Speakers
Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg
Managing Director
Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC;
President
Dubai Business Women Council
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Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg, Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC (ESAG), is a well known business woman in the region. She has achieved laurels for her stellar leadership of the Group under the tutelage of her father, the Chairman, H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg, KCVO, CBE. Her counsel and valuable insights have significantly contributed to the growth and expansion of ESAG.

A leading business woman in her own right, Dr. Al Gurg has carved a unique niche for herself in the region due to her support and encouragement of Arab women entrepreneurs. She is the President of Dubai Business Women Council; Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Dubai Healthcare City Authority; Board member of the Dubai Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Dubai Women’s Association.

Dr. Al Gurg is the first Emirati woman on the board of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited and is also on the advisory board of Coutts Bank, the wealth division of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. She is the Head of the Auditing Committee at the Federal Customs Authority and a Board member. Dr Raja is also on the Board of Trustees for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives - one of the largest development and community foundations in the Middle East.

She is also Vice Chairperson, Board of Trustees, for the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and a member of the Board of Governors of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University. She was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate at Queen’s University Belfast for services to business and commerce and also conferred the Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) honour by Amity University, India. Dr Raja Al Gurg is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mandate is to promote the UAE as a centre of excellence for medical research and education.

Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg is ranked second in the Middle East’s Most Influential Women listing for 2018 by Forbes Middle East. She has been ranked 28th in the Arab Power 2018 listing of the 100 Most Powerful Arabs, compiled by Gulf Business magazine rising from the previous ranking in 2017. She was the most powerful Emirati Businesswoman in Forbes Middle East’s 2017 ranking. She was listed 90th among ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes for 2017.

Dr. Al Gurg represents the U.A.E. at many international conferences and round-tables as a key-note speaker and is also part of the Government of Dubai’s official delegation for various trade and commerce meetings. She also hosted the first MENA Businesswomen’s Network Forum, in her capacity as the President of the Dubai Business Women Council.

Dr. Al Gurg also spends considerable time in several philanthropic, social and charitable activities, notably with the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation and the Al Jalila Foundation, a UAE organisation with global aspirations dedicated to making lasting and significant contributions in healthcare to transform lives.
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Ms Diana Cesar
Group General Manager
HSBC Group;
Chief Executive, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
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Diana Cesar, Group General Manager of HSBC Group, is Chief Executive for Hong Kong and a member of the Executive Committee for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. Ms Cesar is currently the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of Banks.

During her career with HSBC, Ms Cesar has held leadership roles in Marketing, Cards and Loans, Mortgages, Distribution Strategy and Consumer Propositions in Hong Kong and across Asia-Pacific. Before being appointed Chief Executive for Hong Kong in September 2015, Ms Cesar had been Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for Hong Kong since 2011.

Ms Cesar first joined HSBC in 1999 and was appointed Head of Distribution and Product Development in 2003 with responsibility for establishing retail distribution infrastructure throughout Asia-Pacific. She was named Head of General Banking in 2007, managing all general retail banking portfolios including deposits, mortgages, credit cards and consumer assets in Hong Kong.

Before joining HSBC, Ms Cesar held various senior positions in Marketing and Customer Relations with a number of large multinational organisations.

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The Hon Paul Chan Mo-po, GBM, GBS, MH, JP
Financial Secretary
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
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Mr Chan is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a former Chairman of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Hong Kong.

Before joining the Government, Mr Chan held a number of public service positions including member of the Legislative Council; Chairman of Legal Aid Services Council; Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority; non-official member of the Strategic Development Commission and Council Member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr Chan served as Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government from July 2012 to January 2017. He was appointed Financial Secretary on 16 January, 2017.
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Prof KC Chan, GBS, JP
Adjunct Professor of Finance
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology;

Former Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
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Professor Chan is Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor to the Dean at HKUST Business School. He was appointed as Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from July 2007 to June 2017. Prior to that, he was Dean of Business and Management in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Before joining the HKUST Business School in 1993, Professor Chan had spent nine years teaching at Ohio State University in the United States.

Professor Chan received his bachelor's degree in economics from Wesleyan University and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago. He specialised in assets pricing, evaluation of trading strategies and market efficiency and has published numerous articles on these topics.

Professor Chan held a number of public service positions including Chairman of the Consumer Council, Director of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange, and Member of the Commission on Strategic Development, Commission on Poverty, the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, the Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee, and the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation. He was former President of the Asian Finance Association and President of Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools.
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Mr Ronnie C. Chan, GBM
Chairman
Hang Lung Properties Limited
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Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited, both publicly listed in Hong Kong. Founded in Hong Kong in 1960, the Group expanded into mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key tier one and tier two cities. Mr. Chan co-founded Morningside, an international investment group established in 1986 with venture capital and private equity investments in manufacturing, TMT, and biotechnology. In 1996, he cofounded the Morningside Center of Mathematics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and helped establish the triennial International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians where Morningside Medal of Mathematics are awarded. In 1997, he helped found the North America based Morningside Music Bridge for young classical musicians. Mr. Chan is active in many other non-profit and educational organizations. Mr. Chan is Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Better Hong Kong Foundation. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund, is a co-founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation in Beijing, and is former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. He is founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, and founding Chairman Emeritus of Asia Business Council. He is also former Chairman of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council, and former Chairman of the Executive Committee of One Country Two Systems Research Institute. Mr. Chan is Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and Committee of 100. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including Peterson Institute for International Economics, World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, University of Southern California, Indian School of Business, Yale University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University. Mr. Chan is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has published numerous articles in Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Fortune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Japan Times.
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Mr Victor L L Chu
Chairman & CEO
First Eastern Investment Group
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Victor Chu was born in Canton, China and came to Hong Kong at the age of four. He received his early education in Hong Kong and England, and took his law degree at University College London where he is now a honorary fellow.

Mr Chu is Chairman of First Eastern Investment Group, a leading Hong Kong-based international investment firm and a pioneer of private equity investments in China. He is a Co-Founder and Director of Peach Aviation in Japan, as well as a Board Member of Airbus SE.

Over the last 30 years, Victor Chu has at various times served as Director and Council Member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Member of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel, Advisory Committee Member of the Securities and Futures Commission, and part-time member of Hong Kong Government’s Central Policy Unit. Mr Chu has also served as a Foundation Board Member of the World Economic Forum from 2003 to 2015 and currently co-chairs the Forum’s International Business Council. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong-Europe Business Council.

Victor Chu has served on the Governing Council of University College London and the Foreign Affairs University of China. He is a Trustee of Asia House in London and Hong Kong, as well as a member of the advisory boards of Chatham House, the Oxford Martin School and the Atlantic Council of the USA.

Mr Chu was awarded the 2011 Global Economy Prize by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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Mr Denis Duverne
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
AXA Group
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Denis Duverne is a graduate of the École des hautes études commerciales. After graduating from the École nationale d’administration (ENA), he started his career in 1979 at the Tax Department of the French Ministry of Finance, and after 2 years as commercial counsellor for the French Consulate General in New York, he became director of the Corporate Taxes Department and then responsible for tax policy within the French Ministry of Finance from 1986 to 1991. In 1991, he was appointed Corporate Secretary of Compagnie Financière IBI. In 1992, he became a member of the Executive Committee of Banque Colbert, in charge of operations. In 1995, Denis Duverne joined the AXA Group and assumed responsibility for supervision of AXA’s operations in the US, the UK and managed the reorganization of AXA companies in Belgium and the UK. From February 2003 until December 2009, Mr. Duverne was the Management Board member in charge of Finance, Control and Strategy. From April 2010 to August 2016, Denis Duverne was director and Deputy CEO of AXA, in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations. Since September 2016, Denis Duverne has been non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of AXA. Since September 2018, he has been Chairman of the Insurance Development Forum. The IDF is a public-private partnership led by the insurance industry and supported by the World Bank and the United Nations, aiming to enhance the use of insurance to build greater resilience against disasters and to help achieve the United Nations Global 2030 Agenda.
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Dr the Hon Victor K. Fung, GBM, GBS
Group Chairman
Fung Group
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Dr. Victor K. Fung is an international business leader, thought leader and philanthropist, who holds professional and civic appointments in Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and overseas.

He is Group Chairman of the Fung Group, a Hong Kong-based multinational which comprises major subsidiaries in trading, logistics, distribution and retailing. They include publicly-listed Li & Fung Limited, Global Brands Group Holding Limited, Convenience Retail Asia Limited and other privately held entities. Dr. Fung played a leading role in driving the development of the supply chain infrastructure at Li & Fung Limited, which has enabled it to become the leading consumer goods design, development, sourcing, and logistics company for major retailers and brands around the world.

Dr. Fung holds independent non-executive Directorships with Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Hong Kong) and Koc Holding A.S. (Turkey). He is also Chairman of the Asia Advisory Board of Prudential Financial, Inc (USA).

Dr. Fung is Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong, a multi-disciplinary think-tank co-established with the Fung Global Institute to assume and carry forward the Fung Global Institute’s mission to generate and disseminate research and ideas on global issues from Asian perspectives.

Also in Hong Kong, Dr. Fung is a Non-official Member of Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development, an Adviser of the Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. He is a former Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (1991-2000); a Hong Kong representative on the APEC Business Advisory Council (1996-2003); Chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong (1999-2008), Chairman of the Council of The University of Hong Kong (2001-2009) and Chairman of the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council (2004-2013).

On the Chinese Mainland, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University, an Honorary Trustee of Peking University and an Honorary Professor of Renmin University. He was a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference from 2003 to February 2018, Vice-Chairman of the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (2009-2014).

Internationally, Dr. Fung played a leadership role from 2007 in the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce, of which he was Chairman from 2008 to 2010. From 2012 to 2013, he was a member of the World Trade Organisation's Panel On Defining The Future of Trade.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Fung holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After gaining his Doctorate in Business Economics from Harvard University, he taught as a professor at Harvard Business School before returning to the family business in Hong Kong in 1976.

Dr. Fung is married with three adult children.
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Dr Justin Gong
Co-Founder & Vice President
XAG
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PhD candidate at Université Paris Dauphine and THU
Grosvenor Council Member of National Geographic Society
Former wildlife photographer of National Geographic & special journalist for Phoenix Satellite TV

In 2013, Justin joined XAG (former name XAIRCRAFT) as the co-founder, took charge of marketing and globalisation.

XAG is now one of the world’s largest agricultural technology companies, leading in the design, development, manufacturing and operation of agricultural UASs (Unmanned Aerial System) & robots. During the last 5 years, Justin and his team had successfully introduced UAS plant protection services to millions of Chinese farmers, and now continue to expand on global market.

In 2016, Justin founded XAG Academy, educated more than 70,000 young agricultural professionals to utilise new technologies and embed sustainable-thinking in farming. In August, 2018, Justin gate-crashed the Forbes China “30 Under 30”, marked his contribution in the field of agricultural technology.
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Mr Soul Htite
Fintech Entrepreneur;

Chairman and Founder
Dianrong;
Advisor
FinEX Asia
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Soul Htite is the founder and CEO of Dianrong, a leader in online marketplace lending in China.

Dianrong originates US$500 million in monthly assets for 4 million retail lenders in China. Founded in 2012, Dianrong offers loan originations, investment products and marketplace lending solutions. Based in Shanghai, Dianrong has 86 offices across China.

Under Soul's leadership, Dianrong was named in 2016 to the executive directorship of the National Internet Finance Association of China, led by the People's Bank of China.

Prior to Dianrong, Soul co-founded Lending Club, the world's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. He served as the Head of Technology until 2011. Soul led all the design and development efforts of Lending Club's award-winning online lending platform.

Soul spent the earlier part of his career building enterprise software at Oracle Corporation. His focus was in real-time online services and system design for high availability and fault tolerance.

Soul was named World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in 2011. In 2017 he was named on the Yicai Brilliant 20, which showcases the 20 most successful international entrepreneurs in their respective fields in China.

He is a frequent keynote speaker at international technology and financial events. And he has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN and other major news outlets.

Soul holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the Université de Montréal.
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Mr Nick Hungerford
Co-Founder
Nutmeg
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Nick Hungerford founded Nutmeg Saving and Investment Limited in 2011, served for six years as its Chief Executive Officer and is now a Director. He led the company from an idea through development and $100M of funding. Nutmeg is the largest online investment manager outside of America. Nick is now a Venture Partner at Portag3 Ventures, the largest global VC dedicated to FinTech. His investments include Multiply, an AI powered financial advisor; Planto, a HK based data driven financial advice app; Neat, a HK-Chinese digital business bank and Cuvva, the UK's first pre-paid car insurance company. Nick served as a Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC and worked at Barclays for six years in areas of product, trading, banking and wealth management. He was a founding Director of Innovate Finance, the global trade body set up to promote innovation in Financial Services, is a Fellow of the Securities Institute and a digital ambassador for the UK Department of International Trade. Nick is a recipient of the Spears Entrepreneur of the year award. He completed his MBA at Stanford University where he served as Vice President of the Entrepreneur club. Nick has a Undergraduate business Degree from Exeter University.
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Mr Daisuke Iwase
Group Chief Digital Officer
AIA Group Limited
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Mr. Iwase is the Group Chief Digital Officer of AIA, responsible for the Group’s digital innovation initiatives. Mr. Iwase joined AIA in July 2018 from Lifenet Insurance Company ( “Lifenet” ), a listed digital direct life insurance company in Japan, where he was most recently the Representative Director and President. Mr. Iwase co-founded Lifenet in 2006 and took the company public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2012.

Prior to co-founding Lifenet, Mr. Iwase started his career as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo before established the Tokyo office of a US-based technology venture capital firm and later working in an international private equity firm. He holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School and an LLB from The University of Tokyo. In 2010, he was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
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Mr Alex Kong
Founder and Chairman
TNG FinTech Group
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Alex Kong is the Founder and Chairman of TNG FinTech Group, one of the largest FinTech groups in Asia.

Alex is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in technology and business solutions. He has a long and successful track record of enterprise software development for some of the world’s largest conglomerates and insurance companies through his software company, SINO Dynamic Solutions Limited, now one of Hong Kong’s largest enterprise software developers.

Prior to running business in Hong Kong, Alex was the founder of AFOOFA Solutions, a leading business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) travel technology solutions provider to the global travel industry in 1990s, and AsiaTravelMart, one of Asia’s leading travel sites with leading-edge technology.

Launched in November 2015, TNG Wallet is The Next Generation e-wallet providing efficient financial services that include electronic payment, P2P money transfer, global remittance, global cash withdrawal, global bill payment, global SIM card top-up and so on. In 2016, it received the Stored Value Facilities Licence (SVF0003) from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. In Alex’s leadership, TNG Wallet has recorded rapid development in both user base and transaction volumes, with transactions exceeding USD1 billion in the first two years of launch.

With a vision to provide financial inclusion to the unbanked populations around the world, Alex also launched “Global E-Wallet Alliance”, which currently covers Hong Kong and 12 Asian countries, including China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
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The Hon Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS
The Chief Executive
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
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Mrs Carrie Lam joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in August 1980 and rose to the rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2006. She became a Principal Official on July 1, 2007 when she was appointed Secretary for Development. She was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration on July 1, 2012.

Mrs Lam has served the public for more than 36 years in 20 public service positions including Director of Social Welfare, Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands), Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Secretary for Development and Chief Secretary for Administration.

Mrs Lam was elected as the Fifth-Term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on March 26, 2017, and was officially appointed to this position by the Central People’s Government on March 31, 2017 to assume office on July 1, 2017.

Mrs Lam is married and has two sons.
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The Hon James Lau, JP
Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
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Mr Lau was appointed the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury on 1 July 2017.

Mr Lau joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer (AO) in 1979 and was promoted through the ranks to AO Staff Grade C in April 1988. He joined the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in April 1993 and was the Head and Executive Director of various divisions of the HKMA until 2004.

In July 2004, Mr Lau was seconded to the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation as Chief Executive Officer until he retired in December 2012. Mr Lau was appointed Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury in January 2014.

Mr Lau holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (Computer Science and Statistics) Honours Degree and a Master of Mathematics Degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
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Ms Nisa Leung
Managing Partner
Qiming Venture Partners
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Nisa Leung is a Managing Partner of Qiming Venture Partners, leading its health care investments. Qiming Venture Partners is a leading investment firm in China which currently manages six USD funds and five RMB funds with over USD 4 billion in assets and investment in over 280 companies.

Nisa was named Top 3 Best Female Venture Capitalist by Forbes in 2018 and Venture Capital Professional of the Year by Asian Venture Capital Journal in 2017. She currently sits on the board of Gan & Lee Pharmaceutical, Zai Lab (NASDAQ: ZLAB), Nurotron, Venus MedTech, Goodwill Information Technology, dMed, LIH Rehabilitation, CanSino Biotechnology, New Horizon Bio and Berry Oncology.

Nisa earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS from Cornell University. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School, a founding vice chair of PhIRDA Investment Committee, member of Committee on Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Development and Re-Industrialization, advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, founder of Venture Investors Alliance of Hong Kong and council member of HKUST Business School. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hotchkiss School and board member of the Hong Kong Palace Museum.
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Mr Michel M Liès
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
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Skills and experience
Michel Liès has 40 years’ experience in global insurance and reinsurance, life insurance, and property and casualty insurance. He has held a number of positions in the industry, including Group CEO of Swiss Re. He began his career at the reinsurer in 1978, working first in the life market in Latin America before moving to Europe in 1983, where he held a number of senior positions within Swiss Re’s life businesses. In 1994 he moved into Swiss Re’s non-life sector, with responsibility for southern Europe and Latin America. From 1998 he served as Swiss Re’s Head of Latin America Division until 2000, when he was appointed Head of the Europe Division of its Property & Casualty Business Group. In 2005 he became Swiss Re’s Head Client Markets with responsibility for client relationships worldwide, and was also appointed as a member of the reinsurer’s Group Executive Committee. From 2011 to 2012 Mr. Liès served as Swiss Re’s Chairman of Global Partnerships, which works with governments, international development bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to mitigate and address global risks and increase resilience. He was appointed Swiss Re’s Group CEO in February 2012 and served in that role until his retirement from Swiss Re in 2016. He became Chairman of the Board of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd in April 2018.

Committee membership
Governance, Nominations and Corporate Responsibility Committee (Chairman), Remuneration Committee

Other directorships within the Group
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

External appointments
Mr. Liès is a member of the board of the Institute of International Finance (IIF), advisory board member of the Beirat Zukunft Finanzplatz, trustees board member of Avenir Suisse and of The Swiss Institute of International Studies. He is also a member of the European Financial Services Round Table.

Educational background
Mr. Liès holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).
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Mr Vincent HS Lo, GBM, GBS, JP
Chairman
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
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Mr Vincent HS Lo assumed Chairmanship of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in June 2015. He is the founder and Chairman of the Shui On Group, which is principally engaged in property development, construction and construction materials with interests in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland.

In addition to his business capacity, Mr Lo has been active in community services. Prior to his previous position as Chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, he had participated in the preparatory work of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). He is currently a Director of the Boao Forum for Asia, President of the Council for the Promotion & Development of Yangtze and Honorary Life President of the Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong.

Mr Lo was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) in 1998 and appointed Justice of the Peace in 1999 by the Government of the HKSAR. Other accolades include “Businessman of the Year” at the Hong Kong Business Awards in 2001, “Director of the Year Award” from The Hong Kong Institute of Directors in 2002, as well as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2005. In 2009, Mr Lo was named “China Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the China Real Estate Sector by global consultancy Ernst & Young. He was also given an “Honorary Citizen” of Shanghai in 1999 and Foshan in 2011. In 2012, the 4th World Chinese Economic Forum honoured Mr Lo with the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership” in the Property Sector. He was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM) in 2017 by the HKSAR government.
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Ms Blythe Masters
Chief Executive Officer
Digital Asset
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Blythe Masters is CEO of Digital Asset, the NY-based distributed ledger solutions provider for financial services and other institutions. The company’s distributed ledger platform and smart contract modeling language, called DAML, help global organizations build applications that facilitate the simple, efficient and secure transfer of value within and between organizations.

Blythe is Chair of the Governing Board of the Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Project, serves on the boards of Santander Group, the U.S. Chamber of Digital Commerce, ID2020 and the Global Fund for Women.

Blythe was previously a senior executive at J.P. Morgan, which she left in 2014 after 27 years and following the sale of the bank’s physical commodities business, which she built. She was a member of the Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee and the firm's Executive Committee and held a variety of executive roles including head of Global Commodities, Head of Corporate & Investment Bank’s Regulatory Affairs, CFO of the Investment Bank, Head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy and Head of ABS and Structured Credit Products.

Blythe is also former Board Chair of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and Susan G Komen Greater NYC Affiliate.
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Mr Jonathan Medved
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
OurCrowd Ltd.
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Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post (2007) “one of Israel’s leading high-tech venture capitalists”. In the 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel.

Medved is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors which has raised more than $750M for almost 150 companies since its launch in February 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek said that OurCrowd “has blown up the exclusivity around tech fundraising” and The Jerusalem Post added that "It has taken OurCrowd only a matter of months to become one of Israel’s most active funds". TheStreet.com said that OurCrowd is “Crowdfunding for Real Investors.”

Prior to OurCrowd, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo (Nasdaq:VRNG) and the co-founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, with $262M under management.
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Mr Nic Nicandrou
Chief Executive
Prudential Corporation Asia
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Nic Nicandrou is Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia (PCA), a position he has held since July 2017. Nic is responsible for PCA’s life insurance and asset management businesses across 14 markets in the region.

Prudential is a market-leading life insurer in Asia with a robust diversified multichannel distribution platform providing a diverse range of solutions to meet the longterm protection needs of customers. It currently serves 15 million customers across the region. Its asset management business, Eastspring Investments, one of the largest asset managers in Asia, provides investment solutions across a broad range of classes and currently manages US$182 billion (£138 billion) in assets (Figures as at 30 June 2018).

Prior to his current role, Nic was Chief Financial Officer at Prudential plc from 2009 when he joined the company. Nic was also responsible for Group’s strategy and has served as executive director responsible for Prudential’s African insurance operations since 2015. Before joining Prudential, he worked at Aviva, where he held a number of senior roles including Norwich Union Life Finance Director and Board Member, Aviva Group Financial Control Director, Aviva Group Financial Management and Reporting Director and CGNU Group Financial Reporting Director. Nic started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Nic is a member of the Group Executive Committee and serves as an executive director of the Prudential plc Board.
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Ms Jayne Plunkett
CEO Asia and Member of Group Executive Committee
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
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Ms Jayne Plunkett assumed the role of Regional President for Swiss Re's business in Asia on 1 July 2016. She also holds the role of Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re Asia Pte. Ltd. and was elected to its Board of Directors with effect from 31 December 2017.

She is responsible for running all facets of the business and leads over 1,900 employees in eight markets across Asia. She brings with her 25 years of experience which has spanned over three continents; Asia, North America, and Europe.

Ms Plunkett joined Swiss Re in 2006 as Managing Director and Head of Property & Casualty Underwriting, Regional Accounts in the US, following Swiss Re's acquisition of GE Insurance Solutions. From 2008 to 2012, she was based in Hong Kong as Managing Director and Head of Casualty Underwriting for the Asia region.

Before assuming her current role, Ms Plunkett became a Member of the Group Management Board and held the global role, Division Head Casualty Reinsurance, where she focused on growing and developing business in response to technological changes, as well as managing the unit handling all large and complex transactions for P&C Reinsurance.

In 1999, Ms Plunkett joined GE Insurance Solutions where she served as Insurance Pricing Team Leader, Deputy Chief Reserving Actuary, Head of Casualty Risk Management, and Head of Planning and Analysis. She started her career at John Deere Insurance Company in 1992, where she held various positions in the Commercial Lines segment in Property and Casualty.

Ms Plunkett is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She was also named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2010.
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Ms April Rinne
Founder, Advisor & Investor, April Worldwide;

Head of the Sharing Economy Working Group, World Economic Forum
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April Rinne is equal parts global authority, advocate, ally and adventurer. She sees trends early, understands their potential, and helps others do the same. She’s a global citizen who brings insights, access and perspective to companies, governments, investors and organizations worldwide. But April is not only a thought leader; she’s also a doer. She connects people, ideas and resources in ways that say "wow, that's what the world needs" – and then makes it happen.

Advisor: April is a pathfinder within the new economy (encompassing the digital, sharing, collaborative, freelance, gig, on-demand and platform economies). She advises startups and established companies, local and national governments, policy makers, think tanks and investors, working across for-profit and non-profit models. Her areas of expertise include policy reform; global expansion; the future of work; travel and tourism; sustainable development; cities; and emerging markets. She is known for her skill in bridging the private, public and social sectors, seeing shifts and opportunities before they go mainstream, and having a keen eye towards responsible, inclusive business.

Speaker & Writer: April is an acclaimed keynote speaker and contributes regularly to news and media about the new economy, future of work and global citizenship. She has presented at a wide range of events, from Davos to the EU Commission, industry convenings and private workshops.

Global Citizen: April belongs to the world. She espouses the values of global citizenship: diversity, interdependence, empathy and perspective. She has travelled to more than 100 countries, worked in more than 50, and lived overseas for more than 10 years. She works in approximately 20 different countries each year.

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Education: April holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Business and Finance from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. summa cum laude from Emory University. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has also studied at Oxford University, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the European University Institute.

Memberships: April is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum where she leads the Sharing Economy Working Group and is a member of the Global Futures Council for the Future of Mobility and the Urbanization Advisory Group.
She is a member of China’s National Sharing Economy Committee and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Sharing Cities Alliance, Seoul Sharing City (South Korea), Amsterdam Sharing City (The Netherlands), Sharing Economy Denmark (SEDK), the National League of Cities (USA) and World Pulse (global). She is also a founding member of BBPDX.

Previously: April was Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab, a private lawyer specializing in international microfinance, impact investing and regulatory reform; Global Director of WaterCredit at Water.org; adjunct faculty at the International Development Law Organization; Director of the World Wide Web Foundation; and advisor to numerous social enterprises and financial institutions.

As a lawyer, she helped draft new legislation and create new investment vehicles for groundbreaking business models in several emerging markets, which are considered global best-practice standards today. She also advised on some of the earliest, groundbreaking initiatives and research in the developing world in collaboration with startups, international development banks and innovation firms.

Interests: Running (1:45 half marathon), yoga, and hiking (from the Himalayas to Aconcagua). Extended solo travel. Maps. Photography. Architecture. Finding the world’s best cinnamon roll. And don’t compete with her on handstands – you’ll lose.
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Mr Mark Tucker
Group Chairman
HSBC Holdings plc
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Mark Tucker is non-executive Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc.

He has over 30 years' experience in the financial services industry in Asia and in the UK. Most recently he was Group Chief Executive and President of AIA Group Limited (AIA), which under his leadership became the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group.

Prior to this he held various senior management roles with Prudential plc, including as founding Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia Limited from 1994 to 2003, expanding its geographic portfolio from 3 to 12 markets. Mr Tucker was also on the Board of Prudential plc for 10 years, serving as its Group Chief Executive from 2005 to 2009.

Mr Tucker served on the Court of The Bank of England from 2009 to 2012. From 2012 to 2017 he was an independent non-executive director of the Goldman Sachs Group.

Mr Tucker is an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He serves on the Asia Business Council and the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute. He is also a member of the International Advisory Boards of the Lingnan College, Sun Yat-Sen University in China, the Discovery Group of South Africa and the Edinburgh Festival International. Mr Tucker was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in May 2018.

Mr Tucker qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) in 1985.

He is married with two children and his interests include football and the arts.
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Mr Robert Zoellick
President of World Bank (2007-2012);

Secretary of State from (2005-2006);

U.S. Trade Representative from (2001-2005)
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Robert B. Zoellick is the non-executive chairman of AllianceBernstein, a leading global investment management firm that offers high-quality research and diversified investment services to institutional investors, individuals, and private wealth clients in major world markets. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Zoellick serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Laureate International Universities, as well as on the international advisory board of Rolls Royce. He also is a member of the board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, chairs the Global Tiger Initiative, and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency.

Zoellick was the President of the World Bank Group from 2007-12, U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005, and Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

Zoellick is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award of the Department of the Treasury, and the Medal for Distinguished Public Service of the Department of Defense. The German government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his achievements in the course of German unification. The Mexican and Chilean governments awarded him their highest honors for non-citizens, the Aztec Eagle and the Order of Merit, for recognition of his work on free trade, development, and the environment.

Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor's degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.
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