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“海闊天空”, or “A Brighter Future”, was a song performed by the popular Beyond rock-and-roll band in early 1990s Hong Kong. The name is also perfect for our fund because musicians in Beyond wrote their song – “海闊天空” – around the concept of pursuing dreams.
A major issue for Hong Kong start-ups is that the limitations of a small local market make funding difficult to find. Beyond Ventures aims to change all that by making the sky the limit for start-ups.
The fund’s mission is to revitalise Hong Kong’s ecosystem of innovation by bringing together local venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to invest in new ideas and start-ups.
Seasoned local venture capitalist Alex Fang has been specialising in technology, media and telecoms (TMT) investment in Greater China for more than 18 years.
He founded eGarden in 2000 and has presided over unprecedented wealth creation in partnership with top-tier venture capital funds such as Hony Capital, GGV, Lightspeed, China Renaissance, Sequoia Capital, Banyan Capital, Chengwei and Yuantai.
Fang helped develop the mainland China market by exploring opportunities with a leading US-based funding group.
Born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong, Lap Man was educated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has become a well-known TMT entrepreneur and angel investor. He is founder of DYXnet Group, which is now a market leader in the provision of MPLS-based virtual private network, data centre and cloud services throughout more than 700 cities worldwide.
The company launched in 1999, a year after Lap Man exited LinkAge Online – Hong Kong’s largest enterprise Internet service provider – as shareholder and core management team member.
He has experienced the entire lifecycle of start-ups – from founding, seeding, growing, expanding and eventually exiting a business. In addition, he earned invaluable experience by navigating extremely difficult circumstances such as the TMT bubble burst in year 2000, as well as the slump caused by an outbreak of SARS in 2003 and the devastating effect of the 2008 financial tsunami.
Lap Man is also able to see start-ups from the perspective of venture capitalists, following his years as an angel investor.
Seasoned entrepreneur Marvin Hung is Vice Chairman of Hung’s Group and Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hop Hing Group Holdings Limited (stock code: 47). Born in Hong Kong, he studied in the US from the age of 14 to acquire a western education. After graduation, he embarked on an exciting entrepreneurial journey of innovation over two-and-a-half decades, which involved starting his own business in mainland China, where he has been building and managing enterprises ever since. More recently, he expanded his business interests by investing in retail-driven and technology-enabled companies, while engaging as an angel investor.
The Hung’s Group owns a listed enterprise – as well as a number of non-listed companies – and includes a family business that has been running for a century, with major business segments operating in provinces and cities throughout China. In particular, its edible oil-refining, processing, wholesaling and distribution businesses have clocked up more than 80 years of history in Hong Kong. The brand portfolio under its management includes Lion & Globe and Camel. The Hung’s Group, together with the Hong Kong-listed Hop Hing Group, currently owns approximately 600 directly-operated quick service restaurant (QSR) outlets in mainland China and Hong Kong under the Yoshinoya, Dairy Queen, Maria’s and Uncle Fong brands. In addition, the Hung's Group operates food retail and wholesale businesses, and manufactures light consumer products such as toys, caps and ceramics in the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta. These products have sold well in Europe and the US.
The Beyond Ventures Fund offers a pool of resourceful mentors drawn from senior management teams leading multinational corporations, as well as founders of prominent companies in Hong Kong and across the border. They include:
Prof. Michael Yu Wang
Prof. Wong Kam Fai
Prof. Ping K KO
Winnie Chiu, JP
Baniel Cheung is the Founder and Principal Strategist of Integral Consulting Asia. Being appreciated as one of the top strategists in digital transformation in the Asia region, he has been supporting China Light and Power, Bank of China, Mass Mutual, Hong Kong Jockey Club, New World Group, Jebsen Group, China Unicom, PMQ, Sotheby Institute of Art, Nike, Sanofi, Clarins, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Legislative Council, Hong Kong Customs, YWCA, etc.
Being an entrepreneur, Baniel is also the Hong Kong partner of Ginza West Japan, partner of A Rocking Production, founder and partner of Skytree Investment, and partner of Snapask Japan.
Baniel is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Business and Economics and an Honorary Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong, a Guest Professor at Okayama Prefecture University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Arts at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Besides, Baniel is the Founding Chairman of Digital Transformation Alliance and belongs to the Academic Liaison Committee of CMO Council. He has received the“2013-2014 Outstanding Teacher Award” from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Hong Kong.
Professor Wang obtained his undergraduate degree from Xian Jiaotong University in China, his M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. from the Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining HKUST in 2015, he served on the engineering faculty at University of Maryland, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore. Professor Wang has held other positions worldwide, including visiting scholar at Stanford University, A*STAR OAP Fellow in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Guest Professor in Shanghai Jiaotong University and Haerbin Institute of Technology, Chang Jiang Chair Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Thousand Talents Professor at Xian Jiaotong University in China, Eminent Visiting Professor at University Brunei Darussalam, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of University of Technology Sydney.
Wang’s research focuses primarily on robotics, autonomous systems, manufacturing automation, topology optimization, and additive manufacturing, with over 300 technical publications in these areas. His research projects were supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Boeing, Chrysler, ALCOA, Maryland Industrial Partnerships in USA, by RGC and ITC and local industries in Hong Kong, by NSFC and MOST in China, and by Singapore A*STAR, MOE, and Defense Ministry. He has supervised 22 PhD, 11 MS and 2 MPhil degree students.
He received a Research Initiation Award from USA NSF (1993), a Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from SAE in 1994 and a LaRoux K. Gillespie Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1995, and was a Boeing - A.D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow in 1998. He received the Kayamori Best Paper Award of 2001 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Best Conference Paper Award of 2007 International CAD Conference & Exhibition, the Compliant Mechanisms Award-Theory of ASME 31st Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2007, and the Best Paper Award in Information of IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (2009). He was awarded the Distinguished Young Investigator Award from the Natural Science Foundation of China (2002) and the China State Natural Science Prize (Class II) from the Ministry of Science & Technology of China (2012). He was named Chang Jiang (Cheung Kong) Scholar by the Ministry of Education (China) and Li Ka Shing Foundation (Hong Kong) in 2005, and Distinguished Overseas Scholar by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. He received the Research Excellence Award of CUHK (2008), and ASME Design Automation Award in 2013. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (2006-2010).
He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and an editor for Computer-Aided Design, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, and Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering.
Fritz Demopoulos has been an entrepreneur and investor in the Chinese media and internet industries for over a decade. He is currently the Founder of Queen’s Road Capital.
In addition, Fritz is a Founder of Qunar.com, China's largest travel portal with over 40 million monthly unique visitors and ventured-backed by Mayfield, Tenaya, GSR and Granite Global. In 2011 before leaving Qunar as CEO, Fritz sold a majority stake in Qunar to Baidu, making it the largest private transaction in the history of the Chinese Internet.
Prior to Qunar, Fritz co-founded Shawei.com, China's largest sports portal which means "brave shark" in Chinese. After securing investment from Intel, Softbank and IDG, the company was profitably acquired by Tom.com.
Fritz was also the SVP of Corporate Development for Netease.com, one of China's largest online game platforms and was the best performing equity on the NASDAQ exchange from 2001 to 2003.
He first came to China with the News Corporation at which he was responsible for a range of BD projects for News Corp businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, NDS, ChinaByte and STAR TV.
Fritz was educated at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has lectured frequently on entrepreneurship and the Chinese market at Stanford, Harvard, Tsinghua, Beijing University, UCLA and the Communist Party College in Nanjing.
Kit Low joined Focus Media since Jan. 2010. He is the incumbent President, Chief Financial Officer and Director.
Before joining Focus Media, Kit once held the position of eSun Holdings in Greater China, Executive Director of the entertainment group. Previously, Kit held the position of Executive Director in media and internet research department of Goldman Sachs of the Asia-Pacific regions, mainly responsible for tracking, analyzing and researching main media and Internet companies in China.
Before joining Goldman Sachs, Kit held the position of Project Manager of Johnson Controls Inc. in charge of development of Toyota in the U.S. market. Later he held a Global Product Project Manager in Sybase Inc., an entertainment software development company of the United States.
Kit graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained Bachelor of Science degree for industrial engineering and filmmaking, and got an MBA from Columbia Business School in the United States.
Prof. Wong Kam Fai obtained his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, Scotland, in 1987. He was a post doctoral researcher in Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), UniSys (Scotland) and ECRC (Germany). At present, he is Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In parallel, he serves as the Associate Dean (External Affairs) of Engineering, the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Technology (CINTEC), and Associate Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE), CUHK. He serves as the President of Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP, 2015-2016), President of the Governing Board of Chinese Language Computer Society CLCS (2015-2017). Also, he was the President of Hong Kong Information Technology Joint Council (2007-2014) and the Vice President of VLDB School China (2005-2013).
His research interest focuses on Chinese computing, database and information retrieval. He has published over 250 technical papers in these areas in different international journals and conferences and books. He is a member of the ACM, Senior Member of IEEE as well as Fellow of BCS (UK), IET (UK) and HKIE. He is the founding Editor-In-Chief of ACM Transactions on Asian Language Processing (TALIP), and serves as associate editor of International Journal on Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing. He is the Chair of Conference Co-Chair of NDBC2016 (SZ), BigComp2016 (HK), NLPCC2015 (Nancheng) and IJCNLP2011 (Thailand); the Finance Chair SIGMOD2007 (BJ); and the PC Co-chair of lJCNLP2006 (Jeju). Also he is a Programme Committee member of many international conferences. He was awarded by the HKSAR Government Medal of Honour (MH) for his contribution to information technology development in Hong Kong in 2011, by the Shenzhen Innovation technology Council “Virtual University Campus Outstanding Project Investigator Honor Certificate” and by the Hong Kong Scout Association, the Medal of Long Services in 2013.
Julia Charlton was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1985 and has practised as a solicitor in Hong Kong since 1987 and is an experienced practitioner in the field of corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, securities, derivatives and funds. Julia is a Mandarin speaker and vastly experienced in private equity investment in the PRC, advising European, US and Hong Kong based funds on investment in a range of sectors. Julia has worked with companies in the mining and minerals sectors on a variety of deals.
Julia, a corporate finance lawyer, advises regulators, financial institutions and listed companies on the listing rules of both the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the Growth Enterprise Market. She is experienced in the fields of securities law, capital markets, private equity, M&A, investment funds, restructuring and regulatory issues.
Julia Charlton is a senior fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute, a member of the Takeovers Panel and the Takeovers Appeals Panel of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, a member of the Investigation Panel A of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Company Law Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society and a member of the Education Committee of the HKSI.
Joe Wu is a serial entrepreneur and the founding partner of MFund.
Joe left Baidu 91 Wireless in 2014 after he successfully facilitated the merger of Baidu and 91 Wireless. He served as the CEO and Executive Director of 91 Wireless, China’s most influential smartphone service platform from 2010. In 2013, the company was sold to Baidu for USD 1.9 Billion, making it the largest M&A case in the acquisition history of China’s Internet sector. Before his legendary achievement in 91 Wireless, in 2004, Joe was the CFO of NetDragon, a leading company specializing in online games and mobile internet related projects. He took the company to IPO in 2007 in Hong Kong. He is currently the INED of two public listed companies, Tian Ge Interactive Holdings Limited and China Parenting Network Holdings Limited. He also serves as the Honorary Chairman of Global Chao Ren Innovation Economic Promotion Association. He is also a member of fourth class of the China Fellowship Program from Aspen Global Leadership Network. Joe graduated in 1994 from UC Berkeley and later on earned his Masters degree from Duke University in 2004.
He founded MFund in 2015 in the hope of helping the next generation new entrepreneurs.
Jacky Kwan is the chairman of Bamboos Health Care Holdings Limited (HKEx stock code: 2293), a leading healthcare staffing solution services provider in Hong Kong. With the expertise in medical and healthcare industry, he serves as the Director of Hong Kong Health Care Federation. In 2017, he was also elected as the Chairman of the 6th Innovative Entrepreneur Association.
Jacky holds a Bachelor and a Master degree in Economics from The University of Hong Kong; and an Executive Master degree in Business Administration (EMBA) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was granted full scholarship from Harvard Business School for an executive training course in 2009.
In 2013, Jacky was named the "Emerging Entrepreneur Award" in EY Entrepreneur Of The Year China Awards. He was also the winner of Young Entrepreneur Award in DHL / SCMP Hong Kong Business Award 2012.
Joseph Koc joined Jardine OneSolution (“JOS”), a division of Jardine Matheson and one the largest regional IT distributors and system integrators in Asia after attaining his MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1988.
During his tenure with JOS, Joseph has championed various strategic developments. Such include the IT distribution business, multi-brand retail chain store, system integration function and the strategic marketing and planning unit at the JOS group head office. His last position with JOS as Group Director, Strategic Marketing held the responsibilities of facilitation and implementation of business development and corporate branding & communication strategy covering the various Asian regional offices of JOS. Joseph was also a certified Executive Coach of the Jardine Matheson Group.
Joseph has been an active member in the tech start-up and social enterprise ecosystem in HK since early 2010. He holds the position of Vice-Chairman of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club, Hong Kong Computer Society, through which he has developed mentorship and coaching initiatives for various incubation and acceleration programs in HK.
Joseph has taken on advisory role to various social venture enterprises in Hong Kong as well as tech start-up companies from the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks (“HKSTP”), contributing his experience in the area of marketing strategy and business development. He is currently a Domain Expert / Entrepreneur In Residence of LEAP@HK as well as advisor to Global Acceleration Academy, both initiative under HKSTP.
Joseph strongly believes that a key contributing factor to the success of any start-up ecosystem is our ability to provide students with the exposure to the concept of tech start-ups. He has conducted university courses with focus on the topic of entrepreneurship while serving as Visiting Scholar and Faculty Advisor of the Global Business Program, School of Business Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 2015.
Ir Dr. Derrick Pang, JP joined Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited (Formerly known as Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited) in 2001 and holds directorships in certain subsidiaries of Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited (“AAI”, a company listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 00711)). He has been appointed as Executive Director of AAI since April 2010 and acted as the Deputy Chairman from April 2010 to March 2017. Pang has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AAI since April 2017.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in the United States in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree and obtained a Master of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States in 1998 and a Master degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. He also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2014.
Ir Dr. Pang is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the United Kingdom and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California, United States. He has over 18 years of geotechnical design and construction experience in the United States and Hong Kong. He has been appointed as a non-official member of the Land and Development Advisory Committee since July 2015 and has served as a member of the Construction Industry Council since February 2017. He has also been appointed as a non-official member of the Task Force on Land Supply since September 2017. Ir Dr. Pang was appointed Justice of the Peace by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in June 2017.
Pang Yat Ting, Dominic, aged 45, graduated from Columbia University, New York in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Political Science and Mathematics, and obtained a Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law in 1998 and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Kellogg-HKUST in 2010. After working at a well-known law firm for two years in Wall Street, New York, he moved on to set up three information technology system and solution companies. Mr. Pang joined Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited in 2003 and was appointed as the assistant to the late Chairman, Dr. Pang Kam Chun. He holds directorships in certain subsidiaries of the Company and is in charge of evaluating new business opportunities and management of the Group’s property development ventures local and abroad.
Mr. Pang was appointed as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Company in April 2010 and re-designated as the Co-Chairman and Non-executive Director of the Company in January 2015. He has been further re-designated as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Company since March 2017. Mr. Pang is also the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and Executive Committee of the Board and a member of the Management Committee of the Board. Mr. Pang is the brother of Ir Dr. Pang Yat Bond, Derrick, Executive Director and the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, and the son of Madam Li Wai Hang, Christina (“Madam Li”), Executive Director of the Company. Mr. Pang is a director of GT Winners Limited (“GT Winners”), the controlling shareholder of the Company (as defined in the Listing Rules). Mr. Pang and Madam Li each owns 45% equity interest in GT Winners.
Prof KO received his BS degree in Physics with special honors from the University of Hong Kong in 1974, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, in 1978 and 1982 respectively.
In 1982 and 1983, he was at Bell Labs, Holmdel, leading a research team to develop high-speed MOS technologies for communication circuits. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1984. He was the Director of the Berkeley Microfabrication Laboratory from 1984 to 1993, and the Vice-Chairman of the Department of EECS from 1991 to 1993. He came to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in August 1993 as Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering until April 1995, and as Dean of Engineering from May 1995 through June 2000.
Prof KO has authored or co-authored one book and over 200 research papers. His works on MOS technology, MOS device physics and modeling, and integrated circuit reliability are renowned worldwide. He has extensive experience serving the industrial as well as the professional and academic communities. He was associate editor of the IEEE transaction on electron devices from 1988 to 1990, and was on the program committee of many major international conferences. He was the Chairman of HK Research Grants Council from January 1994 to July 1999, and a member of the UGC from April 1993 to March 1998. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE).
From October 2000 to April 2003, Prof KO was on-leave from HKUST to serve as the Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Authosis Inc., a venture capital firm he co-founded. Authosis’s investment focus is in IC fables design companies in China. He returned to HKUST in May 2003, but is still actively involved in funding and assisting IC design companies in China. In 2003, he joined in Wearnes Technology Group and took on Chairman and President of Wearnes Semiconductor focusing on the semiconductor development in China and an idea of collection of various top-notch fabless IC Design house called IC Federation entered his mind. In order to speed up the federation’s growth, Prof Ko actively negotiated with Wearnes Technology Group and bought off Wearnes Semiconductor through the new investor, Silicon Federation International (SFI), an offshore venture company which consists of more than 10 member companies and each of the investees is top-notch in its own area of specialization. Prof KO is also the President and CEO of SFI.
Seasoned business executive Sainti Li has a successful and proven track record managing a large IT&T services and solutions business across a region. Sainti was born and educated in Hong Kong, studied Electronics Engineering in Hong Kong Polytechnic and started his career as customer services engineer in the early 80s.
Sainti has a strong leadership style and skilled in regional business planning and execution. With 26 years of Sales & Marketing, Product Management, Business Development and General Management experience in IT and Telecommunications Industry, Sainti has worked for global companies such as Equinix, IDT Telecom, AT&T, IBM, Fujitsu-ICL, Siemens Nixdorf & McDonnell Douglas, etc. specialized in Data Centre, Telecom services and IT Integrated Solutions business and operations.
In the recent 18 years Sainti is mostly based in Shanghai and represents various global players exploring the China market potential. One unique and successful track record was his starting from scratch the first ever foreign-Sino Telecom Services Joint Venture in Shanghai (Shanghai Symphony Telecom), him representing AT&T and partnered China Telecom Shanghai and Shanghai Government’s investment arm Shanghai Information Investment in the venture serving many MNCs their total telecom requirements in and out of China.
Christophe Lee is the founder of JP Asia Partners which offers advisory services to asset & wealth management and FinTech companies. He is also a Fintech mentor at HK X Foundation. Mr. Lee has 26 years of financial service industry experience and has worked at Morgan Stanley, Sun Hung Kai Financial, Goldman Sachs and Bankers Trust.
Mr. Lee played an active role is the development of the asset management industry in Hong Kong. His HKSAR government appointments include the advisory committee of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) from 2007 – 2009, and the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) – New Business Committee since March 2013. He led the working group on FSDC paper titled “The Future of Fintech in Hong Kong” published in May 2017. Mr. Lee chaired AIMA Hong Kong (the global trade association for hedge funds) for 8 years from 2004 to 2012. He was voted by AsianInvestor Magazine as one of the “Top 25 most influential people in Asian hedge funds” and by Asia Fund Manager as one of the “Top 50 Industry Leader”.
Mr. Lee is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Winnie is the CEO of Asia Insurance Company Limited (a leading composite insurance company in Hong Kong). Prior to Asia Insurance, she was the CEO of Aon Risk Solutions Hong Kong/Macau and Assistant General Manager of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance. She has over 20 years’ experience in Insurance and Risk Management Consulting.
She is very active in the insurance industry and community and is currently a Council member of the Financial Services Development Council, Panel Member to the Resolvability Review Tribunal, Member of The Human Resources Planning Commission, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Advisory Committee, Travel Industry Compensation Fund Management Board, Higher Rights Assessment Board, HKTDC Belt and Road Committee - Professional Services Working Group, Steering Committee on the Pilot Program to Enhance Talent Training for the Insurance Sector.
Winnie is a Councilor of General Insurance Council, Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Hong Kong and Employees Compensation Insurer Insolvency Bureau. She is a member of ZONTA International, Director of the Alumni Association of Shaw College of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the MBA Alumni Advisory Board of The HK University of Science & Technology (HKUST). She was Chairperson of the Fire Insurance Association in 2003 and first female President of the Hong Kong Insurers Club in 2008.
Winnie was graduated from CUHK, obtained an MBA Degree from HKUST and completed the International Management Development Program at The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and fellow member (FCII) of the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) of the Insurance Institute of America.
The President & Executive Director of Dorsett Hospitality International
Executive Director of Far East Consortium International Limited
The Chairman of AGORA Hospitality Group Co., Ltd
Ms. Winnie Chiu, JP holds a BSc from King’s College, University of London and currently is the President & Executive Director of Dorsett Hospitality International, Executive Director of Far East Consortium International Limited (FEC, HKSE: 035) and the Chairman of AGORA Hospitality Group Co., Ltd (Stock code: 9704 - the 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange). As of June 2020, the portfolio of the major shareholder of Dorsett’s parent company FEC owns, manages and develops 64 hotel properties with approximately 14,000 rooms worldwide through different structures.
Ms. Chiu is the Chairman of Hong Kong Art School; Council Member of Hong Kong Arts Development Council; Joint Vice President of The Society of The Academy for Performing Arts; Board Member of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Asia Youth Orchestra and Wu Yee Sun College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Vice Chairman and Vice Convener of Consulting and Public Relations Committee of the Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation.
Ms. Chiu has also served on a number of government committees including the Council Member at The Better Hong Kong Foundation; Board Member of The Community Chest, Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, Honorary Vice President of The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners and Member of Hong Kong –Japan Business Co-Operation Committee.
Being one of the youngest Justice of the Peace (JP) appointed by the Hong Kong Government, Ms. Chiu was accorded an Honorary Fellowship by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Vocational Training Council, the 2017 Female Leader Legacy Award, the Golden Bauhinia Women Entrepreneur Award, the World Outstanding Chinese Youth Award and the Women of Hope 2016 Award: Global Champion category, Forbes Asia 2014: Top 12 Asia’s Power Businesswomen and the 2014 Hong Kong Professional Elite Ladies Award.
Lewis Ho is recognized as one of the leading IP and transactional attorneys in Asia focusing in the life sciences and technology industries. He helps pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and their financial sponsors capture, manage, risk assess, evaluate and monetize their intellectual property assets. His practice concentrates on negotiating technology transfer transactions and enforcing intellectual property rights.
Lewis has extensive experience advising on both inbound and outbound IP-driven transactions, and he has negotiated more than 100 M&A, collaboration, outsourcing, joint venture, licensing and financing (including IPO) deals. He has also represented a wide range of investors, including venture capital and private equity funds, in conducting pre-investment IP due diligence.
As the healthcare markets in Asia and the U.S. develop greater synergies, Lewis is increasingly active in helping U.S.-based companies expanding into China and assisting Chinese companies in acquiring IP assets and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and other countries. His clients have ranged from biotech startups and emerging growth companies to Fortune 500 leaders in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.
Lewis is consistently cited by Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific as one of the leading life sciences and IP lawyers in China. Chambers noted him for “approaching issues in a down-to-earth manner,” and clients cited in the guide described him as “‘one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with’ owing to his sharpness and proactive approach.” Lewis has also been recognized by IAM Patent 1000 as one of the top patent attorneys in China.
Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital has raised five commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC regions since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a European hospitality fund and also provides services for separate account direct investments globally. Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$9.8 billion as of 2018 Q2 and currently commands assets of over USD$18.3 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retails centers, hotels, commercial and logistic properties.
Goodwin has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia. He founded Downtown Properties in 1996 and serves as Managing Principal. He’s especially interested in re-positioning distressed heritage properties. These include the renovation of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and conversion of over 456,000 square feet of empty historical buildings into hip residential lofts in downtown Los Angeles including the acclaimed Douglas Building. He also served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group.
Goodwin received a BS in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Construction Management from Stanford University.
18 years’ venture capital investment in Greater China includes:
China’s largest search engine
• Focus Media Group
China’s largest interactive lifestyle digital media network
a provider of digital map content, navigation and location-based solutions (acquired by Alibaba in 2014)
• Didi Chuxing
formerly Didi Kuaidi, now China’s largest taxi-hailing and car-sharing company
• AAC Technologies
the world’s leading provider of micro-component solutions
• Sunny Optical
one of China’s leading optical manufacturers
a provider of digital entertainment services
• DYXnet Group
Greater China’s leading carrier-neutral network service provider
Hony Capital, founded in 2003 and sponsored by Legend Holdings, is an investment company that specializes in buyout deals. It currently has US$10 billion under management and its investors include Legend Holdings, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings, the National Social Security Fund, China Life Insurance and leading investment institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Temasek, European and U.S. pension funds and endowment funds. It has invested in over 100 companies in areas across pharmaceutical and healthcare, media and entertainment, consumer products, food and beverage, as well as machinery and equipment.
Hony Capital’s portfolio companies include China Shijiazhuang Pharmaceutical Group (CSPC), Zoomlion, China International Marine Containers (CIMC), Suning, Shanghai Chengtou Holding, Jin Jiang International Hotels, ENN, PizzaExpress (UK), STX (US) , WeWork (US) ,etc. The assets value of these companies totals about RMB 2.9 trillion with sales volume of RMB 860 billion, providing more than 450,000 jobs.
Hony Capital has developed well-recognized expertise in state-owned enterprise (SOE) restructuring. It has invested in nearly 30 SOEs with all gaining steady and rapid increase in business value.