Conference Speakers

Speaker Biographies

Ceremony and Keynote Speakers

Opening Ceremony

Prof. Joseph Sung

Vice Chancellor and President of CUHK

Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung is the Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Professor Sung is a renowned scientist in gastroenterology and was appointed Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine in November 2007 in recognition of his significant contributions to the prevention and early diagnosis of gastroenterology cancers. In 2011, Professor Sung has been elected an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and, in 2013, he was presented with the World Outstanding Chinese Award.

His research interests include intestinal bleeding, Helicobacter Pylori, peptic ulcer, hepatitis B, and colorectal cancer. He has published over 800 full scientific articles in leading journals, edited or authored more than 15 books, and also refereed for more than 15 prestigious journals.His contributions to the advancement of medical sciences and academic development have been recognized with awards such as the Distinguished Award for Fighting SARS and Cheung Kong Achievement Award.

Dr. Han Seung-Soo

Former Prime Minster, Republic of Korea; Former President of the UN General Assembly

Dr. Han served as Prime Minister of Republic of Korea (2008-09). He is currently UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water (2013-), Founding Chair of High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel for Water and Disasters (HELP)(2007-) and Co-chair of ADB’s Water Advisory Group (2014-). He was Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board for Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)(2007-15), Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Climate Change (2007-08), Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel for Global Sustainability (GSP)(2010-12), Founding Chair of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)(2010-12) and Chair of the 2009 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris where the resolution of Declaration on Green Growth was unanimously adopted on 25 June 2009.

He was President of the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2001-02), Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-02), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (1996-97), Chief of Staff to the President (1994-95), Korean Ambassador to the United States (1993-94) and Minister of Trade and Industry (1988-90). He was a three-term Member of Korean National Assembly (1988-1992, 1996-2004) directly elected by the people of his hometown of Chuncheon, Gangwon-do Province.

Educated at Yonsei University (BA), Seoul National University (MPA) and the University of York, England (Ph.D.1968/D.Univ.1997), and prior to his entry into politics in 1988, he had a distinguished academic career as Professor of Economics at Seoul National University (1970-88), taught economics and/or did research at the Universities of York (1965-68), Cambridge (Emmanuel College) (1968-70), Harvard (1985-86), Tokyo (1986-87), and GRIPS (2004-06). He has honorary degrees from the Universities of York, Gangwon National, Yonsei, KAIST and Kuala Lumpur.

He is currently, among others, Senior Adviser at Kim & Chang law office, Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered plc, Temasek International Panel Emeritus Member, Club de Madrid Member, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation International Advisory Board Member, Vice-Chair of Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury, Co-Chair of International Finance Forum (China), and a member of Yonsei University Board of Trustees. He was Chairman of the 2014 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Games Bid Committee.

He was awarded, among many domestic and foreign decorations and prizes, the 6th European Communities Prize in 1971(for his doctoral thesis on the Growth and Function of the European Budget), Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the United Nations in 2001 and an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) from HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2004.

He has many publications both in Korean and English, the most recent ones being Here for Global Good: Collected Speeches of Han Seung-soo (YBM, Seoul, 2015), Beyond the Shadow of 9/11; A Year at the United Nations General Assembly (SAIS, Washington, DC, 2007).

Tawakkol Karman

2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in non-violent struggle for the right of expression, safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work in Yemen. Upon being awarded the prize, Tawakkol became the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date, at the age of 32.

Karman is a mother of three as well as a human rights activist, journalist, politician, president of Women Journalists without Chains organization. She is the General Coordinator of the Peaceful Youth Revolution Council, and she is a member of the advisory board for Transparency International and for several international human rights NGOs. Bold and outspoken, Karman has been imprisoned on a number of occasions for her pro-democracy, pro-human rights protests. Amongst Yemen’s youth movement, she is known as “mother of the revolution,” “the iron woman,” and recently “The Lady of the Arab Spring.”

A journalist by profession and human rights activist by nature, Tawakkol responded to the political instability and human rights abuses in Yemen by mobilizing others and reporting on injustices. In 2005, Karman founded the organization Women Journalists without Chains, (WJWC) which advocates for rights and freedoms and provides media skills to journalists.

In 2007, Karman began organizing weekly protests in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, targeting systemic government repression and calling for inquiries into corruption and other forms of social and legal injustice. Tawakkol’s weekly protests continued until 2011, when she redirected protesters to support the Arab Spring. Karman even brought Yemen’s revolution to New York organizing rallies at the UN headquarters. She has entered into many dialogues and written several articles, calling for the abandonment of extremism, violence and terrorism, for the dialogues between religions, sects and for co-existence between the peoples, cultures and civilizations.

She has been arrested several times – the most notable arrest was on January 22, 2011 when she was arrested in the late night and sent to the women’s prison, accused of the crackdown of the regime and the republic, of the disturbance of Yemen’s peace and social security. She was released from prison after very big protests in most of Yemen governorates along with a wide international solidarity with her and this forced the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh to release her from prison.

Her home was exposed to raids and damage. She has been exposed to several attempts of killing. She along with her children have been threatened with death and to very big campaigns of defamation and ongoing instigation. She always repeats “we do not fear of the future but we make it.”

Tawakkol was born in 1979 in Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city. She studied an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Science and Technology in Sana’a before completing a graduate degree in Political Science from the University of Sana’a.

Since receiving the award, Karman has continued to support female journalists and to rally Yemenis against government corruption and injustice. Fiercely committed to change, Karman spends the majority of her time in a tent in Change square, where she continues her peaceful protests for justice and freedom.

Keynotes

Andrew Williamson

Vice President of the Public Affairs and Communications Department, Huawei Technologies

Andrew Williamson is currently Vice President of the Public Affairs and Communications Department at Huawei Technologies. In this role, Andrew is a key adviser to the team on global macroeconomic, political and industry risk issues. His research also entails the systematic quantitative tracking and benchmarking of macro level risk in Huawei’s main markets. Previously to joining Huawei, Andrew was Global Leader of the Global Data, Insights and Analytical team at Dun & Bradstreet and Head of the Country Risk department.

His team of economists and analysts provided their clients with timely advice and research on operational risks internationally, with a special focus on the risks faced by companies’ individual supply chains. Andrew spent a couple of years furthering his interest in the theories of environmental economics, policy drafting and environmental impact assessment by undertaking a MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics.

He worked subsequently at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, specialising in research on the opportunities and risks posed by climate change on the financial sector. Previous to this Andrew held a number of roles over many years at the Economist Intelligence Unit, including Global Director of Economic Research and Deputy Director of Country Forecasting. He began his career at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office within the UK Diplomatic Service.

Poman Lo

CEO and Founder of Century Innovative Technology; Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Regal Hotels Group

Poman Lo is the CEO and Founder of Century Innovative Technology, a dynamic family edutainment company established with a mission to inspire innovation and positive values through animation and interactive media. Bodhi and Friends is China’s first global cartoon brand as it is the first and only local IP to be licensed by industry leaders like Mattel and Scholastic for global toys and children books. Poman also serves as the Vice Chairman of Regal Hotels International, a leading hotel operator in Hong Kong and Regal REIT, the first hotel REIT in Hong Kong.

She is appointed to serve on the Council and Court of the City University of Hong Kong, Quality Education Fund, Quality Migrants Scheme, Unicef Hong Kong Committee and various other key posts. In 2014, Poman was named one of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World for her extraordinary achievements as a business leader. She is the first and only person to be awarded Outstanding Student of Hong Kong, Outstanding Young Person of Hong Kong and Outstanding Yong Person of the World.

In 2015, Poman became the first Asian female to be conferred the Business for Peace Award by the Oslo Business for Peace Foundation in Norway. Poman was awarded the prestigious Angier B Duke scholarship, a four year merit scholarship, at the age of 15, and graduated with a degree in psychology Summa Cum Laude from Duke University.

Martin Yan

Master Chef

The celebrated host of over 3,000 cooking shows, broadcast worldwide, Martin Yan enjoys distinction as a certified Master Chef, a highly respected food consultant, a cooking instructor, and a prolific author. His diverse talents have found expression in 30 cookbooks, which include the award-winning Martin Yan’s Feast, Martin Yan’s Asian Favorites, Chinese Cooking for Dummies, Martin Yan’s Chinatown Cooking (intro by Julia Child), Martin Yan’s Quick & Easy, and, Martin Yan’s China.

Born in Guangzhou, China, to a restaurateur father and a mother who operated a grocery store, Chef Yan possessed a passion for cooking at an early age. His formal induction into the culinary world began at age thirteen, with an apprenticeship at a popular Hong Kong restaurant. He refined his natural talent at the Overseas Institute of Cookery in Hong Kong, and then pursued an MS degree in Food Science at The University of California, Davis in the U.S. He discovered a flair for teaching when he became a chef- instructor in the university’s extension program. In 1978, he pioneered a daily TV Chinese cooking show: the now classic Yan Can Cook. Infusing lessons with his characteristic warmth, humor and vitality, he quickly won a devoted following.

Chef Yan continues to follow his dreams with his brand new television series, “Martin Yan’s Taste of Malaysia.” Broadcast on 3 major Malaysian television networks and worldwide, this series documents his experiences in Malaysian culture and cuisine. Additionally, his Fall 2014 television series, “Martin Yan’s Taste of Vietnam,” which currently airs on public television stations across the U.S. and worldwide, follows his travels and culinary discoveries throughout the far reaches of Vietnam.

A popular chef-instructor at top culinary institutions around the world, Chef Yan has lectured at The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University, The California Culinary Academy and The Chinese Cuisine Institute in Hong Kong. In 1985, he founded the Yan Can Cooking School in California. Also a restaurateur, his Yan Can and Yan Can Cook Beijing Restaurants offer inventive pan-Asian menus. Chef Yan brings Chinese culinary tradition and culture to light through an authentic, modern dining experience with his new restaurants venture; M.Y. China and M.Y. Noodles, in the San Francisco bay area.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Chef Yan is internationally recognized as an accomplished Asian chef among his peers. He has also captured the attention, admiration and hearts of billions of fans by spicing up his cooking artistry and lessons with a personal ingredient: wit. Through television, or in person, a session with Chef Yan proves invigorating, as well as educational. Dedicated to dispelling the mysteries of Asian and Chinese cooking, Chef Yan furthers an understanding of Asian cuisine and culture with spirited lessons, fun and entertainment.

Daniel Trust

Daniel Trust is a Rwandan genocide survivor, an internationally recognized motivational speaker, and an advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth. He has lectured at prestigious universities such as the University of Florida, Duke University and Northwestern University. Daniel is the Founder and CEO of the Daniel Trust Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization that helps students from low-income communities with their educational and career needs, and honors educators, who go above and beyond to help these students succeed in school and in their personal lives. Daniel is the Executive Producer and Host of the Daniel Trust Show, Daniel Trust Awards, Cocktails with Daniel Trust and serves as Creative Director of Daniel Trust Magazine, a quarterly publication that highlights the impact the Daniel Trust Foundation is making in the lives of young people in the United States.

Daniel’s story of surviving the Rwandan genocide, coming out and his philanthropic efforts have been featured in both local and national publications including the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register and Connecticut Post. He’s appeared on daytime talk shows like Better Connecticut, Connecticut Style, and Our Lives. Connecticut Magazine and Fairfield County Business Journal have listed Daniel to its 40 Under 40 Lists. Most recently, Daniel’s story was profiled on “NYBERG,” a television show hosted by Connecticut TV legend, Ann Nyberg. Daniel holds a business management degree from Southern Connecticut State University, is a father of two adopted sons and lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.

Sir James Mirrlees

Winner of the 1996 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Sir James Mirrlees was born and brought up in a small town in Scotland. His first two degrees, from Edinburgh and Cambridge, were in mathematics. His doctorate was in economics, with a highly mathematical thesis on saving under uncertainty. After a year in India, doing development economics, he returned to Cambridge. Five years later he went to Oxford as Edgeworth Professor of Economics. After twenty-seven years there, he became Professor of Political Economy in Cambridge, till retirement in 2003. Since then he has been Distinguished Professor-at-Large in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is now Master of Morningside College there.

His main work is in the theory of public finance, the economics of uncertainty, and development economics. In 1996 he shared a Nobel Memorial Prize in economics with William Vickrey, for contributions to the theory of incentives under asymmetric information. He had solved the problem of devising and solving a model of optimal income taxation.

Shukla Bose

Founder and CEO of the Parikrma Humanity Foundation

After 26 years of senior Board Room experience in the corporate world, Shukla Bose started the Parikrma Humanity Foundation in the year 2003. But the choice was not very surprising – as Shukla has been involved in social work right from her college days. She worked with Mother Teresa for seven years after college years – starting at Nirmal Hriday and later, Shishu Bhavan to take care of abandoned children.

After visiting several slums of Bengaluru, Shukla started Parikmain, a small roof-top school in Rajendranagar in Bengaluru for 165 children from marginalized families. Today, with four schools (Jayanagar, Koramangala, Sahakarnagar and Nandhini Layout) and one junior college, Parikrma Humanity Foundation continues to offer high quality education and support to over 1700 children from four orphanages and 72 slums in the city.

At Parikrma, children from families earning less than Rs 3,000 a month are given free CBSE, high quality (English medium) education, three meals a day, comprehensive healthcare and family support to enable a supportive and stable home environment. Innovative and highly interactive, unconventional practices are adopted to deliver best practices in education, sports and other creative fields to all children at Parikrma. Children are offered support right from age 5 to age 25 – providing support for graduation and mentorship for jobs.

At Parikrma, less than 1 percent of the children drop out of school, and the average attendance is 96 percent, among the highest of any school in India. Parikrma alumnus are today responsible citizens not only doing very well for themselves, but are future changemakers – From a software engineer with Cisco Systems, an assistant chef at Hilton, a dialysis therapist in Manipal Hospital, and an activist and avid blogger – the transformation is real! Parikrma students are studying in one of the best universities in the state including the prestigious National Law College, biotechnology at MS Ramaiah and many others.  Wanting to reach out and impact teaching practices and education even at government schools, Shukla, through Parikrma has initiated the Education Transformation Centre – through which government teachers from 200 schools are being trained and mentored to bring about change in the state education system – influencing over 60,000 children. 

Shukla has also initiated Community Development at Parikrma offering support and counselling to households – It has resulted in 709 new bank accounts, over 75% of households have increased their earnings, 16 fathers moved from daily wage to permanent jobs, increasing salaries of 190 men by 10%, over 365 mothers have picked up new skills through several skill programmes. In fact, several mothers have been inspired to become entrepreneurs and over 19 women in the community have taken a stand on several pressing social issues in the community. Through these various initiatives, Parikrma has created an ecosystem that enables sustenance and growth. In other words, the poor unbanked are now choice makers – they have found a way to break out of poverty with increased income generation, save from ridding old habits (like alcoholism), are breaking old practices with better family planning, marriage choices, and social issues like superstition, abuse among many. The change is here – evident and legitimate.

Parikrma focuses on the real meaning of education and influences systems, policies and processes of education at both the regional, national and global level through advocacy and proven case studies.
In these terms – Shukla has been contributing towards shaping and influencing education policies in State and National level. Shukla is a member of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC) – headed by Dr. K Kasturirangan, the KKC aims to enable the development of the vibrant knowledge based society in Karnataka. She has been nominated as the chairperson to draft the Karnataka school education policy, and works with the Karnataka State Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), IQ Education Excellence Task Force, to check on quality in education. Shukla is also a member of the national CII Education Committee and helps in drafting the national policy for schools.

Shukla is also active and involved in diverse fields, besides education. She is on the board of a few private and public sector organizations for prevention of sexual harassment of women at workplace. A life member of Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development, Shukla is also a member of INTACH and assists in planning the preservation of architecture and heritage in the southern states. She is also a member and drafts policies for the Karnataka State Sports Policy.

Closing Ceremony

Antony Leung

Former Financial Secretary, Hong Kong; Former Chairman, Blackstone Group Asia

Antony Leung, former Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is Group Chairman & CEO of Nan Fung Group, a leading regional conglomerate focusing on property & investment businesses. He is also Independent Non-Executive Director of China Merchants Bank, Chairman of charity organizations Heifer International Hong Kong and Food Angel, and Chairman of Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong.

Mr. Leung has extensive experience in financial services, including Chairman of Greater China of Blackstone, Chairman of Asia of JP Morgan Chase, Asia Head of Citi Private Bank, Regional Head of Citi Investment Bank, Treasury and Greater China. In addition, he was independent director of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Mobile (Hong Kong) Limited, American International Assurance (Hong Kong) Limited, and international advisory board member of China Development Bank. His past public service include Non-Official Member of the Executive Council, member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Airport Authority, Chairman of the Education Commission and University Grants Committee in Hong Kong.

John Chen

Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Blackberry Limited

John Chen is Executive Chairman of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. John is a distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry. Prior to joining BlackBerry, he served as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc., where he developed and led the company’s re-invention from a mature, slower-growth technology company into a $1.5 billion-plus high-growth innovator. Under his direction, Sybase became the leading provider of enterprise mobility and mobile commerce solutions, achieving 55 consecutive quarters of profitability. John previously held a series of executive positions at Siemens AG, Pyramid Technology Corp., and Burroughs Corp. He started his career as a design engineer with Unisys Corp.

He has testified before Congress on U.S.–China trade relations. In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Export Council. In 2006, he was appointed co-chair of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. Additionally, John chaired the U.S.-China Policy Advisory Roundtable for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). John is actively involved in international relations. He was Chairman of the Committee of 100 from 2009-2011, and has continued to be a member since 1997, with the dedicated mission of furthering U.S.-China relations.

In recognition of his leadership in building U.S.-Asia relations, John has received awards from the US-Asia Institute, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, and the California-Asia Business Council. For his corporate board work, he has been honored by the U.S.-Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

John graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and holds a master’s in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology. John has an honorary professorship from Shanghai University, and honorary doctorates from San Jose State University, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

John serves on the board of directors for The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Co. He is also active in the not-for-profit community, and is also a trustee of Caltech, board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, member of CFR, national trustee of The First Tee and Governor of the San Francisco Symphony.

Victor Fung

Chairman, Li & Fung Group

Dr. Victor K Fung is Group Chairman of the Fung Group, a Hong Kong-based multinational which comprises major subsidiaries in trading, logistics, distribution and retailing. They include publicly-listed Li & Fung Limited, Global Brands Group Holding Limited, Convenience Retail Asia Limited and Trinity Limited. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong, a multi-disciplinary think-tank co-established with the Fung Global Institute in 2015. Dr. Fung is an independent non-executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Hong Kong), and Koc Holding A.S. (Turkey).

He is also Chairman of the Asia Advisory Board of Prudential Financial, Inc (USA). In addition, he served as Chairman of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce from 2008 to 2010. Dr. Fung holds a number of civic and professional appointments. He is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an economic advisor to the People’s Government of Nanjing. He is also Adviser of the Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, a member of the Economic Development Commission of the Hong Kong Government, and the Chairman of the Steering Committee on the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr Fung holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Doctorate in Business Economics from Harvard University. He was a professor at Harvard Business School for four years before returning to Hong Kong in 1976.

Ravi Agrawal (Moderator)

Bureau Chief, CNN India

Ravi Agrawal is CNN International’s New Delhi Bureau Chief, responsible for the network’s multi-platform news coverage of India and its neighboring countries. Since moving to this role in early 2014 Agrawal has managed coverage and reported on several important regional stories including elections in India and Sri Lanka, Nepal’s deadly earthquake, and a spate of murders of secular writers in Bangladesh. Agrawal has produced from New Delhi high-profile global exclusive interviews for the network, including those of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama. Agrawal regularly appears on-air to share his distinctive analysis of trends and developments in the region.

His reports span India’s technology boom, climate change and pollution, the economy, trade, and foreign policy. Agrawal also frequently reports on breaking news, ranging from earthquakes and floods to terror threats in the region. He is a regular contributor to CNN.com on political, economic, and social issues in South Asia, writing about the region’s trajectory, relations with China and the U.S., and stories about caste and gender issues. Agrawal has overseen a number of special coverage initiatives from India, including the week-long series Growing India, feature programs like Talk Asia and On the Road, CNN’s award-winning Freedom Project, and CNN news hours from Mumbai and Delhi like Quest Means Business and Connect the World. In 2016 Agrawal hosted the CNN Asia Business Forum in Mumbai, which attracted top CEOs from around the world as speakers and delegates.

Prior to his current role, Agrawal worked across CNN’s UK and U.S. offices for eight years. In New York, Agrawal was the senior producer of CNN’s flagship program on world affairs, ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’. While he was there, the program won its first Peabody Award and garnered three Emmy nominations. Agrawal began his CNN career in London in 2006, where he rose quickly to become a senior producer. He has produced key special programs for the network during major news events like the Arab Spring and the Gulf oil spill. Agrawal’s live and in-field experience ranges from the hallways of Davos and the Pentagon to the streets of Dhaka and Mumbai. In 2013, he was named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum; he is also a member of the group’s Global Agenda Council on India. Agrawal has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He was born in London, England, and grew up in Kolkata, India.

Conference Track Speakers

Business and the World Economy

Strategically Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling (8/20 3:30-5 PM)

Rana Karadsheh

Singapore Head of the International Finance Corporation

Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad has over 17 years of experience in the field of international investing and finance. She is currently Country Manager in Singapore for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she is heading up IFC’s operations in Singapore, which includes infrastructure investments, infrastructure advisory, agribusiness, TMT/PE/Tech investments, IFC’s Asia Treasury Hub and three of IFC’s Asset Management Funds.

Before taking on the role as Country Manager, she was leading the infrastructure investment team covering Singapore and the Philippines. Prior to this, she was the Europe, Middle East and North Africa Head for the Global Chemicals Group, leading multi-disciplinary teams in executing capital intensive projects and leading IFC’s Global Fertilizer Strategy. Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad’s deals have included debt, equity, quasi-equity transactions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East for new ventures, expansions, operational turnarounds and acquisitions a range of sectors including infrastructure, fertilizer, chemical and petrochemical sectors.

Prior to this, Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad was with the privatization transaction group of the IFC, where she was involved in the sourcing, structuring, execution and closing of major privatization and restructuring transactions in various sectors. Ms. Karadsheh-Haddad holds an MBA and an MA in International Economics from The George Washington University and a BA in Economics and French from The University of Michigan.

Rich Karlgaard

Publisher of Forbes magazine

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a featured column, Innovation Rules, known for its keen assessment of technology, business and leadership issues. Karlgaard has been a regular panelist on cable news’ most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, since the show’s inception in 2001. He is a co-founder of Upside magazine, Garage Technology Partners and Silicon Valley’s premier public business forum, the 7,500-member Churchill Club. Karlgaard’s 2004 book, Life 2.0, was a Wall Street Journal business bestseller.

Karlgaard’s newest book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, was published in April, 2014 and became Amazon’s top seller in the category of Strategy and Competition. Management guru, Tom Peters, who wrote the book’s foreword, said: “The Soft Edge is brilliantly organized and written—and its peerless message is right on the money for our chaotic times.” Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, who wrote the afterword, said: “Rich Karlgaard is a navigator for the rest of us.”

Karlgaard is an active investor and entrepreneur. He has started two publications – Upside and Forbes ASAP – and co-founded Silicon Valley’s premier business forum, the 7,500-member Churchill Club. For the latter, Karlgaard was a co-winner of an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” for Northern California. Karlgaard also co-founded Garage.com, a technology incubator, with his friend, Guy Kawasaki. Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, Karlgaard grew up in an athletic family. His father was the athletic director for the Bismarck public school system and was named national athletic director of the year in 1990. Karlgaard ran on the track and cross country teams, which won state championships. Karlgaard graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science. He and his family live in the Silicon Valley area of California.

Anjani Trivedi

WSJ Reporter

Anjani Trivedi is a columnist for Heard on the Street, The Wall Street Journal’s financial market analysis and commentary column. Ms. Trivedi mainly writes about China’s financial system and credit markets.

Previously, she covered currencies, rates and government debt across Asia from The Wall Street Journal’s Hong Kong bureau. Her coverage included China’s yuan, regional economic policy meets, regional regulators, emerging-market debt and fund flows. She has previously written for the New York Times, CNN and TIME.

Ms. Trivedi holds a Bachelors Degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre.

David He

Managing partner and Chief Executive Officer of KangerTech US, the leading personal vaporizer brand in the US

David Q. He is an expert in cross-border business strategy, entrepreneurship, and investments who is frequently consulted for his expertise in China. He currently serves as managing partner and Chief Executive Officer of KangerTech US, the leading personal vaporizer brand in the US, spearheading over 100% sales growth and more than a dozen patents in two and a half years. Born and raised in China, David became one of the first Chinese to pursue Corporate America. He led Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries known for brands such as Dixie, Angelsoft and Brawny, for eighteen years, serving as Director of Global Sourcing and China Sourcing Chief Representative. David led the company to become number one in the products they sell to Asia and established global sourcing strategies for the multi-billion dollar company, increasing the company’s global spending by ten-fold and delivering millions of dollars in savings. David holds a BS from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, MBA from Georgia Southern University, and MS and PhD from the University of Washington. David resides in the United States with his wife and three children: one Princeton University graduate, one Harvard University student, and one toddler.

Eddie Thai

Venture Partner, 500 Startups

Eddie is a venture partner with 500 Startups, the world’s most active early stage VC firm based in Silicon Valley. He is focused on investing in Vietnam’s next great tech startups as well as helping develop 500 Startups’ offerings in corporate innovation and startup ecosystem development. His efforts have been covered by Bloomberg, BBC, the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and various regional outlets.

In 2015 he was recognized as one of Forbes Vietnam’s 30 Under 30, and in 2016 he was selected as 1 of 50 Global Shapers to attend the World Economic Forum’s flagship conference in Davos. Prior to 500 Startups, he had experience in strategy and finance for companies & clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations, primarily in the technology, media, telecommunications sectors but also financial services, manufacturing, and energy. He received degrees from Harvard University and Yale University, and serves on the global Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Redefining Transaction Platforms: Pushing Boundaries of Traditional Business Models with Technology (8/21 1:30 – 3)

Dr. Lo Wai-Shun

HKU professor and angel investor of FinTech in China

Alvin Hung

Founder and CEO of GoAnimate

Alvin Hung is the CEO and founder of GoAnimate, the leading platform for anyone looking to create professional animated videos. From marketers pursuing the next viral hit, to businesses providing information on their products and services, to training videos for HR – the applications are endless.

It all started back in 2007, when Alvin was looking to make a video. He looked at the plethora of unsuitable options available and thought, “This is going to be tough. I’m going to need to buy a camera, lights, and learn how to use them. Or learn to draw. Or learn some super complex Pixar-type animation interface.”

Being of an entrepreneurial bent, Alvin quickly realized that he couldn’t be the only person with this dilemma: so he built out a team and started the company. From one person in a small office, GoAnimate has since grown into a multi-million dollar business with 50 employees located in Hong Kong, Taipei, and San Francisco Bay Area.

Over 8 million people from all over the world have created more than 22 million videos using GoAnimate. The company has been featured by numerous leading global and local publications, including: CNN, Mashable, TechCrunch, Wired, 星島日報, 經濟一週, SCMP, TechOrange, and 數位時代.

Alvin holds a B.A. from Columbia University where he double majored in Computer Science and Economics. Outside of his busy work schedule, Alvin finds time to judge and mentor in Google’s and CUHK’s Empowering Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) program.

Jennifer Zhu Scott

Expert in FinTech

Jennifer Zhu Scott is the founding principal of Radian Partners, a progressive investment firm focusing on FinTech, renewables, MedTech, and new media. Prior, she was head of business development and strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters. She co-founded one of the first education companies in China and sold her shares before moving to UK as a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust.

Jennifer is the chairman of Music for the Growing Mind, a charity inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, which provides free classical music education to underprivileged children in Hong Kong. She is a judge for New York Design Awards, London Design Awards, and an Academy Member of Global Teacher Prize. In 2014, she was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum’s think tank.

In 2013, Jennifer was honoured by WEF as a Young Global Leader. Jennifer studied Applied Mathematics in Sichuan University and holds an MBA in Finance with Manchester Business School, where she earned distinction with her research on PE/VC in China and was awarded as a Distinguished Alumni. In 2013, she went to Yale University to complete the public policy and leadership program and Harvard Kennedy School in 2016. Jennifer is a China Fellow of Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Mark Babbitt

President of Switch and Swift

Mark Babbitt is the co-author ofA World Gone Social: How Business Must Adapt to Survive. An in-demand speaker and mentor, Mark has been named as a “Top 100 Leadership Speaker” and a “Top 50 Leadership Innovator” by Inc.com.

Mark serves as CEO of YouTern, a community that enables young talent to become highly employable by connecting them to high-impact internships, mentors and contemporary career advice. Mark is also President of Switch and Shift, a consultancy that champions social leadership, creation of an optimistic workplace and human-centered business models. His newest community, ForwardHeroes.org, will launch in 2016 to help our military veterans transition successfully into civilian careers.

When not working to help clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 clients embrace the Social Age, Mark writes for outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Inc.com, Huffington Post and Bloomberg News. Mark is the father of five children. He and the woman who tolerates him (barely) call Colorado home.

Importance of Integration: Connectivity, Conversation, and Cooperation for Economic Growth in 21st Century Asia (8/23 10- 11:30)

Nicholas Kwan

Director of Research, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Nicholas Kwan joined the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in May 2013 as its Research Director. He heads a team of about 30 economists and research professionals, providing research support on all macro-economic and business issues. Based in Hong Kong, Nick was formerly with Standard Chartered Bank, acted as the bank’s Asia Chief Economist and Head of Research, East, during 2005-2012.

In Standard Chartered, Nick managed a team of about 100 economists and other research professionals in foreign exchange, rates, credit, commodities, equities and support functions, located across eight different Asian cities from Seoul to Jakarta. Before Standard Chartered, Nick worked at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) for seven years as a senior manager, specializing in macro-economic and policy research.

Prior to the HKMA, Nick was the Regional Chief Economist of Merrill Lynch covering the Asia Pacific region from Korea to India, having based in Singapore and Hong Kong for 11 years. Nick is an economics graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with an MBA from Warwick University in the UK and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Kazuhiko Togo

Director of the Institute for World Affairs at Kyoto Sangyo University and former ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands

Kazuhiko Togo, (Ph.D. 2009, Leiden University) is Professor and Director of the Institute for World Affairs, Kyoto Sangyo University since 2010.He served in the Japanese Foreign Ministry from 1968. Half of his career was related to Russia, but he also served on U.S., Europe, international law and economics, and retired in 2002 as Ambassador to the Netherlands.Since then, he taught at universities abroad, including Leiden University, Princeton University, and Seoul National University.

His recent publication in English includes Japan’s Foreign Policy 1945-2009, (as editor) Japan and Reconciliation in Post-war Asia and (as co-editor) Building Confidence in East Asia and East Asia’s Haunted Present. For other books and articles refer to http://kazuhiko-togo.com.

Gregory Hill

Managing partner and senior advisor at GCH partners

Mr. Hill’s experience spans more than 20 years across investment banking, private equity & venture capital and technology entrepreneurship, capital raisings. Additionally, he has deep relationships with emerging technology and social media founders generating the latest innovations and invests and advises them to assist in their contribution to global transformation. 

Mr. Hill serves as Managing Partner at GCH Partners to directly invest and advise family offices, institutions and high net worth capital to take stakes in companies. He also serves as advisor to sustainable organizations and social entrepreneurial foundations. He also has geographic expertise and access to pan-Asian and US, European family offices. 

Previously, he served as General Partner and Board Director at Tsinghua Holdings/V2V Ventures, which was granted a Beijing government license for a Sino-US Venture Capital Joint Venture firm with Tsinghua University Enterprise Group and Tsinghua Venture Capital called Tsinghua Holdings Capital Management. Focus was on emerging “technology” across China. 

Prior thereto, Mr. Hill served as a senior banker on Wall Street and completed more than 100 industrial and technology transactions with a notional volume over $28 billion in the public and private capital markets at Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank. He began his career at The Bank of New York serving in their MA/LBO Financial Sponsors Group. Mr. Hill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Trinity College.

Fred Ma

CEO of MTR (Metro in HK)

Entrepreneurship and Technology

Yuxin Hou

Manager, China & Project Manager, The Other Hundred Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT)

China Business Manager, Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT) Project Manager, The Other Hundred Yuxin is the Manager of China Business at the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent pan-Asian think tank based in Hong Kong. He is also the Project Manager of The Other Hundred, an international photojournalist initiative of the GIFT Foundation.

Yuxin oversees all GIFT’s business initiatives in China, including managing networks and relationships; business and content development; and expanding GIFT’s project portfolio in the country. Since joining GIFT in 2009 Yuxin has developed and managed over a dozen senior executive leadership programmes in 8 countries around Asia. Yuxin also oversees The Other Hundred Project, an international photographic project which goes beyond stereotypes to challenge conventional wisdom about today’s world.

Yuxin manages the project’s 16,000 strong global photographers’ network and the annual competition; relationships with sponsors and partners; as well as the publishing of the annual photo-book. Prior to joining GIFT, Yuxin was Founder and Chief Editor of a publication for young Mainland Chinese in Hong Kong and Art Advisor for a major Chinese university. Yuxin is an invited member of China Nationalities Orchestra Society. He was also an Ambassador for L’Association Française Internationale (AFI) in Paris and Sandbox, a global young achievers’ network. Yuxin was voted the Top “Make a Difference” (MaD) Role Model in Hong Kong in 2010 and he regularly speaks on social innovation and entrepreneurship at local and regional forums.

Going Global

Jingsheng Huang

Managing Executive Director, Harvard Center (Shanghai)

Mr. Huang is Managing Executive Director at Harvard Center Shanghai. He came to Harvard from a distinguished venture capital and private equity career. Most recently, Mr. Huang was Partner of TPG Growth and RMB Funds, based in Shanghai, China.

Before TPG, he was Managing Director at Bain Capital LLC, where he set up and ran its Shanghai operations. His other investment positions included Managing Director China at SOFTBANK Asia Infrastructure Fund (SAIF), Partner at SUNeVision Ventures and Senior Manager of Strategic Investment at Intel Capital. Before his investment career, Mr. Huang worked as Director of Research Operations at GartnerGroup, Co-founder/Vice President of Marketing at Mtone Wireless and English Lecturer at Communication University of China.

Before joining Harvard, Mr. Huang served as member of the Board of Governors at China Venture Capital Association (CVCA) and Deputy Chairman of Shanghai Private Equity Association (SHPEA). Mr. Huang received an M.B.A from Harvard Business School, an M.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Ravi Agrawal

Bureau Chief, CNN India

Ravi Agrawal is CNN International’s New Delhi Bureau Chief, responsible for the network’s multi-platform news coverage of India and its neighboring countries. Since moving to this role in early 2014 Agrawal has managed coverage and reported on several important regional stories including elections in India and Sri Lanka, Nepal’s deadly earthquake, and a spate of murders of secular writers in Bangladesh.

Agrawal has produced from New Delhi high-profile global exclusive interviews for the network, including those of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama. Agrawal regularly appears on-air to share his distinctive analysis of trends and developments in the region. His reports span India’s technology boom, climate change and pollution, the economy, trade, and foreign policy. Agrawal also frequently reports on breaking news, ranging from earthquakes and floods to terror threats in the region.

He is a regular contributor to CNN.com on political, economic, and social issues in South Asia, writing about the region’s trajectory, relations with China and the U.S., and stories about caste and gender issues. Agrawal has overseen a number of special coverage initiatives from India, including the week-long series Growing India, feature programs like Talk Asia and On the Road, CNN’s award-winning Freedom Project, and CNN news hours from Mumbai and Delhi like Quest Means Business and Connect the World. In 2016 Agrawal hosted the CNN Asia Business Forum in Mumbai, which attracted top CEOs from around the world as speakers and delegates.

Prior to his current role, Agrawal worked across CNN’s UK and U.S. offices for eight years. In New York, Agrawal was the senior producer of CNN’s flagship program on world affairs, ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’. While he was there, the program won its first Peabody Award and garnered three Emmy nominations. Agrawal began his CNN career in London in 2006, where he rose quickly to become a senior producer. He has produced key special programs for the network during major news events like the Arab Spring and the Gulf oil spill. Agrawal’s live and in-field experience ranges from the hallways of Davos and the Pentagon to the streets of Dhaka and Mumbai. In 2013, he was named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum; he is also a member of the group’s Global Agenda Council on India. Agrawal has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He was born in London, England, and grew up in Kolkata, India.

Henry Tan, BBS, JP, LHD

Vice Chairman, Luen Thai International Group; Chief Executive Officer, Luen Thai Holdings Limited

Having been involved in the family business from a young age, Henry plays a key role in building Luen Thai Group into a USD1.55 billion multi-national company which employs more than 50,000 people. Besides leading the listed apparel and accessories manufacturing arm of Luen Thai, in which he has been a 30-year veteran of the industry, Henry oversees a conglomerate encompassing a successful retail business, hotel and tourism, fishery, real estate and multiple industries in Micronesia. 

Henry is actively involved in the community. He was a past Chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Textiles and Po Leung Kuk, one of the largest charitable organizations in Hong Kong, and has served on the boards and committees of major bodies. In 2013, Henry was conferred Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Guam, US, making him the first person to hold bachelor, master and honorary doctor’s degrees from the university.

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon (Harvard ’80) majored in Applied Mathematics and Linguistics and spent his first five years working on, and eventually being in charge of, designing and developing foreign language products for American computer company Wang Laboratories. He transferred to Hong Kong with Wang in 1985 doing both marketing and R&D for South and Southeast Asia — and after three years, decided to stay in Asia as an entrepreneur. 

The activities since have included R&D, tech start-ups including e-commerce and semiconductors, international trade and investment consulting with the Russia and other countries of the former USSR. He has partnered with, been advisor to or consulted for several governmental and semi-governmental bodies in Russia, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and Cyprus, including the Soviet and then Russian Academy of Sciences, the Nakhoda Free Economic Zone and the Central Bank of Cyprus. Since 2000, these activities have expanded to include literature and culture: a literary book publisher, the Asian Review of Books and facilitating and organizing such activities as the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and the Man Asian Literary Prize. 

He writes regularly for the local and regional press on politics, technology, business and culture.

Social Entrepreneurship

Gavin Armstrong

Founder, Lucky Iron Fish

Gavin Armstrong is a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph and a committed impact entrepreneur. He is currently serving as the Founder and President of Lucky Iron Fish™, a social enterprise attempting to alleviate iron deficiency around the world using a simple health innovation. Through this role he was awarded the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Social Entrepreneur category in 2016.

A long term advocate and activist against hunger and malnutrition, Gavin is the first Canadian to receive the William J. Clinton Award for international work against hunger and is the inaugural recipient of the international Michaelle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award. He has also helped Lucky Iron Fish win multiple Cannes Lion awards including the Grand Prix. He has also received a Silver Innovation Award from the Edison Foundation. In 2015 Conscious Company Magazine featured Gavin as one of the seventeen ‘Rising Social Entrepreneurs’ of the year. In 2016 He was awarded with the Social Innovator of the Year Award from the Lewis Institute at Babson College.

Gavin is also a strong supporter for increasing educational opportunities for the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, developing new opportunities to fund a solar power program that will power the schools and raising money to build a new school in the camps. He has also developed links between the University of Guelph and Universite de Nouakchott (Mauritania) to boost food production and capacity in one of the poorest regions of Africa. He is also currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Cambodian Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

He is also a 2015 fellow at the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder Colorado.

Nina Teng

Vice President of Public Affairs, Grab

Nina is the Vice President of Public Affairs at Grab. Responsible for driving Grab’s public affairs and social impact work across the region, she is passionate about making a positive social impact in Southeast Asia. She believes that social value can be achieved in tandem with a for-profit business model. Prior to Grab, Nina spent 12 years in government affairs and the public sector. She worked on National Blue Ocean Strategies (NBOS) at the Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute (MBOSI) to develop high-impact, low-cost initiatives to improve the well being of Malaysian citizens and also served as the Training Institute Director at Teach For Malaysia. She received her MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, MA in Education Leadership from Columbia University; and BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip

Founder and Managing Director, Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Instutitions; 2008 Ramon Maysaysay Public Service Awardee

Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip is the Founder and Managing Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI),the 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service.  CARD MRI is composed of  14 institutions (3 microfinance oriented banks and 2 financing companies; 3 microinsurance institutions; a microfinance college; 2 foundations; and 3 support enterprises)  dedicated to eradicate poverty in the Philippines  It has a total outreach of more than 3.6 million poor families  and thru its microinsurance group,it is insuring more than 12 million poor individuals in the country. It has also program offices/partnerships in Hongkong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.Dr. Alip is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (OPM Program) and has a PhD degree in Organizational Development in SAIDI, Philippines.​

Timothy Ma

Project Consultant, Project [email protected], the City Univ. of Hong Kong; Founding Executive Director, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association

Mr. Ma has over 20-year experience in running social enterprise in Hong Kong. He has been the founding executive director of Senior Citizen Home Safety Association of which is now the biggest social enterprise in Hong Kong serving more than 80,000 service users.

In 2009, he joined with Dr. KK Tse and Mr. Patrick Cheung in forming the Social Entrepreneurship Forum, whilst also now serving as the Vice-chair of the General Chamber of Social Enterprise, of which is a chamber org. not only serving its members, but also rolled out the Social Enterprise Endorsement Scheme as well.
Currently Timothy serves as the co-opted member of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund of the Poverty Commission, and also as the non-executive director of the Urban Renewal Authority and member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong Housing Society.

Since July 2012, Timothy starts his service as the Executive Director of Project Flame of the City Univ. of Hong Kong. He changed to serve as Project Consultant since Mar. 2016.
Timothy commits to support and nurture the new start-up of social enterprise, and also renders training and supervision service to social enterprises in Hong Kong and China.

The Future of Technology

Michael Kuan

Founder and CEO, Kuan Capital

Michael Kuan’s investment career spans over 30 years across Silicon Valley, Hong Kong and China. He has been a fund manager and active investor in technology companies in the Internet, Media and Biotech industries. Mr.Kuan invested in some of China’s first internet, biotech and media ventures including China.com, Liming Networks, Sina.com, China Cable Networks, Grandhope Biotech and Hippo Animation. Since the early 90s, he co-founded CyberCity Investments, SIG Capital and was a partner of GGV Capital (2007 to 2012). He and his partners established Kuan Capital and purchased Venture Star, a VC fund with 10 portfolio companies from GGV Capital in 2013.

Kam-Sing (Allen) Ma

Former Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Over the past 30 years, Allen has contributed to Hong Kong’s innovation and technology industry development in various positions. Prior to his retirement in July 2016, Allen was the CEO of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). In this position, Allen redefined the vision and mission of the Corporation and laid out the corporate strategy to form three technology application platforms, expand Science Park and rejuvenate Industrial Estates to address the society’s development needs. Allen is devoted to nurture local technology talents through enriching value added services and expanding infrastructure for HKSTP’s Incubation Programmes. These together have built a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem that underpin Hong Kong’s ambition to reap substantial economic benefits through re-industrialisation. 

Allen has also held senior executive positions in his career with a number of multinational corporations primarily in the information and communications technology sector, including British Telecom Plc as President, Asia Pac; Motorola Inc. Global Telecom Solutions Sector as VP & General Manager of Asia; and C&W Hong Kong Telecom in a number of senior executive positions.

Allen holds a MBA from the University of Toronto and is a fellow member of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK. He is also a Certified Management Accountant of Canada.

Roger Ying

Founder and CEO, Pandai

Roger Ying (霍中皓) is a founding partner at the Jianjiu Group (建久集团) and founder and CEO of Pandai.cn, one of China’s earliest peer-to-peer Internet companies. Roger Ying (霍中皓) is responsible for the Internet finance division at Jianjiu Group (建久集团) and creating robust risk control systems that will sustainably expand the group’s financial products. 

Roger is currently CEO of Pandai, which has the sole purpose of making finance safe, simple and transparent. In our over 4 year history, 100% of our investors have received between 10-15% interest returns, Pandai’s focus has been on making the Internet Finance industry secure and sustainable.

Since founding Pandai, Roger has been a sought after speaker for banks, investment banks, top-tier private equity firms, and insurance companies, including the PICC, Standard Bank, IDG, Deutsche Bank etc… Roger was also invited to contribute to the World Economic Forum’s think tank on the Future of Financial Services, the only Chinese Internet Finance company to attend comprised of 80 financial services executives from around the world. He has also been quoted in numerous media such as CCTV, ABC, Financial Times, Caixin etc…

Before founding Pandai, Roger Ying was in corporate development at CreditEase where he overlooked the firm’s growth from 30 to 2000 employees in less than 2 years, and led the Internet finance platform project. He has previous experience in venture capital with Cybernaut VC where he covered financial services, clean tech (closed $50M USD investment in renewable energy), and TMT.

Prior to moving to China, Roger attained his bachelors in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego specializing in telecommunication theory and his masters in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, specializing in finance and entrepreneurship. During his time in the US, he was a student leader at IEEE UC San Diego, co-founded a web 2.0 social network (yelp + facebook + evite) in 2006, came top 10 in a Silicon Valley business plan competition on P2P lending, a teaching assistant for cross-cultural design at the Stanford d.School and provided consultation for Intuit online finance division which led to the $180M buyout of Mint.com. Roger was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Anshuman Verma

Founding Partner at M1L

Anshuman Verma is Founder & Managing Partner at M1L, a design and product focused venture builder. Between 2013 and 2015, Verma invested in and / or advised several prominent technology startups in India, eg. Frrole (Data API), PrettySecrets (Online Lingerie), AdSparX (SaaS to help video publishers monetise better), Chaayos (Starbucks of India), Bizongo (B2B marketplace focused on plastics, paints, paper etc.), Explara (Online event ticketing platform), AmigoBulls (Online stock analysis video platform focused on millennials), Systemantic (mechanical component manufacturer) etc. These ventures were / are investments of Accel Partners, Orios Venture Partners, Tiger Global Management, Kima Ventures, Indian Angel Network, Times Internet etc.

In 2012, Verma was briefly at an early-stage venture capital firm where he was instrumental in making investments in cloud, video and fintech platforms. Prior to this, Verma exited (‘11) from an analytic / fintech venture (founded by him in 2007) by way of selling its assets to a portfolio of two global private equity funds. Earlier, Verma co-founded another venture (’05) that scrubbed derivative contracts for traders, proprietary desks, and bank treasuries. Verma’s last stint was with Accel Partners, a global venture capital firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, where he worked with both investments and portfolio management teams based in India. Verma graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay with bachelors and masters degrees in engineering.

Verma has appeared in Businessworld’s list of most promising young entrepreneurs in India, was listed as one of the 100 most promising young change-makers in Asia by FYSE (China based organization), has won the ‘Pioneer of Tomorrow’ series on ETNow, and has been on several entrepreneurship and innovation panels in India and outside. Verma was recognized as ‘Government of India – Lockheed Martin India Innovator’ in 2010. Verma is a member of The World Justice Project, Bill Neukom’s founded organization that works to advance the Rule of Law, and is Fellow at Startingbloc, New York based non-profit advocacy for a sustainable world.

Ken Law

CEO of Motherapp

Ken Law witnessed firsthand that a company can make money and contribute to society at the same time. After earning his MS degree at Stanford, he joined Google as the first group of interns and became a full­time employee in 2000. While at Google, Ken led a sentiment analysis based on big data and developed a patented algorithm to find related pages. In 2007, Ken returned to Hong Kong and started MotherApp, which at that time the iPhone was not widely adopted and no Android devices even existed! It is MotherApp core belief that their work should help people’s daily lives one app at a time, and they are working with leading companies such as BBC, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Ocean Park.

Environment and Sustainability

Nicholas Puczkowskyj

Economic Growth and Environmental Management

Albert Lai

Hong Kong People’s Council for Sustainable Development, Founding Chairman; CEO, Carbon Care Asia

Ir. Lai is the Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Care Asia. He was the Chairman of the Conservancy Association and the founding chairman of the Professional Commons, and a member of the Commission on Strategic Development of the HKSAR Government. He has served for many years as a member of the Judging Panel for ACCA Sustainability Report Award, and led numerous local initiatives in the field of CSR and sustainability, including the leadership of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, and the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali (2007), Copenhagen (2009) and Paris most recently (2015).

Siddharth Pathak

Head of Political Advocacy, Climate Action Network

Siddharth Pathak has been working with CAN since July 2013. He has followed the climate negotiations since 2009 and worked within the policy units of organizations like Greenpeace and British High Commission. This has enabled him to understand how government and civil society can help each other in responding to climate change.

He has worked and campaigned on various critical issues, national as well as internationally around climate policy and renewable energy. He has been strongly involved with strategy development and policy advocacy. He has worked with grassroots organizations and understands different perspectives of people especially the synergy between macro and micro level of governance. He regularly contributes to major dailies and publications on climate negotiations and low carbon development pathways.

Siddharth enjoys travelling to quiet and peaceful nature reserves as well as traverse through the mighty Himalayas. He is an amateur birder and photographer when not embroiled in the climate negotiations. Siddharth has a master’s degree in political science focusing on the political economy of decision-making.

Craig Hart

Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources at People’s University of China

Craig Hart is the ENN Associate Professor at the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Peoples University of China, and an adjunct professor at the Temple-Tsinghua Master of Laws Program in Beijing, and at the Johns Hopkins University’s Energy Policy and Climate program. Mr. Hart’s research concentrates on the intersection of technology policy and competitiveness, focusing on carbon management in Asia.

He teaches courses on greenhouse gas management, energy policy, and legal compliance. Mr. Hart’s research also includes corporate strategy in the context of legal compliance issues and reputational risk management, especially in the environmental context. Mr. Hart recently co-authored Corporate Strategy and Competitive Advantage in China’s War on Pollution: Pursuing the New Chinese Consumer, China Carbon Forum, 2015.

In addition to his academic research, Dr. Hart is an attorney practicing in the fields of project finance, carbon management and capital markets. He has representing project developers, companies, lenders, and investors focusing on energy infrastructure, clean energy and high-technology companies. His practice includes having practiced with the international law firms White & Case and O’Melveny & Myers. He served as a law clerk to Judge Lisa Hill Fenning in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California and to Judge Richard W. Goldberg in the U.S. Court of International Trade. He holds a J.D. and B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. from New York University, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Constant van Aerschot

Executive Director, Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore

Constant van Aerschot set up and leads the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Singapore. This business association of forward-thinking companies, focuses on advocacy and shared actions to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment in Southeast Asia.

Constant brings a wealth of business consulting, strategy and sustainability experience. He is also a construction-sector expert having spent more than 10 years designing buildings with the renowned UK-based consultancy Arup. He has co-authored many publications on energy efficiency in buildings. Currently, he provides strategic and operational advice to companies on how to implement sustainability methodologies, tools and business processes for creating competitive advantage and mitigating risks.

Constant is also a guest faculty at INSEAD and Senior Counsellor at Vriens & Partners. Former VP Sustainable Development & Public Affairs at LafargeHolcim, he co-defined the company’s sustainability programme “Ambition 2020”, monitored regulations and shaped the Group’s R&D direction. While at Alcatel-Lucent, Constant held corporate strategy and business development responsibilities.

He is an avid badminton player, and former car racing driver. Constant holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from the ETHZ (Switzerland), an MBA from Cranfield University (UK) and a Diploma in Directorship from SMU (Singapore).

Renewable and Alternative Energy

Dawn Chui

Chief Officer – Walk21 Hong Kong

Tetsunari Iida

Chairperson & Founder, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies

As one of the top opinion leaders in the field of sustainable energy policy, he is well-known in Japan and internationally through many academic publications and through mass media as an independent and non-profit intellectual.

Especially, after 3.11 in 2011 Fukushima disaster, he played a key role of “energy shift” in Japan from nuclear & fossil to renewable based sustainable energy society. Having long been working as a “social innovator”, he has achieved many movements and results such as (1) Originally proposing the idea of “introducing green power scheme in Japan”, and helping develop Japan’s first green power certificate, (2) Developing the financing scheme of Japan’s first “community wind ownership,” and now underway developing it into a nationwide project, (3) Organizing “the Supra-coalition of Member of Parliaments (MPs) for renewable promotion”, consisting of 1/3 of total MPs, resulting in new legislation of the “Renewable Promotion Law.”
He is very much familiar with Nordic energy & environmental policy, and well-known through the book of “Energy Democracy in Nordic Countries” and creative networking activities.

Shirish Garud

Director, Energy-Environment-Technology Dept, The Energy & Resources Institute

Mr Shirish Garud, Director, EETD (Energy-Environment Technology Development) Division TERI, has more than two decades of experience in the renewable energy sector, and is a well-known specialist in renewable energy technologies, energy planning and renewable energy policy studies.

He has rich experience in solar and wind resource assessment, technology development, and deployment. Some of his major assignments include: development of vacuum tube collectors, development of solar parabolic trough collectors, design of solar power plants, design and implementation of one of the world’s largest solar water heating system of 120m3 day capacity for the fertilizer industry. He has also worked on solar PV technologies and island electrification projects using solar PV technology. He was part of the UNEP funded multi country project SWERA (Solar and Wind Resource Assessment), which mapped solar and wind resources for countries in Asia and Africa.

He led a multi-activity flagship project on ‘Integrated Energy Management Master Plan for Bhutan,’ which was a cornerstone project for the Government of Bhutan. The project covered energy data collection, assessment, and development of web based system for energy data collection, analysis, and publishing. He was also co-editor of The Royal Government of Bhutan’s first official Energy Data Directory 2005 and Integrated Energy Management Master Plan for Bhutan. He is an acknowledged and certified trainer and expert on RETScreen software, developed for renewable energy project feasibility studies. He has also contributed towards major policy initiatives in India including the development of REC (Renewable Energy Certificate) mechanism.

He headed the South East Asia Secretariat of REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, UK.) for two years during which REEEP funded various projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He has published research papers, and articles in leading publications. He was part of the team which developed curriculum for a long distance course on Renewable Energy Technologies for TERI University jointly with Open University of UK. He is a mechanical engineer with M.tech (Energy Systems Engineering) from IIT Bombay.

Resource Allocation: Access and Protection

Prof. Lam Chiu Ying

Former Director, Hong Kong Observatory

Suzanty Sitorus

Director, Climate Policy Initiative, Indonesia

Dr. Suzanty Sitorus directs CPI’s Indonesia program, leading analysis and advising government, business, and civil society leaders on land use, energy and climate finance. Suzanty joined CPI in 2016 with nearly two decades of experience in climate finance, land use, and natural resources management. She is the Chair of the Executive Board of the Indonesia Biodiversity Foundation (KEHATI), and the founder and Secretary of the Executive Board of the Association of Philanthropy Indonesia (PFI).

From 2009 to 2015, Suzanty worked in the National Council on Climate Change, a government body coordinating climate change policy and strategy, and served as Indonesia’s lead negotiator on climate finance in the UNFCCC processes. From 2014-2016 she served as a member of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance, and from 2012-2014 she was an adviser to the Green Climate Fund Board member from Indonesia. 

As an expert on climate finance and land use, and in her capacity as a negotiator, Suzanty regularly moderates and speaks at high-profile events. She co-facilitated UNFCCC negotiation sessions on issues related to finance, including the Adaptation Fund. She was Co-Chair of the group discussions on issues related to climate finance at meetings of the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum from 2012-2014.

Ayan Banerjee

CEO, Fair Trade International Asia & Pacific

Ayan serves as the Chief Executive of the Network of Asia and Pacific Producers, the official member, stakeholder and representative of producers from the Asian & Pacific region at Fairtrade International.
According to Ayan, working with 200+ Small Producer Organizations (SPOs), Hired-Labor and Contract Production set-ups across the agro-climatic diversity of Asia and Pacific region has been a source of incredible energy. As a consultant, a board member or researcher, Ayan has enjoyed working in the overlap of policy, business and development through all-encompassing strategic advisory roles. Fairtrade NAPP squarely falls in this area of interest.

Though Ayan enjoys a diverse portfolio of endeavors, his core areas of interest are leadership and organization development. In an earlier avatar, as an angel investor and serial social entrepreneur with a particular interest in high (social) impact investments he founded seven social enterprise initiatives to address some of the ingrained socio-economic problems and leadership and change management concerns to drive inclusive growth in India, with 2 successful sell-outs. His mainstream experience is across ICT, management consulting and investment banking. Transitioning from working on multi-million dollar investments in the private equity space, in recent times the conscious choice has been to work in the “development sector” with increasingly areas of specialization in agribusiness and microfinance.

He immensely appreciates and inspires breakthrough ideation and the power of innovative incubations to social change. In his rare spare time, he is constantly striving to build radical growth enterprises with a potential for disruptive innovation. Ayan also brings in rich scholastic and analytic experience. Inter Alia, has a doctorate (Thesis: “Impact Investments”), is an alumnus of Columbia Business School and The London School of Economics.

Helena Molin Valdes

Head of the Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, United Nations Environment Program

An experienced leader within the UN system, Helena is since 2013 heading up the Secretariat for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), hosted by the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. She is a former senior executive with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and a long-time proponent of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaption, and disaster risk reduction.

She was instrumental in making the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) an important force in global disaster risk management and launched the global Resilient Cities campaign in 2012. She headed up a regional Office in Costa Rica for Latin America and the Caribbean for almost a decade, and worked with the Pan-American Health Organization to build safer hospitals. As Deputy Director of UNISDR, based in Geneva, she worked in both Africa and Asia.

Helena has co-authored many papers, handbooks, global reviews and reports on local development, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and resilience. She worked early in her professional life on community led local development projects and housing, improved bricks production from traditional kilns in Central America, and improved cook-stoves to reduce indoor air pollution and increase energy efficiency through a Swedish NGO in collaboration with research centres. She holds a Master degree in architecture with thesis on development planning and implementation from Lund University, Sweden.

Governance and Diplomacy

Andrew Park

An experienced leader within the UN system, Helena is since 2013 heading up the Secretariat for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), hosted by the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. She is a former senior executive with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and a long-time proponent of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaption, and disaster risk reduction.

She was instrumental in making the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) an important force in global disaster risk management and launched the global Resilient Cities campaign in 2012. She headed up a regional Office in Costa Rica for Latin America and the Caribbean for almost a decade, and worked with the Pan-American Health Organization to build safer hospitals. As Deputy Director of UNISDR, based in Geneva, she worked in both Africa and Asia.

Helena has co-authored many papers, handbooks, global reviews and reports on local development, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and resilience. She worked early in her professional life on community led local development projects and housing, improved bricks production from traditional kilns in Central America, and improved cook-stoves to reduce indoor air pollution and increase energy efficiency through a Swedish NGO in collaboration with research centres. She holds a Master degree in architecture with thesis on development planning and implementation from Lund University, Sweden.

Transitional Justice (8/20 3:30 – 5)

David Roman

Ling University professor

Roman David is a Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He held various positions at Oxford, Wits, Yale, Newcastle, and Harvard. His specialization is transitional justice, revenge, forgiveness, and reconciliation. He is the author of Lustration and Transitional Justice, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. In the book, David warned that dismissals of state personnel in the aftermath of regime change may bring catastrophic consequences as evidenced in Iraq and Libya.

By studying post-communist transition, he observed that some countries developed alternative models that stipulated conditions for inclusion and conversion of the inherited personnel. In parallel to election systems, he introduces the concept of personnel systems and classifies them as exclusive, inclusive and reconciliatory. The book won the Concept Analysis Award by the Committee on Concepts and Methods of the IPSA in 2012.

In his second book, Justice without Reconciliation, David argues that measures of justice, in order to be effective, require a degree of reconciliation. He is currently working on his third book, entitled Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (co-authored with Ian Holliday). The book proposes a concept of limited liberalism that allows scholars to capture properties of political culture in transitional societies as well as Western democracies.

Daniel Trust

Daniel Trust is a Rwandan genocide survivor, an internationally recognized motivational speaker, and an advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth. He has lectured at prestigious universities such as the University of Florida, Duke University and Northwestern University. Daniel is the Founder and CEO of the Daniel Trust Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization that helps students from low-income communities with their educational and career needs, and honors educators, who go above and beyond to help these students succeed in school and in their personal lives. Daniel is the Executive Producer and Host of the Daniel Trust Show, Daniel Trust Awards, Cocktails with Daniel Trust and serves as Creative Director of Daniel Trust Magazine, a quarterly publication that highlights the impact the Daniel Trust Foundation is making in the lives of young people in the United States.

Daniel’s story of surviving the Rwandan genocide, coming out and his philanthropic efforts have been featured in both local and national publications including the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register and Connecticut Post. He’s appeared on daytime talk shows like Better Connecticut, Connecticut Style, and Our Lives. Connecticut Magazine and Fairfield County Business Journal have listed Daniel to its 40 Under 40 Lists. Most recently, Daniel’s story was profiled on “NYBERG,” a television show hosted by Connecticut TV legend, Ann Nyberg. Daniel holds a business management degree from Southern Connecticut State University, is a father of two adopted sons and lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.

Young Jo Lee

Professor of International Studies, Kyung Hee University

A native of Korea, Professor Young Jo Lee holds a Ph.D in political science from Harvard University and currently teaches various courses of international political economy at Graduate School of Pan-Pacific International Studies, Kyung Hee University, Korea. His research interests include politics of economic reform, politics of economic development, politics of global finance, and comparative political economy of East Asia and Latin America. He served as the Vice-President of the Korean Political Science Association and President of the Latin American Studies Association of Korea.

On leave from the university, Professor Lee served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the Republic of Korea (TRCK) from its establishment in December 2005 to its closure at the end of 2010, first as a standing commissioner, then as its President. He is the only one who served on the TRCK for the whole duration of its operation. Professor Lee has also been active in social activities. He is a Co-Chair of the Citizens United for a Better Society (CUBS: www.cubs.or.kr), a middle-of- the-road civic organization he helped found and served as the founding Secretary General in 2003. He regularly writes columns for the local newspapers.

Chandra Sriram

Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of International Law and International Relations at the University of East London, where she is founder and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (www.uel.ac.uk/chrc/). She recently completed an ESRC-funded research project on The Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Democratic Institution-Building (www.tjdi.org), in partnership with Dr. Anja Mihr of the University of Utrecht. This project examined experiences from four regions of the world in eight countries, including South Korea and Japan. She has written extensively on human rights, transitional and international criminal justice, conflict resolution, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and has conducted research in Central and South America, the Middle East and North and sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Eastern Europe.. She is the author of three monographs: Peace as governance: power-sharing, armed groups, and contemporary peace negotiations(Palgrave 2008); Globalizing justice for mass atrocities: A revolution in accountability (Routledge 2005); and Confronting past human rights violations: Justice versus peace in times of transition (Frank Cass 2004). Her most recent edited volume is Transitional justice in the Middle East and North Africa (Hurst and Oxford University Presses, 2016).

Rise of Non-State Actors (8/21 1:30-3)

Takanori Kitamura

Japanese Diplomat

Being a career diplomat, Kitamura started his diplomatic life in Beijing in early 1970’s, studying Chinese language and in his whole overseas services he spent longest time in China, two times posting in Beijing and Hong Kong respectively. He also engaged in other areas of foreign affairs in and out of Tokyo, including Japanese public diplomacy, Japanese policy in the United Nations and Japanese foreign assistance programs. He served in Hong Kong as Consul-General (2014-16) and in Greece as Ambassador (2016-2010), and upon his retirement, he joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010. 

He has placed a focus in his teaching on East Asian regional integration, which aims to construct a regional architecture of peace and prosperity in East Asia, and recently he also has taken up a topic on Japanese foreign policy. In addition to teaching, he assists research work as Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies and Honorary Director of the Research Centre for Comparative Japanese Studies.

Ravi Agrawal

Bureau Chief, CNN India

Ravi Agrawal is CNN International’s New Delhi Bureau Chief, responsible for the network’s multi-platform news coverage of India and its neighboring countries. Since moving to this role in early 2014 Agrawal has managed coverage and reported on several important regional stories including elections in India and Sri Lanka, Nepal’s deadly earthquake, and a spate of murders of secular writers in Bangladesh. Agrawal has produced from New Delhi high-profile global exclusive interviews for the network, including those of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Agrawal regularly appears on-air to share his distinctive analysis of trends and developments in the region. His reports span India’s technology boom, climate change and pollution, the economy, trade, and foreign policy. Agrawal also frequently reports on breaking news, ranging from earthquakes and floods to terror threats in the region. He is a regular contributor to CNN.com on political, economic, and social issues in South Asia, writing about the region’s trajectory, relations with China and the U.S., and stories about caste and gender issues.

Agrawal has overseen a number of special coverage initiatives from India, including the week-long series Growing India, feature programs like Talk Asia and On the Road, CNN’s award-winning Freedom Project, and CNN news hours from Mumbai and Delhi like Quest Means Business and Connect the World. In 2016 Agrawal hosted the CNN Asia Business Forum in Mumbai, which attracted top CEOs from around the world as speakers and delegates. Prior to his current role, Agrawal worked across CNN’s UK and U.S. offices for eight years. In New York, Agrawal was the senior producer of CNN’s flagship program on world affairs, ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’. While he was there, the program won its first Peabody Award and garnered three Emmy nominations.

Agrawal began his CNN career in London in 2006, where he rose quickly to become a senior producer. He has produced key special programs for the network during major news events like the Arab Spring and the Gulf oil spill. Agrawal’s live and in-field experience ranges from the hallways of Davos and the Pentagon to the streets of Dhaka and Mumbai. In 2013, he was named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum; he is also a member of the group’s Global Agenda Council on India. Agrawal has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He was born in London, England, and grew up in Kolkata, India.

Christine Beerli

Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was born in 1953. A member of a law firm in Biel, Ms Beerli began her political career on that city’s municipal council, where she served from 1980 to 1983. From 1986 to 1991 she was a member of the legislative assembly of the Canton of Bern. In 1991 she was elected to the upper house of the Swiss parliament, where she remained until 2003, chairing the foreign affairs committee (1998-1999) and the committee for social security and health (2000-2001). Ms Beerli chaired the caucus of the Free Democratic Party in Switzerland’s federal assembly from 1996 to 2003. She also served on committees dealing with security policy and economic and legal affairs. She retired from politics in 2003. Since 1st January 2006 she has headed Swissmedic, the Swiss supervisory authority for therapeutic products. She is former director of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

In January 2008, Ms Beerli was appointed permanent Vice-President of the ICRC. As such she is a member of the ICRC Assembly – the institution’s supreme governing body – as well as the Assembly Council and the Presidency, where she works closely with the President and deputises for him whenever necessary. This includes handling the ICRC’s external relations, representing the ICRC on the international scene and, in close cooperation with the directorate general, handling the ICRC’s humanitarian diplomacy. Her particular areas of focus include helping to ensure the cohesion, smooth running and development of governance mechanisms and internal control, as well as strengthening and developing relationships within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Leif-Eric Easley

Leif-Eric Easley (레이프 에릭 이슬리 / レイフ-エリック イーザリ / 李雷夫) is Assistant Professor in the Division of International Studies at Ewha University and a Research Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea. At Ewha, Professor Easley teaches international security and political economics. His research interests include contested national identities and changing levels of trust in the bilateral security relationships of Northeast Asia.

Dr. Easley was the Northeast Asian History Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University. He was also a visiting scholar at Yonsei University, the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute (KSI), the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo, and the East West Center in Honolulu. He was among the most involved participants and speakers for the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) and the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Young Leaders Program, and is currently a Korea Foundation CSIS KSI NextGen Scholar.

Professor Easley is actively involved in high-level U.S.-Asia exchanges (Track II diplomacy). His research appears in a variety of academic journals and volumes, supplemented by commentaries in major newspapers. He completed his B.A. in political science with a minor in mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Government.

Interfaith Dialogue (8/23 10-11:30)

Kwan Kai Man

HKBU Professor

Kai-man Kwan received his D. Phil. from the University of Oxford. He is a professor and the Head of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University. His current research interests include religious experience, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, epistemology, political philosophy and social ethics.

James Channan

Father James Channan OP is a Catholic Priest and member of the Dominican Order. He is the Director of Peace Center in Lahore and Regional Coordinator of the United Religions Initiative (URI) Pakistan. As an interfaith and Catholic leader, he is often consulted on religious issues by Pakistan’s government and lectures on interfaith peacebuilding around the world. He is the author of 4 books 2 in Urdu and 2 in English namely: Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Pakistan and Path of Love: A Call for Interfaith Harmony. He receives extensive media coverage for his work. He holds a Licentiate Degree from the Pontifical Institute for Islamic Studies and Arabic language in Rome. He also did graduate courses on World Religions at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

He served as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, appointed by Pope John Paul II (1985 – 1995), and as Consultor to the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims (1999 – 2004). There was the launching ceremony of his book Path of Love: A Call for Interfaith Harmony at the UN on July 16. He was also given the “Ambassador of Global Peace Award” by the Institute of International Social Development, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the UN. He received honorary degree of “Doctor of Divinity” from the Global Mission Awareness, Pakistan with its Head Quarter in Norway. His interviews and articles have been published in English, Urdu, Italian, Spanish, German, Croatian and French languages. The mission of his life is to build bridges and promote peace and harmony believers of different religions.

Bay Fang

Jaime de los Santos

Lt. General Jaime S. Delos Santos (Ret) served with distinction as a military professional in the Armed Forces of the Philippine, retired as Commanding General, Philippine Army. He was the first Force Commander, 24 Nation Multi-National Force, United Nations Peacekeeping Force in East Timor. The position carried the rank of Assistant Secretary-General.

Presently, he is the Director of Graduate Studies, Manuel L. Quezon University based in Manila, Philippines. Likewise, he is a professorial lecturer of management (part – time), University of the Philippines, Other positions he occupied at UP are, member, Board of Regents, Trustee, UP Foundation, and President, UP Alumni Association.

He hold a Bachelor degree in Engineering Sciences, Philippine Military Academy, holder of two masteral degrees, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of the Philippines, and the Center for Research and Communication (now, The University of Asia Pacific), respectively. He attended specialized military courses in the United States of America.

He participated as resource person and speaker, among others, at the National Defense College of the Philippines, National Defense University, Washington, D.C., Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Malaysia, ASEAN Regional forum in Seoul Korea, and New Delhi, India and the World Public Forum, Rhodes, Greece.

Gen. de los Santos received various awards and decorations in the military as well as in civilian sector, noteworthy are the Distinguished Conduct Star, the second highest AFP award for conspicuous heroism and gallantry in combat, United Nations medal and Rotary Peace Award.

Humanitarian Affairs

Hugo Chow

Campaigner, Amnesty International Hong Kong

Hugo is a Campaigner at Amnesty International Hong Kong focusing on membership development and youth coordination. Prior to joining Amnesty International, he worked part-time for Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in London as a Research Intern. Previously, he worked for Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong) LLP as an intern, was on project-based contract with The Dui Hua Foundation and had experience in Abidjan as an English teacher. // Hugo obtained a Masters degree in Human Rights from London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelors degree in Government & Public Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Asia’s Refugee Crisis

Zamira Monteiro

Public Engagement Coordinator, Justice Centre Hong Kong

Zamira is the Public Engagement Coordinator at Justice Centre Hong Kong. She is passionate about working with and for marginalized groups, and about tackling misconceptions and stereotypes through raising public awareness. She has a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Hong Kong.

Adnan Tarabishy

Co-founder of TAALIM

Adnan Tarabishy is a Syrian businessman and social entrepreneur. After the conflict erupted in Syria over five years ago, Adnan’s involvement with the education sector grew and he co-founded TAALIM,  not-for profit organization that aims to expand access to education and learning opportunities in Syria, by means of building and repairing damaged school buildings and financial support of their operations.  He is also associated with Alphabet, a Lebanese NGO that provides non-formal education to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Social Support Society, another Lebanese NGO with the mission to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

His companies operate in a number of countries across the Arab world such as Syria, Oman, Iraq, UAE, Lebanon and Egypt, and include PDI (Professional Development Institute), Y2Ad and Second Step. Adnan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and an MBA from the Lebanese American University, LAU and recently he achieved an executive education certificate from MIT-Sloan in Strategy and Innovation. He is currently based in Beirut and travels extensively around the globe both for business and to amass support for the Syrian cause.

Piya Muqit

Executive Director of Justice Centre, Hong Kong

Piya has been working in the field of human rights, child rights, human trafficking and refugee rights for the past 16 years as a legal-aid lawyer and policy expert. She has worked for NGOs, including Freedom from Torture, REDRESS and Refugee and Migrant Justice in the UK, the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana in the USA and Ain o Salish Kendra in Bangladesh. She has also served on the Board and worked for the Citizenship Foundation and Grampian Racial Equality Council. Piya is a qualified barrister having trained at Doughty Street, Garden Court Chambers and the Faculty of Advocates in the UK and holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Aberdeen, a Master’s in Human Rights Law from the University of London and a Master’s in Child Studies from Kings College London. She has led on change management projects for several NGOs, and been involved in training and capacity building, research, strategic litigation cases, and law and policy reform throughout her career. Her most recent post before joining Justice Centre was Head of Policy and Advocacy at UNICEF UK.

Yiomb Thona

Deputy Chair of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

Yiombi Thona received an M.A in Economics from Kinshasa University in Congo and an M.A in NGO studies from Sungkonghoe University in Korea, and he is a Political Science Ph.D. cand. at Ottawa University in Canada. He also received long training in National Intelligence and Security from Congo. He also received some certificates including on Refugee Mental Health (APRRN in Hong Kong) and Forced Migration and Refugees at York University in Canada and Human Rights at Korea University. After working as a National Intelligence officer in Congo for more than seven years, he was forced to flee his country from persecution and was granted the Refugee status in South Korea.

Mr. Yiombi has experienced all Korean’s social life: He worked in factories, lived with a Korean family, worked in a hospital as manager, worked in NGOs for Refugees as coordinator and researcher. Mr. Yiombi is a well-known Refugee rights activist in South Korea. He recently published a book, “My name is Yiombi: Living as a Refugee in South Korea”. This book is seen as a “Refugee Manifesto” because of the Korean citizens’ scholar’s positive reaction to it. Mr Yiombi is a well-known activist by the Korean media. Recently, he has been seen on a famous documentary on KBS, the Korean number on public TV.

The most important thing is, Mr. Yiombi’s activities related to refugees, race and gender discriminations and multicultural families. After graduating from Sungkonghoe University in 2010 in NGO Studies (MA), he has been giving special lectures in many Universities in Korea. At the same year, he was nominated Adviser at Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. Three years after, he was elected Chair of APRRN East Asia Working Group. Moreover, less than a year after participating in the UNHCR-NGOs Consultations in Geneva, he was elected Deputy Chair of the APRRN. Currently, Mr. Yiombi is Professor at Gwangju University, where he is teaching Human Rights, Forced Migration, Diaspora, NGO, African Studies and Race and Gender. And from September, he will join Chonnam University Graduate school NGO studies.

Meimei Leung

Regional Head of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs for World Vision

Gender Equality

Fanny Cheung

Co-director of Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

Professor Cheung is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Choh-Ming Li Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK. She was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Chaiprerson of the Department of Psychology. She also established the first Gender Research Centre in Hong Kong at CUHK. From 1996 to 1999, Professor Cheung served as the Founding Chairperson of the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission, setting up the mechanism to eliminate discrimination and promote equal opportunities for women and men, and for people with disabilities.

Professor Cheung obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her research expertise lies in cross-cultural personality assessment and psychopathology, gender equality, and women leadership. Her research on Chinese personality assessment has raised international attention on the need to mainstream culture in psychology. Her academic honours and awards include the IAAP Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award 2014 and the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology 2012.

Professor Cheung is dedicated to public service and has served on many government committees and advisory bodies, including the Electoral Affairs Commission, Advisory Group on Eliminating Discrimination against Sexual Minorities, and the Women’s Commission. In recognition of her public contributions, she was appointed Justice of Peace in 1988 and received the OBE in 1997.

Jasmeen Patheja

Sara Hossain

Ruhi Kandhari

Journalist

Ruhi Kandhari has reported on social, economic and environmental policy issues for numerous national newspapers and magazines. She has also consulted on research for the UNDP office in Delhi, and the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. Her areas of interest are developmental journalism, gender inequality and the inadequacies of public health policies and programmes.

Transforming Global Health

Emily Chan

Professor Chan received her academic training from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong (HKU), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Currently, she serves as Professor and Associate Director (External Affairs and Collaboration) at JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Director at CUHK Centre for Global Health (CGH), Centre Director of Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), Honorary Research Fellow (Emerging Infectious Diseases and Emergency Preparedness) at Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine, Visiting Scholar at Harvard University FXB Center and Fellow at Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.

Her research interests include climate change and health, disaster and humanitarian medicine, global and planetary health, violence and injury epidemiology, healthy settings, health needs and programme impact evaluation, evidence-based medical and public health interventions in resource deficit settings. Through the CCOUC China Ethnic Minority Health Project (EMHP) she established in 2009, her team has outreached to almost 6,600 households in 23 remote, disaster-prone, resource-deficit rural settings in China and trained nearly 400 students and scholars around the world. Internationally, she has received numerous awards related to academic achievements and community leadership. She has published more than 200 international peer-reviewed academic articles and serves in various technical consultation capacities for World Health Organization (WHO), governmental and as well as nine Non-Governmental agencies globally.

Stuart Gilmour

Associate Professor at the Department of Global Health Policy in the University of Tokyo

Stuart Gilmour is an Associate Professor at the Department of Global Health Policy in the University of Tokyo. Stuart was raised in New Zealand, the UK and Australia, and took Australian citizenship at the age of 22. He graduated with a degree in mathematical physics from the University of Adelaide, Australia before pursuing postgraduate studies in public health and statistics.

Stuart has worked in public health and health policy research in Australia, the UK and Japan. While in Australia he studied the health of injecting drug users and sex workers, and the impact of the global drug trade on health. He joined the University of Tokyo in 2011, where his research interests expanded to include monitoring progress towards universal health coverage, aging and non-communicable diseases.

Junko Tanuma

Takemi Harvard Fellow

Ms. Junko Tanuma graduated from School of Medicine in Tohoku University in Japan in 1997, then completed the residency in internal medicine and the fellowship in infectious diseases in National Center for Global Health and Medicine. She has been worked as a physician and as a researcher at the largest HIV clinic in Japan, the AIDS Clinical Center, for 15 years. She has also been engaged in research projects on HIV in Asia, one of which is the cohort study in Hanoi, Vietnam, under the Japanese National Project, Japan Initiative for Global Research Network on Infectious Disease. Ms. Tanuma hopes to create a new research network on acute HIV infection in Asian countries.

Maggie Kwok

Huey Fem Tay

Ex-reporter, Australia Broadcasting Company (ABC)