Innovatif+ will be bringing World class speakers from all around the world sharing innovative solutions and methods to be learned and inspired.
Not to be miss will be the participation of high net worth of NextGens and Family Offices across Asia to be connected with Startups & Venture Capitalists/Private Equity investors.
Chief Minister of Penang
Y.A.B Chow Kon Yeow
Penang Chief Minister | Malaysia
Mr. Chow Kon Yeow is Penang’s fifth Chief Minister. He assumed the State’s top leadership role after Pakatan Harapan’s thumping victory in Malaysia’s 14th General Elections in May 2018. He has also been a Penang State Executive Councilor since 2008.
Born in November 1958, Mr. Chow holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (Honours) from the University of Science, Malaysia (USM). He is married to Madam Tan Lean Kee and blessed with two children.
Mr. Chow started out as a journalist before becoming the political secretary of DAP’s former Secretary-General and Member of Parliament for Tanjong, YB Lim Kit Siang from October 1986 to 1990. After winning the Pengkalan Kota state seat in 1990, he became Member of Parliament for Tanjong in 1999. He defended Tanjong for another two terms (2004 and 2008). The 2008 elections, which ushered in the new DAP administration under the then Pakatan Rakyat, also saw him winning the Padang Kota state seat and his appointment as the State Executive Councilor overseeing the Local Government and Traffic Management portfolios.
DAP’s continued triumph in the 2013 elections saw Mr. Chow retaining his Padang Kota constituency. He continued to serve as the State Executive Councilor with Flood Mitigation added to his existing portfolios.
In the historic 14th General Elections, Mr. Chow successfully defended his Padang Kota state seat and won the Tanjong parliamentary seat. He has been the DAP Penang State Chairman since 2000 and DAP National Vice-Chairman since 2004.
In a recent interview after his swearing-in, the fifth Chief Minister of Penang reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure delivery of three mega projects, namely the Penang Transport Master Plan, flood mitigation and affordable housing. Undaunted by the higher expectations, he takes this as a challenge to serve Penangites and find ways to make this state, a better home for all.
President of People's Justice Party
YB Dato Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim
President of People’s Justice Party | MALAYSIA
Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim is a Malaysian politician who is currently the president of the People’s Justice Party and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition. He was the leader of the Opposition between 2008 and 2015, and a founder and leading figure of the People’s Justice Party or Parti Keadilan Rakyat. He was also the 7th Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, former Minister of Finance, former Minister of Education, former Minister of Agriculture and former Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The politician has spent the bulk of his political career championing reform and good governance, sometimes to his own detriment.
He has always believed that digital technology is a tool that plays an increasingly essential role in this matter and has fleshed out a framework called the Digital Native Agenda (DNA23) that seeks to empower stakeholders of the digital landscape and help set priorities in steering the nation in this digital age.
Director, Invest-in-Penang Berhad
Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon
Director, Invest-in-Penang Berhad | MALAYSIA
Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon is the Special Advisor to the Chief Minister of Penang. He is currently a board member of various state government linked companies and corporations as well as private companies. As a Director of Invest-in-Penang Berhad, Penang Development Corporation and Penang Hill Corporation, Dato’ Seri Lee is actively involved in deciding the policy direction of these government linked corporations for the State of Penang.
Dato’ Seri Lee has served as the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Health from 2004 to 2008, and the Member of Parliament for the Jelutong Constituency from 1999 to 2008. Prior to his political career, Dato’ Seri Lee was the Seberang Perai Municipal Councillor from 1997 to 1999.
He was a practicing lawyer with his own private legal practice from 1987 to 2004, after being called to the Bar of Malaysia in 1987 and Bar of England & Wales in 1986. Dato’ Seri Lee holds a LLB from the Southampton University, UK and a MA from the City University, London.
He is a proud alumnus of the Royal Military College Kuala Lumpur and Chung Ling High School in Penang.
Director & COO of Asia Green Group
Director & COO, Asia Green Group | MALAYSIA
Mei Tan is the Director & COO of Asia Green Group, prominent property development company base in Penang, Malaysia. Upon graduation from Florida, USA, Mei was hired by MTV International as Graphic Interactive Designer in NYC before returning to her hometown in Penang for her current stint.
Following her passion in creativity & entrepreneurship, Mei founded Scoopoint – a disruptive and stylish co-working & incubator space in the central of Penang. Scoopoint sets to be a community focusing on innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. She also the mentor & investors of the creative business system incubation program there.
Having to succeed a brick & mortar business, Mei realized the significance of innovation in driving business growth. Her drive to find solutions in her business unleashed her passion to help & empower more family businesses and entrepreneurs to discover new frontier in sustainable business innovations and growth for future generations. She then founded the Asia Innovation Agency and moved on to launch the Asia Innovatif+ Summit & Award in Asia.
Mei is also a TEDx Speaker and has won Top CEO award, Top 100 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs, Top 30 JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award, InPenang Emerging Entrepreneur award and High Flyer award.
Founder of Fave
Founder of Fave | MALAYSIA
Joel Neoh is one of Southeast Asia’s most recognised and successful young entrepreneurs. Joel is currently the Founder of Fave, a leading mobile payments & rewards platform with strong presence in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Fave is supported by some of the most reputable investors in the region including Sequoia Capital.
Joel has received the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Malaysian Tatler also awarded Joel Entrepreneur Par Excellence in 2018.
As a Kuala Lumpur native, Joel was one of the initial founders of the Groupon businesses in Asia Pacific, and headed up the region for 4 years. He played an instrumental role in establishing the high-growth business model that propelled Groupon into a multi billion dollar business, with thousands of employees spanning across 12 countries. Joel has also co-founded several successful companies including social news platform SAYS.com, and invested in a string of technology funds and startups across Asia. In 2013, SAYS.com merged with Catcha Media and the public-listed company was rebranded as REV Asia. REV Asia was recently acquired by Media Prima for over RM100mil.
He completed his studies in Monash University and Harvard Business School and has lived in a number of Asia Pacific cities, including Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Sydney and Singapore. In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash University, and today he remains on the advisory board of the Monash School of Business and AIESEC, the world’s largest student organization.
Fave has connected millions of customers to thousands of offline businesses in key Southeast Asian market centres. Their mission is to help offline and retail businesses across South East Asia success through customer acquisition and increase revenue through mobile commerce. For consumers, Fave is driven to provide everyday rewards at their favourite places.
COO of Percent Group
COO, Percent Group | CHINA
Ms. Ivory Liu is the COO of Percent Information Technology Corporation, China’s leading data intelligence technology enterprise.
As a Yale University MBA graduate and Harvard Business School doctoral student, Ms. Liu began her career in China before working abroad for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was one of 30 chosen for its prestigious Global Leadership Fellowship program. The Forum is the international institution for public-private partnerships. While there, Liu was responsible for convening leaders from politics, business, media, academia and civil society to explore how technological innovation is reshaping government, economy and society, and how leaders should respond.
After returning to China, Ms. Liu joined Huawei Technologies, a world renowned ICT company, as a senior expert in global government affairs. At Huawei she was responsible for convening top global think tanks to discuss regulatory reform, international standards, and emerging technologies to support strategic planning around 5G, big data and cloud computing.
Ms. Liu joined Percent Group in 2014. Percent, as a leading data intelligence technology company in China, is committed to helping government agencies and enterprises to extract intrinsic value from massive data resources in the intelligent era. Under complex and varied business scenarios, the company is dedicated to the transformation of data knowledge to intelligent decision-making resources and the commercial application of big data and artificial intelligence.
With years of experience across the industry, Percent is recognized by many of the world’s leading international institutions and organizations. It was selected as “2018 Forrester Wave Strong Performer in Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning Solutions in China” together with Alibaba Cloud and SAP, “Gartner Cool Vendor”, Deloitte’s “China Top 50 Technology Fast Companies”, and KPMG’s “China FinTech 50”.
At the same time, it has won many awards in the field of big data and artificial intelligence. In 2018, Percent won provincial and ministerial awards including the Beijing Science and Technology Award, was listed in the “China Artificial Intelligence Unicorn TOP 20” and won the “Top 50 Chinese Big Data Enterprises” for the last three consecutive years.
CEO of BEAD Technologies
CEO, BEAD Technologies | GERMANY
Soner started his professional carrier as Project Manager at Siemens Ares-ecount Technologies. After working 3 years in Building Technologies he was appointed as the MENA Region Business Development manager at E-on Ista Holding. During the time he served as Business development manager he was responsible for the operations in 5 different countries in 3 continents. He set up operation from 0 to 50m Euro revenue in 2 years.
Soner has been chosen as one of the best Innovators under 40 and Best young Energy Professional in MENA region in 2017 and 2018.
As of 2016 Soner is the CEO of BEAD Technologies, a company which has been awarded by the UN, Europe Union, Sustainable Management Assotioains as one of the best innovations in 2018.
Soner has a Computer Science Degree from California University Newport and MBA degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management.
Head of Esports, AirAsia
Head of Esports, AirAsia | MALAYSIA
Allan is on his sixth year with The World’s Best Low-Cost Airline voted 10 years in a row by Skytrax! He loves engaging with people and is currently on his seventh portfolio with AirAsia – AirAsia Esports.
He was part of the working commitee that organised AirAsia’s first ever regional hackathon – AirAsia AIRVOLUTION 2017 which was hosted in AirAsia’s global headquarters, RedQ, and saw the participation of 100 participants across 9 countries Before taking a leap of faith into the world of aviation, he was a college drop out turned accidental entrepreneur in the paintball industry.
Allan has been known amongst his AirAsia peers as an intrapreneur; an entrepreneur within a large firm, who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risks associated with those activities. Intrapreneurs are employees within a company who are assigned to work on a special idea or project, and are instructed to develop the project like an entrepreneur would.
He won the ‘Take Ownership Award’ by AirAsia Group People and Culture for driving esports awareness amongst fellow colleagues with the assistance from Allstars (AirAsia employees) and living the brand by using social media to promote AirAsia as part of their Employer Branding initiative.
AirAsia sponsored the Mineski Dota 2 Pro Team, one of the best teams in Southeast Asia and Top 10 globally, who recently won champions in a Major – The Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 and one of the teams that competed in The International 8 Dota 2. AirAsia acquired a majority share in AirAsia Saiyan, a mobile esports team. AirAsia is the official airline and sponsor for Alibaba’s/Alisports WESG SEA (World Electronic Sports Games) esports tournament in Southeast Asia with a prize pool of US$5.5 Million for WESG World Finals in China. AirAsia will be supporting The AirAsia Esports Center – the first Esports Hub in Southeast Asia.
President, Global VR/AR Association Shenzhen
President, Global VR/AR Association Shenzhen | CHINA
Paola Paulino is a far future innovator turned XR visionary for international education. She started her immersive technology career at Microsoft Studios. Paola is part of the first group of people to pioneer experiential design and hardware development for Mixed Reality. She founded #isnsVR, one of the first high-end VR/AR Immersive Technology Pilot programs for international K-12 education in Asia.
Following the success of this program, Paulino founded the Global VR/AR Association – Shenzhen, she was selected to be the Intl. Ambassador for #VRwomen Asia and founded XR Pioneer Ltd., a Hong Kong/Shenzhen based educational technology solutions company built to serve cutting edge and meaningful tech integration experiences in education.
Co-Founder and Partner of Intrepid Ventures
Co-Founder and Partner, Intrepid Ventures | SINGAPORE
Zach is Co-Founder and Partner of Intrepid Ventures. Intrepid Ventures is a venture development company that invests in, designs and builds Blockchain powered companies. Zach is an innovation, digital transformation and venture investor / growth executive based in Singapore and Hong Kong.
He helps Fortune 500 companies leverage the innovation of startup disruptors in blockchain, fintech, distributed ledger, & emerging technologies.
Early stage investor in Blockchain, IoT, Data & Analytics (sensors and health)
Zach is deeply involved in the organizational design and growth of a variety of FinTech, InsurTech, & non-financial blockchain, distributed ledger, and emerging technology companies across Asia.
Founder of HELIOS.AI LTD
Founder, HELIOS.AI LTD | HONG KONG
Noah Silverman holds a PhD in statistics from UCLA, and has worked with data and technology for over 20 years.
The focus of Dr. Silverman’s work is on developing probabilistic models for complex and stochastic systems.
Some of his specialties include complex predictive modeling, hierarchical Bayesian models, machine learning, nonlinear classifiers, support vector machines, Gaussian processes, and natural language processing. He has published several papers on mathematical modeling of complex data systems with innovative analysis methods. In addition, he has developed successful solutions for a large number of clients in Finance, Digital Advertising, Sports Betting, cryptocurrency, Education, Medical, and other industries. Prior to consulting, he conceptualized and founded several technology firms including webclipping.com and trademarktracker.com.
Managing Partner of Pandan Ventures
MANAGING PARTNER, PANDAN VENTURES | SINGAPORE
A veteran of the investment and technology industries, Chris is currently the Managing Partner at Pandan Ventures. In this position, he serves as an adviser and investor for start-ups moving within finance, food/agriculture, and industry – all of which are undergoing massive transformation due to the impact of advanced technologies.
In addition to his role with Pandan Ventures, Chris is also the founder and Managing Director of two3six; a company focused on the nexus of operations, technology, and analytics and volunteers with the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards supporting social & environmental impact businesses and CRIB, a non-profit focused on supporting female entrepreneurs.
Chris is also an operating adviser at Monk’s Hill Ventures, a series A-focused, SE Asian, venture capital firm. He is a member of the German Accelerator in South East Asia’s selection committee. He is also a mentor at the Chinaccelerator in Shanghai, China and the MOX accelerator in Taipei, Taiwan. In additional to these roles, he independently advises multiple start-ups in varying sectors within technology and business.
Outside the investment and technology spaces, Chris is a former US Air Force officer who focused on areas such as tactical communications and all-source intelligence. He also previously worked for the Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence, providing technology advice and operational implementation recommendations.
Chris graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business; majoring in Information Systems. He later completed his Master of Science in Information System from Bowie State University and did his MBA at the University of Maryland.
Managing Director of Mabelle
Managing Director, Mabelle | HONG KONG
After graduating from Stanford in 2004, Theodore has been developing his family’s jewelry retail network and wholesale business and extending them to the online world. More recently, he has founded CoCoon, which operates a vibrant co-working space and supports startups in Hong Kong.
In his capacity as MaBelle’s Managing Director, Theodore designed and built an online fulfillment infrastructure and successfully integrated it into the group’s 100+ stores in Hong Kong and China. Customers can now seamlessly purchase any piece of jewellery from an inventory of over 6000 styles online and pick up their goods offline in under 2 days.
Online sales and online induced in-store sales from these websites have increased by double-digit percentages consistently over the past 6 years. The jewelry e-commerce platforms now reach customers in over 76 countries and 400 cities internationally.
In 2012, Theodore co-founded Born to Fly with his family. This company runs CoCoon, an incubator for startups and an idea exchange platform that aims to reignite the entrepreneurial spirit in Hong Kong and to stimulate the creation of innovative jobs.
Theodore and his team, over the past 5 years, created one of the largest physical community of entrepreneurs with over 21K connections, 1200 CoCoon alumni and while hosting 150+ events annually. In particular, CoCoon hosts monthly Pitch Nights and various events to bridge established business owners and investors with up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Collectively, members raised over $940 million HKD (USD120M) in funding through investors and referrals they met at Pitch Night.
Encouraged by the success of CoCoon’s startups, in 2016, Theodore and his partners launched CoCoon Ignite Ventures. With connected capital, CoCoon Ignite Venture invests in early stage entrepreneurs who have a unique vision of the new economy: transitioning from asset-based models to non-asset based, decentralized networks and business models.
Managing Partner of Cocoon Ignite Ventures
Managing Partner, Cocoon Ignite Ventures | HONG KONG
Roland is the Managing Partner of CoCoon Ignite Ventures, L.P., a venture capital fund focusing on investments in early stage technologies. At CoCoon Ignite Ventures, Roland has led investments in companies including Cafe X, Soundbrenner and GoBee Bike. In addition to investing, Roland is also an active advisor to his portfolio companies, large corporations, founders and other venture capital funds.
Roland graduated from New York University in 2004 with a bachelors degree in biology and graduated from the University of London in 2007 with a bachelors degree in law. Prior to establishing CoCoon Ignite Ventures, Roland was with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an international law firm, from 2008 to 2015. At Freshfields, Roland worked on corporate financing and structuring transactions relating to fundraising, deal structuring and mergers and acquisitions.
Family Member & Employee of Eu Yan Sang
Family Member & Employee of Eu Yan Sang | HONG KONG
Richie EU has been appointed as the Managing Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Eu Yan Sang International Limited as of September 2019. Richie’s initial focus will be on strategic M&A deals that will be profit accretive to the Group.
Prior to this new role, he was the Managing Director of Eu Yan Sang Trading (Hong Kong) since March 2017. Mr Eu oversaw all aspects of operations in Hong Kong and Macau which included driving business growth through strategic planning, talent acquisition, people development, implementation of customer-centric initiatives and expansion of retail, wholesale and e-commerce channels.
Under Richie’s leadership, EYSHK opened 10 new stores and 2 kiosks in Hong Kong, including HK International Airport’s T1 air-side store which was a highly sought-after site. Besides these, Richie also oversaw the successful launch of a new product – ‘Pure Chicken Essence’ – that delivered impressive top-line revenue and gross margin within 6 months of launch.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Eu had been the General Manager of Strategic Development of Eu Yan Sang International Ltd since June 2015. He led the Group’s strategic partnerships, played important roles to drive key initiatives that impact the Group’s long-term directions, with a focus on product innovation and business development.
He represents the fifth generation of the Eu family in Eu Yan Sang business.
Prior to joining Eu Yan Sang International Ltd in 2013, Mr Eu was a Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Associate at Cognita Asia, a UK-based private equity firm for three years.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley (Massachusetts).
Founder & CEO of BookDoc
Dato’ Chevy Beh
FOUNDER & CEO, BookDoc | MALAYSIA
Chevy Beh is a contributor to Forbes.com. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Economics and East Asian Studies. Was awarded the “Most Promising Entrepreneurship Award” at the 2012 Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA), Top Nominee for the “Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year” for two consecutive years 2013 & 2014, and “Great Entrepreneur” Brand Icon Leadership Award 2015 by Brand Laureate.
In 2016, he is nominated for MIT Technology Review, Innovators Under 35 Asia. He’s very passionate about Polo and was the first in Asia ever awarded the National Inter-Collegiate American All Star in 2007. Beh is a frequent speaker at healthcare, technology and leadership conferences, domestic as well as International.
Fund Manger of Asia Green Group
Li Hua Tan
Fund Manger, Asia Green Group | MALAYSIA
Li Hua Tan started her career in banking with Citigroup, as a Financial Analyst in Los Angeles and New York City. More than two years later she moved to Malaysia and managed a real estate firm with assets under development of over USD $450 million (GDV). After a move to Hong Kong in 2011, Li expanded her network considerably with two highly successful years in private jet sales and management, whilst simultaneously managing multiple real estate projects. These challenging and unique experiences provided her with the necessary business acumen to become one of Asia’s leading entrepreneur in the spirits business.
In 2014 Li co-founded the world’s first private equity fund investing in vintage and rare single malt whiskies. That fund return has more than doubled since, based on an independent valuation. Following the fund’s huge success she has expanded further into the whisky industry, managing projects in Scotland and internationally. On top of her own ventures, Li has taken the lead in restructuring her family businesses and family office to ensure they are fully prepared to meet the challenges of the next generation.
Chairman, Shareholders and Co-Founder of Isuzu Metro
Chairman, Shareholders and Co-Founder of Isuzu Metro | THAILAND
We provide and sell car services for both import and export such as mechanics, carcare , Mortor Expo Car event ,pick-up service etc.
Our company isuzu metro have been running for 29 years with a overall revenue more than 70,000 million baht 2000 million us dollar , with more than 30 awards such as my clients are sf cinema , daradailynews , Thailand MortorExpo , Impact arena Thailand , Bitec arena Thailand , Masterchef Thailand , Thailand Top Company Award 2018 segmented Best Customer Focus , Thailand’s Most Admired Brand 2018 , Innovation Brand 2018 (Brand age magazine), Thailand’s Most Admired Brand & Why We buy 2018
Founding Managing Partner of Insignia Ventures Partners
Founding Managing Partner, Insignia Ventures Partners | SINGAPORE
Tan Yinglan founded Insignia Ventures Partners in late 2017 and is the Founding Managing Partner. Insignia Ventures Partners is an early stage technology venture fund focusing on Southeast Asia and manages more than US$150 million from sovereign wealth funds, foundations, university endowments and renowned family offices. Portfolio companies include Carro, Payfazz, Janio, Logivan and many other technology market leaders.
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, Dailyhotel, Pinkoi and 99.co. Yinglan had also been a member of the 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 S$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 an Eisenhower Fellow (2018), 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 (2012). He also serves on the International Board of Stars – Leaders of the Next Generation, 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, a Forbes columnist and 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 Stanford and Carnegie Mellon and completed executive programs at Harvard and Oxford.
Vice President of Gobi Partners
Vice President, Gobi Partners | MALAYSIA
Taraec Hussein is a Vice President with Gobi Partners and oversees the firm’s investments across emerging Muslim economies such as Pakistan & the Middle East.
He has 9 years of experience across venture capital and investment banking with entities such as MAVCAP, Maybank Investment Bank & ECM Libra Investment Bank.
Since joining Gobi in 2017, Taraec has established 2 VC funds, invested in over 10 companies and generated 1 exit to date.
During his investment banking stint, he was involved in over 15 equity fund raising transactions raising US$5.8 billion across ASEAN, spanning consumer discretionary, infrastructure, energy, property and plantation sectors.
Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of RHL Ventures
Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, RHL Ventures | MALAYSIA
Raja Hamzah is Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of RHL Ventures. RHL Ventures is a Southeast Asian based private investment firm that focuses on growth capital investments in the South East Asia and the US region.
Prior to founding RHL, Raja Hamzah was a Director in Rasma Corporation, a boutique mechanical and electrical engineering services firm based in Malaysia, focusing on infrastructure projects including railroads, stadiums and hospitals. He focused on building and developing partnerships with government-linked companies, listed and private corporates and local authorities, and helped the company secure cornerstone projects for the national stadium and national rail projects. Prior to Rasma, Raja Hamzah was a Principal Investment Analyst with Guoco Management Company, a multi-billion US-dollar fund based out of Hong Kong. He used a fundamental, bottom up approach to investing, focusing on listed equities, IPO and pre-IPO investment opportunities across Asia and the U.S. He was also a Senior Analyst in the institutional coverage team of Goldman Sachs Asset Management based out of Singapore. GSAM has more than USD1 trillion dollars of assets under management There, he worked extensively with various institutional funds across Southeast Asia, recommending investments across private equity, hedge fund and other asset classes for clients which include Temasek, GIC, Bank Indonesia, the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia and Khazanah Nasional.
Raja Hamzah graduated from the University of Warwick, UK with a first-class honours degree in Accounting and Finance. Hamzah was formerly an Exco member of the Malaysian Local Manufacturer’s Association.
COO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Dato’ Ng Wan Peng
COO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) | MALAYSIA
Dato’ Ng Wan Peng is the COO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). MDEC is a government-owned agency to pioneer the transformation of Malaysia’s digital economy, responsible for the development, coordination, and promotion of Malaysia’s digital economy, information and communications technology (ICT) industry, and the extensive use of ICT in Malaysia.
Dato’ Ng Wan Peng is no stranger to anyone involved in the ICT business in Malaysia. After graduating from Universiti Sains Malaysia in the nineties, she joined SAPURA as a systems engineer where she moved up the ranks as project manager, program manager before leaving to join MDEC (previously known as Multimedia Development Corporation) in 1999. Since then she has
been a core and pioneer member of MDEC initiatives. Today, as the COO, she is responsible for strategic execution of MDEC’s initiatives to support digital economy, including:
1. Attracting investors, globalising local tech champions
2. Catalysing industry-driven digital ecosystem
3. Building critical enablers of the digital economy, and 4. Driving inclusive adoption of technology
She has more than 25 years’ Industry experience in managing large-scale projects, in the areas of Strategic IT Planning, Project Management, Systems Integration, and Methodologies Development. Dato’ Ng has been consulted for both private and public sector organizations in IT policy and project implementation across government, defense and education sectors in Malaysia and abroad.
In 2015, Dato’ Ng Wan Peng was conferred Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (D.S.P.N) by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang in recognition of her leadership, dedication and positive contributions to drive and expand digital economy’s footprint in Malaysia and globally.
Chairman of National ICT Association of Malaysia (“PIKOM”)
Ganesh Kumar Bangah
Chairman, National ICT Association of Malaysia (“PIKOM”) | MALAYSIA
Ganesh Kumar Bangah (“Ganesh”) is prominent leader in the Malaysian Tech industry. He is currently the Chairman of the National ICT Association of Malaysia (“PIKOM”). Ganesh is also an award winning serial entrepreneur and startup investor. He has received many awards and accolades being recognised by Top 10 of Malaysia as among the 10 most inspiring Malaysian technology entrepreneurs and by Society Magazine as one of the 100 people you must know in Asia.
Ganesh is the Chair of E-Commerce Malaysia, a Chapter of PIKOM. As Chair of ECommerce Malaysia, he has operated #MYCYBERSALE, a public private partnership between PIKOM and Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (“MDEC”). Through his leadership he grew the sales of #MYCYBERSALE 2019 to more than RM390m, representing an increase of more than 80% over a span of two years while reducing government cost for the initiative by 60%. Ganesh is also the Champion of the ICT Nexus under the Malaysian Productivity Blueprint and in that capacity is a member of the Malaysian Productivity Council.
Ganesh founded his first internet business, MOL Global Inc. (“MOL”) in the year 2000 at the tender age of 20. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of MOL for 15 years since its inception. Ganesh was certified by the Malaysia Book of Records as the youngest Chief Executive Officer of a Malaysian public listed company when MOL was originally listed on the Malaysian Stock Exchange in 2003. Through a series of acquisitions all over the world, he built MOL to become South East Asia’s leading online payment gateway and South East Asia’s first internet company to be listed on the NASDAQ in 2014. He was also the Founder and Director of MOL Ventures, an investment holding company which made successful private investments in global social media and mobile internet companies such as Facebook, Friendster and Kakao.
After leaving MOL in 2016, Ganesh founded ecosystem builder Commerce.Asia. Commerce.Asia is venture builder that invests, mentors and accelerates commerce technology enablers across South East Asia. Through Commerce.Asia, Ganesh has invested in leading e-commerce platform, Sitegiant; Malaysia’s largest dropshipping platform, Kumoten; and Malaysia’s largest direct-togarment merchandise creation platform, Famsy. Commerce.Asia is also the first licensee of the Silicon Valley based GrowthX Accelerator and Academy outside of the United States.
Ganesh has received many awards including the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Malaysia 2012 Award, Overall Top Award Winner for the Prestige Top 40 Under 40 2012 Awards, Winner of the JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award 2009, Winner of the Technopreneur Excellence Award at the PIKOM ICT Leadership Awards in 2009 and Winner of the Young Indian
Entrepreneur Award in 2009.
Dr Bejit Ideas
Chairman, NINAPHARM | JAPAN
From heritage to high-tech while keeping values of sustainability and empathy on focus. Grown up in family doing fruits and fragrance since 1672 in France. The family focused on sustainability by only doing business that can create value for next 100 years.
By focusing on humans next needs we could establish an edge and an advance that offer company stability. Studying bio-chemistry this allowed Dr EDEAS to evolve the traditional values of agriculture into high tech solutions.
With a project focus of developing an anti-aging solutions, he studied the centenarians microbiota and it’s impact on aging.
During presentation, Dr EDEAS will take audience into time machine and travel the evolution from 17th century to 21st.
Managing Partner, Hatcher+
Managing Partner, Hatcher+ | SINGAPORE
John is a Partner at Hatcher+, a leading data-driven venture capital investment firm that uses AI and machine learning-based technologies to identify early-stage opportunities in partnership with leading accelerators and investors, worldwide.
John has extensive commercial experience at the senior management level, having been the Chief Executive Officer of Authentium, Inc. the Managing Director, Asia, of WorldSpace, and CEO of Hatcher, the precursor company to Hatcher+. John is also a frequent blogger and an in-demand speaker at venture events globally.
Founder of Pilgrim Partners
Founder, Pilgrim Partners | SINGAPORE
Albert Ee is the founder of Pilgrim Partners Asia in 2009. He has 24 years of experience in the Banking and Investment industry. Pilgrim is a MAS licensed Fund Manager in Singapore. It manages both Public and Private funds. Amongst its Private funds are Private Equity, SME loans, Art, US commercial real estate and other funds. Pilgrim’s Public Funds includes Equity, Global Macro , Futures and Quantitative
Before Pilgrim, Albert held senior positions in GIC, and two other global hedge Fund companies.
He worked for various banks in treasury positions, in Si9ngapore, Chicago and London.
Albert received an Honors degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from National University of Singapore. He holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In addition, Albert holds the CFA and the CAIA Charter.
Albert is an avid sportsman, participating in his first triathlon at the age of 50. He enjoys other sports at various stages of his life. They include squash, snow sking, golf, trekking, rock climbing, jet sking and scuba diving.
Founder and CEO, Raffles Family Office
Kwan Chi Man
Founder and CEO, Raffles Family Office | HONG KONG
An entrepreneur, an ex-banker and a father of two. Mr. Kwan Chi Man is a visionary who believes in empowerment and autonomy when it comes to corporate management. As the founder and CEO of Raffles Family Office, Mr. Kwan actively encourages his staff to take control of work and time, creating a fun and friendly working environment in contrast to the pressure box that many bankers or Relationship Managers feel they’re in.
Prior to founding Raffles Family Office, Mr. Kwan was a private banker at BNP Paribas. He has an extensive banking background with over 15 years of banking and management experience in various international financial institutions. So he knows things– particularly how to balance between a successful career and a happy family life.
Mr. Kwan founded Raffles Capital Holdings in December 2014, and later led the company to expand and include Raffles Assets Management and Raffles Properties. He is responsible for corporate governance, management and strategic planning of RFO. Prior to joining RFO, he was a private banker at BNP Paribas. Mr. Kwan holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Business Management from Lancaster University.
Raffles Family Office (RFO) is an award-winning multi-family office that provides bespoke asset protection and wealth management solutions to High Net Worth Individuals and families across generations. Headquartered in Hong Kong with presence in Singapore and Zurich, RFO offers a one-stop comprehensive family office solutions to Asia-based clients by providing a wide range of services including external asset management (EAM), insurance brokerage, overseas property investment and corporate services.
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Taxation Services Sdn Bhd
Fung Mei Lin
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Taxation Services Sdn Bhd | MALAYSIA
Mei Lin has more than 20 years working experience servicing companies from multinationals to family businesses.
She spent two years working in PwC London and was selected to participate in PwC’s leadership programme in Washington DC, USA for 6 months.
Mei Lin has advised family businesses on planning for their private and business assets and develops structures that are tax efficient for the family. This includes elements like tax incentive planning and applications for grants.
Carried out talks and presentations on family governance to audiences of family businesses to share what family shareholder planning is about and elements of family governance for transgenerational success.
Led the PwC Malaysia team to interview successful family members on professionalising the family for the bi-annual PwC Family Business Survey, which is one of the largest family business survey globally.
Assist companies during tax audits by the Inland Revenue Board. During tax audits, our responsibilities are to manage the tax audit process so that the company is able to focus on their business, and to negotiate the best settlement of the tax audit at the least possible cost to the company.
Qualifications and positions held
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Accounting from Queen’s University of Belfast, UK
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants
Member of the Malaysian Institute of Taxation.
CEO & Managing Director, GAX MD
CEO & Managing Director, GAX MD | MALAYSIA
Mr. Ronnie Tan is currently the CEO & Managing Director of GAX MD. His role includes strengthening the digital investment management ecosystem, aside from creating a working culture that promotes customer centricity, creative innovation and collaborative intelligence. He brings with him more than 35 years of experience in the financial, investment and capital market industry.
Since 2001, Mr. Ronnie has been the Managing Director of Silverlake Capital Market Solution, where he spearheaded the Silverlake Group in developing innovative solutions for the funds management and investment banking industry. He is responsible for the overall business growth, technology innovation, fostering strategic collaborations and creating value for clients. He also leads the Silverlake Group’s Fintech Transformation strategy.
Prior to joining the Silverlake Group, Mr. Ronnie served as Group Head of IT and Operations for Hwang-DBS Investment Bank. Mr. Ronnie also served as the First Vice President, Chief Information Officer Group IT and Banking Operations for OCBC Bank. In both of these positions, he was primarily responsible for the bank’s strategic planning, digital innovation, operations and process re-engineering.
Mr. Ronnie received an Honours Degree in Computer Science and Accounting from Monash University, Australia in 1984.
He embraces new experiences and cultures during his travels and appreciates a good read every now and then.
Digital Inclusion Activist and CEO of WCIT2020
Ngai Yuen Low
Digital Inclusion Activist and CEO, WCIT2020 | MALAYSIA
Multiple award winning personality, Low Ngai Yuen is gearing up on the agenda of digital inclusivity as the preparation for the Olympics of tech conference, World Congress On Information Tech, WCIT2020 is due to take place in Sept 2020 alongside Penang TECHFEST2020, a 10 days Penang-wide conversation on living with technology to better humanity.
In 1999, Yuen started her career as part of the inception team of the adventurous and youthful radio station, WOWfm; 97.6. Following that, she was seen actively hosting 3R, an Asian TV award winning women empowerment TV programme by the fifth season. Yuen found her calling in directing and producing; and soon, storytelling on any format becomes her fixation. From 1999 to 2008 she has created, written, produced and directed numerous highly rated TV programmes in Malaysia and the regional countries. In 2008, she joined the French multinational retailer Carrefour Malaysia & Singapore as their Marketing and Communications Director to revitalize its brand worldwide and customer-experience becomes her next focus. She was instrumental is developing traditional mom-and-pop stores for modern retail during the Program Transformasi Kedai Runcit. To date, she is heavily involved in community building for social purpose organisations. She is the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Global Entrepreneurship Movement Association that runs the community outreach digital radio for entrepreneurs, eFM and the online magazines that is the resource for all things entrepreneurship, eMag.
In addition to Persatuan Kakiseni and WOMENgirls, Yuen also sits as an independent director contributing to GDEX Berhad’s BOD as well as to the Consultative Board of Malaysia Productivity Council for Productivity Blueprint and the ICT Nexus.
2019 will be the year Yuen releases the acclaimed social film on humanity called Orang Itu that scored a 10/10 from film critic, Tan Sri Johan Jaafar in The Star and is named the top 5 must watch Malaysian film starring Datin Sofia Jane, Carmen Soo, KK Wong, Namron and Tony Eusoff.
Yuen was named Malaysian Business’ 30 Notable and Successful Women of Malaysia in 2019, Woman Icon 2019, University College Tunku Abdul Rahman’s Top 50 Outstanding Alumni, IVLP Fellow for Women in Entrepreneurship 2017 (USA State Department), Champion for Entrepreneurship 2017 (conferred by the Raja Muda Selangor), Tokoh Wanita Muda 2015 (Hari Wanita Malaysia by National Council of Women’s Organization), Elevate Fellows 2015 (12 most innovative youth, international search by British Council UK), Bella Creative Award 2013 (ntv7), Great Women of Our Time 2012 (Media and Arts, The Women’s Weekly) and Young Achiever of the Year 2007 (HER WORLD Women 2007).
Operating Partner of Wavemaker Partners
Sui Ling Cheah
Operating Partner, Wavemaker Partners | SINGAPORE
Sui Ling joined Wavemaker in 2017. As Operating Partner, she is responsible for helping the later stage companies in Wavemaker’s portfolio with business development, follow-on financing, and eventual exits. She spent 20 years in investment banking raising capital for high growth companies and executing cross-border M&A. Her last role in investment banking prior to exiting the industry was as the Co-head of Corporate Finance SEA at BNP Paribas. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Investment Banking at JP Morgan Singapore. Sui Ling started her career with Merrill Lynch New York followed by stints in Singapore and London.
Sui Ling serves on the boards of several publicly-listed, private and not-for-profit entities. She is currently a member of the boards of SGX-listed companies CDL Hospitality Trust and Parkway Life REIT, where she also chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nominating & Remuneration Committee.
She graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Economics.
Chief Investment Officer of ALIXCO and FundedByMe
Chief Investment Officer, ALIXCO and FundedByMe | MALAYSIA
André Betker is the Chief Investment Officer of ALIXCO P2P Financing and FundedByMe Malaysia’s Equity Crowdfunding Platform. André is experienced in evaluating and analysing start-ups and SMEs and has helped a large number of companies raise funds.
He is an active private investor who has managed portfolios of private and public equities with a strong record of return, based on quantitative and qualitative strategies. André specialized in Wealth Management and Private Equity. He received his education at the National University of Singapore, Peking University and the University of Mannheim Business School in Germany.
Director of Content, Singapore Venture Capital Association (SVCA)
Director of Content, Singapore Venture Capital Association (SVCA) | SINGAPORE
Sharon Lim recently joined Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA) where she is responsible for the launch of a quarterly bulletin and new events for members as Director of Content.
Sharon is also the founder of Interest Alignment Management (IAM), an investor communications and research business that has also matched capital to opportunities.
Sharon is currently conducting research on how the next generation of UHNW families would like to be banked. This follows her research into family office jurisdiction in 2018. In addition to research and writing, Sharon has also produced family office and family investment conferences in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Prior to setting up IAM in 2012, Sharon worked as a journalist (1996-2008), and managed conferences (2008-2011) with PEI Media, an alternative asset media group. Sharon started her career in journalism with a focus on energy and shipping at Platts, an energy information service (1996-1999), followed by Dow Jones Newswires (2000-2004).
An advocate for an ageless society, Sharon hopes to build a farming commune one day.
She holds a Masters in Gerontology at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and a BA from National University of Singapore (NUS).
Principal of Dymon Asia Ventures
Principal, Dymon Asia Ventures | SINGAPORE
Jennifer started her career in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division in New York, covering financial sponsors and consumer / retail companies.
She returned to Singapore in 2011, when she joined TPG Capital, evaluating investment opportunities in Southeast Asia. Jen also spent several years with a family office focusing on investing in and actively managing early-stage companies, and served as an advisor to companies like THX, a sound engineering company based in San Francisco and Rate It, a Singapore- and Perth-based provider of customer experience data analytics.
At Dymon, Jen sits on the board of ReaQta, an AI-powered cybersecurity platform. Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics, magna cum laude, from Amherst College.
Head of Grab Ventures
Head of Grab Ventures | SINGAPORE
Chris Yeo is Head of Grab Ventures, where he oversees the development of the next generation of tech leaders in SEA by building, scaling and launching new ventures within Grab, as well as investing and partnering with promising startups.
Prior to Grab, Chris was Director and Head of APAC Strategy at AIMIA, where he was responsible for strategic initiatives, partnerships, M&A, new business model innovation and loyalty thought leadership for a global loyalty SaaS player.
He also has experience running APAC Strategy at PayPal, where he oversaw market entry, growth, strategic investments/ partnerships and developing new use cases to improve merchant value proposition & consumer velocity. While at consultancy BCG, he led multiple projects across SEA, Middle East and Australia for clients in telco and travel industries.
Prior to Grab, Aimia, PayPal and BCG, Chris started his career with Singapore Airlines, leading the development of SIA’s eCommerce business.
Chris holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and he graduated with a BA (Economics) and BSc (Engineering) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Outside of work, Chris is passionate about social entrepreneurship, especially the transformative role of tech, having done pro-bono work with organizations such as Grameen and the Singapore Children’s Society.
Director of TCG Capital
Director, TCG Capital | HONG KONG
Eric Wong established TCG in 2003 as an asset management and financial advisory firm focused on investments with superior risk adjusted returns that are uncorrelated to major asset classes and advising family office and corporate clients. TCG’s Celera division was formed in 2012 to consolidate the financial and technology sector businesses of TCG and its Vauban division has been engaged in asset backed financing since 2011.
Prior to TCG, Mr. Wong was involved with his family’s chemicals and electronics interests in Greater China which date back to 1918 in Shanghai, 1950 in Hong Kong and 1970 in Taiwan. He holds an M.S. in Biotechnology from the Kellogg Center for Biotechnology at Northwestern University, a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Pomona College and is FRM certified. Mr. Wong is also registered with the U.S. CFTC as the principal of a CTA/CPO and IB.
CEO of EPOST
Director, NCT Group | MALAYSIA
– Appointed as Director at NCT Group (Group companies of Trading, Logistics, Property Development, Aviation, Agriculture, Asset Management)
– Appointed as Director of Warisan Harta (Private Equity, Sabah Government Investment Arm)
– Foundation in Law, Politics & Sociology Bellerbys College, Oxford UK
– LLB of Law University of Sussex, UK
– Masters in Economics Fudan University Shanghai, China
He was awarded The Innovative of The Year 2018 by Global Logistics & Supply Chain. He is also one of the few first batch of Malaysian entrepreneurs selected to attend the Alibaba Netpreneur programme.
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