Business in Asia-Pacific: Impact and Opportunities

Business in Asia-Pacific: Impact and Opportunities

Where to focus and thrive in the next 12 to 18 months?

The COVID19 pandemic is a watershed moment, but as we know every crisis brings opportunities. In this session, we will discuss how and which industries will be impacted, how businesses will evolve, our role of leveraging different skills and technology in helping with recovery, and finally, how organisations will re-imagine the workforce and skills required.

This will be a C-suite panel discussing the challenges and opportunities of working in a limited capacity environment, and how the paradoxical phenomena of a measured and yet an over-the-top bold approach, can be applied in the context of a new work environment.

This discussion will uncover:

  • What are the most important aspects that SMEs and solopreneurs should have as a core focus in the next 12-18 months to operate, not just to survive, but thrive in a global environment?
  • What would be the advice for our community of speakers, trainers and consultants looking to stay relevant in a now new business environment?

Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor, economics columnist at The Straits Times

Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor, economics columnist at The Straits Times Vikram Khanna is Associate Editor and economics columnist at The Straits Times, the flagship media property of the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) group. He was previously Associate Editor of The Business Times, Singapore’s only business daily.

Prior to joining SPH in 1993, he was an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. Vikram has a B.A, M.A. and M. Phil degrees in Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of two books: “Headwinds and Hazards: Economic Snapshots in an Age of Populism,’ and he co-authored: “The Future of the Economy” with John Powers. Vikram is Vice-President of the Economic Society of Singapore.

Leanne Robers, Investor, Start-up Advisor, Entrepreneur, Community Builder

Leanne Robers is an investor, advisor to start-ups, entrepreneur and community builder. Co-Founder of She Loves Tech, the world’s largest start-up competition and accelerator program for female tech entrepreneurs and women-impact tech startups, she is also a lead mentor for the Singapore Tourism Board tech accelerator program and the Facebook Community Accelerator Program. In 2019, Leanne was selected as an Obama Leader (Asia Pacific), a highly selective program for changemakers. She was awarded the top honour of’s Tech Playmaker of the year award, on top of winning the Champion of Change award 2020. Most recently, she was honoured as a Microsoft Regional Director, a program where Microsoft selects 160 of the world’s top thought leaders to speak and be a Key Opinion Leader for the Microsoft network.

Leanne has founded a diverse portfolio of businesses, including Comish (an art x technology platform), a fintech service platform in New York, and a lifestyle company that built and managed boutique hotels and F&B outlets in SEA. Prior to her start-up journey, she worked at corporates in the UK and across SEA, covering a variety of roles, including business development, consulting and leadership. She holds a BS in Psychology, and was awarded the Paul J. Korshin Award for Excellence and Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her MSc in Leadership and Management. She is currently a PhD candidate in Psychology and Entrepreneurship.

Jana Marle-Zizkova, Co-founder and CEO Meiro, Co-founder and MD SheLovesData

Avid data and diversity advocate, Jana headed teams and country operations at Estee Lauder, Sybase, Sas and Socialbakers in the past two decades. She holds a degree in Computer Science. A Czech native and Swedish citizen, Jana has been living in Singapore since 2012. She left her corporate career to co-found Customer Data Platform tech startup Meiro, which was soon followed by the non-profit movement She Loves Data.

Since 2016 over 9,000 women attended 120+ free data and tech workshops in Asia, ANZ, Africa and the USA. She Loves Data received the 2019 Asian Diversity Initiative Award by Women in IT. In 2008 and 2009 Jana was named one of the Top 25 business women in the Czech Republic, and between 2003-2006 she sailed around the world on 38-foot sailboat.