Group Captain Verachon
Senior Instructor Pilot, Flying Training Wing, RTAF Flying Training School,
Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)
Group Captain Verachon Pensri is scholar and professional in military, Air Power, Strategy and International Security, Commander and Leadership.
He attained his Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical at the Royal Thai Air Force Academy, Master of Arts in Strategy and International Security at the University of Hull UK and has additional qualifications from the Air Command and Staff College of the Royal Thai Air Force and Australian Command and Staffs Course.
Prior to becoming the Group Captain Simulation Officer at Training Simulation Division, Directorate of Operations, he was a staff officer at the directorate of operations, directing staff at the Royal Thai Air Force’s Command and Staff College and Head of Basic Flight Training Sector of Department of Military Sciences and Training of the Royal Thai Air Force Academy.
In addition, he provides lecturers for many military educational institutions.
Group Captain Chamnan Kumsap
Defence Technology Institute (DTI) Thailand
Dr Lee Kar Heng
TBSS Center for Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Director and Founder of TBSS Center for Electrical and Electronics Engineering, TBSS-Truong Thuong Vietnam Trading and Services and TBSS Radar Technology and Surveillance Company Limited (Vietnam).
Administering, Controlling and Coordinating project management activities of TBSS Companies in Singapore and Vietnam.
Technical-in-charge of Engineering, Technology and Project and System Management activities.
Captain Alexis Walker
Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7 (COMDESRON SEVEN),
A native New Yorker, Captain Lex Walker began his naval service in 1989 by entering the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) Program. Upon completing BOOST he attended The Jacksonville University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications. Captain Walker was commissioned on December 16, 1994.
Captain Walker has served at sea as Communications Officer and First Lieutenant in USS ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49), Main Propulsion Assistant and Training Officer in USS HAYLER (DD 997), Engineer Officer in USS COLE (DDG 67) and USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55), Executive Officer in USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), and as Commanding Officer of USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106). Captain Walker assumed duties as Commodore in June 2017, after serving as deputy since October 2015.
Captain Walker has served ashore as a DD/CG Gas Turbine Instructor at Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI; as a Navy Washington, DC Intern (earning Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Management from The George Washington University and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College Distance Seminar Program); as a post-Department Head Detailer (PERS-411C) at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN; and as the Deputy for Congressional Affairs at U.S. European Command.
Captain Walker has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals, and various unit and service awards.
Lieutenant Commander Florian Zimmer
Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH
Dr Tim Pokorny
Dr. Tim Pokorny is the CTO of Calytrix Technologies, responsible for the oversight, management and delivery of all Calytrix products. He also acts as a Technical Fellow at TitanIM where he is responsible for helping to direct and deliver the Titan Vanguard synthetic training environment. Dr. Pokorny has over 15 years’ experience in distributed simulation technologies with a strong focus on systems integration for simulation supported training. Dr Pokorny a PhD in Distributed Simulation from the University of Ballarat and has worked as an active member of simulation industry groups both nationally and internationally via participation with the Simulation Australasia and the Simulation Interoperability and Standards Organisation (SISO), previously as an appointed member on the SISO Standards Activity Committee (SAC).
Dr Roman Sperl
Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH
Dr. Roman Sperl (1969) studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University Munich and graduated Master of Science in 1998. He continued his studies at the Chair for Flight Mechanics and Flight Control until 2004, exceeding more than 20 publications and lectures on international symposia and conventions regarding synthetic vision as well as flight path prediction. In 2006 Roman Sperl gained his Doctor's Degree Aerospace with the dissertation on "Conception, Development and Flight Testing of a three-dimensional Flight Control display for general aviation". Dr. Sperl started working for Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH in 2004 as Project Manager and Technical Director and was appointed CEO in 2015.
Dr Anita Abbott
Director of Global Partnership and Development Ltd; ,
Adjunct Professor at Charisma University
Anita Abbott is the director of Global Partnership and Development Ltd. She is also Provost, and Adjunct Professor at Charisma University. She regularly contributes to publications and is invited nationally and internationally. Her research areas include sovereignty, transnationalism, cyber weapons and great power diplomacy, middle power diplomacy, cyber terrorism, and international agreements.
Senior analyst of military studies programme,
RSIS; Instructor at SAFTI Military Institute
Captain Didong Rio Duta
Commanding Officer of Escort Squadron, Western Fleet Command,
Mr Janesh Janardhanan
Frost & Sullivan
Janesh Janardhanan is the Consulting Director specializing in Defense & Security at Frost & Sullivan, Asia Pacific. He has over 13 years of consulting expertise, working closely with large MNCs, Government Agencies, technology houses and Startups in the areas of growth strategy, competitive positioning, international expansion, government regulations, etc.
Janesh has delivered over 60 high-impact consulting projects with Defense & Homeland security clients across the world including developing the Safe City Opportunity Map in Asia Pacific. He is widely quoted & interviewed on leading international publications including the BBC, CNBC, Forbes, Books on Robotics published by John Wiley & Sons, etc.
Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Janesh was the Co-founder & CEO of India’s first mainstream robotics company, signed large-ticket deals with leading consumer electronics MNCs, and built multi-award winning robotics platforms.
Janesh completed his MBA from the National University of Singapore. He was a Singapore Ministry of Education Scholar for his B.Eng (Mechanical, Hons) at the National University of Singapore.
Co-Chief Executive Officer,
Bohemia Interactive Simulations Group
Pete began working for BISim in 2005 and became CEO in 2007. As Co-CEO, Pete focuses on the long-term road map of BISim’s product suite, keeping BISim’s organisational focus on end-users at all times. Pete is an evangelist for the use of game technologies and other COTS-type products and software in the simulation & training industry, and believes that VBS and our other products are at the forefront of this movement.
Before BISim, Pete studied Computer Science and Management at the Australian Defence Force Academy and graduated with first class honours in 2001. Pete had previously graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, into the Royal Australian Signals Corp. Pete served as a Signals Corp Officer for several years, specialising in military simulation, and his final posting was to the Australian Defence Simulation Office (ADSO) as a Project Officer. Pete transferred to the Army Reserves in 2005 and joined Bohemia Interactive Australia as the Lead Developer of Virtual Battlespace 2, a position he held until he became CEO in 2007.
Chief Technical Officer and Co-Owner,
project: syntropy GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Bode holds a degree in technical cybernetics and automation at the Magdeburg University. From 1994 to 1997 he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF/Magdeburg as Technical Director of several complex R&D projects in Automation, Robotics and Visualization. He invented the use of 3D animation and VR for visualization of complex workflows in his projects. In 1997 he founded his own company e/media, which in 2000 became e/mergent media AG, where Mr. Bode worked as Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Bode is CTO and co-owner of project: syntropy GmbH, which was founded in 2002, where he is responsible for New Business and Systems Design. The company is a system integrator of projection systems for simulation, training and entertainment and is operating world-wide. In 2014 he co-founded domeprojection.com GmbH as a software "spin-off" of project: syntropy, specializing in auto-calibration solutions for projection systems.
Director Singapore and Advocate Asia Pacific,
Cloud Security Alliance
Anthony is pioneer in cyber-security & governance in Asia Pacific, with over 20 years of professional experience. He is a business leader, consultant, instructor, lead auditor and advocate in the space, and has held inaugural key regional business leadership roles at IBM, CA and Check Point, among some other security vendors. Anthony is a long-time well-known speaker and content provider for many business, industry, academic and government conferences, workshops, trainings and committees, executive roundtables and media (print, internet, broadcast). He is interviewed often on TV news, a university fellow, and has co-authored a cloud security international technical professional certification.
Captain Kercchai Vajanaporn
Deputy Director General, Office of Administrative System Development,
Royal Thai Navy
Managing Director of Scienexus and Adrian Sutcliffe,
Principal Consultant and Director of Infinite Security Solutions
Jason is the Managing Director of Scienexus, a company that specializes in Cyber Security risk management and through QCC Global Technical Surveillance and Counter Measures (TSCM) and Digital Forensics.
His 30 years of experience spans public and private sector and includes leading the: Global team for Business Risk Management within HSBC Financial Crime & Regulatory Compliance and the Operational Risk team assuring the management of technology and information risk in ANZ Technology, Operations and Shared Services. Other leadership roles have included Global Operational Risk COO, Corporate Security in the Middle East, UK military attaché in Damascus, Syria or as the Head of the Overseas Intelligence Desk for British special forces.
Having a honours degree in IT, qualified as a CISSP and holding post graduate diplomas in Security & Risk Management and Anti Money Laundering Jason has extensive technical experience and risk management expertise.
Associate Professor, School of Information Systems,
Singapore Management University
Debin Gao is an Associate Professor from School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University. Having obtained his PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Debin focuses his research on software and systems security. In recent years, Debin also actively participates in research of mobile security, cloud security, and human factors in security. He's the recipient of the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship in year 2017.
Dr Lynn Booth
Chief Joint & Operations Analysis Division, Defence Science and Technology Group,
Australian Department of Defence
Dr Booth is the Chief of Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD), within Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) of the Australian Department of Defence. JOAD undertakes scientific analysis and develops command and control support tools that supports defence decision makers across the entire capability life cycle. The division achieves this through the application of scientific methods including operations research, operations analysis, simulation assisted experimentation, cognitive science, experimental psychology, artificial intelligence and systems engineering. Lynn has a B.A. in Physics and a D.Phil. in Astrophysics from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining DST she worked for five years for the UK Ministry of Defence at the Propellents, Explosives and Rocket Motor Establishment and the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment, modelling the properties of rocket exhaust plumes. She joined DST in 1989 and worked in both Adelaide and Sydney, focusing on submarine and anti-submarine warfare operations research. She also spent two years seconded to Maritime Headquarters as their first Staff Officer (Science). She moved to Canberra in 2001 as Director Strategic Analysis Policy in DST
Brigadier Mark Brewer
Director General Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative,
Brigadier Mark Brewer entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1984, graduating in 1987 to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. His Regimental service was at both 2nd Cavalry Regiment and 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry), a Regiment he Commanded.
Brigadier Brewer attended the Australian Army Command and Staff College in Queenscliff. His key staff appointments have been as Brigade Major 1st Brigade, as the lead planner for Australia
Lieutenant Colonel Eun Chul Son
Chief of Technical Support Branch, Combined Battle Simulation Centre,
ROK-US Combined Forces Command
Lieutenant Colonel Yee Kok Meng
Centre of Excellence for Soldier Performance (CESP)
Vice Admiral Dr Sahapong Kruapech
Advisor to the Permanent Secretary of Defence,
Vice Admiral Dr. Sahapong Kruapech is an Advisor to the Permanent Secretary of Defense, Thailand. After graduated from the Naval Academy, he first served as a Fire Control Officer on fast patrol ship, HTMS Udomdej, the Royal Thai Navy for one year. After that he was granted a scholarship to study master degree in USA and training as a researcher at Macquarie University and Defense Science and Technology Organization, Australia. When he came back he was appointed as the Head of Electronic Laboratory in Military Research and Development Centre (MRDC). He was the Deputy Director of Communication and Electronic Division, the Deputy Director of Military Research and Development Centre (MRDC) and finally, the Director of MRDC.
Adm. Sahapong received his first degree from the Thai Naval Academy in Electrical Engineering in 1982, a Master degree in Electrical Engineering (Digital Signal Processing) from University of Pittsburgh, USA in 1987, on the job training in Laser Technology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and Laser Crystal Growing at Defense Science and Technology Organization in South Australia in 1988, and a PhD degree from Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand in Laser Technology in 2009. He thesis related to Laser Rangefinder.
During his serving time at MRDC as a researcher, He has carried many projects in laser applications, e.g., Diode Laser Rangefinder, Solid-state Laser Rangefinder, Laser Depth Sounder (to measure the depth of the sea by using Green laser), Eye-safe Laser Rangefinder and Laser Target Locator. His experiences from the research work has helped him to save millions baht for the Thai Armed forces in the budget for maintenance and procurement. For that reason, he received award as a distinguished researcher of the Thai Defense Department in 2001. When he was promoted to the Director of MRDC, he focused on Optoelectronic works and lay down R&D strategy. He also has an idea to speed up R&D work by collaborating with many research institutes both national and international. One of his success is Trilateral collaboration between Chilean Airforce, US Air Force Office Scientific Research, and MRDC to solve common problems which Chile and Thailand have and with support of AFOSR.
Adm. Sahapong contributes his research experience by teaching at many universities in Digital Signal Processing and Laser Technology. He believes these two technologies will be a solution for the modern world. During his teaching at universities, he also helps the universities to set up laser laboratories so the student can learn by doing. He also holds many short courses in laser fundamentals to bring together researchers, engineers and executive managers working in a team.
Adm. Sahapong lives in Bangkok with his wife and one daughter. In his personal time, he enjoys golfing and tennis. He can be reached at 6626213375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Poon Ngee
Deputy Director, Centre for Skills Transformation,
Home Team Academy
Poon Ngee was a Superintendent of Police and served in the Singapore Police Force for about 18 years before he ventured to join a start-up in the private sector. He returned to the public service in 2016 to setup the Home Team Simulation System. He is currently the Deputy Director, Home Team Simulation System at the Centre for Home Team Skills Transformation, Home Team Academy.
As the Deputy Director, Mr Poon and his team, developed and drove incident management and command post training using simulation technology. He oversees the operationalization of the simulation system to conduct joint training for the Home Team, mainly the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Immigration and Checkpoint Authority, Singapore Prison Service and Central Narcotics Bureau. He works closely with Home Team Departments to deliver simulation exercises before major events to prepare officers in incident management. The team also focuses on building training simulation capability and training simulation design in the Home Team.
Among his previous postings, Poon Ngee was the Head Operations and Training for Tanglin Police Division. He had also held various other postings including Commanding Officer of a Neighbourhood Police Centre. He holds a degree in Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master in Business Administration from the University of South Australia.
Dr Roman Sperl
Reiser Simulation and Training
Dr. Roman Sperl (1969) studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University Munich and graduated Master of Science in 1998. He continued his studies at the Chair for Flight Mechanics and Flight Control until 2004, exceeding more than 20 publications and lectures on international symposia and conventions regarding synthetic vision as well as flight path prediction. In 2006 Roman Sperl gained his Doctor's Degree Aerospace with the dissertation on "Conception, Development and Flight Testing of a three-dimensional Flight Control display for general aviation". Dr. Sperl started working for Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH in 2004 as Project Manager and Technical Director and was appointed CEO in 2012.
Lieutenant General (retd) Frank Wiercinski
US Army Pacific
Frank Wiercinski is senior vice president and managing director of the Asia-Pacific region for Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation, a global leader in the defense and transportation industries. In this role, Wiercinski is responsible for overall management of the region
Mr Andre Foo
Dr Lee Kar Heng
TBSS Center for Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Dr Lee Kar Heng
TBSS Center for Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Assistant Division Manager, Instrumentation Systems Division, Training & Simulation Systems, Electronics,
Gene Fong Asst Division Manager Instrumentation Systems Division Training & Simulation Systems ST Engineering Electronics
Mr Fong Meng Chuan Gene is the Assistant Division Manager of the Instrumentation Systems Division from ST Engineering Electronics. His current role includes the development and the management of the instrumentation systems businesses for both local and overseas markets. With Gene’s experience in the live training instrumentation systems domain for the past decade, his vision for the team is to harness current training system technologies with advanced analytics to propel instrumentation training to a new level, bringing greater effectiveness and efficiency to training. As Gene was formerly a UAV flight instructor during his service with the RSAF, his domain knowledge in training and human performance is key in seeking innovation to improve training tools, processes and instructional techniques. Gene is a certified Neuro Linguistic Programme (NLP) Practitioner, Behavioural Coach and Advance Behavioural Analyst that involve intensive studies into Human Performance, training methods and pedagogies. He is also a certified DISC personality profiler, and has been adopting the various tools acquired to assist the trainees, team members and colleagues in achieving improvements in their performance.
Dr Teresa Crea
Development & Education Lead, Visualisation, Simulation and Immersive Design,
University of New South Wales
Dr Crea is a simulation consultant, researcher and writer-director focussed on human dimensions. Her expertise lies in information processing, narrative sense making and situation awareness in simulated and immersive environments.
Her PhD, under the auspices of the creative industries and the Health Communication Centre, University of Technology Sydney, led to her interest in simulation and serious games. Initially this was through a range of consultancies in the defence sector on human factor and narrative integration, and subsequently saw her engaging with the Simulation Unit at the Dept. of Anaesthesia, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia.
Her on going research examines human cognition, narration and information processing in simulated and digitally augmented environments from a neuroscientific perspective. She has a deep understanding of the latest trends in simulation and digital media and brings specific experience to the analysis of narrative intelligence and integration in immersive contexts. She collaborates regularly with the health, defence and creative sectors examining multimodal sensemaking and scenario design for simulated and immersive environments. She is currently developing a Master of Visualisation, Simulation and Immersive Design for the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
Dr Crea is an Advisory Board Member of the Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance and was formerly Chair of the Human Dimensions Division of Simulation Australasia. For Simulation Australasia she convened two International SIMTECT Conferences acquiring an extensive multidisciplinary knowledge of simulation applications across industry domains and a wide network of simulation technology and industry contacts.
She compliments her work in the field of simulation with a background as an award winning writer and director with credits in game & interactive media, screen-based media and live performance. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of live arts, she has received several awards, including the Sidney Myer Company Award for her seminal contribution to the Australian Performing Arts. She has written and directed over thirty productions, many of which have toured nationally and internationally. Her experience of live performance continues to afford her unique insights into live and realty-based simulation training.