Moira Forbes is the Executive Vice President of Forbes Media where she is responsible for driving new business initiatives across the company's diverse media platforms and branding Forbes events worldwide. She is also the President and Publisher of ForbesWoman, a multi-media platform dedicated to successful women in business and leadership. She is currently the host of "Success with Moira Forbes," a video series on the Forbes Video Network featuring candid, one-on-one interviews with today's top women leaders and writes a dedicated leadership column for Forbes.com profiling today's most dynamic business leaders. In 2013, Moira launched the annual Forbes Women's Summit in New York City which brings together 250 female leaders to discuss and solve the world's most intractable issues.
Mr Chan Chun Sing is currently Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). On 1 October 2015, Mr Chan was appointed Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association.
On 9 April 2015, Mr Chan was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and relinquished his appointments as Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence, both of which he had held since 1 September 2013. At the Ministry of Social and Family Development, he was responsible for improving social service delivery, enhancing social safety nets and strengthening support for families in Singapore. His previous appointments included Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (21 May 2011 to 31 October 2012) and Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts (21 May 2011 to 31 July 2012).
Mr Chan was appointed Secretary-General of NTUC on 4 May 2015 after the NTUC Central Committee unanimously elected him to this appointment on 8 April 2015. He was first appointed Deputy Secretary-General on 27 January 2015 by the NTUC Central Committee after joining NTUC on 23 January 2015 to help strengthen labour leadership at NTUC and the link between the Labour Movement and the Government. He was re-elected as the NTUC Secretary-General by the NTUC National Delegates’ Conference on 29 October 2015.
In 2011, Mr Chan left the Singapore Armed Forces to run in the 2011 General Election and was elected Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC). During his military career with the Singapore Armed Forces (1987 to 2011), he held various appointments, including the Chief of Army (2010 to 2011), Chief of Staff of Joint Staff (2009 to 2010) and Chief Infantry Officer (2007 to 2009).
Mr Chan also served on various statutory boards and government-linked companies, including Singapore Totalisator Board (2011), ST Kinetics Limited (2010 to 2011), Civil Service College (2010 to 2011), Defence Science & Technology Agency (2009 to 2010), Defence Science Organisation (2009 to 2010) and International Enterprise Singapore (2006 to 2009).
Anthony Tan is the Group CEO, and Co-Founder of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading mobile technology company focused on bringing transport freedom and financial inclusion to the region. Under his leadership, the company has expanded into more than 500 cities and towns in seven countries across Southeast Asia.
Grab's core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety, and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay.
By focusing on a hyperlocal business strategy and building strategic partnerships, Anthony and his team successfully transformed Grab from a taxi booking app to the market leading ride-hailing app that offers the most diversified portfolio of transport services in Southeast Asia.
Anthony’s roots in the automotive industry run deep – his great grandfather was a taxi driver. Before founding Grab, Anthony was the Head of Supply Chain and Marketing at Tan Chong Group, where he drove logistics and created brand affinity for the automotive brands under the group.
Anthony graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Chicago and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Honors from Harvard Business School.
Anthony has a hands-on leadership style and travels obsessively within Southeast Asia to inspire and fight with his team on the ground.
Jeongdo Hong is the President and CEO of JoongAng Media Network (JMnet), the largest media group in South Korea with 23 subsidiary companies and 24 brands including newspapers, TV channels, magazines, a multiplex cinema chain, and leisure resorts. Mr. Hong is also the President and CEO of JTBC, the fastest growing general programming channel in Korea since he founded it in December 2011. He is concurrently the President and CEO of the JoongAng Ilbo, a major national newspaper in Korea.
Since Mr. Hong joined the JoongAng media group in 2005 as a member of the Strategic Planning Office, he has developed overall corporate strategies for the group. He played a crucial role in one of JMnet’s most important projects, which also marked a key chapter in Korea’s recent media history. It was the regaining of broadcasting rights for TBC (Tongyang Broadcasting Company), Korea’s most popular channel in the 1960s and 70s, which was confiscated from the JoongAng media group by a military government in 1980. After years of work and preparation, the nationwide TV channel JTBC was finally launched in December 2011.
JTBC has been growing rapidly since its launch. The channel, which offers news, documentaries, dramas and a variety of entertainment programs, has been named in a viewer survey as the most balanced and informative channel for two consecutive years. It is setting new standards for dramas and entertainment programs. Popular JTBC programs such as “Non-Summit” and “Please Take Care of My Refrigerator” are broadcast around the world through the sale of broadcast rights to overseas networks.
Mr. Hong has also led a sub-branding strategy to strengthen JTBC’s brand, creating synergies as a result. In addition to JTBC, the flagship general programming channel, there is also JTBC2, the entertainment channel formerly known as QTV, and JTBC3 Fox Sports, a partnership with Fox International Channels Asia. J Golf was relaunched as JTBC Golf in 2015.
Another highlight of Mr. Hong’s work was in 2009, when he led the JoongAng Ilbo’s ambitious project to switch the paper’s printing format to Berliner, the first such innovative change in all of Asia. In 2011, Mr. Hong headed the successful merger and acquisition of two major movie theater franchises, Megabox and Cinus. The M&A strengthened JMnet’s position in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Hong is a member of the WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) Asia Pacific Committee. He was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2010. Mr. Hong studied history at Yonsei University in Seoul before earning his BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and his MBA from Stanford University.
Dato’ Sri Robin Tan was appointed to the Board of Berjaya Corporation Berhad (“BCorporation”) as an Executive Director on 21 December 2006. He was later appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of BCorporation on 1 January 2011 and subsequently as the Chairman/CEO of BCorporation on 23 February 2012.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Accounting/Law from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, in 1995. He joined Berjaya Group Berhad in 1995 as an Executive and subsequently became the General Manager, Corporate Affairs in 1997.
Currently, he is the CEO of Berjaya Sports Toto Berhad, an Executive Director of Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn Bhd and the Executive Chairman of Berjaya Food Berhad. He is also the Chairman of Berjaya Media Berhad, Sun Media Corporation Sdn Bhd and Informatics Education Ltd, Singapore and a Director of Atlan Holdings Bhd, KDE Recreational Berhad and Berjaya Golf Resort Berhad. He also holds directorships in several other private limited companies in the Berjaya Corporation group of companies.
Dr Beh was appointed Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 1 December 2014. He also chairs the Boards of Directors of EDB Investments and EDBI.
Dr Beh was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Law from 1 July 2012 to 30 November 2014.
Prior to the Ministry of Law, he had been Managing Director of EDB from 1 August 2008 to 30 June 2012. He joined EDB in November 1992 and held various portfolios over the years including leadership roles in the development of Singapore’s Biomedical Sciences industry cluster, as well as overseas assignments in EDB’s North American operations.
In 2006 and 2007, Dr Beh also held concurrent appointments as the Executive Director of the Biomedical Research Council at the Agency for Science, Technology & Research, as well as the Director of the Ministry of Trade & Industry’s Energy Planning Division.
Dr Beh is a medical doctor by training and graduated from the National University of Singapore. He is also a Sloan Fellow with a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School.
He is a Board Director for Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd and chairs the Board of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited. He is also a Board Director for Ascendas-Singbridge Pte Ltd, LucasFilm Animation Pte Ltd, Human Capital Leadership Institute, Singapore Innovate Pte Ltd and Temasek Foundation Connects. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of St Gallen, and also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation.
Rose is a Non-Executive Director and shareholder at the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group. Damen is the leading builder of workboats and fast craft worldwide. It is a group of 50 companies in 28 countries, and with 9,000 employees. Damen delivers over 200 ships annually. This year Damen celebrates 90 years since the Damen brothers founded their first shipyard in the Netherlands. Damen has since developed a diverse portfolio of vessels including advanced naval ships, high-speed craft for coast guards and complex offshore construction vessels.
Rose Damen also heads Damen’s yachting division – which includes Amels, Damen Yacht Support and SeaXplorer. Damen owns the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands and under the brand name “Amels” is world-renowned for the very highest quality superyachts above 50 metres in length. The yard has delivered more than 60 Amels superyachts, including its Limited Editions range up to 83 metres in length, and also operates a busy Refit division. Overall, the yachting division accounts on average for 10% of Damen’s revenues and will deliver nine yachts and yacht support vessels in 2017 with an order book in excess of EUR 400m.
Over the past three decades, Damen has built up a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region including shipyards in Singapore, Vietnam, China and service networks in Australia. Damen also cooperates closely with its partners in other countries in the region to offer local construction.
Before joining Damen Shipyards full-time in 2014, Rose earned an MBA from INSEAD, with a focus on entrepreneurial management. This followed five years’ experience in fund management at Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI), a London-based institutional investor. Before joining IVI, Rose worked for a non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka, and completed an internship at ABN AMRO Jakarta. Besides living and working in Asia, Rose also has Asian family roots.
Rose holds a degree from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and has also passed all three CFA exams. She is a founding trustee of the Dutch Masters Foundation and a member of the development board of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Rose enjoys outdoor sports and has sailed around the world.
Kishin RK is the Founder and CEO of RB Capital Group, a privately held real estate conglomerate headquartered in Singapore. The Group is focused on the acquisition and development of office, retail, hospitality and healthcare properties across the Asia-Pacific region.
RB Capital Hotels was launched in 2010 and is today one of Singapore’s largest hotel owners with over 1,000 keys under ownership including Southeast Asia’s largest Holiday Inn Express and Park Hotel Farrer Park.
In 2013, RB Capital launched RB Capital Healthcare, focusing on providing innovative and strategic real estate solutions to the healthcare industry. The Group recently completed the development of Farrer Square Medical Suites, part of Farrer Square, a mixed-use project above Farrer Park train station.
In 2013, RB Capital Group acquired the Gallery Hotel and the adjacent Quayside retail podium at Robertson Quay, alongside the Singapore River. The regeneration project when completed in mid-2017 will comprise a luxury Intercontinental Robertson Quay Hotel and over 30 restaurants along the historic waterfront district.
RB Capital’s commercial real estate investments in Singapore include RB Capital Building, EFG Bank Building and Cuppage Terrace. In Kuala Lumpur, RB Capital owns the HSBC Building in Bukit Bintang.
Kishin is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and sits on the Board of Singapore River One, a private sector-led partnership charged with rejuvenating Singapore’s waterfront.
Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s BYOC Smart Products business, takes a pivotal role in the Company’s significant change in approach to the ICT industry and the Internet of Things under its BYOC vision. By leveraging Acer’s BeingWare concept, the BYOC Smart Products business is combining hardware, software and services with business models for vertical markets to deliver human-centric IoT solutions with intelligence and computing capabilities.
Shih joined Acer in 2011 as special assistant to the president of the Cloud Technology Business Group to oversee personal cloud services. A year later the business group launched its first private cloud service, and in 2013 announced the support across multiple devices and platforms on Windows, Android and iOS operating systems. The Cloud Technology Business Group was renamed as the BYOC Business Group in February 2014, and Shih was promoted as the group president. The group was renamed as the BYOC Smart Products business in 2016.
Prior to joining Acer, Shih worked at ALi Microelectronics Corp. in the U.S. In 2004 he started his own company, MAVs Lab Inc., specializing in IC design and multimedia research and development. He later joined EgisTec as vice chairman focusing on fingerprint sensor and security software.
Born in 1973, Shih holds a B.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics at Taiwan’s Fu Jen Catholic University, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Divesh Makan is a Founding Partner of ICONIQ Capital with over fifteen years of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to his current role, he was at Morgan Stanley for about 4 years where he co-led a group serving as a multi-family office, investing capital for a small number of families around the world. Prior to this, he spent about 8 years at Goldman Sachs as a Vice President. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Divesh was a senior manager at Accenture in the Financial Services area, specializing in the private equity area. Divesh serves on the Board of Overseers at UCSF. He received an M.B.A from the Wharton School and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Natal, South Africa. Divesh lives in San Francisco, with his wife and three daughters.
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made Harvard MBA entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Bloomberg TV High Flyers, CNBC Entrepreneur Asia, Channel NewsAsia, Harvard Business School, Sports Illustrated, and other major media. He is currently the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia's largest sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1 billion potential viewers across 118 countries around the world.
Schwin is the Founder and Managing Director of 2W Group, a family office based in Bangkok. Additionally, he serves as Executive Director to Aura Group, a boutique corporate advisory and asset management group, as well as having advisory and directorship roles with numerous portfolio companies. Schwin has experience in equity research, capital markets, venture capital, and private equity. His investment interests span across technology, financial services, and manufacturing.
2W Group was founded to consolidate Schwin’s family investment portfolio and manage diverse business opportunities with independent professional management. The primary focus lies with Asian-orientated assets that have synergistic relationships with the existing portfolio and network, with increasing interests in venture capital, private equity, distressed assets, and high yield debt opportunities. Leveraging investment and management experience, and a vast network, 2W aims to collaboratively invest, partner, and operate disruptive businesses in various industries across the Asia Pacific. In addition to principal investments, 2W has developed a partnerships division and an invitation only multi-family investment platform to facilitate collaboration at scale.
Schwin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has completed an emphases in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Ananya Birla is an Alumnus of the University of Oxford with BA in Economics and Management.
She spent her early work days interning at HSBC in investment banking, London, UK; Lowe Lintas, London, UK; The Times Newspaper, London, UK; Abercrombie and Fitch, London, UK; and Oxfam, Oxford, UK.
Ananya started her career at the age of 17 as the Founder, Chairperson and Director at Svatantra Microfinance Pvt. Ltd.
The aim of Svatantra Microfinance Pvt. Ltd. is to make rural entrepreneurs, predominantly women clients, economically self sustainable through affordable, innovative financial and non-financial solutions - micro credit being the main focus
-The first microfinance institution to receive the Non-Banking Financial Company – Microfinance Institution (NBFC-MFI) license from the Reserve Bank of India
-The only MFI that follows a 100% cash-less disbursement through bank transfers, assist clients in opening bank accounts and train them on how to best utilize them
-The Gross portfolio of the company is 2,50,76,69,981 with a total of 66 Branches – Pan India and a total number of clients 3,08,000 (as of date)
She is the Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson at Mpower Minds;
- A Cause for the mind, from the heart
To empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders by raising awareness, alleviating stigma, advocating prevention, fostering education, and providing world class holistic services, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives, with respect and dignity
Ananya is all set to embark on a new journey as the Founder, Chairperson and Director at Curocarte
Curocarte is a brand that is based on an E-commerce model. A premium lifestyle brand which aims to make authentic/unique/rare handcrafted products accessible in its most alluring form
Accolades that belong to Ananya:
- Assocham's (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) – Youngest Co-Chair in the history (Microfinance Industry India) Award
- Forbes Asia’s Women to Watch 2016
- Corporate Debutante Award - Hello Magazine, India - 'Hall of Fame’
- Verve Issue - India Power Women - Top 5 Power Inheritors List
- Miss Vogue's list of '28 geniuses under 28’
- Swaach Bharat Spirituality at Work Award 2015
- Leading Woman in Microfinance - 6th Annual Women Leaders in India, Awards
- CNBC Young Business Woman- 1st on the public poll voting
- IIT’s largest Entrepreneurship Summit in India
- United Nations 'Young Change Makers Conclave' theme 'Make in India'
- Times of India
- Economic Times Cover Page
- Hindustan Times
- CNBC- TV18
- ET Panache Cover
- Business Standard Cover Page
- Gold Award Start Up, Svatantra Microfin 2014 - Skoch Financial Inclusion and Deepening Award
- Fastest growing Indian Company Excellence Award, Svatantra Microfin 2015 - International Achievers Conference
- Spirituality @ Work: Sach Bharat Samman, Svatantra Microfin - ASSOCHAM Sach Bharat Confluence 2015
- Corporate Debutant 2016 - Hello! Hall of Fame Awards
- Future Super Icon 2016 - Society Magazine
- Trendsetter Young Business Person 2016 - ET Panache Trendsetter Awards
- Young Business Women 2016 – CNBCTV
- HT Most Stylish Entrepreneur 2017 – Hindustan Times
- Asia Spa Youth Icon 2017 – Asia Spa Magazine
- Leading woman in Microfinance – ii Global 2015
Mr Lim Keong Hui was appointed as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 15 June 2012 and was redesignated as a Non-Independent Executive Director, following his appointment as the Senior Vice President (“SVP”) - Business Development of the Company on 1 March 2013. Subsequently, he was redesignated as the Executive Director – Chairman’s Office on 1 June 2013 and assumed additional role as the Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) of the Company on 1 January 2015.
Mr Lim holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Computer Science from the Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom and a Master’s Degree in International Marketing Management from Regent’s Business School London, United Kingdom.
Mr Lim is a son of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who is the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Company. He was a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Genting Malaysia and Genting Plantations until he was redesignated as a Non-Independent Executive Director, following his appointment as the CIO of Genting Malaysia and Genting Plantations on 1 January 2015. He is also a director of Genting UK Plc and a member of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Lim Goh Tong.
Prior to his appointment as the SVP–Business Development of the Company, he was the SVP – Business Development of Genting Hong Kong until he was redesignated as the Executive Director – Chairman’s Office of Genting Hong Kong following his appointment as an Executive Director of Genting Hong Kong on 7 June 2013. He is currently the Executive Director – Chairman’s Office and CIO of Genting Hong Kong after taking up additional role of CIO of Genting Hong Kong on 1 December 2014. Prior to joining Genting Hong Kong in 2009, he had embarked on an investment banking career with The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. He has deemed interest in the shares of Genting Hong Kong, which is principally engaged in the business of cruise and cruise-related operations and leisure, entertainment and hospitality activities.
In the context of the above businesses of Genting Hong Kong, Mr Lim is therefore considered as having interests in business apart from the Group’s business, which may compete indirectly with the Group’s business.
A young entrepreneur and holds a Bachelor of Art Degree from the University of Hong Kong. She is the Project Manager of the upcoming hotels that are to be built in Macau – the Palazzo Versace and Karl Lagerfeld Hotel, while managing and operating two boutique hotels of the family business in Hong Kong and Macau. She is the Founder and the Managing Director of Chiu Yeng Culture, the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Poly Auction Macau Limited, and a member of the Committee of Cultural Industries of Government of Macao Special Administrative Region. She is also the Co-Vice Chairlady of Bellissima Italia and the Honorary Ambassador Korean Culture of Hong Kong and Macau of Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong. She actively organises various types of arts and cultural activities as to promote the development of Asian arts and culture, at the same time develop young artists from different sectors.
She is prominent in voluntary and charity work. She is involved in both local and international charity organisations such as American Foundation for Aids Research and The United Nations Children's Fund. She is Co-Chairlady of Academy Ball Organising Committee of The Society of the Academy for Performing Arts 2017, and she has donated paintings worth HKD 1.5 Million into the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. She has organised a charity auction and it has auctioned USD 0.48 Million to support the charitable donation of amfAR Hong Kong in 2016.
Other than charity work, she is also participating in social affairs and youth activities. She is a member of the Shenzhen CPPCC Committee, Youth Committee of Jiangxi, Youth Committee of Chongqing and Youth Committee of Shenzhen, also an active member of the Hong Kong CPPCC Youth Association, Hong Kong United Youth Association, the Y. Elites Association Limited, and the Centum Charitas Foundation.
She believes that culture transcends generations and national borders and brings inspiration and hope. She is keen to promoting the integration of arts into daily life and look forward to further collaborations to contribute to the broader community to strengthen the foundation of urban culture, and promote arts and cultural development. She has a great influence in the Chinese art market and has been crowned as the 17th of the 2015 Top 100 Most Influential People of Chinese Art Market in the world, she has also been awarded the “Young Power” Leader from Shangliu Tatler. In April 2016, she has been invited to be one of the featured speakers at the 19th Annual Harvard China Forum and at the same month, she was named as one of the “Women to Watch” on the 2016 Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen List.
Mr. Ho Ren Hua is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Thai Wah Public Company Ltd, responsible for developing the company’s long term vision to be a leading starch and consumer foods company in Southeast Asia. Since its founding in 1947, Thai Wah has been an industry pioneer in the starch and vermicelli industry now expanding its footprint to Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and China. In 2017 the company was nominated by investors for the Institutional Investors All-Asia Executive Team Poll, as well as the Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards. From 2010 – 2015, Mr. Ho was the Executive Director and Country Head China for Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, playing an instrumental role in growing Banyan Tree’s regional headquarters in Shanghai and establishing the brand as the leading luxury hospitality brand in China. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ho worked with the global consultancy Bain & Company Inc. in their New York, Hong Kong and China offices, harnessing his experience in private equity, organizational structure and strategy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Laguna Hotels and Resorts and has actively spoken and participated at the World Economic Forum 2014 and East Asia Forum 2015 in Jakarta.
Mr. Ho has a BSC in Economics (Honors) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the AMP program from CEIBS, China’s leading business school.
He is married with a young son and currently lives in Bangkok with his wife, Teh Su Ching.
A well-established female entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, Jennifer W. F. Liu is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Coffee Academϊcs, a local-to-global coffee retail group that was founded in 2012. The company currently operates in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and is expanding to other cities in the Asia Pacific region.
Jennifer and her company are best known for their pioneering insights in the pursuance of specialty coffee and lifestyle coffeehouse experiences. As a true entrepreneur, Jennifer’s creative spirit has led to a branding creation that is homegrown, organic, and of charismatic influence. Jennifer was one of the first in Hong Kong to introduce certificated coffee educations for recreational purpose. The products and experiences are meticulously curated and managed by Jennifer and her team. The Coffee Academϊcs has become a successful creation that won the hearts of many steadfast fanatics and followers. The brand has been a constant recipient of many important International awards and accolades in the professional coffee industry. Members of the team are regular award-winners in many significant international barista, roasting and latte art championships.
Proudly launched in 2017, The Coffee Academϊcs' corporate pledge of 12% in bespoke blending services to 8 third-world charitable plantations is a global initiative; winning incredible praises and supports for its innovation and cultural values, genuinely demonstrating 21st century business leadership with good cause.
On a more personal level, Jennifer W.F. Liu Charitable Foundation (registered NGO since 2013) is Jennifer’s philanthropic arm, dedicated in supporting the under-privileged women and children in Hong Kong. Weekend Upcycling Workshop is one of the major platforms which Jennifer has created to help young professionals and families who are in need for a change; the workshop aims to diminish the social gap through a series of 9 annual innovative workshops to encourage a sustainable aid and lifestyle.
Over the years, Jennifer has received numerous notable accolades for her countless achievements. She was selected by the South China Morning Post as one of the "25 Women of our Time” in 2012; CEO Magazine’s “Best Hospitality Group in Hong Kong” in 2013; City Magazine’s “18 Notable Women in Social Business 2014”; Capital Magazine’s “CEO of the Year” in 2014; Piaget Award for “Excellence of Entrepreneurship” in 2015; “Most Outstanding Women of Hong Kong” by the Women Development Association of Hong Kong in 2016; Gafencu Magazine’s “Hospitality Most Excellent Award” in 2016; and Jessica Magazine’s “Most Successful Women 2017”. Her interviews and coverage could be found extensively in publications and media such as CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, TEDx, GoogleEYE, American Chamber of Commerce, Asia Society, InvestHK, StartmeupHK, World Social Summit, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and so on. Yet, she remained humbly as a curious adventurer and enthusiast in the worlds of coffee, technology, hospitality, humanity, designs, culture and arts.
As an ever-evolving game changer, Jennifer’s continuing aspirations to innovate and impact the world through arts and sciences were rooted in her educational background of architecture from Cornell University, New York. After all, it was her family's history in banking, finance and properties (Forbes listed – Gale Well Group Limited, of which she holds the title of Vice Chairman) that influences and nurtures her talent in entrepreneurship. Interestingly, Jennifer’s first startup was a property-tech company invested by PCCW Ventures and NASDAQ's homeseekers.com when she was 25; her entrepreneurial spirit was then ignited and that was how the rest has begun.
Mr. Eric FOK Kai-Shan, the Vice-President of Fok Ying Tung Group, oversees the development of the Group’s business in China. Prior to joining the family business, he worked as an investment banker on corporate finance and M&A transactions at various financial institutions in both New York and Hong Kong. He holds a BSc degree in Business Management from King’s College London, University of London, England. Mr. Fok participates actively in community services & activities and holds various key positions on Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and overseas.
On the Mainland, he is a Member of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the Honorary President of Guangdong Yacht Tourism Association, Vice President of Guangzhou General Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Guangzhou Youth Federation and Vice President of Guangzhou Young Entrepreneurs Association.
In Hong Kong, he is the Vice Chairman of the China Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Young Executives’ Committee of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Executive Vice-Chairman and Head of Youth Committee of Hong Kong Guangdong Chamber of Foreign Investors, a Member of the Hong Kong University Science & Technology Business Advisory Council, Executive Chairman of Hong Kong Guangdong Youth Association, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong United Youth Association, the President of Hong Kong Miniature Football Association and Director of the Hong Kong Football Association.
Internationally, Mr. Fok is a Member of Olympic Council of Asia Culture Committee and a Member of Asian Football Confederation Futsal & Beach Soccer Committee.
Mr. Fok also actively participates in charitable work through the Fok Ying Tung Foundation and he was made an honorary citizen of Guangzhou, China in 2015.
Shruti Shibulal is Director – Strategy & Development of The Tamara. She is one of India’s next generation entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry. Her vision for The Tamara and the hospitality industry reflects in the Company’s motto, Sustainable Good Life. She makes constant efforts to create sustainability and energy efficiency. She would like to make The Tamara synonymous with responsible tourism and works actively towards promoting the same among all stakeholders. Her ultimate goal is to set an example to the hospitality industry by showing that sustainability can be a priority without sacrificing on financial returns.
She is an active member of the Global Philanthropy Circle and recently participated in the Indian Philanthropy Initiative. She is on the boards of the Advaith Foundation and the SD Foundation, organizations involved in providing educational opportunities and healthcare assistance to underprivileged sections of society. She serves on the board of the Women’s Education Project, a small non-profit providing mentorship and scholarships to young women in need of support. Most recently, Shruti joined the Board of ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment). Through this role, she hopes to bridge academic research in environmental studies with practical business application.
In 2017, Shruti Shibulal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is among 5 YGL’s from India. She served on the Haverford College Board of Managers from 2011 to 2014.
Shruti has an MBA from Columbia Business School. She has also completed a BS, Chemistry from Haverford College.
Goh Miah Kiat is the Chief Executive Officer of Karex Berhad (Karex or the Group), the World’s Largest Condom Maker. He has been overseeing the expansion of the Karex’s manufacturing capacity and foray into the branded segment of the condom industry since the Group’s listing on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 2013.
Karex’s expansion has been supplemented by an emphasis on innovation, which can be observed through its new product developments and unorthodox marketing strategies that have allowed it to venture into broader markets and undertake a series of bold brand acquisitions. As a result, Karex presently exports to over 130 countries worldwide and its rapidly growing own brand segment is enabling the Group to move up the value chain and closer to its end users.
As a representative of Malaysia on the TC 157 (technical committee for the standardisation of non-systemic contraceptives and STI barrier prophylactics) since year 2000, Goh Miah Kiat has played an integral role in the development of global condom standards and regulations. These regulations coupled with Karex’s low cost approach to condom manufacturing have made condoms more accessible and safer for millions of people around the world.
Goh Miah Kiat graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management from the University of Sydney in 1999. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, member of the Marketing Committee and member of the Scholarship Committee in the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotional Council. Most recently, Goh Miah Kiat was also named winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Malaysia award.
Sid Wahi is the Managing Director of CMA Investment Holdings, a family investment holding company that is the Founding shareholder of the ABN Group; including CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa, ABN Productions, ABN Training Institute and ABN Pictures. CMA Investment Holdings is also the founding shareholder of Murdoch University Dubai, Trans National Education Africa, Tech One Global and Ananya Farms.
Sid joined the family business in May 2010 to set up the Forbes franchise for Africa. He was involved with the planning, set-up and implementation of the magazine and serves as CEO & Executive Director of ABN Publishing.
In Jan 2012, Sid was appointed the CEO of CNBCAfrica.com, the online business of the ABN Group and has been tasked with the planning and roll out all the Group Companies into the online space across the African continent. In addition to overseeing daily ops, Sid is also the software architect behind the CNBCAfrica.com platform.
Sid also serves as a Director at CNBC Africa. He serves on the Board of ABN Publishing, ABN Pictures, ABN Training Institute, ABN Nigeria and ABN Kenya.
Sid has spoken at numerous conferences and events, on subjects ranging from changes in media consumption habits to doing business in Africa. Some of these include, the African Media Leaders Forum, Content Management Forum East Africa, Africa Business Conference at the Lagos Business School, Africa Business Summit at the London Business School and Brightcove Play.
In March 2013, Sid was part of an expedition that successfully summited Mt Kilimanjaro.
In July 2014, Sid was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 Young South Africans.
Sid completed his schooling at the Doon School in India and earned his Bachelor (Hons) of Business Administration majoring in Finance from the Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada.
Before setting up RHL Ventures as a partner in February 2016, Rachel was vice president at a leading investment management firm. Rachel helped managed USD$4bn of global long-only and absolute return equity strategies, focused on the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this, Rachel worked as an investment analyst with Dutch investment manager, NN Investment Management, which manages USD$225bn globally. In her tenure with NN, Rachel worked in the Asian Equities team in Hong Kong, Emerging Market Debt team in Atlanta and Multi Assets Strategies in New York. She conducted fundamental analysis on global companies in Asia, Latin America and USA, across different capital structures, be it equity, debt or derivatives. Rachel has deployed billions of dollars of long term capital to meet outsized returns for institutional investors.
Rachel graduated from Australian National University with a Bachelor of Commerce (double major in Accounting and Finance) and received a Master of Law (major in Business Law) from the University of Sydney. In addition, Rachel represented Malaysia in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics in various tournaments and the British Council as a delegate in the Young Global Citizen Summit to solve issues on global poverty and human rights.
Rachel serves on the Leadership Team of the Hong Kong chapter of Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads), a 34,000-member global network of professional women; and sits on the Program Committee of EMpower, a not-for-profit organization that supports at risks youths in developing countries.
Rachel sets herself apart by thinking creatively. She believes in hard work and conducting detail due diligence on a company before investing.
In the process of translating grand transformational themes into an investment portfolio, Rachel seeks to understand the underlying drivers of the business and stress tests a range of outcomes before making an investment decision. She believes that in forming an opinion, it is most important to understand the unknowns and risks that comes with each investment. She believes that returns are not only generated by identifying companies with good growth, but also by avoiding pitfalls. That is really more an art than a science, the key is to capitalise on local contacts and rigorous due diligence.
Rachel likes investing in simple, predictable, free cash flow generative, resilient and sustainable businesses. These businesses should ideally have strong growth opportunities and scarcity value. Where possible, she looks to invest in high-quality businesses at a price that is not reflective of the intrinsic value of the business as it is.
Tim Ferguson is Editor of Forbes Asia, the English-language publication of Forbes magazine in the Asia/Pacific region, and posts on international topics at Forbes.com. He is based in the company's New Jersey headquarters.
Mr. Ferguson joined Forbes as its West Coast Bureau Manager in 1995. He served as Assistant Managing Editor from 1998 to 2001, when he became global editor. Prior to joining Forbes, he spent 12 years at The Wall Street Journal as Editorial Features Editor, Business World Columnist and Member of the Editorial Board.
Mr. Ferguson also sits on the board of the Overseas Press Club Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC. He has twice been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and holds a BA in Economics from Stanford.
Tim Ferguson’s blog address: http://blogs.forbes.com/timferguson