Anurag, a serial entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, is the prodigy child of the startup revolution in India. Having built two of the most successful content platforms- Crumblyy and CaptionPlus, Anurag has moved on to serve as the CTO of Fabrento, a furniture rental company backed by the Continental Group.
Anurag believes in going the organic way and has been instrumental in aligning the tech infrastructure of Fabrento bigtime, with effective plans for organic growth.
A former SIDMBA graduate from IIT Delhi, Anurag loves to explore domains and is currently working towards making furniture rentals a household affair with effective intervention of technology.
Ben Lim is the Managing Partner at NEXEA, an early Startup Accelerator, Angel Network and Venture Capital. NEXEA has invested in more than 35 Startups across Southeast Asia and is known for creating value in their investments. NEXEA is backed by experienced entrepreneurs who have done their M&As and IPOs or are CEOs of publicly listed companies. More importantly, they want to give back to the next wave of entrepreneurs.
Ben founded NEXEA together with a few partners and has since managed the deal flow and investments into Startups. He also ran 3 Accelerator programs with Watchtower & Friends and Sunway iLabs and a few other corporate partners like AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, Microsoft Cloud and Digital Ocean.
He has deep experience in validating Startups from MVP to investability, as well as fundraising for Startups. Ben has advised over 1000 Startups in fundraising and the fundamentals of a Startup over the years.
Buna Dahal, blind motivational speaker, has been spreading the philosophy of empowerment for 25 years.
Visionary philanthropist - noble leader Buna Dahal has led numerous multimillion dollar humanitarian programs globally. She has mastered the art of community philanthropy for social responsibility. To support such programs, Buna consistently achieves 100% success in fundraising. Her extraordinary achievements have been featured on Colorado Community Newspapers, Nepal Television, Kantipur Television, NBC, CBS, MSNBC… to name a few.
Buna is an entrepreneur who promotes vision leadership combining personal leadership through community outreach. The earthquake of April 2015 in Nepal created tremendous health and safety issues for more than eight million people. In response to this she coordinated efforts with the U.S. Congress to secure Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalese living in the United States. This allowed them to travel home, and back, more easily so they could carry aid to family and friends.
Buna Dahal is recognized as a global leader. She is a published authority in employment and leadership. Working across cultural and economic boundaries Buna delivers competitive placement strategies which ensure success. By incorporating rigorous follow-up, reporting and analytics into her training products this female entrepreneur and philanthropist has instilled methods for consistent execution in organizations around the world. For the past 20 years these strategies have assured upward mobility for 95% of her clients.
As the appointed ambassador to the West Asia Region of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, Buna -keynote speaker- is a beacon of inspiration.
Buna Dahal has addressed the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the Colorado School of Mines, and Microsoft. She has shared the stage with world leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, humanitarians as well as U.S. legislators. Buna Dahal is a disruptor!
A single hour with Buna will immerse your audience in the art of possibility, lift them through their own ah-Ha! moments and deliver a shared sense of noble living. Learn from a woman born blind how to develop and exercise vision. How to route-find your career, and how to inspire a desire for legacy.
Chin is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for education and helping others discover their purpose. He is currently the Program Manager at Spring, active Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, and an adjunct lecturer at IE University in Madrid. Chin has received multiple awards as a sales manager, is an automation expert, and works closely with entrepreneurs to help them increase their revenue.
Faye Lim is the founder of THE ROJAK PROJEK, an initiative by TRP CREATIVES, a social enterprise centred on promoting unity through cultural and diversity awareness.
She is a Malaysian Social and Conceptual Artist who believes in serving her country. She is a visualiser and her strength lies in her conceptualism and her determination to show how unique, strong and beautiful we are together as Malaysians through creativity
Junaid is the Co-Founder for Serendipity Venture. Serendipity Venture (SV) is a first of its kind inter-regional accelerator to create empathy and equity through hospitality, fashion, food and other creative factures. SV aspires to enable an enhanced experience of local environment and culture and believes that only through inclusive growth can we make a sustainable change.
Junaid works in development of entrepreneurial ecosystem across multiple Asian economies with a focus on creating inter-regional cooperation and global market linkages. He has worked in a wide range of industries and takes pride in being a filmmaker and a theatre director as well.
Ass. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Thu Ha is Director of Innovation and Incubation Space at the Foreign Trade University. Dr Le has over 15 years of experience in researching, teaching and consulting on many issues of enterprises which mostly focus on improving the competitiveness of Vietnam enterprises as well as Vietnam’s product through creating intellectual property, encouraging innovation, and building brand. Besides, she participated as an independent consultant in projects funded by the NGO, International Organization and Government of Vietnam regarding innovation, intellectual property and branding.
Prof Le has participated in formulating E&I strategy for FTU. As the Director of FIIS, Prof Le has led the key activities of FTU towards entrepreneurship university through developing new curriculum in E&I, inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship spirit in Vietnamese universities, connecting and supporting startup projects with creative, community-oriented and sustainable solutions in the last years.
MSc. Le Thi Thu Huong is in charge of the External Relation and Communication Department of Foreign Trade University Innovation and Incubation Space (FIIS). She has completed a number of courses, namely “Innovation in Business Management’, “Comprehensive Marketing Manager”, “EPC Project Implementation based on FIDIC framework”, “Boot camp on promotion of business and investment for start-ups” organized by VSV. Having managed and conducted big projects for more than 8 years, Ms. Huong Le can consult start-ups on project management, marketing, and business strategy. Besides, for the years 2017-2019, she participated in 3 seasons of SIP 100 hosted by FIIS as the supervisor of 8 start-ups and mentor of 4 start-ups which graduated after 100 incubation days. Also, Ms. Le Thi Thu Huong has taken part in these training sessions: Training Of Trainers on Active citizen and Social enterprises by British Council, TOT by Nanyang Technological University on Mentor Training Course, TOT by VSV on Fundraising Mentoring. She worked in the board of expertise sponsors of the competition Vietnam Social Innovation Challenge (VSIC 2018) organized by Enactus - FTU Hanoi. Additionally, she has got experiences on Marketing consulting, communication, external activities and sales, start-ups and investor’s connections, and start-up fundraising.
Ly Nguyen Ngoc is currently Program Manager at FIIS (Foreign Trade University Innovation and Incubation Space). He has had many years of experience in the field of management education in Vietnam. Prior to FIIS, He worked as Marketing Director Apax Leader, the biggest English Center in Vietnam; Vice CEO of Winston International School and Human Academy Japan. During those years, he has had the opportunity to research the market, be well-aware of the strengths and weaknesses of this industry and heavily involved in developing products for companies. Nguyen Ngoc is skilled in Developing Product, Business Planning, Negotiation, Marketing, and Communication. He is very passionate about business or ideas relate to education and sustainability development. Nguyen Ngoc received his Bachelor of Economics and Master of International Trade Policy and Law from Foreign Trade University.
Mei Kok is an experienced youth leader and an emerging development professional. Currently, she is the Senior Program Manager for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the Asia School of Business (ASB), a new premier business school established in 2015 by MIT Sloan School of Management and Malaysia's central Bank. In this role, she creates strategies, design programs and coordinate the delivery of innovation and entrepreneurship courses for graduate sutdents, and corporate clients such as AirAsia, SEACEN and Bank Negara Malaysia on knowledge sharing a capacity building.
Prior to this role, she was the Senior Regional Youth Program Manager at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She leads the Youth for Asia initiative where she manages ADB's youth-focused contribution to the new global agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this role, she creates strategies, designs tools, and facilitates partnership development for increased youth engagement in support of the SDGs.
She honed her leadership as a young leader through AIESEC where she spent 5 years in different positions. Most recently, she was the National President for AIESEC in Australia where she overlooked the strategy, planning and development of 800 members mobilising 700 youth across the world in 1 year. Throughout her experience in AIESEC, Mei was also invited to Chair youth leadership conferences across countries and territories such as Albania, Australia, Mainland of China, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea.
Mei received her Bachelor of Commerce major in Financial Accounting, Investment Finance and Corporate Finance from the University of Western Australia. She is most passionate about inspiring young people to be motivated and competitive in order to drive inclusive development in Asia Pacific and beyond.
Prof. Rajesh Nair is an inventor, product designer, and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in multiple startups in Boston area. He is Professor of Practice in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Asia School of Business, a new school started by MIT-Sloan in Kuala Lumpur where he heads the ASB-Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His research is in developing ways to catalyze innovators and entrepreneurs in communities from the ground up and to build local entrepreneurship ecosystems. He has conducted transformational workshops on Making, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in India, USA, Malaysia, East Timor, and Vietnam. His work has catalyzed more than 50 student startups.
Rajesh is a teacher and practitioner of Design Thinking process. He founded three product manufacturing companies in the US. He is also the founder of a nonprofit organization, TechTop Trust that promotes innovators & entrepreneurs among Indian youth since 2006.
He holds 13 US patents. He received Master degrees in Engineering & Management (MIT), Manufacturing Engineering (UMass, Amherst) and Electronic Product Design (IISc, Bangalore). He holds Bachelor degrees in Physics and Electronics & Communications Engineering.
Shantanu is the Head of Artificial Intelligence Products, inFeedo where his work involves saving costs and time for HR leaders by providing them with actionable user feedback data and making the voice of employees’ within these organisations heard.
Shantanu is an ex-member of Udacity’s data team, alumnus of the flagship MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and on the Alumni Advisory Board. He co-created MiMent, a finalist of the program structured around personalised learning plans for Indian university students looking out for jobs and places to apply their skills.
Shantanu is a 2-time winner of the world’s largest annual code competition (AI Theme) and an active contributor to Stanford Scholar with one of his papers voted highest on the platform. A global speaker and guest lecturer at premier B-schools in India, Shantanu has been a TEDx licensee in the past and currently advises multiple early stage AI & Ed-Tech startups being deeply passionate about revolutionising Education through AI.
Raw Chef Yin is Malaysia’s very own raw vegan celebrity chef with a book, a cooking show and countless demos and workshops under her belt. She trained at the world’s leading raw & plant-based culinary academy and now dedicates her time to helping others make beautiful, delicious raw vegan cuisine.
As a Certified Raw Food Teacher, she is constantly sought after to conduct fun and interactive sessions across Asia including Bali, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Malaysia. She was seen recently presenting at TEDxUSMNibongTebal 2018 where she spoke on “The Transformative Power of Raw Vegan Food”.
Raw Chef Yin represented Malaysia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Beyond Food Bootcamp, where she became part of the MIT innovation community that is working towards solving the world’s food challenges focusing on key areas of sustainability, transparency and health.
Watch her on VELICIOUS with Raw Chef Yin, Malaysia’s very first (un)cooking show or buy her book - Raw Vegan Delights: Asian Edition or attend one of her pop-up dining experiences.
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