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Convergence Business Summit & Expo 2018 is an exciting and rare chance for executives from a cross-section of industries to gain powerful technology insights from the technology creators themselves.

Join the technology elite in Singapore across 10th November (business summit) – 11 November (expo trade expo) to find out the scope of technology fusions that are blurring the lines between physical and digital spheres. Not only will these insights help you understand the impacts of the 4th Industrial Revolution, but also provide a platform for collaboration across geographies, sectors and disciplines to grasp the opportunities it presents. This is your chance to see the latest advancements in fusing AI, Machine Learning, AR, IoT, robotics, 3D printing, VR, cyber security, wearables, cloud data and the blockchain together that could put you ahead of the game.

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Learn, Collaborate, Innovate & Explore

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Convergence Singapore 2018 held at the beautiful Pavilion, Far East Square, Chinatown will feature top level of AV produtction – setting the bar high in conference production and visual entertainment.

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Are you investing in the right technologies and partnerships today to make sure your business will still be here tomorrow?

 

Join us at Convergence Business Summit & Expo to:

• Understand the real technology opportunities available to drive bigger competitive advantages for your business

• Discover critical insights and business intelligence into rare emerging technologies that will help you shape your business strategy

• Access and network with the world-leading local and global technology experts and providers that will completely change your technology expectations

• Join dynamic roundtable discussions that attack industry’s biggest challenges and hear your global peers share strategies/solutions they have come across in their journey

• Meet investors and VCs that will take you to the next level

• Uncover the hidden marketplace of products that can grow your investment at our “Investors & Founders” evening networking event on 11th November 2018

You will come away from Convergence with real world knowledge, deep understanding, fresh ideas and connections to implement the latest business opportunities for successful outcomes.

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Featuring the Latest Technologies From 30 World-Renowned Experts

Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne

Co-founder and COO

Open Bionics (UK)

Samantha co-founded Open Bionics with Joel in 2014 when she learnt about the work that he was doing on open source robotic hands. Samantha has an exceptional business acumen and brings valuable experience in project management, marketing and business development. Samantha has elevated Open Bionics to a globally recognised brand and has recently won several awards celebrating her entrepreneurship.

You can learn more about the important work Samantha and Open Bionics are doing through their YouTube channel, or watch our hightlights video here:

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Chris Bobotis

Chris Bobotis

Director Immersive

Adobe (Canada)

Chris Bobotis is the Director of Immersive at Adobe. Prior to Adobe, Chris co-founded Mettle which has created 360/VR software for the Adobe ecosystem that has been widely adopted by leading companies world-wide, such as The New York Times, Time, CNN, HBO, Google, youtube, Discovery VR, DreamWorks TV, National Geographic, USA Today, LinkedIn, The Ellen Show, BuzzFeed, Conan 360, Framestore, Google, Jaunt VR, CARE, RYOT, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Apple, and Facebook.

At Adobe, Chris is leading the effort to integrate Mettle SkyBox Suite into Adobe Creative Cloud and is working with a team to develop more foundation-level tools in immersive technologies.

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Lin Kayser

Lin Kayser

Member of the Board Advisors, Isar Aerospace

CEO, Hyperganic (Germany)

Lin Kayser is a German serial entrepreneur based in Munich. As co-founder and CEO of Hyperganic, a software startup, he is reimagining how we build things in a world of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) and synthetic biology.

At the Convergence conference, Lin will discuss, how digital fabrication is fundamentally transforming how we think about the production of the things around us. In this world, where even extremely complex machinery can be produced at little cost, objects are increasingly created using AI computer algorithms and manufactured close to the consumer.

Lin began his career in 1994 at ARADEX, a German startup in the industrial automation space. In 2000, he started IRIDAS, which actively drove the digital transformation of the film industry in Hollywood. IRIDAS was acquired by Adobe in 2011.

Lin’s research and investment company, COGLOBO, focuses on disruptive technologies in the field of robotics and new manufacturing methods. Lin is a mentor with Isar Aerospace, meeting them the WARR Hyperloop project. Continuing to work with them as member of the Advisory Board, alongside Professor Schmucker and SpaceX veteran Bulent Altan. Lin sees private space flight is an important enabler for the future of humanity.

Lin is also Member Advisory Board at VoltStorage, Member of Strategy Board at Future of Leadership Initiative, Founder & Member Board of Directors at Eleza, Founder at UBOT (submersible robotic vehicles and sensors to explore the underwater world) and CEO at k7 Ventures Holding.

Lin is an active mentor in the German startup scene and gives frequent talks on leadership and tackling global issues through bold technological innovation.

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Dr Jeff Evenson

Dr Jeff Evenson

Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer (New York)

Corning (USA)

Jeff Evenson joined Corning in 2011 and was named chief strategy officer in 2015. In this role, he oversees corporate strategy, corporate communications, and advanced analytics.

Glass is one of the most transformative materials of all time.  From spectacles to telescopes to fiber optics, glass has been responsible for numerous technological and cultural revolutions.

Yet despite glass’s history, Corning believes some of the greatest glass innovations are still ahead.  The ubiquity of glass in our day-to-day lives, the accelerating pace of glass innovation, and the increasingly vital role that glass plays in a broad range of industries have led Corning to declare that we are living in The Glass Age.

Jeff will discuss the aesthetic and technical properties that make glass such a remarkable material and explain how today’s deep understanding of glass physics and chemistry is unleashing new capabilities faster than ever.  He will describe how highly engineered glass compositions and optical technologies are enabling seamless delivery of real-time information and interactive displays with life-like images, intuitive interfaces, and exciting new form factors. Jeff will share his thoughts on the implications of glass innovations for advertising in diverse environments from retail windows to digital fitting rooms to head-up displays in next-generation cars. And he will invite the audience to consider how glass can address their challenges and enhance their lives – because the Glass Age isn’t just a technological movement, it’s a human one.

Prior to his current position, Jeff served as senior vice president and operations chief of staff, and was responsible for leading the process to create Corning's annual operating priorities and overseeing a variety of strategic programs and growth initiatives across the company's diverse businesses. Previously, he spent seven years at Sanford C. Bernstein as a senior vice president and senior analyst focused on data networking companies. Earlier in his career, Evenson was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led technology and market assessments for early-stage technologies.
 
Jeff has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and a bachelor's degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Chairman of the Corning Museum of Glass, a trustee of the Corning Foundation, and a member of the board of directors for View, Inc. and Fuzzy Logix Inc.
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Dr Pauline Tay

Dr Pauline Tay

Deputy Director

National Research Foundation

Dr Pauline manages the Innovation and Enterprise (I&E) division at NRF (based in the Singapore Prime Minsters office), designing policies and schemes to catalyse innovation and facilitate the translation of research into impactful outcomes – to improve the world around us. Initiatives range from support of early innovation coming out of universities, formation and growth of hi-tech startups and the facilitation of research collaboration and technology development by industry.

Responsible for creating and implementing the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH). She was tasked to energise the innovation and tech event space in Singapore and NRF gave the opportunity to transform how things were done in the past – singular events ran by different organisations throughout the year that were often duplicative. Tech conferences in Singapore were predictable, dull and hardly integrated with lifestyle.

As a regional innovation leader, Dr Pauline was determined to change that image and created a completely new concept for the tech scene in Singapore.

SWITCH is a concept where multiple complementary tech events come together to plug and play in an open platform integrated with lifestyle elements, reflecting the diversity and vibrancy of the Singapore ecosystem.  It is driven by a community of people, not just individual organisations, many of whom are volunteers in the innovation and entrepreneurial space, coming together to make it all work for the ecosystem they believe in.

Find out all about SWITCH 2018 HERE

Convergence worked with Dr Pauline, NRF and SWITCH in 2017:

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Peter Lindberg

Peter Lindberg

Business Development Director, Reaktor (Finland)

Member of the Board at Codemate, Singapore

Peter Lindberg, based in Finland, is a business author on organisation agility, entrepreneur, eMBA and now works with Reaktor with AI, platform economy and cultural transformation programs aiming to improve corporate adaptability to the emerging technologies and ways of working.

We are on the path to demystifying AI and educating people widely about its nature, potential and application. For this reason Elements of AI course has been created by Reaktor in cooperation with the University of Helsinki and Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence. Over 90,000 people have already graduated, half of them Finnish and half from abroad. It is the most popular course in Finland on any subject ever.

The President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö gave a speech on the graduation ceremony of the first badge of graduates.

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Graduation ceremony for the first badge of Elements of AI alumni in Helsinki. We will continue our journey in making AI part of the everyday live of all people.

 

Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Partner, SingularityNET (USA)

Managing Director, Six Kin Development

Scott is a Silicon Valley veteran who began his career writing code and managing software development teams for several early Internet startup companies, including Netscape, where he helped build the legendary Netscape Navigator web browser. Scott also has more than a decade of experience in education, serving as Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, and as a researcher at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, working on advanced robotics and AI projects. He has founded three startups and been involved with numerous high tech ventures over the past 25 years.

Technopreneur | Transhumanist | Singularitarian

Scott has always had a deeply ingrained feeling that our period in history is a very special one, and that our generation is destined to experience incredible events that previous generations couldn’t have imagined. Part of this comes from watching too much science fiction while growing up, but it is also based upon the observation that technological advancement has been increasing at an exponential rate. Scott believes that we are now at the take-off point in this high speed technology curve and that most people alive today are going to witness profound changes in the very near future.

In his current role, managing a startup company, Six Kin Development, that is working hard to create revolutionary new applications in the areas of EduTech, HealthTech, Robotics and advanced Artificial Intelligence.

Previously his career has essentially revolved around three overlapping phases:

Software Development - Throughout the 1990's, Scott wrote code and managed development teams for several early Internet start-up companies in Silicon Valley, including Netscape, where he helped build the legendary Netscape Navigator web browser.

Education & Research - Scott spent over a decade in academia, serving as Senior Lecturer at the tertiary level and as a researcher at a university in Hong Kong, working on advanced robotics and AI projects.

Technopreneurship - I have founded three startups of my own and been involved with numerous high tech ventures over the past 25 years.

Scott is also Partner at SingularityNET – the brainchild of renowned Artificial Intelligence expert, Dr. Ben Goertzel, and famed robotics pioneer, Dr. David Hanson – the creators of the famous Sophia robot. A new, decentralized, open marketplace for exchanging AI services. Six Kin Development is proud to represent SingularityNET in Singapore and the region, collaborating in a number of areas, including software development, business development, marketing, and community outreach.

Scott's presentation topic for Convergence is:

“Moving from Centralized to Decentralized AI - How Enterprises Can Benefit from the Convergence of Blockchain and AI”

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Dr. Maren Schweizer

Dr. Maren Schweizer

AI, IoT, Technology Investment, Business Advisory, M&A

CEO, Schweizer World - Connecting the World (Germany)

Dr. Maren Schweizer is an exceptional CEO with over 20 years experience in the field of engineering, electronics, automated mobility, AI and IoT.

Dr. Schweizer first started her professional career in 1998 as head of flight operations in the startup executive airline WM Aero Charter in Germany, being promoted to Managing Director in 1999. She is also a certified airline pilot and instructor, having contributed to the German Federal Aviation Administration (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt) for 5 years.

In 2002 she took over the position of Commercial Director with Dassault Falcon Service in France, a Dassault group company. Being part of the restructuring team, Dr. Schweizer contributed to improve the company setup and turnaround with focus on the growing Eastern markets, such as Russia.

In 2005 Dr. Schweizer was elected to the board of Schweizer Electronic AG - a 168 years old listed electronics company - and after 2 years she was responsible for the company's repositioning process as the CEO.

Dr. Schweizer then joined Meiko Schweizer Electronics Co. Ltd., in Hong Kong and in 2014 she was elected Board Member of Meiko Electronics Co. Ltd., Japan - a JASDAQ listed company. Her main mission was to contribute to the restructuring processes, generation shift, and encourage internationalisation, while reinforcing her presence in Asia.

In addition, Dr. Schweizer has served on the board of ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association and is currently serving on the advisory board of HDI Global SE - a global insurance company.

After over 20 years professional experience in the automated mobility industry, including 10 years of businesses development, Dr Schweizer is now pursuing her passion in entrepreneurship.

Dr Schweizer holds a doctorate in Social and Economic Science, on top of her master's degree in engineering.

 

Anthony Bargar

Anthony Bargar

exUS Dept. Defense Cyber Security (USA)

CIO Connect Cyber Security Advisory Service Director

Anthony Bargar served in senior positions within the United States Dept. of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC). He now leads a team of trusted advisors to assist clients to thrive within today’s highly contested cyber environment. Anthony’s global, clients have included stock exchanges, banks, utilities, federal agencies and other representatives of critical infrastructure sectors.

In public-service, Anthony was the Cyber Policy & Strategy Advisor for DoD and served as Deputy CISO to the US DoD. Anthony was on the White House team to develop the President’s National Cyber Initiative, which unified strategy across the government. In the IC he managed the U.S. counter intelligence DoD IA insider threat program, overseeing counter-espionage cases to safeguard the privacy of U.S. classified information.

At the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Anthony led a team of "white-hat" hackers to predict, detect, and prevent breaches in information security, enforcing security policy and preventing unauthorized access to sensitive information/data.

Anthony co-led an international research project on information infrastructure protection and defense with the National Defense University (NDU) and the Swedish National Defense College. He holds a master's degree in information and telecommunication systems for business from Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, he is certified as a CIO from the NDU, where he graduated at the top of a class of nearly 50 students.

Anthony also serves as CIO Connect's Cyber Security Advisory Service Director to bring advice to the C-Suite on the latest tactics and plans to reduce risk while maximizing business resilience. CIO Connect is a unique concierge service for CIOs and their leadership teams. CIO Connect’s advisory-led, concierge is much more than a traditional tick-box consultancy. Building trust and confidence as advisors, CIO Connect brings an external viewpoint and a pragmatic approach.

Anthony's presentation topic at Convergence:

“The enemy among us: How to spot insider threats using cyber AI driven counter intelligence tools & techniques”

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Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman

Director of Innovation

Magnify World (New Zealand)

With over 20 years experience in the entertainment, sports tech, music industry, Matt has worked for Warner and Sony Music in both New Zealand and Australia.

Matt previously founded LTPS Music a music label and management company and founded Txtstation as CEO. In 2001 The Txtstation company (interactive broadcast mobile marketing company) raised over $6 million in venture capital, following this succes he sold the company in March 2011.

Launching the company into the European and North American markets Matt moved to New York, then Los Angeles where he successfully set up the first telecommunication connections and sold the companies original contracts to FIFA World Cup, SKY TV Italy for the Champions League, Fox USA, CBS USA, Time Warner and the NBA. Matt was then offered the Txttunes position as CEO by Renaissance Group a public company who handles Apple distribution and still remains a shareholder in Txtstation.

Since then Matt focuses on his ArivalGlobal sport innovation company, based in Auckland, New Zealand. ARIVAL technology brings the fans into the game like never before, using augmented reality to visualize real-time player data whilst engaging them with gamification.

When he isn't leading the next sports tech wave Matt travels the globe as the Director of Innovation for the VR / AR / AI Magnify World event series. Speaking, MC, organising the relationships and working across the whole platform Matt explores his real passion for virtual, augmented and mixed reality. We are very excited to be hosting Matt at Convergence Singapore.

Convergence is very excited to be working with Matt on the next Magnify World VR / AR event is part of the Victorian Government Digital Innovation Festival, 24-25 August: More info HERE

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Francis Goh

Francis Goh

CEO & Founder

Hehsed

Francis Goh is the former CEO and the Singapore Managing Director and Partner at Mercer. Francis has more than twenty years of international experience in the technology and energy industries, having had numerous P&L and high impact leadership roles with global leaders such as Accenture, SAP, HP, Microsoft and ExxonMobil. During this time, Francis has worked across Asia, Europe and the United States.

Hehsed is a digital consulting company that assists businesses to realize their top digital potential by creating a culture of innovation, designing digital customer experiences and developing a digital transformation strategy, digital human capital, digital social & marketing strategy. At Hehsed, we combine strategy consultants with in-house high calibre digital experts to provide high quality services to our clients.

Francis specializes in the areas of emerging solutions, breakthrough business models and innovation. He has a proven track record in building high-performance teams and overachieving both revenue and profit targets consistently. He has a strong reputation for developing and deploying new business go-to-market strategies across sales, operations and resource management. Francis is a hands-on leader with deep solution and value-selling expertise across a broad spectrum of clients in the Asia Pacific region across industries such as Oil & Gas, FSI, telco, manufacturing and the government. Francis is passionate about recruiting, managing and coaching high-performing talent. He is also a recognized keynote speaker and is frequently invited to speak at various industry platforms.

As a trainer who specializes in Digital Transformation, business strategies and leadership, Francis is a Guest Lecturer at the Nanyang Business School Fellow MBA program.

Francis holds an Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA and a PhD in International Management.

Francis will be presenting the topic of:
“Innovative Customer Experience in the Digital era”
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Lawrence Chong

Lawrence Chong

Co-founder & CEO

Consulus

Lawrence is the Co-founder and CEO at Consulus, a global innovation consultancy firm which helps leaders, companies and cities unite, transform and innovate to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0. Consulus was founded in Singapore in 2004 and is now present in 16 countries that include USA, Italy and Sri Lanka. 

A global speaker, he has spoken at conferences such as Innovation by Design, World Marketing Summit, and in 30 cities such as Sao Paolo, Melbourne on innovation, business design and about a new economic approach called the Economy of Communion. His comments appear in regional media such as Nikkei Asian Review, Fortune and his thoughts are widely followed on LinkedIn with 400,000 followers.
 
He is an active contributor to the local design sector having served two-terms as President of Design Business Chamber Singapore from 2009 - 2013.
 
Lawrence will be presenting the topic of:
“Convergence of Minds to Shape a Shared Future”
Our challenge is not ideas but how to bring them together to shape the future. Sharing 14 years of experience in bridging differences, uniting different disciplines for innovation and growth. 

 

Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge

Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge

Director, Social Robotics Lab, National University of Singapore

Editor in Chief, International Journal of Social Robotics

Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge is the Director of the Social Robotics Laboratory (SRL), Interactive Digital Media Institute, the National University of Singapore, is a research laboratory focused on socially competent, personal, healthcare and edutainment robotics internationally for scientific, social and economical impacts through the synergy from arts, engineering, medicine and sciences.

The multi-faceted research program conducted in SRL is structured to investigate all aspects of social, personal, medical and edutainment robotics. It aims to produce a seamless integration of artificial agents into the human society, with intelligent robots that can participate in and learn from intuitive, long term interaction with humans, and which can be safely deployed in myriad applications ranging from entertainment, healthcare/eldercare, education and childcare. These robots will act as intelligent companions which enrich the lives and co-exist in harmony with humans.

The main objectives of SRL are: Advanced cross disciplinary research of social robotics for improving the lives of humans worldwide; Sophisticated common R&D platforms under one roof for more cohesive and vibrant research across arts, engineering, medicine, and sciences; Dedicated human capital development for creativity, leadership, and visionary in the area of social, personal, healthcare, and edutainment robotics; High intellectual properties throughputs for technology transfer and start ups in making social and economic impact; and Magnet for joint research and international collaboration.

The SRL web is a gateway to our research programme and activities. It is our pleasure that you visit our web to view the evolving SRL. Wish you a stimulating experience as you are on our web, exploring how SRL thrives for creative ideas in robotics community and how we embrace new challenges to push the research work further.

Prof. Shuzhi Sam Ge, PhD, fellows of IEEE, IFAC, IET, and Academy of Engineering (SG). He is a professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, the director of Center for Robotics and in Honory QianRen JiHua Professorship with University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He is a visiting professor of the Chang Jiang Scholar Program, the vice-chairman of International Robotics and Intelligent Equipment Industry Alliance, and a member in advisory group of national robotics standardization.

He was awarded NSF Outstanding Overseas Young Researcher Award (China) and National Technology Award (Singapore). His research interests include social robotics, intelligent systems and intelligent equipment. Professor Shuzhi Sam Ge has presided over and involved in national projects under Singapore Government, National Basic Research Program (Program 973) and State High-Tech Development Plan (Program 863) in China. He has published 7 monographs, over 700 papers with more than 20,000 citations. He is an Elsevier Highly Cited Chinese Researcher (2014, 2015, 2016) and a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (2016).

He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Social Robotics and the associate editor of Automatica.

 

 

Sowmya Iyer

Sowmya Iyer

CEO & Founder

DViO Digital (India)

Sowmya Iyer is the founder and CEO of DViO Digital, one of India’s largest integrated marketing companies focused on digital transformation of brands and business. In addition to that; she is also a start-up investor, Chief Mentor at MAD-Tech Incubator, that is run by DViO and a TEDx Speaker.

She runs the marketing incubator for start-ups in ad, content and marketing technology. Her incubator currently houses five start-ups, and she is determined to extend the portfolio to 25 + start-ups in the coming year. It is a unique initiative taken to connect brands with the immense amount innovation and value that start-ups have to offer and has been seeing profound traction and value in the market.

In 2007, she started Xebec Digital, initially as division of a full service mainline advertising agency. XD soon became an independent fast growing digital marketing company. Soon the organization grew into one of the largest independent digital marketing agencies in India.

In late 2017, Sowmya bought the company from her partners and rebranded it as DViO Digital. Today, DViO serves six markets in 3 countries-Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, UAE and Africa with over 130 digital media experts across offices in areas of digital content creation, digital videos, creative, mobile marketing, technology and media. Under her leadership, the organization has been selected for the prestigious Elevator Program by Google India besides winning many awards for various campaigns across clients.

In the past 12 years she has been a consultant to more than 100 businesses. She is a prolific speaker at international and domestic conferences on topics concerning leadership, digital media etc. She has also contributed significantly in various strategic discussions on digital marketing for Government of India.

Unmish Parthasarathi

Unmish Parthasarathi

Co-Founder & Digital Consiglieri

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Unmish works at the intersection of content, commerce and culture - facilitating the digital transformation of traditional media concerns, curating new markets of digital demand, hello brands tell innovate stories and mentoring startups in MediaTech, SportsTech & VideoTech.

Educated at Cambridge, London Business School and St. Stephen’s, Singapore is Unmish’s 5th home after spells in London, New York, Johannesburg & Delhi where he was born. He’s conducted business in over 30-countries on three Continents for and with blue-chips such as IMG Media (Endeavour), BBC Technology, ESPN STAR Sports, Fox, News Corp, Scripps Interactive Networks and most recently Jungle Ventures and the International Cricket Council (ICC). Unmish is extremely active on LinkedIn and in “listening” mode on Twitter.

Unmish will be presenting on the topic of:

"Future of Broadcast Content: Emerging Technology and Digital Transformation"

Dr Jeffrey Koh

Dr Jeffrey Koh

Director of Strategic Ventures

Chemistry

Jeffrey Tzu Kwan Valino Koh has spent most of his life so far in Toronto, Canada but has managed to live, work and study in Sydney, Zurich, London, Rotterdam, Berlin, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo.

He is a trans-disciplinary experiential designer who has worked on catwalk and fashion show designs for PRADA, advertising and gallery curation for KesselsKramer, and architecture and exhibition design for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture / Rem Koolhaas.

As a practicing artist, Jeffrey has exhibited in venues such as the Barbican and Southbank Centre in London, UK, for festivals such as the Singapore Design Festival and in galleries in Munster, Berlin, Vienna, Crete, Tokyo and other world-class venues.

In the past he studied Semiotics and Fashion Photography, and was awarded his BFA in Monumental Kunst from the Aki Academy of Art and Design (ArtEZ) in Enschede, the Netherlands and an MA in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, United Kingdom.

He earned his PhD at the National University of Singapore and was a visiting research scholar at Keio University in Japan, where his research interests focused on various topics regarding HCI, HRI, interactivity and transdisciplinary experimental creative practice.

Recently he was the UX Lead at the National Gallery Singapore, faculty Lecturer at UNSW, Vice President of Transmedia at Villains and Chief Curatorial Officer at Artifact Global. Currently he is Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW, Peer of the Australia Council for the Arts, and is the Director of Strategic Ventures at Chemistry Singapore, where he applies Chemistry’s strength in human-centred design research to new venture projects.

Jeffery will be presenting on the topic:

"The Revolution will be an API"

Tom Simpson (UK)

Tom Simpson (UK)

VP, Brand & Exchange, APAC

AdColony

Tom Simpson is VP, Brand & Exchange, APAC at AdColony. He has held positions agency, brand marketing and tech side across disciplines including innovation, data, mobile, strategy and automation working with brands such as WPP, Google, Unilever and Nike. Now living in Singapore, Tom has previously been based in London and Vietnam.

Tom is passionate about emerging technology and new opportunities for brands to earn relevant and valuable connections with their audience. He believes that the unique challenges of APAC markets are paving innovative ways of forging meaningful partnerships to build the next wave of advanced automated solutions for marketers.

Dickson Tang

Dickson Tang

Future of Work Speaker & Author

Leadership for Future of Work

Dickson Tang is a future of work speaker and author. He covers future of work from a humanistic perspective through the lens of leadership and creativity.

He is author of the book "Leadership for future of work: 9 ways to build career edge over robots with human creativity".

He believes everyone is a leader. He believes everyone, with an open mind, can be proactive in exploring future possibilities.

He was featured in media such as Forbes, Irish Tech News and “Money FM 89.3”.

He is also the founder and master trainer of Ideaschap, a training and consulting firm based in Singapore.

He has over 15 years of experience in management, marketing, business consulting, organizational strategies and training & development. His prior corporate experience includes assignments with several leading companies such as KPMG Advisory, Gartner and Netscape Inc. He has trained professionals from Cartier, CITIC Telecom, Exterran, JVC Kenwood, Kongsberg Maritime, Mannheim Business School, Menicon, Montblanc, Wirtgen and many more.

With a dual background in business strategy and training, he effectively designs and delivers speaking / training programs with the alignment of organizational, team and individual needs.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from ESSEC Graduate School of Management in France and a Bachelor of Social Science from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dickson will be presenting on the topic:

“The future of work, build career edge over robots with human creativity”

Jay Shah

Jay Shah

Founder & CEO

OpenDNA

Jay Shah is the Founder & CEO of OpenDNA, a publicly listed company (OPN) on the Australia Securities Exchange that has operations in South Africa, Australia and headquartered in Singapore. Jay is a technology visionary and the designer behind OpenDNA’s AI technology. He brings 20 years of serial entrepreneurship having founded numerous technology companies in Europe, North America and Africa, ranging from Content Management Systems, VoIP & GSM Mobile Telephony as well as launching a technology incubator in the UK. It was Jay’s vision about the user owning and controlling their own data to be able to then personalize their experiences of the internet that led to the development and launch of OpenDNA.

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Dave Lim

Dave Lim

TEDx Singapore

Leadership team, Singularity U Singapore Chapter

Dave Lim is a polymath, provocateur, pioneer and possibilist who delights in designing, launching and growing new ventures with people. He is part of the leadership team of the SingularityU chapter in Singapore, sits on Danone's Digital Advisory Board and since 1996, has been founder of Coca-Cola Innovation X,  a tech VC in $1B APAC fund that had invested in a small startup called Alibaba.com,  a design thinker and innovation catalyst for corporates, central banker and global fund manager of $100B.  Outside work, Dave is a TEDx Ambassador and founder of TEDxSingapore, growing this into a >150,000 multi-disciplinary community today.  He has studied at Singularity U, Stanford, Berkeley, UNSW and UBC.  Dave's favourite quote and challenge to you is  "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -Johann Wolfgang von Goet

 

Penny Wong

Penny Wong

Director, Radmis

AI, Robotics, Technology & Enterprise

Penny has over 15 years of technology consulting experience helping clients (including Optus, Telstra, NSW Gov, Visa, MasterCard & Coles) to deliver digital projects and opportunities underpinned by emerging technologies.

Penny is a co-founder of Radmis, a digital product prototyping & artificial intelligence software company. She studied computer science and holds a Grad Cert of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Master of International Business & Law from the University of Sydney.

Mazen Kurdy

Mazen Kurdy

Founder & CEO

Stylemyle

Stylemyle is the online platform that allows you to shop premium, contemporary luxury and emerging fashion designers.

We are an online destination for premium, contemporary luxury and emerging fashion. Our curated marketplace is based on "discovery"​ from a highly selective curation of boutiques and designers from around the world.

An innovative startup founded in 2017, Stylemyle partners with a highly select group of premium, contemporary luxury boutiques and emerging designers from around the globe. Our data driven, proprietary software (SaaS) focuses on artificial intelligence, analytics, efficient logistics, predictive learning and secure payment. We provide innovative business solutions for retailers and emerging brands to help them efficiently accelerate their growth. Our business model provides clients with one location to shop for contemporary luxury ranging from well-known established global brands to exciting emerging regional designers.

 

VIP Guests

Swee-Yeok Chu

Swee-Yeok Chu

CEO, President & Director

EDB Investments

Ms. Swee-Yeok Chu has been the Chief Executive Officer of EDB Investments since late 2008 and serves as its President and Director. She is responsible for transforming EDBI into an active strategic investor, supporting the fast growing innovative sectors of Information and Communication Technology, Biomedical Sciences, Smart and Sustainable Technology, and other strategic sectors.

Ms. Chu is a Partner at Ooyala, Inc. Prior to EDBI, Ms. Chu was the Chief Executive Officer at Bio*One Capital since 2004. Under her leadership, Bio*One Capital became a globally recognized and reputable investment entity. Ms. Chu previously held senior positions at the Singapore Economic Development Board where she was instrumental for industry strategy development and implementation including establishing several venture funds and providing oversight to their management.

Ms Chu previously held senior positions at EDB and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) where she played a pioneering role in developing major policies and executing the industry, research and commercialisation strategies leading to the growth of the biomedical sector and its contribution as a major pillar of Singapore’s economy today.

Ms. Chu also serves on the boards of Merlion Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd, S*Bio Pte Ltd, Triton Water AG, Silecs Oy, Xinya Media Pte Ltd, and Singapore-Suzhou Township Development Pte Ltd. She also serves on the board of Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD). She served as a Director of ES Cell International Pte Ltd. She has over 25 years of track record and extensive experience in equity investments of start-up to growth and late-stage ventures, strategic planning, business and technology development for industries.

 

SzeKi Sim

SzeKi Sim

Head of Brand

SGInnovate

A seasoned and passionate marketer, SzeKi joined SGInnovate as part of its pioneer team in Sep 2016. She is entrusted with building the brand and marketing team from scratch, to achieve SGInnovate’s mission of enabling ambitious and talented men and women to build, commercialise and scale deep technology-based innovations from Singapore that will have global impact. She leads the team in promoting Singapore as a place of thriving innovation in deep tech entrepreneurship and spearheads activities to create a holistic ecosystem, providing a platform where founders, researchers, academics, venture capitalists, corporations come together to share and discuss ideas of innovation in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and MedTech.

Her leadership has seen SGInnovate, in less than 2 years, establish itself as a leading force in driving deep tech innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore and internationally, having built a thriving community with 22,000 followers across its social media platforms, and clinching silver in the Best B2B PR Campaign at the Marketing PR Awards 2017.

Prior to SGInnovate, SzeKi’s long career in marketing included leading teams with global technology brands such as Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Nokia regionally and globally. Her 15 years at Motorola saw her in various leadership positions including Head of Marketing - Asia Pacific for Motorola Networks, and Head of Marketing - Asia and Middle East for Motorola Solutions. At Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia), SzeKi was the Global Head of Customer Marketing for their Global Services organisation.

 

Rahul Magan

Rahul Magan

Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Treasury Consulting

Corporate Treasurer, HCL Technologies

Treasury Consulting Group: Treasury Consulting is a Singaporean Multinational Group with 8 Business Verticals, 44 Business Domains. Sitting today we are 100% Cash Rich, 0% VC Funded. As a Group we are serving Clients in 60+ Countries, $ 10 Million Business Valuation, Holding our own Intellectual Property - www.fixedincome.global (World's 1st Fixed Income Platform, Watched in 148 Countries, Amongst 1 Million Websites of the Globe). Next Year we are adding Subsidiary in Australia - Treasury Consulting Pty Ltd (June'19), E Commerce Merchandise Store (June'19) and World's 1st Monetization Desk - Monitfund.

While other Companies are in huge debt we are having our Angel fund amounting SGD 200 K with DBS Singapore. Fund is created to invest in emerging Startups of United States, Singapore, Australia covering FinTech, RegTech.

 

Jeffrey Paine

Jeffrey Paine

Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

Director, The Founder Institute

Jeffrey Paine is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital fund based in Singapore investing in Southeast Asia with over US$175 million under management investing in over 35 companies since 2012.

Jeff started and manages the Founder Institute in Singapore where he is currently overseeing its expansion in Southeast Asia, and Japan. Since 2010 the Founder Institute in Singapore has graduated over 100 companies. He is a recipient of the Founder Institute Director Award 2012 for “Greatest Ecosystem Impact” Worldwide (Singapore).

He is a Singapore native and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Information Systems) from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Misha Graboi

Misha Graboi

CEO, Asia & Global

PAAMCO

Misha Graboi, JD, CFA, FRM is a Managing Director, Partner, Global Sector Specialist, and Chief Executive Officer of PAAMCO Asia at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC. Prior to this, he was a Founder and Director of Rigel Associates.

Before this, he was an Executive Director and Head of European Internet Research at Goldman Sachs International in their Equity Research division, where he covered both the B2B and B2C internet sectors.His coverage included the Internet arms of national incumbent telecommunications operators, as well as independent Internet enterprises. Prior to this, Mr. Graboi was an Internet Research Analyst at CIBC World Markets., Research Division covering the ISP, digital media, e-commerce, enabling technology, and infomediary sub-sectors.

Prior to his research experience, Mr. Graboi was a founding member of CIBC World Markets' Internet team. Before that, he was a general technology investment banker, with transactional experience in the telecommunications equipment, infrastructure and enterprise software and semiconductor equipment, device and component spaces. His transaction experience includes M&A and strategic advisory assignments, and equity financing. Mr. Graboi has also worked for the Center for Business-Government Relations. He was a Senior Research Analyst at Glass, Lewis & Co. LLC.

He received a B.S. in Finance and International Business, Magna Cum Laude, from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker scholar, and a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School.

 

Choo Tatt Saw

Choo Tatt Saw

Senior Vice President, Head of Business Partner & Solutions (Corporate Services), Technology Group

CIG

A Senior Technology Leader with over 20 years’ experience predominantly working in the Investment Management industry and possess a range of technical skills and abilities including IT Infrastructure, Enterprise Applications, Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation and Strategic Planning.

Choo Tatt has extensive expertise in practice and leadership that spans a wide spectrum of the technology landscape in areas like IT Infra, Operations, Applications Delivery and Business Partnership. He lead's and manages high-performing diverse global technology teams in Singapore, US and Europe driving strategic Technology goals that deliver business value.

Cyndi Pei

Cyndi Pei

Senior Vice President, Group Finance and Group Financial Controller

Yeo Hiap Seng Limited

Cyndi Pei, Group Financial Controller, leads the Finance function in Yeo Hiap Seng Limited Group and is also responsible for Treasury, Tax, Investor Relations and M&A.  She is constantly finding the next area for change or improvement to create value for the Group and one of the improvements made is the implementation of foreign exchange risk management policy.  Prior to this, she spent 14 years with PwC Singapore providing audit and advisory services while also leading business development for Real Estate and TMT industries.

 

Tomithy Too

Tomithy Too

Impact Investor

ST Telemedia

Tomithy is a strategic investor of growth stage tech companies in the AI, Cybersecurity and Cloud.

- Technology and business evaluation of high tech growth stage companies in the AI / Machine Learning, Cybersecurity and Cloud Technologies & Services. 

- Investment due diligence: focusing on technology, product and business strategy

- Research & competitive analysis refine our investment strategy

- Corporate development through pursuing synergies and collaboration between investee 

- Current team portfolio includes: 

(A) Telcos/Carriers - StarHub, UMobile, SkyCable, Lao Telco

(B) High tech companies - Datameer (Data analytics), Greenwave (IOT gateway), Moogsoft (IT Ops Management), Armor (Cloud Cybersecurity & MSSP), Instart Logic (Next gen CDN), Bespin Global (Managed Cloud Service Provider)

Tomithy an investment manager at ST Telemedia, spending time between seeking great technology companies, refining investment thesis and driving operational synergies. His focus is tech businesses and innovations like AI, big data, cybersecurity/crime disrupt markets, culture and livelihood. At his core he's a technologist and an entrepreneur with the goal of developing technologies and conscious businesses that can create a positive difference in the world.

Vicky Shi

Vicky Shi

Senior Advisor, Financial Services

CEA Group

Vicky Shi joined CEA Group in 2017 as a Senior Advisor focusing on financial services and advising companies on investor relationships, financial advisory, and investments. 

With over a decade of experience in financial advisory and strategic consulting, Vicky has extraordinary expertise in banking, health care, resource industry in growth strategy, enterprise risk and technology.

Vicky began her career with KPMG in Financial Advisory service where she gained vast exposure in corporate finance and restructuring. She subsequently joined Deloitte Consulting in Strategy Consulting & Technology Consulting. Vicky’s success at Deloitte continued with her appointment to lead the Data Privacy Business in Southeast Asia in Enterprise Risk Services.

Several of her clients included DBS (Development Bank of Singapore), Bank of Singapore, Vale Brazil, Total S.A., Sumitomo Group, McCann Health, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), and Parkway Pantai Limited.

After Deloitte, Vicky became Regional Manager for CJI International Group, Inc., Investors Immigration & Wealth Management. Currently, Vicky provides advisory services for immigration and investments globablly through CJI International Group for high net worth individuals.

Investment banking and Private equity investing in TMT, Cyber Security, Healthcare, Medtech and BigData.

As an investor and independent advisor for a number of FinTech, MedTech and Social Media start ups, Vicky has acquired invaluable expertise in the financial and tech arenas.

Vicky received her Bachelor of Commerce from University of Melbourne, in Australia. She is an Associate Member, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Australia and a Global Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Candidate.

Adrian Ho

Adrian Ho

Vice President

Credence Partners

Adrian helps companies enhance stakeholder value through the multitude of levers (strategic, financial, digital, operational) and reorganisation options available to Management. I am committed to leading & managing such opportunities to realise exceptional results and positive change.

With 9 yeasrs experienced in private equity, startup, MNC and banking roles across Europe, Asia and Africa, Adrian is skilled in corporate development and M&A, investing, strategy, business development and management. A well-rounded thinker, doer and communicator; an independent self-starter who is equally at home in highly-matrixed structures or in agile autonomous teams.

Adrian won the Harvard Global Case Competition 2017, representing London Business School (LBS), he is a scholarship recipient for LBS Masters in Finance awarded by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

 

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