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Speakers

They come from world-leading corporations, to government agencies, to niche industries and organisations. Our carefully curated line of world-class speakers will provide you precious insights and a holistic view of the UAV and commercial drone industry that you won’t find anywhere else!

Jin Xi Cheong

CEO, Poladrone

Jin Xi is the CEO of Poladrone, a leading UAS (drones) solutions company in Malaysia. He was awarded as a Forbes Asia 30 under 30 recipient in 2019 for Poladrone’s work in the agriculture sector. He is a certified remote pilot under the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia and holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from Monash University Australia.

Nizzal Syafiq Bin Bostaman

Business Development Manager, Aeronerve

Nizzal has been involved in green technology R&D for 4 years mainly in agriculture and biomass utilisation and management. Head project of TerraAgra – Drone-powered Precision Agriculture by Aeronerve. Has been recently involved in Tasik Chini ecosystem evalution project using drone for data acquisitions. Currently involved in Pineapple Farm IOT Project as UAV technology consultant.

Uttam Pudasaini

Nepal Flying Labs

Uttam works at Nepal Flying Labs, a local innovation hub that focuses on solving local challenges and needs through the use of drones, appropriate robotics & AI technologies. He has proven expertise in GIS mapping, geo-data analysis and UAV/Drone photogrametry and is a co-founder of a startup company NAXA based in Kathmandu which mainly provides GIS and digital mapping services.

Kamarulazman Muhamed

Founder, CEO of Aerodyne Group

Kamarul is the Founder and CEO of Aerodyne Group, a Malaysian drone solutions company that is ranked third in the world by Drone Industry Insights of Germany. He was also named by Nikkei Japan as the CEO of top 10 hottest start-up of 2019.

Kamarul led Aerodyne from a 3 person start-up in 2014 to global company operating in 25 countries in less than 5 years. He is a TEDx speaker and a drone Industry thought-leader and have presented his ideas and innovation on AI, drones and Industry 4.0 around the world.

Dr Cheng-Fang Lo (Dr Max Lo)

 

Chairman & CEO, GEOSAT Aerospace & Technology Inc
Director, MATA Aerotech Sdn Bhd

Since 2008 Dr. Lo has dedicated himself as the pioneer and the advocate of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Taiwan, his cross-cutting experiences in industry, government (both local and central), academic and research put him in charge of many important national integrated programs with successful results. Awarded with Taiwan Excellence Award 2018, GEOSAT led by Dr. Lo also contributes to the policy-making, industrial standard setting, and regulations for unmanned autonomous system in Taiwan. Currently GEOSAT plays the key role of facilitating UAS-based Innovative Applications and Advanced AI Experimental Act in Taiwan. GEOSAT also holds an essential position in fostering UAS ecosystem and the supply chain in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

Dr Syed Omar 

Managing Director, Malvus Sense

Dr Syed’s experience in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology began in 2012 when he voluntarily dedicated himself in a UAV research program at Autonomous and Machine Vision Cluster, University Malaysia Perlis from 2012 to 2013. One of the innovations; The E-Save which is an agriculture drone was featured at the International Innovation Exhibition in Zagreb Croatia 2013 and won the “The Best International Innovation Award”.

 

After seeing great opportunities in UAS based data gathering and management solutions he took on the challenge in establishing Malvus Sense Sdn. Bhd in 2016. Since then he got himself involved in various distinct UAS based data acquisitions and data managemant projects

Kanav Kumar

Co-Founder and Director of BetterDrones

Kanav started his entrepreneurship journey from Standard 11th when in school. After that he founded an IoT Hardware platform company, SDIoT and now into Drone Industry. He worked in the Oil and Gas sector with Prolific India on Kuwait oil corporation project, then L&T on Tunnel boring protect with DMRC, after that in DRDO Kochi lab on Defence Drones and Satellite. He then served UAE tech industry in Drone and Satellite education ecosystem. Right now he is fully engaged with BetterDrone in Research and Training.

Zala Pogorelcnik

Independent Advisor, Leoppi Enterprise

 Zala has been an active leader in the UAS space; first as a VP and later CEO of the leading collision-avoidance and tracking UAS software startup in Singapore. In 2017, she joined PrecisionHawk as the APAC regional director, engaging enterprise and civil aviation clients, while focusing on UTM and end to end enterprise solutions in energy, agriculture, insurance and power. Prior to engaging with the unmanned space, Zala spent 5 years in renewable energy manufacturing in Indonesia. Today she is an independent advisor and spends time between Helsinki and Singapore.

Tsuyoshi Habuchi

Head of South East Asia & Oceania, Terra Drone

Having years of experience in handling international business in the Middle East and Asia, currently Tsuyoshi Habuchi is entrusted as Head of South East Asia & Oceania in Terra Drone Corporation. Habuchi helps Terra Drone offices in Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore to be part of the most leading industrial drone service provider in the world.

LT. N.G. Senthelnathan

Officer, Malaysia Civil Defence Force (MCDF)

LT. N.G.Senthelnathan, is an officer from Malaysia Civil Defense Force (MCDF) based in Penang. A mechanical engineer by background, he is currently pursuing his PhD at UPM. He has served in MCDF for the past 16 years, as a volunteer reserved. He has applied his innovative engineering skills into rescue missions resulting in MCDF’s own first search and rescue drone in Malaysia. He  has a double Masters in engineering and disaster risk management, and is also a lead search and rescue drone pilot..

Anthony Davie

Founder, Simply Success, Huverr and Gildas

Anthony was born in Mexico, grew up in Latin America and the UK. He’s lived in Asia for 25 years and has a background of running startups, being on global projects in Silicon Valley and the Middle East, along with roles in personal development training, CTO and CIO roles for public and private companies. He’s deeply passionate about our stewardship of the planet and how blockchain and other disruptive technologies can create a more egalitarian, fair and sustainable future. He’s written a book called the “The Power of Simplicity”.

Lee Ismail

CEO, Meraque Services

Fascinated with drone applications from package delivery to life saving, Mr Lee Ismail founded Meraque Services Sdn Bhd, a Facilities Management and drone-based technology company in Malaysia.

He advocates risk prevention, cost saving, sustainability, innovation and creativity by replacing company operation from conventional method through cutting edge technology, namely Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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Bobby Varanasi

CEO, Matryzel Consulting Inc

Bobby Varanasi is one of the acknowledged Top 25 Globalization Leaders in the global sourcing space and the Founder of Matryzel Consulting – an independent advisory firm that has been acknowledged as the Best of the World’s Best Outsourcing Advisory Firms in 2019, and as among the Top 20 World’s Best Outsourcing Advisory Firms (three years in a row – 2013, 2014 & 2015). He brings with him over two decades of experience in consulting and management across Technology, Business Services and building global businesses across sectors like Banking, Financial Services, Broking, Investment Management etc. He advises federal governments across the world on ICT sector development with particular emphasis on policy transformation, and industry-government partnerships aimed at creating domestic resilience through increasing productive (and inclusive) faculties of technology entrepreneurs.

Yip Weng Seng

Head of Sales Department, Development Finance Division of MIDF Berhad

Yip Weng Seng has over 17 years’ experience in sales and marketing in various industry; namely FMCG, oil & gas, telecommunication and financial institution. Throughout his involvement in the industry, he has assisted various types of local companies, both SME and Non SME in improving their performance via capacity development, process improvement, automation and modernization, cost savings exercise as well as sales and export enhancement & etc.

Nordin Abdullah

Managing Director, Glenreagh Sdn Bhd

Nordin is an Australian businessman living in Asia, currently Managing Director of Glenreagh Sdn Bhd. He is well known for his creative approach to strategy and sustainable development which has been applied across various sectors.
An active member of the business community Nordin was formerly the Vice President of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is currently an EXCO member of the Malaysia Australian Business Council.
Nordin recently established the Crisis Management Centre to assist individuals, corporations and governments effectively deal with all aspects of a crisis.

Rizal Kamaruzzaman

Executive Director, Tindakan Strategi

Rizal Kamaruzzaman is the Executive Director of Tindakan Strategi, a boutique consultancy firm based in Kuala Lumpur. As a trained Aerospace Engineer and an alumni of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Rizal brings an additional dimension to the understanding of the aerospace industry. He has consulted both the government and the private sectors over the last 15 years.

Dr. İsmail Bayezit

Istanbul Teknik Universitesi (ITU)

Dr Ismail Bayezit is the department vice chair at Aeronautics Engineering of Istanbul Technical University since 2017. Additionally, he is scientific advisor of Academic and Scientific Cooperation Project of Turkey by Yunus Emre Institute. He is acting as an executive for academic and scientific networking in between Turkey and other fellow countries.

His main research focus includes advanced drone technologies, collaborative flight, cooperative driving, autonomous systems, model based design and control.

Benjamin Wannan

CEO, W Λ Ν Ν Λ Ν . S P Λ С Ξ

 Passionate about telecommunications for drones, Benjamin hails from Australia where he built his drone business. He speaks passionately about drone technology and about countering drones safely. 

Elain Lockman

Co-Founder & Director, Ata Plus

Elain is the Co-Founder and Director in Ata Plus, a Malaysian licensed Equity Crowdfunding platform.

Upbeat and optimistic, she believes nothing is impossible and all challenges are just another form of opportunities. This proves to be the fuel in her career thus far, in the areas of management, business strategy, human resource, business development, relationship management, marketing and corporate
communications.

She has served notable organisations, namely Petronas, MDeC, Malaysia Debt Ventures, DiGi Telecommunications and Packet One Networks. She was on the Board of Western Union Payments Malaysia and was the Chairman of Western Union Internal Audit Committee, while being actively involved in the start-up community, advising entrepreneurs in funding, strategy and operations.

Elain is also the President of the Registered Digital Markets Association Malaysia and a Council
Member of the Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN). Elain is instrumental in establishing Ata Plus’ partnerships, deal screening and operations framework.

Ir. Mursyidi Bin Mohammad

Partner, Acis Technology Sdn Bhd

Being in the oil & gas industry for over 12 years, Ir. Mursyidi has been involved in inspection, design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of Lube Based Oil Projects, Sweet and Sour Crude Refinery, petrochemical plant, terminal and Turnaround/Shutdown Projects.

He possesses good and considerable analytical, communication and management skills that is translated into improving the integrity and reliability of the static and rotating equipment for continuous safe plant operation.

Zohrab Chong

Enablez Consulting & Solutions

Zohrab has many years of expertise in both financial institutional industry and people development industry. He served and delivered learning programmes including train the trainer certification across the region namely in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Zohrab’s exposure in people management includes managing a direct team of 2 up to a team of 25 local and regional project teams. In the area of digital transformation, he had in his tenure with the Bank taken on the project lead in planning, designing and delivering the Future Ready Skills programme (first phase) within 4 months from ideation. He coaches and mentors many in empowering self development for success; his passion is to enable business transformation to happen through people development.

JC Robert

Founder & CEO of Drone Think Do

Drone Think Do is a Think Tank with expertise in Drones technology with a focus on United Nations SDGs. Mr JC Robert is an EU EIP-SCC UAM Ambassador for Belgium & Transborder Regions ( EU Commission Initiative), is part of U-Space Network of Official Demonstrators (Eurocontrol, EASA, EU Commission). He is  a C-UAS / Counter-Terrorism Expert-Advisor, European Investment Bank UAV Expert and Smart Cities & Defense Expert

Yong Chong Soon 

CEO, Avant-garde Center of Excellence

Chong Soon is the co-Founder, and Vice President, of Malaysia Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Association (MyAI.R). He also chairs the UAS Committee.

This association was formed to be a voice of the related industries in giving feedback to the government and to be a platform for industry players to collaborate and create affordable solutions. To date, MyAI.R has MOUs signed with Shenzhen UAVIA and Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association (APARA).

Kyri Andreou

Co-founder and Director, Ata Plus

British national, Kyri has resided in Malaysia for over 30 years. He is an entrepreneur with extensive branding, marketing and strategic planning experience, nationally and internationally. 

He has 17 years of experience in marketing and branding for international agencies such as Batey Advertising, Saatchi & Saatchi and Dentsu, Young & Rubicam. For the last 15 years, Kyri ventured into ICT software development and brand consultancy leading to involvement in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies particularly in the area of financial inclusion and the new economy.

He has a strong interest in social entrepreneurship, sustainable business ideas & Islamic Peer-to-Peer Microfinancing. Kyri has a BA in Business Studies from North London University. 

David Amuthesan

Co-founder, Dronology

David Amuthesan is an early pioneer in the drone industry, having co-founded Dronology in 2013. He enjoys in research and development, complex problem solving. With much of his work published for open source community to adopt and develop freely on. In 2015, in approach to use Drones in precision farming, David and his team did research in studying efficacy and agricultural input on the new spray method. In 2019, David and his team released prototype Search & Rescue drone for the use of Malaysian Civil Defence. Now, David is conducting research onto making Drones smaller, efficient, smart and robust.

Omar bin Musa

Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Technology, UNITAR International University

Omar bin Musa, is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business and Technology of UNITAR International University, Malaysia. 

For the past ten years , he is also an Independent Director for a diversified engineering and manufacturing company listed on Bursa Malaysia. 

His current research interests includes Data Science and Business Analytics, Blockchain Technology and Applications as well as AI and Machine Learning.

Boon Ong Lee

Head of Digital Network Operations Transformation, Maxis

Boon Ong Lee has 22 years of experience in management, innovation and driving change in businesses heading towards fully digital Malaysia society.

He is passionate about unleashing the human potential and embracing new evolving technologies landscape to stay competitive and supporting Maxis digital transformation journey.

He is also a chartered Professional Engineer in Information, Telecommunication and Electronics Engineering, Leadership & Management of Engineer Australia.

Ho Wei Onn

Head of Digital Center of Excellence, Maxis

Wei Onn, heads Digital Center of Excellence, with over 20 years of software engineering experience, in driving digital transformation overseeing GTM digital products and services delivery in Maxis. He pioneered early adoption of Agile and Devops methodology in software delivery and operations, transforming legacy platforms with adoption of modern technologies and innovation in Cloud, through Microservices and Containerization Architecture. 

Eddie Bennet

CEO and Chief Remote Pilot for Omada Group

With over 40 years worldwide experience, Eddie is an expert in safety, security, law enforcement, disaster response and Search and Rescue. Eddie is passionate about all aspects of UAV’s and accredited by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority for operations and training. His 2015 appointment as inaugural CEO of Westpac Rescue Drones led the team performing the world’s first drone ocean rescue saving 2 people in 2018. He currently works with the Australian Defence Force, Government, multinational corporations and is an active member of NASA’s Transformative Vertical Flight Working Groups.

Mohd Safuan

Chief of Staff & MDEC DroneTech Lead

With more than 22 years of experience in both the private and government sectors – focusing on IT and telecommunications, Safuan is currently attached to the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

In addition to building Malaysia’s drone industry and ecosystem, he also helps to accelerate globalisation efforts of local and Malaysia-based technology companies.

MDEC was mandated by YAB PM in October 2019 to drive the Global DroneTech Testbed initiative with DroneTech identified as a pilot.

Saravanan Chettiar Letchumenan

Drone Solution Specialist, VStream Revolution

Saravanan has 15 years experience in the execution of design and Implementation of Integrated Security Management System.

He spent 4 years in Drone Solution R&D researching healthcare solutions, drone security surveillance, drone autonomous security, and drone AI and IOT solutions.

Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Zaliman Mohd Yusoff  

Head of Strategic Digital & Innovations, ILSAS

Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Zaliman Mohd Yusoff  is the Head of Drone Academy of ILSAS, spearheading the academy to become the leading drone academy in Malaysia. Under his leadership, ILSAS has successfully implemented digital learning programs including blended learning, e-learning, augmented reality, and virtual reality and Drone technology.

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