SPEAKER BIO

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Boice Lin, SVP, Global Sales of Appier

Boice Lin is the senior vice president of global sales for Appier, a leading AI company. In this role, Boice is responsible for developing growth strategies, maintaining robust sales processes and continuously encouraging an environment of innovation and experimentation worldwide. During his time at Appier, he has established and grown the enterprise sales team. He has increased the sales momentum of Appier’s newest products and platforms, leading to significant business growth across Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Boice has many years of experience supporting the growth of young companies. Prior to Appier, Boice was deputy general manager at TutorABC, one of Taiwan’s ‘unicorn’ companies. There, Boice oversaw the Taiwan market strategy and increased revenue growth by twelvefold per month into USD multi-millions in just two years, while simultaneously growing the sales team from 50 to 500 people. Before that, he was with IBM for five years where he managed and led the largest client relationship in Taiwan. Boice has a master’s degree in Technology Management from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University, and an undergraduate degree in Information Management from National Central University, Taiwan.

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Jason Jan Ngo,Head of IT for Digital Business, Philippine Seven Corporation

Jason Ngo heads the IT division of 7-Eleven Philippines. He started out in logistics and supply chain when the convenience retail chain had only 150 stores. From there, he led IT projects to scale retail operations to 2,600+ stores now. Most recently, he is responsible for laying down the digital infrastructure to enable initiatives on loyalty, payments and e-commerce logistics.

Jason holds an MBA from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University. He is an advocate of open source technology for building solutions.

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Mark Joseph P. Panganiban, Committee Chairman,Fintech Philippines Association

Mark Joseph Panganiban | MJ 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. 

With the Philippine E-Commerce Roadmap 2020 in place, he is actively involved in various e-commerce conversion activities with different clientéle. From micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs to large entities. He is also active in various conferences both local and international, to serve as delegate, presenter, panel moderator and even forum chairman. In addition, he’s worked as a consultant, mentor, and a member of a technical working groups with various projects with agencies like the country's Department Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (GoNegosyo), to name a few, to assist and deal with entrepreneurial developments among businesses through e-commerce. 

A Certified eCommerce Specialist, Entrepreneur and Professional.

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Ellen “Karen” Evangelista ,Vice President- Food Merchandising Rustan Supercenter Inc.

A multi-talented professional with a solid combined background of 20 _ years in the manufacturing and retail industries. Expert in the field of fast moving consumer goods specializing in customer development, marketing and merchandising, and people management. Proficient in category and front-end management, commercial negotiations, product and brand development and vendor management which in general supports the business operations and enable to drive the company P&L. Business acumen is anchored on profound knowledge in developing and implementing effective policies in collaboration with supply chain and demand planning While highly strategic and analytical, Karen is also a coach and mentor, and has been instrumental to the advancement of many. 

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Alex Aronson ,Strategic Partnerships & Category Sales Head Booky

 Leads partnership strategy and execution with key partners to drive Booky's subscription revenue and user acquisition growth. 

 Develops and negotiates cross-marketing and advertising partnerships with top financial institutions (Bank of the Philippines, Banco de Oro, Citi, PNB, Security Bank), Telecommunications providers (Globe and Smart), and retail developers (Ayala Malls, SM, Megaworld, and Robinsons Land),

Contributed to 1000% growth of MoM subscription revenue

Currently leading the expansion of Booky's service offering into new lifestyle verticals.

 Lead strategy of category expansion: identify opportunities in verticals, developing business model for lifestyle merchant partners, ensuring smooth operation flow and improvements in customer product.

Trains and mentors Business Development team

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Mateus Moitinhode Almeida ,Honestbee

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Rey Lugtu, President and CEO of Hungry Workhorse Consulting

Rey Lugtu is a digital and culture transformation thought & action leader, a sought-after public speaker, and an accomplished educator and business columnist.

He is the President and CEO of Hungry Workhorse, a digital and culture transformation consulting firm. He has engaged with several companies and organizations on digital transformation and innovation, helping them in strategy and execution.

He is also the chairman, independent director, co-founder, and adviser of several startup and tech companies. He previously held senior executive roles in Microsoft, Samsung, Globe Telecom, Emerson, and IBM.

He is the Chairman of ICT Committee of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) and Vice Chairman of ICT Committee of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).

He is Professorial Lecturer in the MBA program of De La Salle University, where he has been teaching for 15 years and currently teaches strategic management; Lecturer on Digital Transformation and Organization Development in the Benilde - School of Professional and Continuing Education; and was Adjunct Faculty of Asian Institute of Management where he taught Digital Transformation.

He is a business columnist and writer for Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, and Business World. He has written several articles on digital transformation, 4th Industrial Revolution, and technology and culture. 

He earned his MBA from DLSU where he is also finishing his doctorate. He finished courses in business from INSEAD-Wharton University of Pennsylvania, China Europe International Business School, and Helsinki School of Economics.

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Kirk Chester Damasco, Business Development Head of Worship Generation

Kirk Chester Damasco is the Business Development Director of Worship Generation. Worship Generation is a brand of Christian-themed merchandise that seeks to make worship a lifestyle. Currently available in 20 stores all over the Philippines, Worship Generation’s products include apparel and gift items which they hope would serve as a means by which people can express their faith and share it with others.

Kirk is a graduate of BS Management from the John Gokongwei School of Management, Ateneo de Manila University.

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Andrew Koger ,Founder & CEO of GoodWork.ph

Andrew Koger is Founder & CEO of GoodWork - the premier platform for local services in the Philippines.

Prior to launching GoodWork in October 2018, Andrew led Lazada's Fulfillment by Lazada operations in the Philippines. Before moving to the Philippines in 2017, Andrew was an investment analyst for an emerging markets hedge fund based in New York.

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Nicholas Kontopoulos ,Head of APAC & EMEA Commerce Marketing ,Magento

As the Regional Head of APAC Marketing at Magento software, Nicholas Kontopoulos harnesses over 25 years of professional experience, built across multiple industries and geographies. He’s passionate about challenging the 'status-quo' and 'management dogma' that stifles the creative thinking processes that are paramount to delivering amazing customer experiences, Nicholas ensures that ‘Customer Experience’ is a core business ideology at the heart of the brand.

Previous to this, Nicholas was the Global VP for Fast Growth Markets Marketing at SAP, and had also held a number of highly strategic global and regional Business Development and Marketing roles during his ten years at SAP. 

During the course of his career, Nicholas has passionately pursued business strategies that both harness, and intelligently exploit the power of available technologies, both within the businesses he has worked for and those clients he has served. 

An international speaker, Nicholas has been regularly published on Forbes.com, News Asia, Bloomberg, CampaignAsia.com, Marketing-Interactive.com, THEDRUM.com and Customerthink.com.

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Joseph Chan ,Ecommerce Director,CMG Retail Inc.

Joseph graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a double degree in economics and computer science. After working as a software engineer at Google, Citigroup and Pandora Radio, he returned home to the Philippines to join the family business, CMG Retail, a house of fashion brands with more than 300 locations across the country. Since establishing the ecommerce division 4 years ago, online sales have grown by at least 100% every year. He believes in the power of ecommerce to transform markets and drive inclusive growth.

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Chen Peng,Regional VP of Session M

Chen Peng has a very dedicated career on nothing but loyalty programs. Started his career as a data scientist, Chen Peng has worked across different loyalty domains from Loyalty Consulting to Loyalty Technology to Loyalty Analytics. He is currently bringing SessionM into APAC to services all the Starbucks Rewards in the region. Prior to SessionM, Chen Peng was the General Manager for Aimia in Asia managing loyalty programs for global clients like ExxonMobil, P&G, Shangri-la, Estee Lauder in the region.

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Des Deocareza ,Director of Kantar Worldpanel

Des is a trusted advisor by both her colleagues and her clients because of her experience and strongrelationships with them. With more than 10 years of experience in consumer panel research, Des is an expert in consumer and shopper insights in various categories of the FMCG industry. Des is responsible forNew business development projects as well as the commercial running of the paneL, ensuring that wedeliver to our clients the highest level of panel data quality and consumer insights. Our panel in thePhilippines has developed a reputation for providing high quality and accurate data resulting in somerecent awards from one of the region's largest clients.

She exhibits a passion for work and her commitment to service excellence, has gained the admiration andesteem of her colleagues and clients as well A result-oriented person, who has grown in terms of clientinterface/perspective She knows how to coach and develop subordinates, gives advices to associates onanalyzing consumer panel data.

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Jorge Rami,Global Product Manager, SafePay and CashControl Solutions,Gunnebo

Worked as Telecom Engineer for more than 15 years in Product Management for Technology Solutions in the areas of Telecommunications, Software Development, Cloud Services, Managed Services and Security Solutions.

Started working in Gunnebo in 2011 developing Cash Management Solutions for Retail market segment.

From 2015 to 2017, he took the role of Regional Product Manager in Asia Pacific market, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Now, Gunnebo’s Global Product Manager for SafePay and CashControl Solutions, based in Barcelona, Spain.

 Simultaneously working in the global organization of the Cash Management Business Area, with the continuous focus to evolve the portfolio to the next level delivering security, efficiency and control over the cash for the Retailers in Asia.

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Timothy Go, AVP Business Development,SM Retail

Tim is a seasoned professional and manager deeply interested in technology, e-Commerce, digital media and product management, with over 12 years of project management, business development and strategy experience in a variety of industries and topics. 

Tim has spent the past 4 years working with SM Retail to grow and build out its eCommerce initiatives. He helped build and grow the eCommerce operations capability of the SM Store and its capability to fulfill orders for its digital channels. He currently is building out the network of click and collect facilities in the SM Store business and exploring new business initiatives for the group.

He has managed multiple e-Commerce companies in the Philippines, including A-Solutions, a growing e-commerce business focused on providing turn-key e-commerce solutions to corporations and at Lazada Philippines (a Rocket Internet Venture), an online retailer of electronics, appliances, fashion, home furnishings and many more categories. As a managing director, Tim helped directly manage the operations, human resources, customer service and IT teams, contributing to the development of the company' local and regional strategy and delivering short and medium term results.

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Samuel Powell, CEO of HMR Auctions Services Inc

Sam moved to the Philippines in 2013, and began working with HMR Auctions (an affiliate of the HMR Group). In that time, HMR Auctions has pioneered the country's first purpose built auto auction facility and sells 100-250 used cars per month through live public auction, with remote participants able to join through HMR's online simulcast system. 

Sam also oversaw the transition of HMR's traditional live warehouse auctions to a fully online auction process on HMR Bid; which today sells thousands of surplus consumer goods starting at Php49; allowing customers to bid on a complete range of personal and commercial goods with convenience and confidence. 

In his leisure time, Sam enjoys auctioneering at charity and fundraising gala's

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Mark Reyes ,Co-founder/COO of Poundit.com

More than nineteen years’ experience in business operations, sales, trade marketing and distribution of mobile phones, baby care, family care, petroleum, household, health & personal care and consumer food products for multinational corporations such as BlackBerry, Kimberly Clark, Shell, Colgate-Palmolive and Novartis Consumer.

Specialties: Business Development, Channel Management, Key Account Management, Distributor Management, Distribution Strategies, Strategic Planning, Trade marketing, Project Management, Benefit Cost Management, Logistics Management and Training & People Development

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Damien Katris,Head of Digital SEAPAC of TCC Global

Over the last 10 years of his career, Damien has co-founded, run and managed successful marketing tech and eCommerce start-up companies across Asia and the Pacific Regions. 

Now, at TCC, as regional Head of Digital, Damien oversees all digital sales, as well the digital marketing platform development and innovation for the Asia and Pacific regions. His current role has allowed Damien drive digital transformation and innovation for both TCC as an organization – moving it from a purely analog business, to now a digital business – and also doing the same for its retail clients. 

Over the last two years at TCC, Damien and his team have successfully built and rolled out a complete Online-2-Offline (O2O) customer loyalty platform – TCC SmartConnect – integrating digital marketing, mobile gaming technology, mobile app technology, CRM and big data. This fully integrated platform now allows TCC’s retail clients to Reach, Reward and Retain their shoppers in new, innovative ways to establish long term loyalty and advocacy. 

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Jonathan Juan “JJ” Moreno, Chief Strategy and Governance Officer of Metro Retail Stores Group Inc.

JJ is a former Philippine Navy officer (with a rank of Commander) and had a successful stint in the Armed Forces of the Philippines where he earned various medals and recognitions for both combat and administrative accomplishments. 

He has dedicated the past two decades of his professional life in developing and implementing transformational programs at both macro and enterprise levels.

From 2000-2010, JJ worked as a corporate governance (CG) advocate and regulator. He was one of the pioneers of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) where he served in various capacities including as President & CEO. He was also the first VP-CG and Chief Risk Officer of the Philippine Stock Exchange where authored many of the PSE’s CG Rules, most notable of which is the CG Rules for Publicly-Listed Companies.

In 2010, JJ worked on “creating, capturing and sustaining value” through effective strategy execution in various organizations–mostly family and state-owned corporations around Southeast Asia. This was in his capacity as Principal & Head of Southeast Asia of Palladium Group, the strategy execution consulting firm founded by “Balanced Scorecard” developers Robert Kaplan & David Norton; as well as a consultant to the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. 

Five years ago, JJ decided to focus his talents in helping Philippine corporations and so joined a fast-growing conglomerate of the Gaisano family where he now serves as Chief Adviser to the Chairman & CEO of the group’s flagship company (Metro Retail Stores Group Inc.), as well as in charge of, among others, business development, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, investor relations, and other strategic programs.

JJ studied in various educational institutions such as the University of Nottingham (under the prestigious Chevening program), Yale School of Management, Melbourne Business School, and the Asian Institute of Management.  He is currently enrolled in the Advance Management Program of IESE Business School, University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain.

JJ graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1993.

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Lester Cuneta , Commercial Business Unit Head of Synagie / Beautiful Me PH

Lester is a dotcom professional with several years of experience in brand, vendor, and category management, hyperlocal operations, and business administration in the realm of tech and digital. He started his career with Ensogo, one of the earliest eCommerce startups in the Philippines. He then went on a string of digital businesses, from LBC X (now Quad X), FoodpandaSingapore, Happyfresh, Lazada, and Honestbee. Most recently, he headed the eCommerce transformation of Unilever Philippines, leading big digital campaigns for total company portfolio including the multi-award winning Shop2Give: Unilever x UnicefSuper Brand Day. He is now the Commercial Business Unit Head for SynagieInc., an end-to-end eCommerce enabler that helps brands in building a winning strategy for their digital commercial thrusts

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