CUAsia 2017: Creative Convergence
Exploring the intersection of work
@ THE COWORKING UNCONFERENCE ASIA
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
FEBRUARY 8 - 12, 2017
After two successful years of hosting CUAsia in beautiful Bali, it’s time to take the show on the road…so the 3rd CUAsia will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in February 2017.
The first 2 years saw over 350 participants from over 30 countries, including coworking space operators, real estate companies, workplace futurists, educational institutes, media companies, tech teams, digital nomads and investment firms. Who will you meet this year?
We can promise you one thing. You've never been to a conference like this before.
Feb 8, 2017 (Wed)
A day to celebrate, showcase and explore the Thai ecosystem and connect it directly with global partners.
Meet your fellow coworkers from Thai coworking scene and beyond AND listen to stories on differences and similarities about coworking and communities in Thailand.
Spotlight Thailand - Agenda
08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:15
09:15 - 09:30
How to Build, Grow, Scale a Global Tech Company, Oko Davaasuren (Techstars)
09:30 - 10:00
Overview of Thailand Tech Startup Ecosystem and Why Start Now?, Chalermyuth Boonma (DTAC Accelerate)
10:00 - 10:30
Living in the City without Owning a Car: Car-sharing and Future of Mobility in Thailand, Tanawat Vichaiwatanapanich (Haupcar)
10:15 - 10:30
Travel Tech and Tourism in Thailand, Taro Amornched (TakeMeTour)
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:15
Panel: How to Come Up with Great Ideas and Get Started,
Tanawat Vichaiwatanapanich (Haupcar), Sahib Anandsongvit (Seekster), and Taro Amornched (TakeMeTour)
11:15 - 11:30
Chiang Mai Startup Ecosystem, Pradorn Sureephong (College of Arts, Media and Technology)
11:30 - 12:00
What’s New for Business, Finance and Technology Law in Thailand?, Warot Wanakankowit (Wingman & Partners)
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:45
Design Thinking, Oko Davaasuren (Techstars)
13:45 - 14:15
A Lesson from Seoul Ecosystem, Michael Kim
14:15 - 15:00
Panel: Regional Showcase - Map of Thailand: Pun Space (Chiang Mai), StarWork (Chiang Mai), KoHub (Krabi), HUBBA (Bangkok), and RPOD (Pattaya).
15:00 - 15:15
15:15 - 15:45
Panel: Thai Startup Success and Failures Stories
15:45 - 16:00
Lessons from Uber: Scaling Your Startup in Southeast Asia, Lin Fan (Uber)
16:00 - 17:30
Pitching Practice for Chiang Mai Startups, Commentary and Award Ceremony
17:30 - 21:00
Networking Cocktail Party at Innovative Village
Feb 9, 2017 (Thu)
Coworking Academy is a fun and focused workshop to help new or prospective spaces accelerate their learning on the Big 4 of Coworking Space: Community Engagement, Coworking Finances, Coworking Operations, and Programming & Events.
Join us to get unstuck; ask questions to experienced operators; and take away tangible tools and templates. You can also join forces with other newbies in the field and see what magic unfolds!
Location: Punspace Tha Pae Gate
7/2 Rachadamnoen Road, Soi 4, Prasingha, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Dropped pin: https://goo.gl/maps/YPPJYz1z4EP2
Coworking Academy - Agenda
08:30 - 09:15
09:15 - 09:30
Introduction by Steve Munroe (CAAP)
09:30 - 10:15
The Fundamental Question: Who is YOUR Community and Where Will You Find Them?, Alex Hillman and Adam Teterus (IndyHall)
Are you actually solving a problem? We'll look at your product/market fit, build customer avatars and start to craft your message.
10:15 - 11:00
Real Estate Tricks: How Not to Get Screwed on Your Lease, Arun Patro (91springboard)
Basic real estate principles, things to think about BEFORE you sign, different lease structures, and negotiating tips.
11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 11:45
Design in the Space, Sombat Ngamchalermsak (Paperspace)
Design secrets to enhance collaboration in your space.
11:45 - 12:15
Nobody Needs Advertising! But Everybody Loves A Great Story ... , Matthias Schuecking (Working Capital)
Your brand says a lot about you. Work through a number of critical points to make sure your brand narrative is clear and you attract the right people to your community
12:15 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
Track 1.1: Community, Josh Lipscombe (Inspire 9)
Ultimately, a vibrant community is what will make or break your business. We'll workshop how to create the perfect environment for your community to grow and flourish
Track 1.2: Recruit and Retain the A team, Ramashis Biswas (91springboard)
Your team is everything. Get some insights into HR strategies, and make sure you are attracting and retaining the right people.
14:00 - 15:00
Track 2.1: Sponsorship and Partnership, Mike LaRosa (Communitas)
How to attract partners and secure sponsorships without selling your space’s soul.
Track 2.2: Tech Tools, Kasia Triantafelo (Hubud)
A blazing introduction to some of the tech and SaaS tools that will keep your space running better and more profitably.
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:30
Track 3.1: Events, Ashish Goenka (Mingle)
Events animate your space and define your community. Learn about international events you can run in your space, and how to develop a signature program for your space.
Track 3.2: Finance, Jonathan O'Byrne (Collective Works)
How to fund your space opening, key operational finance issues, and how to pivot if it is not working.
16:30 - 16:45
Filling your space: Sales and Marketing Make the World Go Round, Mario Berta (FlySpaces)
Learn marketing strategies and develop your unique sales pitch based on what you learned today!
16:45 - 17:30
Scaling Within: Developing Value Propositions for Bootstrapping Founders to Unicorns, Michelle Woo Pui Mun (The Hub Singapore)
Navigating growth by focusing on the success patterns of our members. How to curate a growth strategy with an ever-changing community and market environment.
17:15 - 17:30
Wrap Up, Steve Munroe (CAAP)
CU ASIA DAY 1
Feb 10, 2017 (Fri)
CUAsia will provide you with the opportunity to share experiences and explore the ways in which we can live, work and learn differently in the new collaborative economy.
Now it's your time to be part of The Future Of Work!
CU Asia Day 1 - Agenda
08:00 - 09:00
Registration, coffee, and networking.
09:00 - 09:30
TRENDS IN WORK, THE WORKER AND THE WORKPLACE
09:30 - 09:50
Real Estate versus Shared Economy- From Dystopia to Zen, Juliette Morgan (Cushman and Wakefield)
09:50 - 10:10
The Futurists on the Future of Work, Pieter Levels (Nomadlist)
10:10 - 10:30
Global Coworking Research & Asia Survey Results, Carsten Foertsch (Deskmag)
10:35 - 11:00
COWORKING SPACE IN THE ECOSYSTEM
11:00 - 11:35
Fuck Up Nights: CU Asia Edition, hosted by Asish Goenka (Mingle)
11:35 - 11:45
A Case Study: A Closer Look at the Singapore Coworking Market, Arnaud Bonzom (500 Startups)
11:45 - 12:00
Google for Entrepreneurs and Coworking, Mike Kim (Google)
12:00 - 12:15
The Future of Work is Social, Lachlan Sloan (BizDojo)
12:15 - 12:30
Big Question Line-Up
12:30 - 12:40
Celebrating Our Diversity
12:40 - 14:00
14:15 - 15:00
Emerging Trends in the Asian Coworking Industry
(Panel) Trendspotting: 3 Key Trends for Coworking in Asia in 2017, with Leanne Beasley (Coworker.com), Mario Berta (Flyspaces), and Brad Krauskopf (Mesh)
(Fireside Chat) Why Google and Coworking Spaces are Natural Collaborators, Mike Kim (Google)
(Debate) A Battle of the Models - Leasing vs CRE Partnerships, Jonathan O'Byrne (Collective Works) vs Varun Chawla (91springboard)
(Workshop) Metrics and Measurements for Your Business, by Anil George (91springboard)
15:25 - 16:10 Partnerships and Convergence
(Panel) Coworking Spaces as Anchors for Social Change, with Melina Chan (Inspire9), Jason Lusk (Clickspace), and Risyiana Muthia (Hubud)
(Fireside Chat) Surfacing Better Solutions: Design Thinking and Customer Empathy, Oko Davaasuren (Techstars)
(Debate) Will Corporate Incursion Into Coworking Spaces Kill Coworking? Alex Hillman (Indy Hall) vs Arnaud Bonzom (500 Startups)
(Workshop) Sponsorships and Partnerships, Mike LaRosa (Communitas)
16:30 - 17:15 Future of Work
(Panel) The Future of Work is Mobile, with Marcus Meurer (DNX), Kyrie Melnyck (7in7), Dinara Tagirova (Genius Cafe)
(Future of Work) Skills to Survive Work in the 21st Century with Kavi Gupta (Forbes)
(Panel) Coworking Spaces are the Future of Learning, with Nick Shewring (Biz Dojo), Michelle Woo (Hub Impact Singapore), and Vitto Christaldi (Hubud)
(Tech Carousel) Bisner, Cobot, Colo, Mesh and Nexudus
17:30 - 18:00
18:30 - 20:00
Cocktail hour at the Brick Space
CU Asia Day 2 - the "Unconference"
Feb 11, 2017 (Sat)
They say decisions are made by the people who show up, and an unconference is no exception. It is the ultimate participatory adventure!
Bring your insights, concerns, queries and burning topics for discussion to these 6 unconference sessions, and help us design the day with what matters most to you.
Nong Pa Khrang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Changwat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Dropped Pin: https://goo.gl/maps/9EQaiKfPDg12
CA Asia Day 2 - the Unconference - Agenda
08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:30
Intro to the Unconference
09:30 - 11.00
Unconference session 1 & 2
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 01:00
Unconference session 3 & 4
13:00 - 02:15 Lunch
14:30 - 15:50
Unconference session 5 & 6
15:50 - 16:20
16:20 - 16:55
The Unconference summary
16:55 - 17:15
CU Asia wrap Up and next Steps
17:15 - 19:30
Rest and refresh
19:30 - 23:00
White party at the River Market
Feb 12, 2017 (Sun)
You're in Chiang Mai Thailand, after all, so don't forget your healthy dose of temple visits, great food food, nature and Thai famous hospitality! Join our post-conferences excursions, and you'll figure out why the world calls Thailand 'the land of smiles'. Standard and Full pass holders may choose to join one of the three tour options available, for free.
Excursion Day - Agenda
Option 1: Doi Suthep Tour
Pick up at Punspace Tha Pae Gate (Dropped pin: https://goo.gl/maps/YPPJYz1z4EP2)
Arrival at Doi Suthep
10:00 - 11:30
Exploring around the temple & surrounding area
Tour ends & drop-off
Option 2: Three Temples Tour
Pick up at Punspace Tha Pae Gate (Dropped pin: https://goo.gl/maps/YPPJYz1z4EP2)
10:00 - 11:30
Explore 3 famous temples: Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Umong, and Wat Suan Dorg
Tour ends & drop-off
Option 3: Sticky Waterfall Tour
Pick up at Punspace Tha Pae Gate (Dropped pin: https://goo.gl/maps/YPPJYz1z4EP2)
Arrival at Buatong Waterfall
10:30 - 11:30
Relax and swimming at the waterfall (Please bring towel & swimsuit)
Back in Chiang Mai city
A first look of our line-up:
Founder and Co-CEO of Hubba Thailand
Amarit Charoenphan is a startup ecosystem builder, serial events organizer, and entrepreneur. He is actively building the Thai startup community through events and workshops, and was Thailand Country Host for Geeks on A Plane Southeast Asia tour, on top of the 100+ events he's organized in the past 2 years.
Director of Corporate Innovation at 500 Startups
Arnaud is an Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD. A prolific speaker, he sheds light on the often overlooked, yet active approach by corporates to tap into the minds (and indeed, businesses) of entrepreneurs. His work has received extensive media coverage in Forbes, Bloomberg, Les Echos and other media.
Founder and Editor of Deskmag.com
A social scientist, Carsten is passionate about new trends in urban affairs and the creative labor market, two things which are perfectly combined in the concept of coworking.
Partner of Cushman & Wakefield
Juliette is the tech property specialist at Cushman & Wakefield, one of the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenues of $5 billion. She specialises in positioning property product for tech and creative companies.
Chief Operating Officer at BizDojo
A natural entrepreneur, Lachlan brings a breadth of experience that aligns seamlessly with the offer of the BizDojo Group. He has enviable experience at a governance level along with practical hands-on skills in the startup world both here in New Zealand and overseas. Lachlan was a key player within Compass, taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer, then Board Director and later Vice President of Corporate Development.
APAC Partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs Lead
Prior to joining Google, Mike was Senior Director of Corporate Development for Baedal Minjok ( 배달의민족 ), Korea's largest mobile food ordering application. Before moving to Seoul he led Global Business Development for LinkedIn's Profile product teams and was a Director of Business Development for Monster Worldwide. He started his technology career as an early member of social gaming giant Zynga, and the CEO and founder of Yollege. Mike is deeply passionate about empowering and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurial pioneers in Asia.
Nomad List Founder
Pieter is the founder of Nomad List, a website to find the best places in the world to live and work remotely, and Remote OK, one of the biggest remote jobs sites. He's been working on bootstrapping startups while traveling on and off for the last 3 years.
Steve is passionate on exploring how work practices are changing and how education can help people take control of their lives, pursue their passions and find their place in an increasingly borderless world. He co-founded Hubud, Bali's first coworking space, and pioneered the Coworking Aliance of Asia Pacific.
THE WORD ON THE STREET
You don't need to trust us. See what others have to say.
Founder of IndyHall, Philadelphia
“CUAsia is, hands down, the best coworking conference I've attended on the planet. I'm pleased and proud to have shared the experience with all of you!
Clearly, lots of intent and thoughtful planning made this event enjoyable and meaningful for all of us.”
Founder of Angkor Hub, Cambodia
“It was an amazing event! I met people with similar experience, people with the same mission, people with the same dreams. I felt a part of an awesome family.”
“It was really refreshing to be reminded of what this movement is all about. It's awesome to see how connected coworking communities are here in Bali, and I'm excited to visit the rest of you while I nomad around to see what's going on in other parts of the world."
Rehoboth Global Project Manager
"It was my first time to attend the CU Asia gathering this year. For me, it was a life changing experience. I really enjoyed meeting like-minded people from all over the world with similar DNA to me. Technology is allowing us to so many amazing things that we never thought could be possible in the past. By spending 3 days at the conference, it has led to friendships and partnerships that can be continued on-line from far away. This is awesome! I’m so proud of this community!"
WHO WILL YOU MEET?
Prodigious Point Man at Indy Hall
Adam Teterus is the Prodigious Point Man for Indy Hall, a coworking community in Old City. As a leader of the longest-running coworking space in the USA, he teaches skills needed to operate and maintain a collaborative, sustainable community. Adam firmly believes that all good things begin and end with an invitation to participate. He also firmly believes that comics are way cool and that Marvel's Man-Thing is criminally underrated.
Cofounder of Nexudus
Adrian is a software and hardware engineer with passion to do things differently. He is the co-founder and technical lead at Nexudus, an end-to-end platform to manage many of the processes happening in coworking and shared workspaces.
Adrian and his team are always on the lookout for anything which may make the life of space managers and members easier in their day to day in the space. Client or not, Adrian is always willing to offer advice and his views so make sure you take this chance to pick his brain.
Co-founder of Indy Hall
Co-founder of Indy Hall, one of the longest running coworking communities in the world. The creator and lead instructor of the Community Builder Masterclass, an intensive bootcamp-style course that teaches community leaders, managers, and corporations how to build a robust and powerful culture that scales for anything from a neighborhood association to a coworking space to a Fortune 50 business.
CTO & Co-Founder of Cobot
Alex Lang is the CTO and Co-Founder of Cobot, a web-based management software designed for coworking spaces, and Co.up, one of the first coworking spaces in Berlin, Germany. He developed Cobot together with Thilo Utke, to meet the needs of their own coworking space. Since then, Cobot has helped other space managers across five continents to streamline their business and have more time for their coworkers.
Founder of Vorq Space
Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. His extensive advisory experience on issues of strategy, driving performance improvement, change management, organization building and human capital development helps him play the role of a friend and advisor to various startups. VORQ SPACE is his newest venture which he is woking at making the next big sensation by implementing his vision with sheer perseverance and hard work.
Andi Saptari (Onky)
Founder / CEO, CO&CO
Started in banking/finance to business consulting, now entreprenuer. His passion for Music, Design and Technology, has led him to co-found SIM, an Artist Management, Music Publishing, and Brand Activation company, where he directs Business Development. He came to love the coworking movement, when discovering that it was a great platform for people from different creative backgrounds to converge and build a community where they can work together, share knowledge, and induce collaboration. He and his co-founders believed that there needs to be one in his native city, thus CO&CO was founded, Bandung’s first coworking space nestled in the heart of the City.
Started in Product Design in her studies, she has been interested in Art & Design since a little girl. Following her passion, she dreams of having her own brand with her own signature design. But when she started sketching her designs, she realized that she needs more exposure, not only to design skills and technique, but also the community, and business nature. Coworking has made a huge difference on her views on society, how it can embrace everyone from different backgrounds, to come together and collide. Meeting and connecting great minds with great attitudes and spirit, she fell in love with coworking and now is part of CO&CO, managing the community.
Senior Manager Operations at 91springboard
Anil George is the Head of Hub Operations at 91springboard, India’s largest coworking community. A fellow from the Young India Fellowship’s Liberal Arts Programme (Ashoka University/University of Pennsylvania), ex-Consultant at Mu Sigma and ex-programmer at eBay, he is passionate about systems, startups and sports. Anil is also part of ‘The History Project’, a social enterprise working across Delhi, Lahore, London and Boston to bridge narratives of history taught in Indian and Pakistani school textbooks.
Head of the strategic expansion at 91springboard
Prior to joining 91springboard, he was a PhD student at Duke University - Fuqua School of Business. My specialization was in Business Strategy, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. He's worked across both large and small firms. He was a part of Tutorvista - an online tutoring firm acquired by Pearson for over USD 150 Million. At 91springboard he heads the strategic expansion team.
Founder of Mingle
Ash is the founder of Mingle, the largest coworking space in Mumbai, with a fully equipped state of the art events facility, an in-house VC and incubator, and a Montessori themed crèche. Mingle's Mumbai space is the first of hopefully several Mingles around India and Asia.
Asset Manager at TFG Asset Management
Ava is an Asset Manager at TFG Asset Management in Dubai. The company manages a portfolio of hospitality and residential ‘mixed-use’ buildings, with the aim to enhance revenue generation through the provision of operational and strategic guidance. TFGAM is excited to enter the co-working domain for the first time, with the launch of an innovative space in one of their upcoming hotels.
Co-Founder and CEO of the Working Capitol
Ben believes that property can be transformed to take on another life, changing the way people interact with it. After learning the ropes with Red Brick Properties in New York City, Ben returned home to Singapore in 2010 and founded The Bamboo Group, a boutique real estate investment and development company. Inspired by his own entrepreneurial journey, he co-founded The Working Capitol, disrupting the way we work and providing people with a vibrant space to collaborate and be their most productive.
CEO of ThirdSpaces Group
Brad Krauskopf activates spaces that grow the collaborative capacity of individuals, businesses and cities. He is an entrepreneur, innovator and speaker. As CEO of Third Spaces Group, Brad is committed to catalysing a national network of smart work hubs that changes the way Australia works. Since 2011, he has founded Hub Australia, CoActiv8 and Platform3 to help realise this goal.
Community manager at Punspace
Brittnee studied law in college and worked as an intellectual property paralegal in the US for six years. Since moving away from the US, she has been working with co-living and co-working spaces, organizing and running retreats, setting up marketing campaigns and leading community outreach. She’s currently spicing things up for Punspace in Chiang Mai, doing community outreach and business development.
He’s spent much of his career brokering and advising venture capital and private equity investments around Asia. After a decade in Jakarta and Shanghai, he now focuses his experience and resources on developing Outpost into a destination for people wanting to take their businesses to the next level.
Entrepreneur in Residence at dtac Accelerate
Chalermyuth is an Entrepreneur in Residence at dtac Accelerate, the No. 1 accelerator house in Thailand. He is passionate and have been heavily involved in building Thailand tech startup ecosystem since 2012 through events, hackathons & accelerate program. He also co-founded a startup, Fastinflow, marketing research tool that helps marketeer get consumer insights within a day.
Co-CEO & Co-founder, HUBBA
Charle is a serial entrepreneur and a co-founded HUBBA, a coworking space in Thailand. Passionate about entrepreneurship and helping others, he co-created HUBBA, which is creating rapid changes to Thailand's Startup Ecosystem, bringing innovator together, breaking down walls and creating opportunities for the next generations.
President & CEO of ThinPrint Cloud Services
After more than a decade working as technical consultant and project manager with traditional companies in old-school office settings, Christoph decided in 2015 that it was time for a change. He now leads the development of an internet-based print management service designed for coworking spaces. If you want to know why Christoph thinks that doing dishes and printing have a lot in common, just ask him.
General Manager of The Dream Factory
Conrad is a passionate entrepreneur with a deep interest in problem solving, leadership, community and helping people prosper. His personable, dedicated and friendly approach has seen him become a thought leader in the Australian startup, music and coworking community. Conrad joins the Inspire 9 team in 2017 as General Manger of the companies exciting new project "The Dream Factory".
Co-Founder of Nomadbase, Product Manager at Human Made
Daphnée is the co-founder of Nomadbase, a location-based chat app made for remote workers to meet and get together in each cities they travel to. Passionate about travel, technology and innovation she is always ecstatic to discuss the future of work and has a strong motivation to influence the corporate world to go remote.
Happiness Manager at Genius Café Bali
Dinara Tagirova or Dee, the Happiness Manager at Genius Café Bali, Home to The Entrepreneur Beach Club, where she is in charge for marketing, PR and community building for this new co-working place on the beach. After organizing Winter Olympics in Russia in 2014, Dee bought a one-way ticket to Bali, joined Hubud, where she unleashed her potential as a creative and intuitive digital marketer. She became a creative force behind some cool projects and international speakers and founded whysodigital.com, a digital marketing company helping small businesses develop creative marketing strategies with zero budget.
David is the co-founder of Outpost, the spacious co-working facility in Bali, and an award-winning author. He is Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, and previously ran a water-focused non-profit, starting offices in Uganda, US and Japan. He’s also worked on Wall Street, in energy trading and in the White House.
An educator by training, Elizabeth started her teaching career with the Ministry of Education, Singapore. She later co-founded an enrichment business where she served as Curriculum Director for the centre. A mother to two homeschooling boys and one girl, Elizabeth is serving as Co-Founder and COO at Trehaus, Singapore’s first family-friendly co-working space.
Marketing Manager at Collision 8
A TEDx Speaker, Marketing Strategist, and Non-Profit Board Member, Faith lends her natural flair for storytelling to help companies and organizations effectively communicate their brands. She is currently working as the Marketing Manager at Collision 8, a Singapore-based co-working space and innovation hub, building on several years of experience in marketing, public relations, and event planning in both the US and Singapore markets.
Co-founder of DNX
Felicia and her cofounder Marcus strive to enable 13,000,000 people to break free from the conventional system and unfold their real potential. DNX connects and supports Digital Nomads with events and online platforms.
Content Manager - Empire Flippers
Gregory is the Content Manager for Empire Flippers. Originally from Alaska, he now travels the world while crafting content that can both educate and excite online entrepreneurs about how to either buy or sell their business in a profitable exit. In addition to be a content manager, in his free time he moonlights as a novelist.
Brand Manager of Make: Korea
Hee Jungs is brand manager and editor of Make: in Korea.
Over the last 6 years, she developed contents in various forms(books, articles, and events), organized 'Maker Faire Seoul', and helped building local tech DIY communities. She is passionate about figuring out how to make a living in the age of grassroots innovations and open-source intelligence.
I am a Co-founder and co-CEO of Hive Arena, a coworking space based on techie community in Seoul. My passion is to build tech for good community to make positive impact socially. My background is hardware engineering. And I am interested in technology, woman, mental healthcare and social enterprise via online and offline community building. I am ready to build the community, “coworking South Korea” also. I am really happy to share the tips and information about setting the online, offline stage for creative collaboration.
Founder of KoHub
As a digital nomad, James has traveled, lived and worked all over the world since 2004. Koh Lanta is now James' base, where the allure of work/life balance has called him back for many years. The Thai island was the natural choice for James to establish KoHub - a community focused tropical coworking space.
Jason loves the Mekong region and aims to enrich its economies through sustainable tourism, digital nomadism and social entrepreneurship. He launched ClickSpace four years ago as Hanoi’s community hub for digital nomads and expat freelancers. A career marketer, he also founded the tourism and hospitality marketing agency Clickable Vietnam. Jason is co-organizing of the MIST Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism business plan competition with the Asian Development Bank’s Mekong Business Initiative and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.
Co-founder Workwander & Coworking Singapore
Workwander is a mobile application for users to find co-working spaces based on location and book them by the hour.
Coworking Singapore is a listing platform that aims to build a community of coworking space owners and users in Singapore.
Founder and CEO of Collective Works
Jonathan is an entrepreneur, designer, investor and the founder of the coworking space Collective Works. Jonathan's work is rooted in the belief that you can improve the way people experience the world through design. His passion has led Collective Works to become Singapore's fastest growing coworking community. Jonathan's first book on coworking, titled 'Coworking Corp' is due to be published in a few short months.
I am co-founder and co-CEO of Hive Arena in Seoul. And I’m building a tech for good community to make positive change in Korean startup and tech scene and society. Now I have a plan to build the community ”coworking south Korea” I would like to meet some people want to live or stay in south Korea. In few years, I hope to build a coworking and coliving village in South Korea for digital nomads and techies.
Chief Operating Officer of the Working Capitol
Jori joined Regus in 2009 where he took a role as country head in Indonesia and Taiwan. He then was appointed Commercial Director in May 2013 where he was responsible for overseeing all key commercial activities as well as strategy, operations, product development and business development for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. In August 2016 Jori joined The Working Capitol where he currently oversees the company's Operations, Commercial Strategy and Projects.
General Manger at Inspire9
Inspire9 is the original community-led coworking space for Melbourne’s startups, freelancers and creatives. With a background in events and communications, Josh enjoys creating meaningful experiences to support and empower the local startup and coworking communities. He's a passionate advocate for small business and local entrepreneurship across the tech, business and creative fields, and he already thinks you’re awesome.
Josh is a gregarious person who grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA. He lived in Atlanta, Georgia for seven years before he sold his house, quit his 9-to-5 job and began traveling the world last spring. Josh has spent the majority of his career bringing technology solutions to hospitals in North America, and working with doctors, software architects and engineers building healthcare apps ranging from revenue cycle to anesthesiology. As a lover of community, travel and bikes, Josh continues to be fully engaged with life while learning the art of juggling and going to Burning Man festivals around the world. Ask Josh about the principles he wants to bring to co-working spaces!
Living Office – Performance Environments Strategist at Herman Miller
Karen holds a BSc in Mathematics and professional training in Data Science. Prior to joining Herman Miller, she worked as business intelligence analyst for over 10 years in different kind of business sectors. She is experienced in turning numbers into knowledge.
Karen is Performance Environments Strategist specialized in space utilization study. Currently, she is working on Herman Miller PassportTM – an innovative solution for space utilization study.
Writer and Content Producer
Kavi Guppta is a writer on labour transformation and is dedicated to helping young people navigate the future of employment. His work has been published in Forbes and Harvard Business Review amongst other publications. He lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Co-Founder of 7in7 Conference
Kyrie is an ocean loving digital nomad, freelance event consultant and Co-Founder of 7in7 Conference. A conference focused on making long term digital nomad life better, that is taking place over 7 years on all 7 continents (Antarctica too!)
Regional Manager of Asia Pacific at Techstars
Lalitha Wemel is a community architect based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. She is currently the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs across East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, where she works with amazing community leaders to strengthen and empower their local startup ecosystem.
Co-Founder & CEO of Coworker.com
Leanne is co-founder of Coworker.com, the new "Tripadvisor for Coworking Spaces" launched in October 2015. Lover of technology, random adventures, ingenious collaborations and not-so-secret missions to change the world, she's lived outside of her native UK for most of the past 12 years, including Togo, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand.
A former implementation manager at a Washington, DC-based healthcare startup, Lindsay has spent the last 9 months chasing adventure through Southeast Asia, India, and Nepal. She is very excited to meet innovators, creators, and professionals in the coworking space and to use her skills and passion to grow social impact ventures.
Passionate about people, purpose and creating value, Louise worked 17 years at the intersection of innovation, marketing, and strategy. Louise is currently building a portfolio of startup investment and advisory roles. She is a big believer in p2p networks and busy creating a global co-living cooperative.
An avid traveler hailing from the Netherlands, she visited over 90 countries and is now living in New York City for over five years. She loves connecting to those doing interesting things in disruptive ways. Feel free to reach out.
Mara Nepomuceno Fortich
Mara is a co-founder of The Cosama Collective, the Philippines’ first surf-oriented coworking and co-living resort. She is the former Creative Officer of Nuworks Interactive Labs, Inc., and is committed to using her experience as a digital nomad to helping others transition to a location independent life, as well as educating rural communities about marketing and branding so they may promote their own businesses and further their livelihood.
Co-Founder of DNX
Marcus is a Digital Nomad by heart and started together with his girlfriend Felicia the global DNX movement. DNX enables the people to work from anywhere and regain the power to decide on their jobs, their time, and their life.
Founder and CEO, FlySpaces.com
Founder and CEO of FlySpaces.com a tech-start up that empowers SMEs to get access to flexible office and retail space. True global professional with extensive experience in leadership, strategy, innovation and expansion. Passionate about empowering and enabling people, developing businesses, and supporting companies and institutions all around the World.
Managing Director of O4
Managing Director of O4 - one of the biggest coworking spaces in Poland. Passionate about education, Marta is also a Board Member at School of Educational Mastery - unique educational proposal for Polish teachers. She's coming to CU Asia to network, cooperate and promote education and Gdańsk, where O4 is based in.
Matt's approach to solving problems factors in an over looked component to the business machine, and that is people. Studying Anthropology has allowed him to bring an understanding of problems from a unique and fresh perspective, blending his experience in Journalism, PR and Content and transcending that into his role as Marketing Coordinator for Spacecubed and FLUX.
CMO at The Working Capitol
Sourcing from rich experience in brand marketing, Matthias loves all things creative and digital. In his 15+ years at Unilever, he learned to uncover unique insights and translate them into brand stories for the likes of Dove and Axe. Following that, he was heading up marketing in APAC for Airbnb for 2 years. The German, who has been in Asia for the past 9 years, is now the CMO at The Working Capitol in Singapore.
Founder of Nomad Coliving
Maria is a global citizen with roots in Africa, Japan, and France, and calls Canada home. She travelled extensively, and after years working as a business consultant, she founded Octo D, a successful online e-tech startup that focuses on B2B e-learning module development. Passionate about alternative learning styles, travel, and business development, Maria is launching Nomad Coliving in Spring 2017, the first of its kind in Canada.
General Manager at Inspire9
Melina has been involved in Inspire9 since its inception. After an AYAD placement in Cambodia, Melina cofounded the social enterprise Kinyei, where she worked on a group of community development projects to generate employment opportunities for young Cambodians.
General Manager of Impact HUB Singapore
Michelle is the GM of Impact HUB Singapore – the country’s largest
coworking community of entrepreneurs, creatives, and techies. As she highly regarded Impact HUB as a pioneer and innovator for coworking spaces, she jumped at the first opportunity to join the team. Today, Michelle has helped the business scale to two new locations. And she manages all the membership products that cater to Impact HUB Singapore’s community– from early-stage founders to billion-dollar ventures. Her next mission is to scale the business to a regional level.
Co-founder of Collision 8
Michelle Yong triggers corporate innovation from within. Fourth generation leader of construction conglomerate Woh Hup, she built its property development arm Aurum Land to an award winning $100 million+ business. A foodie at heart, she has a background in strategy consulting and a degree in economics. Dedicated to bringing success to the next generation, Michelle started Collision 8 to help corporates like herself grow through innovation.
Momon is a co-founder of The Cosama Collective, the Philippines’ first surf-oriented co-working and co-living resort. With a culinary background and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Momon aims to bring a holistic approach to productivity by introducing fitness and health to the digital nomad lifestyle.
Developer at Bisner
Believing that technology can bring people closer together, he develops the platform to connect coworking space members wherever they are. His direct contacts with community managers implementing Bisner helps him designing the best solution for all coworking communities. Through his passion for technology and community activation, he participates in revolutionizing the way coworking communities interact.
Regional Director of Asia at Techstars
Oko is a director APAC, Startup Programs at Techstars. His work is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. He helps entrepreneurs from inspiration to IPO and runs community focused programs such as Startup Weekend, Startup Next, Startup Week and Startup Digest. Oko is also a Co-Founder of Startup Mongolia, Mongolian NGO that organizes various programs, events and trainings for entrepreneurs and startups.
Country Manager of Regus Thailand
Paul has extensive experience in Australia, Philippines, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong & Singapore. During Paul’s 12 years at Regus proved to be an important contributor to the company’s marketing strategies, growth, sales and operations in the markets he has worked in.
Since March 2016 Paul has been assigned to develop a national network in Thailand, which Regus is already Thailand’s number one flexible office provider.
Prior to co-founding Trehaus, Rachel was Senior Manager of Channel Marketing with Microsoft Asia Pacific. Since becoming a mother of one boy, Rachel has felt the importance of changing the landscape of work-life balance. Serving as Co-Founder and CEO of Trehaus, Rachel currently oversees all operational and management aspects Singapore’s first family-friendly co-working space.
Head Resource at 91springboard
Ramashis heads Human Resource at 91springboard, the largest coworking community in India and has earlier worked in HR and Process Excellence in companies of various sizes- all the way from 100 people to 6000+ employees. A graduate from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, he is passionate about people, processes, and football. Ramashis is also an ex-entrepreneur and was running his own venture in the automobile services space before joining 91s.
Account Manager at Gpayroll
Love ideas, learning, thinking, books, cats, data, yoga, organic food, making friends and sharing happiness. Currently growing business for Gpayroll in HK, showing people how to make one of the most complicated thing (aka payroll) fun and easy!
Ray Riszki Ramadhan (Iqie)
General Manager, CO&CO
Started in Broadcasting, once a Chef, was a Restaurateur, is now managing the A to Zs of coworking space at CO&CO, Bandung’s first coworking space nestled in the heart of the City. His passion for community building has made him a coworking enthusiast since day one. His life long passion in cullinary, not only about the food and products, but most of all, the process, journey and love that was put in to them, and how they brings people together. He believes that coworking is the future of work, where young professionals particularly in Indonesia may benefit from the community that coworking has to offer.
Risyiana Muthia (Sisie)
Communication Manager of Hubud [Hub-in-Ubud]
Sisie is passionate about community growth, media engagement, and storytelling in any form. She has been involved in the growth of Hubud since 2013, shaping and spreading the messages wide and far.
Rivan Febrianto (Bayu)
Founder / CFO, CO&CO
He started from a multi-industry company, in automotive, agriculture to mining and infrastructure, then moved on to managing a brand in fashion retail, after finding his true calling, helping small businesses in financial management, where eventually he started his own firm. His ventures was aimed to contribute to the creative business community, so when CO&CO was initiated, it was very much in-tune with what he was working on, a platform for all things he believed in. CO&CO was part of an ecosystem for the growing creative economy in Indonesia, at the time, it was, the first of its kind in Bandung.
He started from creating events during his school years, to help managing one of the hippest pop-up market events in his college years. A Communication Management major, with a passion in media and advertising. Loves fashion, movies and the art of communications psychology. His dream. Establishing his own fashion brand and become a communications guru. Now he’s at CO&CO, managing the community and help them evolve, connecting with people from various background, and different generation, while learning, sharing and getting heaps of knowledge in the process.
Co-Founder of The Working Capitol
In 2013, Saranta went to Myanmar and immersed herself in the startup ecosystem, providing market entry consultancy services and facilitating networking opportunities between exploring entrepreneurs and emerging businesses in a fast-growing market. Passionate about people, building cultures and communities, Saranta co-founded The Working Capitol, a space for people to collaborate and do their best work.
CEO of MESH
Simon has 25 years of software development under his belt and is passionate about producing user-focussed solutions using the latest software tools. As the CEO of MESH he and his team are dedicated to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of coworking spaces. He's excited to see where the Industry is headed and looks for ways to help spaces future-proof their businesses.
Stefan van der Werf
Cofounder at Bisner
Stefan is cofounder at Bisner. Passionate about the new way of working, he created Bisner to help coworking managers activate their communities better. He strongly believes that flexibility will shape the future of work, and that connecting people creates opportunities. With these beliefs, he designed Bisner to support coworking space managers develop their spaces as they envisioned them and grow their communities faster and stronger.
Co-Founder of Impact Hub Candidate Jakarta
Stephanie is the co-founder of Impact Hub Candidate Jakarta and an ecosystem strategist at VSS - a consultancy focused on cross-sector partnerships, strategy and storytelling for visionary companies. She's passionate about the role of coworking spaces as facilitators of social change, growing the B Corp movement in Southeast Asia and supporting [Nomad] Social Responsibility in every community.
Co-founder of 91springboard
Varun is the co-founder of 91springboard - a collaborative environment transforming the start-up ecosystem across India and emerging markets. Springboard provides start-ups with work space, infrastructure & services, a platform to network and learn, customised incubation, and access to capital.
Vitto is the Events Manager of HUBUD and the Head Coordinator of Coworking Alliance Asia Pacific (CAAP). He has organised more than 1,000 events in the past 2.5 years, 430 events only in 2016. He is also the Party Captain of Invasion Ubud, the biggest monthly pool party series in Ubud, Bali.
Yap Jia Hui
Members' Liaison - Operations at Collision 8
As a proud graduate of RMIT’s Bachelor in Professional Communications programme and a diploma holder in Nanyang Polytechnic’s Mass Media Management, Jiahui has built expertise in media, communications, and events with the likes of Mediacorp, Fremantle Asia and A+E Networks. She is currently taking on the role of Member’s Liaison at Collision 8, a coworking space and innovation hub in downtown Singapore, specializing in operations and events management.
Natural Taste of Chiang Mai
Beyond Chiang Mai's historic walls you'll soon find yourself in the lush green countryside of northern Thailand. Visit Doi Inthanon National Park also knows as "The Roof of Thailand" to see spectacular views, churning waterfalls and serene forests.