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Fund Pitch
Competition

FUNDING PITCH COMPETITION

The theme for our inaugural summit is WE In Power, To Empower, Be Empowered. To complement the curated talks and panel discussion, SWES has segmented a part of the event for budding entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital and established start-ups yearning for exclusive networking opportunities.

The Pitching Competition is the first pitching competition dedicated to women.

Our goal is to provide an alternative avenue to support women in their entrepreneurial journey. This segment is proudly organised in conjunction with Fundnel — Southeast Asia’s largest private investment platform.

JUDGES

GAIL Wong

Certified Coach, Investor and Community Builder

Kristin Lim

Investments Director, Fundnel

Megha Singh

Match Programme Director of CRIB

DAREN TAN

Managing Partner, Venture Investments
Golden Equator Capital

LAWRENCE LEOW

Chairman & CEO
Crescendas Group

FUNDING PITCH COMPETITION

Eligibility

The participating company must be/have:

  • Founded or co-founded by a woman
  • Operational for a span of at least 1 year to a maximum of 5 years
  • An annual revenue of no more than S$3mil
  • Headquartered in Southeast Asia

Format

  • Interested parties must submit an application on wesummit.sg before 11:59pm on Friday, 14 June 2019
  • All eligible applicants will be contacted to participate in a qualifying round where 20 finalists will be selected
  • Finalists will then allocated a slot to pitch at the event, held over two days, 10-11 July 2019
  • Industry experts and seasoned investors will form the judging panel who will select the Winner, Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up, based on a scoring criteria
  • Information on the scoring criteria and prizes will be released shortly. Please contact us at Pitching@wesummit.sg should you have any questions

APPLICATION FORM : PITCHING COMPETITION

Submit your particulars and we will get in touch with you.

Gail

Certified Coach, Investor and Community Builder

Gail is a Certified Coach, Investor and Community Builder championing Women with their Money. She guides business leaders to peak performance and authentic leadership. She enables women around the world to elevate their relationship with money, negotiate, invest and navigate risk, true to themselves. As co-founder of Ladies Investment Club, and the Singapore lead for SheEO, Gail creates supportive communities for female investors and entrepreneurs.

 

Gail has 2 decades of diverse experience spanning Money and Meaning. She advised Morgan Stanley’s clients on >$10bn of M&A and capital-raising deals across 3 continents. Since 2010, she has coached purpose-driven high performers to thrive on their own terms. 

Kristin Lim

Investments Director, Fundnel

Kristin is responsible for managing Fundnel’s investment pipeline — from the point of origination to execution — through client relationship management and innovative deal structuring. Kristin is an experienced investment professional with over five years of experience in Corporate Finance, Banking and Venture Capital, across multiple ASEAN countries. Before joining Fundnel, she covered Natural Resources and M&A at Societe General in New York, and was part of the Corporate Finance team at Terralife, a biotech & agricultural startup with operations in Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand. 

Megha Singh

Match Programme Director of CRIB

Megha Singh is Match Programme Director of CRIB (Creating Responsible and Innovative Businesses), a non-profit social enterprise that helps women set up and run successful businesses through a wide range of programmes. In this role, she manages CRIB Angels Club – a network of high-impact investors who are keen to support female-led businesses – and oversees CRIB’s Pitch Perfect initiative – which connects CRIB members who are fundraising to the Angels Club, through a process that involves several rounds of expert reviews and pitch training sessions. Megha is also an entrepreneur, business consultant and a published author.

Daren Tan

Managing Partner, Venture Investments
Golden Equator Capital

Daren oversees investments across Golden Equator’s venture funds. An active board member with several companies, he leverages on his decades of experience in business operations, digital transformations, and the Southeast Asian markets to work with start-ups and founders in actualising their visions. Before choosing the path of entrepreneurship and venture investments, Daren held senior management roles at Nikon, eBay, and element14, where he managed Southeast Asian markets with an annual turnover of US$200 million.

LAWRENCE LEOW

Chairman & CEO
Crescendas Group

Lawrence Leow is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crescendas Group, a diversified and dynamic group of businesses spanning property, hospitality, manufacturing, distribution and technology, with more than 1,600 employees working in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Sri Lanka, Maldives and United States.

Lawrence has been active in both social and business community work. He is presently the Patron of Yew Tee Citizens’ Consultative Committee and a board director of Ren Ci Hospital. He also serves as Honorary Treasurer of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and chaired the SBF-led Small and Medium Enterprises Committee (SMEC) from 2012 to 2018. He is now Advisor to the SMEC and represents Singapore on the APEC Business Advisory Council, besides chairing the East Asia Business Council. He is also a Panel Member of Enterprise Singapore LEAD Evaluation Panel (LEP) and sits on the SIAS Management Committee serving as the
Honorary Secretary.

Lawrence was formerly a Nominated Member of the Parliament of Singapore. He was President of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises from 2002 to 2011. Lawrence was also a board member of the Central Provident Fund Board, SPRING Singapore and the National Arts Council. In addition, he was previously a member of the Pro-Enterprise Panel for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and a member of the Customs Advisory Council for the Singapore Customs.

For his public service and community work, he was awarded a Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2015 and the People’s Association Grand Award for Community Service in 2017. Lawrence’s business achievements were also recognised when he won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Diversified Industries) in 2016.

Anna Haotanto

CEO, THE NEW SAVVY

Anna Haotanto is the CEO of The New Savvy. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee.

Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She is the host for Channel NewsAsia for Challenge Tomorrow, a FinTech documentary.

Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum.

Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2018), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva .

She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen).

Anna has been featured on CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Forbes, The Straits Times, Reuters Money, Business Insider, The Peak Magazine, Tech In Asia, Tatler, INC, The New Paper, The Edge Singapore & Malaysia, Oxford Said Business School, AsiaOne, Singapore Computer Society, Vulcan Post, e27, eFinancialCareers , Her World, Singapore Women’s Weekly, 8Days, Asian Entrepreneur and Singapore Management University. She headlines the info commercial for Lifetime Asia: What does a boss look like? with over 1.7 Million views

Anna is on the panel for Singapore Computer Society for Best Tech Company to work for and Digital Proficiency Program.

Anna conducts workshops on personal finance and had given talks on finance, women issues and empowerment for organisations – Singapore Exchange (SGX), ASEAN Women, Citi Group, DBS, ShareInvestor, UBER,  Citi-SMU Financial Literacy Symposium, UBER, General Assembly, Singapore FinTech Association, REITs Symposium, Next Money, CRIB Society, Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide (FEW), SG50 Singapore Female Leaders, Singapore Women Network, ESSEC MBA, etc.

Anna raised mid-six-figure funding for The New Savvy within 1.5 years of operation. The New Savvy is Asia’s leading financial, investments and career platform focusing on women. With the aim of empowering 100 million women to achieve financial happiness, The New Savvy delivers high-quality content through education, media and conferences.

She is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment, and children’s issues.

She regularly teaches and mentors children and adults on financial prudence and investments, facilitating their ability to be better informed when making financial decisions.

Anna is involved in various charities supporting women and children causes. She was one of the main donors in the building of a library for underprivileged female students.

ANGELENE CHAN

Chief Executive Officer
DP Architects

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Howie Lau

Chief Industry Development Officer
Industry Development Group
Infocomm Media Development Authority

Howie Lau is the Chief Industry Development Officer at Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). The Industry Development Group comprises Enterprise Growth Acceleration, Human Capital Development, TeSA Programme Office, Digital Industry Singapore, Internationalisation Platforms & Partnerships, Innovation & Ecosystem Development, Strategic Media Partnership, Media & Ecosystem Development and Singapore Film Commission.

Prior to his appointment, Howie was the CMO and head of Consumer business at StarHub where he was responsible for charting StarHub’s brand and marketing as well as leading the Mobility, Pay TV and Broadband businesses. Before that, he was the Vice President corporate development of Lenovo where he led Lenovo’s global end-to-end post-merger management and related merger and acquisition matters.

He has more than 25 years of experience managing P&L, corporate development and marketing across many territories in Lenovo and IBM. He serves as the Immediate Past President of Singapore Computer Society and the Governing Council for Singapore Institute of Directors. Howie sits on the board for NUS Institute of Systems Science and Singapore Science Centre.
Howie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and has received the Philip Kotler marketing excellence award and NUS outstanding alumni award.

HO REN HUA

CEO
Thai Wah Public Company Ltd

Mr. Ho is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Thai Wah Public Company Ltd, responsible for developing the company’s long term vision as a leading starch and consumer foods company in Southeast Asia. Since its founding in 1947, Thai Wah has been a leading pioneer in the starch and food industry now expanding its footprint to Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and China. The company currently has over 10 operations across 4 countries, driven by its commitment to portfolio innovation and operational excellence. From 2010 – 2015, Mr Ho was the Executive Director and Country Head China for Banyan Tee Holdings, helping to position the group as the leading luxury brand in China. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ho worked with the global consultancy Bain & Company Inc. in their New York, Hong Kong and China offices.

Mr. Ho serves as a mentor to the Kairos ASEAN society and is actively involved in entrepreneurship and venture capital. He has served on the board of United Nations Women Singapore and joined the SMU International Advisory Council and Committee for the Wharton Global Forum.

In 2017, in recognition of Thai Wah Group’s sustainability and community efforts across the region, Mr Ho was awarded the “Outstanding Leader in Asia” award at the 4th Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards and was selected in 2018 to be a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Mr. Ho has a BSC in Economics (Honors) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the AMP program from China Europe International Business School.

He is married with a young son and currently lives in Bangkok with his wife, Teh Su Ching.

PAULINE NG

Founder, Managing Director, Porcelain Pte Ltd
Winner – WEA Pulsar 2018

With a penchant for business management, love for Biology, and influence from her mother Jenny Teng’s conviction to help promote natural beauty, Pauline set up Porcelain in 2009 at 23 years old. Today, Pauline has been featured in numerous titles including the BBC, Forbes, and led Porcelain to land the prestigious Best Luxury Spa in Asia award for 6 consecutive years from 2013 to 2018. Always one to push the boundaries, Pauline aspires to grow Porcelain into more than just a cult skincare brand. With Porcelain Origins, Porcelain’s latest concept store at Paragon, launched in 2018, she successfully conceptualized Singapore’s first smart spa into fruition. Together with the team, Pauline has created a spa experience that leverages on technology to create a seamless omni-channel customer experience, enhancing consumer engagement and satisfaction across all touchpoints. In 2018, she also emerged as the Winner of the Pulsar category in the Women Entrepreneur Awards 2018.

SNG KHAI LIN

Co-Founder & CFO, Fundnel  Pte Ltd
Overall Winner – WEA Stellar 2018

Khai Lin is the co-founder and CFO of Fundnel. She established the private investment platform with the vision of making a difference to SMEs that lack access to growth funding. She has built a significant industry expertise, cumulated from over five years of experience at renowned organisations including JP Morgan.

RACHEL LIM

Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer, Love, Bonito Singapore Pte Ltd
Winner – WEA Pulsar 2017

Having started her own online fashion business at the tender age of 19 when e-commerce was minimal, Rachel and the brand was immediately propelled to the forefront of the industry, revolutionizing and headlining the spheres of online retail and redefined the fashion scene in Singapore. She continued to garner a strong following among women with her innate ability to engage, relate and connect with them.

In line with Love, Bonito’s mission to empower women’s confidence through helping them dress well and dress right, she is able to further touch and impact the community of women she and the brand have created. With a personal mantra to live life on the edge and in seizing every opportunity, Rachel left school to grow the business. Today, Love, Bonito remains to be the leading fast-fashion label in Asia, designed specifically for Asian women and has grown beyond Singapore to Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Australia.

Rachel was honored by Forbes as Asia’s 30under30 in 2016.

Rosaline Chow

Founder & CEO
CXA GROUP
Overall Winner – WEA NOVA 2017

Rosaline invested $5M of her savings and borrowed another $5M to build CXA after 5 years trying to convince her US MNC to invest in Asia. Now CXA’s award-winning platform has 400k users across 20 countries in Asia and is valued at more than $100m.

Rosaline supervised Procter & Gamble factory lines in Iowa and then worked at Bankers Trust on Wall Street. She launched two dot-com start-ups before moving to ACE insurance. Rosaline also grew Mercer Marsh Benefits’ 14 APAC countries 800% over 8 years. She graduated from UCLA Cybernetics and Columbia Business School.

DR JADE KUA

Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Former President, Association of Women Doctors (Singapore)

Dr Jade Kua, MBBS, MRCS (Edin) A&E, MSc Trauma Science (UK), FAMS
works as a Consultant at the Department of Emergency Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

She teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University.

She acts as Consultant in the Hospital Services Division to the Ministry of Health.

As Programme Director of DARE, a community program that conducts free CPR classes, she developed and launched an app DARE in 2018 and published a children’s book: How We Save A Life.

She is the Past President of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore).

At home she is mother to six kids, four dogs and documents her adventures on her blog www.drjadekua.com.

Anna Gong

Moderator
CEO and Founder, Perx Technologies Pte Ltd
Winner – WEA Pulsar 2017

Anna is the CEO & Founder of Perx Technologies, a leading customer engagement & loyalty cloud platform. Anna brings 20 years of experience in enterprise software in both startups and large global companies spanning Silicon Valley, Japan and Singapore. Anna has spoken at many key technology conferences including Cloud Connect, Tech In Asia, C2 Montreal and has been featured in CNBC, Bloomberg, and Forbes. Anna is the winner of Singapore Entrepreneur Award 2017, LinkedIn 2017 CEO Power Profiles and advisory board members of Duke Corporate Education and Genius U. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr DOREEN TAN

Founder, Co-Chairman/President, Best World International Ltd

Dr Doreen Tan is one of the founders of Best World International Ltd. With 40 years of experience in the industry, she has a rich professional knowledge of beauty and nutrition. She is also multi-awarded and nationally recognized entrepreneur in Singapore and across the region. She is also mother of 4 and grandmother of 6.

CHEW GEK KHIM

Executive Chairman
Straits Trading Company

Ms. Chew Gek Khim is Executive Chairman of the Tecity Group and The Straits Trading Company Limited. She is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited, and sits on the Boards of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Singapore Exchange Limited.

She is a Member of the Securities Industry Council of Singapore and Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Ms Chew was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2010, the Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Award in 2016.

CLAIRE CHIANG

Co-Founder, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
WEA SuperNova 2017

Co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, a leading developer and manager of premium resorts, urban hotels, destination spas, golf and retail galleries around the world. Claire pioneered the Group’s retail business of over 70 outlets.

As Chairperson for China Business Development since 2006, she focuses on acquisition of new management contracts and strategic organisational and human capital capability.

She chairs Banyan Tree Global Foundation Ltd, overseeing the evolving process of the group’s commitment to sustainability and its mission to “Embrace the Environment, Empower the People”.

For her advocacy in social issues, Claire has won awards, including 2014 Singapore Public Service Star BBM for implementing work-life integration and the inaugural Women Entrepreneur Award 2017 Supernova Winner. She was inducted to Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame established by Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations and received Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen Award 2018 for impactful sustainability leadership.

DR GAN SEE KHEM

Executive Chairman & Managing Director, Health Management International Ltd
WEA SuperNova 2018

Dr Gan Executive Chairman and Managing Director of HMI Group; has been instrumental in spearheading the Group’s healthcare and education businesses since 1999.

Dr Gan is active in public services. Distinguished as one of the first two women council members at the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1995, she is also a former Nominated Member of Parliament of the Republic of Singapore.

She was on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of S.E. Asian Studies and Singapore Management University, and was a member of the International Advisory Board of Curtin Business School.

She holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

PRINCESS HAYU

Yogyakarta

Princess Hayu is fourth child and daughter of Sultan Hamengkubuwana X of Yogyakarta and his consort, Ratu Hemas. She is married to Prince Notonegoro, an executive in United Nations Development Programme Indonesia and a professional in the United Nations, New York, United States.

Following her graduation from college, Princess Hayu then worked at a software house in Jakarta as a project manager for internet banking. After three years in this business, she moved to her hometown Yogyakarta and became a game producer for Gameloft, a global game company. She is now also serve as the chief of Tepas Tandha Yekti, a new department in the Palace which manages IT and documentation affairs.

Hayu’s figure as a professional worker has changed people’s perceptions about the role and status of women in the Javanese royal court. Princess Hayu was seen as a modern independent woman which negates the image of woman being subservient in Javanese culture especially among royals.

CINDY YEUNG

MD & CEO
Emperor Watch & Jewellery Group,
Hong Kong

Cindy Yeung serves as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Emperor Watch & Jewellery Ltd. Ms. Yeung is responsible for Emperor Watch & Jewellery’s strategic planning, business growth and development and overseeing different operations. She has over 18 years of experience in the watch and jewellery industry and is gemologist accredited by GIA. She served in sales department of Anju Jewelry Ltd. Ms. Yeung obtained the qualification of Graduate Gemologist of GIA in December 1988. She has been the Chairperson of Emperor Watch & Jewellery since March 19, 2012. She has been an Executive Director of Emperor Watch & Jewellery since April 1999. She also graduated in the University of San Francisco in May 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration majoring in Management, with emphasis in International Business.

JANE SUN

CEO
Ctrip.com, CHINA

Jane Jie Sun has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ctrip.com International Ltd. since November 2016 and has been its Director since November 16, 2016. Ms. Sun has been a Director of iQIYI, Inc. since June 14, 2018. Ms. Sun serves as the Head of the SEC and External Reporting Division of Applied Materials, Inc. She served as Chief Operating Officer at from May 2012 to November 2016 and Co-President from March 2015 to November 2016. She served as the Chief Financial Officer of Ctrip.com International Ltd. from December 2005 to May 2012. Prior to joining Applied Materials, Inc., she worked with KPMG LLP as an audit manager in Silicon Valley, California for five years. She has been an Independent Director of TAL Education Group since October 2010. She has extensive experience in SEC reporting, finance and accounting. She worked with Applied Materials, Inc. from 1997 to 2005. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the State of California Certified Public Accountants. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Business School of University of Florida with High Honors. Ms. Sun also attended the undergraduate program at the Beijing University Law School from 1987 to 1989.

Thank you!

Violet Lim

Moderator
CEO & Co-Founder, Lunch Actually Pte Ltd
Winner – WEA Pulsar 2017

In 2004, at the age of 24, Violet Lim chanced upon the concept of lunch dating while travelling. Violet then left her job in a bank and started Lunch Actually with her then-boyfriend, now-husband Jamie. Lunch Actually is a business that was not all about making money; it is about helping people find their lifelong happiness. Violet loved the idea of combining her passion of helping others and building a business.

Since then, Lunch Actually has grown to 5 countries in Asia, providing matchmaking and coaching services to help singles BE, MEET and CHOOSE The Right One. The company has created over 4,500 happily-married couples!

Violet is a renowned public speaker. In 2018, she was invited to be a TEDx Speaker, as well as various conferences, summits and events throughout the region. She’s also an author of a best-selling book “Lessons from 15,000 First Dates” with a second one in the making.

YVONNE CHAN

Summit Host
Yvonne Chan Pte Ltd

Yvonne Chan is a multi-hyphenate – a versatile presenter who has taken on a gamut of roles during her career at CNA; these include helming the prime time morning belt, First Look Asia, and business news, among others. 

Beyond her role as a news presenter, Yvonne also fronted CNA’s Lifestyle programme, LuxeAsia, – she is a natural in front of the camera, witty and eloquent and is comfortable hosting in both Mandarin and English, often being able to adlib on the spot. 

With eight years of news writing and critical thinking skills honed in the newsroom, Yvonne brings to the table a wealth of experience and is adept at moderating and hosting a wide variety of events, ranging from ministerial forums, health seminars to luxury events. 

She has been described as a lively and engaging host, someone who is quick on her feet and reacts fast to circumstances around her. Yvonne handles live interviews with aplomb and has a knack for bringing out the best in her interviewees and panelists, with her sunny and easy banter.

Kawee Chong

CEO and Co-Founder, Kino Biotech and Kinofy

Kawee has a proven executive management track record and over 22 years of experience driving sales growth in the health and beauty industry. In Kino Biotech, he led the expansion of the Kinohimitsu brand in over 6,500 points of sales across the world. He further established the brand as the No.1 selling functional beverage brand in South East Asia, winning numerous awards.

At Kinofy, Kawee leads his team in helping brands break into the massive China market via cross-border e-commerce. The focus on a simple, smart and seamless solution gives Kinofy the edge over its competitors.

Rie Kawano

CEO and founder of COGNITEE Inc.

Rie is the CEO and founder of COGNITEE Inc., an artificial intelligence software company based in Tokyo, focusing on context classification. COGNITEE independently develops technologies to analyze logical structures of articles and conversations. The company assists clients with the quantitative analysis of data, such as “high performers,” “good teams” and “productive meetings,” which have been assessed qualitatively. Rie currently leads a global team of over 150 people, who work remotely for data setting and data cleaning.

ALAN TANG

Senior Financial Services Director
APEX Wealth Management

Alan graduated in 1993 from NUS with a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons), majoring in Economics. He has over 25 years of experience in the Wealth Management Industry and was one of the first batches of financial advisers to be conferred the professional designations of Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter and Certified Financial Planner in Singapore.

 

Alan leads Apex Private Wealth Management, a branch of PIAS with more than 100 Advisers and a former MoneySENSE Speaker. He has conducted more than a thousand numerous training sessions and courses for fellow financial advisers in the industry along with wealth management seminars for various institutions, private companies, and public service organizations.

Chaye Cabal-Revilla

Chief Financial Officer, Smart Communications & Senior Vice President and Group Controller of PLDT

Chaye Cabal-Revilla has broken barriers in the male-dominated telecommunications industry, serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Smart Communications and Senior Vice President and Group Controller of PLDT, the leading telecommunications company in the Philippines.

One of the youngest finance leaders in the Philippines, Cabal-Revilla has championed and spearheaded the massive rollout of innovative financial systems within PLDT and Smart, underscoring the invaluable and evolving role of finance organizations in companies.

Cabal-Revilla’s leadership and financial acumen earned her local and international recognitions. She was the only Filipina hailed as one of the Women Super-Achievers at the 5th World Women Leadership Congress in Mumbai in 2018; the only Filipina recipient of the CFO Excellence awards at the 2014 and 2018 CFO Innovation Asia Awards in Singapore; CFO of the Year award at the Golden Globe Tigers 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the BizNews Asia Financial Management Excellence Award in 2017.

Cabal-Revilla is the founding chairman of Gabay Guro, one of the largest advocacy programs for education in the Philippines that empowers teachers by providing them with scholarships, trainings, livelihood programs, broadband and computerization, housing and educational facilities all over the country.

Kawee Chong

CEO and Co-Founder, Kino Biotech and Kinofy

Kawee has a proven executive management track record and over 22 years of experience driving sales growth in the health and beauty industry. In Kino Biotech, he led the expansion of the Kinohimitsu brand in over 6,500 points of sales across the world. He further established the brand as the No.1 selling functional beverage brand in South East Asia, winning numerous awards.

At Kinofy, Kawee leads his team in helping brands break into the massive China market via cross-border e-commerce. The focus on a simple, smart and seamless solution gives Kinofy the edge over its competitors.

Rilla Melati Bahri

Moderator
Co-Founder & Director of Creative Content Development, Mini Monsters Limited
Winner – WEA Stellar 2018

Rilla Melati builds creative content for the classroom and television. She is an educator, author, entrepreneur and TV presenter and pioneered Malay speech and drama programmes in Singapore schools. The author of over 20 children’s books, Rilla is the 2017 National Arts Council recipient of the Anugerah Persuratan (Literary Award – Children’s Fiction). She sits in the National Library Board’s Malay Reading Advisory Panel and was head judge of the Asian Scholastic Picture Book Award in 2017. On the public front, Rilla is an established TV presenter with over 40 years of experience having started her career as a child star with Singapore’s main television network Mediacorp. She anchored Singapore’s highest rated live talkshow “Rudy & Rilla” for six seasons and has won Suria Mediacorp’s Best Presenter Award five consecutive times. In the field of business, Rilla was awarded the Women Entrepreneur Awards (Stellar Category) for Promising Women Entrepreneur in 2018 and was awarded the Entrepreneur Honoree Award by the Singapore Malay Chambers of Commerce & Industry in 2017.

Rilla is presently the Director of Mini Monsters Limited, an educational company focused on the development and creation of original Singapore-made bilingual content for children.

Lennon Tan

Chairman – Adera Global

Mr Lennon Tan started his career as an engineer in the Petrochemical industry before spending 10 years with American multinational, 3M. His last role before leaving 3M was managing and developing business for 3M, covering 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific.

In 2001, he decided to pursue his dream of being an entrepreneur.

After taking over a smart card manufacturing business in China, he tapped on technology and innovation to transform the manufacturing outfit into the top 10 global smart card producers in the world, before transforming the company to the leading Fintech and BPO solutions provider it is today.

Today, Adera Global has evolved and transformed its capabilities to lead in fields of Artificial Intelligence, automation, digitalization, secured data handling, data analytics and smart technologies. Headquartered in Singapore, the company is a diversified group of companies holding assets of more than USD $250 million, employing over 2000 employees, including 200 R&D engineers over 20 offices worldwide.

In 2017, Lennon was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Financial Technology Enablement) from global professional services firm Ernst & Young. Lennon is the President of the Teochew Entrepreneurs Club and also serves as Adviser to Women Entrepreneur Club.

Patrick Cheo

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group

Patrick Cheo and Adam Khoo established Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group Pte Ltd (AKLTG) in 2002. As the Chief Executive Officer, he oversees the management of the Group’s finance, marketing and operational activities.

Patrick is instrumental in initiating and developing the Group’s overseas ventures in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. A fervent believer of growth, he constantly explores new markets and opportunities.
With his strong business acumen, he transformed the initial start-up capital of $8,000 into a business with annual revenues of more than $20M. From the humble beginnings of a 2-men operation, it has now grown to a staff strength of more than a 100 people across the region.

In 2011, Patrick was conferred the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards for his business achievements and the Prestige Award at the Teochew Entrepreneur Award in 2016. AKLTG was recently ranked amongst the Singapore SME 1000 in 2018 for its financial performance.

Patrick graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Second Upper Class Honours in Business Administration. He is a Past President of the Singapore Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO), a global business network whose membership is only open to leaders of companies with minimum annual revenue of USD 1 million. He is currently serving as a National Service Commanding Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces.

He is happily married to his wife whom they have been together for the last 27 years and has 3 children ages 18, 16 and 12.

Ang Kiam Meng

Group CEO and Executive Director Jumbo Group Limited

Mr Ang Kiam Meng is the Group CEO and Executive Director of Jumbo Group and was appointed to the Board on 4 February 2015. Mr. Ang has been serving the Group for over 25 years and is responsible for the overall management, operations, strategic planning, and business development of the Group.

Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Ang worked with Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (formerly known as Singapore Electronic & Engineering Limited) from 1986 to 1993, holding various positions such as Software Engineer and Product Manager. Mr. Ang currently also serves as Chairman of the Commerce and Industry Committee and Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as Executive Committee Member of the Restaurant Association of Singapore. Mr. Ang is currently a member of the board of governors of Hwa Chong Institution, a board director of the Chinese Development Assistance Council and Vice President of the Management Committee for Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan. Mr. Ang obtained a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Singapore Institute of Management in 1991 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Computer Science) from the University of Texas at Austin (USA) in 1985.

Anna Chin

CEO, Hess International Educational Group
Taiwan

Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Bio-Chemistry) specializing in Plant Pathology at the Taiwan National Chung Hsing University in 1979 and in 1998, received her English teaching qualification from the Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
Having completed her Educational Business Administration Courses from the University of Sydney and International House, London, she started with Hess as an English teacher in 1996 and in 2004, became the CEO leading HESS’s growth and expansion of 80 preschools and 135 ESL education center, becoming the leading English Education brand in Taiwan.

Currently, she drives Hess’s expansion and development in Asia, China, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.

Elim Chew

Founder, 77th Street
Co-Founder, Fastfast.Delivery

Elim is the Founder of 77th Street, a streetwear fashion and accessories retail brand in Singapore. After retiring from retail in 2016, Elim and her siblings ventured into the Food & Beverage industry and currently own three restaurants – I’m Kim Korean BBQ, GoroGoro Steamboat & Korean Buffet and I’m Kim Junior.

Elim also co-founded a social impact business – FastFast.Delivery, an app providing fast and instant on-demand delivery services to consumers, while providing an additional source of income for people who need it. In addition, she has a YouTube channel ‘elimchewtv’ that features changemakers from all walks of life who are making a positive impact in society.

Elim sits on more than 20 boards and committees of public service, youth and community organizations, and is humbled by awards in both entrepreneurship and philanthropy. As a mentor and friend to many youths and aspiring entrepreneurs/ social entrepreneurs, Elim hopes to encourage more people to rise up and be the change they want to see.

Tin Pei Ling

CEO
Business China
Member of Parliament, MacPherson

Ms Tin Pei Ling is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Business China, a non-profit organisation that harnesses the support of the public sector and private enterprises to strengthen the ties between Singapore and China, so as to sustain and grow the global connectivity of Singapore.

Pei Ling is also an elected Member of Parliament in Singapore since 2011.

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