Chairperson of SIP
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.
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 Director for the Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited, a charitable foundation based in Hong Kong.
Managing Director and Founder, Genesis Investment Group Limited
Mingxia is the founder of Genesis Investment Group Limited. Previously, he was the Managing Partner and co-founder of All-Stars Investment Limited, focusing on investments in technology, consumer and healthcare companies in Greater China.
Mingxia has 21 years of private wealth management experience in Asia. He 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 Morgan Stanley, he was a pioneer of the China wealth management business.
Mingxia received his MBA degree from Columbia Business School in 1992 and Bachelor of Sciences degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from Princeton University in 1987.
Roy Kuan is a private investor across a variety of asset classes. Roy previously worked at CVC Capital Partners from 1999-2020, and Citigroup’s Asia Private Equity investment division from 1995-1999.
Roy holds a BA degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Chief Consultant, HKCSS-HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre
Howard Ling is the Chief Consultant of Social Enterprise Business Centre, and the Convenor of the Artificial Intelligence and Social Intelligence Alliance. He began his social entrepreneurial journey in 2004. He founded and consulted over 50 social enterprises. He also serves as a consultant or advisor to many foundations and educational institutions in Hong Kong and Macau. He was awarded the Medal of Honour (MH) by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and the Hong Kong Humanity Award in 2017 for his dedicated public and community services, particularly his contributions to the development of social enterprises.
Howard Ling holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and graduated from INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship programme.
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.
Lillian is a charity and social enterprise founder since 2008. She is experienced in the social service and social innovation field. Before that, she worked in the retail and manufacturing industry. To enhance the skill of service, she took the “OSC UBS NGO Leadership Programme” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017 and the “Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders” at Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2018.