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Seon is a partner at STIC Investments (“STIC). He joined STIC in May 2005. He currently leads STIC’s Overseas Investments team.
Prior to joining STIC, Seon worked at Samsung Electronics and Samsung Electro-Mechanics for fourteen years.
One of Seon’s highlighted roles at Samsung organization was working as an investment manager at Samsung Corporate Venture Capital Group, where he focused on identifying strategic partnerships and venture capital investment opportunities for Samsung Group.
Seon holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Korea Maritime University and an MBA degree from University of Birmingham.
Huai Fong is the Regional Lead for the East Asia Pacific PE Funds team of the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) where she is responsible for leading investments into funds in the region.
Prior to joining IFC, Huai Fong spent five years with Deutsche Investitions-Und Entwicklungsgesellschaft MBH (“DEG”) where she had a primary coverage of Southeast Asia. She led fund investments and co-investments in the region as well as managed a portfolio of funds through her Advisory Committee positions. Before DEG, Huai Fong was with UOB Venture Management where she did direct equity investments into growth stage companies in Southeast Asia and China.
Huai Fong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and in Economics (Honors and Dean’s list) from the Singapore Management University. She is a CFA charterholder.
Thuy Dropsey is an Executive Director in the Southeast Asia team for Affirma Capital (formerly known as Standard Chartered Private Equity) since 2016 and heads up Vietnam and Thailand coverage. Prior to Affirma Capital, Thuy was a Vice President at Lombard Investments, establishing the fund’s office in Ho Chi Minh City and overseeing investment strategy, deal sourcing and portfolio management in Vietnam. Prior to joining Lombard in 2011, Thuy was a Senior Associate at Mekong Capital, a Vietnam-based private equity fund manager. At Mekong, she originated and evaluated potential investments and was responsible for the execution of value-added projects for the firm's portfolio companies. Earlier in her career, Thuy was a Senior Finance Associate for Bain Capital Credit in Boston. Thuy began her professional career in 2005 at Ernst & Young as a Senior Auditor in its Asset Management group in Boston.
Thuy graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University, Boston (2005) with a B.S. double major in Finance and Accounting, and is a non-active licensed Certified Public Accountant, State of Massachusetts.
Mr. Ireland is a Senior Partner of Navis based in Thailand and an Investment Committee member. Mr. Ireland joined Navis in 2001 where he focuses on investments in Thailand and Vietnam and has been involved in numerous transactions across South East Asia and Australia.
Prior to joining Navis, he spent five years in Vietnam working for the Vietnam Fund, as an investment professional. He has also served as Vice President for Business Development for Exodus Communications based in Singapore. David is a qualified lawyer and practiced for a large firm in the US from 1990-1993.
Mr. Ireland serves as a Director or Executive Committee Member at a number of portfolio companies including, Theodore Alexander, Cherry Valley, Christian Liaigre, OPV, Hanoi French Hospital and Nitipon Clinics.
Mr. Ireland has been resident as an adult in Asia since 1993 and spent significant portions of his childhood in Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam. He has a JD from the College of William & Mary, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Virginia and an Advanced Management Diploma from the University of California – Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Henry Lee has close to 30 years’ experience as an investor, fund manager, corporate financier, and fund allocator in global and Asian markets. His extensive experience encompasses private and public investments, hedge funds, private equity and venture funds, managing asset management companies and family office operations.
In 1996, Mr. Lee founded Hendale Asia, one of the first Asian-based multi-strategy alternative funds, after being a Principal at the Bass family office in Texas for 6 years. Hendale now specializes in direct private investments in globally. More recently, Mr. Lee was the CIO of Nan Fung – a large private real estate and investment conglomerate, where he managed a large diversified investment portfolio in excess of several billion USD. Prior to that, between 2003 and 2008, he managed large portfolios for the Asia operation of Sandell, a large global hedge fund and was an Executive Director of UBS Global Asset Management responsible for hedge fund allocations globally based in Hong Kong. He started his career as an investment banker at CS First Boston in New York and London in 1987.
His community work and directorships include being an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of Xian, the leading local bank in Xian city, and a 2nd term member of the Xian China Peoples’ Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC). He is active in community and alumni affairs and holds various directorships and posts in organizations such as the HK Cancer Fund and the Mongolian Chamber and Mongolia Club (HK).
He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and English. Born and raised in Asia, America and Africa, Mr. Lee is a citizen of Hong Kong and Switzerland.
Richard A. Piliero is head of private equity with research responsibilities for companies and structuring investments in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 2001, Mr. Piliero was with Investor Growth Capital in New York (the Private Equity Division of Investor AB of Sweden) and Bears Stearns & Co., in the Investment Banking Department. He was also co-founder of Aigis Ventures LLC, a seed-stage venture capital company in the United States. He entered the financial services industry in 1996. Mr. Piliero holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in business economics and international relations from Brown University. He also spent a year at Oxford University, Worcester College, in the politics, philosophy and economics program. Mr. Piliero speaks English and French and has basic knowledge of Mandarin and Italian.