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Prashant Agarwal

Innovation Director

AIA Group

A marketer, innovator and connector, Prashant has held senior leadership roles across disciplines. His customer-first orientation enables him to span industries as diverse as packaged goods, technology and insurance, and build brands across direct, retail and online (B2B and B2C).

Prashant built Unilever’s rural distribution in north-India, managed Direct Marketing at CapitalOne (USA), was CMO at Genworth (formerly GE Financial), lead APJ Marketing at Dell, and was SVP Marketing at DBS. At AIA he created labs with A*Star and NTU to accelerate AIA’s innovation agenda. He is also an angel investor. Prashant has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an ExecEd Alum from Darden (USA), IMD (Switzerland) and IIM-A (India).

Language: English

Elaine Alquizalas

Manager, Bancassurance Development, Group Partnership Distribution

AIA Group

Elaine works in AIA’s Group Partnership Distribution team and focuses on developing AIA’s bancassurance business across the different markets. She currently works with the local teams to grow the existing bank partnerships and improve the customer value. She has 8 years of experience in strategy, marketing and distribution in the insurance industry, both in local operations and in the regional office.

Elaine comes from the sunny side of the Philippines, and in her spare time enjoys traveling and going to the beach, Pilates and learning German.

Language: English, Filipino

Justin Bonnett

VP, Business Director

Jack Morton Worldwide 

Justin, a natural communicator has 12 years of strategic marketing and sales experience and is currently the VP Business Director at Jack Morton Worldwide, an innovative brand experience agency. Justin is a graduate from the University of Kent, UK with a bachelor in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Management Science from de Universite de Lyon, France. Prior to working in Hong-Kong, Justin lived and worked in various emerging markets including Nigeria, Kuwait, Russia, Malaysia and Serbia-Montenegro.

Language: English

Bob Crozier

Social Network Lead

AIA Group

Bob is the Social Network Lead for AIA with responsibility for Social Collaboration across the AIA Group. He manages Enterprise Social Network champions from 17 countries driving culture change in AIA to have sharing and collaboration at the heart of what AIA does.
Bob comes from an Actuarial background leading projects to integrate Valuation models from different parts of the business. I managed the data team, working on clustering and big data analysis.

I have 14 years of experience in the insurance industry specializing in actuarial modeling including migrations between platforms (Prophet & MoSes), maintenance and control and new feature development.

Language: English

Eu-wen Ding

CEO

Lumos

Eu-wen is an entrepreneur, inventor, and one of the creators of Lumos. Struck by the lengths to which he and many of his fellow Boston cyclists had to go to light up and be visible with arrays of lights, reflectors, and jackets, he felt that there had to be a better way. This inspired him to develop Lumos.

Previously he was a co-inventor of Embrace, an innovative low-cost infant warmer for babies born premature and low birth weight in the developing world. The Embrace warmer has now been used by over 150,000 babies around the world. His hope is to be able to touch as many lives with Lumos as he had the opportunity to do with Embrace.

Eu-wen has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and was getting his MBA from Harvard Business School before leaving to start Lumos.

At Lumos, Eu-wen is in charge of product design, marketing, and business development.

Language: English

Peter Dingle

Global Director for Innovation Accelerators

Nest

Peter is the Global Director for Innovation Accelerators at Nest. He brings over 20 years of Asia business experience from the largest Semiconductor manufacturing company in the world, Intel, to the Startup Landscape in Hong Kong. His dedicated hands-on approach to mentoring and developing startups for AIA has led to the growth of corporate partnerships in the Healthcare, FinTech and Smart City sectors. He is passionate about education and the solutions Asia-based entrepreneurs with develop in the world's fastest growing markets.

Language: English

Matt Dooley

Managing Director

Connected Thinking

Matt Dooley is a marketing, digital strategy, and user experience evangelist, with over 20 years experience working in the complex global corporate environment of two of the World’s leading banks.

Matt worked for HSBC where he was global head of Internet strategy and head of digital experience for their global commercial banking division.

In 2011, Matt founded Connected Thinking, providing digital strategy, marketing, and training to banks and insurers.

Matt is also a director of Next Bank, a community of banking industry professionals banded together to create ideas and innovations for the financial services industry.

Matt has a very inquisitive and active daughter, Isabella, who is nearly 4 years old.

Language: English

Sang Yeon Hwang

Co-founder

Heartisans

Sang is Co-founder of Heartisans, a healthcare technology startup currently building a medical quality heart health wearable designed to save lives.

At the core of the technology is a machine learning algorithm capable of predicting a cardiac arrest in advance.

Sang is interested in technologies and ideas that have the potential to positively impact humanity.

Language: English

Meng Jiang (JJ)

Co-Founder

Parle

JJ is an entrepreneur, technophile, and one of the founders of Parle, a learning assistance startup.
Previously, JJ was the Head of China Expansion Team at Amazon Web Services, responsible for setting up AWS in China. He also had experiences at Intel Corporation, ZhenFund, Rocket Internet, Groupon, etc. in the capacities of product marketing, entrepreneur in residence, engineering, strategy, and business operations.
JJ received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his MS/BS degrees in Computing Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is passionate about innovation, mentorship, traveling, and football.

Language: Mandarin, English

Gautam Khattak

Director

Artesyn Embedded Technology

Gautam has over 14 years in the Embedded Computing & Power industries. He holds a Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from HKUST, focusing on Entrepreneurship and Strategy/Consulting. Gautam is the Director of Worldwide Software Engineering and Engineering Productivity at Artesyn Embedded Technologies. He is also the President of two Toastmaster programs (Shenzhen and HK) and was an advisor for an experimental learning program helping students realize their passion for improving Hong Kong’s environment. Gautam is also a foodie, avid traveler and scuba diver.

Language: English

Shu Khoo

Group Chief Human Resources Officer

AIA Group

Ms. Khoo is AIA Group’s Group Chief Human Resources Officer responsible for the development of overall human capital strategies and their implementation across the Group as well as leading and providing support to the human resources functions in country market operations. She is also responsible for the Group Corporate Security function. She joined the Group in January 2011. Prior to joining the Group, Ms. Khoo was Group Executive Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources and Group Executive Management of the AXA Group, based in Paris. Prior to AXA, she was Regional Head of Human Resources for Prudential Corporation Asia Limited based in Hong Kong. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Language: English

Paul Lee

Co-Founder & CEO

Aumeo Audio

Paul founded Ximplar Limited with the goal of making technology simpler to use. As a veteran of Silicon Valley startups for over 17 years, he believes that while technology has infiltrated into every aspects of our lives, there is still a lot of room for improvement in making them as easy and transparent as possible. Paul was part of the founding team at Alphablox, which was acquired by IBM in 2004.

Language: English, Cantonese

Renate Leukert

Finance and Risk Lead, AIA Edge

AIA Group

Renate helps to turn ideas into numbers for Business Plans. She also looks into the risks associated with an idea, i.e. what could go wrong. Renate has extensive experience in risk quantification and modelling for insurance companies.

She has a very energetic 4 year old son, who asks “why” about 337 times a day. In her spare time Renate likes to do comedy and Storytelling.

Language: English, German

Becky Lo

Transformation Head

Citi Asia Pacific

Becky Lo is the transformation head of Citi Asia Pacific covering risk and control. She is also the champion of HK Citi Mobile Challenge in 2015. She has worked at Citi for 17 years across consumer banking, project management office, transaction banking and CAO office. Prior to joining Citi, she worked at IBM. She graduated from HKU, major in management studies and has a Master degree in Marketing Management from Macquarie University.

Language: English

Nelson Mckey

Design Lead, AIA Edge

AIA

Nelson helps large companies to prepare for a digital and mobile future, using design and research to make it easy to think from a customers’ perspective.

Language: English

Steve Monaghan

Head of Edge

AIA Group

Steve Monaghan is responsible for AIA’s group innovation agenda. Originally a commercial pilot, Steve has held a number of senior corporate and banking roles in product, marketing, operations and general management. He has worked for leading corporations and financial institutions, including Dell, Compaq, Citigroup, OCBC, Shinsei Bank and DBS Bank. Mr Monaghan has specialised in introducing new business models, businesses and products in all major markets in Asia and has filed six patents.
He is a frequent presenter and lecturer globally on innovation, banking, working capital, M&A and investing in China. He holds an EMBA from the Helsinki School of Economics.

Language: English

Eric Ka Ka Ng

Founder & CEO

Red Soldier Limited

Eric has got 10+ years solid experience in R&D, software engineering & project management and founded RedSo in 2010. Together with his team, he has been actively creating innovative mobile products & website such as Beyond-six, POPme!, Boutir, ChokTaxi, TieTheKnots, Playroll, among others. His expertise covers responsive website, mobile app & backend system. Eric graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Master Degree of Philosophy and Bachelor Degree (First Hon) in Computer Science. He worked in Yahoo as search engineer and is currently a qualified Google Cloud Platform Developer.

Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Fonzarelli Ong

Head of International Personal Banking

Citibank Global Consumer Group

Fonzarelli (Fonz) currently manages Citibank Hong Kong’s Offshore Banking business and during his career, he has been deeply involved in the building of burgeoning businesses and client segments. Consequently, Fonzarelli has developed a keen interest in the study of consumer psychology and is particularly interested in how consumers respond to brands and the natural evolution of consumption patterns. Owing to Citi’s investment in human capital, Fonzarelli has acquired a broad spectrum of skills from his roles in Citi and is well-versed in the subjects of Corporate Strategy, Global Markets, Wealth Management, Payment Products and Credit Risk Management. Most recently, Fonzarelli has been Citi APAC’s champion for the Millennial strategy at the workplace and he looks forward to creating a new creative paradigm for millennials in banking.

Language: English

Josianne Robb

Director of Ease of Doing Business Programme

AIA Group

Josianne has a 20 year of transformation experience in Financial Services covering strategy development to project launch, in Europe and Asia.

Her expertise lies in:
- solving complex problems,
- creating and sustaining enthusiasm and momentum,
- leading cross functional teams in working collaboratively, hence successfully driving projects to delivery,
- translating IT concepts into plain Business English (as well as fluid business aspirations into tangible direction for delivery teams),
- strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with a hands on approach to management.

Specialties:
customer centricity, customer experience, human centric design (HCD), digital channel, proposition development, product development, project/programme management, change management, Agile behaviours, TOM design, software development, contract negotiation, relationship management.

Language: English, French

Maria Sit

Regional Managing Director

HeathWallace

Maria runs HeathWallace, a digital experience design company, in Asia Pacific. Her passion lies in bringing together talent from different disciplines such as design and technology to creating human-centric digital solutions for large organizations. For past 20 years, Maria worked with a number of financial services firms in Asia Pacific and Europe to help them live their brand promise and pursue growth in a sustainable way.

Maria is also a board member of the KELY Support Group in HK, a NGO dedicated to empowering youth to reach their potential.

Language: English

YuShing Sit

USer Experience Designer

HeathWallace

YuShing is a user experience designer at HeathWallace. He is passionate in creating better solutions by connecting both the users’ and businesses’ needs through design and technology. Throughout his career, YuShing has worked with a number of clients in the Asia Pacific and helped them build their brand story with their users and becoming a more customer focus business.

YuShing also participated in 10DAYFEST – A Service Design event for Social Enterprises (by Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation), He partnered up with a social enterprise and helped them improved their overall service offering.

Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Natalie Siu

Associate Director

Kreab

Natalie is an Associate Director at Kreab Hong Kong and brings seven years of financial communications expertise. She has extensive experience, both from in-house and agency, in representing insurance companies, professional services firms and financial institutions as well as asset managers, private equity firms and banks. Prior to joining Kreab, Natalie was Group Corporate Communications Manager at AIA Group Limited, responsible for media relations, thought leadership and the Group’s social media presence. Before AIA, she worked at Edelman Hong Kong’s Financial Communications practice and Zurich Insurance’s corporate communications team.

Natalie also has a media background in documentary production and content development at Radio Television Hong Kong.

Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Alyssa Tam

Director, AIA Edge (Group Innovation)

AIA Group

Originally from Vietnam, Alyssa is the Founder and Executive Director of AIA Emerging Entrepreneur Challenge and the Director of AIA Edge, Group Innovation unit in AIA. With nearly 20 years of global experience, Alyssa has extensive network in Consulting, Banking, and Insurance industry in the region. Her experience spans across multiple disciplines in Analytics, Marketing and Strategy. Prior to her role in AIA Edge, Alyssa ran Regional CRM for AIG and was the Executive Director of Global Sales Technology at Goldman Sachs Asia.

Alyssa holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and M.S. in Statistics from Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently the candidate of the Strategy and Innovation Diploma at Oxford University Said Business School.

Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Peter Williams

Director, Corporate Treasury

Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions

Peter is a father of four and big believer in the value of entrepreneurship. His children have been involved in coding over recent years and they have also participated in demo day competitions. Peter is a Director at Citi responsible for Corporate Treasury across the Asia Pacific Transaction Services businesses. He is also President of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Alumni Club of Hong Kong. He has mentored start-ups across several platforms including the recent Citi Mobile Challenge and looks forward to helping teams in the AIA Emerging Entrepreneur Challenge.

Language: English

Anna Wong

Co-founder

Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide

Anna has good knowledge of promoting global brands especially in Asia Pacific through an integrated communications and marketing strategy. Her key areas of expertise are strategic planning, market entry and growth, stakeholder engagement and cost effectiveness analysis in support of the business growth objectives. She worked for the world's leading communications agencies, Ogilvy and Mather, and Edelman, providing PR and marketing consultancy support for top multinational pharmaceutical corporations and global top companies.

With her vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, Anna founded Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide and am-azed.com. Anna also plays an advisory role for students' career development and startups' marketing strategies, and takes a leading position at international social organisations.

Language: English, Cantonese

Danny Yeung

CEO

Prenetics

Danny Yeung, serves as Chief Executive Officer and sets the business strategies along with the vision for Prenetics, a DNA technology company. Previously, Danny had founded uBuyiBuy in 2010 which was subsequently acquired by Groupon. Prior to Danny leaving Groupon in early 2014, Danny served as CEO of Groupon East Asia, having scaled the business to a size of over USD $130m annually, overseeing a staff of 350 and being highly profitable. Danny’s entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 12 by selling and trading baseball cards. Thus, it proves it’s never too young to start selling. Danny received his BS in MIS from the University of San Francisco. Danny’s life motto is “Play Hard, Work Harder”.

Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Simon Yin

Creative Director

Mustard

Simon hails from the US of A, where he first learned film making at the age of 8, by shooting a video of his naked brother dancing. Currently, Simon is the creative director at Mustard and has worked with many clients such as AIA, Infiniti, History Channel, Mercedes, and more. Mustard has also recently helped 2 local Hong Kong companies successfully raise over half a million US dollars in crowd funding campaigns.

Language: English

Lawrence Yu

Head of Global Engagement Marketing

Lenovo

Lawrence is Lenovo’s Head of Global Engagement Marketing, responsible for creating/implementing marketing programs across social media. Prior, he was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman & CEO of Lenovo, assisting to shape corporate strategy, oversee execution and manage key relationships.

Joined Lenovo from Citigroup, Lawrence created the first China-focused financial services team in Brazil. Before HBS, he worked for Dell in Austin, Texas. He has a MBA from Harvard and BA from MSU. He regularly gives inspirational speeches based on his best-seller (Coming to Harvard), and loves sports.

Language: English, Mandarin

Boz Zou

Head of User Experience

HeathWallace

Currently the Head of User Experience in JWT owned global experience design company - HeathWallace, Boz Zou leads and manages a team of passionate User Experience professionals, overseeing User Research and Insights, Information Architecture and Interaction Design, Creative Design and Innovation. Specialising in the financial services industry, advising some of the leading world-class brands globally, Boz's primary mission is to simplify complex and disconnected financial customer experience using insight driven user centre design methods, creating desirable and delightful brand experience.

Language: English, Mandarin