2019 Speakers (30)


Azrin Aris, Head of Product Division Business Technology TM ONE, Malaysia

An experienced technologist, Azrin’s current focus is to
propel TM towards beyond a traditional TelCo, through User
Design Thinking, SDN–NFV, IOT, smart cities, LoRa and other
innovative ways for technology to improve our everyday
Has been with TM since 1997 in various capacities, including
16 years in research & development focusing on ICT
industry. Published numerous papers from 1996 to 2018.
Successfully commercialized research outcomes that
contributed more than RM10M to TMR&D revenue.
Within the telecommunication, ICT and IOT industry, Azrin is
also widely recognized as a subject matter expert. He is a
member of the LoraWan Alliance as a contributor in the
Strategy & Technical Group. He works closely with MDEC
and MCMC for TM’s LoRa IOT LPWA initiative. Won several
awards in ITEX & APICTA. Also involved with SIRIM and
MTFSB to draft some portions of the Malaysian
Telecommunication Standards. He has also successfully filed
4 PCT patents and several local patents with 1 already
granted from USPTO and a couple more in filing stage.
All these are testament to his technical prowess, both in
conventional as well as avant garde ICT and
telecommunication technologies. Capitalizing on this, TM in
2014 appointed Azrin as the CTO of VADS Lyfe Sdn Bhd that
focused on smart cities and smart services. That 3 year stint
prepped him for his subsequent role, which is to head the
team entrusted to develop and manage TM’s smart services
Azrin currently heads the Product Division of TM ONE, to
develop telecommunication, ICT and IOT products for TM’s
Government and Medium / Large Enterprise customers.
Azrin has an M.Sc. in Business Leadership from University
of Northumbria at Newcastle, an M.Sc. in Electrical &
Electronics (Computer Engineering) from Universiti Sains
Malaysia and a B.Eng in Electrical & Electronics
(Telecommunications) from Universiti Sains Malaysia.


Ethan Tu., Founder, Taiwan AI Labs



  • BS computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University 1998
  • MS computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University 2000



Professional Experiences:

Computer Scientist and Entrepreneur


  • Founder of the non-profit open-source organization of BBS club, PTT  1995
  • Senior Program Leader, NHRGI at National Institute of Health in USA 2003-2006
  • Principal Development Manager for “Bing”, “Cortana”, Microsoft Co. 2006-2017
  • Founder of Taiwan AI Labs, computer software (AI) Industry 2017-present

James Lee, Emerging Technologies Consultant of Verizon, the US

James is the Northeast Emerging Technology Consultant in Verizon's B2B Sales & Marketing organization. He helps clients to solve complex business challenges by leveraging solutions involving digital services, Internet of Things, smart infrastructure, and unified communications. His client engagements include large corporations, utilities, universities and communities. James has successfully delivered technology and business programs in Aerospace, Industrial Equipment, Telecom, Consumer Electronics, Energy, and Smart Cities from global conglomerates to small/innovative startups. He has extensive business experience living and working in North America, Asia, Europe, & Middle East.


Mr. Kung-Yueh Camyale Chao, Executive Director of International Climate Development Institute (ICDI), Taiwan

Kung-Yueh Camyale Chao has been working in the public affairs fields for 20 years, and he is currently the Executive Director of International Climate Development Institute (ICDI). In addition, Camyale also served as the General Secretary of the International Forum of Meteorological Societies (IFMS) from January 2016 to September 2018, and has been elected as the Treasurer of IFMS since Sep 2019.

Camyale was involved in many international activities e.g. Future Colab in Future Earth, CSO Representative in EBRD etc..Prior to this position, Camyale served as the Deputy Director of APEC Research Center for Typhoon and Society (ACTS) for 4 years.

Camyale studied Ph.D. in Politics at the University of York in the UK, and also studied Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Management at the National Taipei University of Education. He was Lecturer in various Universities including Tamkang University, Taipei City University of Science and Technology, and teaching “Smart City Governance” course at Soochow University. Camyale is also a certified trainer of UNISDR.


Mr. Kyong-Yul Lee, Secretary-General of WeGO, Korea

Mr. Kyong-yul Lee is the Secretary General of WeGO. Prior to joining WeGO, he was a professional career diplomat for 33 years. He has been in charge of major international issues such as trade, investment and official development assistance for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA) and the Ministry of Health and Welfare(MOHW). He majored in economics at Seoul National University and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985. He was a Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C., and Minister-Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in Warsaw. He served as Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Health & Welfare before he was accredited to Angola as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in 2014. He worked to establish the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in 1989, and facilitated Korea`s accession to the OECD in 1996.


Rahul Savdekar, APAC Industry Director, Local and Global Partner

Rahul Savdekar, is a Global Business Leader, with over 20 years of success in Government solutions around eGov, Public Safety, Citizen Services leveraging Cloud & IoT - both as a technology advisor and System Integrator. As an Asia Government Industry Lead for Microsoft Corporation, Rahul drives the Government Industry Digital Transformation Solutions around eGOV, Tax & Revenue, Social Programs, Urban Mobility & City Next(Smart Cities) for Microsoft Asia (APAC, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, GCR, India, Sri lanka & Bangladesh). He works closely with the Government ecosystem to help drive technology adoption through Innovative Industry solutions. Prior to the current role, he was the “CityNext Leader” for Microsoft India, CityNext being Microsoft’s Award Winning Smart Cities Program. Rahul has featured in “50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders” 2017 & 2018 global listing published by World CSR Forum. Rahul is a Subject Matter Expert on Government Industry Solutions & Smart Cities and is frequently invited to speak at Industry Forums globally. Rahul is passionate about innovative technology solutions for better impacting Government services & citizen experience. He simplifies Digital Transformation for Governments, balancing technology solutions around Cloud, Big Data, IoT & Analytics with business priorities and expected outcomes. Rahul holds an MBA in Marketing and has Certifications from Wharton, INSEAD & London Business School.


Candice Ling, APAC PS Lead

Leading Microsoft's Government industry business across Asia

Candice leads Microsoft’s government industry business in Asia and is part of Microsoft's worldwide government industry leadership team. She brings more than 20+ years of technology industry experience working with global and regional customers. In her current role, Candice focuses on accelerating the digital transformation of governments across Asia through the application of technology and innovation.


Executive leader with a proven record of delivering exceptional business results. Ability to quickly earn the trust and confidence of clients, peers and direct reports to address challenges, build consensus, and drive decision-making.


Effective motivator of individuals and teams to set and realize ambitious performance goals and expectations via increased collaboration and creativity.


Client account manager, program manager, solution leader for go-to-market strategy and innovator focused on delivery of the highest quality of service/solution to clients and team members.


Trusted advisor to Federal and Fortune 500 clients, internal teams, and colleagues.


Keren Priyadarshini, Digital Transformation Lead, Healthcare

Keren Priyadarshini is the Digital Transformation Lead and has specialties in Business Development, Setting up and establishing new businesses in the Asia region, Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing.


Her role has been primarily to start business in Asia from ground zero and grow them to scalable heights with a very profitable pipeline and loyal clientele.


The role has been pretty much cradle to grave; right from knocking client doors, building relationships with clients, to secure repeat business. So far have always exceeded sales targets year on year when in a sales role.


Keren is passionate about meeting people and convincing them about the merits being on "Cloud"; breaking down their inhibitions and finally winning their loyalty for life. The tougher the challenge the better and sweeter is victory.


She also have remarkable past experiences such as building the Healthcare practice in APAC & manage a series of research projects which included designing, proposing, pricing, managing and analyzing quantitative and qualitative surveys. Keren was also part of the world leaders and have significant experience in uncovering critical government and regional market access stakeholders as well as KOLs, and mapping their influence levels and interdependencies for companies.


Arthur T. (AT) Ball, APAC Industry Director Local and Global Partner

Fully transitioned after a 30-year career which included challenging command, staff, and special operations leadership assignments during combat and peacetime. Results-oriented senior executive with proven ability and confidence to successfully plan, build, direct, revitalize and lead complex organizations in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational contingency, security and disaster response operations.


AT has the ability to motivate people, maximize resources, and devise successful action plans in both small and large organizational settings.


He also experienced in very high threat, stressful, fast-paced work environments that require multi-tasking, flexibility, and rapid decision-making skills in a resource constrained environment. A proven and dependable leader--a team player with excellent communication, training, and people skills. Has managed numerous programs (planning, programming, budgeting and execution) and has led/managed all aspects of systems delivery, including strategic planning, requirements definition, design, development, operations, maintenance, and policy development in diverse organizations in Army, multiservice and international environments.


AT developed extensive operational knowledge partnering with military forces around the globe during various contingencies throughout his career. While deployed, he led the tactical systems engineering effort to develop a composite organization of non-standard COTS manned and unmanned aircraft, “Task Force ODIN,” utilizing “network centric” warfare to great effect. His work in this field led to Wired Magazine naming him as one of the top 15 people President Obama should interview before taking office.


Charles Reed Anderson, Founder, CRA & Associates Former Vice President, IDC Asia/Pacific

CHARLES REED ANDERSON is a globally-recognised IoT & Smart Cities industry thought leader who has presented at 200 industry events over the past six years. He is renowned for his thought-provoking presentations that not only deliver insights based on the latest trends, but also provide guidance to both technical- and business-minded audiences on how to avoid the potential pitfalls of IoT solution deployment.

Charles has over 25 years’ experience in Asia, Europe and the US advising technology vendors, enterprise customers and government organisations on how to leverage emerging technologies and solutions to drive business and digital transformation initiatives. 

Prior to starting his own IoT Advisory Services firm, Charles led the Telecoms, Mobility & IoT practices for IDC Asia/Pacific and has worked for leading global operators including BT, Vodafone, and O2.

Charles sits on the Advisory Boards of technology start-ups and the GO SMART (Global Organisation of Smart Cities) initiative. In addition, he has served as a Mentor since 2015 with one of the world’s leading accelerator programmes – SparkLabs (Korea & Taiwan). 

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