Kurt Tong (Moderator) (Consul General at American Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau)

Kurt Tong (Moderator)

Consul General at American Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

Kurt W. Tong assumed his duties as Consul General representing the United States to Hong Kong and Macau on August 27, 2016. As Chief of Mission, Mr. Tong leads a large interagency team that cooperates with the governments of Hong Kong and Macau in a variety of areas. Those areas include expansion of trade and bilateral investment; combatting transnational crime; protection of the environment; and educational and cultural exchanges. The Consulate General also supports U.S. resident citizens and visitors to Hong Kong and provides visa services to facilitate tourist and business travel to the United States.

Prior to his service in Hong Kong, Consul General Tong was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State, the most senior career diplomat handling economic affairs for the State Department. Before that, Mr. Tong served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), managing all aspects of U.S. participation in APEC, while concurrently serving as Economic Coordinator for the Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Mr. Tong has been a diplomat for the State Department since 1990, including service as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council from 2006 to 2008 and as Economic Minister-Counselor in Seoul from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as Counselor for Environment, Science and Health at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Deputy Treasury Attaché in Tokyo, and economic officer in Manila. Consul General Tong was a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University Faculty of Economics from 1995 to 1996. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was an Associate with the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo.

Consul General Tong holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and studied economics at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. He has also studied at the Beijing Institute of Education, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, and International Christian University in Tokyo.
Consul General Tong speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. He was born in Ohio and raised in Massachusetts, and enjoys tennis, soccer and other sports. He is married to Dr. Mika Marumoto. They have three grown children.

Simon Milner (Vice President, Public Policy, Asia Pacific at Facebook)

Simon Milner

Vice President, Public Policy, Asia Pacific at Facebook

Simon Milner was appointed Facebook’s Vice President, Public Policy for APAC in March 2018 and is based in Singapore. He was previously the company’s policy director for UK, Middle East and Africa based in London. He joined Facebook in January 2012 to be Director of Policy for UK and Ireland, taking on the broader region in early 2015. Previously he was BT's Director for Group Industry Policy having joined the company as Head of External Relations for the Equality of Access Office in 2005. Before BT he worked for the BBC (1997-2005) including holding the position of Secretary (2000-2004), responsible for the Corporation's governance and accountability.  He has a PhD in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics.

Karen Reddington (President, Asia Pacific Division at FedEx Express)

Karen Reddington

President, Asia Pacific Division at FedEx Express

Karen Reddington is President of Asia Pacific Division of FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company.

In this role, which Ms. Reddington took up in January 2015, she heads up Asia Pacific from its headquarters in Hong Kong. Ms. Reddington is responsible for leading the FedEx Express business across the region, including overall planning and implementation of corporate strategies and operations across more than 30 countries and territories with about 29,000 employees.

Ms. Reddington’s career with FedEx Express began in 1997 as an Operations Research Advisor in Hong Kong. In 2002, she was appointed Managing Director, Network Planning. In 2007, she assumed the role of Managing Director of Planning and Engineering.

Most recently, Ms. Reddington was Regional Vice President, South Pacific. She served in that role between 2011 and 2014.

Ms. Reddington is currently serving as the Board Chair of JA Asia Pacific as well as being on the Board of Governors of JA Worldwide. In addition, she serves as the Secretary of the International Women’s Forum and also sits on the Board of Governors of the America Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Mark Green (Executive Vice President at PVH Supply)

Mark Green

Executive Vice President at PVH Supply

Mark Green is currently Executive Vice President of PVH Supply. Based in Hong Kong he is responsible for the offshore global sourcing and operations of the PVH Group which owns such iconic brands as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Arrow and Izod.

Before joining PVH, Mark spent 4 years in China with Walmart as Vice President of Sourcing and Operations with responsibility for apparel, footwear, jewelry and accessories. He managed 12 global offices with production in over 25 countries worldwide.

Prior to that Mark was at Limited Brands where he worked in senior sourcing positions with Victoria’s Secret Stores and Catalogue, Express, The Limited and other specialty retail brands, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Lane Bryant, Diesel, New York & Co. He was based in Hong Kong and Sri Lanka and Israel.

Mark was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1961 and spent his first 17 years in the Far East. He went back to the UK and graduated from the Manchester University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History, Politics and Philosophy.

Mark’s first 14 years were with a family company in the UK, Toye & Co Plc. Founded in 1685 Toye was a manufacturer of Regalia, Insignia and military accoutrements. Following a brief spell in the hosiery and lingerie business, Mark then joined Limited Brands.

Mark is presently a member of American Chamber HK Board of Governors.

Mark is an avid sportsman and plays tennis, hockey, badminton and golf. He is a member of two livery companies in the UK – The Worshipful Company of Broderers and the Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers.

Janet De Silva (President & Chief Executive at Toronto Region Board of Trade)

Janet De Silva

President & Chief Executive at Toronto Region Board of Trade

Jan De Silva is an experienced international business executive with a track record of excelling in on-the-ground leadership roles.

As President & CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Jan is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world.

Prior to joining the Board, Jan spent 14 years in leadership roles in Asia. She served as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s Hong Kong subsidiary and Mainland China joint venture. She co-founded and was CEO of Retail China Limited, which was acquired in 2010. She later served as Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and Asia operations of Ivey Business School of Western University.

Highly respected for her business advocacy and government engagement efforts, Jan has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, a Woman of our Time by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and made the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s inaugural Diversity 50 list. She currently sits on the boards of Intact Financial Corporation, Blue Umbrella Limited and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.

Chris Clague (Against) (Managing Editor, Asia & Global Editorial Lead, Trade & Globalisation at The Economist Intelligence Unit)

Chris Clague (Against)

Managing Editor, Asia & Global Editorial Lead, Trade & Globalisation at The Economist Intelligence Unit

Chris Clague is a Managing Editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in Asia. He is an expert in international trade and trade policy and has also advised clients throughout the Asian region on the strategic implications of megatrends and political risk. He was a consultant in The EIU’s Tokyo office and was the project leader and editor for the EIU/Nikkei BP publication The World to 2050 (available in Japanese only). 

Prior to joining The EIU, he was a senior consultant and Director of China Operations for a boutique consulting firm that worked with governments and MNCs on issues related to international trade, investment, and commodities. 

Chris holds an MSc in Asian Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a certificate in International Trade Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute’s summer academy. He provides regular commentary on trade and the Japanese economy to international media.

Alan Beebe (President at The American Chamber of Commerce in China)

Alan Beebe

President at The American Chamber of Commerce in China

Alan Beebe was appointed President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China in March 2016. He has more than twenty years of industry and management consulting experience in Asia, including the past fourteen years in mainland China.

Prior to joining AmCham China in Beijing, Alan held various senior executive positions with EY, IBM, and management consulting firms AT Kearney and PRTM. He also led a Beijing based start-up for five years, the China Greentech Initiative, which merged in 2014 with the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson.

Alan has advised a wide range of corporations and global investors on investing and operating in China, including global private equity firms, U.S. high technology companies and major Chinese enterprises such as China Telecom and China Mobile.

He holds a Master’s degree from Yale University in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the U.S. He is a Board of Advisor of the Yale Club of Beijing and in that capacity promotes academic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China. He is a fluent speaker of mandarin Chinese, and reads and writes Chinese.

Alan was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He is married with two children.

Tara Joseph (Facilitator) (President at The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong)

Tara Joseph (Facilitator)

President at The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Tara Joseph is the President of AmCham Hong Kong. In her 22 years as journalist, she has reported on hundreds of the world’s most important and high profile news stories including Russia’s financial crisis, Myanmar’s emergence from virtual isolation, China's rise on the world stage and the Beijing Olympics to name a few. Earlier in her career, Tara was the editor and main presenter of Reuters Financial Television based in London, and covered emerging markets and G7 economic issues. She has twice served as President of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest press clubs.

Barrett Bingley (Moderator) (Director, Media Sales (North Asia) and Asia Initiatives of The Economist Group)

Barrett Bingley (Moderator)

Director, Media Sales (North Asia) and Asia Initiatives of The Economist Group

Barrett Bingley is the Director, Media Sales (North Asia) and Asia Initiatives and has been with The Economist Group for 7 years. In his practice he has developed the Sustainable Trade Index for the Hinrich Foundation, the Illicit Trade Index for TRACIT and conducted major trade research projects for HSBC, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank.

In addition to his work at the Group, he has been the Chair of the AmCham Hong Kong Trade and Investment Committee for 6 years, serving on the Committee for a total of 8 years thus far. He was also a Board Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong for 4 years. Barrett has recently joined the Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) as a Board Director.

Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Barrett was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Foreign Minister and before that the Policy Advisor to the Trade Minister with a focus on Asia.

Barrett is a Commonwealth Scholar and holds Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Victoria University of Wellington. Barrett was a Visiting Fellow at the Indonesian Centre for Strategic and International Studies, publishing on trade, piracy and terrorism in the South China Sea.

Francisco A. Aristeguieta (Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific at Citigroup Asia)

Francisco A. Aristeguieta

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific at Citigroup Asia

Francisco Aristeguieta is the CEO of Citigroup Asia responsible for all businesses in the region's 16 markets. In addition to Asia, he is also responsible for the Consumer operations in the U.K., Russia, Poland and the U.A.E. Mr. Aristeguieta oversees 60 thousand people across the region and almost 30 percent of Citigroup’s earnings. He has been a member of Citigroup’s Global Management committee since 2012 and reports to Michael Corbat Citigroup CEO. Before assuming this role in June 2015, he served as CEO of Latin America, leading a three-year repositioning effort in the region's 23 countries where Citi is present.

Mr. Aristeguieta holds an M.B.A. from Brunel University in England, where he attended on a British Council scholarship. He also has a graduate degree in banking and finance and an undergraduate degree in business administration with a major in management, both from the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela.

Keith Richburg (Moderator) (Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre and Professor of Practice at The University of Hong Kong)

Keith Richburg (Moderator)

Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre and Professor of Practice at The University of Hong Kong

Keith Richburg is a journalist and former China correspondent who spent more than thirty years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi, and Manila. He covered the invasion in Iraq, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US military intervention in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China. He was also The Post’s Foreign Editor from 2005-2007 and helped cover the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

After retiring from the Post in 2013, he became a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and a lecturer of international reporting at Princeton University. Keith’s coverage has won numerous awards, including two George Polk Awards, and was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reports from Somalia. His 1997 book, Out Of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa, chronicles his travels across Africa. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Joe Sousa (President, Asia Pacific at Rockwell Automation)

Joe Sousa

President, Asia Pacific at Rockwell Automation

Joe Sousa is President, Asia Pacific at Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for executing our Growth & Performance strategy, growing market share and leading our Global Sales, Marketing and business operations in the Asia Pacific region.

Joe joined Rockwell Automation in 1988 as a sales engineer and has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in our Global Sales and Marketing organization. Prior to his current role, Joe was president, Latin America where he was responsible for growing market share and leading our business operations in Latin America. He has also served as regional vice president, Western Region; district manager for the Northeast District and New England branch manager.

In his time with Rockwell Automation, Joe excels at building high-performance teams, developing leaders and driving sales execution.

Joe holds both a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He is located in Hong Kong at our Asia Pacific Headquarters.

Steven Xavier Chan (Senior Director, Head of Government Relations, Asia Pacific at PayPal)

Steven Xavier Chan

Senior Director, Head of Government Relations, Asia Pacific at PayPal

Steven Xavier Chan is the senior director and regional head of government relations, Asia-Pacific, for PayPal Inc. Based in Singapore, he leads government advocacy, strategy and outreach efforts in the region.

Steven has more than 20 years of combined government and industry experience in international trade and public policy. Prior to joining PayPal in August 2018, he was the managing director and regional head of regulatory, industry and government affairs for State Street’s businesses in Asia Pacific. Steven also served as Director of Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He previously held various positions in the US government as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State with overseas and domestic assignments in Mexico, China and Washington D.C., and as Deputy Director for China and Mongolia Affairs with the Department of Commerce. He also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte Consulting supporting change management and enterprise transformation projects for large organizations.

Steven currently serves a board member of the National Center for APEC and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Steven earned a Master of Arts in international economics and China studies from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs and economics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is a native of Hawaii.

Richard R. Vuylsteke (President at East-West Center)

Richard R. Vuylsteke

President at East-West Center

President of the East-West Center since January 1, 2017. Former positions include president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong; president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei; editor-in-chief of the Taiwan Review; area studies coordinator at the Chinese Language and Area Studies (CLASS) Foreign Service Institute school in Taipei; research fellow in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School; as well as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Rajasthan, India. MA and PhD from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, specializing in Western and Chinese political philosophy. Areas of expertise include: strategic and operational leadership of multicultural organizations, AsiaPacific business and trade, Asian and Western history and philosophy.

Linda Brown (Chief Executive Officer at Laureate International Universities)

Linda Brown

Chief Executive Officer at Laureate International Universities

Linda was appointed President of Torrens University Australia and CEO, Laureate Australia and New Zealand in 2014. Linda is a member of Laureate International Universities’ global OPCOM Board, with operational responsibility for 78000 employees, over 70 universities in 29 countries, and a member of the IP board, where she is driving the Internationalisation Strategy.

Linda has 25 years of management experience in the education sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her background is diverse, incorporating leadership experience in government, the private sector, social enterprise and education.

Linda is an acknowledged educational leader in the Asia Pacific region. She has represented Australia for six years at APEC Women Leaders’ Conference in Asia Pacific and was identified by Management Today as one of "25 Australian women to watch”.

Her global business and educational experience includes Corporate CEO, Futures Stockbroker; Managing Director, Dartington, UK; and Director of Stoke-on-Trent FE College. Linda was also part of the UK Government's rapid response team for the Further Education Funding Council, utilised to turn around failing colleges, and was part of the UK 'think tank' on education as a global business.

Michaela Browning (Consul General at Australian Consulate General in hong Kong, China)

Michaela Browning

Consul General at Australian Consulate General in hong Kong, China

Ms. Browning is an experienced diplomat with extensive international policy, program management and operational experience. She has worked for the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade for 23 years including previous postings to Singapore and Thailand. She has been a Senior Adviser to Defence and Foreign Ministers on Asia and security.  She was a trade negotiator on the Doha Round (WTO) and on AUSFTA, SAFTA.  Before her appointment in Hong Kong, Ms Browning was Head of Investment at Austrade, the Australian Government’s trade and investment promotion agency. She led Australia’s investment teams in Australia and across an extensive overseas network. Immediately before that, she was General Manager Established Markets and Special Adviser to the CEO on Strategy and China. In this role, she had overall responsibility for the Austrade presence in, and trade and investment promotion for, North America, Western Europe, North Asia, Turkey, Israel, New Zealand, and the Pacific. Prior to that she was Assistant Director General at AUSAID in charge of the Afghanistan and Pakistan development programs, developing and implementing strategy and programs and working closely with the ISAF and major donors in Afghanistan.

Peter Burnett (For) (Regional Head, Corporate Finance, Greater China & North Asia at Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong)

Peter Burnett (For)

Regional Head, Corporate Finance, Greater China & North Asia at Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong

Peter joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2013 and is responsible for Corporate Finance business in Greater China and North Asia. This encompasses Loan Syndications, Leveraged and Structured Solutions, Shipping and Aircraft Finance, M&A and Project & Export Finance. Prior to Standard Chartered, Peter was with UBS for 24 years in various roles including Head of Asian Equity Capital Markets, Head of Asian Investment Banking, Chief Executive of UBS Middle East and most recently Chairman of Global Capital Markets, Asia. Peter has a long association with Asia and having first worked in the region in 1994 and settling in Hong Kong in 1996.

He is the Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce and is the Chairman of the “One Belt, One Road” Committee for the Hong Kong Association of Banks. He is also member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Belt & Road Committee’s International Market Working Group and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Belt & Road Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of Oxford University and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Anna Cheung (Chief Executive at Jardine Pacific)

Anna Cheung

Chief Executive at Jardine Pacific

Anna Cheung is Chief Executive of Jardine Pacific Limited; through its subsidiaries, provides engineering and construction, aviation and restaurants and Information Technology services.

Ms Cheung has over 20 years of experiences in the Private Equity and finance industries. Prior to her appointment at Jardine Pacific Limited, she was Senior Advisor to Fountainvest Partners. Prior to that, she was Partner at 3i for approximately 12 years and was one of the founding partners of its China business focused in growth capital investments with a sector focus on consumer and healthcare.

Prior to 3i, Anna worked for Intel Capital and JH Whitney focusing on telecommunications and IT investments in North Asia. Before that, she worked in investment banking with Salomon Brothers, New York and Bankers Trust, Hong Kong in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets and M&A.

She was Senior Advisor to Lionrock Capital as well as Executive Director of Hong Kong Venture Capital Association (HKVCA).
Anna has a BA in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

William D. Greenlee, Jr (Partner, Managing Director of DFDL Myanmar)

William D. Greenlee, Jr

Partner, Managing Director of DFDL Myanmar

William’s practice focuses on M&A, corporate and project finance and securities. He is involved in negotiating, structuring, documenting and managing large transactions, private equity and opportunity-fund companies and other international companies throughout Asia. With a focus on Southeast Asia, William’s clients include a range of industries including energy, mining, infrastructure, oil and gas, banking, telecommunications and tourism. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Oregon in Asian Studies with a minor in East Asian Literature and Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco, California. William is a member of the State Bar of California, State Bar of Nevada, State Bar of California International Law Section and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He is based in our Yangon office and is a member of DFDL’s china Desk. He speaks English, Mandarin, Thai and basic Indonesian.

Siobhan Das (Executive Director of The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce)

Siobhan Das

Executive Director of The American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

Siobhan Das is the Executive Director of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Assuming the position in January 2016, Siobhan has overseen the revitalization of the Chamber, making it one of the most active and effective AmChams in the region. She reached this achievement by strengthening the Chamber's presence from within, driving stronger engagement with its members and developing a powerful voice for its various business communities. By leading targeted, well designed, and sustained engagement with the membership and key stakeholders, including U.S. and Malaysian government officials, Siobhan has positioned the Chamber so that it can support and effect policy changes that benefit not only AMCHAM Members, but other companies-at-large, contributing to a more open and fair business climate in Malaysia while supporting Malaysia’s competitive position.

Siobhan returned to Malaysia after almost 12 years in China, five of which she served as Director of Committees (Industry) at the largest American Chamber of Commerce in the Asia Pacific - AmCham Shanghai. There she directed and shaped the role of 26 Committees filled with senior corporate executives, driving peer-to-peer learning, and best practice sharing allowing the Chamber to truly understand the business environment and leading the Chamber to advocate successfully on behalf of the U.S. business communities they represent, addressing issues impacting day-to-day business. Prior to moving into the nonprofit sector, Siobhan spent more than 20 years in the film and television industry across Asia and the U.S., including owning her own production & corporate communications company in Kuala Lumpur. 

She holds two degrees from Boston University and, more recently, she was a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School where she earned her Masters in Leadership and Strategy.

Diana David (Founder & CEO of Sarana Labs)

Diana David

Founder & CEO of Sarana Labs

Diana Wu David is a board director, strategist and innovator with a focus on helping companies and executives to be more entrepreneurial, resilient and effective in the face of constant change. From Henry Kissinger to Financial Times, from robotics education in China to the board of the World Bank, she helps strong leaders shepherd change and impact. Her latest book is: Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration (www.dianawudavid.com/future-proof)

Stephane De Montlivault (President, Asia Pacific at Otis Elevator Company)

Stephane De Montlivault

President, Asia Pacific at Otis Elevator Company

Stephane de Montlivault is President, Asia Pacific with responsibility for all Otis businesses in Asia Pacific, excluding China. Prior to his current appointment, Stephane served as President, Northeast Asia, in addition to his role as President, Nippon Otis Elevator Company.

He started his career at Otis North America in 1984 where he held several positions in sales, procurement strategy, and finance. In 1989, he was relocated from New York to Singapore where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis for the Pacific Asia Operations. From 1995, he took on successive country and regional leadership roles and was based in Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Stephane moved to Japan in 2009 where he first served as Managing Director. In 2004, he was named President, Nippon Otis.

Stephane holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from ESDE in Paris, and a Master of Business Administration in marketing and management from the University of Hartford in the United States.

Nicole Denholder (Founder of Next Chapter Ventures)

Nicole Denholder

Founder of Next Chapter Ventures

Nicole Denholder is the founder of Next Chapter Ventures.

Next Chapter is a community for female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses in Asia to improve their access to funding. It offer’s a reward-based crowdfunding platform, curated Funding Directory, Funding Readiness programmes and Coaching to female entrepreneurs who are looking to fund and scale their businesses.

Nicole was previously a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London and Hong Kong in PwC’s US IPO and Advisory practices working on large-scale projects across Europe and Asia.

Nicole is also on the Australian Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Network’s Executive Committee and on the Board of the Women Entrepreneurs Network in Hong Kong.

Nicole completed a Bachelor of International Business at Queensland University of Technology, and was the recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at IKIP University, Indonesia.

Since starting Next Chapter, Nicole is a regular speaker on Crowdfunding and Funding for Female Entrepreneurs at events such as FinnovAsia, HKU's Future City Summit, StartupNext, HKTDC Conferences and the Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Nicole is passionate about female entrepreneurship and becoming a catalyst to change how women access funding.

You can learn more about Nicole and Next Chapter at www.nextchapterfunding.com

Joseph R. Donovan (United States Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia)

Joseph R. Donovan

United States Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia

Joseph R. Donovan Jr., a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, was sworn in as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia on November 4, 2016. He presented his credentials to the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, in January 2017.

Ambassador Donovan served most recently as Managing Director of the Washington Office of the American Institute in Taiwan. Previously, Mr. Donovan served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon from 2012 to 2014, Associate Professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. from 2011 to 2012, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State from 2009 to 2011.

He was the U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2009, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan from 2005 to 2008, and Director of the Department of State’s Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Donovan was Political Section Chief at the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan from 2000 to 2003 and Political/Military Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan from 1997 to 2000. Earlier assignments in the Foreign Service include posts in Taiwan, China, South Korea and Qatar.

Before joining the Foreign Service, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Donovan received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an M.A. from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Michael Yates (Vice President, Hong Kong & Taiwan at Procter & Gamble)

Michael Yates

Vice President, Hong Kong & Taiwan at Procter & Gamble

Michael is the Vice President for Procter and Gamble’s businesses in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Prior to that he led the Market Strategy and Planning group for P&G Greater China based out of Guangzhou. Michael has been with P&G for 23 years, having spent 7 years in Asia, 4 years in Africa and the balance in Eastern Europe and the UK.

Michael is originally from Manchester, UK and graduated from Newcastle University in Political Science. He lives in Hong Kong and is married with 2 daughters.

Hillary Yip (Founder & CEO of MinorMynas)

Hillary Yip

Founder & CEO of MinorMynas

Hillary Yip is the founder and CEO of MinorMynas, which aims to build a global community for kids to learn while having fun on the safest online platform. She began her entrepreneurship journey at the age of 10 in 2016.

The MinorMynas beta iOS app was launched in May 2017. As of Jan 2019, the app has over 50,000 downloads across over 50 countries.

Hillary has shared her ideas as a keynote speaker and panelist on many occasions, most recently at the Yidan Prize Summit and Jumpstarter 2019. In 2017, Hillary delivered a TEDx speech talking about her journey in education, specifically her homeschooling experience and how her experience in running a startup changed her perspective. Apart from being a sought-after speaker in events and conferences, Hillary is also actively connected with many parties to inspire young people.

Hillary and MinorMynas have been widely featured by many media outlets including the BBC, Yitiao (一条) and South China Morning Post to name a few. In October 2018, an article of her was featured by the digital newsletter of the Malala Fund. Her story of being a visionary young entrepreneur has been circulated globally.

Jon E. Huenemann (Vice President, External Affairs at Philip Morris International)

Jon E. Huenemann

Vice President, External Affairs at Philip Morris International

Mr. Huenemann joined this U.S. Fortune 100 Company in September 2010 and reports directly into top management. As a member of the company’s External Affairs Executive Leadership Team, he is responsible for external affairs strategic direction around the world while also overseeing the Washington, D.C., office and U.S. affairs and the company’s external stakeholder relationships.

He brings over 35 years of experience to his role. Prior to his current position he:

- Coordinated an international practice group at a prestigious Washington, D.C., law firm;
- Was Senior Vice President at a large global public affairs consultancy;
- Served in the Executive Office of the President as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative and led economic diplomacy efforts on many topics;
- Served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the International Affairs Bureau at the Department of the Treasury;
- Was an international economic policy advisor to a senior Senator on the Finance Committee;
- Was a co-coordinator of a multilateral development project affiliated with the UN Development Program; and
- Was a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

He serves on boards of research institutions and business organizations and has taught/lectured in universities.

Deborah Elms (Executive Director of Asian Trade Centre)

Deborah Elms

Executive Director of Asian Trade Centre

Deborah Elms is Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre in Singapore.  She is also a senior fellow in the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s (MTI) Trade Academy. Deborah’s present research involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) negotiations and global value chains.
Previously Deborah was head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She has also provided consulting on a range of trade issues to governments including the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Deborah publishes the Talking Trade Blog .

Rafael Frankel (Moderator) (Director, Public Policy, Southeast Asia of Facebook)

Rafael Frankel (Moderator)

Director, Public Policy, Southeast Asia of Facebook

Rafael Frankel is a leading expert in Asia-Pacific government affairs, public policy, political-economics, business and investment. He is currently director of public policy for Southeast Asia at Facebook. A former foreign correspondent and consultant based in Bangkok, Tel Aviv and Washington, Rafael has two decades of experience spanning 50 countries.

Lee Hawley (Chief Human Resources Officer at GLP)

Lee Hawley

Chief Human Resources Officer at GLP

Lee Hawley is Chief Human Resources Officer of GLP. Lee is responsible for global human resources and driving the Group’s strategies related to talent management, compensation and corporate culture.

Prior to joining GLP, Lee was Managing Partner of HRT Edge Limited, a boutique advisory specializing in building people and organization capability for business growth.

Previously, Lee was Chief Human Resources Officer for Doosan Group, a Fortune Global 500 company focused on infrastructure support. He has also held senior international leadership roles at PepsiCo and Cerberus Capital Management.

He graduated with a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from New York University and Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.

Ralph Jansen (Chief Operations Officer at Clover Group International Ltd)

Ralph Jansen

Chief Operations Officer at Clover Group International Ltd

Ralph Jansen is Chief Operations Officer of the Clover Group International Ltd. and a member of the companies executive Team. He joined the Group in September 2017 as Chief Strategy Officer, bringing more than 25 years of Intimate Apparel leadership, Retail expertise and Board-Member experience to his role with the company.

Ralph Jansen manages corporate direction and strategy at the Clover Group, facilitating company activity in Operations, Customer development, Innovation and new Business ventures.

A global executive, from Germany, who has been working and living in Hong Kong and holding multiple executive positions since 1999.
Triumph International Ltd. as its Executive Director across Asia and the Americas – 2008
Lbrands Inc., Senior VP International, global retail expansion Victoria’s Secret & La Senza – 2012
MAS Holdings Ltd., CEO ( Business Unit) & Member of the companies Board of Directors – 2017
before he joined Clover in his current role.

Joe Kelly (Vice President, Corporate Communications at Huawei)

Joe Kelly

Vice President, Corporate Communications at Huawei

Joe Kelly, an Irish national, is Vice President for corporate Communications at Huawei, one of the world’s largest information and communications companies. He has held this position for the last six years and is based at the company’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, southern China. Joe joined Huawei from BT Group in London where he was managing director of communications for the telecoms wholesale business. He has also served as director of global PR for Marconi PLC and Head of Communications for Xerox Europe. He started his career in business and technology journalism in Europe and the US.

Gary Liu (Chief Executive Officer at South China Morning Post)

Gary Liu

Chief Executive Officer at South China Morning Post

Gary Liu is CEO of the South China Morning Post, a leading news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century with global impact. Founded in 1903, the SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record. Along with its flagship news products, the SCMP is also Asia’s leading magazine publisher with a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, and Harper’s BAZAAR, and is home to cpjobs.com, a big data-powered recruitment platform.

Prior to joining the SCMP in January 2017, Gary was CEO of Digg, spearheading the New York startup’s transformation from aggregator to a data-driven news platform. Previously, Gary was Head of Spotify Labs, where he led emerging technologies and business strategies for Spotify’s global markets, after joining as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.

Born in the United States, Gary grew up in Taiwan and New Zealand, before returning to the American Northeast where he lived and worked for 20 years. He currently lives in Hong Kong with his wife Katrina, a pediatric dentist. Gary is an Economics graduate from Harvard University.

James McGregor (Moderator) (Chairman, Greater China at APCO Worldwide)

James McGregor (Moderator)

Chairman, Greater China at APCO Worldwide

James McGregor is chairman of APCO Worldwide’s greater China region and author of two highly regarded books: No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism, and One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China. He also wrote the noted APCO monograph China’s Drive for Indigenous Innovation—A Web of Industrial Policies. He was a veteran reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and also Chief Executive of Dow Jones & Company in China. Prior to joining APCO, he was founder and CEO of a China-focused consulting and research firm for hedge funds. McGregor is a professional speaker, regular television and radio commentator and a contributor of essays and opinion articles for a variety of publications. He has lived in China for nearly three decades. McGregor is a former Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China and has long served as a leader of AmCham’s US government relations activities. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the International Council of Asia Society and a board member of the US-China Education Trust. He splits his time between Shanghai and Beijing.

April Palmerlee (Chief Executive Officer at American Chamber of Commerce in Australia)

April Palmerlee

Chief Executive Officer at American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

April Palmerlee is Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. She joined AmCham in 2017 after a distinguished career in government, education, and the corporate sector. American-born, Palmerlee has lived in Sydney since 2003 and is a dual citizen. She received a BS from Georgetown University and a Master’s from Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Immediately after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, she was appointed to the senior executive service of the US Department of State where she served as Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues (now called Ambassador-at-Large, equivalent to Assistant Secretary). Before that, she was a senior executive at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She has also worked for couturier Oscar de la Renta, financial publisher The Bank Credit Analyst, and not-for-profit The Spanish Institute. She is currently on the selection committee for the Fulbright scholarship in NSW and the Georgetown University Australian and New Zealand Studies Board.

Pavida Pananond (Professor, Department of International Business, Logistics and Transport at Thammasat University, Thailand)

Pavida Pananond

Professor, Department of International Business, Logistics and Transport at Thammasat University, Thailand

Prof. Pavida Pananond is a full-time Faculty Member of Department of International Business, Logistics and Transport, at the prestigious Thammasat University in Thailand. Pavida received her Ph.D. in Economics (International Business) from the University of Reading (UK), MBA from McGill University (Canada), and BA in Accounting from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).

She studies the internationalisation of firms, global value chain, and economic upgrading, with reference to emerging markets. Her research has appeared as book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Multinational Business Review, Journal of International Management, and Asia Pacific Journal of Management. Her commentaries have also been published, and cited in local and international media, including The Economist, Financial Times, and the BBC.

Pavida serves on a number of editorial boards of academic journals and is Honorary Adviser to Asia New Zealand Foundation, New Zealand’s leading non-government authority on Asia. In addition to MBA and executive teaching, she regularly provides briefings to diplomatic missions, chambers of commerce, and multinational companies, among others. Her recent awards and grants include Thammasat University’s Researcher with Highest Number of International Publications (2015), Fulbright Thai Visiting Scholar (2015), Thammasat Business School’s Best Teacher award (2008), and research grants from the Thailand Research Fund, and the Asia Foundation.

Her professional affiliations include Associate Member of the John Dunning Centre for International Business at the University of Reading, and of Emerging Market Internationalization Research Group, University of Sydney Business School. Pavida also serves as independent director and audit committee member of Precious Shipping Public Company Limited (PSL), Thailand’s largest listed company in dry cargo shipping. Pavida speaks Thai, English and French, is an avid runner and swimmer, who has completed several half-marathons and biathlons.

Jon Penrice (President, Asia Pacific at Dow Chemical Pacific Ltd)

Jon Penrice

President, Asia Pacific at Dow Chemical Pacific Ltd

Jon Penrice leads Dow’s business in Asia Pacific with responsibility for the company’s businesses, spanning consumer, packaging and infrastructure markets. He joined Dow in Switzerland in 2007 and held various roles including the global general manager for Electrical & Telecommunications business, the global business director for Formulated Systems business, and prior to the current role, as vice president for Polyurethane business for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Prior to joining Dow, Jon was with DuPont as the global executive vice president for the fibers and apparel business, which became Koch Industries’ Invista, and had held a variety of other leadership roles in consumer focused businesses. Jon graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK, with a degree in Natural Sciences, and is based in Hong Kong.

Douglas Ramage (Managing Director of BowerGroupAsia, Indonesia)

Douglas Ramage

Managing Director of BowerGroupAsia, Indonesia

Douglas Ramage has 30 years’ experience in Indonesia and he is a leading expert on Indonesia’s investment climate, politics, and business affairs.

Fluent in Indonesian, Doug is the Jakarta-based Managing Director of BowerGroupAsia Indonesia, a business and investment advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Ramage provides advice and guidance on political-economic risk and regulatory challenges to multinational companies investing in Indonesia. He is a well-known analyst, writer, public speaker and media commentator on Indonesian affairs. Ramage is Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, and previously served in senior Indonesia positions for the Australian Government, the World Bank, and the Asia Foundation.

His academic career included stints at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Singapore, CSIS Jakarta, the East-West Center, and University of Hawaii. His publications include Indonesia as a Normal Country, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2008; “A Reformed Indonesia?” Australian Financial Review, October 2007; and Politics in Indonesia: Democracy, Islam and the Ideology of Tolerance (Routledge, London, 1995 and 1997).

Ramage holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina and also studied at the Institute for Teacher Training (IKIP) in Malang, Indonesia, the Australian National University (ANU), and the University of Maryland.

John Rockhold (Executive Director of The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam)

John Rockhold

Executive Director of The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam

Mr. Rockhold spent 8 years in the US Navy leaving with a Degree in Engineering and Applied Science. He served 2 tours during Vietnam’s second Indochina war from 1971 to 1973. He later served in Thailand, Loa, Iran, and Central America as part of US Naval Advisory Group. In late 70’s to mid 80’s Mr. Rockhold worked with the US Government under direct contract in Africa, Asia and Central America.

In 1992 Mr. Rockhold return to Vietnam as Project Director for the return of Vietnamese refugees and establishing vocational training centers to integrate these Vietnamese back into society. In 1995 he was Managing Director in establishing Vietnams first 100% foreign own Environmental Consulting firm, the company worked with a number of Utilities/ SOE’s in the design, construction and operation of social infrastructure throughout Vietnam using grant funding. In 2000 Mr. Rockhold founded Pacific Rim Investment and Management Inc. (PRIM) out of LA, California to work with private international companies on Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in greater Saigon region and Me Kong Delta. He has worked with over 70 such investors from USA, Europe, and Asia from investment applications to operations of their industries. In 2011 PRIM join with 100% Vietnamese own firm ABBO working on FDI’s in the areas of shipping, animal feed, fertilizers, resorts, food industries and renewable energy investments. In 2012 he started investments in Wind and Solar power projects as part of Vietnam renewable energy policy. PRIM also provides capacity building to Government of Vietnam in international procurement and contracting preparing for trade agreements and private bank funded projects.

Mr. Rockhold today holds board positions at PRIM and ABBO, which today is handling an investment profile of over $650 million (2016) in Vietnam. He Chairs the Power and Energy Working Group in the Vietnam Business Forum (Ministry of Planning and Investment, IFC, World Bank and 17 International Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations).

Mr. Rockhold is married to a Vietnamese national and the have 2 kids, the family are farmers in Hau Gaing province of the Me Kong Delta where they produce rice, coconut oil, and assorted fruit.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Senior Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Senior Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Former U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) served for almost three decades as a member of Congress representing the 27th congressional district of Florida. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was the Chairwoman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to becoming the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Chairwoman, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen served as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia; International Operations and Human Rights; International Economic Policy and Trade; and Africa, and as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen also served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was a member of the CIA Subcommittee and the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee. She authored the Export Administration Act of 1997, and introduced the Iran Freedom Support Act and the Security through Termination of Proliferation Act (STOP) of 2008.

Ben Simpfendorfer (Moderator) (Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Silk Road Associates)

Ben Simpfendorfer (Moderator)

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Silk Road Associates

Ben Simpfendorfer is Founder and CEO of Silk Road Associates, a data-driven strategic advisory based in Hong Kong. Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20 years. He advises a range of Fortune 500 multinationals on their commercial strategies in Asia, providing global boards and regional strategy teams with data-based solutions into fast-moving markets and their value-chains. His extensive specialist networks add further insights into today’s key operating challenges.

Before establishing Silk Road Associates in 2010, Ben spent over a decade tracking China’s business landscape as Chief China economist for RBS and senior China economist for JPMorgan based in Hong Kong. He started his career in Beirut during the early 1990s where he worked as a management consultant, later joining Dun & Bradstreet based in London as the firm’s Senior Analyst for the Middle East & North Africa.

Ben speaks Mandarin and Arabic. He is author of The Rise of the New East (Palgrave: 2014), examining commercial opportunities and complexities in the Asia market, and The New Silk Road (Palgrave: 2009), exploring China’s commercial ties with the Middle East. The book is translated into six languages including simplified and traditional Chinese. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, and his editorials have been published by the FT and WSJ.

Tim Stratford (Chairman at The American Chamber of Commerce in China; Managing Partner at Covington & Burling LLP (Beijing))

Tim Stratford

Chairman at The American Chamber of Commerce in China; Managing Partner at Covington & Burling LLP (Beijing)

Tim Stratford is managing partner in Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office and a member of the International Trade, Corporate and Public Policy Practice Groups. Mr. Stratford’s practice is focused on advising international clients doing business in China and assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally. As a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. Stratford is the most senior former U.S. trade official working as a member of the U.S. business community in China. Except for the five years he spent in Washington, D.C. in government service (2005-2010), Mr. Stratford has lived and worked continuously in the greater China region since 1982.

While at USTR, Mr. Stratford was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He worked closely with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials from numerous government departments and agencies to address problems encountered by companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment and co-chaired a number of important bilateral working groups and dialogues established under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue.

Prior to serving at USTR, Mr. Stratford was General Counsel for General Motors’ China operations, where he was a member of GM’s senior management team in China and oversaw the company’s legal and trade policy work. Mr. Stratford also served previously as Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brigham Young University, and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Edward Tse (Founder and CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company)

Edward Tse

Founder and CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company

Dr. Edward Tse is founder and CEO, Gao Feng Advisory Company, formerly Chairman of Greater China for Booz & Company and Managing Partner, China for The Boston Consulting Group. With over 20 years of experience in management consulting and senior line management, he is widely known as “China’s leading global business strategist.” Dr. Tse has extensive experience in the definition and implementation of strategy, organizations and corporate transformation. He has assisted hundreds of corporations – both headquartered in China and outside of China – and public sector organizations on all critical strategy and business issues related to China and China’s role in the world. His experience covers a broad range of industries and was/is on the board of three major Chinese state-owned enterprises. He has also consulted to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank as well as the Chinese government on policies, state-owned enterprise reform and competitiveness. Dr. Tse has published over 200 articles and four books including the award-winning The China Strategy (2010) and China’s Disruptors (2015) . He received an SB and SM in Civil Engineering from MIT and a PhD and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Laurence Van der Loo (Director, Technology and Operations of Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association)

Laurence Van der Loo

Director, Technology and Operations of Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association

Laurence is Director, Technology and Operations at ASIFMA, the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association.

Based in Hong Kong, Laurence is responsible for coordinating ASIFMA’s Operations and Technology efforts including regulatory implementation, cost efficiencies, KYC/AML, fintech/regtech and cyber and cloud. ASIFMA’s work in this area includes regulatory advocacy, driving harmonization and work on industry best practices in these areas. In addition, she oversees several of ASIFMA's regional committees in China and India. These committees help develop and shape ASIFMA's regulatory engagement s to drive capital markets development in both countries. Laurence also supports the CEO team with ASIFMA’s corporate governance and board processes.
Laurence has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining ASIFMA in 2016, she was responsible for European business development at Vistra Hong Kong, assisting foreign companies and funds to set up in Asia. Before that, she managed a portfolio of Natural Resources Companies at ING Corporate Banking in Brussels, working on numerous ECM, DCM, securitisation and syndicated loan deals for her clients.

Laurence holds a Master Degree in Business Economics from the University of Ghent, and a Master Degree in International Business from EAE Business School. She is member of the Exco of the Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (BLCC) in Hong Kong as well as Women in Finance Asia. She is fluent in English, Dutch and French.

Hans Vriens (Managing Partner at VRIENS & PARTNERS Pte Ltd)

Hans Vriens

Managing Partner at VRIENS & PARTNERS Pte Ltd

Hans is Managing Partner of Vriens & Partners, the leading firm around Southeast Asia specializing in government affairs, public policy and political risk analysis. Headquartered in Singapore, the firm has more than 70 staff and 30 senior counsellors across offices in Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hanoi, Manila, Yangon and Phnom Penh.

Hans has lived and worked in Asia since 1990. He is a regular commentator on regional issues.

Before establishing Vriens & Partners, Hans was Vice Chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide in Southeast Asia. He earlier established and served as MD of the Indonesia practice for six years. Prior to this, he worked as a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong, practiced law at Clifford Chance and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily. In 1995, he was elected President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong.

Hans was a Board Member of the Europe ASEAN Business Alliance (EABA) and Chairman of the Foundation Dutch Education at UWC in Singapore. Earlier, he served on the Board of Eurocham, and was the founding chairman of DutchCham in Singapore.

Hans graduated from law school in civil and public law at Groningen University. After law school, Hans studied at the Bologna Center of the Paul Nitze School of the Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

Daniel Warelis (Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific at Refinitiv)

Daniel Warelis

Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific at Refinitiv

Dan is Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Asia-Pacific for Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk business), working with the business to identify policy issues that may impact Refinitiv and its customers. This includes legislative and regulatory changes related to data privacy, anti-money laundering, Fintech and the G20 financial standards.
Previously, he was with the Standards Council of Canada, working with regional organisations and countries throughout Asia, Latin America and Africa to mitigate market access issues facing Canadian companies. A native of Toronto, Canada, Dan started his career working on technical barriers to trade issues related to free trade agreements being negotiated by Global Affairs Canada. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa.

Michael Yip (Chief Innovation Officer at Modern Terminals Limited)

Michael Yip

Chief Innovation Officer at Modern Terminals Limited

Michael Yip is the Chief Innovation Officer at Modern Terminals Limited, a leader in the container terminal industry in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Michael is responsible for inducing innovation across the company, managing the process of innovation, and bringing together technology, information, and process transformation initiatives. In addition to leading the digital transformation, he is also part of the Company Strategy Board, responsible for formulating and driving corporate business plans and strategies.

Michael has over 25 years of experience in IT management & consulting, and prior to joining MTL, he was based in Shanghai as the Director of IT in China for Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Michael holds an MBA jointly from The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (USA) and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, as well as a BSc in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (USA).

Lennard Yong (Group Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director of Tricor Group)

Lennard Yong

Group Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director of Tricor Group

Lennard Yong joined Tricor Group in January 2018 as the Group CEO and Managing Director. In this role, he is responsible for the Group’s strategy and commercial operations of Tricor that spans across 20 markets with more than 2,000 employees mainly in Asia Pacific, London and the offshore centres.

Prior to Tricor, his international experience spanned across financial services in Insurance, Asset Management and Banking having worked and lived in Australia, Asia and Europe for global financial services companies – ING Group, MetLife and FTLife. He has held CEO roles in these financial services companies and in his corporate experience managed: turnaround situations, setting up a joint-venture, mergers and acquisition, and divestment of a USD 2bn company.

Lennard is an active contributor to the Hong Kong financial services industry. He was an advisor between 2014 – 2018 to the HK government’s Insurance Advisory Committee, the former Chairman of the HK Federation of Insurers – Life Insurance Council and a current member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce (HK).

His professional accreditations include memberships at the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Australia) and Fellow CPA (Australia). He attended a Harvard Business School corporate program in 2015, IMD (Lausanne) corporate program in 2007. He has a Master of Commerce and a Bachelor of Business degree from two universities in Australia.