Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV
Senator, Philippine Senate
A world-renowned social entrepreneur turned senator, Senator Bam is a staunch advocate of empowering every Filipino family with education and entrepreneurship.
He is currently the deputy minority leader and Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology of the 17th Congress of the Philippines.
In his first three years in the Senate, he passed 17 laws – many in support of small local businesses and youth empowerment.
He continues to support the growing network of over 450 Negosyo Centers so that every Filipino can get the support they need to start a business and have a stable source of income.
As former Chairman of the Committee on Education for the last 8 months, he co-authored and sponsored the Affordable Higher Education for All Act, which has now been passed on third reading at the Senate.
He has championed this bill to offer free tuition in all our state universities and colleges (SUCs), including our university, so that more Filipinos can earn a college degree and get better jobs.
Technical Training Specialist, Minitab Pty Ltd
Ming Dong is one of only a handful of practitioners across the Asia Pacific Region to be a Certified Trainer for Minitab’s flagship product, Minitab Statistical Software.
Ming’s formal qualifications include an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering Management, a Masters of Computer Science from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters of Applied Statistics from Macquarie University. Ming has a unique and profound understanding of the application of statistics in the business world.
In addition, Ming has broad business development experience, developed through his work in senior technical roles for large organisations such as Toshiba and OzEmail. As a university research officer at Macquarie University, he had several papers published in the field of Bioinformatics.
His extensive business development and industry experience are the reason why Ming has been engaged by some of the world’s largest mining, banking and medical devices companies, to provide consulting services in the application of data analysis.
Dale F. Weeks
President & CEO of Global Leadership and Benchmarking Associates
Dale F. Weeks is President and CEO of Global Leadership and Benchmarking Associates, a performance excellence and global benchmarking consulting service. Dale was Deputy Executive Director/Senior Benchmarking Officer for the FL Department of Revenue (2000-2011), one of the most innovative performance excellence government agencies globally.
For 20+ years, Dale also led major private sector change initiatives in Marketing, Information Systems, and Consulting capacities for Control Data Corporation, General Mills, and Xerox, where he was instrumental in producing $50+ million in Sales Revenue.
Dale has continually shared his innovative ideas on performance excellence and benchmarking as a speaker at 50+ globally focused conferences, is a member of the Global Benchmarking Network, holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics (St. Lawrence University), and an M.B.A. degree in Finance (University of Minnesota).
Co-Founder, Contechie LLP
Praveen has 10 years of digital transformation experience. He is equipped with extensive experience working as a strategic partner in the entertainment, media, Education, Publishing, Healthcare & Pharma industry across the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific in a portfolio of brands including J&J, Otsuka, Educomp India, Viacom US, Discovery Education, KPMG, Deloitte, Pearson, Kaplan UK, Marshall Cavendish Singapore etc.
Currently, He is the Co-founder of Contechie, provides digital solutions with AI, Analytics, Machine Learning, AR & VR Services to multiple industries. He is quite passionate about Artificial Intelligence, Analytics & Data Science, Chatbots & Immersive Content (Augmented & Virtual Reality).
President, New Zealand Organisation for Quality & President Elect, Asia Pacific Quality Organization
Abraham Fenn is the President of New Zealand Organisation for Quality since 2015 and President Elect of Asia Pacific Quality Organisation.
Abraham has been associated with NZOQ in various capacities since last 9 years and was Chairman Northern Region and a member of Strategic Committee from 2008.
Abraham has had significant contribution in building NZOQ to its current status and is very well connected with Australian Organisation for Quality ( AOQ ) American Society for Quality ( ASQ) Shanghai Association for Quality ( SAQ ) , Philippine Association for Quality ( PSQ ) and other APQO council country organisations.
Abraham was instrumental in merging New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation (NZBEF) and New Zealand Organisation for Quality ( NZOQ ) in 2016 offering the nation a one stop shop in Quality, Baldrige Framework and Business Excellence.
Abraham was the convenor for the Asia Pacific Quality Conference 2016 in Rotorua New Zealand which was well very attended by delegates from over 25 countries
Abraham is a recipient of several awards and his recent awards include New Zealand Organisation for Quality Life Member Award, Asia Pacific Quality Organisation President’s award and Tourism New Zealand Business Excellence Award 2016.
Abraham works as Quality Assurance Advisor for Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, New Zealand since 2004.
Abraham is a science graduate from India and is a certified Auditor and has completed Certificate with distinction in Quality Assurance from New Zealand.
At the ministry Abraham looks after the ISO Certification and website data integrity for the Ministry.
Abraham has been instrumental in taking the Ministry through ISO9001:2015 certification in early 2016 thus making Ministry the first organisation in New Zealand and Australasia and the first Central Government in the world to attain this certification.
Abraham leads the ISO Practitioner’s Group in the Ministry and assists the other registries in attaining their ISO 2015 certifications
Abraham hails from Bangalore and since 2000 has settled in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and 22year old son.
Analytics & Insight Solution Executive, SAP Southeast Asia
Alistair Tan is an Analytics and Insight Solution Executive from SAP Southeast Asia (SEA). An Early Talent from the SAP Global Sales Academy, Alistair is responsible for supporting the Analytics & Insight Solution team in SEA, where he drives conversations with customers to understand their business challenges and offer solutions that help organisations harness the power of data.
Passionate about enabling sustainable social and business outcomes, Alistair is also actively involved in supporting SAP SEA’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. One such programme is the ASEAN Data Science Explorer, a regional data analytics competition jointly organised between the ASEAN Foundation and SAP, to give ASEAN youths a voice, understand the challenges of the 10-member states and take part in leading social transformation within the ASEAN bloc. Leveraging his technical expertise and knowledge, Alistair acts as a technology consultant to over 100 youths across the region to help train these youths on SAP Analytics Cloud, and how to leverage the platform to derive meaningful insights.
As a technology professional and a Business Management graduate from the University of Queensland, Alistair is also an ardent believer in the power of digital technologies to deliver business success. In his daily correspondence with customers, he helps businesses understand the value of data in helping drive sustainable growth, and how analytics can be the tool to empower organisations to do so.
Mangalika de Silva
President, Sri Lanka Association for Quality (SLAQ), Vice President – External Affairs, Asia Pacific Quality Organization and Director, Quality Certification International (Pvt) Ltd
Mangalika de Silva is President, Sri Lanka Association for Quality (SLAQ), Vice President – External Affairs, Asia Pacific Quality Organization and Director, Quality Certification International (Pvt) Ltd where she is involved in as a Lead Auditor in management system certification (Quality, Environment, Food Safety, Health & Safety and Energy) and as a qualified Lead Tutor for IRCA approved Lead Auditor Courses. Previously Senior Deputy Director at Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) serving as a trainer, auditor, SLNQA examiner, involved in product certification, and standards formulation and Scientist at Tea Research Institute. She is also an Advisor for World Council for Total Quality and Educational Excellence.
Mangalika is a holder of BSc (Hon), MSc in Analytical Chemistry and MBA from the University of Colombo. She is also an Attorney-at-Law with LLB. She is a Chartered Chemist, Member of ASQ and a Fellow Member of SLAQ.
She was formerly Secretary of SLAQ instrumental for organizing 18th APQO Conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2012. She was also involved in organizing first International quality conference with APQO in 1999 in Sri Lanka and subsequent quality conferences which brought in many national quality initiatives in the country. She was the editor for news journal of the national standards institution and “Quality Today” and “Junior Quality Manager” of the SLAQ. These publications had significantly contributed to the quality awareness in the industry as well as among school children.
Launching of “Total Quality Education” (TQE) concept in schools in Sri Lanka in March 2014, with the approval of Ministry of Education is a great achievement under her leadership. Mangalika was actively involved in establishing the SLAQ and developing and introducing Diploma in Quality Management and certification for quality technicians.
Mangalika was a recipient of APQO’s MMG Medal for Professional Woman in Quality Leadership (2010), Quality Pioneer Award (2013) by World Council for Total Quality and Educational Excellence and APQO Women Award (2016) in recognition of her commitment for quality.
Yap Suan See
Vice President/Managing Director, Finasar Malaysia
Qualification: Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Management, University of South Australia
Joined Finisar since 29 June 2001
Over 25 years of work experience in the manufacturing industry.
She constantly demonstrated a strong track record of success and a serious commitment to Finisar Malaysia with a series of investments by Finisar Corporation (USA) of RM 46.9 million, 122.2 million, 89.5 million, 77.2 million and 69 million from 2014 through 2017.
Despite the tough global economic challenges, Suan See has been instrumental in ensuring Finisar Malaysia continues to sustain the site of choice by Finisar Corporation and further creating employment opportunities over 5500 employees serving the Site.
Recent Recognition: Industry Excellence Award 2017 recognized by Government of Malaysia and Best Employer 2017 awarded by Global HR Congress is a true testimony to her approach of fairness and transparency in the finest people and operation practices she upholds for Finisar Malaysia.
Mary Anne Concio
Founder & CEO, Powerhouse Development & Coaching Academy Inc.
A management system and operational excellence expert, she brings forth wealth of IDEAS – Insights, Dedication, Experience and Alliance in bringing you the next generation of management systems. With highly developed skill in facilitation and knowledge transfer to bring together plans and action requirements for strategic planning, business process assurance, performance management and managing improvement all the way to sustainability and operational excellence. She has a wealth and depth of industry and business solutions exposure having been a Managing Consultant for both Management System/Operational Excellence, and Product Champion for diverse industries and application business solutions for Powerhouse Academy and Neville Clarke and has led its growth both inbusiness and knowledge diversity. Her project portfolio includes diverse objectives ranging from quality, information security, business continuty to process maturity and business excellence. Her qualifications include both being a Lead Implemeter , Lead Auditor, Lead Risk Manager, Project Manager , Lean Master Six Sigma BB., Lean Sigma MBB.
Process Excellence Manager, Google
Ray has 20 years of professional experience in the fields of Quality Management, Training, Sales, Marketing, Business Process Modeling and Operations, He has been involved with the Academe, Legal, Business Process Outsourcing and Shared Services Industries. Ray is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Tenured Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Assessor and Certified Process Professional. He is primarily focused on Process Simplification, Leadership Development, Metrics Creation and Performance Measurement using the PQA Framework. Currently, Ray is Process Excellence Manager for Google.
Engr. Cesar M. Dumayag
President & CEO, People 360 Consulting
Engr. Dumayag is an Accredited Safety Consultant with over 25 years experience in Occupational Safety. His stint in the government, NGO and the private sector provided him with a wealth of experience and knowledge in government policies, programs as well as perspective on actual implementation of Safety Management Systems in the plant setting. Programs authored and implemented included the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Award, a government award for excellent companies and individuals in the field of safety and health. In the construction safety, he was part of the Multi-sectoral group that drafted and later recommended approval of DO 13, the Guidelines for Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Safety. As a result of this landmark regulation, he conceptualized the 5-day Course on Construction Safety which the industry is now implementing. Recently, he was involved in providing Consultancy services to various consulting groups, NGOs and Training Organizations focusing on implementing training programs, conducting Safety Audits and implementing Safety Management System. He was responsible for setting up a Testing Division for Heavy Equipment and Boilers and Pressure Vessel. Engr. Dumayag is a Certified Civil Engineer (9th Place 1984 Board Exam) from Mapua Institute of Technology.
Co-Founder of Artificial Intelligence Life Sciences Tech Company
Mario Domingo is a co-founder of a Artificial Intelligence Life Sciences Tech Company that uses advanced Deep Machine Learning techniques to detect cancer and infectious diseases. He has partnered with Global and Regional leaders in the field of cognitive computing as well as in AI. He has co-founded a telecom customer intelligence technology company that uses cognitive computing as its core. He has also recently exited a Natural Language Processing company that extracts deep attributes in customer and brand behavior. He spent 10 years as a senior leader at Globe Telecom where he has built many innovations and platforms. Mario Domingo is the Director for the Ateneo CCE Digital Transformation Institute. He also spent 20 years in defense, avionics and manufacturing in the US. He has a double masters in Applied Economics and Finance at the Rob Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.