Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
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.
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Aaron LaBerge was named Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in January 2015, reporting to John Skipper ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks.
LaBerge leads ESPN’s Technology division and is responsible for oversight and strategic leadership and direction of technology, and its marriage with ESPN’s content, across all media and businesses. He also serves on the The Walt Disney Company’s CTO Council and the Disney Research Advisory Board.
Adoption and embrace of technology has been one of ESPN’s central hallmarks throughout its 35 year history. Under LaBerge, ESPN Technology works with all divisions of the company to create exceptional experiences for sports fans; develop and manage platform-agnostic technological solutions and standards; unleash the benefits of ESPN’s world-class technological infrastructure and facilities; design and build next-generation data, video and audio platforms; drive the company’s industry-leading innovation and advanced development work; as well as identify and service all other current and future technology needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & CEO
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.
Global Head of Family & Education Partnerships, Google Play
Shazia Makhdumi oversees global business development for educational apps and games on Google Play. Her team is responsible for finding the best apps for kids and families and bringing them to Play. They work with developers worldwide to help them grow their businesses on Android, and with internal teams to influence product development within key areas including business models, discovery and distribution.
Shazia has been in the tech industry for over 15 years, from Netscape in the early days of the Internet to her own venture ColorStories, an app allowing kids to create personalized books. She has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and an MBA from Stanford.
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.
Itinerant Creative Director
Tea Uglow is a 10-year veteran of Google’s Creative Lab. Her output includes 7 books, 17 websites, 6 apps, a feature film, 3 plays, 2 concerts, 4 museum exhibits and some teddy bears that talk. She has lions and pencils and stuff. Her 2015 TEDx talk has more than 1.5m views. She has racked up 200 hrs of talks. She has authored 2 books: A Universe Explodes and A Curiosity of Doubts. She is on the board of the Biennale of Sydney. She mentors young female creatives worldwide. She likes quantum physics, behavioural psychology, and shopping.
Mission Hills Group
Tenniel Chu, born in 1976 in Hong Kong, is the Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group, the owner and operator of Mission Hills Golf Club, the largest golf facility in the world. With clubhouses in Shenzhen, Dongguan and Haikou – and a profile that is global in its reach – Mission Hills is pioneering the golf and leisure tourism industry in China.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Digital Marketing and CRM/ Global Lead for Digital Strategy
Mead Johnson Nutrition APAC
Angeli is the Head of Digital Marketing and CRM APAC and Global Lead for Digital Strategy for Mead Johnson Nutrition. She takes care of building business by strengthening consumer relationships through data and digital led engagement.
Angeli’s 20+ years career started with her “accidental” internship at American Express, where she fell in the love with the concept of what was then called “database marketing.” After that stint came a career focused on building expertise in CRM and digital marketing at Ogilvy One, Dentsu Indio (her own digital marketing agency acquired by Dentsu), Dentsu Asia (she launched the award-winning digital agency Dentsu Mobius, now part of DM2) and jobsDB (acquired by Seek Australia).
Angeli has worked on global digital marketing and CRM programs that won international awards, and she has been invited to speak at several industry conferences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VP of Marketing
Cheryl Goh is the Vice President of Marketing at Grab. In her role, she shapes the strategy behind
the company’s user growth, country expansion and service diversification. She also oversees Grab’s marketing efforts across the region.
Cheryl has spent a decade in leadership roles in the digital space, mostly in technology companies such as MOL Global and Friendster. She also headed The New Straits Times Press Group’s digital arm and served as Group Digital General
Manager at Nissan Malaysia. Throughout her career, she has developed a profound understanding of digital audiences and how to build businesses around them. Over the years, Cheryl has been invited to speak and serve as a panellist at various technology, startup and digital marketing conferences and forums.
Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Marketing) from Curtin University. She is an avid underwater photographer and considers herself a true Gen Y.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Managing Director at MinerLabs Group, a regional agency designing and delivering TV Everywhere, Over-The-Top Video, Social Media and Mobile Application solutions for leading media and technology companies. Previously, James was SVP at ESPN STAR Sports/now 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June Zhan is a music licensing and digital content expert with well-established contacts and credits with music publishers, PROs/CMOs and record labels throughout Asia Pacific. June Zhan currently holds multi-positions at ATB-INTL, AdSHARE and Midem. Prior to ATB-INTL, AdSHARE and Midem, June Zhan was the Conference Team Director of Golden Melody Awards & Festival 2014 - '15, the Director of Digital Business Dept. at Gold Typhoon Group/EMI Taiwan, the VP at Profita Publishing (Seed Music Group) and the Sr. Manager of License Administration Dept. at Rock Mobile Corp China. 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.
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.
President Innovation & Commerce
Publicis Media Group, Asia Pacific
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SyncSummit, Sync Exchange
Managing Director, Asia
beIN Media Group
beIN Media Group is a leading global network broadcasting in MENA region, France, Spain, USA, Canada, Asia and Australia/NZ providing exclusive access to prime sporting competitions.
Mike is the Managing Director in Asia where the Group continues to expand its reach in line with its plans to grow geographically while developing new genres and greater content production.
Prior to joining beIN, Mike was the CEO of the Asian Tour, the men’s professional golf tour in Asia. Prior to that Mike spent 12-years at ESPN STAR Sports, in senior management roles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President & Managing Director
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)
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Entertainment and Digital
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.
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.
Mr. Wang Dong was a bilingual (Chinese and English) TV anchor and senior media advisor of CCTV NEWS. He also works as an NBA play-by-play commentator for Shanghai BesTV, and acts as an on-site emcee for the Shanghai Tennis Masters, HSBC Champions and IAAF Diamond League annually.
He joined Alisports as Vice President since 2015.
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.
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.
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