Pierre Vanrenterghem – General Manager @Rosemont Business Asia
Pierre graduated in Business from ESSEC Business School and also holds a Master’s degree in Law. He was previously working in Paris and later managed the Corporate Service department of a top-tier German law firm. Prior from setting up RBA, Pierre was a legal consultant at a Singapore-based law firm where he was in charge of corporate, tax and immigration matters. He has experience advising companies and individuals on their investment or commercial projects as well as their relocation in South East Asia.
Toby Scregg– Managing Director & Co-Founder @eveHR
Prior to relocating to Ho Chi Minh City in Feb 2019, Toby worked in a London based VC fund focussing on Series A B2B SaaS and e-commerce investments. After seeing the transformational impact technology businesses can have on the HR departments in the west, Toby co-founded EveHR to drive improvements in employee retention and engagement across Vietnam.
Employee turnover in Vietnam is the highest for any country in Asia. EveHR delivers companies the tools they need to attract and retain their best talent, whilst digitising processes and driving efficiencies. It’s modular SaaS platform delivered via app/desktop provides a variety of solutions across the HR function, with core modules in flexible benefits management and employee recognition.
Jerome Ly– Co-Founder & CEO @Savyu
Result-driven Senior Executive with over 15 years of broad international management experience covering Europe, Asia and Brazil. Established, managed and grew various businesses within E-business, Online Marketing, Mobile Payment and Consumers Goods.
Strong track record in managing large team of diverse backgrounds. Strategic mind-set with capabilities for proactively identifying problems and opportunities. Rich experiences in business development in multi-cultural environment and in implementation of IT solutions with complex processes.
Exceptional listener and communicator who effectively conveys information verbally and in writing.
Goal-driven leader who maintains a productive climate and confidently motivates, mobilizes, and coaches employees to meet high performance standards. Eager to work in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment.
Launched Alibaba.com in Brazil with full operational responsibilities. Launched KISS for SmarTone.
Marc Djandji– Managing Director @ASEAN Strategy Group LTd
Prior to moving to Vietnam in 2003, Marc worked as a Private Equity Analyst in a Montreal-based family office.
Marc is the Founder and Managing Director of ASEAN Strategy Group, a boutique advisory firm, focused on cross-border trade and investments for the small to mid-market segment in Southeast Asia.
He was the very first Head of Research in Vietnam and throughout his career headed research departments at several leading brokerage houses in the country. In addition to covering Vietnamese equities, he designed new research products, set up standard procedures, and trained teams of analysts.
He then headed several institutional brokerage departments where he built sales desks from scratch, attracted new institutional clients, grew sales and profitability, and helped improve client services.
He has been widely recognized as a thought leader on Vietnam’s capital markets and has been cited in the WSJ, Bloomberg Businessweek, Asia Money, and Finance Asia.
He is currently Vice President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (CanCham) promoting cross-border trade and investments between the two countries.
In his free time, he mentors local start-ups at The Vietnam Innovative Start-up Accelerator (VIISA), an initiative set up by FPT and Dragon Capital.
Martijn Lips – Co-Founder & CEO @WeSport
Martijn is an experienced manager with over ten years of management and business development experience in South East Asia, Africa and Europe. After arriving in Vietnam early 2011, he led a young team of maritime engineering professionals during his period as country manager and successfully grew the business in a difficult and competitive environment. Through his passion for sports Martijn and his partners founded WeSport in early 2017 and have since gradually grown the business until where it is today. WeSport was founded to become the #1 sports platform (APP) in Asia as well as become a springboard for sports development and innovation. Martijn has an extensive network in the sports industry in SEA and Europe, partly due to his experience as a youth professional football player in The Netherlands. Furthermore, he is currently in the completion phase of his EMBA at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
WeSport was founded to become the #1 sports platform in Asia as well as become a springboard forsports development and innovation. Obviously this is quite a vision, but it doesn’t come out of nowhere. The founders have each spent several years in Asia and realized that the focus in the sports industry is mostly only directed at professional sports. Regular people usually face many hurdles and difficulties to play sports on a regular basis. Sometimes due to lack of sport facilities, a limited personal network or simply because the effort to undertake sports is just too much. WeSport intends to change this by taking away these barriers, introduce new sports, support innovation and at the same time connect people through the passion for sports. Consequently, two APP’s have been developed linked through the WeSport server, which allows sport facility mangers to easily manage their facilities and users to be connected to these facilities through an interactive social sports platform. Asia is known for its large, fast growing and especially young population. Standard of living has been increasing rapidly and a healthy lifestyle is increasingly important for people. Hence, investing in making it easier for people to play sports on a regular basis not only benefits the community, but also the sector in general.
Vinh Do – Startup Ecosystem Manager @Songhan (Incubator Speaker for the firechat)
My name is Vinh Thanh Do, Startup Ecosystem Manager of the South from Songhan Incubator. My roles involves managing, supporting and developing sustainable startup ecosystem in Ho Chi Minh City, in which Songhan Incubator is a key node of the network. I am also responsible for planning, preparing and controlling the quality of all martketing materials relating to Songhan Incubator’s activities in the South.
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Songhan Incubator was born in 2017 with a vision of spreading the entrepreneurial spirit among Vietnamese, incubating brilliant, talented startup founder and help them achieve their dreams of founding their own companies. Songhan Incubator is the first private incubator in Vietnam and has been established as one of the most trusted brands in the startup community with offices in the North, the South, and the Middle of Vietnam.
Australiance is a consulting & recruitment company. Founded in 2010, the company helps international professionals and businesses to settle in Australia and Australian companies to expand their business in Europe. They have also developed their international talent acquisition recruitment activity. Thus, they help their B2B clients to find the right people for their organisation.
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