Graduway convenes its Global Leaders Summit 2016 at UCLA

Graduway, the leading provider of alumni networking platforms, convenes its third Global Leaders Summit (GLS).


GLS 2016 is being held at UCLA with an expected capacity crowd of 350 delegates.


Leaders from across the United States, and across both academic and corporate institutions, will gather to discuss global best practice in alumni relations and to hear about the future opportunities and challenges facing the profession.


GLS 2016 is proud to host speakers from some of the world’s leading institutions including Stanford, Princeton, McKinsey & Co., Blackbaud and Grenzebach Glier & Associates, UCLA, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Columbia, Holderness School, Florida International, Cornell, Nielson, Duke and Carnegie Mellon.


The two day conference will be packed with networking opportunities, insights from the industry’s leading experts and inspiring stores from schools across the world.

Serm Teck Choon named president for the Malaysian Digital Association

The Malaysian Digital Association (MDA) at its recent annual general meeting, has elected industry senior, Serm Teck Choon as president.


He will be MDA’s fourth head, since it was formed in December 2009. Choon is product hat CtrlShift, a leading digital marketing company in the region.


The new MDA council with Serm at the helm, take office in good times. Ad expenditure on digital formats in Malaysia rose by 25% in 2015, with mobile accounting for almost a quarter of the total, according to new data from WARC’s report of 25 March 2016. Digital adspend is estimated to have reached MYR726m in 2015, placing Internet as the third-largest ad channel in Malaysia.

Mindshare veteran Deepika Nikhilender takes MD role at ad tech firm CtrlShift

Singapore-based ad tech firm CtrlShift, formed at the start of last year from the merger of three companies, has named former Mindshare veteran Deepika Nikhilender as its new managing director.


Nikhilender joins the programmatic trading firm after an 18-year career at Mindshare, the last 11 as Asia Pacific business planning leader.


She was also chief executive of Mindshare Growth and Emerging Market Solutions (GEMS) for the past two years.


Nikhilender will report to CtrlShift chief executive and co-founder Rene Menezes and will spearhead the firm’s Marketer Solutions and Publisher Solutions divisions.

Dianrong Signs JV With Hanwha Group

Chinese peer-to-peer lending giant Dianrong has officially joined forces with Hanwha Group, with plans to launch a range of fintech services across South Korea and South East Asia.


The equal join venture was agreed to in Seoul on Thursday. The deal ushers into life a new company – as yet unnamed – that will launch a marketplace lending service in South Korea and Asia. The platform will be headquartered in Singapore, with offices due to open within the month. We learn from The Korea Herald that the joint ventue will look to establish an affiliate in Korea in March in order to begin operating a peer-to-peer lending service as early as August or September.


News first broke of the partnership back in late November, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both businesses. The deal has been under discussion since April 2015.


The Hanwha Group is Korea’s 9th largest conglomerate. The company generated over $42.6 billion in sales in 2014, and boasts 56 subsidiaries and 190 affiliates worldwide. Dianrong is one of China’s leading peer-to-peer lending platforms, and is backed by Standard Chartered and the China Fintech Fund. The platform secured $207m in a fundraising round back in August 2015, and is reportedly looking to raise as much as $500m in an upcoming investment round. Founder Soul Htite is also a Co-Founder of Lending Club – the US’ largest marketplace lending platform.


The joint venture will launch into a part of the world where peer-to-peer lending activity has been relatively sparse. We recently covered the launch of peer-to-peer platform Modalku in Indonesia, as well as the arrival of DBS’ pilot small business lending programme – which is powered by AMP Credit Technologies. But the arrival of the Hanwha-Dianrong joint venture is a potential game-changer, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the South East Asian space heating up over the course of the year.

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