Innovation and Entrepreneurship Business Networking Forum


How has technology transformed businesses and what can you do to ensure that your business stays ahead in this digital age?

Join us in the upcoming forum and hear from our panel of industry experts as they discuss the local business climate and how to remain competitive in the market.

Forum Topics

  • Technology Transforming Today’s Businesses
    Dr Charles Ling, Chief Operating Officer, Informatics Executive Education, Singapore

  • Empowering Local Businesses to Contribute Innovative Ideas & Solutions Towards a Smart Nation
    Panel Discussion by Industry Experts

  • Cost Optimisation with Lean Management
    Gurbachan Singh, Principal Practice Leader, GloApp Human Capital, Singapore


Speakers and Panellists

Dr Charles Ling, Chief Operating officer, Informatics Executive Education, Singapore

Dr Charles Ling is the Chief Operating Officer of Informatics Education Limited. In his current portfolio, Dr Ling is responsible for the strategic direction, development and management of the core businesses of Informatics Education.

Before joining Informatics Education, Dr Ling was the Founding Director of the Strategic Technology Management Institute (STMI), an institute within the National University of Singapore. He was responsible for shaping the strategy, business and operation of the institute. Dr Ling also held leadership positions at the Office of CIO and Services Management in the Singapore Exchange.

An active speaker in conferences and seminars, Dr Ling also published his research and industrial work in various international journals, magazines, newsletters and newspapers.

Ben Chew, Founder, StartupJobs Asia

Ben Chew is a serial entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in the HR/Recruitment space. He currently has several HR tech projects, including running TBC HR Consulting - a boutique recruitment business based in Singapore. He is also the Managing Director of an equity holding and investment company which does co-investment deals with investment partners/VCs in startups and also invest in other investment vehicles such as equity market. Ben is also involved in many community initiatives in the local startup ecosystem - one such project is Startup Jobs Asia which aims to be the voice for startup hiring within Asia.

Lim Wei Wah, Director, Asia IT Site Operations, User Experience Services, Microsoft IT, Singapore

Lim Wei Wah is the Director, Asia IT Site Operations responsible for key site infrastructure and cloud initiatives for 137 sites across 18 countries in Asia ranging from developed large to small emerging subsidiaries, business groups, regional operation centre and two global support centres with total users of 30,000. He embarks on New World of Work program in order to create new IT work experience within Microsoft.

Wei Wah provides a technology environment across Microsoft Asia that enables a productive workforce by using and showcasing Microsoft products (often in beta stage) and latest partners’ technology. He has been driving internal IT Environmental Sustainability program to reduce carbon footprint and Data Centre virtualization. As a part of the User Experience IT responsibility, he also owns and manages the relationship between the internal Microsoft clients, vendors and worldwide IT team.

Praba G Menon, Managing Director, PestBusters , PestBusters, Singapore

Mr. Praba G Menon was appointed as a Managing Director of PestBusters Pte Ltd on 16 April 2015, as the Company goes global with its war against pest and operational start up in the United Kingdom, Dubai, Maldives, China, India and other pest-filled cities. Mr. Praba Menon brings along with him 30 years of a very strong background in quality hospitability management, managing 5-star luxury hotels and resorts in many countries – such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, etc.

Mr Menon is a distinctive, highly-driven individual with strong and diversified background in strategic planning, quality management, team leadership and operational enhancement in sales & marketing, food & beverage and associates management and training.

Shiva Venkatraman, Former Chief Technologist & Strategist, Hewlett-Packard, Singapore

Shiva Venkatraman is the Former Chief Technologist and Strategist for HP Enterprise Services (ES) in Asia Pacific and Japan.

Shiva assisted the HP Enterprise Services business unit in delivering new technology-enabled transformation and innovation services centered on HP’s mobility and workplace, mobile applications, IOT and manage cloud offerings that help clients reduce cost and complexity. He helped to drive innovation not only in IT/Technology, Strategic and Transformational Outsourcing and Operations but also around Sales, Marketing and other functions.

He brings over 20 years of global experience in particular venture backed startups offering innovative new offerings in Wi-Fi Networking and Security, Digital Marketing as well as Consulting Advisory Services on Cloud and Mobile to the market.

Gurbachan Singh, Principal Practice Leader, Lean Management Specialist, GloApp Human Capital, Singapore

Gurbachan Singh has over 32 years of experience with exposure to a broad range of manufacturing industry and operations consulting; about 20 years in executive management positions and over 10 years in consulting, doing business process diagnostics, process quality and efficiency improvement, and plant wide cost down programmes.

He has a Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Post-graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and PRINCE2 Certification.

His industry operations background spans different sectors that include high technology precision electronics (Hitachi Semiconductor), heavy industry (Air Radiators) and truck manufacture (Iveco Trucks).

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Wed Sep 7, 2016
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
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Drama Centre Function Room 2, 100 Victoria Street Level 3, National Library Building Singapore 188064
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