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.
09/03/18 | Mobile-social madness: How retailers can target millennial shoppers in Singapore 541 views
Aditi is responsible for scaling Near’s business in the region with key partnerships and strategic deals. She is also responsible for driving adoption of Near’s products amongst brands and enterprises for their data-driven decisions.
Aditi comes with extensive digital experience covering various entrepreneurial and leadership roles in technology, media & entertainment industry in APAC. She has a proven track record in transforming and nurturing business from scratch to multi mil$ revenue. Prior to Near, Aditi worked with The Walt Disney company focusing on building quality interactive products, delivering high value partnerships and enhancing digital engagement & growth.
03/10/17 | Harnessing data to unlock new customer segments in the telecom sector 412 views
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.
05/04/18 | Singapore Budget 2018 puts Singapore further ahead in asset management and Reit listing 180 views
Alex is the managing director for Asia, leading Xero’s growth into Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and Malaysia and across the Asia region. Alex brings together a background in technology with a passion for helping small businesses grow and thrive. Prior to joining Xero, Alex was executive director, Asia at ASX-listed STW Group, responsible for corporate strategy, M&A and business development for Asia markets.
07/09/17 | Why Singapore's accountants need to embrace the cloud before they can take advantage of AI 518 views
Alexander Knight is a Singapore-based property commentator.
11/10/17 | How crowd funding is revolutionising overseas property for Singaporeans 584 views
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.
27/02/18 | Millennials redesigning the workspace in Singapore 629 views
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.
23/01/18 | Smart ICO guidelines could put Singapore on the path to becoming the world's first ‘crypto-hub' 811 views
Antonio Acunzo is the Chief Executive Officer at MTW Group-Marketing that Works!, 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.
06/07/17 | Singapore and the Philippines: More than just trading partners 1616 views
Benjamin Chiang is an enthusiast of good advertising, deep thinking and labour issues. He is also a private student of law with the University of London.
27/09/17 | China-Singapore mediation initiative - what's in it for businesses? 289 views
Bill Lewis is a co-founder of Temasys Communications. He is also a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, mentor, and motivator, who helps transform businesses and people. Bill is an experienced corporate executive, non exec director, and a serial entrepreneur. He is an author for the best-selling books Midas and 1000 Cows, and 100 Mistakes of a Start Up CEO. He is rated as an outstanding leader and a seasoned high-level performer. He has served on the boards of five companies, including the global board of a major system integrator. He has also led major businesses in Fortune 200 companies, and was the CIO at one of the world's largest aircraft maintenance organizations. He is a consummate influencer and decision-maker at board level.
Bill is very passionate in the digital future. He takes so much interest on how technology is changing our lives not only today but also tomorrow. Bill cares for technologies’ impacts in the business world. The other area he is passionate on is entrepreneurship, as in how to succeed in business.
11/08/17 | Employment shift: who will "go" with Amazon Go? 728 views
Carl Freer is a Swedish technology entrepreneur. Carl has created and invested in multiple ventures including American company Tiger Telematics which created the handheld game console Gizmondo. Carl was also founder of Singapore-based medical-device company, Aluminaid, which makes patented metal-based bandages to relieve pain from first- and second-degree burns. Carl is also holder of several patents on various technologies.
He is currently working on an Artificial Intelligence platform, developing neural networks for a variety of industries including FINTECH and O&G.
During his tenure at Tiger, Freer broke ground for Augmented Reality on handheld devices by creating several AR games. He also co-created games that went on to become major franchises. Freer also founded a crowd sourcing network for filmmakers, financiers and actors called FilmFunds.
He is the Chairman of the Family Tree Foundation.
03/10/17 | Blockchain: The buzzword in Singapore Fintech 1295 views
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.
20/12/17 | Building the Singapore Sports Hub through a public-private partnership 374 views
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.
05/03/18 | 2019: The age of mobile agility and the effects on the PR and advertising industry 605 views
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.
11/04/18 | Sidestepping the perils of data breaches in Singapore 127 views
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.
02/04/18 | 5 reasons Singaporeans lose out in the Grab takeover of Uber 1767 views
Clarence is visiting assistant professor of accounting (practice) and director, professional development at the School of Accountancy, Singapore Management University.
Prior to joining SMU, Clarence led the Asia-Pacific Corporate Research team at Jones Lang LaSalle (corporate solutions). He has also held various accounting, finance, and research appointments with ISCA, Barclays Capital, and Deutsche Bank.
Clarence holds a PhD in Accounting and Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Honours) from Nanyang Technological University, and is also a fellow of CPA Australia and a Chartered Accountant of Singapore.
27/09/17 | How Singapore investors can profit from unstructured data 359 views
Collin Seow is a qualified Chartered Portfolio Manager (CPM) who holds a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) qualification.
He has been awarded the Top 10 Achievers in PhillipCFD for many consecutive years and he is also a reputable trainer with long standing-record.
Collin is the proud inventor of a stock trading algorithm/software known as “TradersGPS”. Given his vast experience in trading, he is often sought after to speak at numerous prestigious conference such as Shares Investment Conference, Shareinvestor Carnival, Phillip IFest, Investor Wealth Summit and the MetaStock Conference.
Recently, he has authored his own book titled “The Systematic Trader”, that details his journey and methods on turning a $250,000 debt into profits through stock trading.
21/08/17 | Why is Singapore the technical analysis capital of the world? 1001 views
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.
27/10/17 | Cyber insurance in Singapore: Your business' safety net 263 views
Declan founded Castlery in 2013 with a strong passion for furniture, and the vision that every consumer should enjoy high quality furniture designs at a price-friendly tag, through a unique shopping experience.
Declan is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and music. He is a mentor for financial tech companies at StartupBootCamp, works with Universal Music Producer, Tat Tong and is involved in more than 10 original musicals.
Prior to Castlery, Declan also has more than 10 years of experience in the finance industry with Lehman Brothers, Nomura and Jeffries in fixed income, equities and private equities.
27/09/17 | The retail saviour: “New Retail"---succeeding with Big Data and an omnichannel approach 970 views
Derren is an Enrolled Agent who is admitted to practice before the IRS; and is an associate member of the American Institute of CPAs. He manages the U.S. Tax Desk of a regional Accounting Network with over 25 offices in 10 Asian countries. Derren holds 2 Masters degrees in Economics and a Certified Diploma from ACCA. A 30-year veteran of emerging markets, James S. Kallman is the Senior Partner of global accounting and consulting firm, Moores Rowland Indonesia. James is regularly quoted in local and international media.
18/07/17 | Is the U.S.A. the new tax haven? 4013 views
The co-founder and Director of Incomlend, Dimitri Kouchnirenko, has 17 years of commercial and banking experience. After graduating from Columbia Business School, Dimitri worked in EU, CEE and Asia for big names like L’Oreal, Capgemini and BNP Paribas.
Throughout his executive career, Dimitri successfully introduced new brands to the market and created new business franchises that later transformed into multimillion dollar businesses.
In 2016, Dimitri and his business partner launched Incomlend. His vision for the company is to digitalise global trade by automating and integrating document exchange, money flow and finance.
10/10/17 | Alternative Finance vs Bank Loan: What Singaporean businesses should choose 604 views
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.
18/04/18 | The future of healthcare for Singapore's ageing population 404 views
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.
27/10/17 | Five obstacles to becoming an entrepreneur in Singapore 807 views
Effendy Ibrahim is Veeam Software vice president for Asia & Japan, responsible for P&L, revenue targets, regional growth, as well as all marketing programs and activities across both customers and channel partners, from small businesses to enterprises.
11/08/17 | Digital transformation drives Singapore businesses in 2017 1054 views
An experienced senior executive with over 25 years in the information technology industry, Erich Gerber is the TIBCO General Manager for Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ). With a mandate to accelerating the growth of the company and engaging deeply with customers, partners, and alliances in the region, Erich is the sales, strategic marketing, and business leader for TIBCO Software in APJ.
Erich has a Bachelor’s degree in Management from BPIH, Switzerland and a Master’s degree in Marketing from the Swiss Federal Institute. He is married, a father of two, and is a sports enthusiast who engages in skiing, cycling, and jogging in his spare time.
27/07/17 | Revolutionising Singapore's retail experience: physical stores are not doomed yet 1164 views
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.
06/04/18 | The consumer case for brand freedom in Singapore 362 views
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.
13/04/18 | Embracing the opportunity and grasping the risk of new tech and Fintech: A Singapore case study 296 views
Gregory Cornelius is the founder of Singapore's Modn Media.
03/10/17 | Why Singapore should pilot an algorithmic Data Exchange 405 views
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.
09/03/18 | How to stand out in Singapore's saturated mobile market 228 views
After catching a whiff of the startup scene from his college days in Ireland, Isaac caught the entrepreneurship bug. Having spent some time with startups and a social enterprise, he is currently part of Chef At Work, which specialises in helping new and existing food businesses succeed in the marketplace with industry best practices. Isaac's passions lie in digital marketing, startups, tech, F&B, and things that make the world a better place.
19/10/17 | Small & lean: a Singaporean approach to F&B 594 views
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.
01/02/18 | How small Singaporean business can cope with disruptive technology 408 views
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.
09/03/18 | Singapore paves the way for legal finance in Asia 349 views
Jeremy Han is the Director of Corporate Strategy for the Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group, as well as a certified Gazelles International Business Strategy Coach. He is also the author of the book Winning the 21st Century Game, and is a frequent speaker on career resilience issues at trade associations, government organisations, and other public events.
11/07/17 | How digitalisation can backfire on Singapore businesses (and how to make sure it won't) 473 views
Joe Duncan is a FinTech entrepreneur, with a strong background in Cryptocurrency and Artificial Intelligence. He is a derivatives pioneer, with over fifteen years of banking experience at various financial institutions such as Citibank and Morgan Stanley.
Joe also encompasses a global background in corporate funding and development - from angel investing in Asia to multi-billion dollar underwritings and restructurings on Wall Street.
In addition, Joe is an active keynote speaker at several events. He is Co-Chair and emcee of the American Club of Singapore’s FinTech Forum, organised by the American Club quarterly.
Joe divides his time between Singapore and New York City.
19/09/17 | Are ICOs the High Yield Bond of the 21st Century? 596 views
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.
10/11/17 | Bitcoin's rise to $7,000 shows Singapore needs to get serious about cryptocurrencies 665 views
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.
22/03/18 | Deep thinking, not programming skills, must lead Singapore in the era of Deep Tech 554 views
Joris has undertaken assignments in many countries of the world, acquiring knowledge, cultural insight, and awareness through a huge variety of project types. Possessing a keen eye for operational efficiencies, people flow, and ergonomic comfort, Joris blends his unorthodox and inventive design style to create combinations that are fresh and intelligent. Noteworthy projects to his name include: Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore, NTUC Foodfare Sports Hub, Robinsons Orchard, Zafferano, Toby’s Estate, and Goldman Sachs. Joris comes with a background in the world-renowned design school of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, where he shone as an exemplary student and a sports enthusiast.
30/07/17 | How good interior design helps elevate the hotel experience 1509 views
June Ho is a Director of Wikborg Rein. She works for a wide range of shipping and offshore clients, mainly in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and banking and finance.
06/07/17 | The four reasons Singapore will ride out the shipping storm 1364 views
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.
04/04/18 | The implications of big data in manufacturing: How to super charge real-time connected supply chains 199 views
Karen Cariss is the CEO and Co-founder of global talent management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company, PageUp, and Co-author of the book: Cliffhanger: HR on the Precipice in the Future of Work.
She remains the driving force behind the success of PageUp since its humble beginnings in 1997, and is based in Singapore. Karen is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company as well as ensuring alignment across all divisions.
Her extreme passion for the company is evident in her work and entrepreneurial attitude, which has been publicly acknowledged by several publications and awards. Karen was named one of BRW’s Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs in June 2006, and won the Ernst and Young ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award' in 2008, as well as the 'Victorian Telstra Women's Business Award' in 2009.
Karen has also used her experience in business to assist the judging of the 2006 Telstra Business Awards and 2005 AIMIA iAwards and is formally qualified with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Honours in Science and is currently a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).
21/08/17 | Why learning is going viral in the digital age 597 views
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.
24/10/17 | Enhancing safety of older workers in Singapore's workplace 297 views
Karthik Venkatakrishnan is the Regional Director of GfK Asia. Having consulted numerous Fortune Global 500 companies as a researcher for over 17 years, his skill set leverages a very strong business sense with analytical strength and deep knowledge of developments in the digital space. Venkatakrishnan has also spent over 4 years working in Jakarta and hence has first-hand knowledge of the market.
12/07/17 | Closing the gap between virtual and reality in Singapore 784 views
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.
24/10/17 | Democratised capital: a game-changer for Singapore's businesses 292 views
Kim Iskyan is the publisher of Stansberry Churchouse Research, a Hong Kong and Singapore-based independent investment research company, and the editor of Asia Wealth Investment Daily, a free daily e-letter with actionable insight about Asian investment, finance, and economics. He has nearly 25 years of experience as a stock analyst, hedge fund manager, political risk consultant, and financial commentator in emerging and frontier markets.
16/07/17 | Here's why you should stay in the Singapore market—even if you're afraid of a correction 754 views
Kristy Castleton is the founder and MD of Rebel & Soul, a socially conscious business who produce highly memorable events for global brands across Asia Pacific. Kristy is both the rebel and the soul, an extrovert and a geek. Her passion for neuroscience and technology teamed with a love for parties and new experiences, drove her to set up an agency that does things a little differently to all the rest.
Rebel and Soul work with brands like Heineken, HSBC, Chanel and MINI and agencies such as Dentsu and Saatchi & Saatchi to create events that pack a punch. Think wearables, gamification, holograms and virtual reality mixed with awesome music and a free flow bar. Rebel & Soul’s vision is to drive event technology to be the new frontier of marketing in Asia. Kristy spent years working on weird and wonderful events and campaigns in Europe at festivals, F1’s and the Olympics and wanted to bring a snippet of the event marketing fun out east.
Kristy was nominated Campaign Asia to be on their Women to Watch list. Team Rebel also provide pro bono event consultancy for local charities, not for profits and initiatives including Billion Bricks, the Thomson Reuters Trust Forum, 100 Resilient Cities initiative by the Rockefeller Foundation and their global giving partner Buy1Give1.
03/10/17 | Singapore: Smart Nation and smarter events 503 views
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.
23/02/18 | How Singapore companies can grow globally in a post-globalisation world 381 views
Lee Quane is Regional Director, Asia at ECA International.
10/11/17 | Strategic global mobility: unlocking the potential of cross-border programmes 240 views
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.
20/10/17 | Practice radical transparency to keep employee stress at bay 235 views
Marcus Loh is Vice President for Marketing and Corporate Communication at PSB Academy, Singapore’s leading private education institution. This year, he was named a Linkedin Power Profile and was listed in Singapore Business Review’s top 10 “Notable Chief Marketing Officers under 40”.
26/02/18 | Budget spurs Singapore firms to upskill for New Economy 286 views
Born in Germany in 1973, Michael has enjoyed a multinational career as a business leader across 4 continents and 4 industries.
After graduating from the oldest university in Germany (Heidelberg University) with a Master of Arts in Economics in 1999, Michael went on a journey that took him to Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, China, Paraguay, Lao PDR, Vietnam, the Caribbean and back to Thailand.
After accumulating a wealth of experience working for Global Fortune 500 companies, like Coca-Cola (Food & Beverages), Henkel (Cosmetics) and Vimpelcom (Telecommunications), Michael became a CEO at just 33 years of age. He quickly carved out a reputation for himself as a creative, charismatic and highly successful business leader running businesses that had yearly turnovers of up to 700M USD.
Michael is currently the co-founder and CEO of Eatigo, the leading online reservation platform for restaurants in Thailand and Singapore. Eatigo connects empty stomachs with empty tables via time-based discounts and with the help of yield management algorithms. A relentless visionary in business, Michael unwinds by playing golf, running Marathons and spending time with his wife, Aimee, and his two children, MJ and Aiana.
13/10/17 | Why F&B businesses in Singapore should turn to yield management technology 1408 views
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.
09/01/18 | E-sports: the new playing field for advertisers in Singapore? 509 views
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.
27/10/17 | The magnificent 7 tips of financial planning for Singapore expats 594 views
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.
19/04/18 | Why it's vital to regularly spring clean your customer relationships 58 views
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.
09/02/18 | Lower satisfaction and loyalty amongst Singaporeans who encounter long waiting times 333 views
Ong Kai Kiat is the founder of TextInAsia, a Singapore-based independent source of insights in the fields of finance and technology. He had years of experience in contributing articles to various reputable websites. TipRanks had ranked him internationally as a four-star blogger for his work in finance.
03/10/17 | Forget the past as Singapore escapes the economic trough in 2017 959 views
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.
01/02/18 | What will be the impact of a Sibor rate hike on homeowners and businesses? 1396 views
Peter Loh is a Market, Business & Competitive Intelligence Professional. More than 20 years experience in marketing/business/competitive intelligence, business planning and supply chain functions, across electronics, automotive, telecommunication and oil & gas industries, with regional and global coverage.
12/07/17 | How would you define your career path in the future? 490 views
Phil Pomford is the general manger, Global eCom, APAC at Worldpay.
08/09/17 | The future of payments in Singapore's Smart Nation 913 views
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.
01/02/18 | Responsible tax management: a priority for multinational companies 301 views
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.
20/10/17 | Propelling Singaporean SMEs to greater heights with fintech 570 views
Ms. Rhonda Wong is the co-founder of Ohmyhome and serves as the Chief Executive Officer since its founding in 2015. Responsible for the overall management of Ohmyhome, Singapore’s leading DIY HDB platform, Rhonda takes charge of one and everything, from making business decisions, managing the company and leading it to new heights. Rhonda’s experiences and know-how in the real estate sector has equipped her with the aptitude to develop new options for home owners and home searchers to be in control of their housing decisions. In March 2017, Rhonda was recognized as Women Icon at the Inaugural Women Icons Summit & Awards.
15/09/17 | Singapore Proptech: challenging the status quo 1136 views
Robert Bourque, President of CROWN Asia Pacific is responsible for the operations of 32 plants with beverage, food can, aerosol and general line packaging production lines across China and Southeast Asia, supporting both global and local customers.
Prior to assuming his current position in 2016, Robert was Senior Vice President for Crown Beverage Packaging, China and Hong Kong.
09/10/17 | Building brands with smart packaging 475 views
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.
10/11/17 | How to make your side business thrive in Singapore 392 views
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.
20/11/17 | Innovation versus yesteryear corporates 197 views
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.
13/04/18 | Why change-hungry young generations are the key to unlocking growth 139 views
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.
11/10/17 | Revving up Singapore's startup nation 463 views
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.
23/02/18 | Payment options for e-commerce businesses in Singapore 421 views
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.
06/04/18 | Critical Infrastructure: Downtime is simply not an option 113 views
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.
26/03/18 | How Singapore companies can accelerate their digital transformation through a robotisation programme 332 views
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.
13/04/18 | Overcoming Singapore's expansion challenges 121 views
Viva Sinniah is Executive Chairman of PSB Academy and Managing Director of the Star Education Group, a holding company of Baring Private Equity Asia. He has more than 20 years of experience at senior levels in several domains such as the public sector, hospitality, education, and healthcare. An accomplished leader, he has transformed organizations, helping them bring about solid and sustainable growth.
He has an excellent track record of producing change, attracting and nurturing talent, and developing highly driven and focused teams. In his current appointment in the healthcare sector, he has brought about transformation in the organization resulting in the increase of the organization’s capacity and capability.
He obtained his BA (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and his Master's degree from the University of Sydney. He has attended post graduate executive education programmes at Harvard Business School and was invited to attend the International Visitor Leadership Programme in the United States in 2000.
17/07/17 | Singapore graduates facing creativity gap 2704 views
Wendy Tan is the author of Wholeness in a Disruptive World: Pearls of Wisdom from East and West. A speaker, consultant and founding partner of Flame Centre, she works with organisations to develop, engage and retain their talents.
06/07/17 | Wholeness to adapt in a disruptive world 239 views
Su-Yen Wong is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, which was established by the Ministry of Manpower, the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Singapore Management University to develop global leaders with a strong understanding of leading in Asia, as well as to build Asian leaders with the ability to lead on the global stage.
She is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Nera Telecommunications, a global telecom and IT solutions provider that operates in Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa listed on the Singapore Exchange Mainboard.
Concurrently, she is an Independent Director at MediaCorp, Singapore’s leading media company; at NTUC First Campus which is the largest provider of childcare services in Singapore; and at Yoma Strategic Holdings.
Previously she was Chairman (Singapore) for Marsh & McLennan Companies, and Managing Director, Southeast Asia at Mercer. Prior to that she was Asia Managing Partner for the Communications, Information & Entertainment practice at Oliver Wyman.
She brings over twenty years' experience in business strategy, organization transformation, human capital and leadership development. She has been based in various cities across Asia since 1997, and has worked with leading organizations across North America and Asia in a broad range of industries including high-tech, financial services, oil and gas, retail, consumer goods, and the public sector.
Su-Yen is an active member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, Women Corporate Directors, and the Young Presidents' Organization. She holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in music and computer science from Linfield College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
27/09/17 | Singapore's competitive advantage 1294 views