The importance of local knowledge and working with partners is key to doing business and nowhere more so than in Asia where MEF’s Asia chapter was established in 2005 to help bridge the gap between East and West.

Headquartered in Singapore, Asia’s Board has representatives from across South East Asia. In 2015 its events include MEF Connects in Indonesia and Thailand as well as the inaugural MEF Global Forum in Bangalore, India.

MEF Asia Board of Directors

Trevor Goldberg

Vice President Business Development, Bango

Trevor has worked in the mobile technology sector for over 20 years and is currently VP Business Development for Bango, having joined in 2005.   Trevor is responsible for Bango’s mobile operator relationships throughout Asia, where they have Direct Carrier Billing connections for the major mobile app stores such as Google Play. Deployments are live in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines and Bangladesh and managed from their Singapore office.

Trevor has a wealth of experience of the mobile ecosystem, having worked with operators, device manufactures, content providers, developers and app stores.

Lito Villanueva 

Head, Innovation, Ecosystem Build & Global Engagements, Smart e-Money

Lito has extensive experience and expertise in financial services encompassing banking, telecommunications and payments industries. He is the lead in unlocking the huge potential of e-money by introducing innovations on payments, digital commerce experience and a wide range of emerging digital payment platforms. His task is to re-imagine how consumers interact with their money for payments and commerce through innovative products and services.

He commenced his career at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), then at the Land Bank of the Philippines, IFC of the World Bank Group to develop enabling mobile money opportunities in Mongolia. Followed by customer strategy and market activation lead for VISA global mobile products covering emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and EMEA.

He is currently the head for payments innovation, ecosystem build and global engagements for Smart e-Money, the mobile financial services subsidiary of Smart Communications. He led in developing trailblazing e-money initiatives, such as introducing BayadLoad (load as currency) which was cited as pioneering for financial inclusion by USAID.