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South Asia E-commerce
Summit 2023
 

26 - 27 September 2023
Shangri-La Colombo, Sri Lanka
 

Purpose

To ignite an electrifying fusion of ideas, innovation, and game-changing insights that will redefine the future of e-commerce in South Asia.

The South Asia E-commerce Summit 2023, convened by the Daraz Group, will be a dynamic and immersive two-day event designed to unlock an electrifying fusion of ideas, innovation, and game-changing insights that will redefine and shape the future of e-commerce in South Asia.

 

The first day of the event will encompass a Technology and Innovation Forum that will gather visionaries, trailblazers, industry leaders, policymakers, and influencers from the South Asian region. The agenda will include discussions around key topics like funding for e-commerce, payments and fintech, logistics for e-commerce and social commerce and influencer marketing. Each segment will be carefully curated with the aim of shaping a more inclusive and vibrant online commerce industry in the region.

 

The second day of the event will be a full-day Women in E-commerce Conference aimed at creating a space for pioneering women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the e-commerce industry. This experiential learning conference will equip participants with the latest tools, cutting-edge strategies, and invaluable insights needed to thrive in the digital economy and build brands, businesses and experiences that elevate the e-commerce experience in the region and take the industry to new heights.

Speakers 
New speakers are being added every week!

Agenda

Day 01 : Technology and Innovation Forum

9:00am- 10:00am

Registration

10:00am- 10:05am

Opening Remarks 

10.05am-10.25am

Remarks

Mr. Bjarke Mikkelsen, Chief Executive Officer, Daraz Group

10.25am-11.10am

Accelerating E-commerce Adoption: Strategies for Bridging the Digital Divide in South Asia

A discussion with Mr. Muhammad Sualeh Ahmad Farooqi, Secretary Commerce of Pakistan, Hon. Kanaka Herath, State Minister of Technology Sri Lanka, and Mr. Siddartha Raja, Senior Digital Development Specialist, the World Bank, moderated by Mr. Rakhil Fernando, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Daraz Group

11.10am-11.30am

Morning Coffee & Networking

11.30am-12.30pm

Capital Connections: Exploring the Funding Landscape for

E-commerce

A discussion with Mr. Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, PeakXV Partners, Mr. Shwetank Verma, Managing Partner Leo Capital, and Ms. Sonia Bashir, Founder and Managing Partner, SBK Tech Ventures, moderated by Ms. Kiran Faruqi, Chief Financial Offier, Daraz Group

12.30pm-1.00pm

Fintech Innovation: BigPay's Role in Transforming the Financial Landscape in Southeast Asia and Lessons for South Asia

Mr. Zubin Rada Krishnan, Acting Group CEO, BigPay

1.00pm-2.00pm

Networking Lunch

2.00pm-2.30pm

The Evolution of Online Marketing: Exploring the Role of Influencers and Social Commerce

Ms. Humna Raza, Influencer and Podcast Host

2.30pm-3.30pm

From Click to Doorstep: Unlocking the Secrets of A Seamless E-commerce Experience

A discussion with Mr. Zaved Akhtar, CEO and Managing Director, Unilever Bangladesh, Mr. Yasir Azman, Chief Executive Officer, Grameephone, Mr. Imran Saleem, Country General Manager, Careem Pakistan, and Mr. Varun Wijewardane General Manager, Uber Eats Sri Lanka and Mr. Ehsan Saya, Managing Director, Daraz Pakistan, moderated by Ms. Apoorva Bahl, Regional Head of User Growth, Daraz Group

3.30pm-4:00pm

The Secret to Tech Success Doesn't Lie in Tech

Ms. Mimi Nicklin

4.00pm  onwards

Closing Remarks, followed by Coffee and Networking

Mr. Bart van Dijk, Managing Director, Daraz Sri Lanka 

Day 02 : South Asia Women in E-commerce
Conference

Registration

8:30am - 9:00am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ms. Kiran Faruqi, Chief Financial Officer, Daraz Group

9:00am - 9:15am

The Power of Purpose-Driven Leadership: Driving Social Impact through Entrepreneurship

Ms. Komal Ahmad, Founder, Copia

9:15am - 9:45am

9.45am-10.00am

Threads of Change: A ​ ​Entrepreneur's Guide to Building a Game-Changing Company

Ms. Neha Kant, Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Clovia

From Garage to Global: Scaling a Startup Against All Odds

A panel discussion with Ms. Neha Kant, Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Clovia, Ms. Anisha Singh, Founder, SheCapital and Ms. Vaishali Gupta Founder and Chief Growth Officer, mCaffeine

10:00am-11:00am

Morning Coffee and Networking

11.:00am-11.30am

E-commerce and AI with Google

Shabana Badami, Head of Performance Solutions, South East Asia, Google

11:30am - 11:50am

Policy Pathways: How Governments Can Create Enabling Ecosystems for Entrepreneurs in E-commerce

A panel discussion with Mr. Hassan Arshad, Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Legal, Foodpanda Pakistan, Ms. Fiza Farhan, Global Strategic Development Advisor and a Member of the United Nations' Secretary General's High Level Panel on Women Empowerment, Ms. Laura Ho, Director, National Roadmap and Cross Border Rules, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Ms. Shomi Kaiser, Vice-President of FBCCI and President, e-Commerce Association (e-CAB) and and Ms. Abeer Qumsieh, Founder Khibraty and Chief BDO and Partner of MakanE

11:50am - 12:50pm

12:50pm -2:00pm

Lunch

Unveiling Consumer Behavior Shifts: How E-commerce is Reshaping Shopping Habits

A panel discussion with Ms. Richa Kar, Founder, Zivame, Mr. Ahmed Rizvi, Marketing Director, Reckitt Pakistan , Ms. Christeen Silva, Founder, Absolute Basics, Mr. Muhammad Salik Gadit, Head of E-commerce, Junaid Jamshed, Ms. Avanthi Colombage, Country Manager Sri Lanka and Maldives, Visa

2.00pm - 3:00pm

Driving Customer Growth through Personalization and Engagement

By Lipsa Satpathy, Head of Growth and Retention Marketing, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail 

3.00pm - 3:25pm

3:25pm - 3:55pm

Reimagining Resources: The Future of Sustainable Leadership

Ms. Pauline Grumel, Unisoap

Closing Remarks

3:55pm - 4:00pm

Masterclasses and Speed Mentoring Sessions

4:00 pm- 5:00pm

  • Social Media Lab: Maximising Your Marketing Strategy and Mastering Social Media for E-commerce

        A workshop with ADA Asia​​

  • A Masterclass with Google

  • Find Your Voice, Create Your Own Path, Build Your Brand: A Masterclass on Personal Branding
    A masterclass with Ms. Fiza Farhan, Global Strategic Development Advisor and a Member of the United Nations' Secretary General's High Level Panel on Women Empowerment

  • Speed Mentoring Session with Komal Ahmad, Founder of Copia

  • Speed Mentoring Session with Neha Kant, Founder of Clovia

Networking Coffee

5:00 pm- 5:45 pm

About Daraz

Founded in 2015, Daraz is South Asia’s leading e-commerce platform in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Myanmar. Daraz empowers more than 550,000 active sellers with world-class marketplace technology to reach the fast-growing consumer class in a region of 500 million people. Through Daraz Express and Daraz Pay, Daraz operates the most efficient and digitalised logistics and payments infrastructure in our markets. Daraz’s vision is to be a champion of South Asia serving 50 million consumers and businesses by 2030.

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