At Computer Weekly, we strive to provide in-depth coverage of issues, challenges and trends facing today’s IT leaders through original, independent and targeted content.
To ensure that our stories meet the needs of our readers in the APAC region, we have formed an APAC CIO Advisory Panel, an independent body tasked with providing strategic advice to our editorial team.
Please join me in welcoming the panel comprising senior executives across leading organisations across the region.
Eugene Yeo, Group CIO, MyRepublic
Eugene is group chief information officer at MyRepublic. His primary focus is on driving customer centricity and operational efficiencies across regional operations of the company, through the use of innovative technology and efficient business processes.
Combining his experience in enterprise software development with a deep understanding of ISP operations, he leads the development of customer-centric, agile OSS/BSS platforms and operational processes that allowed for the stratospheric growth of the company across the Asia-Pacific region.
He is a regular keynote speaker at TM Forum events globally, and sits on the advisory panel of various startups and educational institutions across the region.
Dr Kwong Yuk Wah, CIO, NTUC
Yuk Wah is advisor for information technology at Singapore’s National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and adjunct professor at School of Computing, National University of Singapore. She was CIO of NTUC from 2008 to 2019 and was also chief data protection officer of NTUC, its affiliated unions, as well as the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute from 2013 to 2019.
Under her leadership, NTUC was a winner of the National Infocomm Awards (NIA) 2014 for the most innovative use of infocomm technology in the private sector. She was awarded the ASEAN CIO Award 2015 and IDC’s CIO 50 in ASEAN 2019.
Yuk Wah had also worked in Singapore’s public sector where she started her career at the National Computer Board, and held various management positions at the Infocomm Development Authority. She was also vice-president of business management, planning division at Singapore Airlines.
Manik Narayan Saha, CIO, SAP Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ)
Based in Singapore, Manik leads a global multinational and multicultural IT organisation. As part of the senior leadership team in APJ, he is responsible for SAP’s internal IT services to 28,000+ staff in the region.
With 19 years of experience and expertise in technology, Manik is a prominent keynote speaker at events, and provides thought leadership on a wide range of topics ranging from IT Strategy, artificial Intelligence, digitalising operations, process excellence and enterprise innovation.
Manik is a member of the INSEAD Alumni Network and a Regional Ambassador of the INSEAD Directors Network for Singapore. He was also the founding fellow and is currently serves as a vice-president for Ideation Edge Asia, a non-profit organisation.
Nigel Lim, Regional IT Manager
Nigel is regional IT manager (Asia & Oceania) at one of Japan’s largest trading companies. His division is responsible for managing the regional portfolio of IT programmes and projects as well as governance and compliance. He is also leads the company’s consulting practice.
In previous roles, he has been accountable for various portfolios of IT including service delivery, application support, infrastructure operations and compliance.
Nigel is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, UK, and has more than a decade of experience managing IT. An energetic visionary, he is passionate about organisational excellence and delivering sustainable value.
Gary Adler, Chief Digital Officer, MinterEllison
Gary has had 19 years of IT experience, with 10 years in senior management roles. He has a finance and accounting background but made the move to IT in the late 90s, initially focusing on infrastructure. Gary has worked in the investment banking, insurance, mining and professional services sectors in both Australia and the UK.
In recent years, Gary played a lead role in the technology strategy which successfully brought together the global merger of Australian firm Freehills and UK and Asian firm Herbert Smith, before moving to lead Australian firm, MinterEllison in mid-2015.
Over time, his focus in IT has varied from managing technical portfolios to enterprise-wide strategy and planning roles. As Chief Information Officer, and more recently Chief Digital Officer, Gary’s focus at MinterEllison has been on bringing a new legal operations model mindset to ‘Big Law’ via emerging technologies such as data analytics and AI to streamline delivery of legal services to the firm’s clients and workforce.
Chang Sau Sheong, CEO, SP Digital
Sau Sheong runs SP Digital, the digital business subsidiary of SP Group. In his 24 years of industry experience, he has lead engineering teams at PayPal, Yahoo and HP to build software products.
He was previously a co-founder in a software company and was involved in startups for more than 10 years. He is active and contributes to many technology communities in Singapore and Southeast Asia (especially Go and Ruby) and has written four programming books.
Sau Sheong has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Masters in Commercial Law.
Ramesh Munamarty, Group CIO, Digital and Technology, NTUC Enterprise
Ramesh Munamarty is a senior executive who has led digital transformation across diverse industries for more than two decades. Prior to joining NTUC Enterprise, he was group CIO at International SOS. He also served as global CIO at Verint Systems and held leadership positions in Capgemini and Oracle.
He has received several industry recognitions, and most recently in 2019, he won the DX Inspire Award for Business Transformation at the World CIO 200 summit. He was also ranked by IDC as one of the top 50 CIOs in ASEAN, in recognition of his work at International SOS.
Ramesh has authored several publications and spoke at several conferences across the world. He has been a board member at several non-profit organisations and has held non-executive board appointments.