Global Speakers


Brandon Lee Kok Hoh

Chairman, Smart Automation Industry Group

Singapore Manufacturing Federation

As the current term chairman of the Smart Automation Industry Group – Singapore Manufacturing Federation, Brandon’s vision is to establish smart automation benchmarking standards and adopt guideline to help manufacturing members speed up their transformation towards achieving smart manufacturing or Industry 4.0 level. As the new chairman for APAC board of MESA International, his objective is to propagate these valuable insights to the APAC manufacturers and introduce the new APAC perspective to MESA to continuously drive towards a better integration of global manufacturing eco-systems. Brandon is also the country manager of ATS Applied Tech Systems, with 30 years of experience helping customers to redefine the “Smartness” in their manufacturing and assembly systems, is right at the forefront of the Industry 4.0 revolution. He is entrusted with the dream of creating a leading force that propels Asia manufacturing to the Industry 4.0 journey, that eventually saves our earth resources for building a better future.

Topic: Visionary Keynote: Singapore’s Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives “Industry 4.0” – Transforming the City-State into Asia’s Future Manufacturing Powerhouse 

Singapore Manufacturing Federation


Albert Lu

Chief Technology Officer

Interlink Electronics

Dr. Albert Lu is the Chief Technology Officer of Interlink Electronics Inc. His key responsibilities include spearheading strategic technology roadmap, pursuing synergistic global R&D partnerships, leading global R&D team and maintaining Interlink Electronics’ competitive advantage in the human-machine interface technology landscape. Prior to joining Interlink Electronics, Dr Lu was with Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) for 15 years. In this role, he orchestrated R&D collaborations and industry consortia in disruptive and emerging technology platforms with multinational corporations and local enterprises. He also established and spearheaded Singapore’s key R&D facility and pilot line for roll-to-roll manufacturing of functional films and printed electronics. Dr. Lu holds both Ph.D. and B. Eng. in electrical engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the U.K. He also received the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science in Singapore and the Institution of Electrical Engineers Prize in the U.K.

Topic: Edge Computing: How Edge Computing will Improve Manufacturing Reliability, Speed and Resilience



Rudy Radjab

President Director

PT Kreasindo

Rudy Radjab has more than 35 years of experience in a wide spectrum of top managerial positions mostly in oil & gas-related fields. From 1993 to 1996 he was Project & Development Manager of the Engineering & Construction Division of PT. ELNUSA.

In 1996 he was appointed as President Director of PT. ELNUSA PETROTEKNIK, and from 2001 until 2007 he held the position of President Director of PT. ELNUSA.

Apart from his active position as Board member of Yayasan Pertambangan Energi (YPE), he used to serve as President Director of PT. Banten Global Development, a State Company under Banten Province.

Mr. Rudy Radjab holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology and currently holds the position of President Director of PT Kreasindo Resources Indonesia, a holding company under Mining and Energy Foundation (YPE).

Topic: International Roundtable Discussions: Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Technology Success Stories and Takeaway Lessons from Key Players in The Region


Wilson Deng


Singapore Manufacturing Consortium

An industrial engineer by trade, Willson has implemented improvement projects in manufacturing industries ranging from aeronautics to smart meters, wineries, gourmet chocolates, glass production and pharmaceuticals. He founded Arcstone in 2013, after he had been designing production simulation software for the world’s largest bio-manufacturers. Focused on blending machine and human operations, he developed the Arcstone Operations Platform (arc.ops) to efficiently provide visibility, control and optimisation to a massive range of industries. The platform enables companies to automate, integrate and streamline entire processes within a facility at fractions of market cost. He continues to drive a data-centric manufacturing revolution in Southeast Asia, encouraging like-minded companies to upend the status quo for manufacturing enterprise solutions through the Singapore Manufacturing Consortium (SIMCO). Willson holds a MSc from INSEAD Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Topic: International Roundtable Discussions: Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Technology Success Stories and Takeaway Lessons from Key Players in The Region



Azman Shah Mohamed Noor

Vice President

Head of Operational Excellence, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

The 2015 American Society for Quality (ASQ) Edwards medalist has been actively carrying out Operational Excellence Strategy for more than 22 years. He is the first recipient from the Asian Region to be awarded the prestigious medal since 1963, after Kenichi Koyangi from Japan, placing his achievements to the likes of world’s renowned quality leaders including Armand Feigenbaum and Joseph M. Juran.

He introduced and led the Operational Excellence deployment at Sime Darby with the launch of its first Operational Excellence Blueprint, LSS Business Management Strategy 1.0 in 2013 to achieve RM 775 million in cumulative benefits by 2017. The execution of this blueprint, delivered a total amount of RM 967 million in cumulative benefits at the end of 2017. This Blueprint revolves around the three-pronged holistic approach: Strategic Stewardship, Tactical Development & Cultural Transformation. The programme has developed over 1,500 productivity champions and practitioners and and ten project teams have made Malaysia proud at local and international excellence platforms. Among prominent achievements are Overall Champion at MPC’s Annual Productivity and Innovation Conference (APIC) 2017, Gold Medalist at Indonesia’s Operational Excellence Conference (OPEXCON) 2017 and Silver Level Award at ASQ’s International Team Excellence Award (ITEA) 2017. And recently, the LSS Business Management Strategy Blueprint 1.0 has been awarded Top 5 Finalist Best Improvement Deployment Program Award by the Global Process Excellence (PEX) Network at the Business Transformation World Summit 2018 held in Orlando, Florida, USA. On the same platform, Mr Azman Shah Mohamed Noor, Head of Operational Excellence, has been awarded Top 5 Finalist Operational Excellence Leader of the Year Award.

Topic: Predictive Maintenance With IoT: What It Means for Manufacturing 4.0

Sime Darby


Ng Kai Fai

President SEMI Southeast ASIA


As President of SEMI Southeast Asia, Kai Fai Ng oversees the association’s programs, products, and services with the mission to develop the semiconductor industry within Southeast Asia along with regional partners and local SEMI members. Additionally, he supports SEMI international programs for members worldwide that have interests in Southeast Asian markets for technology and materials.

Ng has more than 17 years industry experience, primarily in semiconductor fabrication, R&D, and strategic planning. Prior to joining SEMI, he held several executive and financial management positions at the Singapore offices of EnnoTech Private, Ltd., Axcelis Technologies, KLA-Tencor, and Chartered Semiconductor.

Ng holds three US patents related to semiconductor technologies and processes, as well as an MBA from Macquarie University, Australia.

SMEs Panel: How SMEs Can Join the Industry 4.0 Race and Start to Automate their Manufacturing Floor



Wendy Teo

Assistant Director, Industry & Capability Development

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Wendy Teo is currently the Assistant Director, Industry Capability Development, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), spearheading digitalisation initiatives for the Maritime Sector. Wendy started her career in Logistics, driving growth in key regional accounts in FedEx Express prior to joining the Public Sector in 2010. She has since found her passion in driving digital transformation for the Logistics sector and now the Maritime sector.

Topic: Edge Computing: How Edge Computing will Improve Manufacturing Reliability, Speed and Resilience



Pritam Dutta

Head of Global Data Strategy


Pritam is a young & passionate leader currently leading one of the largest Process & Technology Transformation initiatives In Unilever. Recognized as Economic Times Young Leader’11 and NEXT 100 CIO’10, Pritam has multiple internal & external accolades in his name.

Pritam with experience in diverse sectors like Auto & FMCG has a proven track record of driving teams to achieve organizational goals. He is a person for whom driving Business Innovation is a way of life. He has been proactively taking innovative initiatives to improve the processes wherever he has worked some of which have not only provided Business Benefits but have been identified as Global Case Studies.

In the past also he has also won multiple awards in recognition of his leadership abilities and innovative initiatives. His experience ranges from integrating operations across companies to managing complex Transformation programs worth Millions of Euros.

Topic: Data-driven Smart Manufacturing: How Data Empower Decisions on the Shop Floor Data-driven Smart Manufacturing: How Data Empower Decisions on the Shop Floor



Liu Qiao

Executive Director & Chief Technical Officer

3M Japan

Dr. Liu Qiao is responsible for 3M Japan R&D as his recent overseas assignment. Liu worked both in academia and in automotive R&D, Service and Business at Hitachi and Toyota before joining 3M.  Liu successfully led Toyota’s first Canadian hybrid vehicle program and its market introduction. As a founding member of Toyota Research Institute of North America, Liu drove establishment of Toyota’s technologies, engineering platforms and programs which impact millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles worldwide. Liu led 3M’s effort on building technology platforms, infrastructure, and product pipelines to mechanize, electrify, and digitize advanced 3M materials to accelerate business growth globally. Liu was recognized as the Smart Industry 50 Innovators on the leading edge of digital transformation.

Panel: How IoT, Connectivity & Data Analytics are Transforming Manufacturing



Raul Samaniego

Director of Supply Chain & Operations


Raul is a MBA Industrial Engineer with CEO, Supply Chain Management and Finance Certifications. Raul is International Senior Executive with broad experience leading multicultural teams and projects in Top Companies of different industries such as FMCG, Automotive, Beverages, Consumer Goods & Energy in South East Asia (Thailand & Indonesia) and Latin America. He has successful achievements leading Planning, Manufacturing, Logistics/Inventories/Distribution, Procurement/ International Trade, and Sales Administration processes.

Raul is a part-time Lecturer in Latam and Asia Colleges: Global Business Strategies, Supply Chain and International Operations and an international speaker of Supply Chain & Business Topics.

Topic: Predictive Maintenance With IoT: What It Means for Manufacturing 4.0



Luc Scheffer

Smart Manufacturing Programme Manager

Rolls Royce

Topic: 3D Printing Metal Case Study : How Additive Manufacturing enables Rapid, Low-cost Production of Aerospace-quality 3D-Printed Parts for Rolls Royce



KNG Krishna

Director ANZ Supply Chain

Castrol BP Australia

Krishna is a supply chain leader specialized in developing strategies for short and long term sustainable benefits that enable business growth and maximize value to customers. He has demonstrated track record of successfully leading large teams across multiple countries, harnessing S&OP, building Manufacturing capability and optimizing Logistics foot print for a high performing supply chain. With a perfect balance of knowledge and experience through a masters in supply chain and 27 years of experience in Supply chain operations, Projects working for 2 world class customer facing multinational organizations, he has the distinction of working across various functions of supply chain and expatriated to China, ASEAN and currently in Australia to transform supply chain operations. Krishna possesses exceptional track record of effectively managing and developing high performing supply chain organizations across Asia Oceania.

Topic: Logistics 4.0 – Smart Supply Chain Management with Industry 4.0

Castrol BP


Jim Roovers

Head of Electronics, Program and Verification


Based in SEA, Jim is Dyson’s Head of Applied Data Science and drives the data engineering program of all products in production – a key part in making Dyson’s machines more intelligent. He joined Dyson in 2012, as Head of Electronics SEA.

Jim graduated from the University of West-Brabant in the Netherlands specializing in Electronics Engineering. The bulk of his career was spent in Philips, the Dutch consumer electronics company, taking on roles ranging from development engineer to senior global project manager.

In 2010, Jim moved to Singapore from the Netherlands. Together with his wife Lyuba, they have a 12-year-old daughter, a 9-year-old boy and a 2-year-old baby boy. In his free time, he spends time with the family and blogs about smart data topics.

Topic: The Power of AI in Entire Manufacturing: From Demand Planning to Automated Quality Control and Predicting Machines Breakdown

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Ashish Dahiya

Cluster Digital Leader & Cluster Portfolio and Category Leader

Tetra Pak

Ashish Dahiya is the Cluster Digital Leader for Tetra Pak as well as the Cluster Portfolio & Category Leader for the Processing Solutions business of Tetra Pak in South Asia, East Asia, and Oceania.

In his role as Digital Leader Ashish is responsible for defining the digital strategy and for driving the implementation of digital initiatives in the region. This includes building digital capabilities, developing new business models linked to Industry 4.0 solutions, as well as driving digital transformation in how Tetra Pak work’s internally and with its customers. He is also responsible for strategy and new business development for Processing Solutions & Equipment business.

Ashish joined Tetra Pak in 2010 as Director Strategic Planning for the Tetra Pak group and was appointed to his current role in 2016. He has more than 18 years of experience in marketing, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and driving new business growth with multinational companies in USA, Europe, and Asia.

Ashish holds an MBA from IMD (Switzerland), a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University (USA), and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Electronics engineering from India.

Topic: Tetra Pak Case Study: Visualization Technologies Creating Value in An Industrial Environment



Roxane Desmicht

Senior Director Corporate Supply Chain

Infineon Technologies

Ms Roxane Desmicht is Senior Director, Corporate Supply Chain (CSC) Asia Pacific for Infineon. Her organization covers the end to end Infineon supply chain with either a regional focus like warehousing or a global focus like product planning. Ms Desmicht is currently spearheading a ‘Smart Enterprise’ program for Infineon Singapore, leveraging on the various Industrie 4.0 elements and was actively involved in the Singapore Smart Industry Readiness Index.

Ms Desmicht also sits in the advisory committees of SUTD Engineering System Design pillar and NUS Industrial System Engineering faculty. She is also Director of the Board for the Green Freight Asia association.

Ms Desmicht has an Executive MBA program at the China European International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and a Master in Material Science. She started her career as Product Engineer/ Program Manager within the Thales group, worked a few years in Altis Semiconductor as Front End Yield Manager, as well as several years for Infineon China as Supply Chain Director.

Topic: $105 million Smart Factory of the Future Case Study: Infineon’s Plan to Transform its Singapore Plant into a Smart Factory



Joseph Micsko

Operations Director

PSC Biotech

Joseph is currently the Operations Director for PSC Biotech and ISPE Singapore Affiliate President.  Currently he hold a Bachelor’s of Art in Business Management from Kingston University. With over 12+ years experience, Joseph has a wealth of expertise consulting for various Multi-National Pharma and Biotech Companies in US, Canada, Brazil, Singapore & China. He has managed various projects such as C&Q of start up facilities, Cleaning  and Process Validation. Some of his clients are J&J, Roche, AbbVie, Novartis, Merck and GSK.

International Roundtable Discussions: Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Technology Success Stories and Takeaway Lessons from Key Players in The Region



Alexander Liu

Head, Digital Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing Centre, School of Engineering

Temasek Polytechnic

Alex received his doctorate degree in Metal Additive Manufacturing from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore under Professor Chua Chee Kai. In 2010, he was invited as an International Scholar to Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in Belgium under Professor Jean-Pierre Kruth to work on metal printing. He has since personally worked with various industrial grade materials such as Titanium, Copper, and Aluminum alloys in metal printing and developed a novel methodology for multi-material printing in metal SLM printer. Between 2011 & 2013, he received Young Investigator Innovation Paper award from Ghent University, Belgium and Best Paper Award in the 6th International Conference on Rapid Prototyping in Leiria, Portugal.

He has extensive experience in securing grants and setting up of AM centers (more than 25 printers) as well as post processing facilities. Under his helm, he has secured more than US10M in grants and was involved in setting up South East Asia’s largest 3D-printing facility providing extensive 3D-printing solutions including industrial design for 3D-printing. His vision in metal printing as the future of Additive Manufacturing has driven him to further hone his expertise in metal printing. To date, he has filed 3 US patent applications under his belt for metal printing and its applications. He has a specific know-how to print metal parts that are deemed impossible to print.

Topic: Why On-Demand Could Be the Future of Manufacturing



Bob Gill

General Manager Southeast Asia

ARC Advisory Group

Bob Gill is responsible for managing ARC Advisory Group’s business operations and market research activities in Southeast Asia. ARC provides technology research, advisory and consulting services to many of the world’s leading industrial automation and software suppliers as well as to prominent end-user companies in the manufacturing and energy industries.

Bob’s work experience includes engineering roles (total 15 years) at British Aerospace, General Electric Company (GEC), and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). He also had a decade-long career in industrial technology media as editor of publications including Control Engineering Asia, Industrial Automation Asia and Logistics Insight Asia, and editor-in-chief at Reed Business Information Asia and Contineo Media. 

Bob graduated from the University of Wales in Cardiff, UK, with a BSc in Electronics and an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He also has a MBA from NTU in Singapore. As well as numerous articles for industry publications, he was contributing author to Action Learning Cases in Organisational Behaviour (2004) and Many Ships, One Boat: Expat Tales and Tips (2011).



Terence Teo


Singapore Industrial Automation Association

SMEs Panel: How SMEs Can Join the Industry 4.0 Race and Start to Automate their Manufacturing Floor

Sinapore Industrial Automation


Parviz Foroughian

Chief Technical Advisor

Micron Technology

International Roundtable Discussions: Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Technology Success Stories and Takeaway Lessons from Key Players in The Region


Female Speaker

Nora Pataut

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Singapore Programme Lead


Topic: From Part to Whole: Overhauling The Entire Future Supply Chain with 3D Printing