Amazing Speakers

Meet the movers and shakers of the tech community from the trailblazing founders and funders across the Southeast Asia region.

Angeline Tham

CEO, Angkas

Angeline is no stranger to the tech industry. A serial entrepreneur who launched one of the top online auction outfits in Singapore called After she sold her company, Angeline joined a Softbank Affiliated Fund focused on investments in SEA
and Philippines. She later joined Grab where she started Grab Bike and Grab Express
in the Philippines.

Director Senen Perlada

Director of EMB, Department of Trade and Industry

Director Perlada leads the Export Marketing Bureau or EMB (formerly the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion or BETP), the focal Export Marketing Agency of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in providing enabling services to the Philippine exporting community through business intelligence and strategic knowledge management supportive of product and market diversification. He is concurrently the Executive Director of the Export Development Council (EDC), the apex Public Private Partnership (PPP) organization for export policy and development in the Philippines.

Mon Ibrahim

Trustee-Analytics Association of the Philippines and Former Undersecretary of DICT

Mr. Monchito Ibrahim is the Undersecretary for ICT Industry and Countryside Development and Management Services of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). He is a Trustee and President of the University of the Philippines System Information Technology Foundation (UPSITF). A member of the Technical Panel for Information Technology Education (TPITE) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) since 2006.

MJ Panganiban

General Manager, Dragonpay Corp.

Mark Joseph P. Panganiban is the General Manager at Dragonpay, Corp., the pioneer and the leading alternative payment solutions provider in the Philippines. Concurrently, he is the Chairman of the E-Commerce Committee at the Fintech Philippines Association, an inclusive financial trade organization in the Philippines and an Industry Ambassador to the Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines, a non-profit, non-stock organization founded by the key players in the digital commerce industry in the Philippines, commonly known as DCOM.

Lito Villanueva

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovations and Inclusion Officer, RCBC

Villanueva is the Philippines’ leading and award-winning thought leader on digital transformation
and inclusive digital finance. He has over 20 years of experience in banking, telecommunications,
payments, development finance, and financial technology. He merited over 50 global and regional
awards including being cited as one of the Top 100 FinTech Leaders in Asia, the first and only Filipino,
thus far, for scaling digital innovations.

Manuel Biermann

Partner, Unifier Ventures

Manuel Biermann
Manuel has an entrepreneurial background founding, supporting and investing into startups since his early twenties. His entrepreneurial track record includes early stage involvement at companies like KONUX (first employee, raised 51 million euros, founded 2014) and qmbase (founder, bootstrapped, triple-digit customer base, founded 2016). 

Atty Bayani Loste

Managing Director, Pinoy IP Works Inc.

Atty. Loste is the Managing Director of Pinoy IP Works, Inc. His experience in intellectual property practice spans over a decade. He specializes in patent prosecution and revocation, trademark prosecution, enforcement and defense, and juridical entity creation and housekeeping. As a registered patent agent, he has filed and prosecuted more than a hundred patent applications. He teaches intellectual property fundamentals to engineering undergraduates at the Technological Institute of the Philippines.  He has become a speaker and trainer in various IP training seminars and conferences. He has also served as an examiner for the Philippine Patent Agent Qualifying Examinations. He is a founding member of the only organization for certified patent agents in the country.

Arnold Garcia

Group Head of Strategy and Business Intelligence, Entrego

Arnold Garcia is the Group Head of Strategy and Business Intelligence for Entrego Fulfillment Solutions Inc., a technology-driven logistics provider focused on Parcel Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Philippines. Entrego is a joint venture between Ayala Corporation, the oldest and largest conglomerate in the Philippines with diverse business interests, and the Global Fashion Group, which operates E-Commerce platforms in emerging markets. 

Miguel Encarnacion

Partner, Unifier Ventures

Miguel is a generalist investor who spent his early career leading corporate and investment banking deals for both The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group. After his banking stints, he co-founded a game design studio, which quickly led him down the path of venture capital and angel investing. In 2013, he joined Novel Capital, a multi-family office with headquarters in Manila, Philippines, leading the foray into private equity, venture capital, and advisory while growing the portfolio from 10 to 60 companies. Since June 2017, he has been based in Germany to source for, invest in and advise European technology startups looking to expand to Southeast Asia.


Jason Gaisano

Country Partner, Gobi-Core Fund Initiative

Jason Gaisano is a country partner of the Gobi-Core Fund initiative, a micro fund set up to seed Philippine Startups as part of Gobi Asia Partners' ASEAN strategy. Concurrently, Jason also handles the business development arm of Taft properties, a real estate development company under the VICSAL group of companies of his family. Prior to working for the family business, he worked as an associate for a boutique private equity firm in New York focusing on deals related to health tech, biotech, asset management and fintech. He has made investments in these deals as well and continues to invest in SMEs and various startups. 

Marvin Tiu Lim

Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Mega Global Corp.

Marvin Tiu Lim is currently the Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Mega Global Corp, the makers of the number 1 sardine brand in the Philippines, Mega Sardines. He is also the President of Autokid Truck solutions, one of the country's largest truck suppliers, the founder of Laptopkid, and currently has investments in over 5 other businesses. At 31, he is a young executive and serial entrepreneur. He is a father to 2 little boys and a Christian by faith.

Roland Ros

Founder, Kumu Inc.

Roland Ros is the Founder of Kumu Inc, a livestreaming app with over 1.5 million GenZ & Millennial Filipinos.  In less than one year since it's launch, Kumu has been the #1 Trending Social App in the Philippines, and recently beat Facebook as the highest grossing app in the country.  Prior to Kumu, Roland built a career as a growth engineer, with a track record generating millions of customers for Fortune 100 companies in the United States.

Abbie Mendoza

CEO, Stylegenie

Abbie Mendoza is an experienced leader who has demonstrated a remarkable track record in international fashion buying and e-commerce solutions selling.She is currently the founder and CEO of StyleGenie, the first online personal styling subscription service in the Philippines.She is the first Filipina to be part of UNCTAD and Alibaba's eFounder Fellowship Program as part of the 1,000 Global Agents of Change for the New Digital Economy. She is also the founding partner of QratedCrates Pte Ltd (Singapore), an ongoing passion project dedicated to advocating the lifestyle subscription economy in SouthEast Asia.

Bryan Yap

Founder and CEO, Republiq Group of Companies

Bryan O. Yap is the CEO and Founder of the Republiq Group of Companies (RGC), a Cebu-based Digital Transformation Agency that aims to future-proof businesses. RGC is composed of Ark Creative Web Studio Republiq, its Web Development Wing, Entertainment Republiq, its production wing and Creative Republiq, its Branding, Design, and Social Media Wing. RGC also runs Bai TV, a Facebook new media platform that produces quality Bisaya content. Prior to RGC, Bryan worked for his family business in the retail industry, but after being exposed to driven and passionate tech visionaries, Bryan knew he had to step up and contribute to a bigger world.

Dr. Enrico Paringit

Executive Director, DOST-PCIEERD

Dr. Paringit finished his Doctor of Engineering degree at the Tokyo Institute of Technology where he also went for fellowship with support from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He is formerly the Chair of the UP Department of Geodetic Engineeringand Director of the Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry. He was sworn in as the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development in December 2018.

Adrian Avendano

Founder, Global South Tech

Adrian Avendano has been on a mission to change the world for the betterment of humanity. He is a computer scientist-programmer by background and has been coding for over 14 years. He started five tech companies since 2008 and traveled close to 80 countries. Out of these 80 countries, he has lived in 15 of them, speaks 7 languages and holds 2.5 passports. Adrian is the founder of Global South Tech which is now a global tech community in 45 different cities. We have organized 100 events around the world.

Robin Bradshaw

Country Manager Indonesia, Cathay Pacific

Robin Bradshaw is the Country Manager Indonesia at Cathay Pacific. He had been on Cathay Pacific for over 10 years now. HR practitioner with two decades’ experience in general and people management roles. His particular expertise is on strategic planning and execution as well as organizational and leadership development. Bradshaw earlier served as General People Manager of The China Navigation Company, Ltd in Singapore and as Logistics Group General Manager of Steamships Trading, Ltd in Papua New Guinea.

Mohan Belani

CEO, e27

Mohan is the Co-founder and CEO of e27, a startup and tech ecosystem platform focused on help startup founders build and grow their companies. He believes that startups can make the world a better place, and in order for Southeast Asia's tech ecosystem to be relevant, it needs to be driven by sustainable and impactful companies solving problems at scale. He enjoys working with Founders and helping them alleviate the challenges of building great companies specifically around the areas of talent, funding and market access.

Dino Araneta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, QuadX Inc

Dino Araneta Fernando "Dino" Araneta, fondly known at work as "Dinnovation" is the hands-on, work hard/party harder, category breaking Founder and CEO of QuadX, one of the fastest growing start-ups in the country. Armed with farseeing vision, a sharp mind, and a fearless and generous heart, Dino is reinventing the highly transactional and almost mercenary world of logistics into a business dedicated to fulfilling every Filipino’s dream of becoming an entrepreneur. QuadX is the company behind the following digital platforms: ShippingCart, GoGo Xpress, XPost and PayLink

Ace Gapuz

CEO, Blogapalooza Inc.

Hazel Bernadette Gapuz, or "Ace Gapuz" as known to many, is an entrepreneur, marketing and public relations specialist, and financial education advocate. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Blogapalooza Inc., the Philippines' premier influencer marketing company established in 2011. She pioneered Wise Cash, a podcast that promotes financial literacy for the youth and young adults. A firm believer of the influence economy, she is also the brainchild of Buzzin, the first influencer marketing platform in the Philippines.

Bianca Cruz

General Manager, Acceler8 by UNIONSPACE

Bianca Cruz is the General Manager of Acceler8 by UnionSPACE, a local coworking brand with a regional presence. She is a licensed real estate broker but has never formally practiced it because she chose to work with a startup. She has been immersed in the coworking and flexible workspace scene since Acceler8’s day 1, giving her 4 years worth of experience and insight in the industry.

Ces Rondario

Founder and CEO, Impact Hub Manila

Rondario is a serial social entrepreneur with over 10 years of extensive experience in entrepreneurship education, community building and ecosystem development. With the belief that entrepreneurship is key in creating sustainable positive change, Ces Founded Impact Hub Manila in 2015 to give Filipino entrepreneurs the platform not only to start but to scale. Impact Hub is the largest network of impact driven entrepreneurs in the world, with presence in over 102 cities and 50 countries worldwide. 

Carlo Calimon

Executive Director, Let’s Go Foundation 

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, training, food and various services.

Erica Valerio

Head of Business Development, SCI Ventures Inc

Erica Valerio is the Head of Business Development of SCI Ventures Inc. (Satoshi Citadel Industries). Founded in 2014, SCI has been at the forefront of the Blockchain industry in the Philippines with an ecosystem of services ranging from payments, remittance, mobile money, and others, all powered by the technology behind Bitcoin.  SCI is pioneering a lot of cutting edge fintech apps not just in the Philippines, but globally, and was recently venture-backed by Kakao Investment, the venture arm of South Korean messaging app giant Kakao Talk.

Cybill Juarez

VP of Operations, Golden One Ventures

Cybill is an inspirational and innovative leader with extensive
experience in Mergers & Acquisitions for the Staffing and Recruiting Industry. She has a broad and successful career having been a manager, a realtor and an entrepreneur. Most recently she founded and operated a healthcare Staffing RPO, Response International doing nurse and locum tenens staffing which was acquired in 2017. Known as the backbone of the firm, she leads the operations of Golden One Ventures having duties that encompass leadership of the back-office, deal marketing, and business development.

Dr. Milton Chen

Founder and CEO, VSee

Chen is the founder and CEO of VSee, the only video telehealth software good enough for the NASA International Space Station, how astronauts see their doctors everyday.  VSee supports 1500+ customers including all three of the biggest healthcare systems in the USA: HCA, Trinity, Ascension. VSee investors include, IQT, US National Science Foundation, and Bill Perry (former Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton).

Edison Tsai

Chairman of Strategic Partnerships,

Edison is responsible for managing and developing the Philippines  finance market, and works closely with other overseas counterparts to ensure successful expansion and implementation of SeedIn in the Philippines. He is currently the Chairman of Strategic Partnerships for He is also the founding CEO of Sigmasoft Technologies, which was acquired by Touch Solutions in 2011 just before going public on the Philippine Stock Exchange. 

Carlo Almendral

Managing Director, Adaptive AI

Carlo has founded and led companies across markets with a focus on AI for social change. Currently, Carlo is the Managing Director of Adaptive AI, a New York-based commercial service creating AI-generated art collections that adapt to users' spatial data. Early in his career, he was a pioneer in social gaming, launching multiple games to tens of millions of monthly active users. Today, Carlo continues his philanthropy serving on the Innovation Council for the UN’s World Food Programme and Board Trustee at For The Women Foundation a school designed to teach women data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for free.

Dr. Reid Lim

Medical Doctor and Founder, MEDGIC

Dr Reid Lim is a backpacker, medical doctor and the founder of MEDGIC - an artisanal Medical Artificial Intelligence company. He started life as a physician but soon realizes his passion is in AI. So why not combine both? Reid had no idea that years later his research would come to fruition and now he is a man on a mission to democratize healthcare - a gift from machines, to all men on Earth.

Eunice Beatrice Braga

Donor Engagement Manager, IdeaSpace

Eunice Braga started her career writing stories for an English textbook for Grade 3 students and
has turned that first job into writing for national publications and then later on managing
corporate PR campaigns at a multinational marketing communications agency.
Eunice is currently the Donor Engagement Manager for IdeaSpace, the Philippines’ largest
private sector-supported organization for early-stage technology entrepreneurship.

Elyssa Lopez

Business Writer, Ambidextr Media

Elyssa Lopez is a business writer, who covered the e-commerce, fintech and tech startup beats since 2016. She previously wrote for Entrepreneur and Esquire Philippines before joining Ambidextr, a content marketing firm under the Future Now Ventures portfolio. She's part of the editorial team behind Winston Damarillo's newest book Ready or Not 2020.

Francis Plaza

Co-Founder and CEO, PayMongo

Francis Plaza Francis Plaza is the Co-Founder and CEO of PayMongo, an online payments processing company in the Philippines backed by some of Silicon Valley's sharpest investors. Before PayMongo, Francis has years of experience as a software engineer and running software teams in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He completed his undergraduate degree in computer science and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013. Outside of his day job, he teaches a startup class on the weekends at the Ateneo John Gokongwei School of Management.

George Samuels

Global Head of Community, Tribe Theory

George Samuels is the Global Head of Community for Tribe Theory, and founder of a community & tech firm called Faiā. He was labelled one of Australia's Best Community Builders by Pause Fest in 2017, and moved to Singapore late 2018. With a history in programming, animation, and even Bitcoin, he's worked in various industries from startups to corporate in search of what makes for truly productive communities. When he's not bringing people together, you'll find him boxing, reading, or referencing anime.

Goldy Yancha

Entrepreneur Manager, Philippine Science & Technology Development Foundation

Goldy is Entrepreneur Manager at the Philippine Science & Technology Development Foundation (PhilDev). She has served a decade working with tech-focused corporations and non-profits in roles involving product, operations, program, business development, community development and partnerships management. Through her non-profit work, she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs evolve their businesses to the next level, and sustain their drive and mission in realizing both business and personal growth. Through her partnerships work, she has developed sustained programs in collaboration with the private sector, government and the academe.

Francis Simisim

CEO and Co-founder, Social Light Inc.

Francis Simisim is CEO and Co-founder of Social Light Inc.

An Entrepreneur / Investor (VC) / Director with vast experiences in the field of SaaS, Enterprise, Property Tech, Events, Media, Marketing and Platforms. I'm a strong Business Development and Sales person, that understand tech and knows how to manage and lead people.

Gina Romero

CEO and Co-founder, Connected Woman Jobs

Gina Romero is the co-founder and CEO of Connected Women Jobs, a social impact tech startup that matches talented Filipino women with meaningful remote work opportunities. She’s an unconventional entrepreneur, community builder, and technology advocate.

One of her favourite quotes is: “From failure you learn, from success not so much" (Meet the Robinsons)

James Lette

Executive Director, MAIN PH

James is the Executive Director of the Manila Angel Investors Network, the largest committed private investors network in the Philippines. With a particular interest in impact investing, he is responsible for sourcing high-potential, early-stage Philippine startups, performing due diligence, mentoring entrepreneurs, and opening networks. The Manila Angel Investors Network (MAIN.PH) was formed in 2016 to support the country’s start up ecosystem by connecting investors with promising early-stage companies.

Ivan Montalban

Head of Product Management, Cashalo

He has an extensive background leading technology-driven initiatives that drive innovation in various industries including Fintech, having previously worked with Mynt (Globe Fintech Innovations, Inc.) for 3 years where he led a team of product, technology and QA managers in designing and implementing solutions for the Cash-In/Cash-Out business. In addition, he has vast experience in information technology, project management, product design, and development.

JV Poe

Chief Marketing Officer, Amplifi

JV is a business development professional whose background ranges from Telco, the Development Sector, and Tech.

Currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Amplifi, JV helps brands leverage on the latest social data innovations to build love for their brand.

Judah Hirsch

Founder and CEO, Salarium

Hirsch moved to the Philippines from Israel more than 10 years ago to run a mid-sized contact solution company. After his brief stint in the BPO sector in 2007, he established Triple I Consulting, Inc., a company whose core competencies lay in Regulatory Compliance and Consulting for the Food and Drug, Environmental, Accounting and Finance, and Corporate Compliance sectors. Under Judah's leadership, Triple I grew to be one of the top consulting firms in the Philippines advising Fortune 500 companies.


Ken Lerona

Head of Marketing and Communications, Entrego Philippines

Ken Lerona is an experienced marketing, brand, and communication professional in the Philippines with special interest in brand management, public relations, media, customer relations, and entrepreneurship. He has more than 10 years of road experience in strategic and tactical aspects of Marketing both in traditional and emerging digital platforms.His professional experience covers various industries, including FMCG, retail and leisure, telecommunications, real estate, digital platform, and logistics technology.

Katrina Rausa Chan

Director, QBO Innovation Hub

Kat serves as Director of QBO, a Philippine innovation hub and startup platform which she co-founded in 2016. 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 tech startup companies, serves as Director of QBO, a Philippine innovation hub and startup platform which she co-founded in 2016. 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 tech startup companies.

Luis Buenaventura

CEO, BloomSolutions

Luis started working in the Bitcoin space in 2014 and, with his startup BloomX, focuses on creating practical blockchain solutions for the developing world. In 2017, he authored the book "Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin," which collects strategies and stories about the fast-growing Bitcoin remittance industry. In 2019, he coauthored "The Little Bitcoin Book," which is a non-technical primer on Bitcoin, its philosophy, and its practical applications. 

Nichel Gaba

Co-founder and CEO, Philippine Digital Asset Exchange

Even prior to founding the Philippine Digital Asset Exchange or PDAX, Nichel Gaba has always had a passion for investing.  He started his career as a Management Associate in HSBC, where he held various roles in Treasury, Retail Banking and Wealth Management. Nichel then became Vice President and headed the HSBC Trust Department.

Niña Terol

Chief Marketing Officer, Talino Venture Labs

Terol is a "communicator, connector, and changemaker" whose 20-year career spans the corporate, non-profit, creative, media, academe, government, and startup sectors. Her entrepreneurial and marketing journey started at age 10, when she started selling pastillas and custom-made stationery to the village titas (and delivering them via bicycle). She has since founded an editorial design firm and a culture design consulting firm, aside from heading communications for two Philippine senators and the largest integrated marketing communications agency in the country, among many other hats.

Priya Thachadi

Co-founder and CEO, Villgro Philippines

Priya is the Co-founder and CEO of Villgro Philippines, an early stage incubator and investor that funds, mentors and nurtures impact enterprises, those that are building innovative solutions to impact the lives of the poor in the Philippines. Over the last three years, Priya has built the organization from the ground up – sourcing and selecting high-potential entrepreneurs who are solving some of the biggest social challenges in the Philippines, providing mentoring and advisory services to scale their social impact. She is currently leading multiple development projects in economic empowerment and entrepreneurship across the Philippines.

Ron Baetiong

Co-founder and CEO, ChatBotPH

Ron Baetiong is an experienced startup founder who created the first and largest chatbot development agency in the Philippines. He led the growth of ChatbotPH that it has been acquired in only 12 months since conceptualization. Before ChatbotPH, he also founded Partyphile, the largest nightlife app in Asia.

Hiyasmin Neri - Soyao

CEO, Shoppertainment Live Inc.

Hiyasmin Neri-Soyao is the CEO of Shoppertainment Live Inc., a livestream service production company that offers amplification of e-commerce campaigns on platforms. She was also a former Market Head under ABSCBN Creative Programs Inc, a broadcast media producer, and an artist under Star Magic. She was also one of the pioneer presenters of ABSCBN’s TV shopping channel, Oshopping.  Hiyasmin is a graduate of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Jean Alfonso Decena

AI Trainer, Starbutter AI

Jean is a pioneer in Conversational AI Design and Training, disrupting FinTech, Digital Marketing & Acquisition and Voice SEO. She helps bake bots for the Google-award winning Starbutter AI based in Skydeck, Berkeley in California. She’s a speaker, mentor and consultant on AI, Startups, Agile Methodology, Process Improvement, Talent Development and CS

Jamie Getgood

Managing Director, Getgoodconsulting, Award winning HR consultant

Jamie is an award winning Senior HR Leader with a proven track record of achievement
across Generalist and Specialist HR roles in a number of large multinational organizations.
Jamie was named as the Australian Leader/Manager of the year at the Australian Excellence
Awards in 2017

John Aguilar

CEO, The Final Pitch and Dragon's Nest Ventures

Aguilar is the serial entrepreneur producer and host of the Philippines' first business reality TV show The Final Pitch on CNN Philippines. He is the President and founder of StreetPark Productions Inc., a television content production company and producer of Philippine Realty TV, the country's first and only real estate and construction TV show now on its 17th season. He is the Chief Exponential Officer and founder of Dragon's Nest, a Philippines-based venture builder that will be building the ASEAN region's next exponential startups. 

Judge Calimbahin

Head of Strategy,

Calimbahin is a former Business Analyst from the Boston Consulting Group and a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University. He currently serves as the Head of Strategy at, the #1 youth platform for all students, with a mission to empower its 10+ million annual visitors to make self-aware education decisions that lead to a fulfilling career and life.

Kartini Andri Wardhani

Associate, Venturra Discovery

Before joining Venturra practiced as a corporate lawyer for almost two years at a Magic Circle law firm, Allen & Overy. She focused on M&A and project financing. She also spent time working for human rights causes at Amnesty International.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Corporate Law from the University of Indonesia.

Miguel Cuneta

Co-founder and Chief Community Officer, SCI Ventures Inc

Miguel is a co-founder and the Chief Community Officer of SCI Ventures Inc. (Satoshi Citadel Industries).

Founded in 2014, SCI has been at the forefront of the Blockchain industry in the Philippines with an ecosystem of services ranging from payments, remittance, mobile money, and others, all powered by the technology behind Bitcoin.

Nix Eniego

 VP Marketing, GetCraft

Nix is regarded as one of the top young marketing minds in the Philippines. He founded Social Media Academy—a fast-growing online school teaching thousands of freelancers, marketers, and entrepreneurs the best social media marketing strategies today. Currently, he is VP Marketing at GetCraft, the leading premium creative network in Southeast Asia. He is a keynote speaker on social media, personal branding, growth hacking, and growing online businesses. Nix is driven to put the spotlight on Filipino marketers as a truly world-class talent that can thrive in the global arena.

Patrick Gentry

CEO, Sprout Solutions

Patrick Gentry is the founder and CEO of Sprout Solutions, a software company in the Philippines focused on automating the tedious processes of HR and payroll. He is a recipient of the Rice Bowl ‘Founder of the Year 2017’ award and has spoken at various conferences around the HR and business space such as: Asia Tech Summit, Asia CEO Forum Clark, Asia Young Leaders Summit, Asia BPM Summit, Innovation + Social Good Summit which consists of the activities: PH + Social Good Expo, RapplerTalks + Social Good Innovation + Social Good Plenary, and Move Awards Night.

Peter Lng

Managing Director, Blockchain Advisory Asia

Peter Lng Peter is the Managing Director of Blockchain Advisory Asia, a singapore-registered consultancy offering Enterprise Blockchain Development, QA Testing, Legal & Regulatory Advisory and Event Management Services for Blockchain companies existing or entering the Philippines. As part of Peter's advocacy for the early technology he founded BlockchainSpace, a community platform for Blockchain meetups, hackathons and specialized industry forums with an anchor space located in the heart of the Manila central business district.

Samuel Jeanblanc

Market Lead, Google Philippines

A 5-year Googler, Samuel joined Google Philippines 2 years ago as Market Lead, with a special mission to help digitize Filipino businesses. Prior to this role, Samuel was part of Google France, where he was working with leading advertisers and agencies.

 He has a deep knowledge of marketing and leadership and a keen understanding of how digital is providing opportunities for companies of all sizes and shapes

Ine Jacobsen

Associate, Cocoon Capital

Jacobsen is an associate at venture capital firm Cocoon Capital. At Cocoon, Ine is focused on helping portfolio companies scale in a scale fast, sustainable and agile manner by applying and adapting the best practices from mature companies. Over the years,  Ine has gained extensive experience from various positions in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), ranging from auditing to consulting with large scale mature companies on corporate governance. In her latest position at Zwipe AS, a biometric tech company, Ine was part of the team that raised helped the company SGD18m and bringing the company to an IPO.

Jack An

 Analyst, AppWorks

Jack is an analyst at AppWorks, one of the largest startup accelerators in Greater Southeast Asia (SEA + TW) with over 350 active startups and 1,000 founders in it's network. Before joining AppWorks, he was a co-founder and early team member at two InsurTech startups in Taiwan

​Joshua Arvin Lat

Chief Technology Officer, Complete Business Online, Insites, and Jepto

Lat is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Complete Business Online, Insites, and Jepto. He previously served as the Director for Software Development and Engineering for multiple startups which allowed him to see the bigger picture and be more effective as a professional and leader. For the past couple of years, he has been sharing his knowledge in several international and local conferences to discuss practical strategies for companies and professionals.

Jose Avelino "JOJO" Flores

Co-Founder, Launchgarage

Jojo is Co-Founder and Plug and Play Tech Center, a Silicon Valley based technology startup accelerator, which he started in January 2006. At any given time, there are at least 400 startups at plug and play from all  around the world that access a network of over 200 angels investors, 180 venture capital firms, and 300 large corporation. In the Philippines, Jojo is Co-Founder of Launch-garage, which started operations in March 2016. Patterned after Plug and Play,Launch-garage 

Kevon Cheung

 CEO, Toasty

Kevon is currently building a human-first company. He is the CEO of Toasty, an AI-powered business matchmaking platform that helps event organizers connect their event delegates to the right people and conversations. Graduated from Babson College, he was a Software Engineer before running multiple businesses. What's human-first? A way to treat customers, partners, and team members like humans with empathy. When Kevon is not getting "Toasty", you can find him reading, running, or cycling.

Karl Simon Revelar

 Intellectual Property & Technology Specialist, Pinoy IP Works

Revelar is an Intellectual Property & Technology Specialist of Pinoy IP Works, Inc, the IP arm of Fortun Narvasa & Salazar. Mr. Revelar has a large array of IP-related experience ranging from patent drafting and prosecution, prior art search, freedom-to-operate search, trademark filing and prosecution, industrial design filing and prosecution, and IP valuation. Currently, he has written and filed around 40 patent applications for different Philippine research and development and academic institutions. These applications range from high-tech electronic devices, pharmaceutical compositions to food compositions. 

Matthew Kolling

Head of Venture Investments, Aboitiz Group of Companies

Matt is a seasoned investor with 20 years of experience beginning with his initial role in Morgan Stanley's storied Technology Investment Banking group in the late 1990s.  He received an MBA degree from The Wharton School after a stint with Morgan Stanley Venture Partners. Matt relocated from the US to Manila in 2016 and began his work within the Philippines startup ecosystem.  After nearly 3 years of investing his own capital in Southeast Asia as a super-angel, Matt joined Aboitiz to lead their VC investing globally.

Natasha Bautista

Operations Head, QBO Innovation Hub

Natasha heads the Operations of QBO, Philippine’s first innovation hub and startup platform. A Bachelor of Science Management graduate in the Ateneo de Manila University, Natasha has been in the startup scene shortly after graduation and was one of the
founding team that brought over Grab to Philippines. In a span of 3 years, she jumped from intern to head of GrabCar as her last role, and is now currently helping other startups at QBO Philippines.

Paolo Bugayong

CEO, Aide Ph

Paolo Bugayong
As a graduate of UC Berkeley International Program in Finance and the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of arts degree in Economics, Paolo was always the analytical type. Paolo has devoted his expertise in corporate finance, mergers & acquisition and management. Now, he runs AIDE, a health tech startup since he left corporate life in 2016. He has worked with San Miguel Corporation and 2 other consultancy firms including Ernst & Young. A born leader, Paolo received the prestigious Gerry Roxas Leadership Award in Ateneo.

RJ Ladesma

CEO, Mercato

Mr. Ledesma is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of all. For SME entrepreneurship, he is an Agora Awardee for Excellence in Entrepreneurship and an Accredited GoNegosyo Mentor for his work in Mercato Centrale (a food business incubator), where he recently won the 2019 SME Company of the Year at Asia CEO Awards and the 2019 SME Excellence in Innovation Philippine Winner at the Asean Business Awards. He is also co-founder of EnterPH (a market entry consulting firm), and Easy Franchise (a franchise marketplace that connects franchisors & franchisees).

Steve Sy

CEO, Great Deals E-Commerce Group.

The Founder and CEO of Great Deals E-Commerce Group. He’s also an e-founder fellow of Alibaba Business School and the Co-Founder of Stratquad Solutions and Shoppertainment Live Inc.

Santiago Arnaiz

Digital Platform Editor, BusinessWorld

Santiago Arnaiz is BusinessWorld's digital platform editor, and the editor of SparkUp, the news and knowledge-sharing hub of the Philippine startup community.Before joining BusinessWorld, Tiago got his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he garnered honors in photojournalism and deadline writing. As a multimedia journalist, he specializes in reporting on business and emerging tech.

Vasyl Davydko


Vasyl Davydko company which supports international businesses to scale their Engineering teams faster, but establishing remote Tech Hub operations in the Philippines. With experience in multinationals such as McKinsey and Amazon, prior to co-founding, he was COO of First Circle, largest fintech SME lender based in the Philippines.

Shahab Shabibi

Co-founder and CEO, Machine Ventures

Shahab Shabibi Shahab is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Machine Ventures that prides itself in “Transforming Ideas into Companies”. Under Machine, he started MyKuya, an On-Demand Services Platform with the goal of creating 1 million job opportunities in the Philippines by 2022. He also founded HeyKuya, an SMS-Based Personal Assistant Service that was acquired just 6 months after its launch, making it the fastest technology acquisition event in the country.

Victoria Herrera

Co-Founder, She Talks Asia and Next Theory

Victoria Herrera is a TV host, commercial model, and writer. She is the founder of Next Theory, a consulting firm and boutique agency, and the Director of Communications of Kumu, a livestreaming app built for GenZ and Millienial Filipinos. She is also the co-founder and Director of Brand Partnerships at SheTalksAsia, a platform that curates conferences that focuses on empowerment.

Unyx Sta. Ana

Co-founder, Zapateria

Unyx co-founded Zapateria, a co-creation hub for footwear-based creatives with a mission to foster innovation and creativity in shoemaking, nurture the new breed artisans, and develop a shared platform of craft practice with community-scale and sustainability in mind. She is an awardee of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Young Women Innovators, and one of the British Council Creative Innovators Program fellows.

Walter Garcia

CTO, Devtac CRM Inc.

Garcia is the Chief Technology Officer of Devtac CRM Inc. He provides executive leadership for the continued development of innovative and robust IT solutions and has transformed information technology into a strategic business partner. Walter has offered numerous business solutions for global clients and has been in the ecosystem for more than ten years.a

Winston Damarillo

Founder and CEO, Amihan Global Strategies

He’s a Silicon Valley veteran with over twenty years of experience as a technology entrepreneur and venture capital professional. Winston was among the highest performing VC executives at Intel, having led the majority of his investments to either a successful IPO or a profitable corporate acquisition. He is the founder of several startups including Gluecode, a company specializing in Java Server Software. Gluecode was acquired by IBM in 2005, and is now an integral part of the IBM WebSphere division. Damarillo is an active participant and member of the Global Agenda Council in the World Economic Forum (WEF) and was among the WEF Young Global Leaders of 2010. He is the author of the best-selling book, Ready Or Not: The 6 Big Disruptions that Will Change the Way We Do Business.