E-Commerce – Unlocking Economic Growth in Southeast Asia

Kristen Foster, Director, Government Relations & Corporate Affairs, AUNZ, eBay and Kim Le, Public Affairs Lead for North Asia and APAC Partnerships, UPS Asia Pacific

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : July 19, 2016

Time : 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Price : $0.00

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Hosted by the Financial Services and ICT Committees

According to a study done by AT Kearney e-commerce has tremendous potential for the ASEAN region.
  The survey, Lifting Barriers for e-commerce in ASEAN, discusses five key areas to help e-commerce thrive in ASEAN.  These include expanded broadband access, supporting the emergence of local players, enhancing online security, promoting e-payments and improving the logistics and trade efficiency.  The report suggests that focusing on these five key areas and identifying ways to improve will help the ASEAN region grow e-commerce.  Today the biggest economies in ASEAN account less than 1% of online global commerce whereas they account for 3-4% of global GDP and 8 % of the global population.  The e-commerce market has the potential to grow more than 25% per annum with the right policy environment and better ICT infrastructure in ASEAN. Today’s panel will showcase the impact e-commerce platforms are having in ASEAN and take a look at the current regulatory environment that is important for e-commerce to thrive.

About the Speakers

Kristen Foster
Director, Government Relations & Corporate Affairs, AUNZ

Kristen brings almost 20 years of international & domestic corporate & government affairs experience to eBay.

Kristen is currently on eBay's AUNZ Leadership team & Asia Pacific GR management team, leading eBay's GR business function in Australasia, Japan & in South East Asia & involved in India. Kristen liaises closely with the US, EU & APAC teams. Kristen worked across eBay Inc's major businesses (eBay & PayPal), prior to the separation & creation of two independent companies, in July 2015.

Before joining eBay Inc, Kristen held senior business leader positions at Visa Inc. & Fortune500 Company, Genworth (formerly a company of GE). Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication), Master of Arts (Public Policy) Hons (University of Sydney) & Master of International Relations (The University of New South Wales). Kristen has completed Executive Programs at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government in Boston U.S. & INSEAD.

Kim Le
Public Affairs Lead for North Asia and APAC Partnerships
UPS Asia Pacific

Kim Le is Manager for Public Affairs, UPS Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, she drives the company’s constructive engagement with stakeholders in Asia Pacific and develops partnership opportunities that support international trade and create positive impact in the communities UPS operates in. She manages UPS’s capacity-building programs for small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in collaboration with ASEAN governments, U.S. government and other non-governmental organizations in Southeast Asia. Before UPS, Ms. Le worked at Vriens & Partners, a public affairs consultancy focusing on ASEAN, and a variety of non-profit organizations prior to that. Ms. Le holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore.

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