Hiam Sakakini has held many positions in Google’s global organization over the last 9 years. From building large sales teams in EMEA to developing the next generation of Google’s leaders in APAC. She is skilled in finding smart, self-motivated, innovative individuals and creating an environment that helps them thrive. Curiosity and hunger to self-evolve has led her to move locations while changing positions to solve the big problems from multiple angles.
Irene Chu is a Partner of KPMG China, specialized in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. She is also the Head of High Growth Technology and Innovation Group in Hong Kong. Irene started her career with KPMG Toronto and has been working in Hong Kong for over 14 years.
Carman Chan is a serial Internet entrepreneur for more than twenty years. On top, she is a best-selling book author for several accelerated learning books. Being a columnist in IT magazines for eight years, her focus will be on Internet business model, online marketing and mobile application.
Tina has a wealth of experience with educational projects, in particular in international education. She has achieved outstanding results in many different areas of business, from property development to investment fund to international trade to sports and leisure. A young female entrepreneur, Tina is fluent in English, Mandarin and several dialects, she travels regularly for business. Tina has a deep understanding of the Western and Chinese Cultures and the complexities of conducting business with Western and Chinese clients. Tina established her first business in 2002, establishing House Work Heroes and became the most successful franchisee in 2005. She joined MCC Mining and Citic Pacific in Australia and was responsible for subcontract management. In 2007 she became the Australian national distributor for Staccato (01880.hk). Tina’s dedication and passion with business development has allowed her to excel in many areas.
She is currently working on a JV with Pindan Construction, one of the top 4 developers in Australia, to develop property projects around Australia. Tina and her family has been helping and promoting Sino-Australia education and cultural exchange and has contributed significantly to the modern education systems in China. Tina assisted the family in establishing the first modern international school in Beijing when Aidi International School was set up in 2005. Currently the school has 3000 students with 900 staffs. The school has educated large number of elites with 80% of students furthering their study in World’s top 100 university. Assisting with Australian government at all levels and business enterprises, Tina plays a key role in bridging the cross-nation commercial and political relationships. Currently she is busy working on establishing the largest Confucius Academy outside of China. Located in Perth, Australia, the Academy will be the centre for promoting Chinese culture for Western and overseas Chinese. Tina also participates and gives generously to charities and NPOs.
Elaine Chow began to embark on a banking career with Credit Suisse, Sun Hung Kai Financial, Nomura, and was previously Senior Vice President at BNP Paribas for China Market, Private Banking. Apart from work, she devotes her time to a NGO in South Africa fostering women’s leadership and entrepreneurship.
Grace Xia, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Development, Tencent, has 10 years of experience in corporate strategy, business development and management consulting in top tier technology companies (both Fortune 50 and Start-up companies). She has proven track record in developing new business models, new product/features, new geographic market via partnerships and strategic alliances as well as extensive experience negotiating and closing investment deals. An expert in conducting complex analyses and researches, she has experiences in delivering quantitative based strategic and tactical solutions in the US and overseas emerging markets.
Shalini Mahtani is the founder and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Community Business, a non-profit organization dedicated to corporate social responsibility in Asia. In 2014, Mahtani founded The Zubin Foundation, an independent non-profit organization to raise awareness on social issues in Hong Kong. Mahtani serves on the board of Community Business, Hong Kong Unison and The University of Hong Kong Career Advisory Board. Mahtani is an appointed member of the Hong Kong SAR Government's Transport Advisory Committee and Business Facilitation and Advisory Committee.
Julia Charlton is the Managing Partner and Principal of Charltons, which she founded in 1998 as a focused corporate finance firm. Julia was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1985 and has practised as a solicitor in Hong Kong since 1987. She is an experienced practitioner in the field of corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, securities, capital markets, investment funds, restructuring and regulatory issues. Julia has extensive experience of China work and is a Mandarin speaker.Julia Charlton
Julia was named the Hong Kong American Chamber of Commerce / South China Morning Post Women of Influence: Professional of the Year 2008. Charltons was named Hong Kong’s top Independent Law Firm in the Euromoney Legal Media Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2012 and 2013, in recognition of its flexible work arrangements to help women advance in the legal profession. Charltons was also shortlisted for the best independent Hong Kong firm for work-life balance in 2013.
Julia advises regulators, financial institutions and listed companies on the listing rules of both the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the Growth Enterprise Market. Julia’s aim is to give practical, creative and commercial solutions that match the business objectives and priorities of our clients. Her firm was awarded the "Boutique Firm of the Year" by Asian Legal Business for the years 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
Julia is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute, a member of the Takeovers Panel and the Takeovers Appeals Panel of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and a member of the Securities Law Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society. Charltons has received the “Legal Restructuring Deal of the Year” award in 2000 from the International Financial Law Review for its restructuring of Guangdong Enterprises. Charltons was a finalist for China Law & Practice’s “Deal of the Year (M&A)” 2007 for their work on Zjjin Mining Group Company Limited’s bid for Monterrico Metals plc., and for Asian Legal Business’s Equity Market Deal of the Year 2007 for their work on China High Speed Transmission Group Co.’s IPO and in 2011 for their work on AIA’s IPO.
Julia has founded and runs two charitable organisations. The Asia Education Foundation provides scholarship funds to support talented but poor students in China who would otherwise not be able to attend university. The second charity, The Asia Environmental Foundation supported re-building work after Cyclone Nargis caused widespread devastation in Myanmar in 2008. Asia Environmental Foundation has provided relief for families who lost their livelihood and helped to rebuild a village.
Christina Lee is the Founder of a visionary business professional with experience in media, event management, project execution and cross cultural management. Christina Lee founded Global Green Economic Consulting (GGEC) in Singapore in 2012. GGEC successfully spinned-off its annual business conference, GGEF, to become a social enterprise in 2015.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Christina was appointed as Asia Managing Director of the leading global business media, Bloomberg Businessweek (formerly known as BusinessWeek) where she worked for 12 years. She oversaw the company's business operations, business development, events and local language editions in Asia. She played a significant role in the company’s sales and business development where her contribution was highly recognised.
Previously, she also held senior positions at Yahoo! Inc., Star Television (News Corporation) and Avenue Magazine New York.
Actively in supporting media industry and business communities, Christina was the Deputy Chairman of SOPA (The Society of Publishers in Asia) and Chairman of its China Projects Group Sub-Committee. She is currently the advisor of Tsinghua University x-lab, a board of director of Canaan Garden Charity and permanent member of Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce & the Youth Elite Association in Hong Kong.
Christina holds a Masters Degree in Management from Macquarie University (MGSM), Sydney. An avid sports enthusiast, she was honoured to be a torch bearer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Pat Dwyer is the Founder and Director of The Purpose Business and has over fifteen years sustainability leadership experience, most recently as Global head of CSR & Sustainability for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.
Pat brought Shangri-La to the forefront of responsible tourism operations, making it the only Asian hotel group to be recognized in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. She developed programmes across 90 hotels in 22 countries covering a broad spectrum including carbon management, diversity, environment stewardship and employee engagement. Pat was the first CSR head of Ayala Land, Inc. in the Philippines where she broke ground with its first sustainability report in 2007 and the first fully-mixed used facility, Nuvali, to be certified under LEED Certification.
Pat was named to the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders class of 2015 and also serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Oceans, is the recipient of the International Hotel Investment Forum Young Leader award and was named one of Premier Traveller’s ‘30 most Compelling Women in Travel’. Pat continues to sit on the Asia sub committee of the Make a Wish Foundation and is on the Faculty of the CSR Training Institute.
Financial expert Anna Vanessa Haotanto has founded The New Savvy to empower smart, modern and independent woman through meaningful content. The New Savvy advocates greater awareness and healthier financial habits to women. Anna was nominated for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference.
Fé Valvekens is the founder and creative director of the active wear clothing line A Day with Fé. Majored in Engineering, she worked 6 years in consulting in Paris and Geneva before moving to Hong Kong where she discovered her passion for yoga. She is now a certified yoga instructor and has launched her own clothing line in 2013, destined to empower women in their day to day lives through the use of mantras.
From the alleyways of rural China, to the rough streets of NY, Joseph immigrated to the U.S. in 1979. Raised by a single mother, Joseph and his brother left for America, "the Land of Opportunity," without any money nor a word of English. His mother had to work 4 jobs to get by while he and his brother started working at the age of 9 and 11. By the age of 14, while serving the wealthy patrons at his uncle’s restaurant, he discovered that Wall Street held the key to achieving his American Dream. The financial markets became his passion and he quickly taught himself how to invest and got his first brokerage internship at the age of 16. In 1994, he graduated from UCLA and realized his goal of working on Wall Street at Credit Suisse. He went on to have a successful 12 year career on Wall Street and received numerous industry awards while at Credit Suisse, UBS and Deutsche Bank (DB). In 2005, he gave up a seven figure bonus at DB to help start one of Asia's largest home grown hedge funds of the time. In the summer of 2008, the fund returned all the money to investors months before the ensuing Global Financial Crisis (GFC). In the fall of 2008, in the midst of the GFC, he teamed up with new partners to start a small institutional brokerage named Aviate Global. The brokerage started with six people in a tiny office and quickly grew from zero revenues to $30mil in revenues in just over 2 years and the firm was sold to India's second largest listed financial services company in early 2011.
He retired from the finance industry in June 2014 to travel the globe in search of the next big idea. In early 2015, Joseph started Oracle Strategies Limited (OSL) which aims to give back to the community by investing in transformational technologies that catalyze positive social impact. He has been a guest lecturer at PolyU HK, and has spoken on the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship at the top European business schools. Joseph also serves as Mentor and Advisor to Tsinghua University's x-Lab and is currently working on revolutionizing education to prepare a new generation of youth for the careers of tomorrow though a trans-formative P2P learning startup that helps children discover their passions early, similar to the way Joseph discovered his passion at age 14.
Jonathan Fritzler is a business strategist and educational innovation expert. He has launched 5 companies, and design curriculum for the US Dept of Education, the US Dept of Defense and international universities. The author of “Hack Your Education” and “Art of Establishing an Internship", Jonathan leads strategic planning sessions utilizing his "Mind Lab" Methodology. He teaches conscious entrepreneurship, and speaks internationally on the future of education.
Renu Bhatiais one of the Founding Partners and Managing Director of SuperCharger a dedicated Fintech accelerator in Hong Kong. She is also Co-founder of Asia Fintech Angels andPresident of Prospect Ventures, an angel investment group based in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in investment banking, asset management and private investments, having worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and HSBC in Hong Kong. Renu is well versed in start ups having started ChinaMD, and Tancho Investments, a realestate company developing residential and commercial real-estate in Hokkaido, Japan. Renu is an advisor to FintechHk, and is currently involved with several startups here in HK. Renu has an MBBS from the University of London and an MBA from Yale University.
Mr. Yuki Doi possesses 10 years of investment and wealth management experiences both inside and outside Japan. In 2014, Yuki founded the direct investment group Worl-D Group and he is currently the founder and CEO of Worl-D Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited, an asset management company authorized with Type 4 and Type 9 Licenses from the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. Prior to founding the Worl-D Group, he held the position as the CEO of Global Asset Gain Ltd, a Macau-based financial advisory company. From 2006 to 2010, he was responsible for the management of business and financial planners at Nikko Cordial Securities Inc., a firm with a history of 92 years and has more than 7000 employees as the third largest securities company in Japan. During the 5 years at Nikko, the portfolio of assets under his management was amounted to 10 billion yen and he achieved a turnover amount of 2 billion yen annually. Yuki was graduated from the Department of Economics, Keio Gijyuku University, Japan.
Divya supports the creation & execution of digital media plans in the fast growing APAC region. She works across different sectors, including FMCG / luxury retail brands as well as the largest finance, tech & travel clients. Liaising with performance & branding agency sub-divisions and programmatic trading desks.
Divya leads on YouTube & Mobile projects for the Google Hong Kong business:
* Organised Hong Kong's first Video (YouTube) Planning Event for Google
* Working with the regional agency team, led on the Mobile Leadership Program for Agencies in Hong Kong, the first full scale roll out across Google APAC.
She delivered the skills training for the Squared digital training programme launch in Hong Kong, first in APAC.
She is also the Google Mentor for finalists of the Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Program (EYE Program) 2015. Theme of “Living in the Mobile-First World”, aiming to build a connected network for startups both locally and globally, encouraging HK grown startups to embrace mobile technology.
David Goldsmith is Co-founder and President of New York, Hong Kong based Goldsmith Organization, and Buzd, LLC a San Francisco based patent development and funding company, Founder and Head of Strategy for Ecosystem\AI a Silicon Valley and London based innovation analytics, big data, and advisory company, an award-winning author of Paid to THINK, engaging keynote speaker, patent holding inventor, former 12-year professor at New York University, serial entrepreneur, advisor to tech startups, and groundbreaking business thought leader.
Mr. Goldsmith, touted by experts as the Deming and Drucker of our time, is a leading authority on strategy, innovation, and forecasting. Mr. Goldsmith has received a number of prestigious awards for his professional and community achievements such as The Citizens Foundation Central New York Entrepreneur of the Year and the Central New York 40 under 40 Leadership Award. His contributions have placed him on the Board of Directors of a number of community oriented organizations and his accomplishments have appeared in media around the world, including Bloomberg Media, Forbes, Fortune, WSJ, the Japanese version of Entrepreneur Magazine, and the Financial Times.
The demand for Mr. Goldsmith's insights and rapid ability to transform organizations takes him 300,000 miles around the globe each year to advise CXOs on how to create opportunities and innovatively drive business. Clients include profits (including FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies), and not-for-profit, government, military and educational organizations.
One of the projects Mr. Goldsmith is currently leading, named Project Moon Hut, is to advance human space exploration and to create a space based economy with NASA.