Chinese tech companies are on an Asian roll. Alibaba counts Southeast Asia market as one of the primary destinations of its globalization drive. What are the underlying factors pushing Chinese companies to Southeast Asia? ORIGIN, a content track run by TechNode, dives deep into the basis of China and Southeast Asia’s technology development. As China’s home front begins to cool, many Chinese tech companies are starting to shift their focus to Southeast Asia. Alibaba no doubt is ahead of it all as it counts Southeast Asia as one of the primary destinations of its globalization drive. But, what truly is the underlying factor pushing Chinese companies to Southeast Asia?

After a successful run last year at SWITCH 2018, TechNode is bringing ORIGIN back again! This year, ORIGIN will be expanding beyond the shores of Singapore to help more people around Southeast Asia (SEA) region to understand why and how to get involved in this new stage of China-ASEAN development. By uniting critical players from the Chinese and Southeast Asian tech community at this conference, ORIGIN provides the best opportunity to gain valuable global connections and interaction through its industry conference.

On 21st June 2019, TechNode will be running its 2nd edition of ORIGIN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Malaysia Tech Week 2019*. This conference will be the first in Malaysia to unite all in the tech and business ecosystem for an intense 4-hours line-up of events revolving around topics such as FinTech, Artificial Intelligence, Islamic Digital Economy, E-commerce, Venture Investments, and micro-influencers.

With invigorating panels and intensive fireside chats, ORIGIN will further accentuate the ASEAN-China synergy through uncovering insight on China’s latest trends and developments in its vibrant tech industry and the SEA’s rapid growth landscape. TechNode ultimately aims to encourage cross-sharing and mutual understanding that will be benefitting for everyone.

Don’t have a ticket yet? Fret not. We are giving out free passes to TechNode’s community! Gain access to ORIGIN Malaysia Conference and other Malaysia Tech Week’s partner events happening from 19th – 21st June. Click here to redeem (may require VPN if you are in China), terms & conditions apply.

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Partial Speakers Line-up

NG Sai KitExecutive Director, Captii Ventures


Sai Kit is the Chief Executive of Captii Ventures, a venture capital company that he helped set up in late 2014. Captii Ventures is now a multistage investor in technology companies in Southeast Asia with portfolio companies in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

Besides heading venture investment activities, Sai Kit has also been involved in M&A, investments and corporate restructuring activities, as well as leading a digital and mobile advertising business within the Captii Group. He has also held audit, financial advisory and corporate finance roles in PwC, CIMB and other corporations across various industries including manufacturing, property development, financial advisory, food services, utility services, and investment banking.

He is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.

Kenneth TANVice President, Gobi Partners


Kenneth started as an Investment Analyst at Gobi’s headquarters in Shanghai. After two years, he was promoted to Associate and relocated to Gobi’s Kuala Lumpur office, where he assisted on investments into companies such as Carsome, Crowdo, Favful, Glints, and Travelio.


  Sharmeen LOOICo-founder, ShopBack Malaysia


Sharmeen brought ShopBack to Malaysia in early 2015. As the co-founder of ShopBack Malaysia, Sharmeen is responsible for the development of ShopBack’s collaborations with public and private sectors, at the same time facilitates marketing efforts that strengthen ShopBack’s business presence. For three consecutive years, Sharmeen is an advisory member of

MYCYBERSALE’s marketing group, formulating strategies for Malaysia’s largest online sale under PIKOM. She has also led ShopBack in working with ministries like Tourism Malaysia on several promotional programmes, as well as established collaborations with credible partners from bank and telco


  YEOH Chen ChowCo-founder, Fave


Chen Chow is currently the Co-founder of Fave, Southeast Asia’s leading online-to-offline (O2O) e-commerce market leader. Before starting Fave, Chen Chow led regional operations for Groupon Asia Pacific, moving up the ranks since joining as COO for Groupon Malaysia and Taiwan in 2012. Prior to Groupon, Chen Chow was a product manager at and a management consultant at Accenture. Chen Chow is a graduate of the prestigious Cornell University and an Eisenhower Fellow. Outside of work, he is passionate about youth empowerment, with involvement in various non-profit organizations such as The Worldwide Malaysian Students Network, Young Corporate Malaysians, and more.


*Malaysia Tech Week is a city-wide festival of events by the industry to bring together the best of Malaysia Corporates, Ecosystem Partners, Investors, Regulators, and Tech Start-ups along with delegations from all around the world to the tech hub of Southeast Asia- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.