CEO & Co-Founder, Crowdfund Insider
A seasoned digital media professional, Andrew Dix is CEO and Co-Founder of Crowdfund Insider, the leading news and information site for the global crowdfunding industry. Crowdfund Insider was founded in 2012 soon after the signing of the JOBS Act. Crowdfund Insider has been a leading voice and ndependent advocate for the disruptive innovation of crowdfunding. A recognized authority in the crowdfunding world, Andrew recently co-authored a chapter in a book titled "Crowdfunding: Current Market Dynamics". He is also on the Advisory Council of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).
Head of KPMG Singapore’s Financial Services
Andrew, the Head of KPMG Singapore’s Financial Services Advisory Practice, has over 25 years of experience in financial services across banking, capital markets, wealth management and insurance.
Prior to KPMG, Andrew was the Global CEO for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management. Under his leadership, his Division implemented 32 new systems and expanded its global booking center strategy across 20 jurisdictions.
Andrew is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. He has authored numerous publications including a recent paper on bank ring-fencing for a leading UK policy think tank.
Ms. Anu Bhardwaj is the Founder of the Women INVESTING in Women Global which comprises of a social media platform with over 175,000 followers in over 100 countries. Ms. Bhardwaj was also involved with the development of various Certified Trade Missions, and is the Founder of the Nordic Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs, Venture Catalyst Private Equity Partners. Her specialties include international business development for private equity professionals, and crowd-funding for women entrepreneurs, and various other segments focusing on women.
Brendan graduated with honors in the field of Materials Science and Technology. In 2009, Brendan came in first place for the largest startup competition in Singapore. An entrepreneur himself, he is always finding ways to closing the divide between the latest technologies developed and being able to bring them to the mass audience. With a huge fascination in 3D printing, he and childhood friend You Jun, decided to setup Pirate3D to build a 3D printer truly fit for the mass market.
President, Asean CIO Association
Mr. Chaicharearn Atibaedya works in Petroleum Industry for more than 40 years in Operations, Engineering, Project Management, Strategic planning, ICT, R&D, Sustainability Management. He lead the top government CIO class#16 as a Chairman for past 10years and later developed into CIO16 Association of Thailand. Since 2013, he have passed the baton on. With good track record of transparency and trust, he is elected as the President to lead the new structured Asean Chief Information Officer Association “ACIOA” for the next 4 years. His background are Electrical & Mechanical Engineer and MBA.
President, CfPA, USA
Dr. Charles Sidman was elected Board Member (Investors Seat), Chair and President of the Crowdfunding Professional Association in October 2013. His “day job” is Managing Partner of ECS Capital Partners, an innovative Venture Fund investing in early-stage and growth enterprises. Previously, he was Professor in the Medical and Business Colleges of the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Sidman was an early and vocal supporter of Crowdfunding from the time the JOBS Act and its precursors were first proposed in the U.S. He has made numerous investments in young companies, and was a founding member of the Angel Capital Association and leads the investor-focused Crowdfunding Investment Angels. A well-tuned man who has an overriding passion for fostering innovation and helping its practitioners succeed.
Special Advisor to Bank of Thailand
Dr Chim has been working in the Bank of Thailand since his graduation. His early work involved systems and technology area in the IT Department. Later, he participated in many high profile projects at the Bank, notably the Thai Payment Systems and the Data Management System He is a member of the Electronic Transactions Commission, as well as the Distinguished Member of KMITL Council.
Investment Director, Green Marine Capital
Dhritiman Hui has 12 years of work experience in the investments and/or maritime space. Dhritiman began his investing career with Tuscan Ventures, a private equity firm that makes investments in growth companies in India. Dhritiman was part of founding team at Tuscan Ventures and worked closely with the fund partners in developing the fund's strategy. Subsequent to the fund launch, as Junior Principal he went on to make 3 investments in the logistics, training, and animation sectors.
Dhritiman brings with him global investing experience and a very strong global network. In 2012, he was selected as one of 40 Emerging Leaders from Emerging Countries in an initiative sponsored by the Government of Singapore, the Asian Development Bank, and CAF South America.
Group Partner, Ellenoff & Grossman Schole LLP
Douglas S. Ellenoff, a member of the Firm since its founding in 1992, is a corporate and securities attorney with a specialty in business transactions and corporate financings. Mr. Ellenoff has represented public companies in connection with their initial public offerings, secondary public offerings, regulatory compliance as well as general corporate governance matters. Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP is the leading law firm serving the security crowdfunding industry. Recognized as a thought leader and expert on the nuanced legalities of the JOBS Act, Douglas S. Ellenoff has been a key representative and advocate for the industry.
Chief Production Officer, Realty Mogul
Elizabeth is the Chief Production Officer at Realty Mogul responsible for procuring equity and debt investment opportunities. She is a JD, MBA, CCIM, and an awardwinning finance executive, with 15 years of experience in commercial real estate lending, business development and sales. Prior to Realty Mogul, She was the Chief Production Officer at ReadyCap
Commercial, one of the only non-bank, direct small-balance commercial real estate lenders providing bridge, conventional and SBA financing nationwide. Elizabeth has helped launch several successful companies in the real estate and technology sectors. She served as the 2012 President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of CCIM and was honored with CREW-LA’s prestigious Rising Star Award 2011.
Founder, Zelos Watch
Elshan founded Zelos to bring affordable yet quality mechanical wristwatches to the masses while offering unique twists to designs and materials. , has recently completed a crowdfunding campaign to launch their debut wristwatch. Elshan has been a collector of watches since his NS days and decided to start his own brand right after graduating with a Mechanical engineering degree. Without any external funding, Elshan turned to kickstarter to get the brand off the ground.
General Partner & CTO, OurCrowd
Gadi founded and managed three start-up companies in the fields of character and voice recognition and wireless communications. He holds patents on various aspects of wireless communications, and served on the US Senate committee that defined the US public alert system. His companies sold wireless solutions to over 1,600 enterprises, including the US Senate and House of Representatives, Citi Group, Coca Cola, Raytheon, and many others. In 2013, Gadi was awarded the entrepreneur of the year award from Blackberry.
Co-founder and Partner, AppWorks Ventures
Dr. I-Chien Jan is a Co-founder and Partner at AppWorks Ventures, a Super Angel Fund located in Taipei, Taiwan with a focus on the consumer internet and mobile internet space since 2010. AppWorks runs an accelerator program, inspired by Y-Combinator, that has helped more than 200 startups, including EZTABLE, the leading online restaurant booking service in Southeast Asia and PubGame, one of the leading web and mobile game publishers in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Jan received his doctoral degree in Engineering from National Taiwan University (2004) and a MBA in Intellectual Property from National Chengchi University (2009).
Independent Commissioner, Bank Muamalat
Currently appointed as Independent Commissioner for PT Bank Muamalat Indonesia Tbk, the first Islamic bank in Indonesia, Iggi is also a member of Tim Kerja Komite Pengembangan Jasa Keuangan Syariah (KPJKS) Otoritas Jasa Keuangan.
An Independent Commissioner for AJB Bumiputera 1912, the oldest and the only mutual insurance company in Indonesia. He is actively involved in Islamic Finance industry, and is known to be a pioneer in Sharia Bonds (Sukuk) market in Indonesia with issuance of the first Sharia bonds of Indosat Mudharabah in 2002. He is also involved in advising the structure of Sukuk Negara issuance for Ministry of Finance. Iggi started his career as analyst in AAA Securities and became Head of Islamic Finance & Investment Unit in the company.
Iggi has Investment Manager License from Bapepam and has experiences in the field of investment banking, fund management, and sharia advisory in more than 13 years.
Having also achieved many accolades and awards in Best Islamic Fixed-Income Mutual Funds, Investor Magazine & Pefindo, First Winner “Best Student” Faculty of Economics UI, SIF-ASEAN Visiting Student Scholarship, Singapore International Foundation and First Winner National Writing Contest on Economics, “Towards Religious Capitalism” - Bank Indonesia.
Co-Founder, Crowdfund Capital Advisor
Jason is a co-founder and principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), which has worked on crowdfunding and small business/entrepreneurship issues in over 25 countries on 6 continents in the last 3 years. CCA is a Key Partner of the U.S. State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program and has conducted State Department missions to 10 countries. Jason co-authored the crowdfund investing framework used in the U.S. JOBS Act to legalize equity and debt based crowdfunding and allow for general solicitation via social media. He has twice provided congressional testimony on crowdfunding and attended the White House Rose Garden ceremony when President Obama signed The JOBS Act into law on April 5, 2012. Jason brings over a decade of executive leadership experience and has spoken at many events and key media channels.
Head of Business Development, Mekar Entrepreneur
As the Head of Business Development at MEKAR, Jennifer Tan focuses on sales, marketing and developing external relationships to build on the company’s core business of online peer-to-peer lending. Prior to this, she expanded on her entrepreneurship experience as the Director of Business Development at Cater2.me, a fast-growing San Francisco start-up. There, she led projects aimed at strengthening customer relationships and company awareness. Jennifer’s passion for working in start-up environments began with a contractor position at Google, where she worked with the food services team to optimize operations and implement Google’s health initiatives into its cafeterias. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathan Sandlund is founder of TheCrowdCafe.com, a leading provider of research, data and analysis on the global investment crowdfunding industry, and local investors, a social platform being developed to grow small business and startup communities. A repeat entrepreneur, Jonathan built his first online community, Triple Designz, whilst in middle school. He started Sandlund Investments LLC in college —publishing fundamental research on micro-cap equities— before working in institutional investing and investment banking in New York. Disenchantment with the public markets. Jonathan kick started his passion for investment crowdfunding.
Secretary of State,Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Kingdom of Cambodia
Mr Kan Channmeta is the Secretary of State of Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (in charge of Telecom Cambodia, ICT Development Sector and International Cooperation). His previous posts in public sector include Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, and Deputy Director of the Division of Governance Policy Analysis and Studies, Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC). He was also the Legal Consultant at Cambodia Special Economic Zones Board and of General Secretary of Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), Alternate ASEAN Economic Minister (Cambodia’s Country Lead) under Cambodian Chairmanship for 2012, Chairman of Taskforce of Secretariat of ASEAN Economic Community Council for Cambodia.
Mr Kan has been in charge of draft law studies, providing recommendations to Minister attached to the Prime Minister, assisting to the Council of Minister on draft law meetings, the preparation of the strategy for the Royal Government of Cambodia and policy studies on Rice, Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Investments since 2008. He was appointed as the International Expert for the Ordre des Experts Internationaux since 2010, as well as the Consultant and Associate of L.I.C. Investment Group in Cambodia since 2007.
From 2006-2008, he was in charge of drafting Cambodian Special Economic Zones law for the Council for the Development of Cambodia.
In addition to his posts in the public sector, Mr Kan has been a lecturer at various universities, including the Royal University of Law and Economics for Lyon 2 University, Build Bright University, Jean Moulin, Lyon 3 University, Aïnsham University, French University in Armenia, and National University of Lao.
Creator, CrowdFunding Asia™
CEO & Founder, Phoenixict Pte Ltd™ and Sinwattana.com
Founder of Phoenixict, Hong Sin Kwek has had an incredibly unusual journey. With a background in cyber security and forensics, Hong Sin chanced upon Crowdfunding after a pitch to investors turned to a new opportunity in the Crowdfunding field. The more she studied the field the more she realised the profound impact of the digital world that leads to crowd economy. Thoughts on Crowdwisdom started since 2011 April as she had the entire idea of “Blue Ocean” strategy having clients getting the value of their investment in any size and types of industry.
She envisions that in near term to come, Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding on entrepreneurs and new business ventures drives the economy. Pioneering the efforts of Crowdfunding in Asia, Hong Sin is on a mission to spread awareness and impact on ‘Crowd Wisdom’ – The effort to collectively expand the economy through the power of many.
Partners in Asia including policy makers and economic influencers draw on Hong Sin’s expertise, drive and tenacity to help manage and solve their business needs.
Director for Cooperation and Facilitation,
Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy
With over 25 years of experience for leading Indonesia’s Information and Technology field, as well as infrastructure, telecommunication, information system, standardization for hardware and software, information security, and digital content. Miss Lolly has an important role to foster and develop Indonesia’s digital creative economy through development and facilitation of digital local talents and developers in the field of information technology and game.
Her vision is creating the ecosystem for Indonesian digital creative entrepreneurs so that they can be a formidable entrepreneurs with integrity and empowered with global competitiveness.
deputy chairman of the Business Angel Network South East Asia(BANSEA)
Dr Mark Hon is an accredited private investor with experience in leading early stage company to IPO. He is co-founder of Sugar venture builder and venture partner at Garage Technology Ventures. He is also the deputy chairman of the Business Angel Network South East Asia (BANSEA), acting chairman of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), and panellist on public sector funds that support entrepreneurship.
A former professor of finance, he was also visiting professor to universities in Oxford, United Kingdom and Deggendorf, Germany. In the private sector, he has formulated R&D commercialisation strategies for MNCs in the defense industry, consumer electronics procurement road maps and mobile application strategies in the telecommunications industry, and acquisition strategies in the energy sector. He has served as clevel officer at a publicly traded company, and economic index expert to a Swiss bank.
Mark serves on the boards and committees of various voluntary welfare organisations such as the Singapore Disability Sports Council, Singapore National Paralympic Council, Singapore Red Cross and the Foundation of Rotary Clubs. He is also member of the board of trustees of the Rotary Wish and the Cotton On Foundation Youth funds.
Mark was a member of the American Finance Association and faculty associate of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was recently featured in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America.
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
U.S. Embassy, Singapore
Mark O’Grady has served as a Commercial Officer with the U.S. Embassy in Singapore since August 2012. He supports and provides coordination for the Regional Senior Commercial Officer in Singapore as well as the six Senior Commercial Officers across the region. Mark also supervises a team of talented specialists in CS Singapore that covers a diverse array of products and services including Consumer Goods, Financial, Franchising Health, and ICT.
Mark has a multifaceted professional and academic history having worked in the fields of energy, environmental technology, technology commercialization and international trade for the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Transportation.
Prior to arriving in Singapore, Mark served a four year assignment with the Commercial Section in Seoul, Korea during the pivotal negotiations leading up to final completion of the KORUS Free Trade Agreement. He also served more than three years as a Commercial Attaché in the US Embassy in Moscow where he also supervised the Vladivostok Commercial Office for the Russian Far East.
Before joining the diplomatic corps, Mark was Liaison to the International Mass Transportation Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
CEO and Co-Founder of e27
Since coming back from a Silicon Valley working experience through the NUS Overseas College in 2006, Mohan has been ignited with the passion to grow Asia’s tech startup ecosystem through e27 and with other community builders in the region. Through the years, Mohan has been an inspiration to many startup founders, and an astute business connector and enabler. Many startups have benefited from the media exposure of the e27 news site, and the platform granted by the Echelon, Echelon Ignite and Founders Drinks events. In 2012, Mohan was the winner of Yahoo’s Singapore 9 Award in the Business category. And in 2005, he was awarded both the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading Award (LKY-STEP) and the NUS Engineering Scholarship.
KoreConX, Founder & CEO
A Chilean-born entrepreneur and technology innovator, Oscar brings a background of 25 years in senior management, marketing, investor relations and sales with a proven pattern of results-focused leadership. Oscar’s leadership has transformed Board Suite, the leader in on-demand secure board portal solutions, into the Global leader as a Crowd Funding infrastructure platform and is also a member of the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates in the USA.
As founder and CEO of BabelFish Corporation, a SaaS-based multilingual translation portal, he built and lea a team of over 135 individuals, providing high-tech multilingual solutions to 7,600 contractors around the world. Oscar was awarded the Vision 2012 Business Man of the Year by the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on September 2012.
Oscar A Jofre, President/CEO is currently one of the top 10 global thought leaders in Equity Crowdfunding, and has published an eBook that has been downloaded in over 20 countries, and been distributed by partners worldwide.
Oscar is a featured speaker on equity crowdfunding, compliance, governance, and transparency in the USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Peru, Singapore, Indonesia and China.
Oscar applies more than two decades of experience in successful start up enterprises to lead KoreConX’s ongoing development and growth. He is a member of the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates in the USA and the co-Chair of the Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada.
Angel List: https://angel.co/oscarjofre
Paul Niederer is one of world’s leading authorities in equity based crowdfunding investments and raisings from unaccredited or retail investors. He has personally been involved in over $75 million of transactions with 90 different companies seeking capital. Paul is involved in consulting to organisations and governments on how to structure their funding portals, processes and regulations to have successful raises with a fair deal for investors. His presentation includes analysis of the last 16 successful raises on the ASSOB platform and shows where equity crowdfunding investors come from.
Philip Kwek received an Honorary MBA from American University of Hawaii in 1999. In 1995, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business & Management (2nd Class Honors First Division) from University of Bradford. His other qualifications include Diploma in Investment Analysis, Diploma in Business Management, CEHA.
Mr. Kwek travels extensively to China and ASEAN countries. He provides advisory and consultancy services to State-Owned Enterprise, and is very active in deals sourcing and matching of assets to resources for both Public and Private Enterprises.
Besides his business, he is also Chairman of Singapore Chee Chung Huay, a voluntary association which offers free Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment and a host of community services.
President, Phitech Corp
Ms Stephanie Chan has over 24 years of sales, marketing, and management experience in networking, communications, and network security. She has vast experience managing global marketing channels and equipment sales in the Telecom business. Prior to joining Phitech, Stephanie was the Chairman/President/CEO of Amigo Communications (stock listing number 6241, Taiwan Stock Exchange) that she co-founded. The principal products at Amigo Communications were ADSL and Wireless Routers. Major customers served included Motorola, Netopia, and Bell South with the company generating US$66 millions in annual revenue. In 2008, Stephanie sold Amigo to E-Top Networks. She has also worked for CNet Technology, a well-known networking company, as the Director of Sales and Marketing. She was able to help the company go public (stock listing number 5306) in 1996. Stephanie is born in Taiwan and holds a BS
Stephanie is born in Taiwan and holds a BS Degree in Business Management from Ming Chuan University. Her specialties include Venture Capital, Angel Investor, Networking and Telecommunications.
Owner, CKTan & Partners Asia
Mr. Tan graduated with an L.L.B. (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and was called to the bar in 1990. He was engaged in wide ranging legal works, including Landlord & Tenancy. Representing Landlords and Tenants, Family Law, Personal Injury & Accidents, Civil Litigation, Commercial & Corporate Work, Intellectual Property, Trademark applications and so on.
Socially, he is the Chief Commissioner of the Singapore Scout Association, Council Member of the Singapore Kindness Movement, member of the School Advisory Committee, Broadrick Secondary School and Chief Legal Adviser of Phoenixict Pte Ltd.
CEO, Flying V Taiwan
Tim Cheng is the CEO of flying V.cc, the largest rewardbased crowdfunding platform in Asia in terms of number of projects and amount funded. Working with partner Light Lin and a young team in Taiwan since 2012, Flying V currently has hundreds of projects funding and has tripled in growth in the first 3 years.
Flying V has been as a part of almost every major event in Taiwan for the past 3 years. Tim has been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years after growing up in the States and offers some unique insight into building a crowdfunding platform in Asia.
Chairman of Capital Market Supervisory Board
Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand
Dr. Vorapol Socatiyanurak has played an active role in Thailand’s economic development; serving in several high impact public and academic positions involving finance and economic policy making. His previous posts in public sector include Vice Chairman of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council, and expert member in several boards at national level, such as the National Industrial Development Board, the Trade Competition Commission, the Senate Committee on Research and Development, and the National Science and Technology Development Board.
For dedication to social and academic contribution, his previous significant roles include Chairman of the Investment Management Advisory Committee of the Thai Red Cross Society, Chairman of the Bangkok Community College Council of Trustee, Executive Director of the Center for Enhancing Competitiveness and the Center of University Business Incubators of the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), and a faculty member in Finance at NIDA Graduate School of Business Administration.
On legislation, he was a member of the Committee on Consideration of the Draft Bank of Thailand Act and the Committee on Consideration of the Draft Securities and Exchange Act for the National Legislative Assembly.
Presently, Dr. Vorapol is Secretary-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand (SEC) and Chairman of the Capital Market Supervisory Board. He is also board member of many important organizations, including Financial Institutions Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand, Insurance Commission, Government Pension Fund Board, National Savings Fund Board, Public Debt Restructuring and Domestic Bond Market Development Fund Board, Financial Sector Master Plan (Phase II) Supervisory Board, and National Commission on Reviewing Remuneration for Executives and Personnel in Public Sector.
Dr. Vorapol earned a PhD in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Founder, Big Red Button
Wally Tham is founder and principle creative at Big Red Button which is a content creation company that focuses on stories that involves social change. Big Red Button crafts experiences that move people to emotion, ownership and action. Wally travels to difficult places to tell beautiful stories that celebrate the strength of human resilience, both internationally and right here in our local communities. He is a founder of local public campaign Stand Up For Our Singapore and advocacy group, The Rice Project.