2019 Speakers

Speakers include A-List keynote speakers and a host of expert panelists from across the OTT ecosystem including:

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Joyee Biswas

Head of Sports Partnerships, APAC

Joyee Biswas, a former ESPN South East Asia boss, joined Facebook as it’s Asia Pacific’s sports partnership head. Biswas, in his new role, will oversee Facebook’s partnerships with APAC-based leagues, teams, athletes and sports media and will be based out of Singapore. Prior to this, Biswas held senior roles at Eleven Sports Network and Singtel.

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Martyn Jones

EVP, Japan

Bio coming soon…

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Julian Ogrin

Chief Executive

Before moving to Kayo Sports in July 2018, Julian enjoyed a great period of success with Australian telecommunication company amaysim. Joining amaysim in January 2013, Julian was appointed chief executive in July 2014. At the company he oversaw a rapid rise, growing it from launch in November 2010 to become the leading challenger brand in the Australian mobile sector, capturing nearly five per cent of the consumer market. At amaysim Julian created Australia’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), with more than 1.1 million subscribers, winning an independently voted MVNO of the year award in 2017 and 2018. Lastly, as chief executive Julian led amaysim to the Roy Morgan telco of the year prize in three of the last four years.

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Varun Narang

Chief Product Officer

Varun Narang is the EVP and Head of Product, Design, and Engineering at Hotstar. He is passionate about inventing the future of TV on behalf of millions of Hotstar users around the world. Under his leadership, Hotstar has grown to become the largest OTT platform in India and continues to cross ~100Mn users each month, on the back of building an experience transcending video. Varun has championed the development of immersive experiences like Gaming & Social and the ability to manage world record breaking scale, making Hotstar one of the foremost tech companies of the country. Prior to joining Hotstar, Varun led product teams at Hulu in Los Angles, and Amazon in Seattle. He earned an MBA and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Math from the University of Rochester in New York

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Aneesh Madani

Head of Sports Partnerships, APAC

Aneesh Madani heads Sports Partnerships for Twitter in Asia Pacific. His mission is to make at least one dream come true for every sports fan on the planet. He leads a multinational team focused on building communities, driving conversations and enabling monetization on Twitter for major sports federations, broadcasters, teams and athletes in the region. He enjoys tennis and routinely hits one handed backhands into the net. You can follow him on Twitter @aneeshmadani.

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Mike Kerr

Managing Director, APAC

Mike joined beIN Asia Pacific at its inception in May 2016.  As Managing Director, Mike works closely with the beIN Media Group’s global leadership team to realise its mission of redefining the sports and entertainment experience for fans in Asia and ANZ.  With extensive experience in media, sales and sports marketing, Mike is tasked with shaping beIN’s business model and operations in the region while identifying new customer experiences and revenue opportunities.

Since joining beIN, Mike has expanded the beIN SPORTS brand in Asia and doubled the number of beIN SPORTS feeds to ensure wide coverage of its live events and bring fans closer to their much-loved sports and teams.  Mike is also responsible for the rollout of beIN’s first multi-device player in Asia, beIN SPORTS Connect.

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Dejah Meldem

EVP, Marketing & Digital

DDMC Fortis is set to be Asia’s leading sports marketing agency. In June 2018, the Asian FootballConfederation (AFC) announced its ground breaking decision to appoint DDMC Fortis as its exclusive commercial partner for all of its competitions for the period 2021-2028. The comprehensive mandate covers all rights and services for all AFC National Team and Club competitions, beginning in 2020 with the start of the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

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Andreas Hayden

Chief Executive

Since June 2015, Andreas Heyden is serving as CEO of the DFL digital sports GmbH being responsible for digital platforms & production and distribution of national and international media content. Before Andreas was the Managing Director of maxdome GmbH since July 1st, 2013. Previously, Andreas was COO as part the management of ProSiebenSat.1 Game GmbH from December 2011 on.

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Damian Willoughby

Senior Vice President, Partnerships

Damian is a well-respected sports marketing executive with over 18 years football industry experience across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. He has worked with premium rights holders in partnership with leading blue-chip brands to deliver marketing platforms to meet strategic business objectives.

Following successful spells at Rangers FC, Chelsea FC and James Grant Sports USA, Damian joined Manchester City FC in January 2013 and now leads City Football Marketing’s Partnerships business globally across our eight offices, managing our existing portfolio of commercial partners and driving new partner acquisition.

Damian holds a BSc in Sports Communication from Ashland University (USA) and an MBA in Football Industries from the University of Liverpool (UK). He is currently living in Singapore and married with three daughters.

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Paul Kandel

Head of Strategy

Intel Sports is building the future of immersive sports media, working with top leagues around the world. Paul oversees global business strategy for Intel Sports, including market research and analysis, growth planning, P&L management, and strategic investments. He previously led the market insights team for emerging technologies at Intel.

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Nandu Madhava

General Manager, S.E. Asia, India, Australia

Nandu leads Twitch platform across South East Asia, India, and Australia – fortunate to build a team that’s defining live, interactive, and shared video experiences in gaming, e-sports, and related content.

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Andrew Collins

Chief Executive

Australian born, Andrew is the founder & CEO of Mailman. An awarding winning sports digital agency and technology group.  Since acquiring Mailman in 2007, then an outdoor media business, Andrew has since transformed the business to become the world’s leading sports digital agency with offices in China, UK and the USA.

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Alfonso Medina

Head of Media Rights

Alfonso heads up Media Rights at Tennis Australia. His team works with broadcasters and media platforms, sponsors, and publishers around the world, maximising value and reach for properties like the Australian Open, the Laver Cup and many other.

 

Previously at the EFL, Endemol and ESPN among some, he’s become a big fan of creating and distributing content that talks to a moment in time, a place, an audience or a device. Be it live or delayed, on a big screen, or a phone, a documentary or an ad, for free or premium, sponsored or editorial, he is passionate about the many ways of telling stories.

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John Chan

Vice President, Sports Content Development

John Chan is the VP of Sports Content Development at PCCW Media Group, where he is responsible for sports development and content strategy for PCCW’s pay TV, free TV and OTT platforms which includes now TV, Viu TV, and now E. Prior to joining PCCW, John was the Commercial Director at Yes Television.

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Corin Dimopoulos

Head of Television & Content

Corin Dimopoulos joined Optus in 2015 as the head of brand and communications with the responsibility of developing the company’s brand strategy. In 2016, he also added TV and content to his portfolio. Corin has extensive global experience in media, premium content, digital product development, subscription platforms, consumer marketing and marketing strategy. Before joining Optus, Corin spent a decade at 21st Century Fox and News Corporation as an executive, working across the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia.

Corin has lived and worked extensively in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia Pacific. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree, majoring in international business and minoring in political science.

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Chris Marsh

General Manager, Asia-Pacific

Chris Marsh is the Asia Pacific General Manager at World Wrestling Entertainment, an integrated media company actively engaged in Television, Digital, Live Events, and Consumer Products businesses worldwide. As part of his responsibilities for WWE OTT growth in Asia-Pacific, Chris oversaw the launch of the WWE Network in Japan and Southeast Asia. Previously, Chris worked as a regional General Manager at The Walt Disney Company supervising movie distribution in Southeast Asia.  He graduated from Columbia University with a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Political Science.  He is also a Board Member for Special Olympics Asia Pacific.

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Lars Heidenreich

Managing Director, APAC

Lars Heidenreich is the Managing Director at Mediapro Asia (since 2014) and founder/ CEO of FSA Media (since 2009). With nearly 25 years in the industry, Lars has a tremendous knowledge of the TV and media rights business.
From SPORTFIVE to FSA Media and Mediapro, he has lived and worked in a variety of different markets including Germany, Poland, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

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Tim Martin

Chief Executive

Tim is the founder and CEO of RugbyPass, the largest digital rugby network inTim is the founder and CEO of RugbyPass, the largest digital rugby network in the world. Tim has been involved in OTT sports streaming since 2013 with Coliseum and Premier League Pass in New Zealand. the world. Tim has been involved in OTT sports streaming since 2013 with Coliseum and Premier League Pass in New Zealand.

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Sebastien Wasels

Managing Director, APAC

Sébastien Wasels is currently the Managing Director of Paris Saint-Germain Asia Pacific. He joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2009 as the head of International Development. Over the past nine years, Sébastien has managed the Club’s international development, growing the brand’s share of voice as well as revenue in Paris Saint-Germain’s key markets including North America, Brazil, North Africa, Middle East and Asia. In May 2018, Paris Saint-Germain opened its first international office in Singapore and appointed Sébastien as the managing director of this office overseeing Paris Saint-Germain’s key markets in the region: Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea, China and Australia.

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Anurag Dahiya

Head of Content & Ad Sales

Anurag Dahiya is Singtel TV’s head of cntent and advertising sales. Anurag is responsible for video content strategy and operations at Singtel for its IPTV and OTT platforms which include Singtel TV, Singtel TV Go and the OTT video marketplace, Cast. Singtel TV content operations encompass acquisitions, content aggregation, original productions and co-productions. Amongst the channels Singtel produces, its Hokkien-Mandarin general entertainment channel, Jia Le is the top rated Singaporean pay TV channel.

Dahiya also runs Singtel Media, Singtel’s integrated Advertising Sales business that represents all Singtel media assets in Singapore, including Singtel TV, mobile messaging, Singtel’s digital mobile offerings such as HungryGoWhere, NewsLoop, AMPed and inSing as well as traditional media such as bill inserts, envelopes and OOH media.

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Maurizio Barbieri

Head of Sports Partnerships, SEA & China

As Twitter’s Head of Sports Partnerships for SEA and Greater China, Maurizio grows conversations, communities, and revenue opportunities for Twitter’s sports partners by creating a lineup of programs to satisfy content-hungry audiences in South East Asia.

A successful entrepreneur with a lifelong interest in tech, sport and media, Maurizio has previously held senior roles at the Mediapartners Group with Infront Italy, and Samsung Asia.

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Chris Tran

General Manager, SEA

As the Regional Manager, Chris oversees the business and operations of Riot Games within Southeast Asia. His priority has always been in ensuring that players of Riot Games’ League of Legends is a game for gamers, and works closely with the developer team towards achieving that. He believes that a perfect game is one which comes alive when technology meets entertainment, and strives to achieve that through League of Legends.

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Sam Li

Head of International Business Strategy

Sam Li is the Head of Content Acquisition and Strategic Partnerships for Sina Sports where he is responsible for domestic and international sports rights acquisition; strategic partnerships with rights holders, teams and individual athletes; and international sponsorships and marketing.  He was previously an Associate Vice President with the National Basketball Association.  Sam has a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School and dual bachelor degrees from University of California, Los Angeles.

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Frank Sliwka

Chief Operating Officer

Having been within the Games and Esports Industry since 1997 and recognized with the German Game Developer Award as well as winner of the European Games Award, Frank has a verifiable history of commitment to growth and expansion of businesses in both mature and emerging markets across the Asia Pacific Region, the US, and Europe. 24+ years of corporate leadership and entrepreneurship in the media, gaming and exhibition industries comes with certain expertise: Frank adepts at achieving maximum operational output with minimal resource expenditure. Frank has also consistently exceeded performance goals. Through strategy and his expertise in exhibitions and conferences (B2B, B2C), he established GDC Europe as one of the most important game industry conferences in the world and Games Convention Asia (GC Asia) as one of the main industry events in Asia.

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Marcus Luer

Founder & Executive Chairman

Marcus Luer is the Group CEO of TSA (Total Sports Asia) Asia’s leading global sports marketing agency which he founded 20 years ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is also the Co-Founder of GLORY Sports International (GSI), the #1 Kickboxing League in the world and the creator of Branded Real Estate. Marcus’ latest venture is the in the Digital space where he launched SPORTSFIX in ASEAN. Sportsfix is a live and on Demand OTT platform targeted towards the new generation of sports fans which heavily consume content on their mobile devices.

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