Retail and E-commerce Summit Asia

Scaling digital strategies towards growth

July 12-13, 2023 | 8:00-17:00 PHT | Hilton Manila


Festival Of Brands

Retail & E-commerce Summit Asia has been thoughtfully designed and curated to explore and exchange the latest thinking about interactive action-packed strategies on how to scale profitable e-commerce businesses. This 2-day strategy meeting will see the coming together of retail and e-commerce personalities, innovative founders, and revolutionaries from trailblazing brands in the Philippines.

Be part of rockbird media’s bigger, braver, and bolder 4th edition of our flagship Retail & E-commerce Summit Asia. Back in Manila this 2023, we are set to showcase yet another lineup of top minds from the country’s most innovative and successful retailers. This year’s theme is packed with insightful yet exciting activities as we integrate the RESA event with FIESTA, traditional Filipino festivities, and fun! Experience the RESA FIESTA, the biggest gathering and the most sought-after Festival of Brands in the country!

Event Starts in



Stefano Fazzini

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

Aashish Midha, Managing Director of ZALORA Philippines and Indonesia, Asia’s Fashion Expert. Prior to his post as CEO, Aashish was ZALORA Philippines' Revenue Director. He is an experienced leader focused on unlocking human potential and creating a long-lasting and positive impact on the lives of customers and colleagues.

Before moving to the Philippines, Aashish held marketing and operations leadership roles in Myntra, a major Indian fashion e-commerce company, and Hero MotoCorp (formerly Hero Honda), the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the world.

Aashish Midha

Chief Executive Officer
Zalora Philippines

Arvie de Vera

Co-founder & ex-CEO

Eric Bataga is a retail professional with over two decades of experience in various industries both online and offline. He has expertise in merchandising, brand management, sales, project management, operations, and e-commerce. Eric has held leadership positions in companies such as Lazada PH, Axinan, Honestbee, MetroMart, and HappyFresh. He has a track record of managing day-to-day operations, improving overall business processes, and achieving sales and profitability goals.

Eric Bataga

Chief Executive Officer
Pick A Roo

Mr. Ledesma, the Consul of Monaco to the Philippines, is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of all. For SME entrepreneurship, he is an Agora Awardee for Excellence in Entrepreneurship and an Accredited GoNegosyo Mentor for his work in Mercato Centrale (a food business incubator), where he recently won the 2019 SME Company of the Year at Asia CEO Awards, the 2019 SME Company of the Year Awards, the 2019 SME Excellence in Innovation Philippine Winner at the Asean Business Awards and the SME Winner in Business Model Innovation the 2020 First Mansmith Innovation Awards.

Rj Ledesma

Co-founder & Chairman
Mercato Centrale Philippines, Inc.

JT Solis

Co-Founder & CEO

Tryke Gutierrez, co-founder and CEO of Tier One Entertainment, one of Southeast Asia's biggest esports talent platforms, and Co-owner of Black List. He believes in the gaming industry and has found a way to be able to institutionalize what gaming is in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. When it comes to talent management, esports, teams and media properties. He has always wanted gaming to be a part of someone's future.

Tryke Gutierrez

Chief Executive Officer
Tier One Entertainment

Margot Torres is a thought leader in the private sector, especially when it comes to Marketing and Communications. As early as 2010, she has received awards from the most respected institutions like Agora Awards, Tambuli (University of Asia & the Pacific), Gawad PANATA (Philippine Association of National Advertisers) and CEO Excel Awards for Communication from IABC (International Association for Business Communicators).

Margot Torres

Managing Director
McDonald's Philippines

Kyle Kua

Chief Operating Officer

Joseph Albette “Albet” Roble-Buddahim is the Chief Marketing Officer of PRIMER Group of Companies, where he is responsible for leading the various marketing and creative teams across the Group in both traditional and digital channels. He is responsible for shaping PRIMER Groups’ go-to-market strategies, understanding the customers in various markets, managing all marketing operations, assessing and improving existing initiatives and devising new strategies to increase revenue, brand awareness, and increase brand equity among identified PRIMER brands.

Albet Buddahim

Chief Marketing Officer
Primer Group of Companies

Denice Sy is the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO) for Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. (EBCI). Before joining Ever Bilena, she graduated with honors from University of California Berkeley in 2014 where she obtained a simultaneous degree in B.S. Business Administration at the Haas School of Business and B.A. South & Southeast Asian Studies. She was also a recipient of the prestigious Fashion Scholarship Fund in New York, and is currently a regular lifestyle columnist at Manila Bulletin.

Denice Sy

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Ever Bilena

Alex brings over 15 years experience in providing sustainable commercial outcomes for innovative, early stage technology and retail businesses.

Alex joined Lexer in 2014 as the company's first Commercial Director with a mandate for business and commercial development. He now leads the strategic sales whilst overseeing Lexer’s expansion plans in emerging markets including Asia.

Alex Knight

Chief Commercial Officer

With over 30 years of marketing experience in key industries, Jonjon is presently the Senior Vice President for Marketing at SM Supermalls. As the marketing head of SM Supermalls — the leading mall chain in the country — the breadth of his scope comprises of digital, advertising, corporate marketing, media, mall marketing, and crisis management. Under his leadership, SM Supermalls bagged the Agora in 2018 for ‘Marketing Company of Year’ and a back-to-back win as “Organization of the Year’ in Asia Pacific Stevie Awards in 2018 and 2019. The depth of his marketing experience dates back in 1999 to 2000, where he was responsible for launching Talk N’ Text and PLDT MyDSL.

Joaquin San Agustin

Senior Vice President, Marketing
SM Supermalls

Arnel is a seasoned supply chain executive who has considerable experience in various industries and disciplines which cover cold chain logistics, FMCG distribution, lighting solutions, private labels (OEM), retail distribution, and 3PL/4PL operations. He also has diverse supply chain expertise including demand planning, procurement, product development, business development, operations management, transport management, capacity planning, network modeling and project management.

Arnel Gamboa

Vice President, Logistics
ACE Hardware Philippines Inc.

It is my pleasure to introduce Jared de Guzman, the Vice President & Customer Director of Watsons Personal Care Stores (Philippines) Inc. With over a decade of experience in the company, Jared has worked his way up from being a Brand Manager to leading their Global Own Brand and Exclusive (GOBE) division. His extensive experience in Category Management, Brand Management, and New Product Development has allowed him and his team to launch over 1000+ SKUs with brands most of you use & love.

Jared De Guzman

Vice President & Customer Director
Watsons Personal Care Stores (Philippines) Inc.

Ben is expanding Lexer’s global footprint by building out the Southeast Asia presence - growing the client base and establishing all working operations. He has lived in Singapore since 2017 and prior to Lexer he was with Experian for 10 years, establishing their APAC innovation labs in Singapore after building their Consumer data advertising business in Sydney from scratch. Ben has a wealth of experience in stepping into untested territories, breaking down complex problems into simple and manageable solutions. Once a semi-professional marathon runner, with a PB of 2.15 and 11th place finish at Commonwealth games - now he still runs but balances it with a glass of pinot.

Ben Moreau

VP, South East Asia

Petrus believes that technology will help accelerate progress in the Philippines. He has held key management positions in both multinational and local organizations in FMCG, Life Sciences, and Technology. He is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in various industries. Data driven with skills in P&L Management and Strategy Development.

Petrus Paolo Carbonell

Digital Commerce Director
Universal Robina Corporation

Bea is an award-winning digital strategist with expertise in innovating brand experiences through digital transformation. Over the past 18+ years, she has led local, regional and global remits with senior roles in Manila, Shanghai and Singapore. As Impactful Brand Experience (IBE) Leader at Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, she leads integrated performance media strategy and brand ecosystem development. Prior to CPPI, she was Chief Strategy Officer at Dentsu Philippines and concurrently General Manager at iProspect. She previously held planning leadership positions at Edelman Digital Singapore, Wunderman Singapore and McCann Shanghai / Manila.

Bea Atienza

Impactful Brand
Experience Leader Colgate-Palmolive

Wence Wenceslao is a 15-year veteran of the digital business world and the Digital Hub Lead for Unilever Beauty & Wellbeing Southeast Asia. She is known for her expertise in driving digital and data-driven marketing initiatives, which has led to impressive results, including 10 awards for the Digital Hub in the Philippines under her leadership. Prior to Unilever, Wence held senior positions at SM Investments and Globe, where she led double-digit revenue growth, managed product innovation, and developed strategies for new digital verticals.

Wence Wenceslao

Digital Hub Lead - Beauty & Wellbeing South East Asia

Karan Gopwani is the Head of Business Development for Vision Express/Eye Society group which is the largest eyewear retailer/distributor/wholesaler of luxury eyewear in the Philippines. Vision Express/ Eye Society Philippine holds over 80+ eyewear brands under their portfolio ranging from all price points to cater to the Philippine market. They also strongly focus on customer experience & ensuring Vision for Life for every filipino. Karan currently manages over 65+ stores for the company with this strong background in operations, leadership, customer experience and & store design and construction. Karan focuses on business development, strategy & expansion for Vision Express & Eye Society. 

Karan Gopwani

Head of Business Development 
Vision Express/ Eye Society Philippines

Pauline has been in the industry for a decade of experience in Account Management. And as a Regional Key Account Manager at Grab, her main focus is to improve business efficiency and customer engagement with Grab For Business. Specializing in Grab Gifts, Pauline works with brands to enhance their rewards and loyalty programs for customers and internal employee benefits.

Elena Pauline Apitaga

Sr. Regional Key Accounts Manager

Business IT Leader with over 19 years of experience and hands-on execution in development and implementation of applications for large retail chains with emphasis on increasing efficiency and reducing operational costs, transforming supply chain operations and implementation of retail store & eCommerce applications, WMS, network restructuring and process reengineering to improve service levels. Experience in showcasing results-driven led technology-based solutions for business growth, productivity, control & cost saving initiatives.

Raju Dedhia

Presales Head
Vinculum Group


Interested to Know More?



Platinum Sponsors

At Shopify Plus, we have partnered with more than 10,000+ merchants across 175 countries since 2014 to provide bespoke, cutting-edge solutions, ensuring agility and robust functionality amidst change, to facilitate rapid global growth, while delivering exceptional customer experiences across the customer journey. We tailor merchant’s commerce experiences for different languages, currencies, seasonal trends, across marketplaces, wholesale channels and social media platforms. Our purpose is to push the boundaries of what is considered ‘possible’ in ecommerce, to provide high-growth merchants a solution that is seamlessly integrated and easily customisable to needs, without large investments of time, money, or resources.

Gold Sponsors

CleverTap is the modern, integrated retention cloud that empowers digital consumer brands to increase customer retention and lifetime value. CleverTap drives contextual individualization with the help of a unified and deep data layer, AI/ML-powered insights, and automation enabling brands to offer hyper-personalized and delightful experiences to their customers. 1,200+ customers in 60+ countries and 10,000+ apps, including Gojek, ShopX, Canon, Mercedes Benz, Electronic Arts, TED, Jio, Premier League, TD Bank, Carousell, Papa John’s, and Tesco, trust CleverTap to achieve their retention and engagement goals, growing their long-term revenue. Backed by leading venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Tiger Global Management, and Accel, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in Mumbai, Singapore, Sofia, São Paulo, Bogota, Amsterdam, Jakarta, and Dubai. For more information, visit

Dotdigital is a leader in customer engagement technology and is the platform of choice for businesses seeking to engage customers across all touchpoints. The platform empowers 4,000+ brands across 150 countries to acquire, convert, and retain customers. Users can connect customer data, surface powerful insights, and automate intelligent messages across email, SMS, social, web chat, push notifications, social and more. Dotdigital is a global company with APAC offices in Singapore, Sydney, and Melbourne with more than 350 employees, serving companies of all sizes and in all verticals for more than 20 years. Dotdigital’s B2C and B2B enterprise and SME clients include Converse, Swanndri, Jurlique, Singapore Post, Sennheiser, Coach, Kipling Asia, and Nespresso.

Braze is a leading comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers interactions between consumers and brands they love. With Braze, global brands can ingest and process customer data in real time, orchestrate and optimize contextually relevant, cross-channel marketing campaigns and continuously evolve their customer engagement strategies.

VTEX (NYSE: VTEX) is the global enterprise digital commerce platform where forward-thinking CIOs and CTOs smarten up their investments. The composable and complete solution helps brands and retailers modernize their stack and reduce maintenance costs, by migrating from legacy platforms, connecting their entire value chains, simplifying commerce architectures, turning inventory and fulfillment into their strengths, and allowing them to explore new ways to engage customers.

As a leader in digital commerce platforms, VTEX is trusted by more than 2,600 customers, including Carrefour, Colgate, Motorola, Sony, Stanley Black & Decker, and Whirlpool, having over 3,400 active online stores across 38 countries. For more information, visit

Silver Sponsors

Grab For Business is the pioneer B2B business at Grab, serving thousands of companies of all sizes across Southeast Asia with B2B platform solutions that help to transparently, seamlessly and efficiently manage, budget, control and report on corporate usage and employee engagement of Grab’s marketplace services. It also provides brands and marketers with digital gifting solutions for loyalty and reward programmes. For more information, visit Grab For Business

Lexer is plug and play data science for customer centric retailers. We fuel the insights that drive revenue generating customer experiences. The Lexer Customer Data & Experience Platform (CDXP), built for retail, serves as your all-in-one hub for insight-driven marketing, sales, and customer service. With an enriched single customer view, maintained in real-time and accessible across all platforms, you can genuinely understand and engage customers to drive profitable growth. Lexer is the CDXP of choice for more than 150 leading brands including SingTel, WhatIF Foods, K Jewellery, TGV Cinemas, Martha Stewart, Supergoop!, Cotton On, Billabong, Rip Curl, and True Religion.


RUSH is the go-to partner of every business in making digitalization easy, efficient, and effective. Focused on powering stores and winning customers, RUSH equips businesses with ready-made eCommerce and Loyalty solutions to meet their customers at every stage of their buying journey, empowering businesses to thrive and flourish in the eCommerce space. First introduced as a Loyalty Saas for large enterprises, it has evolved into a comprehensive platform for all business sizes. RUSH now proudly serves over 1,000 brands across the retail, services, and F&B industries, and an aggregated registered base of 6 million customers across 7,000 locations nationwide. 


Inquiro is a data solutions provider focused on bringing organizations quick and actionable insights designed to create exciting value for their business. With its unique position to provide organizations with unparalleled access to understanding their customers at a deeper level, they leverage access to both Telco and Non-Telco data from omni channel data sources for over millions of Filipino consumers. Designed with the business in mind, they  bring you insights that create an impact. From customer analytics, to risk assessment, and market scans, Inquiro provides exceptional intelligence that can take you to the next level.

Bronze Sponsors

Vinculum is a SaaS omnichannel software company enabling 

  • Brands to Sell on multiple marketplaces, 
  • Brands and Retailers to go Omni-channel
  • Brands and Retailers to go Direct to consumer ( D to C)
  • Brands to set up marketplaces
  • Brands to scale internationally using an uberized ecosystem network of brand distributors

Our customers include D 2 C brands like Aegte, Love Earth, Aachho, Clovia, Myglamm, Sugar Cosmetics, Shaze, Bewakoof, Sesa.ID etc, traditional brands like P & G, Jockey, Fossil, Bata, Harman Electronics, Titan, Skechers, Body Shop, EigerIndo,etc,  marketplaces like Nykaa, Swiggy, Logistics companies like Shadowfax, DHL, Yusen etc. We are backed by Accel Partners and IvyCap Ventures.



Interested to Become a Sponsor?

Past Sponsors


(The fees are for the end-user companies only and not applicable for sponsors/vendors.)

Early Bird Rate

(Valid until April 28, 2023)
$ 349
  • 2-Days access to all breakout rooms and general sessions.
  • 2-Days access to executive networking area and sponsor booths
  • 2-Days access to 5-star luncheon and refreshments.
  • Event Name Badge and other event materials.
  • Access on the Event Gamification
  • E-Certificate of Participation
  • Can get a soft copy of the presentations upon your request

Regular Rate

$ 399
  • 2-Days access to all breakout rooms and general sessions.
  • 2-Days access to executive networking area and sponsor booths
  • 2-Days access to 5-star luncheon and refreshments.
  • Event Name Badge and other event materials.
  • Access on the Event Gamification
  • E-Certificate of Participation
  • Can get a soft copy of the presentations upon your request

Group Rates

10% OFF Minimum of 3 Participants
  • 2-Days access to all breakout rooms and general sessions.
  • 2-Days access to executive networking area and sponsor booths
  • 2-Days access to 5-star luncheon and refreshments.
  • Event Name Badge and other event materials.
  • Access on the Event Gamification
  • E-Certificate of Participation
  • Can get a soft copy of the presentations upon your request


Why We Rock

HMR Retail & Trading

“It is informative where we get the chance to learn about the omnichannel in retail and e-commerce, strategy and sustainability, updates about what is trending in the market and ideal solutions.  

Nutriasia Inc.

The event organizer did a great job in picking a good event location, picking a diverse set of speakers and managing time between sessions!”


The event itself is well executed and it was quite interactive”

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines

The event was well-crafted and I’d go to Rockbird Media events again in the future

Matahari Department Store

“All looks good and I love the networking and meeting many people in the retail industry sphere”

Levi’s Indonesia

“I think that the event is very organized, and I met a lot of very interesting people. We had some very interesting sharing and I am very satisfied.”


You’ll come and rock as an attendee and leave as a part of a community!