Speaker Directory



Albert Kong
Chairman & CEO
Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd

Mr. Albert Kong is the CEO of Asiawide Franchise Consultants with more than 30 years of franchising experience. He and his team of very experienced consultants have helped close to 900 companies in 10 countries in franchise development and other consulting projects. He currently has a network of close to 70 strategic partners in over 50 nations worldwide. Albert has won franchise awards in many nations including being named as one of the 20 Faces To Watch by UK’s Global Franchise 2017. He is also listed as one of the world’s leading practitioners in Who’s Who Legal – Franchising 2017; Awarded “WALI-KADIN Franchise Appreciation 2018” by the Indonesia Franchising & Licensing Society; Awarded Appreciation Certificate by the Egyptian Franchise Development Association; and more.

He has spoken in 47 countries concerning franchising, was interviewed more than 300 times by media companies around the world, co-wrote a book called “Developing and Managing a Franchise” published by LexisNexis (USA), and is the Editor-in-Chief of Asia Franchise & Business Opportunities magazine which is the world’s only English-Chinese bilingual franchise magazine published since March 28, 1994.

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Suparto, Angeline

Angeline Suparto
Managing Director
Angeline Suparto Law Corporation

Ms. Angeline Suparto was awarded the Simon K.Y. Lee Medal in Law by ranking first in the Class of 1982 at the University of Hong Kong and the Baker & McKenzie Book Prize for obtaining a Distinction in Company Law. She is qualified to practise in Singapore, Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Australia. 

With over 30 years’ experience in the field, she has represented and advised private clients, multinational corporations, publicly-listed companies, government-linked corporations, statutory boards, foreign government agencies, and small and medium enterprises on the legal aspects of investments and doing business, including franchising, in Indonesia. 

In April 2017, Angeline won the RISING 50 Women Empowerment Award (Excellence Award), at an event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore & Her Times to commemorate the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Indonesia.

Angeline is well-versed and fluent in her command of English, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, and Cantonese. 

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David Rounsevell

David Rounsevell
Principal Consultant & Managing Director
Expense Reduction Analysts (Asia Pacific)

David Rounsevell has more than 25 years experience in a variety of management roles, predominantly in the Office Supply Industry and Dealerships in the Telecommunications Industry. 

David worked with national and international Office Supply companies in positions of Sales and Regional management. He oversaw the national purchasing committee and was involved in a number of projects, including due diligence on large acquisitions. In the telecommunications industry he was self-employed and held dealerships with all the major mobile providers. 

With his industry expertise, David specialises in the Telecommunications and Office Supply categories working with clients across a range of industries from around the country. David’s focus in the business also includes managing the relationship and understanding clients’ needs, finding solutions, building long term value and implementing change.

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Donna Lee


Donna Lee
Founder & CEO, KG World Pte Ltd

President, International Franchise Community

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George Hwang
George Hwang LLC

Mr. George Hwang started his own boutique practice which specializes in Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Media related work in 2012. He has more than 15 years of experience in these topics, in practice, as in- house counsel and in academia. 

George’s practice in licensing of IP/IT spans the spectrum of industries and subject matter – from copyright in the entertainment industry, software in IT, trade marks in garment industry, patents in pharmaceutical to transfer of technology for turnkey projects in engineering industry. Whilst working in Hong Kong, he set up the regional licensing unit for a major international music company. He has advised on industry agreements in Singapore and Hong Kong. 

Besides commercial Intellectual Property, George litigates in IP/IT related matters. He has appeared in Singapore’s apex court on a “Norwich Pharmacal” order case, where the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court’s decision, successfully defending the client’s, a journalist, right to keep the identity of his sources confidential (Dorsey v World Sports Group). 

George’s role as a leading practitioner in his field is validated by his appointment as Content Partner for Lexis Practical Guidance’s for IP/IT – (i) Corporate; and (ii) Advertising and Marketing. He has also been commissioned by Lexis Nexis to write the inaugural volume on Media Law for Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore. He has also contributed to the book, “Media Law and Policy in the Internet Age”. 

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Gyula Csitari

Gyula Csitari
Co-Founder & Strategy Director
Logiscool Ltd

Mr. Gyula Csitari is the Co-founder and Strategy Director of Logiscool. He is passionate about the mission of Logiscool – coding education of next generations.

He contributes to the success of the company mainly in the field of international business development.

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Joseph YH Soh
Managing Director
Expressflower.com Pte Ltd

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Dr Koh


Dr. Lillian Koh, Ph.D
Founder & CEO, FinTech Academy
Director, Center for Research and Innovation @ NTUitive

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Krizzia Ann Tanabe Loyang
CEO & President
iFRANCHISE Business Services Corp

Ms. Krizzia Ann Tanabe Loyang rose from the ranks, with a passion for excellence, an eagle eye for detail, and a personalised approach to service. She disrupted the norm and started a company of her own, took inspiration from her humble beginnings and used her experiences to fuel her life changing decisions to achieve her dreams.

She recognises that every aspiration must be supported by hard work, backed-up by dedication, and cemented by faith in God. A multi-talented, consistent honour student since her primary school years, she finished her Broadcasting Communications Degree on a scholarship and with flying colours, all while serving as an apprentice at Jollibee Corporation, the number one fast-food chain in the Philippines and later on in managerial positions as Overseas Filipino Worker in the food and beverage industry in the small city state of Singapore, to prepare herself for much bigger roles ahead.

Everything has its price and today, she is more than ready to take on the challenge, to shepherd more than 60 employees and their families directly under her care. To date, through her strategic collaborations with investors and partners, she is humbled to lead a company with hundreds of franchisees nationwide. To her, everyone’s success is also her success.

Ms Loyang, who proudly claims that she grew up with her Lolo and Lola within the confines of a nipa hut in a far flung barrio, located in one of the poorest provinces of the country, is not your typical CEO. She is a hybrid and a by-product of Gen X and Millennial influences. As a female entrepreneur in her late twenties, she is the real deal.

Gamechanger. Changemaker. Dreambuilder.


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Max Ng

Max Ng
Managing Director
Gateway Law Corporation

Mr. Max Ng is currently the Managing Director of Gateway Law and has practised franchise law for more than 20 years. He is also listed as a leading lawyer in numerous publications, including Legal Who’s Who, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, the inaugural Legal Who’s Who Singapore (by Asia Legal Business), The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Legal 500 and Chambers Asia. He is also the lead author of the book simply entitled “Intellectual Property”, by Lexis Nexis. Max is an empanelled arbitrator, accredited mediator, and also sits as an Independent Director on the board of a company listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Max currently serves a varied clientele, which consists of statutory boards in Singapore, multinational corporations, educational and financial institutions, as well as local small and medium enterprises and start-up companies. Max also works with both franchisors and franchisees, in securing and protecting their interests in the region.

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Penelope Ng

Penelope Ng
Bird & Bird ATMD

Ms. Penelope Ng is an Associate in Bird & Bird ATMD LLP’s Intellectual Property & Technology Group. She regularly assists clients with transactions involving the commercial exploitation of IP, and has experience handling franchising and licensing matters across various jurisdictions. Her practice also includes brand management, where she is responsible for the day-to-day management of her clients’ global and regional trade mark and design portfolios. She is active in contentious trade mark matters, having amassed significant experience in handling cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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Robin Yeo

Robin Yeo, PMC, CFE
Regional Manager & Senior Consultant
FT Consulting Pte Ltd

Mr. Robin Yeo is an experienced Practising Management Consultant (PMC) and Certified Franchise Executive, specialising in the areas of franchising, licensing, business planning, IP management and strategy development, across a broad spectrum of industries.  

In his previous position as Deputy Director of Corporate Marketing in SingTel, Asia’s leading communications group, Robin was responsible for marketing of a comprehensive range of international telephone services to corporate customers and resellers. He is currently the Regional Manager / Senior Consultant for FT Consulting, an international professional services firm that has been transforming businesses and powering business growth for close to 30 years.

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Sam Chia
Digital Specialist
Xpressflower.com Pte Ltd

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Sarah McAllister

Sarah McAllister
Global Head of Marketing
Linguaphone Group

Ms. Sarah McAllister is Global Head of Marketing for the Linguaphone Group; a UK-based education company responsible for the international brands of Direct English and Pingu’s English, and with a global Master Franchisee team in over 40 countries worldwide, including across the ASEAN region.

Sarah is an experienced global franchise marketing professional with over twenty years of experience in international trade, global franchise development, brand management and communications, marketing and PR, digital marketing and event management.

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Sarith HEM

Sarith Hem
Cambodia Business and Franchise Association (CamBFA)

Mr. Sarith Hem graduated from Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2002 and received a higher education degree in Master of Business Administration in 2017. He has crossed over 40 short training courses of different business related fields from 2002 and worked for a number of public and private companies including banking and finance, technology, business acquisition, consultancy, and marketing in Cambodia before he found CamBFA.


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Sarith Thanawat Maneekornjongsiri 
Vice President
Cambodia Business and Franchise Association (CamBFA)

Mr. Thanawat maneekornjongsiri graduated in Business Administration from Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently CEO and Co-Founder of ChaTraMue (Cambodia) Co. Ltd, Victory Provider Company Co. Ltd servicing event organisers, TC Ocean Liner Trading Company which is a trading company in Cambodia, and Finz Society Co. Ltd, a concert organiser.


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Trang Le
Deputy Director
Spectos Asia Ltd

A consultant in Service Quality monitoring, Ms. Trang Le has worked across multiple positions in a lot of projects related to Market Research, Customer Service, Quality Management, and more in Spectos before being Deputy Director of Spectos Asia based in Hanoi. With knowledge in service quality management, Trang has helped a number of brands with chain outlets in a wide range of industries improve their business and customer experience by using a tailor-made Performance Management System.

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