Meet the Judges who will be bringing their industry knowledge, experience and skill to assess this years’ TSEA Awards. The commitment and dedication from each judge is vital for the credibility of these awards and ensure a balanced and independent approach.
We take great care to ensure there are no conflicts of interest and all Judges also sign a confidentiality agreement.
Regional Event Operations Manager – APAC
An adept, future-ready and solutions-driven senior executive with over 18 years of professional experience and superb track record of technical direction, production & integration expertise across a diverse range of entertainment and events facilities within world-class theme parks & establishments in APAC and the Middle East, Mohan is a tireless ‘agent of change’, and well-regarded for his excellent track record of conceptualising, planning and implementing marquee events including concerts and international conferences.
With a diverse experience spanning from theme park entertainment in Universal Studios & Dubai Parks and Resorts to prominent events, shoots and lives in Facebook, Mohan has played an instrumental role in implementing game changing technology within event spaces and themed environments, elevating experiences within the region and beyond.
Manager Marketing & Events
Philip Pang is the Manager of Marketing & Events at PCMA. Based in Singapore, he communicates the value of PCMA’s offerings to the business events industry to engage members and the industry audience within Asia Pacific. With a keen interest in event design, he seeks to elevate the learning experience for business event professionals by drawing ideas from outside the industry and incorporating elements of experimentation and peer learning.
Prior to PCMA, Philip had stints in the marketing and hospitality fields working with John Paul, Red Bull and Capella Hotels. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Administration.
Borneo International Exhibition Sdn Bhd
With vast experience in sales, marketing, events planning and active involvement in tourism, Fiona has been leading the team, namely Borneo International Exhibition Sdn Bhd (BIEx) since 2013, offering services such as Project Coordination & Event Management, Concept Development Programmes, Public Relations, Press Conferences, Government Protocol Programmes as well as NGO Charity programmes.
Fiona is also the current President of Sarawak Association of Tourism Attraction, Vice President of Sarawak Tourism Federation and also the Head of Joint Tourism Development Cluster (JTD) – BEMBC Sarawak. With this, she has established many long term relationships with key service providers in the region.
VP for Digital and Innovation, SACEOS
Veemal Gungadin is the founder and CEO of GlobalSign.In Pte Ltd (GSI), a leading event tech company with offices in Singapore, Australia, India, Myanmar and the US. Veemal graduated from National University of Singapore with a degree in Computer Science.
Veemal is also active at the events industry level. He is the VP of Digital & Innovation at SACEOS, the Business Events Industry Association of Singapore.
Veemal is also an investor and advisor for several innovative startups. He advises on product development & growth at Synchestra, a revolutionary InsurTech platform. He is also acts as strategic tech advisor for Severalnines, today a global leading database management company headquartered in Sweden that was founded by ex-employees of MySQL & Oracle.
SEA & IN Google
Benjamin graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Festival and Events Management and has since been in the events industry for 6 years. He specializes in B2B events and is very driven in ensuring that every event has it's own unique touch and experience. He also gives talk to aspiring students who want to be in the industry. Benjamin is currently living in Singapore and fun fact: He happens to be a Certified Wedding Planner.
Head of Business Development
From a legal background and a Law Degree from Durham University, England, Calum joined the tech world in 2012 with one of the UK’s fastest growing start-ups, Huddle. Here he played a key part of their expansion into the US Market in sales and business development. 2016 began his Eventbrite journey, with 3 successful years in the UK before moving to Singapore in April as part of our international expansion team to establish Eventbrite’s presence in Singapore & Southeast Asia and to accelerate revenue performance in the market. Amongst his career achievements, Calum is also a published Author (here) and world record holding Outdoor Swimmer (here).
Founder and Managing Director
Rebel and Soul
Kristy Castleton is the Founder and Chief Memory Maker of Rebel & Soul, a multi-award winning brand experience agency who apply their proprietary neuroscience methodology called INVOLVE™, to produce highly memorable experiences.
Kristy is both the rebel and the soul, an extrovert and a geek. Her passion for neuromarketing and technology teamed with a love for new experiences, drove her to set up an agency that does things a little differently to all the rest.
As the world’s first neuroexperience agency Rebel & Soul is privileged to work with some of the
world’s leading brands and agencies like Heineken, HSBC, CNN and Dentsu to create experiences that pack a memory laden punch. Think emotion tracking wearables, gamification, oversized holograms (of Sir Richard Branson amongst others…) and mixed reality, teamed with awesome music and a free flow bar.
Kristy’s vision is to drive neuroexperiences to be the new frontier of marketing and as the current Campaign Asia Women Leading Change Entrepreneur of the Year, it’s clear that her unique application of science to memory making is driving her closer toward her goal.
Robert Rogers is a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP), one of only 250 worldwide and one of two in Asia. Robert is an experience creator who provides and purveys event related products and services for all manner of events. He specializes in experiential event marketing, corporate hospitality and private celebrations. Robert is a thought leader in the Asian event industry. He works tirelessly pushing the limits of the event industry in Asia through his various affiliations in the event industry. He lectures, teaches and organizes event related educational activity. He was the founding president of ILEA (International Live Event Association) Hong Kong and continues to support the event community. "My strong point is to be able interpret the vision of all the stakeholders and bring the event to reality; On brief, on budget and on time.
Philippines Association of Convention/Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (PACEOS) and PEPTARSUS
Joel Pascual is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and is currently president of Barron Engineering Supplies, an industrial refrigeration firm with nationwide operations. As a serial entrepreneur, Joel is also president of Commissary Kitchen providing back of the house services to various foodservice establishments. As a publisher, he is on top World Food Magazine, the only food trade publication in the Philippines.
However, it is in the events industry where Joel has carved out his most significant achievements. With 19 years of experience tucked under his belt, he has steered PEPGroup Inc. into a leading professional events management company with some of the biggest shows throughout the Philippines. Most recently, it has become part of Tarsus Group of Companies from London, thus, it is now known as PEPTarsus Corp.
As a way of giving back to the events industry, Joel is now serving as president of the Philippine Association of Conventions, Exhibition Organizers & Suppliers Inc. (PACEOS). He is also a founding director and a lecturer of PhilMICE Academy, the only certification body in the Philippines for professional event organizers.
Senior Director, Venues and Events
Singapore Sports Hub
An Event and Venue Management professional with international experience including Olympic and Paralympic Games, Asian Games and major venues in Australia, he currently leads the 60+ members of the Venue & Events team of the Singapore Sports Hub - including the Singapore National Stadium. Having been a founding member of the Sportshub since construction, Mitch has been directly involved in the delivery of the some of Singapore's most significant recent events such as the 2015 SEA Games, 2016 National Day Parade, International Champions Cup, WTA Finals and Singapore Rugby 7's.
Executive Director, Events
Zen is the Executive Director, Events, Luminous Singapore. Spending more than a decade of her career in the events industry, working on a variety of large-scale conferences, trade shows, lifestyle events, and product launches. Bearing extensive knowledge in the planning and execution of integrated events, as well as a robust technical background involving multi-media integration.
In just over five years, Guillaume has nurtured Chab Events from a humble two-man team working off a sofa to a thriving SME with over 50 employees worldwide.
As the Co-founder of Chab Events, Guillaume has perfected the art of planning and managing events. The logistics planning maverick has worked with clients both in Asia and Europe and through these opportunities he has learnt to push the boundaries within the events industry with much success.
Over the last decade, he has expanded the business from its headquarters in Singapore. Today, he has counts Paris, Bali and Siem Reap as Chab Events International arms, with plans to add more locations in the near future.
Event Planning & Execution Specialist
Irene started in the MICE industry 22 years ago when she was fresh out of Polytechnic.
From having only textbook knowledge when she first entered the industry to being an experienced and hands-on Project Director now, Irene attributed her achievement to her passion and her ever learning attitude.
Over the years, Irene had planned and managed over hundreds of local to international events, ranging from small groups of 20 to 30 persons to as huge as 4000 people. Throughout the years, Irene had also made friends and establish long standing relationships with her clients and partners.
APAC Event Manager
Danica is a strategic marketer with years of experience in delivering great result-oriented campaigns in multinational companies in the APAC region within QSR, events, print and digital media industries. Served in consultancy and in-house positions where focus has been marketing strategy development, brand marketing, enterprise and vertical segment marketing and building specialist marketing communities through events and business conferences. Currently, she is the APAC Event Manager at EventBank, a global organization that build, manage and transform communities with an all-in-one engagement management software. She was previously connected to Key Media a global boutique media company as APAC Marketing Manager. She has a master’s degree in marketing from De La Salle University in Manila.
Director – Corporate Events
Elin Tan is the Director of Corporate Events at Everise. She is a result-orientated professional with a successful record of accomplishments in business, project and team management. Her key achievements include managing conferences, with thousands of delegates, successfully with tier 1 sponsors, key stakeholders and C-suite delegates internationally achieving over 40% organic growth in revenue. Previously, she was the Event Director at Clarion Events Singapore, where she was responsible for organising and setting the vision and direction of profitable events in the healthcare portfolio she managed. Besides work. She loves to travel and play beach volleyball.
Event Director, Singapore Vet
Sarah is an Event Director at CloserStill Media, responsible for Singapore Vet – the first Asian edition of the award-winning global Vet Show portfolio. Since 2010, CloserStill Media has won more Awards than any other company in the exhibition industry, including the two most contested awards: 6 Best Trade Show Awards in the last 7 years and 7 Best Marketing Campaign/Marketer Awards in the last 7 years. Sarah has over 12 years’ experience in the events industry, in both in-house and agency roles, across a variety of sectors. As Event Director, Sarah’s areas of responsibility encompass operations, marketing, content and sales and she has delivered innovative events across the UK, Europe, UAE, Africa and Asia. Commercially-focused, she thrives on running best-in-class, creative events that meet the commercial needs of the business and drives growth year-on-year.
Senior Partner Happy Marketer
A Merkle Company
Sanchit has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing and analytics. He has successfully enabled leading brands to adopt new digital technologies and analytic tools to achieve their marketing and business objectives. His clientele include Property Guru, Grab, Singtel, Singapore Press Holdings, Shopee, Standard Chartered, NTUC Fairprice and NTUC Income.
Sanchit specialises in crafting omni-channel marketing strategies for companies to boost customer acquisition and provide a seamless customer journey. He is a certified Google Partner Academy Trainer and he trains executives on Google Analytics and Google Analytics 360. He has advised and trained more than 5,000 executives across Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
He is currently a Senior Partner at Happy Marketer, A Merkle Company - one of the leading digital marketing consulting firms in Southeast Asia. He is also a visiting faculty at the Singapore Management University and the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Neo Yong Aik
A true veteran in the events industry, Neo started as an entry-level executive before founding neo.tm, one of Singapore’s premier Audio Visual/Event Management firms. He was driven by one goal: to make a difference in the events industry, and his commitment to providing ground-breaking, exceptional service remains at the forefront of his company’s ethos. He has grown neo.tm to be a regional force, managing events not only in Asean but also in China, South Korea and Japan, as Tokyo ramps up to the 2020 Olympic Games.
With close to 20 years of experience and expertise in event planning and technical know-how, Neo strives to constantly push the limits of innovation. Widely regarded as one of the best technical directors in Asia, his area of expertise includes 3D Mapping, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Immersive Technology and is regularly worked as a consultant for large-scale events like the World Expo and ESports championships.
He is a firm believer that the ability to embrace technology and adapt is what will define the events sector in years to come.
Senior Manager, Programming (Festivals & Events)
Gardens by the Bay
Audrey Fenghuang is currently a Senior Manager of Programming (Festivals & Events) at Gardens by the Bay, where she conceptualises events to engage the local community.
Previously an event producer & music manager in both freelance and agency capacities, she has played key roles in Laneway Festival Singapore and projects by Singapore Tourism Board, National Arts Council, Nanyang Technological University and more.
When not working nor absorbing unhealthy amounts of pop culture she is an avid scuba diver and quiet fighter for marine conservation, volunteering with organizations like Our Singapore Reefs and Seven Clean Seas.
Lexine is the Founder and Owner of Nelity Events, a business established and based in Singapore. Her interest in events planning began from an early age as she enjoyed planning (parties and gatherings) for her family and friends. Whilst working in an F&B industry organizing company events and retreats, her passion for co-ordinating and planning events led her to start-up her own events business.
She currently works full time at Johnson & Johnsons Pte Ltd as a Regional Medical Education Coordinator and is also completing her double bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Events and International Business with Murdoch University.
With her fervent dedication for events coordinating, Lexine aims to ensure each of her events are successful and very much to the satisfaction of her clients.
Communications and Events
Gorana is a result-driven communications and event professional with over 15 years of experience in the Entertainment, FMCG and travel industries in Europe and Asia. She is internationally recognized for creating and implementing integrated communications campaigns and events, her outstanding global network and for contributing to the growth of electronic music culture in challenging regional markets.
Gorana started her career at McCann Erickson PR in Belgrade. In 2014, she became the Head of Bookings and Communications at South East Asia’s electronic music mecca: Bangkok’s Club GLOW. In 2017, she joined EPIZODE Festival as a Communications Director and was responsible for the festival’s rapid growth and international brand expansion by handling global PR, organizing a promo tour in 25 Asian cities, along with regional DJ bookings.
Gorana is now focusing on her own communications and events agency, without showing any signs of stopping.
Lumina & Mercury Live
Paulo is a proven leader with over 15 years experience leading multi-discipline teams and organizations. He has a deep knowledge across multiple platforms, including advertising, large scale events, experiential marketing, entertainment, television and film.
He began his career with The Walt Disney Company, working in roles rooted in storytelling and brand experience, that have been an essential foundation for his future achievements.
Since leaving Disney, Paulo has delivered blockbuster multi-platform projects across multiple markets, and has held positions as executive producer, creative strategist and managing director in established live marketing agencies in Brazil. He also has experience working in global advertising agencies, including JWT Singapore and Lew, Lara TBWA. Through creative vision and a drive for results, Paulo has helped some of the world's largest brands to realize their market potential, including Facebook, Unilever, Louis Vuitton, General Motors, Samsung, Coca-Cola and many others.
Having worked across Latin America, USA, Europe and now Asia, Paulo uses his diverse background to bridge cultural and language divides to deliver creative solutions. He has led varied and exciting challenges, including producing a photoshoot with Madonna for W Magazine, an interactive exhibit by Oscar winning director Michel Gondry, partnering with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for the launch of comedy website Funny or Die in LatAm or planning and executing multiple brand activations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Whether creating a brand experience or interactive project, producing integrated campaigns or TV commercials, Paulo has a track record of success across his career, taking visionary projects from concept to reality.
Entertaining Asia Limited
For the last 20 years, Nick Willsher has been a part of Hong Kong and Macau's entertainment and events scene. He first launched hkclubbing.com in 1999 and the website soon became Hong Kong's largest and longest running nightlife guide. He then founded Entertaining Asia in 2003.
Nick has been responsible for organising and managing hundreds of nightlife & lifestyle events, pool parties and entertainment bookings over the past 15 years.
In addition to Entertaining Asia's events, Nick and his team is responsible for countless event marketing strategies and campaigns for nightclubs, bars, restaurants and events around the region.
I am a very experienced theatre art person who is graduated in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Bachelors (Hon) of Fine Arts in Theatre Lighting Design. I have been working in the theatre performing arts in many different roles for more than 10 years. During my early theatre life, I have been working on touring show in Asia, mainly China, Singapore, Taiwan. After that, I was hired as a Show Lead of Special Effects in the most spectacular water show in Macau – The House of Dancing water.
Head of Events
BI WORLDWIDE APJ
After more than 13 years between Shanghai and Singapore, Marine considers herself more Asian than French. Mother of two, she has been heading the Events Solutions for BI Worldwide from China and South-East Asia since 2012. Awarded “Events Person of the Year” by Campaign Asia in 2018 for her performance, advocacy and support of the industry, Marine also mentors young events leaders in the region and is part of a Women in Leadership for the SITE Foundation. True believer that greatness can only be measured by what we do for others, Marine advocates causes such as women empowerment, sustainability, diversity & inclusion as well as supporting mental wellness campaigns.
Strategy & Marketing Director
A marketing and digital professional for over 15 years, Sharon has worked on a multitude of transglobal marketing projects and produced award winning campaigns for local and international brands across APAC, EU and the UK. Having worked for the likes of Conde Nast, M&C Saatchi, BBH, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and most recently Quintessentially and Rebel & Soul, Sharon focuses on brand problem solving and innovation beyond traditional media, communications and advertising.
Sharon completed the inaugural Australian Marketing Academy program in 2015, is a judge for The Webby Awards, Mumbrella Asia and The Special Event Asia, and has mentored both entrepreneuers and young people.