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Discover our first speaker!

Lionel Crottaz

CEO & Founder

@Passing shot

With over 20 years in the professional services sector, from Switzerland to South-East Asia, Lionel has held several client facing and leadership roles in various industries. He first started as an entrepreneur, delivering IT consulting solutions for SME’s (applications, e-business and infrastructure). His MBA helped him transition to managing more complex projects in property and facilities management. Having become a client of a recruitment agency, they offered him a branch manager role in Geneva. It led to 10 years of HR solutions consulting with Fortune 500 MNCs, in roles including operations, P&L ownership, business excellence and sales.


Passing Shot is a company that re-engineers consumer products, protected by intellectual property (IP) and leases the commercialisation rights for a fee (royalty) to global MNCs. They are launching the Heetbox solution: the first battery-operated lunchbox, that re-heats food just in time.

Jean-Louis Michelet

Managing director Asia Pacific


Jean-Louis leads Equiteq’s business in Asia-Pacific. He has a background of more than 30 years in finance, M&A and consulting, particularly in the domains of professional services, IT and high-tech, as well as in-depth experience of Asia-Pacific.

Equiteq is the leading M&A advisor to firms in the knowledge economy. Equiteq provides merger, acquisition and growth services to businesses that trade primarily in intellectual capital: management consultancies, media and marketing agencies, IT consulting firms, engineering consultancies, human capital management firms. Equiteq has been dedicated to helping owners grow and realize investments in these businesses since 2006. Their global platform and deep expertise in this focused, high growth sector has made them the worldwide leader in evaluating, supporting and marketing firms across the knowledge economy.

Ben Said



Ben Said has a 15 years experience in development, infrastructure, DBA,
business analysis & project management. He worked in Switzerland & Singapore.

Straits provides home loan brokerage on a digital and secure basis. It simplifies the home loan process by eliminating time-wasting appointments & making the loan choice easier. From digital and fast pre-approval to legal process optimization, Straits will reduce the entire closing time from 3 months to 2 weeks.


Thomas Laboulle

CEO & Founder


Thomas Laboulle is the founder and CEO of Singapore-based Toku. Graduated from the Royal Military Academy, he spent several years in the military field before deciding to continue his academic journey and move into the private sector. In 2012, he founded Mundito, a boutique consulting firm. By mid-2016, Thomas was recruited by the Board of Directors of GlobalRoam to lead and re- structure the then 15-year old Singaporean telecom operator. This experience resulted in the eventual founding of Toku in 2018.

Headquartered in Singapore, Toku is a cloud communication provider that enables smart engagement via voice and messaging APIs. As a rapidly growing CPaaS (Communications Platform- as-a-Service) player with the largest range of virtual numbers in Singapore, Toku offers a wide portfolio of services ranging from a core telco offering to next generation communication features. Toku serves a variety of enterprises across multiple industries; key offerings include a range of APIs for online businesses and standalone communication products—Toku Connect and Toku nGage—for offline companies.

Matthew Howden


@Idem Hospitality

Matthew is a seasoned entrepreneur and a trailblazer in Hospitality technology. With more than 25 years’ business management experience at Executive and Managerial level across technology, content and marketing industries in Australia & South East Asia. Over the years he has successfully built multiple companies, from start-up to strategic and financial exit. Matthew has expertise in scaling companies, building teams and delivering revenue goals.

IDEM have developed the next generation group reservations platform which simplifies the management of groups for hotels, their event organizer customers, and their guests. Our online booking solution helps increase revenue between 5% – 45% per group and saves Hoteliers between $5 – $10 per reservation in man hours. IDEM’s automation eliminates the current manual, paper based group reservation process while improving the privacy and security of every guest.

Amir Sethu



Amir has 20 years’ financial services experience, both as an adviser and whilst working in industry, with significant expertise in the alternative lending and insurance sectors. Core skills include: Strategy and Leadership, Corporate Governance, Board Advisory, Risk Management and Risk Culture including ESG, Regulatory and Conduct. Latterly, as part of KPMG’s UK Financial Services Consulting business, he worked with organisations to deliver more connected customer journeys.  Prior to KPMG, he was part of the founding team at a UK based, insurance start up, servicing speciality risks through Lloyd’s of London and SMEs through a UK branch network.

Lendurance helps  SMEs run better businesses. Their platform provides funding, but also uses the data collected
during credit risk assessment to anticipate potential problems and recommend relevant solutions ahead of time (e.g. insurance, forex, accounting / tax, HR, marketing). This facilitates real development of SME businesses and leads to repeat funding as SMEs maintain gearing ratios, take advantage of tax breaks, and optimise returns.

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 in 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.

Rosemont Business Asia is a leading accounting, tax and corporate services boutique with offices in Singapore, HK, Thailand and Vietnam.

More speakers to be announced, stay tuned!

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