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Sarah Chen

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, USA

Sarah Chen’s career spans across 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 beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where female founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze the larger landscape of capital, targeting the top of the capital stack of limited partner investors to drive returns through diversity. Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, and 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.

Tianshi Chen

Founder & CEO, Cambricon Technologies, People's Republic of China

Dr. Chen Tianshi is the founder and CEO of Cambricon, where he brings over 10 years experience in the fields of micro-processor architecture and artificial intelligence. Chen, a brilliant young scientist with a prestigious reputation, was awarded the Excellent Youth Award by National Natural Science Fund Committee, along with the Intel Young Scholar Award and the Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award of the China Computer Society.

Timothy Chen

CEO, VIA China; Head of Business Development VIA/HTC, HTC, 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.

Yao Chen

Actress, Beijing Chen Xin Culture and Art Studio, People's Republic of China

1993-97, studied Chinese folk dance, Beijing Dance Academy; 1999-2003, studied at the Beijing Film Academy. Acting debut as the daughter of a powerful martial artist in a 2005 television production of My Own Swordsman. 2008, played the part of an iconic guerrilla leader in the series Undercover. First stage appearance as a white-collar heroine in A Story of Lala's Promotion (2009). Appeared as Mango in Feng Xiaogang's If You Are the One 2 (2010), in Chen Yili's Colour Me Love (2010) and in Shang Jing's My Own Swordsman (2011). 2011, visited Mae La refugee camp in northern Thailand as UNHCR's Honorary Patron for China. Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress (2010).

Calvin Cheng

Chairman, Retech Technology Co., Singapore

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.


Cheng Ming Yu

Professor of Economics; Director, Institute of Management and Leadership Development; Director, Division of Community and International Networking, 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.

Serene Chen Huijing

Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, Singapore

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.

Chen Man

Founder, Beijing Man Xiang Ya Tian Advertising Ltd, People's Republic of China

Chinese contemporary photographer and visual artist who created a unique visual language that revolutionized fashion photography in China. The first ever photographer to be invited to the Met Ball. Artworks have been exhibited around the world, one of which, "The Astronaut", was selected as the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in the UK. From 2003 to 2007, during the phase of cover shoot for magazine, developed a brand new "Chen Man Style" of visual expression, which marked the beginning of her creative works. Her powerful visual language attracted immediate attention throughout the fashion media industry and inspired a great number of fashion photographers in China and abroad. 2016, Guest Lecturer, UPenn Wharton China Summit, Harvard China Forum and Young President Organization Forum. 2016, Director, Creative Artists Agency. In September 2016, collaborated with The Peninsula Hotels for The Peninsula In Pink collection. Artworks have been exhibited and auctioned for charity around the world.

Chew-Seow Chien

Partner, Bain & Company, 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.

Chew Shou Zi

Partner and President, International, Xiaomi, People's Republic of China

Shou Zi Chew is the youngest C-level management at Xiaomi, a technology giant in China. He has played a key role in bridging Xiaomi's product and capacity to the global market.

Chheang Vannarith

President, Asian Vision Institute (AVI), Cambodia

A public policy analyst and government relations strategist with over a decade of research and practical experiences in geopolitical and political economic analysis, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He is currently serving as President of the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) where he is leading projects on geopolitical risk analysis, governance innovation, inclusive digital economy, sustainable development, and leadership development.

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.