The Pulse of Southeast Asia's Retail Industry

Learn about the up and coming digital trends in Southeast Asia’s retail industry from market leaders, Michael Lee of SCash and Derek Wang of Alibaba Cloud.

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Dr. Derek Wang

GM, Alibaba Cloud Singapore

Dr. Derek Wang is the General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Singapore, leading teams across marketing, sales, pre-sales, and technical support, to deliver success for Singaporean customers in Cloud Computing and Data Intelligence. Prior to this, he was the Chief Cloud Architect of Alibaba Cloud International and led the Global Technical Team distributed in several regions, including the US, Europe, ASEAN, ANZ, MENA, North Asia, and India. His team is responsible for high quality solution design and service delivery of cloud data, big data, AI, and IoT. To ensure customer success in building applications on top of the Alibaba Cloud platform, Dr. Wang has several big data-related patents. He also led the middle office teams of international IDC planning, strategic projects management, consulting services, product requirements management, training and certification, and key project delivery.

Michael Lee

CEO, SCash

Michael Lee has been a venture capitalist with numerous years of experience investing in various countries, including China. His experience and ventures have consisted of data centers, agricultural e-commerce, big data analytics, and insurance brokerage. One of his companies has profited over RMB 300 million. The founding of SCash came after a decade of accumulated experience and relationships that Mr. Lee cultivated in China. He previously held senior management positions in top MNCs, including AIG, AIA, and Manulife, and has won numerous awards and accreditation since 1993.

Maria Li

COO, Tech in Asia

Maria is the Chief Operating Officer for Tech in Asia, one of the leading digital media publications covering Asia’s tech and startup scene. Prior to Tech in Asia, Maria worked at Apple as a business operations and commercial strategy manager in Cupertino and Singapore. She has also served as an emerging markets consultant, supporting large scale economic development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa with Deloitte. Maria has an MBA from Wharton and MPP from the University of Virginia.

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