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Yogesh Mudras Promoted to Managing Director of UBM India

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HONG KONG, /PRNewswire/ — UBM Asia announces today that Yogesh Mudras has been promoted to Managing Director of UBM India Pvt Ltd.

Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director of UBM India Pvt Ltd
Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director of UBM India Pvt Ltd

Yogesh was appointed the Acting Managing Director of UBM India in March 2015. Prior to this role, he had been the Finance Director of UBM India for more than five years, driving UBM India’s business with major acquisitions, business development and database enhancement.

Jime Essink, President & CEO of UBM Asia, said: “Yogesh brought a wealth of experience to his interim position as Acting Managing Director. In the past months, he has further strengthened UBM India with new launches, a refreshed workforce and a strong will to grow the business in such an exciting and emerging market as India. Yogesh is well placed to lead our business in India.”

Yogesh is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant (USA). He has completed his Business Leadership Programme from the Duke University (USA). He is a Law Graduate from Mumbai University and has also completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the same university. He is also an Associate Member of Insurance Institute of India specialising in Marine Insurance and a certified ISO 9001 auditor.

He will continue to report to Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications
UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1691
Fax: +852 3749 7342

Jessica Wong, Senior Corporate Marketing & Communications Executive
UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1679
Fax: +852 3749 7342

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1. About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 31 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 21 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennaiorganise 20 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

2. About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. Running over 300 events per year UBM is the second largest exhibitions organiser globally and the biggest commercial organiser in the US, mainland China, India and Malaysia.

For more information, go to; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news; follow@UBM for news and updates from across the businesses and selected members of UBM’s Twitterati.

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November 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm

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Cache Journal Discovers 100% Natural Oud from Asia Plantation Capital

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — In an era when tales of environmental degradation and the endangerment of species seem to be ubiquitous, it’s heart-warming to unearth a story which demonstrates how nature and modern technology can combine effortlessly to preserve the status of a mystical — and hugely valuable — natural substance.

Aquilaria tree saplings growing in an Asia Plantation Capital nursery
Aquilaria tree saplings growing in an Asia Plantation Capital nursery
Cache Journal new Agarwood (Gaharu) factory and Research Centre
Cache Journal new Agarwood (Gaharu) factory and Research Centre

Where on earth are the writers of Cache Journal going with this, I hear you shout? Well, the natural substance we’re talking about is Oud — a product renowned for its medicinal qualities as well as its extraordinarily rich fragrance.

As with many highly priced and highly sought after substances, natural Oud is in short supply, but, thanks to the efforts of companies such as Asia Plantation Capital — who have ploughed millions of dollars into scientific research to ensure that they produce only 100% pure, natural Oud on their own plantations — the future once again looks bright for a product regularly referred to as ‘liquid gold’.

Described as the ‘fragrance of the 21st Century’ by perfume industry cognoscenti, Oud or ‘Agarwood’, as it is also known, has been the ‘flavour of the month’ for more months than does the phrase credit. It is the ingredient of choice for all the world’s top fragrance producers who recognise the extraordinary qualities of a substance that was born in nature, and predates human civilisation.

Oud is produced when the inner heartwood of the Aquilaria tree is affected by a mould or fungus, which precipitates a complicated chemical reaction.

The mould turns the wood into something quite magical, as the tree’s natural defence mechanisms kick in and react, to create a dark, aromatic resin. Some bright spark, at some point, must have noticed the difference and, for whatever reason (after a perfunctory smell, perhaps), decided to apply heat.

The result was a delicious, almost intoxicating fragrance that proved irresistible. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Agarwood, and the Oud oil that comes from it after the process of distillation, is referenced, frequently, in the world’s oldest written texts, the Sanskrit Vedas, and is mentioned in the Testaments, both Old and New.

It also appears in the Sahih Muslim, which dates back more than 1,200 years, and appears to have crossed all religious barriers when it comes to being an element in ceremonial rites and practices.

As with most remarkable substances, irrespective of their natural occurrence, anything that is special and in high demand comes at a price, and mankind’s seemingly insatiable desire for the wood and the oil derived from it has led to an illegal trade, and the endangerment of the tree species.

The Aquilaria tree is now on the CITES’ (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) endangered list — such has been the voracious appetite for Agarwood and Oud, and the indiscriminate logging that has attended a market in which demand constantly outstrips supply.

Had certain parties not intervened, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that the Aquilaria tree and its precious inner cargo could have been lost to the world, forever.

Fortunately though, help has been at hand, and mankind’s ingenuity has stepped up to the plate at an important time. Aquilaria trees are being replanted in some areas in their native Southeast Asia, while regulatory bodies are taking a keener interest in preventing illegal trade, and science is playing its part in the rejuvenation of the species.

The resin that produces Oud only occurs in about 7% of trees in the wild, but it’s impossible to tell an infected tree from an uninfected tree at a glance. The only reliable way of ascertaining the inherent value of the tree (the wood itself is pale and light, and of no great practical use) is to chop the tree down. This means that more than 90 out of every 100 trees felled will simply be discarded and left to rot. It’s not difficult to understand why the species is endangered.

Scientists, however, have found a way of cultivating the trees, and ensuring that they produce Agarwood, by inoculating them with the mould that produces the necessary chemical reaction to produce the valuable resin. With infection rates at 100%, it means no wastage, and a guaranteed production of the ingredient that is so important to so many people.

It might be sobering for some to be forced to accept the intervention of science as a means of preserving a natural species, but such are the times in which we live. Even nature needs a helping hand sometimes, and if we take at least a share of the responsibility for having caused the scenario in the first place, it seems reasonable to use the resources at our disposal to improve the situation and make redress.

Asia Plantation Capital are leading the way in replanting the Aquilaria species, and inoculating trees with the proprietorial (and patented) technologies that have taken millions of dollars and thousands of Scientific Advisory Board man-hours to conceive and arrive at.

And Asia Plantation Capital’s investment has certainly paid off; proven grades of purity and consistently high quality oils are regularly being produced from the trees they own and manage on their own plantations.

What we’ve discovered at Cache Journal is that Oud still plays an important part in the culture and religious rites of billions of people. And now that the tree species is back on its ‘feet’ and recovering its rightful place in natural history, we need to ensure that ‘eternal’ is a word we can ascribe to our continued usage and enjoyment of the magical substance that is Oud.

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About Cache Journal

Cache Journal delivers a rich blend of investment expertise and lifestyle features in one beautifully crafted package. We cover the full spectrum when it comes to investing money, in terms of who is doing what, how and why. We also appreciate the need to enjoy the fruits of our labour, and this will be reflected in our features on lifestyle and luxury goods. Cache will be serious when it matters, but not too serious when it doesn’t.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002), 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.

Media Contact:

Cache Journal Limited,
Towers Point, Wheelhouse Road, Rugeley, WS15 1UN United Kingdom
Tel: +65-6299-4998 | Email:

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November 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm

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Tickets on Sale for My Fair Lady in Sydney

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — It was announced today that tickets for the 60th Anniversary production of Lerner and Loewe’s masterpiece My Fair Lady would go on sale on 21 November. Exclusive to Sydney, My Fair Lady will play at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, from 30 August, 2016 for a strictly limited season.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres welcomes Dame Julie Andrews to Sydney, Image: Destination NSW/James Morgan Photography
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres welcomes Dame Julie Andrews to Sydney, Image: Destination NSW/James Morgan Photography
Dame Julie Andrews in Sydney to cast the 60th Anniversary production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady which she will direct in 2016 Image: Destination NSW/James Morgan Photography
Dame Julie Andrews in Sydney to cast the 60th Anniversary production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady which she will direct in 2016 Image: Destination NSW/James Morgan Photography

This new production, which recreates the original 1956 Broadway show, will be directed by the actress who created the role of Eliza Doolittle in the original production, the world-renowned actor and director, Julie Andrews. Ms Andrews is currently in Sydney conducting auditions for My Fair Lady with Tony Award-winning choreographerChristopher Gattelli. She will announce her cast early in 2016. The production will feature original set designs byOliver Smith and original costume designs by Cecil Beaton.

The premiere of My Fair Lady has been secured exclusively for Sydney by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said, “Dame Julie Andrews is an icon of the stage and screen and audiences are in for an unforgettable night of theatre when her direction of My Fair Ladypremieres in Sydney. The production will be a highlight of the NSW Events Calendar in 2016 and is expected to bring more than 19,000 overnight visitors to Sydney, injecting an estimated AU$7 million into the NSW economy.”

The Pygmalion story about the transformation of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into an English lady by appealingly arrogant phoneticist, Professor Higgins, is an endearing tale that charms audiences with its warmth and vivid characters. The triumphant score features unforgettable numbers including Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, On The Street Where You Live, I Could Have Danced All Night and Get Me to the Church on Time.

My Fair Lady will commence at the Sydney Opera House on 30 August 2016. Tickets and travel packages are on sale for this world-first production.



Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House


From 30 August, 2016

Performance Times:

Wed–Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Tues, Wed & Sat 1pm, Sun 3pm 


From AU$89.90*

Bookings: or 02 9318 8200, 02 9250 7777 or 1300 723 038

Groups of 12 or more call 02 8240 2290


* An additional transaction fee and/or a credit/debit payment processing fee may apply

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November 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm

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Algomi Honeycomb is named ‘Product of the Year’ in Buy-Side Technology Awards from Waters Technology

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— Also awarded ‘Best Buy-Side Newcomer’ by judging panel made up of industry experts

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Algomi Honeycomb has been named as ‘Product of the Year‘; and awarded ‘Best Buy-Side Newcomer’, at this year’s Buy-Side Technology Awards from Waters Technology.

Presented to Algomi for its Honeycomb network, which now has 140 buy-side firms committed and 14 banks live or being installed. Honeycomb is the only solution on the market that delivers buy-side firms with a unique and powerful display of information on their portfolio. For portfolio managers, it turns complex data systems into actionable knowledge, helping investors trade with increased speed and success. Honeycomb sets the new standard in the way dealers market to the buy-side.

Honeycomb introduces a new dimension of data, namely insight into bank distribution capability. Honeycomb displays the investor’s portfolio and planned transactions in a visually engaging, informative and intuitive form, by allowing the investor to view information shared with them from multiple sellside firms, without revealing their intentions until they are ready to open a communication channel.

Usman Khan, Algomi co-founder and CTO collected the award in London, and commented: “Honeycomb is an investor’s eyes and ears onto the world’s trading floors, connecting insight from inside the banks that is not available anywhere else. Only sophisticated technology is able to connect investors and salespeople without a ripple in the market. Algomi is the single solution on the market able to do this. It is an honour to receive this award and validation to the Algomi team that has been working relentlessly to develop the technology for our client’s needs.”

“Technology has a clear role to play in how well the complex bond market functions. It’s exciting to see such a rapid take-up of Honeycomb in buy-side firms. The speed that buy-side firms have committed to the Honeycomb network is a strong indication of the vitality of the data and market insight that it provides, meaning that all complex and fragmented data can be put to good use,” added Rob Howes, CIO and co-founder.

The Buy-Side Technology Awards recognise the industry’s leading technologies and vendors, voted for by five buy-side focused technology consultants and two of Buy-Side Technology’s editors. The ‘Product of the Year’ award was independently awarded to Algomi following consideration of all shortlisted companies across all 29 categories.

Algomi is continuously adding asset management, pension fund, sovereign wealth fund, endowment and hedge fund clients from offices in New York, London and Hong Kong, and client support and sales in Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston.

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Algomi connects fixed income professionals, empowering them to make better trading relationships, in the ever-changing landscape of capital, leverage and liquidity requirements. By harnessing the relationships between Fixed Income salespeople, traders and their clients, the Algomi Honeycomb suite of scalable software greatly increases the opportunities and velocity in large and illiquid voice trades between banks and buy side investors.

For banks, Algomi creates a real time internal sales and trading bond information network using their own data to identify the best trade opportunities and enables real-time collaborations between sales, traders and investors. This delivers more effective execution of less liquid bonds and integrates with Algomi Honeycomb. For investor firms, Algomi Honeycomb becomes their eyes and ears on the world’s trading floors. Providing the data and market insight vital to select the right dealers and the right timing of the trade to ensure maximum likelihood of execution. The investor is able to deal in size, achieve Best Execution, and remain discrete in the market while banks get to use their large distribution network. Execution is voice based between investor and bank, as is appropriate for large sensitive trades.

Algomi was founded in 2012 by Stu Taylor (Former Global Head of Matched Principal Trading and creator of PIN-FI at UBS), Usman Khan and Robert Howes (Founders of CAPXD), and Michael Schmidt (Former Head of European Credit Trading and IB Board Member at UBS). Algomi is backed by investment from Lakestar, and an exceptional panel of Strategic Advisors. Algomi has over 120 employees with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong, and client support and sales in Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston.

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November 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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SPi Global Named Top Company to Work for in Asia

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SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — SPi Global, the pioneering leader in the Philippine Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry was named as the Top Company to Work for in Asia at the recent Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES) Awards held in Singapore.

The ACES Awards is a two-year-old program organized by the MORS Group, which champions revolutionary leadership and sustainability in companies operating in the Asian region. SPi Global was cited for its people-centric approach, and for demonstrating the highest commitment towards employee empowerment and enrichment as seen through its umbrella program called E3 (Enhancing Employee Experience).

“To be selected as the Top Company to Work for in Asia, among great companies in the region, is truly an honor,” said Maulik Parekh, President and CEO, SPi Global. “This is a proud moment for our employees, whose hard work and dedication continues to inspire success for the clients and communities we serve.”

As a pioneer in BPO, SPi Global has a deeply-ingrained focus on best practices across all levels and activities. The company has built a robust and scalable international operating platform, and employs 22,000 personnel in the Philippines, India, Vietnam, China, Nicaragua, the United States, Australia, and Europe. It boasts of significantly higher employee retention compared to other BPO companies.

The employee program, E3 is anchored on SPi Global’s mission of “Enriching the Lives of Employees, through a Culture of Excellence”. It aims to respond to employees’ holistic needs in their career and personal development from continuing studies, training, contributing ideas for improvement, health and safety, sports, arts, recreation, engaging family and friends as brand ambassadors, to corporate social responsibility.

MORS Group underscored the impressive results of SPi Global’s people-centric initiative, having reduced the company’s annual attrition rate. In an industry where the average attrition is at 60% to 90%, SPi Global is at the top spot for keeping its attrition at 45%. The E3 initiative likewise ushered an overall employee satisfaction rating of 83% for SPi Global.

“This award will truly inspire us to keep investing in our best asset, our people and continue fostering a culture of excellence allowing our employees to reach their ultimate career goals and full potential,” Parekh said.

Contact : May Dizon
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Phone number: +63-2855-8600

Source: SPi Global

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November 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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Bangchak Named ACES’ “Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year”

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited was awarded the “Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year Award” at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) at InternContinental Singapore, on 5th November 2015.

Bangchak Petroleum is a leading Thai energy company with an unwavering commitment to “sustainable business development in harmony with the environment and society.”

The award recognizes the Company’s ability to balance business prosperity with social and environmental responsibility, and is testament to the Company’s unwavering commitment to this cause for more than 30 years.

As the Thai Renewable Energy Leader, the Company continues grows and evolves with the changing socio-economic face of Thailand and ASEAN. Expanding internationally, Bangchak is determined share its corporate culture and responsibility to the environment and society with others, in line with its role as the Renewable Energy Leader.

The ACES Awards is an Awards programme organised by the MORS Group, which champions revolutionary leadership and sustainability in companies operating in the Asian region.

The Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited

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November 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

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