chief executive officer
Singapore Media Exchange

Shankar is a digital media marketing veteran with more than 15 years of proven leadership and expertise spanning digital marketing, adtech /martech platforms, performance marketing, attribution and data analytics, managing large teams and multi-million dollar budgets across JAPAC markets. He has recently taken up the role of CEO at Singapore Media Exchange to build and scale premium programmatic exchange in Singapore. Hari comes armed with a rich blend of agency, brand and publisher experience.

His last 8 years include founding the Performics APAC excellence centre in Singapore and taking it to a market leadership position, consolidation and set up of a centralized digital media acquisition practice at Paypal Singapore as Head of digital media acquisition, creation & scaling of the digital performance excellence centre at Havas Singapore, and building the SEAIN network.

In his previous roles he also served as the acting marketing manager at Dell South Asia, lead at mDigital/Mindshare interaction, set up Mediacom Interaction Singapore and led global digital media at Possible worldwide.

Judging panel

Silas Lewis-Meilus

head of media, apac
GSK Consumer Health

Grant Baxter

head of brand strategy, apac

Vivian Yeung

managing director
MediaCom Singapore


director of business development, apac

James Sampson

regional head, partnerships & strategy
GrabAds at Grab

John Williams

vice president advertising sales, Singapore, South & South East Asia
BBC Global News Ltd

Klara Krok

head of business and distribution
Dentsu X

Phil Townend

chief commercial officer, apac

Kok Jong Ng

adcloud specialist

Chris Mooney

head of apac, dynamix

Neha Mathur

head of growth, asia

Ranji David

director, apac – marketing services
World Federation of Advertisers

Rohit Dadwal

managing director, asia pacific
Mobile Marketing Association

Avery Akkineni


Josephine Tan

Director, Digital Solution Readiness

Pippa Berlocher

managing director
DWA, A Merkle Company

Michel De Rijk

ceo, apac

Sanchit Sanga

general partner & independent digital advisor

Vincent Niou

head of programmatic, apac

Jennifer Chase

vice president, digital sales, solutions & operations

Tejas Apte

global media director

Krishnan Menon

chief client officer, apac

John Matthews

director of customer acquisition
Kayo Sports

Diogo Andrade

Head of automation

Hari Shankar

chief executive officer
Singapore Media Exchange