Managing Director, Asia
Proof of Capital
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Daniel Zhang became Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group in September 2019 and Chief Executive Officer in May 2015. He is a founding member of the Alibaba Partnership.
Over the past 12 years, Daniel has spearheaded innovation and growth across Alibaba. Soon after joining as Chief Financial Officer of Taobao Marketplace in 2007, Daniel took on the additional role of General Manager of Taobao Mall and became President of the B2C platform when it was rebranded as Tmall.com in 2011. As Chief Operating Officer of Alibaba Group, Daniel guided the company’s successful transition to a “mobile-first” ecosystem. He also led important strategic investments into Sun Art Retail Group, Lazada Group, Youku Tudou, Ele.me, Haier, Intime Retail and Kaola. He also led the establishment of logistic platform Cainiao Network and has served as its chairman since 2018.
Daniel was the mastermind behind Alibaba’s annual “11.11 Global Shopping Festival” on November 11, which has matured into the world’s biggest shopping day and laboratory for the future of retail. He is also the chief architect of Alibaba’s New Retail strategy and Alibaba Business Operating System, which aims to redefine the consumer retail landscape through innovation of new retail formats and help global businesses find success in digital transformation respectively.
Daniel has been a director of NYSE-listed Weibo since May 2014 and Chairman of HKSE-listed Sun Art Retail Group since January 2018. He is a member of the WEF International Business Council, and the Vice Co-Chair of the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum.
Before joining Alibaba, Daniel served as Chief Financial Officer of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, an online game developer and operator then listed on NASDAQ. Prior to that he was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Audit and Business Advisory Division in Shanghai.
William Tanuwijaya is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tokopedia, a leading technology company in Indonesia with the mission to democratize commerce through technology. After a decade, Tokopedia is now evolving into a Super Ecosystem that allows everyone to start and discover anything. William believes that a marketplace is the most beautiful business model in the world because its success relies on helping others succeed. William is also the Chairman of Indonesia e-Commerce Association.
Charles is the Executive Managing Director of Asia and a Partner at IDEO. He is responsible for driving the growth of IDEO’s business in Asia ranging from guiding programs that deliver growth through innovation for clients, providing strategic advisory to executive teams and building new ventures for clients and for IDEO. Based out of Shanghai, Charles has spent the last decade working with clients in China, Japan, India, Singapore and South Korea among others. He is also a member of IDEO’s global leadership team.
Charles is a founding member of Lead a Creative China executive education program in collaboration with Tsinghua University. It is China’s first program focused exclusively on helping CEOs and Chairmen in China strategically apply the role of design & creativity in business. In addition, he is a member of the 2020 World Economic Forum Global Future Council on China.
Recognised as an exceptional institutional intrapreneur, Charles has been selected by The Aspen Institute as a First Movers Fellow in the class of 2016. He was also recognised in 2014 in FastCompany China magazine as one of 100 Most Creative People in Business for his contribution to creativity, business and nurturing talent.
Edith Yeung is the managing partner at Proof of Capital, the creator of the China Internet Report and Advisor at 500 Startups. She invests in blockchain and AI startups, including Stellar, Nebulas, Solana, Oasis Labs, Hooked, DayDayCook, Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), AISense, Penrose, Cryworks, Piper, Apptopia, Palantir and many more.
Before 500, Edith is the GM of Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. Edith also worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Siebel, Oracle, AMS, AT&T Wireless and Autodesk. You can also find some of her work on SCMP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS , NPR, Techcrunch, Next Web, Mashable, Read Write Web, TechinAsia, etc. She frequently speaks on China & Silicon Valley investment landscape.
Alex Fong Lik-Sun is a Hong Kong actor, singer and a former Olympic swimmer. Alex graduated in the University of Hong Kong majored in Accounting and Finance (BBA). Alex, a strong-willed former Hong Kong athlete, owned nine Hong Kong swimming records. Have been retired for almost 15 years, he is still the HK record holder of the 200-meter backstroke and the 400-meter individual medley which the record was broken by him in 2000 Sydney Olympics. He enter the entertainment business at 2001. In 2014, he was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Hong Kong. In 2018, Alex set up his own swimming school, hoping to bring out positive message through swimming: Swim With Integrity and Meaning. Last year, he has completed ‘Alex Fong Swims Around Hong Kong Charity” and raised up to 10 million donation for providing clean water to 450,000 needy who lack of water.
Recognized by Andressen Horowitz as the Silicon Valley CEO’s CEO, Alfred Chuang an accomplished entrepreneur, venture investor, and company advisor.
Known for being the co-founder of BEA Systems, Alfred became CEO in 2001 and lead BEA Systems to its acquisition by Oracle for $8.6 billion. Alfred is also the founder and Chairman at Magnet Systems, a mobile application server software company.
Alfred began venture investing in 2008 and over the past decade, his portfolio grew from a handful of small startups to over 100 companies including some of the most iconic Silicon Valley technology companies.
Prior to founding BEA, Chuang held many senior executive positions at Sun Microsystems including in the critical areas of software product development, network infrastructure, systems architecture, and operations management. He was also the founder of the Computer Resources Center for Sun Intercontinental Operations, which he helped establish key subsidiaries in Asia. Alfred was also director of the strategic systems group in Sun's Information Resources Organization, and finally corporate director and chief scientist of Sun Integration Services.
Alfred also loves education and dedicates his time and energy as advisor and board member at the University of San Francisco School of Engineering 2020, UC Davis Chancellor Advisory Board, UC Davis School of Engineering Dean’s Committee, School of Business Dean’s Committee at City University of Hong Kong, and School of Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
Alfred receive numerous awards including C/F Silicon Valley Philanthropist of the Year, SD Forum Visionary Award, CIO Magazine 20/20 Vision Award Honoree and Community Star from Asian Americans for Community Involvement, eChina Forum Silicon Valley Award Honoree, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, University of San Francisco President’s Ambassador, UC Davis Outstanding Alumnus Award, and UC Davis Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal.
Alfred received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco and a Master in Computer Science with an emphasis on distributed data management from the University of California, Davis. He is also a proud graduate of Wah Yan College, Hong Kong.
Charles Li has served as Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) since 2010. In this role, Mr. Li has orchestrated some of the most significant strategic initiatives in HKEX’s history, including the acquisition of the London Metal Exchange in 2012, the launch of OTC Clear in 2013, and the introduction of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect in 2014, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect in 2016, and Bond Connect in 2017. He has sought to strengthen Hong Kong’s role as an offshore Renminbi hub and led HKEX’s efforts to reform its listing regime to maintain Hong Kong’s competitiveness and secure its position as a leading IPO centre.
Mr. Li was born in Beijing and grew up in Gansu. Before leaving China for further study, Mr. Li was an offshore oil worker in the North China Sea and then an editor-reporter for China Daily. After completing his Juris Doctor (JD) degree in the US, Mr. Li practiced law in New York with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Brown & Wood. Before joining HKEX, he was Chairman of JP Morgan China, prior to which he was President of Merrill Lynch China.
Mr. Li obtained a BA degree in English literature from Xiamen University in 1984, an MA degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1988, and a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1991.
Chen Ming-ming, founder and CEO of KKday, is not just a passionate and independent traveler, but also a successful serial entrepreneur who dreams big, embraces challenges, and constantly breaks new ground.
In 1999, Chen began working in the online tourism industry and is one of the most visionary entrepreneurs in the tourism market having driven revolutionary digital transformation and new levels of service. He founded ezTravel leading to the popularity local eCommerce tours. He then led Startravel and ezfly through their IPOs.
While searching for the next major opportunity, Chen saw the need for “indestination tours and activities,” and founded KKday in 2014. KKday, which launched online in January 2015, offers a diverse selection of travel experiences from around the world, allowing travelers to delve deeper into local cultures, and making travel more effortless and spontaneous. Through Chen’s leadership and vision, KKday has become one of the biggest tour and activities platforms in Asia with over 30,000 travel adventures in 500 cities and 80 countries worldwide. With his passion for travelling, rich experience in the industry, and precise insights into market opportunities, Chen Ming-ming continues to strategically lead KKday into a promising future featuring a more global footprint.
Di spent the first decade of his career designing and building information solutions for some of the world’s largest companies: first with JPMorgan Chase, leading the design of global technology asset management system laying a solid foundation for private Cloud transformation; and then at Infosys Consulting, as a senior consultant focusing on enterprise architecture and Cloud strategy, provided management consultancy services across multiple industries. Di has a master’s degree in information management from Syracuse University, US.
Di joined CLP as the head of technology at CLP Innovation Enterprises based in Hong Kong. He leads a team that have built Smart Energy Connect (www.clpsec.com), which is a platform that offers end consumers, enterprises and utilities with a range of energy management solutions.
Dr Yip is the Managing Director of G.E.W. International Corporation Limited (G.E.W.). With over 30 years of experience in home appliance design and manufacturing, he has successfully led the company to transform from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) to an Original Brand Manufacturer (OBM). He further upgraded G.E.W. from majoring in home appliances to the research and development and manufacturing of commercial appliances, which won the “Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Upgrading and Transformation Awards” in 2018. Over the years, he has been maintaining close ties with local universities to jointly develop new technologies applicable on new products, making remarkable contributions to the promotion of cooperation between the government, industry, academia and research institutes.
Dr. Zhai obtained a Ph.D from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree in Material Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 1996.
Recently he has taken a role of President for Ascendent Capital Partners (Asia) Limited based in Hong Kong. Ascendent is a private equity firm focused on mid-market Greater China investment opportunities, managing capital for global renowned institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds, endowments, pensions and foundations.
He has been the Chief Executive Officer of China Alpha Fund Management (HK) Limited since July 2015. Dr. Zhai has worked in the field of investment banking as Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited from September 2009 to March 2015, and as Managing Director of Macquarie (Hong Kong) Limited from May 2007 to August 2009. He has over 17 years of experience in corporate development and investment banking in the Greater China market.
Besides career life, he is currently the Director of Dalton Foundation Limited in Hong Kong, the President of Xinjiang Association of Hong Kong, the Executive Vice Chairman of Chinese Financial Association of Hong Kong, the Vice President of Tsinghua Alumni Association of Hong Kong, the Vice Chairman of Tsinghua Entrepreneurs and Executive Club, and the Director of Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation.
Mr. LEE Kar Chung, Felix is an Executive Director of UMP Healthcare Holdings (722:HK). He is responsible for corporate development, international operations and merger and acquisitions. He is also a Senior Vice President of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited，with responsibilities in making investments in the healthcare sector in Asia and globally. Mr. Lee is also an Independent Non-executive Director of China Resources Medical (1515:HK). Mr. Lee has extensive experience in law, finance and the healthcare industry. Prior to his current roles, Mr. Lee was a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an Analyst in the investment banking department UBS AG, Hong Kong Branch and a Director in the investment banking department of Deutsche Bank AG, Hong Kong Branch.
Mr. Lee obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He has been a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong since 2007. Felix is also a member of the China Committee and the Greater Bay Area Committee, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
Francis Ngai is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk, www.sv-hk.org). He is also the Founder of Playtao Education, BottLess, HATCH co-working factory and Sonova Institute, and a Co-Founder of Green Monday and RunOurCity.
Since its establishment in 2007, SVhk has invented and incubated more than 40 social innovation projects, including Light Be (empowerment housing) and Diamond Cab (wheelchair-accessible cab service). Being an Impact Purpose Organisation, SVhk is dedicated to innovating social change through pioneering impact ventures, aggregating impact capital and providing Business 2.0 consultancy.
Prior to establishing SVhk, Francis was the Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate in Hong Kong. He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong and was conferred as an Honorary Fellow by the University in 2013. Francis’ recognitions include Honorary Fellow of the Education University of Hong Kong (2018), 100 Asia Pioneers by The Purpose Economy (2014), Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2012), and Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons (2011). He also serves as Deputy Chairman of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.
As an ultra-running veteran, Francis completed The North Pole Marathon, Sundown Ultra-marathon 100km Race and the 250-km Gobi March of the 4 Deserts race series.
Jack is Co-founder and CEO of Airwallex. He is responsible for devising and implementing the overall strategic vision of the organisation. Under his leadership, Airwallex has become a leading fintech unicorn in over three years’ time, expanding to nine offices and raising over US $200 million from top-tier investors including DST, Tencent, Sequoia Capital, Hillhouse, and Horizons Ventures.
A graduate from the University of Melbourne, Jack has over a decade of experience in foreign exchange trading and investment banking across London, Melbourne and Hong Kong. In 2018, he was named one of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year, and received the YiCai China Brilliant 10 Fintech Award in recognition of his international success and entrepreneurial spirit.
Jason is the founder and CEO of Cherrypicks, a regional leader in mobile technology and eCommerce specializing in smart city, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, eWallet and location intelligence. Jason is an industry icon in Hong Kong well known for his successful entrepreneurial experience in mobile innovation. With disruptive Online-to-Offline (O2O) solutions as well as patent-pending products and technology inventions, Cherrypicks has represented Hong Kong and China on many world stages to win over 100 local and international awards. The early entrepreneurial journey of the company was also featured as a Harvard Business School case study (#N9-807-106). Jason founded Cherrypicks in 2000 and exited in 2014 and 2016 through strategic acquisitions with NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 777). Since joining the NetDragon global family, Jason is leading Cherrypicks to grow Smart City Location Intelligence, eWallet Loyalty platform and Lifelong eLearning businesses.
Joe Tsai is a co-founder of Alibaba Group, a global Internet technology company based in China. He is a member of board of directors of the company and serves as its executive vice chairman. His career at Alibaba Group spans over 20 years, during which he served as the company’s chief financial officer and oversaw strategic investments. He serves on the investment committees of Alibaba Group and its affiliate Ant Financial, and is a founding member of Alibaba Partnership.
Mr. Tsai owns and is the governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA and the team’s arena Barclays Center. He also owns the New York Liberty of the WNBA and the San Diego Seals, a professional indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League. He has investments in the upstart Premier Lacrosse League, Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer, and several sports media and technology companies.
In 2017, Mr. Tsai received the George H.W. Bush ‘48 Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale University. The award honors alumni athletes who, in their lives after Yale, have made significant leadership contributions in their worlds of governance, commerce, science and technology, education, public service, and the arts and media.
Prior to founding Alibaba Group, Mr. Tsai was a private equity investor with Investor AB of Sweden’s Wallenberg family. He is a graduate of Yale College (BA ’86) and Yale Law School (JD ’90), and practiced tax law as an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York from 1990 to 1993.
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iStaging Corp. 於2015年成立，與工業技術研究院AR/VR研發團隊合併後獲得台灣國發基金、大亞創投、中國阿里巴巴及WI Harper Investment Funds、ASUS等國際知名機構投資。iStaging以台灣為研發總部，於美國矽谷、歐洲及中國、香港都設有分公司，擁有專業領域的頂尖國際人才，並憑藉不斷創新研發多項關鍵技術的跨國專利，以及在垂直產業的商業應用領域上得到業界領導品牌客戶的極高口碑與多項的國際大獎。iStaging以AI為核心技術ARVR內容的創建變得像手機拍照一樣容易，目前擁有超過50個國家的AR/VR內容生態圈及商業付費用戶。
US born Jonathan Wong is a singer-songwriter, dancer-choreographer, and actor. Graduating from Cornell University with double majors in Psychology and Modern Dance in 2008, Jonathan made his Hong Kong musical debut in 2009 and has since then earned over 50 major awards in a number of categories for his work.
In 2016, Jonathan competed in the world’s largest televised singer-songwriter competition “Sing My Song”, broadcast on China’s CCTV-3. He joined Chinese R&B legend David Tao’s squad and was the only Hong Kong representative to make it into the top 6 of his team. In the same year, his composition“Beyond Borders”for Chinese pop diva Karen Mok gathered more than 35 million views online. Some of his other writing credits include Sammi Zheng and Chinese boy band XNINE.
Jonathan is also a prolific actor in film and television. In "The Limelight Years" (2015), Jonathan plays an exceptionally gifted musician driven to the edge of his sanity, earning him his first "Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama" nomination. Jonathan then went on to star in TVB’s “OMG, Your Honour” (2018) as well as “Wonder Women” (2019) and “Airport Strikers” (2020). He has also played major supporting roles in Johnnie To’s critically acclaimed thriller "Three" (2016), “The House of the Rising Sons” (2018) and “Dynasty Warriors” (2019).
Jonathan is fresh off the critically acclaimed Matteo Ricci (2019), an original theatrical musical in which he plays the title role, Italian priest Matteo Ricci, the first westerner to enter the Forbidden City and be buried on Chinese soil. The 20 sold-out shows were exceptionally well-received, earning the production invitations to tour in various countries.
Jonathan has recently celebrated his tenth year in the entertainment industry with 2 stadium concerts at the Convention Centre at the end of 2019.
Linda Findley Kozlowski is Blue Apron's President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company's Board of Directors. Before joining Blue Apron in April 2019, Linda most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Etsy, Inc. where she held responsibilities for product, marketing and customer engagement and acquisition. Prior to Etsy, Linda spent three years at Evernote Corporation, most recently serving as COO, where she oversaw worldwide operations, managed cross-functional teams across seven countries and led the successful launch of the company’s multi-tier pricing strategy to drive accelerated revenue. Before that, Linda worked for Alibaba.com based out of Hong Kong, most recently as Director of Global Marketing and Customer Experience with responsibilities spanning multiple revenue-generating and customer-facing functions. Linda serves on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Ralph Lauren Corporation, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Styleseat, Inc., an online platform for beauty and wellness professionals, and Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization focused on empowering women. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and Journalism from Elon College and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Greenburg Capital is a family office venture capital that focuses on education sector across South East Asia. Marco is also the Executive Director of Greenburg Holdings, the financial investment arm of the family office. Marco is the investor and director of several education businesses in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Singapore, including STEM education service providers. He is also the of Director of Monty Inc., a multinational corporation with business in garment manufacturing, agriculture, real estate and infrastructure. Marco has a Master of Business Administration degree from Bimbi at CCER, Peking University and a second master’s degree in global finance from Fordham University. He has also enrolled in a Family Office Diploma Programme from China Europe International Business School. In his spare time, he enjoys mentoring startups and attending charity events with the family.
Mazing Lee was born in 1987 in Hong Kong and graduated from Business at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2008. She has a passion in beauty, lifestyle and wellness since a young age. Having worked in a corporate job with a hectic schedule that takes her across the world, Mazing realised that striking a work-life balance is essential for one’s wellbeing. She is particularly interested in natural remedies and East-meets-West wellness wisdom and believes there should be a smart and convenient solution for urban dwellers to pursue wellness. She is now studying Certificate Programme in Chinese Medicine for Women’s Health organized by The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Leveraging on her previous experience managing a diversified portfolio of luxury brands in Singapore and Italy, Mazing became Director of Contact Design Group upon her return to Hong Kong. She co-founded The Contact Store, a lifestyle experience centre in Milan and Hong Kong. She curated many lifestyle events and collaborations with well-established brands such as lululemon, Hyatt Group, WeWork and Wynn Hotel.
As a CUHK alumnus, Mazing is a regular speaker at the university’s EMBA and Minor Programme in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and enjoys sharing her entrepreneurial journey with students.
Mui Kinoshita is a multi cultural designer, she studied industrial & strategic design in Hong Kong, UK, Finland and Italy and possess over 15 years’ experience in product design & development, using technology in creative problem solving and business approach. Her works have earned numerous international awards including Reddot Design Award, Global Design Award, iF Design Award China, etc, and her designs are collected by MOMA stores (The Museum of Modern Art) in New York, San Francesco, and Tokyo. Mui’s company focuses in providing the best air quality in a bespoke way and has won numerous startup awards including Alibaba Jumpstarter Global Best Startup & Most Favourite Startup, HSBC innovation award, China Mobile Entrepreneur Award, and more.
Ng Tze-wei specialises in serving charities, social enterprises, funders and all forms of impact organisations and vehicles, hoping to bring thoughtful legal, corporate governance and strategy support to help those doing good become more sustainable.
Tze-wei comes from a cross-disciplinary background in social innovation, media, and public interest law, and has over 10 years of experience working with NGOs in Hong Kong, mainland China, and regionally. Prior to joining the law firm, Tze-wei was a member of the startup team at Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi), an education platform aimed at growing sustainable investing amongst private investors and family offices in Hong Kong. And before that she was the founding Hong Kong director and deputy director of Asia for the international NGO PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law. She is currently board co-chair of Resolve Foundation, and board director of ESELA – The Legal Network for Social Impact.
Norma was born and raised in Hong Kong. Prior to DayDayCook, Norma was the head of equities research at HSBC Private Bank. Norma started DayDayCook in 2012 where she turned her passion for cooking into the business. In 2015, Norma brought DayDayCook to Shanghai and entered China Market.
Norma designed DayDayCook to satisfy today’s young female millennial who need for a better lifestyle and has been providing a 360-degree lifestyle experience to them. Company has three major business lines including DDCTV content, E-commerce platform and offline experience centers to form a panoramic and comprehensive brand ecosystem. DayDayCook now is the largest cooking and lifestyle content platform with 80 million active viewers, and has 6 experience centers nationwide. Norma has raised over USD 65M in venture funding for DayDayCook from investors including Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneur Fund, K11 Investments, Ironfire Captital, and 500startup.
With the achievement acquired, Norma was named as China New Media Top 100 people in 2016 and CY Zone’s 2017 Most Notable Female Entrepreneurs, and was featured in Apple Store’s Cover Story in November 2018.
Pubs has worked in the technology and energy sector for +15 years. In that time, Pubs has worked in consulting and held positions in a range of industries and companies ranging from energy and FMCG. Currently at CLP Holdings, Pubs manages the Digital Products team under CLP Innovation where he focuses on energy saving solutions.
Within CLP, Pubs lead a range of initiatives including managing large IT application teams, technology infrastructure teams, setting up the initial smart grid technology infrastructure, and establishing the data analytics practice to name a few. More recently Pubs has been managing the Smart Energy Connect program (www.clpsec.com) where the mission is to make sustainability a practical reality through deploying energy saving solutions for customers.
GRAMMY nominated musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his appealing Afro Roots sound that unites generations and cultures. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others. Named one of Africa's Top 10 global stars by CNN, he has showcased his talent at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and The Hollywood Bowl. Rocky is a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa as well as a UN Foundation Ambassador for the Clean Cooking Alliance. Through these designations he uses his music to shine a light on crucial issues facing humanity cross the globe through live concerts, speaking roles, panels, youth empowerment, leadership circles and more.
Rony founded Magic Leap in 2011, but was dreaming about such things for most of his life. Prior to Magic Leap, he was the co-founder and Head of Development and Technology for MAKO Surgical, the world leader in human-interactive robotics for orthopedic surgery. Rony was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his work on computer-assisted technologies for minimally invasive surgery. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami.
Mr. Savio Kwan was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Alibaba Group from 2001 to 2003 and served as Chief People Officer for the year 2004 before stepping down from full-time executive duties and was formerly the Independent Non Executive Director at Alibaba.com since 2008, the listed B2B unit of Alibaba Group, until the company has been privatized in June 2012. During his time at Alibaba, Mr. Kwan saw the company transformed from an internet start-up with just over 150 staffs burning close to US$2M per month into one of the world’s biggest B2B Company with over 2,500 staffs generating over US$5M surplus cash per month.
Mr. Kwan, has 30 years of global management experience, including seventeen years at General Electric and four years as the Managing Director of the China operations of BTR plc, a UK-based Fortune 500 company. Mr. Kwan also served as a board member of the Asia Pacific Advisory Board of York International, a leading global air conditioning system provider and a unit of Johnson Control listed in the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Kwan's career includes 17 years of high-level management at General Electric Medical Systems where he had responsibilities for sales, marketing, operations, business development, and establishment of joint venture companies in Asia. Among his accomplishments at GE, Mr. Kwan grew the China Medical business from zero revenues to US$70 million revenues in less than 4 years.
At BTR, Mr. Kwan was Managing Director for the China operations of 8 manufacturing subsidiaries with some US$150M sales which he built through merger and acquisitions in the space of under three years.
In 2005 Mr. Kwan co-founded A & K Consulting with Malcolm Au and serves in the capacity of Partner and CEO. He is also a Visiting Executive Professor of Henley Business School, a unit of Reading University in the UK. He also won the Alumni Achievement Award of the London Business School in 2011.
In January 2014, Mr. Kwan joined the main board of British American Tobacco Group as Non Executive Director.
Mr. Kwan was born in Hong Kong and is a UK national. He pursued an undergraduate diploma at Cambridgeshire College of Technology and received Master of Science degrees from both the London Business School and Loughborough University in the UK.
Syaru Shirley Lin is Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. She also teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in both the master’s program in global political economy in Hong Kong and the Tsinghua-CUHK FMBA program in Shenzhen and Beijing.
She was the youngest woman partner as well as the one of the first Asian partners of Goldman Sachs & Co., where she led the firm’s investment efforts in Asia, managing investments in twelve countries and setting up the Tokyo operation. Most notably, she spearheaded the firm’s investments in technology start-ups in Asia, making it one of the earliest and most successful investors in China. In that capacity, she led the first round of institutional investment in Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and Alibaba, immediately after it was registered in 1999. She was also an early investor in Sina and in start-ups that were acquired by Sohu and E Ink. Prior to her work in private equity and venture capital, she specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises including China Southern Airlines and Singapore Telecom.
Shirley has served on the boards of numerous private and public companies and currently serves as a director of Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments, Mercuries Life Insurance and Swire Pacific Limited, and is a Senior Advisor to Crestview Partners, a private equity fund based in New York. Appointed by the Hong Kong government, she serves on the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation and is also a director of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, which supports the development and adoption of new therapeutic medical technologies.
Shirley graduated, cum laude, from Harvard College and has also studied at Keio University in Tokyo and Complutense University of Madrid. After retiring from Goldman Sachs, she earned her masters and Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. Her teaching and research examine issues in international and comparative political economy. Her book on Taiwan’s cross-strait economic policy was published by Stanford University Press and by Business Weekly in traditional Chinese in 2019 and is being published in simplified Chinese in 2020. She is currently writing a book on the challenges facing high-income economies in Asia. Her analysis and commentary frequently appear in English and Chinese media.
Stephen Po is the Co-founder and CEO of QooApp Limited. Founded in 2014, QooApp is a global anime game platform specializing in anime games and otaku cultures, also known as ACG culture. The goal is to create a virtual haven for all ACG lovers to discover new games and series and to share the things that they love with kindred spirits around the world. QooApp has an active online community that evolves according to gamer’s needs, creating new dimension breaking gaming experience for gamers across the world.
Stephen was educated in engineering and computer science. After graduation, Stephen started as one of the first few programmers at Yahoo Hong Kong. He was then invited to join TVB.com as the CTO, and developed myTV as their first video streaming product. In 2009, Stephen started his entrepreneurship in the gaming industry by co-founding Memoriki, a web game distribution platform company, with his college friends. Spotting the potential of mobile games and Japanese anime games in particular, he and the team created QooApp, as an internal innovation project. Identifying its potential, QooApp is then spun off as a separate and independent company, as Stephen’s next startup.
QooApp has since grew into a global anime game platform serving tens of millions of users across 200 different countries.
Thomas G. Tsao co-founded Gobi Partners in 2002. With over US$1.1 billion in AUM, Gobi has raised 11 funds to date, invested in over 200 startups, and grown to nine offices across China, Japan, Hong Kong and ASEAN. Gobi’s regional platform supports entrepreneurs from the early to growth stages in the innovation and technology sectors.In China, Tom and his partners were first-round investors into Airwallex, Brite Semiconductor (strategic investment from SMIC), Camera360, Dianwoda (acquired by Cainiao), Kr Space, Madhouse (acquired by BlueFocus), Opzoon (acquired by Harbin Gong Da), Teambition (acquired by Alibaba), Tuniu (NASDAQ:TOUR), UR (acquired by HLA) and Yoyi Digital. He was named to the Forbes List of “China’s Top VCs” from 2013-2015 and 2017.
For two years, Tom served as the CEO of DMG (acquired by VisionChina), the largest operator of passenger information systems and digital media networks inside China’s subways. At DMG, Tom was the executive producer for the company’s award-winning A Sunny Day, Dancing Without You, and A Starry Night programs, the world’s first series of subway soap operas sponsored respectively by Starbucks, Nine West and the MDA of Singapore.
Tom leads the team that manages the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, which has invested into companies like DayDayCook, GoGoVan and WeLab. Tom also helped build out Gobi’s investment team in Southeast Asia, which has invested in over 50 companies including Carsome, CiB (acquired by AsiaSoft), DeClout (SGX:5UZ), Hermo (acquired by iStyle), and Mainspring (strategic investment from ByteDance). Tom is now building Gobi’s TaqwaTech investment practice focused on innovative startups serving Muslim communities.
Tom graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Economics and was the inspiration for Seinfeld’s Movie Phone episode. In 2006, he founded SEO China, a non-profit organization, which has provided more than 180 internships for underserved college students. He also serves as Chairman of the Presidential Scholars Foundation, which cultivates, connects and celebrates U.S. Presidential Scholars (161 of the nation’s top high school seniors who are selected annually and honored by the White House).
Fresco Capital is an early stage venture capital firm investing at the intersection of people and technology. Previously, Tytus was Chief Investment Officer of Equities at PMA Investment Advisors, an institutional Asia Pacific hedge fund, managing the equity funds and the equity team. He was a co-founder of PMA, which was started in 2002 and acquired in 2006 while in the process of scaling up to US$3B in assets under management. Before that, he was focused on equity investment with HSBC Asset Management in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, and London.
Tytus graduated from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (Finance with Honours) and is a Leslie Wong Fellow alumnus of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation. He is also a founding Board Director of the UBC Sauder Alumni Club of Hong Kong and holds the CFA designation. In his spare time, Tytus enjoys training and teaching traditional Okinawan karate as a third degree black belt.
Yat Siu is a technology entrepreneur/investor based in Hong Kong. He is co-founder and chairman of Animoca Brands, an ASX-listed company focusing on leveraging popular brands, gamification, AI, blockchain, and mobile technology to make engaging apps ranging from games to fitness solutions.
Yat began his career at Atari Germany in 1990. In 1995 he moved to Hong Kong to establish Hong Kong Cybercity/Freenation, the first Asian free web page and email provider. In 1998, Yat set up Outblaze, an award-winning pioneer of multilingual white label web services. He sold Outblaze’s services business to IBM in 2009, and pivoted Outblaze to become a conglomerate specializing on cloud, AI, blockchain, and mobile software.
Yat is a director for TurnOut Ventures, a partnership between Outblaze and Turner Entertainment that brought to prominence the hugely popular emoticon character Tuzki. In 2017 he set up the Dalton Learning Lab, an afterschool lab environment that supplements Hong Kong students with skills not emphasized by the local education system, including divergent thinking and design thinking. He is the founder of ThinkBlaze, the research arm of Outblaze investigating socially meaningful issues in technology.
Yat has earned numerous accolades including Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the DHL/SCMP Awards.
A classically trained musician, Yat is a member of the advisory board of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and a director of the Asian Youth Orchestra.