Curated speakers from the region with diverse background who will make you think in ways you’ve never thought before.
Director of Ecosystem Development
Startup War Stories
International Technology Investments
Ant Financial Alibaba
Managing Director for International Business, CPaaS | CDN | Video Products
Chief Investment Officer
Managing Director- Corporate Venture Capital
Zi Kang Tai
Oxwhite & FitGear
CEO & Co-founder
Golden Gate Ventures
Dr. Lu Gang
Founder & CEO
Executive Chairman & Co-founder
HUBBA Thailand & Techsauce Media
Co-Founder & ex-CEO
Startup War Stories
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Startup War Stories
Co-founder & CEO
Startup War Stories
Co-Founder & CMO
Sai Kit Ng
VP, Growth Ecosystem Development
Startup War Stories
Dzuleira Abu Bakar
Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity
Startup War Stories
Etiqa Digital Solutions
Founder and General Partner
Shen Loong Ong
Iskandar Malaysia Studio
Ee Lynn Tee
Innovation & New Ventures
Sime Darby Property
Oko Davaasuren, Director of Ecosystem Development of Techstars
Oko is a active founder and a community builder. He has cofounded and helps run several startups in Asia. Oko has received a bachelors degree in Finance from Portland State University before continuing onto a masters degree in Engineering Technology Management but decided to return home to Mongolia. He then received his MBA in Mongolia. When he is not working, he can be found on Squash courts or on long-haul Motorbike rides in Asia.
Riddhiman Das, Builder / Investor of Ant Financial Alibaba
Riddhiman Das works in Corporate Venture Capital and M&A for Ant Financial. Ant Financial is the financial services and technology member of the Alibaba Group. Alipay, Ant Financial’s mobile payments product, is the world’s largest mobile payment platform since 2013. His background is in Computer Science, and his general interests lie in Machine Learning, Computer Vision/Image Processing, high-frequency/low-latency Distributed Systems, Data Science, Applied Statistics, functional programming (especially Haskell) and lately, Blockchain Technologies. He is very passionate about applications of technology to foster financial inclusion for the 2 billion people in the world that do not have access to an account at a formal financial institution.
Yaw Yeo, Managing Director for International Business, CPaaS | CDN | Video Products of Alibaba Cloud
Yaw leads IoT partnerships globally and new market expansion in the Asia-Pacific region for Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), the leading cloud communications platform. He was the architect behind Twilio’s first foray into Asia-Pacific in 2014, and orchestrated Twilio’s deployment into the region across different functional teams. These days, Yaw is spending the bulk of his time working with the Product Engineering teams to launch Programmable Wireless (www.twilio.com/wireless), Twilio’s IoT/M2M product, globally.
Hendrik Susanto, Chief Investment Officer of Traveloka
Hendrik Susanto is Chief Investment Officer at Traveloka, where he leads all external inorganic growth for the company, including investments, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and partnerships. Prior to joining Traveloka, Hendrik was a venture capital and private equity investor in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. He was managing director and CEO of Ancora Capital, a private equity fund focused on Indonesia. He started his career at Goldman Sachs in New York and Singapore. A graduate of Princeton University with a BSE in electrical engineering, Hendrik also holds an MBA from The Wharton School.
Paul Ark,Managing Director of Corporate Venture Capital
Paul manages Siam Commercial Bank’s US$100 million global FinTech and DeepTech venture capital fund. Prior to venture capital, he spent a decade as an investment banker, working on IPOs, acquisitions, and private equity deals for global banks, and then another in the world of retail facilitating market entry into China and other Asian markets for international retailers such as Central Retail, Apple, and Microsoft. He has be named as a Top FinTech Influencer in Asia by Next Money, Fintech Asia and Lattice80.
Ee Lynn Tee, Innovation & New Ventures of Sime Darby Property
Ee Lynn, a unique blend of corporate innovation, boardroom polish and entrepreneurial zeal, currently leads the Innovation & New Ventures team in Sime Darby Property – 45-year track record in property development and is the biggest property developer in Malaysia in terms of land bank. She co-founded and launched-to-market dto (‘ditto’), an internal venture of Sime Darby Property with RM3million seed funding from the company. dtolah.com is a digital platform fully designed through the human-centered approach to empower customers to co-create with the property developer.
Oranuch Lerdsuwankij, CEO & Co-founder of Techsauce Media
Oranuch (Mimee) Lerdsuwankij is the Co-Founder and CEO of Techsauce Media, Thailand’s leading media for tech startups and corporate innovation. Prior to starting her own businesses, Mimee had more than 12 years of experience in product strategy and marketing-related roles with leading IT and telecommunications companies such as Truemove, Atos Origin, and Total Access Communication (DTAC).
Jeffrey Paine, Managing Partner of Golden Gate Ventures
Jeffrey Paine is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Golden Gate Ventures, a Singapore based, early stage technology venture capital fund focused in Southeast Asian businesses with over US$175 million invested in over 35 companies since 2012.
Jeff started and manages the Founder Institute in Singapore where he is currently overseeing its expansion in Southeast Asia, and Japan. Since 2010 the Founder Institute in Singapore has graduated over 100 companies. He is a recipient of the Founder Institute Director Award 2012 for “Greatest Ecosystem Impact” Worldwide (Singapore).
Dr. Lu Gang, Founder & CEO of TechNode
Dr. Gang LU is the Founder and CEO of TechNode, making him one of China’s most recognised influencers in the global technology sector. What started as Dr. Lu’s personal blog quickly became a highly respected international innovation platform, with six business units including TN Media (Chinese and English technology media platform), TN Inno (corporate innovation services), TN Global (Asia and global business), TN Events (branding and event services), TN Data (startup ecosystem data analysis) and TN VC (venture capital and financing services). TechNode connects China’s start-up technology ecosystem with the rest of the world. Today, TechNode is the exclusive China partner of TechCrunch.
Amarit Charoenphan, Executive Chairman & Co-founder of HUBBA Thailand & Techsauce Media
Amarit is the CEO and Co-founder of HUBBA, Thailand’s first and largest coworking space and community that is part of Google for Startups Partner Network. He is also Chief Connection Officer and Cofounder of Techsauce, one of Southeast Asia’s leading technology media and events company. He angel invests in many emerging startups as is also a Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF), and has been named as one of Forbes Asia 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology, and Thailand Startup Enabler of The Year 2016.
NorHizam Kadir, VP, Growth Ecosystem Development of MDEC
Norhizam Abdul Kadir (or Hizam) brings with him almost 20 years’ experience in multi-market technology and energy industries in various markets across Asia Pacific. He was with Intel, Microsoft and Ballard Power System before joining MDEC as Vice President in 2015. He has wide experience in corporate marketing, end-customer sales, business development, communications and channel marketing and enablement.
Grace Sai, Co-CEO of Found8
Grace is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Found8 (a merger between Found. and Collision 8), a reputable co-working community of entrepreneurs and corporate innovators. She and her team are often pioneering ways to build innovation ecosystems bottom-up; growing entrepreneurs through curated communities, spaces, funding, mentoring and access to corporates. More at: www.found8.com.
Jan Smejkal, Founder & CEO of YCG Ventures
Jan, a.k.a. YourChinaGuy, is s featured on the LinkedIn Power Profiles List 2018 as one of the most viewed and engaged members of LinkedIn China (alongside Kai Fu Lee from Sinovation Ventures, Starbucks China CEO, and many others). Jan managed to scale Startup Grind (the world’s largest innovation community) to 100+ cities in Asia (including 25+ cities in China) as the Director of the company in the region. He’s been in China for 4+ years and regularly works with founders and high-level executives from companies such as Forbes, Ping An Group, Bain & Company, Deutsche Telekom, Continental, Singularity University, etc.
Yiping Goh, Venture Partner of Quest Ventures
Goh Yiping is a Partner at Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for tech companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities. She spent three years in Jakarta, Indonesia where she was the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of MatahariMall.com, the largest omnichannel fashion ecommerce site in Indonesia backed by the Lippo Group, a conglomerate with interests in Matahari Department Store, Hypermart, Lippo Malls. She was named as a Top 100 Most Influential Persons in the National University of Singapore 100th anniversary celebrations.
Ben Richardson, Founder & CEO of Onstage
He has a piece of paper that says he was an Aerospace Engineer and a portfolio of startup companies and tech projects (two alive, two acquired, many dead) that he built by teaching himself to design and code. In 2018, he founded Onstage, a platform that connects people with speaking opportunities (like Linkedin, but for speakers). They’re revenue positive, growing aggressively, and seeking early-stage investment.
Arif Tukiman, Co-founder & CEO of RunCloud
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Research, Management, Game Development, and Business Development. Strong business development professional with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) focused in Information Technology Entrepreneurship from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Nyha Shree, Co-Founder & CMO of Jumper.ai
Nyha is the cofounder of Jumper.ai – a conversational commerce platform that enables brands to take orders, support customer and automate marketing across popular messaging apps. Nyha started her entrepreneurial journey in 2012 and has been featured by Forbes 30under30 and UN women for her current work at Jumper.
Aldrich Huang, CEO of UXTesting
He is the CEO and co-founder of UXTEsting.io, one of the world pioneers in user experience. He is devoted to optimising the user experience and offers remote testing to entrepreneurs, UX teams and product managers utilising user behaviour analysis that helps dig deeper for a better user experience.
Sai Kit Ng, Chief Executive of Captii Ventures
Sai Kit is the Chief Executive of Captii Ventures, a venture capital company that he helped set up in late 2014. Captii Ventures is now a multistage investor in technology companies in Southeast Asia with an aggregate of 16 investments across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, including Avana, Digify, Alterra, Sorabel, MuslimPro, Computer Guys and Mimosatek.
Ian Chua, Co-Founder & ex-CEO of Hermo
Ian Chua is the Co-founder & ex-CEO of Hermo, currently one of the top e-commerce websites in Malaysia leading in beauty products category with 150,000 monthly active users and revenue of RM 10 million in the last 12 months of operation. Hermo recently raised a $2 million series A funding to expand into Indonesia.
Dzuleira Abu Bakar, CEO of Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity
Dzuleira Abu Bakar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). Prior to this, Dzuleira was the CEO of Cradle Seed Ventures (CSV), a growth stage venture capital fund which is part of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s premier early stage funding agency and influencer. She is also an appointed Council Member of the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM).
Sabrina Shabri, Etiqa Digital Solutions of Etiqa
Sabrina heads up the Voice of Customer unit within Etiqa Digital Solutions. Her main responsibility is to manage and execute customer-centricity tools & platforms in Etiqa. Prior to Etiqa, Sabrina worked in Maybank taking care of the innovation culture within the organisation. She also worked with the Land Public Transport Commission of Malaysia and Accenture in the areas of project management, change management, operational improvement, as well as strategy development.
Koichi Saito, Founder and General Partner of KK Fund
Koichi has 15 years’ experience in Venture Capital, Private Equity, Investment bank and money lending. Qualified as a Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA), a Real Estate Transaction Specialist as well as a Registered Money Lender.
He’s been in the casino business with Orix Corporation in Japan before being the team lead in the Investment Banking Division of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities before being a Project Manager for IGH by George Soros Real Estate Partners. In 2015, he founded KK Fund, a Singapore based venture capital fund. Join him and learn from his experience and expertise in startup financing at BaseConf2020!
Shen Loong Ong, Country Director of Lalamove
Country Director of Lalamove, that was founded in 2013 as EasyVan. It is now one of Asia’s leading local delivery platform in more than 20 cities. Being a unicorn startup based in Hong Kong, they are motivated to provide local delivery faster and simpler by harnessing the power of mobile internet to bring the sharing economy to logisits with more than 1 million customers.
Rashid Karim, CEO of Iskandar Malaysia Studios
Rashid Karim joined as chief executive officer of Iskandar Malaysia Studios (IMS) (previously Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios) in March 2019. Prior to that he was chief commercial officer at Granatum Ventures, the investment holding company for Khazanah’s Creative & Media assets, including IMS and Rhizophora Group, which was involved in content development, investment and distribution. Prior to that, he was vice president, investments at Khazanah Nasional Berhad in the creative & media team.
Zi Kang Tai, CEO of Oxwhite & FitGear
ZiKang Tai – E-commerce entrepreneur, growth-hacker & the founder of FITGEAR and OXWHITE. He started businesses with a RM3,000 (US$700) self-funded capital and grew it into a RM15mil (US$3.7mil) business through accumulated sales with 40,000 customers worldwide within 2 years.