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Francis Ngai is the Founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong, the city’s first venture philanthropic organization dedicated to incubating and investing in social innovation projects. Portfolio social enterprises include Diamond Cab, Green Monday, LightBe affordable housing, RunOurCity, CookConnect and Playtao Education, etc.
Prior to this, Mr. Ngai was Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate. He is a column writer and board member of Asia Venture Philanthropy Network. As a running veteran, he finished North Pole Marathon 2013 and an ultra-marathon challenge of 250km race at Gobi desert in 2012.
Mr. Ngai obtained a bachelor degree from City University of Hong Kong and was awarded as Honorary Fellow in 2013. He was selected by The Purpose Economy as “Asia 100 Pioneers,” as well as Ten Outstanding Young Persons Hong Kong 2011 and Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum 2012.
Tina Ju is a founding and managing partner of KPCB China and TDF Capital. She has more than 25 years of experience in venture capital, investment banking and operations. Since 2000, Tina has led more than 30 investments with many successful exits, including Alibaba Group, Baidu, Cgen, China Auto Rental, Focus Media, Hurray, etc. She currently serves as a board of director for a number of companies. Tina has been honored on the Forbes China list of China’s Best Venture Capitalists every year from 2006 – 2013. Tina is the founding chairperson of Women In Leadership (WIL), the premier organization for women entrepreneurs and PE/VC investors in China, and serves as a governor of the Shanghai Venture Capital Association (SVCA). She is also a member of Advisory Board Council for (Oxford) Saïd Business School. Tina holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. degree in industrial engineering and operations research from UC Berkeley.
Evan Auyang is the Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific for Gerson Lehrman Group (“GLG”), running the firm’s Asia-Pacific operations in 10 offices spanning Greater China, North Asia, Southeast Asia, India and Australia. Prior to his role at GLG in March 2016, Mr. Auyang was the Deputy Managing Director of The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited (“KMB”) and an Executive Director of the board of directors for Transport International Holdings – KMB’s parent company listed in Hong Kong with property and media businesses, and transportation joint-ventures in Mainland China.
Mr. Auyang is extensively involved in civic work, chambers and NGOs: he is a Board Director at Civic Exchange, a non-partisan public policy think tank. Mr. Auyang serves on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Environmental Steering Group. He is recently appointed by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong as a member of the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”), and appointed as an Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation. Mr. Auyang is on the Executive Committee of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Hong Kong Chapter) where he is a member, and on the Executive Committees of Green Monday and the Young Executives Club of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Mr. Auyang serves on the Transport Policy Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport as well as the Development Fund Committee of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.
Prior to joining GLG in 2016 and KMB/Transport International in 2009, Mr. Auyang was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company. Before management consultancy, Mr. Auyang was at Citigroup’s derivatives structuring and marketing unit. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
John Ng is a partner of SMC Capital. He has more than 20 years of experience in private equity, corporate M&A and operations. Since 2006, John has focused on China’s consumer sector. He has invested in more than a dozen of consumer-related companies, usually with cross-border and tech-enabling themes, including Ecmoho (China’s largest online distributor of nutrition supplements), YMT (first cross-border C2C player in China), Rider (top horse industry operator in China), Payeco (payment solutions), SheSays (cosmetic surgery chain) and Cartelo (fashion). Before joining SMC, John was a senior corporate M&A and strategic planning executive of Hutchison Whampoa. John was a TMT investment banker at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong, and started his career in the financial advisory services team of PwC in New York. John is a director of Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association, and an advisor to Shenzhen Stock Exchange’s consumer and TMT industry panels and the incubation program of Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks. He received his BA in Business Administration and MA in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from Harvard Business School’s Executive Program, and is a CFA and CPA.
Peter Strugatz is an early member of the mission-driven business community as an entrepreneur and an investor. His ability to analyze and assess both impact and scalability led him to invest early in today’s success sustainability superstars including Stonyfield Farm Yogurt and Zipcar. Peter’s resume includes 16 years as CEO of manufacturing companies, 8 years as a full-time social angel investor, and 4 years of consulting and coaching mission-driven entrepreneurs and investors. After 20 years working with and investing in social enterprises, Peter launched IceStone as co-Founder and co-CEO, one of the first sustainable building product companies and the number one sustainable countertop solution. Under his leadership, IceStone secured $20 million in mission-aligned capital, grew to 65 employees, built out 55,000 square feet of manufacturing, and was among the first to achieve many of today’s highest standards. These include achieving Cradle to Cradle Gold certification, becoming a founding member of B Corp, and being named as one of the first Inc. Magazine’s “50 Greenest Companies”. The company also became a model for its innovative corporate culture of inclusiveness, diversity and collaboration. As CEO of a manufacturer of sculptural reproductions and decorative accessories he helped grow the company to 350,000 square feet of manufacturing in the US, UK, Mexico, and Canada with 500 employees. Sales were from distribution in 17 countries through museums, department stores, and retailers. Peter is a former board member of the Social Venture Network.
Ms. Chan majored in Journalism and Communication at Simon Fraser University, with a minor in Education. Upon graduation, she returned to Hong Kong and assumed the position of anchor/reporter at a local entertainment TV channel. She reported on various international events, including the Oscars, Cannes Film Festival and Milan Fashion Week. She has also conducted interviews with Hollywood A-listers, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, Nicole Kidman and George Clooney. In 2009, Ms. Chan was appointed Vice-chairman of bma Marketing & Advertising Ltd, promoting sports and culture in the city.
In 2007, Ms. Chan published her debut book, chronicling her showbiz experiences. In 2009, she collaborated with her master at Fo Guang Shan and published her second book which is on zen philosophy. She is also a columnist for various newspapers and magazines.