On the evening of April 6, 2022, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) @ One North Campus was crowded with people. The heavy rain did not stop people from coming. They were here to participate in the Masterclass on Common Prosperity and New Generation of Chinese Economy organized by Alliance for Good (AFG) and co-organized by Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Professor Xiang Bing, Dean of CKGSB, was invited to the activity and delivered a keynote speech on common prosperity, new generation iteration of the Chinese economy, and technological and social innovation. During the Q&A session, he answered with patience all sorts of questions raised by the audience. Around 21:00, the masterclass came to an end. Nevertheless, the audience still felt they could not get enough of it, therefore gathered around Professor Xiang and planned to ask further questions and share their personal feelings and ideas with him.
After the masterclass, Dr. Xiang attended a small cocktail party held by AFG. People once again gathered around him in order to greet him and take photos with him.
Mr. Zheng Wei, Chairman of the Board and Co-founder of AFG, and Seng Han Thong, Honorary Adviser of the Chinese Alumni Association of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (LKYSPP, NUS), also attended the events.
Executive Chairman of Rockwell Group
Mr. Adam Levine is Executive Chairman of, and the driving force behind the Rockwell Group of businesses. He is an entrepreneurial lawyer, principal investor, trusted advisor, and business leader for over 25 years. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Rockwell Foundation, and Chairman of the Trustees of the Jewish Museum of Australia. Mr. Levine has given many interviews in leading publications and platforms including the Australian Financial Review, Smart Company, ABC Radio, 3AW Radio, 2GB Radio, etc.
Pascal De Petrini has been SVP Chairman Asia at Danone since October 2017 and has been working in senior management positions in F&B industry for over 30 years.
Pascal joined Danone in 1984 in France and became GM of Danone’s Biscuits in China in 1998. From 2002-2011, he had general management responsibilities at country level and regional level in Waters & Early Life Nutrition categories.
After a period as CEO of F&B at Fraser and Neave, he joined Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd as MD APAC & MEA in 2013. In 2015, Pascal returned to Danone as EVP of Strategic Resource Cycles until moving to his current role.
He has been in the Boards of various listed (APB, Vinamilk, Yakult Honsha, Mengniu Dairy) & non-listed companies in Asia. He was Chairman of Danone Ecosystem Fund & on the Board of Livelihood Fund for Family Farming – Danone’s two important social innovation funds.
CEO, UK, National Philanthropic Trust (NPT)
Mr. Canady brings 25 years of experience working across business, nonprofit and government sectors. He specializes in creating and managing philanthropic funds for donors and family offices around the world who wish to base their philanthropy from the UK. He is a trusted advisor to preeminent philanthropists, family offices and wealth managers. He was awarded the Philanthropy Advisor of the Year at the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards in 2018. He is a frequent commentator on global philanthropy and donor-advised funds (DAFs) and has appeared in the Financial Times, CNN Money, and Harvard Business Review.
Mr. Canady was previously the Director of Philanthropy at Charities Aid Foundation in London where he led the team providing DAFs to individuals and CSR solutions to FTSE 100 companies. Mr. Canady earned an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an MBA in International Business from University of South Carolina.
Vice Dean (R&D) and Li Ka Shing Profesor in Political Science
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Professor Khong was formerly Professor of International Relations, and a Professorial Fellow of Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987 and was Assistant/Associate Professor at Harvard University’s Government Department from 1987-1994. His Ph.D. dissertation was awarded Harvard’s Sumner Prize for the best dissertation on war and peace in 1988. His book, Analogies at War: Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam Decisions of 1965 was co-winner of the American Political Science Associations Political Psychology Book Award (1994). He received the Erik Erikson Award for distinguished early career contribution to political psychology in 1996.
A former VP of the International Studies Association, he also served on the Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Committee on International Peace and Security. His research interests include US foreign policy, international relations of APAC. Recent publications include “Power as Prestige in World Politics,” and “The United States Response to China’s Rise,”.
Managing Director, Head of Relationship Management – Greater China
Standard Chartered Private Bank
Kimmis Pun, a veteran banker of more than 30 years, is appointed Managing Director, Market Head Greater China, Standard Chartered Private Bank since December 2015. In her capacity, she strategises for business expansion, manages resources and nurtures aspiring bankers to achieve excellence.
Kimmis has a MBA from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and a few professional qualifications including CFP, ChFC, CWMA, AIF, AEPP and IBFA.
Kimmis was conferred the IBF Fellow award in 2017 which amplifies her pursuit of betterment in the financial industry.
She is the Director of Financial Planning Standard Board USA, Immediate Past President of Financial Planning Association of Singapore, President of Federation of Business and Professional Women (Singapore), Past President of Rotary Club of Suntec City and Council Member of Kowloon Club.
A strong believer in philanthrophy, life-long learning and sharing her personal experiences, Kimmis frequently speaks at seminars and lectures in regional universities.
Financial Services Development Council
Dr Au is Executive Director of Financial Services Development Council (FSDC). Prior to joining the FSDC, he was President of Value Partners Group Limited. Dr Au also served as CEO of Eastspring Investments (Hong Kong) Limited and CEO of BOCHK Asset Management Limited. He also held various senior management positions at other financial institutions including Baring, GMO and HSBC Global Asset Management.
Dr Au was named CEO of the Year in Hong Kong by Asia Asset Management in 2012 and 2014. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by the HKSAR Government in 2008 for his valuable contributions to the securities and asset management industry. He was also the Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI) from 2006 to 2008 and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association in 2004/2005.
Dr Au is currently serving as a Council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Public Accountants, an Index Advisory Committee member of China Securities Index Co., Limited and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong among other public services.
Dr Au is a CFA Charterholder and a Senior Fellow of HKSI. He received his BA in Physics from the University of Oxford and PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Durham.
President and CEO of Global Fund for Women
Latanya Mapp Frett is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women and serves on the Board of Directors for Global Fund for Women and Global Fund for Women UK.
Previously, she was the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global. She quadrupled the size of the program in four years to become one of the most innovative and sustainable global health organizations in the field.
Ms. Frett worked as a human rights officer for the UNICEF and for 10 years with the USAID.
Executive Director, Charities & Community
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Mr. Leong Cheung is the Executive Director of Charities & Community at The Hong Kong Jockey Club. He is also the co-chair of the Hong Kong Chapter of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Prior to joining the club, Mr. Cheung had been the Operating Partner with Bain Capital, Managing Director (Global Sourcing & Supply Chain) at Esquel Group, Founder and CEO of an education-focused Internet venture, and a senior consultant at Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Cheung also co-founded an innovative social enterprise, RunOurCity.
Mr. Cheung is active in the community and currently serves as chairperson of the HKSAR’s Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food. He is a director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited and is an adjunct professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Mr. Cheung has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance
Associate Dean for Integrated MBA, Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and the Development Foundation, Director of the Family Business Research Center
Dr. Li Haitao is the Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance, Associate Dean for Integrated MBA and Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and the Development Foundation at CKGSB. Previously, he was the Jack D. Sparks Whirlpool Corporation Research Professor in the Finance Department of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also served on the faculty of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Dr. Li serves on the editorial boards of Management Science (the Department of Finance) and the International Review of Finance. Dr. Li holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Yale University.
National Goodwill Ambassador, UNHCR
Renowned television and film actress Mahira Khan was appointed National Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in November 2019.
Mahira skilfully leverages her influence to support social causes. In 2018, Mahira advocated for the plight of 1.4 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan. She has participated in field missions, visiting UNHCR’s Voluntary Repatriation Centre in Nowshera and a refugee settlement in Karachi. She has also accompanied the High Commissioner during one such visit.
She was moved by the stories of resilience and hope of returning refugee families, school-aged refugee children and refugees learning livelihood skills. In particular, she noted that refugee children have aspirations and emphasized the vital role of education in their lives.
Mahira has spoken on many platforms, including Global Teacher’s Prize Ceremony hosted by Varkey Foundation in Dubai, the Aga Khan University Special Lecture Series in Karachi and TEDxLahore. She also supported UNHCR’s Everyone Counts Campaign.
Co-Founder & Chair of the Board, Eva Ahlström Foundation
Maria represents the 5th generation of the Ahlström family consisting of 400 members. The Ahlström company, founded in 1851, has 15.000 employees in 32 countries with products in innovative fiber-based materials, industrial technology and forestry.
Maria strongly believes that family businesses have a unique possibility to influence society and that being able to contribute is foremost a privilege.
Together with her female cousins Maria co-founded The Eva Ahlström Foundation and has since actively developed the operations of the family foundation which continues the work for underprivileged women and children that her great grandmother started in the late 19th century.
Co-founder & Pledger
Marina’s priorities have always been human development and social impact. She is part of the 4th generation in a UHNW family business and has a special interest in social impact. She understands the importance of navigating family systems, governance, and the different opportunities available when looking at the whole family enterprise. She is guided by the interest in finding how individual and familial purpose can work in service of social good.
Marina is an active member of her family’s governance structures, is at the Arymax Foundation’s board (her family’s philanthropic endeavour), the Family board and Suzano Group’s Shareholder board.
Director of Singapore
B.P. de Silva Group
EtonHouse Community Fund
Navin is Director of Singapore and supports global operations at the Contentment Foundation. Through his work helping map the landscape of well-being curriculums around the world in EtonHouse International, he discovered the Contentment Foundation and was given the opportunity to connect the dots of these two wonderful organisations.
He represents the fifth-generation ownership at the B.P. de Silva Group, established in Singapore in 1872. After 7 years of running operations for the luxury brand Risis and working on group strategy for the conglomerate, he finally realised that true luxury is cultivating acting from a place of profound contentment.
Founder & Managing Director
Nick founded Lever VC in 2019, a VC fund investing in early-stage companies in the alternative protein segment, including plant-based and cultivated dairy, egg, and meat companies. Lever VC functions internationally, with offices and staff across US, Hong Kong, Israel, and Europe. Nick has been working in the alternative protein segment for more than fifteen years.
Nick’s earlier investments in this alternative protein segment comprise Miyoko’s Kitchen, Beyond Meat, Good Catch Foods, and Sunfed Meats. His investments in clean meat companies include Avant Meats, Memphis Meats, and Aleph Farms. Nick has invested in numerous dozen alternative protein organizations internationally, with a net mutual value of more than $7 billion.
Nick functions as Board Member for several portfolio organizations. He is also a Board member and founder of the Lever Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit establishment that nurtures the alternative protein segment and public demand for alternative protein products in Asia.
Guangdong JSY Foundation
Ms Ong has 20 years of PE investment track record and experience of fund management, direct investment and portfolio monitoring across China and SEA. She is an expert of managing sustainable investment with ESG and Impact lens since 2014 and with deep China knowledge and experience through her practice on the ground.
Pei Yeing was Senior director of Asia Impact Investment Fund (AIIF) – an impact fund managed by UOB Venture Management, Credit Suisse. She was responsible for sourcing deals in all regions of China and portfolio management
Pei Yeing also undertook the consulting assignment by Asian Development Bank to research and analyze over 200 companies in China with inclusive, sustainable business models, leading to the publication of “Inclusive Business Market Scoping Study in the People’s Republic of China” in June 2018.
Pei Yeing previously served EDB Investments as investment manager in Singapore, and The Boston Consulting Group in Malaysia.
Stewardship Asia Centre (SAC)
Rajeev Peshawaria is an out-of-the-box thought leader on leadership, management and corporate governance, with extensive global experience in leadership development and organizational consulting, as well as developing and delivering business strategy.
Prior to joining SAC, Rajeev was the CEO of the Iclif Leadership & Governance Centre. With diverse experience across banking, financial services and FMCG, Rajeev has held executive roles including Chief Learning Officer at Coca-Cola and Morgan Stanley, and senior positions at American Express, HSBC and Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Rajeev helped found Pine Street – the firm’s acclaimed leadership academy – and headed Pine Street for Europe and Asia.
Rajeev is the author of WST and Amazon best sellers Open Source Leadership, Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders, and co-author of Be the Change. Rajeev was twice named among Top 100 Global Thought Leaders for Trustworthy Business by ‘Trust Across America’. Rajeev holds an MBA from Webster University.
Managing Director – Strategic Alliances
John Templeton Foundation
Mr. Pitofsky plays a vital role in the creation and management of new strategies for connecting and engaging with entrepreneurial philanthropic and business leaders around the world. He has worked closely with CEOs, foundation executives, philanthropists, celebrities, policy-makers, and nonprofit leaders to advance philanthropy, education reform, leadership development, social entrepreneurship, community service, and racial and economic equity.
Previously, Jim was Chief Strategy Officer at the $500M+ Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) and ACF’s Center for Business Philanthropy. He also served as the ACF’s Director of Education where he advised HNW donors on their education grantmaking.
Jim was also VP & Acting President of the Echoing Green Foundation, supporting hundreds of social entrepreneurs around the world; Deputy Director of the National Youth Leadership Council, and Executive Director for Hands on Bay Area.
He has spoken at the WEF (Davos), FORTUNE Magazine CEO Forum, White House Conference on Philanthropy.
Rebekah is Co-Founder of The Social Co., the team that initiated the 50 For 50 project that brought together more than 80 young people under the age of 35, and 70 corporations to raise awareness of and funds for lesser-known causes such as mental health, suicide prevention; and charities that serve those with physical and mental disabilities.
Over 2 phases of the 50 For 50 movement, 38 sustainable projects were created and S$4.5 million was raised for 58 local charities. One of the campaigns that The Social Co. is currently championing is Pledge it Forward, an initiative supporting 51 charities that contribute significantly to building a more inclusive and resilient community in Singapore.
Rebekah is also the Co-Founder of Chloros Solutions, a SPRING-seeded green consultancy boutique firm that provides a complete suite of solutions for Environmental Sustainability Design. She has also been running her family foundation, Jia Foundation since 2013.
Assured Asset Management
Robert has over 15 years of financial industry experience. Most recently, he was Partner and COO at Redwood Peak.
Previously, he served as Head of Asia Prime Services Risk at Barclays where he spent 10 years across Europe, North America, and APAC regions. Prior to this, he worked at PwC in the Investment Funds Group. He received a Master of Engineering degree from Imperial College London specialising in Aerospace Materials Engineering and an Executive M.B.A. from Kellogg-HKUST.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive
Dr. Ruth A. Shapiro is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS). CAPS is a research and advisory non-profit organization based in Hong Kong and working throughout Asia. CAPS is committed to producing world-class, evidence-based research to help philanthropists, governments and social delivery organizations maximize the positive impact of private social investment.
Dr. Shapiro is the primary author of Pragmatic Philanthropy: Asian Charity Explained, published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2018. She is the editor of The Real Problem Solvers, a book about social entrepreneurship in America. She also co-authored the book, Building Energy Efficiency: Why Green Buildings are Key to Asia’s Future. She has published articles in the Nikkei Economic Review, the South China Morning Post and Philanthropy Impact and is a regular speaker on issues related to private social investment in Asia.
Dr. Shapiro founded the Asia Business Council and served as its Executive Director since its inception in 1997 until May 2007. She spent the early part of her professional career in the field of international development. Within this field, she held management positions and built new program areas at the Academy for Educational Development, the Harvard Institute of International Development and Global Outlook. She holds a doctorate from Stanford University and Master’s Degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.
Women Moving Millions
S. Mona Sinha is an advocate for gender equality in business and society. She has parlayed a career in finance (Morgan Stanley), marketing (Unilever) and restructuring (Elizabeth Arden/Unilever) to work at the intersection of social justice and women’s leadership. Mona uses business tools to build organizational capacities for sustainability that unlock the economic potential of women/girls across different sectors.
She is currently the Board Chair of Women Moving Millions, ERA Coalition Fund for Women’s Equality
Mona is a financial investor in women-led businesses and mentors several hundred young people. She serves on several non-profit boards including Breakthrough USA, Center for High Impact Philanthropy – University of Pennsylvania, Apne Aap, Museum of Natural History, Columbia Business School Tamer Center Social Enterprise Program. She also co-led the $486 million Women for the World capital campaign, the largest to-date for women’s education.
Women’s eNews names her among 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.
Co-Head Asia Digital Channels and Data Analytics, Standard Chartered Bank
Stanley Sia is the Managing Director, Co-Head Asia Digital Channels and Data Analytics, Standard Chartered Bank. SATA CommHealth was conferred top honours by the Charity Council for achieving the highest standards of governance in the large charity category in 2018. In recognition of his experience in the finance industry, Mr. Sia was awarded Fellow of CPA Australia in 2014.
Stanley was appointed a director of SATA CommHealth in June 2012 and Chairman in June 2020. He has chaired the Fund-raising & Advocacy Committee from June 2020 to June 2021. Prior to this, he chaired the Investment & Finance and Governance & Nominating Committee. SATA was conferred top honours by the Charity Council for achieving the highest standards of governance in the large charity category in 2018.
Stanley served on the Singapore Divisional Council for CPA Australia, and as Chairman of its banking & finance workgroup. He also served as member of Government Parliamentary Committee Trade & Industry Resource Panel.
Shan De Advisors Pte Ltd
Mr Chew Sutat retired from his Senior Managing Director position at Singapore Exchange (SGX) in July 2021. He was a member of SGX’s executive management team for 14 years. On his watch the exchange transformed from an Asian Gateway to a global multi asset exchange. As Head of Global Sales and Origination, he led SGX’s equity and debt capital market teams in developing private-to-public capital raising solutions for companies. He was responsible for SGX’s international offices and oversaw specialist sales teams in 10 cities, serving all client segments with the full spectrum of SGX products and services. He also chaired SGX’s Bull Charge CSR initiatives for the last decade.
He founded Shan De Advisors (a family business) with his wife in Sept 21, and serves as a non-exec board member of ADDX, a Fintech start-up backed by Temasek and SGX. He is a Fellow of Singapore Institute of Directors and the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF), and was just awarded Global Investor Asia Capital Markets Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the social arena, he serves in various National Council of Social Service (NCSS) Committees including Community Chest as Vice-Chair and is a Member of NCSS Member Services Committee and Leadership Selection Panel as well as the 4ST Review committee (2021). Mr Chew also chairs Caregivers Alliance Limited which was awarded MCCY 2019 top Corporate Governance and Transparency awards for mid-size charities, and is Immediate Past Chairman of Kaki Bukit Citizens’ Consultative Committee with initial grassroots experience in 1996.
Associate Dean for Research and International Programs
Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy
Dean’s Fellow, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy
A global expert on philanthropy and social innovation, Dr. Osili has more than two decades of experience in leadership, economic policy and research across the public and private sectors. She holds the Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy and she serves as the associate dean for research and international programs and Dean’s Fellow for the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world’s first school on philanthropy.
Dr. Osili is the founder of Generosity for Life, a digital platform that provides new data tools in the area of philanthropy and social impact.
Usha Menon Management Consultancy (UM-MC Asia)
Usha Menon is Executive Chairman of UM-MC, an international training and consultancy service, working exclusively with the non-profit sectors across Asia, specialising in strategy, management, fundraising and leadership development.
Usha brings a wealth of multi-country experience in the nonprofit sector for the past 25 years. She has trained individual, corporate and institutional donors as well as Board, management, staff of charities, associations, foundations, government departments and developmental organisations in APAC and beyond; and her multi-country client list includes INGOs, NGOs, Govt think-tanks, UN entities. She has held leadership positions at the National Council of Social Services in Singapore/Community Chest and most recently with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) as the Asia-Pacific Director for Regional Programs and Resource Development covering 26 countries.
Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, the first gender lens VC fund for emerging Asia. She also founded She Loves Tech – world’s largest startup competition for women and technology. Virginia also founded Lean In China, a leading nonprofit platform for women with over 100,000 members across over 25 cities and 100 universities in China,
Previously, Virginia worked across global offices for Clifford Chance and Allen and Overy and covered more than $30 billion transactions.
In 2020, Virginia was selected by Rockefeller Foundation among 8 Next Generation Leaders for Beijing25+ Summit and made Singapore’s 100 Women in Tech inaugural list. She was named by Fast Company as one of 100 most innovative business people in China and by Prestige as Singapore’s 40 under 40 in 2019. Her work has been featured by leading media such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Financial Times, BBC, China Daily, CCTV, Straits Times, VICE
WILLIE CHENG is a former managing partner of Accenture. Since his retirement in 2003, he has stayed involved with the business community through his directorships of listed and private companies, including Far East Hospitality Trust, GXS Bank, Integrated Health Information Systems, NOL, NTUC FairPrice, NTUC Health, SingHealth, Singapore Press Holdings and UOB Bank.
However, he spends the greater part of his time volunteering with nonprofit organisations, with an interest in governance. His nonprofit boards include apVentures, Caritas Singapore, Catholic Foundation, CHARIS, Council for Third Age, Lien Centre for Social Innovation, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre.
He writes extensively on corporate governance and nonprofit issues. His nonprofit books include Doing Good Well: What Does (and Does Not) Make Sense in the Nonprofit World; Doing Good Great: Thirteen Asian Heroes and their Causes; and The World that Changes the World: How Philanthropy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship are Transforming the Social Ecosystem
Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies, HKUST
Professor Winnie Qian Peng is Director of Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies, Director of Thompson Center for Business Case Studies, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She is also Board Member of International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA, the largest membership association of family business scholars in the world), Director of Education for Hong Kong Family Office Association, and Founding Committee Member of the Case Center of Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools. Her research and teaching interests include family business, family office, family philanthropy, entrepreneurship, private equity and venture capital, etc.
Strategy & Policy, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
Wong Poh Kam is concurrently a Professor at the School of Business, as well as Director for NUS Entrepreneurship Centre. He has published in numerous international refereed journals on innovation policy, industrial and competitiveness policy and technology entrepreneurship, and has consulted international agencies including World Bank, Asian Development Bank, government agencies in Singapore such as A*STAR, EDB and IDA, and many high-tech firms in Asia.
An entrepreneur who co-founded three companies prior to joining academia, he has been an active angel investor in more than a dozen tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, Singapore, China and India. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley, visiting scholar at Stanford University, senior visiting scholar at Oxford University, and Pacific Leadership Fellow at UCSD. He received a Public Administration Medal (Silver) from Singapore Government in 2013, and “Entrepreneur for the World” Award (Educator Category) from the World Entrepreneurship Forum in 2015.
Minister of State
Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment
Desmond is the Minister of State for Home Affairs and Sustainability and the Environment. He is the Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency (Pasir Ris Central) since July 2020.
Prior to joining politics, Desmond spent over thirty years in the public service. He was the Chief Executive Director (CED) of the People’s Association (PA) where he led the community support effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Desmond spent 28 years in the military and held various key appointments in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces. These included Chief of Staff (General Staff), Director of Joint Operations, Chief Guards Officer and Director Public Affairs. As Chief Guards Officer, Mr Tan was the Chairman of the Singapore National Day Parade 2012 Executive Committee. Desmond also participated in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as Singapore’s first National Contingent Commander, and was awarded the SAF Overseas Medal (Enhanced) and the NATO (ISAF) Medal.
Desmond graduated from the University of Manchester, U.K. with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Nanyang Business School. He enjoys sports, and loves spending time with his family. He is married with 3 children.
T. Rowe Price Foundation
John Brothers is president of the T. Rowe Price Foundation and president of the T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving. Mr. Brothers comes to T. Rowe Price from Quidoo, an international consulting firm he started and led for more than a decade.
Mr. Brothers served as a management and social policy professor for more than a decade at New York University and Rutgers University. He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and is currently serving as an International Advisor to CO3, an organization serving Northern Ireland and working with the China Global Philanthropy Institute in Beijing.
Mr. Brothers holds an M.P.A. in nonprofit management from New York University, an M.B.A. from American Public University, and a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University.
Director, Women’s Philanthropy Institute
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Jeannie Sager is a seasoned nonprofit executive with 25 years’ experience in health care, higher education, and independent school leadership. She was the director of philanthropy with the recently established IU Health Foundation in Indianapolis serving the adult hospitals of the IU Health Academic Health Center (Methodist, University and IU Health Simon Cancer Center). She has served as director of advancement at University High School in Carmel, Indiana, as director for the IU School of Medicine Dean’s Council and special programs, and as a development director with the IU Foundation in Indianapolis.
Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
William B. Eimicke is a Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is the founding director of the Picker Center for Executive Education. Eimicke teaches management, cross-sector partnerships, applied policy analysis, and innovation. He also teaches at Peking University and the Universidad Externado de Colombia, and has directed training programs for leading public and private bodies such as Hong Kong Civil Service, UNDP, and private firms across the US and China. He has served as the NY State “housing czar” where he led the creation, rehabilitation, or preservation of over 220,000 affordable housing units. He has also advised VP Al Gore on federal housing policy and administration as well as served as deputy fire/emergency medical service commissioner under NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg. He has authored or co-authored 11 books in addition to dozens of journal articles and reports on management, strategy, and performance measurement.
Senior vice president of Alibaba Group Holding Limited
陈先生在战略管理、战略市场开发及业务及财务顾问服务方面拥有逾20年经验。于二零一一年加入阿里巴巴集团前，陈先生于一九九九年至二零一一年间任职于财富500强高科技软件公司SAP，担任CEO办公室战略顾问及行业总监等职。自一九九五年至一九九八年，他于Arthur Andersen Consulting Co. Ltd担任审计师。陈先生获欧洲工商管理学院颁发高级工商管理硕士学位。
Mr. Jun Chen currently serves as a senior vice president of Alibaba Group Strategic Advisory Department. Previously, he was in charge of strategic investments by Alibaba Group in various types of companies, including high-growth private companies and public companies listed in the PRC and overseas. The portfolio companies he manages cover a wide spectrum of industries in the Alibaba ecosystem including ecommerce, new retail, cloud/hi-tech, logistics, local life, healthcare, entertainment, innovation and funds.
He has more than 20 years of experience in investment, strategy management, strategic market development, and business and financial advisory services. Prior to joining Alibaba Group in 2011, Mr. Chen worked for SAP, a Fortune 500 high-tech software company from 1999 to 2011, taking roles including strategic adviser in the office of CEO and industry director. From 1995 to 1998, he worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen Consulting Co. Ltd. Mr. Chen received an EMBA degree from INSEAD.
Chief Executive Officer
David Rockefeller Fund
Lukas Haynes is Chief Executive Officer of the David Rockefeller Fund, a private, non-profit grantmaking foundation in the United States, where he oversees all investment and grants programs, including efforts focused on climate change solutions. His work includes overseeing Board Investment Committee targets for mission-aligned investing as an institutional member of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance.
Previously, Haynes was vice president of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York director for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. From 2000-01, he served as a speechwriter for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In the late 1990’s, Haynes held positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the International Crisis Group and Oxfam UK/Ireland. He earned a master’s degree in International Relations at Oxford University and an undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary.
Mr. Haynes is a governing board director of the Clara Lionel Foundation, Just Detention International and Independent Diplomat, all U.S. charities. He serves on the advisory board of the Council on Strategic Risks’ Center for Climate and Security and he is a trustee of Lulu’s Fund, devoted to preschool financial aid in memory of his late daughter. He is a passionate skier and avid traveler.
David Rockefeller Fund
Camilla Rockefeller is a 5th generation member of the Rockefeller family and the current board chair of the David Rockefeller Fund. She also sits on the board of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
CEO & Co-Founder
Teach For All
Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations working to develop collective leadership to ensure all children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
Prior to launching Teach For All in 2007, Wendy founded and led Teach For America—which has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children in the United States— for 24 years. Wendy led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries.
Wendy is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000). She holds honorary doctorate degrees from 15 universities and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2008) and the Schwab Foundation’s Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award (2003).
Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and resides in New York City with her husband and their four children.
Council Member of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation
The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) was established on 10 April 1976 by the late banker and philanthropist Tan Sri (Dr) Tan Chin Tuan with the objective of sharing with society the rewards of a highly illustrious career. He did so by providing assistance to the deserving and services that help build a sustainable society both personally and through The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.
The type of assistance provided reflects the founder’s philosophy of how money should be utilised for social good.
Ms Chew is also President of Noah’s Ark CARES (Companion Animal Rescue and Education Society), a non-profit animal welfare society which champions responsible pet ownership and active sterilisation and micro chipping of stray dogs and cats in Singapore. The Society is a registered charity under the Charities Act and recognised as an Institution of a Public Character by the Commissioner of Charities since 8 August 2016.
As Executive Director and Head of Finance, Ms Chew is actively involved in the investment activities of the Tecity Group and is responsible for its securities trading portfolio. She also oversees the human resource and administrative functions in the Tecity Group.
An accountant by training, Ms Chew graduated from National University of Singapore in 1986 and joined Ernst and Whinney in Singapore. She joined Ernst & Young (London) in 1987 to pursue her chartered accountancy and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in October 1990. She has been with the Tecity Group since 1991.
Chairperson of the Tsao Ng Yu Shun Foundation
Mary Ann Tsao is the Chairperson and Founding Director of the Tsao Ng Yu Shun Foundation, a Singapore-based, but regionally oriented, non-profit foundation dedicated to aged care and ageing issues. Previously, she was also its CEO and President.
Established by her grandmother, Madam Tsao Ng Yu Shun, the Foundation aims to address issues of longevity and population ageing as well as to promote successful ageing and wellbeing of older people at policy and practice levels by catalysing constructive change. It is an operational foundation that pilots and operates its own programs.
Dr Tsao serves on numerous boards and committees of government and non-profit organisations in Singapore as well as internationally. For her ageing, she received the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2000, Public Service Star (BBM) in 2004, and Public Service Star (Bar) in 2015 from the government of Singapore. Dr Tsao has also worked with numerous multilateral agencies, such as WHO’s Geneva office and UN agencies, such as UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific) and is currently the Co-President of ILC-Global Alliance, a coalition of sixteen gerontology centres around the world.
A member of the family council that stewards the Tsao Family Office, Dr Tsao serves on the board that provides oversight for the family office’s investment policies, operating businesses and its philanthropic activities that are in addition to her grandmother’s foundation.
Dr Tsao is also involved with Family Business Network Asia (FBNA) and was a member of its board from 2008 to 2020. Today, Dr Tsao remains a member of its Ambassador Circle and continues to advocate for family businesses to put purpose in profit and be a force for good.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr Tsao is a US trained physician with a public health background, specialising in community and primary care planning and social medicine. She has extensive experience working with disadvantaged communities in the US and Singapore.
United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees
Kelly T. Clements joined UNHCR as Deputy High Commissioner on 6 July 2015.
Clements has been closely involved with refugee and displacement issues throughout her three decade career.
Before joining UNHCR, Clements was a member of the Senior Executive Service, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) where she was responsible for humanitarian issues in Asia and the Middle East and global policy and budget. In 2014, she was Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
From 1993 to 1996, Clements served at the U.S. Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on a Foreign Service appointment. She was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs in 1997-1998. Clements served as a Senior Emergency Officer for Europe, the Newly Independent States, and the Americas, and later as Balkans Assistance Coordinator; she was deployed to Albania in 1999. She worked for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangladesh in 1992.
Clements holds a B.A. in International Studies and an M.A. in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech, USA. She is a national of the United States of America.
National Council of Social Service
Ms Anita Fam is the President of the National Council of Social Service. A former lawyer, she is a full-time volunteer who has been involved in the social service sector for more than 20 years, in the areas of disability, palliative care, healthcare and mental health.
She is also the Chairman of Assisi Hospice and also headed the Enabling Masterplan 3 Steering Committee for Singapore’s 5-year strategic blueprint for disability services from 2017 to 2021. In addition, she sits on various boards and committees including the Board of Visiting Justices & Board of Inspection, Institute of Mental Health Institutional Committee, Lien Foundation, SAS Foundation Ltd and SG Cares Steering Committee.
Also a Justice of the Peace, Anita was conferred the Public Service Star (BBM) in 2014 and the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2008 for her work in the community.
Professor of China Business and Globalization at CKGSB
Dr. Xiang Bing is the Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. CKGSB has headquarters in Beijing, campuses in Shanghai, Shenzhen and offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.
He has served as an independent board member of a number of companies (including Fortune 500 companies), the International Advisory Council of Fundação Dom Cabral, the Global Advisory Board of Yonsei School of Business, and the Advisory Board of Asia House in London.
He has participated in prominent conferences, including Ditchley Foundation Annual Forum, Yale CEO Summit, Rome Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Bo’ao Forum for Asia and Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum
Dr. Xiang was named the “China Philanthropist of the Year” in 2018 and 2020 by China Philanthropy Times. He was awarded the “Vanguard for Social Responsibilities” in 2020 by Southern Weekly.
Professor for Economics and Dean
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS
Professor Quah’s work on world order takes an economic approach to international systems, studying the supply and demand of world order: what international system do the world’s superpowers wish to provide; what world order does the global community need?
Quah is a Commissioner on the Spence-Stiglitz Commission on Global Economic Transformation and serves on the Executive Committee, International Economic Association; the Advisory Board, LSE IDEAS; the Eminent Advisory Council of the UNDP Bureau for Asia-Pacific; and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Geopolitics.
He is the author of “The Global Economy’s Shifting Centre of Gravity”.
CFA, Managing Director, Head of International Developed Markets, New York, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Alexis is the Head of International Developed Markets for Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Fundamental Equity team, overseeing portfolio management and investment research for the firm’s global and international equity strategies. He is the lead portfolio manager of GSAM’s Global Equity Partners ESG, International Equity ESG and Environmental Impact Equity strategies. Alexis has been leading the ESG and Impact effort in Fundamental Equity, driving enhancements to the research process via data usage and systematization. Alexis joined the Fundamental Equity team in 2002 in London as a research analyst, then became a portfolio manager of European and international equity strategies, before relocating to New York in 2017. He was named managing director in 2015. Alexis earned a Masters in Finance, Economics and General Management from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP) in 2003 and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2006.
Head of Impact Investing, BlackRock
Eric Rice is BlackRock’s Head of Impact Investing and the architect of Global Impact, the world’s first diversified public-markets impact investing strategy. He is an evangelist for scaling impact investing and he collaborates with other investors at BlackRock to help germinate additional impact and sustainable investing strategies. Eric joined BlackRock from Wellington Management in 2019, where he had been an investor for over 20 years. Previously, he worked as a World Bank country economist and a diplomat in Rwanda with the US Department of State. Eric earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University and a AB degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco.
Member of the Board of Directors of LGT Bank Ltd., Liechtenstein and Switzerland
Member of the Foundation Board of the Liechtenstein Academy
H.S.H. Prince Hubertus von und zu Liechtenstein is Member of the Board of Directors of LGT Bank Ltd., Liechtenstein and Switzerland and Member of the Foundation Board of the Liechtenstein Academy.
Prior to this, he was Co-Founder and CEO of Triagonal a company specializing in e-learning. He studied law and business administration at the University of Zurich and holds a Master degree in e-business development from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. He has been working in the educational industry for numerous years, including an international role with Laureate International Universities and Sommet Education as Marketing and Sales Director DACH, Netherlands and Scandinavia.
Managing Partner at GGV Capital
Jixun Foo is a Managing Partner at GGV Capital and joined the firm in 2006. He is consistently recognized among the top VCs in China and counts 18 of his investments as mega-unicorns or unicorns, including Baidu, Boss Zhipin, Didi, Grab, Hello, Kuadian, Kujiale, Keya Yiliao, Manbang, Meicai, Qunar/Ctrip, SmartMi, Tujia, UCWeb, Udaan, Youku Tudou, Xpeng Motors and Zuiyou.
Jixun has spent the last 20 years working with entrepreneurs in the travel and transportation, social media and commerce, and enterprise services sectors in China. He led GGV’s investments in Didi, Grab, Mogujie/Meilishuo, MediaV, Qunar (NASDAQ: QUNR), UCWeb, Youku-Tudou (Acq: Alibaba), Manbang (fka Yunmanman), and currently serves on the boards of Baidu, Boss Zhipin, Hello, Kujiale, Qingzhu, Ruangguru, Tujia, Xiangwushuo, XPeng Motors and Zuiyou. Jixun played critical roles in many key strategic mergers and acquisitions, such as those of Youku-Tudou (first ever multi-billion-dollar tech merger in China), Baidu/Qunar, Ctrip/Qunar, Mogujie/Meilishuo (NYSE: MOGU) and Manbang (Yunmanman/Huachebang).
Jixun was previously a Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures, where he led investment efforts in Asian companies such as Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU). Prior to DFJ ePlanet, Jixun headed up the Investment Group under the Finance & Investment Division of the National Science & Technology Board of Singapore (NSTB) and was previously an R&D project group leader at Hewlett Packard. Jixun graduated from the National University of Singapore with a First-Class Honors degree in Engineering, and received an M.Sc. in Management of Technology from the university’s Graduate School of Business.
Jixun has been recognized by Forbes China as one of the “Best Venture Capitalists” every year since 2006. He was also named as one of the Top 10 Venture Capitalists by Zero2IPO as well as “VC Professional of the Year” by the Asia Venture Capital Journal. He has been named to the global Forbes Midas list since 2019, and was also recognized among the Top 100 Venture Capitalists by The New York Times/CBInsights in 2019.
Co-founder of Carousell
Quek Siu Rui is a co-founder of Carousell, which launched in May 2012, and now oversees product and marketing. Carousell is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing community marketplaces, with over 26 million listings and a presence in 12 major cities around the world.Quek Siu Rui is a co-founder of Carousell, which launched in May 2012, and now oversees product and marketing. Carousell is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing community marketplaces, with over 26 million listings and a presence in 12 major cities around the world.
Co-founder and CEO
Jeanne is the Co-founder and CEO of beingAI, the world’s first transmedia AI company creating AI beings™ that build long-term engagement and trust with digital-native consumers anywhere, anytime, across devices and media platforms. The company aims to bring humanness into digital experiences to promote positivity and social good—to help us thrive.
Jeanne has over 25 years of experience in business management and technology marketing. She is the former CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of Hanson Robotics, the creator of Sophia the Robot, and held marketing leadership roles at Dell, Cisco, Danaher, and Apple, where she was the product and business manager responsible for launching Apple’s most groundbreaking products in the region. She started her career as a Group Management Trainee at John Swire & Sons.
Jeanne is a Founder and Director of Nama Institute, a not-for-profit organization creating solutions to gamify the learning of wisdom. She is also a Volunteer and Director of Himalayan Consensus Institute, an NGO involved in social enterprise development and climate protection. She is also an angel investor and advisor of several startups.
Jeanne has a Ph.D. degree in integrated and holistic health, an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a BA degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a certified yoga instructor and a life-long student of yoga philosophy, having completed Georg Feuerstein’s five-year Traditional Yoga Studies course.
Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business, Free University of Bolzano
Alfredo is Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business and Director of the Centre for Family Business Management at the Free University of Bolzano. He co-directs family business research projects at Lancaster University Management School, UK.
In 2015, Family Capital ranked him among World’s top 25 star professors for family business.
He serves as Associate Editor of Family Business Review and on the Editorial Boards of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Journal of Family Business Strategy. His research has been published in leading academic and professional journals including AMJ, JBV, JMS, ETP, JPIM, AMP, FBR, GSJ, JBE, CMR.
CEO of Leonie Hill Capita
Arun is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He has been instrumental in leading the funding of many transformational companies, including PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla, Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu. He is passionate about projects focused on innovation and sustainability in infrastructure, energy and healthcare.
With more than 26 years of operational experience launching and growing companies, Arun has participated in several successful IPOs and led companies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has a diverse background in building enterprise-focused startups with extensive operational experience expanding companies in Asia and emerging markets.
Arun is dedicated to social entrepreneurship and has taken a special interest in micro-finance as a poverty alleviation tool. He is a supporter of many micro-finance organizations in India, Africa and the Middle East, and is actively building software companies to help them manage and grow in these regions.
CEO, Giving Tuesday
Asha Curran is CEO of GivingTuesday, the global generosity movement. She was formerly Chief Innovation Officer and director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, where GivingTuesday was founded. She is the recipient of the 2015 Social Capital Hero Award, and was named a 2016 Woman of Influence by New York Business Journals and a 40 Over 40 Women to Watch honoree.
Asha serves as Chair of the board of directors of Guardian.org, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism at The Guardian and elsewhere; and on the board of directors of the Scout Film Festival, which amplifies the work of teen filmmakers. She is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab within the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. She was named to the Nonprofit Times’ Top Fifty Power and Influence list in 2019.
Corporate Human Resources of Zamil Group Holding
A General Manager in Corporate Human Resources of Zamil Group Holding, Basma is one of the first females to join Zamil group. She first joined as Human Resources Program Specialist, through her first four years, she has been employing more females throughout Zamil companies, Basma therefore works daily with various responsibilities and addresses concerns and opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia.
She worked as Family Office Manager for two years, as her role was to develop and prepare younger generations of Zamil Family to be better corporate citizens, to lead and expand the family business to new heights. She still works on preparing the family members to create the best future for them and designing a comprehensive plan for a smooth transition of leadership, ownership and governance.
After receiving her B.A. in English Literature from Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam, she worked for four years at the University as a Student Affairs Coordinator. v
Basma has a Master’s degree in Adult and Community Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States. After graduating, she worked for Michael Baker International, a leading provider of engineering, development, intelligence and technology solutions with global reach and mobility in the United States, in their Human Resources Department.
Now, in addition to her primary professional position, she holds a doctorate degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, United States. The dissertation studies: Conflict Dynamics and Opportunities for Second-Generation Family Business women in Saudi Arabia, her study was to understand the lived experiences of second-generation Saudi Arabian females working in their family businesses, in order to reach conclusions and make recommendations to improve the dynamics and outcomes of conflict experienced now and in the future.
Basma is also a member of Businesswomen Executive Council in Asharqia Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Saudi Arabia and Member Board of Trustees in Royal University of Women, Bahrain. In addition, a member of Gulf Region Organization for Women (GROW).
CEO of Community Foundation of Singapore
Catherine joined the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) after having spent more than 20 years in the financial industry where she held various leadership positions in Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs. Catherine started her career at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.
Since 2012, Catherine has led CFS on a strategic growth path by increasing the number of donor funds and volume of donations, as well as raising social impact through effective grant making. She works in close partnership with the Board to ensure that the organization fulfills its vision of inspiring giving and create strategies for its future success. In the last 3 years, she built a strong management team comprising of professionals from the financial, media and social sectors to develop collaborations with leading financial institutions, legal firms and government bodies to enable philanthropy.
Catherine started volunteering in 2004 and currently serves on various committees in Assisi Hospice, Metta Welfare Association and Telok Kurau Primary School. She joined the Temasek Polytechnic Board of Governors in 2020 and recently joined the investment committee at the Institute of Wealth Management.
Catherine holds a CFA and graduated with an Honours Degree in Economics and Statistics from the National University of Singapore.
Founder and chief executive
Global Institute for Tomorrow
Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT) is an organisation based in Asia focused on the relationship of Asian society and values with those of the rest of the world.
Chandran was previously chairman of Environmental Resources Management Asia Pacific. He established the company as Asia’s leader in environmental consulting.
Mr. Nair has strongly advocated a more sustainable approach to development in Asia, and has helped the governments of Taiwan and Hong Kong instil these principles into their decision-making processes. He continues to advise the Hong Kong government, devising new approaches that give the public a bigger role in policy making.
Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management, Cornell University Johnson College of Business
Marquis’ research focuses on the two areas: Social innovation & change and Doing business in China. He examines entrepreneurship in China, the triple-bottom line and building sustainable businesses globally. These projects build on Marquis’ earlier research on how business can have a positive impact on society and how historical and geographical processes have shaped firms’ and entrepreneurs’ social and environmental strategies. His latest book, Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism, focuses on the potential for stakeholder governance models to reform capitalism.
He worked 10 years at Harvard Business School and has held visiting positions at Harvard Kennedy School, HKUST, Peking University, Fudan University, and Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Marquis’s research has won a number of national and international awards, including Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award. Marquis has published across many journals including Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
Clare has over 25 years’ experience in socio-economic development and philanthropy in emerging markets. She is former CEO of Emirates Foundation, where she led the organisation’s transition from traditional grant-making to the model of Venture Philanthropy. She was also Arab Foundations Forum’s Chair, where she helped promote the model of strategic philanthropy.
Clare served as Deputy Director of Shell Foundation. She was also Regional Director of Communications across MENA, overseeing company’s social investments across 14 countries. Clare headed Visa public affairs arm, working with governments in over 90 markets, deploying deploy social investment with focus on financial systems and electronic payments.
President & CEO, President & CEO, National Philanthropic Trust (NPT)
Eileen R. Heisman, is a nationally recognized expert on charitable and planned giving. Ms. Heisman has been interviewed about philanthropy and donor-advised funds on CNBC, PBS, NPR, CNN International and Bloomberg TV, and by nearly every national newspaper and major trade publication, including the WST, NY Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, CBS MarketWatch, Financial Advisor and Investment News. She has been named 8 times by NonProfit Times as one of their Power and Influence Top 50. She is currently one of 100 top influencers in philanthropy. At the invitation of the Chinese government, Ms. Heisman spoke to their emerging nonprofit sector about American philanthropy. She was the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)’s 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, the highest award granted by AFP to recognize effective, creative and stimulating leadership, and the practice and promotion of ethical fundraising. She was among the first fundraising professionals to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification.
Adjunct Lecturer of Family Enterprise in the John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises
Esther Choy is an Adjunct Lecturer of Family Enterprise in the John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises. She is the President and Chief Story Facilitator at Leadership Story Lab, where she applies design thinking and science to help her clients articulate and assert who they are, ultimately connecting with audiences in meaningful ways.
Esther is the author of the book Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success and her work can be seen on Forbes.com, Virgin.com, Entrepreneur.com and AMA.org.
Esther and her team have served clients such as Allstate, PayNet/Equifax, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Roosevelt University, Brookfield Investment Management, US Cellular, Kraft, SC Johnson, Tyson Foods and United Airlines.
National Council of Social Service
Dr Fermin Diez is the Deputy CEO and Group Director, Human Capital and Organisation Development Group of National Council of Social Service. Dr Diez has rich experience in Human Resources, and has held consulting, corporate and academic roles in organisations worldwide. He chairs the Assessment Committee of the Institute for Human Resource Professionals, serves as adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University and has co-authored two books on Strategic Human Resources.
President – Asia-Pacific
Tata Consultancy Services
Girish is responsible for business operations in Australia, NZ, ASEAN, Greater China and Korea.
From TCS Headquarters in Singapore, Girsh oversees over 35,000 employees in the region.
He joined TCS in 1994 and has held international positions, across Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean region, rolling out several global strategic initiatives.
He is a Member of the Board, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a pioneer in global sustainability reporting. He’s been named a Business Champion, New Colombo Plan, an Australia Government’s initiative on regional cooperation.
Girish is also Chairman, Benelux chapter, Confederation of Indian Industry. Member, CII International Council.
Chief Executive Officer
Thai Wah Public Company Ltd
Mr. Ho is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Thai Wah Public Company Ltd, responsible for developing the company’s vision to create innovation and sustainability from Farm to Shelf as a leading Agri-Food company in Southeast Asia. Since its founding in 1947, Thai Wah has been a leading pioneer in the tapioca starch and food industry, now expanding its footprint to 15 operations in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia. From 2010 – 2015, Mr Ho was the Executive Director and Country Head, China for Banyan Tee Holdings Ltd, helping to position the group as the leading luxury brand in China. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ho worked with the global consultancy Bain & Company Inc. in their New York, Hong Kong and China offices.
Mr. Ho currently serves on the board for Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, as well as the advisory board for the Asia Pacific Agri-Innovation Summit and the International Advisory Council for Singapore Management University. He has also previously served on the boards of UN Women as well as Wharton Global Forum.
In 2017, in recognition of Thai Wah Group’s sustainability and community efforts across the region, Mr Ho was awarded the “Outstanding Leader in Asia” award at the 4th Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards and Thai Wah was also recognized for Corporate Excellence at the 2021 Asia Pacific Enterprise Asia Awards as a pioneer and leader in the agriculture industry.
Mr. Ho has a BSC in Economics (Honors) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with distinction from the AMP program of China Europe International Business School. In 2018, he was nominated to be a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Class of 2018.
He is married with a young son and a daughter and currently lives in Bangkok with his wife, Teh Su Ching.
Managing Director at Nonprofit Innovation
Dr. Isabel Sim is Managing Director at Nonprofit Innovation Pte Ltd, where she provides training and consultancy to non-profit organisations on board evaluation, charity governance, financial management (focus on full cost recovery, reserves and investment management), strategy and volunteerism.
She was formerly Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore as well as Director (Projects), Centre for Social Development (Asia). Before her transition to Dept of Social Work, she was Head of Corporate Governance Practice, Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organizations (CGIO) and Senior Lecturer, Department of Strategy and Policy, NUS Business School. She has published extensively on the accountability of non-profit organizations, sustainability and corporate governance of listed companies.
In addition, Dr. Sim has more than 20 years of university teaching experience in Australia, China, Northern Europe and Singapore, teaching mostly in Masters, MBA and EMBA programmes in Accounting, Finance, Economics, and Corporate Governance and Strategic Management subjects. She is qualified with a Bachelor degree in Social Work (NUS), Master in Business Administration, Master in Applied Finance and PhD in Finance (University of Western Australia).
Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs
Howard W. Buffett is a professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), an author, and a member of several corporate boards where he focuses on ESG and sustainability strategies. Previously, he oversaw economic development and stabilization programs for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he was a policy advisor for the White House Domestic Policy Council. He has also held roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Office for Partnerships. Buffet’s educational background includes degrees from Northwestern University and Columbia University, and executive education certificates from Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at The Sylvan Group
Kyungsun Chung has been a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at The Sylvan Group, an independent private investment management firm with an integrated ESG Impact Program since 2019. Being in charge of both corporate strategy and the impact investment process, he leads the firm’s effort in the analysis and due diligence of the potential investee companies’ ESG compliance and socio-economic impact activities. Prior to founding The Sylvan Group, Kyungsun was a Founder and CEO of Root Impact, a non-profit that focuses on building capacity for the social innovation sector in Korea. Furthermore, Kyungsun founded HG Initiative(HGI), an impact investment company that invests in social ventures in Korea. He also sits on the board of Rockerfeller philanthropy advisors(RPA).
Executive in finance and IT with more than 15 years of experience. During his carrier Rafał worked for Credit Agricole Group and Commerzbank Group where he was responsible for creating and developing new business ventures. In 2012 he successfully managed to build the most advanced multi-channel e-commerce platform, an industry-leading solution with enterprise resource planning integration and support. Rafał is a certified project manager by APGM International and recognized blockchain technology specialist by Linux Foundation. Board Advisor for financial technology (Fintech) at Polish Corporate Treasurers Association. Holds a Master’s Degree from University in Bialystok and a post graduate diploma from Warsaw School of Economics. Founder and the CEO at Finteq – the mobile early payments.
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Dave Friedman currently serves as board member and acting CFO of Venti Technologies. Dave is an experienced executive and entrepreneur, having served as CEO and Chairman of Ayla Networks, an Internet of Things platform company that he founded in 2010. In that role, Dave raised more than $120M and grew Ayla to be a global leader in the market, with operations in the US, Greater China, and India.
Associate Dean (Research), College of Engineering, NTU
Dr. Wen Yonggang is the Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He has also served as the Associate Dean (Research) at College of Engineering at NTU Singapore since 2018. He served as the Acting Director of Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre (NTC) at NTU from 2017 to 2019, and the Assistant Chair (Innovation) of School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) at NTU from 2016 to 2018. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (minor in Western Literature) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2008.
Chief Investment Officer of A*STAR’
Mr. Kai Hoo Quek currently holds the title of Chief Investment Officer within the Venture Creation & Growth team in A*STAR’s Enterprise Division. He is responsible for the A*STAR spinoff portfolio, supporting them through investor and partner introductions, as well as connecting them to resources within the startup ecosystem. He also manages the portfolio equity and supports spinoffs through venture co-creation. Before joining A*STAR in 2016, Kai Hoo has more than 15 years of investment experience through executing numerous deals across growth and venture capital, private equity fund-of-funds and real estate with sovereign fund (Temasek), family office (Kestrel) and listed companies (Unisteel and Rowsley).
Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund
Zhang Lu is Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund, a renowned Silicon Valley based investor, a serial entrepreneur. Lu is a World Economic Forum (Davos) Young Global Leader and was recently selected as a Best 25 Female Investor by Business Insider. She has also garnered other accolades including the Featured Honoree in VC of Forbes 30 Under 30, Silicon Valley Women of Influence, and Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer. Lu is also on the Jury Board of Cartier Young Leader Award. Prior to starting Fusion Fund, she was the Founder and CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acq. 2013).
She received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
dPrism.ai, Founder and CEO
Sam Xu Founder and CEO ,a serial entrepreneur, the latest project was to build the first Direct to Consumer Clear Aligner brand in China; It is the first and only brand that have accumulated >10,000 posts on social platforms such posts on the Red and Tiktok.
Previously work as investment banker and investor in NYC. Directed numerous cross-boarder M&A deals, built and led the post-investment operating management team.
Forbes 30Under30, Oil & Gas Investor 30Under40, Petroleum Economist Future Leader Award.
MBA from Harvard Business School.
Lion TCR CEO
Xiaoming PENG PhD, MBA Chief Executive Officer Dr Peng obtained his PhD degree from National University of Singapore (NUS) and holds Adjunct Associate Professor at NUS, he has over 18 years working experience at A*STAR holding senior positions including Head of Division & Senior Scientist, Deputy Director of the Strategic Planning for China. With over two decades of experience in R&D and team management, he has accumulated tens of millions research grants and funding from industry partners.
NFT Go, Co Founder
Ling Ziang （Tony Ling） is Co-founder of NFTGo, partner of Bizantine Capital, and co-founder of Zhejiang University Blockchain Association. He has 7 years of research and professional experience in the blockchain and digital currency industry. As a senior blockchain scholar, he is a guest lecturer at Zhejiang University and has taught nearly 100 lessons. As an expert in token economy and blockchain technology, he is one of the earliest researchers involved in Bitcoin pricing. He has authored several related papers and books “Unlocking New Passwords – From Blockchain to Digital Currency.”So far, hehas invested in more than 100 blockchain projects. In addition to purchasing BTCandETH in 2016, he also participated in the early investment of FTX and Yearn Finance. And successfully co-founded NFTGo, which is now one of the earliest and largest web3and NFT data aggregation platforms in the world.
Turtle Tree, Co Founder and Chief Strategist
Max Rye is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist at TurtleTree, a global biotech company that utilizes modern cell-based technology to create sustainable food products. A former Silicon Valley business owner, Max is a seasoned technopreneur with more than 15 years of experience in managing and developing tech businesses.
ErudiFi, Co-Founder and CEO
Naga Tan is the CEO & Co-Founder of ErudiFi, a FinTech startup on a mission to make education affordable in Southeast Asia. Before founding ErudiFi, Naga worked as a fixed income trader at Morgan Stanley and at the Hedge Fund Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs in London. Naga holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a first-class honors degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Funding Societies, Co Founder
Funding Societies 联合创始人
Kelvin Teo is the co-founder of Funding Societies | Modalku. He has been a key member of the Singapore FinTech Association’s Digital Finance Subcomm since 2018 and recently named by the Association as among the Top 12 Fintech Leaders in Singapore in 2020. As one of the Top 200 FinTech Influencers in Asia, Kelvin has spoken at major conferences such as LendIt Shanghai, Boao Hainan and Money20/20. He has also been featured on Bloomberg, BBC and Business Times. Prior to this, Kelvin served as a consulting professional at KKR, McKinsey and Accenture. Kelvin graduated from Harvard Business School and National University of Singapore, and is a certified Chartered Accountant.
AUM Biosciences, Founder and CEO
Vishal Doshi is the Founder of AUM Biosciences, the Award-winning oncology focused biotech company. He also serves as the Chairman of AUM’s Board of Directors. Under Vishal’s leadership, AUM has become a clinical stage company, and developed a portfolio of transformative cancer medicines within 12 months of inception and awarded the 2019 Asia-Pacific Biotech Entrepreneurial Company of The Year by world renowned Frost and Sullivan. A pharmacist by training, Vishal is an experienced senior management with extensive experience in commercial deal structuring over a USD$3 Billion including JV, Licensing, M&A and Long-term strategic partnerships. His strong scientific background in Medicinal Chemistry comes from breast cancer research in Aromatase inhibitors in the UK. He also brings a strong track record of working on a global virtual pharma model: A $145M PE deal with Eisai in the including 3 major blockbusters, such as Lenvima (Peak sales ~$3B/Y), Eribulin (Peak Sales ~$500M/Y), and ONTAK (Peak sales ~$100M/Y). He is also a Key Opinion Leader with the Korean Health Industry Development Institute which is part of the Ministry of Health and Welfare initiative in Korea. He has graduated as a pharmacist from University of Mumbai and a Master degree in Pharmaceutical sciences from Kingston University. Recently, he has been nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Metaplex Studio COO
Prashant Rai is the Chief Operating Officer of Metaplex Studios, having previously held the roles of Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel. Metaplex Studios provides development support to the Metaplex Protocol, the NFT infrastructure layer on the Solana blockchain. 99.9% of NFTs minted on Solana use Metaplex’s technology. Since its inception just over one year ago, Metaplex has driven over $3.5 billion in digital commerce. Prior to assuming his role at Metaplex, Prashant served as an investor and researcher in the private equity and hedge fund spaces. And before his career in corporate strategy and finance, Prashant practiced corporate law at two major international law firms. Prashant holds degrees from Columbia University and UCLA.
Shipper Co Founder
Budi Handoko is the Co-Founder & COO of Shipper, an innovative logistics start-up that transforms Indonesian shipping and fulfillment experience to be easier and more convenient. Prior to founding Shipper back in 2017, Budi has founded several tech start-ups. In 2011, he created OCash, a virtual currency system in Australia to help the payment system for Australian gamers. OCash’s outstanding business performance was very attractive to bigger businesses that it’s finally acquired by MOL Malaysia. Budi led this acquisition process and acted as MOL Australia Director afterwards.
MVL Labs, Group COO
Sean, Group COO of MVLLABS and CEO of TADA, is a serial entrepreneur who takes delight in building businesses. Since his first internet start-up in the dot-com era in Korea and the U.S., he has experienced to start and scale up multiple internet technology-driven businesses over the past 20 over years through full cycles of start-up journey. During his career, he has done 2 successful exits including a cloud-based HR SaaS company which he had managed to grow in 15 countries across Asia Pacific region for 10 years right before MVL.
Sean graduated from Seoul National University in Korea and has his MBA degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in the U.S. He has been one of the big supporters to MVL’s ideas for years before joining MVL and is currently enjoying the ride at TADA and ONiON.
RWDC, Executive Chairman & Co Founder
Roland is a professional engineer who built his company, MEI Project Engineers, into one of the largest in the world, with a ranking in the top 225 global design and build engineering firms.
He spent four decades working with companies like DuPont, Dow, Procter & Gamble and other multinational corporations, and he is responsible for pioneering design and construction projects for complex process facilities.
Roland’s extensive experience working to the stringent requirements of these sophisticated customers has created a world-class expertise in cost-effective and efficient-production processes.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bybit
Ben Zhou is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bybit, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange headquartered in Singapore.
After having spent his teenage years in New Zealand and going to university in the United States, Zhou returned to China and was the general manager for the Greater China region for Forex brokers XM for seven years, before co-founding Bybit in early 2018. With the motto “we listen, we care, we improve”, Bybit was founded with the goal of raising the bar for crypto derivative exchanges and providing the best possible trading experience. Offering perpetual contracts, the platform is equipped with the capacity of handling 100,000 TPS, which equates to one match taking 10 microseconds. With platform updates applied through hot patch and grey release, Bybit also has no server downtime. In addition, Bybit offers 24/7 live chat customer support, available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Cake Defi Founder
Dr. Julian Hosp is the CEO and Co-Founder of Cake DeFi. Cake DeFi is the most transparent way to generate cash flow from your cryptocurrencies, making DeFi accessible to anyone and everyone. It is a platform that empowers users to take control of their finances by creating cash flow and harnessing the potential of decentralized finance.
Julian was also one of the original Co-Founders of DeFiChain, the world’s first native DeFi blockchain for the Bitcoin network devoted to decentralized monetary applications and services..
Julian is widely regarded as a leading influencer in the crypto space, with over one million followers across all his channels globally.
As well as being credited as a leading authority in the crypto and blockchain space, and active speaker for the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, an advisor for the EU’s blockchain groups and managing multiple businesses in the vertical, he is also thebest-selling author of Cryptocurrencies Simply Explained and Blockchain 2.0 — Far More Than Just Bitcoin. His vision is to bring blockchain awareness and understanding to a billion more people by 2025.
Co Learn Founder
Adhay Saboo is co-founder of CoLearn, one of SE Asia’s fastest growing ed-tech companies based in Southeast Asia with a mission to make Indonesia’s youth competitive on the global stage. CoLearn currently serves close to million Indonesian students monthly through a combination of AI powered Mathematics and Science Homework Help & Cohort Based Live Classes. Prior to CoLearn, he worked as Tech Consultant at Accenture focusing on mission-critical technologies running public services in Canada and US. Returning to Indonesia in 2015, he was training and coaching professionals across industries increasing productivity through people development while on the weekend taught coding for young students. Marc holds two degrees in Computer Science & Genetics from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Elevoc Technology, Co Founder, CEO
Elevoc is committed to providing world-leading AI speech enhancement and voice interaction solutions covering smartphones, PCs, wearable devices, new energy vehicle, hearing buds and other fields. The company completed its Series B financing in 2021 and is establishing a sub-brand—Elehear. The Elehear will focus on AI hearing health, and launch a new generation of AI noise-cancellation hearing aids with excellent noise reduction technology and access to online contactless telemedicine services.
Founder of Spark Technology Inc (Canada)
MSc in Software Engineering from UBC
BA in Communication Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong
Intra-Immun SG Founder
Professor Qi Zeng is a Research Director at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular Cell Biology (IMCB) and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Biochemistry of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Zeng carried out her undergraduate at Xiamen University, China, and her PhD training at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPMI, US) and IMCB (A*STAR, Singapore) and was conferred her PhD degree of National University of Singapore. She discovered PRL-3 phosphatase and uncovered the mechanisms of PRL-3. in driving cancer hallmarks. Her lab demonstrated that PRL1 and PRL3 monoclonal antibodies could inhibit experimental metastasis of cancer cells expressing these antigens, and accordingly proposed and pioneered an unconventional approach of immunotherapy targeting intracellular oncoproteins for inhibiting tumor growth in mouse models of cancer followed by preclinical studies. The intellectual properties (IPs) were licensed to Intra-ImmunSG Pte Ltd (IISG), an A*STAR spinoff. IISG has been sponsoring clinical trials of PRL3-zumab (a humanized monoclonal antibody against PRL-3) in solid cancers. PRL3-zumab has been approved for clinical Phase 2 trial by HSA (Singapore), FDA (USA), and NMPA (China), MREC (Malaysia, Phase 2/3), since 2017 First in Man trial, PRL3-zumab has showed its drug excellent safety and early efficacies.
Lead Medical, Founder
Dr. Jeff Xu is the founder and CEO of Lead Medical, an enabler of digital therapy and China’s leading provider of intelligent integrated clinical solutions for complex chronic diseases using big data and artificial intelligence improving the lives of doctors and patients alike.
A recipient of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Dr. Xu is a young multi-disciplinary individual with 20 years of work and entrepreneurial experience in combining clinical practice, artificial intelligence, finance, big data, scientific research, informatization and other fields at home and abroad. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles, including an ongoing series on mobile health in China. He is also a member of the Professional Committee on Cardiac Health and Management of the China Association of Recovery, Health Technology Transformation and Promotion (CARTTP).
After medical school, Dr. Xu forayed into integrating technology into healthcare. With experience in 2 previous start-ups and holding multiple patents to his name, he has been recognized by the industry for his innovativeness and potential. He has received multiple academic and industry awards, including the Peking University Young CEO Value Orientation Award (2019), Lie Yun Wang’s TOP 20 Entrepreneurial Stars (2020), the Future Healthcare Top 100 (VB100) award (2022), and the 36Kr | X-36 under 36 – Young Entrepreneurial Stars (2022), among others.
In 2015, Dr. Xu founded Lead Medical, which improves efficiency across medical workflows in approximately 100 top public Level 3A hospitals it serves across 22 provinces around Mainland China and is currently expanding internationally.
Hugh Yao is the founder and CEO of the leading online language learning platform, LingoAce. LingoAce strives to reimagine language learning with immersive experiences to nurture confident, future global citizens, starting with Chinese. Hugh received his Master’s degree in Management and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University. He has over 15 years of experience in the technology sector and was previously in leadership roles with IBM, Oracle and Salesforce across the Asia Pacific region.
Hugh founded LingoAce to help his son learn Chinese. He found most traditional teaching unsuitable for today’s digital youth and aims to instil a passion for learning Chinese in students through innovative technology. To date, he has built a tech-enabled, immersive and interactive language platform that is enjoyed by learners from over 100 countries. Through its proprietary platform, Hugh has brought together curriculum experts, certified teachers, and creators of world-class multimedia, animation and gamification technology.
LingoAce now has a select pool of over 4,600 teachers with international CTCSOL accreditation and trained in interdisciplinary teaching.
LingoAce is headquartered in Singapore with regional offices in Beijing,Chengdu, Bangkok, Jakarta and San Mateo, California.It also has an educational research centre in Wuhan. To date, LingoAce has received the LinkedIn Top Start-ups 2022, GSV 150 recognition, and the SME100 Award 2019 for Fast Moving Companies.
MiRXES, Co- Founder and CEO
Lihan co-founded and serves as CEO of MiRXES, a Singapore headquartered, RNA centric biotechnology company with the mission to improve and save lives through early, actionable and personalized diagnosis. Lihan oversees MiRXES group’s overall strategy and global operations in Singapore, USA, China and Japan with a team of 360 staff.
Under Lihan’s leadership, MIRXES was named Singapore’s Most Promising Start-up in 2016 and Singapore’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2018, 2019 and 2020. MiRXES has successfully raised USD $130 million venture funding since 2016, which is among the highest raised by an Asia based genomics companies.
Lihan was recognized by the MIT Technology Review as a member of the Innovators Under 35 (2015). He was also awarded the A*STAR Scientist-Entrepreneur Award together with his co-founders in 2017, the NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the EY Entrepreneur of The Year™ Singapore awards (Overall Winner & Biotechnology category) in 2021. Lihan has been serving on the Board of Enterprise Singapore since April 2022.
Lihan obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He has authored and co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and several patent applications.
Serial entrepreneur with 16+ years of extensive management experience, specialized in tech startups and video games business. ● Chief Executive Officer and Director of NextPlay Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTP)
Co-founded and served as Managing Director of HotPlay. ● Director of NextBank International, Inc.
Co-founded LongRoot (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the first Thai-SEC-licensed ICO portal
Co-founder and former director of Axion Games, online video and gaming company
Co-founder and former CEO of True Axion Interactive, a game studio formed via JV with True Corporation
Founded HotNow, hyper local promotion discovery platform ● Co-founded Red Anchor Trading Corp., a tech incubator holding company
BA in Business Administration in International Business from Mahidol
LAI Ruenn Chai, Ph.D. is Paracrine Therapeutics’ CEO. He was the first to show Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) elicits its therapeutic effect through exosomes, a paradigm shift of the consensus that MSC elicits therapeutic effect through cell differentiation. Truly the pioneering group in the exosome research field, he dived deep into exosome research and accumulated more than 15 years of hands-on experience in exosome. He is a co-author of more than 50 exosome publications. He is one of Clarivate’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers™ which identifies the top 0.1% of scientists in the field. His highly cited papers rank in the top 1% by citations for his fields and year in the Web of Science™, distinguishing him as hugely influential among their peers.
LAI Ruenn Chai did his Ph.D. in Biology under Dr. Lim Sai Kiang’s guidance at A*STAR’s Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) under the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering Scholarship, where he discovered the MSC exosome is the active component in the secretion of MSC that treats myocardial infarction/reperfusion injury. He joined A*STAR in 2011 and was a research scientist under Dr. Lim Sai Kiang’s group where he studied the mechanism of action of exosomes and the characterization of exosomes. In 2021, he took up the joint appointment as the CEO of Paracrine Therapeutics Dermatology and led the transformation of exosome therapeutics from lab bench to clinic by completing the first-in-human topical application of exosome ointment to treat psoriasis phase I clinical trial. His unique experience with exosome from discovery to clinic make him one of the scientists who know exosome the best.
Ng Pei Kang is the CEO of TRIA, an award winning, close-the-loop company for packaging – offering a range of innovative and sustainable packaging solutions from product, services to end-to-end ecosystem.
Pei Kang is an honouree on Eco-Business’s A-list for Sustainability Leadership; Tatler’s Gen.T as one of the young leaders who are shaping Asia’s future; and a juror for the Singapore Good Design Award for sustainable solutions.
In his work, Pei Kang advocates the need for an outcome-driven mindset (not promise-driven) and believes that innovation is the key to drive sustainability. He believes sustainability is not a zero-sum game and how we can break the resistances in adoption is through the value-adding of innovation.
Pei Kang has a background in R&D, innovation and technology management. He was the former design innovation lead for the global portfolio of Philips TV and Home Theatre System, where he directed R&D activities across Philips Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is also an occasional speaker for design thinking, sustainability and entrepreneurship.
Xjera Lab CEO
Dr. Ethan Chu is the CEO and founder of the Singapore-based company Xjera Labs Pte Ltd. Xjera Labs’ advanced and cutting-edge AI solutions has been recognized by numerous government agencies and enterprises in Singapore and Asia. Xjera has completed tens of millions of dollars of strategic investments from GLCs and Venture Capitalists, closed deals with a number of key accounts and signed global partnerships with multiple MNCs for worldwide expansion in a few industry verticals. Xjera Labs is also the winner of both OCBC emerging enterprise Innovative award and the winner of OCBC Emerging Enterprise Award in 2019 due to its extraordinary growth and potentials.
Before Dr Chu founded Xjera Labs with his partners, he was a principal investigator of a few AI projects and also an adjunct research scientist at the Advanced Digital Sciences Centre. He earned his Masters and PhD degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2014 under supervision of Prof. Thomas S. Huang, a world pioneer in computer vision, image processing and machine learning. Dr. Chu has published numerous research works in top venues in ICML, CVPR, AAAI, MICCAI, and AISTATS and served as Program Committee member in a few premier AI conferences. He was with Qualcomm, HP Labs in the US and was also a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley in 2012. Prior to that, Dr. Chu completed his Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours with a minor in Mathematics from Nanyang Technological University in 2009.
2 Tone Vintage Watches
Ali Nael is today the founder of a group of watch-centric and tech-driven companies, transforming the retail, distribution, services and preservation of a valuable alternative asset – watches, with tech as the key driver behind growth and sustainability. The group comprises of 2ToneVintage Watches, A & N Luxury Group, 2Tone Service Center and its latest sister company, Futuregrail Pte Ltd (FutureGrail).
Born in Beirut, Ali started his first company in Macao and Guangzhou, China, handling exports of all kind of goods to West Africa and the Middle-East. He went into the oil industry in 2006 which subsequently established a company headquartered in Singapore. . As a collector, Ali seek to not only share his discoveries with fellow collectors, but also share his experiences and knowledge in collecting vintage timepieces. To fulfil his desire to create a conducive environment and culture for exchanging experiences and knowledge, Ali first established 2ToneVintage Watches, followed by other watch-centric businesses, and in his latest endeavour, FutureGrail – a tech-driven company to preserve and manage rare & precious work of horology with the advent of blockchain technology.
In 2021, Ali was invited as a guest speaker at one of the forum panel at Dubai Watch Week, covering the topic “I Love My Patek, What Does it Do?”.
In 2022, Ali was also featured as one of the most prominent vintage watch curator by Financial Times.
Cofounder and President at AiFi Inc.
Ying is an entrepreneur and a computer scientist specialized in computer vision and AI. She received her PhD in computer vision from Duke University and EMBA from Stanford University. While young she attended worldwide programming contests, winning championships and receiving recognition as one of the best programmers in the world. After working at Google and Apple as senior research scientist, she co-founded AiFi, with a mission to bring ultimate efficiency and delight to shopping. She has been leading the team to push the frontiers of computer vision technology and empower worldwide retailers to automate all stores of the future. She believes the best way to predict the future is to create it. She enjoys doing that every day.
AiFi provides the most flexible AI platform that enables retailers to affordably deploy and scale autonomous shopping solutions across their businesses. Leveraging computer vision, AiFi adapts to existing store formats without the need for shelf sensors, and provides advanced tracking algorithms that can scale up to 10,000 square feet to support various shopper journeys such as an app, credit card, gated, or hybrid entry. AiFi works with top retailers worldwide such as ALDI South Group, Carrefour, Compass Group, Żabka Group, REWE, and Verizon. AiFi has the highest number of computer vision powered autonomous stores across the globe. The company has raised a total of $80 million from investors including Qualcomm Ventures, Verizon Ventures, HP Tech Ventures, Cervin Ventures, TransLink Capital, Plum Alley, Reaction, Drive Catalyst, and Evolution.
Founder of Cobo
毛世行，圈内又名神鱼，Cobo联合创始人兼CEO，负责公司战略、产品以及市场运营。 他是中国最早的数字货币先行者和布道者。早在2011年，神鱼就开始在中国推广数字货币以及挖矿，之后他创立了中国第一个数字货币挖矿矿池——鱼池；鱼池现在仍是全球最大的综合性矿池之一，为以太坊和莱特币贡献了全球最大算力。2014年，他还主导了基于 TSMC 55纳米工艺的银鱼莱特币矿机项目。神鱼也是中国最早的比特币媒体——壹比特的创始人之一。
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Amber Group
Michael Wu is the founder and CEO of financial services company Amber Group, which offers trading and hedging of complex cryptocurrency products. The company, which pivoted from quantitative trading to crypto in 2017, serves both institutional and individual investors; although it makes most of its money from the former, it still has more than 100,000 individual customers.
Before establishing the company, Wu worked in finance—as a trader for investment bank Morgan Stanley and as a portfolio manager for private equity firm Arete Capital Partners.
CEO, Happiness Capital
SVP, LKK Health Products Group
Eric leads Happiness Capital, the “do well and do good” global venture capital arm of LKK Health Products Group (a Lee Kum Kee company) with the mission to create global impacts and make the world a happier place. Happiness Capital’s current investment portfolio covers US, Europe, Israel and China. The major impact goals focus on food, health, trust, climate change and reduced inequalities. Prior to joining LKKHPG, Eric co-founded AGENDA in 2000 and grew it to the largest independent digital advertising agency in Asia, which was acquired by WPP in 2008. Stayed with WPP after the acquisition as the Chief Client Officer (Asia Pacific) of the WPP Wunderman network. Eric’s first venture was an AI cancer diagnostic and treatment planning startup in the UK and US in 1994, which was acquired. He joined Cap Gemini US, a global consulting group, as Director of e-Business in 1997 to help Fortune 500 companies on digital innovations and transformation. Eric was an AI research scientist and university lecturer in the UK in the early 90s.
Global Head of Family Office and Private Client, KPMG International and UK Head of Family Office & Private Client, KPMG LLP (UK)
Greg has been a Partner in the UK firm since 2008 and acts as the Global Lead for Family Office & Private Client and is also Head of Family Office & Private Client in the UK. Greg has over 30 years of practical tax experience and specialises in advising ultra‐high net worth individuals, Family Offices and entrepreneurs on their domestic and international tax affairs. Greg also advises a wide range of international trusts and their beneficiaries on their UK and global tax affairs and has been instrumental in the creation of many of these trusts (and similar structures). Greg has extensive firsthand knowledge of creating, maintaining and advising on Family Office structures both for UK based families and for non‐UK based families. Greg has also received multiple industry accolades and has been named in EPrivateClient’s 50 most influential and in the top ten of Spears 500.
Director of the Fok Ying Tung Foundation
Mr. Fok Chun Yue Benjamin (‘Mr. Fok’) was born in 1954. He is of Panyu, Guangzhou Decent. His nationality is HKSAR China. Mr. Fok graduated from the University of British Columbia in Canada, majored in Mathematics and Computer. After returning to Hong Kong in 1980, Mr. Fok served as a Director in Fok Ying Tung Group and committed his time in managing his family business in Hong Kong. Since the early 1980s, Mr. Fok followed his father, Dr. Henry Fok, into Nansha China where he focused his efforts in the comprehensive development of about ten square kilometers of land. The developments included a hotel, a golf course, the building of high-speed ferries, a science park, a school, real estates’ development, a shopping mall, container terminals, a ship yard and other industrial and cultural productions. Mr. Fok is also active in social services and has previously served as the Vice Chairman of All-China Youth Federation (全國青聯) and the Vice Chairman of the Beijing Youth Federation (北京市青聯). Mr. Fok currently serves as the Permanent Governor of Fok Ying Tung Foundation Limited, Fok Ying Tung Panyu Development Foundation Limited, Fok Ying Tung Macau Foundation Limited and the twentieth committee member of the CPPCC Benjing Committee.
CEO of National Volunteer And Philanthropy Centre
Melissa Kwee is the third Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).
Her career has involved her bridging the public, private and community sectors as anthropologist, researcher, programme designer, social innovator and as a catalyst in the private sector. She has founded, run and served on the boards several nonprofit organisations and ground-up initiatives relating to youth, women, the arts, the prisons, community development, healthcare and education. She is also Chairman of MHPL, a Pontiac Land company.
She received the Singapore Youth Award in 2007 and Asean Youth Award 2008 for her leadership and service and was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2018.
Melissa was educated at Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude in Social Anthropology. She also received a Fulbright Scholarship to study ethnic-based community leadership in Nepal.
She believes that genuine friendships are the purpose of life and is passionate about building a culture of giving and other-centeredness where people give their best for others. She enjoys family time, learning from children, peers, elders and strangers, and discovering new stories in the #cityofgood.
Deputy Global Head of Family Office
Invest Hong Kong
Ms. Christine Williams has over 15 years of proven working experience in Private Banking/ Wealth Management. She has been working directly with entrepreneurs, family offices and private equity funds from Asia to Europe with the focus in Greater China.
Christine worked in top tier banks, including UBS, JP Morgan, HSBC, DBS and BNP Paribas in Zurich and Hong Kong. Recently she held various positions where she led, developed, and managed family office business. She was Managing Director of Odyssey Group, Executive Director of BNP Paribas Private Bank, and Senior Director of DBS Private Bank.
Christine started her career as a portfolio manager. She later became clients’ trusted adviser and managed their overall banking matters. Starting from 2015, Christine started to work with family offices to set up and run business in Hong Kong. Thanks to all the roles she was offered, Christine gained extensive knowledge of investments, trust, tax, legal and regulations, and accumulated valuable resources and network. With clients’ interest in mind and armed with the knowledge, experience, and resources she has, Christine has the goal to help entrepreneurs, family offices and private equity funds to connect the dots and find holistic solutions.
Christine holds a Master degree in Finance. She speaks native Chinese and English.
Head, Philanthropy Advisory, Credit Suisse APAC Private Banking Division, Deputy CEO, SymAsia Foundation
Dawn leads the Philanthropy Advisory team in Credit Suisse’s APAC Private Banking Division, supporting clients in their charitable giving and long-term plans for social impact. She works closely with individuals, families and corporates to understand their philanthropic aspirations, and guides them towards achieving their goals.
Dawn is also Deputy CEO of Credit Suisse’s SymAsia Foundation, which provides a donor-advised fund structure for clients. Through SymAsia, the team has supported close to 70 business families and corporations in running their foundations, enabling them to do good in a hassle-free, structured and sustainable manner.
Dawn brings to the team years of experience in the non-profit sector. In her previous role at Temasek Foundation, she worked alongside charities and government agencies to develop pilot programs to uplift vulnerable populations in Singapore. When completed, these evidence-based pilots were scaled up nationwide to benefit the wider community. During her time at Temasek, Dawn developed a wide variety of programs ranging from early childhood to end-of-life.
Director, Private Wealth
Amy joined Vistra Singapore in January 2021 as Director, Private Wealth focusing on providing wealth planning solutions to High Net-Worth individuals and families.
Amy has over 15 years of experience working in wealth management and wealth planning, servicing High Net-Worth clients from South East Asia and Greater China region. She has worked with many prestigious Asian families on their succession planning and prominent Chinese families on their cross-border wealth planning. Amy is familiar with many trust jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore, BVI and Jersey, as well as Singapore Family Office set up and Singapore and HK Charitable Trust set up.
Before joining Vistra, Amy was working in the trust industry as a section head of a Trust Business in a Bank Trustee in Hong Kong and a relationship manager for trust services. Prior to her experience in wealth planning, she has worked as a private banker in Barclays Wealth London, Pictet & Cie London and UBS HK.
Amy has in-depth experience on trust structuring including pre-IPO trust, Reserved Power Trust, Foreign Grantor Trust, Granny Trust, Employee Benefit Trust, Insurance Trust and Asset Protection Trust etc. In addition, she also has experience in offshore fund set up and company incorporation for her clients.
Amy graduated from King’s College London (BSc) and later obtained her Masters Degree in Law (LLM). She is a full member ‘TEP’ of STEP (Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners). Amy also recently obtained a certificate of Wealth and Philanthropy Advisor by China Global Philanthropy Institute partnered with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese both in speaking and writing.
KPMG in Singapore
Cherine Fok is the practice lead for Sustainability Services in Singapore and drives the local efforts for KPMG IMPACT, KPMG’s global initiative on ESG expertise building for a more sustainable and resilient future. She has more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of consultancy projects, specialising in ESG strategies and frameworks, social and economic development, sustainable finance, climate change and ESG measurement, reporting and assurance. By championing cross-functional collaboration and expertise, she helps corporate and public sector clients to address complex ESG and decarbonisation topics.
Cherine has led numerous sustainability advisory engagements across diverse industries. These engagements cover end-to-end client delivery from green economy strategies, decarbonisation roadmaps, climate risk disclosures to impact measurement, sustainable finance framework development and ESG due diligence. For example, she has assisted a leading global real estate company in issuing Singapore’s first green bond.
Currently, Cherine is a Council Member of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, a Member of the EuroCham Sustainability Committee, and a Member of the British Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability Committee. She is part of Green Finance Working Group of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. She is also a non-practising member and Corporate Reporting Committee Member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).
Cherine takes a special interest in market building efforts related to sustainable development and is a regular contributor to industry thought forums and media content. Her contributions include speaking engagements and insight publications with the G7 Global Summit, the UK-ASEAN Business Council, the US-ASEAN Business Council, the Singapore Exchange, the Monetary Association of Singapore, Singapore Green Building Council, the REIT Association of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Directors, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the Singapore Environment Council, the CPA Australia (Public Sector ESG Roundtable), the Asia Financial Forum, the European Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Straits Times, the Business Times, LianHe ZaoBao and Channel News Asia, amongst others.
Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Non-practising member and Corporate Reporting Committee Member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA)
Research Director responsible for Impact and Engagement, Arisaig Partners
Lilian joined Arisaig Partners in May 2020 in London as a Research Director responsible for Impact and Engagement. Her role is to oversee Arisaig’s approach to impact measurement and management, as well as the firm’s approach to engagement and wider stewardship. Prior to joining Arisaig, she was with PwC in London for 13 years, including 10 years in the Sustainability & Climate Change team where she specialised in advising clients on impact measurement and management. She is a Chartered Accountant, has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a MSc from LSE in Environmental Economics & Climate Change.
Ph.D., Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Science Officer
Amit is the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Science Officer of beingAI Limted. He was the ex-Head Principal Scientist at Softbank Robotics Europe, ex-President, CTO, and Chief Science Officer at Hanson Robotics. Ph.D. in AI/robotics, recipient of numerous research awards in science, technology, and education related to robotics and AI. Experience in bringing technology and science together for innovation, by combining cross-disciplinary aspects of psychology, social science, human-agent interaction within unified architecture and computational framework.
Assistant Vice President and incubation and innovation head
CitiusTech Healthcare Technologies Limited
Yogesh is the Assistant Vice President and incubation and innovation head of CitiusTech Healthcare Technologies Limited. He has more than 18 years’ experience as a research and innovation engineer using machine learning and AI solutions to solve complex business problems in aerospace, building industry, nutri-analytics, healthcare, as well as worked for innovative startups and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Institute de Mathématiques de Toulouse (IMT), France, and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Chairman of Board and Non-Executive Director of Approved Technology Solutions
Tan Kah Kee family member
As a former Olympian (1984 Los Angeles) and Asian Games medalist, Jin Teik’s illustrious 30-year professional career spanned both private and public sectors in multiple industries, with residence in USA, China, and Singapore. He is a trusted, people-centric senior executive who specializes in business turnaround, mega project ideation-startup-operations, place making in mixed use developments, and complex stakeholder management (including public-private-people partnerships).
Having served as CEO at American Ethane Capital, Singapore Sports Hub, Hyflux China, Singapore Sports Council, and other senior leadership roles in National Starch (Ingredion) and DuPont Company, Jin Teik is now running his own business in consultancy, namely (1) board advisory (turnaround, M&A, growth, startup, fundraising, human capital, governance strategy); (2) integrated mixed use development projects (thematic positioning, place making, portfolio of content development, creative & profitable revenue generation); (3) business partnership with advisory (fundraising, M&A debt restructuring, project financing/refinancing, private equity/VC fundraising & structuring.)
He is also Chairman & Non-Executive Director (Approved Technology Solutions, UK), Senior Advisor (Xctuality and eSports Players League), and Board Member (Beyond Sport and Republic Polytechnic).
Jin Teik has an MBA & BSc Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University, USA and attended Executive Education classes at Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Kellogg Business School (Northwestern University, USA).
Chairman, Heyi Holdings and Co-Founder Tianren Culture (Founder of Youku, China’s Youtube 古永锵 优酷创始人)
Victor Koo founded Heyi Holdings in 2005, which incubated Youku in 2006. Victor led Youku as Chairman and CEO to become a leading multi-screen media and entertainment company in China. Youku was listed on the NYSE in 2010, completed its privatization and was acquired by Alibaba in 2016. Victor retired from his position as Chairman and CEO and served as Chairman of Alibaba Entertainment Strategy and Investment Committee for a year in 2017. Victor continues to serve as Chairman of Heyi Holdings, which currently focuses on disruptive innovation and social impact investments in areas such as health, genomics and new protein. He is also a senior advisor of Texas Pacific Group and business advisor of DeCheng Capital.
Victor also co-founded Tianren Culture, a next-generation social platform that serves as a catalyst and enabler of social innovation with the mission to foster positive global values and lifestyles. Tianren Culture’s core strategic focus is to promote “OneHealth, One Wellness” by promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles and “Being One with Nature”, especially those with roots in Eastern cultures and philosophies which believe that the body and mind health of human beings are interconnected with the health of the broader environment and ecosystem.
Tianren Culture works with funding, NGO and business partners to put in place high impact, effective social innovation initiatives to improve physical health and reduce factory-farmed animal protein consumption and production by promoting flexitarian diets and food innovation based on plant-based, fermentation and cell-based technologies and to support scientific research and promote meditation and breath work practices to improve mental and emotional wellness. He is also on the advisory board of Global Wellness Institute and Good Food Fund. Tianren Culture is a strategic partner of Global Wellness Institute on the Wellness Moonshot in China as part of a growing network to eradicate preventable, chronic disease worldwide.
From 1999 to 2005, Victor served as President, COO, and CFO at Sohu, China’s NASDAQ-listed leading internet portal. Prior to joining Sohu, Victor worked as vice president at the venture capital firm Richina Capital Partners, where he led venture capital investments in media and entertainment. Previously, Victor worked at Bain & Co. in San Francisco from 1989 to 1992.
Victor received his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he currently serves on the Advisory Council. He was also a Regent’s Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a BS degree.
Investment Portfolio Curator at Horizons Ventures
Frances Kang is an Investment Portfolio Curator at Horizons Ventures, an investment firm that invests in leading global disruptive technology companies such as Zoom, Spotify and DeepMind etc. Since joining in 2012, Frances has been leading its Fintech investments globally with the aim of using technology to make financial services more inclusive, accessible, and transparent. Many of her investments have become unicorns that redefine financial products and services, such as Hippo (NYSE: HIPO), Doma (NYSE: DOMA), Bakkt (NYSE: BKKT), N26, WeFox, Blockstream, Ajaib and Airwallex. Her investment thesis speaks to her belief that access to finance changes lives; and technology creates endless possibilities for a more equitable world.
In addition, Frances is also working to expand Horizons’ investment footprint into South East Asia in recent years. She is energized by the pace of innovation and creativity embodied by young entrepreneurs and their ambition to build a more inclusive society via technology solutions.
Frances graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
CEO & Storyteller, VS Story B Corp Movement Ambassador
Jacqui began her career sailing around the world to collect global solutions for climate change with a UNEP Global Climate Expedition.
She moved to Singapore in 2010 when she realised that the best solutions to protect the environment already existed, but needed more visibility to scale. Hence, she created a B Corp certified Storytelling and Strategy company to work with multinational clients, Impact Investors and visionary enterprises to help scale solutions for sustainability: from Maasai warriors in Tanzania, carbon offset projects in the Amazon rainforest, to FMCG supply chains all the way from Mexico to Mount Everest.
She firmly believes that if we want companies to change, we need change-makers within companies, which is why she is supporting to build the B Corp Movement into Asia; to use the power of business as a force for good.
Partner, Real Estate and Asset Management, Tax and Head of Family Office & Private Client, KPMG in Singapore
Stephen joined KPMG Singapore as a Tax Partner in 2021. He has over 18 years of tax advisory
experience and has spent more than half of his career in Singapore. Stephen began his career with a leading Australian law firm where he principally assisted on financial services clients. This includes financing transactions such as sale and leasebacks, structured finance and capital raisings. He has worked in the United Kingdom for a Magic Circle law firm and also in Papua New Guinea during the implementation of the PNG LNG project. The diversity of Stephen’s experience means that he has advised across a range of industries and has a deep appreciation of principles of international taxation.
He has developed particular expertise in the asset management and private client space which has been the focus of his practice in Singapore. Stephen joined KPMG Singapore from an international private client law firm where he was a Partner with the Private Client and Tax team of their Singapore office. In this former role, Stephen advised UHNW clients on the design and implementation of wealth planning structures including the use of single family offices. Stephen advised on almost all aspects of these structures including Singapore tax and regulatory matters. He was also regularly engaged by institutional asset managers to provide Singapore tax advice on fund formation and investment structuring projects.
Founder of Matrixport and BitDeer
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Sloan C. Sainas is a young professional studying at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). His studies include Social Value Investing taught by the other speakers, Professor Buffett and Professor Eimicke. Sloan has worked for the UNDP, APEC, the University of Hong Kong, and most recently, a hedge fund in Hong Kong. His past roles pertain to public-private partnerships, organizational strategy, and financial analysis. He holds a B.A. Honors in Economics and International Development from Queen’s University in Canada and is pursuing the chartered financial analyst designation.
Partner at Arisaig Partners
David is a London-based partner at Arisaig Partners, an investment management firm established in Singapore in 1996. He has been with the firm since 2010, working in Singapore, Brazil and the UK. David has been leading the firm’s development of an impact investment practice since 2018, culminating in the launch of a new impact fund in 2020.
Advisor of Obama Foundation and Sister to Barack Obama
Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng is a Consultant at the Obama Foundation, helping to develop programming in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to her work at the Obama Foundation, she was the Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawaii where, in addition to leading outreach and development initiatives, she also taught Leadership for Social Change, Peace Movements, Peace Education, and Conflict Management. For many years, she worked at the University of Hawaii College of Education where she taught Multicultural Education, Social Studies Methods, and Peace Education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Maya sits on several voluntary boards and is the Co-Founder of the non-profit Ceeds of Peace as well as the Institute for Climate and Peace.
She is the sister to Barack Obama.
Asia Medical Grp, Co Founder and CEO
Asia Medical Grp联合创始人，首席执行官
Founding Partner – Built Integrative healthcare solution conglomerate with supporting financial and agriculture business units
Spearheaded Thai market – company setup, acquiring licenses, team building, market development and partnerships
Also a HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE AND ADVISOR TO MINISTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH Assistant/Advisor
Carry out research into national and international issues as required, and ensure the politician is made aware of any relevant matter to support the political agenda
Lead and assist in multiple social projects as requested by the politician including liaise with members of government, international delegates, the media, and private organizations etc.
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Master of Science in Management – with Distinction
2008-2012 CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY
B.Eng. in Nano Engineering – Delegate attendant for the 68th United for Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (1 in 16 student candidates chosen throughout Thailand). Member of Liaison unit for the Asia Pacific International Model United Nations (APMUN)
Asia-Pacific Emerging Leader of Obama Foundation, Advisor to the committee of regulation review for controlled narcotic plants, Ambassador of MoreWIP Program (more women in politics- women empowering program)
Director of the Fok Ying Tung Foundation
Mr. Benjamin Fok Chun-yue was born in 1954 and graduated from the University of British Columbia in Canada, majored in Mathematics and Computer. After returning to Hong Kong in 1980, Mr. Fok served as a Director in Fok Ying Tung Group and committed his time in managing his family business in Hong Kong. Since the early 1980s, Mr. Fok followed his father, Dr. Henry Fok, into Nansha China where he focused his efforts in the comprehensive development of about ten square kilometers of land. Mr. Fok is also active in social services and has previously served as the Vice Chairman of All-China Youth Federation (全國青聯) and the Vice Chairman of the Beijing Youth Federation (北京市青聯). Mr. Fok currently serves as the Permanent Governor of Fok Ying Tung Foundation Limited, Fok Ying Tung Panyu Development Foundation Limited, Fok Ying Tung Macau Foundation Limited and the twentieth committee member of the CPPCC Benjing Committee.
Chief Executive of the National Heritage Board (NHB) and Chairman of Stroke Support Station (S3)
Ms. Chang Hwee Nee is Chairman of Stroke Support Station (S3), a ground initiative started by volunteers to support stroke survivors and caregivers in their stroke journey in Singapore. She is also Chief Executive of the National Heritage Board (NHB). Since joining NHB in May 2017, she has worked on the long-term sustainability and development of the museums and the national heritage cause; growth of the heritage and cultural ecosystem as well as the people-private-public partnerships to drive national unity and well-being. Prior to joining the NHB, Ms. Chang Hwee Nee held senior positions in the Ministries of National Development, Education, Health and Finance of Singapore. Ms. Chang graduated with a MA in Economics from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Chief Executive Officer Asia at Crédit Agricole – Indosuez Wealth Management
Omar Shokur is Chief Executive Officer Asia at CA Indosuez (Switzerland) SA. Omar joined the Organisation team at Crédit Agricole Private Banking Services in 2001 (which became Azqore in June 2018), in charge of strategic and operational projects to support the bank’s development. In 2007, Omar joined Crédit Agricole CIB in London where he focused on the structuring and sales of commodity derivatives. Since 2017, he has been Head of Markets, Investment & Structuring teams for Indosuez in Switzerland and Asia and member of the Executive Committee of CA Indosuez (Switzerland) SA.
Omar holds a master’s in mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He also holds an MBA from the IMD business school in Lausanne (2006).
The Rockefeller family
Eileen Rockefeller is an author, public speaker, venture philanthropist, and a member of the Rockefeller family.
Eileen is a visionary catalyst in the fields of mind/body health, social and emotional learning, and innovative philanthropy for clean energy. As founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Health in 1981, she pioneered broad acceptance of mind/body interactions in health and disease. She foresaw the related need for social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education, prompting Daniel Goleman’s bestseller, Emotional Intelligence, and the co-founding of CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) in 1994. She and her husband, Paul, founded the Growald Climate Fund in 2007 to help reduce climate change by transitioning the energy sector to clean alternatives.
She received her BA from Middlebury College in 1974 and her MA from Lesley College in 1976.
Co-founder of Fosun Group
Co-Founder and Board Director of PropertyGuru
Steve Melhuish has over 25 years of expertise in leading global businesses. He co-founded PropertyGuru, and in 10 years, the company has grown into Southeast Asia’s leading online property group, being used by over 25 million buyers monthly in 5 countries. Steve leads M&A projects across the region and has raised over $400 million in investments for PropertyGuru.
Before PropertyGuru, Steve was the CEO of an Asian social network company. In addition, he was an advisor to digital media, venture capital and start-up companies across Asia and Europe. He has advised Skype, AOL, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Extreme Media, iPass, and Ariadne Capital.
Founder and Managing Partner of ALC Capital, Board of Director of Singpost
Mr. Chen is the Founder and Managing Partner of ALC Capital and Board of Director of Singpost. He was a senior vice president of Alibaba Group Strategic Advisory Department. Previously, he was in charge of strategic investments by Alibaba Group in various types of companies, including high-growth private companies and public companies listed in the PRC and overseas. He has more than 20 years of experience in investment, strategy management, strategic market development, and business and financial advisory services.
Chen received an EMBA degree from INSEAD.
Managing Partner of AXONE Capital, Co-Founding Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China
Zhang Fan is Managing Partner of AXONE Capital and Co-founder of Sequoia Capital China. He was formerly a Director at DFJ ePlanet Ventures. Fan was a pioneer in the venture capital industry and had been deeply involved in the early investment of some of the landmark tech startup successes coming out of China in the past two decades.
Fan was selected as one of the top winners of the “Midas List – Top Venture Capitalists in China” for four consecutive years by Forbes magazine.
Fan holds an MBA and a BA (with Distinction) from Stanford University.
Chairman of Atlantis Investment Management, Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen by Forbes
刘央现任西京投资管理公司（香港）主席及投资总监, 拥有近三十年大中华区域的资产管理经验。作为中国第一代基金经理，刘央是业界公认的投资中国的先锋人物。她是罕有的具备中国本土教育背景和国企管理经验，并拥有西方金融专业系统培训及市场实践经验的基金投资管理人。刘央于2001年加入首域投资管理有限(香港)公司担任中国投资总监。在此之前, 刘央于1992年至2001年, 派驻中信在澳大利亚联邦银行的合资机构 – 信瀚中国投资担任投资总监，管理在悉尼证券交易所上市的全球首家封闭式中国基金近十年之久。 刘央的职业生涯起始于1988年中信集团北京总部，她于同年毕业于中央财经大学金融系国际金融专业并获经济学学士学位, 又于1998年获得澳洲证券学院（现为澳新金融服务业协会，简称FINSIA）应用投资学研究生毕业。