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Rajiv Dingra featured in The Drum's Digerati APAC

23 Mar 2018

The Digerati Asia Pacific is The Drum’s first annual celebration of people in the industry that are going out of their way to push the agenda forward for digital in the region. This year we invited readers to nominate the individuals they admired within the categories of Agencies, Brands, Media Owners and Adtech & Martech, and provide testimonials explaining why their peer deserved a place on our list. Then, our editorial team pored over their submissions to whittle the hundreds of nominations down to our final 50 Digerati. The Digerati represents our commitment to recognising the businesses, work and people excelling in the industry today and celebrate the positive work being done to push innovation.

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Media And Platforms

Dan Robins

Spotify

Dan Robins

APAC Head of Programmatic & Data

Robins began his career as a consultant with Accenture, before entering the advertising industry with Carat and then OMD, where he rose to become head of interactive (Digital) at the agency and built...   Show more

Haifeng Wang

Baidu

Haifeng Wang

Vice President

The scientist in charge in of Baidu’s artificial intelligence (AI) division, Haifeng Wang is at the forefront of one of the most exciting tech innovations in the industry. As Baidu transforms from a s...   Show more

Joanna Flint

Google

Joanna Flint

Managing Director, Agency Business,Asia Pacific

Flint has spent ten years in Asia, after starting in the UK, and is the classic example of a ‘triple crown’ who has worked on agency, client and media, having BA, Singapore Airlines, OgilvyOne and now...   Show more

Kensuke Hirokawa

CCI

Kensuke Hirokawa

Director and Chief Technology Officer

Hirokawa is a board member of Cyber Communications Inc, or CCI, which specialises in interactive marketing on smart devices and online media. As chief technology officer, he is leading innovation with...   Show more

Mark Frain

MCN

Mark Frain

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

One of Australia’s most respected sales executives, MCN’s chief sales and marketing officer Mark Frain has been a driving force behind the transformation of Australia’s television advertising model an...   Show more

Parminder Singh

Mediacorp

Parminder Singh

Chief Commercial and Digital Officer

Singh joined Mediacorp in 2017 as chief commercial and digital officer, a role specially created for him to spearhead Singapore’s largest broadcaster digital transformation journey. He has spent a maj...   Show more

Su-lin

SPH

Su-lin

Head, Sales Strategy & Operations

Tan has spent her entire career at Singapore Press Holdings, publisher of the The Straits Times, Singapore’s only broadsheet newspaper. She fronted advertising print sales for the media company for 13...   Show more

Seng Yee Lau

Tencent

Seng Yee Lau

Senior Executive Vice President, Chairman

Leading the advertising business at Tencent, SY Lau is one of the most prominent digital leaders in China but as Tencent and its platforms gain influence round the world, so does his too. This is noth...   Show more

Vivian Wang

IQIYI

Vivian Wang

CMO

As a founding member and chief marketing officer of iQIYI, Vivian Wang has been an integral driver behind China’s leading online streaming platform. A widely respected leader in the online-streaming a...   Show more

Brands

Anthony Tan

Grab

Anthony Tan

CEO & Co-founder

While he was still studying in Harvard Business School for a Master of Business Administration, Tan worked on a mobile taxi application which came in second for Harvard Business Plan Contest 2011. A y...   Show more

Astha Kalbag

Uber

Astha Kalbag

Performance Marketing Manager

Kalbag is Uber’s performance marketing manager for APAC, taking a specific look at social. According to Kalbag, she is obsessed with marrying marketing, data science and rapid experimentation to impac...   Show more

Barbara Guerpillon

Unilever Foundry

Barbara Guerpillon

Global Marketing

Guerpillon’s transition into brand-side follows roles at agencies and tech businesses, showing her rounded career and knowledge of start-ups. Such experience is why she’s well placed to be the ambassa...   Show more

Charles Debonnueil

Lazada

Charles Debonnueil

CMO

Undeterred by Southeast Asia’s logistical challenge for e-commerce, Debonneuil and his team created one of the most prominent local brands and paved the way for what is now one of the most competitive...   Show more

Chris Tung

Alibaba

Chris Tung

CMO

As the chief marketing officer of the world’s largest retailer, Chris Tung commands a huge amount of influence within China, APAC and around the globe. Tung’s wide-reaching role means he is increasing...   Show more

Elaine Chum

Philips

Elaine Chum

Head of Digital for ASEAN Pacific

As head of digital for ASEAN at Philips, Chum has an overall responsibility for digital strategy creation and delivery. Elaine is also seen as brand custodian of the Philips digital spaces and a chang...   Show more

Emily Chang

Starbucks China

Emily Chang

CMO

With a new Starbucks opening every 15 hours in China, Emily Chang is in charge of building engagement for the brand in its most important market. Chang is also helping to steer the brand through its r...   Show more

Ganesh Kashya

Mondelez

Ganesh Kashya

Senior Director, Global eCommerce

Mondelez senior director of global e-commerce Ganesh Kashyap is a recognised thought-leader in digital brand building and e-commerce in Asia. A regular speaker at conferences around the globe as well...   Show more

Jamshed Wadia

Intel

Jamshed Wadia

Director, Digital Marketing & Media, Asia Pacific and Japan

Wadia leads and executes Intel’s digital transformation vision for the APJ region, by building strategy and execution plans that span across people, process and technology. He is also the current chai...   Show more

Juliana Chu

Kimberly Clark

Juliana Chu

Digital & Analytics Director, Asia Pacific

Chu started out as a Strategy Manager for North Asia Region at Kimberly Clark and now is the digital and analytics director. A graduate of the London Imperial College, she heralded the digital transfo...   Show more

Maneesha Khanna

Pepsi

Maneesha Khanna

Director – Global Media & Content COE

Maneesha boasts 17 years of rich and varied experience in consumer engagement having worked with brands like Nokia, Tata Docomo, Coca Cola, L'Oreal, SC Johnson, Mahindra Auto and Renault, Blue Star an...   Show more

Michael Pearson

Expedia

Michael Pearson

MD

As managing director of Expedia’s Australian and New Zealand operations, Michael Pearson is an expert in leveraging data and technology to create customer-focused businesses. After beginning his caree...   Show more

Piotr Jakubowski

Go Jek

Piotr Jakubowski

Chief Marketing Officer

As the chief marketing officer of Go-Jek, Jakubowski leads the consumer marketing initiatives for the six-year-old Indonesian transport startup that provides on-demand services like two and four wheel...   Show more

Ravi Desai

Amazon India

Ravi Desai

Director, Mass and Brand Marketing

Ravi Desai has handled brands across cigarettes, paper and foods categories. As cluster head of marketing for ITC, he successfully conceptualised and launched the brand Bingo! ITC Food's foray into th...   Show more

Sam Ahmed

Standard Chartered

Sam Ahmed

Global Head Digital & Retail Marketing

Ahmed has developed a reputation for being an innovative brand marketer, having managed high profile digital investments at Kraft, Starbucks and MasterCard. At the latter he led the development of a d...   Show more

Agencies

Andrew Collins

Mailman Group

Andrew Collins

CEO

Mailman is one of the region’s fastest growing sports marketing and innovation groups with investments across technology, media and content. Since acquiring the company in 2007, Collins has transforme...   Show more

Caspar Schlickum

Wunderman

Caspar Schlickum

CEO

A long-time WPP leader, Schlickum left his role leading Xaxis in Europe, a business he co-founded in the region, to take on the CEO role at Wunderman for APAC, running 18 offices across the region. Ou...   Show more

Jacco Ter Schegget

JWT

Jacco Ter Schegget

CEO, South East Asia

Over the 13 years he spent at Omnicom, the major highlight of ter Schegget’s career was leading DDB and Tribal Amsterdam to become the first agency to win a Cannes Film Grand Prix in his role as presi...   Show more

Joakim Borgstrom

BBH Singapore

Joakim Borgstrom

Executive Creative Director

Borgström has an incredibly diverse background, as a speaker of five languages, his career has also spanned multiple markets, including creative director/director of innovation at Goodby Silverstein &...   Show more

Joanna Catalano

iProspect

Joanna Catalano

CEO, Asia Pacific

Catalano has taken up the role of leading APAC for iProspect after having spent six years across regional roles at Google, most recently leading the agency business in Asia Pacific. Catalano has, acro...   Show more

Kunal Guha

Essence

Kunal Guha

SVP, Managing Director

As a passionate digital marketer, Guha serves as the senior vice president and managing director of Central Asia at Essence, a WPP-owned media agency. He was promoted twice in 2017, first to managing...   Show more

Mark Halliday

Omnicom

Mark Halliday

MD

Halliday moved to Singapore five years ago after spending a long career building an expertise in mobile marketing in Europe. Across both Europe and Asia, he is well known and respected as a mobile exp...   Show more

Pat Law

Goodstuph

Pat Law

Founder

After honing her skills at the biggest agency networks in the world like WPP, Omnicom and Publicis, Law left Ogilvy to start social influencer marketing agency Goodstuph after her father was diagnosed...   Show more

Patrick De Moustier

Accenture Digital

Patrick De Moustier

MD

Moustier’s 31-year career has seen him lead strategy, product, service development and digital transformation in industries like music, video-games, payment and education. Now, as the managing directo...   Show more

Rajiv Dingra

WATconsult

Rajiv Dingra

Founder & CEO

Dingra started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 20 with his first start-up jobs4freshers.com, which he failed at miserably (his words on LinkedIn). After that he founded WAT Consult which in...   Show more

Rohit Raj

The Glitch

Rohit Raj

Co-Founder & Right Brain

With a background in film making as well as a stint in Channel [V], Rohit co-founded the Glitch, one of the largest creative digital agencies in India. The Glitch was recently acquired by GroupM, mark...   Show more

Sanchit Sanga

Mindshare

Sanchit Sanga

Chief Digital Officer APAC and MENA

An investment banker-turned advertiser, Sanga joined GroupM in India before moving to Singapore to take on the role of head of search marketing and contextual advertising. He then moved over to Mindsh...   Show more

Stephen Hirsch

IBM iX

Stephen Hirsch

Partner, Asia Pacific Lead

As someone who has the rare experience of working in consultancies, agencies and technology firms, it is no surprise that IBM tapped Hirsch to found IBM Studios Singapore and establish IBM iX, the fir...   Show more

Tobias Wilson

APD Singapore

Tobias Wilson

CEO

A ten-year Singapore resident, Wilson’s career spans leadership roles across multiple agencies, first at McCorkell & Associates and then DWA, which was acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network. Wilson’s place...   Show more

Tuomas Peltoniemi

TBWA

Tuomas Peltoniemi

President, Asia, Digital Arts Network

Peltoniemi has a career path that had been a rarity for leadership, as he started out life in digital advertising as a developer. His career saw him set for management however, now leading TBWA\ Digit...   Show more

Adtech & Martech

Angeline Lodhia

Inskin Asia

Angeline Lodhia

General Manager

Lodhia led the expansion of Inskin's Asia operations beyond Hong Kong to Singapore in 2015 and has since worked in both markets growing the business across the region. While in Singapore, Lodhia becam...   Show more

Arshan Saha

Xaxis

Arshan Saha

President, APAC

Saha joined Xaxis as team member number two in 2012 and leads the business across the region, which counts over 300 members of staff. Over his career he’s also worked in London at Adconion Media Group...   Show more

Charlie Baillie

Rhythmone

Charlie Baillie

Vice President, Commercial Partnerships, Asia Pacific

Baillie’s start in Asia came as he set up the Southeast Asia office of Radium One. After the business was acquired last year, Baillie remains as the lead for commercial partnerships of its owner Rhyth...   Show more

Gavin Buxton

Spotx

Gavin Buxton

Managing Director Asia

Newly brought on as managing director for Asia Pacific at SpotX, Buxton previously led mobile specialists S4M. A passion for technology and innovation also led Buxton to the IAB, where he is a board m...   Show more

James Sampson

Dataxu

James Sampson

VP & General Manager, APAC

Sampson has been the vice president and general manager of APAC at DataXu since 2014. He joined the company in 2010 from Nokia in the United States, where he was director of revenue and financial plan...   Show more

Kevin Huang

Pixels

Kevin Huang

Co-founder & CEO

Huang is the co-founder, CEO of Pixels, a leading digital advertising technology company in Asia helping develop the digital advertising space in Asia since 2002. Today, Pixels provides Pan-Asia, mult...   Show more

Milan Reinartz

Postr

Milan Reinartz

CEO

Reinartz is an entrepreneur with a passion for digital innovation and emerging media, while making the world a better place by good design. He got his first job as a designer at Saatchi & Saatchi Well...   Show more

Reza Behnam

CtrlShift

Reza Behnam

Co-Founder & Chairman

The co-founder and chairman of global audience solutions company CtrlShift is a man who wears many hats. After leaving Yahoo! as founding managing director of Southeast Asia in 2007, Behnam became an...   Show more

Regina Goh

Blis Asia

Regina Goh

Managing Director

With extensive experience across Asia Pacific, Goh is a well-known mobile and digital specialist, often placed on lists of key figures in the industry. She now leads Asia for Blis, helping the busines...   Show more

Robert Woolfrey

Amobee

Robert Woolfrey

SVP Asia

Woolfrey is a mobile advertising veteran, having spent his entire career in the industry working for the likes of InMobi and AOL-owned Millennial Media. He is now the senior vice president of Asia at...   Show more

VR Srivastan

Adobe

VR Srivastan

Managing Director, Southeast Asia

An experienced leader of software businesses in Asia and India, Srivastan now leads Adobe’s push into Southeast Asia, across its full remit of services. He has worked across SAP, Oracle and Autodesk i...   Show more

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