Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media.
The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers.
Forbes.com has become one of the world’s most influential websites, with more than 80 million unique visitors a month.
Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.
Mr. Forbes’ new book: Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional), came out in December, 2015.
His other books include Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy – and What We Can Do About It, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional); Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral and Big Government Isn’t, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, August 2012); How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, November 2009); and Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today…and the Lessons You Can Learn, co-authored by John Prevas (Crown Business, June 2009). He also wrote: Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005); and A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium.
In 1985, President Reagan names Mr. Forbes Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB). In this position, he oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were praised by Poland’s Lech Walesa as being critical to the struggle against communism. Mr. Forbes was reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.
Steve Forbes was born on July 18, 1947, in Morristown, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in history from Princeton in 1970.
Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.
Born in 1954, Wang Jianlin served in the Army between 1970 and 1986, at which time he was appointed Office Director of the Xigang District Government in Dalian. Mr. Wang has served as Chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group since 1989.
Mr. Wang currently serves as vice chair of the China Charity Alliance, a nationwide NGO that works with other charity organizations to actively tackle various humanitarian issues across China; vice chair of the China Enterprise Confederation, a national, social, and economic organization functioning as a bridge and link between government and enterprises.
Wang Jianlin has been honored with several awards for achievements in philanthropy and business. He is a three-time recipient of the China Charity Award for his philanthropic efforts in the areas of education, poverty alleviation, and natural disaster relief. In 2013, Mr. Wang was awarded the title of Honorary President of the China Charity Federation. That same year Mr. Wang launched the “College Entrepreneur Program”, which provides start up funding for 100 students each year to open their own businesses within retail spaces located at Wanda Plaza shopping malls.
Mr. Wang was recognized by Forbes Asia as “Businessman of the Year” in 2013 and has been recognized by CCTV as “Chinese Economic Person of the Year” in both 2005 and 2012.
In 2015, he begins to serve as the Vice Chairman of Global Advisory Council of Harvard University.
Richard Li Tzar Kai is Founder and Chairman of Pacific Century Group (PCG), an Asia-based long-term private investment group founded in 1993 with interests in financial services, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), and real estate.
Richard Li launched via PCCW the world's first major IPTV service, now TV, in 2003. He became interested in this industry in 1990 when he foresaw the opportunity for creative information and home entertainment services in Asia. The result was STAR TV, Asia's first satellite-delivered cable-TV service, which by 1993 had 45 million viewers.
In 2010, PCG acquired the asset management business of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), which it and renamed it PineBridge Investments. Since PCG’s acquisition, PineBridge has received 13 industry awards and managed assets of over US$83 billion in assets through its global network.
In 2013, PCG acquired ING Group N.V.’s Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand insurance business and renamed it FWD. Since then, Swiss Re has become a 15% shareholder in FWD and FWD has expanded its operations into Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. The business has appointed The Hon. Ronald Arculli as Chairman.
Richard Li was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia in 2011. He is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' International Councillors Group in Washington, D.C. Richard Li is a licensed pilot and a licensed dive master.
Mr. Nadir. B. Godrej is the Managing Director of Godrej Industries Ltd. and Chairman of Godrej Agrovet Ltd. He holds a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a Director of several Godrej companies since 1977 and has developed the animal feed, agricultural inputs and chemicals businesses of Godrej Industries and other associate companies, and has been very active in research.
Mr. Godrej is on the Board of several companies. Besides his professional assignments, Mr. Godrej was the former President of Oil Technologists’ Association of India, Indo-French Technical Association and the Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association of India.
Mr. Godrej is the President of The Alliance Francaise De Bombay. And also a Member of the CII National Council and Chairman of the CII National Committee on Chemicals.
Mr. Godrej has been awarded Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur, Globoil Life Time Achievement Award – 2012, OTAI Life Time Achievement Award – 2012, Chemtech CEW Leadership & Excellence Award --2013, and Chemexcil Life Time Achievement Award – 2013. He also received the Porter Prize 2013 for Creating Shared Value awarded to Godrej Industries Ltd. Recently, Mr. Godrej was conferred a Lifetime Achievement Award by The All India Liquid Bulk Importers and Exporters Association (AILBIEA) at their 16th Anniversary celebrations on April 1, 2016
Science, linguistics, swimming and poetry; author of "Life and Other Poems" & “Nadir Godrej The Poet”, a collection of English and French poems; three sons, ages 23, 21 and 19.
Sir Michael is the Founder, Chief Executive and Senior Investment Officer of CQS, one of Europe’s leading credit-focused multi-strategy asset management firms. He is also a Senior Portfolio Manager.
Prior to establishing CQS in 1999, Michael held a number of senior roles at CSFB and Goldman Sachs. He began his career in finance in 1982 with Salomon Brothers, New York, after working as an Electrical Design Engineer for Civil and Civic Pty Ltd in Australia, where he had also served in the Australian Regular Army in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, latterly as a Captain.
In 2014, Michael was called to serve on the International Advisory Panel for the Australian government’s Financial Services Inquiry and subsequently as a Member of the Market Practitioners’ Panel of the UK’s Fair and Effective Markets Review. He presently serves as a Member of the Vatican Bank Board and sits on the Audit Committee of the Duchy of Cornwall.
Michael has significant and wide-ranging philanthropic interests and to consolidate these, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation was established in 2005. Since inception, over 200 charities have received funding from the Foundation.
Michael is a fluent Russian speaker. He holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from Harvard Business School and received a DBA (honoris) from the University of New South Wales.
Thomas Trikasih Lembong, also known as Tom, is the Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board. He was a former Minister of Trade of Indonesia from August 2015 to July 2016.
Prior his appointment in the cabinet, he has a long professional record. He was a Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, and Partner at Quvat Management Pte Ltd, a private equity fund which was established in 2006. He also served as President Commissioner at PT Graha Layar Prima Tbk (BlitzMegaplex) since 2012.
Mr Lembong was employed in Principia Management Group. He worked at Equity Division of Morgan Stanley (Singapore) Pte. Ltd from 1995 to 1996. He served as Investment Banker of Deutsche Securities Indonesia from 1999 to 2000. He served as Division Head and Senior Vice President at the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) from 2000 to 2002 and served at Farindo Investments from 2002 to 2005.
He received a Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts) majoring in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA in 1994. He also was elected as Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2008.
Liang Xinjun is an Executive Director, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fosun Group. Mr. Liang was one of the founders of Fosun and has been vice chairman of Fosun High Tech since its establishment in November 1994. He is now also acting as a non-executive director and vice chairman of Zhaojin Mining (listed on the Stock Exchange). Mr. Liang is now China’s alternate member of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC), a member of the 12th Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, executive vice council chairman of China Science and Technology Private Entrepreneurs Association, chairman of the Taizhou Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, chairman of the Shanghai Fudan University Alumni Association, executive vice council chairman of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and a member of China Industrial and Commerce Council and Management Committee of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Mr. Liang received a bachelor’s degree in genetic engineering in 1991 from Fudan University, a master’s degree in business administration in 2007 from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and a Doctor’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 2015.
Enrique K. Razon Jr. is Chairman of the Board and President of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), a Philippine-based company involved in the management and operation of 30 ports and terminals in 21 countries. He is also Chairman of Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (BRC), owner of Solaire Resort and Casino, an integrated resort complex in the Philippines’ Entertainment City. ICTSI and BRC are both listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange.
Mr. Razon belongs to the third generation of a family involved in the business of marine cargo handling. The Razon Group has a long-standing reputation of being pioneers and innovators in the management and development of ports, terminals and related facilities. The group’s proven track record stems from over 90 years’ experience in integrated cargo handling, stevedoring and other port services in the Philippines and abroad.
In 1987, the Razon Group and the Soriano Group incorporated ICTSI, initially to bid for the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines. After winning the MICT contract 1988, Mr. Razon spearheaded the MICT’s development program. The MICT today is the country’s premier international gateway. ICTSI also operates seven other terminals in the Philippines.
After consolidating and strengthening its base and flagship operation at the MICT, ICTSI launched an international and domestic expansion program in 1994. ICTSI is recognized today as a leading operator, innovator and pioneer in the field of port management with a track record that confirms its ability to rapidly adapt to different operating environments, and to add substantial value to its operated terminals by enhancing their efficiency at every level. The company continues to pursue prospects in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Europe.
Mr. Razon sits on the board of most ICTSI subsidiaries worldwide and of several leading foreign and Philippine corporations. His other investments are in real estate, power, mining, oil and gas exploration, and leisure facilities including a golf course in the Philippines. Mr. Razon also chairs the ICTSI Foundation, Inc., which oversees the ICTSI Group’s corporate social responsibility advocacies.
Mr. Razon is a member of the Management Association of the Philippines, the US Philippines Society, the ASEAN Business Club and Philippines, Inc.
Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak is Global Vice Chair, Public Policy at EY and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 155 countries. In addition, she is the global sponsor for EY’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts. She has been named nine times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women", was named Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide, and has been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
During the Clinton Administration, she worked for two years in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund reform efforts.
Throughout her career, Beth has been actively engaged in numerous civic and business organizations. She serves on the Boards of Vital Voices and The Conference Board. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, and the Women’s Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. Beth is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute and the Committee of 200. Beth is also the Co-Chair of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, now at Georgetown, founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Richard has been Chief Executive of IHG® since July 2011. He is responsible for implementing IHG’s strategy of building a portfolio of preferred hotel brands. IHG is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts and Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, across more than 5,000 hotels in nearly 100 countries. IHG’s asset-light business model means most hotels operate under a franchise agreement or are managed by IHG on behalf of owners.
During his tenure as Chief Executive, Richard has led the continued growth of IHG, including the launch of our two newest brands, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts, the first international hotel brand tailored for the domestic Chinese customer, and EVEN Hotels, the first mainstream wellness hotel brand. In January 2015, Richard led the acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the world’s largest independent boutique hotel business, making IHG the clear market leader in the boutique segment. Richard has also overseen the re-launch of IHG Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with nearly 94 million members worldwide, differentiated in terms of its scale and benefits and covering more hotels in more segments in more countries than any other scheme.
Before being appointed Chief Executive, Richard served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of Commercial Development at IHG. Richard was integral in shaping and implementing IHG’s asset light strategy, which has helped the business grow significantly since it was formed in 2003, as well as supporting the return of more than $12 billion to shareholders. As CFO, Richard was also responsible for the Group’s financial affairs and investor relations. In 2008, he also served as Interim President of our Americas business.
Richard first joined Bass plc (later Six Continents plc), the company from which IHG emerged, in June 1992. He subsequently held a number of senior roles in the business including Chief Operating Officer of the Americas Hotels division, before being appointed Finance Director of the company in March 2003. In this role he oversaw the separation of IHG from Six Continents later in 2003 and the IPO of the Britvic soft drinks division in late 2005.
Prior to joining IHG, Richard worked in investment banking for seven years with Hill Samuel Bank, based in New York and London. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant; a member of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council and a Governor of the Aviation and Travel Industry Group of the World Economic Forum. In April 2015, Richard was appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Marks and Spencer Group.
Chairul Tanjung is the founder and Chairman of CT Corp., Indonesia’s leading consumer-focused business group, with core focus on financial services, media, lifestyle, retail, and entertainment. His prominent businesses include: Bank Mega - the largest Visa credit card issuer in Indonesia, Carrefour – the largest hypermarket player in Indonesia, Trans TV and Trans 7 – the two leading free-to-air channels, TransVision – the 2nd largest pay TV provider, Detik.com - #1 online news portal, Metro, Baskin Robbins, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Wendy’s and more than 20 leading high-end fashion brands (including Brioni, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Giorgio Armani); as well as theme parks, shopping malls, and hotels. CT Corp is also the largest private shareholder with more than 25% shareholding of Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s flagship carrier.
Mr. Tanjung is one of Indonesia’s most prominent business leaders and a very well regarded figure in Indonesia. In 2015, he was listed as #5 richest man in Indonesia with a net worth of $4.8B. He established his business during his first year of studying at University of Indonesia, Faculty of Dentistry before pursuing an Executive MBA Program. He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the University of Airlangga, Surabaya; the University of Padjadjaran, Bandung; and the MARA University of Technology, Malaysia. He is also a Professor for Entrepreneurship at the University of Airlangga and a Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurship at the MARA University of Technology.
Mr. Tanjung is a recipient of numerous accolades, some of which include “Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana” from the Government of Republic of Indonesia (2014), “Man of the Year” from Globe Asia (2011), “Indonesia’s Rising Star” from Forbes (2010), “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Enterprise Asia (2009), “Banker of the Year” from Globe Asia (2008), and “Marketer of the Year” from Indonesian Marketing Association and Markplus (2007) among others.
Mr. Tanjung served as the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second presidential term and prior to that was also Chairman of the National Economic Council.
Mr. Tanjung is also active in various social activities under CT Corp Foundation and other institutions. He is the Chairman of the Indonesia Kidney Foundation and Member of the Advisory Board of Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Advisory Board Member of Singapore Forum, and Honorary Advisor of the Asian Financial Forum among others.
Mike Perlis is a media industry CEO with deep experience managing a wide range of content and multimedia brands. He has a strong track record in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Perlis, who serves as Forbes Media CEO and Executive Chairman, is the first non-Forbes family member in 98 years to run Forbes. He spearheaded the innovative strategy that has transformed the company, dramatically shifting towards digital and branded products, resulting in the sale in 2014 of a majority ownership in Forbes to a group of Hong Kong-based investors.
He joined Forbes in 2010 from SoftBank Capital, where he served as a General Partner for ten years and continues to be a Special Partner. At Softbank he specialized in digital content startups working very closely with Beliefnet, Huffington Post, Associated Content and Buzzfeed.
Before joining SoftBank, he served as President and CEO of Ziff-Davis Publishing until its sale in 2000 to Private Equity investor Willis/Stein. Earlier in his career, Mr. Perlis served as Publisher of GQ, President of Playboy Publishing, President of TVSM, Publisher of Runner’s World and Men’s Health, and Chairman and CEO of IDG Peterborough. He began his career, entrepreneurially, as the co-founder of special interest publisher New England Publications in Camden, Maine.
He served on the Boards of Beliefnet, Buzzfeed, GSI Commerce (sold to eBay), and was Chairman of Associated Content before its sale to Yahoo! Previous board observer positions include Huffington Post (sold to AOL) and KickApps (sold to KIT digital).
He is on the Board of Advisors of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and is a trustee of Outward Bound International. He speaks regularly on leadership, digital transformation and branding.
Dr. Binod Chaudhary is the President of CG Corp Global; a multi-dimensional conglomerate with a prolific history of more than 140 years with a portfolio of over 80 businesses spread over 5 continents and 30 countries and renowned brands in the global market.
He has gone on to become a global player in FMCG as the man behind ‘Wai Wai’ noodles, the most iconic brand from CG, which has earned him the sobriquet the “Noodle King” worldwide. Thanks to Wai Wai, he has 2% shares of the world’s noodles market. Binod Chaudhary is proof that success is possible in a landlocked, developing country like Nepal.
His conglomerate, the CG Corp Global’s assets include a controlling stake in Nepal’s largest private sector commercial bank, Nabil Bank and a string of hotels and JVs with Taj (Tata Group), Alila, Fern and The Farm at San Benito in Asia to name a few prominent brands. Last year, CG diversified into telecom when it bought out ST Telecom, a rural telecom operator in Nepal.
His other business interests include Telecom, Infrastructure, and Education among the 11 business verticals he runs within CG.
The zeal and passion towards growing his businesses despite various challenges in developing countries is his intrinsic strength. And, contrary to popular perception, he has proved that an entrepreneur can do business in Nepal and still emerge as a billionaire – in fact the only one listed by Forbes – from the Himalayan republic.
Dr. Chaudhary is also regarded as a leading philanthropist with his initiatives in starting Nepal Social Business and for his contribution of 10,000 shelter homes and 100 schools during the April 2015 earthquake catastrophe.
He is an avid trekker and a fitness enthusiast.
Below are some of the important positions held:
Hon’ble Member of Constituent Assembly, Nepal (April 2008 – April 2012)
President Emeritus and Founder of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI)
President of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI) (1993 – 1995)
Advisor to Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal (April 2000)
World Economic Forum’s Global Leader for Tomorrow (1995)
Member of World Presidents Organization (WPO/YPO) since 2005
Dr. James Riady is the Chief Executive Officer of Lippo Group, a Pan-Asian group based in Jakarta. The group has interests in property, department stores, food retailing, malls, IT services, hotels and other businesses. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Pelita Harapan Educational Foundation, or the Educational Foundation of Hope and Light, a group of co-educational K1-Year 12 private, international Christian schools in Indonesia.
During his term as Ambassador at Large and Special Envoy of the President from 1998-2000, Dr Riady also acted as Special Envoy and Diplomat of the President of Indonesia to Australia. In the same period, he was also a member of the Peoples' Consultative Assembly, Republic of Indonesia. He received the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008 conferred by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia for his work in Australia.
With his vast experience in banking and investments, Dr Riady has served as Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian General Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin Indonesia); member of the National Economic Council and Special Advisory Team to the President; Foundation Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland; and member of the International Business Council WEF, Davos, Switzerland.
Dr Riady graduated from University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1977 and received his Doctor Honoris Causa, Letters/ Philosophy from La Trobe University in 2008. He also holds a Doctor Honoris Causa, Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University.
Manoj Bhargava is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder and CEO of Living Essentials®. Born in Lucknow, India, he moved to the United States in 1967 at the age of 14. Manoj grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Princeton University for one year before dropping out and focusing the remainder of his education on spiritual studies in India and the United States.
In 1990, Manoj founded a plastics company that he grew to $20 million in sales, which he sold to a private equity firm. With this money, he started a consumer products company, Living Essentials®, which became an overwhelming success with the introduction of 5-Hour ENERGY® in 2004. Bhargava has committed to giving away 99% of his $4 billion dollar net worth and signed the well-known Giving Pledge in 2012. He also supports the Hans Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in India.
Manoj now focuses most of his time on creating medical and energy solutions at Stage 2 Innovations, his invention shop in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Manoj’s work at Stage 2 is the focus of the 2015 film, “Billions in Change” Located just outside of Detroit, Stage 2 is creating ways to manage healthcare and improve patient care through better diagnosis. Manoj’s belief is that there are several diseases that can be mostly eliminated using only software by spotting conditions before they become diseases. Stage 2 also focuses on the Renew Enhanced Circulation device that can improve lives by promoting circulation.
Manoj says, “The largest area of change for the richer half of the world is healthcare technology. Our aim is to reduce cost by at least 10% while improving patient care as well as to spread the use of medical technology to the poorer half of the world.”
On the energy side, Stage 2 has developed the Hans Free Electric bicycle system, which can provide electricity free of both cost and pollution to the billions of people around the world who live daily without electricity.
Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ayala Corporation, the oldest and one of the largest business groups in the Philippines. Ayala has interests in real estate, banking, telecommunications, water, electronics, automotive, power, transport, education, and healthcare.
Apart from his responsibilities on the boards of the Ayala Group companies, Mr. Zobel is a member of various international and local business and socio-civic organizations, including the JP Morgan International Council and Mitsubishi Corporation International Advisory Committee. He is also Chairman of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council, former Chairman of the Asia Business Council, former Chairman of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, former Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund Philippine Advisory Council and a member of board of trustees of Endeavor Philippines. He was also the Philippine Representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council from 2010-2015.
In 2007, he received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, the school’s highest recognition. Mr. Zobel is a 2015 recipient of the Order of Mabini and 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Merit, awarded by the President of the Republic of the Philippines for enhancing the prestige, honor and promoting the interests of the Republic of the Philippines both at home and abroad. Subsequently, Mr. Zobel was bestowed the Philippine Legion of Honor, with rank of Grand Commander, by the President of the Republic of the Philippines in recognition of his outstanding public service to the Republic.
Mr. Zobel studied at Harvard University where he earned his BA in Economics (with honors) in 1981 and his MBA in 1987. He is married to Ms. Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala and has four children. He enjoys adventure motorcycling in his spare time.
Helman Sitohang is the Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. He is also a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG.
Mr. Sitohang joined Credit Suisse in 1998 from Bankers Trust, where he worked in the derivatives group. Upon joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Sitohang worked as part of the Indonesian coverage team and rose to become head of the team. He continued to take on additional responsibilities across Southeast Asia, until in 2009 he became the Co-Head of the Investment Banking Department (the corporate advisory business, covering M&A and Capital Markets) for Asia Pacific. In 2010 Mr. Sitohang took on the additional role as CEO for Southeast Asia, and in 2012 he was appointed as Head of the Investment Bank in Asia Pacific – assuming responsibility of Fixed Income, Equity and Investment Banking Department activities across the region.
In 2014, Mr. Sitohang became the CEO for Asia Pacific, taking on additional responsibility across Investment Banking, Private Banking & Wealth Management as well as Shared Services functions in the region.
In 2015, Mr. Sitohang was appointed as a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG. As the CEO for Asia Pacific, Mr. Sitohang reports directly to the CEO of Credit Suisse.
During his career with Credit Suisse, Mr. Sitohang has been responsible for over US$200 billion of M&A and capital raising across the globe. He has led the origination of many of the bank's high profile deals across Asia and Australia.
Under Mr. Sitohang's leadership, the bank has won more than 150 country and deal awards in Asia Pacific from publications like Euromoney, International Financing Review, Finance Asia and The Asset. In 2009, Mr. Sitohang was named as an inaugural member of Finance Asia's "Club" of the 50 most influential people in Asia's financial markets. In 2015, Mr. Sitohang received Finance Asia’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
Mr. Sitohang holds a BS degree (Engineering) from Bandung Institute of Technology.
Tan Xiangdong was born in Jiangsu province in March 1967. He graduated from the Finance Department of Beijing Finance and Trade Institute (the School of Economics and Finance of Capital University of Economics and Business) in July 1987 and received master's degree in February 1989. He got the MBA majored in Risk Control at College of Insurance, St. John’s University (New York, United States) in July 1999. From 2000 to 2001, he studied at Harvard Business School in the United States.
In July 1991, he entered HNA as one of the founders of HNA.
From July 1991 to November 1993, he was the Assistant to the Chairman of Hainan Provincial Airlines Company.
In March 1996, he acted as the Chief Representative of the Hainan Provincial Airlines Company’s U.S. division.
In November 1996, he acted as the Senior Assistant to the President of Hainan Provincial Airlines Company.
In September 1997, he was the Chairman of HNA Insurance Agency Co., Ltd.
In January 2000, he was the Managing Director of Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd.
From February 2001 to January 2013, he served as the Director of HNA Group Co., Ltd.
In February 2007, he served as the Executive Chairman of HNA Industry Holding Co., Ltd.
In March 2011, he served as the Chairman of HNA Capital Holding Company Limited.
In 2003, he was awarded the Medal of “Hero of HNA”.
At present, he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and the CEO of HNA Group.
He is the Executive Chairman of Tee Yih Jia Group and GSH Corporation. Tee Yih Jia is a global food and beverage group with operations in Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Europe and China, and exporting to over 70 countries worldwide. He acquired the company in 1977, and turned this small, labour-intensive spring-roll pastry manufacturer into an automated giant by increasing daily production by 1200% to 35 million popiah skins and subsequently brought it global utilizing organic and inorganic expansion strategies.
He also recognized the need to venture into China early on with Tee Yih Jia, and subsequently his property business. The Group has built food manufacturing plants and invested in many food manufacturing-related joint ventures with government and private entities since the 1980s. In 2003, he saw opportunities to acquire Chinese land and now controls several land parcels, some of which have been developed into high quality homes. His biggest project is a 100-acre coastal site expected to bring in revenues of up to S$2.9 billion when completed.
Listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange, GSH is a growing property developer in China and Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, the Group owns and operates the 5-Star Sutera Harbour Resorts, marina and golf course in Kota Kinabalu, and it is developing Eaton Residences in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Embassy Row and KLCC Twin Towers as well as has prime properties currently under development in Sabah. In Singapore it has acquired and redeveloped GSH Plaza in the heart of the Central Business District.
Mr Goi also serves on the board of three other Mainboard-listed companies in Singapore – as Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Super Group; Vice-Chairman of Envictus International Holdings Limited; JB Foods Limited; and Director of Tung Lok Restaurants (2000) Ltd. In addition, he has investments across a range of listed and private entities in numerous industries, including food and beverage, consumer essentials, recycling, distribution and logistics.
In addition, Mr Goi has vast experience of doing business in the region, including Singapore. He is a member of Business China, Vice Chairman of IE Singapore’s “Network China” Steering Committee as well as its regional representative for Fuzhou City and Fujian Province, a council member for the Singapore Zhejiang Economic & Trade Council and Singapore-Jiangsu Cooperation Council, as well as Senior Consultant to Su-Tong Science & Technology Park. Mr Goi also serves as the Enterprise 50 Club’s Honorary Past President and Honorary Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mr Goi is also a member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Board of Trustees and Chairman of Dunman High School Advisory Committee.
Mr Goi has always had a passion for philanthropy and is actively involved in charitable works in the community. He is the Chairman of the Ulu Pandan Citizens’ Consultative Committee, where he volunteers to assist residents facing problems. Mr Goi also aided in raising a record S$4.5 million for the Ulu Pandan Community Centre Building Fund, as well as donated S$1.0 million to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, S$1.5 million to Dunman High School, S$0.5 million to the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for bilingualism and pledged a S$5 million donation to the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Mr Goi was awarded “Businessman of the Year” at the Singapore Business Awards (2014) and the “SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Award” (2015). For his social and business contributions to Kota Kinabalu, he was conferred the State Award of Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK), which carries the title of Datuk, from the Head of State of Sabah. At the 49th National Day Awards, Mr Goi was conferred the Public Service Star (Bar) - BBM ( L ) - by the President of Singapore for his contributions to the community.
Yoshihiko Miyauchi is Senior Chairman of ORIX Corporation. Mr. Miyauchi began his career at Nichimen & Co., Ltd. (now Sojitz Corp.) in 1960 and spent four years there before joining Orient Leasing Co., Ltd. (now ORIX Corp.) as one of its 13 founding members in 1964. He became president and CEO in 1980 and was appointed Chairman and CEO in 2000. In June 2014, he resigned as Chairman, CEO, and a Director. At present, Mr. Miyauchi serves as Senior Chairman. He has overseen the evolution of ORIX into an integrated financial services group.
Mr. Miyauchi has long been a proponent of deregulation and served as President of the Council for Promoting Regulatory Reform, established within the Cabinet Office, until October 2006. He is presently Honorary Secretary of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) and is an active member of the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation).
He holds directorships on the boards of ACCESS CO.,LTD. and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co.,Ltd.
Mr. Miyauchi graduated with a B.A. from Kwansei Gakuin University, followed by an M.B.A. from the University of Washington in 1960.
Mitch Garber is a Canadian born attorney, business executive and philanthropist. He is currently the CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company, owner of six casino resort properties in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Baltimore as well as the World Series of Poker. He was one of the founding investors of Caesars Interactive Entertainment which announced the sale of its social games assets to a Chinese consortium including Giant Interactive and Alibaba founder Jack Ma in July of 2016, for approximately 4,4 billion USD. He is also currently the Chairman and a minority shareholder in Cirque du Soleil following the TPG/Fosun led buyout in 2015 in which he participated. Mr. Garber has successfully led companies on the Nasdaq, Toronto, and London stock exchanges as well as private companies controlled by private equity firms TPG and Apollo.
Jonathan Tahir is Deputy Chairman at Mayapada Group, which holds interest in banking, insurance, healthcare, retail, real estate development and media. He is also the chairman of Mayapada Hospital, a luxury hospital chain in Indonesia that operates 2 hospitals and 6 clinics, Forbes Indonesia and MYP Ltd, a publicly listed company in Singapore that invest in real estate in the region.
Jonathan received his Bachelor’s degree from the National University of Singapore in 2009.
Jonathan is also a Co-Chair alongside his father in the Tahir Foundation, which recently concluded a $200 million joint pledge for works in Indonesia and global eradication of Polio with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Tahir Foundation’s primary focus is in healthcare, education and legal reform in Indonesia. He also sits as the Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Swimming Federation and as a member of Jr. NBA Asia Advisory Council.
Anthony Tan is the Group CEO and Co-Founder of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading tech start-up focused on bringing transport freedom to the region. Under his leadership, the company has expanded into 30 cities in six countries in Southeast Asia. By focusing on a hyperlocal business strategy and building strategic partnerships, Anthony successfully transformed Grab from a taxi booking app to the market leading ride-sharing app that offers the most diversified portfolio of transport services in Southeast Asia.
Anthony’s roots in the automotive industry run deep – his great grandfather was a taxi driver. Prior to founding Grab, Anthony was the Head of Supply Chain and Marketing at Tan Chong Group, where he drove logistics and created brand affinity for the automotive brands under the group.
Anthony graduated with a Bachelor of Arts & Honours in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Chicago and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Honours from Harvard Business School.
Anthony has a hands-on leadership style and travels obsessively within Southeast Asia to inspire and fight with his team on the ground.
Wendy Yap is President and CEO of PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo Tbk, the largest bread manufacturer in Indonesia. The company she co-founded in 1995, is the largest mass market producer of Japanese style breads in Asia (ex-Japan) producing over 4 million pieces of bread daily. With 10 production plants located throughout Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi, the company has a strong footprint in key cities distributing through extensive modern and general trade channels. Enjoying first mover advantage in the bread industry, the company will continue to expand as it caters to consumers benefiting from rising income levels in the fourth most populous nation in the world.
PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo Tbk was listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange in June 2010. Since IPO, the company’s stock has appreciated over 500%. Under Wendy’s leadership, the company has won many awards, for example, the Forbes Asia’s Best Under A Billion award and the Best of the Best award from Forbes Indonesia. Wendy is also recognized by Forbes as one of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen.
Wendy was President of her father’s U.S. real estate business at the age of 21 after her graduation from University of Melbourne, Australia. She lived in the U.S. for almost 10 years before returning to Indonesia to be one of the first few women members of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) Indonesian Chapter. Today, Wendy manages her family businesses in Indonesia.
Scion of the 100 year old Piramal family, Dilip Piramal’s career as an independent entrepreneur began with his takeover of VIP Industries Ltd, a diversified luggage manufacturer. An erstwhile ailing company, it was turned around in three years through professional management and innovative marketing. VIP Luggage, which had a modest beginning, has today gone on to become one of the most famous Indian consumer brands. It has more than 50% market share in the organized sector. VIP is today one of the largest manufacturers of luggage in the world. It has four major luggage brands in various market segments: VIP, Carlton, Skybags and Alfa. It has recently launched India’s first ladies handbag brand “Caprese”, in the mass premium segment.
In 1990, the group entered the business of Modular office furniture with award-winning designs, and launched the Blow Plast Ergonomics brand, now known as BP Ergo. This business was acquired by a leading multinational company in this field in 2014.
Dilip Piramal is involved in various professional and social fora, who was President of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC) in the year 2015 - 2016, He is a former President of The Organization of Plastics Processors of India, the Rotary Club of Bombay Mid-Town, as also the Bombay Chapter of the World Presidents’ Organisation (WPO) and the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO).
Dilip Piramal takes active interest in social and philanthropic activities. He is involved with the Piramal Education Trust in his ancestral hometown Bagar, in the State of Rajasthan. In 1987, Mr. Piramal sponsored the establishment of the Piramal Gallery at the prestigious National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai. He has also restored the Piramal Haveli in Bagar, which is now a heritage hotel in the traditional architectural form of Rajasthan.
Goodwin Gaw is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned private equity fund management company that focuses on global real estate markets. Specialising in adding value to under-utilised real estate through redesign, renovation and repositioning, Gaw Capital Partners has raised five real estate commingle funds targeting the Greater China and Asia Pacific region. Additionally, the firm manages opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US along with a hospitality fund targeting the Pan Asia region. Gaw Capital also provides services for separate account direct investments in the global markets. Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$ 6.34 billion since 2005 and currently commands assets of USD$ 12.7 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retail centers, hotels, commercial properties and logistics warehouses.
Mr. Gaw has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia, having served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group, Founder and Managing Principal of Downtown Properties, and former Chairman of Global Gateway. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Construction Management from Stanford University.
Anderson is a member of the executive committee of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) and a Director of RGE Group – a group of world-class companies in resource-based manufacturing industries operating in Indonesia, China and Brazil, with over US$15 billion in assets and a workforce of over 50,000 people.
Anderson is closely involved in APRIL’s fiber operations and business transformation activities. He provides strategic direction on the various sustainability and conservation initiatives undertaken by APRIL, one of which is the multi-stakeholder Riau Ecosystem Restoration (RER) programme in partnership with Fauna & Flora International and BIDARA located in Sumatra, Indonesia which covers 150,000 hectares of unique peat swamp in Kampar Peninsula. Anderson is also instrumental in the design of the innovative Fire Free Village Programme which aims to move the focus from suppression to prevention. The program enables villages in Riau, Indonesia, to adopt a zero-burn policy as part of APRIL’s commitment to combating fire & haze problems with increasingly international ramifications. Anderson spends most of his time overseeing APRIL’s main operations in Kerinci, Riau to learn more about the business from the ground up.
Anderson is passionate about community development and philanthropy. He is actively involved in the Tanoto Foundation, which was founded in 1981 by the Tanoto family to alleviate poverty through education, empowerment and enhancement of quality of lives. As a Board member of the Foundation, Anderson drives various foundation initiatives focusing on the future generation of Indonesia, such as the Tanoto Entrepreneurship Series in collaboration of University of Indonesia attended by President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo and Vice-President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla.
Prior to joining the family’s business, Anderson was a consultant at Bain & Company, focusing on consumer products and financial services. While at Bain, he acquired significant Southeast Asia expertise and knowledge working with clients in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.
Guiltless was founded by Yen Kuok, a Stanford Phi Beta Kappa graduate in International Relations, also the youngest child of prominent Asian businessman Robert Kuok Hock Nien (Kerry Group, Shangri-La). A headstrong entrepreneur herself, Yen recognized the opportunity in luxury e-commerce, and started Guiltless to provide a seamless, truly high-end experience for both buyers and sellers of pre-loved designer goods.
Yen first delved into the business of online fashion retail while working at J.P. Morgan -- a certain online fashion retailer’s follow-on equity offering was one of the many deals she worked on as their investment banking summer analyst in New York. Growing up in the age of tech, she also had the opportunity to explore online user behaviors, particularly those of Chinese teenagers, at Google’s previous Beijing office. She then went on to learn about upscale real estate at Kerry Properties Limited, before striking out on her own to develop Guiltless, an ambitious tech start-up that combines her business acumen with a knowledge of fashion consumer patterns.
Yen is responsible for Guiltless’ business strategy and general direction, and can hardly wait for the imminent unveiling of one of Asia’s first online pre-owned fashion boutiques.
As young as 30 years old, Patsarakorn Chirathivat has become the Post Publishing’s Chief Operation Officer for Digital Media and Magazines. He has taken up the role since February, 2016, with an aim to turn around the business unit which somewhat has been affected by a hiccup of the global publishing industry.
Driven by his passion for the publishing industry and interest in pursuing a career in mass communications, Patsarakorn embarked on a three years apprenticeship working tirelessly in the areas of sales, marketing, event management, proof-reading, newspaper delivery as well as editorial department under a keen eye of Post Publishing’s veterans in order to understand and familiarize himself with all key functions. He even once was a crime reporter reporting criminal cases for the newspaper.
Furthermore, he took a great pride in being part of the founding pioneers of M2F free newspaper which has the largest hand-out number in the country – a remarkable achievement for any Thai newspapers.
Following an exhaustive training, he successfully furthered his graduate study at Sasin Business School and concurrently built small commercially-savvy ventures on his own, thus sharpening his business acumen.
Apart from a professional role in publishing business, he has never stopped pursuing his dreams as a hip-hop artist. Last year, he released his debut album called “Uncover” under Thaitanium Entertainment, the well-known music label in Thai showbiz industry, with the stage name “Mindset”. Four of his singles - “With you”, “Runaway”, “Don’t say” and “This is for you” - hit the charts.
Besides music’s quest, his zeal as an entertainer has driven him to appear on a screen of the Channel 3’s soap opera which will be broadcasted next year. Channel 3 is one of Thailand’s leading entertainment channels. He has also hosted his own reality show named “Pokky on the run” on YouTube which has drawn as many as 400,000-500,000 viewers per episode.
Patsarakorn holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University.
James E. Thompson, GBS is the Chairman and Founder of the Crown Worldwide Group of Companies. Crown Worldwide is a logistics company performing various types of warehousing and transportation services throughout the world. The Crown Group is the largest privately owned company in the field of international removals with over 265 worldwide locations in almost 60 countries around the world. Crown is also a leader in the field of document management with 32 million cartons of business documents managed from its worldwide facilities.
Mr. Thompson graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He came to Asia shortly after completion of his university studies and has lived in Japan and Hong Kong ever since. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the San Jose State University Business School.
The Crown Worldwide Group employs over 5,200 full time staff around the world as well as a large number of contracted personnel. The company has been awarded the prestigious Hong Kong Award for Services in Export Marketing and received the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Innovative Services Award twice. Crown has also received the DHL/South China Morning Post International Award as Hong Kong’s best international company.
Mr. Thompson is currently the Deputy Chairman of The Hong Kong Management Association and a member of the Invest HK Investment Promotion Ambassador Scheme. He also serves as a member of HKTDC HK-EU Business Cooperation Committee and a member of HK-Japan Business Cooperation Committee. He served as a non-executive Director of the Board of the Wharf (Holdings) Ltd., a Board Member of Ocean Park Corporation, the Chairman of HKTDC Logistics Services Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2008, a Council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council from 2002 to 2004, a member of the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Advisory Board and a member of the ICAC Advisory Committee on Corruption and a member of HK-US Business Council. He also served two terms as the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong for 2002 and 2003.
Additionally, Mr. Thompson serves as a member of the Vision 2047 which is an organization that actively discusses Hong Kong issues with visiting politicians, journalists and academics that visit Hong Kong. He has been a speaker representing Hong Kong on numerous Hong Kong Trade Development Council trade missions around the world.
He is also a member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School Advisory Council and a member of the City of University of Hong Kong College International Advisory Board.
Mr. Thompson serves as Chairman or as a Board member of numerous charitable organizations. His particular interests are charities related to children, cancer, education and art. He is the Chairman of the Asian Youth Orchestra, the Honorary President of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, is on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He currently chairs the Annual “Hike for Hospice” Charity event.
He and his wife have been building schools and libraries for the children of Cambodia for the past few years.
Mr. Thompson was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star, Hong Kong’s second highest award, by the Hong Kong Government in 2003. He also received the Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2015 and DHL/SCMP Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Mr. Thompson is a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of Hong Kong having lived here for 38 years. His wife, Sally is British and he has two children – Jennifer and Jimmy.
Melissa Kwee is CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), a non-profit organisation which promotes volunteering and philanthropy in Singapore.
Her career has spanned the public, private and community sectors as civic entrepreneur, social innovator, anthropologist, researcher and educational programme designer. Melissa’s focus and commitment is to serve marginalised members of society and create innovative, win-win opportunities to engage, empower them as valued and contributing members of our community. As CEO of NVPC, Melissa’s dream is for many more to embrace the vision of giving, and to create a society of citizens empowered to make a difference.
With over fifteen years of leadership experience working with educational and community development initiatives in the public and private sector, Melissa has developed leadership programmes for girls, mentoring initiatives for teens at risk, and inter-generational reading programmes for disadvantaged communities.
She founded Beautiful People, a volunteer run mentoring programme to help teenaged girls at risk reintegrate into community, where she continues to volunteer her skills in leadership, programme design and facilitation. Today, Beautiful People is a strong volunteer leadership-based organisation that has expanded its services to help more groups, such as young mothers to make the critical life transition with support, inmates from the women’s prison to reintegrate into society and boys at risk through its mentoring model.
Melissa has served on many public service and community boards to advance the mission of causes she believes in. She has chaired the Halogen Foundation, a youth leadership organisation and UN Women Singapore (formerly known as Unifem Singapore) where she tackled trafficking issues and initiated various community campaigns to engage and empower youth as advocates. She has served on the boards of the Singapore National Arts Council, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education Board of Governors, Prison Fellowship International; Prison Fellowship Singapore; and is currently on the boards of Crest Secondary, a specialised school for technical education in Singapore; 70x7, an initiative by the Prison Fellowship Singapore, Pontiac Land Group and Honestbee.
Melissa was recognised with the Singapore Youth Award 2007, ASEAN Youth Award 2008, amongst others, for her leadership and service.
She was educated at Harvard College where she received a degree in Social Anthropology magna cum laude and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal.
Management responsibilities: Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal is the Chairman of Hero Corporate Service, with business interests in insurance distribution, auto components, steel, real estate, knowledge services and e-commerce. He is also Founder Chairman of BML Educorp Services, a non-for-profit firm that manages BML Munjal University -- the Group's higher education venture. Till recently, he was Joint Managing Director of Hero MotoCorp, India's largest two wheeler firm.
Industry responsibilities: Mr Munjal is currently President of the All India Management Association (AIMA). He is also on the Advisory Board of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC). He was earlier President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and currently chairs the Confederation's taskforces on Ease of Doing Business in India and Art & Culture.
Board responsibilities: He sits on the boards of DCM Shriram Consolidated and the Bharti Foundation and serves on the advisory boards of Coca Cola India and the Indian Angels Network Fund. He is on the boards of prestigious educational institutions including Indian School of Business (ISB) at Hyderabad and Mohali, IIT Ropar, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), and the University of Tokyo (UoT). He also actively supports the Indian government in his capacity as a thought leader, and is on the board of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) under the Ministry of Company Affairs, and the National Institute of Teachers Technical Training and Research (NITTTR) under the Ministry of Human Resources Development. He is also Chairman of the Management & Entrepreneurship and Professional Skills Council (MEPSC) - a government and industry supported skills initiative that seeks to create a technically and professionally competent workforce.
Government policy responsibilities: Mr. Munjal was a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry (PMCTI) that advised the Indian Prime Minister on economic issues. He made a presentation on skills and training to the PM's Council, and this triggered many future initiatives on skills. Likewise, his presentations on red tape to the PMO, the commerce and finance ministries activated key policy changes currently being introduced under the Ease of Doing Business initiative.
Social responsibilities: Mr. Munjal is the President of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, one of North India's largest hospital and medical colleges.
Awards and accolades: He was the 2016 winner of the Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace conferred by XLRI, Jamshedpur, and has received a Doctorate of Literature degree from SRM University, Chennai. He was also conferred the 2016 Distinguished Fellowship Award by the Institute of Directors.
On the world stage, Mr Munjal has received GlobScot Award from the Scottish Government, and his name is inscribed on The Royal Society of Medicine's Wall of Honour at London in recognition of his contribution to affordable healthcare.
Ron Sim founded OSIM International Ltd, and has been instrumental in building OSIM into the global brand it is today.
He began in 1979 with a trading company selling general household items and later branched into home healthcare products. Mr Sim then expanded the business overseas to Hong Kong in 1986 and Taiwan in 1987. By the early 1990’s he had made the company an Asian household name, specializing in well-being and healthy lifestyle products.
Under his leadership, OSIM was publicly listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in July 2000 and has now transformed into a global brand in healthy lifestyle products. Today the OSIM group operates a wide point-of-sales network, through the 3 specialty retail brands of OSIM, TWG Tea and GNC, with more than 783 outlets in 111 cities, across 25 countries in Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
Over the years, Mr Sim has won several awards for the company and has been recognized for these personal achievements through the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of The Year 2004’, the Business Times ‘Businessman of the Year 2004’ award and the Singapore Corporate Awards (2012) ‘Best CEO Award’.
Mr Sim continues to lead the OSIM group in setting and realizing its vision, mission, goals and direction. Besides his corporate role, Mr Sim participates actively in public service:
- Committee member of NTU Enterprise Committee (Jun 2008 – 2014)
- Advisory Board of Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University (2004 – 2014)
- Board Member, International Enterprise Singapore (2007 – 2009)
- Board Member, Sentosa Development Corporation (2004 – 2009)
- Investment Approvals Committee of SPRING SEEDS, an initiative of SPRING Singapore (2005 – 2007)
- National University of Singapore Business School Advisory Board (2004 – 2007)
- Economic Review Sub-Committee (2001)
- Board of Trustees, Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund (Apr 2012 to Feb 2014)
Mr. Abhishek Lodha has been associated with the Lodha Group for the last thirteen years, and currently serves as Managing Director of the company. Prior to this, he worked on advising Fortune 500 Companies to Business Strategy as a consultant with McKinsey & Company (in Atlanta, USA).
Abhishek Lodha has been instrumental in establishing a company that exceeds the expectations of the customer and builds a better life for them. He has a focus on creating a process-oriented organization to enable top professionals to be at the helm of decision-making within the group.
Under this leadership, Lodha Group has ranked as one of India’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’ by Great Places to Work® – for four years in a row since 2011. In a short span of time, he has been a recipient of multiple prestigious academic and other honors, including:
- Leaders of Indian Infrastructure and Construction, Economic Times, 2009
- Top 50 Young Marwaris, Times of India Group, 2008
- President’s Award for highest GPA amongst the graduating class at Georgia Institute of Technology, August 2000
- Henry Ford II Scholar Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, June 2000
- Recipient, Inaugural Honors Recognition Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Member, Deans List, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall’97 – Summer’01
- Recipient, Faculty Honors, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall’97 – Summer’01
Apart from his academic achievements, he has held important posts while at the University, which include being President, India Club of Georgia Tech from 1999 – 2000 and Board Member, Child Relief and You - Georgia Tech chapter from 1998 – 2000.
His hobbies and interests include Architecture, Travel, Politics, Cricket and Tennis.
Education: M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering (Supply Chain and Logistics), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta - USA
Areas of Expertise: Strategy, Design, Project Management, Legal, and Brand Communication
Kino Law, is the Chief Executive Officer of K&K Property Holdings Limited. He founded the K&K Property Group with his father, Mr. Raymond Law in 2012.
Over the years, he has worked in investment bank and Park Hotel Group. He was involved in a range of major property transactions within the family business. He participated in the disposal of a shopping mall in Hong Kong for HK$1.9 billion in year 2012 and the sale of two Singapore hotels for HK$8.8 billion in year 2013.
During the years 2012-2016, K&K invested over HK$6.3 billion to acquire three residential sites in Hong Kong.
K&K Property Holdings Limited, is the holding company of K&K Group. K&K is a boutique developer of exquisitely designed properties. Its design inspiration comes from the world of contemporary fashion and luxury hotels. With the experience from operating of five-star hotels which instilled a passion for perfection in every detail. This experience allowed K&K to achieve excellence in customer service. Our major market is in Hong Kong and aims to become a major property developer in Hong Kong property development.
Kino received a Bachelor Degree in Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010 and a Master Degree in University of Warwick in 2011.
Dr. Hanson brings a strong history of innovation and leadership in robotics, arts, academia, and entrepreneurship. Envisioning, organizing, and executing renowned projects in cognitive robotics, AI, the arts, education, product design, and business. In the past decade, he has built a worldwide reputation for creating the world’s most humanlike, empathetic robots, endowed with remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics and interactivity. He has produced many renowned, one-of-a-kind robot characters that have received massive media and public acclaim.
Dr. Hanson publishes regularly in materials science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and robotics journals, including SPIE, IEEE, the International Journal of Cognitive Science, IROS, AAAI and AI magazine. He has been featured in numerous popular media outlets including New York Times, Popular Science, Scientific American, the BBC and CNN. He has been labeled a "genius" by both PC Magazine and WIRED, and has earned awards from NASA, NSF, AAAI, Tech Titans’ Innovator of the Year, and Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.
At Walt Disney Imagineering, Dr. Hanson worked as both a sculptor and a technical consultant. He has spoken at venues including IEEE, SPIE, AAAI, DARPA, MIT, Dartmouth, Brown, Google, Sandia Labs, UCSD and AAAS annual meeting. Dr. Hanson received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in film/animation/video, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in interactive arts and engineering.
Dr. Hanson is working towards radical breakthroughs in humanizing robots—for machines with human-level intelligence, creativity, and physical capabilities, as well as humanlike compassion and understanding, to enable them to truly care, become our friends, and collaborate with us towards a better future. Ultimately, he aims to create a new generation of robots that exceed human brilliance, compassion, and wisdom—robots that he calls “Genius Machines.” He believes that, in addition to science and tech, arts and aesthetics are key, both to inspiring humans to care about machines, and to enable robots to achieve human standards of social intelligence, relationships, and ethics.
Douglas Tong Hsu is Chairman and CEO of Far Eastern Group (FEG), one of the largest and most diversified conglomerates based in Taiwan. It is comprised of more than 249 companies extending into China with operations in countries including Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Japan. FEG has a workforce of 58,539 in 2015 and has total assets of US $75.8 billion and annual revenues of US $18.7 billion. The Group has nine public companies, which are leaders in their respective fields including Petrochemicals & Energy; Textile & Polyester Fiber; Cement/Building Material; Sea/Land Transportation; Financial Services; Construction; Telecom; Retail/Department Stores and Hotels. Family Foundations encourage social responsibilities and include the establishment of Taiwan’s leading technical institute, private university, and hospital.
- Honorary Doctorate of Management, National Chiao Tung University
- BA/MA, University of Notre Dame; post graduate studies, Columbia University
- Asia Business Council
- Asian Cultural Council
- Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research
- MasterCard Asia/Pacific Regional Advisory Board
- Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific Council
- Prudential/Asia Pacific Fund
- The Straits Exchange Foundation
- Emeritus Trustee of University of Notre Dame
Rich Karlgaard is the Editor-at-Large / Global Futurist of Forbes Media. In each issue of Forbes magazine he writes a featured column, Innovation Rules, known for its keen assessment of technology, business and leadership issues.
Karlgaard has been a regular panelist on cable news' most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, since the show’s inception in 2001. He is a co-founder of Upside magazine, Garage Technology Partners (with Guy Kawasaki) and Silicon Valley’s premier public business forum, the 7,500-member Churchill Club.
Karlgaard’s 2004 book, Life 2.0, was a Wall Street Journal business bestseller. His 2014 book on innovation culture, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, rapidly became Amazon’s top seller in the category of Strategy and Competition. Management guru, Tom Peters wrote: “The Soft Edge is brilliantly organized and written—and its peerless message is right on the money for our chaotic times.” Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, wrote: “Rich Karlgaard is a navigator for the rest of us.” The Soft Edge made the lists of top business books of 2014 for Inc., Time.com, Value Walk, 800-CEO-READ, Huffington Post, and Forbes India.
Karlgaard’s 2015 book, Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations, drew praise from Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Fred Smith, Founder/Chairman/CEO of FedEx; and Beth Comstock, vice chair of General Electric. Team Genius made the “Best Business Books of 2015” lists of Time, Inc., Huffington Post and Forbes India.
Karlgaard holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.
Ananya Birla is an Alumnus of the University of Oxford with BA in Economics and Management.
She spent her early work days interning at HSBC in investment banking, London, UK; Lowe Lintas, London, UK; The Times Newspaper, London, UK; Abercrombie and Fitch, London, UK; and Oxfam, Oxford, UK.
Ananya started her career at the age of 17 as the Founder, Chairperson and Director at Svatantra Microfinance Pvt. Ltd.
The aim of Svatantra Microfinance Pvt. Ltd. is to make rural entrepreneurs, predominantly women clients, economically self sustainable through affordable, innovative financial and non-financial solutions - micro credit being the main focus
-The first microfinance institution to receive the Non-Banking Financial Company – Microfinance Institution (NBFC-MFI) license from the Reserve Bank of India
-The only MFI that follows a 100% cash-less disbursement through bank transfers, assist clients in opening bank accounts and train them on how to best utilize them
-The Gross portfolio of the company is 1,39,76,69,981 with a total of 66 Branches – Pan India and a total number of clients 1,15,054 (as of date)
She is the Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson at Mpower Minds;
- A Cause for the mind, from the heart
To empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders by raising awareness, alleviating stigma, advocating prevention, fostering education, and providing world class holistic services, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives, with respect and dignity
Ananya is all set to embark on a new journey as the Founder, Chairperson and Director at Curocarte
Curocarte is a brand that is based on an E-commerce model. A premium lifestyle brand which aims to make authentic/unique/rare handcrafted products accessible in its most alluring form
Accolades that belong to Ananya:
- Assocham's (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) – Youngest Co-Chair in the history (Microfinance Industry India) Award
- Forbes Asia’s Women to Watch 2016
- Corporate Debutante Award - Hello Magazine, India - 'Hall of Fame’
- Verve Issue - India Power Women - Top 5 Power Inheritors List
- Miss Vogue's list of '28 geniuses under 28’
- Swaach Bharat Spirituality at Work Award 2015
- Leading Woman in Microfinance - 6th Annual Women Leaders in India, Awards
- CNBC Young Business Woman- 1st on the public poll voting
- IIT’s largest Entrepreneurship Summit in India 1) Panel 2) Speech
- United Nations 'Young Change Makers Conclave' theme 'Make in India'
- Times of India
- Economic Times Cover Page
- Hindustan Times
- CNBC- TV18
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Indonesian citizen, born in 1979. David Fernando Audy was appointed as President Director of PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk in September 2016. He has been working for the Company and MNC Group since 2003, and has accumulated years of professional experience in managing media operations. Currently, Mr. Audy also serves various important roles in the Company, as President Director of PT Global Informasi Bermutu (GlobalTV), Commissioner of PT Linktone Indonesia, Commissioner of PT MNC GS Homeshopping, and President Director of PT MNC Lisensi International.
Prior to the appointment, Mr. Audy had formerly served various executive positions namely as President Director of PT Linktone Indonesia (2011-2015), Vice President Director of PT Media Nusantara Informasi (2009-2012), Head of Investor Relations of PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk (2007-2009), Senior Manager of Corporate Finance and Personal Assistant to the Group CEO of MNC (2006-2007), Procurement Manager of PT Elektrindo Nusantara (2005-2006), and Customer Relations Manager of PT Mobile-8 Telecom Tbk (2003-2005).
He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Information System in 2001, and Master of Commerce in Accounting in 2002, both from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
A self-made Harvard MBA entrepreneur, Chatri Sityodtong is the Founder and Chairman of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1 billion homes across 118 countries around the world. His rags-to- riches life story has been profiled around the world on BBC News, Bloomberg TV High Flyers, CNBC Entrepreneur Asia, Harvard Business School, Sports Illustrated, and other major media. Current business holdings include ONE Championship (Asia’s largest sports media property with a global broadcast to over 1 billion homes around the world), Evolve MMA (Asia’s premier championship brand for martial arts), Evolve University (world’s largest online university for martial arts), Evolve Vacation (Asia’s ultimate martial arts vacation), Evolve Fight Gear (Asia’s online fight store), and several other companies across sports, media, retail, real estate, technology, and beverages.
Chatri Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
S D Shibulal (Shibu) is one of the co-founders of Infosys. Shibu served as the CEO and MD of Infosys from 2011 to 2014 and was a Member of the Board of Infosys. He retired from Infosys in 2014. From 1991 to 1996, Shibu worked with Sun Microsystems in the US and he led the team that designed and implemented Sun’s first e-commerce application.
In 2014, Shibu co-founded Axilor Ventures – a new generation platform supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. Through its programs which include Accelerator, Scale-up and Early Stage Funding, Axilor aims to support early stage entrepreneurs improve their odds of success in e-commerce, enterprise, healthcare and clean-tech sectors.
Shibu serves on the board of several organisations promoting education, science and technology. He is trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for- profit trust, a member of the board of trustees in the Metropolitan College dean’s advisory board, Boston University, member of the board of governors of Indraprastha Institute of Information technology, Delhi and a member of the board of managers of Haverford College. He is also the chairman of the board of governors of the Information and Communication Technology Academy of Kerala.
Shibu holds a master’s degree in computer science from Boston University and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Kerala.
Jean Eric Salata is the Chief Executive and Founding Partner of Baring Private Equity Asia, Chairman of the Investment and Portfolio Management Committees. Mr. Salata oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at the Firm, as well as its strategic direction. Mr. Salata has been responsible for the investment activity of the Firm since 1997 when he started the regional Asian private equity investment program for UK-based Baring Private Equity Partners Ltd. Mr. Salata later led the management buyout of this program in 2000 to establish Baring Asia as an independent Firm. Mr. Salata has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1989, and graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton school of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance and Economics.
Baring Private Equity Asia is one of the largest and most established independent alternative asset management firms in Asia and advises funds that manage more than US$10 billion in committed capital. The firm runs a pan-Asian investment program covering both private equity and real estate. The firm also invests in the US and Europe in companies seeking to expand to Asia. Notable investments include Nord Anglia, the world’s largest premium international school operator, St. Georges University, the world’s largest private medical college, Hsu Fu Chi, a leading Chinese confectionery company, Bushu Pharmaceuticals, the largest contract manufacturing organization in Japan, and Hexaware Technologies, a leading Indian IT services company. Baring Asia has been investing in Asia since its formation in 1997 and has over 120 employees located across seven offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta and Tokyo. Baring Asia currently has over 30 portfolio companies across Asia with a total of 120,000 employees and sales of approximately US$31 billion in 2015. Baring Asia has received numerous awards for its outstanding performance, including 2015 “Large Cap Firm of the Year in Asia” by Private Equity International. Asia Venture Capital Journal selected Baring Asia as the 2015 winner for “Fundraising of the Year – Large Cap” and Jean Salata as “PE Professional of the Year.”
Mr. Vikrom Kromadit was born on March 17, 1953, in Kanchanaburi province. He graduated from The National Taiwan University with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMATA Group which was established in 1975 and AMATA Corporation has been listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand since 1997. AMATA Corporation Public Company Limited becomes one of Thailand's best leading industrial estate developers. There are 15 subsidiaries and dozens of joint ventures.
He is managing three eco-friendly industrial estates in Thailand and Vietnam; AMATA Nakorn, AMATA City and AMATA City Bien Hoa and the latest project will be in Myanmar. The total project area of three industrial estates is approximately 100 square kilometers, and there are almost 1,200 companies from 30 countries generating 30 billion US Dollar worth of products. In 2007, Forbes Magazine ranked him as 27th of the 40 richest men in Thailand and the next year named him one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia and the Foreign Direct Investment magazine (fDi) from Financial Times Group in London gave him a reward of fDi Personality of the Year 2008- Asia. Nikkei praised him as one of the most dynamic Asian entrepreneurs.
As a Chairman of AMATA Foundation, Mr. Vikrom Kromadit spends most of his time writing books, based on his autobiography, his thought and working experience. From 15-year of writing, the books were translated to 8 languages and more than 6 million copies have been sold. The best seller “Be A Better Man” was also produced into a popular TV series which was inspired by The Crown Property Bureau in 2010.
Apart from his business, Mr. Vikrom Kromadit spent 3 to 7 months a year to travel by a motor home caravan in 2011-2013. He had done his 3-year caravan traveling which is totally 100,000 kilometers long to GMS countries, China, Mongolia and Siberia. Thai Government also supported and appointed him to be an Emissary of Goodwill and Friendship to promote bilateral ties at the people-to-people level between Thailand and other countries along the route.
Mr. Vikrom Kromadit is currently hosting many radio and TV programs in Thailand and two documentaries “Asia Rising” and “Driven” which will be broadcasted worldwide very soon.
A native of Yangon, Myanmar, Pun spent his formative years in China during the great Cultural Revolution and arrived in Hong Kong at the age of 21. He started out his career as a salesman at a Hong Kong‐based real estate firm where he worked for ten years. In 1983, Pun went on to found Serge Pun & Associates Limited in Hong Kong and eventually returned to the country of his birth to establish SPA Myanmar in 1991.
SPA’s flagship First Myanmar Investment Co., Ltd., one of the first public companies in Myanmar, was established in 1992; and in 2006, Serge Pun led Yoma Strategic Holdings to a successful listing on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange. Today, SPA Group has grown to become one of Myanmar’s leading corporations with 40 operating companies which are active in eight business sectors: banking and financial services, real estate development, automotive, agriculture and logistics, luxury travel and tourism, consumer services, aviation, and healthcare.
Pun is currently a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Transparency and Anti‐Corruption, a standing member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of Dalian, and a member of the Asia Business Council. Additionally, he served as an Honorary Business Representative of the International Enterprise Singapore for Myanmar from 2004 till 2006. Pun was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration by the Southern California University in 1999.
He is frequently invited to be a speaker in international forums on Myanmar and ASEAN. In 2014, Pun was awarded the special honor of being selected as one of the 65 outstanding Overseas Chinese Model worldwide to feature on a series of commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 65th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
Pun now resides in Yangon with his wife and four sons.
Patrick Grove is the co-founder, major shareholder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet group. Patrick is recognised as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region. Over the last twelve years, he founded and took five companies from start-up to IPO, recently selling one of those companies, iProperty Group in the largest Internet transaction in ASEAN history in excess of US$534m. He is co-founder and chairman of the Group’s ASX-listed company iCar Asia. He is also co-founder and a Director of Rev Asia Berhad, one of Southeast Asia’s leading digital media groups. He is additionally co-founder of Frontier Digital Ventures, a leading operator of online classified businesses in frontier markets as well as cofounder and Chairman of Catcha Group’s newest business, iflix Ltd, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service.
Over the last decade, Patrick has been independently and widely recognised with numerous international awards, including: Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum; New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum; Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore; Asia's Best Young Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Business. He has recently been included on the Forbes Malaysia’s 50 Richest list and the BRW Rich 200 list. Patrick also serves on the Innovation Board of the XPRIZE Foundation.
Nick joined Garena in December 2014 after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of GA’s Southeast Asia business.
Nick is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Working Group on Local Capital Markets Integration, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, a member of the Singapore Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a member of the sub-Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) and a member of the global Kauffman Society. He was also the former Honorary Secretary and a board member of the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA), a former board member of the New York Private Equity Network (NYPEN) and a former board member of the U.S.- ASEAN Business Council.
Nick first joined GA in 2002 in New York and moved to Singapore in 2011 to co-found the firm’s ASEAN office. During his time at GA, Nick played a key role in many innovative investments for GA including the firm’s first investment in Southeast Asia (Garena), its most successful investment to-date in India (Genpact, NYSE: G), and its first investment in cloud computing (Quality Technology, NYSE: QTS).
Prior to GA, Nick was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. During college and graduate school, he also worked at Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Lenovo, and IBM.
He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and co-led the MBA exchange program with Tsinghua University in Beijing. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students. He and his wife Phalgun are passionate about the power of the non-profit and social enterprise sector to transform society for the better. They are the co-founders of the foundation Morph.org, whose first effort is the global Ramanujan Project to identify and nurture exceptional mathematics talent in emerging markets. He earlier launched an effort in partnership with Harvard University to identify and prioritize the world’s hardest still unsolved problems in the social sciences. He is also a board member of the Manudhane Foundation for Excellence, which is focused on improving the quality of life in India by nurturing the pursuit of individual and organizational excellence as a root cause of positive social change.
Tim Ferguson is Editor of Forbes Asia, the English-language publication of Forbes magazine in the Asia/Pacific region, and posts on international topics at Forbes.com. He is based in the company's New Jersey headquarters.
Mr. Ferguson joined Forbes as its West Coast Bureau Manager in 1995. He served as Assistant Managing Editor from 1998 to 2001, when he became global editor. Prior to joining Forbes, he spent 12 years at The Wall Street Journal as Editorial Features Editor, Business World Columnist and Member of the Editorial Board.
Mr. Ferguson is also a member of the Overseas Press Club of America and the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC. He has twice been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and holds a BA in Economics from Stanford.
Tim Ferguson’s blog address: http://blogs.forbes.com/timferguson/
Datuk Kamarudin Bin Meranun is the co-founder of AirAsia Group. Together with his business partner and long-time friend, Tony Fernandes, they acquired and relaunched the struggling AirAsia in December 2001.
Even with no prior airline experience, the dynamic duo transformed AirAsia from a two-aircraft start-up into one of the fastest-growing and most successful low cost airlines in the world. Datuk Kamarudin’s vast experience in the financial industry and his leadership in setting the business direction was fundamental in paving the way for the AirAsia group.
On 6 November 2013, Datuk Kamarudin was appointed as the Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad, where he takes the lead in engaging with the government, aviation regulators and airport authorities in Malaysia.
He is also the Chairman of the Employee Share Option Scheme Committee of the Board. Before his designation as Executive Chairman, he was the Deputy Group CEO for AirAsia Group.
He was appointed as the Group CEO of AirAsia X Berhad effective 30th January 2015, and in this role, Datuk Kamarudin will spearhead developing the overarching strategy for the AirAsia X Group, which encompasses AirAsia X Berhad, AirAsia X Thailand and Indonesia AirAsia Extra.
Prior to joining AirAsia, he worked in Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank from 1988 to 1993 as a Portfolio Manager, managing both institutional and high net-worth individual clients’ investment funds. In 1994, he was appointed Executive Director of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Innosabah Securities Sdn Bhd. He subsequently acquired the shares of the joint venture partner of Innosabah Capital Management Sdn Bhd, which was later renamed Intrinsic Capital Management Sdn. Bhd.
Datuk Kamarudin Meranun received a Diploma in Actuarial Science from University Technology MARA (UiTM) and was named the ‘Best Actuarial Student’ by the Life Insurance Institute of Malaysia in 1983. He received a B.Sc. degree with Distinction (Magna Cum Laude) majoring in Finance in 1986, and an MBA in 1987 from Central Michigan University.
Datuk Kamarudin received the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), which carries the title Datuk, from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 21 November 2013.
He is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director for Tune Ins Holdings Berhad.
V Shankar is Chief Executive Officer and Partner of Gateway Partners, a private equity firm focused on Africa, Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia. Until 2015, he served as the Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas; and a member of the board of Standard Chartered Bank.
In addition, Mr. Shankar is a non-executive director of International Enterprise Singapore, and a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Societal Leadership at Singapore Management University. He is also a trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association and a member of the Advisory Board of the Varkey Foundation.
Mr. Shankar's past appointments in a non-executive capacity on various institutions and committees include the board of the Inland Revenue Authority Singapore and Majid Al Futtaim Holding UAE; the Economic Strategies Committee and the National Integration Council constituted by the government of Singapore; the Asia Society, New York; the Sub-Saharan Advisory Board of the Exim Bank USA; and Vice-chair of the Future of Banking Council of the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Shankar was awarded the Public Service Medal by the government of Singapore in 2014.
Mr. Dattels serves as the Managing Partner for TPG Asia based in Hong Kong and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining TPG in 2004, Mr. Dattels served as a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he advised several of Asia’s leading entrepreneurs and governments as head of Investment Banking for all Asian countries outside of Japan from 1996 to 2000. In addition, he served on the firm’s Management Committee in Asia. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Dattels serves or has served on the Boards of Directors of Parkway Holdings, Shangri- La Asia Ltd., Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd., Primedia, Inc., BlackBerry, and the Jackson Laboratory, and is a member of Northstar Equity Partners’ investment committee.
Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post (2007) “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. In the 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel.
Medved is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors which has raised more than $200M for 93 companies since its launch in February 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek said that OurCrowd “has blown up the exclusivity around tech fundraising” and The Jerusalem Post added that "It has taken OurCrowd only a matter of months to become one of Israel’s most active funds". TheStreet.com said that OurCrowd is “Crowdfunding for Real Investors.”
Prior to OurCrowd, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo (Nasdaq:VRNG) and the co-founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, with $262M under management.
Justin Doebele has managed and edited Forbes Indonesia from its launch in 2010. He is one of the most experienced Forbes editors on Asia, and has reported from over a dozen countries in the region. At Forbes Indonesia, he has led the team in creating one of the most successful business publications in the country, as well as launching ForbesLife Indonesia in 2014, now one of the most successful lifestyle magazines in the country. Before relocating to Jakarta, he was based in Singapore, where he set up the Singapore bureau, and launched and managed the noted Asia Rich Lists for the region, including Indonesia. He also played a major role to establish Forbes India, and worked closely with Forbes partners in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. He has a BA from Harvard and MS in Journalism from Columbia University. He is the President of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, the former Vice President of the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore, a lifetime member of the Singapore Press Club, and a member of the Overseas Press Club of America and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Raza is the CEO and founder of Enshaa, Chairman of Signature Clubs International and Kele Contracting, founder and Vice-Chairman of Emirates Investment Group (EIG).
Raza achieved his BA in Commerce in Pakistan and then furthered his education in the USA and holds an Honourary Masters in Finance and a Diploma in Advanced Engineering Technologies. After establishing successful business in Pakistan, he moved to Dubai in 2000 as an advisor to the Government of Sharjah, UAE. Subsequently he founded EIG in 2003, which focuses on investing in areas of high growth and creates value through long-term synergistic partnerships. These ventures have included Enshaa, Emirates Global Islamic Bank, Emirates Tarian Capital (Singapore), Empire Aviation Group and Takaful Insurance (Pakistan).
Enshaa is a private joint stock company, which focuses on premium development, hospitality and construction. Projects include the award-winning Emirates Financial Towers (which has the largest automated car park in the world), D1 Tower in Dubai and the Palazzo Versace Dubai.
Signature Clubs International, a private members club management company, is affiliated with 160 clubs worldwide. Signature Clubs opened the successful Capital Club in the UAE, and has expanded into Bahrain and Kenya, with additional locations underway.
Kele Contracting, a well-respected construction management and contracting company in the UAE, offers a variety of services.
Having established Enshaa and Signature International at the forefront of their fields, Raza is now looking to globally rollout the Capital Club and Palazzo Versace brands and expand into education. He aims for all of his companies to achieve excellence while setting a standard for ethical, social and sustainable business.
Raza is a member of the Global Philanthropic Circle and passionately supports several charities under his ‘strategic philanthropy’ ethos. These include Walk Free, Synergos, Education for Employment and the IDP Foundation. He applies his talents for identifying opportunities, strategising and finding solutions in business, to his non-profit work, not only making a financial commitment but also investing time, his global network and experience to encourage efficiency and result-driven outcomes.
A well-respected and experienced value creator, Raza has three children and resides in Dubai with his family.
Naazneen Karmali is India Editor of Forbes Asia and Mumbai Bureau Manager, Forbes, based in Mumbai, India’s financial capital. A graduate of accountancy and management, Naazneen is a veteran business journalist who has been writing and reporting on India’s entrepreneurs since 1981. She began her career as a reporter at Business India, the country’s pioneering business magazine and rose through the ranks to become managing editor.
Nineteen years ago she started her association with Forbes, tracking the wealth of India’s richest, a group that went on at one point to become, cumulatively, Asia’s wealthiest of the wealthy. Currently, her responsibilities extend to parts of Southeast Asia as well.
Naazneen is also a founding director of the Satyagyan Foundation, a non-profit that is committed to an integrated approach to education, livelihoods and community development for the underprivileged. Satyagyan focuses its work in the poor communities of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous and impoverished state.
Naazneen is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council of Deutsche Post-DHL. She’s also been a Fellow of the Asia Society, New York. She has co-authored The Hit Parade, which profiles India’s business tycoons.