Asia PE-VC Summit 2020: DealStreetAsia’s first, full-scale virtual event is here

The global coronavirus pandemic might have sealed borders, locked down economies, forced people to stay at home, and derailed several plans but not DealStreetAsia’s Asia PE-VC Summit — the go-to event for private equity, venture capital, and startup executives.

In fact, the COVID-19 crisis has provided us an opportunity to rethink how we can offer you the same amount of quality content and the robust line up of speakers and relevant topics that the annual Asia PE-VC summit has been known for, without you having to leave your home or office.

This year, for the fifth edition of the Asia PE-VC Summit that takes place on November 24 and 25, we are offering action-packed days with a stellar lineup of speakers, who are leaders in the industries that they represent, for investment insights amid the global health crisis.

Day 1

The first day of the conference will delve into the private equity outlook for 2021 and beyond, featuring fireside chats with top investors and entrepreneurs.

We will set the agenda for the entire PE track proceedings with DealStreetAsia’s Research & Analytics team presenting key data slices that capture the top trends related to the asset class and other trends in the region.

The first virtual session of the day will be Warburg Pincus Managing Director and Southeast Asia Head Jeffrey Perlman in conversation with DealStreetAsia’s Editor-in-Chief and Founder Joji Thomas Philip. Perlman will talk about the new battlefronts that have emerged in Southeast Asia’s $100 billion internet economy and what it is going to take to win in the region.

This will be followed by Kenneth Gaw, one of the founders of Hong Kong-based real estate investor Gaw Capital, who will talk about the growing attractiveness of data centres, deployment strategies in Asian markets as well as the overall outlook for PE in real estate.

There is no whitespace in our action-packed first day as Cyrus Driver, Managing Director, Private Equity Asia, Partners Group; Dr. Thomas Lanyi, Managing Director, CDH Investment Advisory Private Limited; and Rodney Muse, Co-Managing Partner, Navis Capital, take the screen to discuss how the pandemic has shifted private investments in the region.

Through the course of the day, we will hear from both general partners (GPs) and limited partners (LPs) on how they are seeing the PE space evolve in the region — the opportunities and the challenges — as well as their own changing relationship with each other.

Of course, the networking break that you so love will still be there to give you the opportunity to meet investors and entrepreneurs virtually but the chats and sessions that will follow in the afternoon will be something you should not miss.

Grab President Ming Maa will share how the ride-hailing giant is preparing for a post-pandemic world, while Traveloka’s Chief Strategy Officer Joydeep Chakraborty and Waresix Co-founder and CEO Andree Susanto will share their experience on how they cruised through this period and their perspectives on post-COVID recovery.

India will also take the centre stage on Day 1 as we assemble a stellar lineup of speakers who understand the market. Haresh Chawla, partner at True North, will talk about how investors in India view and prepare for the road ahead while One97 and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma will talk about strategies to disrupt an array of financial services.

Day 2

Day 2 will be equally exciting and action-packed as we shift the screen towards venture capital outlook and trends, featuring fireside chats with investors and founders who will share how they are navigating the impact of the pandemic and the road ahead for them in the post-COVID-19 scenario.

What are the VC fundraising trends in Southeast Asia and how to navigate the bumpy trail? Melisa Irene, partner at East Ventures; Pandu Sjahrir, co-managing partner at Indies Capital; and Roderick Purwana, managing partner at SMDV will discuss fundraising experiences and the bottlenecks faced by fund managers in closing their vehicles.

Sandhya Sriram, CEO & Co-founder of Shiok Meats; and Kuldeep Singh Rajput, CEO of Biofourmis, will talk about the sunrise sectors in Southeast Asia, including mock meat, biotech, and electric vehicles.

Also, join us for candid chats with some of the world’s top investors and find out their take on Southeast Asia. Will the region turn out to be a major beneficiary in the current global geopolitical context? Fosun managing director Rebekah Woo will ask Donald Lacey, COO & Managing Director at Ping An Global Voyager Fund; Wallace Guo, Managing Partner at China, Taihecap; and Soo Boon Koh, founding managing partner at iGlobe Partners.

We will also have Gojek’s Chief Food Officer Catherine Sutjahyo and Group Head of Transport Raditya Wibowo who will discuss how the ride-hailing giant is coping with the pandemic and the road that lies ahead, in a fireside chat with our Indonesia correspondent Ardi Wirdana.

The fifth edition of the Asia PE-VC Summit will end with two parallel closing panels on Indonesia and Vietnam. Insignia Venture Partners founding managing partner & CEO Yinglan Tan, Ovo CEO Jason Thompson, and FinAccel co-founder & CEO Akshay Garg will talk about the road ahead for winners and challengers in Indonesia.

Simultaneously, Do Ventures founders Vy Hoang Uyen L, BDA Capital Partners managing partner Bert Kwan, and Scommerce COO Hang Do will discuss the macro factors and the fastest-growing sectors in Vietnam that are attracting investor interests, in a chat with our Vietnam reporter Ngoc Nguyen.

Surely, the global pandemic is changing how conferences and meetings are conducted globally. At DealStreetAsia, we see this as an opportunity to provide you with better quality content, a robust speaker lineup, and relevant topics, albeit virtually, so that you can stay connected with the developments in the industry that you operate in.

Join us. No face mask needed!

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.