Lindy worked in investment banking in the Hong Kong and Tokyo offices of Goldman Sachs, in the areas of Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets and Equity Derivatives. After leaving as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, she turned her attention to the philanthropic sector.
While resident in Tokyo, Lindy was co-founder of the Tokyo Circle of Friendship Bridge (www.friendshipbridge.org), fundraising for the non-profit focused on microfinance in Guatemala. She was also a founding Board Member of a bilingual volunteer clearinghouse, Hands On Tokyo (www.handsontokyo.org) in 2006, an affiliate of the Hands On Network Points of Light Foundation. She served as a Board Member of Asia Initiatives (www.asiainitiatives.org), a fundraising organisation, in support of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, focusing on microfinance of sustainable village enterprises in India.
Lindy graduated with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Brown University. She also has a M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Debby worked in the London office of Macquarie Bank, making investments in renewable energy and infrastructure projects in Europe. In 2010, she moved to Hong Kong to join the Power and Energy investment banking team of HSBC. After a decade in finance Debby joined the charity arm of a family office to begin her career in the philanthropic sector.
Debby is a keen volunteer and she regularly works with HandsOn Hong Kong in addressing various social issues in Hong Kong.
Debby graduated with a B.A. and Masters in Engineering from University of Cambridge.
Partner, Bain & Company
Based in Hong Kong since 2006, Vinit Bhatia is a Partner with Bain & Company, the co-head of Bain’s APAC Performance Improvement practice and the co-head of Bain’s Private Equity Practice for Greater China. In Asia since 2003, initially in Seoul, Vinit has 25 years of global management consulting experience and expertise working across Asia, Canada, the US and Europe, delivering strategies for leading businesses and advising global clients on a broad range of performance improvement topics, from sustained cost transformations, G&A optimization, productivity improvement to working capital improvement.
As co-head of Bain’s Private Equity Practice for Greater China, he has led numerous due diligence assignments in China and Asia across multiple industries. He has also worked with a variety of portfolio companies, primarily in business unit strategy and performance improvement, and supported a large number of funds in the region with their fund strategy and operations.
Vinit has also led much of Bain’s work in Hong Kong in the not-for-profit sector. He has led numerous engagements with social enterprises and NGO’s that include organizations focused on social welfare, the arts and environmental causes.
Prior to joining Bain in 1993, Vinit worked with an investment bank in project finance, in New York.
Vinit holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a B. Comm from Queen’s University (First Class with Honours).
Chairman, Wahum Group Holdings & Founder, Clearly Campaign
James Chen is a third generation member and Chairman of a family-owned enterprise, Wahum Group Holdings, a Hong Kong and Nigeria based manufacturing company. In 1995, he founded and became CEO of Legacy Advisors Limited, a single family office that transformed the way the family managed and preserved its wealth. In 2003, James was instrumental in founding the family’s philanthropic arm – the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation – and is currently Co-Chairman. The Foundation has supported 170+ initiatives in Mainland China, Hong Kong and West Africa.
James has also backed numerous social ventures, founding Bring Me a Book Hong Kong (www.bringmeabook.org.hk), an NGO promoting childhood literacy. Further afield, he is deeply involved in the development of adjustable lens technology, both for commercial application in developed countries through the company Adlens (www.adlens.com), and to meet the challenge of correcting the eyesight of visually impaired people in the developing world through the Vision for a Nation Foundation (www.visionforanation.org). James is a Vision for a Nation Trustee, a long-standing member of the Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong, former Chairman of the China Exploration and Research Society, and a past president of the Young Entrepreneurs’ organisation HK. More recently, James has invested in Delta Health, a cardiovascular specialty hospital set to revolutionize patient care in China, and Ammado, a global online donation and fundraising platform (www.ammado.com).
CFO, Baring Private Equity Asia
Patrick Cordes joined Baring Private Equity Asia in 2006. Previously, he worked for Deloitte in Hong Kong and New York.
Patrick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Lehigh University.
Managing Director, Eurasian Management (Hong Kong) Limited
Prior to launching Eurasian Management in 2008, Jonathan spent five years at Walter Scott and Partners Limited, Edinburgh, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s Asia ex-Japan and Emerging Markets investments.
Jonathan holds an MSc Accounting & Finance degree from Heriot-Watt University and an MA (Hons) Economics degree from the University of Edinburgh. He currently serves as Trustee for the Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited, a charitable foundation based in Hong Kong.
Managing Partner and Co-founder, All-Stars Investment Limited
Mingxia co-founded All-Stars Investment in 2014. He is currently a managing partner of the firm, focusing on investments in technology, consumer and healthcare companies in Greater China.
Previously, Mingxia joined Morgan Stanley in 1992 and rose to become the Co-Head and Managing Director of Private Wealth Management Asia Pacific for Morgan Stanley. He served as a member of Morgan Stanley’s China Management Committee, Asia Private Wealth Management Committee, and International Wealth Management Committee. During his 21-year-tenure at the firm, he was a pioneer of the China wealth management business.
He received an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1992 and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from Princeton University in 1987.
Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners
Roy Kuan joined CVC in 1999. Since then he has led or co-led many of CVC’s investments in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea. He is currently a member of the Asia Pacific Investment Committee. Previously, Roy worked in Citigroup’s Asia Private Equity investment team, focusing on South Korea and the Philippines.
Roy holds a BA degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network.
Senior Managing Director, CVC Capital Partners
Alvin joined CVC in 2005. Previously, he was a Principal with the Boston Consulting Groups Greater China Practice and worked for Philip Morris International in a regional business development role.
Alvin is the Asia representative on the CVC Philanthropy Committee and he also serves on the board of Social Venture Hong Kong.
Alvin holds a BSc Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, US.
Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Legacy Advisors
Jen transitioned into the world of philanthropy after working in the finance industry for almost two decades. She is the Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Legacy Advisors, a thriving Family Office in Hong Kong.
In this role, Jen works on the many varied portfolio of investments in Legacy’s philanthropic spectrum. The entities range from the grant-making Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, to the non-government organisations of Bring Me A Book (Hong Kong chapter) and Vision For A Nation; to Adlens, a commercial company with a social soul. Her focus is the strategy and execution of initiatives to increase the reach and impact of the portfolio. Jen is on the Board of Governors of Bring Me A Book and serves as Strategic Advisor on the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation – both focusing on the promotion of early childhood literacy.
Senior Consultant, HKCSS-HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre
Howard Ling is the Senior Consultant of The HKCSS – HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre (SEBC), which is funded by Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged, Hong Kong Bank Foundation, Fung Foundation Social Enterprises Fund, and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS).
Howard also supports the work of Government, NGOs and Education, including Home Affairs – Social Enterprise Advisory Committee (Committee member), Youth Business Hong Kong (mentor and advisor), Ever Green Association – Social Enterprise Division (Committee member), YMCA College of Continuing Education (External Advisor), IVE Shatin (external examiner and mentor), and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Vice-President of MBA Alumni Association, and Chief Representative of Postgraduate school).
Vice-Chairman, AVPN (Asia Venture Philanthropy Network)
Following an initial career in banking, Andrew Muirhead has been involved in the UK Philanthropic sector since 1993. He went on to lead Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland as Chief Executive until 2008, when he became Founding Chief Executive of Inspiring Scotland.
Inspiring Scotland was officially launched in January 2009 to develop innovative responses to major social challenges through the provision of money and skills. Inspiring Scotland has raised 5 funds to date, raising over £50m and investing in about 60 non-profits and social enterprises. It enjoys wide support from Government, Business, Charitable Trusts and Private Individuals including a number of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs.
Andrew has led the development of a wide range of innovative programs to support Scottish charities to scale and to help tackle key social challenges both in the UK and in developing countries globally. His pioneering work was recognized in the 2008 Beacon Prize awards.
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, Andrew’s non-executive career has spanned Broadcasting, University Sector and Community Development. Andrew is a Board Member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, is on the Advisory Board for The Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, he also serves as a Member of a Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities.
Director and Co-founder, Anthem Asia Limited
Josephine is an experienced Asian-based private equity practitioner with over 30 years’ emerging markets experience. She is currently co-founder and director of Anthem Asia an investment and advisory company focused on developing financially-and-socially-responsible opportunities in Myanmar. She also acts as an investment advisor to the Vietnam Investment Group. Josephine spent 13 years with CLSA Capital Partners where she co-founded CLSA’s pan-Asian private equity platform. From 1995 to 2008, she was managing director and deputy CEO of CLSA Capital Partners, and product head for the pan-Asian Growth and Expansion Capital team.
Josephine is also an independent non-executive director of Petra Foods Limited, a SE Asian consumer chocolate business listed in Singapore. In addition, she is a trustee and chair of the Investment Committee of the Croucher Foundation in Hong Kong, and a director and co-founder of the Village People Project, a Hong Kong-based NGO supporting projects which benefit women and children in rural China.
Josephine is a graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, and Hong Kong, and a member of the Hong Kong Securities Institute.