China is leading the world in mobile payment solutions, with FinTech innovations like WeChat Pay and Alipay. This is a testament to how Chinse mobile payment tech is a few years ahead of Southeast Asia. In some ways, the success of payment solutions in China highlights facets of the Chinese market which would be difficult to replicate elsewhere. Having said that, Southeast Asia’s digital payment solution is on a growth trajectory with more players entering this field. This resulted in a highly fragmented payment sector and could be frustrating for consumers. Hear from Boost, QFPay International Ltd, and Fave, as we discuss in-depth the payment solution war in Southeast Asia.
At ORIGIN, we will also be diving into Southeast Asia investment landscape as venture funds are pouring into this region at an unprecedented rate. Hear from Gobi Partners, Captii Ventures, and SOSV as they shed some light on the SEA’s tech landscape through the lens of investors.
In addition, grassroot influencers and short video marketing, an emerging marketing trend widely employed by marketers and brands. As we have witnessed how rapid the Chinese social media landscape changes, what are the trends that will make an impact in 2019/2020? Hear from Kuaishou Technology, who has 200 million daily active users as we unravel the new marketing tide.
Last but not least, how should Southeast Asia think of China, and how do the Chinese think of this region? Gain insights into China with TechNode’s CEO, Dr. Lu Gang as he delivers his keynote speech on an overview of the China tech ecosystem.
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About the Panellists:
Aiza Azreen Ahmad
Director of Strategic Partnership, Boost
Aiza is currently the Director of Strategic Development, Boost eWallet and a bona fide technophile who believes pivoting Malaysia on digital and innovation can only be achieved through collaborations and partnerships.
Her recent success was in creating a cashless ecosystem in the sectors of education, government agencies, SMEs and Smart Cities that made Boost the country’s preferred eWallet. Her other achievements included the launch of a lifestyle app, TouchStyle, the first in the ultra-conservative Islamic banking industry, leading medium to large scale transformation of the largest integrated media group and also, in banks.
Aiza has worked in multiple industries which included Islamic Banking, a multi-business conglomerate, integrated media, M&A and management consulting, across two countries, Malaysia and Australia, where she called home for many years.
She is currently a candidate for MSc/Ph.D. on the research topic “Technologizing the Supply Chain of Affordable Homes: A Comparative Analysis Between Malaysia And Indonesia” collaborating with the World Bank National Affordable Housing Program (“NAHP”), providing technical advisory support on issues relating to the development of alternative innovative affordable housing that meets the Sustainable Development Goals.
Aiza graduated from Macquarie University with Merits in Economics. In her free time, Aiza does pro bono work with mentoring start-ups and participating in causes in support of women empowerment initiatives.
CEO & Co-founder, QFPay International Ltd钱方
Patrick is connecting the world through mobile payment, one country at a time, with QFPay International – a leading mobile payment technology, solution, and service provider backed by premier investors including Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partner; QFPay International has a presence across 13 markets in Asia and the Middle East.
With 18 years of experience in cross-border strategy & business development, corporate finance, and capital markets solutions, Patrick is the CEO & Co-Founder of QFPay International Limited. Prior to QFPay, Patrick held senior management positions at global investment banks and international retail conglomerate groups in China, Hong Kong, and the UK; he has also served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of a Hong Kong Main Board-listed company.
Yeoh Chen Chow
Co-Founder, Fave Group
Yeoh Chen Chow is the co-founder of Fave, one of the fastest growing merchant platform in South East Asia. Fave helps to digitize tens of thousands of local businesses, ranging from restaurants, cafes, spas, salons, hotels, services, attractions, etc. Fave acquired 3 of the Groupon subsidiaries in South East Asia — Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. He is also the co-founder of KFit, regional fitness sharing platform in South East Asia.
Prior to that, he was the Regional Operations Director for Groupon Asia Pacific, Product Manager for JobStreet.com and Management Consultant for Accenture. He is an Eisenhower Fellow and an alumnus of Cornell University. He is also an angel investor, who has invested in numerous early-stage startups in the region.
Kenneth Ho (Moderator)
Kenneth Ho is the founder & CEO of BEAM PTE LTD, a cross-border business search engine focused on matching people to valuable connections and opportunities. A graduate from Monash University who previously exited two businesses (an education and machine learning business), Kenneth has a deep passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and investments.
Vice President, Gobi Partners 戈壁创投
Kenneth started as an Investment Analyst at Gobi’s headquarters in Shanghai. After two years, he was promoted to Associate and relocated to Gobi’s Kuala Lumpur office, where he assisted on investments into companies such as Carsome, Crowdo, Favful, Glints, and Travelio.
Ng Sai Kit
Chief Executive, Captii Ventures
Sai Kit is the Chief Executive of Captii Ventures, a venture capital company that he helped set up in late 2014. Captii Ventures is now a multistage investor in technology companies in Southeast Asia with portfolio companies in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.
Besides heading venture investment activities, Sai Kit has also been involved in M&A, investments and corporate restructuring activities, as well as leading a digital and mobile advertising business within the Captii Group. He has also held audit, financial advisory and corporate finance roles in PwC, CIMB and other corporations across various industries including manufacturing, property development, financial advisory, food services, utility services, and investment banking.
He is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.
Navin Danapal (Moderator)
SEA Director, MOX, SOSV
Navin is focused on the South-East Asia market entry of MOX, beginning with the two key primary markets of Singapore and Malaysia. He builds partnerships and alliances in the region including governments, telecommunications, universities, and corporations. He helps companies understand the ASEAN landscape and link investors to build better networks.
Prior to SOSV, Navin was a senior manager of Microsoft ecosystems in the ASEAN region. Prior to that, he was Editor of Singapore Press Holdings tech media and held a senior role in IDG. Navin has also founded a startup during the 1997 Asian economic crisis, organized a VR hackathon in Beijing with the Chinese government and Coke, and advised a number of Asian aerospace hackathons.
Director of Global PR & Communications, Kuaishou Technology 快手
Maggie Long is a Senior Researcher at the E-commerce Center of the Kuaishou Research Institute and Director of Global PR & Communications at Kuaishou Technology. On a mission to alleviate poverty and inspire entrepreneurship, the Kuaishou Research Institute investigates how Kuaishou Technology can build and foster e-commerce ecosystems for individuals and small e-commerce businesses operating in China, especially in rural regions. Prior to joining Kuaishou Technology, Maggie got her start in the technology industry as a journalist at Caixin Media and previously worked at Cobo and Cheetah Mobile.
Project Director, e27
Daryl is the Project Director at e27, where he oversees all things Echelon – Southeast Asia’s leading business & technology conference – as well as other programs within the company.
He is passionate about empowering startups to build and grow their businesses, spearheading strategic partnerships and ecosystem building initiatives with various investor/corporate/government stakeholders across APAC’s tech ecosystem.
Dr. Lu Gang
CEO & Founder, TechNode 动点科技
Dr. Lu Gang is the founder and CEO of TechNode, making him one of China’s most recognized influencers in the global technology sector. What started as Dr. Lu’s personal blog quickly became a highly respected international innovation platform, with six business units including TN Media (Chinese and English technology media platform), TN Inno (corporate innovation services), TN Global (Asia and global business), TN Events (branding and event services), TN Data (startup ecosystem data analysis) and TN VC (venture capital and financing services). Through these initiatives, TechNode connects China’s start-up technology ecosystem with the rest of the world. Today, TechNode is the exclusive China partner of TechCrunch. Dr. Lu earned his Ph.D. in Wireless Communications from the University of Sheffield, UK. Dr. Lu was honored with the ‘1000 Talents Plan’ of Shanghai in 2017 and received the Entrepreneurial Award of the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards in 2017-18.
*Malaysia Tech Week is a city-wide festival of events by the industry to bring together the best of Malaysia Corporates, Ecosystem Partners, Investors, Regulators, and Tech startups along with delegations from all around the world to the tech hub of Southeast Asia- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.