The theme for this year's SME Summit – Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler will be streaming the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) SME Summit 2015 on Tuesday, November 17.

Here’s the conference programme:


8:00 to 8:30 AM


9:05 to 9:13 AM

Welcome Remarks and Introduction of the Guest Speaker

Doris Magsaysay Ho, ABAC 2015 Chair

9:13 to 9:30 AM Keynote Address

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III,

President of the Republic of the Philippines and APEC 2015 Chair

‘Innovation and Inclusiveness: The Path to a Better Future.
9:30 to 9:50 AM ‘The Megatrends that are Driving New Consumer Demands’

Josette Sheeran, President, Asia Society

As president and CEO of Asia Society, Josette Sheeran is focused on advancing the organization’s work throughout the US and Asia, in arts and culture, policy and business, and education

09:50 to 10:10 AM

Uber’s Response to New Consumer Demands’

David Plouffe, Senior Advisor, Uber Technologies, Inc.


In 2014, David Plouffe left his job as senior adviser to President Obama to join Uber, applying his gifts for strategic and innovative thinking to become senior vice-president of policy and strategy.  Today he sits as Chief Adviser of the disruptive ride-sharing company, and sits on its board of directors.

10:10 to 10:30 AM  ‘AirAsia’s Response to New Consumer Demands’

Tony Fernandes, CEO, AirAsia / Founder, Tune Air

He turned a once failing government-linked commercial airline into Asia’s biggest player in the budget airline industry.  Tony Fernandes is the Malaysian-born CEO of Air Asia, who has lobbied successfully for a landmark open skies policy in the region.
10:30 to 10:50 AM  ‘Building a Caring and Sharing Economy’

Sheila Marcelo, Founder and CEO, Care.com

Sheila Marcelo was determined to create a purpose-driven business powered by technology. Today, Care.com has more than 15.2 million members in 16 countries, connecting families and caregivers in a convenient and reliable way.
10:50 to 11:00 AM  ZUMBA BREAK
11:00 to 11:20 AM  ‘Inspiring Story of Innovation and Creation’

Diosdado Banatao, Managing Partner, Tallwood Venture Capital

A tech visionary, Dado Banatao’s inventions are part of almost every personal computer in the world.  He is currently managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, a firm that is focused on semiconductor technology solutions for computing, communication and consumer platforms.
11:20 to 11:40 AM ‘Innovative, Inclusive Education for All’

Bunker Roy, Founder Barefoot College

How much more disruptive can you make education?  When Sanjit (Bunker) Roy, the social activist and educator, founded Barefoot College in 1972, his intention was to establish “a place of learning and unlearning, where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher.”
11:40 AM to 12:00 PM ‘Connecting People in the Global Marketplace’

Jonathan Swanson, Co-founder and President, Thumbtack

Jonathan Swanson is where technology, politics, economics, philosophy and the future intersect. The co-founder and president of Thumbtack, Inc., Swanson built and currently manages the company’s global team of 500-plus based in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and the Philippines.
12:15 to 1:15 PM  NETWORKING LUNCH
1:15 to 1:30 PM  ZUMBA BREAK
1:30 to 2:00 PM ‘Building a Network of Relationships’

Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler.com

Nix Nolledo, President and CEO, Xurpas, Inc.

Maria Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network in the Philippines. Maria has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta.Despite documenting some of the worst disasters and uprisings in Southeast Asia, she believes in the goodness of human nature and in the transformative powers of media and technology.

Nix Nolledo, founder and CEO of Xurpas, is considered a pioneer in the Philippine IT industry. Starting out in the consumer technology sector, he eventually went on to establish the first local standalone online message board, PinoyExchange.com in 1999, a platform that allowed Filipinos to engage in a variety of online conversations with each other.
2:00 to 2:30 PM ‘How Innovation Shapes Business Visions’

Dexter Ligot-Gordon, Co-Founder and COO, Kalibrr, Inc.

Angelo Umali, Co-Founder and CEO, Simple Wearables

Dexter Ligot-Gordon describes himself as a problem-solver, with a background in product development, program and policy design, specifically in workforce development and public systems.  He employs these strengths to the company he started, Kalibrr, an online recruiting platform.

Simple Wearables is about wearable tech with an emphasis on life-assisting and life-saving devices for the elderly. Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Angelo Umali, who, together with his co-founder, Edwin Li, conceived, designed and built the system that runs the devices.
2:30 to 2:40 PM ‘Innovation and the Future’

Scott Anthony, Managing Partner, Innosight

Scott Anthony, the co-founder and Managing Partner of Innosight, a consulting and investment company focusing on strategic transformation, disruptive change and business model innovation, chose to forego the usual post-Harvard MBA route to pursue his own “disruptive PhD.”
2:40 to 3:00 PM ‘SME and Innovation’

Barbara Navarro, Director of Operations and Strategy, Public Policy and Government Relation for Asia  Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Google

Barbara Navarro is the Google’s Director of Operations and Strategy, PUblic Policy, and Government Relation for Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Barbara served as an Intellectual Property lawyer and held various directorship positions in Clarke Modet & Co. and NBC Universal.
3:00 to 3:20 PM ‘Innovative Building Solutions for Tomorrow’s Homes’

Alok Shetty, Architect and Principal, Bhumiputra Architecture

Named one of the “30 under 30” young achievers by Forbes Magazine, in addition to a host of honors, Alok Shetty’s practice focuses on marrying smart design with a commitment to sustainability.
3:20 to 3:30 PM  ZUMBA BREAK
3:30 to 3:50 PM ‘Financial Inclusion in the Digital Sharing Economy’

Bill Barhydt, Founder and CEO of ABRA

Bill Barhydt, a start-up investor and technology entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of ABRA, a new type of digital cash money transfer app.  It’s the world’s first digital cash, US dollar-based mobile wallet.

3:50 to 4:10 PM

Cultivating Future Leaders through Innovation’

Wendy Kopp, Co-Founder and CEO, Teach for All


In establishing Teach for America, Wendy Kopp believed the education sector was ripe for innovation.  Not just in the way students were taught, but in the way teachers were trained and certified to teach. Today, Teach for America, and its international 35-country network Teach for All, continue make change through education in low-income communities around the globe.

4:10 to 4:30 PM ‘How We Work: Innovating Ways to Connect’

Karen Reddington, President, FedEx Asia Pacific

Karen Reddington is President of Asia Pacific Division of FedEx Express.In this role, she heads up Asia Pacific Division from its headquarters in Hong Kong, leading the North Pacific, China, and the South Pacific operations.

4:30 to 4:40 PM ‘How To Innovate: Best Case Studies’

Scott Anthony, Managing Partner, Innosight

At Innosight, Scott Anthony addresses the growing need for companies to anticipate disruption better in their industries and create transformative strategies for renewal.
4:40 to 4:50 PM Statement from a Guest Speaker
4:50 to 5:00 PM


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