Date: 28 June 2018, Thursday
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Level 4

Not Just Digitise. Digitalise!

Digital business transformation is the ultimate challenge in change management. What are the most pressing issues facing SMEs in their journey towards digitalisation, and what strategies are they adopting? What value will disruptive technologies bring to SMEs? How should they be evaluated? What are some of the issues integrating these new technologies?

Get these questions answered at this half-day seminar! Don’t miss this great opportunity for business owners to network and explore new collaborations during this knowledge-sharing session on topics such as capability transfer programmes, the smart nation committee and more.

Knowledge Partner:

Time Programme
11am – 11.30am

Opening Address: Disrupt or Disappear
Speaker: Mr Chua I-Pin, General Manager, Pivotal

Over the past few years, a high-stakes global game of digital disruption has swept across the world fuelled by the latest wave of technology: advances in artificial intelligence, data analytics and new software-enabled industrial platforms that incorporate all these technologies and more. Small startups are disrupting prevailing business models across industries such as entertainment and media, retail, and finance.

In today’s business environment, it is no longer about the big beating the small but the fast beating the slow. Yet most companies are still not moving fast enough to meet this change.

Join us at this session where we outline the strategies you need to adopt to be a leader in this software driven economy to disrupt and innovate your business.

11.30am – 12.10pm

Panel Discussion 1: Defining an Effective Digital Business Transformation Strategy

Moderator: Mr Benjamin Mah, Director, WO Digital Pte Ltd

Panellists:

  • Mr Rohit Dhawan, Consulting Director, Accenture Pte Ltd
  • Mr Jason Teo, Commercial Director, Biqmind Pte Ltd
  • Ms Rachel Lee, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, Technology
12.10pm – 12.50pm

Panel Discussion 2: Adopting Disruptive Technologies

Moderator: Mr Charlie Ang, Founder, Everything40.com and Ambassador, SingularityU Singapore

Panellists:

  • Mr Wong Hong Ting, CEO & Founder, Botbot.AI
  • Mr Joe Poh, CEO, Matrix Invent
  • Mr Indranil Sen, General Manager – Sales & Operational Planning, APRIL Group
12.50pm – 1.30pm Talent Strategy for the Tech Industry

  • Capability Transfer Programme
  • Access to International Experts
  • Developing Singapore Workforce

Speaker: Mr Yeo Zhihan, Manager – Capability and Capacity Development, SGTech

1.30pm End

I‐Pin Chua

General Manager, South Asia

Pivotal

A highly accomplished sales and management leader, I­‐Pin is passionate in working with enterprise customers to adopt new technologies and enjoys building lasting win-­‐win relationships with customers and partners. In this role, he will work with leading government agencies and customers in South East Asia to embrace the digital future and to win in a software driven economy. His mission is to enable them to achieve greater business agility and innovate at the same speed as technology start-­ups.

Prior to joining Pivotal, I-Pin has held leadership positions in South East Asia for Polycom, CA Technologies, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. As the Managing Director of South East Asia in Polycom, he was running one of the most profitable regions by reinvigorating the sales force and revamping the channel strategy.In CA Technologies, he was the Area Vice President for Asia South. He achieved a growth rate of 23% YoY and evangelized the adoption of DevOps to top financial institutions as part of their digital banking initiatives. I‐Pin was formerly a technology entrepreneur and the cofounders of two successful start‐up companies.

I-­Pin holds a BSc (Honors) in Computer Science and BA (Honors) in Business Economics from Brown University. I-­‐Pin was a recipient of the National Computer Board scholarship in 1989

Benjamin Mah

Director

WO Digital Pte Ltd

Benjamin Mah is a Digital Security Pioneer, Technopreneur, Venture Capitalist and Future Manpower Development who has built a distinguished career in both e-Cop (acquired by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings) and Encentuate (Acquired by IBM). Benjamin also held senior management position in corporate companies including Oracle, IBM and CA.

Prior to founding V-Key, Benjamin played a central role in growing Encentuate Inc, a leading provider of enterprise single sign-on software, until its acquisition by IBM Software. In 2000, Benjamin pioneered e-Cop and grew it into a leading Managed Security Service company until its acquisition. Benjamin held key regional leadership positions within Oracle and IBM where he drove a large part of the core security software business and played a key role in establishing new business units.

Concurrently, Benjamin holds the following appointments: a) Venture Partner, Venture Craft b) Co-Chairman, Tech Skills Accelerator Governing Council c) Co-Chairman, SGTech Manpower Committee d) Industry panel of Future Growth Industries and Markets (CFE), Singapore Government e) Chairman, Jumpstart Asia – Fintech f) Mentor, UOB Finlabs

Rohit Dhawan

Consulting Director

Accenture Pte Ltd

Dr. Rohit Dhawan is currently a Director with Accenture Digital. Rohit specialises in the application of digital technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to achieve strategic outcomes for enhancing customer experience or transforming operations. Previously, Rohit worked for IBM, Deloitte and SAS in management consulting roles solving a range of issues in the telecommunications and media industries. With a strong academic pedigree, Rohit is a published author, presenter and curator of ongoing thought leadership. Rohit has a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Jason Teo

Commercial Director

Biqmind Pte Ltd

Currently Commercial Director at Biqmind, Jason leads the commercial strategy and is responsible for revenue and partnerships.

With over 25 years of experience in IT, Jason has demonstrated a consistent ability to help global brands and start-ups break into and expand across Asia-Pacific markets. His focus areas include solution selling, channels, strategic partnerships & alliances. A true technology veteran and pioneer, Jason has worked and led across the cloud computing, enterprise software and mobile & wireless spaces.

Most recently, Jason helped IBM build their Cloud Business Unit; and prior to that, was responsible for establishing Amazon Web Services’ ASEAN partner ecosystem. Jason also started BlackBerry’s Singapore office and drove a period of explosive growth across Asia for the company. Earlier in his career, he evangelized RFID solutions for supply chain asset tracking (a precursor of today’s IoT solutions) and led efforts to make Lotus Notes Singapore’s enterprise collaboration software of choice.

Jason is at Biqmind because he finds it extremely rewarding to see companies grow their businesses and disrupt their industries through new technology. He wants to empower businesses to drive effective innovation through the Biqmind Software Framework.

Jason holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University.

Charlie Ang

Founder

Everthing40.com and Ambassador, SingularityU Singapore

Charlie Ang is an Exponential Keynote Speaker, Business Futurist, Disruption Expert and Innovation Strategist. As a Business Futurist, he analyses, imagines and explains the future, especially on how technology will impact, disrupt and empower businesses, industries and economies. He inspires, advises and speaks to organisations and leaders to innovate and transform in the 4th Industrial Revolution. He is the Founder of Everything 4.0, a future-readiness agency, Ambassador of SingularityU Singapore, the local chapter of Singularity University and Adjunct Advisor at IDC. Charlie is also the Regional Judge of the IDC Asia-Pacific Digital Transformation Awards and on the steering committee and judging panel for Singapore Human Resources Awards 2018.

Wong Hong Ting

CEO & Founder

Botbot.AI

Hong Ting is CEO & Co-Founder of 2359 Media Pte. Ltd., a leading digital media consultancy specializing in mobile-first solutions. Deeply convicted of the potential that automation has in empowering productivity, he also founded Botbot.AI, a self-learning bot platform that automates conversation and interactions. Hong Ting’s deep expertise in productization, fundraising, software consultancy, business strategy and data modeling has enriched his mentorship in bringing his team to create value for businesses. As an advocate of the immense potential of the solutions that result as a fusion of business strategy and technology, he actively consults with organizations and enterprises regarding digital solutions, including artificial intelligence. With a strong passion for education, entrepreneurship and empowering businesses to thrive, he hopes to translate that passion into inspiration for others to join him on this journey of creating true impact through technology.

Joe Poh

CEO

Matrix Invent

A post-graduate of business information technology at the UK’s Humberside University, Joe bagged a wealth of experience throughout his career which include Dataprep Laboratories, FCS Computer System and Philips Communications.

In 1998, he joined a Hong Kong based company known as ITApps – a regional solution leader in Contact Center and CRM solution. It presented him with the opportunity to take on senior roles where he managed multiple technology businesses in the USA and Hong Kong.

In 2000, packed with his vast experience, skills and knowledge, Joe took another step forward. With a vision in mind, he seized the opportunity to start & build an IT focused professional company that stands out, and Matrix Binary was established, with a few partners in Petaling Jaya. It started out as a reseller of infrastructure, before transforming the company to a software development house with focus on Business Process Automation within 2 years.

Indranil Sen

General Manager – Sales & Operational Planning

APRIL Group

Successful General Manager with a strong track record in strategic marketing, business development, M&As, logistics and supply chain management. Technology, specifically IoT and Machine Learning enthusiast.

Over three decades of experience across multiple geographies in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa in diverse industries such as consumer durables, logistics & transportation and forest products. Over 14 years of this experience was with major global logistics players such as DHL and FedEx. Over 5 years of experience, in managing complex global supply chains, for one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies.

Currently, General Manager – Supply Chain at APRIL. Previous assignments included roles such as Managing Director – Middle East, India and Africa at FedEx and Vice President – Asia Pacific at DHL. Pro bono advisor to a few technology start ups.

Yeo Zhihan

Manager – Capability and Capacity Development

SGTech

Zhihan started his career with the National Population and Talent Division, Prime Minister’s Office where he was involved in creating policies and programmes to facilitate the social integration of new immigrants, before he moved to SPRING Singapore to drive strategic partnerships and industry projects that helped SMEs transform their businesses.

Currently at SGTech, Zhihan manages special projects, as well as talent development programmes to strengthen the local talent ecosystem and address the manpower and skills shortage in the tech sector.

Rachel Lee

Talent Acquisition Business Partner

Rachel loves tech unicorns – and they love her back. As the former Head of Talent Acquisition, APAC, covering Asia’s core markets for the world’s first and largest bicycle sharing unicorn, ofo, Rachel’s focus was on helping ofo leap across early market expansion to reach the next growth stage, fast. While in Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, Rachel was laser focused on engaging technical talents to build out R&D Engineering capabilities.

Her practice is centred on deepening workplace diversity to gain a competitive edge. This means recognising talents to create ‘teams of teams’ who power innovation, growth, and value to inform the future of technology within leading startups. Rated as one of LinkedIn’s Power Profiles in Singapore, Rachel thrives on building authentic connections.

Rachel has built R&D teams from scratch in cybersecurity, data engineering, backend api, product and mobile teams; in her last tenure she started teams for market expansion in Singapore, Japan, Korea, India and led talent expansion strategy for Australia and Hong Kong markets.

Her ultimate career goal is to empower countries (starting with Singapore!) to identify and nurture their unicorn talent, creating initiatives to shape tomorrow’s technology.

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