Asia

Founder/Partner
Impassion Group

Eileen is an internationally recognized expert on social media, technology, and entrepreneurship, regularly advising and speaking before governments, international organizations, and businesses on their impact on foreign policy and international security. She is particularly interested in the interplay between local cultural practices, the adoption of new technologies, and innovation ecosystems in frontier, low-tech, and conflict/post-conflict environments.

Eileen is Founder/Partner of Impassion Group, which creates technology solutions for informal economies, and Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Impassion Afghanistan, Afghanistan’s first digital media agency. Eileen has played a key role in fostering an ecosystem of Internet users in Afghanistan through innovative initiatives such as the Afghan Social Media Summit and Paiwandgah, the largest citizen journalism platform in the country.

Eileen serves as an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Media, and was named one of “99 Top Foreign Policy Professionals Under 33” by Diplomatic Courier magazine. Eileen writes about technology, culture, and post-conflict for a variety of publications including VentureBeat and the New York Times. Her work has been featured in Foreign PolicyWashington PostColumbia Journalism Review, The GuardianFast CompanyFox News, and Vice, among others.

CEO
MOJOPIA

Shinta has pioneered a web company called Bubu.com in Indonesia in 1996. Today, that web company has evolved into Indonesia's leading Digital media Agency.  She has also been in the mobile content business for the past five years. 

So after a long track records in the dotcom, mobile and ICT industry, last year, she started a new venture with TELKOM Indonesia which is the biggest telecommunication company in Indonesia. So she is now the CEO, of a newly formed subsidiary of TELKOM GROUP called MOJOPIA, that focuses on the most trusted and biggest Ecommerce portal in Indonesia, Plasa.com.  The company basically will be responsible as well in designing content and Internet/digital roadmap in leveraging synergies of various companies within TELKOM group.

She is member of ASPILUKI (Software Association of Indonesia) and of the Committee in the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) as the Vice to the Head of the Telecommunication IT and Media for Content and Application division.

Founder
Maldicore Group Pvt Ltd

Yusuf Shunan has over 15 years of experience in the Information Technology Industry of Maldives and is currently working to promote Open Source  in Maldives.
He is also the founder of Maldicore Group Pvt Ltd (http://www.maldicore.com/). Yusuf Shunan is also a founder member of Maldives Open Source Society (MOSS) and currently the program coordinator who is steering the open source movement in Maldives. (www.moss.org.mv).

He has extensive knowledge on the design, development and the implementation of websites and has participated in the project 'Digital Empowerment of Island Communities'

CEO and Managing Director
Multimedia Content & Communications (MCC) Ltd.

Suny MD Ashraf Khan, the CEO and Managing Director of Multimedia Content & Communications (MCC) Ltd. is also the Founder of mLab in Bangladesh. In the last ten years, Khan played a prominent leadership role with great enthusiasm and succeeded in revolutionizing the mobile application and gaming industry in Bangladesh. Between 2014- 2016 he worked as the Director of the Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Service (BASIS) and was committed to revamping policy around the mobile and ‘internet & startup’ movement in Bangladesh. Furthermore, he has excelled in making a larger contribution in regards to capacity building and awareness program implementation across the nation. An eminent professional, full of zeal and energy, he passionately works for the growth of the IT Industry which has gained national and international recognition among platforms such as Nokia Create for Millions, Manthan South Asia Award, mBillionth, World Summit Youth Award (WSYA). The success of MCC Ltd. has established him as the ‘role model’ of a successful leader for the IT industry. With a vision of making technology accessible for all, Khan dedicates his time not only towards expanding his business but also catalyzes the evolvement of niche 'techno-communities' such as Mobile Monday Dhaka Chapter, Google Developer Group and many others. Khan is also a Netherlands University Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC) Fellow.

Managing Director
Karon Business Consulting

Over fifteen years of entrepreneurial experience as a founder, co-founder and advisor to IT start-ups in both America and Asia. Currently I am a start-up advisor based in Bangkok, Thailand. I have been a leading advocate of the emerging Thai start-up community during my five years here in Bangkok. During this period I have advised numerous startups, Software Park Thailand, Technology Park, Creative City Chiang Mai and the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce ICT Group. I am an active author, blogger and speaker. My first book, Start-Up Guide for the Technopreneur, was recently published by John Wiley & Sons for global distribution. I founded my first blog, Finance for Geeks, at www.financeforgeeks to provide financial advice to IT start-ups everywhere. I recently launched with a co-founder a second blog, Thailand Startup Review, which provides comprehensive coverage of the Thai start-up community. It can be found at www.thaistartup.net. I have been often invited to participate in many panel discussions and serve as a pitch judge at many local and regional startup events. I recently commenced my Finance for Geeks Workshop Series which offers financial and strategic advisement for startups and incubator staffs.

Chief Executive Officer
Thimphu TechPark Ltd.

Tshering Cigay Dorji has a Masters and Ph.D in computer engineering (informatics) from the University of Tokushima, Japan, plus Master of Management from the University of Canberra, Australia, and over 14 years’ combined experience in programming, teaching, information system design, database administration, research and senior level management in the corporate sector. His first degree was B.E. Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of Wollongong, Australia, awarded in December 1999.

Currently, he heads Thimphu TechPark Ltd. as the Chief Executive Officer. Until the end of 2014, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the same company where he has been responsible for relationship management, operations and project management and execution, strategic management, costing, financial and people responsibilities, and communications and mentoring. Thimphu TechPark is the first IT Park in Bhutan built on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with support from the World Bank. He has previously worked with Bhutan Telecom for several years as system and database administrator, research engineer and head of Billing & International Affairs during which he gained valuable experience in project management, business development and people management.

Director and Acting Chief
Nepal Telecommunications Authority

Ananda Raj Khanal, born in Nepal is currently Director and Action Chief at Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) , an independent and autonomous  telecom regulator of Nepal. Before joining NTA in April 2006, he was with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Kathmandu University in Nepal in the capacity of Assistant Professor and Department In-Charge. He continues to be a visiting faculty at different universities in Nepal and teaches subjects related to Telecommunications and ICTs.

Mr Khanal has taken a number of training courses related to policy, regulation and management of Telecommunications/ICTs conducted by different international institutes of repute including ITU,ACMA, PURC, APT and other regulatory agencies. He has also participated in a number of seminars, workshops, meetings, symposia dealing with Telecommunications/ICTs/Broadband.

Very active in the ITU plenipotentiary conferences, WRCs ,WTDCs and ITU-D study groups, GSRs, and APT and SATRC activities, Mr Khanal is one of the noted speaker in these fields, has given a number of key note address and served as a panelist and moderator in a number of panel discussions in  and outside the country.

He has Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications, Master of Engineering in Optical Communication. He is a gold medalist in Bachelors of Law ( LLB).

He is elected Vice Chairman of ITU-D Study Group 2 for the period 2014-2018.He had served as the Vice Rapporteur for Study Group 2 during 2010-2014.

Besides engineering in the telecom and ICTs, he has deep interest in management and leadership and also in philosophy, spiritualism. His hobbies include trekking, listening to music, reading , writing and public speaking.

Chief Executive Officer
BITEX Sdn.Bhd.
President
Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA)

Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA. She has been spearheading efforts at P@SHA for the past 10 years during which time she was responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners.

Jehan has 29 years’ experience in Marketing, Communications and Interactive New media in Hong Kong, the Far East, the UAE and Pakistan. She is a motivator, an entrepreneur, a mentor, a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of Information and Communication Technologies beyond pure traditional business, to empower and enable communities. 

Advocacy through the use of cutting edge technology is one of Jehan’s passions. Using technology Jehan has brought together young people in IT and Business on a common platform. She has worked to bring together IT practitioners, bloggers, activists, innovators and citizen journalists who now work on common causes and projects whenever the need arises strengthening each others’ abilities to deliver. 

Using Social media – Facebook, blogging, video casts and Twitter – Jehan has highlighted the need for harnessing technology to combat social problems, for empowerment of women and to advocate for legislative reform.She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and at colleges and universities across Pakistan and the region. She also writes for various industry publications.

Main IT expert
Center of Information Technologies "SIBIS"

Dr. Batyr Karryev is an experienced scientific and IT professional who has good electronic, oral and written communication skills, knowledge of geophysics, seismology, IT methods, and administrative abilities. Fields of Expertise and Specialization: geophysics, creation of information systems and resources for seismic, ecological, etc areas in Internet and electronic MASS MEDIA. He has worked for the Scientific – Information Center of Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the Scientific –Technical Center of “Turkmentelecom” of Ministry of communication of Turkmenistan as General Director before joining the Center of Infomation Technologies "SIBIS".