Adrian Johnston is senior vice president of applications for Oracle in Japan and Asia Pacific. He is responsible for leading the business for Oracle’s cloud offerings in the apps space.
Johnston first joined Oracle in 2002 as vice president of applications and product operations for Asia Pacific. He then went on to hold several other positions, including vice president of the applications midmarket business unit. From 2008 to 2015, Johnston held the position of vice president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division in Asia, after which he returned to Oracle. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales.
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Adrian has over 23 years of consulting and leadership experience in the financial services industry.
He has led multinational teams spanning Japan, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mainland China, Taiwan, and India.
Most recently, he was a Partner in a Big 4 firm, where he led client relationships across Asia Pacific for FWD and MetLife.
Adrian focuses on transforming individuals and organizations through coaching the whole person, not just the job title. He offers corporate wellness program design, implementation and management, as well as one-to-one and team-based coaching.
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Aron Frost is the SEO team lead at First Page Limited. He oversees the digital strategy and execution of campaigns across Asia Pacific for leading Hong Kong brands. With over 5 years’ experience in international search engine optimization, he aims to broaden the digital literacy rate of marketers in Hong Kong. He is passionate about user experience, digital storytelling, and analytics. You can read more about these topics on his blog.
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Benson Chao is Director of Corporate Communications at SAP Hong Kong. For over two decades, he has advised and spearheaded corporations from diverse industries including conglomerate, printed media, TV broadcaster, themed park and cruise liner, to communicate coherent and engaging narratives with external and internal audiences. He has led regional and local teams to orchestrate cross-functional campaigns, guided decision-makers and stakeholders to connect the dots on communications issues within the boarder framework of business operations.
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Cherry Fung is Fortinet’s Regional Director for Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia. She leads Fortinet’s overall operations and is responsible for expanding the vendor's business in these territories.
With two decades of experience in the IT and cybersecurity industries, Cherry has held senior sales and channel management roles in prominent technology companies including 3Com and H3C.
Cherry holds a Masters of Business Administration in International Business and a Degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, USA.
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Cheryl Ng was born in Hong Kong and grew up in four countries and cities. With an insatiable curiosity and a firm belief that differences should be celebrated, Cheryl has always been an explorer. Her curiosity-driven approach to travel led her to recognise the need for a technology solution to help other explorers collect and share authentic recommendations, through which a community driven by positivity could be built. With this goal in mind, she created Lemi.
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Eric is the Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) of InCorp Group. He provides consultancy to local and foreign entities on the ideal market-entry strategies for setting up or expanding operations in Southeast Asia.
Before joining InCorp, he was the Senior Vice President and Team Lead of the International Subsidiaries Banking division of HSBC and OCBC.
An ex-corporate banker for more than 11 years, he has extensive experience in working with companies of different sizes: tech startups, scaleups, international SMEs, and multinational corporations in Singapore and the rest of the world.
At present, Eric regularly participates as a guest speaker in business forums sponsored or organised by the Singaporean government or by InCorp’s corporate partners. He also participates as an advisor in mentorship programs for tech startups in Singapore.
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Gaurav Belani is a senior SEO and content marketing analyst at Growfusely, a content marketing agency that specializes in data-driven SEO. He has more than seven years of experience in digital marketing and loves to read and write about business, edtech, AI, ML, data science, and other emerging technologies. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and listening to music. Connect with him on Twitter at @belanigaurav.
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Han Chon is General Manager, CAP, at Lenovo Data Center Group. As the leader for Lenovo’s Data Centre Group (DCG) for the ASEAN region, he is responsible for overall business performance, fiscal outcomes and growth within one of most dynamic regions in AP.
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Jared Ng is Co-owner and Regional Consulting Director of PeopleSearch Hong Kong, a leading executive search, career transition and outplacement services firm with an established presence in five other Asian cities - Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.
Jared started off in the Banking industry, but a series of chance encounters helped him discover his true calling in the executive search business more than 20 years ago. He is passionate about helping businesses acquire talent capable of having a transformative impact on organisational goals. He is equally committed to helping professionals cultivate fulfilling careers aligned with their aspirations.
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Lawrence Chia is the Group Chairman and CEO of the Hong Kong-listed Pico Far East Holdings Limited (752.HK). Founded in Singapore in 1969, Pico is a global total brand activation company specialising in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Today it employs some 2,400 permanent staff with sales networks and production facilities in 34 major cities worldwide. In the 2019 financial year, Pico Far East Holdings Limited reported revenue of over USD 640 million and a market capitalisation of nearly US$422m.
Chia was educated in the United States, graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with highest honours. In 2006, he received the International Executive in Sport and Entertainment Award from the University of South Carolina in the United States. In 2016, Chia received the University of Tennessee Outstanding International Alumni Award.
Before assuming the Chairmanship of Pico Far East Holdings Limited, he was the Managing Director of the Pico Group of companies in Europe and North America, and was based in London for six years. With more than three decades of experience in the event marketing industry, Mr Chia embodies a forward-looking vision to continuously drive the growth of the company – particularly in the areas of business process innovation and digital transformation.
In 2020, the Pico Group won a Gold award for Event Agency of the Year in Hong Kong. In 2019, the Group won InnoESG Prize in recognition of its making a positive impact in the areas of environmental, social and governance.
Chia is currently Chairman of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong).
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Plato Wai is General Manager at SHOPLINE Hong Kong, a global smart commerce enabler. Prior to SHOPLINE, he worked at Lehman Brothers and Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Equipped with extensive experience in the start-up scene, Plato regularly shares his insights on The Stand News and StartUpBeat.
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Ronald Wong is General Manager of Hong Kong and Macau at Lenovo, where he leads the overall business expansion in the consumer and commercial segments in both markets, overseeing Lenovo’s product and service portfolio, including PCs, gaming laptops, tablets, smart devices and workstations.
With over 20 years’ regional experience in the information technology industry across Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, Ronald has a track record of growth, profitability and operational excellence, with core competencies in channel management, account management and business development. Ronald joined Lenovo in 2014 as the Commercial Relationship (REL) Business Leader of Hong Kong and Taiwan, where he led the growth of the relationship business.
Prior to joining Lenovo, Ronald was with IBM for 17 years driving Global Business Partner growth for hardware, software and services in Hong Kong and Macau. Whilstat IBM, Ronald successfully led the design and execution of channel incentive structures, marketing programmes and growth initiatives.
Based in Hong Kong, Ronald earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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