Anelyn Binancilan is a Development Management Officer IV of the
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). For the past two years,
Anelyn has been active in promoting the integration of Inclusive
Business Models and Innovation for the agricultural sector of
the island-region to benefit low-income farming communities
including those in conflict-affected areas.
Anelyn is also a Senior Lecturer of the College of Governance
and Business of the University of Southeastern Philippines
(USEP) in Davao City, Philippines. She obtained her Master of
Science in Development Administration also from USEP in 2012. In
2017, she qualified for and completed an Australia Awards
Fellowship Program in International Business Skills for the
Mindanao Agribusiness Sector from the Queensland University of
Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.
Chips Guevara is a mechanical engineer from Xavier University
and has an MBA from Manchester Business School. He was a project
engineer from Unilever Philippines, Inc. and later became
production manager. After his MBA in the UK, he worked for Louis
Vuitton Moet Hennessy as an operations consultant. He returned
to the Philippines and started his own Environmental Social
Enterprise Alterenergy Systems Inc where he converted diesel
engines to run on used cooking oil. He runs a swim school
together with his wife Akiko. He is the current Executive
Director of Phildev Foundation.
JJ Lumagbas is faculty at the Department of Computer Science at
University of the Philippines Cebu, and Incubator Manager at UP
Cebu inIT. inIT is the first Technology Business Incubator in
Cebu City, and one of the earliest TBIs established by
JJ holds a Bachelors of Computer Science from UP Cebu, and a
Master of Information Systems from the University of Melbourne,
both of which were mostly useless at preparing him for the
Incubator Manager role. Thankfully, he has the right set of
shoulders to stand on: key people in the TBI staff, the Cebu
startup community, and DOST's network of TBIs, all of whom were
more than willing to get him up to speed.
He is now heading a team that is upgrading inIT's incubation
program, as well as launching for the first time a student
technopreneurship program for UP Cebu: mentoring
multidisciplinary teams of undergrads pulled from CS,
Management, and Product Design.
In 2016, UP Cebu inIT was awarded the UP Gawad Pangulo Award for
Excellence in Public Service. This award highlights how inIT
continues to level-up to better serve the Cebu startup
Jhaze is the current Center Manager for the DOST-UP Enterprise
Center for Technopreneurship. An entrepreneur himself for the
distribution of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) in different
provinces and outsourcing of regional products, he was also
involved in the Tourism Industry for the wholesale and retail of
outbound travels to East and South-East Asian destinations.
Prior to this, his corporate experiences include international
business development for interactive online education services
and outsourcing. He also came from the Exports Industry of
Processed and Manufactured food of the Philippines.
Jhaze is considered a result-driven professional with firm
background in international business development and exports
management in both Filipino-ethnic markets and mainstream
customers for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Online
Services. He is exceptional in accounts management of diverse
client profiles from the Pacific Region, East-South East Asia,
Middle East, Europe and Americas. He is also adept in market
penetration and distribution expansion; is skillful in product
and services development, as well as, innovation and upgrades.
An exceptional communicator with strong negotiation skills,
problem resolution and customer needs evaluation, Jhaze is
effective at identifying market opportunities with efficiency in
providing business strategies and venture matching. Jhaze has
the experience in working with different Government institutions
in cooperation with business consortium by project executions of
industry breakthrough solutions.
Jhaze is a graduate of BSBA- Major in Exports Management of the
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and currently taking his
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Polytechnic
University of the Philippines.
In the last 20 years, Emmy Lou Versoza-Delfin has been in public
service, working mostly in developmental work related to
Information and Communications Technology (ICT). She is
currently the Program Manager of the eInnovation Group or the
ICT Industry Development Project Management Team of the
Department of Information and Communications Technology. Ms.
Delfin has contributed greatly to the ICT ecosystem, especially
in the countryside through her work and leadership of the
digitalPH initiative which is composed of four major programs:
Next Wave Cities (NWCs), Stepping Up the Value Chain, Digital
Startups/seedPH and Rural Impact Sourcing.
Through the NWCs Program, Ms. Delfin has been instrumental in
helping establish more than 70 multi-stakeholder organizations
called ICT Councils around the country, which are the prime
movers in developing and promoting the local ICT ecosystems. She
has played an active role in assessing and promoting cities
outside Metro Manila as alternative locations for Information
Technology – Business Process Management (IT-BPM) operations,
bringing significant job opportunities to the countryside.
Sen. Bam Aquino is a former social entrepreneur turned senator
that continues to support Filipino entrepreneurs and the
development of micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs.
Thanks to his first law - the Go Negosyo Act - there are over
580 Negosyo Centers across the Philippines providing training
and mentorship, market linkage, and access to financing for
Filipinos who wish to build a successful business.
He has also passed laws that bridge the gap between local MSMEs
and access to financing and is working on the passage of the
Innovative Start-up Law to incentivize tech startups and social
enterprises in the Philippines.
He has been hailed by some as one of the most productive and
hardworking senators - now with nineteen (19) laws passed in
just four (4) years.
Just recently, a revolutionary reform principally sponsored by
Sen. Bam in the Senate - the Universal Access to Quality
Tertiary Education Act - was signed into law, making college
education free in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local
Universities and Colleges (LUCs), and TESDA-run Tech-Vos
Magiging libre na po ang kolehiyo para sa milyon milyong
estudyante sa mga SUCs, LUCs at TVIs!
Even with all his accomplishments, Sen. Bam continues to work to
improve the lives of Filipino families through entrepreneurship,
employment, and education.
And even in the most trying times, Sen. Bam stays true to his
hopeful brand of politics, believing that every Filipino can
overcome poverty with the right support and opportunities.
Eric has been working as a software engineer for more than 20
years. He started messing with the web at the age of 16 and has
almost 18 years of professional experience in that field working
in web agencies in Switzerland.
Last year, Eric moved to the Philippines as a consultant and
architect for Arcanys and is currently working closely with
their developers to instill the habit of learning, clean coding,
re-usability and testing with the goal of increasing the overall
quality of the products delivered by the teams.
Jaime Enrique Y. Gonzalez, Filipino, is currently the CEO of
IPVI. He is also the founder of IPVG Corp., Egames, and
IP-Converge, Inc., which are all listed on the Philippine Stock
He has structured profitable exits such as PCCW Teleservices
(sold to PCCW of Hong Kong), Prolexic Technologies (sold to
Kennet Partners and eventually Akamai for over US$ 300 million),
and Level-up Games (sold to Asiasoft).
He is a partner in the Kaikaku Fund (a Softbak-led fund), a
venture capital focused on SE Asia. He is also on the board of
Arthaland Corporation (PSE ticker symbol: ALCO), a listed real
estate developer. Enrique is also a shareholder and director of
Retail Specialist Inc, the exclusive retailer of Naturalizer and
Florsheim brands in the Philippines.
Enrique is also founder and CEO of IP Ventures Inc, a leading
venture group that owns businesses that represent large retail
brands such as Highlands Coffee, NBA Retail and Western Union.
He was IT Executive of the Year in 2008 and a finalist for the
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011. He is also part
of the Young Presidents Organization and sits on the Board of
Trustees of Asia Society Philippines.
He continues to hold the record of being the youngest person to
have listed a company on the Philippine Stock Exchange at 27
years old. Enrique is also a columnist for Philippine Star
covering entrepreneurship and business under Business Life
Mr. Gonzalez went to Middlebury college, Asian Institute of
Management and Harvard Business School. He is also a Kauffman
Fellow and part of the Class 21 batch.
Enrique is an active evangelist for attracting foreign capital
and partners into the Philippines. He has joined state visits
under President Gloria Arroyo and most recently President
Duterte's state visit to China. He was instrumental in bringing
in China Railway Engineering Corp (CREC) a Fortune 100 company,
and Tianjin SULI cable (a Fortune 500 company) into the
Kat spearheads and currently serves as Director of QBO, a
Philippine innovation hub and startup platform. QBO is the first
of its kind public-private partnership initiative in the country
specifically geared to provide resources, connections and
support to accelerate the growth of Philippine startup
Kat is concurrently an Associate Director at IdeaSpace, one of
the Philippines’ leading startup accelerators, where she has led
fundraising and business development activities collaborating
closely with startup ecosystem partners. Kat draws on her
experience working with senior management in corporate
development, capital markets and process engineering positions,
and at QBO/IdeaSpace, advises startups on scaling and growing
share, fundraising and improving efficiency and profitability.
Kat completed her undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon
University, obtaining a B.Sc in Materials Science and
Engineering, with a double major in Business Administration. Kat
advocates for spurring innovation and ‘technopreneurship’ as an
engine for driving economic growth and global competitiveness in
Butch is President of IdeaSpace Foundation, a leading
early-stage technology incubator and accelerator for startup
companies, and head of QBO Innovation Hub, a public private
partnership launched to nurture, mentor and prepare startups for
a successful exit. He is also the President of the Philippine
Disaster Resilience Foundation, a private sector disaster
management organization that includes many of the major business
groups in the country. He is concurrently president of Pacific
Global One, an aviation firm owned by the PLDT group of
companies. Previously, he worked with a financial start-up and
has an extensive background in leveraged buyouts and mergers and
acquisitions in New York.
Prior to joining the New York firm, Butch was First Vice
President and Special Assistant to the chairman of Philippine
Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) and president of the PLDT Smart
Foundation. He served as Vice President, Communications for TLC
Beatrice International, a multinational food company and
leveraged buyout where he played a leading role in the attempt
to take the company public on the New York Stock Exchange. He
has worked with several New York public relations firms,
focusing on mergers and acquisitions.
A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Butch has an M.A. in
Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida. He
was a recipient of the College of Journalism’s Alumnus of
Distinction award in 2000. He returned to UF in 2003 as the
Freedom Forum Distinguished Visiting Professor.
At ConsenSys, Griffin is architecting and developing accounting
and financial applications utilizing the blockchain. As Director
for Blockchain Accounting, he leads the development of Balanc3 a
financial management application for digital currencies and is a
founding member of the Accounting Blockchain Coalition.
Vicente Nakpil-Roxas is the son of Bancom founder Sixto Kalaw
Roxas. He was New Media Projects Director for the Film
Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and is currently
an Investment Director for Bancom II Consultants and sits as
Chief Information Officer of Lab.ph. During his time with the
FDCP, he created the first online Philippine film database in
2008. Also in 2008, he founded one of the first (if not the
first) online festivals in Asia. Back in the ‘80s, he was part
of an initiative that installed a big data framework with 100
thousand households using an Apple II desktop with 512k RAM for
every 10 barangays.
President and Designer, Classical Geometry
Board of Trustees, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc.
Member, Movement 8 (Elite Group of Philippine Furniture
Board of Trustees, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2016 Outstanding Alumnus - University of San Carlos College of
2016 Recipient of the Outstanding Zambosurian Award, Zamboanga
2007 Presidential Citation Recipient for his ASEAN Summit
2006 Recipient of the Furniture Design Award Singapore,
Singapore Furniture Industries Council
2005 Mugna Award Winner for Material Innovation
2004 International Awardee for Funiture Design, Sunix s.r.o.
2004 Good Design Award (G-Mark), ASEAN Design Selection, Japan
2003 Mugna Award Winner for Best Booth
2002 Mugna Award Winner for Best Booth
2002 Mugna Award Winner for Best Product – Furniture Complement
2002 Mugna Award Winner for Best Designer
2001 CFIF Special Citation for Material Innovation
1998 Guest Product Showcase, Japan
Three-Year Product Showcase, Valencia, Spain
Lieutenant Sergeant, Cebu Coastguard Auxiliary
Member, Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF)
Founding Member, Kythe Foundation
Founder, Cebu Bancart Project
Jojy actively promotes entrepreneurship in the region as an
adept mentor, and notable speaker in technology and business
He completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering as a full
scholar at the University of the Philippines, and took up units
in M.A. Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific.
Accepted into PhD in Engineering-Economics Systems program at
Stanford University, Jojy switched careers and focused on the
Information Technology business where he co-founded several
pioneering tech companies in the fields of BPO, IT outsourcing,
online content publishing and eCommerce.
He is currently co-founder for several startups such as
BayanHealth.com, Gavagives.com, Parachure.com, Azurrance.com,
Printers2Go.ph, Hiring.ph, SparePartsAsia.com, AsiaPixel.com and
He is co-founder of 1000 Angels, a group that matches angel
investors with startups. He is also the Manila co-director
Founder Institute, the world's biggest incubator for startups.
PD Nannette Arbon is the digital ambassador leading the MSMEs of
Cebu to fearlessly innovate. In the quest for Digital
Transformation, many government agencies go hand in hand with
the business community to transform Cebu into the envisioned
tech hub of the country and PD Nannette is seen as one of those
tirelessly empowering everyone to embrace the digital change and
Founder and Manager
Mappalab Portugal / Philippines
Rui Palhais is the founder and manager of Mappalab, a company
that helps startups and young corporations to enhance their
performance and reach their full potential.
He’s a Biomedical Engineer with several years of international
experience as a Kaizen and Lean specialist. Manage and
implemented projects from Portugal, Spain, to Bulgaria and China
for some of the most important companies in the world. He was
recently with a PhD scholarship at MIT – Portugal Program,
regarding technology adoption and systems thinking.
Being passionate about entrepreneurship, he’s now pursuing what
he has seen as a critical gap in the startup ecosystem, the lack
of management guidance and improvement support.
So Mappalab is now his platform to support and nurture start-ups
and young corporations through systematic and proven management
models, and to mentor them through proven corporate
Ehon has passion for creating opportunities through connecting
people, capital, and ideas to solve our world’s most pressing
social and environmental issues. He’s the brainchild behind the
Malaysian Social Enterprise Blueprint launched by the Prime
Minister of Malaysia in 2015, and has been instrumental in the
incubation and growth of at least 70 social enterprises in
Previously, Ehon was the cofounder of Hub Australia, a network
of coworking communities driving innovation through
collaboration, and Spur Projects, a not-for-profit making it
easier for men to take preventative action rather than to
He is currently a Board Member of Montessori International
College, the Global Advisory Board for Movember Foundation, the
world’s largest men’s health charity, and Advisor to numerous
social enterprises. He was an Advisory Board member for Bendigo
& Adelaide Bank’s PlanBig and StartSomeGood, the world’s
leading crowdfunding site for social ventures, and the Chairman
of the World Happiness Forum 2014.
Although far from his mind, his effort and contribution to
social change has won him numerous awards and accolades, amongst
them Suicide Prevention Australia's ""LIFE Award"", The Age's
""Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne"", Australia
Trade Commission's ""Top 30 Digital Influencer"", GOOD
Magazine's ""GOOD 100 People Moving the World Forward"" which
includes the likes of Kirsten Bell, Oprah Winfrey and Bill
Clinton, Prestige Magazine’s “30 under 30”, and Tatler’s
“Generation T: Malaysia’s brightest connectors, creative
visionaries, innovative influencers and entrepreneurial
Ricardo Manuel H.Chan
Co Founder / President
Rocky Chan is a lawyer and business consultant who excels in
corporate formation, immigration procedures, and client
relations. Having started his career with the some of the
country’s top law firms and spending the last 7 years honing his
craft in the field of foreign investment consultancy, Rocky has
been involved in the success of over 200 multinational clients
across a wide gamut of industries. He advises the company’s
clientele on business formation requirements and proceedings,
immigration policies, labor law and human capital strategies and
best practices, and has brokered a succession of fruitful
business deals for them.
He can broaden the scope of his discussion to fit the needs of
Micah is the Community Rockstar at the country's leading
coworking space, A SPACE Philippines. She works magic in
different gatherings and community collaborations.
Business Development Manager
Aiai Garcia is the Business Development Manager for ConsenSys in
the Philippines focusing her efforts on driving strategic
partnerships in the region, with a particular interest in
developing financial inclusion projects for emerging markets
& in driving blockchain education for developers,
non-developers, and executives through ConsenSys Academy. She
also lends her time on building decentralized initiatives in
making ConsenSys a diverse & inclusive place to work in.
Ray has industry know how in payments and money-transfer from
his experience at MoneyTran in 2005. He has worked in finance
and marketing for four years and has served as Financial Analyst
II @ Lam Research in 2011.
Ray was a Batch 17 cohort at 500 Startups as Qwikwire Founder in
2016. Qwikwire topped the list of 10 finalists from over 100
pitchers and won the grand prize at Ignite Pitching Competition
in July 2017.
He graduated Cum Laude in Finance/Economics from San Jose State
On any given day, RJ Ledesma is hosting an event, taping a
segment for his TV show, overseeing the operations of his food
markets, and writing his weekly column.
As an entrepreneur, RJ is the co-founder of the Mercato Centrale
of night food markets and EnterPH, a company that assists
foreign businesses and start ups set up their business in the
As an events and tv host, RJ is currently the host of Bloomberg
TV’s Bright Ideas - a show that features start up companies, and
ANC’s Philippine Realty TV . He is also a sought after events
and wedding host, moderator for business events and a
motivational speaker. RJ was recognised as Best Male Emcee in
the 25th Aliw Awards.
As a writer and editor, RJ has a lifestyle columnist for the
Philippine Star since 2005. His award-winning column Pogi from A
Parallel Universe comes out every Wednesday. He is the author of
six best-selling books, three of which are National Book Award
Finalists. He is a UP National Writers Workshop and Silliman
University Writers Working fellow.
RJ is the Honorary Consul of Monaco to the Philippines. He
graduated with a double degree in Applied Economics and Business
Management from De La Salle University and a Masters in Real
Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of
Engr. Ramon D. Escueta, is the Director for Energy, Power and
Water of PCCI and President, Asia-Pacific Business and
Industrial System, Inc. He is the Founder and President of APSYS
Solutions Technology, Inc., Founder and Former President of
Byers Communications, Inc. and Founder and Former Director of
Transpacific Broadband Group International, Inc. He was Area
Manager for the Philippines of Westinghouse Electric S.A. He is
a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineer, former National Governor and Treasurer of the
Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers and former Director
of the Alumni Engineers of the University of the Philippines.
Olivier is a hands-on technologist with more than 10 years of
experience in the industry and has been working for Amazon Web
Services across Asia-Pacific and Europe to help customers build
resilient, scalable, secure and cost-effective applications and
create innovative and data driven business models. He advises
how emerging technologies in the Artificial Intelligence (AI),
ML and IoT space can help create new products, make existing
processes more efficient, provide overall business insights and
leverage new engagement channels for end-consumers. He also
actively helped customers build platforms that align IT
infrastructure and service spending with revenue models,
effectively reducing waste and disrupting how product
development had been executed over the past decades. In
Olivier’s beliefs, agility is driven through quick, data-driven
iterations of lean and quantifiable developments. Prior to his
AWS time, Olivier ran the digital product strategy for an
American multinational publishing, education and media company
across Asia and lead engineering and R&D efforts to build a
virtualised web service platform for a Luxembourgish Internet
Service Provider pre-cloud era.
Derya is Co-Founder and CEO of NXTLVL Academy. NXTLVL Academy
was created to improve the technical skills talent gap in the
Philippines. With a focus on short-term immersive courses,
workshops, and corporate training programs in the subjects of UX
Design, Data Science, Digital Marketing, Web Development and
more, NXTLVL Academy is building a leading community of
high-skilled technical professionals in the country.
Derya is also co-founding companies in Southeast Asia focused on
investing in technologies to solve the world's most basic needs
and requirements through the sectors of education, energy,
water, agriculture. These companies implement technologies that
decentralize critical resources, improve accessibility and
cost-efficiency, and provide clear social and environmental
Derya began his career in finance and strategic consulting in
New York City. Derya helped raise capital commitments of over
US$ 1.5 billion for private equity funds, as well as
corporations through cross-border transactions and investments
as an Analyst with Global Strategic Associates, LLC.
Derya is of Belgian-Turkish descent and has lived and worked in
North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Derya graduated with
a BS in Business Administration, concentration in Finance and
Economics from Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business
Mario is currently the Founder and CEO of FlySpaces.com a
tech-start up that empowers SMEs to get access to flexible
office and retail space. He is a Senior Consultant in the PLDT
Group (Philippines’ largest Telecom and conglomerates) and
various Conglomerates, consulting about innovation, digital
transformation, sales and Start-up Culture.
He was formerly Nova Founder’s director for growth, a tech
incubator and VC firm that boasts among its investor Richard Li
(among HK’s richest tycoon) and Asia Regional Co-Founder of
Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi.
A true global professional with extensive experience in
leadership, strategy, innovation and expansion, Mario is
passionate about empowering and enabling people, developing
businesses, and supporting companies and institutions all around
the World. He is driven by success, strongly believes that we
live in a world where relationships are the key to standing out
of the crowd and excelling at doing business in present
Mario has built, managed and trained successful sales teams in
Africa and in the APAC region, including Papua New Guinea,
Macau, Angola, Nigeria, Philippines, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
His areas of expertise are: Start-ups, IT / E-commerce, Mobile
Payments, Social Media, Telecoms, Advertisement, Business
Development / Sales, Training and Coaching.
He was dubbed “Asia Expert” by founding and running multiple
businesses for 6 years +. He is fluent in 4 languages: Italian,
English, Spanish and Portuguese. He was a contestant in the
famous business reality show “The Apprentice”, Spanish version.
Mario holds a Master’s Degree in Business & Economics from
University of Turin with exchange in IE Business School (Madrid)
and has attended OMP (Owners Management Program) in IE Business
Kay-Mok joined Gobi in 2010 and has invested in over 30
companies, including Aptoide, DeClout, Eko, Hermo, Offpeak,
Orami, and Qraved. He is a board member of the Singapore Venture
Capital Association (SVCA). Prior to his career with Gobi
Partners, Mok held the Vice President position in both Xinya
Media and MediaCorp (Singapore). He was also part of the team
that managed a $500 million fund at the Media Development
Authority in Singapore, and is co-founder of Private Express,
which was based in the Silicon Valley. He started his career
with the Infocomm Development Authority, and has a Computer
Science degree from UC-Berkeley, and an MBA from San Jose State
Nat brings 18+ years of high-end product-focused engineering
leadership and software development experience in both the
enterprise software and advertising spaces to Temasys. His
background includes both the technical and creative landscapes
and extensive experience in cloud computing, all of which gives
him unique insights into product development and scaling. Nat
has also worked with agencies, brands and companies such as
McgarryBowen, Marriott, Nokia, Google, General Motors, RedBull,
Spotify, and MTV/Viacom.
Chip has 25 years of experience with an international track
record in leadership, general management, product management,
marketing and operations management. He was a Product Manager
for Yahoo! Mail and Messenger (SEA) and held senior roles in
Digital Media, Healthcare, Consulting, Insurance and Financial
Services with Yahoo!, International SOS, CapGemini, and others.
He joined Temasys in 2014, and has worn many hats during his
tenure there. He likes to build custom electric guitars and
mentor startups in his free time. Chip has a BA from DePauw
University and earned an MBA from the University of Washington
Foster School of Business.
Steve is a Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services
(Singapore) covering the ASEAN region, and has over twenty years
of IT experience across networking, infrastructure and software
development on both Windows and Linux.
Dindo Marzan is the Managing Director of Hatch, the Digital
Transformation (DX) group of Voyager Innovations, Inc. (Voyager)
that works with companies and organizations to enable excellent
digital customer engagement. Leveraging the platforms and
capabilities of Voyager and PLDT, Dindo drives the company's
business ventures on Lead Generation, Marketing &
Advertising, Customer Value Enhancement, CX Automation, and API
A graduate of University of the Philippines, Dindo has over 13
years product development experience in the fields of IT,
telecommunications, advertising, and broadcast media. He's very
knowledgeable in strategic and operational management, and has
full exposure to marketing and brand communications with
expertise in digital media.
Before he joined Voyager, Mr. Marzan was a Digital Consultant in
Australia helping start-ups and SMBs on their digital strategy
and online marketing. While in Melbourne, he pursued his
graduate studies at RMIT University. His passion for innovation
pushed him to come back to the Philippines to be part of the
digital unit of PLDT, Inc., the largest telecommunications and
digital services company in the country.
Prior to Dindo’s Melbourne stint, he held senior positions at
ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest media conglomerate in the
Philippines. As its Digital Strategy Head and later on Head of
Digital Lifestyle, he was instrumental in the company's digital
transformation as well as in the creation of Choose Philippines
and ABS CBNmobile. He also handled the content operations of
iWant TV, iWant Stars, and iWant Txt.
In his early years in the corporate world, Dindo has gained
extensive experience in product management and marketing at
Globe Telecom handling broadband solutions for businesses and
unlimited voice services for consumers. He got his first taste
of new innovation and business development at Mozcom, the
Philippines’ First Internet Service Provider, where he created a
video streaming solution that was used by Ateneo in its first
ever webcasted graduation ceremony.
Craig Dixon has been the Singapore program’s Entrepreneur in
Residence for the Telstra-backed muru-D accelerator since June
2016. Craig is also the co-founder of ZUMATA, a B2B travel
technology startup founded in 2013 and a portfolio company of
Wavemaker/DFJ and 500 startups. He is an investor and advisor in
early-stage startups and is keen to promote “founder-friendly”
practices in the regional startup ecosystem.
muru-D is a tech startup accelerator with five programs and
staff in Silicon Valley; accepting teams from all over ASEAN to
its Singapore program.
Craig is currently focused on recruiting the best startup
founders to join muru-D Singapore’s third cohort which begins
Managing Director & Principal Trainer
1010Life Singapore / Philippines
Michelle, the founder of 1010Life, is a Certified Trainer in the
Myers-Briggs Personality Profiling Tool® (MBTI®), California
Psychological InventoryTM (CPITM) and DiSC Workplace
Certification for Trainers. She works with individuals and
corporations to create training and developmental programs that
empower people on both a personal and organizational level.
Warm, caring and compassionate, Michelle is passionately
committed to helping people bring out the best in their own
unique personalities. A natural communicator, she is able to
emphasize and forge a real connection with others, helping them
to overcome their weaknesses and draw out their strengths. Her
enthusiasm for working with people motivates her to inspire
others to make positive changes in their lives. By engaging
those around her with honesty and sincerity, she encourages
people to explore their personal experiences in life and guides
them along the road to self-discovery.
As the principal trainer of 1010Life, her strengths include
working with middle management teams to foster close knit
working relationships. She specializes in analyzing and
consulting on team interaction dynamics, offering insights to
increasing team motivation and efficiency. In prior engagements,
she has designed customized workshops for organizational
management teams such as teambuilding, communication styles and
conflict resolution workshops.
A strong believer in giving back to society, Michelle has played
an instrumental role in many community-based youth development
programs, serving as a trainer, facilitator and mentor. A
Singapore Management University (SMU) alumnus, Michelle
volunteers extensively with her alma mater to make a positive
impact on the lives of future generations of tertiary education
Frederic has been working in financial institutions from
insurance, private banking and banking software companies in
Switzerland - the heart of banking - for the first part of his
career. When he moved to Asia in 2009, Frederic worked for an
Internet startup in Hong Kong, moved its operations to the
Philippines and has co-founded Arcanys, a software development
company with its delivery center in Cebu in 2010.
Frederic is regularly mentoring startups from the first Fintech
Incubator (Fintech Fusion) in Geneva, Switzerland and advises
other technology startups from around the world.
Arcanys' team of 140+ works with small and medium businesses and
startups to help them with their innovative software projects
from the conceptualisation and design phase, to the full
development of their web and mobile product.
Arcanys invests up to USD 100,000 in technology services and
optionally up to USD 100,000 in cash in startups through its
Venture Capital-funded Arcanys Labs program.
Jopin, as she is fondly called, is an experienced Chief
Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the
information technology and services industry. She is highly
skilled in Public Affairs, Government, Branding & Identity,
Entrepreneurship, and International Relations.
Join has unique acumen in business development, is a
professional and advocate of economic empowerment for all,
especially women and entrepreneurs.
Annabelle is a Certified Public Accountant who has served and
managed various institutions since 1985 in Luzon like Mission
Marketing Corp., Sterling Paper Products and Laguna Palawan Drug
before she became a full time CPA practitioner at A.P.O.
Accounting Office and an esteemed Senior Partner in 2017 at APO
KPO & Co. CPAs.
Aside from going head on with serious stuff, Annabelle actively
involves herself in civic activities by leading the Rotary Club
of Puerto Princesa Central as president from 2012-2013, and by
taking the helm of PTO Princesa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
also as president in 2017.
Annabelle makes sure she is on top of her game by securing
professional accreditations from Cooperative Development
Authority, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Board of Accountancy.
Prasad Vanga is the founder & CEO of Anthill Ventures, a
speed scaling platform for early growth stage startups. Within
just two years, Anthill has built a startup portfolio of 21
companies across India, US and SE Asia that has grown by 150% in
portfolio value. Prasad mentors several global startups to
provide his expertise on ""Scaling with Speed”.
Prasad has over 18 years of experience in helping senior
executives from large organizations like Symantec, Nike, Nestle,
Novartis, Wachovia, HSBC and YES Bank to drive business
transformations. His expertise is to help senior leaders
discover the core competence of their organizations and design a
change management framework that allows them to leverage their
culture to drive large transformations.
Prasad brings a unique expertise of combining large corporate
consulting ,entrepreneurship with startup investments
experience. This experience enables him to combine corporate
scalability and startup agility in creating an ADAPTABLE
He is board advisor to ISB (Indian School of Business) SRITNE
center of excellence, Charter Member (TiE), Member (Hyderabad
Angels) and an active Alumni of the Stanford Business School.
His achievements have been quoted in several media including
Forbes Asia, Business Standard, Economic times and Washington
At BlastAsia we provide world class product engineering service
to Software Companies all over the world. Over the last 12
years, we are proud to have build and extend Software IP for our
client that currently serves numerous users and helps builds
millions of dollars in value for all.
Through Xamun, a cloud based service we provide SMEs across the
world a operations platform that enable them to manage better
their projects, client engagements and people; empowering them
to grow and build a more healthy business leveraging on the game
changers like global workforce, outsourcing, best practices in
project management and cloud technology.
At Asian Institute of Management, one of the top management
schools in Asia, I get to interact with undergraduate students,
practicing managers and executives in the classroom sharing my
own experience and best practice in the field of Project
Management and IT Strategy.
As an active member of Philippines Software Industry Association
(PSIA), over last several terms as elected board member, I have
been trying to give back my time and learnings to help
strengthen and grow the industry, through this 170 plus
corporate members of the industry association.
Through spring.ph, that we cofounded, we are helping the
technology startup ecosystem grow and strengthen to gain its due
potential. Its a co-operation between industry, academe and
government to establish Philippines in the forefront of
technology product innovations globally.
Rafael Padilla is a blockchain-focused commercial attorney and a
professor of law at San Beda Alabang School of Law where he
teaches Legal Interpretation, Constitutional Law, Tax and
Transport Law. Rafael is also Legal & Compliance Officer at
Bloom Solutions - one of the well-regarded blockchain remittance
startups based in the Philippines; a co-founder of Fintech
Philippines Association, a non-profit industry group that
represents the interests of the local fintech community and
their advocacy on financial inclusion; and the Organizer of two
blockchain Meetup groups - the Manila Ethereum Meetup and the
Makati Digital Currency Meetup.
At the age of 19, Fam Alonto graduated from Ateneo de Manila and
immediately moved to San Francisco, California to pursue
graduate studies at Stanford University. Fam has extensive
technology entrepreneurship experience after working as a VC at
PnP Ventures (seed investors of Paypal, Dropbox, Lending Club,
Soundhound, etc), where she advised startups and helped them
raise funds, giving a unique and fresh perspective as an Asian
female millennial VC. She also ran incubators, conducted
deal-flows with C-levels and SVPs of Fortune 500 companies, even
when she was the youngest person in the room.
Before coming back to the Philippines, Fam co-founded and ran
the PnP Travel & Hospitality Innovation Platform, a 12-week
Silicon Valley based accelerator that aims to focus on
innovation/disruption in the travel industry, in partnership
with large corporations. Passionate about tech entrepreneurship,
education and innovation, Fam has given lectures to students at
Stanford University's School of Engineering and at Tecnológico
de Monterrey in Mexico, and co-taught a Leadership &
Strategy class at Ateneo de Manila University. Currently, Fam is
team lead at Launchgarage, managing the companies portfolios and
doing investor relations. Her hobbies include backpacking,
skydiving, and traveling by herself around the world.
Taylor is an entrepreneur and business consultant with years of
Web Development & Internet marketing experience. Current
passions focused on Ethereum and Crypto-currencies. He works
with a broad range of clients from tech start ups to local
Taylor has driven growth at several top technology startups,
Mavenlink (5k to 500k+ customers; #1 app the entire Google
Apps Marketplace for 3 years; $0 to 6-figures MRR)
Pivotal Tracker (acq. EMC; 2x organic traffic to 500k+/mo,
which drove 1000s of new signups)
Pantheon (2x userbase and 4x MRR to mid 6-figures)
SignNow (acq. by Barracuda Networks)
Qualaroo (formerly Catchfree & KISSinsights)
Taylor graduated from Arizona State University, Summa Cum Laude,
with a B.S. in Business and Finance.
He is an avid mountain biker, diver, snowboarder and adventure
traveler. I've been fortunate enough to have traveled to over
30+ countries, looking forward to more.
Manny is the Managing Director of Endeavor Philippines, the
third affiliate for Endeavor in Southeast Asia.
Manny has a long-standing interest in helping entrepreneurs
become more successful in business and in helping them develop
their “give back” acumen. Prior to Endeavor, Manny founded
Hatchd, a tech incubator in the Philippines that has built a
portfolio of consumer tech companies. He is also a past
president of the Philippine Chapter of Entrepreneurs
Organization (“EO”), where he launched the Global Student
Entrepreneur Awards across Asia.
Manny was a co-founder of IRG Ltd, a Hong Kong based M&A
advisory boutique, where he worked on a variety of transactions
in the Telecoms, Media and Tech sectors across the Asia Pacific.
Prior to that, Manny spent several years in the Television
industry in Asia, working for Discovery Channel and Turner
Broadcasting in Strategy and Business Development roles.
Manny sits on the Board of Directors of Sky Cable. He has an MBA
from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.
The face of e27, Mohan Belani is the Co-Founder and CEO at
Optimatic Pte. Ltd., where he also runs Asia's leading web
technology event, Echelon. Aprt from events, he runs all
business development and strategic partnership-related
Mohan is also the co-founder of Gokil Games, a startup focused
on the social gaming industry.
Mohan is an avid fan of Skyrim and loves mountain climbing. He
loves meeting new people, anytime, anywhere. "
Gian is CEO and co-founder of InnoVantage - an AI startup
focused on helping companies effectively engage their customers
or employees and automate business processes using natural
language, machine learning and automated workflows. He is also
the founder of AI PH, a grassroots organization devoted to
teaching developers create AI-enabled solutions and to helping
individuals and groups understand the impact of AI on their day
to day lives or businesses. Gian has held project delivery
positions for global giants like HP and Unilever as well as
technology leadership positions for US-based startups.
Diane is the Executive Director of IdeaSpace. She is responsible
for managing the foundation’s flagship incubation and
acceleration program. Prior to IdeaSpace, Diane served as
Executive Assistant to the Head of Strategy for First Pacific
Company Ltd where she gained exposure in closing deals, M&As
and strategy management.
Diane also brings her experience in people and government
relations, and manufacturing which she gained from previous
roles in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) and in the semiconductor manufacturing industry as
manager of Analog Devices Philippines’ Total Quality Management
She took her undergraduate studies in B. A. Organizational
Communication (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines
– Manila, where she focused her research papers and thesis on
I'm now the Developer Evangelist at SMART.com.ph - check out
SMART's APIs at http://developer.smart.com.ph - I'm also a
startup evangelist for IdeaSpaceFoundation.org and co-founded
SMARTDevNet (SMART Developer Network) - the Philippines fastest
growing developer community as of 2014 with Jim Ayson.
Wilson graduated with a Master’s in ITPM from National
University of Singapore. He was conferred the Gold Medal award
by the Singapore Computer Society for finishing at the top of
his cohort. He also has certifications in IT business Continuity
Management(Senior), Big Data Science Analysis from UC San Diego,
PMI PMP, Machine Learning using R, Tableau, ITIL V3 Foundation
and ITIL RCV 3.0.
Wilson takes the helm of Future Gen International Pte Ltd, a
virtual services provider that includes call center, BPO, help
desk, System Integration work. In this capacity his company
provides Data Analytics consultancy, Media Streaming service,
and Data security services. Wilson also helps manages Farmout
Central Intouch, a mid-sized BPO operation that has grown to
over 200 seats.
Wilson is also one of the Tech Columnist for Manila Bulletin
where he hopes to connect with budding startups and investors to
be able to tell their story for MB.
Miguel is the Country Manager of Payoneer Philippines, a leading
cross-border payments company for small businesses and
professionals worldwide. Founded in 2005 and based in New York,
Payoneer is venture-backed, profitable and ranked in the top 100
of Inc. 5000’s Financial Services companies.
Miguel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management
Engineering from the Ateneo De Manila University. He has been
involved in financial technology (fintech) since 2003 with
global solution providers such as FIS, SunGard and GFG Group
(now Wirecard). Miguel has worked with banks, mobile payment
operators and payment schemes (Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay)
across South East Asia to deliver card, mobile and cross border
payment solutions for consumer and business-to- business (B2B)
A reluctant manager with a dislike for offices has lead a
rockstar team to create the Philippines’ most innovative and
successful coworking brand. London-born, Manila-resident,
Matthew has worked worldwide for 20 years in brands, media and
start-ups, supporting what he describes as the “innovation
community: a global tribe of awesome”.
After completing his Bachelor in Arts degree in Economics at the
Ateneo de Manila University in 2000, Carlo Calimon entered the
Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 2003 for his MBA degree
where he majored in Marketing and graduated on the Dean’s List.
Soon thereafter, he joined the Let’s Go Foundation (Leading
Entrepreneurs Towards Seizing Global Opportunities), a
non-profit, non-stock organization advocating entrepreneurship.
Currently he is a Director of the foundation.
Aside from being an advocate of entrepreneurship, Carlo is also
an entrepreneur. He is co-owner of several companies mostly
focused on innovation in training, food and various services.
Carlo also won several awards. Rappler and Smart rawarded him as
the Boss for Mobile Readiness during the BeTheBoss Awards in
2015. The World Marketing Congress recognized him as among the
100 Most Influential Global Marketers of the World in 2015 as
well as included him in the Best Marketers Listing 2016. He also
went to New Zealand to take part in the Young Business Leaders
Initiative where he got a certificate from the University of
Auckland. He was a finalist of the Global Social Venture
Competition, a global business plan competition conducted in
Hyderabad India. Also, he is part of the group that recently won
Venture Capital Investment from the MVP group through the
Lastly, Carlo is also an educator. Carlo previously taught
entrepreneurship in the Asian Institute of Management,
Assumption College, De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila
University Graduate School of Business under the ACE Center for
Entrepreneurship and Management Excellence (ACEME). He is also a
trainer and an Angelpreneur of GoNegosyo which allows him to
reach and spread entrepeneurship to more people around the
country. His topics of focus are Mindsetting, Visioning, Product
Development and Marketing as well as Innovation.
He continues his advocacy by guiding and mentoring
entrepreneurs, especially start-ups, in StartUp Village, the
newest incubator/accelerator in the Philippines where he is a
Goldy considers her work meaningful in IdeaSpace Foundation,
Inc. as Associate Director for Business Development &
Building a management career in IT companies across gaming,
digital content provision and startup sectors in the past 7
years, with various roles in product, operations and P&L,
Goldy has served witness to the power that innovation can
unleash in an enterprise.
Goldy holds a masters degree in Technology Management at The
University of the Philippines, Diliman, and took her Business
Economics degree at the same institution where she graduated cum
laude. It is her goal to delve further into baseline and
progressive ecosystems, and contribute to the technopreneurial
appetite of the region. She is grateful to be a Professional
Fellow from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative.
Goldy’s advocacy is to enable innovation opportunities for
startups and those who want to be part of the community. She
shares the belief that opportunities should trickle down and be
inclusive. Fortunately, her role allows her to engage with
institutions that share the same belief and co-conspire ways to
amplify the effects of catalyzing technopreneurship. She loves
connecting people and getting stakeholders together to
collaborate on achieving shared goals.
Cecilia / Ceeli Martinez-Miranda runs Josan Farms, Inc., a
company that works to combine creativity and community to
establish place-based community assets. She is also the
co-convener of CreateCebu, an initiative to promote art, culture
and creative economy in Cebu.
In high school, Ceeli co-founded WE International Philippines,
an NGO supporting garbage scavengers in Tondo, Manila. She then
moved to Saint Paul where she earned her B.A. in International
Studies and Education from Macalester College. Before returning
to the Philippines, she managed a youth-run flower shop in
Minneapolis and developed philanthropic strategy for the
Sundance Family Foundation.
Ceeli is a StartingBloc Fellow, WEF Global Shaper, and winner of
a Davis’ Project for Peace.
Sagiv Massad is a retired Israeli Ari-Force Brigadier General
with a service of 30 years as a combat pilot. His last position
with the Air force was the head of the operations planning. He
served as the Israel Defense Attaché to Korea, Vietnam,
Philippines and Australia from 2005-2008. Currently Sagiv is the
Director for Technology and Cyber Security of Business Profiles,
an established security consultancy firm specializing in
Enterprise-Wide Risk Management and Corporate Business Security.
Prior to working at Business Profiles, he also served as the
General Director of SNP International and a New Hospital Project
Manager at Family Medical Practice in Vietnam.
Sagiv graduated in Tel Aviv University with an EMBA Business
Administration, Management and Operations.
Seasoned brand strategist specialising in communications,
creative storytelling & content marketing. Founder of a
Singapore-based content strategy firm, Frame 316. Robert has
produced content for Microsoft, Pfizer, Standard Chartered &
Randstad employing a story-centric approach which focuses on
human experience rather than product or service features.
He has extensive experience in content design for inbound
marketing which includes conceptualising, execution &
distribution of intelligent content for lead generation and
His storytelling skills have landed him international
recognition such as placing second in the APEC Video Contest
2015 and semi-finalist for Our Good Story Asia 2014 and Our
Better World Story of the Year 2015.
Ben Kim is the Co-Founder and Principal of Apical Design, a UX
and Product Design Agency in Los Angeles and Manila. Born in
Korea but now living in Los Angeles, Ben was formerly the UX
Researcher for UXPin, a Silicon Valley startup. He has also
created experiences for global brands like Lexus. He has spoken
at UX conferences and taught several design lectures in the
United States, Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and
Carlo Delantar is an award-winning social entrepreneur working
at the nexus of environmental opportunities and challenges in
the Philippines. Co-Founder of Altum; A sustainable manufacturer
of furniture and interior decor built on Circular Economy
principles, Carlo collaborates with hotels, retailers and brands
to bring designs from concept to form. Carlo is also the Country
Director of Waves For Water (W4W), a global non-profit providing
access to clean water. The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan inspired
Carlo to become involved in humanitarian efforts and through
W4W, Carlo has helped over 1,000,000 individuals in remote
communities across the Philippines set up rainwater storage and
filtration systems. Awarded with the Development Award (second
highest distinction for civilians) and the Bayanihan Award from
President Duterte, Carlo is also recognized as a Top 30 under 30
innovator by numerous publications. Carlo was named a Global
Shaper at the World Economic Forum and attended the World
Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in 2017 as the youngest
Cattski Espina is a musician, singer songwriter and record
producer. She was first recognized in 2001 when her debut album
""Cattski"" was released. Fast forward to 2017 with 5 albums and
one on the way, Cattski Espina's presence in Cebu has never been
As the founder and force behind 22 Tango Records, a
non-traditional, independent record label and music publishing
house that promotes homegrown talent, Espina's traction in the
local music scene has organically elevated her into becoming the
influencer and leader that she is now. 22Tango Records currently
hones 14 in-house talents and is supported by institutional
partners and major commercial establishments spread across the
city. Her role in propagating the music culture on an industry
level is evident in the platforms 22 Tango Records has opened --
annual music summits, school tours, music makers' bootcamps and
Recently performing under the name 'Mother Folker', Cattski
continues to mentor musicians, widen the community and pilot 22
Tango Records into realising the vision of making Cebu a
destination for music.
Alvin hails from a background in Film, Multimedia and Web
Development. With great timing, he eventually transitioned into
the young field of Video Game Development and now takes part in
incubating and building the Philippine Digital Creative
He is the Creative Services Industry Champion for the Board of
Investments, Board Trustee for the IT Business Process
Association of the Philippines, and the Animation Council and
the currently the 4 term President & Chairman of the Game
Developers Association of the Philippines.
Haifa Carina is a community builder who leads and promotes
various initiatives for the Philippine tech community and
volunteers for Developers Connect (DevCon) Philippines.
Currently, she’s the Senior Manager for Market Development at
Amihan Global Strategies, a strategic consulting company that
designs and implements digital transformation alongside its
clients. She’s the former Executive Director for DevCon
Philippines, a national volunteer organization promoting
collaborative growth and competence among developers in the
Philippines. Prior to DevCon, Haifa was an iOS developer,
project manager and consultant. She has bachelor’s degree in
Computer Science from Ateneo de Cagayan – Xavier University.
Yobie Benjamin is a successful venture investor and innovator in
life sciences, IoT, FinTech, sustainability and consumer
products. In recognition of his technology achievements in
virtual reality, the World Economic Forum named him as a 2015
Currently Mr. Benjamin is an Innovation Fellow at 4iNNO, working
on health care disruption with several Fortune 100 firms.
He is also senior advisor and mentor to several startups in the
technology and synthetic biology space — AstroDigital.com
(satellites and space imagery, satellite communications),
CambrianInnovation.com (clean water and clean power), Stilla
(wearables), WildlifeWorks.com (forest and wildlife
conservation/carbon credits), WearableWorld (IoT accelerator),
Moni.com (payments/FinTech), Filld.com (fuel and energy
delivery) and IndieBio (synthetic biology accelerator).
Mr. Benjamin is also the Consulting CTO of ClickSWITCH.com, a
service that helps financial institutions become more
competitive by solving the complex problem of switching account
holders’ direct deposits and electronic payments to new
accounts. He also serves as CTO Emiritus of Token.io, providing
software to banks that enables them to issue a new payment type
designed specifically for use in the digital era. Mr. Benjamin
has recently raised $18.5MM for Token.
Mr. Benjamin is a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Faster
Payments Task Force. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Hong Kong
Polytechnic University, teaching an executive education course
on Global Angel Investing.
Previously, Mr. Benjamin was Global Chief Technology Officer for
Citibank Institutional Clients Group/Global Transaction
Services. He was also Chairman of Citi’s Research Development
Innovation & Learning Center. For many years, Mr. Benjamin
was a Partner and Chief of Global Strategy at Ernst & Young,
He was a co-founder of Avegant, where he led the software
development of the next generation of virtual reality and
augmented/mixed reality devices (winner of a 2014 CNN Top 10
Technology Products award for the Avegant Glyph and Skully
Systems AR1 Helmet).
Mr. Benjamin has also served as Managing Director/Partner at
Computer Sciences Corporation. He was former chair for a
civilian volunteer group NASA AMES Collaboration Labs.
He is currently writing a book, ""Tribes of the Valley""
chronicling the different power tribes and groups in Silicon
Valley. It is due for publication in Q3 of 2018.
As the President of the Philippine Software Industry
Association, Jonathan leads the way for the Information
Technology industry of the Philippines.
He is also the Founder and CEO of CMI Tech, a software
innovations company involved in developments in web, mobile and
cloud solutions for various verticals.
Jonathan’s latest conquest is to create the Philippines’ Silicon
Valley. Spring Valley was created to address the need for a
venue where Innovation and Technology is cultivated and nurtured
in terms of talent development and intellectual property
creation. Spring Valley aims to be Asia and the Pacific’s answer
to Silicon Valley in the US – with a few exciting tweaks!
The main goal of Spring Valley is to become a Melting Pot of
talented technology experts and innovators whose focus is to
design, develop and deploy game-changing creations and
inventions that will help make this world a better place.
Jonathan is a seasoned independent World Bank Consultant for
global information technology initiatives responsible for the
design and implementation of such projects as the Center of
Excellence in IT-BPO for Central Africa, the feasibility study
of the Malili Technopark in Kenya as well as a multitude of
talent mapping initiatives in Southeast Asia. He has been
invited on numerous occasions to lecture about outsourcing and
off- shoring at various events and conferences in all parts of
He is known simply as JDL within the different sectors of
business processing, information technology and innovation. He
holds a Political Science degree from the De La Salle
Lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue is a three-termer councilor of the
City of Bacolod responsible for promoting Bacolod to become a
Center of Excellence for Information and Communications
Technology-Business Process Management (ICT-BPM in the
Philippines) in 2013.
She lead local stakeholders in 2004 as a new councilor to
develop strategies to attract ICT-enabled jobs and opportunities
to the countryside, and saw the city moved from 5th in 2009 to
3rd in 2012 in the annual Top Next Wave Cities in the
Outsourcing and Off-shoring Industry of the Philippines from
2009 to 2012 and from No. 100 in 2010 to currently No. 85 City
in the Tholons International Top 100 Cities in the World for
Today she plays a vital role as founder, former president and
current trustee in charge of eGovernance of the National ICT
Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), a network of more than
50 ICT Councils created in various cities and provinces in the
country. She leads NICP's annual search for best eGovernance
practices for local government units.
In 2013, she was awarded as Philippine Individual ICT
Contributor of the Year Awarded by the Canadian Chamber of
Commerce in the Philippines and IT-Business Process Association
of the Philippines (IBPAP) for her contribution to inclusive
growth by providing mentorship to new ICT councils.
In 2016, she was recognized as one of The Outstanding Women in
Nation Service (TOWNS) of the Philippines in the field of ICT.
She is the 2012 Eisenhower Fellow of the Philippines in the
Eisenhower Fellowships Multi-Nation Program with her fellowship
focused on ICT, ICT startups, animation and game development and
health care information management. She currently leads the
management of the technology business incubation center of
Calen Legaspi founded Orange & Bronze Software Labs in 2005,
a Philippine software development company that implements large,
mission-critical systems for multinational companies across
industries - including telecommunications, banking, and
healthcare. Many of the systems O&B develops handle millions
of concurrent users and billions of dollars worth of financial
Calen has initiated programs that support the Philippine
academe: by providing training to teachers through the
Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators,
authoring technology modules for TESDA, developing responsive IT
education curricula for the Commission on Higher Education, and
contributing to programs aimed at enhancing the skills of IT
Calen is a Sun Certified Enterprise Architect, Certified Web
Component Developer, and a Certified Java Programmer. He
co-founded the Association of Philippine Java Developers and
served as the organization's president for six years. He is
currently the chair of the technical council and board member of
the Philippine Software Industry Association.
Dan Clarke is SEO consultant, conference speaker, contributing
author, and thought leader in the digital marketing space; with
broad international experience of SEO, SEM, Social Media, Online
Marketing, and Web Development. Agency & Client side.
Dan has almost a decade of experience consulting some of the
worlds largest brands, including Groupon, HSBC, Nissan, Adidas,
and Zalora, having worked extensively in Europe, the Middle
East, and South East Asia.
A Google Adwords Certified Professional, Dan currently runs his
own consultancy from Singapore with clients across APAC and
The startup culture is not for everybody, especially those with
backgrounds working for large organizations with fully formed
processes and the top technology tools at their disposal to
complete their work goals. The first thing that separated Norlin
from others at her level is she never focused on what wasn’t
available to her; she used the tools that were available to get
the job done.
Norlin has a strong ability to prioritize. While building out
these rudimentary systems, she still had many other essential
responsibilities including maintaining client relationships,
managing dozens of employees, helping implement new processes
internally, and managing multiple new projects to deadline.
Norlin knew exactly what tasks she could push, when she could
push them, and was able to communicate changes in priorities
well in advance so everybody’s expectations were being met.
Norlin relishes the role of being a mentor and advisor to fellow
leaders within the organization that have less experience while
also listening to those experienced voices around her to
continue her own development.
Most importantly, Norlin understands that her role as a leader
doesn’t mean she needs to do everything on her own. She can
create and share a vision, select the right people to perform
the right functions to move those projects forward, trust them
to get the work done, and remain a pillar of support that
inspires the people she oversees to invest in her and the goals
of the company. These are amazing traits to have for anybody let
alone with Norlin’s amount of time in the management role.
Ravi is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded three
companies in Boston, two of which have had exits: today they
employ over 3,000 people and one is public (NASDAQ:EIGI). Ravi
has invested in several companies as an angel investor in the US
and Asia, and is also a Limited Partner in 500 Startups.
Many moons ago, he was chosen by Entrepreneur Magazine in their
""3rd Annual 10 under 30"" - top 10 business people under the
age of 30 years old. He is co-inventor of a US Patent on
Internet security, patent #8,566,938.
In 2011, he volunteered with Grameen Foundation in Ghana and
Uganda working on mHealth and mAgriculture programs. Based on
market gaps he saw, he then co-founded engageSPARK, a social
enterprise based in Cebu, Philippines, to help organizations of
all sizes interact with anyone via any phone using Automated
Voice Calls, 2-way SMS, and Facebook Messenger - at scale.
engageSPARK has been used in 130+ countries and includes
customers such as Facebook, Google, and UNICEF. engageSPARK has
recently raised funding from both 500 Startups and 500 Durians,
as well as xchange.ph, a Manila based social impact investor.
Mr. Ibrahim is currently with the Department of Information and
Communications Technology (DICT) as Undersecretary. Prior to
this, he became an Executive Consultant to the Secretary. He
also served as Deputy Executive Director of the then Information
and Communications Technology Office under the Department of
Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) from July 2011 to June 2016
and Commissioner of the former Commission on Information and
Communications Technology (CICT) from 2007 until June 30, 2011.
He started his career in the IT industry in 1975 as a Systems
Trainee at NCR Philippines. In the course of his extensive
involvement in the industry, he has worked for multinational
companies like Fujitsu, WeServ, Siemens-Nixdorf, Comparex
Germany and Unisys Australia in various executive positions.
He joined the Philippine Computer Society in 1990 and served as
President in 2004-2005 and was the President of the PCS
Foundation in 2005-2006. He also served as a member of the
Executive Committee of the Southeast Asia Regional Computer
Confederation in 2004-2005.
Mr. Ibrahim served as Chair of the APEC Electronic Commerce
Steering Group(ECSG) from 2011-2012 after having Chaired the
Paperless Trading Subgroup of ECSG for 2 years. He also served
as the ASEAN TELSOM Leader of the Philippines from 2009-11.
He was a member of the Board of Advisers of the De La Salle
University College of Computer Studies and the University of the
Philippines Information Technology Development Center (UPITDC).
Currently, he is a Trustee and President of the University of
the Philippines System Information Technology Foundation
(UPSITF). He is also serving his 9th term as member of the
Technical Panel for Information Technology Education (TPITE) of
the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
He did his B. S. Major in Chemistry at the Far Eastern
University and Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of
Business for his post graduate studies. He completed a Public
Sector Executive Program on Innovative Government at the Lee
Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of
During the 2012 International ICT Awards organized by the
Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, he was given
the ICT Individual Contributor Award for his contributions to
the growth of the Philippine IT-BPO Industry. He was also
recently named as one of the Ten ICT Industry Movers and Shakers
for the period 2002-2012 and recipient of the Boards’ Choice as
Government Champion, both given by the Contact Center
Association of the Philippines (CCAP).
He is also a recipient of Saphire Flare for Brilliance in the
recently concluded 1st iBPAP Flare Awards on the 28th of October
2016, for his key contributions to the Roadmap 2012-2016 where
he organized 32 ICT Councils that helped in establishing the
Next Wave Cities as well as for being instrumental in sustaining
developments of the Philippine cyberservices.
Joey is the Vice President and Head of PLDT Enterprise Core
Business Research and Development, concurrent Head of PLDT
Research and Innovations Laboratory (Innolab), and Head of Smart
Wireless Mainstream Enterprise Solutions.
With long years of experience in the Telecom industry ranging
from marketing, pricing, channel management, marketing research
and development, product development and service quality, Joey
has encouraged and lead innovation and paved the way for future
communications through leading his team into generating new
technologies and solutions serving both the local enterprise and
global market. He has a wide grasp on the workings of WAN/LAN
technologies and bundling Telco/IT solutions for BPO, banking
and other emerging industries. He has solid understanding of the
Asia Pacific and US telecom market through the exposure with
global telecom players.
Joey is one of the pioneers of PLDT’s data services and
spearheaded the creation of PLDT’s cloud computing portfolio.
Other than his contributions to the telecommunications industry,
he is also an entrepreneur himself and has undeniable passion
for traveling, various sports and music.
Rico Sta. Cruz is the developer behind many popular open source
contributors at GitHub, previously hosted of JSConf Asia, and
he’s the Chief Creative Officer at Mashup Garage.
Jay is a serial tech entrepreneur, a coder, and a soccer player.
He is currently co-founder and CEO of Ruby development shop
PROUDCLOUD, co-founder and CTO of healthtech startup MEDIFI, and
the founder and CEO of LAUNCHGARAGE, an innovation hub based in
In 2002, he founded Wi-Fi hotspot network Airborne Access, which
was acquired by PLDT in 2008.
As a regular speaker at local and international forums on the
South East Asian startup ecosystem, and holding roles as
director, advisor, and mentor in various tech startups, Jay is
considered to be one of the pioneers and thought leaders of the
Philippine tech startup scene.
Joey Gurango started his IT career way back in 1982, when he got
a job with Apple Computer as a product support engineer for the
Lisa computer, the predecessor to the Macintosh. Then in 1986,
he worked as a programmer at Microsoft on version 1.0 of Excel
for Windows. He moved back to the Philippines in 1991 to start
his own software company called Match Data Systems, which he
sold to Great Plains Software in 1999 and was acquired by
Microsoft in 2003. He worked as a Microsoft executive between
1999 and 2003, first as the Managing Director for the business
solutions software development team, then as the Asia-Pacific
Regional Director for Products and Services.
He is currently the CEO and CTO of Gurango Software, an
award-winning global provider of Human Capital Management
solutions, serving over 500 customers in 15 different countries.
In addition to leading Gurango Software, Joey has co-founded or
mentored several start-ups, co-founded the SPRING.ph LaunchPad
program, and has been President of the Philippine Software
Industry Association (2013-2014). He is currently an Independent
Director of Xurpas Inc. and Managing Director of Kation
Joey’s advocacy is to grow the Philippine software industry to
become a major contributor to nation-building.
Jackie holds the reigns of the Senior Level Executive office
with extensive hands-on experience in Management,
Entrepreneurship and working with Board of Directors and Banks.
She positioned incumbent group of companies for growth by
building international networks in the industry and affiliate
businesses, developing business strategies and financial models
in coordination with business unit heads and spearheading the
industry’s efforts to bridge the gap between education and the
real market requirements. She also manages relationships with
venture capital partners.
Jackie works closely with the business development team and its
subsidiary heads to implement and maintain fiscal plans for
projects, departments, and company mission objectives. She
promoted the Philippine animation and gaming industry abroad by
attending various international conferences, and she co-produced
a season long major release in 2015.
More interestingly, Jackie is managing director & co -
founder of Synergy88 Digital Inc., a Manila-based Art-strong
Creative Digital Solutions Studio with representative offices in
the US, UK and Singapore.. The studio provides a wide range of
services for the production of Games and Non-game applications
across diverse platforms and do comprehensive variety of work on
AAA titles, with services expanded to multi-platform game
development in Unity, Unreal and Substance, Augmented and
Virtual Reality, Motion Capture, 3D architectural visualization,
Mobile game publishing and Live Operations.
The company has the distinction of being the country’s first and
only so far, Microsoft Certified Supplier for 3D game art and
takes pride in the studio’s great team who worked on “The Gears
of War 4” released in October, 2016 and CD Projekt Red’s “The
Witcher 3: Blood and Wine.”
Jackeline maintains professional affiliations with Game
Developers Association of the Philippines, Animation Council of
the Philippines, & Women in Animation.
Mr. Jojo Flores is the Co-Founder of Plug and Play Tech Center ,
a Silicon Valley based technology startup accelerator, which he
started in January 2006. He is involved in the overall strategic
planning and his immediate focus is on building strategic
alliances in the Philippines and other reigns of South East
Asia. In the Philippines, Jojo is Co-Founder & COO of
Launchgarage, which started operations in March 2016. Patterned
after Plug and Play, Launchgarage is an incubator co-working
space, accelerator, and investor for tech startups in the
Philippines and the ASEAN region.
Jon Cholak is a venture investment professional who serves as a
start up mentor at Plug & Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA.
Jon is also on the venture investment team at USAA; with nearly
$500M in committed capital, Jon manages direct investments in
Software, Security, IoT, Consumer, and Financial Services
technology companies. Jon represents USAA on the boards of
directors for Roostify, Robin Systems, CafeX Communications,
Automatic Labs and PrecisionHawk. Jon previously served on the
board of Saffron Technology (acquired by Intel in October 2015).
Prior to joining USAA, Jon worked for Intel Corporation and
Deloitte Consulting, LLP. While at Intel, Jon managed a
portfolio of early-stage internal ventures designed to provide
non-core organic revenue growth. During his tenure at Deloitte
Consulting, Jon worked with numerous private and public sector
clients concentrating on strategic management, process
reengineering, and systems modernization and integration.
Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and
International Business from New York University, an MBA from The
University of Texas at Austin.
Chris Co-Heads Corporate Finance Asia for North Ridge Partners
which works with leading high-growth technology companies on
raising capital, growth by mergers & acquisitions and
achieving exits. Based in Singapore Chris covers the South East
Asia region and recent assignments include companies in:
Digital Media/ eCommerce;
Cloud/ Data and Security Services.
Chris previously served as:
an investment manager for funds managed by North Ridge
an Executive Director in ASX listed, APD a 360 degree digital
services business, where Chris headed Asia strategy execution
an observer board member for aCommerce.
He has been an active investor, operator and corporate financier
for over 18 years.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of
Technology, Sydney and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is
also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
and the CFA Society in Singapore.
On behalf of the firm, Chris also speaks at various conferences
such as the Echelon Asia Summit, SheWorx Asia and ASEAN deal
sourcing plaza by KOTRA.
Jason has been leading Ruby on Rails engineering teams for many
years and has successfully launched a couple of startups and
dozens of internal and client products.
A ruby developer, he invents webtoys. He takes CTO roles.
Jason focuses on high quality, test driven, well designed
projects only. He is open for collaboration on new things. He’s
interested on new and cutting-edge technologies but delivery and
quality is more important for him.
Jason has been focusing on Ticketbase.com recently.
He runs MashupGarage, a new startup that focuses on high-end
product development and technical leadership. Recently:
He also owns Proudcloud, a Ruby on Rails service company with
about 30+ Ruby on Rails engineers. This company helps build
client products and their teams.
Jason is actively looking for people to join him in his
In a country where technology is needed in almost every aspect
of the culture, Christian finds his purpose being in the
Philippines. He believes he can disrupt; cause change and
inspire through technology. He runs a 40+ man staff all in which
believe in his skills to do so.
Robertson graduated top of his class with a Bachelor Degree in
Computer Science from Ateneo de Manila University in 1991. After
college, he worked for 2years at Citibank Philippines as a
Systems Analyst. He went on to pursue a MBA degree at Babson
Graduate School of Business in the USA. His intention was to
balance his tech training with a business angle. After school,
Robertson returned to Manila to start a small Internet Service
Provider. The Internet craze was just starting in thePhilippines
and a lot of players were jumping into the bandwagon. It was
during this time, that Robertson struggled for a couple of
years, until they were acquired by the biggest local private
ISP. Robertson joined the bigger ISP initially as head of
technology and eventually resigned in 2012 to work full-time on
Dragonpay, his own startup.
Aldo is the is Co-Founder and CEO of GlycoProX Biosciences
(GPX). GPX combines next generation glycomics (carbohydrates),
instrumentation (LC/MS) and deep machine learning to augment
cancer diagnosis, biomarker and target discovery for the
development of more efficacious therapeutics. He is also the
Founder and COO/CTO of San Francisco based, Veem (formerly know
as Align Commerce and the world's largest cross border payment
processor on the blockchain). Veem uses the blockchain to
replace the outdated SWIFT system and it is changing the way
global payments are sent and received across the world, making
the process much simpler, faster, more transparent and secure.
Prior to founding GPX and Veem, Aldo was the Founder and
Founding CTO of Jukin Technologies / Jukin Media – one of the
world's largest User Generated Content (UGC) licensing
platforms. Aldo has been featured on CNN, Bloomberg, ANC and The
Cube for his “zero to one” work on healthcare, global finance
and digital media, collectively, his ventures have created
~$500M in value for investors. Aldo has an MBA in
Entrepreneurship from Babson and and is a graduate of the Ateneo
De Manila University.
Mikko was also an investment manager at Next Century Partners,
where he managed private equity on behalf of Soros Fund
Management, LLC and several institutional investors. He was also
an investment banker at JP Morgan Chase (Hambrecht & Quist)
in San Francisco where he advised technology, media, and telecom
Mikko serves on the board of several companies and foundations.
Having begun his career as a community organizer helping build
social enterprises in the Philippines, he remains actively
involved in initiatives that support social entrepreneurship and
sustainable development in emerging markets.
Mikko holds a BSC in Management (with Honors) and a BA in
Development Studies (with Honors & Award for Excellence)
from the Ateneo de Manila University, and an MBA from the
Harvard Business School.