Guest Speakers

Eu-Wen Ding 

Eu-wen is an entrepreneur, inventor, and one of the creators of Lumos. Struck by the lengths to which he and many of his fellow Boston cyclists had to go to light up and be visible with arrays of lights, reflectors, and jackets, he felt that there had to be a better way. This inspired him to develop Lumos. 

Previously he was a co-inventor of Embrace, an innovative low-cost infant warmer for babies born premature and low birth weight in the developing world. Embrace has received numerous accolades and awards including the 2011 INDEX Design to Improve Life Award and The Economist Innovation Award in 2013. The Embrace warmer has now been used by over 150,000 babies around the world, many of whom would have had few alternatives for safe warming and incubation without Embrace. His hope is to be able to touch as many lives with Lumos as he had the opportunity to do with Embrace. 

Eu-wen has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and was getting his MBA from Harvard Business School before leaving to start Lumos. 

At Lumos, Eu-wen is in charge of product design, marketing, and business development. Originally from Singapore, Eu-wen has spent most of his adult life in America, giving him a deep understanding of western markets and how to effectively position products for the western consumer. Lumos has an engineering team that is predominantly Chinese, a design team that is predominantly British/European, and a customer base that is predominantly American. Eu-wen is the bridge that brings it all together and makes it work. 

Gordon Yen

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Radiant Venture Capital

Dr. Yen is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Radiant Venture Capital with over 25 years of public and private company management experience in global supply chain and infrastructure sectors covering areas including business development, investment management, supply chain management, corporate strategy, finance, and IT. He started participating in technology investments in the late 90s as in transactions involving startups from the USA, China and Hong Kong. Dr. Yen has also served as one of the founding Board members of the Supply Chain Council Greater China Chapter, as well as the Board of Directors and Technology Committee of HKRITA, a government funded industry-focused research institutes in Hong Kong. He is currently an independent non-executive director of Hopewell Holdings Ltd. (SEHK: 0054), non-executive director of Fountain Set (Holdings) Ltd. (SEHK: 0420), Henan Province Committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and an Advisory Committee member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council for Information & Communications Technology Services. Dr. Yen graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BS degree in Manufacturing Engineering and holds an MBA from McGill University and a DBA from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Hanson Cheah

Managing Director – Greater China, Draper Athena

Hanson Cheah is a managing director at Draper Athena based in Hong Kong.
Prior to Draper Athena, Hanson successfully amassed 20 years of experience in private equity and venture capital. He joined Asian private equity firm Transpac Capital Ltd. in 1995 as regional portfolio manager. He was later appointed to be Indonesian country manager for Transpac before founding AsiaTech Ventures in Hong Kong, one of the first Venture Capital firms in Asia to focus exclusively on the information technology and communications industries. AsiaTech pioneered the concept of the “Silicon Valley Way” of hands-on investing in technology companies in Asia, together with the help of corporate investors such as Sun Microsystems, NTT DoCoMo and Fujitsu. Some of AsiaTech’s successful investments include EachNet (sold to EBay), USWeb, Phone.com and Renren.com. Hanson’s background before joining the private equity industry was in operations management for technology companies in Asia, Silicon Valley, and Europe. He was the operations manager for electronics manufacturing services company Solectron Corporation in Malaysia; manager with technology operations management consulting firm Pittiglio Rabin Todd and McGrath (PRTM) in California and Taiwan; a program manager with Sun Microsystems in California; and an engineer with Messerschmidt-Boelkow-Blohm (MBB) in Germany and France.

A native of Penang, Malaysia, Hanson is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Malay, Indonesian, and English. He holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a certificate in management science from Stanford University. Hanson was the author of a weekly column on technology and investing titled “The Silicon Investor in the Hong Kong Economic Journal.” In 2006, Hanson was named as a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

Herman Pang

President / CoFounder, Dragon Innovation

Herman earned his insight into factory operations and high volume manufacturing as an operator. Leading an automobile supply factory, Herman worked to obtain the first QS 9000 verification in China and Hong Kong.

After serving as the Far East Project Leader for Hasbro’s first generation FurReal Friends, Herman joined iRobot. As Managing Director in the Far East, Herman oversaw Supply Chain, Costing & Sourcing, New Product Introduction, and Quality and was instrumental in the launch of Roomba, Scooba, Looj and ConnectR.

Now Dragon’s Far East leader, Herman leverages his network and experience to lower costs, improve quality, and accelerate time-to-market.

Herman holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Daltech, Dalhousie University).

Jeff Chen

Jeff is a maker, hacker, and the other creator of Lumos. While cycling in Boston, he had numerous instances of close calls with drivers and had purchased many sets of bike lights to replace the ones he frequently lost before he built the Lumos prototype and starting riding around with that instead. 

A mechanical engineer by training and hacker by disposition, Jeff is a full stack engineer with a wide range of experience and expertise in electrical engineering, electronics, microcontroller development and mechanical design. 

Several of the projects and designs he developed and built have gone on to win multiple awards and prizes including 2ndplace at the AVIC National Amphibious Aircraft Design Competition, and 5th place at the annual AIAA Design Build Fly competition where he was part of the team from MIT. 

Jeff has a B.S. in mechanical engineering with first class honors from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and was a visiting scholar

Kristin Low

Founder, Design Thinking Asia
Kristin designs businesses, products and experiences at the intersection of emerging markets and emerging technologies.

From his home in Hong Kong, he works across Asia helping clients to build future-focused strategies and market propositions. He founded and built two companies that serve the Asian region:

  • The On-Off Group (onoffgroup.com) – A Service Design consultancy that helps corporate clients develop and scale their innovation capacity.
  • Design Thinking Asia (design-thinking.asia) – An educational platform to develop the next generation of designers in the region.

His work blends the latest advances in robotics & artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency and data science with human-centric practices such as UX, CX and Service Design. Clients include the Asian Development Bank, Citi, Telstra, Sun Life Financial Services, Techtronic Industries & Hanson Robotics.

Kristin has also built communities around his interests, having founded the Hong Kong bitcoin meet up group (over 1000 members) and Design Thinking Asia (over 2000 members regionally).

Kristin is also co-organizer of Hong Kong’s first ever Service Design conference (www.servicedesign.com.hk) bringing the worlds leading experts and practitioners together in September 2016 to showcase Asia’s best examples of Design-led Innovation.

Megan Cox

Founder, Amalie Beauty; Founder, Genie Supply
Megan is an MIT grad, beauty entrepreneur, manufacturing consultant, avid blogger and business coach. She started her beauty brand Amalie in 2013 out of her MIT dorm, after stumbling upon a way to regrow lost lashes and over-plucked brows. Megan lives in Shenzhen full-time, where she spends significant time in local factories, helping other beauty brands launch and grow their product lines.

Paul Yang

Partner and CEO of Greater China, KKR Asia

Paul Yang (Hong Kong) joined KKR as a Member and Head of Greater China in 2017. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Yang was the President and CEO of the China Development Financial Corp. (“CDFC”), one of the oldest and largest merchant banking groups in Asia with over $20 billion in assets. He led a team of over 7,000 people with operations in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok, and Jakarta. Having joined CDFC in 2005 as its Chief Investment officer and head of its private equity operation, he was promoted to the CEO role in 2011. During his tenure, Mr. Yang successfully restructured its then-proprietary private equity operation into a fast-growing asset management franchise and was credited with completing a series of strategic acquisitions in banking and securities that has transformed CDFC. Prior to CDFC, he was managing director and head of private equity and Mezzanine Finance at DBS Bank in Hong Kong. He has held positions at ICG Asia, Goldman Sachs, General Atlantic and Boston Consulting Group in the U.S. and Asia. He received his M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and his M.B.A. at Harvard.

Pei Yi

Co-Founder and COO, FunNow

Pei-Yi is co-founder and COO of FunNow. Previously, she worked as a Business Analyst at BNP Paribas in Holland from 2014 to 2015. Prior to that, she worked as a Financial accounting analyst then as a portfolio manager at ING Investment Management in Holland from 2010 to 2013. Pei-Yi got her Bachelor degree in Money and Banking at National Chengchi University (Taiwan) in 2005, and Master degree in Financial Management at RSM Erasmus (Holland) in 2008.

Shaolin Liang

Chief Scientific Officer, ZiO Health

Having graduated from Mainland China, Shaolin obtained his BPharm with an Outstanding Student Honor (Ranked 1st in overall achievement) and multiple scholarships including National Scholarship and BASF Scholarship during his undergraduate study. He then received his MRes in drug development with distinguished thesis at Imperial College London and worked as a patent agent trainee at an IP law firm before moving to Hong Kong. As a PhD candidate in the HKU-Imperial Joint programme, he spent several years working between the University of Hong Kong and Imperial College London. His recent works on a 3D-printed malaria diagnostic device was published in ACS Sensor journal in February 2016. Outside of academia, he previously co-founded MedEXO Robotics — a hand/arm stabilizer for Parkinson’s disease patients and Instatype — a needle-free rapid blood grouping device. He is currently Chief Scientific Officer of a new startup, ZiO Health, which aims to monitor and improve the quality of breastmilk for better infant care.

TK Chen

Founder and CEO, FunNow

TK Chen, CFA is the founder and CEO of FunNow which was founded in July 2015. He previously served at ING Investment Management in the Netherlands as a superior Tech analyst since 2009. Prior to this, he played an important role at a telecom operator as a Product Manager in Taiwan. TK got his MBA in Finance at RSM Erasmus (Holland) in 2008.

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