Dr. Muhamad Chatib Basri
Muhamad Chatib Basri is a former Minister of Finance of Indonesia. Previously he was the Chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board. Dr. Basri was also a Vice Chairman of the National Economic Committee of the President of Indonesia. He is a Thee Kian Wie Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Australian National University (2016-2017). His expertise is International Trade, Macroeconomics and Political Economy.
Dr. Basri is a member of the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. He was a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Group of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a member of the High-Level Trade Experts Group co-chaired by Jagdish Bhagwati and Peter Sutherland. Dr. Basri is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Mandiri Institute and Chairman of the Indonesia Infrastructure Finance. He teaches at the Department of Economics University of Indonesia and CO-founded CReco Research Institute, a Jakarta based economic consulting firm in 2010.
He was Ash Centre Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University (2015-2016), Pacific Leadership Fellow at the Centre on Global Transformation, University of California at San Diego (2016), NTUC Professor of International Economic Relation, RSIS, NTU, Singapore (2016).
He is a member of the board of some major public companies including PT Astra International and Axiata Group Bhd. He is the author of several papers in international journals and actively writes for various leading newspapers and magazines in Indonesia.
Dr. Arak Sutivong
President, Siam Commercial Bank
Arak Sutivong holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, California, U.S. and M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, U.S. Dr. Sutivong was previously the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of the SCB Group, responsible for overall strategy and business development for the Bank, Company Secretary, and a board member of SCB Asset Management.
Dr. Sutivong joined SCB in 2010. He was appointed as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer in April 2017 and the Company Secretary in December 2017. Prior to joining SCB, Dr. Sutivong had over 10 years of experience with leading multi-national corporations. He was with McKinsey & Company in the Southeast Asia Office, where he had advised clients on strategy and corporate finance across multiple industries including telecommunication, technology, energy, and government, and prior to that with Qualcomm Inc., California, U.S. where he led wireless telecommunication R&D and had co-authored over 50 U.S. patents.
Director - Maritime Southeast Asia, US-ASEAN Business Council
Kim Yaeger has held a variety of roles since joining the US-ASEAN Business Council in 2013. Currently she serves as Director, leading the Council’s five maritime Southeast Asia countries and as lead in the DC office for Brunei, Malaysia and ICT. During her time at the Council she has led/co-led and developed the Indonesia ICT Consultative Forum, the Council’s 2014 Human Capital Forum held in Singapore, and helped to reinstate regular business missions to Laos. Additionally, Kim supported the Council’s programs in Laos during its ASEAN chairmanship in 2016 and co-led the Council’s largest mission to Malaysia in the same year. She has also grown the Council’s relationship with the U.S. State Department’s Young Southeast Leaders Initiative and served as a U.S. delegate to the inaugural ASEAN Young Leaders Summit in 2015 alongside the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Kuala Lumpur.
Prior to joining the Council, Kim spent several years working in the non-profit sector, including the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. She also worked as an English teacher for Potisarn Pittayakorn School, a public secondary school in Bangkok, where she first fell in love with the region. Kim received an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at American University, focusing her research on stability and social cohesion in Southeast Asia. Kim has also studied Bahasa Indonesia at Yogyakarta State University and holds a B.S. in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Alpha JWC Ventures
Will Ongkowidjaja is a self-made entrepreneur and investor with top-tier investment banking and management consulting background.
Will co-founded Alpha JWC Ventures, Indonesia’s leading venture capital firm with offices in Jakarta and in Singapore. Alpha JWC invests as a value-add partner to build great companies, focusing on seed to series B investment stages.
Alpha JWC focuses on Financial Technology (Fintech), Consumer and Media sector, and its portfolio companies include leading technology companies in Southeast Asia, such as Spacemob, Funding Societies / Modalku, OnlinePajak, Dattabot, UangTeman, Sepulsa, Style Theory, Carro, Kredivo, Lemonilo, DealStreetAsia, and Ajaib.
Prior to co-founding Alpha JWC Ventures, Will’s background was in top-tier investment banking (Director at UBS Investment Bank in Indonesia) and management consulting (McKinsey & Company in Indonesia and Booz Allen Hamilton in Australia). Will has extensive experience in advising business owners and senior management in Indonesia on over USD 5 billion of IPOs, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and bond issuances. In addition, in his capacity as a management consultant, Will has broad experience in advising state-owned enterprises, corporates, and private equity funds on the following types of consulting engagements: operations improvement, portfolio & growth strategy and M&A due diligence.
Will is educated at Harvard University as an Edward S. Mason Fellow for his Master of Public Administration, and at University of California at Los Angeles for his Master of Business Administration. Will received the following licenses in Indonesia: (1) Underwriter license and (2) Broker Dealer license.
Will enjoys writing, and he is a regular columnist for Forbes magazine where he primarily writes about topics on Technology sector and Investments. Will is also passionate about education and its impact; hence he is on Singapore Management University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Curriculum Review Committee.
Deputy Group CEO – Digital, Transformation, Corporate Services, AirAsia Group
CEO, RedBeat Ventures
Aireen Omar is Deputy Group CEO (Digital, Transformation and Corporate Services), responsible for AirAsia’s digital strategy, promoting innovation throughout the group and encouraging collaboration across AirAsia’s businesses and markets.
She is also spearheading the non-airline companies such as BigPay, AirAsia BIG Loyalty, ROKKI, Travel 360, Vidi, Ourshop, RedCargo, Red Box and Santan. Additionally, she oversees large, strategic group-wide initiatives to help transform AirAsia into a global, cloud-driven product and platform company. Prior to this, Aireen was AirAsia Malaysia Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Regional Head of Corporate Finance, Treasury and Investor Relations.
Aireen joined AirAsia in January 2006 as Director of Corporate Finance, portfolio expanding quickly to also include Treasury, Fuel Procurement and Investor Relations functions. Taking on these roles, she was instrumental in shaping the development of AirAsia into one of the fastest growing and most highly-acclaimed airlines globally.
She began her career at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc, where she served as an Associate from 1997-2000 in New York and London, her last position being at the Equity Arbitrage Proprietary Trading Desk focusing on international equities, equity derivatives and equity-linked products. After returning to Malaysia in 2001, she served in several major local financial institutions including the Maybank Group, the country’s largest banking and financial services group.
She is an Economics graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and also holds a Masters in Economics from New York University.
Founding Partner, Intudo Ventures
Eddy Chan is a founding partner of “Indonesia-Only” independent venture capital firm Intudo Ventures.
He is a founder and venture investor, with expertise in founding and operating companies, venture investing, business development/partnerships, capital raising, recruiting and deal structuring.
Eddy has invested in and advised startups since the late 1990s, including PayPal, SpaceX, Palantir Technologies, X.com, Getaround, Branch International, Automatic, Netscreen Technologies, Fortinet, SEA Limited, Xendit, CoHive, Kargo, ARTOTEL, Ride Jakarta, BeliMobileGue, Dana Cita, Nalagenetics, Oriente and EMQ, invested in venture funds including Founders Fund, founded and operated venture-backed technology companies with operations in Silicon Valley and Asia, practiced corporate/M&A/private equity/venture capital law in Silicon Valley and Asia at Morrison & Foerster LLP and represented companies as an investment banker. Eddy holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a Global Law Scholar, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley's Walter A. Haas School of Business.
Founding Partner, Intudo Ventures
Patrick Yip was the Managing Director of Gemala Sarana Wiyata (GSW), prior to co-founding Intudo Ventures. GSW is an Indonesian based private equity investment firm founded in 2011, the local partner for Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (GSIP), a USD 10Bn multi-strategy investment fund managed by Goldman Sachs. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Head of Strategic Planning Group at the CP Prima (part of the Charoen Pokphand Group), where he advised shareholders on private equity investments and corporate finance matters for the family's investment portfolio companies in Indonesia. Prior to that, he was at UBS Investment Bank (Corporate Finance) and GE Capital (M&A) in Jakarta; and Morgan Stanley (Investment Management) in Boston.
Patrick holds an M.B.A., magna cum laude, from Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College and a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Boston University.
Managing Director, Tailwind Capital
Chee-Wei Wong is currently a Managing Director at Tailwind Capital, leading their software and data/analytics investments. Previously, he spent 9 years at EQT Partners, a global private equity fund with EUR50B AUM, first starting up the Southeast Asia franchise before moving to US to help build out the US Mid Market fund. Prior to that, he was a consultant at Bain & Company and a Justices' Law Clerk in the Supreme Court of Singapore. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) from National University of Singapore.
Investor, GGV Capital
Dimitra Taslim is an investor at GGV Capital, a global multi-stage VC firm, where he is working to refine their investment thesis for Southeast Asia. Previously he was an entrepreneur building a digital platform that provides access to institutional-quality wealth management. Prior to that, he was with Monk's Hill Ventures, where he led deal sourcing and deal execution across Southeast Asia. He started his career in London at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), working alongside large corporates and PE funds such as KKR, Blackstone and Warburg Pincus.
Dimitra graduated from the London School of Economics and is currently doing his MBA at Harvard Business School, where he is president of the Asia Business Club, the focal point of Asian cross-cultural exchanges at HBS.
VP of Product, Bukalapak
Hendro started his journey of higher education studying Computer Science and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then continued his Master's degree at Santa Clara University, as well as his MBA at UC Berkeley Haas. He has over 10 years of career in Silicon Valley and a software patent under his name in the states. He started from General Electric as an intern, then to Intuit, GoDaddy and lastly at Asurion worked extensively in Small Medium Business and AI/NLP area. He is also currently a board member of Product Management Festival non-profit organization. Finally, in 2018 he decided to go back to Indonesia and is working at Bukalapak as their VP of Product.
Ong Chin Yin
Head of People, Grab
“I drive SEA forward by building up people and teams that uplift lives.”
Ong Chin Yin is the Head of People at Grab. She is responsible for building Grab into a positive and personalized place to do purposeful work, learn and grow.
Prior to joining Grab, Chin Yin has been in Sales & Marketing and Human Resources roles in both the FMCG and Hi-Tech industries. She has led numerous transformative programs across organizational design and development, rewards, talent acquisition and management and industrial relations in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
Chin Yin graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Honours degree in Psychology. She is passionate about humanitarian causes and has volunteered at the Human Development Foundation in Bangkok and Habitat for Humanity. She loves mid-century furniture and spending time at flea markets!
Innovation and Partnerships, 500 Startups
Thomas Jeng helps lead the Innovation and Partnerships team at 500 Startups, a global venture capital and startup accelerator firm. In this role, he is responsible for facilitating collaborations among governments, corporations, and startups throughout Asia. Previously, Thomas was an Executive Advisor at CEB (now Gartner), where he spearheaded the delivery of consulting services to financial institutions throughout APAC. He led business development at a boutique consulting firm and was an Associate with BCG earlier in his career. Thomas holds a degree in International Politics from Georgetown University and is now completing his MBA at the Yale School of Management.