The Indie Summit 2023 – Agenda

The Indie Summit is held over two days  (Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th April), with generous networking and socialising opportunities in and around the main event.

The initial agenda is as follows with more details to be announced soon.


SUNDAY 16th APRIL

Evening of optional drinks and dinner for those who wish to attend.

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MONDAY 17th April – “A Day of Learning and Sharing”

Hosted by Kathryn Williams, Founder, KMint Profit Academy, Sydney, Australia.

09.00: “Welcome to Singapore!” with Koh Just Muay, President, Institute of Public Relations, Singapore

09.30: Morning session “Building your agency’s business”.

– “Show me the money” – why Scoping and Pricing are the key to sustainable profitability,  with Kathryn Williams, founder of the KMint Profit Academy, Sydney, Australia

– “How I doubled my agency’s profit margin”, with Arnaud Verchere, Group CEO, Tonic International, Dubai, UAE

Coffee and networking break

– “The source of wealth: How to do business with Americans” with Allyson Stewart-Allen, Author of ‘Working with Americans’, London, UK

– “How can a ‘small’ agency win a big global account?”a discussion panel with Stephen Maher, Chair and CEO, MBA Stack, London, UK and others to be confirmed

13.00: Lunch and networking.

14.00: Afternoon session “New times, new skills”

– “Social Media Marketing Trends, Worldwide” with Jari Lahdevuori, Co-Founder and Creative Director and Elli Tuominen, Co-Founder and Strategist, Kurio, Helsinki, Finland

– “Adding Augmented Reality to your agency’s service offering”
with Patrick Johnson, CEO and Founder, Rock Paper Scissors, San Francisco, USA

– “Jam today, or Jam tomorrow? the short and long term effects of digital creativity”
with Lionel Curt, CEO of MNSTR and Chair of the French Digital Marketing Agencies Association (AACC), Paris, France


Coffee and networking break.

15.50: Facilitated group discussions led by today’s speakers, with all Summit participants choosing the group that most interests them.

“Man vs Machine: Deliverance or Demise by Data?”  with Ted Lim, Global Creative Consultant and Founder, DIFF


“Closing remarks”
with, Julian Boulding, Independent Creative Consultant

17.00: Conference programme ends followed by cocktails and ‘Curated Dinners’ for multiple groups of 12 participants in some of Singapore’s most fashionable restaurants.

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TUESDAY 18th APRIL – “A Day of Inspiration”

09.00: Introduction: “The New 3 i’s: Impact, Inclusion and Innovation,” Pingping Han 

Summit Keynote: “The Next Big Asian Brands,” with Jorg Dietzel, Agency Leader, Global Client CMO and Educator at SMU, Singapore.

– “Short Cuts or Short Circuits?”with Amie Chan, Partner and Head of Strategy, Barrett, San Francisco, USA


Coffee and networking break.

–  “Inspiring Social Change”

– “The New Communications Ecosystem” with Julian Boulding, and guest to be confirmed

– “Do brands know what women want?”with Heetal Dattani and Shweta Iyer, Co-Founders, Nine Yards Communications Consultancy, Mumbai, India

– “Can PR agencies really make a difference?” with Arun Sudhaman, CEO and Editor in Chief, PRovoke Media, Hong Kong, China

– “To B, or not to B Corp?”with Dan Egerton, Founding Partner, Actus Consulting, London, UK

13.00: Lunch and networking.

14.00: Afternoon session “New Frontiers in Creativity”

– “Engineering Serendipity’ – an insight into Experience Design”, with Kamil Tyebally

– “The Metaverse: Life as we will all come to know it?’ with Stephen Ng, Chief Metaverse Officer and CEO Nusa Meta, WIR Global, Jakarta, Indonesia

– Other speakers to be confirmed…

Coffee and networking break.

15.50: Facilitated group discussions led by today’s speakers, with all Summit participants choosing the group that most interests them.

“Asia’s creative message to the world” – with one of Asia’s creative stars.

– “Closing remarks”: Julian Boulding.

17.00: Conference closes.  Followed by an evening social program to be confirmed, depending on demand.

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WEDNESDAY 19th APRIL

No conference programme, but opportunities for individual meetings / one-on-ones with speakers and sponsors, or to explore Singapore. If you are looking for company, let us know and we will arrange!