Tharman is Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies. He is in addition Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore's central bank and financial regulator.
Tharman also leads the 'SkillsFuture' national programme, which seeks to build the skills of the future, and empower Singaporeans to learn throughout life.
He was appointed by his international peers as Chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the key policy forum of the IMF, for an extended period of four years from March 2011, and was its first Asian chair. He is also a member of the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of leading economic policy-makers, finance leaders and academics.
Tharman has spent his career in public service, in roles mainly around economic policy and education. He served as Minister for Finance for eight years (until September 2015), and was Minister for Education for five years.
Thomas Trikasih Lembong, also known as Tom, is the Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board. He was a former Minister of Trade of Indonesia from August 2015 to July 2016.
Prior his appointment in the cabinet, he has a long professional record. He was a Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, and Partner at Quvat Management Pte Ltd, a private equity fund which was established in 2006. He also served as President Commissioner at PT Graha Layar Prima Tbk (BlitzMegaplex) since 2012.
Mr Lembong was employed in Principia Management Group. He worked at Equity Division of Morgan Stanley (Singapore) Pte. Ltd from 1995 to 1996. He served as Investment Banker of Deutsche Securities Indonesia from 1999 to 2000. He served as Division Head and Senior Vice President at the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) from 2000 to 2002 and served at Farindo Investments from 2002 to 2005.
He received a Bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts) majoring in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA in 1994. He also was elected as Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2008.
George Yeo is the Chairman of Hong Kong-listed Kerry Logistics Network, as well as Vice Chairman of Kerry Group.
Mr Yeo graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in engineering in 1976 and obtained a master of business administration degree (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School in 1985. From 1988 to 2011, he served in the Singapore Government, as Minister of State for Finance, then as Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs. Prior to 1988, he also served in various capacities in the Singapore Armed Forces, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Defence Ministry, attaining the rank of Brigadier-General.
Mr Yeo became Chancellor of Nalanda University in July 2015 and also chairs the International Advisory Panel of the Nalanda University Governing Board. He is a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, Berggruen Institute on Governance, the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Harvard Business School, the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Hong Kong Economic Development Commission, the International Advisory Committee of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan, and the International Advisory Committee of Mitsubishi Corporation. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See and became a member of the newly-formed Vatican Council for the Economy in 2014. He has been an independent non-executive director of Hong Kong-listed AIA Group Limited since November 2012. On 1 November 2014, he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Wilmar International, a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Singapore.
Mr Yeo was awarded the Philippines' Order of Sikatuna, India's Padma Bhushan and Australia's Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia.
Haslinda Amin is a News Correspondent and Anchor for Bloomberg Television. Based in Singapore, she has been at the heart of events driving the transformation of Asia. Haslinda has reported on major financial and political developments such as Suharto's downfall, the bloody anti-government clashes in Thailand and elections across ASEAN, India and Pakistan.
Haslinda has interviewed world leaders in politics and industry including Lee Kuan Yew, Mahathir Mohamad, Joko Widodo, Benigno Aquino, Thaksin Shinawatra, Tony Blair, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Timothy Geithner, Paul Volcker, Jean-Claude Trichet, Stanley Fischer, John Travolta and Jenson Button.
She is also an experienced conference moderator, having chaired numerous panels at conferences like those hosted by the World Economic Forum, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, ASEAN and Asian Development Bank. She has been invited to lead discussions organised by the Milken Institute, Blackrock, UBS, Barclays, SALT and Aberdeen Asset Management among others.
As part of her responsibilities at Bloomberg TV, Haslinda hosts 'High Flyers' which has been nominated for Best Talk Show at the Asian TV Awards. Shot on location inside one of Singapore's most visible attractions, the Singapore Flyer, each episode features Asia's biggest names.
Haslinda began her career in radio covering regional politics. She joined Bloomberg Television in 2002. She graduated from the National University of Singapore, majoring in Political Science and English.
Kunal is the Co-Founder and CEO of Snapdeal.
In February 2010, Kunal along with Rohit Bansal, started Snapdeal.com, India's largest online marketplace, with the mission to create life changing experiences by connecting buyers to sellers of millions of products from thousands of national, international and regional brands. With millions of customers and 300,000 sellers, Snapdeal is the shopping destination for internet users across the country, delivering to 5000+ cities and towns in India. In its journey till now, Snapdeal has partnered with several global marquee investors such as Softbank, Alibaba, Foxconn, BlackRock, Temasek, eBay Inc., Sequoia Capital, Intel Capital, among others.
Kunal is an engineer from University of Pennsylvania, with a business degree from The Wharton School. Kunal serves on the board of ICRIER, India's leading economic thinktank. He was named The Economic Times Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, which is the most prestiguuous entrepreneurship award in India. He also featured in the 2014 Fortune Global 40 under 40 list.
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Rich Lesser has served as president and chief executive officer of The Boston Consulting Group since January 2013. Rich has also served on BCG's Executive Committee since 2006.
In his role, Rich has continued BCG's global expansion, including the opening of eight new offices since early 2013 and enhancement of new capabilities in large-scale change, big data, and digital transformation (BCG now has 85 offices in 48 countries). In January 2014, under Rich's leadership, BCG launched BCG Digital Ventures, an innovation, product development, and commercialization business that partners with clients to rapidly create and advance digital products and platforms.
Previously, Rich served as BCG's chairman for North and South America from 2009 to 2012 and as head of the New York Metro office system from 2000 to 2009. He is also a member of the BCG Henderson Institute's Innovation Sounding Board, which is dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and guiding upstream innovation at BCG.
Since joining BCG in 1988, Rich's client work has focused on innovation, strategy, and large-scale transformation in the health care and consumer sectors. This includes major successes in redirecting corporate and business unit objectives, improving R&D effectiveness, streamlining organizations, boosting productivity, and managing postmerger integration.
Rich frequently speaks on emerging markets, digital transformation, and the global economy at international executive gatherings, including the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He is a member of several leading organizations, such as the World Economic Forum's International Business Council, the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, and the Business Roundtable.
In 2013, Rich coedited the BCG book Own the Future: 50 Ways to Win from The Boston Consulting Group, in celebration of BCG's 50th anniversary.
Prior to joining BCG, Rich worked in product development at Procter & Gamble.
Nik Gowing was a main news presenter for the BBC's international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London, plus location coverage of major global stories.
For 18 years he worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998–2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005–present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy including vice chair (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998-2012). In 1994 he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center in the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a board member for the Hay Festival.
Nik has extensive reporting experience over three decades in diplomacy, defence and international security. He also has a much sought-after analytical expertise on the failures to manage information in the new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and times of tension. His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University is "Skyful of Lies and Black Swans". It predicts and identifies the new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space. It can be downloaded free online after registration. The work follows an earlier study undertaken at the Kennedy School, Harvard.
In 2016 he co-authored interim findings of the "Thinking the Unthinkable" study. It is based on sixty top level confidential interviews of corporate and public service leaders, plus hundreds more conversations including with the new generation of millennials. The study is in partnership with CIMA. It reveals candidly the factors that explain why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the "new normal" that have emerged since 2013. The findings are scary.
In 2014 Nik was appointed a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London in the School of Social Science and Public Policy. In 2016 he is a Visiting Professor at Nanyang University, Singapore. From 2014 he was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics.
He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University in 2012 and Bristol University in 2015 for both his ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.
Huang Yiping is Professor of Economics / Deputy Dean at National School of Development and Director of Institute of Internet Finance, Peking University. His research focuses mainly on macroeconomic policy and financial reform.
Currently, he serves as a member of the People's Bank of China's Monetary Policy Committee. He is also the Rio Tinto Adjunct Professor in the Chinese Economy at the Australian National University, a member of the China Finance 40 Forum and a member of the Chinese Economists 50 Forum. He is Editor of China Economic Journal and an Associate Editor of Asian Economic Policy Review.
Previously, he was a policy analyst at the Research Center for Rural Development of the State Council, research fellow and senior lecturer of economics at the Australian National University, General Mills International Visiting Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Business School, Managing Director and Chief Asia Economist for Citigroup, Chief Economist for Caixin Media Group, Managing Director and Chief Economist for Emerging Asia for Barclays, and an Independent Director of China Life Insurance Ltd, Minmetal Trust Ltd and Alibaba's online bank Mybank.
He received his Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (Agricultural Economics) from Zhejiang Agricultural University, Master of Economics from Renmin University of China and PhD in Economics from Australian National University.
Joe Kaeser is President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering. He is the thirteenth CEO in the company's more than 165-year history. Joe Kaeser has over 30 years of experience at Siemens, where he has held a variety of leading management positions in finance and strategy both in and outside Germany. Immediately prior to his appointment as CEO in August 2013, Joe Kaeser had served as Siemens' Chief Financial Officer for seven years.
Joe Kaeser began his career at Siemens in 1980 in the business field of components and semiconductors, where he also worked in Malaysia and the U.S. In 1999, he joined the Corporate Finance department. Here, he took part in preparations for Siemens' stock market listing on Wall Street in New York, and overlooked the worldwide conversion of the company's accounting system to the US GAAP standard. In 2001, Joe Kaeser was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Information and Communication Mobile Group. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Siemens' Chief Strategy Officer and guided the company's long-term strategic orientation to global megatrends.
Joe Kaeser is member of the supervisory boards of Daimler AG, Allianz Deutschland AG and NXP Semiconductors N.V.
Liew Mun Leong has spent 22 years in the public service developing Singapore's Changi Airport, military airports and establishments. He was involved with the construction of Changi Airport from the beginning in 1975. He has also served on the Executive Board of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) for which he was later elected as its President for one term.
In the private sector, he has another 24 years of experience leading 10 public listed companies investing and developing real estates in Asia, Middle East, UK and Europe. In 2000, he was the founding Group President & CEO of CapitaLand Limited, a public listed real estate company, which under his watch till 2012, has become one of the largest real estate groups in Asia.
He currently chairs Surbana Jurong Group, a large consultancy group in urban and infrastructure development, and the Changi Airport Group, responsible for the operation and development of Changi Airport. He is a Senior International Business Advisor appointed by Temasek to advise it on long term real estate investments in New York, London and Tokyo. He sits on the boards of Singapore Exchange, NUS Business School, Human Capital Leadership Institute, Chinese Development Assistance Council and the Singapore China Foundation. He also chairs Temasek Foundation Nurtures CLG Ltd.
In 2013, Mr Liew was appointed as Provost's Chair Professor (Practice) (pro bono) in National University of Singapore Business School and Faculty of Engineering.
For his exceptional contributions to Singapore, Mr Liew was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2011. In 2016, Mr Liew was conferred France's National Order of the Legion of Honour (Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur), with the rank of Knight.
Mr Liew is a registered professional civil engineer. He has written four books, titled Building People: Sunday Emails from a CEO, volumes 1–3 and Building People Volume 4: Sunday Emails from a Chairman.
Lord Mandelson is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State where he effectively deputised for the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown between 2008-10. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round. Prior to this, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in British governments under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown from 1997. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. He is Chairman of Global Counsel, a policy consultancy he founded in 2010, with offices in London, Brussels and Singapore. He became President of the Great Britain China Centre in 2015, this non-departmental public body encourages dialogue and collaboration between Britain and China. He is also President of the Policy Network think tank and Chairman of Lazard International. He has written two books, The Blair Revolution, published in 1996 which set out a policy agenda for the New Labour government in 1997 and his memoirs The Third Man published in 2010. He is Chancellor Manchester Metropolitan University, a post he took up in 2016.
The mastermind behind President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Jim Messina seized the reins on what Bloomberg Businessweek dubbed "the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken"—and succeeded, earning the President another term in the White House. With the guidance of technology's foremost leaders, Messina abandoned every step of a traditional presidential campaign and merged technology and politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented. Messina's strategies established the modern presidential campaign—Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt called it "the best-run campaign ever."
The American Association of Political Consultants later crowned him the Campaign Strategist of the Year.
In January 2013, the Obama administration announced the launch of Organizing for Action, a new advocacy organization that will promote President Obama's policies, with Jim Messina as national chair. That same year, Messina became Co-Chair of Priorities USA, the Super Pac backing Hillary Clinton's campaign for President.
In 2013, Messina also launched The Messina Group. In this role, Messina provides strategic consulting to political campaigns, advocacy organizations and businesses. In this capacity, Messina served as senior advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron's surprising 2015 electoral victory, which handed him an unforeseen majority. The Messina Group has offices in Washington, DC, New York, London and San Francisco and has advised numerous corporations, from startups like Uber to Fortune 100 corporations. The firm has been involved in winning public policy and political campaigns across the globe and advises global political leaders and NGOs on six continents.
Jim Messina served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack H. Obama from 2009 to 2011, where he was integral to the passage of the landmark health care and economic stimulus bills, in addition to serving as the campaign manager for Obama's successful 2012 re-election campaign. He previously served as Director of Personnel for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition and as national chief of staff for Obama for America in 2008.
Messina joined the Obama campaign from the office of U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where he was chief of staff. He previously held the same position for U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY).
He is a proud graduate of the University of Montana and sits on the boards of HyperLoop One, LanzaTech, Vectra Networks, and the United States Soccer Foundation. He also serves on the advisory boards of Beepi, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects Group and the Montana Land Reliance.
Mr. Hiro Mizuno has served as the executive managing director and chief investment officer of Japan's US$1.35 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) - the largest pension fund in the world - since January 2015.
Prior to joining GPIF, he was a partner of Coller Capital, a London-based private equity firm. He previously worked at Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. in Japan, Silicon Valley and New York. Mr. Mizuno is also an executive adviser to Japanese Cabinet on healthcare and medical growth strategy, a member of Japanese Government Strategic Funds Integrated advisory board, Co-chair of the Milken Institute's Global Capital Markets Advisory Council, a member of UN-PRI Asset Owner Advisory Committee.
He is also an adviser to the Kyoto University's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, a senior fellow of Tel Aviv University Graduate School of Management and a guest professor of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine.
Mr. Mizuno has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Teymoor Nabili is a journalist, broadcaster and public speaker with a 25 year track record of presenting, writing and editing news and current affairs.
He has launched and hosted high profile programmes for major global TV networks including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNBC, CNN and Channel 4, and has covered major international news events like 9/11, the Asian tsunami, the Arab Spring, the Japan earthquake and nuclear meltdown, the Thailand riots and the Iran Presidential election of 2009.
Teymoor was awarded the "Best News Presenter" at the Asian Television Awards in 2006, and shared the award for "Best News Story (Sports)" from the Royal Television Society in 2000.
Malina Ngai is currently company director and board member of A.S. Watson Group, the world's largest international health and beauty retailers in Asia and Europe, with 12,800 stores under 13 retail brands in 25 markets.
Operationally, Malina is responsible for driving the company's customer-centric approach including CRM and digital strategies. Besides, she leads the international buying function, responsible to develop strategic partnership internationally with major suppliers as well as driving global sourcing synergies. She is also in charge of technology development to improve business process efficiency and customer 360 experience. Malina is a member of the Investment Committee, and chairs various global committees including Global Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Global Buying Committees, Global Own Brand Committee, and Group Value Engineering Committee.
Malina joined A.S. Watson's parent company Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) in 2000, initially with Hutchison Port Holdings and subsequently being posted in HWL head office before joining A.S. Watson Group in 2001. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in January 2014.
Malina has an MBA from the University of Leicester UK, a Master of Finance degree from University of Dublin Ireland, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Canberra in Australia.
On the sports field, Malina represented Hong Kong in track & field from 1983 to 1988 in heptathlon. Changing her focus from the track to the lane, Malina was a member of Hong Kong's national rowing team from 1992 to 1995. Some of her rowing achievements include a bronze medal at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima, third runner-up in the 1994 Commonwealth Championships in Vancouver, and a silver medal at the 1993 Asian Championship in Seoul.
Malina is very committed in community services. She is appointed by the Hong Kong Government as Justice of the Peace in 2012. She sits on various Government's advisory committees, including Board Member of Hong Kong Sports Institute, Member of the Sports Commission, Member of the Kai Tak Development Taskforce, Member of the Release under Supervision Board for the Security Bureau and Member of Admission Committee on Quality Migrant Admission Scheme and the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professional. She is also the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Elite Athletes Association, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability, Board Member of the Hong Kong Special Olympics, and Member of the Women & Sports Committee of the Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.
A native of Yangon, Myanmar, Pun spent his formative years in China during the great Cultural Revolution and arrived in Hong Kong at the age of 21. He started out his career as a salesman at a Hong Kong-based real estate firm, where he worked for ten years. In 1983, Pun went on to found Serge Pun & Associates Limited in Hong Kong and eventually returned to the country of his birth to establish SPA Myanmar in 1991.
SPA's flagship First Myanmar Investment Co., Ltd., one of the first public companies in Myanmar, was established in 1992; and in 2006, Serge Pun led Yoma Strategic Holdings to a successful listing on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange. Today, SPA Group has grown to become one of Myanmar's leading corporations with 40 operating companies which are active in eight business sectors: banking and financial services, real estate development, automotive, agriculture and logistics, luxury travel and tourism, consumer services, aviation, and healthcare.
Pun is currently a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Transparency and Anti- Corruption, a standing member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference of Dalian, and a member of the Asia Business Council. Additionally, he served as an Honorary Business Representative of the International Enterprise Singapore for Myanmar from 2004 till 2006. Pun was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration by the Southern California University in 1999.
He is frequently invited to be a speaker in international forums on Myanmar and ASEAN. In 2014, Pun was awarded the special honor of being selected as one of the 65 outstanding Overseas Chinese Models worldwide to feature on a series of commemorative postage stamp celebrating the 65th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
Pun now resides in Yangon with his wife and four sons.
Matt Rhoades founded Definers Public Affairs in 2015 after having co-founded America Rising LLC in 2013 and serving as the Campaign Manager for Governor Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. From 2011 to 2012, he was responsible for building the infrastructure of a national campaign and directing its messaging, strategy and budget.
In 2010, Mr. Rhoades served as the Executive Director to Governor Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America Political Action Committee (PAC). Prior to leading the Free and Strong America PAC, Mr. Rhoades was a Vice President at DCI Group, a Washington, D.C., based public affairs firm. In his role at DCI Group, he managed corporate client teams assigned to provide advice on media, public relations, legislative and regulatory strategies.
Mr. Rhoades has a long history in national politics. He served as the Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director on Governor Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign. During the 2006 election cycle, he was the Republican National Committee's (RNC) Research Director/Deputy Communications Director where he was a key adviser to then RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman. In 2004, he played a critical role in President George W. Bush's winning re-election campaign, serving as the Research Director for Bush-Cheney '04, where he helped develop the campaign's opposition research, message development and rapid response operations.
Mr. Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi was appointed President and CEO of Thai Beverage Public Company Limited in January 2008. He was the Director and Executive Vice President of the Company from 2003. In 2011, he assumed the Executive Chairman of Oishi Group Public Company Limited since February 2011 where he previously served as Vice Chairman of Oishi Group of Companies from 2006. In October 2011, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Sermsuk Public Company Limited. Also, he was appointed Director of Fraser and Neave, Limited in February 2013, and as Director of Times Publishing Limited in March 2013.
Recognised for leadership in upholding the highest standards of corporate governance, in 2011 he was awarded Asian Corporate Director Recognition Award from the Corporate Governance Asia Magazine. Furthermore, in 2011 and 2012, he was conferred Asian Excellence Recognition Awards: Asia's Best CEO (Investor Relations) from the same magazine for two consecutive years. These follow the Asia's Best Company 2009, Thailand: Best CEO award by FinanceAsia in 2009.
He is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) and a Master of Science Administration in Financial Economics. He holds an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Philosophy in General Management from Ramkhamhaeng University.
Suran is the President of P&G Asia Pacific (APAC). He leads P&G's operations of over 20,000 APAC employees, serving consumers in over 12 countries, through a portfolio of leadership brands across a wide range of consumer product categories, which include Baby Care, Hair Care, Home Care, Personal Health Care, Fabric Care, Grooming, Skin & Personal Care, Family Care, Feminine Care, and Oral Care.
Starting in the Finance Department in the P&G Global Headquarters in Cincinnati, US, Suran has been with P&G for over 21 years, a third of that time as a Vice President and General Manager leading various businesses across a variety of functions, categories, and regions, including extensive experience in Asia, where he has over 6 years of leadership roles. Before being elected by the Board of P&G as President of Asia Pacific, Suran was the General Manager and Vice President of P&G's rapidly-growing Asia Unit for Home Care, Personal Power, P&G Professional, and Oral Care.
Suran serves on the Board of Directors for the US-Philippines Society and the US-ASEAN Business Council to promote mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and ASEAN and elevate the importance of the US businesses in the region.
Suran was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Africa (Tanzania and Zambia), and received his university education in the US. He is happily married to Melissa for 20 years, and is blessed with 3 boys.
Teresita Sy-Coson is the Vice Chairperson of SM Investments Corporation (SMIC), one of the Philippines' leading groups with interests in retail, banking, and property development.
With over four decades of retail experience, Ms. Sy-Coson has helped transform the group's retail business, which includes the flagship SM Department Stores under THE SM STORE, and SM Markets which consist of SM Supermarket and other retail affiliates.
She also works closely in the Group's property business via SM Prime Holdings, Inc., where she sits as an Adviser to the Board of Directors. SM Prime Holdings, Inc., is one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia with interests in malls, residences, commercial buildings, leisure and tourism development.
In banking, Ms. Sy-Coson is the Chairperson of BDO Unibank (BDO), the Philippines' leading bank to date in terms of total assets, loans, deposits, capital and trust funds under management. BDO was recently named the Best Bank in the Philippines by various international publications.
She serves as the Vice Chairperson of SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), which takes the lead in implementing a community impact template that improves the quality of life of its host communities. It makes targeted social investments in education, healthcare, livelihood and shelter to help underserved Filipinos and promotes initiatives to enhance the sustainability of the environment.
She is currently the Philippine representative to the ASEAN Business Advisory Council.
Christine Tan is the Singapore-based anchor for CNBC's longest-running feature programme "Managing Asia" interviewing prominent CEOs and leaders of top companies doing business in Asia.
Tan has more than 17 years of experience in journalism, more than half of which is with CNBC. During her career, she has covered the business and financial market impact from major news events like the Asian Economic Crisis, the Dot Com Bubble Crash, 9-11 attacks in the U.S. and SARS Outbreak.
She received the Silver World Medal for Best Anchor at the 2009 New York Festivals Television Programming and Promotion Awards and also won the Best Current Affairs Presenter award at the 2008 Asian Television Awards.
Previously, Tan received the Best News Program award at the 2004 Asian Television Awards on behalf of The Asian Wall Street Journal. The same program also won a finalist award at the 2004 New York Festivals for Coverage of a Breaking News Story. She was a finalist for Best News Anchor in 2001 and 2002 at the New York Festivals Awards and also a Best Current Affairs Presenter finalist at the 1997 and 2006 Asian Television Awards.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and English and a Masters of Arts with Honors in Sociology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
On 13th September 1988, Mr. Truong Gia Binh, together with other twelve Vietnamese scientists, overcame obstacles to establish FPT Food Processing Technology Company, precursor of FPT Corporation.
Under his guidance, FPT has become the leading ICT Company in Vietnam, which is making the best effort to become a global one.
Since 2001, he has been also working as the Chairman of Vietnam Software Association. He has been the Dean of Business Administration Department of Hanoi School of Business (HSB), Hanoi National University from 1995 to 2013 and the Chairman of Vietnam Young Enterprises Organization from 1998 to 2005.
In March 2002, after the equitization of FPT, Mr. Truong Gia Binh became the Chairman cum Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FPT Corporation.
In April 2009, the position of FPT's CEO was transferred to Mr. Nguyen Thanh Nam. Mr. Truong Gia Binh, as the Chairman of FPT, shall concentrate on the strategic development and the organization of senior human resources of the Corporation.
Mr. Binh graduated from Mechanical Mathematics Department of Moscow National General University named Lomonosov of the former Soviet Union, which is now Russian Federation in 1979. He successfully obtained his PhD. in 1982 in this university and was honored as an Associate Professor by the State of Vietnam in 1991.
Mr. Mark Tucker is responsible for continuing to grow AIA's unparalleled platform across 18 markets in the Asia Pacific region. With a market capitalisation of over US$80 billion, AIA is today the second largest life insurance company in the world and the world's largest independent, listed pan-Asia life insurance group.
Following his appointment in July 2010, Mark spearheaded the successful and record breaking initial public offering (IPO) for the AIA Group on 29th October 2010: the largest IPO in Hong Kong's history, the third largest IPO ever in the world and the largest IPO ever in the insurance sector. AIA is today the largest Hong Kong incorporated and headquartered company on the Hang Seng Index.
Prior to joining AIA, Mark was Group Chief Executive, Prudential plc from 2005 to 2009, building it to be the UK's largest quoted life insurance company, a FTSE 100 constituent with a market capitalisation of circa US$30 billion. Mark has worked in Asia for over 20 years including from 1994 to 2003 as founder Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia expanding its operations from 3 to 12 markets. Mark directed and led the rapid growth of Prudential's agency operations from a few hundred agents in three countries to over 450,000 agents across 12 markets.
In addition to being a member of the Asia Business Council, Mark is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute, an Honorary Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Lingnan College, Sun Yat-Sen University in China. Mark also sits on the Edinburgh Festival International Advisory Board.
Mark is an independent board member of Goldman Sachs Inc, a board he joined in November 2012.
Mark was a Non-Executive Director of the Court of The Bank of England and a member of its Financial Stability Committee, from 1 June 2009 to 31 May 2012.
Patrick Walujo is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Northstar group, which was formed in 2003 and today is one of Indonesia's leading private investment firms. Together with its partners, Northstar has invested $2 billion in various sectors, including energy, financial services, consumer and retail, industrial and communications.
Prior to co-founding Northstar, Patrick was Senior Vice President of Pacific Century Ventures Ltd in Tokyo, where he played a key role in the firm's mergers, acquisitions and corporate business development in Japan. He started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in London and New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, USA. In 2009, Patrick was awarded Ernst & Young's prestigious 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' award. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations New York.
Mr. Wang is currently the President of the Silk Fund. Previously, he held a number of positions including as Deputy Director-General of China Anti-Money Laundering Monitoring and Analysis Center, and Director-General of SAFE Co-Financing.
Mr. Wang holds a Master's degree in International Economics from Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Bill Winters was appointed to the Board of Standard Chartered PLC as Group Chief Executive on 10 June 2015, having joined the Group in May 2015. He is based in London.
Bill has had a distinguished career in banking, having spent 26 years with JP Morgan in diverse leadership roles, becoming co-Chief Executive Officer of the investment bank in 2004 until he stepped down in 2009. Bill was invited to be a committee member of the Independent Commission on Banking, established by the UK government in 2010 to recommend ways to improve competition and financial stability in banking. Subsequently, he served as advisor to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and was asked by the Court of the Bank of England to complete an independent review of the bank's liquidity operations. Bill founded Renshaw Bay, an alternative asset management firm, in 2011 where he was Chairman and CEO before stepping down on appointment to the Standard Chartered PLC Board.
Bill was previously a non-executive director of Pension Insurance Corporation plc and RIT Capital Partners plc. He is an independent non-executive director of Novartis International AG.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Colgate University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a CBE in 2013.
Daniel Zhang joined Alibaba Group in 2007 and was named CEO in May 2015. He serves on the Alibaba Group's board of directors and is a founding member of the Alibaba Partnership.
Over the past eight years, Daniel has held top management positions across Alibaba Group. He previously served as COO, and oversaw Alibaba Group's business operations within China and globally. He successfully led the company's ongoing transition to mobile and built China Smart Logistics, a global logistics data network. Daniel also led several of Alibaba Group's strategic investments, including Haier, Intime Retail and Singapore Post.
Daniel is chairman of Intime Retail, a company listed on SEHK, and serves on the boards of directors of Haier, a company listed on SEHK, and Weibo, a company listed on NYSE. He is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.
Before joining Alibaba Group, Daniel served as CFO of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, an online game developer and operator then listed on NASDAQ. Prior to that, he was a senior executive with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Audit and Business Advisory Division in Shanghai.
Daniel received a bachelor's degree in finance from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.