IT Leader Awards 2018
IT Leader of the Year
Mr Eddie Chau
Eddie Chau, the Co-Founder & Chairman of V-Key Inc, is also an investor and a much sought-after mentor and advisor by startups. With his hands-on experience in founding startups to engineering successful exits, he has helped various companies at different growth phases. Eddie has made notable contributions as the founder of five companies - e-Cop, Brandtology, V-Key, Neeuro and Spini, and demonstrates his strong leadership. V-Key is securing millions of mobile applications and transactions around the world. With over three decades of experience as a leader and pioneer in the industry and technopreneurship scene, Eddie currently holds several key positions from non-profit organisations, industry bodies, institutes of higher learning to government agencies, contributing to the community with his expertise and experience.
Hall Of Fame
Ms Janet Ang
Janet is Vice-President of Industry Solutions Systems of Engagement Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific, and is responsible for helping governments and organisations to improve, integrate and add intelligence to systems. She has been an IBMer for a large part of her 35 years in the industry. She was a pioneer who partnered with the Singapore Government to drive computerisation initiatives during her early career. She now focuses to help foster business opportunities for local businesses and companies by linking them with foreign governments. She also mentors young aspiring leaders to develop their full potential.
Outstanding Achievement Award
Mr Min-Liang Tan
Min-Liang Tan co-founded the gaming devices company Razer in 2005, and has been hyper-focused on developing the best and most innovative tech, directing and overseeing the design and development of all Razer products. Under Min-Liang's leadership, the company has grown from a small startup to making the Fortune Magazine's Unicorn List. Razer was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange in November 2017, and bagged awards from the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show for six consecutive years.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Mr Richard Koh
Richard is an industry veteran who has over 30 years of industry experience in Infocomm, Treasury (Forex) and eCommerce covering the Asia Pacific markets. He founded his first technology startup at age 14 in the mid-1980s, and founded M-DAQ with a vision to help create a World without Currency Borders? in late 2009. Today M-DAQ is a key partner with several of the world's largest eCommerce and Payments ecosystem under Richard's leadership. Apart from driving the business growth, Richard is also committed to helping other technopreneurs succeed in areas of fund raising, corporate strategy and product/business development. He believes that IT professionals and investors can work together and contribute to a vibrant technology startup ecosystem in Singapore.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Mr Oliver Tan
Oliver is a three-time startup adventurer. After almost 18 years in professional career and determined not to retire in a suit, Oliver co-founded ViSenze in 2012, on a quest to make an impact to the e-Commerce space. As a technopreneur, Oliver is passionate about driving real innovations with smart visual technologies and has blazed the trail with several award wins for ViSenze. Prior to this, he was business head for five years at a leading cyber-security startup until its successful exit. His rich experience gained from media-tech companies and start-ups paved the way for his successful entrepreneurship and leadership.
Mr Liu Lung Hao
Lung Hao developed great interest in robotics and taught himself coding at a young age, and continued the pursuit in IT at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). Lung Hao joined the Microsoft Student Partner Program (MSP), was later appointed Singapore Programme Lead, leading 65 MSPs to complete over 80 technical workshops and events, reaching out to 10,000 students across 12 Institutes of Higher Learning. Lung Hao began his entrepreneur venture in late 2013 when he started his company, Feezmodo, to help customers integrate IT into business processes for higher productivity and scalability. He also provided pro bono IT services to non-profit organisations in Singapore, as he hopes to be inspired and contribute to the community by offering great technology.