Online behaviour has significantly changed in the post pandemic era with enterprise and consumer-led companies becoming more collaborative and simplified; from the convenience of e-commerce and growth in mobile payments, to games like Candy Crush Saga® exploring new partnerships and technologies to drive relevance and excite players . Understanding the changing user experience is essential as capabilities surrounding AI, Machine Learning and the metaverse strengthen. Big Tech is championing the metaverse with significant investment and maturing technologies, but what is the reality for consumers today and are we ready for the future of the internet?

Tjodolf Sommestad, President of King / Candy Crush Saga

With more than 20 years of experience in the gaming industry, Tjodolf is one of King’s leading minds who has been integral in the development and success of hallmark King titles, including Candy Crush Saga. Tjodolf joined King in 2011 as VP of Skill Games in the Stockholm studio. Since then, he has held several key roles within King including managing the Candy Crush franchise and King studios and most recently served as Chief Development Officer before ascending to his current role as President.

Finance for All – Martha Sazon, CEO of GCash

Martha Sazon is the President & CEO of Mynt, which operates GCash, the #1 Finance App in the Philippines. Appointed as CEO in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, her focus on customer centricity has propelled GCash into a lifeline to many Filipinos. With Martha at the helm, GCash is now the Philippines’ ?rst and only “duacorn” with over 66M registered users, a 3x increase of its user base vs pre-pandemic. As a result, GCash is now a household name and is being used as a verb in the country.
Prior to GCash, Martha had 20 years of experience in various industries like food, OTC drugs, personal care, and telco. Martha spent 12 years at Globe Telecom during which she pioneered many breakthroughs and achievements for a wide array of products and headed the Broadband business.
Martha has also worked as a Marketing Director and Category Leader for Asia at GlaxoSmithKline and as a Senior Product Manager for Del Monte.
Martha has attended and ?nished IMD and INSEAD executive programs and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting (Cum Laude), from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Conversational 3D avatars – Lauren Kunze, CEO of ICONIQ

Lauren Kunze is the CEO of Pandorabots and co-founder of ICONIQ, a Pandorabots spinout working on Conversational 3D avatars like Kuki AI. She is the author of four books published by HarperCollins, and a frequent writer and speaker about AI at conferences like TED, CES, South by Southwest, O’Reilly Media, and Mobile World Congress, and for publications like IEEE, TechCrunch, Quartz, CoinDesk, and VentureBeat. Kunze and her work have been covered in outlets like the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Guardian, Wired, CNN, RadioLab, Reuters, VICE, Vogue, The New Yorker, and New York Times Magazine. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in Literature and Language, and Neuroscience.

Entering the Metaverse – Marcus Ko, President of Dimple

Marcus Ko has over 20 years of business, market, and strategy development with a diversified background in the IT/wireless, automotive, entertainment industry and more. He has worked with Fortune 50 companies such as Verizon Wireless, Jeep, Chrysler, Sony Music Entertainment. At the age of 33, he became the youngest president at GlobalHue, then at Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. company (NYSE: IPG). Ko also invested in and founded several IT/wireless companies and partnered with the largest South Korean mobile/wireless company, SK Telecom, and the Helio Brand in the US. As a global entrepreneur and multilinguist, he has been able to develop an extensive network and close relationships with major global companies and individuals. He oversees strategy, business development, ecosystem building, and partnerships at Digigooz, Dimple, and Gurufin.