KUALA LUMPUR | Pullman Hotel, Bangsar

GUEST OF HONOUR



Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof

Minister of Entrepreneur Development


SPEAKERS


Alan Tan


Head of Research and Chief Economist

Alan Tan is the Chief Economist at Affin Hwang Investment Bank, a post he has held since 2008. His main responsibilities are to provide reports on macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, as well as regular presentations on the Malaysian economy for institutional clients. He is frequently quoted in national newspapers and publications, as well as frequent invited speaker at forums and conferences in Malaysia. He started his career as an economist with RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd from 1991 to 1998. From 1999 to 2007, Alan worked as a Research Manager at Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Bhd, the country’s national asset management company, and later at Prokhas Sdn Bhd, a company wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia. Alan has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) and Master’s degree in Economics (MA) from the University of Memphis, US.

Dr. Chua Wen-Shyan


Head of Malaysian Smart Factory 4.0 (MSF4.0)

Dr. Chua Wen-Shyan is currently the Head of Malaysian Smart Factory 4.0 (MSF 4.0) under the Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC). He obtained his Ph.D. in Control Systems Engineering and B.Eng. in Mechatronics Engineering from Monash University Malaysia. His key area of expertise lies mainly in the area of Control and Automation Systems, Fault Detection and Identification (FDI), and Predictive Maintenance Strategies; which are widely used in Industry 4.0 applications. He is actively involved in the IET Control and Automation Technical Professional Network as a committee member and have organized various technical sessions for the community under the theme of control and automation for Industry 4.0. He is also an active member of the Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) of Monash University Malaysia in the Mechatronics Engineering Department.

At the Malaysian Smart Factory 4.0 (MSF4.0), Dr. Chua and his team are focused in delivering high impact talent development programs to accelerate the growth of local talents who would be the workforce in supporting the growth of Industry 4.0.

Effendy Zulkifly


CEO

Effendy Zulkifly is a law graduate from MARA University of Technology and obtained Certificate of FinTech Programme from Oxford University. He is Certified Blockchain Expert from The Frankfurt School Blockchain Centre. He raised Diploma in Information Technology (IT) Management from ALISON Academy, the e-learning provider and academy founded in Galway, Ireland and learnt coding and programming (phyton, JavaScript, C++) from Codecademy (USA). He had experiences as the CEO of several corporate organisations.

He established ASEAN Youthpreneur Community (AYPC) in 2014. AYPC is the Non-Profit Technology Chamber of Commerce that consisted of the Technopreneurs from 10 ASEAN Countries promoting Blockchain and Digital Entrepreneurship. He is also the Director of Blockchain Development for AGA Global Associate Holding based in Kuala Lumpur and founder of Blockchain Academy Asia and Blockchain Research Centre Malaysia to build more professional and educated people in Blockchain Ecosystem. He also the Co-Founder of Crypto Valley Malaysia that registered under Registry of Societies Malaysia as technology chamber of commerce with Blockchain Technology and Emerging Technologies as the enabler for Industry 4.0.

The author of two books, 'The Techno Revolution, Blockchain Manual 101' and 'ABCDs that are changing the world’. Now he actively promoting the value of Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and Emerging Technologies that involving the development of Security Token Offering (STO), Decentralized Mobile Wallet and Digital Currency Exchanger, Blockchain as a Service (BaaS), Industrial IoT and Emerging Technologies for Academic.

Jafizwaty Ishahak


Head, Enterprise Strategy & Development

Jafizwaty has over 19 years of research and strategy consulting experience, which includes engaging executive teams (private & public sector) within the Electronics & Security, Telecoms and ICT industry to design, manage and execute growth strategies. She is currently the Head of Enterprise Strategy & Development at Celcom Axiata Berhad.

She had worked with and led multiple consulting engagements with large MNCs, large local conglomerates, startups & public sector that are based in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, US, and Europe.

She graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration from International Islamic University Malaysia.

Dr. Mazlan Abbas


CEO

Dr. Mazlan is the co-founder and CEO of FAVORIOT Sdn Bhd. He is ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2017 & 2018, ranked Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on the Internet of Things (February 2019) by Thinkers360, ranked No. 20th Thought Leader in IOT by 2014 Onalytics Report – “The Internet of Things - Top 100 Thought Leaders, ranked among 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR Congress. Before Favoriot, he spent 2.5 years as CEO of REDtone IOT and 8 years in MIMOS Berhad as Senior Director Wireless Communications Cluster. He also spent 13 years in CELCOM. He is currently the Adjunct Professor for Universiti Malaysia (UniMY) and Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).

Rizal Nainy


Chief Implementation & Monitoring Officer

Rizal is currently the Chief Officer for Implementation & Monitoring at SME Corporation Malaysia, a government agency mandated to spearhead the development of micro, small and medium enterprises, strategise policies, implement and monitor strategic SME programmes, coordinate SME programmes among Ministries and Agencies as well as being the secretariat to National Entrepreneurship & SME Development Council (NESDC) chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was appointed as the Deputy CEO (I) on the 1st of June 2016 until 14th May 2019. After the recent restructuring of SME Corporation, he resumes the new role of Chief Officer for Implementation & Monitoring on the 15th May 2019.

Rizal graduated from Imperial College, University of London in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours, and then obtained the Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Charles Sturt University, Australia.

His primary responsibility is to plan, implement, monitor and value-add strategic SME development programmes aligning with the National Entrepreneurship Policy 2030, which will ultimately increase Malaysia's GDP, exports and job creation. Collaborations with Ministries and Agencies are also his key tasks especially in the area of providing and facilitating the financial assistances to SMEs. By reviewing and evaluating value added activities to be in the SME programmes, he will make sure more innovative SMEs are being formed especially under Technological Commercialisation Platform, Inclusive Innovation, 1Innocert and National Mark of Malaysian Brand Certification programmes.

Tan Ji Sheng


Founder

Tan Ji Sheng is a data scientist graduated from Multimedia University with research focusing on Artificial Intelligence and received a Certificate for Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme from the University of Oxford. His experience revolves around strategizing product development roadmap and architecting solutions. He has helped clients plan and build applications, data visualisations, running artificial intelligent experiments, building the data pipeline and achieve cost optimization by making use of solutions on the cloud.

He is currently the founder of TriveAcademy Sdn Bhd which has been awarded the Best Blockchain Technology Developer Award at the Bloconomic Expo 2019. TriveAcademy is working with universities on R&D of solutions involving blockchain technology. He, along with the developers in the company is currently the main maintainer of a public blockchain protocol, trivechain that is focusing on games and entertainment. He is appointed as the vice president of Malaysia Blockchain Association on April 2019 to further promote blockchain technology use cases of IR 4.0 especially towards smart city and agricultural.

Prior, He was the co-founder and CTO of multiple startups, queue management system in the year 2013, Qtix; Cloud printing solutions with presence in more than 30 universities, Sprintla; and Hexon Data which provides tracking and analysis of buses and solid waste truck collectors in Petaling Jaya and Penang through the state governments.

Vicks Kanagasingam


Chief Operating Officer

With over 25 years of experience and in leadership roles for Sales, Business Development, Partner/Alliance Management, Marketing and Operations (Delivery & Support) in the Telecommunications & IT industry in ASIA Pacific, Vicks Kanagasingam has an established credibility in leading organisations to achieve their key goals and vision with his decisive leadership style and methodology.

He has an aptitude for Sales & Business Development Leadership, having previously secured multi-million US$ projects in Asia Pacific, especially from Communication Service Providers in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Brunei and Bangladesh – and with predictable annual revenues from these clients. His clients and partners included Huawei, Celcom Axiata, Telstra, Astro Malaysia, PT Telkom, Telkomsel, Indosat, Alcatel-Lucent, Acision, Amdocs, Ericsson, IBM, HP, Microsoft, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Tata Consultancy Services and many more.

Furthermore, Vicks developed businesses in various regions, for starts-ups (independent software vendors) from the UK, France and Australia-US and also initiated and executed sales methodology (Art & Science of Leadership) that promotes teamwork and accountability.

Currently, Vicks is the Chief Operating Officer of XPERANTI - Malaysia's 1st licensed dedicated IoT network and solutions provider. He is responsible for go-to-market planning, strategies and business development as well as active end-to-end solutions deployment, providing practical and scalable support to Malaysian SMEs in adopting IR4.0. As a leading industry expert, Vicks is also a major advocate for localised industrial IoT solutions and helps to mentor local start-ups to help them compete with larger and international companies.

In addition to his BEng(Hons) degree in Engineering from the University of Leicester, UK, Vicks is a recipient of the reputable National Westminster Bank Award of Outstanding Graduate Engineer, for demonstrating special interest, skills, enterprise and leadership. He is also a Certified Professional Coach by the International Coach Federation U.S, specializing as a Sales & Business Leadership Coach and a Certified Trainer by the MOTOROLA University, U.S.

Outlining his vast skillset, Vicks Kanagasingam is crucial to any thriving organisation, exhibiting inventiveness and determination when it comes to building and leading innovative organisations in the digital age.

In his spare time, Vicks runs a non-profit micro-help and social media platform called LifeAsha, while staying true to his life’s mission, “Making the world a better place one person / organization a time”.

Benjamin Croc


Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Benjamin developed his passion for people management as he built, led, and scaled teams of up to 200+ at PwC and CMA-CGM. He then advised leading organizations both as a McKinsey consultant and internally while heading Lazada’s strategy department, and consistently saw a common pattern: companies always considered people their most crucial success element, but lacked the tools and equipment to help their people reach their full potential.

He then created BrioHR, an all-in-one HR management software to help companies implement and maintain effective people management, leading to more productive employees and improved company performance.

Dang Tai Luk


CEO

Dang Tai Luk is the founder and CEO of myNEWS.com. Together with his family, he opened his first newsstand under the name of “MAGBIT” on 25 December 1996. Over time, the newsstand business evolved into a homegrown convenience store chain, operating under the name myNEWS.com.

myNEWS.com has gained recognition locally and abroad, which culminated in an IPO in 2016—a first for the convenience store sector in Malaysia. It now comprises over 500 outlets, with more outlets opening every day. myNEWS.com is also investing in a state-of-the-art, RM100 million central food production centre with Japanese partners—catering to local Malaysian tastes, made to exacting Japanese standards.

Ethan Loh


Business Development Director

Ethan is a co-founder of Dynamic X Consulting, a services and consultancy firm focused in helping SME in Services, Wholesale & Distribution and Manufacturing companies transform digitally. Ethan runs the operations of Dynamic X Consulting, overseeing business strategy, business partner relationship and operations. Prior to setting up Dynamic X Consulting Ethan worked in various IT MNC organizations, namely Hewlett Packard, Juniper Networks, Ingram Micro and the most recent on being SAP where he horned his skills in enterprise software solutioning.

Dynamic X Consulting being a boutique services firm partnering with Sage delivers exception quality services as it abides to its core values; Passion for Customer Success, Make IT Simple and Be an Inspiring Leader. Dynamic X Consulting offers solutions such as ERP, HCM, Asset Maintenance, Manufacturing Execution System and Business Analytics, aligned to government initiative of 4th Industrial Revolution.

Kong Chia Huung


Chief Operating Officer

Kong Chia Huung has more than 20 years of experiences in IoT, AI and Smart City. He was the founder and Group CEO of Cetheus MSC Berhad from 2000 until 2018, the company specialized in Data Mining, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, and KPI/Balanced Scorecard systems.

Kong is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Touchpoint International Sdn Bhd and involved directly in Smart City, IoT, Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning; together with Agricultural & Industrial IoT for IR4.0.

He received his B.Sc in Finance and Financial Management Services from University of Nebraska – Lincoln and MBA Business Computer Information System from University of North Texas.

Dr. Rezal Khari Ahmad


CEO

Dr Rezal Khairi Ahmad was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of NanoMalaysia Berhad in January 2013 under secondment from Khazanah Nasional. He is also a Board Member of NanoMalaysia and NanoCommerce Sdn Bhd, Founding Chairman of NanoVerify Sdn Bhd and Founding Director of Nanovation Ventures Sdn Bhd.

Currently, he serves as Chairman of Advanced Materials Investment Advisory Panel Working Group under the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Treasurer for Asia Nano Forum (ANF) and Chairman of Commercialisation Working Group under Asia Nano Forum (ANF).

In September 2017, he was appointed the International Advisor to China Graphene Industry Alliance (CGIA). Recently, Dr Rezal was appointed to the Board of Governance (BOG) for the Malaysia Laboratories for Academia-Business Collaboration (MyLAB) under the Ministry of Education, Malaysia.

Formerly attached to the College of Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, as an academician from 1998 to 2007, he was also an engineer at Tenaga Nasional ICT in 2003. In 2000, he co-founded Malaysia-Events Sdn Bhd, a start-up for an e-commerce platform. He holds a PhD in Nanotechnology, Electronic/Electrical Engineering from the London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London as the first Khazanah PhD Scholar from 2007 to 2010 with publications in high impact journals. In 2014, he was instrumental in crafting out Malaysia’s National Graphene Action Plan 2020 and co-authored chapters on innovation and commercialisation under the 11th Malaysia Plan. His current endeavours include Internet of Nano-Things and blockchain applications for high technology management.

Tan Eng Tong


VP

Tan Eng Tong is a veteran with over 30 years’ international experience in technology development and product strategy, Tan returns to Malaysia to provide strategic direction to SilTerra, Malaysia’s own semiconductor fab, to enter into emerging markets such as life-sciences, automotive and silicon photonics.

Tan previously held executive positions in blue chip tech companies including Hewlett-Packard UK, HP Laboratories in Palo Alto and Seagate Technology HQ in California. He also advised corporations and start-ups in China and Southeast Asia. He also led the development of industry standards on wireless, storage technologies and disk security that were subsequently adopted by over a billion devices around the world.

He is an Electrical Engineering (Hons) graduate from Imperial College London, Mr Tan holds an Executive MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt Champion.

Varinderjit Singh


Country General Manager

With almost three-decade worldwide experience, covering the USA, Malaysia & Europe. Varin is a leader with a clear “Customer Focus”, Creating “Winning Teams” & “Delivering Results”. His specialty are Go-To-Market via Consumer Online, Retail, Distribution, SMB, Government to Large Enterprise Markets (Inside & Outside Sales). Prior to Lenovo, Varin had served as Managing Director of Hewlett Packard, General Manager of Microsoft and Goodyear Malaysia.

He received his B.Sc in Computer Information System from the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.

Wong Kah Meng


CEO

Wong Kah Meng is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Funding Societies Malaysia, the first and largest peer-to-peer (P2P) financing platform in Malaysia, where he strategically leads its operation team. Prior to Funding Societies, Wong Kah Meng was focused in strategy and risk management having worked with leading management consulting firm specializing in financial services, Oliver Wyman, where he provided counsel to senior management of leading banks, regulators and wealth managers.

Wong Kah Meng holds a double degree in Finance and Actuarial Studies, and a certified CFA charter holder. He was also among the top first-class honours’ graduates from the Australian National University.

Progression Towards Industry 4.0

Transformation and Change requires overcoming adverse hurdles that often are rooted in resistance due to fear. The advent of Industry 4.0 has certainly generated unnecessary cause for concern in many still clinging to traditionalistic methods of business and operations. Driven by data that enables faster, flexible, less wasteful and more efficient processes. IR4.0 eases many lives through strategic harnessing of Big Data, Augmented Reality, Simulation, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Systems Integration, Additive Manufacturing and Autonomous Systems, These elements come together to elevate the significance of Artificial Intelligence in day-to-day operations that encompasses Home, Work and Play.


Disruption for Evolution

Economic and social disruption due to the advent of Industry 4.0 are inevitable. While job automation via AI and machine learning will render hundreds of thousands of current staff redundant, it also provides the opportunity for human capital to be reskilled and upskilled, especially in managing higher-order-tasks. By 2030, it is estimated that 46.4 per cent of jobs in manufacturing, 32.3 per cent in finance and 44 per cent in wholesale and retail are forecasted to be redundant, requiring a more skilled and specialist workforce that will be geared towards immersive user / consumer experience.


Committed for Growth and Sustainability

Malaysia is committed to be a Key IR4.0 Leader in the region, and various efforts across Government and Corporate Sector are indicative of the importance of Industry 4.0 to the Nation’s Growth. Under Budget 2019, a sum of RM210 million has been allocated to spearhead efforts to support the transition and migration of Malaysian SMEs and Corporations to Industry 4.0, with 2021 as the deadline.

These efforts include Identifying and nurturing specific economic sectors especially within the SME community, as IR 4.0 continuously transforms the way we interact with the world around us.

With such changes, new challenges arise bringing with it plenty of opportunities for SMEs:
  • Understanding your business case
  • New business models — What strategies need to be in place to stay relevant
  • Revitalising organizational structure, process workflows and compliance framework to optimise potential outcomes
  • Embracing agility to adapt to situational and market demands, without compromising core focus
  • Continuously creating and testing 'pilot products/services' to enhance customer experiences
  • Realigning organisational focus and priorities towards sustainability and growth despite disruption pushing diversification
  • Transformational management as Key Driver for Moving Forward
  • Company Culture Transformation
  • Boosting pertinent and intelligent interconnection between all departments, harnessing technology as Key Connector
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining lifelong-learning-focused talent



Green Revolution

Unlike the previous evolutions of the Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 is committed towards being its greenest. More proactive efforts are being undertaken towards resource management with increased process efficiencies, aimed at positively improving the environment.

The concept of sustainability is reaching vibrancy, as more businesses embrace environmentally-friendly standards, focusing on long-term goals amidst a sense of holistic responsibility for the environment, the economy, and society. With improved manufacturing processes and management goals, Industry 4.0 will help move the needle towards a greener, more sustainable economy.


Who Should Join?

IR4.0 is not just for the manufacturing industry (as many perceived), this revolution will affect every single industry and sector. Thus in this forum, we will bring all relevent industry players to join effort in enlighting the focus and direction of IR4.0, from agriculture, healthcare, media, finance, retail, and services.

Progression Towards Industry 4.0

Transformation and Change requires overcoming adverse hurdles that often are rooted in resistance due to fear. The advent of Industry 4.0 has certainly generated unnecessary cause for concern in many still clinging to traditionalistic methods of business and operations. Driven by data that enables faster, flexible, less wasteful and more efficient processes. IR4.0 eases many lives through strategic harnessing of Big Data, Augmented Reality, Simulation, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Systems Integration, Additive Manufacturing and Autonomous Systems, These elements come together to elevate the significance of Artificial Intelligence in day-to-day operations that encompasses Home, Work and Play.


Disruption for Evolution

Economic and social disruption due to the advent of Industry 4.0 are inevitable. While job automation via AI and machine learning will render hundreds of thousands of current staff redundant, it also provides the opportunity for human capital to be reskilled and upskilled, especially in managing higher-order-tasks. By 2030, it is estimated that 46.4 per cent of jobs in manufacturing, 32.3 per cent in finance and 44 per cent in wholesale and retail are forecasted to be redundant, requiring a more skilled and specialist workforce that will be geared towards immersive user / consumer experience.


Committed for Growth and Sustainability

Malaysia is committed to be a Key IR4.0 Leader in the region, and various efforts across Government and Corporate Sector are indicative of the importance of Industry 4.0 to the Nation’s Growth. Under Budget 2019, a sum of RM210 million has been allocated to spearhead efforts to support the transition and migration of Malaysian SMEs and Corporations to Industry 4.0, with 2021 as the deadline.

These efforts include Identifying and nurturing specific economic sectors especially within the SME community, as IR 4.0 continuously transforms the way we interact with the world around us.

With such changes, new challenges arise bringing with it plenty of opportunities for SMEs:
  • Understanding your business case
  • New business models — What strategies need to be in place to stay relevant
  • Revitalising organizational structure, process workflows and compliance framework to optimise potential outcomes
  • Embracing agility to adapt to situational and market demands, without compromising core focus
  • Continuously creating and testing 'pilot products/services' to enhance customer experiences
  • Realigning organisational focus and priorities towards sustainability and growth despite disruption pushing diversification
  • Transformational management as Key Driver for Moving Forward
  • Company Culture Transformation
  • Boosting pertinent and intelligent interconnection between all departments, harnessing technology as Key Connector
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining lifelong-learning-focused talent



Green Revolution

Unlike the previous evolutions of the Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 is committed towards being its greenest. More proactive efforts are being undertaken towards resource management with increased process efficiencies, aimed at positively improving the environment.

The concept of sustainability is reaching vibrancy, as more businesses embrace environmentally-friendly standards, focusing on long-term goals amidst a sense of holistic responsibility for the environment, the economy, and society. With improved manufacturing processes and management goals, Industry 4.0 will help move the needle towards a greener, more sustainable economy.


Who Should Join?

IR4.0 is not just for the manufacturing industry (as many perceived), this revolution will affect every single industry and sector. Thus in this forum, we will bring all relevent industry players to join effort in enlighting the focus and direction of IR4.0, from agriculture, healthcare, media, finance, retail, and services.

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