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Prof Ang Peng Hwa – Professor, Nanyang Technological University

ANG Peng Hwa (Ph.D., Michigan State University; LL.B., National University of Singapore) is Professor and Director of the Singapore Internet Research Centre at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. His research interest centres on the Internet and new media. He is the author of Ordering Chaos:  Regulating the Internet (2005), which argues that the Internet is being, will be and should be regulated. In 2004, he was appointed by the U.N. Secretary General to the Working Group on Internet Governance. He later co-founded the Global Internet Governance Academic Network, for which he served as inaugural Chair. In 2008, he spent his sabbatical year as Visiting Dean of the Mudra Institute of Communication Research where he helped found the doctoral (fellows) programme. He has consulted for various international and national media-related agencies such as the Bertelsmann Foundation of Germany, the International Development Research Centre of Canada, and the Media Development Authority of Singapore. In 2000, he was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and in 2001 at Wolfson College, Oxford. He currently also serves Chair of the non-profit organization Asian Media Information and Communication Centre and as a vice-president of the Consumers Association of Singapore.


Rajnesh Singh – Regional Director, Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau

Rajnesh Singh is Regional Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau at the Internet Society (ISOC) where he oversees projects, initiatives and activities across ISOC’s functional and programmatic areas in the Asia and Pacific region, including Public Policy, Development, Capacity Building and Internet Standards and Technology.
Prior to joining ISOC, Rajnesh played founding and leading roles in several technology and private equity investment firms, and still maintains varied business interests. In his professional capacity, Rajnesh has consulted on communications & power infrastructure, project management and business strategy for medium to large companies and organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. He has also held advisory roles across multiple sectors ranging from governmental organisations to sporting organisations and the private sector.

Rajnesh has worked extensively with the Asia-Pacific Internet community, and has held several leadership roles, including Founding Chair of ICANN’s Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) and Chair of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society. He has worked extensively on ICT policy, training and capacity building in the region, including delivering programmes for UN agencies.

Rajnesh is multi-lingual and based in Singapore.


Grace Chng – Senior Technology Correspondent, Money Desk, Straits Times

Grace has been covering technology for over two decades. Currently she is a senior correspondent with the Money Desk of The Straits Times. Until Nov 2011, she was the editor of Computer/Times Digital Life which she co-founded in 1993.
She has interviewed the top tech CEOs such as Steve Jobs, John Chambers, Vinton Cerf and Larry Ellison. In recent years, she has expanded her coverage to the Internet and tech start-ups.
Grace has set on many committees such as the National Infocomm Awards, Singapore Computer Society’s IT Leaders Award and the Parents Advisory Group for The Internet. Currently she is a member of the Media Literacy Council.
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Loo Cheng Chuan – Head of Local L!fe, SingTel’s Group Digital

Loo Cheng Chuan is Head of Local L!fe, a division of SingTel’s Group Digital L!fe business. He is responsible for driving SingTel’s hyperlocal digital initiatives. Under Local L!fe, Loo leads a few internet companies, including, and, among various other hyperlocal businesses.
Before Local L!fe, Loo spent several years as a technology hunter, traveling to global innovation hubs including Silicon Valley, Israel and New York to bring innovative products and cutting-edge technologies to SingTel customers. He joined SingTel in 1997, and has worked in both the consumer and corporate business groups.
Loo studied in Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he spent much of his time networking and learning from successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.


Eddie Chau Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Brandtology

Eddie Chau is the Founder and CEO of Brandtology (A Sentia Media Company), a business and brand online intelligence service provider which enables global brands to manage and extract invaluable insights from consumers’ conversations in social media. Through an effective combination of proprietary technology, processes and trained professionals, Brandtology enables companies to stay aware of social media trends and conversations about their brands, competitors and industry, thus allowing for strategic decision-making in a timely manner. With a team of highly experienced social media analysts, Brandtology is able to provide highly accurate and relevant insights in multiple countries and languages.
Prior to Brandtology, Eddie was the founder and CEO of e-Cop Pte Ltd, which grew to become a market leader in the Information Security Industry. He pioneered the first 24×7 Managed Security Services in the world with e-Cop which was acquired in 2007 by a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd.
Eddie holds an MSc in Communication Engineering from Imperial College, London. Previously, he held senior management positions in IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Computer Associates Inc (Nasdaq:CA).


Derek Kiong – Associate Professor, School of Computing, NUS

Prior to joining the Institute of Systems Science, Derek was Associate Professor in the School of Computing where he taught courses in Operating systems, Computer languages and Compiler techniques. He received the Teaching Excellence Award in 1998 for the efforts in promoting collaborative e-learning.

In the ISS, he has taught courses on Java, Microsoft .NET and Open source.

He is also consulted on digital forensic investigations and assisted in legal proceedings as an expert witness. He has been a member of the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) Expert Panel since 2006 and has been a Council member of the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) since 1999. For the latter, he was awarded the Distinguish Partner Award by SPRING Singapore in 2007.


Benjamin Mah, Co-Founder & CEO V-Key Inc

Benjamin Mah is a proven entrepreneur and has built a distinguished management career in both e-Cop (acquired by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings) and Encentuate (Acquired by IBM). Over the last 13 years, Benjamin also held senior management position in corporate companies including Oracle, IBM and CA. He has been recognized by several key organizations as one of the industry’s “most influential people on the infocomm Security”. 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 also 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. With more than 10 years of experience in business and IT, he is often called upon by the industry to speak on information security issues and entrepreneurship. Benjamin holds a degree in Business System Computing from Monash University, Australia.


Ng Kai Koon – Senior Manager, Legal and Public Affairs, Symantec Singapore

Ng Kai Koon is Senior Manager, in charge of Government Relations and Public Affairs programmes for Asia Pacific and Japan regions and based in Singapore. Kai Koon represents Symantec before government agencies, and international organizations, advising on public policy issues, focusing on IT Security, data privacy and protection and critical infrastructure protection. He is also Vice-Chair for BSA India Country Committee with responsibility for Policy matters.
Prior to joining Symantec, Kai Koon served as a Manager with the Industry Development Group of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), where he was responsible for the development and execution of programs and policies to grow Singapore’s IT sector in key growth segments, such as Cloud Computing, Business Analytics and IT Security.
Kai Koon holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, majoring in Computer Science, from the University of Tasmania, Australia.


Wee Choo Hua – Senior Director & Legal Counsel, Head of Government Relations, Southeast Asia, eBay Inc

WEE Choo Hua is eBay Inc.’s Head of Government Relations for Southeast Asia. He is overall responsible for government relations with all Southeast Asian governments for all eBay Inc. assets including eBay, PayPal, GSI Commerce, the Singapore Development Center and the Kuala Lumpur Customer Service Center.

Prior to joining eBay, Choo Hua was the Asia Pacific Director for Software Policy at Microsoft with responsibilities for software policies critical to the company’s growth in Asia. Choo Hua has worked with governments, industry associations, academia, NGOs and think tanks throughout Asia on a number of public policy issues ranging from intellectual property, privacy, internet safety, technology choice, interoperability to cloud computing.

Choo Hua was a Vice President of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) Asia Committee and the Chair of the BSA Indonesia and Singapore Committees. He has also served on the Singapore President’s Challenge Steering Committee, as well as the Vice President and Secretary-General of the Volleyball Association of Singapore.

A qualified lawyer of Singapore, Hong Kong and England & Wales, Choo Hua obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore. Choo Hua has practiced as an intellectual property lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Hong Kong, specializing in China intellectual property law at a time when China was just opening its doors to the world. He has also practiced as a commercial lawyer in Singapore.

In his spare time, Choo Hua enjoys basketball, scuba diving and just hanging out with his wife and two young daughters.


Wong Meng Weng – Serial Internet Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Wong Meng Weng is a serial Internet entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the primary author of the SPF standard for email authentication, RFC4408, which has achieved global adoption. In 2005, in Silicon Valley, he co-founded a venture-funded Big Data startup. In Singapore, he co-founded JFDI, a seed accelerator inspired by Y Combinator. He also co-founded Hackerspace.SG, and has helped organize Startup Weekends, TEDx, and similar grassroots events. He volunteers as a mentor with the Founder Institute and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the INSEAD Business School. He also volunteers on an advisory panel to the NRF regarding R&D ICT and commercialization strategy. He champions Agile, Customer Discovery, and Lean Startup philosophies. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Skype as mengwong.




Leon Leong, Business Relations Director of Techsailor Group

Leon is the Business Relations Director of Techsailor Group, a Social Media agency that specializes in online engagement and performance-driven campaigns. In his role, he has spearheaded many successful campaigns for medium and large organizations, which include the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), and Korea Tourism Organization (KTO).

Leon also co-founded several successful Internet companies, including a Social Wish List website which was featured on renown Social Media blog,, and, a Social-Location-Based website which was successfully acquired privately. He was also actively involved in a high tech start-up in the Silicon Valley for a year. To date, he has accumulated 5 years of experience in Digital Media and 12 years of experience in Internet Businesses.


Madanmohan Rao, Research Advisor, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)

Dr. Madanmohan Rao is research advisor at the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC). He is the editor of five book series: “The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook”, “The Knowledge Management Chronicles,”
“AfricaDotEdu,” “World of Proverbs,” and “The Global Citizen.” He is the research director of Mobile Monday, a global network of mobile and wireless communication professionals, and co-founder of the Bangalore K-Community, a network of knowledge management professionals. Madan is the founder of the Indian Proverbs Project, and world music & jazz editor at Jazzuality and World Music Central.

Madan was formerly the communications director at the United Nations Inter Press Service bureau in New York, and vice president at IndiaWorld Communications in Bombay. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in communications. Madan is a frequent speaker on the international conference circuit, and has given talks and lectures in over 80 countries around the world.


Eileen Yu, Senior Editor, ZDNet Asia

Eileen Yu joined CBS Interactive Asia-Pacific in March 2004 and is currently senior editor of ZDNet Asia, where she oversees the business tech news site in Asia. Eileen has over 14 years of experience at various established technology publications including Computer Times (since renamed Digital Life), the weekly IT supplement to The Straits Times (Singapore Press Holdings), and Computerworld Singapore. With her extensive journalistic background, Eileen is familiar with a range of technology segments including networking and telecommunications, open source software, enterprise security and legal tech.




Milind Sanghavi, Head of Merchant Marketing, Southeast Asia and India, PayPal

Milind Sanghavi is the Head of Merchant Marketing at PayPal South East Asia and India, where he is responsible for the performance and overall P&L for the Merchant business in this growing and highly-diversified region. In this role, Milind leads a strong, dynamic team that manages all aspects of the business including the website, product and key portfolio metrics. He has lead PayPal’s efforts in driving the adoption of innovative commerce methods in Singapore.





Dr Juzar Motiwalla, Professor in Practice of Digital Strategy and Enterpreunership, NUS

Juzar Motiwalla is Professor in the Practice of Digital Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore. He is Board Member/ Advisor to several companies based out of Silicon Valley, USA, India and Singapore. Recently, several companies he was involved in had M&A exits. One was acquired by a US-listed company, another had a major stake invested in by a Japanese giant, and a third merged with a NASDAQ-listed company and has now been acquired for US$400m. He has advised Partners Group (a Swiss-based private equity group with CHF 10 billion AUM) on direct investments. He was Partner, Investments at Green Dot Capital where he was in charge of global venture capital investments. Prior to joining Green Dot Capital, he was Chief Executive Officer of Kent Ridge Digital Labs (KRDL), a 350 person high-tech laboratory. KRDL incubated 15 start-up companies in Asia and Silicon Valley, USA.


Yean Cheong, Head of Digital, UM Asia Pacific

Yean Cheong is Head of Digital, UM Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. She is responsible for managing UM’s online media planning teams as well as leading the strategy and development of all digital media activities across Asia. As the regional digital lead for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and MasterCard, Yean develops and manages integrated digital strategies combining online, search, mobile and social media, supporting clients in ensuring these strategies cascade through all communication touch-points and markets. Yean was previously General Manager Digital of emitch Queensland Australia, part of Aegis Media Pacific. She was Head of Digital and Direct at Clemenger BBDO Brisbane, and performed various roles in Singapore at M&C Saatchi, Zuji, Jurong Point and Sembawang Leisure to name a few.


Benjamin Ang, Lecturer, School of Business/Law & Management, Temasek Polytechnic

Benjamin Ang draws from a diverse range of career experiences, from litigation practice in large and small law firms, to technology consulting in the south-east Asian region, to in-house legal work in international software and transmedia companies. Now in his role as a Law lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic, he enjoys sharing his stories with his students in school and at public seminars. Benjamin has been a popular public speaker at regional legal and technology conferences, and has articles published in various journals. He blogs and tweets regularly on interesting developments in the areas of intellectual property, technology law and media law.



Wong Siew Hong, Partner, Elden Law

Wong Siew Hong has extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation. He has advised on all aspects of infringement, anti-counterfeiting and litigation options in Singapore and around ASEAN. He had worked as a private investigator for intellectual property matters and developed an expertise in intellectual property litigation, enforcement and prosecution. Siew Hong has represented the product security interests of a wide spectrum of companies. He is also experienced with Internet related issues including Internet defamation. He is a Member of the Law Society of Singapore, the Singapore Academy of Law, Counsel to The Law Society of Singapore, Member of the Disciplinary Committees of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a member of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee. He is a guest lecturer on IP matters in NUS and SMU and was an Adjunct Teacher on Advocacy at the Practical Law Course.


Rachit Dayal,Managing Partner, Happymarketer

Rachit Dayal, Managing Partner at Happymarketer, was Singapore’s first Marketing Professional to be certified by Google as a Qualified Advertising Professional in January 2006. In 2009, he became one of Singapore’s first Qualified Analytics Consultants. In just three years, Happymarketer has become one of Singapore’s leading Digital Marketing think-tanks in APAC with staff spread across three countries, clients spread across five countries and high value engagements across Search, Social Media, Analytics, Digital Advertising, Mobile and Web Video. Rachit is a passionate web marketing professional and evangelist – creating websites, implementing search marketing campaigns, riding the growth of Social Media, preparing for the potential of mobile and preaching the merits of Measurement / Web Analytics.He has spoken at over 80 events in the past two years, and was one of a few non-Googlers to speak at Google’s annual Google Analytics conferences in the region.


Saumil Nanavati, CEO and Founder of Chalkboard

Saumil Nanavati has more than 12 years of experience as a senior “execpreneur” in the areas of ad-tech/commerce/mobile/social in the US, Asia, and the UK. Primarily focused on scaling businesses at every level, business development, product management, tier one VC fund raising and sales, Saumil has achieved a few world’s first in media. These include the world’s first real-time hyper local marketplace for Small Business owners; Location-based banner ads; the world’s first 3G radio with Virgin and the world’s first mobile branded music services with Bacardi.



Aileen Sim, Co-Founder, BillPin

Aileen Sim is takes care all things Product at BillPin. BillPin helps friends and roommates easily manage shared expenses, keeping friendships squabble-free. Aileen makes sure that the team builds what users need, and that users love what they build. Before BillPin, Aileen was CEO of virtual currency startup First Meta, which she founded and grew to profitability.



Elisha Ong, Co-Founder, Burpple

Elisha Ong was the Lead Product Designer at Qik (now Skype), a mobile video communications company based in Redwood City, California and designed the world’s first video chat user interface on a smartphone. Prior to Qik, Elisha worked at JCDecaux Asia, ESPN STAR Sports and developed stadiums for EA Sports FIFA PC games. With a keen eye for detail, Elisha defines the Burpple product and user experience. Elisha enjoys singing and short films.




Edvarcl Heng, Senior Manager, MediaCom

Edvarcl Heng helms the social division at MediaCom, an agency under the WPP network, servicing Dell and Procter & Gamble in their regional social outreach. Prior to MediaCom, he was at Singapore Press Holdings and CBS Interactive where he specialised in search and editorial content. Edvarcl has a deep understanding of loyalty and engagement-based digital strategies.



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