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See the 2019 Forum Speakers below:

Christopher Aw
Operating Advisor
Monk’s Hill Ventures

Christopher is the founder of two3six, a company focused on the nexus of operations, technology, and analytics..............

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In the US Air Force, Chris worked across IT and intelligence disciplines from the tactical level through to Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

He also currently advises and supports governments, startups, and investment firms in the areas of operations, technology, and cyber security.

Chris graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree in Information Systems, Bowie State University with a Master of Science in Information Systems, as well as the University of Maryland with an MBA.

DR. M Bhupendra Kumar Modi

Dr BK Modi is the founder-president of the Global Citizen Forum, Founder Chairman of the Smart Group. ..............

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A billionaire, Global thought leader and a pioneer of the ‘Beyond 100’ philosophy. He has towed the fine line between Innovation and social leadership to achieve global peace and human happiness. Dr M’s many initiatives are directed at creating an ecosystem where everyone can live “happy, healthy and wealthy beyond 100.”

Starting his first businesses in India, he has pioneered many innovations that have effectively laid the foundation for the New Digital India that we see today. More recently, he has been focusing on improving the quality of life of consumers by promoting the cutting edge innovation in health care and life quality through the Modi Mediciti in Delhi, the Modi Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh and use of electric vehicles in India and Singapore.

For the last several decades he has directed his special efforts towards inter-faith harmony to achieve global peace and the propagation of human values across the globe including in countries like UK, USA, China and in the United Nations. As the founder of the Global Citizen Forum, he has led discussions with world leaders and events on global citizenship. More recently, he has been appointed as the honorary President of the World Federation of United Nations Organisations.

Dr M’s contribution to society has been recognised by political leaders like Lee Kuan Yew and Narendra Modi among others. He has also been felicitated by Channel News Asia, the United Nations and many other organisations.

Scott Wightman

British High Commissioner to Singapore

Scott arrived at the British High Commission, Singapore in May 2015 as British High Commissioner..............

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He began his career in the Diplomatic Service in 1983 and has worked in the British Embassies in Beijing, Paris, Rome and, most recently, in the Republic of Korea, where he was the UK ambassador. Scott’s ties with Asia continued during his tenure as Director for the Asia Pacific region in the FCO from 2008 to 2010.Scott is from Edinburgh in Scotland and has a degree in French from the University of Edinburgh. He is married to Anne and they have two daughters.

Hazel Henderson
Founder
Ethical Markets Media

Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, is founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC (USA and Brazil), a Certified B Corporation............

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She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, and author of award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She created the Ethical Markets TV series in global distribution at www.films.com, the EthicMark® Awards, the Green Transition Scoreboard® and co-created Ethical Biomimicry Finance®.

Her editorials are syndicated globally by Inter Press Service, and her book reviews appear on SeekingAlpha.com. Her articles have appeared in over 250 journals, including Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, as well as journals in Japan, Venezuela, China, France and Australia.

Since becoming a full-time media executive in 2004, Hazel has stepped down from many of her board memberships, including Calvert Social Investment Fund (1982-2005), the Social Investment Forum and the Social Venture Network. She has been Regent's Lecturer at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Horace Albright Chair in Conservation at the University of California-Berkeley, and advised the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Foundation from 1974 to 1980.

Laurenz Apiarius
Managing Partner
Blockwall Management GmbH

Laurenz Apiarius is the Founder & Managing Partner of Blockwall, the first regulatory and legally compliant German crypto asset fund focused on investments in crypto assets.............

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(distributed Ledger/Blockchain technologies) serving Institutional Investors, Family Offices and UHNWIs to gain access to this asset class. In this function, he is also advising the OECD as an industry expert on policy making for crypto assets. Laurenz is a frequent expert speaker at various conferences and media stations on crypto assets.

He is also non-executive director in two family businesses, which are a high-performance polymer producer and a manufacturer for rheological testing devices. Previously, he had numerous active & passive engagements in PE and VC investments around the world. Laurenz was also involved in various family business companies ranging from real estate, car manufacturing to banking.

Educated in Germany (EBS University), South Africa (University of Stellenbosch) and Scotland (University of St. Andrews). Member of EO

Matthias Knab
Founder
Opalesque

Opalesque founder Matthias Knab is an internationally recognized and highly connected expert on hedge funds and alternative investments with three decades of experience in information technology, consulting and finance...............

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Opalesque, the first internet based media company focusing on hedge funds and alternative investments (2003), publishes six electronic publications to a global subscriber base of over 70,000.

The firm also produces the popular Opalesque.TV video series (www.opalesque.tv) with leading hedge fund personalities like Julian Robertson, Izzy Englander and many more.

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.

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.

Paul Kronenberg
Co-founder
Kanthari

Paul Kronenberg is a “Social-Change-Engineer” and co-founder of Braille Without Borders and kanthari..............

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With a technical background graduating in mechanical engineering, computer science, commercial technology and data-communication system science, he focuses on the running and operational management of kanthari.

Paul is a fervent eco-friendly and cost effective “open hardware” technology and architecture fan. He is always on the lookout for answers that will help to build a better tomorrow; be it physical in terms of technical solutions, or be it mental, strengthening the self of others. Paul, to-gether with Sabriye Tenberken developed the unique kanthari “Journey in five acts” Curriculum; an intense experiential learning experience that provides social change makers with necessary tools to start and run own social ventures. As a public speaker, asking questions like “why?” and “why not?”, Paul uses wit and humor to paint the condition our world is in and makes one think and reflect about what can/must be done differently to become part of the solution.

Anuj Kagalwala
Partner, Asset & Wealth Management Tax Leader
PwC Singapore

Anuj has 21 years of experience in a Singapore tax and business environment. He is a partner in PwC Singapore and is the Head of Asset Management and Wealth Management Tax Practice at PwC Singapore...............

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Anuj has spent most of his time dealing with international advisory work. Anuj is actively involved in discussing asset management and wealth management issues with the relevant authorities and industry associations.

Anuj has provided extensive consulting advice to private banks and ultra high networth families on various areas of taxation, including structuring of investments, setting up of family offices, entry strategies into Asia and treaty analysis.

Anuj is on the Executive Committee of the Alternatives Investment Managers Association’s Singapore chapter. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Singapore Business Federation’s South Asian Business Group.

Anuj is a member of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals.

Anuj's key past and present family office clients include families from Singapore, South East Asia, China, India, US, Middle East and Europe.

Besides private banks and family offices, Anuj’s clients also include large private equity, real estate, traditional fund managers, as well as sovereign wealth funds and pension funds.

Gustav A. Eriksson
Founder & Group CEO
COLLECTIUS Singapore

Gustav is a Swedish entrepreneur based in Singapore who has backed and started companies across tech, finance, real estate and e-commerce..............

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He is the founder and CEO of Collectius Group a fast growing FinTech company within debt acquisition and receivables management space. Gustav fully embodies conscious leadership and is on the mission to demonstrate that any company can be of positive impact to the world with conscious leadership, values and culture. He emphasizes the importance of light and playfulness and encourages all his team members to expand into the highest and most true versions of themselves.

Anubhuti Gupta, CFA
Head of Portfolio Management and Director for Asia
Rosenberg Equities
AXA Investment Managers

Anubhuti is currently the Head of Portfolio Management and Director for Asia. She has served as Deputy Chief Investment Officer for the region since 2015..............

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She initially joined AXA IM in 2005 as a Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining AXA IM, Anubhuti was an intern with a Singapore-based hedge fund.

Anubhuti holds a MSc in Financial Engineering from the NTU Graduate School of Business and a BEng from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. She also has a certificate in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. She is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement designations. She has been a member of the CFA Institute Education Advisory Committee since 2015 and the Executive Committee of Singapore Chapter of CAIA Institute since 2016

Sann Carrière
Owner, Founder
So Now Asia Pte Ltd

As its owner & founder Sann Carrière (1983) has been developing her views and tools on the new economy since 2008 from the greater Amsterdam area, the Netherlands................

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In 2017 she opened the So Now Asia branch office in Singapore. In 2015 and 2016 she was awarded a position in TheNextWomen Top 100. As the co-owner of a business in the water industry Sann implemented her ideas on sustainability and transformational change in a business environment. In 2016 she was awarded honorary member of the year by Dutch Environmental & Water Technology Association Envaqua.

Sann has a background in Culture, Communication- and Information Sciences, followed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Japan as a part of the Japan Prizewinners Program. In her spare time, Sanne practices yoga, enjoys nature and traveling and likes to read or write about the future.

Jérôme Pfund, CFA
CEO
Sectoral Asset Management

Mr. Pfund founded Sectoral Asset Management in Montreal with Michael Sjöström in 2000..............

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In June 2013, Mr. Pfund opened our Hong Kong office to strengthen our development and research in the region. Prior to establishing Sectoral, Mr. Pfund worked at Pictet & Cie in Geneva from 1989 until 1997, initially as a Portfolio Manager in the bank's institutional asset management business, and then as the unit's Chief Investment Officer. In 1997 he moved to Montreal to assume the role of CEO of Pictet & Cie's North American operations.

Mr. Pfund graduated in 1987 from the University of St.Gallen with an MBA in Banking. He obtained his CFA charter in 1993.

From 2006 to 2008, he served as a Member of the CFA Institute Disciplinary Review Committee. He is also a UCLA Anderson School of Management certified director (2005). In 1996, he co-founded the Swiss Society of Investment Professionals, the Swiss local society of the CFA Institute (formerly known as the Association for Investment Management and Research - AIMR). Mr. Pfund was also a captain of a Special Forces unit of the Swiss Army.

Jason Green
Head of Institutional Business
South East Asia
Allianz Global Investors

Jason Green is Head of Institutional Business for South East Asia with Allianz Global Investors, based in Singapore..............

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Mr Green joined AllianzGI in 2017 and is responsible for deepening the firm’s investment partnerships with sovereign wealth fund, central bank, public pension, insurer and endowment entities across the region.

Before joining AllianzGI, Mr Green led J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s institutional business in South East Asia, developing extensive and strong investment relationships with institutional investors. Prior to that, he structured and raised capital for mid-market Asia-Pacific private equity investments at Crescent Point Group and Redstone Asia Capital. Before that, he advised on and executed merger & acquisition deals at Lazard.

Mr Green has a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge, a Postgraduate Certificate in Economics from the University of London and an MBA from INSEAD.

Shiyan Goh
MD
Hustle Fund

Shiyan is an experienced operator and investor..............

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She was most recently VP of Business Operations & Corp Dev at NerdWallet (employee #10), growing annual revenue from $1M to $150M+. Prior to NerdWallet, she was an investor at Institutional Venture Partners and Bridgewater Associates.

Arnaud Bonzom
Co-founder
Map of the Money

Arnaud is the co-founder at "Map of the Money", a Singaporean-based platform to connect amazing entrepreneurs to great investors in Southeast Asia...............

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He is a frequent speaker at several international conferences and has been invited by Accenture, Airbus, Allianz, Amazon Web Services, BMW, Deloitte, INSEAD, MERCER, NUS, Standard Chartered, as well as the Estonian, German and the Singaporean Governments, among others to share his input on Corporate Innovation and the Startup Ecosystem.

Toby Ruckert
Founder & CEO
UIB.ai

A serial entrepreneur and multi award winning inventor of AI related technologies (over 19 patent applications)..............

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Toby is a worldwide leader in AI, IoT and Digital Transformation. Born and grown up in Germany and having lived on an island in New Zealand for over a decade before becoming a digital nomad, Toby is now based out of Singapore. His goal is to empower people to regain control of their digital lives by creating solutions that help to realize the importance of our attention and manage it with awareness to shape our destiny consciously.

Rob Garrett
Entrepreneur and Investor
Managing Partner
Hezar Ventures

Rob is an entrepreneurial leader and investor...............

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Experienced at working with UHNW owners and investors globally, and building businesses through strategic partnerships and marketing led initiatives, Rob has is focused on investing in and harnessing emerging markets growth opportunities with a portfolio focused on consumer and impact in the consumer and energy space.

Goh Yiping
Partner
Quest Ventures

Goh Yiping is a Partner at Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for technology companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities................

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An advocate for female entrepreneurship, Yiping is currently a board member of the Female Founders Network. She was named as a Top 100 Most Influential Persons in the National University of Singapore 100th anniversary celebrations and is a frequent speaker at Asia- and female-focused events. She has also been recognized for her outstanding work as a founder and trailblazer in GenT 2018, The Peak’s Power List, and 40 under 40 Singapore.

Sumit Bhandari
Lead Portfolio Manager
Asia Private Credit
Alternative Investments
Allianz Global Investors

Sumit Bhandari is the Lead Portfolio Manager, Asia Private Credit, Alternative Investments with Allianz Global Investors based in Singapore...............

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He joined the firm in 2018 and has over 17 years of experience in investment management and business development.

Before joining AllianzGI, Sumit was a Portfolio Manager and Head of Private Credit for Abraaj in Asia. He was instrumental in setting up Abraaj’s Private Credit business in Asia and was a key-man for the fund.

Prior to joining Abraaj, Sumit was a Director and Portfolio Manager at BlackRock in Singapore where he co-managed BlackRock's Asian Credit portfolios and was responsible for its illiquid, distressed and liquid fund investments.

Prior to BlackRock, he was a Vice President in the Principal Investments Group at Lehman Brothers in New York where he was responsible for co-managing Lehman’s US$ 2 billion portfolio of direct fixed income/mezzanine investments. He was involved in a number of prominent global restructurings post 2008.

Before which, he was an M&A Analyst and then an Associate in the Investment Banking Group at Lehman Brothers in New York. Sumit holds a B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and a M.S. from University of Michigan.

Sarai Kemp
VP Business Development
Trendlines Agtech

As VP Business Development for Trendlines Agtech since 2012.............

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Sarai Kemp is responsible for directing the business and financial development and fund-raising strategies and activities for early-stage portfolio companies developing innovative technologies and products in aquaculture, crop protection, precision ag, foodtech, and other related sectors. Sarai brings more than 18 years’ experience in agricultural, consumer goods, and high-tech industries, including in sales, marketing, and business development for international companies such as Afimilk and Keter Plastic. She has worked intensively with companies in East Asia.

Trendlines Agtech is part of The Trendlines Group. Trendlines invents, discovers, invests in, and incubates innovation-based medical and agricultural technologies, and is involved in all aspects of its portfolio companies from technology development to business building. Trendlines is now raising the US$40 million Trendlines Agrifood Pte Ltd. fund in Singapore; partnered with the Trendlines Agrifood Innovation Centre (AFIC) in Singapore, the new fund will invest in the best Singapore agrifood start-ups as well as commercialization-stage agrifood companies from around the world. Sarai will have a leading role in the new fund as its VP for International Deal Flow.

Sarai holds an MBA from Haifa University and a B.A. from Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Annie Koh
Prof. of Family Entrepreneurship
Prof. of Finance (Practice)
Singapore Management University (SMU)

Professor Annie Koh is Vice President of Business Development, V3 Group Professor of Family Entrepreneurship, Professor of Finance (Practice) at Singapore Management University (SMU).............

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She is also the Academic Director for two-university level institutes – the Business Families Institute and International Trading Institute. Her previous portfolios at SMU included positions as Associate Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Dean, Office of Executive & Professional Education.

A notable conference speaker, panel moderator and commentator, Annie is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on New Social Contract and, a board member of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore Pte Ltd, and Family Firm Institute, Inc. In addition, she chairs the finance and investment committee of GovTech Singapore Board, and the Asian Bond Fund 2 Supervisory Committee of Monetary Authority of Singapore. She has been an appointed board member of Singapore’s Central Provident Fund since 2012 and served on the SkillsFuture HR Sectoral Tripartite Committee, HR Certification Taskforce. Annie is also a lead independent director of Health Management International Ltd and advises a number of startup firms such as Stashaway and Staff-on-Demand. Annie served on K1 Ventures board from 2013 to 2017.

A Fulbright scholar, Annie earned her PhD in International Finance from Stern School of Business, New York University (1988). Her research interests are in Family Office and Family Business, Investor Behaviour, Alternative Investments and Enterprise Risk Management. She co-authored Financial Management: Theory and Practice, An Asia Edition (2014), and Financing Internationalisation – Growth Strategies for Successful Companies (2004), and author of a number of Asian family business cases and survey reports.

Annie is awarded the Singapore Public Administration Medal, Bronze (2010), Silver (2016), and the Adult Education Prism Award (2017) for her contributions to the education and public sectors.

Dr. Gao Hao (Tony)
Director
Global Family Business Research Center

Dr. Gao Hao (Tony) is Director of Global Family Business Research Center, and Director of Strategic Partnership and Development Office at Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance...............

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He is also the chief professor of Global Family Business Program, Family Trusts Program, and Family Wealth Management Program, as well as the chief expert of Family Office Research Initiative. He directs the research and teaching collaborations in family business and wealth management field with Harvard Business School, IMD, INSEAD and Hong Kong University.

Dr. Gao’s research focuses on two main fields: family business (family business strategy, family governance, corporate governance, ownership design, family succession planning, developing next generation, family-professional relationship, family constitution, family culture and values), and wealth management (wealth structure and strategy, asset allocation, family office, family trusts and family foundation).

Dr. Gao serves as the chief editor of two book series by People’s Publishing House/Oriental Press: Family Governance Series and Family Wealth Series. He has published 12 books pertinent to family business and family wealth, as well as numerous journal articles and magazine columns.

Recognized as one of China’s leading experts concerning family business and family wealth, Dr. Gao speaks on forums and seminars in China and abroad. He advises/serves on the boards of large family businesses and family foundations, including several Fortune 500 Companies and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also advises leading professional institutions such as private banks, investment banks, trust companies, law firms and family offices.

He graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a Ph.D. degree in management and a post-doctorate in finance, and from Peking University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Dr. Gao served as Vice President of Tsinghua Student Union in his university years.

Matthew McGarvey
Co-founder
Xylem Capital

Matthew McGarvey is the co-founder of Xylem Capital, a multistage impact fund that invests in entrepreneurs..............

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projects and ideas that are leading the world’s efforts to meet China’s growing demand for food and agriculture products in the most sustainable and regenerative way possible.

Matthew’s background combines social enterprise development, finance, and agriculture. Matthew started and ran one of the first social enterprises in China, an experience that led him to pursue a path in corporate finance and business development to promote social change. After graduating with an MBA from the Sloan School of Business at MIT, he worked in investment banking with an emphasis on organic farming, logistics and renewable energy. Matthew launched the Agribusiness Team at Price Waterhouse Coopers China’s Corporate Finance Group, and the local language edition of Forbes Media in Vietnam on behalf of IDG Ventures. Most recently he has been working with the largest independent breeder of non-GMO germplasm in North America in capitalizing and commercializing their seed development.

He speaks Mandarin and Vietnamese.

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Impact Investor

Charles-Antoine Janssen is a Board Member of UCB s.a., Tubize s.a. and several private companies..............

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Charles brings experience in healthcare (M&A & Operations), finance and Private Equity. Charles is currently based in Mumbai from where he develops different healthcare access initiatives. He is also Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Kois Invest, an international firm specialised in impact and innovative impact finance mechanisms such as Social and Development Impact Bonds.

Charles also worked in several senior management positions with UCB in Brussels, Austria, India and emerging markets, inter alia as Head of Global Business Development and CEO of India.

He served as Vice President for European Equities Research and New Derivatives Europe at Merrill Lynch London.
He co-founded Toolbox, a non-profit that provides services to NGOs.
He holds a BA in Law from the ULB, and an AMP from Harvard Business School.

Ethan Koh
Entrepreneur, International Designer
4th Generation Member

London based Ethan Koh is the only international designer in the couture leather business with a unique Asian heritage where east meets west.............

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He is the fourth generation artisan of an exotic skin family business that traces back to the early 1900s, since his great grandfather's arrival in Singapore. Ethan started out at his family's specialist tannery, where he worked with the exotic leather teams for Hermès and Louis Vuitton. In 2018 he was the only young designer to have done an exclusive collaboration with Christie’s to debut his collection with The Ritz Paris with a special collection inspired by the summer blooms of the gardens during Paris Couture Week.

Ethan's intention is to combine the modern voice of luxury with its classic elegance, where authenticity, heritage, craftsmanship and personal touch have been long forgotten with the emergence of as mass-produced luxury and general hype.

Within a short span of eight years, since his studies at London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, Ethan has grown the couture house into an international business with remarkable projects with creative visionary Juan Pablo Molyneux for the world’s first ’Space of Dreams’ featuring the world patented ’trapdoor’ on his bags. Currently boasting a loyal couture clientele worldwide, he still manages to keep production limited with his bespoke service at his private salons. Ethan K creations are exclusively stocked in Harrods in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris and TSUM in Moscow. Today, his exquisite pieces, inspired by the English countryside, Asian-spice influenced colours and precious stone wildlife clasps which he pioneered, have captured the hearts of many discreet luxury connoisseurs, royalty and art collectors.

Eugene Cheong
Managing Director
Delta Singapore

Eugene is the Managing Director of Delta Singapore. Prior to Delta, he worked for AIG for 12 years and held a range of senior positions in APAC...........

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He was the Regional Head of Professional Liability and Cyber for Asia and technical support for Australia and New Zealand managing a portfolio of more than US$100m annually. He was responsible for developing and growing Cyber and Professional Liability practice in APAC and was one of the pioneers who first introduced and rolled our Cyber insurance in Asia. Eugene was a graduate from the University of Western Australia with a double major in Mathematical Statistics and Applied Mathematics.

Dott. Ing. Maurizio Totta

Impact Investor

Maurizio Totta was born in Torino, and graduated in mechanical engineering at the Technical University there.............

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He was the CEO of the SCS Holding AG from 1995 until May 2008, when the company was sold to Unibail-Rodamco. Since 2010, while still involved in some commercial real estate projects, he has been focussing his activities on impact investments in biotech, renewable energy, sustainable forestry and land development in Europe and South America.

He is fluent in Italian, German, French, English, Spanish, and is currently perfecting his Portuguese. He also has a CHPL (Commercial Helicopter Pilot License). While he was finishing his studies, he started working for the family real estate company in Austria. Through a series of buyouts, the group became the main owner of Europe’s largest Shopping Mall, the SCS, Shopping City Süd near Vienna.

Christopher Aw
Operating Advisor
Monk’s Hill Ventures

Christopher is the founder of two3six, a company focused on the nexus of operations, technology, and analytics..............

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In the US Air Force, Chris worked across IT and intelligence disciplines from the tactical level through to Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

He also currently advises and supports governments, startups, and investment firms in the areas of operations, technology, and cyber security. Chris graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree in Information Systems, Bowie State University with a Master of Science in Information Systems, as well as the University of Maryland with an MBA.

Petra Freddi
Director of Asia
Milken Institute

Petra Freddi curates one of the most elite gatherings of leaders in South East Asia..............

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Through her network she works closely with entrepreneurs, leading investors, philanthropists and up and coming rising stars. She works for the Milken Institute in Asia, an economic think tank founded by billionaire financier and philanthropist Michael Milken. In her role she moderates, convenes audience and creates content for the Institute’s programming. She is passionate about the Institute’s philanthropic mission.

Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Freddi spent over a decade in investment banking and private equity in Paris, London and Singapore where she put to use her knowledge of six languages. What attracted her to move from for-profit to not-for profit world was the Institute’s mission to advance global prosperity by enhancing the relationship between finance and strong society. The Institute’s work is driven by a formula which states that prosperity equals the effect of financial technology acting to multiply the value of human capital, real assets and social assets. Most young ambitious individuals won’t give up their high profile highly paid jobs to help the world, but Freddi believes that if we don’t think of philanthropy as a business, we won’t be able to create the impact we desire.

In only five years, the Milken Institute Asia Center has grown exponentially and hosts not only some of the most coveted events but also creates impact via improvements in healthcare, job creation, widening access to capital and women’s empowerment. Freddi has lived in Singapore for over a decade with her Italian husband and their two children.

Tan Keng Hwee Seth
Executive Director
Infrastructure Asia

Mr. Tan Keng Hwee Seth is Executive Director of Infrastructure Asia.............

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He is a seasoned infrastructure professional with 22 years of experience in various global markets, particularly in the fields of infrastructure investments, project and merger & acquisitions (M&A) advisory and financing, and client coverage.

Infrastructure Asia supports Asia’s economic and social growth through infrastructure development. The organisation brings together regional infrastructure stakeholders across the value chain to mobilise project opportunities across Asia.

Mr. Tan was most recently with DBS China (2016 to 2018), where he led teams in Healthcare and Real Estate as well as the Energy, Chemical and Infrastructure sector. As a foreign bank in a large and rapidly transforming economy, he led teams to focus on specific addressable sub-segments so that results were repeatable and scalable; his teams worked to address business pain points of sub-segment champions in utilities, renewable energy (waste-to-energy, solar power, hydropower, wind power), healthcare and commercial real estate (particularly modern logistics properties and retail malls), and facilitated onshore and cross-border financing solutions. His teams also facilitated fund-raising solutions from Singapore, which included two Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) cases on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Prior to that, he kick started his career in infrastructure with BNP Paribas in 1996, where he worked in Singapore (until 2003), Australia (2003 to 2007) and China (2011 to 2016). He led several transactions in the oil & gas sector (upstream, midstream and downstream in Thailand and Indonesia), power sector (Thailand, Laos) and water sector (India, China, Philippines, and Singapore), as well as leading the advisory team in their winning bid for Singapore’s first seawater desalination project. Overseas, he was integral to the practice of lending to utilities and led some first-of-its-kind cases, including the first non-recourse wind power project financing in Australia. Under his leadership at BNP Paribas China, his team provided project and project finance advisory, which included advisories of railway projects in Mongolia and Indonesia, and cross-border M&A in the waste-to-energy sub-segment in Europe.

He was also previously with Babcock & Brown in Hong Kong (2007 to 2009), and Standard Bank in China (2009 to 2011).

Mr. Tan graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Economics.

Rebekah Lin
Co-founder
The Social Co.

Rebekah is Co-Founder of The Social Co., the team that initiated the 50 For 50 and Pledge It Forward movements in September 2014 and May 2017 respectively..............

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Together, the team brought together more than 100 individuals, 90 corporations and more than 250 partners to raise awareness of and funds for more than 50 lesser-known charities in Singapore. In total, they’ve raised almost $5 million and heaps of awareness via their different initiatives. The Social Co. will be focusing on bridging the gap between youth and our senior generation for the next three years via dialogues, research and an innovation lab.

In February 2018, Rebekah hosted and interviewed several practitioners and experts in the healthcare space in a documentary on the state of healthcare in Singapore, screened on Channel News Asia.

Rebekah was on the committee of the Yellow Ribbon Fund from 2011-2015 and recently joined the Community Chest of Singapore as a main committee member. She has also been running her family foundation, Jia Foundation since 2013. She was selected to be a Leader of Tomorrow at the 2015 St. Gallen Symposium and was selected to be part of Generation T by Singapore Tatler and Prestige Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2016. Rebekah was also recently selected as 1 of 18 Young Societal Leaders by the SMU Institute for Societal Leadership and Temasek Connects for the Singapore Summit.

Her corporate experiences include stints with Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore Press Holdings, Tung Lok Group, Be An Idea and Tembusu Partners. In her day job, Rebekah works at FundedHere, an equity and debt crowdfunding platform.

Rebekah graduated from Nanyang Technological University with an honours degree in Business Administration and has completed an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. She has also recently completed the Executive Education in Exponential Technologies from Singularity University.

Rebekah is currently pursuing her MSc in Gerontology at King’s College London.

Rebecca Eu
Founder
Mei’s Own

Rebecca Eus project is called Mei’s Own and it works with NGOs to help the victims who have been rehabilitated to find a new life/vocation..............

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Rebecca is currently a student at LaSalle completing an undergraduate program in Fashion Media and Industries.

She believes that sustainable goals can be achieved through philanthropic efforts in combination with private and public sector participation.

Rupert Boswall
Chairman/Senior Partner
RPC

Rupert Boswall is the Chairman/Senior Partner of RPC, an international commercial law firm which works closely with Family Offices and UHNWs on direct investment M&A mandates...................

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.... resisting tax challenges from government revenue services and resolving disputes. As well as in UK/Europe, RPC has particularly strong connections in Saudi Arabia/the GCC, Singapore/Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong/China. RPC works closely with Oculus Financial Intelligence in recovering assets or damages where Family Offices have lost money in questionable circumstances.

Mark Weir
Regional Head of Fund Services
Maples Group

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He has significant experience in systems and project oversight, and product design and implementation. Drawing on this expertise and a client-driven approach, Mark provides external clients, including hedge funds, private equity funds and institutional investors, with custom portfolio accounting, performance analytics, risk analytics and regulatory reporting solutions. He also supports the Maples Group’s internal teams, providing data management, systems design and implementation and reporting solutions. Mark has authored several articles and has been asked to speak at various industry events on topics relating to institutionalising operations for various fund and investor types and how technology can enhance support investment decision-making.

Previously, Mark worked in Citi's funds outsourcing department focusing on client specific solutions for institutional clients and, prior to that, he worked in fund administration at IBT.

Dino Tan
Director Family Businesses
International Organisations Programme Office
Economic Development Board (EDB)

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He also helms the International Organisations Programme Office, which seeks to develop and work with the non-profit sector in Singapore.

Dino has spent more than a decade with EDB, and had earlier roles in EDB’s Lifestyle Programme Office and Global Operations covering Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand. He was based in Jakarta at EDB’s Overseas Centre for 4 years. In his past life, Dino was a trained military air traffic controller with the Republic of Singapore Airforce.

Dino has a BBA (Honours) from National University of Singapore. He also spent a year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the Sloan Fellows Program, a MBA for experienced professionals.

Dr. Lee Oi Kum
Founder
EHoude Foundation

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She graduated from the University of Singapore as a medical doctor and practiced for several years before joining the family holding company, as a director, along with her four siblings. The Family business is in the agriculture sector, chemical sector and land development.

She and her spouse Dr Ng with three children and 2 in laws manage the family office Houde Foundation.

Houde Foundation has ventured into the lifestyle industry with an hotel property investment, and a shopping center investment. An entrepreneur in her own right, she has founded or invested in business enterprises outside of her academic profession and family holding business, under Houde Foundation.

Dr Lee is the chairperson of the IT company, Ekomoditi Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian company she founded with Technology partners, that provide full suite of Research and Development IT solutions to the Government sector . The Company is currently a leading technology service provider for the plantation industry.

With her continuing interest in the world of “Internet of things”, Dr Lee is a key partner in innovating a traditional barter business into a global trade portal in 11 countries , with SME business owners as members, under the Trade Portal Brand name BBX. She is the board director of BBX Holdings Pte Ltd.

In the Fintech Space, Dr Lee with a banking partner , is the founding board member and Chairperson to develop financial solutions for SME ,together with Banks and large corporates , using digital trade credits as a form of settlement in transactions.

Currently the company “Kashtec International Pte Ltd “ has ongoing projects in Bangladesh , India and China .

education pillar to implement as a school curriculum, computers and educational software for teaching and learning. This was the start of the journey into technology and innovative business modeling as an investment arm of the family office.

Lam Shumei
Principal
Azul World

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Azul World was established after the Lam family exited their port operating business in 2012. Soon after, Shumei experienced the critical illness of her father, and underwent a steep learning curve after being handed over the full responsibility of her family investments.

Azul World invests in operating companies which specialise in wireless technologies, waste oil management, healthcare and aquaculture. In addition, Shumei overseas her family’s liquid investments, which generate the returns to further invest in passion projects. In 2012, she started a poultry farm in Rwanda in 2012 and grew it to become the first fully integrated commercial farm in the country. A Muay Thai fanatic, she co-founded Neue in 2018, a mixed martial arts meets lifestyle fitness studio.

Joel Lou
Co-Founder
BCV

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He was formerly the CEO of JustCommodity Software Solutions (acquired by Allegro Development in June 2015), the leading commodities trading and risk management software solutions provider in the agricultural commodity space in Asia. Under his leadership, JustCommodity has won numerous awards including Singapore Enterprise 50, Deloitte Technology Fast 500, “Best tech company to work for” in Singapore and the Red Herring Global 100 Award. Joel was a member of the Executive Leadership of Allegro Development till June 2017. He is also a Director of Charleston Holdings, a family investment group headquartered in Singapore.

Joel was conferred the “Most Promising Entrepreneur of the Year” by APEA in 2011, the “Young Professional of the Year” in the IT leader awards in 2012 and conferred “Ten outstanding young persons – TOYP” by Junior Chamber International in 2016. Joel is active in the Singapore tech community and have served as an Executive committee member for the Singapore Enterprise Chapter at the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation. He currently serves as an Advisory council member of the Singapore Management University's International Trading Institute, and is a Charter Member and Board Member of TiE Singapore. Joel has contributed as an adjunct lecturer for the International Trading Institute at the Singapore Management University since 2013. He received a Master’s of Business Administration from Imperial College London.

Vikas Garg
Founder & CEO
abillionveg

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Vikas launched abv after a 15-year career in financial markets. He's passionate about education, veganism and animal protection and sponsors grassroots education initiatives and animal rescue organizations around the world. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta and lives in Singapore.

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