Mr. Farhan Faruqui

Chairman

Farhan is Group Executive, International for ANZ’s Institutional business in Asia, Europe and America. He joined ANZ as CEO of International Banking in August 2014 before being elevated to the position of Group Executive International, cementing the importance of Asia to the ANZ Group. Farhan leads a business representing ANZ customers across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America with a significant franchise growth opportunity. CEOs in these markets all report through to Farhan.

Until August 2014, Farhan was the Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Asia Pacific, Citigroup. During his 23-year career with Citigroup, Farhan held senior management roles in franchise leadership, product and customer coverage across Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa, including Head of Global Loans & Leveraged Finance, Asia Pacific, and Corporate Banking Head, Central Europe.

With an impressive track record developing businesses, Farhan is an experienced international banker, product specialist and an accomplished people leader across multiple geographies.

Farhan has a Bachelor of Science Degree – Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Brandon Lin

Vice Chairman

Brandon is the Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer of SPQ Asia Capital and General Partner of the SAIF Partners Group which he joined in 2001 as part of the founding team. He has been at SAIF/SPQ in Hong Kong and Beijing for 15 years where he has a strong track record for sourcing, evaluating, executing, managing and exiting numerous profitable private equity and public investments. Before joining SAIF/SPQ, he was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group (led by Frank Quattrone) and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (acquired by CSFB) in New York, Boston and Hong Kong from 1997 to 2001. He was also an Associate in Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law at Sullivan & Cromwell in Hong Kong and Los Angeles from 1994 to 1996.

Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree with Distinction from Stanford University in 1991 (elected to Phi Beta Kappa in junior year) and Juris Doctorate cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994.

Mr. Ted Chan

Director

Ted is a Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group and now leads BCG’s Globalization Practice in Greater China.Ted also led BCG’s Strategy and Corporate Development practices in Greater China between 2009 and 2014. Since joining BCG almost 20 years ago, Ted has built extensive expertise advising leading Chinese companies in large transformation and globalization efforts, and also helping multinationals develop and implement strategies in Greater China.His experiences span across a wide range of industries including logistics and transportation, industrial goods, technology, consumer, and health care.

Between 2014 and 2017, Ted was the Group Chief Strategy Officer of SF Express, the leading express delivery and logistics company in China. Among other responsibilities, Ted was in charge of key strategic, investment, and partnership issues of the group.

Ms. Stephanie Hui

Director

Stephanie is head of the Merchant Banking Division in Asia Pacific (Ex Japan) for Goldman Sachs. She serves on the Asia Pacific Management Committee, China Operating Committee and was previously on the Asia Pacific Diversity Committee. Stephanie initially joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 in the Principal Investment Area in New York and then transferred to Hong Kong in 1997. Stephanie was named managing director in 2006 and partner in 2010.

Stephanie currently serves on the boards of Inner Mongolia Fuyuan Farming Co. Ltd. and Daesung Industrial Gases Co. Ltd. She serves on the Investment Committee of Hony Capital Fund III and Hony Capital Fund 2008. Stephanie is also a member of the Board of Governors of the China Venture Capital and Beijing Private Equity Association and previously on the Board of Governors of The Women’s Foundation.

Stephanie earned an AB (summa cum laude) in Biology from Harvard College in 1995 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2000.

Mr. Paul Kennedy

Director

Paul Kennedy has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has spent most of his career in Asia, including over 15 years as a financial services partner with KPMG both in Hong Kong and as Managing Partner of KPMG’s Shanghai office from 2000 until 2005. From 2006 until 2010, Paul served as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong’s securities regulator, and subsequently worked as a Managing Director within HSBC Hong Kong’s Global Banking Division. From November 2012, he served as a Special Adviser to the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) with a focus on financial matters, including the integration of the London Metal Exchange, and was subsequently appointed in 2013 as HKEx’s Group Chief Financial Officer.

Following his retirement in 2018, Paul has been appointed to various INED positions with Dah Sing Financial Holdings Group Limited and Octopus Holdings Limited, both encompassing activities regulated by the HKMA. Mr Kennedy also serves on the Regulatory Oversight Board of the HKICPA and the Finance Committee of Mother’s Choice, a local charity.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Financial Administration from the University of Bangor in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Mr. Michael Klosson

Director

Michael Klosson is Vice President for Policy and Humanitarian Response in International Programs for Save the Children, based in Washington, D.C. He oversees the agency’s public policy and advocacy work with the U.S. and other governments as well as its global emergency response work. He also chairs a global Advocacy Group working on behalf of the 29 Save the Children members and Save the Children International.

Mr. Klosson joined Save the Children in January 2007. His policy portfolio spans health, education, and food security as well as cross­ cutting issues such as aid effectiveness. He has represented Save the Children at various international conferences, including three G20 summit meetings, and testified before Congress. On the emergency front, he helped steer Save the Children’s response to the earthquake in Haiti, floods Pakistan and the drought in the Horn of Africa. He is spearheading efforts to enhance further the agency’s emergency response capacity.

Before joining Save the Children, Mr. Klosson served as a career Foreign Service officer with overseas posts in Asia and Europe, including U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong and Macau, and Deputy Chief of Mission at several U.S. Embassies. His Washington assignments included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs for Secretary of State Albright, and Special Assistant to both Secretaries of State Haig and Shultz. Mr. Klosson has taught at Hamilton College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hamilton College and holds M.A. and M.P.A. degrees from Princeton University.

Ms. Winnie Auyeung Lai

Director

Winnie Auyeung Lai served the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong for close to 30 years as Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Hong Kong Putonghua Assessment & Education Centre (HKPEAC). Since 1980 she has been president of the Hong Kong Association for Chinese Language in Education and vice-president of a number of Chinese Language Education Associations in China.

She has served the Hong Kong Government in different capacities; as Consultant to setting Language Benchmark for teachers, as member of different Curriculum Development Committees of the Education Bureau and as Chair of Subject Committees of the Hong Kong Examination & Assessment Authority. Formally retired from the University of Hong Kong in 2013, Winnie worked for the International Baccalaureate (IB) as Development Manager of Greater China. She is currently serving the University of Hong Kong again on part-time basis.

Winnie holds a bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature, a Post-graduate Diploma in Education with Distinction, an Advanced Diploma and Master of Education degree in Education Guidance and Counselling and a PhD in Curriculum Change and Implementation.

Mr. Spencer Wong

Director

In addition to two years as a film director, Spencer has been working in the advertising industry for more than 28 years.

He joined McCann Worldgroup in 2006 as the Executive Creative Director for Shanghai and Hong Kong. Under his leadership, McCann has been consistently ranked the No. 1 creative agency in Hong Kong since 2006.

In 2015, the Hong Kong Kam Fan Awards awarded the company their 5th Grand Kam Fan trophy in the last decade. Spencer also led his company to win Nike’s first Grand Prix Award at Cannes, a first for the entire Greater China region. In January 2015, McCann Hong Kong was renamed McCANN & SPENCER. Campaign nominated the company as the best creative agency in Greater China.  Spencer became the Best Creative Agency Head of 2015 in Greater China.

Spencer was the Executive Committee Chairman of Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of Hong Kong from 2010 to 2018, and has been named one of Hong Kong’s 100 most influential people by Debrett’s.  He was also invited by the British D&AD to become the foreman for their professional award.

In 2018, Spencer reopened the British based M&C Saatchi Hong Kong advertising consultant agent company, and put his name on the door as M&C Saatchi Spencer. He is now also the Committee member for HK Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Education Bureau of HK SAR government.

Ms. Leonie Valentine

Director

Leonie Valentine was appointed Managing Director, Sales & Operations of Google Hong Kong in August 2016. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing and sales, and has served as Director of Customer Experience for Asia Pacific at Google for the prior two years.

Before joining Google, Leonie was Executive Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at CSL Limited. Earlier, she held the position of Chief of Staff for Telstra International Group, and was a member of the Executive Leadership Team charged with managing Telstra Corp’s business growth and assets outside of Australia and New Zealand.

Leonie holds an Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship of Swinburne University, a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr. Liping Zhang

Director

Liping Zhang is Senior Managing Director and Chairman, Greater China of Blackstone Group.

Mr. Zhang has over 30 years of experience in the international financial community, public enterprises and government. Mr. Zhang has held senior positions at a number of institutions, having served as Co-CEO of Credit Suisse Greater China and Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking, Managing Director of Hong Kong Taiping Concord Group, Managing Director of The Dresden Banking Group of Germany and Director of Investment Banking in Greater China, and Merrill Lynch Group investment banking in the United States. Mr. Zhang first worked in The Ministry of Foreign Trade in China in the early 1980s.

Mr. Zhang graduated from Beijing University of Economics and Trade (formerly Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade) and holds a master’s degree in international affairs and international law from St. John’s University in New York. He also studied FORBusiness At NYU’s Ston School of Business. He is currently a member of the Guangxi Autonomous Region of the Chinese Committee for Political Consultative Conference, a member of the Board of Directors of the Beijing University of Foreign Economic and Trade, a member of the Financial Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and a member of the Asian Financial Forum Planning Committee.

Ms. Catherine Zhu

Director

Catherine Zhu is Managing Partner, Egon Zehnder Hong Kong, advising clients on CEO succession, leadership assessment & development, and corporate governance. Ms. Zhu brings a cross-cultural lens to bear, with deep experience of western MNC best practices and particular expertise in East Asia. Within her firm, Ms. Zhu leads a number of major technology and new media relationships, fueled by her passion for technological innovation.

As the Egon Zehnder’s Family Business Advisory champion in Asia, Ms. Zhu works closely with Asian family firms to improve their ability to attract, develop, and retain senior talent. Her management career included leadership roles with Motorola, Nortel, Yum! Brands, and EDS Electronic Data Systems.

Ms. Zhu is a founding member of the 30% Club in Hong Kong, which strives for better gender balance at the executive and board levels.

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