Join the APAC AI Conclave on 25-26th November to hear from startup founders, investors, CTOs and technical experts from across Asia Pacific

APAC AI Conclave is a free, virtual conference presented by Tech in Asia, in partnership with Amazon Web Services. The conference will focus on helping AI/ML leaders and practitioners from the region’s startups build smart, customer-centric, scalable solutions in the cloud and on the edge using the latest, broadest, and deepest set of machine learning and AI services.

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Why should I attend?
Anyone who is interested in AI/ML. Whether you are in the early exploration phase or a superuser, whether you lead engineering teams or you’re an investor looking for an edge, there will be something over the two days to help everyone upgrade your AI/ML game.
Day 1

Business Edition

For business and technology leaders from the startup ecosystem (Founder, CXO, Product, Marketing)

Day 2

TECHNICAL EDITION

For CTOs, developers, architects, and data scientists from startups and enterprises

Who should attend?

Hear from thought leaders across fields and learn about proven best practices to apply AI for your organizations today

Develop the right skills to create new insights, enable new efficiencies, and make more accurate predictions

Meet industry technology experts to accelerate your ML initiatives and interact with Amazon experts at the virtual booths

Network virtually with your industry peers and foster new collaborations

Agenda

ALL LISTED TIMES ARE IN SINGAPORE TIME (GMT+8)

25 November: Day 1 – Business Edition

11:00 – 11:20
Welcome Address
  • Navdeep Manaktala – Director & Head, Startup Business, APJ, Amazon Web Services
  • Willis Wee – Founder & CEO, Tech in Asia
11:20 – 11:40
How Amazon Uses AI/ML: from Alexa to SageMaker
Bratin Saha – VP & GM, Machine Learning Services, Amazon AI, Amazon Web Services
11:40 – 12:20
How Startups Should Think about AI
Ajey Gore – Operating Partner – Technology, Sequoia Capital India
Moderator: Andrew Vranjes – Head of Startup Ecosystem, ASEAN, Amazon Web Services
12:20 – 12:40
Alexa: The Future of Voice + Alexa Fund
  • Kate Burleigh – Country Manager – ANZ, Amazon Alexa
  • Zain Gulamali – Venture Investor, Amazon Alexa Fund
12:40 – 1:30
Investing in AI Startups: Opportunities & Challenges
  • Hian Goh – Founding Partner, Openspace Ventures
  • Manpreet Ratia – Partner – Portfolio Development, Jungle Ventures

Moderator: Gaurav Arora – Head of Startup Ecosystem – Asia Pacific and Japan, Amazon Web Services

1:30 – 2:00
How AI Empowers Customer Engagement
  • Sarah Russell – Co-CEO, Elula
  • Bradley Scott – Chief Operating Officer, UneeQ

Moderator: David Engel – Fintech BDM, Amazon Web Services

2:00 – 2:45

Rising to The Occasion: How HealthTech is Using AI to Help Save Lives
  • Brandon Beomseok Suh – CEO, Lunit
  • Michelle Perugini – CEO & Co-Founder, Presagen
  • Alfonsius Pratama Timboel – Chief Product Officer, Halodoc
Moderator: Colette Grgic – Head of Startup Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services

2:45 – 3:00

AI: From Number Crunching to Decision Making and Predicting Black Swan Events

Pradeep K. Dubey – Intel Senior Fellow and Director, Parallel Computing Lab

Moderator: Olivier Klein – Lead Technologist Asia-Pacific, Amazon Web Services

3:00 – 3:30

Featured AI Startup

  • Anna Gong – CEO & Founder, Perx Technologies
  • Steena Sunyong Lee – CEO, Perfitt, Inc.

3:30 – 4:15

How AI is Helping to Solve The Last Mile Problem in APAC
  • Arne Jeroschewski – Founder & CEO, Parcel Perform
  • Kabir Rustogi – Head – Data Sciences, Delhivery
  • Myunghwan Kim – Head of Service Development, Mesh Korea
Moderator: Navdeep Manaktala – Director & Head, Startup Business, APJ, Amazon Web Services

4:15 – 4:45

Featured AI Startup

  • Hemant Misra – Vice President – Head of Applied Research, Swiggy
  • Satoshi Taniguchi – Sales Director, Studio Ousia

26 November: Day 2 – Technical Edition

11:00 – 11:15

Welcome Address
Bernard Leong – Head of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, ASEAN, Amazon Web Services

11:15 – 11:45

AI / ML: Popular Patterns & Use Cases

David Lemphers – Head of Technology, Startups (ANZ), Amazon Web Services

11:45 – 12:15

Getting Started with AI in the Cloud
Alex Casalboni – Senior Developer Advocate, Amazon Web Services

12:15 – 1:00

Featured AI Startup: Tech Talk
  • Chris Raethke – CEO, Notiv
  • Myunghwan Kim –  Head of Service Development, Mesh Korea
  • Hajime Hotta – Co-Founder, Cinnamon AI Labs

1:00 – 1:45

How CTOs Build Winning AI Products
  • Peter Phillips – Chief Technology Officer, Cover Genius
  • Han-Ley Tang – Founder, Blue Monkey
  • Chee How Lim – Founder & CEO, Tapway
Moderator: Bernard Leong – Head of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, ASEAN, Amazon Web Services

1:45 – 2:15

Not a Machine Learning Expert? AutoML is Here to Help
Michele Ricciardi – Startup Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

2:15 – 3:00

Featured AI Startup: Tech Talk
  • Samiaji Adisasmito – COO, Jojonomic
  • David Voo – Chief Technology Officer, myTukar.com
  • Anand Chandrasekaran – Founder & CTO, Mad Street Den

3:00 – 3:30

Build a Recommendation System in Less Than 60 Minutes with Amazon Personalize
My Nguyen – Startup Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

3:30 – 4:00

Unleashing The Power of Two: Fast & Optimized ML with Intel on AWS

Akanksha Bilani – AWS Alliance Head, APAC & Japan, Intel

4:00 – 4:30

Beginner’s Guide to Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Antje Barth – Senior Developer Advocate – AI/ML, Amazon Web Services

4:30 – 5:00

Data Science on Amazon Web Services
Chris Fregly – Senior Advocate – AI / ML, Amazon Web Services
SPEAKERS
Steena Sunyong Lee
CEO, Perfitt, Inc.
Bratin Saha
VP & GM, Machine Learning Services, Amazon AI, Amazon Web Services
Brandon Beomseok Suh
CEO, Lunit
Michelle Perugini

CEO & Co-Founder, Presagen

Akanksha Bilani

AWS Alliance Head, APAC & Japan, Intel Corporation

Chris Raethke
CEO, Notiv
Arne Jeroschewski
Founder & CEO, Parcel Perform
Peter Phillips
Chief Technology Officer, Cover Genius
David Voo
Chief Technology Officer, myTukar.com
Han-Ley Tang
Founder, Blue Monkey
Navdeep Manaktala

Director & Head, Startup Business, Asia-Pacific & Japan, Amazon Web Services

Gaurav Arora
Head of Startup Ecosystem, Asia Pacific and Japan, Amazon Web Services
Pradeep Dubey
Intel Senior Fellow, Director of the AI & Parallel Computing Lab, Intel Corporation
Hemant Misra
Vice President – Head of Applied Research, Swiggy
Ajey Gore
Operating Partner – Technology, Sequoia Capital India
My Nguyen

Startup Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Michele Ricciardi
Startup Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
Sarah Russell
Co-CEO, Elula
Zain Gulamali
Venture Investor – Amazon Alexa Fund, Amazon Alexa Fund
Bernard Leong
Head of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, ASEAN, Amazon Web Services
Antje Barth
Senior Developer Advocate – AI/ML, Amazon Web Services
Anand Chandrasekaran
Founder & CTO, Mad Street Den
Manpreet Ratia
Partner – Portfolio Development, Jungle Ventures
Kate Burleigh
Country Manager – Australia/New Zealand, Amazon Alexa
David Engel
Fintech BDM, Amazon Web Services
Alex Casalboni
Senior Developer Advocate, Amazon Web Services
Chris Fregly
Senior Advocate – AI / ML, Amazon Web Services
Kabir Rustogi
Head – Data Sciences, Delhivery
Anna Gong
CEO & Founder, Perx Technologies
Colette Grgic
Head of Startup Ecosystem (ANZ), Amazon Web Services
Alfonsius Pratama Timboel
Chief Product Officer, Halodoc
Andrew Vranjes
Head of Startup Ecosystem, ASEAN, Amazon Web Services
Hian Goh
Founding Partner, Openspace Ventures
David Lemphers
Head of Technology, Startups (ANZ), Amazon Web Services
Olivier Klein
Lead Technologist Asia-Pacific, Amazon Web Services
Satoshi Taniguchi
Sales Director, Studio Ousia
Bradley Scott
Chief Operating Officer, UneeQ
Myunghwan Kim
Head of Service Development, Mesh Korea
Chee How Lim
Founder & CEO, Tapway
Samiaji Adisasmito
COO, Jojonomic
Hajime Hotta
Futurist, Cinnamon AI

AI Startup Spotlight

Featured Regions

South Korea

India
Japan
(article forthcoming)
Australia / New Zealand
Southeast Asia
(article forthcoming)

Featured Startups

Movus
ScatterLab
SmartMind
Cover Genius
Intello Labs
Vernacular.ai
Blue Monkey
Hyperverge
Uneeq
Visenze
Anipen
Umitron
InImagine
SyntheticGestalt
LeapMind

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Steena Sunyong Lee

CEO, PERFITT, Inc.

Steena Lee is the founder and CEO of Perfitt, Inc, an AI data platform startup that provides a recommender engine of perfect fitting shoe sizes for online shoe shoppers. Steena brought her innovative idea of revolutionizing the global shoe industry with Perfitt’s technology of measuring and matching foot size with shoe inner shape. Before devoting her work life to her startup company, Steena enthusiastically worked as a senior consultant at IBM Korea, serving Samsung Electrics, LG electronics, GS E&C, etc. as clients in the electronics, retail, healthcare industries. She majored in Business at Seoul National University.

Bratin Saha
VP & GM, Machine Learning Services, Amazon AI, Amazon Web Services

Senior technology executive with a proven track record of delivering innovative products, services, and infrastructure. A global leader with experience of building strong and vibrant teams across the US, Europe, and Asia. A consummate team builder and passionate about growing people.

Led teams delivering cloud services as well as products shipping tens of millions of units annually across IoT, Mobile, Wearable, PC segments. Developed several industry leading innovations including products winning CES innovation awards. More than 100 patents (70+ issued, 30+ pending). More than 30 papers in major international conferences and journals.
Two time winner of the Intel Software Quality award — the highest SW award at Intel
Numerous invited talks at industry and academic conferences

Specialties: Execution and Operations, Product and Business Strategy, Innovation, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, System Architecture, Process and Product Management, Infrastructure Development, Effective Communication
 

Brandon Beomseok Suh

CEO, Lunit

Brandon studied medicine at Seoul National University and is a board-certified physician in Family Medicine, trained at Seoul National University Hospital. Prior to medical school, he studied biological sciences in KAIST and also received master’s degrees in both Public Health (MPH) and Business Administration (MBA). Brandon has much experience in both basic and clinical research, having published 30+ research articles in renowned scientific journals. As CEO of Lunit, his vision is to lead the company to become a world-leading medical AI company by developing unprecedented cutting-edge imaging biomarkers that empower clinicians to make effective and cost-efficient diagnosis and treatment decisions.

Michelle Perugini

CEO & Co-Founder, Presagen

Michelle has a PhD in Medicine and has founded 2 global AI tech companies, her first which was acquired by EY in 2015. She is Co-Founder and CEO of Presagen an AI Healthcare company that has an advanced federated AI platform and first commercial product Life Whisperer that uses AI for embryo selection in IVF and is being sold globally. Michelle is also a dedicated mentor and advisory board member for many startups, and a Committee Member on the Australian Commonwealth Government Research & Development Incentives Committee.

Akanksha Bilani

AWS Alliance Head, APAC & Japan, Intel Corporation

Regional Alliance Head for Intel to lead partnership with Team Amazon for Asia Pacific & Japan. She is responsible for growth, scale and collaboration with Intel’s key partner. With her teams, she brings in Intel & AWS partnership value and driving ecosystem impact through technology leadership in Migrations, AI, HPC and Edge to Cloud. Akanksha has the charter to drive optimized value on all Intel® technologies on Cloud. She has been driving focused strategies to help build HPC, IOT and AI knowhow on Intel across the region. In her tenure at Intel, Akanksha built many developer and data scientist related programs like code modernization workshops, software developer conferences, HPCDEVCONs and since the past 16 years has managed to tech skill over 100,000 developers. Prior to her career at Intel, Akanksha was market evangelist for Microsoft. She holds a double MBA from UCLA and a DCE from BU.

Chris Raethke
CEO, Notiv

Chris Raethke is the CEO and co-founder of Notiv. For more than 20 years, he has been an entrepreneur, designer, and technology leader. In 2018, Chris and Iain launched Notiv, an AI-based product thinking company that enables smart collaboration around meetings. Notiv started out of frustration from not having an ability to capture, store and recall information in the same way we access a word document. In 2012, Chris co-founded Bugcrowd Inc, the pioneer of crowdsourced security testing for web, mobile, source code, and client-side applications. As Co-founder and CTO, he led Bugcrowd’s engineering, product, and machine learning teams and set the technical vision for the company. Chris’s technical and business leadership was instrumental in building Bugcrowd into one of the largest security web services in the world. Chris continues to play a critical role in the strategic direction. Chris believes that technology should allow humans to focus more and give us time back in our day. His projects do this by looking at our most important, but most inefficient daily experiences and making them better. Chris was studying a Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Microelectronic Engineering before being dragged into the world of startups.

Arne Jeroschewski
Founder & CEO, Parcel Perform

Arne is the CEO and Founder of Parcel Perform, the leading carrier-independent delivery experience platform for e-commerce merchants and their end-customers covering 600+ logistics carriers worldwide.

Before founding Parcel Perform, Arne was Vice President for Business Development at DHL eCommerce Asia Pacific, where he led the development of e-commerce logistics products tailored for online marketplaces and merchants as well as market entries for DHL eCommerce throughout Asia. Prior to that, he was Vice President at Singapore Post’s SP eCommerce, where he was responsible for the B2C e-commerce businesses including vPost and Omigo. In 2012, Arne was the founding CEO of ZALORA, South East Asia’s leading fashion e-commerce player across 8 markets.

Arne was a long-time management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he worked on technology projects in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Arne is a trained economist with a Ph.D. in regulatory economics.

Peter Phillips
Chief Technology Officer, Cover Genius

Peter Phillips is the Chief Technology Officer at Cover Genius, one of the fastest growing insurtechs globally. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Peter leads the product and engineering teams and executes the company’s technology strategy and roadmap for XCover, the insurtech’s award-winning insurance distribution platform, XClaim, an API for assessing and paying claims instantly, and BrightWrite, a data analytics platform for price and product optimization. As CTO, Peter focuses on the delivery of innovative products, the continued adoption of open source & cloud based technologies, agile development and workflow practices, the design and implementation of real-time systems, Service Oriented Architecture and APIs.

Prior to Cover Genius, Peter was Vice President of Engineering at Freelancer.com where he was responsible for growing and leading the global engineering team consisting of 150+ across Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Philippines, and Argentina. His leadership ensured the core platforms scaled to support 30m+ users and $740m+ in gross payment volume during his tenure.

Peter holds a PhD in Computer Science (Spatial Data Mining) from James Cook University and has lectured on topics including software engineering, scalable infrastructure and agile development practices at the University of Sydney

Cover Genius has been recognized as the fastest growing company

David Voo
Chief Technology Officer, myTukar.com

David Voo is a Chief Technology Officer at myTukar.com, where he created the Data Science programs within the organization, introducing Machine Learning with Computer Vision solutions to improve the efficiency of car inspection processes.

Before joining myTukar.com, David spent 6 years as various professional capacities to help start-up companies and small-medium businesses in Malaysia and the Philippines. Trained as an application software architect, he has a unique 14 years background in media communications, real estate advertising and financial services.

David served in senior leadership roles managing cross-functional initiatives within technology and business, covering regional and multi-national entities such as iProperty Group, Mediabrands and Star Media Group.

Han-Ley Tang
Founder, Blue Monkey

Han-Ley is a founder of Blue Monkey, a Singapore based consulting and AI startup that delivers end-to-end digital transformation.

He is also the Chief Information Officer for AJW Group with expertise in digital transformation, analytics, and product development.

He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the British Computing Society. Han-Ley began his career in corporate finance before moving to technology consulting.

He has led complex consulting engagements at Deloitte, Altius, and PwC, specializing in Financial Services and data-driven business transformation. After leaving consulting, he was a Director in Group Technology for UBS.

Han-Ley lives in London with his wife, daughter, and three cats.

Navdeep Manaktala
Director & Head, Startup Business, Asia-Pacific & Japan at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Lead the Startup business for AWS across Asia-Pacific & Japan (ANZ, ASEAN, India, Japan, Korea). On the global AWS Startup Leadership team.

Wide ranging experience in building and scaling businesses in the technology domain (cloud, internet, mobility, telecoms) with leading global technology companies (AWS, Microsoft, Nokia, Lucent). Cross functional experience spanning sales, business development, marketing, partnering, product, corporate venturing, operations and finance.

Strong start-up interests, avid technology evangelist, gadget buff, keen traveler, runner and self-confessed foodie!

Gaurav Arora
Head of Startup Ecosystem, Asia Pacific and Japan, Amazon Web Services

As Head of Startup Ecosystem for Amazon Web Services’ Asia Pacific and Japan business, Gaurav Arora and his team support some of the region’s most exciting startups, helping founders and entrepreneurs succeed on their journey from inception to IPO.

Gaurav is committed to helping AWS’s startup customers of all sizes leverage the latest cloud technology to bring a great business idea to life, and scale it quickly and cost effectively. He and his team work closely with the leading Venture Capital firms, Incubators and Startup Communities, and support their portfolio companies as mentors and advisors, helping them at every stage from building the best technology solutions to leveraging the broader Amazon network for new go-to-market opportunities.

Before joining AWS in 2013, Gaurav gained international venture capital experience as an investor at Prime Ventures in the Netherlands. He has also held technical leadership positions at multinational Tech companies such as Intel, AMD and Texas Instruments.

Gaurav holds an MBA in Strategy and Finance from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Pradeep Dubey

Intel Senior Fellow, Director of the AI & Parallel Computing Lab, Intel Corporation

Pradeep K. Dubey is an Intel Senior Fellow and director of the Parallel Computing Lab, a part of the Intel Labs organization at Intel Corporation. He leads a team of top researchers focused on state-of-the-art research in parallel computing. Dubey and his team are responsible for defining computer architectures that can efficiently handle emerging machine learning/artificial intelligence, traditional HPC applications for data-centric computing environments, and deriving product differentiation opportunities for Intel’s CPU and GPU processing platforms. Dubey previously worked at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. Dubey has made significant contributions to the design, architecture and application performance of various microprocessors, including the IBM Power PC, the Intel386™, Intel486™, Intel® Pentium®, and Intel Xeon® processors. He holds 36 patents and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers. In 2012, Dubey was honored with an Intel Achievement Award for breakthroughs in parallel computing research, and was honored with Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University in 2014. Dubey holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He is also a Fellow of IEEE.

Hemant Misra
Vice President – Head of Applied Research, Swiggy

An active researcher in the domains of automatic speaker/speech recognition, information retrieval, machine learning, text analytics …, having worked in the fields of education, finance, and healthcare among others.

Specialties: Automatic Speech Recognition, Text Segmentation, Topic Modeling, Information Retrieval, Video Retrieval
 

Ajey Gore
Operating Partner – Technology, Sequoia Capital India

Ajey is an Operating Partner – Technology with Sequoia Capital India, based in Singapore. He works closely with Sequoia India and Southeast Asia’s portfolio CTOs and CPOs to provide insight and expertise in building and scaling engineering, data science, product and design functions, and helps them build and mentor high-performing teams across Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining Sequoia, Ajey was the Group CTO of Gojek. Ajey earlier founded CodeIgnition, which was acquired by Gojek. He has also served as the CTO for hoppr, which was acquired by Hike Messenger, and was Head of Technology for ThoughtWorks.

My Nguyen
Startup Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

My Nguyen is Solutions Architect working at Amazon Web Services ASEAN, focusing on supporting customers in Startup segment. Her team helps customers in different industries scale, innovate and optimize their systems.
Specialized in Machine Learning, she had been helping a lot of customers make the best of their data and kick starting their AI/ML journey.

Michele Ricciardi
Startup Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Michele Ricciardi is a Startup Solutions Architect based in Singapore.
Michele holds a MSc in Intelligent Systems from the University of Sussex and in his time at AWS he helped Startups of all sizes with their Machine Learning journeys from MVP to Production.

Sarah Russell
Co-CEO, Elula

Sarah loves transforming businesses and has a proven track record of delivering exceptional customer outcomes. Sarah is a true leader at heart and brings a wealth of financial services experience covering corporate strategy, finance, program delivery, data science, and large-scale operations in Australia, NZ and the UK. Sarah’s strong strategic instincts and restless determination give her the edge when it comes to solving the most difficult problems.

Zain Gulamali
Venture Investor – Amazon Alexa Fund, Amazon Alexa Fund

Zain A. Gulamali is a venture capital and growth equity investor with 15 years of experience in enterprise, consumer, and healthcare technology investing, as well as M&A, startup operations, strategy, and business development. He is currently a Venture Investor for the Amazon Alexa Fund, Amazon’s VC fund investing in artificial intelligence, frontier tech, robotics, voice, digital health, and IoT across consumer and enterprise. Over the past 5 years, Zain has sourced and led nearly 30 Alexa Fund VC investments, including Greenlight (fintech), SevenRooms (property tech), Fiddler (AI), DefinedCrowd (AI), Embodied (robotics), and Aiva Health (health). He has spearheaded the Alexa Fund’s investment focus on AI and ML tools, enterprise and collaboration, healthcare, aging, robotics, property tech, financial tech, and mobility. Zain has also been part of and is leading upcoming programs focused on underrepresented founders.

Zain’s experiences span venture capital at Amazon Alexa Fund (early-stage venture capital to growth equity), strategic partnerships and operating leadership at Pocket Gems (consumer internet), growth equity investing at Warburg Pincus, and M&A and investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Beyond his professional experiences, he has volunteered since 2000 in urban community service and international development, primarily in the fields of education and youth development, through the Aga Khan Development Network (global NGO). Zain is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
 

Bernard Leong
Head of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, ASEAN, Amazon Web Services

Dr. Bernard Leong is currently the Head of AI/ML ASEAN for Amazon Web Services. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Airbus Aerial Asia Pacific and also the head of Post Office Network & Digital Services in Singapore Post where he spearheaded their successful digital transformation with the omni-channel SAM platform, POPStation and first drone delivery flight to Pulau Ubin. While not in his corporate hat, he’s a connector to the Southeast Asia entrepreneurial ecosystem as an entrepreneur in residence in INSEAD Business School. Bernard holds a PhD in Physics in Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University.

Antje Barth
Senior Developer Advocate – AI/ML, Amazon Web Services

Antje is a Senior Developer Advocate for AI and Machine Learning at AWS based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She is passionate about helping developers leverage Big Data, Container and Kubernetes platforms in the context of AI and Machine Learning.

Prior to joining AWS, Antje worked in technical evangelist and solutions engineering roles at MapR and Cisco. She is also a co-founder of the Düsseldorf chapter of Women in Big Data.

Anand Chandrasekaran
Founder & CTO, Mad Street Den

Anand Chandrasekaran is the Founder and CTO of Mad Street Den, a Computer Vision based Artificial Intelligence company. At MSD, Anand and his team have been working on a proprietary framework for intelligent agents that power a range of applications for industries across the globe. From retail to healthcare, MSD has been instrumental in bringing about intelligent automation.


With a body of experience that includes work with IBM, DARPA, Stanford and more, Anand is one of the few in the world with a combination of Biology (Neuroscience), Hardware (Neuromorphic Engineering) and Software (AI systems). Anand’s experience and expertise spans a wide range of areas including: medicine, healthcare and diagnostics using AI, scientific research on mammalian brains, hardware and software expertise in building brains to defense related applications.

Manpreet Ratia
Partner – Portfolio Development, Jungle Ventures.

Manpreet Ratia is a Partner focussed on Portfolio Development with Jungle, SE Asia largest Independent Venture Capital firm. He works across the portfolio of companies at the Board level helping them build to last; and also works across investment and strategic and partnership/ ecosystem development for Jungle.

Manpreet is a senior business leader with over 25 years with world class financial services (Citibank) and e-commerce businesses (Amazon, Flipkart). He has built and lead large multi-country high performance teams across Operations, Product, Technology, Strategy, Sales, Client Servicing and Project Management through unprecedented scale of execution, sophisticated and innovative problem solving. He specialises in re-imagining business and operating processes to build world class operations, acquisition, fulfilment and service channels that now power some of the fastest growing e-commerce businesses and the largest financial services institutions in Asia.

Prior to Jungle, he was COO with Flipkart Group; Snr Dir Customer Fulfilment with Amazon, COO Asia with Citibank’s TTS Business and has done a variety of senior Leadership roles in Asia with Citibank and GE capital.

Kate Burleigh
Country Manager – Australia/New Zealand, Amazon Alexa

Kate Burleigh is Country Manager for Amazon Alexa and Devices in Australia and New Zealand. Throughout her career she has been driving transformative consumer technology, from her previous role as Intel Australia’s Managing Director where she led the move from desktops to laptops, and the rise of Wi-Fi connectivity, to Amazon where she is now leading a new frontier for the industry with voice technology.

Kate is passionate about the impact innovations such as AI, IoT and edge computing have on our daily lives, from work to play, and driving adoption of these technologies to bring enjoyable and useful experiences to consumers.

Kate advocates for the benefits of voice technology, from the convenience of a hands-free experience to the accessibility options it provides, and believes Australia and New Zealand are in a unique position to spearhead the adoption of this technology.

Accolades/Industry:
• Former Australian Information Industry Association board director
• 2016 UTS Business School Alumni of the year
• Board Member of children’s cancer charity, Camp Quality

David Engel
Fintech BDM, Amazon Web Services

David is a business development & channel partnerships executive, growth strategist, fintech expert, entrepreneur, and start-up advisor, with deep experience in SaaS, API & online marketplace businesses.

David currently is Fintech BDM for Amazon Web Services, helping to accelerate the growth of the ANZ Fintech ecosystem & the fintechs within it.

Prior to that, he was Commercial Director for the Australian and New Zealand markets for Verrency, a fintech platform that allows cards issuers to innovate faster, and at scale.

He also served as Country Manager for i2c, a Silicon-Valley based cloud payments processor. At i2c, David was responsible for building a pipeline across Enterprise, mid-tier financial service companies & fintechs, as well as developing and executing the account-based marketing strategy.

David also launched and grew the start-up, Doshii – a hospitality and retail API platform – through two rounds of investment.

David serves as an advisor, both on a formal and informal basis, for several Melbourne startups, assisting with topics like growth, marketing, and governance.

Additionally, David is a sought after public speaker, presenting at a range of tech, startup and financial services conferences around Australia.

With over 10 years of commercial and product leadership experience across tech and Financial Services, David brings a wealth of in-depth experience

Alex Casalboni
Senior Developer Advocate, Amazon Web Services

Alex is deeply passionate about web technologies and music. He has been building web products and helping other builders learn from his experience since 2011. His coding love spreads across the Python and the JavaScript communities, and he’s been contributing to open-source projects such as AWS Lambda Power Tuning.

He co-organizes the serverless meetup in Milan, as well as ServerlessDays Milan (previously JeffConf).

As a Sr. Developer Advocate, Alex often speaks at technical conferences across the world, supports developer communities and helps them build applications in the cloud. He is particularly interested in serverless architectures, machine learning, and data analytics.

In his free time, Alex loves snowboarding, jogging, traveling, and playing his saxophone.

Chris Fregly
Senior Advocate – AI / ML, Amazon Web Services

Chris Fregly is a Developer Advocate focused on AI and Machine Learning at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Chris shares knowledge with fellow developers and data scientists through his Advanced Kubeflow AI meetup and regularly speaks at AI and ML conferences across the globe.

Previously, Chris was a Founder at PipelineAI where he worked with many startups and enterprises to deploy machine learning pipelines using many open source and AWS products including Kubeflow, Amazon EKS, and Amazon SageMaker.

Andrew Vranjes
Head – Data Sciences, Delhivery

Kabir heads the Data Sciences vertical at Delhivery, India’s largest ecommerce logistics provider. His work involves building machine learning and optimisation solutions for applications in the field of maps, location intelligence, network design and route optimisation. Kabir comes with years of academic experience in the field of optimisation algorithms. He completed his PhD in the area of Scheduling Optimisation in 2013, following which he worked as a lecturer of Operational Research for several years in the UK. His research was awarded as the best PhD by the British OR Society and was later published as a book by Springer Publications.

Anna Gong
CEO & Founder, Perx Technologies

Ms Anna Gong has over 20 years of global technology experience in enterprise software (5 startups and 3 MNCs). She ran global business development and established the Asia Pacific business for Wily Technology which was later acquired by CA Technologies in 2006 for about US$400M. Anna was later promoted to Vice President at CA, the youngest female leader to have led the Cloud, Virtualisation & Service Automation business units for Asia Pacific & Japan. She was also Vice President of Channel Sales for Asia Pacific at enterprise software company Infor. Listed in Top 100 Women in Tech 2020 in Singapore and winner of the Singapore Women Entrepreneur Awards 2017, Anna, a TedX speaker, was also featured in the LinkedIn CEO Power Profiles 2017. Anna is a frequent keynote speaker on leadership, technology, digital transformation and entrepreneurship, for large corporates and global conferences such as C2 Montreal, SaaStock Dublin, InnovFest Unbound, RISE, and European Business Leaders’ Convention.
Recently Anna has successfully pivoted Perx Technologies, a Singapore-based enterprise software startup from a consumer loyalty app to a category-creating lifestyle marketing SaaS platform helping enterprises to deliver meaningful engagements and experiences in the digital economy. She serves as the Chairwoman of SEA Founders Organization, on the Advisory Board of Duke Corporate Education Asia

Colette Grgic
Head of Startup Ecosystem (ANZ), Amazon Web Services

I make things possible, and then make them happen.

I’m a passionate participant and supporter of the startup and innovation ecosystem. I’ve started my own, ran startups for others, and have led landmark corporate innovation programs and ventures. I now look after growth of the startup ecosystem at AWS, leading an excellent team passionate about enabling founders to start and successfully scale cutting edge startups in Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining AWS, I was Chief Innovation Officer at BlueChilli. Through our venture studio and accelerator programs, we worked with entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to build 147 new tech startups. During my six years, I created BlueChilli’s innovation consulting practice, drove the company’s business transformation and our international expansions, and led the APAC sales, marketing & programs teams.

I try to be helpful to people who want to change the world, so I’m a frequent speaker and mentor. I also volunteer on boards in the innovation, education, climate change, and diversity & inclusion space.

Specialties: startups, strategy, program design, business models, value proposition development, go-to-market, strategic partnerships & business development.

Alfonsius Pratama Timboel
Chief Product Officer, Halodoc

Alfons’ is MBA graduate from University Technology of Sydney majoring in project management and marketing. He started his career in business and operations for an IT company in Australia before coming back to Indonesia.

He joined Halodoc in 2016 and considered as one of the founding members of Halodoc and now leads the product org as chief product officer

Hian Goh
Founding Partner – Openspace Ventures

Hian Goh is a Founding Partner of Openspace Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on Technology, Media and Internet companies in South East Asia.

Openspace Ventures manages over US$350 million across 3 funds. Hian was the Founder of the Asian Food Channel (AFC), a 24 Hour food and lifestyle Pay TV network, which was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2013.

Hian began his career as an investment banker and was a founding member of the Salomon Smith Barney Technology investment banking practice in Asia, (now part of Citigroup) in 1999.

Hian graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence (Law) from Trinity College, Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Reserve Officer with the Singapore Navy and is a Board Member of the Singapore Science Centre.
 

David Lemphers
Head of Technology, Startups (ANZ) – Amazon Web Services
Dave Lemphers is an accomplished engineer, data scientist, entrepreneur, inventor, and executive.

He is currently the Head of Technology for Startups at Amazon Web Services and serves as CTO in Residence at Techstars.

Prior to this he was a Principal Data Scientist at Microsoft, a four time founder and author of 3 US patents on Artificial Intelligence.

Olivier Klein
Lead Technologist Asia-Pacific – Amazon Web Services

Olivier draws on two decades of expertise in Internet technologies, IT architectures, and software engineering to help organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to large enterprises, apply cloud computing technologies, solve business problems, and create innovative and data driven business models. Olivier has been working for AWS across Asia-Pacific and Europe to help customers implement architectural best practices and be successful in their digital transformation journey. He also advises how emerging technologies in the Artificial Intelligence (AI), ML, robotics and IoT space can help create new products, make existing processes more efficient and leverage new engagement channels for end-consumers. Prior to his AWS time, Olivier ran the digital product strategy for an American multinational publishing and education company across Asia and led engineering and R&D efforts to build a virtualised web service platform for a Luxembourgish Internet Service Provider pre-cloud era. Olivier earned a bachelor of science with a major in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences Trier and a masters degree in Software Engineering from the National University of Singapore. 

Satoshi Taniguchi
Sales Director – Studio Ousia

Started 4 and failed 2 startups. Joined Studio Ousia to accelerate use of AI for better knowledge/information utilization. Leads sales activities.

Bradley Scott
Chief Operating Officer – UneeQ

Bradley has spent the last 12 years of his career in growing NZ tech companies including M-Com/Fiserv, Xero and now is Chief Operating Officer at UneeQ. UneeQ provides brands, developers and creators a platform to create digital human experiences. Digital humans being AI-powered customer experience ambassadors that recreate digital human interactions at scale.

Myunghwan Kim
Head of Service Development – Mesh Korea

I am the Head of Service Development at Mesh Korea, known for its brand Vroong, which provides 5PL BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) service regarding IT & Logistics in South Korea. Under the Service Development Org., Data Science, Engineering, Platform, and Product Dept. aim to innovate the logistics industry through data and AI-driven platform.

Previously, I was a Staff Software Engineer at LinkedIn, as the tech lead of Growth AI team in Data/AI org. I worked on building AI/recommendation system with respect to the growth in LinkedIn (such as People You May Know (PYMK)), data analysis over user behaviors and social networking, solving graph problems, and conducting relevant academic research (7 papers & 1 Summit from LinkedIn).

I received my PhD degree from Stanford University in 2014 under the supervision of Jure Leskovec. My main research topic was about modeling social networks that requires applying advanced machine learning into graph data. Other research topic includes human mobility, topic modeling, and big data. I also completed MS in Statistics at Stanford University.

Chee How Lim
Founder & CEO – Tapway

A passionate entrepreneur, Chee How’s key responsibilities at Tapway are strategic planning and execution, partnerships, investor relations and overall management of the organization.
Meanwhile, he also leads the Company’s product architecture and technical roadmap planning.

Prior to founding Tapway, Chee How spent four years working at Airbus Group around the globe, especially with the Helicopters division, involved in various multinational system integration projects.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, USA.

Samiaji Adisasmito
COO – Jojonomic

Samiaji Adisasmito is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Jojonomic.

Hajime Hotta
Futurist – Cinnamon AI

Dr. Hajime Hotta is an AI technologist, an early-stage startup investor, and a serial entrepreneur. He received Ph. D. with a study of neural networks in 2008. He is a founder and Futurist of a Series-C stage company, Cinnamon AI, which provides AI-backed products to help big corporates digitally transforming the business processes with continuous machine-learned enhancement. The company already has provided 50+ big corporates in Japan, including Toyota. Hajime is publishing a book titled “Double Harvest,” which describes the concept of how to design exponentially-disruptive AI applications.