KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ahmad Izham Omar
CEO, Primeworks Studios

Ahmad Izham Omar is on a mission to always produce something new, exciting and different. He is currently CEO of Primework Studios where he is responsible for producing content for global consumption.

Starting his musical career with the legendary record label, Positive Tone, Izham is now a multi-award-winning music producer, arranger, songwriter and musician through his work for artists such as Faizal Tahir, Jaclyn Victor, Innuendo, Siti Nurhaliza, Ferhad, Poetic Ammo, Too Phat, Malique, Camelia and Relish (UK). He is instrumental in launching Hot FM, Fly FM and One FM, three of Malaysia’s top radio stations, 8TV, a strong TV station which continues to receive global recognition for creative excellence and Tonton, a world-class video portal heralded as a breakthrough by the global industry.

For his contributions, Izham has been recognised as Most Promising Entrepreneur Award by Enterprise Asia, accepted as a delegate to the prestigious Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit and received the Lifetime Achievement Award by VIMA (Voice of Independent Music Awards). Izham is the current Chairman of Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia (CMCF) and writes a monthly column titled “For the Record” in The New Straits Times where he talks about all things music and creativity.

Bruce Pavitt (USA)
Founder, Sub Pop Records, 8Stem

Bruce Pavitt is an American music historian from Seattle (USA), critic, professional DJ, speaker, author, the founder of Seattle’s Sub Pop record label and co-founder and current Creative Director of 8Stem interactive media. He is most famous for creating the Grunge music phenomenon in the late 1980’s, releasing the first albums of Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Nirvana and creating a compelling narrative of the Seattle Music Scene in the international press that captured the world’s imagination. He is the author of Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe (1989), and SUB POP USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology (1980-1988) available through his publisher, Bazillion Points.

Samira Suffian
Program Director at (MaGIC) Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre

Samira is an entrepreneurship development manager with TV production background: LI TV INTERNATIONAL; Life  Inspired Channel (Producer), Fox International Channels (Producer) & Channel [V] International and Star TV.
She is responsible for leading and selecting delegation of Malaysian entrepreneurs to regional conferences such as Tech Asia to establish  and increase visibility of Malaysian startups.
At Malaysian Global Innovation & Crrativity Centre (MaGIC), Samira has worked closely with creative startups like TAPAUtv and Daily Seni under programs like e@Stanford and Stanfor go2market that connects entrepreneurs and experienced mentors to help them grow and scale.

Nik Shazwan Nik Azam
Managing Director, Ceriatone Amplification

Nik Shazwan Azam is the Managing Director of Ceriatone Amplifications, an amp maker of international repute whose products are used by renowned musicians such as John Mayer and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.
Nik started creating hand-wired, boutique, tube (thermionic valve) guitar amplifiers based on classic circuits that produce near-identical sounds of revered guitar amps from manufacturers such as Fender, Marshall and Vox, among others. From a workforce of one, today, Ceriatone has 15 trained staff, offers more than 40 models and had shipped more than 10,000 amps; 90 percent of which are exported to the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan.

Hairul Sofian
COO, Digital Durian

Hairul Sofian is the Co-Founder and COO of Digital Durian, a multimedia studio founded in 2007, offering services such as 3D animation, 2D animation, information kiosks, montages, 3D architecture, e-learning and websites. Later, Hairul and his partner made a strategic decision to focus on 3D animation and developed its own IP called Didi and Friends. Initially published on YouTube, Didi and Friends attracted the interest of broadcasting company Astro to co-produce the second season of the show. Currently, Digital Durian is working on its second project with Astro, Omar and Hanna, an Islamic themed animation aimed at teaching good character and moral values.

SPEAKERS

Bront Palarae
The Daily Seni

Mohd Jayzuan
Projek Rabak, Bodysurf Music

Jason “Vandal” Schadt
Vandigital Industries, Gajah Lama, The MoveMint

Irman Hilmi
mALAYSIA.MY

MUTALIB OTHMAN
Guerilla Segala

FARIZ HANAPIAH
Motiofixio Visuals

Mark Wai Ho
Soundscape Records

Ahmad Hafidz Adam
CORM, Khottal

Fikri Fadzil
The Wknd

Adly Syairi Ramly
Thinker Studios

EDWIN RAJ
Go ASEAN

aHMAD FARIS
Tapau TV