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Future of the Digital Economy

  • The event was organised by Beyond4, BlackStorm Consulting and alta 
  • Event is sponsored by Telesign and Zoho APAC, two leading companies in the technology industry

January 12, 2023: Panel discussion on the future of the digital economy was held at the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara. The event was organized by Beyond4, BlackStorm Consulting and Alta Group, sponsored by Telesign and Zoho APAC.

The panel discussion was moderated by Karl Baldry, Enterprise Account Director at Telesign. The panelists included Yvonne Yong, Director of New Market Development at MDEC, Nicholas Kew, Associate Director at Alta Group, and Hasan Mehdi, Executive Director (Group CMO) at Dotlines.

The event began with the arrival of guests at 4:00 pm, followed by the opening remarks by CEO of Beyond4, Mr Ruban at 4:30 pm. The sponsors, Zoho APAC and Telesign then shared their products and perspectives on the digital economy, after which the panel discussion started at 5:00 pm. The discussion covered various aspects of the digital economy from trends, challenges, and opportunities.

Figure: The event officially began with opening remarks from CEO of Beyond4, Mr Ruban

Nicholas Kew shared his perspective on the digital economy from a Southeast Asian perspective, focusing on digital-enabled companies in Malaysia. He highlighted the importance of securities and compliance for investor preference and how Malaysia is moving towards digitalisation while ensuring responsible innovation.

Hasan Mehdi shared his experience in the B2C market and how businesses focus on process automation to cut costs in the consumer-cloud space. He also discussed the trend of using big data to understand customer behaviour and adapt to their preferences.

Yvonne Yong shared many initiatives that MDEC and the government sector are taking to encourage digital transformation. She emphasised the importance of creating a conducive environment for innovation and how Malaysia is striving to become a regional hub for digital entrepreneurship.

Figure (left to right): Hasan Mehdi, Nicholas Kew, Yvonne Yong, Karl Baldry

The panel discussion concluded at 6:00 pm with Q&A session, followed by a dinner and networking session. The event provided valuable insights and ideas on the future of the digital economy in Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region.

Figure: Dinner and networking session at rooftop bar in Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

As a proud and grateful organiser of the panel discussion on the future of the digital economy, BlackStorm Consulting is delighted to have been a part of such an insightful event. The discussion was a valuable platform for industry experts to share their knowledge and experiences on the current state and future potential of the digital economy in Malaysia and SEA.

The contributions of the esteemed panellists, Yvonne Yong, Nicholas Kew, and Hasan Mehdi, were invaluable in providing a holistic view of the digital landscape. Their insights into trends, challenges, and opportunities within the digital economy were informative and inspiring. As a result, the event was a huge success, and attendees left with a wealth of knowledge and ideas.

About BlackStorm Consulting 

BlackStorm Consulting (http://blackstormco.asia) is a Singapore-based boutique growth consultancy firm specialising in corporate strategy, profit management and investment management. We scale businesses in Southeast Asia. Our clients and connections are internationally present and range from small and medium-sized businesses to MNCs to government agencies.

About Beyond4 

The BEYOND4 (https://beyond4.tech/) integrated digital ecosystem strives to make Southeast Asia a global powerhouse for innovation. From startups to Fortune 500s to primary education institutions, established universities, municipal councils, and federal governments, there are no problems big enough for BEYOND4. BEYOND4 is invested in identifying, accelerating & incubating talent. Our integrated digital solutions empower people to achieve their true potential by inspiring creativity and bringing ideas to life.

About Alta

Alta (https://alta.exchange/my) is Southeast Asia’s largest marketplace for alternative assets. We aim to expand access to and liquidity in the private capital markets with Fundnel, our private investments technology platform, and Hg Exchange (HGX), Southeast Asia’s largest private digital securities exchange enabling institutions to better serve their investors.