From 27 October – 22 December, 22 micro, small and medium enterprise owners who are from the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) will attend a learning and development programme, powered by Pearson Learning Hub.
This Pilot Programme on Pearson Learning Hub is to cater to the needs of the MSMEs, essential in these challenging times and are confident that the benefits to these businesses are manifold, including upskilling and training to adapt to the new economy, better positioning of their company and more effective management of their staff.
Meet the members participating in this exciting new pilot:
Anthony Gunawan is the founder and CEO of Waku, Indonesia’s 1st and largest awards-winning culinary & catering platform. Working with cloud kitchens and catering businesses, Waku serves hundreds of corporate and government agencies with complete selection of “healthy, hygiene, delicious, & affordable” daily meals and other culinary needs. Prior to Waku, Anthony worked at TJX Companies, a U.S. Fortune 100 company and the largest off-price fashion retailer in the world. He led IT teams and consultants in the US, Canada, Europe & India from Accenture, IBM, Cognizant, to provide tech solutions and support thousands of their retail stores around the globe. Anthony is a Global Learning System partner in BINUS University, where he works together with the lecturers in constructing case studies, forum discussions, and tasks for students. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and an M.B.A. from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, Chicago.
After 15 years in FMCG Manufacturing and International trading business, Jerry sold his manufacturing plant and 2 premium brands in 2019 since he is building a governance career in the public and private sector. Jerry's purpose is to ensure an adequate level of diversity and inclusion efforts are made to policy and strategic level. In 2019, Jerry was hired to manage a well-known Australasia Pharmaceutical company that has a revenue portfolio of over 150 million per annum and he was the key player in managing the global supply chain and key strategic relationships with government agencies, large corporates as well as OEM businesses in all sizes. Jerry provides consulting services in strategic governance, cross-cultural benefits, digital leadership and global connections for New Zealand businesses and abroad. Jerry is of Chinese-Kiwi descent and lives New Zealand but his business experience extended to Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong and Japan. He is currently a member of the Asia Society (New York) - Young leader of the year 2018, the New Zealand Asian Leaders, the Institute of Directors and the Business Mentor New Zealand.
Divyan Gupta is the Founder and CEO of Keshiha Services, a consumer technology start-up with interests in the ecommerce, digital media & mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) space. In the digital media space, Keshiha’s brand, Top Tech News is the world’s largest technology news site while in MaaS, their brand Move, is the world’s largest search app for shared bikes and parking slots. The company has been recognized as an ‘Innovative Startup’ by the Government of India under their flagship Startup India program. Divyan has a rich professional experience of 21 years in a variety of senior executive roles with top Fortune 500 & FTSE 10 MNC’s across the telecom, utility and BFSI verticals before starting up Keshiha Services. Divyan holds an MBA from Hult International Business School (USA) where he was awarded the Leadership Scholarship and was on the Dean’s List. He also co-authored two case studies for the MBA program. Divyan contributes a lot to the community through various ways – as a guest faculty for management and engineering institutions, empanelled Innovation Management Expert with the Government of India, advisor to start-ups and incubators as well as leading country and city chapters of associations like Google Business Groups (GBG) and AMTC.
Stephanie Caragos is the Founder, President & CEO of the 20-year running IT Company, Syntactics, Inc. and is the founder of letIThelp.org, a social enterprise that envisions in helping young Filipinos hone their skills in IT and increase their chances of getting stable and profitable jobs. She has also recently founded the Syntactics PINK (Promoting Innovation Networking & Knowledge for women), a community ran by her female developers to train women in coding and IT skills. She is a speaker and mentor in various Start-ups, Online Marketing, Web, ICT and ICT businesses related seminars and talks and works tirelessly in finding innovative ways of marketing online for clients. She is also a staunch supporter of Filipino Small and Medium Enterprises as she continues to develop products and services that would benefit SMEs as well as help them increase their success rate in using technology in business. Stephanie is an Eisenhower Fellow, a Young Social Entrepreneur Initiative Fellow and has been featured in the Microsoft Executive Leadership Series Book, Young World Rising. Stephanie is currently the president of the CDO ICT Business Council and works with the members and stakeholders in the city in promoting ICT to support more start-ups and create more jobs in the city. She is a past president for the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and is currently a member of the board of directors for the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines (EFAP).
Before becoming a social entrepreneur, I was building my career on development and humanitarian works. I was employed for six years at the House of Representatives wherein I focused on women and children’s legislation. For eight years, I worked for UNFPA and UNICEF Philippines providing technical guidance and assistance to our partners on gender, reproductive health, child protection, gender-based violence and adolescence/youth. When I was deployed in Haiyan-affected areas, I met the indigenous young people who inspired me to pursue my first business project. In December 2015, the SCHERZ Indigenous Creations was established. We designed and produced bags, accessories and house decors to promote the indigenous and cultural richness of our country. For the last two years, we received grants that stirred us to better ideas for the enterprise. In 2019, I became one of AMTC’s Ambassadors. However, the pandemic has affected us but served as a blessing in disguise for we are now working on a better business concept that is more appropriate and suitable for the post-COVID world. At present, I am part of the first cohort of women social entrepreneurs of Ashoka and S&P Global Foundation. I am also an e-volunteer at VSO International.
I was 20 years old when I went to Singapore to work as a domestic helper. My parents had passed away and I had to support my siblings. I worked for 16 years but it was only in 2011, when attending a microfinancing course at Aidha that I discovered that leadership is about awareness, choice, and responsibility. I became convinced that empowerment and education are critical to a brighter future for women. I began rebuilding my life - I had to learn to believe in myself and reject the labels assigned to me. I began the exciting journey of turning my dream into reality. I returned to Sri Lanka and launched my own social enterprise, NILUTEA (an online, local tea business) and set up EMERGING HOPE LANKA an organization empowering women in rural Sri Lanka. I frequently share about my journey and experience with women in factories in Sri Lanka, and around the world and have been invited to speak at events organised by TEDx, BTS and UNWomen.
Kinley Pelden, the Creative Executive Officer and Founder, is mother to two beautiful daughters (Yeshey and Dhoyang). She is from Punakha district and has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the Philippines, and a higher degree in Quantitative Genetics from University of Edinburgh and Wageningen University. She worked in the public sector for 17 years before setting up her own business – Yiga Chocolate. Kinley regularly mentors entrepreneurs in agriculture and product development ventures. She believes that, if we give our best in the present moment and responsibility at hand, that will somehow build us and our course of life. Yiga Chocolate is a fruit of DIY project with her two little daughters in 2014. Little did she know then that, in holding her children’s hands to explore their interest and passion, it would set her on this delightful journey.
Yiga Chocolate is a pioneer of chocolate manufacturer in Bhutan, established in 2017 with support from Loden Foundation who provided collateral and interest free loan, mentors and network. Yiga carries forth the spirit of health and happiness from Bhutan, known as the home of Gross National Happiness and Land of Medicinal Herbs. It is operated from start-up centre supported by Department of Cottage and Small Industries. Yiga retails their products in 5 districts in Bhutan through 15 shops including 2 in Paro International Airport. Yiga has also collaborated with Mountain Hazelnut Ventures Pvt. Ltd to produce Hazelnut chocolates. Since the majority of the customers were inbound tourists, Bhutanese travellers and event managers, the sales has dipped with onset of COVID 19.
Roeby House is my company that produces natural food without artificial colouring, sweetener, flavouring or food preservatives. We use local natural resources at low temperature and short processing in order to keep them highly nutritious. Our brand name products are Joka - cacao nibs & decaffein coffee, Infit - flour & coconut chips and Kootie - mushroom chips. Roeby House has a partnership with PT. Lemonilo Sehat Indonesia (Lemonilo.com) in marketing and research of products. Lemonilo.com is one of the leading companies in Indonesia which is focusing on healthy food. Roeby House has embraced the spirit of lifelong learning by involving communities, holding exhibitions, conducting short training, etc. We are members of the Food Startup Indonesia by Creative Economy Agency Indonesia, Food Startup Indonesia Accelerator by Accelerice Indonesia (accelerice.com), Rumah Kreatif Sleman by Department Industry and Commerce Indonesia and Industri Kreatif Syariah Indonesia (ikraindonesia.com) by Indonesia Bank.
Benson (aka Evenson) is the Founder and CEO of Nattural Quality Corporation (NQC), a 100% Filipino-owned corporation established in 2002. His vision is to be a leader in the “natural food supplement industry” and to bring about a consciousness for better health and an improved quality of life. His mission is to develop and market innovative herbal-based food supplements, herbal medicines and herbal tea known to contain essential elements that help maintain good health as a pro-active alternative/supplement to Western type conventional medications. NQC products are currently sold in all leading drugstores in the Philippines and also exports to USA, Japan, Denmark, Sudan and Africa. NQC also sells our products online. Benson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines and a Master’s in Business Administration from I.E.S.E. in Barcelona, Spain. He is an active member and Director of the Chamber of Herbal Industries of the Philippines, Inc. He has also been an active participant in various export initiatives of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, regularly joining the Overseas Business Missions in different parts of the world. Benson is an Ambassador of the Asia-Pacific MSME Trade Coalition (AMTC) and participated in the ASEAN Workshop in Digital Integration in Singapore.
Chaksu Madan has more than 10 years of experience in the IT sector in varied fields such as Copywriting and Operations & Management. He has previously worked with an ISO 9001-2008 Online Learning portal of repute. After completing a Masters in eBusiness Management, Madan started his own venture in 2006 in India which offered web and software solutions to healthcare establishments. He recently moved to Australia in 2016 where he founded iWings Labs to extend IT services to Australian clients. iWings Labs has been engaged in cross border trade by offering Indian IT solutions to Australian clients as well as offering Australian know-hows for Indian markets. Chaksu is keenly interested in cross border trade/global trade policies and opportunities.
Chomnab’s journey began in 2002 when he completed his BA degree in Agriculture science and moved to Phnom Srok which is located in the northwest of Cambodia. He worked as a team leader for the Strengthening Silk Sector project funded by the French Agency for Development (AFD). He spent five years in the remote village where he worked with golden silk producers and local weavers to conduct trainings on sericulture, dyeing and weaving. At the same time, Chomnab met many women whom were struggling in poverty and violence in the family and they were not able to generate fair income to make their decent living with their family in the village and some of them immigrate illegally to work in neighbouring countries. There was limited opportunity for them to find a job because most of them did not receive any education or some of them only studied until grade 3 or 4. However, Chomnab felt that the women in the villages had a great talent for handwoven fabric which was inherited through generations. Driven to work independently as a young Cambodian entrepreneur, Chomnab created his own social enterprise in 2013. His entrepreneurial spirit and human compassion have inspired him to use traditional weaving skills and local resources to create incredible textile for home and fashion. In 2016, following his dream and passion in fashion, he completed a one-year diploma program in fashion study in Phnom Penh. Chomnab has extensive professional experience in dyeing, weaving and product development with several projects. His engages his creativity to use local materials and transform these hand-woven patterns and colors into timeless style for niches and ethical markets.
Kimberly is a travel aficionado who worked in the Finance industry as a Licensed Stockbroker for Maybank ATR Kim Eng Securities, Inc. & RCBC Securities, Inc. Kimberly is also the former founder of a travel tech start-up called TripZeeker, Inc. She graduated from the Oldest University in Asia, University of Santo Tomas, and took up BS in Management Accounting. Kimberly also finished a diploma course in Ateneo Graduate School of Business (Certified Securities Specialist Course) and is a Graduate of the Founder Institute Manila (a Silicon Valley-based accelerator program).
Gumpun Muay Thai is a social enterprise that was establish in 2017 in Thailand by two sister, Prof. Dr. Kullapruk and Dr. Nimnual Piewthongngam, with an aim to build a stable career for Muay Thai fighters who retired from their boxing careers at a young age (around 26 years old). Generally, Muay Thai fighters earn high income from the fight but sadly without saving along the side of their boxing career. This poor financial planning happens to other athletes as well. After their boxing careers have ended at a very young age, earning is down yet still without saving. Struggling to feed themselves and their families, they are forced to leave their past glory and their legacy in Muay Thai behind. That might turn into tragedies later on. Gumpun Muay Thai learns all these obstacles. We created a management system for a Muay Thai gym that is replicable. So that the Muay Thai fighter can exploit their boxing skills effectively in being a Muay Thai trainer or even an owner of the gym. Moreover, we have an advising system for savings and financial planning for retiring in place. We have been selected to be one of 20 ‘Champions for Change’ shown on Channel News Asia in 2018. We are now currently in 3 locations, Khonkaen and Korat, Thailand and Yangon, Myanmar in partnership with Active Gym. In 2019, we are accredited and licensed by the Ministry of Education to be an authorized Muay Thai School.
Laurentia Lisa Setiawan is the Founder of Cyber Olympus IT Solution company in Yogyakarta. Her passion in technology drives her to provide software, applications and social media marketing for companies. She also runs other businesses in robotics, games, computing and a learning centre called CROG International where she dreams to bring technology education to kids in Indonesia in their early ages. She and her team are currently developing IoT. Her mission is to help more businesses grow with advanced technology and prepare the younger generation for global competition.
Pattana Lee graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a hotelier with a passion in commercializing technologies. Pattana is currently working on 2 projects: 1. Blue Oak - an IoT startup that offers non-wearable, privacy-focused, indoor fall monitoring system that uses floor vibration sensing technology, and 2. SYN Boutique Hotel - a Chiang Mai-based hotel with classical minimalism design that aims to inspire the human spirits by stimulating 5 human senses.
Johan Tandanu is the co-founder of 3DUPlay, a manufacturer of Smart Playmats with Augmented Reality functions. Johan spent ten of his childhood years in Singapore for his elementary and middle school before attending City College of San Francisco and eventually San Francisco State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Finance. Getting involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council of Indonesia in 2007 allowed him to hone his organizational skills and led him to being appointed as Secretary General of the Indonesian Toys Manufacturers & Traders Association (APMI – indonesiantoys.com). Prior to co-founding 3DUPlay, he cut his teeth exporting Waterproof Playmats to over 45 countries, and as a natural evolution to where the technology and the industry is headed, decided to combine the advantages of Waterproof Playmats and Augmented Reality to create 3DUPlay Smart Playmats.
Priscilla Leong has more than 10 years of sales and digital marketing experience in various industries and more recently has been trading for 5 years. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies. Her passion is in helping SMEs with content creation services. Techvantage Consulting is a Content Creation company which helps businesses to establish and maintain their online presence. Our content creation services include maintaining and updating web sites, blogging, article writing, photography, videography, online commentary, the maintenance of social media accounts, and editing and distribution of digital media.
Akari Myo is a Freelance/Volunteer-Development & Social-Enterprises Consultant, Trainer, Researcher, an Active Citizen-Master-Facilitator and a Deliberative-Dialogue-Process-Designing-and-Facilitation-Practitioner working in non-formal education, primary physical-mental-health-care as well as sustainable socio-cultural-political-economicdevelopment with holistic approach in the hard-to-reach rural/ethnic-village-communities of Myanmar countryside. She is a Volunteer Mentor of promising young women & youth from IDP camps in Thai-Myanmar Border for “Raising-Star-Mentorship-Program-Wedu&IRC.” In 2017, she founded a MINDSET Startup-Social-Enterprise to work collective-community-enterprising for trading natural/safe products for the sake of rural-growers making the ambitious socio-environment impacts with green-economic-growth by organizing a self-help “Mindset SE & SCAN” group which supports to capacity building, empowering and development initiatives. Its mission is to create an accessible marketplace for chemical free, natural and organic products for the health-benefits and the economic-social- environmental-benefits for the marginalized growers and everyone under fair-trade. In 2018, this group initiated RCDS: Rural-community-developmentsociety with a small social-agricultural-farm & resource-center in Central Myanmar. Currently, she is volunteering in Non-Formal-Education and consultation to encourage, empower and emerge children, youth & women entrepreneurs, promoting local & traditional cultures and wisdoms. During Covid19-pandemic-crisis, she voluntarily provides psychosocial-emotional-supports to individuals and groups of the frontline-health-care-providers, volunteer-social-workers and philanthropic-workers.
I have been working actively for the last 15 years in the preschool industry. I decided to open Kids Play Bag in 2018 to help parents and children benefit from home-made learning resources. I participate in roadshows regularly to promote the importance of learning through play for preschoolers. During this period of covid, I have been doing live sharing sessions on Instagram since July to guide parents on ways to promote learning in young children.
JC Sekar is the Co-founder and CEO of AcuiZen Technologies, a Singapore-founded technology venture assisting people and enterprises tackle challenges resulting from the dynamic nature of work. AcuiZen’s technology solutions are designed and built to “Bridge the Learning-Performance Gap” in support of its mission to “Enable People with Intelligence”. JC is an MBA alumnus of National University of Singapore and Masters in Technology (Aerospace) from IIT Madras, India. He has over three decades of experience working with and leading teams across geographies and sectors in Design, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Information Technology, Assessments, Learning & Development, Business Development and Operations. His most recent corporate experience was as Managing Director (Asia Pacific and Middle East) for the Health & Safety practice of the 125+ year old U.S. based Safety Science Organization: Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). JC has travelled extensive worldwide to develop businesses and advice several stakeholders, across industry sectors, on their Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental practices and risk mitigation strategies, competency development and operational excellence initiatives. He is also credited with conceptualizing and launching several new service offerings during the course of his professional career. JC has spoken and moderated panel discussions in several global events and conferences. Amongst other events he was also invited by UNIDO (United Nations International Development Organization) to Vienna, Austria in 2019 to present a paper on Industrial Safety in the context of Industry 4.0.
Tri Suhartini obtained her Bachelor in Chemistry from Diponegoro State University in Central Java. In 2017, she founded Ecovivo Social Enterprise. Ecovivo obtains the organic raw materials from homegrown plantations, thus empowering women and marginalized farmers. Ecovivo actively supports the local community to manage domestic waste and creates natural products to promote a sustainable economy such as upcycled soap from used-cooking oil, eco-print batik and dried banana midrib eco-packaging. Ecovivo’s products include natural antiseptic bar soap, solid shampoo, hair tonic and organic hand sanitizer which contains no chemicals that is harmful to health and to the environment, as well as organic herbs tea which contains natural flavanoids to fight against viral infections. All products are packaged in eco-materials to preserve the natural benefits inside.
My name is Sreenivasan Jasmine. I am currently majoring in International Business Economics at University of Sopron, Hungary. Aside from studying, I also take the time to volunteer in various projects ranging from education, environment, personal growth and art. Moreover, I also took part in competitions such as Technovation and Global Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. In addition, I was an exchange student to HOSEI university in Tokyo in 2017. I started my entrepreneurship venture as a co-founder of E-Lab Official which is an application that provides science experiments with explanation to students. Our vision is to combat educational inequality between privileged and underprivileged students in order for them to learn more deeply about science. I am a passionate and hard-working person who absolutely loves to combine my career with contributing and giving back to the society. In the free time, I like to read, watch tennis matches and connect with family members and friends.
Amrita Mall is a peer-to-peer (P2P) omni-channel e-commerce marketplace that available on both web portal and IOS / Android Application, end-to-end marketplace that connects sellers directly to customers for daily on-demand products. Amrita Mall does not aspire to replace social commerce but to be an extra sales channel for MSMEs by increasing convenience, minimising digital ads spend, increasing sales volume while giving small vendors and MSMEs the freedom of managing their own digital business operation.