With over 25 world-class speakers and 1,000 expected audience members, this is the biggest event by the Ignite team yet. The two-day conference is filled with talks by industry defining experts, exhibitions by the best local startups, and opportunities to work with the Philippine’s leading corporations. Don’t miss this chance to attend the Philippine’s premier innovation conference this coming June 14 to 15, 2018.
Barbara works at the intersection of corporate innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. She leads Unilever Foundry in Asia, which enables the company’s global brands to accelerate experimentation and pilot new technologies more efficiently, effectively and speedily.
Paul is the founder of Intelligencr, the global innovation scouting firm.
For the last 10 years, Barbara has worked with a variety of startups in Singapore from e-commerce platforms, to digital mapping. She is an advocate of Singapore’s startup ecosystem and entrepreneur community and believes they have the power to transform the region and create real business opportunities.
A mentor for young startups, Barbara speaks regularly on corporate innovation and the importance of inspiring entrepreneurial spirit within companies.
Born in France, she spent her childhood in Algeria and Congo. Barbara completed her EMBA from INSEAD and lives in Singapore with her partner and three children.
Paul is the founder of Intelligencr, the global innovation scouting firm.
Paul flies around the planet to witness what the technological revolution actually means for the future of our youth, businesses, work, cultures and societies — the geopolitics of disruption.
With this new reality, he architects innovation and marketing strategies for experiential journeys shaped around a new augmented, nomadic & tribal human.
As a sought-after futurist keynote speaker, Paul inspires audiences on five continents, at major events and at Fortune 500 companies’ private gatherings. He has shared stages with leaders like President Barack Obama, Microsoft CEO Staya Nadella, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and many others. Renowned for his chairmanship skills, he occasionally emcees extraordinary events.
Paul has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years. Active in numerous startups ecosystems worldwide, he advises and invests in era-defining companies.
He is the creator of multiple shows such as the critically acclaimed Layovers, on air travel innovation, or Notion Capital, on the future of the enterprise.
Paul’s understanding of our time has appeared on The Economist, ABC, TF1 or the Japan Times. Organizations such as Microsoft, Conde Nast, eBay, Fujistu, Lagardere, SABMiller, EDF, Ubuntu, EY, Criteo, Siemens, Tumblr, the EU or the ITU have trusted him to challenge them.
Paul is a Swiss, a Greek and a Finn. He has lived in Geneva, Tokyo, Manila and now resides in London. He’s an air travel nerd and chocolate lover.
Uxin Group, is China’s Leading Used Car Platform and completes in total over $1BN financing so far. Founded in 2011, Uxin has undergone five years of rapid and robust growth, during which the company created a comprehensive ecosystem of businesses and provides disruptive autotech in the used car industry.
Prior to join Uxin Group, Cindy was Head of Marketing of Uber China in Beijing, lead user growth practice and marketing strategy.
Cindy has extensive experience in strategy, M&A and entrepreneurship. She has worked in Oliver Wyman and Booz & Company, covering Auto and TMT sectors. She has worked in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America.
Cindy holds a bachelor degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Master degree from Yale University
Paul is the co-founder and CPO of TenX, a leading blockchain company that makes multiple virtual currencies instantly spendable anytime anywhere in everyday life. It raised USD $80 million in its initial token sale to bring cryptocurrencies to the masses and connect all the blockchains through COMIT network.
He has a background in human-computer interaction and part of teaching team of ME310 Design & Innovation course at Stanford University bringing innovation to top companies like NASA, Deutsche bank, etc.
Paul is a frequently invited speaker at global Tech/FinTech events as well as a regular commentator in the media on current blockchain trends, the future of cryptocurrency and best ICO practices.
Jonathan Hwaseong Jeon is the CEO & Founder of CNT Tech Co., holding approx. 96% of market share in Foodtech Platform and with 800 billion transaction. He has kept the balance in black for 9 years and continuous sales increase for 12 years. He has also founded the Adventure of Hwaseong Jeon, a venture accelerating program, which has coached over 50 early-stage technology ventures. He has also taught on graduate programs for different universities such as ChoongAng University, Dongguk University, Sogang University, Dankook University.
Koichi Saito was previously a Director at IMJ Investment Partners and responsible for IMJ’ investments throughout Southeast Asia such as iMoney, Bukalapak, and Zipmatch.
Prior to IMJ, Koichi worked at Private Equity Fund founded by George Soros, and was engaged in corporate and hotel acquisitions.
He previously served as an arranger at investment banking division of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. He was also at Orix Corporation, responsible for providing loans to SMEs in Japan. Koichi holds an MBA form IE business school in Spain.
He has been involved in Internet related business since the late 1990’s and participated in the planning and setup of WebCrew Inc., whose automobile insurance price comparison website became a hit and was later listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers. In 2000, he co-founded and became the CEO of Interscope, Inc. (Online Research Service), which was sold off to Yahoo! Japan in 2007, and later emerged with Macromill in 2010. Also, he co-launched an Internet research society, Internet Research forum of Japan assuming the position of chairman; a field he has made great contributions to.
In March 2011, he assumed the position of Tokyo Officer of SunBridge’s seed acceleration activities, and in May of the same year, in cooperation with Mr, Takeuchi of VentureNow, he launched “Innovation Weekend”, a Global Startup Pitch Event and networking platform for early stage startups and angel investors.
In January 2012, he co-founded SunBridge Global Ventures Inc. and became its president & CEO. In addition, he served as visiting professor at hosei University Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA), and outside directors of several startups.
In July 2017, he reactivated DreamVision and has started to build a Global Startup Village in the central part of Tokyo as “a Global Community that encourages people”.
Nikhil Kapur is Principal and Head of South Asia at GREE Ventures. An entrepreneur by background and developer by training, he spends his time sourcing and managing the fund’s portfolio across Southeast Asia and India. After founding a successful and profitable media-tech venture in India, he completed his MBA in Finance from NUS Business School. A Computer Engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, he previously developed the first version of Excel for mobile while at Microsoft.
James Tan is Managing Partner at Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for technology companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities. Prior to this, James was co-founder and COO of 55tuan, a NASDAQ listed e-commerce group that grew to more than 200 cities and 5,000 employees across China.
Jay founded VENTENY in 2015. He was born and raised in Tokyo, educated in Boston, USA. His business career started with PricewaterhouseCoopers Co., Ltd. ever since Jay has experienced working in several countries all over the world. Through the last 3 years of working in Manila, Philippines, Jay decided to launch VENTENY in order to deliver “employee happiness” in the country.
Retno Dewati is SEA Regional Manager at Fenox Venture Capital, a global venture capital firm headquartered in Silicon Valley with $1.5 Billion AUM and 90+ investments across the world. She is responsible to lead deal sourcing and investment activities as well as business development for Fenox SEA office. Retno has deeper insight in startups industry and strong analysis in investment decision. She has reviewed more than 500 startups over a year and manage 25+ portfolio companies in SEA. Retno is also the founding member of GnB Accelerator - a joint venture accelerator program between Fenox VC and Infocom Corporation Japan. At GnB Accelerator, Retno is responsible in selecting startups, manage the investment and being in-house mentor.
Michael Lints graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science and worked briefly as a project manager in NN Group, Netherlands largest insurance and asset management company. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in right after and he went on to start his own IT business specialising in Microsoft environments and IT project management.
He was the former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam which helped him built an extensive international network. In 2007, Michael founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch’s small and medium-size enterprise to help them with capital financing, development and relevant support and strategy.
Through his earlier Venture in the Netherlands, Michael got acquainted with Golden Gate Ventures and moved his family to Singapore to join Golden Gate Ventures, as Venture Partner in 2013 to help with fundraising, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Michael has helped raised over over $60M USD for Golden Gate Ventures and its portfolio companies and is now a Partner at Golden Gate Ventures since 2017..
Michael graduated from Financial Analysis for Business Valuation, and Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive course in Harvard Business School in Cambridge in 2011. He is a true believer in a work-life balance lifestyle and has completed marathons, cycling and Ironman races all over the world in his spare time and was recently appointed the Singapore ambassador for top cycling brand distributor, Treknology3.
Kotaro Sasamoto is Managing Partner at Dentsu Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund of Dentsu Inc.
He joined Dentsu in 2003 and engaged in a variety of planning works in the strategic planning and account management divisions. He was also involved in several business development projects such as helping launch client business operations overseas and establishing overseas Dentsu branches.
After a period of study overseas, he was transferred to the Corporate Strategy Division, where he is in charge of investing in startups and developing new businesses. He established Dentsu Ventures in April, 2015, and became its Managing Partner. His work has also been recognized at international awards such as Cannes Lions, D&AD, and Adfest. He was a jury member for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017.
Graduated from the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies at Kyoto University, then earned his MBA at Harvard Business School.
Ken Lingan is the Country Manager for Google Philippines and has been leading Google's initiatives in the Philippines in the last 3 years. He looks over the growth of Google's online advertising business in various sectors like Telecoms, Travel, Finance, E-commerce, and FMCG. He has more than 16 years of experience in marketing and brand development which includes stints as Vice President for Deodorants and Grooming in Southeast Asia, Marketing Director in the Gulf Region and Regional Brand Director in Asia . He graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Management Engineering.
Hajime Sato is Asia Health-tech Lead of infocom Corporation, public-listed IT company which provide Healthcare IT service / Enterprise IT service / e-comic platform in Japan. Hajime is responsible for business development and investment activities in Asian countries. Hajime founded MEPLA Japan in 2012 and has worked as the consultant with Japanese hospitals and medical related companies for their overseas business expansion in SEA market. With his background as the entrepreneur and investor, Hajime is connecting and supporting the health-tech startups for the healthcare innovation.
Rina is an experienced entrepreneur, angel investor, venture capitalist & education leader with more than 20 years of hands-on experience in incubating and funding early stage businesses and scaling up successful startups in Southeast Asia.
Rina co-founded Mercatus Capital in 2006 and the venture accelerator has since funded more than 60 startups across Asia.
With a passion for education and greenfield businesses, Rina has personally invested in many education portfolios including a Master Franchisee of Mindchamps International PreSchool, Singapore’s Leading Premium Education System, in the Philippines.
Rina was Voted Top 10 Most Inspiring Businesswomen in Singapore by Top 10 Asia (2013), Top 10 Women Venture Capitalist in Singapore by Women Founders Network (2016), Eight Trailblazers Under 40s by The Peak Magazine Singapore ( 2017 ), among others.
Santanu Dutt manages and grows the Solutions Architecture teams across ASEAN, which empower businesses from startups to enterprises in their transition to the AWS Cloud. Santanu began his journey at AWS as founding employee and Head of Solutions Architecture covering West India. For over six and a half years, he built the Solutions Architect team from grounds up, focusing on building up skill sets in various domains such as AI/ML, serverless, containers, Big Data and more. There, he scaled the businesses of Reliance Jio, Tata Motors, Tata Capital and Axis Bank, among others, before moving to Singapore to expand the regional AWS business.
With over 15 years of information technology experience across cloud computing, big data and data center infrastructure management, Santanu also worked internationally in the U.S. and UK, and led the virtualization, migration and systems consolidation for various enterprises and system integrators.
Santanu is a regular speaker at leading industry conferences like NASSCOM, eTailing, INFOCOM, CIO Klub, TIE and Cloud Connect, where he drives the advocacy of digital transformation and innovation among businesses with cloud and big data technologies. Santanu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics from Mumbai University. In his free time, he enjoys experiencing different cultures around the world and spending time with his family.
Mikko Alasaarela is the Founder and CEO of Inbot, an artificial intelligence startup for business growth. Before Inbot, Mikko has founded 6 startups in various areas of technology with 3 exits.
Mikko was born in Finland, and has lived and built startups in Helsinki, London, San Francisco and currently in Berlin. He speaks in conferences about Artificial Intelligence and Emotionally Intelligent algorithms.
Mikko is an influencer in artificial intelligence and a regular speaker at AI and blockchain events and conferences.
QuadX Chief Executive Officer Fernando “Dino” Araneta, fondly known at work as “Dinnovation” has come a long way from overseeing the expansion of LBC Express to a global network of over a thousand branches as its President and Chief Strategy Officer, to becoming the hands-on, work hard/ party harder, category breaking CEO of Quad X, the country’s fastest growing start-up.
Armed with farseeing vision, a sharp mind, and a fearless and generous heart, Dino is reinventing the highly transactional and almost mercenary world of logistics into a business dedicated to fulfilling every Filipino’s dream of becoming an entrepreneur. QuadX, though a very young company, has a very steadfast focus on creating products and services like Shipping Cart, CheckMeOut, and XPost, to make it easier for every Filipino to go into business for themselves.
Minette Navarrete is the Vice-Chairman and President of Kickstart Ventures, Inc., the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Globe Telecom. She is a member of the Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council, and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board. She is a Senior Vice President at Globe Telecom, focusing on New Business, and a member of the Board of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s wholly owned digital advertising subsidiary. Minette has held a number of CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic global companies.
Neel Chowdhury is a graduate of Harvard and Oxford University, where he studied English Literature and Philosophy. He has worked as a Writer for FORTUNE Magazine and a Page-One Editor of The Wall Street Journal Asia. He is currently CEO of Sycamore Media Holdings, the parent company of Inc. Southeast Asia. He is based in Singapore.
Hoejae Lee is the Executive director of Y&Archer, a professional global business accelerator designated by Korea ministry of SMEs and Startups. Y&Archer aims to introduce Asian companies to global market as a stepping stone that can be engraved in many people’s mind with HQ in Korea
He has a background in Consulting and Marketing. He previously served as consultant at Korea Management Association Consulting (KMAC). He was also a Professor in the Department of Business Administration at Dongseo University.
Pravan heads Internet Investments in Asia for the Venture Capital team at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. IFC has invested over $1 billion in venture capital investments in VC Funds and directly into Internet, HealthTech, EduTech and Fintech companies. His investments include Lenskart, BigBasket, NephroPlus, Moglix, Azure Power and Portea Medical in India and Jungle Ventures, Wavemaker Partners, Oway and Reddoorz in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining IFC, Pravan was a Principal with ORIX Venture Finance in New York and started his career in investment banking. Pravan holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is based in Singapore.
Peng is an entrepreneur who invests in entrepreneurs. He does so primarily through his role as Managing Partner at Monk's Hill Ventures - a technology venture fund based in Southeast Asia that he co-founded. Peng was the cofounder and CTO of Match.com (acquired by IAC). After Match.com, he was the founder and CEO of Interwoven, which went public on NASDAQ and grew to a $10B market cap, before being acquired and is now part of HP. After Interwoven, Peng founded Encentuate (acquired by IBM). The three businesses he started now generate annual revenues that total more than $1 billion. Most recently, Peng was a Partner at GSR Ventures, a leading VC in China. Peng has also served on many boards, including SingTel and YY.com. He is currently the Chairman of SolveEducation!. Peng earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
Miguel is the Regional Head of South East Asia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka of Payoneer, a leading cross-border payments company for small businesses and professionals worldwide. Founded in 2005 and based in New York, Payoneer is venture-backed, profitable and ranked in the top 100 of Inc. 5000’s Financial Services companies.
Miguel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from the Ateneo De Manila University. He has been involved in financial technology (fintech) since 2003 with global solution providers such as FIS, SunGard and GFG Group (now Wirecard). Miguel has worked with banks, mobile payment operators and payment schemes (Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay) across South East Asia to deliver card, mobile and cross border payment solutions for consumer and business-to-business (B2B) payments.