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WIEF ThinkTalk is a special session designed to empower young changemakers with compelling ideas and deep knowledge on leadership, business, entrepreneurship and the world’s most pressing issues from prominent leaders as well as industry experts. It welcomes inspired thinkers willing to contribute their thoughts and individuals from every discipline seeking knowledge in this world of disruption in which we live.

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WIEF thinkTalk 2021
Online
11.30AM - 12.30PM (+GMT8:00)
30 March 2021, TUESDAY
WIEF ThinkTalk
Online
3pm – 4pm
20 October 2020
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WIEF thinkTalk 2021
Online
11.30AM - 12.30PM (+GMT8:00)
30 March 2021, TUESDAY

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.

30th March 2021 - SME TRENDS : DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS IMPACTING SMES

TimeSessions
3.00pm - 3.05pm - MOCAfest Pop-up

A solo performance by a WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Endah N Rhesa, Musical Group, Indonesia

3.05pm - 3.10pm - Opening Remarks

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

3.10pm - 4.00pm - SME Trends: Disruptive Innovations Impacting SMEs

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

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24th June 2021 - E-funding Avenues for SMEs: Borderless Financing

TimeSessions
4.00pm - 4.05pm - MOCAfest Pop-up

A solo performance by a WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Amir Jahari, Singer and Songwriter, Malaysia

3.05pm – 4.00pm - E-funding Avenues for SMEs: Borderless Financing

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

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27 July 2021 - Game On: Tapping into Gaming and Esports Businesses

TimeSessions
4.00 pm - 4.05 pm - MOCAfest Pop-up

A solo performance by a WIEF MOCAfest artist.

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

4.05 pm - 5.00 pm - Game On: Tapping into Gaming and Esports Businesses

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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29 July 2021 - AI and Machine Learning for a Competitive Edge

TimeSessions
11.30 am - 11.35 am - MOCAfest Pop-Up

A solo performance by a WIEF MOCAfest artist.

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

11.35 Am - 12.30 Pm - AI and Machine Learning for a Competitive Edge

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, Singapore

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Ebrahim PatelChairman WIEF Young Leaders Network & Managing Director, SiyaXoxa Technologies, South Africa

Ebrahim Patel is the Managing Director of SiyaXoxa Technologies. He is also the Chairman of the WIEF Young Leaders Network and member of the WIEF International Advisory Panel. He was the Founder and Past President of the Minara Chamber of Commerce and is an Advisory Board Member of the University of KwaZulu Natal ELC.

Ebrahim was recently appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia and serves on the KwaZulu Natal Economic Council which advises the provincial government on economic strategy. He is passionate about youth and entrepreneurship.

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Charlotte KanInternational Print & Broadcast Journalist, United Kingdom

Charlotte Kan is an international print and broadcast journalist. She specialises in finance, tech, disruption, lifestyle as well as travel. She has worked for some of the world’s largest media outlets including Bloomberg, Standard & Poor’s, Reuters, Euronews, M6, i-télé, RTL and Le Figaro.

She hosts and moderates international conferences as well as events such as ITU’s AIforGood, WSIS Forum, Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards and Monaco Superyacht Awards. Furthermore, she has interviewed countless CEOs, executives, ministers, politicians, leading scientists, artists and VIPs. She is also a media and presentation coach

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Joel ShenVice Chairman, Singapore Chamber of Commerce, Indonesia

Joel Shen is the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia and partner in the corporate team at Withers KhattarWong. He advises corpo retailers, payment companies and venture capital fund managers. He is also a member of Withers Tech and recommended by Chambers for his mergers and acquisition work in Singapore.

Joel is listed by Chambers in its inaugural FinTech Guide as one of only seven Notable Fintech Practitioners in Indonesia. He was one of four lawyers from Indonesia to have been included in Asian Legal Business’ 40 Under 40 listing for 2019. He was twice recognised as a Rising Star and the only non-Indonesian practitioner in Asian Legal Business’ Rising Stars in Indonesia. He is a non-faculty lecturer at the Law and Business Faculties of the University of Indonesia and Universitas Pelita Harapan.

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Endah N RhesaMusical Group, Indonesia

Endah N Rhesa is a duo husband-wife musician team from Indonesia. They started their career in 2004 and was inspired to play in minimalist acoustic format, acoustic guitar, bass and vocal. The musical nuance that they aim to bring out is folk, jazz, blues, rock and roll, and ballads. To date, they have released five albums with their first titled Nowhere to Go in 2009. The hit single from that album was When You Love Someone. In 2010, they released Look What We’ve Found album.

In 2011, they were awarded the Best Performance for Alternative Artists and Best Producer Alternative Album by Indonesian Music Awards (AMI). Endah N Rhesa performed in many places around Indonesia and have been invited to perform in Malaysia, Singapore and Kazakhstan. In 2013, they released their third album Escape, which was influenced by progressive rock. Two years later, they released another album titled Seluas Harapan and their latest effort was released in 2020, titled Regenerate.

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Henri ArslanianCrypto Leader And Partner, PwC, Hong Kong

Henri Arslanian is Crypto Leader and Partner at PwC, former Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and an adjunct professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first fintech university course in Asia. He advises numerous world-leading crypto exchanges, investors, financial institutions and tech firms on fintech and crypto initiatives as well as numerous governments, regulators and central banks on fintech and crypto regulatory and policy matters.

Henri is a TEDx and global keynote speaker, a best-selling published author and is regularly featured in the media including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. His expertise has been acknowledged via numerous awards including most influential individual on Finance globally on LinkedIn by Onalytica and one of the global Top Voices in Economy and Finance by LinkedIn. He hosts Of the FinTechCapsules™ and CryptoCapsules™ social media series.

Henri’s latest book The Future of Finance: The Impact of FinTech, AI and Crypto on Financial Services was ranked as one of Amazon’s global top 10 bestsellers. Before joining PwC, he was with a fintech startup and spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong.

Henri speaks English, French, Armenian, Spanish and Mandarin, holds a master’s degree in Chinese law from Tsinghua University, a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal and a master’s degree in transnational law from the University of Sherbrooke.

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Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul AzizCountry Director And Head Of ASEAN Business, WorldRemit, Malaysia

Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul Aziz has over 20 years of commercially–driven regulatory, compliance and technology experiences in Asia Pacific. He is currently the Malaysia Country Director and Head of ASEAN Business for WorldRemit, and on the board of KAF Investment Bank, AKRU robo-advisory as well as Ethis Global Ventures.

Ridzuan is a member of the board advisor for the Fintech Association of Malaysia where among others, focuses on raising Malaysia’s unique combined values of mature on-shore eco-system. He is one of the advisors for Labuan Financial Services Authority, Asia Pacific University, Taylor’s University Business School, Quest International University and Policy Streets.

Ridzuan founded regulatory technology advisory firms RHT Compliance Solutions and CS Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd. He was the CEO of Sedania As Salam Capital Sdn Bhd and was a regulator with the KLSE during the 1998 Asia financial crisis, the Securities Commission in 2001 and then redeployed to a joint task force between the Securities Commission and Bank Negara Malaysia during the formation of the investment bank concept in 2002.

Ridzuan holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from University of Wales, Aberyswyth and has an MBA specialising in management information system from International Islamic University Malaysia.

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Amir JahariSinger And Songwriter, Malaysia

Amir Jahari is a Malaysian singer, musician and songwriter. He started out as a street busker and now, in his 30s, he is a successful recording artist with multiple hits and albums. Amir has won a variety of awards and had numerous concert performances in various countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

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Chester KingChief Executive Officer, British Esports Association, United Kingdom

Chester King has a 28 year career in healthcare, sport and since 2015 in esports. In 2016, he founded the British Esports Association, with authority from the UK Government, as the national body (not-for-profit) for esports in the UK.

British Esports has co-created with Pearson esports qualifications for schools and colleges (approved by the UK Gov’s Department of Education). In 2019, Chester created the London Royal Ravens, the UK’s Call of Duty League franchise, with ReKTGlobal (owners of ROGUE) and is a co-owner.

Chester was appointed a member (volunteer) of the International Olympic Committee’s ‘Esports and Gaming Liaison Group’ in April 2019. Chester was appointed a member of the board (volunteer) of the Global Esports Federation in December 2019.

In 2020, Chester was the chair of the Education, Culture and Wellness Commission and sat on the Membership and Technical Commissions with Tencent. He was appointed a Vice President in August 2020.

Currently, Chester is the co-chair of the Technical Commission and sits on the Governance, Ethics and Standards Commission. In August 2020, he was appointed as a Trade Advisor Group member for the UK Government’s Department of International Trade (DIT) for the Creative Industries.

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Wan HazmerCo-Founder And Chief Executive Officer, Metronomik Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Wan Hazmer is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Metronomik Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian video game company that creates original IPs with seamless music and game design integration. He is the game director of Metronomik’s debut game No Straight Roads, available for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Before establishing Metronomik in December 2017, Hazmer lived in Japan for ten years. He worked for Square Enix for eight years as Lead Game Designer for Final Fantasy XV, among other games in the franchise. Hazmer’s main goal in life is to craft memorable experiences that put Malaysia on the world map.

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Kamarul Bahrin HaronJournalist, Editor, Anchor, Moderator & Trainer, Malaysia

Kamarul Bahrin Haron is a Journalist, Editor, Anchor, Moderator and Trainer. He has been in the print, broadcasting as well as digital media industry of Malaysia for over 20 years. He was an Editor in Chief at Astro Awani, a Malaysian pay television news channel. Kamarul now freelances his media consultancy, training and moderating services online, and he is based in Kuala Lumpur.

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Sukina PilgrimPoet And Spoken Word Artist, United Kingdom

Sukina Pilgrim is a Poet, Spoken Word Artist and Playwright. As a workshop facilitator and event organiser, she launched a workshop series called The Art of Speaking from the Heart, played an elemental role within the British Muslim creative communities, created platforms for many Muslim artists to express themselves and launch their careers. Her work has been featured on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Al Jazeera screened a documentary about her group called Hip Hop Hijabis in 2015. It has been written about in many international media including Huffington Post and Daily Mail.

Sukina made her theatre debut in 2016 in a production called Malcolm X at the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels. She wrote her first play called Afropean/Human Being that premiered at the same theatre in 2020. In 2017, she delivered a Tedx Talk on the healing potential of poetry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Caribbean studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing for therapeutic purposes.

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Dr M Waleed KadousHead Of Engineering, Anyscale, USA

Dr Waleed Kadous is Head of Engineering at Anyscale, the United States, the company behind the open source distributed machine learning project Ray. Prior to Anyscale, Dr Waleed worked at Uber, where he led overall system architecture, evangelised machine learning and led the Location and Maps team. He also worked at Google, where he founded the Android Location and Sensing team, responsible for the ‘blue dot’ as well as ML algorithms underlying products like Google Fit. Currently, he holds more than 40 patents.

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M Nazri MuhdFounder And Group CEO, MyFinB Group, Singapore

M Nazri Muhd is the Founder of MyFinB, Centre of AI Innovation (Global), Chairman for the AI World Summit and also serves as the Honorary Consul for Cabo Verde (West Africa). He specialises in AI and cognitive analytics with more than two decades as a practitioner in these fields. As an early pioneer to deploy AI-based analytics in Asia-Pacific since early 2000, Nazri leads the digital transformation strategies for public, private and non-profit organisations globally where he serves as their AI advisor. Through these roles, he has successfully built a strong global community of AI adopters and practitioners in more than 50 countries.

On 12 July 2021, Nazri was ranked the Number One Thought Leader in AI, Digital Transformation and Predictive Analytics by US-based, independent group called Thinkers360. He was recently awarded the Global Chamber 2020 Excellence Award for Global Partnerships and Innovation. In 2018, Nazri was named one of the World’s Top 500 Influential Personalities in the Islamic world and economy by Islamica500. He was also awarded the Asia Pacific’s Top Young Business Leader Award in 2010 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

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Tasleem JamilaPoet, Vocalist And Author, United States

Tasleem Jamila is a Poet, Vocalist, Author, Speaker, Educator and Holistic Health Advocate. She is CEO of My Soul Speaks, a company that creates interactive workshop, presentation and performances across the world. Her work highlights the way hip hop, culture as well as spoken word theatre can contribute to freedom, justice and equality for all people.

As an advocate for women and children’s rights with a universal approach, Tasleem’s programmes have been utilised in detention centres to universities across the globe, and performances that include The Kennedy Centre, Excel London, Columbia University (NYC) as well as the African World Festival of the Arts, just to name a few. She has performed her works across the United States, the United Kingdom, Africa as well as Canada, and continues to tour worldwide. She has a master’s degree in spirituality, culture and health.

WIEF ThinkTalk
Online
3pm – 4pm
20 October 2020

WIEF thinkTalk is a special session designed to empower young changemakers with compelling ideas and deep knowledge on leadership, business, entrepreneurship and the world’s most pressing issues from prominent leaders as well as industry experts. It welcomes inspired thinkers willing to contribute their thoughts and individuals from every discipline seeking knowledge in this world of disruption in which we live. In this virtual WIEF thinkTalk edition, the speaker will dive deeply into digital business and explore how it continues to be a driving force for world economic recovery and growth.

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Reinforcing Digital Business:  Accelerating Growth Amid Turmoil

TimeSessions
3.00 pm - 4.00 pm - Reinforcing Digital Business:  Accelerating Growth Amid Turmoil

The pandemic has forced businesses to explore new and heighten levels of digital collaboration. This is pivotal in positioning them to thrive beyond the near and intermediate terms. With digital ecosystems forecasted to contribute towards a larger portion of the global corporate revenue by 2025, the digital journey is no longer seen as a new endeavour, but a powerful enabler in bridging the physical and digital worlds to deliver new business value and a key differentiator in times of crisis.

E-commerce is now at the forefront of retail. The adoption curve for online payments is on a steep rise and the supply chain is witnessing unprecedented digital acceleration. These are signs that digitisation has stepped in to fill the gaps left by mandated shutdowns and physical distancing. How can digital businesses persevere to ensure being future-ready beyond this crisis and continue to drive economic recovery and growth?

This session will discuss:

  • How digital business can build an advantage in efficiency, productivity and agility through innovative efforts and creative models.
  • The lessons to learn from examples of digital and data collaboration industries that have helped accelerate positive outcomes during the crisis.
  • How can policymakers support digital businesses in terms of cross-border trade challenges, network capacity, digital incentives and subsidies, online trade policies, talents, narrowing the digital divide and levelling the playing field for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Speaker:

  • Frances Valintine (CNZM), Founder, Tech Futures Lab, New Zealand

Moderator:

  • Ebrahim Patel, Chairman WIEF Young Leaders Network & Managing Director, SiyaXoxa Technologies, South Africa
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Frances Valintine Founder, Tech Futures Lab, New Zealand

Frances Valintine is a leader in innovation and emerging technologies. After a 20-year career in higher education and creative technology, she launched Tech Futures Lab in 2016, committed to the development of people and capability, as well as a culture of innovation and responsiveness to technological advancements. She has worked with, and advised over, 250 organisations from every sector in New Zealand and has gained a reputation as an expert in leading change initiatives.

Frances was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018 and was recognised for her lifetime contribution to education as well as technology. She received the New Zealand Flying Kiwi Award in 2017, was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame and named one of the top three Innovators of the Year at the ‘NZer of the Year’ awards.  In 2016, she was named as one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International and awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award. Prior to that, she was awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education).

Frances sits on the boards of Watercare and Dilworth School Trust and is an advisor to Bank of New Zealand. She is also a selection advisor for the Edmund Hillary Foundation, committed to supporting a community of impact entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers to build meaningful solutions to global problems. She holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.

 

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Ebrahim Patel Chairman, WIEF Young Leaders Network
Managing Director, SiyaXoxa Technologies, South Africa

Ebrahim Patel is the Managing Director of SiyaXoxa Technologies. He is also the Chairman of the WIEF Young Leaders Network and member of the WIEF International Advisory Panel.  He was the Founder and Past President of the Minara Chamber of Commerce and is an Advisory Board Member of the University of KwaZulu Natal ELC. Ebrahim was recently appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia and serves on the KwaZulu Natal Economic Council which advises the provincial government on economic strategy. He is passionate about youth and entrepreneurship.