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Silicon Valley’s Guy Kawasaki, global tech experts topbill speakers at ACC 2017

MANILA, Philippines, September 12, 2017 – Technology and telco experts from around the world, led by Silicon Valley icon Guy Kawasaki, will comprise the speakers at the ACC 2017, Asia’s premier tech and telco event, hosted by the country’s leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Cebu from September 12 to 15, 2017.

Over 1,000 delegates from more than 60 countries representing over 400 companies are expected to attend this year’s ACC which will run on the business theme “Reinventing Customer Experience in the Digital Age.”

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and trustee of Wikimedia Foundation, will deliver the keynote speech on the “Art of Transformation” at the plenary session. He will be joined by Rick Seeto, Ciena Vice President for Asia Region Sales, who will talk about “I Just Want IT to Work,” and Richard Im, Huawei Director for Business Technology Consulting, South Pacific, who will focus on “Redefining Your Business in the Digital Era.”

Panelists in the roundtable discussion on “Designing and Starting Up a Customer Experience Transformation” will be composed of Orlando Vea, Voyager Innovations President and CEO; Marc Halbfinger, PCCW Global CEO; Ali Amiri, Etisalat Group Chief Carrier and Wholesale Officer; and Jovy Hernandez, ACCI Chairman and PLDT Enterprise Senior Vice President. Javier Vara, McKinsey & Company Expert Associate Partner and Director of Operations Excellence Program, will act as moderator.

Now on its 13th year, the ACC provides a venue for industry leaders to discuss and share the latest technologies and breakthroughs in telco, ICT, and related industries. It brings together delegates from the wholesale fixed and mobile telco carriers, network and infrastructure providers, applications and service developers, handset and equipment manufacturers, and entertainment and content distributors around the world.

“Apart from providing an ideal venue for discussion and sharing of ideas, the ACC also spearheads Thought Leadership on the future of technology and telco around the world,” said PLDT FVP and Head of International and Carrier Business and President & CEO of PLDT Global Corp. Kat Luna-Abelarde.

“The award-winning ACC is a much-anticipated conference for both international and local delegates because it offers them great technological knowledge and updates as well as enormous opportunities to network, collaborate, and conduct business with industry leaders and players,” she pointed out.

Huawei of China is the Double Platinum partner of ACC 2017. Platinum partners include Smart Communications and Sun, BICS of Belgium, Ciena of Singapore, Orange of France, PCCW Global of HongKong, Sigma Telecom of Istanbul and USA, and XiComm of USA. Composing the gold sponsors are IDT Telecom Asia Pacific (IDT Asia), Cisco, NTT Communications, Sheng Li Tel, Telecom Services Network (TSN), and Telstra. The silver partners are FiberHome, GTT, Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), and Turk Telekom International (TTI), while the bronze sponsors are @Tokyo, BoneyBone, China Unicom, CSG International, IX (, NGT Networks, Samsung, Syniverse, Telarix, TNZI, and World Hub Communications. Making up the media partners of the conference are Telecom Review, Capacity, Infocom, Disruptive.Asia, and Carrier Community.

The conference program includes the plenary session, opening of the ACC 2017 Exhibit and Shopping Village, various workshops, bilateral meetings, and the turn-over of the ACC corporate social responsibility project for this year.