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Chair & Speakers

CHAIRPERSON

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Andreas Vogiatzakis
CEO
Havas Media Group
Malaysia

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Zayn Khan
Chief Executive Officer (SEA)
Dragon Rouge
Singapore

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Ramakrishnan C.N
Partner
Entropia
Malaysia

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Robin Nayak
Chief Strategy Officer
TBWA
Singapore & South East Asia

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Andrew Gnananantham
Chief Marketing Officer
Lazada
Malaysia

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Cynthia Su
Business Group Director
Kantar Worldpanel Malaysia

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Rita Sim
Director & Co-Founder
Cense Media Sdn Bhd
Malaysia

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Freda Liu
Lead Producer & Presenter
BFM 89.9, Malaysia

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Chan Meng Yang
General Manager, Marketing
MAMEE-Double Decker (M) Sdn Bhd
Malaysia

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Gertjan Tijms
Director
Strategy & Innovation
TBWA

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Shawn Ng
President
Brandcare International
Malaysia

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Kim Lim
Co-Founder
Picha Project
Malaysia

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Boh Boon Chiang
Group Chief Operating Officer
Khind Holdings Berhad
Malaysia

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Rumaizon Abdul Malik
CEO
Ideascape Consulting Group
Malaysia

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Rajat Kumar
Global Head – Business Development
Tata Global Beverages Ltd.
Singapore

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Divya Singh
Senior Manager
Client Service
Kantar TNS Malaysia

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Pulkit Khanna
Head of Client Service
Kantar Millward Brown
Malaysia

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Anser Aly
Senior Global Brand Manager
Unilever Asia

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Alvin Teoh
Executive Creative Director
NagaDDB
Malaysia

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Bharat Avalani
CEO
Connecting the Dots
Malaysia

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Kua Theng Hong
Principal Consultant
Mind Connect
Malaysia

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Jeremy Heng
Chief Strategy Officer
Havas Media Group, Singapore

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Madhav Nayak
Marketing Director
Fabric Care
Unilever
South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand

Chairperson’s Biographies

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Andreas Vogiatzakis

CEO
Havas Media Group
Malaysia

Born and raised in rural Crete, Andreas quit the prestigious Mathematics University of Athens to pursue his passion for Advertising at the University of Florida. He started his career at DMB&B NY and JWT Greece – before Asia. In 1997 he launched and managed MediaVest Japan and moved to Taiwan in 2003 as CEO, MindShare Group. He moved to Malaysia in 2006 to lead the Omnicom Media Group (OMD & PHD) and transformed it to be an award winning formidable force. On August 2016, he became the CEO of the newly formed Havas Media Group Malaysia. Andreas has conducted high-powered learning sessions for many universities and the industry, has served as president or council member on industry associations and committees (MSA, MDA, JIC). He is an active Certified Professional Coach, a Certified NLP practitioner and the recipient of several industry awards and accolades.



Speaker’s Biographies

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Zayn Khan

Chief Executive Officer (SEA)
Dragon Rouge
Singapore

Zayn’s experience spans across Europe, North America and Asia. He began his career as a WPP Fellow after an MBA from London Business School. After WPP roles at Brand Union London, Ogilvy & Mather Singapore and Hill & Knowlton San Francisco, Zayn lead Ogilvy & Mather Malaysia which became the country's top agency. He then moved to FutureBrand as CEO Asia Pacific. In 2014 he joined global independent brand agency Dragon Rouge to expand the reach into Southeast Asia and has since built a thriving business. Zayn is passionate about the roles innovation and design play in business, brand and culture.


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Ramakrishnan C. N.

Partner
Entropia
Malaysia

Rama brings strategic expertise across disciples ranging from Sales, Marketing, Brand Consulting, Analytics, Creative and Media planning. Having worked in diversified industries, geographies and with large multicultural teams, he is currently addicted to Malaysia. Curious to the core, he is an Engineer and a MBA and he passionately believes that true magic happens at the intersection of art, logic and data.


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Robin Nayak

Chief Strategy Officer
TBWA
Singapore & South East Asia

Robin leads a multi-disciplinary group of strategists across the region, and over a span of 25 years in the industry, he has worked on many of the world’s most dynamic brands. He is driven by the unlimited potential of disruptive and original thinking to move people and shake-up the rules of competition, with the ultimate aim of growing the long-term commercial success of the ambitious corporations he advises.


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Andrew Gnananantham

Chief Marketing Officer
Lazada
Malaysia

Andrew is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Lazada Malaysia, Malaysia's #1 ecommerce marketplace - where he leads their digital marketing, brand building and conversion optimization efforts. Prior to Lazada, Andrew consulted for the Boston Consulting Group, the World Bank and Endeavor Global - helping companies in various stages of growth to scale up their operations and enter new markets. Andrew is obsessed about making data-driven decisions, nailing product-market fit and building border-less, high performance teams.


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Cynthia Su

Business Group Director
Kantar Worldpanel Malaysia

Cynthia has been working in various markets for providing market insights in Asia. With her over 13 years’ experience, she oversees a group of energetic and innovative people to provide shopper and trade insights to leading FMCG manufacturers and retailers to maximize the growth potential. Her role is also involved in leading the development of Expert Solution in Malaysia, leveraging shopper data in the centric of client’s business is her passion.


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Rita Sim

Director & Co-Founder
Cense Media Sdn Bhd
Malaysia

Brand Builder, Entrepreneur, Corporate Head-Honcho, Business Consultant, and Media Owner just about describe the portfolios that Rita Sim has experience with – in Malaysia and Internationally. Savvy at identifying the sweet-spots that impact brand ROI, Rita has helped to build and grow businesses in the manufacturing and service sector. In 2011, she was named Woman Super Achiever at the 2nd CMO Asia Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Branding. She also authored the book “Unmistakably Chinese, Genuinely Malaysian”. And lately, Rita has successfully set-up 3 radio stations in Malaysia. Rita holds a BSc (Hon) in Chemistry and Management from the University of London and a Postgraduate diploma in Chinese from Ealing College, London.


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Freda Liu

Lead Producer & Presenter
BFM 89.9 Malaysia

Over 5000 interviews and with personalities such as Martin Cooper (inventor, mobile phone) and among others, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Freda works with BFM, the only English business station in the country. One of her shows “Enterprise” provides the tools for business success covering topics from personal development to technology to organizational development. Previously with Edelman PR and IBM in the Communications Department for AsiaPac, Freda has also authored books titled "PR Yourself", “Shake & Spear Your Business: The Romeo & Juliet Way” and "Everybody Loves Ray". An advocate for social enterprises, she is a mentor for the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC). Freda was recently awarded the ASEAN Rice Bowl Awards for Malaysia Startup Journalist of the Year. A Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the University of Southern Queensland, Freda embraces the Wheel of Life by paying attention to facets such as family, career, spiritual, friendships, finance, personal development, fun to fitness. More about Freda at www.fredaliu.com


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Gertjan Tijms

Director
Strategy & Innovation
TBWA

Gertjan rejoined TBWA in 2013 after a one-year stint with the company in 2010. With his business strategy background, Gertjan brings his passion for finding strategic and innovative solutions to business problems to all areas of marketing for a range of brands. His experience covers various sectors, including Capital Markets, FMCG, Government bodies, Sports and Telecommunications. He is a big football fan and supports his home team from afar, FC Groningen. Gertjan can be contacted at gertjan.tijms@tbwa.com.


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Shawn Ng

President
Brandcare International, Malaysia

For 26 years, Shawn has been doing great work in Branding & Creatives for the FMCG industry. He founded the specialist packaging design agency BrandCare Malaysia & Singapore, and the BrandCode Brand-Shoppers Centric Loyalty program for the masses. Having worked with over 2000 Global and Regional brands, he can demonstrate the power that packaging design strategy has in reversing significantly the misfortunes of dying brands. His work has helped brands to move into the Top 3 bracket, and increase sales post-redesign. BrandCare has won the Agency of The Year 2008 & 2009 & Local Hero Award by Marketing & Advertising, Business SuperBrand Award, International Star & Quality Award 2013, and the Malaysia Top 10 Award 2016. Till date, Shawn has worked with brands such as Colgate, Arla, Nestle, Lion Japan, Lam Soon Group, Munchy's, Yeo's, Drinho, Pepsico, Etika (Permanis), Jack&Jill, Mamee Double Decker, Spritzer, Wipro Unza, Tohtonku, Pokka, MamyPoko, PetPet, Oji Japan, OldTown, Super, F&N Dairies, F&N Creameries.


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Kim Lim

Co-Founder
Picha Project
Malaysia

Kim Lim is the co-founder of The Picha Project, a social enterprise that aims to empower marginalised groups in Malaysia to be more self-sustainable by providing them a platform to cater food to the public. Kim believes that only with a communal society and sustainable solution, the world can be a better place. Besides being a co-founding member and run operations in The Picha Project, she is also a full time musician working on film productions, performances and conducting a refugee choir.


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Boh Boon Chiang

Group Chief Operating Officer
Khind Holdings Berhad
Malaysia

Boh Boon Chiang is responsible for Khind Holdings’ overall day-to-day management and operation. He has been instrumental in managing and executing the Group’s business in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Middle East and North Africa. He has more than 26 years of commercial experience in various sectors including construction, manufacturing and education and has extensive exposure in financial management which covers corporate affairs, business development, taxation and finance. A professionally qualified accountant, he also obtained his MBA from Bath University, U.K.


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Rumaizon Abdul Malik

CEO
Ideascape Consulting Group
Malaysia

Rumaizon Abdul Malik is a Principal Strategist with Ideascape – with extensive working experience in Unilever and Nestle. She has a natural talent for picking up soft Consumer Trends, along with a passion for converting them into actionable business initiatives. A planner with strong analytical capability, she has vast experience in generating New Product Ideas, Communication Concepts, Retail & Promotion Ideas based on Consumer Insights. Her work experience has included various aspects of the Marketing Mix; from Packaging to Brand extensions and managing changing consumer group.


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Rajat Kumar

Global Head – Business Development
Tata Global Beverages Ltd.
Singapore

Rajat is the Global Head - Business Development for Tata Global Beverages and leads the strategy development and execution for the geographic expansion of Tata’s branded tea, coffee and water categories. He has had a successful career in the FMCG industry with a proven track record of general management, business development and marketing roles in the emerging and developed markets of Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. He has led teams to deliver superior business performance and developed high-performing organizations with a strong results orientation in diverse cultures. Rajat has used effective marketing strategies to build brands and grow sales in a multi-channel customer environment around the world. Having directed the Tetley tea global team to successfully enter China’s e-commerce channel, Rajat and his team have now launched the Tetley tea business in Malaysia.


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Divya Singh

Senior Manager
Client Service
Kantar TNS Malaysia

Divya has studied consumers and their behaviour for about 12 years, spanning FMCG and non-FMCG sectors. She is passionate about how research evolves in the new age of technology-facilitated lifestyle of the consumers. Her area of focus is Brand & Communications, helping brands leverage Integrated Marketing to reach the moments that matter.


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Pulkit Khanna

Head of Client Service
Kantar Millward Brown
Malaysia

Pulkit’s career mission is – Building great brands for life via transformational and provocative actions. His KRAs include leading and managing client servicing teams across Quantitative, Qualitative, Media & Digital streams but more importantly building them as 'Brand Builders'. Moreover, he has also worked for clients in integrating cross agency insights such as Nielsen, KWP, Kantar Millward Brown, TNS, MindShare & other boutique agencies.


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Anser Aly

Senior Global Brand Manager
Unilever Asia

A Billion Dollar Brand Custodian, Anser has over 15 years of Marketing experience with wide multi-category application across Laundry, Beverages & Personal Care. He previously held a variety of Global, Regional & Local roles in multiple Fortune 500 companies including Shell and Henkel. He has also worked across a mix of both Developed and Developing Markets in Europe, Middle East, South Asia & South East Asia. Currently based in Singapore, he leads the Strategy & Innovation Agenda for Unilever’s fastest growing Global Platform in Laundry.


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Alvin Teoh

Executive Creative Director
NagaDDB
Malaysia

Alvin Teoh has been in the ad industry for 21 years. After working with many Brands, from automobiles to tourism, from paint to telcos, he's come to believe in the human approach to Brand building and that Brands have a role to play in society because what they do should matter to people. He constantly inspires his team of over 50 people to be story-tellers because people still hunger for a good story in a fast changing world. That’s why he describes his job as a story-peddler.


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Bharat Avalani

CEO
Connecting the Dots
Malaysia

Bharat is a Unilever Veteran who comes with rich global experience and expertise in Brand Management, Media Strategy, Brand Activation, Market Development and Integrated Brand Communications. His friends call him a memory collector and a story teller. He seeks experiences and every journey is a story for him. Like others he takes selfies; but his are different. They tell a story that is emotive and engaging. Bharat is currently on the Executive committee of the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations (AFAA) & IAA Malaysia.


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Kua Theng Hong

Principal Consultant
Mind Connect
Malaysia

Kua’s experience in marketing, sales and senior management was gathered through 19 years of working with AC Nielsen, Gillette and L'Oreal. He joined Gillette as Product Manager in 1994 and held various positions in Sales and Marketing before heading the company as Country Manager from 2003 to 2006. He then moved to L'Oreal Malaysia as Deputy GM to launch Garnier in 2007. After a successful launch, he took up a new challenge as Head of Sales to make L'Oreal Paris, Maybelline and Garnier brands much bigger mass players. Promoted to GM in 2009, Kua managed a double-digit consumer sell-out growth amidst the 2009 economic challenge.He now devotes his time to elevating the talent of potential and experienced brand marketers in Malaysia.


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Jeremy Heng

Chief Strategy Officer
Havas Media Group, Singapore

As the Chief Strategy Officer for Havas Media, Jeremy is responsible for interpreting briefs about consumers in order to generate insights, framing communications around compelling connection ideas, and translating them into integrated channel plans. He comes with 15 years of experience in Marketing Communications and Brand Management with MNCs and regional Brands from across Advertising, FMCG and Telecoms and has had the opportunity to shape strong equity brands such as Tiger Beer, Heineken, Guinness and SingTel. He was most recently the Associate Director for Segment Marketing and Communications for SingTel’s Consumer Business.


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Madhav Nayak

Marketing Director, Fabric Care
Unilever
South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand

Madhav is a senior marketing leader with Unilever, responsible for P&L, strategy and innovation program for the category he manages. His experience includes launching new brands from the ground-up, entering new markets and segments and turning around stagnating businesses. He has received the “Winning with Brands and Innovation” award at Unilever, and created digital campaigns that have won trophies at Cannes and AMES. He currently sits on the category Leadership team and leads a diverse global team of marketing managers.