Influential speakers

Learn from industry experts on the subject of Branding, Creativity and Design.


Jervis Chua started his design career as a visual merchandising and packaging designer for jewelry in Hong Kong. During these years, he designed the display of Chow Tai Fook China, Mont Blanc Asia Pacific and custom corporate gift boxes for Cartier. He has a Masters degree in Design at Domus Academy, and is the founder of Build Republic, a design studio that helps startups and brands grow their businesses with innovative designs.

Jervis Chua
Design Director at Build Republic

Lawrence is the Co-founder and CEO at Consulus, a global innovation consultancy firm which helps leaders, companies, and cities unite, transform and innovate to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0. Consulus was founded in Singapore in 2004 and is now present in 16 countries that include USA, Italy, and Sri Lanka. A global speaker, he has spoken at conferences such as Innovation by Design, World Marketing Summit, and in 30 cities such as Sao Paolo, Melbourne on innovation, business design and about a new economic approach called the Economy of Communion.

Lawrence Chong
Co-founder and CEO at Consulus

Sean expertise in brand development, account management and business development across globally recognised companies from both the public and private sector, and is now a recruitment lead for the HR vertical in an international executive search firm. Sean believes that success all boils down to being a person for others.

Sean Loke
Brand Strategist & Business Developer at Kingfisher Recruitment Group

Nav Qirti is Principal at Ideactio, a Singapore-based service and business design consultancy. A believer in power of empathy driven innovation, Nav has consulted public agencies and private sector organisations in Asia, such as TATA, DBS Bank, Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Police Force, to name a few. He has also been a growth partner for a number of SMEs in sectors such as Retail, F&B, Education, Travel, Engineering and Professional Services.

Nav Qirti
Principal Consultant at Ideactio

Sharina Khan is a multi-disciplinary design professional and educator with extensive experience working with global brands designing products and creating customer experiences. She co-founded Creativeans to work on experimental and self-initiated projects which garnered much publicity through the many exhibitions across Europe such as Milan, London and Paris. She was awarded a sponsorship by University of Canberra to pursue a PhD in Design to explore future hybrid frameworks in design education.

Sharina Khan
Programme Director at C-Academy

Ryan Han started his design career as an Industrial Designer in Designinsight. Through the years, he has an extensive portfolio working in companies likes Creative Technology, ITE, SingHealth and DBS. Recognised with patent and design awards, his work has been featured in various magazines — the project scope range from product design, consumer electronic products, curriculum development, patient experience and digital financial services.

Ryan Han
Innovation Practitioner & Strategist at DBS Experience Strategy

Yulia Saksen is the co-founder and director of Creativeans. Having received her Master Degree in Design from the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, Yulia is also the founder and master trainer at C-Academy, the educational arm of Creativeans. As a certified management consultant, designer and educator, Yulia transforms client’s businesses into creative brands. She is most passionate about using creativity to solve challenging scenarios and to nurture creative confidence in individuals from entrepreneurs, brand owners to students.

Yulia Saksen
Co-Founder and Director at Creativeans

Nicholas is a design anthropologist who teaches design methodologies at Singapore Institute of Technology. His experience in applying design to different schools ranges from business to healthcare. Having graduated from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and having work experience in both Australia and Europe, Nicholas has been exposed to the values and nuances of designing and understanding of different cultures and communities.

Nicholas Teo
Deputy Programme Director at SIT

A recipient of multiple design awards, Kimming’s works have been widely published and exhibited at international platforms such as Salone del Mobile, London Design Festival and Triennale Design Museum. He is also the author of branding book 'Are You Brand Dead?' and serves on the judging panel of Singapore Prestige Brand Award. Kimming currently serves as the Chairman of Singapore Manufacturing Federation's Lifestyle Industry Group and is on the executive committee of Design Business Chamber Singapore.

Kimming Yap
Chairman at Singapore Manufacturing Federation (Lifestyle IG)