Mark is President and CEO, Singapore Myanmar Investco Ltd, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange focused on investing and in managing businesses in Myanmar. He has held this position since 2015 and is responsible for the Group’s corporate plans, policies and business development as well as the general management of the Group's operations. Mark also serves as Chairman of the Board, Ce La Vi; Advisor and Consultant, Access Myanmar Distribution Co Ltd, Myanmar; Non-Executive Director of the Scotch Malt Whisky (Holdings) Limited; and Advisor and Director of the Board, Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts Holding.
From 1995 to 2014 Mark was Regional Managing Director, Moet Hennessy Asia Pacific. He joined Moet Hennessy following 8 years as President of Jardine Wines and Spirits (Now known as Moet Hennesy Diageo Japan). Mark began his career in 1977 as a member of the "cadre" of Jardine Matheson. Mark graduated with a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Forest Sciences from the School of Biological Sciences of Oxford University.
Isabelle and Antoine Decitre
Antoine is the Co-Founder and Director of Velcan (ALVEL FP), a listed investment holding company, operating as an independent power producer in emerging countries and managing a global portfolio of financial assets. Antoine led the IPO in 2005 and the subsequent fund raising totalling Eur 150 million between 2005 and 2007.
Antoine started his career at Price Waterhouse in 1993. Prior to founding Velcan, he cofounded one of the first technology incubators in Paris and was the co-founder or first investor in 23 IT startups between 1999 and 2002. These were successfully sold to the likes of IBM Corp and Cisco.
Isabelle is the Founder and CEO of ID Capital, a venture capital investment & advisory company headquartered in Singapore. The company focuses on supporting startups which are bringing sustainable technology solutions to address the challenge of the food value chain, like the latent of shortage of sustainable proteins, water- and input-saving technologies for agriculture, or crop biocontrol. Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board since its inception, the Future Food Asia platform operated by ID Capital has rapidly gained traction across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to moving to Asia in 2012 Isabelle has worked for 20 years in the luxury industry (for Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dunhill, Boucheron), in various executive positions and lastly as the CMO for Hennessy (LVMH Group).
Antoine and Isabelle are both trained engineers and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1993. Isabelle holds a degree in Chinese language and civilization.
They live with their three children in Singapore.
Madalina and Olivier Legrand
Madalina Legrand is a Senior Category Manager at RedMart, the grocery channel of Lazada and Singapore's leading online supermarket. Lazada is the flagship e-commerce platform in South East Asia of the Alibaba Group and its mission is accelerating progress through Commerce and Technology.
Madalina specializes in e-commerce buying, merchandising and category management. Prior to joining Lazada, she worked at Zalora Group, the largest fashion e-commerce platform in Asia & See Chic, a start-up based in Singapore, committed to giving consumers in South East Asia access to an unmatched selection of contact lenses, optical glasses & sunglasses.
Before relocating to Singapore in 2012, she traveled & worked as an international model for over 10 years across Europe and Asia.
Madalina comes from Romania and has volunteered and raised funds for organizations such as Because We Care, Ana si Copiii, Save the Children Romania and Children International. She is an avid reader and hopes to pass her love of books to their 3 children and others too.
Olivier Legrand is the Managing Director and Vice President for LinkedIn in the Asia Pacific and China region since January 1, 2016, and continues to lead the company’s Marketing Solutions business. He currently leads more than 2,500 talented professionals across 12 offices in the region to realise LinkedIn’s vision of “creating economic opportunities for every member of the global workforce”.
Olivier brings with him more than a decade of leadership, marketing and business development experience in the region. Prior to joining LinkedIn in February 2012, he was General Manager, Asia at The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. While at Dow Jones, he also served as Director of Marketing in Asia for The Wall Street Journal's Asia franchise, driving marketing and advertising initiatives across both print and online platforms.
Before joining Dow Jones, he founded Creasia Marketing House, a marketing and digital production agency in Hong Kong and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2004, Olivier was based in Paris, and served as Marketing Director for Cortal Consors, an online brokerage that is part of BNP Paribas.
Currently, Olivier serves on the board for non-profit organisations, Food Bank and Room to Read in the capacity of a Non-Executive Director. Olivier was elected Chairperson for the Interactive Advertising Bureau Southeast Asia (IAB SE Asia) Singapore Chapter in February 2014 and February 2015, after serving as Vice-Chair in 2013.
Olivier has a Master’s degree from the Paris Graduate School of Management (ESG).
To view Olivier’s detailed profile, click on: sg.linkedin.com/in/olivierxlegrand
Nicholas Nash and Phalgun Raju
Nicholas A. Nash is the Managing Partner and a co-founder of Asia Partners, a leading growth equity technology investment firm in Southeast Asia. Prior to founding Asia Partners, Mr. Nash was the Group President of Sea, Greater Southeast Asia’s leading internet company, from 2014 to 2018.
Mr. Nash joined Sea after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the co-founder and head of GA’s Southeast Asia business. Three of Mr. Nash’s successful investments while with General Atlantic are now multi-billion dollar NYSE publicly traded companies. Prior to GA, Mr. Nash was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York.
Mr. Nash was a member of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group from 2017-2018. He was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2013-2018 and is currently a member of the global Kauffman Society for leadership in venture capital, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a board member for Room to Read in Singapore, and a board member of Endeavor Indonesia.
Mr. Nash holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students.
Phalgun is the Managing Partner of Morph Ventures, where she invests in early stage startups across India and Southeast Asia. She is a Kauffman Fellow and was named an Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society.
Prior to Morph Ventures, Phalgun was the Vice President and General Manager of various global businesses and Asia regions at InMobi. A leader in the mobile technology industry, Phalgun was named to Business Insider’s 2013 Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising, the only woman in Asia included in this list. Phalgun and her work have been covered and profiled numerous times in the media such as The Wall Street Journal and The Economic Times. She has received numerous industry and leadership awards. Phalgun regularly speaks on entrepreneurship, mobile and venture at events. She was on the Asia Board of the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF).
Prior to her work at InMobi, Phalgun held various senior leadership roles at Google, Nokia and McKinsey & Company.
Phalgun holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Helman and Ria Sitohang
Helman Sitohang has been the Chief Executive Officer for Credit Suisse Asia Pacific since 2014. In 2015, he was appointed to the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG. He is the first Indonesian to sit on the Executive Board of a global bank.
Under his leadership, Credit Suisse has won among the most prestigious house, country and deal awards in Asia Pacific including, most recently Best Investment Bank by Global Capital, Asia's Best Bank for Wealth Management and Asia's Best Bank for Financing in Euromoney’s Awards for Excellence, and was ranked as having Asia’s top Equity Sales and Trading house in a poll by Institutional Investor. Credit Suisse was also named House of the Year by AsiaRisk and Best Private Bank by Asian Private Banker in 2016. In 2015, Mr. Sitohang was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by FinanceAsia. In 2009, Mr. Sitohang was named as an inaugural member of Finance Asia's "Club" of the 50 most influential people in Asia's financial markets.
Mr. Sitohang joined Credit Suisse in 1998 from Bankers Trust, where he worked in the derivatives group. Upon joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Sitohang worked as part of the Indonesian coverage team and rose to become head of the team. He continued to take on additional responsibilities across Southeast Asia, until in 2009 he became the Co-Head of the Investment Banking Department (the corporate advisory business, covering M&A and Capital Markets) for Asia Pacific. In 2012 he was appointed as Head of the Investment Bank in Asia Pacific, responsible for all Credit Suisse’s Fixed Income, Equity and Investment Banking Department activities across the region.
Ria A. Sitohang is the co-founder of Ars86care Foundation, a highly acclaimed charity based in Indonesia, whose vision and mission is to promote and create high quality child friendly living spaces in order to achieve a better quality of life for children and build public awareness on the importance of child friendly living spaces. She is a highly committed and active philanthropist and has been instrumental in driving a strong culture of giving and volunteering for Indonesian causes. In 2017, Room to Read honored Helman and Ria with the Friends of Global Literacy Award, after they launched the Room to Read Accelerator program, which harnessed the skills and resources of foundations, corporations and individuals to support and kick-start a two-year project aimed at setting up school libraries and publishing children's books in Bahasa. The initiative was undertaken in cooperation with five local NGOs and two private sector publishers. As a result, 24 libraries have been established across 3 districts and 15 book titles published. The innovative Accelerator model of enhancing the skillbase of incumbent NGOs has now been rolled out by Room to Read across eight countries to date, benefiting over 1.5 million children, with more than 720,000 books have been distributed to approximately 9,600 project sites. In 2014, Ria Sitohang was named by Tatler Indonesia as one of just seven “Heroes of Philanthropy” for her work in education.
Michael and Lynne Taylor
Michael is a Managing Director for HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity firm. He joined HarbourVest in 1998 after several years with Morgan Stanley's technology investment banking division. Michael is an experienced private equity investor with a focus on partnership investing. In 2014, Michael relocated from Boston to Tokyo to complement HarbourVest's local Asia offices and act as a member of the global leadership team. Michael is the senior partner in Asia and has served on various Firm committees including, Executive, Investment (Asia), Audit and Compensation Committees. Michael served as a Lieutenant Commander with the United States Navy, as a Naval Aviator and still maintains his commercial pilot ratings. He received a BS (with distinction) from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
Lynne received her BA from Mount Holyoke college in 1989 where she focused on history and language studies. She worked in publishing at Condé Nast publications, including GQ Magazine and book publishing at Random House. Lynne was Director of Communications at a private school in New York City and with the move to Boston, she worked on strategic planning and public relations in the technology sector. Lynne spends her time consulting with several organizations which have included, Year-Up and Women Working for the Oceans, The New England Aquarium. She is passionate about her charity work and spends her time helping charities based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Working with children is very important to Lynne. Lynne and Michael have four boys of their own and live in Singapore.
Justin Teo is Group Head of Corporate Finance and Strategy at TCIL, a Hong Kong listed corporation operating in eleven countries across Asia, spanning automotive retail and distribution, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, real estate and hospitality. Justin oversees corporate strategy and business planning, mergers and acquisitions, fund raising and strategic partnerships. He is concurrently Managing Director and executive board member of TC Zero, a transportation and logistics joint venture with Japan listed Zero Co Ltd. Justin also served as a Management Committee member of the Motor Image Group. Prior to TCIL, Justin held investment and corporate finance roles at Magnetar Capital, Ardmore Park Capital and UBS in New York, Singapore and Tokyo. Justin was previously involved in microfinance and social enterprise projects in Africa and South East Asia. Justin holds a bachelor degree in economics from Cornell University.
John Wood is the Founder of Room to Read, an organization that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children.® At age 35, John left his position as Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Greater China region to found Room to Read. Seventeen years later, with over 30,000 schools and communities served, millions have been impacted by John’s decision to help a headmaster in Nepal fill his school’s library.
John’s award-winning memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World recounts how he used the business acumen gained during his career in technology to develop one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in history. Publisher’s Weekly review described the book as “an infectiously inspiring read,” Amazon selected it as a Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006, and Hudson Booksellers voted it a Top Ten Nonfiction title. Translated into 20 languages, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World was featured in hundreds of outlets including Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Agnes and Tony Zameczkowski
Tony is Vice President, Business Development for Netflix Asia Pacific. He joined in 2016 to co-lead Netflix in Asia and lead the company’s partnership strategy of expanding consumer access to the global streaming service across a rapidly-growing region. Prior to Netflix, Tony has a proven track record working in large organizations such as Google and WarnerMedia where he led teams in strategic partnerships and business development efforts. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as a Master’s degree from ESSEC Business School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AVIA (Asia Video Industry Association) and XA Network (formerly known as Xoogler Angels).
Agnes has 16-years of experience in the luxury industry, having worked for prestigious international brands. She managed the Asia Pacific Eyewear business for Safilo's luxury brands portfolio (i.e., Celine, Jimmy Choo, Givenchy, Gucci) until June 2018. Since then, she dedicates her time to supporting non-profit organizations and the education of her two daughters. Previously, she held various roles as a Marketing executive at Chaumet, Tag Heuer, and Dior. She has extensive global experience, having worked and studied in Europe (Paris), Asia (Hong Kong, Tokyo), as well as in the US (New York).
Married for 16 years, they are the proud parents of Maya and Anna.
David and Catherine Zemans
David is the managing partner of Milbank's Asia Practice, and a member of the firm's Global Executive Committee. David has been based in Singapore since 1997 and has advised clients from countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, India, China and Australia. David is a member of the Advisory Board of the Singapore Management University School of Law.
David is consistently ranked in the top tier by Chambers Asia Pacific for his expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance and Restructuring/Insolvency, receiving the “Outstanding Achievement in the Legal Profession Award” at the most recent annual Chambers AsiaPacific Awards. He is also recognized by Legal 500 and IFLR1000 for Projects & Energy/Project Finance, Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A, Capital Markets and Restructuring. David was cited in the Leading Lawyers Survey as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Project Finance, Banking, Capital Markets, Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions by Euromoney in the Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide. He is also listed as one of the World’s Leading Lawyers in IFLR’s Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide. He has also been named as “Banking & Project Finance Lawyer of the Year – Singapore” by Corporate LiveWire’s recent Innovation and Excellence awards. David is also named among the world’s leading energy lawyers by Who’s Who Legal: Energy.
Catherine Poyen Zemans practiced civil and criminal litigation from 1993–97 at McCarthy Tetrault, Toronto before moving to Singapore in 1997 when she joined the Corporate Finance practice group at Shearman and Sterling LLP. Between 1997 and 2001, Catherine represented corporations and investment banks in a variety of debt and equity offerings and asset securitizations in Indonesia, India, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. Between 2001 and 2008, Catherine worked on an adjunct basis at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore teaching in the Legal Skills Programme. During her tenure, Catherine participated in a comprehensive review and revamping of the program curriculum. Catherine has also served on the Board of the Singapore American School, and the Singapore American School Foundation.