The Founders

Shoeb Z Kagda

Nationality: Singaporean

Founder, Synthesis Indonesia, media and political consulting firm

Founder, Indonesia Economic Forum; Indonesia’s premier business and economic conference

Editor in Chief of Globe Asia magazine, Indonesia’s No.1 business magazine

Shoeb Kagda is an Indonesia-based media consultant specializing in co-creating content. He started his career in Journalism in 1988 as a reporter for the Singapore Business Times where he covered politics, economics, trade unions and commodities. He moved to Jakarta in 1998 to cover the Asian financial crisis for Business Times during which time he wrote widely on the fall of President Suharto; Indonesia’s political transition and emergence as one of the most resilient economies in the region.

In 2007, he launched Globe Asia, Indonesia’s first English magazine, which annually publishes the 150 Richest Indonesians and the 100 Top Groups lists. The magazine today has a circulation of 60,000 and is the only Indonesia-based publication that is distributed regionally.

After serving as the Group Editor in Chief for BeritaSatu Media Holdings (which includes Globe Asia, Jakarta Globe and Investor Daily) for three years, Shoeb started his own media and political consulting firm Synthesis Indonesia in 2013.

In 2014, he launched the Indonesia Economic Forum (IEF), a platform that allows business, government, civil society and academic leaders to come together and discuss new ideas to take Indonesia forward. The IEF has grown to become Indonesia’s premier business and economic conference at which top government and business leaders have spoken.

Over his 19 years of working experience in Indonesia, Shoeb has built an extensive network consisting of senior government officials, business leaders, top bankers, entrepreneurs and policy makers.

Shoeb earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, graduating with a double major in Journalism and Political Science.

Sachin Vijaya Gopalan

Nationality: Indian

Founder of Chairos International; a digital media and content consultancy

Co-Founder Indonesia Economic Forum; Indonesia’s premier business and economic conference

Co-Founder Orbit Ventura; a science & technology empowerment company

Co-Founder Electric Ocean; an entertainment company

Co-Founder Mad About Comedy; a digital marketplace for stand-up comedy

Sachin Gopalan is the Co-Founder of Indonesia Economic Forum, an economic intelligence service based in Jakarta Indonesia. He started his career in the Media and Information industry in 1994 when he joined as National Marketing Manager of Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt Ltd (CMIE), India’s premiere business intelligence company. Subsequently he moved to Indonesia in 1997 to join as Marketing Director of CastleAsia, Indonesia’s leading business information company. In 1999, along with James Castle he co-founded Kemana.Com, an information portal company that merged in 2001 with PT Jaring Data Interaktif, a cable/sat TV company founded by media tycoon Peter F Gontha that specialized in news, business and politics. Here as CEO, he developed several cable/sat and digital media brands such as QTV, Swara Channel and Home Channel.

In 2010, this media company was acquired by the Lippo Group and Sachin was appointed as the CEO of a newly re-grouped media organization called BeritaSatu Media Holdings with a media portfolio that included Television and Radio channels, Newspapers, Magazines, News portals, Mobile Apps and Social Media products. In BMH Sachin built Indonesia’s first multimedia integrated newsroom that is multi-cycle, multi-platform, multi-language and multi-brand. BMH is widely recognized in the Industry for its product innovation that won several international and local awards.

Sachin is also Founder of Chairos International Ventures (CIV), a digital media and content consultancy focusing on startups and venture incubation. He is the co-founder of several startups such as Orbit Ventura - a science & technology empowerment company, InAvi - an in-store digital audio visual company, Electric Ocean - an entertainment company and Mad About Comedy – a digital marketplace for stand-up comedy.

Sachin has over the years supported education, music and sports activities and initiated an internationally recognized cricket development program that won the ICC Global Award for the Best Junior Cricket Initiative, two years in a row. He is on the Board of Patrons of the national cricket body, Persatuan Cricket Indonesia where he also served for two years as the Head of the National Selection Committee. Sachin is a University Gold Medallist in Bachelor of Engineering – Production, graduating in 1990 from the College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India, one of India's leading engineering institutions.