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.
Joseph C. TSAI joined our company in 1999 as a member of the Alibaba founding team and has served as our executive vice chairman since May 2013. He has been a non-executive director of Alibaba Health since September 2015. Joe previously served as our chief financial officer and has been a member of our board of directors since our formation.
From 1995 to 1999, Joe worked in Hong Kong with Investor AB, the main investment vehicle of Sweden's Wallenberg family, where he was responsible for Asian private equity investments. Prior to that, he was vice president and general counsel of Rosecliff, Inc., a management buyout firm based in New York. From 1990 to 1993, Joe was an associate attorney in the tax group of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a New York-based international law firm. Joe serves on the boards of directors of several of our investee companies.
Joe is qualified to practice law in the State of New York. He received his bachelor's degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale College and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School.
Neil Shen is Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China. He is also Co-Founder of Ctrip.com and Home Inns.
He is in the Forbes Midas List from 2012 to 2016 as the highest ranking investor from China, and has topped Forbes China ranking of “Best Venture Capital Investors" for five years since 2010. He has won numerous awards including the “Top Investors in China” by Chinaventure.cn and Financial Times and 2016, “50 Most Influential Business Leaders in China” and “30 Most Influential Investors in China” by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and also 2016, “Top 100 Venture Capitalists” by CB Insights partnered with The New York Times in 2016, “Figure of the Year” by “Figure” Magazine in 2015, “25 Most Influential Business Leaders” by China Entrepreneur Magazine from 2014 to 2016, “The Best Business Leaders in China: New Economy Hero of the Year” by China Business Network in 2016, "Venture Capital Professional of the Year" by AVCJ in 2010 and 2015, and “Top Ten Economic Figures of the Year” by CCTV in 2006.
He is the Board Chairman of Yale Leadership Center in China, Director of Yabuli China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF), Vice Chairman of VC Funds Committee of Asset Management Association of China, Member of Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, Trustee of Brookings Institution, Trustee of Asia Society, Rotating President of Future Forum in 2016, and Trustee of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
He received Master's degree from Yale University and Bachelor's degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Founded in 1993, the kathy ireland® Worldwide brand, celebrates a lifestyle. The initial mission of “...solutions for families, especially busy moms™,” evolved simply to “…solutions”, which translate to all kiWW® collections, including: fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, skincare, accessories, weddings, home, office and more. kiWW’s unique capability to design and translate fashion trends for all markets and price points allows it to develop product for a wide variety of customer tastes.
Listed as one of the most powerful brands globally by License Global Magazine, with merchandise sales of over $2.6 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, the success of kathy ireland® Worldwide is the result of teamwork and dedication.
According to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion. Kathy has graced the cover of Forbes Magazine twice (2012, 2016) and in December 2016 was listed by the same publication as one of the 20 most successful celebrities in the U.S.
Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including: YWCA Greater Los Angeles for which she is an Ambassador, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEF, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kathy was recently named an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited. Both are publicly listed companies in Hong Kong, dealing in real estate development, investment and management. Founded in 1960, the Group has been expanding into mainland China since 1992. Following successes in Shanghai, since 2005 Hang Lung has been investing US$11 billion and building a number of world-class commercial complexes in major Chinese cities including Tianjin, Shenyang, Jinan, Wuxi, Dalian, Kunming and Wuhan. Mr. Chan also co-founded the privately held Morningside group which, in the past 31 years, has owned and managed businesses in manufacturing, public transport operations, outdoor advertising, media, healthcare, online game operators, high-tech and biotech investments, developmental capital investments and other venture capital investments around the world. In 1997, he helped found the Calgary, Canada based Morningside Music Bridge for young classical musicians. In addition, Mr. Chan is actively involved with many other non-profits, philanthropic endeavors, and educational organizations. He is Chairman of the Executive Committees of One Country Two Systems Research Institute and of Better Hong Kong Foundation. He founded and chairs China Heritage Fund, is a co-founding director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is a former Vice President and former Advisor of China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. Internationally, Mr. Chan is Co-Chair of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, a Director of the Board of Peterson Institute for International Economics and a member of Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Committee of 100. He is Founding Chairman Emeritus of Asia Business Council, a former Chairman of Hong Kong-United States Business Council, and a former member of the governing board of World Economic Forum. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including Tsinghua University, Fudan University, University of Southern California, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Mr. Chan is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has published numerous articles in International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Newsweek, Fortune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review and Japan Times.
Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a global telecommunications, media and technology group with operations and investments in over 15 countries.
Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever Plc, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, and the Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a position he took over after Kofi Annan’s term.
As a philanthropist, Masiyiwa is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which has supported the education of over 250,000 African orphans in 20 years. Their family foundation provides scholarships to over 40,000 African orphans every year.
Masiyiwa has been selected twice, in 2014 and 2017, to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”.
The Cultural Entrepreneur behind New World Development and Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, the world’s largest jeweller with over 2,300 stores in greater China, Adrian Cheng is the fourth-generation leader of one of the world’s most prominent families and its business empire (#58 on Forbes 2016). The Harvard-graduate is also the brain behind The Artisanal Movement, a new creative undertone of New World Development’s culture. With his international background, together with a passion for arts and culture, he’s leading a cultural change for the new generation.
The Artisanal Movement curates a bespoke and contemporary lifestyle for the millennials, injecting a dash of creativity in their everyday life, as Adrian believes that innately everyone is an artisan, that everyone can appreciate art, design, architecture, as well as every fine detail that elevates life. The motto of the Movement – We Create, We are Artisans – is evident in all of Adrian’s projects. From K11, the world’s first museum-retail lifestyle concept, to wabi sabi-themed residential project The Pavilia Hill, to Luxba Group, his fledging fashion establishment in China, projects led by Adrian have in recent years firmly established the visionary as a global cultural entrepreneur in creative disciplines and enterprises. Recently, he is named the Creative Advisor of NOWNESS, a digital video channel created by LVMH.
Adrian injects zest into the family business empire, instilling innovation, art and culture into all businesses. In 2016, he introduced Chow Tai Fook’s first art jewellery collection, Le Labyrinth Artistique, a visually arresting collection inspired by exoticism and masterpieces of famous abstract artists. The exclusive collection, of which Adrian acted as Creative Director, marked a new milestone for the 88-year-old jeweller.
He also founded the K11 Art Foundation, the first non-profit and non-state-owned art foundation in China to incubate emerging contemporary Chinese artists and curators, and to promote public art education. His contribution to arts and cultural development propelled him to No. 54 in the 2016 ArtReview Power 100 list.
Anthony Tan is the Group CEO, and Co-Founder of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading mobile technology company focused on bringing transport freedom and financial inclusion to the region. Under his leadership, the company has expanded into more than 500 cities and towns in seven countries across Southeast Asia.
Grab's core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety, and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay.
By focusing on a hyperlocal business strategy and building strategic partnerships, Anthony and his team successfully transformed Grab from a taxi booking app to the market leading ride-hailing 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. Before 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 with Honors in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Chicago and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Honors 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.
Jeongdo Hong is the President and CEO of JoongAng Media Network (JMnet), the largest media group in South Korea with 23 subsidiary companies and 24 brands including newspapers, TV channels, magazines, a multiplex cinema chain, and leisure resorts. Mr. Hong is also the President and CEO of JTBC, the fastest growing general programming channel in Korea since he founded it in December 2011. He is concurrently the President and CEO of the JoongAng Ilbo, a major national newspaper in Korea.
Since Mr. Hong joined the JoongAng media group in 2005 as a member of the Strategic Planning Office, he has developed overall corporate strategies for the group. He played a crucial role in one of JMnet’s most important projects, which also marked a key chapter in Korea’s recent media history. It was the regaining of broadcasting rights for TBC (Tongyang Broadcasting Company), Korea’s most popular channel in the 1960s and 70s, which was confiscated from the JoongAng media group by a military government in 1980. After years of work and preparation, the nationwide TV channel JTBC was finally launched in December 2011.
JTBC has been growing rapidly since its launch. The channel, which offers news, documentaries, dramas and a variety of entertainment programs, has been named in a viewer survey as the most balanced and informative channel for two consecutive years. It is setting new standards for dramas and entertainment programs. Popular JTBC programs such as “Non-Summit” and “Please Take Care of My Refrigerator” are broadcast around the world through the sale of broadcast rights to overseas networks.
Mr. Hong has also led a sub-branding strategy to strengthen JTBC’s brand, creating synergies as a result. In addition to JTBC, the flagship general programming channel, there is also JTBC2, the entertainment channel formerly known as QTV, and JTBC3 Fox Sports, a partnership with Fox International Channels Asia. J Golf was relaunched as JTBC Golf in 2015.
Another highlight of Mr. Hong’s work was in 2009, when he led the JoongAng Ilbo’s ambitious project to switch the paper’s printing format to Berliner, the first such innovative change in all of Asia. In 2011, Mr. Hong headed the successful merger and acquisition of two major movie theater franchises, Megabox and Cinus. The M&A strengthened JMnet’s position in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Hong is a member of the WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) Asia Pacific Committee. He was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2010. Mr. Hong studied history at Yonsei University in Seoul before earning his BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and his MBA from Stanford University.
Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital has raised five commingled funds targeting the Greater China and Asia Pacific region since 2005. The firm manages opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US along with a Pan Asia hospitality fund. Additionally, it also provides services for separate account direct investments globally. By the end of 2016, Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$ 7.5 billion and currently commands assets of USD$ 12.3 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retail centers, hotels, commercial and logistic properties.
Goodwin has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia. He founded Downtown Properties in 1996 and serves as Managing Principal. He’s especially interested in re-positioning distressed heritage properties. These include the renovation of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and conversion of over 456,000 square feet of empty historical buildings into hip residential lofts in downtown Los Angeles including the acclaimed Douglas Building. He also served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group and former Chairman of Global Gateway.
Goodwin received a BS in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Construction Management from Stanford University.
Vijay is the Founder and CEO of One97 Communications, which operates India’s largest mobile payments and commerce platform under the Paytm brand. He has played a critical role in developing the digital payments ecosystem in India. His vision is to bring over 500 million Indians consumers to the mainstream economy through financial inclusion.
Vijay founded Paytm in August 2010 and continues to oversee the company's key strategic efforts including engineering, design and marketing. A strong believer in emerging technologies, he launched the Paytm Wallet in 2014, which quickly became India’s most preferred digital payment option. He is currently engaged in launching Paytm Payments Bank and bringing a new business model to the world of banking.
Vijay has featured in Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ 2017 List. He has also earned several other top industry honors like GQ Man of the Year and ET Entrepreneur of the Year award. Vijay has a bachelor's degree in electronics and communications from the Delhi College of Engineering.
George Yeo is the Chairman of Kerry Logistics Network Limited (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with stock code 636). He is also a director of Kerry Holdings Limited (a subsidiary of Kerry Group Limited).
From 1988 to 2011, Mr Yeo served for 23 years in the Singapore Government, as Minister of State for Finance, then as Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs. Prior to 1988, Mr Yeo served in various capacities in the Singapore Army, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Defence Ministry, including Chief-of-Staff of the Air Staff and Director of Joint Operations and Planning in the Defence Ministry, attaining the rank of Brigadier-General.
Mr Yeo was a member of the Mentor Group and Governing Board of Nalanda University and its Second Chancellor. Mr Yeo is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, the Berggruen Institute on Governance, the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, the International Advisory Panel of Peking University, the International Advisory Council of Eco Forum Global Guiyang, the Economic Development Commission of Hong Kong, the International Advisory Committee of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and the International Advisory Committee of Mitsubishi Corporation (a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with stock code 80580).
Mr Yeo was a member of the Vatican Council Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See and became a member of the Vatican Council for the Economy from February 2014.
Mr Yeo is an independent non-executive director of AIA Group Limited (a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with stock code 1299) and a non-independent non-executive director of Wilmar International Limited (a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange with stock code F34).
Mr Yeo was awarded Philippines’ Order of Sikatuna, India’s Padma Bhushan and Australia’s Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia.
Mr Yeo graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in engineering and also obtained a master of business administration degree (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School. Mr Yeo is a visiting scholar at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore.
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.
Professor of Economics, Peking University (PHBS) and the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)，Chairman, China Reform Foundation, and Director, National Economic Research Institute. He received his Ph.D in Economics from CASS on 1088. His publications include over 100 academic papers published in Chinese and English academic journals; and 12 books on Macroeconomics and Economics of transition. He is also an advisor to various departments of Chinese Central government and provincial governments; as independent member of China Monetary Policy Committee during 2006-2010 and 2015 - again; as guest professor of number of universities and graduate schools; and served as economic consultant to various international organizations and played leading roles in research projects commissioned by The World Bank, ADB, UNDP, OECD, etc. He received Docteur Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctor) from University of Auvergne, France, and Royal Road University of Canada, in 2004 and 2011 respectively, and listed as one of “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” jointly by Foreign Policy and Prospect, in 2005 and 2008 consecutively; and listed as one of “100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy in 2010.
Ho Kwon Ping is the owner-founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, which owns both listed and private companies engaged in the development, ownership and operation of hotels, resorts, spas and galleries, residential homes, and other lifestyle activities around the world. He is also Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company, a family business engaged in starch and food products, founded by his parents and listed in Thailand.
Mr Ho is the founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and also a Board Director of Diageo, the UK-listed spirits company.
Born in 1952, Ho Kwon Ping was educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore. He worked as a broadcast and financial journalist and was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong from 1978 to 1981.
He joined the Thai Wah family business in 1981 and in 1994, after the success of rehabilitating an abandoned tin mine into Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort, he launched Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts. Banyan Tree currently manages more than 40 hotels and resorts, 70 spas and 80 retail galleries, as well as three golf courses. Another 20 resorts are currently under development around the world.
Among various awards, Mr Ho received the London Business School Entrepreneurship Award (2005); CEO of the Year at the Singapore Corporate Awards (2008); Lifetime Achievement Award at the China Hotel Investment Summit (2009) and at the Australia Hotel Investment Summit (2015); CNBC's Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific (2012) and the National University of Singapore FASS Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Award (2017).
In 2010, he became the first Asian to receive the American Creativity Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his creativity and innovation in various spheres of endeavour. And in 2013, Mr Ho was awarded the Singapore Government’s Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions as the founding chairman of Singapore Management University, a position which he has continued to hold since SMU was founded in 2000.
Mr Ho has also been conferred two honorary doctorates, from Johnson and Wales University in 2000, and from Hong Kong Poly University in 2015.
In 2015, his book The Ocean in a Drop: Singapore in the next Fifty Years, was published as a compilation of public lectures he gave as the Inaugural Fellow of the SR Nathan Lecture Series, named after the Sixth President of Singapore.
Mr. Ho is married to Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings. They have three children – two sons and a daughter and welcomed their first grandchild in 2015.
Francine LeFrak is an award-winning theatrical, television and film producer, a successful entrepreneur and a distinguished philanthropist.
In 2008, Francine founded Same Sky, a jewelry initiative that provides training and employment to women survivors of the Rwandan Genocide who are living with HIV/AIDS. Francine offers women a hand-up, not a handout, by providing them with the dignity of work and the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. In addition to work abroad, Same Sky now provides employment to women who have recently been released from jails in America, helping them to re-enter society. All proceeds are reinvested into expanding the business and spreading the “women empowering women” mission of Same Sky.
In recognition of Francine’s humanitarian efforts, she received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor as presented by the French government, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the UN Women for Peace Award, and the Human Spirit Award from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Francine is the Chair Emerita of Harvard Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board, a body of influential women leaders that advance issues related to gender equality and gender research.
Before her work as a social entrepreneur, Francine launched her career on Broadway as a producer for the Pultizer Prize-winning drama Crimes of the Heart. She has captivated audiences with My One and Only, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Nine and many other productions that have been awarded with more than a dozen Tony’s and forty-one Drama Desk awards.
Her numerous films have been hailed for putting a human face on important social issues: such as the ravages of war, injustices in the prison system, and the price of intolerance. Her movie for Hallmark Hall of Fame, Miss Rose White, was honored with four Emmy awards. The HBO movie Shot Through the Heart, about friends torn apart by the war in Sarajevo, won a Peabody Award. Her film series Prison Stories: Women on the Inside helped promote changes in prison legislation.
Now, Same Sky continues to grow by employing more women each year and spreading the Same Sky Model, which emphasizes that the best philanthropy is a good job. Francine remains a leader in the ethical shopping movement, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post’s What’s Working section, and a speaker at renowned conferences all over the world.
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh is Managing Director of YTL Group of Companies. He took over the running of his family company in 1988 and grew it into a multi-disciplinary conglomerate comprising five listed entities. YTL Corporation Berhad, YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Land & Development Berhad, Starhill Global REIT and YTL Hospitality REIT have a combined Market Capitalisation of approximately RM31.3 billion (US$7.8 billion) as at 31 March 2016 and total assets of over RM70.1 billion (US$16.3 billion) as at 31 December 2016. YTL Group owns and manages regulated utilities and infrastructural assets.
Besides managing YTL Group's core listed entities, Tan Sri Francis is Executive Chairman of YTL Starhill Global REIT Management Limited, the manager for Starhill Global REIT. He is Chairman of YTL PowerSeraya Private Limited, which is responsible for 20% share of the Singapore Electricity market. He is Chairman of Wessex Water Services Limited, recognised as the best water and sewerage company in England and Wales (2010-2011) by the water industry regulator, Ofwat.
Tan Sri Francis is an Independent Non-Executive Director of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.
Ranked as one of "Asia's 25 Most Powerful and Influential Business Personalities" by Fortune and Business Week, Tan Sri Francis firmly advocates responsible stewardship in business. He serves on YTL Foundation’s Board of Trustees, actively supporting education initiatives throughout Malaysia. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Suu Foundation, a humanitarian organisation committed to improving healthcare and education in Myanmar. In 2016, he was conferred the prestigious Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award in Arizona for his philanthropic efforts.
Ardent advocate of ethical corporate governance, he is Founder Member of the Malaysian Business Council and Capital Markets Advisory Council, Member of Asia Business Council, Trustee of Asia Society and former Member of Barclays Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee. He is also on the Advisory Councils of London Business School, Wharton School and INSEAD. He chaired the judging panel of the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur of Year 2011 in Monte Carlo, having been Ernst and Young Malaysian Entrepreneur of the Year 2002.
Tan Sri Francis is the first Non-Italian Board Member of the historic Rome Opera House. He champions Arts enterprises like Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and Singapore Dance Theatre, and is Regional Chairman of International Friends of the Louvre. He also promotes environmental conservation and renewable energy, serving on Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Council.
In 2010, a panel of Nobel Laureates made him 'Primus Inter Pares Honouree' of the Oslo Business for Peace Award for encouraging socially responsible business ethics and practices. In the same year, he received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at CNBC's Asia Business Leaders Awards.
Tan Sri Francis was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.
He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kingston (UK). He also has an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from University of Nottingham.
Tan Sri Francis married the late Puan Sri Dato' Paduka Rosaline in 1982 and they have 3 sons and 2 daughters.
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 sponsoring buyouts and providing growth capital to companies for expansion or acquisitions, as well as private credit and a pan-Asian real estate private equity investment program. 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, HCP, a leading prestige packaging company for cosmetic products, and Hexaware Technologies, a leading Indian IT services company. Baring Asia has been investing in Asia since its formation in 1997 and has over 140 employees located across offices in Hong Kong, China, India, Japan and Singapore. Baring Asia currently has over 40 portfolio companies across Asia with a total of 178,000 employees and sales of approximately US$35 billion in 2016. Baring Asia has received numerous awards for its outstanding performance, including 2015 “Large Cap Firm of the Year in Asia” by Private Equity International. Asian 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 Sam Goi Seng Hui is the Executive Chairman of Tee Yih Jia (“TYJ”) Group and GSH Corporation (“GSH”). Tee Yih Jia is a global food and beverage group with operations in Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Europe and China, and exporting to over 100 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 via organic and inorganic expansion strategies.
To seek growth and stay at the forefront of the industry, he also recognized the need to venture globally. He entered 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, some of which have been developed into high quality homes.
Listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange, GSH is a premium property developer in the region. The Group owns and operates the 5-Star Sutera Harbour Resorts, Marina and Golf Course in Kota Kinabalu, and has prime properties currently under development in in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Buoyed by the long-term fundamentals of China, the Group has also expanded its presence into the country, investing over RMB200 million in a largest-of-its-kind food logistics and warehousing hub in Zhengzhou in the Henan Province. This centrally located hub offers its diverse tenant base of over 1,000 companies unparalleled connectivity with linkages to major highways and train routes. Comprising high quality cold storage rooms, food warehousing, retail outlets and food factories focused on frozen foods, this project will eventually scale up to cover 350,000 sqm of facilities.
Mr Goi also serves on the board of other Mainboard-listed companies in Singapore – as Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Super Group; Vice-Chairman of Envictus International Holdings Limited; and JB Foods Limited – as well as 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.
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. He is a member for the Singapore Zhejiang Economic & Trade Council and Singapore-Jiangsu Cooperation Council, as well as Senior Consultant to Su-Tong Science & Technology Park and advisor to several China provinces. Mr Goi also served as the Enterprise 50 Club’s President and is now the Honorary Past President. He is also the Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation and Honorary Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also bestowed as Honorary Resident of Yangzhou and Honorary Resident of Yixin.
Mr Goi is also a member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Board of Trustee, and Chairman of Dunman High School Advisory Committee and Ulu Pandan Citizens Consultative Committee.
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 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 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.
Mr Goi was also awarded the Enterprise Asia’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Most recently, on 8 January 2017, Mr Goi became the first Singaporean and only overseas Chinese to be honoured for his contributions and success in China as an overseas Chinese by The People’s Tribune Magazine in Beijing.
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", and in 2009 was named Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. In 2017, Beth received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, the top individual honor bestowed by the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). She has also been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
During the Clinton Administration, she worked 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 chairs the Board of Vital Voices and co-chairs the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, both founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She serves on the Advisory Board of Out Leadership and the Boards of The Conference Board, The Aspen Institute and the Women’s Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute, the Committee of 200, and the International Women’s Forum.
Beth played basketball at Purdue University where she earned her undergraduate degree with highest distinction and received an honorary doctorate.
John Riady is Director of the Lippo Group. He holds a number of senior executive positions within the Lippo Group of companies and serves on the board of commissioner of Matahari Department Store and Matahari Putra Prima, respectively the country's largest Department Store and Hypermarket. John has also led the group's foray into the digital world with the establishment of Venturra Capital, a USD120 million Southeast Asia early stage venture capital fund; MatahariMall.com, a leading Indonesian eCommerce company, MBiz, the largest enterprise eCommerce platform; and OVO, a fintech platform. John is also Editor at Large of BeritaSatu Media Holdings and a lecturer at the UPH Faculty of Law. He is a licensed attorney in the State of New York, and holds degrees in Political Philosophy and Economics from Georgetown University; an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; and a Juris Doctor from the Columbia University Law School. John also serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Southeast Asia and the Columbia University International Advisory Board.
Mr Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Centrepoint Limited (“FCL”), a full-fledged international real estate company listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Stock Exchange. FCL develops and owns residential, commercial, retail and industrial properties in Asia, Australia and Europe. In addition, the Group owns and/or manages hotels and serviced residences in over 80 cities across Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle-East. As at 31 December 2016, FCL has total assets of over S$25 billion.
Mr Sirivadhanabhakdi is responsible for developing and driving FCL’s growth strategies and delivering sustainable returns for the business. He helms the overall development and management of the Group’s business, as well as implementation of the Group’s short and long-term business plans in accordance with FCL’s vision and strategies. He provides leadership to all FCL business divisions and prepares the organisation for further development and expansion.
Mr. Ho is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ: MLCO), one of the world's largest integrated resorts operators. Mr. Ho has served as the Co-Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Melco since 2004, successfully leading the Company through different phases of development and pioneering innovative entertainment in the region. Melco owns and develops casino and entertainment resort facilities in multiple jurisdictions, employing more than 20,000 people worldwide. Listed on NASDAQ for more than 10 years, Melco’s enviable portfolio in Macau includes City of Dreams, its flagship integrated resort; Studio City, a cinematically-themed integrated resort; and Altira Macau, a Forbes five-star casino hotel. Elsewhere, Melco also operates City of Dreams Manila, an integrated resort in the Philippines. April 2018 will mark the opening of Melco’s another landmark hotel in Macau: Morpheus, a new iconic luxury hotel designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid located at City of Dreams.
With the innovative spirit, 5-star-plus service culture and long-standing partnerships with global brands, Melco has garnered over 280 international awards and accolades over the past 10 years, including the most Michelin-starred restaurants and the most Forbes 5-star hotel facilities in Macau, and Best Casino Resorts Design, Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility awards.
Mr. Ho is a Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He also serves on numerous boards and committees of privately-held companies in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China.
He was named one of the “100 Most Influential People across Asia Pacific” by Asiamoney magazine. Mr. Ho has also been selected as one of the “Best CEOs in Hong Kong” by FinanceAsia and “Asia’s Best CEO” by Corporate Governance Asia magazine numerous times. In addition, he has garnered the “Leadership Gold Award” at the Business Awards of Macau.
Mr. Ho graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in commerce from the University of Toronto, Canada and was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree by Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland for his contribution to business, education and the community in Hong Kong, Macau and China.
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 thirteen years, he founded and took five companies from start-up to IPO, recently selling one of those companies, iProperty Group in one of the largest Internet exit in ASEAN history in excess of US$534m. He is co-founder and chairman of the Group’s ASX-listed company iCar Asia as well as Catcha Group’s newest business, iflix Ltd, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service. 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 ASX-listed company Frontier Digital Ventures, a leading operator of online classified businesses in frontier markets.
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.
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 245 companies extending into China with operations in countries including Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Japan. FEG has a workforce of 60,244 in 2016 and has total assets of US $74.98 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. Group 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
Binod K. Chaudhary is the Chairman of CG Corp Global, a multi dimensional conglomerate with a portfolio of over 100 businesses spread over 30 countries with a 10,000-strong staff. Some of the major businesses of the group are present in the US, Africa, Dubai, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Nepal and China.
He is the only Forbes-listed billionaire from the Himalayan republic of Nepal. Some of his core strengths are his vision for the future, an unshakable commitment to work, high adaptability and an ability to lead his team through turbulent times. Contrary to popular perception, he has proved that an entrepreneur can build business in challenging environments and still emerge successful.
Binod has controlling shares in Nabil, the largest private-sector bank in Nepal, and numerous hotel investments, joint ventures and brands worldwide (such as Taj, Alila, Fern, Radisson and the ultimate wellness destination The Farm at San Benito).
He is a global player in FMCG and is the man behind WaiWai, the iconic brand from CG, which has earned him the sobriquet Noodle King. Thanks to WaiWai, he has 2.3% shares of the world's noodles market. His other business interests include energy, infrastructure, realty, telecom and education among the 15 business verticals he runs within CG.
Besides business, Binod is an internationally renowned philanthropist. He led the rehabilitation works of Chaudhary Foundation after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and built almost 3000 houses and 40 school buildings in the affected areas. He has been awarded several humanitarian awards and accolades due to his post-earthquake rebuilding initiatives in Nepal. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate from His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Founder, Art of Living) on behalf of Sri Sri University.
Some of the important positions Binod has held are: Member of Nepal’s First Constituent Assembly, President Emeritus of Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), President of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI), Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal, World Economic Forum’s Global Leader for Tomorrow (1995), and Member of World Presidents Organization (WPO/YPO).
Mr. Wintrob is Oaktree's Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2011. Prior to joining the firm as Chief Executive Officer, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG Life and Retirement, the U.S.-based life and retirement services segment of American International Group, Inc., from 2009 to 2014. Following AIG's acquisition of SunAmerica in 1998, Mr. Wintrob was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AIG Retirement Services, Inc. from 1998 to 2001, and President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2009. Mr. Wintrob began his career in financial services in 1987 as Assistant to the Chairman of SunAmerica Inc., and then went on to serve in several other executive positions, including President of SunAmerica Investments, Inc. overseeing the company's invested asset portfolio. Prior to joining SunAmerica, Mr. Wintrob was with the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Wintrob is a board member of several non-profit organizations, including The Broad Foundations, the Doheny Eye Institute, The Los Angeles Music Center and the Skirball Cultural Center.
V Shankar ("Shankar") is Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in the dynamic growth markets of Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Shankar is a non-executive director of International Enterprises Singapore; a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Societal Leadership at Singapore Management University; and a trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association.
Shankar previously served as CEO - Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas, and a member of the global board of Standard Chartered Plc. His past appointments in a non-executive capacity on various institutions and committees include the boards of the Inland Revenue Authority Singapore and Majid Al Futtaim Holdings; 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; Vice Chair of the Future of Banking Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum; and, the financial centre task force appointed by the Treasurer of the State of California.
Mr. Shankar was awarded the Public Service Medal by the government of Singapore in 2014.