Global Speakers


Quy-Doan DO

CIO Global Markets and Treasury Technology APAC

BNP Paribas

Born and educated in France, Doan has graduated from Supelec with a master in electrical engineering. He joined Paribas in 1998 in Singapore within Corporate Banking Technology. In 2001 and after the BNP Paribas merge, he moved to head office driving various projects and leading teams within Risk And Fixed Income technology between Paris and London. Based in Singapore since 2011, he set up the APAC Fixed Income project and development team, became CIO for FXLM, Rates and ALMT technology and is currently CIO for Global Markets and ALMT technology.

For the past one and a half year, he has been championing innovation and digital transformation for investment banks in APAC, organising hackathon, partnering with various business lines on digital POCs and working on academic partnerships.


Laurence Liew



Laurence is the Director for AI Industry Innovation at AI Singapore, and is driving the adoption of AI by the Singapore ecosystem through the 100 Experiments programme and outreach activities.

A technoprenuer, Laurence has had several successful exits, the latest being Revolution Analytics where he was the General Manager for Asia Pacific. He was responsible for Revolution’s business in Asia and its Centre of Excellence for Analytics in Singapore in partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). He also conceptualized and ran Revolution’s development team responsible for putting Revolution R in the Cloud. Revolution was acquired by Microsoft in 2015.

Laurence graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with First Class Honours in Engineering, and also holds a Masters in Knowledge Engineering from NUS.


Eric Thain

Managing Director & Head of Digital China


Eric Thain is currently the Managing Director Shanghai & Head of Digital China for LEWIS. Eric is a widely known marketing professional in Asia and a senior marketer with 17+ years of agency and in-house experience in developing Integrated Marketing Strategies and leading Digital Transformation projects across APAC (including a decade of in-market experience in China). Eric is a hybrid experienced business leader with profound mixed discipline experience across the marketing & digital ecosystem, primarily with focus on omnichannal digital marketing, analytics, artificial intelligence, social marketing, path to purchase modelling & e-commerce operation solutions.

In line with today’s changing marketing landscape, Eric is an Innovator, Change Agent & early expert in Digital Transformation & Innovation in the connected age, including reshaping operation & business models, new supportive technology & talent strategy. He is a recognized brand thought leader and is frequently invited as guest speaker at top marketing conferences across Asia. Eric also sits on the Board of Advisors in various Marketing Associations, advising issues that affect the marketing industry.


Dr Dirk F de Korne (PhD MSc)

Deputy Director, Medical Innovation & Care Transformation

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Dr. Dirk F. de Korne is Deputy Director, Medical Innovation & Care Transformation (MICT), at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Singapore. He also holds positions as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. His implementation, research and teaching focuses on the diffusion of quality and patient safety innovations and include business process and systems redesign, human factors and ergonomics, and performance benchmarking. He holds an MSc in Health Policy and Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a PhD in Public Health from University of Amsterdam.


Dr. Danfeng Li


Alibaba Group

Dr. Danfeng Li is currently a director in Alibaba group, and the Chief Data Officer of Umeng+, a company fully owned by Alibaba. Umeng+ provides analytic tools for web and app developers. It helps more than 1.45 million apps and 7 million websites monitor and management their data. Umeng+ also offers services based on online and on mobile data.

Dr. Li leads the effort to apply data mining and machine learning technologies to help clients in retail, finance and other industries to understand and manage their customers. Before he joined Alibaba, Dr. Li was the principal development lead in Microsoft. He also worked at Opera Solutions, Yahoo and Fico. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. degree from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and bachelor degree from Tsinghua University.


Viji Varghese

Head of Business Excellence & Automation CoE


Viji Varghese runs the Robotics Program at ANZ, as Head of CoE for Automation. He runs an operation that is a blend of a human, and a digital workforce: he leads a team of around 94 specialists in areas spanning Automation, Business Transformation and Business Support. He therefore manages the full life cycle of Automation.

Viji has been instrumental in embedding Robotic Process Automation (RPA) successfully across ANZ’s functional groups and countries. He has been building a digital workforce by leveraging tools such as Open Span and Automation Anywhere. In his four years’ experience of doing this, he has deployed 2300 robots in streams like Lending, Retail Banking, and Payments and Mortgages, across 369 processes and seventeen countries.


Saravanan Kumar

Global Head of Automation


Saravanan Kumar (SK) is a technology leader specializing in incubating and inducting new capabilities into enterprise. Has rich experience in transforming large financials organization with new technology and practices. Global transformation leader and CxO advisor.

SK has a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics, Masters in Human Resource Management. Certification includes MCPs, CSQA, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), ITIL, etc.,

In his current role as Global Head of Automation for Aon he is responsible for intelligent Monitoring, DevOps, XaaS and RPA/AI Platform Services.


Peter Andrew

Senior Director, Workplace Strategies

CBRE Asia Pacific

Peter Andrew is a Director of Workplace Strategy, leading the Workplace Centre of Excellence function for CBRE across Asia Pacific. He has a vision to transform work and workplace in Asia and Pacific, helping to create beautiful places for people to work meaningfully and productively.

Peter is fascinated about Artificial Intelligence and its impact on how we work and the places we work in the future. He recently wrote a thought paper for CBRE; Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and Workplace.

Peter has qualifications in design, facilities planning and management, workplace strategy and corporate real estate and has been practicing for 25 years. Peter teaches Workplace Strategy and Workplace Change Management courses.


Dr. Toa Charm Ka-ieong

Chief Public Mission Officer

Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited

Dr Toa Charm, DBA MA, BSc, MHKCS, CBIP, joined Cyberport Hong Kong as the Chief Public Mission Officer in June 2016. As the CPMO of Cyberport, Dr Charm reports to the CEO of Cyberport and serves as a strategic partner in developing strategies and related initiatives to deliver Cyberport’s public mission.

With more than 25 years of leadership and extensive experience in FinTech, big data, business intelligence, and enterprise solutions, Dr Charm brings with him a wealth of experience from private consultancy, public administration, and academic sectors. He has built strong connections with the tech industry and served on a number of advisory boards of universities, start-up communities, NGOs, and other trade organisations including Hong Kong Computer Society, Tung Wah Hospital Group, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He is the EXCO member and Vice President (Innovation and Technology Application) of Hong Kong Computer Society, Founder and Chairperson of Business Intelligence and Big Data, and Founder and Chairperson of FinTech SIG of Hong Kong Computer Society. Dr Charm also served at widely-recognised tech industry players, such as being the associate partner of IBM Global Business Services Greater China, general manager of Oracle, general manager of Kingdee, and regional head of BI Competence Centre for HSBC Asia Pacific.

Dr Charm holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the City University of Hong Kong, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Minnesota State University.


Clifton Phua


NCS Group

Clifton Phua is a director at NCS Group, leading a team of data scientists working on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics under the Smart and Safe City Centre of Excellence. Previously, Clifton worked at the SAS Institute on SAS analytics, where he specialized in big data analytics in public security (attack and disaster preparation, recovery, and response, cybersecurity, internal security, and predictive policing) and fraud (government, banking, and insurance); was a data scientist in the Data Analytics Department (formerly known as the Data Mining Department) at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) at the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, where he focused on web monitoring of companies and technologies, assistive technology for people with dementia, and mobile phone activity recognition and worked on real-world energy-related analytics projects to improve parts of the smart grid and other big data applications; and served as a research fellow in the Data Mining Laboratory within the Department of Industrial Engineering at Seoul National University, South Korea. Clifton holds a PhD in identity crime detection and a bachelor’s degree with first-class honors, both from Monash University, Australia.


Irene Boey

Consulting Director

Integral Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd


Binoo Joseph

Head of Information Technology

Tesco PLC

Binoo is the Head of Information Technology at Tesco PLC. He has established the Tesco Technology Joint Venture team and leads the development and deployment of a multi-channel retail operation model platform. With over 15 years experience in corporate information technology development, he will share with the audience the AI application in retail.