In the lead up to the 16th ABLA, the SIXCAP | CNBC Exchange series will explore current topics of interest to business leaders in different countries. Open to a select group of c-level and senior executives, each Exchange features a highly-engaging debate with discussion and is followed by a networking session over dinner.
Compared to its peers in China and India, Southeast Asian startups are still in the early days of technology innovation. However, there's no lack of entrepreneurs ready to make their mark here. We take a closer look at the digital economy eco-system in the region, and assess the market opportunities and funding challenges for startups in Southeast Asia.
Akiko Fujita is the host of CNBC's pre-market program The Rundown. The Rundown captures the overnight action from Wall Street and equips viewers for the Asia trading day. Based in Singapore, Akiko also covers Asia-Pacific business including the Japanese market and the tech industry, for cnbc.com.
With more than a decade of experience, Akiko has covered some of the biggest stories across Asia and the U.S. Prior to joining CNBC, Akiko was a Tokyo-based correspondent for ABC News, where she led network coverage of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. She also traveled across East Asia, reporting on everything from the conflict on the Korean Peninsula to Edward Snowden.
Joel Neoh is one of Asia's most recognised and successful young entrepreneurs. With a passion for democratising technology to enhance the lives os millions of consumers across Asia, Neoh is the Founder of Favee, and online-to-offline (O2O) local commerce platform. Under his leadership, Fave has grown to be one of the top mobile commerce platforms in Southeast Asia He was one of the initial founders of the Groupon businesses in Asia, playing an instrumental role in establishing the high-growth business model that propelled Groupon into a multi billion dollar business, spanning across 12 countries.
Neoh has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Guillem Segarra is CEO of HappyFresh Group, Southeast Asia's leading foodfocused last mile logistics and on-demand delivery company.
Prior to joining HappyFresh in March 2015, he was Marketplace Operations Manager and Head of 3PL Management at Lazada Group, which is pioneering e-Commerce across Southeast Asia. Before that he was a Technical Consultant for Vodafone Global Enterprise (part of the Vodafone Group), dedicated to simplifying the management of global communications for the world’s largest multi-national companies.