Datuk Eric Ku
Executive Director | iTrain Asia Education Group, Singapore
Eric Ku has been in the business of revolutionizing talent development in the Asian region for over two decades. A serial entrepreneur with several flagship businesses under his belt, Eric is the co-founder of iTrain Asia (www.iTrainAsia.com), a regional Digital Tech Certification Body that is currently rolling out its industry-validated certification trainings to individuals, corporates and academic institutions throughout 16 countries in Asia.
Recent years, Eric Ku is working with many organizations with workforce up to 40,000 staffs in creating the culture of Digital Transformation to enhance the digital quotient in all job roles and, to build an agile, innovative and tech-savvy workforce. Eric Ku is also the judge for the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) for the last 3 years.
He also co-founded Asia Developer Academy (ADA) (www.AsiaDev.Academy), which aims to harness the finest coding talent in Asia to serve the ongoing digital revolution. ADA adopted extreme employability concept that ensure all its graduates get high value job via its train-and-place model.
Beyond developing professional digital talents, Eric Ku believes in the longer-term vision of building digital literacy skills from young; having set up a coding tech playground for kids called iTrain Kids (www.itrainkids.com) which teaches students ages 7 to 16 the basics of programming and how to bring their creative ideas to life. Over 3,000 children have learnt to become coders and makers of various apps, games, websites and more since the establishment of iTrain Kids.
Eric Ku continues encouraging and accelerating the development of other entrepreneurs like himself as co-founding partner of 1337 Ventures (www.1337.ventures), an accelerator and early-stage venture capital firm in South-East-Asia focused on scaling startups from idea to being valued as a multi-million-dollar company in less than 10 months.
Eric Ku began his career with a Singapore-based bank and subsequently worked as the Head of IT with a public listed company, where he supervised teams located in 8 branches across 6 cities. Another notable achievement early on in his career includes being awarded as Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional for his contribution to Microsoft Technologies by Microsoft Corporation USA for 9 consecutive years and has been invited by Microsoft to speak at the regional annual TechEd conference.
His extensive experience in IT, Digital Transformation, Business Analysis and Digital Tech Talent Development has enabled him to play a leading role in advancing the region’s core economic wheel: human capital development.