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Karan Henrik Ponnudurai

Karan Henrik Ponnudurai

Group Chief Digital Officer Batelco Group


Karan Henrik Ponnudurai is the Group Chief Digital Officer at the Batelco Group, responsible for the execution of digital businesses across a worldwide footprint. Previously he helped establish Axiata Digital as the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer where he built leading E-Commerce, Digital Advertising, Money and API platform businesses throughout Asia. He was a founding Board member of, Malaysia's leading online marketplace.

He held line responsibilities as the Chief Innovation and Digital Services Officer at Celcom Axiata. He set up the SEA's first Telecom Consumer Behaviour Lab that pioneered the use of ethnographic research and design thinking to launch multiple successful products and brand repositioning exercises.

Prior to this, Karan was the Vice President of Business Development and Technology for Softbank Emerging Markets, a venture capital fund initiative between Softbank and the World Bank where he led direct equity investments in the Asian technology sector. Earlier he was a founder director of Engineering in a wireless start-up company that was acquired (ASX: CAG).

Karan held senior operational roles in Time and Maxis where he pioneered the Internet Business Unit and ISP. He began his career as an R&D engineer and Product Manager at Hewlett-Packard Test and Measurement Group where he led teams on 3 continents in the development of instrumentation systems.

Karan has extensive business experience in the communications industry in EMEA as well as in Asia and the USA. He is a frequent speaker and writer on digital adjacencies and innovation.

Karan has degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malaya, where he was a Hewlett Packard scholarship holder and Stanford University, the USA where he was a Krupp Foundation Fellow. He completed the Asian International Executive Program and the General Management Program at INSEAD. Karan is an alumnus and international faculty member of the Haggai Institute of Leadership.

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