Daniel Tandoformer CFO
4Fingers Crispy Chicken
One Farrer Hotel
SMEs are the future drivers of Singapore economic growth that currently employ two-thirds of total workforce and account for half of Singapore’s GDP. Although Singapore and Malaysia are facing the biggest GDP hit in the economic growth across SEA due to trade war and slowdown of Chinese demand, a recent study shows SME's entry into digital economy could potentially boost ASEAN GDP collectively by up to US$1 trillion.
As the Singapore government is pumping up to S$150 million to boost the AI Capabilities, international experts predict that the big data and advance analytics within SME ecosystem will be the next level of transformation focus for the SME Go Digital Program.
While hiring & retaining talent, managing rising cost in rental & man power remained as top challenges for SMEs to transform and scale up businesses. Could SMEs use internationalization and digitalization as strategies to leverage increasing cost?
The SME Biz-Innovation Summit 2019 tailored to bring the stakeholders to discuss latest BIZ-Innovation trends and brainstorm collaboration strategies to transform uncertainties into new opportunities
Networking & Learning
1. Discover how Budget 2019 and SME Revolution 4.0 could impact your business in the next 5 - 7 years and prepare for regionalization/internationalization
2. Learn practical and affordable transformative innovations that improve operational efficiency with higher resource optimization
3. Overcome financing and investment challenges through innovative integration of fintech solutions and collaborative strategies
A recent SME Survey discover that more than half of the Singapore SMEs have adopted digital transformation strategies are enjoying 26% in revenue gains and 22% in cost saving.
Are you ready to maximize the cost savings and revenue gains with latest BIZ innovation ideas? The 8th SME BIZ-Innovation Summit could be a key to level up your mindset and bring your business to a new level. Explore practical and affordable ideas that synergize your workforce and customers with exciting digital journey while maximize your capital investment.
Analyzing Budget 2019: Exploring the Direction of Lean Enterprise Development
Determining Budget 2019's direction in empowering Singapore SMEs
Overcoming the Scale-Up Challenges in Slowing Regional Economy
Chronic “busyness” affects companies of all sizes; as much as 86 percent of executives in a 2017 survey have said their companies will hit their breaking point by the year 2020. Many business owners and their employees work with the hope that one day, they will have more freedom and work can be performed more efficiently using the right amount of effort. Sadly, the reality is that many of us ended up working, answering calls, and solving problems even when we are taking time off. Do you feel that certain tasks are repetitive and onerous? Are there solutions simple enough out there which can help us get off the workplace merry-go-round and enjoy better work-life balance?
Cash flow is the lifeblood of SMEs. A study that analysed payment patterns of more than 120,000 companies in Singapore across 8 major sectors shows only 25% of construction debt were paid on time. As uncertainties in business environment are expected to persist, SMEs will potentially face bigger challenges in managing cash flow, liquidity and credit risk. As 80% of Singapore SMEs do not qualify for traditional financing, how Fintech and Blockchain can help to bridging the SME Gap while increase financial flexibility?
More and more small businesses are finding themselves in a common trap – putting quantity over quality. Increasing the number of tasks won’t necessarily achieve a better outcome. International experts proposing SMEs to practice “Business Minimalism” to achieve more by doing less. Minimalism is changing the global consumer behaviour and it is time to review SMEs daily operation to achieve sustainable business model in long run.
Unveiling the full potential of global halal industry and opportunities for SMEs
Discussing challenges and partnership strategies in managing E-Commerce Platform
How can new emerging techniques in supply chain management me integrated
4Fingers Crispy Chicken
Asiawide Print Holdings
CKE Manufacturing Pte Ltd
Frost & Sullivan
Fuji Xerox Digital Platforms
HAO Halal Hub
Omni Plus Systems Pte Ltd
* Top 10 reasons why you should Sponsor *
1. Interact with Key Buyers, influencers and decisions makers of SMEs from the across the Asia Pacific Region looking for collaborative strategies to scale up and internationalize
2. Generate quality leads at you network directly with your targeted audience through this curated event
3. Increase your business opportunities with ease in the Asia Pacific Region
4. Achieve business growth through the multitude of opportunities made available to you
5. Amplify your brand positioning to create Top-of-Mind-awareness among senior industry executives
6. Enjoy a wide reach as your company brand and solutions are amplified at this strategic platform
7. Succeed in engaging your targeted audience through an array of customizable sponsorship packages
8. Discover how Singapore government’s push on SME digitization is translating into new technology and solutions procurement
9. Showcase your company's latest digital solutions for SME Transformation
10. Network and gain influence at Singapore's largest gathering of SME owners!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
An innovator and pioneer in the Maritime Digitalization, Chia has more than 25 years of experience in technology and business management. He provides strategic direction to Ascenz as it leads the international market in the delivery of its Shipulse solutions suite. Under Chia’s leadership, Ascenz has grown from a humble company to an award-winning company, well recognized in the industry for its innovation.
Chia is the founder of Ascenz and has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director since the company’s inception in 2008.
Chia holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Business Computing with Financial Management from the University of Wales and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Queensland.
Chinese-Muslim Ronnie Faizal Tan reverted to Islam at a young age of 17. After working for 10 years, he started his own business specialising in corporate gifts. In 2006, he diversified successfully into telecommunications solutions servicing major corporate clients where he built his business acumen and foresight.
In 2012, he started his journey in the halal industry. He was the Chairman of Singapore-based MyOutlets group of companies focusing exclusively on Halal food and beverages and consumer products. He created Haladeen.com in 2016 as a multi-vendor ecommerce platform for Halal products and services.
With this track record, experience and network, Ronnie aspires to lead the global Halal industry. He has taken a structured approach to connect with leading Halal industry participants to forge a global seamless marketplace to reach out and serve the Halal community at all corners of our planet.
Ronnie is a regular guest in international forums and conferences having shared and presented his Halal experiences. He has also been interviewed by the media and broadcasters globally.
Back home, he has hosted the President of Singapore, ministers, foreign dignitaries, trade missions, universities and Muslim fraternities from the region.
In 2016, Ronnie was the top Entrepreneur Award Finalists in The Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and MyOutlets was the top finalists for OCBC Emerging Enterprise in 2017. He was the Chairman of The School Advisory Committee of Guangyang Secondary School in 2018.
Ronnie has also been listed as the most viewed Founders on LinkedIn in Singapore for 2017.
In September 2018, Ronnie was headhunted as a Vice President to HAO mart Pte Ltd to setup a new banner, HAO Halal Hub which runs a full Halal Supermarket. Presently, there are 15 HAO Halal Hub outlets in operations and another 2 on the way. In total, HAO mart Pte Ltd has a chain of 49 outlets, which includes the Generic stores in Singapore.
Mr Picasso Terrence Hong graduated from England with a First Class Master Engineering Degree. He cofounded Asiawide Print with his younger Sister, Stephanie Fang and together the siblings expanded the family business to local and overseas banks, international financial institutions and MNCs.
Picasso Terrence Hong is the ASEAN Executive Director and Stephanie Fang is the CEO of Asiawide Print Holdings Pte Ltd, an offset industrial printer who specializes in commerical printing for the Banks, such as DBS, UOB, HSBC, Citibank, RBS, Standard Chartered Bank and global MNCs with an newly developed online platform to scale regionally.
In another business opportunity, Asiawide Print ventured into a F&B (Food and Beverage) industry, brand as Xiaoban Soya beancurd with presence in 5 countries regionally and had sold 20 million soya beancurds. Presently, the company is expanding rapidly and had plans in the pipeline to grow in 10 southeast asia countries with 100 stores regionally.
In the latest business venture, we had entered into a global baby diaper business name Pee-ka-Poo with a US$56 billion global market size. In recent yearee the One Child Policy being abolished and increasing birth rate, rapid urbanization and continuously improving economic conditions in developing countries greatly fuelled the growth of diaper industry.
Finally, Picasso believes in working in harmony and move as a team to scale and build successful business with strategic partners.
Together as a whole, everyone achieves more
Keyis Ng is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree and the CEO and Co-Founder of Cafebond.com, Asia’s largest specialty coffee beans e-commence marketplace.
Named by luxury magazine Pin Prestige as one of 2018’s “The Game Changers”, Keyis is one of the most recognized millennial entrepreneurs in Singapore.
Keyis regularly speaks about innovations, startups, and the coffee industry and has spoken at events and conferences organised by Microsoft, SAP, DBS Bank, CapitalLand, SMU University, NUS University, NTUC and Xero.
Daniel is a Finance & Accounting leader specializing in Strategic Business Partnering with Senior Management in Regional roles. He has over 20 years’ growth track record with start-ups & MNCs in diverse industries including Professional Services, Manufacturing, and FMCG Ecommerce. While his career spanned all the major sub-functions of Finance & Accounting, his specialization is in the Asia-Pacific regional leadership of FP&A teams of blue-chip MNCs including 3M, Dell, and Kennametal among others. Daniel is also well-versed in LEAN process improvement and is passionate about growing the next generation of Finance & Accounting professionals through coaching and mentoring.
Ho Swee Huat, Regional Principal (Fuji Xerox Digital Platforms) has more than 20 years in the content management industry working for companies such as Canon, Samsung, Lexmark and Oracle. He is currently leading the Workflow Automation practice for Fuji Xerox Smart Work Innovation.
Matthew Ng is the VP of the Product team at igloohome, which has created smart locks and lockboxes to allow the easy management of homes, properties and infrastructure.
Matthew obtained his MBA with Merit from the University of Manchester, and double degrees with the University of California, San Diego. He has close to 20 years of experience in the security industry where he focused on contract manufacturing, product design, and brand marketing which are practical and applicable to both consumer and B2B channels.
Matthew is devoted to creating thoughtful products that enhance business outcomes, growth and profitability.
Ronnie Lee is the Managing Director for HP Inc. in Singapore. He is responsible for HP Singapore’s go-to-market strategy and vision and is focused on delivering growth and profitability to the local business while making a difference for our customers and community.
With over 24 years of experience in the IT industry, Ronnie is an experienced leader who has a proven track record in operational expertise and driving key performance metrics in high-performance organizations.
As a leader, Ronnie believes in the power of partnership and aligned goals to drive win-win outcomes, Ronnie enables and empowers his team members to challenge the status quo and embrace change.
Prior to his current role, Ronnie was Director of Personal Systems for HP in South East Asia and Korea. Under his leadership over the last four years, his team pushed consistent year-on-year growth of both margin and revenue for the second largest sub-region in Asia Pacific and Japan. In the role, Ronnie also developed and executed go-to-market strategies for HP’s consumer, SMB and commercial business to deliver leading market share results for Personal Systems. Before joining HP, Ronnie also held regional, global and industry roles in Lenovo, IBM and Dell where he won various awards for sales contributions.
Ronnie believes in challenging himself and constantly improving on his personal and professional skills while learning from the team and people around him.
His growth mindset extended to the completion of his Berkeley-Nanyang Advanced Management Program from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Ronnie also holds a Bachelor of Business and Executive Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the Nanyang Technology University in Singapore.
Sebastian is a NUS alumnus who also participated in the NOC programme, iLEAD Batch 8. Prior to Haulio, Sebastian was a Business and Tech consultant at 2359 Media, one of the leading technology studios in Singapore and the South-East Asian region – helping his clients marry the latest in mobile and web technologies to their real business challenges. His notable projects involved chatbots with the Singapore Airlines, contactless technologies with the Singapore Tourism Board and delivery management solutions with ST Logistics.
Sebastian is also currently pursuing a master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management at the National University of Singapore which he has put on hold due to his full-time involvement with Haulio. As Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer of Haulio, he is responsible for the users’ happiness and the product roadmap, ensuring that Haulio delivers tremendous value for hauliers towards our end vision.
Terence oversees the Advanced New Technology Incubator (ANTI) and is involved in business development for commercial markets at PBA Group. His role primarily entails developing in-house projects catered for new markets and applications, with the goal to spinoff as an startup through ANTI’s corporate venture build program. He leverages the technology and capabilities of PBA, together with talents from PBA’s robotics training academy RACE, in building up this pipeline of incubatees.
Terence was formerly from the SEEDS Capital team at Enterprise Singapore (formerly SPRING Singapore), focusing on early stage investments into deep tech startups across several domains. Prior to that he was a project engineer at Sembcorp Marine, handling commissioning of mechanical systems on oil rigs.
He holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Science in Management of
Technology from NUS.
In his pursuit of a purpose driven life, Tuan set up Bekind Solutions to inject vibrancy into the life of the elderly. He had experience working with people and cultures from more than 40 over countries. Given his vast exposure, he wants to harness his global experience and integrate his Design, Engineering and Marketing know-how to develop innovative products to improve the quality of life for the elderly.
He his collections of Agegracefully Smart Walking Sticks had won Eldercare Innovation Award 2018 (Bond; Smart Umbrella Walking Sticks) and Singapore Good Design Award 2019 (CarbonQuad; Smart Interchangeable Carbon-Fibre Quad Walking Sticks).
Caleb is the Chief Operating Officer of Zeemart, an online procurement platform for F&B businesses. Zeemart seamlessly allows buyers and suppliers to buy and transact, helping them to make smarter purchasing decisions.
Caleb has more than 15 years of business experience. He specialises in helping companies to grow and scale through high-level strategic thinking, benchmarking, and the identification of challenges, opportunities and future capabilities required to achieve sustainable growth and market leadership. Before joining Zeemart, Caleb was EY Singapore’s SME Business Development Leader, specialising in serving clients from the middle market, including start-ups, SMEs, family businesses and local listed companies.
Rajen has more than 25 years of HR practice experience and exposure. He has worked and lived on 3 continents – Asia, Europe and the U.S.A.
His first 13 years was with consulting – Arthur Andersen, PwC, and finally Deloitte Consulting where he was one of the founding team players instrumental in helping to set up Deloitte Consulting’s SEA Human Capital practice.
After 13 years of living out of suitcases and hotel rooms, he left consulting and went to work in industry where he worked with CIMB, AIG and Intel to name a few. He was then head hunted to join WWF international, being based in Singapore, since 2013. While at WWFI, he was the Regional Head of HR, Asia Pacific.
He has since left WWF and is now working with his team of merry men and women doing HR consulting in Asia Pacific.
He has a first degree in Accounting & Finance, an MBA in Human Resource Development and was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police, London, U.K. He is a trained forensic investigator and possess several other advance management qualifications from INSEAD, The Wharton School and MIT.
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