NextBigTech Asia 2020 Conference Agenda

The big data and AI conference, NextBigTech Asia 2020 is set to receive 100+ delegates sharing insights and gathering inspirations from 20+ speakers globally this 7 and 8 September 2020 at Connexion@Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur with its with its strategic partner, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and knowledge partner, McKinsey & Co. This conference coming into sight for the fourth time would allow the growth of networking and connection with the Artificial Intelligence, Big Data & Data Science Community directly to share their thoughts and insights. 4th NextBigTech Asia 2020 is curated along with the great minds of our advisory board members from around the world.

08:00 – 09:00
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No other operators in the highway industry have extensively implemented digitalization and PLUS Malaysia Bhd serves as a benchmark as the first organization for its digital initiatives. PLUS is in plans of using AI, data analytics, and cloud to predict traffic congestion and monitor the safety of highways. Users are able to obtain real-time information from the PLUS mobile app to plan their journey. ML is also leveraged in the CCTVs to detect the anomaly and improve efficiency. In this session, hear from the expert on:

  • Leveraging data science and ML to manage and predict the traffic on highways.
  • Natural language processing (NLP) is applied at the contact center to improve first call resolution (FCR).
  • Automation, augmented AI, and data sharing as important channels to catalyze the MaaS ecosystem.
  • The prescriptive and sustainable solution to provide a better-personalized journey experience for the customers of highway.


Chong Theng Hui, Head of Artificial Intelligence & Disruptors, PLUS Malaysia Berhad, Malaysia


Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, NextBigTech Asia


YBhg. Dato’ Suriani binti Dato’ Ahmad, Secretary General, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia

10:00 – 10:30
Morning Refreshments

Aisharuddin Nuruddin, Head of Division, Industry Research Division, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

British American Tobacco (BAT) has recently announced its commitment to help build a Better Tomorrow by extending its portfolio beyond traditional tobacco. Digital transformation is a key enabler of this strategy and in particular the use of advanced analytics and data science. In this session, we will share the story of BAT’s journey from data to information to insights into foresight.


James Stratford, Head of Data & Analytics (Technology), British American Tobacco

Information and communications technology interventions have influenced almost every sphere of our day to day lives. Judiciary is no exception to it. With the latest technological advancements, Nations have developed technological solutions to aid the judicial process. Even during COVID-19 pandemic, technology has helped continue various judicial activities. Listen to one such inspiring story of India where Dr. Neeta Verma will shed some light on applications of analytics and AI in judicial systems.


Dr. Neeta Verma, Director General, National Informatics Centre (Government of India), India

Businesses have been in the rise of game-changing technologies that are pushing in implementation of tools to achieve seamless customer experiences especially with the pandemic situation currently. Meanwhile, with the services provided, consumers are happy to rely on the platforms in purchasing the goods and services seek. These changes have been experienced globally and businesses are now looking into the next evolutions and technology trends that are of interest. In this panel, the panelists will be discussing: 

  • The implementation of 5G in Asia with incredible bandwidth speed and real-time applications of complex machine learning models. 
  • Introduction of VR in various industries and not only gaming fields.  
  • Increment usage of creative AI in our daily lives.


Priyanka Sudhir, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company


Surina Shukri, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia

13:10 – 14:00
Networking Luncheon

To manage and mitigate the consequences flowing from the pandemic, Malaysia has adopted the contact tracing app, MySejahtera. Reliance on digital tools such as contract tracing apps to manage the public health crisis requires the collection, processing, and sharing of personal data. Concerns arising from the use of such apps include the absence of trust, digital exclusion, and the worry of the repurposing and sharing of personal data. Hence, an assessment of the adequacy of laws such as, but not limited to, data protection is required. An important question that arises is whether better safeguards need to be put in place to ensure the continued confidence in the use of digital tools.

Dr Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law & Government, HELP University; Co-Founder and Protem Member, Data Ethics Society of Asia (DESA), Malaysia

In the aviation industry, AI is expected to grow from 152.4 million in 2018 to $2.2 billion by 2025. Most of the airlines and airports are heavily investing in AI to provide better services wherever they are lacking. Tata Singapore Airline Vistara is looking into implementing machine learning and robotics technology in the next phase of aviation. In this session, hear from the professional on how Tata Singapore Airline Vistara will be using machine learning in customer acquisition such as looking for customers that are unhappy with their airline carriers and providing them a better offer to attract them. Moreover, hear on what the strategies will be used to handle disruption changes in terms of design, engineering, and material of the aircraft.


Ravinder Pal Singh, Chief Information & Innovation Officer, Tata Singapore Airlines Vistara, India

One of the largest retailers in the world, Walmart, uses Big Data analytics before Big Data came into practice. Walmart uses Data Mining to discover patterns of its customers to provide recommendations based on the products they bought. The motive of such doing is to offer the best customer experience. Logistics were also made sure in place to supply items needed by consumers. In this session, the panelists will be discussing:

  • How can other industries implement Walmart strategies to provide the best customer experience to their consumers?
  • What other forms of steps could be taken, in terms of AI and Big Data usage, to increase the revenue of an organization?



Nina Sharil Khan, Founder & CEO, PopCon, Malaysia





Jatin Solanki, Group Head of Data Science, Fave Asia




Tang Siew Wai, Country Head, Carousell, Malaysia




Tejas Kirodiwal, Regional Head of Growth, ZALORA Group, Malaysia

15:45 – 16:15
Evening Refreshments

We all look forward to technology advancements for exciting and new implementations. The advancements, however, come with a need to ensure safe data governance. Estonia’s chief data officer, Ott Velsberg, will elaborate on data governance in Estonia – the results thus far, major obstacles, and lessons learned.


Ott Velsberg, Government Chief Data Officer, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Republic of Estonia

Data is created everywhere and in everything. Police in Malaysia is heavily leveraging big data and DNA profiles in the Royal Malaysian Police Forensic DNA Laboratory to solve mysteries. Human identification is done with the help of artificial intelligence. In this session, hear from the expert on how criminals are identified via DNA big data and how artificial intelligence is helping the forensic investigations in human identifications.


Supt. Saravanan Kanniappan, Head of Centre for Human Identifications, Forensic DNA Databank Malaysia, Royal Malaysia Police

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08:00 – 09:00
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There are no concrete results that AI will solve all the diseases in the world but there is no doubt that AI is helping in detecting and curbing further spread of diseases. Different diseases have different ways of studies and with AI and big data, the data collected are analyzed and used to find cures and treatments. This session will discuss on:

  • The benefits of mass data collection with big data and AI in ability to determine treatments.
  • Time frame needed with deep learning and AI to detect and treat a new disease.


Datuk Dr. Kuljit Singh, President, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia

Innovation alone will not help the entrepreneurs to succeed in the end goal of meeting the demand of patients. Instead, the innovations must include the fundamental human problems that meet better solutions. Tech companies are often creating and selling products that are not solving the doctors’ and patients’ problems. This has caused failures in the MedTech industry. This panel will focus on:

  • How important for tech companies to work hand-in-hand with doctors in innovating and producing relevant products?
  • What problems are foreseen to increase in the near future and how tech companies may innovate products based on these uprising issues?



Safura Moin, Head of Digital Services, Group Technology Services, KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Malaysia





Jaffri Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer, Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST), Malaysia



Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Abu Bakar Suleiman, Former Chairman, Health Advisory Council & Chairman, IMU Group, Malaysia



Datuk Dr. Kuljit Singh, President, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia

DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, launched its first dedicated innovation centre in Singapore for innovative logistics services in the Asia Pacific. The centre is to provide a platform to convert ideas into customer-centric solutions where collaborating and innovating with partners and customers in Asia. DHL has proven innovative work in logistics and robotics to simplify operations and with the innovative centre in Asia, disruption may continue to serve the market in this part of the world. In this session, hear from the expert on the strategies to disrupt the logistics and supply chain market in Asia and the innovations involving big data, AI, and ML to shape the future of logistics. 


Justin Baird, Head of Innovation Asia Pacific, DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation, Singapore

10:45 – 11:15
Morning Refreshments

Siemens is way ahead when it comes to rail analytics and they even have built a centre of Siemens Mobility Data Services Centre. From smart data to smart prediction, Siemens has it covered all and guarantees better and more accurate algorithms introduced the year after. In this session, hear from the expert on how Siemens has been leveraging and analyzing the data gathered using AI algorithms and creating the digital portfolio for the entire value chain from planning to designs and engineering.


Michael Taylor, Chief Data Scientist, Siemens Mobility Rail Analytics Center, Singapore

To create a successful Industry 4.0 project, it has to be more than technology, in terms of creating benefits to the company. Even during bad times, such as a recession or CoVid – 19 outbreaks, industry 4.0 projects should not be affected much as budgets are planned ahead, work is ahead of schedule, and many more. This session will be discussing:

  • How industry 4.0 became a very important and impactful revolution to the manufacturing industry and to the economy in terms of smart manufacturing?
  • What are some new strategies that manufacturing industries in Malaysia could learn to tackle on to prepare for the future revolutions and be on their toes to implement them?



Aaron Tan Dani, Chief Architect of Digital Enterprise Architecture Office, IASA APAC




Michael Taylor, Chief Data Scientist, Siemens Mobility Rail Analytics Center, Singapore



Guru Adrakatti, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Hong Leong Manufacturing Group, Malaysia



Kenneth Koh, Expert Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

12:30 – 14:00
Networking Luncheon

Customer experiences are the heart of e-commerce where maximizing customers’ retention and satisfaction are vital. The digital platform is employed to provide an indispensable shopping experience for the customers through online channels. The customer interactions through the platform generates a large volume of data that enable AI to play an important role in improving the customer experience to the next level. In this session, the expert from Bukalapak will provide a glimpse on Bukalapak’s strategies in leveraging AI to enhance the quality of the products and services, and also to maintain the company’s reputation.


Muhammad Ghifary, Head of Artificial Intelligence,, Indonesia

The human gap is the distance between growing complexity in our world and our propensity to cope with it. Throughout history, human progress meant an increase in knowledge and techniques to deal with an increasing complexity that accompanied that progress. An essential difference today is that complexity, resulting from progress in AI and the connecting digital technologies – the Fourth Industrial Revolution is increasing at an unprecedentedly rapid rate that we are losing the grip of control over it. The only way for us to remain relevant and in control of our technologies is to reach out deeper within and develop our emotional potential, sense of purpose and meaning, and values-led-leadership. Education will need to play a key role in this by building graduates who are not only academically competent but also have the strength of character to carry them through. This is called Positive Education.


Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost & CEO, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

There was a time where everyone looks forward to the technology advancements for exciting and new implementations. However, the advancements come along with ‘dirty data’. ‘Dirty data’ is the new ‘fake news’ that is taking control of the online world. In this session, hear from the expert on:

  • How to avoid getting influenced by ‘dirty data’?
  • What policies should companies implement to make sure they are away from such negativity?


Ivana Bartoletti, Co-Founder, Women Leading in AI & Author of ‘An Artificial Revolution’, United Kingdom

15:30 - 16:00
Evening Refreshments & Tour to Exhibition Hall

Technology modernization is something that all organizations vision to implement and improve in, to provide the best-to-best services to their customers. Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) collaborated with partners as part of the Airports 4.0 initiative to enhance terminal optimization, operational efficiency, revenue generation, and regulatory compliance. In this session, hear from the expert on the implementation of 5G with AI in airports and managing technology and data integration to avoid any glitch or data breach.


Lee Yiang Ming, Chief Information Officer, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, Malaysia

Visa is in the business of changing the way to pay and be paid and as the world’s largest payments network operating in over 200 countries or territories, with 3.5 billion Visa cards, Visa is poised to take advantage of the Big Data revolution. In this talk, the speaker will be sharing on: 

  • How Big Data Analytics has transformed the payments industry, the future trends of the payments industry, as well as the challenges when it comes to integrating Big Data Analytics to the organization.
  • In improving the customer experience, Visa has a long history of applying machine learning and deep learning methods in fraud detection. However, increasingly in recent years, Visa believes that data is also key to giving consumers what they want, making the payment processes seamless and developing new digital products. Learn how some of the predictive model’s Visa developed to help improve clients’ business, which is integral in implementing a hyper-personalised marketing strategy.
  • In transforming the way business decisions are made, Big Data is not only about algorithms and infrastructure, but very often it involves a paradigm shift, adoption of a new culture, and change management. Learn how the Analytics Maturity Model that Visa uses to gauge the readiness of an organization in terms of Big Data.


Dr. Shin Liang Chin, Head of Data Science, Visa, Malaysia

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