Speakers

We are very excited to introduce our group of confirmed speakers. With our four panels across Finance, Entertainment, Consumer and Digital/Technology, we will discuss leading market trends in Asia and its influence on topics such as Fintech development, innovation in the movie industry, adapting to consumer preferences and managing international expansion just to name a few.

Interested to hear from our group of keynote speakers and panelists?


Peter Chou

CHAIRMAN OF VISUAL EFFECTS OF DIGITAL DOMAIN; former ceo of htc

Mr. Peter chou has over 30 years of experience in the information technology industry. since he joined digital domain as chairman in 2015, he has transformed digital domain from a hollywood special visual effects movie making company to a consumer facing brand by leveraging DIGITAL domain's technology to create consumer facing products. prior to joining digital domain, peter was the chief executive officer of htc corporation and had been with the company since its establishment in 1997. under his leadership, he has led to the charge to establish htc as a global smartphone and virtual reality brand. regarded by many as a pioneer and visionary in the mobile industry, peter has received numerous awards including laptop magazine's no.5 most influential mobile executive, the prestigious wireless week leadership award for extraordinary achievements in mobile communications and t3 magazine's no. 13 most influential technology executive.  

 


Will Wang Graylin

Global co-GM of samsung pay

He serves as Global Co-General Manager of Samsung Pay and President at ONvocal. He was honored with the 2005 'Movers & Shakers Award'' by Transaction World magazine. He serves as Director of ONvocal, Inc. Mr. Graylin served as a Director of SinoHub, Inc. from January 19, 2009 to June 23, 2011. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with two Masters' Degrees, MBA and MS EE/CS from MIT. Will is a serial entrepreneur, having founded several successful companies. he is currently global co-gm of samsung pay after samsung acquired his last company looppay in february 2015. he is also currently serving on the board of synchrony financials (ntse: syf, largest private label credit card issuer in the world). will also sits on the board of several high tech startups that he invested in, and is a connection science fellow with mit media lab. prior to looppay will was founder and ceo of roam data, a leading mPos solution provider (acquired by ingenico group.) prior to roam, will was founder ceo of way systems, world's first pocket size point of sale solution for mobile merchants, (acquired by verifone.) prior to way, will was founder and ceo of entitlenet, a security software company (acquired by bea systems, later oracle.) will earned two masters degrees from mit (mba & mseecs) after serving as a us navy nuclear submarine officer for nearly 6 years, (first chinese immigrant to do so after being naturalized as a us citizen in 1987.) 


Janet Tang

VP of Corporate Strategy and Planning Lenovo

Ms Tang joined Lenovo Group in 2014. Prior to the current role, she worked in Lenovo’s BTIT organization and worldwide Services, leading initiatives in assisting company’s transformation. At the present role, Janet is responsible for Lenovo’s overall strategy and ensuring implementation of the strategy into business and operations.

Janet received her Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University. Before joining Lenovo, Janet worked in Microsoft for its cloud business and McKinsey & Company as Associate Partner.


Tonet Santana

Director of Global Product Development

Tonet Santana is the Director of Global Product Development at Citi Bank. He’s leading the global product development for Payments and Receivables cash management business, focused on the development of digital and e-commerce capabilities for corporate clients and develops market leading payment infrastructure across all markets.


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Nam Pyo Suh

Cross Professor Emeritus at MIT

Nam P. Suh is the Cross Professor Emeritus at MIT. He was President of KAIST (2006-2013), Head of the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering (1991-2001), AD for Engineering at NSF (Presidential appointee, 1984-1988), and Director of the MIT Lab for Manufacturing and Productivity (1976-1984). He received the ASME Medal and three other awards from ASME, the General Nicolau Award from CIRP, Ho-Am Prize in Engineering, Inchon Prize, Pony Chung Innovation Award, Hills Millenium Award of IED of UK, Mensforth Medal from IEE of UK, and many others from several other organizations. He received nine honorary degrees from four continents. He is the inventor of On-Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV), Mobile Harbor, Microcellular Plastics, Mixalloy, Laminated plastic/foam products, and many others. He received over 100 patents and published over 300 papers and ten books. His award winning papers include those related to the Delamination Theory of Wear, Friction theories, Microcellular Plastics, and Axiomatic Design. He serves on the boards of universities and industrial firms. In 2016, MIT established the Nam Pyo Suh Professorship in Mechanical Engineering with the generous gift of Mr. Hock Tan, CEO of Broadcom.


Lan Wang

General Manager of Tencent Open Platform

Ms. Lan Wang received her bachelor’s from Fudan School of Management and her MBA from MIT Sloan. As part of senior leadership of Tencent Open Platform, Ms. Wang currently serves as the deputy general manager of Tencent Open Platform and the general manager of Tencent WeStart, China’s leading startup ecosystem builder. Ms. Wang led strategic business planning and execution of Tencent WeStart in China. Striving to foster a healthy startup ecosystem for local founders and to accelerate the growth of their businesses, Tencent WeStart is currently operating in 30 Chinese metropolitan areas as of October 2016. Ms. Wang has extensive experience in the IT industry. Before joining Tencent, She served at Microsoft, where her responsibility focused on Azure and transformation of traditional software business from offline to online.She led the business development of Microsoft Small Business Solutions and transformation of Azure cloud. She subsequently led the innovation effort of business partnership model to accelerate localization of Microsoft cloud, which helped Azure become the first overseas cloud service to launch in China.


Vincent Ambrosino

Executive Officer, Deputy CFO and COO Global Business Development at Suntory Holdings Limited

Vincent was promoted to Executive Officer and Deputy CFO at Suntory Holdings Limited in Toyko, Japan after serving as CFO of Suntory's subsidiary company Beam Suntory, Inc. headquartered in the United States. Known as an open minded executive who is able to identify, operationalize, and oversee value creation initiatives across an enterprise, Vince has helped Suntory Holdings implement a global matrix management system to improve governance and generate corporate strategy. In addition, Vince has leveraged his big picture thinking capability, deep financial expertise and broad executive judgement to build a talent global advisory team in Japan, to support Suntory Holdings' CEO and functional leaders as they forge strong business relationships across continents and cultures. 


Anis Uzzaman

General Partner of fenox

Fenox Venture Capital is led by Dr. Uzzaman, a serial entrepreneur, author of the book “Startup Bible – The Silicon Valley Way of Developing Success”, honored guest speaker, and a former IBM executive. 

Anis Uzzaman and Vitaliy Arbuzov founded Fenox Venture Capital to help entrepreneurs build successful, transformative businesses that span the USA and global emerging markets.


Masato Kaneda

JOINT GENERAL MANAGER, INCUBATION PROJECT TEAM

Masato Kaneda began his career at Mizuho Financial Group, one of the largest financial institutions in Japan, and now, as a Joint General Manager, leads the Incubation Project Team, a company-wide initiative focusing on leveraging new technologies to develop innovative business services and financial products. His team works as a central hub across key functions at Mizuho to develop new digital platforms that can be leveraged to improve customer service. Specifically, he is looking into how to access emerging and established fintechs to leverage their ideas and state-of- the art technologies as part of Mizuho's digital innovation strategy.

He holds a BA in Political Science and Government from Waseda University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.


Zaihe Li

Director of international business

Shanghai Youhug Media is a newly established company driven by content creation at its core, which produced its newest TV series Ice Fantasy (幻城) with leading actor (冯绍峰). It aims at creating dreams and becoming a best-in-class movie and TV content provider by its prospective strategy and specialized management and operation. During the past four years, it has invested in and produce numerous critically-acclaimed projects, which makes it a leading player in the industry. 


Jessada Sookdhis

founder of finnomena

As a leading financial guru in Thailand, Finnomena’s goal is to unlock the investment potential in Thai people by providing extraordinary tools and unbiased knowledge needed in investing and personal financial planning.


Somkid Jiranuntarat

VICE CHAIRMAN OF KASIKORN BUSINESS-TECHNOLOGY GROUP

Mr. Jiranuntarat is the Vice Chairman of Kasikorn Business-Technology Group, an organization aiming to build Technology and Innovation capability to provide frictionless end-to-end services and comprehensive digital banking solutionsHe has 20 years of experience in C-Level IT & Business Management. Prior to Kasikorn, he was the founder and CEO of Setttrade.com and set up the trading system for Vietnam Stock Exchange. Mr. Jiranuntarat received Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University. 


Takashi Oyagi

Chief strategic officer of monex group

Takashi Oyagi is Chief Strategic Officer and a member of the board of directors at monex group and its us subsidiary tradestation group. monex group (listed in tokyo stock exchange, code 8698) provides online brokerage and financial services to its 1.8 million customers globally through its subsidiaries in japan, us, and china. he is one of the founding members of monex securities when it was established in 1999. prior to his current position, he was in charge of monex group's business development in china, residing in beijing and hong kong. he has been in the global capital markets for 27 years. he prior work includes deutsche bank securities in new york and goldman sachs in japan. he started his career at the bank of japan in 1991. he has mba (analytic finance) from university of chicago and ba (law) from the university of tokyo. 


Rex Wong

CEO and Co-Founder of 8sian

8sian Media is the largest Asian multi-channel network and online video platform with over 200 million video views, reaching over 22 million unique users who watch over 2.5 billion minutes of 8sian's video content per month. 8sian is the exclusive international new media partner for some of the largest Asian TV broadcasters and publishers including CCTV, Shanghai Media Group, HunanTV, ZhejiangTV, JiangsuTV, AnhuiTV, iPanda, Hua Mei, Media Chinese, Ming Pao, Sin Chew and Arirang.


Kan Trakulhoon

Director and Chairman of the Management Advisory Committee of Siam Cement Group (SCG)

Kan Trakulhoon is Director and Chairman of the Management Advisory Committee of Siam Cement Group (SCG). He retired from President and CEO of SCG in January 2016. Kan had been actively involved with the government sectors in the drive to reform and restore Thailand’s economic stability ever since. Kan heads two Public-Private Partnership Committees initiated by the Royal Thai Government, namely the Innovation and Productivity Committee and Legal Reform Committee along with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project. Kan was previously an outside Director of Kubota Corporation and is now Global Advisor to Kubota Corporation and Member of the Advisory Board of Nomura Holdings, Inc. both of which are headquartered in Japan. Moreover, Kan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Advanced Info Service Public Co., Ltd. and Independent Director of Siam Commercial Bank Public Co., Ltd.


Dave Cho

Co-Founder & CEO of Soko Glam

Dave Cho is the Co-Founder & CEO of Soko Glam, a lifestyle brand and beauty shop with the most trusted selection of Korean beauty products, content and distribution - Soko Glam is the pioneer in K-Beauty in the U.S. Market. Started in 2012 and c0-ed by Charlotte Cho, the chief curator, board certified esthetician, K-Beauty influencer, and author of the international bestselling book, The little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, and Dave Cho, who's a military veteran with over a decade building and leading teams, Soko GLam is the leading destination for all things K-Beauty. 

Before Soko Glam, Dave spent over eight years on active duty in the U.S. Army, serving around the would, to include a deployment to Iraq. He was a cmbat arms officer and most notable served as a light infantry company commander, leading over 120 infantrymen with wartime mission.

Dave holds an MBA from Columbia School and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.


Natavudh Pungcharoenpong

Founder and CEO of Ookbee

Mr. Moo Natavudh Pungcharoenpong is a tech entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in founding, funding and managing tech companies. Moo is a Founder and CEO of OOKBEE, SEA’s biggest e-book store with market shares over 85% in Thailand. Besides Ookbee, he’s also a venture partners at 500 startups managing 500 TukTuks, a $15M USD micro-fund focused on promising Thai and SEA startups. The fund has been investing in over 30 startups in the region in the past 18 months.


Daniel Seah

CEO of DIGITAL DOMAIN

Daniel Seah was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Digital Domain Holdings Limited in September 2014. One of the most influential Chinese executives in Hollywood, Mr. Seah plays a vital role in shaping growth.

He led Digital Domain to become the 1st Hollywood independent visual effects studio to enter the Greater China market, meeting the region’s fast-growing demand for high-quality VR content.

 


Moderator


Ken Koyanagi

Editor-at-large of Nikkei Asian Review and Senior Staff Writer of The Nikkei


Ken is an experienced journalist and an online media developer. As an editor-at-large based in Bangkok, he writes and edits stories on business, economy and politics across Asia. Previously he was the Publisher of the Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) from its launch in November 2013 through April 2015. Prior to that, he led founding development of the NAR and the Japanese Nikkei newspaper’s online service.
Since joining Nikkei in 1988, Ken as a staff journalist has covered various beats such as the Tokyo capital market, financial sector, TMT (technology, media & telecom) sector, and the US TMT sector. He was the Silicon Valley bureau chief in 2003-2005.
He studied the political science at the Penn State University Graduate School, the French language and the political science at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.


Peter Kurzina

Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Peter Kurzina has thirty-two years of experience providing work-out, turn-around, interim, and crisis management to a wide variety of companies. Peter was president and chief operating officer of Fanny Farmer Candy Shops, interim president of Vermont Castings Stove Company, and president of Westville Homes Corporation. He provided similar leadership roles to a number of other troubled companies in the manufacturing, distribution, textile, men’s clothing, and service industries. For fifteen years he was associated with Argus Management Corporation, the Massachusetts-based provider of work-out, turn-around, crisis, and interim management to troubled companies.


Jane Tang

U.S. Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent for Sina News

Ms. Chiachieh "Jane" Tang is the U.S. Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent for Sina News. She focuses on political and economic news, particularly as it pertains to Sino/US relations. She also manages Sina Global News's social media strategy, including engagement initiatives to tens of millions of readers across platforms like Weibo (16mil followers alone), WeChat, Facebook, and Twitter. She also manages the print and film channels for Sina News U.S. operations, and is in charge of writing feature stories, conducting video interviews, and making documentaries for audiences in both Chinese and U.S. markets. Recently, she’s spearheaded Sina’s live streaming initiative, orchestrating broadcasts that generated millions of views, some with over 800k concurrent viewers. Prior to joining Sina ,she was a DC/NY/Taiwan/ Beijing correspondent with Caixin Media


Sina news is an online media company, providing news, search engines, Weibo (micro-blogging akin to twitter) and the largest cloud computing platform in China. The company has over 100 million daily page views, 200 million registered users and is headquartered in Beijing.