.0 LINE TV/True channel.
Anix was a Vice President of MQDC, Chearavanont Family Office, where she focused on investment in AgriFood Tech, Real Estate Tech and impact investment. In 2014, she originated the concept of True Digital Park (Launched 2018) and the early draft of the innovative policy for Thai government (Launched 2015)
Before returning to Thailand, Anix previously worked as an investment professional in Tokyo for 10 years at the world’s largest PE fund MGPA-BlackRock(M&A), NCC -CBRE Investor (M&A). Apple International (Tokyo Stock Exchange IPO). As a native Japanese speaker, she received BA from Kyoto Ritsumeikan University and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Peng T Ong
Founder, Monk's Hill Ventures
Peng is an entrepreneur who invests in entrepreneurs. He does so primarily through his role as Managing Partner at Monk&’s Hill Ventures — a technology venture fund based in Southeast Asia that he co-founded.
Peng was the co-founder and CTO of Match.com (acquired by IAC). After Match.com, he was the founder and CEO of Interwoven, which went public on NASDAQ and grew to a $10B market cap, before being acquired and is now part of HP.
After Interwoven, Peng founded Encentuate (acquired by IBM). Most recently, Peng was a Partner at GSR Ventures, a leading VC in China. Peng has also served on many boards, including SingTel and YY.com. He is currently the Chairman of SolveEducation!. Peng earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
Managing Partner, 500 Startups
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 1,800 startups in 60 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.
Ajey Gore is Group CTO at GoJek, with 18 years of experience in building core technology strategy across diverse domains, Ajey is helping GoJek deliver a transport, logistics, lifestyle, and payments platform – offering 18 products, owned and operated by GoJek. Ajey’s interests include machine learning, networking and scaling products. Ajey founded CodeIgnition, which was acquired by GoJek, before that Ajey served ThoughtWorks as Head of Technology. Ajey is an active influencer in the technology community, organizes not-for-profit conferences such as RubyConf, GopherCon, and DevOpsDays through his, not for profit organization
Director, Global Finder Network Start-Up Nation Central
Daniela Kandel is the Director of the Global Finder Network at Start-Up Nation Central. Ms. Kandel focuses mainly on building the network around the Global Finder Platform, creating a global web of ecosystem development organizations that utilize the same infrastructure, share best practices and work together to strengthen each other. The Global Finder Platform is an original project, managed and facilitated by Start-Up Nation Central, which provides partner organizations with a proven platform, enhanced know-how, best practices, and membership in what is fast becoming a global network. Prior to this, Ms. Kandel led efforts by the organization to strengthen Israel’s innovation relations with Poland and the Netherlands, building an “innovation highway” between the countries.
Ms. Kandel was formerly Director of Strategic Programs at Start-Up Nation Central, focusing on the shortage of human capital in the Israeli ecosystem, organizational strategy, and academic relations.
Before joining Start-Up Nation Central, Ms. Kandel was a Milken Institute Fellow; stationed at the Accountant General’s Office at the Ministry of Finance. She was involved in developing the first social impact bond for the prevention of diabetes, and creating a Social Initiative Fund for the investment in social enterprises, as well as promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged populations in the workforce. Ms. Kandel holds a Masters’ degree in Financial Economics and a Bachelors in Economics and Statistics, both from the Hebrew University.
CEO & Founding Managing Partner, Insignia Venture Partners
Tan Yinglan founded Insignia Venture Partners in 2017, an early stage technology venture fund focusing on Southeast Asia. Prior to founding Insignia Venture Partners, Yinglan was Sequoia Capital’s first hire and Venture Partner in Southeast Asia. He sourced multiple investment opportunities for Sequoia including Tokopedia, Go-jek, Traveloka, Carousell, Appier (where he represented Sequoia on the board), Dailyhotel (where he represented Sequoia on the board), Pinkoi and 99.co.
Yinglan had also been a member of the elite Singapore Administrative Service, where he served in a variety of positions in the Prime Minister’s Office (where he was part of a team that managed a $360 million fund for innovation and enterprise), Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Defence. Yinglan was also the founding Director of 3i Venturelab China, a joint venture between private equity firm 3i (LSE: III) and INSEAD.
Yinglan has been named as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012 – 2017), a WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee Panel (2015-2017), Top “40 leaders under 40” by Prestige Magazine (2015), Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle (2016), one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium (2010), 100 Global Thinkers (2011) by think-tank Lo Spazio della Politica, a World Cities Summit Young Leader (2014), a WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and a Kauffman Fellow.
He also serves on the Singapore Government’s Pro Enterprise Panel and the Committee on the Future Economy’s Sub-Committee on Future Corporate Capabilities and Innovation. Yinglan is an Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. He is also a Strategic Research Innovation Fund Investment Committee Member at Nanyang Technology University, author of 3 books – The Way Of the VC (Wiley, 2009), Chinnovation (Wiley 2010) and textbook New Venture Creation – An Asian Perspective (Mcgraw Hill 2011). Yinglan was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.
Partner , Golden Gate Ventures
Michael Lints graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science and worked briefly as a project manager in NN Group, Netherlands largest insurance, and asset management company. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in right after and he went on to start his own IT business specializing in Microsoft environments and IT project management.
He was the former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam which helped him built an extensive international network. In 2007, Michael founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch’s small and medium-sized enterprise to help them with capital financing, development and relevant support and strategy.
Through his earlier Venture in the Netherlands, Michael got acquainted with Golden Gate Ventures and moved his family to Singapore to join Golden Gate Ventures, as Venture Partner in 2013 to help with fundraising, strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions. Michael has helped raised over $60M USD for Golden Gate Ventures and its portfolio companies and is now a Partner at Golden Gate Ventures since 2017.
Michael graduated from Financial Analysis for Business Valuation, and Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive course in Harvard Business School in Cambridge in 2011. He is a true believer in a work-life balance lifestyle and has completed marathons, cycling and Ironman races all over the world in his spare time and was recently appointed the Singapore ambassador for the top cycling brand distributor, Treknology3
Co-Founder & Co-Managing Director, IDEO Tokyo
Mike Peng is a Partner, co-managing director and co-founder of IDEO Tokyo. In his role, Mike works with colleagues to set the strategic direction of the business in Japan, mentor designers, create new offerings, and lead client relationships and projects in Asia. Prior to Tokyo, Mike helped start-up IDEO’s New York office and lead its design research discipline. Mike has taught at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). He’s also a visiting lecturer at University of Tokyo, Keio University, and Kyushu University. Mike graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in cognitive science and an emphasis in neuroscience.
Advisor, Openspace Ventures
Nichapat Ark is an advisor to Openspace Ventures (previously NSI Ventures), an angel investor, a startup mentor and Seedstars World Bangkok Ambassador. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial markets in Thailand. Her most recent post before she left her banking career was Executive Committee and Managing Director, Financial Markets for Standard Chartered Bank Thailand where she took part in driving the bank’s strategic planning and execution functions. Additionally, she was responsible for financial markets sales & trading, capital markets as well as asset & liability management for the bank. During her 10 years with Standard Chartered Bank, she spent 2 years in China as Managing Director of Financial Markets Sales based in Shanghai.
Nichapat obtained her Master of Business Administration degree, majoring in Finance from Sasin Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and spent a term on exchange at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration at Assumption University, Thailand.
Tiwa York is the Head Coach of Kaidee (a.k.a CEO). He is passionate about changing lives through trading second-hand goods, startups, and building great teams. Along with a team of 5 awesome people, Tiwa founded an online marketplace which is now known as Kaidee in 2011.
Today, Kaidee is a C2C online marketplace with 200 thousand monthly sellers, listing 1.8 million items for sale and reaching 7 million people per month. In 2016, 2 million items were sold via Kaidee valued at over 2.4 billion USD. Tiwa has been recognized for his passion, his leadership, and his efforts to build the team and culture at Kaidee. Prior to his the current role, he worked in digital advertising with leadership roles in Admax Network and Omnicom Media Group.
Director, Business Development for CibusDx
Craig Mosman is Director of Business Development for CibusDx, a Deep Tech company which provides on site testing for pathogens which harm our food and food supply chain from farm to table. CibusDx also is providing next generation testing on diseases which destroy shrimp farms in Thailand and Southeast Asia every year.
Craig is a creative business leader who has successfully led biotechnology startup companies as CEO and other management positions for over 20 years. He has worked extensively throughout SE Asia, China, and the EU for more than a dozen years. His strength has been in defining strategic direction for new biotechnology companies in emerging markets.
Regional Attorney, Health, Education & Public Sector, Asia Microsoft
Jarom is Microsoft’s regional legal expert on IP and AI and leads the commercial legal team’s efforts driving digital transformation of health, education and public-sector organizations in Asia. Jarom also speaks regularly on the legal, regulatory and ethical impacts of leading-edge technology trends.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Jarom worked at some of the world’s largest law firms in New York and Singapore, where he managed complex international corporate finance transactions, including several record-setting and award- winning IPOs and Islamic finance deals.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Jarom is admitted to the New York bar and earned law degrees in both common law and civil law from McGill University in Montreal, specializing in commercial negotiation. He also holds a degree in economics and psychology from the University of Western Ontario. He lives in Singapore with his wife and 7-year-old daughter and enjoys food, travel and the outdoors.
William Bao Bean
General Partner, SOSV
William is a General Partner at SOSV, a US$300M AUM accelerator-focused venture capital fund, and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, East Asia’s first startup accelerator. Previously, William was the Managing Director of China investments at SingTel Innov8 Ventures and a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings. William is also an active angel investor, with 39 investments between 2006 and 2014 when he joined SOSV.
In 2005, William was ranked #1 stock picker in Technology, Media and Telecom and #3 overall in Hong Kong and China by Forbes/SCMP/Starmine. The following year, he was ranked #3 analyst in Asia for Technology/Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine Asia.
He currently holds advisory or director board seats in several companies (GMobi, ChaseFuture, Neonan, EscapeX, Thoughtful Media Group, Vericant, Mingbo, iTalki, kineticOne) as well as major roles in active Asian startup organizations (Angelvest, AAMA Shanghai, Techyizu). He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.
Founder & CEO, Wantedly
Akiko Naka is the founder and chief executive officer of Wantedly, a social-networking service for professionals. Following its official launch in February 2012, Wantedly grew to 2m monthly active users and 25,000 corporates and has become the leading professional social-networking service in Japan. Prior to founding Wantedly, Ms. Naka was a growth co-ordinator at Facebook Japan, where she contributed to marketing and product development for Facebook in Japan. Before joining Facebook, she worked at Goldman Sachs in equity sales. Ms. Naka graduated from Kyoto University in 2008 with a BA in economics.
Jacqueline Alexis Thng
Partner , Prophet
Jacqueline is a Partner of Prophet in Hong Kong. For over 20 years she has helped clients develop and implement profitable growth strategies across diverse industries both on a global and regional basis. Jacqueline’s expertise includes strategic branding, marketing and sales strategies, business model and product innovation, customer experience as well integrated marketing communications including digital. She was recently bestowed as one of the World’s Most Influential Marketing Leaders 2015 by World Marketing Congress.
Jacqueline has led many complex reorganization and rebranding projects that involve brand strategy, brand portfolio and architecture. These included United Engineers Group in Singapore, UMW (Malaysia), Celcom (Malaysia), Malaysia Airlines, Fullerton Financial Holdings (part of Temasek Singapore), PSA, NOL and Bank Mandiri. Other clients have included Sime Darby, Petronas, Vodafone, Ericsson, Philips, Telkom (Indonesia), Airtel (India), Limitless (Dubai), Vertu (Nokia), CapitaLand, DBS Bank, Sara Lee, PSA, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore Aerospace and China Airlines.
Prior to Prophet, she was Managing Director of Brand Union (WPP) and CEO of Lexis Branding where she grew the strategy and branding practice of both agencies. She also led Brand Union to win Brand Consultancy of the year. She is a prominent speaker at conferences and contributes regularly to regional media. Jacqueline was one of the top graduates on the Dean List of National University of Singapore with a Degree in Business Administration majoring in corporate finance, marketing and business policy.
Researcher (Ex-CEO of Sugarlogix), BIOTECH, NSTDA
Kulika was a co-founder and CEO at Sugarlogix, a biotech company recreating human breast milk sugars as functional ingredients for gut health solutions. She has a unique and diverse background in both science and business.
She received her Ph.D. in microbiology from UC Berkeley, where she studied yeast metabolic pathways. Her undergraduate training in chemical engineering and at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania has given her insight into the business and industrial biotech domains. Her wide range of background allows her to deeply understand the science in the lab, its application, and also the following business implications.
CEO, Revolution Precrafted
Antonio currently has 54 million square feet worth of developed, in-progress, and managed properties under his belt, being the Founder and President of Antonio Development in New York, Managing Director of Century Properties based in Asia, and now the CEO of Revolution Precrafted.
To date, he has worked with 13 Pritzker Prize Architects/firms such as Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie, Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel, I.M. Pei, Paulo Mendes de Rocha, and Christian de Portzamaprc, as well as designers such as Ron Arad, Campana Brothers, Tom Dixon, Philippe Starck, and Marcel Wanders. He has worked with over 103 notable brands in various fields–including fashion, Hollywood, luxury, design, and art. He has established the largest number of luxury branded real estate developments across the globe, by working with Giorgio Armani for Armani Casa, Forbes Media, Versace, Missoni Home, Paris Hilton, Lenny Kravitz and Wallpaper* Magazine.
He is one of the youngest and most prolific collectors of international modern and post-war contemporary art in the world. Because of his accomplishments as an art collector, he has received a number of awards from many different organizations. In 2014, Artnet recognized him as one of “20 of the World’s Most Innovative Art Collectors,” while in 2015, he became part of Artnet’s “Top 200 Art Collectors Worldwide”. Artnet also recognized him with two awards in 2016: as one of twelve young art collectors to watch out for, as well as one of the top 100 art collectors for that year.
His passion for art has also led him to collaborate with artists such as Marina Abramovich, Maurizio Catellan, Francesco Clemente, Damien Hirst, Zhang Huan, David La Chapelle, Marilyn Minter, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, and Julian Schnabel.
His latest venture into real estate as the CEO of Revolution Precrafted, brings together over 70 of the world’s leading architects, artists, and designers including Sou Fujimoto, Daniel Libeskind, David Salle and celebrities such as Daphne Guinness, Helena Christensen + Camilla Stærk and Amar’e Stoudemire.
Revolution supplies transportable, collectible, and customizable homes, pavilions, museums, glamping, condominiums, hotels, villas, pop-up retail, pop-up F&B, pop-up offices, pop-up co-working spaces, art furniture, etc. to landowners, developers, and end users all over the world.
Rebecca A. Fannin
Founder, Silicon Dragon Ventures
Rebecca A. Fannin is a journalist, author and expert on global innovation trends.
She is the founder of media and events group Silicon Dragon Ventures, focused on international venture investment and tech innovation. Silicon Dragon publishes a weekly e-newsletter and online news digest, produces videos and a talk show, and programs forums in leading hotspots in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
Rebecca is a correspondent to CNBC.com, a writer at Techonomy, and a contributor to Forbes, where she pens a weekly column, writes profiles, and researches Forbes lists. She is an author of Silicon Dragon (McGraw-Hill, 2008), Startup Asia (John Wiley, 2011) and Innovation in Emerging Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Her books were translated into several languages, and received favorable reviews from the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, China Daily and New York Times.
Highlights of her career include: editor of Pulitzer-owned International Business in New York, international editor at Incisive Media in Hong Kong, and international news editor at Red Herring in San Francisco. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, BBC Capital, Inc., Fast Company, Huffington Post and The Deal as well as thought leadership reports for multinational corporations.
Rebecca’s media appearances span CCTV, CBC, Discovery Asia, Times of India, China Daily, Bloomberg and CNBC. Her public speaking includes the World Economic Forum, Asia Society, China Institute, World Affairs Council and NASSCOM among others, in addition to providing expert testimony about China’s Internet to a U.S. Congressional committee.
Principal, B Capital Group
Dave Ng is a Principal at B Capital Group, a global venture capital fund with offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Singapore. Dave invests in fintech, consumer, enterprise and digital health, and leads the fund’s investments in Southeast Asia and US. Some of his recent investments include Capital Match, Mswipe, Ninja Van, CXA Group and Icertis.
Prior to B Capital, Dave spent 20 years across Silicon Valley and Asia, building and operating tech companies. He was Director at Oracle, where he was responsible for corporate and industry strategy. He led the diligence for Converged and Cloud strategy, working with senior executives in identifying strategic investments, operating model and go to market launch. Previously, Dave was an early employee at Zuora, which subsequently completed an IPO on NYSE. He led strategy and operations for the Services organization, focusing on people, process and infrastructure growth across US, EMEA and APAC. Earlier on, he did management consulting at BCG, investments at Khazanah and product development at Oracle.
Dave is a Malaysian and graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon.
Michael Smith Jr.
Partner , SeedPlus
Michael has helmed technology-led expansions across the region from HOOQ (SingTel), Spuul, Yahoo! and BEA Systems (later acquired by Oracle). Michael is a WebLogic alumnus who currently calls Singapore home and is excited to be a part of the startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia.
As Chief Technology Officer at HOOQ he was key in driving product and technology decisions that powered the premium online video content service to customers across Asia. At Yahoo!, Michael served as Director of Global Tech Initiatives. He managed the Asian developer network and oversaw the acquisitions of start-ups and partnerships with companies across Southeast Asia. Michael also spearheaded the acquisition of Koprol which formed the foundation of Yahoo!’s Indonesian engineering site.
A 44-year-old native from the Bay area with a degree in Computer Science from Sierra College in California, USA, Michael has found his home in East Asia: He has worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand, and been actively involved in the Asian start-up community over the past ten years.
Country Head, Ninja Van Thailand
My name is Virachai Chusakulporn but my friends and colleagues would know me as Victor. I originally have masters in marketing background but was able to gain professional experience as a management consultant at a Thai boutique firm. My passion though has always been in tech and I was able to experience the Thai tech startup ecosystem as part of CVC team at True Group. Later I was also fortunate to also witness how Ant Financial expands its presence into SEA through my role as Corporate Strategy at Ascend Money. Now, I am trying to apply my learning to help Ninja Van become one of the best 3PL providers in Thailand.
Founder & CEO, Upround Ventures
Esther is an accomplished business leader offering extensive startup and corporate experience. She strives to be a dynamic and creative deal-maker, working well with Asian corporations as well as the strongest of Israeli entrepreneurs.
Esther established Upround Ventures four years ago, having never stepped foot in Asia prior to late 2013. She has since built a network of leading enterprises in SE Asia, Australia and China, representing a variety of industries including retail, finance, e-commerce and logistics.
Enterprises in APAC turn to her for disruptive Israeli Innovation and access to the best Israeli startups. She is honored to work with exciting Israeli startups in a range of fields: AI, AR/VR, Cyber, e-Commerce/Retail Tech, FinTech, EnergyTech and more. She enjoys strong collaboration with many of the ~400 MNC’s with an established presence in Israel, including Citi, IBM, Tyco Innovation, SamsungNext, Deutsche Telekom, SingtelInnov8 and others.
Esther holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is a mentor with IBM’s AlphaZone and IDC’s Entrepreneurship Program. She is a frequent speaker at innovation events in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia.
Ben Richardson is a futurist, international speaker, and technology leader with a passion for bleeding edge technologies including Healthtech (particularly mental health), Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML), Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, and Aerospace Technology
Ben is on the executive leadership team at Innowell as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), which is one of the world’s most progressive, technology focussed organizations in the field of mental health with the backing of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), The University of Sydney, and the Australian Federal Government via a $33m commitment
At Innowell Ben commands an eight-figure budget, has built a large agile product development group, is responsible for Innowell’s technology product strategy and roadmap, and has met with key leaders including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss the opportunities that bleeding edge technology can bring to the mental health sector
Prior to his current appointment, Ben built a 12-person strong product development group in PwC that self-disrupted the organization by automating the delivery of PwC’s expertise at scale via web & mobile SaaS products. Ben’s products are renowned across the global PwC network and have received both internal (within PwC) and external accolades
Being an avid entrepreneur, Ben has founded a variety of companies, has experienced first hand both extremes of success and failure and along the way has successfully raised capital, exited a business via an acquisition, and received a variety of accolades including creating a startup that ranked top 10 in Australian nationally in 2013
Ben is passionate about software engineering, has been building software since his mid-teens, and has deep experience in all aspects of the software development lifecycle. He has had a successful freelance career and ran his own web development company. Ben graduated with honors in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University in Melbourne
Nico started OMNIVR, one of Indonesia’s first Virtual Reality focused company because he was astonished by the way VR is changing human and digital content interaction. In 2016 he started the monthly Jakarta XR Meetup, a meetup for everyone interested in VR, AR, MR, and other supporting technologies and successfully ran it for 15 times until recently.
He already build partnership locally with Hardware developer startup, Prime Technology starting in 2017 and build several VR arcades across Jakarta, Indonesia. Until now, he already ran 4 VR arcades in Jakarta and will continue the expansion until the end of 2019. OMNIVR, focusing in distributing VR contents is also developing VR games and application for various industrial needs.
Today, he is expanding the partnership with Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Taiwan VR companies to ensure that VR development in South east Asia, especially Indonesia won’t got left behind.
Co-Founder & CEO, POMELO THAILAND
David Jou is co-founder and CEO of Pomelo, the leading online fast fashion brand in Southeast Asia. David previously co-founded Lazada where he served as Managing Director. During his tenure, Lazada Thailand grew to be one of the leading online shopping sites in Thailand. Prior to Lazada, David was at Bain & Company in New York and New Mountain Capital, a $10 Billion Private Equity fund based in New York.
Founder, Aristotle's Cafe
Hassan Ghiassi is the Founder of Aristotle’s Cafe and has brought this unique approach to small group discussion globally.
Awarded by the National Communication Association for Experiential Learning in 2011, he continues to train others in leading small group discussions.
His goal is to help others improve their communication skills – taking the mystery out of creating engaging conversations. Training individuals to become captivating speakers and masterful leaders in their own communities.
A lover of communication – he has found success living and working across three continents. Not only overcoming cultural and language barriers but finding a way to turn every situation into a positive one.
Claus F. Nielsen
Co-founder, Public Affairs & International Relations, Data for Good Foundation
Claus aka @deadpoolNET is daily beating his own diabetes and have cured his cancer with sweat, food and tech, challenging the existing healthcare system model as a patient in his #pinksocks. Besides being a restaurant owner, he has also dedicated his spare time to both advocate and implement #digitalhealth and care technologies locally, nationally and globally. He has been a thought speaker for years convincing decision makers to change. Out of Copenhagen, Denmark, a happy and tech savvy nation, he has been behind an impressive amount of national and international projects, national policy strategies making his significant contribution to make Denmark a global leader within #digitalhealth and care tech. He was a pioneer in launching mobile solutions back in the 90’ties for health & social care, later promoting political awareness and uptake of IoT, robotics & tech services for citizens/patients/older adults. Currently he is working as a digital nomad on 2 global projects; To give less fortunate people in developing countries people access to affordable mobile healthcare, and to get the data back to its rightful owner, and the only one who have the power to make real changes; Your self!
Michael Currie is founder and CEO of Fling, a drone services company based in Bangkok, Thailand. He was data scientist and later Executive Director of OpenWorm, an Artificial Intelligence research group whose mission is to simulate the neural network of a nematode worm in a computer. Prior to this, he was a software developer with clients ranging from investment management firms to investment banks on Wall Street in New York.
He is co-host and producer of the technology podcast Let’s Make The Future, which features entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and around the world.
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Waterloo in 2007, and earned a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2012.
CSO, Energy Blockchain Labs & Energo Labs
Mr. Cao Yin is the Founding Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of the Energy Blockchain Labs, the world first company focused on blockchain technology energy and green finance application.He also is the Chief Expert of Blockchain of China Cinda Security, which is the IBD of China Cinda, the biggest finance asset mgt. the company in China.
Mr. Cao Yin is one of the earliest proponents of the energy Internet concept in China. He participated in the formulation of China’s national definition of Energy Internet and participated in the formulation and popularization of China’s National Energy Internet Action Plan as one of the leaders of the task force. Mr. Cao has written several books, including 《Development of Energy Internet》,《Introduction of Energy Internet》, he also has written a book <Internet+: National Strategic Action Roadmap> with Mr. Ma Huateng, the Chairman of Tencent Group.
Cao is China’s 9th E-resident member of E-Estonia project, he assists the Estonian Government to design and promote the Digital Nation action plan and the Estcoin plan. Cao is the Guest Lecturer of Beijing National Accounting Institute and Guest Speaker of Shanghai National Accounting Institute.
Cao is the key member of the Hyperledger China Working Group.
Mr. Cao is a well-known keynote speaker at multiple domestic and international energy, climate change, blockchain and cryptocurrency conferences. His point of views has been often published in leading industry and business media, covering topics related to the future energy system, carbon market, green finance, blockchain and cryptos insights, etc.
COO & Co-Founder, Madeviral
Zack Schwartz co-founded GameFever – a new gaming content network in Southeast Asia – and serves as the COO after co-founding and serving as CMO for MoreMate, a social dating application.
With support from the Accelerator muru-d (Telstra Corp) in Singapore, MoreMate achieved 100,000 registered users within one-year post-launch under Zack’s leadership. Zack graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business and is a proud Trojan active in the USC alumni network throughout Asia.
A serial entrepreneur, Zack grew up in the American Midwest and ran quality control inspections at factories in southern China when he was 17 before committing to the bustling tech environment of Southeast Asia after graduating from USC.
Beyond tech, Zack is an insatiable foodie and an acts in television ad spots in Southeast Asian markets. CNBC recently chronicled his tips for ‘making it on a shoestring’ in Hong Kong.
Co-Founder & CEO, Warrior9 VR
Ashima is co-founder and CEO of Warrior9 VR which is working on an animated sci-fi series in the virtual reality called The PhoenIX. The first episode was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival Next VR Showcase in 2017. She is also Chair of the AsiaVR Association with a community of more than 1500 people in the region and beyond.
Ashima has been a storyteller for more than 10 years, first as a journalist in TV news, and then focusing on documentary-style impact stories for distribution online. Her work has been viewed by millions on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media. It has been featured by The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Mashable, Rappler.com and other online platforms.
Ashima believes VR is the next frontier in storytelling. She’s watched more than 1500 people try VR for the first time and see their expressions of wonder and awe. She started Warrior9 VR to give audiences the most visceral narrative experiences of their lives.
Dr. Pongsagon Vichitvejpaisal
Deputy Director, Creative Digital Technology
Pongsagon Vichitvejpaisal, Ph.D., is a deputy director at Creative Digital Technology (CDT) international program at Thammasat University.
At CDT, he leads his VR/AR research lab focusing on mixed reality, 3D site scanning, interactive architecture visualization, VR and AR for simulation and medical training.
His VR and 3D cultural heritage scanning projects were exhibited at SIGGRAPH Asia VR showcase and Digital Content EXPO Tokyo.
He earned his Doctorate degree from Chulalongkorn University, where he worked on mesh processing and computer graphics rendering techniques.
He lives his life going back and forth between the real world and the virtual world that he is creating.
Managing Partner, Vynn Capital
Victor is the Managing Partner of Vynn Capital, an early stage venture capital firm focusing on Travel, property, Food/FMCG, Female Economics and Logistics & Enablers. He was formally the Vice President of Gobi Partners and was with MAVCAP, the venture capital arm owned by the Ministry of Finance of Malaysia. His earlier career was with Willis Towers Watson, advising corporates, pension funds and sovereign funds on investment strategies.
Victor was an honoree of the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 in 2017. He is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysia Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (“MVCA”) as well as a CFA Charterholder and a Mensa member.
Co-Founder & CEO, eatigo International Pte. Ltd.
Born in Germany in 1973, Michael has enjoyed a multinational career as a business leader across 4 continents and 4 industries.
After graduating from the oldest university in Germany (Heidelberg University) with a Master of Arts in Economics in 1999, Michael went on a journey that took him to Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, China, Paraguay, Lao PDR, Vietnam, the Caribbean and back to Thailand.
After accumulating a wealth of experience working for Global Fortune 500 companies, such as Coca-Cola (Food & Beverages), Henkel (Cosmetics), and Vimpelcom (Telecommunications), Michael became a CEO at just 33 years of age. He quickly carved out a reputation for himself as a creative, charismatic, and highly successful business leader running businesses that had yearly turnovers of up to 700M USD.
Michael is currently the co-founder and CEO of eatigo, the leading online reservation platform for restaurants in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The eatigo connects empty stomachs with empty tables via time-based discounts and with the help of yield management algorithms. A relentless visionary in business, Michael unwinds by playing golf, running Marathons and spending time with his wife, Aimee, and his two children, MJ and Aiana.
Kay is a technology lawyer turned Chief Connecting Officer of MeshMinds – Singapore’s first impact investor in creative technology for good. Previously Director of Arts at The British Council, she worked on finding new ways of connecting with and seeing each other through the arts. Later, as a lawyer, she worked for the world’s leading technology corporations and discovered that the tech industry has been sponsoring artist-in-residency programmes to tap into artists’ creative thinking skills, in the hope that their engineering teams will learn something new or, at least, that the public will see their products in a new light. At the prestigious ArtScience Museum, in January 2018, MeshMinds showcased more than 20 homegrown artists and technologists at Singapore’s first creative innovation lab focused on Art x Technology for Good.
Founding Partner, Openspace Ventures
Hian Goh is a Founding Partner of Openspace Ventures, a Series A venture capital fund focused on Technology and Internet companies in South East Asia. The fund has invested in 8 companies including Gojek, Redmart, Chope and Zimplistic, the makers of Rotimatic.
Openspace’s inaugural fund launched in 2014 is ranked by Prequin as the 3rd best performing VC fund in Asia for its vintage. Of the 15 investments in the fund 1 portfolio, 12 have completed substantial follow-on funding of over 2.2 billion dollars. The portfolio includes Gojek where NSI was the first institutional investor, Singapore fast fashion e-commerce player Love Bonito, as well as Indonesian consumer loan company Finaccel.
Prior to Openspace Ventures, Hian was the Founder of the Asian Food Channel (AFC), a 24Hour food and lifestyle Pay TV network, which was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2013.
Hian began his career as an investment banker and was a founding member of the Salomon Smith Barney Technology investment banking practice in Asia, (now part of Citigroup) in 1999.
Hian graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence (Law) from Trinity College, Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Reserve Officer with the Singapore Navy and is a Board Member of the Singapore Science Centre.
Chairman & CEO, ONE Championship
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 1.7 billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world.
ONE is a celebration of Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, martial arts. Through the magic of storytelling, 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 the “3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports.
Chatri Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
Yansen Kamto is the Chief Executive of KIBAR, a tech-startup ecosystem builder in Indonesia, which produce, mentor, and nurture startups through establishing a platform of innovation hub, tech incubator, and startup management.
Yansen is a Chinese-Indonesian who was born in Pontianak, 3 August 1981. Inspired by his mother’s hard-working ethic in building a small restaurant in his hometown, he started his entrepreneurship journey with principles that his mother taught him since he was a child. He understood that collaboration is the key to innovation, thus in college, he took 3 different majors: marketing, business IT, and advertising. He built a network of friends and colleagues from different backgrounds to be able to see things in many different perspectives.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” In 2011, Yansen, who is famously known for his short pants and bald hair, built KIBAR to achieve a mission that many people think is impossible: all Indonesian should be able to feed themselves. One way to do it is by helping other people to become entrepreneurs and starting their own ventures. This the mission led KIBAR to focus on empowering youth who have the vision and the drive to create solutions
that bring meaningful impact through technology. To further support and flourish more entrepreneurs, KIBAR establishes the foundation of Indonesia’s tech-startup ecosystem by developing solid collaboration between the main stakeholders. In 2014, KIBAR co-initiated Innovative Academy, a university-level tech startup incubator, with Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, the largest and oldest university in Indonesia. In 2015, KIBAR collaborated with the City Government of Surabaya to run Start Surabaya, the first city-level tech startup incubator in Indonesia.
In 2016, with the support of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, KIBAR initiated “Gerakan Nasional 1000 Startup Digital” (the National 1000 Digital Startups movement) with a mission to create 1,000 high-quality startups by 2020 with a total valuation of US$10B. As part of the government’s vision to build Indonesia as ‘The Digital Energy of Asia’, the movement aims to nurture digital startups that are able to provide solutions to huge problems through mentoring and capacity building.
Yansen also established collaboration and partnerships with global institutions such as GSVLabs, French Tech Ticket, Hello Tomorrow, Seedstars World, and Betahaus. In the near future, KIBAR aims to scale up by partnering with tech startup ecosystem players in 10 cities and 4 continents around the world. Up until now, KIBAR has invested in 15 startups, which are Kreavi.com, Ziliun.com, Kratoon, Lab Kinetic, and Telusuri.org to name a few.
Director, Bangkok Venture Club
Robert Lomnitz has been investing capital into early-stage businesses and emerging and frontier markets
for over 20 years, having started his career as a lawyer on Wall Street.
From 1999 to 2002, he worked in the technology industry in the UK during the first dot-com boom and bust,
managing firstly family office money and then the Corporate Venture Capital business of a UK LSE traded
In 2002, he co-founded a UK asset management business which ultimately became Duet Private Equity
Limited ( www.duetgroup.net) and currently manages in excess of $2 billion of institutional money across a
number of emerging market funds.
Since 2009, he has been angel investing in the US and UK and moved to Thailand in 2015 to look for new
He is a Director of the Bangkok Venture Club, Managing Partner of BKVC Investments and is active in the
startup community in Thailand as an investor, advisor, and mentor.
Chief, Student Entrepreneurship Development Academy (SEDA)
Dr. Mullika is a lecturer at Suranaree University of Technology (Thailand) and an InfoDev’s certified trainer to deliver an incubator manager training program. As a lecturer, she teaches courses related to entrepreneurship and human resource development. Dr. Mullika has several years of experience in training and consulting in area of entrepreneurship development, leadership development, team building, human relation in the workplace, strategic planning, and managing business growth. She also has 6 years’ experience as incubator manager at Suranaree University of Technology Business Incubator (SUTBI), IP Management Office, and Science Park. As a manager of SUTBI, she is responsible for planning, managing day to day operation, fund raising, and coaching the clients.
Dr. Mullika had developed and delivered a very successful training program aimed at developing innovative capability of the woman entrepreneurs in The People Republic of Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Caribbean, and Nepal. Currently, Dr. Mullika is the program coordinator for a very innovative master program, Master of Management in Innopreneurship and Business Design which was developed with the government support. She also founded and currently manage the flagship project, the Student Entrepreneurship Development Academy (SEDA), to promote and support the development of entrepreneurship within the university. Her entrepreneurship development model has been transferred and adopted by many universities in Thailand. Dr. Mullika has a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from University of Minnesota (USA.), and MBA. In Human Resource Management.
Andrew Lai is a co-founder and the Accelerator Director of SproutX, the world’s most active investor in early stage agtech companies. With a $10m follow on fund, SproutX is Asia Pacific’s first agtech dedicated venture capital fund. SproutX currently has 19 active startup company investments in diverse areas of agriculture who have raised millions in funding and revenue.
Hassadee Pimsuwan is a founder and software developer working at a 3D printing and Web3D development company, Treebuild. He began his programming career during first year in his undergrad by develop software to convert text parameters to generate 3D graphics on the web. Web3D Campus Visualization and established his first web development agency with his friends on his second year, later he moved to Munich to work with Web3D company there and then moved back to create the Thailand first AR/VR-commerce website that works natively without plug-in by using X3DOM in his 4th year, and received the Best Poster award from Web3D Conference 2012 in Los Angeles with that project. After he graduated, he got hired by software development agency company in Singapore and he worked there for 1 year before moved back to Thailand and started Treebuild company in 2014.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Suranaree University of Technology with first-class honors in 2012 and currently pursuing his Master degree in Innopreneurship and Business Design. He is expected to receive his Master degree in 2018.
He has contributed to Mozilla projects since he was in second year of his undergrad in Thimble and Localization projects and now for A-frame by training and building community in Thailand especially in universities. Additionally, he has contributed to PrestaShop, an open-source e-commerce platform, X3DOM, an open-source framework and runtime for 3D graphics on the web, and OpenJSCAD, a tool for programmer to develop 3D model. His goal is to reduce the social gap and making knowledge more accessible for people and societies.
Managing Director, Digital Ventures
Paul Ark spent the first half of his career as an investment banker, working on IPOs, acquisitions, and private equity deals for global banks Deutsche Bank and Citigroup in Asia and New York, as well as boutique advisories Tonson Capital and Blackwood Ventures in Southeast Asia. He then transitioned to the world of retail by joining Central Retail, working on regional joint ventures and working on the company’s market entry into China and other Asian markets. He spent several years facilitating Apple Retail’s market entry into Asian markets, opening up flagship stores in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, before joining Microsoft and advising on their China retail market entry strategy. Paul is also an active startup mentor and angel investor, having made investments in early stage companies in the United States, China, and Thailand, and currently manages the FinTech venture capital fund for Siam Commercial Bank’s Digital Ventures group. Paul earned his undergraduate business degree at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and his MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Karena, Co-Founder of WHub, member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK), is a pillar of the Hong Kong Startup scene and passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and fostering the ecosystem. She is active as speaker, mentor and judge at international events and acceleration programs (WebSummit, RISE, Tech Open Air, Chicago Booth GNVC, Google EYE, Techstars, global Merlin YPO program and others). In Asia for over 13 years, she had worked previously 15 years for Procter&Gamble in various roles throughout Finance, Sales, Strategy and Management across Europe, North East Asia and Greater China. She holds a double-diploma in business and administration from the University of Mannheim and the MBA business school ESSEC in Paris, volunteers as President on the board of the Parent Faculty Organisation (PFO) of the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) and is involved in driving diversity through the WoW committee of AWA.
Co-Founder & CEO, Ricult
Aukrit Unahalekhaka is the co-founder and CEO (Thailand) of Ricult, a venture-backed social enterprise that leverages machine learning and satellite imagery to help farmers in Thailand and Pakistan increase farm productivity and access affordable loan, helping lift them out of poverty. Ricult has been named the best Social Enterprise in Southeast Asia and Oceania in the Global Social Venture Competition, won the Fintech Disrupt Challenge organized by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and awarded Innovative Agribusiness by United Nations Industrial Developmental Organization. From his work at Ricult, Aukrit was named as one of Thailand Top Entrepreneurs Under 35 by the Royal Thai Government and one of ASEAN-Australia Top Social Entrepreneurs Under 35 by the Australian Government. Aukrit received a joint master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT where he was a fellow at the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to MIT, he was a consultant at Accenture in the Boston office and a software engineer at Cisco in Silicon Valley.
Founder & CEO, Moonwhale
Martin Källström is founder and CEO of Moonwhale, the app for social crypto trading. The Moonwhale team has been holdling BTC since 2011 and auto-trading crypto since 2014. Now they are turning their blockchain skills into code for the benefit of mankind.
In his previous companies Twingly and Narrative, Martin Källstöm raised in total $12M from Silicon Valley top-tier VC firms Khosla Ventures and True Ventures, managed by top tech gurus Keith Rabois and Om Malik.
Narrative launched the Narrative Clip, the world’s smallest wearable camera. It has received numerous awards for innovation and design, is a multinational product selling across 50 countries and has been copied by both Google and Tencent into Google Clips and Tencent Qlippie.
Twingly is the world’s first spam-free search engine for blogs indexing 100M+ blogs. Twingly serviced the top newspapers in the world by forming communities of bloggers around their content and serving billions of widget views daily.
Martin is a public speaker from Web Summit, TEDx Stockholm, The Symposium, Le Web London and others.
Founder & CEO, VRCORE
Rebecca is the founder and CEO of VRCORE, which is the biggest VR community in China. She started her work in VR since 2014 and has a lot of experience for VR events. Now Rebecca is focusing on promoting China VR industry and bridging the connection between VR industries in China and other regions.
Dr. Boonrat is a professor of metallurgical engineering at Chulalongkorn University. He has received numerous awards including both Thailand Young Metallurgist award and Thailand Young Technologist award from Princess Mahachakkri Sirindhorn, as well as applied research awards such as Research Award, and Innovation Award from the Santa Fe Symposium for jewelry manufacturing technology and Research Commercialization award. He has pioneered the 3D printing of biomedical titanium for orthopedic and neuro-plastic applications with fully customized design. The commercialization of research gave birth to Meticuly, a spin-off company that focuses on the platform to create on-demand devices for leading medical professors from medical schools in Thailand. Products that are currently in clinical trial stage include fully anatomical orthopedic devices that restore full range of motions and expedite recovery. The drop-in solution allow for minimally-invasive incision and short surgical theater time. Meticuly recently received the following awards: First Place of the Digital Venture Accelerator batch 1, and First Place at the 5th Seedstars Global Summit’s pitch corner.
Senior Director & Co-Director, Topica Edtech Group, Topica Founder Institute
Bobby Liu is a global citizen, having lived and worked in 5 different countries. A keen learner, he appreciates the differences in cultural background of people and what make them tick.
Ideas abound, he started a coworking space/incubator called Hub.IT, a space that provides to young entrepreneurs a conducive environment to innovate and share collective experiences, and in the process contributing to building a great entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hanoi and Vietnam. Hub.IT was acquired by Topica end of 2015, where he’s now the Senior Director of Topica Edtech Group and co-director of the Topica Founder Institute.
Bobby Liu is also a current and active mentor of the Google Developer Launchpad Accelerator and is also advising on numerous startups in Southeast Asia.
He is very active in the startup community, volunteering his time to mentoring startups and helping them achieve their goals. One of the initiatives he pioneered is an umbrella platform called Techfest.
CEO & Founder, FlySpaces
Mario is a true global professional with extensive experience in leadership, strategy, innovation and international expansion. Mario has built, managed and trained sales and operations teams across Africa (Angola & Nigeria) and the APAC region (Papua New Guinea, Macau, Angola, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong)
Under Mario’s leadership, Easy Taxi (Rocket Internet-backed company) become Asia’s biggest taxi application with operations in 9 countries and counting.
Mario also established and manage regional and global partnerships with top tech companies like We Chat, Waze, Line and Xiaomi as well as top local partners among Malls, Telecom Operators and big brands in the FMCG space.
With more than 6 years in the region, Mario is passionate about building and training sales, marketing and operations teams across Asia and fostering entrepreneurship throughout various speaking events he had performed across the region and around the globe.
Mario is also passionate about empowering and enabling people, developing businesses and supporting companies and institutions all around the world. Driven by success he strongly believes that we are in the era where relationship is the key to stand out and excel in today’s competitive business environment.
Co-Founder, Map of the Money
Arnaud Bonzom is the co-founder of Map of the Money, an organization that helps entrepreneurs to navigate the funding landscape in Southeast Asia.
Arnaud Bonzom is Venture Partner at 500 Startups with a focus on helping Southeast Asian entrepreneurs to succeed. He is also a frequent speaker at several global conferences including Slush, Tech in Asia, Rise and Web Summit.
Arnaud is also active as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and has co-authored a report with INSEAD on how the largest organizations are engaging with startups which achieved press coverage across 28 countries and generated more than 110 speaking engagement invitations.
He has been invited by Accenture, Airbus, Allianz, AXA, BMW, Deloitte, Standard Chartered, as well as the Estonian and the Singaporean Governments, among others to share his input on Corporate Innovation and Startup Ecosystem.
His extensive work in the startup ecosystem received more than 160 citations in prominent media such as Forbes, Bloomberg TV and Les Echos. His research is also quoted by leading organizations including Bain, SAP, BNP Paribas, and Orange.
His main research interest is in Startups and Innovation. More generally, he is fond of subjects which combine several if not all of the following themes: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Corporate Development, Corporate Startup Engagement, and Building a Startup Ecosystem
He is also the co-founder of Map the Money, an organization that helps entrepreneurs to raise funds in Southeast Asia. As well as the author of The Asia Funding / M&A Newsletter and the Singapore startup ecosystem and entrepreneur toolbox.
Head of Corporate Venture, Hanwha
JinA is the Head of Corporate Venture at Hanwha, where she focuses on developing the Group’s strategic investment roadmap, launching new funds and forming investment consortiums with strategic partners, capturing value on investment opportunities, and creating connectivity among the various players in the innovation ecosystem. Hanwha Group is one of the largest conglomerates in Korea and a GLOBAL FORTUNE 250 Company with 60 subsidiaries across 3 main pillars of businesses: Manufacturing · Construction, Finance (AUM of $140Bn), Service · Leisure.
JinA began her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco and London where she specialized in developing growth and marketing strategy for global tech and consumer goods companies. Prior to joining Hanwha, she was a founder & CEO of CHOPCHOP, a London-based food tech startup.
Founder, BLOCK M.D. (THA)
Sathapon Patanakua is serial entrepreneur, MD and Founder of SmartContract (Thailand) Co, Ltd., and BLOCK M.D. He is now also serving as a Board member of Thai FinTech Association.
Graduated in Computer Engineering and experienced in enterprise and start-up environments, Sathapon is the enthusiastic technology leader with a decade-long track record of delivering disruptive solutions with commercial success.
As an early participant in the Blockchain, Smart Contract, and ICO ecosystems, and an active advocate for diversity in tech, Sathapon is working closely with industry players in financial and healthcare services, regulators as well as policy makers, to help raising mainstream awareness, advancing ideas that foster growth and innovation.
Company Bio: SmartContract (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is the blockchain lab who experts in blockchain, smart contract, and ICO space in Thailand and Asia. Our team is constantly striving to expand its expertise and capabilities as the technology opens up new
Rosaline Chow Koo
Founder & CEO, CXA Group
Frustrated by the lack of technology to address client pain points of escalating costs due to worsening employee health, Rosaline invested all her family’s savings of $5M and borrowed another $5M to build her start-up, CXA. As the APAC Leader of Mercer Marsh Benefits, she had grown the 14 APAC countries 800% over 8 years.
Since launching 4 years ago, CXA has acquired Singapore’s largest broker, won 550 corporate clients and awards in HR, healthcare, insurance and entrepreneurship. Now CXA is valued at $100M after raising $33M to expand across Asia.
Rosaline supervised P&G factory lines in Iowa before working for Bankers Trust in New York. Rosaline launched two tech start-ups in Asia during the dot-com boom, before moving to ACE Insurance to lead alternative distribution channels. Rosaline graduated from UCLA with a Cybernetics degree and received an MBA from Columbia University.
Co-Founder & COO, Peili Vision
Mikko is co-founder and chief operating officer of Peili Vision, working on building operational capabilities and on expansion of Peili Vision to international markets. He is MS in engineering and has previous experience of co-founding, leading and building a design & analytics company from a zero to an established player.
Peili Vision was founded in 2015 based on the vision to help people in rehabilitation with a rehabilitation platform by combining best practices, VR technology, data and gamification. We are on a mission to empower every patient in need to train at their home with the best exercises designed by professionals.
The solutions is used and loved by more than 15 public and private organizations in Nordics.
Co-Founder & CEO, HelloGold
Robin Lee is the Co-Founder and CEO of HelloGold, which is a Shariah-compliant gold app. Robin is the former CFO of the World Gold Council and brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts about the gold market. He was the principal accounting officer for SPDR Gold Trust (‘GLD’), the world’s largest gold fund, which held over US$30 billion in assets under management. His WGC experience includes supporting the launch of the world’s first exchange traded, wholesale kilo gold contract and introducing a gold savings program with ICBC which generated annual sales of $6.5 billion.
Co-Founder & COO, Socialgiver
Aliza is the co-founder and COO of the award-winning social enterprise, Socialgiver. She is revolutionizing fundraising by tapping into consumer spending power with the vision of turning the world’s spare capacity into social progress. She launched Socialgiver – an innovative solution that helps consumers, businesses, and social projects to work together to create positive social impact. This giving ecosystem is based in Thailand and hopes to change the world by working together in a creative and sustainable way that promotes a better, more inclusive society.
Her interest in creating social impact project stems from her previous roles in the corporate sector managing new project developments for top retailers from a supply chain and distribution perspective for more than 9 years. Combining with her passion to create a positive change to the community and the environment, she works with the philosophy that in order to create sustainable change, it must be done through public participation.
She has led Socialgiver to win awards such as the Thailand’s Social Enterprise Award, The Venture Thailand, ASEAN Innovation for Impact, Siam Innovation District Grand Winner, Regional mobile app challenge, and a winner of the Global Social Venture Competition for South East Asia alongside being nominated as a Changemaker by the US State Department program and an active member of the Young South East Asian Leader Initiative where she was invited to meet with former President Obama.
Prior to Socialgiver, Aliza has received her Master’s Degree in Master of Science in Supply Engineering and Logistics from the University of Warwick, UK and her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management from Chulalongkorn University.
Aliza loves traveling, reading, playing sports, cooking and urban sketching.
Founder, Cento Ventures
Dmitry is the founder of Cento Ventures (www.cento.vc), an early stage venture firm focused on supporting digital businesses operating across multiple fragmented emerging markets. Cento has been in operation since 2011, with the majority of its investments concentrated in Southeast Asia. Cento’s portfolio includes, among others, region’s premier digital payments player 2C2P (Thailand), region’s first and leading direct carrier billing provider Coda Payments (Indonesia), SEA’s largest digital advertising platform CtrlShift (Singapore / Malaysia), region’s fastest growing price comparison platform iPrice (Malaysia), and several transactional marketplaces including Malaysia- based financial product delivery expert Jirnexu (Ringgitplus) and Thailand-based regional medical services aggregator Medical Departures. As the general partner of several funds under Cento’s management, Dmitry is responsible for overseeing all investment and fund activities in Southeast Asia.
Dmitry formerly served as an advisor to several investment groups and corporations pursuing technology and media opportunities across developing Asia, with Media Development Authority of Singapore, Singtel, ru-Net, IDG Ventures Vietnam, SUP Media, Livejournal.com, Chinese Founders Fund, VIVA Media and Nusantara Ventures among his clients.
In 2008-2009, Dmitry was part of the investment team at IDG Ventures, where he provided extensive operational support to portfolio companies in Vietnam and was in charge of sourcing and assessment of investment opportunities in Indonesia and Singapore.
Prior to that, Dmitry spent several years in business development roles with Yahoo! Southeast Asia, negotiating a series of content, distribution, monetization and technology deals for Yahoo! in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Dmitry also acted as a business strategist for the regional Managing Director, working on vertical strategies for e-commerce, gaming, travel, finance, telecom and other sectors.
Before his move to Asia, Dmitry served as a CMO at Digital Design, a leading Russian enterprise software solutions provider, focusing on brand development, lead generation, and relationship
Co-Founder, Head & Managing Partner, 500 Startups Japan.
James is the co-founder and head of 500 Startups’ $35m fund for Japan, and recently listed in Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30. Prior to 500 Startups, James covered early stage investments for DeNA’s venture arm, focusing on Silicon Valley and Asia. He drove DeNA’s first investments in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and India. His notable investments include SmartHR, Infostellar, Coins.ph, Within, and Penrose VR.
Founder & CEO, Fingerprint for Success
Michelle Duval was one of the first professional coaches in the world, and has coaches some of the world most successful and founder through to multiple billion IPOs. She is a researcher, author and the founder of three international businesses, her most recent a ground breaking people analytics coaching platform.
VR / Creative Technologist, Immersively Singapore & KL
Lionel Chok – VR / Creative Technologist (Immersively Singapore & KL). After a somewhat advancing and cozy career path over the past 18 years in media, design, tech, and creatives, Lionel traded in his work life to take on a student role yet again, when he tried on the Oculus DK2 for the first time in 2012. Researching deeply about Virtual Reality during that period, Lionel realized this emerging technology could be the game-changer for media and content, and thus – uprooted himself to pursue a postgraduate degree in Creative Technology; specializing in Augmented and Virtual Reality – in London. There, he produced – possibly London’s first ever 360 Dance staged at Middlesex University and also Singapore Inside out (London) a VR experience (www.sgiolondon.com) for the touring exhibition by Singapore Tourism Board. After completing and achieving distinction in his postgraduate studies, he returned to Singapore – launched his startup: iMMERSiVELY – and immediately became a much sought after consultant and speaker in the fields of Virtual Reality.
Investment Partner, Early Stage Investor
Monthida was an active angel investor in early-stage tech companies. She was involved in local accelerators in Singapore and now she is with Cocoon Capital as an Investment Partner – investing in seed stage companies across SE
Co-Founder & CEO, JuiceInnov8
Sean is the CEO & co-founder of JuiceInnov8, a university spin-off deep tech startup in food- biotechnology space, with a mission to reinvent a better juice with less sugar & lower calories.
Juiceinnov8 is the only startup from Asia that got selected to join the first cohort of TERRA, a food+agtech accelerator founded by Rabobank & RocketSpace in Silicon Valley and also listed in Top 500 Global Deep-Tech Startups from Hello Tomorrow Global Summit in Paris in 2017.
Prior to JuiceInnov8, Sean co-founded FaceCard and FrappeDesign and worked in automotive industry with BM FormTec(Thailand) and EBZ Bm FormTec GmbH and, a leading die design & manufacturing consultant with key clients like VW, Ford, and Magna.
Sean earned a masters degree in Marketing (MIM) from Thammasat Business School and a bachelor degree in Automotive Engineering from Chulalongkorn University.
General Partner, Creative Ventures
Previously as Chief Strategy Officer of his family business – SHARP Thailand – Champ maintains an extensive network of Southeast Asian corporates and family businesses. With his background in innovation consulting in New York and San Francisco, Champ has amassed significant experiences guiding both Fortune 500 companies and startups through work on both strategy and innovation. Thanks to his in-depth understanding of both the startup ecosystem and corporate innovation, Champ is uniquely qualified to help corporates take advantage of breakthrough technologies.
Partner, Creative Ventures
A serial startup founder/investor and operator in Silicon Valley since the dotcom days, Ted started service marketplace startups, a data analytics business, and a nano-materials company. A business operator veteran, he serves as an Executive Advisor at Boon Rawd Brewery and was Chief Business Development Officer at Ananda Development, one of Thailand’s fastest growing real estate developer. Ted works closely with scientists, entrepreneurs, and corporates in order to commercialize emerging technologies.
With over twenty years of experience, Ted has been developing innovations for more than twenty family conglomerates, corporations, and startups. His passion and experience provide significant value in bridging deep technology innovation between Southeast Asia and Silicon Valley.
Founder & Managing Director, Made in Asia
Jennifer is the Founder and Managing Director of Made in Asia, a new media consultancy and Creative Tech Lab. Previously, she led communication strategy for a wide range of clients such as early-stage philanthropic grant non-profit, Synergy Social Ventures, Singapore’s Impact Investment Exchange, and Johnson & Johnson. Now, she uses the power of storytelling and ARVR to better connect with and learn from local communities in need. Made In Asia provides a space for artists, technologists, academics, and local communities to explore creative solutions to ASEAN problems, together.
Jennifer has been telling stories both on paper and on stage for the past decade. After earning a degree in Literary Journalism from the University of California, Irvine, she’s published stories in NBC Asian America, Quartz, Bangkok Post, Narratively, and more. In her spare time, Jennifer competes in Moth style story slams around SF, LA, and sometimes BKK.
Co-Founder, Chiiwii Live
Dr. Sakunee Niranvichaiya is a co-founder of Chiiwii Live – mobile application, an online telehealth consultation platform.
She is a Dermatologist and a hair specialist, from Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. Her work experience includes over 11 years working in Thai healthcare system, lectured, researched and published internationally.
She has seen many opportunities for improvement in Thai public health system. One of the major ones is a limited access to health information from healthcare specialists. Therefore in 2016, she co-founded the free Q&A web-board, where every questions be answered by a group of volunteered healthcare specialists. Moreover, in order to let people get access to consulting with healthcare specialists more efficiently, Chiiwii Live was established.
She led Chiiwii Live to win in many startup competitions. Above all that, Chiiwii Live had won first prize in “Start Jerusalem Entrepreneurs Competition 2017” which allow her to be part of an accelerator program in Israel.
Executive Director, Bangkok Venture Club
Surawat (Sam) Promyotin is CEO/Co-Founder of STYLHUNT and Executive Director of Bangkok Venture Club (BangkokVC). STYLHUNT is an e-commerce startup addressing social commerce unique to emerging and mobile-first markets, and BangkokVC is the largest accredited angel investor group in Thailand. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and from Sasin Chulalongkorn Graduate Institute of Business Administration with an Executive MBA.
Susie A. Ruff
Founder, RUFF & CO
Susie A. Ruff is the founder of RUFF & CO. Business Innovation where she passionately works in the field of Health Innovation and tech solutions for Healthcare and Wellness. She has more than 25 years of experience, among others in leadership. She has held positions such as Head of Healthcare Innovation Centre, Head of Innovation and Tech Transfer, Head of Trade Department and Regional Export Sales and Marketing Manager. Susie has worked in both public organizations and private corporations such as The Capital Region of Denmark (Healthcare), The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Danish Design Centre.
Susie holds an M.Sc. in International Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and has a global mindset. She has studied and worked in several countries, among others the USA, Spain, France and Argentina. She is the external lecturer at the 2-year full-time M.Sc. in Innovation in Healthcare at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Susie A. Ruff has completed several executive courses in innovation from Stanford University as well as the Advanced Management Program in Innovation in Healthcare from IESE, Imperial College and Copenhagen Business School.
Data Scientist, Robinhood
Saint Vesdapunt is a Data Scientist at Robinhood, a fintech startup in Silicon Valley, California, that offers commission-free trading of stocks, options, ETFs, and cryptocurrencies. Robinhood’s mission is to democratize access to America’s financial system. The fastest-growing brokerage ever, Robinhood has over 4 million users, over $100 billion in transaction volume, and is valued at $5.6 billion. Prior to his role leading Robinhood’s growth efforts, Saint worked on Facebook’s search, Google’s knowledge graph, Yelp’s ad targeting, and at an identity verification, fraud, credit score startup acquired by Stripe.
Saint received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, advised by Prof. Hector Garcia-Molina. His thesis was titled “Entity Resolution and Tracking on Social Networks”. Saint earned his bachelors from Columbia University and graduated as valedictorian. He also plays competitive Scrabble and is ranked 3rd in California.
CEO, GroupM, mInteraction Company Limited
He entered the Internet sector during its initial stages with his work at The Siam Cement Public Company Limited and Shin Corporation. Afterwards he helped support Siam2you’s transition into becoming Thai Dot Com Company which is at present, listed on the Thai stock market.
He is the CEO of GroupM Thailand and the CEO of mInteraction Company Limited.
He is a consultant on budget management for communications and public relations for over 300 brands.
In addition to this he also works to support Thailand’s digital sector, the Digital Advertising Association (Thailand) and various leading educational institutions of Thailand.
CEO, Sycamore Media Holdings
Neel Chowdhury is a graduate of Harvard and Oxford University, where he studied English Literature and Philosophy. He has worked as a Writer for FORTUNE Magazine and a Page-One Editor of The Wall Street Journal Asia. He is currently CEO of Sycamore Media Holdings, the parent company of Inc. Southeast Asia. He is based in Singapore.
Director, 500 Startups
Mameaw — Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree 2018 under Finance and VC category, is Director at 500 TukTuks – a 15 Million USD micro-fund focused on promising Thai startups in seed stage. 500 TukTuks has invested in over 50 companies in the past 34 months and is also the most active investor in Thailand. Mameaw was in charge of all deal operations along with deal sourcing and investors / portfolio support, gaining solid hands-on experiences in every aspect of running a fund. Previous to joining 500 TukTuks, Mameaw was a Money-Market Dealer at Bangkok Bank and graduated from Imperial College London with MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management.
Director, Verizon Ventures
Roni Burrell is a Director at Verizon Ventures. Prior to joining Verizon Ventures, she was an Investment Director at Nautilus, Aol’s early stage investment arm in Israel, which she co-founded in 2014. Roni has over 20 years of experience in Product Management, User Experience and Design where she held roles and led projects for brands like Nokia Design UK, Phillips CE, Aol Video (formerly 5min media), and an array of successful video and social media companies. Roni’s an active member of the Israeli Product and Design community, helping to grow the next generation of professionals.
Roni earned her MDes from the University of Westminster, London, and her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem. She’s based in Tel Aviv.
Akharavat is the Chief Robot Whisperer at TouchCore Co, Ltd (aka CEO). He is passionate about solving business bottlenecks through automation, highly focused on e-commerce and social commerce. Along with is team, he founded OneChat, an online self service chatbot building platform, launched in 2017. They are currently bridging the gap between humans & AI for social commerce customer service. They have managed to solve parts of the Thai language problems for NLP in a simple way.
OneChat is currently being used by over 200 SME’s businesses in Thailand, and has replied to over 5 million chats to over 600,000 individuals. Akharavat has over 18 years of experience with digital marketing, social media, ecommerce, and chat- commerce. When not working he enjoys scuba diving, travelling, and photography.
Dr. Chedtha is the co-founder of Meticuly, a university spin-off company in medical device that focuses on the platform to design and manufacture on-demand titanium implants using 3D printing technology. The technology allows each bone-replacement implant to be tailored made to fit each individual and facilitates the surgeons for minimally-invasive incision and short surgical time. Meticuly recently received the First Place and Popular Vote awards of the Digital Venture Accelerator batch 1.
Dr. Chedtha also serves a professor of metallurgical engineering at Chulalongkorn University. He has pioneered the metal additive manufacturing for orthopaedics and biomedical applications and has received numerus awards including Thailand Young Outstanding Metallurgist Award and excellence research awards. He earned his doctoral degree in Materials Engineering from Imperial College London.
Dr. Damian Tan
Managing Director, Vickers Venture Partners
Dr. Damian Tan joined Vickers in 2005 as a Venture Partner. He has been a Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee since July 1, 2014, and is based in Singapore. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of IT in companies such as Hewlett Packard, Digital, Far East Computers, Olivetti, Oracle and Apple. Damian also has extensive project management experience, having been involved with the direction of large, complex technology projects in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the U.S.
Damian earned his professional degree from the British Computer Society, and holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the California Intercontinental University and a Master of Science with Distinction from Middlesex University.
Damian has held various leadership positions, including Chairman of Entrepreneurship of the Singapore Polytechnic Graduates Guild Executive committee and Chairman of the Focus IT Group of the Singapore Polytechnic Alumni Network. He is fluent in English and Malay.
Founder and CEO, UbiQD
Hunter McDaniel, PhD is the founder and CEO of UbiQD, the global leader in large area applications for quantum dots. The company has identified ‘killer apps’ for quantum dots in agriculture and solar windows. McDaniel founded UbiQD in 2014 after completing a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Chemistry Division. Under his leadership, the company has steadily grown revenues and now has more than 11 full time employees. McDaniel has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and has published more than 30 scientific papers and patents. Prior to studying in Illinois, he earned bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara.
Partner, Chief Innovation Officer, ArcticStartup
Today Jan chairs Arctic15, a high-profile startup business event held in Helsinki by ArcticStartup, and has been the main force of growing the event from 400 attendees to 1500+ attendees in a short time. He does not stop there and currently has a couple of ArcticStartup spin offs on his table, and his passion for food reflects in the new projects too. Entrepreneur-by heart – and by actions since 1998. Being an expert in spotting new opportunities and creating new concepts, Jan has been partner or co-founder in seven different companies in various industries. In the early 2000’s he was pioneering some of the very first WAP, SMS, and interactive TV based wireless games and fantasy sports games in the Nordic countries. Jan loves to watch Shark Tank and The Profit on his free time. And he is a FC Barcelona fan.
Creel Price had launched ten businesses before finishing high school and a further two at university. At age of twenty-five, he co-founded Blueprint Management Group with $5,000 dollars and grew it to over a 1,000 employees – exiting a decade later for a $109 million.
Since then Creel has dedicated his time fostering entrepreneurship on a global scale. His Club Kidpreneur Foundation has helped launch 14,000 micro-businesses in 700 schools across Australia. He is the author of best-selling business bookThe One Thing to Win at the Game of Business and through his latest venture, Investible, he has invested in over 70 companies including seed investments in unicorns Canva and Ipsy and holds founder development programs across five countries.
Sir Richard Branson, in his bookScrew Business As Usual,described Creel as ‘the living, breathing definition of an entrepreneur
Founder & CEO, Biohax International
Jowan Österlund is getting under people’s skin, one microchip implant at a time. A body piercer turned biotech entrepreneur, he’s leading commercial biohacking in Sweden with his vision of seamless interaction between humans and technology. It’s an evolution that could shift us from the internet of things to what he’s dubbed “the internet of us.” Inspired by the possible realities embedded in science fiction, Jowan turned inspiration from things like the
1995 Keanu Reeves movieJohnny Mnemonicinto research, reality and a career. After over 15 years of experience in sterile procedure for piercing and body modification – he’s performed over 30,000 piercings – he founded Biohax International in 2013. The cornerstone of his company is Biohax, a passive near field communications device (no battery, tracking systems or GPS) that enables the carrier to provide identification and other security clearance in a connected environment, saving time and enhancing personal security. For Jowan, his company’s technology must go hand in hand with the standardization of bio-devices for the public, such as regulatory processes and development of legislation. Installations happen at Jowan’s full-service piercing studio, Federal City, where he performs NFC and RFID implants alongside piercing and body modification. Chips take less than a second to implant, are “safer than a piercing” and can immediately work with your phone, unlock doors, pay for purchases and integrate with other digital media, in effect letting humans easily speak the language of machines in a hyper-connected world.
Director, Data Science Services
Joydeep Sarkar, Director Data Science Services, is at the helm of Holmusk’s data analytics projects, guiding a team of data scientists in the creation of scalable, robust, predictive analytics solutions. Joydeep holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH.
After completing several years of research at CWRU and Cleveland Clinic, Joydeep joined an up and coming start-up in biosimulation and analytics as a mathematical modeler. Over the next 8 years he led a large team of scientists and modelers to develop large scale mathematical models of disease progression for prediction of clinical trials. He worked closely with ICU clinicians and scientists to develop a variety of analytical solutions around advanced research and drug discovery and development for hospitals and clinics. Before joining Holmusk, Joydeep held a managerial position at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Healthcare Advisory, leading multiple projects involving the application of advanced
analytics solutions for payers, providers and top pharma companies across US, Japan, New Zealand and the Middle East. He continues to pursue his passion of research alongside his professional work, and has a laudable track record of publications over the last decade.
At Holmusk, Joydeep’s focus is on building a team of data scientists to deliver unparalleled analytics services across the healthcare value chain. Along with subject matter expertise in analytics, he brings a deep understanding of disease pathophysiology and a keen understanding of the business concerns of clients. Holmusk data science is developing proprietary modeling methods to specifically leverage “big data” in healthcare. Joydeep is a believer in propelling forward the application of data and analytics in order to drive decision- making and operations in healthcare in highly innovative ways. He sees the greatest scope for lowering the economic burden of healthcare expenditure across the world in proving the efficacy of new data-driven pathways to improve clinical outcomes.
Founder & Managing Director, KP Venture Partners
Narith has over 20 years working for MNCs and since have transitioned from the corporate world to an entrepreneur life in which he is involved in several startup businesses. He’s also an investor with interest in fin-tech, cryptocurrency, blockchain and always seeking new business ventures and opportunities. Currently he is the founder and managing director of KP Venture Partners which focus on M&A deals and fund raising for companies and startups and is a co-founder and managing director of ImpacTech Thailand which is a business consulting company that empowers impact driven technology companies and startups by offering customized acceleration programs.
Founder & Managing Director, Integrity Partners, Eaton Square
Jay has over 25 years of experience in banking, asset & wealth management and professional services and has been based in Hong Kong since 2000. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Integrity Partners and a Principal at Eaton Square and focuses on strategy consulting, cross-border M&A and capital. Jay was previously Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, where he held Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy & Business Development roles in the Investment Bank, the Private Bank and Asset Management. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Jay held senior positions in the Financial Services practices of global strategy consulting firms, i.e. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and A.T. Kearney (ATK). Jay has worked across Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia) and was previously based in the U.S. (San Francisco, Chicago). He advises and maintains a strong network of global and Asian banks, insurers, asset managers, conglomerates, sovereign institutions, family offices, private equity, venture capital and innovative / high growth firms. Jay speaks at conferences and is on the Board of Advisors and an Investor in venture funds and promising start-ups. Jay has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics from Pomona College. He has a Diploma: Non-Executive Director from the Financial Times / Pearsons and is a Fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (HKIoD), which has conferred him a Diploma in Company Direction and Certificates in Listed Company Direction and the Role of an Independent Non-Executive Director.
Founder, Bit Studio
Kiattiyot Panichprecha is the founder of Bit Studio, a creative technology firm which combines creative ideas with advanced technologies such as machine learning, computer vision and computer graphics. With just over five years, Bit Studio’s works have been exhibited in various creative landmarks around the world including San Francisco, (Computer History Museum), Atlanta (Platform Summit), and Milan (Milan Design Week). The company’s works have also been featured on TED Global, Designboom, The Creators Project, The New York Times, Fast Company and more for their display of creativity and ground-breaking applications of technologies.
Founder & CEO, Box24
Nithipont is a CEO and founder of Box24 a network of 24/7 smart lockers that provides delivery convenience, eliminate missed deliveries, closing times and the need to queue. Currently with 150 lockers in Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, Box24 offers a full range of services from WashBox24 (24/7 laundry and dry cleaning locker), MoveBox24 (24/7 parcel delivery locker), ShopBox24 (24/7 ecommerce locker), DropBox24 (24/7 personal storage locker), and PayBox24 (24/7 bill payment locker).
Box24 deploys a patented “Flexi Door” system that can merge small individual doors into one big door which helps provide greater flexibility with different sizes of in-coming articles. The locker also deploys an “Off-the-Shelf” setup meaning the locker can be set up in market with minimal setup cost. In 2015, Box24 was voted one of the top 10 best tech startups in the emerging market by Seedstars World.
Head of Business Development, Energy Web Foundation
Oriol Pujoldevall is head of business development at the Energy Web Foundation. Mr. Pujoldevall started his career developing solutions for decentralized energy generation in African rural areas. Pursuing further education in both the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona) and the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockcholm), he specialized in smart cities and sustainable development. His expertise in distributed generation, electricity markets and energy forecasting brought his interest towards Blockchain technology. Mr. Pujoldevall directed the creation of the first online educational program on Blockchain in the Energy Sector, seeking to take the technology to the mainstream of energy. He has since been an advocate of blockchain innovation in the energy industry.
Managing Director, LINE Thailand
Ariya Banomyong is the first Managing Director of LINE Thailand. He has overseen LINE’s marketing strategies and advanced business development in Thailand since October 2015.
Ariya has a track record of strong leadership combined with 18 years of experience and extensive industry knowledge in the technology and mobile business areas.
Prior to joining LINE, Ariya was the first Country Head of Google Thailand , where he was responsible for sales and business development. Before that, he was the Chief Commercial Officer at True Corporation, where he led the company’s convergence strategy.
In addition to his international experiences, Ariya w as fo rme rly responsible for customer relationship management at Netonomy and partner channel development at Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories (formerly a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent) in France. He initially
started his career in telecommunications at Orange in Romania, where he was responsible for project management and customer service development.
Ariya holds two Master’s degrees—one in Mathematics & IT from the University of Marne-La-Vallée in France, and another in Management from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He also speaks four languages—Thai, English, French and German.
Chai got Master Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Energy Systems. After graduated, he has experienced in commercial and industrial energy management projects and obtained multiple international energy standards. He believes that it’s time for using IoT technology and AI to disrupt energy management.
ENRES is an energy startup using IoT and AI technologies to help commercial buildings and factories use energy more efficient. Our customers can now have 24/7 real-time analytic system with an online expert that continuously recommend the optimization for you in real-time. We aim to help reduce the energy demand and consumption throughout the region.
CEO & Director, Taokaenoi Food & Marketing Public Company Limited
Mr. Itthipat Peeradechapan has been Chief Executive Officer and Director of Taokaenoi Food & Marketing Public Company Limited since 2004. Mr. Peeradechapan has been a Director of Peeradechapan Holding Co., Ltd.; Chubcheeva Co., Ltd.; and Omise Co., Ltd. since 2014. He has been a Director of Tokyo Runway Marketing Co., Ltd. since 2013; Dr. Tobi Co., Ltd. since 2010; Want More Industry Co., Ltd. since 2008; and NCP Trading and Supply Co., Ltd. since 2004. He has been a Director of Twenty Four Projects Co., Ltd. and Taokaenoi Restaurant & Franchise Co., Ltd. since 2009. He served as a Director of Gen C Inspire Corporation Co., Ltd. from 2012 to 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Entrepreneur from University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
– Itthipat ” Tob” Peeradechapan, dropped out of college in 2004 to start a small business selling roasted chestnuts at supermarkets.
– Two years later he latched on to seaweed snacks, a market in which his Taokaenoi Food & Marketing now has a 70% market share.
– The company gets more than 60% of its $168 million revenue from overseas.
– Taokaenoi sells in 40 countries, including China, its biggest overseas market.
CEO & Co-Founder, igloohome
Anthony is CEO and co-founder of igloohome, which helps people manage their homes & properties through innovative technologies.
igloohome smart locks and lockboxes allow home & property owners to grant time-sensitive access to visitors remotely, via a mobile app. igloohome is a partner of Airbnb and Homeaway. igloohome products work offline, so they eliminate worries of wifi disruption or hacking.
Anthony has a Masters from Stanford University specialising in big data. He previously led a team of data scientists and engineers to develop systems with proprietary algorithms to drive customer engagement and conversion in one of the leading telecommunications company in South-East Asia. He is also currently the Vice President of the Singapore Proptech Association.
Chief Commercial Officer, Love, Bonito
Currently the Chief Commercial Officer at Love, Bonito, Dione is responsible for driving the growth and strategy of Love, Bonito’s global expansion, fundraising and driving the brand’s performance and innovation. For her day-to-day, she oversees the Marketing, Operations, Merchandising, Design, Business Development, Finance and Tech teams.
Prior to this, she spent a year at Sephora Digital heading up the Australia & New Zealand and the Digital Marketing for the region. Before that, she was the Managing Director of ZALORA Singapore, the largest online fashion retailer in Southeast Asia, where she spearheaded several notable projects including ZALORA’s first foray into click-and-mortar retail stores.
CEO & Founder, mu Space Corp
James Yenbamroong is the founder and CEO of mu Space Corp, a company that develops advanced satellite and space travel services. The company designs and builds terrestrial digital infrastructure, and plans to launch its own satellite in 2020.
James has work background in satellite design, wireless technology, aerospace systems and energy exploration. He had worked at Northrop Grumman Corporation in the US, where he led a project on unmanned vehicle systems.
James holds a bachelor degree in aerospace engineering and a master degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California.
Tech Guru, Explore 360
Utilizing state of the art technology, Al Caudullo’s multiple award-winning career has spanned 30+ years of video production including excellence in HD, 3D, 4K UHD and now 360VR. Career highlights include the 72nd Annual Academy Awards, and his 360 VR work includes Blend Media, Celestica, Getty Images 360, DiscoveryVR, and UNICEF.
These are just a few clients who have utilized Al’s unique vision for the conception of new and compelling storytelling.
Kong Ho Chua
Technology Editor, South China Morning Post,
Mr Chua Kong Ho is the technology editor at the South China Morning Post, where he leads a team of editors and reporters covering the intersection of technological innovation and the rise of China. Mr Chua joined the Post from Bloomberg, where he spent more than a decade in a variety of roles, including nine years in Shanghai as a correspondent and editor. He has hailed private cars and taxis with a sharing app, stayed at Airbnb apartments while on vacation but owns a powerbank and umbrella.
Multimedia Journalist, CNBC International
Uptin Saiidi is a Multimedia Journalist for CNBC International, currently based in Hong Kong.
He covers tech, travel, startups, sharing economy, the future of work and more. His stories can be seen across CNBC’s main T.V. channel, CNBC.com, YouTube and Facebook.
Before relocating to Asia, Uptin worked on CNBC’s "Power Lunch" at the network’s global headquarters.
Prior to joining CNBC, Uptin was a digital producer at MTV News in New York. Uptin is a graduate of The George Washington University where he studied Finance, International Business and Communications.
You can follow him on Twitter@Uptin.
Jirawat Karanwittayakarn [Tee]
Technology Evangelist, LINE Thailand
Jirawat is the first Technology Evangelist of LINE Thailand. He is responsible for planning, development and disseminating LINE’s technology through Developer community and any public opportunities as his passion is to help developers learn and adapt new mobile development methodologies and framework. He has over 6 years of experience in Tech field, having worked at firms such as Ascend Group, Sanook.com and Multichoice and involved in many well-known product developments such as Sanook application and True Money Wallet etc.
Jirawat also has specialist and familiar in Tech & Developer industry as he is the first Google Developer Expert for Firebase in Thailand. He also actively involved in many local Firebase community as he was the one who established the largest Firebase developer group in Thailand with over 7,000 members.
Jirawat holds Bachelor’s degree of Science (International Program) in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from Rangsit Unitversity (first class honor) and Internal College from Ming Chuan University as exchange student between Thailand and Taiwan.
Team Lead of Express Solutions, PTT Group
“Kaweewut is Team Lead of Express Solutions for PTT Group with the mission to build new business, so called New S Curve, for the company. With his extensive background in Design Thinking from Stanford d.school, he is leading the effort to integrate “rapid prototyping” methodology into PTT. With his team, he also founded and is managing $45M Venture Capital fund for PTT with the goal to access innovative technology worldwide”
Founder, s28 Capital
Kent Ho finds opportunity and drives change in both the emergent and traditional marketplace. Splitting his time between Silicon Valley and Hong Kong, he balances his role as executive director of Sing Tao News Corporation Limited and his passion as an investment leader while also serving on several boards such as Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Committee and was recently selected for the Young Global Leaders World Economic Forum. Driven by the belief that technology drives productivity and positive change, Kent founded s28 Capital in 2015 and has built his reputation on early investments in emerging companies such as Zoom, Evernote, Coupang and Palantir.
Leads APAC Partnerships, Google
Mike Kim currently leads APAC Partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs and the Head of Campus Seoul. He is passionate about empowering and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurial pioneers in Asia. Prior to Google, he led Global Business Development for LinkedIn’s Profile & Higher Education product teams. He also served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Baedal Minjok ( 배달의민족 ), Korea's largest mobile food ordering application, and spent time leading business development for Monster Worldwide and social gaming giant Zynga.
Partner & Program Director, Chinaccelerator
Oscar, Partner and Program Director of Chinaccelerator, is “Full stack Innovator” with expertise ranging from Product Development to corporate strategy. He has experience as an entrepreneur, Management consultant and early stage investor.
Telecom MEng and Biomedical PhD dropout, Oscar began his career 14 years ago as an R&D engineer working in Research Center for Ericsson and Telefonica. After discovering Business Model Innovation, he transitioned to the world of startups. After several years working for a MedTech Startup, Oscar moved to China in early 2008. Since his arrival to China, he has been involved in Innovation: product launches, go-to market strategies, Venture Capital financing and M&As for startups and multinationals.
Associate Venture Capital in Strategic Business Development team, Ananda Development Plc
Paparwee (Yeepoon) Assavadakorn is currently an Associate Venture Capital in Strategic Business Development team at Ananda Development Plc., a Thailand’s leading listed real estate developer. To date, she has supported three investment executions in two start-ups and one venture fund in Silicon Valley with investment focus in PropTech and urban living solutions.
Prior to joining Ananda, Yeepoon previously worked in Investment Banking at The Quant Group for 3 years and in Business Development at Siam Piwat for 4 years. Yeepoon holds a B.S. in Business Administration majoring in Finance & Banking from Thammasat University and went to exchange at Haas School of Business of University of California, Berkeley for one year.
Paul is the founder of Intelligencr, the global innovation scouting firm.
Paul wanders around the globe to witness what the technological revolution actually means for the future of our youth, our cultures, and our ways of life — the geopolitics of disruption.
Humans have always build tools to better their future, build stories to bond together. Paul looks at what the future of those common myths and those common tools looks like — how will we be living and working together.
As a consultant, he architects innovation strategies shaped around a new augmented, nomadic & tribal human.
As a sought-after keynote speaker, he inspires audiences on five continents, at impacting public and private events. Paul has shared stages with leaders like President Barack Obama, Microsoft CEO Staya Nadella, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, father of the iPod Tony Fadell, and many others.
Paul is a serial entrepreneur. He understands the waves of technological and societal change before most do. He helped shaped the first ever commercial mobile website more than 20 years ago, participated in the birth of numerous startups ecosystems, from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro, launched multiple products and services globally, and invested in era-defining startups.
He is the creator of multiple shows such as the critically acclaimed ‘Layovers’, on the future of travel, ‘The Future of Finance’, on the incredible changes in financial technology, or ‘Notion – the Pain of Scale’, on the future of the enterprise.
Paul’s understanding of our time has appeared on The Economist, ABC, TF1 or the Japan Times.
Organizations such as Microsoft, Conde Nast, eBay, Fujistu, Lagardere, SAB Miller, EDF, Ubuntu, EY, Criteo, Siemens, Tumblr, the EU or the ITU have trusted him to challenge them.
Paul is a Swiss, a Greek and a Finn. He has lived in Geneva, Tokyo, Manila and now resides in London. He’s an air travel nerd and chocolate lover.
Head of New Services, LINE Thailand
Peerapol serves as Head of New Services for LINE Thailand. He is responsible for strategy planning, development and launching new services to grow LINE as a leading mobile platform by leveraging LINE’s technology such as LINE JOBS, LINE SCALEUP and LINE FINANCE etc. Peerapol has over 10 years of technical specialist and experience in Marketing, Financial and Tech field, having worked at firms such as ZALORA Thailand Ltd., Agoda.com and State Street & DST company.
Peerapol also has specialist and familiar in Tech & startup industry as he has lead his team to be 1 of top 10 finalists of DTAC Accelerate Batch 4, Thailand’s leading startup accelerator program.
Peerapol holds Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from College of Management, Mahidol University and Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering (International Program) from Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University.
Founder, Remarkable Technology Accelerator
Pete is a social impact and innovation leader. He is the Founder of Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Tech Accelerator – Remarkable, Australia’s leading disability technology accelerator for startups creating technology that supports people with disability. Peter started his career as a landscape architect and sees the potential for design and innovation to create positive change.
Business Development Officer, EGAT
“Pite” Pichit Phongprasert worked as business development officer in disruptive innovation in the energy sector at Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand(EGAT)state-owned power utility ,responsible for electric power generation and transmission for the whole country.
Pichit graduated an M.B.A Young Executive from Chulalongkorn Business School and a bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering from Chulalongkorn University.
Investment Manager, Addventures by SCG
Poompong started his career with SCG Trading and has contributed to expanding and establishing new businesses for SCG in over 10 countries across Asia and Africa. After receiving his MBA, he was responsible for commercializing SCG new business and innovation in the real estate industry.
Poompong is also an entrepreneur by practice. He co-founded various startups in the fashion and industrial B2B e commerce space. He is passionate about startup and spends his time supporting the local ecosystem by mentoring early stage companies as well as part- time lecturing entrepreneurship at university level.
He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with the International Business Management major from Chulalongkorn University and holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School, Columbia University in the City of New York. A
Dirk van Quaquebeke
Managing Partner, BEENEXT
Dirk van Quaquebeke is a Managing Partner at BEENEXT. Prior Dirk was a founding partner at Alps Ventures an early stage investor and company builder with a focus on South East Asia. He has personally built several companies from inception to profitability and/or exit which included KochaAbo (leading online supermarket – exit 2014), Clusterhaus (leading co-working group in Europe – profitable) or Duriana (leading c2c marketplace – exit 2016). He started his career in 2006 in London’s private equity and banking industry for 5 years.
Corporate Innovation & Partnership Strategy for APAC, Plug and Play Tech Center
Shawn Dehpanah is leading the corporate innovation & partnership strategy for APAC at Plug and Play Technology Center. Mr. Dehpanah is highly accomplished, agile Market Strategy Executive and take- charge leader who quickly overcomes profit and growth challenges with over 25 years experience by leveraging entrepreneurial drive and market acumen for success in new market ventures and tech firms. He started his career in Silicon Valley as a software engineer before transitioning to business development, marketing, and executive management roles at both startups and firmly established multinational companies (e.g. Samsung Semiconductor, Hitachi, Panasonic, Alta Vista, etc.) With more than 15 years of overseas working experience, he has a strong understanding of technology & innovation ecosystems in Asia Pacific, EMEA, and South America regions. Mr. Dehpanah received his bachelor’s degree in Math and Computer Science from San Jose State University.
Founder, Synthesis Indonesia, media and political consulting firm, Indonesia Economic Forum; Indonesia’s premier business and economic conference
Shoeb Kagda is an Indonesia-based media consultant specializing in co-creating content. He started his career in Journalism in 1988 as a reporter for the Singapore Business Times where he covered politics, economics, trade unions and commodities. He moved to Jakarta in 1998 to cover the Asian financial crisis for Business Times during which time he wrote widely on the fall of President Suharto; Indonesia’s political transition and emergence as one of the most resilient economies in the region.
In 2007, he launched Globe Asia, Indonesia’s first English language magazine, which annually publishes the 150 Richest Indonesians and the 100 Top Groups lists. The magazine today has a circulation of 60,000 and is the only Indonesia-based publication that is distributed regionally.
After serving as the Group Editor in Chief for BeritaSatu Media Holdings (which includes Globe Asia, the Jakarta Globe, Investor Daily) for three years, Shoeb started his own media and political consulting firm Synthesis Indonesia in 2013.
In 2014, he launched the Indonesia Economic Forum (IEF), a platform that allows business, government, civil society and academic leaders to come together and discuss new ideas to take Indonesia forward. The IEF has grown to become Indonesia’s premier business and economic conference at which top government and business leaders have spoken.
Over his 20 years of working experience in Indonesia, Shoeb has built an extensive network consisting of senior government officials, business leaders, top bankers, entrepreneurs and policy makers.
Shoeb earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, graduating with a double major in Journalism and Political Science.
CEO & Founder, Co-Founder & Managing Director & Managing Director, ETRAN, Almond Digital Group
Soranun is the founder and CEO of ETRAN– the sustainable mobility development startup, focus on public transportation and special function vehicle with design. He also involving in Thailand national strategy committee on generating economic growth in environmental-friendly issue. Soranun believed that the environmental issue is the global crisis and all the mankind should responsible for the change.
From his experience in Industrial Design, Reddot best of the best designer, managed top 10 of the most innovative design studio in the world (as ranked by Reddot Design 2012). He brings all of his passion to design the new paradigm of the new
sustainable generation. First of ETRAN business model was designed for publictransportation , logistic and touring purpose.
Soranun also managing new innovative venture builder studio in Bangkok, Almond digital group, with 50 of new talented members in the company which focus on new s-curve business platform for investors, partners who need the transformation outside the company and buyback, M&A or IPO.
Founder & Managing Director, ChangeFusion
SUNIT SHRESTHA Sunit Shrestha is founder & Managing Director of ChangeFusion, a non- profit institute under Thai Rural Reconstruction Movement Foundation under the Royal Patronage. ChangeFusion supports social enterprises in various areas including mobile-based disease surveillance, appropriate technology for sustainable agriculture for lower income rural farmers, sustainable tourism and more. He also is a lead partner and designer in the setup of innovative social investment programs / funds / platforms for emerging social entrepreneurs in Thailand including; UnLtd Thailand and Banpu Champions for Change programs that supports 10 new teams of young social entrepreneurs per year via incubation process and seed funding over the past 9 years with survival rate of 60%. ChangeVentures, an early stage social enterprise investment holding company that invest and provide loans to social enterprises. B-KIND Fund, Thailand’s first Socially Responsible Investment Mutual Fund that invests in listed companies that passed sustainability criteria with built-in philanthropic investment mechanism (0.8% of fund size, current fund size is over 30+ million USD.) The mutual fund is a partnership between Bualuang Asset Management, Kon Thai Foundation and ChangeFusion. He co founded Taejai.com, Thailand’s leading crowd giving platform that raised over 400k USD from 7,000+ donors in 2017. He also involved in innovative public policy fostering through different posts; Joint secretary (2010 – 2011) to the National Social Enterprise Committee chaired by the Thai Prime Minister. In South Korea, he is a member of Social Innovation Global Advisory Committee, an international advisory group for the Major of Seoul, Seoul Metropolitan Government.
Member of, Estonian Parliament
Taavi Rõivas was born on 26 September 1979 in Tallinn, Estonia. Taavi Rõivas was educated at Tallinna Reaalkool (Tallinn Secondary School of Science) and the University of Tartu, School of Economics and Business Administration, where he obtained a degree in Foreign Trade and Marketing.
Taavi Rõivas was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia from 2014 to 2016.
Taavi Rõivas was the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia from 2012 to 2014.
Taavi Rõivas was a member of the 11th and 12thRiigikogu: he has chaired the European Union Affairs Committee, and been a member of the Social Affairs Committee as well as the Finance Committee of the Riigikogu.
Taavi Rõivas was the leader of the Reform Party from 6 April 2014 to 7 January 2017.
Taavi Rõivas has also worked as a Corporate Customer Account Manager at an IT company, and as an adviser to Märt Rask, Minister of Justice; Paul-Eerik Rummo, Minister of Population; and to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip as well as the elder of the Haabersti city district of Tallinn.
Taavi Rõivas is a frequent speaker on digital society, e-government and blockchain.
Taavi Rõivas’ wife is singer Luisa Rõivas, with whom he has a daughter, Miina, and a son, Herman.
Project Lead, Expresso (PTT Innovation Lab)
Arweemas Sirisaengtaksin is project lead at “Expresso”, PTT innovation lab, set up to explore and incubate potential S-Curve business ideas for PTT; focusing on the democratization of energy. Prior to Expresso, she had been in International Business developments for PTT including managing Palm Oil Plantation and Coal Mining Tax Planning.
Arweemas received MBA from Wharton Business School major in Operation in the New Market
Kpop Entertainment Specialist,
Tatchara Longprasert is a Kpop Entertainment Specialist in Thailand. He is the one and only Thai and South East Asian employee officially hired to work under the department of Group Vision and Strategy at S.M. Entertainment Co., Ltd., one of the largest entertainment companies in Asia. The company operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house.
Along with his experience especially focusing on Thai market he has a track record of wonderful Kpop project into Thai market such as the very first collaboration between Thai artist and music composers and Kpop Artist, the creative strategic plan for the artist management & marketing promotion and more.
Prior to joining S.M. Entertainment, he fully had experience with Korean society and culture by joining Asiana Airline Inc. as the strategic planner, and Dong-A pharmaceutical company as the corporate strategic planner and researcher. He also had experienced as TV personality in Korean TV program such as Abnormal Submit (JTBC), Super TV (XtvN), Red Velvet – Level Up Project (KBS Joy), and more.
He graduated his bachelor degree at Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Law and graduated his master degree at Sogang University (Co-course with Yonsei University), Department of International Trade as the Korean Government Full Scholarship Student (KGSP 2013).
Serves as Business Reporter, Reuters
Chayut Setboonsarng serves as Business Reporter for Reuters, based out of Bangkok, Thailand. Chayut joined Reuters in 2017 and writes about how companies adapt to change using technology across industries such as e-commerce, energy and transportation. His work has appeared in the New York Times, CNBC, the Diplomat and DealStreetAsia. Prior to joining Reuters, Chayut wrote for MNI Market News, a news provider for FX and fixed income markets. He has previously also worked in strategic advisory and foreign affairs. Chayut holds a master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Policy from the George Washington University.
Founder ฿ Managing Partner, Click Ventures
Carman Chan began her entrepreneurship journey when she was in university. In order to pursue her passion for the newly emerging Internet, she passed up a fully sponsored PhD from Imperial College to become a serial internet entrepreneur. Carman’s first company, English Street was acquired by HKET(0423.HK), a Hong Kong listed newspaper group. Her second company was merged with Hiiir in Taiwan and and later acquired by FarEasTone (4904.TW).
Carman is also a best-selling book author for several accelerated learning books. Spending eight years as a tech columnist for IT magazines, she wrote about internet business models and internet marketing.
After several successful exits Carman started Click Ventures, her angel fund. With a focus on providing seed to series A financing to technology startups, Click Ventures isdifferentiated by offering mentorship from entrepreneurs with over twenty years of first- hand experience.
Click Ventures has grown into a leading investment manager, and two of its funds are featured as Top 5 Seed Fund (Vintage 2003-2015) in the world and Top 4 Funds to Watch by Preqin respectively.
Click’s current portfolio includes more than 40 investments including Spotify.com, Docusign, Palantir.com, Memebox.com, Youappi.com…etc. Due to her deep experience, Carman is frequently invited to speak or serve as a panel member for prestigious events around the world. She has appeared in over 10 countries at high profile events including the Web Summit, Slush, AVCJ Private Equity and Venture Forum, and Silicon Dragon.
Associate Vice President, ID Capital
Leon comes with a firm belief in a better future empowered by disruptive innovation, strong communities, and connected
He regards ID Capital as an epitome of socially-aware innovation driving force, where he combines his previous learning at Google with his engineering training.
Leon holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Industrial & Executive Engineering from MINES ParisTech (France), M.Eng. and B.Eng. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from National University of Singapore. He speaks fluent French and Mandarin, as well as a ryōri level of conversational Japanese.
Leon is also a longtime meditation practitioner since 2004.
CEO & Co-Founder, OriginTrail
Žiga Drev is Co-Founder and COO of OriginTrail (https://origintrail.io), a blockchain company developing the first purpose-built decentralized protocol for supply chains. He is an authority on using the blockchain technology and GS1 standards for data integrity in global supply chains. Žiga is heading the operations in Asia where he established the partnership with Bits x Bites foodtech accelerator. Existing applications of the OriginTrail protocol include supply
chain visibility for GMO-free dairy products, premium poultry and fresh vegetables for major European food manufacturers; preventing counterfeiting in wine; blockchain-based consensus checks enabling efficient supply chain management for logistics center; data integrity for laboratory information management systems from Australia and Vietnam; and partnership with EVRYTHNG IoT smart products platform to deliver verifiable supply chain traceability and product authenticity for consumer product brands. The project with Yimishiji online organic food marketplace received the Innovation Spark 2017 Award from the Walmart Food Safety Collaboration Center in Beijing.
Director & Head of Investments,, Singha Ventures
Ot Chakramon Nitibhon is a Director and Head of Investments of Singha Ventures, a CVC fund of Boonrawd Brewery and Singha Corporation, which are ones of the most established conglomerates in Thailand. Apart from his role at Singha Ventures, Ot is also a Head of Strategy in charge of corporate strategy for the domestic consumer product business of Boonrawd Brewery, as well as strategic M&A to fulfill the growth aspirations of the group.
Prior to his current role at Boonrawd Brewery, Ot was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in Bangkok office, and Vice President at the Investment Banking division at Siam Commercial Bank PLC. Ot holds Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Finance degrees from Chulalongkorn University, and Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Computer Engineer, Technological Asset Planning and Management Department, Metropolitan Electricity Authority.
Mr. Chatree Sridaoduan works in Technological Asset Planning and Management Department, Metropolitan Electricity Authority. His team is actively involved in smart grid planning and implementation. The team responsibilities include tudying and evaluating new technologies, providing technical consultancy and integrating information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT). He is also a member of MEA smart grid working group examining interoperability between smart grid systems. Chatree holds B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi.
Dr. John Leslie Millar MB CHB
Chief Strategic Development Officer, Ananda Development PCL
- Chief Strategic Development Officer (CSDO)
- Oversees new strategic lines of business. Launched Serviced Apartment line of business in 2016
- Heads Investor Relations and won Stock Exchange of Thailand Best IR Award in 2014 and 2016
- Heads Business Intelligence which digitized all company key performance indicators and made available in real time dashboards
- Re-launched Ananda as UrbanTech company and leads company innovation strategy and investment
- Part of Strategic Internal Organizational Development Team (Diamond Team)
- Founded Enterprise Accelerator Limited in Cambridge, UK in 2002
- Co-founder with many Cambridge Angels as investors
- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) to take system national
- NESTA ended up 25% shareholder
- Part of prize of Running the Gauntlet – Britain’s biggest business plan competition
- Joined Foundation for Science and Technology Committee to advise House of Lords on innovation policy
- Speaker at Entrepreneurship program at Cambridge University Judge Business School
- Speaker at EDHEC (Nice) MBA program
- Speaker at numerous conferences
Dr. Pakpoom Subsoontorn
Bioengineer & Co-Founder, Hack Biodesign’ group Thailand, Naresuan University & The Deputy Director of the Lower Northern Science Park
Dr. Pakpoom Subsoontorn is a bioengineer, a lecturer at Naresuan University and the deputy director of the Lower Northern Science Park. He specialises in synthetic biology, an emerging research area related to design and construction of artificial biological devices and living systems. His work in synthetic DNA logic switching and data storage has been recognised as providing key innovations in programming life. He is also interested in science communication and the impacts of synthetic biology on society, especially in the developing world. He co- founded the ‘Hack Biodesign’ group Thailand and writes for the popular science Facebook page: “Biology Beyond Nature.”
CEO & Founder, Future Flow
Florian is the founder and CEO of Future Flow, a Singapore-based company which guides entrepreneurs along their growth journey. It provides business modelling, financial projections, unit economics coaching, executive dashboards and board management. All of this is done with a lot of care to tell the underlying story of a business in an understandable and actionable way, so that entrepreneurs can growth their business faster to reach their vision.
In Southeast Asia for 7 years, Florian started, raised funds, and exited his own company. With Future Flow, Florian worked with companies such as VC-funded TradeGecko, Tickled Media/theAsianparent, MoneySmart, Nugit.
Florian is also the co-founder ofMap of the Money, the visual list of active investors in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and runsSaaS Business Asia, which aim at connecting the SaaS ecosystem in Southeast Asia
AI Architect, IBM Watson group
Manprit Singh is Enterprise AI Architect with the IBM Watson group and have a proven track record in delivering AI and ML projects for our customers. He has been an integral member of the IBM Watson team since the inception of Watson business and strives to help businesses realize the relevance and reality of AI. This usually begins by engaging in consulting exercises to identify and prioritize use cases that have high potential of benefiting from AI and ML infusion and then building minimum viable products that demonstrate quantitative benefits.
Manprit brings a broad range of industry and technology delivery experience. Before joining IBM Manprit held engineering positions at, Siemens Healthineers and Microsoft consulting. At IBM, he has worked as DevOps consultant, Software Architect and Product manager for Watson IOT.
Tee joined Venturra as a Partner in 2016 and has led the firm’s investments into companies including Zilingo and Shopback. Prior to Venturra, Tee spent over two years at Ardent Capital, where she drove the firm’s investment effort as Head of Ardent Ventures. Prior to Ardent, Tee worked for Central Retail Corporation, Lehman Brothers New York, as well as launched Little Beast, an award-winning Bangkok – based restaurant. She received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and her BA from Brown University
Executive Director, Botanical Water
Terry Paule is the current Co-Founder and Chairman of Findex, Founder and CEO of My Co (Makers of My Life Biocheese), Executive Director of Aqua Botanical Beverages, Executive Director and Chairman of Clever Health, SproutX Mentor and famously – Co-founder and former Managing Director of Lemnos Foods.Terry has amassed over 35 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur with a hands on approach to building start- ups and their brands both in Australia and internationally. He has an impressive track record of having founded and funded several successful business ventures. Terry believes in establishing strong operational frameworks and a positive cultural environment to support and manage the implementation process essential for success.
He most recently established My Co to focus on new idea and start up opportunities in the Health and Well-being and Global Food and Beverage sector with a particular emphasis on renewable and sustainable ideas. Driving some of Australia’s most exciting and revolutionary start-ups, he mentors many aspiring entrepreneurs through strategic guidance, public speaking and dedicates time and resources to Philanthropy. He is an inspiring leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a contagious passion for life.
CEO and Co-Founder, Priceza Co., Ltd.
Thanawat Malabuppha is the CEO and Co-founder of Priceza, the leading shopping search engine and comparison platform in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam). He is passionate about E commerce, Digital Marketing and Technology. His mission is to help millions of shoppers across Southeast Asia with a one-stop portal of information to make smart shopping decision, and thousands of merchants to connect with online shoppers.
Manager in Electricity Value Chain Project team, PTT Public Company Limited, Thailand’s national energy company.
Warit has been with PTT for more than 10 years and have worked in many business units in the company from Natural Gas business unit, Petrochemical business unit, Infrastructure business unit to the current position at Innovation and Digital business unit. Warit has also had experience in working within many subsidiaries inside PTT group companies namely Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSC), PTT MCC Biochem Company Limited (PTTMCC), and PTT (Lao) Company Limited. Warit’s role in each position has varied from being an engineer drafting engineering specification to a marketing manager for a biodegradable bioplastic. Currently, he is tasked with finding new businesses from the electricity value chain business which could potentially become new S-curve for PTT.
Warit earned his master’s degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from University of Cambridge. He also received an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University.
Head of Engineering Team, LINE Thailand
Xinming Zhao serves as Head of Engineering team for LINE Thailand. He is responsible for overall technical strategy and development to leverage LINE’s Tech ecosystem into a variety of innovative services/products. He has over 10 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the technology, software development and mobile platform areas.
Prior to join LINE, Xinming also has intensive experience in startup industry as he was a Co-founder of successful startups; DGM59, an IT startup who created various popular products such as Insta.Printa, Engagelab and Socialens etc., and Tourkrub.co, a renowned startup with the largest variety of group outbound travel packages in Thailand.
Xinming holds Bachelor’s degree of Science, Information Technology from Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University (first class honor). He also speaks three languages – Thai, English and Chinese.
CEO & Co-Founder, Wongnai
– Co-founder and CEO of Wongnai 2010 – present
– MBA from UCLA Anderson 2010
– Support Manager at Thomson Reuters between 2004 – 2008
– Computer Engineering from Chulalongkorn 2004
Partner & Director,, Fresco Capital, Investments Group of Mistletoe, Inc.
Eriko has built a career in finance and tech/startups, with an underlying passion for social impact.
Eriko started as an Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley and UBS, then went to establish the Tokyo office of a Silicon Valley based drone startup.
Currently, she is a Director at a social impact focused Venture Capital, alongside being partner for Fresco Capital, a global, early stage venture fund investing in entrepreneurs solving global problems in education, future of work, and healthcare.
Her investments span startups in Japan, US, India, China and Estonia, in areas of future of work to the future of capitalism – in token crypto economies.
Additionally, Eriko is a mother of two children, founder of Future Females Japan, and author of “How we live, will be how we work.” (Daiwashobo, 2018).
Dr. Amornpun Sereemaspun M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand,
since 2006 Faculty member (Current position: Assistant Professor)
04/2002-03/2006 Ph.D. (Human molecular biology), Jichi Medical University, JAPAN
05/2000 -03/2002 Intern Physician in King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thailand
06/1994-04/2000 Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj hospital, Mahidol University
Nanobiotechnology in medical application, Nano-cell interaction, Epigenetic change in medical science, Nanomaterials in medicine, Nanotoxicology.
– Head, Nanobiomedicine Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University
– Head, Division of histology and cell biology, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine
– Secretary of Graduate Program in Biomedical Science, Chulalongkorn University
– Vice-head of department in graduate study. Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine
– National Representatives in Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology in Health Care 2016
– Editorial team of Asian Biomedicine Journal
Corporate Communications, BMW Group
Mr. Krisda (47) has been working with BMW Group Thailand for over 17 years. He served in various functions in BMW Group Thailand, including dealer development, sales planning and brand management for MINI in Thailand. In his current position, he is responsible for managing corporate and product communications for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad business units, as well as corporate affairs for BMW Thailand, BMW Manufacturing Thailand and BMW Financial Services Thailand. In addition, Krisda serves as a Vice President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) and responsible for promotion policy of electric vehicles. In educational fields, Krisda is also a member of the Stamford International University Industry Advisory Board (IAB), providing first-hand advice to ensure Stamford’s education programs produce graduates who will meet the future needs of industry and to foster collaboration between industry and the university in research, development and consultancy.
Adam P. Burden
Global Lead Engineering Services, Accenture, Accenture Products & Platforms
Adam Burden is the Global Lead for Advanced Technology & Architecture (ATA) as well as Accenture Products & Platforms (APP). These practice areas are focused developing and delivering exceptional software products for clients, providing world-class technical architects and custom developers for projects as well as incubating next generation capabilities related to blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and similar disruptive technologies. Mr. Burden also provides leadership for the Cloud Applications and Platform Services practice.
After joining Accenture in 1992, Mr. Burden worked in many technology roles within Resources, including lead architect for the world’s largest wholesale electricity market. Mr. Burden became a managing director in 2004 and senior managing director in 2015. He is a certified Solution Architect, Delivery Lead and Master Technical Architect with specializations spanning legacy modernization, cloud native applications, DevOps, automation engineering and enterprise architecture. Mr. Burden has also held client account leadership and technical account leadership positions for Resources clients.
Mr. Burden holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. His background also includes graduate studies in Fault-Tolerant digital systems design.
Mr. Burden is based in Singapore, where he also serves the ASEAN Innovation lead and on the Growth Markets Core Leadership Team.
Chief Technology Officer, Siri Ventures Co., Ltd.
As the Chief Technology Officer at Siri Ventures Co., Ltd., Jirapat Janjerdsak is the key person driving the company’s business through proactive plan to create technology and innovations that enhance living experience for Sansiri and its homebuyers. He also plays a key role in upgrading ecosystem for Thai startups, equipping them with the right capability to grow in the global arena through strong partnership with local and international companies. Meanwhile, he is responsible for seeking opportunity to invest in high potential startups who can enrich Thai property market with great technology and innovations, which in the end builds favorable ecosystem for sustainable growth in PropTech and Living Tech.
With 16 proven years as leader and strategist in hi-tech industries – Gemplus (now Gemalto (Thailand) Co., Ltd.), Nokia (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Microsoft (Thailand) Ltd. Jirapat now brings the experience to run a digital entertainment company – POPS. He has built up strong networks in telecom, startups and IT as well as pioneered new business while leading teams in fast pace MNC and multi cultural business environment. Customers/partners are always in the centre.
Jirapat holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering, King Mongkut Institute of Technology Lat Krabang, a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from National Institute of Development Administration, and Master’s of Infotech, Information, Technology and Communications from University of Wollongong, Australia, as well as a certificate on Management from
University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.
Dr. Yong Chern Chet
Chief Innovation Officer, Ananda Development
Dr. Yong Chern Chet (Chet) joined Ananda Development in March 2017 in the role of Chief Innovation Officer bringing with him complementing executive leadership experience across a variety of areas including strategic foresight; futures studies, business model innovation, investment due diligence, risk advisory, business operations consulting and clinical practice management.
Prior to joining Ananda, Dr. Yong was Vice President at Parkway Pantai and the CEO of ParkwayHealth Laboratories. As the company head and transformation architect of Parkway’s clinical diagnostics division, he achieved successful turnaround of the business by embedding innovation and digital capability within core operations resulting in business performance that successfully surpassed growth and profitability targets.
While in management consulting, Dr Yong was the Healthcare Industries Sector Leader for Deloitte Southeast Asia and a Director for the Risk Advisory function. He was also the Head of Deloitte’s Future Healthcare Centre of Excellence; a Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) supported thought leadership initiative.
As a medical doctor, he held clinical leadership and operations management roles with Raffles Medical Group. He started his clinical career with National Healthcare Group (NHG) where he underwent general surgery and orthopaedics training at the National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore.
Equity Manager, Dymon Asia Capital
Dymon Asia Ventures is an early stage fintech-focussed fund. In his capacity as Partner, Jinesh Patel oversees the fund’s investment strategy. Prior to joining Dymon Asia Capital, Jinesh was an experienced hedge fund and private equity manager, with extensive investment banking experience (Goldman Sachs and UBS) in the Asia Pacific TMT space. Jinesh graduated with a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Exeter.
Managing Director & Founder,, Alumet Co., LTD, Candy Crepe Co., Ltd, M Essentials Co. Ltd
A Harvard Business School graduate, Jainnisa Kuvinichkul sits as Executive Director of one of her family firms, Alumet, Thailand’s leading manufacturers of aluminium extrusions. Founded in 1992 by the Kuvinichkul family after having founded their other very first aluminum factory in Thailand and a joint-venture factory with Mitsubishi Corporation Japan, Alumet is ranked among the top three players in the high-tech aluminium market. The company supplies aluminum to all industries, including real estates, electrical appliances, automobiles, aerospace, and furniture.
Currently, Alumet sits under the Kuvinichkul family conglomerate, Metta Group, where Jainnisa is a board member, as one of their seven business units in various industries. Jainnisa is also heading the group’s investment arm, Prosta Asia, in Hong Kong.
With a background in management consulting (McKinsey & Co) in Singapore and commodities trading (Glencore) in Hong Kong and China, Jainnisa took managerial control of Alumet’s business in 2009. She has been instrumental in taking Alumet beyond Thai territory, setting up its affiliate companies to operate mining and drinking water operations in Laos. In sharp contrast to her full-time responsibilities in the hard metal industry,
Jainnisa is a horticulture aficionado. She has turned her passion for modernizing Thai heritage into a few fast-growing businesses. In addition to her London-based self-titled spa beauty brand “Jainnisa”, Jan has also launched “Primmalai”, a line of luxury fragrances for body and home, and Primmalai Living, a line of modernized furniture and decors.
She also launched Candy Crepe, a trendy food company that operates cafes and supplies innovative products to the mass market at large. Jainnisa is focused on taking the Primmalai brand, her high-end beauty care business and Candy Crepe brand, her food business, worldwide.
Jainnisa Kuvinichkul is a founding member of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Association of Thailand, and Chair of its Events & Education Committee, as well as being a board member of the Harvard Club of Thailand. She is also a Founding Member of the Young President Organization’s ASEAN United.
Market Division Manager, Energy Disruptive Innovation, GPSC - a PTT's power flagship subsidiary
“Athip is currently a Market Division Manager in the Disruptive Energy Department at GPSC, a PTT’s power flagship subsidiary. His role is to create new S-Curves in power business for PTT Group, including but not limited to energy storage system business. He believes that energy storage system is the key enabler to revolutionize the power industry in Thailand and around the world.
Athip received his Dual Master Degrees from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business(MBA) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government(MPA). His experiences in technology industries also include Rakuten Inc(Japan), andAmazon.com(USA) in business development and operation manager role.
CEO & Co-Founder, BLOC
Deanna MacDonald is theco-founder and CEO of BLOC, Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration, a digitalsolutions provider the energy and maritime sectors with a focus ondecarbonisation. She is also a global speaker and Associate Partner at Dare Disrupt, an advisor to several international NGOs, and a digital Course Leader for coursesoffered at MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School and Wharton.
CEO & Co-Founder, Techsauce
Oranuch Lerdsuwankij (mimee) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Techsauce, the leading media focusing on innovation and technology. Techsauce also organizes largest technology conference in South East Asia called Techsauce Global Summit. Prior to starting her own businesses, She has more than 12 years of experience in product and marketing-related roles with leading IT & telecom industry such as Truemove, Atos Originand Total Access Communication (DTAC). Her expertise lies in areas such as tech startups and entrepreneurship and product development. She is also recognized as one of the pioneers in building Thai startup ecosystem.
She graduated from King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Telecommunication Engineering and holds a master degree in Information technology management.
CEO & Co-Founder, CCO & Co founder, HUBBA, Techsauce
Startup and Entrepreneur Ecosystem Leader, Amarit Charoenphan acts as current CEO/ Co-founder of HUBBA Thailand and CCO/Co founder of Techsauce. Selected to lead as an Edmund Hillary Fellowship recipient for his work in developing Thailand’s startup Ecosystem, Amarit pioneered the co-working movement and innovated how the real-estate industry and community-building drives entrepreneurship in Thailand. Amarit leads as a community builder, teacher, and advocate for the Thai ecosystem, and works to foster a community of engaged and passionate entrepreneurs in order to create global impact.
ASEAN Public Affairs & Communications Director, The Coca-Cola Company
Archawat is HUBBA’s Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Innovation Director. He enjoys a rather adventurous career, from the world most powerful government on Capitol Hill to the world most admired brand, Coca-Cola. For 20 years, Archawat pursues multiple professional disciplines be it Economics, Politics, Laws, Communications, Sustainability, and Technologies. Having worked for innovative companies such as Philip Morris and The Coca-Cola Company, Archawat possesses rich insights on corporate innovation approaches as well as the challenges and opportunities facing large corporations.
Director of External Affairs, Philip Morris International R&D
James Arnoldis director of external affairs at Philip Morris International R&D. Trained as a lawyer, he has worked on regulatory and corporate affairs at PMI and its affiliates since 2001. Since 2010, his work has focused exclusively on regulatory frameworks for potentially reduced-risk products. Prior to that, Arnold worked as director of corporate affairs at PMI’s Australian affiliate and in PMI’s Asia-Pacific region as director of regulatory affairs.
Investment Manager, Intel Capital
Experienced Investment Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the semiconductorsindustry. Strong engineering professional skilled in Embedded Software, Innovation Management,Cognitive Science, Mobile Applications, and Management.
Chief marketing officer, dtac in Thailand
Andrew is the CMO of dtac in Thailand. Prior to this, Andrew was the founder and CEO of Line Mobile and, one of the founders of dtac Accelerate, the leading startup accelerator in Thailand. Earlier Andrew worked in the private equity group of Bain & Co.
Country Head of GMS Thailand, Google
Dr Adrian Vanzyl joined Google Asia Pacific in 2017 as Country Head of GMS Thailand. Prior to Google he spent six years in Bangkok as CEO and cofounder of Ardent Capital, a Venture Capital firm which built or invested in 17 companies across 7 countries (including aCommerce, SnapCart, Salestock and Orami). He is a veteran CEO and early stage investor in the Internet space, having started his career just prior to the first Dot-Com cycle, and working across three continents including 12 years in Silicon Valley/San Francisco. Companies he co-founded or was a board member/member of the exec management team of have listed on multiple exchanges, including Nasdaq, ASX (Australia) and NZX (New Zealand). His key current area of expertise is online marketing, and operational ecommerce (B2C and B2B, including scaling, regional expansion, and fund raising).
CVC Fund Manager, Addventures by SCG
Dusit Chairat has been working with SCG for more than 10 years across multiple roles ranging from Strategic Management, M&A and Green–field Investment, New Business Development & Commercialization, Marketing & Sales, and most recently involved in various Entrepreneurial & Startup initiatives for SCG. He has a passion for SCG to play the active role in supporting the startup ecosystem by engaging early–stage startups to accelerate growth and scale up at SCG.
He graduated with the Bachelor degree in Architecture with the Industrial Design major from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He also has a MBA degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT Sloan School of Management.
Executive Director, Bangkok Venture Club
Surawat (Sam) Promyotin is CEO/Co-Founder of STYLHUNT and Executive Director of Bangkok Venture Club (BangkokVC). STYLHUNT is an e-commerce startup addressing social commerce unique to emerging and mobile-first markets, and BangkokVC is the largest accredited angel investor group in Thailand. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and from Sasin Chulalongkorn Graduate Institute of Business Administration with an Executive MBA.
Investor, Entrepreneur in Residence
Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR), investor, tech entrepreneur and mentor, Alan has advised hundreds of Australian startups and invested in many of the best.
Originally a content operations producer for Microsoft’s Sidewalk city guide startup, Alan was Yahoo!’s first technical hire in Australia and went on to become Product Director, South Asia for Yahoo! Inc. He then was a co-founder and head of content and product development for home entertainment tech startup HomeScreen Entertainment, backed by the Packer family’s CPH, acquired by Quickflix.
Alan was a founding investor in Pollenizer, Startmate and Blackbird Ventures. His startup services agency The New Agency built AAP MediaNet, Autogenie and EmploymentHero before being acquired by BlueChilli in 2012.
Alan’s previous investments include Bugcrowd, Buzzy, Biteable, Cardly, Chromasun, Elevio, GeoSnap, HappyCo, HowAboutEat, Macropod, Muru Music, Propeller Aero, Shoeboxed, TopMe, Tzukuri, Tyde, Workyard, UpGuard and Upperstory.
Alan has advised founders in startup accelerators BlueChilli, Startmate, Catalysr, Muru-D and Collider, as well as advising clients of KPMG’s High Growth Ventures team as an Entrepreneur in Residence.
Techstars Regional Manager, Startup Program (APAC)
Lalitha Wemel is an active community architect and founder based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Currently, she is the Startup Programs Regional Manager for Asia Pacific at Techstars – overseeing programming and startup community development across 17 countries in the region. Through her work, Lalitha works with community leaders, corporates, startups, and government bodies to build strong, sustainable local startup ecosystems and culture. Lalitha leads Startup Weekend Women Kuala Lumpur, and is proudly supporting the growth of Startup Weekend Women in Melbourne, Bangkok, Seoul and Singapore. She has been involved in various startup projects and communities for the better part of the last decade, both locally and globally, including co-founding a mobile education startup with her parents. She has a deep love for eloquent minds, adventure, coffee, comedy, and travel.
Investment Manager, AddVentures
Jane is passionate about driving innovations in e-commerce and logistics space with digital technologies and entrepreneurship. She strongly believes that corporates can work together with early-stage startups to be the winners in their market.
Her logistics & innovation experience ranges from Freight Management at SCG Trading in Bangkok, APAC Innovation Center project at DHL in Singapore, Product Development consulting project at Rubbermaid in the USA, to Digital Transformation initiatives at SCG.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University with International Business, Logistics, and Transport major and an MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan with concentration in Strategy.
CEO, Lean Innovation Thailand
Head of Solution Design and Architect, AIS
CEO, ALT Program
Founder, Lykke Studios
Jakob is one of the guys behind Panya.me and the founder of Lykke Studios, a privately held studio creating Augmented Reality experiences. Prior to this he has from Bangkok build and sold 2 companies, Playlab and Pagemodo. Playlab was the biggest independent mobile game developer in the South East Asia, employing over 100 people to manage 28 million players and was in 2017 acquired by Chilindo. Pagemodo which was acquired by Webs & Vistaprint in 2011, was the first template tool for Facebook Pages.
Co-Founder & COO, WeLearn
Matthew has been building WeLearn under the ethos that students will take ownership of their learning journey when provided with the tech tools for self-learning in an experience-based environment designed with progressive pedagogies. Matthew strongly promotes the development of future-focused life skills that prepare children with the mindsets and skillsets necessary to succeed during society’s transition into the age of artificial intelligence and mass automation. Matthew deeply believes that quality education is a universal human right, and leads WeLearn’s social impact initiatives, which provide learning opportunities to underserved students in Thailand. Before starting WeLearn, Matthew was part of the corporate management team for an ASEAN-wide legal practice and was a strategic consultant for wealth management firms. Matthew comes from a family of educators and is a lifelong learner.
President, Hubble Engineering
For over 17 years, Hubble Engineering has been an important strategic partner to companies and start-ups seeking to differentiate their unique products and sophisticated concepts through innovative thought and design. The firm practices user-centered design strategies developing green and sustainable products, as they leverage creativity, a deep understanding of branding, cutting edge technologies, lean manufacturing, commerce and scientific research into award winning products, that serve as powerful marketing tools for greater market share and profits.
Director, Orb VR Labs. Founded in 2016 Orb VR Labs is a Vertical Reality content creation company, formed from the experience of successful individuals and companies in film production, post production, engineering, gaming and web development. With over a century of combined experience in entertainment and a passion for VR, AR and Mixed Reality.
We have worked for companies such as StrenuMed, Zimmer, Stryker/Mako, VQ OrthroCare and OsteoMed.
President, True Digital Park
Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee is currently True Digital Park’s President, responsible for project planning, management, partnership development scheme and marketing. His vision is to lead True Digital Park to become the largest digital hub for Thailand and the region that provides a resourceful ecosystem for start-ups as well as a venue for those rising-star enterprises to compete with competency and sustainability. To support the national economic development, True Digital Park has sought cooperation from the public and private sectors together with multinational companies in the form of open innovation to innovate, inspire and succeed in the global trade arena.
Mr. Thanasorn has an expertise in Thailand’s IT infrastructure sector for more than two decades is widely considered as the Thai telecommunication industry’s veteran in strategic planning and management. Before taking his current position, Mr. Thanasorn was successful in leading True IDC to be the top integrated data center and cloud service provider. True IDC’s domestic and overseas data centers are accredited by the globally reputed Uptime Institute for its design documents and constructed facility as well as the International Organization of Standardization’s ISO 20000-1, ISO 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 50001, CSA STAR Cloud Security. All the certifications entitle True IDC as a data center and cloud service operator that can serve the demands of large- and medium-scale enterprises as well as government agencies and take part in moving Thailand toward internationalization amidst the digital economy era.
Alan Kuan Hsu
Co-Founder & General Partner, KK Fund
Kuan Hsu is the Co-Founder and General Partner of KK Fund, focusing on early stage internet and mobile investments in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He started his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Co. in the US, then focused on supply chain management in the US and China while at Solectron, an Electronics Manufacturing Services provider. Kuan obtained an MBA/MA joint degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and became an investment banker in the US with Goldman Sachs executing M&A deals in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector. He subsequently moved to Singapore, executing PE deals at Temasek throughout the region prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist responsible for GREE Ventures’ Southeast Asian operations.
Chief Marketing Officer, Beam Wallet
Holly is the Founder of Triangles, an online platform helping women on their entrepreneurial journey. Holly aims to encourage more women to start their own side-business and leverage tech and blockchain to scale their company. Holly is the Chief Marketing Officer of Beam, Beam has disrupted the retail value chain with Beam Wallet, processing over $200m in transactions and they are opening the platform and taking blockchain mainstream. Holly also founded a marketing agency for startups in 2017. Holly has been awardedSmart 30 under 30 2018 and named Community Most Valuable Person in the Australasian Startup Awards 2017. She is a regular guest on Sky News Business and speaker and moderator at technology, blockchain and marketing conferences along with interviewing entrepreneurs on her YouTube Channel.
Holly worked at Google from 2014 – 2017, working on initiatives such as Google Pay in Australia and New Zealand and leading The Digital Garage, helping small businesses and startups with digital skills training with the aim to train 2 million Europeans in two years. Previous to this, Holly worked in Product and Marketing roles at Xerox and Mimecast. Holly has a Bachelor of Honours from Nottingham Business School.
Holly regularly runs workshops on how to start your own side-business and supports women who want to make the transition into tech and blockchain. Featured onSky News Business, StartupDaily, SmartCompany, Inside Small Business, CommBank Women in Focus, Small Business Australia, Startcon and KPMG Women in business.
Anattaphisa Jane Jantathai
Head of Marketing and Partnership, dtac accelerate
Anattaphisa Jane Jantathai is Head of Marketing and Partnership at dtac accelerate, the no.1 startup accelerator house in Thailand. Jane is responsible for marketing strategy for dtac accelerate. She structured the business partnership framework for big corporate such as dtac to work with the startups under its portfolio. She also works with the various partners both local and international for supporting startups’ growth & scaling.
Jane has over 10 years’ experience in new business development area with the leading telecom operators and 5 years in corporate strategy with dtac.
Head of Bootcamp and Community, Dtac Accelerate
Chalermyuth Boonma is one of the key Thailand startup community builder who is passionate about supporting Thai tech entrepreneurs to become successful. He is now working at dtac accelerate, the no. 1 startup accelerator in Thailand.
Co-Founder & CTO, ScoutOut
ScoutOut is an HR start-up, that is using AI and Machine Learning to perform intelligent matching between jobseekers and employers.
ScoutOut is Dtac Accelerate Batch 5 graduate and is currently operating 2 products; ScoutOut App for the White Collar and LINE JOBS for the Service-Related workers, in partnership with LINE Thailand.
Director, FinTech Department, Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand
Archari is currently the director of SEC Thailand’s FinTech Department. Since joining the SEC Thailand in 2005, she has been working in several departments covering areas including corporate finance, investment management supervision, market supervision, and international relations. She is also a member of FinTech development sub-committee under the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand.
Archari holds an MBA from West Virginia University, USA. She also holds a Bachelor of Law (first-class honors) and a Bachelor of Economics (second-class honors) from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Partner, Financial Services Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie Ltd.
Kullarat is a partner in the Financial Services Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie Ltd. She is recognized for her expertise in banking and finance, securities, derivatives and structured finance, FinTech, e-payment, venture capital, exchange control, and AML/CTF. She leads the FinTech team at Bangkok office, serves on the Firm’s Asia Pacific FinTech cluster, and acts as one of the global Firm’s Innovation Ambassadors.
As a FinTech specialist lawyer, Kullarat’s experience in FinTech includes e-payment, digital banking, online consumer finance, online money remittance, blockchain-based platform, cryptocurrencies, ICO, e-KYC, P2P lending, crowdfunding, roboadvisor, etc.
Marketing and Partnerships Manager, dtac accelerate
Pacharee Toorakidsana is a Marketing Manager for dtac accelerate, the no. 1 startup accelerator in Thailand. She has been in the startup scene since 2014, starting her first job as Head of Marketing at Sea (formerly Garena).
Ph.D., Pioneer of Biological Arts
c, Ph.D. works at the intersection of Biotechnology, Ecology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. A former researcher at the MIT department of biology, for the past decade Zaretsky has been teaching an experimental bioart class called VivoArts at: San Francisco State University (SFSU), SymbioticA (UWA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), University of Leiden’s The Arts and Genomic Centre (TAGC) and with the Waag Society. He has also taught DIY-IGM (Do-It-Yourself Inherited Genetic Modification of the Human Genome) at New York University (NYU) and Carnegie Melon University (CMU). His research practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans.
Project Lead, Express Solutions (ExpresSo) – PTT Group
Supharat is a project lead at ExpresSo, a pioneering team at PTT set to identify and incubate internal and external disruptive innovation and technologies.
She is passionate about renewable energy and new electricity businesses to sustainably deliver electricity to people. At ExpresSo, she leads the projects focused on new energy services, decarbonization, and democratization of data and energy. She leads the participation of PTT in Energy Web Foundation (EWF), a global non-profit organization focused on accelerating Blockchain technology across the energy sector.
Prior to ExpresSo, she worked for GPSC, a PTT’s power flagship subsidiary. At GPSC, she developed several renewable and conventional power projects in Southeast Asia and Japan.
Supharat earned Master’s Degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge and Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Design and Manufacturing Engineering at Chulalongkorn University. Her experience in advanced electricity market profoundly formed at Cambridge where she did an analysis on the adoption of energy storage systems in the UK and an analysis on opportunities for IBM in providing electric vehicle solutions for Distribution Network Operators in the UK.
Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Shuttle
Brad is the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Shuttle, a multi-billion dollar family of investment companies focused on disruptive technologies such as bitcoin. Brad comes from a robust high tech and finance background; he hasnot onlyworked as a polyglot developer in startups in silicon valley and Boston, but has also held senior banking and trading roles at powerhouses such as GE Capital, Deutsche Bank, and Reservoir Capital. Brad started mining bitcoin in 2010 after reading about it on Slashdot and by the end of 2013, he refocused all his efforts towards building and investing into blockchain technologies and related infrastructure.
Brad believes that innovations in blockchains are experiments in trust, identity, wealth distribution, and social governance. Brad’s vision of the future includesasingular global economy unencumbered by artificial friction in trade, powered by blockchains, where everyone works together for the betterment of humanity rather than for themselves.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with concentrations in Computer Science, Finance, and Strategic Operations Management from Boston College, a Master of Science degree in Finance from Pace University, a Certificate in Start-up Engineering from Stanford University, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity from Harvard University.
Entrepreneur, A co-founder of UXTesting
Aldrich Huang is an entrepreneur, a co-founder of UXTesting, his first company, founder of SavvyUXer, as well as organizer of the Savvy UX Summit. He has worked in the field of legal, business development, and customer experience for several years, and he firmly believes that better user experience will bring joy to your users.
Head of Business Development, Visa Thailand
Angsumalin Fordham is Head of Business Development for Visa Thailand.
Angsumalin joined Visa as Head of Products in March 2014, where she oversaw Visa’s product development, in consumer and commercial products, as well as emerging technology. In her current capacity, Angsumalin is leading Visa’s Business Development to deepen relationships with financial institutions and partners and introduce a number of ground-breaking initiatives in order to advance digital payments in Thailand.
Angsumalin has more than 10 years of experiences in banking, particularly in payments and customer relationships management. Prior to joining Visa, she served as a strategic consultant for major corporates in Thailand.
Angsumalin holds a BA in Finance from Thammasat University and an MA in Corporate Strategy and Governance from University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Co-Founder & CEO of ADDO AI, ADDO AI
Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. She has been astrategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, Singapore’s largest public transport company, SOMPO, Japan’s largest insurance firm, and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city.
In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Ayesha is also the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore.
She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.
Editor in Chief, TechNode
Decisive, self-starting, self-managing critical thinker and leader with a strong work ethic and excellent communications skills and experience. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, a quick learner with exemplary time management skills and a strong background in coaching, mentoring, and counseling.
Over 12 years of experience managing teams and directing the quality of professional communications in cross-cultural contexts. A rich background in managing cross-functional talent from different age groups, cultures, and technical sectors, and adept at delivering desired outcomes for major organizations and the people that contribute to their success.
Managing Director of Think Technology Co., Ltd., Think Technology Co., Ltd.
Apichai Ruangsiripiyakul Managing Director Think Technology Co., Ltd. Apichai is the Managing Director of Think Technology Co., Ltd. Having had extensive experience working on Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology, particularly in projects for the Education, Marketing, Exhibition, Game and Advertising sectors, Apichai is currently one of the top three AR developers in Thailand.
Director, New Channels & Asia Pacific FinTech Engagement at Visa
Arvin Singh: Director, New Channels & Asia Pacific FinTech Engagement at Visa Arvin Singh currently works in the Visa New Channels team, helping non-financial institution partners across Asia Pacific to scale their businesses. Arvin’s experience in payments started on the merchant side at a Canadian telco where he helped deliver a co-brand Visa credit card. He subsequently joined Worldpay’s business development team to deliver comprehensive payment solutions (gateway, acquiring, analytics & risk) to eCommerce retailers across Asia Pacific. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he currently works with the alumni association to deliver a series of FinTech events.
CEO & Co-Founder at Coraline co.,ltd., Coraline co.,ltd.
CEO & Co-Founder at Coraline co.,ltd. which is a business consultancy company focused on Data Science, Machine Learning, AI for Business, Big Data Management and Technology Transformation.
Co-Founder, HG Robotics
Kamol Chuengsatiansup is a co-founder of HG Robotics, a Thai start-up that has a mission to empower field personel, including those in agriculture and industry, with an unmanned vehicle technology. After having a chance to play with Lego robot kit, Kamol’s activity always involves robotics technology. Kamol finished his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineer from Chulalongkorn University and graduate degree in the same field from Carnegie Mellon University. He believes that robotics technology could make people’s life better and start the company with his colleague.
Kanis Saengchote is advisor to Baania, The Leading Real Estate Marketplace & Data Analytics in Thailand.
Kanis received his PhD in Finance from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and works on various research topics involving real estate and consumer financial data. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Banking and Finance, Chulalongkorn Business School and advises Baania on research and data analytics.
Director of Business Development, Corporate Innovation SOSA
In my role as Head of Corporate Innovation, I work with global partners – multinational corporates (Siemens, Yahoo! Japan, Bertelsmann, ENEL, HP Tech Ventures, Munich Re) who seek for new and innovative technologies to engage with. I understand their needs and pains, and connect them with the relevant technologies from the Israeli high-tech ecosystem. From sourcing new technologies and ideas to keeping close connection with the industry, I bring the best solutions to international tier 1 corporates SOSA has partnerships with.
I have deep understanding of corporate development processes, startups, and VC’s, after 10 years of experience in tech companies, from Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN), to Pointgrab and ironSource. I hold a B.A. in Business Administration, an LL.B and currently pursuing an MBA, Management of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Tel Aviv University.
Senior Associate, PTT’s Corporate Venture Capital
Kasama is a senior associate at PTT’s Corporate Venture Capital, a fund focusing on new energy technologies, alternative energy, artificial intelligence, machine learning and industrial IoT. She travels the world building networks and scouting around for startups who have unique and disruptive solutions. The goals are to build new businesses for PTT Group and help navigate Thailand through this new technology era.
Aside from keeping herself busy with exciting technologies around the world, Kasama also spends her leisure time café/restaurant hopping. She believes culinary journeys tell stories and different gastronomies represent different cultures.
Kasama graduated from Smith College with a bachelor degree in Engineering and from London Business School with an MBA.
Senior Business Development, True Incube
Kawee Pokaratsiri, Senior Business Development, True Incube.
Mr. Kawee is resiponsible for investment deals in Thailand and abroad at True Incube, the corporateventuring unit of True Corp.
Mr. Kawee is Thai national with work experience in Thailand, China and USA. He has over 6 years of experience as an entrepreneur and over 4 years of experience in investment banker, IPO, M&A and Security market.
Mr. Kawee holds a Bachelor Business Administration in Finance from Mahidol University International College Thailand.
Business Development Manager , True Incube
Mr.Bhisidh has experienced in founding and managing organisation, management strategy and setting up new business unit under Charoen Pokphand (C.P.) Group
Currently he is responsible for startup incubation and investment since True – C.P. Group have the determination of creating digital innovation to support the country’s vision to become Thailand 4.0 thereby benefiting to the country of stable growth, prosperity, and sustainable economy as well as building ecosystem and providing services for Thai startup to be able to compete in the global level.
Founder & CEO of People Squared, People Squared
Bob Zheng is the founder and CEO of People Squared, a Shanghai based co-working space that provides well-equipped work environment for freelancers, self-employed professionals and startup teams to work together and build social connections. Prior to founding People Squared, Bob co-founded liuxueok.com, a social platform that connected Chinese high school students with western universities, so that students could get study-abroad consultations from schools directly.
Being an entrepreneur for 5 years, Bob is very knowledgeable about the startup environment in China and has built good connections with many local startup communities, Internet/mobile Internet media and tech blogs, investment funds and agencies providing services to early-stage startups (such as law firms and government bureaus). He is also the curator for Shanghai Startup Digest and a mentor at Startup Weekend.
Bob got his IT background in Canada, where he received a Bachelor degree from Simon Fraser University in Computing Science. Bob also served his professional life as software engineer and project manager at Suncor Energy, BC Hydro and Accenture (in Vancouver) before he returned to China and kicked off his own entrepreneurial endeavor.
Director, Startup Week, Techstars
Matt Helt is the Director of Startup Week at Techstars. In this role, Matt works with organizing teams all around the world to host Startup Week in their cities. Startup Week is a free 5-day event for entrepreneurs, founders, service providers and aspiring entrepreneurs that acts as platform to catalyze and celebrate startup ecosystems. This effort is led by local organizers who develop relevant content for their attendees based on the stage of development their ecosystem is in.
Prior to his work with Startup Week, Matt worked in marketing and advertising for over 15 years, specializing in brand strategy. He also devoted over four years as a volunteer for the DO Lectures USA. As a volunteer, he found his passion for developing community and helping people discover what they are truly passionate about. He currently resides in Omaha, NE, with his wife and two kids.
VP, IT Strategic and Program Management Division, Bank of Ayudhya PCL.
Boonthep is currently with Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya PCL.) taking the role of VP, IT Strategic and Program Management Division. His teams of highly skilled professionals are responsible for excited enterprise blockchain implementation for both internal and external use-cases, some of which will change how business operates in the future.
Boonthep graduated from Mahidol University International College back in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to joining Krungsri, he had been working in IT consulting firm for almost 10 years, supporting clients in telecommunication industry across Asia Pacific with his specialized skill in data migration, as well leading a regional team of developers to deliver high performance solution.
Senior Director, Identity & Risk Products, Asia Pacific , Asia Pacific Visa
Current Position and Responsibilities
Brian Hamilton is the Head of Identity and Risk Products for Asia Pacific. In this position, he oversees a team dedicated to developing and driving the adoption of Visa solutions to help clients manage fraud and increase approval rates. These solutions include Visa Risk Manager, Visa Advanced Authorisation, and Visa Consumer Authentication Service for issuers; and Visa Transaction Advisor for acquirers. Digital solutions include Visa Transaction Controls, Mobile Location Confirmation, Travel Notification Services, and Visa ID Intelligence. The team also helps clients make better use of solutions through optimisation analysis and reporting.
Mr. Hamilton has than 35 years of experience in the payments industry. Prior to his current position, he held a number of important roles with Visa in the US including supporting the implementation of EMV chip, rewriting Visa rules, designing and implementing PIN Authenticated Visa Debit, and implementing Visa’s Automated Fuel Dispenser strategy.
Mr. Hamilton also served in the Global Consumer Products team primarily addressing operational issues with debit and credit products, implementing PIN on debit in India, improving debit in Japan, and partial authorisation in the US. He joined Visa in the acceptance group working with oil and car rental merchants and acquirers.
Before Visa, he spent 15 years in payments for a major US oil company.
He has degrees in Management and Psychology from California State University, Chico.
Brian is based in Singapore
Managing Director, Head of Asia at R3
Carl Wegner has been running the sales and operations in the APAC region for R3 since 2016. Armed with over 30 years’ experience in Asia in Cash Management, Institutional Banking, Financial Supply Chain and more recently Distributed ledger Technology, he has forged strategic alliances that has led to revenue growth and market penetration for R3.
Carl’s prior experience includes holding the roles of Managing Director and Head of Global Transaction banking, Greater China of Deutsche Bank and Managing Director of Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan. He was also formerly the Chief Representative of a technology firm, TradeCard (now GTNexus) in China and set up their sales and operations teams in Asia starting in 2000.
Carl specialises in Financial Supply Chain and Fintech, has held posts as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei and Board Member of the Taipei American School. He holds a B.S. in both Chinese Language and Chinese history from Georgetown University.
Investment Manager, Addventures by SCG
Chaimongkol’s Professional Experience Chai has developed multi–disciplinary skills including technical consultancy, supply chain analysis, business strategy, cross–functional team management, and sales & marketing from his experience in SCG. He has built his entrepreneurial mindset and team leading experience during the time when he was a co–founding member of two new business ventures, one of which is an international business.
He graduated with the Bachelor degree in Engineering with the Mechanical Engineering major from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He also has a MBA degree from Kellogg School of Management– Northwestern University.
President of Corporate Business Development , BCPG Public Company Limited
Chanitsorn Treewittayapoom is the Vice President of Corporate Business Development at BCPG Public Company Limited, the renewable energy arm of BCP Group. He is responsible for developing new business products for BCPG and currently implementing peer to peer trading platform for BCPG.
Chanitsorn holds a bachelor degree in industrial engineering and a master degree in business economics from Chulalongkorn University. He also holds a MBA degree from University of Texas at Austin.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO - SUNDAY CO-FOUNDER CARMANA, Sunday Ins. Co., Ltd.,
Cindy Kua currently leads as CEO of Sunday which she co-founded in August 2017. Sunday is a fully integrated data and technology platform offering real-time customised and affordable non-life insurance products and services in Thailand. Prior to Sunday and as part of the customer ecosystem, Cindy also co-founded Carmana in August 2016 which provides an online marketplace with one-stop services for individual buyers and sellers of used cars to transact in Thailand.
Prior to founding Sunday Ins. Co., Ltd., Cindy led transformation projects of core operational functions within non-life insurance companies in Thailand and Indonesia. Cindy was an associate in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions practice of law firm, Rahmat Lim & Partners in association with Allen & Gledhill, Singapore where she was involved in several significant transactions relating to the financial services sector in Southeast Asia. She holds an LLB (Hons) from King’s College, London and a Distinction in M.Sc in Insurance and Risk Manage- ment from Cass Business School, London.
Chief Impact Officer , UNDP SDG Impact Finance
David joined the UN in 2010 managing the innovation, knowledge and digital portfolios for UNAIDS and UNCTAD. He is now with UNDP as the Chief Impact Officer of the SDG Impact Finance initiative (UNSIF), which brings together venture philanthropists, family trusts, foundations, corporations, governments and private sector investors to chart a new course toward creating a SDG-aligned ‘blended financing’ platform – balancing both social and economic performance.
Established in January 2017, UNSIF has a singular objective: to accelerate market financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Prior to joining the UN, David started his career in Canada and then in Europe for over 20 years where he held senior management positions within the strategy, digital and business development with Top-3 global corporations. Left to continue his education and become an ‘dotcom’ entrepreneur in the late 90’s where David founded three start-ups. Two were successfully acquired in 2000.
He currently has a deep personal interest in the democratization of nextgen technologies including AI, Crypto, Cypher, Blockchain and IOT variations.
Dr. Twarath Sutabutr
Director-General Energy Policy & Planning Office , Ministry of Energy, Thailand
Dr.Twarath Sutabutr is Director-General of Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) since July 2015. Dr. Twarath has experiences in a wide range of energy policy coordination and initiatives such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and international energy cooperations. His other current positions include Board of Directors of PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) and Advisor to the Board of Directors of Thai Green Building Institutes (TGBI).
Prior to joining EPPO, he served as Deputy Permanent Secretary from 2014 to July 2015 and Deputy Director-General of Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency from 2009 to 2014. Moreover, when he served as Director of Policy and Strategy Coordination Office, he assumed parts of the work with National Economic and Social Development Board in energy infrastructure development planning, and involved in liberalization of electricity and natural gas sectors, which led to his strong relationship with major energy players in Thailand such as Energy Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and PTT Public Company Limited, resulting in the successful development in such energy sectors.
Dr. Twarath holds Sc.D. in Civil and Environment Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Master of Geotechnical Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Engineer, Provincial Electricity Authority, Thailand
Dr. Khamphanchai received his PhD from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. Dr. Khamphanchai was the software development engineer at Samsung SmartThings in Palo Alto, California. Currently, he is the lead of the PEA HiVE IoT Platform Development team and Provincial Electricity Authority and the ambassador of the Bangkok AI community in collaboration with the Global CITY.AI comminity.
Project Design Manager, Siri Ventures Co., Ltd.
Puhn Chaturaphit leads the Research Lab team at Siri Ventures, with more than 5 years expertise in Mobile app industry, he is the person behind many successful apps in Thailand. His goal is to create a seamless living experience for everyone in their everyday, starting with the all new Home Service platform.
Investment Partner, Bits x Bites
Joseph is Investment Partner at Bits x Bites, China’s first food tech accelerator and VC fund that invests in startups tackling global food system challenges.
With a mission to shape the future of food, Bits x Bites is a big step forward to inspire China’s entrepreneurial community to bring new ideas to solve global issues. It also serves as a critical catalyst to give startups the confidence and connections to prosper and make a meaningful and scalable impact. Bits x Bites has invested in companies that are advancing nanoscale contaminant detection, blockchain-based solutions for supply chains, as well as a cellular agriculture startup producing meat directly from animal cells without an actual animal.
Joseph brings 12 years of experience across corporate banking, investment banking, and private equity, having raised more than US$120 million for his portfolio companies in the primary market.
His decision to enter the food sector was driven by one clear motivation: To fight for the future of good food so that his young son grows up with plenty of safe and nutritious food options.
Prior to Bits x Bites, Joseph and two other partners ran Fusi Capital where they self-raised US$50 million to invest in China’s international education sector. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Business School.
Joseph is an emerging voice on entrepreneurship and food tech investment. He has been a guest speaker at events including Future Food-Tech London, World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, Startup Grind Tel Aviv, Food’s Future Summit in Hong Kong, and Food & Beverage Innovation Forum in Shanghai.
Joseph’s areas of expertise: Food tech investment, food supply chain, venture capital, startup fundraising, seed and early stage investment, Chinese startups, startup mentorship, consumption upgrade
Residential Manager of 98 Wireless,
Ms. Suwannee Wongpienkit
Position : Residential Manager of 98 Wireless
Responsibilities: – Represent Property management in Residents issue resolution and decisions related to General support
– Inspection all area to be ready for operation focus on cleanliness/well function
– Supervise and be consultant to Sub-contractor for handling Residents complaint on daily basic
– Drive for result of resident’s satisfaction for utmost service and resident’s environment of living
Yee Hoong Chow
Managing Director, Eureka Technologies Pte Ltd
Yee Hoong was most recently founder of Custom Tribe, an online algorithmic custom shirt startup where he built the company’s operations, marketing, and tech functions over two years. Prior to that he was with Xeraya Capital, a life sciences VC, and invested in radiotherapy and blood technology startups in the US and SEA. Yee Hoong started his career with A.T. Kearney, working with clients in consumer goods and financial services.
Regional Manager Greater China, Techstars
As the Regional Manager Greater China for Techstars 200% growth expected in Startup Weekend editions from 2015 to 2018; Collaborated with Apple, Siemens, Microsoft, HKTDC, InvestHK to strengthen the community in Hong Kong
Leading corporate innovation programs at INFINITI, MTR Corporation, PMI, and JLL Working with the United Nations Development Programme in APAC to assess and build techstartup ecosystems for youth employment
Facilitated over 30 Startup Weekend and 8 corporate editions. Worked on Maker, Social Innovation, Environment, Women in Tech, Retail, FinTech, Real Estate, FoodTech, University topics
Public speaker on Community Building, Entrepreneurship in China, Staying Healthy as an Entrepreneur and Lean Model Canvas at RISE Conference, e27, WeWork Shanghai, Le Wagon, La French Tech, Meetugo, etc.
Mentioned and/or interviewed on Bloomberg, SCMP, TechInAsia, JumpstartHK, EntrepreneurHK, Trait d’Union, Whub, Lazuli International, etc.
Founding Olea.Store: its first product is a notebook for entrepreneurs to track important events and numbers on a weekly basis. Helpful with mentors, investors, accelerators, and incubators.
Business Manager, Honestbee
Worrawut is an entrepreneurial enthusiast with 10+ years experience in several industries. Specializes in Sales, Business Development, Management, Finance, and Operations. He’s now working with Honestbee, Asia’s leading marketplace for services in Thailand as a Business Manager, help shopping and delivering Food and Groceries to their customer’s doorstep within as little as an hour.
Simultaneously, he has been helping 30 Secondstofly, a San Francisco and Bangkok based startup, founded by 2 Fullbright alumni, building a travel management solution powered by Artificial Intelligence, to give organizations control and visibility over travel expenses. The product, called Claire, provides employees with A.I. driven travel assistant that can book, change, and cancel flights via texts in Natural Language. At the same time, all travelers have access to a 24/7 “human” agent support to provide any needed assistance during their trips. Claire is now live in US & UK and is going to operate in SE Asia starting from BKK soon.
Worrawut started his first venture when he was at Thammasat University majoring in Financial Investment. He decided to drop off to pursue his passion in Sales career path. He started his first career as an independent distributor in 2008 and had nailed the space by being one of the top gross selling distributors for years using digital sales and marketing. He started his first company helping local farmers getting international organic certificates and export their products to European countries. Then he started his second company to distribute women’s accessories in Thailand, nationwide. His third company is providing business development consultancy
to SMEs in Thailand. He also had helped several small to medium-sized businesses in Thailand such as RAD Cosmetics and DiaVIta (Thailand).
APAC Regional Manager, GB
Takashi is an APAC regional manager. Prior to joining GB, Takashi spent his career in establishing joint ventures and new projects, as well as managing energy business in APAC and Middle East / Africa region at Sony Electronics Asia Pacific based in Singapore.
SVP, Head of Consumer Digital Solutions, Bank of Ayudhya PCL.
Worachat is currently taking the role as SVP, Head of Consumer Digital Solutions at Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya). He is responsible for digital banking strategy, payment strategy and drive business growth through innovation. Since joining Krungsri in 2010, He and his team has significantly growth digital banking portfolio by introducing new digital channels, digital products that currently use by Millions of customers, and helps drive usage and fee income with double digits growth for 5 consecutive years, won awards and recognition across Asia under digital banking & innovation category for 4 consecutive years (2012-2015).
Prior to joining Krungsri, he has more than 10 years of banking experiences in both Thai and International banks like HSBC, Capital OK (JV of Shin Group & DBS) and Bangkok Bank with wide range of financial product knowledge.
Vice President, Fertilizer Business, Mitr Phol Group, Thailand
Pongsakorn is currently responsible for Fertilizer Business as a Vice President for Mitr Phol Group in Thailand and overseas. He is a young executive generation with passion to develop farmers with technology, new way of fertilization use and other agriculture factors to increase productivity and lower cost.
With over 15 years of roles in purchasing, sale and management function, including his cane farmer background, Pongsakorn has varied experience to manage and create new technology and application for fertilizer business.
Pongsakorn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in International Management from Assumption University, Bangkok Thailand.
Co-Founder & COO, Wallex Technologies
“Hiroyuki Kiga is the Co-Founder/COO of Wallex Technologies, a B2B focused FX and cross-border payments platform. Previous to this role, Hiroyuk spearheaded the regional investment and acquisitions for Yello Mobile. Hiroyuki was also at GREE Ventures, focusing on Series A investments across Southeast Asia. He also has extensive experience with equity derivatives trading systems which he gained while at the IT department of Macquarie Securities Group.”
COO-New Business, Mitr Phol Group, Thailand
As COO of New Business for Mitr Phol Group Thailand, Thammasak holds overall responsibility for developing and growing a new bio-based business from cane and sugar for the company in Thailand and overseas.
With over 35 years of experience in finance, banking, trading and retailing, Thammasak leads a successful operation for several large enterprises in Thailand through the development of sale and marketing strategy with new business penetration and vision.
Besides corporate function, Thammasak also holds responsibility as counselor and the Board of Director for Thailand Management Association, Thailand International Chamber of Commerce and Knowledge Xchange for Innovation.
Thammasak holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Finance from Thammasart University, Bangkok Thailand and a Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Finance from The University of Akron, Akron Ohio, U.S.A.
Previously Co-founder & CEO at coins.co.th, Coins.co.th
Before Topp saw blockchain as a disruptive technology, he was working as an investment banker in the OTC market. He also used to work as a financial consultant and a central banker. Topp is a Manchester United fan, frequent world traveller, and a crypto-currency enthusiast. He previously co-founded coins.co.th, Thailand’s leading bitcoin wallet. Topp holds an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University, UK.
CEO & Co-Founder, Noburo
Thisana is a CEO & Co-Founder of Noburo, a workplace financial wellness service for the emerging working class. Noburo empower companies to provide reasonable credit products as a tool to build happy workplace. Thisana is also an executive member of ITTP, the fast growing financial institution on consumer finance licensed from Bank of Thailand. Her passion is in social development on wealth gap reduction and poverty. She was inspired to start a non-profit project called Light Me Up Project in 2012 to improve education for Thailand outreached communities. Now she is moving on to the next big mission to solve the emerging class’s financial problem through the power of technology.
Thisana graduated from Computer Engineering at Kasetsart University with first class of honor and Technology Management for Innovation from The University of Tokyo (Japanese Government Scholar). She worked for Deloitte and publicly listed company for strategy planning and investment team where she has contributed to business investments among Thailand, Japan and other countries in the region. Before starting Noburo, she has done apprenticeship at Tradecraft for many startups in San Francisco and was chosen to be a member of StartingBloc, a social innovation fellowship in Washington DC connecting emerging leaders to drive social innovation.
Co-founder Director, Futuristic Research Cluster of Thailand (FREAK Lab)
Werasak Surareungchai, Ph.D. is the Director/Co-founder of the Futuristic Research Cluster of Thailand (FREAK Lab). He is also a brainchild professor at KMUTT, where he developed novel techniques and commercialized technology in the areas of biosensors and nano- biotechnology. His research focus on ultra-sensitive, simultaneous, system- integrated chemical sensors and in particular, transducing electrochemical and optical readouts for real-sample detection. With problem-oriented research interest, his sensing platforms provide a wide spectrum of applications in IoT, healthcare, agricultural, and environmental monitoring sectors. Werasak Surareungchai is awarded with the prestigious “the most outstanding technologist of Thaliland” in 2016.
Technical Consultant, LINE Thailand
Warit serves as Tech Consultant for LINE Thailand. He is responsible for consulting LINE’s technical solutions to serve clients’ needs, and also develop and maintain strong relationship of LINE Developers through both internal and external communities. Warit has over 9 years of experience in Information Technology. He has been through varied challenging roles in the technology area, having worked at
leading IT companies such as IBM, Amadeus, Thomson Reuters, True Money etc.
Warit holds Master’s degree of Science (M.Sc.) in Management Information System from Chulalongkorn University and Bachelor’s degree of Science in Information Technology (second class honor) from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.
Co-Founder, Futuristic Research Cluser of Thailand
Pat Pataranutaporn is a technologist, designer, and a researcher at MIT Media Lab. He co-founded the Futuristic Research Cluser of Thailand known as FREAK Lab, where he and his team works on futuristic projects from hologram to social robotics, wearable biotechnology to citizen space exploration. Pat’s projects have been globally acknowledged and featured on Time, FastCompany, Disruptive Innovation Festival, SXSW Eco, National Geographic, and UNEP. Pat believe that the innovation must converges aesthetics, functionality, and community to create the sustainable future. Beyond research, Pat also serves on the advisory board of SpaceZab, the first interplanetary technology research company in Thailand.
Project Lead, ExpresSo (PTT Innovation Lab)
Tun is Project Lead at ExpresSo, PTT Innovation Lab, with the mission to build new business for PTT Group so called new S-Curve; exploring technology such as IoT/AI/Robotic and focusing on future of life and future of workforce.
Prior to ExpresSo, he earned his degree in MBA from Ross Business School, Michigan, USA and has been in international business development in power industry and petrochemical industry. Tun loves traveling, reading, hiking, cooking, and photography.
Account Manager, GoodLife Technology
I’m a highly solutions-oriented Account Manager at GoodLife Technology, a company with a game development background creating smart user-centric solutions for rehabilitation. My history is in professional volleyball which has given me a good view of the industry from another perspective, as a client.
Co-Founder and Country Manager (Thailand), FairDee
Thanasak Hoontrakul is a Co-Founder and Country Manager (Thailand) at www.FairDee.co.th, a Peer-to-Peer Car Insurance Platform. FairDee is the first startup that has successfully passed OIC Insurance Regulatory Sandbox application. Before founding FairDee, Thansak worked in a startup in the USA.
He had also won the first prize at Startup @ Singapore 24 Hours Business Challenge. Thanasak held a Bachelor of Engineering at National
University of Singapore with a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania.
Open Innovation Leader, Digital Transformation, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Tatsuto Fujii leads open innovation team in the division since 2014. He also established the start-up accelerator “MUFG Digital Accelerator” and “MUFG Open API Hackathon” based in Tokyo. He is also a member of “FINOVATORS”, a pro bono based mentors group based in Tokyo by fintech specialists aimed at forming fintech ecosystem with fintech start-ups, financial institutions, regulators, academics, IT companies, so on. He previously spent over 15 years with the consulting team at Microsoft and IBM, where he provided consulting services regarding IT strategy for large financial institutions and regional banks.
MUFG is one of the world’s leading financial groups, with total assets of approximately $2.3 trillion USD as of June 30, 2015. Its services include corporate banking, commercial banking, retail banking, wealth management, investment banking, capital markets, personal and corporate trust, and transaction banking.
Technical Director, Euglena Co.,Ltd.
euglena Co., Ltd. is a biotechnology venture company (listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange) from the University of Tokyo founded in 2005. They possess R & D on micro algae and cultivation technologies. They are developing wide range of businesses including health care, beauty care, feed and fuel. Mr. Ando is one of the founding members of euglena Co., Ltd., and launched the healthcare business, and cosmetics business as a corporate venture from 2013, and cultivated it as the main business. He currently develops new raw materials and develops new brands as Technical Director.
Innovation projects leader, Fuchsia innovation centre – Muang Thai Life Assurance (MTL)
Spann Ngamsuriyaroj is currently leading the innovation projects at Fuchsia innovation centre – Muang Thai Life Assurance (MTL). Her specialty is customer’s insights and trends. She joined MTL in early 2017 with the task of creating innovations that truly answer consumers’ needs and move with the fast-changing consumers’ trends, along with bringing a more customer centric culture and process into the organization. Apart from consumers’ side, Spann is highly passionate with new technologies and believes that they can be integrated into the innovation to improve business efficiency, and help business to better meet consumers’ needs.
Spann’s background is mainly around business and marketing. She graduated with bachelor degree in Marketing from BBA Thammasat, and got her MBA degree from Ashridge business school (UK). Prior to joining MTL, Spann worked in several marketing and business related positions including; a corporate business consultant at Advanced info service PLC, Business development manager at Central department store, and Associate consultant at Vitamins consulting and research.
VP Technology Division, Bangkok Bank
Mr. Sorakrit Phruthanontachai is a Vice President in Bangkok Bank’s Technology Division. As a solution architect, he specializes in corporate solutions and IT strategic planning. He won a Thailand ICT Excellence Award in 2015 and was a mentor for the Bangkok Bank InnoHub accelerator program in 2017.
Mr. Sorakrit’s qualifications include MS degrees in E-Business Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and in E-Commerce Technology from the University of Sussex, and a BE in Computer Engineering from Chulalongkorn University.
Head of Brand, SGInnovate
Passionate, energetic, with a "Can-Do" attitude. I believe we are all masters of our own destiny. We create our own paths,
and define our own successes. I love what I do, building a brand, building a team of professional marketers, working with startups and building communities. I believe that the best leaders are those that empower their teams, allowing them to experiment and push boundaries. Ultimately, a leader’s success is defined by the success of her team.
Director, Global Bridge Laboratory of Leave a Nest Co., Ltd..
Shohei Michael Maekawa Director of Global bridge Laboratory, President of Leave a Nest UK I am currently Director of Global Bridge Laboratory of Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.. As well as that I am president of Leave a Nest UK. I was born in US, brought up in Italy and studied UK. During university time, I studied Zoology for undergraduate and Evolutionary Anthropology for postgraduate at University College London. From 2013, I work in Leave a Nest and I mainly work on TECH PLANTER around the world and from Oct 2016, I have set up Leave a Nest UK to focus more in Europe as well.
Co-founder, NowFloats Technologies
Ronak Samantray is Co-founder of NowFloats Technologies. Ronak has been listed under Forbes 30 under 30 Asia (Enterprise Technology) in 2016 and is an INK Fellow. Before building NowFloats, Ronak had a 3-year stint at Microsoft as a Software developer. NowFloats Technologies PVT. Ltd. provides a location-based platform that helps smaller and medium-sized businesses to grow bigger by getting them online and getting discovered by potential customers around them. The company’s local content discovery platform enables businesses to create a business site and the ability to update their site by a Mobile app or application; get a location-tagged online presence, and get discovered online. The company’s customers range from neighborhood stores to Fortune 500 companies. NowfFoats Technologies PVT. Ltd. was founded in 2012 and is based in Hyderabad, India. Today NowFloats has 200K Businesses on board, 60
offices across the country and is a strong team of 900.
Professional Moderator, TV channels
A veteran newsanchor and moderator with a decade of experience in TV news and talk programs for various TV channels.
Wit’s expertise covers economic, business and social issues. With his solid working with global and local leading corporates such as BMW (for seven years), Siam Commercial Bank as head of Corporate communications enabled him to view issues comprehensively with 360 degrees perspective.
Wit obtained all of his degrees in Political Science (B. Pol Sci. 1st Class Honor at Chulalongkorn Universtiy, M. Sc. at the LSE (UK), and a Ph.D. in the same discipline at the University of Southampton.
His personal intersests are football, equestrian, history and yoga.
Dr. Yukihiro Maru
Founder and CEO, Leave a Nest Group
Founder of Leave a Nest Co., Ltd. is a leading knowledge based platform company in Japan. The company is comprised of Mastersʼ and Doctorate degree holders. Leave a Nest works on extensive projects relating to Science and Technology. Dr. Maru has great experience in supporting startups. One of the startups he was supporting called Euglena Co., Ltd. was listed in the First section of Tokyo Stock exchange. Heʼ s expert in advising young entrepreneur in business development and venture spirit.
International Consultant - Youth Empowerment, UNDP Asia Pacific
Savinda is a Civil Engineering graduate from Moratuwa University Sri Lanka, he also possesses charted qualifications in Management and Marketing and a Diploma in Buddhism. He worked as an Environmental Engineer at Brandix ltd. And also a lecturer at Achievers and Wizma Business Schools.
He has engaged in the development sector over the last 9 years through his engagement with AIESEC and other youth networks. He is passionate on empowering youth for sustainable development.
Savinda also possess many experiences with the start-up eco system and his passion is to create an enabling environment for the youth entrepreneurs in Asia- Pacific Region. Currently he is coordinating the regional youth project of UNDP Asia- Pacific.
Assistant Director, TrueMoney Wallet Platform
Apinand is a firm believer in financial inclusion through digital innovation, responsible for the business and growth of TrueMoney Wallet as a financial platform.
Combining experience founding an international-award-winning Thai startup, with studying and working in Silicon Valley, he spent the past 6 years building and growing TrueMoney Wallet.
Through agile iterations, data-driven insight, and gamification, he grew the e-Wallet service from an MVP mobile app with few thousand users,
to become the largest mobile financial service in Thailand with 5 million monthly active users. This success formula is being expanded through 5 ASEAN countries.
With extensive experience in the fintech industry, Apinand continues to solve financial painpoints, thus improving well-being of the most financially underserved in Thailand.
Co-Founder at RISE IMPACT, RISE IMPACT
Chulee is a co-founder of RISE IMPACT, a social innovation catalyst since 2017. As a newbie entrepreneur herself, she focuses on developing the business model that will not compromise its meaningful impact. Prior to this, she has been working in the startup and social enterprise ecosystem for over 5 years – including the Social Business Incubation Unit at Thai Social Enterprise Office (TSEO), KMUTT Hatch, and IKEA Bootcamp. Chulee graduated from KTH Royal Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. She is also an active member of the Swedish Institute Network for Future Global Leaders (SI-NFGL).
, Cumberland Mining
Assistant Director, Strategy & Sustainable Development, True Corporation
Poom is an expert in sustainability and environmental management, with Thai and international experience in areas such as climate change, sustainable transport, economic policy analysis. He has worked as an economic consultant in Washington DC, and sustainability consultant in Thailand, Hong Kong, and South Korea. During the past 5 years he has worked with C.P. Group and True Corporation in leadership development and sustainable development strategy.
Mentor, Chain Accelerator
Venture Capitalist, PTT
Beau Nanlapat drives Venture Capital investment at PTT focusing on sustainability and deep tech. Previously, she took on many important projects including coffee shop transformation into Master Franchise model the market development of BioPBS, the world’s new bioplastics. Enjoying change and challenges, she worked and lived abroad in USA, Korea, Mexico, and Cambodia.
Beau holds an MBA degree from Stanford University and a BBA from Thammasat University.
Entrepreneur in Residence, Santora Nakama
Florian Sabatier is the manager and founder of VeeAR an XR focused venture inside the Santora Nakama startup studio.
For the past 6 months he has been leading R&D focused on the application of augmented reality to current gen smartphones hardware (ARKit/ARCore). VeeAR is now starting production on consumer ready applications in social apps, games, digital advertising..
Florian’s background is in cognitive psychology and user experience.
His approach to XR is human centric rather than tech centric and aims to create unique experiences and interactions leveraging the endless possibility of virtual worlds.
Prior to joining VeeAR Florian was a consultant in human factors in France where he got his first taste of virtual worlds by building VR environments to validate industrial processes before they were built.
Florian holds a M.S. in cognitive psychology and human-computer interactions from the University of Provence.
CEO & Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Panya Studios, Santora Nakama
Geir has been spending close to 20 years building consumer focused startups. He is currently holding the title as CEO of Panya Studios, the fastest growing startup in Thai history with a user base of 1.5M just a few months after launch. Panya is focused on building the next distribution for interactive media.
Prior to Panya he was been the founder and managing partner of Santora Nakama, a SG/BKK based startup studio focused on building founders and startups from scratch. His passions are within the evolution of education, future of entertainment and immersive computing.
Co-Founder & General Manager, Taiwan Startup Stadium
Multipassionate learner & doer.
Primary focus is on connecting startups in Taiwan with international markets and opportunities, as well as improving workplace efficiency and promoting diversity in hiring and marketing practices.
Workwise, I run the show at Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS). I am an 13-year resident of Taipei who has trained entrepreneurs in social media, efficiency, public speaking, and product demonstration, and has consulted for a variety and of clients, including Fourdesire, StorySense, Nonzero, Discovery TLC, Fun Taiwan’s Janet Hsieh, and URS155/CAMPOBAG.
Also a founding member of Forward Taiwan, and curator of Startup Digest Taipei. Twice the subject of Da Ai TV’s documentary series “在台灣站起,” which chronicles the lives of foreign professionals in Taiwan, as well as the TVBS series “台灣是我家.”
Head of AIS The StartUp, ADVANCED INFO SERVICE PLC.
• Demonstrated successes in providing consultancy and supervision to private sector and start-up firm.
• Specialized in monetization model for business expansion.
• Over 10 years of proven track records in high quality international assignments within ICT and mobile industry across Europe and Asia.
• Outstanding accomplishments with several leading awards and funding, such as
• Awarded the Mason Prize from Mason Communication Ltd, UK. (Micro Payment for Mobile Subscribers)
• Awarded the ERCIM "Alain Bensoussan" from The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.
• Successfully funded by European IST-MobiLife project for MobileLife
• Ex-Advisor and Project Evaluator, VTT, Finland
• Ex-Project Evaluator, National e-Science Centre (NeSC), UK
CEO & Founder, PeerPower
Vorapon (Jim) Ponvanit is the founder and CEO of PeerPower Company Limited (PeerPower), a Thai marketplace lending platform. Jim has over 18 years of experience in investment banking, having served at Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong before co-founding a boutique financial advisory firm (Khronos Advisory) which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, and capital raising. Combining his deep finance expertise with a passion for fintech, Jim, together with a core team of entrepreneurs and professionals, founded PeerPower in 2016 to connect SME borrowers with investors, enabling each side to achieve greater financial access and more attractive rates.
CEO & Founder, bitHolla
Alireza Beikverdi is an expert in Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. He is one of the first researchers in South Korea who did an academic research on Bitcoin at Yonsei University on Bitcoin’s private key management. He was one of the organizers of Seoul Bitcoin Association and consulted banks and financial institutions about the technology. He is currently the CEO of bitHolla Inc. in Seoul working on Bitcoin and Blockchain infrastructure from crypto custodial services to professional crypto trading.
Dr. Yossapong Laoonual
President, Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT)
Currently Yossapong is the head of automotive engineering division at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). He studied my first degree in Mechanical Engineering at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University, Thailand. He also continued his master’s degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), now University of Manchester, followed by Imperial College London to gain my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He has produced and contributed to a number of research papers in connection with the powertrain, alternative fuels and policy for road transport technology. In 2013-2014, he held the joint position as an expert at Thailand Automotive Institute. During March-September 2015, he was an adviser for sub-committee on alternative and renewable energy, and energy efficiency under the committee on energy reform, National Reform Council, Thailand.
Recently, Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) is officially established by groups of academic and industry with strong supports from the government sector, which he is one of founding members and the First Elected President of EVAT. Currently he is also a subcommittee on regulatory control of air pollution from motor vehicle under pollution control committee, national environment board, Thailand.
Business Strategist, Well-Being Initiative, SCG
Niran Banleurat Business Strategist, Well-Being Initiative, SCG
Niran has been working with SCG for more than 15 years. He has experiences in various disciplines including Human Resources management, learning and development, project management, commercial negotiation, etc. For the past few years, he has opportunities to be a part of several innovation movements in SCG, such as Digital Transformation project, Well-Being initiative, etc. Niran’s passion lies on seeking new growth opportunities and bringing Lean Startup methodology into established corporates. He recently joined the Strategyzer Bootcamp and became the first Thai individual trained by Alex Osterwalder as the business model innovation coach.
Niran holds an MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management in the US and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Thammasat University in Thailand.
Peter John Galli
Vice President: Communications, Nissan Motor Thailand Co., Ltd.
Peter Galli is Vice President: Communications of Nissan Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. In this role, Peter is responsible for developing and delivering strategic communication plans to support Nissans reputation and business goals in Thailand. He oversees stakeholder communication, media opportunities, executive communications, crisis and issues management and will be based in Bangkok.
Peter has lived and worked in Asia, the US, Europe and South Africa. He held global Communications and PR roles at Microsoft in San Francisco, Paris and Singapore, and was part of Microsofts Asia Pacific Senior Leadership team.
He also held senior reporting roles at leading newspapers, financial and technology magazines in South Africa and the US. As a result of his extensive and varied career, Peter brings deep experience in executive communications, PR, Media, Digital Engagement, Marketing, as well as in brand development and crisis communications.
He served as General Manager: Corporate Communications for Nissan Asia & Oceania prior to joining Nissan Motor Thailand.
Head of Trade Finance Product Management, Bangkok Bank
Pintuwan is a career banker with hands-on experience in global product management, development and implementation in a variety of Transaction Banking products including Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Cash Management, TBFX and Risk Management for both Corporates and FIs. After almost 20 years at ABN AMRO Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland in Amsterdam, Pintuwan moved to Global Access team at Standard Chartered in Singapore before moving back to her home country, Thailand to run Trade Finance Product Management at Bangkok Bank, one of the biggest bank in South-East Asia. Pintuwan has direct responsible for strategic development, deployment and managing the complete product lifecycle and creating innovative solutions to meet the needs of clients and changes in the market. Pintuwan has work with R3 on behalf of Bangkok Bank since 2016.
Design Director, Cancu Studio
Jules, Nattha Soontornvinate, founded her interior design studio in August 2014 and has been serving as a Design Director, who dedicated and crafted over 50 new spaces for commercial and residential design works. Jules has been recognized for her passion and efforts to trailer making people’s dreams to life. Her works always focus on innovating human’s living and timeless designs.
While working in the field, she found the problems on searching and buying loose furniture from many websites are extremely time consuming. To solve these problems, she raised above the weak points and won a prize at Ananda Hackatorn competitions in April 2017.
Prior to that, Jules was an interior designer at Cancu Studio, where she received assignments to design sale gallery in China, Phuket and Bangkok. Before joining Cancu, she was trained at Design Worldwide Partnership which is a global design studio with 450 professionals working across Asia, Australia and Middle East.
Jules was rewarded the1st prize scholarship for a Master’s Degree at Domus Academy, Milan but eventually she decided to drop the plan to further her study and continues her passion and love for her career. She is currently holding a Bachelor’s degree of Designs from the Raffles International College, Thailand with the Most Distinguished Student Award when she was graduated in 2013.
Recently, Jules has been appearing on numerous presses, such as; Elle Decoration, Living ETC and Absolute SiamTV. She also takes role as a speaker to inspire the young generation to believe in their dreams.
Jules meditates regularly to improve her organization power and creative intelligence which influenced by her role model – Juless mother, who is a Transcendental Meditation teacher at her Center in Chiangmai.
Thailand Country Manager, Ant Financial Services Group
Pipavin Sodprasert is the Country Manager for Thailand at Ant Financial Services Group, the FinTech affliate of Alibaba Group. She is responsible for all businesses of Ant Financial Services Groups in Thailand, including the cross-border payment services to Chinese travellers in Thailand via the Alipay eWallet platform and the oversight of Ant Financials investment in Ascend Money, the leading local eWallet platform provider under the brand True Money Wallet. As the strategic partner to Ascend Money, Ant Financial supports local eWallet development by providing business know-how, technology platform and new business development opportunities with the goal of empowering True Money Wallet to become the best eWallet platform for Thai users.
Prior to joining Ant Financial, Pipavin was Executive Vice President at Siam Commercial Bank in charge of Retail Banking Group strategy and SME business development. Previously, she has spent 5-year in China as the Head of Self-Employed Mass Market (SEMM) Business for the joint-venture between Bank of China and Singapores Fullerton Financial Holding, a fully- owned subsidiary of Temasek Holding, where she founded the joint-venture and started this greenfield bank operations. The JV is set up to serve rural Chinas banking needs across 10 provinces nationwide.
Pipavin graduated with first class honor from Thammasat University and earned her MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management) under Fulbright scholarship. After her graduation, she joined McKinsey & Co. in Southeast Asia serving Financial Institution clients across the region and later joined Fullerton Financial Holding to oversee its Self-Employed Mass Market business based out of Singapore, covering investments/operations in 13 countries (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam, Russia, Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar Korea, and the U.S.). After spending more than 15 years abroad, Pipavin moved back to Bangkok, Thailand, in late 2014 to join Siam Commercial Bank and has joined Ant Financial in 2016 where she is now the Country Manager for Thailand.
Chief Product Officer, True Digital
Brian is a Silicon Valley transplant that has been delivering digital experiences on a global scale for some of the worlds top brands for the past 10 years.
Founder and CEO, Roomi
Ajay is the founder and CEO of Roomi, a peer-to-peer marketplace making it safer and easier to find room rentals, sublets and roommates. Ajay officially launched Roomi in 2015 and Roomi is in major cities across North America, like New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, and many more, and is continuously adding new markets. Ajay is a serial entrepreneur and has founded, launched and scaled multiple companies during his college days at NYIT. Ajay is especially passionate about the millennial mindset and diversity in the workplace, and was recently inducted into Forbes 30 Under 30. Ajay also helps advise early stage startups during crucial points in their companies growth.
And when he isn’t dreaming up new ways to improve Roomi, you can find Ajay exploring New York City or with his nose in a book anything to do with startups and spirituality rank high on his list.
Senior Vice President, Head of IT Security
Narudom Roongsiriwong is a Certified Information Security Professional with experience more than 20 years. His primary areas of information security are in solution designing, data analytics and application security.
Narudom currently works for Kiatnakin Bank Public Company Limited as Head of IT Security. He significantly improved bank’s information security; developed policies and guidelines aligned to regulations and industry best practices, and also established secure software development life cycle and cybersecurity incident response process.
In October 2017, Narudom was awarded “Best Application Security” and “CISO of the Year” from NetworkWorld Asia.
Narudom is a committee member of Thailand Banking Sector CERT (TB-CERT), committee member of Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Thailand Chapter, consultant to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Thailand Chapter. He is also official technical subcommittee of Thailands National Digital Identity project.
Co-Founder and CEO, aCommerce Group
A serial internet entrepreneur and investor based in Thailand, Paul Srivorakul is one of the founders and Group CEO of aCommerce, a full service end-to-end e-commerce solutions provider in Southeast Asia that has raised over USD$17M since its founding in May 2013. He is also the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Ardent Capital, an early stage internet private capital fund focused on Southeast Asia. In the past seven years, he has raised over $30 million from investors such as Softbank, IDG, Recruit, NTT Docomo, Sumitomo, Axiata, Sinarmas, and Siemer and exited three of his past internet ventures at an accumulative value of over $100 million.
Prior to Ardent Capital, Paul was the Group CEO and Co-Founder of Ensogo Group (e-commerce site acquired by LivingSocial), Admax Network (ad network acquired by Komli Media), and Newmedia (digital ad agency acquired by STW Group).
An industry leader and one of the most accomplished digital entrepreneurs, Paul is an active speaker and presenter sharing valuable insights and data at top events and conferences in the digital media, e-commerce, online retail, supply chain and venture capital industry circuit. In addition to his innovative entrepreneurial efforts, Paul has worked as Inside Sales at Ask Jeeves (ask.com), a search engine based in California acquired by IAC. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley.
Chief Global Strategy, Infinity Technologies Pte Ltd
Chief Global Strategy, Infinity Technologies Pte
A Strategic Tech Advisor, an angel investor, an ecosystem builder, a mentor in various accelerators and institutes, a tech regional expert with a wide network and an entrepreneur at heart. Barak was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, traveled throughout the worlds continents, holds 3 degrees in Law, Business and Diplomacy and Security. In the public service, Barak served in the Israeli Air-force and years later in the Government of Israel as the Head of the Economic and Trade Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, covering Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. Prior to serving as an Israeli diplomat in South East Asia, Barak worked in various positions in the private sector, from strategic consultancy and investments in global markets, ICT and Medical technologies and IP, Antitrust and Commercial Agreements. Barak has various interests from Innovation and Entrepreneurship to International Relations and Defence as well as extreme Sports
Regional Director of Startup Programs, Techstars
Oko (Full name: Bat-oktyabri Davaasuren) is a active founder and a community builder. He has cofounded and helps run several startups in Asia. Oko has received a bachelors degree in Finance from Portland State University before continuing onto a masters degree in Engineering Technology Management but decided to return home to Mongolia. He then received his MBA in Mongolia. When he is not working, he can be found on Squash courts or on long-haul Motorbike rides in Asia.
Programme Manager, BioInnovate Ireland
Programme manager of the medical device innovation training program BioInnovate Ireland. Part-time lecturer/mentor in Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, and Biomedical Science. Postdoctoral fellow in the pulmonary, critical care, and allergy department at Emory, studying lung biology and disease. Medical Writer in a medical communications agency focused on development of educational and promotional content for pharmaceutical clients. Grant writer for the Los Angeles Bach Festival. Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology focused on early detection of lung cancer. Extensive experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, and translational research.
Head of AIAP, Head of Device Innovation, AIS IoT Alliance Program
Head of AIAP (AIS IoT Alliance Program)
– Collect and Collaborate Individuals, Private Sector and Companies who interested to understand, develop or adopt IoT Device/Solution.
– Provide technical and business consult to Develop/Adopt IoT device/solution.
– Provide Development knowledge and tool for IoT Development
Head of Device Innovation
– Define Strategic of IoT Development Kit Roadmap
– Collaborate IoT Device Value Chain to support IoT Development
– Provide Technical Consult for enterprise to implement IoT
Columnist, Bloomberg Opinion
Tim Culpan is an award-winning technology journalist turned columnist for Bloomberg. He’s been covering the Asia tech scene since PDAs were cool and phones had retractable antenna. He’s based in Taipei.
Peter Hohn Galli
Head of Fuchsia Innovation Center, Muang Thai Life Assurance
Nadia Suttikulpanich is the head of Fuchsia an Innovation Center for Muang Thai Life Assurance (MTL). She joined MTL in 2016 with the task to set up the Innovation unit that drives development to improve engagement between people and business through innovation of both tech and non-tech. Nadia believes in creativity and out of the box thinking that merges knowhow from cross industries will enable business to grow and stay relevant.
The direction which Nadia and her team has set for Fuchsia is to improve experience of both current and potential customers throughout insurance value chain. The way to do so is by identifying the right insight and stay connected to the customers within their ecosystem. With focus on Insurtech, Healthtech and IoT, the team believes in open innovation and collaboration with strategic partners to deliver the best solutions.
Nadia has strong background in innovation and marketing. Prior to joining MTL, she was a senior global brand development manager at Unilever Singapore where she led global and reginal brand strategies for multi categories. She is also experienced in design thinking to drive product innovation and cross-continent product launches. She has also done brand and strategic consulting for industries such as retail, real estate, and government agency.
SVP-Service, App. & Network Development, AIS
“Arakin has been working for AIS, Thailand’s Largest Mobile Operator, since 1994, He has seen technological changes from Analog to Digital, from 2G to 4.5G, and from hardware-based to software-based solution. He is leading a team about a thousand of people. He enjoys seeing how hundreds of systems working together synchronously!
He is leading a team of about thousand staff adopting new processes, methodologies, and technologies, and this team is working on technically transforming AIS and other vertical industries too.”
Chee Kin Gan
Partner, Orchard Strategic Advisors, Singapore
Chee Kin Gan (“Chee”) has 10+ years experience investing in structured credit, non-investment grade credit, and asset-based finance with a focus on structuring, credit analysis, corporate valuations, trading, risk management and analytics. As a Partner at Orchard Strategic Advisors, Chee focuses on originating and structuring potential investments for the platform in Asia.
Previously, Chee was an early member at Orchard Global Asset Management’s hedge fund platform (unaffiliated with Orchard Strategic Advisors), with roles as a credit analyst and credit structurer focused on credit portfolio management and structured solutions. The firm’s main investment strategies comprise of Structured Credit, Credit Risk Transfer, and Special Situations Direct Lending. Chee has also spent several years in the United States trading, structuring, securitizing and advising on US non-agency residential mortgages.
Education: B.A. Economics, Columbia University in the City of New York
Co-Founder, Chiiwii LIVE
Piraya has been working at BNH hospital as a dermatologist/anti-aging specialist since she came back from Boston where she received her training. Practicing at Boston Medical Center and gaining experience working in a private dermatology practice in Massachusetts had given her insights of health care system in the US. It inspires her to find a way to improve the quality of health care for Thai people and children of the next generations.
She and the four co-founders started Chiiwii Liveat the beginning of 2016 aiming to provide accessible health consultation for women in the most efficient way to take care of their own health and also their families.
VP Strategy & Business Development, Digitaraya
With a HEC Paris MBA as well as a MSc in Management Studies from MIT Sloan School of Management, Nicole is leading the charge at Digitaraya as the VP of Strategy looking to advance the startup ecosystem in Indonesia.
Digitaraya is a world-class accelerator that nurtures Indonesias next generation of startups, with a focus on product-market fit. The Digitaraya accelerator is powered by Google Developers Launchpad.
Google Developers Launchpad is a branch of Google that operates a global acceleration program that helps startups grow. Google Developers Launchpad does not take an equity stake in accelerator portfolio startups, but instead focuses on developing companies and their ecosystems over the long term.
In her previous role, she advised global health foundations on R&D investment strategies and social enterprises in East Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia to address operational challenges and build strategies for scale and sustainable growth.
She loves working at the intersection of international development, systems thinking and business strategy. She sees herself as an eternal optimist.
Vice President of Community, Techstars
Vice President of Startup Programs leading the team supporting early stage startup ecosystem development including Startup Weekend, Startup Week and Startup Digest. Prior to to becoming VP was Director of Program Operations for Techstars Accelerator and Startup Programs. Previously, CMO at Startup Weekend and CEO at Seattle 2.0 (acquired by GeekWire). Prior to tech was award-winning journalist for many years in Seattle and Denver with network coverage for CBS and CNN.
CEO of SelfPay, SelfPay
Julien has been a serial entrepreneur for 15 years. After his first business providing services for Webmasters, he started working closely with French TV celebrities before moving to Thailand where he co-founded one of the first fashion & beauty marketplaces called WearYouWant. Established in 2011, WearYouWant is one of the first startups in Thailand to have ever successfully raised a Series B funding round. Later on, in 2017, after being Head of eCommerce at LINE Thailand for almost a year to have one foot in the corporate world, he changed industry and co-founded Belaws with Vincent Birot, pioneering legal services marketplaces in Thailand, and more recently also joined SelfPay as its CEO, which will be conducting its ICO soon in order to continue developing a POS bridging the gap between fiat money and cryptocurrencies.
Risk Advisor, PwC Singapore
Jonathan Morgan is a risk advisor from PwC Singapore and a digital evangelist who is passionate about the digital market shift moved by Start-ups.
His expertise, carved with 14 years of experience in the financial sector in 4 global banks namely OCBC, MUFG, HSBC and UBS AG working
across Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand. His focus are in the area of Operational Risk and Digital Transformations.
PR & Marketing Manager , Chinaccelerator
Summer Xia, PR and Communications Lead at Chinaccelerator and MOX, manages Chinaccelerator’s MOX’s international presence as well as China Startup Pulse, a podcast designed to give startup enthusiasts from around the world a behind the scenes and on-the-ground understanding of what’s happening in China’s startup ecosystem.
Before joining Chinaccelerator and MOX, Summer worked as a legal analyst at a boutique law firm in New York State and interned at U.S. Senator Angus King’s office in DC. In addition, she also helped manage Media Relations for DMG Entertainment. Summer graduated with a BA in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.
, Burda Principle
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Start-Up Nation Central
Karin Gattegno is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Start-Up Nation Central, building links between Israel – the Start-up Nation, and companies, countries, governments, and entrepreneurs worldwide, connecting them to the Israeli innovation and tech ecosystem.
Karin has over 10 years of experience working with High-Tech companies. Prior to joining Start-Up Nation Central, she headed up the Hi-Tech business development in PwC Israel, working with hundreds of start-ups and advising them on various issues including fundraising and M&A’s. Before this, Karin worked at Tamir Fishman, a local investment house, as an investment banker in the Corporate Finance department and then as the head of operations and investor relations of DFJ-Tamir Fishman, the local affiliation of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
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, The Bridge, JP
Chief Strategy Officer, Accelerate
Formerly at Apple with a background in VC and Management Consulting, Nio drives strategy, expansion & capital raising for “Accelerate” – Asia’s fastest growing education startup which aspires to solve the talent gaps in A.I., Blockchain & Software Engineering. He personally holds equity in 10+ ventures and has advised 200+ startups in strategy, growth & fundraising.
Founder, MD, Eleven International
Francis is the founder and managing director of Eleven International, a cross border marketing and communications agency based in Beijing and New York. Focused on the blockchain, AI and robotics sectors, Eleven International clients include Rokid, imToken, and Crazybaby to name a few. Prior to Eleven International, Francis was the Head of Marketing and USA General Manager for Zero Zero Robotics, the creator of self-flying camera, Hover Camera. With seven years of marketing experience, his career started in New York City in communications, and later held branding and public relations roles at Chinese tech companies including Qihoo 360, APUS Group and PapayaMobile. Francis was also previously a tech journalist for Digital Trends, TheNextWeb, CNET and Nekkei.