The Internet and Your Business: an ICANN 49 Forum

The Internet and Your Business

Date: 21 Mar 2014, 1.30-6pm
Venue: Sophia Room, Raffles City Convention Centre

Part of the ICANN 49 meetings in Singapore, “The Internet and Your Business’ will focus on practical ways for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)  to enhance productivity by tapping on the benefits of operating and utilising digital resources and the Internet space. Our speakers, who include experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs from a wide-range of specialty areas in the technology industry, will share how they achieved success through leveraging Internet technologies. Do find more information about them in our Speaker Biographies.

Please find the programme appended below. Attendance is free, but as seating is limited, do register to indicate your interest.

1330-1345 Welcome address

Mr. Kuek Yu-Chuang 
Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

1345-1400 Keynote address

Ms. Penny Low 
Adviser to Pasir Ris-Punggol GRO’s
MP to Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC  

Session 1:  How the Internet Empowers Business
1400-1445 Panel 1: The Centrality of the Internet to Business Today

There is no doubt that the Internet is an integral part of modern business today. The connected economy is one where companies – both large and small – can enter the global supply chain. This panel will give an overview of how the Internet affects and impacts every aspect of the business world – from businesses and servers, to customers and end-users.

Moderator: Mr. Chris Mondini
Vice President, Business Engagement ICANN

 Mr. John Galligan,
Regional Director, Government Relations Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Mr. Steven Liew 
Chair of the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), and Associate General Counsel and Head of Government Relations – Asia Pacific, eBay Inc

Mr. Sherwin Loh
Deputy Editor, Digital Life, Straits Times

Moderated Q&A

1445-1530  Panel 2: User Cases – Using the Internet to Drive Business Success 

Companies in Asia have successfully harnessed the Internet as a platform for doing business both regionally and internationally. This panel will share insights and stories from prominent Singapore companies who have trailblazed the business of doing business on the Internet; as well as how enabling policies provide an environment for businesses to do so.

Moderator: Mr. Low Jia-Rong
Head of Strategy and Initiatives for the Asia Pacific, ICANN

Mr. Charles Chew
Director (International), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Mr. Douglas Gan 
Co-founder of

Mr. Clifford Teo
Vice President, Singapore Sharing Economy Association

Moderated Q&A

1530-1600 Tea Break, sponsored by Microsoft 
Session 2:  SMEs and Digital Productivity
1600-1700  Panel 3: Using the Internet for Marketing and Brand Protection 
The Internet is an excellent platform for marketing and communications about your business online. The ubiquity of Internet communications enables businesses to establish brand names and customer followers quickly and easily. Yet this ubiquity is a double-edged sword which demands you protect your brand online from copycats and other violations of your intellectual property. This panel will explore how you can protect your reputation, brand, and business online.

Moderator:  Mr. Rob Bratby
Managing Partner, Olswang Asia LLP

Mr. Jos Birken
Vice Chairman, Direct Marketing Association of Singapore

Mr. Jan Corstens
World Wide Project Partner, Deloitte

Ms. Janna Lam
CEO, IP Mirror

Moderated Q&A

1700-1750  Panel 4: Cloud-based solutions for small business

Cloud computing solutions have the potential to offer tremendous opportunities to SMEs in terms of technological advancement. In fact, in a testament to how widely available and easy to use cloud services are, many SMEs are already using cloud services such as email, data storage and accounting solutions without realising it. This panel will use practical examples to illustrate how SMEs can easily step into the world of cloud-based solutions to enhance their businesses.

Moderator: Ms. Lim May-Ann
Managing Director, TRPC

Mr. Guido Crucq
General Manager, Security Solutions & Enterprise Mobility, Dimension Data Asia-Pacific

Mr. Bill Zeng
CTO and Cloud Evangelist, APAC Cisco

Ms. Poh Mui Hoon
Group CEO, ICONZ-Webvisions

Mr. Donny Prasetya
Head of Sales, BTPN Bank

Moderated Q&A

1800-1930 Cocktail reception, hosted by ICANN
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