Here’s a snapshot of some of the A-List keynote speakers that we’ve had join us across the years.
Chief Marketing Officer
Anna Znamenskaya is the Chief Marketing Officer at foodpanda leading brand, performance marketing and growth teams in 11 markets across Asia-Pacific.
Previously, Anna was the Chief Growth Officer at King/Activision Blizzard, and prior to that – Chief Marketing Officer at Rakuten Viber where she oversaw global marketing, product growth, business development, public relations, and analytics functions to create consumer-inspired innovations. Anna was instrumental in growing and expanding the capabilities for the business.
Prior to that, she was Country Manager for Apple Services, responsible for driving business growth and local operations of the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music and iCloud. She also served as Chief Digital Officer for Eurasia region of VEON, 9th largest global telco company, and in Mindshare, an award-winning global media agency.
In the past, Anna has also founded and grown several successful tech businesses including an online video streaming service, and a technology platform based on Big Data for retail banks.
Anna has a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing from IE Business School in Madrid. She is a TEDex international speaker as well as a dedicated mentor for ‘Women in Tech’.
Chief Executive Officer
Billy joined Liverpool FC in 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Executive Team. He was promoted to Managing Director in February 2017, a role which saw him responsible for the Club’s global commercial operations and strategic growth.
During this time at LFC, he played a pivotal role in the commercialisation of Anfield’s expanded Main Stand, the multiple extensions of Standard Chartered’s longstanding principal partnership, creating the biggest kit supplier deal in the Club’s history with Nike, and the opening of the ambitious commercial office in London.
In September 2020, Billy was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, where he now leads the Club’s entire business operations, reporting directly to the Club’s ownership, Fenway Sports Group.
Billy is also proud to be Vice-Chair and Trustee of the Club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, which supports over 80,000 people every year.
Chief Customer and Digital Officer
Melita Teo is the Chief Customer and Digital Officer of AIA Singapore. Drawing on a wealth of industry experience, Melita is responsible for strengthening the customer, brand, health and wellness propositions, advancing the enterprise-wide analytics capabilities and usage, and accelerating the delivery of an integrated digital experience across customers and distribution.
Melita leads the division to identify strategic areas of growth for the business and service excellence to customers through an unwavering focus on customer experience and outcomes, and integrated digitalisation transformation of business and services.
Founder & CEO
Chatri Sityodtong is the Founder and CEO of ONE, Asia’s largest global sports media platform with a worldwide broadcast to 179 countries.
According to Nielsen, ONE ranks amongst the world’s top 5 biggest sports media properties (alongside NBA, F1, Champions League, EPL, etc) in terms of viewership and engagement. Through its marquee sports properties (ONE Championship and ONE Esports) and its passionate millennial community, ONE is a celebration of Asia’s greatest cultural phenomena, Martial Arts and Gaming, and the deep-rooted Asian values of integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion. ONE is on a mission to unleash real-life superheroes, tell stories, celebrate values, ignite dreams, inspire nations, and change the world.
Caroline is the managing director at Melbourne Victory Football Club. MVFC is one of Australia’s premier football clubs, boasting 4 A-League Championships (and 3 Premierships), an FFA Cup title & 6-time qualifier for the ACL. Along with the A-League, the Club is proud to compete in the NYL, NPL & W-League. Caroline is also an inaugural member of the FFA (Football Federation Australia) Women’s Council (WC) and the WC representative on the New Leagues Working Group, designed to agree and recommend the structure for the Australian professional football leagues moving forward.
Jana Sim is Director of Marketing for SPOTV Asia, focusing on digital fan engagement in this region. Previously, her sports & entertainment marketing experience included Lagardere Sports (Football Asia), WWE Asia Pacific, The Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros Pictures, and MTV Networks.
General Manager, International Department
Takeyuki Oya Graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and joined the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2004. He was in charge of agriculture, forestry and fisheries projects in Africa and ASEAN countries as well as project management in the ASEAN region. In 2009, he joined Japan Professional Football League (J.LEAGUE) and mainly in charge of international competitions such as AFC Champions Leagues, and FIFA Club World Cups. From 2012, he has been involving in the overseas business department of the J-League and from 2015, he also serves as an AFC match commissioner.
Katie Sadleir is the new Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Chief Executive Officer, taking up the position in November 2021. She joined the CGF from World Rugby, where she was General Manager of Women’s Rugby and responsible for spearheading the global development of the women’s game.
A Commonwealth Games medallist and an Olympian, Katie has a wealth of experience as both an athlete and sports administrator. Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, Katie made New Zealand her home and represented her adopted country at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games in synchronised swimming, before competing at the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games two years later where she won the bronze medal in the women’s solo. She served as the Assistant Chef de Mission New Zealand at the Victoria 1994 Commonwealth Games and has attended six editions of the multi-sport competition in various capacities. Katie led the establishment of the New Zealand Academy of Sport network in the late 1990s before becoming General Manager of Sport and Recreation New Zealand (now Sport New Zealand) from 2000-2006. She has held directorships with both Sport New Zealand and High-Performance Sport New Zealand while she has been a director with the International Association of Elite Sport Training Centres, a board member of the New Zealand Swimming Federation and a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) Athletes’ Commission.
Head of Sports
Sanjog Gupta leads the Sports business for Star and Disney India which includes a portfolio of 17 channels. In this role, he is responsible for the business, product (programming & production), marketing, and strategy for the Sports network.
Craig is recognized as one of Australia’s most innovative and forward thinking chief executives. His charismatic and passionate nature, together with his business acumen, has leveraged him to the forefront of sports administration and the leader behind Australia’s largest and most successful international sporting event.
Craig has been Tournament Director of the Australian Open since 2006 and was appointed CEO of Tennis Australia in 2013. He also serves as the Chair of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS). His relationship with the playing group and relentless focus on improvement has transformed the Australian Open into one of the players’ and Australia’s favorite events.
The Australian Open has continually broken attendance records since 2006 and attracted more than 814,000 people from around Melbourne, Victoria and across the globe in 2020 alone. The event delivers more than $377 million in economic benefit to the state each year and reaches a global audience of more than 900 million households.
Craig has led the introduction of successful initiatives to shift the trending decline in participation with products such as Hot Shots, adult social play, the rollout of digital platforms to increase court accessibility and affiliation reform. Also, under his leadership, Australia’s different coaching groups were unified into a single organisation and an additional $300 million leveraged for local facilities.
Prior to joining Tennis Australia, Craig was Director of Tennis at the University of Illinois, where he led the fastest tennis program turnaround in US collegiate history, breaking a 100 year-old record for most consecutive wins.
He twice earned the US National Coach of the Year award, coached several top ten professional players and captained the South African Davis Cup team. His achievements have further been recognized by being elected to the College Tennis Hall of Fame (2010) and Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame (2017).
Managing Director, APAC
Mike joined beIN Asia Pacific at its inception in May 2016. As Managing Director, Mike works closely with the beIN Media Group’s global leadership team to realise its mission of redefining the sports and entertainment experience for fans in Asia and ANZ. With extensive experience in media, sales and sports marketing, Mike is tasked with shaping beIN’s business model and operations in the region while identifying new customer experiences and revenue opportunities.
Before becoming IPC President in September 2017, Andrew served the IPC in multiple roles, including Vice President (2013-2017), Governing Member (2009-2013), as well as Chairperson of the IPC Paralympic Games Committee from 2009-2013. Additionally, he was the President of the Americas Paralympic Committee from 2005-2009 after serving as its Secretary General from 2002-2005.
Anurag Dahiya is Chief Commercial Officer at Cricket’s global governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC). In his role, Anurag leads ICC’s commercial strategy, and delivery of all commercial elements around global cricket. His team based in Dubai delivers a large number of global and regional cricket events throughout the world, besides managing commercial and media rights partnerships and broadcast production activities around all ICC events. Anurag has deep multi-national experience in media, in the areas of video content strategy and content operations with various organisations. Prior to ICC, he has worked at Singtel, Asia’s leading communications group, and was with Fox International (previously ESPN STAR Sports) for 15 years. His content experience spans launching sports news and cricket channels to Mandarin general entertainment. Anurag earned BE in Computer Science & Engineering from PEC and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
Chief Technology Officer
Prabhu was appointed Director of Technology in August 2019. He was previously Head of Service in the Broadcast and Infrastructure team, and has been at Sky since December 2010. Prabhu has broad technology, telco, broadcast and online experience and prior to joining Sky, he held service delivery and management roles at Vodafone and TelstraClear.
Prabhu leads Sky’s technology team alongside Justin Tomlinson. Justin heads Sky Digital, an exciting new team with a focus on building Sky’s digital future. Prabhu and his team are responsible for all other aspects of Sky’s technology, including our strong commitment to continuing to deliver excellent services to Sky Direct-to-Home customers.
Senior Media Director
Melissa Soobratty is the Senior Media Director at World Table Tennis (WTT) and oversees all areas related to content to drive forward and further professionalise the organisation’s vastly expanding media operations. This includes overseeing commercial broadcast deals, live production and social and digital media. She has accrued a wealth of experience in the fields of sports media, OTT, business development, strategy, and production over the years both in Europe and Asia. Her previous roles include Vice President, Media at Football Marketing Asia (FMA), Business Development Director, APAC at Endeavor Streaming plus commercial roles at StarHub, Setanta Africa, Fox Sports, and BBC Worldwide.
Director of Marketing
Kim joined the Foxtel Group in 2019 after spending two seasons at Cricket Australia as Head of Big Bash Leagues (BBL), which included delivering the first-ever standalone Women’s BBL final with a sold-out crowd. Prior to this, she spent 15 years with PepsiCo, most recently as Head of Sports Marketing based at their global HQ in New York, leading initiatives such as the Pepsi Superbowl Halftime Show. Kim was appointed Marketing Director of Kayo Sports in October 2020, leading brand management and go to market strategy for Australia’s leading sports streaming business.