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Few presidents have walked a more improbable path to the White House. Born in Hawaii to a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, Obama was raised with help from his grandparents, whose generosity of spirit reflected their Midwestern roots. The homespun values they instilled in him, paired with his innate sense of optimism, compelled Obama to devote his life to giving every child, regardless of his or her background, the same chance America gave him.
After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants. That experience honed his belief in the power of uniting ordinary people around a politics of purpose, in the hard work of citizenship, to bring about positive change. In law school, he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, then he returned to Illinois to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago and begin a career in public service, winning seats in the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate.
On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, winning more votes than any candidate in history. He took office at a moment of crisis unlike any America had seen in decades – a nation at war, a planet in peril, the American Dream itself threatened by the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. And yet, despite all manner of political obstruction, Obama’s leadership helped rescue the economy, revitalize the American auto industry, reform the health care system to cover another twenty million Americans, and put the country on a firm course to a clean energy future – all while overseeing the longest stretch of job creation in American history. On the world stage, Obama’s belief in America’s indispensable leadership and strong, principled diplomacy helped wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, decimate al Qaeda and eliminate the world’s most wanted terrorists, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, open up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, and unite humanity in coordinated action to combat a changing climate.
In times of great challenge and change, President Obama’s leadership ushered in a stronger economy, a more equal society, a nation more secure at home and more respected around the world. The Obama years were ones in which more people not only began to see themselves in the changing face of America, but to see America the way he always has – as the only place on Earth where so many of our stories could even be possible.
Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters – Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18.
Hande Cilingir is currently Co-founder and CEO at Insider. Being a 1X entrepreneur, Hande founded Insider, the first integrated Growth Management Platform, with 5 fellow co-founders.
Hande was granted the most successful woman entrepreneur of the year by Microsoft and was awarded by Junior Chambers International (JCI). Selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in ISP-2014. Recently, Hande has been ranked as one of the top three women CEOs outside of the US by Crunchbase.
Being a highly influential tech enthusiast and a thought leader, she has been invited to speak at leading technology events to discuss latest trends and advancements in the customer experience delivery space.
Tamara Rogers is the Global Chief Marketing Officer for GSK Consumer Healthcare. In this role, she oversees the development of marketing strategies, strategic portfolio management, product development and branding within the Global Categories of Oral Health; Wellness, Pain Relief; and Respiratory and Skin. She also oversees the Design Team, Marketing EDGE (Media, Content, Operations and Marketing Capability), and Expert Marketing, CBIA (Consumer Business Insights & Analytics), and E Comm.
Tamara came to GSK from Unilever, where she started in 1993 as a Management Trainee in the UK and progressed rapidly into positions of increasing seniority across Local, Regional and Global roles, across general management, sales and marketing functions. In 2012, she became the SVP of the Global Deodorants Category before moving to the USA in 2015 to become the EVP Region Head for the multi-billion-dollar North American Personal Care division. She has 25 years of industry experience working with brands including her time at Unilever where her most recent role was EVP of Personal Care North America building purpose-driven brands such as Love Beauty & Planet, Dove, Axe, Tresemme and Vaseline.
Tamara has led significant sized businesses—both turnaround as well as stepping up growth from sustaining success situations—with positive results. She is committed to building high-performing and diverse teams and has a strong track record of developing and empowering individuals to achieve stretch objectives. She is English but was born and brought up in Africa and has worked in both developed and emerging markets. Tamara studied Physiology at Edinburgh University and has a lifelong passion for science, health and wellness. She is married with two teenage children, loves all sports and has been a Chelsea Football Club season ticket holder for almost twenty years.
As Booking.com’s Chairwoman, Gillian Tans advises the company’s leadership on the long-term vision and operations for the business as well as key growth initiatives. Previously, Gillian served as Booking.com’s President and Chief Executive Officer, a role she was appointed to in 2016, following her experience as Chief Operating Officer as well as other positions at the helm of Booking.com’s Global Sales, Operations, IT, Content and Customer Care departments. Under her leadership, Booking.com has advanced its operations and sales across more than 225 countries and territories around the world.
Before joining Booking.com, Gillian spent four years with the international Golden Tulip Worldwide hotel group, where she served as Product Manager, Marketing Manager and Director of Sales. She also worked for the Intercontinental Hotel Group and with a number of independent hotels.
Gillian began her career at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts in Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Hotel Management School in Middelburg, in the Netherlands. She speaks English, Dutch, German and French.
Peter Larko is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong, overseeing communication activities for the Mercedes-Benz, AMG, Maybach, and smart brands and products, across several business units, including passenger cars, vans, buses and trucks.
Having held positions with FMCG companies in various markets as well as at the Foreign Ministry of his native country Sweden, he recently joined the Hong Kong organisation after several years at Mercedes-Benz China where he served as Head of Strategy and Campaign Steering.
Since September 2020, as Digitalisation Manager, Carolina leads the digitalization journey of Ingka – together with more than 165,000 co-workers - to make IKEA more affordable, accessible and people & planet positive. In her role, she is responsible for modernizing and embedding digital across IKEA, leading key strategic alignment and integration throughout the organization.
Carolina has a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA. For the past 15 years, she has worked at IKEA, starting as Sales Manager in the IKEA Barakaldo Store in Spain, before moving to Sweden to work in the Global Sales Function in Helsingborg. She then returned to Spain as Store Manager in IKEA Malaga and led the opening of the IKEA Valencia store. Next, she moved on to become Deputy Retail Manager for the Czechia/Hungary/Slovakia region, followed by taking on the same role in IKEA Japan, and - in 2018 - moving to Poland, where she worked as Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer.
Patrice Conxicoeur is Chief Executive Officer and Head of South East Asia at HSBC Asset Management (Singapore) Ltd since April 2020. Previously, he was the CEO of HSBC Asset Management (Japan) K.K. since April 2015.
Prior to that, Patrice held other senior roles within HSBC. Since May 2011 he was Global Head of Insurance Coverage with overall responsibility for the further development of HSBC Asset Management’s practice with insurance companies globally, including product strategy. He was also the Head of Institutional Business for Asia Pacific at HSBC Asset Management (Hong Kong) since 2008.
From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Conxicoeur was Chief Executive of Sinopia Asset Management, Asia-Pacific. He joined Sinopia in 1992 as an equity fund manager, became Head of Global Equities in 1995 and was
promoted to Head of Strategy, Equities and Balanced Products in 1998. Prior to joining Sinopia, Mr. Conxicoeur worked in Tokyo with Japan Gamma Asset Management during 1990-1992.
Mr. Conxicoeur graduated from the Lyon Graduate School of Business (now E.M. Lyon) in 1990 in
Rahul Kadavakolu is Executive Director of the Global Branding & Marketing Department at Rakuten, Inc. He joined Rakuten in 2016 to help lead and drive Rakuten’s global brand and marketing strategy including all sports and entertainment partnerships.
He has been instrumental in Rakuten signing partnerships with FC Barcelona, Golden State Warriors, NBA, and Spartan Race, to name a few. He also led the charter of signing top sports athletes like Stephen Curry, Andrés Iniesta and Lukas Podolski as Rakuten’s Brand Ambassadors including creating a strong association with Stephen Curry’s recently launched ‘Underrated Tour’ that brings to life Rakuten’s brand promise of ‘Optimism’ and ‘Empowerment’.
He has over 17 years of global marketing and branding experience across various industries with a focus on IT, internet services and technology sectors. Prior to Rakuten, he held leadership roles at Wipro, Ogilvy and Hakuhodo. He received a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai, India and is an avid cricket fan.
Lisa is an award-winning marketing executive with over 20 years of experience across multiple Australian and international brands. She has a track record of building strong consumer brands, leading high-performing teams and growing retail sales and market share.
Lisa joined Coles Group in May 2019. As Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa is responsible for leading the organisations marketing brand and media strategies, sponsorships and events, customer insights and analytics, and in store promotion.
Prior to joining Coles, Lisa worked across several brands and sectors including Carlton & United Breweries, Visa International, Telstra, David Jones, Westpac Group and Tourism Australia.
Lisa was recognised as the number one Chief Marketing Officer in Australia, winning both the 2018 Marketer of the Year award from the Australian Marketing Institute and also being named as the No. 1 CMO in the 2018 CMO50 Awards from CMO Magazine Australia. Lisa and her team also won Marketing team of the Year, Campaign of the Year, best PR and social campaigns of the year and ten Cannes Lions in 2018. Most recently Lisa won the Marketing award at B&T's Women in Media awards, recognising her as a trusted leader not only from her direct colleagues but the wider marketing and media industries.
Lisa is an active member of the Australian Marketing Industry, including writing regularly for the AFR, is an AANA (Australian Association of National Advertisers) Board Member and an Australian Advertising Standards Board Member. Lisa also takes part in several mentoring programs.
Lisa holds a Graduate Diploma in Management with Honors in Marketing from the Macquarie School of Management (MGSM) and bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Western Sydney. Lisa is also studying an MBA at MGSM.
Deepak Subramanian is the Global Head of the Fabric Enhancers Category for Unilever as well as the Divisional Vice-President (Homecare) in South-East Asia, ANZ, based in Singapore. He joined Unilever as a Management Trainee in India in 1995, after completing his B.A.(Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He has lived and worked in India, Europe and Asia and has worked across local / regional / global Sales &
Marketing roles and more recently in Board-level General Management roles, bearing full P&L responsibility. He is also an Advisor to Antler/ 500-Startups (early-stage VCs), an angel investor in She1K and other start-ups, a graduate of the Executive Programme at Singularity University and a Certified Chair from the Advisory Board Centre, Australia.
Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of Social Innovation.
Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.
In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and the 12-year basic education curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.
In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.
In the social sector, Audrey actively contributes to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government.”
Ashley Micklewright joined Bluebell Group in 1995, and was appointed CFO within a year. As President and CEO since 2011, Ashley’s leadership has been instrumental in the Group’s Asia-wide expansion, diversification of brand assortment and evolution of its business offering. He has grown the Group from 2000 to 3500 employees, and more than doubled the turnover, which today is over US$2 billion.
Ashley has continuously challenged retail industry standards and his vision for Bluebell is a continuation of that journey. He has been at the forefront of diversifying and adapting business models to make the Group’s solutions more attractive for brand partners, and in doing so allowing more flexibility and lower risk to the business.
In 2000, Bluebell invested in Raymark, a Canadian POS software company, which heralded Bluebell as a leader in retail technology in Asia. That same year, Bluebell launched the first e-commerce cross-border website for Davidoff offering cigars across the Asian region. New brands such as Jimmy Choo, Anya Hindmarch, Manolo Blahnik, UGG, Brunello Cucinelli and Pandora, the first Joint Venture without P&L control, were brought to Asia under Ashley’s management.
The Group further diversified its portfolio with eyewear brand Owndays, and Venchi, in the Gourmet category in 2018. Ashley’s vision has also led the Group’s development of new concepts such as b.Space, a multi-brand menswear concept targeted at Gen Z and Le Jardin, a multi-brand fragrance concept boutique.
Always the entrepreneur, Ashley spearheaded Bluebell’s investments in the Luxury Business Institute in 2009, a consulting and training company for the Asian Luxury Industry; and Retail in Asia in 2015, a leading retail intelligence media in Asia. Bluebell Group was also an early investor in Grana, OOKONN and Goxip.
As a 21-year-old first generation Australian from Palestine and Iraq, Zahra is a local, national, and international advocate for gender equality, equitable representation within decision making, and refugee rights. Zahra is currently the global youth representative on the UN Women Generation Equality Core Group, where she is currently working with France and Mexico to deliver the Generation Equality Forum. As a current law and journalism student, Zahra has recognised the fundamental need to ensure that young people, across all intersectional diversities, are centred at the core of decision-making processes. As a result of this, Zahra currently sits on the YWCA Australia Young Women’s Council, is a MYAN Australia National Ambassador, represents Western Australia Government as the state ambassador for young people. As a result of her work, Zahra has been recognised as a finalist for Young Australian Muslim of the Year, 25 Young Women to Watch in International Affairs, and was selected as a global candidate for the World YWCA Global Women’s Leadership Cohort. As a writer and poet, Zahra’s work has also been published by multiple organisations including SBS Australia, Al Jazeera International and Gucci America.
As Chief Marketing Officer at ZALORA, Jo Bjordal ensures that ZALORA sustains high growth in sales and active customers across markets, as well as further strengthen ZALORA's value proposition and brand equity in Southeast Asia.
Jo joined ZALORA in 2014 and was the Marketing and Commercial Director of ZALORA Indonesia before moving to Malaysia in 2019, assuming the role of Director of Growth for the Group.
Prior to joining ZALORA, Jo was Management Consultant, Strategy & Operations at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC Norway) where he advised clients on large strategic transformation projects within retail, logistics & FMCG. He also developed a series of production simulation and activity based costing models to improve client profitability and productivity.
Jo holds a Bachelor's degree, Business administration and Economics from Norwegian School of Economics, a Master's Degree, Business analysis and performance management from Norwegian School of Economics and a Master's degree, Sustainable Development from HEC Paris School of Management.
Linda Rottenberg is one of the world’s leading voices in entrepreneurship, technology, and business
transformation. She is the cofounder and CEO of Endeavor, the preeminent global community of
high-impact entrepreneurs, and the president of Endeavor Catalyst, a rules-based investment fund.
Named “Innovator for the 21st Century” Time), “America’s Best Leader” U.S. News), “The World’s Mentor Capitalist” Thomas Friedman), and “The Entrepreneur Whisperer” ABC, FOX, NPR, Rottenberg for years was known as Chica Loca, the Crazy Girl, for being among the first to recognize the importance of entrepreneurship in emerging and growth markets.
With its unrivaled network, 40 offices around the globe, and founder-first philosophy, Endeavor
unlocks the transformational power of entrepreneurship by selecting, supporting, and investing in the world’s top founders and providing them avenues to pay it forward. Endeavor Catalyst has $250 million in assets under management, has made 170 investments across 30 markets, and counts 21
companies valued at more than $1 billion in its portfolio.
Rottenberg serves as a director of Globant, an $8 billion software pioneer (NYSE GLOB; Olo, a
SaaS-based restaurant ordering platform (NYSE OLO; and Reinvent Technologies, a SPAC formed
by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Zynga founder Marc Pincus, which will merge with
insurtech firm Hippo in 2021 NYSE RTPZ, and Valor Latitude Acquisition Corp, a SPAC formed by
Scott and Cliff Sobel. She formerly served as a director of Zayo, a $15 billion global bandwidth
infrastructure company. She is a member of YPO, CFR, the World Economic Forum, and the Yale
President’s Council on International Activities. Rottenberg’s 2014 book, CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT
The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, was an instant New York Times bestseller.
The subject of four Harvard Business School and one Stanford Graduate School of Business case
studies, Rottenberg has received the following honors: the Silicon Valley Forum Visionary Award; the Heinz Award in technology, the economy, and employment; the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; the Yale Law School Award of Merit, and a Babson College honorary doctorate in humane letters. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Rottenberg lives in Brooklyn with her husband, bestselling author Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters.
Laurent has recently joined Pernod Ricard as Global Digital Marketing Director. As part of his functions, he is responsible for driving the constant improvement of the impact and the efficiency of digital marketing investments, supporting strategically and operationally the growth of the Brand equity and sales of the Pernod Ricard brands.
Before joining the group, Laurent worked as Product Marketing Manager, Group Product Manager, Marketing Director during 11 years. Then, Laurent joined PayPal as Head of Consumer Marketing for Western Europe.
He holds a master degree in management from EM Lyon obtained in 2005 and a Digital Marketing Certification from ESCP Europe, obtained in 2016.
Nicko Widjaja is the CEO of BRI Ventures, a venture arm of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BBRI), the country’s largest bank by assets. An early tech investment pioneer, he has a career that spans over 15 years in venture capital, corporate transformation, and startup ecosystem. He was formerly the CEO of MDI Ventures, a Telkom Indonesia backed venture capital, with
investment in over 10 countries.
Under his leadership, MDI Ventures become one of the most profitable venture capital firms in the region with two international IPOs (ASX and TSE) and four trade exits in just four years since inception. Prior to MDI Ventures, he launched one of the first Indonesia venture funds in 2010 called Systec Ventures. He joined Telkom Indonesia’s Indigo Creative Nation as Managing Director before he co-wrote the investment thesis for MDI Ventures in 2014. He also works closely
with various state-owned, advising on digital transformation initiatives across different
sectors and industries.
His vast experience was complemented by his role at Indofood, the largest FMCG company in Indonesia, where he took on corporate transformation and organizational change. His exposure to startup ecosystem was provided by his beginner’s years in Silicon Valley (1999 – 2003 ) where he worked a multiple early stage startups. He is also an adjunct professor at UPH Business School since 2010, where he is involved in the design of entrepreneurship and venture capital curriculum.
Throughout his career, he’s invested in more than 100 startups globally.
As the Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group, Daisy Auger-Domínguez oversees human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact practices. Her TEDx talk “Inclusion Revolution” and forthcoming book with Seal Press by the same name calls on everyone, from individual contributors to CEOs, to take on the work of dismantling inequity in the workplace. Daisy has designed and executed organizational transformations at Moody's Investors Service, The Walt Disney Company, Google, and Viacom, and founded Auger-Domínguez Ventures, a workplace culture consultancy.
Folake Ani-Mumuney leads the Marketing and Corporate Communications function globally for the 127-year-old FirstBank Group, Nigeria’s foremost commercial banking group with presence across the African continent, China and the United Kingdom. Folake also has oversight for same function for FBN Holdings Plc and all its subsidiaries spanning Asset Management, Merchant Banking, Private Equity, Insurance, Pension Fund Custodian services and Trusteeship – making it one of the most diversified financial conglomerates on the continent.
Folake serves as the Chairman Board of Directors, FBN Insurance Brokers, Vice Chairman, Junior Achievement Nigeria, Co- Chairs the Labour Committee of the UN Global Compact Local Network. She also serves on the Executive Council of the World Federation of Advertisers and is a member of the steering committee of Nigerian Humanitarian Trust Fund in partnership with UN OCHA amongst other Board roles.
With a career spanning over 25 years across diverse sectors such as banking, aviation, manufacturing, oil & gas, amongst others, Folake has held roles leading strategy and business planning, business analysis & process re-engineering, innovation and marketing.
An executive with global experience Folake has managed portfolios with responsibility for diverse regions covering Europe & Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and the United Kingdom at various points in her career with leading brands such as British Airways and the Dangote Group.
She serves as Non-Executive Director on Boards with focus on Technology, Communication, Transportation and Education.
A past president of ADVAN, Folake is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK, a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing Nigeria and a Member of the Institute of Directors Nigeria.
Folake holds a first degree in Philosophy from University of Lagos, Nigeria, a second degree in Law from the University of Buckingham, England and a Diploma in Business Computing Systems Analysis and Design. She is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme and has attended many executive education programmes from leading Business Schools.
A recipient of many awards, Folake is a multi-Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ghana 2019 and Ivory coast 2020 for contributions to communications and African development. A sought-after speaker, Folake is emphatically committed and especially focused on Africa and fully dedicates her efforts to the growth and development of the continent and her people.
Folake is happily married with 3 children, and currently lives in Nigeria.
Dream, Create, Inspire - An innovative digital leader, with hands-on experiences in crafting visionary strategy & building scalable ventures. Founding leadership team of 2 digital banks. Passionate about the interplay between technology and human behavior, leveraging this intersection to deliver first-in-market user experience and long-term business value. My vision is to help people live fulfilling lives and contribute to a more equitable society by creating exponential and accessible financial services opportunities. Write a weekly newsletter on Crypto, Digital banking & Investing (cryptoage.substack.com)
Ershad Ahamed is Chief Marketing Officer of OVO, Indonesia’s largest mobile payments, and financial services platform. In his role, Ershad is responsible for OVO’s growth efforts and brand building across both payments, rewards, and financial services, spearheading efforts to continuously drive the digital platform’s presence in the market.
Prior to OVO, Ershad was the Country Marketing Head of Grab, where he was responsible for the launch of GrabPay, GrabRewards, JustGrab, and many other grab services in Singapore. Ershad has also worked at P&G leading Gillette’s regional marketing efforts in India and South East Asia and at Rakuten leading their Global Marketing team.
Anna Znamenskaya is the Chief Growth Officer at Rakuten Viber. She is responsible for leading the global marketing, product growth, business development, PR and analytical teams, advocating user in the company and creating consumer-inspired innovations. She plays a key role in Rakuten Viber initiatives to enhance the company's capabilities that drive user growth worldwide.
Anna has held senior roles at several leading organizations at the convergence of mobile, fintech, ecommerce, entertainment and online content. Prior to joining Rakuten Viber, she was a Country Manager for Apple Services, managing business results and local operations of the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music and iCloud. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Digital Officer for both Eurasia at Veon, the ninth-largest multinational network operator in the world and at Mindshare Russia, the multi-award-winning media agency that is part of GroupM. Anna is also a well-known entrepreneur who started several successful businesses: IVI.ru (a leading Russian online video streaming service) and Tinkoff Digital (a real-time-bidding platform based on Big Data technologies launched in Russian retail bank "Tinkoff").
Anna was named in 2020 as one of the "Top-1000 best managers in Russia"according to "Kommersant" newspaper and in 2010 among top-10 Russian internet entrepreneurs according to "Venture Village” and The Moscow Times.
She graduated from IE Business School in Madrid with a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing.
With over 15 years of experience in senior positions, Anna has extensive expertise in digital product management and growth and the ability to create and manage teams of highly-qualified professionals.
Anna is TEDex international speaker and “Woman in Tech” award jury member, ambassador and mentor.
Omer has a background in various Marketing, Sales & Ecommerce roles in multinational companies operating in different industries. Today he leads the global ecommerce business for Danone with the goal of accelerating the ecommerce penetration across countries and business units. Today, the team focuses on delivering growth via different Ecommerce channels (Pure Players, Bricks & Clicks, D2C, B2B and delivery service network).
His past experience in multi-cultural change management and stakeholder management, as well as a motivator prove to be beneficial for this task.
Jacqueline Teo is the Chief Digital Officer for HGC Global Communications. She is responsible for digital transformation and digital marketing. This includes strategy, roadmap, architecture, delivery, operations as well as P&L accountabilities.
Over the last 25 years, Jacqueline has held several C-level positions globally, in the telecommunications, media and entertainment industries. She has led significant transformations across large and complex organizations, and is a key player in creating industry game changes and shifting the paradigms for her customers. Leadership in the digital age, and technology to improve society are her passions.
Christoph Honnefelder joined the flaconi management board as Chief Commercial Officer and Speaker of the Executive Board in August 2020. At the Berlin based online beauty retailer he is responsible for Business Strategy, Purchasing, Assortment and Brand Relations, Private Label and Own Brands. He started his career as project lead at The Boston Consulting Group, followed by various leading positions at Tchibo.
In 2016 he joined Düsseldorf based beauty retailer Douglas as Executive President overlooking assortment and purchasing. In 2019 he took on a new challenge as CEO at American beauty brand Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner before he joined flaconi.
An entrepreneur and a content creator. Based in NYC, Liah is one of the top beauty influencers with more than one million subscribers on YouTube. She is also the founder & CEO of KraveBeauty, a skincare brand that’s set out to liberate people from the overwhelming stress and confusion in the skincare world
Jeffrey Huang, aka Machi Big Brother, is a serial entrepreneur.
A Music Artist & Record company owner, involved in Movie Entertainment, E-Sports and is also a Technology industry leader based out of Taipei, Taiwan. Jeffrey Huang, the Founder of 17 media, who has broken records and topping the app charts in the world’s largest markets.
Also the Founder of C.R.E.A.M. Finance, went on to create a DeFi ecosystem that would link together multiple products and services that many users need today.
Jeffrey Huang is also the founder of Machi Xcelsior Studios. He invested and produced many films. In 2021, "The Sadness" was invited to participate in the Lacarno Film Festival. "Till We Meet Again" will be the BIFAN opening film.
Benjamin Quinlan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates. He is also the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, an Adjunct Professor at the AIT School of Management, a Conference Ambassador for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and sits on various committees for Hong Kong Trade & Development Council, Hong Kong Science & Technology Park, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and AustCham. He has worked at Deutsche Bank, UBS, Oliver Wyman, and PwC.
Erik graduated in Finance and Computer Science from Humboldt University in Berlin. After spending the first few years of his career in Venture Capital, he joined MedicAnimal.com in London. That’s when his passion for e-commerce started.
He served as a Country Manager for Germany and later as Head of Marketing for Europe. After moving to Hong Kong, in 2018 Erik joined YesStyle.com as the VP of Marketing for a global fashion and beauty retailer.
Andreas “Andi” has more than three decades of experience in the media industry, including having held management positions at the Antenne Bayern radio station, 104.6 RTL
(Berlin), ORF, and Red Bull. Before taking on his current position as CEO and founder of Human-Centric-Innovators GmbH in Munich, he was the chief technology and innovation officer at Red Bull Media House for almost 14 years, where he was responsible for the strategy and implementation of the technological infrastructure, encompassing design, the selection of platforms, and media post production.
Andreas is passionate about creating new ideas and sniffing out other people’s great ideas and giving them wings. He is also a qualified audio, radio, and television engineer. Andreas doesn’t just see himself as a consultant, coach, trainer, (media) expert, and manager who can advise a company on what to do and how, when, where, and why to do it and as someone who
actively supports his clients and partners – he is above all an experienced “treasure hunter of human potential.” He detects and unearths the hidden gems of experience that companies hold, most of which are stored, tucked away, and concealed in the minds of a company’s employees.
A keen photographer and filmmaker, Andi likes to have the bird’s-eye view of things – from a flying object or a mountain top just as much as from the depths of the sea while scuba
diving. Andi’s first career path was music. He has always remained true to it and loves to experiment with it, such as for the “Hangar-7-Sound” project in Hangar-7 in Salzburg, which,
as an aircraft hangar, proved to be a very challenging space to create music in, as it had a completely unique and powerful way of projecting sound. It was an experience that broke down
traditional song structures and redefined or reactivated the music knowledge of everyone involved. As an inquisitive technologist, Andi loves experimenting and prototyping with hardware, software, and electronics.
His motto is “never stop learning by doing and experimenting!”
Marco is the Commercial Vice President for Packaging and Specialty Plastics for EMEA, and is based in Horgen, Switzerland.
Prior to his current role, he was the Global Strategy Director for the Polyurethanes Portfolio
Ten Bruggencate joined Dow in 2000 in the role of Commercial Manager, Spray Polyurethanes within PU Systems House. In 2007, he became Strategic Marketing Manager for Dow Building Solutions, before being appointed Product Director in 2011.
As part of that role he became the Chairman of the European Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Producers Association, EXIBA and also represents Dow on the Board of Directors of the Joint Venture, Arabian Chemical Company Ltd, (Saudi Arabia).
In 2012, Ten Bruggencate assumed the role of Business Director EMEAI for Dow Building Solutions and in 2014 was appointed Global Business Director for Dow Construction Chemicals. In 2016, he became the Global Business Director of Dow Building & Construction when Dow Construction Chemicals and Dow Building Solution were joined together.
Marco earned his Masters degree in Business Economics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
We Are Eves is the first beauty platform on which real people honestly review cosmetic products which do or do not work for them.
We believe it's time for a new perspective on beauty with less filters and more honesty.
We Are Eves is an independent platform which has grown within a year to over 90.000 honest reviews & conversations and 500.000 review-views per month. Every user has her own "Shelfie" (a personalised online shelf on which their favourite beauty products and wishlists items can be placed). Any product talked about on WeAreEves can be bought immediately.
Alfons has been with Halodoc since its early inception and is considered as one of the founding members of the company. Currently, he leads the product team as Chief Product Officer who is responsible for prioritizing the scalable pain that the company needs to address, improving the current products and solutions, as well as developing the innovation roadmap for Halodoc to ensure it is always ahead of the game.
He is an 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 and joining Halodoc.
Keith Tan assumed the appointment of Chief Executive
of the Singapore Tourism Board on 29 October 2018.
From 2014 to 2018, he served as the Deputy Secretary
(Policy) in the Ministry of Defence, where he strengthened Singapore’s international defence partnerships, led MINDEF’s longer-term strategic
planning and guided MINDEF’s strategic communications and public engagement efforts.
From 2013 to 2014, Keith was Senior Director of the Public Service Division’s PS21 Office, and concurrently held the appointment of Institute Director in the Institute of Governance and Policy at Singapore’s Civil Service College. Keith also served in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) as Director of the Economics and Strategy Division (2008 - 2010) and the Foreign Economic Policy Division (2010 - 2013).
From 2010 to 2013, he led Singapore’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the European Union, and also served in the negotiating team for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Keith graduated with highest honours in English and Comparative Literature, and a Certificate in Russian Studies, from Princeton University. He also has a Master degree in Management from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.
He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) [Pingat Pentadbiran Awam (Perak)] in 2017.
Keith is married with four children.
Rachel started her career monetizing content on social channels and social paid media. Then turned her attention to the customer journey, redesigning and re-architecting the entire online experience. In her career Rachel has always liked to be ahead of the curve, launching 4 first to market initiatives throughout her career, that saw her place #24 in Top 50 in eCommerce in 2020. Rachel is currently the general manager of digital and CX at Threebyone (Abrand, Rollas, Neuw), leading the business towards direct-to-consumer transformation.
Winston Utomo is the Founder & CEO at IDN Media, the leading media platform company for Millennials and Gen Z in Indonesia, with over 70 million Monthly Active Users (MAU) across its ecosystem. IDN Media's vision is to democratize information and to bring positive impact to society.
Prior to joining IDN Media, Winston worked at Google in Singapore and St. John Capital in San Francisco. He graduated from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, for his Bachelor degree and Columbia University, New York, for his Master degree.
Bryan is an experienced Vice President Ecommerce and Distribution with a demonstrated history of success in the airlines/aviation industry. Skilled in Strategic Planning, Operations, Commercial, Sales, Digital Marketing, eCommerce and Distribution.
Bryan is passionate about NDC and ONE Order as it’s going to future proof the airline business. He also loves building high performance teams, and mentoring/coaching others towards success.
Having worked in the most dynamic markets of Asia (India, Vietnam, China), my career has been a great mix of global network agency and startups. I specialize in brand communication strategy and have worked across full service agencies, digital agencies, media agencies and now in the OTT space. I believe that the next level of evolution of advertising spends will go into Branded content and that is what will differentiate brands in the category leading to a shift from GRP fights to a more evolved form of engagement with consumers . Setting up new businesses and revenue streams is my passion and I have been doing that for last 15 years in 5 different countries. In this digital era my fundamental belief is that ‘don’t try to do everything instead find strategic partnerships and a win-win collaboration to get your revenue rolling’.
Jitse studied Business & IT at the University of Twente. He started his career during his studies when he launched a business in web development. In 2000, Jitse founded and launched Just Eat Takeaway.com (at that time named Thuisbezorgd.nl). Jitse is also a member of the advisory board of Suitsupply B.V. As CEO and Chair of the Management Board, Jitse has responsibility for Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Marketing, Product and Techn
Marek Forysiak is the Founder and Executive Chairman of SmartPay, one of the leading payment service providers in Vietnam.
Before establishing SmartPay in January 2018, Marek was the CEO at Movencorp, Inc. as well as a Deputy CEO and member of the board of directors of VP Bank Finance dba FE Credit, Vietnam’s number one consumer finance company.
Prior to joining Moven and FE Credit, Marek was the Chief Executive Officer and member of the of directors at Renaissance Credit based in Moscow, Russia and led RenCredit into become one of the region’s leading consumer finance companies across Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Marek’s global financial service career spans over 30 years that also includes senior executive roles at JPMorgan Chase and AIG. He has advised and/or invested into over a dozen early-stage financial technology companies. Marek is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive management program, retired Major from the United States Army Reserves and fluent in both Polish and Russian.
Johannes Reck is the Chief Executive Officer at GetYourGuide. He leads the company’s long-term vision and strategy.
Johannes co-founded GetYourGuide in 2009 while attending the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and has grown the company into the leading booking platform for incredible travel experiences.
Under Johannes’ leadership, over 45 million tickets have been booked to date via the GetYourGuide website, mobile app, and partnership network. GetYourGuide has raised over $788M from investors such as the SoftBank Vision Fund, Battery Ventures, and KKR. Johannes leads GetYourGuide’s 550-person global team from its headquarters in Berlin, Germany.
Johannes originally hails from Cologne, Germany, and holds an M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Emma Duckworth is passionate about using data science and AI to transform consumer healthcare. She is Global Director of Data Science at GSK Consumer Healthcare where her team is using data science to bring digital innovation to R&D, marketing and the supply chain, and make everyday healthcare more accessible. She is a creative thinker who brings a product mindset from her previous experience leading data science teams at start-ups including Outra & Starcount.
Ryan spent the first 25 years of his career in the marketing agency world. He has worked with 100’s of brands in his career in a broad range of sectors including fashion, automotive, travel, financial services, charity retail and FMCG. Starting his career pre-Internet Ryan has worked through the introduction and growth of digital and social channels, learning to take advantage of the opportunities and leading digital transformation projects.
In 2019 Ryan took the leap to the brand side, joining BAM, Bamboo Clothing. The business has doubled in size in the last 2 years. With growth in their core UK market continuing, Ryan is now poised to take BAM global.
Ryan has challenged himself and the business to become internationally recognised as the best regenerative activewear in the world, in the next 5 years. A significant part of this is committing to become Impact Positive by 2030. We published our first Impact Positive Report in 2019, building on the well-established sustainability credentials that BAM had always had, but extended to include ambitious goals across people, water, chemical and land usage, waste as well as carbon.
Esterina is the Chief Editor of Retail in Asia and is in charge of original multimedia content for its website and social media accounts.
She also oversees trending topics relating to brand activations, store openings, digital innovations, visual merchandising, people moves and other Asia Pacific retail intelligence.
She holds a Ph.D in Applied Linguistics/Corporate Communication at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she is also member of the Research Centre for Professional Communication in English. Her research project explored the conceptualization of luxury based on the branding discourse shared in the social media.
Prior to Retail in Asia, she taught media and business communication at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Universita’ di Modena e Reggio Emilia, and worked for Italian companies in fashion and tourism.
Recém-promovida a Chief Experience Marketing Officer da Via (ex-Via Varejo), Ilca Sierra ganhou o Prêmio Caboré 2020, uma das principais premiações do mercado de comunicação, marketing e mídia, promovido pelo Meio & Mensagem.
Há quase 2 anos na companhia, Ilca colaborou junto com o time em diversos projetos, como o re-branding de Casas Bahia, o lançamento do conversational commerce "Chama no ZAP", que chegou a 16% das vendas totais no último ano, a condução das campanhas , tais como as de Black Friday, que fizeram com que a Casas Bahia fosse a marca mais associada à data promocional em 2020 no Google, a reformulação do personagem Bahianinho que se tornou o CB, e através da sua estratégia de digital influencer levou as redes sociais da marca ao posto de maior engajamento do segmento nas redes sociais Abril/21. Realizou ainda o crescimento de 10X no número de usuários mensais dos aplicativos e ainda na estratégia do app e de aumento de recorrência, lançou o Casas Bahia Play, em parceria com a Paramount+, oferecendo aos clientes uma plataforma de streaming totalmente gratuita. Mais recentemente foi responsável pelo rebranding de Pontofrio, que passou a se chamar Ponto. Em seu novo cargo, além do marketing e branding, Ilca agora agrega as iniciativas de CX da companhia, numa visão integrada que entende a experiência do cliente como o grande direcionador de preferência de marca
Em seus mais de 20 anos no varejo, Ilca já teve passagem no Magazine Luiza, onde ficou por uma década, como diretora de marketing multicanal da rede. A executiva já atuou também em empresas como o GPA e Pernambucanas.
Executive with 9+ years proven international experience in ecommerce and digital transformation and prior background from banking and risk management. Help companies to build and grow a successful omnichannel business.
Currently work as a Head of Ecommerce for PUMA Southeast Asia being responsible for driving ecommerce business as well as improving omnichannel customer experience and user journey. Before that I was heading Ecommerce in PUMA Russia & Ukraine for over 7 years with a key focus on ecommerce sales and P&L, omnichannel strategy, technology and talent management.
Juliette Gimenez is a highly passionate serial entrepreneur and the co-founder and current CEO of Goxip. She has had extensive experience in start-up companies like Groupon and Cdiscount in the e-commerce industry, driving multi-million dollar sales growth in the early stages and rapid expansion across Southeast Asia & HK. She then founded Goxip in 2017, the top fashion and beauty search engine and content site in Hong Kong with its unique image recognition technology and luxury brand offerings. Goxip has since expanded to its second product, rewardSnap, an influencer monetisation platform that helps Goxip's 800+ merchants drive effective data-driven influencer strategies across APAC.
A Retail Banking and Consumer Finance veteran with nearly 25 years of experience with global leaders in financial services across various geographies, Kalidas was appointed as Head of the Consumer Finance Division in April 2011 and concurrently managed Retail Banking Division at VPBank from 2012 to May 2015. Under his leadership, both Divisions’ businesses have been going through historic significant transformation projects and scaling new heights in growing the balance sheet, acquiring new customers and building diversified distribution channels to build a significantly large and profitable customer franchise in the near future. The Consumer Finance Division was spun off from VPBank and became VPBank Finance Company with number 1 position in Vietnam’s consumer finance sector. Mr Kalidas was ultimately appointed as the CEO cum Vice Chairman of VPBank Finance Company in April 2015 after 5 months as Acting CEO.
Prior to joining VP Bank, Kalidas was the GM (Indochina) for Retail Banking and Wealth Management for ANZ Bank. Earlier to that, Kalidas was the first CEO of Prudential Vietnam Finance Company Ltd in 2007. Before coming to Vietnam, he was the President and CEO of CitiFinancial Corporation Philippines, a Citigroup entity and the leading consumer finance organization in that country. He started his career in the retail assets business of Citibank in India in the regional credit operations unit and was soon promoted to be Regional Sales Head for Mortgage and Personal Loans. In 2000, he was appointed as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CitiFinancial Retail Services (India) Limited that later grew to be one of the largest consumer finance businesses in India and the region. Kalidas has an MBA from XLRI and a graduate degree in mechanical engineering from Jadavpur University, both leading institutes in India.
An engineering graduate who turned to a pursue a career in marketing in beauty care across several international FMCG companies starting at Unilever Global Brand Development Offices where I got to be relocated from Shanghai to London to Singapore, before moving back to Bangkok 7 years ago to join L’Oreal with the last position as a Brand GM for the largest portfolio of 3 makeup brands (Maybelline New York, L’Oreal Paris, NYX Professional Makeup). Currently, a CMO at the mission-driven company that I have been so personally engaged with and passionate about, Yves Rocher– the brand the encompasses positive actions on ourselves, others and our planet
Guk Kim graduated in Business Administration and Economics from John Cabot University in Rome. Between 2005 and 2014, he founded and managed three technology companies that were later acquired. Between 2014 and 2017, he served as General Manager for one of the acquirer companies and also for Citymapper. In 2017, he joined the lastminute.com Group as Chief Growth Officer.
Co-founder and chef for SORTEDfood. Built on 20 years of friendship, SORTED’s channel of well over 2 million subscribers sits at the heart of one of the longest running, ongoing and most engaged food conversations on YouTube. A cross between entertainment, inspiration and education… together they explore some of the best food and associated trends out there.
Dimos is currently a Product Manager for Analytics products at PepsiCo eCommerce. He has been a part of other innovative corporations like Adidas, Robert Bosch, PVH corporation, SONY and is passionate about eCommerce & digital marketing.
Originally an electrical & computer engineer, he quickly became interested in business and decided to shift his focus with the verge between engineering and marketing being marketing analytics. Began a career in Belgium, after Greece. Post some years he moved to the Netherlands where his career shaped further into eCommerce leading businesses.
Currently based in the UK his focus are Products that deliver value & insights to the end-user. He regularly shares some of his thoughts on LinkedIn, while some of his interviews have been featured on MarTech today, TechTarget in the US as well as has been speaking in other major events such as the DMWF in Amsterdam, the IMH Digital in Cyprus & LinkJoy podcast in India.
Feel free to reach out to him and discuss all things Digital, eCommerce & great marketing.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sarah Vee is a Filipina single-mother and the founder of Women of Hong Kong, a holistic platform to empower women and connect female changemakers with each other. She began her career in 2011 as a PR executive, working with various companies like Star Cruises, and The Asia World-Expo on creative branding, event management, and digital marketing.
In 2016, Sarah Vee launched a successful digital marketing, PR and event agency, creating marketing strategies, event concepts, and cross-collaboration for brands like Michelin Guide Restaurants, Chili Fagara, and 4A agency Dentsu.
The idea for “Women of Hong Kong” was born in 2014, when Sarah created a network called "Girls of Hong Kong”, a tight-knit community that provided a safe space for women with networking and support through social events and common beliefs. By 2019, the “Girls of Hong Kong” grew to over 3000 members with over 200 active daily contributors on a social platform app.
Today, 7 years later, Sarah works with business partner Jessie Drew to launch the “Women of Hong Kong”, a digital platform set to revolutionise the lives of its members. Whether you are a parent, an entrepreneur, or executive, Women of Hong Kong will be the bridge that brings women together with the common belief that we are stronger together—and that it doesn’t have to be lonely at the top.
Women are revolutionising the world, and this network will pave the way. Through events, courses and conversations, Women of Hong Kong will challenge women to reach their highest potential and step into their power in every aspect of their lives: physically, emotionally and professionally.
Federico is the CMO at MODO and has over than 20 years experience as a marketing executive with a specialization in Insights, Customer Experience and Data Analytics.
Federico has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and graduated with honors from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). He also has a postgraduate degree in Marketing at Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA).
George Ionut Danifeld is the CMO of Trapo Asia, the fastest growing car accessories company in SE-Asia with a presence in Malaysia/Singapore/Indonesia/Thailand, with a 5x Growth in the last 2 years.
He has professional experience of more than 12 years in digital marketing, working at an international level also on the agency side and company side. He is originally from Romania, a fun fact about him, been living in 5 countries, out of which 4 years in Bali.
Simon Loong is the Founder and Group CEO of WeLab, a leading fintech company and one
of the most important digital native brands in financial services in Asia with close to 50 million
individual users and over 700 enterprise customers in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and
Indonesia. The financial holding company operates one of the largest digital consumer finance
businesses in Asia, a pan-Asia digital bank and a leading B2B fintech enterprise solutions
Simon is a pioneer in driving fintech development and financial inclusion in Asia. He is a strong
believer and passionate about innovating the financial services industry with technology. He
serves on key committees in both public and private sectors, sharing his experiences and
insights to drive the proliferation of the fintech ecosystem. He has received numerous awards
in recognizing his achievement, including "CEO of the Year" by Capital CEO, “Innovation
Leadership Achievement in Hong Kong” by The Asian Banker and “Vice Chancellor’s
Achievement Awards” by The University of Sydney. He was also named as “one of the 20
people shaping Hong Kong’s future” in the next 20 years by a leading Chinese media outlet.
Prior to founding WeLab in 2013, Simon spent 15 years in the retail banking divisions of
Citibank and Standard Chartered. Simon has a Master of Science in Management (MSM) from
Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a Fellow of Certified Public Accountant
Andi Taufan Garuda Putra is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amartha, a fintech P2P lending that modernizes the microlending sector and provides alternative channels to capital for the unbanked population in Indonesia. To date, Amartha has disbursed over IDR 3,27 trillion loan to more than 622,803 micro-entrepreneurs in the villages and 100% of them are women.
Former Special Staff of The President of Republik Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo, and Former Consultant, IBM. Recipient of numerous awards including: Young Changemaker (2010), Ashoka; Satu Indonesia Award (2011), Astra; Laureate Global Fellow (2013), International Youth Foundation; Ganesha Innovation Champion Awards (2014), Taufan holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School where he was an Edward S. Mason Fellow and bachelor degree in business from Institut Teknologi Bandung.
Mazen is a Senior Global Digital Lead at Friesland Campina, The Netherlands. His responsibilities cover media, technology, and innovation. Mazen oversees media pitches, digital strategies, and design of the technology ecosystem following the JBP with key suppliers such as Facebook & Google. Before moving to the Netherlands, Mazen worked at the agency side for 6+ years based in Dubai, Singapore, and Beirut. His diverse portfolio covers prominent multinationals such as BlackBerry, Samsung, Emirates, Etihad airlines, and all the Richemont Luxury brands. Besides being a member of the world federation of advertisers, a Core member in the programmatic taskforce at IAB Nederlands, and holding 100+ certifications across all digital platforms and technologies, Mazen won many prestigious digital awards targeting the MENA region and is looking to score more worldwide.
Mazen is a big believer in training both the body and the mind to be strong. So next to his professional achievements, he is a world marathoner and Guinness World Record holder, with more than 50 full marathons completed and many ultras. Friesland Campina produces and sells consumer products such as dairy-based beverages, infant nutrition, cheese, and desserts in many European countries, in Asia and Africa via its subsidiaries. FrieslandCampina has branch offices in 34 countries and employs 23,769 people. Friesland Campina’s products find their way to more than 100 countries. Every day Royal Friesland Campina provides millions of consumers all over the world with dairy products containing valuable nutrients.
Piotr Jakubowski is the co-founder of nafas, Indonesia's first health and wellness platform focused on air quality. The nafas mobile app combines outdoor air quality data from an owned on-ground sensor network with indoor air quality data from OTA-enabled monitors & purifiers to create actionable lifestyle recommendations in highly polluted cities.
Tomás joined Insider in 2020 as Senior Advisor, and holds board and leadership positions in a variety of cutting-edge companies. Proven executive leader of complex high-growth international businesses with data, digital, marketing, corporate strategy, M&A, and investor relations experience across eCommerce, retail, and payments businesses.
Tomás received his degree in engineering and a master’s of science in operations management from the University of Chile. Additionally, Tomás earned his MBA from The Wharton School with a major in finance.
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