Speakers

Dr. Zaidi Bin Razak
Sarawak Multimedia Authority
Malaysia

Dr. Zaidi Bin Razak, a computer science graduate from University Malaya, started his career with Celcom(M) Sdn Bhd as a programmer in the Billing Department. He later graduated with his Masters Degree completing a research in chip design. He then joined University Malaya, teaching a wide range of Computer Science subjects, ranging from the basics of programming to advanced computer architectures at master level as well as supervising master and PhD students. He was also involved in the planning, executing and monitoring of many research grants in the fields of artificial neural network, image and signal processing, chip design, and Internet of Things.
He then pursued a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Image Processing particularly in Jawi Character Recognition. In 2017, he changed his career course from academic and teaching to management and administration when he joined the Sarawak State Government and was tasked to plan, manage and monitor the needs of IT resources state-wide. He was the Chief of the Secretariat to the Sarawak’s Digital Economy Initiative and was also tasked with the establishment of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority. He currently serves as the General Manager of the Sarawak Multimedia Authority which oversees Sarawak’s digital economy initiatives.

Dato’ Seri Ivan Teh
Fusionex
Malaysia

Fusionex is one of the fastest growing and largest technology companies in the region, specializing in Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).  As Founder and Group CEO, Dato’ Seri Ivan Teh has seen the company featured by Forbes and global analyst company IDC as well as being cited in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics as a Vendor of Interest.  Fusionex was also the only ASEAN company recognized as a major player in the IDC MarketScape Big Data and Analytics Platform.  Dato’ Seri Ivan himself is frequently invited to share knowledge in forums and events globally and through both local and international media.  He has received various awards, including the prestigious Ernst and Young Technology Entrepreneur Award, the Brand Laureate (Best of Brands) Great Entrepreneur ICON Leadership Award, the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Young Entrepreneur Award, as well as the award for being Asia Pacific’s Most Outstanding Entrepreneur, to name just a few.

Sharbini Suhaili
Sarawak Energy Bhd
Malaysia

As group CEO of Sarawak Energy Bhd, Sharbini Suhaili is entrusted with the overall development, generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to about 650,000 organic, bulk and export customers. Joining SEB in November 2016 after 30 years in the petroleum industry with Petronas and Royal Dutch Shell, he is advancing an agenda of sustainable and continuous growth by focusing on excellence in operations, HSE, project delivery and talent management enabled by a high performance organizational culture.  He has served in various technical, commercial and management positions spanning 23 countries and is currently a board member of the International Hydropower Association and of Petros.  He has also been appointed by the State Government to lead the digital infrastructure stream of Sarawak’s Digital Economy initiative.

Datu Haji Ismawi bin Haji Ismuni
Regional Corridor Development Authority Sarawak (RECODA)
Malaysia

Datu Haji Ismawi bin Haji Ismuni was appointed as CEO of the Regional Corridor Development Authority in January 2018 after a long and distinguished career as a public servant. He brings with him the experience of serving as Deputy State Secretary and Director of the State Planning Unit as well as time in the Chief Minister’s Department and the Ministry of Industrial Development, Sarawak. He is also a board member for various organisations, including the Bintulu Development Authority, as well as leadership roles in AZAM and the Sarawak Development Institute amongst others.

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Yusno Yunos
Evenesis
Malaysia

Yusno Yunos’ company, Y Us, was listed as one of Malaysia’s Top 10 most innovative ICT companies in 2014 by creating a comprehensive event ecosystem that involves event planners, participants and suppliers through Evenesis (www.evenesis.com), a complete cloud-based end-to-end event management system and Venueville (www.venue-ville.com), the ideal venue deal maker. The company continues to win accolades for innovation in software and Evenesis itself has won multiple awards, including being nominated to the list of Asia’s Top 50 Apps.

Vittorio Furlan 
Ernst and Young
Malaysia

Vittorio is a highly experienced Advisory Director, Data & Analytics Consultant, and Program Manager, with nearly 20 years of digital & analytics experience with companies across Malaysia, Europe, UK, the Middle East and Oceania, ranging from a leading Malaysia Telecommunications operator to the Australian National Broadband network. He is passionate about improving organisations through digital and analytics to help them become insight-driven. Dedicated to creating a better working world, Vittorio was involved in developing the first data monetisation organisations in the region, and he champions agile and design thinking as way of working.

Praveen Rajan 
Digi Telecommunications
Malaysia

Praveen brings more than 15 years experience in the internet and mobile industries, joining Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd in 2007 and most recently being appointed as Chief Digital Officer on 1 June 2016. In his time at Digi, he has served as Head of Advanced Data Services, Head of Products – Internet & Services, and Head of Postpaid & Digital Services. This comes after 4 years as Chief Technology Officer for the social networking startup LifeLogger, which he co-founded.

Gilles Waeldin
French Chamber of Commerce & CEO of CETIM
France

 As Asia-Pacific Director for CETIM, Gilles provides companies in a range of technical and mechanical industries across the region with both equipment and expertise.  This Technical Centre for Mechanical Industries, established at the request of key industry players, aims to improve competitiveness and establish a relationship between scientific research and industry. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Gilles has served the Malaysian French Chamber of Commerce and Industry for over a decade, currently as President, allowing him to share best practice, support members and discuss ideas with major regional CEOs and Government Officials.

Dr Ng Lean Teik
National Taiwan University
Taiwan

Dr Ng Lean Teik is a leader in his field of research focusing on the bio-functions of plants and fungal secondary metabolites. Currently a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry at the National Taiwan University, Prof Ng has published over 108 papers in peer-reviewed international journals. His work employs a multi-disciplinary approach to improve agricultural production, extending from chemistry to implementation of precision farming techniques in the rice industry in Taiwan.

Professor Dr Jugdutt (Jack) Singh 
Chief Scientist & Chief Advisor for Digital Economy to the State Government of Sarawak
Malaysia

Professor Jugdutt (Jack) Singh is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading ICT researchers, administrators and thought leaders, now serving as Chief Scientist & Chief Advisor for Digital Economy to the State Government of Sarawak. Jack has considerable experience in leading large-scale research, development and commercialisation initiatives collaboratively with industry, government, universities and community to drive high impact outcomes of global significance across a range of industries including transport, food and agriculture, healthcare, defence & space science, energy, water ad environment sectors. His findings are widely published in journals/conferences, books and patents.

Hugh Mason
Co-Founder and CEO, JFDI.Asia
Singapore

Hugh is an entrepreneur with 30 years success leading ventures and building innovation communities around startups and corporations. AS CEO of JFDI.Asia, the first business accelerator in SE Asia, he has co-founded, mentored or invested in more than 70 startup companies and supported thousands more through outreach programs. An exciting and motivational speaker, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore and also an author. The second book that Hugh co-edited, Facing Down Failure, captures eight Singapore startup stories.

Foo Kok Hee
UnionPay International South East Asia
Singapore

Mr Foo Kok Hee is the Assistant General Manager for UnionPay International, one of the world’s largest payment service providers. With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, he is currently responsible for regional innovative products, business development, operations and technical support and also manages strategic projects in the region, such as domestic payment switch and chip card technology licensing.

Harnek Singh
Asian Productivity Quality Organization
Singapore

As President of the Asian Productivity Quality Organisation, Harnek Singh is involved in raising standards across the region as an Assessor, a member of various Technical Committees and Chair of the Global Performance Excellence Awards. After retiring from multi award winning ST Engineering Ltd in October 2016, where he was responsible for sustaining the relevancy of Business Excellence and various Management System Standards, Harnek has become a Singapore Business Excellence Initiative Lead Assessor, Chair of the National Quality & Core Processes Technical Committee and a member of Quality Systems Standards Committee and Singapore Standard’s Council, He also chairs both the Nanyang Institute of Management’s Academic and Examinations Boards.

Azuar Zainuddin
TEGAS
Malaysia

Azuar Zainuddin is the Founder and CEO of Satu Creative Services Sdn Bhd, a consulting company focused on empowering entrepreneurs to lead, innovate and strive for excellence. He works together with organizations such as Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS), as delivery partner of the TEGAS Startup Lab, and with Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Centre for Entrepreneur Development and Research (CEDAR) and National Entrepreneur Institute (INSKEN) to deliver entrepreneur development initiatives. He brings with him experience in innovation and communications strategies with previous professional and academic roles in organizations including Leo Burnett, Mandarin Oriental, Swinburne University and Curtin University.

Xavier Eric Manalastas
Next BPO Solutions, Inc
Philipines

Xavier Eric Manalastas has established himself as a leader in the field of Business Process Outsourcing in the Philippines through his role as President/CEO of Next BPO Solutions Inc, a customized outsourcing service provider.  Starting back in 1995 when he pioneered internet services in Gen. Santos city, Eric is able to put his long experience in the field of information and communications technology to use in this emerging industry, winning multiple awards in Excellence and Leadership in Outsourcing along the way.

Andy Roy Sian
NEM Malaysia
Malaysia

Andy Roy Sian has more than 14 years’ work experience in various capacity and performing roles such as Business & Strategy Development, Sales & Account Management, Strategic Partnership & Alliances, Web Design & Development, Program Management, Business Intelligence, Operations and Support across a wide range of organisations and sectors. Now with NEM Malaysia, he is leading government agencies, GLC and Higher Education Institutions relations and engagement in Malaysia, while also assisting the creation of a vibrant Blockchain ecosystem in Malaysia.

Leo Li
Shenzhen Ddicar Technology
China

Leo Li, a graduate in computer science and engineering with a minor in digital arts and information science and technology from Pennsylvania State University, started his illustrious career designing and developing e-commerce websites, web applications and softwares for clients in various industries, working with established brands such as Mazda and Suzuki. He then worked at Yahoo!, developing solutions for different properties under the Yahoo! Media Group, and later moved on to Amazon before going back to Yahoo! to serve as Senior Software Engineer for Yahoo! Media. One of the key highlights of his career is to have worked at Microsoft as the Senior Software Engineer in Azure Autopilot from 2013-2016. At Microsoft, Leo specialized in optimizing delivery of resources and enhancing transfers as well as developing services to enable scalable and safe deployments and increasing scalability and reliability of data deployments. Leo’s set of multi-dimensional skills includes strong leadership, communicating and working with engineers in other countries and cultures and developing global ready products to meet every client and consumer need.