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.
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.
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.
Director, Axion Holding Cyprus Limited, Russia
Since 1981 till 1986, Igor Borovikov has been studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University, the faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics. From 1989 to 1992, he worked in the system of the Academy of Science of Russia and became a candidate of physical and mathematical sciences. He is the author of more than 30 scientific papers.
Since 1993, he has been the General Director of Softline, and since 2008 – the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Under his management Softline became a global IT company, with representative offices in 27 countries of the world, a globally managed Microsoft partner in the LSP segment and a global Huawei partner.
Softline provides comprehensive IT solutions, software licensing, hardware delivery and accompanying IT services.
Since 2009, Igor Borovikov has been a member of the Presidium of the All-Russian Non-governmental Organization of Small and Medium Businesses OPORA RUSSIA, the Head of the Committee for Information Technologies.
In 2010 and 2012 he was included in the top 25 most successful and efficient business managers of Russian IT companies.
Following the results of 2013, Igor Borovikov was included into Top-100 Russian Internet Millionaires (Secret Firmy Magazine), became one of Top-50 Russian Venture IT Investors.
Jose (JEd) Cabanero
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.
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.
Research Analyst, Turiya Capital, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Rohin Chada is an equity research analyst at Turiya Capital, a fundamental long-short Hong Kong based hedge fund responsible for managing approximately $2.5bn AUM.
Rohin has 10 years’ experience investing across multiple sectors and geographies in the public equity markets. Prior to Turiya Capital, Rohin worked as a research analyst at Highbridge Capital in London, investing primarily in publically listed European power and renewables companies.
Rohin received his B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from Balliol College, Oxford and has also obtained the CFA charter.
Chairman & CEO, Crowe Horwath (HK)CPA Limited
Charles Chan is the Chairman & CEO of Crowe Horwath (HK) CPA Limited, a public accounting practice and a member of the Crowe Horwath International which ranked among the top 10 global accounting networks. He has over 30 years of experience in the public accounting field.
Over the years, Charles' CPA practice has expanded to cover a comprehensive range of services such as audit, taxation, accounting, corporate service and business consulting. Since the mid-eighties, Charles has actively begun promoting his CPA practice in China as the Chinese government adopted an open door policy. He always delivers free lectures to government officials in the mainland and helps China's window companies to establish footholds in Hong Kong. With Charles' wealth of experience, in-depth knowledge and extensive social network, he assisted many of his clients, particularly the mainland enterprises to raise capital through IPOs, international mergers and acquisitions, and other fund raising activities in Hong Kong and other major capital markets. Apart from his business, Charles also serves a number of government and non-profit organizations in various capacities of member, honorary treasurer or auditor. He is a member of the 9-12th Selection Committee of the Hong Kong Deputies of The National People's Congress, PRC and a Standing Committee Member of the 11-12th CPPCC, Guangzhou Municipal Committee.
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.
CEO, Spring Capital, Hong Kong, China
Vincent is the CEO of Spring Capital, which manages a US$250 million early growth low mid market private equity fund focusing on China and Hong Kong. Vincent has 21 years of experience in private equity, and has made over 40 investments in growth companies in China since he began investing there 20 years ago. Vincent was previously a Managing Director and an Investment Committee Member of JAFCO Asia, serving as the Co-head of the Asian private equity funds.
Prior to JAFCO Asia, Vincent was a private equity investor with Suez Asia and HSBC Private Equity (Asia) based in Hong Kong. Vincent commenced his professional career in Standard Chartered’s corporate finance division there.
Vincent received a B.A. from the University of Hong Kong and an MBA from the Manchester Business School, and also obtained a CFA charter. He is currently the Co-President of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Chairman 2005/06), a Board Member of the Hong Kong Foundation for the University of Manchester, and a Director of the Manchester Business School Leadership Board. Vincent was a member of the Main Board and GEM Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2007-12), the Membership Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization’s Beijing Chapter (2007/08), a member of the Public Shareholders Group of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (2005–11), members of Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (2006–10) and Information & Communication Technology Services Advisory Committee (2005–08) of the HK Trade Development Council and a member of the Disciplinary Panel of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2006-13).
In the China context, Vincent is a Member of Chengdu Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a Senior Director of the Hong Kong Shandong Business Association, an Appointed Economic Adviser of the Binzhou City, Shandong Province, and the Vice President of the Sichuan Chengdu Overseas Friendship Association.
Vincent was named a Top 10 Venture Capitalist in China by Zero2IPO in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. He was also selected as one of the 10 “Most Influential Venture Capitalists in China” by Top Capital in 2005 and one of the “China Best Venture Capitalists: Midas List” by Forbes Magazine in 2006 - 2013. He received the award as the 2011 Outstanding Alumni of the University of Manchester.
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.
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.
Chief Information Officer, Asia, Walmart, Hong Kong, China
Fumbi Chima is Chief Information Officer for Walmart Asia. She provides vision and leadership for developing and implementing Walmart’s information technology initiatives that align with the company’s objectives. She leads IT strategic and operational planning to achieve Walmart's goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives and coordinating the evaluation, deployment and management of current and future IT systems across the organization. The Society of STEM Women of Color named Fumbi the "IT Leader of the Year" in 2012 and also named her the "Hall of Fame-Women of Color for STEM" in 2014. In 2012, MBA Diversity Magazine named her as a “Top 100 under 50 Executives” and in 2015, International Women's Day named her as the “Global Leader of the Year.”
Founder and Executive Director, HKSDRI, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Ivan Chu is the Founder and Executive Director of Hong Kong Sustainable Development Research Institute (HKSDRI). 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. Besides, by popularizing the concept of Sustainable Development, bring together various community resources and encourage social collaboration in the development, and to continue prosperity and stability of the city.
At the same time, Ivan is the Chairman of Kirin Financial Group, which provides comprehensive wealth management solutions and professional investment banking services in Hong Kong. Besides, Ivan is actively participates in different social affairs. He is the member of Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies, China, the committee member of Sir David Trench Fund Committee for Recreation of Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR, trustee of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, member of Working Group of Sustainability of Fashion Industry Development Committee. Ivan is also the independent non-executive director of Greater China Professional Services Limited (08193.HK) and former independent non-executive director of CNC Holdings Limited (08356.HK).
Ivan graduated from the Bolton Institute majoring Business Studies (Hons) and achieved a Master of Science in Finance at National University of Ireland. He also 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 Associate Financial Planner (AFP) of Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong.
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.
Corazon D. Conde
Group Head, ADFIAP Consulting, Philippines
Ms. Corazon D. Conde is the Group Head of ADFIAP Consulting She has over 30 years of experience in different areas of development banking, having been a Senior Vice President and Head of the SME Department of the Development Bank of the Philippines prior to her early retirement in June 2009.
Her areas of specialization include MSME advocacy, credit services, advisory and coaching; Local Government Unit advisory and lending; accreditation of financial institutions as lending conduits; program development, fund sourcing and loan negotiations; trust operations, investment banking; bank coaching on setting up of SME unit; development and conduct of training programs for financial institutions and SMEs and advocacy on green financing. She is currently involved in two SWITCH-Asia projects, the SMEs for Environmental Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency (SMART)-Cebu Project and the SMART-Myanmar Project for the conduct of training and coaching on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) advocacy to financial institutions, SMEs and Local Government Units to encourage green investments.
Ms. Conde is a certified C3 (Creation of Competence for Competition) Credit Appraisal and Monitoring Trainer and Bank Coach of GIZ. She has done consulting work with the Association of Development Banks in Eastern Caribbean; United Nations-International Trade Centre, Geneva; Pacific Islands Development Bank in Guam; Bangko Kabayan Rural Bank and the Asian Development Bank, among others.
She has metamorphosed from development banker to international consultant to continue her advocacy on MSME financial inclusion and green banking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Nirdesh Gupta
Head-IP Portfolio Management and Licensing, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Nirdesh Gupta, PhD, leads a team of marketing and licensing professionals responsible for engaging with faculty, staff, industry and other internal and external stakeholders involved in commercialization of the intellectual property arising from more than $100 million in research conducted annually at Cedars-Sinai.
Gupta manages the portfolio of more than 200 technologies and is responsible for new invention procurement and assessment, patent and commercialization strategy for the portfolio of intellectual property, and all business development and licensing negotiations. Gupta also manages the project selection, project management and development of selected technologies supported through Tech Transfer Internal Fund. Prior to joining the Technology Transfer Office, Gupta served as Director of Research and Development at California State University, Los Angeles, where he was responsible for research management, research compliance and headed the technology transfer practice.
Founder & Chairman, Arctic Green Energy Corp., Iceland
Mr. Hardarson is a successful entrepreneur. His work revolves around sustainability, green energy and building a better future. Through his main company Arctic Green Energy he has built up successful companies in Asia such as Sinopec Green Energy in China, the world’s largest geothermal district heating company where he serves as a vice chairman and is and one of China’s best answer against air pollution and CO2 emissions. Sinopec Green Energy is an equal JV with China’s Sinopec. The foundation of Arctic Green Energy was to repeat and build on Iceland’s successes in sustainability in the fast developing markets of Asia. Iceland is by far the world’s most successful country when it comes to sustainable energy with close to 100% of primary energy usage form sustainable sources. Mr. Hardarson has also been an active part and sometimes among main sponsors in global events that revolve around sustainability such as the Arctic Circle and IGC conferences.
Earlier in his career Mr. Hardarson built up valuable companies in mobile technology and real estate. He graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1990, Department of Architecture and Planning and worked as an architect and planner for a decade.
Mr. Hardarson is married with three children and divides his time between his homes in Vietnam and Iceland.
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.
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.
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.
Co-Founder and General Counsel, Nokero International Ltd., Hong Kong, China
Evan Husney currently serves as the Co-Founder and General Counsel of Nokero International Ltd., a company providing safe, clean, affordable solar lights and chargers to those without reliable access to electricity. Evan is responsible for all legal matters as well as business development,large orders and the Nokero Agent Network. Evan has worked in the legal field, both in large firms and as in-house counsel to growing businesses for 14 years. Evan’s legal practice has focused on general corporate matters, including contract preparation, negotiation and review, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures and other general corporate matters. Mr. Husney earned his J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, Water4all Asia Pacific Pte Ltd., Singapore
Lui Khang is Chairman and co-founder of Terraforming Earth (Aust) Pty Ltd (TEA). TEA's Eco-system based Integrated Terraforming (EIT) takes a barren piece of arid land to another level of productivity, lushness and possibilities. TEA develops and delivers end-to-end solutions comprising appraisals, feasibility studies, proposals and development by our team of Water Management, Infrastructure and Environmental Engineers and Financial specialists. TEA’s studies serve to help our clients understand, develop, enhance and unlock the self-sustainability and commercial viability of their properties.
Lui Khang is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Water4all Asia Pacific, a company that represents a unique virtual water prospecting technology based in Barcelona, Spain. This company has, successfully prospected and made over 1,200 high volume self-replenishing ground water wells in South America, Europe and the Gulf States over the last 20 years.
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 water treatment, sanitization and filterless filtration. The company is now known as BlueGold Solutions and is opening up offices in Australia and Sri Lanka.
Khang has previously served as an external consultant to the Singapore Government for 3.5 years. The focus of his work was to bring private sector financial best practices to an area of the civil service. During his tenure as a consultant, Khang established a process for privatizing public sector services and also privatized the operations of a statutory board’s operations.
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. The system traded his proprietary technical trading models for the FX, bonds and precious metals markets.
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.
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."
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.
Capt. Aung Khin Myint
Chairman of Global Multimodal Transport and Services Co. Ltd and Chairman of Myanmar International Freight Forwarders Association, Myanmar
Captain Aung Khin Myint serves as the Chairman of Global Multimodal Transport and Services Co. Ltd and Chairman of Myanmar International Freight Forwarders Association. In the business sector he serves as the CEC of UMFCCI, and actively contributes as a participant of the GMS Business Forum. Captain Aung has vast experience in multiple streamlining projects and joined MPA-Allied Singapore as an inland container depot general manager and continued to serve until 2005 whilst also earning his Executive Master of Business Administration and various diplomas including Maritime Law, Multimodal Transport, and Shipping and Port Management. He began his career in 1977 as a cadet in The Myanmar Five Star Line and succeeded to the rank of captain. He then began to manage Five Star’s Feeder Container Service in 1993. Currently, Captain Aung works on issues such as transport logistics for SMEs and sustainable supply chains for Myanmar SMEs.
President R&D, Pidilite Industries Ltd, India
Shree Nabar is President (R&D) for the global business of Pidilite Industries Ltd. Pidilite , a US$ 700M publicly held company ,is based in India with a significant global business and manufacturing footprint in consumer and industrial adhesives and sealants. He has a MS in Plastics Engineering from University of Lowell, US and a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Mumbai. Prior to joining Pidilite, he worked in the US for over 25 years in the field of Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings in Industrial and Consumer industries. Among the companies he worked are - Morton International, Laporte PLC, Harris Specialty Chemicals (now part of BASF Construction Div) and DAP Inc ( subsidiary of RPM Int’l Inc).
He was a Director on the board of Adhesives & Sealants Council – an US based industry organization representing the adhesives and sealants companies. He was the Chair of the Committee on Adhesives at ACI (American Concrete Institute). He was also the delegate representing the US on the ISO committee involved in global harmonization of standards for sealants.
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.
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.
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.
T V Mohandas Pai
Chairperson, Board of Manipal Global Education Services
In a career spanning over 30 years, Mr Mohandas Pai has made significant contributions in the area of finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, Education, social services, environment, policy formulation and startup ecosystem.
Mr Mohandas Pai is the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services and Advisor to the Manipal Education and Medical Group. He is also on the Board of Havells India Limited and Ascendas Property Fund Trustee, the Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust. He is the Chairman of FICCI Higher Education Committee.
He co-founded Aarin Capital Partners to fund opportunities in Health Care, Life Sciences, Education and Technology. He has also co-founded Exfinity Technology Fund I focused on providing capital and operational support to technology companies with an India base or focus.
Mr Mohandas Pai actively interfaces with key leadership amongst Indian regulators to improve the business ecosystem. His areas of focus are Education, Information Technology (“IT”) and Human Resource Development aimed at improving the quality of education and availability of skilled manpower in the Country.
Mr Mohandas Pai holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore, and a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Bangalore University. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
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.
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.
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.
Founder and CEO, Windfire, Netherlands
Mr. Gilad Regev is the Founder and CEO of Windfire, a pan-European distributed energy company. His two decade career began focusing on cross-border M&A nonrenewable energy, real estate, and telecom advisory deals in Northern Europe and Russia, which led to his investments in renewable and distributed energy solutions.
Regev holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion in Haifa and an MBA with Honors from BI of Norway.
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.
Managing Director, Credit Suisse Group AG, Hong Kong, China
Dr. Manuel Rybach is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Chairman’s Office, based in Hong Kong. He is Head of International Relations and is also responsible for the management of the Credit Suisse Research Institute. He is also Global Head of Corporate Citizenship and Foundations. In his regional role, Manuel Rybach serves as Head of Public Policy Asia Pacific.
Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the CEO Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong, and he was Head of Governmental Affairs, based in Zurich. He has also been based in Singapore and Washington, DC, working on public policy issues. He started his career at Credit Suisse in the Economic Research department, where he was a Senior Economist.
Manuel Rybach holds a doctorate degree from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), where he also earned an M.A. in economics, law, and political science (lic.rer.publ. HSG). He was a Swiss National Science Foundation scholarship recipient and a visiting scholar at both Columbia University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He also completed an Executive Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is a Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital and the WEF’s Steering Committee on Promoting Global Financial Inclusion.
Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed
Director and COO, Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, India
Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed is the Director and COO at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), a Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India initiative, in Bangalore, India.
Dr. Saiyed’s initial training has been in neuroscience where he received his PhD from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany and followed up by postdoctoral work at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). At the same time, he also underwent training in management for Biotech and Innovation from QB3 at UCSF, UC Berkeley and UCSC.
Combining his scientific and management expertise, he has been management consultant to biotech firms in the US and India. He is actively involved and impassioned for promoting innovation in lifescience through supporting translation of discoveries to application, entrepreneurship and technology development. He is keenly involved in promoting innovation in lifescience through various policy-making bodies and funding agencies of India.
In his role as Director and COO, Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed manages C-CAMP's strategies, operations, and business worldwide. This includes establishment, management, and promotion of technology facilities, education and training programmes, and innovation accelerator unit. Additionally, he also oversees the Intellectual Property Management Office (IPMO) and Technology Transfer Office at C-CAMP.
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.
Chairman and CEO, China Noble Wealth Advisors, Beijing, China
Madeline Shen, aka. Lili Shen, is Chairman and CEO of China Nobel Wealth (“CNW”), and Senior Advisor of China Science & Merchants Capital Management Group (“CSC Group”). CNW is China’s first professional multi-family office that focuses on the management of family wealth. CNW is the exclusive administrator of the China Noble Club.
Ms Shen has over 10 years experience in PE &VC fund management and investment. Between 2008 and 2013, Ms Shen was the Executive Vice President of CSC Group, the largest RMB equity investment fund management company in China. During this period, she was involved in managing over 100 funds and over 6000 investor relations. Madeline also led, or was involved in, a number of projects some of which have gone to IPO and given back high return to investors.
Madeline received her M.A in Economics and Finance from University of Warwick, England and B.A. in Economics from Central University of Finance & Economics, China.
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.
Founding and Managing Partner, China Prosperity Capital Fund & Co-founder and Vice Chairman, CMGE Group Limited, Hong Kong, China
Mr. Sin is the founding and managing partner of China Prosperity Capital Fund, a private equity investment company with a primary investment focus on PRC mobile internet businesses. Mr. Sin is also Vice Chairman, co-founder and executive director of CMGE Group Limited, the largest publisher and a leading developer of mobile games in China and a company listed on the NASDAQ market in United States from September 2012 to August 2015. Mr. Sin was a Director of Global Investment Banking of HSBC and also a member of the China management team. During his 12 years’ experience as an investment banker, Mr. Sin had advised on a wide range of notable IPO and M&A transactions involving projects in China/Hong Kong and throughout Asia. Mr. Sin has over 19 years of experience in management, finance and investment banking.
Mr. Sin received a dual major Master's degree in Engineering Economics and Operations Research from Stanford University, USA. He also holds three Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science/Mathematics, Economics and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He serves on the board of trustees of Cushing Academy, MA, USA. Mr. Sin is a member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors and Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC).
Chief and Founder, VibaZoner, India
Chief and Founder of VibaZoner, Muthu Singaram is a parallel entrepreneur. Muthu is extremely passionate about the development of and working with new startups. Muthu has spent more than 15 years working with startups in many parts of world. His work with these various start-ups led him to recognize the need for a global network of knowledge and resources, resulting in the founding of VibaZoner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Victor Wan
Director, Australian Securities Company (ASC), Australia
Dr Victor Wan is currently Director of Australian Securities Company (ASC), a government-regulated financial services corporation active in the renewable energy sector.
Through ASC, he has been involved in renewable thermal energy for power generation in the Asia Pacific, including geothermal energy power project to supply long-term electricity to statutory authority.
Dr Wan is Barrister-at-Law and CPA, and has held numerous executive positions, board memberships of listed public and statutory corporations, and assumed advisory roles across different sectors, including those in the green business.
He has practiced law in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and has assumed numerous advisory and advocacy role in Supreme Court and Appellate Court, and been appointed as an expert witness in complex commercial litigation. He is currently Exchange Nominated Advisor (NOMAD) of NSX Stock Exchange and SIM Venture Securities Exchange, and has advised and listed successfully clean technology business on the exchange.
He is Founding Chairman of ASCPA’s Forensic Special Interest Group, Board Member of Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, and Vice-President of Energy Council of Australia, being its Convenor on Renewable Energy Development.
He is currently a full professor of a multi-disciplinary Chinese University. He graduated with BEng Degree from National University of Singapore, and completed MEngSc Degree at University of New South Wales, LLM Degree at Melbourne University, Doctoral Degree at University of New South Wales and Post-Doctoral Program at UCLA.
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.
Project Director and Senior Consultant, Application Européenne de Technologies et de Services (AETS), a subsidiary of APAVE Group, France and abroad
Ms. Chuanrong Wang currently is the Project Director and Senior Consultant of AETS (Application Européenne de Technologies et de Services, a subsidiary of APAVE Group, which owns 10600 employee and 148 years history as a leading industry services company in Europe.)
She focuses on promoting sustainable development and green economy in developing countries, develops and implements projects related to Climate Change, Environment, and Energy Efficiency, especially in Asia and Pacific regions.
She has more than 20 years rich experiences on sustainability development linked to the industry and SME development. She worked on mapping sustainable consumption policies with a multi-stakeholder approach to shift China towards a sustainable future in China CCICED SCP Task Force; worked with local banks for promoting SME to access green financing on EPC projects under the UNEP Frankfurt Finical School CFIF Program; as Guangzhou Office Director and Low Carbon Program Manager of Institute for Sustainable Communities in charge of the office operation and implementation of USAID ‘Sino-US Climate Action Partnership ‘ and ‘Guangdong Partnership for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings’ with UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office support (SPF project). She also worked on EU-China Clean Energy Center as the Policy and Capacity Building Officer creating and updating a clean energy policy knowledge base and related advisory services. There she focused on Clean Coal, Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Efficiency in Energy Consumption (buildings, products, industry), Sustainable Biofuels, and Sustainable and Efficient Systems. She also was managing director of UNEP/UNESCAP Regional Helpdesk on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and the Pacific, supported UNEP Marrakech Process and UNESCAP Green Growth priority activities in Asia and Pacific region. Therefore she participated in the organisations’ regional activities related to a more sustainable policy development and country intervention.
Prior to that, she worked as a consultant on waste management policies and trans-boundary waste-resource management focusing on legislation and implementation of the waste directives of EC and Asian countries; as well as a senior engineer in a local government in China primarily working on technology management including technology incubation programmes, project evaluation and audit, technology transfer, contract assessment as well as the national priority manufacturing technologies programme.
Chuanrong Wang holds a BSc in Chemistry from Sichuan Normal University (China) and MSc in International Material Flow Management from University of Applied Sciences Trier (Germany). She is a certified accountant, the auditor of the Quality Management System of ISO1400, ISO9002.
Ms. Wang is a Chinese.
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).
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
Chief Technology Officer, iGlola.com, Singapore
Dr. YAN Shi Xing is Chief Technology Officer of iGlola.com, a technology company providing travelers around the world real time and accurate information, and the tools they can use to plan their trips easier and faster. Prior to joining iGola.com, Dr. Yan was Research Director of HP Labs Singapore, the innovation engine for HP Enterprise Group in the Asia-Pacific region. He was also Principal Investigator of ASTRI-HP Information Technology Research Centre, Hong Kong, China. He led the research projects at HP Labs Singapore in the areas of big data analytics and cloud computing. His research contributed to a number of research publications, US patents and technology transfers to HP products when he was with HP. 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.
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.
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 Parnter, 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.