EmTech Steering Committee


The EmTech Asia Steering Committee meets monthly to provide guidance and direction to the event and ensure that the EmTech Asia key themes and speakers are relevant within a global, regional and local context.



Howard Califano

Director, SMART Innovation Centre


Dr Califano leads and manages the overall operation of the Innovation Centre. He brings experience from the academic industry and financial sectors focused on developing businesses around emerging technology. He has founded, held executive management positions, acted as Member of the Board of Directors and CEO of multiple companies in the United States and Asia. He was Consulting Director of Bio*One Capital Pte Ltd and acted as the interim CEO of several of their portfolio companies. Dr Califano was the CEO of Johns Hopkins Singapore and The Johns Hopkins-NUH International Medical Centre.




Virginia Cha

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Educator


Virginia Cha is a Professor of innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore with multiple appointments: Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, Adjunct Professor at NUS Business School, Professor-in-Residence at Platform E (a member of SIM), and other adjunct appointments at SMART (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) and Lean LaunchPad @Singapore. In her multi-faceted industry and academic career, Virginia co-founded or was the sole-founder and CEO of multiple venture-funded, hi-tech companies in Singapore and China, with listings on NASDAQ and HKSE. Virginia’s latest research into innovation is on the subject of restorative innovation (www.restorativeinnovation.com). This emergent framework uses an economic model on how sustainable goods can reach mass consumption through innovation along three dimensions: increased supply, supply chain efficiency, and increased adoption. This framework is now a subject taught in all the leading Singapore tertiary institutions in innovation, including NUS, INSEAD, and SMU. Virginia is also an active Angel Investor in early stage start-ups.




Wong Woon Kwong

Director, Research and Industry Collaborations, Entrepreneurship Office & Technology Transfer Office, SUTD


Dr Wong is the Director of the Office of Research and Industry Collaborations of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. In the first role, he has the responsibility of developing the research policies and processes of the University, as well as oversight of the management of grants. His second role includes outreach to industry and external organisations for research collaborations, and was instrumental in working with the Ministry of Defence to set up Temasek Laboratories and iTRUST at SUTD. He also sets up and runs the Entrepreneurship Centre and the Technology Transfer Office, as well as oversees the strategic partnership with Zhejiang University in China for student exchanges, internships and research collaborations.




Desai Arcot Narasimhalu

Founder and Managing Innovator, Simha Innovations


Desai is the founder and Managing Innovator, Simha Innovations. He was previously the founding Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Information Systems at the School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University. He is a fellow of Singapore Computer Society and a fellow of International Society for Professional Innovation Management. His institute has helped around 150 teams create startups during its eight years of existence. The Institute has helped these teams raise S$ 4.5 million in government grants and about S$ 13 million in investments. Desai has recently published five Amazon Kindle ebooks titled I Ching of Innovation, Adjacent Innovation Methods, Business Model Buffet, Innovative Entrepreneurs Workbook and Discovering Disruptions. He has been actively helping entrepreneurs create startups and universities review and strengthen their incubation and acceleration processes and the startups created by them.




P. Jeyaratnam

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, S&J Asia-Pacific Ventures


Presently based in Singapore, Mr Jeyaratnam was with the Electrolux Group for ten years, where he was Marketing Director based in Singapore with postings into Malaysia, Germany and Sweden. He eventually rose to become its first and youngest President of the Indian operations, a joint venture with India's leading conglomerate Tata. Other positions held include being General Manager of Saresco Travellers Pte. Ltd for its duty free operations in Changi International Airport. His strong sense of professional and personal integrity, as well as his ability to quickly grasp business opportunities has enabled him to grow S&J to its present position as a consulting firm with international affiliations of repute.




Chak Kong Soon

Managing Partner, Stream Global and Immediate Past President, Singapore Computer Society


Chak Kong Soon is a Managing Partner of Stream Global Pte Ltd and the Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society, a professional body with 30,000-strong membership. He is the immediate Past President of the Society. Chak, as he is known, has been in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry for more than 25 years. His passion in building and nurturing organizations led him to collaborate with several prominent individuals to start Stream Global. Stream Global is a local 'Venture Catalyst' whose main objective is to invest in and partner with entrepreneurs and assist them in realizing their potential. In partnership with the Media Authority of Singapore (MDA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), Stream Global jointly invests in start-ups both in Singapore and the region. In addition to being the Managing Partner of Stream Global, he is mentoring several ICT organizations in the region.




Lim Tit Meng

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Science, National University of Singapore and Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore


TM Lim has been Chief Executive at the Science Centre Singapore since January 2010. He concurrently holds the position of Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS. He is a director in the Board of the Association of Science & Technology Centres (ASTC) and an EXCO member of the Asia Pacific Science Centres Network (ASPAC). He also sits in the Board of Directors for the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA). He is the current President of the Singapore Association for the Advancement of Science (SAAS) as well as the 1st Vice President of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS). His other appointments are in the Singapore Bioethics Advisory Committee; the Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme Board; the Singapore Millennium Foundation Board; and the Attractions and Leisure Management Industry Skills and Training Council. He has been conferred Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science and Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Biology in 2014.




Steven Tucker

Chief Medical Officer, CXA Group
Founder, Tucker Medical


Dr Tucker is a health futurist and an expert in preventative oncology. He speaks globally about the convergence of digital biology and predictive analytics as drivers of innovation across healthcare. Dr Tucker is widely recognized for applying wearable technology, genomics, and mindset change in daily clinical practice. Dr Tucker is also Chief Medical Officer at CXA Group, a technology platform bringing personalized health strategies into the workplace to improve population health and reduce costs. He is the Strategic Director for Oncology & Genomics at MetLife Asia, Chief Medical Advisor at the Lumen Lab Innovation Center, and was the founding Global Health Advisor at Singtel.




Prakash Ramajillu

Division Director - Technology, Digital Media, Entertainment & Mobility, Koelnmesse Pte Ltd 


Prakash is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of Koelnmesse’s technology and innovation portfolio in Asia including SIGGRAPH Asia and the award winning EmTech Asia. Backed by more than 15 years of experience in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector. He has a wealth of knowledge managing cross disciplinary and cross cultural teams that now create platforms to bridge industry titans and thought leaders, kick starting conversations that drive the next generation of technological breakthroughs.




Juliana Chan

Editor-in-chief, Asian Scientist Magazine
CEO, Wildtype Media Group


Dr. Juliana Chan is the editor-in-chief of Asian Scientist Magazine and CEO of Wildtype Media Group, Asia’s leading STEM-focused media company, spanning digital, print, custom publishing and events. She received a BA/MA degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD degree in biology from MIT, USA. Awards received include the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship, the 2013 Singapore Youth Award, the 2014 MIT Technology Review’s 10 Innovators Under 35 from Asia Pacific and the 2017 American Chemical Society's ACS Nano Junior Fellowship. Dr. Chan's research work into drug delivery and nanomedicine has been featured by The BBC and MIT Technology Review, and she is an inventor on four patents. Dr Chan is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and she serves on the WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee.




Beverley Postma

Consultant, GreenOceanGroup


Bev is an experienced CEO and scale-up strategist with an international blend of non-profit and big brand experience in the food and agritech sector. In her most recent role, she was CEO of HarvestPlus, a $400m research program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government to improve the nutrition of staple foods. Bev is a respected policy expert on sustainable development and works with businesses, governments and NGOs to broker winning collaborations for social impact. In 2017, she was a finalist in the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition, winning a $15m prize to reach one billion people with biofortified crops. Prior to joining HarvestPlus, Bev was founder and executive director of Food Industry Asia (FIA) and before that she held senior corporate affairs and marketing roles with Kellogg’s in Europe and Syngenta in ASEAN.