Ashraf comes with close to 20 years of experience in diversified consumer marketing and leadership roles in building successful brands with strong commercial focus. He has held strategic and operational management positions in the #2 mobile telecommunications company in Bangladesh.
Highly creative, his leadership and communication skills with successful track record in leading diverse cross-functional projects made ‘Grameenphone’, the leading telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh, the most loved brand across all categories. He later brought ‘Robi’, the second largest mobile network operator to new heights by making it the ‘#1 Socially Devoted Brand in the World’.
Consistently identified as “fast track” individual, Ashraf has received the highest accolade from Axiata Group and is recognised as an ‘Axiata Champion’.
Klara is a business leader and an entrepreneur with a passion for building things; teams and businesses. She has over 13 years of experience in branding, marketing, and leadership development.
She studied business economics at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she began volunteering at the local AIESEC chapter and soon thereafter took on a full-time role as the president of AIESEC in Slovenia. Soon after, she set foot in Cambodia, where she worked in the multimedia value-added services and mobile app industry.
Klara co-founded and led a branding and communications studio, Branderz, that successfully put many global and regional brands on the map in Cambodia. One of the best business decisions she made was to start a collaboration with ADA, which eventually led to a merger.
As the General Manager of ADA in Cambodia, Klara manages a fast-growing marketing services team and brings data-driven marketing solutions to help businesses achieve their business goals.
Klara is obsessed with book shops, enjoys reading, and stays healthy with yoga. She considers herself an amateur interior decorator, although her husband and dog think otherwise.
Suraj is a Senior TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) Executive with a unique mix of operational experience spanning business and corporate development, sales leadership and general management across SE Asia and Australia within the telecommunications and building industry including stints at mobile operators, telecoms tower EPC, network software and data analytics solutions providers.
Suraj has over 24 years of experience in corporate planning and sales in the Energy, Power and Telecommunication sectors. His association with Telecoms began in March 1999 with MYCOM International where he was the Regional Business Development Director for Asia Pacific and subsequently as Country Manager for PT. MYCOM Networks in Indonesia.
He also brings operator experience to the table, having spent time with Maxis in Malaysia as Head of Commercial Partnerships and Alliances.
His experience with Telco Analytics started in 2012 with Actix Ltd, followed in 2014 with silicon valley based start up Carrier IQ where as Vice President for Asia Pacific, he seeded Device level Data Analytics into the Asian Telcos before Carrier IQ was bought over by AT&T in early 2016.
Prior to joining ADA, he was Group CIO of AI XPRT, a UK based international company providing end-to-end B2B solutions with unique proprietary technology and algorithms within the FinTech and RegTech space extracting and processing the data across multiple sources and various formats using real AI and Machine Learning tech platforms.
As Group CEO of CellOS Ltd. a public company headquartered in Melbourne Australia, he spearheaded the Data Analytics software solution vendor for big data monetization and improved network intelligence for the mobile communications networks with operations Globally.
Suraj is highly motivated, results oriented and loves managing people to develop their key potential to the highest level of achievement capable.
Facing challenges with passion is what Faradi believes in. An expert in digital, Faradi leads ada’s Indonesia operations. An all-rounder practitioner with experience across multiple facets of digital communication, Faradi is known to have a flair for reviving failing businesses and turn them into success stories.
Prior to ada, Faradi was the Managing Director at Dentsu Aegis Indonesia where he achieved over 80% growth, making Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia, the best performing market in the network within Asia Pacific. Prior to Dentsu, Faradi was the General Manager at Tequila Digital (TBWA agency) where he is credited with re-building a dying Tequila digital business from scratch. In a career spanning nearly 15 years, Faradi has won numerous awards across local, regional and global platforms.
Januar has over 15 years of telco experience in different functions. He started as a network management engineer in Dian Graha Elektrika for Siemens, where he performed statistical network quality analysis for several network rollout in a Telkomsel project. As the Head of Revenue Assurance and Wholesale in XL Axiata, he managed international roaming partnership and intercarrier relations, and pioneered the growth in the A2P business. While in the retail market, he was Head Mass Segment Acquisition of XL products, starter pack, and device bundling.
At ADA in Indonesia, Januar leads the Reach team, bringing value creation of various telco capabilities to benefit users and businesses. An analytics enthusiast, he is focused, and highly motivated to drive results for his clients.
Januar is passionate about growth and believes in collaboration because it helps motivate his people to bring out their best potential. Prior to ADA, he was the Senior Vice President of Revenue Management and Assurance of Indosat Ooredoo. For leisure, he enjoys playing tennis, exploring culinary creations and music-related activities.
With over 15 years’ in global MNCs and her own start-up agency, Summer has vast experience in business management and is an advocate for data and technology propelled solutions. At ADA, she helms business development and optimisation of digital initiatives powered by data and technology for regional brands focusing on go-to-market strategies and acquisitions. Supported by a robust data engineering team, Martech analysts and automation partnerships, she drives holistic business solutions for transparent outcomes.
In her other life, she’s a yoga enthusiast and has great appreciation for coffee for someone who is quite caffeine intolerant. Coffee workshops or yoga retreats are on her holiday plans whenever possible.
Rozy is an industry veteran with extensive experience building brands across high-growth markets in Asia. As Managing Director in Sri Lanka, she leads a team of digital experts to deliver comprehensive data-led digital solutions. She has a track record of driving business results and maximizing profitability for over 1000 clients through exceptional Digital Marketing Strategies on a multitude of platforms. Besides ada, Rozy has spent over 10 years in Axiata focusing on Marketing and Operations for the Group. She has built comprehensive 1:1 marketing strategies across the Axiata footprint encompassing consumer insights, customer value management and big data analytics to brand management. Her untiring efforts as the Head of Online at Dialog Axiata, resulted in achieving No 1 Brand status on digital, whilst being recognized as the Most Connect Brand in digital.
Sanjini has over two decades of experience across multiple industries, including both agency and client side; bringing great success to the FMCG, Telco, Technology, BFSI, Travel, as well as Retail and Manufacturing industries locally and globally. She drives successful customer experience and ROI on offline and online platforms in the B2B and B2C space with well-planned strategies and deep data insights.
As the General Manager of ADA in Sri Lanka, Sanjini leads the Marketing Services and Digital Sales Team. Best known as a disruptor, thought leader, and a mentor, she loves a good challenge and thrives on cultivating relationships to evolve and grow.
A poet at heart, she pens her thoughts in her free time – whilst balancing work and life as a proud single mother for her son, who is her source of inspiration, strength, and energy.
Suppakit is driven to help brands bring integrated marketing strategy to life. As Country Director of Thailand, Suppakit brings 16 years of experience in market research and media & advertising industry knowledge to the team. He leads growth and business development for ada Thailand through integrated strategy and planning. Since joining ada in 2017, Suppakit has built out the market’s creative services offering, transforming the Thailand business into a one-stop integrated digital agency. ada Thailand grew rapidly under Suppakit’s leadership, working with a plethora of global brands and local blue-chip clients. Before joining ada, Suppakit was General Manager at Spark Foundry (aka Mediavest).
Ted is a highly motivated and accomplished sales professional with entrepreneurial experience. As Country Director of ada Korea, Ted spearheads the company’s growth strategy in Korea whilst overseeing sales and operations. Ted holds over 15 years of experience in generating sales and building partnerships in Korea for global tech companies.
He has an extensive background in digital advertising, with previous roles in Google and Twitter. During these roles, Ted strengthened the foothold of his previous organisations in the market by securing key deals with leading Korean brands. Ted’s previous position before ada was Managing Director of Teads Korea, where he secured over 20 major publishers, including the top 5 daily newspapers. Outside of work, Ted enjoys skiing and travelling around the world, having so far visited over 30 countries and 100 cities.
Dai is a digital industry veteran with over 19 years of experience. As Head of Reach Business, Dai is in charge of developing Reach to help businesses bridge the digital gap.
Dai started as a producer of mobile content at Lycos Japan. He then joined Sumitomo Corporation where he has held various positions. These include the role of a Digital Business Consultant for the Japan Travel Bureau and a Venture Capitalist in Silicon Valley where his investment portfolio included data intelligence, video analytics, and other internet startups. Before joining ADA, he ran the largest online supermarket in Japan and led its global expansion to China, Indonesia and other Asian regions as executive Regional Director.
Dai joins us through our relationship with Sumitomo Corporation as Head of Product and is in charge of whole product management, from development to execution.
On a personal level, Dai loves travelling and has a preference for the outdoors exploring beautiful scenic spots.
Vittorio leads Business Insights, a team dedicated to providing data driven solutions to gain positive business outcomes. Working closely with data analysts, data scientists, business consultants and industry experts, he uses artificial intelligence and machine learning, builds data lakes and analytics centres of excellence – with the aim to drive better decision making in the corporate world.
As a management consultant, he has worked with clients to define and implement their digital, data and analytics strategy. Among his accomplishments, he has helped banks to drastically improve customer experience, telcos to make use of their data and education providers to improve students’ performance.
He came to Malaysia to drive the growth of EY Data and Analytics where he created a full-fledged practice offering strategy, data science & engineering, and big data solutions.
On a personal note, he is a strong believer of “mens sana in corpore sano” – a Krav Maga practitioner, a trail runner and a biker even. A global citizen, he is fluent in English and Italian – has lived in Europe, UK, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand and holds impressive credentials from Computer Science degrees to MBAs.
Chris leads Marketing Technology, a team dedicated to helping businesses understand growth opportunities. We start by looking at their current business, customer and technology, from this we look at their full marketing and sales funnel to identify growth strategies. We then work to bring these growth strategies to life and continuously optimize them.
With over 15 year’s experience in digital marketing technology. He previously worked in Sitecore as Head Of Alliances, helping over 200 partners in APAC deliver marketing technology solutions to customers. Before that he worked at Ogilvy where he built a CX/UX division from the ground up working across 12 countries and as a digital consultant to help businesses drive growth covering digital channels, CRM, data, mobile and ecommerce.
In his spare time, he sits on the advisory board for Republic Polytechnic to help groom the next generation of Singapore talent from the School of Arts & Technology.
A performance driven marketing professional with over 23 years of experience – Mahesh has had the fortune of experiencing both sides of the coin – ‘Big Company Corporate’ job and ‘Start-Up Entrepreneur’. From advertising to creative, big corporates to small start-ups, Mahesh has led, re-purposed and built teams around a shared vision and ambition to deliver business results. He relishes briefs with a focus on ‘Bottom of the Funnel’ driving conversion, retention and advocacy.
Prior to ada, Mahesh was employed with Ogilvy Action working with brands such as Coca Cola, Cadbury and Castrol. While at OgilvyAction, he led the office to win 3 successive Twin-Peak (Creative and Effective) awards given to the same piece of work. He also has had the opportunity to set up start-ups thrice across markets. Mahesh is an avid speaker at marketing forums, trainer for IACT and an occasional contributor to industry magazines.
Matija leads Global Messaging, a team dedicated to providing messaging services for businesses to communicate with their customers. He and his team work closely with mobile network operators to shape their messaging strategy and help with implementation of firewall solutions to protect their networks.
He has more than 13 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, specializing in mobile messaging services and products.
Prior to joining ADA, he held roles at Infobip and Deutsche Telekom Group. Matija lives in Croatia and spends his free time cherishing family moments, and works up a sweat by boxing.
Priscilla is the Head of Talent Acquisition and Engagement at ADA. She and her team handle the overall hiring process for the organization. Her onboarding & engagement team facilitates the integration of new talent and identifies their needs by administering employee’s engagement surveys. She is passionate about managing and influencing ADA’s reputation as an employer of choice among job seekers and employees.
Priscilla has more than two decades of experience in Human Resources. In her previous role with Citibank as Senior HR Advisor & Head of HR Compliance, she was pivotal in developing HR policies and HR Risk, Control & Compliance processes. At British American Tobacco, she had led a talent acquisition team with the task of targeted hiring based on the organization’s growth trajectory.
On a personal front, Priscilla is an avid scuba diver and aims to dive in the top ten dive sites by 2025.
With almost two decades of Human Capital management experience, working across diverse industries – aviation, mining, chemicals, building solutions, entertainment and digital, Melanie has deep field expertise coupled with local and in region knowledge of the space.
In her current role, Melanie oversees a multi-market team that delivers on a broad range of HR specialties including; Performance, Talent Management and Organization Development, Employee Services (Hire to Retire), Foreign Talent Acquisition and Management, Policy Development and Implementation and Compliance and Facilities Management.
In addition to her leadership role, Melanie allocates significant time nurturing and developing graduates, leaders and key talent across business units in the areas of core Functional Skills Building, Leadership Development, Performance Management, Internal Mobility and Employee Issue Resolution.
Melanie is a graduate of Finland’s Helsinki School of Economics & Business Administration and attained a Diploma in Professional Training from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). She also achieved her Six Sigma, Customer Black Belt & Lean Six Sigma certifications, through GE Aircraft Engines’ – ‘At the Customer for the Customer’ program.
In her spare time, Melanie’s ‘family first’ approach has her spending quality time raising her two sons and her two fur kids. She keeps active through long walks and spends an adequate amount of time inventing health recipes for her family.
Simon is the Head of Data Analytics at ADA. He and his team of close to 50 data scientists, data engineers, and data analysts across the region are dedicated to enabling clients to drive value through advanced analytics. He has developed and led data science capabilities within some of the largest organizations across EMEA, North America, and ASEAN – bridging the gap between commercial outcomes and academic thinking.
Originally trained in finance, Simon is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants UK. He was an early pioneer of the benefits of customer analytics and decisioning. Simon has been instrumental in building personalised marketing and pricing capability, delivering multi-million-pound benefits for the leading retail bank in the UK. Benefitting from a diverse career path incorporating finance, Deloitte Digital consultancy, and more recently Centrica – The UK’s largest utility and IoT connected home provider.
Simon and his family have been in Malaysia since May 2018 where, prior to joining ADA, he provided consultancy support to drive the adoption of data analytics across many of Malaysia’s largest organisations.
In his spare time, Simon is a running enthusiast and has competed in many marathons across the globe.
Amanda has had 10 years of working experience in strategy, business transformation and business development. Her experience covers a wide variety of industries, including telecommunications, digital advertising, oil and gas, financial services and government services.
She started her career in consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she specialised in project finance, feasibility studies, financial modelling and advised on fund raising for infrastructure, government services and utilities sectors. Subsequently, she joined Accenture Strategy where she focused on strategy, mergers and acquisitions as well as cross-country project management related work across telecommunications, oil and gas, and financial services.
She began her role as Associate Director of Strategy in Axiata Digital to define and shape the strategy for one of Axiata Digital’s key business pillars in digital advertising. Now, she is the Head of Strategy at ADA, which is one of the largest digital and AI businesses in the SEA region.
She holds a BSc (Hons) International Securities, Investment and Banking from University of Reading, United Kingdom.
As the Head of Product Development and Delivery at ADA, Suresh’s role is to identify opportunities that lead to the growth of products through innovation, whilst still maintaining the fundamental business goals and priorities. Thanks to his strong financial and analytical capabilities, he is able to further develop informed product strategies, which subsequently improves product performance.
Suresh has over 16 years of experience in the space of telecommunications, IT, and digital services in emerging markets, making him inherently cross-functional and a highly analytical individual who is able to work quite effectively in a matrix environment.
He has held a myriad of roles across the organisational spectrum, including PMO, sales, business development, product and services development, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Suresh is also adept at synthesising various technologies and capabilities into business products in such a way that it meets both the customer and business needs.
In this growth market Hubert brings a customer focused, results-oriented digital marketing to brands. Together with the team he fuses data, media and creative for transparent business outcomes.
Having spent over 3+ years with ada based out of the Malaysia office, Hubert has worked on numerous regional accounts, helping customers win across multiple emerging markets.
Originally from the Netherlands, outside of work he loves to travel and explore different parts of Asia – so much so, he married one……
Srinivas is a charismatic leader with a clear vision of what success looks like.
He leads ADA, the largest company in Asia that integrates data, insights, media, and content to deliver business outcomes across nine countries in South and Southeast Asia.
Srinivas has also served as Chief Portfolio Officer at Axiata Digital where he oversaw all M&A, portfolio operations, and investments for the Axiata portfolio of companies in digital advertising, digital financial services, and platforms.
Before joining Axiata, he founded PayZazz, a UK based mobile payments startup. Prior to that, he headed Corporate Venturing at ARM Ltd. in Cambridge, UK, and also led China operations for Motorola Mobile Devices software group in Shanghai.
Srinivas holds an MBA from London Business School and B.Eng from National University of Singapore.
Anurag is an integrated communications leader, skilled at unlocking growth opportunities. As Chief of Agency and COO, Anurag leads all country teams with the objective of making ada the leading digital marketing agency in each market. He is also responsible for expanding ada’s portfolio in Asia beyond its current set of 1,200 brands and set market teams up for further scale and growth.
Anurag has more than two decades of experience in building teams, creating and executing integrated, complex communication programs spanning insights, creative, new and traditional media, and CRM. He has been in leadership roles at leading integrated communication agencies – Wunderman/Possible, WPP Team P&G Asia, DDB Mudra Max, Geometry India, Draft Worldwide East Africa, managing large teams, and working with top clients like Unilever, P&G, BP, Samsung and Vodafone. While at Wunderman, he led WPP’s largest horizontal team in Asia for P&G where he built a bespoke team of integrated communications experts to manage all in-market activities for the FMCG brand. He has more than 300 local, regional and international awards to his credit, including Cannes Gold, and AMEs Asia Gold. Anurag is also a non-executive board member and advisor for a mobile start-up, Skrilo.
Fariq is a Fellow Member of the institute of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants United Kingdom. He graduated from University of Colombo in Arts and completed his MBA from the University of Colombo.
He started his career at Arthur Andersen affiliate and moved on to Dialog Axiata where he held various management positions in different areas like, Credit Management, Fraud Management, Revenue Assurance, Corporate Finance, Finance Operations, New Business Development, and Digital Services.
Fariq counts over 20 years of experience, of which 15 years are in the telecommunications field. During this period, he was also with the management team of “Etisalat” group’s operation in Saudi Arabia. He is a board member of many digital ventures in Sri Lanka and also a consultant to the World Bank on Mobile Money.
Stephanie is a brand builder, communicator and diversity advocate. She has led cross-border teams to create brand-defining programs and points of view such as PwC Malaysia’s Building Trust Awards and Catcha Group’s Wild Digital conference.
She played pivotal roles in strategic transformational projects such as PwC’s rebranding exercise, and pioneered PwC Malaysia’s digital marketing efforts.
A Diversity and Inclusion advocate who used to write a monthly personal column, ‘Changing Hats’, she also enjoys mentoring young talent.
Her pride and joy are her 2 young daughters. She runs to destress. And she’s constantly battling a serious addiction to chocolate and coffee.
Stephanie is a 3 time McKinsey Youth Leadership Academy Mentor; 2 time Lean In Malaysia Career Programme Mentor; and received the Gold for Best B2B Marketer at the Malaysia CMO Awards 2018 . She graduated with a BS in Engineering from Cornell University, NY, USA.
Adrian currently spearheads ADA in Malaysia. He leads a team of solution-focused industry digital marketing & content experts which help brands to solve their business pain points through an innovative and integrated approach to digital marketing. Having a deep understanding of consumer data and insights, he and his team are able to drive a data driven approach to their clients’ campaigns and maximising ROI throughout the campaign life stage. He has delivered this for top clients across Asia – in telecommunications (Yoodo, XL, Robi, Airtel), banking digital (BCA, Commonwealth bank) and wallets cash (Boost).
His experience covers global and regional roles where he led large teams on marketing-related market entry strategies, business transformation and strategic turnaround execution for digital businesses in emerging and developing markets. His industry specialisation is in the music streaming, telecommunications and banking/ fintech sectors. He also collaborated on and managed marketing budgets in excess of $100M and across 22 different countries, bringing new digital services to over 1 billion new users.