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Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes is the Head of Digital Merchant Products, Asia Pacific at Visa. He is responsible for leading the team of Visa’s specialists in eCommerce and multi-channel commerce - servicing acquiring banks, processors, merchants, marketplaces and digital platforms, enabling them for digital commerce. This includes Visa’s acquisition of the Cybersource payment management platform and fraud management solutions (Visa acquired in 2010).

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services, software and Telco services across Asia Pacific, the US and Australia. Prior to this, he was head of Merchant Sales & Solutions in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific at Visa. He has held a number of key positions in multinational corporations prior to Visa, including Regional Vice President & General Manager Asia Pacific at Transaction Network Services (TNS), and was an Advisory Board Member of the Live Group, an independent, Australian payments processor.

Chris has a Assoc. Diploma in Electrical Engineering and a graduate of the Australian Insititute of Company Directors. In his spare time he enjoys keeping current with technology trends and world affairs, along with spending time travelling and cycling in various, iconinc destinations and lastly spending time wth his wife Andie and daughter Ruby (10yo). Chris relocated with Visa from Sydney to Singapore in October 2017.

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    David Chen

    David Chen

    David Chen is a tech entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and built Singapore consumer lifestyle app Nestia and career matching platform Matchimi. He is also a former professor with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington. He spent six years as a tenured professor at Nanyang Technological University with a specialty in algorithm design and analysis, optimisation and data analytics. Before teaching, he worked with some of the world’s most recognized technology brands including Yahoo!, Microsoft and Amazon. 

    David Chen is CEO of Atome, a Singapore-headquartered financial technology company empowering consumers through greater financial access and technology.

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    23/07/20 | Future of retail: Is Asia ready for buy now, pay later? views

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      Girish Ramachandran

      Girish Ramachandran

      Girish Ramachandran is the President of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Asia Pacific. He is responsible for the strategy, growth and business operations in Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN, Greater China and South Korea.

      He joined TCS in 1994 and has held multiple leadership positions across key parts of the business around the world. He spent 9 years as the Head of TCS Europe where he developed strong client relationships, with disciplined focus on operations and execution, enabling TCS Europe to achieve record growth in revenues and margins. Girish then headed TCS’ Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean region after which he was Corporate Vice-President in the CEO’s office in Mumbai where he rolled out strategic global initiatives, setting the tone for TCS’ rapid growth.

      Girish also serves on the board of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) based in Amsterdam, a pioneer in global sustainability reporting. He is also a member of CII International Council and serves on the International Board of Nyenrode University in Netherlands. He is a recipient of the Frans Banninck Cocq Medal from the Mayor of Amsterdam, in recognition of his meritorious service to the city of Amsterdam. He was appointed Business Champion for New Colombo Plan by the Australian Government and was recognized with the “Leading CEO” award by the Singapore Human Resource Institute (SHRI) in 2018.

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      07/07/20 | A New Dawn for Retailers in Asia Pacific views

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        Olivier Gergele

        Olivier Gergele

        Olivier is EY Asean Consumer Products & Retail Leader based in Singapore, with vast operational and consulting experience in the consumer products and retail sector globally and across Southeast Asia. His experience covers projects on growth strategies, innovation, value creation, go-to-market, sales and marketing effectiveness, profitability improvement, cost and complexity reduction, change management and large-scale transformation.

        Olivier assists clients in engagements such as strategy development, operating model and organization review, go-to-market definition, value creation, and large-scale commercial and cost transformation programs. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK.

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        26/08/20 | Five focus areas for retailers beyond the GSS views

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          Plato Wai

          Plato Wai

          Plato Wai is General Manager at SHOPLINE Hong Kong, a global smart commerce enabler. Prior to SHOPLINE, he worked at Lehman Brothers and Nomura Holdings, Inc.

          Equipped with extensive experience in the start-up scene, Plato regularly shares his insights on The Stand News and StartUpBeat.

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          09/06/20 | As Customers Flock Online, Scams Proliferate. How Can You Win the Trust of Customers? views

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            Suroor Anwar

            Suroor Anwar

            Suroor Anwar is Vice President (APAC), Strategy and Commercial at RS Components, the world’s leading electronic products retailer, offering more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers.

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            22/07/20 | The power of digitising supply chains in the region views

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