ASIA PERSPECTIVES SERIES ONE: SPEAKER OVERVIEW
1. Leapfrogging Technology and Leopards on Set
SINGAPORE, 22 August, 2013
Singapore Historian and Vice President Asia Pacific Pitney Bowes Software
David is an experienced Asia Pacific RVP & GM with 30 years+ experience living & working in Asia including 16+ years in technology leadership roles. His background includes a consistent track record of building and leading successful winning teams across the region with a comprehensive general management, sales, marketing and business development background. He is a customer centric focused leader with significant experience working across the Asia Pacific region with a strong familiarity of regional business networks.
David is not only an Aussie rules umpire but also a rugby referee. Ten years ago, a stranger knocked on the door of David’s black and white and spurned his interest in the history of the houses and the area.
Fremantle Productions, Asia
Paul’s early foray in to the world of television started in 1981 when he was a cadet in a television news room and moved on to current affairs, light entertainment and variety production as a creative producer. Then Paul started his own independent production company in 2000, creating and producing content for local and international partners including Columbia TriStar International (Sony Television) and Astro Pay TV in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In 2008 Paul went on to spend five years with Star TV as the Senior Vice President of Production based in Hong Kong, and was responsible for managing the regional production teams, output and efficiency of Asia’s largest television network resulting in many successes developing and creating programming in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai and Jakarta.
Paul’s adventures in the world of media also took him to Kabul, Afghanistan where he managed and created new entertainment based programming content for Afghanistan’s two largest free to air television networks, as well as developing and launching Current Affairs & News programming for Afghanistan’s 2009 Election.
Initially recruited by FremantleMedia Australia as Executive Producer, Production and Development in 2011, Paul was promoted to Managing Director, Asia, and moved to Singapore at the beginning of 2013. In his role Paul is responsible for the business performance of FremantleMedia’s production operations across Asia.
Paul has a plethora of experience as a television executive focusing on strategic programming and new television platform development in a diverse group of territories including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, India and Afghanistan.
He also has experience dealing with unscheduled cameos from leopards on set.
2. What Glass Ceiling? Australian Success in Asia
HONG KONG, 25 September, 2013
ABC Reporter & Panel Facilitator
Sarah Clarke has spent almost 20 years working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a producer, investigative reporter and correspondent and only last month, she moved to Hong Kong.
Sarah was the defence and diplomatic correspondent in 2001, the national political correspondent in Canberra from 1998 to 2002. She has covered rural affairs, and spent the last decade as the National Environment reporter covering stories across Europe, South Africa, Alaska, Asia, the Caribbean and South America.
Covering a wide array of issues, Sarah’s TV and Radio coverage has seen her embark on many adventures.
Amongst them she has camped out with inuits/eskimos, flown in a helicopter across Australia covering key environmental issues, and sat in the UN conference room in Copenhagen waiting for an international climate deal to be struck.
It hasn't just been news that Sarah has covered – she has also filed for most of the ABC's flagship programs - AND has learnt to tweet, and embrace social media. These days she is now splitting her time between journalism and being a mum to her two small people - 5 year old Jack and 2 year old Isobel.
Senior Director, Strategy and business Development,
Asia Pacific & Japan
Norton By Symantec
Heidi Badgery is the Senior Director of strategy and business development for Asia Pacific and Japan. Based in Hong Kong, she works closely with the regional sales teams to identify market demands and opportunities and develop initiatives to drive business across all markets.
Badgery joined Symantec in 2002 and has since held several global and regional portfolios within the organisation. She moved to Norton by Symantec in 2012 after achieving tremendous success in the enterprise business of Symantec. In her previous roles at Symantec, she was responsible for managing and leading sales and operations teams across USA, Canada and Europe. Badgery led the Company’s global account program, responsible for the 22 largest global accounts and contributed significantly in doubling year-on-year revenue growth.
Badgery has earned several accolades during her time in Symantec, including - Vice President's Global Award and America's Vice President Award. She was also selected to participate in Symantec's executive leadership development, in recognition of her leadership capabilities.
Prior to joining Symantec, Badgery spent three years as the Marketing Director, in NeTrue Communications, USA. Badgery also held several marketing and communications roles when she was based in Australia.
Badgery is currently pursuing Doctorate in Business Administration in Charles Sturt University, Australia, and holds a Master in Marketing Administration from the same university.
Head of Marketing
Melissa Brown is Head of Marketing for Telstra Global based in Hong Kong, where she is responsible for overseeing the marketing strategy development and implementation across Australasia, Asia Pacific, EMEA and the US. Since joining Telstra Global in 2008, Melissa has also fulfilled the role of Head of Marketing for EMEA.
Prior to joining Telstra, Melissa held the position of Director at Australian Business, the key organisation in the UK bringing together professionals and companies with Australian and New Zealand interests through business opportunities and events. She remained on the Board until December of 2011.
Melissa has also worked in a number of management roles at companies including Australian Associated Press, Continental Airlines and Thomas Cook.
Melissa holds a Master of Business Administration in International Business and a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
Head of Human Resources Asia Pacific
Marc is an experienced Human Resources executive with broad generalist knowledge primarily within financial services where he has managed large shared services teams and small specialist teams enabling businesses to outperform.
A qualified Barrister and Solicitor, Marc began his career with New Zealand Foreign Affairs in Asia-Pacific then spent a number of years in the United Kingdom and several in Australia and New Zealand in a variety of HR roles including employment law, and consulting with Price Waterhouse Coopers before joining ANZ in New Zealand in 2004 setting up their resourcing and talent model before taking an opportunity to do the same in Hong Kong with Standard Chartered.
In 2009 Marc returned to ANZ to be part of the super regional build-out. Currently Head of HR for Asia Pacific he has overseen the growth of ANZ from 1000 to 14,000 employees over a 5 year period. Covering 28 countries, he believes diversity is the absolute key to corporate success.
Catherine’s corporate career spans senior IT, marketing and communications and sales and workforce management positions with companies including ADIA International and Singtel Optus. She found her home in strategic programs and transitioned over to the banking and finance industry with the Westpac Banking Corporation where she worked on strategic alignment across the leadership team and across and within business units.
Catherine then moved into a divisional CEO role where she conceptualized and implemented the strategic roadmap that leveraged cross-industry collaboration to combat cyber-crime and identity theft and fraud.
Catherine also worked extensively with key thought leaders in the Australian Government, other Australian and international banks and government agencies and international technology companies.
A strong brand innovator, Catherine left the corporate world in 2007 to establish “LoveIt,” a successful retail concept in Hong Kong. LoveIt was voted the best Women’s Fashion Boutique in Hong Kong 2012 in The List Readers Choice Awards. As a fashion designer, stylist and retail store owner Catherine devotes much of her time to ‘styling’ expatriate and local women in management and executive positions in Hong Kong and Asia.
A key principle of the LoveIt business model is to encourage, guide and teach women to express their uniqueness and individuality in the way they dress in all areas of their lives, irrespective of their age, size or body shape.
A strong believer in women adopting a portfolio of interests in life, Catherine currently works as a freelance strategy facilitation consultant with KRStrategy (KRS) in addition to running her own business. In her time with KRS Catherine has worked with Boards and executive management teams of some of the world’s largest companies.
Catherine has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, is completing her Master’s in Business Law at the University of Sydney, and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales. She is also passionate about the outdoors and can be found hiking, scuba diving, running and generally traveling whenever possible.
3. Finger on the Pulse of South East Asia: Tracking Trends and Opportunities
JAKARTA, 25 September, 2013
Bede Moore is an Australian entrepreneur living and working in Indonesia. Bede is a founder of Vela Asia, a logistics and e-commerce support services company operating in Indonesia. Previously, Bede co-founded, and worked as Managing Director of the Indonesian e-commerce company, Lazada.co.id, where he was responsible for establishing the company and building its full operations capabilities. Prior to Lazada, Bede was a Senior Associate at the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked in retail and public sector advisory.
Whilst in Indonesia, Bede has also been active in working to develop the bilateral relationship and foster people-to-people links at the youth level. He is the Founder of the Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY), a yearly event which brings together 30 talented Indonesian and Australian young professionals to discuss the relationship. The inaugural conference recently took place in Canberra and will be hosted in Jakarta in July 2014. Bede also serves as a Director on the executive of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association, where he is responsible for Indonesian Operations.
Bede studied Indonesian history, receiving his Bachelor degree from Harvard and then an MPhil from Leiden University, where he received honours for his research focusing on the relationship between Australia and Indonesia during the struggle for Indonesian independence. He has written extensively on Asian politics, business and history in various publications such as The Jakarta Globe, Crikey!, the Harvard International Review and ABC News.
Helen Brown (Facilitator)
Foreign Correspondent Jakarta
Helen Brown, ABC News reporter, is an experienced broadcast journalist and producer, currently in Indonesia as the Australia Network's Indonesia correspondent. She provides reports and analysis on issues and breaking news, with a particular interest in business, economics and politics.
Her work finds her front of a studio camera, or in the field pulling together news stories and feature pieces. The current role requires her to illuminate Indonesia, a complex country undergoing a huge transition. She does stories on its people, issues and challenges, and its growing role in South-East Asia. She's expected to work to tight deadlines, meeting the pressures of the busy ABC news network that demands content across television, radio, and online.
Her previous roles have included her first in the ABC, as a rural reporter (agricultural trade), and on the ABC's radio finance desk, which sparked her interest in international business, trade and social issues.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Leonie is responsible for both Operations and Technology in Indonesia. She was previously accountable for the RBS Integration in Indonesia. Leonie is also Vice President of the Indonesia-Australia Business Council, and sits on the IABC Board.
Leonie joined ANZ in 2002 and over the last 10 years has held a number of roles across Risk and Asia Pacific. These included Acting Head of Risk Asia-Pacific and Risk Head of Risk International Partnership, which was based in Shanghai. Prior to joining ANZ, Leonie was a management consultant, advising clients in the Financial Services, Manufacturing and Telecommunication sectors. Her career also includes executive roles in manufacturing industry, based in both Australia and Asia. Leonie holds a PhD in Business Studies and a Masters Degree in Applied Science.
Head, Public Policy and Government Relations
Shinto is the Head of Public Policy and Government Relations for Google Indonesia. Prior to joining Google, Shinto was Special Staff to the Minister of Trade for International matters. Shinto began her career with Hadiputranto, Hadinoto and Partner, and then the Risk Management Group at Citibank N.A. Indonesia. After a brief sojurn at Makes & Partners Law Firm where she was the transactional leader for Bank Central Asia divestiture, she joined the World Bank Group at their Poverty Reduction & Economic Management (PREM) Group. She managed World Bank’s work on anti-corruption and bankruptcy. Later on she joined International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Shinto holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree from the University of Indonesia, a Masters of Law
(LL.M) from Columbia University School of Law and a Master of Science (MSc) in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.
Veronica Lukito is CEO and Managing Director of Ancora Capital Management, an Indonesia-focused private equity fund management firm, which she co-founded in 2007, making it one of only a handful of firms that can lay claim to shaping that fast-growing sub-sector in Indonesia. Since then, Ancora and its predecessor entities have invested close to USD 200 million, primarily in natural resources, consumer-related and similar businesses, and special situations.
In addition to establishing at the time a type of business still distinctively new to Indonesia, Veronica was involved in setting up various investee companies for the firm’s investments in plantation, health care and education. With a breadth of experience on the ground, she is deeply knowledgeable of Indonesia’s intricate investment and start-up environments.
Before she became an entrepreneur and private equity investor, Veronica was a Vice President in the investment banking division at J.P. Morgan in Indonesia, where she handled client relationships and sourced and executed numerous transactions encompassing financing, acquisitions and corporate restructuring deals.
Veronica started her career in investment banking as an Assistant Vice President at PT Bahana Securities, which was the de facto partner of Goldman Sachs in Indonesia. Veronica also spent three years as a corporate and credit banker at Citibank N.A. in Jakarta, handling top-tier Indonesian conglomerate relationships. Veronica earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
4. Cracking the Code: Australians Getting it Right in China
Shanghai, 4 March, 2014
Head of Agribusiness
Based in Shanghai, James is responsible for the development and execution of ANZ’s Agribusiness strategy in China.
James’ professional career spans accounting and banking experience with a consistent specialist focus on agricultural business. Before relocating to China, James gained significant insight to Australian agricultural business through management of ANZ’s Institutional agribusiness portfolios in Victoria, Queensland & Northern Territory, and New South Wales. Prior to joining ANZ James held positions at KPMG in Audit and Corporate Recovery with primary work undertaken in restructuring and insolvency for several corporate agricultural businesses.
James is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (‘ICAA’) and holds a double degree in Commerce (Accounting) and Business Administration from the University of Canberra. He is a Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (‘AustCham’), Shanghai, and Chair of the AustCham Agribusiness Industry Committee.
Kamsky Associates, Inc
Tracy Colgan is President and Beijing-based Managing Director of Kamsky Associates, Inc.. In these capacities, she is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of KAI, as well as overseeing the structuring and implementation of client engagements involving China and the Asia Pacific Region.
In addition to her executive and management responsibilities, Tracy remains heavily involved in strategy formulation and implementation for KAI’s clients. Her experience has spanned a range of sectors and functional areas, including financial services, automotive, natural resources, aviation, specialty chemicals and printing and packaging for a global client list, and she has been actively involved in facilitating investments into and out of China, and within the Asia Pacific region.
Tracy is a graduate of Melbourne University with a B. A. (Hons) in Chinese Literature and a B. Comm with a major in comparative economics. She first came to China a recipient of a corporate scholarship in 1987, and continued with postgraduate studies in Wuhan and Beijing before joining KAI in 1993. She has been named as a “Leading Australian in Asia” and one of Australia's “50 for the Future”, and her not-for-profit commitments include a directorship of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.
Caledonia (Private) Investments Pty Limited
Clinton Dines has a Degree in Asian Studies from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and is also a graduate of the Course INSEAD in France. Clinton arrived in China in early 1979 on a Post Graduate Program and has since been living and working continuously in the Greater China Region for over 34 years, mostly in mainland China.
Early in his business career Clinton occupied frontline management positions in China with the Jardine Matheson Group, the Santa Fe Transport Group and Asia Securities Venture Capital. In 1988 he was recruited by BHP as the company’s senior country executive for China and stayed with the group for more than 21 years.
Throughout his career Clinton has specialised in both the strategies and business practices involved in negotiating, establishing and operating Sino‐Foreign ventures, and in the management and development of foreign invested and operated businesses in China. He was closely involved in one of the earliest Sino‐Foreign joint ventures in China in 1980 and he has subsequently been continuously involved in a wide range of joint ventures, standalone investments, business development initiatives and commercial operations across a variety of industries and regions in China.
Clinton is a fluent Mandarin speaker and after 14 years in Beijing relocated to Shanghai in 2002 to run the merged and restructured BHP Billiton China operations. He was a prime mover in the establishment of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in China in 1993 and returned to chair that organization again from 1998 to 2000.
Clinton is a Founding Governor of the Capital Club in Beijing, President of the Board of the Shanghai Rugby Football Club, a founding Member of the Oriental Mining Club Board and involved in various charity and not‐for‐profit organizations. In 2006, he was the only non‐Chinese person invited by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games to sit on the judging panel to select the design for the Beijing Olympic Medals and he was also invited by the Australian Olympic Committee to be the Attaché to the Australian Olympic Team for the Games in 2008.
Clinton is currently a Non‐Executive Director of Kazakhmys plc and Zanaga Iron Ore Company. He also holds several Advisory Board roles with western corporates operating in China as well as being a member of the Griffith University Council and the World Bank Competitive Industries Advisory Panel.
M Restaurant Group
Melbourne-born Michelle Garnaut is a trained chef and restaurateur with a culinary career that spans three decades, several continents and positions that have ranged from waitress to chef to caterer and proprietor.
Over the past 25 years, Michelle has opened a trio of restaurants and a bar in China: M at the Fringe in Hong Kong (1989-2009) M on the Bund (1999) and the Glamour Bar (2001) in Shanghai and Capital M in Beijing (2009). Each became an icon in its city, sharing the characteristics that make it an “M” restaurant: simply good food – Michelle’s brand of delicious modern European cooking – stylish yet comfortable décor, superb, warm service and a real sense of place.
Thanks to Michelle’s belief that feeding the mind and soul is just as important as feeding the body, M Restaurants has become a hub for cultural events and entertainment. Michelle founded, and continues to run, the annual Shanghai International Literary Festival (now in its 11th year), the three-year-old Capital Literary Festival in Beijing, as well as a regular programme of talks, monthly chamber music concerts and late night DJs and live music in the Glamour Bar.
Michelle has actively worked with numerous charities and community projects over the years, and her restaurants consistently support charitable ventures. She is currently involved in the Village People Project, which seeks to improve the lives and health of women in rural China through the creation of community bathhouses. She has been a judge for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for five years, and was Jury President in 2011.
Michelle has been honoured with awards that include the Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2003 International Woman of Influence Awards and the Business Entrepreneurial Award from the ANZ Australian Business Awards.
Chief Executive Officer
Mina is a global leader, an entrepreneur and innovator passionate and committed to making a difference in the world.
Based in Beijing, she is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thirst, a world record holding organization that is working with some of the world’s largest consumer brands and organisations to educate millions of young people about water, and building mass consumer demand for water smart products.
Since launching on World Water Day, March 2012, Thirst has educated over 15,000 students in China, trended no 1 on Chinese Twitter, reached over 250million people through online and offline media, and achieved a Guinness World Record for the biggest human dragon with 1973 students.
Thirst collaborates with corporates such as Coca Cola, Levi & Strauss, Colgate, Sesame Street, Inditex (Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear), and foundations such as the Foundation for UNESCO and the Paulson Institute, to work with 14-24 year olds, creating a presence in schools, universities and online and driving behaviour change at scale.
Before creating Thirst, Mina spent 15 years working in the area of climate change, where she worked with the World Bank and Climate Change Capital, together developing more than US$2billion of carbon deals.
Mina subsequently co-founded Peony Capital with “Mr China” author Tim Clissold, a €100million fund that that provides capital and knowledge to Chinese companies to help them mitigate their impact on the environment. With Tim, Mina established Peony’s offices in Beijing, developing some of the largest carbon projects in the world, and strategic co-operations with China’s largest power companies.
Widely recognized for her leadership, Mina was named as one of the 50 leading Australians in Asia, one of Australia’s “50 for the future”, and one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women. She is a recipient of a Future Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection and was selected in 2010 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Mina is a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption, and an advisor to the Joint US China Cooperation on Clean Energy. She is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, a member of the Board of Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, a media commentator and frequent speaker at events both in China and overseas.
Mina has degrees in law and science from Monash University, a Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne, and is a graduate from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Global Leadership and Public Policy.
She is a keen ultra-distance athlete, having completed 6 Ironman Triathlons, and a 250km self supported run across the Sahara Desert (despite two stress fractures). Mina is currently planning to become the first woman to cross 5 deserts on 5 continents in 2016.
Founder & Managing Director,
Wadley Business Consulting (Panel Facilitator)
Michael Wadley is the Founder of Wadley Business Consulting and was a senior China Consultant until May 2013 at Ashurst China for over 11 years.
Michael provides corporate advisory and legal services to foreign investors' throughout China and to China outbound investors. He advises clients on legal issues including corporate governance, compliance, taxation, foreign acquisitions and investment as well as commercial aspects of the business clients range from AME's through to listed companies.
5. Brand and Marketing Innovators in Asia: How Technology Has Changed the Marketing Game
Singapore, 25 November, 2015
Dato' Dr. Jannie Chan
Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of The Hour Glass Ltd and President of the Singapore Retailers Association
DATO’ DR. JANNIE CHAN is a businesswoman whose achievements are recognized both in Singapore and around the world. The Hour Glass, a company Jannie Chan founded in 1979, is a leading contemporary specialist watch retailer in the Asia Pacific region. From a one-boutique operation in 1979, The Hour Glass Group has developed a regional network of 30 boutiques strategically located in prime shopping belts in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Dato’ Jannie Chan is honoured to receive The WCEF World Chinese Economic Forum Lifetime Achievement Award (2012). This Award is awarded to leading global personalities in honoring of leadership, vision and excellence in their respective industry or profession. It aims to recognize the outstanding contributions and pioneering spirit of these individuals over their lifetime and career, in which they have made profound impact on society.
She received the Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award in 2011. This award is the most prestigious in Singapore’s Tourism Industry, recognizing her efforts in championing the retail industry and successfully raising the standards of the sector. In Sydney 7-8 March, she is one of the 50 Australians and alumni chosen and honoured at Advance Women’s Leadership Summit.
In August 2009, she was the 1st Woman to win the Enterprise Asia’s APEA Women Entrepreneur of The Year Award, which is billed as Asia Pacific’s most prestigious award for entrepreneurs to reward them for outstanding performance and tenacity in building successful business.
Dato’ Dr Chan has also dedicated a great deal of her time to working with organizations for women. She was a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative Board, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr Jannie Chan became a member of the first Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in the year 2000. Its aim is to assist the organization in improving business practices and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of UNOPS’ clients. She is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) since 2004.
As the first and only woman executive board member of the Commonwealth Business Council, her main role is to involve the private sector in the promotion of international trade and investment. Dato’ Dr. Chan is also one of 50 leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in Paris in 1997. She is also President of Commonwealth Business women network.
Dato’ Dr Chan is also the first woman president of the Asean Business Forum and the Singapore Retailers Association. She has recently undertaken various actions to promote and raise the standards, profile and image of the retail industry by promoting innovation, creativity and excellence in her capacity as the president of the Singapore Retailers Association.
Born in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Masters of Science in Pharmacology from Monash University in Melbourne. It is due to her admirable entrepreneurial skills, foresight and passion for fundraising that she was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration in 1999 by Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom; in 2003, she was conferred the Darjah Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (DSAP) which carries the title Dato’.
Her family roots and background in pharmacology and business, combined with her passion and concern for wellness and for the environment has led her to establish Save Our Planet Investments, a holding company with businesses in lifestyle, forestry and bio-medical industries, focused on Global Wellness. Save Our Planet Investments promotes Global Integrated Medicine, a synergy of ancient knowledge and modern science, under the Scientific Tradition brand. It carries a range of lingzhi, cordyceps, ginseng and other related wellness products.
To support the ever-increasing awareness of the impact of global warming, Jannie Chan has invested in a biotechnological company with tissue culture facilities that propagate SuperGrow Teak, Eucalyptus, Milaopai, Poplar, Paulownia, Acacia and other species of trees and plants. These micro propagated plantlets, when fully grown, will enhance the greening of the planet at a faster pace, catalyzing global wellness by giving oxygen to the planet – all made possible through this newly established Save Our Planet Foundation.
Google Asia's Managing Director of Agencies (moderator)
Michelle joined Google in Singapore in 2011 and is currently the Managing
Director, Agencies, APAC and is responsible for driving the company’s strategy
and relationships with marketing and advertising agencies across Asia.
Prior to joining Google, Michelle was the Managing Director and Senior Advisor
of Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading private equity firm focused on media, entertainment, communications and technology, from 2007 to 2009.
She began her career in Asia at STAR, a media and entertainment company
based in Hong Kong, wholly owned by News Corporation, where she held a
number of key executive positions since 2000, culminating as CEO from 2003 to 2007. Before this, she was Director of Legal and Business Development at FOXTEL in Australia. Her career within media started at BSkyB in the UK.Earlier in her career Michelle was a lawyer at Allen, Allen & Hemsley in Australia and Singapore.
Michelle has an extensive international board experience and currently serves as a nonexecutive director of MTG (Modern Times Group), a leading international entertainment broadcasting group that span four continents and include freeTV,payTV, radio and content production. She also sits on the board of directors for Auckland International Airport Limited in New Zealand, Pacific Star Network in Melbourne and Plan International (global aid agency working on behalf of children in developing countries) in Hong Kong.
Michelle was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and the Veuve Clicquot Hong Kong Businesswoman of the Year in 2005. She is a graduate of Sydney University in Australia.
Digital Media Consultant, former APAC Vice President for CBS Interactive and Chair Emeritus for IAB Southeast Asia
Wendy Hoganis a generalist who has worked at the forefront of media, marketing and tech for the past 15 years. Currently in the midst of a career-break, Wendy is enjoying consulting to start-ups and media businesses as well as writing about the advertising landscape for ExchangeWire.com. Wendy is an early-adopter and fascinated by how technology is disrupting marketing and organisational design. Based in Singapore since 2010, Wendy is an active member of the broader industry via the IAB and regularly participates in industry events and forums.
General Manager, Asia, Mr & Mrs Smith
Amira Morgan is the General Manager, Asia for Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels. She forged her international credentials early, attending schools across Russia, Tunisia, Qatar, Austria and Australia. After graduating in foreign languages in Moscow, she swapped fur hats for flip-flops, going on to study marketing and advertising in Melbourne.
Amira’s professional marketing savvy comes from her equally diverse background in both corporate marketing and creative ad agency roles over the past 15 years. Her innate love of brand-building, travel and international marketing eventually led her to Mr & Mrs Smith in Melbourne, where she helped establish the brand in the Asia-Pacific market. She has led Asia-Pacific marketing and business development for the last five years. A recent bite by the travel bug sent Amira to Hong Kong: in her current role as General Manager, where she has established Mr & Mrs Smith’s first outpost in Asia in 2013. She is now responsible for growth and further regional Asia expansion across Asia territories.
In Asia Perspectives, Amira shares her learnings on expanding a niche digital brand internationally, as well as her expertise in social and content marketing.
President of iProspect and Digital Media, Aegis Media Asia Pacific
Ruth Stubbs is the president, iProspect and Digital Media Aegis Asia Pacific. Ruth oversees all of iProspect's search and performance marketing services in the region, and is responsible for the acceleration of digital media capabilities across Aegis Media's agency brands; Carat, Vizeum, and Isobar. Prior to Aegis, Ruth was President of Mediabrands Ventures Asia Pacific, and was responsible for developing and growing their assets across 11 markets in the region. Prior to this she spent 5 years with WPP's GroupM as founding Asia Pacific CEO of GroupM Interaction.
Before moving to Singapore in 2004, Ruth spent 10 years with the Euro RSCG Worldwide group heading its digital media operations in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. She is an active leader in the area of digital and media advancement in the Asia Pacific region and a regular speaker on these subjects at conferences in SEA and China. She sits on several high profile boards and juries in Singapore, including the AdTech Advisory Board, and she is also a member of IAB and the 4A's.