Speakers
Mr Benjamin Chau
Acting Executive Director
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
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Benjamin Chau Kai-Leung is a Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the statutory organisation responsible for promoting Hong Kong's external trade.

Mr Chau was a banker before joining the HKTDC in 1984. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has been involved in a great variety of trade promotion activities, specialising in China trade promotion. He worked in the HKTDC's Beijing and Shanghai branch offices from 1986 to 1988, and has organised numerous Hong Kong pavilions and exhibitions on the Chinese mainland.

Mr Chau has led the HKTDC’s Exhibitions and Exhibition Services divisions since 1997, building the HKTDC’s fair portfolio to more than 30 annual exhibitions. Under his leadership, it forms 10 largest marketplaces of their kind in Asia, with four being the largest marketplaces in the world.

In 2004, Mr Chau was also appointed to head the HKTDC’s Trade Publications Department, which publishes more than 20 print and online product magazines and industry supplements a year. In 2006, the E-Commerce Department was added to his portfolio, to better integrate the HKTDC’s exhibitions, publications and online marketplace.

From 2007 to 2009, Mr Chau oversaw both the Product Promotion and Service Promotion Divisions, spearheading the HKTDC’s manufacturing and service industries’ promotions on the mainland and overseas. The extensive programme includes more than 200 projects a year designed to enhance Hong Kong's role as Asia's leading sourcing centre and to help Hong Kong companies tap into business opportunities around the world. During this period, Mr Chau also oversaw the HKTDC’s Design Gallery. With three retail outlets in Hong Kong and numerous branches on the Chinese mainland, Design Gallery promotes Hong Kong designers and creative excellence in product design.

Mr Chau assumed the office of Deputy Executive Director on 4 January 2010. He has been elected as a member of the UFI Board of Directors since November 2011.
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Mr Yung Wai hung, Philip, JP
Permanent Secretary, Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism)
Hong Kong Special Administration Region of the People’s Republic of China
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Mr Yung joined the civil service in 1983. He has served in various bureaux and departments including the Housing Department, the former General Duties Branch, the former Constitutional Affairs Branch, the former City and New Territories Administration (later renamed as the Home Affairs Department), the former Chief Secretary's Office, the former Chief Executive (Designate)'s Office, the Chief Secretary for Administration's Office, the Financial Secretary's Office and the Trade and Industry Department. He was Deputy Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology (Commerce and Industry) from July 2004 to August 2006, Deputy Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works (Transport) (later retitled as Deputy Secretary for Transport and Housing (Transport)) from August 2006 to January 2010, and Commissioner for Tourism in February 2010.

On 27 December 2014, Mr Yung was appointed the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism), responsible for the development of policies relating to Hong Kong’s external commercial relations and commercial relations with the Mainland, tourism, investment promotion, intellectual property protection, industry support, trade facilitation, competition policy, consumer protection, wine-related business, postal services and meteorological services.
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Mr. Li Jiangang
Deputy Director General
Department of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs,
Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China
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Graduated from Beijing Foreign Language Institute (Beijing Foreign Studies University) with B.A.s of French language and literature as well as international cultural exchange, and acquired MPA Master’s Degrees from China National School of Administration and Peking University. He served as a director in the Department of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs, Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China from 2002 to 2006, and worked in Chinese Embassy in Senegal, Chinese mission to UNESCO and the Consulate-General of The People's Republic Of China in Sydney.

Since 2015, he acted as the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs, Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.
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Mr Charles Riotto
President
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA)
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Charles M. Riotto is President and CEO of the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), the world’s leading trade group for licensing professionals, with over 1,200 member companies worldwide. LIMA is recognized globally as the authoritative voice of the licensing industry.

Since 1997, Riotto has been in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Association. He oversees all LIMA programming around the world, serves as an industry spokesperson to the trade and consumer media, and manages LIMA’s relationships with global trade show organizers in licensing and related industries. He is also responsible for interacting with the Board of Directors, which is represented by some of the world’s largest corporations, entertainment studios and sports organizations.

Under Riotto’s leadership, LIMA’s global footprint has expanded significantly, with international membership growth of more than 90 percent. He has established LIMA offices in London, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Mexico City, as well as representation in five additional countries.

Riotto’s global plan for growing the industry includes a far-ranging program of educational conferences, seminars, webinars, networking events and research projects under the LIMA umbrella or through strategic partnerships. A full menu of programs is in progress in North and South America, Europe and Asia. This has been instrumental in the industry’s unprecedented recent growth. In 2016, revenues from the sales of licensed merchandise reached an estimated US$262.9 billion worldwide, an annual global growth rate of 4.4%.

Prior to joining LIMA in 1997, Riotto served as Executive Director of the International Recording Media Association and previously as Marketing Director and Executive Director of the Toy Manufacturers of America, Inc. He is currently Chairman-Elect of the New York Society of Association Executives.
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Mr Jack Yew
Vice President, Location Based Experiences Asia
Viacom International Media Networks
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As Vice President of Location Based Experiences Asia, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), Jack Yew oversees the expansion of location-based leisure entertainment across the VIMN brands of Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., and MTV in the Asia region. He is a 12-year veteran of the company who manages the sales, development, marketing, merchandising, and strategic planning of the location-based leisure function, as well as international licensing partnerships.

Jack holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nottingham.
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Ms Maura Regan
Executive Vice President
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA)
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Mr Figo Yu
Chief Executive Officer
Dream Castle
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Mr Ciarán Coyle
Global Vice President and Head of Global Brand Licensing
Electrolux
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Ciarán is based in Electrolux’s North American Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina and oversees the company’s extensive global licensing business, across multiple brands in over 75 countries.

The Electrolux brand portfolio ranks 20th among the world’s top licensors with a retail value of circa USD 3.25 billion. Besides the Electrolux mark, the Group’s portfolio includes more than 70 brands, including AEG, Frigidaire, Kelvinator, Arthur Martin, Philco and Zanussi.

Prior to joining Electrolux, Ciarán was President, Europe & Asia Pacific at Omnicom-owned Beanstalk, a leading global Brand Licensing Agency and consultancy. At Beanstalk, Ciarán was responsible for the oversight and development of the agency’s business in Europe and Asia Pacific, representing numerous global brands and celebrities including Harley-Davidson, Jack Daniel’s, Stanley Black & Decker, Procter & Gamble, Paris Hilton, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo.

Ciarán currently serves as Chairman of the Board of LIMA (Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association) and also chairs the International Strategy Committee. He is a past member of the Advisory Board of Cambridge University’s Judge Business School and a past Chairman of Cambridge Alumni in Management (global network with members in 65 countries). He is also a current member of the UK Institute of Directors and a founding advisory board member of both Licensing.biz and Total Brand Licensing.

Ciarán is a qualified teacher and earned a BA honours degree in Linguistic Science, a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, and an MBA from Cambridge University.
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Mr Jay Asher
Partner
Brandgenuity
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Jay Asher is a founding partner of Brandgenuity, a global brand licensing agency with offices in New York, London, Munich and Hong Kong. Brandgenuity develops, executes and manages strategic licensing programs through a full suite of services for owners of famous corporate trademarks and entertainment properties. A multiple LIMA award-winner, Brandgenuity is ranked among the Top 15 Global Licensing Agencies of 2017 by License Global Magazine.

Jay has spent over 25 years of his career in licensing and has represented some of the world’s most famous entertainment and corporate brands including Harley-Davidson, ARM & HAMMER, Staples, Viacom (MTV, Comedy Central), Hawaiian Tropic, Playtex, MGM Studios, BMW, Ford and many more. He has also launched brands into location-based entertainment categories as well as into services.

Jay is an alumnus of Boston University. He currently sits on the LIMA board of trustees.
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Mr Greg Winters
Manager, Licensing Programs
Boy Scouts of America
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As Manager, Licensing Programs, Greg Winters leads all trademark licensing initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America, one of the United State of America’s largest non-profit youth organizations. In this role, Mr. Winters is directly responsible for the organization’s trademark licensed product program retail brand strategy in working with over 130 licensees for a broad portfolio of products ranging from apparel, accessories, food and beverage, crafts and hobby, gift and novelties, publishing, sporting goods, and toys.

Additionally, he oversees a team of licensing professionals to create licensed product opportunities to reconnect with more than 50 million Scouting alumni at retail and helps to serve more than 280 local councils nationally.

Scouting is a year-round program in the United States uniquely designed to meet the needs of young people and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness.

Since joining the Boy Scouts of America in 2007, the trademark licensing program has grown from $6 million dollars in retail licensed product sales annually at the end of 2006 to more than $75 million dollars in retail licensed product sales annually at the end of 2016 under his leadership.

Previously, Mr. Winters held various product licensing roles working with manufacturers producing licensed product(s) for major brands in the sporting, corporate, and entertainment industries.
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Mr Steven Ekstract
Group Publisher
License! Global Magazine
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Steven Ekstract is a founder and the Group Publisher of License! Global magazine, the leading business publication for the Global licensing business.

In addition to License! Global magazine, Ekstract is also the publisher of The License! Show Dailies for Licensing Expo; License! Show Dailies for Brand Licensing Europe; The daily License! Global enews; License! Global’s Weekly European Update and Executive Producer of LicenseTV. Beyond his oversight of magazines, supplements, website and online information products, Ekstract speaks extensively on Licensing at conferences around the world. Ekstract is also the publisher and a contributor to “Licensing for Dummies” an industry trade paperback published by John Wiley & Sons.

Ekstract is a seasoned publishing executive, having held senior management positions with Premiere magazine and The Hollywood Reporter before founding License! Global in 1997.

Ekstract is a recipient of The UJA Federation’s Licensing Industry leadership award and Advanstar Communications Chairman’s Award. He is a graduate of the United Nations International School in New York; The American University in Washington, D.C. and has a post-graduate degree from The Media Management Center at Northwestern University. He is Alumni Ambassador for the United Nations International School.
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Mr Philippe Bost
Vice President, International Consumer Products
Activision Blizzard
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Philippe Bost is the Vice President, International Consumer Products for Activision Blizzard, the world’s largest interactive entertainment and video game company.

With over twenty years of consumer products experience, Philippe has worked in nearly every part of the industry. He has deep expertise in licensing, product development, manufacturing, category management, brand management, marketing, and retail execution in both hardlines and softlines products.

Prior to Activision Blizzard, he served as Mattel’s Regional Senior Director for South America Consumer Products and as Managing Director for Disney Consumer Products for Spain and Portugal.

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Mr Aurelien Palasse
Head of Licensing & Publishing
Ubisoft
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Aurelien Palasse is leading the overall mobile publishing and consumer product activities for Ubisoft for the Greater China territories. He’s managing the business, marketing and live operations of Ubisoft’s mobile games in China.

Ubisoft Mobile is releasing a dozen games a year, including titles based on the group’s biggest franchises such as Rayman, Trials, Assassin’s Creed, new creations such as Hungry Shark, or major Entertainment IP such as DreamWork’s Trolls. Palasse’s department includes a production team in charge of “culturalizing” these games to ensure that they are adapted to the China market’s specificities and to the local publishing partners’ needs.

Aurelien Palasse’s division is also collaborating locally with top development studios to create original games and content made from the ground up for Chinese players, based on Ubisoft most popular I.P. such as Might & Magic and Assassin’s Creed.

On the consumer product side, he is responsible for expanding the distribution of the UbiCollectibles line-up of products in China, and for bringing in new licensing deals for textile, toys, books and other products based on Ubisoft’s main I.P.

Palasse has accumulated over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in the game industry since starting a video game store franchise in France back in the 2000s. Before joining Ubisoft, he launched Inno-Wear in Zurich, Switzerland, the first European video game merchandising company to provide licensing services for industry leaders such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, EA Bioware, Capcom, and Square Enix.
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Mr Jerry Chu
Licensing Director
Microsoft
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Jerry Chu, Licensing Director for consumer products at Microsoft, is charged with global brand licensing for Gears of War® XBOX ® video games, eSports sponsorships, and development of go-to-market plans for consumer/retail initiatives across both digital and physical platforms.
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Ms Kaori Taniguchi
General Manager
LIMA Japan
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) Japan
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With 21 years hands-on experience in the licensing industry, Kaori Taniguchi possesses a wide-ranging knowledge across all facets of the business including licensor and licensee management, merchandising, marketing, production, and other aspects of IP rights.

Her industry career started in 1997 at Tomen Fashion Express, a licensing agency and planning subsidiary of Tomen Corporation, one of the largest trading companies in Japan. Her responsibilities included management, strategy, and development of in-house and third-party brands; licensing sales, negotiation and contract drafting; product concept development, IP research, and client/licensee management.

Since 2012, Kaori has headed up the LIMA Japan office as General Manager and serves on its local Board of Directors. At LIMA Japan, besides maintaining a strong network of Japanese licensors, licensing agents and licensees, Kaori offers expertise in developing licensing education programs. She plans or participates in about 30 licensing business seminars and workshops in Japan every year.
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Mr Takahiro Noda
Content Division Director
Asatsu-DK Inc.
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Mr Takahira Noda is the division director of content division of Asatsu-DK Inc. (ADK), the third largest Advertising Agency in Japan. ADK has been recognized as one of the most important companies which pioneered the Japanese Anime Industry since the 1960’s and is still currently involved in many of the major works now.

Mr Noda joined ADK as a sales member and has been in charge of many global clients as an account director whereby he provided professional services such as product development support, brand development and marketing communication strategies to clients.

Building on his experience in global advertisement, Mr Noda joined the content business sector in 2016. In his current capacity, he is leading marketing activities of each intellectual property (IP) from Japan to the world. He is also the director in the following ADK group companies in contents business industry: d-rights (rights management company), EIKEN (Studio) and IMMG (rights sales company). As part of the ADK group, Mr Noda is contributing to the value enhancement of Japanese anime contents.
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Ms Junko Mokuno
Corporate Officer, Corporate Marketing
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd
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Ms. Junko Mokuno is Corporate Officer of TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Co., LTD, overseeing the company’s marketing and brand management.

Ms. Mokuno has 15 years-over experiences in the area of marketing and new business development in the entertainment industry. Some achievements that she took the leadership role include launching mobile services and e-commerce at Pokemon Company and managing CRM initiatives and marketing at Walt Disney Japan. Prior to these roles, she worked as a management consultant at strategic management consulting firm, where she provided strong knowledge and expertise to develop business strategy for IT / high tech companies.

Ms. Mokuno holds MBA from University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, as well as bachelor of science from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
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Mr Daisuke Tebayashi
Manager
Preschool Education - Global Division and Character Development - Global Department, Benesse Corporation
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Daisuke Tebayashi joined Benesse Corporation, one of Japan’s leading educational companies, in 1993.

Tebayashi’s responsibilities cover the marketing of commercial educational services.

After working on junior-high school student programs, since 2000 Tebayashi has been involved in launching concert and theme park-related businesses for Kodomo Challenge, Benesse’s flagship home educational subscription service for preschoolers, and its main character Shimajiro. Today, he plays a primary role in developing and activating new products and services including preschool English-language education and direct marketing programs.

Currently, Tebayashi is responsible for increasing Benesse Corporation’s business through the integration of its core preschool home education service, which has over 2 million subscribers worldwide, with TV programming, film, digital services and licensing initiatives. Starting in Japan, the Shimajiro TV series is now available in China, Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia through linear broadcasts and video streaming services.

Benesse Corporation continues to proactively develop new business in global markets including trial broadcasts of Shimajiro on terrestrial TV in Turkey, and creating educational apps with award-winning Ireland-based apps developer Story Toys.
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Mr Ben Kato
President
Ingram Co., Ltd.
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Born in 1956.

1981 Graduated from Waseda Univ.
 Joined to Kyoiku sha Ltd.
1985 Joined to the editorial office of Science Magazine “Newton”
1989 Left the office
     Established Etna Shuppan, Published Guinness Book 1989
1991 Left Etna Shuppan
1992 Established Sogen sha Ltd.
1993  to present Entity conversion from Sogen sha Ltd. to Ingram Co., Ltd.


Public Appointments
Board member of LIMA JAPAN (Expired on March, 2017)
Board member of International NGO, AAR Japan (Association for Aid and Relief, Japan)
Representative director of NPO, PEACE PROJECT
Representative of ISKA (International Sport Kickboxing Association) JAPAN (Expired on May, 2017)
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Ms Tani Wong
Managing Director, LIMA China
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA)
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Tani is a veteran in the licensing business with in-depth knowledge about licensors, licensees and various aspects of licensing. To recognize her dedication and service to the licensing industry, she was awarded the “20 Most Outstanding Licensing Practioners’’ at The China Beijing International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo in 2013 and 2014. She heads up LIMA China offices in Hong Kong and Guangzhou since 2009. In addition, she is running a licensing consulting company.

She joined Warner Bros. in 2002. She managed all aspects of licensing business including merchandise, publishing, promotions and events for Asia and successfully led the licensing team to maximize the revenue potential via participation in blockbuster movies, and to strengthen evergreen properties through implementation of new business initiatives. She also focused her time on coaching licensing agents and ensuring that best practices were shared within the region to have a win-win business situation.

Prior to that, Tani worked at Consumer Products of The Walt Disney Company where she concreted her experience and expertise in the capacity of marketing and category sales. The working years in Disney Consumer Products had cultivated her enthusiasm of licensing in later years.
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Mr Galen Gao
Jing Ji Circle Agency Leader
JD.com
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Mr. Galen Gao was born in 1980. Since 2002, he worked at SONY Music Entertainment China. He then joined JD.com in 2010, and has more than 10 years of practical experiences in managing the entertainment industry. He was initially responsible for the business of JD Music, which is still the largest distribution and sales channel of physical records in China now. Mr. Gao was relocated to JD Financial Group and in charge of entertainment crowd funding business. It is also currently a pinoneer in the crowd funding industry. He is leading the IP integration business of JD Entertainment now, and is developing and planning JD Jingjiquan.
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Mr Jared Ren
Licensing Vice President
iQIYI
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Jared joined iQiyi in 2016 as VP of Corporate Strategy Planning BU. Now in his new role as VP of IP Value-added Service BU, he oversees diversified licensing business spanning product licensing, digital licensing and offline entertainment business.

Jared started his sales management role in 2009. He was the National Sales GM of Sohu Video and Deputy GM of Ku6 (East Asia), before when he also managed key accounts as Microsoft, Intel, and Pepsi in McCANN and Euro RSCG.

Jared has over 10 years' experience integrated marketing, branding consultancy and digital marketing.
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Mr Aaron Huang
Licensing Director
China Literature Limited
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Aaron Huang, International Authorization Director of China Literature. In 2012, he joined Shengda Cloudary and was responsible for publishing and comic adaptation licensing business of online literature. After the merger of Shengda Cloudary and Tencent Literature in 2015, He continued to be responsible for the same business at the Copyright Marketing Center. From the beginning of 2015, he led the team to develop online literature overseas authorization business. At present, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan in Asia have formed a large scale and produced stable returns. Outside Asia, the team has authorized original novels for digital and paper-based book publishing in UK, US, France, Russia, Turkey, Spain and other countries. In 2017, under his planning, China Literature participated in the London Book Fair and ATF for the first time, which made the online literature content and business mode of China Literature more and more influential overseas.
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Ms Daisy Shang
General Manager
Fantawild Animation Inc.
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Ms. Daisy Shang, Senior Vice President of Fantawild Holdings Inc. and General Manager of Fantawild Animation Inc., takes full charge of the animation sector of Fantawild.

Under her leadership, over 30 animation programs and 4 feature films, including the Boonie Bears franchise, have been produced, achieving great success. Fantawild's Cartoons are not only broadcast on more than 200 TV channels in China, but also distributed to more than 100 countries including America and Italy, aired on Nickelodeon, Disney, Sony, Netflix, and other internationally renowned networks, forming a global distribution network. As the chief producer of the Boonie Bears TV series and films, Daisy has successfully built Boonie Bears into the No.1 animation brand in China. It now holds the No.1 rating position nationwide, sets a record for the highest ratings on CCTV Children’s Channel, and ranks as the top animation on Chinese video platforms. From 2014 to 2017, the four theatrical films of Boonie Bears series have grossed 1.4 billion RMB (over 200 million USD) in China, shattering many records of the industry. These films have been released in many countries and regions such as Turkey, Russia, South Korea, Latin America, and South Africa and received excellent ratings. Meanwhile, Daisy has established Fantawild’s licensees system, which brings great value to its licensees. Now, over 3,000 SKUs of consumer products are created by more than 200 licensees, covering over 20 categories and grossed over 320 Million USD in annual sales.
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Ms Elaine Chiu
Senior Vice President – China
Global Brands Group Asia Limited (CAA-GBG)
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Elaine Chiu has over 13 years of brand licensing experience. Currently, she is the Senior Vice President of CAA-GBG China, a global licensing agency for international well-known brands including Playboy, Coca Cola, Crocs, Line Friends, Peanuts, Miffy etc. Over the past decade, she was responsible for implementing licensing strategies and operations for International licensing brands, providing integrated supports and problem-resolution services to licensing partners in China to ensure that the values and attributes inherent in the licensing brands are maintained as well as maximize opportunities in China

Prior to that, she worked for Promotional Partner Worldwide (PPW) and International Management Group (IMG), the leading licensing agencies for numerous international licensing brands in Greater China, including Discovery Channel, Peppa Pig, The Smurfs, Pepsi, Cosmopolitan, Sesame Street, Arnold Palmer etc., she deeply believes in the extended values created by licensing programs regardless of internationally renowned brands or young and upcoming brands.
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Ms Claire Gilchrist
Vice President
Hasbro Brand Consumer Products – Asia Pacific
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Claire is responsible for Hasbro’s Consumer Products business across Asia Pacific. Claire works with Hasbro’s global and regional business leaders coordinating and overseeing growth opportunities for Hasbro’s brand portfolio across the region.

Prior to Hasbro, Claire worked for Mattel in several roles most recently as Vice President of Mattel Consumer Products for Asia Pacific.

Prior to Mattel, Claire worked for The Walt Disney Company, holding roles in both Europe and North America for The Disney Stores and Disney Consumer Products.

Claire was educated in West Africa and England.

Claire currently resides in in Hong Kong.
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Mr Alexis Bautista
CEO
Kokonuzz Media Group
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Serial Entrepreneur since 2007 with a solid career on Business Management and a strong focus on International Marketing and Sales. Currently combines his role as Founder & CEO of Kokonuzz Media Group (Transmedia entertainment developer and licensor building global entertainment franchises through traditional and disruptive media), with his role as Co-founder of DNA LAB International (developing high-impact consulting services for world-renowned companies and brands within the Lifestyle industry).
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Mr Herbert Yang
CEO
Century Innovative Technology Limited
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Herbert has been a serial entrepreneur and corporate executive in technology/entertainment startups and global MNC. He cofounded several startups in China and Silicon Valley spanning across consumer mobile social network, animation film, and fashion big data. Before that he was CFO of China Mobile's 12580, CFO of Zhang Yimou's Impression Arts and VP of Finance for GE Capital Boston. Herbert holds a bachelor degree from National University of Singapore and master degree from the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University.
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Ms Anita Leung
Consultant
David Lo & Partners
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Anita has been a legal practitioner for more than 25 years, advising both local and multinational companies on the full spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and information technology work, including mergers, acquisition and commercialization of IP assets, internal IP audits, pre-IPO due diligence, joint ventures, research collaboration, licensing, franchising and distribution. She provides clients with strategic brand integrity programs involving regional and cross-border enforcement of IP rights at all levels, litigating on copyright, trademark, design and patent disputes. Anita also assists clients on data privacy and cybersecurity issues, both locally and regionally, and the development and execution of diverse legal initiatives to manage the legal risks faced by companies in the Greater China and Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining David Lo and Partners as a consultant, Anita was a partner with two top international law firms in Hong Kong, Jones Day and Baker & McKenzie.

Anita sits on the BIP Asia Forum Steering Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and is the past President of Licensing Executives Society China (Hong Kong Sub-Chapter) from 2013 to 2016. She is also a member of the Working Committee of the Intellectual Property Rights Protection Alliance, the Intellectual Property Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society and a Council Member of the Federation of Woman Lawyers.
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Ms Charmaine Koo
Partner
Deacons
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Charmaine Koo is co-head of Deacons Intellectual Property Department and Head of the firm’s commercial IP, IP litigation and enforcement, and entertainment and media practice groups in Hong Kong. Charmaine advises on all aspects of commercial IP, including the structure and documentation of complex commercial transactions, licensing, franchising, distribution, cobranding as well as IT, technology, media, entertainment and advertising agreements. She also has extensive experience advising on copyright, data protection and personal data privacy.

Charmaine represents many of the world’s leading brands, advertising agencies, entertainment businesses, ISPs and content providers in relation to a wide range of innovative IP or internet issues. Her significant licensing matters include advising a leading educational toy manufacturer on trademark and product design licensing, co-branding and distribution agreements; an international apparel and accessories brand-management and retail-distribution network on license and distribution agreements for Southeast Asia with a well-known French footwear and apparel group; a media services and post-production company on a license for surround sound technology throughout Asia; a lingerie manufacturer on a joint venture and license agreement with an Oscar-winning Hollywood actress; and one of the world’s most influential developers and providers of digital entertainment content on licensing IPRs in games’ software. She has won many awards and been recognised as a leading IP practitioner by many global industry publications and directories.
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Mr Joseph Chow
Partner
Wellington Legal
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Joseph Chow was admitted in Hong Kong as a solicitor in October 1999. He is a partner and one of the co-founders of Wellington Legal, a medium sized law firm in Hong Kong.

Joseph has a wealth of experience in general commercial transactions, securities laws, regulatory matters, and protection of intellectual property rights. He is particularly experienced in advising corporations and start-ups in developing comprehensive and cost effective intellectual property rights protection strategies.

Joseph is a regular speaker on intellectual property laws in conferences and is the honorary legal advisor to the Hong Kong Brand Development Council.

Joseph graduated with a law degree (LL.B) from City University of Hong Kong in 1996 and completed his PCLL in University of Hong Kong in 1997.

Apart from his legal practice, Joseph is also an active member in the licensing industry. He has his own design teams in Japan and Taiwan to create original characters and comics and he is also the exclusive agent in HK and Mainland China for a few characters from Japan and Korea.

Joseph is fluent in English, Cantonese and Putonghua, and conversational in Japanese.
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Mr Rentaro Muto
Partner
Fred Kan & Co.
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Mr Rentaro Muto is one of the head of the firm’s Japanese practice. He is responsible for advising Japanese clients in Japan, Hong Kong and Mainland China on Hong Kong laws. He is an all round player and has advised Japanese clients across various area of legal matters including banking, finance, conveyancing, logistics, probate, international trade, insurance, intellectual property, real property and construction, criminal, tenancy, personal injuries, employment, commercial, investment and cross-border dispute resolution.

Muto is a frequent speaker in talks and seminars relating to the area of Japanese doing business in Hong Kong and Mainland. He gave talks at Tokyo and Osaka of Hong Kong Trade Development Council and he travels frequently to his firm’s office in Tokyo meeting directly with clients.
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