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CNBC Catalyst, a commercial division of CNBC, in collaboration with tech giant VMware, invites you to an exclusive invite-only, virtual event: The Shape of Resilience: Strive, Survive, Thrive.

The Discussion:
Some companies haven’t survived 2020, some have struggled through, others have thrived. What is the difference between these companies, and how can we learn from them a year on from the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic?

A year later, resiliency is no longer a short-term necessity, but a long-term key objective that companies need to implement throughout all areas of business. What moves are companies making to future proof themselves, and who are the unsung heroes of digital technology enabling industries to prosper (i.e. Cloud technologies)?

The Format:
This 60 minute ‘fishbowl’ format is set up to welcome a multitude of voices. With its rotating fourth seat, a collection of key contributors will join our fixed panelists as the discussion progresses through the many facets that this topic encases. Simultaneously the opportunity for audience interaction throughout, enables you to influence the conversation. To enquire about joining the discussion as part of our fishbowl, please email rsvp@cnbc.com.

Who Should Join:
CTOs, CIOs, Chief Digital Officer, Chief Digital Transformation Officers, and other senior executives who have a major role to play in leveraging the right technologies at the right scale, with the right people running them.

Thursday March 18, 2021
11.00am SGT | 2.00pm AUS | 4.00pm NZ | 8.30am IND
The session will be 60 minutes long.

Speakers and Contributors

Anna Gong

Anna Gong is the CEO and Founder of Perx Technologies Pte Ltd, the leading customer data and loyalty SaaS company, backed by the co-founder of Facebook Eduardo Saverin and Golden Gate Ventures. Previous to joining Perx, her 5th startup experience, Anna was Vice President of Channels Sales for Asia Pacific & Japan at Infor where she’s responsible for the go-to-market strategy and execution of the channels sales business.

Anna brings 20 years of technology experience in management consulting and enterprise software, spanning the U.S., Asia Pacific & Japan.

Prior to Infor, she was leading the Cloud, Virtualization, and Service Automation business units at CA Technologies, Asia Pacific & Japan. Anna has held multiple leadership roles, based out of San Francisco. She established and managed the Asia Pacific business for Wily Technology, the pioneer of web application performance and diagnostics, before CA Technologies acquisition of Wily in 2006 for US$375M.

Rudy Lim

Over the past decade, Rudy Lim has encountered entrepreneurs at all stages of growth, both locally in Singapore and globally, in his dual capacity as investor and mentor. He stands firmly by the notion that technology should be used to create value for society.

Rudy’s role as Head of Fintech at DBS allows him to further this notion. In order to disrupt traditional means of banking and maintain DBS’ foothold as the leading bank in the region, he finds that integrating FinTech solutions into DBS’ core business becomes increasingly necessary.

Prior to joining DBS, Rudy was with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) as a venture capitalist and dealt with strategic innovations. There, he worked closely with media startups to develop new business models and generated fresh revenue streams across SPH’s extensive range of media and engagement platforms.

Reshmi Rajendran

Reshmi Rajendran, is the Head of Innovation and R&D at Roquette’s Innovation Center in Singapore and leads a team of scientists in developing new plant-based solutions for the Food, Nutrition and Pharma markets in the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining Roquette, Reshmi has had progressive work experience in Research, Innovation and technology commercialization with organizations such as Danone, Budding Innovations (a start-up), A*STAR and has strong R&D and commercial leadership experiences.

Trained as a scientist (PhD in Physics/Biomedical Imaging, National University of Singapore), business person (MBA, INSEAD) and administrator (Masters in Public Administration), Reshmi enjoys leading transformation at the interface of technology and commercialization.

Apart from innovative technologies, Reshmi is passionate about children’s rights and works for various global causes, has worked at the UNICEF in India and is also the face of INSEAD’s Limitless Campaign that celebrated 50 years of women at INSEAD and champions women’s rights through this and other related activities.

Guru Venkatachalam

Guru Venkatachalam is the Chief Technology Officer for VMware’s Asia Pacific and Japan business. Guru leads VMware’s efforts in Asia Pacific and Japan to build trusted partnerships with customers and partners and deliver solutions aligned to their strategic priorities. He also plays an integral role in further developing the company’s cloud, app modernization, networking, security, and digital workspace platforms.
With over 28 years of experience in IT, Guru has deep expertise in the financial services sector, where he led several large enterprise transformations, as well as global engineering teams supporting the transformation of end-user computing.

Prior to VMware, Guru worked at Citibank for over 20 years. In his final position as managing director and global-engineering head for end-user computing, he led a team of subject matter experts and architects across global locations to deliver solutions focused on enhancing the user experience.
Guru holds an MBA from the University of South Australia and lives with his family in Singapore.



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