The Singapore Media Festival advisory board, made up of global media professionals particularly from the Asia-Pacific region, provides guidance and advice to MDA and its partners and help chart the roadmap for SMF.


Robert Gilby

Robert Gilby

CEO & Founder, Blue Hat Ventures 

Rob Gilby is CEO & Founder, Blue Hat Ventures, an advisory & investment firm focused on tech driven growth and start-up businesses in the entertainment, media and consumer sectors across Asia. An experienced media executive with 25 years in senior roles at Disney, Time Warner and PwC across Asia Pacific and Europe, Rob has established deep entertainment industry expertise leading TV network, film, distribution, strategy and marketing organizations.

Most recently Rob was Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, leading rapid growth of iconic brands such as Disney, Marvel, Star Wars & Pixar across all film, TV media and consumer products segments in the region. Rob established priority emerging markets such as Indonesia & Philippines, and pioneered a focus on digital media initiatives in mobile, social, games & online video.



Irene Ang

Chief Executive Officer, Fly Entertainment

Irene manages Singapore’s first and reputed to be the largest artiste management agency, FLY Entertainment. She was nominated as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 and named Top 25 Most Powerful Businesswomen of 2008 by The Executive Magazine. Irene Ang is also a household name in Singapore, well-loved by the Singaporean audience for her TV roles and comedic acting. She was awarded best comedy performance at the 2014 Asian Television Awards for her role in MediaCorp’s sitcom Spouse for House.


Clara Cheo

Chief Executive Officer, Golden Village (GV)

Clara took over the leadership of Singapore’s largest cinema exhibitor Golden Village (GV) in March 2013, and became the first female head of the organisation and the first to rise to the top position from within. With 19 years of experience in GV, Clara consistently injects new and exciting product types into GV’s business - from theatre content and F&B offerings to superior customer touch points and cutting edge cinema technology for an enhanced movie experience.

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Jeff Cheong

President, Tribal Worldwide Asia

Jeff Cheong is the President of Tribal Worldwide Asia, an award-winning digital marketing agency with over 550 talents in the region. He is also responsible for the 105-strong operation in the Singapore hub office. Since 1996, Jeff has evolved from a graphic designer to an ad man to a digital native and became a key business driver for DDB Group Worldwide. He has placed the agency in pole position since 2010 and created an innovation hub in Singapore with a team of 35 technologists. Jeff has consulted for global brands like Unilever, Exxon, Volkswagen, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, Uniqlo, McDonald's and Singapore Airlines. Locally, his notable works are seen in Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore Memory Project, The Future of Us and most recently the integrated campaigns for Pioneer Generation and MediShield Life.


Shanty Harmayn

Chief Executive Officer, Salto Films

Shanty Harmayn is an Indonesian film producer based in Singapore and Jakarta. She established Jakarta based Salto Films in 1998 and co-founded the Jakarta International Film Festival (JIFFest) in 1999. Some of the company’s accolades include award-winning Indonesian films such as Sang Penari (2011) by Ifa Isfansyah - Best Indonesian Film 2011, The Photograph by Nan Achnas - Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2008, and Garuda Di Dadaku, a children soccer box office hit film. In 2012, she established Kawi Content with Tanya Yuson that develops and manages Asian-based intellectual properties.

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Albert Lee

Chief Executive Officer, Emperor Motion Pictures

Albert Lee is an active member of the Hong Kong film industry, representing Emperor on the Boards of Hong Kong’s Chamber of Films and Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association, as well as one of the International Advisors of the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). He is a member of the Hong Kong Film Development Council and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee, and has served on the board of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) since 2006. He is also a member of the China Film Association, and a Brisbane-based Asia Pacific Screen Academy.


Man Shu Sum

Associate Director of Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University

Man Shu Sum is a veteran of the Singapore media industry. Aside from being the Associate Director of Academy of Film Hong Kong Baptist University, Man Shu Sum is also the Resource Panellist of the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Chinese Media Group, Visiting Professor of Sun Yat-Sen University and a member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's Entertainment Industry Advisory Committee. Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in changing Singapore’s media landscape. Previously Man Shu Sum was also CEO of Mark Burnett Productions and Managing Director of Mediacorp Raintree Pictures where he focused on producing and investing in television and film content for the Asia market.


Jonathan Spink

Chief Executive Officer, HBO Asia

Jonathan Spink has over 26 years of experience in the pay-television industry. He is responsible for the overall management of HBO in South East and South Asia, and fronted the growing network of standard-definition and high-definition channels and services including HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO FAMILY, HBO HITS, HBO DEFINED and HBO GO, HBO ON DEMAND, CINEMAX and RED. Under his leadership, HBO Asia co-produced its first film Dead Mine, Serangoon Road - an original ten-part detective noir drama series and Grace - a four-part hour-long horror mini-series. The company also became the exclusive distributing agent for BabyFirst in Asia-Pacific.

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Chang Long Jong

Chief Executive Officer, mm2 Asia

Chang Long Jong graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural) from Nanyang Technological Institute in 1985 , and started with an administrative job with Mediacorp (then named Singapore Broadcasting Corporation). Chang played key roles in many milestones of the industry, including the launch of Mediacorp’s Star Search programme in 1988, as well as the development and expansion of local drama productions. Under his leadership, exports of Singapore-made dramas and programmes were made through licensing, distribution and co-productions across Southeast Asia and in countries such as China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Chang had held the dual role of Mediacorp’s deputy CEO and Chief Customer Officer, while also leading the company’s events business arm, Vizpro, and its training business, Singapore Media Academy. Chang has recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for mm2 Asia, where he will be responsible for overseeing and managing the business operations, especially the production division, as well as sourcing new business opportunities for the group.