Female entrepreneurs have shown to punch way above their weight in Asia’s tech and startup space, and why? It’s 2016.
This year marks the 107th International Women’s Day, which sets yet another year of the world’s efforts in championing gender equity, and the advocacy of diversity and inclusion across the latest hotseat: the tech industry.
Let’s get real. e27 has tried an approach in “post-feminism”, “gender-neutrality” and even “gender-blindness” – but we have yet to set any real progress in motion. We might be 106 years late to a concerted effort in walking the talk – so we are going bold with this first shot. We tested the waters on the Echelon Thailand 2015 stage, where we initiated a panel discussion featuring female entrepreneurs to address hard-hitting issues to overwhelming positivity from the attendees.
This April at Echelon Indonesia 2016, we are making it our responsibility to strive towards a representation of female speakers not only on a single panel – but with 50 per cent across the three stages. To kick this off, meet the first 10 female changemakers worthy of a spotlight beyond today:
Andhini Putri, Head of Marketing, Indonesia, Facebook
Currently Head of Marketing, Indonesia, Facebook, Andhini Putri brings with her a wealth of experience working for well known brand names such as Heineken and Sampoerna. She is also highly regarded by the industry as she was the winner of the Best Digital Campaign 2015 for her work at Heineken. Andhini is a graduate of the Leeds Business School, achieving the MA/MBA Student of the Year 2007 while completing her Masters in Advertising and Marketing.
Angelyn Ardiwinata, Executive Director at GEPI
Angelyn Ardiwinata Liem is the youngest Executive Director and the first woman to hold the position in Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI), an initiative from U.S. State Department to develop entrepreneurship in Indonesia. Before GEPI, Angelyn led a social media campaign that turned Jakarta Globe into the biggest newspaper community in Southeast Asia in 2010. She also led the launch of Student Globe, a media programme for high school students from BeritaSatu, involving more than 100 school and 10,000 students across Indonesia. Angelyn has a master in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University and a bachelor in Education from Pelita Harapan University.
Anna Rehermann, Founder of Growth Hacking Asia
Anna is a passionate serial entrepreneur with a strong background in Digital Marketing and Growth Hacking. She worked with Rocket Internet and Team Europe Ventures, two leading global venture builders, to set up and maintain the complete range of digital marketing activities for some of their ventures and develop tactics to grow them quickly and sustainably. Anna also co-founded an edtech startup and recently launched her latest venture called Growth Hacking Asia, with the goal to flip the success rate of Asian startups from 1/10 to 9/10. Anna also works as advisor, mentor and trainer focusing on digital marketing and growth strategies for early stage startups.
Aulia Halimatussadiah (Ollie) is CTO & Co-Founder of Nulisbuku.com, the first online self-publishing in Indonesia. She’s been heavily involved in entrepreneurship events and efforts as the initiator of #StartupLokal, the largest Indonesian startup community and Girls in Tech Indonesia. In her spare time, Ollie is a writing fanatic, having authored more than 26 books. You can read her blog at Salsabeela.com and follow her on Twitter @salsabeela.
Aviva Markowicz, International Development, NUMA
With a business school degree and several experiences in Marketing, IT consulting and startups business development, Aviva has joined NUMA in December 2012. After 2 years working inside NUMA’s accelerator in the entrepreneur’s service, she is now in charge of the International development of NUMA, looking for strategic partnerships around the globe.
Faustine Tan, Co-Founder of HotelQuickly Indonesia
Faustine is responsible for leading and developing HotelQuickly markets in Indonesia. A graduate of The London School of Public Relations, she began her career at the young age of 17 and has experienced many different industries including Procurement, Architecture, Construction and Recruitment. Her extensive experience, has created a wide network in Indonesia and Malaysia. People person, social networker and travel, are the three points to describe who she is!
Geraldine Oetama, Executive Director, Skystar Ventures
Geraldine is the Executive Director of Skystar Ventures, an incubator located in University of Multimedia Nusantara (UMN) supported by Kompas Gramedia group. Geraldine’s initiative in tech started when she experienced firsthand how the Internet was disrupting traditional business models specifically in the media, retail and education industry. This drove her to spearhead initiatives including incubation program and tech fund, Skystar Capital to help early stage entrepreneurs to create sustainable businesses that add value to and make a positive impact on Indonesia. Geraldine holds an MA in Marketing with a focus on Digital Media and Marketing from the University of Southern California (USC).
Karen Mok, Asia Regional Manager of Seedstars World
Karen is the current Asia Regional Manager of Seedstars World, a Swiss-based initiative to find, connect, and invest in the top seed stage startups in 55 emerging markets. She also serves as the elected Trustee for Thousand Network (formerly Sandbox), a community of global changemakers spanning 40 hubs across five continents. Prior to this, she was co-founder and CEO of Mahila Mobile, a social enterprise that aimed to increase women’s access to mobile phone technology in low and middle income countries.
Sati Rasuanto, Managing Director of Endeavor Indonesia
Sati Rasuanto is currently the Managing Director of Endeavor Indonesia. She started her career in the private sector, working as a financial analyst in, before moving to the World Bank in 2005, where she held a number of positions, including as an energy specialist and adviser to the Country Director. Thereafter, Sati joined the Indonesian Government as the special staff to Gita Wirjawan, the then-Chairman of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). She was also the founding Managing Editor of Strategic Review, the Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affairs. In 2011, Sati was named a Yale World Fellow, Yale’s premier program for young leaders around the world. Sati was also selected as Kauffman Fellow in 2013, a global network based in Silicon Valley that focuses on high-growth and innovative companies.
Stephanie Yoe, Founding Partner at Appstrak
After living in the States for many years, working in EMC, Trinity Technologies, Verizon, Steer Partners LLC, co-founding and mentoring start-ups’ in the US, she marked her return to Jakarta at the end of 2013 by working for Babson Global, consulting and guiding Agung Podomoro Group (APG) with Podomoro University (PU) and their recent acquisitions. Currently, she is the Business Development Manager at Blibli.com, one of the pioneers in the e-commerce space in Indonesia.
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Supporting us in achieving this goal are our co-organisers DailySocial.id, and community partners Girls in Tech Indonesia and StartupLokal. Know a powerhouse technopreneur who happens to be female? Send a referral our way! firstname.lastname@example.org
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