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  • Jeffrey Paine

    SingaporeSingapore

    Jeffrey Paine

    Golden Gate Ventures

    Career

    Founding Partner of Golden Gate Ventures, Manages founder institute in Singapore. Spent first eight years of career in early stage venture and private equity in the US, North and South Asia. Co-founded a China market entry advisory firm (GenOrigin). Started career at KPMG before stepping into an investment Manager role at MPH Ventures. Currently mentor at JFDI Asia, Founder Institute, and Chinaaccelerator

  • Paul Santos

    SingaporeSingapore

    Paul Santos

    Wavemaker

    Career

    Paul Santos is the Managing Partner of Wavemaker Partners and leads the group's activities in Asia. He is an experienced entrepreneur who has successfully co-founded six companies across a variety of industries, exiting thrice. He co-launched Wavemaker Partners’ Labs fund, which enjoys a 5.6x leverage as an Approved Technology Incubator under the Singapore National Research Foundation.

  • Bikesh

    MalaysiaMalaysia

    Bikesh

    1337 Ventures

    Career

    Bikesh is the co-founder of iTrain, South East Asia's No 1 Tech Training Provider and founder of 1337 Ventures, Malaysia's first Accelerator programme. He has mentored, developed and invested in 30 technology start-ups under the 1337 Ventures portfolio in the verticals of gaming, social networking, education, big data, proximity marketing, wearable technology and recently fintech. Bikesh was also the founder of Alpha Startups a pre accelerator programme to help startups validate their ideas, refine their prototypes and channels to market. The Alpha Startups programme has now been utilized as an Innovation platform by the Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications and Government sectors to seek out startups to solve their pain points and onboard them into their organizations.

  • Adrian Vanzyl

    ThailandThailand

    Adrian Vanzyl

    Ardent Capital

    Career

    Adrian is a veteran early stage investor and technologist in the Digital Media space, spending most of his career in Silicon Valley in various venture backed startups. Adrian spent ten years with Blumberg Capital in San Francisco (most recently as CTO for a $100M early stage digital media focused fund, where he was also CEO of two portfolio companies). Formerly, he was CTO of Sausage Software (and board member at its IPO), CTO of LookSmart (IPO on Nasdaq) - two of Australia’s earliest and largest internet successes. He was also a Group Manager at Microsoft in the US.

  • Steven Vanada

    IndonesiaIndonesia

    Steven Vanada

    CyberAgent Ventures

    Career

    I was an intern stockbroker at boutique Hedge Fund in Seattle, WA before I moved to Japan to start working as at Voyage Group in one of their new divisions as early members in social media apps development.
    I joined CyberAgent Ventures as a VC at the end of 2011, in which we have invested about 10 companies in Indonesia. (Total as a team CAV has invested over 150 companies)
    I also have served as non-executive Director at Tokopedia, Bilna, Haruka Edu, and Kurio.

  • Adrian Li

    IndonesiaIndonesia

    Adrian Li

    Convergence Ventures

    Career

    Adrian is Founder & Managing Partner at Convergence Ventures, a Venture Capital fund that invests in early stage tech. ventures in Indonesia. He is also a director at Imaginato, a mobile & web dev. firm and Qraved, Jakarta’s leading restaurant directory. Previously, independently and as a Rocket Internet MD, he co-founded ventures in China and Indonesia.

    Adrian’s first Internet venture was Idapted where as CEO & cofounder he raised 2 rounds of venture financing and led the company to be the largest live 1:1 online English test preparation service in China. Idapted was acquired by Eleutian in 2011. He later started two online ventures with Rocket Internet in travel and eCommerce spaces before cofounding Qraved. At the end of 2014 he launched Convergence Ventures.

    Adrian is also involved in non-profit work. He founded and chairs a UK Charity called CNYTrust, which supports children in rural China continue schooling. He is a business mentor at several incubators and accelerator programs including Endeavor, Founder Institute, GEPI, Ideabox, Incyte and Sky Star Ventures and a member of EO Indonesia.

  • Hideki Fujita

    SingaporeSingapore

    Hideki Fujita

    SEGNEL Ventures

    Career

    Prior to founding SEGNEL, Hideki was the co-founder of COENT Venture Partners. COENT Provided seed and venture-stage funding to brilliant entrepreneurs and companies across various sectors in Asia.
    Hideki was director of Business Strategy at GREE, inc., one of the largest mobile social gaming companies. At the company he assumed a corporate management position and was involved in strategic investments within the mobile gaming field with a focus on the Japanese and Chinese markets.
    Hideki had previously worked at JAFCO Co., Ltd. the largest venture capital firm in Japan. He was involved in providing support to promising entrepreneurs, growing them into successful investments, Most notably Full Speed Inc. (TSE:2159), SMS Co Ltd (TSE:2175) and Rentracks Co Ltd (TSE:6045)

  • Thaddeus koh

    SingaporeSingapore

    Thaddeus koh

    E27

    Career

    Thaddeus is the Co-Founder of E27 and also the company's Chief Operations and Finance Director. He is also an NUS Overseas Colleges Silicon Valley alumni where he worked at the startup, Cataphora, and received his minor in Technopreneurship at the Stanford Centre for Professional Development.

    He was integral to E27's funding of US$615K by strategic investors, and he has contribute to the capabilities and value of Echelon through creation of Investor Kit & Tech Alley. He has traveled extensively in SE.Asia and East Asia listening to more than 200 tech startups pitches that are participating on the Echelon platform each year.

  • SOONHEE KIM

    SingaporeSingapore

    SOONHEE KIM

    OPTSEA

    Career

    Over the last 15 years, in addition to numerous investment activities, Soonhee Kim has experience with multiple layers of overseas business development and incubation projects. She started her career with a Korean off-shore trading company developing hub functionality in Japan and increasing operations between NE Asia and SE Asia. Prior to join the OPT group, she worked as the project manager for a venture incubation consulting firm to operate various localization and incubation projects throughout NE Asia and the US for the entertainment media contents and restaurant industry. Since joining OPT in 2005, she has been responsible for overseas business development, M&A and investment projects in the US and Korean market. After moving her base from Tokyo to Thailand in 2012, she has been in charge of the SE Asia market and became appointed COO of OPT SEA in 2014.

  • Sam Shafie

    MalaysiaMalaysia

    IndonesiaIndonesia

    Sam Shafie

    WatchTower and Friends (WTF) Accelerator

    Career

    I am legally trained and worked for 16 years in public service as a Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney General Chambers, a Prosecution Officer in the Securities Commission and as a Director for Network Security at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. I left the public service in 2008 and started several ventures in the tech and brick and mortar space. Currently, I run WTF Accelerator, an early stage tech accelerator that has done 24 investments so far, all of it Malaysia. I also run pitchIN, a crowdfunding platform.

  • Michael I. Waitze

    ThailandThailand

    Michael I. Waitze

    Metaliq Media

    Career

    Michael I. Waitze worked in Global Finance for more than 20 years, employed by firms like Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, primarily in Tokyo. Michael began his career in the back office, transitioned into a technology support and development group and spent most of his career as a multi-product trader in Japan and Southeast Asia. He has built multiple trading businesses and managed and mentored successful teams as well. During this time, Michael also maintained a particular focus on how technology could be used successfully to make those businesses more efficient and drive P/L growth. Michael traded Global Equities, Portfolios, Futures, Currencies and Fixed Income Securities.

    After more than 20 years in Tokyo, Michael moved to Southeast Asia to get more involved in the Venture Capital business and also invest his own capital. Michael is quite skilled at connecting people and capital to innovative ideas and has advised multiple Start Ups on multiple platforms. Michael has been involved in capital raising for Start Ups and has driven business development for them as well.

  • Masahiko Honma

    SingaporeSingapore

    Masahiko Honma

    Incubate Fund

    Career

    Masahiko Honma is co-founder and general partner of Incubate Fund, the largest seed stage investment group in Japan, with the focus on investing in mobile, gaming, and internet media startups in Japan. Our total asset under management is US$180M from investors like Tencent, Yahoo, SEGA, Mixi, Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, and Japan’s government fund. Masahiko has made good track records of creating and supporting mobile gaming startups like Pokelabo(Acquired by GREE with over US$170M) and Gumi(Public in Dec.2014). Now Incubate Fund actively invests in O2O, IoT, and Entertainment sectors in Japan and SouthEastAsia.

  • Dzung Nguyen

    VietnamVietnam

    Dzung Nguyen

    CyberAgent Ventures

    Career

    Dzung Nguyen is venture capitalist at CyberAgent Ventures in charge of investment and support to Tech start-up companies in Vietnam and Thailand.
    He have made the investments to CleverAds (The biggest SEM agency of Google in Vietnam), Tiki (General retail EC), and founding investor of Foody (The biggest gourmet search & review site)...with total more than 15 investments into early-stage companies in Vietnam. From September 2013, he developed Thailand market successfully, with the first investment to Priceza Co., Ltd (The biggest price comparison site). He have been also in charge of investment, incubating and supporting fund-raising for portfolio companies both in Vietnam and Thailand. He graduated from Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, Vietnam and graduted School of Economics in Hosei Univerisy in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Dinh Anh Huan

    VietnamVietnam

    Dinh Anh Huan

    Seedcom

    Career

    Self-made millionaire, serial entrepreneur, serial investor in retail and technology startups, key influencer in local startup community. Set up Vietnam's largest retail chains in multiple verticals (mobile devices,consumer electronics, mom & baby products) as well as the largest logisitic provider and technology platform provider for retail businesses. Portfolio companies employ a total of 10,000 staff across all 63 provinces, with annual turnover of almost US$1 billion.

  • Jojy Azurin

    PhilippinesPhilippines

    Jojy Azurin

    1000 Angels

    Career

    More than 2 decades in the technology space. I was able to exit twice. I raised funds for my companies and for others.

  • Amarit Charoenphan

    ThailandThailand

    Amarit Charoenphan

    HUBBA

    Career

    Amarit knows his passion and life's work has been to help people realize their dreams and become the most successful startups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers by building a vibrant, supportive startup ecosystem through the best coworking spaces, events, education, media and funding scene. As the cofounder of HUBBA, Thailand’s 1st coworking space and the Hub of Startups in Thailand, we serve 200+ active members and over 6,000 visitors in our 3 years of existence. HUBBA is also leader in activating the Thai technology startup ecosystem through events, conferences and media. With experience in organizing over 300 events, HUBBA is best known for as Co-Country Host of Geeks on a Plane Southeast Asia tour in Thailand in 2013 and 2014 as well as organizing Start it Up Conference 2015 (via our media joint venture Techsauce), Thailand’s top tech startup conference attended by over 800 people in 2015.

  • SOMPOAT CHANSOMBOON

    ThailandThailand

    SOMPOAT CHANSOMBOON

    dtac Accelerate

    Career

    12 Years of experience in Leading Financial Institutions (Citibank TH,Citi Regional office SG and UOB Thailand), Heading Consumer Banking Product & Marketing Management field. Currently is Director of Business Innovation & dtac Accelerate division for DTAC.

  • Krating Poonpol

    ThailandThailand

    Krating Poonpol

    500TUKTUK

    Career

    Currently, I am a Managing Partner of 500 TukTuks, a 12 M USD microfund of 500 Startups focusing in Thailand started in July 2015.
    Before this, I was a Product Marketing Manager of Google Earth in its HQ in Silicon Valley from 2007-2009.
    Ex-CEO of a mobile startup in the Valley from 2009-2012. Also Ex-McKin sey and Ex-Private Equity guy. I was Senior Vice President, Head of Product for dtac ( 2nd largest mobile operator in Thailand ) and Commercial Director of Telenor ( one of the largest mobile operator in the world and owner of dtac ) from 2012-2015.
    In 2012, I founded Disrupt University which is a education program for startups in Thailand and graduatedover 500 startup people in Thailand. Our graduates raised over 12 M in total with 1 exit (ThinkOfLiving) and our startup won Echelon Asia's Most Promising Startup in 2014 ( Taamkru ) and received numerous startup awards and finalists in top accelerators/incubators in this region.

  • Willson Cuaca

    IndonesiaIndonesia

    Willson Cuaca

    East Ventures

    Career

    Willson Cuaca is co-founder and managing partner of East Ventures (http://east.vc), an early stage investment fund focus on consumer Internet, mobile and SaaS. East Ventures started investing in Indonesia in year 2010 when no one believes in Indonesia's consumer Internet potential. East Ventures has funded over 80+ early stage companies in South East Asia. Most of the companies manage to get subsequent funding round and ride on top of Indonesia middle class consumer growth. East Ventures also made exits from its investment through M&A to local and international companies.

  • Hugh Mason

    SingaporeSingapore

    Hugh Mason

    JFDI

    Career

    Hugh Mason is an entrepreneur, mentor and investor. Born in the UK, he is now a Singapore Permanent Resident.

    In 2010, Hugh co-founded JFDI.Asia, a venture partner that shares risk and reward with large companies and individual entrepreneurs to create new digital businesses in Asia. JFDI has since deployed around USD3m into a portfolio of more than 70 promising early stage technology startup businesses which are now independently valued >USD60m. Along the way they have raised an aggregate USD15m and created >300 jobs.

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