Aziza Sheerin - Director, General Assembly
Topic: The Road Less Travelled: Navigating a non-tradition career path in Tech
Aziza leads the Singapore office for global education company General Assembly as its Regional Director. Prior to this, Aziza covered Emerging Markets Asia for a 110-year old, not-for-profit financial education firm. She worked on new market expansion and building partnerships with governments, international development organizations, and stakeholders invested in advancing education and economic growth in emerging Asian economies.
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 4.30pm - 5.00pm
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Benjamin Pommeraud - General Manager, Riot Games
Topic: The Road Less Travelled: Navigating a non-tradition career path in Gaming (Adults)
Topic: What is it like to work in the gaming industry and what does it take? (Youths)
Benjamin Pommeraud is the General Manager of Riot Games for Singapore & Malaysia. He is developing the presence of Riot Games in South East Asia, and works with Garena, Riot's publisher in the region, to cultivate an exciting and vibrant gaming environment and community.

Prior to Riot, Benjamin worked in UBISOFT where he worked on famous franchises for PC, console and mobile, including Ghost Recon and Assassin's Creed. He started his career at McKinsey & Company and founded three companies in the technology and film production sectors. He was the first film producer in the world to launch a crowdfunding campaign in 2004.

Benjamin was born in France, and owns a Master of Science from French Ecole Centrale Paris and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD. He is one of 100 million monthly active players who plays League of Legends; find him via his summoner name MacLovin.
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March – 2.30pm to 3.00pm (for: What is it like to work in the gaming industry and what does it take)
  • Day 2, 26th March – 3.45pm to 4.15pm (for: The Road Less Travelled: Navigating a non-tradition career path in Gaming)
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Looi Qin En - Chief Operating Officer, Glints
Topic: The Road Less Travelled: Navigating a non-tradition career path by being an Entrepreneur
Qin En is the COO of Glints, a graduate recruitment platform. With active partnership across all local polytechnics & universities, Glints offers fast-growing companies on-demand access to ready, quality talent, as well as employer branding solutions. Glints has an active talent community of 200,000+ and 5,000+ employers including Grab, Jardine Matheson, Singtel & Saatchi
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 2.00pm - 2.20pm
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Guillaume Sachet - Head, Strategic Planning and Foodie Segment
Topic: Dancing with the giants - A story of a traditional media giant transformation journey. How "old" businesses need to make changes to adapt.
Guillaume Sachet is the Head of Strategic Planning at MediaCorp, where he drives group strategy, corporate development as well as innovation (the Mediapreneur incubator). He was also recently appointed as Head, Foodies Segment at MediaCorp. Currently, he sits on the board of Cubinet Interactive, a Malaysian digital games publisher, which MediaCorp has a majority stake. He is also a member of the Executive Council (Board) of Lycee Francais de Singapour.

He has 20 years of experience in the media and telecom industry. Prior to joining MediaCorp in May 2012, Guillaume was a Partner with the strategy practice of the consulting firm, Accenture, responsible for Communications, Media and Technology strategy activities in ASEAN. Over the years, he has developed deep media and telecom industry knowledge and expertise across the APAC region.

He has spent more than 15 years in Asia, working in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea and China. Having published more than 15 articles in magazines such as Telecom Asia, Guillaume is a regular speaker and a recognized thought-leader in the industry.
Time slots:

  • Day 1, 25th March - 1.30pm - 2.15pm
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Frank Koo - Head of Southeast Asia (Talent Solutions)
Topic: Jobs that have been lost to tech. New jobs that tech has created. Skills bottleneck in certain countries. Have we felt it here in Singapore?
Frank Koo is the Head of Southeast Asia at LinkedIn and is responsible for LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions business. Frank’s organization supports companies in optimizing talent acquisition and retention strategies through the use of technology and best practices on LinkedIn’s platform.

Frank has been in the technology and education industry for more than 25 years, Prior to LinkedIn, Frank was the Chief Operating Officer of BE Education. He has also held leadership roles in Pearson Education where he was President of Learning Solutions in APAC, and Oracle where he was Managing Director for Singapore and South Asia Growth Economies.
Time slots:

  • Day 1, 25th March - 215pm – 245pm
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Chong Ee Jay - Manager, TOUCH Family Services and Member of Media Literacy Council
Topic: Having conversations with your kids
Ee Jay has conducted over 350 cyber wellness workshops since 2007, reaching out to more than 25,000 Students, Parents, Educators and Youth/Social Workers in schools, corporations and the community.

He is the key driver behind the cyber wellness efforts in TOUCH Cyber Wellness, championing public education programmes both locally (through schools and national level efforts) and internationally, as well as counselling intervention and youth mentoring works through their Cyber Wellness Centre in Bukit Merah and Hougang respectively.

Given his versatility, he is also a highly sought after trainer for both our parents workshops and youth programmes. With his amicable disposition, he also mentors the youths who come to the PlanetCRuSH Cyber Wellness Center through the resident programmes.

Over the past 10 years, Ee Jay has been driven with a passion to inspire parents and educators whom struggle to cope with the rapidly advancing Internet age. He works closely with them to educate and equip them with knowledge and skill sets to connect with their children and students.

Ee Jay is also a member of the Media Literacy Council that advises the Government on research, trends and developments pertaining to the Internet and media, and appropriate policy responses; as well as developing public awareness and education programmes relating to media literacy and cyber wellness.
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 12.20pm - 1.00pm
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Sue McNamara - Regional Network Director, APAC Six Seconds
Topic: New economy life skills your child needs to stay relevant and be successful (Emphasis on “soft skills” like emotional intelligence)
Sue McNamara has over 25 years of experience in the field of leadership and training and over 15 years in the field of education. She is passionate about supporting organisations to create climates where people thrive: Schools where students are encouraged and supported to flourish and mature as human beings, who will positively contribute to their own lives, their families, their workplaces and society; businesses where people “bring their whole selves” to work with passion, purpose, and high performance.

Sue is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore and holds Ph.D. in Education. Her doctoral research investigated the relationship between teacher/student and parent/child emotionally intelligent behaviours. In addition Sue is a Mater Trainer with Six Seconds and has qualifications in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Tertiary Education, Advanced Child Protection, Neuro-Lingusitic Programming, Coaching EQ and Business and Finance. Sue has lived and worked in the Asia Pacific region for fifteen years.
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 10:30am - 11:30am
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Lingyi Xiong - Founder of 01 Studio, Producer of Wah!Banana
Topic: Pursuing a path less travelled
In 2012, Lingyi started Wah!Banana with her colleagues from Garena. This Youtube channel has been the most subscribed comedy channel in Singapore ever since, known for its humorous content with a local twist. Aside from producing and scripting for Wah!Banana, Lingyi founded a new company 01 Studio in 2016 to focus on comedy and short film creation, her work has been featured on international platforms such as Comedy Central and Disney.
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 1.00pm - 1.30pm
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Barry Levy - Head of Expansion - UberEATS APAC
Topic: Uber: Pioneer of the sharing economy. Ultimate Disruptor
Barry Levy is Expansion Manager for South East Asia at Uber. His Uber career started 2 years ago, in Australia, were he launched Uber’s ground breaking service in Melbourne. After successfully scaling the Melbourne team and business, he joined the launch team to set up a number of Uber businesses across Australia. In March of this year, Barry came out to South East Asia to spread the Uber word across the region, with his focus currently on the market here in Thailand.

Uber is a smartphone application that connects you with a safe, reliable and affordable ride at the touch of a button. Uber operates in over 350 cities across the globe and is a major player when it comes to transportation in the sharing economy.
Time slots:

  • Day 1, 25th March - 11.30am - 12.00pm
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Chek Lim, Cheng - Senior Manager, Partnerships at TripAdvisor APAC
Topic: Real stories of disruptors
Chek Lim is a senior manager for partnership at TripAdvisor and his role includes forging strategic partnerships and developing the TripAdvisor branded ecosystem.
Time slots:

  • Day 1, 25th March - 12.00pm - 12.30pm
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Ayesha Khanna - Co-Founder and CEO
Topic: Skills for An Age of Automation
Ayesha Khanna is a data science and technology expert advising companies and governments on smart cities, future skills, fintech, and other emerging industries. She spent more than a decade on Wall Street advising product innovation teams developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems.

Ayesha is Co-Founder and CEO of data analytics and software engineering firm ADDO, which helps clients grow their businesses and customers using data-driven insights and automating their workflows and services. Ayesha is a Partner in TechFin Ventures, matching investors to start-ups and conducting technical and data due diligence. Previously, she served as CEO of The Keys Global, an innovative education hub that matched students with leading companies to apply their skills in coding, robotics, and 3D printing. In 2014, Ayesha served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning.

Ayesha was also Co-founder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyze the social and economic impact of accelerating technologies. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics, and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.

Ayesha is author of Straight Through Processing (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy.

Ayesha has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and is completing her PhD on smart city infrastructures at the London School of Economics.

She is the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding classes to girls in Singapore and Chairman of Factotum, a boutique content marketing agency.
Time slots:

  • Day 1, 25th March - 2.45pm - 3.15pm
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Lucian Teo - Technologist
Topic: Are you a digital age parent - The tools parents need to arm themselves with for the 4th industrial revolution
Lucian is a father of three kids. He leads Google's efforts to promote digital literacy education in the Asia-Pacific, working with NGOs, educational institutions and tech communities to equip internet users with knowledge on how to keep themselves safe online and use technology in constructive and positive ways.
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 12.00pm - 12.20pm
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Hong How Tuan, Micheal and Games Masters Maeve & Cornflakes
Topic: Becoming the very best in e-sports: Gaming tips
Michael Hong is the Marketing Manager of Cubinet Interactive. With a rapidly growing community of over 15 million core players and a deep portfolio of development partners, Cubinet Interactive is one of the leading destination of free-to-play games.
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 2.00pm - 2.30pm
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Mike Sutcliff - Creative Director
Swee Lee Music
Topic: The Road Less Travelled: Navigating a non-tradition career path in the creative field
Mike Sutcliffe is the Creative Director at Swee Lee and BandLab. Swee Lee is South East Asia's largest retailer and distributor of musical instruments, with stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar (not a bad job for someone who calls themselves a drummer!)

He also works for BandLab (www.bandlab.com) which is the world's first multi-platform social music maker. BandLab helps musicians all over the world connect, collaborate on and share music, using a cross-platform (iOS, Android and web) Digital Audio Workstation, which is integrated into a wider social networking tool.

Music has always been an important part of Mike's life and he gets to think about, talk about and write about music every single day.
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 2:40pm - 3:00pm
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Charmain Tan - Founder of Pearcomms
Topic: Empowering Girl Boss!
Life is short, live each day to the fullest.' This Philosophy led Charmain to be an entrepreneur when she was in NUS. Charmain is a second time entrepreneur, whom identified the importance of establishing effective sales capabilities through her previous venture commercializing her international award-winning wearable tech product, ISGLOVES, which was sold Globally. ISGLOVES was a great product, but sales numbers was not substantial. Believing that business is all about value-adding and being profitable, she went on a mission to help companies like hers grow the bloodline of their business by generating more sales.
Time slots:

  • Day 1, 25th March - 2.35pm - 3.00pm
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PLMGS Girls - Champion World Robot Games 2016
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School
Topic: Empowering girls in tech
These girls from Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) pitted against over 300 boys from various Asian countries at the 2016 World Robot Games, in Indonesia. They represented Singapore and came home clinching 15 awards across 34 categories at the annual competition.
Time slots:

  • Day 1, 25th March - 2.00pm - 2.15pm
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Topic: Skills that recruitors are looking for beyond your qualifications
Time slots:

  • Day 2, 26th March - 11.30am - 12:00pm
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Topic: Empowering Girls In Tech
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields.

Today, GIT aims to accelerate the growth of innovative women entering into the high-tech industry and building startups. We achieve this through the creation of proprietary, innovative programming and strategic global partnerships.

With headquarters in San Francisco and more than 50,000 members located around the globe, GIT relies on volunteer efforts to lead each of the 60 local chapters. Programming and events vary by chapter based on local interests and needs.

GIT is not just for professional women. We exist for anyone with an interest in technology, startups and providing women with a platform for growth. But we operate with the spirit of the girl within all of us—fearless, lively and determined.
Time slots:

  • Day 1, 25th March - 2.15pm - 2.35pm
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