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Mobile Connect Summit – Singapore


November 21, 2017 @ 8:30 am
November 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Suntec Exhibiton Centre
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1 Raffles Blvd, Suntec City
Singapore, 039593 Singapore

Following April’s successful Mobile Connect Summit in London, we are pleased to confirm that we will soon be hosting another regional Summit – this time in Singapore.

The event is free to attend and will take place on 21st and 22nd November 2017 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. This Summit is a forum for all stakeholders engaged with digital identity and will address the status of Mobile Connect deployments both globally and in the Asian market.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the value and commercial scalability of the identity service as well as how Mobile Connect fits in the regulatory space. Other topics covered in the event sessions include the Mobile Connect product portfolio and how it adapts to emerging trends in the digital identity landscape, with specific focus on the attribute data sharing use case.


Speakers & Agenda

Gareth Pereira

Senior Principal, A.T. Kearney

Gareth is a Senior Principal with A.T. Kearney based out of Kuala Lumpur and covering the SEA region. Gareth has more than 13 years of experience in management consulting covering the Communication, Media and Technology sectors across a range of geographies including South East Asia, the Middle East, Latam and the Indian sub-continent. His focus areas include corporate strategy and business planning, customer experience enhancement, digital strategy and investment options and operational model improvement. A large part of his work in recent years has focused on the digital economy and the convergence across telecoms, media and digital. Most recently, Gareth has been leading a study jointly with CISCO around Cybersecurity in the ASEAN region. Gareth co-authored the MENA design Education outlook and the Arab Media Outlook and has been a speaker at various forums on topics related to digital and the future of Television. Gareth completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, Fountainbleau and holds an MBA in Strategy and Finance

Cijay Tseng

Business Manager, Alliance Digital Technology

Cijay Tseng is the Business Manager of Alliance Digital Technology Co., responsible for Mobile Application Business Development. She has experienced of business development of smart locks and anti-counterfeit technology, promoting mobile life tech and application. Ms. Tseng is also the lecturer of International Trade Institute under TAITRA, teaching lectures of business development and presentation training.

She majored in Applied Mathematics, with program of Computer Science, and built an own-brand business of handmade products since 2008. After the training of Japanese and Business Management, Ms. Tseng interned at Nippon Express in Japan, and then served as the Creative Director of User star Information System Co. She joined inside Alliance Digital Technology Co. where she served as Business Manager, with the field of mobile tech of payment, authorization, and information security.

Victor Tsai

Chief Operating Officer, Alliance Digital Technology

Victor Tsai is the Chief Operating Officer of Alliance Digital Technology Co. He served as the Special Assistant to Chairman Office of Foxconn group. Mr. Tsai served as the Senior Director of Asia Pacific Telecom. He served as the Director of Telecom Technology Centre. Mr. Tsai served as the Director of Taiwan Mobile Group. He has extensive experiences in the telecommunications industry in Taiwan. He is a trained engineer and started his career in 1992.

Mr. Tsai holds a Master of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Amit Sharma

Angel Investor, BANSEA

Amit Sharma has over 18 years of experience in the IT and Mobile Industry and in the last 3 years his focus has been on Digital Transformation technologies such as IoT, Biometrics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Blockchain. Amit has worked for Tech Mahindra for over 8 years before starting his entrepreneurial journey. Prior to that he has held various leadership roles with technology companies such as Jamcracker, Subex and Telesoft in Software-as-a-Service, Telecom OSS/BSS, Revenue Assurance, Fraud Management, Mobile Payments/ Remittance and Value Added Services. He is also an Angel Investor at BANSEA and Board of Advisor to few start-ups in the region.

Alan Cheung

Director, ASTRI

Mr. Alan Cheung is a Director of the Advanced Digital Systems Group in ASTRI. He received his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, New York and his M.S. Degree of Electrical Engineering in Stanford University, California. He has served in Sun Microsystems (Oracle) and ATI Technologies (AMD) before coming back to Hong Kong.

After joining ASTRI, he has been actively contributing in hardware development of various domains including multimedia, communications and secured storage processor. He led the team in finishing multiple ASIC projects with leading companies such as HiSilicon (Huawei).

He also actively works on financial technology (Fintech) development. He currently focuses on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain related research and applications. Commissioned by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in 2016, he led the ASTRI team to publish the first whitepaper on Distributed Ledger Technology in Hong Kong. He currently collaborates with banks and other financial institutions in developing blockchain applications such as Digital Identity Management, E-KYC and Insurance claims. He also explores blockchain implementations in logistics and supply chain management with other companies.

Rikard Strid


Rikard Strid is an entrepreneur determined to disrupt and create the new foundation upon which our digital industries and future economy is built. Together with his team at Clayster and as Global IoT Ambassador for the Network Society Research, he is driving the evolution towards “Next Generation Internet” – a human-centric Internet where connectivity infrastructure is payed for by the value it enables, rather than being considered a value in itself.

Veljko Vasic

CEO and co-founder, CreITive.com

Veljko Vasic, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a co-founder of CreITive.com, a global technology partner for companies needing rapidinnovation to differentiate from their competition. He was involved in consulting clients like EY, Visa, Abu Dhabi Government, Mundpharma, and others on how to prototype, design and build bespoke web & mobile digital solutions.

Dan Clarke

SEO Consultant

Dan Clarke, is an SEO consultant, conference speaker, contributing author, and thought leader in the digital marketing space; with broad international experience of SEO, SEM, Social Media, Online Marketing, and Web Development. Agency & Client side.

He has almost a decade of experience consulting some of the world’s largest brands, including Groupon, HSBC, Nissan, Adidas, and Zalora. Having worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia.

He currently runs his own consultancy from Singapore with clients across APAC and MENA.

Kiran Karunakaran

Partner, Delta Partners

Kiran Karunakaran serves as Partner at Delta Partners. He is Partner in the Asia Pacific region. His primary focus is in management consulting across the Asia Pacific region and his areas of expertise span Digital Transformation, Customer experience and Convergence. Prior to joining Delta Partners he was a Sr. Principal at Bain & Co. where he was an integral part of the leadership team in Asia Pacific. He was instrumental in helping strengthen the TMD practice in Asia was a founding member of the Kuala Lumpur office. He is a Partner with over 12 years of management consulting and private equity experience. He has worked with Telecom operator and has worked across 15 countries in North America, Asia and Australia and he has a deep understanding of CXO agenda issues in both developed and developing markets. He has Primary focus on TMD advisory. He has led large-scale multi-year transformations in leading operators across the region and has significant experience in managing complex change management projects covering multiple functions. He has been involved in 3 mobile operator launches and has advised boards on 2 post merger integration engagements. He has deep expertise in developing the corporate strategy for integrated telecom operators and has been involved in end-to-end Customer Experience revamps for incumbent operators in the region. His expertise areas include Digital transformation, Customer experience and Convergence strategy.
He is fluent in English and Hindi and is conversational in Chinese Mandarin and French. He also has a CFA charter.

He holds a dual MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and HEC School or Management, Paris where he was on the dean’s list and recipient of the prestigious EGIDE French Embassy scholarship and an undergraduate degree in business and statistics from HEC School of Management, Paris.

Cedric Damico

Head of Partnerships, G&D

Cedric Damico, Head of Partnerships at G&D with 17 years’ experience in Telecom / FI products and services and an extensive knowledge of Europe, M.E.A., India and Russia regions. Extensive knowledge in the areas of mobile security, mobile connectivity, mobile payment, digital ID, subscription management, advanced analytics solutions, OEMs and IOT ecosystem.
Agile and hands on business with strong capabilities to drive changes and performance turnaround.

Pedro Hernandez

Head of Product Management, G&D

Pedro is a Technology professional with a career of 15+ years in the Telecommunications, Mobile and Cyber Security areas. Always having a clear business focus, he has been leading projects and product portfolios with a global footprint. Originally from Barcelona, he moved to Singapore 3 years ago and currently heads the regional Product Management team for Cyber Security in the East Asia region. Among his past responsibilities, he has been representing G+D in several standardization organizations like OMA and 3GPP in the areas of Smart Cards and Security.

Pedro holds a degree in Physics and a Master’s in Information Society and Economics.

Kwok Quek Sin

GovTech, Director, National Digital Identity Programme, GovTech Singapore

Driving Singapore͛s Smart Nation move, he oversees the Product Management Division of GovTech focusing on the planning and delivery of whole-of-government products for citizens and businesses, including e-payment solutions.  He is also concurrently the Director for the NationalDigital Identity programme, charged with the setting up of the National Digital Identity, Authentication, Signing and Data platforms. These products are part of the critical foundations and building blocks for Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.

Alasdair Grant

Head of Asia, GSMA

Alasdair Grant is the Head of APAC for the GSMA, based in the Hong Kong regional office. Before joining the GSMA in 2015, Alasdair managed another industry association and for six years ran a Hong Kong based strategy consultancy, advising global and regional telecommunications companies and digital ecosystem operators on their market entry and engagement plans throughout Asia.

Prior to this, Alasdair was the Asia Head of Corporate Development and Partnerships at Reliance Globalcom, part of the Reliance Group, where from 2007‐2010 he was responsible for the company’s regional planning and infrastructure investment ventures.

In this role, he led commercial negotiations for the India‐China overland cable, part of a pioneer international fibre optic cable system providing west‐bound connectivity from Asia to the rest of the world. Previously, Alasdair served as the Head of Regulatory Affairs, Asia, for Verizon Enterprise, where he was responsible for securing market liberalisation and supporting internal business units on investment and compliance issues. From 1999‐2003, Alasdair was the Asia Head of Strategic and Regulatory Affairs for Level 3 Communications, which built the region’s first competitive multi‐terabit international submarine cable system.

In this role he played a key role in opening the Taiwan market, secured the first competitive international cable system licences ever awarded in Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and planned the Hong Kong landing of the NACS system. As part of the deal team effecting the sale of Level 3’s Asia operation to Reach, Alasdair was then engaged by Reach to work on business integration and transformation. Prior to these Hong Kong based roles, Alasdair lived and worked in his home city of Sydney, managing the regulatory affairs of AAPT, tching and writing at the Communications Law Centre at the University of New South Wales, and working as a lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney.

Alasdair is the founding editor and co‐author of Australian Telecommunications Regulation (CCH), the leading academic text in this field, with subject matter covering licensing frameworks, access and interconnection, competition law, spectrum, universal service and consumer protection. From 2008‐2015 Alasdair was a Board Member of the International Institute of Communications. He is also a former Board member of the Communications and Media Law Association of Australia, and has served as the President of the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition. Alasdair holds a degree in Law and an Honours degree in Literature from the University of Sydney.

Angus Yu

Technology Director, APAC, GSMA

Mr. Angus Yu is appointed as Technology Director, APAC in GSMA since 2014. He has more than 25 years experience in mobile industry and is responsible for promoting and supporting mobile operators in the region for various GSMA industry initiatives, i.e. Identity, Future Networks and IoT. Before joining GSMA, he held various key positions in leading mobile operators from mobile network engineering, operations and core network.

Jaikishan (Jai) Rajaraman

Vice President and Global Head of Technology, GSMA

Jaikishan (Jai) Rajaraman is the GSMA Vice-President and Global Head of Technology. He drives the development and deployment of inter-operable solutions for new services and technologies within the GSM community and the wider mobile ecosystem.

Jai brings more than seventeen years of experience in product development, technology strategy and business management, for both domestic and international operations in the telecommunications sector, spanning both developing and developed economies.

Jai is a key global GSMA spokesperson, and is a leading authority on the technical, business and social implications of Mobile Broadband.  He is regularly called upon to consult with government and private sector organisations on the effective delivery of mobile-centric solutions through the confluence of cellular technology with other sectors such as digital identity, health, education and financial services.


In addition to an Honours degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a Masters in Financial Engineering, Jai also holds a double MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the National University of Singapore.

Mobile Connect Singapore Summit:
Day 1: 21 November

Time Agenda Speakers
08:30- 09:00 Arrival and registration
09:00-09:10 Opening and welcome
• Overview of two days
• Introduction of Mats Granryd
Alasdair Grant, Head of Region, Asia, GSMA
09:10-09:30 Keynote presentation
• The importance of digital identity and the part mobile has to play
• Market landscape for identity services globally and in Asia
• The importance of Mobile Connect
Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
09.30- 10.15 Mobile Connect in Singapore Moderator: Laxmi Akkaraju, Chief Strategy Officer, GSMA
•Kwok Quek Sin, GovTech, Singapore
•Alex Tan, Chief Innovation Officer, M1
•Wong Soon Nam, Vice President, Consumer Products, Singtel
•Justin Ang – Head & Vice President, Product, StarHub
10.15-10.45 Networking break
10.45-14:15 Mobile Connect as a global service: Asia is the leading the way
10.45-11.00 Status of Mobile Connect
• Introduction to where the programme is globally, and then specifically in Asia
• Overview of deployments and numbers
• Key achievements in Asia
Julian Gorman, Head of Strategic Engagement, Asia, GSMA
11.00-11.45 Launching Mobile Connect as a government service use-case: Taiwan live service launch • Jiunn Rong Chiou, Deputy Minister, National Development Council (NDC)
• Ms Cijay Tseng, Business Manager, Alliance Digital Technology Co. (ADTC)
11.45-12.00 The growth of the digital economy in SE Asia and the importance cyber security Gareth Pereira, Senior Principal, Communications, Media and Technology, AT Kearney
12.00-12.45 Industry experts discuss: Using Mobile Connect to bring benefits and overcome the challenges of e-Gov ID services and regulation in Asia Moderator:
Alasdair Grant, Head of Region, Asia, GSMA
• Victor Tsai, COO, ADTC, Taiwan
• Dr. Muhammad Iman Nashiruddin, BRTI
• Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman, Research Fellow, United Nations University, Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV)
• Kwok Quek Sin, Director, National Digital Identity Programme, GovTech Singapore
• Azhani Hj As’ad, MCMC
12:45-14:15 Lunch break (bilateral meetings, networking and demonstrations)
14:15-17:00 Mobile Connect as an enabler – emerging trends and disruptive technologies
14:15-14:30 Mobile Connect: the product portfolio and roadmap for evolution and Mobile Connect as a service enabler Jai Rajaraman, Global Head of Technology, GSMA
14:30-14:45 API consent management:  Enabler to provide an authentication and consent enabling exposure of trusted telco APIs to long tail developers Venura Mendis, CEO, WSO2 Telco
14:45-15:00 Powering the Internet of Things with Mobile Connect Rikard Strid, Founder, Clayster
15:00-15:15 The future UX of authentication (including biometrics)and how Mobile Connect can potentially support LoA4 via a smartphone app approach Markku Mehtälä, Vice President of Authentication, Inside Secure
15:15-15:30 Opportunities for blockchain in identity Mr. Alan Cheung, Director of the Advanced Digital Systems Group, ASTRI
15:30-16:15 Networking break
16:00-16:15 The need for revolution in mobile security solutions. The growing need to enhance consumer protection against cybercrime and fraud across a wide range of services. Joseph Gan, President annd CEO, V-Key
16:15-16:50 Emerging technology trends in identity services, and the part they play in the consumer need for convenience vs security
• How secure is secure? – Trend for government use-cases and the need for LOA4 (or not).
• Trend towards biometrics in recent device releases
• Blockchain technology and its place in the identity space
• Ability for a smartphone app approach to provide security and support high levels of assurance (MePIN is accredited by the banking community)
• Mobile Connect as the enabler – bringing global interoperability and convenience/simplicity for the consumer.
Moderator: Jai Rajaraman, Global Head of Technology, GSMA
• Markku Mehtälä, Vice President of Authentication, Inside Secure
• Rikard Strid, Founder, Clayster
• Mr Joseph Gan, President and CEO, V-Key
• Venura Mendis, CEO, WSO2 Telco
16:50-17:00 Closing Comments Jaikishan Rajaraman, Global Head of Technology, GSMA
17:00-19:30 Networking cocktail reception

Mobile Connect Singapore Summit:
Day 2: 22 November

Time Agenda Speakers
09:00-09:30 Arrival/breakfast
09:30- 12:30 Growing the ecosystem – the value of digital identity services in wider industry
09:30-09:40 The value of digital identity within digital services and the added benefit Mobile Connect can bring to identity services within wider industry sectors
• GSMA Identity programme SP deployment/engagement activities globally
• Overview of the SP landscape in Asia
Marie Austenaa, Head of Business Development, Identity, GSMA
09:40-10:00 The importance of identity in digital transformation and the role operators can play in providing a platform for monetising digital services like authentication, authorisation and  identity. And how a ubiquitous global mobile identity service will support the growth of a global ecosystem and the opportunities it will provide for service providers.
10:00-10:20 Digital identity opportunities in Asia Pacific, and Delta Partners  digital identity strategy in Indonesia Kiran Karunakaran, Partner, Asia Pacific, Delta Partners
10:20-10:50 Discussing the importance of digital identity within the digital economy; touching on the use of data, eKYC and Aadhaar Virat Patel, MD Pioneer Consulting
10:50-11:05 Networking Break
11:05-11:25 Service provider use-case presentation: DigicheQ service in Pakistan with banking industry and operators Mohsin Temerzy, Group Head, Product, Strategy and Innovation, TPS, Pakistan
11:25-11.45 Attributes sharing and Mobile Connect in Europe Cedric Damico, Head of Partnerships at G&D
11:45-12:20 Industry experts discuss:  the value of attributes within digital identity services Moderator: Marie Austenaa, Head of Business Development, Identity, GSMA
Panelists:• Mohsin Temerzy, Group Head, Product, Strategy and Innovation, TPS, Pakistan
• Eriko Hondo, Standards Strategy, KDDI
• Cedric Damico, G&D
• Kiran Karunakaran, Delta Partners
12:20-12:30 Closing remarks Marie Austenaa, Head of Identity Business Development, GSMA
12:30-13:30 Lunch provided
13:30- 16:00 Building a secure customer relationship with digital identity:
a guide for innovators, investors and developers
13:30-13:40 Why have a Digital ID Strategy? Julian Gorman, Head of Strategic Engagement, Asia
13:40-14:00 Which security strategy for Digital ID should you follow??
• LOA 2, 3 and 4
• What tools are available?
Pedro Hernandez, Head of Product Management, Cyber Security, G&D Asia
14:00-14:20 Designing the best digital ID UX/UI for you Veljko Vasic, CEO, CreITive
14:20-14:40 Optimising payments with a robust digital ID plan? Anthony Howe, Think Howe
14:40-15:00 Networking Break TBC
15:00-15:20 How important to your digital business is digital identity and authentication? Brand damage and customer confidence loss TBC
15:20-15:50 Industry experts discuss: Are we having a digital identity crisis? Moderator: Julian Gorman, Head of Strategic Engagement, Asia Pacific, GSMA
Panelists: • Veljko Vasic, CEO CreITive
• Dan Clarke, CreITive
• Pedro Hernandez, Head of Product Management, Cyber Security at G&D Asia
• Anthony Howe, Think Howe
• Paul Meyers, Head of Muru-D
15:50-16:05 Getting started with Mobile Connect Angus Yu, Strategic Engagement Director, Asia Pacific, GSMA
16:05-16:15 Summit Close Alasdair Grant, Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA


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