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Sandeep Chatterjee

Managing Director, theLitVentures, USA

Dr. Sandeep Chatterjee is the CEO of a group of diversified, multi-national enterprises that focus on areas critical for the 21st Century, including: innovation and intellectual property rights; intellectual property and commercial litigation; mobile and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies; and, education focused on innovation and the future of jobs.

He earned a BSc in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His PhD dissertation at MIT was selected as one of the most important inventions in computing, and the invention is preserved and showcased in a time capsule at the Boston Museum of Science. Other recipients of this honor include Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft) and Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web).

He developed one of the first mobile banking solutions, and his technology was identified as a Bloomberg Innovation, and featured on Bloomberg TV’s “Bloomberg Innovators” program. He was a member of the JSR 172 Expert Group that defined the worldwide standard for J2ME mobile Web services.

He also has extensive experience with providing expert testimony for intellectual property and commercial litigation, including for high stakes patent litigation, copyright and trade secret misappropriation, contract disputes and licensing cases. He is regularly retained by the largest law firms and the largest companies in the world for multi-billion dollar litigation.

He has co-authored books on technology and mobile systems innovation that is used by universities around the world. The Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), has identified him as an international expert on mobile and digital forensics technologies. The Government of Andra Pradesh has appointed him as the Dean for the Center of Mobile Excellence at the government’s International Institute for Digital Technologies (IIDT).

James Chau

President, China-United States Exchange Foundation, Hong Kong SAR, China

President of the China-United States Exchange Foundation and World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador. Special Advisor to Dr. Margaret Chan, Dean, Tsinghua Vanke School of Public Health. Interviews with world leaders in politics, science and health, including: Nobel laureates Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and Muhammad Yunus. Currently, Host of The China Current. Formerly, Guest Presenter, BBC World News and Main Anchor, China Central Television. 2016, appointed by the World Health Organization as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health. 2009-2016, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. Frequent public speaker; chair and moderator of high-level international events led by Laura Bush, Bill Gates, Angela Merkel, Erna Solberg, Justin Trudeau. Studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from Cambridge University. Trustee, MTV Staying Alive Foundation; Advisor, Global Health 50/50, The Commons Project; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Valeri Chekheria

Chief Executive Officer, Rooms Hotels, Georgia

Valeri has emerged as a key business leader in the region through his innovative approach to implementing modern business values to the Georgian community.

Under his leadership Adjara Group has built a diverse portfolio of internationally renowned hotels and trend-setting new entrepreneurial projects including a large-scale agricultural and farming development initiative in Eastern region of Georgia.

Valeri is a dedicated philanthropist involved in several charitable causes and leads the company’s CSR efforts. He is Chairman of the Board of the Global Compact Network Georgia as well as a board-member of the McLain Association Children.

Prior to taking leadership of the company in 2011 he served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of Finance. Valeri graduated from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, where he completed a Masters of Public Administration (MPA).

As a recognition of his achievements Valeri was nominated in 2018 by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Young Global Leaders’ program along with 100 of the world’s most promising, business leaders, public servants, technologists, social entrepreneurs and artists.

Timothy Chen

CEO, VIA China; Head of Business Development VIA/HTC, HTC-VIA, Taiwan, China

Bachelor's in Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Since 1996, with VIA. Began career at the company's Taiwan headquarters, managing the sales and marketing offices of Japan and Korea. Responsible for VIA worldwide business development and strategic partnerships for VIA Technologies, a leading innovator of PC silicon and platform technologies. Besides presiding over VIA's Global Sales & Marketing, serves as technical assistant to the President and CEO of VIA, Wenchi Chen. Board and advisory positions at a number of technology companies. Involved in social ventures, social media, premium content providers, hardware companies at the semiconductor and system level, faith-based endeavours, a premium winery in China as well as being a hobbyist angel investor.

Calvin Cheng

Honorary Consul, Head of Diplomatic Mission, Singapore

Calvin Cheng is currently Honorary Consul and Head of Diplomatic Mission, of the Republic of Serbia to the Republic of Singapore. He is the first Honorary Consul of Serbia to be appointed in Singapore, since the commencement of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In 2010, Calvin founded Jue Rui Bao Si, a training company in China that trained some of the leading companies in China in soft skills. In August 2015, Calvin merged his company, and a PRC online corporate training company Rui Tai (Retech), to form Retech Technology Co in Hong Kong, which he then led to an IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange in June 2017. It was the largest technology IPO in Australia in 2017. Following the IPO, Calvin became a non-executive,independent director (CoChairman) of the company. He served in this role from July 2017 to June 2023. Previously, Calvin was the co-founder of Lumina-Looque International, an integrated media company with offices in Singapore, Malaysia and China, which owns event companies, model agencies and a publishing company. Calvin was also the Asia-Pacific Head of Elite Model Management, the world’s largest modelling agency. He is now an independent investor in technology, media and entertainment, especially in Ed-tech, Blockchain and Fin-tech. In the last 3 years he has successfully invested and divested from a leading Singaporean blockchain solutions company, and a Chinese online brokerage. Calvin was issued one of the first 25 virtual asset licenses in Dubai, alongside global virtual asset companies like Binance and Okex. This was followed by another of his companies being granted membership of VQF, the oldest FINMA-recognised self-regulatory body in Switzerland. Calvin was an appointed Member of Parliament of Singapore in the Eleventh Parliament. He has also served on various Ministerial advisory boards including the Media Literacy Council, the Singapore Media Festival, Screen Singapore and the Government Feedback REACH supervisory council. Calvin graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and a Master of Science in Management. Calvin is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum at Davos.

Ming Yu Cheng

Director, Institute of Management and Leadership Development, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Cheng Ming Yu is the Director of the Institute of Management and Leadership Development (IMLD), Chairperson of the Belt and Road Strategic Research Centre and Professor of Economics at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia. She works on projects related to economic development, particularly on social capital, globalization and human capital development as well as competitiveness studies. Cheng has been a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (JSPS), a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Washington State University, USA, a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University. She is one of the principal investigators for the World Value Survey (WVS) in Malaysia, a Member of the DAAD Alumni Association, one of the BMW Foundation Young Leaders, Executive Secretary of ABEST21 Japan and an alumna of the “Building a Better Asia-Young Leaders Retreat” organized by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan. Cheng is also the Founding Curator of the Kuala Lumpur Hub of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community.

Chew-Seow Chien

Partner, Bain & Company SE Asia Inc, Singapore

BA in Economics and MPhil (Hons) in Finance, Cambridge University; MBA, Harvard Business School. Since 1995, with Bain & Company: since 2007, current position; worked with global consumer products companies and clients in technology, financial services, retail, private equity and heavy industries sectors; experience in US and Asia including corporate portfolio strategy, full potential growth strategy, acquisition screening and due diligence, post merger integration, supply chain management.

Calvin Chin

Managing Partner, E14 Fund, USA

BA, Yale University; MBA, TRIUM (NYU, LSE, HEC Paris). Formerly worked in various entrepreneurial and leadership roles in education, banking and technology start-ups in New York, Silicon Valley and Shanghai. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Qifang, China's leading online student loan service and the first Chinese company recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. Social Innovation Park Fellow. Adviser, lecturer and mentor to students, entrepreneurs and start-ups on strategy, fundraising and social responsibility, social innovation and social entrepreneurism. 2009 Chinese Business Leader of the Year, Horasis and Baker & McKenzie.

Nomin Chinbat

Minister of Culture, Ministry of Culture of Mongolia, Mongolia

Through her professional work in media and her active role in social initiatives she has become one of the opinion shapers and role model for young people in Mongolia.
In her earlier career Nomin Chinbat introduced global standards of hospitality in a country transitioning from totalitarian regime to a free market economy, driving profound changes for the whole industry. Her hotel is not only one of the top touristic attractions of the country but it is the single largest employer and tax-payer in the town that it operates in.
She created MongolTV, in 2009, with a vision to educate and enlighten the public with non-biased information and knowledge. It quickly developed into the most viewed independent channels of the Nation. The channel has pioneered ethical broadcasting and responsible journalism in a country rigged with corruption and political interference. It strives to gain societal acceptance of internationally accepted norms and standards in the media industry. MongolTV was instrumental in introducing legal changes that ensure protection of intellectual property rights and paved the way for fight against copyright infringement.
She was elected as Founding Chair of the Mongolian Media Council, the first self-regulatory press ombudsman in 2015, in recognition of her vision to create a legal environment for ethical journalism.
She is engaged in philanthropy through various initiatives such as Byatshan Ger to help underprivileged kids and hearing impaired citizens.
In recognition of her achievements, she was selected as one of the "30 under 30' by Forbes Mongolia and “Top 25 Women in Television” by Hollywood Reporter. She is always seeking to develop herself professionally, in pursuit for that she is currently attending executive program at Harvard Business School.

James Chin Moody

Chief Executive Officer, Sendle LLC, Australia

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sendle, Australia's highest-rated parcel delivery service. Formerly, Executive Director, Development at Australia's national research agency, the CSIRO and was the chief systems engineer for Fedsat, Australia's first satellite to be launched in 30 years. PhD in Innovation Theory. Co-Author of “The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource Limited World”. Passionate about science communication; former panellist on the ABC TV television programme “The New Inventors”.

Mitsuru Claire Chino

Audit & Supervisory Board Member, ITOCHU, Japan

Claire is President & CEO of Itochu International Inc. and Managing Executive Officer of Itochu Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, headquartered in Japan. In 2013, she became the first female executive officer of any major trading company in Japan. Prior to joining Itochu, she was a partner of an international law firm.

Claire has received several recognitions, including from the World Economic Forum (Young Global Leader), Yale University (Yale World Fellow), Asia Society (Asia 21) and the U.S. Japan Leadership Program. She has also been recognized in the in-house community as a “Top 25 In-House Counsel in Asia” (Asia Legal Business), “Asia Pacific’s Innovative Lawyer” (Financial Times) and “FT Global General Counsel 30 (Financial Times). She is a graduate of Smith College (B.A. cum laude) and Cornell Law School (J.D.), where she serves on the advisory board.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Chief Executive Officer, SOC Films, Pakistan

Bachelor’s degree, Smith College; two Master’s degrees, Stanford University. The only woman director to have been awarded two Academy Awards by the age of 37 and the first female director for a Star Wars film. Since 2001, has made over two dozen multi-award films in over 16 countries. Films include: “Student Athlete”, “Girl in the river”, “Song of Lahore”, “Saving Face”, “Peace Keepers” and “Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret”. 2017, first artist to co-chair the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. Recipient of honours and awards, including: named in annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, Time Magazine (2012); awarded highest civil honour “Hilal -e–Imtiaz”, Pakistan Government (2012); Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Canadian Government, for work in the field of documentary films (2013); Crystal Award, World Economic Forum; Knight International Journalism Award, International Center for Journalists for work that led to legislative change (2017); Honorary Degree in Fine Arts, Smith College (2018).