Agenda – 10 November 2020
Opening Remarks by YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia
Keynote Speech by Alexander Stubb, Former Prime Minister of Finland & Vice President of the European Investment Bank (2017-2020), Finland
The way we trade have changed drastically due to the rapid technological change and digitalization. COVID-19 is playing a very important role in reinventing the economy across the globe. Data flows and digital service deliveries are playing a critical role in response to the COVID-19 pandemic response. Emerging technologies such as blockchain, Artificial Intelligence or the Internet of Things could further alter the trade landscape in years to come. In this opening panel session, views and opinions will be vocalized and debated by who’s who of the digital trade from around the world. The discussion will center around the barriers to digital trade exist, whether due to outdated rules, new forms of protectionism, or as domestic policymakers seek to address novel governance questions without international collaboration. Is there a need for new data localization policies? What are the emerging and other hurdles for international digital service supply that can reinvent the economy.
Moderator: Freda Liu, Broadcast Journalist & Moderator
- Datuk Wira Dr Hj. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, Chairman, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
- Alexander Stubb, Former Prime Minister of Finland & Vice President of the European Investment Bank (2017-2020), Finland
- Sam Myers, Her Majesty’s Deputy Trade Commissioner, Asia Pacific (Southeast Asia), Department for International Trade, Singapore
Clearly there are many pain points in ASEAN that can be solved through disruptive startups. However, with many VCs having already invested in the region for at least 8 years now, have VC returns from the region lived up to the perceived potential it carries? And while it is a golden rule that VC’s ultimately make that bet based on their belief that the founders can execute, how big a factor is where the founders launch their ideas from in ASEAN? Within ASEAN, what is the perception of Malaysia as a market to launch from, of Malaysia’s stand on startups and of Malaysian founders?
Moderator: Premesh Chandran, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Malaysiakini.com, Malaysia
- Thomas Tsao, Co-Founder, Gobi Partners, Malaysia
- Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups, Malaysia
- Saemin Ahn, Managing Partner, Rakuten Ventures, Singapore
- Vikram Bharati, Founder, Draper Startup House, Singapore
3 companies, 3 paths to global dominance. One has been voracious in making acquisitions, another using VC funding to grow steadily before taking more VC money and the 3rd doing it the old-fashioned organic way without giving up any stake in the business – until the big IPO day. Is there a common thread in their strategies? A template others can adapt for their journey? The session will sift through their strategies, their experiences, their tips to determine if there is a secret sauce to global dominance.
- Kamarul A Muhamed, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Aerodyne Group, Malaysia
- Joel Tay, Chief Executive Officer, Soft Space, Malaysia
- Stephanie Sitt, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, 123RF, Malaysia
Each country has its strengths and weaknesses, and this panel will hear about the individual markets from the eyes of two of the startup leaders in SEA.
Moderator: Khoo Hsu Chuang, Managing Director, KHC Ventures Sdn Bhd/Do More, Malaysia
- Patrick Grove, Co-Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer, Catcha Group, Malaysia
- Joel Neoh, Founder, Fave, Malaysia
Agenda – 11 November 2020
Keynote Address by Randi Zuckerberg, Former Head of Marketing, Facebook & Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zuckerberg Media
Malaysia as a country has a very open economy with a lot of cross border movement especially now with technology and it has the potential of becoming more significant in years to come. In these pandemic-stricken times, we have read, heard, and even seen scores of entrepreneurs hustling to ply their trade. As we observe how the pandemic is slowly shutting down the physical world, it opens up new opportunities for our local tech chieftains to thrive. The caliber of our local talents and innovation also managed to attract the attention of venture capital to make their move to invest in Malaysia’s startup ecosystem.
Moderator: Jasmine Ng, Chief Revenue Officer, iPay88, Malaysia
- Wai Hong Fong, Chieftain & Co-Founder, StoreHub, Malaysia
- Lennise Ng, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Dropee, Malaysia
- Maran Virumandi, Founder & Managing Director, DoctorOnCall, Malaysia
Malaysia is to be the birthplace of the next generation of Southeast Asia’s mega tech companies. There has been talks there is a good chance that Asian currencies are going to outperform the U.S. dollar currencies in the near future. Are we there yet? Listen closely to these experts who have had tasted the means amongst the external market in the aims of driving agility through their businesses.
Moderator: Low Ngai Yuen, Executive Director – Chief Executive Officer, eFM, Malaysia
- Danny Leong, Group Chief Executive Officer, GHL Systems Berhad, Malaysia
- Sabran Samsuri, Chief Operating Officer, Inari Technology Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia
Malaysia Digital Hub, launched in the early 2017 with the promise to offer startups the opportunity to expand globally, have ready access to high-speed broadband, funding and facilitation opportunities and a workforce-ready ecosystem, among others. This session is set to hear from the Malaysia Digital Hub on the growth of their hubs and what needs to be done to unlock further growth for them and the entrepreneurs they house.
Moderator: Gopi Ganesalingam, Vice President – Global Growth Acceleration (GGA), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
- Stephanie Ping, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WORQ Coworking Space, Malaysia
- Erman Akinci, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Common Ground Coworking Space, Malaysia
- Yong Kai Ping, Chief Executive, Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC), Malaysia
MTEP aims to attract gifted and ambitious individuals from all around the world to Malaysia. This session will hear from the horse’s mouth on how the programme has lived up to its promise.
Moderator: Karamjit Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Digital News Asia, Malaysia
- Rene Bernard, Managing Director & Co-Founder, LuxTag.io.,Malaysia
- Francesco Argento, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ezyspark, Malaysia
- Sunil Coushik, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Boole Tech Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia
An October report by HSBC Global Research has coined the term ASEAN NEXT with digital payments to triple over the next 10 years to US$1.5 trillion. 3 leading Malaysian founded fintech companies with regional investors will share their perspectives of the ASEAN market opportunity and steps they have taken to ensure they emerge among the winners.
- Chan Kok Long, Co-Founder & Executive Director, iPay88, Malaysia
- Rafidz Rasiddi, Chief Strategy Officer, Merchantrade Asia, Malaysia
- Chris Leong, Chief Strategy Officer, Soft Space, Malaysia
Moderator: Khoo Hsu Chuang, Managing Director, KHC Ventures Sdn Bhd/Do More, Malaysia
- Sudev Bangah, Managing Director, International Data Corporation (IDC) ASEAN
- Lim Chee Siong, Vice President – Malaysia Cloud & AI Business Group Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
- Tai Yee Meng, Director, DELMIA Quintiq GDC Services, Malaysia
With the Digital Economy already here, this session explores the necessities from a regulatory point to further unleash the spirit of innovation and risk-taking among its entrepreneurs to try, to fail, to learn, to adapt and ultimately to succeed in the Digital Economy.
Moderator: Mahama Samir Bandaogo, Economist, World Bank, Malaysia
- Glenn Tasky, Director, Financial Stability, Supervision, and Payments, The SEACEN Centre, Malaysia
YBhg. Datuk Wira Dr Hj. Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Dr Rais Hussin is an avid strategist, perennial wordsmith, social engineer, serial entrepreneur and serious policy intellectual. He is also the President and CEO of EMIR Research that specialises in data driven research on any given national or international issues. He has more than 23 years corporate experience in leading and managing local and global telecommunications, technologies and IT companies. He has been actively promoting inbound investment, technology and execution for high-tech high value projects in Malaysia and the exciting growth markets of the ASEAN economic zone. Among the issues that fascinate him are those related to disruptive change, big data, the wide use of apps driven economy, algorithms and artificial intelligence. Straddling between science, strategy, communications, and policy advice, Dr Rais has sought to convince governments to adopt private public partnerships as advocated by the World Bank, to resolve any market break down or conundrums. Dr Rais Hussin received his Bachelors in Economics (Hons), Masters in Management and Doctorate in Business Administration from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
Pn. Surina Shukri
Chief Executive Officer
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Surina Shukri brings two decades of experience working across a diverse range of companies including global multinationals, middle market companies and early stage startups across the financial services, natural resources and technology sectors. She spent the bulk of her professional career in the United States, including 17 years of experience as an investment banker, strategist and leader at JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the United States. There she served as Head of Strategy, Innovation & Business Management for Middle Market Banking, Head of Strategy for Commercial Banking, Chief Staff to the CEO and Executive Director in Natural Resources Investment Banking. Surina left JPMorgan Chase in 2018 to start SheNovation Ventures, a transformation and growth venture studio where she advised fintech and blockchain startups on growth strategy and capital raising and consulted business leaders on culture change and transformation. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania’s Management & Technology dual degree program with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School and Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prior to returning to Malaysia, Surina lived in Manhattan, New York City, with her Malaysian husband and three children.
Co-Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer
As Co-Founder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, Patrick Grove is recognised as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region. Over the last thirteen years, he founded and took five companies from start-up to IPO, selling one of those companies, iProperty Group in a transaction valued in excess of US$534m. The iProperty Group sale was one of the largest internet exits in ASEAN history.
Patrick is also Co-Founder of Instahome, a leading home rental platform in Malaysia, Co-Founder and Director of iCar Asia, ASEAN’s No. 1 network of digital automotive portals; Co-Founder of Frontier Digital Ventures, a leading operator of online classifieds in frontier markets; and Co-Founder and Non Executive Director of Rev Asia Berhad, one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic digital media groups.
Danny Leong defines the strategy and oversees the operations of all GHL businesses across ASEAN, namely Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia as well as Australia. Amongst his accomplishment to date is to strategies and implements GHL’s merchant acquisition business for card, mobile and online payments coupled with reload and bill payment collection, loyalty and other SME services. Latest addition will be the introduction of Grow by GHL, a collection of financial and non-financial services specially curated to catalyse the growth of MSMEs, leading them to an eventual sustainable livelihood in a very competitive economic environment.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Premesh Chandran is the co-founder and CEO of Malaysiakini.com. Launched in 1999, Malaysiakini is Malaysia’s top independent news website, reaching over 8 million readers in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. He is also a business coach and has coached over 50 companies over the past seven years. In 2018, he started his second company – Asia Mobiliti, a next-generation mobility platform, enabling mobility as a service. He also retains an interest in liveable cities and affordable housing.
Chief Executive Officer
Digital News Asia
Karamjit Singh is the CEO of Digital News Asia. He has come to be regarded by industry and peers as one of the nation’s most respected journalists and pundits and is frequently invited to speak or moderate at conferences and roundtables. Karamjit founded Digital News Asia with a vision that media should play its role as the Fourth Estate, and on the belief that timely, insightful and analytical coverage can help the tech ecosystem in South-East Asia, especially Malaysia, grow and develop.
Sunil has built and run multiple high-tech companies. Sunil’s companies has raised venture capital of more than $260 Million Ringgit from VCs like Sequoia Capital, ComCast Ventures, Singtel Innov8, JAFCO and more.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
WORQ Coworking Space
Stephanie Ping is the Co-founder & CEO of WORQ, a hyper-localized community workspace founded in March 2017 with a vision of helping businesses and entrepreneurs by fostering meaningful connections for its members and the surrounding community. Stephanie is an award recipient of the Malaysian Venture Capital Association’s Outstanding Female Entrepreneur of 2019.Till date, WORQ has bagged 5 prestigious awards, including the coworker member’s choice awards for two consecutive years. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Management Science & Engineering, where her experience with Stanford’s entrepreneurship community played a significant role in shaping her vision for WORQ’s entrepreneurial community.
Francesco Argento is the Founder and CEO of Ezyspark, South East Asia’s first online marketplace for corporate training. Ezyspark operates a revolutionary platform that promotes transparency and efficiency, simplifying the search for quality training and trainers. An enthusiastic, forward-looking technopreneur, Francesco is passionate about learning and technology, thrives on challenges, and has been highly involved in the industry since his arrival in Malaysia 10 years ago. He was also responsible for the setting up of the pioneer team for Blue Ocean Leadership for UCSI, and has offered his consultancy expertise to various local corporations during this time. Backed by Sunway Group and Nexea Angels, Ezyspark has over 2,000 training programmes and a growing pool of independent trainers across the region
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Kamarul is the Founder and CEO of Aerodyne Group, a Malaysian drone solutions company that is ranked second in the world by Drone Industry Insights of Germany. He was also named by Nikkei Japan as the CEO of top 10 hottest start-up of 2019. Kamarul led Aerodyne from a 3 person start-up in 2014 to global company operating in 35 countries in less than 5 years. He is a TEDx speaker and a Drone Industry thought-leader and has presented his ideas and innovation on AI, drones and Industry 4.0 around the world. He is an auditor by training and spent his formative years in the city of London before switching careers to the tech industry upon his return to Malaysia after spending 10 years in the UK. An avid traveller, he has been to more than 100 countries, both for business and pleasure.
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Maran Virumandi has more than 20 years of professional experience with a clear passion for Digital Health and the pursuit of affordable and accessible healthcare for all. This involves strategically connecting patients, providers (hospital/clinics) and payers (insurance, corporates or government) via a digital platform. After a stint in managing medical clinics, he saw fundamental challenges in the Malaysian healthcare that could be resolved through new business innovations and technologies. Hence, the birth of DoctorOnCall, Malaysia’s leading Digital Health platform that offers affordable, accessible telehealth consultation and online pharmacy. This includes a vast repository of health content as well as a comprehensive specialist listing and booking platform. With its extensive network of over doctors & specialists in private hospitals throughout Malaysia, patients are able to order and receive prescription drugs safely and promptly. Recently, the Ministry of Health established a partnership with DoctorOnCall to develop digital health solutions in the battle against Covid-19. Prior to establishing DoctorOnCall, he led complex strategy, merger, technology and supply chain engagements in leading multinationals & consulting firms. Maran has substantial regional management experience across Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. Maran holds a Bachelors in Commerce & Management from University of Lincoln, New Zealand (Recipient of Tenaga Nasional Foundation Scholarship). He has also successfully completed executive programs in Stanford University and Harvard University. In addition, Maran is a member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA), Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Lennise Ng is the CEO & Co-Founder of Dropee – a B2B eCommerce platform that enables brands and wholesalers to be closer to their customers – both online and offline. Being very passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, Lennise has worked with venture-building accelerators, venture capital companies, and multinational tech companies before starting Dropee. Lennise is also the 3rd-generation of a family business that manufactures and distributes rubber products. Combining the two worlds, Lennise started Dropee to address the issues of a growing brand and wholesale businesses.
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Rene is Managing Director & Co-Founder of LuxTag.io and the Founding President of the Malaysian Non-Profit ACCESS Blockchain Association. His daily focus is on Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology and their adoption and integration into existing economies and businesses. Rene regularly shares his insight at national and global events. He educates professionals and academia in Malaysia as part of the Blockchain Association’s agenda. His for-profit project is the tech startup “LuxTag.” Started with two fellow co-founders in 2017, it is now a highly valued startup business in Southeast Asia, leveraging its core on NEM & SYMBOL Blockchain technology.
Chief Executive Officer
Joel Tay serves as the new Chief Executive Officer of Soft Space and is driven to transform the payment and banking industry in Asia. With 14 years of experience in financial consulting, operational improvement strategies and risk management under his belt, he has the vision to take the company to a whole new level. This includes venturing into omnichannel payment methods such as artificial intelligence technologies, Big Data analytics and CRM. Through his work at Soft Space, Joel has managed the mobile payment advisory and services arm, as well as regional projects in Taiwan and Indonesia.
Chan Kok Long
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Chan Kok Long, is one of the 3 key founders of iPay88 and he is currently the Executive Director of both iPay88 Holdings Sdn Bhd (formerly known as iPay88 Sdn Bhd) and iPay88 (M) Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Mobile88.com Sdn Bhd). With over 25 years of experience in online businesses, he is also actively engaged as both speaker and mentor for most major ecommerce conferences and seminars within ASEAN. Mr Chan has also been featured on various media channels, such as BFM and Bloomberg as a guest expert within the field. In recognition of his contributions, Mr. Chan has been awarded with Technopreneur Excellence Award presented by PIKOM ICT Leadership Award (PILA) 2016. Mr Chan is currently Advisor and E-Commerce Malaysia Deputy Chair for PIKOM. He is also a council member of PayNet Advisory Forum.
Yong Kai Ping
Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC)
Yong Kai Ping is the Chief Executive of Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC), established by the Selangor government in 2015. SITEC is spearheading the digitalisation in Selangor by promoting digital entrepreneurship and innovation, nurturing local tech champions, driving tech investment and creating high-income jobs. SITEC has been a result-orientated and impact-driven digital agency by successfully nurturing about 600 Online Entrepreneurs and 90 Startups, creating 6000 jobs and contributed more than RM 200 Million of GMV (Gross Merchants Value) towards the Selangor State economy for the last 5 years.
Khoo Hsu Chuang
KHC Ventures Sdn Bhd_Do More
Khoo Hsu Chuang owns and manages KHC Ventures Sdn Bhd / Do More, which offers content creation, podcasting and executive training services. His background is in financial journalism, with twenty three years’ experience covering financial and capital markets in Asia, the UK as well as Europe, writing for The Edge Communications, Bloomberg LP, Thomson-Reuters Plc and BFM Radio, covering tech, equity capital markets, banking, mergers/acquisitions, renewables, small-caps, current and political affairs in various media formats. He is a co-host of The Morning Run on BFM, a business and finance-oriented radio station and a former Contributing Editor with The Edge Media Group in KL, Malaysia. Chuang also spent nine years in corporate governance advocacy as an associate analyst at the activist firm, the Minority Shareholders Watchdog Group.
Saemin is Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures. He has held this position since the fund’s inception in 2013. Based in Singapore, Saemin invests in diverse verticals such as advertising technology, artificial intelligence and on-demand business around the world. Some of the portfolio investments he manages include Carousell, ViSenze, Epic!, and Algorithmia.
International Data Corporation (IDC) ASEAN
As the Managing Director for IDC ASEAN, Sudev directs the overall operations of the ASEAN country offices’ development, sales, consulting, as well as marketing, and works alongside local and global organizations’ C-level executives in their aspirations in developing robust plans and strategies for both emerging countries. Sudev is also a frequent speaker at industry events across Southeast Asia on a wide range of topics, and is regularly quoted in both local and international media such as Bloomberg, Asian Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and BBC.
Chief Operating Officer
Inari Technology Sdn. Bhd
Sabran Samsuri is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Inari Technology Sdn Bhd. He has more than thirty-two (32) years of experience in the semiconductor industry, twenty-four years of which were at managerial level (20 years in ASE Malaysia, Penang. Within Inari, he has held several positions such as Vice President of Planning, Assembly & Test Operations, Semiconductor Design/Packaging Engineering and Processes/Products Development, New-Product-Introduction (NPI), Technical Business Development and Engineering.
Chief Strategy Officer
Rafidz is the Chief Strategy Officer of Merchantrade Asia. He has close to 30 years working experience in financial services, mostly in Investment Banking.
Chief Strategy Officer
Chris Leong is the Chief Strategy Officer at Soft Space, one of Asia’s award-winning Fintech companies that develops mobile-based financial products aimed at simplifying digital payments and value-added services for business growth. Throughout his leadership in Soft Space, Chris provides strategic oversight to ensure Soft Space’s growth targets align with the mobile payments market. Chris also manages stakeholders and partner relations, which enabled Soft Space to complete its first funding round with transcosmos inc in 2017, one of Japan’s largest e-commerce companies.
Lim Chee Siong
Malaysia Cloud _ AI Business Group
Lim Chee Siong is the Vice President – Malaysia Cloud & AI Business Group of Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. With more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, he possesses broad experience in the Digital and ICT industry development strategy and technology, business solutions, Sales and Marketing; He is currently responsible for Huawei Malaysia Cloud & AI Business Group, covering Huawei Cloud, Intelligent Computing, A.I. portfolio, Data Storage & Intelligent Vision solution. His mission is to support customers and partners to identify and develop the right Cloud & A.I. transformation solutions and ecosystem, to build a Fully-Connected Intelligent World. He previously held the position of Chief Strategy Marketing Officer for the Southern Pacific Region.
Advisory Board Member
Jasmine who is an advisory Board Member for GTR Ventures, was formerly CEO of Razer FinTech. She was formerly CEO of NEM Malaysia a wholly owned subsidiary of NEM.io Foundation, where she held a double role as the Business Development Director of South East Asia. She was also the Head of the Group Digital, Strategic Digital Alliances and Project Management Office for Maybank Group. Amongst her functions there were overseeing the bank’s strategic digital alliances like AliPay and Samsung Pay, implementation of the bank’s digital projects, and was instrumental in the launches of Maybank Pay, Samsung Pay and AliPay for the banking group.
Former Prime Minister of Finland & Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
Alexander Stubb has served as the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004-2008 and in the national government from 2008-16 and was the Chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2014-16. He served as the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank from 2017-20. Stubb’s background is in academia and civil service. He has published 16 books, 11 of those on the European Union. He holds a Ph.D. From the London School of Economics and Political Science. He worked as an expert adviser at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and in Brussels, and in President Romano Prodi’s team at the European Commission. His expertise includes European and International Affairs, Foreign and Security Policy, the Euro and the Global Economy. He chaired the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development which is responsible for promoting national and international sustainable development goals, and works to encourage society’s commitment to and involvement in sustainable development. Stubb sits on the 12-member World Happiness Council, convened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Co-Founder and CFO
Common Ground Works
Drawing on his experience working with startups, Erman assumes the role of CFO at Common Ground and is responsible for the performance of the group, its regional growth and financing requirements. Previously, Erman was the Director of Business Development at Catcha Group, where he was responsible for the growth in Catcha’s businesses including iFlix, iProperty, REV Asia and iCarAsia. He was also involved in Ensogo, the social e-commerce site and was the Founder & CEO of Dealmates.com, an online flash sales website. Common Ground was born – having learned about how the co-working model was doing in the other markets, he decided to partner with Common Ground co-founder Juhn Teo to launch what is Southeast Asia’s fastest growing co-working group today.
Broadcast Journalist & Moderator
Freda Liu is a vivacious person who has lived and breathed business in the past decade with Malaysia’s only business radio station and has conducted over 5000 interviews and some prominent names include Martin Cooper, author Stephen Covey, motivational speaker Nick Vijucic, former GE CEO Jack Welch, the Duke of York HRH Prince Andrew to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. At BFM, her show Enterprise provides the tools to help businesses succeed covering topics with the startup scene, personal development, technology to organizational development. While HerVantage talks about women of leadership and influence to showcase women representation in all strata of society from sports, the arts & sciences to entrepreneurship. Freda has authored five books called “PR Yourself” and “Shake & Spear Your Business: The Romeo & Juliet Way, ” and “Everybody Loves Ray” (biography) “Bursting Fixed Mindsets” and her latest “In Your Skin”.
Director, Financial Stability, Supervision, and Payments
The SEACEN Centre
Glenn Tasky is the Director of Financial Stability, Supervision and Payments at The SEACEN Centre. He holds years of acquaintances being in the financial sector regulatory and a supervisory expert. He comes with 22 years of experience as an advisor to central banks in 6 countries and 3 years in Malaysia as the Director in a Research and Training Centre serving 19 member central banks and monetary authorities in the Asia-Pacific.
Vice President & Global Growth Acceleration
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Gopi Ganesalingam is a finance professional and an entrepreneur who has served in executive and board positions in the Asia Pacific region for the last 30 years. Gopi has worked in brand names like Matsushita, American Express International, Lucent Technologies, Telstra Australia, Salesforce.com and Google.
Gopi is now the Vice President of Global Growth Acceleration at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Berhad (MDEC), the government agency tasked with developing Malaysia’s Digital Economy. At MDEC, Gopi is at the forefront of championing talented entrepreneurs, by empowering them to actualise their business vision. Gopi is passionate about developing Malaysia’s nascent Digital Economy towards achieving sustainable and inclusive socioeconomic development. His end goal is to connect and propel the global digital economies via government intervention, business chambers, aligning investors/funders, government and business chambers, all of which will link global tech entrepreneurs.
Khailee Ng is a managing partner of 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm. With the firm, Khailee has led 180+ investments in Southeast Asian tech startups, including Grab, Carousell, and other regional champions. Prior to this, he was the founder of Groupsmore (acquired by Groupon) and Malaysia’s largest online media company, Says.com (acquired by Media Prima). As every industry continues to be disrupted by new technology and evolving consumer landscapes, Khailee and 500 Startups specialize in discovering patterns of economic opportunity and investing in the entrepreneurs who will realize them. His investment activity and industry opinions are featured by Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune, and the 500 Startups portfolio of companies have collectively raised over $10Billion USD.
Low Ngai Yuen
Executive Director & CEO
Low Ngai Yuen, a multiple award-winning workaholic sits as an Independent Non-Executive Director of GD Express Carrier Berhad and is on its Audit & Risk Management Committee as well as the Combined Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Also named Most Successful Woman of 2014 by Jessica Magazine, Bella Creative Award 2013 by ntv7, Women Weekly’s Great Women Of Our Time 2012 award for the category of Media and Arts as well as Her World’s Young Achiever of the year 2008. An Elevate Fellow as well as the US Department of State’s IVLP’s alumni, over the past 20 years, Yuen has held various roles in the corporate world – as the Director of Marketing and Communications of Carrefour Malaysia and Singapore, sitting on its management and executive committee; to being appointed the Executive Director/CEO of Global Entrepreneurship Movement Assoc that bridge technology to the underserved entrepreneurs.
Mahama Samir Bandaogo
Mahama Samir Bandaogo is currently an Economist at the World Bank in the Macro, Trade and Investment Global Practice, based in Kuala Lumpur. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Washington in Seattle and prior to joining the World Bank, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA.
Former Head of Marketing
Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author, and Emmy-nominated tech media personality. She is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, with the mission of supporting current and future entrepreneurs through investment, mentorship, and media. Prior to founding her own company, Randi was an early employee at Facebook, where she is best known for creating Facebook Live, now used by more than a billion people around the world. A Harvard graduate, Randi hosts a weekly business talk radio show, Randi Zuckerberg Means Business on SiriusXM and is the author of four books: two best-selling business books, Dot Complicated and Pick Three, and two children’s books, Dot (currently also an award-winning preschool television series on Universal Kids and Hulu) and Missy President.
Her Majesty’s Deputy Trade Commissioner
Asia Pacific (Southeast Asia)
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Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Closest to the heart of INMAGINE is Stephanie Sitt – the co-founder who has bootstrapped the Company for almost two decades. Ever humbled to learn the many aspects of her business, Stephanie is actively involved in leading, strategizing, and driving Inmagine’s global sales, marketing, operations, and partnerships. Notably, she has spearheaded the HR transformation since the year 2017 with a strong belief that the right human talent will drive the business forward. Just as at an opportune time in which she has witnessed the revolution of microstock, Stephanie will continue to grow INMAGINE as a seamless creative ecosystem, forging a future where design is within reach for everyone.
Thomas Tsao co-founded Gobi Partners in 2002. Gobi’s regional platform supports entrepreneurs from the early to growth stage, and has expanded to 11 offices across Asia. In China, Tom and his partners were first-round investors into Airwallex, Dianwoda, Teambition, Tuniu and UR. He was named on the Forbes List of China’s Top VCs from 2013 – 2017. Tom also leads the team that manages the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, which has invested in companies like AutoX, DayDayCook, GoGoX, Prenetics and WeLab. In 2015, Tom relocated to Kuala Lumpur where he set up several funds with MAVCAP, Malaysia’s largest VC firm. Gobi has invested in over 60 companies in Southeast Asia, including Aerodyne, Carsome, EasyParcel, iStoreiSend and Kumu. Tom is now building Gobi’s TaqwaTech investment practice focused on innovative startups serving Muslim communities such as UmrahMe. In 2006, he founded SEO China, a non-profit organization, which has provided more than 200 internships for underserved college students. He also serves as Chair of the Presidential Scholars Foundation, which cultivates, connects, and celebrates U.S. Presidential Scholars (161 of the nation’s top high school seniors who are selected annually and honored by the White House).
Draper Startup House
Vikram founded Tribe Theory in Singapore in 2018 which was later rebranded to Draper Startup House in early 2020 after an investment from legendary Silicon Valley Investor, Tim Draper. The inspiration for Tribe Theory was born when Vikram spent two years backpacking around the world, where he traveled to over 50 countries in six continents and stayed in amazing hostels around the world. Vikram’s vision is to build a global hospitality brand which provides affordable yet soulful accommodation for young startups and entrepreneurs. It currently has locations in 8 countries with plans for expansion to every major country of the world by 2030. Prior to building Tribe Theory, Vikram was the head of venture capital investments at REAPRA where he made investments in early stage ventures across Asia.
Wai Hong Fong
Chieftain & Co-Founder
Wai Hong Fong is Chieftain and Co-Founder at StoreHub, an omnichannel operating system for over 15,000 retail and restaurant businesses across Southeast Asia. Raised in Malaysia, Fong spent four years in Singapore as an ASEAN Scholar and lived in Melbourne for a decade. Soon after completing his BA at the University of Melbourne, Fong co-founded OZHut – a multi-niche online retailer – and served as managing director for five years. Fong was also named Australia’s Best Young Entrepreneur in 2011 by StartupSmart and amongst Melbourne’s top 100 most influential people by Australian daily The Age, that same year. Fong spent a year and a half studying Mandarin in Shanghai and eventually returned to Malaysia in 2013, and founded StoreHub.
YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah
Ministry of Communications and Multimedia
Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah is the current Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia and member of Parliament for Indera Mahkota constituency. Previously, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of Higher Education. Saifuddin is a progressive politician who advocates New Politics, youth empowerment and social entrepreneurship, also actively promoting debate and basketball. He is also the founder of the Women National Basketball League and Co-Founder of the Malaysian Universities’ Royal Debate.
Saifuddin has also served as the President of the Malaysian Youth Council, a Member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Youth Employment, a Consultant of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Joint-Secretary of Bosnia Action Front. He was also a passionate student activist. During his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs, he authored the Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia in 2018, which served as Malaysia’s key foreign policy priorities. He has published eight books, the latest of which being New Politics 2.0: Multiracial and Moderate Malaysian Democracy (2017). He has also contributed as a columnist in various publications.
Born in 1961, Saifuddin studied at The Malay College Kuala Kangsar and received a BA (Hons) from Universiti Malaya. He is married to Norlin Shamsul Bahri and they have a daughter, Nur Madihah.