Annie started her early career in Engineering, where she was a Superintendent Project Manager working on high-profiled, large-scaled, complex billion-dollar projects such as building the HQ for Australian Federal Police, ANZ Bank in Melbourne and classified projects for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). She was Australia’s first ESD Manager, managing all of the Victorian Government energy, water, waste targets, and projects.
After spending a few years in sales / business commercialisation roles, she transitioned into coaching startups roles running the Investible accelerator program as a venture capitalist after meeting serial entrepreneur Creel Price at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa entrepreneur, funded by Sir Richard Branson.
Having worked directly with over 10,000 people in her early career supercharged Annie’s first-hand experience and knowledge to the different decision-making processes and motivations of leaders of organizations and all levels of government. She went from technical engineering to the engineering behind the human and business processes, on the specific input and output required to take action. After 5 years at Investible; running 22 accelerator programs running 300 pitch and investor events, launching an angel investor club. Annie’s mission is to help leaders build business at speed, she used Fingerprint for Success as a ‘secret’ talent tool to accelerate thousands of startup founders cross 13 cities to grow their businesses.
Annie currently supports with Universities, Enterprises, Governments, Corporates, Venture Builders, Accelerators, High growth companies across international markets using predictive people data analytics to help leaders and teams get to the next level.
Thye Yeow leads Google's Asia Pacific startup programs ac
Thye Yeow leads Google's Asia Pacific startup programs across Southeast Asia, SAF, China and Taiwan. This includes the Google for Startups Accelerator and Google for Startups Partners . He also oversees the Developer Space @ Google Singapore, a dedicated physical space for developers and startups to connect, learn and share best practices.
He is also passionate about developing the next generation of tech talent and founded the Google Machine Learning Bootcamp program to nurture and cross-train ML tech talent globally.
Prior to joining Google, Thye Yeow has decades of software development experience spanning across various industries such as finance, digital advertising, and telecommunications.
Jen is currently leading Eco Business and Tembusu Partner
Jen is currently leading Eco Business and Tembusu Partners' Sustainable Future Fund, investing into climate and sustainability startups around SEA.
Prior to SFF, Jen headed up portfolio management with venture capital teams like New World Development Group’s C Ventures, Standard Chartered Ventures and HK’s HYPE Asia, in bridging Chinese and Southeast Asia’s start-ups to scale with growth equity. Before a career into VC, she was an operator-at-heart, leading internationalisation for top consumer brands, including luluemon (China entry), TOMS (China entry), Alipay (US/EU entry), and Groupon (APAC expansion). She had also founded (and failed) her own start-up, WanderSnap, a social impact and content platform connecting creatives with families and businesses to create original content around 58 cities in Asia.
Outside of her career, Jen is a passionate student for interior design and languages, and travels off-the-beaten-path and teaches indoor spinning whenever time allows. She is always opened to working with young professionals on personal mentorship or CV coaching. Jen holds a BCom in Finance from the University of British Columbia.
Edmas Neo heads the Group Transformation Office at Mandai
Edmas Neo heads the Group Transformation Office at Mandai and steers the organisation’s transformation efforts. He leads a team of digital evangelists to unlock the potential of emerging technologies in transforming the group’s entire value chain and spearheads the setup of Mandai Open Innovation Lab. He also leads the technology development across the Mandai rejuvenation project.
Prior to Mandai, Edmas was CEO of Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), a national private led organisation that represents over 4,000 Singapore technology startups, and Regional Director at Singapore Innovate, a Singapore government wholly owned venture capital firm.
He is also the founder of Accrete Innovation, a private investor and venture co-builder with the mission to grow and build successful business ventures globally grounded on sustainability, empathy, and humanity.
Dr Matthew Zhao is the Food Scientist at Big Idea Ventures, a venture capital firm which invests in future food technologies in the alternative protein ecosystem. His technical expertise includes specialisation in post-harvest technology, food packaging and processing, and shelf-life evaluation.
Under his guidance, several companies were successful in adopting innovative novel technology, solutions and processes to commercialise their product with better nutritional value, a stable shelf-life among other value-added functional properties. He holds a PhD in Food Technology from Massey University, New Zealand.
Energetic, empathetic and a forward-thinking entrepreneur, Joelle has developed businesses from just an idea, a person who is passionate for developing and executing business frameworks that empower the lives of others. She has 12 years of experience in technology start-ups in the e-commerce, recruitment, mobile and on-demand space, which includes founding 2 startups, one of which she exited after leading it to become Singapore's leading fashion e-commerce platform. Through FastJobs Malaysia, she's currently playing her part in connecting low-wage jobseekers to meaningful employment opportunities through hiring innovation and leveraging technology, in pandemic-challenged times.
Joelle is paving the way for women in technology by demonstrating impressive entrepreneurship through her various startups. Adding to this is her digital transformation work with Singapore Press Holdings’ subsidiary, FastJobs Asia, a blue-collar workforce focused mobile recruitment platform, and the commercial success of FastJobs across Southeast Asia, where she is the General Manager for Malaysia and Regional Business Development Director.
Joelle has a track record of building an ecosystem with impressive results and is most recently recognised as 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the Women in IT Asia Awards.
Sebastian is the founder of MING Labs, a strategic design firm specializing in transformation and growth, building products, services, and ventures for the 21st century.
Sebastian has been a YFS mentor since 2019, and has:
- Worked with 45+ Fortune500 companies across >250 projects and programs
- Helped intrapreneurs launch 25+ new corporate ventures
- Helped CVCs deploy >$11.5m in strategic deals globally
- Helped entrepreneurs in Asia and Europe build 20+ start-ups
- Helped start-ups raise >$21.5m across Pre-Seed to Series B
- Advised and mentored 80+ start-ups globally
- Wrote articles read >1,100,000 times
Janise builds tech and innovation ecosystem that drives experimentation and collaboration with its users, startups, and partners to deliver sustainable business impact. She was the GM of LEVEL3, a startup and innovation ecosystem created in partnership with Unilever Foundry to incubate startups, and support corporates like Syngenta, Cargill, and MUFG to innovate and transform their business leveraging emerging technologies. Janise also later drove fintech and financial markets partnerships and engagements in her role as the Ecosystem Lead at Thomson Reuters Innovation Labs in Asia.
Today, Janise manages Google for Startup Accelerator’s program and mentor network in Southeast Asia, providing founders with access to the best of Google - its people, network, and advanced technologies - helping startups build great products.
Product guy with experience in corporate and greenfield ventures across Asia and Europe. Coliving pioneer since 2017 - he was part of Hmlet founding team.
Expert in product and experience design and delivery, high growth business development, market entry, operational scaling, business strategy and high performance team building.
A passionate builder of operating models that put people at the centre of what business does. Early stage start-up mentor.
David is currently the cofounder and CEO of InsureVite, an insurtech on a mission to provide access to insurance millions of underserved Indonesians. He has been doing startups since 2013. Exited one, failed two. InsureVite was fourth. So he does have lots of stories to share.
David is also currently the Program Director for Founder Institute Singapore, the local chapter of the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator, working with potential founders to realize their true potential and various stakeholders for the benefit of the ecosystem.
Jayren is the Managing Director at GEN Singapore and Investor and Director at Mercatus Capital.
His mission to enable a Digitally Inclusive Society for all. To inspire the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and impact change makers for the betterment of humanity and our world.
"Give Value and You'll be Valued” - Jayren Teo.
Together with a like-minded team, he is developing an ecosystem for the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and impact changemakers to thrive. Why? His personal mission is to help others find the value they can bring to the world and aim to Impact One Billion lives in this lifetime.
Previously, he sold my business and ventured into startups. Since 2015, he has been Venture Building, Impact Investing and engaging GenZ Thought Leaders. Avid Investor in impact, startups, and innovative technologies that improve the quality of life.
He has vast experience in scaling impact via his previous consultancy and contract roles at VIVITA, Young Founders School, Action Community for Entrepreneurship, Singapore Polytechnic International and more. A professional speaker on topics related to #FutureofWork #StartupEcosystem #ScalingImpact, spoke in Saudi Arabia, Romania, Bahrain, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and more.
Grounded in the community, improving lives and doing good via his voluntary work at ASEAN Youth Organization (AYO), National Youth Council Young Changemakers (NYC YCM), EDGE (ACE Youth Wing), Junior Chamber International (JCI), Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC), nEbO (NTUC), *SCAPE, SPGG Graduates’ Guild, SAFRA Entrepreneurs’ Club and Edgefield Secondary School SAC. Paying it forward, by judging at various startup programmes and mentoring teams via Young Founders Summit, Singapore Polytechnic SPiNOFF and more.
Rafael is an early-growth stage tech venture capital and angel investor, startup founder coach and innovation growth specialist based in Singapore.
His experience is mostly in B2B, and Fintech/InsurTech/DeepTech are of particular focus. Deeply engaged with sustainability and data driven opportunity - notable investments include Geospatial Insight; a UK company pioneering visual intelligence services derived from the application of machine learning on satellite and drone imagery, TerraMotion, Tendopay, iWonder, Lanturn and Ravenry.
Prior to VC, Rafael worked in buy-side M&A for a boutique Private Equity firm as part of a small team that included former CEO of Apple, John Sculley. He also led their operations for a joint venture business based in Singapore and created a new mobile brand for emerging markets called Obi.
Chief Product at NewCampus, an online Business School that transforms managers into people leaders. Eddy has been in the Education Technology industry for over 5 years, and have worked with learners across SE Asia, China, Australia and the Middle East.
Eddy loves to analyse gaps in the industry and identify user problems to creatively solve them through innovative digital solutions. He has built an online platform and digital skills library to help more than 15000 people future-proof and stay relevant.
Corporate innovation by day, running different startups on the side by night. Audrey's varied interests cut across F&B, fashion, built environment and sports. Audrey excels in finding ways to break new ground in terms of bringing innovative products and services to market. Her experiences to date in innovative driven and creative environments have fostered a can do, must do mindset and generalist basket of skills that will benefit a lean but ambitious team looking to punch above its weight class. In particular, Audrey's key strength lies in forging strategic collaborative partnerships and creating value by bringing together the right people, resources and ideas in cross functional domains.
Audrey has had experience mentoring and coaching MBA project teams and interns from various tertiary institutes in Singapore. She looks forward to be inspired by the next generation of startup founders!
Sirey is a Cambodian serial entrepreneur. He is passionate about smart cities, sustainability, technology, and entrepreneurship. Since 2015, Sirey has co-founded several consulting companies, including Green Infrastructure Solutions (an Award Winner of 2018 Greenpreneurs), Sustinat Green (specialized EIA/ESIA company), and Thurawadh (Investment advice).
With more than 7 years of experience in startup and professional practices, Sirey has developed a unique ability to identify product-market fit, understand political and economic trends, and utilize them for the development of businesses.
Recently, he has worked as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at 500 Startups (Cambodia) to mentor early-stage tech startups. He is also mentoring a Cambodian team for a global business plan competition in the 2021 Greenpreneur Accelerator Program. At the policy level, he has been invited to provide inputs on sustainable cities in the draft of the National Resources and Environmental Code, and the draft NDC Roadmap for Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Buildings and Construction 2050 in Cambodia.
Andrew is passionate about building ecosystems to help people help others.
Before joining Wantedly, Andrew co-founded a Social Enterprise, The Shiok Collective, served as Head of Southeast Asia at BeMyGuest, and was Investment Director at One Belt One Road Venture Capital. Having accumulated international experience in his entrepreneurial journey, Andrew gives back by mentoring startups and speaks at conferences in the region.
In his youth, Andrew had represented his country and schools for Tenpin Bowling. Andrew is also the Immediate Past President of the University At Buffalo (UB) Alumni Singapore Chapter and now sits on the Board of Directors for UB Alumni Association which has over 200,000 members globally. As part of his charitable contributions, he co-founded Makan For Hope during the pandemic which is a community for startups and entrepreneurs to network with one another and give back to charitable causes at the same time.
At Wantedly, Andrew champions its mission, to Create a World where Work Drives Passion, together with his team in Singapore so that companies and talents can match based on shared purpose and values.
As a lifelong die-hard Liverpool FC (LFC) fan, Andrew harbours a secret ambition to be the Manager of LFC one day, on top of his aspiration to be a Social VC / Impact Investor to further his passion of helping people by building ecosystems.
Thibaut helps startups in Southeast Asia define and execute their growth and marketing strategies. He focuses on 3 main things: Bridge strategy and execution, Upskill teams and doing more with less.
Thibaut have been eating, sleeping and breathing B2B growth and marketing in the past 15 years. He started as a developer in startups, built an innovation lab, became a B2B marketer for companies of all sizes...and ended-up entrepreneur. He loves marketing but it's become increasingly complex over the years, so he tries to keep it simple and make it work so that it deliver results, whether it is for employees, entrepreneurs, jobseekers, NGOs, or for side projects.
Jovan has vast experience in launching & consulting for both for-profit and non-profit enterprises. He is the co-creator of Restorative Innovation and the Founder of RIGHT Foundation, a non-profit think tank dedicated to advance and proliferate the body of knowledge of Restorative Innovation. In addition, he is also the Co-Founder of REAL IMPACT, an impact consultancy firm, and the Chief Evangelist of TRIA where he fervently champions the company's cause, supports its growth efforts, and advise the senior leadership team on key strategic issues.
Jovan is an active researcher pursuing his Ph.D. with the National University of Singapore. His research interest is in applied innovation and sustainable development, where Restorative Innovation is his most notable work. He has been featured on Channel NewsAsia’s Money Mind, CNA938 and more, for his expertise in sustainability and the circular economy. He also plays an active role in supporting numerous impact-driven ventures and initiatives that contribute to our society’s betterment—Chief Evangelist of TRIA; Chairman of SAFRA Entrepreneurs’ Club.
U-Yun is a Partner based in the Singapore office, with operational oversight on the Malaysia and Philippines offices. Prior to YCP Solidiance, U-Yun’s 20+ year career spanned across management consulting (> 300 projects for MNCs, SMEs and Public Sector clients), investment management, private equity advisory, and SME Finance, mostly in regional roles.
He has a proven ability to make an impact at regional strategic level and through hands on implementation. He led regional strategic consulting engagements for Fortune 500 clients & Public Sector / Multilateral Agencies across varied industries focusing on corporate strategy, digitalisation, M&A, and market entry strategy.
U-Yun has been a Volunteer Mentor with the Halogen Foundation in Singapore for the past 6 years. He is currently a Business Mentor with Salto Network and a Startup Mentor with LIFT99 He was also recently one of the select global Mentors for a startup bootcamp where he evaluated the potential and prospects of more than 30 startups from all over the world.
Regine Chan is Co-Founder of Generation Z, a non-profit enterprise driving social mobility across Asia through meaningful employment opportunities for underprivileged youths. She currently works as an Investment and Operating Professional at General Atlantic, a leading private equity (US$40B+ AUM) that provides capital and strategic support for global growth-stage firms. Regine brings a wealth of experience across the private, public, and social sectors in Asia, having worked in impact-driven organizations such as McKinsey & Company, Google, Accenture, Mercedes Benz, Startup Autobahn, Enterprise Singapore and more.
Regine is extremely passionate about the global start-up ecosystem, 3D game development, the synergy between technology and finance, and fixing problems (aside problem solving).
Adrian had been actively mentoring startups since 2014 and had helped number of teams win top honours in several Startup competitions. As a digital marketing consultant, start-up mentor and SEO strategies, his strength lies in Problem Identification, Business Validation, Go-to-Market Strategies, Pitch Deck and Presentation.
He has 21 years of experience in Digital Marketing and has since been running his own agency for the last 12 years. He is currently a Startup Mentor with SMU Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SMU IIE), Republic Polytechnic, OneValley (GVSLabs), Found8 and Plug and Play.
Daryl is the corporate innovation and partnership lead at Padang & Co. With over four years of enterprise sales experience ranging from health tech to artificial intelligence, he has seen first hand on how corporates struggle to implement innovative solutions. Before joining Padang & Co, Daryl was the Head of Sales, APAC at Botbot.ai. A leading artificial intelligence company that specialises in business process automation and worked with a range of MNCs, such as Singtel, Dun & Bradstreet, P&G and DBS.
Daryl is a highly sought after startup mentor having previously mentored at Enactus, Founder Institute, NTUitive, Expara, YSI SEA, Circles Life Hack, Asia Institute of Mentoring, NUS Entrepreneurship Society, Ground Zero and Ideasinc. Daryl also enjoys meeting new people about startups, technology, investments or even food.
Yi Ting is the Program Manager at Big Idea Ventures, overseeing the Singapore Accelerator Program and supported over 20+ foodtech startup companies over the past year. She has also spearheaded various internal events like the Big Foodivate Challenge, Tasting Session and Demo Day.
She graduated from National University of Singapore in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences. Before joining BIV, she worked at both National Parks Board and Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore) in the areas of sustainability and wildlife conservation.
A go getting who enjoys fast pace working environment, I love getting things done and keep scoring. Innovative and creative, I am able to think out of the box and help startups or established companies dive deep searching for blue oceans. Proficient in both lateral and horizontal thinking, I can be strategic at the top level but yet effective at the operational level.
In the past 2 decades, I have acquired critical experiences across many industries, including FMCG, F&B, manufacturing, engineering, recycling, trading, business consultancy, and education.
Passionate in startups, Jia Shing loves the thrill of working with startups to break the secret code of success. He has the privilege of working in incubation and co-working spaces for the past 12 years, helping many startups raised fund, obtained grants, and scaled greater heights.
Jia Shing enjoys working with institutional partners (raiSE, NTU, ACE, and UNFRAMED etc), mentors and makers in the startup ecosystem. He has trained hundreds of youths and helped them created sustainable business models. Many of them have received grants and won awards in their entrepreneurship pursue.
Was Business Development Manager (SEA-ANZ) at L'Oréal.
Life science business professional with >10 years’ track record of bringing in new business opportunities through open innovation by identifying key needs, sourcing for, evaluating and negotiating >200 mutually beneficial partnerships between startups, academia and corporates across multiple technology verticals (Biomedical (therapeutics & diagnostics), digital & devices, sustainability, materials).
Well recognized for strategic thinking and communication to global CXO and senior board members, and to the public via press releases, international speaking engagements and popsci articles. Passionate about making positive technology-based impact on lives.
Annie started her early-career in Engineering, where she was a Superintendent Project Manager working on high-profiled, large-scaled, complex billion-dollar projects such as building the HQ for Australian Federal Police, ANZ Bank in Melbourne and classified projects for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). She was Australia’s first ESD Manager, managing all of the Victoria Government energy, water, waste targets, and projects.
After spending a few years in sales / business commercialisation roles, she transitioned into coaching startups roles running the Investible accelerator program as a venture capitalist after meeting serial entrepreneur Creel Price at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa funded by Sir Richard Branson.
After 5 years at Investible, Annie’s passion is to help Founders build business and partnerships at speed, she used Fingerprint for Success as a ‘secret’ talent tool to accelerate thousands of startup founders grow their startups across 13 cities.
Annie joined F4S (a portfolio investment company of Investible) as she firmly believes F4S is the ultimate game-changer for companies in how to best optimise and support the team's superpowers and blindspots.
Annie currently leads the growth expansion, focused on scaling the company to international markets.
Vince is the Managing Director of 917Ventures, the venture builder of Globe Telecom in the Philippines. Prior to that he was Vice President heading the Product Management of Globe Telecom and accountable for Product Strategy and Planning, Product Development, Product Lifecycle, Product Capability Management, Product Assurance, Innovation and Product Capability and Delivery.
Before heading Product Management, Vince was the Head of Innovation at Globe Telecom. As the Head of Innovation, he developed the innovation process and piloted hundreds of projects wherein some were commercialized.
Vince is also an entrepreneur, having founded a web and mobile entertainment company in Silicon Valley and Singapore, serving all operators and top broadcasting companies. Vince invests in early stage startups and holds advisory role in blockchain related companies. He is also a member of the Ayala Innovation Advisory Council.
Jamie is the co-founder of The Kind Friend, a wellness company that aims to help individuals live a more mindful life by offering well-being journals. Their goal is to debunk the stigma associated with mental well-being and to use the journal as a catalyst to start conversations around the importance of rest and introspection.
Previously, Jamie was the regional partnerships lead at Carousell and founded two education businesses in Australia. Throughout her professional journey, she has been bestowed with accolades like 30Under30 Anthill Young Entrepreneur Award, WYSE Global Youth Best Work Experience Provider, Australia's Favourite EduTech Startup and ASG Inspirational Teaching Award.
In the notion of giving back to society, Jamie hopes to continue to have the opportunity to mentor the younger generation and do advocacy work for women.
Dr Matthew Zhao is the Food Scientist at Big Idea Ventures, Asia. His technical expertise includes specialisation in post-harvest technology, food packaging and processing, and shelf-life evaluation. Under his guidance, several companies were successful in adopting innovative novel technology, solutions and processes to commercialise their product with better nutritional value, a stable shelf-life among other value-added functional properties.
Dr. Zhao holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology from the Massey University, New Zealand.
Sebastian is the Co-Founder of MING Labs, a global digital venture builder. He is running the company in Asia since 10 years (5 years China, 5 years Singapore) and is deeply emerged in the digital innovation space. Over the last years he has worked with many well-known multinationals across >200 digital transformation projects and helped to start >15 new start-ups, as well as >25 corporate ventures.
Sebastian regularly mentors entrepreneurs through established programs, especially around topics of Strategy, Design, Product, Business and related. He is passionate about helping more people start their own businesses and forge their own path to success.
Joelle has 12 years of experience in technology start-ups in the e-commerce, recruitment, mobile and on-demand space. She founded 2 startups, one of which she exited after leading it to become Singapore's leading fashion e-commerce platform.
Joelle has a track record of building an ecosystem with impressive results and is most recently recognised as 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the Women in IT Asia Awards.
As Chapter Leader for Lean In Singapore, Joelle is paving the way for women in technology by demonstrating impressive entrepreneurship through her various startups. Adding to this is her digital transformation work with Singapore Press Holdings’ subsidiary, FastJobs Asia, a blue-collar workforce focused mobile recruitment platform, and the commercial success of FastJobs across Southeast Asia, where she is the General Manager for Malaysia and Regional Business Development Director.
From enterprise to entrepreneurship, over the past 15+ years Aalok has gained diverse leadership experience from General Management, Sales, Strategy and Operations roles in large technology companies like AWS, Microsoft and Cisco. At AWS, he scales startup programs to serve 30k startups across APJ, allowing them to build, grow and scale.
Aalok is also an angel investor in startups, has founded a Fintech startup (loyaltycredit.asia) and has run entrepreneurship bootcamps for MBA students at INSEAD and for high school students at CIS, GIIS, UWC.
He loves building investor pitches and enjoys helping take an early stage idea and mould it into a customer value proposition.
He has led strategic C-level customer experience programs for top Fortune 500 companies across 19 sites by supporting over 3,000 customer engagements. In Sales, he managed US$30M+ annual targets, and closed complex global enterprise and service providers deals as large as $500M. He has built global operational teams in cross-functional roles (engineering, program management).
Janise builds tech and innovation ecosystem that drives experimentation and collaboration with its users, startups, and partners to deliver sustainable business impact. Janise manages Google for Startup Accelerator’s program and mentor network in Southeast Asia, providing founders with access to the best of Google - its people, network, and advanced technologies - helping startups build great products.
Previously, she was the GM of LEVEL3, a startup and innovation ecosystem created in partnership with Unilever Foundry to incubate startups, and support corporates like Syngenta, Cargill, and MUFG to innovate and transform their business leveraging emerging technologies. Janise also later drove fintech and financial markets partnerships and engagements in her role as the Ecosystem Lead at Thomson Reuters Innovation Labs in Asia.
Dr. Dalal AlGhawas is the Program Director at Big Idea Ventures, a venture capital firm which invests in future food technologies in the alternative protein ecosystem. She helps to combine capital, partnership, mentorship to support and grow the world’s most compelling food companies. Dr. Dalal's expertise ranges from research, food science and biotechnology.
Jayren is a venture builder and GenZ thought leader. He represents Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) in Singapore, providing market access opportunities and business development to 178 countries.
Jayren believes in Paying-it Forward and has been heavily involved in the community for 8 years. He mentors young founders and invests in early stage startups. As Head of Economic Enhancement, ASEAN Youth Organisation, he leads a 200K community of Southeast Asian youths to solve problems in our region.
Jayren leverages on technologies to develop innovative products that solves global problems and improve humanity.
Faye is the co-founder of Hook Coffee, a tech x coffee company on a mission to bring fresh and ethical coffee to all coffee lovers, while empowering coffee farmers and consumers alike to #MakeCoffeeBetter.
Hook Coffee was recognised as one of Singapore’s 20 Hottest Startups by Singapore Business Review in 2018, and is Singapore’s largest and Southeast Asia’s leading e-coffee company today.
Her key responsibilities at Hook include Strategy and Growth Hacking, Fundraising, Leadership and Management, Business Development, CRM, Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations.
Aside from her role at Hook, Faye is concurrently pursuing her PhD at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, and as been actively involved as a speaker and mentor for causes pertaining to entrepreneurship and sustainability in Singapore, as well as volunteer work and community engagement in the developing world.
Deepak is currently the Global Head of the Fabric Sensations Category for Unilever as well as the Vice-President for Unilever’s Homecare division in South-East Asia, Australia & New Zealand.
In a career spanning 25 years with Unilever, he has worked across sales & marketing and more recently in board-level general business management roles, bearing full P&L responsibility and revenue growth accountability. During this time, he has built significant strategic business and consumer insight by leading multi-million growth, turnaround and start-up business verticals, both in operational roles in local markets and in regional/global roles driving strategy and innovation. He has lived and worked in India, Asia and Europe and his international experience has helped him gain a strong perspective on how consumer goods companies and business executives must evolve to thrive in these volatile times.
He is a Mentor/Advisor to Antler, an early stage VC, a recent graduate of the Executive Programme at Singularity University and a Certified Chair from the Advisory Board Centre, Australia.
Sonya is a professional over-thinker who was born and raised up in Jakarta, Indonesia. A Principal Product Design for Tokopedia, an Indonesian unicorn. At Toko, she builds solutions combining Product Strategy and Business Needs in various B2B & B2C mobile apps . With that she is lucky enough to be able to try on different problem solving methods from ideation to evaluation of the product.
With that memory and experience in bank, she founded a Product Strategy workshop called The Process for designers in Jakarta to collaborate and get hands-on with different case studies.
Previously, Sonya was a product developer at e-grocery company funded by Rocket Internet called Happy Fresh, a freelancer at Upwork, and Product Design Lead at Qlue, a crowd sourcing citizen app that helped Indonesian government to hear the voice of the citizen on city issues.
Sonya has loved arts since young and is an Art and Design Major from Bina Nusantara University. She is also a certified Human Computer Interaction and Design Thinking Practitioner, whom on the spare time, enjoy reading Psychology, Science and Self Help books.
Lily is the Head of Program Design at a VC-backed education startup, NewCampus, that equips professionals with learning pathways to develop their leadership and management skills in fast-changing global industries.
Lily previously founded two 7-figure businesses, both which used design thinking processes for very different business models. She has spoken and run design thinking workshops and talks at universities across Australia at UNSW, USYD, Macquarie University and for companies like Adobe.
She is a constant traveler, where she travelled to 17 countries in the past year alone, entrepreneurial problem solver and free spirit. Aside from work, she has many interests and hobbies including drawing, dancing, learning languages and an avid reader.
Once upon a time, she also published 2 children's books with Scholastic and was on the Australian National Team for a Japanese martial arts called Taido competing in the 2017 World Championships.
Ajay is a Forbes 30 Under 30, serial entrepreneur who has started 8 companies which have raised over $US 50M to date and secured global investors such as Lion Co. - the largest F&B giant in the southern hemisphere, Kakao - the largest internet company in South Korean and Bitmain, the largest cryptocurrency company in the world.
Angela believes we can solve the world’s biggest problems through mission-driven entrepreneurship. As the COO for Rainmaking Transport’s open innovation platform, she leverages her experience in growth operations + strategy + partnership development to scale solutions that reduce carbon emissions for the world's largest transport companies. Prior to this, she managed a portfolio of founders at Endeavor (the leading non-profit for high impact entrepreneurship) and worked on Customer Success + Product Management at Cialfo (one of SEA’s top 10 EdTech start-ups). Having worked across the spectrum of non-profits, social enterprises, startups, and now a venture builder, she knows first-hand that even the most life-altering ideas cannot grow or last without clean business fundamentals, user-driven product design, and solid partner + client networks.
Ee Ling is the Singapore Country Head for Innovation & Partnerships at 500 Startups, the world's most active venture capital fund. Ee Ling is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Smarter Me, an education startup that equips K-12 students with the skillset, mindset, and heartset of the future, through digital tech, design thinking, and entrepreneurship education.
Prior to Smarter Me, Ee Ling spent almost a decade in investment banking with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and CIMB Investment Bank, advising large corporations in South East Asia on M&A, equity capital markets and debt capital markets.
Kenneth is a Principal at SoftBank Ventures Asia, where he oversees investments in startups. Prior to SoftBank, he was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at 500 Startups.
Ken was the Co-Founder and COO of Club Alacarte, Indonesia’s leading app-based premier lifestyle membership program offering access to hundreds of exclusive dining, lifestyle and retail offers across Jakarta.
Ken spent 13 years as an Investment Banker, with stints in Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers, Nomura, Standard Chartered, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Christian Cadeo is currently the Managing Partner, Asia for Big Idea Ventures. Big Idea Ventures is a new alternative protein venture capital fund based in New York and Singapore. It is has major investors in the fund such as Temasek Holdings, Tyson Food (NYSE: TSN/Fortune 100 company), Buhler Group and some of the largest family offices globally.
Prior to this Christian was a seasoned operator with experience in bringing US based startups to Asia. His first startup was at AdMob which was eventually acquired by Google for US$750MM. The second startup was JUST where he was the 1st employee internationally and the company had only raised US$30MM and valued at US$90MM (currently raised US$300MM/valued at $1.2B). Recently he was at Domo where he joined pre-IPO as the 1st employee in Southeast Asia. The company IPO on NASDAQ in 2018.
Christian also has extensive experience working at some of the largest technology companies in the world including Google and Microsoft.
Will is the founder of NewCampus, a lifelong learning school for professionals excited by change. With a focus on curating a global network of entrepreneurs, creators and innovators, his goal is to identify individuals who believe in the future of learning and transform them into world-class instructors.
Scratching his own itch, Will started travelling across SE Asia, China and the Middle East as a nomadic entrepreneur. He’s an evangelist on remote working, a frequent guest lecturer on the future of work, and was named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education.
HuiLin is the Associate Partner at Antler China, a global startup generator and early-stage VC that brings exceptional individuals together to build disruptive tech companies. Antler unlocks the power of the world’s most brilliant and determined people to work on some of the most exciting and crucial opportunities and problems of tomorrow.
Sang is the Director of Digital Innovation at Temasek. He co-founded Been, Inc. in 2013 and developed the world’s first and only mobile app that enabled users to monetise and take control of their personal data and privacy, blocking personal data collection and advertising from all mobile websites and mobile apps on iPhones. In 2016, Sang moved from Silicon Valley to Singapore to help develop the region’s startup ecosystem, bringing his experiences from Been, McKinsey, and Bridgewater Associates with him.
Felix is the Technical Program Manager at Amazon Web Services for ASEAN region.
Felix is responsible for driving awareness and adoption of the AWS Educate program with education institutions and Public Sector organizations. He conducts various technical workshops to educate students and empower educators with knowledge on AWS Cloud services, and how they can utilize them for projects and in the organization.
Rina currently sits on the board of Matrade, The National Trade Promotion Agency of Malaysia. Rina is also a senator representing Malaysia to the World Business Angel Forum and is on the board of WBAF's Investment Fund and The Women Leaders board.
Rina Neoh has more than 25 years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds. With a solid foundation in Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Computer Science and a keen business sense acquired through a post-graduate MBA in International Business, Rina has delivered multi-million dollar returns from more than 80 startup companies which she has either ideated, incubated, accelerated, mentored or scaled up in various industries.
Rina is Instrumental in introducing two IPOs in the Australian Stock Exchange and helped execute complex cross border mergers and acquisitions strategy within the Asia Pacific region.
Rina Co-founded Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, a homegrown incubator and venture accelerator based in Singapore since 2006. Through its angel networks, it provided seed financing to promising new ventures, with more than 80 startups seeded and incubated in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India, China, and Hong Kong.
Rina holds strategic management roles, directorships, and equities in RXR Cap, Ficus Venture Capital ( World's 1st Syariah Compliant VC ) Fintech Lab, Synapse EduTech Ventures, Global Learning Solutions, MindChamps International PreSchools, Smarter Robotics, UnlimitedBrands INC. , Asia Ceo Community, Bountie, IvyCubs, ThriverKids, Love18 and SAGE.
Rina is an advocate of women entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, educational empowerment, poverty eradication, and volunteerism work.
Cynthia is the Youth Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consultant at UNDP. She is a social venture builder at the Youth Co:Lab, an initiative co-led by the UNDP Asia-Pacific and Citi Foundation to economically empower the next generation in the region through SDG entrepreneurship. She is also the co-founder of a travel fintech startup called ReadyTravel.io, and has a deep passion for innovation in education and financial inclusion for women.