Leading GPs and LPs confirmed are
Hang serves as Chief Operating Officer in charge of finance, investment & special projects at Scommerce, the holding group of GHN and Ahamove, Vietnam's leading modern logistics provider. Hang was previously Vice President of Business Development and External Relations at Seedcom - Scommerce's main investor. Seedcom invests & operates a portfolio of 10 companies across retail, logistics, technology and agriculture. Many of Seedcom companies are pioneer start-up in its respective sector, such as GHN for ecommerce delivery, The Coffee House for F&B and Juno for fashion retail.
Hang is the founding curator of Global Shapers Ho Chi Minh City, an initiative of the World Economic Forum that nurtures Vietnam’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and promotes social impact projects. She represented Vietnam’s startup community in prior dialogues with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Myanmar (2013) and with U.S. President Barack Obama in Ho Chi Minh City (2016).
Hang holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and B.A. from Oberlin College.
Ashley He currently holds the position of Senior Investment Director at Ctrip.com, tracking the investment opportunities in SEA. Prior to that, Ms. He was with Sailing Capital, a $2bn Private Equity / Venture Capital based in Hong Kong and leading the investment practice in TMT space including Sensetime, Lyft, Didi Dache, etc. Ms. He started her career in investment banking and holds a BBA from University of Hong Kong.
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.
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Bert Kwan is a Managing Director at Northstar Group, a leading Southeast Asia-focused private equity firm with $2.9 billion of committed capital.
Bert has 18 years of growth equity and leveraged buyout investment experience across a broad range of sectors in Asia and the United States. Prior to joining Northstar last year, Bert was a Managing Director and Head of ASEAN at Standard Chartered Private Equity, where he spearheaded the platform’s entry into Vietnam and led investments in Golden Gate Group, NKid, M-Service, and Loc Troi Group.
Earlier in his career, Bert spent nearly a decade with the private equity investment arm of Lehman Brothers in New York, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.
Bert graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School and a A.B. from Princeton University.
Ms. Thach Le Anh (MBA) is an entrepreneur, angel investor and senior expert in the startup field.
As a successful businesswoman with more than 20 years of extensive experiences in creating companies, market research and development, commercializing technology as well as leadership skills, startups under her mentorship have successfully raised venture capital with multi-million-dollar valuations, such as Lozi, TechElite, Schoolbus, Ship60. Besides coaching startups, she has delivered training on venture capital methodologies for hundreds of potential investors, mentors, policymakers, incubator managers and universities through a series of VSV programs like VSV Investor Bootcamp and Angel Camp. Ms. Le Anh is a senior advisor to the Vietnamese government in designing and implementing programs to build a national startup ecosystem (Project 844/QĐ-TTg approved by the Prime Minister on May 18, 2016; SpeedUp program of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology). She has acted as guest speaker at many reputable domestic and international forum such as Mekong Ecosystem Summit 2.0, Vietnam Summit 2016, Finance and Investment Forum Asia.
Ms. Le Anh has an MBA degree from the Southern California University (USA). She received a scholarship from the Newton Fund to participate in Innovation Fellows Leadership (LIF) program at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford (UK).
Sunil is a Partner who primarily specializes in the sourcing and execution of Asian investments specifically in India, Australia, Vietnam and Southeast Asia. He actively participates in all fund investment decisions at Adams Street.
Prior to joining Adams Street Partners, Sunil worked for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore performing financial and business analyses of local and regional companies and advising them. Prior to this, Sunil worked in India as an Investment and Strategy Associate in Tacogroup, the automotive technology and engineering investment arm of the Tata Group of India.
Sunil is a native Indian with permanent residency in Singapore. He is fluent in Hindi and has basic working knowledge of several Indian languages.
Henry Nguyen currently serves as the Managing General Partner of IDG Ventures Vietnam, a private equity firm focused on consumer, technology, media, and telecom investments in Vietnam. One of three General Partners, Henry concentrates on fund strategy, government relations, general management and operations, and communications. The IDG Ventures team has made over 40 investments since its inception in 2004, including VinaGame (VNG Corporation), BHD Media Holdings, GES Vietnam, VTC Online, VatGia, YAN Media Group, VC Corporation, Goldsun Focus Media, and Topica EdTech Group among others.
Prior to founding IDG Ventures Vietnam, Henry has worked at Goldman Sachs, Harvard Medical School, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Henry is also the Developmental Licensee for all McDonald's restaurants in Vietnam as well as the Chairman and Publisher of Forbes in Vietnam. With a deep passion for sports, he established the Saigon Heat pro basketball team in the role of the Chairman & Owner, which competes in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), and the Vietnam University Games (VUG), the country's official organizer of university athletics. He is the current President of the Vietnam Basketball Federation (VBF), elected for the the five-year term from 2015 to 2020. In addition to his sports activities in Vietnam, he is also the Vice Chairman & Owner of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), the newest club in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Henry is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society. He recently was bestowed an additional honor by the Asia Society in Southern California as being an "Asian Game Changer," for his leadership in bridging cultures through policy, business, arts, and education initiatives. He was also honored with the John Connor Humanitarian Award 2015 by Operation Smile due to his deep contribution in the role of the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Operation Smile Vietnam. He has served on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of ASEAN Business Club, the regional business platform to support Southeast Asian economic integration. He currently acts as the Board Member of IDG Ventures's prominent investment portfolios and also serves on the Board of Viet Capital Securities, British University Vietnam and keeps the Vice Chairman role of Fulbright University Vietnam. He has been featured in on-air interviews CNBC's Entrepreneur Asia, Bloomberg Business, Bloomberg's High Flyers, and other media including CNN and the BBC.
Henry earned his B.A. in Classics at Harvard University, and his M.D. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University Medical School and the Kellogg School of Management. He is married with twin daughters who are four years of age.
Chad Ovel has over 20 years’ experience leading value growth in Vietnam. Before joining Mekong Capital, he had a successful track record as a CEO leading the rapid growth of both a foreign-owned export manufacturing business and a local company operating in the sectors of construction, retail and manufacturing. Since joining Mekong Capital in 2013, he has led Mekong Capital’s successful investments in restaurant operator Golden Gate, which generated a 9.1x return upon exit, and in pharmaceutical leader Traphaco, which generated a 6.3x return upon exit. Chad holds an MBA from University of Chicago.
Binh Tran is a partner at 500 Startups Vietnam, a seed stage fund investing in Vietnam-connected startups. Prior to 500 Startups, Binh co-founded Klout in 2008 which was acquired in 2014. Binh has also been investing in US based startups as an angel investor and LP since 2012.
Pete joined CVC in 2015 with 9 years experience in private equities investing in Vietnam. Previously, he spent five years with private equities firm Vietnam Investment Group, where he was a director and partner. Prior to that, Pete was with Deutsche Bank covering Vietnam equities capital market and Vietnam Partners, a private equities investment company. Before coming to Vietnam, Pete spent 9 years with Citigroup in Manhattan, where he was most recently a Director doing structured credits and securitization deals.
Pete holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point.