Regional Programme Officer and Deputy Representative to UNIDO in Malaysia
United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO) Regional Office in Thailand
Dr Amy Hochadel
Executive Director, Global Business
Connected Places Catapult
IEN Consultants Sdn.Bhd.
Gregers Reimann is the managing director of IEN Consultants Sdn Bhd, a pioneering green building consultancy operating in Malaysia since 2000 and specializing in low-carbon building designs that are highly energy efficient, have good daylighting, are healthy and connects with Nature for people to thrive.
In 2023, Gregers advised the city council of Kuala Lumpur on what building designs/materials/policies/incentives best can bring about the low-carbon transition of the city. The project was funded by C40. Gregers is also on malaysiaGBC working committee for the CarbonScore, an assessment scheme that assesses the carbon footprint of Malaysian buildings, including greenhouse gas emissions from embodied energy in building materials and from commuting transport.
Key building project references include the energy efficient GreenTech Malaysia building, winner of the ASEAN Energy Award 2020 in the ZERO Energy Building category, the ENERGY PLUS UniKL Sustainable Energy Living Lab building producing twice as much energy as it consumes, the Pertamina Energy Tower - the first skyscraper designed to be ZERO energy, and the energy efficient EECCHI office retrofit measuring 53% energy savings and the efficient, biophilic and multi-award winning ‘Paramit – factory in the forest’, winner of the 2020 World Green Building APN Awards.
Gregers is regularly contributes to green building articles and frequently lectures at universities. He has a keen interest to pursue innovative and integrated design solutions bridging the gap between architects and engineers. And is an advocate for low-carbon urban transportation systems and walks the talk by bicycling to work.
Ts. Anusha Magendram
Assistant Vice President of Sustainable Development and Technologies
Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)
Ts. Anusha Magendram is an Assistant Vice President in Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) under the Sustainable Development Technologies Department. She brings 20 years of relevant experience in Sustainable Development, particularly around Smart Cities Development. Her work here centres primarily on the management and coordination of the Malaysia Smart Cities Alliance (MSCA) and project “Sustainable-city in Malaysia” under Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot (SCIAP) Programme for the Global Environmental Facility (GEF 6) organization for UNIDO.
At MIGHT, she has been extensively involved in Project Management & Research, bilateral & multilateral projects, and science diplomacy programs. Before this, she worked as Head of Operation in Yayasan Innovasi Malaysia and as Team Leader In MYOB Australia Pty Ltd.
She holds a Master of Computer Science (majoring in Software Engineering), a Bachelor’s in Information & Technology (majoring in Software Engineering), and currently pursuing her PhD at UKM.
Partner, Technology Consulting
EY Consulting Sdn Bhd
Jason is a Technology Consulting Partner at EY and is the Malaysia cybersecurity leader. He has extensive experience working with clients in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, energy and other sectors. He currently leads a team of over 100 cybersecurity professionals based in Malaysia. He has been a past president of ISACA Malaysia Chapter and has also served on ISACA’s global board and other industry bodies.
Field Chief Security Officer JAPAC
Palo Alto Networks
Ian Lim is the Field Chief Security Officer at Palo Alto for Asia Pacific at Palo Alto Networks. In this role, Ian travels the region extensively to interface with cybersecurity and IT leaders to offer his practitioner’s perspective on the AI risk implications, zero trust architecture, cloud security strategy, SOC transformation, and other relevant topics.
With over 20 years of dedicated cybersecurity experience, Ian has led global security departments in the CISO role for Fortune 100 companies deploying defense-in-depth capabilities to thwart advanced attacks. He has cross-industry cybersecurity expertise in the financial, real estate, and healthcare verticals, and has done on-the-ground work in the US, EMEA and JAPAC. He is also instrumental in developing governance policies and risk frameworks to meet regulatory compliance requirements.
On the publishing front, Ian is the principal author of "Information Security Cost Management" and "Securing Cloud and Mobility", and a guest author in Auerbach's Information Security Management Handbook (required reading for CISSP). Ian graduated from UCI with a Computer Science and English degree. He is currently an Executive Committee member at University of California Irvine (UCI) Cyber Research Policy Institute. In his free-time, Ian participates in 48 Hour Film Competitions where film-makers have to write, direct, edit, and score a short film in 48 hours.
Dr Non Arkara
Senior Expert in Smart City Promotion
Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) of Thailand
Dr. Non Arkara is an award-winning innovator, urban designer and thought leader recognized globally for his human-centered approach to smart city development. With a diverse background spanning architecture, urban planning, anthropology and public policy, Dr. Non brings multidisciplinary expertise to addressing complex urban challenges. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University, a Master’s in Architecture Studies from MIT, and a Bachelor’s in Architecture.
As a Smart City Expert at Thailand's Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Dr. Non has spearheaded numerous digital transformation and smart city initiatives nationally. This includes launching Thailand's first smart city program, delivering training to 5000+ officials, and winning an award for an AI platform managing water infrastructure.
With over 15 years of experience spanning 6 countries, he is a frequent speaker at global conferences and events. Dr. Non also gives back through academic reviewing, educational mentoring and pro bono consulting. Driven by a passion to create equitable, resilient and people-centric cities, Dr. Non is a solutions-oriented visionary constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. He thrives on leveraging technology responsibly to improve lives worldwide.
Wan Dazriq is the Non Executive Director of ETHIS Ventures Sdn Bhd. (ETHIS Malaysia) a recognised equity crowdfunding platform by the Securities Commission of Malaysia. ETHIS is also recognised as the first shariah compliant equity crowdfunding platform in Malaysia with an ambition to circulate good through ethical investments.
Aside from fintech and his passion for social entrepreneurship, Dazriq has experience in areas of digital ventures and innovation led transformation initiatives that includes multi stakeholders interests. His experiences include driving large scale transformation projects, implementing digital innovation efforts as well as change management initiatives with government linked companies in Malaysia as well as several Fortune 100 companies where he served most of his corporate career with a leading global technology management consulting firm.
WITSA Vice Chairman for the MENA Region countries
Citex Systems Ltd.
Over 42 years of Technology passionate, through his wide spectrum of position in multinationals and local Technology corporate he has gained his skills in leading organizations to achieve the shareholders vision and to achieve set targets.
Eng. Taha through the years of managerial positions in different industries outside and inside Egypt. He is currently the General Manager at Citex Systems Ltd, and the Co-founder for Projecta Consult Co., covering Financial & Technology services.
He was the General Manager of Orascom Technology Solutions for five years, where he was responsible for all systems integration & Professional Consulting Services.
Prior to that he was the :
- General Manager “Advanced Computer Technology (ACT)” ,
- Regional Manager for North Africa at General Electric Information Services (GEIS) and
- Manager of Products Support and Services IBM/ SBM Saudi Arabia
- and the CIO of Sahara Petroleum Services Group.
Eng./ Taha has received a variety of achievements and awards both nationally and internationally, and recently during the WCIT2022 he was elected as a Board member in “WITSA” World Information Technology and Software Alliance.
Currently he serve as the Vice Chairman of Witsa for the MENA Region.
Locally in Egypt he is one of the founders for the largest Technology NGO “Eitesal”, Treasurer and Board member.
In addition, he was the vice-chairman of the Solar Energy Association SEDA.
Eng. / Taha graduated from faculty of Electrical Engineering, Alexandria University, and he also received a Diploma in Marketing Profitable Business and Trading from the British College in Jersey, Britain.
He combines his passion for Nature through his activity to Navigate and explore the Red Sea Treasures and Off Road Desert Mysteries with his beloved family & friends.
Ms Catherine Lian was appointed as Managing Director for IBM in Malaysia in 2019. In this role, she is responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM's sales, services, and delivery operations in Malaysia.
Catherine leads the IBM Malaysia team to help key stakeholders and clients put smart to work in their organisations by applying IBM’s leading AI, cognitive solutions, and cloud platform to advance digital transformation.
A Northern University of Malaysia graduate, Catherine's stint with leadership roles began at Dell Technologies, where she worked for the past two decades before joining IBM Malaysia. Her last role was the Senior Director & Managing Director for Dell Indonesia, based in Jakarta. She has also held various management roles within Dell Technologies, covering the South Asia markets, including Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indochina, and Cambodia. Throughout her career, Catherine has been consistently recognised as the key leader in the IT industry, helping and enabling clients to innovate and succeed.
Catherine is a strong advocate for women in leadership in the IT Industry and was recognised at the Channel Asia Women in ICT Awards 2020 as the Highly Commended winner under the Achievement Category in the ASEAN region. She continues to mentor aspiring talents, believing that by leading the way, aspirants are empowered to create thriving and sustainable communities.
Catherine has been appointed as the PIKOM (The National Tech Association of Malaysia) Councillor in 2021. She has held key positions in the association, including Chairman for Women in Tech 2022, Chairman for Tech Fest 2022 and Deputy Chairman for IR 4.0 SIG 2022.
In 2022, Prestige Magazine Malaysia recognised Catherine as one of the 100 nation's most influential Women of Power.
She is also recognised as the winner of the Channel Asia Women in ICT Awards under the Achievement category. Catherine won this award in recognition of a management career spanning more than two decades in Malaysia and South Asia, built on the foundations of business growth, customer success and individual mentoring.
Recently, Catherine was recognised by Tech Wire Asia as one of the five Most Influential Women in Technology
Datuk Ir. Khalilur Rahman Ebrahim
System Consultancy Services (SCS) SDN BHD
Datuk Ir. Khalilur Rahman Ebrahim graduated with Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Brighton Polytechnic U.K. in 1973. He obtained his Master of Science in Electronics from University Technology Malaysia in 1993.
He started his career in 1973 as a maintenance engineer in the communication department of Malaysian National Electricity Board. He joined Sapura Holdings in 1984 as Head of R&D, where he was responsible for the development of many innovative products like the PABX, mobile phones, pagers and feature phones, which won national awards.
Datuk Khalilur started System Consultancy Services (SCS) in 1993, and now runs a group of 4 companies with 230 personnel dealing with Defence Technologies, Industrial Automation, Building Security Systems and Composites.
DK Composites pioneered in composites domes, which became well recognised landmarks in Malaysia, Singapore, UAE and Las Vegas, manufactures sailing yachts for the international market. In 2005, DK won the prestigious Christofle Asian Boating Award for Best Asian Boat Builder.
For his contribution to the industry he was awarded the Entrepreneur Award by the Malaysian Malay Chamber of Commerce in 2005 “Anugerah Usahasama Tulen” and “Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka” which carries the title “Datuk” in 2008.
He is currently :
- Executive Chairman, System Consultancy Group of Companies
- Member of the Board of Governors, The Malay College Kuala Kangsar
- Member of the Board of Trustee of The Malay College Foundation
- Board Member, Malaysia Industry – Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)
- Member of the Board of Governors of UNITEN.
- Chairman of VentureTECH Sdn Bhd
The Learning Curve
Kenneth co-founded The Learning Curve in 2017 that help schools in Kuching establish organized STEM associations through streamlined training, infrastructure upgrades, and annual science fairs. Having more than 8,200 students in Sarawak, TLC specializes in effective STEM communication to children and young adults, seeding their early interest and passion to pursue studies/careers in Science and Engineering through curated workshops, rural outreach programs and STEM communities.
President & Co-Founder
Women in Blockchain Asia | Embolden Ventures
Ida is a firm believer in diversity and inclusion. She advocates that access to finance, health, and education should never be curtailed by credit, color, or creed. She firmly believes that blockchain technology provides the means to execute and deliver this.
Previously, Ida was an M&A and corporate commercial lawyer in London. With a passion for entrepreneurship, she has founded and built three startups, all of which were deployed on the blockchain. One of these startups was successfully exited.
Ida is also highly regarded as a thought leader in digital assets, CBDC, stablecoin, and blockchain payments. She is frequently invited as a keynote speaker in these areas and contributes her analysis and perspective to the blockchain scene. She also sits on and contributes to various documents for the Global Assets and Cryptocurrency Association, including a recent response to the range of proposals and measures initiated by the US SEC affecting crypto central exchanges and decentralized exchanges.
Her tireless work in increasing and improving women's diversity in the blockchain and Web 3 space has earned her recognition and awards, including the Tatler Asia Front and Female 2023, Global Top 100 Women of the Future in Emerging Tech (2023), and Most Inspirational Women in Web 3 (2022).
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro
Roboticist and Professor
Hiroshi Ishiguro received a PhD from Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently Professor of Department of Systems Innovation at Osaka University, Visiting Director of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR), Project Manager of MOONSHOT R&D Project, Thematic Project Producer of EXPO 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, and CEO of AVITA, Inc.
His research interests are interactive robotics, avatar, and android science. Geminoid is an avatar android that is a copy of himself. In 2011, he won the Osaka Cultural Award. In 2015, he received the Prize for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. He was also awarded the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award in Dubai in 2015. Tateisi Award in 2020, and honorary doctorate of Aarhus university in 2021.
Australian Information Industry Association
Trust the Power of Digital Humanity
Co-Founder & Group CEO
Esports Business Network (EBN)
Adrian Gaffor is an entrepreneur, board member and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Esports Business Network, the leading esports marketing group in Southeast Asia. Gaffor’s passion stems from improving the esports industry ecosystem for brands and communities. He specializes in esports marketing, growth strategies, revenue diversification and through EBN, aims to legitimize and expand the esports ecosystem globally and provide the ultimate platform for brands and advertisers to connect with the esports community.
Alberto Patrón brings over two decades of groundbreaking expertise in the Telecommunications industry. As CEO and Founder of Condor Technologies he managed to expand the company footprint all over the world and getting several prestigious recognitions along the way. With an MBA from Universidad Torcuato di Tella and a System Engineer degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Alberto combines technical prowess with a deep understanding of business.
Actively involved in the business community he serves as the vice president of CESSI, the Argentinean Chamber of Software, as the vice chairman for the Latin America region of WITSA, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance and is part of the BoD of Polo IT Buenos Aires.
Alberto is equally committed to social impact, contributing to organizations like EMPUJAR, where he serves as VP of the board of directors, aiding disadvantaged youth in their journey to employment and collaborates with Fundación Potenciar Solidario to bridge the digital divide for educational institutions.
Alberto Patrón's mission is to create innovative, reliable, and sustainable telecom solutions that deliver value to clients, employees, and society. Fueled by his passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and positive global change, Alberto strives to make a lasting and meaningful impact.
Co-Founder & CTO