South-East Asia eCommerce & Business Expansion Webinar

GS1 UK in association with GTM Global & DIT
2nd Nov 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 GTM

EDB Singapors New
Singapore Global Network


Tuesday 2nd November 2021
10:00 - 11:30 GTM


Webinar via Zoom


5-minute-high level presentations with Q&A

Expand your eCommerce business and supply chain in the SEA region

With almost 80% of consumers in South East Asia going digital by the end of 2021, outstripping China, Brazil and India, Singapore has world-class connectivity to the SEA region and beyond. This unprecedented boom in regional cross-border trade and consumption makes Singapore’s THE regional pivot as a secure, highly efficient logistics and supply chain management hub.

Today, Singapore is within a six-hour radius of any SEA country, part of a region with budding economic potential. Along with the 50 million emerging middle-class consumers, the SEA’s internet economy is poised to grow to over US$300 billion by 2025.

Join us for an interactive webinar to get insights and advice on marketing, sales, logistics, taxes and funding opportunities to support your growth in this lucrative and fast expanding region.

Aimed at founders and C-suite executives of eCommerce, Retail & Healthcare SMEs / Scaleups (including apparel, accessories, footwear, beauty, food services, grocery, music, online sellers, location management, suppliers and solution providers) actively looking to expand into South-East Asia, this event is not to be missed.

Why Should You Attend

  • Expand your D2C sales with regional social media expert Chirag Kotak, Co Founder of Jumper AI, Singapore
  • Market Entry, eCommerce and Supply Chain Growth from Singapore with specialist logistics and fulfilment guru Mitch Bitterman, Executive VP, TMX, Singapore.
  • Understand the regional incentives and key business networks that will enable your growth from Singapore with Wei Chuen Chua, Singapore EDB's Head of Supply Chain and Connectivity
  • Stay legal and compliant with IP, Audit and Tax advice from legal, accounting and tax specialists in London & Singapore.
  • Be supported by GS1 UK and DIT teams in Singapore and the UK with mission critical advice and match-funded grants.

Event Programme

Tailored with you in mind
  • 1000: Welcome – Mark Stimpfig, GTM Global
  • 1005: Introduction from GS1 UK and its report with Enterprise Nation - Sarah Atkins, GS1 UK
  • 1010: Market Entry, eCommerce and Supply Chain Growth from Singapore – Mitch Bitterman, TMX
  • 1020: Making Social Commerce work for your brand in South-East Asia – Chirag Kotak,
  • 1030 Logistics & Supply Chain Connectivity from Singapore - Wei Chuen Chua, Singapore EDB
  • 1040: Staying smartly compliant – Dario Acconci, Hawksford
  • 1050: Match funds to help your expansion planning – Estelle Dingley, DIT
  • 1055: Panel session / Q&A moderated by Mark Stimpfig, GTM Global
  • 1125: Update on GS1 UK / Enterprise Nation initiative, GS1 UK membership, SEA & EU events, plus dedicated SEA expansion workshops and clinics
  • 1130: Finish (edited highlights available afterwards for download)

Event Speakers & Panellists

Key regional experts

Mitch Bittermann

Executive Vice President - Ecommerce Asia, TMX

Mitch leads the Ecommerce and Digital team at TMX Global. He has over 20 years’ experience leading the ecommerce operations for major global brands in Europe, US and Asia.

Wei Chuen Chua

Vice President and Head, Supply Chain & Connectivity, Singapore Economic Development Board

In his role as the Acting Vice President and Head of Supply Chain and Connectivity, Wei Chuen Chua leads the development of strategies and value propositions to enhance Singapore as a hub for companies to manage and execute their supply chain activities in the region.

Sarah Atkins

Chief Marketing Officer and Membership Director, GS1 UK

Sarah guides businesses on the implementation of digitally enabled, customer focused change. She has delivered business transformation from defining the vision to building the change management programme required for success, with a focus on driving a healthy P&L and a powerful, motivated team.

Chirag Kotak

Co-Founder and COO,

Chirag is a founding member of, the world's first end-to-end conversational commerce and shopper engagement platform today used by enterprises like Disney, Unilever and Samsung. He's responsible for running all things business for the company, including Enterprise Sales, Partnerships and Operations.

Laurie Spicer

International Trade Advisor, Department for International Trade

Responsible for helping companies from start-up to £250m, Estelle will help define, implement and monitor your export strategy.

Dario Acconci

Managing Director - Business Development, Asia, Hawskford

Dario is the Managing Director for South East Asia whilst managing a strategic portfolio of clients in China and Hong Kong. He started his career in Hong Kong in 2003 working for an international law firm and developed a deep experience in assisting foreign investments into China, Hong Kong and South East Asia.

GTM Global Partner Network

specialist in-country advice

GTM Global has a number of specialist in-country experts who are available for 1-2-1 advice after the webinar. For any companies interested in gaining bespoke advice on US expansion in their key areas of expertise, please contact GTM directly here.

Ask Consulting

Michal Witkowski

Business Development Director – Growing Businesses in Asia, Intralink

As Business Development Director at Intralink, Michal engages Western technology companies looking to expand to Japan, Korea, China and/or Taiwan, and works with them to develop and implement the right market approaches.

James Francis

Program Director, Intralink

James is leading collaborative projects connecting East Asian corporates with the best innovative European tech. He supports both large corporates and startups/scaleups in bringing the best innovations to commercial fruition.

Jayashree Sadanandan

Special Advisor, Glints

Jayashree Sadanandan is a Special Advisor to Glints, a tech talent startup headquartered in Singapore, which is helping UK/European startups and companies seeking to expand into Asia with the right teams. She has over 15 years of experience in government with a strong expertise in Southeast Asia affairs.

Sandy Findlay

Innovation Funding, Partnerships Director, ABGi

Sandy is helping more companies access the right innovation incentives, providing information and advice on grant funding, tax incentives and commercial funding, R&D tax relief, Patent Box and Capital Allowances.

Oliver Anderson

Managing Director & Co-Founder, ASK Consulting

Oliver is a C-level leader committed to social impact and ethical business practice with a record of re-energising underperforming organisations across multi-site operations and restoring profitability. With over 25 years’ experience in international management and leadership across industries, Oliver has extensive exposure in cross-border transactions and private investment.

Claire Bull

Sales & Marketing Director, Asia Market Entry

Claire is an experienced marketer, communicator and strategist, who has worked in professional services, international trade, sustainability, packaging, retail and new product development within a range of businesses - from a one-woman-band to some of the worlds biggest multinationals.

James Kwa

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Asia Market Entry

James is a Singaporean who has lived and worked abroad in Australia since 2007. In 2017, James moved back to Singapore with Accenture where he worked with Fortune Global 500 Companies and Governments in the fields of System Technologies, Implementation, Strategic Planning, Project and Change Management.

Steve Dawson

CEO & Founder, Asia Market Entry

In 2012 Steve was tasked with setting up the Asia Pacific operations of a technology company. After experiencing the challenges of doing this firsthand, he set up Asia Market Entry, with a vision of helping international technology companies build a footprint in the Asia Pacific region without having to set up locally themselves.


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Chief Executive Officer, Epcot Career Solutions Limited

Thank you for connecting so many good people, the exchange with everyone was worthwhile and put the US market into context.

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Founder, Real Good Ketchup

In a little under two hours I had discussions with eight mentors who really opened my eyes to the many business critical issues and challenges that need addressing. I also came away with a much deeper understanding of why businesses succeed or fail in their overseas pursuits.

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Director, XenZone

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  • Access to a network of in-country specialists and trade partners
  • Go-to-market strategy development and market expansion planning
  • Compliance, regulatory and risk management planning
  • In-country distribution, sales and business development services
  • Access to overseas EDOs, accelerator programs and government support
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