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2022 Speakers

Kelvin Chiu
Founder and CIO
Silverstrand Capital

Kelvin Chiu is an impact investor and philanthropist. ...

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Kelvin Chiu is an impact investor and philanthropist. He is the Founder and CIO of Silverstrand Capital, a Singapore-based single family office with an impact mandate focused on the regenerative economy. The investment strategy places emphasis on systems change, as Silverstrand seeks to accelerate the widescale adoption of regenerative practices in food systems and beyond, striving to restore ecological health and biodiversity to the planet.

Kelvin started his career trading grains and oilseeds derivatives, and today much of his time is dedicated to commodities and macro trading. Outside of work, he is an avid diver, hiker, skier, and safari goer. Through returns generated from his passion in trading, he is able to deploy funds towards his love for the natural world and biodiversity, helping to scale a movement which is core to many of his values.

Prior to setting up Silverstrand, Kelvin worked as a trader for Goldman Sachs in London and Vitol Asia in Singapore. He holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge (2008).

Cindy Ko
Head of Asia Pacific
Toniic

Cindy has dedicated her career to entrepreneurship and investing in emerging markets....

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She currently serves as Head of Asia for Toniic, a community of private wealth owners committed to aligning their investments with their values. She also serves as an independent director for JcbNext, an investment holding company listed on the Malaysia Exchange.

Previously, Cindy served as Venture Partner for Quona Capital, an early-stage VC fund focused on financial inclusion. Prior to Quona, Cindy served as Head of Asia for Endeavor, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building venture ecosystems worldwide. During her 10+ year career at Endeavor, Cindy built Endeavor’s presence in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Cindy also led the charge to bring Zipline, a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, to the region. She worked with both the private and public sectors to implement a drone delivery system operating at national scale to send urgent medicines to those in need.

She has been involved in the full spectrum of finance, starting her career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs and going on to do micro-lending in post-war Kosovo.

Cindy is passionate about social impact, and has served on the advisory board of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) and investment committee for Patamar Capital’s Investing in Women Fund. She holds degrees from Wellesley College and the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Chew Kwee San
Executive Director
The Tecity Family Office

The Tecity Family Office is a single family office investing in public listed equities globally....

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The Tecity Family Office is part of the The Tecity Group which comprises a public-listed arm, Straits Trading Company Limited and a philanthropic arm, The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. The Tan Chin Tuan Foundation operates from the Tan Chin Tuan Mansion, which is used as a "hub" for philanthropic activities, sharing business ideas and mutual learning.

Also as Council Member of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore Mr. Chew oversees the evaluation of applications and the disbursements of grants in Singapore and ASEAN.

Mr Chew was elected to the NCSS Board as a member from 1 August 2012 till 31 July 2018. During his term, he was appointed as a member of the Services Committee, Audit Committee and Community Chest Committee. Since 1 August 2014, he had stepped up to the position of Vice Chairman of the Community Chest Committee, and has since spearheaded various projects, such as Community Chest Orange Day and Sharity Day.

He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of The Community Justice Centre in Singapore; which aids litigants-in-persons and their families with legal and social assistance.

Mr Chew was invited to join the board of Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) in its mission of partnering donors and charities to enhance giving in Singapore from year 2020 to present.

Mr Chew is also a member of the Programmes & Grants Committee with a purpose to ensure that Management establish strategic directions and procedures on CFS programmes and grantmaking policies and the evaluation of grant requests.

Asher Noor
Chief Investment Officer
AlTouq Group

AlTouq Group is a sophisticated single-family office with a well-diversified financial investment portfolio in private/public equity, real estate and venture capital amongst others....

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Asher sits on the board of several companies worldwide, representing AlTouq Group’s global investments.

Asher is a fellow chartered accountant, qualified trust & estate practitioner, holds an advanced certificate in family business advising, and is on the editorial board of STEP Journal and a former board and faculty member at Family Firm Institute, Boston. He also holds an MBA from EDHEC Business School, France.

Asher has written for various publications including co-authoring a chapter in the ‘Family Office Handbook’ and authored a chapter in the book titled ‘Advising the Wealthy Client: A Handbook for working with the ultra-wealthy’.

In 2020, FamCap profiled him as one of the top 100 influencer worldwide in the family enterprise world.

Asher has been interviewed on BBC World’s Middle East Business Report and has spoken at 50+ conferences worldwide.

Asher is based between Riyadh and Singapore and has worked for PwC, Banque Saudi Fransi and Morgan Stanley in the past.

Arvind Narula
Chairman and Founder
Urmatt Group

Arvind Narula, impact investor, Chairman and founder of the Urmatt Group, is a pioneer of the organic agriculture industry in Thailand, Argentina and Laos..........

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In over three decades he has developed one of the world’s most successful contract farming models.

Arvind has invested in several innovative and successful projects in the field of agriculture and agricultural value added products, and has advised companies globally in organic agriculture. His impact-award winning group companies are focused on benefitting the poorest farmers.

A past member of the YPO Board, he also served as the chair for S.E. Asia.

Arvind speaks seven languages and graduated in Economics from Heidelberg and Paris and the Sasin Institute of the Chulalongkorn University.

Vincent Chian
Principal
Fairview International School (KL Campus)

Dr Vincent Chian is currently the Principal at Fairview International School....

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He graduated from the University of Manchester with a MBChB (Hons) and went on to obtain an EMBA from Tsinghua-Insead EMBA. Dr Vincent is a trained Concept-Based Teaching and Learning professional.

A former Psychiatry registrar, he chose to dedicate his life to ensure that the future generation are well prepared for life rather than another examination. A teacher, entrepreneur, innovator and speaker, he wears many hats as a leader at Fairview and strives to redefine good quality education. Over the last 11 years, he taught biology, headed a science department, led the IB Diploma programme and championed holistic education as a principal.

Under his leadership, the IB Diploma at Fairview handed out over RM 2 million in scholarships and achieved a cohort average of 37.3 out of 45 points. Fairview has won several awards recently, including the “International School Award for Teaching and Learning 2021” for the ToolBox skills programme ; “A Top 50 Global IB School”, “The Top IB School in Malaysia” for 2020 and 2021.

Dr Vincent Chian is a board member of Family Business Network Asia and Entrepreneurs Organisation Malaysia where he enjoys nurturing other up and coming changemakers. He has spoken at Edutech Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore, led workshops by BNP for Nextgens and inspired educators as a presenter at IB Conferences. His areas of interest include educational pedagogy, leadership, technology, family business, organizational change, holistic education, teacher development and skill development in schools.

Gillian Tan
Assistant Managing Director
Development and International Group Moneary Authority of Singapore

Gillian oversees MAS’ strategies to develop Singapore as an international financial centre as well as MAS’ international relations and engagements......

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Prior to this appointment, Ms Tan was Executive Director of the Financial Markets Development Department, which aims to promote a vibrant financial market in Singapore, with a focus on developing the capital market, asset management and insurance sectors as well as green finance capabilities and solutions. From 2016-2019, she served as Executive Director of the Enforcement Department, which is responsible for investigating and enforcing breaches under the laws administered by MAS, including anti-money laundering regulations and market misconduct offences.

Ms Tan previously worked in the Supreme Court of Singapore as a Justices’ Law Clerk, Assistant Registrar and Magistrate, and was subsequently appointed as a District Judge of the State Courts of Singapore. She also served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Deputy Senior State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers for a number of years.

Gillian co-chairs the Private Banking Industry Group, the Singapore Funds Industry Group and the Human Resources Industry Group. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Green Finance Industry Taskforce and the Advisory Board of the Singapore Green Finance Centre, which conducts multi-disciplinary research and talent development in the area of sustainability and climate finance. Gillian is also a Board Member of Infrastructure Asia, which supports Asia’s social and economic growth through infrastructure development. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Monetary Fund’s Singapore Regional Training Institute.

Ms Tan graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class Honours in Law. She also holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2018 in recognition of her contributions to public service.

Catherine Shiang
Managing Director
Asia Capital Advisor, Ltd

Catherine serves as Managing Director at Asia Capital Advisor, Ltd., a single family office, for the past 12 years..............

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In this capacity she has participated in transactions from various roles, limited partner, principal and advisor with venture capital, private equity, mergers & acquisitions and long short hedge funds including: Projects of Energy Investments Corp (Panama), Sands China, Ltd. (Macau), Frontier Resource Group (then privately held, now listed on SEHK), Starr International Co. Inc. (Asia), Dragon Capital Group (Vietnam), Vision Investment Management (Hong Kong) in strategic developments and Equinox Group (Nigeria).

She has served as a member and observer on various boards of portfolio interests, and has been seconded time to time to various organizations in special situations: She was Special Advisor to the Chairman of Equinox Group, a Nigerian based resource and real estate corporation on in bound investment projects; Special Advisor to the CEO of Sands China, Ltd., Special Advisor to the Deputy CEO of UC Rusal during their dual listing on the Securities Exchange of Hong Kong and NYSE-Euronext Paris Exchange, and Autorité des Marchés Financiers building out their compliance and institutional investor and retail programs; and Executive Advisor to the Chairman at Prudential Corporation Asia she advised on the proposed acquisition of $1.3Bn AIG Global Investments Asia Real Estate Fund portfolio.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in political science with minor in biochemistry, and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center with election to The Tax Lawyer as Associate Editor. Catherine is admitted to the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, First Department, and U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York and the State Bar of California.

David Werdiger
Author
ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The Wall St. Journal
USA Today (Australia)

David is a technology entrepreneur, strategic advisor, philanthropist and not-for-profit innovator, public speaker and author.....

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He has thousands of ideas and is always creating new ways of looking at the ordinary to make it better. His capacity to think quickly through options and synthesise outcomes makes him a powerhouse in any conversation. With a generosity of mind and heart, his eye is always on creating ways to help those in his community.

David’s unique perspective starts with his position as a second-generation family member. Having also founded several tech startups and not-for-profits, he has developed a sophisticated 360 degree understanding of families, governance, entrepreneurship, and intergenerational issues. Author of the best-selling book Transition: How to Prepare Your Family and Business for the Greatest Wealth Transfer in History, David now works with families and business owners, and is an acclaimed speaker.

David is married with five children.

Vishal H. Kewalramani
Founder, Chairman & CEO
The Valkin Group

Vishal is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Valkin Group which is a single family office focused on Private equity investments, Venture Capital and International Trade....

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Vishal is an experienced entrepreneur with multiple company exits. He has over 20 years experience in fashion, media, real estate and private equity. He has a broad base of expertise in entrepreneurship, operations, finance and business development. Vishal was the founder of Elite Models in London. He founded Elite Models in the UK which is part of the €200 million public listed Elite World Group.

The Valkin Group is also a holding company with majority and minority stakes in various companies (including both public listed and private) across different industries from consumer goods to trade finance globally.

Sam Lin
Chief Executive Officer Asia
SEBA

With over 15 years of experience in investment banking at Credit Suisse and Barclays....

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Sam is a highly experienced wealth management practitioner and business leader in the development and implementation of institutional-grade financial technology solutions.

A former Executive Director and CFO of a leading Fintech company listed on NASDAQ, which provides a platform for integrating and personalizing financial services across Southeast Asia to over 68 million users; Sam was instrumental in raising USD 300 million in pre-IPO funding for the company, successfully guiding the company through its public listing.

Sam is CEO Asia SEBA since July 2021 and based in Hong Kong.

Peter Habermacher
CEO Co-Founder
Aaro Capital

Peter is Aaro Capital’s Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the strategic direction of the firm as well as integrating rigorous economic thinking into the asset allocation process...............

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After successfully trading cryptocurrencies on his personal account, Peter co-founded Aaro Capital to help give investors access to the growing opportunity presented by DLT and cryptoassets. He previously worked at competition economics consultancy RBB Economics, advising on multibillion-dollar global M&A deals, and draws on this background to provide a traditional competition and industrial economics framework to DLT and cryptoassets.

Peter holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Southampton.

Bijan Foroodian

Family Principal

Mr Foroodian is part of the team at a private family office and an active investor...............

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In his current role he looks at a variety of investments from early stage private to large cap public companies. His career includes a brief tenure at New Jersey based MPI after having served as Principal of a London based multi family office firm focusing on PE deals in the financial services industry. Mr Foroodian’s experience includes his roles as chief investment officer of Inflection Point Capital Management, Chief investment officer of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Vice President of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Barclays Global Investors and Mackenzie Financial.

Mr Foroodian is a CFA charter holder. He completed his studies at the University of Oxford in Engineering, Economics & Management and has a MBA from Imperial College.

Nataliya Johnson
CEO & Founder
Vasant Capital

Nataliya is a London-based investor and entrepreneur, running her own family office since early 2018......

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These days, her focus is on a tech scheme, particularly fintech and healthtech. Impact and ESG considerations have been embedded in her investment decision-making process from day one of her professional life.

Prior to setting up a family office, for over eight years, Nataliya was running a London-based finance advisory company, covering the UK, Ukraine, and the Baltics, with the industry focus on information technologies, telecoms, ports infrastructure, and commercial real estate, relying on the vast international investor, entrepreneur, and broader business community she has developed within the previous two decades, visiting around thirty countries across Europe, North America and Middle East for investment-related purposes. Prior to that, she worked in the commercial real estate and merchant banking divisions of Morgan Stanley in London. Nataliya started her professional life in politics and diplomacy.

She is a speaker at the international industry conferences in various European countries, at one of the UK renown universities and on the Ukrainian national TV. In 2013, Nataliya was appointed by the UK Government’s international trade department as the Catalyst UKTI member, responsible for promoting UK globally as an attractive business destination. Back then, she also wrote for and was interviewed by the FT publications on FDI into and awareness of Ukraine. In 2020, Nataliya has been appointed the member of Tech London Advocates, an 8,000-firm body that is part of the Global Tech Advocates.

She has been educated in five universities in four countries in two continents, including at Harvard and at Cass Business School. Nataliya is a British National and is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. Her hobbies are travelling, reading, psychology, geopolitics, exploring various cultures, sports, musicals, spending time with her family, and in nature.

Yoram Layani
Partner
8F Asset Management

Yoram is a Partner at 8F, a Singapore-based impact-focused investment firm that invests globally in vertically-integrated aquaculture production and processing facilities...............

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We aim to tackle the global challenge of healthy and sustainable protein production while creating material positive social and environmental impacts, and generating compelling returns for investors.

For this purpose, 8F has created Pure Salmon, a global land-based salmon aquaculture company using proven Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) technology to sustainable produce clean, fresh, traceable, and healthy Atlantic Salmon close to end consumers. Unlike traditional Salmon producers, Pure Salmon has zero impact on the Oceans & Ecosystems, minimal waste, land usage and resource consumption. Our fish are free of antibiotics, vaccines, chemicals, pesticides, and micro-plastics pollution. With a global target production of 260,000 tons/year, Pure Salmon is already on its way to becoming the largest global sustainable Salmon producer.

Based in Hong Kong, Yoram has over 18 years of experience in the finance industry, including 13 years in Asia for BNP Paribas where he served as Managing Director and Head of Global Markets Institutional Sales.

Brandon Tee
Managing Director
BTPLaw LLC

Brandon Tee is the Managing Director of BTPLaw LLC, a boutique corporate law firm.....

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...focused on asset management, family office advisory, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, start-ups, blockchain/cryptocurrency and financial regulations advisory. Brandon has been involved in some of the largest initial public offerings in Singapore and is a domain expert for the variable capital company (VCC) structure, having established over 80 VCCs as of March 2022.

He also frequently assists with the formation of single family offices in Singapore and is well regarded in the cryptocurrency regulatory space.

BTPLaw was nominated as one of the best law firms in Singapore by the Straits Times in its first year of operation, and in 2021, Brandon was nominated as a finalist for the Asian Legal Business Awards 2021 for Young Lawyer of the Year in the whole of Southeast Asia.

Philipp Kandal
Head of Engineering, Geo
Grab

Philipp Kandal is Head Of Engineering, Geo for Grab...............

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In his role he leads a several hundred member global team working hard to improve maps and location experiences for all of our customers at Grab. Previously he was SVP Engineering for Telenav Inc. as SVP Engineering, a firm in Silicon Valley that provides Connected Car Solutions and before that he was an enterpreneur starting skobbler that was sold to Telenav in 2014.

Piet Jansen
Managing Director
Yes We Can Healthcare Group

Yes We Can Youth Clinics is recognised as the world-leading treatment centre for 13-25 year olds suffering from a wide array of mental health issues...

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...addictions and related behavioural disorders. With a global reputation for excellence and the highest staff to client ratio in Europe (400+ staff vs 170 beds) over 8,000 young people have been through the Yes We Can Programme and gone on to rebuild their lives.

Piet Jansen is the Managing Director at Yes We Can Youth Clinics. As a Keynote speaker at many events, he enjoys grasping the attention of any audience, addressing universal issues that often resonate long after the event has passed.

Of Dutch origin, yet a true internationalist having studied International Affairs and having lived in Salamanca, London and Bordeaux, he now travels the world on behalf of Yes We Can to build a network of like-minded professionals to help as many families in need as possible. His mission is to create a world- leading environment where every young person can feel safe and be given a reason to change. “Young people getting their lives back on track motivates me to carry this message around the globe. Seeing hope and joy return in the lives of others is my raison d’être. There is nothing more powerful than seeing these apparently broken flowers reach for the sun and stand straight again in all their beauty.”

Joost van Koot
Director
Europe & Escapes
Yes We Can Healthcare Group

Joost van Koot is the Director Europe & Escapes at the Yes We Can Healthcare Group...

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He is a seasoned business professional with over 20 years of extensive experience in international business environments. Joost has joined Yes We Can Youth Clinics to work with and from his heart and soul in order to be able to give back to others what he has found himself.

He speaks from the heart about his own experience; going from a happy child to a young adult living in hell and how he has been able to turn around life for the best; now enjoying a wonderful life in recovery; “It’s not about how many times you fall it's about how many times you get up”.

Joost is launching a lifechanging program for adults as this family man is determined to give everyone who is stuck in life the chance to dream again and to make those dreams happen.

Phil Blows
CEO
AQRU

Phil is the CEO of AQRU, a listed cryptocurrency business that offers UHNW and Institutional investors a platform to receive high levels of interest on their cryptocurrency alongside a curated list of digital assets investments. ..............

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Phil has spent his career building and scaling Fintech’s and Asset Management businesses. Initially working as a trader and investment manager where he managed portfolios in traditional asset classes, he went on to lead teams tasked with scaling retail investment platforms to mass-market adoption before moving into the digital asset space.

Phil is passionate about improving the financial health of everyday investors and through his book, The Money Triangle, supports several early years financial education programs.

Conrad Tsang
Founder and Chairman
Strategic Year Holdings Limited

Mr Tsang has been in the private equity and venture capital industry for over 20 years....

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Mr Tsang’s industry experience includes: education and professional services, TMT, retail and consumer products, real estate, natural resources/mining, advanced manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, logistics, environmental products/services, energy and alternative energy, financial services etc. The companies he has been involved with include Noah Education Holdings Limited, Minsheng Education Group (1569.HK), Galloping Horse Media Group Limited, Kangda International Environmental Protection Holding Limited (6136.HK), Pansoft Group Limited, Ambow Education, Hidili Industry International Development Limited (1393.HK), Launch Tech Co Ltd (2488.HK), Great Wall Auto (2333.HK, 601633.CN), Nord Anglia Education, Kasca Education, China Mini-Storage, Teky Holdings, Carsome, Cakap, Sayurbox, Halodoc, Zagana. Prior to founding Strategic Year Holdings Limited, he spent 13 years at Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”), where he was Managing Director. He was the Founding Partner of Baring Asia’s Beijing office. Prior to that, he was with Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific doing equity research, focusing on media and retail sectors. In the 1990s, Mr Tsang began his career at Peregrine Investment Holdings, where he was involved with Asian fixed income sales and marketing. Since 2016, he became Founder and Chairman of Strategic Year Holdings Limited.

Mr Tsang is currently President and Executive Director of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA). Previously, he was Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s Chairman of the Board (2013-2015). Mr Tsang is also General Member of the Hong Kong Cyberport Investors Network. Prior to founding Strategic Year Holdings Limited, he was Senior Advisor, Asia with Apollo Education Group, a US higher education company.

Mr Tsang obtained a Master’s Degree in Management Studies at University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (First Class Honors) at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, United Kingdom. He also completed an executive program on Private Equity and Venture Capital at Harvard Business School, US.

Personal Awards:
CBN Weekly, “2011-2012 Most Valuable Partners 50 in China”
Forbes China Magazine, “2008,2009, The 50 Best Venture Capitalists in China”
Top Capital Magazine, “2008 The Best PE Investor of The Year”
China Most Valuable Venture Enterprises Awards, “2008 The Best PE Investor”
Zero2IPO Group, “2007, 2009, Top 10 PE Capitalists in China”
World Eminence Chinesebusiness Association, “Top 100 Most Visionary Chinese Investors (2007, 2008)”
China Venture Group, “2008 The Top 30 PE Investors of The Year”

Joan Anderson
Senior VP
Soka Gakkai International
Tokyo

Joan Anderson is originally from Scotland, UK, where she graduated from St. Andrew’s University....

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Her career began with magazine editing, including several years in the mid-1980s working in the City of London, where she edited high-end magazines for the City’s top team of retail analysts, moving with them from brokers Capel-Cure Myers to Wood Mackenzie.

A switch to the voluntary sector then saw her editing Orbit magazine for UK-based NGO Voluntary Service Overseas (VS0). From there she moved into overseas program development, opening VSO’s program in Cambodia in the early 1990s before joining Save the Children UK. Starting as London-based coordinator for the Iraq program following the Kurdish humanitarian crisis, she was then director of Save the Children’s program in Cambodia from 1993-7, developing its activities in the fields of child rights, child protection and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Concurrently pursuing an interest in Buddhism, Joan then moved to Japan to take up a career with the grassroots Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist network that promotes peace and individual empowerment for positive change. Over the past 20 years, she has helped develop the SGI’s communications outreach, including from magazines to websites, films and social media, and is also involved in their NGO and non-formal education initiatives, particularly in the field of sustainable development. She is also women’s leader for the SGI Tokyo International Group.

Joan is also actively involved in the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, a member of the Global Advisory Board of Ethical Markets and recently completed the Capra Course on The Systems View of Life. Hobbies include cooking, eating, walking her friend’s dog and her balcony garden.

Helena Wasserman Eriksson

Top Tier Impact Network

Helena started her career eager to find solutions to the world's most pressing global issues by working at The Clinton Foundation and at Ashoka....

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Excited by the impact of technology on every aspect of life she then worked for Techstars and Big Data for Humans.

Today she is on a mission to accelerate the transition to impact and sustainability as the default way of investing.

She currently works for Top Tier Impact the global ecosystem for impact and sustainability leaders. She is also an angel investor in alternative protein and climate tech.

Passionate about solving old problems in new creative ways by getting people to think outside the box to create a better world. The New School and London School of Economics graduate. Elected Founder of the Future in 2016, Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017 and one of the 50 most inspirational women in technology in Europe in 2017.

Follow her on Instagram helenawasss.

His research on family dynamics is inspired by insights from cognitive neuroscience, behavioural economics, dynamic complex system theory and chaos theory.

Stephen Banfield
Partner
KPMG Singapore

Stephen joined KPMG Singapore as a Tax Partner in 2021, heading up the Family Office and Private Clients group...............

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He has over 18 years of tax advisory experience and has spent more than half of his career in Singapore.

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 asset management and private client space which he has honed during his time in Singapore.

Stephen joined KPMG Singapore from the Singapore office of an international private client law firm where he was a Partner with the Tax and Private Client team. 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.

David R. Hardoon, PhD Chief Data and AI Officer
Union Bank of the Philippines

Concurrently David is an external advisor to Singapore's Corrupt Investigation Practices Bureau....

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Concurrently David is an external advisor to Singapore's Corrupt Investigation Practices Bureau (CPIB) in the capacity of Senior Advisor (Artificial Intelligence) and to Singapore's Central Provident Fund Board (CPF) in the capacity of Senior Advisor (Data Science).

Prior to his current roles, David was Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) first appointed Chief Data Officer and Head of Data Analytics Group reporting to the agency Deputy Managing Director for Financial Supervision and subsequently Special Advisor (Artificial Intelligence) reporting to Deputy Managing Director for Markets and Development. In these roles he led the development of the AI strategy both for MAS and Singapore’s financial sector as well as driving efforts in promoting open cross-border data flows.

David holds a PhD in Computer Science in the field of Machine Learning from the University of Southampton and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with First Class Honors B.Sc. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Stephan Heller
Founding Partner
AlphaQ Venture Capital

Stephan is one of the Founding Partners at AlphaQ Venture Capital (AQVC)..............

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As a serial entrepreneur, he has raised over €50 million from venture capital funds. He also led Intel's European Start Program and co-founded Intel Ignite, which was voted the best startup accelerator for early stage tech startups.

Stephan served as the Founder and CEO of FinCompare, a fast-growing fintech platform for SME financing. Before that, he also co-founded Watchmaster - a re-e-commerce platform for new and pre-owned luxury watches. Previously, Stephan worked for international discount giant Groupon in London, where he played a key role as responsible for Groupon's success and strong growth in Europe. He started his career as an Investment Analyst at Waterland, a private equity fund focused on the German Mittelstand.

Stephan holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Vienna and a Master's degree in International Management from ESCP Europe in Paris, London and Berlin.

Aihui Ong
General Partner
Transform Capital

Aihui Ong (pronounced i-we) is a General Partner at Transform Capital - a VC fund with a philanthropic difference.....

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Aihui Ong was born and raised in Singapore and moved to Silicon Valley in 1999 to embark on her software engineering career. In her 20 years in the U.S., her career spanned from engineering, to entrepreneurship to venture capital.

Prior to joining Transform Capital, she has built, launched, and ran multiple highly successful, technology-based businesses, including one of INC Top 10 fastest-growing, female-led companies in America, EdgiLife, which successfully exited in 2018.

Transform Capital is a traditional VC fund with a non-traditional way of giving back. We are building a movement to inspire philanthropy in venture capital. We invest in growth-stage startups and donate 50% of General Partners' profits to causes our portfolio founders and LPs care about WITHOUT sacrificing LPs’ profits.

Aihui is passionate about helping the next generation of founders, especially underrepresented founders. She’s an advisor to several startups where she coaches founders to transition to CEOs and is a mentor at 500 Global and TechStars. Aihui is also a partner at XFactor Ventures - an early-stage fund founded by female founders funding the next generation of women-led startups.

Aihui holds a BSc. in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore and a MBA from Warwick Business School in the U.K.

Paul H. Wick
Lead Portfolio Manager
Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Paul Wick is the lead portfolio manager for the Seligman Technology Group at Columbia Threadneedle Investments...............

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Mr. Wick leads a team of investment professionals located in New York and California who, together, manage public and private technology assets. He joined one of the Columbia Threadneedle Investments legacy firms in 1987 and for almost two decades has been the portfolio manager of the Seligman Communications and Information Strategy. In 2001, he began managing a long-short investment vehicle focused on opportunities in the technology sector. Mr. Wick is recognized as a leading technology investor. He specializes in the semiconductor and electronic capital equipment industries as well as in the software and computer hardware industries, both domestically and abroad. Mr. Wick’s insight and outlook on the technology industry are frequently featured in the financial media.

Mr. Wick received a B.A. in economics from Duke University and an MBA in finance from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Arthur (Art) Condron
Vice President, Hedge Fund Marketing & Investor Relations
Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Art Condron is vice president, hedge fund marketing and investor relations for Columbia Threadneedle Investments...............

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He joined the firm with the acquisition of J. & W. Seligman & Co. Incorporated in 2008, Art joined Seligman in 1983. Currently, Art is responsible for hedge fund marketing and client service. Prior to his work on the hedge funds, Art was Director of Wealth Management Services.

Art received his B.S. in Business Management from St. John’s University.

Devyani Daga, CFA
Senior Investment Director
Cambridge Associates Singapore

Devyani is a Senior Investment Director in Cambridge Associates’ Singapore office.................

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She works extensively with a variety of institutional investors on asset allocation strategy, manager selection and investment programme evaluation.

Devyani began her career at Cambridge Associates as a consulting analyst in 2010. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Devyani worked as an analyst at a boutique investment bank. Before this, she worked as a research associate at an equity research firm, covering the automobile and real estate sectors.

EDUCATION
CFA Charterholder
MSc in Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science
Bachelors in Business Administration, St. Xavier’s College, India(USA).

Chris Scott
Senior Partner
Slateford

Chris is senior partner at law firm Slateford, renowned for his work with leading businesses and individuals to handle serious problems that impact their reputation and privacy.....

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He works with a diverse range of FTSE 100 clients, international businesses and prominent figures and their families. Through years of experience working on sensitive issues, he is adept at advising clients on finding the narrow path between the dual perils of not doing enough and failing to avoid harm and doing the wrong things and making a crisis worse.

Terence Tan
CFA Strategist
APAC, DailyFX

Terence Tan is a qualified Chartered Market Technician (CMT) since 2014, and is also a member of MENSA Singapore.....

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Currently Head of Business Development & Education for IG Asia, Terence has accumulated 15 years of experience in the financial industry since 2006.

His expertise areas includes Technical Analysis, Forex Trading, Risk Management, Trading Psychology and Algorithmic Trading Systems.

Aditya Monappa, CFA
Head of Business Development—Multi-Asset and Alternatives, Asia ex Japan
AllianceBernstein

Aditya Monappa joined AB in 2018 as Head of Business Development for Multi-Asset and Alternatives in Asia ex Japan......

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Before joining the firm, he was head of Asset Allocation & Portfolio Solutions for Standard Chartered Bank. As part of that role, Monappa was responsible for the design of global asset-allocation models and multi-asset-class portfolio solutions for both the private and priority segments. He was a key member of the bank’s Global Investment Council and also acted as an advisor to the Discretionary Portfolio Management division.

Previously, Monappa was head of Wealth Management Analytics for RiskMetrics Group, responsible for its asset allocation and portfolio construction offering. Prior to RiskMetrics, he worked with J.P. Morgan, first in the Investment Management division, followed by three years with J.P. Morgan Advisory Services, a division of J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Monappa holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MS in financial engineering from Columbia University. He is a CFA charterholder. Location: Singapore

Amy Yu
Director, Head of APAC Institutional Sales
Genesis

Amy leads the APAC institutional sales team and is responsible for accelerating Genesis’s client acquisition and revenue growth strategy in the Asia Pacific expansion.....

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Amy’s early career spans Investment Banking, Equity Capital Markets and Sales/ Trading with UBS and Nomura, and Synthetic/D1 Distribution in the first six years of JPM’s Prime Brokerage build in APAC, based in Hong Kong. Prior to Genesis Amy was part of the early team in building out the global institutional client base of crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX.

Amy holds a B.A. Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.

Thomas Puskas
Founder & CEO
Ecowatt

Thomas has over 30 years’ experience in project development, being involved in several high-profile projects....

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Including the preparations for the planned Vienna-Budapest World Fair, wind, solar and hydro power plants with a total capacity of over 1200MW, real estate and infrastructure projects in Austria, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, and Russia.

Besides infrastructure projects, Thomas is actively working in scientific research and development of natural and technical inventions in cooperation with scientific institutions and supporting educational, cultural, and various social projects.

Milena Nikolova
Partner
Aera VC

Milena is Partner at Aera VC, a global venture firm investing in radical technologies to reverse climate change and frontier breakthroughs for humanity....

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Aera VC looks to back future icons: start-ups that will generate exceptional financial returns by moving the world towards a sustainable future. Milena has over 20 years of finance experience across investment banking, wealth management, venture capital investing and start up advisory.

She is a sustainability galvaniser and a strong believer that directing capital for impact can be a powerful force for good without compromising financial returns.

Vicheka Chourp
Managing Director
ISF Cambodia

Vicheka Chourp is a non-profit management expert, having worked in the sector for over 20 years. ....

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She has been working as Country Manager for Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) Cambodia for 13 years. ISF Cambodia is an award-winning NGO implementing education, healthcare, and football programmes in Phnom Penh to help break the cycle of poverty for Cambodia’s most marginalized youth. In the time that she has worked there, the organisation’s Football programme has grown from only a few hundred players to more than 3000 players and the Education programme currently counts over 700 students compared to 50 students when she started.

The impressive growth in number of beneficiaries and impact of ISF Cambodia is a testament of Vicheka’s competency and commitment to her work.

Vicheka holds a Bachelor of Business Management from the Build Bright University in Phnom Penh."

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