ASEAN Director, Partner and Alliance
With over two decades of technology software business and managed services experiences, Benjamin lead digital transformation and cybersecurity technology innovation ranging from hardware processors, operating system, middleware, network, applications and mobile. A techno purer who also held senior management positions in multi-national companies including Oracle Tech, Fusion Middleware, IBM, CA and Temasek companies in key regional leadership roles, driving a large part of the software and managed services business.
He is a trusted Singapore government board member, national research foundation technology, manpower development, venture capital and digital economy advisor.
Accenture Pte Ltd
Shaikh Ismail is a Managing Director with Accenture, responsible for developing and driving growth across Accenture’s consulting, technology and outsourcing businesses in APAC. He serves as a client account lead for the Software and Platforms portfolio of clients in the Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) industry vertical.
Over Shaikh’s 14-year career, he has helped clients adapt and transform their businesses to reach the next level of performance. He has served as a business and technology architect bringing new and innovative ideas along with the broadest range of capabilities to his clients. Shaikh spends a significant part of his time, outside of work, serving the community. He currently serves as the Chairperson of Pasir Ris Active Ageing Committee and sits on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Technical Education. He also concurrently serves as a Member of the Electronics and Info-Comm Technology Academic
Advisory Committee for ITE.
He is passionate about technology and how it can be used as a multiplier to lift lives. He started TechX, an Accenture CSR program, aimed at providing the right opportunities for beneficiaries to learn and develop capabilities in technology to better empower individuals to create, innovate and improve their quality of life.
Ameet Nivsarkar was appointed to the role of Country Manager for TCS Singapore in January 2019. In this role, he has complete P&L responsibility for the geography. Prior to this, Ameet headed the Corporate Affairs function at TCS where he was responsible for Public Policy, Advocacy and related stakeholder engagements globally.
With extensive hands-on experience working with varied stakeholders in North America, Europe and Asia, Ameet brings strong global focus and insights to his new role. Leveraging his connections with government, academia, trade bodies, think tanks and media across the globe, he is focused on engaging and driving digital transformation for organizations in Singapore.A board member of multiple trade bodies and think-tanks, he has also been the President of the Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India (CEUCCI).
Before TCS, Ameet was a part of the leadership team at NASSCOM, the apex body of the Indian Technology industry, where he led NASSCOM’s international practice and cyber security initiatives. He has extensive experience in the information technology sector and over the past 23 years has worked in various positions across the globe, ranging from hands-on operations to strategic planning and policy. He has successfully demonstrated an ability to deliver in familiar and unfamiliar circumstances and is comfortable with building and managing teams.
Ameet holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, underpinned by a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and is based in Singapore. His passions include travelling and sports.
David Siah is a cyber-security practitioner and is actively involved in promoting cyber-security activities in Singapore and the APAC region. He is currently the Vice President, Channels (APAC, Middle East and Africa) for Trend Micro (2017-current), responsible for the Reseller, Distributor, GSI and Telco business operations and technical enablement across 37 countries.
Prior to this role, he was the Country Manager for Trend Micro’s Singapore and Indonesian offices (2012-2017) and set up the regional TrendLabs cybersecurity incidence response center in Singapore in 2013 and concurrently served as its Director till 2016. He also concurrently served a stint as the head of sales enablement and coached over 80 new account managers across the region (2017-2019).
Trend Micro is a pure-play cybersecurity company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a Gartner leader in both endpoint and network security.
Red Hat Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Guna has been in the IT software industry for over 25 years in various leadership roles. Currently, he is the country manager for Singapore at Red Hat, where he leads sales and business development activities in the country. Over the years, Guna has been extensively involved in the implementation of complex analytics solutions such as supply chain, customer experience and risk management across the world in various industries ranging from financial services, government, manufacturing and retail.
Prior to joining Red Hat, Guna was the General Manager for Cloud & Cognitive Solutions at IBM Singapore. He also held leadership positions at JDA Software and Oracle.
Guna graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Honors). He maintains an active presence in the local cloud community as VP of the SCS Cloud Chapter, and as the Vice-Chairman of the SGTech Cloud & Data Chapter.
Guna is also an active NS Volunteer recognized with the National Commendation Medal and as a NS Man of the Year.
Martin Chee was appointed as the Managing Director for IBM Singapore in April 2020. In his new role, Martin brings deep industry experience to spearhead IBM's digital transformation initiatives to Singapore. He will be responsible for business growth and strengthening IBM’s partnership with clients as they deploy cloud and cognitive capabilities to drive the digital transformation of their businesses.
Prior to this role, Martin was Vice President for IBM Analytics in the Asia Pacific region with responsibility for helping clients leverage emerging technology to modernise and unlock the value of their data assets. A senior leader with two decades of regional experience, Martin started his career with IBM Singapore in the Software Group in 2001. Throughout his career with IBM, Martin has held various leadership positions in Services, Software and Enterprise sales in the Asia Pacific region.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the National University of Singapore and started his career as an Intellectual Property lawyer before switching to the IT industry.
Managing Director, ASEAN
Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd
Serene Sia is Autodesk’s Managing Director for ASEAN, responsible for driving Autodesk’s business strategy and market expansion across all sales channels, and accelerating subscriber growth for the company’s extensive portfolio of 3D design solutions.
Serene has over 25 years of sales and leadership experience in the software industry across the Asia Pacific. As a female leader in the technology sector, Serene is regularly invited to speak and champion for women within the technology sector. Serene was also selected for Singapore’s Top 100 Women in Technology this year, an award which recognizes and celebrates inspiring women who have made significant contributions to the tech industry.
Serene joined Autodesk from Oracle Corporation where she was the Vice President of Cloud Platform Sales, and also the Country Managing Director in Singapore. Prior to her tenure at Oracle, she was the Managing Director at Presence of IT Asia, where she was responsible for operations and leadership across all business units in Asia.
Prior to that, she was Area VP, Enterprise Strategic Sales, APAC, at Salesforce, responsible for strategy and execution of Top and Strategic Accounts within
the region. Prior to joining Salesforce.com, Serene was Managing Director for SAP Malaysia and Brunei, responsible for all business functions and business groups, including Enterprise and SME software and services. She managed a team of over 130 dedicated sales, business development and solution professionals, while overseeing the company's operations and driving revenue for the Malaysia and Brunei markets.
Serene was also formerly Vice President Strategic Accounts for SAP South East Asia, managing the largest and highest revenue producing accounts in the region.
Chong Mien’s career has been driven expansively in bringing enterprise technology and the associated disruptive business model to market in the Asia Pacific region. Currently, Chong Mien is Managing Director of NEC APAC where he is responsible for the overall Singapore Operations and regional Public Safety business portfolio.
Previously Chong Mien was Head of Global Communications, Media and Technology. His portfolio includes establishing regional management team to drive NCS digital product and solution business revolving Smart City, IoT and Data Fusion across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining NCS, Chong Mien is Vice President of Enterprise Business Group in StarHub where he heads the enterprise sales division responsible for government, global accounts, SMB and media solution business.
Chong Mien also held leadership positions in sales management, channels management, business development with MNCs such as IBM Asia Pacific, Sun Microsystems, Oracle Asia Pacific with a proven track record of building high performance teams and partner ecosystems across the region.
Chong Mien received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science, and was awarded the top scholar in the Marketing School at IBM Asia Pacific Education Centre.
Chong Mien is married, an avid Ironman triathlete and a member of his church social concerns committee.