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. 

Cavan Yu

Director, Global Resource Integration

Haier Open Innovation Center

Guangyi Yu (Cavan Yu) is the Global Resource Integration Director of HOPE, Corporate R&D Centre, Haier Group. His team’s major responsibilities are to build the resource network around the globe and bridge all the latest technologies, innovations and products related with home appliances to Haier product lines.  Cavan has over 16 years of working experience in American companies, holding various positions in service, product management, marketing and R&D. Cavan graduated with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Xi’an Jiaotong University and a Bachelor degree of Mechanical Engineering from Southeast University.  

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.

Philip C. Huang

Head of Partnering Hub, Asia Pacific

Roche Diagnostics

Philip C. Huang heads Roche Diagnostics’ APAC Partnering Hub, a part of the Global Strategy and Business Development function. He leads the team responsible for global business development opportunities that grow out of Asia Pacific. Before joining Roche, Philip was VP of Global Business Development for EKF Diagnostics, a UK point-of-care diagnostics company. He was in charge of the corporate strategy as well as solidifying strategic partnerships with companies. Philip studied Chemical Engineering at MIT and Stanford, and has an MBA from INSEAD. He was formerly a Stanford Asia Technology Initiative Fellow in Singapore and has worked and lived in 6 countries with roles of increasing responsibility ranging from R&D to corporate development with several leading pharma and medtech companies, such as private equity-funded Moksha8 Pharmaceuticals, Illumina, Affymetrix and Caliper Life Sciences.

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

Mondelez 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. 

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.

Food & Drinks Trends in South-East Asia

Tradition, the power of plants and time constraints are the three biggest trends impacting the South-East Asian Region. Join Mintel as they share their insights  on how each of these three trends will be driving the South-East Asian Markets.   


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.

Stomp Out Diabetes: Making Sure Food Staples Stop Giving the World Diabetes

There are currently 422 million diabetics in the world today. 90% of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is attributed to their food preference and diet.  While restricting one's diet is advised as the most important control factor, current treatment tends to revolve around drugs and jabs. Alternative forms of preventive measures include introducing wholegrain substitutes for its lower glycemic properties. However such initiatives have met with mixed reviews. Alchemy Foodtech will share on their innovative solution that can lower the glycemic properties of refined carbohydrates without compromising on the taste and texture.  

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.

Sniffing Before you Bite, How Fresh is your Meat? 

Food poisoning caused by consuming spoiled meat is an undesirable experience for everyone, especially for the young and elderly. With raising concerns over food-borne illness, which can lead to severe complications and even death, there is a need to ascertain how fresh the meat is before consuming. The presenter will share more about the need for such end point sensors that may become an essential device for grocery trips and at home. 


Ricky Lin

CEO / Founder

Life3 Biotech

Ricky Lin is the founder of Life3 Biotech, a start-up company focusing on innovative functional foods and beverages through the use of natural plant-based ingredients; to address health concerns such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and osteoporosis attributed to poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. Life3's work on plant-based protein as an alternative to meat, bagged two out of five awards in the Singapore Food Innovation Product Award 2016. Prior to Life3, Ricky was a staff officer with the Singapore Armed Forces; he led the working group in HQ Supply for the essential military supplies and nutritional support to optimise the soldiers' performance in local and overseas environment. He subsequently worked at Hendon Energy’s international trading desk, covering the physical and OTC commodities market.  As an alumnus of NUS, he believes in championing changes through innovation and collaboration in cross-disciplinary studies. 

Towards a World of Plant-based Protein 

When it comes to protein-rich foods, few have considered plant-based protein as a viable source. Animal protein has been known traditionally as the main source of protein, and as a food ingredient that appeals to our taste buds. However, it is deemed to be an unsustainable source both in terms of dollar per pound of meat, and its impact on the environment. According to United Nations, 18% of the greenhouse gas emissions are contributed by animal farming. It is also a major source of land and water degradation. Studies by World Health Organisation and Duke-NUS have also shown that consuming too much meat can lead to various health issues, increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. In the face of such issues, Life3 Biotech will share why plant-based protein can be a viable alternative that is sustainable, nutritious and appealing to all consumers.


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.

Food Security and Transparency with Blockchain Technology

Every year, more than 2,500 tons of adulterated food are seized around the globe.  Food fraud can come in many forms, from basic stable foods to high value product such as wines and meat. To safeguard food establishments and consumers, several anti-counterfeit technologies have been introduced into the market but with mixed results. The presenter will share how his Foodchain ecosystem brings the Internet of Things into the food industry to establish transparency, anti-counterfeiting measures and accountability along the supply chain, protected by the highest level of data security on the market. Ideal for the food industry, Foodchain tracks and traces values using a proprietary blockchain database to store information collected along the production chain without any possibility of downtime, fraud or third party interference.