Syed Musheer Ahmed
Board of Directors, FinTech Association of Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong, China
Financial services and strategy consulting professional with eleven years of cross functional, multi-asset experience in electronic trading and financial services of the US, European and Asian Markets. MBA from University of Hong Kong and London Business School. Post MBA, incorporated knowledge of markets and risk management gained as a trader to deliver global strategy projects at tier-1 investment firms.
Possess a strong understanding of financial technology and Asian FinTech ecosystem. Mentor and speaker at industry events and hackathons on FinTech in Hong Kong. Guest Lecturer and speaker on topics of Investment Management, Trading and Artificial Intelligence at HKU MBA, HKU Space and CUHK.
On the board of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, (www.hkfintech.org) with an active participation in Fintech in Hong Kong and across Asia. Have a keen interest in technologies impacting/disrupting investment banking such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, data analytics, p2p lending, payment systems and robo advisers.
Truong Thi Kim Anh
Vice President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Vietnam
Mrs. Truong Thi Kim Anh, is currently the Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) branch in Da Nang. Mrs. Kim Anh has hands-on experience and specialization in rendering advisory, consultancy and business development services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector spanning over 11 provinces of Central Region in Vietnam.
For competitive growth, promotion and development of SMEs with focus on women entrepreneurs, she brings effective developmental synergy between the Vietnamese private sector including Industry Associations, Provincial Authorities and international companies/agencies including development financial institutions mainly aimed at facilitating setting up of joint ventures and SME projects, mounting trade missions, B2B networking, promoting international trade and investments, organising training & capacity building programmes.
Widely travelled and extensively trained by various national and international agencies of repute, Mrs. Kim Anh herself is a Master Trainer certified by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) specializing in entrepreneurship development, HRD and foreign trade.
Owner and CEO, Custom Syndicate, Pakistan
Muhammad Anwar is Owner and CEO of Custom Syndicate, and International Logistics Solutions Provider company in Pakistan. He has thirty two years of extensive business experience in trade, logistics, supply chain management, transportion systems and education development.
He has developed his business from a customs clearing and forwarding agency to International transportation company in Pakistan and pioneered the International trucking to Central Asian Republics via Iran. He also pioneered the International Passenger Bus service between Pakistan and Iran. He was also the organizor of freight on first trans-national container train that is called the ECO International Container Train between Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul route.
He has been chairman and co-chairman of the various standing committees in Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Transport, Beverages and Mineral Water, WTO, , and now heading the chairmanship of the standing committee on National Logistics and Transport Facilitation in LCCI. He is also the Advisory Council member of UNESCO-PACADE “Pakistan Association for Continuing and Adult Education”, member of Experts Board of Studies University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore-Pakistan, Vice President of Meraj Research and Sustainable Development Foundation Pakistan, Member of the Commission on Multi-Modal Terminals and Operators of PNC-International Chamber of Commerce. He writes and speaks on transportation and trade facilitation issues on national and international forums.
Muhammad Anwar is chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Vice Chairman/ founding Director, Greater Meakong Subregion (GMS)-Freight Transport Association (FRETA)
Paul is Vice Chairman and a founding Director of the Greater Meakong Subregion (GMS) Freight Transport Association (FRETA). He has worked to develop and deregulate cross border transport in the GMS countries for eight years, launching the Asian Road Network for TNT linking Singapore, Thailand and China by 2008. Paul has previously run High Tech Logistics operations in Japan. He was spent many years in the International Transport business in Europe and spent seven years Consulting in Russia and the CIS after the break up of the Soviet Union. He holds a Degree in Transport and Logistics and a Master’s degree in Transport from Sydney University.
Director, AdQuant Media, USA
In his own words, JEd “…enhances lives using technology, liberating people from monotonous tasks.”
This self-taught software engineer specializes in the creation of digital automations that simultaneously eliminate repetitive work, and identify actionable patterns and insights from otherwise ‘noisy’ data.
He has over 11 years experience between the securities-finance and digital marketing industries, designing and testing cutting edge algorithms which automate, spot foreign exchange trading, mortgage backed security analysis, equity derivatives assessment, machine learning training, and digital marketing attribution.
While on Wall Street, he worked alongside the brightest minds, developing more sophisticated high frequency and statistical arbitrage trading algorithms for institutional banks.
JEd's skillset applies a mix of Python, VBA, PHP, and MQL to collect and analyze data from a myriad of sources. He constantly seeks and removes inefficiencies in existing processes with an eye toward automation in order to free up human capital to do more sophisticated and creative work.
He is constantly seeking new challenges, business opportunities, and partnerships which further his vision of an ideal world where code powers data-backed decision making with greater accuracy, relevance, and speed.
Michael John Aumock
Director, Image Transforms / Millice (Thailand) Co ltd, Thailand
Michael (“Mickey”) is the Director- ASEAN of Image Transforms pte Ltd. He oversees offices in Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand from his office in Bangkok. Running one of the largest distributors of 3D printing equipment in ASEAN has given him a unique, boots-on-the-ground look at the state of technology in the region. He is committed to putting as many 3D printers as possible in the hands of Asia’s youth. This commitment is what drives him in his current roll. Street smart and without a pedigree, he puts the extra effort necessary to solve problems and keep moving forward. He has been working in Business development and strategic planning for most of the last 20 years, and understands supply chain and international personnel management at the highest level. As a thought leader in business, his articles have been published in 11 countries and in 7 languages. Mickey would much rather roll up his sleeves and get to work than sit behind a desk and let others do the heavy lifting.
Chairman/CEO, Dagon Group of Companies, Myanmar
Win Aung is currently Chairman and CEO of Dagon Group of Companies. He also holds other senior executive positions in the Myanmar government, these include: President, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry; President, Myanmar Fruit & Vegetable Producers & Exporters Association; President, Myanmar Farm Crop Producer's Association; Vice Chairman, Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association; and Vice Chairman, Myanmar Hotelier Association.
Win is also the Chairman of the Myanmar Greater Mekong Sub-region Affairs Committee as well as the Chairman of the Myanmar Business Council on ACMECS.
Managing Director, Transfreight Corp. group, Pakistan
Mr. Babar Badat has over 30 years experience in the Logistics industry. In addition to running his businesses he has over the last several years, been in the fore front of industry development, holding various advisory positions. He writes and speaks on logistics industry issues at different forums. He is the founder Chairman of his country’s national logistics association, Chairman of the TIR - road transport commission, and has been on the boards of various organizations. On an international level, he was elected to the Board of FIATA in Zurich and later elected as Senior Vice President, he is currently a member of the FIATA’s Presidency.
Principal consultant, Peter J Batt and Associates, Australia
Peter J Batt and Associates is an agribusiness marketing and rural development consulting group. Clients to date include the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, World Bank, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre (AEGIC).
With almost thirty years’ experience, primarily in Asia, we link smallholder farmers to markets, facilitate the establishment of collaborative marketing groups, implement quality management systems and identify market opportunities for a broad range of agribusiness products in high value markets. With a solid foundation in value chain research and specialist skills in building enduring long-term relationships, we seek outcomes that are sustainable, equitable and profitable.
Managing Director, Astana International Financial Centre Authority, Kazakhstan
Baurzhan Bektemirov is a Managing Director at Astana International Financial Centre Authority, the administrative body for the initiative recently launched in Astana, Kazakhstan. He is overseeing strategy & research, business development, as well as promotion of financial technologies.
Having previously held managing positions at the Research Department of the National Bank of Kazakhstan and the government’s Economic Research Institute, Mr. Bektemirov is interested in macroeconomic analysis, economic modeling, public policy analysis, and international development. He was involved in setting up the transition to a new monetary policy regime at the National Bank of Kazakhstan and participated in designing long-term development strategy for Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund. Bektemirov’s academic interests include political economy of privatization and contract theory.
Mr. Bektemirov holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard College and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
Managing Director, Skyquest Technology Group, India
Mr. Akash Bhavsar has several years of technology management and business consulting experience involving diverse industries, including clean technology and renewable energy.
He is the Managing Director of SkyQuest Technology Group, a global intellectual asset and technology focused research, accelerator and investment bank, supporting innovation ecosystems worldwide, providing access to technologies, markets and finance. It provides international business intelligence, market entry, international trade, technology and asset commercialization and fund syndication services, among others. He is also the Manager of India Workstation - South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (a UNDP promoted initiative).
Akash has been instrumental in turning promising scientific ideas into useful products and companies. With his prolific experience spanning the United States, Germany, Israel, Canada, Republic of Korea, China, Taiwan Province of China, Singapore, and Malaysia, he possesses a holistic perspective and maintains the skills to diligently evaluate and value the commercialization potential of technologies. He has been part of 32 licensing deals and has been involved in fundraising of approximately US$ 90 million.
Akash has been involved in designing and delivering several courses and workshops related to technology management and entrepreneurship, and he has also authored articles on topics including technology transfer and open innovation. Additionally, he is currently the President of the Indian Innovators Association, Western Chapter, and has recently been appointed to the Board of Management of T.I.I. Luxembourg (Technology Innovation International).
Executive Chairman, Soaltee Hotel Limited, Nepal
Mr. Dinesh Bista is the Executive Chairman of Soaltee Hotel Limited, the owning Company of Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel, which is a 286 room deluxe five star hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal, presently managed by the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). The company is listed on the Nepal Stock Exchange. The organization also has under its operation, a very successful Flight Kitchen, which is ¬ a franchise with LSG SkyChef.
Bista has been extensively involved in the tourism industry and has led the company for over a decade through the most challenging period of insurgency in Nepal. With his acumen in assessing market trends, he has successfully expanded the business by introducing the right products at the right time.
Mr. Bista is a Commerce Graduate from Tribhuvan University Nepal and a Chartered Accountant from the institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has over 25 years of professional experience which also includes his tenure with the Nepal Electricity Authority and Nepal Grindlays Bank Limited, which is a member of ANZ Group. He is also the Chairman of Himalaya Mahalaxmi Tea Garden Pvt. Ltd. which owns and operates a Tea Estate in the Eastern plains of Nepal. He is also the Chairman of HI Soaltee Hotel Company Pvt. Ltd, a joint venture with Intercontinental Hotels Group which has been established to invest in new hotels in Nepal. Additionally, he is a member of national and international organizations like the Hotel Association Nepal, the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
Associate Lecturer, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, UK
Andre Brito is a documentary filmmaker, videographer and associate lecturer at Loughborough Design School, where he teaches innovative approaches to rapid-prototyping such as blending video storytelling with User Experience (UX) Design, Design for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (‘video-prototyping’). His documentaries have been screened publicly, including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his documentary “Conscripted” (2009) was selected for screening at the Cinema of the Portuguese-Speaking World course in 2012. His latest cinematography work, “Back to the Drawing Board”, a documentary directed by Pawas Bisht, premiered at the Westminster Theatre, Keele University, in January 2017.
Andre has eight years of international experience with corporations and institutions such as the RECODE Network, Imagination Lancaster, Bournemouth, Cranfield, Keele, Lancaster and Loughborough universities, the Fung Global Institute, Li & Fung, Green Gaia Films, the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), among others. He has an MA in Documentary by Practice from Royal Holloway University of London, as well as a professional background in print journalism and advertising.
Isabella Carvalho Silva
Guest Writer, Let’s Talk Payments, Hong Kong, China
Isabella is a Brazilian-born world citizen, currently a start-up mentor, M&A consultant and angel investor. She was part of Rocket Internet’s Lazada (acquired by Alibaba) in Hong Kong and the Philippines, where she managed cross-border payments across 8 countries, significantly reducing costs by using Fintech solutions. She was previously a Strategy Consultant covering LATAM and Europe.
She regularly participates in Fintech events across the region, as a judge in start-up competitions, moderator and panelist. Examples include NextMoney (Malaysia and Hong Kong), General Assembly (Hong Kong), NexChange’s Fintech O2O (Hong Kong) and World Fintech Forum (Korea).
She covered, lived or worked in 18 countries, is a Mechanical Engineer with a Masters in Business (HEC Paris) and speaks Portuguese, French, English and Spanish.
Area Director/General Manager, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, China
Mr. David Chan is the Area Director/General Manager of Grand Hyatt Guangzhou. He is overseeing Hyatt Regency Chongqing, Park Hyatt Guangzhou, Hyatt Regency Dongguan, Grand Hyatt Chengdu and Hyatt Regency Guiyang.
He began his hotel career at Peninsula Hong Kong in 1976 and has advanced his management experiences at Regent, Marriott and Hyatt in US, Australia and China. Mr. Chan is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and Cornell with focus on Travel Industry Management. Recently, he has also earned his Master Degree in China Law at Jinan University in China.
With his strong commitment, he has been invited to serve in public services with his tenure as Vice-chairman of Guangzhou Hotel Association, Vice-chairman of Dongguan City Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, Vice-chairman of Australian Chamber of Commerce - South China, Vice-chairman of Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce – Guangdong. At present, he is also the Executive Director of Guangdong Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment for Guangdong Province.
Representative, Board of Trade of Thailand, Thailand
Wansit Chatikavanij is a manager at the international affairs department at Loxley Public Company Limited. He assists Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash in locating and exploring new business opportunities abroad. On top of that, he aides in the connection process between various distinct Loxley departments and foreign companies. Wansit is also a member/representative of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of trade of Thailand, which he assists in GMS Thailand Committee as well as Thai-European Business Council on matter such as the Thai-EU FTA negotiations and issues in the Mekong Region.
Managing Director, CG Corp Global, Nepal
Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director of CG Corp Global, is possibly the youngest and most acclaimed business leader of Nepal. His company is a billion-dollar multinational headquartered in Nepal. Under his leadership, CG Corp operates 112 companies with 76 world-class brands in 19 different countries. Educated in Doon, Harrow and MIT schools, Nirvana founded his own company CG Finco when he was 19. A youth icon of Nepal, Nirvana is well-known for his diverse interests and ventures—as a philanthropist, consul-diplomat, artist, curator, musician, spiritual seeker, avid trekker and a national squash player. The philanthropic arm of CG, Chaudhary Foundation, has social business partners such as HelpAge and Yunus Centre. Currently, the Foundation is busy building houses for 120 schools damaged in Nepal’s earthquake and 10,000 transitional shelter homes for the earthquake survivors. He frequently writes columns on leadership in prominent business magazines.
A youth icon of Nepal, Nirvana is often sought by youth organizations, schools, and universities as a speaker. He makes frequent appearances at leadership forums as motivational speaker and gives lectures at colleges and different youth forums. He recently became the Chairman of Assocham Nepal Chapter and board of UN Business Advisory Council. He frequently writes columns on leadership in prominent business magazines.
Chief Executive Officer, Ceneric Asia Limited, Hong Kong, China
Mr. James Cheng is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ceneric Asia Limited, the Vice President of the Hong Kong ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation (HKAECF) and the Vice Chairman of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Hong Kong. He previously served as the Chief Executive Office and Executive Director of Ceneric (Holdings) Limited, (HKEx stock code: 00542), Independent Non-executive Director of Harmonic Strait Financial Holdings Limited (HKEx stock code: 00033), Executive Director of Pizu Group Holdings Limited (HKEx stock code: 08053), the Chief Executive Officer of Daily Growth Financial Group of Companies, and Director of Hong Kong Online Brokers Association. Mr. Cheng held senior management positions in major local as well as international financial institutions, including International Bank of Asia (now known as Fubon Bank), Commerzbank AG and Chemical Bank (a foundation of today’s JP Morgan Chase).
Mr. Cheng has more than thirty years’ experience in corporate & investment banking, securities, corporate finance & management, and entrepreneurship. Committing himself in the financial world, Mr. Cheng has made impressive accomplishments regarding mergers & acquisitions and fund-raising. His entrepreneurial experience across various industries entitles him to manage investment projects/companies in a veteran manner.
Mr. Cheng earned his Bachelor Degree in Canada and a Master Degree of Business Administration in the U.S.A.
Country Manager, India, HarvestPlus, India
Binu Cherian is the Country Manager of HarvestPlus India, a global research program under Agriculture for Health and Nutrition (A4NH) of Consultative Group for International Agriculture and Research (CGIAR) that develops and deploys biofortified nutritious food staple crops to reduce hidden hunger among malnourished populations in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He leads cross discipline integration of research, development, testing and marketing strategy for an efficient delivery of biofortified crops in India through multi-disciplinary partnerships. He has successfully developed partnerships platforms with public, private and grass root institutions.
Prior to HarvestPlus, he had worked in private sector organization managing large scale cultivation programs, sourcing raw materials for optimum quality, building sustainable and cost effective supply chain linkages from farm to gate and commercialization of projects in food and pharma ingredients in different geographies. He holds a Master’s degree in Agriculture and Management.
Founder and Executive Director, HKSDRI, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Ivan S.L Chu, the Founder of Hong Kong Sustainable Development Research Institute (HKSDRI), which has been founded nearly a decade, contributes his expertise and knowledge to the sustainable development and social affairs in Hong Kong and Greater China. Through inter-scope public policy researches, provide long-term sustainable development strategy for Hong Kong’s and Greater China’s social, economic and environmental development, popularize the concept of Sustainable Development, bring various community resources and encourage social collaboration together in development to continue the prosperity and stability of the city. Besides, he is the Co-Founder and Convenor of Hong Kong Institute for Politics and Governance, cultivate politics talents, aim at providing the government and corporate with smart and knowledgeable advice and solutions.
Ivan participates in different social affairs. He is currently the Member of United Nations (UN) ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN), member of Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macau Studies, member of Working Group of Sustainability of Fashion Industry Development Committee. He concerns about the future strategic development of green business, policy advocacy and lobbying. He is also a former committee member of Sir David Trench Fund Committee for Recreation of Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR and the former trustee of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.
Ivan was being the management team and independent non-executive director of several Hong Kong and oversea listed companies, which bring him ample experience in cooperate governance. Ivan graduated from the University of Bolton majoring Business Studies (Hons) and achieved a Master of Science in Finance at National University of Ireland. He acquired professional qualifications as the fellow of Institute of Public Accountants of Australia and Institute of Financial Accountants of U.K. respectively, as well as Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong. Ivan was Visiting Fellow in rehabilitation Science at Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University, and Visiting Fellow at Korea Orthopaedic Clinic/Korea Sports Medicine Center at 2004-2005.
CEO & Co-Founder, Gobee.bike (Mysharedbike Ltd), Hong Kong, China
Raphael is the CEO & Co-Founder of Gobee.bike, the leading station-less bike sharing operator outside China.
As an entrepreneur specializing in the development, implementation, and support of new internet companies in Asia, he Co-founded HotelQuickly, Asia's largest last-minute hotel booking app, and Foodpanda, Vietnam's #1 online food ordering platform, part of foodpanda.com, where he was also the former MD.
Prior to these ventures, Raphael worked with Rocket Internet on a variety of projects, founded Edesign in May 2010, an online graphic design company targeting European companies with 9 commercial websites in 5 languages and Co-founded CGHK Export in November 2009, a China-focused trading company based in Hong Kong.
Raphael is fluent in French, English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish and conversant in Cantonese and Hebrew.
Consultant Principal, Xenex Consulting, Australia
Daniel O’Connor is an intellectual property commercialisation specialist, a management consultant, a business coach, a company director, a business growth expert and author.
He has spent 28 years in professional practice, specialising in Intellectual Property (IP) commercialisation – helping innovators to get their intellectual property into the market and maximise their success.
Currently the Consultant Principal at Xenex Group, Daniel has helped many companies to incredible international trading success with their concepts.
He is also a founding member of Formula1forBusiness, which helps service professionals to double their net income in months, using a safe and structured set of incremental changes that makes these changes safely “stick.”
Daniel has planned and managed public and private companies (listed and un-listed) over his career, with outstanding results. Daniel has helped boost companies to success through his knowledge, advice and mentoring in strategic management, acquisitions, performance management, business systems and process improvements, business and industry aggregations, public listings, business coaching and change management.
Daniel has other publications, including the international selling Formula1 For Business (he co-wrote) as well as many e-books and published papers.
Felix Richard A. Cordova (RICKY)
President & CEO, Edward Marcs Phils Inc., Philippines
Felix Richard Alcomendras Cordova has been President and CEO of Marcs Philippines Inc. from October 2007 onwards. During his term as President and CEO of Marcs Philippines Inc. he has held the additional role as Philippine representative to various renewable energy and solar initiatives globally, this includes: delegate to the German Solar Business Trip, organized by GIZ in 2012; business to business forum resource speaker for commercial application of solar energy technologies by small and medium enterprises, organized by APCTT-ESCAP in 2011; representative to the B2B Forum on Renewable Energy Technologies in Nanjing, China; delegate to the PV Summit 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan; and representative to the Asia Pacific Initiative for Renewable Energy in Bangkok, Thailand in 2010.
In addition to heading all business activities at Edward Marcs, he is also the founding member of the Solar Cooling Working Group, which was organized in 2011 by the International Copper Association of Beijing, China. He has also been the Philippine representative and speaker of the Asia - Pacific Conference on Building Integrated Solar Energy, organized by UN-ESCAP and held in Kunming China.
Throughout his term as President and CEO of Marcs Philippines Inc. he has succeeded in making the organization a leader in the Solar Assisted Aircon and Solar Thermal Technologies market in the Philippines, with a turn-over of Ps 35,000,000.00 and growing. . Additionally, he succeeded in expanding the organization into a technology provider of Solar Assisted Air-conditioning, heat recovery tank and partner of IFC for Sustainable Energy Financing Program in the Philippines.
Director & CEO, Skyquest Technology Group, India
Shriya Damani is a Thinker, Maker and a Serial Entrepreneur. She started her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 18. Since then she has gained several years of experience as a dynamic entrepreneur and a trained technology research professional. She has been instrumental for 30+ technology licensing deals and several research projects for global companies. Being a strong advocate of shared learning, she is frequently invited at various platforms to speak on innovation & entrepreneurship in India as well as abroad. Shriya has given more than 25 training sessions and presentations globally.
She has championed the cause for women entrepreneurship and sustainability in businesses by working on various awareness programmes for women. Currently she is the CEO & Director in SkyQuest Technology Group, a Global IP focused Research Accelerator & Commercialization organization. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Xaviers’ Research Foundation (XRF Ahmedabad, India).
Among many such other things she has also been a course editor for Technology Management module— Agriculture Technology Management course run by National Academy of Agriculture Research & Management (NAARM) and Hyderabad Central University. Over a period of years, She has gained experience in various aspects of IP Management and Commercialization, Due-Diligence & Valuation, Technology Development, Promotion, Project Management, Fund Raising, Mentoring and Training to name a few. She has mentored start-ups and individuals from various sectors - IT, Medical Device, Pharma, Agriculture, Biotech, etc. with respect to Strategic Partnering, Growth Plans, PR activities, Marketing, Brand Building, IP Management, regularizing Operational Activities, etc.
Founder and CEO, GoCoop, India
Siva Devireddy is the Founder & CEO of GoCoop.com a global marketplace for weavers and artisans. Siva is passionate about technology innovations that drive social and economic inclusion of people at the bottom of the pyramid. GoCoop has been a result of his passion to help people achieve their social and economic goals though technology innovation.
Siva has over 17 years of global experience starting his career in Bay area/Silcon valley. In his previous experience, he was the Director of the Innovation Center with Accenture in India and played key management and technology leadership roles for many global clients. Mr. Devireddy is a fellow of Corporate Leaders program at Arizona State University and has done his Masters in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering.
Mr. Devireddy as founder of GoCoop received Govt of India’s first National Award for Handlooms Marketing (eCommerce) 2016. He was also part of the World Economic Forum round table at Textiles India and United Nations ESCAP round table on eCommerce for sustainable development in Bangkok.
Chief Executive Officer, ASB Biodiesel, Hong Kong, China
Anthony Dixon is Chief Executive Officer of ASB Biodiesel, a Hong Kong based producer of biodiesel from waste. He was formerly a Managing Director with Citigroup Global Markets where he spent 15 years in a variety of leadership roles in securitization and debt capital markets in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London.
He has served as a director of China Hydroelectric Corporation, the largest foreign-owned owner-operator of small-to-medium hydroelectric facilities in China and the Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO), a pioneer in the application of solar PV for rural electrification in India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and as Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer of ZEDfactory, a leading UK-based designer and developer of zero carbon homes.
He holds an M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Futures (engineering) from Imperial College, an MBA from Harvard Business School and degrees in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Western Australia.
Founder and Managing Director, Business Continuity Planning Asia (BCP Asia), Singapore
Henry Ee is the Founder and Managing Director of Business Continuity Planning Asia (BCP Asia). With 20 years of Business Continuity, IT-Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management experience, Henry has undertaken over 300 BCM projects across Asia-Pacific and to a wide span of industries including Banking & Finance, Supply-Chain, Telecommunication, Information Technology, Transportation, Healthcare and Public Sectors. Henry has also trained and guided over 5000 professionals across Asia. He also gained practical experience as an end-user through holding senior positions as Regional BCP Manager in 2 international banks, ABN AMRO and JP Morgan Chase, rolling out comprehensive regional BCP programs and rigorous trainings/exercises. The first Asian to be elected to the Board of BCI (UK), Henry was also awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award by BCI in October 2010. He also contributed to the development of standards as member of the Standards Committee for SS540:2008, ISO22301 and China BCM standard. He is currently a member for standards development for ASIS (US) ISO22313 for Spring Singapore and BCM Standard in China. Henry graduated from University of Essex (UK), with a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours in Electronics Systems Engineering and is able to conduct trainings/workshops in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Chief Executive Officer, Pelham Grey; Founder, businesslab, HKU MBA, Hong Kong, China
Pedro Eloy is the Chief Executive Officer at Pelham Grey with a focus on investing in and incubating technology-based companies. As former Director/Senior Vice President of Digital at Fung Group/Li&Fung for 7+ years, Pedro championed 65+ cross-platform digital innovation initiatives and led various teams who brought the first digital awards to the Group.
With 24 years of international experience in Europe, North America and Asia, Pedro is the recipient of several awards including the Best Rebrand of a Digital Property Gold Award, the IMA Outstanding Achievement Award, the IACAS Excellence in Marketing Award, the Mercomm Galaxy Award, the Golden Web Awards and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Award.
In academia, Pedro founded and heads the businesslab MBA program at Hong Kong University Faculty of Business and Economics, enabling students to transform their passion for entrepreneurship into business ventures. In the public sector, Pedro collaborates on a series of programs and initiatives focused on business leapfrogging and economic growth for Asia Pacific-based young entrepreneurs.
Recognized by the digital industry, Pedro is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and serves as a judge for the Webby Awards and several international digital awards & entrepreneurship competitions.
Crisanto S. Frianeza
Secretary General, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Philippine
Mr. Crisanto Frianeza is currently the Secretary General of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). Mr. Frianeza has more than 25 years professional experience in economic and social policy development. He is involved in capacity building programmes as concurrent Executive Director of the Philippine Chamber Development Institute, Alternate Chair of the Philippine-German Technical-Vocational Education Project and a member of the Department of Science and Technology Advisory Committee on Science and Technology Scholarships. He is Private Sector Development Manager, Local Government Support Program of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and also the manager of various initiatives on trade facilitation, SME development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, good governance and investment climate promotion.
Managing Director, Verlion Pte Ltd, Singapore
Maggie Gorse is the Managing Director of Verlion Pte Ltd, Singapore, she is a specialist of New Business Models for innovation. Her research & consulting expertise is: Innnovative Value Creation for Stakeholders, Managing for Sustainable Stakeholder Value, New Business Models, Economic Transformation & the Post-Industrial Economy.
She works with top management of multi-nationals and start-ups in a wide range of industries on innovation projects, in Europe, USA, Africa and Asia with 30 years of practical consulting and training solutions. She has developed several conceptual business model designs to aid in effective business innovation, among others France Telecom, Groupama, EADS, Gemalto and start-ups.
Maggie keeps pace with intellectual developments in business as visiting professor in MBA programs around the world, notably ESSEC, Mannheim Business School, University of Geneva, Tongji University and SP Jain School of Management. She is 2014 Laureat “Academic Excellence Best Professor” of ESSEC Foundation for her contribution to innovative ideas in business.
She is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on economic transformation and new business models. She is a Fellow of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. Maggie received her MBA from Columbia University, New-York, majors Finance, International Business and Marketing, with Beta Gamma Sigma award.
Pro Vice-Chancellor for Industry Engagement, La Trobe University, Australia
Dan Grant is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Industry Engagement at La Trobe University. In this role he is responsible for the University’s Innovation, Commercialisation and Industry Engagement activities. In addition, he oversees the University’s consulting activities, manages the R&D Park and is responsible for the establishing the La Trobe Accelerator Program and the La Trobe Strategic Innovation Fund.
Prior to joining La Trobe, Dan was the Senior Director and Head of Pfizer’s External Research and Development Innovation (ERDI) group for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. He was also the Head of Open Innovation for Pfizer’s ERDI group. In that role he was responsible for identifying, evaluating and managing collaborative and licensing opportunities that aligned with Pfizer’s Worldwide R&D strategies. Dan was also a member of the Pfizer Australia Country Medical Council and sat on the Steering Committee for Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation in Australia.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Dan was a senior business development manager at Melbourne Ventures, a member of the Investment Committee for Uniseed and a Senior Business Development Manager for Biocomm Services. In these roles Dan was responsible for technology evaluation and commercialisation through licensing and company formation.
Dan has sat on the board of a number of biotechnology spin-out companies, is a past Director of Research Australia, CRC for Mental Health and the Prader Willi Research Foundation Australia. Dan has a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology and an M.B.A. He has more than 15 years experience in applied biomedical research including 10 years as a Senior Scientist at the Monash Institute of Medical Research.
Trade Commissioner, Pacific Trade & Invest (PT & I), New Zealand
Michael Greenslade is the Trade Commissioner for Pacific Trade & Invest (PT & I) based in Auckland New Zealand. PT & I is the International Trade and Investment organisation of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat which itself is based in Suva Fiji.
Michael has recently spent had 12 years working in fields of Economic Development and Trade & Investment in the Pacific working for the New Zealand Governments Economic Development Agency New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE). During this time, together with his family, he spent 5 years living in Suva Fiji.
Michael’s previous background was Commercial with the Private Sector where he has worked in a hands on capacity in a range of business functions including Advisory , Governance, Strategy, General Management, Export Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He has had specific sector experience in Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Manufacturing and ICT.
Michael is a life member of the Fiji New Zealand Business Council and currently sits on the executive of 6 Auckland based Pacific Business Councils.
Michael has an Masters of Business Administration specialising in International Trade.
Michael is married to Kate , has 4 children and a dog called Mattie.
Founder Director, Sutradhara, India
Ms. Mona Gupta is currently the Founder Director of Sutradhara, a self-initiated enterprise providing Sustainable Development Services, Advisory and Strategic Program Content, Policy Briefs Globally.
Her career spanning over 30 years includes regular employment with the Government of India, Apex Industry Association, UN and World Bank. She has consulted with Global Sustainable Clothing Brand like Eileen Fisher Supply Chain, Social accountability International, NY; GIZ Germany & Hans Seidel foundation. Her domain expertise includes strategy, policy and advocacy for envisioning, designing and implementing International & National Policies and Programs on Economic Sustainability, Social and Environmental Standards, Human Rights, Skill Development and Business Responsibility.
Ms. Gupta has secured several Professional Affiliations and Memberships of various Committees, Panel and Associations. She has also published and presented on CSR, Sustainability & Good Governance in leading Indian business dailies, National Forums/ Consultations, and has been an invited as a speaker at numerous national and international symposiums on these issues.
Ms. Gupta’s qualifications include Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Masters in Business Economics. Besides, she is an Alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (India), where she won academic distinction for her work.
She has also been nominated for GD Birla CSR Awards and her case studies and research has been validated, presented and published internationally.
Fuad Azim Hashimi
Executive Director, the Pakistan Business Council, Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (CERB), Pakistan
Fuad Azim Hashimi is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and currently heads Pakistan Business Council’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business. Through leadership of the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance from 2007 till recently, he played a key role to further corporate governance practices in Pakistan. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group and a regular participant, moderator and speaker at OECD’s Asian Roundtable on Corporate Governance and its Asia Network on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises.
His career over the past 52 years has provided him with a strong foundation in public accounting (he was a partner for 10 years in A. F. Ferguson & Co, a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers) as well as management of diversified business and commercial ventures, in Pakistan and abroad, ranging from banking, office automation and information technology to mutual funds.
Hashimi’s other appointments include being a member of the board of directors of International Industries Limited and Chair of its Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Task Force of Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance for Review of the Code of Corporate Governance 2012 and of the Public Sector Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.
Mohd Desa Hj Hassim
Chief Executive Officer, International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), Malaysia
Dr. Mohd. Desa Hj Hassim is the Chief Executive Officer of International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) based in Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
He has a Ph.D. in Agriculture Research and Development from Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand, a Master of Science in Corporate Communication from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM).
Before joining TFNet, he was an Agriculture Officer in the Department of Agriculture Malaysia since 2001. He has vast experience working with several divisions as an Agriculture Officer at Industrial Crop and Floriculture Division, District of Bentong, then promoted to be the Head of Agribusiness Unit, Agricultural Extension and Agro-based Division, Department of Agriculture Putrajaya.
In recognition of his talents and potential, the government of Malaysia had awarded him a scholarship to pursue his Ph.D. programme in Thailand from 2008 – 2012. Upon completion of his PhD, he returned to the country to serve at Agriculture Extension Training Institute, Serdang as its Deputy Director. Six months later, he was promoted to be the Head of Agriculture Division at Integrated Agriculture Development Area (IADA), Northwest of Selangor State working with farmers’ environment to promote rice in integrated agriculture development areas.
Executive Director, China Robotics Sports Working Committee, China
Mr. Chenguang He has over 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry and financial investment. He’s currently Chairman and CEO of China Communications Group, the Chairman and Executive Director of Shentong Robot Education Group Company Limited (a listed company). He also holds other positions in government agencies, these include: Chairman, The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) Professional Energy Committee; Vice President, Chinese-Cuban friendship association; Executive Director, China Robotics Sports Working Committee; Executive Chairman and secretary-general, National School Sports Robot League Working Committee. He was director and deputy director-general of Former Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. He also used to serve as the chairman and general manager of China Overseas Trade & Investment Co., Ltd.
He has been awarded the Peaceful Development Contribution Award by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). He’s also the adjunct professor of University of Science & Technology Beijing (USTB), adjunct professor of Harbin Engineering University, senior researcher of Peking University, published many articles in the authoritative media, and participated in the compilation of teaching materials for robotic education.
Executive Director, Business Council Papua New Guinea Secretariat, Papua New Guinea
Douveri Henao is the Executive Director of the Business Council of Papua New Guinea, the most influential private sector entity in Papua New Guinea. His areas of expertise are in formulating policies and legal frameworks in the economic, business, investment, innovation, science and social space. He has worked extensively in the Pacific and APEC region and is passionate on fostering regional integration and the promotion of the digital economy. Douveri is also board members of various statutory organizations, a reputable company and Chairman of a philanthropy organization. He actively supports STEM programmes and is a firm believer that these skills will empower the next generation.
Chung Jin Heung
Executive Director, Energy Business Division / Overseas Project Team, Republic of Korea
Chung Jin Heung, newly appointed as a business advisory member, has varied experience in industrial sectors such as motion controls, inverter manufactures, MAGLEV system development, as well as power supply for mobile relaying stations. In 1980, he started his career as a research engineer, following his graduate studies in power engineering and control systems at the Korea University in Seoul. Later he went on to study power systems analysis and power electronics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the last twenty years, since returning to Seoul, he has actively participated in technical development, manufacturing, business operation, and project development. Since 2010 he has provided consulting service to power sector development in Africa, South East Asia, and Central America, funded by EDCF associated bank. The consulting area covers construction in transmission lines, substations, and new & renewable energy project development. In addition, he is specifically interested in the application of fuel cells to generating electricity as a long range mission, together with green energy business development.
William Bruce Hicks
Chairman, Asia Clean Capital Ltd., Hong Kong, China
Bruce Hicks grew up in a small mining town in northern Canada and studied electrical engineering at Michigan Technological University in the US. He moved to Hong Kong permanently in 1987 after graduating from business school at IMD in Switzerland.
Bruce has spent much of his professional career in the telecommunications industry. After 10 years with Motorola and Hutchison Telecommunications, in 1994 Bruce became a founding partner in the Distacom Group of companies which, over the course of 12 years, successfully launched, owned and operated a number of wireless businesses in Asia, Madagascar and Italy. From 2002 to 2006, Bruce was CEO of SUNDAY Communications Ltd. (HKSE and Nasdaq).
In 2006, Distacom sold its various wireless interests and Bruce founded TPIZ Resources Ltd, a Hong Kong based developer of clean energy projects and green businesses in Greater China. TPIZ operates through two subsidiary companies: Asia Clean Capital Limited, a Beijing-based clean energy solutions provider that designs, installs, finances and manages large-scale projects utilizing mature renewable and energy-efficient technologies; and, GreenLink Global Limited, a Hong Kong based distributor of various green technology products.
Bruce is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Founder and CEO, Incipio Private Limited, Singapore
Andreas was the Founder and Group CEO of Epsilon Global Communications, which includes Epsilon service provider and Cataleya technology businesses.
During his 18 years in the global telecoms community he has contributed to the evolution of the international markets and technologies, creating innovative businesses, and disruptive business models. He loves technology but people even more and what technology can or must do for them.
He is now continuing to support the industry’s evolution through his start-up enabler Incipio, acting as Chairman and CEO of Telecom Technology vendor Cataleya and his position on the board of Cirrus Core Networks, which offers an all NFV- based LTE Core Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) proposition for Mobile Network Operators.
Andreas’ primary expertise is in deploying disruptive business propositions and technologies, start-ups and on inspiring innovation in network virtualization, cloud and data & analytics. He also has a strong background and passion for people, culture and organization behavioral evolutions, which are now crucial to all operators’ survival and success.
Founder and CEO, Strategy613, Beijing and Bangkok
Joe heads Strategy613, a boutique advisory firm providing strategic and M&A advice to international corporates looking to expand in Asia, with particular focus on China and Thailand; as well as to blue-chip Asian corporates seeking opportunities abroad. Clients include Philips, the NYSE Euronext Group, Bank of China, COFCO and Kasikornbank.
Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Pure Mathematics from Cambridge University. After graduation, Joe joined Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in Singapore and later Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions. Joe is fluent in English, Chinese, French and Thai.
Chief Representative, Malaysia and Thailand, Chong Sing Holdings FinTech Group Limited, Hong Kong
A chartered banker with 26 years of banking experience in commercial and corporate banking, Eddie has deep understanding of general business management and operations. His last designation in banking sector was the Executive Director and Country Head of Commercial Clients, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia. He is currently the Chief Representative of Chong Sing Holdings Fintech Group Limited, Hong Kong covering both Malaysia and Thailand. Eddie is also the Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Asia Accelerator Sdn Bhd that nurtures and groom young entrepreneurs and start-up ventures in Malaysian and the Asian regions.
Eddie holds a degree in mathematics from University of Science Malaysia and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Banker conferred by the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, and a Certified HRDF Trainer by Human Resource Development Fund of Malaysia. He also sits on the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers’ Examination Committees for Professional Bankers and Chartered Bankers programmes. He is a member of the SME Expert Advisory Panel (SEAP) with SME Corp Malaysia. He has authored a book entitled “SME Challenges and Solutions”. He writes regularly on financing and business for various publications.
Managing Director, BOCOM International Asset Management Company Limited, China
Mr. Simon Hua is the Managing Director at BOCOM International Asset Management Company Limited. He has rich experience in the investment banking industry. Prior to joining BOCOM, he worked as the Founder and Managing Director of China Finance Strategies, the Managing Director of CLSA Equity Capital Markets Limited, the Manager of Cazenove Asia Ltd, the Manager of ICEA Capital Limited, and the Co-Director of Investment Banking Division, Bank of America NT&SA. Mr. Hua received his Bachelor and Master degrees in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University. He also obtained an MBA from International University of Japan.
Head, Sustainable Development and Goods Transport, International Road Transport Union (IRU)
Jens Hügel is Head of Sustainable Development and Goods Transport at the International Road Transport Union (IRU). He joined the IRU in 2001 as Head of Economic Affairs and later became Head of Economic Affairs, Road Safety and Intermodal Transport. He currently heads the Sustainable Development and Goods Transport section of the IRU and has done so since 2008.
After studying at the University of Groningen, Netherlands and Texas A&M University, College Station, United States, he graduated from the University of Frankfurt a.M., Germany, with a degree in Geography. Following postgraduate research he was employed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ German Technical Cooperation) as Political Advisor.
Between 1998 and 2001 Mr Hügel worked as Legislative Assistant for the Czech Minister of Transport and a Member of the European Parliament with a focus on contributing to the work of the European Parliament Committee on Transport and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Mr Hügel currently holds several Board and Representative positions and has an extensive portfolio of publications.
Born in Plettenberg in 1968 and currently living in Geneva, Mr Hügel is a German national, is married and a father of 2 girls.
Vice Chairman, Newage Group of Industries, Bangladesh
Asif Ibrahim was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in the year 1965. He received his formal education from the University of Delhi (India) and the University of North Texas (USA). Mr. Ibrahim is the Vice Chairman of Newage Group of Industries, a business house involved mainly in manufacturing and exporting ready-made garments, textiles and plastic products. The Ministry of Commerce of the Government of Bangladesh awarded him the Commercially Important Person (CIP) status in the year 2007, 2012 and 2014 for his contribution in national export.
Mr. Asif Ibrahim is the former President (2011-2012) of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the largest SME Trade Body of Bangladesh. He is the Former Founder Chairman (2012-2015) of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD), a Public Private Dialogue platform to expedite the policy reforms to enable private sector led economic growth of Bangladesh. Mr. Ibrahim served as a board member of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2012-2015) and was the Chairman of the Privatization Standing Committee of FBCCI.
Mr. Ibrahim is a Director of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTCCI). Mr. Ibrahim is a member of UNESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) and is the Chairman of the UNESCAP Sustainable Business Network Taskforce on Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction.
He was also a member of the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) and a Director of Bangladesh Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BPCCI He has previously been in the Board of France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB).
Mr. Ibrahim is a member of the Board of Advisers for BRAC Business School (BBS) under BRAC University. He is also a Core Committee member of the Eminent Citizen’s platform to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh.
He was also the President (2016-2018) of Bangladesh Professional Golfers Association (BPGA).
Director, Spa Origins Co., Ltd, Thailand
Andrew has been involved in the Hospitality industry for almost 40 years. His broad background in cooking has seen his skills be exposed to various cuisines around the world, before bringing his culinary skills to Thailand in 1995 where he progressively moved into spa operations. His culinary abilities were recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller UK when his food was voted best spa cuisine in the world (1998-2000).
A passionate believer in the sharing of knowledge, he is a sought after speaker, both as an industry educator, and as a passionate ambassador of the Asian spa industry. He has been actively involved in spa industry associations and events, today as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition (APSWC), a Singapore based regional industry grouping, and as Chairman, World Spa & Well-being Convention.
Other positions he holds include: Judge, HAPA Awards (Malaysia); Judge, AsiaSpa Awards (Hong Kong); Honorary Advisor, Thai Spa Association; Executive Director, Tourism Technology Association; Ambassador Thailand Global Wellness Day; and MD, Spa Origins International.
Managing Partner, TJ Associates, Sri Lanka
Tissa as popularly known, educated at Royal College Colombo, represented College in Athletics, Swimming and Gymnastics. National Diploma in Technology NDT, Bachelor Science BS, Master Science MS, Doctorate in Business PhD.
In 1983 Tissa proceeded to USA for higher education. Joined Pepsi Cola and trained in Customer Care and Hospitality. Later joined General Motors and was trained in Sales & Marketing.
In 1989 Tissa returned to Sri Lanka and held positions as Chairman / Managing Director Lanka Ceramic Ltd, Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Walltile Ltd, Lanka Walltile Meepe (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Tiles Ltd, Ceradec (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Refractories Ltd, ITMIN Ltd, Director / Alternate Chairman JAIC Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Advisor Japan Asia Investment Company Ltd, President American Chamber of Commerce, Royal Commonwealth Society Sri Lanka. President Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka, Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Member Business Advisory Group UNESCAP, Advisor / Director – Lionvert Holdings PLC USA, Director – Banaras House Group India, IGMR Dubai, Chairman International Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka Accreditations Board, Member - Labour Advisory Council, Ministry of Labour.
In 1998 Tissa relinquished all positions in Sri Lanka and migrated to USA.
In 2004 Tissa returned and now holds position as Chairman - Chelsea Enamels (Pvt) Ltd, TradeIT (Pvt) Ltd, Global Oceana (Pvt) Ltd, Premier Ceylon Hotels & Hospitality (Pvt) Ltd. Managing Partner - TJ Associates. Managing Director - Lanka Startex Mystery Shopping (Pvt) Ltd. Partner - Vision 8 Academy. Member- Executive Council SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Vice President - Sri Lanka Japan Business Corporation Council. ExCo Member - ICC Sri Lanka, Royal Commonwealth Society, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka. Member Labour Advisory Council – Ministry of Labour.
General Counsel, Siemens Ltd., Hong Kong, China
Catherine is the General Counsel for Siemens in Hong Kong and is responsible for the company’s legal affairs and risk management in Hong Kong and Macau. She looks after all of the company’s business divisions and is part of the senior management team. Her responsibilities include oversight of private and public tender submission and negotiation, risk mitigation and project execution of large-scale engineering and infrastructure projects. Current projects include replacement of signaling system for Hong Kong’s mass transit, construction of cargo terminal at the Hong Kong international airport, power distribution across Hong Kong and Macau and roll-out of Hong Kong’s first eco-friendly hybrid mini-buses. Catherine’s other focus includes dispute resolution, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Siemens, Catherine has enjoyed a mix of in-house and private law practice at MNCs and international law firms, including Emerson Electric, PwC and Baker & McKenzie. Over the past decade, she has lived and worked in the Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Munich. Catherine is fluent in English and Cantonese, and can speak Putonghua and German. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, and her B.S. cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley as a Chancellor’s Scholar on a full merit scholarship.
Managing Director, Astana International Financial Centre Authority, Kazakhstan
He has an 18-year work experience, including 15 years in public service and 12 years in leadership position.
He started working at the Strategic Agency of Kazakhstan in 1998, and then continued at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Kazakhstan. During 2007-2013, Aidar headed the Trade committee of the Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan, responsible for the successful promotion of Astana bid to host EXPO-2017 International specialised exhibition, small business development, introduction of thresholds of prices for socially important food products, etc.
In 2014-2015 he took the position of the Director of International and Public Relations Department of the National Bank of Kazakhstan. He has a doctoral degree in economics. Aidar has a number of published papers on economics and finance.
Managing Partner, Pine Tree Investment and Management, Republic of Korea
Dr. Michael Kim is the Managing Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Pine Tree Investment and Management Co., Ltd. Dr. Kim has over 18 years of corporate, real estate investment and management experience in Asia. He founded the Pine Tree Special Situation Fund focusing on private equity investment opportunities in 2004. Since then it has invested over $3.5 billion in Korea and the Asia Pacific region with committed capital of $1.8 billion. Dr. Kim is also the co-founder and managing principal of an investment partnership, Shilla Fund, in 1999 with KAMCO and Colony Capital closing $270 million in equity. He has invested and reviewed various green energy businesses including polysilicon manufacturing for solar power generation. Dr. Kim has also held various management positions with a variety of GE businesses as a member of GE International.
Dr. Kim received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Senior Manager, Risk Consulting, KPMG, Hong Kong, China
Karan Kumar (KK) is a corporate governance, risk and strategy professional
with extensive experience in identifying risks impacting strategy
execution and implementing tools that support decision making. He is passionate about helping businesses develop good governance and embed a risk aware culture.
He works as a Senior Manager at KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice in Hong Kong where he advises clients on a range of corporate governance matters such as developing risk governance frameworks, setting up internal assurance functions, delivering compliance with regulatory requirements such as stock exchange listing rules and providing Audit Committees with assurance over the effectiveness of their internal control environment. In his most recent role he worked at a Fortune 500 Information Solutions, Media and Publishing company based out of London. There he helped the business develop and roll-out their risk management framework. Prior to that he worked at KPMG UK’s Risk Consulting function where he advised global clients on corporate governance matters.
KK holds a masters degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK and was a risk management guest lecturer at the London School of Economics, UK. He is also a qualified accountant with the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Director of Technology Strategy, Bank of Asia, Thailand
Eetu Kuneinen has over 10 years professional experience, which consists of building and managing technology companies, strategy and operations. He was most recently a Co-Founder of 3D Printing Industry Ltd. responsible for technology and operations. Prior positions include Vice President of marketing and strategy for Hong Kong-based Sancus Group, Senior Investment Analyst at Agoda in Thailand, and various positions at Nokia in Finland and China. Mr. Kuneinen also operates a partnership with Global Internet Services for outsourcing and providing various IT and web services in the APAC region.
He has been working in Thailand, China, Hong Kong and Finland, and currently is dividing his time between Hong Kong and Bangkok. Mr. Kuneinen’s latest venture, 3D Printing Industry, was sold in February 2016, and voted as the most respected online media platform within the industry.
Mr. Kuneinen holds an MBA from Bangkok University and a BA from Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences.
Partner Channel Development Manager, Microsoft Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong-born Canadian who obtained his degree in Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo. The coop program allowed him to work in 6 different industries before deciding on a career in the HVAC industry as technical sales and project manager. In his spare time, he co-founded two start-ups, and participated in numerous youth initiatives in local Toronto community. After working for 4 years in the HVAC industry and obtaining his Professional Engineer license (P.Eng.), he decided to pursue an MBA degree from the University of Hong Kong and London Business School. Ron joined Microsoft’s as a Partner Channel Development Manager, working closely with Azure-related partners, and start-ups in technical enablement as co-developing cloud business models and go-to-market strategies.
Chun Ting (Rex) Lai
Founder, CEO & Chairman, Shenzhen Higreen Environmental Co., LTD, China
Mr. ChunTing Lai developed the business idea of utilizing the organic solid waste and wastewater of a large-scale agricultural logistic market on site in order to generate clean bio-energy and reuse-water hence buildup a renewable energy and water recycle system for the market.
He established Higreen Environmental (HIG-ENV) with Shenzhen Agricultural Products Co., LTD (SZAP, SZSE 000061), which is the only listed and largest company in the agricultural logistic sector in China. Forming a core team with multiple international research and engineering background in bioenergy, waste management, urban planning and management consulting sectors.
He is currently working on the first integrated environmental project base on the business idea mentioned, in SZAP’s largest logistic market in Shenzhen. And he is looking forward to implement this sustainable development concept all over SZAP’s national market network (more than 30s all over the major cities in China).
Alongside with the core business of waste-to-energy projects, HIG-ENV is also working on distributed PV project for the market and non-stop doing research on bringing in other clean energy. With a smart grid system on top of these different kind of renewable sources, the resource cycle and energy management system of the market will be in a much more advance level in the foreseeable future.
Lee George LAM
Non-Executive Chairman - Hong Kong and ASEAN Region & Chief Adviser to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Hong Kong) Limited, Hong Kong, China
Dr. Lam has over 30 years of international experience in general management, strategy consulting, corporate governance, direct investment, investment banking and fund management across the telecommunications/media/technology ("TMT"), consumer/healthcare, infrastructure/real estates, energy/resources and financial services sectors. He is Non-Executive Chairman - Hong Kong and ASEAN Region and Chief Adviser to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia, and Chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. He also serves on the board and advisory committee of a number of publicly-listed companies and investment funds in the Asia Pacific region. Active in community service and international affairs, Dr. Lam is Acting President of the Executive Council of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Sustainable Business Network, President of Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation, Chairman of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Hong Kong, and a board member of Pacific Basin Economic Council and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong. He is a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and CMA Australia, and an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia and the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE).
Executive Deputy Chairman, Lai Fung Holdings Limited, Hong Kong, China
Matthew Lam is the Executive Deputy Chairman of Lai Fung Holdings Limited and the Executive Director of Lai Sun Group, which engages in garment manufacturing and distribution, property development and investment, hotel operations and management, and media and entertainment in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The organization’s shares have been listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1972; Matthew has been a member of the board of directors since 1999.
Matthew has a vast amount of experience in property development, corporate finance and retail business in Hong Kong and Mainland China. He is currently the Chairman of the Yangtze River Delta Region’s Hong Kong Real Estate Association and the Honorary President of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in China. Since 2002, Matthew has been a Standing Committee Member of the Shanghai Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a Standing Committee Member of the Guangdong Province Shantou Municipal's Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference is a political advisory body in the People's Republic of China.
Matthew graduated from the University College London with an undergraduate degree and underwent training as a lawyer with an international law firm, Reed Smith Richards Butler. He is currently a practicing lawyer in Hong Kong and a founding partner of a Hong Kong law firm, CWL Partners in association with Nixon Peabody. He is a member of the Law Society of Hong Kong and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. Matthew also serves as an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Hong Kong and a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Ju Song Lee
Executive Director, International Chamber of Commerce, Regional Office, Asia, Singapore
Mrs. Lee Ju Song is the Executive Director of the ICC, Regional Office, Asia.
Founded in 1919, the ICC is the world’s largest business organisation representing more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. ICC’s core mission is to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to making rules that govern the conduct of international business, in addition to providing market-leading speedy dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local Chambers of Commerce. Recognising the importance of the dynamic and growing economies in Asia, ICC opened its first regional office outside its International Secretariat in Paris, in 1997.
The ICC, Regional Office, Asia, managed by Mrs Lee, provides a visible profile for ICC in the region: actively promotes ICC in the region; responsible business conduct; international trade facilitation through the spread of the ATA Carnet System; the use of our dispute resolution services and services its members in the region.
Mrs Lee is the Founding Chair of the ICC World Chambers Federation International Certificate of Origin Council, which sets the international standard for the issuance of Certificates of Origin; and a member of the ICC WCF World ATA Carnet Council (WATAC) and ATA Carnet Administrative Committee. WATAC administers the ATA Carnet System, often called the “International Passport for Goods” in close collaboration with the WCO.
An economist by training, Mrs Lee is an ICC specialist in international trade facilitation and documentation. She is actively involved in setting up the ICC WCF International Certificate of Origin Chain. Her active involvement in trade facilitation matters and capacity building programmes brings her to work with various international and regional organisations in promoting responsible business conduct, international trade facilitation, economic integration, e-documentation and chamber management. These include World Customs Organisation (WCO), WTO, UN, UNESCAP, ADB, EBRD, APEC, SAARC, GCC, CACCI and Customs Training Colleges.
Mrs Lee actively promotes trade facilitation as trade facilitation will bring enormous benefits to developing countries, especially the land-locked countries and strengthen Public-Private Partnership in speeding up regional integration and economic co-operation. Early implementation of trade facilitation would also reduce trade cost by 15%, create around 20 million jobs; increase developing countries’ exports by up to USD730 billion a year; promote inclusive growth by making cross-border trade easier, quicker and less costly.
As a former member of the ICC WCF Executive Committee and WCF General Council, she is also actively involved in promoting best practices in Chamber management and co-operation in capacity building.
On 6 March 2010, at the Celebration of the International Women’s Day, she was presented with an award by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hanoi for her contribution to the development of entrepreneurship through her active work in the promotion of trade facilitation.
Dr. Watcharas Leelawath
Director of Mekong Institute (MI)
Dr. Watcharas Leelawath is the Director of Mekong Institute (MI). Prior to joining MI, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) in-charge of planning, supervising and conducting research projects, training programs and various capacity building activities.
Dr. Leelawath earned his undergraduate degree from Chulalongkorn University and his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas, USA. Right after obtaining his Ph.D., he worked as Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota, Morris, USA where he taught International Economics and Mathematics for Economists.
Dr. Leelawath is a trade economist with a strong interest in trade and development cooperation issues under GMS and ASEAN frameworks. He has extensive research experience in the fields of International Labor Migration, Human Capital and Regional Economic Integration. He has written several papers for presentation in local and international conferences, has published several articles on trade-related topics and has co-authored a book entitled “Economics and Trade in Goods: An Introduction.” He provided his expertise in a number of capacity building activities organized by ITD, ADB, UNESCAP, WTO and Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA).
Peter Ming Hym Leung
Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited, China
Mr. Peter Leung is a Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited, the overseas flagship of ICBC, one of the world's largest commercial banks. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis from University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Bachelor's degree in Laws from University of London. He is an associate member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a fellow member of both the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry.
Chief Executive Officer, Silk Road Finance Corporation, Hong Kong, China
Dr. Li is Chairman and CEO of Silk Road Finance Corporation, Vice Chairman of Silk Road Planning Research Center, Chairman and CEO of Chinastone Capital, and Executive President of the Institute for Governance Studies at Tsinghua University. He was Chief International Business Adviser of China Development Bank, Asia Vice Chairman of UBS investment bank, and CEO of Bank of China International Holdings. Prior to joining BOCI, Dr. Li was Managing Director and Head of China investment banking at Lehman Brothers, Executive Director of investment banking and economic research at Goldman Sachs.
He is also a co-founder of Soufun.com, a leading real estate portal listed on New York Stock Exchange.
He holds a B.E. in management information systems from Tsinghua University, an M.A. in economics from University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
President, Huatian Power Co. Ltd., China
Specialty in power electricity and renewable energy industry. He received his B.S of power electricity from Wuhan university before becoming telecommunication engineer in China. Later he joined as power engineer and project manager in Siemens in USA. After his fifteen-year career, he returned to Guangzhou, China, where he accepted as VP of strategic investing in Baiyun Power Electric Group.
In 2012, he founded Huatian power Company in Suzhou, China, which proving multiple function of power equipment monitoring product and renewable energy engineering services. Meantime he served multiple social positions, such as executive director of Guangzhou Overseas Returned Scholars Association, member of Guangzhou Youth Federation, executive director of Guangdong Overseas Students Youth Association. He currently resides in Guangzhou, China.
Dr. Xin Liu
Managing Director, Energy and Environmental Development Research Center, China
Dr. Xin Liu has been the Managing Director and Senior Engineer at the EED Research Center from 2004 to present. His area of expertise includes environmental project management and evaluation, as well as environmental safety criteria, and laws and regulations in China. Also, he has been in charge of business development and quality assurance, as Managing Director of the EED Research Center. Additionally, in this role he has been involved in a variety of projects, including acting as Deputy Team Leader/Organization and Training Expert in the project ‘Developing a Low-Carbon Economy in Yunnan Province’ for the ADB/Yunnan provincial government, as well as the post of Team Leader/Low-Carbon Economy Expert in the project ‘Towards a Low Carbon Development Path for Asia and the Pacific Challenges and Opportunities to the Energy Sector for UNESCAP.’ Furthermore, from 1994-2004, Dr. Xin Liu held the position as Senior Project Manager for the Foreign Cooperation Center of Environmental Protection of the Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP). As part of the position held in the MEP, Dr. Xin Liu has been responsible amongst others, for drafting and preparing the country’s strategic environmental development report, as well as for providing support for organizing workshops and training seminars for information exchange and capacity building.
Raymond Mun Lam Lo
Founder and Principal, Cavendish Investment Corp. (CIC Group of Companies), Hong Kong, China
Raymond Lo is the Founder and Chairman of a licensed private equity firm in the People's Republic of China. A Chartered Accountant by training (FCA-ICAEW), he has practiced as an investment banker for over 30 years and dealt with cross border merger and acquisition transactions for private investors and public companies.
He was the former Chairman of the Board of Luk Fook Holdings Limited and Golife Holdings Limited, both listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. He serves as an Independent Director for China Datang Corp. Renewable Power Co. Limited, Guangshen Railway Co. Limited and Shanghai Zendai Property Limited, and was previously a Principal of Price Waterhouse, Toronto.
A business graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he received his Master of Laws from the University of Hong Kong and the Postgraduate Certificate in sustainable business from the University of Cambridge.
He serves as Senior Advisor to the Nan Huai Jin Culture Foundation, Chan Kee Hwa Scholarship Foundation and is also an advisor to the Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. He is a member of the Cambridge University Land Society and a Harvard Kennedy School of Government executive education alumni.
VP Product Line Management Applications, Dialogic Inc., USA
Miguel started in 1999 as a software developer and in 2002 he co-founded a network solution provider in West Africa. Futheron, in 2007 he co-founded what would be the first Wi-Fi ISP in Cape Verde and the first company to break a 21 years local telecom monopoly. Five years later, Miguel accepted the invitation from Ezelink Telecom to revolutionize the company strategy in the Intelligent Hotspot, IoT and Smart City solutions as Director of Technology. During his tenure at Ezelink Telecom, the company launched several innovative unique products that did not go unnoticed and made Ezelink one of the references for Wi-Fi and Smart City solutions in the region.
Since 2015, Miguel has been working in Silicon Valley and been involved in several projects to help Service Providers monetize their voice business. Currently, he is Vice President of Product Line Management for Applications at Dialogic.
Chairman & Co-Founder, Terraforming Earth (Aust) Pvt. Ltd., Australia
Lui Khang is Chairman and co-founder of Terraforming Earth (Aust) Pty Ltd (TEA). TE is a business platform, a business eco-system and a solutions integrator that is focused on regenerative (sustainable) development in the domains of water, land, food, energy and communities, particularly in very remote water stressed areas. TE is also a uberized consultancy, program coordinator, project manager and investor. Terraforming Earth (Aust) Pty Ltd was incorporated 24 months ago in Perth, Western Australia and is now working with 12 strategic solution partners and growing. The global headquarters of Terraforming Earth will be established in Singapore.
In 2016 Khang was invited to be managing director of BlueGold Eco-Technologies Pte Ltd, Singapore. His mission was to restructure and reposition this 20-year-old business with proprietary technologies in chemical-free water treatment, disinfection and filterless filtration. The company is now known as BlueGold Solutions Pte Ltd and has operations both in Singapore and Perth, W. Australia. R&D facilities in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India are in the pipeline for development.
Khang has previously served the Singapore Government as a consultant for 3.5 years. His scope of work was to established a process for privatising public sector services and operations. Khang was also responsible for bringing private sector financial best practices to an area of the civil service.
Before Khang became an entrepreneur, he was Vice President, Global Markets in the Treasury Department of Bankers Trust and Senior Vice President, Global Markets at the Treasury Department Sanwa Bank. During his tenure in Bankers Trust, Khang developed the first fully automated technical trading system in this part of the world. His systems applied his proprietary technical trading models in the FX, bonds and precious metals markets
Mohamed Macky Hashim
Managing Director, Malship (Ceylon) Limited, Sri Lanka
Mr. Mohamed Macky Hashim is a Sri Lanka, born on 17th September 1938.
In the year 2005 he was conferred the National Honour of “Deshabandu” by Her Excellency the then President of Sri Lanka. This National Honour is granted to distinguished personnel for their services rendered to the country. He is presently the Managing Director of Malship Group of Companies which deals in shipping, exports/imports, logistics, real estate, etc. He has represented Sri Lanka as the Country Representative in many trade fairs in the United Kingdom, Middle East, Japan, etc.
In the past he has held many vital positions viz; President, Past President, Chairman, Board Member, Overseas Director and Hony. Secretary of many both Local & International Organisations, Chambers, Councils and Associations. He was also the Founder Member of the Governing/Executive Committee/Past President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, covering eight (08) Countries of South Asia. He has been the Past President of Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industries of Sri Lanka and The Apex Business Chamber of Sri Lanka
He is a prominent personality in the field of socio-economic development and a Respected Speaker on Socio-Eonomic Policies, focusing on sustainable Development Programes in the Asian Region
In the Welfare field he was the President of the Lions Club of Colombo West from 1980 to 1981 He is also the Representative Member, serving the National Body of World Youth Hostel Association and Pioneer Member Sarwodaya Movement at the founding stage of this World recognized Service Organization.
Director, Open Innovation, Unilever, India
Samiran has 18 years of experience in research, development and innovation management. He works seamlessly both at science and business end of the R&D spectrum. He is a leading edge expert in open innovation, water purification and smart materials.
He joined Unilever R&D as Senior Scientist in 1997 and is now heading Open Innovation in South Asia. He has been responsible for building Unilever’s OI capability in the region. He has established partnerships with several Indian academic institutes in building global ‘Science Grid’.
Samiran has worked several years in developing innovations for drinking water prification. He helped the launch of Unilever’s Pureit water purifier, which gives water ‘as safe as boiled water’. Pureit is now a successful and leading product in the market. He has been inventor of many other technologies that have been implemented in market, viz., polymer coated dishwash bar to reduce wastage during use, natural chalk based toothpastes with enhanced fluoride & flavor stability.
He received his PhD degree in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur, and then joined University of Minnesota (USA) as a postdoctoral associate working in Bio-Inorganic chemistry. His discovery of copper(3+) di-oxo system synthesised from molecular oxygen resulted in creating a new field of research and is now part of textbooks.
Samiran is co-inventor of 30 patents. He has 40 publications with 2000+ citations and H-index of 24.
Chairman/CEO, Crescent Capital Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Mirzan Mahathir is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Crescent Capital Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian investment holding and independent strategic and financial advisory firm.
Before joining Crescent Capital Sdn Bhd, he worked for IBM and Solomon Brothers. He has a broad range of experience in strategic management, investment banking and logistics.
Currently, Mirzan holds directorships in several public companies in Southeast Asia and the United States. He also serves as President of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute; as Chairman of several charitable foundations and as a member of the Wharton Business School Asian Executive Board.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and graduated with honours in computer science from Brighton Polytech, United Kingdom.
Managing Director, Emerging Asia Capital Management Group, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Mak commenced his finance and banking career in the City of London in the mid-1990’s. He has over 20 years of experience working for major financial institutions including JPMorgan and Macquarie Capital across various capital markets (Europe and Asia) and various industry sectors. Mr. Mak held leadership positions in Investment Banking (including corporate finance advisory, M&A, capital raisings) and later in his career with Direct Investments for proprietary and 3rd party investments.
In recent years, Mr. Mak has established his own direct investment platform with a focus in proprietary investments specifically in under-the-radar growth businesses. His investment sector focus includes health/fitness/well-being, fintech and financial services.
Mr. Mak also advises a number of family offices and sits on the board of a couple regional companies. He is active in various fund raising and charity events for the less privileged and environmentally sustainable initiatives.
CEO, Ascent Partners Group Limited, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Simon Mak is the founder and chief executive of Ascent Partners, a corporate valuation and advisory firm based in Hong Kong. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science. Mr. Mak is a CFA charter holder, a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a member of the Institute of Public Accountant (MIPA). He has extensive experience in financial valuation and sustainability reporting.
Besides his professional work, he is committed to fulfil his social duty. He serves in a variety of not-for-profit organizations and charities. He is the founding chairman of IP Commericialization Alliance, founding director of Lions Club of Hong Kong IFC, governor and honorary treasurer of Friends of the Earth (HK), member of UN ESCAP ESBN and committee members in a variety of chamber of commerce and trade organizations."
Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon Limited, India
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, a global pharmaceutical company in India. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Governments Department of Biotechnology and is part of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry in India and the US-India CEO Forum.
A pioneer of the Indian biotech sector, Kiran works with the government in shaping policies for the biotech industry. She chairs Karnataka's Vision Group on Biotechnology and also served on the Board of Science Foundation, Ireland. She serves as a member of the Governing Body and General Body of the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, an Autonomous Body of the Government of India.
Kiran is a Founder Member of the Society for the formation of ‘Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine'. She has also been nominated as a Member of the Board of Trade, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Kiran has received several awards including the Nikkei Asia Prize, 2009 for Regional Growth, Express Pharmaceutical Leadership Summit Award 2009 for Dynamic Entrepreneur, the Economic Times 'Businesswoman of the Year', the Veuve Clicquot Initiative for Economic Development for Asia, Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Life Sciences & Healthcare, 'Technology Pioneer' recognition by the World Economic Forum and the Indian Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition, she has received two Indian national awards - Padma Shri (1989) and Padma Bushan (2005) for her pioneering efforts in Industrial Biotechnology.
Recently, Kiran helped establish Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center in Bangalore and in 2004, Kiran set up the Biocon Foundation.
Kiran received a graduate honors degree in Zoology from Bangalore University and an honorary Doctorate of Science in 2004 from Ballarat University in recognition of her contributions in biotechnology.
Partner, Jones Day, Hong Kong, China
Ben McQuhae is an experienced transactional lawyer focusing on energy and natural resources M&A, financings and projects in Asia, outbound M&A, and financings and projects for Asia-based clients. He has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry and has developed a genuine understanding of his clients' business needs.
Ben has represented international and Asian independents, SOEs, national oil companies, PE interests, investment banks, issuers, consortia, investor groups, and start-ups.
He has advised clients on all manner of energy transactions and issues including M&A transactions (shares, assets, swaps, and farm-ins/outs), equity and debt capital markets financings, projects, JVs (including competitive tenders), and acquisition financing transactions (senior, junior, and equity). He also has significant experience in the mining sector.
Ben has lived in Hong Kong since 2001 and joined Jones Day in 2010.
CEO, FinFabrik, Hong Kong, China
Alex is the CEO and co-founder of FinFabrik, a FinTech company that utilises advanced analytics and technology to provide financial institutions with more personalised wealth management solutions for their end users.
Prior to founding FinFabrik, Alex has spent 17 years in Financial Services and has held a number of key management roles in Tier 1 global institutions including Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. He has overseen operations across various asset classes, client segments and business lines in Europe and the APAC.
Alex also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong where he advocates to promote innovation in the financial services, and is actively engaged in providing education in this space.
His front-to-back knowledge of regulations, inner workings of banks, and strong drive for simplicity has made him a sought after mentor, advisor and speaker.
Senior Advisor, Fung Group; Adjunct Professor, the University of Hong Kong, China
Business leader and entrepreneur, Barbara Meynert has executive expertise across a broad range of sectors. She has enjoyed an international career in merchant banking, commercial and regulatory institutions, as well as board directorships in the corporate and non-profit sectors in Asia and Europe. She has served such global organizations as the World Economic Forum and the International Chamber of Commerce.
She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute, a director of the Thailand-Hong Kong Business Council, Chair of the UN ESCAP Task Force on Digital Economy, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong.
Barbara Meynert is Senior Advisor to the Fung Group and has been a long-time director and advisor to the Li and Fung Group and a number of their subsidiary companies. She played a crucial role as a director and advisor in the establishment of both the Hong Kong Airport Authority and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. Before that, she served in executive roles in the international merchant banking industry. She was Managing Director of Barclays Investment Bank BZW in Hong Kong and Asia following her position as Chief Executive of Kredietbank Luxembourg’s Asia-Pacific operations.
Barbara Meynert holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Hong Kong. She is based in Hong Kong and Bangkok and takes an active interest in Asean affairs, global issues, health and ageing, and digital technologies.
Director, David Morris Projects, China
David Morris is an international consultant with senior advisory roles in the Asia Pacific and Europe including:
- Chair, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Asia Pacific Business Forum 2019
- Vice President, Sustainable Business Network, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
- Senior Expert – China, East Asia, Australia and the Pacific, LM Political Risk & Strategic Advisory
- Academic Adviser, Research Center for Pacific Island Countries, Liaocheng University
- Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Cultural Relations Policy
Over a thirty-year career in diplomacy, politics, academia and international business, David Morris has expertise in
- Geopolitics, international relations and political risk
- governance and leadership dialogue
- economic development, trade, investment and international marketing
David Morris has represented governments, businesses and non-government organisations in Australia and the Pacific; East Asia including China; and Europe, including Hungary and Ireland. He recently served for four years as Pacific Trade and Investment Commissioner in China.
N.R. Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys Technologies Ltd, India
Mr. Murthy founded Infosys in 1981. Infosys is, today, a highly-innovative software services global company listed on NYSE in the US and on the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai with about US$ 11 billion in revenue and US$ 45 billion in market capitalization.
Under Mr. Murthy’s leadership, Infosys became the leader in innovation in technical, managerial and leadership training, software technology, quality, productivity, customer focus, employee satisfaction, and physical and technological infrastructure.
In 2014, Mr. Murthy was ranked 13th among CNBC’s 25 global business leaders and listed among the ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time’, by Fortune in 2012. He has received Legion d’honneur from France, CBE from Britain and Padma Vibhushan from India. The Economist ranked him among the 10 most-admired global business leaders in 2005. Mr. Murthy is ranked among the top 10 of the Financial Times’ list of “Business pioneers in technology”, published in March 2015. He is the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Mr. Murthy was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. He is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He received the Founders Medal in 2018, the Hoover medal in 2012 and the Ernst Weber Medal in 2007 from IEEE. He has received Thomas Jefferson medal and James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award.
Currently, Mr. Murthy serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey and the United Nations Foundation. He has served on the boards of HSBC and Unilever, both headquartered in London.
Founder and Chief Executive, Global Institute For Tomorrow, Hong Kong, China
Chandran Nair is the founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent social venture think tank dedicated to advancing understanding of the impacts of globalization through thought leadership and positive action to influence change.
Chandran is also the Chairman of Advantage Ventures, an Asian based investment advisory company established in 2010. He is also the author of Consumptionomics: Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet.
Previously, Chandran was Chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in Asia Pacific, establishing the company as Asia's leading environmental consultancy with twenty offices in twelve countries.
For many years Chandran has strongly advocated a more sustainable approach to development in Asia, advising governments and multinational corporations to integrate these principles into policies and decision-making processes.
In addition to his work with GIFT, Chandran continues to provide strategic management advice to business leaders.
Managing Director, RBS, Hong Kong, China
Raghu brings over 17 years of experience in banking, corporate and development finance and economic policy advisory. Currently, Raghu is a Managing Director and the Head of Sector Advisory in RBS Asia. In his career, Raghu’s has undertaken over 100 transactions by financing and advising US$50+ billion in deals for global companies. Raghu has counseled major global corporation including AirAsia , Continental Airlines, CSX, GVK Infrastructure, Lafarge, MISC, Reliance, Vedanta and UPS. Prior to working in Asia, Raghu was at Bank of America in New York where he was a Director responsible for M&A and capital raising activities for the Global Transportation and Logistics Group. Raghu began his investment banking career with Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup in New York.
In addition to Banking, Raghu has also worked in the field of development finance at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), where he undertook Project Appraisal and MSME Financing activities. In this role, Raghu has advised leading development agencies, governments and private institutions. His work has been published in the HIID Development Discussion Paper series. Raghu has done projects in 15 countries over his career.
Raghu completed his Masters degree from Harvard University. He holds MPA, MBA and BA degrees from the United States. He is a member of the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma , and has often been highlighted and published in leading industry publications like Marine Money, Drillers and Dealers Digest and The Daily Deal for his achievements in the field of financial services. Raghu is a frequent speaker in industry and development conferences.
Raghu currently lives in Hong Kong with his wife and daughter. Prior to Hong Kong, he spent 20 years in the United States and was raised in India.
Dr. Sailendra Narain
Chairman, Centre for SME Growth & Development Finance (CESMED), India
Dr. Sailendra Narain is Chairman of the Centre for SME Growth and Development Finance with offices in India and the USA. He began his professional career as a Central Banker in the Reserve Bank of India and later moved to the Industrial Development Bank of India and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
As Chairman and Managing Director, he was at the helm of SIDBI for ten years during which SIDBI made significant progress in assisting the SMEs. At present, he works as an International Consultant to international agencies and Advisor to various Governments in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa on development and financial capacity building for rural micro-enterprises.
Dr. Narain served as the Regional Advisor to the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC), Government of Switzerland in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) on trade and investment promotion. He also serves as the resource person and expert on committees and missions mounted by UNDP, UNIDO, UNESCAP, UNCTAD, IFAD-Rome, GTZ and DFID.
Earlier in his career, he designed and co-directed training programmes at Harvard University, University of California at San Diego and the Indian Institute of Management.
Dr. Narain, University Gold Medalist, holds a Master of Arts (MA) in both economics and sociology. He also has a PhD and CAIIB. Among his recognitions, he earned the Asian Banking Award for setting up the SIDBI Foundation for Micro Credit and implementing micro credit programmes in India. He has also published a number of research papers.
Regional Head of Corporate Sustainability, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific
Ms Janet Neo heads Corporate Sustainability for Fuji Xerox in the Asia Pacific region.
Janet was previously with HEINEKEN Asia Pacific where she was a key player behind major regional sustainability achievements that grew HEINEKEN’s corporate reputation and sustainability rankings. She spearheaded Asia Pacific Breweries Limited and HEINEKEN’s sustainability strategy “Brewing a Better World”, award winning sustainability reports and communications across 21 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to that, Janet worked for the Singapore Government Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. She headed the President’s Challenge to promote national philanthropy, volunteerism and CSR. She was an advisor to institutions, Foundations and corporations like Microsoft, Estee Lauder, Citibank and Singapore Formula One, raising $10 million annually for 40 local charities. She had a stint with Up with People, a US-based international non-profit organization, where she led a global research on cultural intelligence and implemented CSR and fundraising projects across 11 countries in USA, Europe and Asia.
Janet holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from the National University of Singapore, University Scholars Programme. She had Silicon Valley start-up experience and studied in Stanford University, USA.
Alberto Carvalho Neto
President, AJEPC – Associação de Jovens Empresários Portugal-China, Portugal
Alberto has a vast professional experience, he took interest on his family agricultural business from a young age and turned into his personal project by the time he was 18. Since 2010 he has his own trading company, BCN Quality Foods, which represents gourmet products from small Portuguese producers everywhere in the world (with special focus on China).
With a degree in Animal Science and an MBA in Marketing Management, Alberto has knowledge in a wide range of subjects which lead to the opportunity to help others, especially in Portuguese Speaking Countries (such as Mozambique and Angola) and Macao by rendering consultancy services.
He has also been a speaker in numerous events worldwide sharing is hand-on approach to life and his first-hand management experience stimulating others to attain their goals. He is always ready to take on new challenges in whatever area they appear.
Alberto believes in promoting the biggest synergy possible between people, companies and markets so he has been involved in the associative sector since 2012 where he took on the role of President of AJEPC. He is also a part of other associations as Interbio (organic farming), AJAP (farming), ICPortugal (business), Sino PLPE Federation (business) and AJENOR (entrepreneurship).
Partner, Fundnel Ltd., Singapore
Sam Ng is the Partner of Fundnel, the first Asia online investment crowdfunding network, connecting private businesses with community of investors and professionals. Fundnel offers crowdfunding service for entrepreneurs, empowering them to raise capital to fuel growth, drive innovation and create local employment.
Prior to founding Fundnel, Sam worked in the Asia Investment Banking department of J.P. Morgan from 2010 to 2014, raising over US$10 billion for companies across countries in Asia Pacific via 30 transactions. He also executed a number of debt restructuring transactions, which helped distressed companies avoid imminent bankruptcy, and extended debt maturity of over US$300 million.
Prior to raising funds for clients of J.P. Morgan, Sam had worked directly with the management team in J.P. Morgan Asia since 2007, and was in the taskforce that shaped growth executions, screened strategic partners, initiated new business lines, and executed risk review and business optimization projects.
Sam graduated from the University of Hong Kong with Deans Honor. He is now based in both Hong Kong and Singapore, and takes active interest in driving the capital markets for private companies in emerging economies.
Managing Director, R3ADY Asia-Pacific, USA
Akiko Otani is the Managing Director of R3ADY Asia-Pacific and is based in Washington, DC. Ms. Otani leads R3ADY's strategic efforts to advance disaster risk reduction and resilience programs in the Asia-Pacific region. She brings over 20 years experience working globally in international development and has spent most of her career based in the Asia-Pacific region working closely with international and local organizations, multi-lateral corporate donors and bi-lateral aid agencies. She has a track record of success in designing, implementing, evaluating and managing impactful international development programs which effectively address identified gaps and needs. Most recently, she served as the Director of Operations and Program Management for Project HOPE, a non-profit international health foundation operating in approximately 25 countries. She simultaneously served as the Regional Director of Southeast Asia and Egypt, leading programmatic efforts to building resilient communities by improving the health and welfare of communities devastated by major natural disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the 2013 Philippines Typhoon Haiyan. Ms. Otani received her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Canada and a Master's degree in Media and Governance summa cum laude from Keio University in Japan.
Founding Chairman and CEO, Green Inc. Group of Companies, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Albert Oung is an entrepreneur with 30 years of commercial and industrial experience with a special emphasis on green economy, transforming and commercializing common practices into a sustainable and responsible business model. He is the Founding Chairman and CEO of the Green Inc. Group of Companies in Hong Kong, China. The group manages a diversified green business portfolio which includes capital funding, technology consulting, eco-tourism, renewable materials and energy development and waste management. He is also the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Myanmar Chamber of Commerce; the Founder and President of the World Green Organisation and the Green Institute of Hong Kong. He has earned various local and international environmental and industrial awards especially in helping out to set different green industrial standards. Mr. Oung is a Myanmar born Chinese who is raised in Hong Kong, China and completed his bachelor degree of commerce and economics at the University of Toronto.
Principal, ANDE + Co. Sydney, Australia
Nitij Pal is a principal of ANDE + Co. which is an Australian-based law firm with affiliate offices in most Pacific jurisdictions and South East Asia.
Nitij’s expertise is to act as a one point contact for legal services involving multiple emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on the Pacific Island economies. Nitij’s experience includes corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, banking & finance and regulatory compliance. He has extensive expertise undertaking due diligence exercises for clients wishing to invest in or carry on business in the Pacific Islands, with a particular focus of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) countries. Nitij is an executive board member of the Australia-Fiji Business Council, and a former Vice-President of the Australian Pacific Islands Business Council.
Nitij often presents on integrating Pacific and Asian businesses at business forums in the Asia-Pacific region, and particularly focuses on business law reform, costs of regulatory compliance and policies to reduce such costs, policy reform on state owned entity corporatisation and privatisations, foreign direct investment and general business law reform. Nitij undertook his secondary and tertiary education in New Zealand with degrees in law, economics and international relations. He is admitted as a solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand, as well as in Australia and Fiji.
Co-Founder and CEO, Natives Limited, Hong Kong, China
Amy Pan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Natives, a professional language translation and language teaching Start-up in Hong Kong. Within a year of launching the services, Natives has received the Hong Kong Cyberport Fund and is now managing over 30 teachers.
Amy first started her career as an Auditor with PwC New York. After graduated with Accounting and Finance degree from University at Buffalo, Amy worked in both PwC New York and Hong Kong office, and later became a Human Resources Professional where oversees the national recruitment program for PwC China and Hong Kong. In 2015, Amy started her MBA with Hong Kong University and her path to pursue the dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
Ken PAN Yancheng
President, Trade & Industry Association, Singapore
Associate Professor Ken PAN Yancheng has the experience holding key leadership positions in various industries including academia. His scope of experience covers media, pharmaceutical, technology, culture and education.
He is the President of Trade and Industry Association (Singapore). He concurrently sits on the board of Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Material Management (SIPMM) as Vice Chairman and Vice Chancellor. SIPMM is Singapore's official publisher of Purchasing Manager Index (PMI).
He is involved actively with social work, serving on the board of several NGOs and serves as Patron to Singapore, Admiralty Citizen Consultative Committee.
Prof Pan is an advisor to several global corporations on corporate and business strategies in the Asia Pacific region. He sits on the board of several companies in the private sector.
Vice President, PANA Coffee Co., Ltd, Thailand
Kompit Panasupon was born in Bangkok. Having educated and worked in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland, and India, Kompit has an extensive experience in various cultures, both in design and management. His focus on the strategic front-end of design comes from his interest in human behaviour and social sciences. Understanding people as users, he studies and observes their unexpressed needs in order to create meaningful, user-oriented design briefs. Matching the design methodologies with his business experiences, he transforms them into innovative business strategies.
Currently, Kompit works in creating and developing innovative, quality education materials for Thai students and educators, in the forms of both traditional and digital medias. The current projects from his company include e-learning portal and e-testing platform with the largest test database in Thailand.
At home, Kompit is a coffee geek. He has been home-roasting coffee for nearly a decade. Since he moved back to Thailand, started a project to complete his coffee obsession: growing organic, shade grown arabica coffee in the hills of Chiang Dao.
President, PANA Coffee Co., Ltd, Thailand
In 2011, Peera, the founder of MAC Education company which specialise in printed materials and digital educational resources cover all educational levels and cater to all groups of learners’ needs for more than 40 years, and his son started an organic coffee plantation in Chiang Mai. Their two farms have been certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Agriculture of Thailand.
In 2012, he founded “Tonkla Doi Luang Station”, the center of coffee sprouts, to cultivate the sprouts of 3,000,000 Arabica coffee beans in which most of the sprouts were planted in both of the farms and some were sold to interested farmers.
In addition, Peera founded Mountain Arabica Coffee(MAC) Co.,Ltd. in order to study the Arabica coffee market in Thailand and opened the Doi Mek Coffee Shop in Chiang Mai in 2012. Later on, he opened two more kiosk coffee shops called “SOD Coffee Shop” in Chiang Dao District for a market trial.
In 2016, he also founded PANA Coffee Co.,Ltd. to prepare for the complete coffee processing business. Peera started his coffee business with the focus on sustainable agriculture, organic farming system and coffee education by developing coffee value chain in collaboration with coffee farmers and consumers from growing, processing, roasting, cupping to marketing in which the full-service coffee processing house so-called ‘The Coffeenery’ will be constructed on the area of 60 acres in Luang Nua Subdistrict, Doi Saked Province, Chiang Mai by the end of 2016.
President and Founder, HOT Telecom Inc., Canada
Isabelle is President and Founder of HOT TELECOM, one of the most innovative and creative telecom research and consulting companies in the industry. HOT TELECOM has been supporting Tier-1 and Tier-2 operators on a global basis for over 14 years, more particularly on the subjects of International and wholesale.
More recently, Isabelle has been working with many of the world's telecom service providers to help them define their transformation strategy. She has published several articles and reports on the subject and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world to share her views on the future of the international telecoms business.
She is also passionate about encouraging the involvement of women in technology and science and conducts multiple panels and interview with leading women globally.
Isabelle holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering, an MBA in Finance and has over 23 years working globally.
Chief Strategy Officer, Microsoft (Greater China Region), China
Alex Peng currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Microsoft’s Greater China Region. In this role, he works to strengthen Microsoft’s business in China, bringing the latest global technology to work seamlessly in the Chinese environment, developing win-win partnerships with local industries, and designing programs to facilitate local innovation.
Before joining Microsoft, Alex was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Beijing Alex, with a wide range of experience helping Chinese state-owned enterprises and multinational companies design strategies and transformation programs.
Alex has served as advisor to central and local governments in China on regional and economic development. He worked with the Ministry of Commerce of China to develop the IT outsourcing sector in China. He helped city authorities in Chengdu, Dalian, Qingdao and Tianjin to plan their technology sectors and industrial parks. He has also been an active participant in the nonprofit sector in China, serving as a board director for the China Youcheng Social Entrepreneurs Foundation.
Alex was born in Beijing, China. He received a BA from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in Mathematics.
Phang Yew Kiat
Executive Director, Vice Chairman and CEO, Credit China Holdings Limited, Hong Kong, China
Phang Yew Kiat joined Credit China Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 8207.HK) in December 2013 initially as Executive Director, and is now the Vice Chairman and CEO of the company.
Prior to his current appointments, Phang was the Principal Director of Standard Private Bank in January 2011. Phang is also a qualified Wealth Advisor registered with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
In June 2009, Phang was the General Manager, SME business for Singapore and Malaysia with immediate responsibility for 800 staff serving over 60,000 clients and a balance sheet of USD 12bn delivering over USD 200m of annual revenue.
In 2005, Phang was sent to China to build a brand new Commercial Bank, China Bohai Bank. Phang served as the Executive Director and Deputy CEO of the Consumer Bank business in sequent 3 years. The Consumer Bank under Phang’s leadership had expanded to a team of over 1000 professionals in 22 new branches with over 150,000 premier individual and corporate clients by February 2009.
In his earlier appointment as the Group Head of Corporate Strategy in DBS, Phang led a senior management team in the acquisition of Hong Kong 4th largest bank, Dao Heng Bank.
Phang received an MBA in International Business from University of Bristol and a Bachelor of Engineering in Microelectronic Engineering from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Managing Director, Citi Private Bank, Hong Kong, China
Terrance Philips is a Managing Director at Citi Private Bank, based in Hong Kong. In his role he is responsible for developing relationships with General Partners of Private Equity Firms and their respective Funds across Asia. Philips coordinates with his partners to deliver the Citi Bank platform to the Private Equity asset class to include; Subscription Facilities, Private Banking, Funds Services, Investment Banking and Funds Distribution.
Prior to joining the company, Terrance spent twelve years with Silicon Valley Bank including several increasingly senior positions including cash management advisor, global treasure advisor and Managing Director responsible for the firm’s Global Private Equity Service Group. Philips managed relationships with more than 130 international venture capital firms throughout Asia, Europe, Israel and South America.
In addition, he is an advisor to the board of directors of both the China Venture Capital Finance Organization and the Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association. Terrance is also a board member of the Children’s Medical Foundation.
Philips holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Pepperdine University, and a MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business.
Chairman, Anjali Travelmart Wholesaler Group of Companies, Indonesia
Dr. Puji Pujiono, MSW., Chairman of the Anjali Travelmart Wholesaler groups of company in Indonesia, has more than two decades career in humanitarian and disaster management with different UN agencies at the headquarters in Geneva, regional commission for Asia and the Pacific region, as well as in the field. Capitalising on the 15-year track record of successfully managing the inbound tour and travel to Thailand, and nurturing a fast expanding network of more than 1,500 travel agents in Indonesia and the region, his group of companies is broadening its portfolios to the worldwide wholesale tour packages offering, government- accredited Umrah pilgrimage from Indonesia, as well as opening the new markets in the worldwide halal tours. Having social work education and profession as well as doctoral degree in Public Administration, Mr. Pujiono is leveraging his competence in working with the UN to promote the application and dissemination of risk reduction principles and practices towards business resilience particularly among the micro, small, and medium enterprises. He is keen to contribute his business prowess and leadership in the pursuit of attaining the sustainable development goals in developing countries.
Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Mr. Ataur Rahman is the Secretary General of ICC Bangladesh, The world business organization since January 2005.
Mr. Rahman has served in many important national and international bodies in various capacities. He was in-charge of the Training Division of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) from April 1975 to January 1980 and conducted training programme on agriculture, industry and transport projects analysis courses for the bankers and corporate houses in Bangladesh and abroad jointly with Washington based Economic Development Institute (EDI) of the World Bank. He also served with the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), a regional inter-governmental organizations with it’s headquarter in Dhaka, from 1980-1997 as Assistant Administrative Officer and Administrative Officer-cum-Treasurer. During 1998-2003, he worked with the Bangladesh Silk Foundation, a World Bank funded project, as General Manager and Managing Director.
To facilitate promotion of trade and investment in Bangladesh, Mr. Rahman has organized and participated in a number of international events both in Bangladesh and abroad. He has arranged participation of business delegation in various international meetings organized by UNESCAP, WTO and ICC in different countries as well as visit by business delegation to a number of countries including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
He has been organizing Workshops / Seminars on International Trade Finance, mainly for bankers both in Bangladesh and abroad. Since 2014, such events have been organized in Kuala Lumpur (April 2014); in Colombo (February 2015); in Kunming (August 2015), in Yangon (November 2015), in Hanoi (February 2016), in Jakarta (April 2017) and in Vienna (May 2017).
Mr. Rahman obtained his B.Com (Honours) degree and completed M.Com (Management ) from University of Dhaka in 1969 and 1970 respectively. He obtained his MBA Degree from the De La Salle Graduate School, Manila, Philippines in 1973. Mr. Rahman is a Fellow of the Economic Development Institute (EDI), World Bank, Washington, USA.
Chairman, UN ESCAP Business Advisory Council, President, International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Mahbubur Rahman is President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Bangladesh. He has successfully founded the following enterprises: ETBL Holdings Limited; Eastern Trading (Bangladesh) Ltd.; ETBL Development Construction Ltd.; ETBL Securities & Exchange Ltd.; Progressive Investments Limited; and Century Cold Storage Limited. He is also Chairman of Eastland Insurance Co. Ltd., and International Publications Limited.
Mahbubur was also the Founding Director and Chairman of National Bank Limited, a premier Commercial Bank of Bangladesh. He also worked in the public sector from 1972 to 1979 when he represented the Government of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh.
Currently, Mahbubur is a member of ICC World Council; ESCAP Business Advisory Council; Chairman of Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC); Board Member of the Dhaka Stock Exchange; Member of the Board of Governors of Bangladesh Open University (BOU); Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University and a Founding Member of the Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB).
Mahbubur graduated from the University of Dhaka.
Rokia Afzal Rahman
Chairperson, Arlinks Limited, Bangladesh
Rokia Afzal Rahman is Chairperson of Arlinks Limited, an engineering and services company distributing power to the end users in Dhaka city and its adjacent areas. Rokia is also Chairperson and Managing Director of R.R. Cold Storage Ltd., and R.R. Real Estates Ltd.
Currently, Rokia holds various senior positions including Chair of Mediaworld Ltd.; Chair of MIDAS Financing Ltd.; Director of ABC Radio; and President of Bangladesh Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs.
Rokia started her career in banking and at that time, became the first woman bank manager in East Pakistan. She has also held the position of Director of Bangladesh Bank and was President of the Bangladesh Employers' Federation. She also served as a Board Member of the Central Bank of Bangladesh.
In addition, Rokia is a former advisor to the Caretaker Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in 2001 and Founding Chairperson of Presidency University.
Rokia has been committed to development work for many years.
Tariq M. Rangoonwala
Chairperson, Rangoonwala Group of Companies, Pakistan
Mr. Tariq M. Rangoonwala is the Chairman of the Board of the Rangoonwala Group of Companies headquartered at Karachi Pakistan, engaged in port facilitation services, bulk oil terminals, cool chain facilities, warehousing, manufacturing and trading.
He serves on boards of public committees, forums, trusts, schools, associations, hospitals, public and private companies. He chairs the ZVMG Rangoonwala Trust in Pakistan, a public charitable trust and its V. M. Art Gallery, V. M. Public School and V. M. Library which are all non-profit initiatives. The Rangoonwala Trust and its affiliates specialize in women's vocational training, promotion of arts and culture, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services as well as providing donor support for institutions engaged in health related services, special education and mental health.
He is a trustee of the Rangoonwala Foundation which provides donor support for initiatives in Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and America. In this capacity he is a member of the International Council of the Asia Society. He serves as the Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Trust for young people in Pakistan and is also a member of the Advisory Board in Pakistan of the British Asian Trust.
Mr. Rangoonwala is the Chairman of the Pakistan National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce and in the past he has also served on ICC’s Executive Board as well as having been the Regional Coordinator for ICC’s Middle East North African region. In his capacity as a National Committee Chair he has been a facilitator of multilateral rules and their legislative enactment in Pakistan and promoting the same regionally. These include the UNCITRAL New York Convention 1958 on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, the Istanbul Convention on ATA Carnets for temporary admissions and the UN Convention on International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention 1975). In the case of the latter two conventions he oversees its implementation in Pakistan as the ICC National Committee is the National Guaranteeing and Issuing Organization.
He serves as a Vice Chairman and Executive Board member of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) based in the People’s Republic of China. He is a member of the Executive Council of the UNESCAP Sustainable Business Network.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal Rawther
Group Executive Director, Falim Group, Malaysia
Datuk Seri Mohamed Iqbal Rawther is currently Group Executive Director of Farlim Group (Malaysia) Berhad, a company listed in the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. In addition, he also holds Directorships in NT7 and TV9, two members of South-East Asia's largest media group. He is also a Board Member of Binary University College, a private university dedicated to management and entrepreneurship.
Datuk Seri Iqbal is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB), London, and Chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Management, Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Malaya. He also has professional certificates from the Institute of Education, University of Birmingham, UK; and the Harvard Business School, USA.
He holds several senior positions including Chairman of the ESCAP Business Advisory Council; Vice President of the ASEAN Business Forum; Honorary Secretary of Malaysia-Japan Economic Association; Deputy President of Malaysia-Gulf Countries Business Council and Chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Management.
Executive Director, Agriculture and Food Marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific (AFMA), Thailand
Thirach is the Executive Director of Agriculture and Food Marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific (AFMA). He is also the founder and former director of Art for Ocean Society, other Social Enterprises and CSOs for Environmental and Ocean conservation to support Sustainable Development Goals (people-planet-prosperity) by networking with Government and Corporate sectors.
He has been supporting organic farming, ecotourism, agritourism, artisanal fishing and small scale farmers, as well as international corporations through sustainable value chain management.
He has Bachelor and Master degree in Business Administration with intensive consulting experience for multinational retailers, Social Enterprises and CSOs on Organisational Development, executive coaching, capacity building, lean operation, conflict management, social marketing, campaign management, and sustainable development strategic formulation.
Regional manager – Infrastructure, Infosys Limited, India
Guruprakash Sastry is a passionate sustainability professional with over 11 years of experience in energy efficiency and green buildings. Currently at Infosys, he is responsible for ensuring energy efficiency and overall sustainability in all buildings. He has been an integral part since the green team started at Infosys in 2008. He has been instrumental in implementing several cutting edge building technologies for the first time in India.
Prior to Infosys, Guruprakash has worked as a researcher at TERI, New Delhi in Sustainable Buildings group and as Lead – Energy and Sustainability at Johnson Controls, Bangalore.
Guruprakash has a Masters degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH, Stockholm. He is a LEED Accredited professional, Certified Energy Auditor and Certified M&V professional.
His objective is to set new benchmarks for environmental sustainability with every new building of Infosys, and lead the industry and society towards higher standards in terms of sustainability.
Kris Schneider (Liu Min)
Co-Founder and Board member, ISA TanTec Limited (Group), China, Macao, Vietnam and USA
Kris Schneider is a board member of ISA Tan Tec group companies located in China, Macao, Vietnam and USA. With its own patented LITETM (Low Impact to Environment) technology, the group is many times awarded as an industry leader in resource and energy-efficient leather manufacturing including the relevant facility management, manufacturing system design, built & retro-fit.
Characterized as a social entrepreneur, Kris has contributed her efforts in business strategy, cause- marketing and operational undertakings, whereby sustainability and value-sharing are of her radar focus. Her strength dwells in knitting the socio-ecological value, product-service synergy and business structures into corporate portfolio targeting total customer satisfaction.
She also served as research fellow and deputy secretary general in China NGOs_ Low Carbon Economy Development System Analysis committee (China) and Ecological Development Union International, which brings her further the recognition to work for good causes where eco-innovation and social entrepreneurship shall finds no boundaries in community development.
Founder, World Toilet Organization, Singapore
Jack Sim is the founder of World Toilet Organization and the BoP HUB and a leading global advocate for sanitation. Formerly in the construction industry, he founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001, after attaining financial independence at age of 40, and deciding to devote the rest of his life to social work.
In 2001 World Toilet Organization (WTO) declared its founding day 19 November as World Toilet day. In 2013, 19 November was designated as UN World Toilet Day – the day is now celebrated globally each year as a day raise awareness of the need for action to end the sanitation crisis.
For ‘creating good will and brining the subject into the open’ and ‘mobilizing national support in providing on-the-ground expertise’ Jack Sim received the Schwab Foundation award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance composed of key players for sanitation. He is an Ashoka Global Fellow, and was named one of the Heroes of the Environment for 2008 by Time Magazine.
Widely known as Mr. Toilet, Jack broke the global taboo around toilets and sanitation by bringing it to centre-stage with his unique mix of humour and serious facts.
Founder & Managing Director, Silk Road Associates, Hong Kong, China
Ben Simpfendorfer is Founder & Managing Director of Silk Road Associates, a strategy advisory based in Hong Kong. Ben works with a range of multinationals on their strategy planning and leadership in Asia and the Middle East. His strategy solutions are in popular demand from leading global firms, providing regional and global teams with insights into the region’s fast-changing markets, business models, and management approaches. He also leads the firm’s mid-market consulting work partnering with a range of clients in the consumer and services sectors.
Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20-years. He was previously a chief China economist at RBS and senior China economist at JPMorgan based in Hong Kong. He is also author of The Rise of the New East (Palgrave: 2014), examining commercial opportunities and complexities in the Asia market, and The New Silk Road (Palgrave: 2009), exploring China’s commercial ties with the Middle East. Ben speaks Mandarin and Arabic. He also writes a regular column for Forbes and FT.com’s beyondbrics, and features on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN.
Sok Siphana, J.D., PhD.
Principal, Sok Siphana & Associates, Attorneys & Legal Consultants, Cambodia
Sok Siphana, J.D., PhD is currently a practicing attorney and the Founding Principal of Sok Siphana & Associates, a law and consulting firm specialized in international trade and corporate law in Phnom Penh.
Before starting his career in law, he was appointed as Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia in August 2009 by the Prime Minister Hun Sen. He works also as the Chairman of the Board of Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia's most respected independent research institute.
From 1999 to 2005, he served the Cambodian government as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Commerce. His work was focused mostly on trade policies development, commercial legal framework and economic integration. He was also a negotiator for Cambodia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2003.
President and CEO, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Thailand
Mr. Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi was appointed President and CEO of Thai Beverage Public Company Limited in January 2008. He was the Director and Executive Vice President of the Company from 2003. In 2011, he assumed the Executive Chairman of Oishi Group Public Company Limited since February 2011 where he previously served as Vice Chairman of Oishi Group of Companies from 2006. In October 2011, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Sermsuk Public Company Limited. Also, he was appointed Director of Fraser and Neave, Limited in February, 2013.
In addition, he has held several executive positions in many leading companies, including senior executive positions in Beer Thai (1991) Public Company Limited, Red Bull Distillery Group of Companies, Berli Jucker Public Company Limited, South East Group of Companies, Siam Food Products Public Company Limited, and Univentures Public Company Limited.
Recognised for leadership in upholding the highest standards of corporate governance, in 2011 he was awarded Asian Corporate Director Recognition Award from the Corporate Governance Asia Magazine. Furthermore, in 2011 and 2012, he was conferred Asian Excellence Recognition Awards: Asia’s Best CEO (Investor Relations) from the same magazine for second consecutive years. These follow the Asia’s Best Company 2009, Thailand: Best CEO award by FinanceAsia in 2009.
He is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) and a Master of Science Administration in Financial Economics. He holds an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Philosophy in General Management from Ramkhamhaeng University.
Chairman, Green Spot Company Limited, Thailand
Chote Sophonpanich is Chairman of Green Spot Co., Ltd. and Krungdhep Sophon (Public) Co., Ltd. He also serves on the boards of the Narcotics Control Foundation, Foundation for the Welfare of Needy School Children Under Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen and the Chin Sophonpanich Foundation. He is also member of the Board of Trustees of the Thailand Management Association.
Chote has extensive experience in the banking sector. He served the Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited for 23 years and held senior executive positions including Manager at the London Branch, and Regional Manager for South East Asia International Banking in the Hong Kong office.
Prior to this, Chote served as chairman of the ASEAN Finance Corporation; as the President of the Asian Pacific Bankers' Club, and as President of the Thai Forex Club.
Chote holds a Bachelor's in Economics from University of Sydney, Australia.
Secretary General, Greater Mekong Sub-region Business Forum (GMS-BF), Lao PDR
Oudet Souvannavong is currently Secretary General of Greater Mekong Sub-Region Business Forum. He is also Vice-President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI); Founder and President of the Lao Hotel and Restaurant Association (LHRA); Council Member of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC); Vice-President of ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASEAN CCI); Deputy Chairman of ASEAN Tourism Association (ASENTA); and Vice-President of ASEAN Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHRA).
Oudet holds a bachelor's degree in math and physics from the National University of the Lao PDR; and received a Certificate of Forest Industry Management from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SUAS), Sweden.
Vice President, J/V Project & International Trade, Mitr Phol Sugar Corp., Ltd, Thailand
Mr. Tak Sriratanobhas is the Vice President of J/V Project & International Trade, Mitr Phol Sugar Corp., Ltd. He joined the company in 2010 with over twenty years of industry experience.
Mr. Tak Sriratanobhas started his career at Combustion Engineering (C-E) in the United States. He moved back to Thailand in 1992 and worked for Esso (Thailand) Public Co. Ltd until 2006. He served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development Department, Padaeng Industry Public Co. Ltd. from 2006 to 2009, after which he joined his current company.
After receiving his Bachelor of Economics from Chulalongkhorn University, Thailand in 1986, Mr. Tak Sriratanobhas went to the United States and received a Master of Economics in International Finance from Michigan University and a Master of Science in industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University.
Director and Co-Owner, Franco Development Ltd; Independent Non-executive Director, Tencent
Ian Charles Stone, age 64, is a Director and Co-Owner of Franco Development Ltd providing independent advisory and consulting services, and in particular to Technology, Media and Telecoms. He is an Independent Non-executive Director of Tencent, a leading China and Global internet company. His career in the last 20 years has been primarily in leading mobile telecoms businesses, and new wireless and internet technology. He has held senior management roles in PCCW, SmarTone, First Pacific, Hong Kong Telecom and CSL, as Chief Executive or at Director level, primarily in Hong Kong, and also in London and Manila. Since retiring from PCCW 2011, Mr. Stone has provided advisory services to telecom and internet companies and investors in Hong Kong, China, South East Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Stone has more than 44 years of experience in the telecom and mobile industries. Mr. Stone is a fellow member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Resident Partner, KPMG, Brunei Darussalam
Shazali Sulaiman is the resident partner of KPMG Brunei Darussalam.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom and joined KPMG Brunei Darussalam in 1989. He worked with KPMG London for six years and specialized initially in the shipping and insurance industry, and later in the banking and finance industry. He has also extensive experience in the oil and gas services industry.
Shazali is the Chairman of the Brunei Darussalam International Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also serves on the committee of the Brunei Darussalam Accreditation Council on Accounting and Management, an appointment made by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Minister of Education and also the Brunei IT Council. He was also a member of three working Ministerial committees: Committee for Economic Recovery, Committee for Banking and Finance, and Committee for Facilitation. He has served on other numerous Government and Non-Government committees.
He has been involved with the ASEAN Japan Business Meetings since 1992 and was the Chairman of the 34th AJBM Steering Committee.
He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor to University Brunei Darussalam and has presented, chaired and moderated numerous seminars and conferences within and outside Brunei Darussalam.
He is also the Honorary Consul of Switzerland to Brunei Darussalam.
Shazali is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Associate Member of the Brunei Darussalam Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.
Muhammad Iqbal Tabish
Secretary-General, SAARC CCI, Pakistan
Muhammad Iqbal Tabish is the Secretary General of SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, headquartered in Islamabad.
Prior to joining SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, he served the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan as the Senior Economist/Head of Information and Research Unit of WTO wing. He also served the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry as Director of Research.
Muhammad Iqbal is Advisor to China-South Asia Business Forum and is the Task Force Member for industrial policy. He is also in federal ministry working groups and has written several books and articles on national economic issues.
Muhammad Iqbal holds his masters in economics from the University of Karachi, and earned his MBA in finance from Newport University.
Executive Director, Procomm Services, Tonga
Takeshi Tamura has more than 10 years of experience in healthcare and social welfare. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Progressive Communication Services Ltd., trading as ProComm Services. ProComm Services is breaking new ground by pioneering the very first Contact Centre in Kingdom of Tonga. Takeshi is also the Founder and Chairman of Suite Pole Corp. Ltd., which provides home-based healthcare services to the people with disabilities and the elderly in Tokyo, Japan.
He has also established several non-profit organization which provides various welfare services for people with disabilities. Additionally, Takeshi has been engaged in human rights activities at international non-government organization that are in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Project Coordinator, DreamCatchers, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Laurence's first full-time job after graduation has been to incubate and manage his alma mater's DreamCatchers project, an innovation and entrepreneurship initiative targeting students and young alumni. He is also a Resident Tutor of University Hall, a young intellectual community of 110 students with history of over 60 years.
He read Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong and graduated with a BSocSc in 2014. As President of the HKU Students' Union, he sat on the University Council, the governing body of the University.
Laurence participates in public service actively through serving different advisory bodies of the Hong Kong government. He is currently the Member of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee and the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Chief Executive officer, vCargo Cloud, Singapore
Desmond Tay is a skilled professional with more than twenty-six years of experience in the technology field. He is a hands-on software developer and consultant, and for the last few years, served in senior management positions in several software companies. Desmond is currently the CEO of a software development company he had co-founded, vCargo Cloud Pte Ltd. It had since been acquired by the Declout Group (listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange). Desmond also serves as an Executive Officer in Declout.
Desmond is instrumental in leading vCargo Cloud to provide technology solutions and services for the e-government, trade facilitation and logistics industry. This include implementation of National and Regional Single Electronic Window, IATA e-freight and e-Commerce Supply Chain solutions. Desmond has also helped to develop the business into Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Aisa, Indochina and China.
Prior to founding vCargo Cloud, Desmond served as a Vice President (Technology) for 3rd Frontier Solutions (n.k.a SolutionsLab), a software company developing e-finance solutions. He also served in Singapore Network Services (n.k.a. as CrimsonLogic), developing Single Electronic Window solutions. Desmond commands strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills. He has a good track record of successful delivery of large-scale IT projects for governments and financial industry.
Chief Executive Officer, Asean CSR Network Ltd., Singapore
Thomas Thomas is the CEO of the ASEAN CSR Network, a network of CSR networks in ASEAN to achieve a responsible business community in ASEAN.
Thomas was the founding Executive Director of the Singapore Compact for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the national CSR society in Singapore. He was also the Singapore focal point for UN Global Compact.
Thomas had been involved in the ISO26000 process from the beginning in 2004 and worked as a member of the ISO’s Post Production Organisation responsible for monitoring and providing guidance on the implementation of the standard.
Thomas had been active with trade unions, co-operatives, the consumer movement and social enterprises and also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore.
Founder and Managing Director, ATHENASIA Consulting Limited, Hong Kong, China
Laurent Timmermans is an entrepreneur, consultant and educator, Founder and Managing Director of ATHENASIA Consulting specialised in Business Planning, Company Setup & Maintenance, as well as accounting/audit/Tax in Hong Kong.
In his quest to support entrepreneurship, he has developed online courses delivered in 187 countries around the world by more than 35,000 students. He has worked for almost 10 years in management consulting previously with Dale Carnegie Training and a local advisory firm that was contractor of MTR. He is also going back and forth in academia, taking guest lecturer positions on the topic of international business, principles of economics, management and, organization behaviour. He earned 2 master degrees in management sciences and labor sciences and is currently carrying out Doctoral studies.
Chairman, Supervisory Board, ACIG Group of Companies, Russian Federation
Victor is the Chairman of the Committee for the Issues of Corporate Management for the Purpose of Innovative Development, a member of the Committee for Facilitation of Modernization and Technological Development of Russian Economy of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Committee on Private Partnership and Investment Policy of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. In March 2014, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. He is also a member of the Working Group on Economic Policy of the Russian Trilateral Commission on the Regulation of Social and Labour Relations. Victor actively participates in the works of coordinating and consultative bodies of the Government of the Russian Federation and has published a number of papers on the management of both public and private companies in the energy sector.
Corporate Strategist, Global Investments & Resources Limited LLC, United States of America
Emily Chui-Hung Tong is Corporate Strategist of Global Investments & Resources Limited LLC in the U.S., a global investment enterprise that invests, sources, and globalizes resources with a strong focus on energy. Her firm
and her strategy support the commitment of Asian countries in the green energy sector development. For example, her firm and she have been working and will be finalizing in 2016 on financing a major green energy power plant in S.E. Asia.
Ms. Tong was president of Method Investments & Advisory LLC from 2012 to 2015, Managing Director of Kildare Capital, Inc. from 2010 to 2011, co-founder and President of EastGate Securities, LLC from 2008 to 2010, co-founder and President of EastGate Financial, Inc. from 2006 to 2013, and co-founder and President of The Jade Cricket Company Inc. from 1993 to 2006. She focused on U.S.-China while with these firms.
In the 1990’s, Ms. Tong was foreign advisor to China’s Ministry of Finance, China Securities Regulatory Commission, and Shenzhen Stock Exchange in various capital market infrastructure developments. She was co-founder and President of a China joint venture between The Jade Cricket Company, Inc. and Lenovo Computers. Prior to the joint venture, Ms. Tong worked for IBM.
Chairman, Mitr Phol Sugar Group, Thailand
Isara Vongkusolkit is Chairman of Mitr Phol Sugar Group, one the Thailand's largest sugar producers and exporters. He also holds various senior level positions, including Vice Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Sugar Industry Club of the Federation of Thai Industries.
Mitr Phol Sugar Group has established a largest private sugarcane research centre and has sizeable investments in value added products including ethanol, power co-generation, and bagasse fiber board. The company has taken significant steps in the international marketplace, including investments in China that has made it a leader in Chinese sugar production.
Isara holds a doctorate degree with honours in agribusiness from Khon Kaen University and in post harvest and processing engineering from Rajamangala University of Technology Isan. He received his bachelor's degree in management from North Carolina University, USA.
WANG Cheung Yue (Fred)
Chairman, Salon Films (H.K.) Ltd., Hong Kong, China
Chairman, Salon Films Group of companies. The Wang family founded Salon Films (Hong Kong) Limited in 1969. Mr Wang has been a director of Salon since 1969 and he has worked with various major Hollywood film and television companies in setting up projects in Asia. Since 1985, Mr Wang has been involved with various investment groups in Asia, notably Unifund S.A., a Geneva based investment service company. Mr Wang is the Honorary Vice President of the China Film Foundation, Director of the Board of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited , a Member of the Board of Asian Film Awards Academy, a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide, a member of the Hong Kong Advisory Board of British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Honorary Consultant to the Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Film. Mr Wang graduated with the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Economics from Whittier College, California.
Executive Director, Remark Media, China
Remark owns the biggest social media data in the world, includes Facebook, Instagram, QQ, yelp, etc. over 100TB data sources, and has been the top1 service use of Alibaba Cloud Service. The subsidiary company includes an Alibaba group joint venture on credit enhancement in Hangzhou, China.
Ms. Wang has played a leading role in promoting Big Data industry in China, including giving speech on international conferences held by Microsoft, Alibaba and Technology Department of PRC. She participated in discussions with governments projects on Big Data and law and regulations in the industry, and started projects with government on Visual Reality and Facial Recognition.
Ms. Wang has the experience in finance. Working in Ping An Bank as one of the youngest Vice President of a branch bank, she represented to deliver the speech at the Great Hall of the People of China. Prior to this, she worked for investment bank and private equity.
She graduated from the University of Virginia for B.A. degree. She was also the national winner of China Tomorrow Scientist Award and China Science and Innovation Competition.
Executive Managing Director, Juno Capital Group, China
Kelei Wang, Executive Managing Director of Juno Capital Group and Executive Managing Director of Juno’s clean-tech investment vehicle co-founded with GreenStream Stream Network based in Beijing. Kelei possesses over 8 years of dedicated China experience operating, advising and managing multinational investment companies on their clean-tech investment activities in mainland of China. He is also a recognized leader in field of carbon financing in CDM and CCERs market.
Kelei Wang began his career in Deutsche Bank at 2007 and since focus on PRC investment, IPO and M&A matters throughout his career. Since 2009 till now, Kelei served as Executive Managing Director of Juno Capital Group and CEO of GreenStream Network (China).
As his managing role of current company, Kelei Wang has closed 232 Carbon Financing Projects in China related to EU-ETS and China-ETS, as well as invested 8 energy saving and performance project (EMC).
Director, Pacific Basin Economic Council, Hong Kong, China
Carson Wen is a partner of the global law firm Jones Day and has more than 30 years of experience in business, corporate, and securities law. He is also Chairman of the Sancus Group of companies. Mr. Wen was a Singapore Government Scholar at the National Junior College, Singapore. He then studied economics at Columbia University and law at Oxford University.
Mr. Wen is a three-term Deputy of the PRC National People's Congress. He is a Justice of the Peace and was also awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the HKSAR Government. Mr. Wen is Senior Adviser and former Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), the largest political party in Hong Kong, and also holds leadership positions in various organizations such as the Pacific Basin Economic Council and the China Africa Business Council of Hong Kong.
President, International Business Council in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
Kosala Wickramanayake is Immediate Past President of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and the Vice President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Kosala also holds several key positions in commercial organizations including CEO of Kosala Enterprises Ltd; and Director of Sterling Jersey Ltd., Airport and Aviation Authority Services Ltd., Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Standards Institution, the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, Hotel Developers PLC (the holding company of the Colombo Hilton).
Earlier, he served as Director of Lankaputhra Development Bank, SME Bank, and Sri Lanka Tourist Board. He was President of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry, and the American Alumni Association.
Working with federal agencies and commercial organizations, he has served as a catalyst to encourage SMEs development. He has 37 years experience in import/export and manufacturing.
Kosala is a graduate in Economics and Business Management from the US.
Investment and Finance Manager, SINO-CEEF Capital Management Company Limited, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Pok Wong is an investment and finance professional with extensive experience in strategic merger and acquisitions in Greater China region and private equity investment in Central and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Wong works as a Senior Manager at SINO-CEEF Capital Management Company Limited. Prior to SINO-CEEF, he has been working with Strategic Planning and Investment Management Department of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited and has been actively engaged in strategic planning, investment and corporate sustainability activities in banking and finance industry.
Pok holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Finance from Renmin University of China and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Investment from Drexel University. He also participated in a Programme on General Management by Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Pat is a Director of Strategic Development at KPMG. In his role, he has a number of responsibilities including developing initiatives in sustainable development and family business advisory services. He is also part of the steering group for the High Growth Technology and Innovation Group.
Pat had previously worked in the textile trade as a Director of Central Textiles (Central). During his 9 years at Central he was active in the field of sustainable development and supply chain transparency. Central was the first textile company in Asia to issue a Sustainability Report under the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) Guidelines in 2008. The report subsequently received an award from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). In addition, Central won the Gold Award for the Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Award in 2012 and the Hong Kong Award for Environmental Excellence – Manufacturing Sector in 2013. For his contribution to the textile industry with regards to sustainability, Pat received the Young Industrialist of the Year award from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in 2009.
Pat was previously the founder and Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC), where he continues to serve on the Executive Committee. He is also on the Environmental & Energy Committee at the British Chamber of Commerce and also remains connected with the Textile and Apparel trade through many other organizations.
Pat graduated from Imperial College London with Bsc in Chemistry. He is also a qualified accountant and is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
YAN Shi Xing
Director, Corporate Labs, NCS Group, Singapore
Dr. Yan Shi Xing is Director of Corporate Labs at NCS Group, a leading information and communications technology (ICT) and communications engineering services provider across the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Yan leads the advanced research group in NCS and Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab to advance state-of-the-art computing and develop intellectual property in emerging technologies to expand NCS/Singtel product range and capabilities.
Dr. Yan has nearly 20 years of experience in R&D and providing technical leadership in both technology MNC and Internet startup where he worked on Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and Big Data Analytics. Prior to joining NCS, Dr. Yan was the founding CTO and Executive Director of iGola, a travel technology company providing travelers around the world with travel intelligence. Previously, he was Research Director of HP Labs Singapore, the innovation engine for HP in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region. He also set up HP's first R&D facility in Hong Kong and was Director and Principal Investigator of HP-ASTRI Information Technology Research Centre, Hong Kong. His research contributed to a number of research publications, US patents and technology transfers to commercial products.
Dr. Yan is a senior member of IEEE and also a member of Working Group on Provision, Interoperability and Use of Cloud Services for the Hong Kong Government.
President, Kingsley Advisory and Strategic Initiatives, Malaysia
Tan Sri Michael O.K Yeoh is a social entrepreneur, public intellectual, thought leader and influencer who has had 35 years senior management, Boardroom, Consulting and international experience. He is an author of several books and is a sought after speaker at many international conferences and high level forums such as the World Economic Forum, the World Policy Conference, the World Chinese Economic Forum and the World Muslim Leadership Forum.
He was co-founder and CEO for 25 years of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute a globally ranked Think Tank. He is also President of the Kingsley Advisory and Strategic Initiatives Sdn Bhd, a Business Advisory, research and events company as well as a Board member of several Public Listed companies in Investments, Finance, Property and Food. He sits on the Board of Governors of a University and the Board of Trustees of the OSK Foundation. He was also a Principal Adviser to a Bank. He advises several new technology and e-Commerce companies.
He was appointed to the Executive Council of the United Nations ESCAP (Economic and Social commission of Asia Pacific) Sustainable Development Network (ESBN). He is Deputy President of the Society for Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM), Secretary General of the Malaysia Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) and Director of the Malaysia-China Business Council.
He has served as Malaysia’s Representative (Ambassador rank) on the ASEAN High Level Task Force on Connectivity and was a Commissioner in the Malaysian Competition Commission and the Human Rights Commission besides being a member of the Advisory Board of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. Before that he served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission of Police. He was also a member of the National Unity Consultative Council and the National Economic Consultative Council.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors UK and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies UK. He holds a Doctor of Laws (hc) from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.
He specializes in strategy consulting, economic and political analysis and international business development.
Founder, Green China Lab, China
Mr.Bao Yu has near 15 years experience in research and investment management.
In 2008, he founded the Green China Lab an independent innovation and investment trend research center funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China 's International Cooperation Program and the first Chinese member of ENoLL (European network of Living Labs).
In his leadership role at Green China Lab he has implemented numbers of pioneer projects cooperating with leading Chinese and overseas institutions such as Tianjin University, China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, the Climate Group and the CLEEN Ltd (Cluster for Energy and Environment of Finland).
Mr.Bao Yu began his career in the ICT industry in China where he was once the Director of a Research Lab of ZTE Corporation and Board Director of several High-Tech companies found by ZTE and other investors.
Mr.Bao graduated from Xi'an Jiaotong University with an Engineering degree. He also has an MBA degree in Finance (with Dean's List honor) from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.
CEO, World Green Organisation (WGO), Hong Kong, China
Dr. William Yu is Chief Executive Officer of World Green Organisation (WGO). Dr. Yu is an energy economist and climate professional by training and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge as well as earned an Executive MBA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in the U.S.
Additionally, Dr. Yu has gained valuable regional management experience by working at US multinationals. He is currently the Adjunct Professor of the City University of Hong Kong, Adjunct Associate Professor, The School of Management and Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the Honorary Corporate Adjunct Professor of the Shanghai University.
Currently, Dr. Yu sits on the Energy Advisory Committee and the sub-committee on Food Reduction Good Practices in Institutions and Commercial and Industrial Establishments, Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign under the Environmental Bureau, Hong Kong SAR government. He is also a member in the working group of Sustainability Charter, Hong Kong and Malmo, Sweden . Dr. Yu is a member of the expert panel on Industry Standards and Research under The Hong Kong Green Building Council. He belongs to the Project Management Committee to oversee the CarbonSmart Program in collaboration with four key Chambers of Commerce supported by Environment & Conservation Fund. Dr. Yu has served as Board of Director of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analyst.
Dr. Yu writes articles for multiple newspapers on the low carbon economy, low carbon city, social innovation and energy poverty. He was a co-host for an environmental program on numerous TV and Radio Channels.
Board Director, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia), Hong Kong, China
George Yuen is currently an independent Non-Executive Director of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia), which is an international flagship operation of ICBC, the world's largest bank in terms of market capitalization. Mr. Yuen has held the board directorship since 2003.
He is also a member of the Court of the University of Hong Kong and a fellow of the Center for Social Innovation from Stanford University, USA.
Mr. Yuen is active in social services in the non-profit sector; he is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Society for the Aged, the largest organization serving the elderly in Hong Kong. Besides, Mr. Yuen had been the Chief Executive of the Better Hong Kong Foundation, a leading non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of Hong Kong in Asia Pacific and beyond.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Yuen was a directorate member of the Hong Kong Information Services Department, where he led the government's overseas public relations programs; he served the government for 25 years. Previously, Mr. Yuen held a marketing management position at Nestlé’s.
Mr. Yuen obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Hong Kong and received his postgraduate education in International Management and Public Administration at Harvard, INSEAD, Oxford and Stanford, throughout his career.
Yuen is also on the Board Director of Visteon Corporation, which is a leading global automotive supplier and manufacturer, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and a Fortune 300 company with operations in 30 countries employing 55000 people.
Venture Partner, Formation 8, USA
Dr. James Zhang is a co-founder and Partner at Formation 8, a $450 million Silicon Valley based venture capital fund implementing a cross border strategy of technology investment in the US and business development in Asia.
Before co-founding Formation 8, James was a Managing Director of Australian Government's Renewable Energy Venture Capital (REVC) Fund, a $200 million fund dedicated to renewable energy. He was also Venture Partner at Softbank China Venture Capital, one of the most successful VCs in China with $2 billion under management.
As an Entrepreneur in Residence at Khosla Ventures (with $3 billion under management), James co-founded BioDiscovery, a modern agriculture company. He also led Khosla Ventures’ China initiative. Before becoming a VC, James began his career as the founding scientist at Mendel Biotechnology and led its business development.
As a China native, James attended the University of Science and Technology of China. He has a PhD in Genetics from the University of California Davis and has completed his post-doctoral and business training at Stanford University and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Scholar Award by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).
Founding Partner, New Development Ventures, USA
As the founding partner, Xiaochen brings more than 15 years of global experience and thought leadership to the New Development Ventures. He also serves on the Board of Directors of American Crowdfunding Professional Association, as a green finance advisor of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asia Small and Medium Enterprises Financing Network. He leads the design and implementation of NDV’s global strategy, which drives global innovation through a number of innovative collaborative initiatives such as a Impact Investment Leadership Council, a clean tech lab, a VR infrastructure lab, a sharing economy lab, and an insurance blockchain lab.
Before NDV, Xiaochen advised government agencies and multinational organizations on innovative finance, green technology, climate policy, and sustainable energy in positions at the World Bank, United Nations, and other international partnership platforms. Xiaochen has extensive experience in the incubation and scale-up of result-based solutions and innovative financing mechanisms for the public and private sectors globally. He is a recognized speaker on investment planning, climate finance, green innovation, and crowdfunding. He holds an M.A. in Global Studies from Leipzig University.