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Nanyang Technological University of Singapore MBA graduate Afia Fitriati holds a bachelor’s in Marketing from Syracuse University, USA. Post-MBA, she held various roles in different companies, including as an editor at Aquila Magazine and a lecturer in Islamic Marketing at Paramadina University. She co-founded FAST8, a human resources tech company, in 2008 with her husband, Else Fernanda. They also founded Gadjian, an HR management SaaS startup. Currently, Afia is also a senior associate in the Halal Lifestyle Market at DinarStandard, a growth strategy research and advisory firm.

A master’s degree holder in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA, Tedo Salim also graduated with a diploma of the same major from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore in 2007.Prior to running Alkemis Games, Tedo had worked as a Senior Software Engineer at GREE International Inc in San Francisco, from March 2012 to August 2014. He was with Schell Games in Pittsburgh as a Game Engineer for over three years, working mainly on iOS and Android mobile games such as War of Nations.

Alihan Tjohjono, also known as Ming, is a veteran businessman with experience in agribusiness. After earning his bachelor’s in Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, he worked in Singapore for the Sumitomo Trust and Banking Corporation. He returned to Indonesia in 2001 to assume the role of executive director of cosmetics manufacturer Astoria. In 2008, he became the CEO of Prima Agri Tech, an agrochemicals manufacturer. His latest venture, Karsa, is a social platform for farmers and agricultural stakeholders.

Antonio Rami, also known as Toni Rami, is a co-founder and COO of Kantox, a foreign currency exchange management platform. He was born in Mallorca in 1986 and now lives in Barcelona, where he has worked at Kantox since it was established in 2011. Prior to Kantox, Rami worked as a consultant of strategy and operations at Deloitte and at Inveready Technology Investment Group as an investment advisor. He is a graduate of ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona and of Singapore Management University, where he completed a master's degree. 

Kaesang Pangarep is a vlogger and serial entrepreneur who first became famous through his YouTube vlogs, which sometimes involved his father, Indonesian president Joko Widodo. Kaesang had previously run his own fried banana business, Sang Pisang, before establishing home chef meal service Madhang in 2017, where he is chief marketing officer. Kaesang is concurrently the CEO of SKI Capital Partners, which provides funding to F&B startups and is a fourth year marketing student at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Sunway Ventures is the venture capital arm of the Sunway Group, a Malaysian conglomerate. The parent company has business interests ranging from property development and management to hospitality and education. In July 2018, it launched Sun SEA Capital in collaboration with Singapore-based KK Capital, focusing on Series A and Series B-tier startups in Southeast Asia.

Insan Medika is eyeing ASEAN’s lucrative medical tourism industry by offering personalized caregivers, ambulance services, airport escorts and healthcare travel companions.

A self-taught cybersecurity enthusiast, Wenas Agusetiawan was able to hack into various Indonesian and Singaporean networks at a young age. Luckily, he was 16 and escaped with only a penalty fine whilst living with his family in Singapore. He left to study in Australia and eventually became an IT professional. Wenas graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s in Computer Science from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada. He founded software developer PhaseDev, gaming platform Bouncity and e-book distributor WayangForce. In 2011, he co-founded Tiket.com but stepped down as CEO after the acquisition by Blibli in 2017.

Yodi Aditya is an experienced software developer. In 2008, he became the CTO of PDF sharing platform Doocu in Yogyakarta after graduating in Applied Physics from Universitas Gadjah Mada. However, he left in 2011 to join Flight Focus (now Aerotrack) as a software engineer. After one year, Yodi moved to Singapore to work for online travel and booking companies for almost two years. Yodi then decided to return to Jakarta as CEO of IT consulting company PT Polatic Informatika Indonesia. But in November 2015, he left Polatic to establish Kargo.co.id, an online marketplace for logistics services.

Laku6 co-founder Shing Kae Heng graduated in Computing Communications and Media at the National University of Singapore. While studying, he also worked as a freelancer in web and graphic design, photography and videography. He has worked for over 10 years at Hobby King as a web developer until January 2016. After graduating in 2010, he joined TheMobileGamer, a gaming portal run by Alvin Yap for six years before Laku6 was founded. The computer programmer was promoted to CTO in 2012 and joined Alvin to establish Laku6 as the new company's CTO in 2015.

Central Capital Ventura is backed by Bank Central Asia (BCA), one of Indonesia's largest banks. The venture capital firm is focused on identifying and investing in fintech and other technologies that can potentially support BCA's own businesses and service ecosystem. Central Capital Venture has backed Indonesian microlending company JULO and Singapore payments processing company Wallex. It has also invested in Gerbang Pembayaran Nasional (GPN), Indonesia's new national card-based payment gateway system.

International relations graduate, John Patrick Ellis worked in East Indonesia for two years with ViA-Volunteers Asia in 2005. He has picked up some Manggarai dialect along the way and also speaks Indonesian.  In 2011, John created Harpoon Mobile, a maptech software that was later sold to a North American online marketing company in 2013. He went on to co-found C88 Financial Technologies Pte Ltd in Singapore  that acquired CekAja and Otobro in Indonesia. John became the Group CEO of C88. The group’s other co-founder and chairman Karl Knoflach is based in the Philippines.

After six years of building innovative products and new businesses in Singapore and India, Nigel Hembrow has made Indonesia his home and headquarters for Astronaut Technologies, his latest venture in HR tech. Hailing from Australia, Queensland civil engineer Nigel started out in project management and engineering design for construction company Mace. After an MBA from the University of Melbourne in 2009, he worked at The Great Little Water Company and Amida Recruitment. Nigel is also currently a director at Rayjon Group, a family-owned property investment and development conglomerate that was co-founded by managing director John Hembrow in 1976.

National University of Singapore graduate Danny Widodo is a veteran in the entertainment industry. Besides working at JP Morgan as a credit risk analyst, he also had extracurricular interests at Give.sg and the National Arts Council. He left JP Morgan in 2011 to work as a production manager at Resorts World Sentosa for three years. Danny also co-founded an indie music production firm iamLOCALIZED in 2012 that was funded by the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre Innovation/Entrepreneurship Practicum Grant. In 2015, Danny returned to Indonesia and established a concert crowdfunding platform Konsaato that was transformed into Konserku in 2017.

Biologist-turned-entrepreneur Anton Lucanus' entrepreneurial journey began in Indonesia, where he established research database service Neliti in 2016. He is also the founder and CEO of Reputio, a US-based digital PR firm. Lucanus graduated with a bachelor's in Anatomy and Human Biology from the University of Western Australia. He had also taken a minor in Indonesian as part of a student exchange program at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. In 2015, Lucanus had a brief stint as a researcher at the Eijkman Institute before earning his master's in Oncology and Cancer Biology at the National University of Singapore. 

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