Asia

Founder & President
Internet Professional Association (iProA)

Dr. Elizabeth Quat is the Founder and CEO of CB Strategic Investment Limited which focus in investment in ICT and Education areas. Dr. Quat is also the Co-Founder and Immediate Past President of Internet Professional Association (www.iProA.org) which now represents over 2,500 ICT professionals. It contributes towards improving professionalism of information technology practitioners, encouraging ICT professionals to share social responsibilities, as well as striving to bridge the digital divide in Hong Kong. She holds a BBA, MBA and PhD degree in Management and has over 20 years of experience in Asia market entry, new business & product development, and M&A. Dr. Quat is an active member of many China and HKSAR Government Advisory Committees and community servicing organisations such as the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, Logistics Development Council, and the Personal Data (Privacy) Advisory Committee. She is also the Founder of Green ICT Consortium and the Hong Kong Energy Saving Association, and a member of the All-China Youth Federation of mainland China. She was awarded one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” and “Ten Outstanding Young Digi Persons” in 2001, "The Most Successful Women" in 2002, and "Hundred Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs in China" in 2006. Dr. Quat was also elected District Councilor of Hong Kong Shatin District Council in November, 2007. 
Dr. Quat recently completed a Master Degree in Social Sciences major in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Hong Kong University’s Family Institute.  In February 2010, Dr. Quat joined the scientists of the “ELYSIUM” project on a 20-day expedition of the Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Ocean to examine the impact of climate change on the oceans and Antarctica. Dr. Quat, a certified PADI dive Instructor since 1998, was one of the members of the diving team and a supporting photographer of the expedition to document the underwater and above water world of Antarctica. Dr. Quat is married and has been a vegetarian for 23 years.

CEO
UZSCINET

Alisher Yusupov is an IT-entrepreneur and organizer of startup events in Uzbekistan. Working in IT sector since 2001, he has a deep knowledge of Uzbekistan IT-market, its key players and perspectives.

Alisher manages Brand.uz company (engaged in the field of IT-consulting, mobile and web programming, local media resources). Besides, he gives public lectures on IT and promotes startup culture among young local entrepreneurs.

Director of Business Development, Future Communications Department
Dentsu Inc.
Kei is a Japanese American entrepreneur from New York. He has worked for Panasonic, Lucent Technologies, Cybird, all leading companies in their respective industries before establishing his successful mobile strategy firm, Infinita.



For over 10 years, Kei has devoted his time to helping Japanese companies with their mobile product and service strategies in expanding across borders and likewise guided International companies with their entry into Japan.



He is now Director of Business Development at Dentsu's product innovation section, the Future Communications Department, where he is going beyond the companies traditional advertising business to cultivate new global business opportunities in the digital arena.



Kei is also one of the most sought after speakers on Japan's mobile market. He is a regular at industry events such as the Mobile Marketing Forum, Mobile World Congress, Ad:Tech, Festival of Media, CommunicAsia, X|Media|Lab, Mobile 2.0, Telecom Asia and has done keynote presentations and panel moderation in over a 20 countries around the globe.



His passions, aside from work, include playing tennis, snowboarding, travelling, cooking with his wife, entertaining his new born son and collecting mobile devices from around the world. His collection includes the Magic Cap, first generation Sony Clie and Sharp Zaurus.



Specialties: Mobile Strategy, Mobile Development, Mobile Advertisement, Japanese Mobile Market, Research, Consulting, Business Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Management, Planning, Human Resources, Facilitation, Making things work, Execution

Co-Founder
Social Entrepreneur co-working space

Preekamol Chantaranijakorn (Gift) is a social entrepreneur who passionate on building the community of social-minded people. Gift graduated from Bachelor of Economics with major class in development economics. Gift has worked in the field of policy innovation, social innovation, social communication, social event/volunteer management and social project consultant. Just before she stepped into the real entrepreneur world, she worked as editor of business and leisure magazine to open herself on media production.

Senior Programme Head
ICT Agency of Sri Lanka

 

Chitranganie holds a second class (upper) in Chemistry from the University of Colombo. With over 20 years' experience in formulating and implementing national Programmes for export development and promotion, Chitranganie has spear-headed several key export oriented initiatives besides coordinating several donor-funded programmes of the EDB. As Director of TradenetSL, the e-commerce arm of the Sri Lanka Export Development, Chitranganie was responsible for introducing several ICT solutions for facilitating the rural entrepreneur and has played a key role in launching the country's pioneering online trading platform.
She is presently Programme Head at the Information Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, the apex body responsible for ICT policy and direction in Sri Lanka and the implementing organization for the e-Sri Lanka Initiative. Her main focus is the e-Society Programme which seeks to ensure that the dividends of ICT reach all sections of society. Several highly innovative ICT applications/contents of relevance to society have been developed and deployed through this programme. She has presented Sri Lanka’s ICT4D experience at several international fora including the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) Conferences, Annual Regional Meetings of One World South Asia, the Forum for Information Technology Nepal, the ICT4D Conference of the Centre for Advanced Computing, C-DAC, and in global video conferencing sessions of the World Bank.

Founder & Director
Digital Empowerment Foundation

Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) – the not-for-profit organization founded to accomplish the mission. Osama has been British Chevening Fellow in 2002 and in 2011 he was invited by the US State Department for the “International Visitors Leadership Program”. He just released his 4th Book titled “NetCh@kra: 15 Years of Internet in India”. He is a member of the Advisory Board for National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN). At the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, for the Community Radio Licensing, Osama Manzar is a member of the Screening Committee.He has recently initiated a regional movement on “How Mobile can Empower Masses” through mBillionth Award South Asia, recognising and mentoring Mobile Content, Application & Services. In 2003 he launched Manthan Award, India’s first ever award for choosing the best e-content practices. Manthan Award has extended its reach to the Asia Pacific region recently and has accumulated more than 4000 best e-content practices in its nomination database. Osama Manzar is e-Content Expert for India for World Summit Award (WSA), Grand Jury Member and member of the Board of Directors. In addition, he has been Jury Anchor for the Dataquest e-Gov Champion Award (2008), for Bahrain e-Content Award (2009), Sri Lanka’s e-Content Award & Bangladesh e-Content & ICTD Award-National Digital Innovation (2010). He has been the moderator for e-North east Award Jury (2012). Further, he is the facilitator of the “Pearson Teachers Award” (launched in 2012). He has been a part of the Professional Social Entrepreneurship Program by Social-Impact International and worked for Computerworld as assistant editor and for Hindustan Times as head of Interactive Media Division. He is a physics graduate and holds a post-graduate diploma in Journalism. Osama has a credit of covering at least 200 ICTD case studies in India and South Asia and has traveled more than 2000 villages, including 30 countries. Osama is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi and can read and write Arabic and Persian.

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Academician
International Academy of Informatization

Anatol is working for the International Academy of Informatization http://academy.kz/.
Anatol was the General Director of BAAK joint venture, an American – Kazakhstan ICT research and system integrator created in 2000.
As General Director of BAAK JV, he provides strategic leadership, fiscal development, science and strategic management, creative direction for all of the BAAK JV new important for Kazakhstan information society creation initiatives, including the research, development and implementation of a diverse range of ICT items.
Since 2001 Anatol is chief constructor of National Information Technologies (Kazakhstan national operator in informatization sphere). He is also jury member of AWARD-KZ , a Kazakhstan national internet award.
Anatol is working hard in various fields of Kazakhstan information society project.

Vice President for Academic Affairs
TRACE College in Los Banos, Laguna

Josephine Cacdac is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the TRACE College in Los Banos, Laguna. Before, she engaged herself as the Programs Director of Informatics Indonesia (PT Lifelong Learning). Informatics Education Ltd. is a Singapore-based multinational corporation established in 1983, with a global network of 132 centers spanning more than 23 countries worldwide; its wholly-owned subsidiary NCC Education in the UK has 300 centers in 45 countries. Josie has worked with Informatics (Philippines and Indonesia) for more than ten years, establishing partnerships with educational institutions to help promote and enhance the partners’ Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Language, and Business Management programs, among others. She is a member of numerous organizations and associations, such as the Rotary Club Jakarta Central, Philippine Computer Society, Phil. Society of IT Educators, and DigitalFilipino.com Club. She was awarded Best in Academics by Informatics Philippines and was recognized for her directorship in various projects of the Philippine Computer Society, notably in the aspect of IT curriculum re-engineering.