Maunik Thacker

Maunik Thacker

Vice President - Revenue Optimisation, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Maunik joined the Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd, Las Vegas Sands' premier Integrated Resort development in Singapore, in December 2009. He oversees the Revenue Optimization team that is responsible for the property's Revenue Management as well as Gaming Optimization needs. His primary responsibility lies in developing and setting up the systems, practices, analytical capabilities and processes to drive total revenue and profitability for the resort. He also plays an integral role in driving the overall strategic planning process for Marina Bay Sands and is a key member of the team tasked with developing an integrated marketing platform that gives the company a 360 degree view of the customer and the tools to develop customized campaigns for each of them, based on enterprise value.

Prior to working at Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd., Maunik worked with Las Vegas Sands' properties in Macao, The Venetian Macao and Sands Macao, for three years. Maunik started his career in Revenue Management and Distribution in 1999, with Taj Hotels in India, before moving to the Middle East in 2001, to work for Le Meridien Hotels in Dubai and Bahrain for over 5 years.

Maunik holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management from IMHI (Cornell-ESSEC), a leading institute based in Paris, France. His personal interests lie in travel and he has always had a desire to live and work in different parts of the world, learning about different cultures.

Andrew Khaw

Andrew Khaw

Senior Director, Industry Development, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)

Mr Khaw, who graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Masters of Mechanical Engineering in 1993, started his career with EDB in 1994. There, he helped to promote investments in the Engineering sector and attracted investors in the United States Midwest where he was based for three years. In 2002, Mr Khaw joined IE Singapore, where he helped formulate internationalisation plans for Singapore's interactive digital media sector and helped create the S$30 million International Partners programme for consortium formation to serve overseas markets. Before joining IDA, Mr Khaw was Vice President, New Markets with Ascendas, leading the company's business development in markets such as the Middle East, North Africa and Russia. In IDA, Mr Khaw leads the industry development group which promotes entrepreneurship, internationalization and the development of leading edge infocomm capabilities in the enterprise and consumer segments. The group is also responsible for infocomm manpower development and ICT adoption by Singapore SMEs.

Prof Teo Chung Piaw

Acting Deputy Dean, NUS Business School

TEO Chung Piaw is the Acting Deputy Dean at the NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, and a Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences in NUS.

Prior to his recent appointment, he was Vice-Dean of the Research & PhD Program as well as Chair of the PhD Committee in the School. He received his PhD in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and his BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics from the National University of Singapore. He was an Eschbach Scholar in Northwestern University (US), Professor in Sungkyunkwan Graduate School of Business (Korea), and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in YuanZe University (Taiwan).

His research interests lie in service and manufacturing flexibility, discrete optimization, ports container operations, matching and exchange, and healthcare. He is currently the associate editor of several international journals (Operations Research, Management Science, and IIE Transactions etc.), and has served on several international committee such as the Chair of the Nicholson Paper Competition (US), member of the Fudan Prize Committee on Outstanding Contribution to Management (China), and the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Selection Panel.

Eric Sandosham

Regional Head for Decision Management, Citibank and SAS User Group (Singapore) Chairman

A 15-year veteran with the bank, Eric Sandosham heads up the Decision Management function for Citibank across Asia Pacific. The function specializes in the "art" of leveraging data for actionable insights; a collection of business analysts whose charter is to turn data into profitable strategies.

Eric has spent much of this time shaping and honing the analytics function into its current leadership position within the financial services industry. He has championed the use of analytical methods in shaping business strategies and delivering P&L advantage. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Head of Decision Management for Singapore and South-East Asia.

Recruited into Citibank under the Management Associate program, Eric spent his early years in Marketing where he developed his business domain knowledge. He was then asked to set up the Retail Analytics function, including spearheading the discipline of sales incentive modeling and analysis. His next move took him to Finance where he led the Financial Analytics team. In early 2004, he returned to his prior analytics unit to become the Decision Management head for Singapore where his scope increased continuously to include his current regional responsibilities.

Outside of Citibank, Eric is a well-known figure in the SAS user industry. He is currently the Chairman and founding member of the Executive Committee of the recently formed SAS User Group (Singapore).

Teo Lay Lim

Country Managing Director, Accenture Singapore

Lay Lim is Country Managing Director of Accenture Singapore, a role she was appointed to in November 2007. In this role she provides geographic leadership for Accenture's operations in Singapore - a practice of over 1600 employees, serving clients across Health & Public Services, Communications & High Tech, Financial Services, Resources and Products portfolios, as well as the Accenture Management Consulting Innovation Center at the Fusionopolis. She holds two Asia Pacific portfolios, in the areas of Analytics and Sustainability. Appointed to these roles since September 2010, Lay Lim has oversight for these two strategic business units across Japan, Greater China, Korea, Australia, ASEAN and India to deliver transformational change to client organizations in public and private sectors in these growth areas. Prior to this portfolio, Lay Lim was the Asia Pacific Managing Director for Accenture's Customer Relationship Management practice. She currently serves on the board of the Singapore Land Authority and the Council for the Third Age.

Dr Oh Kheng Hoe (PhD in Physics)

Director (Information and Knowledge Management Systems), People's Association

Dr Oh is the director of the Information and Knowledge Management Systems Division in People's Association. He charts the strategic directions to manage organisation's statistics for monitoring its achievements and making decisions. The Information and Knowledge Management Systems Division develops and manages information and knowledge management systems to enhance the organisation's capability; and formulate and implement policies and plans to manage organisation's information and knowledge.

Vivienne Tan

Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence & Corporate Quality, STATSChipPAC

Vivienne Tan is Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence & Corporate Quality at STATSChipPAC. In her current role, Vivienne is responsible for 6-Sigma, Process Control Engineering & Corporate Quality systems. Prior to this, she was Vice President, Information Technology; where she was responsible for IT functions as well as worldwide CIM (computer integrated manufacturing). Prior to joining STATSChipPAC, Vivienne was the I.T. Director at National Semiconductor Singapore. Vivienne holds a Master of Business in Information Technology from RMIT & a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University. Between 2002 & 2004, Vivienne served as the President of ITMA (Information Technology Management Association).

Dr Andy Chiang

Deputy Chief Information Officer and Director, Singapore Department of Statistics

Dr. Andy Chiang is currently Deputy Chief Information Officer and Director at the Singapore Department of Statistics. During 1994-2007, he was a faculty member at the National University of Singapore. During that time, he received four Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards and authored/co-authored articles in statistical and other subject matter journals. He has also presented at scientific conferences and conducted numerous statistical workshops and training courses at corporations and government agencies. He was an Associate Editor for The American Statistician journal from 2004 to 2008. He received his M.Sc. and PhD in Statistics from the Iowa State University.

Goh Hock Soon

Director (Membership & Partnership), Director (Research), People's Association

Hock Soon is the Director of the Membership and Partnership Division (M&P) and the Research Division in the People's Association (PA). The Membership and Partnership Division oversees Corporate Partnership Scheme and PAssion Membership Programme in PA. The Research Division oversees all research matters in PA.

Jonathan Carroll

Head Market Risk Management-Business Management, Group Risk Management, OCBC Bank

Jonathan Carroll is the Head of Business Management within Market Risk Management at OCBC Bank. In this capacity, he is responsible for the management information systems, project management, operational controls and financial planning within market risk and asset/liability management. He was responsible for the infrastructure implementation and all aspects of data management required for the risk quantification and parameterization efforts associated with economic capital and Basel II regulatory requirements within the Credit Risk Analytics group at CIBC. His previous jobs include various positions in creating data-driven/knowledge based solutions at Washington Mutual, CIBC, Intel and Hatch Associates.

Tham Ming Soong

Executive Vice President, Head, Group Risk Management, UOB Group

Ming Soong's career in the financial industry spans more than 25 years. In this current position, Ming Soong provides strategic risk management directions for the UOB banking group and is responsible for credit, market and operational risks for the group's banking, fund management and insurance businesses. Prior to this, he held senior positions in the Monetary Authority of Singapore (Director Financial Risk) and Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation (Group Head of Market Risk). Ming Soong also chairs the Risk Management Standing Committee of the Association of Banks in Singapore, and holds an adjunct professorship with the National University of Singapore's Risk Management Institute. In 2009, Ming Soong was honoured with the Risk Manager of The Year by AsiaRisk. Under his leadership UOB as awarded the QFC Leadership Achievement Award in Risk Management by the Asian Banker Journal in 2009.

Dr Ow Chee Chung

Dr Ow Chee Chung

Assistant Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority

Dr Ow Chee Chung is currently the Assistant Chief Executive of Energy Market Authority. He oversees the Corporate Services Group. Prior to joining Energy Market Authority, he had broad based working experience in public, people and restructured hospitals. He started his career as a Medical Doctor and subsequently drafted into Ministry of Health and subsequently into hospital administration. He then move on to be the Director of Corporate Services in Ministry of Community Development. Next he spend 6 six years as the Executive Director of Society for the Physically Disabled, before moving back to public service to Energy Market Authority. He has a special interest in corporate service administration and community services.

Bill Lee

Managing Director, SAS Singapore

Bill Lee is the Managing Director for SAS Singapore; in addition to that, he oversees SAS' Key Regional Accounts in Asia. He manages a group of professionals to expand the knowledge and the implementation of Advanced Business Analytics in Singapore. SAS works with organizations across enterprises in both public and private sectors. Prior to joining SAS, Bill was in Business and Technology Consulting for over 15 years with global consulting firms. He headed up the reengineering and change management practices for ASEAN. During his consulting years, Bill worked with organizations to develop strategies and implement plans through operational and technology initiatives. Bill is a member of SMU (Singapore Management University) School of Information Systems Board of Advisor, and also one of their BoA members who advises SMU on Analytics Technology & Applications programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Banking and Finance from the University of Oregon in Eugene USA.

Andrew Quek

Executive Director of Field Strategy & Support Division, Asia Pacific, SAS Asia Pacific

Andrew is Executive Director for Asia Pacific Field Strategy and Support Division, reporting to SAS Headquarters in Cary. He manages a group of senior professionals responsible for driving and supporting the development of all strategic business initiatives across Asia Pacific. This involves the identification of new business opportunities as well as defining 'go-to-market' strategies with the various countries in the region. Andrew is based in Singapore and has been with SAS since 2002. Prior to joining SAS, Andrew spent a number of years in general management as well as a stint with a global consulting firm based out of Singapore.

Tham Ming Soong

Executive Vice President, Head, Group Risk Management, UOB Group

Ming Soong's career spans more than 25 years in the financial industry. In this current position, Ming Soong provides strategic risk management directions for the UOB banking group and is responsible for credit, market and operational risks for the group's banking, fund management and insurance businesses. Prior to this, he held senior positions in the Monetary Authority of Singapore (Director Financial Risk) and Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation (Group Head of Market Risk). His career has largely been in Treasury and Risk Management, having also worked in Toronto and Hong Kong.

Laurie Antioch

MD, Risk Management Group, DBS Bank

Laurie is the Head of Model Validation within Risk Management Group at DBS Bank. He is responsible for reviewing all risk models that include market, credit (retail and non-retail) and liquidity risk models. Prior to joining DBS bank, he worked for the Australian Treasury and National Australia Bank (NAB). As Global Head of Portfolio Management at NAB, he was responsible for the quantification and management of risk at the portfolio as well as building risk based pricing and implementing EVA across the Group. At the Treasury, he was worked in a variety of roles that included taxation reform, economic & financial analysis, forecasting and econometric modelling of the Australian Economy.

Markus Kirchberg

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Fusionopolis, Singapore

Markus completed his Master of Sciences in Computer Science degree at the Clausthal University of Technology, Germany in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Information Systems at Massey University, New Zealand in July 2007. In November 2010, Markus joined the Services Platform Lab at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Singapore; he also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position with the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Singapore. Markus major research interests include cloud computing, data analytics, data management, as well as privacy and trust.

Sara Venturina

SAS User for Last 10 Years currently working in the Public Sector

Sara Venturina graduated from University of the Philippines with a Degree of Science in Statistics in 1999. She has been using SAS for the last 10 years with focus on data mining and predictive analytics. She has been involved in a number of projects in the telecommunications and financial sector where she gained rich experience in predictive data modelling. Sara currently works in the Public Sector.

Tan Teck Kiang

Research Associate at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Tan Teck Kiang currently works as research associate in the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. His current research interests include school effects, multi-level modelling, and longitudinal data analysis. Before joining the research centre, he worked at the Housing and Development Board as an executive research officer, carrying out survey research and housing related studies.