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Digital economy symposium to feature seven speakers
Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Digital Economy Symposium 2017 tomorrow (Nov 16) will feature seven speakers who are experts on e-Commerce Opportunities in Malaysia and Success Stories, the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ), Logistics and its Application in e-Commerce, Online Payment, and Crowdfunding – Alternative Fundraising via the Crowd.

It is being organised by the Sabah Computer Society led by Karen Wong, and supported by the Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology, Ministry of Industrial Development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Human Resource Development Fund and Sabah Net.

Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Industrial Development, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah will officially open the symposium at 11am.

The speakers comprise Fione Tan (Co-Founder, 28Mall.com & eOneNet.com), Carol Fung(Head of Seller Adoption Programme, E-Commerce & DFTZ Division, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation), Joshua Sew (CEO, JOCOM.my), Tan Chong Yian (Executive Director, ABX Express), Adrian Foong (General Manager, Lelong.my), John Lim (Head of Business Development MOLPay) and Sam Shafie (CEO and Co-Founder, PitchIN).

Tan Chong Yian is the man behind the incorporation of ABX Express (M) Sdn Bhd in 1984. Previously, he worked with Sabah Shipyard Sdn Bhd in Labuan as the Senior Accountant. Based in Kota Kinabalu, he is responsible for the Kerry ABX Group business performance and strategic planning.

He is a Certified Company Secretary of the Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries and a Certified Financial Planner of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia. His presentation is on Logistics and its Application in e-Commerce.

Carol Fung has over 15 years of experience in E-Commerce Trading and Consultancy.

She started her business from a mere hobby and now she manages her online business singlehandedly.

She is known for selling her ribbons and safety pins in eBay and now she trains entrepreneurs in Malaysia on how to bring their businesses from offline to online.

She is also a Certified Trainer by eBay SEA (South East Asia) which allows her to teach and provide trainings to individuals or companies in using eBay as a platform to trade online. To date, she has taught over 5,000 people from all walks of life in Malaysia and Singapore about "How to start their business in eBay" since 2006.

In August 2013, MPH Publishing Group published a book she wrote called "Master Class Series : Carol Fung's Guide to Online Retailing". She will deliberate on two topics – e-Commerce Opportunities in Malaysia and DFTZ (Digital Free Trade Zone).

Sam Shafie is the CEO and Co-Founder of pitchIN, a registered market operator to offer Equity Crowdfunding and a pioneer of crowdfunding in Malaysia. He will present a paper on Crowd Funding – Alternative Fundraising via the Crowd.

He is also the Founder of WatchTower and Friends (WTF) Accelerator that invests in early stage tech startups.

To date, WTF has invested in 32 startups. Prior to this, Sam spent a total of 15 years in the public sector, first as a Deputy Public Prosecutor in the AG Chambers and later with stints in the Securities Commission and in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

Sam was named in Digital News Asia's 2016 Digerati 50 as being those who will help shape Malaysia's Digital Economy over the next two years. - Mary Chin

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