Agenda

Abraham Thomas, Managing Director, IBM Singapore

Managing Director
IBM Singapore

Abraham Thomas was appointed to the role of Country Managing Director of IBM Singapore in October 2018 where he is responsible for the business and operations of IBM in Singapore. Prior to this, he was IBM ASEAN Global Business Services Managing Partner from July 2015 to September 2017. He was also the Country General Manager, IBM South Africa from July 2012 to end June 2015.

He first began his career with IBM in 1986 as Territory Representative for the Small and Medium Business solutions unit. In his 32 years with IBM, Abraham has undertaken many roles including product management, sales, marketing and various management positions in ASEAN/South Asia and in Asia Pacific. He was recognized by IBM’s Hundred Per Cent Club for exceeding his sales quota for eight consecutive years and was also awarded the 1997 IBM ASEAN/South Asia General Manager’s Award for outstanding business performance. He has also been selected for three Golden Circles, IBM’s premier recognition event.

Abraham is a Business Administration graduate from the National University of Singapore. He was an active executive committee member of the Singapore Computer Society and has organized social networking activities to promote interaction within the local IT industry. He was also a National Council Member of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He was named one of the Top 10 IT Executives of the Year in 2001, in a poll run by the IT Nation Business Review magazine.

Ang Yuit, Vice President, Memberships & Training, The Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME)

Vice President, Memberships & Training
The Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME)

Ang Yuit started his first company and entered the world of entrepreneurship prior to completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering fromthe National University of Singapore in 1997. After three years of operating from ‘the garage’, Yuit rebranded his web consultancy to The Adventus Consultants Pte Ltd in 2000. Holding onto the belief of “constantly redefining boundaries” and a focus on developing talent, The Adventus has steadily grown in both depth and breadth of clients over the years.

Today, The Adventus boasts a respectable range of clients across various sectors, industries and countries. Clients are provided with a variety of online services ranging from marketing to business systems.Besides ASME, Yuit is also an active member of the Junior Chambers International(JCI) since 2001, a global organisation focused on entrepreneurship, international relations, personal growth and training for youths. He has held various positions ranging from Chapter President, National Secretary General and National President.

Yuit has served in ASME for over 8 years, and has helmed various positions such as Strategies & Development to his current role as Vice President (Membership & Training). At present, Yuit is also driving the ASME shared services platform initiative that aims to impact SMEs in the digitalisationspace.

Anton Lee, CTO & New Routes Lead, IBM Asia-Pacific, Global Business Partners

CTO & New Routes Lead
IBM Asia Pacific Partner Ecosystem

Anton Lee is CTO and Head of New Routes to Market at IBM Asia-Pacific, Global Business Partners organization. He leads a team that’s focused on working with the ecosystem of New Business Partners that include Service Providers, ISVs and Embedded Partnerships that are engaged in a transformation journey building disruptive business solutions. His focus is to ensure their growth and scale by enabling access to IBMs cloud and cognitive solutions, accelerating partners’ time to market and enhancing their capabilities. His charter also includes managing the engagement and growth of hardware and software partners by helping them expand their ‘As a Service’ offerings in a new digital-centric landscape.

Anton is a recognized thought leader, an evangelist on progressive technology solutions and a transformative business coach. His experience in sales, marketing, channel management and professional services in both hardware and software across Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA adds to the diversity and perspective that’s essential to win in today’s changing technology landscape.

Candis Yeo, Chief Executive Officer, SMECEN

hief Executive Officer
SMECEN

Ms. Candis Yeo is an experienced and highly-regarded senior executive with extensive international leadership in the digital, data, information and business intelligence space within the consumer, corporate and SME environment. Leveraging on her forte that is deepening and nurturing relationships with business associates, strategic partners and government agencies for multilateral success. Candis today leads SMECEN Pte. Ltd. as its Chief Executive Officer to propel SMEs through their development journeys via adoption of innovative digital solutions and adaptation to improved workflows. Candis earned her double degree, Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours - Economics and Bachelor of Arts – Sociology, from the National University of Singapore.

Carsten Brandt, Founder and Sales Director APAC, PMsquare

Founder and Sales Director APAC
PMsquare

Carsten Brandt is the founder of PMsquare, an IBM Platinum Business Partner and business consulting company specialising in Business Analytics, Financial Performance Management Systems, Data Warehousing and Information Management.

He is a highly qualified Industrial Engineer with excellent organizational, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills. He is a trained car mechanic, engineer, worked in Finance and various consulting roles before starting PMsquare as a specialist consulting partner for FP&A solutions.

Together with his consulting team at PMsquare, Carsten has delivered more than 300 solutions to clients in all industries to improve their Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting processes.

Christopher Yeo, CEO, Sentient.io

CEO
Sentient.io

Christopher Yeo is the CEO of Sentient.io. He graduated with a first-class honours degree in computer science and mathematics and did his PhD in Decision Sciences on a three-year scholarship. He started his career as an officer in the Republic of Singapore Airforce and worked in the Chief Defence Scientist Office of the Ministry of Defence.

Before completing his PhD, Christopher started his first start-up which developed one of the first internet-based supply chain software. He also did a stint as the CTO for rednano.sg, Singapore’s local search and directory engine under the umbrella of Singapore Press Holdings, and was part of transformative management focussed on commercialising AI and other software technologies in NUS Enterprise and Exploit Technologies, the technology commercialisation arm of A*STAR. He was also a co-founder of media analytics start-up, aSpecial Media which uses AI to profile consumer interests based on the content that they read.

He is most recently known for his enterprising inception, sentient.io, an AI and Data Platform company which enables software developers to very quickly AI-enable software applications by consuming AI algorithms via APIs. He is also working with A*Star, which has taken an equity stake in Sentient.io, to create a wide breath of AI algorithms that will be taken into the global market. His passion for AI, mathematics, cloud computing, and search technologies keeps him busy designing and coding software up till this day.

Darwin Thio, Director, Forensic & Litigation Support, Technology Advisory Services, Nexia TS

Director, Forensic & Litigation Support, Technology Advisory Services
Nexia TS

Darwin has 20 years of working experience in the arena of legal, compliance, risk management, fraud investigation and processes review. He spent 9 years working for Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs before stepping foot into the private sector. Over the years, Darwin has worked in US listed IT MNCs, reputable FMCG retail and the banking sector. Leveraging on his knowledge on legal, compliance and processes, he has investigated into many multi-millions fraud cases occurring both internally and externally. Through these investigations and processes review, he has developed a knack to identify key risks and integrate the necessary controls into easy to understand/manage workflows for the business.

Darwin was also an adjutant lecturer in a local Polytechnic teaching law enforcers pursuing Advance Diploma in Police Studies. He specialises in topics such as Criminology, Victimology and Human Dynamics.

Howie Lau, Chief Industry Development Officer, Industry Development Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority

Chief Industry Development Officer, Industry Development Group
Infocomm Media Development Authority

Howie Lau is the Chief Industry Development Officer (Industry Development Group) at Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). The Industry Development Group comprises Accreditation, Human Capital Development, TeSA Programme Office, Digital Industry Office, Internationalisation Platforms & Partnerships, Media Industry Development, Innovation & Capability Development, Public Service Media & Assessment, Singapore Film Commission and Punggol Digital District Programme Office.

Prior to his appointment, Howie was the CMO of StarHub where he was responsible for charting StarHub’s brand and marketing as well as leading the Mobility, Pay TV and Broadband businesses. Before that, he was the vice president corporate development of Lenovo where he oversaw Lenovo’s end-to-end post-merger management and related merger and acquisition matters.

He has more than 25 years of experience across various global companies including Lenovo and IBM, in corporate development, formulating brand and marketing strategies, and driving global strategic partnerships. He is the current president of the Singapore Computer Society’s Executive Council and sits on the board for NUSInstitute of Systems Science and Singapore Science Center. Howie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

Irence Wee, Head of Partner Ecosystem, Watson Customer Engagement, Asia Pacific, IBM Partner Ecosystem

Head of Partner Ecosystem, Watson Customer Engagement, Asia Pacific
IBM Partner Ecosystem

Irene has a proven track record of building sustainable business to deliver strong results year after year for MNC software vendors. She has a wealth of sales experience in Direct & Indirect Sales and having led sales teams successfully in Asia Pacific including China, Hong Kong and ASEAN.

- 25 years of Solid Direct & Indirect Enterprise Sales Experience in Solution Selling - 20 years of Managing Global Banks in Asia Pacific - 20 years Experience of Sales Management in MNC - 20 Years of strong Asean and Asia Pacific Partner Management

Specialties: - Handling Complex Deal Negotiation - Global Account Management - Developing Strong Account Strategy - Sales Team Development & Management - Develop Channel Ecosystem for new Business with High Value Partners

Justin Peyton, Chief Transformation and Strategy Officer, APAC, Digitas

Chief Transformation and Strategy Officer, APAC
Digitas

As the Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, Justin is responsible for all of Digitas strategic output across the region. Under his leadership, the team has grown across the region and has won some of the biggest and best clients in each of the Markets we serve. These include Qantas in Australia, Disney and HSBC in Singapore, Cathay Pacific and Shangri-La in Hong Kong, Tata and Reliance Jio in India to name a few.

In his 10 years with Digitas’, Justin has led large scale marketing transformation projects delivering everything from large scale cross platform commerce capabilities for complex organisations such as banks and airlines to digitally centric campaigns. Justin’s expertise is helping brands to reinvent their communications by putting the consumer, and more specifically the data they have about consumers at the center of their strategy, and infusing it into everything from digital experiences, to media, creative and brand development.

His focus is in helping clients to transform themselves and their organization to survive and to thrive in today’s fast changing marketing environment.

Kitman Cheung, CTO Analytics, IBM Asia Pacific

CTO Analytics
IBM Asia Pacific

Throughout his 17-years career with IBM, Kitman has focused his attention on analytics related technologies. He has served in many technical roles within development, product management, partner ecosystem and technical pre-sales organizations. In his current role, his responsibilities include working with key IBM customers in various industry segments to transform their information infrastructure for the BigData and Analytics era. Kitman graduated from the University of Toronto and is formally trained as an Electrical Engineer. He also has a masters engineering degree in Human Computer Interaction.

Lee Yat Soon, Executive Director, Adept Enterprise Solutions Pte Ltd

Executive Director
Adept Enterprise Solutions Pte Ltd

Lee Yat Soon has over 18 years of experience in the areas of systems implementation, business process optimization, change management, instructional design and training. He is a Certified IBM Cognos TM1/IBM Planning Analytics Developer.

Over the last 10 years, Yat Soon has focused completely on developing his consulting career in the area of Financial & Operational Performance Management (FOPM). He had led Adept’s consultants in implementing FOPM solutions such as budgeting, planning, business modelling, financial consolidation and reporting solutions for customers across Asia-Pacific such as Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia.

Loi Liang Yang, Security Sales Specialist, IBM Singapore, Certified Ethical Hacker | CompTIA Security+

Security Sales Specialist
IBM Singapore
Certified Ethical Hacker | CompTIA Security+

Liang Yang is a Certified Ethical Hacker and Security Sales Specialist at IBM Singapore. He is passionate about helping clients embark on a new era in technology and in business - through Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, Security - to help them out-think the competition and to transform into a cognitive business.

He designs security solutions for clients to ensure that implementation and deployment is seamless in their environment. He conducts computer security training to business partners, Cybersecurity and IT professionals in and guides them on how they can defend against the latest security threats, vulnerabilities and exposure.

Maria Teo, Manager, Forensic & Litigation Support Services, Nexia TS

Manager, Forensic & Litigation Support Services
Nexia TS

Maria has ten years of experience spanning assurance, audit technical and quality control, operations management and forensic and litigation support. Her clients include listed companies, multinational companies and statutory boards and cover statutory audits and other certification exercises. Her industry experience consists of manufacturing, shipping, trading and retail. She has experience in initial public offering exercises, financial due diligence and forensic accounting engagements. Maria has also been involved in technical and quality control work, specialising in training development and administration. She has developed and conducted training for internal and external parties on topics such as data privacy, cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, audit methodology, quality control, technical software and soft skills.

Peiru Teo, Chief Executive Officer, KeyReply

Chief Executive Officer
KeyReply

Peiru is the CEO of KeyReply, which is an AI company that builds automation solutions with natural language processing technology.

She leads projects for a wide range of enterprise level knowledge management and chat automation projects. Clients include Governments, as well as e-commerce, logistics (Zalora), insurers, public and private healthcare sectors (Parkway Hospitals). Her family has been in the software development industry for more than thirty years. This has strongly influenced Peiru’s interest in technology and its applications in fundamentally improving how things work.

Peiru started her career as a management associate with Citi, and subsequently joined a private equity firm as an investment associate, managing investments over S$4 billion. As a seasoned entrepreneur, she has been featured in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, radio and media like Channel News Asia for entrepreneurship and utilizing technology to automate and transform businesses. She is a valedictorian with a BEng from Nanyang Technological University.

Saurabh Pandit, Head, Watson Customer Engagement, IBM ASEAN

Head, Watson Customer Engagement
IBM ASEAN

Saurabh Pandit is a Global, cross functional sales & business management leader with professional experience in Middle East, India & JAPAC. Domain expertise in driving business & technology specific GTM across key verticals & industries leveraging multiple routes & Channels.

He currently heads IBM - Watson Customer Engagement (WCE) for ASEAN as a Business Unit Executive. He leads Sales, Pre-Sales, Partner & CSM functions for the group. He & his team helps customers transform digitally across the three important WCE portfolio solutions across Marketing, Supply Chain & Commerce.

Prior to IBM, Saurabh has worked in the leadership team at Adobe Systems & managed two cross functional teams at Adobe India. Digital Marketing Specialists & Alliances teams. . He has engaged with customers with their Digital Marketing strategies as subject matter expert within the enterprise, government, education and SMB sector in the South Asia region.

Prior to Adobe, Saurabh was with Microsoft Corporation. He has managed two roles in MS. The first was with Windows Azure in dual capacity Solution Specialist & the Asia business lead for Windows Azure in Microsoft. The second role in MS saw him drive Business Development in CLOUD. He has also held various strategic roles in Oracle, Citrix & Acer in India.Jumbo Electronics in Dubai (UAE), was his first job post his MBA. He is a Mechanical Engineer & an MBA Mktg from academics standpoint.

The expression “born in the cloud” best describes his experience in the last 10 years. He has been speaking regularly at important analyst /customer conferences in addition to IIT & some prestigious Mgmt institutes. He is based out of Singapore. In his time off work Saurabh loves to spend time with family. He calls himself a foodie and loves to travel especially drive (off-road) and is also an amateur golfer & photographer.

Sharon Mynn Tang, Founder, Veda3 Pte Ltd

Founder
Veda3 Pte Ltd

Before Digitalisation became the buzzword, Sharon Mynn started her career with Canon, an Industry leader in Document Imaging, supporting Global Companies such as Citibank, SIA, DHL in adding Intelligence & Structure to their B2B communications thru converting analog communication into digital format. Riding the enormous wave of enthusiasm during the Dotcom Era, she joined JobStreet.com as founding members of the Singapore team, working with similar clients to harness technology & the internet to attract & identify best talents, moving away from traditional hiring. Having spent over 10 years with American Express, one of world's most trusted and recognized brands, she has worked with GLCs and top Financial Institutions such as UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and top Western Australian companies in optimising Working Capital Management and Supply Chain Finance. Veda3 was founded to provide end to end Procure to Pay Solution, helping companies use best in class Technology to unlock the savings in their Supply Chain. Q4 2019, we expanded our presence to Australia and have received positive responses from our 1st Supply Chain Inspiration Series event.

Sim Cheng Hwee, Managing Director, Integrated Decision Systems Consultancy Pte Ltd

Managing Director
Integrated Decision Systems Consultancy Pte Ltd

Sim is an experienced practitioner of creative problem solving using advanced predictive and prescriptive analytics with almost 30 years of experience in the public and private sector. He studied in Yokohama National University under Japan’s Mombusho Scholarship awarded through PSC and graduated in 1983 with a B.Eng. in Naval Architecture. He obtained a Ministry of Defence scholarship in 1988 to study Operations Research at the US Naval Postgraduate School and graduated in 1989 with an M.Sc.(with Distinction). He oversaw operations research work in MINDEF as Head of the Ops Analysis Department in the Chief Defence Scientist Office for many years and was concurrently the Head of Planning for the Defence Technology Group (now called Defence Science & Technology Agency) for about 2 years. His areas of expertise include logistics and supply chain planning, strategic planning and manpower planning. He had tackled many complex problems for which no solutions existed – such as optimizing ammunition storage in land scarce Singapore, optimizing anti-terrorism patrols to best meet multiple threats, reducing lost sales and unsold bread for a major bakery, etc. He had provided consultancy in and guided development work in HR strategy and operations, supply chain strategy and network optimization for multiple MNCs, manufacturing facility design, spares optimization and national level security, healthcare and library services. He is a Past President of the Operations Research Society of Singapore was an Adjunct Lecturer at Institute of System Science -National University of Singapore and the Singapore Civil Service College. He served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for National Research Foundation’s Future Resilient Systems research programme and is a member of Xinova’s Inventor Network contributing ideas to solve challenging business problems.

Steven (Zhishuang) Yao, Founder, OAT (Optimization Analytics Technology)

Founder
OAT (Optimization Analytics Technology)

Steven Yao has been doing research and consulting in optimization area for about 15 years. Along the years, he has been providing optimization consulting for clients from different industries, including shipping liner, manufacturing, mining, finance, education and so on.

Steven set up OAT (Optimization Analytics Technology) together with his partners. OAT (www.oatservice.com) provides optimization consulting and delivery service to clients to solve their business problems, like network optimization, scheduling optimization, resource allocation optimization, etc. OAT’s mission is to bring values to more organizations using optimization.