We’re excited to bring you a diverse range of speakers, from all industries and sectors, to share their insights and expertise around the applications of data science and AI for business. 

Alex Jenkins

Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH), Curtin University

Alex is a seasoned technology expert and current Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH) at Curtin University with more than 15 years experience in advancing data science and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.
Alex has collaborated with prominent organisations in resources, engineering and the life sciences to develop cutting-edge big data implementations, supply chain modelling and data science strategies.

A fervent proponent of fostering strong partnerships among the education sector, government and industry, Alex is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of STEM professionals and propelling Australia’s tech workforce forward. Alex is most excited about the application of artificial intelligence to education, clinical healthcare and medical research.

Shin Wee Chuang

Chief Executive Officer, Pand.ai

Shin Wee Chuang is the Co-Founder & CEO at Pand.ai, a start-up that builds AI-powered chatbots that make talking to a machine a lot more fun and engaging. 

As a founder-CEO of a tech startup, he is responsible for driving business growth as well as product roadmap. He spends a lot of time talking to clients, understanding what they need and what challenges they face, and then take their challenges back to his product and engineering teams where they brainstorm for innovative solutions to address these challenges.

Prior to starting Pand.ai, he was the Head of Digital Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in China. 

Prashant Ganesh

Head of Technical Services and Engineering, Google SouthEast Asia

Prashant Ganesh is a dynamic leader with a track record of nearly two decades in the tech industry, consistently driving innovative solutions for customers. Prashant is the Head of Technical Consulting and Engineering for Google Southeast Asia and he leads a team of solution architects, engineers and engagement managers. Together, they work with businesses across various verticals to deeply integrate Google’s suite of advertising and marketing tech products with their marketing systems. These solutions help businesses acquire and engage customers, improve profitability, monetize their businesses, and provide a better customer digital experience by tapping into their first-party data in a privacy-safe manner and utilize advancements in artificial intelligence to achieve the above goals. Prashant and his team also open source many of these solutions on GitHub to allow a wider ecosystem of small and medium businesses to benefit from them.

Prashant’s leadership, technical acumen, and strategic thinking have consistently shaped his career, leaving an indelible mark on organizations and clients he’s been associated with. His passion for innovation, coupled with a customer-centric approach, continues to drive transformative change in the digital advertising landscape. He actively participates in forums, discussions, and industry partnerships, fostering an environment of shared learning and growth.

Marc Leong

Executive Vice President,

Marc has been with the banking industry for over 20 years. He has extensive management and leadership expertise in areas such as consumer finance, SME banking, account management, wealth management, marketing and alliance strategies, etc.

Over the last decade, Marc was instrumental in pioneering and building Maybank’s consumer mortgage and retail loans portfolio to a top 5 position in Singapore. Marc currently helms SME Banking and has delivered strong growth in areas like loans, deposits, business wealth and cash management. He was a former EXCO of Singapore Fintech Association and a popular speaker at various local, regional and related industry events.

Naomi Vowels

Co-Founder, Givvable

Profile to be updated.

Reuben Lim

Chief Operating Officer,
Singapore Fintech Association

Reuben is Chief Operating Officer at Singapore FinTech Association (SFA). He leads the secretariat and works with the executive committee to spearhead initiatives that strengthen the FinTech ecosystem in Singapore.


With over 18 years of experience in business development and management, Reuben has empowered both large enterprises, SMEs and government agencies in uncovering valuable revenue and growth opportunities through active business partnering and strong leadership. He has led teams across the industries of aviation, real estate investment, marine, intellectual property, amongst others.

Reuben graduated from the Singapore Management University in Business Management (SMU), with a Magna Cum Laude. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in IP Management and Innovations Management from Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).

Dr. Saumya Jamuar

Clinical Director of the SingHealth Duke-NUS
Institute of Precision Medicine and Senior Consultant at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital (KKH)

As a paediatrician, Dr Jamuar witnesses the anguish that parents of children with undiagnosed genetic disorders face. Beyond that, uncovering and identifying a rare disease also help clinical teams gain a deeper understanding of their patient’s condition. They can then target the most appropriate treatment for the patient, although Dr Jamuar also acknowledged that therapeutic options for this group are limited at the moment. Among his successful attempts at genetic sleuthing is the discovery of the world’s first known case of a rare genetic syndrome, now called ‘Jamuar Syndrome’. It is named after the doctor due to his role in identifying the condition.

Since receiving the National Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Award in March 2022, Dr Jamuar has spent around 70 per cent of his time on research activities. His research focuses on using cutting-edge genomic technologies to find the genetic basis of patients whose rare diseases have remained unsolved despite going through advanced genomic tests, such as whole exome or genome sequencing.

Dr Jamuar is also looking at the genomic data of healthy Singaporeans, under the PRECISE (Precision Health Research, Singapore) initiative, to understand the prevalence of genetic diseases among Singaporeans. He is also collaborating with researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) and Nanyang Technological University to explore developing therapeutics for patients who have received a diagnosis. He believes that the field of genomics will continue to grow, with Singapore being well-positioned following the launch of the National Precision Medicine Initiative. 

Vincent Desclaux

Managing Director, Palo IT

Vincent has been working in Asia for the past 11 years (Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai) within the digital and technology space.He has founded and run several companies in different sectors such as IT Consulting, Education and the F&B business. 

Being a servant leader, he inspires his teams to harness the power of trust, collaboration and accountability to go beyond efficiency, productivity and execution.

His research fields include organization strategy, corporate hacking, emerging technologies, modern leadership, Tech4good and the future of work.As an Agile and Technology enthusiast, he is passionate about digital innovation and the infinite horizons that it offers.

Eric Koh

Chief Operating Officer, Dedoco

Eric’s journey in the startup space began with his role as Program Director of NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) in Silicon Valley, where he developed partnerships with leading VCs, incubators, early stage ventures and Stanford University to impart entrepreneurial know-how and vigor to budding entrepreneurs. The alumni of the program had since founded well-known startups in Singapore such as Carousell, Shopback, Patsnap and 99.co.

After returning to Singapore, he joined two other startups and the latter being the COO of a video monetization and publishing platform that he helped lead, turnaround and successfully close their pre-series B round last year. As Chief Operating Officer of Dedoco, he drives key change and transformation alongside CEO and leadership team.

Professor Luke Haseler

School of Allied Health, Curtin University

Profile to be updated.

Professor Tele Tan

Deputy Head of School – Electrical Engineering, Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Curtin University

Tele Tan is a Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Mechatronics at Curtin University. Tele obtained the PhD degree in Electronics Engineering at Surrey University (UK) in 1993 and spent a decade in defence research before joining academia in 2004. As an engineer, Tele’s vision is to make tomorrow better for the community and sees the importance of collaboration as a tool to help build resilience within our community, both local and global.

Tele founded the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) in 2015.  AASQA is a social innovation initiative with the vision of harnessing the special talents of people with Autism Spectrum for the collective benefit of those with autism, industry and the wider community. The mission of the AASQA is to enable individuals with autism to leverage their unique skills through training, educating and mentoring programs, creating pathways to valued, long-term employment. This initiative simultaneously meets the social inclusion needs of people with autism and the business needs of the IT industry facing challenges in attracting and retaining productive and loyal talents to innovate in systems development and services.

Underpinning the operation of AASQA are experts from the multi-disciplinary fields of software engineering, occupational therapy and special education to help support and provide high-level expertise and services in assessment, training, education and work placements in the IT industry. The rich inter-dependencies between the Academy and the business enterprises provides a strong business case to service the growing demands of the sector, as well as delivering a ‘game-changing’ shift in enabling valued employment opportunities for adults with autism.

In 2016, the AASQA was named winner of the WAITTA/Incite awards in the Most Impactful Social Benefit category. AASQA was also winner of the 2018 BHERT Awards for Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit. In 2021, Tele was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to information and communication technology, and to people on the autism spectrum.

Professor David Lee Kuo Chuen

Chairman, Global Fintech Institute

David LEE Kuo Chuen is a Professor of Fintech and Blockchain at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), a Distinguished Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), a founding Council Member of the British Blockchain Association, and Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Fintech and Annual Review of Fintech.

Meanwhile, Professor LEE is also an internationally renowned scholar and industry opinion leader in the field of blockchain, an expert in the development of WEB3 and Artificial Intelligence (AI) application scenarios, the Chairman of the Global FinTech Institute (GFI), a co-founder of the Singapore Blockchain Association, a co-founder of the Blockchain Security Alliance and Global Web3 Association, a CBDC advisor to the Asian Development Bank, Vice President of the Economic Society of Singapore (ESS), a cryptocurrency advisor to the Asian Institute of Digital Finance (AIDF) of NUS, an advisor to the SUSS Node for inclusive FinTech (NiFT), an independent director of several listed companies in Singapore, an angel investor in blockchain, WEB3, inclusive finance and AI innovation, a senior advisor and Investment Committee member of Artichoke Capital which is backed by institutional limited partners, including sovereign wealth and family office funds. Professor LEE previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Provost of Singapore Management University (SMU), Diector of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economic (SKBI) in Singapore, a member of the Research Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of Ping An OneConnect, an independent director of Lu Global in Singapore, and long taught at the Mayor’s Class in Singapore. In addition, Professor LEE served as an international consultant to the Distributed Trust Research Project at Stanford University, Group MD of listed companies OUE Enterprise and Auric Pacific, a Fellow at Harvard University – National University of Singapore (1991-1993), a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University in 2015, the founder of hedge fund Ferrell Asset Management, and the founder of real estate developer Ferrell Residences.

Gavin Chua

Vice Chairman, SGTech

Gavin is vice-chair of SGTech, leading trade association for Singapore’s tech industry. He also co-chairs SGTech’s Digital Trust chapter and Sustainability committee. In Singapore he also serves as co-founding chair of Sustainability Alliance with the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, to help SMEs meet Singapore’s Green Plan targets.

Gavin is concurrently the head of stakeholder engagement for the Asia-Pacific at Meta. He sponsors social and economic impact programs in relation to digital skills, AI, metaverse, and sustainability. Prior to Meta, Gavin was a partner at Control Risks advising multinationals on business risks as they invested in emerging markets. Early in his career he co-founded a data analytics start-up and gained experiences from the Singapore civil service (PM’s Office), university teaching (SUSS), and think tank advocacy (SIIA). 

Veerappan Swaminathan

Founder & Director, Sustainable Living Lab

Veera is the CEO of Sustainable Living Lab, a sustainability & innovation consulting firm with operations in Singapore, Indonesia, India and the US. His professional experience spans the domains of sustainability, foresight, corporate innovation and AI skilling. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Climate Action SG Alliance and as an Exco member of the SGTech Sustainability Steering Committee. In 2014, he co-founded a community based initiative called Repair Kopitiam to tackle the buy-and-throw-away culture in Singapore. He is also a Fellow of the EdSAFE AI Alliance Leadership Network and graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Intellectual Property Management.

Dr. Steven Ang

Advisory Board Member, Senior Vice President, EyRIS

Dr. Steven Ang is a trained clinician with a career spanning over three decades. Dr. Ang has also consistently lent his expertise to the advancement of national Healthcare IT initiatives for the past 30 years.

 In 2019, Dr. Ang embraced a pivotal role as a key member of the EyRIS team, where he assumed leadership of the company’s global expansion. EyRIS, has trailblazed AI-driven healthcare technology and established its presence in over 30 countries worldwide. EyRIS’s global outreach but have also resulted in the integration of their cutting-edge AI technology into three prominent National Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Screening Programs.

Dr. Sandy Chong

Principal Consultant at 

A Harvard Alumna and Principal of Verity Consulting, Sandy is an award-winning Executive of the Year, Asia’s Top Sustainability Women of the Year, and Singapore Management Consultant of the Year. The former President of the United Nations Association and the Founding Chair of the UN SDGs Business Forum series in Western Australia, Sandy has delivered keynotes at the Harvard Business School, United Nations, and Women Economic Forum

A strong advocate of international trade and sustainability as pathways to peace and security, Sandy has chaired international forums that promote digital and energy transition. These include the inaugural Web3 for Sustainability Conference, and the Intercity Hydrogen delegation between Singapore and Australia. She was recently invited to speak on Digital Inclusion and the Impact of AI in International Trade convened by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. 

With over 20 years’ experience leading multidisciplinary projects, advising trade agencies and industry councils, Sandy currently serves on public-listed boards and is the Chair of the ASEAN Business Alliance. Earning a Ph.D. in Digital Commerce in 2003 and appointed Adjunct Professor of Curtin University, Sandy has published peer-reviewed journals on international business,  innovation adoption and sustainability since 2005. 

Dr. David McMeekin

Senior Lecturer, Spatial Information, Software Engineering and Information Systems at Curtin University

Dr. David McMeekin is an academic specialising in Spatial Information, Software Engineering, Information Systems, and Digital Humanities at Curtin University having a deep understanding of these fields. His background is wide, broad and varies. From working as a logistician in Europe, running NGOs in the Middle East, teaching Cross Cultural Communication skills, as well as being Senior Research Fellow and then Science Director within the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, David has a rounded expertise across several areas. David has a strong foundation in Software Engineering, Software Development, Data Architecture, and the Application of Linked Open Data. With a commitment to excellence and a wealth of experience, he continues to make valuable contributions within his teaching, research and industry-based work.”

Dr. Michael Borck

Lecturer at Curtin University

Dr. Michael Borck is a highly experienced professional in the field of information systems, with expertise in areas such as machine learning, software engineering, and computer vision. His journey began at the Queensland University of Technology, where he obtained his degree in Mathematics. Dr. Borck later attended the Australian National University, earning a degree in Computer Science, and then furthered his education at Curtin University, where he received a Graduate Diploma in Business. In September 2017, Dr. Borck completed his PhD, which focused on feature extraction from multi-modal mobile mapping data.

Over the course of his career, he has taken on several pivotal roles including Software Developer, Consultant, Associate Lecturer, IT Manager, Analyst/Programmer, and System Administrator. His research and publications in the fields of image engineering, mobile mapping data, and object recognition demonstrate his commitment to contributing to scientific knowledge and advancement. Dr. Borck is an Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society and an active member of the IEEE Computer Society. More recently Dr. Borck has co-founded the Business AI Research Group, aiming to leverage business innovation through advanced AI research.

Dr. Tudor Groza

Visiting Scientist, SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine | Data & Technical Coordinator at WA Rare Care Centre

Tudor Groza is an experienced computer scientist with a background in knowledge representation, ontologies, natural language processing and artificial intelligence in precision medicine. His work spans across various dimensions of the research – clinical care continuum, from devising algorithms to support clinical decision-making in the rare disorders field, to standardisation of clinical terminology and integration with national public and private health systems. Over the course of the last twelve years, Tudor focused on contributing to the clinical phenotyping community, both as an academic as well as an entrepreneur, by building deep phenotyping tools to aid the decision-making process in clinical genomics and primary care. In an effort to enable harmonised phenotype acquisition, Tudor has contributed to various terminology standardization initiatives, including among others: co-leading the Phenotype Representation group in the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), acting as technical representative for Australian Genomics in the MatchMaker Exchange initiative or co-leading the Data Sharing group within the Undiagnosed Diseases Network International. Currently, he is a member of the Primary Care and Integrating New Technologies for the Diagnosis of Rare Diseases task forces of the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium and co-lead of the Rare Disease Commmunity Group in GA4GH. From an industry perspective, as former CTO of Genome.One, Tudor led the Personal Health Applications business unit through a clinical accreditation process and the development of the first patient self-phenotyping platform for large scale precision medicine in collaboration with the largest rural healthcare provider in the US. In 2018, he co-founded Pryzm Health with the goal to reduce the diagnostic odyssey of patients susceptible of rare disorders by introducing phenotype-driven patient stratification methods in primary care. Before joining the Rare Care team at the Perth Children’s Hospital, he led the Phenomics team at the European Bioinformatics Institute where he contributed to the acceleration of translational and clinical applications of genomic technologies by creating comprehensive disease models using cross-species phenotype data.

If you are interested in being at speaker at The 2023 Singapore Conference – AI & Data for Business, 

we are accepting expressions of interest until 31st September 2023.

To register your interest, please email us.