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Antonio currently has 82 million square feet worth of developed, in-progress, and managed properties under his belt, being the Founder and President of Antonio Development in New York, Managing Director of Century Properties based in Asia, and now the Founder and CEO of Revolution Precrafted.
To date, he has worked with 13 Pritzker Prize Architects/firms such as Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie, Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel, I.M. Pei, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and Christian de Portzamparc, as well as designers such as Ron Arad, Campana Brothers, Tom Dixon, Philippe Starck, and Marcel Wanders. He has worked with over 103 notable brands in various fields—including fashion, Hollywood, luxury, design, and art. He has established the largest number of luxury branded real estate developments across the globe, by working with Giorgio Armani for Armani Casa, Forbes Media, Versace, Missoni Home, Paris Hilton, Lenny Kravitz and Wallpaper* Magazine.
He is one of the youngest and most prolific collectors of international modern and post-war contemporary art in the world. Because of his accomplishments as an art collector, he has received a number of awards from many different organizations. In 2014, Artnet recognized him as one of “20 of the World’s Most Innovative Art Collectors,” while in 2015, he became part of Artnet’s “Top 200 Art Collectors Worldwide”. Artnet also recognized him with two awards in 2016: as one of twelve young art collectors to watch out for, as well as one of the top 100 art collectors for that year. This year, he was cited by BuiltWorlds in its 2018 Mavericks Report as one of “25 Pioneers Who’ve Transformed the Built Industry.” In May 2018, he was named “Real Estate Personality of the Year” by PropertyGuru.
His passion for art has also led him to collaborate with artists such as Marina Abramovich, Maurizio Catellan, Francesco Clemente, Damien Hirst, Zhang Huan, David La Chapelle, Marilyn Minter, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, and Julian Schnabel.
His latest venture into real estate as the CEO of Revolution Precrafted, brings together over 70 of the world’s leading architects, artists, and designers including Sou Fujimoto, Daniel Libeskind, David Salle and celebrities such as Daphne Guinness, Helena Christensen + Camilla Stærk and Amar’e Stoudemire.
Revolution supplies transportable, collectible, and customizable homes, pavilions, prefabricated museums, glamping, condominiums, hotels, villas, pop-up retail, pop-up F&B, pop-up offices, pop-up co-working spaces, art furniture, etc. to landowners, developers, and end users all over the world.
To date, Revolution Precrafted has bagged around $7.2 Billion in project revenues for the company’s ongoing projects in the Philippines, Myanmar, United Arab Emirates, Jamaica, Guyana, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico and Japan.
- “Real Estate Personality of the Year” by PropertyGuru
- “25 Pioneers Who’ve Transformed the Built Industry”
- Forbes “Philippines’ 50 Richest 2017” (youngest person)
- “The World’s Top 100 Art Collectors for 2016” by Artnet
- “Art Power List: Movers and Shakers in the Art World” by Harper’s Bazaar
- “12 Young Art Collectors to Watch in 2016” by Artnet
- “Top 200 Art Collectors Worldwide in 2015” by Artnet
- “Top 10 Young Art Collectors” by Larry’s List
- “20 of the World’s Most Innovative Art Collectors” by Artnet
- “50 of the World’s Most Exciting Collectors” by Modern Painters
- “The Collectors: 40 Under 40” By Apollo Magazine
- “25 Most Influential Personalities” by the Philippine Star
- “50 Under 50” by Town & Country
- “Real Estate All stars in New York” by Real Estate Weekly, New York
- “Top 40 Rising Stars of Real Estate Globally” by Institutional Investor Magazine at the age of 28
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Manny Ayala is the Managing Director of the Philippine office of Endeavor, a global nonprofit organization focused on accelerating the growth of high impact entrepreneurs. High impact entrepreneurs 1) have the biggest ideas, 2) have the potential to scale their businesses and 3) multiply their success by mentoring and investing in other entrepreneurs. Endeavor is in 26 countries and has supported over 1,200 high impact entrepreneurs.
Prior to Endeavor, Mr. Ayala founded Hatchd, Inc, a technology incubator that has helped to create companies such as Rappler, PawnHero, AVA, Purple Click, Zipmatch and Ayannah. Mr. Ayala was also a co-founder of IRG Ltd, a Hong Kong based M&A advisory firm focused on the Telecoms, Media and Tech sectors across the Asia Pacific.
He sits on the Boards of Sky Cable and is a past president of the Philippine Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization.
Mr. Ayala has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University.
Paulo Campos is the co-founder and CEO of ZALORA Philippines, having founded the company in late-2011 after seeing the opportunity to take advantage of the emerging e-commerce industry in the country. Prior to ZALORA he was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Singapore where he worked with companies across the region on issues related to business development, organizational development, investor communications and strategy. Mr. Campos holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree from its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. After university, he was employed with Ayala Land as Special Assistant to the President. His passions and interests include architecture, urban planning, music and travel.
Marie Natalie J. Collado has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, covering capital and fund raising, as well as financial advisory, under the country’s largest banking groups.
She played a major role in key transactions such as the project financing for Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (PHP 107.5 billion) and SMC Consolidated Power Corporation (PHP 44 billion); a preferred issuance of San Miguel Corporation (PHP 80 billion) and the Initial Public Offering for Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PHP 18.4 billion). Ms. Collado has worked on an advisory capacity for an acquisition opportunity for the Manila Electric Company as well as the PHP 25 billion acquisition financing program for United Laboratories and Century Canning Corporation.
Ms. Collado obtained her degrees in Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Rafael J. Consing is the Chief Finance Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Compliance Officer of the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), a global Filipino company owning container terminals in the Americas, EMEA, Asia and Australia.
Prior to joining ICTSI, he gained investment banking and global markets experience with HSBC where he held various regional positions, his last role being the Managing Director and Head of Financing Solutions Group for Asia Pacific. He similarly held positions in DB Bankers Trust, ING Barings, and held the position of Vice President and Treasurer of Philippine conglomerate, Aboitiz & Co., Inc.
A multi-awardee, he was included in the Institutional Investor’s 2018 All Asia Executive Team, named Asia’s Best CFO for Investor Relations in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Corporate Governance Asia, 2017 Best CFO in the Philippines and CFO of the Year by Alpha Southeast and CFO Innovation, respectively. He was also named 2011 Treasurer of the Year, Philippines by The Asset in March 2011.
Mr. Consing graduated from De La Salle University with a degree in Bachelor of Arts, major in Political Science. He attended the Emerging CFO Program at the Stanford GSB.
Sherwin dela Cruz is the Country Manager (Philippines) for iflix – the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. With a strong vision to empower consumers to access content that they love both wherever and whenever, Mr. dela Cruz spearheads all local efforts to put the entertainment revolution into as many hands and devices as possible.
Prior to iflix, after a stint at IBM, Mr. dela Cruz built a career leading a number of startup companies geared towards changing consumer behavior in both the trade and entertainment industries. He also graduated with a degree in Communications Technology Management from Ateneo De Manila University.
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Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is a Co-Founder & President at Rags2Riches, Inc. and Founder and Curator of Things That Matter.
She is also a Founder and host of in Good Company Podcast. Ms. Fernandez-Ruiz is an accomplished public speaker, designer and artist. She won many awards including Young Global Business Leader by Asia New Zealand Foundation, Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine, Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year, MEGA Magazine’s Top 20 Global Pinoys and many others.
Jaime Enrique Y. Gonzalez, Filipino, is currently the CEO of IPVI. He is also the founder of IPVG Corp., Egames, and IP-Converge, Inc., which all listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange.
He has structured profitable exits such as PCCW Teleservices (sold to PCCW of Hong Kong), Prolexic Technologies (sold to Kennet Partners and eventually Akamai for over US$ 300 million), and Level-up Games (sold to Asiasoft).
He is a partner in the Kaikaku Fund (a Softbak-led fund), a venture capital focused on SE Asia. He is also on the board of Arthaland Corporation (PSE ticker symbol: ALCO), a listed real estate developer. Enrique is also a shareholder and director of Retail Specialist Inc, the exclusive retailer of Naturalizer and Florsheim brands in the Philippines.
He was IT Executive of the Year in 2008 and a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011. He is also part of the Young Presidents Organization and sits on the Board of Trustees of Asia Society Philippines.
He continues to hold the record of being the youngest person to have listed a company on the Philippine Stock Exchange at 27 years old.
Mr. Gonzalez went to Middlebury college, Asian Institute of Management and Harvard Business School. He is also a Kauffman Fellow and part of the Class 21 batch.
Michael Guarin has over 14 years of experience in the areas of due diligence (buy side and sell side), M&A, valuation and audit. He regularly conducts financial due diligence work for potential investors in the areas of logistics, healthcare, BPO and consumer markets. Mr. Guarin is an accredited KPMG valuations professional with extensive financial due diligence, model review and impaired loan advisory experience. He is also active in M&A and project advisory transactions.
Mr. Guarin is a member of the following Asia Pacific Working Groups: Transactions Services, Valuations, M&A. He attended Executive Masters in Business Administration, Asian Institute of Management (Dean’s List). Mr. Guarin is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with Business Administration and Accountancy (Cum Laude), University of the Philippines—Diliman.
Some of his experiences include:
• Conducting due diligence for a media holding company, owned by a major Philippine telecommunications company
• Providing financial due diligence services for a listed Japanese entity in its planned acquisition of a local automobile distributor
• Mr. Guarin also provides commercial due diligence, feasibility studies or market studies to new entrants in the Philippine market.
• Performing commercial due diligence for an international healthcare company in relation to its planned expansion of product distribution business in the Philippines
• Providing commercial due diligence to a local company for its contemplated diversification into the cement industry
• Preparing the business plan and financial models for an international hotel chain in its planned development of an intergraded hospitality school and hotel
Ramon “Mon” Jocson is EVP and Head, Enterprise Services Segment. Enterprise Services serves as BPI’s infrastructure backbone covering Human Resources, Centralized Operations, Information Systems, Facilities Services Group and Corporate Affairs and Communications. He chairs the Bank’s IT Steering Committee and is a member of the Bank’s Management Committee.
Mr. Jocson began his career as a Systems Analyst with IBM in Manila in 1982, subsequently working through different positions including Information Systems Manager, Systems Engineering Manager and Manager of Quality. In 1995, he was based in Singapore where he led IBM’s Applications/Systems Integration business in ASEAN and South Asia. In 1996, he was appointed as Managing Director for IBM Philippines. In 2000, he was appointed as Vice President and GM of IBM Global Services, ASEAN and South Asia. He was then appointed as Vice President and GM of IBM Global Services for Industrial Sector for Asia Pacific in 2005. In 2007, Mr. Jocson was appointed as Vice President and GM of Application Services for the Growth Market Unit, where he led IBM’s Applications Management and Application Integration Services in Asia Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and Middle East/Africa. In 2010, he was appointed as VP & GM of Integrated Technology Services for Asia Pacific. In 2013, he was appointed as VP & GM of IBM Global Services for Central and Eastern Europe based out of Prague, Czech Republic. In this capacity, he had responsibility for IBM’s services portfolio in Russia/CIS, Turkey, Poland & Baltics, Central Europe and South East Europe. From January 2015 until he joined BPI in September 2015, he was based in Singapore, as IBM Asia Pacific VP & GM for Strategic Outsourcing which counts major regional banks, telcos and airlines as amongst its major clients.
He obtained his BS Industrial Engineering degree from the University of the Philippines in 1982. He also has an MBA from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Ralph Keitel is Principal Investment Officer and Regional Lead for PE funds in Asia-Pacific in the Private Equity and Investment Funds group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Since joining IFC in early 2006, he has been responsible as Regional Lead for IFC’s private equity fund activities in Eastern Europe/Russia (2006-2008), Africa (2008-2011), Latin America (2011-2014) and East Asia (since 2014).
Prior to joining IFC, Ralph was with Caisse de Dépot et Placement de Québec (CDP) in Montréal, where he managed a portfolio of VC funds in North America and Europe. Previously, he spent five years with Technologie-Beteiligungs-Gesellschaft mbH (“TBG”, now part of the KfW Group, Frankfurt), providing early-stage venture capital financing for technology start-up companies before assuming responsibility for TBG’s funds portfolio.
Ralph holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Bonn (Germany) as well as a post-graduate degree in Finance and Management (Dean’s Honour List and recipient of the American Express Award for outstanding academic achievements) from McGill University in Montreal (Canada).
During his 17 years in the funds industry, and working for 3 different institutional investors, Ralph has lead more than 30 investments in funds across all regions (both developed and emerging markets), stages and industries and sat on more than two dozen advisory boards. In addition, Ralph has been involved with both secondary- as well as numerous co-investment transactions. He also served as trustee on the World Bank Pension Fund’s board of trustees between 2013 and 2015 and currently serves as a board member of the SVCA (Singaporean Venture Capital Association).
Kay-Mok Ku is Managing Partner for Gobi Southeast Asia. He joined Gobi in 2010 and has invested in over 30 companies, including Aptoide, DeClout, Eko, Hermo, Offpeak, Orami, and Qraved. He is a board member of the Singapore Venture Capital Association (SVCA). Prior to his career with Gobi Partners, Mr. Ku held the Vice President position in both Xinya Media and MediaCorp (Singapore). He was also part of the team that managed a $500 million fund at the Media Development Authority in Singapore, and is co-founder of Private Express, a crypto startup based in Silicon Valley. He started his career with the Infocomm Development Authority, and has a Computer Science degree from UC-Berkeley, and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Geetali Kumar is Senior Investment Manager at DEG and is based in Singapore. She is responsible for sourcing, structuring and managing equity investments as well as investments in private equity funds in South East Asia. She brings over 10 years of experience in private equity investments focusing on buyouts, growth capital and impact investments across the developing economies of Asia.
Martin Lichauco was part of pioneering teams that introduced US-style cross-border private equity/venture capital investing in Asia. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he was involved in several investments that have led to successful regional and local public listings or profitable corporate acquisitions.
He is currently Managing Director of Crescent Point, a China and Southeast Asia focused private equity firm and is in charge of daily operations in the Philippines. Concurrently, he assists the firm in its business development endeavors for its portfolio companies in the region.
Previously, Mr. Lichauco was Co-Founder of the Asian operations of Wavemaker Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm founded in 2003 with offices in Los Angeles and Singapore. It now has over US$100M in assets under management and over 200 active portfolio companies. He was also Managing Director and Head of the Asian operations of Wavemaker’s investment banking division extending the firm’s global reach by executing client mandates throughout Asia.
He started his private equity/venture capital career with H&Q Asia Pacific (H&QAP), a division of US investment banking firm, Hambrecht & Quist and spent 12 years with Walden International including a stint as Country Manager of the Philippines. He spent 4 years in Walden’s Head Office in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Both H&QAP and Walden are the two private equity/venture capital firms that started cross-border US-style value-add investing in Asia.
Mr. Lichauco was a Venture Panelist at the 8th Kauffman Fellows Program, a 2-year transformative opportunity designed to radically accelerate innovator success through self-reflection, peer learning, mentoring and a structured curriculum taught by venture capitalists and global thought leaders. He was a member of the US National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). He is a graduate of the 5th NVCA Venture Capital Institute Graduate Management Program (2004) and the 29th NVCA Venture Capital Institute Management Program (2003).
Mr. Lichauco received his MBA (Honors) from the Arthur D. Little School of Management in Chestnut Hill, MA., and BA Economics degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Michael Lints graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science and worked briefly as a project manager in NN Group, Netherlands largest insurance and asset management company. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in right after and he went on to start his own IT business specialising in Microsoft environments and IT project management. In 2001 the company he co-founded got acquired by a large data and telecom company in The Netherlands.
Mr. Lints is the former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam and chairman of the Young Economic Development Board which helped him built an extensive national and international political and corporate network. In 2007, Mr. Lints founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch’s small and medium-size enterprise to help them with capital financing, development and relevant support and strategy.
Through his earlier Venture in the Netherlands, Mr. Lints got acquainted with Golden Gate Ventures and moved his family to Singapore to join Golden Gate Ventures, as Venture Partner in 2013 to help with fundraising, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lints has helped raised over over $60M USD for Golden Gate Ventures and its portfolio companies and is now a Partner at Golden Gate Ventures since 2017.
Mr. Lints graduated from Financial Analysis for Business Valuation, and Private Equity and Venture Capital Executive course in Harvard Business School in Cambridge in 2011. He is a true believer in a work-life balance lifestyle and has completed marathons, cycling and Ironman races all over the world in his spare time and was recently appointed the Singapore ambassador for top cycling brand distributor, Treknology3.
Daniel Mallo is responsible for Société Générale's Energy, Infrastructure and Metals & Mining practice in Asia Pacific. The team's activities include conventional and renewable power, oil & gas, LNG, base and precious metals, transportation and social infrastructure. He is based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in Société Générale's New York-based Energy Project Finance Group, where he was responsible for originating and executing transactions in the conventional power, renewable energy, LNG and oil & gas sectors in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Daniel has over 18 years of experience in structured finance and has focused on the Energy and Natural Resources sectors for the past 15 years.
Mr. Mallo graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris.
Florian Marquis is part of the Asian Private Equity business unit, based in Singapore. He is a member of the Private Equity Directs Investment Committee. He has been with Partners Group since 2007 and has 18 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he had assignments at Euromanagers and Deutsche Bank. He holds an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Rohit Nanda has more than 12 years of private equity, banking and consulting experience. He is currently based out of SMBC’s Singapore office, since Dec 2016, and in charge of SMBC’s newly-formed “Principal Investments” business focusing primarily on infrastructure sector in the region.
Prior to that, Mr. Nanda was a senior member in the investment team which manages Core Infrastructure India Fund (“CIIF”), a USD ~90 million private equity fund established by SMBC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Brookfield Asset Management (“Brookfield”) focused on investing in Indian infrastructure opportunities. Mr. Nanda was actively involved in the initial fund set up process.
Mr. Nanda has been with SMBC since July 2008 and has experience in financing, structuring and providing advisory services to international project financing transactions in the areas of conventional power, renewable energy, petrochemical, oil and gas, mining and other infrastructure sectors. Mr. Nanda performed due diligence and risk analysis in these transactions and was also involved in assisting sponsors during commercial contract negotiations. In some of his transactions, he was involved in various loan negotiations and documentation.
Minette is Vice-Chairman andPresident of Kickstart Ventures, Inc., the corporate venture capital subsidiaryof Globe Telecom. She is a member of the Ayala Corporation’s InnovationAdvisory Council, and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board. She is a SeniorVice President at Globe Telecom, focusing on New Business, and a member of theBoard of Directors of AdSpark, Globe’s wholly-owned digital advertisingsubsidiary. Minette has held a number of CEO/COO positions in variousindustries, ranging from scrappy Philippine startups to iconic globalcompanies.
Dr. Ferdinand A. Pecson is the Executive Director of the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines. Before joining the PPP Center, he worked at FLSmidth A/S as Performance Director and Executive team member leading the O&M business in Africa and Middle East. He also had worked at Holcim Philippines, Deere & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bacnotan Consolidated Industries, Solid Cement Corporation, PHINMA Inc. and the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Pecson has a PhD in Energy Engineering from the University of the Philippines under a joint program with the University of Wisconsin, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Philippines.
Mikko Perez is Founder and CEO of Ayannah, a leading provider of digital commerce and payment services for online and mobile communities, especially the unbanked. Prior to leading Ayannah, he was Director of Finance & Business Development at Chikka and helped steer Chikka to profitability. He also spearheaded Chikka’s expansion into China, Japan and the US prior to its acquisition by PLDT (NYSE: PHI).
Prior to this, he was an investment manager at Next Century Partners where he managed private equity on behalf of Soros Fund Management, LLC and several institutional investors. He was also an investment banker at JP Morgan Chase (Hambrecht & Quist) in San Francisco where he advised technology, media and telecom ventures.
Mr. Perez serves on the board of several companies and foundations. Having begun his career as a community organizer and adult educator helping strengthen social enterprises in the Philippines, he remains actively involved in initiatives that encourage social entrepreneurship and sustainable development in emerging markets.
Mr. Perez has a BSc in Management (with Honors) and a BA in Development Studies (with Honors & Award for Excellence) from the Ateneo de Manila University and a MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Mark P. Serrano is the Managing Director and Founder of Malia Prime Investments Ltd. With 16 years in management consulting and private equity in Dubai, London, New York and Manila, Mr. Serrano started Malia Prime in 2018 to target Gulf and Asia Pacific investment opportunities, with an initial focus on the Philippines. Malia Prime is in the process of establishing the first Philippines investment fund in the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
Mr. Serrano’s extensive experience in the Middle East with Malia Prime and from global strategy consulting firms Oliver Wyman, A.T. Kearney and Delta Partners led to key relationships with the region’s primary decision makers and senior executives within corporates, government, sovereign wealth funds and family offices.
Mr. Serrano has an MBA from London Business School (University of London) with a concentration in Finance. He is also an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program at Harvard University. Mr. Serrano graduated from the University of the Philippines School of Economics, magna cum laude.
Dan is a co-founder as well as the Senior Vice-President and Treasurer of Kickstart Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Globe Telecom. He also concurrently supports Globe in M&A activities, which in the past have included acquisitions of Yondu (formerly Entertainment Gateway Group) and Bayan Telecommunications.
Dan’s career track has mostly been in global tech-related companies, particularly in telecommunications, personal portable computers, and over a decade in tech venture investing with JAFCO Asia, with senior-level stints in key global markets including the US, Japan, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
Dan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and dual master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute in International Studies (MA) minoring in German studies, and the Wharton School of Business (MBA).
At Generali Asia, John Spence is responsible for formulating and executing mergers and acquisitions, fostering strategic alliances and partnerships and leading regional corporate development initiatives to achieve Generali’s growth targets in Asia. In the Philippines, he is the Chairman of Generali Life Assurance Philippines, Inc.
Prior to joining Generali, Mr. Spence provided independent strategic advisory services for Asian cross border insurance and asset management transactions at Asian Capital Advisors and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW). At Macquarie Funds Group, he also had responsibility for Asian acquisitions and led a Korean asset management joint venture. At Manulife Financial, his region-wide responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and wealth management. In Australia, Mr. Spence held senior executive roles at National Australia Bank and AMP.
Mr. Spence holds a Masters of Business Administration from Australian Graduate School of Management, Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Secretary, Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, and a Certified Financial Planner. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Mica F. Tan is the Chief Executive Officer of MFT Group of Companies, a private equity firm that adheres to the principles of restructuring corporate blueprints of global family legacy businesses to establish sustainable financial footing. Mica has been involved in all phases of MFT Group’s development since its founding in 2014.
Under her leadership, MFT Group mapped out a clear vision -- to establish presence and profitable business models in 100 Business Areas worldwide. Growing the company to its now over P3B in total asset portfolio value, MFT Group’s investments around the world span a wide range of industries across asset classes, in both established and growth-oriented businesses alike, including financial services and technology, credit, healthcare, real estate, petroleum, lifestyle and entertainment. Being the highly entrepreneurial and born visionary that she is, Mica led MFT Group in forging its entry into global markets, fueling the expansion through food and beverage interests. MFT Group has established presence in Spain, the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. She manages operations in 9 countries and 18 cities, with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, and New York.
Mica strives to create value by investing in great businesses where capital, strategic insight, global relationships and operational support can drive transformation that unlocks the company’s potential. She actively targets companies in which significant value can be created through clear strategic and operational change. From its humble beginnings of 8 employees, Mica has since built a team of close to 300 across its offices worldwide, empowering them to provide hands-on support to help MFT Group’s portfolio companies become more productive, efficient and valuable. She leads a dedicated executive committee that helps her craft strategic business plans for these companies to reach their full potential over the long term, providing assistance as they put this plan into practice.
Chris Teoh brings with him over 15 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and consulting across North Asia, South East Asia, Europe, and Australia. He is currently responsible for investments in the Philippines, and Healthcare and Consumer investments across the ASEAN region. Prior to TAEL, he was with buy-side institutions such as Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Malaysia), CDIB Capital (HK), and IFC (World Bank Group) (Beijing & Mongolia). Chris also spent a 3-year stint in investment banking/corporate finance roles with ABN-Amro (HK) and Ernst & Young (Beijing). Chris graduated with a Master of Applied finance from Macquarie Univeristy/Tsinghua University (joint programme), and a Bachelor of Science from the Univesity of Melbourne.
Anthony Thomas is currently the President and CEO of Mynt in the Philippines. He joined Mynt as COO in 2015 as part of the founding leadership team, and was directly responsible for the financial services vertical. Prior to Mynt, Mr. Thomas was with Citibank’s Global Consumer Group for 17 years across Asia, Latin America and the US. His experience spans Consumer Lending, Cards and Wealth Management. Mr. Thomas graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi and attended the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.
In recognition of the team’s efforts and initiatives, Mynt received various awards these past years including Asian Banker Awards’ Mobile Payment Product of the Year 2017, Makati City Government Outstanding Corporate Partner for Makatizen 2018, and the Asian Banker Innovation Leadership Award for the Philippines 2018.
Alasdair Thomson is a managing partner and co-founder of Sierra Madre, a Philippines-focused private equity fund. Sierra Madre differentiates itself from global and regional investors through the long established local networks and extensive local investment track records of its team. Mr. Thomson has been deeply associated with the Philippines for over 25 years, speaks passable Tagalog and returned permanently to Manila in 2012.
Prior to Sierra Madre, Mr. Thomson was a partner at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, which he joined from Apax Partners. His early career was spent in operational management with Coats Plc in Asia, Europe and South America, and in private-equity focused consulting at Bain & Company.
He holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD and a First Class Honours degree in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde in his native Scotland. He is a director of Transnational Diversified Group, Inc and EasyCall Inc.
Ronald M. Tucker is the Founder and President of the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA), the peak body for Blockchain businesses in Australia, and co-convenor of the Global Blockchain Forum, the international body representing trade body's for the US, Canada, the UK, UAE, Singapore, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Japan and Australia.
Mr. Tucker has been living in Australia for the last several years and presently resides in Sydney as well as Asia. He launched Bit Trade Australia, the countries first blockchain asset investment platform, in 2013, and its sister company Bit Trade Labs, a Blockchain development consultancy a year later.Ron organised and led the successful industry response to the Digital Currency Inquiry called by the Senate Economics References Committee in 2015, organised the two-day Global Digital Currency Conversation forum during the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane 2014, helped establish the bi-partisan Blockchain federal caucus, and has worked closely with Australian and Chinese officials (as well as other cross-border industry stakeholders), on bi-lateral blockchain ecosystem development.
He has worked consultatively with regulatory stakeholders resulting in progressive policy and legislative outcomes for the Digital Economy Mr. Tucker, also successfully spearheaded the self-regulatory DC Code of Conduct initiative by industry, contributing to these changes following the Senate's recommendations and subsequent adoption by Government.
He is presently engaged in consulting and government relations advisory work in the ASEAN region for the Digital Economy industry. Ron was born in Newfoundland, Canada in 1981, and undertook studies in IT (Canada) and Business Management (Australia). He travels extensively for work in his advisory roles, and has been an entrepreneur for most of his working life having started businesses in the areas of retail, marketing, technology, government relations, and publishing in the US and Canada.
Lito Villanueva is the country’s leading inclusive digital finance accelerator, subject matter expert, and award-winning thought leader and innovator. He is one of the founding executives of Voyager Innovations and PayMaya. He started PLDT Group’s FinTech business and made it as the country’s biggest FinTech startup company with the most extensive digital footprint covering all 81 provinces. He has founded KasamaKA as a national movement for financial inclusion and social advocacy for inclusive growth supported by various local government leagues and commended by the Philippine Senate. He was the first and only Filipino to be included in Asia’s Top 100 FinTech Leaders. He received close to 50 accolades in four years such as the BSP Outstanding Financial Inclusion Partner, Asia Responsible Enterprise Award for social empowerment, and the Asian Banker’s Consumer Finance Product of the Year awards, among others. He was formerly with Visa and International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. He is currently the chairman of the FinTechAlliance.ph, the industry group composed of leading digital companies in the country today.