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Dr Cheok Beng Teck
Director MINDEF CIO Office
Ministry of Defence, Singapore

Dr Cheok Beng Teck (Cheok) heads the CIO Office in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). His office supports the CIO in exercising executive governance, creating synergies, introducing innovation and facilitating changes over all IT matters in the MINDEF. This includes providing an enterprise approach, planning, allocating and overseeing corporate IT investments in MINDEF. The office is entrusted with the tasks of transforming the current IT infrastructure for MINDEF. Prior to joining MINDEF, Cheok worked at the Singapore Polytechnic (1981 to 1989), National University of Singapore (1989 to 1998) and the Institute of High Performance Computing (1998 to 2002). Cheok received a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in 1979 from the University of Southampton (England) where he studied under a Colombo Plan Scholarship, a M.Sc from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) in 1981 under a fellowship awarded by the Singapore Polytechnic and a Ph.D. as a part-time student in 1998 from the National University of Singapore. Cheok received the National Technology Award for 2002 for outstanding research and engineering in the development of a Knowledge-Based Tooling Design System.
   
Guy Cross
Director,
Linux Business Development
Oracle Corporation Asia Pacific Division

Guy Cross is Director, Linux Business Development, in Oracle Corporation’s Asia Pacific Division. Based in Singapore, Mr. Cross manages business development programs across all of Oracle’s product lines for the Linux platform across the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Cross joined Oracle Corporation’s headquarters in 1995 as part of the North American Sales division and after several successful years in sales he pursued his technical interest with senior roles in pre-sales engineering and product management. As an ‘Oracle on Windows’ competitive specialist for Oracle’s Windows NT Solutions Sales division Mr. Cross became very experienced in working with the Intel customer and partner communities and soon was managing business development programs to deliver Oracle solutions on low cost, industry standard systems. In June 2001 Mr. Cross began managing the global alliance for Oracle and Dell and launched the Oracle/RAC-Dell/Linux program which provided the global foundation for the very strong business relationship which exists today between the two companies. The pioneering efforts of Oracle and Dell around Linux brought Mr. Cross into close interaction with Oracle’s Linux Program Office which he later joined in 2003. There Mr. Cross specialized in business development for Oracle’s global Linux strategy working with Oracle’s customers, partners and sales organizations to establish Oracle on Linux as a viable platform for business-critical computing. At the beginning of 2004 Mr. Cross joined Oracle’s Asia Pacific Division to drive the Oracle-Linux strategy with a regionally specific focus working with local customers, partners and Oracle teams. Mr. Cross holds a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Economics and Philosophy from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA.
   
Hemant Shah
ASEAN/SA Executive,
Strategic Growth Business & Linux
IBM Systems & Technology Group
IBM Singapore

Hemant is IBM’s Linux leader for the ASEAN/SA region, responsible for growth of Linux business. After being IBM’s Linux voice in Singapore since 2002, carrying the message as well as the solutions to customers, policy makers, solution providers and partners alike, Hemant moves into this regional role to spread his passion for Linux and Open Source on IBM platforms. After an extended and varied career designing applications for the automobile, and consumer electronics industries, and managing large regional IT establishments, Hemant turned to providing the resources that he had been using or wishing for, as a customer. He brings his engineering mind set, his hands-on knowledge of computing technologies, and deep business savy to the task of evangelizing the “New World” of Linux on IBM’s vast product range. His AP wide experience in large corporate environment helps him feel the customer’s pain as his own and be passionate in his pursuit of bringing Linux borne relief to IBM’s customers.

   
Paul Kangro
Solutions Manager
Novell APAC

Paul Kangro, Novell APAC Solutions Manager is responsible for providing direction to major companies on strategic choices across the range of Novell products. This includes net services technology; i directory, security, business process, content delivery services and Linux and open source solutions. Paul has broad experience working across the APAC region where he has consulted extensively for the New Zealand Government Secure Electronic Environment project as well as many major public companies, most recently for MBF. Prior to joining Novell in 2000, Paul spent 16 years at IBM in technical, sales, marketing and management assignments. The majority of his time at IBM was spent working in the Network System Division. Paul has also worked for Cable & Wireless Optus and Nortel Networks in technical and marketing roles. Paul studied Electrical Engineering at the University and New South Wales and holds an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney.

   
Winnie Lee
Technical Consultant
Veritas Software

Winnie Lee is a Technical Consultant for Veritas Software Singapore.
She is responsible for providing consultancy in the area of systems and storage management to the local customers. Winnie has been instrumental in helping customers manage their storages more effectively and with greater uptime. Her experiences include systems design, support and architecting, project management, and training. Winnie graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Information and Computer Science.

   
Laxman Bhatia
Enterprise Solutions Manager, Asia Pacific
BEA Systems

Mr. Bhatia is Enterprise Solutions Manager, Asia Pacific at BEA Systems. His regional responsibilities lie in leading next-generation application infrastructure and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based projects, as well as defining solution offerings and business development. Mr. Bhatia continues to build on his proven track record of recommending and delivering large-scale, mission-critical technology solutions to global accounts. He has been working with enterprise software for over 10 years, spanning product sales, consulting, consulting management and technology evangelism for various organizations where he designed and implemented regional J2EE EAI solutions. Mr. Bhatia has a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications.

   
Kuan Sung
Senior Manager,
InfoComm Division
National Library Board

Mr Kuan Sung, Senior Manager of NLB InfoComm Division has been with the board for over five years. He started his IT career in 1990 as an IBM mainframe engineer and later move to Singapore Computer Systems to handle its Hong Kong, Brunei and China operations over a period of 7 years. In NLB, he used to manage IT operations which cover helpdesk, end user support and data center operations. In NLB, he started to implement open source solution and extended it's capability into RFID library management system and also remote access infrastructure. Currently he is taking up a new role in NLB to look into new technology for practical implementation.
   
Chong Chan Meng
Asst CIO (Plans)
Ministry of Defence, Singapore

Mr. Chong Chan Meng joined the MINDEF CIO Office as Asst CIO (Policy) in 2002. As Asst CIO (Policy), Chan Meng studied the licensing risks of using Open Source Software (OSS), and formulated MINDEF's first policy for managing the use of OSS in MINDEF corporate IT systems. He jointly facilitated the setup of the public sector OSS Community of Practice with IDA to broaden awareness of OSS in the public sector, and allow agencies to exchange their experiences in using OSS. Chan Meng assumed the role of Asst CIO (Plans) in 2004, and plans, manages, and governs MINDEF's portfolio of corporate IT investments, whilst still keeping a keen eye on OSS developments. He was one of the key drivers for MINDEF's adoption of OpenOffice in 2004. Prior to joining MINDEF, Chan Meng headed the Decision Support Solutions Program in DSTA. Chan Meng received a B.Sc. (with Distinction) and an M.Sc from Stanford University (CA, USA) under the Defence Technology Training Award in 1998.
   
Rajesh Sreenivasan
Partner,
iTec Practice Group
Rajah & Tann

Rajesh Sreenivasan is a Partner at Rajah & Tann’s iTec Practice Group (intellectual property, Technology, entertainment and communications). He advises local and regional clients on matters relating to IT procurement and outsourcing contracts, Internet law and regulations, telecommunications, electronic commerce, digital forensics , digital media and competition issues concerning telecoms and media companies and for over ten years. His clients include state governments, multinational corporations in the telecoms, computer hardware and software sectors government linked companies and statutory boards and regional groupings such as the ASEAN Secretariat. On the international front, Rajesh has been engaged to assist the telecoms regulator in Brunei on formulating a telecoms licensing regime and government departments of Canada and Fiji on ICT and other legal reforms. Rajesh has in addition been engaged by the World Bank to review IT legislation in Mongolia. The World Bank has since engaged Rajesh further to lead and conduct an electronic commerce legislative benchmarking exercise involving over 20 countries. Rajesh has further assisted leading organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia in drafting and negotiating major IT contracts and outsourcing arrangements.
   

Sam K Tan
Senior Manager,
Product Marketing, Asia South
Sun Microsystems

Sam has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry, ranging from technical support, retail, system integration, product marketing and management. In his present capacity, Sam is responsible for the product lifecycle management of the Network Systems Group of products which include the x86/x64 product line, as well as for the Solaris Operating System. He is also a global Operating System Ambassador representing Asia South, and a member of the High Performance Computing Aces Team. Sam has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia.

   
 
     
 
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