Chief Operating Officer and Head of Rugby World Cup
Founded in 2002 and recognised as a top 10 Event Marketing Agency by Marketing Magazine, Branded produces live media that matters, connecting businesses, brands, celebrities and fans through large and small scale events, specialising in the media, entertainment and sports industries.
We own and operate the award winning “Matters” series including Sports, Online, Marketing, Gaming and Music Matters. We are the original producers of the YouTube FanFest and are Global Partners with Google on the world’s largest touring live celebration of online content and recently created It’s a Girl Thing. We excel in the conceptualisation, programming, organisation, and production of dynamic conferences, live music festivals, educational academies, and fan events globally. We are an independent company staffed by passionate multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-talented individuals with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore and affiliations that reach all corners of the world. Most importantly, we really enjoy making it matter for everyone we work with.
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Rugby World Cup
Alan Gilpin is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Rugby World Cup at World Rugby, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the globally-renowned Rugby World Cup brand, including the preparations and delivery for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and the conduct of the host selection process for Rugby World Cup 2023.
Previously a lawyer, and with a strong track record in sport and business, Alan has been involved in the management and delivery of Rugby World Cup since 2001 in a number of roles.
Alan joined the World Rugby from his previous role as Chief Operating Officer of official hospitality provider, Prestige Ticketing Ltd, where he oversaw the award-winning hospitality programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Prior to the London 2012 role, Alan spent nine years with IMG, including responsibility for commercial rights negotiation across Rugby World Cup 2003, 2007 and 2011
Co-founder & Co-CEO
Alex Zhu, cofounder and co-CEO of musical.ly. Musical.ly is a globally popular social media platform around music and videos.
Alex's background was in product and design.
Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, which commands in excess of 12% of the global digital recorded music market.
Merlin has licensed the world’s leading digital music services including SoundCloud, YouTube Red, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, Deezer, Vevo, and KKBOX, and reached settlements with Limewire, XM Satellite Radio, and Grooveshark.
Charles received IMPALA's Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013 and was named one of Billboard’s International Power Players in both 2014 and 2017.
Chairman and CEO
Chase Carey was named Executive Chairman of Formula 1 in September 2016 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. He is responsible for the strategy and operations of the world’s premiere motor sports business. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Carey served as President and Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox, as well as Executive Vice Chairman. He oversaw the world’s premiere portfolio of entertainment, news and sports franchises as well as worldwide broadcast, pay television and satellite assets. Mr. Carey continues to serve as a non-executive Vice Chairman of 21st Century Fox.
Previously, Mr. Carey was President and Chief Executive Officer of DIRECTV, Inc., where he led the operations and strategic direction of the DIRECTV, Inc. companies - which include DIRECTV, Inc. in the United States and DIRECTV Latin America. He was elected to the position in 2003 by the company's Board of Directors. He also served on The DIRECTV Group Board of Directors.
Prior to joining DIRECTV, Inc., Mr. Carey was co-Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation (now known as 21st Century Fox) and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Television Group. He was particularly instrumental in building its worldwide television business that encompassed the FOX network, Fox Television Stations, Fox's cable programming group, and the Company's international satellite television operations.
Mr. Carey is a Director of Formula 1, 21st Century Fox and Sky, Plc. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Business School. He is also a Trustee Emeritus at Colgate University.
Tencent Music Entertainment Group
Cussion Pang was appointed CEO and Board of director of Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) since July 2016. Mr. Pang is responsible for corporate strategies, overall direction and management of TME. With over 20 years of experience in the Internet industry, Cussion has been participating in many aspects of the development of the Chinese Internet Market with vision and hands on experience.
Mr. Pang joined Tencent back in early 2008 and had served in various positions including Corporate Vice President of Social Network, Corporate Vice President of Tencent e-Commerce, Vice President of Tencent Games and General Manager of Games, Tencent Open Platform. In additions, Cussion was also in charge of QQ Games, Web games, Mobile Games and QQ Show etc. in Tencent Group.
Prior joining Tencent, Cussion had served as management positions of many listed companies in Telecommunication, Internet and Media industries, with extensive experience in product development, operations, business development, sales and marketing. Mr. Pang graduated from University of Waterloo with degree of Mathematics, Business Administration and Information System.
Vice President, Media AAR
Unilever Asia Pte Ltd
David looks after one of the largest media budgets in a region spanning 14 time zones. He is responsible for driving Unilever’s innovation in Communications Channel Planning with a strong focus on developing Unilever as a major force in digital marketing.
David was educated at Dulwich College, London and at the Open University Business School, UK. He spent 25 years in UK agencies before a 7-year stay in APAC with Mindshare, where he managed the agency’s multimarket relationship with Unilever.
He joined Unilever in 2010 and lives in Singapore with his wife and two children.
CEO of Wanda Sports China
Wanda Sports Group
Mr. David Yang, CEO of Wanda Sports China, has committed himself to growing the business of Wanda Sports Group, helping it to become the largest sports company in the world. Wanda Sports China has broad operations in football, cycling, triathlon, badminton, basketball, and activates around Wanda’s strategic partnerships with top international sports federations and organizations, such as FIFA, FIBA, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), as well as Badminton World Federations (BWF).
Prior to joining Wanda, David worked for the National Basketball Association (NBA) in New York, Hong Kong and China, as Senior Vice President and Managing Director. In his earlier career, David was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. He also worked at Deloitte Touche and Enron Corporation in Houston.
David obtained his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, dual Master’s degrees with scholarship from the University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Nankai University.
Denis has been working in the new media sector in Europe and the United States for the last ten years. Before founding Believe Digital in December 2004, he managed the internet and new media activities for Vivendi Universal in the United States as Chief Strategic and Financial Officer. There, he managed the restructuring and development of the first digital music service (eMusic), the first music social networking site (MP3.com), the leading mobile media distributor (Moviso / Infospace Mobile), as well as Rollingstone.com. He is a graduate of Sciences-Po, l'ESCP, Duke University and a member of the New York Bar.
Global Head of Sponsorship & Events
Giles Morgan is one of the world’s leading international sponsorship practitioners, with over 24 years of experience in the international marketing industry. Since 2005, Giles has led HSBC’s international sponsorship strategy and portfolio with over 120 events in 30 countries in sports, arts and CSR. Giles also is responsible for the HSBC Airport Media strategy – one of the most high recognised and successful brand platforms globally. Giles is a sought-after key note speaker in the Sports Industry around the world and is also a regular media commentator.
From its launch in 2008, Hartwig Masuch has led the new BMG to become the fourth biggest music company in the world and arguably the fastest growing music company in history, with 14 offices in 11 countries including the US, UK, China and Australia. It represents around 2.5m songs and recordings from artists and songwriters ranging from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to Roger Waters and Robbie Williams, from Avril Lavigne and Bruno Mars, to blink-182 and Blondie. Masuch has in the process become the most powerful and influential non-Anglo-American in the music industry today. Behind this success story stands a simple concept: rethinking the music company for the digital age in order to give artists and songwriters a better deal. Masuch argues that music companies should exist to serve the artist, not the other way round. Always thought-provoking and sometimes-outspoken, Masuch has a unique perspective on the future of the music industry.
Global General Manager
Hosi Simon is the Global General Manager of VICE Media.
Under Simon's guidance, VICE has expanded and diversified to include a growing network of digital channels, a television and feature film production studio, a magazine, in-house creative services agencies, and a newly launched international television network, VICELAND.
As Global General Manager, Simon oversees the strategy, growth and operations of VICE Digital globally, which includes VICE Media’s suite of owned and operated channels, publishing partnerships (YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, Apple, Twitch, et al), as well as mobile and OTT platforms.
Simon anded VICE in 2007 after five years at Rockstar Games where he served as a Senior Executive and managed brand development globally. Prior to working at Rockstar, he was Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Flyer, and oversaw the publishing company globally.
Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Sports
Fox Networks Group Asia
Italo Zanzi is currently Executive Vice President of FOX Networks Group Asia and Managing Director for its Sports network. In this role, Zanzi is responsible for all aspects of the FOX Sports Network, including Production, Acquisitions and Marketing across the region, stretching from Japan to Dubai. He is based in Singapore.
Zanzi joined FOX from Italian Serie A football club A.S. Roma where he was CEO for three and a half years, overseeing all aspects of the club’s operations and business. His tenure at Roma was marked by financial improvements and competitive success for the club, including two-second place finishes in Serie A and qualification to the knock-out stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2015-16.
Zanzi earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1996, and Juris Doctor and MBA from Emory University in 1999. He is a licensed attorney in New York State. He started his career at Major League Baseball, where he spent nearly eight years, eventually serving as Vice President, International Broadcast Sales & Latin American / US Hispanic Marketing. He then served as Deputy General Secretary of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) overseeing the confederation's events, communications and marketing. Before joining A.S. Roma, Zanzi worked on behalf of the America’s Cup Event Authority in 2012, overseeing media rights licensing.
Zanzi is also an accomplished athlete, having represented the US national handball team as goalkeeper from 1997-2007 and winning a bronze medal with the team at the 2003 Pan American Games. He was named the United States Olympic Committee’s Team Handball Athlete of the Year in 2000, 2002, and 2004.
Jeremy Wineberg is an innovator in the music industry, having curated up-and-coming artists for over a decade. Wineberg is a founder of Heard Well, the first music label powered by this generation's social tastemakers, alongside YouTube star Connor Franta and talent agent Andrew Graham. Influencers’ on the label include Tyler Oakley, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, The Dolan Twins, JC Caylen and many more. Their compilations have trended on Billboard’s Top 10 Charts, placed in the top 10 iTunes Charts, landed in top publications, moved millions of tracks and accumulated over 30M+ streams. Heard Well most recently launched the first social influencer driven radio station with TuneIn.
Head of China Esports
• Bachelor of arts in economics from University of Chicago
• MBA in general management from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
• Ph.D. in strategic management from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
Johnson started his career in Harvard Law School as a research assistant. Following that, he joined Fidelity Investments in Taiwan as a research analyst. After his MBA, he joined McKinsey & Company, where he was last an associate principal in its Taipei office. He was a leader in the cleantech and sustainability practice in McKinsey Asia. He later went on to work for the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He now leads Riot Games’ Shanghai office.
Global Head of Music Sourcing
The Coca-Cola Company
Joshua is responsible for managing how The Coca-Cola Company procures and leverages music for marketing campaigns around the globe. This includes overseeing a network of music partners that supply music content for advertising, as well as developing musically-integrated marketing campaigns and global programs.
Joshua earned his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from Roosevelt University, Chicago.
Kevin Lin is a 2004 Yale graduate and COO of Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers and creators. He was instrumental in the 2011 launch of the platform when he joined Justin.tv in 2008. His role included attracting the site’s largest broadcasters and building out the partnership team among other activities which have helped grow the Twitch brand. Currently, close to 10 million community members gather every day on Twitch to broadcast live video, watch, and chat, making the platform an industry leader.
President and Chief Executive Officer
SECA (Sports Entertainment Content Activation)
Li Sheng is the President and CEO of SECA. He received his MBA in the Warsaw Sports Center of the University of Oregon.
Li was the former Vice President of Market Development and China Head of Marketing for Visa. From there is became the first ever General Manager from mainland China in Visa’s twenty year history in mainland China. He led the global task force for the Visa Beijing Olympic Game sponsorship and delivered one of the most successful activation programs in Visa’s twenty years of Olympic Sponsorship history.
Global Head of Music
From legendary hip-hop manager, helping usher hip-hop from the margins of culture to the mainstream to top label executive at Def Jam Recordings… from founding Island Def Jam Music Group, to CEO at Warner Music Group... from having the moxie to start a new label called 300 - dedicated to transparency and re-imagining what a record business should look like - to Global Head of Music at YouTube... Lyor Cohen is a genuine ambassador for music and musicians.
He has restructured, merged and led labels, built careers and championed a new generation of culturally impactful artists.
Lyor has been intimately involved in the careers of The Killers, fun., Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Elvis Costello, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Ryan Adams, Nickelback, and many more.
Over 37 years from Road Manager to Label Head to Head of YouTube Music, Lyor has seen, experienced, and led the transition from a physical business to digital consumption model.
Lyor is currently serving as Global Head of Music at YouTube and Google. He sits on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we are privileged and excited to announce that on Tuesday 12th September, he will sit on the All That Matters stage.
Maggie Zhou has been Co-president of CMC Holdings since the beginning of this year, following almost two years as China Media Capital’s Business Development Director.
At CMC Holdings, she is responsible for non-scripted/lifestyle business development and investment.
Prior to joining China Media Capital, Maggie spent about two and a half years as Vice Director, TV, at China Business Network, China’s largest business and financial media group.
For more than six years before that, she worked for the Shanghai Media Group’s WingsMedia in various capacities, including a role driving international business development.
Global Vice President for Revenue and Operations
Matt Derella is Global Vice President for Revenue and Operations at Twitter. In his role, Matt oversees a team of regional business leaders as well as Twitter’s global teams focused on partnerships, agencies and brand strategy.
Matt has spent his career working with brands to innovate across television and digital platforms. Prior to Twitter, Matt was a Director at Google, where he managed advertising partnerships with large agencies and clients and helped lead YouTube’s entry into the premium content space. Prior to Google, he was a Vice President at The Weather Channel Companies, leading marketing solutions and their largest revenue teams.
Matt has been a featured speaker at various industry events, including Advertising Week and The Milken Conference. His perspectives on advertising have been published across leading industry publications such as Adweek and Ad Age.
In 2005, Matt founded Careoke for the Kids, an industry event that has raised $1.5M for children with cancer. He also is on the board of Literacy Partners, a nonprofit committed to eradicating illiteracy in New York City. Matt holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University, where he graduated with honors. He resides in New York City with his wife Melissa and his two sons Dylan and Colby. He is @Derella on Twitter
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)
NP is an industry veteran who rose from the post of CFO of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) in 1999 to CEO in 2014.
He brings with him over 35 years of varied experience in the corporate world and in his current role, NP is focused on building leadership equity of Sony Pictures Networks India. During his long innings at SPN, he has also served as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Equipped with a deep understanding of the media and entertainment space, NP is insightful about the role SPN could play by bringing rich diversity in content to broaden the television and digital viewership base, globally. NP’s leadership has led SPN to successfully tap into the broad spectrum of audience preferences, in urban and rural areas, alike.
Before joining SPN in 1999, NP held several leadership positions across Finance and Operations in leading organizations including Modi Xerox and Spice Telecom. Presently, besides being the CEO of Sony Pictures Networks India, NP is a Director on the Board of Bangla Entertainment Private Limited, Indian Broadcasting Foundation and Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), India.
An alumnus of the Delhi School of Economics, where he completed his Master’s Program, NP holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi. A rank holder of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India, Singh was honored with a Certificate of Merit by the Institute for his meritorious performance.
NP is an earnest Indophile with a special interest in Indian cuisine, music and movies.
Norman was exposed to the world of business at the early age of 20, after graduating with a Diploma in Accountancy. Together with his brothers, he formed a Hip Hop / R&B group named as KRU and was signed to EMI for 14 years. Armed with a vision, he put to practice the knowledge he had accumulated together with his natural instincts and flair for marketing to bring KRU’s pop icon band name into a prominent entertainment brand.
His vision and strategic leadership has earned him the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award in 2007 from the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Awards and Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator Award from the Motion Pictures Association in 2011.
Norman currently holds the position as Chairman of IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) Asia-Pacific Regional Board, President of the Malaysian Film Producers Association, and many more.
SVP and GM, Southeast Asia; Head of Digital Media, Asia
Viacom International Media Networks
As Senior Vice President and General Manager for Southeast Asia, Paras Sharma oversees the management and operations of the Southeast Asia business, including advertising sales, digital media, program sales and consumer products, across VIMN's brands – MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central and Paramount Channel. Sharma is also the Asia lead for VIMN’s digital and multiplatform business. A senior media executive in the industry, Sharma has extensive experience from the world of movies, music and sports.
VP, Content Aquisition
Rob Roy manages the global licensing of independent television and international content for Netflix. He joined Netflix in 2007, as a member of the Financial Planning and Analysis team, and in 2011 joined the acquisitions team focused on the feature film licensing strategy in the US. Prior to joining Netflix, Rob worked in the home entertainment division of Sony Pictures Entertainment
He holds an economics degree from UC San Diego
Founder, Zebra Media
Co-President, CMC Holdings
One of China's leading media and music executives, Scarlett started her music career as the CEO of Star TV 's Channel [V] (A News Corporation Company) music channel.
Scarlett created Zebra Media in 2008, Zebra is China' s most innovative entertainment and live event platform. Zebra Media organizes one of the largest music festival in China, the Zebra Music Festival (ZMF), attracting more than 150,000 people each festival at multiple location of China. Zebra Media also owns the interactive live-cast platform "Showtime", Showtimec promotes celebrities, trend setters and Influencers on its mobile apps, creating a real - time experience among the user and the followers.
Prior to Zebra Media, Scarlett Co-Funded R2G Limited, a music rights clearance company, R2G was sold to Tencent Music Entertainment in 2016.
Scarlett obtained her bachelor degree in Australia and her EMBA from Tsinghua University un Beijing. She is a Henry Crown fellow with the Aspen Institute, a NAL of the World Economic Forum and an Asia21 fellow of the Asia Society.
Founder & CEO
Founder and CEO of StyleHaul, Stephanie Horbaczewski poured more than a decade of fashion industry experience working with iconic brands like Saks Fifth Avenue into StyleHaul's establishment in 2011. Her vision? To move fashion from its traditional editorial space, at scale, into today digital, social and multi-platform trends. Stephanie's commitment to excellence and innovation, as well as her leadership in the digital space, resulted in the successful acquisition of StyleHaul in 2014 by RTL Group, Europe's leading entertainment network.
Director, Product Management
T. Jay Fowler is the Head of Music Products at YouTube. He manages teams that are focused on creating amazing experiences for music fans, helping artists grow & engage their fanbase and help them drive revenue on & off platform.""
Prior to YouTube, T. Jay was the Head of Product of the award-winning music subscription service, MOG, which later sold to Beats Electronics in 2012. T. Jay stepped into the role of SVP Product & UX at Beats Music, the streaming music division of Beats Electronics
Paradigm Talent Agency
Tom Windish founded The Windish Agency in 2004; growing the agency from his Chicago apartment with two employees to more than 80 employees with offices in six cities. The Windish Agency was a three-time winner of Pollstar's Independent Agency of the Year Award, and credited for the success of such acts as Lorde, alt-J, Diplo, and Tove Lo.
In January of 2017 Windish, along with electronic dance music powerhouse AM Only, merged with Paradigm Talent Agency. Adding in a partnership with UK’s CODA Agency, X-Ray Touring, and ITG, Europe’s leading talent agency, they’ve created an even more diverse and innovative roster, with artists dominating stages at major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival. With the industry’s finest booking shows across the globe and creating opportunities for artists across all platforms, it is the beginning of a new kind of music agency.
Universal Music Group
Ty oversees UMG’s technology strategy. He directs new initiatives that leverage the company’s extensive digital assets, infrastructure and data resources to develop new creative and commercial opportunities for the company’s artists and labels. The intersection of music and technology is an extremely exciting space. It is full of promise and opportunity for artists and labels to create thrilling new experiences for fans, both directly and with our digital and consumer electronics partners.
Director of Economics
Will Page is the Director of Economics at Spotify. He was previously the Chief Economist at PRS for Music. There he published pioneering work on Adding Up The Industry, the Long Tail and Radiohead's In Rainbows – where he famously asked if legal free could compete with illegal free. Since joining Spotify, he has presented new insights on the 'Anatomy of a Hit' for artists like Lorde, Mr Probz and Meghan Trainor and recently published the global value of music copyright.
Across both roles, he is actively involved in policy work, demonstrating to the UK Government that music was seven times more valuable to UK plc than first thought, advising on national statistics and the implications of Brexit to UK media. He is passionate about teaching the economics of digital media and his work is regularly featured in The Economist and Financial Times and was recently profiled in The Daily Telegraph. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Marketing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan
Intel Technology Asia Pte Ltd
Ajay Mohan is Director of Marketing for Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ), at Intel Corporation. He has overall responsibility for Intel’s “connected customer” experience in APJ, which encompasses the company’s marketing investments (on-ground & digital ) and strategies. Mohan leads a team across Asia Pacific & Japan defining Intel’s roles and investments in a breadth of media, developing relationships across the partner ecosystem ( Channel, Retail, OEMs, ODMs), and building marketing capabilities and solutions to connect the customer journey.
Mohan has over 18 years of experience spanning across diverse industries such as OTC Pharmaceuticals (Cosmetics), FMCG, Advertising and Information Technology. He joined Intel in 2011 and has held a number of roles leading teams across various facets of marketing. Over the span of his career he has successfully led teams comprising people from multiple nationalities & backgrounds, in Asia, Europe and Africa. Having worked and lived in India, Germany and Singapore, makes him well conversant with business practices across these regions.
Alex usually sings 'put the right letters together and make a better day'. Graduated in Telecommunications Engineering, ever since he finished his PHD on Computer Science and Digital Communication he's been trying to put the right chords together and make a better music scene. As a user (and he uses it a lot), he wants it more accessible. As a musician, he needs it more transparent and fairer. And as a music researcher, he founded and directs BMAT, where he explored different music technologies until coming up with one of the most widespread systems to track music and identify audio. Currently, BMAT reports music from all over the world to PROs and labels worldwide, so that artists get the recognition they deserve. However, he only feels totally fulfilled when he sneaks a couple of funny jokes while talking about this.
Sports & Media Team
Bird & Bird
Alex is an experienced sports and media lawyer, having specialized in these sectors for a number of years. Alex works with clients across the spectrum, including rights holders, broadcasters, sponsors and teams. He has previously worked for the likes of the PGA European Tour and the Rugby Football Union and is currently leading Bird & Bird's sports, media and e-sports initiatives in Asia Pacific. Alex also writes regularly on issues affecting the Asia Pacific sports market as part of Bird & Bird's regular updates.
Founder & CEO
Gruppa Kompaniy Familia
Alexander, as a visionary, has more than 15 years of investment and venture capital experience. He is unique Russian composer who successfully combines creative work with business. He effectively manages GRUPPA KOMPANIY FAMILIA www.familia.ru , which specializes in investment and venture capital in blockchain, media, new media, publishing, and entertainment sectors. He is one of the founders of the 5 Continent Consulting Group www.5ccg.com specializing in IT-sector, biotechnologies and financial management( Farftech, Lending Club, Pluto TV etc) . Partner of the iTech Capital Fund www.itcap.vc , which is major stakeholder of global leading startups. He found and running Rasia Capital – investment boutique with focusing on Asia. His personal investments are in sectors: Blockchain infrastructure, aSport, Mixed Reality. Alexander is Member of Expert Council under the Prime Minister of Russian Federation (area responsibility are IT and digital economy) Alexander was awarded the order of medal For Professionalism and Business Reputation.
Andrew Ho joined KKBOX in August 2014 as the Managing Director for Southeast Asia Market. He has nearly 20 years’ experiences in telecoms, Internet services and smartphone industries.
Before joining KKBOX, Andrew was the sr. manager of HTC Corporation in S. Asia region & acting as Thailand country manager. Prior to that, Andrew was the division head of Yahoo Mobile in Taiwan, the business development manager in Alcatel Singapore, and the manager in Far EasTone Telecommunications. His experience spans across in different S. Asia countries including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia etc. He is a keen observer of S. Asia telecoms, Internet services and smartphone industries.
Andrew received a Master’s degree in MBA in National Chiao Tung University, and a Graduate Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering from UC Berkeley Extension.
Tencent Music Entertainment Group
Andy, Wai Lam Ng joined Tencent in 2011. As the Vice President of Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME), he has established strong relationship with partners (music labels, publishers and artists) and developed successful business strategies, models in the music industry, which transformed the ecosystem for artist development and fans engagement.
Andy is currently overseeing all business affairs, specialise in global licensing as well as managing PR and promotional activities.
Prior to joining Tencent, Andy Ng worked for NOKIA, PCCW Limited, American Online Inc and University of Southern California.
Head of Sports Partnerships, Asia Pacific
Aneesh Madani heads Sports Partnerships for Twitter in Asia Pacific. His mission is to make at least one dream come true for every sports fan on the planet. Aneesh has built India’s sports community on Twitter and crafted the company’s global cricket strategy. This includes helping the region’s premier athletes find their voice, leading the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be the fastest growing global sports league on the platform and launching video monetization on Twitter for the International Cricket Council (ICC). He enjoys tennis and routinely hits one handed backhands into the net. You can follow him on Twitter @aneeshmadani
Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
Prudential Assurance Company Singapore Pte Limited
Angela is the Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore (Pte) Ltd (Prudential Singapore). She oversees Strategy, Marketing, Product Development and Management, Corporate Affairs, Customer Strategy and Experience, Digital Strategy, and Accident and Health Business.
She was previously the Managing Director of GE Capital in New Zealand, the largest non-
bank finance provider in the country. In this role, she was responsible for steering the company’s six business units (Cards, Personal Loans, Insurance, Custom Fleet, Equipment Finance, and Distribution finance). At the same time, she also held the position of Country Manager, representing all General Electric business from a media and Government perspective, as well as chairing the GE New Zealand Business Council which incorporates GE’s finance and industrial divisions.
She has over 20 years of financial services experience and prior to joining GE, she spent 4 years at Citibank Australia where she was responsible for delivering 60 per cent growth in profit. Her previous experience also includes roles at Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and telecommunications companies Vodafone and Optus.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has a Certificate IV in Financial Services with Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Anirban Blah - Talent and Motion Picture Agent, Management Executive and Entrepreneur
Anirban Blah is the founder and managing director of KWAN Entertainment, India’s largest diversified Entertainment Company. KWAN works across celebrity management, live entertainment, sports, TV, licensing, movie packaging, music and regional cinema, investing in and running various media businesses. KWAN's clients include Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan, Kabir Khan and many more.
KWAN is also an investor/stake holder in Saavn, All About You, Gigstart, Rooter, Phantom, Gamezop and several other entertainment and media entities.
Anirban started his journey in the entertainment and sports marketing business as the CEO of Globosport. In 2009, he finally gave flight to his dream of a revolutionary one-stop-shop media company – KWAN.
Anirban is also an active philanthropist as a co-founder and trustee of the Live Love Laugh Foundation, which was started by the actor Deepika Padukone to address mental health issues. He is also a trustee with the Quest Foundation, an organisation that uses technology based interventions to impact the areas of rural education and vocational training.
Anirban’s vision and passion along with his corporate approach to a rather unorganized sector like entertainment ensured Hindustan Times recognized him as one of India’s Youngest Achievers and Thought Leaders.
General Manager, Viu Singapore
Anson has been hands on with streaming videos since the beginning. Had been an early adopter of Over The Top and strive to constantly engage users. Firm believer in constantly evolving and adapting to market and technology advancements. Disrupting traditional Pay TV models with the availability of new technologies is now possible. Therefore the ability to have a professional and disruptive service with a fraction of the investments.
He played a number of key management roles in launching and operations of Over The Top services in Asia with Telcos and ISPs. Responsible for the planning, deployment and operations of the services. Also engaged in the partnerships, business models and content aspects of Over The Top services.
Currently responsible for the leading Viu service in Singapore.
Head of Business, Asia
Anthony focuses on cross-border corporate, commercial and corporate finance transactions involving M&A, joint ventures and capital raising with a particular emphasis on the sports, technology and brands sectors, across the US, Europe and Asia.
Anthony recently assisted the Renault Group on the multi-party acquisition of Lotus F1 and its €1.3 billion investment in motorsport and technology, which also involved the successful negotiation of the engine supply agreement to Red Bull and Toro Rosso and the amicable termination of the Nissan – Infiniti Sponsorship of Red Bull.
Anthony is recognized as a leading advisor to clients with interests in all forms of motorsport having been involved in the sector, in particular Formula One, for over 25 years. He is a trusted advisor to teams, sponsors, investors, sports management agents and drivers.
Anthony has recently been cited as one of the 'best corporate lawyers' in 'The Spears's 500'.
Director: Int'l Music & Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment India
Arjun Sankalia is Director- Int'l Music and Publishing at Sony Music India, the #1 international major in India. He's been with Sony Music for 18 years and along the way has led marketing initiatives in India for some of the world's biggest musical stars. In addition, Arjun also leads the company's Publishing business which sub publishes the Sony ATV + EMI Music Publishing catalogue in India.
Arshan Saha is the President of Xaxis APAC.
In his role, Arshan is responsible for Xaxis’ strategy, operations, and growth, including client development, trading and partnerships, to provide the best programmatic media solutions across the region.
Prior to this, Arshan was the Vice President of Xaxis South and Southeast Asia where he established offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and India.
As one of the founding members of Xaxis in APAC, he has built the region’s business with full charge of all nine markets’ P&Ls. Within a short span of three years, he grew the Xaxis business 20-fold.
Founder & CEO
Bigtree Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Ashish Hemrajani is the CEO and Founder of Bigtree Entertainment Private Limited, which operates BookMyShow, India’s largest online entertainment ticketing platform, offering tickets for movies, plays, concerts, sports games and live events.
Ashish started his professional journey after completing his MBA specialising in Marketing at Sydenham University in 1997. In 1999, he gave in to his passion for entrepreneurship and founded Bigtree.
In 2007, seeing the growth in multiplexes and the increased credit/debit card penetration in the country, Ashish and his team launched BookMyShow as we know it today. While passionately driving his model for BookMyShow, he brought on board believing investors like Stripes Group, Network 18, Accel Partners and SAIF Partners. BookMyShow has also ventured into international territories and has expanded its operations to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Hemrajani believes in balance and indulges in a couple of leisure activities that help him stay focussed, including sailing. The BookMyShow captain cool considers the sea as a great leveller. He sails every week and participates in sailing competitions regularly along with his crew. Apart from being out at sea, Ashish is also drawn to the philosophy of Vedanta.
Ben Cronin is the editor of SportBusiness International, the leading B2B title for the global sports industry. The publication provides actionable analysis on sports sponsorship, TV rights, digital media, event hosting, esports, sports academia and venues and infrastructure among other subjects.
Bernie Cho is the President of DFSB Kollective, a Seoul-based artist & label services agency that specializes in providing digital media, marketing, and distribution solutions to 480+ Korean Pop music artists. As more K-Pop acts aspire to go independent and international, DFSB collaborates with artists and their management to devise customized strategies that directly connect them to their local and global fans. Since 2009, the agency has successfully produced numerous K-Pop concerts/showcases as well as secured #1 chart debuts for various K-Pop albums in North America, Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, and Australia.
Bing+Studios & Victorious Inc.
Bing Chen is a founding architect of the multi-billion dollar digital creator ecosystem as YouTube’s Global Head of Creator Development & Management, where he was responsible for the global program strategy that engaged more than 500 million content creators worldwide. Bing co-founded and co-led ventures such as the global expansion and evolution of the YouTube Partner Program; the company’s flagship talent incubator; the launch of Watch Time (the guiding algorithm of the platform); and YouTube’s investment in major industry engagements like VidCon (largest online video convention), the DigiTour (largest digital star tour), and YouTube FanFest (largest fan festival). He began his YouTube tenure as the company’s first Creator Marketing Manager and remains a trusted confidant to hundreds of creative artists around the world.
Today, Bing is Founder of Bing+Studios, a next generation digital media studio and consultancy, as well as Victorious, a global superfan platform that is venture-backed by Kleiner Perkins, Redpoint Ventures, BDMI, WME, UTA, and Lowercase Capital. Bing graduated from the University of Pennsylvania; sits on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations dedicated to digital media advancement and Asian American elevation; and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, One Young World Ambassador, and Committee of 100 Next Gen Ambassador. His work has been featured in numerous global publications and he has been recognized as one of Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30Leaders and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 35 Next Generation Leaders.
Director, Live Partnerships
Bo Han is the Director, GM of Sports/Esports & APAC LIVE Content team. Bo was born in Seoul, Korea, and immigrated to the US in 1988. He spent his childhood in Nashville and Chicago, and has been a resident of NYC since 2007. Before LIVE Content, Bo led Upfront Partnerships, responsible for the negotiation and execution of Upfront and Strategic Partnerships for Twitter's top 50 advertisers. Prior to Upfront Partnerships, Bo was part of Global Accounts, responsible for the rolling out of the global infrastructure to effectively scale out Twitter’s platform & business to global marketers.
Bo received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and earned his MBA at Columbia Business School in New York, New York.
General Manager, Music and Auto
Brian is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Music and Auto for Gracenote. In this role, he is responsible for delivering next generation music and automotive infotainment systems and managing relationships with all major automakers, suppliers as well as music entertainment companies.
Brian has served in several leadership positions with Gracenote since joining the company in 2000. Most notably, he served as President of Gracenote Japan where he established the company’s APAC operations in Japan, Korea and Taiwan and spearheaded explosive growth of Gracenote’s Automotive business with major Asian OEMs.
Brian later assumed the role of SVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Gracenote, where he grew annual revenue to $105MM and increased the sales pipeline by more than 200 percent across its Music, Video and Auto verticals.
Brian also played a critical role in Gracenote’s integration with Sony following the 2008 acquisition. He drove joint engineering projects with Sony to achieve new “first to market” features and enhanced performance for several Sony products and business groups.
Head of Marketing & PR - SEA
Chantal heads all marketing, branding and PR activities for Jetstar Airways across South East Asia.
The Jetstar Group have one of the Asia Pacific’s largest low fares networks by revenue. Jetstar-branded carriers operate more than 4,000 flights a week to more than 75 destinations.
Chantal has > 15 years of integrated marketing experience in FMCG, retail and e-commerce. She started her career as a strategist at JWT Amsterdam working with local, regional and global brands. Before moving to Singapore in 2010, she worked for the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands. Before joining Jetstar, she was a regional brand developer for Unilever SEA .
She is originally from the Netherlands where she acquired her master’s degree in communications and currently lives in Singapore.
As the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of the Lazada Group, Charles Debonneuil oversees the planning, development and execution of Lazada’s marketing, advertising and communications activities in Southeast Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. He is responsible for promoting Lazada to strengthen its market leadership in Southeast Asia as well as helping brands leverage Lazada’s marketing platform to connect with digital consumers.
Charles has been with Lazada since 2012, joining as co-founder and Managing Director of Lazada Vietnam. He moved to Thailand end of 2013, joining the marketing function as an Executive Vice-President.
Charles began his career with Bain & Company in France and Brazil, after graduating with a Masters in Management from HEC Paris.
Director of Artist & Label Services
As Spotify's Director of Artist & Label Services (APAC), Chee Meng manages Spotify’s strategic partnerships with regional record labels, oversees artist marketing activities and works closely with local creator communities.
With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Chee Meng is passionate about introducing innovation in the digital space and is always looking for opportunities to leverage his comprehensive understanding of the industry to further Spotify’s position as the leading music streaming service.
Prior to his role at Spotify, Chee Meng served as Director, Music at SingTel where he was responsible for the growth, licensing and monetization of the music services in the region's leading telco.
Chee Meng has also held senior roles at MTV Asia, where he led the network's foray into digital music and also directed international marketing at Sony Music Entertainment in Asia.
Founder & CEO
Karma Sound Studios
Multi-Grammy nominated producer, Chris Craker has operated at the very forefront of the music industry for over 30 years. He recently produced the soundtrack for Director Christopher Nolan’s movie “Interstellar”, with the Oscar nominated score composed by Hans Zimmer, as well as producing the score for “The Little Prince” for Paramount, directed by Mark Osborne of Kung Fu Panda fame. As the ex SVP of Sony BMG's Masterworks Division (London and New York), Chris has also won numerous awards and received acclaim for his activities as a performer, recording artist, composer, arranger, producer/engineer, record label founder, artist manager, author, critic, industry commentator and strategic advisor. He has produced over four hundred and fifty classical, jazz, soundtrack and pop recordings for major labels and has worked with many of the world's most iconic artists. He owns one of the world's most desirable recording studio complexes, Karma Studios in Thailand.
Mass Participation Asia
Chris is a 30-year veteran of the mass participation sports events industry where he had built businesses in Australia and Singapore in that time span. He is the CEO of Mass Participation Asia which he founded in 2015 and is the author of ‘Mass Participation Sports Events’. Apart from regularly consulting to events, brands and governments, and creating mass participation IP, Chris is an avid speaker at conferences and is a mentor for other business owners and entrepreneurs through the Key Person of Influence programme.
Colin Daniels is the CEO of the Inertia Music, a leading independent music company in Australia, offering tailored sales, distribution, promotions and marketing services for labels including Beggars Group, Ninja Tune, Kobalt, Secretly Group, Sub Pop, Warp, and many more. Inertia Music was recently acquired by [PIAS] Group. Colin is also a partner in concert promoter Handsome Tours, artist booking agency Collective Artists, music festival Fairgrounds, publisher Gaga Music and is a board member of the global digital rights organization Merlin.
ARIA & PPCA
Dan Rosen is the Chief Executive Officer of ARIA and PPCA, the two peak bodies for the Australian recorded music industry. Prior to joining ARIA as CEO, Rosen was based in New York working as Head of Americas for KIT Digital, a company he helped from start-up to a NASDAQ listing. Before leaving for the States, Dan worked as an Advisor to the Australian Minister of Communications and the Arts, responsible for broadband and innovation policy after starting his career as a lawyer, specializing in media and technology, with Minter Ellison.
Rosen has been on both sides of the music business; his band ‘Second Dan’ won Triple J Unearthed and has since independently released two albums and toured throughout the US and Australia. He continues to write and produce music.
Rosen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his Masters of International Law and Business at New York University. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in Melbourne.
President of myMusic
Daphne Lee is VP of Digital Media at Taiwan Mobile and also serves as GM of Taiwan Kuro Times, which company provides myMusic services, the second largest subscription-based music streaming services in Taiwan. Prior to this she worked at Alibaba Group for five years, where she was Head of Taobao International Business and ever served as APAC Regional BD & Marketing Director of Alibaba.com. She has been passionate to Internet with near 20 years related working experience. Her previous professional role includes Director of Yahoo eCommerce Group and VP of Internet Banking at Citibank.
Omnia Media Inc.
David is the CEO of Omnia Media, one of the largest digital studios and distribution networks in the world. In this role, based in L.A., California, David oversees Originals, Brand Sales and Content Operations. Omnia Media delivers two billion video views per month, creating and distributing original IP across gaming, lifestyle and music.
David is a digital media veteran with more than 12 years experience leading major business development initiatives in the digital content space. Prior to joining Omnia Media, David led entertainment partnerships and corporate development at Victorious, a digital-native mobile talent platform also based in L.A., where he oversaw direct-to-fan distribution strategies for top digital talent including Lilly Singh, Ryan Higa and The Young Turks.
David’s experience in digital media also includes his tenure as Head of YouTube Canada where he grew content partnerships across all verticals and pioneered several formats and initiatives in North America for YouTube including first-in-market opportunities such as YouTube Space Toronto, FanFest and a YouTube shorts program with the Toronto International Film Festival. He has also launched directed the U.S. division for a mobile media startup, prior to their acquisition.
Head of Sport
David is Head of Sport at Mailman. He is responsible for the management and growth of the digital business. He moved from London 6 years ago to launch Liverpool FC as the first Premier League club online in China. Mailman now work with 30+ global sports teams, brands, leagues & athletes helping them grow a successful business in China. Highlights include producing the ‘Red Card' China reports, driving digital for multiple football tours to China, supporting the first ICC China tournaments, and driving Novak Djokovic & Kobe Bryant to become two of the most influential sports stars online in China.
Senior music with deep experience in the Asia Pacific region, rights management and technology disruption. Started in artist management with INXS and has worked in every facet of the music business including music publishing (BMG), recording (Universal Music, rooArt), streaming (Omnifone, gogo.com), games (EA, Xbox), rights licensing and acquisition (lots) and music data (Gracenote, KWL).
David is an online media specialist, with particular expertise in crafting effective, original content for major brands. He and his team are at the forefront of the online video revolution, existing to make content, creators and brands famous to audiences around the world.
David runs the APAC office of Brave Bison, an independent digital media and social video broadcaster, proudly working with some of the biggest brands and most-followed YouTube and Facebook talent in the world. With years of expertise and success behind them, Brave Bison makes it simple for content owners, creators, brands, publishers and platforms to unlock the value of online video.
Head of Marketing, South East Asia
MasterCard Asia/Pacific Pte Ltd
Debbie Goldingham is Head of Marketing, South East Asia.
In this role, Ms. Goldingham is responsible for developing the marketing communications strategy and building the MasterCard brand across South East Asia. She drives the sub-region’s marketing priorities which include Issuer Marketing, Merchant Marketing and Consumer Marketing. She is tasked with spearheading customer focused strategies as well as researching and analyzing strategic opportunities for MasterCard to grow its brand in South East Asia.
Derek is the co-founder of Viddsee, a digital entertainment network for short movies in Asia. His team leverages technology, content curation & marketing to grow a community of filmmakers and audience, and to work with brands, entertainment and industry platforms to create high quality story content i.e. movies for the internet.
Derek previously headed up biz dev for Cooliris, a Silicon Valley start-up revolutionising the way users engage with media on the web and mobile! And built Internet TV platforms for telco StarHub. He also loves making films, but spends most of this time helping filmmakers make their films now.
MD & CEO
Universal Music Group India and South Asia
Sanyal has been running the Universal Music Group businesses for South Asia & India since 2011. In the past 6 years he has groomed it into one of the most successful music business models in the region. UMG is now a 360-degree; a festival business, music business including the label, live & artist promotions, merchandising and a creator of platforms for music & brands. It’s also the leading label for Indie & non-film music, carving a niche amongst Bollywood driven labels.
Sanyal also runs the publishing business for the region & is regarded as the top A&R man, now compounded by his role as a judge on network TV’s largest all English reality show called “The Stage” for the third season this year.
Sanyal was the co-founder of Sunburn, Asia’s no 1 EDM festival and is now deeply integrated in the music Intellectual properties business & is currently the Director &CEO of the India’s largest multi-genre music & camping festival “Enchanted Valley Carnival”.
Sanyal is also a founding member of Brahma, India’s premier metal band making him the only artist & music executive in the region.
Television & Radio Host
Dom Lau, commonly referred to as “Asia’s Ryan Seacrest”, is the face and voice of Asia Pop 40 - the first regional weekly chart countdown radio show produced in Asia specifically for Asian radio. Dom debuted on network television in 2005 where he spent five years with Fox International Channels, presenting on Channel [V], STAR World, and STAR Movies. He then moved to host E! News Asia airing on the E! Entertainment channel, which is part of NBCUniversal. Dom has extensive experience reporting on-location around the world for album launches, film premieres, concerts and fashion shows and hosted “Live From The Red Carpet” at both the 79th and 81st Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. Dom has interviewed over 50 A-list celebrities from around the world in film, television, music and fashion fields and continues to be one of the region's most sought after presenters.
Chief Commercial Officer
7digital Group plc
Ed began his career in the record industry, with label management and international marketing roles at Virgin and Decca. During this time he also worked as a consultant for EMI and Sony, and produced and edited numerous studio recordings. In 2000 he was appointed CEO of Floot.com, a pioneer music download store, before becoming Group Head of Music at Vodafone, where Ed led the launch of the first multimarket mobile music download store. Following this, he worked in entertainment service development roles at Nokia, and most recently was VP Client Services at Nielsen, where he ran global accounts with technology and telecom clients.
A native of London, Ed moved to China in 2006 to serve on the front lines of the music industry. He now owns and runs Outdustry, a market-leading music industry services company, representing labels, publishers, CMOs, talent and services for work in the Chinese music market. He is frequently sought out by international media - The Economist, FT, WSJ, Guardian, Bloomberg, Reuters, Billboard etc - to comment on market news and conditions, has written extensively on the technical workings of the Chinese music industry and is a Billboard International Power Player. As part of an MBA at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, Ed is also currently writing his masters thesis on the Indian music industry.
Head, PHD Malaysia
Eileen started her advertising journey in 2004 with Starcom Mediavest working on Procter & Gamble business. She quickly moved on to take a regional role in 2007 in Singapore on P&G. Her passion to nurture local Malaysian talent brought her back to Malaysia, where she worked on Malaysia Airlines with Mindshare.
She quickly rose to lead one of the largest and profitable team in Mindshare, whilst playing the role of head of strategy. She joined Carat Malaysia in 2013 as its strategy director, and increased the agency’s award win ratio while publishing their first Consumer Trends study with Brand Leadership Magazine. In 2014, Eileen joined Maxus as general manager, strategy & platforms and within two years took the top leadership position at PHD.
DJ & Music Critic
Managed personal music blog "Music is the most wonderful thing in this world" with a focus in international and local independent music for more than 10 years. The blog achieved over 2 million visits, and ranked as top 10 Blogger under Literature and Artist Category by IDEA Taiwan.
Been invited to: Heineken Music Hall (Heineken, 2015), Glastonbury Festival, UK (Riverside, 2015), Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco (Heineken, 2013), Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia (Scoot, 2013), Jammin’ Festival, Italy (Heineken, 2011).
Other experiences includes: Chief editor for music magazine Hinoter; columnist & contributor for digital/physical press including 30, OKAPI, KKBOX, StreetVoice, GQ, Shopping Design, FHM, Eslite.
Now as resident DJ at Amba Taipei/Ron, playing events including Taipei Film Festival, Cannes Lions Taiwan, Taipei Fringe Festival, Women Make Waves Film Festival, Love Love Rock Festival.
Esti's background is a mixture of music and arts - she has been involved with producing several theatre productions, worked in book publishing in New York, and was the Executive Producer for Arts and Culture at FBi Radio. Prior to working with Sounds Australia, Esti worked at Chugg Entertainment.
SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is Australia’s export music market development initiative, established to provide a cohesive and strategic platform to assist the Australian music industry access international business opportunities.
A joint initiative of the Australia Council and APRA AMCOS, supported by the Federal Government together with State Government Agencies and Peak Industry Associations, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is now a globally recognised brand, synonymous with producing stellar showcasing and networking events around the globe; featuring all Australian line ups, with some of world’s most influential bookers, buyers, agents and promoters in attendance alongside the tastemakers of tomorrow.
As an Associate Producer with Sounds Australia, Esti has worked across many showcasing and networking events including SXSW, Canadian Music Week, Reeperbahn Festival and The Great Escape.
Feng “Rocky” Li possesses deep knowledge of the sports media industry; he was the pioneer who founded the first ever nationwide football weekly TV program – Football Chronicle – along with China’s inaugural football news segment – Football News. Previously serving as the Senior Media Consultant at China’s largest TV media consulting firm, Croton Consulting – with major clients including Jiangsu Satellite TV, Henan TV, and China Education Television. While serving as vice president at BesTV, Feng established a national marketing system for operators, the world's first IPTV advertising operating system, advertising sales system, and the first batch of domestic OTT marketing channel system.
EVP Digital and Business Development, Asia and ANZ
Sony Music Entertainment
Gavin is responsible for developing new and existing digital music services. He also works extensively with brands and other industries to develop new music related opportunities. His current role involves working across 13 countries including, Australia, China, India, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines and the Arab states.
Gavin has been involved in the digital music industry from its inception in Australia licensing music to Telstra BigPond in 2004. He has worked with major digital service providers across the APAC region including Apple, Spotify, Google, YouTube and Tencent. Gavin has also been responsible for the development of a number of music platforms and music related apps.
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and Strategy Leader
Grace Ho is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and Strategy Leader of IBM ASEAN, where she is responsible for Brand and Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Marketing of IBM’s portfolio of hardware, software and services, which includes routes to market such as digital, social and partners. In addition, as Strategy Leader, she has business transformation responsibilities to tighten the interlock between sales, marketing and product groups so as to derive synergies from integration, and achieve scale in execution at the country level.
Prior to IBM, Grace was Chief Commercial Officer of Singapore Post Limited (SingPost), responsible for the commercial strategy and execution of SingPost’s marketing, sales and commercial operations for Singapore and International business. She played a pivotal role in transforming the operations of the commercial team, particularly in the go-to-market of Postal and Logistics business in domestic and international markets. In addition, she was instrumental in strengthening SingPost’s brand strategy and thought leadership in digital and social channels.
Prior to SingPost, she was Head of Marketing for SAP Asia Pacific and Japan, where she led the transformation of Marketing to become more aligned with SAP’s business outcomes and more digitally relevant to how customers want to buy.
Grace possess over 20 years of sales and marketing experience internationally and regionally in the IT industry. She held several senior-level sales and marketing positions at prestigious organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computers, Microsoft and Motorola Solutions. She was Country President and APAC Head of Sales at Motorola Solutions. In her 10 years at Microsoft, she also held several leadership roles, including Global Director of Product Management, Asia Pacific Marketing Director for Enterprise Solutions, and Enterprise Solutions Sales Director for Singapore.
Grace was appointed to the Board of Directors for NTUC Link in July 2016.
Grace holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales, Australia; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the National University of Singapore.
Chief Operating Officer
Eastern Sound Temple
With 25 years experience working in Asia, Graham has worked for Adobe, Apple, Fender, MTV and Republic Polytechnic and is the Chairman of The Music Society, Singapore (SGMUSO). He has extensive experience working with government agencies such as the National Arts Council, Media Development Authority, The Tourism Board and Workforce Development Agency in Singapore, and engaged major brands in music sponsorship. As an Executive Producer, Graham has developed new music initiatives working with artists, producers, brands and continues to engage key industry individuals through his role in Eastern Sound Temple.
Senior Vice President Venue Development
Originally from Australia, Greg is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and spent 12 years employed by the largest sports and entertainment precinct in the southern hemisphere, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, which comprises two operable roof arenas and a multi-use stadium. Greg is a globally experienced Stadium Operations professional who has worked in senior roles for many internationally renowned venues and events. Greg joined the Live Nation team in January 2015 and is responsible for development of the venue portfolio and provision of crowd safety advice in regions of the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Prior to joining Live Nation Greg was engaged as the Senior Director of Stadia for the Singapore Sports Hub. Before to relocating to Singapore Greg was employed by the FA Group as the Stadium Operations Director overseeing the Facilities, Technical Services, Pitch Management, Security, H&S and Event Day Compliance (stewarding, response and medical) teams of Wembley National Stadium and the English FA’s St Georges Park facility . During his time with Wembley Greg also managed a number of stadia design verification consultancy projects in Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups and undertook a Football Stadia and security review on three local stadia for Mexico City Congress.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
As President, International for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Guy is responsible for Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East for both Sony ATV and EMI. He is a Board member of IMPA and ICMP.
Guy joined Sony ATV from Sony Music in 2001 as VP for Europe. As the first MD of Sony Music South Africa, Guy started the record company in 1995 and set up the publishing company in 1998.
He began his career at Gallo Record Company and was appointed MD in 1993. As a director of Gallo Music International, Guy was responsible for licensing South African acts worldwide.
Graduate of Belmont University, Nashville, TN, USA. Started music business career with CBS/Sony Songs in Tokyo in 1986. Joined Avex (the most successful indie in Japan) in 1994 and became responsible for its IP strategy and International Strategy ever since. Served as Chairman of Music Publishers Association of Japan and other industry bodies. Currently General Manager of Merlin Japan, Professor of Management at Sanno University, and President of TGI Tokyo Inc.
AVP, Head of Marketing, Global
Shazam, Pandora, BandLab. I'm lucky enough to spend my life working in music-tech and scrappy enough to stay there.
My hustle: When I'm not playing in all-girl punk bands, I'm managing amazing new Aussie rock band The Fossicks.
Managing Partner, APAC
Helen Soulsby is the Managing Partner APAC for SRi. Based in Singapore, Helen leads a 15-strong team and delivers executive search and retained recruitment services for the sports, media and entertainment industry across South East Asia, Japan, Korea, China and Australia. Since joining SRi in 2011, Helen has worked with numerous event owners, rights holders, government bodies and federations in Singapore and has a built a global network to ensure she is well plugged into the local and international event scene.
Henrik Karlberg is the CEO of Asia Pacific at Deezer and is responsible for growing Deezer’s footprint in several countries across Asia Pacific, which includes developing new partnerships and building out an ‘on the ground’ team.
TuneCore Japan / Wano
Born in 1979. Lived and Studied at Chinese International School of Hong Kong for 1992-1997. Graduated KEIO University [Japan] in 2004. During the University era, worked at Culture of Asia Inc. as music event organizer and designer. 2004 entered in Adways Co.,Ltd. Took office as Media Division Manager, contributed to the Public Listing of Adways. In 2008 founded internet service company Wano Co.,Ltd with passion to cultivate sub-culture and creator of Japan. 2012 founded TUNECORE Japan K.K. as the joint venture with Tunecore.
VS Media Limited
Ivy Wong is the Founder of VS MEDIA, a Next Generation Media Network empowering young creative talents. VS MEDIA is the first MCN focus on Chinese creators with office in HK, Taiwan and China empowering over 500 creators and their 55 mil+ subscribers. Over 20 year experience in Digital and Media, first in a role as Asia’s Senior Director of Global Sales at Yahoo! And then as Chief Operating Officer of TVB.com, CEO of Next Mobile Limited, Ivy has led three media brands into the number one digital position in Hong Kong/Asia.
Meridian International College
James “Mony” Romana is a lecturer whose expertise is in the Music Industry, having worked in various posts in the recording industry since 1991. As a Marketing and A&R Executive, he has developed innovative campaigns for major international and local releases. Joining government in 2007, he advocated for the Creative Industries, as part of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the Department of Trade and Industry.
He has been teaching various courses in the Music Business Management Program of MINT College and as part-time faculty of the DLS-College of St. Benilde. He is the Program Head for the Marketing Program of MINT College.
James is CEO at MinerLabs Group, a regional agency designing and delivering TV Everywhere, Over-The-Top Video, and Mobile Application solutions for leading media and technology companies. Previously, James was SVP at ESPN STAR Sports/FOX Sports Asia, where he led the Asian digital media business. Before ESPN STAR/FOX Sports Asia, James was Head of Creative Services at GroupM, where he founded their Asian digital production, and social media practices. Prior to GroupM, he was in senior leadership positions at Blue Interactive Marketing, Scient, Praxis Management Consulting, Y&R WCJ Advertising, About.com, and Prodigy Internet."
Coordinating Producer/Senior Editor
ESPN Asia Pacific
Coordinating Producer and Senior Editor of ESPN Asia Pacific, Jason Dasey has been a prominent content maker and broadcaster in Southeast Asia for a decade and a half. He heads up the Southeast Asia edition of the ESPN FC website and helped set up the daily ESPN FC show on NET Media in Indonesia. Previously, he was Vice President/Executive Producer/Host for Astro in Malaysia for more than five years, anchoring the English Premier League and seven major tournaments including the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. Jason’s other achievements include being the first Australian sportscaster on BBC World News and CNN as well as being the original presenter of ESPN’s SportsCenter Asia.
Jason is the CEO of TSC and has been involved in the creation of entertainment partnerships in music, sport and food for over 20 years.
Having previously worked in London and Europe on Vodafone’s partnerships with Ferrari and Manchester United, Jason moved to Australia and founded TSC in 2007, which has since grown into one of the region’s most respected agencies specialising in partnerships and experiences.
TSC’s clients include brands, events, sporting federations, retailers, awards shows, promoters, artists and chefs and TSC has always strived to create unique and effective partnerships and experiences that push the boundaries.
Jasper began his career in advertising in 1987 in London at Chris Ingram Associates moving to Eurosport in 1992. He moved to Asia in 1995 to work for Star Sports and joined (music channel) Channel [V] in 1997 where he constructed many branded content deals whilst also working on the launch of channels in Australia, Thailand, Philippines and South Korea. Continuing to make connections that matter, Jasper co-founded BRANDED In 2001 and has since created the “Matters” series of events and the YouTube FanFest. Most recently he has been instrumental in launching the Asian Sponsorship Association, serving as its inaugural President.
British musician and composer, specializing in drums. Born in Argentina and raised in Venezuela. He has more than 28 years experience in the music industry and is currently based in London. He has recorded in albums exceeding 15 million sales worldwide and performed for vast crowds all over the world.
Javier is a versatile and integral artist. Being an accomplished drummer, he also writes music, produces, engineers and plays other instruments. His musical projects include Film Scoring, Rock and Latin American music. Additionally to drumming, he has a BA in Media studies and a Sound Engineer diploma.
Former member of Stereophonics and Claroscuro, currently touring with Phil Manzanera and Zak Starkey (The Who)
Snapshot: Algorithm Designer, Strategist, Business Leader, Inventor of OpenDNA and a Serial Entrepreneur.
Jay’s interests in technology range from web system development to VOIP (internet telephony) and Cellular. It was Jay’s vision of how psychographic data could be systematically be generated that has led to the OpenDNA’s platform ability to populate its databases with hundred of millions of data points per week. Self taught information scientist/specialist and computer engineer that can lead development teams and produce completely innovative products.
Mettle & Salt Partners
Jeffrey Seah left the marketing and advertising technology corporate world after 2.2 decades to focus his energy in the development of the Data, Tech, Media and Content industries.
With his domain knowledge, Jeff works with Asian & MNC businesses, Private Equities/Family Offices/Sovereign Funds/CVCs to realize the potential of People, Ideas and Businesses.
His current projects cover Commercial Go-To-Market advisory for digital businesses, Corporate VC setup advisory, and Digital Transformation/Reorganization program design & implementation for companies embarking on self-disruption.
Jeff also serves as a Venture Partner at IncuVest and Quest Ventures. Both VCs operate out of Singapore, with interests in China, Russia, USA and Israel and partnerships, covering IOT, Smart Cities, Big Data, AI, Fintech and Digital Commerce spaces.
Jeffrey spent 22 years with WPP and Publicis, with 2 stints helming Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) in various Asia Pacific geographies. Jeff also oversaw the Digital, Data & Tech corporate strategy for SMG & VivaKi in APAC
Head of Entertainment
Jennie Sager is the Head of Entertainment at Twitter and oversees the Content Partnerships team through Asia Pacific. Throughout her career, Jennie has produced award-winning programs for top television networks, including MTV, Discovery, NBC, ABC, CBS, The Nine Network, and HGTV. She has worked in more than 65 countries and at the world’s biggest events, including Superbowl XLVIII, The Academy Awards, and The Grammys. Whether it’s showing fans a different side of their favourite stars or introducing the world to emerging artists, music has always played a huge part in her career. While at Twitter, Jennie created Twitter's global VIP space, the #BlueRoom, a Twitter based TV show "Tweet the Beat", and spearheaded the world's first Twitter artist tour.
Based in Taipei, Taiwan, Jesse Liu launched his boutique concert promotion company ICON in 2006 and now books 30 to 40 international bands annually in every corner of Asia. Booking a wide range of acts from Jason Mraz to Rob Zombie; Toro Y Moi to Lamb Of God, Jesse has consistently toured some of the finest rock acts across Asian. He has worked with the largest festivals in Asia, scouting new talent for Summer Sonic (Japan), Pentaport Rock Festival (Korea) and Midi Festival (China) to name a few. Jesse is now focused on China's rock music market and still dream of changing the world - one show at a time.
Event Safety Alliance
A 30 year veteran of the international live music and event production industry, Jim is the Founder and Chairman of the Event Safety Alliance® while serving as the 15 year Production Director for international touring artist Linkin Park.
A fierce advocate for the advancement and application of safety controls and education within the live event sector, a highly-regarded keynote speaker on life safety issues, career mentoring, and live events as a force for positive social change. Board member of the Behind The Scenes Foundation and a member of the advisory board for the Fest Forums Conference.
Jim began his career in the sports industry at IMG working in the golf client division.
In 1994 he set up Lighthouse Communications, one of the first independent agencies to offer the corporate world independent, impartial advice on sponsorship, which he built up over the next ten years to become one of the leading independent consulting agencies in Europe, responsible for creating successful sponsorship programmes for Heineken International, GlaxoSmithKline, and Land Rover.
In December 2005, he oversaw the successful acquisition of Lighthouse by leading sports marketing agency Fast Track which in turn was acquired by Chime Communications Plc in 2007. Jim was CEO of CSM Sport & Entertainment for 5 years before taking on the role of Deputy Chairman in March 2015.
He played reasonable rugby in the last century and is married with 4 children.
I have just retired from professional Rugby, i played for Scotland 63 times over 10 years and played in 2 world cups. I won the European Cup in May for the second season running, which was my last professional game as a Rugby player for Saracens.
Now i am working in Digital Media as well as T.V media whilst working on Content production with Rugby Pass.
Executive Chairman, Asia Pacific
John is Executive Chairman Asia for ESL, the largest eSports league in the world. In addition to his duties at ESL, he is a strategic advisor to MTGx portfolio companies for the Asia markets, and has co-founded several venture backed eSports and gaming companies. Prior to his career in eSports, John was with the gaming companies Gigamedia Limited and NCsoft, as well as earlier in his career, worked at Softbank Venture Capital and McKinsey & Company.
John McLellan is the partner in charge of Haldanes’ commercial, media and entertainment practices in Asia. He represents television channels and broadcasters, record companies (both major and independent), publishing companies, film studios and production companies and international and regional movie stars and musical talents.
John has acted in commercial transactions in most Asian jurisdictions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and licensing arrangements; as well as more industry specific arrangements.
John has been described by The Who’s Who of the Law as “One of Hong Kong’s leading entertainment lawyers” and acknowledged by AsiaLaw and one of Asia’s leading lawyers. Haldanes are a multiple winner of the Asian Legal Business “Entertainment Law Firm of the Year” Award. John is a frequent speaker at international media conferences (including MIDEM, the Cannes International Film Festival, MIP and Music/Digital Matters). John is also legal advisor to a number of industry bodies, including the Federation of Hong Kong Film Workers and the Hong Kong Directors Guild. He is an executive committee member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and on the Advisory Board for BAFTA in Asia. He sits on the board of two charities, FilmAid Asia and Share Asia Pacific Limited, the latter being a community outreach and anti-human trafficking charity.
John is qualified in Hong Kong, England and Wales and the Australian Capital Territories.
SVP, Digital Strategy and Business Development
Universal Music Group
Jonathan Dworkin is Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development at Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment.
Dworkin works closely with the company’s senior management team to develop digital strategy, cultivate key partnerships and advance business development globally. He is responsible for overseeing the integration of the company’s digital strategy throughout its international organization.
Dworkin has more than two decades of experience in the music industry. Most recently, he was Chief Marketing Officer of MixRadio, where he oversaw execution in its 31 markets, global marketing and business development.
Before MixRadio, Dworkin led digital strategy and business development for Warner Music Group. In this role, he ran the global team responsible for all partner negotiations, including Apple, Google/YouTube, and Spotify, and helped prime Warner Music for the broader transition to streaming. Dworkin led the acquisition of Topsify to establish Warner Music’s playlisting strategy and negotiated the industry’s first major-label deal with Soundcloud.
Dworkin joined Warner Music from Nokia, where he was Global Head of Business Affairs and Strategy in the entertainment division. Dworkin was instrumental in growing Nokia’s music services, including Nokia Music Stores, Comes with Music and Mix Radio, across 38 countries.
In 2004, he helped launch US operations for Lagardere SCA’s mobile division, creating original content brands BlingTones and BarrioMobile. Prior to that, Dworkin launched Brick House Music, an artist management company, where he worked with luminary producers like J Dilla, Pete Rock, and Grammy-award winning duo, GoodandEvil.
Dworkin holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Chief Executive Officer
Asian Tour (Tournament Players' Division) Pte Ltd
Josh Burack was appointed the CEO of the Asian Tour in October 2016 (www.asiantour.com). He possesses over 25 years of global experience in sports marketing across general management, sponsorship, media sales and production operations. The American has lived and worked across the Asia Pacific for the last 20 years in Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand and Singapore. Josh has vast practice on both the commercial and operations sides of the sports business. He possesses a successful track record of creating partnerships and profitable business ventures in diverse cultural environments. Before joining the Asian Tour, Josh was Senior Vice President at Dentsu Sports Asia (DSA) in Singapore (www.dentsusports.com) and prior to that he founded and led IEC in Sports’ (a Lagardere Sports company) business in Asia from 2000 to 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from the National University of Singapore.
Director of Digital Marketing and Analytics
Juliana Chu is the Director of Digital Marketing and Analytics for Kimberly Clark, Asia Pacific Region, which produces baby care, feminine care, adult care and tissue products across 13 countries. Juliana has over 10 years’ experience in consulting, strategy and marketing in the FMCG sector in Asia. In her current role at Kimberly Clark, she is responsible for driving the digital marketing and analytics agenda for the Asia Pacific region, including the rollout and optimization of core initiatives such as programmatic media buying, CRM (customer relationship management) and advanced analytics. Prior to working for Kimberly Clark, Juliana worked with Deloitte as an accountant and A.T. Kearney as an management consultant advising clients from various industries including FMCG sector on strategies as well as operations.
June Zhan is an international music licensing and digital content expert/artist manager with well-established contacts and credits with record labels, publishers, PROs/CMOs and music festivals throughout Asia Pacific. June Zhan currently holds multi-positions at Atb-intl, AdSHARE and Midem. Prior to Atb-intl, June Zhan was Conference Team Director of Golden Melody Awards & Festival 2014 - '15, Director of Digital Business Dept. at Gold Typhoon Group/EMI Taiwan, VP at Profita Publishing (Seed Music Group) and Sr. Manager of License Administration Dept. at Rock Mobile Corp China, Producer at UFO Radio Network.
For more info, please visit www.linkedin.com/in/junezhan
Head & VP, Product
As Head of Product at StarHub, Justin is responsible for the financial performance of all products, including Mobility, Broadband, TV and OTT service StarHub Go. He also leads the team in product and service platform development to ensure ongoing competitiveness in the market.
In Justin’s last role as Apple’s Head of Carrier Strategy and Business Development for South Asia, he led the company’s regional carrier business across 17 markets from ASEAN to emerging markets, such as Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, driving unit revenues exceeding US$2 billion.
Prior to Apple, Justin has managed a digital content and e-commerce business. He has also spent several years in various roles in another telco.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over seventeen years music industry experience, centered within Asia.
Justin is co-founder of Magnetic Asia (www.magneticasia.com) whom run festivals & events: Clockenflap (www.clockenflap.com), Sonar Hong Kong (www.sonarhongkong.com), YourMum (www.yourmummusic.com); Ticketing (www.ticketflap.com); and offer further agency services to a broad reach of clients including digital marketing, PR, production and consultancy.
Connecting the dots between Asia and the global industry at large, Justin enjoys spreading the word on the region’s music potential and is actively involved in its positive evolution.
Co Founder & CEO
Hepmil Media Group
Karl is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hepmil Media Group. Hepmil Media Group runs the popular digital content platforms - SGAG & MGAG, whose content is seen by over 10 million millennials across the region weekly. His work at Hepmil Media Group has led him to establish strong partnerships with the largest agency networks in the region to co-produce some of the most viral and award winning branded content. Karl was recently named in Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30, class of 2017.
MoFo Music Ltd
Kelvin 'Afreex' Avon is an international multi-platinum selling producer and songwriter based in Hong Kong. He has produced over 150 songs for independent and major artists around the world. Specialising in the Greater China region, he currently owns and runs MoFo Music Ltd, an Artist Development/Management & Production company creating developing his own acts.
President Innovation & Commerce, APAC
With over 20 years of building, advising and leading marketing & technology companies in Asia Pacific, Ken Mandel has held leadership roles with WPP, Yahoo!, BuddyMedia, Salesforce.com, Hootsuite and is currently President Innovation & Commerce, for Publicis Media. Ken is also a keen supporter of the Asian digital industry and has held numerous industry association Chairmanships including Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), Digital Advertising Alliance and more.
EVP, Corporate Planning
Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc
"International A&R (1988-95) Epic Sony Records,
Artists Management(1996-2000) Antinos Management America,
Music Publisher(2000-2015) Sony Music Publishing Inc,
Copporate Planing(2015-) Sony Music Enteratainment,
*Director of JASRAC, MPA Japan(2003-2015), PROMIC(2017-)"
Kevin Tan is an accomplished entrepreneur and advertising and marketing technology leader with over 20 years of global experience. As co-founder and CEO of Eyeota, the global leader in audience data, he oversees the company’s vision and strategic direction.
Kevin is an authority on the global audience data landscape and programmatic ad buying, frequently presenting at industry conferences, including Cannes, dmexco, ATS Singapore, Web Summit, I-COM Global Summit, among others, and often sought after for his expertise. Kevin has an extensive background building successful global businesses across China, Singapore, Japan, Europe and Australia.
Kevin Yee is CMO at POPS Worldwide. Kevin leads branding, communications, audience development and viewer insights across its diverse digital media platforms. He joined POPS in 2015 to strengthen its position as the leading digital entertainment network in Southeast Asia and to increase global enjoyment of its 1,600 partners’ content.
Kevin has over 20 years of business and general management expertise in media, publishing, entertainment, consulting, digital marketing and retail.
Kevin has been based in Vietnam since 2009 and has held senior management roles at CGV Cinemas Vietnam and OgilvyOne.
Lars Brandle has reported at the frontline of the international music industry for almost 20 years. A former musician, Lars joined the American music trade “bible” Billboard in 2000 and went on to serve as Global News Editor, based in London. Now Billboard’s Australia correspondent and “overnight editor” for Billboard.com, Lars’ voice has been heard on CNN, the BBC and ABC, American Public Media's Marketplace and South Africa's EastCoast Radio, and he has spoken at Midem in Cannes, Popkomm in Berlin, Amsterdam Dance Event, London's City Showcase and at music industry gatherings on both sides of the Tasman. His works have been published by Reuters, Media Week, Spin, and The Hollywood Reporter, and he has featured as a pundit in the Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly and Britain’s The Independent.
Gamevil Com2us Southeast Asia Pte. Ltd.
Long Dinh is an inspirational, competent business leader. With his keen vision and market acumen, he successfully built the firm foundation, excellent committed team and continuously growth the business for GAMEVIL COM2US Southeast Asia in Vietnam. He started with ICT industries for more than 10 years before jumping to game distribution and publishing in Vietnam and Southeast Asia since 2012. Gamevil and Com2us are top worldwide mobile game publishers and developers with many well-known games such as Dragon Blaze, Kritika, Summoners War…with million downloads.
President, OgilvyRED Asia Pacific
Lucy has over 20 years experience in helping brands create change and innovation. She specializes in identifying growth opportunities for brands, driving marketing transformation and wrestling complex problems into simple solutions.
Director, Content Strategy & Acquisitions - APAC
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
Lynn oversees content strategy and acquisitions across Asia Pacific for Discovery’s portfolio of brands. She is the creative lead for content across all media platforms, setting editorial strategy and direction for Discovery's product portfolio in collaboration with market clusters across Asia Pacific.
Lynn joined Discovery in 2002 as Programming Coordinator and worked her way up to her current role where she manages Discovery’s content across all sources.
Lynn has also executive produced a few shows for Animal Planet like Kingdom of the Elephants and Mekong: Soul of a River, both of which were recognised with several awards.
Vice President, Business Development, Asia
Malcolm Thorpe has over 25 years of experience in the sports business, most of which has been spent in Asia. Having spent 13 years with IMG, including an 8-year stint in a regional role based in Hong Kong, and over 10 years in the Middle East and India, Malcolm joined Lagardère Sports in Singapore in 2013, and is now responsible for Business Development for the group throughout Asia.
Chief Operating Officer
Mandar Thakur is COO of Times Music, one of India’s leading record labels and music publishers. Times Music is a division of India’s largest media conglomerate – The Times of India group. Mandar began his career in Hong Kong with The Entertainment Co. group working for their Asian concert promotion business in the early ‘90s, post which he helped set up the path breaking 24 hour music television station Channel [V] in India, and subsequently pioneered the digital music landscape in Asia, as part of the founding team at Soundbuzz, then Asia/India’s largest digital music distribution company, which got acquired by Motorola in early 2008.
Sports Capital Advisors
Marcus John is the CEO of Sports Capital Advisors, the only exclusively Asian focused sports & entertainment private equity investor, specializing in buyouts, equity investments, strategic growth stage and sales consultancy.
Mr John has unparalleled experience, having operated across Asia in senior positions for over 22 years with postings in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. He is renowned for his in-depth knowledge of international sports rights and operational expertise, especially in regards to Asian emerging markets and their high-growth sports and entertainment industries.
Mr. John has personally gone through several private equity buyouts and restructurings during his decades-long tenure with the industries most influential companies (IMG, ESPN STAR, WPP, Octagon). He has a strong track record of successfully identifying and investing in up-and-coming sports properties, including Formula-E, as well as new technologies and apps focused on enhanced fan engagement and content delivery.
Chief Strategy Officer - Ogilvy Public Relations
Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific
Marion leads strategic planning & effectiveness capabilities for Ogilvy Public Relations across the Asia Pacific region. A former Deloitte auditor turned Marketing Director for several FMCG / pharma multinationals, she grew sales and market share for global brands at Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Revlon and Allergan/Botox for over a decade before moving agency side.
Joining Ogilvy Public Relations in 2008, Marion has led global PR strategy for a who’s who of beauty, auto, and pharma brands. She has helped shaped brand purpose across many categories After winning her first awards for pioneering digital beauty influencer work in China, Marion focused on effectiveness assessment and now leads regional industry awards for Ogilvy Public Relations, and is a Lifetime Fellow of AMEC for services to effectiveness measurement.
Australian-born, she has become an ‘Asian stir-fry’ with 17 years in Asia working in Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok and Myanmar, putting her Masters in International Marketing to good use. Marion is a trained team facilitator, passionate training presenter and media coach and sometime musical theatre director, performer and producer. She also has a Diploma in Canine Behaviour and trains troubled shelter dogs at SPCA Hong Kong.
The Sound and Vision Company
Mark Frieser is founder and CEO of the event company SyncSummit (http://syncsummit.com) and music licensing agency The Sound and Vision Company (http://soundandvision.co).
At SyncSummit Mr. Frieser brings together thousands of buyers and sellers in music, media and advertising together to share ideas, knowledge, and make deals.
At Sound and Vision, he works with the world’s largest music labels, publishers, artists and management companies, studios, ad firms and brands to put music to picture and ads.
Frieser is regularly quoted in publications like The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Forbes, CNN, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Wired.
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Maya is responsible for building Twitter's business in these markets and mainly responsible for exploring commercial opportunity for Twitter in Asia Pacific. Prior to this role, Maya was Managing Director of India and Southeast Asia, and previously Senior Director, Product Sales & Strategy, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Emerging Markets.
Maya joined Twitter in 2014 as Director, Product Strategy & Sales of Asia Pacific, Americas & Emerging Markets. Prior to Twitter, Maya spent over 15 years in the digital media, mobile and eCommerce industries across the US and in Asia Pacific region for brands such as Samsung, Google, Microsoft and Cisco. She was also responsible for launching and bringing Internet and mobile offerings to top tier publication such as Vogue, GQ and Condé Nast Traveller in Asia.
Maya has an MBA from INSEAD and an MS in Engineering from Utah State University.
Maya can be found on @maya_hari
Olivier De Rotalier is the Managing Director of Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Chengdu and Ubisoft Philippines. He started the Singapore subsidiary in 2008, Chengdu in 2013 and is spearheading the new Ubisoft Philippines in Santa Rosa, Philippines.
Olivier graduated from the ESCP Europe Business School in 1997. He obtained a second degree from the Berlin University with the Diplom-Kaufmann in Business/Economics during his final year of undergraduate studies.
His journey in Ubisoft began in 1999 in finance. He then moved on to create the Business Intelligence Department, which changed the entire IT infrastructure of Ubisoft and brought Ubisoft to the next level in terms of its business intelligence expertise.
In 2004, Olivier was appointed the Finance Director of the Ubisoft Worldwide Production before stepping up to become the Managing Director of Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Chengdu and most recently, Ubisoft Philippines. Under his leadership, the Singapore’s studio has since grown to be one of the key drivers for establishing Ubisoft presence in this region.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled was the first game produced independently by the Singapore studio in less than a year. Following this, the studio was involved the production of some major titles including Assassin’s Creed II, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed Unity most recently Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
The highly-acclaimed naval battle adventures were first introduced in Assassin’s Creed III and were developed from the ground up in the Singapore studio. Iterating on this naval expertise, the studio developed open-world pirate activities in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Arctic innovation and ice gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Rogue and gameplay along the River Thames in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
In addition to Ubisoft Singapore’s contribution to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, it led Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms; a free-to-play, multiplayer online shooter title. The studio is currently leading the development of Skull & Bones, a multiplayer naval combat game about becoming the ultimate pirate kingpin. Skull & Bones is set to be released in Fall 2018.
Catalyst Media Group Ltd
Over 20 years’ experience working in sports media and marketing. Current positions include:
Catalyst Media Group, Hong Kong – President
Main project includes the International Champions Cup: 2013 - present
Synergy Sports AG, Switzerland/Paraguay/Brazil – Executive Director
Main project includes CONMEBOL SUDAMERICANA, CONMEBOL Minor Tourneos: 2016 - Present
Formerly Managing Director, TEAM Marketing in Europe responsible for selling media and sponsorship rights for the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
Vice President, Global Digital Content
Patrick Stiegman is Vice President, Global Digital Content, overseeing the development of ESPN’s editorial content around the world. Stiegman leads the editorial efforts for all the international editions of ESPN.com, global sport verticals and all coverage of major global events, working closely with ESPN’s international digital product and business teams. The role includes global editorial standards and regional coverage, working with editors, writers, multimedia contributors and designers across markets and languages. He also chairs the ESPN Editorial Board and contributes editorial oversight of all written enterprise, commentary and investigative journalism for ESPN.
Head of Music Content Partnerships (India & South Asia)
Pawan Agarwal is the head of Music Content for YouTube & Google Play Music, India & South Asia. Prior to that, he was the Vice President & Business Head at Gaana, COO at Sunstone Business School & India Managing Director at Lime Labs. A graduate from Institute of Technology, Kanpur he has over 16 years of work experience across Media, Education, Technology & Entrepreneurship.
Milk & Honey
Peter Coquillard is a 25+-year veteran on the US music industry. Peter is the Senior Manager and Head of International at Milk and Honey Management, an industry leader in the management, and does A&R and Marketing of Record producers, Songwriters and Artists.
Throughout his career he has worked with Pete Townshend, The Who, Nine Inch Nails and UK artist Tricky. Spending the majority of his years as a Music Publisher with Windswept Pacific, Nettwerk Music and Silva Tone Music, Peter’s writers have had songs recorded by artists including: Britney Spears, Usher, Beyonce, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Madonna, Rag and Bone Man, Corrine Bailey Rae and James Arthur.
His international experience dates back many years and his writers have had #1 records not only in the US and UK but also Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Austria, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and China.
In China, he was instrumental in the development and A&R of Wanting Qu and singer/actress Chloe Bennet as well as working with partners on the ground to secure placements with artists including: Li Yuchun, Luhan, and Jane Zhou. In Asia, he has secured placements with TVXQ/Tojoshinki, Super Junior, Kumi Koda, Namie Amuro, Lee Hi, Wondergirls and Shinwa.
Peter is also the founder of the The Invitational Group, which hosts serious luxury songwriting retreats including the Bali Songwriting Invitational, an annual songwriting retreat for top-level artists and songwriters from around the world entering its 10th year as well as camps in France, Italy, and Montenegro.
Philip looks after business development and media related opportunities for Riot Games in China. Riot Games is the developer of the worldwide popular online game – League of Legends, headquarted in Los Angeles. Prior to Riot Games, Philip spent 6 years in the Entertainment media sector with 21st Century Fox. He was a Senior Director of Corporate Development at their Hong Kong head office, where he focused on M&A projects across Asia and Middle East. Philip started his career at KPMG.
Prashan Agarwal, a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the Indian consumer internet space, currently spearheads Gaana, India's largest music streaming app, as its Chief Operating Officer. Adept in all aspects of consumer internet, Prashan is an innovative leader who excels in building sustainable business operations from scratch in a rapid growth environment. Before joining Gaana, he had co-founded multiple internet ventures including PropTiger.com, India's leading real estate transaction marketplace. In 15 years of extensive experience, he's held senior leadership roles at Naukri.com, GE Infrastructure and Sapient.
An Indian School of Business and Indian Institutes of Technology alumnus, Prashan is an expert in strategy, sales, operations and product management.
Brand Director - Asia Hair Care
Priyali Kamath is an experienced P&G brand builder of 18 years, having worked across several consumer & health categories including Feminine Hygiene, Oral Health, Home Care and Beauty Care; and across multiple regions including Asia, North America and Europe. She led the Media & Digital function for P&G Asia from 2010-2013, galvanizing the Company into becoming far more digitally savvy in their marketing spending and consumer insight. When not at work, Priyali enjoys spending time with her husband and their 9 year old son, who can tell you amazing facts about dinosaurs.
Bandai Namco Entertainment Singapore
Rainel Tan is an accomplished, powerful business leader whose entrepreneurial instincts and vision have successfully helped expanded the market share in Southeast Asia for Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia. His dedication and passion towards the industry instilled positive energy to his team members and cultivated an environment where creativity and innovation are encouraged. Under his leadership, Bandai Namco Entertainment Singapore has consistently achieved year-on-year growth and with his market acquisition strategy. His continued leadership promises to drive successful expansion into Southeast Asia markets in the future.
Chairman & CEO
Mobilium Global Limited
Ralph Simon is one of the founders of the global mobile entertainment and social media industry, a visionary and innovator, and known as "the father of the ring tone”. Expert in content creation, smartphone lifestyles and multi-screen creativity, he founded and grew Zomba/Jive Records in the 80s and 90s into the top global indie music label & publisher, and then founded the world's first international commercial ring tone service. One of the world's top 50 executives in mobile since 2005, Ralph relentlessly searches the world for the smartest new mobile and wireless apps, VR, creativity and content. He understands that the future belongs to “Screenagers" everywhere and this foresight makes him know all about mobile multi-screen use and what's coming next on smartphones and screens of all sizes. Currently involved in: Mobile Games and music (making the first-ever John Lennon mobile game and VR), and developing the 1st British Professional Basketball League.
Responsible for curating and programming some of the world’s most important start-up & future tech gatherings worldwide: in Europe: the auspicious and important Pioneers (Future Tech Festival),Vienna; Africa: The African Leadership Network; USA & Canada: Digital Entertainment World, CTIA’s Mobile Convention in Las Vegas, Canadian Music Week, and Singularity University’s Exponential Health in San Diego. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, and CEO/Founder of Mobilium Global, the international mobile cool hunters. Ralph is based in London, or on a plane to where mobile start-up innovation calls for discovery, development and investment.
Director - Marketing Services, APAC
World Federation of Advertisers
Ranji brings 15 years of Marketing, Communications and Consulting experience and a track record of successful intrapreneurship to her current role as Marketing Director for Asia with the World Federation of Advertisers where she is keenly focused on supporting WFA members in the pursuit of increased marketing efficiency and effectiveness through specially curated research, toolkits and peer-to-peer round-table FORUMS. She joined the global team from a role at Samsung where she managed the Media, Digital Marketing and Mobile IMC portfolios across Asia, and has also held in-market MarCom roles with brands such as automotive marque Audi. Ranji was formerly the Executive Director of the IAB Singapore and has also enjoyed a successful career in Executive Search.
CEO & Co Founder
Stepathlon Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd
One of the most prominent names in the Indian Sports, Media & Entertainment business, Ravi Krishnan is currently the CEO & Co-Founder of Stepathlon, India’s largest mass participation platform that, in his words, “brings a sports marketing approach to wellness”.
To create healthier, happier and more productive future generations, Ravi has partnered with Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his management company, Cornerstone Sports & Entertainment, to launch Stepathlon Kids.
Ravi moved to India, from Australia, in 1995 to set up IMG in the region. Since 2011, Ravi has been on a path to create an IP focused SME business, partnering/advising global stakeholders on market entry and establishment in India and SME Investment Banking.
Managing Partner Asia Pacific
After 25 years growing award-winning global integrated agencies, Richard founded the Observatory in Asia Pacific in 2010, with a vision to substantially improve marketing performance, by focusing on the inputs, not just the outputs.
He has worked with marketers from a wide range of the world's leading brands across most major communications disciplines including branding, advertising, direct, digital, PR, experiential, trade and employee.
Richard is a regular speaker/panelist/writer for the WFA, Marketing, Campaign and Mumbrella, works extensively with marketing industry associations and bodies to improve professional standards and recently led the development of the Agency|Marketer Partnership Award with Campaign in Asia Pacific.
Asia Bureau Chief
Rob Schwartz is a journalist, entrepreneur and music and film producer active in Asia and the US.
Rob’s journalism has appeared in publications like Time, Newsweek, NME, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the Asia Bureau Chief of Billboard Magazine.
In 2002 Rob was appointed Executive Director of the Tokyo-based imprint Play Label. In 2005 he founded the rock-electro label Dynastic Records (www.dynasticrecords.com).
Rob is COO of SomethingDrastic (http://somethingdrastic.com/en/), a marketing, PR and translation firm.
Rob was the Executive Producer for the 2010 US feature film Putty Hill and currently has the film Bernard & Huey in post-production in LA.
Senior Vice President, Asia
Robb Spitzer is Senior Vice President, Asia for AEG Presents and oversees live entertainment throughout the region including concert tours, festivals, and sports events. Robb was formerly Managing Director, China for Live Nation where he was responsible for stadium and arena concerts in fifteen cities. Previously, Robb held posts at Ticketmaster and Radical Media.
Robb began his career at Comedy Central in New York during the launches of South Park and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College in New York and also attended Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka.
Managing Director, Asia
Rosemary Lising is recognized as a pioneering digital industry leader. Currently the Managing Director Asia of Columbus, a leading search and performance agency within Dentsu Aegis Network, she leads vision, business growth, market expansion and operations across the Asian Region. A regular speaker at digital marketing industry conferences, Rosemary produces globally recognized digital solutions and best practices on the topic.
Prior to her role at Columbus, Rosemary was the Regional Managing Director at iProspect where she spearheaded the General Motors search and performance marketing business across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Russia. Her past experience also includes, Managing Director at GroupM Search, establishing the Online Media & Search Marketing practice for Blue Interactive Marketing (now known as Possible) and General Manager of DoubleClick Media in South East Asia. Rosemary’s career started in strategic media planning where she worked for notable agencies including Foote Cone Belding, Zenith Media and Ogilvy & Mather.
BEC Tero Music
Saksit Vejsupaporn, or ToR+, was influenced by music from a very early age. His father, Nakorn Vejsupaporn, was a prominent figure from the renowned ‘80s Thai pop band Grand Ex, so ToR+ Saksit was no stranger to the Thai music industry.
ToR+ started playing piano at the age of three and through the years, his expertise at the keys caught the attention of world-renowned pianist Richard Clayderman, who invited ToR+ to join him on stage when Clayderman played a concert in Bangkok.
2008 ToR+ won the Thailand Favorite Artist Award at the MTV Asia Awards held in Genting, Malaysia.
Internationally, ToR+ was invited to perform at The 11th KKBox Music Awards in Taiwan (2016). ToR+ was also a guest at the Kamen Rider Girls Mini Concert in Bangkok in July 2016. The concert also featured “Just You and Me”, a song they collaborated on together which ToR+ composed as the Kamen Rider theme song.
To further his international career, ToR+ has recorded a duet with Sony Music China star, Joshua Jin. The song, written by ToR+, is called 'Wait For Love' and is released by Sony Music China in July 2017.
Head of Content Acquisition and Strategic Partnerships
Sam Li is the Head of Content Acquisition and Strategic Partnerships for Sina Sports where he is responsible for domestic and international sports rights acquisition; strategic partnerships with rights holders, teams and individual athletes; and international sponsorships and marketing. He was previously an Associate Vice President with the National Basketball Association. Sam has a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School and dual bachelor degrees from University of California, Los Angeles.
Accenture, Center for the Digital Future
A digital pioneer for over twenty-five years, Scott leads Accenture’s Media & Entertainment business across Australia and New Zealand. Scott spent seven years with Sony as EVP, Global Operations and CTO for Sony Music and EVP, Corporate Development at Sony Digital Services and led digital transformations at Bertelsmann AG, Merrill Lynch and The Motion Picture Association. An entrepreneur by nature, Scott played founding roles at iconic start-ups Data Broadcasting and Firstlook.com. Scott regularly lectures at The Australian Film, Radio & Television School and The University of Southern California, is a Senior Fellow at The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and serves as Chairman, Digital Advisory Panel, Australian Sports Commission.
Vice President & Managing Director, LPGA Asia
As the LPGA’s Vice President and Managing Director of LPGA Asia, Sean Pyun leads all tournament and business development affairs for the LPGA in this region.
Since joining the LPGA as the Manager of International Development and Member Services in 2008, Sean has served a couple of different roles within the organization including the Director of Tournament Business Affairs and Managing Director of International Business Affairs, before establishing the LPGA’s first ever regional branch in Seoul, Korea in 2014.
Sean has received his undergraduate degree in Economics at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and Master’s in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco. He currently splits his time between the LPGA Headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida and the LPGA Asia office in Seoul.
Zepp @ Big Box Pte Ltd
Born in Tokyo 1976. Specialized in concert promotion and venue management recent 10 years in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.
Always think about how promote Japanese artist in Asian countries. On the other hand, I am interested in local music scene especially Taiwanese pop and also local ethnic music.
Not only current movement chasing, but also looking for way of contributing to local music society.
I work for Zepp@BIGBOX Singapore as Hall Director. 2014-2013 Hong Kong(Concert promotor of Japanese artist), 2012-2007 Shanghai (Senior Manager of MAO Livehouse, Shanghai), 2007-2003 Tokyo (Music College lecturer / promotor), 2002-1998 Tokyo (Virgin Megastore)
CEO - Hungama.com
Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Siddhartha Roy is the Chief Executive Officer of Hungama.com. Hungama is India’s largest digital media entertainment company and runs successful services - Hungama Music & Hungama Play across music, video and movies catering to the world’s fastest growing mobile market, India and South Asians in over 70 countries worldwide. Hungama has over 67mn monthly active users across its consumer destinations. The company has partnerships with over 400 content creators, record labels, studios, broadcasters and game publishers on a worldwide basis for digital and mobile content.
Under Siddhartha’s guidance, Hungama set up a one of its kind consumer venture in digital entertainment. Siddhartha has led Hungama’s consumer and business initiatives including the launch of Hungama Music – the music streaming service and Hungama Play – the video on demand offering. Siddhartha also leads the largest independent artist platform, ArtistAloud where over 500 independent artists get a chance to showcase their creativity in content that gets distributed widely.
Siddhartha has previously been responsible for spearheading the Hungama Mobile business. His key responsibilities included strengthening the digital marketing initiatives for the company, providing their expanding client base with quality, innovative content and marketing solutions.
Siddhartha was the erstwhile COO & co- founder of BigAdda, India’s largest youth network, a part of the Reliance ADA Group. Prior to Bigadda.com, he has worked with MTV Networks and Star TV, India. He has over 15 years of experience in new media communications.
Global Head of Rights, News Corp/Head of Dow Jones Sport
News Corp/Dow Jones
Simon Greenberg, 48, is the Global Head of Rights for News Corp and Head of Dow Jones Sport. For the majority of Simon’s career, he has worked in sports related roles, starting as a sports journalist for national newspapers in the UK before he became Communications and Public Affairs Director for Chelsea Football Club in 2004. In 2009, Simon became Chief of Staff of England's 2018 FIFA World Cup bid before joining News International, now News UK, News Corp's UK newspaper subsidiary, which owns The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. He subsequently joined the parent company in 2011. Simon is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Simon Kearney is an Australian journalist and the co-founder and CEO of Singapore content agency Click2View. He has built the award-winning agency from a video production house to an end-to-end storytelling service covering video, blogging, newsletters, social, custom publishing, distribution and analytics. Previously he was a Canberra-based political editor for News Corp, chief of staff of Australia's biggest selling newspaper, and a senior writer on the national broadsheet, The Australian -- and, bizarrely, a roving global film maker for a billionaire (best job ever). He is the Treasurer of the Asia Content Marketing Association.
MD Kobalt Music Group ANZ, GM Kobalt Music Group Asia
Kobalt Music Group
Simon Moor is the GM Kobalt Music Group Asia, and MD of AU/NZ. Prior to Kobalt Simon was Head of A&R at EMI Music and then Sony/ATV. Simon oversees the Publishing, Recordings and Neighbouring Rights divisions of Kobalt, just recently having established Kobalt Music in Asia, with the office based in Hong Kong. Simon works directly with Kobalt’s extensive roster including Blue Mountain Music (Bob Marley), Elvis Presley, Max Martin, Stevie Nicks, Bon Jovi, Beck, Moby, Lionel Richie, LCD Soundsystem, Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), Gotye, Neil Finn, Future Classic (Flume), Sweat It Out (Rufus).
Warner Music Asia
Simon Robson has been President of Warner Music Asia since January 2015. He has worked at Warner Music for 19 years. In 1998, he joined Warner Music International as Finance Director for Asia Pacific. In June 2002, he was posted to Tokyo for 2 years as the Executive Consultant at WM Japan. On returning to the UK in 2004, he became VP of Finance & Operations, EMEA and was then CFO & COO, WMUK from 2007 to 2014.
Director Digital and Strategy
Previously a musician, engineer, producer, remixer and promoter, Simon has been with The Beggars Group since 1990. Starting work with online distribution in 1997, Simon has since worked with almost every significant entity in digital media. He has spoken at most music conferences around the world on digital music and media strategy, made statements to the UK parliament and has testified at the USA's CRB webcasting proceedings. He is also a director and board member of Video Performance Ltd (VPL) and Consolidated Independent (CI), but the most important role is keeping the Beggars Group of labels at the forefront of all new technologies to deliver its award winning roster of artists to the widest possible audience. The Beggars Group represents 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young Turks.
Artist Aloud, Hungama
Soumini Sridhara Paul is Vice President of the Talent and Independent content platform, Artist Aloud (Hungama Digital Media Ent. Pvt. Ltd.). Launched in January 2010, Soumini has spearheaded the set up of Artist Aloud, South Asia’s premier digital platform for established and new talent with independent audio and video content along with a dedicated team. She also recently took on the role of Head of Operations and Content Programming for YouTube for Hungama, Special Content Creation and Event IP projects for Hungama. She started her artistic stint as a singer almost 20 years back but chose to work in other aspects of the industry to build something that would change the face of the Talent and Independent Content Space.
Head of Commercial
Spencer has worn multiple hats through leading various departments in AirAsia over the past 10 years. He believes that rather than being managed, employees should grow and develop their skills through constant leadership. This is the culture at AirAsia. Putting the power in its people and empowering its teams, helps the company to grow the footprint of its business. With the backing of a solid work culture, it comes as no surprise that AirAsia has led the low cost scene with its innovative methods that have enabled the carrier to be high up in the rankings.
Chief Communications Officer
Asian Golf Industry Federation
Having cut his journalistic teeth in England, Spencer arrived in Hong Kong in 1984 to assume a position on the editorial staff at the South China Morning Post, where he became Chief Sports Writer and Deputy Sports Editor. Instrumental in the launching and running of the first golf magazine in Asia, Spencer moved to Singapore in 2002 and has continued to be a close observer of Asian sport, writing for leading newspapers, magazines and websites and commentating for a variety of television channels, including ESPN, Fox Sports and Asia Television (Hong Kong). In February 2014, Spencer assumed the position as Chief Communications Officer with the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
VP & GM, Asia Pacific
Steve Davis is the vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific and Japan for Ooyala, a leading Integrated Video Platform (IVP) provider. Since 2011, Steve has been in regional leadership positions at Ooyala, overseeing the company's growth and championing customer success in North America, before moving to Sydney in 2016 to head up APAC and Japan. With over 22 years of experience in different solution areas like digital video, analytics, marketing automation, e-commerce and CRM, Steve is passionate about using technology to overcome challenges for customers in the Digital Broadcast, Sports, Media, Retail, and FMCG industries.
Managing Director - Asia
As Spotify’s Managing Director for Asia, Sunita drives the strategic direction of the service as it continues to reach out to a rapidly growing audience of music fans across the region. Since setting Spotify's Asia HQ in Singapore office in 2013, Sunita has led the service’s expansion across Asia as well as managing the region's revenue division. Apart from helming Spotify launches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan,Indonesia and the Philippines, Sunita has overseen the growth of crucial business units in the region, including partnerships, product programming, payments and conversion.
PHD Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Susana is the CEO of PHD Asia Pacific, a global communications planning and media buying network, built on a culture of smart strategic thinking and creative innovation. In her capacity as CEO, Susana leads 19 PHD offices in the region with a focus on building the agency's client portfolio and the overall investment in developing of PHD’s product, culture and people.
Under Susana’s leadership since 2013, PHD recorded an era of phenomenal growth, by landing epic regional wins such as Unilever, GSK, SAP, Ferrero and in 2016, the VWG.
PHD APAC is also the only media agency in Asia that consistently wins at key global advertising award shows namely Cannes Lion: Festival of Creativity and Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness Awards. This reflects on PHD’s passion to deliver the best quality of work for our clients at internationally recognized levels.
Prior to PHD, Susana was the COO of OgilvyOne Asia Pacific. Her 12 years at Ogilvy was predominately spent launching and growing Neo@Ogilvy (Ogilvy’s digital media division) in APAC for 7 years. Susana has also held leadership positions in XM Asia Pacific and Modem Media after starting her advertising journey at Space Asia Media, the first ad network startup based in HK in the 90's.
In the course of her career, Susana has always been at the forefront of progressive change and her biggest strength has always been to hold a strong vision of how technology is changing our future, a trait that resonates very closely with the PHD brand. To drive change in the industry, Susana participates actively on the Advisory Boards of IAB, Effies, AMEs, Digital Matters, Asia Sponsorship Association, etc. She is also a big advocate of Young Women in Advertising, Marine Conservation and Save the Sharks initiatives.
Susana has a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and a post grad diploma in eCommerce from AGSM. At work, she tries hard to keep her head above water. Outside work, she tries harder to stay underwater by scuba diving.
Head of Trade Marketing (APAC)
Believe Distribution Services
With a 14 year background in management, artist development, music production and licensing, Syaheed leads Believe Distribution Service's trade marketing operation for Asia Pacific. With the direct responsibility of regional trade marketing & promotion, he works closely with digital music services providers in South East Asia, Greater China & Australia/New Zealand. As Country Manager, Syaheed started the Singapore/Malaysia office for Believe Digital Asia. He is responsible for new signings, licensing, business development & account management.
Takayuki is an industry veteran and strategic consultant for many entertainment and tech companies. His distinguished career has included roles as Head of Mobile at MTV Japan; and most recently, Head of Digital Business Development for Universal Music Japan. He has been an evangelist of digital transformation in the Japanese Music Industry and his vision, “EnterTech”, to bring new value to the entertainment industry with technology.
He is currently working with companies like recording company, venture capital, global music streaming service and tech start-ups as mentor.
He is also Co-Founder of The Big Parade, the first Music and Technology conference in Japan.
Founder and CEO
TC Pan is the founder and CEO of Ultimate Music, the largest open music service platform for smart devices in China.
As the creator of “Ting Cloud”, Ultimate Music is leader in content and data management in China’s music market, in long-term strategic partnershipswith leading smart device makers such as Samsung and Xiaomi, as well as major labels, indies and artists all over the world.
TC used to worked as Head of Entertainment Services, Nokia Greater China, and Senior Consultant of Google Play Music Asia Pacific. As an expert in Mobile Internet/Internet with proven record of service creation, operation& user acquisition, TC is well-connected with internet & content business executives both in China and globally.
Ted is a Director for IHS Markit’s Television research team. He is responsible for tracking and analysing key new trends affecting the TV industry, assessing the impact these will have on pay TV operators, broadcasters, content owners and other important players from across the value chain. Ted has been analysing the TV industry since 2006, contributing to research on a wide range of areas. Topics frequently covered include pay TV diversification, platform evolution, multiscreen/online video, bundling strategies and channels evolution. Ted is a regular speaker at industry events, having presented on topics including operator-SVoD partnerships, content strategies for cable providers and social TV.
The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai
Having always been passionate about cooking, Chef Thomas Zacharias’s culinary journey started at a very young age, inspired by his grandmother’s home-cooked food. After graduating in Hotel Management from WGSHA, Manipal, he went on to study further at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), New York in 2007. He then worked at the celebrated three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City. He returned to India in 2011 and helmed the Mediterranean kitchen at Olive Bar and Kitchen, Mumbai.
Prior to joining The Bombay Canteen as Executive Chef in 2014, Chef Thomas travelled extensively across 18 states of India to understand richness and diversity of Indian cuisine. As a chef, his food philosophy involves showcasing regional Indian cuisine in a contemporary avatar, celebrating local and seasonal Indian ingredients, and creating memorable food experiences around Indian cuisine.
Tom has been at IMG for 15 years, starting in London and having spent the last five years in Asia. He is now responsible for business development for IMG Media, across Asia Pacific, whilst also responsible for the growing entertainment business of IMG across Asia, whilst developing new verticals such as eSports.
Austin City Limits
Tom Gimbel is the General Manager of the KLRU television show - Austin City Limits. Austin City Limits is the longest running music show in American television history, the only television program ever awarded the National Medal of the Arts, a certified Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Landmark, and in 2012 the recipient of an institutional Peabody Award celebrating “37 years of excellence in television.”
Prior to joining Austin City Limits in early 2011, Gimbel’s twenty-five-plus year music industry career has included roles in independent marketing, indie and major record labels, and artist management. From 1995 – 2005, Gimbel held senior executive positions with Arista Records where he guided successful campaigns for Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum sales certified artists such as Santana, Outkast, Pink, Dido, Whitney Houston, and Sarah McLachlan. In 2005, Gimbel founded and served as President of High Wire Music Management, an independent management, label services, and music distribution company.
Vice President, Business Development, Asia
Netflix Pte. Ltd
Tony Zameczkowski is a senior executive with more than 17 years’ experience in the media and technology industry. Tony recently joined Netflix's regional headquarter in Singapore as Vice President, Business Development, Asia. As part of his new role at Netflix, he is responsible for leading the company’s strategic partnerships efforts and teams in Asia. Prior to Netflix, Tony was running the international operations of Victorious, and spent 8 years at Google/YouTube in Europe and Asia. Tony also worked for 6 years at Warner Bros. Television as Sales and Business Development Manager, licensing content to broadcasters and VOD platforms in Europe.
Chief Media Strategist
At Akamai, Vincent is responsible for defining strategic direction for product marketing and business development for the Media Division, with a expertise in gaming and media business.
Before joining Akamai, Vincent led the strategy and business development for Samsung and oversaw strategic partnerships. He has been in gaming and digital media business for over 15 years and has held positions at Viacom and venture-backed companies in both online and mobile gaming.
He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from SFSU, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.
Senior Vice President
Universal Music Group India & South Asia
With over 16 years of experience, Vinit is an entrepreneurial sales & marketing professional with a proven track record of delivering on strategic and commercial goals in the fast paced, constantly evolving Music & Entertainment industry.
His area of expertise lies in the music & entertainment space with direct exposure across Artist & Repertoire, Digital, Licensing & Music Publishing, New Business Developmet, Music Festivals and Marketing.
In his current capacity as Senior Vice President (India & South Asia) at Universal Music, he is responsible for delivery of the P&L of the region.
Under the leadership of Vinit, Universal entered into a strategic collaboration with leading Bollywood director Mohit Suri to launch a sub-label EMI Records India. The vision of the label is to discover and nurture new talent.
Prior to Universal Music, Vinit has worked with Sony Music, Citibank and Titan.
Walker Jacobs is Chief Operating Officer of FANDOM, where he spearheads the entertainment media brand’s substantial growth strategy, inclusive of rapidly scaling the brand’s content, community, marketing reach, and revenue. FANDOM is home to the largest entertainment fan site in the world with 175 million global uniques.
Walker has a deep-seated passion for digital media and has been an active part of its evolution since the industry’s development in the mid 1990s. Prior to FANDOM, Walker served in executive positions at a range of media companies, including Reuters, Turner Broadcasting and Clear Channel. In those roles he worked to change the face of digital media through groundbreaking initiatives like the acquisition of Bleacher Report, acquiring the rights to NBA Digital and NCAA March Madness at Turner, and setting up Turner Digital's portfolio strategy with CNN.com and CNN Money.
15 years of experiences in private equity, M&A and corporate finance. Mr. Zhu was an Executive Director with Fosun Group where he led investment deals of Adin Media, LeSports and Infront Sports and Media. Previously, Mr. Zhu was a Vice President with CITIC PE, responsible for the landmark buy-out of leading German equipment manufacturer Putzmeister. Previously, Mr. Zhu was an associate with Hony Capital. Mr. Zhu received his B.S degree from Wuhan University and his MBA degree from University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross school of business. Mr. Zhu is now a managing partner and Chief Investment Officer of Yao Capital.
EVP of Global Business
Won Cho is the EVP of Global Business at 4:33, a mobile game publisher based in Korea, and spearheads its global business expansion. He is a 16-year industry veteran, previously was a Managing Director and Country Manager for Gameloft Korea, and a General Manager for Atari Korea.
The fan is in control.
The Music, Sports, Gaming, Online Media and Marketing industries are now powered by their fans who are faced with infinite entertainment choices. If your business is to engage and entertain this audience, then the award-winning All That Matters 2017 is for you!
Back at the Ritz-Carlton from 11-13 September, Branded is proud to present a distinguished and diverse line-up of world-class speakers who will offer a unique perspective on a converged entertainment mediaverse.
In 2016, All That Matters brought over 1,200 executives from 30+ countries to tune into 172 speakers across the week. Take a look at our 2017 Event Summary for more details.
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Strategically creating and distributing content across Branded's different social networks
Sleep is for the dead.
Social media... or cat videos
What they call me:
Mama-san for the Marketing and Operations of our business. Rudolph and sometimes the reins to Jasper’s Santa.
What I really do:
Strive to ensure we have the right people, processes, priorities and communications in place to wholeheartedly deliver results that matter.
Watch out for:
My close protection agent, Agatha.
Gina 'Dalai' Lama
Work closely with the talent and production teams to produce the highest quality entertainment for the world over.
Everything and anything that I can help with!
Contact me for: Production related queries
Setting corporate strategy and steering the ship.
Coordinate maternity leave.
"No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep".
Making sure events are a commercial success.
Hate something, change something, make something better
Partnership and sponsorship opportunities
Communicate, operate, facilitate!
Anything I’m asked.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!”
Anything event related.
In service for everything that relates to design & creative, come to me and I'll give you a solution.
Ensure anything people give me turns out to be pretty.
Lu or Bezza
Part of the money making machine when it comes to things that matter
Finding the best happy hour spots in town
New business and sponsorship opportunities.
Keeping it simple, Nat
Co-ordinate the suite of Branded’s global projects.
Paddle - the greater the distance the bigger the challenge.
Support in event production elements
The girl with crazy hair colour
I work with an awesome team to put on 3 crazy nights of new music.
The above and then some.
Anything Artist Relations / Festival Relations.
Ensure we deliver it & a bit for our YouTube FanFest partners and keep them coming back for more
Mastermind the execution of FanFest partnership collaborations + turn the value volume up loud
My big earring days - I mean business!
Anything other than sales.
Anything Jasper doesn’t want to do.
The longest service staff and a new mommy at Branded.
Toe-Knee (or The American).
Design Music Matters program and secure panel and keynote speakers.
“Don’t ask, don’t get.”
Program and Speakers.
Sponsorship Business Development + Brand Partnership Marketing + Activation
I bring balance in the force in Brand Relationship Marketing. Creating creative content and Brand Opportunities to Connect, Engage & Motivate
Only way to find out is to TRY before you BUY
Assist Suki (eg.record invoice or payments) and general operation