Sime Darby Convention Centre | April 2 | MALAYSIAN MEDIA CONFERENCE 2012

Henry Tan
Chief Operating Officer
Astro TV

Henry’s aim as CO of Astro is to deliver consistently good customer service and differentiated products, and to strengthen Astro’s value proposition beyond best - in-class entertainment. Prior to current position, Henry was CEO of Group M for Malaysia and Singapore.

He led MindShare to winning Global Agency of the Year Award. A veteran in the media industry, Media Magazine named Henry the Asia Pacific National Agency Head of the Year.

Matt Sutton
Chief Operating Officer
Aktiv Digital

Matt was promoted from Head of Account Management to Managing Director from 2008 – 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of the business driving bottom line net contribution whilst guiding an aggressive and strategic expansion across the APAC market.

He is a dynamic, motivated leader and strong team player; consistent over-achiever with over 10 years of proven experience in driving Aktiv Digital's business in Asia.

Kudsia Kahar
VP, Corporate Strategy & Industry Development,
AMP Radio Networks

Kudsia Kahar is a Vice President / General Manager with an extensive background in commercial radio programming, operations, and now New Media proponent for AMP.

With over 12 years in Programming, Kudsia believes that radio will continue to exist quite comfortably in the Digital Age as long as it embraces what technology has to offer and understand entertainment consumption habits of the now and anticipate what’s to come.

Khailee Ng

Khailee Ng is a serial entrepreneur known for building digital businesses which harness the collective power of people.

His most well-known ventures include Malaysia’s leading group buying website (recently acquired by Groupon) and, a community of over 360,000 Malaysian social media users who collaborate with over 70 leading advertisers to engage Malaysia’s Facebook and Twitter generation.

Prashant Kumar
Regional President,
Asia World Markets,
IPG Media Brands

Prashant Kumar is currently the President of IPG Mediabrands Asia for World markets and CEO of Mediabrands Malaysia, which includes UM, Initiative, Interplay (content), Reprise (search) and Rally (social).

A one time dotcom entrepreneur, and a Google-certified professional, he is one of the pioneers of Social marketing & Search in Malaysia. UM was the Agency of the year at Malaysian Media Awards for both 2010 & 2011, sweeping four out of six metals given for digital. UM Malaysia is the only agency in Asia to get an A+ rating by REC MA for both 2009 and 2010.

Earlier he headed Communication Planning for UM Asia-Pacific, driving hybrid culture across the network. Prashant is also probably the youngest to serve on Cannes Media Lions jury.

An alumnus of prestigious St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, he recently completed his Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. He is a budding aviator and a father of two little sons.

Dr KF Lai
CEO , Co-Founder

Dr KF Lai is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BuzzCity. Lai uses his entrepreneurial skills to spearhead BuzzCity’s strategy, leading the company’s engineering, product management and technology groups.

Since its launch in 1999, BuzzCity has grown to be a leading global mobile advertising network. Dr Lai is often invited to speak at global mobile and media events, providing insight on the evolving mobile ecosystem to affiliates, analysts and industry commentators.

Prior to founding BuzzCity, Dr Lai worked as an applied researcher in laboratories funded by the Singapore government, specializing in pattern recognition and text retrieval.

Dr Lai graduated with First Class Honours in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore and obtained his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Dr Lai holds a concurrent appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science of the National University of Singapore.

Ahmad Izham Omar
Chief Operating Officer
Media Prima Television Networks

Before Izham was appointed CO of Media Prima Television Networks overseeing TV3, ntv7, 8TV and TV9, he created a powerful Malaysian TV brand for 8TV, breaking-even in 18 months and receiving global recognition for creative excellence.

He was also promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Primeworks Studios, Malaysia’s leading content company, specializing in movies, television programs, animation and more. From 2005 to 2010, Izham was Media Prima’s Head Of Radio, where he launched Malaysia’s top radio stations Hot FM, Fly FM and One FM, three household names in the radio industry.

In 2009 and 2010, he was also the CEO of Alt Media, leading the broadcasting industry’s foray into new media AND launched a worldclass video portal called tonton. Well-known for his music ventures, Izham started his career with the legendary multiple award-winning Positive Tone record label in 1994.

Izham has been awarded Most Promising Entrepreneur Award by Enterprise Asia and the Lifetime Achievement Award by VIMA (Voice of Independent Music Awards) for his contribution to music.

Girish Menon
CEO at GroupM Malaysia & Leader, Mindshare Malaysia

Girish started his career in JWT’s Media department in Chennai, India after completing his MBA in Marketing in 1993 and BE (Electronics) in 1991. With the entry of WPP’s media companies into India, Girish took over as General Manager of Mindshare, South India, based in Bangalore from 2003-06.

In this capacity, he initiated a number of Activation and Branded Content projects, thereby establishing Mindshare as an early mover in consumer engagement. In Oct 2006, Girish moved to Mindshare Vietnam as Managing Partner of Mindshare Unilever account and two years later became country head of Mindshare and its holding company, GroupM Vietnam. Soon after, he launched GroupM’s digital operations in Vietnam, achieving a market share of 35% of digital billings after one year.

In May 2010, Girish moved to Malaysia with the dual roles of Leader, Mindshare Malaysia and CEO , GroupM Malaysia. Since then, his focus has been on leveraging GroupM’s 40% market share to improve media ROI for clients, as well as expanding the group’s Digital, Activation and Branded Content infrastructure

Timothy Tiah
Founder/Executive Director
Netccentric Pte. Ltd.

Timothy Tiah is the co-founder and executive director of Netccentric, the holding company for his and business partner Ming’s various web ventures. He teamed up with Cheo Ming Shen to establish the blog advertising company Nuffnang in February 2007.

Nuffnang’s rapid growth has led to a network currently comprising of over 1,000,000 bloggers in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Philippines ,China,Hong Kong and Thailand. Netccentric, the holding company for Timothy and Ming’s web ventures, now has over 120 full time staff and houses several online businesses.

Nom Nom Media was founded as the exclusive digital reseller of Nuffnang, social media advertising network Churp Churp, e-commerce portal Jipaban, design house Ripplewerkz and group-buying site Milkadeal. Both Timothy and Ming were nominated by Businessweek as two of the 25 best young Asian entrepreneurs in 2007; Timothy was the youngest on the list of inspired nominees at 23, and the only representative from Malaysia.

Timothy also went on to win several other prestigious awards, one of them being the JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award in 2009. Timothy is also a prolific blogger and writes at http://

Miguel Bernas
Director of Digital Marketing

Miguel has over 20 years of experience working in advertising and media managing teams across the Asia Pacific and managed some of the world’s biggest brands.

He is a specialist in youth marketing, digital media and digital entertainment having worked on Nokia N-gage, Yahoo!, MTV, Virgin Mobile, Coca- Cola and Levi’s.

Miguel has managed marketing for digital brands Yahoo!, Nokia Nseries and across multiple consumer touch-points, and for gaming social media features of MatchMove Games.

His core strength is in developing digital media into sales channels, monitoring and optimizing digital media to increase cost efficiency and create revenue opportunities.

He has extensive experience managing youth brands in Asia Pacific, overseeing local activities and managing multiple teams from regional headquarters in Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and Japan.

Cheryl Ow
Business Development Consultant,
Yahoo! Malaysia

With almost a decade in the publishing industry, Cheryl has worked with major publishing houses both locally and abroad.

Beginning her writing career in Malaysia’s Her World magazine, she eventually moved on to Female magazine before packing her bags and relocating for a position as an Associate Editor at the South China Morning Post newspaper in Hong Kong.

From offline media, she diversified into the online arena, returning home to the position of Editor-In-Chief of MSN Malaysia at Catcha Digital.

In her current role as Business Development Consultant at Yahoo! Malaysia, Cheryl now focuses on using that editorial experience to expand the portal’s portfolio.

This includes identifying opportunities with specific clients to create customized business experiences for them and their users on Yahoo!, sourcing new content and most importantly, identifying new partnership prospects.

Dean Donaldson
Global Director of Media
Innovation, MediaMind

Dean Donaldson is Global Director of Media Innovation for DG and MediaMind advertising technology solutions where he is responsible for their market position and global evangelism, especially in the area of converged media. He is passionate about how creative technology can be used to deliver brand messages to the consumer at their point of engagement and then allow them to choose how and when they want to proceed.

A dynamic public speaker, he has delivered presentations at over a 100 industry events across more than 30 countries around the world. With many published articles, he frequently serves as an industry source for leading business and trade publications, being best known for utilising the true potential of advertising technology.

With a creative background and futurist outlook, Dean is a recognised expert at navigating through the maze of emerging media and serves on many industry councils. Looking at the commercialisation of content across a fragmented range of viewing devices through location-based advertising, Dean’s research has recently obtained him a Masters at the UK’s leading research and innovation centre based in the Media School at Bournemouth University for shaping an ethical future of addressable advertising using Near Field Communication (NFC).

René E Menezes
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

René E. Menezes is the Chief Executive Officer for Better, Malaysia’s largest, premium digital media rep. He is responsible for the overall running of Better, including its strategic development and regional expansion.

René has spent 14 years in the digital advertising industry beginning with his role as part of the founding team of Malaysia’s first online ad network, e-Asia, subsequently acquired by Chinadotcom, followed by a 3-year stint as Interactive Communications Director at Grey Direct InterActive working with brands like P&G, GlaxoSmithKline and British American Tobacco.

More recently, as Co-founder and Director of 5 internet marketing companies including Yellow Brick Road and Media 2.0, which have since consolidated to form Better, Rene has spent his entire career in the pursuit of driving market understanding and investment in digital marketing.

René is the current President of the Malaysia Digital Association.

Roy Tan
Managing Director
Carat Media

Roy graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelors degree in Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. His experience spanned across the information technology industry as well as interactive and full service local and international agencies and networks.

Roy held the position of the Chief Operating Officer in Sil Ad, managing brands such as Sony, Nissan, Lycos and adidas prior to Carat Malaysia. Rediscovering his passion for media, he rejoined the Carat office in 2003.

Before his promotion, Roy was the Managing Director for Carat Interactive. He handled BMW, Malayan Banking, Southern Lion, Philips, and Lam Soon.

Rajesh Kumar
Deputy Managing Director
TNS Research International Malaysia

Rajesh Kumar is the Deputy Managing Director of TNS Research International, Malaysia. Outside of the designation and role of managing the day to day requirements of a marketing research business, what keeps Rajesh going, is his passion and curiosity about human nature and behavior – getting to the bottom of why people (consumers) do and behave the way they do.

Rajesh has now been in Malaysia for over 6 years and in this period he has been partnering businesses to navigate the evolving consumer environment and marketing ecosystem to drive profitable brand engagement and growth in today’s influence economy. Under his leadership, TNS Malaysia, has launched many syndicated platforms in the area of digital and mobile behavior, consumer DNA mapping, collaborating with MARKETING magazine for the CREAM survey, among others.

Prior to joining the TNS in Malaysia, Rajesh was County Head of TNS in Sri Lanka. In-between building a diverse portfolio of clients and setting up new business verticals, he conceptualized executed the first ever scientific consumer voted brand award program. In his earlier days of working in India, he played an instrumental role in setting up a national economic cycle research program (Consumer Confidence Index) for India, in partnership with the Economic Times business daily. He also conducts brand workshops and speaks at various industry forums.

Andreas Vogiatzakis
Managing Director
OMG Malaysia

A certified professional coach (CPC), Andreas is armed with rich management and life experiences and has a relentless passion for excellence.

After graduating with High Honors and a straight 4.0 from the University of Florida, Andreas joined DMB&B in New York. In 1997 he was called by DMB&B’s NY headquarters to establish and organize D’Arcy’s media department in Tokyo.

In 2003, Andreas joined the MindShare group (GroupM) in Taiwan, re-engineered the company and enabled it to be the largest and most acclaimed media group in the market. Under his tenure, MindShare Taiwan was consistently ranking as the most awarded agency in the internal creative media awards, and the MindShare group was voted as the best media agency in Taiwan.

In mid 2006, Andreas founded AMV+, his own consulting in Taiwan, with the vision of bringing the best ideas to life.

In late 2006, he relocated to Malaysia, assuming the position of Managing Director of the Omnicom Media Group (OMG) overseeing the operations for the award-winning OMD and PHD brands in the market. A true internationalist, in a career spanning 3 continents and 6 countries, he has worked with numerous blue chip global and local clients such as Panasonic, HSBC, Warner Brothers, De Beers (DTC), Ford, McDonalds, Visa, IKEA, Motorola, Uni-President, P&G, Nestle, Courts, Air Asia, Kellogg’s, Sara Lee, General Motors, Nike, Phillip Morris, 7-11, Fonterra, Hong Leong, Mars, SCA, Dannone and Exxon Mobile among others.

Kenneth Yu
Chief Executive Officer

Kenneth Yu is the CEO of SpurPress. com, one of the fastest growing online marketing and web design agencies in the region, servicing more than 352 clients from over a dozen countries. These heavyweights include iProperty, Groupon and iTrain.

Kenneth is also one of the world’s foremost experts in the realm of social media and web monetization, speaking at prestigious conferences like the BFM Breakaway, iProperty expo and Malaysiakini New Media School, as well as numerous ones internationally.

Kenneth has been featured on 8TV, Astro Awani, the Star and BFM Radio. His work has been highlighted in both local and international magazines like Malaysian Business, ETC, PopMatters, the Flavorpill Network and Lost at E Minor.

In his previous life, Kenneth was a top gun at Ogilvy and Mather, winning 12 prestigious advertising awards in a span of 3 years. His range of clients included MNCs like Heineken, Kimberly-Clarke, Mattel and Singer.

James Yeang
Industry Head for Telecommunications, Technology, Media & Automotive, Google Malaysia

James Yeang leads all business development and ad sales for Telecommunications, Technology, Media and Automotive sectors for Google Malaysia.

Before Google, James was the product marketing manager for smartphones and mobile internet in DiGi, where he spearheaded DiGi’s initial forays into the smartphone market particularly for Android and BlackBerry devices, and broadband services.

Before that, James spent several years in the Nielsen company handling many top FMCG accounts, where he undertook several progressive management roles, both local and regional.

Joni Leimala
Head of Interaction
GroupM Malaysia

Joni Leimala leads GroupM’s digital business unit, which covers specialists from all digital areas such as display/rich-media, social, search, mobile, analytics and creative.

Joni has arrived to Malaysia only 3 months ago, having spent the last 3 years in Russia with the group.

Before that Joni was based in his home country of Finland. Prior to his tenure with GroupM, Joni has been a digital consultant, strategist, designer and even a published author. (The publication in question – Flash 5 Studio, was the 4th most sold computer related book in Amazon in 2001.)

He has been sitting in IAB board, award jury panels and been a speaker on various events. Joni also has digital experience from his time in Sweden, Taiwan and Australia, which gives him a very broad knowledge base.

Do engage in a conversation with Joni, as he is keen to exchange ideas and give advice wherever suitable.

Pamela Yap
Digital Advisor
Dentsu Inc, Indonesia

Pamela has over 15 years of Advertising, Marketing & New Media Business Management with successful track record in integrated & cross-platform Brand Building & Management experience across industries like Telecommunications, Technology, Banking, Fast Moving Consumer Goods & Leisure.

Before venturing into the Interactive Business, Pamela started her sales & marketing career at a tender age of 20, in the USA with a Fortune 500 company -Thomas Nelson Publishers PLC where she kicked-started her Media Sales Career, after obtaining two honors' degrees on scholarship: Bachelors of Business Administration (Marketing) and Bachelor of Science in Journalism (Advertising).

Upon returning to Malaysia, she first worked for the Vision Four Media Group leading the Media Sales initiative before being head-hunted to join McCann-Erickson Malaysia where she gained years of experience building successful brands locally and regionally.

She brings with her vast & deep insight on integrated marketing communication approaches, converging the new digital medium with traditional communications tools to add value and effectively strengthen client’s marketing efforts.

Sunita Kaur
APAC Director

Sunita Kaur is the APAC Director at Facebook where her job scope is to help brands integrate social media into their marketing mix.

Sunita has spent fifteen years in the media space, with ten of those in regional print roles at Time Warner and BusinessWeek.

In 2006, she moved into the digital space with Regional digital roles with Forbes and Microsoft. Sunita is based in Singapore.

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