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.
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).
John T. Cann
Senior Regional Business Development Manager, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd, Singapore
John T. Cann is the Asia Pacific Senior Regional Business Development Manager for Microsoft's Global Strategic Accounts Group. He is responsible for overseeing and managing the firm's relationships with multilateral and bilateral donors, governments, partners, and beneficiaries on projects throughout the region.
John has more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing information technology solutions in some of the most difficult environments in the world. Prior to his career with Microsoft, he spent several years in the management and technology consulting field and in the international foreign assistance markets, working in both the public and private sectors.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in International Business and Commerce Policy from George Mason University in the United States.
Director, K-Farm, Malaysia
Kit Chan is the Managing Director of K-Farm Sdn Bhd. The company supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to supermarkets in Malaysia, and exports fresh fruits to Europe. K-Farm is GlobalGAP certified and works with contract farmers who supply exported produce.
Kit first started his career as a farmer growing carambola and mango. He has more than 25 years of experience in tropical fruit development. He is also active in the field of agricultural development, especially in capacity building work with the Asian Productivity Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization. His current projects involve the development of a GAP scheme in Pakistan with UNIDO and developing the pomelo export chain in Myanmar with FAORAP.
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.
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.
Teng Theng Dar
Director, Business Compass Consultancy, Singapore
Mr Teng 61, formerly the CEO of Singapore Business Federation (Feb 2008 - Feb 2011), has more than 30 years of management experience in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
He spent ten years both in Japan and Indonesia, and four years both in Malaysia and Australia managing businesses in the following sectors: FMCG (manufacturing, marketing & distribution), commodities trading, agri-food, ICT, energy-saving solutions & products, as well as infrastructure and construction.
He graduated from the School of Commerce, Waseda University, Japan in 1979 and is a lifetime member of the Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS).
Chairman, RSA Pvt. Ltd, Bhutan
Mr. Rinchen Dorji is currently Chairman of RSA Private Limited, an exporter of mineral products (lime stone boulders, slabs, powder, and value added products of limestone, such as calcium carbonate/premix for poultry and animal feed supplement). Mr.Rinchen Dorji established the company in 1994; under his leadership, since its foundation, the company has made rapid progress in identifying new export-products and market destinations, which has resulted in increased export volume.
In addition to his work as Chairman of RSA Private Limited, Mr. Rinchen Dorji is Chairman of Druk SaTair Corporation Ltd. The Druk SaTair Corporation Ltd., was established in 1994; it extracts natural gypsum at Pema Gatshel and markets gypsum in Bhutan and neighbouring regions.
Prior to becoming a business man, Mr. Rinchen Dorji served the Royal Government of Bhutan for over twenty years in varying capacities. He has also been a member of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he has contributed significantly to increase exports from Bhutan to Bangladesh.
Hoang Van Dung
First Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President, Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Viet Nam
Hoang Van Dung is the First Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also Chairman of the Viet Nam-Korea Business Council, Viet Nam-Taiwan Business Council, and Viet Nam Sweden Business Council.
Prior to joining the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hoang served as Commercial Counselor of the Viet Nam Embassy in the United Kingdom and as Chairman and Managing Director of the Trade Services Company.
Hoang holds an MBA in Economics and Business Management from Thames University (UK). He graduated from the Hanoi Foreign Trade University, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ho Chi Minh National Political Institute.
Director / SVP of Digital & Information Technology, Fung Holdings - Fung Group/Li&Fung & Fung Global Institute, Hong Kong, China
Pedro is the Director / SVP of Digital & Information Technology at Fung Holdings - Fung Group/Li&Fung & Fung Global Institute. With a mandate to champion digital innovation initiatives focusing on enhancing omni-channel customer experience, predictive analytics and technology integration, he has orchestrated 65+ end-to-end cross-platform projects for the Group’s Trading, Logistics and Distribution verticals and led the teams who brought the first digital awards to the Group.
In Academia, Pedro is the Founder of the MBA Business Lab at Hong Kong University School of Business and Economics, providing students with opportunities to pursue their passion for entrepreneurship in areas such as digital innovation & e-commerce, artificial intelligence, IOT and big data.
With 24 years of professional experience in digital transformation, business, strategy and marketing, an international career in North America, Europe and Asia, 12+ entrepreneurship project involvement as founder, adviser, consultant and shareholder, and with an education from Stanford University, the Financial Times NED, MIT Sloan School of Management, Bournemouth University and ISCEM, Pedro is the recipient of several awards including the Best Rebrand of a Digital Property Gold Award (Transform Asia Pacific), 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.
Recognized by the digital industry, Pedro is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a published author, an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a public speaker in digital transformation and entrepreneurship and a judge for a variety of international digital awards competitions.
Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash
Executive Vice President, Loxley Public Co. Ltd., Thailand
Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash is Chairman of the Office of National Education Standard and Quality Assessment. The Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment is an academic body specializing in education quality evaluation with an aim to enhance the quality of education provision in Thailand.
Dr. Jingjai also co-chairs the Thai-EU Business Council, chairs the GMS Business Forum and is the Executive Chairman of the Rutnin Eye Hospital. He has also served the government as a member of the executive board in the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this, Dr. Jingjai held a senior position in the International Development Research Centre as Regional Director for Asia.
Dr. Jingjai holds a Ph.D. in law from Unversite de Caen in France. He holds a Certificate in Project Analysis from the University of Connecticut in the United States and a Certificate in Mid-Career Management from the University of Western Ontarian in Canada.
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.
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.
Vice Chairman, Newage Group of Industries, Bangladesh
Mr. Asif Ibrahim is the former President of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the largest trade body of Bangladesh. He is currently the Chairman of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD), a Public Private Dialogue platform to expedite policy reforms to enable private sector led economic growth of Bangladesh. Mr Ibrahim is currently on the board of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). He received his formal education from the University of Delhi (India) and the University of North Texas (USA). Mr. Ibrahim is currently the Vice Chairman of Newage Group of Industries, a business house involved mainly in manufacturing and exporting ready-made garments, textiles and plastic products. He has previously been on the board of the France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB) and the Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTCCI). He is also the former Chairman of the research cell of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). Mr. Ibrahim was awarded the Commercially Important Person (CIP) status by the Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh in the year 2007 for his contribution in national export.
Asif received his formal education at the University of Delhi (India) and the University of North Texas (USA).
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.
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.
Dato’ Dr. Jannie Siew Lee
Vice Chairman, The Hour Glass Ltd., Singapore
Dato' Dr Jannie Tay is the co-founder of the Hour Glass Ltd., in 1979, a leading watch retailer with 24 boutiques in Asia-Pacific. She has been a member of the ESCAP Business Advisory Council since its initiation in 2004.
Dato' Jannie was one of the 50 Australians and alumni chosen to be honored at the Advanced Women's Leadership Summit in Sydney in 2012. Also, her entrepreneurial skills, foresight and fundraising has garnered her many accolades such as Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award (2003); Darjah Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (DSAP) with the title Dato' (2002); an Hononary Doctorate in Business Administration by Oxford Brookes University, UK (1999); and the 50 leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World Award, Paris (1997).
In August 2009, she was the first woman to win the Enterprise Asia's APEA Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Asia-Pacific award which rewards entrepreneurs for outstanding performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses.
Dato’ Jannie was a member of the Women's Leadership Initiative Board, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
CEO, Bryan Cave International Consulting (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd., Singapore
Cecil Leong is CEO of Bryan Cave International Trade, which consists of a leading team of professionals specializing in the field of customs and international trade. His expertise is in customs advisory in Asia with extensive experience in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Korea.
His experience includes developing government policies and programs to comply with the requirements of WTO rules and assisting in the formulation of WTO compliant incentive schemes.
Cecil also undertakes comparative analysis to identify opportunities for clients seeking to capitalize on free trade agreements, while mitigating risk exposure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
N.R. Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys Technologies Ltd, India
N.R. Narayana Murthy is Founder and Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, India. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on the NASDAQ in 1999.
Narayana designed and implemented the Global Delivery Model which has become a foundation for success in IT services outsourcing from India. He has also led key corporate governance initiatives in India.
Currently, Narayana is an IT Advisor to several Asian countries. In addition, he serves on the boards of HSBC, Ford Foundation, the UN Foundation, Cornell University, Wharton School, Indian School of Business - Hyderabad, and the International Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
The Economist ranked Narayana among the ten most-admired global business leaders in 2005. He topped the Economic times list of India's most powerful CEOs for three consecutive years from 2004 to 2006. He has also been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India, the Legion d'honneur by the Government of France and the CBE by the British Government. Narayana is also the first Indian winner of the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Octavio B. Peralta
Secretary General, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), Philippines
Mr. Peralta, of the Philippines, is presently the Secretary General of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), which acts as the focal point for 131 development banks and other financial institutions engaged in sustainable development financing in 45 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. ADFIAP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization in consultative status with the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council. He was the Secretary General of the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI), from January 2010 to December 2012. WFDFI is an umbrella organization of 328 development banks in 154 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East.
Mr. Peralta has extensive international exposure, having worked on various capacity-building programs and training events with multilateral development organizations and acted as a resource person on sustainable development banking and finance in many meetings and conferences. He is an EDI-World Bank Fellow, having completed his Trainers Course for Development Bankers in Washington, D.C. in 1990. Additionally, he is an alumnus of the Japan’s Association of Overseas Technical Scholarship, in which he attended its Program for Top Management in Tokyo in 1998. Mr. Peralta is also a Professional Director and ICD Fellow, having completed the Professional Directors Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors in the Philippines in 2006. He is also a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Asia-Pacific Task Force and a member of the Advisory Board of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA).
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. Ragoonwala is the Chairman of the Board of the Rangoonwala Group of Companies in Pakistan, engaged in port facilitation services, terminals, warehousing, manufacturing and trading.
Tariq serves on boards of public committees, forums, trusts, schools, associations, hospitals, public and private companies including banks. He also chairs ZVMG Rangoonwala Trust in Pakistan, specializing in women's vocational training, promotion of arts and culture, and providing donor support for institutions engaged in health related services and special education.
Mr. Ragoonwala is also the Chairman of the Pakistan National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce and has also served on its Executive Board in the past. He is additionally a member of the UNESCAP Business Advisory Council. In his capacity as a National Committee Chair he has been a facilitator of multilateral rules and their legislative enactment, including various multilateral conventions and their subsequent legislation in Pakistan.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director, Technospark Industries India (P) Ltd., India
Mohan Suresh is Managing Director of Technospark Industries India (P) Ltd., a manufacturer and exporter of industrial granites in Bangalore, India. Mohan is also Chairman International Trade and Exhibition of FISME - Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises; and Chairman of International Business Development Committee for the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI) from 2011-12.
In addition, Mohan serves the Indian National Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); and is a Member of Vision 2020 on Information Technology.
Prior to this, Mohan served as President of FISME for three consecutive terms (2008-2011). As President of FISME, he initiated efforts and appraised the Indian External Ministry regarding the concerns of MSMEs on free trade agreements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, China
Wang Jinzhen is Vice Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Vice Chairman of the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC). He is also the Chief Delegate of China at the Bureau of International Exhibitions and a member of the China-India Eminent Persons' Group.
Before joining CCPIT in 1979, he was Deputy Director of China International Economic and Technical Cooperation Consultants Inc. He served CCPIT in various senior positions including Deputy Director-General and Director-General of the Department of International Relations; Assistant Chairman; Deputy Secretary General and Spokesman in 2004; Secretary-General and Vice Chairman in 2006. He has also worked as Secretary General at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) China Committee from 1998 to 2007.
Wang studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
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.
Chief Executive Officer/Director, Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), Malaysia
DR. MICHAEL YEOH is a public intellectual, social entrepreneur and thought leader with over 30 years of boardroom, corporate management and international experience. He is Co-founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (better known as ASLI), and the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) globally ranked as one of the top Think Tanks in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Yeoh had served on the boards of public-listed companies involved in property development, food manufacturing, banking and financial services, education and healthcare. Dr. Yeoh is also President of the Invest Asia Foundation which promotes closer links between US Europe and Asia and investments into social enterprises in Asia to help achieve the UN SDGs. He is also Group Adviser to the Aladdin Group, the world’s fastest growing e-commerce company valued at USD400 million.
His international and regional experience included been a Member of the 10-member ASEAN High Level Task Force on Connectivity, appointed by the ASEAN Heads of Government, as well as been Chairman of the ASEAN Leadership Forum, the World Chinese Economic Forum and Secretary General of the World Muslim Leadership Forum and ASEAN Business Forum. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum and is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors and Member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London. With a strong interest in Human Rights and Competition Policy, he was a former Commissioner in Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission and Competition Commission and is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Graduating in Economics from Australia’s Monash University, he has attended the Aresty Institute at Wharton School and received the Doctorate of Laws (h.c) from the University of Nottingham, UK. Widely travelled, he has been invited to speak at international conferences in China, Japan Korea, Taiwan, India, USA, Canada, Britain, Netherlands, Portugal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. He is also the author of several books.
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.