Lectures at Casual Connect are programmed to focus on cutting edge topics in the video games space. On May 19 - 21, over 1100 industry professionals will come to Singapore for the fourth annual Casual Connect Asia to listen to lectures from industry experts. Conference content is programmed by a set of industry advisors.
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Sergio SALVADORHead of Games Partnerships
Sergio has accumulated more than 15 years of diverse experience in general management, marketing, and strategic business development across different industries and countries. He has launched and managed startups, and held various roles in multinational companies. During his time with Electronic Arts and Nokia, Sergio focused on building and bringing to market software, applications and digital services in the videogames, mobile and digital media spaces. Sergio's focus in the past few years has been on building strong partnerships and alliances for Yahoo! first and then for Google across Southeast Asia, through a variety of initiatives with global and local players, to positively influence the growth of the digital industry across the region. More recently, Sergio took on the challenge of leading a new team focused on partnerships with games companies to bring about the next phase in the development of the games market. Sergio values rolling up his sleeves and working closely with internal and external stakeholders to drive business results. He is an avid student and practitioner of digital and social media marketing.[Email Sergio]
Spencer YIPEditor in Chief
Spencer Yip is the founder of Siliconera and director of YummyYummyTummy. As the founder of Siliconera, Spencer grew the community to reach millions of readers. YummyYummyTummy is a fun first educational video game developer creating Nommons: Calcuquest, a RPG that teaches players math. Spencer also hosts and organizes indie game events such as Indie Games Live with YummyYummyTummy.[Email Spencer]
Joerg TENTEManaging Director
Christopher NATSUUMECreative Director
Christopher Natsuume has been making games since 1994, including titles on PC, console, and mobile. He is currently the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Boomzap Entertainment. Since 2005, Boomzap has developed over 40 game titles, winning multiple awards and selling tens of millions of units worldwide, making it one of the top casual game studios in the industry today. In 2015, Boomzap announced its intention to leverage this expertise to become the premier regional publisher in Southeast Asia, and is actively working towards that goal now.[Email Christopher]
Gerald is CEO at Inzen, a mobile game company that seeks to create new play experiences for audiences worldwide through their constant study of innovation and culture. Backed by Hatcher, GMGC and the Incubate Fund, Inzen has set out to share their approach to games with the world, with their first stop being China!
Jimmy GENDRONExecutive Producer
Al YANGLead Game Designer
Al Yang is currently the lead designer of Shards of War at Bigpoint Games. He was previously a senior combat designer on Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and spent several years in China before that, designing F2P online games for the local market. Having worked at development studios across three different continents, he is especially interested in how global influences and local culture affect design and player preferences, both as an avid gamer and a developer."[Email Al]
Wenyi JINBusiness Director
Adi HANINBusiness Development Manager
Juha PAANANENHead of Studio
Juha Paananen is the Head of Studio at Nonstop Games, a King studio based in Singapore. Previously Juha was a co-founder and CEO at Nonstop Games leading the company through two funding rounds and launching Heroes of Honor, world’s first mobile strategy game with real-time map. Following the acquisition of Nonstop Games by King in August 2014 Juha continues to manage the studio.[Email Juha]
Juan LIProject Manager
Choy Wai CHEONGDirector & COO
Jakob LYKKEGAARDCEO & Co-Founder
Jakob is the CEO & Co-founder of Playlab, the biggest independent mobile game developer and publisher in the region. Their most famous title "Juice Cubes” was published in partnership with Rovio and have became Rovio’s top grossing title. The team have without external funding grown to 100+ and is mix of Thai and foreigners, representing around 15 different nationalities at their Bangkok & Manila office. Jakob is originally from Denmark, but moved to Thailand 6+ years ago to and have prior to Pocket PlayLab Co-founded Pagemodo.com which was acquired by Webs Inc. in 2011 and later public listed VistaPrint Inc. less than 2 years after it was started[Email Jakob]
Oliver is the 26 year old Co-Founder of Moonfrog – India’s fastest growing gaming start-up. Last year Moonfrog launched ‘Teen Patti Gold’ – an Indian card game, a game that has remained top 5 grossing in India on iOS and Android. Day to day Oliver is responsible for the design and creative direction of new games that aim to take the emerging world by storm. Before starting-up in Bangalore, India Oliver successfully ran the design effort of several titles played by millions of gamers daily at Zynga.[Email Oliver]
Dr. Serkan TOTOFounder & CEO
Based in Tokyo since 2004, Serkan Toto is CEO of Kantan Games Inc., a game industry consultancy focused on the Japanese market. His clients include financial institutions, game makers, advertising firms, and large technology companies in the US, Japan and other parts of Asia. Serkan is often seen speaking at game and mobile industry events in Asia, Europe and the US. He has been contributing from Japan to US-based TechCrunch, one of the world's biggest technology blog networks, between 2008 and 2012. Serkan holds an MBA and a PhD in economics. His website can be found at www.serkantoto.com. He tweets about his obsession with Japanese games and mobile tech under @serkantoto.[Email Serkan]
Yong WANGFounder & CEO
Matt HALLFounder or Co-founder
Matt Hall runs a one-man-band studio in regional Victoria called KlickTock and has four App Store #1 games: Doodle Find, Little Things, Little Things Forever and Crossy Road[Email Matt]
Benjamin CHEVALIERArt Director
Stephen UPSTONECEO & Founder
Stephen LEEExecutive Director, Business Development
Stephen Lee is Executive Director and Head of Publishing at 6waves, where he leads all business development and publishing-related matters, including content acquisition, developer outreach, and new initiatives. Priorto joining 6waves, Stephen gained over 10 years of experience in strategy and consulting roles with leading technology and infrastructure companies in both the US and across Asia.[Email Stephen]
Wandrille PRUVOTVP Sales Asia Pacific
Teut WEIDEMANNOnline Games Consulting
Jason ZHANGVP of Business Development
Jason Zhang has been with Heyzap since 2012, and watched the product scale from initial design prototypes to integrations in over 12,000 apps. He’s now working on the development of Heyzap’s mediation platform, which aims to bring greater transparency to mobile ads. Jason studied Biology at Stanford University and enjoys reading, playing basketball, and listening to music.[Email Jason]
Kieran BARRBusiness Development Director
Kieran Barr is Business Development Director for App Annie. App Annie is the leader in Global Market Intelligence for the Mobile App Market. Prior to joining App Annie Kieran was Vice President of Business Development, Americas at Distimo, Vice President of Sales, world wide at Inside Network, Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Constellation Research, Director of Research Sales at GigaOm, and Key Account Manager at Forrester research. Kieran has presented at gaming conferences globally. Kieran currently is a Board Advisor for the Casual Games Association. Kieran also served on the Board of Directors of the Puget Sound Research Forum. Kieran earned a BA in Business - Finance and Information Systems, and a BA in Economics, both from the University of Washington. Kieran is based in San Francisco at the App Annie Global Headquarters. Kieran has crab fished in the Bering Sea and captained a commercial fishing vessel in Alaska. In his free time Kieran is an avid runner, downhill skier, and boater.[Email Kieran]
Daniel BERNSTEINVice President
Daniel Bernstein has worked in a number of roles over a twenty year career in high technology, most recently as the founder and CEO of Sandlot Games Corporation, a leading casual games publisher and developer. Having sold Sandlot Games to Digital Chocolate in 2011, Daniel started a games studio and a consulting practice where he advises larger companies such as RealNetworks and other high growth businesses on product development, strategic initiatives, and M&A opportunities. Prior to Sandlot Games, Daniel Bernstein held director level positions in companies such as Wild Tangent and Monolith. Daniel holds a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Music Composition from the University of Virginia.[Email Daniel]
An VUUser Acquisition Lead
Thomas ANDREASENChief Growth Officer
Thomas Andreasen is the founder and CGO of Playlab (Formerly Pocket Playlab) and also a Pragmatic Marketeer with focus on Statistical Data Sciences. Thomas Andreasen have administered successful media buying for several million dollars across Playlab titles since 2013.[Email Thomas]
Anton SOEHARYOCEO & Founder
Anton Soeharyo is one of the founders of the company and currently in charge of the whole marketing process. His passion includes playing games and languages. He has been educated in Singapore, China, and Japan. His company has raised millions of dollars in funding.[Email Anton]
Elaine HUANGCorrespondent (Southeast Asia) and Content Strategist
Elaine is e27's Thailand-based Correspondent, covering technology and innovation in Southeast Asia. She's also the Content Strategist for various e27 events like Echelon Asia Summit, the biggest tech and business conference in the region. Her works have also been published in other titles like Web In Travel, AseanNews.net, HYPE Magazine, and Technode.[Email Elaine]
Chris CHUBoosterPack Pte Ltd.
Conor BRACKENFounder & CEO
CHIN Hooi YenFounder
CHIN Hooi Yen is the founder of Polaris Law Corporation, a law firm in Singapore. Hooi Yen's passion is to work closely with startups and guide them through both the legal and commercial challenges of their business. Her practice focuses on venture capital and investments in companies, shareholders’ agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and employment law and employee share incentive schemes. Hooi Yen was named a leading lawyer in several publications including the AsiaPacific Legal 500. Her work was also cited in Asialaw Profiles in several categories. She speaks regularly at seminars and conducts training for several organizations including the Singapore Association of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, the Singapore Institute of Directors and the IP Academy.
Tanapon PETAPANPIBOONGame Producer
Tanapon Petapanpiboon is a Game Producer at Infinity Levels Studio that oversaw Ranch Run. Previously, he created Candy Meleon, that received Apple's Global Editor's Choice and got millions of downloads within several days.[Email Tanapon]
Nikki ASSAVATHORNInfinity Levels
Sharan BALANIFounder, Creative Director, Game Designer
Erick GARAYBLASOwner/Chief Technology Officer
Gabby DIZONCEO & Co-Founder
Ori TAKEMURAFounder, Creative Director, Qixen-P Design,
I am a senior interaction designer at an international agency, with over a decade of design experience, I am more usually regarded for my user experience projects, however I have been making games since I was in high-school.
Newton GRANTVice President, Account Director
Ian GREGORYCreative Director
Yan MARCHALChief Bastard
Saiyai SAKAWEEChief Marketing Officer
Mario WYNANDSManaging Director
Mario Wynands is the Managing Director and co-founder of PikPok, a leading publisher across mobile, tablet, and desktop. In his 18 years at the New Zealand based company, he has led studio operations, built a successful game portfolio and overseen the creation of many engaging console titles including Shatter®, GripShift®, and Speed Racer The Videogame, as well as multiple hits in the smartphone and tablet space including Flick Kick® Football, Into the Dead® and the BAFTA nominated Super Monsters Ate My Condo. Wynands is a graduate of Victoria University in Wellington with degrees in business management and computer science, and has studied at MIT Sloan.
Mike HINESDeveloper Evangelist
Mike Hines is a Developer Evangelist at Amazon in Seattle, Washington. Mike comes to Amazon after four startups in Financial Services and Software (two of which are still operating) and 13 years at Microsoft. At Amazon, Mike helped launch the Kindle eInk app development project, has written mobile app test criteria, judged at hackathons, and is a blogger for Amazon Appstore. Mike has spoken at dozens of national and international conferences, including AnDevCon, SXSW, CES and GDC. Moving forward, Mike wants to bring developer feedback back to Amazon and is on a continuing mission to find out what is and isn’t currently working in mobile app monetization.
Georg BROXTERMANNCo-founder & Director Business Development
Georg Broxtermann is Business Development Director and Co-founder of flaregames. He dived into gaming when he founded the games division of ProSiebenSat1, a leading European TV network. In 2008 he launched his first own startup, which later became, in 2011, a central building block for flaregames.[Email Georg]
Nikola ČAVIĆHead of Business Development
Nikola Cavic is the Head of Business Development at Nordeus, where he is currently managing all aspects of business development and publishing. Prior to Nordeus, he spent 5 years with CCP Games where he was responsible for sales and global distribution of EVE Online, and has been involved in a number of international projects with global leaders in the gaming industry. Nikola joined Nordeus in February 2012 and has been playing a key role in Top Eleven's international expansion and corporate development ever since. Nordeus is the developer and publisher of Top Eleven - Be a Football Manager, the most popular social sports game in the world, with over 10 million active users. Nikola holds an M.S. degree in International Business & Marketing from the University of Reykjavik.
Allen TANCo-Founder & Managing Director
Allen graduated in 2008 and worked for big software until he finally answered his heart's calling to become a full-time game developer. After a stint at freelancing, he co-founded White Widget, an indie game startup based in the Philippines. In his free time, he writes tutorials at RayWenderlich.com.[Email Allen]
Masahiko HONMAFounder and General Partner
Masahiko Honma is co-founder and general partner of Incubate Fund, the largest seed stage investment group in Japan, with the focus on investing in mobile, gaming, and internet media startups in Japan. The total asset under management of this fund is US $200M. Masahiko made good track records of creating and supporting mobile gaming startups, including Pokelabo and Gumi.
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