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WIEF thinkTALK is a virtual session specially designed to empower young changemakers with compelling ideas plus deep knowledge on leadership, business, entrepreneurship and pressing issues from prominent leaders as well as industry experts. It welcomes inspired thinkers willing to contribute their thoughts, and individuals from every discipline, who seek knowledge in a world of disruption in which we now live.

At this crucial time when the prosperity of SMEs and startups has been brutally hit by the COVID-19 crisis, WIEF thinkTALK Series 2021, a virtual initiative by WIEF Young Leaders Network (WYN), serves as a recovery guide for small businesses through online discussions with experts, and positively affect growth.

*An e-Certificate of participation will be given to attendees (upon request) at the end of the session.

MOCAfest Pop-up
A solo performance by a WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Endah N Rhesa, Musical Group, Indonesia

Opening Remarks by Ebrahim Patel Chairman of WIEF Young Leaders Network
Chairman of WIEF Young Leaders Network

COVID-19 has been a gamechanger for many small businesses worldwide. It has enforced financial constraints and other limitations that require small businesses to think up inventive solutions to stay in business. The crisis is a call to action for SMEs to shift to the digital footprints of business engagement. Even though the pandemic has been significant from early 2020, there are other impending trends and predictions that entrepreneurs should also keep an eye on.

This first edition of WIEF thinkTALK Series 2021 discusses:

  • what small businesses and entrepreneurs should expect in 2021 and beyond
  • key opportunities for innovations that help SMEs set their businesses apart
  • how SMEs should capitalise on latest technological disruptions like AR, VR and AI

Speakers:

  • Joel Shen, Vice Chairman, Singapore Chamber Of Commerce, Indonesia
  • Ebrahim Patel, Chairman WIEF Young Leaders Network & Managing Director, SiyaXoxa Technologies, South Africa

Moderator:

  • Charlotte Kan, International Print & Broadcast Journalist, United Kingdom

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Ebrahim Patel

Chairman WIEF Young Leaders Network & Managing Director, SiyaXoxa Technologies, South Africa
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Joel Shen

Vice Chairman, Singapore Chamber Of Commerce, Indonesia
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Charlotte Kan

International Print & Broadcast Journalist, United Kingdom
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Endah N Rhesa

Musical Group, Indonesia

MOCAfest Pop-up
A solo performance by a WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Amir Jahari, Singer and Songwriter, Malaysia

Funding is crucial for SMEs and startups to survive, especially in the current turbulent situation. During this volatile economic period, small and new businesses should explore other avenues for funding other than financial institutions. E-funding market and platforms need to be reinforced as an alternative funding source to cater to SMEs funding needs.

This edition of WIEF thinkTALK Series 2021 discusses:

  • opportunities from platforms such as fintech for micro businesses
  • investment and funding possibilities of cryptocurrencies
  • developing SMEs into borderless businesses, thus, globalising them

Speaker:

  • Henri Arslanian, Crypto Leader and Partner, PwC, Hong Kong

Moderator:

  • Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul Aziz, Country Director and Head of ASEAN Business, WorldRemit, Malaysia

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Henri Arslanian

Crypto Leader and Partner, PwC, Hong Kong
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Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul Aziz

Country Director and Head of ASEAN Business, WorldRemit, Malaysia
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Amir Jahari

Singer and Songwriter, Malaysia

MOCAfest Pop-up
A solo performance by a WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Sukina Pilgrim, Poet and Spoken Word Artist, United Kingdom

Esports as well as gaming have burst into mainstream businesses in recent years and are becoming multi-billion-dollar opportunity for progressive investors. The global gaming market was valued at USD162.32 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach a value of USD295.63 billion by 2026.

This session will discuss:

  • Investing in gaming and esports businesses
  • Role and benefits of blockchain and crypto in gaming and esports
  • Market potentials of esports and gaming beyond sponsors

Speakers:
Chester King, Chief Executive Officer, British Esports Association, United Kingdom
Wan Hazmer, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metronomik Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Moderator:
Kamarul Bahrin Haron, Journalist, Editor, Anchor, Moderator & Trainer, Malaysia

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Chester King

Chief Executive Officer, British Esports Association, United Kingdom
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Wan Hazmer

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metronomik Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
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Kamarul Bahrin Haron

Journalist, Editor, Anchor, Moderator & Trainer, Malaysia
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Sukina Pilgrim

Poet and Spoken Word Artist, United Kingdom

MOCAfest Pop-up
A solo performance by a WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Tasleem Jamila, Poet, Vocalist and Author, United States

Applying AI and machine learning (ML) in businesses has been the focus of entrepreneurs looking to stay ahead of the curve. This is essential as companies should innovate to maintain their competitiveness during a time when tech trends are accelerating at breakneck speed.

This edition of WIEF thinkTALK Series 2021 discusses:

  • Understanding algorithm to benefit business growth
  • Achieving a competitive advantage through AI and ML
  • Applying AI and ML in business and the workforce for easy pivot in time of crisis

Speaker:
Dr M Waleed Kadous, Head of Engineering, Anyscale, USA

Moderator:
M Nazri Muhd, Founder and Group CEO, MyFinB Group, Singapore

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Dr M Waleed Kadous

Head of Engineering, Anyscale, USA
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M Nazri Muhd

Founder and Group CEO, MyFinB Group, Singapore
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Tasleem Jamila

Poet, Vocalist and Author, United States