Plenary Speakers

Business Transformation through Global Innovation: The Esco Story

Mr Lin Xiangqian
Group President & CEO, Esco Group

With industries facing disruption from technology advancement, companies will need to re-think whether their current business model, product and service offerings are still relevant with the changing industry landscape and consumer profiles.

Esco will share their innovation journey and how they transited from the manufacturing of cleanroom equipment, to lab equipment, and then to products addressing growth sectors, such as the more stringently regulated medtech and biotech sector. Esco responded to new trends, developed new technologies and products and transformed their business. Esco’s proprietary products and services are now offered in over 100 countries worldwide. With innovation and R&D core to their business plans, the group is creating new product and service offerings through collaborations with various R&D partners, such as A*STAR, and is now undergoing a further metamorphosis towards new ventures in growth areas (e.g. investment and entry into new biotech sectors) driven by second-generation leaders.

Innovating Ahead: Leading the Transformation in Environmentally-friendly Timber Transport Packaging for Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Ms May Yap
CEO and Managing Director, LHT Holdings Limited

Continuous drive for innovation is key to helping businesses stay ahead of their competition.

LHT will share how re-thinking their business model through innovation helped them pivot into growth sectors and move from timber trading to product ownership. In addition, LHT embarked on process optimisation and collaborated with public research performers, such as A*STAR, to re-tool their business to automate their pallet assembly lines.

Show & Tell Speakers

Session A: Driving New Innovation in Food Manufacturing

Mr Jimmy Soh

Group CEO and Managing Director | Deputy President

Sol Group of Companies | Singapore Food Manufacturers' Association

Topic: Opening Remarks

Ms Bernice Tay

Director, Food Manufacturing

Enterprise Singapore

Topic: Creating a Vibrant Food Innovation Ecosystem

Dr Kemal Aganovic

Food Technology Engineer and Head of Advanced Technologies

German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL)

Topic: Advanced Technologies for Advanced Food Processing (Pulsed Electric Fields (PEF) & Extrusion Tech)

Dr Matthew Zhao

Packaging Technologist

Food Innovation & Resource Centre

Topic: Advanced Technologies for Advanced Food Processing (High Pressure Processing)


A/Prof Ralph Graichen

Director, Food and Consumer Cluster


Topic: A*STAR Food Research & Development

Session B: Product Innovation Showcase

Mr Dwayne Wang

OTR Facilitator


Topic: Innovation with Operation & Technology Roadmapping (OTR)

Mr Joseph Ng


Skyfy Technology

Topic: Innovation with Operation & Technology Roadmapping (OTR)

Mr Eric Teo

Deputy Director, Innovation

Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA)

Topic: Rethinking through Open Innovation Platform (OIP)

Mr Chang Chang Kuo

Senior Vice President

A*STAR's A*ccelerate

Topic: Licensing & Co-development Journey with A*ccelerate


Mr Mark Yong

CEO and Co-founder

Garuda Robotics

Topic: Redefining Building Façade Inspections with Drones

Dr Oh Ser Wah

Founder and CEO


Topic: IoT Network Made Easy with Super Wi-Fi: TV White Space

Session C: Driving Smart and Digital Retail

Ms Rose Tong

Executive Director

Singapore Retailers Association

Topic: Opening Remarks

Mr Rick Yeo Chee Keong


Emerging Application Centre (EAC), SIMTech

Topic: Developing a Vibrant Eco-system for Smart Wearables & IoT Innovation for Smart Retail

Mr Pawan Gandhi

Founder and CEO

KaHa Pte Ltd

Topic: Developing a Vibrant Eco-system for Smart Wearables & IoT Innovation for Smart Retail

Mr Mark Foo

Product and Technology Director

FastJobs Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Digital Division

Topic: "Get Ready for a New Plug & Play Workforce!" Intelligent Automation for Manpower


Mr Manoj Sharma



Topic: Digital Auditing AI: Real-time Customer, Employee and Market Intelligence for Service Excellence and Profitability

Mr Rupert Macey

Managing Director

Upskill Asia

Topic: Digital Learning: The Future of Retail Training

Session D: Process Optimisation Showcase

Dr. Ing. Antonio Feraco

Vice President of Digital Service and Managing Consultant in Industrie 4.0

TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific

Topic: Singapore Smart Industry Readiness Index (SSIRI) – Catalysing Transformation of Manufacturing

Mr Ronald Leng

Lead (Smart System Framework)


Topic: Jumpstart with Smart Systems Framework (SSF)

Mr Prashant Chhaya

Senior Consultant (FMCG)


Topic: Developing Next Generation End-to-End Mass Customisation Line for FMCG

Mr Wu Yong Lin

Managing Director

Forefront Additive Manufacturing

Topic: Pushing Boundaries & Creating Breakthroughs with 3D Printing