Michael Velten is Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Financial Services Industry Tax Leader.
Michael has over 30 years tax experience; 25 years of which have been spent working in Asia having been based in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore. He advises on all areas of Singapore financial services tax (including indirect tax, information reporting, M&A tax and transfer pricing); and is a recognized industry tax expert. Michael works across all sectors including banking and securities, insurance and investment management.
Michael is qualified as both a Solicitor (Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia) and a CPA (Australia). Michael is an Accredited Tax Advisor: Income tax and GST (Singapore), a Certified Tax Adviser (Hong Kong) and a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). Michael is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, an Associate of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Matthew Lovatt is a Director in the Southeast Asia Financial Services Industry Tax Practice. Matthew provides Singapore and international tax advice to multinational enterprises in the financial services sector on a variety of direct tax and stamp duty issues, and to a large number of clients concerned with applications of blockchain technology.
Matthew is an England and Wales-qualified solicitor and a Singapore Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax). He joined the Deloitte team in July 2017, and previously worked at Baker McKenzie London, where his practice focused on both UK- and Europe-inbound and outbound advisory work and the full range of UK corporate tax and stamp duty issues, including, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, UK real estate investment, facility agreements, structured financing and derivatives. He frequently represents clients with the design and implementation of complex cross-border projects.
05/02/21 | Digital financial assets and fund management in Singapore―what more could be done? 353 views
Adam Reynolds is Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Saxo Markets, a licensed subsidiary of Saxo Bank, a leading Fintech specialist that connects people to investment opportunities in global capital markets. Adam joined Saxo Bank in 2014 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial markets as a macro trader and manager of financial markets trading, sales and portfolio management teams.
15/06/20 | Why time in the market is better than timing the market 1008 views
Adrian Johnston is senior vice president of applications for Oracle in Japan and Asia Pacific. He is responsible for leading the business for Oracle’s cloud offerings in the apps space.
Johnston first joined Oracle in 2002 as vice president of applications and product operations for Asia Pacific. He then went on to hold several other positions, including vice president of the applications midmarket business unit. From 2008 to 2015, Johnston held the position of vice president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division in Asia, after which he returned to Oracle. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales.
22/06/20 | How are Finance Teams Closing Their Books Remotely? 145 views
Alex Donov is a Board Member and the Chief Financial Officer of Kusto Group. Kusto Group is a multi-billion-dollar industrial holding which invests in and produces innovative and reliable manufacturing products across multiple sectors, including agribusiness, construction materials, oil & gas, and real estate.
30/04/20 | Singapore must look for new win-win partnerships to ensure its food security 1127 views
Alexander Knight is the Sales and Marketing Director (Asia) of The London Resort Hotels and is Singapore based.
24/08/20 | Singaporeans show Renewed Interest in UK's Commercial Buy-to-Let Properties 398 views
Andrew McNeilis is the Managing Director for APAC at Selby Jennings. He has more than 30 years' commercial experience working in strategic leadership roles across a variety of organisations ranging from start-ups to public companies throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and the Americas; each role centred on helping clients succeed with solving talent challenges. Andrew also enjoyed a career serving as an Infantry Army Officer in a variety of operational theatres, teaching him the value of public service, leading people, operational planning and execution, achieving the mission and exceeding expectations.
27/07/20 | Financial companies start to increase hiring as Singapore returns from the Circuit Breaker 703 views
Ante is Infobip's Sales Director APAC and the driving force behind the company's strategic growth and sales operations in the APAC region. He leads a dynamic team of over 170 colleagues across 14 APAC offices to reach the full potential and efficiency of all existing and new partners. Ante has over 8 years of experience building and leading the sales team with significant operating scale and complexity.
11/01/21 | Establishing a sense of normalcy in the travel and hospitality industries 223 views
Anthony Spiteri is a Senior Global Technologist, vExpert, VCIX-NV and VCAP-DCV working in the Product Strategy group at Veeam. He currently focuses on Veeam’s Service Provider products and partners. He previously held Architectural Lead roles at some of Australia’s leading Cloud Providers. He is responsible for generating content, evangelism, collecting product feedback, and presenting at events. Anthony can be found blogging on anthonyspiteri.net.
Rick Vanover (Cisco Champion, VMware vExpert) is Senior Director of Product Strategy for Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick’s experience includes system administration and IT management; with virtualization, cloud and storage technologies being the central theme of his career recently. As a blogger, podcaster and active member of the IT community, Rick builds relationships and spreads excitement about Veeam solutions. Before becoming the “go-to” guy for Veeam questions, Rick was in system administration and IT management. His community designations include VMware vExpert and Cisco Champion.
07/10/20 | Financial Services Sector Becomes Vulnerable to Ransomware 117 views
Anup Changaroth is Senior Director for Strategic Business Development and APAC Chief Technology Office at Ciena, where he is responsible for driving growth across Asia Pacific, as well as leading the regional Engineering Operations and Product Line Management teams for Ciena’s hardware and software solutions.
Previously, Anup was Ciena’s Director of Asia Pacific Marketing, responsible for product portfolio marketing, as well analyst and media engagements. He has been involved in the telecommunications field for over 25 years, since designing and building his own V.23 modem in the late ‘80s as a student.
Prior to Ciena’s acquisition of Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks division, Anup led various teams at Nortel, including regional product line management for Nortel’s Carrier Data Products in Asia Pacific, the solutions marketing team for Nortel’s Local Internet division, and Nortel’s optical Ethernet marketing strategy across Asia Pacific. Prior to Nortel, Anup held several positions at Motorola's Information Systems Group.
Anup holds an Honours Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the City University, London; a Marketing Management Diploma from Columbia University, U.S.; as well as a Diploma in Electronics Engineering from the Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.
06/05/20 | The makings of a hyper-connected Singapore 515 views
Arlene Wherrett is the Vice President & Managing Director for Sage Asia responsible for accelerating the growth of Sage’s business in Asia. Working closely with Sage’s loyal business partners, Arlene will build on the successful business established in the region over the last two decades.
Arlene has over 20 years of experience, managing businesses within the IT and Services industries across Asia Pacific leveraging her strong leadership skills and deep industry expertise. She has in the past, held General Manager positions with multi-national corporations including Mercer, Marsh and SAI Global. Prior to joining Sage in early 2017, she held the position of Managing Director, Australia with the highly successful Salesforce implementation partner, Bluewolf, an IBM company.
Before undertaking her current role at Sage Asia, she was previously at Sage Australia, where she held the role of Vice President, Services, for Sage Asia Pacific, growing the professional services, customer support and learning services business.
Arlene graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Trent University in Canada and has a Masters of Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia.
Arlene is also a certified Gallup Strengths coach and has led leadership development workshops for numerous organisations across Asia Pacific, in addition to the various business groups at Sage.
10/07/20 | Mitigating Supply Chain Disruption in the Manufacturing Industry 222 views
Aurelie Saada is the current President for PrimeTime Business and Professional Women's Association, which vision is to help professional women to achieve their highest potential through training, network and events. She’s a fervent supporter of professional development and women leadership, believing that women can support and help each other through the power of a community.
Aurelie is also APAC Site Lead for Fraud Risk for Microsoft, which team is doing fraud prevention and detection for all Microsoft clients.
Katia Melazzi is an Executive Coach specialised in Leadership & Transitions. She brings together a unique combination of coaching and mentoring skills with a solid management background and geographic exposure across Europe & APAC.
Before transitioning to coaching, she has gained a solid experience in Brand management, Business strategy, Marketing communication, and P&L Management as an xecutive in FMCG companies serving in several international roles over a two-decade span. When not wearing the coach hat, she enjoys giving back to the society supporting women’s empowerment; she is the current President for Tabitha Foundation and Nokor Tep Society and the Vice President for PrimeTime Business and
Professional Women's Association.
11/05/20 | How the Coronavirus Crisis is Changing Our Approach to Work and Leadership in Singapore 428 views
Avik is a Tax Partner at Deloitte Singapore. With over 16 years as a global transfer pricing professional with Big4 accounting firms, Avik has a wealth of experience in transfer pricing planning structures for various types of business models, supply/value chain realignments, intellectual property valuation, structuring and pricing intercompany financial transactions, corporate guarantees, cash pooling, debt factoring and leasing arrangements, thin-capitalisation analysis as well as planning and executing global documentation projects for multinational corporations (MNCs).
In his work with clients, Avik helps MNCs in industries spanning automotive, aerospace, financial services, shipping, IT, oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, real estate, consumer goods and telecommunication, develop and implement commercially viable transfer pricing policies to achieve tax efficiencies across jurisdictions. He has represented his clients before revenue authorities in several Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) and Advanced Pricing Agreement (APA) cases, including representing before the Tax Courts. Avik is also an active speaker at various transfer pricing discussion forums.
Before relocating to Singapore, Avik worked in Australia, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Avik is a Chartered Accountant by profession and holds a Master Degree in Commerce. He is also an Accredited Tax Professional with the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Practitioners.
21/07/20 | Transfer pricing in pandemic times 551 views
Benjamin Low is the Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific at Milestone Systems. He has more than 20 years of experience in cyber security, IT networking and software. Prior to joining Milestone in 2015, Benjamin was Managing Director for Asia Pacific for Guidance Software, a world leading company in digital investigative solutions. In this role, he scaled up the organization by driving their business through a combination of channel partners and security vendors resulting in record sales.
Benjamin has also worked with Computer Associates, Entrust, Cisco and McAfee, running their operations in Asia Pacific. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Adelaide in Australia, and has attended the Graduate Program in International Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in the US.
13/08/20 | Is tech the answer to building resilient workplaces in the new normal? 261 views
Brett joined Fenergo in 2014 as VP of Sales for APAC to build out Fenergo’s footprint across Asia Pacific. With over 25 years’ experience in the fintech industry, Brett brings extensive experience to the role having worked as Manager of Asia for Avox for seven years and Regional Director of Algorithmics for nine years previous. Brett studied Marketing & Finance in Charles Sturt University and Applied Finance & Investment with FINSIA – the Securities Institute of Australia.
02/07/20 | Singapore banks set to fast-track digital transformation due to COVID-19 802 views
Bruce Maslen has over 25 years of experience in Financial Services IT and is currently Vice President of Sales, APAC for IPC Systems. IPC Systems is a leading provider of communications and networking solutions powering the global financial markets. IPC brings together one of the largest and most diverse global financial ecosystems spanning all asset classes and market participants enabling the community to interact, transact and react to market changes and challenges.
22/05/20 | COVID-19 and the challenge of off-site connectivity: The view from Singapore 272 views
Catherine Ballantyne has spent 25 years in IT, marketing and digital development specifically working with the data that drives these tools. She works with Tealium’s prospects and customers across the APJ region to help them develop a customer data strategy to successfully achieve a scalable, productionised digital transformation and subsequent cohesive brand experience. It is this work that informs her current thinking around customer data supply chain and the evolution of customer data asset management which is required to satisfy legislative and consumer expectations. She has special interest in the travel, retail and gaming industries.
David Koh is the Head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management (GLCM), effective 14 October. Koh leads the GLCM business in Singapore working with customer groups to maximise its potential as a regional treasury hub as they deepen their presence in Southeast Asia. HSBC’s GLCM helps corporate customers to maximise control and oversight of their cash flows with its global payables, cards, receivables and clearing services, as well as an array of liquidity and investment solutions.
Koh joins from Standard Chartered, where he most recently led the transaction bank for Greater China and North Asia. He brings over 25 years of experience in transaction banking, having worked across seven geographies including China, Singapore, the UK and Saudi Arabia. Prior to Standard Chartered, Koh headed the Corporate and Transaction Banking teams for Deutsche Bank in Greater China. Mr Koh began his career at HSBC on the bank’s executive trainee development programme.
16/07/20 | Digital will only pay out if it spans the generations 395 views
Edward Chow is the Vice President for Asia Pacific Sales & Services at Stratus. Edward is responsible for driving revenue and profitability growth across the region as well as cultivating a strategic focus in developing the edge computing and IoT markets. Edward has more than 20 years of progressive experience in both information technology companies and industrial solution enterprises where he covered a number of leadership roles in sales, marketing, business development, services, operations and finance.
Prior to Stratus he held the role of General Manager at TSI Asia Pacific HQ. During his career, Edward had several international assignments in China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and Singapore driving cross-cultural teams and matrixed organisations. Edward has earned an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. Edward is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Edward Senju is the Regional Chief Executive Officer at Sansan Inc., a Japanese provider of cloud-based contact management solutions for corporations. Using Singapore as a springboard, he is responsible for driving Sansan’s growth in the region, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since joining Sansan in 2009, Senju has been a key contributor in the company’s growth and expansion from Japan to other parts of Asia.
In 2011, he was tasked with helping launch and develop Sansan’s consumer-oriented contact management app, Eight. He subsequently helped build it into Japan’s largest business social network. With extensive time living in the United States and Mexico, Senju graduated from Chuo University (Tokyo) in 2003 and worked with global tech giant Oracle as an Account Manager, in charge of enterprise sales, before joining Sansan.
11/02/21 | Digital banking? Virtual meetings? Singapore must embrace digital business cards in 2021, too 149 views
As the Regional Director of Southeast Asia at Limelight Networks, Edwin Koh is responsible for the overall business strategic direction and business growth with a focus on digital experiences. He has worked with various major Media & Entertainment, OTT and E-commerce companies, providing solutions for live video streaming, VOD, edge computing, web acceleration, cloud storage and security services.
His experience and expertise include digital business transformations, video solutions and cloud services. Prior to joining Limelight in 2016, he has over a decade of experience in the Cloud, E-commerce and Datacenter segment. Edwin is based in Singapore and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and Law from the University of London.
13/08/20 | How Video Changes the World after COVID-19 400 views
Elango Balusamy is the CTO at WeInvest. He is an established technology expert with over 18 years of experience in building high-performance engineering projects for tech and financial services business across geographies including India, Singapore, Hong Kong & USA.
He has an extensive background in Capital Markets Technology and championed incremental software delivery in key initiatives. As a part of the Technology team in Goldman Sachs and WeLab, he handled end to ownership for projects. In the past, Elango had also worked on hybrid mobile apps and big-data technologies. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Madras University and Masters in Software Systems from BITS, Pilani.
17/04/20 | Singapore Fintech in a Time of COVID-19 1081 views
Ella Sherman, a Singapore PR, has worked for over 20 years in Human Resources Management in London, Hong Kong and Singapore for Chase Manhattan Bank, UBS, CSFB, Credit Agricole WI Carr, Goldman Sachs and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ella is currently the Director of Human Resources and People Talent for Ps-engage Global Government Relations, a company facilitating multinational organisations build better relationships with their regulators.
She gained a rounded HR training working in various functions: Generalist (including Recruitment), International Compensation, Benefits & Relocation and Pensions Administration.
Recipient of the Chase Manhattan Bank 'Chase Service Star Award' awarded as 'Recognition given to employees who go beyond and above the call of their duty in their interactions with colleagues and customers'.
09/06/20 | Human Resources: COVID-19 Workforce 1132 views
Eric is the Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) of InCorp Group. He provides consultancy to local and foreign entities on the ideal market-entry strategies for setting up or expanding operations in Southeast Asia.
Before joining InCorp, he was the Senior Vice President and Team Lead of the International Subsidiaries Banking division of HSBC and OCBC.
An ex-corporate banker for more than 11 years, he has extensive experience in working with companies of different sizes: tech startups, scaleups, international SMEs, and multinational corporations in Singapore and the rest of the world.
At present, Eric regularly participates as a guest speaker in business forums sponsored or organised by the Singaporean government or by InCorp’s corporate partners. He also participates as an advisor in mentorship programs for tech startups in Singapore.
11/06/20 | Hong Kong's Possible Loss of Special Status Reiterates Singapore's Stability 288 views
Erich Gerber is the Senior Vice President of International Sales of TIBCO Software. An experienced senior executive with over 25 years in the information technology industry, Erich Gerber is responsible for TIBCO Software’s business across international markets, which consist of Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Erich has wide experience covering global markets, direct and indirect sales, as well as Infrastructure and BI software. Having led various organisations in senior leadership positions with American- and German-driven company structures, Erich is an adept and adaptable leader with a keen focus on developing global customer relationships and bringing to market timely solutions that deliver value. With his extensive experience and track record for overachievement, Erich has built teams that have delivered significant growth at TIBCO by fine-tuning business operations and successfully managing profitability.
23/04/20 | Opening the door to better digital banking experiences for Singapore's customers 461 views
Gaurav Belani is a senior SEO and content marketing analyst at Growfusely, a content marketing agency that specializes in data-driven SEO. He has more than seven years of experience in digital marketing and loves to read and write about business, edtech, AI, ML, data science, and other emerging technologies. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and listening to music. Connect with him on Twitter at @belanigaurav.
21/05/20 | The Rise of Remote Work in the Digital Age and How Singapore Stacks Up 895 views
As the Head of Customer Intelligence (CI) for ASEAN at SAS, Gaurav empowers enterprises with practical applications of Artificial Intelligence and Decisioning to enable extraordinary experience,
maximise customer lifetime value and improve customer centricity.
Prior to SAS, he has worn multiple hats at conglomerates like Deloitte, Oracle as well as startups. Previously, he was aboard at DBS Bank in a regional advisory role driving the bank’s transition from being a product-centric organization to the one where customer is at the center through data-driven customer journeys.
18/12/20 | Measuring the customer experience whilst connecting with customers 247 views
Getty is the CEO of the CoAssets Group. The Group engages in a wide range of businesses, including online funding and investments. CoAssets Group has subsidiaries in the financial services and property brokering business in Singapore, financial services business in China as well as money lending business in Hong Kong.
Email Address: Research@CoAssets.com
Jaime Lim is Group Business Leader of PeopleSearch Singapore, a leading executive search, career transition and outplacement services firm with an established presence in five other Asian cities - Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.
Driven by a desire to help individuals discover their professional calling and build meaningful careers, Jaime joined the recruitment industry more than 20 years ago. Her focus is on anticipating organisations’ human resources needs for long-term strategic growth and transformation while helping professionals take their careers to the next level.
PeopleSearch is a brand of HRnetGroup which is listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange.
05/08/20 | In the COVID-19 era, are Singapore employers doing enough to truly develop talent? 832 views
Joseph Alfred is the Head of Policy and Technical of ACCA – the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Singapore.
In this role, he is responsible for the formulation of policies as well as development and implementation of Professional Insights initiatives to drive ACCA’s public value mission and brand objectives, ensuring that ACCA members, regulators and other stakeholders are updated on ACCA’s global technical policies.
He also works closely with stakeholders and organisations to identify opportunities where ACCA can contribute to the agenda in relation to accounting and business in Singapore and in ASEAN.
Joseph has been with ACCA since 2004. He is currently a Fellow member of ACCA, Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore. He holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde.
30/06/20 | Six Crucial Things that SMPs Should Do to Transform their Business with Minimal Cost and Pain 205 views
Julien Collin is Head of Markets, Investment and Structuring (MIS) of Indosuez Wealth Management in Singapore. He was appointed to the role in December 2017.
Julien manages a team of 35 professionals covering Foreign Exchange and Precious Metals, Structured Products, Advisory, Discretionary Portfolio Management, Private Equity, Funds, Execution, Wealth Structuring and Credit Structuring activities. Based in Singapore, Julien reports to Asia Chief Executive Officer Omar Shokur and functionally to Arjan de Boer, Head of Markets, Investment and Structuring of Indosuez Wealth Management in Hong Kong.
Julien began his career with Credit Agricole CIB in Mergers and Acquisitions in 2007. He later joined the Group Strategy Division of Credit Agricole S.A. as Head of Mission. In 2014, he joined Indosuez Wealth Management Group as Head of MIS in Paris. He relocated to Singapore in July 2017 to supervise the various workstreams in Indosuez’s integration of CIC Private Banking Operations in Asia.
Justin Loh is the Country Director for Veritas Technologies Singapore. He is responsible for leading Veritas' overall business strategy, sales operations and continuous growth in Singapore.
Prior to Veritas, Justin was the general manager at Adura Cyber Security where he led the consulting services businesses across Singapore and Hong Kong. Having held numerous leadership roles in diverse multi-national firms, Justin is highly experienced in managing large-scale operations and leading high-performing teams across sales, consulting, professional services and maintenance support. Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computing from the Monash University Australia.
20/08/20 | Ransomware is big business – here is what Singapore businesses should know 756 views
Kevin Fitzgerald is the Managing Director, Asia at Xero, where he leads the growth and performance of the Asian business, spending his time between the Singapore and Hong Kong offices. Kevin and his team help small businesses and their advisors across Asia embrace cloud technology to run productive, more profitable businesses.
12/08/20 | Small Businesses Should Be Using the Supercomputers They Already Have 148 views
Le Tuan is Managing Director for ASEAN & Korea at Orange Business Services, a Orange Group division for worldwide enterprise services, and a market leader in Information &Communications Technology. In this role since Jan 2011 as the ASEAN Head of Sales and Operations, Tuan provides the leadership and strategic direction to ensure that Orange Business Services stays competitive in line with its focus on growth in the emerging markets. Tuan is responsible for operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. He is based in Orange Business Services Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. Prior to this role Tuan was the Asia Pacific Director of Channels at Orange.
Before he joined Orange in 2009, Tuan was General Manager at F5 Networks responsible for sales in Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam. His career also includes nine years in Microsoft in sales and management positions. Tuan is an Australian citizen and a Singapore permanent resident.
07/07/20 | Working from home, Singapore and the COVID-19 productivity factor 2826 views
Lee Chee Meng is the Co-Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Pickupp, a technology-driven platform focused on logistics optimization and supply chain management. The company provides affordable cross-border as well as intra-city last-mile delivery and e-commerce solutions for 3PLs and retailers. As Co-COO of Pickupp, Chee Meng oversees the business in Pickupp’s Southeast Asia (SEA)’s offices.
Prior to joining Pickupp, he also oversaw operations in Honestbee, an online food delivery and grocery service, where he gained experience in fleet management, warehouse sorting and distribution operations.
08/01/21 | Smart logistics: The lifeforce of Singapore's growing digital economy 462 views
Lee Tiong Heng is Deloitte Singapore and Southeast Asia’s Global Investments & Innovation Incentives Tax Leader and has more than 23 years of tax experience serving local, multinational and listed companies as well as private equity firm including 4 years with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).
He has extensive experience in tax consultancy and planning services including tax M&A work, corporate restructuring, cross-border transactions, tax ruling requests, taxation negotiations with the IRAS and Singapore tax incentives and grants applications from the Singapore government authorities.
Tiong Heng is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Singapore and is also an Accredited Tax Advisor with Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals.
Yvaine Gan is Deloitte Singapore’s Tax Director and Global Investments & Innovation Incentives Deputy Leader. She has over 11 years of experience engaging multinational and Singapore-based companies in various industries on the feasibility, structuring, negotiation and management of government incentives.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Yvaine was with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the lead government agency in facilitating foreign investments to create sustainable economic growth and good job opportunities for Singapore. At EDB, a major part of her role was to customize and negotiate incentive packages for various investment activities, as well as facilitate companies in the end-to-end process of incentives application.
Yvaine has considerable experience advising senior C-suite executives on their investments in Singapore and is regularly involved in negotiating incentive packages, facilitating application processes and obtaining approvals on incentives for companies. She also advises companies with existing incentives in fulfilling investment commitments, as well as supports the re-negotiations and renewals of incentive packages.
11/02/21 | Maximising government incentives in VUCA times 181 views
Levent Tavsanci is Head of Applications for Oracle in Singapore, with more than 21 years of business and information technologies experience in sales management, solution development, delivery and support of large scale and complex Enterprise Applications projects in US, Europe and Asia.
In his current assignment, Levent is responsible for driving the transformation of the Oracle ERP and HCM Applications business towards SaaS, focusing on growth through building and executing comprehensive sales strategies and demonstrating thought leadership in Singapore.
Prior to joining Oracle in 2017, Levent was the Head of Enterprise Application Sales in IBM Cloud in Asia Pacific region, where he had diversified industry experience including Aerospace and Defence, Financial Services, High-Tech Electronics, and Travel & Transportation.
Levent holds a BSc degree in Industrial Engineering and an MSc degree in Operations Research.
25/08/20 | The Importance of Being Predictive instead of Reactive 181 views
Lucien Harrington is the managing director for Asia Pacific at LynxEye.
He is an award-winning and performance-driven business leader with extensive experience of leading and managing business development and growth strategies for globally recognised organisations, including Disney and Time Warner as well as assisting clients including banks, airlines, automotive and luxury identify and implement transformational growth opportunities.
19/05/20 | Navigating business through chaotic times in Singapore: five ways to evolve in a post-pandemic world 284 views
Mabel C. Chou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Analytics and Operations at National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School.
The opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not represent the views and opinions of NUS.
19/05/20 | Better healthcare decisions depend on better data collection 205 views
Malina is the Managing Director, Strategic Accounts, APAC at UiPath, the leading Robotics Process Automation (RPA) provider. In her role she helps companies across the region explore innovative RPA approaches, delivering cost savings and productivity gains across their businesses. Malina has been integral to UiPath’s expansion in ASEAN, from setting up offices in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and South Korea, to hiring staff and providing strategic oversight of operations.
UiPath works with regional clients and partners from KPMG to SMBC Bank, helping them save millions of man hours thanks to its best-in- class automation solutions.
26/10/20 | A shrinking workforce and COVID-19: Singapore must automate now 515 views
Manish Bahl is a Cognizant Assistant Vice President who leads the company’s Center for the Future of Work in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. A respected speaker and thinker, Manish has guided many Fortune 500 companies into the future of their business with his thought-provoking research and advisory skills. Within Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work, he helps ensure that the unit’s original research and analysis jibes with emerging business-technology trends and dynamics in Asia Pacific, and collaborates with a wide range of leading thinkers to understand and predict how the future of work will take shape. He most recently served as Vice President, Country Manager with Forrester Research in India.
11/02/21 | The work ahead in building Singapore's digital future 210 views
Manish Shah is the Vice President for Southeast Asia Customer Engagement Solutions at Verint Systems. He is a highly regarded and respected senior business leader in the Asia Pacific region with more than 30 years of business technology, customer engagement, and management experience.
Since joining Verint 18 years ago as the first employee in the APAC region, Manish has been instrumental in expanding Verint’s multi-fold growth by winning enterprise customers in Telco, BFSI and BPO verticals in ASEAN and South Asian countries. Under his leadership, Verint Southeast Asia has established itself as an absolute leader in the region’s Customer Engagement Optimisation and now has more than 70 staff across the region.
Manish is passionate about digital transformation, analytics, and automation and is often invited to speak on BPO, Shared Services, Customer Experience and Customer Engagement. His expertise and insights is sought after by clients, IT and technology professionals, the media and other industry influencers.
Marjet Andriesse is the Managing Director in APAC and responsible for leading and driving the growth strategy and customer relationships for Telstra’s Enterprise and Wholesale business across the region. Marjet is also a leader on Telstra’s Diversity and Inclusion council, where she advocates and leads inclusion initiatives within and on behalf of the company.
She has more than 25 years’ experience spanning industries including telecommunications, logistics as well as HR Services in a variety of leadership positions. Marjet has particular expertise in driving customer experience, revenue and profitability growth, leading companies through transition as well as organizational management for technology and professional services firms across Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Telstra, Marjet served as Managing Director across Randstad’s businesses in Eastern Europe, the Netherlands and Japan. Marjet is a Dutch native and holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
26/08/20 | Keeping the world online in times of crisis and beyond 227 views
Mark Koh is the Secretary General of the Central and Eastern European Chamber of Commerce of Singapore (CEEC.org.sg). He is a former tech startup founder operating across Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
24/04/20 | UBI could seal the widening financial cracks in Singapore but there are significant downsides 366 views
Mark is an experienced, data-driven marketer, passionate about everything digital and data. He is currently Regional Vice President of Sales Asia at Tealium, where he leads Tealium’s team of consultants in the South East Asia and North Asia markets to support businesses looking to leverage the value of a customer data platform (CDP). Prior to Tealium, Mark held positions at Oracle Marketing Cloud, CBS Interactive, and Dynamic Yield.
06/05/20 | Singapore's secret to good data management 281 views
Matthew is currently executive vice president and head of services for Mastercard in Asia Pacific responsible for the development and management of Mastercard’s services portfolio including Mastercard Advisors Consulting, Data & Analytics, Test&Learn, Loyalty, Managed Services, Innovation Management, as well as Cyber and Intelligence, Fraud & Risk Solutions.
22/09/20 | Opening up banking: Building data decency into financial networks 1076 views
Naina Subberwal Batra joined AVPN as our CEO from September 2013, and has been appointed as Chairperson in May 2018. Naina’s leadership over the past 6 years has grown the AVPN membership by more than 4x and elevated the organisation into a truly regional force for good. Under her direction, the organisation has grown from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of Social Funders from philanthropists to impact investors and Corporate CSR professionals. She was instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services that connect, empower and educate the now 600+ members of AVPN. In 2019, Naina was awarded one of Asia's Top Sustainability Superwomen.
She has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.
Nickolas Rekeda is Chief Marketing Officer at MGID – a global innovative native advertising platform – and has over 12 years of experience in strategic marketing with an entrepreneurial approach.
Starting his career in creative and media agencies, Nickolas has previously worked publisher side and for FMCG brand management before moving to the ad tech industry where he was VP of Marketing at VertaMedia and Adtelligent Inc.
Nickolas is passionate about data-driven marketing and innovative advertising approaches, and has launched more than ten projects and brands in Ukraine, US, EU, and Israel, earning numerous awards for the companies he has worked at.
06/05/20 | Shoring up brand reputation against COVID-19 turbulence 147 views
As Chief Product Officer, Nuno Jonet leads Pocketmath's product platform and its operations. He worked in tech since 1998, developing software applications and managing IT systems. He expanded into business analysis and product management in enterprise logistics, moving on to other industry verticals and into agile advocacy.
Focused on mobile technologies since 2007, Nuno managed mobile hardware products, enterprise logistics applications, and consumer banking applications before finally getting into adtech at Pocketmath. He was drawn to Pocketmath through his friend and company CTO, who showed him the kind of company, business, industry, and culture that Pocketmath was building. At the time, Nuno was looking for a change from banking, and the more dynamic space in adtech with the right components seemed like the right place. The importance and influence of product really dawned on him in his first role as a product manager, where he had a major influence in the way things were done and the resulting outcomes.
At Pocketmath, Nuno has been tackling the many challenges of the adtech world whilst moving the company forward. He considers himself a citizen of the world, is originally from Portugal and lives in Singapore with his wife and daughter since 2001. Nuno has a bachelor degree in computer science from ISTEC in Lisbon and his hobbies include spending time with family, sci-fi, tech, Formula 1, and martial arts.
Paul Heywood is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Puppet. He is responsible for fulfilling Puppet’s strategic vision by driving sales efforts and leading Puppet’s sales team located across Europe, Asia Pacific, and Australia. Paul joined Puppet in August 2019 and brings with him vast experience in IT sales leadership, most recently in DevOps.
Pooja Khandelwal is the Content Marketing Lead at ValueChampion.
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Ravi Naik is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy at Seagate Technology.
With over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, Ravi Naik has successfully led large transformative initiatives, leveraging ideas and technology platforms focused on future growth and opening new business models and markets. Prior to joining Seagate in 2017, Ravi was the senior vice president of technology at Katerra, a technology startup revolutionising the construction industry by transforming the way buildings and spaces come to life. Before Katerra, in 2007 Ravi joined SanDisk to lead an enterprise-wide transformation initiative. Following the success of the SanDisk transformation, he was appointed as CIO, remaining with the organisation through its sale to Western Digital in 2016. Before that, he held leadership positions at Mercury Interactive, Hewlett Packard, and 3Com Corporation. Naik holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bombay in India.
22/06/20 | How to Ensure Data is Going Places – at a Time We Cannot 104 views
Richard Baker serves a Chief Executive Officer of GeoSpock. He joined GeoSpock to build the next great business to emerge from the Cambridge technology cluster. Prior to this, Richard ran his own successful start-up for six years and has experience across four different industries – so he's well placed to know how to get the best out of teams. After 25 years in the technology sector, he's also an expert translator – helping customers understand what’s special about GeoSpock's innovation and the value it offers them. Richard's sales, marketing and product management background means he instinctively sets out to create markets, rather than waiting for markets to come to him.
Rico Chan is Co-Head APAC of Verizon Media. He first joined the senior leadership team of Yahoo Hong Kong in 2009 bringing in his versatile sales & marketing and senior management experiences of over 25 years from the Information Technology to Media arena both in Hong Kong and in the Mainland of China.
Then, as the Head of Advertising Business with Yahoo Hong Kong in the first four years, Rico was responsible for direct sales, channel sales and online business development, driving the integration of Display and Search Marketing sales teams – taking the creativity and business growth of Hong Kong’s online advertising to the next level.
In 2013, Rico was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo Hong Kong. Starting from 2014 fall, he has expanded his role in overseeing advertising business of India and South East Asia injecting his firing passion and unparalleled expertise across Asia Pacific.
Rico is now a key member of Verizon Media APAC leadership team, overseeing Hong Kong, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Australia and New Zealand markets and operations.
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Ryan Murray is the Regional Director (APAC) at White Ops.
Spanning over a 12-year career, Ryan has worked with several VC backed and publicly listed technology and marketing businesses. He has scaled-up and managed several business units and companies with many millions in shareholder value and has done so by operating with a constant growth mindset while keeping the pulse of the market. He has further evolved his cultural, business and leadership excellence by supporting the acceleration of several emerging and established industry-leading companies entering Asia.
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As the Asia Pacific president of RS Components, Sean is responsible for leading the commercial and operational areas of the APAC region including, business transformation, strategic direction and growth strategies to enable increased customer satisfaction, supplier engagement, sales effectiveness and operational excellence.
Throughout his career, Sean has undertaken international commercial and operational leadership assignments across 4 continents, with majority of his time in senior executive roles in the APAC region.
Ahead of joining RS, Sean worked in executive leadership roles in Asia Pacific as regional VP for Johnson Controls and regional MD for Parker Hannifin, both based in Singapore. Prior to relocating to Singapore, Sean was EMEA regional General Manager for Parker Hannifin based in London.
04/12/20 | The road to business recovery and survival in post-COVID Singapore 277 views
Sheena Chin is the managing director for COHESITY Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), responsible to drive Cohesity’s rapid growth in the region, including go-to-market strategy and execution for the ASEAN region, working with channel partners, systems engineering, operations, and marketing teams.
Sheena brings years of data management expertise to Cohesity. She joins Cohesity from Veritas, where she served as the Singapore country director, building a strong presence in the region and significantly impacting revenues during her tenure with consistent year on year growth. Previously, Sheena worked as an enterprise sales director for Symantec, growing the company’s cybersecurity and information management software business in Southeast Asia.
With more than 20 years in enterprise technology sales, Sheena has extensive experience in developing deep customer engagements with large global customers and securing strategic wins in hyper-competitive markets. Throughout her career, she has helped organizations address the challenges of exponential data growth by leveraging cloud scalability, achieving infrastructure and application resiliency, and adapting to the latest data protection and compliance requirements. Sheena graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Hull.
16/06/20 | Give Your Business' Data Protection Processes a Coronavirus Health Check 165 views
Srividya Jandhyala is an Associate Professor at ESSEC Business School, Singapore. Her research examines the relationship between businesses and governments. She publishes in a wide range of international peer-reviewed journals and her research has won several awards. Her work has been funded by international grants, including from the Strategy Research Foundation, the Initiative d’excellence Paris, and the ESSEC Foundation.
Steven Xavier Chan is the senior director and regional head of government relations, Asia-Pacific, for Paypal Inc. Based in Singapore, he leads government advocacy, strategy and outreach efforts in the region.
Steven has more than 20 years of combined government and industry experience in international trade and public policy. Prior to joining Paypal in August 2018, he was the managing director and regional head of regulatory, industry and government affairs for State Street’s businesses in Asia Pacific. Steven also served as Director of Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He previously held positions in the US government as a Foreign Services Office with the Department of State with overseas and domestic assignments in Mexico, China and Washington D.C., and as Deputy Director for China and Mongolia Affairs with the Department of Commerce.
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Syed Suroor Anwar has vast international experiences in Asia, Europe and North America with key e-commerce and technology companies.
At present he is working at the position of Vice President–Strategy and Commercial for RS components–Asia Pacific. In his current capacity he is responsible to formulate the Go-to-market Strategy for RS APAC and implement that through managing the overall product and supplier offer on the website and sales enablement through digital marketing, sales effectiveness and customer experience.
Suroor has been with RS components for more than seven years in multiple roles across the business. He has extensive work experience in P&L management, Transformation Sourcing and Supply chain with companies like SKF and Tata Motors in India where he was responsible for setting up green field projects and establishing their supply chain and vendor management functions
In 2011, Suroor moved to Singapore to work with Applied Materials Inc to formulate and drive the contract manufacturing strategy and supplier quality improvement before joining RS.
He is a mechanical engineer by qualification from the Indian Institute of Technology–Delhi and also holds a Six Sigma Master Black belt and Lean Master certifications. Suroor is also a fond writer and contributor to some of the pioneering works in Continuous Improvement books and Forums.
17/04/20 | COVID-19 is a wake-up call for our fragile supply chains 1492 views
Dr Sze Tiam Lin is the Head of Innovation & Technology at IPI, an innovation catalyst and subsidiary of Enterprise Singapore that creates opportunities for enterprises to grow beyond boundaries.
He has over 18 years of experience in commercialisation of new technologies and IP management and leads a multidisciplinary team of technologists in addressing technology and innovation needs of enterprises from the industry in areas spanning across Infocomm Technology & Electronics, Energy & Environment, Materials & Chemicals, Health & Personal Care, Manufacturing, amongst others.
29/01/21 | Smart cities, smart nations: Singapore poised to offer launchpad for start-up innovators 534 views
Terence Zou is the Founder and CEO of Ryde Technologies. Graduated from Harvard Business School, Terence has over 10 years of experience in finance. He started his career in the Navy where he eventually commanded a warship. Terence worked in investment banking and private equity. Terence has also been passionate about teaching and sharing his experience with others. He taught finance and economics at various institutions including the National University of Singapore, Murdoch University and SIM University.
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Terri is a Development Marketer at CoAssets International Pte Ltd. She manages the corporate reputation and branding of CoAssets group, as well as identifies and manages the marketing strategies for the company.
During her time with CoAssets Group, its subsidiaries clinched SBR’s Asian Business Case Studies Awards in 2019, The Straits Times’ Singapore’s Fastest Growing Companies and Dun & Bradstreet Business Eminence Awards in 2020. She is a fellow graduate from Singapore Management University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and has been a public speaker for six years.
Tess Mackean is the CEO of talenTtrust, a registered charity in Singapore that facilitates skills-based volunteering. In this role, Tess is an expert in the charity sector in Singapore and across Asia, working closely with locally-registered NPOs (non-profit organisations) and IPCs (Institution of Public Character) to help them excel and endure.
With over 16 years of experience actively engaging with NPOs in Asia and the UK, Tess previously held senior leadership roles in the social sector, including Country Manager, Singapore for SimplyGiving.com, an Asian online fundraising platform.
Before moving to Singapore, Tess was the Global Brand Manager for World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA) a global animal welfare charity, and Marketing Manager at City & Guilds for Business, the startup commercial wing of UK charity City & Guilds.
22/02/21 | If you find your mental health improving after volunteering, you're not alone 148 views
Tim Sprinkle is an editorial writer for ASTM, the international standards organization. He is a writer based in Denver, CO. His work has appeared in Wired, The Atlantic, Entrepreneur, and many other publications.
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Valentina Drofa is the founder and CEO of Drofa Group LLC.
Advertising and PR services for Fintech companies:
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Vihang Patel is the Co-Founder and CEO of Finaxar, a Singapore-based fintech startup that is focused on changing the way small business financing is done using technology. He is passionate about working with startups and technology ecosystem.
Leveraging over 15 years of entrepreneurial, corporate and management consulting experience in Asia and Europe, he combines his deep expertise in financial services and enterprise
software at Finaxar.
A veteran in the startup scene with strong expertise in technology, Patel founded data management firm Avagam. Post its acquisition, he joined big data and AI firm Crayon Data as the first technology-focused pioneer, to drive the building of the product and its development. He was also instrumental in driving early revenues which facilitated in raising several rounds of funding. Patel was the Chief Technology Officer of Dragon Wealth Asia, developing marketing solutions for financial advisors before he founded Finaxar. Previously, Patel was at Deloitte developing solutions for large banks including ING and State Bank of India. He has advised or provided services to companies like Google, PayPal, GLH, Mastercard, CGI, etc.
Other than his role at Finaxar, he is currently an operating advisor of Monk’s Hill Ventures and part of the Investment Committee advising on key investments.
01/06/20 | Financial education vital for SMEs to stay afloat amid and beyond the Covid-19 outbreak 318 views
Vincent Tang is Regional Vice President - Asia at Epicor Software. His responsibilities include regional sales management, overseeing business operations and expansion, implementing a marketing framework and ensuring enterprise solutions.
Vinod Chandramouli leads Freshworks's ASEAN business. He is responsible for driving the growth of Freshworks within South-East Asia. Previously he ran the global presales and marketplace organisation for Freshworks.
Prior to Freshworks, he led the business development for connected devices at Akamai Technologies. He is a technologist by passion and has wealth of knowledge in leading large organisations and expanding territories. He has worked with various startups and enterprises in enabling their internet and customer experience strategy.
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