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Abbas is a seasoned professional in the freight forwarding industry with 20 years of experience. In his past experiences he has managed freight forwarding projects, led entire departments in freight forwarding firms, and most recently has been managing and promoting his own firm for the past 9 years. He is a strategic forward thinker and his forte is developing integrated supply chain solutions for clients and executing them. FreightKart.com is a result of the experience, the connections and the network developed over the last 2 decades within the Logistics industry.
As the CEO of Oman post AbdulMalik Al Balushi is leading a strong organisation of 500 employees and 83 branches nationally; his renown leadership has demonstrated strong communication skills, effective stakeholders’ management, resourcefulness and high performance, to name a few.
Mr. Al Balushi has continually lead high performing teams with a vast background in human resources management; leading in key strategic sectors such as Logistics (transportation), Telecommunication, Municipality, Energy & Utilities.
His career trajectory expands over 15 years; of which 8 have included managing multiple functions and sectors in the Sultanates public and private sector. He continues to give back as a visiting faculty member of 'The school of Management' at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).
Aizat Rahim is the COO of Dropee.com - a B2B marketplace where businesses are able to buy and sell in bulk. With Dropee, retailers are able to source for products directly from qualified wholesalers, manufacturers and principals at a faster, cheaper and reliable way. With experiences covering across the supply chain, medical, travel, and tech investment industries, Aizat is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship - especially amongst the younger generations.
Outside of Dropee, he is the Business Development Director for Worldline Group (www.worldlinegroup.com) which comprises of a few companies that cater as a wholesaling & distribution and retail businesses (Specialty Outlets & F&B Outlets) in Malaysia. He was formerly the Founding Partner of Infinite Ventures (Acquired by Kern Technologies), an early-stage accelerator that provides seed funding for tech startups.
Aizat hopes to create, contribute, and collaborate within ecosystems that has high impact on community living and hopes to push humanity forward.
Anuvrat Rao is the Head of Web Product Partnerships for Google APAC. In his role, he leads product business development for web initiatives at Google. Major initiatives include Accelerate Mobile Pages (AMP) & Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Prior to his current position, Anuvrat worked on Youtube APAC strategy running cross functional projects spanning content, marketing, sales, and product in the region.
Arne is the CEO and Founder of Parcel Perform, an innovative suite of solutions that manages the complexities of e-commerce logistics and and fulfillment.
Before founding Parcel Perform, Arne was Vice President for Business Development at DHL eCommerce Asia Pacific, where he led the development of e-commerce logistics products tailored for online marketplaces and merchants as well as market entries for DHL eCommerce throughout Asia. Prior to that, he was Vice President at Singapore Post’s SP eCommerce, where where he was responsible for the B2C e-commerce businesses including vPost and Omigo. In 2012, Arne was the founding CEO of ZALORA, South East Asia’s leading fashion e-commerce player across 8 markets.
Arne was a longtime management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he worked on technology projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. Arne is a trained economist with a Ph.D. in regulatory economics.
Bassey, a young entrepreneur, he innovates, creates and develop technology solutions. He has over 18 years experience and has been involved in several projects across Africa such as enterprise business solution for the Ghana Post, roll-out of the e-passport for the Nigerian Immigration Service, setup of the largest e-library and e-learning hub in East Africa (MUBS Uganda), development of software for revenue collections for various State Governments in Nigeria, establishment of electronic voters register for Nigerian Government etc. Recently awarded Tech Entrepreneur of the year 2017 by Nigeria Technology Awards.
He's a Honorary citizen of Dallas, United States.
In 2014, Beh Lee Yen co-founded Happy Bunch, an online flower delivery service that aims to make it simple for anyone to send flowers and delightful for everyone to received them.
LeeYen, is a former advertising suit and banker with 19 years of operational and strategic
management under her belt. She spent half her career in advertising, specializing in direct marketing & communication with several multinational advertising agencies in New York City and Malaysia. The other half was with an international bank, where her roles covered marketing communications, product development & management, and eventually managing a multi-billion dollar business.
Being able to take birds eye view, yet eagle like focus concurrently to ensure consistency
and strive for best results for the team and business, Lee Yen now oversees the operational part of Happy Bunch.
Lee Yen has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Advertising & Marketing, at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (USA).
As a co-owner and Director of Tinyme, Ben oversees the Finance, HR, Compliance & Risk, IT, Customer Service and Logistics functions of the business.
Since joining Tinyme in 2010, Ben has been instrumental in developing the company’s export strategy and building out the business platform to sustain rapid growth.
Growing rapidly in sales of personalised children’s products, Tinyme featured in the BRW Fast Starter List 2011 and has been a finalist 16 times in the Australian Online Retail Industry Awards, winning the ORIAs for Best Pureplay Online Retailer, Best Omnichannel Customer Service and Best Mobile Commerce Site in 2017 and Best Site Optimisation & Design in 2016. Tinyme has featured in the Power Retail Top 100 Online Retailers (Australia) for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Tinyme was also a finalist in the Australian Retail Fulfilment Awards 2018 in two categories.
Ben served for two years as a Non-Executive Director of Australia's National Online Retailers Association (NORA) and featured in Inside Retail’s Top 50 People in E-Commerce (Australia) list for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2017, Ben was nominated as a finalist in the Industry Recognition Award at the ORIAs.
Beth Bao is Director of Strategy at JD Logistics. She is responsible for strategic planning, industry analysis and project management.
Before joining JD.com, Beth was Supply Chain Senior Manager at Bestseller Fashion Group China from 2013-2015. Prior to that, she was Senior Consultant at Accenture, where she provided strategy and operations consulting to leading multinationals and Chinese SOEs for five years.
Beth holds a B.A. from Nankai University and an M.A. in management from the University of International Business and Economics.
Park N Parcel is the brainchild of Bryan See Toh, who takes on the role of CEO of the company. Enthusiastic about entrepreneurship, Bryan sets the tone and vision of the company and at the same time, oversees the overall operations of Park N Parcel. He is an innovator with a passion to leverage on technology to solve daily pain point in people’s lives and believes in lean start-up methodology.
Prior to Park N Parcel, Bryan was a stockbroker and has also started several businesses in the hospitality and E-commerce sector garnering more than 3 years of entrepreneurship experience.
Clare is one of the co-founder’s of Her Velvet Vase, a fashion e-commerce company.
She started the business when she was 19 and still in university, with her sister Mag Chan, and is in charge of business development and customer retention and acquisition.
Since then, they have grown to team of 15, designing in-house and producing designs in ethical and carefully sourced boutique factories in China. In 2012, Her Velvet Vase was the first online store to introduce a fashion subscription model. In 2015, the brand expanded to New York and in 2017, the first Her Velvet Vase brick and mortar store was introduced.
The Her Velvet Vase brand is embodied by 3H’s – humble, human and humorous and their products are crafted for women that are always on the go – modern, classic, tailored and comfortable without comprising on quality, affordability and practicality.
Daniel Yu is the founder and CEO of Sokowatch, an e-commerce platform for informal retail shops in urban Africa. Through his work with Sokowatch, Daniel has received international recognition as the winner of the Prince of Wales Young Entrepreneur Prize, designation by the White House as an Emerging Global Entrepreneur, and as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Sokowatch, Daniel worked as software developer and previously attended the University of Chicago where he focused on International Studies and Linguistics before dropping out to pursue Sokowatch fulltime.
Dason Goh is the CEO and Co-Founder of Detrack Systems, an award-winning Real-Time Electronic Proof of Delivery (E-POD) Solution and Delivery Management System. In just over 3 years, he has led his team to acquire more than 300 clients from over 40 countries and enabled companies to complete more than 13 million jobs using the Detrack platform.
Dason is obsessed with using technology to solve some of the biggest problems plaguing businesses today. He is the key driver of some of the most innovative features Detrack currently offers, such as redefining customer experience by bringing Uber-style tracking experience to last mile deliveries.
With the rise of new opportunities made possible by Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Dason is now leading the charge in the use of A.I. to make the last mile delivery process smarter, more efficient and accurate, and generating new business insights that were previously not possible.
David Lee is Head, Asia Channels. His roles include developing end-to-end solutions for brand partners to bring their products to market. He works closely with brand owners, distributors, 3rd party logistics partners, digital marketing agencies and the data analytics team to ensure successful implementation of e-commerce solutions for our clients.
Prior to joining Y Ventures, David Lee was an investment professional, helping clients analyse and invest in businesses. Before that, David spent 14 years in the Singapore Armed Forces, specialising in submarine operations and operations centre management. He graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Honours in Marketing.
David Lee is the Digital Commerce Senior Consultant & Lecturer at SIRS. He has over 20 years of experience in digitising the retail industry, sales, marketing and business development. David speaks frequently at industry events for e-Commerce, Social Media, Mobile Commerce & Omni-channel topics, bringing his insights and experience to the industry practitioners.
Desraza Muslim was born in Padang, West Sumatra-Indonesia, December08, 1967. He is currently serves as Commercial Director of PT. Global Trade Logistics Network- The largest Indonesian’s Customs Brokerage specialized in e-commerce cross-borders.
Previously, he served as Operation Director of PT Chandra Adi Sentosa, the appointed customs brokerage for UPS- United Parcel Service Indonesia.
Desraza finished his bachelor degree in Economics, from the University of Christian Nommesensen, Medan in 1992, He was starting his career in express company by joining both PT Repex Perdana International and its principal FedEx Express from Customer Service to, ground operations, quality assurance, branch operations, FedEx Country Coordinator and gateway operations with his latest position as General Manager who is in charge of import and export sort operations, warehouse management, customs clearance and customer service support.
During his busy activities, to fulfilling his needs and interested in human being and behavior, he still continued his study and finished his bachelor degree from Psychology, the University of Indonesia in 2010.
After 20+ years of services, he decided to leave FedEx and joined PT Quantium Solutions Logistic Indonesia, a group of Singapore Post as Head of Operations to manage order management, warehouse & fulfillment and last mile deliveries.
Seven month with Quantium, in September 2016, he toke another bigger challenge to join Lazada Express as Senior Manager Operations who is in charge of Sortation Center for market place, cross-border and retail sort operations. He left Lazada in February 2017 and return back to Soekarno-Hatta Airport to join PT Chandra Adi Sentosa.
Professional Australian football player, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Yojee, an exciting logistics technology company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: YOJ) that has developed a technology platform that builds a solution to redefine the logistics industry and transform it to keep up with the e-commerce boom, utilising the global sharing-economy concept. Ed has been featured by Executive Series in Australia, Tech in Asia magazine, Prime Mover, Proactive Investors Australia, Post And Parcel magazine and numerous logistics and technology related media. Being consultant, industry spokesmen Ed has been invited as a speaker to international conferences as an industry expert with primary focus on logistics technology, blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Ed is an experienced technology entrepreneur with extensive experience in taking innovative technology platforms to market in areas such as real-time communication, big data Marketing and e-commerce. As Vice President of Sales at Temasys, Ed was part of a team that IBM recognized as one of the “Top-5 global start-ups to watch in 2014”.
Ed was Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Silicon Valley and Asia venture capitalist-backed marketing technology platform, Ematic, which now has more than 80 of South East Asia’s leading e-commerce retailers on its technology platform – a feat achieved within its first 12 months on the market.
Fanny See is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-founder of Detrack, a fuss-free delivery tracking B2B SaaS that allows any company, no matter in which part of the world they are in, to be able to let their customers track deliveries in real-time.
In less than 4 years from product launch, Fanny has led Detrack to be featured in the Business Times, APAC CIO Magazine, e27, Tech in Asia, clinched multiple awards and exhibited in more than 13 major trade exhibitions and shows, both locally and overseas. With global reach as one of the key marketing goals, Detrack today has acquired close to 400 corporate clients from more than 40 countries.
Given the dynamism of the evolving trends and times of logistics today, Fanny is very excited about the new marketing opportunities that new changes can bring to Detrack now and in the future.
Faycal Ihrai is a french C-Level executive and entrepreneur with a strong E-commerce background within -listed- internet companies. F.I has developed over these last 10 years some unique expertise on how e-commerce business opportunities evolve in emerging markets and the capabilities required to capture them. He spent 5 years at Booking.com part of Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN) where he actively participated in the company’s massive international expansion and it's journey in becoming the worldwide leading Online Travel Agency. In 2013 Ihrai was appointed CEO of jovago.com a Rocket Internet, Millicom and MTN online travel joint venture. In 2017 he joined Careem, MENA'S leading ride-hailing service after they closed their 500M$ fund where he acted as General Manager for North-Africa. Faycal now heads global marketing and expansion for MallforAfrica.com and MallfortheWorld.com
Francois joined Aramex Global Solutions in early 2017 as Global Operations and Commercial Director. He came from the pureplay retail industry, where he was in charge of ASOS’ Deliver Solutions. He led teams that continuously reviewed the delivery and returns strategies and developed innovative final mile solutions for their 15 million registered users across 240 countries and territories from their multiple worldwide fulfilment centres. He also worked a number of years at FedEx where he succeeded at delivering complex multi-modal solutions whilst also reducing transportation costs for major Fashion and Luxury brands.
Francois holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Management and an Executive MBA with Distinction from Cass Business School. He is bilingual in French and English and fluent in Dutch and Italian.
Gaetano is currently Country Head at Lalamove Singapore. He was previously based in Amazon's European headquarters as Global Project Operations Manager. Prior to Amazon, Gaetano held managerial positions in product and operations with Rocket Internet's Zalora, Lazada and HelloFresh where he honed his skills and experience in product management, customer service, logistics, data and market analysis and optimizing SOPs. Gaetano holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and MSc in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Bocconi University. He speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French, and has lived in 7 different countries in Europe, Asia and South America.
Gino is the Head of Marketing at Black Arrow Express. He now plays a key role in the AAI Group, a 35-year old logistics company, in building the new digital brand to address the demand for tech-integrated, last-mile fulfillment in eCommerce. He is passionate about Digital Marketing and Product Planning. Prior to his current role, Gino has managed digital marketing project teams in Manila, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh. Over the last few years, he has led android app launches in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Hussein has been entrenched in eCommerce since 2013. After his first stint as in operations in BeMyGuest, Singapore's uprising online travel agency, he moved onto joining the pioneer team of LAZADA Singapore. There, he expanded the Electronics business to a multi-million dollar business within just months.
He is presently managing both the local supply chain logistics in Zilingo Singapore and the cross-border logistics into, and within Zilingo's 3 active countries: Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
Recently, Hussein has also undertaken a new project called the Zilingo Seller Ecosystem, a host of services designed to alleviate the different pains of selling online, be it in getting product photoshoots, or even financial difficulties.
Hussein is working to bringing businesses online and empowering them, be it through removing the border constraints, or through value added services.
James Chang is Chief Crossborder Officer of Lazada eLogistics Group, based in Singapore.
He is responsible for strategic development and operations of the fast-growing crossborder business across Hong Kong and China.
James has been with Lazada Group since 2012, and has served in various roles across Southeast Asia –including as Chief Operating Officer of Lazada Philippines, and Executive Vice President of Operations of Lazada Group.
Jayden has, in a compact 4 year period, built a reputation of engineering cost effective and sustainable solutions for companies, at a practical pace, in realistic stages. A champion of thought leadership, Jayden’s entrepreneurial capabilities have been recognised through grants and awards won at national and global tech competitions.
He is the founding owner of a few start-ups and regular speaker at the Google (HQ) Business Group, all in which made him grounded and places him at good standing to best understand the uphill task business owners and key decision makers face in a highly competitive retail environment.
Jeffrey Siy takes charge as a CEO at Galleon.ph. He has more than 5 years worth of e-commerce experience starting initially from a local group buying site then working his way into a cross border e-commerce website which is Galleon.ph. His focus and interest lie mainly in digital marketing and growth hacking.
Jeremy Khoo is a business operator with a passion for the Southeast Asian e-commerce space. He is currently Group CEO of iFashion - a leading regional fashion and lifestyle retail company. He was a co-founder of e-commerce fast fashion label Dressabelle and lifestyle marketplace Megafash, both of which exited to iFashion Group. Under his leadership, iFashion and it's subsidiaries have raised multiple investment rounds from venture capitalists up to Series B.
Within iFashion, Jeremy co-founded retail blockchain MegaX which successfully conducted a token sale and deployed the cryptocurrency for use. He also spends his time advising and building exciting blockchain projects such as Consentium and Viola.ai.
Jim is the Founder and CEO of Parcel Santa, operating the widest network of residential parcel lockers in Singapore. Jim hails from the logistics industry and through experience is keenly aware of the limitations and challenges of existing delivery models. In championing Parcel Santa and the concept of consolidated delivery points for urban logistics, he has engineered a new viable variation of last mile delivery that supports the existing model while dramatically increases efficiency and capacity for the industry. Further, aligned with the ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Cashless Society’ concepts, Parcel Santa offers a better payment collection experience for the last mile. Jim is a graduate of New York University in Economics and East Asian Studies and now resides in Singapore.
As the Head of Marketing at CarPal, Joanne is responsible for driving all marketing efforts, setting marketing plans and strategies, as well as building the awareness and positioning of the CarPal brand. Prior to joining CarPal as one of the founding members, Joanne has over 8 years of international experiences in various sectors such as Venture Capital, Marketing, Public Relations and Non-Profit.
Originally from Taiwan, Joanne has lived and worked in cities across Europe and Asia. Joanne holds an MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore) and a BA from Sophia University (Japan).
Joe oversees the strategic direction of the Singapore-based third-party logistics company providing last-mile delivery, channel management, international shipping and warehousing. The company counts many major companies such as Kao Singapore and Mondelez among their clients. Today, it is rapidly growing with over 60,000 sq ft of warehouse space and 10,000 crowdsourced drivers under its management.
Ze Yan’s entrepreneurial endeavours began when he was completing his university education at the National University of Singapore. His first foray into the F&B Industry was a food delivery startup that provided supper options to hungry residents at student dormitories. Not long after graduation, he conceptualized and established The Lawn, a specialty grill & salad cafe located in Biopolis. Expanding into a 3 outlet chain in its heyday, Ze Yan started facing issues in managing takeout and delivery orders from his customers. The quest to solve these pain points become the initial draft of Oddle’s business plan
Ze Yan is the main driver of the team and has very strong business acumen within the F&B Industry. His infectious character and strong man management skills make him a natural leader. He is in charge of building and maintaining relationships with key investors and stakeholders in the company.
Karan is the CEO & Co-Founder of Rapid Rabbits a.k.a RaRa Delivery, a last mile delivery service in Singapore.
He is ex-Unilever Regional eCommerce Supply Chain manager who led the setup of Supply Chain for Unilever to enter eCommerce marketplaces in South East Asia working with the likes of Lazada.
Through RaRa's totally disruptive operational model, strong technology and customized offerings, Karan aspires to build a tech brand for last mile providing affordable same-day delivery services to both consumers and businesses with best-in-class customer experience.
Kaushik Burman (Sales Director, B2B Fleet & Mobility Solutions, Singapore & Indonesia, Shell) heads the B2B Mobility business for Singapore and Indonesia.
The B2B mobility solutions business offers B2B road transportation customers with a comprehensive “Total Fleet Management” solution, embed with technology enabled fleet card, telematics solution and optimization algorithms.
Shell’s fleet management solution has helped customers across a wide range from large 3PLs/4 PLs/ ecommerce/ manufacturing / FMCG, focus on improving fleet efficiency, thereby leading to higher performance, and overall lower total costs of ownership & usage.
Kaushik has earlier worked in strategy and marketing departments in Shell, his previous assignment was in the clean fuels portfolio based in The Hague, where the team developed LNG fuel for heavy duty trucking and marine applications.
Kaushik is a mechanical engineer by training and holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he received the prestigious J&J Blue Ocean strategy scholarship.
Kelvin Tan Qungen, a retail enthusiast, believes constant change is crucial in the current retail landscape. He holds with him extensive industry experience in the convenience and mini supermarket sector, where he successfully grew and transformed conventional mini supermarket concepts into current day tech savvy stores. This included key projects like the adoption of Enterprise Resource Planning systems and Point of Sale terminals, where new business processes like automated inventory replenishment and replanograming through point of sale data analysis were introduced.
With a forward thinking mind-set and an ever readiness to embrace change, Kelvin was asked to be part of the I-Econ Franchisee Management Committee in 2009 and was appointed to be the English Secretary for the Singapore Minimart Association in 2015. He was also awarded the National Retail Scholarship in 2011.
Kelvin has constantly been approached by suppliers to conduct retail insights courses and retail trends sharing sessions to allow business partners to further understand retailers and optimise their marketing efforts. His deep passion for retail boosted his desire to share his knowledge and experience with other retailers in Singapore, in the hope that Singapore’s retail scene will soar towards greater heights.
Kenneth Low is the Chief Commercial & Operations Officer and Co-Founder of Arcadier, a global leader and specialist in eCommerce Marketplace technology.
Established in 2013, Arcadier is headquartered in Singapore with offices in Sydney, Manila and the Silicon Valley. Arcadier’s vision is to democratize marketplace technology with the strong believe that the technology should be simplified so that anyone with a marketplace or a sharing economy idea can make them a reality. Arcadier is the world’s fastest growing marketplace technology company. With Arcadier’s online marketplace solution, startups, communities and businesses can create marketplace for sale of goods, rental of space or equipment and even create a professional services marketplace, easily as well as cost effectively. For its innovation, Arcadier became an awarded finalist at the Emerging Enterprise 2016, SGTech 2016 Bronze Winner for the Best Innovative Early Stage Company and the winner of Millennial Commerce Enabler Award 2017 by Millennial 20-20,
Kenneth has more than 18 years of work experience in the area of Strategy, Marketing and Business Development. He has demonstrated acute business acumen in scaling businesses across diverse markets especially in the area of eCommerce and online payments. Prior to founding Arcadier, Kenneth was the Asia Pacific Head of Strategy and Business Development for PayPal (then an eBay Company) where he was responsible for the growth plans of PayPal across the continent. Kenneth started his career in Audit and Business Advisory. He is a Chartered Accountant and also holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Mr Law Chung Ming was appointed Group Director for the Transport & Logistics Group of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore from November 2015.
IE Singapore is the government agency promoting international trade and partnering Singapore companies in going global. The agency also has a global network in more than 35 locations, with presence in many emerging markets.
In his current portfolio, Mr Law is responsible for facilitating companies in the Aviation, Maritime, Land Transport, Logistics and Oil and Gas Sectors in international collaboration partnerships and overseas ventures. This encompasses co-ordination with IE Singapore’s global centres to develop trade and investment linkages between Singapore and global markets, providing in-market facilitation, market insights, intelligence, business & government connections, and consultancy advice for market entry and expansion into various regions.
Mr Law was the Group Director for the China Group from May 2011 to October 2015. As Group Director of China Group, Mr Law is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and policies to assist the expansion of Singapore-based companies into China.
Mr Law started his career with IE Singapore (then Trade Development Board) in July 1995 in the International Trading Division. In July 1998, Mr Law was posted to Taiwan as Centre Director of IE Singapore’s Taipei Office. In September 2003, Mr Law was appointed as Centre Director of IE Singapore’s Beijing Office, overseeing the North China region. He was also concurrently the First Secretary (Commercial) of the Republic of Singapore Embassy in Beijing, promoting business cooperation between Singapore and China.
In July 2006, Mr Law returned to Singapore and was seconded to the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry as a Strategist in the newly-established Futures Group. The Futures Group identifies emerging global developments and generates ideas for the Singapore economy of the future.
From November 2007 to May 2011, Mr Law assumed the position of Regional Director (South China) of IE Singapore, based in Guangzhou to promote investments and business collaboration in South China by Singapore-based enterprises.
Mr Law graduated from the National University of Singapore (Bachelor of Business Administration - Second Upper Honours) in 1995. Mr Law was awarded the Singapore Government’s Asian Business Fellowship in 2001 to study in Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) where he graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 2003. He is fluent in both Mandarin and English.
Leo is currently serving multiple functions in Airbus Helicopters, spanning from his role as the Head of Aviation Safety for the Asia Pacific Region, Head of Design for Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia (AHSA), and the Head of the Skyways Program – Airbus Helicopter’s Urban Air Delivery project in Singapore.
He is a Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Design Signatory, a Rotary- Wing Category 1 Flight Test Engineer, Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE), and Certification/Qualification Engineer (CQE) for AHSA.
He also serves as the industry chairman for the Asia-Pacific Helicopter Safety Team (AHEST), the Asia-Pacific partner to the International Helicopter Safety Team, and is a member on the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Aerospace Technology Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining Airbus Helicopters in 2009, Leo was an Airforce Engineering Officer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). His tours of duties include serving as an Officer-In-Charge of Rotary-Wing Structures Repair and Non-Destructive Inspection, Detachment Engineering Officer in Brunei, Rotary Wing Flight Test Engineer, and Head of Rotary-Wing/UAV Aerodynamics Section.
Leo is a graduate and Dunlop Trophy winner (top Flight Test Engineer) of the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS). He also holds a B.Eng in Solid-State Engineering Physics and a M.Sc. in Material Science and Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, USA.
TY is currently the Regional Head of Operations in Shopee, the fastest-growing e-commerce platform in Southeast-Asia and Taiwan. Shopee is supported by Sea, Southeast Asia’s largest internet platform provider.
As Regional Head of Operations, he oversees Ops functions from payment, logistics, to customer service, fraud, warehousing. He is concurrently Head of People team.
Prior to Shopee, TY spent more than four years with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and graduated with First Class Honors from Imperial College London.
As CTO, Leong Seng is responsible for GeTS’ (Global eTrade Services) products & services roadmap, and continuing to expand the company’s portfolio and drive product innovation. He also has a dual role in CrimsonLogic - Senior Vice President, forming part of the Senior Management Committee.
Before this role in GeTS, Leong Seng was the Vice President for Legal Sector Group (LSG), responsible for driving growth, viability and sustainability of the company’s business through the implementation of efficient and cost-effective IT solutions to customers in the Courts and legal domain. He was also double-hatting as Head of Regional Headquarter Singapore (RHQ Singapore), where he was tasked to create and drive the business strategies in Singapore, while deepening customer intimacy with the respective key customers in this market.
Leong Seng joined CrimsonLogic in 1998 and was appointed the Project Manager for Saudi Arabia’s nationwide trade facilitation project in 2003. He later assumed the role of Programme Director and Head of Regional Pre-sales and Delivery in the Middle-East region, where he led his team in implementing several nationwide legal and trade facilitation projects, including UAE’s Ministry of Justice eJustice Programme, and Federal Customs Maqasa Clearance System. Later, Leong Seng’s experience in implementing successful projects in the Middle-East region enabled him to take on the role as Senior Director where he headed the RHQ Middle-East & Africa team. Some of his major project wins include Oman Single Electronic Window and Namibia eJudiciary System.
Leong Seng graduated with a Bachelor in Computing from the Birmingham City University in United Kingdom.
Ms. Tong is the Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders in Hong Kong honoree and the COO China, Business Development Director of Strawberrynet. She leads the business development for the world’s leading beauty online store where over 800 brands and 30,000 products are shipped to 190 countries around the globe every day.
Before joining Strawberrynet, Ms. Tong help launched one of the earliest influential ‘dotcoms’ in greater China, renren.com, and went on to build up PCCW’s [HKSE:0008] integrated media arm, AdSociety developing NOW.com profile, forming partnerships with international technology companies before she found a successful online business selling luxury lingerie globally, established one of the earliest omni-channel retail businesses in 2006, and launched the first commercialized AI mirror in brick & mortar store in 2013. In 2005, she was nominated for the Veuve Clicquot Woman of the Year, and the Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Awards.
Ms. Tong sits on the board of Hong Kong Federation of eCommerce and is the President of the University of Washington Alumni Association in Hong Kong, Chairman of Tong Leung Tak Music Foundation, former board member of Zonta Club and Member of HK General Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Committee.
Maarten Hemmes is the founder and CEO of CarPal, a logistics startup headquartered in Singapore.
An innovator and entrepreneur at heart, Maarten launched his first startup in legaltech at the tender age of 22. Maarten also has over 10 years of software development experience through his own IT company serving clients in Europe, U.S. and Asia.
Inspired by the uberization of services and recognising the rising demand in e-commerce and last-mile logistics, Maarten launched CarPal in July 2014. With a vision to build an innovative delivery ecosystem which focuses on tech, Maarten continues to work tirelessly to build a product that enables logistics companies to become more efficient and scale faster.
By introducing ideas like democratization of fleets and high fulfilment rate through smart algorithms, Maarten’s mission is to build a company which can become the on-demand supply chain infrastructure for every major city in the world.
Originally from the Netherlands, Maarten has lived and worked in cities across Europe, U.S. and Asia. He holds Master of Laws degree from University of Amsterdam, and speaks fluent Dutch, English, German with working knowledge of Spanish and French.
Manoj Menon directly manages Frost & Sullivan’s business in Asia Pacific.
Manoj started at Frost & Sullivan in December 1996 as one of the pioneers when the company was just beginning its trajectory into Asia. Hehas, since then, successfully grown the company’s presence and business in Asia Pacific by manifold. Manoj continues to drive Frost & Sullivan’s expansion in the region, yielding the highest year-on-year growth to the group’s global business.
Throughout his tenure at Frost & Sullivan, Manoj has consulted on multiple strategic and syndicated projects for leading multinational companies, regulators and government bodies, providing growth workshops and client counsels, among others. He is today one of the region’s most sought-after speakers and thought leaders, wherein his expert opinions have been heard at seminars and industry conferences globally. Manoj is also frequently featured in leading media, namely CNN, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNBC, BBC, Singapore Business Times and Straits Times, and Malaysian Business.
He earned his Bachelor of Engineering at Mumbai University, and MBA at the ICFAI Business School in India. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Marco De Lorenzo is the Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Zyllem. He is a versatile business professional and entrepreneur with over 22 years of proven track record across different industries such as IT, Consumer Products and Automotive.
Marco was former Head of Consumer/Products/Retail/Wholesale at SAP Asia and Managing Director at Bluefin Solutions. As an entrepreneur, he is also the Co-Founder of Infinity Sails Singapore and started his own fashion business in his early twenties. Marco holds an MBA. Carrying on his flawless record of excelling in strategic leadership, business drive and sales, Marco now leads Zyllem’s commercial development and strategy to drive its market adoption.
After graduating from Japan, Maria has been practicing IP and corporate commercial law for the past 5 years. Along with legal practice, she has also been leading business development team in various firms. Maria is licensed by the Ministry of Commerce as a Trademark Agent and Co-found an Intellectual Property Association of Cambodia in 2014.
Mr. Mark Chim Suan Kit is the Managing Director of Primer International Management Ltd.(HK)/Primer International Management Pte Ltd (Singapore) since 2005 and recently appointed to the group Board of Directors. Mark has spent 26 years working in the Asia pacific region, primarily engaged in the marketing and distribution of international lifestyle brands in the footwear, carry wear and sportswear categories. He has extensive experience and knowledge in setting up and running operations in Asia Pacific. His role in these countries have been in assessing partner’s integrity, studying market trends, developing business and marketing strategies, assessing customer requirement opportunities effectively, forging long term business relationships with the key partners, and implementing internal controls and reporting systems to maintain the integrity of the organisations. His experience also extends to negotiations with brand owners for distribution and franchising rights as well as brand licensing rights to manufacture products in Asia. This in turn involved factory audits, merchandising, quality assurance as well as reporting and communicating with brand owners to ensure proper and appropriate compliance to quality and standards.
Prior to joining the primer group, Mark was the General Manager of the Petite Cherie Group which was primarily involved in the retail and distribution of lifestyle brands in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Mark Chim was educated at the University of Newcastle, Australia and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Economics. He has a Graduate Diploma in marketing Communications (Gold Medal) from the Marketing Institute of Singapore, and has attained a Master of Business majoring in International Marketing and a Master of Accounting from the Curtin University of technology, Australia. He is a full member of CPA Australia completing as Singapore divisional award winner, he is also a full member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and holds several board memberships in Asia Pacific. In recent times he completed the INSEAD International Directors Program held in Singapore and in France.
Mark Joseph Panganiban - MJ, a Certified e-Commerce Professional in the Philippines, is the Head of Digital Business at Airfreight 2100, Inc., the delivery service in the Philippines more commonly known as Air21. His great contribution for Air21 has stemmed since his involvement in 2011, where he lead the company from Sales and Business Development to Marketing and Communications. Apart from that, he has built a strong rapport among a vast clientele by being a known consultant for entrepreneurial developments for e-commerce. His outstanding portfolio is supported by being closely affiliated with the Digital Filipino Club, Internet Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP), UREKA Forum and the Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines (DCOM).
Previously the Vice President of Business Development APAC at Agility Logistics and the Head of Consumer Retail Asia at DHL, Max has over 10 years’ executive business development experience with leading logistics service providers in Asia, solving board-level supply chain problems for multinationals focused on the retail and consumer goods industries.
Prior, Max spent approximately 10 years in the I.T. arena at multiple “dot-com” start-ups in California’s Silicon Valley, trained as a systems engineer and worked for product development software companies in the US and Europe, before entering the logistics industry as a software product manager at APL Logistics in 2000.
Max is originally from the US, and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Max is thus one of the few individuals in the industry with a combination of technical I.T. knowledge and commercial sales management experience, and a true passion for combining the two in this exciting time for the logistics industry.
Michael was a former intellectual property lawyer and independent journalist with Channel NewsAsia. He strongly believes in the power of the story and how it can breathe character and soul to brands and products. With ShopJJ, he takes special care in listening to and understanding the goals of every Thai designer, and sharing them on ShopJJ through great stories, features and exposés.
Mike is the CEO of SG Logistics Hub, which operates as a 100% subsidiary of Asia Resource Partners (ARP) which he co-founded in 2006. ARP focuses on Asian logistics solutions, with international operations in Indonesia and Japan.
In November 2015 ARP set up SLH to focus as a Singapore based Third Party Logistics Company providing warehousing, fulfilment and delivery solutions for; E-commerce, retail, wholesale and Government customers. SLH now has approximately 30 staff.
Mike started his career in investment banking, working for Morgan Stanley in both London and Tokyo (1994- 2006.) He has an MSc in Financial Management from the University of London and BA in Business Studies.
New Soon Tee is the Director of Trade and Connectivity Cluster in IMDA. The twenty-year veteran in the ICT industry has conceptualized ideas and solutions which transform the Logistics, and Retail sectors. He led the implementation of Urban Logistics and Federated Locker initiatives for Singapore.
Prior to joining IMDA, Soon Tee was the General Manager of IT at Toll Global Logistics where he was a member of the Global IT Steering Committee, responsible for developing the IT strategic roadmap for the Toll Group. During his tenure at General Electric, he was rotated across various businesses in multiple countries implementing enterprise IT solutions.
Nidhi Gupta is an experienced strategy and logistics professional. She has a decade of leadership and C-level consulting experience in Asia Pacific with the Deutsche Post DHL group. She has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore and Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering. Nidhi is passionate about digitisation and innovation in the supply chain and logistics industry. She is currently the co-founder of Portcast, a logistics technology start-up in Singapore which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide predictive analytics for logistics companies.
Hong Kong-born and Singapore Permanent Resident Olive Tai, aged 42, is the Co-founder and Managing Director of beautiful.me.
In December 2014, Olive took on the biggest challenge of her working life – she left the traditional brick-and-mortar retail and fast-moving consumer goods industry and turned startup entrepreneur. Olive is a tech geek on a mission: To bring legacy brands in the health, beauty, baby and household verticals without the digital know-how and back-end fulfilment applications. From the get-go, Olive realized that there are over thousands of retail brands and merchants still operating in the offline space who want to get on board the ecommerce ecosystem and sell their products on online marketplaces. Leveraging on her hands-on experience with some of the world’s largest consumer brands and health and beauty retailers, Olive knows how exactly how to transform traditional store models to online shop-in-shop channels. At two years in operation, beautiful.me has enabled over 200 brands and merchants sell their products across more than eight shopping platforms and seen total traffic and revenue volume scale by more than 100 per cent year-on-year since 2016. Transactions have spiked from 10 a day to just over 1,000 in one year, and plans are afoot to expand to the rest of Southeast Asia with Malaysia as the next stop in the coming months.
Pete is the General Sales Manager for Ranpak in Australasia and has 10 over years of experience in Paper in-the-box packaging. When it comes to pharmaceutical, cosmetic, automotive and pretty much anything sold online, Pete has been able to find fast and cost effective solutions to meet customers’ needs.
Wei Ling is the General Manager front-facing e-commerce platform beautiful.me. Her overarching responsibilities include leading the channel management, business development and content creation teams - all three of which drive and enable beautiful.me's brand partners and merchants. Prior to Wei Ling's current role, she was Head of Commercial for beautiful.me for over three years where she oversaw and managed web and mobile content, digital assets, enterprise portals and workflow information. Wei Ling was also responsible for developing and delivering on strategy, and business-enabling ECM technology solutions to support and enhance the creation, maintenance, retrieval, and disposition of enterprise content.
Raman M K is Exotel’s Chief Business Evangelist. Having worked with Exotel for over 2.5 years, Raman’s area of expertise lies in understanding customers and their pain points. He has worked with various .customer facing teams in the past and currently focuses on evangelizing the Indian & Southeast Asian markets for Exotel. His work involves market research, strategy, and final outreach. Raman has also worked on integral third party integrations and automation of various processes within the outbound marketing team, amongst other things
Ricky FM Law, Associate Trainer at the Singapore Institute of Retail Studies (SIRS) focusing on digital disciplines such as Omni Commerce for Retail and Digital Marketing. Certificate on Alibaba eCommerce Talent. Former Asia Pacific Lead on Digital Communications for DuPont, building the AP team, leading the digital planning, programs and transformation for 13 countries. A business coach for SME owners on business decision and digital transformation.
With more than eight years of foreign trade experience Sarah knows exactly how important supply chain is for international trade. More than two years of cross-border ecommerce experience after Jinan International MBA course she devoted herself into logistic company WTD,one of the leading logistic company in South China.
Founded in 1995, Wisepower Transportation Distribution (WTD) Group Co., Ltd is an integrated international logistics group. The vision of WTD is being master of supply chain. Our business covering Asia-pacific, North America, Middle East, Europe, Australia, South Africa and other 72 countries and regions all over the world.
Satyaki has spent a decade in the APAC region working across sectors and functions. He is passionate about delivering a true Omni-channel experience to consumers, which means focusing on the relatively unglamorous ‘back-end’ operations just as much as you would on the ‘front-end’ physical and online retail interfaces and platforms for consumers.
Satyaki joined Luxasia in August 2016 as the Group Head of Transformation and Operations. Luxasia is a 30 year old leader in the Asian Beauty space which is on a transformation journey to becoming Asia’s Beauty and Luxury Lifestyle Omni leader. He wears 2 hats in the organization – he leads Supply Chain across 11 countries. In addition, he is also tasked with building a true omni-channel platform combining the group’s eCommerce, Retail, Distribution units and integrating them seamlessly with the functional pillars of the group. Prior to Luxasia, Satyaki spent 6 years at McKinsey & Co. and 2 years at Singapore Post Limited leading eCommerce logistics.
Mr Shamir Rahim is the Founder and CEO of VersaFleet Pte Ltd, served on the Future City sub-committee of the Committee for Future Economy, and is a member of the National Integration Working Group Community at MCCY. He also serves as President for the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and was previously Director on the board of Association of Muslim Professionals.
Mr Shamir awarded the Honouree of the Spirit of Enterprise in 2017. He graduated in molecular biology as a University Scholar and holds a Master of Science from the National University of Singapore. He was on the NUS Overseas College program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shanmuga Retnam has had an illustrious career in both the public and private sectors spanning over two decades. A Singaporean with ‘Ceylon Tamil’ roots, he recently served under the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office as Project Director in the Centre of Governance and Leadership. Instrumental in forging numerous Singapore-led joint ventures across Asia, his track record includes joint ventures within the fulfilment and logistics industry in Philippines, Thailand and India among others. Within ASEAN, Retnam or Shan’s initiative includes joint ventures with Philippines largest telecommunication firm PLDT and strategic alliance with Thailand’s largest conglomerate; Siam Cement.
Shanmuga Retnam resides in Vietnam focused on the development of provinces and businesses in the Mekong region. In 2015, he was Strategist to Myanmar`s largest licensed express operator that developed an innovative cross border fulfilment with Thailand and China. To support the development of the East West Economic Corridor, Retnam is leading the development of a consortium spanning Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to create the reigon`s most efficient overland supply chain, across four countries between the Andaman and South China Seas; It will be the only land route crossing mainland Southeast Asia which involves harmonizing multiple processes.
Shanmuga Retnam currently serves as Special Advisor (Asia) to Fundacion Metropoli (Madrid), foremost urban think tank in Madrid and Organising Committee for Vietnam City Branding Summit 2018 to be held in Quang Nam Province, Central Vietnam. In January 2018, AiCM announced that Dr Paul Temporal of Oxford University and Shanmuga Retnam will co-author Economic City Branding to redefine the engines of economic growth of emerging provinces and towns in Asia.
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Sultan is the managing director and one of the founders of Cloud Logic Limited, an ecommerce enabler that helps brands go into ecommerce. Cloud Logic Limited, has grown from servicing in-house brands to handling about 180+ brands to date. With a passion for technology and the soul of an entrepreneur, he has built the company from infancy to market innovator, and the leading Philippine based ecommerce enabler for brands. He is highly involved in all aspects of running the company and specializes on the technical side of the business.
Sultan is a passionate ecommerce believer with a thirteen-year background in information technology business. Prior to Cloud Logic Limited, he worked at Smart Communications Inc. as a strategic consultant, a former consultant for Wolfpac Mobile Inc., former professor in Thames International Business School, former consultant for Corporate Information Solutions – the pioneer Information Technology company in the Philippines.
Reza is the key player on the operation of ZeptoExpress and the Strategist in the company. Reza also involved heavily in company expansion, strategies on strategic alliance both supply and demand. He understands the industry well as he himself taken a role of being the rider, supply engagement and event speaker.
Before joining ZeptoExpress Reza is involved in the business strategy and has worked with Amanah Capital Group Limited for projects in Russia. He was handpicked to undergo an extensive program in corporate sector & business management ran by Khazanah Nasional Berhad. Prior to that he was a business analyst for IBM Malaysia, and Maybank Malaysia Berhad. He graduated in Finance studies and started working with various consultant business.
Takayuki Akahodani (Taka) is the Founder & CEO of HAKOVO, incorporated on March 31, 2016 in Singapore. Taka manages corporate direction and strategy, and built solid relationships with public and private sectors to introduce disruptive technology and digital practices to the shipping & logistics market. Prior to HAKOVO, Taka spent 20 years in Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s largest logistics company. As DHL's Director of Business Consulting and Business Development in Singapore, Taka had diverse global and regional responsibilities in business management, operations and supply chain consulting. With his exceptional strength in business development, innovation, and global leadership, he is a four-time recipient of the Asia Pacific Regional Employee and Outstanding Sales Management of the Year.
Taka holds an Executive Master’s degree (Master of Science) in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University of UK. Bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Science from Koshien University of Japan.
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and studying Investment Management and Financial Planning, Tauriq chose early on to pursue a career as an entrepreneur after a finance internship at FirstRand Bank. Tauriq has crafted his career around start-ups, ecommerce and growth businesses across various industries. Within South East Asia he has held senior positions with companies such as Lazada/Alibaba, Foodpanda, Reebonz and Mountain Partners. Based in Thailand now, Tauriq runs Kyra Mode as its Managing Director, a subsidiary company of FICO Group and Mountain Partners, Switzerland. He’s on the board of a few companies and advises startups in Thailand, Italy, UK, Iraq and South Africa as well as consulting for global brands regarding ecommerce and relating subjects. As part of the start-up and tech community in Thailand and as a young enthusiastic entrepreneur, Tauriq brings fresh ideas and a strong new perspective on the work of the Chamber.
Hails from an entrepreneurial background; has worked mostly in self-starting businesses – within corporates, runs his own business and is also a tech-start-up co-founder.
Has lived in 5 countries across 3 continents; works globally, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
Mix of engineering & business degrees +
Global automotive (passenger & cargo) market intelligence & analytics experience +
Co-founding & running an IoT & analytics-based micro-location-tracking & personalised engagement start-up (B2C & B2B applications) …
A combination of the above has led to his relatively recent yet rapid immersion into the world of last mile fulfilment requiring simple & flexible, clean & compact, smart & efficient, mobility solutions.
Vishal Sharma is the Senior Vice President of Operations at ShopClues.com, India’s first and largest online marketplace. With over two decades of experience in the fields of business development, business strategy and customer engagement, Vishal brings his expertise in operational management to oversee the rapid growth trajectory of ShopClues.
Apart from incubating and developing various operational efficiencies, Vishal has been instrumental in ShopClues having the widest reach of over 30,000 pincodes, sometimes to markets that are not reachable by any motorized transport. He contributes his sense of efficiency and discipline to ShopClues’ entrepreneurial spirit – a combination that consistently drives excellence.
Vishal has also contributed previously to IndiaMART Intermesh, India's largest online B2B marketplace for Small & Medium Size Businesses and also prestigious organisations such as GE Consumer Finance, Standard Chartered Bank and iTrust Financial Advisors Pvt Ltd.
Vishal has an MBA in Marketing and Sales from the Fore School of Management in New Delhi. He has also pursued a programme in Marketing from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.
Willie Tan is Head of Business Development for the Parcel Business of Singapore Post. He leads a team in the development of a comprehensive end to end business solution that bridged the gaps between eCommerce and last mile deliveries.
In 2013, Willie led a team to introduce POPStation, the first self-service parcel locker in Singapore, to monobrands and market places. Following this success in the adoption of POPStation in local markets, Willie introduced POPStation to UK high street fashion brands, thus making Singpost the first in Asia to offer international returns.
Prior to joining SingPost in 2011, Willie was Head of Operations in freight forwarding industries. He was in charge of penetrating emerging markets for mining opportunities.
Willie graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Business in Transport and Logistics Management.
Yan Ng is the director of the South East Asia division of TokiChoi, leading the team to expand exponentially across the region.
After spending 8 years in the retail and ecommerce space, Yan is a veteran in the fashion industry. Starting from the ground up where she interacted with real customers daily, to working the backbone of brands as an operations manager and growing brands as a marketing director, Yan knows the fashion business inside out.
She knows what truly drives conversions, growth and engagement. It’s how you connect with the real customers and how you communicate your understanding back to them. And her connection with both customers and colleagues have made her a go-to person for advice from personal style to love lives. She also enjoys sharing her knowledge, and conducts sewing workshops during her leisure time.
Yan upholds the belief that knowledge is the key to life. She holds a double degree majoring in business marketing and fashion design.