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Question Time: The Digital Economy

BritCham's Question Time panel sessions bring together domestic and international leading industry figures and experts and Government representatives.  Focusing on specific industries and current headline making subjects, they allow you, the audience, to ask the tough questions in a 90 minute debate.  For our first Question Time of 2018, BritCham's panel of distinguished guests will be examining 'The Digital Economy'.An economy based on digital technologies is now a reality.  This is not simply executing tasks by computer, the digital economy extends well beyond digitization and automation, it is an explosion driven by consumer connectivity.  A current hot topic across all sectors of industry, disruption of age old industries has given rise to completely new ones.  Forbes estimates that The Digital Economy is worth almost three trillion dollars today, more than the GDP of the United Kingdom. So what does this mean to you as a business and as a consumer?  Our moderator, Katie Scheding Longhurst will be asking our distinguished panel what the future holds for public and private sectors as technology and consumers drive business in ways they never have before.





Our Panelists:

The Right Honourable Edward Vaizey has been the Member of Parliament for Wantage since 2005. He is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.  He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16 and was the longest-serving Minister in that role.  He was appointed a privy councillor in 2016.  

In his role as Digital Minister, Edward Vaizey was responsible for the roll out of the successful UK rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy. In addition, he played a key role in attracting inward investment to the UK tech economy. 

 Edward is a trustee of two national charities, the National Youth Theatre and BritDoc.  He is a member of the House of Commons Speaker’s Advisory Panel on the Arts and a Patron of Kids in Museums. Edward is also an Honorary Professor of Cultural Practice at King’s College, London, an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an adviser to the London festival of Architecture, and an Honorary Fellow of the Radio Academy.   Edward is chairman of Creative Fuse, a three-year research project looking at the technology sector in the North-East of England, and the Oxfordshire Local Economic Partnership Culture group, looking at promoting culture in Oxfordshire. 


In Vichet has been one of the pioneers of digital commerce in Cambodia since 2010. He and his three other siblings founded an e-commerce startup in December 2010 with no capital at all, since their customers had to pay in advance to buy fashion products from China.  Now his website site, also known as Little Fashion on Facebook, has grown to become the leading O2O player with 100,000 registered customers from all 25 provinces in Cambodia. He also co-founded Khmerload, a digital media startup, in 2011. It became the first Cambodian startup to receive investment from Silicon Valley in 2017 and has now expanded to Myanmar and Vietnam. Currently, his media portal serves 8 million unique visitors, 50 million page views and almost 1 billion social impressions a month.

Vichet holds master’s degrees from Williams college and University of Michigan in the field of Development Economics and International Economics respectively. He has a strong passion for tech start-ups, where good ideas matter and oftentimes prevail." 

Tomas Pokorny is the Chief Executive Officer and Co- founding member of Pi Pay. Tomas has over 10 years of experience in business negotiations, consultancy and financial management predominantly in technological and finance sectors (quantitative trading, assets management consulting, security, payment systems and PCI-DSS and other business and security licensing for private sector firms with banking engagement).

In addition to his management of Cambodia’s leading cashless payment app, Tomas is also an active and a passionate participant in international and domestic lectures and events on technology, finance (fintech in general), innovation and creativity.

Langda Chea is the founder and CEO of BookMeBus which is one of the most successful start-ups in Cambodia, and it has been featured in CNN, Forbes, RedHerring and VOA. Recently its has just won the gold medal of ASEAN ICT Award 2017 in its category. BookMeBus mainly offers online ticketing for bus travellers mainly in Cambodia and connect to its neighbouring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Langda enrolled in BA Information Technology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Languages at the Institute of Foreign Languages in 2007. In year three, he started working as a freelance web developer. Langda started his own company in 2015 and launched BookMeBus (BMB) in October the same year.

Our Moderator:

Katie Scheding Longhurst

President, Head of Digital, MangoTango Asia

Secretary General, European Chamber of Commerce

Long-time pioneer in digital technology, Katie Scheding Longhurst most recently co-founded MangoTango Asia, a flourishing marketing and media agency based in Cambodia. For over twenty-five years, Katie has produced ground-breaking work for global communications agencies including Ogilvy, Young & Rubicam, and McCann. She also earned multiple U.S. and European patents in payment technologies while at American Express in New York and London. She served as Chair of the International School of Phnom Penh Board of Trustees and currently serves as Secretary General on the board of the European Chamber of Commerce. Katie holds a BA in English Literature from UCLA.