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Abhijeet Vijayvergiya

Abhijeet Vijayvergiya

Abhijeet Vijayvergiya is the Vice President for Asia Pacific at Capillary Technologies. Being one of the key role players at Capillary, Abhijeet has assisted the company in rapidly growing its footprint across the Asia Pacific retail market with significant customer wins and helped establish Capillary as an emerging market leader in the Omni channel Customer Engagement & Commerce space.

During his stint at Capillary, Abhijeet has been helping CXOs, Marketing Heads, and Retail Heads at some of the largest Retail & consumer brands across Asia in their journey towards being consumer ready and delivering delightful customer experiences through a single view of their customers, across all channels. Under his current role, he launched Capillary in new markets across Asia pacific including Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia and is leading the digital transformation of brands in these markets. He is also driving the Global Accounts Engagement for Capillary.

Prior to Capillary, Abhijeet has worked with Larsen & Toubro in the area of Hydrogen Economy and alternative energy. He has also held the role of Management Consultant at Renoir Consulting. Abhijeet holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

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09/03/18 | Mobile-social madness: How retailers can target millennial shoppers in Singapore 721 views

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Abhijit Shanbhag

Abhijit Shanbhag

Abhijit is the CEO of real-time multimedia analytics firm Graymatics. He previously cofounded Scintera, a fabless semiconductor company in 2001. A BS from IIT-Bombay and a PhD from University of Southern California, he has previously held key technical and management roles at Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Morphics. 

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18/06/18 | How Singapore can truly become a smart nation 1152 views

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Alain Esseiva

Alain Esseiva

Alain Esseiva is Co-Founder and CEO of Alpadis Group, bringing with him over 30 years of combined experience in wealth planning and fiduciary services. Alain heads the Singapore and Hong Kong offices of Alpadis Group, where he provides multi-jurisdictional corporate and bespoke wealth preservation services across the region.

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05/04/18 | Singapore Budget 2018 puts Singapore further ahead in asset management and Reit listing 338 views

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Amy Picanço

Amy Picanço

Amy is the Founder and Managing Director of Aym Design. Originally trained as an Interior Architect in the UK, she became deeply inspired by the diverse mix of cultures and styles that Asia offered. After a move to Singapore in 2009 she finally founded Aym Design in 2013. Over the past 4 years, Aym Design has established a reliable reputation for creating highly efficient planning solutions and branded office and hospitality concepts.

She is currently a Honorary Secretary of the Interior Design Confederation of Singapore and a member of the British Chamber of Commerce. These provide opportunities for her to curate and speak at industry events where she shares her experiences can express her support for young, emerging designers in Singapore. 

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27/02/18 | Millennials redesigning the workspace in Singapore 794 views

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Andrew Au

Andrew Au

Andrew Au is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AGDelta, an award-winning Singapore-based company that connects the financial products supply chain. He has more than 20 years’ experience in investment banking and the Financial Services industry, having worked for top-tier global banks including Bankers Trust, Macquarie Group and Deutsche Bank, and global financial technology providers such as SunGard, before he co-founded AGDelta in 2004.

Andrew is a strong advocate of the adoption of disruptive technologies and ‘out of the box’ thinking to address the business challenges within the financial services industry, and regularly pushes for such thinking at events and conferences. Over the past 10 years he has been actively engaging retail and private banking institutions globally in transforming their business by leveraging E-commerce and digital channel models and technology, and is keen to play a leading role in developing the nascent ‘Digital Technopreneur’ movement in Asia. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s in Business from the University of Technology, Sydney and postgraduate studies in Applied Finance from Macquarie University Australia.
 

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23/01/18 | Smart ICO guidelines could put Singapore on the path to becoming the world's first ‘crypto-hub' 1126 views

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Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson

Anthony moved from South Australia to commence his Michael Page career in Hong Kong in 2001. He managed and established several disciplines and brands in Hong Kong and China and was appointed Managing Director, Hong Kong and Southern China in 2006. In 2012, he was appointed Regional Managing Director for Greater China with several offices established across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2015, Anthony moved to Singapore with additional responsibility for PageGroup in South East Asia which now encompasses offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. In 2016 he also became responsible for India. Anthony is currently responsible for PageGroup's operations in Greater China, South East Asia and India.

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25/09/18 | People powered future: Why we all need to champion tomorrow's talent 212 views

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Antonio Acunzo

Antonio Acunzo

Antonio Acunzo is the CEO at MTW GROUP | Foreign Market Entry Advisors, a market-entry strategy and brand marketing advisory firm founded in Florida, and with Asia-Pacific office in Singapore. He brings with him over 15 years of experience in international business in the US and Asian markets focused on the Luxury and THL industries, and is a regular speaker at marketing and international business events.

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26/06/18 | What did Singapore get apart from US$15m bill from the Trump-Kim summit? 2177 views

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Arthur Kiong

Arthur Kiong

Arthur Kiong is the Chief Executive Officer of Far East Hospitality, which is part of Far East Orchard Limited, a listed company under Far East Organization.

Having joined Far East in July 2012, Mr Kiong has provided key leadership in growing the organisation’s hospitality property development and management business through joint-ventures and acquisitions. Over the last 6 years, Far East Hospitality's portfolio grew from 18 properties in Singapore to over 90 properties across Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand and Singapore.

Over the last 30 years of his career, Mr Kiong has worked internationally for some of the most prominent brands in the hotel industry including Westin, Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton. He brings deep and broad experience across all aspects of the hospitality business from operations to marketing and business development.

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11/06/18 | Are smart technologies the future employees for customer experience? 924 views

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Arvind Sankaran

Arvind Sankaran

As a venture partner at Jungle Ventures, Arvind helps the firm source, evaluate and manage portfolio companies in the fintech space focused on the ASEAN/India geographies. Arvind leverages deep subject-matter expertise in global financial services to serve founders, investors and institutions.

Prior experiences in ASEAN and EMEA over two decades at Citi, Barclays and HSBC include startup of credit card and branch networks; transformation of local and cross-border wealth value propositions; and pioneering deployment of analytics in risk and CRM. Arvind works closely with founders at big data, AI/machine learning applied to regulatory compliance, and alt-lending startups.

He also serves as senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, working directly with financial services clients on digital transformation agenda. Arvind is a regular speaker on fintech and related topics, recent engagements being at the Hong Kong Fintech Week 2017 and Global Fintech Summit SG 2016. 

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30/05/18 | Singapore & the future of finance: global lighthouse on a little island 1218 views

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Centre for Management Practice

Centre for Management Practice

The Centre for Management Practice is a leading university think-tank at Singapore Management University. The Centre identifies, captures, and disseminates new knowledge based on emerging trends, best practices, and cutting-edge business models operating in Asia's fast-changing and dynamic markets. This is accomplished through academic consulting; as well as the development and publication of case studies, journal articles, and other periodical content.

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20/12/17 | Building the Singapore Sports Hub through a public-private partnership 1053 views

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Charles Ogilvie

Charles Ogilvie

As Head of Innovation at JWT Atlanta, Charles Ogilvie brings more than 20 years of global experience in innovation, spanning from retail and hospitality technology, mobile, satellite and terrestrial communications, aviation, FinTech and interactive platform architecture, content & analytics to traditional entertainment. In addition to client-side agency management, Charles has also developed, negotiated and executed interactive content deals with major brands such as Google, Land Rover, Virgin Atlantic and others.

Previously, he has served multi-million dollar startup and corporate efforts, including leading the design and execution of the award winning guest-engagement system, Red, as the Founding Director of Inflight Entertainment & Partnerships at Virgin America. He brought Seatback Food and Drink Ordering, payment processing and settlement and a cashless cabin to the skies, made seat upgrades, lounge access upgrades, and seat changes and other reservation system functionality easier on Virgin’s hospitality kiosks and on other platforms, made WiFi an expectation as well as a tool for crew optimization, and helped rethink legacy B2C and B2B models.

He has held numerous executive roles including VP Asia Pacific at Zodiac Aerospace Inflight Innovations, Executive Director of Business Development in Silicon Valley and Executive Director of China at Panasonic Avionics. At Panasonic, he was responsible for running Panasonic Avionics’ China Region and developing and managing its’ strategy for China and was posted in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC)’s Marshall School with both an IBEAR MBA and a BS in Business Administration. Charles has been through Jack Welch’s Leadership program at the Jack Welch School of Management and has had the pleasure of learning from Warren Bennis at USC.

Charles speaks Mandarin Chinese and has both a strong domestic and international focus. 

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05/03/18 | 2019: The age of mobile agility and the effects on the PR and advertising industry 736 views

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Chen Yongchang

Chen Yongchang

Chen Yongchang is Head of Research and Consulting at the Institute of Service Excellence at Singapore Management University. 

Yongchang has worked for ISE since 2014, and has consistently contributed to ISE’s research arm with his passion for understanding and deriving strategic insights from research data across a wide range of industries. As Head of Research and Consulting, Yongchang provides leadership to the ISE Research and Consulting team through oversight on research design, insights and analytics of all ISE research projects and initiatives.

Yongchang holds a Masters of Science in Applied Economics from the School of Economics and a Bachelor of Business Management for the Lee Kong Chian School of Business from Singapore Management University. Prior to joining ISE, he worked in a research capacity across a range of industries including Banking and Healthcare. He specialises in customer advocacy metrics and predictive analysis for strategic decision-making.

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15/05/18 | The omni-channel customer 637 views

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Chris Burton

Chris Burton

Chris Burton is the Managing Director of Singapore and Malaysia at Vistra Group. Vistra is one of the world’s top three independent corporate services providers. 

Born and educated in the UK, Chris started his career in financial services, in the prehistoric paper-based banking world of the 1980s. He eventually escaped retail banking for wealth management in the 1990s and spent 16 years in Coutts and Kleinwort Benson in London, Hong Kong and Jersey, before moving out of banking completely and joining Vistra Group in 2010. 

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11/04/18 | Sidestepping the perils of data breaches in Singapore 336 views

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Chris Keshian

Chris Keshian

Chris Keshian is CEO and managing partner of $APEX Token Fund, the world’s first tokenised crypto-focused fund of funds. He is a leading innovator in the blockchain ecosystem, acting as an advisor at BTC Media, Hashed Health and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and was the co-founder and CEO of the first fiat gateway onto Ethereum. Chris is also managing partner at the blockchain asset hedge fund Neural Capital, which outperformed bitcoin by approximately 3,000% during the first half of 2017.

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08/05/18 | Changes must be made if Singapore is to stay ahead of the curve in cryptocurrencies 505 views

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Chris Reed

Chris Reed

Chris Reed has 25 years of senior marketing experience on both the client and agency side in the UK and now in Asia Pacific. He is the CEO and founder of Black Marketing.

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06/08/18 | When will Singapore recognise individual sporting talent benefits the economy? 331 views

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David Nagrosst

David Nagrosst

David Nagrosst is an Exceptional International Leader and CISSP Qualified IT Security Expert with 20 years+ demonstrable experience in business, sales and providing IT Security, Cloud, and Datacenter Solutions to Organizations from Start-up to Fortune 150. He provides outstanding strategic, operational, business (PNL) and sales leadership to high-performing teams in sales, pre-sales solutions, consulting, engagement and bid management, leading senior teams in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Japan & Australia.

David is also an international keynote & workshop speaker and a member of AmCham Singapore. He is committed to developing, testing and continually creating new methods to drive efficiency, cost saving, growth and profit alongside innovative technical expertise. He is eager to support international security companies operate and develop in Asia.

He has held senior positions in consulting, software, telecom, and startup companies with expertise in financial services and knowledge and experience in many other industries such as e-commerce, education, construction, retail, internet advertising and publishing.

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27/10/17 | Cyber insurance in Singapore: Your business' safety net 368 views

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Dr Wai Chiong Loke

Dr Wai Chiong Loke

Dr LOKE Wai Chiong is Deloitte Southeast Asia Health Care Sector Leader, and also leads the Future Health Care Centre of Excellence under the Deloitte Risk Innovation Centre. He brings with him over 2 decades of direct public and private healthcare experience, and consulting and advisory projects spanning the entire healthcare ecosystem and value chain. His suite of experience includes working with global investors, governments, NPOs, hospitals and life sciences companies; creating solutions for business model innovation, organization transformation, test-bedding and deployment of technology, market entry and growth strategy, clinical quality and strategic risk management, mergers and acquisitions.

Dr Loke describes himself as an innovator and clinician leader, industry developer and policymaker, operator and investor. With his diverse background, skills and network, he “connects the dots” constantly across the continuum; designs strategies to "move the big dots" for businesses and populations; and continually seeks the next disruption or model which will transform healthcare.

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18/04/18 | The future of healthcare for Singapore's ageing population 3687 views

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Dr. Sam Choon-Yin and Renton Yap

Dr. Sam Choon-Yin and Renton Yap

Dr. Sam Choon Yin is the Dean at PSB Academy. He is also the head of School of Business and Management. Dr. Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) from National University of Singapore (NUS), Masters of Business in Finance from University of Technology, Sydney, Masters of Social Sciences from NUS and PhD in International Business and Management from University of South Australia (UNISA).

He has taught subjects in Economics, Finance and Statistics. His current research interests are in the field of international political economy and higher education policy. Aside from his responsibilities in teaching and research. Dr. Sam contributes as a member of the Examination Board and Academic Board at PSB Academy.

Renton Yap is an entreprenuer, disruptor, and a foodie. Renton is the co-founder of Hcook, a mobile application platform that connects home chefs to foodies online. Prior to co-founding Hcook, Renton was a banker for 13 years. Renton started baking and selling from home in 2015.

A series of challenges trying to run a successful home based food business led to him co-found Hcook. Hcook is an attempt to unite all home based food business and unleash the latent potential of all the shared kitchens of our neighbours.

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27/10/17 | Five obstacles to becoming an entrepreneur in Singapore 1221 views

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    Fred Roeder

    Fred Roeder

    Fred Roeder has been working in the field of grassroots activism for over eight years. He is a Health Economist from Germany and has worked in healthcare reform and market access in North America, Europe, and several former Soviet Republics. One of his passions is to analyze how disruptive industries and technologies allow consumers more choice at a lower cost.

    Fred is very interested in consumer choice and regulatory trends in the following industries: FMCG, Sharing Economy, Airlines. Among many op-eds and media appearances, he has been published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Die Welt, the BBC, SunTV, ABC Portland News, Montreal Gazette, Handelsblatt, Huffington Post Germany, CityAM. L’Agefi, and The Guardian.

    Latest Post:
    06/04/18 | The consumer case for brand freedom in Singapore 430 views

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    Frederic Bertholon-Lampiris

    Frederic Bertholon-Lampiris

    Frederic is an Executive Director within Deloitte Southeast Asia’s Financial Services Industry practice, leading risk management and Basel advisory services and covering more than 40 banks in Singapore and Southeast Asia. He has over 17 years of multi-disciplinary experience in risk management, regulatory compliance and internal/external audit in the banking and asset management industry, essentially within international audit and consulting firms, as well as in risk management for a large bank with assets under management of more than USD 100 billion.

    Latest Post:
    13/04/18 | Embracing the opportunity and grasping the risk of new tech and Fintech: A Singapore case study 880 views

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    Hiral Atha

    Hiral Atha

    Hiral Atha is Co-founder of MoveoApps, a mobile apps development company owned by digital agency E2M. She has over 13 Years of experience in the IT industry. During that time she managed and lead many app initiatives from inception to implementation. Atha holds a bachelor's degree in information technology.

    Latest Post:
    09/03/18 | How to stand out in Singapore's saturated mobile market 269 views

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    Jacky Tan

    Jacky Tan

    Jacky Tan is a professional marketing writer, blogger, speaker, and the author of 'Social M - How Your Startup Can Take On the Big Boys'. Jacky leads the boutique marketing communications and branding agency, Jack and Chaz Pte Ltd. He specialises in the creation of successful branding, content marketing and pr strategies for companies of any size.

    Latest Post:
    01/02/18 | How small Singaporean business can cope with disruptive technology 495 views

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    James MacKinnon

    James MacKinnon

    James MacKinnon is a Vice President of Burford Capital and a key member of Burford’s underwriting and investing team focused on Asia-Pacific, the UK and Europe.

    A qualified solicitor in both England & Wales and Hong Kong, Mr. MacKinnon was a member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ International Arbitration practice in Hong Kong. He is an expert on third party funding law in Hong Kong and Singapore, and was a participant in the Third Party Funding for Arbitration Sub-committee of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission (LRC) He began his legal career at White & Case LLP in London and Hong Kong, and later worked with DLA Piper in Dubai. Mr. MacKinnon also served as Counsel in the Secretariat of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). Throughout his career, he has advised corporate and individual clients on high-value, complex disputes in the oil and gas, construction, financial and real estate sectors. Mr. MacKinnon received his law degree from Nottingham Law School and graduated from the University of Durham.

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    09/03/18 | Singapore paves the way for legal finance in Asia 481 views

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    Jason Bissell

    Jason Bissell

    Jason Bissell joined Talend in 2016 as Senior Vice President of Sales and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan. He is currently responsible for leading the dynamic Talend APJ team, where he works with partners and customers to accelerate innovation and empower data-driven enterprises.

    Prior to joining Talend, Jason was most recently at Datameer where he held the position of Vice President and Managing Director, APAC. Here, he was tasked with setting up the APAC business of Datameer, based in Singapore. Jason also previously held managerial positions at Birst, eBaoTech Corporation and QlickTech. 

    Latest Post:
    23/05/18 | The Internet of Things and the threat it poses to GDPR compliance 406 views

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    Jason Hill

    Jason Hill

    Jason Hill is Ogilvy's Chief Strategy Officer in Singapore, a role that sees him leading the office's strategy group across a range of capabilities spanning brand planning, customer engagement, channel, data analytics and social strategy.

    In his previous role as Ogilvy's Head of Consulting & Data Analytics in Singapore, he led teams of strategy and data specialists to combine customer insights and data analytics with creative interpretation to develop strategic solutions for some of the agency’s largest local and international clients.

    With over two decades of strategic marketing experience, Hill brings substantial expertise in areas such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Value Proposition Development, Strategic Business Planning, and Data-led Communications Strategies.

    Latest Post:
    25/06/18 | Setting up a bustling e-commerce marketplace shop in Singapore 762 views

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    Jigar Bhansali

    Jigar Bhansali

    Jigar is the Vice President, Solution Architecture for Asia & China of Software AG. He is a seasoned technology professional with substantial experience in helping customers to drive better operational efficiencies using middleware, process analysis and automation, in-memory and streaming analytics solutions.

    He has around 18 years of IT experience gained in providing business solution predominantly in Banking and Financial Services. Apart from that, he also covers Manufacturing and Government. In recent years, he has played key role in pre-sales capacity for securing new business in application middleware and process automation space.

    Prior to Software AG, he worked at Logica (now CGI) in solutions consulting capacity providing business solutions in Banking Space based on Enterprise Applications.

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    21/05/18 | Creating a digital workforce for a smart nation with Robotic Process Automation 749 views

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    Joe Seunghyun Cho

    Joe Seunghyun Cho

    Mr Joe Seunghyun Cho is the CEO at LATTICE80 & Co-founder and Chairman of Marvelstone Group. LATTICE80 is the World's Largest Fintech Hub located in Singapore and Marvelstone Group​ ​is a private investment group that develops and invests in growing businesses. With finance as its core strength, it also makes diversified investments in technology, real estate, infrastructure, energy and media. Headquartered in Singapore, the Marvelstone Group believes in the growth of Asia and seeks to be a cornerstone investor to bring forth positive development and social impact to local communities.

    Mr Cho also sits on the committee for Singapore FinTech Association, a cross-industry non-profit platform to facilitate and support collaboration between all FinTech ecosystem participants and stakeholders. The Association plans to become an effective platform for members to engage with multiple stakeholders to find solutions to issues.

    In his long investment career, Mr Cho has held various leadership positions from CEO of Yozma Ventures (including Managing Partner / Head of Private Equity of Yozma Group Asia) based out of Korea, to co-founding a hedge fund and asset management company.

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    10/11/17 | Bitcoin's rise to $7,000 shows Singapore needs to get serious about cryptocurrencies 673 views

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    Joel Ko Hyun Sik

    Joel Ko Hyun Sik

    Joel is the President of Marvelstone Group and Executive Director of Marvelstone Capital. He develops various businesses and accelerates portfolio companies with a focus on AI, Fintech, and Smart City innovations. He has a strong background in crossborder M&A and strategic developments.

    Previously, Joel was the CEO/Head of Venture Capital of Yozma Group Asia based in Korea and co-founded an Singapore based asset management company.

    Joel holds a MBA from National University of Singapore Business School. 

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    22/03/18 | Deep thinking, not programming skills, must lead Singapore in the era of Deep Tech 649 views

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    Joshua Yim

    Joshua Yim

    Joshua Yim is the founder and CEO of Achieve Group, an HR consultancy providing human capital solutions for national conglomerates and MNCs in the Asia Pacific region since 1990. The veteran HR professional has received several business awards over his career, including the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2011, the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2010 (APEA), and the Entrepreneur of The Year Award 2009.

    His company, headquartered in Singapore with an office in Malaysia, has also garnered a number of prestigious awards including the 2011 Singapore Enterprise 50 Award, ASEAN Business Award in 2011 and 2010, and Singapore Prestige Brand Award 2010.

    A prominent figure in Singapore’s HR community, Joshua is often invited as a speaker for HR and business events. He has appeared in interviews on national TV, radio, magazines and newspapers, and also actively contributes his industry insights to the various media both local and internationally.

    Latest Post:
    10/05/18 | Saving PMET jobs from machines 407 views

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    Kamal Brar

    Kamal Brar

    Kamal Brar is the Vice President & GM for Hortonworks Asia Pacific/Middle East. He joined Hortonworks in 2016 to lead the expansion in one of the growing regions for the company. Kamal is an entrepreneurial leader, having successfully led some of most successful disruptive technology companies in the world. His experience extends from managing large US$125M+ businesses with broad range of high-value deals, complex solution selling to leading the inception of cutting-edge technology based start-ups across the Asia Pacific region.

    Kamal has held various leadership positions in Oracle, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, MySQL, MongoDB and most recently SVP at Talend. His strong passion for software and emerging technologies has enabled him to lead industry change specifically focused on data management solutions. Kamal holds a Bachelor of Computing & Information Systems from Macquarie University, Sydney and is a member of the Australian Computer Society, and Co-Chair for Telecom TiE Singapore.

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    04/04/18 | The implications of big data in manufacturing: How to super charge real-time connected supply chains 310 views

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    Karl Hamann

    Karl Hamann

    Karl Hamann was appointed on 4 March 2014 as Chief Executive Officer of QBE Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

    Karl is a veteran in the insurance industry with almost 30 years of working experience in the insurance industry, of which 16 years are spent in Asia. Prior to his appointment in Singapore, Karl was the Chief Executive Officer of QBE Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad for close to 4 years and was the Regional Operations Manager, Asia in the Singapore’s Regional Office from 2006 to 2010, covering QBE’s operations in Asia including Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and Vietnam.

    Karl was also the President and CEO & Executive Director of QBE Insurance (Philippines) Inc from 2002 to 2005. Karl first joined QBE in 1997 and moved to Asia as a Technical Advisor for QBE Pool Indonesia from 2000 to 2002.

    Having worked in Sydney and Asia with strategic and leadership responsibilities in underwriting, claims, distribution and operational roles, Karl has extensive knowledge of the insurance industry both internationally and in the region. Under his strategic leadership in the various QBE’s offices in Asia, Karl has made significant contributions in driving business growth and profitability in these markets, and operational efficiency.

    Karl holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from Deakin University and is a Fellow member of the Australian Insurance Institute. He is also a member of the Management Committee of the General Insurance Association (GIA) of Singapore as well as a Convenor of the GIA's Work Injury Compensation (WIC) Committee.

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    24/10/17 | Enhancing safety of older workers in Singapore's workplace 370 views

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    Kelvin Lee

    Kelvin Lee

    Kelvin is the co-founder and CEO of Fundnel, a private investment platform that offers unlisted securities in growth and pre-IPO stage companies across industries to a qualified network of investors. He co-founded Fundnel in 2015 with the vision of making a difference to small and medium-sized enterprises that experience insufficient access to growth and expansion funding.

    At Fundnel, he is responsible for driving growth and initiatives in every facet of the business. A former investment banker turned entrepreneur, Kelvin was previously in J.P. Morgan covering clients in North and Southeast Asia and has raised over US$20billion for clients to date. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was with Standard Chartered working on leveraged and acquisition finance, balance sheet & capital structure optimization, and other alternative structured capital raising solutions such as the securitization of receivables and the provision of sale and leaseback structures.

    Kelvin’s biggest inspiration is Elon Musk, who he believes in a true dreamer and visionary, and inspires a whole generation of entrepreneurs. Like him, Kelvin believes in being bold, pushing the boundaries to change, and creating a new status quo. He is a firm believe of the popular saying—nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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    24/10/17 | Democratised capital: a game-changer for Singapore's businesses 308 views

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    Kyle Hegarty

    Kyle Hegarty

    Kyle Hegarty is the Managing Director for TSL Marketing Singapore. A seasoned sales, leadership and communications trainer and coach, Kyle focuses on building sales pipelines for his clients and working with executive teams to develop localized leadership strategies across APAC and the globe. He researches and writes about the realities of business globalization in a post-globalization world.

    A frequent speaker at worldwide business and management conferences, Kyle's work has been covered in The Straits Times, MSNBC, CNN, Dispatches Europe and Fortune.

    Kyle is currently using his communications skills to persuade his family to allow him to train for his 5th IronMan distance triathlon. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bowdoin College where he majored in International Relations and Economics.

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    23/02/18 | How Singapore companies can grow globally in a post-globalisation world 744 views

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    Laurence Pitt

    Laurence Pitt

    Laurence Pitt is the Global Security Director for Juniper Networks. He joined the firm in 2016 and is the security subject matter expert for the corporate marketing team. He has over twenty years of cyber security experience, having started out in systems design and moved through product management in areas from endpoint security to managed networks.

    In his role at Juniper, Laurence articulates security clearly to business and across the business, creating and having conversations to provoke careful thought about process, policy and solutions. 

    Prior to joining Juniper, Laurence was director of Global Solutions Marketing at Symantec. Previously he was product management director of Managed Security at NTT and Endpoint Computing at Novell.

    Latest Post:
    18/10/18 | The rise of cryptocurrency malware and ways to reduce risks 119 views

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    Lee Quane

    Lee Quane

    Lee Quane is Regional Director, Asia at ECA International.

    Latest Post:
    10/11/17 | Strategic global mobility: unlocking the potential of cross-border programmes 381 views

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    Lim Tze Hsien

    Lim Tze Hsien

    Lim Tze Hsien is the Managing Director of UPS Singapore and is responsible for all UPS express delivery and logistics operations in Singapore. The UPS veteran joined the organisation in 1990 and has broad experience working in various UPS business units including operations, engineering and strategic planning.

    Prior to his current appointment, Lim served as the Managing Director of UPS Malaysia. Lim joined UPS in 1990 and has since held various positions, including Vice President of Industrial Engineering for UPS Asia Pacific Region and General Manager for UPS Southern China. 

    Lim holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University, the United States. He is fluent in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and Cantonese.

    Latest Post:
    10/05/18 | Is America still open to do business with Singapore SMEs? 271 views

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    Mao Gen Foo

    Mao Gen Foo

    With 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Mao Gen Foo has worked with many clients across industries in Asia to help solve business challenges leveraging IT solutions.

    Mao Gen is currently the Head of Southeast Asia for Qualtrics, who is the leader in experience management software, allowing organisations to measure, prioritise, and optimise the experiences organisations provide across the four foundations of business: customer, product, employee and brand experiences. Mao Gen is based in Singapore, which is the Qualtrics head quarters for the Southeast Asia region. Mao Gen's responsibility is to establish and grow Qualtrics across this region.  

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    Marcus Loh

    Marcus Loh

    Marcus Loh is Director, Asia Pacific Communication for global visual analytics firm Tableau Software. He was named a Linkedin Power Profile and was listed in Singapore Business Review’s top 10 “Notable Chief Marketing Officers under 40”. Marcus holds an M.S from Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and won a scholarship for his second master’s degree from the Singapore Management University and Università della Svizzera italiana. He serves on various advisory capacities for academia and industry including, the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore, CMO Council, UOB-SMU Asian Enterprise Institute, Asia Enterprise Brand Awards, to name a few.
     

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    Matthew Kay

    Matthew Kay

    Matthew is the Director of Vario and has overall global responsibility for the strategic direction, management and growth of Vario. Since joining Pinsent Masons in 2015, Matthew has led Vario on a rapid programme of development, more than doubling in size and expanding the business into new jurisdictions across Asia Pacific. Under Matthew’s leadership, Vario has become the leading law firm led provider of flexible legal solutions. Vario now represents almost 500 lawyers across numerous jurisdictions. Matthew is passionate about how the Vario approach solves real business problems for some of the world’s leading organisations, and offers alternative working patterns to talented legal professionals.

    Prior to joining Pinsent Masons, Matthew worked internationally for a global management consulting organisation, specialising in major business process outsourcing (BPO) projects.

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    07/09/18 | Singapore's flexible working revolution – on paper only? 427 views

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    Michael James Rich

    Michael James Rich

    As the Executive Vice President, Michael oversees advertising sales and content partnerships for FOX Networks Group Asia (FNG) throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

    Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the media, sports and entertainment industry. Working on both the client and agency side, as well as consulting for a multitude of rights owners, he has gained experience across a variety of major international projects in Europe and Asia. Prior to joining FNG, Michael was the Founder and Managing Director of Station12 Asia in 2014 and the Founder and President of Publicis Content Ventures (PCV) in 2015. 

    He previously held a role of CEO GroupM’s branded content division in Asia Pacific, growing of integrated content solutions for brands across the entire GroupM client portfolio.

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    09/01/18 | E-sports: the new playing field for advertisers in Singapore? 574 views

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    Miles Gooseman

    Miles Gooseman

    Miles Gooseman's professional experience in the financial industry spans over 13 years. The experiential knowledge that he has garnered as an independent financial consultant specialises in wealth management, tax planning and providing comprehensive report based advice.

    Miles is Financial Consultant at the Fry Group Singapore, a holistic financial planning service that has been in practise for 117 years. Furthermore, he conducts client seminars and events covering topical subjects that may be of his clients` interest in Singapore.

    In 2014, he was awarded the British Chambers of Commerce Young Professional of the Year title at the 15th Annual Business awards. He has also been recognised Singapore's #1 Expatriate Financial Advisor for two consecutive years.

    In addition to this, Miles was elected Co-Chairman of the Entrepreneur & Small Business Committee through the British Chamber of Commerce.

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    27/10/17 | The magnificent 7 tips of financial planning for Singapore expats 725 views

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    Murali Jetti

    Murali Jetti

    Murali is the Vice President of the Customer Success Group (CSG) in Asia Pacific based in Singapore. The Customer Success Group are a team of trusted advisors, consultants, and experts crucial to the success of Salesforce customers. In his role as VP of CSG, Murali leads a dynamic team of success managers, consultants and architects who help customers unleash the full power of Salesforce and drive business growth for the APAC region.

    With 18 years of business, management and technology experience under his belt, Murali’s expertise lies in building and managing businesses, their optimization and establishing strategic business partnerships. Murali joined Salesforce in 2005 from Hewlett-Packard.

    Murali holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, and has an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

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    19/04/18 | Why it's vital to regularly spring clean your customer relationships 225 views

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    Neeta Lachmandas

    Neeta Lachmandas

    Neeta Lachmandas assumed the position of Executive Director at Singapore Management University's Institute of Service Excellence (SMU-ISE) in October 2015. In her current capacity, she leads the Institute in driving forward its mission to raise service levels in Singapore through three key areas of focus: benchmarking and comparative analysis using  customer satisfaction data analytics, research and though leadership, and industry engagement.  

    Prior to her ISE appointment, Neeta was Assistant Chief Executive, Business Development Group, at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). Neeta has 20 years of working experience in the areas of marketing, communications, account management and business development, in companies such as Leo Burnett (S) Pte Ltd, Northwest Airlines Inc. and the Media Corporation of Singapore.

    Throughout this time, Neeta had been responsible for profile building, business development, identifying and targeting new clients, brand management, advertising and client communication, public relations, event management and putting into place loyalty and CRM strategies. 

    Neeta graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelors of Law degree (LLB) hons.  

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    09/02/18 | Lower satisfaction and loyalty amongst Singaporeans who encounter long waiting times 698 views

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    Nick Evered

    Nick Evered

    Nick serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, for Concur across Asia Pacific. Responsible for revenue and margin growth, he leads the sales and operations team in delivering innovative software technology solutions to meet customers’ needs. Since joining Concur in 2014, Nick played an instrumental role in architecting and expanding Concur’s business presence within APAC.

    Prior to Concur, Nick was Regional Vice President, Asia responsible for applications performance management, with Compuware. Earlier in his career, Nick held various senior executive roles at Oracle, Fujitsu, and KPMG.

    Concur, a SAP company, is the global leader in travel and expense management. By connecting data, applications and people, Concur delivers an effortless experience for organizations providing total transparency into discretionary spend.

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    30/04/18 | A new digital model for the rising millennial business traveller 387 views

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    Paul Ho

    Paul Ho

    Paul holds an a B.Eng(Hons) 2nd Upper, Aberdeen University (UK) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from a Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) Australia. He also serves as President of Macquarie University Alumni Association of Singapore and former Treasurer of Australian Alumni Singapore and Hon. Sec of British Alumni. He is founder of www.iCompareLoan.com, his articles have been syndicated/featured on Yahoo, STproperty, iProperty, BTInvest, Propertyguru, TheEdgeProperty, Propwise, Propquest and TheOnlineCitizen.

    He has also given speeches, guest speeches, trainings and/or seminars with Credit Bureau Singapore, FPAS, Propertyguru Malaysian property expo, NUH Lunch time talk, Far East Launch Talk at Bijou, iProperty, David Poh and Associates, Getty Goh’s Ascendant Asset property, NTU (Guest Lecture on SEO), Panel discussions at GPS Alliance, C&H, Skillup just to name a few. He is passionate about helping people enhance their wealth and in making money work harder for them. iCompareLoan.com also holds trainings for property agents and financial advisors to help them to understand Mortgage Planning so as to facilitate faster deal closure and more holistic financial planning.

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    01/02/18 | What will be the impact of a Sibor rate hike on homeowners and businesses? 2202 views

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    Phil Pomford

    Phil Pomford

    Phil is the General Manager, Global Enterprise eCommerce, Asia Pacific at Worldpay. He leads Worldpay’s Global eCom team across Asia Pacific which operates from three offices in Singapore, Japan and China, as General Manager. Phil has over 12 years of experience in financial services in payments, acquiring and credit card issuing with companies including Citi, Diners Club, American Express and Worldpay. He has a degree in Accounting and Law and is currently completing an MBA with Manchester Business School.

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    18/05/18 | Smart travel in Singapore: Bring on the bots? 237 views

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    Piyus Vallabh and James Paul

    Piyus Vallabh and James Paul

    Piyus is a tax management consulting partner in Deloitte South East Asia and leads the Deloitte Global Tax Center Asia (GTCA), based in Singapore. He has over 17 years’ experience in providing corporate tax and tax management consulting services.

    The GTCA provides centralised management and coordination of tax and statutory account compliance obligations in the Asia Pacific region as well advising clients on tax risk, strategy and technology.

    Piyus also has significant experience in leading transition for regional tax compliance engagements with a particular focus on relationship management, technology and process improvement for tax compliance and reporting.

    James is a Director in Deloitte’s Tax Management Consulting team with 12 years’ experience advising organisations on their tax management frameworks. He relocated to Singapore in early 2016, from Deloitte in London, to join the Deloitte Global Tax Center Asia, responding to the increased business focus on tax management strategy and operations in the region.

    James has a particular interest in tax operating models and works with CFOs, FDs and Tax Directors to review and improve their tax function operations. He has significant experience in tax technology selection and implementation; tax governance advice; and tax resourcing model design.

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    01/02/18 | Responsible tax management: a priority for multinational companies 386 views

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    Raen Lim

    Raen Lim

    Raen Lim is the Head of Apps at Oracle Singapore. Prior to assuming this role, she was the General Manager responsible for bringing innovation and success to customers in the ASEAN region through leveraging Oracle’s social and mobile suite of Customer Experience solutions. Raen is a passionate cloud evangelist and has more than 15 years of industry experience in technology sales, market and business development, as well as channel recruitment and enablement. Prior to joining Oracle, she had spent 6 years with Salesforce growing the ASEAN business. She was also with Symantec Corporation in various enterprise sales positions before she joined Salesforce.

    Raen holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Studies, majored in Marketing, from Nanyang Technological University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with Distinction, from University of Manchester.

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    02/08/18 | What Singaporean businesses need to know about customer engagement in the age of Social Media 345 views

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    Rakesh Bhatia

    Rakesh Bhatia

    Rakesh Bhatia is an experienced banker with over 26 years of experience with HSBC - across Asia, UK and Middle East - followed by a stint as the CEO of an independent Private Bank in India. Having done a variety of global, regional and country roles, his knowledge of the financial services industry ranges from Commercial & Corporate Banking, Trade & Receivables Finance, Investment banking and FinTech in recent years.

    With his background as an International Manager at one of the most global organisations in the world, he has understood and assimilated different cultures.

    For the past three years, Rakesh has travelled extensively across Silicon Valley, New York, London, Hong Kong, and Barcelona to interact, learn and gain insights into the trends and growth of FinTech, on its new business models, delivery modes, analytics, data usage and customer engagement merger and evolution.

    As a traditional banker, he is aware of the magnitude of disruption caused by new technologies, and understands the significance of a merger between traditional and new businesses to build a powerful hybrid of a future financial company.

    His current focus is to help companies - young and established - to navigate, bridge and emerge in the new world of Financial Technology.

    He is a co-founder of a startup Hektor SG, a Singapore based financial intelligence app aimed at millennials to empower them with financial liberty to achieve their goals. He also holds C-level executive positions at B2B & B2B2C FinTech companies across SME Online Lending, Insurtech, SME Global Platform and a Co-working cum incubator in India.

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    20/10/17 | Propelling Singaporean SMEs to greater heights with fintech 687 views

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    Roger Chen

    Roger Chen

    Roger is Vice President of GoDaddy Asia. Prior to GoDaddy, he spent six years at Yahoo where he last served as the VP of Product Management. Roger has over 20 years of professional experience in Asia and the US, focussed on internet product development, marketing, consumer hardware, and network.

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    10/11/17 | How to make your side business thrive in Singapore 413 views

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    Roger Crook

    Roger Crook

    Roger Crook, an independent Senior Advisor, is CEO at Capital Springboard. He was formerly a Member of the Board of Management, Deutsche Post AG (DeutschePost DHL) and Global Chief Executive Officer, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight Division from 2011 until 2015. Roger has more than two decades of operational responsibilities in the logistics industry.

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    20/11/17 | Innovation versus yesteryear corporates 201 views

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      Sabby Gill

      Sabby Gill

      Sabby Gill has over 20 years of international sales, operations and enterprise software experience to Epicor. In the role of executive vice president, International, Gill leads the sales and professional services organizations in EMEA and APAC with a focus on channel expansion and accelerating growth. Prior to Epicor, Gill was senior vice president of International Sales for IGT, a gaming technology company.

      He has also held executive management roles with leading technology companies including HP, CA Technologies, Oracle, PeopleSoft (acquired by Oracle), and DEC.

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      13/04/18 | Why change-hungry young generations are the key to unlocking growth 342 views

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      Satish Bakhda

      Satish Bakhda

      Satish Bakhda is the Chief Operating Officer at Rikvin. He brings with him over 15 years of experience in the corporate services industry and is a regular speaker at marketing events around the world. He is also a consultant on matters relating to incorporation, relocation, accounting and taxation in Singapore.

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      23/02/18 | Payment options for e-commerce businesses in Singapore 2315 views

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      Scott Nelson

      Scott Nelson

      Scott Nelson is the CEO of Sweetbridge, a global alliance that is leveraging blockchain to accelerate trade-financing and offer low-interest loans. Prior to Sweetbridge, Scott founded and led Trax Technologies as CEO as it evolved from a small logistics consulting and software firm over 22 years into a global SaaS and services company operating on four continents.

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      19/07/18 | Epicentre of the East: How Singapore is transforming trade with blockchain 481 views

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      Shaun McLagan

      Shaun McLagan

      Shaun McLagan, Veeam Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, is responsible for leading Veeam’s growth across all markets in the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Shaun is a veteran of the industry with more than 20 years of experience across sales, pre-sales and consulting roles. He is a global leader who has held positions with leading IT companies, including EMC, Oracle and HP in Singapore, Australia and Canada. Most recently, he served as Dell EMC Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan for Data Protection Solutions. Shaun is an EMC veteran of 10+ years and previously led RSA in Australia and New Zealand. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Western Ontario — King’s University College.

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      06/04/18 | Critical Infrastructure: Downtime is simply not an option 249 views

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      Sinclair Davidson

      Sinclair Davidson

      Sinclair Davidson is Professor of Institutional Economics in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia; and a honorary Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. His research interests include public policy, taxation and property rights.

      He is a regular contributor to public debate with opinion pieces having appeared in The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Conversation, Daily Telegraph, The Drum, Sydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia. He is also a regular commentator on both radio and television.

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      05/09/18 | Why intellectual property rights are key for Singapore's economic future 406 views

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      Siyong Liu

      Siyong Liu

      Siyong is the Founder and General Manager of CFB Bots Pte Ltd. CFB Bots is a boutique firm focusing on the A 3 technologies – Automation, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. The company’s mission is to help clients leverage technology successfully to achieve the “triple-win” for its shareholders, employees and customers.

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      26/03/18 | How Singapore companies can accelerate their digital transformation through a robotisation programme 672 views

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      Sudhir Agarwal

      Sudhir Agarwal

      Sudhir Agarwal is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore-based Everise, a joint venture between private equity and real estate investment firm, Everstone and Sunrise, a company he also founded and leads as CEO. At Everise, Sudhir is responsible for leading and expanding the business operations throughout Singapore and across Asia and realising its vision to create a USD 500 million Experience Company in the BPO Industry. Based in Singapore, Everise operates eight operating centres across the U.S., the Philippines and Latin America, with over 8,000 employees providing multilingual support to clients ranging from major global multinational companies to local firms.

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      13/04/18 | Overcoming Singapore's expansion challenges 702 views

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