Speakers

We have assembled a world-class line of speakers with vast experience in Social Selling and compelling topics. Please check our line up of speakers and their stories.

Stewart Lee

Head of Sales, Sales Solutions, APAC, LinkedIn

Stewart Lee assumed the role of Head of Sales for LinkedIn Sales Solutions in the Asia Pacific region on January 1, 2016 where he is responsible for driving adoption of market-leading sales enablement tools and bringing to life the Sales Solutions vision of "Helping every sales organization in APAC become more productive and successful".

Stewart brings with him more than 2 decades of leadership and business development experience. Prior to joining LinkedIn in September 2013, he was Corporate Account Director, UK at Hays PLC. Over a 10 year career, he also had the opportunity to set up their inaugural IT division in Prague, Czech Republic.

Before joining Hays PLC, he helped set up a new venture of High street branches for GE Global Consumer Finance and also spent time at Citi group, also within their consumer finance business.

He is a believer in the simple fact that although the world of sales is constantly evolving, people will always buy from people. As a result, relationships matter more now than ever before but alas, how you go about building those relationships is unrecognizable.

When not evangelizing about modern sales, he is a self-professed foodie, a 9 handicap golfer and admits to a slight (but manageable) gadget addiction.

www.linkedin.com
The Evolution of Sales Navigator:
 9AM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

David Tang

Enterprise Channel Director – Education and Healthcare Sector, Microsoft

David Tang runs the Social Selling Playbook LinkedIn group he launched 2 years ago after much frustration Social Selling in the B2B space. Today, he is involved in driving customer lifetime value by leading pipeline development and velocity for partners, and by proliferating great partner solutions across customers locally working as the Enterprise Channel Director, Public Sector Education & Healthcare at Microsoft Singapore.

Prior to this role, he’s worked in the partner team, starting the Microsoft Partner LinkedIn Group in 2011, growing to >2,000 members and manages 3 more Microsoft LinkedIn groups. He first joined Microsoft in 2008 as a Product Marketing Manager, managing a business encompassing server, management & security solutions.

David has a long history with IT working in the Microsoft Partner, Training & Distribution channel since 1996.

www.microsoft.com
Social Selling Success Singapore Style: 1:30PM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

Vivek Kumar

Assistant Director-General, NTUC

Vivek Kumar is Assistant Director-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). He is the Director of U Startup, U Associate, U Future Leaders and U PME

Under his leadership, his team grows the Labour Movement and builds relationships with 3-Generation NTUC members and networks, together with NTUC-affiliated unions and associations, NTUC Social Enterprises, NTUC U Associate professional guilds and professional groups such as startups and technopreneurs.

Vivek is presently a board member of NTUC Link Pte Ltd, NTUC Club, and PME Hub Pte Ltd. He is also a Board Member of the InfoComm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Assurity Trusted Solutions and Enterprise Singapore Board.

He is the Honorary Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, a keynote speaker at regional conferences, and writes in selected business publications.

www.ntuc.org.sg
Growing a Community Around Your Brand Through Social Selling:
 9:30AM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

Walter de Oude

CEO, Singapore Life

Starting out as an actuary, there is very little that Walter de Oude does not know about life insurance. As the founder and CEO of Singapore Life, he has achieved what many thought to be an almost impossible task - starting a life insurance company from scratch.

This is a role for which he is very well suited – having had diverse experience in the industry in a variety technical actuarial roles with reinsurers and consulting firms, product development, marketing and C-Suite roles. Prior to starting Singapore Life, Mr de Oude was CEO of HSBC Insurance (Singapore), a member of the HSBC Bank Exco, and on the Board of HSBC Asset Management. He has lived in Singapore predominantly since 2000, and considers Singapore to be his long term home.

www.singlife.com
Social Selling in Financial Services: 2:30PM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

SzeKi Sim

Head of Brand, SGInnovate

A seasoned and passionate marketer, SzeKi joined SGInnovate as part of its pioneer team in Sep 2016. She is entrusted with building the brand and marketing team from scratch, to achieve SGInnovate’s mission of enabling ambitious and talented men and women to build, commercialize and scale deep technology-based innovations from Singapore that will have a global impact.

She leads the team in promoting Singapore as a place of thriving innovation in deep tech entrepreneurship and spearheads activities to create a holistic ecosystem, providing a platform where founders, researchers, academics, venture capitalists, corporations come together to share and discuss ideas of innovation in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and MedTech.

Her leadership has seen SGInnovate, in less than 2 years, establish itself as a leading force in driving deep tech innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore and internationally, having built a thriving community with 22,000 followers across its social media platforms, and clinching silver in the Best B2B PR Campaign at the Marketing PR Awards 2017.

Prior to SGInnovate, SzeKi’s long career in marketing included leading teams with global technology brands such as Hewlett Packard, Motorola, and Nokia regionally and globally. Her 15 years at Motorola saw her in various leadership positions including Head of Marketing – Asia Pacific for Motorola Networks, and Head of Marketing – Asia and the Middle East for Motorola Solutions. At Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia), SzeKi was the Global Head of Customer Marketing for their Global Services organization.

www.sginnovate.com
Social Selling – a goldmine for startups: 10:00AM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

Mark Laudi

CEO, Media Mentor, Hong Bao Media

Mark Laudi is an accomplished media mentor, business conference anchor, and radio and financial television current affairs show host. He is a veteran of the traditional and new media, with 25 years' experience in print, radio, television, new and social media, and is passionate about building a culture of open communication to solve the world's problems.

Since leaving television in 2006, Mark has become mentor to VP and C-suite Participants at multinational companies in Asia and the Middle East. Between 1999 and 2006, Mark anchored and produced regional
network television business news programs.

He was also Australia Editor, and Sydney Bureau Chief at CNBC Asia Pacific. From 1997-1999, Mark hosted news programs at MediaCorp, and was a member of the inaugural production and presentation team of English-language talk radio station 938LIVE (938NOW).

He started his media career at age 21, becoming Australia’s youngest radio current
affairs show host at ABC Radio. Having spent many years in South Africa, Germany and Australia, Mark has called Singapore home for more than 20 years. He is a Councilor of the Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS), and a member of the Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD), Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), SGTech, AustCham Singapore, and Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry & Commerce.

When he is not coaching top Participants in executive presence, and to become better media performers and public speakers, he is a presenter himself at numerous business conferences and events as conference anchor or moderator.

www.hongbaomedia.com
How to produce native videos for your LinkedIn Company Page: 4:00PM@Workshop Room LEVEL 21: MPR 01

Miguel Bernas

Independent Digital Media & Marketing Consultant, Timber Wolf Media

Miguel is a digital and business transformation leader who has played senior change agent roles and led marketing for major brands like Nokia, PayPal, Singtel, Mediacorp, CNBC, Yahoo! and MTV. Throughout his career, he has focused on the power of good content and narrative to build brands, attract audiences and transform company culture.

We live in an age of unprecedented consumer choice when it comes to content consumption. As a result, the interruption-based model of reaching customers is no longer sufficient as digital-savvy consumers adopt subscription-based, ad-free content platforms and install ad-blockers on their devices. Brands must instead learn how to build and nurture loyal audiences of their own and create content of genuine value.
How Brands can use Storytelling to Build a Loyal Audience: 11:30AM@Workshop Room LEVEL 21: MPR 01

Steve Dawson

Business Communications, Presentations and Public Speaking Coach, Coach@Steve Dawson

Steve Dawson is the owner of Coach – Steve Dawson, which helps business people to present their data and innovations in boardrooms, ballrooms and on television. He is the face of football, mixed martial arts and general sports news throughout Asia, anchoring the premium content at ESPN, Star Sports and Fox Sports since 2004.

Education: BA Hons., Economics & Public Administration, Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Career: Business owner at Coach – Steve Dawson, conducting executive coaching in business presentation. TV Presenter with ESPN Star Sports / Fox Sports since 2004.
Previously: Chartered Tax Accountant, 11 years as a taxation professional in London & Singapore. 5 years as a full-time print and broadcast journalist with Singapore Press Holdings (The Straits Times & Channel i News).

Author of books: Alex Yoong: The Driver’s Line in 2010 and How To Be The Greatest Like Muhammad Ali in 2012, both published by Marshall Cavendish.

www.coachsd.com
The Power of Presenting in Social Selling:
 11:30AM@Workshop Room LEVEL 21: CF-12

Andrea Edwards

Founder & CEO, The Digital Conversationalist

Andrea Edwards, The Digital Conversationalist, is a passionate communications evangelist and expert in content marketing, personal branding, social leadership and employee advocacy. These four focus areas – all connected under the communications banner - fundamentally transform how we do business today, and empower us to delight our customers, as well as growing personal career opportunities and your brand’s success.

A globally award-winning B2B communications professional, Andrea is a content marketing strategy pioneer, blogger, writer, and trainer/coach for businesses and professionals around the world. A regular speaker at industry events discussing and sharing about content marketing, social leadership and employee advocacy, Andrea also presents to the world’s largest companies on the transformation needed within to maximize business growth in our digital future.

Andrea’s goal is to help businesses and professionals tell better stories, while rousing passions in people to embrace social leadership.

Currently Chairman of the Asia Content Marketing Association (ACMA), you can find Andrea here www.andreatedwards.com.

www.thedigitalconversationalist.com
How to be A World Class Social Leader:
 3:00PM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

Jay Soo

CEO, Moving bits

Currently moonlighting as the CEO of Moving Bits (a company he started in 1998 to secure directing gigs), Jay’s career highlights include directing TV commercials for Universal Studios Theme Parks, industrial videos for the likes of Keppel Corp, even a full-length documentary for the Smithsonian Channel in the USA (CHILEAN MINE RESCUE went on to win a Silver Medal at the 2012 New York Festivals), amongst others. He is also a member of the judging panel for the prestigious New York Festivals Show.

An ex-musician who’s played his share of parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, clubs and even a stadium or two, today Jay is a director by vocation.

Graduating with Honors in Studio Guitar from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California, he spent the first few years of his working life as a music producer, arranger & composer for short films and (mostly) television commercials – even winning a couple of awards for Best Jingle.

In a strange twist of fate (read “jobless musician”), he started directing videos, which led to directing TV commercials. And it was whilst directing commercials that he found his true calling – one that’s won him a CINE Special Jury Award, a Nomination for a Cannes Lion, a New York Festivals Best Direction nomination and a Gold at the US International Film & Video Festival.

He is also a member of the judging panel for the prestigious New York Festivals Show.
Highly motivated and imaginative, Jay is always trying to bring a new point-of-view to every shoot he directs. And, provide a unique vision for the company he runs.

A company which the Smithsonian Channel describes as “one of the world’s best non-fiction producers”.

www.movingbitsonline.com
Moving up the Social (media) Ladder with Video: 10:30AM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

Chloe Hacquard

Founder & CEO, HighChloeCloud

Social media expert convinced by digital age impacting personal and corporate. An influencer with 30,000 followers 1000 GLASS (Global LinkedIn Social Success) ambassadors around the world.

To quote Seneca, who said:
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

A Digital Marketing Manager passionate about saving the Net and use the Digital in business.

My goal is to develop myself quickly in the responsibilities of Digital Marketing with curiosity, business intelligence and technology strategy, analytical and great practical tools.

During my INSEEC MBA, I launched HighChloeCloud as Founder and CEO.

www.highchloecloud.com
My Story is my Strategy:
 11:30AM@Workshop Room LEVEL 22: CF-07

Roger Graham

Senior Director, Growth & Marketing, Hootsuite

I am a data-driven, creative marketing leader with 15+ years of building strategies and leading teams who deliver outstanding results and have some fun along the way. I thrive in leadership roles that can directly impact revenue by collaborating with people who share high expectations and are empowered to create amazing results.

Speaker and contributor with recent coverage in CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, SocialMediaToday.com, CMO Innovation, Marketing Interactive, The Drum, Tech in Asia, TechWire Asia and TODAY.

Specialties: Field marketing, growth strategy, performance marketing, SaaS, online/digital marketing, campaigns, demand generation, brand strategy, customer/user experience, leadership, social media strategy, international marketing and success metrics.

www.hootsuite.com
Seamless Selling with Social Media: 2:00PM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

Matthieu Vermeulen

Dining Program Director, Hilton

I am a forward-looking person with two decades of experience in CRM, data-driven marketing & e-commerce. Over the years I gathered a set of skills that allows me to help companies being successful in times of disruptive, fast-paced technological changes, specifically in marketing. I love helping companies transition to digital and adopt mobile business strategies that deliver on their KPIs. I get up early because I am curious and want to keep learning. I enjoy sharing this knowledge with others.

Throughout my career, I have managed teams of different sizes, managed P&Ls, purchased and delivered digital campaign management solutions and have managed global brand campaigns for SMEs and MNCs. My goal is to enable teams and allow them, the customers and the company to thrive.

Networking across disciplines and industries with a focus on marketing and business development is my favorite professional pass time, regardless of industry.

I am passionate about digital, mobile and connectivity and combine this with a drive to getting things done. I am at my best in situations where global HQ strategy needs to be translated to generate regional and local results.

I graduated from the Trium Global E-MBA program (HEC, Stern NYU and LSE).

Areas of expertise:

  • CRM, mobile marketing, global campaigns, eCommerce, mCommerce and the solutions and platforms facilitating these
  • Statistics, data analytics, ML and AI
  • Mobile applications and web-apps
  • Marketing strategy
  • General Management
www.hiltonworldwide.com
Driving Loyalty through Social Selling:
 4:00PM@Workshop Room LEVEL 21: MPR 02

Sulbi Lee

General Manager, M Social Singapore

Sulbi has recently been appointed as General Manager for MSocial Singapore- A Millennium & Copthorne Hotels and Resorts brand. She graduated from The School of Hospitality from Michigan State University and started as Management Trainee at the Four Seasons in Chicago.

After a 7 year career with Four Seasons in Chicago, London and Singapore, she ventured out to a different world – first in Private Equity hunting for investment opportunities in lesser known countries, joining a medical tourism startup pushing regenerative Stem Cell treatments and then in recruitment to build the Digital/Innovation/Fintech patch of the Marketing/Tech recruitment.

Coming back full circle to her passion to be GM someday, Sulbi brings to MSocial her crossover experience and knowledge of innovation and technology, doing her part to uplift/disrupt the industry and help create a community of innovative thinkers and doers in the hospitality industry.

www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/m-social-singapore
Social Selling in Hospitality: 4:00PM@Workshop Room LEVEL 22: CF-12

Mike Parsons

Head of Brand Activation, APAC. Universum

Brand builder by day, dad by night! I work with employers to help them build their employer brands into the competitive advantage they need to stay relevant and get ahead in their field. Right now, let alone in the future, there is not enough skilled talent to meet demand, and being unable to attract the talent and skills your organization needs can be debilitating, or even terminal.

Being an employer of choice is more than just a nice award to pick up, it has become a key business strategy for leading organisations around the world. I help employers to understand talent data, create employer branding strategies, and to position themselves as dream employers. On this mission, there is no tool more powerful than social media, making it key to a strong and robust employer brand.

I have been working with Universum, the global leader in employer branding, for four years. In my role heading up brand activation for Asia Pacific, I get to work with a host of the largest and most progressive domestic and international employers across the region; helping them to build their employer brands, communicate with target talent through social media, and to meet their talent and business objectives. Prior to my time at Universum, I have worked across several media and marketing roles that have taken me from London to the Middle East and now Asia, where I have been living happily for the last eight years.

www.universumglobal.com
Why Social Media is no Longer Optional for Employer Branding:
 4:00PM@Workshop Room LEVEL 22: CF-07

Lynette Seah

Founder and CEO, Alpha7

Lynette is the Founder & CEO of Alpha7, a company named one of the Top 25 Most Promising Technology Startups in 2016 by APAC CIO Outlook. In August 2017, Alpha7 launched their business dashboard product A7 IoB®.

Lynette is also a Chartered Accountant with over 28 years of experience in MNCs such as PWC and J.D Edwards, including 8 years’ experience as VP of Finance & Strategy at Salesforce.com, Inc.

As a passionate advocate of digital transformation, she believes that the use of technology and data can help businesses to stay competitive and relevant in this aggressive and fast-paced digital economy. It is challenging for Enterprises and SMEs to adopt, adapt and plan their digital journey. Her broad experience in audit, finance operations & strategy, HR, project management, business, sales & marketing and partner & channel operations, can provide valuable insights and recommendations to any businesses that wish to roadmap their digital transformation journey.

She believes digital transformation is a journey, not a sprint.

www.a7iob.com
An Entrepreneur’s Road to Social Selling – How B2B and B2C companies can benefit from Social Selling:
11:30AM@Workshop Room LEVEL 21: MPR 02

Chris J Reed

The Only CEO With a Mohawk, Black Marketing

Chris J Reed is the Only CEO With A Mohawk! He is also the most recommended LinkedIn marketing entrepreneur on LinkedIn with over 600 LinkedIn recommendations. Chris is a two times No.1 International Bestselling Author with his books "Personal Branding Mastery For Entrepreneurs" and "LinkedIn Mastery for Entrepreneurs", the No.1 book about LinkedIn on Amazon.

Chris has been named an Official LinkedIn Power Profile 2012-2018, has one of the world’s most viewed LinkedIn profiles with 55,000 followers and has won Social Media Entrepreneur of the Year award by CMO Asia/World Brand Congress and Asia’s Most Influential Digital Media Professional by them too.

Chris is a serial, global entrepreneur having created Black Marketing – Enabling LinkedIn For You, The Dark Art of Marketing – Personal Branding For Entrepreneurs, Mohawk Marketing – TripAdvisor Engagement For You, Chris J Reed Mastery – Masterclasses that Engage, Delight, Educate and Entertain and Spark: LinkedIn + Tinder = Match.

Chris is also a vastly experienced LinkedIn and Personal Branding Masterclass Leader, event speaker, emcee & chairperson. Chris lectures at both The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School and The National University of Singapore to MBA students.

Chris also mentors for the CMO Council/Singapore Management University Business School and is Chair of the Marketing Committee of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce.

www.blackmarketing.com
What is Social Selling and How You Can Do It:
 8:40AM@Open Auditorium LEVEL 21: MPR 01

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