About The Speaker
Prashant Gokarn is the co-founder and CEO of DigiAsia Bios – whose mission is to bring the entire gamut of financial services, payments, remittance, lending and investments, to the masses in South East Asia, irrespective of their socioeconomic status. DigiAsia’s strategy is to acquire and operationally and financially consolidate digital, traditional distribution and logistics assets; with the aim to redefine the ecosystem even in the smallest towns in Indonesia. Prashant is also the co-founder of Karatvan – an online fine jewelry store with end-to-end ownership and control over the entire supply chain. Prashant is an active investor – with investments in core tech (smartphone beacons, IoT, advertising platform, robotics), trading (quant. gold trading) and consumer (fashion, wedding management, apparel) sectors.
Prior to venturing into entrepreneurship, Prashant was the Chief Digital and Strategy Officer for 5 years at PT Indosat Tbk., one of the leading telecom operators in Indonesia. Previously Prashant has held various positions including President (3G), Reliance Communications, India, for 3 years, prior to which he was a Partner in the media and telecom advisory firm, Spectrum Value Partners, London where he was based for 9 years. Prashant is an MBA from the India Institute Management (IIM) and Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Prashant has extensive operations, business strategy and start up experience across Asia, Europe and Latin America. He has run mobile, fixed line and pay TV operations, has set up and run new fiber broadband and mobile 3G businesses as well as set up a number of digital operations including mobile financial services, mobile advertising and e-Commerce businesses. He set up and ran Indosat’s venturing initiatives – including the accelerator, IdeaBox, and the Softbank-Alibaba-Indosat Venture Capital (VC)