The GLP is facilitated by the GIFT team led by Founder & CEO Chandran Nair. Mentoring and coaching by GIFT facilitators and guest mentors help participants to create executable personal development plans and transfer their learning and insights back into their organisations.
CHANDRAN NAIR | FOUNDER AND CEO, GLOBAL INSTITUTE FOR TOMORROW (GIFT)
Chandran is the founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT). He is the author of the best-seller - Consumptionomics: Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet. His photo book project The Other Hundred aims to provide a counterpoint to the mainstream media consensus about some of today's most important issues. Chandran frequently speaks at major global gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos and APEC where his thought leadership is sought for its fresh insights and intellectual honesty. He was the Chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in the Asia Pacific until 2004 and established it as the leading environmental consultancy. For more than a decade he has championed the cause of sustainable development. Download full bio.
PROF. HIDEAKE 'HIDEH' TAKAHASHI | PROFESSOR, KEIO UNIVERSITY
Hideaki Takahashi has been teaching Internet Business Design and Global Business Management at Keio University Graduate School since 2006. Prior to his teaching career, he served in multiple executive positions at Fuji Xerox, FX Palo Alto Laboratory, AT&T and NCR Corporation. He currently serves on the boards of ORIX Corporation and Fukuoka Financial Group in Japan. Prof. Takahashi also serves in multiple non-executive, non-profit capacities including the National Science Museum of Japan and the Tangible Earth Society.
His interest is in supporting and coaching young people starting IT ventures and social businesses. Prof. Takahashi is a senior mentor on the GIFT programme, joining over 20 programmes since 2011.
ROGER TRAN | FORMER PRESIDENT, NEC LABS AMERICA
Roger Tran is an executive with 25+ years of global management experience in business and research & development (R&D) spanning multiple industries and technology domains. A transformational, make-things-happen leader, Roger has built and led innovation programs ranging from idea creation to incubation through commercialization and growth.
Most recently Roger served as President of NEC Labs America, Inc. which he built into a premier industrial applied research center. Prior to NEC, Roger held management positions in product and solution management, marketing, and R&D at Cisco Systems, Lucent, NCR, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories.
WILLIAM KUAN | SENIOR ADVISOR, GLOBAL PRIVATE EQUITY
William Kuan is currently the Senior Advisor for a global private equity firm and a Board Advisor for a leading life insurance company in Indonesia. Prior to this, he has 17 years’ experience with Prudential having held senior leadership roles across many functions and business units across Asian markets, including Regional CEO for New Markets (Asia), President Director and CEO for Indonesia, Chairman for Taiwan, Chairman for Laos, etc.
Professionally, William is a qualified CPA from Australia and a Chartered Accountant. He holds an MBA from RMIT, Melbourne and has completed executive programs from both the Harvard Business School and Oxford University.
Guest speakers from business, government, media and civil society offer diverse views on a range of topics relevant for leaders of large organisations.Previous guest speakers include:
DAVID ELDON | FORMER CHAIRMAN, HSBC ASIA PACIFIC NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, HSBC BANK MIDDLE EAST LIMITED
David Eldon retired as Chairman of HSBC Asia Pacific and a main board Director of HSBC Holdings in 2005 after 37 years with the HSBC Group in the Middle and Far East. In 2011 he returned to banking as Non-Executive Chairman of HSBC Bank Middle East. He is Vice Chairman of Noble Group, member of the Dubai International Financial Centre Higher Board, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB). David was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Government of Hong Kong SAR (2004) and an Honorary Citizen of Seoul in recognition of his work for the city.
ANSON CHAN | FORMER HONG KONG SAR CHIEF SECRETARY
Anson Chan GBM, GCMG, CBE, JP, is the former Chief Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Mrs. Chan retired from the government in 2001 after nearly 40 years of service. As Chief Secretary, she headed the 190,000-strong civil service. She was the first woman and the first Chinese to hold the second-highest governmental position in Hong Kong. During her career in the public service she was responsible, amongst other things, for development of Hong Kong’s economic infrastructure including the planning and construction of Hong Kong’s new international airport, which opened in July 1998, port expansion and deregulation of the telecommunications market.
MARK TUCKER | GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND PRESIDENT, AIA GROUP
Mark Tucker is the Group Chief Executive and President of AIA Group, the world’s second largest life insurance company. Prior to joining AIA, Mark was Group Chief Executive of Prudential from 2005 to 2009. In addition to being a member of the Asia Business Council, Mark is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute, an associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Lingnan College, Sun Yat-Sen University in China. He is an independent board member of Goldman Sachs Inc. Mark started adult life as a trainee professional footballer in the UK.
ZOHER ABDOOLCARIM | ASIA EDITOR, TIME INTERNATIONAL
Zoher Abdoolcarim is the Asia Editor of TIME International. Prior to joining TIME Asia, Zoher was managing editor of Asiaweek and an editor at Singapore-owned Asian Business. Over the course of his career, Zoher has been a foreign correspondent based in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, with reporting assignments in the Philippines, India, Brunei and Hong Kong. He has been involved in watershed Asia stories including the Ninoy Aquino assassination, the ousters of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and former Indonesian President Suharto, the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, Hong Kong’s handover to China, the Asian financial crisis and the impact of the September 11 attacks on the region. Over the years, Zoher has interviewed many of Asia’s leaders. Zoher is a British national but speaks fluent Cantonese. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
SHU KHOO | GROUP CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER, AIA GROUP
Shu Khoo is Group Chief Human Resource Officer of the AIA Group and member of the Group Executive Committee. In her current role, she is responsible for spearheading the Group’s overall human capital strategies and implementation across a diversity of markets, geographies and culture. In addition, she oversees the Group’s Corporate Security function and chairs the Supervisory Council of The AIA Leadership Centre. Prior to joining the AIA Group in 2011, Shu was Group EVP and Global Head of Human Resources of the AXA Group, based in Paris. The early part of her career was with Prudential UK, where she was involved in business transformation initiatives, new market entries, green field start-ups and joint ventures. Shu is a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Singapore Public Service Division and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
SANJEEV GANDHI | MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS, BASF
Sanjeev Gandhi is a Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, responsible for the region Greater China & Functions Asia Pacific as well as South & East Asia, ASEAN & ANZ, headquartered in Hong Kong. He was born in Mumbai, India. Sanjeev studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Pune, India, where he received his Bachelor of Engineering (Chemistry) in 1989, followed by a Master in Business Administration (Marketing) in 1991.
TAN SRI DATO’ SRI DR. ZETI AKHTAR AZIZ | FORMER GOVERNOR, BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Zeti is the former Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia. She joined the Bank in 1985 as the Deputy Manager of the Economics Department and has held numerous senior positions since, such as Chief Economist and Assistant Governor. Global Finance magazine awarded her the title of ‘”World’s Best Central Bank Governor” in 2005 and was she accorded ‘Grade A’ rating for the 11th consecutive year in 2014. She was nominated by William Pasek to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2011. After 16 years, she retired as the governor in April 2016 and is currently the co-chair of the Asia School of Business. Dr. Zeti received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Malaya and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Monetary and International Economics.
RONNIE CHAN | CHAIRMAN, HANG LUNG GROUP
Ronnie Chan is the Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited. Both are publicly listed companies in Hong Kong, dealing in real estate investment, development and management. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of One Country Two Systems Research Institute, Vice-President of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, Co-Chair of the Board of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center. He also acts as an advisor to China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. Ronnie sits on the governing or advisory bodies of several think-tanks and universities, including Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and University of Southern California, USA, where he received his MBA.
GRAHAM BARKUS | FOMER HEAD OF ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CATHAY PACIFIC AND SWIRE
Graham Barkus is Partner and Head of Leadership Advisory at Hofer Tan & Partners. Based in Hong Kong, he has 30 years of experience in organisation and executive effectiveness and development. His career has covered Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore, in senior organisational positions and consulting/advisory roles to clients including Arcadis Asia, Swire Properties, Cathay Pacific Airways, Standard Chartered Bank, Prudential Corporation, and IMC Industrial Group. Originally from New Zealand, Graham holds postgraduate degrees with distinctions in Linguistics (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ); Clinical Organizational Psychology (INSEAD, France); and Strategy & Innovation (University of Oxford), and an LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from the University of Hong Kong. He is a Founding Fellow at the Institute of Coaching Professional Association at Harvard University and a member of the Oxford Leaders Forum at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.
CHRISTINE LOH | UNDER SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Christine Loh was the Chief Executive Officer of the public policy think tank Civic Exchange prior to joining the HKSAR Government in September 2012 in her capacity as Under-Secretary for the Environment. Prior to founding Civic Exchange in 2000, Christine had spent nearly a decade as a politician and member of the Legislative Council. Before joining the Legislative Council, Christine held senior regional positions in commodities trading, as well as in project negotiation. Having been active in public affairs since 1980, Christine served on boards of a wide range of non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong and overseas on issues including environmental protection, urban planning and design, and equal opportunity. Christine is a lawyer by training.
BERNARD CHAN | NON-OFFICIAL CONVENOR OF THE HONG KONG EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Bernard Charnwut Chan is the President of Asia Financial Holdings and Asia Insurance. He is a deputy to the National People’s Congress of China, a non-official member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council (2004-09 and from 2012) and (from 2017) the Convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council. He is also a former member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (1998-2008). Bernard is Chairman of the Hong Kong – Thailand Business Council and an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Co. Ltd. He sits on the boards of several local and overseas companies in the financial services and manufacturing sectors. He also joined the governing board of the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund in Hong Kong. Among his public service activities, Bernard is Chairman of the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food, Chairman of the Steering Committee on Restored Landfill Revitalisation Funding Scheme, Chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Ltd. Advisory Committee, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and a Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.