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B20 ESC Task Force continues to design constructive energy policies

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JAKARTA, Apr 23, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - The B20 ESC (Energy, Sustainability & Climate) Task Force held the 3rd ESC Task Force Online Meeting on Tuesday to discuss Policy Action that will be recommended at the upcoming G20, as noted in a release issued by PT Pertamina on Friday. The B20, or Business 20, is a G20 outreach group that represents the international business community.

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The B20 ESC (Energy, Sustainability & Climate) Task Force held the '3rd Task Force Call Meeting' on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (Antara/HO-Pertamina)

The B20 ESG Task Force, led by Pertamina, the largest Energy SOE (State-Owned Enterprise) in Indonesia, and Pertamina President Director & CEO Nicke Widyawati, the ESC Task Force Chair, continues to update policy design and policy action, calling for efforts to maintain energy, sustainability and climate change mitigation.

The ESC Task Force Online Meeting was attended by around 140 participants including ESC Task Force Deputy Chair, Agung Wicaksono, ESC Task Force Policy Manager, Oki Muraza, 8 ESC Task Force Co-Chairs, as well as members from 19 industries and 25 countries.

Widyawati invited members of the Task Force to discuss policy design and to explore actionable policy initiatives. "To date, we have received more than 300 comments and inputs that are very constructive and helpful for us to drafting policy. Through the active involvement of all participants, I am confident that this task force will provide relevant and actionable policy recommendations to the G20 leaders.".

She said that the meeting had gathered recommendations from the B20 Secretariat which would later be added to several new policy actions to be discussed in more depth to suit the focus and collective needs that represent the interests of the G20 Community as a whole.

"Let's work together to create and deliver the legacy of Indonesia's G20 presidency this year, both through policies and a series of side events on the real action of the task force, so that we can be fruitful and give the best to the G20," said Widyawati.

Widyawati also expressed hope that the main objective of the ESC Task Force, ensuring an inclusive process in developing policy recommendations and actions, will be achieved through meetings and discussions.

Task Force Policy Manager Oki Muraza explained that there are currently 12 main policy action inputs, from 14 policy actions discussed in the previous call meeting.

Task Force Deputy Chair Agung Wicaksono explained that the Task Force was striving to develop partnerships and collaborations, develop technology to carry out capacity building in various countries, and increase values to attract investment and financing access.

"To achieve these goals, we invite the realization of a corporate agreement and pilot project in the country, and we targeted to have it completed in September or October 2022," he said.

The B20 Secretariat offered green energy transition recommendations toward the G20 high-level meeting in Bali in November 2022. The recommendations included accelerating the transition to sustainable energy use, ensuring an adjustable and affordable transition, and welcoming global cooperation on enhancing energy security.

Contact: Fajriyah Usman, VP Corporate Communications, PT Pertamina (Persero)
M: +62 858 8330 8686, Email: fajriyah.usman@pertamina.com, URL: https://www.pertamina.com
Written by: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Editor: Sri Haryati (c) ANTARA 2022

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comThe B20 Energy, Sustainability & Climate (ESC) Task Force has continued designing constructive policies for energy transition efforts that will be recommended at the upcoming G20.

Beyond Imagination’s New Humanoid Robot Will Connect People Coast to Coast Physically

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NEW YORK, Apr 22, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Beyond Imagination, Inc. is building humanoid robots to solve the world's labor crisis by expanding access to jobs around the globe.

This week, the Beomni robot will appear at Explorers Club Headquarters and at the annual dinner on Saturday April 23rd in New York City. At the same time, across the country in Beverly Hills, CA, attendees at the Abundance360 Annual Summit will be able to remotely pilot the robot from 2,800 miles away.

Beomni is the world's most sophisticated general-purpose humanoid robot, capable of performing an almost unlimited number of tasks. Beomni's AI Brain learns from its human pilots and becomes increasingly autonomous over time.

Beomni will help solve the labor crisis by creating a global elastic labor force, lifting millions of people out of poverty by giving them access to jobs around the world. For example, the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that "More than 2.3 million workers die every year as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases." With Beomni, dangerous work will become completely safe because the robot will be the one taking the risks.

Elder Care is a $932B market today. We will help solve the elder crisis by enabling families to care for their own regardless of the distance between them and by multiplying the effectiveness of existing health care workers.

CEO and Founder Dr. Harry Kloor says, "We are thrilled to have been invited to demonstrate the advances we've made in Beomni's development at the Explorers Club. Beomni will be a great vehicle for explorers on earth and beyond! We share the spirit of exploration and discovery that is the hallmark of the Explorers Club."

Astronaut and Explorers Club President Richard Garriott adds, "For the last decade, I have been a power USER of early telepresence robotics devices, so I deeply appreciate the advancements in Beomni. We welcome the opportunity to showcase Dr. Kloor's creation alongside other world-changing technologies at our event. Smart technologies like Beomni will play an important part in helping solve the challenges the world is facing. On Earth, in space and on planets beyond Earth, robots like Beomni will play an essential role!"

The robot will be on display all week at the Explorers Club headquarters so members can have an opportunity to pilot it. On Saturday, Beomni will move to The Glass House, where the annual dinner is being held. Beomni will be serving drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the reception, and at the afterparty guests will also have the opportunity to pilot the robot.

Meanwhile, across the country in Beverly Hills, a second Beyond Imagination team will be set up at the Abundance360 Annual Summit. From there, Beomni will be operated from coast to coast. Members in attendance at the A360 Summit will be able to perform tasks, pick up and examine objects and even shake someone's hand across the country.

Abundance360 Founder, Peter Diamandis remarked, "Beyond Imagination dramatically changes the paradigm of how companies will provide services in the future, how and where you will receive healthcare, where you work and play."

About Beyond Imagination, Inc.

Beyond Imagination is a robotics and AI platform company that is focused on bringing humanoid robots to market rapidly. By partnering a human pilot with an evolving AI Brain, we will soon be able to deploy our Beomni Robotics platform across a wide range of commercial applications. Our practical, real-world approach is closer to that of Tesla, which released its vehicles and then built AI from the data that they collected, rather than that of other companies that are focused on narrow R&D domains.

Founded by leading innovators in AI and robotics, and strengthened by a solid patent portfolio, Beyond Imagination, Inc. is poised to revolutionize life and fundamentally change the way we work, travel and engage with others around the world.

Beyond Imagination is actively seeking business partners and investors for its Series A round. Details will be provided to qualified investors upon request. In-person demos are available by appointment for media and investors. Beyond Imagination is also seeking additional partners for pilot studies in medicine and beyond.

About The Explorers Club

Since its inception in 1904, members of the Club have traversed the earth, the seas, the skies, and even the moon, on expeditions. First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean and first to the surface of the moon - all accomplished by Explorers Club Members. Notable members include Teddy Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Jane Goodall, Edmund Hillary, John Glenn, Sally Ride, Bob Ballard, and more. https://www.explorers.org/

For more information visit: https://www.beomni.ai/

Source: Plato Data Intelligence

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comBeyond Imagination, Inc. is building humanoid robots to solve the world's labor crisis by expanding access to jobs around the globe.
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Top CX Visionaries to Gather at World CX Summit and Rebuild India’s Technological Ecosystem with CX

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BANGALORE, INDIA, Apr 22, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - As companies are emerging stronger from the Covid-19 pandemic, the need is to adapt to the changes in their business functions caused by a once-in-a-lifetime crisis. The way a company interacts with its clients has undergone substantial transformation leading them to seek innovations that can adapt to the current scenario.

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World CX Summit is an In-Person event taking place at Taj Lands End in Mumbai on 27 April 2022. The summit is hosting top Indian CX leaders and global experts, to explore the latest trends and address the most pressing challenges in the current CX ecosystem.

Alongside World CX Summit, Trescon is introducing 'World CX Awards', in a bid to honour top-notch CX professionals across industry sectors in the country, who have revolutionized the CX landscape.

"When you serve stated needs of customers, you meet expectations. When you go beyond and serve unstated needs, you exceed expectations," states KV Dipu, Senior President - Head Operations & Customer Service at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, and one of the speaker at World CX Summit.

Dharmender Narang, SVP - Chief CX Officer, at IIFL Securities stated, "Today, companies can regularly, and seamlessly collect customer interaction data from across financial, and operations systems, yielding deep insights about their customers. Those with an eye toward the future are boosting their data and analytics capabilities and harnessing predictive insights to connect more closely with their customers, anticipate behaviors, and identify CX issues and opportunities making CX as service differentiator in the industry. These companies can better understand their interactions with customers, even pre-empt problems in customer journeys and help company to improve customer loyalty & long relationship thus improving revenue per customer."

World CX Summit will provide a wide spectrum of expert speakers and panelists such as:
- Rekha Nair, Chief Customer Experience & Quality Officer, Adani Airport Holdings Ltd.
- Neeraj Lal, Chief Operating Officer, Apollo Hospitals
- Dharmender Narang, Senior VP, Chief Customer Experience Officer, IIFL Securities
- Dharmarajan K, Chief Business Officer, Tata CLiQ
- Chaitanya Chokkareddy, CIO, Ozonetel Communications Pvt Ltd
- Nishant Shrivastava, Global Head - Centre of Excellence for Unified Communications and Collaborations, TATA Communications
- Shradha Thapa, Regional Head - Govt & OTT Partnership, Infobip
- Prakash Bharath, Director and Regional Head, Freshworks
- KV Dipu, Senior President - Head Operations & Customer Service, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance
- Ramakrishna M, Director - Contact Centre, CX and Outsource Operations, CoinSwitch Kuber
- Indranil Nath, EVP - Operations, Shiprocket
- Nitin Jain, Head of CX (CS&L and Sales) for India & Middle East and Africa, Mondelēz International
- Kumud Upadhyay, SVP - Customer Service, Motilal Oswal Financial Services
- Hari Shankar Mishra, SVP - CX, Future Generali India Insurance Company Limited
- Gaurav Sadana, VP & Head- CX & Central Retention, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company
- Suraj Shetty, Head Of CX, Learning & Development, Kissht
- Zeenat Mongal, DVP CX, ICICI Lombard
- Aalok R Pradhan, Director - Customer Success, CoinDCX

The event will focus on topics such as: Digital Transformation with Customer-First Thinking; Customer Data: Designing for Transparency & Trust; CX Strategies for a Touchless World; Adopting Digital Omnichannel; Future of Chatbots & Virtual Assistants; Rise of the Flexible Workforce; Role of Cybersecurity in Building Customer Trust and much more.

"While digital transformation has become a necessity, business leaders must now face a new set of challenges. As businesses plan for long-term sustained growth, the top priorities are speed, agility, customer experience, and culture shift," stated Mithun Shetty - CEO, Trescon.

World CX Summit - India is officially sponsored by Lead Partner - Ozonetel Communications; Platinum Partners - Gupshup, TATA Communications, Infobip; Silver Sponsor - Phonon Communications; Gold Partners - UserTesting; Freshworks; Bronze Partner - Haptik, NeoSOFT Tech, Yellow.ai.

About Trescon

Trescon is a global business events and consulting firm that provides a wide range of business services to a diversified client base that includes corporations, governments and individuals. Trescon is specialised in producing highly focused B2B events that connect businesses with opportunities through conferences, road shows, expos, demand generation, investor connect and consulting services.

About World CX Summit

World CX Summit is a thought-leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events that takes place in strategic locations across the world. As a part of the global series, the Indian edition will be gathering pre-qualified CX leaders "all under one roof" to discuss how the latest CX technologies and customer insights can be combined to transform CX with a new approach
The summit will also host a combination of insightful sessions, keynotes, case studies and panel discussions sure to deliver actionable insights that attendees can apply to their Customer Experience strategies.

For further details about the announcement, please contact:
Monith Shetty
Media, PR & Corporate Communications
+91 81059 75937
media@tresconglobal.com

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comAs companies are emerging stronger from the Covid-19 pandemic, the need is to adapt to the changes in their business functions caused by a once-in-a-lifetime crisis.

Colt Technology Services delivers higher bandwidth for AWS Direct Connect Hosted services

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TOKYO, Apr 21, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Colt Technology Services has today announced that it can now support Colt On Demand cloud connectivity to AWS Direct Connect Hosted services, with speeds of up to 10 Gbps, for customers in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

10 Gbps connectivity was previously only available on AWS Direct Connect Dedicated services, but with this enhancement, customers can now connect directly to AWS Direct Connect Hosted services without having to use cross-connects, reducing their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increasing speed of delivery. Customers can also make use of different AWS virtual interfaces (private, public, transit).

Initially launched in Europe last year, with this announcement, Colt is now offering the service in Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore), with high bandwidth of up to 10Gbps, in a fully flexible connectivity solution with Colt On Demand.

The recent increase in hybrid working has also increased the need for flexible traffic control. Colt On Demand enables rapid network deployment to take full advantage of the flexibility of the cloud. In addition, bandwidth can be adjusted in real-time, according to the ratio of office workers and those working remotely, enabling the cost effective creation of a high perfomance cloud computing environment.

Masato Hoshino, President and Asia Representative at Colt, said: "We have built a strong relationship with AWS and, as an AWS Partner, Colt has provided AWS connectivity to a large number of customers across all industries in Asia. This announcement highlights our continued investment in APAC and our commitment to provide our customers with agile, flexible, and secure cloud connectivity services to meet their high bandwidth needs and help them to take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer."

Recognised as a Visionary in the Gartner 2021 Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Colt also received Frost & Sullivan's 2021 European Customer Value Leadership Award. The company has industry-leading Net Promotor Scores (NPS), reflecting Colt employees' high motivation.

About Colt

Colt strives to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity. The Colt IQ Network connects 900+ data centres across Europe, Asia and North America's largest business hubs, with over 29,000 on net buildings and growing.

Colt understands business connectivity requirements and provides high performance and high bandwidth solutions to enable customers' success, with Colt's vision centering on being the most customer oriented business in the industry. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 210 cities in more than 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in its industry and able to provide the best customer experience at a competitive price. For more information, please visit www.colt.net.

Press Contact:
Nola Pocock - VP Global Communications
+447917714377
nola.pocock@colt.net

Ritsuko Onodera
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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comColt Technology Services has today announced that it can now support Colt On Demand cloud connectivity to AWS Direct Connect Hosted services, with speeds of up to 10 Gbps, for customers in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

G20 urges World Bank to prepare FIF Establishment: Indrawati

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Washington, Apr 21, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - G20 members have urged the World Bank to immediately prepare for the establishment of the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated. FIF should be formed immediately in the framework of pandemic preparedness and response (PPR) in the future, the minister emphasized.

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Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati met with World Bank Group President David Malpass at the G20's second meeting of the FMCBG in Washington D.C on Wednesday (April 20, 2022). Minister Indrawati and President Malpass discussed structural reforms and other steps toward a sustainable post-pandemic recovery.

"The (G20) presidency concluded that the World Bank should start exploring the process for developing and establishing FIF," Indrawati remarked at the second meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors (FMCBG) press conference here on Thursday.

G20 members view FIF as being the most effective choice for new financial mechanisms, especially in preparing for other potential pandemics in future. Indrawati believes this is because the establishment of FIF is viewed as being able to overcome the financing gap in the health sector as had occurred during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

"Most (G20) members agree on the need for a new financial mechanism dedicated to addressing the financing gap in PPR," she stated, explaining that G20 members hope that the establishment of FIF would mitigate the health financing needs in line with the World Health Organization's (WHO's) expectations.

Moreover, G20 members called on the World Bank to explore discussions on the governance and operational regulations of FIF by involving the WHO. "There is widespread support for WHO and the World Bank regarding the assessment of significant financing gaps that need to be addressed," Indrawati remarked.

Earlier, on April 1, the Indonesian finance and health ministries resumed the third G20 Joint Finance and Health Task Force (JFHTF). At the meeting, JFHTF co-chair Wempi Saputra invited G20 member countries to draw up a financing action plan for pandemic preparedness and response (PPR).

"The third JFHTF meeting is an important step for all member countries in drafting the financing strategies for prevention, preparedness, and response to the pandemic or PPR," Saputra stated.

Meanwhile, one of the main agendas of Indonesia's G20 Presidency is global health architecture.

Written by Astrid H, Kenzu T, Editor: Suharto (c) ANTARA 2022

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comG20 members have urged the World Bank to immediately prepare for the establishment of the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated.

Cornell Blockchain Club’s 2nd Annual Conference, ‘Web3 Going Mainstream,’ Set to Kick off

Ithaca, NY, Apr 18, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Cornell Blockchain Club's 2nd Annual Conference, "Web3 Going Mainstream," is set to kick off Friday, April 22nd at Roosevelt's Island in NYC. The one-day event serves to highlight how Web3 is simultaneously transcending institutional, academic, and corporate spheres.

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In attendance will be the world's leading industry professionals, researchers, and firms, including John Wu (President of Ava Labs), Arwin Holmes (EY Global Blockchain CTO), Joe Conyers (Head of NFTs at Crypto.com), Algorand, FTX, Chainalysis, Gemini, Messari, DyDx, and many more.

This year's agenda is split into four parts: DeFi, NFTs, Regulation, and Institutions, which all have a large role to play in "Web3 Going Mainstream."

There is no university blockchain club better to host this event than Cornell's. In 2019, Cornell Blockchain Club hosted their first annual Blockchain conference which was deemed a success after 250+ attendees came to hear Emin Gun Sirer (Founder/CEO of Ava Labs), Sam Cassatt (CSO at Consensys), Kathleen Breitman (Co-Founder of Tezos) and many more speak. In fact, it was such a success that the members got to ring the Nasdaq bell.

Additionally, Cornell University has an extensive history with the development of Web3. Founded in 2017, Cornell Blockchain Club was the nation's first official university blockchain club. Since then, Cornell was named #1 University in the world for Crypto Education in 2019 by Coinbase, has created a semester-long undergraduate class with over 130 students, and has cultivated project teams who have done things like creating a Uniswap Arbitrage Bot and conducting research for the Web3 Foundation.

Cornell Blockchain Club hopes to you bridge the gap at "Web3 Going Mainstream." Follow along and stay updated here: cornellblockconference.com

Tickets

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornell-blockchain-conference-2022-web3-going-mainstream-tickets-273968205277

Social Links
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Media Contact
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Contact: Mac Naggar, Head of Advisory
E-mail: blockchain@cornell.edu
Website: https://cornellblockchain.org/

SOURCE: Cornell Blockchain Club



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Top Data and Analytics Players from ASEAN to Assemble for the 3rd Global Edition of World Data & Analytics Show

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Singapore, Apr 13, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - The 3rd global edition of World Data & Analytics Show, with a special focus on the ASEAN market, is all set to take place virtually on 19 April 2022. The event will gather top experts from ASEAN region where they will shed insights on analytics to improve an organization's operational performance, boost consumer engagement, and simplify supply chains.

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Notable speakers include Celine Le Cotonnec, Vincent Toh, Hartnell Ndungi, Juan Intan Kanggrawan, Benedict Benoit, Bhaskar Vetrimani, Dr. Shidan C Murphy, Sam Majid, Bhaskar Vetrimani, Meenakshi Nissim Ghoge, Balaji Jayaraman, Martijn Wieriks, Ram Kumar & more. These experts will present eye-opening keynotes, government and enterprise use-case presentations, exciting product showcases, take part in panel discussions and tech talks to discuss the latest challenges and explore data-powered solutions.

Businesses in the ASEAN region are embracing data analytics to help them grow post-Covid-19. The diversified economic environment of the region adds further difficulties to decision-making. Data analytics has been shown to be an efficient method for identifying the aspects that produce value for regional businesses. This digital revolution aids in the improvement of efficiency and business operations.

ASEAN companies are facing unique challenges in optimizing their business processes while balancing privacy and compliance. However, the use of data analytics allows companies to foresee trends, improve operations, and streamline operations. By increasing efficiency and productivity, data analytics can help ASEAN companies become more competitive globally.

"According to our research, more than 90 percent of APAC business executives believe that data analytics is important for their organizations to remain performant, but less than 19 percent of enterprises across the region have achieved maturity in analytics. At Alteryx, we are committed to empowering everyone and anyone to make data-driven decision and advancing organizations' capability in analytics. Join us at our session in this year's World Data and Analytics Show 2022, to uncover how your organization can transform from being data-rich to data-driven," stated Suganthi Shivkumar, VP of Asia, Alteryx.

"Dataiku will show you how extraordinary AI for everyday purpose is brought to life in this edition of the World Data and Analytics Show 2022. As a lead sponsor, we await the opportunity to connect with attendees and discuss how to realize their AI strategy at scale and speed; no matter the stage of AI or analytics maturity. Meet us at our booth to find out more on how Data Science meets Everyday Use!," said Jiunn Hao; Director, APAC Partnerships, Dataiku.

Among the early adopters of future tech, groundbreaking experts taking the center stage include:
- Celine Le Cotonnec, Chief Data Innovation Officer, Bank of Singapore
- Vincent Toh, Snr Manager, Sales Engineering, Alteryx ASIA, Singapore
- Benedict Benoit, Area Vice President, Collibra, Australia
- Bhaskar Vetrimani, Head of Sales & Business Development, APAC, Lingaro
- Hartnell Ndungi, Chief Data Officer, Absa Bank Kenya PLC, Kenya
- Grant Case; Director of Sales Engineering, Dataiku, Australia
- Juan Intan Kanggrawan, Head of Data Analytics and Digital Products, Jakarta Smart City, Indonesia
- Ankit Singi, Data Science Implementation Manager, Dataiku, Singapore
- Sam Majid, CTIO, MCMC Malaysia
- Benedict Benoit, Area Vice President, APAC, Collibra, Australia
- Srinivasan Sankar, Enterprise Data and Analytics Leader, The Hanover Insurance Group, United States
- Igor Rotin, Chief Data Scientist, Liebherr Aerospace and Transportation, Germany
- Meenakshi Nissim Ghoge, Director - Data & Analytics, Mondelēz International, Singapore
- Katrina Briedis, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, APAC Denodo
- Balaji Jayaraman, Senior Vice President- Head of Data and Analytics (APAC), Citi Bank, Singapore
- Martijn Wieriks, Chief Data Officer, JULO, Indonesia
- Dr. Shidan C Murphy, Director of Data Analytics, Altair, APAC
- Bhaskar Vetrimani, Head, Sales and Business Development, Lingaro APAC
- Ram Kumar, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Cigna, Singapore; to name a few.

"Businesses are facing increasing expectation to utilize data analytics to drive decision-making, improve service levels and generate new revenue streams. However, ASEAN businesses need to overcome limitations in data (data literacy and digital literacy), policy and capability to fully utilize the potential of data analytics," stated Mithun Shetty, CEO, Trescon.

The event will be hosted on the virtual events platform Vmeets to help participants network and conduct business in an interactive and immersive virtual environment. Participants can also engage with the speakers during Q&A sessions and network with solution providers/sponsors at their virtual exhibition booths, private consultation rooms and meeting tables.

World Data & Analytics Show - ASEAN is officially sponsored by:
- Headline Sponsor - Alteryx
- Lead Sponsor - Dataiku | TechData
- Platinum Sponsor - Collibra
- Gold Sponsors - Denodo & Lingaro
- Silver Sponsors - Altair & Cloudera
- Bronze Sponsor - Snowflake & EnterpriseDB

About World Data & Analytics Show

World Data & Analytics Show is a thought leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events that takes place in strategic locations across the world.

As part of the world tour, this ASEAN edition is virtually gathering pre-qualified C-Suite IT Leaders, Business Analysts, Data Analytics Heads, Heads of Business Intelligence, Industry Practitioners, IT Decision Makers and Experts in Data & Analytics among others from cross industry verticals across ASEAN region.

The show would feature exciting keynotes, government and enterprise use-case presentations, product showcases, panel discussions and tech talks to discuss the latest challenges and explore the latest applications in data powered solutions.

About Trescon

Trescon is a global business events and consulting firm that provides a wide range of business services to a diversified client base that includes corporations, governments, and individuals. Trescon specializes in producing highly focused B2B events that connect businesses with opportunities through conferences, road shows, expos, demand generation, investor connect and consulting services.

For further details, please contact:
Jagriti Jaiswal
Corporate Communications,
Trescon | marketing@tresconglobal.com

Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comThe 3rd global edition of World Data & Analytics Show, with a special focus on the ASEAN market, is all set to take place virtually on 19 April 2022.

HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 now open for nomination

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HONG KONG, Apr 12, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is pleased to announce that public nomination is now open for the HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 (the 'Awards'). This will be the eighth consecutive year of the Awards at which remarkable practices of good IR and corporate governance are recognized among Hong Kong listed companies.

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Professor Louis Cheng, Dr. S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance and the Director of Research Centre for ESG, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Chairman of the Judging Panel (left) and Dr Eva Chan, Founding Chairman of HKIRA (right).

Dr Eva Chan, Founding Chairman of HKIRA, said, "It has been another challenging year for business operators in most industries. IR professionals' role is increasingly important in keeping investors and the public abreast of the latest update of listed companies and their industries. Under the new normal, new forms of communication channels are supported by advanced technologies, to facilitate instant and transparent exchange of information. We are glad that the IR community was able to turn challenges into opportunities and we look forward to recognizing more listed companies with best practices at this year's Awards."

Last year, 167 award entries were received from listed companies, over 890 eligible voters and over 360 voting institutions participated in the voting, casting a total of more than 7,900 votes. 47 winners from various categories were recognized at the Awards. Among the winners, China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company Limited (stock code: 00291), Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust (stock code: 00778), and Xtep International Holdings Limited (stock code: 01368) were awarded Overall Best IR Company by company size - Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap - respectively.

The HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 is once again honoured to have Professor Louis Cheng, Dr. S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance and the Director of Research Centre for ESG at, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, as the Chairman of the Judging Panel. Being an advocate of IR best practice among Hong Kong listed companies, Professor Cheng has in recent years been researching on how ESG impacts investors' decisions. Observing its increasing importance, ESG-related awards have been added to the HKIRA IR Award categories since 2020. With ESG investing becoming increasingly mainstream in the professional investment community and ESG ratings often being used by investors, Professor Cheng has also been looking into the topic of score divergence (i.e. disagreement) among commercial ESG raters, and how such divergence affects or benefits investors.

Public nomination for the HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 is now open to Hong Kong-listed companies. Nominated individuals and companies will be placed on the online voting list upon confirmation of their participation. The investment community, including buy-side and sell-side analysts, and fund managers, are eligible to vote. Nominees with the highest votes (weighted) in each award category become the award winners. They then undergo a final assessment by the judging panel for the Most Progress in IR, the Overall Best IR Company Awards and the Grand ESG Award. Facilitating a fair and balanced evaluation, the judging panel comprises academics, representatives from professional associations and the investment community.

The HKIRA 8th IR Awards 2022 scheme has a total of 15 award categories honouring best IR practices of individuals and companies. Among these awards, 12 categories are open for nomination and voting, while the other 3 awards are selected by the judging panel. The award winners are to be announced at a ceremony to be held in Hong Kong in September 2022. For more information, please visit www.hkira.com/awards.

Strategic Public Relations Group is once again proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner and the Diamond Sponsor for the HKIRA IR Awards this year. Please find key dates relating to the Awards with its categories and criteria for selection listed in the Appendix.

About HKIRA
Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is a non-profit professional association comprising investor relations practitioners and corporate officers responsible for communication between corporate management and the investment community. HKIRA advocates the setting of international standards in IR education, advances the best IR practices and meets the professional development needs of those interested in pursuing the investor relations profession.

HKIRA is dedicated to advancing the practice of IR as well as the professional competency and status of its members. To date, HKIRA has over 1000 members most of whom are working for companies primarily listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. About 68% of the Hang Seng Index Constituent Stock companies are currently members of HKIRA. HKIRA's members are from a wide spectrum of professions including IR, finance, accounting, company secretarial to corporate investment and hold positions at different corporate levels, including top executives responsible for IR and management of listed companies. For more information about HKIRA details, please visit our website http://www.hkira.com.

About the IR Awards
The HKIRA Investor Relations Awards (the "IR Awards") is an annual campaign that aims to encourage, recognize and reward the excellence in investor relations practices by individuals and companies listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Since the launch in 2015, each year the Awards seeks out and highlights the incredible achievements of individuals and companies with high standards in investor relations through their role modelling to the investment community.

The Awards ceremony, consisting of a conference in the morning and presentation in the afternoon, is a spectacular gathering of IR specialists and industry professionals that applauds and publicizes the year's achievements in investor relations. For details of the Awards and online nominations, please visit http://www.hkira.com/awards.

Appendix
Key Dates
Nomination period: 12 April to 17 May
Online voting period: 23 May to 29 June
Judging Panel Meeting: July 2022
Award Presentation: September 2022

Award Categories
Award Categories / Recognition / Selection Method
Best IR Company / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR Team / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best ESG (E) / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best ESG (S) / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best ESG (G) / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Investor Meeting / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Investor Presentation Material / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Annual Report / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR Company for an IPO* / Company's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR by Chairman/CEO / Individual's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR by CFO / Individual's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IRO (Investor Relations Officer) / Individual's Achievements / Open for nomination and online voting
Most Progress in IR / Demonstration of the most progress in IR in the above areas during 2021 / Selected by Judging Panel
Overall Best IR Company Awards / Outstanding and all-round excellence in the above areas / Selected by Judging Panel
Grand ESG Award / Overall excellence in all the three areas across ESG / Selected by Judging Panel

* Companies which were listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2020 and 2021 are eligible to be nominated for this award.
Remarks: All awards will be further categorised by company market capitalisation into Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap, except Best IR Company for an IPO and Most Progress in IR Awards.

Judging Panel (Arranged in alphabetical order of last name)
Name Title Firms / Organizations
Professor Louis Cheng (Chairman of Judging Panel) / Dr. S H Ho Professor of Banking and Finance, Director of the Research Centre for ESG, Director of the Research Institute for Business / The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
Mrs Amy Donati / Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer / EDICO Holdings Limited
Ms Ashley Khoo, CFA, CPA / Past President and Board Director / CFA Society Hong Kong
Mr Andrew Look / Independent Non-Executive Director / CITIC Resources Holdings Limited
Ms Victoria Mio, CFA, FRM / Head of Equity Research, Asia Pacific / Fidelity International
Dr Maurice Ngai / General Committee and the Chairman of Membership Services of the Sub-Committees / Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies
Mr Wilfred Yiu / Managing Director and Co-Head of Markets / Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited


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