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FT-Nielsen C-Summit 2016

Forces, Fortunes and Consumers of the Future

Singapore |
Speakers include:
Cheong-Tai  Leung

Cheong-Tai Leung


Anh Duc Nguyen

Anh Duc Nguyen

Ho Chi Minh City Union of Trading Co.operatives (Saigon Co.op)

Howie Lau

Howie Lau



Thank you to everybody who joined us at the FT-Nielsen C-Summit 2016 on 9 March at the Fullerton Singapore. We hope you enjoyed the thought-provoking keynotes, fascinating discussions and valuable networking opportunities.

Highlights of the Nielsen C-Summit 2016 can be found here 

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Speakers (9)

Cheong-Tai  Leung

Cheong-Tai Leung

President, Southeast Asia, North Asia and Pacific

Cheong-Tai Leung is Nielsen’s President for Southeast Asia, North Asia and Pacific. Prior to this role, Ms Leung served as President of Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, where she successfully led and guided Nielsen’s vision and growth opportunities across the vast and varied economic landscape of two continents. Earlier, she was Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Eastern Europe for Nielsen’s Global Business Services (GBS) organisation, where she notably drove Operations and Technology initiatives across business segments in 40 markets. Prior to Nielsen, Ms Leung held leadership positions in technology, manufacturing, logistics, professional services and business process improvement at corporations including General Electric and Hewlett Packard. Ms Leung is an alumnus of the University of Miami, where she received a Master of Science degree in computer science, and two concurrent Bachelor of Science degrees (electrical engineering and computer science), both with General Honors.

Anh Duc Nguyen

Anh Duc Nguyen

Board Member, Standing Deputy CEO
Ho Chi Minh City Union of Trading Co.operatives (Saigon Co.op)

Nguyen Anh Duc was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Executive of Saigon Co.op in 2011. Saigon Co.op is one of Vietnam’s largest retailers with a network of stores including a supermarket, hypermarket, hypercash, television home shopping, a bakery and the Ben Thanh store. Saigon Co.op also works with Nam Duong manufacturers and is the sole distributor of goods with Saigon Co.op Distribution Company (SCD) among other activities. Prior to joining Saigon Co.op, Mr Nguyen had a number of roles in different companies and government. Mr Nguyen is currently a board member of Saigon Co.op Investment and Development JSC (SCID) and International Square JSC (InterSquare), the Vice Chairman of the Board of Chip Sang JSC (Chip Sang) and a Board member of Vietnam Distribution Alliance Hau Giang Ltd (VDA Hau Giang). He is also the Vice President of Ho Chi Minh City Young Business Association (YBA), an association for young business people in Vietnam. 

Howie Lau

Howie Lau

Chief Marketing Officer

Howie Lau is responsible for charting StarHub’s brand and marketing strategies across all marketing functions and ensuring overall marketing synergy and brand consistency. Customer value management also falls under his purview. In addition, he oversees StarHub’s Pay TV and Broadband businesses as well as its Content and Local Production teams. Previously, Mr Lau was Vice President, Corporate Development of Lenovo's Worldwide Finance Organisation, where he oversaw Lenovo's end-to-end Post Merger Management and related Merger & Acquisition matters. Prior to that, he was Lenovo’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Emerging Markets Group, responsible for the strategy and execution of marketing and communications in the China, Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, Taiwan and ASEAN markets. Mr Lau is currently the President of Singapore Computer Society’s Executive Council, and is also on the management board for NUS Institute of System Science, as well as the advisory committee for Nanyang Polytechnic School of IT and Anderson Junior College. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, majoring in Promotional Management and Consumer Behaviour.

Howie is currently the President of Singapore Computer Society’s Executive Council, and is also on the management board for NUS Institute of System Science as well as the advisory committee for Nanyang Polytechnic School of IT and Anderson Junior College. 

Howie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, majoring in Promotional Management and Consumer Behaviour.

Regan Leggett

Regan Leggett

Executive Director – Thought Leadership and Foresight

Regan Leggett is a executive director, working with clients across the Asia Pacific region, as well as a member of Nielsen's thought leadership council. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mr Leggett studied strategic foresight and worked as a foresight consultant. He is passionate about encouraging forward focused conversations with clients and colleagues.

Vaughan  Ryan

Vaughan Ryan

Managing Director
Nielsen Vietnam

Vaughan Ryan has been with Nielsen for 14 years, working across Australia, Thailand and Vietnam. He is currently the Managing Director of the Vietnam business, which also entails working across Cambodia and Laos. His strengths are consumer packaged goods (CPG), where he has a real passion for the people in the team and helping make clients’ experiences with Nielsen better every day. He is committed to working in developing markets, where he is focused on developing great talent and building big, sustainable businesses. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mr Ryan worked for Lion Nathan (now Kirin) in Australia, Corby Distilleries in Canada and Seven Peaks Winery in California, all within their sales and business development sides of the business. Mr Ryan has a Master’s of International Business from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia and Calpoly in San Luis Obispo, California, USA. Prior to this he completed a BA in Asian Studies and Cultural Studies from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

CheeK .

CheeK .

Chief Content Officer

Cheah Chee Kong, or CheeK as he is better known, joined Mediacorp in November 2015 in a newly created position to drive the content strategy and development for its extensive portfolio of entertainment products across its television and digital platforms as well as content syndication. Mr Cheah has over two decades of experience in the media industry, starting as a producer in Television Corporation of Singapore – what is Mediacorp today. He served in senior management positions at Star TV in Hong Kong and MTV in Japan and elsewhere in Asia where, amongst other duties, he was responsible for developing and executing programming strategies involving original productions and acquired content. Prior to his appointment in Mediacorp, Mr Cheah was at Scripps Networks Interactive Asia Pacific, where he held creative, content and marketing portfolios. As a writer, director and producer, Mr Cheah has won numerous accolades, including the Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery Award.

Todd Kurie

Todd Kurie

VP Marketing

Todd Kurie has over 20 years of marketing experience, with the last ten focused on consumer ecommerce services. He is currently VP Marketing for Southeast Asia online grocery service RedMart, where he oversees all marketing and communication efforts. Mr Kurie has previously worked for startups (financial trading), Sprout (mobile advertising) and Xoom (money transfer) as well as eBay, American Express, Citibank and advertising agencies Wunderman and McCann-Erickson. Mr Kurie is a frequent speaker at retail, ecommerce and startup-focused events throughout Southeast Asia. 

Glenn Maguire

Glenn Maguire

Chief Economist, South Asia, ASEAN & Pacific

Glenn Maguire has over two decades’ experience covering the Asia-Pacific economies in demanding public and private sector roles. At ANZ, Mr Maguire leads coverage responsibility for South and South-East Asia as well as the Pacific Economies. He is an important contributor to ANZ's pan-Asia research and engages regularly with clients, regulators and policy makers in the region. Mr Maguire and his team strive to support ANZ's brand across Asia by providing commercial and market relevant economic research defined by its engagement, thought leadership and rigor. Mr Maguire is a frequent commentator in the regional and international media and regular guest host of both television and radio news programmes. He was a major contributor to ANZ’s Insight 5 Caged Tiger report and lead author of two of the ANZ Research-in-depth series on Myanmar and the ASEAN. He has extensive Asian Economics and banking experience, having spent 16 years at Société Générale, most recently as Head of Asian Economic and Cross Asset Research based in Hong Kong. He has also been the Australian Chief Economist and Japan Chief Economist with Societe Generale. Prior to joining Société Générale in Australia, Mr Maguire worked as an Economist in the Fiscal Policy Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, Australia.

Johan  Vrancken

Johan Vrancken

Managing Director
Nielsen Southeast Asia, North Asia & Pacific

Johan Vrancken is Managing Director, Innovation for Nielsen in Southeast Asia, North Asia and Pacific where he is responsible for leading Nielsen’s Innovation Practice across the region, as well as leveraging the company’s portfolio of innovation products and consulting services to drive client success.

Previously he was Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at Affinnova, where he and his team were responsible for accelerating the adoption of Affinnova’s technology platform within FMCG and other verticals throughout the Asia Pacific region, working with clients such as P&G, Coca-Cola, MasterCard, Unilever, Nestlé, General Mills, Kimberly Clark, AB-Inbev, Kellogg’s, L’Oreal, Mondelez, Colgate Palmolive, Energizer, Friesland Campina, Diageo, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, BAT, Bayer, Samsung and Reckitt Benckiser. Prior to joining Affinnova, Mr Vranken worked for start-up agencies in Singapore, such as eYeka, the global leader in consumer co-creation and crowdsourcing. He started his career in brand marketing with FMCG companies Danone and AB InBev in Europe. Mr Vranken holds an MBA and Master’s in Political and Social Sciences, both from the University of Antwerp in Belgium.


FT Chair (1)

Michael  Peel

Michael Peel

Bangkok Correspondent
Financial Times

Michael Peel has been Bangkok Correspondent since September 2013. Prior to this he was Middle East Correspondent at the Financial Times since January 2011. Mr Peel joined the Financial Times in 1997 as a graduate trainee and has held various roles in the UK and as a foreign correspondent. Between 2006 and 2011, he was the FT’s Legal Correspondent, a role that included covering financial crime. Prior to that, he was the FT’s West Africa Correspondent, based in Lagos and covering events across the region, including civil wars in Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Mr Peel has written extensively on international corruption and on resource conflict, both in the FT and outside. During a one-year associate fellowship at Chatham House in London, he wrote Nigeria-Related Financial Crime and its Links with Britain (2006), which was covered widely in the Media. His first book, A Swamp Full of Dollars: pipelines and paramilitaries at Nigeria's oil frontier (2009), was shortlisted for The Guardian's first book award and nominated for the Orwell Prize for political writing. Mr Peel graduated from Trinity College Oxford with a first class degree in Chemistry.


  • Gain insights on key economic and demographic shifts and trends affecting the ASEAN region
  • Discuss and debate the implications of these trends for businesses
  • Explore the complex challenges businesses face in the age of the always-on consumer
  • Share best practices for engaging with different consumer groups and communicating the right messages to the right customers
  • Network with senior business leaders from a range of industries in Southeast Asia

Who Attends?

The event will be attended by senior executives from the following industries:

  • media & entertainment
  • retail 
  • e-commerce
  • banking & finance
  • healthcare
  • beauty
  • food & beverage
  • real estate
  • IT
  • automotive
  • education 
  • manufacturing
  • advertising & media agencies

2015 Company Attendees

Please see the list below of companies that attended the 2015 Nielsen C-Summit:

  • Alfamart Retail Group
  • Asian Consumer Insight
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
  • Bank of Singapore 
  • Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
  • Bosch
  • CapitaLand
  • Cornerstone Asset Management
  • DBS
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Ernst & Young
  • EY
  • Fraser and Neave
  • Great Eastern Life Assurance
  • In.Fom
  • Inventis Investment Holdings
  • Isquare-consulting
  • JPMorgan Asset Management (Singapore)
  • Knight Frank
  • KPMG Corporate Finance Pte Ltd
  • Mars Inc
  • MasterCard
  • Mayora
  • McKinsey Global Institute
  • Microsoft Singapore
  • Nomura Holdings Inc
  • NTU
  • OCIF Capital Asia Co Ltd
  • P&G
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Services LLP
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PwC
  • RHB Investment Bank
  • The Partners
  • Think City, Malaysia
  • Uber Technologies
  • UOB Venture Management
  • ZALORA Group

Highlights 2016

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Highlights of the Nielsen C-Summit 2016 can be found here:

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Agenda - 9th Mar

  • 8:30am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Welcome from the FT
  • 9:10am
    Opening Remarks from Nielsen

    Cheong-Tai Leung, President, Southeast Asia, North Asia and Pacific, Nielsen 

  • 9:20am
    Economic Keynote

    A leading international economist sets the scene for the conversations to follow with a forecast for ASEAN’s future demographics and insights on its economic progress, articulating what this means for businesses operating in the region.

    Glenn Maguire, Chief Economist, South Asia, ASEAN & Pacific, ANZ

  • 9:40am
    Panel Discussion: Engaging the Distracted Consumer

    Smartphone penetration in a number of Southeast Asian markets is very close to saturation point. Gaming is the most widespread mobile activity, and with the exception of Singapore, social networks are more commonly used than email. What challenges and opportunities do these statistics and trends represent? Looking at the media and entertainment industry, how is the availability of greater viewing, listening and reading options affecting consumers’ time, attention and price sensitivity? What can media providers do to maintain and grow viewers’ engagement and how can advertisers evolve their marketing strategies to build a lasting relationship with consumers? What are the main challenges firms face with regard to privacy, permissions and preferences?

    Cheah Chee Kong, Chief Content Officer, Mediacorp
    Todd Kurie, VP Marketing, RedMart
    Howie Lau, Chief Marketing Officer, StarHub
    Johan Vranken, Managing Director, Innovation Practice, Nielsen Southeast Asia, North Asia & Pacific

  • 10:30am
    Networking Break
  • 10:50am
    Asia 2020 – Progressing, Prepared or Pessimistic?

    This keynote session will look at the biggest business themes occupying the minds of Southeast Asia’s business leaders. Combining insights from the Nielsen Future Business Sentiment Survey alongside commentary and analysis on key trends emerging across the region, Leggett will explore the challenges and opportunities that will shape the business landscape over the next five years.

    Regan Leggett, Executive Director - Thought Leadership and Foresight, Nielsen Southeast Asia, North Asia and Pacific

  • 11:05am
    Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities in Fast-Growing Markets – Unlocking Southeast Asia’s Potential

    Regional business leaders share their perspectives on operating in markets at vastly different stages of development, with different political, legal and regulatory systems, and distinct cultures, languages, currencies, and business practices. As incomes rise and populations become wealthier, which products and services are increasing in demand? How can corporates use premiumisation to maximise this opportunity, and what are the challenges with regard to brand and value recognition? While urbanisation and a growing middle class will continue to drive long-term demand, how have recently emerging trends like growing household debt, sluggish wage rises and political uncertainties affected consumer spending?

    Glenn Maguire, Chief Economist, South Asia, ASEAN & Pacific, ANZ
    Anh Duc Nguyen, Standing Deputy CEO, Saigon Co-op
    Vaughan Ryan, Managing Director, Nielsen Vietnam

  • 11:55am
    Closing Remarks
  • 12:05pm
    Networking Lunch


The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178


Tel: +65-6733 8388


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