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Integrating Cost Effective Innovations: Maximizing from New Disruptive Opportunities
Early this year, Singapore government announced that SUPPORTING ENTERPRISE TO INNOVATE is the key thrust of the Singapore Budget 2018 and SME GO DIGITAL PROGRAMME will allocate S$2.4 billion (US$1.7 billion) to build the digital capabilities of SMEs across retail, food services, logistics, cleaning, wholesale trade and security segments. Beside the $4.5 billion funds that being allocated for Industry Transformation Programme, there’re a number of attractive tax incentives, innovation grants and supports from government and international financial institutions to drive SME INNOVATION and prepare Singapore SMEs for the Digital battle!
With all these lubricants, international industry experts predict that Singapore will be the No 1 Regional SME Innovation hub in the next 5 years!
Nevertheless, most of the SMEs with limited resources and expertise are facing difficulties in transforming their businesses. The digital revolution has changed or reduced the product life of their products. SMEs need to strike harder for new product development and constantly looking for new material or strategy for cost reduction in order to maintain their market shares and sustain their business in long run. Moreover, technology driven FINTECH companies are transforming the way customer access and manage money, SMEs need to review their internal operating model and upgrade their transaction system to serve the new techsumer market.
Traditional SMEs are struggling with manpower shortage problems and have strong need to change their mindset and operation strategy to sustain the business. On the other hands, the new innovative start- Ups are lack of industry experience and needed more practices and guidance to enhance their outputs. How to build a bridge that minimize the innovation gap and achieve the Win-Win result? How to review internal capabilities and get ready for internationalism? How to cultivate digital DNA within the workforce?
The SME Biz-Innovation Summit 2018 tailored to bring together the SMEs CEOs, founders, directors, technology and solution providers, digital & cyber security experts, governments, financial & education institution and think-tank to discuss the latest Innovation trends, sharing tips & success stories for innovation projects and explore Win Win Partnership opportunities for market expansion.
Innovation is a journey — it begins with a vision and a commitment plan, followed by people engagement and automated solutions. Technologies are changing the business landscape for SMEs and exacerbating the competition. Automation, robotics and E-Commerce are changing the face of manufacturing and retail sector. The developments could be viewed as a new threat or a new opportunity for market expansion.
How to capitalize this golden opportunity to increase your revenue stream? Explore the latest technology and success stories in SME Biz INNOVATION SUMMIT 2018!
Managing Director - TTM Travel Agency Pte Ltd
General Manager - NurtureStars Preschool Pte Ltd
Director - Pastryden Pte Ltd
Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat identified 3 major trends for businesses and workers in the decades ahead during his delivery of Budget 2018. While many admired the big, broad strategies and ideals contained in the 50-page report, they have failed to grasp the essence and urgency of the 3 major trends. UOB economist Francis Tan will provide his take on the following:
SMEs are swamped with day-to day tasks of operational and production goals. Most companies have limited resources to operate their businesses and don’t see INNOVATION as a necessity to nurture the long term success. Some industry experts suggested 3 magic key words for problem solving – Vision, Experience and Change. What is practical for SME Biz- Innovation? Why should SMEs see INNOVATION as a Resource to tap into and NOT as a cost?
There are a number of overseas case studies showing the potential of using Open Innovation as a key to success. Open Innovation is based on the intelligent use of all possible resources which includes collaborations with parties outside the firm or start-ups as innovation strategies. Singapore government has allocated S$100 million over the next three years for Partnerships for Capability Transformation scheme (PACT) to encourage collaborative development
In today’s competitive marketplace, startups and small businesses are faced with the uphill battle of achieving enough growth to be able to transition to a global enterprise. Disparate IT solutions, unmanageable spreadsheets and manual processes are just a few of the obstacles to overcome.
Join NetSuite and their customer to hear an open-dialogue on how to navigate the path to becoming a successful global organization and explore the top opportunities for growth for SME’s in Singapore.
The digital revolution has impacted virtually of our day-to-day transaction. While technology driven FINTECH companies are transforming the way customers access and manage their money, SMEs need to review their internal operating models and upgrade their transaction systems to serve the new techsumer market
ASSETS & HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT THROUGH INNOVATIONS
NEW TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
Corporate Social Responsibility as the Game-Changer for Future SME Businesses
Mitigating Foreign Exchange Risk For SMEs
When doing business internationally managing currency risk unfortunately comes with the territory. Some major currencies can move up to 19% a year on average so the impact on a business can be significant. There is however a very simple solution to what can often feel is a very complex problem. By understanding the 4 step risk management process business owners and finance decision makers will get a key understanding of how to mitigate risks that can ultimately cause major financial stress on a business.
Transformation Strategy for Business Excellence
The Smart Manufacturing Roadmap for Singapore SMEs
From Industry 3.0 to Industry 4.0 for SMEs. Increasing Productivity, Reducing Costs & Enabling Innovation.
Changing the Market Environment with Latest Innovation
SME Innovation Strategy: "Disrupt the Norms with Technology"
Singapore is developing a robotics ecosystem with Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam - to take the regional lead following the worldwide trend in using technology to transform normal business operations.
Using FINTECH Crowd Funding Platform as an Expansion Strategy
Why Alternative Financing can be a KEY to Kick-start Your Innovation Journey
Engaging the Workforce through Automation and Increasing Implementation Success Ratio
Culturally open, dynamic and flexible structures are always built on mutual trust within the organisation. Despite strong supports from top management, cultivating a sustainable learning culture seems to be the key in building digital DNA within the workforce. Nevertheless, will automated/robotics system really help SMEs to reduce manpower cost? How?
Brainstorming Efficient Integration of Innovations for SMEs
Disruptive technology has increased the complexity in collaboration. As ASEAN chair, Singapore needs to build a “deeper and more substantive co-operation” relationship within Asia. What we can do together to concur a bigger pie?
Track A Moderator:
Track A Panelists:
Track B Moderator:
Track B Panelists:
Business Enterprise Manager
CKE MANUFACTURING PTE LTD
Mr Kwan Lifeng, Enterprise Development Manager of CKE Manufacturing – a Singapore precision engineering business founded in 1946. Since its inception, CKE Manufacturing has established itself in precision machining and welding services to a diverse market from Aerospace, Electronics to Oil & Gas. As the company’s Enterprise Development Manager, Lifeng is responsible for developing and executing strategic plans for value creation and cost reductions, executing enterprise objective and initiatives, as well as identifying business opportunities.
Driven by his passion in metallurgy, engineering, and manufacturing operations, Lifeng has completed courses in Heat Treatment, Supply Chain, Graduate Diploma in Advanced welding technology and is also APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional and AWS (American Welding Society) associate welding inspector. In addition, he is currently enrolled in the Warwick’s Master of Science in Engineering Business Management.
Director, The Logistics Institute, APAC
A former Colombo Plan Scholar, Prof. Goh holds a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide. In the National University of Singapore, he holds the appointments of Director (Industry Research) at the Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, a joint venture with Georgia Tech, USA, Principal Researcher at the Centre for Transportation Research, and was a Program Director of the Penn-State NUS Logistics Management Program. He also used to be Director of Supply Chain Solutions for Asia/Middle East with APL Logistics, crafting logistics engineering solutions for major MNCs (Dell, Nike, Lenovo, VW, BMW, Roche, BBraun) in this part of the world. He was on the board of Rigelsoft, a reverse logistics company. He is also a Professor of Management at the University of South Australia
Prof. Goh was a Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport (Singapore), past Chairman of the Academic Board of Examiners for the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management, member of the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Resource Centre (NUS) and a past Vice President of the Operations Research Society of Singapore, Associate Senior Fellow of the Institute of South east Asian Studies. His other professional affiliations include membership of INFORMS, and the Academy of International Business. His biography appears in Who’s Who in Asia and the Pacific Nations, Who’s Who in the World, and Outstanding People of the 20th Century. He was a member of the Global Advisory Council (GAC) on Logistics and Supply Chain with the World Economic Forum.
He has been involved in executive training for various key organisations in Singapore, for example, PSA Corp., MIS, SIPMM, PSB, J&J, Siemens Nixdorf, CIT, CAAS, Fuji-Xerox AP, Applied Biosystems, Danzas, DHL, Samsung, SembCorp Logistics, Exel, CEI, Bax Global, IBM, PWC Logistics, Sime Darby, Rockwell Automation, Bank of China, PT SMART, and Mindef. Prof. Goh has also acted as a consultant to organisations both in Singapore and overseas, e.g. Lucent Technologies, Pentex Schweitzer, Trans-Link Express, Perkins Parts, Singapore Post, NCB, Unilever East Asia Pacific, MSAS, TDB, Hewlett-Packard Far East, Siemens Nixdorf, APO, Confectionery Transformation, Danzas-AEI, Bossard Asia Pacific, BBraun AP, Pasminco, Mindef, Cleanaway (China), IE Singapore, ADB, Knight Frank, Rhodia, World Bank, APEC Secretariat, and Fuji Xerox Singapore. He has led projects for companies such as Dell, Asia Pac Breweries, Roche, PSA, IBM, DFS, ERIA, CAAS, Vale, Save the Children, and EDB.
He has held appointments as a visiting Professor in Business Logistics Strategy at Chulalongkorn University, Commonwealth Fellow to the UK, Citibank International Fellow to the US, visiting research fellow at UMIST, visiting scholar at Beijing University, visiting professor at Melbourne University, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi, and professor at the University of South Australia. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Q3 Quarterly, Journal for Inventory Research, Paradigm, Value Chain Management, International Journal of Procurement Management, and Advances in Management Research, Euro Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, International Journal of Logistics Management, and has served as an associate editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Operational Research.
His current research interest is on buyer-seller relationships, performance measurement, and supply chain strategy. With over 300 technical papers in internationally refereed journals and conferences, some of his recent articles on supply chain management have appeared in the Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Production and Operations Management, EJOR, Supply Chain Management Journal, Industrial Organisations, Journal of Global Optimization, Journal of Asian Business, SIAM Journal of Optimization, Transportation Research Parts A & E, MIS Quarterly Executive, JOTA, International Journal of Production Research, and Logistics Information Management.
ARCSTONE PTE LTD
Willson is the creator of Arcstone, a modular and customisable analytics platform aimed at helping manufacturers lower operational costs by automating, integrating and streamlining entire processes within a facility.
A software engineer by trade, Willson is a veteran of the manufacturing industry and has worked across various sectors such as smart meters, wineries, gourmet chocolates, glass production, aeronautics to pharmaceuticals.
He is an expert in data automation and processing, and conceived of Arcstone while creating software solutions for a variety of manufacturing pain points.
Apart from Arcstone, Willson also serves as chairman and founding member of the Singapore Manufacturing Consortium (SIMCO). Formed by uniting the best smart manufacturing solutions companies in Singapore, SIMCO helps to bring about a unified answer to the toughest manufacturing industry problems.
Willson has a MSc from INSEAD Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley.
ADEMCO SECURITY GROUP
Mr Toby Koh is the Group Managing Director of Ademco Security Group, a leading provider of security and business management solutions to more than 8,000 institutional, commercial and government organisations across Asia.
A respected thought leader, business commentator and advocate of embracing technology, Toby’s significant contributions to developments in Singapore’s security landscape and personal achievements in business won him recognition as the overall winner of the 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award (Established Entrepreneur) and the 2013 Honouree of the Spirit of Enterprise Award. He also led Ademco in winning the 2015 Singapore Prestige Brand Award (Heritage Brand) and the 2015 Enterprise 50 Award.
OMNI PLUS SYSTEMS LTD
Felix Wang is the Board Director of Omni Plus Systems Pte Ltd and the General Manager of Itochu Plastics Pte Ltd Singapore since 2011. He is heading the administration, accounts & finance Dept for the Global Plastics Trade headquartered in Singapore with principal turnover of more than US$1B.
During the 13 years employment, he was the financial controller for Itochu Plastics Pte Ltd, Itochu Overseas Construction & Realty Pte Ltd and Itochu Systech Singapore Pte Ltd and Itochu Pulp and Paper Asia Pte Ltd with global volume of business above US$1B. His responsibilities include review of tax and enabled global trader program status for Itochu Plastics Pte Ltd, Itochu Pulp & Paper Asia Pte Ltd, Itochu Steel Asia Pte Ltd, Itochu Pipe and Tube Asia Pte Ltd and Obtained FTC Licence for ITA. He was the Head of Shared Management Services, Head of Finance Planning and Financial Controller for Itochu Treasury Centre Asia Pte Ltd, Financial Treasury Centre for Funding/Borrowing/Lending/Deposits for Asia & Oceania excluding Japan/Greater China.
He was also the Head Review & systems implementation of SAP, Head Review & Implementation of Japan SOX.
Prior to his positions in Itochu, Felix Wang was an accountant at Port of Singapore Authority from 1991-1994 in various departments.
Director, Public Sector & Government Practice
FROST & SULLIVAN
Abhineet Kaul is a Director with the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Public Sector & Government Practice. He covers a broad range of areas, leveraging domain knowledge and relationships with senior executives.
Since joining Frost & Sullivan, Abhineet has completed several consulting projects on with government agencies across Asia Pacific His areas of expertise are Industry Trend identification, impact assessment, Infrastructure development support, Tourism policy development, and sector productivity improvement.
He has also worked on several studies related to Tourism sector in the region, working on engagements dealing with regulatory environment, future technology roadmaps, infrastructure development, and capability development.
Abhineet has been a speaker in Industry forums on topics related to mega trends, trade development and manpower development issues. Some of his talks include:
•Speaker at the Singapore MICE Forum
•Speaker at SPRING Standards Council Strategic Planning Session
•Speaker at ICCA Bidding Seminar in Thailand, organized by TCEB
•Speaker at Intermodal Asia focusing on trends in logistics
•Speaker at session on mega trends for a session organized by SHA
•Facilitation of the session on Mega Trends and the impact on Tourism
ICT Disruption and Innovation Expert
EUROPEAN COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
An accomplished innovator and entrepreneur, Leesa Soulodre has 20 years experience leading technology and consulting companies from seed to $14B USD into new markets. She has shared the exhilaration of 1 IPO, a number of exits and the hard knocks of lessons learned. Leesa holds 15 years of Digital Director and Board Advisory experience in the not for profit, the academic
and private sectors and has supported in the raising of over USD30M in seed to Series C investments. Today she leads as Innovation Director for Inspirit IoT, Inc and advises as an Expert on SME ICT Disruption and Innovation to the European Commission Research Agency and as Board Adviser/Director supports several of the world’s most promising tech companies: PR
Software firm, Prezly (BE), Miyaki (GoGames) (UAE), and analytics companies, Hinounou (CH), BeautyButton (SG) (IL, USA), Inspirit IoT (IL, USA), Who’s Good (KR) and Fashion Match (KR). She holds a Global Executive MBA from TRIUM (NYU, HEC and LSE), a Masters in Management (Marketing) (USQ) and Certificates in Sustainability Strategies (Harvard), Risk Management (Australian Graduate School of Management) and Technology Entrepreneurship (Stanford). She is a Certified Reputation Manager of the Reputation Institute
Head of Program & Project Management
FONG'S ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING
Peter has completed his EMBA in May 2017 from Rutgers Business School, the Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. His proficient is in Manufacturing Engineering has a total of 27 years in Manufacturing Industry and the 12 years is working in Fong’s Engineering till present.
In 2006, he joins Fong’s and set up the Programme Department and back then was the first time that Fong’s been adopting the Programme and Project Management. During his tour of duties in Fong’s, he has been in Production before setting up the Assembly facility for Medical Device in 2007. In Sales & Marketing as well serving all the customers need directly in the front line bring in several businesses contributing to the customer satisfaction and company growth.
Today, he is back into his original function role in Programme and Project management with an additional task of identifying, coaching to develop the Leaders for Tomorrow.
A focused media veteran with an in-depth knowledge of the Asian market with more than 20 years experience in broadcasting (TV/Cable , Online and Radio), Advertising and Production, having worked in Mediacorp, MTV Asia, Channel [V] International, Fox TV (formerly known as Star TV) and activeTV (an international Emmy award winning TV production company). Also co-founder of Asia’s first solar marketplace and renewable crowdfunding platform, SolarPVExchange.
1. TV channel management from advertising sales, marketing, distribution, business development, programming and production.
2. Content Creation for both international, pan-Asia and local (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia) with award winning shows like The Amazing Race Asia, Cash Cab Asia, Caltex Make The Change, E! News Asia, MTV Asia Awards, & etc.
3. Media (TV/Online and Social Media) Management (Budgeting, Cash Flow, Scheduling, Operations, Equipment, Manpower and HR policies across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand).
4. Programming/Scheduling for both Pan-Asia channel.
5. Format negotiations and licensing
6. Format distribution.
7. Marketing for Pan-Asia markets via traditional and social media platforms
8. Sponsorships for TV shows
9. Strong relationships with Asia ad agencies/sponsors/cable/tv networks and government funding bodies in South East Asia.
Director (Special Project)
TEAMBUILD ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION
SINGAPORE INNOVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE
Dr Mike Teng is the author of another best-selling book "Corporate Turnaround: Nursing a sick company back to health" in 2002 and is endorsed by management guru Professor Philip Kotler and business tycoons Mr Oei Hong Leong and Dr YY Wong. He had authored more than 27 management books with the latest book entitled: Business Model Innovation: Introduction to Implementation.
He has more than 30 years experience in managing M&A, strategic planning and operational management responsibilities in the Asia Pacific region. Of these, he had held the post of CEO for 20 years in multi-national and public listed companies. He was also on the board of directors of several companies. Dr Teng is currently the Assistant Secretary General of Singapore Manufacturing Federation.
Dr Teng served as the Executive Council member for 14 years and the last 4 years as the President of the Marketing Institute of Singapore (2000 – 2004), the national marketing association. He is currently the President of the National University of Singapore MBA Alumni and the past President of the University of South Australia alumni as well as the past Chairman of the Chartered Management Institute, Singapore Branch.
Dr Teng holds a Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of South Australia, Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) from the National University of Singapore. He is also a Professional Engineer (P Eng, Singapore), Chartered Engineer ( C Eng, UK) and Fellow Member of several prestigious professional institutes namely, Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM), Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), Marketing Institute of Singapore (FMIS), Institute of Electrical Engineers (FIEE) and Senior Member of Singapore Computer Society (SMSCS). He is also a Practising Management Consultant (PMC) and Advanced Training and Assessment Certificate (ACTA) certified by the Singapore government.
Colin Koh, Past President of Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA), A certified IoT specialist, has been involved in the Industrial Automation, IoT/M2M, Industry 4.0, Power Quality, Environmental, Energy Efficiency and technology business since the mid 80's. For more info: http://www.linkedin.com/in/colinkoh
He was also the Vice-Chairman of Singapore-based Industry Committee of Energy Efficiency (ICEE) under the SEAS (Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore) and a member of industry sub-committee under the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) in Singapore. Member of International Society of Automation (ISA), Singapore Water Association (SWA), Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). He is a current the Senior Manager of LKH Precicon Pte Ltd.
He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (BBBA) from RMIT Australia and speaks periodically at M2M/IoT/Industry 4.0, Industrial Automation, Power Quality and Energy Management, Digital Transformation conferences.
SINGAPORE FINTECH ASSOCIATION
Mr. Eddie Lee is currently the Group CEO of New Union Holding. He is responsible for overseeing the business performance of its offices across Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia and Philippines. New Union has grown to be Singapore’s largest alternate financing platform. Across the Asia region, New Union has funded over SGD 2 billion to businesses.
Eddie started his technology solutions company in 1998 and had successfully sold it off for a seven figure sum in 2014 so that he may focus on his interests in the Fintech industry. During this short span of sixteen years, he was nominated as the most inspiring entrepreneur by the Spirit of Enterprise Singapore and awarded the 2012 Promising SME 500 Award by the Small Medium Business Association Singapore.
In 2011, the Straits Times, Singapore’s national newspaper, ran a special report on Eddie for his inspirational rags-to-riches story on how he overcame his social plight in order to build his business to greater heights. He was credited for his perseverance in growing his company revenue seven-fold in seven years with only a small team of eighteen employees.
Being at the forefront of the Fintech scene, Eddie is often invited to speak at eminent Business Forums and Fintech events across Asia. As an entrepreneur who built his fortune from scratch, he makes time for Singapore’s top education institutes (including but not limited to the National University of Singapore, Temasek Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic) to support their educational and mentoring curriculum. Eddie also assists the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Alternative Finance with several research papers on the said topic.
In whatever spare time he can eke out of his busy schedule, he dives into his lifetime passion for Muay Thai kickboxing. He has been training in this sport for more than twenty years and was once a part of the Singapore National team for kickboxing in 1998.
Vice President of Membership
ASSOCIATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
TTS GROUP & KF GROUP
Kelvin joined TTS Group in 2010 and was subsequently appointed as a company Director in 2011. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree with Honours in civil engineering from National University of Singapore and obtained his Masters of Transport from Imperial College, London. He started the TTS Group Vietnam office in 2014.
As the Director of our SE Asia operations looking after our Singapore and Vietnam offices, Kelvin has over 15 years of experience in the traffic and transport sector as a professional consultant. He has worked on a wide range of complex traffic engineering and transport planning projects in countries including the UK, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Cambodia and Indonesia.
As a local Singaporean permanently based in our Singapore office, Kelvin has managed and successfully executed many local projects ranging from traffic impact studies to the development of traffic management plans, preparing transport master plans, traffic operations and transport modelling projects and road safety audits.
Kelvin has advised on several strategic transportation projects in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on the ITS of the overall BRT systems. Kelvin has also led the development of complex incident management strategies for Singapore’s road network system, has been called upon by national media to provide professional independent opinions and been subject to media interviews on the local transportation systems. Being highly regarded in the local industry Kelvin continues to be actively involved in various industry forums, events and organisations at both local and international levels.
As a company director Kelvin is responsible for our overall business operations in the SE Asian region and provides leadership across all our business divisions spanning traffic and transport consulting and data collection/traffic survey services.
Francis joined UOB’s Global Economics and Markets Research team in 2012. He is responsible for macroeconomic research focusing on Singapore, with his daily research work including the running of economic models and the crafting of analysis reports. His interest is in the field of development and financial economics and he is passionate about the future development and economic opportunities for ASEAN countries via financial innovation.
Francis provides regular economic commentaries in English and Mandarin through local print and broadcast media.
Before joining UOB, Francis held roles in Asian and global financial institutions as an investment strategist and an investment manager. His career also included stints as an economist at the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Singapore Tourism Board, where he specialised in Tourism Economics.
Francis holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Economics and a Master of Social Science in Applied Economics from the National University of Singapore. Continuing his academic interests in the field of applied economics, Francis also contributed a chapter titled "Tourism Demand in Singapore: Estimating Neighbourhood Effects" in the Handbook of Tourism Economics (2013) and published a paper titled “Growth and Environmental Quality in Singapore: Is There Any Trade-off?” in the Ecological Indicators journal in 2014.
Director, Industry Development Group
Mr Liau Eng Soon is the covering Group Director of A*STAR’s Industry Development Group (IDG). He joined A*STAR in May 2013 as Director IDG to lead key initiatives and efforts to support the growth of local enterprises through the adoption of technology.
In 2013, Eng Soon set up the A*STAR Technology Adoption Programme (TAP), a productivity initiative that helps local companies increase productive through the adoption of technology innovations and solutions. To increase A*STAR’s support for local SMEs, Eng Soon spearheaded the establishment of A*STAR’s SME Office in 2014, coordinating all SME initiatives within A*STAR. Under his leadership, A*STAR’s SME Office has since helped many SMEs enhance their technology competence and move up the value chain, through initiatives such as the T-Up Programme, Tech Depot, Tech Access, Operation Technology Roadmapping and the A*STAR Collaborative Commerce Marketplace.
Prior to joining A*STAR, Eng Soon spent more than 20 years in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) as an Air Engineering Officer. During his career with the RSAF, he was involved in operational tours locally and in the USA, both in F-16 and the F-15SG.
Eng Soon holds degrees from Stanford University and University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign (UIUC). In his free time, Eng Soon plays golf and often tries to break 90.
Business Solutions Director, Corporate Hedging, APAC
As Western Union Business Solutions Director of Corporate Hedging in APAC, Simon is very much sort after as a Subject Matter Expert in the field of Currency Outlook and how companies could protect their businesses against Currency Volatility. Simon has spoken on numerous occasions in workshops and forum organized by International Enterprise Singapore. Other business events that Simon was invited as a Keynote Speaker includes the following:
Senior Manager, Head of Converged Business
Alvin is the Senior Manager and Head for Vertiv’s Converged Business in Asia. In this role, he is responsible for driving demand for converged solutions (IT and infrastructure integrations) from vendors to end users. He works closely with IT vendors to seamlessly integrate hardware and software, as well as deploy intelligent monitoring and remote management capabilities for the IT and infrastructure platforms. Alvin’s role also includes handling enablement initiatives for the channel community.
Over the past years, Alvin has been instrumental in driving adoption of converged technologies across the region, enabling, training, and certifying regional partners to market Vertiv converged solutions.
Alvin has held different positions including Solutions Enablement Manager, Technical Consultant (Asia Pacific), Solution Marketing Manager (Asia Pacific), DCIM and Senior Solution Advocate. Alvin was instrumental in driving the solution marketing of Avocent solutions in Asia Pacific. He worked closely with strategic partners, channels and regional sales team in identifying key market opportunities and developed new sales avenues. Prior to joining Avocent, he was part of the Global Delivery Team from Hewlett Packard in Technology Solution Group, Data Centre and Storage.
He holds a Bachelor Degree of Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia).
Head of Product Sales, APAC
Wendy started her entrepreneurial journey at 25, helming the transformation of a traditional family business into a modern, tech savvy company.Today, Bloomdale is a market leader in the Florist & Gift Hampers industry in Singapore with focus on a boutique customer shopping experience.As Managing Director, she keeps her business relevant through product innovation, streamlining processes and embracing new technology. Wendy is passionate about fashion and travel, and draws inspiration from her hobbies in the creation of new and interesting gift experiences for clients of Bloomdale.
Distinguished Solution Specialist, CFO, Centre of Excellence JAPAC
Steven’s role is to support and influence CFOs on their Business Transformation Journey, by evaluating, selecting and implementing the right enabling technologies. As a change agent, Steven spent over 25 years in Corporate Finance & Accounting positions, leading numerous ERP implementations and business transformation programs and will share his experiences and lessons learnt.
Deputy Director, Corporate Giving, NVPC, Head
COMPANY OF GOOD
Shiyun joined the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) Corporate Giving Team after graduating with a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) and Tsinghua University in 2014. At NVPC, she leads the development of the Company of Good programme which engages Singapore’s community of corporate giving stakeholders in giving back more strategically, sustainably and impactfully.
Prior to her time at NVPC, she was involved in promoting social entrepreneurship at the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), as well as running the headquarter activities for the Tanoto Foundation. Her other work experiences also include helping to strengthen bilateral ties between Singapore and Latin America, and advocating for free trade for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region when she was with the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). She completed her Bachelor of Accountancy from the Singapore Management University.
Lead consultant specializing in technology deployment for Command Center Operations and IOT developments. Played a pivotal role in the success and operationalization of SME Class command centers applying drones, autonomous robotics systems, live stream body worn cameras, GPS asset tracking systems and intelligent networked devices. His patience and prudence in research and analysis enables him to deploy solutions which are not only cost effective, but also limit costly errors commonly committed in complex technology deployments. Terence has a keen eye in technology development with an innate ability to commercialize and deploy state of the art technology which are economically attractive and game changing in the fields he play. He is also responsible for Singapore’s first landmark LEDS project with PestBusters Pte Ltd supported by e2i, NTUC and Spring Singapore. Terence is also a Registered Management Consultant. (Spring Recognised Certification).
Chow Siew Chong started his career with SRI International (a world renowned non-profit independent consulting and research centre) and has over 25 years' experience in corporate finance, consulting and general management. He holds a B.B.A degree from National University of Singapore and has worked in diverse industries such as ICT, finance and aviation.
He joined Concorde Security in 2015 and helped lead the company embarked on a transformation journey that is making profound changes to the security guarding industry.
Siew Chong was instrumental in leading a reorganizational change and rebranding of Concorde into a technological solution provider distinguishing it from other traditional head-count based security agencies.
He helped create a new shared economy business model for security service by using mobile command centres to secure clusters of buildings for which Concorde’s new growth engine will be based.
His success was further recognized by helping the Company garnered several important awards including the National Infocomm Awards in 2016, the highest accolade in ICT innovation conferred by IMDA and SiTF (now known as SGTech).
Siew Chong also recruited more professionals into the management team for international expansion. The Company opened its first office in the UK in 2017 and is planning to establish another in the U.S. by 2018.
In an interview with HRM Asia published in August 2016, he predicted that the job of security guards may well be made obsolete in 10 years’ time. It may come true as Concorde, the disruptor of the security industry made further successes in Singapore and abroad.
CONCORDE SECURITY PTE LTD
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Darktrace is the world’s leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians, the Enterprise Immune System uses machine learning and AI algorithms to detect and respond to cyber-threats across diverse digital environments, including cloud and virtualized networks, IoT and industrial control systems. The technology is self-learning and requires no set-up, identifying threats in real time, including zero-days, insiders and stealthy, silent attackers. Darktrace is headquartered in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK, and has over 30 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.darktrace.com
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data centre and colocation strategies of more than 1,000 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centres located throughout North America, Europe,Asia, and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products. For more information about data centre solutions from Digital Realty, visit www.digitalrealty.asia. Follow us on Twitter at @digitalapac and on our blog at https://apac.digitalrealty.com
Exact is a global software provider established in Delft, the Netherlands. Since the beginning of 1984, the focus on financial processes has been expanded to create a complete ERP package for small and medium-sized businesses. We provide industry-specific solutions for Finance, Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, Professional Services, CRM, BPM and International Business. With 1,450 employees in 14 countries operating in Asia Pacific, Europe, Americas, Middle East and Africa, we help businesses respond to shifting market conditions. Exact empowers SMEs to be the driving force of the global economy. We provide ambitious entrepreneurs and accountants with the technology and services they needed to grow beyond their limits.
To know more about Exact Business Software, visit https://www.exact.com/asia/
Insight is a leader in providing smart, cutting-edge technology solutions for global organizations of all sizes. From developing unique strategies to delivering the products, services and expertise, we’ll help your business run more efficiently and modernize through Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™.
Kaplan Professional, a department of Kaplan Learning Institute, supports organisations and individuals in their quest for excellence by providing learning and development solutions in their qualifications of interest with professional education partners, to help organisations and individuals succeed in today’s competitive world.
Conducted by highly qualified trainers in an interactive environment, and a proven track record of exceptional passing rates, your journey for continuous development with Kaplan will be an enjoyable one – demonstrating a commitment to achieve excellent standards of learning facilities and provide outstanding student support.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia is transforming the workplace of the future with its customer-centric solutions and hardware for the digitally connected world. We are committed to create new values for the society with our expertise. From information management to technology enabling tools, the solutions help businesses improve time to information, support mobility, and optimise business processes with workflow automation. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for five years in a row. For more information, please visit http://www.konicaminolta.sg/business/
Malwarebytes proactively protects people and businesses against dangerous threats such as malware, ransomware and exploits that escape detection by traditional antivirus solutions. Malwarebytes completely replaces antivirus solutions to remove the personal obstacles and business interruptions caused by modern cybersecurity threats. More than 60,000 businesses and millions of people trust Malwarebytes innovative machine-learning solutions and global team of researchers to identify emerging threats and to prevent and eradicate malware that antiquated security solutions miss and leave behind. For more information, please visit us at http://www.malwarebytes.com/.
Nufin Data brings together buyers, suppliers and funders on a single platform. We help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) access new working capital options and competitive financing through efficient information exchange.
Our cloud-based solution, NEMO, combines supply chain financing with payables automation technology to enable financing options such as reverse factoring and accounts payable financing. At the same time, NEMO also helps SMEs reduce operational costs and gain new efficiencies in internal financial workflow.
We currently have offices in Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
For more information, please visit: http://www.nufindata.com/.
Western Union Business Solutions enables companies of all sizes to send and receive cross-border payments and manage foreign exchange. With deep expertise in moving funds to 170 countries and territories, in more than 130 currencies, we help companies spend less time managing international financial transactions and more time growing their businesses.
Our award-winning, innovative WU EDGE platform creates seamless financial connectivity to support international growth and more profitable trade. With WU EDGE, companies can now connect with global business partners, access powerful tools to make, track and manage payments – faster than ever before – from one easy-to-use, digital platform.
For information, please visit business.westernunion.sg
Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice, and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education, and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, enterprise-grade solutions, the broadest multi-vendor integration, and customer choice.