• H.E. Ghulam Muhammed Quader
    Honourable Commerce Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

    Mr. Quader passed S.S.C from Rangpur Zila School in 1963 and H.S.C from Carmichael Collage in 1965 and obtained B.Sc. Engineering (mechanical) Degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1969. Mr. Quader holds very important positions in Dock Yard and Engineering works Ltd. Narayangonj, Engineering and ship Building Corporation, Bangladesh Tobacco Company Ltd, Jamuna Oil company Ltd, and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation. From February 1976 to February 1977 he served in the Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq as Mechanical Engineer.

  • Dr Sarath Amunugama
    Senior Minister, Ministry of Finance & Planning, Sri Lanka

    Dr. Amunugama is a Sri Lankan politician and civil servant. He was the Cabinet Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs and Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning until April 2010. He is a Member of Parliament from the Kandy District (Mahanuwara) for the United People's Freedom Alliance in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. During his career in the SLAS he served as Government Agent of the Kandy District, Director of Information, Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and later Chairman, The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Before entering active politics he worked as an International Civil Servant for UNESCO head quarters in Paris. He resides in Colombo.

  • John Dawson
    TV Presenter
    Bloomberg TV (Asia)

    Hong Kong-based Dawson has interviewed the world’s leading newsmakers and provides in-depth coverage of Asia Pacific business, political and economic news for Bloomberg’s global television network. Over the past 16 years, John has interviewed over 6,000 CEOs, heads of state and leading investors and conducted exclusive interviews with former General Electric Chairman and CEO Jack Welch and former BP CEO Lord John Browne, among others. He also covered 3GSM, now the World Mobile Congress, for five years. He also frequently moderates panels and speaks at high-level conferences and events throughout the region.

  • Kenny Goh
    Co-Founder, Group Chief Executive Officer
    MACROKIOSK Group of Companies

    He founded MACROKIOSK in 1998 before graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce with his brothers and has since grown the company from a mere 9 man team to over 200 employees and into a multi-million dollar and multinational Mobile Technology company. Today, this award-winning company has operating offices in 14 major countries across Asia and Goh was named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2011 Malaysia.

  • Luca Silipo
    Chief Economist for Asia-Pacific

    Silipo is the founder and chairman of a China based international Charity called “Music for the Growing Mind”. He began his career as analyst and trader at JP Morgan Suisse in Geneva. In 1999, he became monetary economist at the research department of Bank of Italy in Roma, leading a research on money demand in the euro area. Silipo co-authored a study on demand for daily balances by the euro banks, with a focus on intra-day demand for liquidity from banks within the reserve requirement period. He is a graduate of the University La Sapienza of Rome and of the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva.

  • Mark Hammons
    Managing Director
    Ignite Media Group

    Involved in building businesses in Asia for over 16 years, Hammons helped launch and was the managing editor of a bilingual TIME publication and wrote documentaries for the Discovery Channel before arriving in Macau. He has written and hosted his own popular news radio show in Mandarin, and was a translator for Taiwan’s Presidential Office. He also helped to launch FTV: English Edition, Taiwan’s first English language news program. Hammons has written television and print advertisements for clients ranging from Ogilvy to Mercedes Benz and for eight years worked as a consultant for the London International Advertising Awards.

  • Niraj Sharan
    Founder, Chairman and CEO, Aura Inc, USA
    Managing Director, Aurys Srl, Italy

    A world renowned speaker at various global summits and conferences, Niraj Sharan serves as a Member of the Technical Committee with the Government of India under the Department of Science and Technology, a high powered Committee created to resolve water crisis in India through technology innovations and long term strategies. He has also received numerous awards regionally for his efforts such as the AREA Responsible Business Leader Award, Star of India, Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award, and Udyog Patra, Corporate Leadership Award.

  • Sergio Men
    Managing Partner (Russia & the CIS)
    Eurasia Capital Partners

    Men joined Eurasia Strategics in 1998 as Strategic and Government Relations Director. Within 5 years he had successfully completed a number of substantial projects assisting international companies develop their businesses in Russia and the CIS countries. Men has been advising leading metallurgical and oil & gas companies from Russia and the CIS seeking additional financial resources, as well as Asian investors interested in cross-border M&A strategies within the former Soviet Union. Men has also been consulting various Government organizations in Hong Kong and China. In 2007 when Eurasia Strategics established a joint venture with the Sallmanns Group (leading IPO and M&A valuation company), Men also became responsible for the valuation business of the Group within the Former Soviet Union. In 2009 Sergio together with his local and international partners started Eurasia Capital Partners – a Hong Kong based investment company focused on cross-border M&A deals in the former Soviet Union and Asia Pacific.

  • Stefania Lucchetti
    Howse Williams Bowers

    She specialises in corporate work, including multi-jurisdictional M&A and joint ventures, corporate governance, corporate restructurings and reorganizations, and corporate finance. A skilled negotiator, Stefania assists clients in complex negotiations. Her corporate practice ranges across all industries: she has assisted important clients in the fashion and luxury goods, consumer goods, real estate as well as financial sectors and also has a strong background in the TMT sector: she assisted internet pioneers such as Altavista, Yahoo! and Expedia in the early days of their foray into Europe and several international telecommunications operators.

  • Wolfgang Lehmacher
    Partner & Managing Director (Greater China & India)
    Corporate Value Associates

    Wolfgang Lehmacher is a serial Executive with more than 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics sector. Lehmacher is Partner and Managing Director at the global strategy consultancy boutique CVA, as well as Member of the Board of Governors, Universal Business School, India’s first green business school, Karjat, and member of the Advisory Board of aidha, the world's micro-business school, Singapore.
    Lehmacher started his professional career with the German Red Cross, subsequently gaining experience with leading international supply chain solutions providers, e.g. Kuehne & Nagel. He has held senior management positions with TNT from 1991 to 1999, including Country General Manager Switzerland, and with French Groupe La Poste from 1999 to 2010, including, President and Chief Executive Officer, and GeoPost Intercontinental.

Profile of Speakers

  • Ir Agus Muharram
    Secretary Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, Indonesia

    Agus Muharram was a deputy minister of human resources development before becoming secretary of the ministry of cooperatives and SMEs. In addition to working for the cooperative ministry, he also became a magazine editor in chief of “Pekerjaan Umum” public works department and a member of the advisory board of Islamic finance. He earn Bachelor degree in Geophysical Exploration and Master degree in District and City Planning, both from Institute of Technology Bandung.

  • Datuk Seri Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam
    Chief Minister of Malacca, Malaysia

    Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam is a Malaysian politician. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and is the current Chief Minister of the state of Malacca. Mohd Ali joined UMNO in 1968 and has been an elected representative since 1986. He became Chief Minister of Malacca in December 1999, and also served as a vice president of UMNO from 2004 to 2009.

  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero
    Chief Economist for Emerging Markets
    Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
    (BBVA Spain/Hong Kong)

    Boasting many feathers on her hat, she is currently a member of the advisory board of the Hong Kong Institute of Monetary Research and special advisor to the European Commission on China issues. In addition to her previous roles as Head of the International Economy Division of Bank of Spain, the Head of Emerging Economies at the Research Department at Banco Santander and a member of the Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, she was also an economist at the International Monetary Fund. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington; many of her papers have been published in reference journals and books.

  • Andrew Lam
    Director - Assurance Services
    BDO Limited

    Andrew has extensive experience in initial public offering exercises in Hong Kong and overseas stock exchanges. He has assisted numerous companies to list on stock exchanges in Hong Kong, Singapore and other overseas financial centres. Andrew’s other areas of expertise include financial due diligence as well as corporate mergers and acquisitions. He is also active in providing statutory assurance work to companies listed locally and abroad. Andrew’s clients mainly operate in Hong Kong and Mainland China, covering industries such as manufacturing, trading, construction and real estate, high technology, leisure, service, pharmaceutical and food-processing.

  • Ben Simpfendorfer
    Managing Director of Silk Road Associates
    Royal Bank of Scotland

    He is one of the world’s leading experts on relations between China and the Middle East. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Syrian Arabic and travels thousands of kilometers every year to meet with a wide range of individuals, from senior officials in Beijing to local traders in Cairo. He reads media ranging from Chinese-language blogs to Arabic-language newspapers in order to examine the changes taking place in the Silk Road economies. His book, The New Silk Road, offers an unparalleled view of a rising Arab world and its strengthening relations with China.

  • Brenda Wilson
    Asia Pacific Leader for Talent Management Consulting

    She has over seventeen years experience in Human Resource Management and Development in both consulting and operational roles and is responsible for helping clients across Asia Pacific in the areas of talent management, workforce strategies, organization development, and leadership. She has spoken at and chaired numerous conferences, and has published several articles on leadership development, career management, talent management, performance and measurement, and attraction and retention. Wilson holds an MBA (with honors) from City University Business School, London, with a focus in International Human Resource Management and also a certified trainer earned at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Christopher Exline
    Home Essentials

    Christopher Exline serves as Chairman and Chief Executive of the Hong Kong based, Home Essentials. With operations in 24 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, Home Essentials is the world’s largest furniture leasing company catering to Developers, Multi-National Companies, Expatriates, Hotels, and Restaurants through a retail format. Prior to forming Home Essentials in 1997, Chris was president of Exline North America (a commercial real services company) specializing in tenant representation across the US. In 8 years, Chris completed over 1,250 commercial transactions with a value exceeding $200 million. Chris moved to Hong Kong 14 years ago from Dallas. Beyond Home Essentials, Chris is very active with church and Christian missions activities serving on a variety of boards. He is also Chairman of the Hong Kong / Macau Republicans Abroad.

  • Cole Sirucek
    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Epic MMA Club
    Chairman of the Board, DocDoc Pte. Ltd.

    An entrepreneur and investor, he previously spent seven years as an investor with Temasek Holdings where he sourced, executed and monitored investments on global basis in the firm’s telecommunications, media and technology group, successfully invested US$506M. Before Temasek, he was the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Pluto Networks – a wireless data networking company. Now, he leads Asia’s largest mixed martial arts training club and Asia’s largest real-time online doctor reservation system and is a member of the Board of Directors for Golden Eagle Acquisition Corp, a NASDAQ listed Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation focused on the media and entertainment industry.

  • Hemant K. Batra
    Executive Managing Partner, Kaden Boriss
    Secretary General, SAARCLAW

    Professionally, Hemant is an International Corporate, Business & Strategist Commercial Lawyer with more than 20 years of diverse experience; his practice is concentrated across the Globe in general, specifically in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Kuwait, UK and Australia. He has advised large multinational corporations including amongst other Bayer AG, Suzuki, LG, Philip Morris (JV), Coca Cola, Accor, Findel, AMEX, Western Union, ABB, Knight Frank, Shapoorji Pallonji, Corporations owned by high net-worth families, etc. He has worked closely with various former Chief Justices of India and elsewhere as well as Senior Counsels, Political Spokespersons and Members of Parliament.

  • Jacob A. Fisch
    Nest Investments

    Jacob A. Fisch is a co-founder of Nest Investments. Prior to Nest, Jacob was a corporate level executive at Li & Fung where he focused on M&A. Jacob first lived in China in 1992 where he learned Mandarin. Deeply intrigued by China and its emergence as a global power he returned as often as possible. Recently Jacob was a featured speaker discussing entrepreneurship in Asia at the landmark US-ASEAN Business Forum, which also featured Secretary Hilary Clinton and leadershipfrom other ASEAN countries. Jacob is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an active member of the Hong Kong Forum and the Hong Kong Business and Professionals Association. Jacob graduated from Harvard Law School and Columbia University.