9.19 ORIGIN Thailand | Food Innovation, Future of Work, and Thailand’s Digital & Tech Landscape

By Suzanne Loo
5 min read

Southeast Asia has seen the rise of unicorn startups like Go-Jek and Grab dominating the landscape and becoming household names in many countries. In the midst of this hype, Thailand has also made significant efforts to boost its startup scene as it seeks to place itself on the map of innovation.

With the immense support from the Thailand Government along with interests shown by local and international investors, this indicates opportunities abound for aspiring entrepreneurs to capitalize on an untapped market with a population size of about 69 million. Which industries in Thailand are mature enough for tech disruption? Hear from True Digital Park, TechSauce, and AddVentures by SCG as we look into the different opportunities Thailand brings!

The global food tech market is expected to exceed US$250 billion by 2022. In 2018, FoodTech industry fetched the highest investments in Thailand and things will only get more exciting as Thailand poised to become the hub for food innovation. At ORIGIN Thailand, we will hear from Southeast Asia and China’s Food & Agri companies as we discuss the FoodTech trends in 2019-2020, the opportunities ahead and how technology is impacting the traditional Food & Agri industry. Join us as we invite CP Group (正大集团) and SmartAHC (睿畜科技) to shed light on this hyper-growing industry!

Advances in digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are now transforming the nature of work. Once an under-the-radar trend, digital nomadism is now picking up its momentum thanks to the proliferation of co-working spaces and digital productivity tools. More corporates are looking for ways to spur growth, innovate, and retent talents in order to stay relevant through corporate accelerator programs and intrapreneurship. How effective are these initiatives and what are the challenges faced by these efforts? Hear from the founders of RISE Accelerator, Eko, and GetLinks as we unravel the future of work.

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Paving The Way: Thailand, The Next Digital Innovation Hub in Southeast Asia Panelists:

Mr. Thanasorn JAIDEE

President, True Digital Park

Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee is the President of True Digital Park, which is Thailand’s first and Southeast Asia’s largest digital park. His vision is to empower Thailand to become a global destination for innovation by bringing startups, multinational companies, incubators, accelerators, venture capital, and public sector together under one roof, to provide the complete innovation-focused ecosystem for all.

Mr. Thanasorn is recognized as a true digital veteran with extensive experience in Business Solution, IT infrastructure and Telecommunications. Prior to his current role, he was working with numbers of multinational companies such as Microsoft, SAP, and SAS to drive digital technology adoption in the enterprises. He has been driving Data Center and Cloud adoption for Thailand through True Internet Data Center (TrueIDC), heading both domestic and international activities for 3 years and the company now is Thailand’s top provider of integrated data centers and cloud services.

Mr. Thanasorn has an avid international background, having spent 6 years in the U.S. for his studies and starting career as a software engineer there. He holds degrees in Civil Engineer in Thailand, Business Administration and Computer Science from the U.S.

 

Ms. Oranuch LERDSUWANKIJ (Mimee)

Co-founder & CEO, TechSauce

 Mimee is the CEO and Co-founder of Techsauce which is the leading technology and innovative media and organizes the largest technology conference in Southeast Asia called Techsauce Global Summit.

She is selected as one of Thailand’s young female entrepreneurs organized by top10asia.org and also recognized as one of the pioneers in building the Thai startup ecosystem. Before starting her own business, she had direct experience in product and marketing for more than 12 years with Tech-related companies such as DTAC, TA Orange, Atos Origin.

Mimee graduated from King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Telecommunication Engineering and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology management.

Poompong Tancharonephol

Investment Manager, AddVentures by SCG

Poompong leads AddVentures’ fund of fund investments. He has continued to expand the fund’s network across Southeast Asia. He is actively investing in B2B e-commerce, FinTech, and SaaS space, helping portfolio companies expand throughout the region.

Poompong co-founded multiple companies and also spends his time supporting the ecosystem by advising startups and teaching entrepreneurship & innovation at the university level.

Prior to joining AddVentures, Poompong helped SCG expanded its footprint in the Middle East and Africa. He had also taken many roles in new business development and innovation.

He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and BBA in International Business Management (honors) from Chulalongkorn University.

Food For Thought: Innovation in Food and Agriculture Panelists:

Dr. John JIANG

Chief Digital Officer, CP Group

AI by training (Bell Labs and Cambridge) and Digital Transformation/Mobile/IoT/AI-ML/Blockchain/Healthcare/Travel specialization by practice. Serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur with extensive product development, technology, strategy, delivery, operational and BD experience.

Led technology initiatives in large companies (Cingular/ATT, China Mobile and now CP Group) and cofounded 4 startups (Mobileum, ITC, GlobeTouch, EverNetworks). Currently leading digital transformation in CP Group and R&D in TrueCorp.

Took over CP global CTO and R&D organizations, deputed to support the CP Group CEO vision of best in the class of applied technologies in CP Group a conglomerate of 400+ companies all over the world.

Origin Thailand speaker 2019

Mr. Howard Tang

CTO, SmartAHC 睿畜科技

Howard Tang received his B. Eng. (Hons) and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2008 and 2015 respectively, with specialization in Integrated Circuit (IC) design.

From 2008 to 2009, he was with Marvell Asia Pte. Ltd (Singapore) where he worked as an analog design engineer specializes in high speed, low power analog circuit design. In 2013, he spun off Smart Animal Husbandry Care Pte. Ltd. which is a company focuses on the livestock monitoring system using wireless sensory systems and artificial intelligence. He is currently the C.T.O. of Smart Animal Husbandry Care Pte Ltd overseeing the R&D activities in both Singapore and China.

Future Of Work: Intrapreneurship, Innovation, Collaboration Panelists:

Dr. Kid PARCHARIYANON

CEO, RISE Accelerator

 Dr. Kid is a serial entrepreneur who, at the age of 19, developed and sold the first mobile stock trading application for the Stock Exchange of Thailand (now #1 stock trading app in the country) in 2005.

He’s now Co-Founder and CEO at RISE – Corporate Innovation Accelerator where he consults large conglomerates MNCs to innovate faster through RISE’s Corporate Innovation Platform which includes RISE Accelerator, RISE Academy, RISE Ventures and RISE Experience.

Kid holds MS in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Science University and MD from Mahidol University. He is also the former President of Digital Advertising Association Thailand, Stanford’s GSB Alumni and fellow and member of a number of professional associations in the US and Asia.

Mr. Djoann FAL

CEO & Co-founder, GetLinks

Djoann co-founded a tech company in Bangkok in January 2015. As a proud geek and CEO of GetLinks, his company got funded by Alibaba and Jobs DB (ASX:SEK). We recommend you to speak with Djoann if you are looking for senior positions in the tech industry.

Origin Thailand speaker 2019

Mr. David Zhang

CTO, Eko

David is the co-founder of Eko Group Holdings and holds the position of both CTO and CPO. In these critical roles, David is responsible for keeping Eko’s product strategy competitive in the evolving app-economy.

Technically savvy and with NASA experience under his belt, David has led Eko’s technical advancement from a basic messaging platform to its current suite of features. If you have a problem at work, you can usually bet on David’s mastermind to help find a sound solution.

Outside of work, David has achieved personal success in publishing VoIP algorithms. He is also a keen host of VR nights after work and is a hackathon enthusiast amongst the tech community.