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Suranga Chandratillake is a technology entrepreneur who founded the video search engine blinkx in 2004 and launched it in 2005. He took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in 2007 and led it as Chief Executive Officer until 2012. Chandratillake has been named one of 25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment by Digital Watch, a Top 10 Leader in Science and Innovation by The Observer's Future 500 list and is often invited to speak at leading industry events, including the Financial Times' Digital Media Conference, MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference and the Monaco Media Forum. Chandratillake is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has an MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University.
He is the young leader of media business who is in charge of the most influential economic daily, Maeil Business Newspaper, and nationwide TV channel, Maeil Broadcasting Network, in Korea. Furthermore, with his keen interest in future technology, he runs one of the most successful start-up accelerators in Korea. Finally, because of his interest in the regional security, he has been serving as a commissioner in the ASEAN Regional Forum EEP (ARF Experts and Eminent Persons).
Political cartoonist and comics reporter, Der Spiegel, The Boston Globe, NZZ am Sonntag, Le Temps and Le Canard Enchaîné. Formerly with The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Pioneer of graphic journalism, a genre of reporting developing in print, web and animation form. Reports include the slums of Nairobi, gangs in Guatemala, death row prisons in the USA. Organizer of projects involving editorial cartoonists in conflict-ridden countries to foster a dialogue on human rights through art (www.crossed-pens.com). President of the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation in Geneva, formerly Swiss foundation Cartooning for Peace, whose honorary chair was Kofi Annan. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2006). Visiting Fellow, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism. Recipient, Cartoon Award, Overseas Press Club of America (2011, 2015 and 2018). TED speaker (2010 and 2019).
Managing Director, Business, London & Partners, leads the teams that support investors into London; help London-based companies to export; and attract major cultural and business events to the city. Works closely with the Mayor of London's office to drive thought leadership, city to city collaboration and innovation around areas of passion and importance for London, from cleantech to diversity to the use of data and artificial intelligence to drive excellent public services that can be tested in London and used around the world. Formerly UK Diplomat, based in Jordan, Iraq, US, Ethiopia and Guatemala, where was the UK's youngest ever Ambassador.
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).
International Broadcaster and Host of The China Current. Interviews with world leaders in politics, science and health, including: Nobel laureates Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and Muhammad Yunus. Editor-at-Large, China-United States Exchange Foundation. Formerly, Guest Presenter, BBC World News and Main Anchor on 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; has chaired and moderated high-level international events led by Laura Bush, Bill Gates, Angela Merkel, Erna Solberg, Charlize Theron, 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.
Nirvana Chaudhary, founded his own independent company - CG Finco - at the age of 19. Educated in Doon, Harrow and EMBA at MIT and LBS, he became the Managing Director of CG Corp Global, a $2.5 Billion private conglomerate, before turning 30. CG (Chaudhary Group) is a multinational headquartered in Nepal, with a portfolio of 136 companies and 76 brands spread across 30 different countries.
Nirvana is well-known for his diverse interests, ventures and accolades - an artist, musician, trekker, a former national squash player and, most importantly, as a philanthropist. Nirvana is the Vice Chair of Chaudhary Foundation - the philanthropic arm of his group that he leads. Chaudhary Foundation extended instant support to build homes to those displaced after the massive earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 and is continuing build schools and homes for the survivors. The Foundation opened Nepal’s largest spiritual institute. Along with successfully executing various social projects, the Foundation partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates on the much needed health and sanitation projects in Nepal. Thus Nirvana has touched many lives and the social impact thus generated has been widely recognized. Nirvana is the recipient of the YPO’s SEN Sustainability Award for Philanthropy (2019), the Asian Leadership Award (2019) and the President’s Award for Social Contribution from Lions Club International (2015). He sits on the board of the Center for Asian Philanthropists.
Nirvana is currently the Honorary Consul General of Serbia to Nepal. In his earlier role as the Consul to Maldives, he was the recipient of the highest civilian award by the Maldivian Govt. for his humanitarian work. He has been the Brand Ambassador of WWF Foundation, Founder of Himalayan Climate Change, the youngest Founder Member of Entrepreneur Organization (Nepal Chapter), and Founder Member of the Young Presidents Organization. He has led a campaign on "Spirit of Entrepreneurship” and has just been featured as the First Nepalese in CNBC’s Young Turks. Nirvana is also part of The Art of Living Apex Board.
On the business front, Nirvana was elected the Vice President of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) in 2016 and the Chair for the India - Nepal Center. He has served as the Personal Advisor to the Minister of Industries of the Government of Nepal and has held offices of various bilateral chamber of commerce and industry. He became the Chairman of ASSOCHAM Nepal Chapter and was nominated to the board of UN Business Advisory Council, UN Global Compact High Level Steering Committee of the Action Platform and Member High Level Task Force on Nepal Government Response to Disaster.
Rounding up his recent achievements, in 2020, Nirvana was featured in Tatler’s New Face of Asia and Asia’s most influential. And in 2021, he conceptualized and founded the Union of Asian Chambers. In 2021, he was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Nirvana also founded the Nepal Super League for youth development through sports and launched a private foundation named after his parents- “Binod & Sarika Devi Foundation.” Nirvana is often sought by youth organizations, schools, universities and young entrepreneurs as a motivational speaker. He has authored several articles on leadership and management for prominent business magazines and runs his Podcast “Making It Bigger.” Nirvana and his wife Ashrayata have a daughter (Araaya) and a son (Arhaan).
Sarah’s career spans across venture capital (VC) and innovation, in Asia and the US. She is Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged to invest and are actively deploying beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where women founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze capital deployed to these venture funds, ensuring their continued capacity to invest- by mobilizing LP commitments, convening LPs and connecting them to GPs who invest in venture-backable companies founded by diverse women founders.
Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multi-million cross border investments, structuring and executing commercialization plans for her portfolio companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal, and at the United Nations.
Driven by a mission to fuel women's ambition, power and influence, she currently sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London. A proud Malaysian, she spends her time between the US- Asia.
To find out more: www.beyondthebillion.com
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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.
Entrepreneur and investor.
Co-founded Chinese EduTech firm Retech, and led it to IPO on the ASX in 2017, in the largest tech float in Australia of that year. Currently Chairman. Co-founded one of world's largest crypto exchanges ABCC.
Formerly shareholder and director of Lumina Singapore, one of region's largest fashion and luxury event management companies, and JUICE Magazine, SE Asia's largest youth and music magazine. Formerly also Head of Elite Model Management for Asia.
Calvin was also an appointed member of Singapore's Parliament.
He graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA (MA) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and an MSc in Management.
Ming Yu Cheng
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.
Serene Chen Huijing
Huijing Serene Chen is one of the youngest senior financial market leaders globally. Chen is responsible for the fixed income and currencies business for clients in Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank. A regular speaker at global conferences, she has been a driving force behind the innovation and digitization of market risk and technology solutions to help client organizations unlock value and increase efficiencies. Chen is a leading advocate for women in business and has been instrumental in supporting women’s leadership in the industry, actively working to help empower, mentor and build confidence in women.