PH Digest: Google names new country director; govt crafting AI roadmap

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Tech giant Google has named Bernadette Nacario as its country director in the Philippines while government agencies and stakeholders have banded together to start crafting an artificial intelligence roadmap for the country.

Google names new Philippines director

Global technology giant Google has announced the appointment of Bernadette Nacario as the new country director for its Philippine headquarters, taking over from interim head Ben King, who is now Google’s country director in Singapore.

The country director position was last held for five years by Ken Lingan, who left the company in July to join advertising firm Publicis Groupe.

Nacario, who was formerly a country manager for systems of IBM Philippines and country general manager for Apple in the Philippines and Guam, will be managing Google Philippines’ day-to-day operations and developing an overall growth strategy for the business.

In a statement, Nacario said her appointment as Google’s country manager comes at a time when the Philippine internet economy is growing by between 20 per cent and 30 per cent annually, according to the latest e-Conomy SEA Report.

Philippines starts crafting AI roadmap

The Philippine government, through seven agencies, has teamed up with industry stakeholders to start crafting the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap.

An AI task force, composed of the Departments of Trade and Industry, Agriculture, Science and Technology, Information and Communications Technology, Education, Commission on Higher Education, and National Economic and Development Authority, has been formed for the purpose of drafting the roadmap.

As a start, the taskforce signed an AI Roadmap Study with the Asian Institute Management for the analysis of AI’s impact on the country’s industries and workforce. The task force will then recommend policies and programs to boost the local AI sector.

Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba said the formulation of the AI roadmap is “very important and timely” as it will move the country forward and keep up with the rapidly changing times. He also disclosed that the Philippines ranked third in Southeast Asia in the Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2019.

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.