SPEAKERS

 
Tanmay Bakshi
AI expert & Watson Program Developer, IBM

Mr Tanmay Bakshi is nothing like the average child you would meet. The twelve year old was first drawn to programming languages, when he was but five and wondered how his name could be displayed on his dad's computer screen. He set out on a quest to solve simple mysteries that intrigued him and started programming with his father’s help, and he is now one of the youngest apps developer in the world today.

The Canadian teen has become a global force in programming and commands more than 20,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel that teaches computer coding.

 
 
Jamie Woodruff
Europe’s No 1 Ethical Hacker

In his early twenties, Jamie Woodruff is already one of the world’s leading authorities on cyber security. Woodruff entered the public eye when he successfully hacked Facebook as part of a student competition at Bangor University where he was studying computer information systems. He has since uncovered security holes in numerous high-profile operations, including Kim Kardashian’s website, which he hacked in May to reveal that it was putting her fans’ data at serious risk.

Woodruff is an expert on cyber issues, travelling internationally to talk at global corporations and the industry’s most important conferences. He is also writing a book on cyber intelligence and combating terrorism whilst pursuing a PhD in political science at Sheffield University.

Woodruff talks about the importance of System and Network Security and is known for disclosing world-wide exploits and vulnerabilities within leading security applications such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Apple and Google. He finds existing exploits by infiltrating the companies in question. He demonstrated this by impersonating a Domino’s pizza delivery boy at a large financial institution and gaining access to their server room via pick-locking. All carried out under fully authorised, ethical penetration testing.

 
 
Claudia Olsson
Digital Transformation Strategist

Claudia Olsson, newly appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, is the founder and CEO of Exponential AB, a global consultancy specialized in providing strategic advice, analysis and professional development related to the digital transformation.

Claudia is one of the Nordic region’s most sought-after speakers on exponential technologies, future trends, leadership and governance. Her work focuses on the impact of new technologies on citizens, society and global markets.

In 2016, Claudia authored the Sweden 2030 future scenario for the Digitalization Commission at the Government of Sweden, focused on the digital, integrated, smart and competitive society. She also co-authored the acclaimed report “Blockchain-Decentralized Trust” for the Entrepreneurship Forum. Based on the research that Claudia conducts, she has founded Exponential AB to help businesses and governments translate technology development into strategy. Claudia is passionate about addressing global challenges through smart solutions in governance, technology and business.

Claudia has served as Associate Faculty at Singularity University as well as Senior Advisor to the Office of Strategic Analysis at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden. Claudia previously set up and managed the policy think-tank ACCESS Health International in Singapore following her work for ACCESS in India and her assignment with the United Nations, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In addition to repeatedly being ranked as one of Sweden’s top young business talents, Claudia Olsson has been awarded multiple honors including: The Young Leader of the year in Sweden by 4Potentials, a Leader of the Next Generation by the Stars Foundation in Switzerland and China, a Gifted Citizen by La Ciudad de las Ideas in Mexico and the European David Rockefeller Fellowship at the Trilateral Commission.

 
 
Dr Raoul- Gabriel Urma
CEO of Cambridge Spark, Chairman of the Cambridge Coding Academy, Co- Founder of Oxbridge Inspire

Raoul is author of the bestselling programming book “Java 8 in Action” which sold over 20,000 copies globally. Raoul completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge. During his PhD he initiated an open source research project at Google which adds enhanced runtime checking to Python.

In addition, he holds a MEng in Computer Science from Imperial College London and graduated with first class honours having won several prizes for technical innovation. He has worked for Google, eBay, Oracle, and Goldman Sachs. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 
 
Dato' Dr. Simon Leung Lim Kin
Vice - Chairman & Executive Director, NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited

Simon has spearheaded industry leading IT and telecommunications giants in the Asia Pacific region for over 30 years. From overseeing the growth of Motorola Asia Pacific Limited to numerous strategic achievements of Chairman and CEO of Microsoft’s Greater China Region.

Immediately prior to joining as Vice Chairman and Executive Director of NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited and Chairman of Elernity Limited in March 2015, Simon has been at the driver seat for 2 years at the Harrow International School’s development in Asia Pacific. Well-versed in all-round business management from a macro-strategic level to day-to-day operations. Simon is both the insightful leader and the realist hands-on working partner.

Simon’s prevalence in education sees him as advisor to the Richard Ivey School of Business at the Western University, Canada; Treasurer and Council Member and Chairman of Finance Committee of Tung Wah College, Hong Kong. He is also a member of Cyberport Advisory Panel.

 
 
Lee Kwai Seng
Managing Director, RIA Venture Capital, AIRmaker, Singapore

Mr Lee (kwai) held senior executive positions at various multi-national companies managing the market entry for markets in North Asia markets, specifically Taiwan and China. He had also started several businesses in distribution of electronic components, renewable energy and services for the chemical industry. In addition to driving the developments of GWIA, Mr Lee is currently engaged in the early stage startups ecosystem in Asia, mentoring and working with many tech startups through their various stages of development.

 
 
Belinda Esterhammer
Founder of Springboard Group

Belinda is the founder of Springboard Group, an integrated marketing agency bridging traditional and millennial thinking to drive new and innovative approaches. Prior starting Springboard, she led high-profile marketing campaigns for EY's female entrepreneur program and worked in marketing across many sectors around the world.

A tech enthusiast with international experience she empowers people to become innovators and entrepreneurs by facilitating startup boot camps and she is a passionate advocate for female mentoring and founded the NextGen Women Network (NWN), a non-profit mentoring network for high school and university girls in Hong Kong.

Her experiences ranges across different sectors from business consulting, start-ups, integrated marketing to tourism development.

 
 
Victor Lo
Head of Cybersecurity, MDEC

Victor Lo is an experienced professional more than (16) years of information security and risk consulting experience in both enterprise information security solution and specialise on threat intelligence framework. Over the years, he has served businesses Across the region of the Asia South countries such as India, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Experience dealing with vertical industry primarily in South East Asia market and including Fortune 500 companies. Victor currently attach with MDEC heading the information security industry development. His key role will be driving security as catalyst for digital transformation for the nation and promote collaboration among security industry vendors and innovation for security ecosystem.

 
 
Sherrel Roche
Senior Market Analyst IDC

Sherrel Roche is a senior market analyst for IDC’s Asia/Pacific Services Research Group. She has successfully conducted researches related to government agencies, government-linked companies (GLCs), and large Malaysian enterprises from different industries.

Sherrel covers topics ranging from various technology vantage points most particularly on ASEAN cybersecurity services. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Sherrel is responsible for research and custom projects relating to IT services, BPO, and so forth across the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region.

Prior to this role, she specialized in tracking and analyzing the APEJ storage software market. Sherrel brings ten years of experience in Information Technology (IT), Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), and Consulting industries. She had previously worked with IBM, Thomson Reuters, and Genpact, focusing primarily on market research and data analysis across the technology, financial, and automobile sectors.

 
 
Wolfgang Weidinger
Chairperson of the Vienna Data Science Group

Mr Wolfgang heads the data science team of FRANSTAHL Austria, an Austrian steel trading company based in Vienna.

As the Chief Data Scientist, he designs and incorporate a company-wide analytics and data science framework also suited for AI solutions, further refines dynamic pricing algorithms, further develop of CRM applications, and develop data science solutions for all relevant topics and rolling out to all divisions and subsidiary companies across Europe.

 
 
Samira Emmerson
Analytics and Data Science Director, The Center of Applied Data Science

As the Director, she leads the Data Science team to deliver Data and Analytics solutions ranging from developing systems to delivering training to Public and Private sectors.

Her experiences range from designing data and analytics solutions based on the business need, conceptualising the business questions and leading teams of data professionals to develop solutions. Her keen interest are in all aspects of data life cycle from storage to processing and analytics including relational and NoSQL engines

 
 
Dato’ Jovian Mandagie
Renowned Fashion Designer & Founder JM Brand
An established designer, well-recognized for his genial inspired touch of Mal-Indo influences; alluringly crafted designs, infused high fashion with exlusive aesthetics, labels the Malaysian-based and fashion mogul, Dato' Jovian Mandagie. Since its career started in 2006, his brand has been defined predominately in creating the ultimate couture dresses from the legendary classic look to contemporary chic pieces, continued with expending his marks as a bridal designer and wedding planner.

Today, as the designer-turned-entrepreneur, Jovian Mandagie and his team have successfully expanded its line of business into different categories, capturing every segments of demographic level from niche to mass to corporate line with higher investment returns each year and growing numbers of customer database. The rapid growth of the business has also penetrated a strong presence on a global market through his e-commerce platform and international partnership.
 
 
Bettina Bachmann
Vice President, Subsurface Wells Software, Production & Technology, Shell The Hague

Bachmann has more than 30 years of experience from various management positions in Shell. She started her career as an explorer covering geological fieldwork and designing seismic surveys. This was followed by a number of postings across the Middle East and Europe in various technical and leadership roles in exploration and production.

She started her career as an explorer covering geological fieldwork and designing seismic surveys. She serves as Director of Swiss Shell Pension fund. She served as Director of Shell Technology Canada. Bachmann holds a Master of Science in geophysics from the ETH in Zurich.

 
 
Prof Kuldar Taveter
Professor, Head of the Sociotechnical Systems' Lab, Tallinn University of Technology, Republic of Estonia

Prof Kuldar’s leads the Laboratory of Socio- Technical Systems Reseach Group at Tallinn University where research areas are focused on the application areas of e-government, smart cities, crisis management, and fusion of environmental information.

His other research areas include Software Engineering, Information Systems (Business Informatics) and Computer and Society.

 
 
Ayeesha Khanna
Expert in Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities and Fintech

Ayesha Khanna is a technology, urbanisation and education expert with over 15 years of experience in product and service innovation and human capital development. She advises companies

Ayesha is CEO of Technology Quotient, which develops content and technology platforms for the vocational and K-12 educational sectors. Within the company, Applied Skills develops courses to boost productivity in rapidly growing sectors such as hospitality and retail, and 21C teaches 21st century skills to children, including concepts in coding, robotics, and design. In 2014, she joined the Singapore Ministry of Education’s ASPIRE Steering Committee on higher education reform.

Ayesha previously founded the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group that analysed emerging technologies and their social, economic and political implications. She also directs the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.

Ayesha is the Editorial Director of Look Ahead, an award-winning multimedia series on global innovation trends published by The Economist Group in partnership with GE. She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Foreign Policy, Straits Times and BigThink. She is author of Straight Through Processing for Financial Services (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).

Ayesha is on the Board of Advisors for Humanity+, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of EGO Magazine (2004-11), one of the first arts and culture magazines for the South Asian diaspora in New York City. She is the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a project that delivers free technology classes for school girls in Singapore.

Ayesha has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and is completing her PhD on urban information infrastructures at the London School of Economics.

 
 
Iqram Magdon - Ismail
Co Founder Venmo

Iqram Magdon-Ismail is responsible for revolutionizing the way the world exchanges money. A New York-based entrepreneur, he is best known for co-founding the digital payment platform, Venmo.

Venmo first launched in 2009, after Iqram went to visit co-founder Andrew Kortina in New York City for the weekend and forgot his wallet. The pair soon realized that their problem was a universal challenge that people faced daily, and developed an app that allows you to send money to someone with just a tap on your smartphone.

Venmo was acquired by Braintree in 2012 for $26.2 million. Only a year later, Braintree went on to be acquired by PayPal for $800 million. Today, Venmo processes more than $6.8 billion in payments per quarter – with plans to exponentially scale their year-over-year growth through their relationship with PayPal.

Prior to starting Venmo, Iqram was raised in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Uganda before immigrating to the United States. He currently spends his time working on Ense, a social voice platform he founded in 2016, which allows users to share information, stories, conversations and more through short audio clips.

He was named one of Inc.’s 30 Under 30 in 2010, and honored as a "Great Immigrant" by the Carnegie Foundation in 2016.

 
 
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino‘s
IoT Thought Leader and Product Designer

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer and entrepreneur.

She was named first in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014).

She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, connected lamps for your global friends and family.

She is also the Director of designswarm a strategic consultancy focusing on the internet of things. Some of her clients include BBC R&D, P&G, British Gas, EDF R&D and Nominet, British Telecom and others.

She was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK.

She has been running the London Internet of Things meetup since 2011, the second largest meetup on that topic in the world.

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and galleries around the world.

She is part of the Mozilla Leadership Network Advisory Group and an advisor to many start-ups.

 
 
Taresh Mulky
Data Evangelist & Manager, South East Asia Customer Consulting, Tableau

Taresh has over 15 years’ experience in diverse industries from manufacturing to consulting. Prior to joining Tableau, Taresh worked for organizations such as IBM and SAS in the business analytics space. Taresh is an evangelist for business analytics, and he enjoys bridging the gap between business issues and the right solution.

He was the first few Sales Consultants to join the Singapore office in 2014, and has been instrumental in Tableau's success within the Singapore Public Sector & Healthcare as well as the region. He is a trusted advisor and has worked with most if not all of the agencies and helped with small-team to organizational wide deployments. Taresh manages the Southeast Asia Consulting team today.

 
 
Shaily Shah
Research Manager, IDC

Shaily Shah is a research manager for IDC's Asia/Pacific Internet of Things (IoT) practice. Based in Singapore, Shaily is responsible for driving the IoT program and building and delivering research with respect to IoT in the region. In this role, she uses consultative-based approach to advice vendors and industry players on topics such as smart cities, smart homes, drones, and wearables, among others. Prior to joining IDC, Shaily has over nine years of work experience in research and consulting in India and Singapore. Having worked with Boston Consulting Group, Gartner, Citibank, EY, and Frost & Sullivan, she has always latched on to new technologies in emerging markets such as mobile data deluge, omni-channel customer experience, digital payments, mobile banking, and so forth.

She has experience in writing crisp research papers, client interaction with C-level audience, business development, and overall project execution. Shaily earned her MBA from Cardiff Business School in the United Kingdom. She completed her master's degree in commerce and bachelor's degree in management studies from Mumbai University.

 
 
Naveen Menon
President, South East Asia, CISCO

Naveen is the President for Cisco Systems in Southeast Asia and is responsible for driving profitable growth across 10 countries in the region.

Prior to joining Cisco, Naveen led the Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) practice for A.T. Kearney in Asia Pacific. He served mobile and fixed operators, internet services, media companies and the public sector on strategy, digital transformation, operations improvement, public policy and organization restructuring.

Naveen is a knowledge adviser to the World Economic Forum and his work in the area of personal data has been featured at several public and private sessions at the Annual Meeting in Davos from 2013-15.

Naveen has a deep passion on how technology can support entrepreneurship, education and wider social outcomes. He has advised non-profits, social enterprises, industry associations and governments, on a wide range of topics. He was the worldwide leader of A.T. Kearney’s Social Impact practice for 5 years.

He has been regularly featured on TV, print and in the online press, including: BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia and is an experienced speaker and facilitator in large global conferences.

Naveen began his career at General Electric Corporation where he was part of the Corporate Audit Staff and was also trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau/Singapore).

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