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East Meets West – Asia Plantation Capital Strengthens Swiss Ties

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Asia Plantation Capital’s award-winning, vertically integrated business model and its unique ‘From Soil, to Oil, to You’ story is reportedly making waves in Europe. This comes as no surprise taking into account the rapidly rising number of groups travelling to Southeast Asia fromEurope to visit the company’s plantations, factories and retail outlets.

Over the past few months, Asia Plantation Capital has had the privilege of welcoming and hosting some of Europe’smost influential investment and fund managers, state officers and private bankers for a ‘show and tell’ at its Southeast Asian facilities. One such group was the Geneva Economic Delegation, who visited Asia Plantation Capital’s Singapore office and its partner, Fragrance Du Bois’ flagship boutique at The Fullerton Hotel, on the 11th of October 2015.

The Geneva Economic Delegation with Steve Watts, CEO, Asia Plantation Capital Asia-Pacific, and Stephan Leterrier, Asia Plantation Capital's Swiss Business Development Manager.
The Geneva Economic Delegation with Steve Watts, CEO, Asia Plantation Capital Asia-Pacific, and Stephan Leterrier, Asia Plantation Capital’s Swiss Business Development Manager.

Heading the Swiss group was Pierre Maudet, Chief of the Department of Economy and Security of Geneva Canton,Michael Kleiner, Economic Development Officer at State of Geneva, Pierre Poncet, President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Geneva and Vincent Subilia, Deputy Director, Head of International Affairs, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Geneva, along with a group of 25 other distinguished guests.

Nicola Parker, Brand Director of Fragrance Du Bois, and Michael Kleiner, Economic Development Officer at State of Geneva, in attendance at the reception in Fragrance Du Bois' flagship boutique at The Fullerton Hotel.
Nicola Parker, Brand Director of Fragrance Du Bois, and Michael Kleiner, Economic Development Officer at State of Geneva, in attendance at the reception in Fragrance Du Bois’ flagship boutique at The Fullerton Hotel.

The delegation was in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to identify potential opportunities and to better understand the workings and dynamism of the Southeast Asian business environment, with a view to maintaining and further developing favourable economic relations between the two countries. Singapore is acknowledged to beSwitzerland’s most important trading partner in Southeast Asia, due to an existing agreement within the European Free Trade Association.

In his welcome speech, Stephan Leterrier, Swiss Business Development Manager of Asia Plantation Capital, introduced the company to the delegation with emphasis on the four P’s, namely; Population, Planet, Plantation Tour and Profit  the elements that reflect Asia Plantation Capital’s abiding ethos. Shortly after addressing his colleagues, Pierre Maudet concluded by suggesting the addition of a fifth P, for Perfection, in Asia Plantation Capital’s business model.

“We were extremely impressed by the amount of knowledge and quality details Asia Plantation Capital presented to us,” said Kleiner, “from the extensive industry expertise, to the sensual end product seen in the exquisite perfumes at the luxurious boutique, and ultimately, the ongoing commitment to sustainability. It’s an unusual combination that makes it a genuine, vertically integrated and unique sustainable business opportunity.”

He continued, “I believe that this visit is just the start of a budding relationship. On behalf of the Geneva Economic Delegation, I would like to thank Asia Plantation Capital for a wonderful experience. It was unfortunate that we have had such a tight schedule,” he concluded, “but we are certain that we will be back to visit the plantations in Thailandand the factory in Malaysia, to encounter the full ‘From Soil, to Oil, to You’ story.”

Pierre Maudet, Chief of the Department of Economy and Security of Geneva Canton, addressing the delegation in Fragrance Du Bois' flagship boutique.
Pierre Maudet, Chief of the Department of Economy and Security of Geneva Canton, addressing the delegation in Fragrance Du Bois’ flagship boutique.

“Our usual plantation trips are mostly held with our Asian-based plantation owners and clients,” said Steve Watts, CEO of Asia Plantation Capital, Asia-Pacific. “But over the past few months we have seen an exponential growth in hosting European groups from countries such as France, Switzerland and Germany. We are extremely proud to say that this is a proven result of the hard work that our global teams have contributed to the underlying success and growth of the company. I am also very certain,” Watts concluded, “that we will be expecting more visitors from all around the world, who will be eager to be part of our sustainable story.”

To further enhance the company’s successful growth in Europe, Asia Plantation Capital will soon be announcing the official opening of its newest head office in Geneva. The office will act as the independent management and administration centre for the group’s wider global operations, and will be home to its corporate governance and compliance teams.

The news came after Asia Plantation Capital reported revenue of US$64.7 million at its recent Annual General Meeting in Thailand, with a figure of US$8.1 million in repayments already made to clients, and an estimated repayment amount in excess of US$10 million by the end of 2015.

More details on Asia Plantation Capital’s Geneva head office will be announced soon.

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About Asia Plantation Capital

Although operating privately since 2002, Plantation Capital was officially established in 2008 in the UK, before incorporation in Singapore in 2009 as Asia Plantation Capital. Asia Plantation Capital is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies.

Leading the way in sustainable plantation management with plantations and agricultural projects in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, North America and Europe, Asia Plantation Capital is one of the largest vertically integrated producers of Oud oil and agarwood in Southeast Asia testimony to which has been the recent opening of the largest agarwood processing factory in the region.

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche, luxury perfume house born from the richest essences of nature, producing fragrances crafted by fifth generation perfumers from the 17th century French traditions of Grasse. All Du Bois’ fragrances are created using 100% pure, organic Oud oil and other sustainably-sourced ingredients from plantations managed by the award-winning Asia Plantation Capital.

Having just celebrated the first anniversary of its flagship boutiques in Singapore and Malaysia, Fragrance Du Bois is looking forward to further development in Dubai, Hong Kong and Thailand. Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery, all the while staying true to its ethos of, ‘personal luxury with a conscience’.

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October 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

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Game Developers Take a Big Chunk Out of the MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators (IPCC) 2015 Winners List

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-Over RM600,000 worth of grants awarded to a mix of 11 teams and individuals for their stellar ideas

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, /PRNewswire/ — The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) today announced eleven winners of the MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge (IPCC) 2015. The winners were awarded RM60,000 each with grants totalling up to RM660,000. The IPCC competition attracted more than 70 quality entries, showcasing the best of local talents in the creative content industry under animation and casual games.

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Chief Operating Officer Dato’ Ng Wan Peng (standing fifth from right) with the winners of the MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge 2015 competition.
Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Chief Operating Officer Dato’ Ng Wan Peng (standing fifth from right) with the winners of the MSC Malaysia Intellectual Property Creators Challenge 2015 competition.

MSC Malaysia IPCC 2015 is a platform targeted to boost the number of locally created intellectual properties (IPs) by funding multimedia companies and individuals with creative talent to take their ideas to the next level. One of the unique features of the competition is that it was opened to all Malaysians, both amateurs and professionals from the creative multimedia industry, allowing all participants to stand a chance to receive funding for their winning ideas whether they’re participating as individuals or teams.

For the first time ever in the IPCC history, the organizers decided to remove any theme from the competition to give the participants total creative freedom in coming up with the best and most compelling IP. Leading up to the main event, several IPCC Awareness Workshops were conducted in Klang Valley, Kedah and Sabah in August which saw the participation of over 400 individuals. This year also saw the omission of the digital interactive comics category.

At this year’s IPCC, 11 projects were hand-picked as winners by international judges from GameFounders and local judges such as Media Prima, Astro, International Game Developers: Malaysia Chapter, Animonsta Studios Sdn. Bhd., Tau Film Sdn. Bhd., AppXplore Sdn. Bhd. and Kurechii Sdn. Bhd.

Other than the monetary prize, the grant recipients in each of the categories will also receive guidance from industry players that will further help them turn their ideas into reality. Additionally, finalists will also be granted access to MSC Malaysia Animation and Creative Content Centre’s (MAC3) facilities.

Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of MDeC said, “With no fixed theme this year, we have witnessed some remarkable ideas from the entries. This shows that if people are given creative freedom, they may flourish and even exceed expectation in coming up with out-of-the-box IPs. Because of this, we have seen a significant jump in quality both in terms of ideation and delivery.”

She added, “At present, MDeC is on a game-changing mission to change the creative content landscape forMalaysia, especially focusing on content for Games. The Asia Pacific region is a multi-billion dollar games market that is projected to grow significantly within the next few short years so we should tap in this market as it is also in line with our goal to position Malaysia as a regional hub for games.”

The IPCC Challenge is in tandem with MSC Malaysia’s strategic initiative to turn the creative multimedia industry into one of the main engines of growth for Malaysia. MDeC hopes to do this by engaging creative multimedia companies and individuals to spearhead the use of digital technologies to produce high quality creative content.

IPCC has been a successful platform for local content creation and acceleration. Since the first IPCC in 2006, a total of RM9.46 million in financial support in addition to training and development programmes. In 2014, 15 projects were selected for development across 3 categories, with RM760,000 in value committed.

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Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)
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About Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) was incorporated in 1996 to strategically advise the Malaysian Government on legislation, policies and standards for ICT and multimedia operations as well as to oversee the development of the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (now MSC Malaysia), the platform to nurture the growth of Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the IT industry whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia.

In 2011, MDeC’s mandate was broadened by the Prime Minister to include driving Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 through Digital Malaysia. In 2012, Digital Malaysia was officially unveiled as the nation’s transformational programme to achieve this aim. Digital Malaysia is the national agenda towards a sustainable digital economy built upon a vibrant domestic ICT industry, transformative use of digital solutions by government, businesses and citizens, as well as a robust enabling ecosystem.

Today, both MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia run concurrently to spur Malaysia’s ICT industry development and digital transformation, under the purview of MDeC.

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October 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

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Shift to Digital Lifestyle to Boost Financial Inclusion-Mynt

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MANILA, Philippines, /PRNewswire/ — The continuing shift to a digital lifestyle presents a unique opportunity to boost financial inclusion in the Philippines with the use of mobile technology.

Taking advantage of such opportunity, Mynt is pioneering initiatives of providing financial services that previously were not available to most Filipinos, said John Rubio, Mynt President & CEO. Mynt is a fully owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom that aims to build a unified Globe Financial Services structure.

Through Mynt, which is currently looking at setting up businesses across the financial business spectrum, Globe hopes to enable all aspects of the Filipino’s digital lifestyle. Specifically, Mynt is looking into payments, remittance, lending, business solutions and international platform, Rubio said.

According to him, 3 out of 4 Filipinos aged 15 and above do not have bank accounts and 40% of municipalities are without physical access to a bank while 95% do not have credit cards, which means most Filipinos don’t have credit history on which future financial transactions will be based. This, in turn, leads to poor access to legitimate credit facilities and proliferation of informal lenders, who charge a monthly interest payment of 20% or about 350-400% per annum.

“This situation presents a unique opportunity to address these gaps using mobile and digital technology. For example, it provides platforms where customers can access consumer loans in a non-traditional manner, and where they can do things like remittance in a more efficient manner,” Rubio said.

Rubio was one of the keynote speakers at the Mondato Summit Asia, held for the first time in the Philippines, which gathered decision-makers and influencers focused on the mobile finance & commerce ecosystem in emerging Asia. Believing that innovation can be applied across a range of various platforms not only in technology but also in mobile finance and commerce, Globe through Mynt supported the event to bring in the innovative spirit of stakeholders in this field. “To help our nation move forward, there is a need to promote social inclusion through rapid adoption of financial technology,” Rubio said.

Mondato Summit helped deliver indispensable knowledge, practical solutions, stimulating engagement to help stakeholders navigate the fast growing, but highly fluid and complex, MFC space. As the MFC ecosystem has grown, and is now on the verge of producing “MFC 2.0,” Southeast Asia looks to be the market leader in innovation. The widely varying markets in the region potentially allow for a crosspollination of ideas that may be less likely in other mobile money regions, such as Africa. In fact, companies in the region are taking advantage of the fast growing use of smartphones, social media and mcommerce to deliver advanced MFC services, such as loans, savings and insurance, and becoming increasingly focused on the introduction of even more complex, multilayered MFC value propositions.

The Philippines, for instance, has already seen diverse use cases ranging from the fundamental P2P domestic remittance option, to savings and loans products that leverage social media, to largescale G2P cash benefit transfers, as well as convergence propositions. Additionally, international remittances continue to play an important role in the Filipino digital payments ecosystem. It is this variety and spirit of entrepreneurship that makesthe Philippines a good testing ground for a country on the road to MFC 2.0.

The former president of BPI Globe BanKo, Rubio has worked closely with USAID on the Scaling Innovations in Mobile Money (SIMM) project which developed the mobile money ecosystems in Bulacan, Batangas City, and Quezon City. Employees of the Pulilan, Bulacan local government now receive their salaries on their BanKO accounts, and Pulilan Water District customers are now also able to pay for their water bills using BanKO. The Quezon City government uses the BanKO disbursement facility to give out allowances and stipends to public school teachers and scholars. Cooperatives of hard-to-reach barangays in Batangas City have become BanKO partner outlets as well, providing the community with access to formal banking services.

International aid agencies Mercy Corps and Goal International have also sought BanKO to facilitate the disbursement of cash assistance to beneficiaries hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), and over 25,000 beneficiaries have received more than P100 million in aid through their BanKO accounts. BanKO also partnered with the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan ministry to increase the economic resilience of disaster-stricken or vulnerable communities in Payatas, Casiguran, and Culion through the mass activation of mobile-based savings accounts. The bank has also conducted financial literacy seminars and opened bank accounts for grantees of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino conditional cash transfer program.

Under his leadership, BanKO focused on expanding its credit services to cater to the ever-growing needs of its accountholders. Forging partnerships with consumer goods companies like Nestle, Unilever and Globe enabled BanKO to provide credit lines to micro-retailers at competitive rates, allowing them to purchase additional inventory of goods from their distributors to generate more sales and grow their income. BanKO also teamed up with supermarket chain Puregold to offer members of the Tindahan ni Aling Puring Club additional capital for purchase of goods from Puregold. By introducing such innovative loan products, BanKO’s retail loan portfolio has successfully grown to over P180M, showing five-fold growth in just one year.

Source: Globe Telecom, Inc.

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October 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

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Business Leaders in Asia Eager to Tackle Digital Disruption and Gain Competitive Edge

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Digital disruption is standing out as the biggest challenge for companies today, with the pressure stemming from the boardroom, according to the recent 2015 Fortune 500 CEO survey. “Today’s CEOs clearly recognize that new technologies are going to radically change the way they do business. And they know that they need to figure it out before their competitors do,” the magazine adds.

Business leaders are certainly feeling the heat. Practitioners eager to tackle the digital onslaught will be gathering at the Digital Disruption Asia Summit this December, where they will learn about the implications of digital disruption inAsia, business strategy, digital transformation, business reinvention and disruptive innovation, all presented by top management speakers and supported by the latest case studies and best practices.

The conference aims to address issues fundamental to business survival in the evolving digital landscape.

“The content covered at this summit is interesting as it influences change in mindsets and business models in order to be sustainable. Current and ongoing initiatives lose relevance quickly in the volatile digital landscape, making it critical for businesses to be able to preempt, transform, and meet the needs of the future,” commented Leong Chee Huey, acting HOD of Digi Telecommunications, on attending the event.

“I am looking forward to the event; I think that is an outstanding compilation of topics and speakers, and highly relevant,” added Daniel van Treeck, VP Strategy Financial Services, Africa & Asia Pacific, of Daimler SEA.

Organized by IQPC Worldwide Pte Ltd, the Digital Disruption Asia Summit will take place on 2-3 December 2015, at the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore.

For more details about the event agenda and attendee list, please visit or email us

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Contact Person: Suhailah Ishak
Phone Number: +65-6722-9388 / +65-8168-3135

Source: IQPC Worldwide Pte Ltd

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October 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

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WiFi Master Key Tops Fourth Chart After Thailand Victory

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Within a month, Wifi Master Key (, an app that lets users crowdsource login credentials for WiFi hotspots, has become Google Play’s top tool app in four countries or regions.

The app most recently soared to the top of the tools app chart in Thailand, while also becoming the #3 most popular free app in the Play Store in the country on Oct 27.

The app’s rise to the top of the Thai Play Store’s tools app chart comes on the heels of it becoming also the #1 tool app in Taiwan last week. Last month, it became the #1 tool app in Malaysia and Vietnam.

The Shanghai-based unicorn company acknowledges that Thailand is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia, and is one of the most important markets for multinational corporations looking to seek overseas strategic investment opportunities and further develop international operations.

With the recent success, Wifi Master Key has joined the ranks of many Chinese technology companies, includingTencent, Baidu, and Alibaba, which have benefitted from the access to new customers, international business opportunities and new earnings growth drivers that Thailand has to offer, according to the company’s global team lead.

Since the fast-growing company set up a regional headquarters in Singapore in May, the app has seen a surge in popularity in Southeast Asia as it helps a growing community get online in the region. Meanwhile, the fact that Internet users around the world have increasingly embraced the “sharing economy” also supported the app’s meteoric rise.


Launched in September 2012, the company sets the record of being China’s youngest unicorn mobile Internet company to achieve a billion-dollar valuation earlier this year, after closing a $52 million Series A funding. As ofAugust 2015, the app has connected a total of 700 million users, 360 million monthly active users, and over 40 million connections daily.

Key features of the app include safe WiFi sharing without revealing shared passwords, in-built signal detector, customisable power saving settings, tethering function and more to enhance connectivity experience.


Yolanda Huang

Source: Wifimaster (Singapore) Pte Ltd
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October 30, 2015 at 4:39 pm

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The Hit Factory Hosts NCAA/MLB Baseball Clinic in Singapore

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Can Singapore produce the next young baseball star? Baseball experts and The Hit Factory will find out this December at Singapore American School (SAS). From December 5-6, The Hit Factory (THF) will host the THF International Ballplayer Showcase at SAS. Open to all baseball players inSingapore and throughout the region, the two-day event is the only local opportunity for young players to demonstrate their skills in front of a panel of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I baseball coaches and a Major League Baseball scout.

The advisory panel will consist of University of Texas head coach Augie Garrido, University of California, San Diego head coach Eric Newman, Tulane University head coach David Pierce, Loyola Marymount University head coach Jason Gill, Columbia University head coach Brett Boretti, University of Nebraska-Lincoln pitching coach Ted Silva, and New York Yankees Major League Baseball scout Bill Pintard.

A sports performance company launched in Singapore in 2013, The Hit Factory has expert coaching staff and elite baseball training facilities. Five-time national champion Augie Garrido and the panel of coaches will spend two days with players from around the region providing on-field instruction during drills, and combine testing. Coach Garrido is also the author of Life is Yours to Win: Lessons Forged from the Purpose, Passion, and Magic of Baseball that details his prospecting journey in search of true ballplayers. Garrido and his panel will coach teams through competitive games, and lead athletes through a series of informational seminars about the recruitment process and what it takes to transform a prospect into a ballplayer.

The sport of baseball has seen rapid growth throughout Singapore in the past decade, most notably among local players. The Singapore national baseball team, comprised mostly of secondary school softball players who have embraced baseball as their primary sport, trains out of Kallang Diamond and competes in international competitions. Further, the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) is currently working to provide baseball curricula at a range of local primary schools in an effort to kick-start the development of Singaporean players from the 10U level and up.

Programs such as the THF Ballplayer Showcase and the involvement of high-profile top NCAA head coaches serve as a boost for local baseball initiatives, and spur continued growth of the sport locally and throughout the region.

The Hit Factory presents a one-of-a-kind baseball showcase for the players. Not only do the players have an opportunity to demonstrate their physical skills, but they must also accept the challenge baseball requires of them to be successful. It also reveals their mental toughness, competitive spirit, will to win, commitment to teamwork, and attitude. All of that in front of some of the best Division I coaches and professional scouts,” says Garrido.

Geoff Rodecker, SAS Community Sports and Activities director, adds, “Singapore American School is truly excited about hosting this event. It’s such a great opportunity for baseball players throughout Asia to receive top-level coaching from NCAA coaches, and gain a better understanding of the recruiting process for playing in college at the next level.”

For more information, visit THF Baseball’s website.

About Singapore American School

Singapore American School (SAS) is an independent, non-profit, coeducational, college preparatory day school offering an American curriculum with an international perspective for students in preschool through grade 12. SAS has the largest Advanced Placement program outside of the United States, is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the United States, and offers the American High School Diploma at the senior level. Established in 1956, the school primarily serves the US and international expatriate communities ofSingapore.

For more information, please visit, or contact the SAS communications office or +6563606031.

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Singapore American School
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October 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

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Corporate360 Launches Tech SalesCloud, an IT Marketing Data Cloud for Asia Pacific

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-Tech SalesCloud is a goldmine for tech marketers with over 500,000 IT management contacts representing millions in sales opportunities

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Corporate360 (C360), world’s leading B2B marketing and sales intelligence data provider, announces launch of Tech SalesCloud, a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) cloud platform for APAC region.

C360 is the only company offering an IT marketing data platform through a DaaS subscription model with ongoing maintenance support ensuring 100% data accuracy. Currently, Tech SalesCloud covers 14 key markets fromAustralia, New Zealand, ASEAN, Greater China, India, Japan and Korea, forming a database of over 1,000,000 executive contacts.

Tech SalesCloud allows IT marketers to discover legacy technology installations, tech refresh cycle, buying patterns and system expiry status. It recommends sales leads for new deployments, upgrades, tech refresh, competitor take-out and related IT services.

Huge Tech Refresh Opportunities in Asia Pacific & Japan

C360 profiled 250,000 enterprises, with over 10,000,000 technology instances across server, storage, networking, software, desktops, printers and cloud adding up to 95% of total addressable enterprise IT installed-base market inAsia.

C360’s research, covering countries such as Australia, Japan, Singapore, China and India, uncovered a staggering snapshot of near-term sales opportunities:

  • 20,000 enterprise applications customers planned for Upgrade & Migration to newer versions & cloud
  • 5,000,000 data center instances of server, storage and networking systems in tech-refresh cycle by 2016-2018
  • 16,000 companies reported 40% YoY data growth, intend to move their Test, Dev, Back-up, Archiving to cloud
  • Cloud, Flash Storage, In Memory, Unified computing & Software defined solutions are hot topics of interest among IT executives

“Data aggregation is challenging in Asia due to multi-language data sources and strict privacy compliance laws. With applied data science technologies and human intelligence, our researchers and data scientists gathered accurate and verified IT marketing campaign data. Our data-as-a-service cloud is an alternate to flat-fee based static list sourcing,” said Demy D’cruz, C360’s Vice President.

Pricing for Tech SalesCloud starts at $3,000.

About Corporate360

Founded in 2013, C360 is the global leader in competitive intelligence for technology installed-base.

Nearly 500 leading global technology clients use C360 for total available market analysis, competitive displacement campaigns, predictive marketing, CRM data maintenance and cross-sell campaigns.

C360 is based in Singapore with global offices in San Francisco and India. For more information, visit

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October 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

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CNBC Awards Hitachi’s Hiroaki Nakanishi the Asia Business Leader of the Year Award at the 14th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Award Ceremony

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-Krung Thai Bank’s Vorapak Tanyawong wins Thailand Business Leader of the Year Award

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced five distinguished winners of the 14th Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) at the awards ceremony held in Bangkok, Thailand. This year, business leaders from Japan and Malaysia shared top honors by taking home a total of four awards.

2015 CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards winners with CNBC senior management and anchors
2015 CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards winners with CNBC senior management and anchors

In recognition of astute business foresight and acumen, vision, innovation, talent management and corporate social responsibility, CNBC awarded ABLA awards to Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (Japan), Hitachi (Japan), IHH Healthcare (Malaysia), Malayan Banking (Malaysia), JG Summit Holdings (the Philippines) and Krung Thai Bank (Thailand).



– Asia Business Leader of the Year Award

Hiroaki Nakanishi of Hitachi

– Asia Innovator of the Year Award

Dr Tan See Leng of IHH Healthcare

– Asia Talent Management Award

James L. Go of JG Summit Holdings

– Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Datuk Abdul Farid Alias of Malayan Banking (Maybank)

– Lifetime Achievement Award

Tadashi Yanai of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.

– Thailand Business Leader of the Year Award

Vorapak Tanyawong of Krung Thai Bank (KTB)

“CNBC’s Asia Business Leaders Award continues to recognize and celebrate the successes of the region’s best and inspirational leaders. Congratulations to all winners and shortlisted candidates for your outstanding achievements in a dynamic region,” said Mr KC Sullivan, President and Managing Director, CNBC International.

“I am deeply honored to be awarded CNBC’s Asia Business Leader of the Year Award 2015. This win would not have been possible without the support from our customers and of course the contribution and hard work of our global talented team. I am delighted that Hitachi’s business and CSR activities have been recognized as contributing positively to society, helping to improve everyday quality of life,” said Mr Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman and CEO, Hitachi.

“This is the most impressive recognition for all of us in Krungthai Bank to be awarded by most prestigious international business channel, CNBC. Thank you for taking the deep insight review into our organization, this prestigious award will definitely inspire us to reach our three summits goal,” said Mr Vorapak Tanyawong, President and CEO, Krung Thai Bank.

Under a stringent, objective and transparent three-phase judging process, nominated business leaders are judged by an independent panel of management strategists, academics and CNBC executives. The judging process consists of a quantitative organization data analysis, face-to-face interviews and final selection of award recipients.

The panel includes CNBC’s long-time knowledge partner, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, research partner Development Dimensions International and CNBC’s Senior Vice President, International News & Programming, Mr John Casey.

This year, over 200 business leaders and guests from Asia Pacific attended the 14th Asia Business Leaders Award ceremony and The CNBC Exchange, presented by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), held inBangkok’s Siam Kempinski Hotel.

The CNBC Asia Business Leaders Award is an annual award ceremony that recognizes outstanding business leaders who develop innovative strategies and best practices that help to shape the Asian economy and lead the region’s growth. As part of the CNBC Asia Business Leaders Award, CNBC organized The CNBC Exchange panel discussion, held on 28 October 2015, that invited Mr Curtis Chin, former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank and Asia Fellow of Milken Institute, Ms Kesara Manchusree, President of The Stock Exchange of Thailandand Mr Michael Kurtz, Chief Asian Equity Strategist and Global Head of Equity Strategy of Nomura, to discuss the global challenges and local solutions the region needs to consider.

The 14th ABLA will be broadcast in Asia Pacific on November 6 at 6.00pm (SIN/HK). The award show will also air in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and in the U.S. on CNBC World.

For more information about the CNBC Asia Business Leaders Award, award winners and shortlisted candidates, please visit

Contact Information:
Mike Cheong
Communications Manager, CNBC Asia Pacific
D: +6563261123
M: +6598528630

About CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards

CNBC pioneered the Asia Business Leaders Awards (ABLA) in 2001 to salute remarkable business leaders for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies. CNBC is proud to continue the tradition established by the Awards that define and celebrate vision, the spirit of achievement and excellence in business leadership in Asia.

The ABLA distinguishes and honors leaders who have contributed and shaped the Asian economy, and are visionaries behind today’s outstanding businesses.

Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in leadership. They epitomize the core values of a successful leader strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight values that are imperative to carving out powerful businesses in the global economy.

For more information on ABLA, please visit

About CNBC

CNBC is the leading global broadcaster of live business and financial news and information, reporting directly from the major financial markets around the globe with three regional networks including CNBC in Asia, CNBC in EMEA and CNBC in the US. is the preeminent financial news source on the web, featuring an unprecedented amount of video, real-time market analysis, web-exclusive live video and analytical financial tools. CNBC is dedicated to CEOs, senior corporate executives; the financial services industry and private investors. The channel is available in 386 million homes worldwide. CNBC is a division of NBCUniversal.

For more information on CNBC, please visit

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October 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

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CGAP Announces Winner Of Photo Contest In 10th Year

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WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — CGAP today announced its 2015 Photo Contest winner as Sujan Sarkar of India. The winning photo, called “Paddy Cultivation,” was chosen from more than 3,300 entries from 77 countries for its breathtaking composition and immersive quality. The photo showed workers in a paddy field in West Bengal, India capturing one of the key themes of the contest – smallholder farmers and their families. The panel of three judges said Sarkar’s photo symbolized the family’s livelihood, home, and how they support themselves.

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A full gallery of the 27 winning photos can be viewed in an online photo essay.

There are 2 billion people around the world who lack access to formal financial services. Over the past decade, the annual CGAP Photo Contest has sought to document the struggles and successes of those who are often excluded from the financial system. Said Greta Bull, CEO of CGAP: “The Photo Contest enables us to show in a very visual way the resilience and challenges facing the working poor. It puts a face on financial inclusion and the work we do.”

The 2015 CGAP Photo Contest invited submissions in four key areas that are instrumental to advancing financial inclusion: (1) Digital financial services and mobile banking; (2) Women’s use of financial services; (3) Microfinance for small business enterprises; and (4) Smallholder farmers and their families.

The panel of judges comprised of Nicole Crowder, Photo Editor for The Washington Post’s photography blog, In Sight; Corinne Dufka, Associate Director at Human Rights Watch and an award-winning photographer; and Leena Jayaswal, Director of Photography Program and Associate Professor at the American University in Washington, D.C.

Through a highly competitive process, the judges selected two other finalists, thematic and regional winners, and special mentions. Liming Cao of China’s photo, “Fishing with a Net,” won second place, for its beautiful framing, unique softness, and evocation of movement. The third place prize was awarded to Pranab Basak of India for the photo, “Hands for Freedom” which the judges agreed captured the essence of love – something that is “hard to photograph.”

The People’s Choice Award went to Vikash Singh of India, whose photo, “Farming Lady,” earned more than 200 votes online.

The 2015 Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,000 gift certificate for photography equipment and a display of his winning photograph on the Times Square Jumbotron in New York City.

Grand Prize Winner and Finalists

  • Grand Prize: Paddy Cultivation – Sujan Sarkar, India
  • Second Place: Fishing with a Net – Liming Cao, China
  • Third Place: Hands for Freedom – Pranab Basak, India

Thematic Winners

  • Digital Financial Services and Mobile Banking: Happy Vendor – Subrata Adkhikary, India
  • Women’s Use of Financial Services: Creating the Creator – Prathamesh Vinod Ghadekar, India
  • Microfinance for Small Business Enterprises: Sari Spider – Tatiana Sharapova, Russian Federation
  • Smallholder Farmers and their Families: Work in Mountains – Tatiana Sharapova, Russian Federation

Regional Winners

  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region: Tomato – Bülent Suberk, Turkey
  • East Asia and Pacific Region: Overcoming Sandhill – Le Minh Quoc, Vietnam
  • Latin America and Caribbean Region: Eleuterio the Hairdresser – David Martin Huamani Bedoya, Peru
  • Middle East and North Africa Region: Eye for Detail – Evans Claire Onte, United Arab Emirates
  • South Asia Region: Young Mother Is Making a Wooden Doll – Goutam Daw, India
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Region: Farida’s Maize Harvest – Hailey Tucker, United States

Honorable Mentions

  • Gravel Workmen – Faisal Azim, Bangladesh
  • The Struggle Mother – Giri Wijayanto, Indonesia
  • Morning – Do Hieu Liem, Vietnam
  • Grazing in the Morning – Liming Cao, China
  • For the Next Journey – Loc Mai, Vietnam
  • Volcanes – Luis Sanchez Davilla, Spain
  • Betel Nut – M. Yousuf Tushar, Bangladesh
  • Camel Market 2 – Mohamed Kamal, Egypt
  • The Worker – Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, Bangladesh
  • Human Pushing Xiep (Netting) – Phuc Ngo Quang, Vietnam
  • A Small Shop Window – Rana Pandey, India
  • Iron Ribs – Subhasis Sen, India
  • An Old Lady Photographer – Supriya Biswas, India
  • Duck Egg Collection – Tran Van Tuy, Vietnam

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. More at

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ThyssenKrupp Launches MAX: Maximizing Urban Efficiency with Leading Microsoft Azure IoT-enabled Technology

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator launches MAX, a game-changing predictive and pre-emptive service solution that extends remote monitoring capabilities to dramatically increase current availability levels of existing and new elevators. Leveraging the power of Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) technology, MAX makes it possible for an elevator to “tell” service technicians its real needs, including real-time identification of repairs, component replacements, and proactive system maintenance.

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Today’s twelve million elevators worldwide move one billion people each day, making the elevator the most used means of transport – and also the safest – but in one year of operation these elevators are unavailable due to service interventions in a cumulative amount of over 190 million hours; MAX is set to improve all these statistics, aiming to cut unavailability periods by half.

Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator: “Our mission is to do something nobody else in our field has done before: To transform a century-old industry that has relied on established technology until now. Cities need innovations that respond to the challenges of the massive urbanization we are currently witnessing. We are very pleased to work with Microsoft to truly take ThyssenKrupp into the digital era and change the way the elevator industry offers maintenance services.”

With MAX, data collected in real time from connected ThyssenKrupp elevators is sent to Microsoft’s trusted Azure cloud platform, where an algorithm calculates the remaining lifetime of key systems in each elevator. Now, ThyssenKrupp’s team of over 20,000 service technicians will be able to rely on MAX as their wingman, making it possible to be informed in advance when components will need to be repaired or replaced. In a MAX-connected building, people will wait less time, resulting in decreased stress and more quality time.

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG
Phone: +49-201-844-563054

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