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 morning debate with discussion and is followed by a networking session over lunch.
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.