Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media.
Steve’s newest project is the podcast “What’s Ahead,” where he engages the world’s top newsmakers, politicians and pioneers in business and economics in honest conversations meant to challenge traditional conventions as well as featuring Steve’s signature views on the intersection of society, economic and policy.
Steve helped create the recently released and highly acclaimed public television documentary, In Money We Trust?, which was produced under the auspices of Maryland Public television. The film was inspired by the book he co-authored, Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy – and What We Can Do About It.
Steve’s latest book is Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional).
Steve writes editorials for each issue of Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In both 1996 and 2000, Steve campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Steve continues to energetically promote this agenda.
Lee Hsien Loong has been Singapore’s Prime Minister since 2004.
Mr Lee is the Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party (PAP). He led PAP to three consecutive Singapore General Elections victories in 2006, 2011 and 2015. He was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1984, and has been re-elected seven times, most recently as an MP for the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency.
Mr Lee also chairs GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council, an international panel that provides strategic direction for Singapore’s Research and Development efforts.
As Prime Minister, he launched SkillsFuture to support Singaporeans in embracing lifelong learning and skills, and the Smart Nation initiative to use technology to create a future of better living, more opportunities and stronger communities.
Before becoming Prime Minister, Mr Lee had held various Ministerial appointments, including being Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister for Trade and Industry and Second Minister for Defence. He was concurrently the Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore from 1998 until 2004.
Before joining politics, Mr Lee had served in the Singapore Armed Forces, retiring as a Brigadier-General.
Mr Lee graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He was later a Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, receiving a Master in Public Administration.
Jack Ma is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and, since May 2013, has served as the executive chairman. From Alibaba's founding in 1999 until May 2013, Jack served as the chairman and chief executive officer. He is also the founder of the Zhejiang-based Jack Ma Foundation.
Jack currently serves on the board of SoftBank Corp., a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, chairman of the Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the China Entrepreneur Club, and chairman of the Paradise Foundation. Since January 2016, he has served as a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocate. Jack is also co-chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
Jack graduated from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute with a major in English language education.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Asia’s leading biopharmaceuticals enterprise.
Kiran is a well-regarded global influencer and has been named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Her pioneering efforts in biotechnology have drawn global recognition for both the Indian industry and Biocon.
She has been recognized as the only Indian on Forbes list of ‘World's Self-Made Women Billionaires’. She has been featured in Forbes list of ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’, consecutively since 2010, and named among Forbes list of ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’. She has also been featured in Forbes Asia’s ‘50 Power Businesswomen’ list and Forbes ‘India Rich Lists’.
She has been featured in Scientific American’s ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of most influential visionaries and in Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific’. She topped the ‘Medicine Maker Power List 2018’, in the Business Captains category, an index of the 100 most influential people across the globe in the field of medicine.
Kiran has been conferred with the prestigious AWSM Award for Excellence in 2017, by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of Northwell Health and the U.S. based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’. She has also been conferred with the Highest French Distinction – ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ in 2016, and ‘The Global Economy Prize for Business’ in 2014 by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany, for her outstanding contribution and dedication to the biosciences and research field globally. She is the proud recipient of India’s two highest civilian honours - Padma Shri in 1989 and Padma Bhushan in 2005.
Kiran is a member of the Board of Trustees of The MIT Corporation, USA and most recently has been elected as a member of the prestigious U.S. based National Academy of Engineering (NAE), for her contribution to the development of affordable bio-pharmaceuticals and the biotechnology industry in India. She also serves on the Board of Infosys, Narayana Health and IIT Bombay.
She is the second Indian and first woman signatory to the Gates Foundation’s ‘Giving Pledge’, committing to donate a majority of her fortune to charity.
Mark Tucker was appointed to the Board of HSBC Holdings plc with effect from 1 September 2017, and assumed his role as non-executive Group Chairman on 1 October 2017. He also chairs the Nomination Committee.
Mark Tucker is also non-executive Chairman of the Discovery Group of South Africa and, since 1 June 2019, Chairman of TheCityUK.
He has over 35 years' experience in the financial services industry in Asia, the US and the UK, including 25 years based in Hong Kong.
Mr Tucker was most recently Group Chief Executive and President of AlA Group Limited (AlA). He joined AlA in July 2010 and spearheaded its record-breaking initial public offering in Hong Kong in October 2010. Under Mr Tucker's leadership, AlA became the second largest life insurance company in the world.
Prior to AlA, Mr Tucker held various senior management roles with Prudential plc. He was the founding Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia Limited from 1994 to 2003, expanding its geographic portfolio from 3 to 12 markets. Mr Tucker was also on the Board of Prudential plc for 10 years, serving as its Group Chief Executive from 2005 to 2009. From 2004 to 2005 Mr Tucker was Group Finance Director, HBOS plc.
Mr Tucker served on the Court of The Bank of England as a non-executive director from June 2009 to May 2012, where he was a member of both its Financial Stability and Audit and Risk Committees. From November 2012 to April 2017 he was an independent non-executive director of the Goldman Sachs Group.
Mr Tucker is an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He serves on the Asia Business Council and the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Edinburgh Festival International. Mr Tucker was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in May 2018.
Mr Tucker qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) in 1985.
He is married with two children and his interests include football and the arts.
Goh Hup Jin is a 1976 graduate of Tokyo University in Chemical Engineering. After military service he entered the family paint business in 1979 and assumed the Nipsea Group's chairmanship in 1985 till date.
In 2014 his family acquired 39% of Nippon Paint Holdings Ltd which in turn acquired a majority share in the Nipsea Group.
Adrian Cheng is an entrepreneur who believes in the power of creativity, culture and innovation to enrich daily life across businesses and local communities. As Executive Vice-chairman of New World Development (HKEx:0017), Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group (HKEx:1929), and as founder of the K11 brand, Adrian’s expertise and his vision as a changemaker, makes him a champion for sustainable transformation and the development of contemporary, human-centred enterprise.
Running New World Development, Adrian oversees strategic direction for the company’s property development and investment activities, infrastructure, services, and their retail and hotel projects. He is currently spearheading some of New World’s most ambitious projects, including Victoria Dockside as a new “Silicon Valley of Culture” (which includes K11 MUSEA, K11 ATELIER, K11 ARTUS, Rosewood), a US$2.6 billion development that is redefining Hong Kong’s harbourfront due to open in 2019, and Skycity, a US$2.5 billion retail complex attached to Hong Kong’s airport and linked to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. These have at their core New World’s Artisanal Movement, a philosophy Adrian applies throughout the organisation to inspire creativity, incubate ideas, deliver quality and ensure that the individual remains at the centre throughout.
In 2008, Adrian at 29 years old, created the K11 brand, intertwining art and commerce, presenting it to an inquisitive Chinese Millennial and Generation Z audience through a collection of shopping malls, offices and hospitality. He understood the need for compelling narrative and saw the potential in creating a museum-retail concept that attracts consumers seeking bespoke cultural experiences. The brand has expanded to include K11 art malls across Greater China; K11 ATELIER, office buildings designed for the next gen workforce; K11 ARTUS, the new luxury residences; the K11 Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation that fosters cross-cultural art education and incubates up-and-coming artists and creators; and K11 Kulture Academy, an education platform for cultural programmes. By 2024, K11 will have 36 projects in 9 major cities with total gross floor area of 30 million sq. ft. He also provides early-stage funding to disruptive start-ups, technology-driven brands and platforms that appeal to younger generation consumers.
Adrian has been acknowledged by Fortune as one of “40 Under 40” global business stars, a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and was recently made an Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, the youngest person in Hong Kong to receive such an honour. In 2019, Adrian was appointed as the first-ever global ambassador of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and he will work with CFDA to nurture the next generation of American fashion talent through a series of cross-cultural exchange initiatives and international programs. Alongside his business interests, Adrian has invested a significant amount of time and energy into promoting art and cultural exchange and holds a number of board roles within organisations such as the TATE, the Centre Pompidou and the National Museum of China.
Miwako Date is President and Chief Executive Officer at Mori Trust Co., Ltd., one of the foremost major developers in Japan, which works with a wide variety of high-class hotels originating from outside Japan. She’s the third generation of leaders hailing from one of the foremost business-owning families in Japan.
Her grandfather, Taikichiro Mori (who Forbes ranked number one on its World’s Billionaires List in 1991 and 1992) founded the Mori Group, the precursor to the Mori Trust Group, which was later formed by Taikichiro’s third son, Akira Mori (who is consistently ranked on the Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List since taking over the business in 1993 and was ranked as Japan’s richest person in 2008). Akira Mori is Miwako’s father and serves as Chairman of the Board at Mori Trust Group. Miwako Date took over the business in June 2016.
With a primary focus on the real-estate and hotel & resort businesses, Mori Trust Group is also involved in a wide range of investment businesses (such as overseas investing and M&A).
Even before taking over the company as President and CEO, Miwako expanded upon its business. And now in Mori Trust’s mid-to-long term vision express its readiness to spend more than JPY 1 trillion on new investments by 2027.
In the year since assuming her post, Miwako has aimed for the creation of an international business base in Tokyo and given shape to the "Tokyo World Gate Project" and "Akasaka 2-Chome Project". Both projects are large mixed-use development projects in the heart of Tokyo spanning a total floor space of around 200,000 square meters. Furthermore, she actualized investments into two large buildings found at choice locations in Boston in the US and a three-building office campus in San Jose, as well as the listing of a REIT specialized in hotels (which has been evaluated as top-class within Japan).
In addition she’s been vigorously moving business forward, which is evident by occurrences such as attracting EDITION (a luxury lifestyle hotel that’s enthralled celebrities from across the globe) to Tokyo’s Toranomon and Ginza districts, acquisition of new sites, and investing actively in various start-up firms.As the leader of luxury hotel development in Japan, Miwako is currently looking ahead beyond the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. She has deployed various projects not bound by precedent, such as those entailing the opening of 10 new luxury hotels featuring 1,000 rooms by around 2023.
Miwako has been recognized for many achievements such as these and despite her young age, she currently serves as Permanent Secretary at Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Secretary at the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, and as Director at the Japan Hotel Association. What’s more, Miwako has been invited to give recommendations as a member of numerous expert panels hosted by entities such as the governments of Tokyo and Japan, thereby contributing significantly to the development of Japan’s business world and tourism industry.
Peter Moore joined Liverpool FC as Chief Executive Officer in June 2017, a role that brought the lifetime LFC supporter back to his hometown of Liverpool. Bringing his tremendous personal passion for sports, competition, games and the Reds’ to the role; Peter is responsible for all business, commercial and operational areas of the Club – reporting directly to the Club’s ownership, Fenway Sports Group.
Peter previously lead EA’s Competitive Gaming Division where he brought to life new global competitions for EA franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL and Battlefield. Prior to that Peter served as Chief Operating Officer of EA, providing strategic leadership for all global operations that enabled EA to bring products to market via retail and digital direct-to-consumer channels. He also previously held the position of President of EA SPORTS, overseeing the delivery of some of the top-selling sports videogames from franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL, NCAA Football and NHL. He also oversaw the growth of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, growing it into one of the world’s largest gaming tournaments.
Peter has more than 30 years of experience in gaming, entertainment and consumer products. He has held leadership positions as the Corporate Vice President of the Interactive Entertainment Business of Microsoft Corp., as President and COO of SEGA of America and Senior Vice President of marketing at Reebok International Ltd.
Peter holds a bachelor’s degree from Keele University, United Kingdom, and a master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. He also currently serves as a VP of SpecialEffect, a nonprofit that uses technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities.
Enrique K. Razon Jr. is Chairman of the Board and President of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), a Philippine-based company involved in the management and operation of 32 ports and terminals in 19 countries. He is also Chairman of Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (BRC), owner of Solaire Resort and Casino, an integrated resort complex in the Philippines’ Entertainment City. ICTSI and BRC are both listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange.
Mr. Razon belongs to the third generation of a family involved in the business of marine cargo handling. The Razon Group has a long-standing reputation of being pioneers and innovators in the management and development of ports, terminals and related facilities. The group’s proven track record stems from over 90 years’ experience in integrated cargo handling, stevedoring and other port services in the Philippines and abroad.
In 1987, the Razon Group and the Soriano Group incorporated ICTSI, initially to bid for the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines. After winning the MICT contract 1988, Mr. Razon spearheaded the MICT’s development program. The MICT today is the country’s premier international gateway. ICTSI also operates seven other terminals in the Philippines.
After consolidating and strengthening its base and flagship operation at the MICT, ICTSI launched an international and domestic expansion program in 1994. ICTSI is recognized today as a leading operator, innovator and pioneer in the field of port management with a track record that confirms its ability to rapidly adapt to different operating environments, and to add substantial value to its operated terminals by enhancing their efficiency at every level. The company continues to pursue prospects in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Europe.
Mr. Razon sits on the board of most ICTSI subsidiaries worldwide and of several leading foreign and Philippine corporations. His other investments are in real estate, power, mining, oil and gas exploration, and leisure facilities including a golf course in the Philippines. Mr. Razon also chairs the ICTSI Foundation, Inc., which oversees the ICTSI Group’s corporate social responsibility advocacies. He also chairs Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc., which stages the largest professional golf circuit in Southeast Asia.
Mr. Razon is a member of the Management Association of the Philippines, the US Philippines Society, the ASEAN Business Club and Philippines, Inc.
Marjorie Yang is the Chairman of Esquel Group, a leading Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer with operations throughout the world.
Marjorie serves as Chairman of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC), with the purpose of providing advice to the Mayor of Seoul. She is also the appointed representative of Hong Kong, China to APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), and a member of Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development, a high-level body to advise the Chief Executive on Hong Kong’s future development and strategies for driving innovation. She served as a Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference from 2003 to 2018.
Marjorie is dedicated to promoting education and innovative technologies. She is the Co-chairman of the advisory board of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of CoolThink@JC, which is created and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. She also serves as a member of various advisory boards including Harvard University, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Tsinghua University’s School of Economics & Management and Guilin Tourism University. She was the Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for six years until 2015.
Marjorie is a strong believer in sustainable development and environmental conservation and serves in the Advisory Council of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and Natural Resources Defense Council in China.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Right Honourable George Osborne CH is the Editor of London’s Evening Standard, one of Britain’s biggest circulation newspapers, a post he has held since 2017.
George is also a senior adviser to the BlackRock Investment Institute. He chairs the Partners Council of EXOR, the holding company for firms like Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari and the Economist Magazine. He is a visiting professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches a course in decision making – and he is a fellow of the Hoover Institute. He is also an honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester and he chairs the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a not-for-profit organisation he established with business and civic leaders to promote economic development in the North of England.
George served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016 - one of the longest periods anyone has held the second most senior office in the British Government. During the period George had responsibility for the UK’s economic, budget and financial policies, the country posted the strongest growth in the G7 and attracted a rising share of global business investment. Following the successful election of a Conservative Government in 2015, he also served as First Secretary of State. As a prominent campaigner for Britain to remain in the EU, George left the government in July 2016 following the outcome of the referendum.
On his appointment in May 2010, George was the youngest Chancellor since 1886. Prior to that he was elected as the youngest Conservative MP in 2001, he served as Shadow Chancellor for five years, ran David Cameron's successful campaign to become Leader of the Conservative Party and helped negotiate the formation of Britain's first Coalition Government since the Second World War.
In August 2016, The Right Honourable George Osborne CH was made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen.
He has a Masters Degree from Oxford University in Modern History, and was a Dean Rusk Scholar at Davidson College, North Carolina.
George lives in London and has two teenage children.
H. Roger Wang is the Chairman of Golden Eagle International Group. Chairman of Committee of 100. Founded in 1992 with headquarters in the historic city of Nanjing, Golden Eagle has grown into a diversified and wide-ranging enterprise specializing in both real estate and retail within China. The Group is comprised of various companies spanning from real estate development, retail operations, hotel management, auto services, healthcare, and education, aiming to provide China’s most promising cities with top-quality service.
As of December 2018, Golden Eagle International Group has amassed over 12 million square meters of developed/developing projects. Operating area covers 4.24 million square meters throughout Shanghai, and the provinces of Jiangsu, Shanxi, Yunnan and Jilin, with nearly 7 million square meters are currently under planning.
In 2006, Golden Eagle Retail Group was successfully listed on the Hong Kong Exchange under 3308.HK. Its market value tops the list of HK-listed department store groups and was honored as "The Best Department Store Group in China" by Morgan Stanley. Since the opening of its first department store in 1996, Golden Eagle now owns 32 chain stores nationwide with a total shopping area of 2.75 million square meters. With the changing consumer tastes, Golden Eagle has evolved from department stores into comprehensive lifestyle centers, striving to be the one-stop destination for every daily need.
In giving back to the community that has given him so much, Mr. Wang continues to incorporate philanthropy into the Group’s management philosophy. Under his guidance and initiative, the Group established the Golden Eagle International Charity Foundation and has donated over $10 million to charitable causes both in the United States and China.
Founder of the first foreign-invested company in Nanjing, Mr. Wang is one of the most respected businessmen in the city and has received numerous honors, such as "Honorary Citizen of Nanjing", “The Friendship Award of Jiangsu”, “Best Foreign Contribution Award” and “National Star Enterprise”. Meanwhile, he also holds the positions of professor in Nanjing University Business School and Honorary President of Jiangsu Overseas Exchange Association.
Mr. Wang is also the Chairman and CEO of Transpacific Management, a company founded in 1978 whose main businesses are in California.
Mr. Wang grew up in Taiwan and obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Chinese Culture University in 1969 before receiving an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1973.
A renowned business innovator, dedicated civic leader and actively-involved philanthropist, Rick J. Caruso is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Caruso®, one of the largest and most admired privately held real estate companies in the United States.
Under Caruso’s leadership, the company has achieved a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 20% since its inception. Its world-class portfolio of properties continues to expand and include more than a dozen internationally renowned and award-winning retail, residential, mixed-use and a resort hotel destination. As cited by Green Street Advisors, Caruso properties consistently outperform traditional shopping destinations based on productivity and sales per square foot, with results three times higher than the industry average. Its flagship property, The Grove, was ranked #2 on Fortune’s list of the 10 highest sales-generating shopping centers in the country. Additionally, Caruso is the only development company to have two of its properties ranked on Shopping Center Today’s list of the top 15 shopping centers in the world, based on sales per square foot.
Caruso started his career as a real-estate lawyer in the corporate finance department of one of the nation’s largest law firms. Thereafter, he transitioned from law to pursue his lifelong passion for development, establishing Caruso Affiliated Holdings in 1987. Ignoring the traditional “shopping mall” approach to retail, he adopted a fresh, new strategy for development and revolutionized the industry with imaginative retail and mixed-use destinations that serve as timeless and beloved centers of town.
At the heart of Caruso’s award-winning development approach is a deep respect and understanding of civic responsibility and a fierce loyalty to surrounding communities—the result of decades of hands-on experience in public service. Early in his career, he served as the youngest Commissioner in the city’s history when Mayor Tom Bradley appointed him Commissioner for the L.A. Department of Water and Power. In that role, he brought a 25-year-old lawsuit to resolution that provided more clean water to Los Angeles while protecting the environment. Following this success, Caruso was selected as President of the L.A. Police Commission where he led the effort to overhaul the Los Angeles Police Department and recruited William Bratton as Chief of Police. Together, they reduced the city’s crime rate to the lowest levels in 50 years.
Caruso’s deeply held personal philosophy and commitment to giving back have further solidified his reputation as a compassionate member of the community. In 1991, he and his wife Tina, founded the Caruso Family Foundation, dedicated to supporting organizations that improve the lives of at-risk children in need of healthcare and education. Among the many nonprofit organizations that he supports, Caruso is actively involved with Operation Progress, Para Los Niños, St. Lawrence of Brindisi School and Verbum Dei High School, all focused on the historically underserved area of Watts, Los Angeles.
Caruso, a long-serving member of the USC community, also endowed the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine and the USC Catholic Center, which provides spiritual connection for faculty and students of all faiths. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and a Juris Doctorate as a Margaret Martin Block Scholar from Pepperdine School of Law.
Caruso, who was named a “retail mastermind” by The Wall Street Journal, has received numerous awards and distinctions for both his professional and philanthropic work, including "Developer of the Year" and “2016 L.A. Icon” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Additionally, he was honored with the "True Blue" award from the Los Angeles Police Foundation, recognizing him as a leader dedicated to positive change through philanthropic, business and civic leadership. He was also honored by Pope Francis, with the rank of Commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great, for his service and generosity to so many in need. In 2017, Caruso was presented the Asa V. Call Award, the most distinguished alumni honor at USC. Recently, he was named by Town and Country magazine as one of the top 50 philanthropists in the nation.
Caruso was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Chair of the Board of Loyola High School, and is on the Board of Councilors of Pepperdine School of Law, and on the Boards for The Irvine Company, St. John’s Hospital, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the CEO and Executive Director of the $8.3 billion global enterprise, HCL Corporation. She is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the organization. Roshni is also a Vice Chairperson on the Board of one of the group companies, HCL Technologies and the Chairperson of its CSR Committee.
Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which is committed to the process of nation building by driving transformational leadership through education. She is also the Chairperson and driving force behind VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the meritorious but economically underprivileged, rural students of Uttar Pradesh.
Roshni is also the Founder & Trustee of The Habitats Trust, a foundation working towards protecting habitats and their indigenous species. Passionate about wildlife and nature, Roshni founded the Trust with the mission of creating and conserving sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders at every level.
Roshni is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next-generation leaders. She was conferred the prestigious NDTV Young Philanthropist - Indian of the Year award in 2014. In 2015, she was felicitated with The World’s Most Innovative People Award for Philanthropic Innovation by The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE), in partnership with the UN. In 2017, she was conferred with Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College. More recently, in September 2017, Vogue India felicitated her with the 'Philanthropist of the Year' award. She was also featured in The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list compiled and released by Forbes, in 2017.
Roshni is married to Shikhar Malhotra and they have two sons.
Mike Flewitt joined McLaren Automotive as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in July 2013.
Since becoming CEO, he has presided over the significant growth of the business, in terms of product development, turnover and profit.
Under his tenure, the company has launched its product family of Sports Series, Super Series, Ultimate Series as well as the new McLaren GT and motorsport products for customer racing.
McLaren Automotive is now the largest part of the combined McLaren Group.
In 2018 Mike announced the Track25 business plan which will see the company unveil 18 new models or derivatives with 100 per cent of its sportscars and supercars hybrid by 2024.
The same year, he also opened the new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre alongside TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain, that will innovate and manufacture the next generation of McLaren’s lightweight chassis to help achieve the company’s goal of winning the new automotive ‘weight race’ linked to vehicle performance.
In 2019 the brand celebrated the manufacture of its 20,000th car as the company moves towards producing 6,000 cars a year by the end of Track25.
Prior to joining McLaren Automotive, Mike was Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe, and Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Company. Before joining Ford, he held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited. He qualified in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and completed a post-graduate qualification in Management and Project Management at Salford University in 1996.
JP Gan is a founding Partner of INCE Capital, an early to expansion stage venture capital firm focused on China. He is ranked #5 venture capitalist globally on Forbes’ Midas List in 2019. Mr. Gan has been a member of the Board of Directors of Ctrip.com International Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTRP) since 2001, and Bilibili Inc. (NASDAQ: BILI) since 2015. Mr. Gan spent 13 years as a managing partner and member of the invest committee of Qiming Venture Partners from 2006 to 2019. He also worked at KongZhong Corporation, The Carlyle Group, Merrill Lynch, and then-Price Waterhouse. Mr. Gan obtained his BBA from the University of Iowa and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital has raised five commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC regions since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a European hospitality fund and also provides services for separate account direct investments globally. Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$11 billion as of 2018 Q3 and currently commands assets of over USD$17 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retails centers, hotels, commercial and logistic properties.
Goodwin has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia. He founded Downtown Properties in 1996 and serves as Managing Principal. He’s especially interested in re-positioning distressed heritage properties. These include the renovation of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and conversion of over 456,000 square feet of empty historical buildings into hip residential lofts in downtown Los Angeles including the acclaimed Douglas Building. He also served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group.
Goodwin received a BS in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Construction Management from Stanford University.
Mr.Kuldip Singh Dhingra (KSD) is the Chairman of Berger Paints India Group, which he co-owns as Dhingra family, with his younger brother. Berger Paints India Group is amongst the leading Paint producers globally and in the top 5 in Asia. The Group (including its subsidiaries) is present in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Russia, Poland, U.K., France and Ukraine. The Group has 35 Factories including in South Asia, Russia and Poland with over 4000 Employees.
Group Companies Berger Paints India and Berger Paints Bangladesh are listed on the Stock Markets separately in their respective countries and are market leaders in Bangladesh and the second largest in India.
Berger Paints Group produce Architectural/Buildings Paints, Heavy Duty Protective Coatings, Fire Protective Coatings, Wood Coatings, General Industrial Coatings, Coatings for Plastics, Construction Chemicals, Adhesives, Emulsions including for Paints and Textile Chemicals, Printing Inks as well as Metal and Plastic Packaging. Group company Bolix SA Poland is market leader in Poland in External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) and exports to 20 countries, mostly in Europe. It is amongst the topmost globally in this field due to its very high technology and expertise.
Berger Paints’ history goes back to 1760 globally and in India since almost 100 years. Berger Paints ranked among the top 10 companies in India in terms of return to shareholders over a 25 years’ period. Berger Paints Bangladesh is also ranked as one of the topmost blue chip companies of Bangladesh Stock Exchange.
KSD is the fourth generation of his family which has been in Paints business since 1898 and has over 50 years of experience in paints and related industries. KSD is a Science Graduate from Delhi University and is the recipient of distinguished alumni award of his Alma Mater, Hindu College, Delhi.
The 5th generation represented by KSD’s eldest daughter Rishma Kaur and his brother’s son Kanwardip Singh, are working in the management of Berger Paints India, in addition to being Board Members of Berger Paints Group Companies. The 5th generation is being professionally groomed to succeed the 4th generation.
The Dhingra family also own significant Real Estate Assets in addition to Industrial Assets connected to the Paint business.
Jane Sun serves as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTRP) from November 2016. Prior to that, she was the Chief Operating Officer since May 2012 and Co-President since March 2015, and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2012.
Ms. Sun is well respected for her extensive experiences in operating and managing online travel businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting and operations. In 2018, she was named one of the Emergent 25 Asia’s latest star businesswomen by Forbes Asia. In 2017, she was also named one of the most influential and outstanding businesswomen by Forbes China, one of Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, and one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People in Business. During her tenure at Ctrip, she won the Best CEO and Best CFO Award by Institutional Investor.
Prior to joining Ctrip, Ms. Sun worked as the head of the SEC and External Reporting Division of Applied Materials, Inc. since 1997. Prior to that, she worked with KPMG LLP as an audit manager in Silicon Valley, California for five years. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and State of California Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Sun received her bachelor’s degree from the business school of the University of Florida with high honors. She also attended Peking University Law School and obtained her LLM degree.
Dr. Allan Zeman, GBM, GBS, JP, is the Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group, a major property owner and developer in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong Area, one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist and entertainment districts. The new California Tower at the heart of Lan Kwai Fong which features cues to the Group’s flair for design and attracted the top leisure brands that will take the district to new heights. Dr. Zeman is also the Chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Association. Lan Kwai Fong Group in recent years, has expanded to various cities in China which include Chengdu and Shanghai. Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu was opened in 2009. The Shanghai Dream Center project is a joint venture between Lan Kwai Fong Group, China Media Capital in China and DreamWorks Animation in the United States. It is a world-class cultural and entertainment lifestyle complex. Its GFA is 475,000 square meters. Dr. Zeman is also the owner of Paradise Properties Group, a property developer in Thailand which includes the award winning Andara Resort in Phuket.
Dr. Zeman serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sino Land Company Limited, Tsim Sha Tsui Properties Limited, Global Brands Group, Television Broadcasts Limited (“TVB”), Fosun Tourism Group and is the Non-Executive Director of Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited, all of which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Dr. Zeman is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Wynn Macau Limited, a prominent gaming operator in the US and Macau. Dr. Zeman is a director of the “Star” Ferry Company, Limited.
Having lived in Hong Kong for over 45 years, Dr. Zeman has been very involved in government services as well as community activities. He was the Chairman of Ocean Park from 2003 to 2014 and is now the Park’s Honorary Advisor. During his tenor at Ocean Park, Dr. Zeman managed to raise visitor numbers despite the opening of rival Hong Kong Disneyland, making the park more attractive and generating record profits. A 2007 article in Forbes magazine, referred to Zeman as "Hong Kong's Mouse Killer" because of the success that Ocean Park enjoyed.
Dr. Zeman was a member of the Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority from 2008 - 2016. He is now an honorary advisor and the Chairman of its Commercial Letting Panel.
Dr. Zeman is, a Representative of Hong Kong China to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and also is a Board of Governors of Our Hong Kong Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting the long-term and overall interests of HK.
Dr. Zeman is also a board member of Hong Kong Airport Authority.
In March 2018, Dr. Zeman is appointed by the HKSAR Chief Executive as a member of the HKSAR Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development which aims to provide advice to the Chief Executive on Hong Kong’s strategic positioning in the global and regional contexts and direction of economic development aiming at enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness and growth potential
In addition, Dr Zeman is a member of the newly established Human Resources Planning Commission (HRPC) which was a new initiative announced in the Chief Executive’s 2017 Policy Address and is chaired by the HKSAR Chief Secretary. It aims at formulating coordinated human resources strategies for developing Hong Kong further into a high value-added and more diversified economy.
Dr. Zeman is a Board of Directors of the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund. This is a HKD1 billion funds which aims to support the aspirations of entrepreneurs who wish to take advantage of the resources offered by Alibaba’s ecosystem in e-commerce, logistics, mobile platforms, cloud computing and financial services.
Dr. Zeman is also a member of the Board of Governors of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Vice Patron of the Hong Kong Community Chest.
In 2001, Dr. Zeman was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong.
He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2004 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2011.
In 2008, Dr Zeman was awarded Business Person of the Year by the Hong Kong Business Awards.
Dr Zeman is a holder of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. In 2012, he was awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees of Business Administration from City University of Hong Kong and University of Science and Technology of Hong Kong.
Dr Zeman also is a holder of Chinese Nationality since 2008.
Chairul Tanjung is the founder and Chairman of CT Corp., Indonesia’s leading consumer-focused business group, with core focus on financial services, media, lifestyle, retail, property and entertainment. His prominent businesses include: Bank Mega - the largest Visa credit card issuer in Indonesia, TRANSmart Carrefour – the largest hypermarket player in Indonesia, Trans TV and Trans 7 – the two leading free-to-air channels, TransVision – the 2nd largest pay TV provider, Detik.com - #1 online portal, Metro Department Store, Baskin Robbins, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Wendy’s and a few leading high-end fashion brands (including Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Aigner, and Hugo Boss); as well as theme parks, shopping malls, property, and hotels. CT Corp is also the largest private shareholder of Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s flagship carrier.
Mr. Tanjung is one of Indonesia’s most prominent and well respected business leaders. He is a first generation entrepreneur, establishing his business during his first year of studying at Faculty of Dentistry, University of Indonesia. He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the University of Airlangga, Surabaya; the University of Padjadjaran, Bandung; and the MARA University of Technology, Malaysia. He is also a Professor for Entrepreneurship at the University of Airlangga and a Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurship at the MARA University of Technology.
Mr. Tanjung is a recipient of numerous accolades, some of which include “Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana” from the Government of Republic of Indonesia (2014), “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television” from Asian Television Awards (2017), “Man of the Year” from Globe Asia (2011), “Indonesia’s Rising Star” from Forbes (2010), “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Enterprise Asia (2009), “Banker of the Year” from Globe Asia (2008), and “Marketer of the Year” from Indonesian Marketing Association and Markplus (2007) among others.
Mr. Tanjung served as the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second presidential term and prior to that was also Chairman of the National Economic Council.
Mr. Tanjung is also active in various social activities under CT ARSA Foundation and other institutions. He is the Advisory Board Member of Indonesian Dental Association, Member of the Advisory Board of Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Advisory Board Member of Singapore Forum, Honorary Advisor of the Asian Financial Forum, Honorary Advisor Belt and Road Summit, Board of Trustees United States – Indonesia Society, and Member of ADB Water Advisory Group among others.
Rose Damen is a Non-Executive Director and a shareholder at the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group. The group is the world leader in specialist shipbuilding including superyachts as well as advanced naval ships, high-speed craft for coast guards, and complex offshore construction vessels. The group comprises 50 companies in 28 countries, including 35 shipyards, and with 12,000 employees. Damen delivers over 200 ships annually. In 1927 the Damen brothers founded their first shipyard in the Netherlands.
Part of the third generation of Damen family ownerships, Rose heads Damen’s yachting division – which includes Amels, Damen Yacht Support and SeaXplorer. Damen owns the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands and is world-renowned for the very highest quality superyachts above 50 metres in length. The yard has delivered more than 60 Amels superyachts, including its Limited Editions range up to 83 metres in length, and also operates a busy Refit division.
Before joining Damen Shipyards full-time in 2014, Rose earned an MBA from INSEAD, with a focus on entrepreneurial management. This followed five years’ experience in fund management at Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI), a London-based institutional investor. Before joining IVI, Rose worked for a non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka, and completed an internship at ABN AMRO Jakarta. Besides living and working in Asia, Rose also has Asian family roots.
Rose holds a degree from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and has also passed all three CFA exams. She is a founding trustee of the Dutch Masters Foundation and a member of the development board of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Rose enjoys outdoor sports and has sailed around the world.
Together with her sister Annelies Damen, Rose was winner of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award for the category over $100 million in annual revenues.
Goh Choon Phong joined Singapore Airlines in 1990 and has held senior management positions in Singapore as well as overseas. Mr Goh joined the Airline’s Board on 1 October 2010 and was appointed CEO on 1 January 2011.
Mr Goh became Executive Vice-President Marketing and the Regions in June 2010. Prior to that he was President of Singapore Airlines Cargo for four years. Previous senior positions with Singapore Airlines included Senior Vice-President Finance, Senior Vice-President Information Technology and Senior Vice-President Commercial Technology. His overseas assignments were in China and Scandinavia.
Mr Goh is a Board Director of SIA Engineering Company; is Chairman of Budget Aviation Holdings Pte Ltd, which owns and manages Scoot; is a member of the National University of Singapore Board of Trustees; and is an Independent Director on the Board of Mastercard Incorporated.
Mr Goh is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association, and was its Chairman between June 2017 and June 2018. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.
In addition, Mr Goh is a member of the MIT Presidential CEO Advisory Board, made up of CEOs from leading companies in a variety of industries around the world.
Mr Goh previously served on the Board of Directors for Mount Alvernia Hospital as well as Virgin Australia Holdings Limited. He was also a member of the Care and Share Committee of the Singapore50 Steering Committee of the National Council of Social Service.
Mr Goh was the 2015 recipient of the Centre for Aviation’s ‘Asia-Pacific Airline CEO of the Year Award’. In 2016 he received the ‘CEO Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Airline Passenger Experience Association as well as the ‘Eisenhower Global Innovation Award’ from the Business Council for International Understanding. He was also named the ‘Outstanding Chief Executive Officer of the Year’ in the Singapore Business Awards 2017, and in 2018 was named ‘Person of the Year’ by Orient Aviation magazine.
Mr Goh holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as three Bachelor of Science degrees, in Computer Science and Engineering, Management Science and Cognitive Science, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As the Executive Vice President of Forbes Media, Moira Forbes is responsible for driving new business initiatives across the company’s diverse media platforms, and branding Forbes events worldwide. She is also the President and Publisher of ForbesWomen, a multi-media platform dedicated to successful women in business and leadership. Apart from hosting "Success with Moira Forbes," a video series on the Forbes Video Network featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with today’s top women leaders, Moira also writes a dedicated leadership column for Forbes.com profiling today’s most dynamic business leaders. In 2013, Moira launched the annual Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City, which brings together 250 female leaders to discuss and solve the world’s most intractable issues.
Stuart heads HSBC Private Banking’s Chief Investment Office, leading an international team of Investment Strategists, Investment Counsellors, Product Specialists and Wealth Advisors who deliver investment advisory services, products and propositions for the Private Banking business globally, across all asset classes. In this client-facing role, Stuart has a broad range of Front Office responsibilities for delivering the Private Banking strategy.
Stuart has over 25 years of international banking and finance experience. He started his career at HSBC in Hong Kong in the early 1990’s, and has worked in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America and Latin America. His experience spans HSBC’s Retail, Commercial, Investment and Private Banking businesses, and he has held a variety of senior positions within the Group including Deputy Chief Executive Officer in Mexico, and Chief Operating Officer, GBM Americas. Prior to joining HSBC Private Banking in March 2014, he was CEO of Global Research for HSBC Global Banking and Markets.
Stuart holds a BSc in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University.
Anderson Tanoto is a Director of RGE, which manages a group of world-class companies in resource-based manufacturing industries operating in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada with over US$20 billion in assets and a workforce of over 60,000 people. He focuses on fibre operations and business transformation, as well as leading sustainability initiatives across the group.
Anderson is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tanoto Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization that seeks to improve the lives of communities through improving education, developing future leaders, and supporting medical research and sciences. The Tanoto Foundation implements strategic human capital development programmes across Indonesia, China and Singapore, working closely with partners including governments, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), academic and research institutions, as well as members of civil society.
Prior to joining the family’s business, Anderson was a consultant at Bain & Company, focusing on consumer products and financial services. While at Bain, he acquired significant Southeast Asia expertise and knowledge working with clients in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tan Hooi Ling is the Co-Founder of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading super app that offers the region’s 650 million users the widest range of on-demand transport, food and package delivery services, as well as payments and financial services.
In 2019, Grab was ranked the second-most innovative company in the world on Fast Company’s “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” list. Grab was also ranked 4th on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list, making the list for the third year in a row.
Prior to joining Grab fulltime in 2015, Hooi Ling led strategic projects at Salesforce.com, working at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Before joining Salesforce.com, Hooi Ling was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising global corporations in Southeast Asia, North America, Latin America and Australia on corporate strategy and operations.
Hooi Ling has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Bath, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Forrest Li is Sea's founder and has served as its Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer since its inception in 2009.
Sea’s mission is to better the lives of the consumers and small businesses of Greater Southeast Asia with technology. It operates three platforms across Digital Entertainment, E-Commerce, and Digital Financial Services, known as Garena, Shopee, and AirPay, respectively. In October 2017, Sea successfully listed its stock on the NYSE. Its IPO was the largest ever US IPO and internet IPO by a Southeast Asian company.
Forrest previously held positions in multinational corporations such as Viacom Media Networks, Corning Inc. and Motorola. Forrest holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
HO Kwon Ping is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and Laguna Resorts and Hotels, and Executive Chairman of Thai Wah Public Company. All three family-owned companies are listed in Singapore and Thailand.
He is also the founding and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University, Chairman of The Singapore Summit and a non-executive Director of Diageo, the UK-listed spirits company.
Educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore, he was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong before joining the Thai Wah family business and then starting his own companies.
Among various awards, Mr Ho has received the London Business School Entrepreneurship Award; CEO of the Year at the Singapore Corporate Awards; CNBC Travel Business Leader Award; Distinguished Alumnus Award from the National University of Singapore; and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Creativity Association, China Hotel Investment Summit and Australia Hotel Investment Summit.
For his services to the country he has been decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Order by the Singapore Government. Mr Ho has also been conferred honorary doctorates by Johnson & Wales University and from Hong Kong Poly University.
He is the author of two books: Asking Why reflects his journey in journalism and entrepreneurship over a period of forty years, and includes articles commissioned by The Straits Times; while The Ocean in a Drop: Singapore in the next Fifty Years is a compilation of public lectures he gave as the Inaugural Fellow of the SR Nathan Lecture Series, named after the Sixth President of Singapore.
Mr. Ho is married to Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings. They have three children – two sons and a daughter and welcomed their first grandchild in 2015.
William E. Heinecke came to the Kingdom of Thailand in 1963 and founded the Minor Group in 1968. Almost five decades later the group has grown substantially into a large company with revenue of USD2.5 bn and market cap of over USD5.5bn. Listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 1988, Minor International Public Company Limited (MINT) is now a global company focused on three primary businesses: restaurants, hospitality and lifestyle brands distribution, all of which are now under one umbrella. The group currently employs more than 85,000 employees.
MINT is one of Asia’s largest restaurant companies with over 2,200 outlets operating system wide in 27 countries under The Pizza Company, Swensen’s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Thai Express, The Coffee Club, Riverside and Benihana brands. In addition, it operates several food manufacturing facilities. MINT is also a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of over 75,000 rooms across more than 510 hotels, resorts and serviced suites under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana, NH Collection, NH Hotel, nhow, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands. Today, Minor Hotels' hotel and spa portfolio spans across 53 countries in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and the Americas. Furthermore, MINT operates mixed-use businesses which are complementary to the hotel business. This includes real estate, retail and commercial development, comprising sale of luxury residences and the Anantara Vacation Club, MSpa and entertainment. MINT is one of Thailand’s largest distributors of lifestyle brands focusing primarily on fashion and cosmetics. Its brands include Brooks Brothers, Esprit, Bossini, Etam, OVS, Radley, Anello, Charles & Keith, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Joseph Joseph, Bodum, Save My Bag, Scomadi and Minor Smart Kids. MINT is also a contract manufacturer of household products, with its own manufacturing plant.
Now 69, Mr. Heinecke currently serves as a Chairman on the Board of Directors of MINT. The author of 'The Entrepreneur - 25 Golden Rules for Global Business Manager’, Mr. Heinecke also serves as a Director of Indorama Ventures PCL, the largest PET company in the world.
Mr. Heinecke became a naturalized Thai citizen in 1991.
Wendy Yap is President Director, Founder and CEO of PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo Tbk. which produces over 100 varieties of mass market bread throughout Indonesia under the well known local brand “SARI ROTI“. The company started in 1995 and currently has 11 plants in Indonesia and 1 new plant in the Philippines. Having a strong first mover advantage, it now has almost 100,000 point of sales distributing packaged bread in both modern and general trade channels in Indonesia.
PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo Tbk is publicity listed in the Jakarta Stock Exchange under the ticker code “ROTI”. Since listing in June 2010, the stock price has appreciated over 5 times the IPO price. Under Wendy’s leadership, the company has won several awards both domestically and internationally (including Forbes Asia’s Best under a Billion award and the Best of the Best award from Forbes Indonesia). Wendy has been recognised as Forbes Asia’s annual 50 Power Businesswomen list for several years and have also featured on top women CEO lists in local magazines.
Wendy started her career in her father ‘s real estate business in the U.S. and returned to Indonesia in the early 1990’s to start the Wendy’s Hamburgers franchise in Indonesia and Hong Kong. This gave her experience to establish operating systems in scaling up the bread business with proper procedures and controls to achieve growth and profitability in the business.
Frank Doyle is the John A. Paulson Dean of the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he also is the John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor. Prior to that he was the Mellichamp Professor at UC Santa Barbara, where he was the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Director of the UCSB/MIT/Caltech Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. He received a B.S.E. degree from Princeton, C.P.G.S. from Cambridge, and Ph.D. from Caltech, all in Chemical Engineering. He has also held faculty appointments at Purdue University and the University of Delaware, and held visiting positions at DuPont, Weyerhaeuser, and Stuttgart University. He has been recognized as a Fellow of multiple professional organizations including: IEEE, IFAC, AIMBE, AIChE and the AAAS. He was the President for the IEEE Control Systems Society in 2015, and was the Vice President of the International Federation of Automatic Control from 2014 to 2017. In 2005, he was awarded the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the AIChE for his innovative work in systems biology, and in 2015 received the Control Engineering Practice Award from the American Automatic Control Council for his development of the artificial pancreas. In 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Medicine for his work on biomedical control. His research interests are in systems biology, network science, modeling and analysis of circadian rhythms, and drug delivery for diabetes. At Harvard he leads the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with 100 faculty, 200 staff, 600 graduate students, and over 1000 undergraduate students. Under his tenure, the School has added 25 new faculty, 3 new masters degrees, one new undergraduate concentration (major), and a new executive education certificate in Business Analytics (in partnership with the Harvard Business School). He is married to Diana Rodriguez Doyle, and they have 3 adult children. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking with his family, racing sailboats, and is a certified soccer referee at the adult and collegiate level.
Danny Yong is the Chief Investment Officer and a founding partner of Dymon Asia Capital, and has 23 years of experience trading FX, fixed income, and index futures in Asia.
Before Dymon, he was a founding partner and CIO of Abax Global Capital, a hedge fund based in Hong Kong. Previously a Managing Director at Citadel Investment Asia, he established and ran the Asia Macro trading business from 2005 to 2007. Prior to Citadel, he was Head of Trading for South East Asian FX and Derivatives at Goldman Sachs, where he spent almost six years in its Hong Kong and Tokyo offices. Danny started his trading career at JP Morgan in 1997 as a FX currency and interest rate derivatives trader.
The Majurity Trust (TMT), founded by Danny in 2018 is a philanthropic organisation that seeks to work with partners to build a thriving and sustainable community for all in Singapore. TMT believes that regardless of status or stage in life, everyone can thrive and the work of building a thriving Singapore does not rest on any one individual or organisation, be it government or corporate. That endeavour requires each person, as part of the entire ecosystem, to do what needs to be done.
With philanthropy, programmes and platforms as strategic pillars, TMT seeks to spearhead and activate opportunities for conversations and collaborations, to enable people and ideas to come together - to build thriving communities in Singapore.
Samantha Du, PhD, is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Zai Lab Ltd (Zai). During her career, she has been a successful drug developer, entrepreneur, investor and an overall industry leader in China, recognized for her wide influence on healthcare policies and for her work with various government bodies in China.
Dr. Du began her career with Pfizer in the US where she was responsible for the company's global metabolic licensing program and was also involved in the development of multiple early and late stage products, including two global blockbusters.
Dr. Du achieved her first success as an entrepreneur with the founding of Hutchison MediPharma (HMP), widely recognized as a leader of innovative drug R&D in China, bringing five category 1.1 drugs into clinical trials. In addition to the development of a rich pipeline in oncology and autoimmune diseases, she established partnerships with multinational companies such as AstraZeneca, J&J, Lilly, Merck Serono and Nestle.
Following her time at HMP, she joined Sequoia Capital as head of healthcare investments for China, making significant returns to the fund during her two-year tenure.
Driven by her passion for drug development and entrepreneurship, Dr. Du returned to her roots and founded Zai in 2014 with the goal of bringing innovative transformative medicines to China and creating a globally recognized biopharmaceutical leader. Dr. Du successfully took Zai public on the NASDAQ in September 2017, which represented the highest valuation of a biotech IPO over the previous two years.
Dr. Du is also a Founding Managing Director of a life sciences venture firm Quan Capital. A firm with $300M+ assets under management and actively investing in innovative therapeutic leaders and enabling technology platforms and services, with strong coverage both in the US and in China.
Dr. Du has been recognized for her many achievements in both China and the US, receiving numerous awards and recognition including 2015 FierceBiotech’s Top 12 Women in Biopharma, 2017 Bayhelix Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016 BayHelix Person of the Year Award and 2015 R&D Leader of the Year, China Central Government highest honor for Innovator of the Year Award 2016, Shanghai 2018 Magnolia Gold Award, China’s Thousand Talent Program 2017 and China Entrepreneur of the Year 2008, among many others. Dr. Du was featured by many magazines and newspapers around the world, including WSJ, Bloomberg, Forbes and Nature Reviews for her significant contribution to China’s life science industry and she was on the cover of Forbes Asia in 2007. Dr. Du is currently an adjunct professor at Fudan University, School of Pharmacy. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati.
Douglas Tong Hsu is Chairman and CEO of Far Eastern Group (FEG), one of the largest and most diversified conglomerates based in Taiwan. FEG currently has nine publicly listed companies, which are leaders in their respective fields and comprises more than 250 companies involved in Petrochemicals & Energy, Polyester & Textile, Cement/Building Material, Sea/Land Transportation, Bank/Financial Services, Telecom and Internet, Retail, Construction, Hotel, and CSR endeavors.
With total assets of US$85 billion and over 65,000 people in its workforce,FEG’s operations extend into China as well as Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, and the U.S.
Mr. Hsu began his professional career at Citibank, NY, before returning to Taiwan and joining the Far Eastern Group in 1971. In 1979, he was appointed President of FETL (later renamed as Far Eastern New Century), and after many years he was appointed to become Chairman of the Group. From the Group’s founding motto of “Sincerity, Diligence, Thrift, and Prudence,” Mr. Hsu added one vital principle of “Innovation” to empower the Group in evolving and adapting to a dynamic world. He leads the Group for further growths and developments through continuous expansions, transformations, and restructuring.
Mr. Hsu holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and pursued post-graduate economics at Columbia University studying with Dr. Arthur F. Burns who served two consecutive terms as Federal Reserve Board Chairman. Mr. Hsu also holds an honorary doctorate of management from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan awarded in 2002.
In 2016, Mr. Hsu was bestowed with the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon by the President for his contributions to Taiwan. Mr. Hsu was also listed as one of the Outstanding Corporate Sustainability Professionals in 2018 by Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Awards. Additionally, he was named in Taiwan’s Top 50 Best Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review in 2016 and 2018.
Committed to social responsibility, the Group’s multiple non-profit Foundations established Taiwan’s leading technical institute, private university, and hospital. Far Eastern Memorial Foundation, Far Eastern Medical Foundation, and Mr. Y. Z. Hsu Science & Technology Memorial Foundation have been dedicated to sponsoring diverse cultural activities and medical research programs to make a broader difference in society. Furthermore, the Group also encourages innovative thinking in architecture and scientific research areas by nurturing young minds through its “Far Eastern Architectural Award,” “Y. Z. Hsu Scientific Chair Professor,” “Y. Z. Hsu Scientific Paper Award,” etc.
Mr. Hsu’s leadership positions outside FEG include MasterCard Asia/Pacific Regional Advisory Board (Board Director), Asia Business Council, Asian Cultural Council (Trustee, part of the Rockefeller Foundation), Asian Cultural Council Taiwan Foundation (Chairman), Trustee of University of Notre Dame (Emeritus), National Cultural & Arts Foundation (Board Member), and Asian Cultural Council Taiwan Foundation (Chairman).
Mr. Hsu is a devotee of architecture and collector of contemporary paintings & sculptures and Chinese art. He enjoys reading, travel, scuba diving, and sports.
Dr. B. R. Shetty is the Founder and Chairman of NMC Healthcare, Finablr, Neopharma and BRS Ventures.
Dr. Shetty is a serial entrepreneur, pillar of the community and social servant. A visionary leader, who follows his heart and intuition, he has explored untapped markets and paved new paths in his successful entrepreneurial journey in UAE. He started his innings in 1974 with the launch of New Medical Centre (NMC), the first private healthcare facility in UAE. His distinctive capabilities and foresight have transformed the healthcare industry in the region. His commitment to provide state-of-the-art facilities enabled NMC to be listed on the London Stock Exchange and included as a part of the coveted FTSE100 index. NMC has also been inducted into the exquisite club of MSCI Global Index.
The burgeoning expatriate population in UAE triggered the need for a formal and safe money transfer channel. Dr. Shetty sensed an opportunity in that challenge and ventured into the remittance sector by launching UAE Exchange; which is now a leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand. He identified an opportunity in currency exchange business and acquired Travelex, the world’s leading foreign exchange specialist. With this acquisition, he was successful in bringing two category leaders under a single umbrella. All these leading brands are now a part of the holding company – Finablr. Finablr was recently listed on the London Stock Exchange.
In a step towards backward integration into the healthcare sector, Dr. Shetty set-up Neopharma in 2003. Neopharma is a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and has collaborations with multinational companies like Pfizer, Merck, Abbot Laboratories, Hetero Pharmaceuticals, GSK, and Biocon to name a few. Recently, Neopharma has acquired an antibiotic manufacturing facility in the USA.
Diversified business interests of Dr. Shetty led him to open quality institutions in the education, hospitality, and environment sectors. He has acquired one of the oldest tea companies in the world - Assam Tea Company in India.
As a part of the strategy to provide innovative solutions across varying verticals, Dr. Shetty has recently established BRS Ventures. The company has already earned itself the reputation as one of the leading and premium business houses in the United Arab Emirates. The company has also established a global presence with successful acquisitions and strong partnerships.
With a belief of giving back to the country, Dr. Shetty has established a leading healthcare services brand – BR Life. Headquartered in Bengaluru, Dr. Shetty currently operates multi-specialty healthcare facilities in India, Nepal, and Africa.
Dr. B. R. Shetty’s business accomplishments and exceptional social work have earned him the “Order of Abu Dhabi”, the highest civilian honour bestowed by the Government of Abu Dhabi. He is a recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award, one of the highest civilian honors from the Government of India. The former President of India, late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam conferred upon him the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, for his outstanding contribution towards betterment of NRI community.
Mitch Garber, a Canadian born lawyer, is Chairman of Invest in Canada, the Canadian government's federal agency responsible for foreign direct investment. He is Chairman of Cirque du Soleil a leading global entertainment company in which he is also a co-investor with TPG and Fosun. He is a board member and co-investor with Apollo Global Management of Rackspace, a leading hosting and technology company, and is a minority owner in the new NHL team awarded to Seattle. He is a senior advisor to the Fosun Fashion Group including iconic French fashion house Lanvin. He is the former CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company & Israeli-based Playtika. Playtika which he acquired and oversaw from it's start-up stage in 2011, was sold under his leadership to a Chinese consortium including Alibaba founder Jack Ma for 4.4b USD in 2016. He sits on the board and leads a number of important philanthropic activities in Canada and Israel. He has a BA from McGill University ('86), a law degree from the University of Ottawa ('89) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa ('17), and he was awarded the Order of Canada in 2019.
Dipali Goenka is the CEO & Joint Managing Director of Welspun India Limited. She is an accomplished business leader known for her dynamism, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for people, who has driven the growth of Welspun’s textile business to 1 Billion USD enterprise globally.
Under her astute leadership, Welspun has become the largest exporter of home textile products from India and one of the largest integrated player in the world. Welspun supplies to nearly all major global retailers and has a distribution network spanning over 50 countries. By developing internationally recognized brands like Christy and Hygrocotton and leading domestic brand Spaces, Dipali has been seminal in her forward looking approach. Dipali has also been instrumental in making Welspun an Innovation focused organisation with Sustainability woven seamlessly into all aspects of value chain.
Dipali Goenka was recognized on Forbes’ list of Asia’s Power Business Women in 2016. She was co-chair in India Economic Summit 2017 organized by World Economic Forum. She was also an Inspire series speaker in recent Harvard India conference 2018. Dipali has a strong focus on women empowerment and has undertaken significant initiatives to promote skill and entrepreneurship development in local communities.
Dipali is a graduate in Psychology and a Harvard alumnus.
Jack Cowin is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd (CFAL), a business that has grown from one of Australia’s first single food service outlets to a diversified food retailing, manufacturing and exporting company. It has AU$1.8b in revenue and employs more than 19,000 staff throughout Australia and New Zealand.
An accomplished entrepreneur, in addition to CFAL, Jack is Chairman and largest shareholder of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, an ASX-listed company. Jack also has business interests in Canada, including the Lone Star Texas Grill restaurants and Sir Corp concept restaurants. He is the major shareholder in Apache Industrial Services based in Houston, Texas, and a major shareholder in a transportation company RCX based in Kansas City USA.
Jack is a Trustee of Bond University, Queensland; and Patron of the Australian Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Jack formerly held directorships with BridgeClimb, Fairfax Media, Network Ten, Chandler Macleod, Sydney Olympic Park, and Centennial Parklands. He also recently concluded his 4 year appointment as Chancellor of Western University, Canada - his alma mater.
Achal Bakeri 59, comes from a family that owns one of India’s oldest real estate development companies. He pursued Architecture in India, an MBA at the Marshall School of USC in Los Angeles and was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.
After his return to India, Achal established Symphony Limited in 1988 to manufacture air coolers. Symphony is now the world’s largest air cooler manufacturer with subsidiaries in USA, Australia, Mexico and China and sales in over 60 countries. Symphony is a publicly-held company listed on the Indian stock exchange, with current market capitalization of about US$ 1.3 Billion.
Achal’s interests include travel and collecting contemporary art. He also devotes his time and resources for public causes and serves on the boards of leading charitable institutions devoted to education and health-care in his hometown of Ahmedabad.
A Mauritius native, educated in the U.S., Eric is an avid explorer with a multicultural upbringing that taught him to speak seven languages. Before co-founding Klook in 2014, Eric worked in finance at a global investment bank in Hong Kong, traveling extensively worldwide.
As Chief Operating Officer of Klook, Eric spearheads the company’s global expansion in the supply portfolio. He is instrumental in establishing partnerships with key travel players such as Universal Studios, Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR), Japan National Tourism Organization, Hong Kong Tourism Board, and many more. Eric’s leadership contributed significantly to Klook’s diverse product offerings and the company’s popularity across the globe.
Eric was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 List and China’s Yicai (CBN) Brilliant 20 List, recognizing his entrepreneurial spirit and game-changing attitude. Eric has been invited to speak in various world-class tech and travel conferences including TechCrunch, RISE, WIT (Web In Travel), Phocuswright, Arival and ITB.
Karl is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles. His commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide on Bloomberg, The Economist, CNBC, and BBC, among others. As former director of the Robotic Mobility Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his research resulted in more than 150 technical publications, 50 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions.
In 2017, Karl was named one of the “Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs and designated a member of the “Recode 100” list of technology influencers. Karl holds MS and PhD degrees from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation fellow, and a BS from the University of Michigan, where he graduated first in his class.
Iagnemma co-founded nuTonomy, Inc. in 2013 and saw the company through acquisition by Aptiv in late 2017. nuTonomy was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2018 and Iagnemma was selected as a 2017 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. He is now president of Aptiv Autonomous Mobility, which is building the world’s safest and smartest driverless vehicle software.
Mario Moretti Polegato was born in Treviso in 1952. After studying oenology, he followed in the steps of three generations by joining the family's renowned winemaking business.
In the mid 1990s, he revolutionised the shoe industry by inventing and patenting a new technology that allows the foot to breathe while wearing a rubber sole. With this invention, Mario Moretti Polegato turned Geox into an industry leader worldwide in just a few years.
Mario Moretti Polegato is Chairman of the Geox group, the leading footwear brand in Italy and a major player in the lifestyle and casual industry worldwide, with 30,000 employees and collaborators working in over 110 countries. On 1 December 2004, Geox was listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.
He has been named Italian World Entrepreneur by Ernst&Young, Borsa Italiana and Il Sole 24 Ore for his strategic use of market opportunities in Italy and worldwide and his consistent ability to innovate.
He was awarded the title of "Innovator of the year" by CNBC and the Financial Times during the European Business Leaders Awards, for developing a brand that combines fashion and technology.
Mario Moretti Polegato dedicates a great deal of personal time to lecturing on intellectual property in schools and universities in Italy and abroad.
He is a lecturer in intellectual property.
He holds a degree in "Chemistry and environmental compatibility" from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
He holds a degree in "Economic Science" from the University of Florence.
He holds a degree in "Industrial Design and Product Development" from Cardenal Herrera University, Valencia.
He is Honorary Consul General for Romania in North-East Italy.
He is a member of the General Council of Confindustria, the italalian confederation of industralists
He is a member of the jury of the “European Inventor Award”, organised by the European Patent Office.
He is founder and CEO of the charitable organisation “Il Ponte del Sorriso”, an Italian association which helps underage Romanian orphans.
Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.
A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the EO Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Wilson Center (based in the US).
In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit - a Japanese version of the WEF's annual Davos Forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as President, and Mr Hori's publication of "100 Actions," a vision for a better Japan.
Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. Mr. Hori now serves as the President of the KIBOW Foundation and manages the KIBOW Impact Investment.
An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013. He also serves as Ambassador for his hometown Mito City and Ibaraki Prefecture. In April, 2016, he purchased the Ibaraki Robots Sports Entertainment and serves as its CEO and principal owner.
He has authored several books including “Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies”, “Six Dimensions of Life”, and “My Personal Mission Statement”.
Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.
Rich Karlgaard is Editor-At-Large and Futurist of Forbes Media. His writing is known for its keen assessment of technology, economic, business and leadership issues. He is a regular commentator on the Fox Business channel, a speaker and panel moderator at business events, and a Silicon Valley investor and advisory board member.
Karlgaard’s 2014 book on innovation culture, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success made the lists of top business books of 2014 for Forbes India, Inc., Time.com, 800-CEO-READ and Huffington Post.
Karlgaard’s 2015 book, Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations, was published in 2015. The book was hailed by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, and Frederick Smith, CEO and chairman of FedEx.
His 2019 book is called Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement. It immediately became an Amazon #1 New Release and was favorably reviewed by National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post.
Karlgaard holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University. He and his family live in Silicon Valley. He is a past winner of the Northern California E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Gaurav V. Burman is a Director of Dabur International, and a 5th generation member of the family that founded Dabur over 130 years ago. Dabur is the largest Indian Fast Moving Consumer Goods company in India, with US$2 billion in revenue and US$10 billion in market capitalisation. Dabur manufactures a range of over 400 products in Health Care, Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care, Packaged Foods, Insect Care, and Non-Carbonated Soft Drinks. Dabur became a listed business in 1995, at which time Gaurav, on behalf of his family, started to invest in new businesses, as India started to liberalise. As a result, the Burman family now have investments in Health Care, Media, Financial Services, Retail, and Education, and have multiple joint ventures with Global Fortune 100 businesses including Aviva, Experian, Yum Brands, Bongrain, and previously with Fidelity, and ABN Amro. Gaurav is a board member of Dabur International, Experian India, Healthcare at Home, Burman Hospitality, Tufts University, and the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice.
Antoine is a founding partner of Alatus Capital, a European-based value investment management firm, created to coordinate investments in public markets. For close to a decade and a half, the firm has been privileged to work with a number of preeminent global foundations, endowments, pension funds & discerning long-term investors. Aquilus Pte Ltd. was opened in early 2008 as Asia-based investment and research office.
Antoine also serves as Director of Firmenich International. Founded in 1895, Firmenich is the world’s largest family-owned flavors and fragrance company with a presence in over 100 countries. It is estimated that the company’s products come in contact with 2-3 billion consumers every day. The company has been at the forefront of corporate initiatives in sustainability and good governance for over nine decades, winning many prizes and accolades along the way. Antoine joined the business in 1996, and held a number of successive global executive management positions within the Group until 2006, when he left to focus on his board responsibilities and to pursue his passion for investing.
He has been, since 2004, Director Sentarom SA, the controlling holding company of the Firmenich group, serving as its Chairman from 2009 to 2015.
Antoine is a native of Geneva, Switzerland; a 1996 graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business; a 1994 graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he received a PhD in biochemistry under Dr. Paul Berg (Nobel Laureate) with a fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and a 1988 alumnus from MIT the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phi Beta Kappa, Scholastic All-American, John Asinari Award).
Antoine serves on Stanford Interdisciplinary Lifesciences Council (SILC), and has served on the Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He is a founding Director of Conservation International’s Asia Pacific board, and founding member of Co-Impact Community.
He is a passionate supporter of several nonprofit organizations and initiatives that impact early childhood, health & education, as well as the environment & the oceans. Antoine and his wife, Christina, reside in Singapore with their two daughters.
Min-Liang Tan is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Razer Inc (HKEX Stock Code: 1337). He has also served as the Creative Director since 2006, and is responsible for directing and overseeing the design and development of all the products of Razer. He is also Chairman and CEO of THX Ltd.
His leadership has resulted in the growth of Razer from a two-man startup to a multinational market leader that was honored on Fortune Magazine’s “Unicorn List” in 2015 (private companies valued at US$1 billion or more). Razer went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2017.
Tan was named one of "The 25 Most Creative People in Tech" by Business Insider in 2015. Juniper Research distinguished him as a “Top 10 Most Influential Leaders in Tech” while Tech in Asia has ranked him No. 1 of the 30 top Southeast Asia tech founders. In 2016, he was named one of the “Straits Times Asians of the Year”.
Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore Law School.
Chavalit Tsao, known as Fred, is the fourth-generation steward of a family business that started in The Shanghai Bund before 1906. Fred joined the family business at the age of twenty after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Engineering.
His early business successes include the startup of a highly-profitable palm oil business in Thailand and the turnaround and listing of a bankrupt Thai national shipping line.
In 1995, at the age of thirty-seven, Fred took over as Chairman of IMC Group. Under his stewardship, the traditional shipping company transformed into a multi-national conglomerate with diverse business interests.
Fred is passionate about cutting-edge business economics and sustainability. As the Founder and President of Family Business Network (FBN) in Asia, as well as Chairman of FBN Foundation, he serves on the FBN International Board to promote sustainable family businesses.
Fred believes thriving, sustainable businesses can serve human well-being and create wealth at the same time. He advocates that evolution is the key and consciousness is the ultimate capital. Hence in 1995 Fred formed a research center, the East West Cultural Development Centre, as an extension of his own evolutionary journey. To date there is ongoing research in the areas of globalization, sustainability, societal and management issues.
Fred is deeply interested in the connection between Western science and traditional Chinese philosophy. In the emerging fields of quantum physics, evolutionary biology, neurophysiology, and consciousness research, he sees evidence in the interconnectedness and essential oneness of the world.
Fred is the co-author of Quantum Leadership with Chris Laszlo, currently available for pre-order on Amazon (to be published July 30, 2019.) In this book, Fred argues that current approaches to leadership fail to produce positive outcomes for either businesses or the communities they serve.
OCTAVE Institute’s concept is the manifestation of numerous years of Fred’s research and contemplation. OCTAVE Institute is a unique blend of Eastern wisdom and Western science. It is a place that responds to our societal needs for healing in all relationships and the fostering of a harmonious community. OCTAVE Institute is a platform and an opportunity for anyone who is seeking to be his/her possibilities.
Justin Doebele is one of the most experienced Forbes executives in Asia. He is currently the Editor and Executive Director - Content at Forbes Asia, based in Singapore from July 2018. Before that he managed and edited Forbes Indonesia from its launch in 2010. At Forbes Indonesia, he led the team in creating one of the most successful business publications in the country, as well as launching ForbesLife Indonesia in 2014, now one of the most successful lifestyle media brands in the country. Before relocating to Jakarta, he was with Forbes in Singapore, where he set up the Singapore bureau for Forbes Global, and launched and managed the noted Asia Rich Lists for Forbes. He also played a major role in the launching of Forbes India, and worked closely with Forbes partners in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Thailand. He has a BA from Harvard and MS in Journalism from Columbia University. He is the former president of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, the former Vice President of the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore, and a lifetime member of both the Singapore Press Club and the N.Y.-based Council on Foreign Relations.
Yuwa is Visiting Scholar, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; and Chief Economics Commentator at Forbes Asia. He was Global Chief Economist at Mastercard from 2009 to 2018. Prior to his global role at Mastercard, he was based in Singapore as Economic Advisor to Mastercard in Asia/Pacific, Middle East, and Africa from 2001 to 2009.
In addition to Mastercard, Yuwa has served as economic advisors to over 30 leading global companies in the past two decades.
He was HSBC Visiting Professor of International Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada from 2010 to 2014; Adjunct Professor at the School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai, China from 2006 to 2011, and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, Singapore from 2003 to 2004.
He is a Canadian who spent 25 years working in Europe, Sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia Pacific before returning to Canada in 2011.
Yuwa studied philosophy, political science, history and economics at Trent University, and pursued post-graduate studies at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Canada, where he received his Ph.D. He lives on Salt Spring Island, off the West Coast of Canada, with his wife and their cat; where he gardens enthusiastically.
Rana joined the Forbes’ Hong Kong office as a Senior Digital Editor in October 2015 to kickstart Forbes’ successful Under 30 franchise in the APAC region. She has since edited all four editions of the 30 Under 30 Asia list and directed the programming for Forbes Under 30 Asia Summits. Apart from building Asia’s network of successful young entrepreneurs through this annual list, Rana has been recently promoted to be a key member of Forbes Asia operations, handling special projects that seek to expand the brand’s footprint in the region.
Born and bred in Beirut, Lebanon – Rana’s eclectic journey has taken her from Dubai to Singapore and now Hong Kong where she’s worked at global newsrooms taking on various editorial roles, last of which is APAC Group Editor in Chief for the Paris-based Reworld Media where she launched two lifestyle and fashion websites (Marie France Asia and BE Asia) setting their editorial strategy and growing their audience from day one. Before that, she ran an editorial fashion blog which focused on emerging Asian designers and grew a large following in Singapore and beyond.
Be it tech or fashion - Rana is always inspired by the creativity, energy and talent of those who dare to take a risk and follow their passion – something she personally thrives on.
Fascinated by Asia and its diverse culture, Rana loves to travel around the region and she’s equally fond of Asimov’s sci-fi novels and her skyhigh heels.
With 29 years in Asia, Wayne was previously head of policy and regulatory affairs at the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association in Hong Kong. From 1999 to 2008, he was Southeast Asia business and finance correspondent for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. In 2008, Wayne helped launch a newspaper in Abu Dhabi, The National, where he chronicled Dubai’s financial meltdown as economics columnist. He returned to Hong Kong in 2011 to join Thomson Reuters’ commentary service Breakingviews as Asia strategist. He was then Reuters' editor for Asian economics and markets before joining the Wall Street Journal as Asia Economics Correspondent and then Barron’s Asia as a columnist. He has written columns for the Asian Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg on everything from financial markets to aviation and technology. Since arriving in Asia in 1990, he has covered Japan’s financial collapse, the global economic crisis and China's slowdown.
Pamela covers wealth, blockchain and the crypto economy as a senior reporter across digital and print platforms. Prior to Forbes Asia, she served as on-air foreign correspondent for Thomson Reuters’ broadcast team, during which she reported on global markets, central bank policies, and breaking business news.
Before Asia, she was a journalist at NBC Comcast, and started her career at CNBC and Bloomberg as a financial news producer in New York. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo, USA Today, Huffington Post, and Nasdaq. Pamela’s previous incarnation was on the buy side in M&A research and asset management, inspired by Michael Lewis’ book “Liar’s Poker”.