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Speakers Profile




Christine Songco

Technical Program Manager in Developer Relations,
Google, San
Francisco, USA


Christine

works as a Technical Program Manager in Developer
Relations, evangelizing Google’s developer products and APIs to SE
Asia.

Christinepreviously worked on Blogger, Google Code, Google
Narratives & Google Friend Connect in the 7 years she’s been at
Google.

Before joining Google, Christine

worked as a software
engineer at IBM and a Sales Engineer at GlobalCenter/Exodus
Communicati
ons. Christine

enjoys traveling, scuba diving,
snowboarding, reading and cooking.


Colin Charles

Advisor,
Open Ocean Investment

Managing Director,

Grok, Malaysia

Colin Charles is an open source software hacker and entrepreneur.
Based in Kuala Lumpur, he
is working at Monty Program Ab, on
MariaDB, and Open Ocean Investments on Web of Trust, and
MoSync. He was previously an early employee of MYSQL, which was
aquired by Sun Mircosystems.



Michael Francis Smith Jr

Director ,
Yahoo, South East Asia

Director of the Yahoo Developer Network (developer.yahoo.com) in
Southeast Asia, Michael Smith Jr. is responsible for creating the
technical evangelism programs for developers as well as working
with startups and government agencies to help foster internet
/mobile
growth across the region.

Prior to Yahoo!, Michael has been living in
Thailand studying Thai, working within the technology startups across
Southeast Asia and consulting with various companies across the
region on their social media strategies. Bef
ore moving to Thailand
Michael worked for BEA Systems, Inc. in Hong Kong while managing
their developer marketing strategies for Asia Pacific.



Aaron Tan

Brisbane Lead,

MEGA (Mobile Enterprise Growth Alliance),
Australia

Aaron Tan

chaired Apple’s iphone

keynote panel at Apple’s
CreateWorld 2009. In 2010 he recently just chaired another Apple
keynote for the latest released iPad.

He has also worked on developing Google’s App Inventor for Android
platform together with Google.

He also chaired the HCSNet (t
he ARC Network in Human
Communication Science) Workshop on Mobile Applications for
Communication Disorders &. He also presented at HCSNet
Workshop: Communication in Autism & HCSNet Summerfest 2009
on mobile technology.

Aaron is a trained robotics engineer
and a space
-
nut. His previous
projects focused on Human Factors and Artificial Intelligence in the
field of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He conducted research in the
Man Vehicle Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology(MIT). In 2009, he taught
University of Queensland’s
inaugural course in designing mobile applications.



Simone Brunozzi

Technology Evangelist,

Amazon


Web Services, Asia Pacific

Simone Brunozzi is a technology enthusiast, involved in IT and
computing since an early age.

He
joined Amazon.com in March 2008 in the role of Web Services
Evangelist, traveling across Europe and vicinity to showcase the
innovative new solutions by Amazon Web Services and help
developers build businesses and applications. He is following the
“Cloud C
omputing” paradigm shift since 2006, and believes that it is
going to replace the traditional computing model in a few years.

In January 2010 he relocated to Singapore, becoming the first AWS
Technology Evangelist for the APAC region. Of Italian origins,
S
imone loves traveling, meeting people and connecting with them.
He is a Linux and Ubuntu passionate, loves blogging on
http://www.brunozzi.com, and has interests in the environment, clean
energies, and technology in general.




Dr. Serkan Toto

Writer,
Te
ch Crunch, Japan

Dr. Serkan Toto works as the first and only Asia
-
based writer for the
TechCrunch network, mainly covering Japan
-
related technology and
web companies for

TechCrunch
,

CrunchGear

and

MobileCrunch
.

Full
-
time, Serkan is working as a web industry consultant for venture
capital

companies, hedge funds and tech startups worldwide.

He is sept
-
lingual, holds an MBA and is a PhD in economics.

Serkan
is a German of Turkish descent and lives in Tokyo.



Patrick Chanezon

Cloud Developer Relations Team Manager
, Google, San Francisco

Patrick Chanezon manages the Cloud Developer Relations team at
Google in San Francisco, making the web better as a development
platform with open web standards, GWT and Google App Engine. He
has been a Developer Advocate at Google since 2005, building and
growing developer ecosystems for HTML5,
OpenSocial
,
Google
Checkout

and the
AdWords API
. Previ
ously he has been working on
portals, blogs and syndication feeds at Sun Microsystems, AOL and
Netscape. He has done a bit of open source (ROME
project,

OSSGTP group). Apart from programming and reading
books, his main interest in life is spending time wi
th his wife and 3
kids.


Brian Wong

Business Development,
Digg.com, USA

CEO,
Followformation.com, Singapore

Brian is an entrepreneur and a global

inspirational speaker.
Bachelors of Commerce graduate from the Sauder School of
Business at the University
of British Columbia. He began his career
by creating the world’s first automated categorized Twitter discovery
tool: followformation.com.

Followformation was featured in Mashable, The Huffington Post,
Fastcompany.com, The Examiner, The Georgia Straight, Th
e
Vancouver Sun, and recently on the popular internet television
channels Building43.com

and Intruders.tv. Followformation has been
touted as one of the best Twitter user discovery tools, and recently
crossed its 500,000th follow milestone.

Brian has spoke
n at the Tweethouse in Los Angeles and in Austin,
TEDx Miami, the F5 Expo in Vancouver along with Malcolm Gladwell,
Digital Hollywood LA, the Youth Marketing Conference in Singapore,
TagMe Medellin in Colombia, and was recently lauded in the
Vancouver Sun
as a “a budding internet visionary”.

He was also recently the recipient of the Top 20 Under 20 Award in
all of Canada.

Since graduating, Brian has travelled to multiple
international cities to meet with world
-
class VCs and entrepreneurs,
forging his own
path through the social media space through restless
learning and growing. Along with his travels came an opportunity to
work at one of the tech world’s hottest companies, Digg.com.

Brian is now based in San Francisco, and helped develop key
partnerships f
or Digg. He recently launched Digg’s latest Android
mobile application, helping grow Digg’s rapidly rising mobile
presence.



Hugh Mason

Co
-
Founder and CEO of
JFDI.asia, Singapore


Hugh

mentors

and

invests

in

marketing,

media

and

technology

businesses

and

helps

to

build

wealth

for

nations,

regions

and

communities

as

a

consultant

to

public

sector

intervention

programmes.

Beginning

his

career

as

an

electronic

engineering

apprentice,

went on to read Physics at Bath University, a science TV
producer for BBC
’s Science TV Show (Tomorrow’s World), set
-
upInvincible Films, a successful independent TV production business
making primetime shows for broadcasters around the world. In 2001,
Hugh co
-
founded Pembridge Partners

to provide finance and advice
to marketing,

media and technology companies.


Hugh relocated to Singapore full time with his young family in
January 2009. He now works with a wide variety of marketing, media,
and technology enterprises to help their owners create, build and
realise value. He is also
co
-
founder and CEO of

JFDI.asia
, a digital
business seed accelerator.


Dr. Gang Lu

CEO,
Kuukie
, Founder,

Mobinode, China

Co
-
Founder,

Open Web Asia Workgroup

MSc, PhD in wireless communications, Internet
expert, known
speaker, co
-
founder of Open Web Asia Workgroup. Open Web Asia
is the first independent workgroup focusing on Asia Internet industry,
and is also the organizer of Open Web Asia conference which is the
first truly pan
-
Asia web technology event
bringing together
executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from throughout
Asia.

Gang Lu was the Asia Business Development Director of
Netvibes.com, the world leading personalized homepage and widget
technology provider. Prior to joining Netvibes,

he was in charge of
research and development of Multimedia Messaging Service platform
and 3G applications in Dialogue Communications Ltd. a leading
mobile messaging service provider in UK.

He is the guest editor of the world top web 2.0 blog
ReadWriteWeb.com, and his personal blog Mobinode.com covers the
Internet market news in Asia especially in China, was also voted as
the best China Tech Blog in 2007.



Mohan Belani

Director
E27, Singapore

Mohan is a director of Singapore technology entre
preneurs
organization known as E27sg. Among E27sg activities, Mohan was
the program head of one of the key start up launch platform in the
region known as Unconference. It was instrumental for getting
regional companies to be featured in TechCrunch 50.



Prof. Wong Poh Kam

Chairman,

BANSEA (Business Angels Network SEA)

Director,

NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, Singapore

Wong Poh Kam is concurrently a Professor at the School of
Business, as well as Director for NUS Entrepreneurship Centre. He
has published in

numerous international refereed journals on
innovation policy, industrial and competitiveness policy and
technology entrepreneurship, and has also consulted widely for
international agencies such as the World Bank and Asian
Development Bank, various gover
nment agencies in Singapore such
as A*STAR, EDB and IDA, and many high tech firms in Asia.

An entrepreneur who co
-
founded three companies prior to joining
academia, he is now an active angel investor and/or board member
of several high tech start
-
ups in Si
licon Valley, Singapore, China and
Malaysia. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley and a
visiting researcher at Stanford University and KTH, Sweden. He
received a Public Administration Medal (Bronze) from the Singapore
Government in 2005.



Dr. Bernard Leong

Co
-
Founder,
Chlkboard

Founder,
Singapore Entrepreneurs
,

Director

Thymos Capital, Singapore

Dr. Bernard is the co
-
founder of Chlkboard where he currently serves
as the CTO and is instrumental in developing a mobile
-
web ad
delivery system

to help small and medium enterprises to market
promotions. Prior to Chlkboard, Bernard was a founding partner in
Thymos Capital LLP.

In his stint as an early stage investor, he has guided his portfolio of
companies (iHipo, AzukiSoft and Eteract) mainly on

product
development and business strategies, follow
-
up investments and
expansion into China and Japan. He has recently received the
accolade of Young Professional of the Year from the Singapore
Computer Society (SCS) IT Leader Awards 2010.

He currently co
ntributes as a writer on SGEntrepreneurs.com

and
also as a host on This Week in Asia, a podcast dedicated to web/tech
and mobile news in Asia which he has co
-
founded both online media
enterprises.



Aaron Tan Dani

Chairman & Co
-
Founder,

IASA, Asia Pacific

Aaron is co
-
founder and the Chairman of International Association of
Software Architects (IASA) Asia Pacific since 2004 and was actively
involved in setting up and leading IASA Chapter across Asia Pacific
countries. Aaron is well connec
ted with the industry leaders and
government bodies in the respective APAC countries.

Aaron was previously working as a Director of Financial Services
Platform Strategy with Microsoft for more than 6 years and prior to
that he was a Regional Chief Architec
t with one of UK’s leading IT
and business strategy consulting firms based in Singapore. He holds
a Master of Technology from the National University of Singapore
and a Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences from the
University of Western Australia
.



Roslan Bakri Zakaria

Director, IDD,
Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC),
Malaysia

Roslan has been a driving force in promoting technopreneurship
among Malaysians and Malaysians companies to the world. With an
interesing career that spanned over

12 years across various roles
and start
-
ups, Roslan was the Chief Executive Officer to INNOVASIA
and known for his passion for Islamic Content.

Roslan is a strong believer of the power and the influence of the Web
which led him to organize a few Malaysian

delegation to champion
Malaysian innovation in events such as Web2.0 Summit.



Premesh Chandran

CEO,
Malaysia Kini, Malaysia

Around 10 years ago, Premesh Chandran

and Steven Gan founded
what is known as model for online independent journalist across the
world. MalaysiaKini covers mostly local political news attracts over 37
Million page view and it is one of the top sites that helped changed
the political landscape

in Malaysia. Malaysiakini has been recognised
with awards from Asiaweek, Businessweek, International Press
Institute and many more.

Premesh was selected by TED.com as one of the 40 TED Fellows
2010. He was invited to present at TED in Long Beach Californi
a in
2010.

Premesh also lead South East Asian Centre for E
-
media (Seacem)
which is a not for profit organization that aims to assist and grow
online media in the region.



Preetam Rai

Distinguished
Educator, Technologist & Traveler, India

Preetam Rai is
a technologist and educator from India now based in
South East Asia. He was also the South East Asia regional editor at
Global Voices Online, a large aggregator of social media content.
Preetam Rai is always on the move, at events across Asia and
beyond lo
oking at trends and ideas. He has been talking and writing
about Asia and African start
-
up and tech scene for the last couple of
years.



Chang W. Kim

Product Manager ,

Google, Korea

Chang W. Kim is currently serving as a product manager at Google,
overs
eeing UGC (user
-
generated content) product development for
Korean market. Chang joined Google when TNC, the company he
served as the CEO (sharing the post with the original founder,
Chester Roh), had been acquired in September 2008.

TNC was Korea’s leading

blog solutions and services company. Prior
to TNC, Chang developed mobile web strategies at Samsung Mobile,
in partnership with world’s leading wireless carriers and content
providers. Chang is also actively involved in introducing Asia’s web
innovations
to the world, as a conference organizer (Open Web Asia)
and as a blogger (Web 2.0 Asia).



Bikesh Lakhmichand (Mike Smith)

CEO,
iTrain, Malaysia

Bikesh or better known as “Mike” is the co
-
founder of iTrain

and has
been in the IT industry for the past 12 years. Bikesh has vast
experience in the developer’s world. He has been voted as one of the
Best Speaker in TechEd SEA since his debut in 2004. In the last
TechEd conference he was the only speaker with a re
cord of 7
presentation sessions.

He delivers talks and workshops on counter
-
hacking and creating
trust within networks utilizing open source tools throughout Asia
Pacific. He has delivered such content to corporations like Frost &
Sullivan, StarHub, SingTe
l, the Singapore Police Department, DBS
Bank, HP Singapore, KPMG Philippines and various other local
government and law enforcement agencies.

Bikesh leads the development team of iTrain’s subsidiary iCode (M)
Sdn Bhd which develops and consults on large sc
ale custom
solutions mainly for the government sector. He is regularly sought
after as the leading developer trainer/consultant for new technologies
in most major development houses and corporations in the SEA
region (Monster, INTEL, ING, RHB, Bank Negara,

etc)



Bob Chua

Group CEO of

Pulse Group, Malaysia


The recipient of the prestigious ‘Ernst & Young Emerging
Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2008, Bob Chua co
-
founded Pulse
Group which grew from start
-
up to a listed company in London’s
PLUS market in a m
ere 33 months. Pulse Group is a leading provider
of research process outsourced (“RPO”) services within the Asia
-
Pacific region predominantly to market research and media
companies, based anywhere around the world, wishing to conduct
research within the re
gion.



Lichi Wu

APAC Sales & BD

Former Admob, Singapore

Licchi was involoved in the Asia PAC Sales & Business Development
for AdMob which is the mobile advertizing platform company which
was recently aquired

by Google. Prior to that he was with Google as
the AdWords Account Manager for the Southeast Asia region which
spanns across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam,
Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, and more. Currently Lichi is the VP in a
Singap
ore startup called Foound.com.



Paul Moss

General Manager, Platforms, Technology and New Business,
AltMedia, Malaysia

Paul works with AltMedia in strategising, developing, acquiring and
implementing digital & new media products for Media Prima’s family
of traditional media brands. He was formerly the General Manager for
the Network Media Portals in Media Prima Berhad, Malaysia and a
Network Brand Director for a Malaysian television channel, 8TV.



Stefan Pertz

Group Managing Director,

Launchpad,
Malaysia

Stefan spent his career working in Business
-
to
-
Business (B2B)
companies in marketing departments and as an account director for a
B2B Advertising agency. Launchpad provides outsourced marketing
management, training and project management for SMEs
across
Southeast Asia. This boutique firm also assists European companies
to market their products in the region

Passionate about marketing, Stefan has practiced what marketing
textbooks teach. He set up direct distributions in Singapore and
Sydney, helped

to open offices in Hong Kong and Malaysia. The
successful launch of a new brand under his supervision resulted in
the client, a postal service, being nominated among the top 10 direct
marketing providers. The name Launchpad (Your marketing lift
-
off in
Asi
a) depicts the sole reason for its existence: the company boosts
companies in the region to new marketing heights.



Pratyush Prasanna

Open Innovation Manager,
Xerox, India

Founding Team,

SMS GupShup

Pratyush Prasanna

presently looks at technology related investments
for Xerox in India. Pratyush was on the founding team of SMS
Gupshup, India’s largest social network on mobile and was
responsible for growing the application from zero to its first million
users (today ab
out 20M users are on the Gupshup platform). Since
then he has worked in Microsoft’s mobile strategy team with special
focus on the mobile productivity applications and emerging markets.

With his background in startups, he looks at promising new ideas and
r
esearch projects for Xerox to invest in India.Pratyush has hands on
experience in running startups as well as managing software
development teams at Microsoft. Pratyush has a B.Tech degree from
IIT Kharagpur and is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta.



Timothy J
ordan

Developer Advocate,
Google, USA

Timothy is a Developer Advocate at Google working on the social
web. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a Theater

Arts
graduate degree, and an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC
Santa Cruz. In his spare time he runs half marathons and announces
for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, and
any other Roller Derby team that asks. As an eng
ineer he enjoys
solving problems for the benefit of fellow humans. As an artist he
enjoys the search for truth and beauty.



Richard Coombes

Manager, Location Based Services and Product Development


YTL
Communications, Malaysia

Over 12 years


experience as a Geographical Information Systems
(GIS) professional in web, desktop and mobile systems. Career
experience in Europe, the Middle East, America and South East Asia.
He has a passion for the use of spatial information for problem
solving and
believes the use of location information can add valuable
insight into most business scenarios.

Richard is responsible for the implementation of the location platform
for YTL Communications who are building the world’s first nationwide
Mobile Internet
Network, enabled by 4G.