Sean Carney

Chief Design Officer

Royal Philips

Sean Carney’s personal mission to improve lives through meaningful, relevant design fits perfectly with his role as the Chief Design Officer for Philips. Leading a team of 400+ designers, he has created empathic and data-connected solutions that open up real opportunities of value – not only for the company, but most importantly for people – positively impacting the lives of millions of users, clinicians and their patients. His success is widely recognised by the 158 top design awards won by Philips in 25 key global design competitions in 2016. Sean has more than 25 years of experience as an international creative thought leader in design and management, focused on brand and user insight. He has a proven track record in building, leading and inspiring multi-disciplinary, award winning design teams across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Co-creating Solutions in Health Technology 

At Philips, we have the ambition to improve 3 billion lives each year by 2025. To achieve this ambition, we’re connecting and collaborating with more people than ever before, creating solutions together with start-ups, with universities, with other large companies, and mostly importantly with hospitals and patients. As the world becomes more complex and dynamic, our ability to create meaningful innovations relies more and more on our ability to create solutions with the right mix of people. For example, if we’re creating a solution in the hospital, we involve the healthcare professionals – nurses, doctors, technicians, administrators and of course the patients– alongside a range of experts from across Philips. In this keynote, Sean will give insight into how Philips co-creates solutions in health technology and the role that Design Thinking plays in driving meaningful innovation.

Phyllis Ong

Deputy CEO

Armstrong Industrial Corporation

As the Group Deputy CEO and Executive Board Director at Armstrong Industrial Corporation, Phyllis Ong plays a key role in driving long-term growth strategies focusing on innovation, international partnerships, and corporate planning. She has been instrumental in guiding the company in its current phase of regional expansion and attaining sustainable profitability. Before joining Armstrong Industrial, Phyllis was Regional Marketing Manager in Johnson & Johnson and Group Brand Manager at Beiersdorf Singapore.

Inspiring Creativity and Open Innovation at Armstrong From its beginnings as a contract supplier of foam and rubber parts in 1974, Armstrong has transformed itself into Asia’s Leader in noise, vibration and heat management solutions serving a diverse array of customers from the automotive, consumer & industrial, data storage, healthcare & medical, lifestyle and retail & office productivity industries. With a focus on strong partnerships and open innovation, Armstrong is able to move ideas to develop new materials and products and create impact. For Armstrong, the path to success is a constant appetite to innovate. Phyllis will share Armstrong’s journey in building its in-house R&D capabilities and innovation background to support and accelerate the development of ideas to new products.  She will share how Armstrong co-develops solutions with external partners to create new materials that find diverse applications across the globe. Come and be inspired by her and Armstrong’s innovation journey. 

Dr Xinming Wan

Chief Engineer

Haier Open Innovation Center

Dr Xinming Wan is the Chief Engineer of the Open Innovation Centre, Corporate R&D Centre, Haier Group. His focus is on open innovation research and strategic cooperation with global innovative technologies in Haier. Xinming previously worked in technology transfer for The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC) in the UK. He was formerly from Rhodia Group in France where he was engaged in the research on inorganic materials in the R&D centres in Shanghai and Paris. Xinming holds patents filed through WIPO in China and the USA. He graduated from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) with a Doctor of Engineering degree. 

Dr Magali Bonnier

Global Research & Technology Director, Personal Care


Dr Magali Bonnier is currently the Global Research & Technology Director for Beauty Formulation in the Personal Care business of Croda. Prior to joining Croda, she was the Global Technical Director for Personal Wash at International Flavors & Fragrances in Singapore, with a focus on setting up research capabilities around fragrance delivery systems for rinse-off applications. Before that, Magali was the Head of Industrial Programme Development at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). In that role, she liaised with companies from sustainable energy, pharmaceuticals, and consumer care to establish synergistic R&D collaborations with perspectives on innovative applications. Magali was also with a new joint venture of General Electric-Bayer Silicones in various positions over seven years. She holds a PhD in polymer and a master equivalent in organic chemistry.

Rutjawate Taharnklaew

Vice President R&D Centre

Betagro Group

Rutjawate Taharnklaew holds the Vice President position in Betagro Public Co., Ltd., where he oversees the research and development centre. He has worked with Betagro since 1990 in technical services, marketing support and R&D for the animal health business. In 2005, he was assigned to be the in charge of the corporate R&D centre, assisting both agro and food businesses to achieve their goals with science, technology, and innovation. Rutjawate’s role is to drive the centre in meeting its functional objectives and missions as well as Betagro’s business goals by being its Think Tank through building up national and international R&D networking, conducting applied research, searching and scouting for technology and knowledge, and systematising R&D processes etc. 

Carl Clayton

Outside Innovation Strategist, Head of Open Innovation & Global Technology Sourcing

Reckitt Benckiser (RB)

Carl Clayton is the Outside Innovation Strategist and Head of Open Innovation & Global Technology Sourcing at RB. His responsibilities include ensuring that RB’s global open innovation networks, tools and techniques are best in class and can support the needs of the business to identify, assess and engage with the right external partners across Health, Hygiene and Home to drive successful blockbuster innovations for RB across global markets. Carl has over 20 years of experience in open innovation with Castrol and RB.

Stefan Dobrev

Global Head of Innovation Portfolio Management

Nestle S.A.

Stefan Dobrev is the Global Head of Portfolio Management at Nestlé, responsible for strategy, performance, digital and engaging with entrepreneurs in Innovation and R&D. An economist by background with close to 20 years’ experience in strategy development, investment planning, and venture finance from senior roles in consulting, innovation and operations, he focuses on business performance enabled by advances in science and technology. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Stefan was at L.E.K. Consulting and Cereal Partners Worldwide before joining Nestlé. 


Trevour Kelleher

Director, Research, Development, Quality & Innovation, Candy, Gum & Beverages, Asia, Middle East & Africa

Mondelēz International

Trevour Kelleher is the Director of R&D for Gum, Candy & Beverages in Asia, Middle East, and Africa at Mondelēz International. He is responsible for creating, developing and implementing new products in the gum, candy and beverages categories as well as enhancing existing products and production processes in the region. A veteran in the R&D consumer goods industry, Trevour has over 20 years of extensive and diverse experience in product as well as process research and development across the globe. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Kansas. Trevour has worked in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, China, and is currently based in Singapore. 

Rama Rajamanickam

Vice President, Science & Innovation, Asia Pacific

DSM Nutritional Products

Rama Rajamanickam has over 30 years of work experience in pharmaceuticals and the healthcare industry in operational roles. Experienced with startup operations in the emerging markets, he has set up many successful businesses in Asia, led acquisitions and helped shape the regulatory environment for healthcare products. He is currently Vice President, Science & Innovation, Asia Pacific at DSM Nutritional Products. Before joining DSM in 2015, he was Corporate VP, Asia Pacific for Abbott Nutrition, with a turnover of USD1.3Bn. Having grown through the ranks from sales and marketing, he led the Asia business for Abbott in pharmaceuticals before transitioning to the nutrition business with a consumer focus in 2007 when it was USD400M. He was deeply involved in driving Asia-relevant innovation and building multiple new businesses to accelerate growth. Rama holds an MBA (Cranfield University, UK) and a B.Sc. Pharmacy (NUS).

Dennis Dizon

Innovation Director, Consumer Health


Dennis Dizon is the Innovation Director for Unilab’s Consumer Health division. He has over 20 years of marketing, sales and trade marketing experience with Unilab Philippines, and has recently moved into the Innovation Head position for its Consumer Health business. Dennis and the Innovation team oversee overall innovation strategy, market space identification and end-to-end new product development (NPD) management. Unilab's Consumer Health Innovation is focused on developing new solutions with both internal and external technical experts and sources, within an open innovation framework.

Melvyn Ho

Open Innovation Manager

Clariant GmbH

Melvyn Ho, Open Innovation Manager at Clariant, facilitates and drives the company’s open innovation inbound and outbound activities. His responsibilities include raising internal awareness of the opportunities offered by open innovation; fostering collaboration interest with external partners and within the company; as well as developing topics for Clariant’s own internal innovation community and external open innovation platform. Melvyn is also responsible for leading the scouting activities of Clariant’s new business development team in Asia, with a focus on China. Before Melvyn joined Clariant, he was a technology consultant at IPI supporting enterprises in the beauty and wellness industry and a research associate at A*STAR in the area of drug discovery. Melvyn holds a Master’s Degree in Synthetic Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore.

Nir Ten Bosch

Venture CEO


Nir Ten Bosch is the Chief Executive Officer of Shell’s Connected Freight Venture.  He has more than 16 years of experience in the Innovation Strategy space. Prior to his current role, Nir led the development of a global digital platform for business development in Shell and various other global innovation programs. Before Shell, Nir championed Global Product Development and Open Innovation in Unilever Cereal’s Programme. Nir holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Biotechnology Engineering from BG University in Israel.

A/Prof Matthew Tan


Oceanus Tech

A/Prof Matthew Tan is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Oceanus Tech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oceanus Group – one of the world’s largest land-based seafood cum aquaculture production company. A veteran in aquaculture, Matthew oversees the development of Oceanus Tech’s Risk Management framework and farms' operational protocols. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s farms’ bio-security plan which includes the validation and adoption of sustainable technologies, implementation of water monitoring system, animal nutrition & feed formulation, and use of recirculating aquaculture technologies. Matthew is the Co-Chair of the Working Group for Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Fishery sectors for Policy Partnership on Food Security, APEC. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor in NTU’s Food Science Technology Programme and is an Expert Member (Aquaculture) with the National Mirror Working Group for ISO TC 281 - Singapore Manufacturing Federation – Standards Development Organisation. 

Fonzarelli Ong

Head, Digital Banking

Citibank Singapore

Fonzarelli Ong is Head of Digital Banking at Citibank Singapore and is responsible for the development of the bank’s digital strategy and channels. His experience across a range of banking disciplines has given him breadth of perspective and expertise in the areas of global markets, wealth management, corporate strategy, payments, risk management and technology. Resultantly, Fonzarelli is uniquely qualified in the areas of multi-disciplinary business transformations and the pioneering of new businesses. An advocate for digital business models, Fonzarelli has spoken on this subject at industry forums in Hong Kong and has also mentored start-ups in this area. Fonzarelli is a member of the Board of Directors at the Metropolitan Opera of New York and is personally interested in the development of digital technology and its role in the delivery of the arts. Fonzarelli is an accounting graduate from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 

Elton Fong

Team Lead

PSA unboXed

Elton Fong is the Team Lead of PSA Unboxed, the corporate venture capital arm of PSA International which runs an incubator programme to nurture and invest in logistics technologies and port productivity start-ups. Elton joined PSA in 1998 in the then newly-created Supply Chain Management department where he developed logistics solutions for clients, including a Track and Trace solution in collaboration with Savi Technologies and Manugistics, and a supply chain management system for The Polyolefin Company. Elton later moved to a business development role with a stint in container terminal operations where he managed a part of the Singapore business operations. He played a key role in expanding the PSA business overseas, through acquisitions, mergers or joint ventures, as well as the development of new business opportunities. Elton was also involved in container terminal investment projects, including successful ventures by PSA in Turkey, India, Argentina, Colombia, Cuba and Panama.

Jane Barnett

Head of Insights - ANZ, SE Asia, India


Jane Barnett is the Head of Insights for the ANZ, Southeast Asia and India regions in Mintel. She joined Mintel in 2007 as a Client Development Manager, assisting clients across Europe with analysis in the fields of new product development, market appraisals, competitor evaluations and brand assessments across all industries. In 2009, Jane developed a greater focus on the Food and Drink industry as a Trends and Innovation Consultant, gaining experience delivering tailored research and analysis and discussing new product development at a client level, as well as at tradeshows and conferences. This moved into a Senior Trends and Innovation Consultant for  Southeast Asia, ANZ and India regions, before becoming the Insights Manager. Before Mintel, Jane worked in the manufacturing industry, providing analysis of customers, competitors, markets and economic trends across Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Communications degree and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from Bond University in Australia.

Alan Phua

Master Builder

Alchemy Foodtech

Alan is the Master Builder and co-founder of Alchemy Foodtech, a deep technology start-up focusing on stopping the global diabetes epidemic by ensuring everyday food staples cease to promote the disease through innovation in proprietary food sciences and technologies. His areas of focus are in strategy, business development and fundraising. Alan has been featured on Channel NewsAsia, The Business Times, The Straits Times, LianHe ZaoBao, mypaper and other online publications. He was also a member of the Steering Committee of Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and the Steering Committee of Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) Youth Committee. He is an alumnus of the Singapore Management University and majored in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Augustas Alesiunas



Augustas Alesiunas is the founder of ARS LAB Ltd, the company that developed FOODSniffer, the world’s first mobile gadget for food quality detection. He is also the president of “Smart IT Cluster”, the biggest cluster in the Baltic States focusing on food, agriculture and renewable energy technologies. He was a founder of ART21 company in 2007, which owns the product family under the name of AgroSmart. A software solution for agriculture businesses in the Baltic States, AgroSmart has a current usage of more than 80% in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Augustas was the first entrepreneur in Lithuania who raised money from venture capital funds. He is now an active business angel in food and agriculture sectors.

Tushar Mohan

Co-Founder & CEO


Tushar Mohan is the co-founder and CEO of Souschef, a robotics and automation start-up focusing in the F&B industry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Product Development from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and a Diploma in Electronics (major in Robotics) from Temasek Polytechnic. While in SUTD, Tushar was involved in various robotics research projects such as bio-inspired robotic fish and re-configurable robots. He has presented his work at various international conferences in Paris, Newfoundland, and San Francisco. He has also worked with JVC-Kenwood, Airbus Innovation, P&G and a few local start-ups to build innovative automation solutions for their R&D facilities. Prior to Souschef, Tushar had co-founded an ed-tech start-up. Fast-forward two years, after pivoting four times and learning from past failures, Souschef became part of Entrepreneur First SG's pioneer cohort and raised its seed fund recently.


Marco Vitale



Marco Vitale is the CEO of Foodchain Spa, a company that provides a traceability system that tracks the history of the product with multimedia data and makes it accessible and shareable via web and mobile. In Foodchain, he is responsible for Project Management, Business Development and Human Resources. As the owner of Block srl, he has developed proprietary mining hardware solutions that help to keep Foodchain’s infrastructure secure while processing data transactions using blockchain technology. A mechanical engineer by training, Marco has held positions in R&D, Production and Project Management in various multinational corporations.