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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the executive chairperson and founder of Biocon Limited, Asia’s leading biopharmaceuticals enterprise that delivers best-in-class and affordable therapeutics to global patients. Ranked one of the world’s top thought leaders in Biopharma, she is named among TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

2

Vinod Khosla


Entrepreneur, investor, and technologist, Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm aiming to assist entrepreneurs to build impactful and new energy companies. Prior to this, following graduation, Khosla co-founded Daisy Systems, the first major computer-aided design system for electronic engineers.

3

Manu Kumar Jain


Manu Kumar Jain is the global VP and MD of Xiaomi, India’s number one smartphone brand. He is the ex-co-founder of jabong.com, a leading Indian fashion ecommerce site that was sold to Flipkart. Claiming to know nothing about smartphones when he took over in 2014, Jain led Xioami to take over from Samsung as India’s leading smartphone provider.

4

Maria Ressa


Maria Ressa is CEO and co-founder of Rappler, the top digital-only news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. She has endured political harassment, and arrests having been forced to bail 8 times to remain free. For her work on fake news, Ressa has been named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year.

5

Vijay Shekhar Sharma


Founder of fast-rising mobile wallet fintech company Paytm, Sharma is an Indian billionaire businessman. With over 400 million users and 25 million daily transactions, Paytm was one of the biggest beneficiaries of India’s demonetization in 2016. Sharma has also created Paytm Mall, an ecommerce business, and the Paytm Payments Bank.

6

Jungwook Lim


Jungwook Lim is the managing director of Startup Alliance Korea, which powers the startup ecosystem in Korea aiming to build and grow Korean startup communities. He also has expertise in providing a global perspective in the Japanese & Silicon Valley IT industry. Previously he’s worked as a journalist in the Korean press.

7

Vishal Sikka


Former CEO of Infosys, an Indian multinational providing business consulting and IT services, Vishal Sikka is the founder and current CEO of Vianai a startup providing tech software and AI and machine learning services to large companies. He is also the creator of the concept of ‘timeless software’ which represents the renewal of products without disruption to customer environments.

8

Min-Liang Tan


CEO of Razer, a leading lifestyle brand for gamers, Min-Liang Tan is a Singaporean entrepreneur and philanthropist. He oversees the design and development of all Razer gaming hardware products. He became Singapore’s youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 40 when Razer went public in 2017.

9

Malcolm Moore


As the technology editor for the Financial Times, Malcolm Moore specializes in China, tech, and society. Previously Moore has been the Beijing and Shanghai correspondent for the Telegraph Media Group. He won the Foreign Press Association Award 2012 for best news story of the year for “Inside Wukan: the Chinese village that fought back”.

10

Chris Buckley


Chris Buckley is a New York Times reporter based in China. He covers Chinese politics, social and environmental issues as well as the Xinjiang region in western China. Previously he has reported for Reuters. He has also received a doctorate in Chinese studies from Australian National University.

11

Bill Bishop


Entrepreneur and former media executive Bill Bishop writes and produces Sinocism, a newsletter with a subscriber base of around 85,000, publishing daily briefings on China. He has written about China for the New York Times and co-founded MarketWatch, a website that provides financial and business news.

12

Andrew Darwis


Andrew Darwis is the co-founder of KASKUS Networks, Indonesia’s largest online forum, and a social commerce platform. With more than 4.5 million users, he has won Indonesia’s Top Website from Microsoft. Darwis holds an MBA in computer science and has been a web developer for lyrics.com and ThorLoki LLC in Seattle.

13

Evan Osnos


Evan Osnos was the China Correspondent at the New Yorker magazine from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China”, which traces the clash between authoritarianism and aspiration. Previously, he was the Beijing Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune.

14

Kaiser Kuo


As the co-host of the Sinica podcast at Sup China, a NYC based China-focused news and education company, Kaiser Kuo holds a weekly discussion of current affairs in China. He has also been the English editor-in-chief of ChinaNow.com, and the China Bureau Chief for Red Herring. Following a stint at Ogilvy, he was the director of international communications at Baidu.com, China’s leading search engine.

15

Sabda PS


Teacher and edtechpreneur, Sabda PS is the chief education officer of Zenius, an elearning platform. He’s passionate about promoting science and reason to Indonesian students through online and hybrid education means. He also harnesses machine learning and data science to access insights from available learning behavior data.

16

Melissa Chan


As Al Jazeera’s former English correspondent in China, Melissa Chan focuses on transnational issues involving China’s influence beyond its borders. Collaborating with The Global Reporting Center, she investigates the complexities of global trade and its costs on ordinary people. She also presents European broadcaster DW’s news program on Asia.

17

Gady Epstein


Gady Epstein is The Economist’s China Affairs Editor. He specializes in writing about the nation’s internet policies, China’s elite politics, and the complex low politics of operating in China. Epstein has written for Forbes about the rise of Chinese social media, doing business in China, and private entrepreneurs. Previously, he was Beijing Bureau Chief and International Projects Reporter for the Baltimore Sun.

18

Nikhil Pahwa


Nikhil Pahwa is an Indian journalist, digital rights activist, and founder of MediaNama, a mobile and digital news portal. Pahwa is passionate about helping people understand the fast-evolving technology policy space. He’s also a TED Fellow and an Asia21 Fellow. In 2015, he started the SavetheInternet.in campaign for Net Neutrality, the largest grassroots campaign in the history of India.

19

Jonathan Cheng


As the China Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Cheng oversees the publication’s coverage of a range of issues including politics, economics, business, and tech. Prior to this, Cheng was the Seoul bureau chief for the Journal, managing coverage of the Korean peninsula.

20

Achmad Zaky


Technology entrepreneur and investor, Achmad Zaky is the founder of Bukalapak, one of the largest ecommerce platforms in Indonesia, where he was the CEO until January 2020. He is the founding partner of Init6, a group investing in early-stage startups building a new way of life post-COVID-19.

21

Harsh Agrawal


Accidental blogger and engineer by training, Harsh Agrawal is an award-winning pro-blogger and speaker. Agrawal is the fountainhead and CEO of ShoutMeLoud, a blog that aims to help people be their own boss. He has helped hundreds of businesses and individuals improve their online visibility and integrate business with their blogs.

22

Niha Masih


A foreign correspondent covering India for the Washington Post, Niha Masih is based in New Delhi and has previously reported on politics, conflict, and religious fundamentalism in India for Hindustan Times and New Delhi Television. Masih has also covered the war in Gaza in 2014, the first democratic elections in Myanmar in 2012, and post-war propaganda in Sri Lanka in 2011.

23

Motoko Rich


Motoko Rich is the Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times. A reporter with the Times since 2003, she straddles both the U.S and Japan. Previously, she began her journalism career at The Financial Times in London and worked at the Wall Street Journal for 6 years. She grew up in New Jersey, Tokyo, and Northern California.

24

Yuan Yang


A self-described constant migrant, Yorkshire-Sichuanese Yuan Yang is the Financial Times Beijing deputy bureau chief and tech correspondent. She specializes in China’s tech policy, censorship, monopolies, civil society, and labor abuses. She is the co-founder of Rethinking Economics, a student group pursuing economics that is open and relevant to everyone.

25

Jeffie Lam


Jeffie Lam is a senior reporter for the South China Morning Post, mainly writing about Hong Kong politics. She’s also passionate about social welfare issues like the city’s aging population and elderly care. She first joined the Post in 2013, after beginning her career as a political reporter in 2009.

26

James Pearson


Based in Hanoi, James Pearson runs the Reuters bureau and covers Vietnam. He has worked as a Korean foreign correspondent for Reuters, covering social change, the black market economy, and the nuclear missile program. Pearson is also the co-author of ‘North Korea Confidential’.

27

Tom Hancock


Tom Hancock is a senior reporter on the Chinese economy at Bloomberg, covering China’s financial markets, pork deflation, and the nation’s exports. Prior to this, he’s worked as a China and Mongolia correspondent for the Agence France-Presse and as a Consumer and Leisure correspondent for the Financial Times.

28

Ia Masna


Former journalist Ia Masna is a content editor and curator writing about advertising, mobile, and technology issues. Masna has also been the chief editor of Indonesian tech startup blog DailySocial, raising issues in technology, questioning motives and reasons behind Indonesia’s startups. He currently works as an app store editor for Apple.

29

Christine Lu


Impact investor Christine Lu has spent the last 20 years active in cross border Chinese business and investment trends. She is recognized as a UN70 Digital Leader by the United Nations and named on the “Pacific Power Index” which names 50 individuals shaping the future of U.S and China ties. Lu is also the co-founder of the Cross Border Lab, an accelerator of brands and companies into new markets.

30

Jon Russell


Jon Russell is the Southeast Asia editor for The Ken, a subscription media company publishing stories on business and technology in Southeast Asia. Russell has spent more than 10 years writing about tech for publications like TechCrunch and The Next Web. He also sends out the weekly newsletter covering Asia’s tech news, Asia Tech Review.

31

Kate Walton


Kate Walton is an Australian writer and activist specializing in Indonesia. She writes about gender, human rights, social justice, and development in Southeast Asia. She has been published by VICE, South China Morning Post, and Al Jazeera. She holds a Masters of Human Rights.

32

Emily Feng


As NPR’s woman in Beijing, Emily Feng reports on social trends, as well as political and economic news coming out of Beijing. Previously she has served as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times. For her coverage of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Feng was shortlisted for the Amnesty Media Awards in 2019 and won a Human Rights Press merit award.

33

Iman Usman


Iman Usman is the co-founder and chief of product and partnership of Ruangguru.com, the largest tech-enabled education provider in Southeast Asia, serving over 18 million students, and 300,000 teachers. Ruangguru provides a private tutoring marketplace, offline tutoring, and a corporate training platform.

34

Alan Wong


Alan Wong is the managing editor for Vice World News and specializes in US-China relations, technology, and Hong Kong politics. Previously, he’s been an editor at the South China Morning Post and a digital editor at the New York Times in Hong Kong.

35

Richard Lai


Gadget loving Richard Lai is Engadget Chinese’s editor in chief. With over 11 years of experience in tech writing, Lai writes about the latest tech news, in-depth reviews, and insights into the Chinese electronics consumer market. He has reported on the Xiaomi launch events, gadget market tours, and interviewed high-level tech execs.

36

Joe Tsai


Joe Tsai is the CEO of the Alibaba Group, a leading Chinese multinational tech company specializing in ecommerce, retail, internet, and tech. The Hangzhou-based business operates Taobao, an ecommerce site, and Tmall, a platform that enables companies to open online stores. As of March 2020, the platform had 726 million active users and revenue of $73 billion.

37

Tom Lasseter


Tom Lasseter is the former Beijing Bureau Chief for McClatchy newspapers. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in Myanmar and been a finalist for the prize for reporting in Hong Kong. Lasseter has also been an India based Bloomberg reporter for projects and investigations in India. More recently he has worked as a special correspondent for Reuters in South Asia.

38

Shibani Mahtani


Shibani Mahtani is the Southeast Asia and Hong Kong bureau chief for the Washington Post. Based in Hong Kong, she covers countries that include the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia. She was the first Myanmar-based correspondent for the Wall Street Journal following the country’s opening in 2012.

39

Mona Nomura


As a digital strategy consultant, Mona Nomura works on branding, publicity campaigns, sales, and community strategies. Nomura has also worked for MySpace as the social media marketing manager and with National Geographic. She dedicates her time to collaborating with startup-related projects, offering her insights on marketing.

40

Kirsten Han


Kirsten Han is a Singaporean journalist and activist who curates “We, The Citizens” a weekly newsletter covering Singaporean social justice, politics, and civil society. She’s a founding member of the group “We Believe in Second Chances”, a group advocating for the abolition of the death penalty in Singapore.

41

Dr. Serkan Toto


Dr. Serkan Toto is CEO and founder of the Tokyo-based Kantan Games Inc., a game industry consultancy focusing on the Japanese market. He has a PhD in economics, is sept-lingual, and has an MBA. As a game consultant, he’s also the Japan game market advisor at Playco and a business builder for 8W8 Global Business Builders.

42

Newley Purnell


Newley Purnell is a Hong Kong-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal, covering technology. He focuses on how global tech enterprises like Apple, Google, and Uber are fighting for users in some of the world’s most populous countries. Previously he was a Bangkok-based freelance journalist for the New York Times and the New Yorker.

43

Scott Bales


As the ex-managing director of Innovation Labs Asia, a consulting practice focused on digital transformation and innovation, Scott Bales currently is the global digital advisor for Microsoft in Singapore. Bales is also a keynote speaker and thought leader for ODE Management, a direct management office for some of the world’s disruptors on emerging tech, and innovation.

44

Mohan Belani


Mohan Belani is the CEO and head of product at e27.co, a startup and tech ecosystem platform designed to help startup founders build and grow their companies. e27.co helps matchmake founders to investors and helps founders get deals for software services. He is also an angel investor, advisor to HempStreet, and a board member at Dailysocial.id, an Indonesian based tech media company.

45

Rui Ma


An ex IBD PE VC, Rui Ma writes about tech in China. She hosts the bi-weekly China tech podcast, Tech Buzz China, providing unique insights and takeaways on Chinese tech. Ma is also the executive chairman of Rookie.Fund, a non-profit that discovers and invests in student entrepreneurs in Asia. She is also an angel investor and advisor to several startups and funds.

46

William Albano


William Albano is a tech writer and marketing communications analyst at ON Semiconductor, a Fortune 1000 company that’s a leading supplier and driver of energy-efficient semiconductor solutions. Previously based in Taiwan, Albano has been the managing contributor editor of Business Next Media Corp, a site advocating Taiwan’s startups as well as the director of digital engagement of HWTrek, a PaaS for electronics hardware.

47

Chad O'Carroll


CEO and founder of Korea Risk Group, Chad O’Carrol is a journalist and researcher specializing in North Korea. The group provides specialist analysis, research, news, and proprietary databases that are designed for professionals working on the issues related to the Korean Peninsular. He is also the managing director of the company’s institutional research and analysis platform, NK Pro.

48

Akiko Fujita


Currently a news anchor for Yahoo Finance, Akiko Fujita has been a news anchor for CNBC based in Hong Kong and a Tokyo-based foreign correspondent for ABC News. She co-hosted CNBC’s morning program Squawk Box Asia, setting the news agenda for the region each day.

49

Saad Hamid


Digital evangelist Saad Hamid is a community manager at Google as part of the DevRel and Ecosystem team that bridges relationships with startups, innovators, and developers in South Asia Frontier Markets. He has also been the CEO for DEMO, an ideas consultancy working in impact-driven verticals like innovation, entrepreneurship, and skills development.

50

Amit Goel


Amit Goel is the founder of digital news site goMEDICI.com, a self-described Bloomberg for fintech. Goel is known for his fintech insights and data-driven predictions that help guide startup founders. He has been recognized as a Top 100 fintech influencer and top 10 in Asia multiple times. With a strong background advising Fortune500 firms, he also founded a consulting and research practice GrowthPraxis in 2009.

51

Matt Dooley


Matt Dooley is the founder and managing director of Connected Thinking Ltd., a firm that provides strategy, consulting services, specialist training, and web intelligence tools for financial institutions to take advantage of marketing. He is also a member of the board of directors for the FinTech Association of Hong Kong.

52

Taejun Shin


A self-described stateless entrepreneur Taejun Shin is a co-founder of Gojo, a financial inclusion startup aiming to provide tech-enabled microfinance for everyone in the world. Started in 2014, the group operates in 4 countries and serves 600,000+ customers. He is also the founder of NGO Living in Peace, a group that made the first microfinance investment fund in Japan’s history.

53

Gang Lu


Founder of TechNode, China’s leading bilingual tech media, Gang Lu is one of China’s most recognized tech influencers. Starting TechNode as a personal blog, it soon became a highly respected international innovation platform with 6 business units, connecting China’s tech ecosystem with the rest of the world. Gang Lu also manages China TechCrunch.

54

Akiko Naka


Akiko Naka is the founder and CEO of Wantedly, Japan’s largest professional social networking service. Following its launch in 2012, Wantedly grew to 2.5 million users and 35,000 corporates. Prior to founding Wantedly, Naka was a growth-coordinator at Facebook Japan. Previously, she worked at Goldman Sachs in equity sales.

55

James Griffithas


Foreign correspondent James Griffiths is the author of “The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet”. Griffiths is also currently a senior producer at CNN International, previously he has been an editor at the South Morning Post and a China-based contributor to the Atlantic.

56

Catherine Shu


Tawainese-American Catherine Shu writes for Tech Crunch, where she’s covered startups and breaking news since 2012. Prior to this, she wrote about culture, entrepreneurship, and policy in Taiwan as a features reporter for the Taipei Times. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, and The Economist.

57

Leo Weese


Passionate about bitcoin, encryption, and privacy, Leo Weese is the co-founder of The Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong which runs popular blockchain/fintech meetups in Hong Kong with 4,000+ members and 200+ events. Weese is also a mentor at SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator, a group connecting all things bitcoin and helping fintech startups find the right angle to payment.

58

Monica Jasuja


Ex-head of digital at Mastercard in India, Monica Jasuja is the current head of product management and mobile financial solutions at Comviva. She has over 20 years of global experience in strategizing, defining, leading, and building software products and solutions. Previously she’s been the principal product manager at PayPal.

59

Tim Culpan


Bloomberg Gadfly opinion columnist Tim Culpan covers the Asia tech scene and is based in Taipei. Previously he wrote about the hardware supply chain and northern Asian technology as a reporter for Bloomberg news. He now specializes in writing on the hidden and unspoken corners of the tech sector.

60

David Wolf


David Wolf is managing director of Global China Practice at Allison+Partners. As a China-focused strategist, analyst, and historian, he’s the author of “Public Relations in China: Building and Defending Your Brand in the PRC”. Prior to this, he was the president of Wolf Group Asia, a Beijing-based strategic corporate communications advisory firm.

61

Harsimran Julka


Tech journalist and advisor Harsimran Julka runs the digital platform for small business entrepreneurs - startupanz.com based out of New Zealand. He has spoken at startup conclaves for TechInAsia, IIT-Bombay, and The Economic Times. He frequently blogs on issues such as artificial intelligence, the future of jobs, and sustainable development.

62

Dr. Ayesha Khanna


As the co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence solutions firm and incubator, Dr. Ayesha Khanna has been a strategic advisor on AI, smart cities, and fintech to leading corporations and governments. She is also the founder of 21st Century Girls, a charity that teaches girls coding and AI.

63

Michael Michelini


American SEO and ecommerce specialist, Michael Michelini has been in China since 2007. He’s passionate about helping companies do business in China and using the power of social media and ecommerce. He hosts the weekly podcast GlobalFromAsia.com to help compsnies grow their business in China and other parts of Asia.

64

Daisuke Sasaki


CEO and co-founder of freee, Japan’s leading cloud-based accounting software for SMBs, Daisuke Sasaki wants to automate back-office tasks that deal with accounting and lots of paperwork. A pioneer of SaaS in Japan, he’s leading the fintech industry to make tasks like Payroll simpler. Previously he worked for Google and has been an investment analyst at Hakuhodo and CLSA Capital Partners.

65

Serguei Beloussov


Serguei Beloussov is the CEO of Acronis, a global data protection firm, and is the senior founding partner of Runa Capital, a technology investment firm. He is also the executive chairman of Parallels Inc., a virtualization tech company, and co-founder of Acumatica, a resource planning software company. To date, he has filed more than 200 US patents.

66

Jeffrey Paine


Managing partner at Golden Gate Ventures, a venture capital firm investing across Southeast Asia, Jeffrey Paine is passionate about investing in early-stage startups across SE Asia. Previously he was director of The Founder Institute, a global network of startups and mentors that help entrepreneurs launch tech companies around the world.

67

Casey Lau


Casey Lau co-hosts the RISE conference, the largest tech gathering in Asia. Lau is also the co-founder of StartupsGBA, a resource to tech startups in China’s Greater Bay Area. He hosts the RISE offstage podcast on Asia’s startup landscape and a podcast on the future of entertainment, Sandwich Society.

68

Rama Mamuaya


Rama Mamuaya is the founder and CEO of DailySocial.id, Indonesia’s leading innovation company. Started as his personal tech blog in 2008, it has now evolved into Indonesia’s top tech enabler with clients ranging from Indonesia’s top banks and Fortune 500 companies. He has spoken on global stages on the topics of tech policy, entrepreneurship, and digital ecosystems.

69

Natali Ardianto


Natali Ardianto is the co-founder and CEO of itmi.id, the owner of LIFEPACK.id, a closed-door digital pharmacy focusing on chronic condition patients, and JOVEE.id, a personalized supplement recommendation engine. Previously, he co-founded EmasDigi, a fintech for multilateral commodity training.

70

Michael Tatarski


Editor-in-chief of Saigoneer, a digital media platform exploring Saigon and beyond, Michael Tatarski is a Vietnam based freelance journalist. He writes and curates the newsletter Vietnam Weekly and co-hosts the weekly Saigoneer podcast covering Vietnamese culture and society. Tatarski has also been featured in The Atlantic, Washington Post, and Mongabay.

71

Alok Soni


As the ex-vice president of YourStory Media, India’s leading media tech company for innovators and businesses, Alok Soni has been observing and documenting the journey of Indian startups and technology ecosystems since 2012.

72

Ajey Gore


Ex-CEO and founder of CodeIgnition, an infrastructure automation consulting, networking, and DevOps startup, Ajey Core is a software engineer at his core. Until June 2020 he was the group CTO of GO-JEK, a super app for ordering food, commuting, digital payments, and shopping. He is currently the operating partner of Sequoia Capital, a private equity firm that helps founders build companies.

73

Gwendolyn Regina


Gwendolyn Regina is the VC program manager at Facebook, focused on building a new VC/startup growth acceleration program focused on marketing for Southeast Asia. Recently, she was entrepreneur in residence at deep tech investment fund, Entrepreneur First. Previously, she built and sold tech media startup, SGEntrepreneurs to Tech in Asia.

74

Anson Zeall


Ex co-founder and CEO of CoinPip, a fintech solving payment pains faced by businesses in Southeast Asia, Anson Zeall is now the chairman of ACCESS, Singapore’s cryptocurrency, and blockchain industry association. Zeal is also the co-founder and chairman of IDAXA, the London based international digital asset exchange association.

75

Resty Woro Yuniar


Resty Woro Yuniar is an Asia reporter for the South China Morning Post, covering Indonesia, geopolitics, and Southeast Asia’s tech scene. Previously, she’s been an Indonesia correspondent for the BBC and a tech reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She currently reports on subjects like Indonesia’s local elections, investments, and Asian poverty.

76

Brad Jones


CEO of Wave Money, a leading Myanmar based fintech providing financial services to the mass market, Brad Jones specializes in banking, payments, and fintech in Southeast Asia. His experience includes establishing startup fintech businesses and advising high profile digital startups in the financial industry. He has been the non-executive director for AustCham Myanmar, a group representing Australian business interests in Myanmar.

77

Terence Lee


As the chief editor of Tech in Asia, Southeast Asia’s leading media, events, and jobs platform, Terence Lee is on a mission to build and serve Asia’s tech and startup community. Previously, he founded NewNation.sg, Singapore’s leading satire news site, and was an editor at SGE.io, a tech blog focusing on technology and startups in Singapore and Asia.

78

Una Galani


Una Galani is the Mumbai based associate editor for Reuters Breakingviews - Reuters’ agenda-setting financial insight platform. Previously she has also been an associate editor for Reuters in Hong Kong and Dubai. She covers a cross-section of business, finance, and politics in Southeast Asia. In 2016, she won Asia Pacific Best Editorial Comment at the State Street Press Awards.

79

George Hu


George Hu is the COO of Twilio, an American cloud communications platform, allowing software developers to programmatically make and receive phone calls. An accomplished entrepreneur, he sold his workplace feedback tool Peer to Twitter in 2016. Prior to this Hu has been COO at Salesforce and serves as VP of product marketing and SVP of applications.

80

Jeremy Wagstaff


Ex-Reuters Asia technology correspondent, Jeremy Wagstaff is a consultant with 30 years experience of Asian general, political, economic, and technology issues. Based in Asia since 1987, Wagstaff has been the staff reporter and editor for Reuters, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

81

Malavika Velayanikal


Velayanikal is the consulting editor at Mint, one of India’s premium business news sites. She specializes in covering startups. Previously, she was the India editor for Tech in Asia, the largest English language media site focusing on Asia, and the executive editor at YourStory Media, India’s leading media-tech company for covering stories of entrepreneurs.

82

Lester Chan


Blogging at LesterChan.net, he blogs about computer hardware, and batteries. He currently works in Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading super app providing transportation, logistics, and financial services as a senior software engineer. Previously he worked at Tech in Asia as the head of engineering and was in charge of all WordPress related projects.

83

Amit Anand Choudhary


Times of India reporter, Choudhary writes for ETtech.com, covering key updates on the Indian tech industry, including issues like the privacy of personal data, fundamental rights, and biometrics.

84

James Lloyd


Based in Hong Kong, James Lloyd leads EY fintech capability across Asia-Pacific. In addition, Lloyd is an APAC leader for the organization’s global payments service. Prior to this, Lloyd has also been the head of strategy and corporate development for AMP Credit Technologies. Before moving to Hong Kong, he was a senior consultant at Deloitte in Dublin.

85

Eva Xiao


Eva Xiao is a tech reporter for The Wall Street Journal, predominantly covering China’s tech sector. Previously, she was a general news correspondent for Agence France-Presse in Beijing, where she covered everything from the systematic destruction of cemeteries in Xinjiang to luxury nursing homes. She has also co-hosted Digitally China, a bi-weekly podcast from RADII China, discussing a timely tech topic.

86

Vanessa Tan


Vanessa Tan is the director of marketing for Xiaomi Technology, a Beijing-based internet company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an Internet of Things (IoT) platform at its core. She has also been a journalist and product manager for English tech media outlet, Tech in Asia. Prior to this, Tan was a program lead for The Co-Foundry, a team helping build startups.

87

Nadine Freischlad


Nadine Freischlad is a Jakarta-based staff writer for The Ken, a pan-Asian, digital subscription-based publication head-quartered in Bangalore, India that delivers analytical and insightful stories on business and tech in India and Southeast Asia. She is also the curator of the conference series, Digital Discourses, a series of conferences aiming to stir debate about the impact of digital transformation.

88

Neal Cross


Digital strategy advisor and social enterprise entrepreneur, Neal Cross is the co-founder and chairman of Picture Wealth, one of the world’s fastest-growing wealth fintech companies. Cross was a fintech advisory board member for Razer Inc., a gaming hardware brand. He has also been the chief innovation officer for DBS Bank, a leading financial services group in Singapore.

89

Yoolim Lee


Yoolim Lee is a senior Bloomberg tech reporter covering startups and venture capital in Southeast Asia. She writes about fintech, stock offerings, digital finance, and notable entrepreneurs. She also writes for DealstreetAsia, a Singapore based subscription-driven media company, covering all deals, private equity, venture capital M&As, listings, and the business of startups in Asia.

90

James Hill


James Hill coordinates communications and community programs at Winkler Partners, a full-service corporate law firm in Taipei. Prior to this, he’s been the Taipei curator for Startup Digest, a weekly email list focusing on tech and startup events across major global cities. He’s also been an international messenger for Cubie Inc., a free messaging app.

91

Kunal Patel


Kunal Patel is the product manager of Worldpay, a fintech company that helps businesses pay, invest, and bank. Patel has also been the global head of product strategy at Payswiff, and director of product management and marketing at Tagit Pte Ltd, a Singapore based omnichannel digital banking engagement solution.

92

Darius Cheung


Co-founder of BillPin and CEO/co-founder of McAfee-acquired mobile security firm, tenCube, Darius Cheung is a serial entrepreneur. He has been an angel investor and advisor to other startups. Cheung also created 99.co, one of the largest property portals in the Singapore region.

93

Michael Tegos


Michael Tegos is a content editor for Smartkarma, an independent investment research network that aims to unite the fragmented investment industry. Prior to this, Tegos was a writer for Tech in Asia, the largest English language tech news outlet focusing on Asia.

94

Siu Rui Quek


CEO of Carousell, a virtual online marketplace, Siu Rui Quek co-founded the platform in 2012. Known as the pioneer of mobile classifieds in Singapore, in 2018 Carousell was valued at $500 million. In 2018, he was featured on Forbes Asia 30 under 30 List for his achievements with Carousell.

95

Aman Narain


A former banker turned Googler, Aman Narain leads new payment ecosystems for Google Pay, working across the financial services industry with regulators to launch innovative payment solutions. Previously he led digital ventures for Schroders and was the chief executive for BankBazaar, India’s primary financial website. He is also an active board member and investor for multiple startups.

96

Saemin Ahn


Saemin Ahn is an investor and board observer at Black Fish, a Chinese membership-based ecommerce platform founded in 2017. He has also been an investor and advisor at GO-JEK, an Indonesia based mobile technology company with a social mission of unleashing social impact through technology. He is currently stepping into a venture capital role leading Rakuten Ventures.

97

Sumit Chakraberty


Sumit Chakraberty is the consulting editor of LiveMint, one of India’s premium business news publications. Previously he was the senior editor of Tech in Asia. He has also had stints at The Times of India, UTV, and DNA. With more than three decades in journalism, he now mainly writes about startups and cricket.

98

Daniel Liebau


Daniel Liebau is currently the founder of Singapore-based Lightbulb Capital, a firm founded to help financial services firms create and capture new value through investments, innovation advisory, and research. Previously, he has been a board member of HSBC Securities Singapore and head of operations and governance at Barclays Capital.