Wan Ifra’s Asian Media Leaders eSummit from 7-9 April

Ex-journalists share their strategies and success stories at the leaders eSummit

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Leaders eSummit
Wan Ifra’s Asian Media Leaders eSummit 2021

Turning hotspots into hotspots, tokenizing digital art into virtual assets for investors big and small. Ex-journalists will share at the Asian Media Leaders eSummit, 7-9 April, their strategies and success stories in this age of fickle tastes and distraction. 

China’s No.1 hotpot chain, Haidilao, added 530 outlets in 2020, bringing its number of restaurants worldwide to nearly 1,300. Its executive director and chief strategy officer, Dr. Zhou Zhaocheng, said that the Covid-19 pandemic has offered an “opportunity” for the Hong Kong-listed company to expand, even as other players closed. 

Dr. Zhou, a nearly 20-year veteran of Singapore press holdings, is now responsible for Haidilao’s branding, legal matters, and risk management. Gain ideas and inspiration from how this popular customer experience business with outlets in China, Britain, Canada, the United States, Southeast Asia, and South Korea has accelerated growth during a pandemic and defied the odds by serving up “smart food” and great service.

Joining Dr. Zhao in the same session will be a fellow innovator and disruptor Anand Venkateswaran, steward of Metapurse – the world’s most significant non-fungible token (NFT) fund. Going by the name Twobadour, he and business partner Metakovan shook the art world when they bought a digital artwork by artist Beeple for a record-breaking US$69 million worth of Ethereum. The former journalist with Times Group of India, CNN-IBN, and The Hindu Online, was part of the Wikileaks investigation team in collaboration with The Guardian

Could NFTs be of any relevance to the media business? Find out from Twobadour at the Asian Media Leaders eSummit!

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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