Singapore Speakers Sept 2017

Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble

World Leading Tech Author & Entrepreneur

(Silicon Valley)

As entrepreneur in residence at Upload VR Robert travels the world looking for what’s happening on the bleeding edge of emerging technology.

Robert is the co-author of "The Fourth Transformation: Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence" (coauthored with Shel Israel).

In the beginning, there were mainframe computers and punch cards. Since then, we've seen three transformations. The latest, augmented reality plus artificial intelligence, will change more than the previous three combined. 

Each transformation opened up new opportunities, new capabilities, and created new companies and sources of wealth. Each transformation also killed technologies, deprecated old ways of doing things, and destroyed companies.

The next transformation will do exactly the same thing, the fourth transformation, Scoble and Israel say, will "will move technology from what we carry to what we wear." The user interface will change from a "screen you tap to computer-generated images that you actually touch and feel."

"Mixed-reality glasses will control self-driving cars, drones, robots, and the Internet of things (IoT), but they will do a lot more than just that: they will blur the lines between that which is real and that which is a computer-generated illusion," say Scoble and Israel. "Now, instead of sitting and passively watching stuff on screens, we will become immersed and surrounded, wandering freely in and around it."

Shopping will change, Scoble and Israel say. We'll see metadata about products, selfie avatars showing us in that new shirt or shoes, instant mixed-reality constructions teasing us with a view of that new sofa in our living room.

"AI allows hardware and software platforms to perform tasks as if they were human," Scoble and Israel say. "These include visual-perception-enabled photo recognition of your favorite pet, natural language recognition such as we use when talking with Siri, and autonomous decision-making such as could be used in killer drones."

Ultimately, as well, AI will increase the pace of change.

And that too will require adaptation from people and from business:

"In fact, everything, everything will be different and overwhelmingly so," the authors say. "Despite the potential for significant downsides, things will be better."

by John Koetsier

Robert has interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books (“The Age of Context” a book coauthored with Shel Israel), YouTube and many social media sites where he’s followed by millions of people.

As entrepreneur in residence at Upload VR, he spent 2016 working with the virtual reality ecosystem to figure out what media and conference businesses Upload needs to build next. He also assisted startups in the Upload Collective (a coworking space) in their efforts to get to market.

Robert is a geek who grew up in Silicon Valley (his father was an engineer at Lockheed) and since 1985 he has been building online communities. In 2000 he started a technology blog and his life has been on a rocketship ever since. In 2003-2006 he worked at Microsoft as an evangelist and one of the five guys who started Microsoft’s famous Channel9 video community.

Time: One of the top 140 Twitterers!

FT: One of the five most influential Twitterers!

Inc. Top 5 on list of Tech Power Players You Need to Know

We are very excited to be hosting Robert on his first trip to Singapore to speak at Convergence 005 | SWITCH, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 18 September.

Dr. Adrian Kaehler

Dr. Adrian Kaehler

Founder Deep Learning Group

exVP Magic Leap (Silicon Valley)

Dr Adrian Kaehler is an independant scientist, adviser, and start-up founder. His current research includes topics in robotics, deep learning, machine learning more generally, statistical modeling and computer vision. Adrian received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia university in 1998.

Dr Kaehler has held positions at Intel Corporation and the Stanford University AI Lab, is an Applied Invention Fellow, and was a member of the winning Stanley race team in the DARPA Grand Challenge. Originally published in 2006, the book Learning OpenCV (O'Reilly Press) serves as an introduction to the library and its use. The book continues to be heavily used by both professionals and students. A second edition of the book is currently available from O'Reilly Media.

Dr Kaehler was Vice President of Special Projects at Magic Leap, Inc, a stealth startup company that raised over $1.4Bn in venture funding in the period from 2014 to 2016. Subsequently, Dr. Kaehler left the company in 2016.

Dr Kaehleris a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Deep Learning Group, and has a wide variety of published papers and patents in physics, electrical engineering, computer science, machine learning, artifical intelligence and robotics.

What others say about Dr Kaehler:

"...definitely a very useful and highly recommended introduction and reference."

--David Brenner, Computer Science House

"This book by two leading roboticists is much more than a programming guide for how to call functions in a programming library. You will enjoy the trip through practical application of Computer Vision and the overview of Machine Learning."

--Ira Laefsky,

"...a vital addition to the library of any computer vision practitioner."

--Trevor Darrell, Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley

"The book provides a clearly written introduction and tutorial that makes computer vision applications accessible to a range of new audiences."

--Ken Goldberg, Professor of Engineering, UC Berkeley and Vice-President of Technical Activities, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

"This book's main job is to provide an introduction to OpenCV. It does that very well. It does something more: it reviews clearly and concisely many of the main concepts in machine vision. The book may be used to support an introductory machine vision course, picking up where the lectures left off and holding the students' hand in bringing what they learned in class to life."

--Professor Pietro Perona, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computation & Neural Systems, Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in Neuromorphic Systems Engineering

"Learning OpenCV provides a conceptual framework for this well-maintained and optimized collection of software, and makes its components accessible through clear background explanations, a thorough yet simple description of the function interfaces, and well chosen, attractive examples. Much more than a user manual, this book would form an excellent basis for a hands-on, introductory course in computer vision."

--Carlo Tomasi, CS Prof. at Duke University

"This highly accessible book should be of great value to anyone interested in building and understanding computer vision applications. It fills an important gap between many more theoretically-oriented textbooks in the field of computer vision, by providing a highly accessible hands-on guide on how to build actual computer vision software. If you are like me, you will find it a pleasure to read, and full of insights. This is a highly practical book."

--Sebastian Thrun, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University

"Gary Bradski, the primary developer of OpenCV, and co-author Adrian Kaehler, have done an excellent job in writing this book. The chapters are written in a highly user-friendly fashion, with clear explanations and hands-on examples. The book can be used as both a reference book to the OpenCV library as well as a tutorial or text for many fundamental concepts in computer vision. This is a must-have book on any computer vision bookshelf."

--L. Fei - Fei, Computer Science Dept., Princeton University

"Learning OpenCV will likely occupy a prominent spot on the bookshelf of almost anyone working in computer vision...As readers, we are fortunate to have this chance to learn about OpenCV directly from Gary Bradski, who was the driving force and prime developer behind OpenCV. With his coauthor, Adrian Kaehler, they provide a clear and well-thought-out overview of the entire OpenCV code base, with many simple introductory examples that make it easy to slowly gain expertise with this large library of software."

--David Lowe, Professor, Computer Science, University of British Columbia

"The author has done the computer vision community a great service by organizing and championing the OpenCV library. This library is useful for practicioners, and is an excellent tool for those entering the field: it is a set of computer vision algorithms that work as advertised."

--Bill Freeman, Professor, EECS, MIT

Dr Adrian Kaehler will deliver a keynote at Convergence 005 | SWITCH, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 18 September.

Olof Schybergson

Olof Schybergson

Co-Founder and CEO, FJORD – Design and Innovation

Accenture Interactive (New York)

Olof works with leaders of large firms to shape their vision and direction, helping them solve big, challenging problems elegantly and simply. He has worked with many of the world’s leading brands, including the BBC, Telefónica, Citibank, PayPal, and Adidas.

A designer by training, Olof has worked in digital for more than 20 years. To this day, he holds the same beliefs that drove him to found Fjord in 2001: digital will continue to change the world, and design will re-imagine experiences and services that are central in people’s lives.

Fjord Trends 2017

  • EPHEMERAL STORIES: Where next, now that everyone's a storyteller? It is time for brands to give their audience the space to shape their own story.

  • SHINY API PEOPLE: Rewiring for innovation. Breaking down silos to create fertile ground for organization-wide innovation.

  • BLURRED REALITY: As Mixed Reality moves towards the mainstream, let's turn away from single reality experiences to focus on harnessing and combining all types of reality.

  • WORLD ON WHEELS: The focus is now on the car as a connected mobile environment in which things happen via multiple devices.

  • HOMES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES: From the smart home to the helpful home, with services built around and for humans rather than technology and objects.

  • HOURGLASS BRANDS: Don't get stuck in the middle! With a polarized brand landscape, brands sitting in the squeezed middle will need to optimize their strategies in order to survive.

  • ME, MYSELF AND A.I.: Humanizing chatbots, emotional intelligence (EQ) becomes a critical A.I. differentiator.

  • UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Organizations should start to think about social experiences to guard against unintended consequences of their activities.

By now, both Olof’s accent and identity are confused. As a rare Swedish-speaking Finn that has spent most of his adult life living in London and New York, he has also spent significant time working with clients across five continents and in numerous languages. Currently, he calls New York home.


Lawrence Crumpton

Lawrence Crumpton

HoloLens & Mixed Reality, Asia

Microsoft (USA / Australia)

 Mixed Reality is predicted to be most important new tech of 2017.

A hybrid of both AR and VR, Mixed Reality (MR) is far more advanced than VR because it combines the use of several types of technologies including sensors, advanced optics and next gen computing power. All of this technology bundled into a single device provides the user with the capability to overlay augmented holographic digital content into your real-time space, creating scenarios that are unbelievably realistic.

How does it work? MR works by scanning your physical environment and creating a 3D map of your surroundings so the device will know exactly where and how to place digital content into that space – realistically – while allowing you to interact with it using gestures. Much different than VR where the user is immersed in a totally different world, MR experiences invite digital content into your real-time surroundings, allowing you to interact with them.

Microsoft's regional Hololens and MR solution specialist, Lawrence Crumpton, says this technology is promising a powerful hybrid between virtual reality (VR) - a full 360-degree simulation of reality - and augmented reality (AR), which superimposes content on to the existing physical world.

"Mixed reality is emerging as the next giant leap in the [VR/AR] industry" he said.

With great new designs in Windows Mixed Reality Headsets from partners like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo. These headsets use Microsoft’s platform to enable a single and consistent user interface, standardized inputs, and a universal app platform for developers.

Previously Lawrence led an Australian team of students to a World Wide victory in the 2014 Imagine Cup – a competition where each year over 100,000 students from 121 countries compete to address some of the world’s most difficult challenges using technology.  As a result, team “Eyenaemia” took home a $50,000 cash prize and a meeting with Bill Gates and are continuing to bring their non-invasive, machine learning based anemia diagnostic solution “Eyenaemia” to market. Born in the American Deep South, today Lawrence is proud to be an Australian citizen.
We are very excited to host Lawrence at Convergence 005 | SWITCH on 18 September at Marina Bay Sands.


Ben Moir

Ben Moir

Director, Snepo FabLab & WearableX

Sydney & New York

Wearable Experiments, which is based in New York, also teamed up with CHE Proximity to create Foxtel's alert shirt which lets Fox Football AFL viewers feel what the players are feeling in real-time.

"You can tap into the emotions of the players and the shirt lets you know their heartbeat, if they were exhausted or if they're frustrated. You get a heightened sense of what's happening," Mr Moir said.

The shirt converts data on the player's physical condition into sensations.

"We've also created the navigate jacket which lets you punch directions into your phone and then the jacket tells you where to head," Mr Moir said.

"The jacket is more of a concept, we didn't launch it in stores, but it's something to educate people about how wearables need to be fashionable. People don't want to look like a computer."

The business, which is self-funded, is also expanding into fitness, creating yoga wearables.

A global opportunity is opening for wearable technology in every sector. Although figures vary between analysts, for instance, IDTechEx estimates $US50 billion ($53 billion) has been recently invested or will soon be invested in wearable technologies. And it says that five of the top technology companies – Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Apple and Oracle – have a combined war chest of $US245 billion that could be spent on wearables. On some estimates, 50 million wearable devices will be sold this year, quadrupling in annual shipments within three years. Last October, analyst Juniper estimated the sector would be worth $US19 billion on 130 million shipments by 2018 from $US1.4 billion last year.

Ben Moir is the founding member of Snepo Research where for the last 10 years he has used his diverse knowledge to design systems incorporating new hardware technology and software. In 2013 Ben setup Wearable Experiments (We:eX) and heads up the technical development and integration of electronics into garments and accessories.

Formally trained as an Electrical Engineer, he brings to Snepo a commercial grounding but also likes to roll up his sleeves, taking a hands on approach to design and product development. He leads a team of developers, guiding the architecture and philosophy of the bespoke solutions developed at Snepo. One of Snepo’s key points of difference which Ben Moir built into the DNA of the company is its commitment to research. All Snepo staff members are entitled to spend time researching new projects and technology and approaches.

Through this practice Snepo stays at the forefront of emerging technology and user behaviour. This research also results in a suite of knowledge and tools which Snepo makes available to its clients and which can be leveraged for future projects.

Ben has become internationally recognised for his work on Fundawear, with the campaign receiving a Silver Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Ben's latest product the 'Alert Shirt' is a fan jersey that uses wearable technology to enable fans to feel what the players feel live as it happens during the game. Not content working on just one product release for Q1 2014, the NAVIGATE jacket is the first incarnation of a product that gives consumers their eyes back and removes the screen from their hands.

Ben has recently been presenting at conferences globally including SXSW, mLab, Apps World UK, and Wearable Tech San Francisco. Wearable Experiments has recently been nominated for best startup at Fashion 2.0 NYC.

Ben Moir will deliver a keynote at Convergence 005 | SWITCH, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 18 September. 

Murray Bruce

Murray Bruce

Director, APAC Watson Platform Lead


Murray is a thought leader in cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and augmented intelligence across industries. He has extensive cross-industry experience in big data, analytics, integration and complex systems integration helping clients drive increasing value out of data through greater understanding, reasoning, learning and interaction. Murray has worked closely with clients across Asia Pacific to help them transform their operations to drive enhanced outcomes leveraging emerging cognitive computing capabilities.

In previous roles Murray has worked with the major oil & gas and mining companies across Asia helping them instrument, interconnect and build intelligence into their complex production facilities and major capital projects. He also led the significant information systems consolidation and transformation for IBM with the Australian Department of Defence. He has been extensively involved in complex major capital projects and strategic reform solutions.

Prior to joining IBM Murray held a number of senior appointments in Defence and cyber security. Murray's earlier career in the Royal Australian Navy was as a Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer & Test Director in submarines. Murray has held national and global executive appointments in key innovation and integrated operations organisations in the Defence, security and natural resources domains. Murray has leveraged IBM’s consulting, cloud, big data, cognitive computing and mobile capabilities in these activities. Murray has also worked extensively with other technology providers across industries to jointly deliver outcomes to address demanding client challenges.

IBM Watson

IBM's new Watson Internet of Things (IoT) is a cognitive system that learns from, and infuses intelligence into the physical world. The Internet of Things refers to the growing range of connected devices that send data across the Internet. IoT, can make life easier for all of us. The Internet of Things is now a reality due to the convergence of several technologies, including wireless communications, micro-electrical systems and of course, the Internet.

Watson is an exciting technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to derive analytic conclusions from enormous sets of unstructured data. Using these techniques from the academic discipline of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Watson is a highly advanced software system designed to run on a range of IBM’s high performance computing systems.

Murray holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Murray champions diversity within IBM and with clients more broadly. He also actively coaches and mentors a number of existing and past employees. In addition, Murray is IBM Australia’s executive sponsor for the architect profession with a key focus on skills and experience transformation.


Shaun Ray

Shaun Ray

Head of Architecture ASEAN

Amazon Web Services

Shaun Ray has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology, and is fascinated by what happens next. In his role at AWS, Ray is focused on the needs of cloud native customers, and is actively involved in the South East Asia fintech and blockchain communities. He leads the conversation with some of the largest and most complex organisations on innovation, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, as they deploy critical workloads onto the cloud. As the Head of Architecture, Shaun presents on how AWS has been used by businesses of all industries and sizes to innovate and disrupt their markets.


Andrew Foley

Andrew Foley

Managing Director

Nano DG Singapore

Andrew is an adaptable, highly driven, self-motivated administrator with a BSc. Degree in Business management from University of New York in Buffalo State and over 30 years in the Automotive, Heavy industrial, ICT and Nanoscale worlds for many key and important markets of the world. 

Andrew has a unique combination of experiences and expertise has extensive experience in International trade specializing in the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.
Andrew first came across nano technology through his personal friend Arthur C Clarke - the great sci-fi visionary and science inspired author. Andrew will be speaking about Nano technologies medieval origins to our current status and where he sees it heading for commercial use and some of the Nanoscale technologies to look forward to and just how accurate Mr. Clarke was with his predictions.

Some examples of projects:
  • Middle East based Automotive Technical Engineer for, the at the time BMW owned Land Rover brand and part of a very small team tasked to develop Land Rover products into reliable highly prestigious products and into one of the 5 most recognised brands in the world.
  • Co-founder of the highly successful wholly owned Porsche AG Germany, Porsche Middle East and Africa regional office
  • Technical satellite engineer for the Australian NSW Department of Education & Training's Distance & Rural Education Infrastructure Dept tasked with converting the iconic School of the Air radio system to Satellite communications
  • Independently developed USA based Educational content from NASA USA, University of Arizona, Titan Missile Museum and many other specialty content providers to the Schools of Australia and Asia via Satellite & terrestrial linked technologies
  • Current CEO of the NDG Brand and Singapore based organisation who conceptualise, develop, manufacture and distribute advanced properties specialty Nanoscale Surface coatings for a number of key and ever growing list of clients.
Taking an idea into a commercial reality is a specialty.


Sami Kizilbash

Sami Kizilbash

Developer Relations, South & Southeast Asia,


Sami oversees Google’s Developer Relations activities in South & Southeast Asia, nurturing tech ecosystems and leaders across the region. As the global point-of-contact for Google's VR/AR developer ecosystem programs, Sami also works closely with community leaders and experts to help advocate VR/AR design best-practices and Google's Daydream platform.

Sami has led tech and media ventures at small startups and software giants alike. Early in his Google career, Sami helped lead the company’s market entry into South Asia’s emerging countries. Prior to Google, Sami founded a Singapore-based tech company, launching a cloud-based marketing and business tool catered to retailers and consumers in the region. Sami was a Product Manager in the software and music industries, and has co-produced media productions inAsia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including a TV & web series designed to showcase entrepreneurship talent in emerging markets. Sami majored in Management Information Systems at McGill University and received an MBA from INSEAD where he studied Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

About Daydream & ARCore

With more than two billion active devices, Android is the largest mobile platform in the world. And for the past nine years, Google has worked to create a rich set of tools, frameworks and APIs that deliver developers’ creations to people everywhere. Two years ago, Google announced Daydream, a VR platform that is built into the Android mobile operating system.  On August 29, 2017, Google released a preview of a new software development kit (SDK) called ARCore. It brings augmented reality capabilities to existing and future Android phones.  Google has been developing the fundamental technologies that power mobile AR over the last three years with Tango, and ARCore is built on that work. But, it works without any additional hardware, which means it can scale across the Android ecosystem.


Bidyut Dumra

Bidyut Dumra

Executive Director / Head of Ecosystems

DBS Bank

With over fifteen years of professional experience in various multi-national organizations, coupled with a Master’s in Business Management (majors: Technology, Finance & Marketing), I have developed strong commercial acumen and a holistic view of business imperatives and functions. I have undertaken senior-management positions in media, entertainment, telecommunications, automotive, utility and aviation which includes in-field exposure with markets such as, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand and Vietnam.

Recent role responsibilities have had a focus on building and delivering ecosystems and partnership, digital strategy and innovation into the organization from setting principles and standards, identifying opportunities, training and applying design thinking and agile, rapid prototyping, structuring and financing products, implementing and operationalizing systems, managing change and running programs to invoke a culture of creativity and innovation amongst workforce. 

In parallel to my corporate career, I have exercised my entrepreneurship by co-founding and partnering on a number of diverse ventures including a film distribution & production company, an international film festival, a boutique technology consultancy, an arts program, retail lifestyle products and baby clothes. It is this diversity in experience, entrepreneurial instinct and evangelistic passion for agility and design that led me to DBS Bank where I was heading Ecosystems; a partner-powered approach to Innovation.

Bay McLaughlin

Bay McLaughlin

COO & Co-Founder - IoT Accelerator (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, London, and Bahrain)

Bay is a Co-Founder of Brinc, a global IoT accelerator, manufacturing studio, and online hardware community based in Hong Kong with offices in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, London, Barcelona, and Bahrain. Having spent half of his career in or founding startups, he now brings his experience and operations abilities to connect the dots from Asia to Silicon Valley for IoT companies from around the world. He currently holds equity positions in 32 companies in 12 countries, serves on the board of Soundbrenner and Brinc, and is a contributor for Forbes and a KOL for Huawei.

Bay has supported technology startups for the last decade. Over half of this time was spent at Apple as a founding team member of their global SMB channel and as the founder of their first Entrepreneurship Evangelism channel. To support startups at Apple, Bay partnered with the world’s best founders, venture capitalists, incubators and accelerators to identify and solve their most pressing strategic issues. His division at Apple has grossed more than $300M USD in sales and is still the best team globally in Apple SMB's division. The other half of his career has been spent inside of or founding startups, two of which failed, one of which exited successfully.

As a regular mentor for Chinaccelerator, the Thiel Foundation, and other startup ecosystems in Asia, Bay is passionate about investing in founders with a global vision. He speaks regularly at conferences, most recently at Web Summit, Echelon, RISE, LAUNCH, SXSW, Big Salad and more.


Ian Myles

Ian Myles

CEO & Founder

Area 51 (UK, USA)

Ian's technology back ground is design centered & USER focused. Having run frogs South East Asia office, and lived & worked in Silicon Valley for 20+ years, running studios, dev teams, start ups and a facility for Motorola -  ian has a lot of PC, Mobile, FinTech and I.o.T. project experience under his belt. Funded by Citibank Ventures in Palo Alto to stand up an NFC wallet for iPhone - 4 years before Apple did it. Ian also has 2 years of banking experience with CHASE in their Mountain View advanced concept facility.

Relocating to Singapore and after almost a year at SingTel as Head of Payments in the Group Digital Life business - area 51 was established in October 2014. Client base today is UK, HK, US & Canada. The opportunity is in Asia.

With a background in Design / Mobile & Payments, area 51 founder - Ian Myles - is bringing user entered experiences to Payments, Wear-ables & Biometrics.

Each one of these disciplines is complicated and bubbling with development, but it is in the spaces in between - or the Between-ness - where Area 51 believes the opportunities for real innovations lie.

Payments and Wear-ables are each transforming business sectors and Biometrics is becoming mainstream in many aspects of digital life. Where they overlap - requires a lot of hand holding to ensure USER centered solutions prevail.

He is most active in the UX spaces beyond the glass rectangles ( PC's & Smartphones ) - the internet as we know it today.

Convergence presentation topic: When it's all connecting, who is taking care of the USER and the Spaces in-between? As we head into COMPLEXITY - how do we deliver SIMPLICITY? BlockChain, AI and xR (AR / MR / VR) are all profound shifts in UX and computing capability.



Mandy Nichols

Mandy Nichols

Film Costume & Fashion, 3D Printing

Sydney & Melbourne

Mandy is a top fashion, film, TV, theatre & advertising designer, costume maker and stylist.

Graduating from NIDA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (costume) Mandy has worked as a key costume cutter and maker with film credits including  Director Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Australia’ & Academy award & Bafta award winning ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader’, 'Xmen Origins: Wolverine' and 'The Wolverine'.

Recent credits include 'Promethesus', 'Alien: Covenant', 'Mad Max' and period television series 'A Place to Call Home' and Costume buyer for 'Truth' featuring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford.

Mandy has worked extensively in theatre as a costume Supervisor and cutter/maker for Australian theatre companies including Belvoir theatre company, The Bell Shakespeare company and Opera Australia.

In 2015 Mandy received the highly acclaimed Churchill Fellowship & Gilbert Spottiswood Fellowship to develop expertise in the traditional and current practices of corsetry and couture womenswear, examining practices across Europe, India and Japan, which has lead her on a diverse and creative journey including many weeks examining garments in the archives of the V&A museum in London and the Balenciaga museum in Getaria, Spain. The fellowship also led to the opportunity to study privately with a third generation corsetiere in Paris and work within the couture ateliers of Schiaparelli and Givenchy.

Mandy’s interest is the influence of technology on both Haute Couture and machine-made fashion alongside the intersection of fashion, retail and tech. Haute couture has always been handmade, however, with recent developments in technology and how clothes are made there are a small group of designers who are shifting the idea of this tradition. Mandy is also following the development of smart fitting rooms, advances in 3D printing and more userfriendly shopping technologies.

"Like with any piece of innovation, designers have to start somewhere, and you better believe that the race is already being run by major shoe companies like Nike, adidas, New Balance and Under Armour who all want to stake their claim as the king of 3D printing.

The practice is viewed as a mutually beneficial endeavor for both brand and consumer. For the former, it has the ability to dramatically cut down on waste and can also dramatically expedite the design process. For the latter, specificity to one’s needs – in terms of size, fit and athletic discipline – can be much more tailor-made."


3D printing has significant implications for luxury garments, shoes and bags, as well as jewellery, eyewear and watchmaking. It has become very apparent that technology is invading every aspect of the fashion industry from the way clothes are made to the methods in which they are consumed.

Working on costume for the movie 'Gods of Egypt' Mandy used a mixture of traditional costume and 3D printing, we are excited to hear all about her epxerience.

Mandy Nichols will deliver a keynote at Convergence 005 | SWITCH, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 18 September.

David Guerineau

David Guerineau

Global Solutions, Telco Business Unit


David Guerineau drives profitable growth through digital transformation, emerging technologies and leadership excellence, with 16 years of experience in overachieving order booking, revenue and profit targets in the Telecom Industry, by firmly executing on strategy while leading the team who made our success with 21st century leadership concepts.

Passionate about digital capabilities, he personally defined and drove several customers regional transformation at SAP with the implementation of modern enterprise tools and data-driven cutting edge technologies around big data, analytics with Artifical Intelligence and Machine Learning in the domain of Sales and Marketing, Finance and Customer Service.

As a market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries increase productivity and success. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile devices, SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 296,000 customers in 190 countries to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

"Enterprise software giant SAP is positioning its Leonardo Innovation Platform to be an Internet of Things (IoT) powerhouse on par with rivals like GE’s Predix, IBM’s Watson, and Siemens’ Mindsphere.

SAP’s Leonardo IoT platform is a collection of software and services that embrace technologies like big data, analytics, blockchain, and machine learning. Leonardo resides in the microservices layer and offers an open API. The company refers to Leonardo as a digital innovation system and markets it to customers as a way to evolve their business and take advantage of automation.

Leonardo will provide edge connectivity and will work with all types of connectivity protocols including cellular, WiFi, and even low-power options like Bluetooth.

“We don’t want customers to have separate platforms for mobile and IoT,” said Rakesh Gandhi, vice president of IoT at SAP. “This is where Leonardo comes in … at the service layer. A customer can develop apps, and we will deal with the backend processes.”

Leonardo will provide edge connectivity and will work with all types of connectivity protocols including cellular, WiFi and even low-power options like Bluetooth." Sue Marek - SDxCentral

David is passionate about Emerging Technologies in the context of large enterprise and their customers both in terms of how they transform the industries (use cases) as well as how the industries transform around them (scaling at enterprise level). His areas of interest are Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of the telecom industry, as well as leading the transformation and innovation through Business Model Innovation and Design thinking.

Sonia Gupta

Sonia Gupta

Managing Director

Accenture Strategy

Sonia works with the C-suite and Boards of companies across industries to frame, design, and deliver strategic transformation projects for profitable growth. She specialises in corporate strategy, sales and marketing strategy, leadership, and innovation. Sonia has worked with clients across the globe and is conversant with the nuances of culture and leadership, and its impact on decision making.Sonia spent the first several years of her career in the consumer goods and retail sector. In her consulting career, she has worked across a range of industries including consumer goods, government, mining and industrial products, technology, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, and retail.

Sonia is passionate about social change and supports organisations focused on education, enabling elders to live with dignity, and improving the lives of those less fortunate. She works closely with Acumen and other social impact ventures in Asia Pacific.


Tobias Neffle

Tobias Neffle

Regional Product Manager

Bosch (SEA)

Tobias Neffle is the Regional Product Manager Automotive Service Solutions Aftermarket for Asia-Pacific Southeast at Bosch based in Singapore. With Augmented Reality Solutions created on the Bosch Common Augmented Reality Platform (CAP) he enables global customers to save time, improve quality, elevate customer satisfaction and increase revenue.

Tobias has extensive work experience in an international environment covering 4 different countries across 4 continents (Singapore, Germany, USA and China) with profound domain knowledge in the automotive industry. Early in his career Tobias was shaping automotive R&D development projects at Bosch for global OEM customers. His further steps included global Project Management, Management Consulting and via a Management Trainee program he progressed into Regional Product Management. As an Innovation Evangelist Tobias always looks for new technology solutions paired with creative business models to drive business and shape a better future.

Tobias holds a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration (both with distinction). He is passionate about continuously learning emerging technologies, highly motivated, adaptable and a quick learner with a leadership style that focuses on inspiring, motivating and developing team members by providing vision, freedom and empowerment.


Jared Simcox

Jared Simcox

General Manager, Australia

Scoot Airlines

 Jared’s roots have been firmly planted in all aspects of aviation. Migrating to Australia in 2012, a stint at Curry Aviation followed, but Jared’s last role, Wholesale Travel Manager at Groupon ANZ, gave him vital experience in distribution channels, and business during the digital revolution. He considers turning on-line business into offline revenue critical, in today’s aviation industry. That knowledge will be invaluable, further establishing Scoot in Australia with its planned long haul European expansion in June 2017.

“What really excited me about this role at Scoot, is that this company is out to challenge the status quo. Since Scoot’s launch in 2012, the highly visible, yellow liveried and quirky airline, has quickly risen to become a benchmark and trendsetter in the low-cost market segment,” said Jared.

Scoot is an airline for the young, the young-at-heart and the value-seeking. People who remember that travel is all about spontaneous discovery, connections and fresh experiences. Simply put, people with Scootitude. Operating a fleet of 14 brand new Boeing 787s, Scoot picked up Best Asia-Pacific Low Cost Carrier three years running. Scoot connects people across 59 cities in Asia, Europe, Australia and India with our fleet on Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and Airbus A320 and A319s. Operating from Sydney, Melbourne, The Gold Coast and Perth.

Artificial intelligence sprawls over an ever increasing terrain: from digital home assistants to self-driving cars, battlefield tactics to investment guidance. And now, AI looks to powering the skies. Algorithms are learning to predict delays, giving airports and airlines a better shot at avoiding them. Airlines like Scoot are using the tech to remake the ticketing process painless and turn the in-flight experience into a personalized joy. But the true promise sits in the cockpit, where AI autopilots could help manage the complex airline operations and even respond to the millisecond-urgency of unfolding cockpit crises.

Research here is young but developing quickly. In 2015, Boeing and Carnegie Mellon University launched the Aerospace Data Analytics Lab, a bid to use machine learning to spin massive piles of information into action item gold.

We are very excited to be hosting Jared Simcox and hearing his take on consumer driven emerging technology at Convergence 005 | SWITCH, on 18 September at Marina Bay Sands.

Darren Woolle

Darren Woolle

Global CEO

TrintyP3 Marketing

Darren was a scientist, who got into advertising as a copywriter and ended up a creative director.

After 15 years in advertising he realised when marketers and their agencies work well together amazing things can happen. Unfortunately that is often not the way it pans out. So in 2000 he established TrinityP3 as an independent marketing management consulting company.

He helps marketers and advertisers work out what agencies they need, then search and select the right agencies to meet those needs. He helps them better engage and align their agencies to their marketing objectives. And we assess and measure the performance of their agencies. 

Darren has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore so we can help our clients find the right agencies, negotiate the ideal contracts, benchmark the current costs or assess their current processes across Asia Pacific including China, SE Asia and Australia.

Darren is very engaged in emerging technology, especially through MarTech (marketing automation technology) and AdTech (advertising automation technology). We are very excited to host one of the biggest names in advertising at our next Convergence.

Peter Leihn

Peter Leihn

Commercial Director


Peter Leihn is Commercial Director for Data61 Australia.  Data61 is the digital innovation business unit of the Australian Government R&D organisation CSIRO.

Peter has been responsible for business development and commercialisation for the group since its inception in 2015. Previously he held the position of Business Director with NICTA, the nation’s former Centre of Excellence in ICT research.

Prior to this Peter was Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist for the State of New South Wales where he led science policy development and had oversight for strategic investment in the innovation ecosystem. This followed a long career in Asia Pacific market and product management with global ICT companies Hewlett-Packard and Autodesk.

Peter holds an Undergraduate Degree in Applied Science and a Double Masters Degree in Science and Law.  He is currently undertaking a PhD in Innovation Economics.


Steve Walls

Steve Walls

Chief Strategy Officer

Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Publicis

Steve is doing a second stint in Singapore in a close to 20-year advertising and innovation career that’s seen him living and working in the UK, Singapore, Australia, the US and Canada.

Throughout his career, he’s led the strategic thinking behind brands like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Ford, JetBlue, Unilever, Blackberry, SingTel, BMW Singapore, ABN AMRO and CNBC Asia. He’s also run major innovation projects for Citibank, Diner’s Club, Nestle and Audi.

Prior to Saatchi Steve was the Head of Planning at Ogilvy Singapore, where his relentless focus on ‘work that works’ helped the agency set a record year of new business winning Creative Agency of the Year (for the first time in 6 years) and most importantly, deliver more effectiveness awards across the board for more clients.

When he’s not at work, Steve spends his time sharpening his coding skills and trying to keep up with his three-year-old.

Ron Vining

Ron Vining

Futurist Markete, Brand Advisor, CMO & Speaker


From Apple, Google, Rock n'​ Roll Hall of Fame band Journey, to Disney, Amex and The White House, Ron has advanced over 25 of the top 100 luxury, retail, hospitality, telco, financial services, insurance, airline, automotive, consumer electronics and entertainment brands. Creating innovative experiences for millions of users on behalf of 85% of Fortune 500 firms including Microsoft, Samsung, Intel, BMW, Cisco, Louis Vuitton, SAP, Levi Strauss and Verizon.

Fostering strategic synergies between enterprise and consumers by curating compelling content to generate a brand influx of organic buzz across omni-channel media, immersive mobile ecosystems, augmented reality, themed physical environments, engaging product placements, licensing opportunities and differentiated loyalty programs.

As a subject matter expert, professional speaker and business advisor, he delivers tailored solutions, keynote presentations and engaging masterclass. Sharing my futurist marketing vision around; "Artificial Intelligence", "Marketing Automation," "Digital Disruption,"​ "Unlocking B2B2C Omni-Content Engagement,"​ "Blockbuster Transmedia Brand Storytelling,"​ "Dynamic CX: Customer Engagement & Consumer Experience,"​ "Hyperconnected IoT Retail,"​ "Rockstar Gravitas & Personal Branding"​ and "Impactful Media & Sales Presence"​ to audiences across the globe.


Kelly-Ann Denton

Kelly-Ann Denton


Kelly-Ann Denton is the Director of Creative Learning at, an agency which works with The Visual Mind and Neuroscience in order to guide individuals toward more innovative and pre-determined realities.

Commencing a visual language and visual culture practice in 1993 she holds a post graduate degree in Visual Art and is partnered with Professor David Alais, School of Psychology - University of Sydney to instruct learning and comprehension based on 93% of all we understand: vision, sight and perception.

Kelly-Ann has designed visual education and imagination programs for two decades and written curricula for universities, government (state and federal), not for profit, and international corporations as well as individuals. The material has been consistently updated with new research related to the visual mind and neuroplasticity and she leads in the field of visual learning for adults. Her expertise is founded on a comprehensive understanding of how we see, how we imagine and how we remember in order to make sense of our environments and create new realities.

Kelly-Ann has informed and lectured internationally at such institutions as Scuola superiore Sant’Anna Pisa where she was associated with the Virtual Reality (VR) team informing how our perception of reality is fluid based on how we process what we see.

Mr Heng Swee Keat

Mr Heng Swee Keat

SWITCH Guest of Honour (SWITCH opening address)

Minister for Finance, Singapore

Mr Heng Swee Keat is the Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC. The Ministry of Finance manages the national budget, oversees corporate governance regulations, and supervises the prudent investment and utilisation of public funds and government reserves. Mr Heng co-chaired the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), which charted the strategies for Singapore's next phase of growth. He chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council, which oversees the implementation of national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity, and industry transformation. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the National Research Foundation, which sets the direction for Singapore's research, innovation and enterprise strategies.

Before this, Mr Heng served as Minister for Education from 2011 to 2015. He drove programmes for a student-centric, values-driven education system, emphasising the holistic development of students and multiple educational pathways. While at MOE, Mr Heng also led Our Singapore Conversation, a national consultation exercise that reached out to close to 50,000 Singaporeans on their aspirations for Singapore's future. In 2015, he chaired the Singapore 50 (SG50) Steering Committee leading the celebrations for Singapore's Golden Jubilee.

Prior to entering politics in May 2011, Mr Heng was the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he received the "Central Bank Governor of the Year in Asia-Pacific" Award by the British magazine The Banker. He has served in various other public service positions, including appointments in the Singapore Police Force, as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Development Board, and as the Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, Mr Heng was awarded the Gold Medal in Public Administration, and the Meritorious Medal in 2010 for his contribution to the public service in Singapore.

Mr Heng has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Bruce Gosper

Bruce Gosper

Guest of Honour, Convergence | SWITCH (opening address)

Australian High Commissioner, Singapore

Bruce Gosper was previously CEO of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.

Prior to Austrade, Mr Gosper was Deputy Secretary with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia’s senior trade policy official, responsible for all trade negotiations.

His career includes serving as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. During that time Mr Gosper chaired the WTO General Council and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.

Mr Gosper was previously Minister (Commercial) in the Australian Embassy in Washington, and Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture) in the Tokyo Embassy.

Mr Gosper is a current member of the Asia Society Advisory Council. He has previously held positions on the Australia Japan Business Co-Operation Committee (AJBCC), the European Australian Business Council (EABC), the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), Australia Korea Foundation (AKF), Australian Pork Corporation and the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) Board.

Jawed Ashraf

Jawed Ashraf

Guest of Honour, Convergence | SWITCH

Indian High Commissioner, Singapore

Mr. Jawed Ashraf joined as High Commissioner of India in the Republic of Singapore on 16 November 2016 and presented his credentials on 23 November 2016.

A career diplomat, High Commissioner Ashraf joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1991. He served in Frankfurt and Berlin from 1993 to 1999. He worked in the Americas Division of Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from 1999 to 2004.  He completed a three-year tenure as Counsellor at the Embassy in Kathmandu in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Counsellor and Minister for Political Affairs in Washington DC and then headed the Americas Division in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from 2010 to 2012.

High Commissioner Ashraf served as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office under former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and then Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. His portfolio included External Affairs, Defence, National Security Council, Atomic Energy and Space.  He returned to Ministry of External Affairs in January 2016 and was Joint Secretary (Special Projects) until his appointment in Singapore.

High Commissioner Ashraf studied Economics at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and Management at Master’s level at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Dato' Teng Chang Khim

Dato' Teng Chang Khim

Guest of Honour, Convergence | SWITCH (VIP Guest)

Senior Exec. Councillor (EXCO), Chairman of Standing Committees Investment, Selangor, Malaysia


Hon. Dato' Teng Chang Khim obtained his bachelor’s degree in law from the University of London, and started his career as an advocate and solicitor at the High Court of Malaya, which he did from 1995 until 2008. He became politically active at the same time, first as State Assemblyman for Selangor. In the executive branch, he was in charge of local governments, R&D, and is currently the Chairman for the Standing Committees for Investment, Industry & Commerce, SMEs, and Transportation.

Excepts from The Business Year article, read full article HERE

Selangor represents approximately a quarter of Malaysia's total GDP. What do you think are the key strengths of the state?

We have been an economic powerhouse not just over the past five years, but also since the country's independence 50 years ago. We have extensive experience in dealing with foreign investors and supporting a broad range of industry players... Selangor is the gateway to the larger region of Asia. Culturally as well, the people in Malaysia speak Chinese, Tamil, Bahasa, and English. You can find partners here to give you access to the markets of China, India, and Indonesia.

Selangor has a strong manufacturing industry for electronics, chemicals, and automobiles. What are your focuses to attract investment?

We focus on the five clusters of: transport equipment, machinery, licenses, food and beverages, and electronics. Within the five, we place special focus on biotechnology and life sciences, including the medical equipment industry. Malaysia has seen rapid growth in the medical sector in terms of medical tourism and is shifting our manufacturing industry toward this purpose. In transport equipment, there is special attention placed on aerospace, again divided into five clusters: MRO, OEMs, engineering services, training, and aero parks. In the service industry, our vision is for Selangor to become a global trading hub and a financial and logistics center. We do not just have a vision but a specific strategy and plan in place to realize this potential.

How are you preparing for the development of Selangor being the site of the new Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang?

We have world-class infrastructure, including the KL International Airport and the largest low-cost airport just next to it. This definitely helps us to grow the industry. Over 62% of the aerospace activities in Malaysia are located in Selangor, which is the reason why we recently set up the Selangor Aerospace Council, in addition to the efforts of the federal government. The AAC is an exciting initiative that brings together all aspects of the aerospace industry such as manufacturing, engineering, and R&D. We work in close cooperation with the federal government to do our share. On our part, we look to offer our own vocational training program in the aerospace industry.

Hon. Dato' Teng Chang Khim, is Selangor State Senior Executive Councillor (EXCO), Chairman of Standing Committees for Investment, Industry & Commerce, Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) and Transportation, Selangor State, Malaysia.

We are very excited to host Hon. Dato' Teng Chang Khim as one of our VIP Guests at Convergence 005 | SWITCH.

Noor Azfinah Ishak

Noor Azfinah Ishak

VIP Guest, Convergence | SWITCH (not speaking)

Director for Trade & Investment Division under Invest Selangor Berhad

For more than 17 years, Invest Selangor Berhad has been a beacon for investors from all across the world who wished to invest, and prosper, in Selangor. Invest Selangor Berhad is a one-stop agency that provides information, advisory services, as well as start-up or expansion assistance to potential and existing investors. Since our inception, we have attracted more than 4,900 manufacturing projects in Selangor. Thus we have been indirectly responsible for the creation of 377,287 jobs and attracting more than RM138.6 billion worth of investments to the state. Invest Selangor will continually strive to create a conducive investment-friendly environment through the creation of new networks, services and competitive incentives provided by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority – and continually showcase to the world the dynamic, golden state of Selangor.

Madam Noor Azfinah Ishak is Head of Pre-Investment at Invest Selangor Bhd. With over 15 years of professional experience covering business development, project management and investor relations, Azfinah currently heads the Pre-Investment Division at Invest Selangor Berhad focusing on attracting new investments to the Golden State of Malaysia.

Her responsibilities include exploring new investment activities and promoting the usage of technology in various industry clusters within E-Commerce, Life Sciences,  Smart Cities and IoT.

Prior to Invest Selangor, she was with Cyberview Sdn Bhd as Head of Investment Promotion. A key highlight in her portfolio was to manage an E-Sports project that broke the Guinness World Book of Records for the world’s Longest LAN (“Local Area Network”) Party, Cyberfusion 2009.

We are excited to be hosting Madam Noor Azfinah Ishak as one of our VIP Guests at Convergence 005 | SWITCH.

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,  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


Rajeev Bala

Rajeev Bala

CEO & Monthlify

Rajeev Bala is a performance media and marketing professional, with a track record of building and scaling e commerce / e-enabled businesses for clients like Dell , Singapore Airlines , Citibank and Garuda Indonesia.

Co-Founder and CEO, Predator Digital Holdings, a Singapore based Digital Investment Holding company. We focus on South East Asia and Australia and take Investment stakes in early stage companies within the Omnichannel Platform Marketing Services and  Consulting space, as well as product development companies in the broad area of Marketing ROI and Enterprise Mobility.

Co-founder Krya Saka Arsana, an Indonesia-based Product Development company focussed on the broad area of Enterprise Mobility. We develop applications that leverage Mobility for the enterprise. Our first product, Amplifia is an innovative Employee/ Partner Advocacy platform that is designed with the needs of the Asian enterprise whose workforce is already Smart-Phone enabled.

Rajeev is now CEO of, an E- commerce technology platform focussed on servicing the needs of subscription / relationship orientated businesses globally. He is also CEO and Founder of Monthlify, a multi-basket marketplace focussed on luxury grocery retail for the Millennial audience.

Suzy Jacobs

Suzy Jacobs

Convergence MC

Co-Founder/Director, Finesque

Suzy Jacobs is the Chief Inspiration Officer for your team or community, known as an inspiring, motivating and thought provoking keynote speaker who captivates audiences as soon as she walks in the room.

Suzy started out in the sales & training world of big tech companies such as IBM and Compaq before she switched to small business. Having spent time in such diverse sectors as manufacturing, health & wellbeing and business development, Suzy brings years of experience and background knowledge to her role of a lifetime as CEO of She Business Australia.

She’s a successful business leader and entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries.

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