Speakers

  • Rahul Gupta

    Managing Director-Business Development,
    GE Global Growth Organization, ASEAN

    Rahul was appointed to his current role in 2011 and is responsible for developing business development & growth strategies for the complete suite of GE’s industrial businesses across the ASEAN region. Along with his team, he is responsible for strategic marketing, investment capital to support new growth programs and verticals with a tight linkage to technology, flag planting and originating & executing on JV’s & partnerships. In addition, he is also the regional executive sponsor for the Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP) which is GE’s premier global commercial leadership program. He is based in Singapore. In his 18+ year GE career, Rahul has held several senior leadership roles with the company in different Asian markets. Previously, he served as President & CEO of GE Money Singapore and Chief Marketing Officer of GE Capital-Global Banking, Southeast Asia. Earlier, he was the President & CEO of GE Money Hong Kong and also served as the Chairman of the Board of GE Capital Hong Kong. Prior to that, he held various leadership roles in India and Singapore. Apart from GE, Rahul’s experience includes a two- year assignment with Telemobil, a leading mobile telephony company in Eastern Europe as Director-Sales & Marketing. He worked with American Express and Xerox in the early part of his career.
  • Marcus Tan

    Chief Executive Officer, AIQ Technologies

    Marcus Tan is the CEO of AIQ – a Singaporean technology startup specialising in Artificial Intelligence (AI), offering O2O (Offline-Online- Offline) integrated solutions using our proprietary image recognition, video recognition and visual search technology. Marcus is also the co founder of The Carrot Patch, a collaborative working space in Singapore that congregates AI, DML and media professionals and startups. Marcus has over 25 years of experience in building and managing specialised teams across media, commerce, deep learning and artificial intelligence. He has held leadership roles in the past with companies such as SpotX, Smaato, Blackberry, Nokia, Travelocity and MediaCorp.
  • Harjiv Singh

    Founder and CEO, Gutenberg

    Harjiv is the Founder and CEO of Gutenberg, an integrated digital marketing communications firm with offices in the U.S., U.K., and India, he works extensively with clients across a diverse range of industries and organizations like technology, real estate, government, investment management, higher education, and the non-profit sectors. In a career spanning over 20 years he has advised and worked with clients like U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), UK Trade & Investment, GE, HSBC, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and Quest Diagnostics. Harjiv serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Indag Rubber Limited (IRL). He also serves on the advisory board of Knowledge@Wharton and a Trustee of The Loomba Foundation. He is also a member of the U.S. Advisory Council of The American India Foundation (AIF). Harjiv received a Master’s in International Affairs in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University. He also has an MBA in Marketing and Bachelor in Finance from the New York Institute of Technology. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu, and has basic fluency in German. He divides his time between New York, London, and New Delhi.

MODERATER

  • Sharanjit Leyl

    International News Journalist
    Foreign Correspondents Association

    Sharanjit is an experienced broadcaster with nearly 20 years of experience covering international business, finance and politics. She anchors Asia Business Report (since 2003) and Newsday (since its inception in 2011) from the BBC's Singapore studio and is also a producer and reporter on both shows which air on BBC World News to nearly 400 million households worldwide. Sharanjit has also anchored BBC programmes such as World Business Report, Impact and GMT in London, filed reports for radio on the BBC World Service (including a regular slot on Five Live's 'Wake Up to Money') and written for BBC news online. She’s presented and filed television reports for domestic BBC programmes such as the One and Six o’clock news and regularly anchors live on location for BBC World News on breaking stories in the region such a Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Singaporean by birth, Sharanjit has presented and produced documentaries on BBC World News including the hour long ‘Singapore at 50’ which aired in 2015, documenting one of the 20th century's greatest success stories -- the transformation of her home from developing to first world. Noteworthy interviews, many of which she also arranged and produced, include the Presidents of the Philippines and East Timor, the Prime Ministers of Thailand, Pakistan and New Zealand, former Prime Ministers of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, Presidents of the World Bank and the IMF, chief executives and chairpersons from various Fortune 500 companies ranging from Microsoft to Walmart. She's now such a familiar face of business for viewers in Asia that she is regularly invited to moderate high level debates for the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF, the ADB and other NGOs.