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EdTech Asia Summit 2019 Agenda

Sessions, Schedule, Speakers and Themes

Day 1 – Thursday August, 1st

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8:00am – 9:00am

Registration and Networking

Coffee, tea, and breakfast canapes

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9:00am – 9:10am

Welcome Greetings and Announcements

Main Hall

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9:10am – 9:30am

Asia’s Rapidly Evolving Education Landscape – The New Epicenter of Innovation and Investment

Main Hall

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9:30am – 10:00am

The Future of Learning and Work – Increasing Synergies between Education and Employability

Main Hall

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10:00am – 10:20am

Artificial Intelligence and Data’s Influence on the Digital Education Renaissance 

Main Hall

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10:20am – 10:40am

The Technification of Education

Main Hall

Fireside chat with Peng T. Ong (Founder, Monk’s Hill Ventures)

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11:00am – 11:45AM

Asia’s Burgeoning Live-Online Tutoring Markets – Perspectives and Insights

Main Hall 

Jiajun Wu (CSO & Co-founder, Zhangmen), Sophie Chen (China Country Manager, Discovery Education), Jun Lin (Head of Business Development, 17EdTech), Steven To (VP of Strategy and Operations, Onion Math)

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11:00am – 11:45AM

Emerging Trends in Education Financing for Individuals and Institutions

Hall #1

Monique Morales (Co-founder, EduLoans), Judge Calimbahin (Chief of Staff, Edukasyon), Michael Reyes (CEO, Moneytree Asia Pacific), Ioann Fainsilber (Co-founder, Pintek), Martin Strals (EduFinance)

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11:00AM – 11:45AM

Cultivating Education and Entrepreneurial Leadership for Growth and Impact in Asia

Hall #2 

Samuel Chua (Founder, Metacata), Lee Hoi Leong (Co-founder, Vivita Singapore), Tu Ngo (Co-founder, Yola), Victor Zhang (Founder, Generation Entrepreneur), Tom Stader (Founder, The Library Project), 

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11:45AM – 12:30PM

EdTech’s Increasing Influence on the Early Childhood Education Market

Main Hall 

Attila Gazdag (Managing Director, Age of Learning Studios), Pooja Goyal (CSO, Founding Years Learning Solutions), Tram Ho (Co-founder & CEO, KYNA), Josep Mas (Regional Director, Asia, EDT Partners), Mint Lim (Founder, School of Concepts)

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11:45AM – 12:30PM

Blended Finance and Patient Capital’s Increasing Role In Education Investment

Hall #1

Monica Mehta (Executive VP, Wadhwani Foundation), Namita Dalmia (Principal, Omidyar Network), Sandeep Aneja (Founder and Managing Partner, Kaizen PE), Pranjal Kumar (Head of Education Fund, CFO, Bertelsmann India)

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11:45AM – 12:30PM

Educational Success in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Building Essential Skills in Youth

Hall #2 

David Doran (Founder, WeLearn), Lim Weiyuan (Co-founder, Reactor), Anne Tham (Founder, AceAdventure), John Tan (Founder, Saturday Kids), Timothy Low (COO, Halogen Foundation), Chris Geary (CEO, BSD Education)

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12:30PM – 1:30PM

Lightening Lunch Pitches – Early Startup Phase 

Hall #1 

Hosted by Misaki Yamashita (Regional Ambassador, EdTech Asia). Brief company pitches featuring winning teams from EdTech startup competitions in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore.

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1:30PM – 2:10PM

Future Schools – Strategic Design and Optimization of Learning Experiences and Environments

Main Hall

Matt Harris (Chief Consultant, International EdTech), Rajeev Katyal (Deputy COO, Global Indian School Education Services), Stuart Patton (Founder, Polkuni), Chris Greulich (Consultant, Sekoerber GmbH., Gabriel Suppiah (Founder, ScoreCampus)

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1:30PM – 2:10PM

Collective Impact – Addressing Core Issues in Education

Hall #2

Viria Vichit-Vadakan (Former CSO, Learn Corporation), Ashish Rajpal (Founder, XSEED), Janine Teo (CEO, Solve Education), Dr. Shan Huang (YouChange)

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2:10PM – 2:50PM

The Evolution of Higher and Executive Education in the Digital Age – Trends and Opportunities

Main Hall

Raghav Gupta (Director of APAC & India, Coursera), Michael Klemm (Regional Director SE Asia, Minerva), Dr. John Fong (CEO & Head of Singapore Campus, SP Jain School of Global Management), Adam Brimo (Founder & CEO, Open Learning), Kentaro Watari (Director of Strategy & Planning, Fulbright University Vietnam)

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2:10PM – 2:50PM

Predictability of Outcomes – Due Diligence in an Overhyped Education Market

Hall #1 

Juliette Li (Founder & CEO, Tengyue Education), Chris DeMarino (Managing Partner, Academus Partners), Dr Joshua Kuma (Director Investment & Corporate Affairs, Baring Private Equity Asia),  Raj Shastri (Partner, Kaizen PE), Tanya Sen (Sofina Asia), 

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2:10PM – 2:50PM

Case Study Spotlight – Large Scale Education Innovation for Impact in Asia

Hall #2

Joy Nathrada (Founder, S.E. EdWINGS – Thailand), Sambhrant Sharma (Director of Education, ZIIEI Sri Aurobindo Society – India), Dr. Shan Huang (YouChange – China)

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2:50pm – 3:30pm

Professional Development – Tech as an Enabler to Close Knowledge and Skills Gaps at Scale

Main Hall

So-Young Kang (Founder & CEO, Gnowbe), Deborah Tan-Pink (Co-CEO, SmartUp.io), Sonny Yuen (Director of Government Operations, Udemy), Ryan O’Hare (CEO, Keypath Education), Christian Walter (Country Manager, Wantedly)

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2:50pm – 3:30pm

Education vs. EdTech – Strategies Shaping Private Equity in 2019 and Beyond 

Hall #1

Juliette Li (Founder & CEO, Tengyue Education), Brian Snyder (M&A Counsel, Morrison & Foerster), Chris Tran (Head of Asia – Strategy, Capital Raising, M&A, Exits, North Ridge Partners), Arjun Anand (Principal, Verlinvest), Brian Rogove (Founder & CEO, A-Star Education Holdings), 

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2:50pm – 3:30pm

The Feasibility of EdTech Accelerators in Asia  

Hall #2

Oko Davaasuren (APAC Director, Techstars), Dora Sae-ho (Director, EdAbler), Niko Lindholm (Former Director XEdu), Bobby Liu (Senior Director, Topica EdTech Group & Vietnam/Thailand Lead Founders Institute)

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3:50pm – 4:10pm

Scaling EdTech Businesses throughout ASEAN and Beyond   

Main Hall 

Keynote – Tuan Pham (Founder & CEO, Topica EdTech Group)

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4:10pm – 4:30pm

Leveraging EdStart for Strategic Business Growth 

Main Hall

Keynote – Vincent Quah (Regional Head Education, Research, Healthcare and Non-profit, APAC Public Sector, AWS)

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4:30pm – 5:00pm

Future Forward – What’s Next in Education Innovation and Technology?  

Main Hall

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5:30pm – 6:30pm

Attendee Networking Event

Day 2 – Friday August, 2nd

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8:00am – 9:00am

Morning Coffee & Networking

Coffee, tea, and breakfast canapes

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8:00am – 9:30am

EdTech and Education Investor – Founder Speed Dating

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Note: This is a privately held session for pre-approved applicants only. 

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9:00am – 9:30am

Asia’s Next Billion – Insights into Education and Financial Inclusion

Main Hall

Siddharth Nautiyal (Investment Partner, Omidyar Network India)

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9:00am – 9:30am

Educational Videos and Edutainment – Latest Trends on YouTube

Hall #1

 Joy Kaung (YouTube Learning Programs and Partnerships Manager, APAC, Google)

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9:00am – 9:30am

The Rise of Skills Assessment and its Impact on Traditional Degrees

Hall #2

Andrew Duck (Founder & CEO, Aversafe), Lucille Jade Galvan (Assistant Director, Nanyang Business School), Seema Mishra (Partner, Entangled Solutions)

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9:30am – 10:00am

China Market Overview – Prevalent Business Models for Online Providers & 

Strategies to Entry through Social Media

Main Hall

Jun Lin (Head of Business Development & Business Intelligence, 17EdTech), Deana Gao (Founder, China Gravy)

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9:30am – 10:00am

Questioning Learning Efficacy through the Lenses of Education Technology and Learning Science Principles 

Hall #1

Fireside chat with Robert K. Kamei, MD (Associate Education Provost and ALSET Founding Director, NUS) hosted by Yoshi A. Okamoto (Executive Director, SHO-zemi Innovation Ventures and Visiting Associate Professor, NUS)

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9:30am – 10:00am

Charter Online Education with Videography Technology for Today’s Learners

Hall #2

Fun Man (Assistant Director of Education ALSET, NUS)

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10:00am – 10:40am

Understanding and Engaging China’s Education Market

Main Hall

Tang Zhenhua (CEO, Math for Kids), Huang Ren (Founder, IvyDad), Mark Pemberton (Co-founder, Studycat), Jerrick Ren (Global Director, JMDedu)

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10:00am – 10:40am

Leveraging AI and Big Data for Workforce Analytics 

Hall #1

Adrian Tan,  Pei Ying Chua – APAC Lead LinkedIn Economic Graph,LinkedIn), Djoann Fal (Founder, GetLinks), Felix W. Ortiz III (Founder, Viridis Learning)

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10:00am – 10:40am

Developing Better Educational Products – Efficacy, Localization and Monetization

Hall #2

Ratnesh Kumar Jha (Managing Director of Cambridge University Press, South Asia), Natalya Twohill (Founder & CEO of Kiddet), Hla Hla Win (Founder of 360ed), Ashish Fitkariwala (Founder & Director of EduQuest)

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10:40am – 11:00am

South Asia EdTech Market Overview – India’s Coming Inflection Point

Hall #1

Kami Vishwanathan (Founder, Work4.0Capital),

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10:40AM – 11:00AM

Improving Outcomes with EdTech – TBL in Higher Education and Corporate Learning

Hall #2

Brian O’Dwyer (Founder and Executive Chairman, CognaLearn)

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11:00AM – 11:45AM

Future Ready Education – Anticipation of Tomorrow’s Workplace Needs Today

Main Hall

Billy Naveed (Head of Strategy, Zilingo), Aziza Sheerin (Regional Director, General Assembly), Hung Tran (Founder, GotIt), Andreas Holmer (Co-founder, MAQE), Christian Walter (moderator)

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11:00AM – 11:45AM

South Asia Perspectives – Opportunities in the Future of Work

Hall #1

Kami Vishwanathan (Founder, Work4.0Capital), Shrikant Latkar (CEO, Oust Labs), Annanya Sarthak (CEO, Awign), Shivam Sharma (CEO, Transneuron)

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11:00AM – 11:45AM

AI and New Learning Pathways – The Age of Smart Content and Intelligent Instruction

Hall #2

Sandeep Aneja (Founder and Managing Partner, Kaizen PE), Vu Van (Co-founder and CEO, ELSA), Raphel Nolden (Founder and CEO, Jaipuna), Bernard Golstein (CEO, sharperAI), Suk ho Song (CEO, ClouBot), Gerard Suren Saverimuthu (Technical Sales Executive, IBM) 

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11:45AM – 12:30pm

EdTech and HRTech Startup Showcase

Main Hall 

Showcase of 7 regional EdTech and HR Tech high growth companies leading the way for innovation across Asia. Companies t.b.a.

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11:45AM – 12:30PM

Improved Outcomes and Growth – How Founders are Achieving Success in South Asia

Hall #1

Utkarsh Lokesh (Co-founder, EdTech Review), Naveen Mandava (Co-Founder, ClassKlap/IMAX), Gaurav Goel (CEO, TopRankers), Akshay Chaturvedi, (CEO, Leverage Edu)

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11:45AM – 12:30PM

AI, Education, and Ethics – Ensuring Ethical and Effective Use of AI in Education

Hall #2

Jessica Kennedy White (Senior Consultant, EDUvation), Yaki Dayan (Founder, EdTech Israel), Eric Lam (CEO of Amdon Consulting), Sunita Kannan, Jason Tamara Widjaja 

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12:30PM – 1:30PM

Lightening Lunch Pitches – Growth Phase

Hall #1

Hosted by Misaki Yamashita (Regional Ambassador, EdTech Asia). Brief 5 minute pitches from growth stage EdTech and HR Tech companies representing Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

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1:45pm – 2:00pm

EdTech and Indonesia’s Education Policy –  Expert Insights into the Road Ahead 

Hall #1

Paul Sabda (Founder & CEO, Zenius)

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1:30pm – 2:00pm

Scaling Education Content Distribution and Product in Southeast Asian Markets

Hall #2

 Nattawut Arunanondchai (Strategic Adivsor, EdTech Asia), Tawan Dheva-Aksorn (CEO, Aksorn Education PLC),                     R Sinnakaruppan (CEO, Singapore Education Academy), Arjun Singh (APAC Country Manager, Nuadu)

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2:00pm – 2:45pm

Rising Sun – Japan’s Increasing Regional Presence in Learning Innovation

Main Hall

Daisuke Asano (Director of Education Services, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan), Kotaro Ueda (Director of Strategy, R&D, and Business Development of Benesse Corporation), Koji Takahashi (Managing Partner, EduLab Capital Partners), Yuta Funase (Indonesia Country Director, Quipper), Ken Watari 

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2:00pm – 2:45pm

Indonesia EdTech Startup Showcase

Hall #1

Brief presentations from member of the Indonesian EdTech Startup Association t.b.a.

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2:45pm – 3:30pm

Insights into Asia’s Online Language Learning Markets

Main Hall

Eloi Andre (Head of Delivery, Emerging Strategy), Estella Chen (Founder & CEO of Mandarin X), Tony Pang ( Director of Chinese Testing Services), Pawan Lalwani (CEO of Language Your Way)

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2:45pm – 3:30pm

Innovative Trends in Test Prep and Admissions

Hall #1

Edwin Tay (Co-founder & CEO, EasyUni), William Hund (Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Cialfo)

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3:30pm – 4:15pm

Singapore Education Startup Perspectives – ASEAN’s Education Innovation Hub?

Main Hall

Payal Lal (Cogna Learn), Rohan Pasari (Co-founder, Cialfo), Will Fan (CEO, New Campus), Chung Chiew Farn (CEO, ClassDo), Lokesh Tayal (Founder, Learning Analytic)

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3:30pm – 4:00pm

Central Asia’s Rapidly Growing E-learning Market

Hall #2

Ai Khafizova (Founder and CEO, EdGravity)

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4:30pm – 5:00pm

Final Session – Awards, Announcements, Acknowledgments 

Main Hall

Ticket Information

EdTech Asia is the cornerstone of the APAC’s learning and work innovation ecosystem, encouraging business growth, collaboration, innovation, investment, and impact.

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